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by Christopher Grant Harris

Thursday, 25 May 2017

#welcometowarrendunes

It's not just a park in Michigan anymore...

It’s not just a state park in Michigan anymore…

Last Friday, Carrie & I were honored to be on a very short guest list of a very private show in Seattle: the debut of the brand-new supergroup Warren Dunes.

Warren Dunes is the smooshing together of Seattle stalwart bands Julia Massey and the Five Finger Discount and Electric NoNo. This turns out not to be too difficult of a feat, since Electric NoNo is only a two-man band, and drummer Dom Cortese is also the drummer for JM+FFD. So, basically, you take JM+FFD and add Electric NoNo guitarist Jared Cortese to it and voila you’ve got yourself a Warren Dunes.

First things first, though. This invite-only concert was held at Earwig Studios, the locale where the likes of Julia Massey, Electric NoNo, and Gentlemen of Leisure have laid down tracks. It also just happens to have an antechamber that is decorated to look exactly like the black lodge from Twin Peaks.

Opening act was the sweet acoustic stylings of Reggie Garrett:

Funk acoustic folk

Funk acoustic folk

You should really go check out his musics. Good stuffs.

Second act was the first-ever Seattle performance of my pals the Gentlemen of Leisure!

“If you are not a gentleman, then why are you alive?”

It was great to see them live for the first time. I was able to make an animated .GIF of ’em!

Gentlemen of Animation

Gentlemen of Animation

The headliners were, of course, Warren Dunes. Here’s their first-ever animated .GIF!

Warranimated Dunes

Warranimated Dunes. Wut.

I honestly expected the Warren Dunes sound to be more of a direct result of smooshing the Five Finger Discount and Electric NoNo together, but it was very heavily weighted towards Julia’s sound. Jared doesn’t even provide any vocals, which was very surprising. It sounded much like the Five Finger Discount plus an electric guitar.

Which is to say it sounded frikkin’ great. Just not at all what I was expecting.

You can hear the Warren Dunes sound in this video of them performing their song “War Cry” (recorded earlier, not at this show):

I’m excited to hear more of them! I just don’t wanna hafta wait for an album to come out! I = impatient for good musics!

Go, Julia, go! Shake out them tunes!

Go, Julia, go! Shake out them tunes!

Categories: Animated .GIFs, Concerts/Shows, Music, Videos.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

The Gentlemen of Leisure go “So Far” on the Spud Goodman Show

Livin' that GOL.life life.

Livin’ that GOL.life life.

My pals in the Gentlemen of Leisure recently appeared on the Spud Goodman show and performed some songs. You can watch a very expertly-shot video of their performance of “So Far” on the YouTubes right now! Here it is:

This is kinda exciting because “So Far” is not on their most recent EP release, so it’s a brand-new one for me. Neat!

They also performed a couple other songs during the episode! You can listen to the whole thing (which also features Tom Arnold, Stephen Tobolowsky, and Eugene Simon) right here.

Yes.

Categories: Music, My Famous Friends, Videos.

Friday, 5 May 2017

Celebrate Me by Watching Me be Me: It’s a Fools Play Birthday Party!

Who that guy in purple on the right? It me!

Who that guy in purple on the right? It me!

HEY, GANG! Tomorrow (Saturday the 6th) is a very cool and rare happening: Fools Play Improv is occuring on MY BIRTHDAY! So, really, if you want to help me celebrate my birthday, you should come down to Olympia and watch me make an ass outta myself for an hour or two!

Details:
Fools Play May 6 in Oly (Faced Book event)
Saturday, May 6th 9:00 PM
@ South Sound Estuarium
309 State Ave NE, Olympia, WA 98501 (map)
All-Ages, Only $5!

I’d love to see as many people there as can fit into the building. YAY BIRFDAY!

Categories: Birthday, Concerts/Shows, Fools Play.

Thursday, 4 May 2017

“Of the Month” May 2017

Album of the Month:

Lookout by Fine Prince

A fun an extremely-hard-to-categorize album, this poppy gem is full of great hooks, funny lyrics, and some very nice polish. It is really hard to describe Fine Prince’s music without using metaphor. This album is a warm summer breeze in the hours before dusk. There, howzat? They call it “sunshine pop” and I dig it. Seriously, listen to all of the things in these songs: overflowing buckets of harmony (male and female), cool synths (two keyboard players), sometimes a brass section, even a choir in “Nostalgia.” It’s all very charming and hard to resist. Buy it. Support these guys and gals so they can record more, ’cause I wanna hear it.

