The fifth anniversary is traditionally celebrated with a wooden gift. Shortly after we started dating, I went camping with my family. I carved this piece of wood and added the faded heart, and gave it to her when I got back. Years later I added the second heart, but forgot to give it to her, and it got packed away in the camp gear.
So, today I dug it out, and put it on the mantle. Because I’m sentimental AF.
This worked so well yesterday, let’s try again today! I have a download code that is available, if you would like to enjoy the new Halloween / Split release that Michael Cosma and I cooked up for 2020. This is part of a series of releases by Hal McGee, who is arranging for artists to work together to create something fun! I have a download code for the person who will comment an image of their favorite supernatural creature. For now, this is the only place you can get this music! Original, seasonal songs… just for you!
How do you make your coffee? In my adult life, people have only ever told me I’m doing it wrong. Maybe the trick is: there isn’t a “correct” way. Every ‘expert’ I’ve ever talked to has contradicted the last. Only Sierra has offered his advice when I asked, and so far, I think he might be right: “I don’t know. If it’s hot and brown and needs cream, it’s coffee.”
I forgot what the theatrical cut of The Fellowship of The Ring was like, and it does zip along at a very tidy pace. Now, based on all the different versions in my head (muddled with 20+ year old memories of the book), I can’t remember at all what happens in what version of the story.
In a way, I think I’ve stopped caring. Strider rules.
Hal McGee just released this split release beteen Michael Cosma and Mini-Mutations, and it is getting a pretty good response. I have a few download codes that I can give away, and I will do just that, from time to time. Tonight: the first person to comment with an image of their favorite Haunted House will get a free digital download for EC Split 4. Seven new tracks by Michael; five brand new Mini-Mutations, only available here! All of it sets up a rollercoaster through experimental horror that you will NOT want to miss. Who wants tonight’s download?
Today is the day! Being a member of the Electronic Cottage has its privileges. Namely, occasionally you get to participate in very cool projects with Hal McGee and, in this case, the very excellent Michael Cosma! And the release is finally here! We have cooked up a little something that we think you’ll love, and now is the perfect time of year for it! A split “horror” themed release, with some eerie tunes and compositions by Michael, a remix of Michael’s work by myself, and then a “Halloween Narrative” with soundtrack by Mini-Mutations. Since we are both from the lovely city of Salem, this only makes sense. (Even if they are in separate states both starting with O.) Make sure you work your way through at least twice. The project is even better the second time around!
This EC Split series that Hal is assembling puts us in with some VERY cool artists and performers, and I’m very excited to be a part of this series. I feel so small by comparison to some of the excellent folks that are involved, and all three of the previous releases have been STELLAR. Here’s to hoping that you find a little thrill when you give our music a chance.
“I never locked Oliver
Cromwell in a broom closet while
singing Waltzing Matilda.
I never sawed television in half,
although I once saw Wendy O.
Williams saw a guitar.
I never played a decent game of jacks.”
Victor Lobl directed three different episodes of Max Headroom, more than any other director. In spite of the unfavorable references made on the program, Victor directed an episode of “Knott’s Landing” five years later.
In the Max Headroom episode, “Whacketts,” Bryce Lynch claims he is using an argon laser. Argon lasers do not produce visible light. The color of Bryce’s laser indicates it is probably a Helium-Neon laser.
In the Max Headroom episode, “Grossberg’s Return,” Network 23 is airing a show called “Porky’s Landing,” a parody of “Knot’s Landing” and “Porky’s” that looks a lot like “Dallas.” Max Headroom aired opposite of “Dallas,” and there were many references to it in Max Headroom.
I keep having this super-hot dream, and I wake up all excited. In it, all of America take up pointed sticks and clubs, and they storm the capital. Brutal crowd justice is delivered to all Right Wing sympathizers, capitalists, and the current administration. Our Democracy and economy is burned to the ground. A council of older women are appointed to rule the land. Everyone is suddenly happy, simultaneously, for the first time in history. Children sing songs about the wonderful deaths of fascists.
Wow, is it hot in here, or is it just me? Crack a window, please?
I haven’t really played video games since the OG Nintendo era, and the last game I played seriously (or with any regularity) was Super Mario Bros. 3. (In the Blitzhaus, during the brief period we were all obsessed with playing Nintendo again.) But the key years I played the most video games probably ended my sophomore year.
For me, the greatest game that felt like the biggest accomplishment when I beat it was the first Legend of Zelda. It was one of the games my Dad and Brother got, that first Christmas when Santa brought us video games. It took me years to beat it, and I was very, VERY late to the game, as they say. But it was astonishing to play. Every discovery was a revelation, and every cool thing you figured out was just hard enough to feel like to really worked for it.
I don’t really want to play video games very often. But I really would love to run through Zelda again. Ya’ll can catch your Pokemons. I’d rather be searching for Rupees.
I finished writing a 5500 word horror short story, which will accompany a 30 minute soundtrack. (Or vice versa.) Still ironing out the kinks, but let’s just say my Halloween release is coming along just fine…
I’ve never written horror before, let alone something this long. And it might be okay, even? What is happening…
A lot of my friends are making masks for their group / project or creative thing, and I’m totally into it! I’ve got one coming from one friend, and I would like to get others. However, at least once a day, I hit on the idea that I should make a mask for my project. I’m just not sure how I can rationalize spreading “Mini-Mutations” during a pandemic. Seems a little irresponsible.
I wrote 4000 words toward a horror story, recorded a couple songs for a friend, cleaned the house, and took care of The Boys, all while trying to maintain my sanity in this insane world, and it only took a trip though a Brautigan before I started to feel like maybe I am in the right classroom after all.
After The Adventures of Marcus Little, tune into Mid-Valley Mutations on KLFM.org to hear Mini-Mutations join Dylan Houser for a digital back-yard BBQ, where both of us perform LIVE… just like it was the 4th of July.
Perhaps an important point right now: If I had my way, we would burn everything to the ground, and we would not have any of the current forms of government running our country, and most likely, I’d turn to a council of local women to lead each regional district. That is the only acceptable form of government to me.
Every square inch of our current system is garbage. But, I also understand that, under Trump, it is unlikely that the garbage will ever be taken out, under any circumstances.
If I want to have any hope of burning everything to the ground and starting over in a way that doesn’t give the richest people in the country the upper hand, I have to vote against him.
I don’t get to have my anarchist future if the actual racist in power is calling the shots.
“Fred Rogers was given a copy of the first season of Monty Python’s Flying Circus on videotape in 1974, and brought it home to show to his teenage sons. Years later, his sons recalled that while Rogers hated any kind of cruel humor, he had a fondness for the absurd, and found the Dead Parrot Sketch particularly hilarious.”
I need a workout buddy. I’m mostly stuck at home during the day and it is so easy to just not do anything and take a nap instead. I should at least start doing some of that three times a week minimum BS, or even better, once a day.
I have never had a consistent work out routine, so I have no idea what I would do. In college, I loved the free yoga classes I took, but I’m terrible at poses, and usually need a lot of patience. Half of looking for a workout buddy is so I can get reminded to keep at it by someone I don’t want to let down.
Maybe that’s you? We could even just go for walks and talk on the phone.