That’s a good thing, right?! Thank you Josh Sweigert at Tahoe Onstage for the write up.
Our new cassette isn’t for sale at that many places. You can buy them from Spencer. From Harry. Or Zac, or Clint. From our bandcamp page. You can buy them from the homeless man who found the merchandise case we lost in San Francisco two weeks ago. OR, you can buy them from the neatest, most tangy yet spicy record (cassette) company out there… WIENER RECORDS.
It’s finally over. The 2014-15 football season has come to an end but even though the Lions went another season without a playoff win and the Patriots took the whole thing, there are always pros to balance out the cons. After all, I managed NOT to draft Toby Gerhart this year… that’s good. Oh! And no one has to watch Jim Harbaugh mouth-breath his way through another season with the Niners… that’s great! Overall, I give this year a B-.
Sadly though, we’re now in a bit of a lull. Football is over, baseball hasn’t started, basketball isn’t in the post-season, and hockey is still just hockey. This leaves a lot of us wondering what to do with our long misplaced competitive natures. Luckily, the boys and I developed the answer, I present the Failure Machine Band League (FMBL). FMBL is just like any other fantasy sport except instead of drafting mentally underdeveloped millionaires (See: Gore, Frank), we draft members of bands that we’ve either played with on the road, or folks from around the local scene. It’s a great way to kill time and it’s an even better way to talk about your friends and colleagues as if they were just objects.
To play along, send us your picks and we’ll send you an arbitrary score based on our personal feelings toward you!! And check out all of these bands.
Clinton “CP30” Philbin
1. CP- Alex Korostinsky (bass, guitar, bg vocals for Mark Sexton Band, Whatitdo., Synthesize Her)
2. SK- Blair Dewane (vocals, guitar for Rusty Maples)
3. HM- Keith Damron and his pug, Malcolm(vocals, guitar for El Camino Sutra)
-EDITOR’S NOTE: Terrific move. Primo songwriting and an adorable pooch. Cute sells.
4. ZC- Miranda Zipse (vocals, bass for The Pip Squeeks)
5. ZC- Kevin Mohn (vocals, guitar for Kevin Moan & The Reptiles)
6. HM- Ben Ingle (drums for Moondog Matinee)
-FUN FACT: His favorite food is Pop Tarts.
7. SK- Rachel McElhiney (sax, bg vocals for Buster Blue)
8. CP- Clark Demerrit (bass for Pelvis Wrestlies)
9. CP- Mike Hickel (bass, bg vocals for Joan and The Rivers)
10. SK- Ben Einstein (keys, bg vocals for Bear Lincoln)
-EDITOR’S NOTE: Big Ben Einstein was my sleeper pick all along. In this group he’ll play B3 and a large bowl of assorted fruit.
11. HM- Morgan Smith ( drums for Irie Idea)
12. ZC- Kevin Gautschi (guitar, vocals for Major Powers & The Lo-Fi Symphony)
13. ZC- Sam “The Luscious Lefty” Turman (guitar, vocals for Naked For Safety)
-EDITOR’S NOTE: Personally, I’m a little concerned about his health going into this season. There’s a lot of blood on that guitar.
14. HM- Eric Smith (guitar, vocals for Joan and the Rivers)
15. SK- Dan Weiss (drums for Mark Sexton Band, My Flag Is On Fire)
16. CP- Adam Carpenter (bass, bg vocals for Moondog Matinee)
17. CP- Patrick Dougherty (bass for Fox & The Law)
-EDITOR’S NOTE: I think Clint really hit his stride with this pick. With his 5th bassist in 5 picks he has successfully given me an uncomfortable rumbling sensation in my stomach.
18. SK- Jeremy Hunt (bass for Jelly Bread)
19. HM- Adam Landis (keys for Rigorous Proof)
20. ZC- Toby O’Brien
-FUN FACT: Toby isn’t in a band, he’s just a really cool guy. Not a great pick… or is it?
21. ZC- 3 cases of Old English
-EDITOR’S NOTE: High risk, high reward kind of pick for Zac Curtis. On one hand, a case of Olde English can get the creative juices going, but on the other hand it can trigger a bender where you wake up missing your wallet, your shoes, and your sense of self worth.
22. HM- Rob Habel (vocals, guitar for Millburray)
23. SK- Zac Curtis + Harry Mahony (horns for Failure Machine)
24. CP- Tyler Hansen (drums, bg vocals for BandMaster Ruckus)
Here are the bands:
Rumble Chunks (CP)
Alex Korostinsky (bass)
Clark Demerrit (bass)
Mike Hickel (bass)
Adam Carpenter (bass)
Patrick Dougherty (bass)
Tyler Hansen (drums)
B.D. & The Meat Raisins (SK)
Blair Dewane (vocals, guitar)
Rachel “Rachbot” McElhiney (bari sax, vocals)
Dan Weiss (drums)
Ben Einstein (keys, vocals)
Jeremy Hunt (bass)
Zac + Harry (trumpet, alto sax)
Harry’s Hamsters (HM)
Keith Damron and Malcolm (vocals, guitar)
Ben Ingle (drums)
Morgan Smith (drums)
Eric Smith (guitar, vocals)
Adam Landis (keys)
Rob Habel (guitar, vocals)
Miranda Zipse (bass)
Kevin Mohn (guitar, vocals)
Kevin Gautsche (guitar, vocals)
Sam Turman (guitar, vocals)
Toby O’Brien (N64)
3 Cases of OE
We want your fantasy bands. Give em to us.
