Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Hotel reservation, in the name of Valentine

So. Yeah, I know how long it's been since I posted. Thanks to a friend giving me an encouraging shove, here we are. This is solely dedicated to the new Placebo album, called Battle For The Sun. The title of this blog is from a bonus track (iTunes exclusive) called "In A Funk". I LOVE this album. I've read a lot of iTunes reviews, and I've not had that great of laugh in a long time. Most of them bitch and moan about Brain Mlko's lack of creativity, given the repetitiveness of his lyrics, and obviously, they didn't bother listening to Placebo for the last 15 years. It is what he does. Some of his lyrics are meaniful and well thought through, others are meant to be a hook that gets stuck in your head for DAYS. And a lot of them at that. I have devoted time daily to drumming "Breathe Underwater", and have remixed their title track "Battle For The Sun", as well as "Julien". They are both available for FREE DOWNLOAD on either Myspace or Facebook. Your choice. Hell, email me at and I'll personally send you a copy. Anyways, get this album. However you have to. If you can't afford it, well.... you didn't get THIS from me.... Here is the remix of Julien I just finished.

Friday, April 17, 2009

What Do You Know!?!?!

PUSCIFER(pronounced Lucifer, but with a P). The solo project of Maynard James Keenan. If you don't know who that is, you haven't ever heard of Tool, Tapeworm, or A Perfect Circle. This man has created such a unique sound, at first you're not sure what to think, then you become completely addicted. At least 10 out of 10 friends agree... The album I got hooked on is called "V Is For Vagina". Yeah, I know. But then he released a remix album called "V Is For Viagra", which was also AMAZING. According to Maynard, there is no "original" version of any of the songs. He wants to leave it to you to decide which mix is your favorite. There are far too many musicians involved in this project to list, but there are a lot of them that are personal favorites of mine. Take the time to check them out, they are AMAZING. Here is a live video of them performing "The Mission" live in Las Vegas, featuring Mila Jovovich (The Fifth Element, Resident Evil) on vocals.

Want to download the Puscifer albums? Click HERE.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Ever feel like giving up?

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Battle For The Sun!

FINALLY! If you are a Placebo fan, then you know you're not the only one freaking out about the new single finally released. Not to mention that this album was originally announced as being released in January of 2008. So yeah, now we've only got to wait a few more months until the entire album is available June 8th. What's a year and half behind schedule? No biggie.
So the single is called "Battle For The Sun". Not a bad title. The album is conveniently named "Battle For The Sun". Hmmm. I love Placebo more than most, but you'd think with the budget they have they may have hired someone to get a bit more creative. Oh well. Anyways, the producer on this album is a favorite of mine, as he has worked on several Tool records. As well as Alan Moulder, who is another favorite of mine from his work with NIN, Depeche Mode, A Perfect Circle, truthfully, his list of credits go on forever, but he's great.
SO... I thought I'd go legit on this one and post you a download link that is actually being supported by the band. Go to the PLACEBO page and fill out the info and download this song for free. Yes for free. If you love it, feel free to follow the link on my previous post about Placebo for their entire discography. Let me know what you think of this song!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Boredom Got The Best Of Me...

YES. I get bored. A lot. Here's somethng fun I found that only takes a minute and is a good waste of time. I found an online poster maker. Instead of printing your photo in color and larger, which is so boring, it prints it onto multiple regular sheets of printer paper. Not to mention that the entire image is made of letters (MHJIL), numbers (98456), and signs (*&$^#%). It's kinda fun, so I thought I'd share this with you. Here is the site! Enjoy, and post your designs!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Miss You Guys!

Just wanted to say thanks to Lindsey, Casey, Scotty, Justin, Matt, Jessie, and Shaundra for the wonderful weekend! You guys are the best and I miss all of you already. I had the best time, from eating Sprite Chicken, to watching cartoons, playing Guitar Hero, and watching some good movies. I can't wait to see you guys again!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

What Does It Mean To "Be One With The Universe"?

I've been having this really strange feeling the last couple of days, and I wanted to see if anyone else ever feels this way. As the title of this post suggests, I am not feeling like I am "one with the universe". Which is very unusual for me. I usually feel like I am always on a path to somewhere, that what I am doing has purpose, and that it is good. Right now I don't feel anything but strange, like I'm at a crossroad or something similar. I don't feel bad, I just don't feel right I guess. Anyone have any advice or anything similar to this happen to them? I'm all ears on this one...

