The past several months I’ve been working on finishing an album that I recorded with my friend Jake Frye (of Jesus on the Moon fame) while we were both still grad students at Western Washington University back in 2009–10. That’s a long time to sit on recordings, I know, but we were so proud of them that we knew we had to do some sort of formal release eventually. But first we had to master the tracks, and then we had to have album art done. And doing all that stuff in your spare time usually makes it take time.
Posted in Amniotic Buzzsaw, Collaborations, Music, Writing
Tagged Amniotic Buzzsaw, Bellingham, Chas Hoppe, experimental, Indie, Jake Frye, Music, Rock
About a year and a half ago, my band, Anyway, Soon set out to record what was intended to be our first and final album. The duties of real life were taking their priority with members moving to different area codes, but we wanted to set down our final batch of songs as a sort of record of what we had done.
Sadly, although the recording process generally went very well, by the time everyone had dispersed, we just hadn’t gotten far along enough on the tracks to release a complete album, as intended. We did finish this one song though, which you can listen to below.
There are rough mixes of the other songs on our drummer/engineer’s Soundcloud page. It was a blast playing with these guys, and if I had one regret, it’s that I never found myself able to commit the amount of time/effort into the project as it deserved. But such is life.
So, it looks like we’re going to be surviving this whole Mayan apocalypse thing. That’s good. I have a book coming out next year and I’d like to have the satisfaction of knowing it was actually released before the world ups and quits on me.
Anyway, I thought it would be fun to make an apocalypse playlist. I asked my friends to come up with suggestions, then put this together on Rdio. Sadly some of my friends’ awesome suggestions were not yet available on this platform, but hey. If you want to add to the playlist, either leave a comment or subscribe to it on Rdio. I’ve left it open for everyone to edit.
Sadly, I can’t embed the playlist, but click here or the image below to go to it.
Posted in Humor, Music, Poetry, Writing
Tagged Armageddon, Chas Hoppe, End of the World, Gold Wake Press, Gwar, Joshua Young, Mayan Apocalypse, Muse, Music, Nine Inch Nails, NoFX, playlist, Poetry, Prince, Rock, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, Soundgarden, The Diegesis
I must start this post with an essential caveat: this is all anecdotal. These arguments would not hold up in a court of law, but that being said I would have no idea why anyone would be talking about this in court in the first place. That would be a boring case to litigate. This is just me thinking out loud, so to speak, because I think that’s what having a blog is for.
Second caveat: this whole thing is going to reek of sounding hipsterish.
Just like my last post, I’d like to recount to you a cool thing I did many months ago, but that I’m just now getting around to sharing with you. I’ve been doing the Amniotic Buzzsaw project with my coconspirator Jake Frye since about mid-2009, when he called me up one night and asked me if I wanted to get drunk with him and write a song.
Well, we’ve now produced 13 songs, 10 of which will be seeing the light of day as our first album within the next couple months. Just gotta finish those final mixes. I am proud to say that alcohol has been involved in each of these cases.
Hello. I have been away for far too long. Had to go off and learn how to be a big, professional boy.
Gonna start posting to this site again soon. Redesigning some things in it now.
Good stuff is happening though. Got a chapbook out with the amazing Joshua Young called “The Diegesis.” You can check it out at Gold Wake Press here.
But what’s really cool, is that Gold Wake is putting out the full collection next April. I’ve put out a lot of books in the past year under different names, but this one will have my name on it, dammit.
In the meantime, here’s a disco song about hot man-on-narwhal action. You’re welcome.
Posted in Collaborations, Music, Poetry, Writing
Tagged Badassery, Bellingham, Creative Writing, Indie, Music, poem, poems, Poetry, Rock
This is my attempt at a ballad/pop song. Haven’t done one in a while. Also wanted to take a shot at Decemberists-ish storytelling, though I don’t know if I pulled that one off.
I want to watch the curtains closing
and strike the stage for the next act.
so I can retreat to the green room
and plan a way to win you back.
I’m not jumping
in front of you
So we’d been going through the motions,
but I’d kept my dignity intact,
it’s just that slackening of tension
that’s made me slowly come off track.
I’m not jumping
What difference between plots twists and betrayal?
Your seat lies vacant as the lights dim overhead.
The orchestra replays the themes
the intermission sets the scene
An hour left to go tonight
I can only hope I end it right.
Posted in National Poetry Month, Poetry, Writing
Tagged Alternative, Anyway Soon, Creative Writing, Indie, Lyrics, Music, poem, poems, Poetry, Songs, Writing