Happy New Year!
You did it, I did it, a few of my friend’s pets did it – we lived through 2014! Everything hurts a little more than it did last year and I lost my iPod, but we still think 2015 is going to be real neat.
The things you shouldn’t do this year:
1. Get your car towed
2. Stay home instead of going to the Moondog Matinee release party on January 17th @ Cargo
3. Start selling Cutco knives to your friends and family
4. Drink less soda
5. Pretend EPII doesn’t exist
Joan Rivers may have passed, but spiritually, she lives on in the cool, underground, and slightly sticky shadow of Joan and the Rivers. We made a pit stop to see these guys (Eric, Mike, and Caleb, our favorite San Joseans) while on tour this month, and they recorded us playing that Meghan Trainor song All About That Bass. We haven’t really been able to get enough of this song lately. Listen to our version here.
Once you’ve finished checking those treats out, start preparing yourself for this Friday in Reno. For free and starting at 9pm, we’ll be at Singer Social Club along with The John Whites, and Monterey’s Pipsqueak. No sharks will be allowed into the building.
People drive around a lot. Touring bands, who are also people, drive around a lot too. They’re always driving. They’re getting from city to city, accomplishing one short-term goal after another. They drive for hours on end, occasionally navigating hazardous road conditions like rain, snow, and emotional distress. Touring bands have so much endurance driving experience that there should probably be a televised competitive league for it, complete with trophies, pseudo celebrity status, and commercial breaks.
All it takes to join BVR right now is a one time $5 paperwork filing fee and a photo ID.
When Clint and I started this band a year ago we were absolutely terrified of socializing with anyone other than each other. Luckily, all of the counseling has been paying off and we’ve opened the MFFM castle doors to a couple of fresh, hawt fellas in Zac and Harry. We’ve recently decided we’re ready for another friend and we’re going to start auditioning bass players! Now, we didn’t come to this decision lightly, it took hundreds of people with no musical knowledge or experience telling us that we were missing a bassist to get us to make this choice.
So, if you or someone you know would be perfect for the role of bass player/new best friend, shoot us a text on the FM poopline (775-316-TURD) or have a pizza delivered to our house with your name, number, and favorite malt liquor on it (text the poopline for our address). But before you go reaching for that telefono, skim the rest of this post to make sure you REALLY want to open this can of
~9 things you should know~
9. Being in a band (especially this band) isn’t about pouring your heart out onstage every night to an attentive crowd of music lovers. It’s about pouring your intestines out into a bathroom in San Jose that doesn’t have doors on the stalls, then immediately walking into an empty bar where half of the PA is blown out and your feet stick to the floor.
8. Hopefully you don’t have a weak stomach because we really only eat donuts, pizza, Rolling Rock, Safeway sandwiches, Olde English, burritos, each other’s farts, Pringles, beef jerky, pizza, our feelings and cheeseburgers.
7. If you have a music note or treble clef tattooed on you, please keep it covered up until we have decided whether or not we like you enough to ignore it.
6. People in bands (ourselves included) are some of the most broken, passive-aggressive, hyper-critical dicks in the world. Our karmic punishment for our general attitudes is having to deal, almost exclusively, with people just like us. Now think about how exhausting that is. Still interested? I like you, keep reading.
5. Ideally, this is what I’m looking for: Someone tall who has a cool mustache, a lot of really attractive friends, and a pretty hip (but not too hip) wardrobe who will help contribute to my dream of solidifying “that’s SO Raven!” as the band’s catch phrase.
Check out this ‘stache
4. Recommended listening:
The Dirty Nil- Smite
Otis Redding- Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul
Mark Ronson- Version
The Rolling Stones- Let It Bleed
3. If you’ve ever said anything like “Music is my life/therapy/drug/true love,” you’re annoying.
2. Do you have a good job? Are you in college studying something you’re really passionate about ? Do you have a girlfriend that you love and cherish? Good for you! Don’t audition though. Look, your life is going WAY too well to spend as much time with us as you’re gonna need to. The fewer things you HAVE to do on a daily basis, the better. More important than having talent, drive, or even a bass is having free time to waste making fart jokes and getting hammered with us.
1. We don’t give a shit if you’re a good bass player, we don’t even care if you’re a bass player at all. In fact, we’d prefer the latter, the last thing we want is some asshole with a 6 string bass coming into the basement and playing the riff to “Chameleon” over all of our tunes. We’d much prefer someone who barely knows the names of the strings who thinks it’s hilarious to make everyone listen to “I Don’t Want To Be” repeatedly on the way to a show in Bakersfield.
Looking forward to meeting you.