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Listening to my Gut Instinct

In my last post I mentioned that my gut tells me more is coming. It was correct.

I have a new video. Here is the link. Insert Coin Video

I had some stuff printed up to go along with the guitar picks. So more on that soon.

I recently put together a 16 bar verse for a contest that XOC (xocishungry XOC Entertainment) is organzing and running. I was able to accomplish a few things I've always wanted to do. Every few lines I changed up the style of delivery. Its a mix of rapping and singing. Different cadences, different melodies. Its more consice and straightforward than my abstract stuff but still complex enough to be me. I'm damn proud of it. The really awesome part to me is that I stayed on topic and told a complete idea/story so to speak.

I got a little bit better at mixing during this. 6Cide and I both entered track's. His is a verbal onslaught.

The thing I'm trying to do much more this year - is write quickly. Don't over think it. Just make it. Hopefully I'll get some links up soon.

Between Myk Media and XOC they've helped me re-spark in a way that I can tangibly hold onto something and move forward again. Ed Sheeran played a part. Thanks Ed.

Posted: 07/27/2023 @ 05:37 AM

I always tell myself that I need to update this once per month. I'm slacking apparently.

I have Sample the Martian Guitar Picks coming soon. They're freaking awsome.

I have kind of adopted a new songwriting strategy. Hopefully it works. I have a track that I'm working on with Myk Media. I'm remixing/reworking a track from his called EP Starlight Springs Mall. I have written some basslines and a hook. I'm still working on some stuff with 6Cide. My gut tells me there is more stuff coming.

I posted a newly reworked track to my bandcamp. I always thought it was a good song - but I wrote and reocrded the vocals in a few hours. So I had some stuff that I wanted to fix. As far as my songs go. . . Box at the End is the one most people really like. This one is up at the top like that. Here it is. Go listen to it. Insert Coin

Listen to it twice - all the way through. Sing along. "Hpnotized by the flashing glow. . . "

Posted: 07/19/2023 @ 06:08 AM

Hamtramck Music Fest - Angel of Mars

I had the pleasure of going to see Angel of Mars at the Hamtramck Music Fest last night. Sometimes for me music is purely emotional. Sometimes its all thought and other times its spiritual. This show was all three of those things. I was able to catch 3 bands at the Sanctuary but I'll get to that in a moment. With music there are so many things to know about. From theory, to gear, to who has played with who in which bands and which recordings etc. Its all interconnected in intricate patterns. One of the guitarists in Angel of Mars played the intro and outro for the very beloved Sample the Martian song: Box at the End. (Thank you everyone who enjoys that song). That would be Andy Gould playing a PRS. His wife, Terrianne Gould is on vocals, and guitar (playing a Gibson SG). Rich Hartwick who also plays in a band Rabbit Ears is on bass (Plays an Eastwood) and Angelina Manly (who played with Broadzilla). When I walked in they were doing their sound check and Angelina was playing some massive blast beats. It was a treat for me to see that. I didn't get a sense that she was showing off on purpose - but it was amazing. It takes a lot for a drummer to really grab my attention. Not just speed and accuracy but also feelign and diversity. I don't know for sure but I'd guess that she could rip out something in 13/16 time like it was nothing and make it sound like it was as natural as 4/4.

The set was great. If you are familiar with subgenres like doom, stoner, sludge - its definitely that. There are also some really great time shifts and tempo changes. The grooves are solid - the layers make it really shine. There is a lot to disect. Its a unique take on these elements and I'd definitely recommend checking them out live when they play in October - but also hunt down their songs as they become available. I'm positive that they knew that their final song was a crowd pleaser. It definitely left us wanting more. Here is their setlist.

1. Solstice rising
2. Siren in Scorpio
3. What would your angel do
4. Moon water
5. Petey
6. Dance of the luminous crone
7. Through the looking Glass

It is also worth noting that as I approached the venue I met Kristin (ThunderQueen). She plays drums in Warhorses. Even though I had to work at 6am I needed to see some of their set - and I'm glad that I did. They were very theatrical and brought wonderful stage energy. The guitarist had lots of chops that grabbed my ear. I need to dig in more to this band. I feel like an ass writing such a short bit on such a cool group. But hopefully "More will be revealed.

The 2nd band that played was Dr. Wolf's Cult of Kings. They played a Ween cover of Tried and True. They were more of a jam band. I enjyoed their set quite a bit. I also heard them mention Marquette. Since I lived there for 5 years late youth I had to pay a little extra attention based on that. There was some intense soloing and one of the guitar players broke the thick E string. I don't see that often. That comes from playing your ass off of course.

I haven't been to as many local/indie shows since the pandemic. This is proof that I need to do this more. Especially when I can enjoy the whole night and not work. I had an amazing time.

Posted: 08/13/2022 @ 09:39 AM

6 Sides of Sickness

My boy 6Cide just dropped 4 tracks on youtube. Please go check them out. Let them seep into your soul (as if you will have a choice). His words are deep.

Calm Down Relax Official Audio

New Strain Official audio

Borrowed Time Official Audio

Shampoo Official Audio

Posted: 08/02/2022 @ 09:40 AM