Monday, September 4, 2017

[MUSIC] "...Like It's Gonna Have a Baby!!!"

This is one we originally recorded back in 2007 for our first proper album, 1994. We'd been playing it live for a couple of years by that point. It started with us goofing around in practice with one of those jams where I drop a break record, Hughes punches out a bass line, and I start scratching a random vocal sample. This one has three tables going: the break beat, the noise guitar record (Chicago), and a monologue from the classic 2001 TV series The Tick*. I'm cutting that sample up on one of those old school Pioneer CDJs. These were the days before Serato.

We initially added it to the live set because it didn't require anything playing on the sampler, so I could switch cards on that while juggling the records without having any dead air. It also didn't require any special effects unique to any of the tables (key shifting, extreme pitch, etc.) so it didn't matter which vinyl was on the left or right table, which is important when planning out twenty minute routines with songs that do require the records to be on specific tables. Tracks like this one are like a blank Scrabble tile.

I figure since the new Tick series has just come out, I'd jump on the hype train and give this one a little juice. Check out the whole album 1994 over on

Thanks for Listening!

* Starring the perfectly cast Patrick Warburton of Seinfeld fame (You got a question? You ask The 8Ball.)

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Birthday Cat Scratch

An exceedingly ridiculous birthday card from the parental units.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

HOSEY does a Bunch of Devo Covers!

"We smashed the synthesizers to pieces and used the wires to string our guitars. It's a reasonable facsimile."

Hosey brings you a grip of reimagined* Devo songs, on a night hosted by DJ Xerox of Copycat fame. Experience the sounds of Mothersbaugh and the "Whip It" boys filtered through a haze of breakbeats, ZZ Top, and your older brother's choicest hash oil.

Otto's Shrunken Head
14th Street and Avenue B
Wed 6/28 9pm

* and some re-reimagined ones!

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Sunday, June 4, 2017

Friday, May 19, 2017

Back in the '90s, learning the main riff from "Outshined" was step one for every kid who picked up a guitar. Chris Cornell easily had one of the best voices in the history of rock music, but he was also a wildly inventive guitarist alongside Kim Thayil. Most people don't realize that nearly every Soundgarden song is in an odd time signature because they flow so smoothly thanks to Cornell's skill at lyric melody and arrangement. Most of us didn't even realize we were head banging in 7/8 time. He was truly one of the greats.

Friday, April 28, 2017

One of Those Ten Things Lists...

Ten numbers that are real, and one is imaginary! Spot the fake!

1. 2
2. 3.14159
3. 440
4. 186,000
5. 1,125
6. 28
7. 78,557
8. 691
9. √-1
10. 42

Monday, April 17, 2017

[RECAP] Otto's Shrunken Head 04/14/2017

A couple of days late with this since it took some time to recover from this one.

Thanks to everyone who came out! Thanks to Otto's Shrunken Head for being a cool bar. Thanks to Rock 'Em Sock 'Em for having us play their night!

Big Thanks to Bobby Blue and Mabel for taking pictures!

SETLIST 04/14/2017

Building Steam...
Frankie T.
Glass Onion
Syntax =/= Semantics
Clever Girl
These Southern Bones
Arcade Logic
Ultra Deluxe Chick Magnet
So There's a Girl...

Saturday, April 15, 2017

I See What You're up to, United Airlines

Beating passengers unconscious, and dropping scorpions on them. Is this all a viral ad for a new Mortal Kombat game?