Thursday, October 18, 2012

Our beautiful future

It's come to pass that I've totally abandoned this "news and updates" space.  Not for good, I'd like to come back to it.  There's just so much to do that talking about what I'm doing isn't something I really have time for. So much has gone on in such a short amount of time I can hardly wrap my head around it.

For example: in the past two years I've met and/or interviewed Gerald Casale of DEVO, Chris Frantz of Tom Tom Club and Talking Heads, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Reggie Watts, Dan Aykroyd, and some of my favorite authors and artists in comic books and other mediums... the list goes on.  Lots of exciting projects, lots of cool things on the horizon.  It's an exciting time.

I recommend checking out my tumblr where I do blog recent art and short updates on occasion, as well as my flickr (also accessible in the sidebar to the right) for all current art.  You can also ask me questions at Formspring. Also, of course, Nerdy Show - easily the biggest project I'm doing at the moment and have been doing since 2009.  Always something cooking over there and chances are it's huge. 

Here's just the links!

Nerdy Show

Tumblr

Flickr

Formspring 

Buy my art from the CoS Art Store:
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Thursday, September 16, 2010

CoS "Top 100 Albums Ever"

So, suffice it to say things have been quite busy. There's about (and this is just an approximation) a kerjillion things I haven't posted since January. Huge stuff. Hopefully I'll have a chance to lay out some of the finer points soon. The flickr feed to the right has some recent stuff, also Nerdy Show and my Consequence of Sound page should give you an idea of what's up. For now, here's the latest:

Consequence of Sound recently celebrated it’s third birthday. For this momentous occasion we decided to have a momentous article - “Consequence of Sound’s Top 100 Albums Ever”. In order to compile this list, every staffer at CoS had to produce a list of their 30 favorite albums. After that, the CEO, the President, and myself compiled the rest. It was definitely difficult. We considered albums’ influence, lasting relevance, and took into account the lists of the staff. Our goal was to make a list that was interesting and fun, something we could live with, which might be the most difficult part when it comes to these sort of things. No one will ever agree with someone else’s list - we’ve learned that from our past “Top Albums” articles. This list is far from perfect or definitive (there’s no such thing) and there’s not a one of us who wouldn’t change something on it, but it’s ours.

When I was making my top 30 list I was moving albums around on the floor, trying to wrap my head around the task and create an order that was, as I said before, something I “could live with”. In doing this I ended up pushing some of them back past the 30 mark, comparing what came before them, rearranging, etc. In order to really get a perspective on what I was doing and what I was going to submit to CoS as my top 30, a top 50 just sort of happened. Looking back at my own list there’s an awful lot I’d change, some things I forgot, some placement that I could debate with myself about, but I love these albums and I don’t give a damn what order they're in. Click the image below to check out my full list as well as my unedited write-ups from the CoS article:

Something else that's in the pipe is a full-sized poster I'm doing that visually represents each of the albums on the list. The featured image at the CoS article is just a fragment of the whole thing.




Consequence of Sound’s Top 100 Albums Ever
I did write-ups for #s 99, 66, 57, 55, 25, 17, & 7

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Published Writing: The Florida Review & E.T.C.

This month I had some of my writing published in print, including my first national publication! My review of Lilli Carré's graphic novella, The Lagoon appears in the Winter 2009 issue of The Florid Review (volume 34.2). Florida Review is a nationally distributed literary journal published twice yearly through the University of Central Florida. They've featured some terrific comics in past issues and my review is the first review they've published for a comic of any sort. The Summer 2010 volume of The Florida Review will feature a page of sequential art by me for an illustrated interview with The Surrogates author, Robert Venditti.
A poem I wrote, entitled "Greenbriar Street, 1985" is featured in the 6th and final issue of E.T.C. (Everybody That Creates), "Déjà vu". The issue's cover is also a juxtaposition of two photos of mine. I've done a good share of work with E.T.C. in the past: a photo of mine was used for their third issue, "Blur"'s cover, and another was used as the basis for the cover of their 5th issue, "Next". Issue 2 featured a flash fiction story by me. Though E.T.C. is over, my work with writer/publisher Chris Wiewiora isn't. We're working on a comic project together.

You can still find issues of E.T.C. in independent stores such as A Comic Shop, Park Ave CDs, Quimby's Bookstore, Domy Books, The Regulator Bookshop, and a handful of others across the U.S.

NERDY SHOW Season 3 (now an LLC)!