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Back To The Cold...

I've spent the last two weeks in beautiful California. Now I'm back in cold, dry Utah. I'm not too thrilled about it, but at least I get to play with my nephew again. The last two weeks were filled with tons of amazing experiences. I made many new friends, learned more about music, and used all of the potential I know I have. I am going to miss Tom, Jo, Sheila, Toni, Omar, Bowman, and especially Bob. It was great to see all of them, and hopefully I'll get to see them all again soon.

Hollowshell @ The Whiskey

Tom, Robert, and Myself

Omar, just being himself after a show, wearing my hat, I might add.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

No Rest For The Wicked!

I haven't posted much since the night I arrived here, so I thought a quick update was necessary. Since I've been here I've gotten loads of work done on this album. It's what I do at night, every night. So needless to say, I haven't had any new adventures, just lots of work. Which is okay with me, because there is nothing more rewarding than working on someone's music that you actually like in the first place. It's great to be a part of something that you would actually pay money for, which isn't always the case. So, I've got just under half of the album done, which means that it's time to work! I miss you. You know who you are.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

You've Got A Sparkle...

Wow. I've been anxious, nervous, excited, apprehensive, and looking forward to coming to LA for a while. The old grounds, a very exciting and exhausting time in my life. So here I am....
Tom picks me up at LAX on a Sunday; "Dude, it's good to see you." A sincere smile... "I made it here in 17 minutes." Amazing, to say the least. So I say, "Let's get home." We get home after talking non-stop about current events in each other's lives, I unpack and help Tom build his new IKEA bought bed that will be my place of rest for the next week and a half. We built it in my old bedroom. It feels really good. Like, really good. I've missed my red walls. Things have changed, but everything is the same. Sheila is happy as ever, doesn't bark at me, but gets so excited it looks like she's going to pee. Tom says "Hey Beano, it's your U-B!" (Uncle Breyde) I didn't think I'd miss her, but can't seem to stop cuddling her during my downtime. If you don't know who Sheila is, well, there's not much I can say. You've either met her, or you haven't.
So on my night of arrival, after getting home and building a new bed, we decide it's time for dinner and a show. After eating at "Mel's Diner",(watch American Grafitti if you don't know where this place is) we decide it's time to hit the Cast Of Kings show at The Viper Room.

When I left LA to come back to Utah, we were currently tracking vocals for Cast Of Kings. So needless to say, it was nice to see familiar faces, as well as meet the new hired guns. WOW. Again, WOW. Granted, musicians are "a dime a dozen" in LA, but these guys are truly amazing. Needless to say, when meeting the guys, I was quite flattered to hear, "Oh yeah, we've heard Tom talk about you a lot." WHAT?!?! My reply, twice, was "I'm glad I flew out here and you guys didn't suck. In fact, I loved it." Another genuine smile from both guitar players. "Floored" is the best word I can think of to describe the overall experience of the night.


While at the show, I met Toni, the woman I came out here to work for. Again, super nice. Granted, she's paying me, but I still think I'm a good judge of character, and she is terrific. I'm really excited to be working with her and can't wait for all of you to hear this. This will undoubtably be some of my best work.
Right now I'm working on a track that is inspiring. It's 2:30 a.m. (3:30 a.m. Utah time) and I'm making tremendous progress.
I miss my Mom, my brother's, my sister and her family, Lindsey, Longshanks, J-Bone, and Juab. I wish you could all be here with me. You'd be proud.

Keep reading for more updates...

Friday, February 13, 2009

Are We More Than A Grain Of Sand?

So a friend of mine (Eric Williams) wrote this amazing song, called "Master Plan". It immediately caught my attention to say the least. I love the musical composition as well as the lyrical content, believe me, we've all been there, done that. I loved the song so much I got in touch with him and asked him for the master files, so that I could make some sort of attempt at a remix. For those of you who don't know what a remix is, it's like re-writing a song to fit your own taste. You keep certain elements, you delete some, you add some. Most often these days, what you hear on the radio is usually a remix of the original version. So after about three days (a new record for me) I finished this mix. Let me know what you think, comments are welcome...

Monday, February 2, 2009

The Sound Of The Future!

A friend of mine sent me this in an email a few days ago, and I have not been able to stop thinking about this! There are soooo many amazing uses for this, it blows my mind! If you care even the slightest about sound, like music, movies, plays, concerts, anything you can imagine, then YOU NEED TO SEE THIS. This man is going to change the world, and I couldn't be more excited. I hope I can be patient enough. Let me know what you think about this!

