Sunday, May 14, 2023

"Love For The Loveless"... The Original One-Take Version!

"Love For The Loveless"... the one-take version!

Erika Smith and I shot this Pike Project music video on my iPhone way back in November of 2021, and this was the original idea. Just two people walking on opposite sides of the street, all in one continuous take. After nailing it in 3 takes, that's when we went off and improvised a bunch of stuff that ended up in the final released video. But it's fun to look back at this original version. It's goofy, but fun. And it's a catchy tune.

I will always take pride in the Pike Project album, and forever be grateful that Erika is always game to be creative on a whim. (She's got her own album coming soon too!)  

Alternate version of the video below. Released version underneath that. 

Stream or download the full Pike Project album RIGHT HERE!

Monday, April 17, 2023

2023, Vol 1: I'm Feeling Great Because You Didn't Break Me

First mix of the year 2023, with lots of great stuff to help me get through each new day.

New music from: Depeche Mode, Samiam, The National, Alan Walker, The Bouncing Souls, Wolfie's Just Fine. 

Covers: Megadeth doing Judas Priest, Kirsten MacColl covering The Smiths for John Hughes (!), AL1CE doing The Dead Lucky Theme song. 

Music discoveries like: Susie Suh (found her on the soundtrack to the sad, yet beautiful Japanese movie OH LUCY.) The opening song by Freedom Fry that I discovered because my iPhone literally generated a video of pics & clips of me and Alisa and used this song! (Modern technology is WILD!) And I always love anything that my friends Playing Dead put out. But this latest track, "Wherever You Are Tonight," hits hard after now losing both my parents. It's a beautiful celebatory song, and I love these guys for writing it and putting it out when I needed it most. Without further ado...

2023, Vol 1: I'm Feeling Great Because You Didn't Break Me

1. Tell Me It'll Be Alright by Freedom Fry
2. Wherever You Are Tonight by Playing Dead
3. Here With Me (Two Worlds) by Susie Suh
4. Before We Drown by Depeche Mode
5. Delivering The Goods (Judas Priest Cover) by Megadeth 
6. Prisencolinensinainciusol by Adriano Celetano
7. Stanley by Samiam
8. Watermelon (from the movie "Dinner In America") by John + Jane Q. Public
9. Tropic Morning News by The National 
10. Il Grande Silenzio (Restless) (from the movie "The Great Silence") by Ennio Morricone
11. Higher Education (Live) by Cory Kilduff
12. Easy Now by Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
13. You Just Haven't Earned It Yet, Baby (The Smiths Cover) by Kirsty MacColl
14. The Dead Lucky Theme Song by AL1CE
15. Over You by Susie Suh
16. Lean On Me (Bill Withers Cover) by Club Nouveau
17. Dreamer by Alan Walker
18. Beautiful Life (featuring Nate Mendell & Jeremy Enigk) by Terrance DH
19. Ten Stories High by The Bouncing Souls
20. Cat and Mouse With the Light by The New Pornographers
21. Bad Intentions by Bayside
22. Everyone Is Dead Except Us by Wolfie's Just Fine 

Friday, April 14, 2023

KART DRIVER! The 2011 R-Rated Super Mario Brothers / Donkey Kong Short Film for G4!

The Super Mario Brothers movie is going to dominate the box office for a 2nd week in a row, BUT… if you wished there was an R-Rated Taxi Driver-esque version, by way of Gaspar Noe, it exists! Here’s the 2011 short film KART DRIVER, written and directed by Drew Daywalt, produced for G4 by Joe Lynch and starring Ben Giroux as Mario, Zoe Simpson as Peach, and yours truly (me!) as Luigi! FX by the grand master Jeff Farley! Enjoy!


Sunday, March 26, 2023

One Year Later... Hope For Us To Shine (The Black & White Version)

Good God, it's been over a year (Feb 2022!) since my buddy Robbie and I shot this music video on Windansea Beach in San Diego, completely improvised and in a few takes. When I was working on the edit, my friend Natasha suggested I try a black & white version because of how strong the contrast is. I loved the way it looked, but I didn't want to lose the vibrant colors that these latest iPhone's are capable of capturing. So we released it in color, knowing I'd eventually share this alternate version!

This album I recorded with Christian James Hand under the moniker of "Pike Project," and we released it last summer. I'm so, so proud of it. It's a positive that came out of a period of non-stop negative; amid the most difficult time of my life. But when I look back on that time now, I want it to be summarized by this song, "Hope For Us To Shine." If you haven't yet, give the whole record a listen.

