Wednesday, August 02, 2006
I know, I know.. it's been almost two months since I last updated. But now I have internet at the "new" apartment and plenty of time to keep up with everything.
So what have I been doing with my time? Working, writing, practicing, and hanging with the crew. And cleaning.. not to mention that my kitchen skills have improved greatly. I can now make hamburger helper without supervision.
We've also got a new band lineup-
The website isn't yet updated to include the new lineup, but check it out anyway. And add us on MySpace. You know you want to.
Wednesday, June 07, 2006
Don't ask.. just don't ask.
And so here I am, sitting here in Jen's room, typing up this blog post because I don't have internet access at the apartment. I know, I know. I suck. You don't have to tell me.
She and a friend are out for part of the night and I'm here with the kids, trying to remember how I managed to take such good care of my little sister when she was still a baby. I just don't know.. I've forgotten everything. And I hate when kids cry. It makes me want to join in.
As far as the music thing goes, we're still on that mini hiatus. But my god, we still manage to come up with new stuff. There hasn't been a day when I haven't played my piano. A new song is in the works.. and there are plenty of ideas for at least three others. I love it. It controls my life.
I'm taking a little break from the ad space rental thing.. at least for the next week or so.. until I can sit down and put some time and effort into things. Time is very limited right now.
Until later.. keep your chin up, eat the mashed potatoes before they go bad, and don't take candy from strangers.
Wednesday, May 31, 2006
I'm moving in a few days, so I thought now would be a good time to type up this post. And no, I'm not telling you where I'm moving to.. I don't need forty-seven thousand people from the internet knocking on my door, asking if I can come out to play. Sorry, kiddies.
This is going to be quite the experience for me, considering that I've never really been out on my own.. even though I'll have a roomie. I've fallen in love with the apartment and I can't wait to add my personal touches to it. I can't take all my junk with me though. I wish I could.
Make sure you pay a visit to this week's ad space renter, Scooter McGavin's 9th Green. At first I thought it was a golf blog, but then I checked it out and found that it has a lot of cool media stuff. It's worth the visit.
Okay, guys. I've got a lot of packing and shtuff to do. Later!
Sunday, May 28, 2006
The show had a late start because the band that was originally scheduled to go first (Something Grey) had a late vocals guy, and wound up in the second position.
Kung Fu Jesus, the band that played first (in the picture) was very good. They were heavier than the other two bands and I liked their style of playing. I'd definitely go to more of their shows.
And when Agony Hill started up, just about everyone in the bar went nuts. People were pushing to the front of the stage and dancing like crazy. Despite the fact that a couple chicks were totally invading my personal space, I had a great time.
I just noticed something.. What is it with bass players? With every band I've met and talked to, it's always the bass player that I wind up chatting with the most. It's like I'm a bass man magnet or something. The top four people I've talked with last night were all bass players- Jason (my band's bass dude), Joe (Agony Hill), Yogi (Kung Fu Jesus), and Dave (Something Grey). What the hell?
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Even my 9-year-old sister has used our names with the word "retard" recently.
At least we're having fun.
We're taking a little break from the music right now, building our contact list and getting ready for a long, tiring stretch of practices. Everyone needs some time to goof off now and then, and now is our turn. (It's going to be a beautiful, sunny Saturday on the roof with beer and music. Yes, the roof. This is our Memorial Day weekend.)
Go visit this week's blog, A Yoga Coffee Outlook. It's a fairly popular blog and I enjoy reading it.
So what's on my agenda for today? Well, I've got to dye my hair again.. I've got about an inch of light blonde roots because I've been far too lazy to do anything about it. And I need to get some more cold medicine. I've had a sore throat and runny nose for a couple days now. It sucks. But all in all, it's going to be a pretty lazy day. I have no obligations. I'm free to be the idiot that I am.
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
We're still looking for guitarists. And drummers. (My god, this is annoying the crap out of me!) But what can I do? I'm making new contacts every few days.. people in other bands. Many have offered to help us out in finding musicians, and I appreciate that, but I'm still riding that fence between composure and insanity. Or maybe I'm just impatient.
We've also been working on a couple songs that we've yet to come up with names for. They're.. interesting. I'll put it that way. I've got a crapload of ideas, but because of our lack of musicians, we can't put all of them into action.
And again with the frustration. It's one big circle.
