Posts from November 2014

Monday, 10 November 2014

I Made Some Animated GIFs of the Julia Massey Album Release Show!

One note, spelled "A.L.I.T.E."

One note, spelled “A.L.I.T.E.”

Saturday night was the album release party for Julia Massey & the Five Finger Discount’s new album A.L.I.T.E. at Conor Byrne Pub up in Ballard. Carrie & I (and a bunch of our friends) went to it.*

There were two opening bands, neither of which I made an animated GIF:

Honey Noble

NOT Rider or Lemon

NOT Rider or Lemon

I must confess I have a hard time remembering the name of this band, because whenever I start to think of a two-letter name that starts with “Honey” my brain automatically tries to fill in the second words as either “Rider” (from James Bond) or “Lemon” (from Big Hero 6). Honey NOBLE had a really cool, 1970s lounge/jazz sound to them. And I really, really loved the inclusion of a clarinet in the ensemble. I’ve only been able to find one song of theirs on the internets, and it isn’t terribly representative of how they sounded on the Conor Byrne stage. I liked it!

Roaming Herds of Buffalo

A Herd of Four.

A Herd of Four.

An interesting group with a mainly relaxed, indie-rock vibe, but with a lead guitarist who plays like he’s in a thrash metal band. You can download their first album for free!

Julia Massey & the Five Finger Discount

So here they are, the animated GIFs you’ve been waiting for all post long!

Group love.

Group love.

Geoff B. Gibbs on Bass!

Geoff B. Gibbs on Bass!

Ms. Massey!

Ms. Massey!

The one of Julia is a little blurry (my phone’s camera don’t do so well zoomed in in darkened rooms), but you may notice a wee bit of a belly bump. Yes, she has caught the preggers and is well on her way—baby is due between Chrissymiss and the New Year.

I bet Geoff can tell you which song his GIF was made during just by how he’s playing his instrument and which instrument he’s playing. SPEAKING of “which instrument,” Geoff used no fewer than FOUR different instruments during the course of the show, including the debut of his brand-new, hand-built, custom bass:

Photo credit: J. Howard Boyd

Photo credit: J. Howard Boyd

In all it was an excellenté show, but a bitt bitterr sweeett in that it was Geoff’s final official show as a member of the FFD.

*It was also a very unusual show in that Conor Byrne was at capacity. Sold out. So many people love JM+FFD that they packed the bar so much that they couldn’t physically let anyone else inside. Unfortunately a good handful of my friends were counted in that bunch, and they couldn’t get in until some other people left, so that was a wee bit on the lame side. But the place was packed with other people I knew. And I also ran into a woman I hadn’t seen since we were both sixteen!

But next time, Julia, choose a larger venue for your album release party! Conor Byrne is awesome, but it is pretty tiny.

Also even though this was an album release party, it doesn’t look like the album is available anywhere online yet, but I’ll be sure to let y’all know as soon as it is UPDATE! The Album Has Been Released! You can git it here:

Categories: Concerts/Shows, Pictures.

Friday, 7 November 2014

Someone Let Tim & Eric do a Commercial for Totino’s, and This Happened

Pizza Chess!

Pizza Chess!

I love, love, love that we live in a world where huge corporations have decided that it is a good idea to make batshit-crazy commercials. We have the absolutely nonsensical Old Spice commercials starring Terry Crews. We have a bunch of surreal Skittles commercials. And now people are actually hiring Tim & Eric (of Tim & Eric) to make commercials for their actual products.

Last month I showed you a commercial they made with Jeff Goldblum for GE. Well, now they’ve made a commercial for Totino’s Pizza Rolls, and the results are even more bizarre and crazy. Take a wook!

So… that happened. And, honestly, I couldn’t be more thrilled. I wish more companies would step outside of the box of boring and try some batshit craziness like this.

Pizza Freaks Unite!

Pizza Freaks Unite!

One word: GLORIOUS.

Categories: Videos.

Thursday, 6 November 2014

“Of the Month” November 2014

Album of the Month:
Cover of ALITE Julia Massey and the Five Finger Discount: A.L.I.T.E.
IT HASN’T EVEN COME OUT YET!!! I’ll update this more when the album is released, but I’ve heard about 90% of it and UPDATE! The Album Has Been Released! You can git it here:

It is awexome and there is a song for my daughter in it! Here is the video!

The album is being released on Saturday. JOIN ME THERE!

Video Game(s) of the Month:
Tie Fighter X-Wing & Tie Fighter
I very fondly remember back in the early/mid 1990s playing a tonne of these video games in Ryan Roullard’s mom’s basement on the MS-DOS computer down there. And now, finally, you can play them again (PC only). These two games are the best flight simulators I have ever played, and probably my favorite-ever games that take place in the Star Wars universe. There’s something weirdly fun about adjusting shields, shifting where you put your ship’s power (divert all shields to blasters now! and the like), and blasting the hell out of your enemies’ ships. The controls are natural and the 3-D radar is extremely intuitive. It feels like you’re dogfighting in the Star Wars movies.

Tabletop Game of the Month:
bw-dice Bravest Warriors Co-Operative Dice Game
A very funny game in which your team must defeat various obstacles by rolling the right combination of die. Yes, team. This is a co-operative game: either you all win (by scoring enough victory points or by using up all the event cards), or you all lose! It keeps with the spirit of the Bravest Warriors webseries by being delightfully nonsensical yet still very easy to follow. Let’s play (once I get my own set for Christmas).

Categories: Of the Month.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Julia Massey & the Five Finger Discount New Album Release Show This Saturday: A.L.I.T.E.

11/8/14 at Conor Byrne!

11/8/14 at Conor Byrne!

ALL THE HOORAYS! Julia Massey & the Five Finger Discount are releasing their highly-anticipated 4th album with an album release show this Saturday 11/8/14 at Conor Byrne Pub in Ballard!

The new album is called A.L.I.T.E. and from everything I’ve heard from it, it should be a rich & heady collection of songs. In fact, you can preview one of the songs from the album RIGHT NOW by watching this video for “Montana Capri” right here:

Good stuff, right? “Montana Capri” is quite a special song for me, because it was actually written for my daughter before she was born. You see, “Montana Capri” was Avery’s code name that we used for her before we announced her real name. Yes, that’s right my one-year-old daughter had TWO music videos created for her in the span of one weekend! How frikkin’ awexome is that!?

Anyway, you really should come to this show.

Julia Massey & FFD November 8th Album Release with Roaming Herds of Buffalo and Honey Noble!!! (Facebook event)
Saturday, November 8th 9:00pm
@ Conor Byrne Pub
5140 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, Washington 98107 (map)
21+ $8

Maybe we'll find out what A.L.I.T.E. stands for?

Maybe we’ll find out what A.L.I.T.E. stands for?


Categories: Concerts/Shows, Music, Videos.

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

A Secret Song for a Baby’s Birthday

Can you believe it?

Can you believe it?

On Saturday my wee beb turned 1 year old. If you aren’t aware, over at her website I’ve been doing a photo-a-day project. Long ago when I started doing this, I had the idea of stitching all of the photos of Avery’s first year together into a video where each photo is shown for one second so the video would be 366 seconds long.

Unbeknown to Carrie, I thought that watching a six-minute video of a bunch of photos would be much better if it had some musical accompaniment. So I secretly set about writing a song that was exactly 60 beats per minute and had exactly 366 beats in it.

We just happen to be a part of a community that contains some of Seattle’s very best musicians, so without Carrie’s knowledge I secretly reached out to several of them to see if they would be willing to be a part of this project, and the response was very enthusiastic.

Over the month of October various awesome musicians recorded their parts and I mixed it all together, until on Avery’s 1st birthday I surprised Carrie with the results (she was rather thrilled). You can now see the full music video here:

If you like the song, you can download it here:

Here are the song credits:

• Me (Christopher Grant Harris): Chiptunes, lyrics
• Julia Massey of Julia Massey & The Five Finger Discount: Verse 1 vocals & keyboards
• Jared Cortese of The Jesus Rehab: Verse 2 vocals & keyboards
Chris Blount: Bridge rap lyrics & vocals
• Gary Lappier of Terrapin: Bridge guitars
• Lawrence Duncan of Sphinx Akashaa: Verse 3 vocals & guitar

I hope you likes!

Categories: Life, Music, Videos, Wee Beb.

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Harris Family Halloween Costumes 2014

I know, I know, I’m not supposed to post baby stuff on this website (I’m supposed to post it on THIS website instead), but you’ll have to indulge me this weekend because:

  1. It’s Avery’s First Birthday today!
  2. Carrie & I each made a costume for her by hand for Halloween, and we’re proud of our work!

So here were our Halloween Costumes for 2014!

Avery’s Costume #1:
My Neighbor Li’l Totoro!

The Tiniest Totoro!

The Tiniest Totoro!

Yes! I cut and sewed a tiny Totoro costume! It even has a zipper running up the back to the top of the hood. I’d never sewed anything with a zipper before! We took her to Zoo Boo in this costume and it was completely adorbs. If you don’t know who Totoro is, (A) Shame on you! And (B) look it up. Trust me, it’s great.

Avery’s Costume #2:
Wee Cacklin’ Witch!

A li'l witch and her (grumpy) cat!

A li’l witch and her (grumpy) cat!

Carrie made the tutu, and I embroidered the pumpkin on the black onesie (using a very fancy Brother XV8500D Embroidery Machine at my work), and Carrie made the embellishments on the witch hat. Collaboration at it’s finest!

We decided quite a while ago that it would be pretty durned cute to dress Avery up as a witch for Halloween. One of the main reasons is because she has such an excellent witch’s cackle! Just listen:

See? Perfect for a wee cacklin’ witch!

My Costume:
A working version of “Atari Combat”

Old-School 2600-Style

Old-School 2600-Style

It has always been a dream of mine to make a working video game for my costume, and this year I finally figured it out. I made a working version of the classic game “Combat” for the Atari 2600! It’s pretty sweet. Here it is in action:

Carrie is not big on dressing up in costumes, but we did get her to put on a matching witch hat (and she was wearing a black dress), so that counts, right?

My Witchy Women

My Witchy Women

And just for funsies, here’s the punkin I carved this year:

Wait... that's not a punkin at all, BUT A HIDEOUS ROBOT! The horror!

Wait… that’s not a punkin at all, BUT A HIDEOUS ROBOT! The horror!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Can’t wait for next year.

Categories: Holiday, Pictures, Robots.