Thursday, June 19, 2008

Some Recent Class Notes


Occassionally I like to share my education with you...my readers. These are some notes from tonight's class.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Music is My Girlfriend...

Well, this is odd. It is very rare for me to create a type written post. However, recently I began my 360 hours of interning I must do to complete my schooling, which has left me with little time, and energy, to draw. I do promise Skomolii will come to an epic conclusion, but I do not know when. On the plus side this gives all of you more time to turn in Your Alter Egos for the contest. I have submissions pouring in…not really, but I would love that.

I also have an obligation to Uncle Monsterface to fulfill, so I thought I would do a posting about music to keep you happy until Skomolii continues.

Recently Uncle Monsterface (http://www.unclemonsterface.com/) offered their latest album for free download on their site, with the understanding that if you downloaded the album you would write about it. Since I'm always looking for new music, I couldn't pass this opportunity up. The album is called This is an Adventure! and it's one of the more enjoyable albums I've listened to in awhile. What I mean by this is that Uncle Monsterface is fun! Musically I'm not sure what genre most people would pigeon hole these guys into, but I guess their kind of nerd/indy/rock. Or in other words it's another one of those bands people will use to say I listen to some odd music. But how can I not listen to this album over and over again? In fact, I'm listening to it right now! With songs like Mashed Potato vs. Vampire, and lyrics like "I met a monkey made of pine, his best friend was a little girl, she had no legs but she had both arms..." I can't stop smiling. Really it's a shame that they've already taken the album down from the site, because you need to have this music in your life. They are available on iTunes, and they have 2 music videos on their site so you can sample the wares, but I guarantee you'll be in love. Another cool note, they'll be in St.Louis in August...I think i'll be there.

Hey, have I told you about Justin Stewart? I haven't? Well, he's just about the best friend from Kentucky a guy could have. Check J-Stew's art out at www.popstewcomics.com and his blog at http://justin3000.blogspot.com/ Justin is an accomplished artist, and is getting some great work in the comic world, including coloring everything you see from Jim Mahfood. What does this have to do with music? Well, let me tell you. In 1996 Justin was one of the founding members of the band Boo Boo Bunny. The band was voted the most offensive band in Murfreesboro,TN. Justin recently caved in to my years of begging for a Boo Boo Bunny CD and sent me the 2 albums he played drums on, Kids Luv It and the live Guitar Case of Porn. My first listen to Kids Luv It was at 7:00 in the morning, on my way to my internship at the hospital (psych unit to be exact.) This set the tone for the rest of the day. You couldn't get me down, I was smiling all day. What a kick ass CD! Filthy lyrics, great vocals, competant musicians, and a variety of music styles on the CD really made this one of my top 10 favorite albums that I now own. I found their song Charlie Brown at http://www.garageband.com/artist/boo_boo_bunny (I'm partial to this song. It's not their best, although it is good, but I have an affection for Charlie Brown that made this song particularly appealing.) Give it a listen. They also have a MySpace page, but Justin isn't drumming for them anymore so I'm not going to post that link.

That's all for reviews, but here's a quick list of other music I've been enjoying.

Weezer - Weezer (The Red Album)
MC Chris - MC Chris is Dead
Bomb the Music Industry - Get Warmer (this band offers all of their albums for free download on their site http://bombthemusicindustry.com/)
Bob Schneider - Any time he comes into town. If he's playing in your town GO! He's one of the best live shows I've ever seen. http://www.bobschneidermusic.com/
And just about anything else that passes by my ears...

Skomolii to be continued...