Posts tagged “Open Mike Eagle”

Monday, 27 March 2017

The New Mayor of Ferndale: Open Mike Eagle

Sunday night Open Mike Eagle had a musics show in Seattle. I kinda wanted to go, but (a) it was a school night, (b) I’m old, and (c) by the time I got around to looking at tickets it was already sold out.

I was kinda bummed to miss him this time around; he’s always very entertaining. Well, it turns out he entertained us all on Saturday when he had to make a very unscheduled stop on his tour in the town of Ferndale, WA (just north of Bellingham):

Mike Instagrammed the whole adventure of his “Ferndayoff” so I’ll let him tell it in his own words and photos:

so you know that thing that everybody knows about how you have to bring your passport to enter canada and everybody knows that? well i forgot i knew that until i woke up on a tour bus about an hour away from the border like an easily avoidable bad dumb dream. so i wont be rapping in vancouver tonight (sorry. i failed the part of the test where you have to bring a passport). i will however be hanging out all day in a magical place called ferndale washington trying to see how quickly I could be the mayor. #ferndale #ideservethis

ferndale what are you doing? you cant call a place this. #ferndalewa #ferndalewhy

ferndale i dont know what the fuck this is. i must investigate. #ferndalewa #ferndalewtf

the drive through tattoo parlor/ home decor investigation is on hold for a moment because im afraid that this dairy queen is also the local high school. as the new mayor i cant stand for this. #ferndalewa #getittogetherferndale #ferndayoff

blanket bill tho #ferndalewa #ferndalehistory #ferndayoff

hearing whispers questioning the legitimacy of my mayor-ness. as you can see this is a very secure voting system and has not at all been tampered with. now let’s get back to fixing ferndale. #ferndalewa #mayormikeeagle

about to get this tattoo as i have been informed that it is the ferndale city crest. #mayorofferndale #ferndaleforever #ferndayoff

was not kidding. ferndale forever. #ferndalewa #ferndayoff #mayormikeeagle #mayorofferndale

im being told that the mayor has to wear this every day and i suddenly dont know if i can do this.
and yes i know i already got the tattoo but look at this. this is way worse.
#ferndalewa #ferndalesgonetoofar #ferndayoff

I attempted nightlife in ferndale. it was not good. Saturday night in ferndale was a lot like Saturday morning except the sun was gone. I was able to get one of the four local uber drivers to give me a ride back to the mayor’s quarters at the super 8. he was also the high school gym teacher and he tried to sell me these books he wrote. i declined and decided that he’s the mayor now because I was officially creeped out and had to leave town. #ferndalewa #ferndayoff #ferndalephysicaleducation

I’ll never forget you ferndale. I made a handful of very odd decisions in you. im in seattle now tho and its way better. #ferndalewa #ferndayoff

Mike will be in Eugene, Oregon doing musics tonight, so any all y’all down there should try to check him out. Maybe he can become the mayor of Eugene, too??

Categories: Pictures.

Friday, 17 March 2017

The Gentlemen of Leisure are Great and Powerful

Even more than that wizard guy, whoever he was.

Even more than that wizard guy, whoever he was.

Y’know how sometimes it seems like everybody in my life is a musician? Well, ad another whole group o’ folks called Gentlemen of Leisure to that list!

Made up of some of my very good friends, including a couple of Katrina evacuees from New Orleans who ended up in Tacoma (Sphinx Akashaa & Chris Blount) and a gorgeous redhead cellist from Philly (Jen Hasson), GOL (as they’re known for short) have released their very first EP, Great and Powerful! You can buy it right now, and it’s only pay-what-you-want:

The reason why this is being released today? Well, the whole gang is down in Austin, Texas, for the South by Southwest festival. They’re part of a showcase of Seattle-area musicians who all trekked down (dubbed Seattle X Southwest) that’s happening TODAY! See here:

Seattle by Southwest Lineup.

Seattle X Southwest Lineup.

So if you also happen to be at SXSW this year, you should definitely go and check these peoples out.

Details:
3rd Annual Seattle X Southwest (Faced Book Event)
TODAY at 3:00 PM (Texas Time)
@ The Local Pub and Patio
2610 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705 (map)
FREE, 21+

They're on at 9:00.

They’re on at 9:00.

Hey, since GOL are on at 9:00, you’ll have time to go from their performance over to Barracuda to catch my other pal, Open Mike Eagle, do his set at 1:00 in the AM!

Barracuda!

♫ Oooo-oooooo-ooooooooo… Barracuda!

Categories: Concerts/Shows, Music.

Monday, 27 February 2017

New Official (Animated) Music Video for Open Mike Eagle’s “Dang is Invincible”

Daaaaang...

Daaaaang…

An excellent track from Open Mike Eagle & Paul White’s 2016 album Hella Personal Film Festival has been made into an excellent animated music video by animation collective Doulzia. It is so excellent that it actually premiered on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim at about 1:30 AM on Sunday! Holy crap!

What’re ye waitin’ fer!? Watch this imaginative, symbolic romp through social anxiety here/now!

Daaaaaaaang.

Categories: Music, My Famous Friends, Videos.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Trevor Peach Has Got You Covered

...SONG covered, that is! Get it?

…SONG covered, that is! Get it?

