In March, 2014, I had the strange and surreal treat of being in a PIXIES video, directed by Mount Emult. I got to wear a painted gourd on my head (created by James Bickford) and wear a couple of old dresses. I got to stand around in a frigid icy wet field until I couldn’t feel my hands. I got to walk funny, and then—via the magic of an expensive camera with a high framerate—I got be transformed into something spooky named Broken Lady. Super-good crew of people, including the absurdly dedicated and shirtless Chris Tamma. I wouldn’t exactly say it was a good time, as it was terrible weather and I was going through some hard personal shit, but the final product is really rad. I dig it.
Mount Emult – Director/Editor
Dan Peck – Cinematographer/Colorist
Colby Makin – 16mm cinematography
Swathi Mohan – AC
Paul W. Preston – Grip
Andrew Hart – Hands
pronoblem (James Bickford) – Masks, Beast Costume
Chris Tamma – Man Dragging Bag, Beast
Tom Pappalardo – Broken Lady
Alek Gorzewski – Broken Man
pronoblem (James Bickford) – Snake Man, Beast
1. DESIGN: I will be giving a little presentation at FOE Gallery in Northampton on Sept 26th. Topics to be discussed: Graphic design, writers, funny TV shows, musicians, people who jam econo.
2. COMICS: I will be selling comics and whatnot at the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo 2013 in Boston on Sept 28th and 29th. (Facebook)
3. ROCK: The Demographic plays an increasingly un-rare acoustic set on Saturday, October 5th at Luthier’s Co-op in Easthampton, Massachusetts.
Come and say hello to me.
This year’s Transperformance theme was BEYOND BOB: Cover songs by any musician or band with a member named Bob. I joined up with UNICORN as a rhythm guitarist for a fast 5 song Replacements set. Unfortunately, we lost our lead guitarist a week before the gig. BUT WE MUDDLED ONWARD! Muddled right into a rain storm at the outdoor Pines Theater at Look Park. No one got electrocuted or anything.
Nice and sloppy.
Thanks to Dan, Jeff, and Cher for the video-taking.
After a terrible event like the Boston Marathon bombing, certain things are sure to occur:
1. People want to help by purchasing or selling things. We, as Americans, generally like to express ourselves through consumerism.
2. People want to display their grief/solidarity/regional pride.
3. People will generate merchandise at an incredible rate in order to fill the demand, quality be damned.
Now, some of the items below might have their proceeds donated to charity (like One Fund, for instance), which I think is awesome. I’m not delving into the motivation behind these items (though I figure some are more noble than others). I just want to look at ’em for a sec. The internet and print-on-demand allows for entire product lines to be created with just a few clicks. I think occasionally, we should pause and take a look at what’s being pumped out. Continue reading
The third and final CD by the mysterious The No-Shadow Kick, released back when I foolishly thought eclecticism was some sort of virtue. Ho-ho-ho. This album has something for everyone, and therefore probably something for everyone to hate, too. Continue reading
Graphic Designer Annoyance: Putting a stroke around text because somebody doesn’t think there’s enough contrast between text color and background color.
Oh, the jet-set life of the self-employed! I’ve been keeping busy and hustlin’ to pay off our recent house remodeling project. On the multimedia front, there’s been a bunch of animation work and even some audio/radio work, but I’m not posting any of that because I’m lazy. Instead, here are a few of the freelance print projects I’ve been working on for the last few months. Continue reading
There has been a long-running disagreement in my brain concerning my tendency to say “fudgicle” even though all packaging and humans around me clearly pointed towards “fudgsicle.” Last night I took part in a lively scholarly debate, and some research was conducted on various handheld Internet-enabled devices. REVELATIONS OCCURRED. Continue reading
…Well, Northampton, UK. But still, it’s a… uh, catchy song. I guess. Anyway, it’s about aliens coming to town to steal energy. This was apparently a positive thing, according to the city government. Continue reading
Sighted in one of the antique/junk shops on Market Street, Northampton, Massachusetts: A National NC-190 Radio Receiver. Quite possibly one of the loveliest pieces of electronic design I’ve ever laid eyes and hands upon. Those knobs are like candy.
From the early ’60s, built in Malden, Mass.