When Triforce Mike, Hex, and I went out on our own to start recording Nerdy Show (which we jokingly called "season 2" after our six month stint on WPRK) we didn't expect even remotely how popular it would be. The original Nerdy Show trio plus our recurring "season 1" guest, Atomic Robo and 8-Bit Theater writer/creator Brian Clevinger, have made an uncanny team . Over the past 5 months and 14 episodes we've had some outstanding interviews such as chiptunes mega-star Pixelh8, the breakthrough electro pop rock band I Fight Dragons, and Ninja Pizza's Roseangelo. What's more, our monthly special, Dungeons & Doritos, where we play a live game of Dungeons & Dragons, is a smash success. (We've even received fan art of our characters.)
We decided to have a season finale, ending with our Top 20 Nerdy THINGS of 2009 list (which got us recognized by the official Red Dwarf homepage). After three weeks of regrouping and strategy, we've returned, not just as Nerdy Show season 3, but as Nerdy Show LLC. That's right, Nerdy Show is now a Limited Liability Company, of which I am the registered agent. We're getting structured and preparing for a massive onslaught of awesomeness for the year to come. Our first episode, "Season 3 With a Vengeance" is up, episode 4 of Dungeons & Doritos is on its way, and next Tuesday's episode will feature the winners of the contest we launched last year, Tetris Rap Attack including a live interview with Astronautalis! There's even more contests and interviews planned, we're the official podcast of Nerdapalooza, and we're covering Star Wars Celebration V from the inside, so keep your eyes on nerdyshow.com and our twitter for all the coolness coming your way.



NERDY SHOW - Season 2







NERDY SHOW - Season 3






Nerdy Show presents: Dungeons & Doritos

CoS: Interview with OK Go's Tim Nordwind and a review of their new album

In late December I got the chance to interview OK Go bassist Tim Nordwind over the phone. Their album Of the Blue Colour of the Sky, came out this month on the 12th. Our phone conversation lasted over an hour and was packed with a lot of terrific insight about the album and what went into putting it together. I edited and streamlined our conversation to over twenty minutes of audio clips making it the first of my CoS interviews to be presented in an audio format. I had only heard two tracks from Of the Blue Colour of the Sky when I interviewed Tim, but was able to listen to the whole thing soon after. It's an amazing album. I've listened to it countless times since reviewing it and haven't stopped. After all the list-making that went on last month I can't help but think I've already found one of my top picks for the year to come.



Interview: Tim Nordwind (of OK Go)





Album Review: OK Go - Of the Blue Colour of the Sky

Saturday, January 2, 2010

CoS Top of 2009/ Media Potluck's Christmas Podcasts

Hey there, a little late posting this. What can I say, December was a busy month. I filmed a music video with Charlie Honderick for his song "Keeping Track" (more on that soon) and that consumed most of the month.

Much as CoS celebrated the end of the decade, we celebrated the end of 2009 with a list of the Top 100 Albums and Top 50 Songs. I enjoyed doing the write-ups, but what I enjoyed even more was making the graphic for the Year End Report (as seen above).



CoS Top 100 Albums of 2009



Albums I did write-ups for:

23) Bat For Lashes - Two Suns
47) Empire of the Sun - Walking on a Dream
78) The Protomen - Act II: Father of Death
80) Pixelh8 - Obsolete?
87) Gil Mantera's Party Dream - Dreamscape



CoS Top 50 Songs of 2009



And I did the write up for song #29, Moby's "Mistake".
As with the Top of the 2000s lists, you can see my personal Top of 2009 lists HERE, at my blog for things not entirely news and update-like.

Last year, I compiled an album-length holiday music compilation for Media Potluck, called Media Potluck Holiday Feast. The collection was an eclectic alternative to the usual blechy holiday music, with a write-up for every track. This year, Media Potluck debuted Volume 2 of the Holiday Feast as well as the first episode of our semi-regular podcast, Media PODluck, with the yuletide-themed Media Potluck: A Christmas Evening Together.



Media Potluck Holiday Feast Volume 1 (2008)





Media Potluck Holiday Feast Volume 2 (2009)




Media PODluck: A Christmas Evening Together


Wednesday, November 25, 2009

CoS Top 50 Songs of the 2000s

For Consequence of Sound’s 50 best songs of the 2000s list, the staffers were asked to compile a list of ten. As before, I did what I could to make a list I was comfortable with, but this one was considerably harder to settle on. As with the 100 best albums of the 2000s list, I composed a few of the write-ups:

5) Gnarls Barkley - "Crazy"
7) Postal Service - "Such Great Heights"
28) Björk - "New World"
31) Moby -"Extreme Ways"



CoS Top of the Decade: The Songs




You can see and listen to my personal top 10 songs of the decade list HERE, at my blog for things not entirely news and update-like.

- Cap