I’m in the process of making a brave and possibly futile attempt to document some of the more interesting things that happened to me in 2015 (the busiest & strangest year of my life) over a series of posts. I hope you enjoy them. If you don’t, bite me!
It’s March of 2015 and I’m stumbling around while muttering about the Kennedy assassination.
The sentence above will make sense if you watch this…
Lesson for musicians: Act, Paint, Bake, Raise Lemurs, whatever… Acting is great way to get a new perspective on writing lyrics. I do this by performing rambling monologues – which I’d be doing even if a camera wasn’t pointed at me. Acting is also helpful if you think of your edited scenes as remixes (unless all of your best scenes end up on the cutting-room floor. Phil Collins claims this is what happened to his best work in the “It’s No Fun Being an Illegal Alien” video). And ad-libbing is pretty much the Theater (is evil) Major version of jamming only with tights instead of guitars. The point is that you can learn something about music by studding just about any other discipline (except, oddly, fencing).
I’m going to make a brave and possibly futile attempt to document some of the more interesting things that happened to me in 2015 (the busiest & strangest year of my life) over a series of posts. I hope you enjoy them.
It’s approximately 2 AM on the morning of Sunday, February 1st, 2015, and I am wading through a a group of roughly two dozen women who are making out with each other, shouting “Look out for those knives!”
Clearly, some backstory is called for. ..
Back in October of 2015, my friend and fellow DJ Neska came through in a big way for the Dead Milkmen by setting up a show for us in Baltimore (Due to a miscommunication, we’d had some other shows canceled, so this was a godsend…technically a “Neskasend”). During our messaging back-and-forth, Neska informed me that Bryan & Christof from Velvet Acid Christ would be attending the show. I thought she was joking. I think it took her a couple of weeks to convince me that she wasn’t.
I’ll get to the knives (they’re really more like swords) and the massive all-girl lip-lock fest in a minute, but right now I need you to understand that I am really huge (and not just because I’ve gotten fatter) Velvet Acid Christ fan.
I’m going to make a brave and possibly futile attempt at documenting some of the more interesting things that happened to me in 2015 (the strangest year of my life), over a series of posts. I hope you enjoy them.
It’s the after of Saturday, January 17th, 2015, and I am urinating, live, on the internet.
Maybe I’d better rewind a little…
A month or so earlier, our friend an co-conspirator Brain McTear asked us (The Dead Milkmen) if we’d like to take part in Weathervane Music’s Shaking Through series. Basicly, the series works like this: a band drops by Brian’s studio for two days – one day of recording and one day of mixing . Both sessions are streamed live over the internet, and later the song and a little documentary are released. We said yes – otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this.
I was really excited about the invite (Here’s my original tumblr post ) for a couple of reasons. First, I really enjoy working with Brian. Second, how often can you turn on your computer and watch a band record and mix a song live? I’m a total studio-spaz; I’m fascinated with the studio in much the same way that Mike Huckabee is fascinated by shiny objects, also, I can think of about 50 bands whom I’d love to watch recording a song. And, finally, it would give the band a chance to record “The Prisoner’s Cinema” – a song that I’d really wanted to include on Pretty Music For Pretty People.
OK. I’m getting to the urination, but first I’d like to tell you a little bit about the the origin of the song and my friends Kyle, MC Lars and Matt & Jill (AKA Hot Breakfast!). Oh, here’s 10 hours of The Dead Milkmen in the studio, just in case you think I’m making all of this up.
Just a reminder that RATYHTL (The radio show) will be airing tonight on YNOT from 9 to 11PM. As usual, I’ll post the show’s playlist on tumblr (link on the menu at the left) around 8:55. If you’re new to all of this, there are instructions as to how to stream the show here.