Archive for Music
The very first Megaphone Public Access show was a success and the show will be returning Feb 20th at The New Movement Theater. The show was not archived but there are some clips floating around on youtube.com.
In other news, I was asked to audition for a new comedy improv troupe and everyone did really well! It was a fun time and a few days later I was informed that I am now one of the 7 improv actors for Ghost Prom! Yaaay. I don’t really remember the last time I tried out for something, but I was really excited and happy that I made it and it worked out. I’ll be working with some amazing and hilarious people. Things are abound in the 2010.
SXSW is gearing up. I’m not sure if I’m taking the whole week off or not but I will be writing/recording and DJing the music during the actual web awards ceremony again this year. Cheap Trick is headling, and that’s all I know at this point.
I did get to see Agnostic Front play the entire Victim in Pain album at Red 7 last Saturday. It was a great time and I felt 16 again. I didn’t break my back in the pit, but I did help break up the one fight that broke out. Good times, great oldies.
I will be creating another site for my comedy exploits very soon. Stay tuned.
This was a great show. Opening act, Ringo Deathstarr was really good. I really enjoyed their shoe gazey and often ‘good 80′s music’ sounds. One song reminded me a little of Echo and the Bunnymen, which is awesome. Terra Diablo played….then…. Swervedriver. The performance was great and everything seemed right on. The whole show was like a time travel trip back to 1995. Seeing friends that we only see out when our obscure favorites bands come to town. Reminded me of those great Sunday punk rock soccer games at Austin High. All the kids we used to play with are now musicians, record labels owners, or other associated type jobs. And of course those of us that sold out our 9-5 weekdays for a paycheck to support a family, but as long as we still rock and make it to shows, we stay true… in my opinion.
Wow, that was a silly little ramble.
All in all it was a great show and if you are able to catch Swervedriver on their tour, definently hit it.
It’s been a while…
SXSW went along swimmingly. The 16Bit party was a blast though there were some technical difficulties that were outside of our control. Web Awards went off without a hitch with a special appearance from Ask a Ninja. Chris Gore from G4′s Attack of the Show was interviewing in the party foyer. The night continued on for me with dancing and drinking. I was able to make it to a few panels though.
Then the music started. I’ll just list some of the music I was able to catch.
The Wedding Present
Retribution Gospel Choir
Between the Buried and Me
Roger Merit and the Disasters
and some others I don’t remember right now.
Overall SXSW was a lot of fun as usual. Again, I needed about a week to recover. I wasn’t quite as creatively charged as I have been after a week of geekiness and music, but the whole experience isn’t something that I would want to miss.
I said I was going to blog everyday when on my trip to LA, but alas wireless was not as easy to come by as I thought it would be and I was busy being all LA.
Saturday Nov 10th: I left Austin in the afternoon and experience yet another airline line up method which doesn’t seem to change anything. Landing in Pheonix for a 1 hr layover, on the way down I witnessed one of the most beautiful sunsets I think I’ve ever seen. A wonderful blend of yellow to orange to blue to purple….as far as I could tell. I’m colorblind man!
I continued to LA, rented my car, and drove the less than 3 miles from the airport in Burbank to Mytch’s place in North Hollywood. That night with not too much planned we went to a bar called Cock and Bull to watch very Austin like county band that Mytch had seen before. There was much dancing by Mytch. Not my style of dancing, yet. The first bartendar in LA that I met was an a-hole. I won’t go futher on that.
Sunday: We awoke and were met by Mytch’s girlfriend, Michelle, who brought pastries. They treated me to an “LA Morning”. We went for coffee/tea and sat outside on the sidewalk cafe. We then walk a few doors down to get mani’s and pedi’s. I even went the extra step and got my nails painted. Black of course. Did you have to ask that?
We then packed up and headed to San Diego for the night and next day. When we arrived in San Diego it was drizzy weather, but we ate some good Thai food and ended with a nightcap at a very cool Irish pub, complete with an Irish folk group playing.
Monday: The next day we headed to Little Italy for breakfast and then Mytch and I hit the Washington Bridge DIY Skatepark. BIG WALLS, but very fun. Then we met back up with Michelle and went to Old Town for tortillas and a beautiful day out walking around. We ended with a very Austin like mexican food place with some great skate art. A quick stop at the gellato place and then we were on our way back to LA to watch Heroes and go to bed.
