Posts tagged “Three Ninjas”

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Three Ninjas: Authentic County

Musician Three Ninjas has always been a bit of a dichotomy. He generally makes two types of music: self-deprecating (and often very funny) hip-hop musics, and old-school, “my truck broke, my woman left me, my dog died, all I can do now is drink” country musics. His hip-hop musics have been very well represented in his recordings, but except for a few one-offs he hasn’t actually released much of his country musics…


Threeni has now released a full-length album of nothing but authentic, old-school, wish-I-were-dead country musics, deliciously titled Alcohol & Isolation.

Three Ninjas: Alcohol & Isolation

Album Artwork by Jen McCreight!

With song titles such as “Your Mother Doesn’t Love You,” “Feeling Sad & Getting Drunk,” and “I’m Hanging Myself Tonight,” it might be tempting to dismiss this album as parodying or poking fun at country music. But quite the opposite; this is raw, soul-searing and angrily defeated music. This is white man’s blues, as only real country music can be. This is the opposite of ironic.

This is some good stuff.

Threeni and his good pal Joshua Stephens are going on a west-coast tour to celebrate. The tour kicks off this Wednesday 4/16/14 in Olympia at everyone’s favorite hole-in-the wall, Le Voyeur.

Joshua Stephens + Three Ninjas Tour Kick Off (Facebook event)
Wednesday, April 16th at 8:30 PM
@ Le Voyeur:
404 4th Ave E, Olympia, WA (map)_
21+ FREE!

Then they return on April 29th for a triumphant return show (and official CD Release Party) at The Skylark Cafe in West Seattle.

Alcohol & Isolation CD Release Party (Facebook event)
Tuesday, April 29th at 8:00 PM
@ The Skylark Cafe:
3803 Delridge Way SW, Seattle, WA (map)
21+ $6

I’m not going to be able to go to the kick off, but I will try my darnedest to catch the return. SO CAN YOU!

Categories: Concerts/Shows, Music.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Nocando, Open Mike Eagle, Milo, and Busdriver of the Hellfyre Club were at The Crocodile Last Night!

And so was I!

Hellfyre burns up the Crocodile.

Hellfyre burns up the Crocodile.

The Hellfyre Club represents pretty much the best in rap today. I always try to see them whenever they’re in town, so it was especially nice to have four of them in one show for efficiency!

My friends Cassie and Sandy were there before the show, and we all hung out with Open Mike Eagle and ate pizza and geeked out about Netflix shows. Sandy made home-cookies for the Club, even! Mike left to go get prepped, and we three wandered to the stage area where we found Jason “Three Ninjas” Brunet.

The show started out with Nocando:

Nocando can actually do raps.

Nocando can actually do raps.

Then came my pal Open Mike Eagle, who had a very special guest guarding his equipment setup:

The Ice King watches over us all...

The Ice King watches over us all…

Since this is me, I managed to make an animated .GIF of Mike doing his thang:

Open Mike Eagle Animated.

Open Mike Eagle Animated.

It was a great set. After it he and I talked about his fandom of They Might Be Giants (I suggested he could do an entire set of just songs that reference/quote TMBG songs).

After Mike came Milo:

Milo was all highs and no lows.

Milo was all highs and no lows.

I’d never seen Milo before, and had only ever heard songs where he was one among many peformers, never his solo stuff. I was terrifically impressed! That was some good stuff.

And finally came the meistro Busdriver:

Busdriver likes to ushnu.

Busdriver likes to ushnu.

I managed to capture two animated .GIFs of him:

An unusually calm Busdriver.

An unusually calm Busdriver.

In the driver we trust.

Get on the bus! In the driver we trust.

And then once everybody had gone solo, all four of ’em got on stage together for another set of songs!

It was funtimes. Why weren’t you there? Oh, yeah, prolly ’cause it was on a Monday night, and I didn’t get home until almost 2:00 in the morning and had to get up at about 5:30 to get baby to her Grandparents and then get to work on time. Y’know. I’m feelin’ the sleeps today, but I tells ya, it was worth it.

Categories: Concerts/Shows, Pictures.

Friday, 6 December 2013

Have a Depressing Christmas with Three Ninjas!

Three Ninjas IS Christmas.

Three Ninjas IS Christmas.

For the past couple of years, underground Seattle record label Green Monkey Records has put out compilation Christmas albums that have included original Christmas songs by Three Ninjas. Threeni did them in his old-school-country style, so, true to the genre, they aren’t exactly the happiest of yuletide tunes. So here’s the latest depressing Christmas song from Three Ninjas! It’s called “Joy & Goodwill” and is about lotsa killin’ yerself:

It goes pretty well with the song that he made last year for that year’s Christmas compilation with the help of Lee Rude, called “The Birth Of Our Savior (Is the Death of My Dream)”


Categories: Christmas, Music.

Friday, 22 November 2013

What Happened on Twitter Today? Let Jason J. Brunet Tell You!

Finally, the Solution to All of Life's Problems!

Finally, the Solution to All of Life’s Problems!

Do you enjoy twitter, but just don’t have the energy to actually, you know, read all of the tweets? We’ve all been there. It can be just so inconvenient to have to look at the tweets and take the effort to read them.