Pike Project on:
Apple Music

Watch all the music videos right HERE.


Wednesday, March 15, 2023

THE HIGH DESERT - A Graphic Novel by James Spooner

Recently read this great graphic novel memoir, THE HIGH DESERT by James Spooner, that takes place in the mid-to-late 80's in an isolated Califorina desert town. (With a trip to NYC in the middle.) Loved it. And because the author regularly references the punk tunes he was listening to on his walkman at the time, I made a mix / playlist of every song mentioned! An unofficial soundtrack! Check it out, and when you get the book, listen along.

1. Institutionalized by Suicidal Tendencies
2. Depression by Black Flag
3. No Values by Black Flag
4. Boys Don't Cry (Single Version) by The Cure
5. The Number Of The Beast by Iron Maiden
6. Police Story by Black Flag
7. A Day by Clan Of Xymox
8. F**k Authority by Wasted Youth
9. What Do I Get? by Buzzcocks
10. White Minority by Black Flag
11. White Noise by Stiff Little Fingers
12. Hybrid Moments by The Misfits
13. I've Got a Problem by The Meatmen
14. Parents by Descendents
15. Had A Dad by Janes Addiction
16. Attitude by Bad Brains
17. Degradation by Gorilla Biscuits
18. Straight Edge by Minor Threat
19. Take Warning by Operation Ivy
20. Boys Don't Cry (New Voice Club Mix) by The Cure

Apple Music

Sunday, February 26, 2023

Headbanger Metal Mania! 🤘

Alisa had asked me a while back to put together a heavy metal mix. Took me a bit to figure out how to go about it! But it's a mix of classics and personal favorites. And I think it's pretty rockin' way to head into the upcoming week! Enjoy "Headbanger Metal Mania! 🤘"

1. Mouth Of War by Pantera
2. Master Of Puppets by Metallica
3. N.W.O. by Ministry
4. Mr. Brownstone by Guns N' Roses
5. Only by Anthrax
6. Holy Wars... The Punishment Due by Megadeth
7. Raining Blood by Slayer
8. Souls Of Black by Testament
9. Happy Song by Bring Me The Horizon
10. In The Meantime by Helmet
11. Wasted Years by Iron Maiden
12. Epic by Faith No More
13. Stinkfist by TOOL
14. I'm Broken by Pantera
15. Crazy Train by Ozzy Osbourne 
16. Twist Of Cain by Danzig
17. Welcome To The Jungle by Guns N' Roses
18. Dr. Feelgood by Motley Crue
19. This Is The New Shit by Marilyn Manson
20. Chelsea Smile by Bring Me The Horizon
21. (sic) by Slipknot
22. Dig by Mudvayne
23. Sugar by System Of A Down
24. Ugly In The Morning by Faith No More
25. Holier Than Thou by Metallica
26. Walk by Pantera
27. Train of Consequence by Megadeth
28. Back In Black by AC/DC
29. Breaking The Law by Judas Priest 
30. Ace of Spades by Motorhead
31. The Trooper by Iron Maiden
32. Midlife Crisis by Faith No More
33. Room For One More by Anthrax
34. 5 Minutes Alone by Pantera
35. True Friends by Bring Me The Horizon
36. Just Another Psycho by Motley Crue
37. Symphony of Destruction by Megadeth
38. Exactly What You Wanted by Helmet
39. Forty Six & 2 by TOOL
40. The Beautiful People by Marilyn Manson
41. Just One Fix by Ministry
42. Crucify Me by Bring Me The Horizon
43. One by Metallica
44. Play With Me by Extreme
45. God Gave Rock 'N' Roll To You II (Live) by Kiss
46. War Pigs / Luke's Wall by Black Sabbath 
47. Crashing Foreign Cars by Helmet
48. Stigmata by Ministry
49. Mother by Danzig
50. Paradise City by Guns N' Roses

Apple Music

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

MIDNIGHT MUSIC and The Lost Conversation with Mick Garris about Music!

The last podcast I put together back in early 2020 was a music-oriented show called MIDNIGHT MUSIC, which, sadly, never got a proper release. Which is a shame, because it features some of my favorite chats, like this one with my dear friend Mick Garris.

Not only do we listen to and discuss tracks from his band HORSEFEATHERS, but we delve into his early days as a music journalist; and how he interviewed everyone from Jimi Hendrix to Janis Joplin. We even talk about how he was at the legendary Elton John debut performance at the Troubadour, as depicted in epic fashion in the film ROCKETMAN!

Rare that the two of us get to have an enthusiastic conversation just about music, but it exists! Feel free to have a listen: