December 2nd will the the world premiere of The Jesus Rehab’s new music video for their not-yet-released song “Mind Readers” (a.k.a. “We’re All Slaves to the Lizard King”)! There’s something a wee bit extra-especial about this video. You see, I just happen to be all up in it! That’s right! It’s a rock music video featuring Christopher Grant Harris dressed up in his finest “1930s Banker” outfit!
It should be a pretty fun video. We had a lot of fun filming it at any rate:
Speaking of the Jesus Rehab, their current Kickstarter is still running; if you have not yet kicked in some of yo dolla-dolla billsz, you shouldst do so now—they need your help.
It’s time! After many long years, The Jesus Rehab have finally recorded a new full-length album! They just need a li’l help to get it all prettified and released out into the wild. To that effect, they have started a new Kickstarter campaign for The Zoo At Night!
The Jesus Rehab are the best, un-ironic, unapologetic, rockin’ duo in Seattle right now. If you’re my friend then you’re probably already a fan, so kick a few bucks their way and let’s get another musical masterpiece out into the world, eh?
If you’re somehow out of the loop, let me briefly run it down for you: earlier this year the musical geek folklorist (and incredibly bearded) Jonathan Coulton, similarly-bearded comic book writer Greg Pak (known mostly for his work on the Hulk books in the late 2000s, and who is now writing Batman/Superman), and beardless illustrator Takeshi Miyazawa (who drew many issues of The Runaways) teamed up to make a limited series comic book based on Jonathan Coulton’s songs. They launched a Kickstarter campaign that ended up raising almost $350,000!
Well, this week the first issue of the resulting comic book became (digitally) available!
Code Monkey Very Simple Man, with Big, Warm, Fuzzy, Secret Heart. Code Monkey Save World.
You can get it from ComiXology here. YOU SHOULD DO THAT. Unless you funded the Kickstarter, in which case you had access to this about a month ago. In which case you should have already done that.
Undecided? You can see a preview of the first few pages. Then you should get it.
Today I’m talking about Prom Queen once again, this time because she has a pretty awesome idea for a Kickstarter campaign. You see, Prom Queen wants to put out a new album, Midnight Veil. But instead of just putting out a new album, she wants to make a video for each song. But instead of just making a video for each song, she wants to make a series of videos that, together, make up a film. As she puts it:
Prom Queen: Midnight Veil will be a full-length album-film. I will be making 12 videos for each of the 12 songs and they will be strung together and woven into a film, or rather an interconnected series of short-films.
It’s quite an ambitious project, and she’s asking for $12,000. That may seem like a lot, but it really just breaks down to $1,000 per video, which is really not very much money to produce professional-quality videos.
I really like projects like these. It reminds me of Daft Punk’s Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem, in which Daft Punk’s Discovery album was transformed into a full-length animé movie designed by the acclaimed Leiji Matsumoto (Battle Ship Yamamoto, Captian Harlock). Plus Prom Queen is no stranger to making movies; Celene directed the puppet classic A Very Alan Thickemass a few years ago (unfortunately the movie seems to have disappeared from the internet except for one clip). Her recent video for “This Town Ain’t Big Enough” was super-professional (though as she points out she didn’t direct it herself, it still proves she knows how to surround herself with talented folks). So I have every confidence that this movie can kick some major ass, if we kick it first.
There are lots and lots of independent movies floating about the world and the internets in various stages of production. Many of them have Kickstarter campaigns. One of them is called “Winning Dad.”
How is it that this movie came to garner my support when so many others have not? Well, for starters it’s being made locally: all Western Washington cast and crew and whatnot. For another thing, it’s got a pretty intriguing premise that fits very well into our enlightened, Pacific-Northwest mindset:
Colby’s dad knows his son is gay, but he doesn’t like talking about it. He respects it, but ignores everything about that aspect of his son’s life – he doesn’t even know about Colby’s long-term boyfriend, Rusty.
Increasingly committed to Rusty, Colby hatches a plan to trick his father into camping with Rusty under the pretense that Rusty is Colby’s straight friend and future business partner. Colby is convinced that, given the chance, his father and his boyfriend will get along great…
Here’s their Kickstarter vid so you can learn more:
As an added bonus, they’ve also hired Ellen McLain, who you probably know as the voice of GLaDOS from the Portal games (and in Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming Pacific Rim extravaganza) as one of the on-screen characters in the film. She’s also gotten involved in the Kickstarter campaign, and let’s just say that this time the cake is NOT a lie:
And what’s that song that was playing in the background during that video? Why it’s “Skatepark” by Julia Massey & The Five Finger Discount!
Good pal and Fools Play member Esa Hakkarainen (the Periwinkle Fool) has become the third Fool to be in a band that has had a Kickstarter campaign (after Geoff the Yellow Fool and Nathan the Orange Fool). Esa plays bass for the band “Simon the Leper,” which I can best describe as kind of a cross between spacey post-rock and screaming metal.
You can head over to their Bandcamp page to listen to an EP and a live album. Here’s a sample from the “You Are OK” EP (mixed by Geoff the Yellow Fool, incidentally):
And if you like what you hear, of course head on over to Kickstarter and toss in your two cents.
And second is Nathan Geyer the Orange Fool’s Band Locust Street Taxi with the Kickstarter for their next album, their final album before they become famous. This is kind of an all-or-nothing proposition for this band; they say that if this album doesn’t make them famous then they’re callin’ it quits. Here’s their video:
Two worthy Kickstarters at one time!? What is someone to do? The answer is simple. Give pledges to both by following these links here!