Tuesday: I woke up pretty early and headed down to Venice Beach by myself. Mytch worked most of the week, though he got very ill this day and was out of commission for the next few days. Venice Beach was awesome. I really liked that area. I walked up and down along the boardwalk. I saw the remains of the old Venice structures that I used to skate in Tony Hawk Pro Skater and watched in so many movies and videos. I skated up to the Santa Monica Peir and skated back. Lots of pictures were taken. I watched some basketballs games on the “White Men Can’t Jump” courts and ate a slice of pizza with a homeless girl. On the way home, I understood LA traffic.
I believe this was the night that Michelle and I went out for In and Out burgers. Upon arriving back home, I remembered that it was Porn Star Karaoke Night at Sardo’s which was only about 3 blocks from Mytch’s place. I arrived a little bit early, but just in time to get a good spot. It was Cleopatra ‘Queen of the Nile’s birthday and she passed around goody bags with some swag included. Ron Jeremy was there as well as the Fabio looking guy from Skinemax softcore porn movies that usually have to do with cavemen or aliens. I was cracking myself up. Drinks were expensive everywhere in LA and I spent the most here. At the bar one of the ‘porn stars’ introduced herself to me as Jenny. I didn’t catch what her last name was and I didn’t seem interested. I wasn’t. I just think it’s funny. It was a fun night of singing. Austin can sing so much better than LA at the Karaoke.
Wednesday: This was my Hollywood BLVD day. I did the touristy things on the strip. The Chinese theater, Hollywood Wax Museum, Guinness Museum, Hollywood Mall, and walked up and down browsing all the shops. Great place to go to find some new kicks. I was so wiped out, that I got some food at an Italian place and headed home for an early night of sleep.
Thursday: Drove down the street to Univeral City and go my ‘First in Line’ pass for Universal Studios Theme Park. I took the tour and saw all the sites which are pictured on my Flickr page. The Mummy ride was probably the best out of the two or 3 rides they had. Surprisingly the Waterworld show was really good. I ended that night with an $8.50 Miller Light at one of the bars on City Walk. Yeah. Time to go home. I went back to Mytch’s and watched NBC Thursday line up.
Friday: I slept in a little bit and then met Mytch at Universal for lunch and he took me on a short walk through the sound lot. Later I drove down to Beverly Hills to do some shopping at the Beverly Center. I left my nice shirt on my bed at home. Later we got all done up and had dinner at Vitello’s with some other of Mytch and Michelle’s friends. Vitello’s was the place they ate at before she died. Across the street we had gellato at The Gellato Place where we ran into Captain James T Kirk himself, William Shatner. I made eye contact but didn’t say anything. I’m not a huge star nerd. After that, almost everyone went home except Mytch, myself, and one of his friends and we went to a bar called Bigfoot for some 80′s punk, wave, and rock. Again with the expensive drinks, but we had a good time and got a few snapshots out of it.
Saturday: Mytch and I headed to Glendale to hit the public skatepark which doesn’t open for geezers until noon on Saturdays so we got some lunch at this cool retro dinner that has probably been a dinner for about 60 years. We made a quick stop by Glenn Danzig’s house to take a few pictures. Then we hit the skatepark. Fun snake runs! We returned just in time for me to pack my stuff, say my goodbyes, return my car, and jump on a plane back to Austin. On the way back I saw another beautiful sunset on the landing in Pheonix. The girl next to me woke me up to show me. And it was just as beautiful as the first one I saw. That wrapped up the trip just right.
Philip picked me up at the airport and we headed downtown for some good ol Austin beers and bars. It was two for one as far as I was concerned. It was so good to be back in town with all my friends and hitting all my spots and running into everyone.
LA was fun, about 7 days fun. That was just the right amount of time there. It was great seeing, hanging out with, and skating with Mytch and meeting his lovely girlfriend. They gave me a real genuine LA experience.
Some things I learned:
1. Don’t ask for Fireman’s 4. They “don’t know what the f#$% that is.”
2. Don’t go for the 2 for 1 shots. They’re put in thimbles.
3. Porn stars can scream put they can’t sing. Except for that one guy, he was funny.
4. Only 3 people are actually from LA, everyone else if from somewhere else.
5. I love Austin more than I already knew and it’s just right for me
SomaFM is having a day of silence due to the new law that will force them to pay $1.1 million in royalties for their independent internet broadcast. I have discovered many bands from listening to Indie Pop Rocks on SomaFM that have led me to buy their music and go to their shows and I’m sure thousands of others have as well. I cherish this site and the music they provide. I have already written to my congressman about this issue and I hope this day of silence on the internet will get you to voice your opinion.