Ever notice that life revolves around circles? Our emotions and life events can be compared to circles in one way or another. The earth is a circle. (Okay, it's a SPHERE.. but still, just work with me.) CD's are circles. Most dishware take on the form of circles. The wheels on our cars are circles. I think I have made my point.
Heptagons are completely left out of the loop. Is it weird to feel bad for them? HEPTAGONS HAVE FEELINGS, TOO!
Go check out the ad space renter- Workout4Bloggers. It has cool little exercises and plenty of health facts for lazy computer people like me.
And reading over this, I've come to the conclusion that I should not be blogging with a buzz..
Friday, May 12, 2006
Okay, guys. I have a confession to make. I'm still using Christmas cookie stamps to mail out my phone bills. Why? Because I think they're cute.. Not really. I just don't do much as far as the post goes. And the way I'm going, I'll still be using those stamps next December.
On a different note, we've been working on our music and stuff. Still looking for a replacement guitarist though. Hopefully we'll find the guy soon.
That reminds me (and I don't know why!).. I have to go over to J's place and take a shower yet again today before I have to go to work in the evening. The mother shut off all the hot water in the house at the beginning of the week and only turns it on to do dishes and take a shower. Unfortunately for me, I am never home at those times and get screwed out of a hot shower. And so I have to travel ten minutes down the road with my towel, lavender body wash, clothes, and man deoderant because I don't know a thing about plumbing.
And now is the time I ask myself why I'm posting such useless information for the world to read. I don't know.. I have nothing better to write about.
Tuesday, May 09, 2006
We pulled out my newest set of lyrics (which was chewed slightly by J's dog) and WHABAM! Within an hour, we had something.. almost an entire song. How frickin' awesome is that? I'm proud of that one.
Go check out Got Lyrics!, this week's blog ad space renter. It's a great music news blog with, of course, lyrics. So YO, CHECK IT OUT, DUDE!
I've also made some major changes to the website over the past week. (Forgot to mention that one.) The entire color scheme is different, along with the main links and features.
We're also looking for a new guitarist, guys. Anyone in the Penn-York valley looking for a metal band? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, May 02, 2006
I'm STILL tired from that night. And today is Tuesday.
And then after a freaky event last night, I've got something big in my mind. One of those things that makes for an awesome song. I won't say what it is here, but I will say that a very twisted song may come out of it. Watch for it.
Oh yeah, make sure you check out the new ad space renter, Rocky Jay. The guy's got a thing for women's asses, but his blog IS quite entertaining. And he seems like a pretty cool guy. Good sense of humor.
So what's on the agenda today? I have to run to the bank, hit up the store for some black hair dye and plastic forks, do some writing (hopefully an entire set of lyrics), pick up the sister from school, and then I'll probably be going over to J's place for a while. Busy.
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
In order to survive, we must all adapt to changing situations. This is how we learn and grow. For every end, there is a new beginning. We must reach these ends and venture on in order to mature and find out who we are and where we stand in life.
I won't confirm nor deny it all
I'm sorry, so sorry
But after all this time
You failed to see me for who I am
I'm not in the right, not in the wrong
You were far too blind all along
And so we say goodbye
I never meant for my final words to sound so harsh. But I have never been one to sugarcoat things. You know this.
I wish you the best of luck on your own journey.
And ours continues.
Monday, April 24, 2006
Anyway, it's been a LONG week. We've cut down the practices and stuff for a short while because a couple of us had our own sh*t to take care of. But we're back on it this week.. and more than we have been.
John stopped by today during his lunch break to tell me that we're having a full rehearsal on Wednesday. And possibly Thursday as well.
And we might have ourselves a drummer.. well, a decent stand-in. We've been having so many problems with attaining a good drummer with time and dedication. But (thank you, J) we may have found someone for now, even if he plays with another band.
Also, go visit the new ad space renter, Fluff. It's a cool entertainment blog with several different contributers covering tv, music, movies, celebrities, and other stuff. Go visit, I say!
Okay, guys. I've got to get cleaned up and ready to leave the house. Again.
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
Why is it that the greatest stuff always comes at the most inconvenient times?
The best thing Jason and I came up with (later on that evening) is the idea that we're going to "Oregahno" to build a "brestesses" buffet with our bare "hanges". We're pathetic.
And this morning I proved my insanity by chasing the mailman down the road, waving my cell phone bill above my head and screaming, "Mailman dude! Wait! Come baaaack!" I needed to send out my check in time. I procrastinated a little too much this month. Oops.
