Wednesday, December 29, 2010

[Video + mp3 ] "Blow Up the Moon" - Cavalry!... and I Don't Mean Horses

Here's a short clip of me playing a little guitar. This piece is called "Blow Up the Moon" and it's part of an upcoming project/release/happening/etc sort of thing called Cavalry!... and I Don't Mean Horses. Below the video is a link to a free mp3 of a longer and more elaborate version of it.

     -----======   Free Download of "Blow Up the Moon" []    ======-----

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Designing the Goodbye Bikini Island Website

I'm putting together a web site for Goodbye Bikini Island and as per my usual standards I'm going for simplicity. Usually I write the HTML myself in a text editor, but this time I thought it might be cool to do something a little more direct, simple, and honest...


Friday, December 17, 2010

[Video] "Cactus" (Pixies cover)

This is a quick little video shot by a friend who came out to the first Goodbye Bikini Island show last Friday (12/10/10). In this clip we're playing "Cactus" by The Pixies. There's some more footage from the show I'll probably post sometime down the line. Enjoy!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Goodbye Bikini Island Logo Idea #01

Working on ideas for a Goodbye Bikini Island logo... wait, I don't think I've discussed the other new band, named after the album. Oh well, I'll talk about that later. For now, I'm heading to Copycat at Otto's Shrunken Head. Where you at?

Well, this Friday night, you should be at our 1st official show as Goodbye Bikini Island. Info in a post below this one. See you there.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Goodbye Bikini Island show on Fri Dec 10th

Hughes and I have been lying low for a minute on the live performance front, but now we're getting back out there with our new project, Goodbye Bikini Island. You might recognize that as the title of our most recent Hosey release, and I guess I should explain...

Monday, November 29, 2010

Boba Fett in a Business Suit

I was running an errand for my job today that took me through Midtown East in Manhattan. I passed by a toy store and in the pedestrian garbage can in front I saw the packaging for a Star Wars "Boba Fett" Clone Wars-style storm trooper helmet. I had to laugh as I imagined a little kid leaving the store so excited to try out his new toy that he had to rip it open on the street right away, and presumably put it on right out in public. Perhaps he even had an imaginary "blaster" and took some pot shots at passing pedestrians. "Pyoo pyoo! Pfssssh! Got ya!"

My chuckling turned to outright guffawing as it slowly dawned on me that in all likelihood it would have been a grown man at least in his 20s who was probably so excited for his new toy that he had to put it on in public. I still hope he took some air laser shots; Boba Fett in a business suit "blastin' fools" on the streets of Manhattan would be a sight.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Back in Action! ... Apartment Fire, etc

[ Happy Veterans Day! As the son of a Vietnam vet and the grandson of a WWII vet, I have a lot of respect for the U.S. Armed Forces. Also, Hughes (the "quiet" half of Hosey) has a brother who has served in Iraq and is currently stationed... well, that's classified. Anyway, Hosey has much love for U.S. troops, past and present. ]

I suppose my internet activity has been lacking lately, but for once it’s totally not my fault. As some of you may know, there was a fire in my apartment building on October 23rd. Everyone and their pets, and presumably all their stuff is fine. The fire started downstairs at the (in)famous Otto’s Shrunken Head, a tiki bar that I reside above, at about 9:30am on Sunday the 23rd. It was just a few hours after they had shut their doors for their 8th anniversary party. Everyone in my building was evacuated for about an hour, and then we were without electricity for several more. Nothing a good ol’ Southern boy can’t handle.

I live immediately above the band room where the fire started so my apartment filled with smoke and gripped on to a smoky “flavor” which is still lingering today. Oh well, can’t complain. My lovely cat Samus is OK, although she was a little freaked out by all the excitement of being rudely awakened and stuffed into a cat carrier. All of Hosey’s equipment, vinyl, and computers survived unblemished for the most part. I’ve already mentioned the smell, which seems to stick to everything.

The only "serious" problem is that the fire melted a wire in the back of our building which severed my internet connection. Also, my land line. I know! People still have those?!

That’s it for now. I’d like to recap the fire more. Discuss how we finally made it onto the hip NYC blog EV Grieve, perhaps. But, we’ll see. Hughes and I are still busy cleaning up... oh! And we’re recording a new album: Cavalry!... and I Don’t Mean Horses. So... yeah. Big news as a footnote in a pointless post. Gotta love it.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

All Together Now

Nice try, Sauron

Rounding up some links from the nets I've found interesting. In this (weekly?) installment: Steve Albini rants, Nas slams Def Jam, Kyle Bylin examines some psychological aspects of the correlation between purchasing and liking music, Lego's BrickCon 2010, and other fun stuff

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Hosey Blog Write-Up (#02) - Potholes in My Blog

I am absolutely stoked about getting a write-up at this site, Potholes in My Blog. To be mentioned alongside cats as amazing as DJ Shadow, Kid Koala, Dan the Automator, and Madlib is truly one of the greatest compliments Hosey's ever received. I would have been happy just to be compared to these guys in a negative way, as in "Hosey's not as good as...". But, to be compared favorably... it puts me on cloud nine. Those four artists are some of my musical heroes (My friends can attest that I go on and on about Kid Koala at times). It was exposure to them that got me into turntablism and sampling. Thank you, Andrew Martin. I can not explain how vindicating it is as a musician when someone goes out of their way to promote the things we've worked so hard on. 

