Monday, November 10, 2014

More to Come...

I know I keep saying this, but Hosey will soon be back to releasing music and playing shows after an extended hiatus. Who knows where the future will lead us? I haven't been bitten by any cake bugs, so I do not possess the curse of second sight... yet. ("Cake Boss!")

That also means I have to brush off the old blogging chops and get used to writing again. So I'll start that process by reporting on what is in the pipeline. Sorry if this is all a little dry. Text messaging has dulled my long-form writing edge.

Hosey has written a bunch of new songs that we will soon take to the stages, so we can get feedback and decide which pieces are worth the cost of recording. Stay tuned for upcoming shows.

We've gone through the vaults of unreleased ephemera and found about an EP's worth of demo material that you could only have heard if you saw us play live oh so many years ago. We're mixing all that now. Coming soon.

We are very excited to have Friend of Hosey (and sibling of one half of the band), Eddie Phalen, working on new logos and and artwork. Check out some of his paintings at the end of this post.

During this break, we've continued doing music/sound work for performance artists and modern dancers. We'll try to promote that work a little more in the future (since it actually pays!), and highlight some of our favorite collaborations. We've also played some acoustic shows and cover gigs under our "secret" band name, Goodbye Bikini Island. We're sifting through that ephemera to find anything that might not actually be ephemera.

Is that it? Maybe.

Otherwise, I (Patrik) think I will start writing about things outside of music that I find to be great or interesting. Make no mistake, this isn't to improve other people's lives, or to promote content, I'm doing it solely because I'm tired of no one getting my How Did This Get Made? references at the bar. It is very upsetting.

Here's some of Eddie Phalen's art:





 










Have Fun,
Patrik 

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

Hello.

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."

Poetic.
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?

Laterz,
P

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: