Thursday, February 27, 2014

I think this is a pretty rad idea. Have some hot local bands play a cheap ($5) show over the lunch hour at a chic downtown venue. Des Moines represent!

I haven't played in a band for a long while now, but I think that would generate a turnout on par with any 9 pm slot on a weeknight. In fact, I'd reckon you'd increase your chances of widening your audience because all kinds of people are downtown during the lunch hour. If you were to tell me that I'd have the chance to catch an even marginally good band instead of waiting in line at Bento Box for some over priced noodles, I'd be there in a heartbeat. 

I think that during the week, it's just smart to have early shows to begin with. I probably think that because I'm getting bitter in my old age. So an honest-to-goodness good show over the lunch hour is  that much more appealing. With all of the possibilities in downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul, I'd be surprised if concert series like this don't catch on here as well.

It's also funny to see my pal Steven Virgil dressed as a legit lumberjack. 

Parlours - Slowly From the Earth [Official Video] from Kate Jones on Vimeo.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Movie (Trailer) Review: That Awkward Moment

That Awkward Moment is one of those devastating realistic trailers that taps into an untold walk of life so accurately, we can hardly conceive of life without it. The artistic is achievement is overshadowed only by it’s cultural impact.

 The trailer tells the story of a handsome white guy who has a couple of roommates played by nerdy white guy and token black guy. Despite attracting the attention of a beautify, yet loose, blond babe, handsome white guy declares that if his token black friend - who has been recently dumped by his girlfriend for reasons unknown - was to be single, then all three roommates will remain single together in some sort of nonsensical bro-pact.

The most touching part of the trailer is when handsome white guy and nerdy white guy intervene in token black guy self-destructive habits by throwing his ice cream out the window. The two white friends suggest that instead of destroying his six-pack abs with empty calories, they all three go out and “drink like Keith Richards” at local watering hole. 

Just when you think the trailer is over, the trailer attempts to convince the viewing audience that some sort of drama will take place. The real mystery is what the hell is happening in the second half in the trailer. Who are these people and why should we care? Maybe we need to watch the movie to find out, but we never will.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014


One Generic Podcast is underway! We're still building the website, which means that episodes could be a little out of date by the time they get posted.

We recorded episode 2 while watching the first half of the Super Bowl. As Mike put it, "I'm glad that the game sucked so we could keep talking about Phillip Seymour Hoffman."

We've only been using one microphone to record so far; an AKG c214. It sounds decent enough, but I think everyone speaking should have their own microphone. I said "everyone speaking" because ideally, we'll get friends to come chat with us most episodes to generate interest and to avoid the inevitable boredom that will come from listening to Mike and I talking to ourselves all the time.

I’ve also started sending out feelers to gauge interest in the possibility of expanding to other, more content specific podcasts. I think Sarah’s website could be developed into an awesome podcast.