Saturday, 31 October 2015
Or as Trevor Peach says, Happy Hallowwon’t!
Or as Trevor Peach says, Happy Hallowwon’t!
Trevor Peach is the world’s best worst emo musician ever. Relentlessly depressing and determinedly low-tech, his music swings around the low end of crappy and comes back as something with some semblance of brilliance. I have a complicated reaction to his music; It’s so overwhelmingly down that it makes me laugh, and so frustratingly perfect that it makes me what to punch holes in walls… in a happy way.
I went so far as to make a peppy, chiptune cover of one of his songs once many years ago. Here is the original:
And here is my cover:
A problem with Trevor Peach is that his music has never been released in any serious way. If you were lucky someone burned you a copy of a copy of a copy of a CD that someone convinced Trevor to burn at one point. But recently my lifelong friend and birthday buddy Geoff moved to Canada, where he has little to do. So he has embarked on an important musical curating project: the collection and releasing of the song stylings of Trevor Peach.
Let Geoff tell you in his own words:
I met someone in 2004. Strangely enough, I met him in a dumpster, but that’s a story for another time.
In the 11 years or so that I’ve known him, he’s been constantly making music on a shoestring budget and sending out mixed tapes to close friends, but never a mass audience. I wouldn’t say it’s my personal cup of tea, but many people seem to enjoy it.
To this end, I’ve been trying literally *for years* to help him promote his stuff. Honestly, it’s been so long in coming because he’s terribly hard to work with; moody, sad, morose, and not at all deadline oriented.
But… I have managed to curate quite a collection, and it’s all going to be shared with the world now, since I have his blessing to do so.
So, without further ado, I give you (my friends of Facebook), the one – the only – Trevor Peach:
So far, the 4 EP’s are up. Next week I hope to have the 2 LP’s newly remastered. After that, well, I have worked out a weekly visitation to see Trevor and get him to record new music that no one has heard yet. If all goes well, I’ll be able to get a song a week from him – heck, maybe I can get some guest artists to work with him, too!!
Anyway, I’m sure the people that love TP’s stuff will be excited, and I’m just happy to help the guy out!!!
So all of Trevor Peach’s (known) recordings are now up on Bandcamp for all to “enjoy.” And yesterday, the first new song since 2011 was released. It has a surprisingly well-produced sound to it (most likely due to Geoff’s influence in mixing and mastering). Partake:
Geoff promises to get one song every week out of Trevor. Let’s see if he can do it!
Well, I came back, and I'm making music. Look, a new song a week starting now :( https://t.co/z6lWsexLfW
— TrevorPeach (@TrevorPeach) August 24, 2015
So San Diego Comic-Con is over, and there were lots of big announcements and blah-blah-blah Star Wars blah-blah-blah Batman v. Superman blah-blah X-Men Apocalypse blah-blah. You already know all about all of those, so I ain’t gunna get into ’em.
These are the things that happened at Comic-Con that I really enjoyed:
A friend of mine had a comic book signing at Comic-Con. I still can’t get over that!
I mean, comicbookresources.com even did previews of this book. Hooray Michael Tanner! I <3 my famous friends.
The opening segment of Conan O’Brien’s week of shows filmed at Comic-Con was undoubtably the best part:
Now that Joss Whedon is no longer the shepherd of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he has time to do projects for himself for a change! First up: an original comic book about an original character:
Joss Whedon had (unsurprisingly) my favorite single quote of the whole weekend when he described the book:
Basically deals with the most important moral question facing us, which is, why isn’t there a Victorian Female Batman? 
There was a Steven Universe panel. And this happened:
I made the mistake of watching that during my lunch break at work last week. Fortunately no one else was around, so I didn’t have to explain that I was crying about a cartoon.
There was an Adventure Time panel, which also contained Rebecca Sugar, the creator of Steven Universe. See, she worked on Adventure Time before starting Steven Universe, and she wrote a bunch of the most memorable songs for them. And she’s written a new song for Marceline. Whose voice actress, Olivia Olson, also just happened to be on the panel. So, y’know, she helped out:
I do believe this speaks for itself. Let me know if you’re confused about anything:
And, of course, one of my favorite Instagram accounts: Wrongplayed, that purposefully (and hilariously) misidentifies the various cosplay of the con:
So that’s what I enjoyed and/or am looking forward to. How about you?
THIS IS VERY EXCITING! Three Ninjas himself has personally provided me with the exclusive world premier of the new song “Too Bad We Met” from his upcoming album The Sadness Will Last Forever!
That means you, my friends, get to have FIRST LISTEN before the album drops at the end of the month:
You should pre-order The Sadness Will Last Forever so that you can enjoy more songs like this the moment they are released!
Hi. My pal Three Ninjas has two big life events coming up:
You can help BOTH of those things happen by pre-ordering his soon-to-be-finished upcoming album, The Sadness Will Last Forever! You can pay what you want for an album full of excellent, authentic country music. Like this sample (from his previous album, Alcohol and Isolation) here:
You know you want more o’ that. Three Ninjas is running a GoFundMe for this pre-order. Go there now and become overwhelmed with anticipation (until the end of the Month, when the album will prolly be released).
Whanna whet your whappetite? (What is whappening?) Look no further than here, as yesterday Mike released a preview track from the EP, titled “Raps for When It’s Just You and the Abyss.” It’s a dreamy, succulent offering:
Nice nice, eh?
Hey, listen, if you’re like me (and you should be) and you can’t get your fill of Open Mike Eagle, you shouldst really be listening to his podcast as well: Secret Skin. In fact, in the most recent episode (which featured special guest Busdriver—who has a song called “Secret Skin” on one of his albums… hmm… I wonder…) Mike premiered ANOTHER track from the new EP. So go listen to that. Do it. For me. And for Mike.
Yesterday The Jesus Rehab (aka the best rock band in Seattle right now) released a music video for their song “Sallie” from their 2014 album The Zoo at Night (which I reviewed in-depth here). The song itself is a joyous celebration of death after a life well-lived, and the video is a funny little skit about a sentient phone punctuated with a tiny version of TJR appearing here and there via the magic of low-fi special effects. Seriously, the retro bluescreen effect is charming, as is the jittery stop-motion animation. It captures the playful spirit of the band excellently. Take a look-see:
Now everyone wants to recycle their electronics, right!?