Sunday, September 29, 2013

[MUSIC] "Blue Yellow Pink" - A Love Letter to Breaking Bad

As promised, Hosey is back at work on new music and preparing for live shows. Here's our first new song, "Blue Yellow Pink."

It's a sonic homage to the greatness that is Breaking Bad. The finale airs tonight, and I am feeling a mixture of excitement, to see how this whole saga wraps up, and a profound sadness as what might be the best show in the history of television shuffles off the air.

Friday, September 6, 2013


It has been a while since we have heard from each other.

Hosey is back.

Writing new stuff. Planning shows now.

Here's an unreleased old (really old) track.

"Uh huh. That's right"

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Silent Cal has Something to Say

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan "press on" has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.
--Calvin Coolidge, 1932(?)

I'm not really a fan of Coolidge, but this quote is worth paying attention to.

"...unrewarded genius is almost a proverb."

This is happening: it is Winter time once again in New York and people are complaining about the chill.

 Weak. What have we dropped to? Low twenties, at the worst.

Winters used to be much worse. One time I went to take a piss in my bathroom and the water in the toilet was frozen.

Do you hear what I'm saying? I went to take a piss and I ended up peeing on a block of ice.

No big deal, eh?

What do you do next?


Sunday, December 2, 2012

[LINK] Nobody Surfs to Work

Local NYC band The Peculiar Gentlemen have posted a hilarious list of albums I can no longer stand to hear when I'm at the bar. Especially Weezer:
1.  Weezer - The Blue Album
This is a combination of the band becoming douche-bags and douche-bags doing what douche-bags do best.  Weezer only made 2 great records.  This was one of them.  I'm afraid to tell you the other out of fear that they'll ruin that one too.  The Sweater Song isn't witty or cute after the 14 billionth listen.  Buddy Holly isn't associated with that awesome video anymore.  You still haven't learned the correct lyrics to Say It Ain't So.  He lied about his name being Jonah and nobody surfs to work.  Weezer has become everything they set out to defy.  (See also Metallica and Rage Against the Machine)  They were once the anti-hero and now they are the typical run of the mill mainstream mediocrity that douche-bags flock to.
 The rest of the list is just as spot-on: 10 Great Albums Ruined by Douche Bags

Saturday, December 1, 2012

[LINK] The Nature of Internet Monopolies

Faza over at The Cynical Musician has a really interesting post about the nature of online business to tend toward monopolies (Everything, Everywhere, All the Time). You may have heard the phrase "the internet only wants one of everything" recently, and his post explores that concept.

During a recent hearing on the reprehensible IRFA legislation, debate arose about why there's no other online radio service as popular as Pandora. In light of that discussion, here's a bit from Faza on the difficulties of launching a competitive business on the internet in a market dominated by one company (Pandora in this instance, but it just as easily applies to Amazon, Facebook, and Google):

Once we have someone in this position, there’s very little other businesses can do to compete. They can’t sell something that the established power player isn’t selling, ‘coz he is. They can’t go for geographic advantage because there’s no issue of distance on the internet. They cannot hope to sell when the big guy’s closed, ‘coz he’s always open. Their only hope is either to compete on price, which is a race to the bottom (and one could argue that online everyone’s living in silt as it is) or on purchasing experience, which only becomes a factor if they can match the established player’s prices – tricky if you ain’t got the scale to make it up on.

Everything, Everywhere, All the Time at The Cynical Musician

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Free Programs I've Come to Learn That I Can't Live Without

I find myself the owner of a new computer. My old one, which wasn't even mine to begin with, finally crashed for good. Or to be more specific, I grew tired of fixing it after the most recent crash, an event that was becoming more and more common. I shouldn't complain, though; that computer lasted a good eight years, four albums or so, on top of being given to me at no cost.

Anyway, since a reinstall of all my preferred programs is fresh on my mind, I think I'll go ahead and list the ones that are essential to me, both for the sake of my own weakening memory and just in case this info might be of some use to someone else out there on a lonely pursuit of music-making and whatnot. These are all Windows-based--but many have Mac builds--and free. And of course you can donate to the authors if you find them useful enough:

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Judging a Book by Its Cover

The woman with whom Gen. Petraeus had an affair was also his biographer. The name of the book? All In ... yep... all the way up to the nuts, apparently.

Jerry Sandusky had his own life story published years ago. It's title? Touched: the Jerry Sandusky Story.

You can't make this shit up.