We've got another band practice tonight, and we plan to get our show crap together. Last night was just writing and wasn't really even planned. I showed up at the apartment, wanting to show J my lyrics and shtuff, and as soon as I walked in, there's John at the top of the steps. So okay.. practice. Or meeting. Whatever.
Mreh. Shower time. Later.
Wednesday, April 05, 2006
Now I'll have to show the guys and see what they think. I really hope it goes over as well as I hope it will. (Wish me luck!)
Also, because of the list of opportunities we gained yesterday (I'm dying to spill the secret!), I've become so much more inspired and I'm willing to do just about anything to make this work.
Oh, before I forget.. That picture I included in this post is of me brushing my teeth. Yes, I'm an odd one. If you don't like it, too bad. I don't care.
Let's see... tomorrow's Thursday. I'm thinking about dropping by Jason's apartment tomorrow afternoon. There's just too much excitement built up inside of me to keep my newly finished work to myself. Hope he'll be home... (And I'll see John on Friday, so he can see it then.)
Go check out the new ad space renter- Am I Famous Now? The author is more straight-forward and sarcastic than I am.. that makes for some interesting posts. I really enjoy reading it.
As for the music thing, the sources and ideas are growing. There are just a few rough patches that we really need to smooth out (I can't say what they are here). I had a very long conversation with Jason last night about it all. It's like I'm talking to a male version of myself. F***ing awesome. We're totally on the same page and our way of thinking is very, very similar.. only he's the more business knowledgeable one and I'm the uber artistic one. Definitely a great match. We're putting our stuff together, and hopefully something good will become of this. If we can get over this one hill, we'll be in the clear for a good while. I hope we can do it.
I plan to do some writing today. There's so much I want to write about, but the hard part is putting it all into words. I want to have a great single perfected within the next month or so.
Monday, April 03, 2006
We played a lot over the past couple days. It doesn't sound all that exhausting, but believe me, IT IS.
We did a little writing, too. But most of our time was spent on getting some covers going right. We have our "big four" and then a few others.. and now some new ones we're working on, including stuff by Linkin Park, Korn, and a few other bands. It's going well for the most part.
To be honest, I'm not all that big on the whole cover thing, but it has to be done. Clubs around here aren't looking for originals.. maybe one or two thrown into a set of covers, if that.. They want music that people know and like.
On Saturday afternoon, we had a public practice over at the coffee shop. It wasn't going all too well, I thought. We weren't sounding like we usually do. But some guy (the only person who was sitting in there) tipped us a dollar. When we were done, the girl working at the counter told us of our small fortune. We just kind of stood there like, "Dude, what just happened?" and then a few minutes later, "We got paid for practicing. Sweet." So we must be good if our screwups and shoddy playing earned us a dollar.. Maybe?
The blog advertising space is open again. You've got half a day to apply. When I sign on again this evening to check on the website, I'm going to make my decision. So if you want your blog listed here for a week, you might want to get on it very soon.
Anyway, I've got lots of shtuff to do, so I'm out.
Thursday, March 30, 2006
We've got a good few covers lined up, including "Heart-Shaped Box" by Nirvana, "Aerials" by System of a Down, and "Whisper" by Evanescence. They're going along pretty well, and we've got a few extra tricks up our sleeves..
And.. WE'RE STILL LOOKING FOR A FREAKIN' DRUMMER! The "Drummer wanted! (Inquire within.)" thing I wrote on Jason's arm in permanent marker didn't exactly do the trick. Nor did asking random people who looked like drummers.. they were guitarists and bass players. Mreh.
If you're living in or around "the valley" and can hit 'em, send some info to email@example.com and we'll get back to you asap. Thanks.
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
It's a new week and we've got a new blog renter. Check it out. I had to make no decision when choosing between blogs. This one is just effing amusing- Useless Advice From Useless Men. I could probably read it all day if I had the time.
The music's been a little slow this past week, but all's going well. We're making some good plans and I came up with some good ideas while practicing on my own yesterday. Let's see if I can remember them when I meet up with the guys.
But as for now, I need to get my arse up and ready to get out of the house.
Thursday, March 23, 2006
Welcome Jason Amey (the bass tech for Agony Hill) to the group. This guy is such a blessing to us, it's unbelievable. He's so helpful and inspired, though a little bit of a hardass (which is exactly what we need), and has great ideas. Not to mention the resources that come along with the package. It's f*cking great.
I have a feeling that we're going to take off even quicker than planned.. It's so exciting.
Monday, March 20, 2006
It's all through BlogExplosion, which you need to be a member of in order to have a chance to be in on it. Basically you pay x amount of points to be listed for a week. I keep the number low so everyone can be included if they want.
So say hello to the new renter, From the Morning. I've read a bit of this blog and even though I'm not exactly Christian (I think my guys are though), I like the author's words and writing style. (And I totally support religious tolerance.) Go check it out if you've got the time. The posts are well thought out and often entertaining.
Plans for today?
I'm not sure yet. I know I have to work at 5 pm, but I don't really know what I'm doing before then. I want to work some more on "October" and a couple other things. And it's also snowing at the moment, so I'll have to go out and shovel the walk at some point. (Bleh.)
Today's supposed to be the first day of spring (Ostara), and look at that! SNOW! Cold, wet, annoying snow. Where's the warm weather and sunshine?
Thursday, March 16, 2006
Today we plan on doing some recording later on after we make a few runs to the store and maybe take a few pictures. Depending on whether Gary will be joining us or not (we're not sure yet), we may hit the Chinese restaurant for lunch. I don't know.
As I type, John's here playing his Schecter and coming up with an awesome little tune. We're DEFINITELY going to use it in the near future. It's like he's got an entire song completed already.. and he hasn't even been here 15 minutes. Musical genius, I'm telling you. Maybe it's the sunglasses. I don't know.
Anyway, we're off. Thanks for reading and take care.
Visit us at www.sinsfate.net.
Monday, March 06, 2006
I've got a few things to work on.. hopefully we'll have another track finished within the next week or so if everything goes according to plan. That would be great. John won't be a problem, but I'd have to get Gary around to it and stuff. We've got a lot planned out (and practiced), and Gary's got to catch up a bit. I'm not sure if one day a week with him is enough.. maybe it is and it'll fall into place soon, but it's going kind of slow at the moment.
Hopefully tomorrow's meetup with John will be productive. I'm going to try to push these next couple songs and whatnot. He's been practicing a lot on his own time too, which I'm happy about.
Well, it's about time I finish helping my sister get ready for school and head upstairs to start working on my stuff.
Check out the website changes - www.sinsfate.net
Thursday, February 23, 2006
Well, not TOO long, just kind of tiring. John came over WAY TOO EARLY, but he didn't have a watch so it was okay, I guess. Then after the sister went to school, John and I went to the legion and bowling center so I could pick up my pay. Then we went back to my place as quickly as we could so Gary wouldn't have to wait if he happened to come over a little early, but we beat him there.
I won this awesome Yamaha keyboard on Ebay and until the final money count, I was afraid that I'd end up with an overdraft on my bank account. Fortunately with a few extra dollars, I came up with enough cash and I won't have to pay a fee. (THANK GOD!) I can't wait until my little beauty arrives! 76 touch-sensitive keys and grand piano feature, among many other things. It sure beats the hell out of my 13-year-old Casio. It's about time for an upgrade.
Anyway, after practice, we hit the bank so I could make my deposit and then raided Yale's music shop. Small place, but I love it. It doesn't exactly have the best of equipment available all the time, but it's perfect for our basic needs. What do you expect from a small shop in "the valley"?
So yeah.. practice, practice, practice. And hopefully soon we'll be able to release some new music.
Thursday, February 09, 2006
More changes have been made to the E-team pages. Come check them out. People are required to sign up in order to view it, but registration is free and we don't spam your e-mails like a lot of people do. www.sinsfate.net
I'm also trying to put together my knowledge of php and maybe come up with some special add-ons for the members only pages. We'll see how inspired I am.
Monday, February 06, 2006
I have made a few changes to our website today.
The front page is slightly more organized, and I have completely changed the E-team page around, creating subpages for the forum, in-depth band journal, and the other stuff located there. I figured it would be much better than throwing it all up on one page. It cuts down on loading time and the viewers look at what THEY want to see rather than searching through numerous other features.
Come see the changes at www.sinsfate.net.
Thursday, February 02, 2006
I think those would be the words to describe the evening.
We jammed for maybe three hours. The only problem was we didn't have a decent system there for me to sing through. It sounded like crap, but it worked. That's all that matters.
It was an interesting night. Lots of jumping around and then we had hot dogs and macaroni and cheese for dinner. And naturally, it was loud.
I didn't get home until midnight.
The alarm went off at 6:00 this morning and all I could do was reset it for 7:00. Then I had to get my ass out of bed to make sure my sister was getting off to school all right.
At the moment, it's about 8:15 and John's already on the porch having his morning cigarette. I'm surprised he's even awake.
Wednesday, February 01, 2006
The raven's nest above her
"Gone!" screams the bird of ebony
Yet another child forced to suffer
Know you're not sick or proved unworthy
Let it all out now, little one
Please don't be afraid to cry
Release all your pain and frustration
You can't hold it all inside
Tuesday, January 31, 2006
John came over much earlier than usual. Instead of just dropping his guitar and stuff off around 8:15 a.m. and coming back later, I caught him while I was coming back from taking my sister to school and told him to just come on in. I left the microphone running for about half an hour to catch his playing while I was doing my computer stuff and attempting to wake up. I've got some new things to put lyrics to now. It seems that all the good guitar stuff comes by mistake.
Then we chilled out for a while and watched House of Wax. Not as scary as I thought it would be. In fact, I didn't find it scary at all. But I enjoyed it.
In the meantime, I was anxiously waiting for Domino's to open. I wanted pizza, damn it! They finally opened around the time the movie ended.
Eventually the pepperoni pizza, cheesy bread, and chicken wings arrived. It was about time. I was starving.
Then we chilled again while listening to music and stuff on my computer. And I painted John's nails for something to do. They don't look too bad, to be honest. I kind of like them that way.
By the time all this was done, I had to go pick up my sister from school and John went over to his grandma's place. Then I cleaned the house before the mother came home from work. And the next thing I know, she walks in the door and immediately says, "Kourt! We're going bowling!" I completely forgot about making those plans last Thursday evening, but I can't argue with that woman over something like this. So I went for a couple hours. Didn't bowl too well (new ball), but it wasn't too bad with Charlie's help. He's a pro level bowler, so he knows what he's doing.
Then I came home around 6 p.m. and called John up to tell him I'd be over in a few. And so I headed over and we went down to the coffee shop. We had a couple cups over the course of 3 hours or so and played cards. Discussed music a little as well. And a guy brought in the February schedules too, so we each got one of those.
All in all, it was a very long day. I didn't get back home until around 10 p.m. I'm exhausted. But it was worth it.
Practice tomorrow at John's place.
Monday, January 30, 2006
We're kind of working on it at the moment -lots to do- but in the meantime, we're looking to make a lot of new friends and contacts, meet local people and bands (and also those who are farther away), and chat, chat, chat! We'll be sure to put some tracks up now and then for everyone to listen to and download. And if you've got any suggestions, HIT US UP and tell us your thoughts.
But for now, I've got to get back to work. I've been playing around with the keyboard and mixing tracks like crazy, hoping to come up with something interesting.
Wednesday, January 25, 2006
After hanging up, I brought my dog in from outside and went back upstairs to screw around with the melody and a few random vocals. An hour later, I had recorded it all piece by piece, deleted background noise, distorted it all to an extreme, and dubbed it.
"Portal" has been born!
Check out the ambient track at www.sinsfate.net.
Wednesday, January 18, 2006
Sunday, January 15, 2006
I'm excited, John's excited.. We're all fine and dandy.
Now we just need a drummer and bassist. Where to find them? I haven't the slightest clue. Metal isn't exactly the biggest thing around here. Waverly is full of rednecks and skateboarders.
I was a little bored earlier while checking my myspace messages and came across this:
|How to make a Kourt|
5 parts pride
5 parts self-sufficiency
5 parts beauty
Layer ingredients in a shot glass. Add lovability to taste! Do not overindulge!
Okay, maybe not.
Tuesday, January 10, 2006
Then we hit Tammy's Diner for lunch. Awesome food. And cheap as hell. Our lunches together cost less than $15. This is definitely going to become a tradition- lunch at Tammy's. But I'm not sure what we're going to do for John and Gary's "two o'clock feeding time" at two a.m. The only local place would be the Dandy and get a sub or something. Denny's is awesome, but it's half an hour away. It's fine for Elmira gigs, but not for here in the valley.
After lunch, we headed over to the Neutral Ground Cafe to pick up the January performance schedule. And then made our way to Jolly's to get a couple energy drinks. (Not something John really needed!) And afterward, we walked back to my house like frickin' drunks, laughing and cracking jokes.
Back at my place, John pulled out the guitar and we worked a little bit.. not much. We did a lot of screwing around with my computer and microphone. I'm uploading a file right now. Give it another half hour though.. Damn dialup. I hate it.