Artist Of the Month:

Felicia Chang, AKA Little Kumiho

Little Kumiho has a fashion-y animé style that I find very appealing. It also sometimes feels like what Mike Allred’s work would look like if he pushed just a little into the animé milieu. Bonus: She’s very local, so there’s actually a good chance I’ll meet her someday!

Video Game of the Month:

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

In an unprecedented move, I am making something an “Of the Month” for two months in a row. Why? Because I’m still playing this game two months after I got it. Almost every day. And it is still just as awesome as the first day. Just take a look at this:

Daaaaaaaaaaaang.

Daaaaaaaaaaaang.

Categories: Of the Month.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

For Your Wednesday Listening Pleasure: Shape Shifters & Mind Readers

Freaky People, comin' to your neighborhood… Freaky People, never up to any good…

Freaky People, comin’ to your neighborhood… Freaky People, never up to any good…

I have two songs for your listening pleasure today. They’re thematically linked! First up is “Shape Shifter” by They Might Be Giants:

“Shape Shifter” is from They Might Be Giants’s most-recent full studio album from 2016, Phone Power:

Such a powerful phone.

Such a powerful phone.

“Shape Shifter” goes thematically well with another great song, “Mind Readers” by Electric NoNo:

“Mind Readers” is from Electric NoNo’s most-recent full studio album from 2014, The Zoo at Night. That’s way back when they were still calling themselves The Jesus Rehab!

There you have it. Two songs about weirdo freaks in your everyday life. Enjoy!

Categories: Music, Videos.

Monday, 17 April 2017

Canadian Konami Code

O Canada. O Konami. O Canadian Konami. O Konada? Canami?

O Canada. O Konami. O Canadian Konami. O Konada? Canami?

Hahahahahahaha! Canada is putting out a new $10 bill to mark their 150th birthday. They made a snazzy new web page where you can do a 360-degree view of it (and see that, once again, it is like a million times prettier than any American money).

You can also do something else: if you enter the Konami code on that page, you get a fun li’l surprise. Be sure to have the volume up (but not a lot); there’s an auditory component.

If you don’t want to do it yourself, a couple of people have recorded it and put it on on the YouTubes. Like this one:

If you didn’t do it yourself because you don’t know what the Konami code is, then are you sure this is the right website for you? Ah, just google it or something. It even has its own Wikipedia page.

Basically what this means is that the Bank of Canada’s web development team has some GREAT BIG NERDS in it!

Also, O Canada is a way better song than Star Spangled Banner.

Categories: Links, Video Games.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Dark Comedy Late Show with Mike Eagle

The first episode did not go well...

The first episode did not go well…

Just over two years after this song was first released on his A Special Episode Of EP, a very slick and hilarious music video has been released for Open Mike Eagle’s “Dark Comedy Late Show.” It features cameos from comedians Kurt Braunohler and Baron Vaughn (the latter of which will be providing the voice of Crow T. Robot in the new Mystery Science Theater 3000 series coming soon to Netflix). The video is about the inaugural episode of the fictional Dark Comedy Late Show with Mike Eagle that goes horribly awry because Mike just will not stop rapping. Take a look:

Baron Vaughn gets some very funny moments as the camera cuts to his face displaying a gamut of emotions from horrified to embarrassed.

Yeah, we've all been there, Baron.

Yeah, we’ve all been there, Baron.

There is also a nice cameo by Mike Eagle’s compatriot Busdriver as a member of the Late Show band (which of course also gets interrupted by Mike’s incessant rapping). He plays some sort of little keyboard/sampler thing!

Get on the bus!

Get on the bus!

I’m not sure who the two women in the band are, but the woman playing guitar does look familiar. The video’s IMDB page doesn’t have a credit for a singer/guitarist, though weirdly it does have one for a Kimberlee Redman as keybordist (and a guy named Victor Holmes as a musician???). Anybody help me out with them?

Anyhoo, this super-professional video was released on the JASH YouTube channel. JASH is (in their own words)

Founded and featuring original content by partners Sarah Silverman, Michael Cera, Tim and Eric, and Reggie Watts, JASH is the first fully realized network to offer all its comedic partners complete creative autonomy. At Jash we always strive to offer a variety of content with a unique voice: boundaries will be pushed, and disorientation is sure to ensue.

So, yeah, there’s some comedic luminaries putting out this video.

P.S. I swear that this website is not going to become a news site just about Open Mike Eagle. He’s just been doing a lot of really interesting stuff recently!

That's some dark comedy.

That’s some dark comedy.

Categories: Music, Videos.