Friday, January 30, 2009

Something You Don't See Everyday...

I wanted to post a couple live clips from some of the most amazing bands I've seen, or have not seen, for that matter. If Garbage tours again, I'll revise my statement. Anyways, here are some amazing live videos that are definitely worth taking the time to check out.

The Trick Is To Keep Breathing - Garbage

Hurt - Trent Reznor & David Bowie

James Brown, Michael Jackson, and Prince

The Bitter End - Placebo

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Baby, Did You Forget To Take Your Meds?

So I thought I'd post another blog about music, or more specifically, another band I love. Placebo. Rather than try to think of some clever info to give you, I thought I'd just copy a bit of what's on Wikipedia about the band...

Placebo is an alternative rock band formed in London in 1994, consisting of Brian Molko, Stefan Osdel and Steve Forrest. To date, they have released five studio albums, six EPs and twenty-seven singles. The band has gained a considerable amount of international recognition, including non-English speaking countries. They have sold over one million albums in the UK and over 10 million worldwide.

Having posted that bit for you, here are the albums you need to download:


Without You I'm Nothing

Black Market Music

Sleeping With Ghosts

Once More With Feeling



Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Do You Attend Your Relief Society Meetings?

I know I do! This last weekend my band, The Relief Society, played at Cafe Nite at SUU. We opened for the apparently world renowned (if you count Utah as the entire world) Allred. He was a nice guy. Great musician, but not my style. Thanks to all of you who came out to show your support!
There were loads of familiar faces, and that always means a lot.
Here's the set we played, to the best of my knowledge:

  • Heather
  • On The Ball
  • The Groove
  • Angles and Demands
  • There, There
  • Not The End
  • Heads Up Penny
Here are some photos, all of which were taken by Skott Chandler, check out his work, it's amazing!!!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Not Your Typical Garbage...

This post is dedicated to only one thing: Garbage. If you don't know who they are, you are really missing out. There are several posts I'm going to dedicate to bands and artists, and I thought was the most important one to do first, yes, even more important than Nine Inch Nails. There are a couple albums from this band, I always hoped for more, but unfortunately, they broke up. Anyways, here's a link to their site, and a list of my favorite songs...

  1. Special
  2. The Trick Is To Keep Breathing
  3. #1 Crush
  4. The World Is Not Enough
  5. Run Baby, Run
  6. It's All Over But The Crying
  7. Vow
  8. I Think I'm Paranoid
  9. Parade
  10. You Look So Fine
There are so many more I'd looooove to list. If you want a continuation of this list, let me know. Let me know what you think of this amazing group!

p.s. If you want to download the entire discography, click HERE.

Ready, Steady, GO!!!

This last weekend was CRAZY busy to say the least. Thursday and Friday were the Region 9 Championships. We did terrific! There were some wonderful swims from my swimmers! I couldn't have been more excited! After watching the swims on Thursday night, I barely slept because I was so excited to see what was going to happen on Friday. Needless to say, I wasn't disappointed or let down. Here are a couple of pics...

Friday, January 23, 2009

Something I Forgot To Mention...

ALL of the posts on this blog are open to discussion. I think I've enabled comments, but we'll see. I spend loads of time on a computer, but blogging is new to me. Give a huge THANKS to Lindsey for helping me get this heap off the ground. All the beautiful wigets and sleek tools are thanks to her.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

How To Beat Insomnia...

My body has absolutely no internal clock. There are nights I can sleep for 12 hours, have a nap later in the day, then sleep another ten hours at night. Other nights, I sleep for 2 hours. Makes no sense. But whatever the case, on the nights that I'm wide awake and need to go to sleep, I rely on these time-tested and proven methods of sedation. Feel free to include any that you know work for you!

  • The Life Aquatic
  • The Matrix
  • The Princess Bride
  • Any Harry Potter
  • Star Wars I-VI
  • Any Lord Of The Rings
  • Stardust
  • Superman Returns
  • Wall E
  • Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy
  • Stranger Than Fiction
  • Muppet Treasure Island
Best of luck and sweet dreams!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Why Blog? You might ask...

This is a blog covering the events of an uneventful life. There will be blogs on here about music ideas, dreams, personal events, and who knows whatever else?! I expect the blogs to be posted here to be quite random. So be ready for that. Buckle up, let's start this roller coaster!