Well, worry no longer! Now, Jason J. Brunet (aka Three Ninjas) will read the tweets for you!

Yes, that right. Every week on “What Happened on Twitter Today” Jason will get rather inebriated and read his twitter feed for approximately five minutes. He’ll even include hand-signals for things like colons, quotes, and hashtags! Also, he’ll refuse to say the word “Fart!” It’s just this simple:

It’s remarkably entertaining. Kinda like “My Drunk Kitchen” except it’s more My Inebriated Twitter. Episodes started being uploaded in mid-October, so go watch the whole back-catalog! Go on! How else will you win at twitter?

And maybe someday, if you’re lucky, your tweet might be read on a future episode of “What Happened on Twitter Today” (keep the dream alive)!

Categories: My Famous Friends, Videos.

Monday, 28 October 2013

A Very Happy Fools Play Trick or Treat 2013!

Last Saturday was Fools Play Improv‘s annual Halloween spectacular: “Fools Play Trick or Treat!” All the Fools dress up in costume, and we encourage the audience to do the same:

Fools Play Costumes Halloween 2013

Fools Play Costumes Halloween 2013

From left to right:

  • Kalum as: The first black astronaut to land on the moon (who was subsequently edited out of all the footage)
  • Andre as: Casey Jones from TMNT
  • Josh as: a Sim
  • Michael as: Huey, Dewy, and Louie pretending to be a completely normal adult
  • Hilary as: Hipster Ariel
  • “You” as: a Jack-o-lantern
  • Me as: A Yip-Yip alien from Sesame street!

I really like the way my costume came out. I don’t think it was the most original idea; I’ve seen photos of other people dressed up in Yip-Yip costumes. Personally I think Mike’s costume was the most creative of them all, but mine was more impressive from a production standpoint.

The Fools Play Audience Halloween Costumers 2013

The Fools Play Audience Halloween Costumers 2013

From left to right:

  • A very sexy witch
  • “Happiness” (the emotion)
  • A woman who is putting herself through veterinary school by stripping in the evenings
  • Judge Red Devil (a recurring Fools Play character)’s daughter
  • Herbert I. “Hi” McDunnough from Raising Arizona
  • A steampunk lady
  • A crazy doctor
  • A were-Wolverine

The H.I. McDunnough costume was uncanny, just spot-on, so it won the audience costume contest. The diapers and the pantyhose on the head and everything!

It was a very entertaining show (I thought) and everyone seemed to enjoy it. It was so good to see Hilary there; hadn’t seen her since she had her son a few weeks ago!

Three Ninjas came down and also seemed to have a great time:

Three Ninjas at Fools Play

LL Cool Threeni

And, weirdly, the Yip-Yip alien seemed to be quite a hit with the ladies:

Yip-Yip & Devil

She-devils love themselves some aliens

Sexy Vet Stripper & Yip-Yip Alien

Veterinary student strippers love them some alien

And it was a show that was enjoyed by all ages, even babies!

No, that isn’t Hilary’s baby; it’s just a random baby from the audience

Hooray for Halloween! It was a great evening. It will also probably be my last Fools Play for several weeks, what with my own wee beb on the way and all. ^_^

Categories: Fools Play, Holiday, Pictures.

Friday, 25 October 2013

Go See Tangentbot, Three Ninjas, & The Old Salt in Seattle!

Tangentbot, Three Ninjas, & The Old Salt LIVE!

Tangentbot, Three Ninjas, & The Old Salt LIVE! Artwork by Jamie of Modest Comics.

This is a good chance for Seattle peeps to go see some good musics. I recently saw both Three Ninjas and The Old Salt down in Olympia, and that was a good-time show. I haven’t actually seen †∆ϞǤΣƝϯßθ† live in quite a long while; he’s progressed from his older beep-boop music into a darker, more “witch-house” style. It’d be interesting to see.

The show is at The Josephine, which is a strange music venue that is basically just someone’s garage. It’s also BYOB.

Unfortunately the chance of me being able to make this show is almost surely zero, what with wee beb et al. BUT YOU SHOULDST GO!

Tangentbot, Three Ninjas & The Old Salt (Facebook Event)
Monday, November 4th 8:00 PM
The Josephine
608 NW 65th St, Seattle, WA
$5 (I think)

Categories: Concerts/Shows.

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Photos of The Mighty Mighty Chitons, Three Ninjas, & The Old Salt 10/8/13

Tuesday evening I went down to Oly-town to see The Mighty Might Chitons, Three Ninjas, and The Old Salt perform at Le Voyeur. I took some photos. Since it was very dark in there, many of the photos were plagued with darkness and blurry-ness. Here are the créme-de-la-créme (click for larger, you know the drill):

It was funny that two of the musical acts had plural names (The Mighty Mighty Chitons and Three Ninjas) but all of the acts were comprised of just one person. We all joked that The Old Salt should be The Old Salts.

It was unfortunately a small audience despite my pushing people to come, but man was it a good audience! The tightness of the space also helped create a certain intimacy. A special shout-out to the audience member known only as “Q” who did some excellent hype-man work for Three Ninjas. It was a fun night!

Categories: Concerts/Shows, Pictures.