The 8 Bit party that Kenny and I spun was a good time. I don’t know how many hundreds of people were there, but I do know that the stage was about to come down from all the dancin that was going on. Some old school stand up arcades were brought in for the event: Frogger, Astroids, Moon Patrol, Pac-Man, Galaga. Oh the memories.
Seeing Will Wright speak about story process in games was pretty interesting. Will Wright is the creator of The Sims and the currently unreleased new game SPORE, which he touched on a bit. SPORE looks a little more cleaned up and refined since the first demo I saw online about a year ago. I also spotted him at the Media Temple party. (podcast)
The Dorkbot event was cool. I love robots and there were plenty of them. The robots also showed up later at the Steampunk party along with a futuristic past cast and crew. Many people came out in their costumes and celebrated. Shaking hands with world famous hacker and editor of 2600, Emmanuel Goldstein, was very special to me.
Nuclear Taco night was hell. I swear that I will never eat those again. Although I think I said that last year. Let’s just say I didn’t sleep well and had to get out of bed about 3 times during the night.
We spotted comedian, David Cross, at the Side Bar. I quickly texted Priscilla, who ran from 4th st to the Side Bar to meet him. Best thing to say to him, “I loved you in Halo 2.” Philip also said this to him the next day. I missed my chance to tell him. I also went to a panel with Mr. Cross and he was hillarious even in that type of forum. A very cool guy. I also saw Brian Posehn.
I caught two films during the week. The Signal – was awesome. Written and directed by 3 directors. The movie was split into 3 parts and each director directed one of the parts. A lot of the cast were at the screening and made for a cool Q and A session.
The other film I saw was Helvetica. The documentary about the famous font was actually very good. All aspects of the font were covered and much was about design and modernism, and the soundtrack was really good as well. I would even buy the soundtrack to the documentary about a font.
On the music side…. By the time the music fest starts for SXSW, I am exhausted from all the parties and panels and walking and waiting and meeting new people and talking and learning. It was no different this year. Some of the music highlights though would be seeing Robyn Hitchcock, Pete Townshend, The Polyphonic Spree, 50 Kaitens, The Buzzcocks, Meat Puppets, Turbonegro, Thurston Moore, and Public Enemy (even though PE was kinda lame, something about doing Fight The Power to a field full of white people with their families.)
I’m actually glad to be back at work, where I can sit down and get things back to what seems normal to me.
Once again SXSW has inspired me to get some things done artisticly. I’ve put off a few projects for far too long.
Flickr pic set @ http://www.flickr.com/photos/invidkllr/sets/72157600010429385/
10:00 pm – 2:00 am
Scoot Inn (1308 E 4th St @ Novasota)
On Saturday night, everyone who’s anyone will be at “8-bit,” SXSW Interactive’s first annual opening night afterparty, hosted by 30 Boxes, Rocketboom, and Satisfaction (the folks behind Rubyred Labs and Valleyschwag). There will be a bar and a patio, free alcohol, DJ INVIDKLLR and DJ V.I.N.Cent, and several stand-up arcade games for your early 80′s amusement. Frogger or Ms. Pac-Man, anyone?
Every time I get a song stuck in my head now, I try to think of another song to wipe it clean. The song I used was the badger song. But now I use another song….. ‘The Kill’ by 30 Seconds to Mars. I hate it that I like this song. It’s against everything I stand for, but it’s so damn epic with the huge chorus which is most of the song, since that is the new formula for a hit on MTV2 and 101X. Thank goodness I don’t like their other songs, otherwise I might try to seek some kind of rock counseling. I hate Jordan Catalano. He is on my kick in the nuts list…maybe even top 5.
Okay, so SXSW as now released the official preliminary band list for 2007.
Mates of State seem to be missing from this list, but Mastodon and the Daughters are still on there. Thurston Moore, Bloc Party, Don Caballero, The Stooges, The Human Abstract, Youth Brigade, Los Straitjackets, and about 1300 more bands.
And Interactive is going to kick ass this year. ScreenBurn Fest should be a kickass addition. DJ V.I.N.Cent and I (DJ INVIDKLLR) will be spinning a party on March 10 at a SXSW party. More info later on who will be able to attend and all the other details.
I’m looking forward to Daughters, Mastodon, Mates of State, and maybe a few others.