The Fourth volume of Trevor Peach’s one-song-a-week project (AKA “Squandered Promise of a Wasted Year”) has begun, and this one is a pretty awexome hum-dinger. In his previous volume he did remakes of some of his own “classic” songs. But in this volume he is going to be putting his own spin on other musicians’ songs with a series of cover songs! He’s released the track list, and it includes some delightfully surprising and bizarre choices. Here they all are (and you can listen to them all) right here:

1. Black Sparrow – J Hacha De Zola

2. Your Mother Doesn’t Love You – Jason Brunet

3. Long Way To Fall – The Electric NoNo

4. Jesus, Friend of Sinners – Joshua Stephens

5. First 48 – Chris Blount

6. Secret Squirrel – Robb Benson

7. Nightmares – Open Mike Eagle

8. Nightmares – The Hoot Hoots

9. Blueberries – Julia Massey

10. Shake – The Great UM

11. White Whale – Kid in the Attic

12. Mr. Boots – Incanus

13. Dada Pops – Chubby Mummy

Volume IV marks a musical departure from the previous three volumes as well, because they’re not being produced by Geoff B. Gibbs. They’re being produced by Vincent Fresco. That’s right: the Vincent Fresco who produced Trevor Peach’s very first EP back 12 years ago!

The first cover has already been released. You can take a wissen right here:

I’m particularly excited to see how Trevor and Vincent handle Open Mike Eagle’s hip-hop and Chubby Mummy’s general incompetence. Also, there are rumors that there might be a couple of bonus tracks that aren’t listed here. There’s some exciting things in the pipeline from Trevor Peach this summer FO SHO.

Categories: Music, My Famous Friends.

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Open Mike Eagle is Admitting the Endorphin Addiction

(Pssst! The dancer represents "Addiction" *winku*)

(Pssst! The dancer represents “Addiction” *winku*)

Hey, Open Mike Eagle has another excellent video for an excellent song from his excellent new album, Hella Personal Film Festival. This one is for “Admitting the Endorphin Addicton.”

I heart Mike’s expressions in this video. He has a “What the eff is going on? This is effed up” look on his face most of the video as the dancing girl drags him all over the place.

... this is effed up.

“… this is effed up.”

It’s a good’un, and another catchy as eff song as well.

As I feel my withdrawal
I understand them 90’s songs.
Rap music has ruined me, I always want to loop my favorite part.

You should buy this album. You should buy this album here. Just admit that you really want it.

Admission is the first step.

Admission is the first step.

Categories: Music, Videos.

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

“Of the Month” April 2016

Album of the Month:
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Open Mike Eagle & Paul White: Hella Personal Film Festival

This album is ungodly catchy. Paul white’s production is astonishingly eclectic, bouncing from full-on, straight-up jazz to darker, juicy electronic beats. Mike’s vocals are as on-point as ever, full of dark comedy and wry, biting humor, liberally sprinkled with nerdy references and self-deprecation. All at once familiar and comforting (it is Mike being Mike after all) and delightfully surprising. This is BY FAR the best album of 2016, and lemme tell you: it’s gonna be a jaw-dropping shocker if anything tops it.

Here, watch this video for “Check 2 Check”

Video Game of the Month:
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Miitomo

Nintendo’s first foray into mobile gaming is almost a parody of social media. You play as your Mii (a self-designed cartoony avatar), and you answer questions it asks of you and then you get to listen to the answers your friends gave. You can comment on answers. But also by doing so you get virtual moneys that you can use to buy outfits for your Mii, and there are some minigames you can play (of the drop-your-Mii-in-a-pachinko-machine variety) for various prizes. It’s all rather charming and silly, though you can learn a surprising amount of insight into your friends based on how they answer questions!

And if you have the app, you can look at this QR code and be my frieeeeeeend!

It's me Mii!

It’s me Mii!

Movie of the Month:
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Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday

A new Pee-Wee movie after (almost) 30 years? Don’t go into this movie expecting a rip-roaring, laugh-a-minute redefinition of comedy. That ain’t this movie’s bag. Big Holiday is a surprisingly gentle and pleasant ride, with gentle touches of comedy that make you smile more than laugh. Everything is restrained and, well, just so darned pleasant. It just breezes by. There are some great gags, like a balloon gag towards the back third that is funny not for what is happening but for just how long it keeps happening. The greatest bits, though, are about the incredibly intense bromance that Pee-Wee strikes up with actor Joe Manganiello (playing himself), and several slow-motion dream sequences that sometimes are inexplicably in Spanish. Big Holiday is a very childlike—but not childish—movie. I enjoyed it.

Categories: Of the Month.

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

“Of the Month” July 2015

Comic Book of the Month:
A brave is brave Junior Braves of the Apocalypse
by Michael Tanner & Greg Smith
A troupe of “Junior Braves” (think Boy Scouts) heads into the mountains for a retreat, only to return to town to discover that a zombie-like apocalypse has happened in their absence. The boys must use their wits and their Junior Brave training to survive and discover if any of their families have made it through the horrors alive. This book, co-written by Fools Play’s own Green Fool Michael Tanner, is like the fun of The Goonies and Monster Squad meets The Walking Dead in one fantastic graphic novel!

Podcast of the Month:
Conversation Parade Conversation Parade with Open Mike Eagle & John Moe
Adventure Time is a cartoon that has attracted a tremendous adult audience. So here is a podcast where two very smart, very nerdy, and very funny people (John Moe and my pal Mike Eagle) discuss undercurrent themes that run through the show and also interview creators and cast members! It’s a lot of fun to listen to, so DO IT. Oh, and the title of the podcast is based on a rather obscure BMO-created video game from the cartoon. You can watch it in “action” in this clip:

Website of the Month:
North Of Reality North of Reality
A delightful series of (almost daily) short prose vignettes of fantastic, surrealist, and unfettered imagination, often with a sinister or threatening air hanging in the background. I’ve written about Uel Aramchek before when I posted his series of tweets about the “Invisible States of America.” These are like those, only a bit longer and more developed, but still with that same sense of mystery and awe.

Categories: Of the Month.