Archive for the Music Category

I Always Wanted to Play Drums

Posted in Music with tags , on October 17, 2015 by Aaron

http://typedrummer.com/

This is a really cool idea! A person named Kyle Stetz made a box. You type some characters into it. Each character is a sound from a drum sampler. You can write a sentence that makes a beat.

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All That Cats

Posted in Music with tags , on October 12, 2015 by Aaron

Some of my roommates in college used to beat box. I always loved when they would spontaneously break out into a jam session. My favorite segment from this short is the one with the swings.

<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/87845722″>All That cats</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/user25502227″>KEDD Animation Studio</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

It is called All That Cats, directed by Mátyás Lanczinger from Hungary in 2009.

Beetlejuice, Better Off Dead, and Brain Dead

Posted in Movies, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 10, 2015 by Aaron

If there are any movies that start with the letter B that have impacted me greatest, it would be these three. When I was 8 years old I watched Beetlejuice every single day for a whole summer. It was the prefect mix of a completely wacky story, not-to-scary (except for Large Marge, she is still terrifying), and an awesome style that I would later learn was Tim Burtons second feature film (after Pee-wee’s Big Adventure).

Every. Single. Day. My dad still makes fun of me.

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The next film that I would watch incessantly was Better Off Dead. The Bouncing Souls was a band that I loved. One of their songs had a quote from the film. I didn’t rest until I found out what movie that was. In 1997, that wasn’t so easy… the internet wasn’t omnipotent yet. I loved that there was a young Jon Cusack in it (Grosse Pointe Blank had recently come out), my favorite band loved it, most of my peers hadn’t seen it, and it was totally wacky. A white kid in suburbia trying to grow up with the perspective of trying to make sense of the world.

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Eventually I would get into horror movies. Still, to this day, my favorite is Brain Dead (otherwise known as Dead Alive in the US). You guessed it … it’s wacky! A young Peter Jackson directed this one. It is full of silly blood-and-guts that is totally over the top. It borrows a lot and builds on the amazingness of the Evil Dead series. As you watch it you continually tell yourself that you can’t be shocked anymore, and then your jaw drops again, and again …

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These movies totally hold up and I would whole heartedly recommend them.

1 Hour of Dora

Posted in Kid Talk, Music with tags , , on February 4, 2015 by Aaron

I’m so sorry. I just had to tell someone about this. The internet never fails to amaze me in the weirdness it contains.

Why would you do this?

Ratatat

Posted in Music with tags , , , on January 9, 2015 by Aaron

For a song titled “Drugs” I think this video is a very good representational piece.

I used to listen to this band a lot. They are from Brooklyn, NY (where a band comes from always seems important to me for some reason, I haven’t quite figured it out yet). I like that I can do work or play games while listening to them and not get distracted by lyrics, as there aren’t any.

When I was living in NY I got a chance to go see them play live. I was surprised at how little I liked the show considering I really like their music. Since there are only 2 artists in the band a lot of their music is layered in with the same band member playing multiple instruments on each song. So at the show they had one other guy playing with them while they each played a guitar or bass. A bunch of it was prerecorded and they were playing along. It was almost as if I were listening to their music at home, just really loud.

I don’t go to shows to hear the music played exactly the same as it is on the record. I like the differences and nuance that comes from a piece of music growing beyond the recording session. However, I am glad that I thought of these guys so I could bring it back into my life. I hope you enjoy it too!

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Secret Chiefs 3

Posted in Music with tags , , on October 22, 2014 by Aaron

Last night I went to see one of my most favorite bands, Secret Chiefs 3. This was the third or forth time I have seen them and they never fail to impress me with their extraordinary music, presence, and mystery. If I were to describe their music it would be a combination of arabic-surf-metal with crazy time signatures and polyrhythm galore. I couldn’t point you to a specific video/song as no single song can pin them down. If you aren’t into “weird” music, then you might want to start with songs from their album Book of Horizons.

The first time I saw them play I had never heard of them before. They were opening for my favorite band Sleepytime Gorilla Museum. They came out dressed in cult-like cloaks and played their hearts out. There were a ton of musicians on stage and they never said a word, never used the microphone. At least half the audience was there just to see them, not the headliners. When they finished, the crowd demanded that they come out for more. This was the first and only time I have ever seen an opening act called out for an encore. They came back out and set up a microphone. I assumed they would say something like, “Thanks! We’re Secret Chiefs 3, up next…” but no…. they pulled out a trumpet and played that into the mic.
IMG_5752Side notes:

  • I found out from talking with a guy on the train ride home that it was the drummers birthday and that is why they kept playing little snippets of the happy birthday song.
  • I work with their tour managers wife. I was supposed to be on the guest list but it never got sent so I had to buy a ticket. I will gladly buy a ticket every time if that is how I can get in.
  • Trey Spruance is the leader of this band, but is probably better known for his role in the band Mr. Bungle. I found out today that he was also in Faith No More for a little bit.

I know I said I couldn’t pick just one, but I did.

Star Wars

Posted in Kid Talk, Movies, Music with tags , , , , , , on September 23, 2014 by Aaron

My daughter and I have been listening to the Star Wars Dark Empire dramatized audiobook in the car. She loves it. Today when I picked her up from school she was super excited to show me a drawing she had made. She was also super proud that I correctly guessed who all the people in the drawing were. Check it out! I’m super proud too.Chloe Star Wars Drawing