Monday, October 4, 2010

V II - Kevin & His Band

It's been a while since I've posted some of the "blueprints" for Hosey music. It's something I've been meaning to do, and I know people seem to enjoy picking at the nuts and bolts of the tracks. I'll try to do one of these posts for each Hosey track. Soon, I hope to put together a "vault" where I can upload master tracks from the songs so that everybody can have a crack at the fun.

Mp3 stream and more after the jump...

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Book It! Give a Hoot! Books, Check 'Em Out!

I have been searching for a copy of this book for months! I'm so happy I've finally found it, and so far it doesn't look like it's going to disappoint. The Emperor's New Mind is an examination of the human mind as reflected by computers, artificial intelligence, and our understanding of quantum mechanics. The book was originally published in 1989, so some of the information is dated. But that doesn't seem to be of much importance, as most of the ideas are put forth from a hypothetical context that presumes the existence of very powerful and complex computers. It's interesting that the book cites speculation about the state of computer technology in 2010 and, as usual, the tech sector vastly over-estimates its ingenuity. Anyway, catch the back cover summary after the jump...

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Talking About Some ATDI


This is a conversation that stemmed from a comment I made on FB. Nothing particularly revelatory, but I've been thinking about the band At The Drive-In a lot lately. This is just an interesting exchange. I'm planning to write more about ATDI in the near future, as it relates to one of the songs from the Hosey album V II. I've abbreviated my friends names, to protect identities.

Patrik Phalen  Are we past that "too school for cool" point where we--especially those of us from the South--where we can all openly admit how absolutely bad ass At the Drive-In was? This may get my hipster license revoked, but I'll take ATDI over Sleigh Bells, Of Montreal, Pavement, and [fill in current Stereogum cream-fest here] any day of the week.
            --September 28 at 9:51pm

Monday, September 27, 2010

Static Radio Episode 001

Several months ago I did some podcast mixes for our friends at StaticTV. The mixes were made up of about half new songs and half selections from my crates. I also seasoned the mixes with "turntable skits" much like what you hear when you catch Hosey playing live. Having to spin a lot of new music took me outside of my comfort zone which was a lot of fun. I usually tried to work my way through two or three styles in each mix. Well, "styles" according to my perception, which can be kind of strange. I consider Thin Lizzy and Television as being fairly similar, and both are a lot like Soundgarden... I could go on and on. See? It's all relative.

Playlist embed after the jump. full download coming soon...

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Photos by Deneka Peniston

Our friend Deneka Peniston took some great pictures of our most recent performance at Lit Lounge.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Welcome to the new Hosey Blog + Etc.

Hello Reader,

You have found my blog. My name is Patrik Phalen. I do various musical things. You can catch me performing as one half of the duo Hosey, plus in sundry other contexts in the art world. I'm always working on new stuff. Right now, I'm in the process of starting this new blog and transferring all the old Hosey ephemera to it. You've caught it while it is still under construction, so please don't mind the mess. Otherwise, enjoy your stay.

Have fun.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

HOSEY Blog Write-Up (#01) - Bucket of Rock


Another Hosey mention. This one comes from Cassandra Mullinix over at Bucket of Rock.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

EXCLUSIVE Hosey Interview (#02)

Another interview with Hosey. This time it's one by our friend Jess over at Glasses Glasses:

This week I had the opportunity to interview Patrik Phalen, one of two members that makes up the band Hosey. The other member, Matt Hughes plays the bass. In what is a very unique blend of hip-hop production and style, mixed with 80s post-punk–it’s easy for me to say that I haven’t heard anything quite like Hosey. Their most recent creative venture, “Goodbye Bikini Island” is available to stream online, with a very reasonable “pay as you wish” price tag. Pop-culture, sub-culture–Hosey truly offers it all.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

EXCLUSIVE Hosey Interview (#01)

The Duluth News Tribune recently interviewed us! It was a lot of fun, and the reporter asked great questions! We really appreciate it. Check it out here...

...or just read it here. Reposted from The Duluth News Tribune :

5Q :: Hosey returns hip-hop to rap-free roots

While they’re not household names yet, the guys in Hosey are cooking up some truly exciting music out Manhattan way. Familiarize yourself now.

Friday, March 12, 2010

_Goodbye Bikini Island_ Album Review

The super cool website ran an awesome review of Goodbye Bikini Island. You can read it at their site...

...or check it out here, reposted from TheSilentBallet:

HOSEY - Goodbye Bikini Island  (7.5/10)

Fans of instrumental hip hop have had it tough going these past few years. The genre seems to have hit a rough patch. Many of its heroes have deserted it: DJ Shadow went hyphy, then dropped off the grid after his middling third album; The Avalanches vanished into the Australian mists from whence they came after 2000's epic Since I Left You; RJD2 jumped ship and started singing indie rock; J Dilla passed away in 2006. Only Prefuse 73, Flying Lotus, and a handful of skilled auteurs are still doing anything listenable with the form. Add New York duo Hosey to that list. Their latest album, Goodbye Bikini Island, is a love letter to the seemingly bygone era of break beat infused, sample crazed, rhyme-free boom bap.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Archive Post: Hosey on StaticTV

Originally Posted Saturday, March 6th, 2010

Our good friend Wesley runs a cool blog called StaticTV and he posted some awesome pictures from our show at Public Assembly in January 2010. Check them out here.

...or just look at them here, courtesy of StaticTV:

Archive Post: _Goodbye Bikini Island_ Album Notes

Here are some brief notes about the songs on Goodbye Bikini Island. I will expand on them in the future.