Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Introducing: The Dan & Matt Show

Wait... I have a blog?!

Could've fooled me.

Anyway, overdue self-imposed absences aside, I am Co-Executive producing another web series, as if I didn't have enough half formed projects swirling around. This one however, is surely to be completed on time, given that all involved literally now live together, we have the tools of the trade at our fingertips, morale is higher than ever, and we've just beat out an entire two month production schedule to finish season one, which we plan on following militantly.

Friday, June 7, 2013

I Found the Lost Writer's Room Podcast (Mostly)

The inaugural Writer's Room Podcast, recorded back in February, is called The Lost One. The reason for this is that my hasty decision to record said podcast via iPhone turned out to be ill-advised. About an hour through the stream I realized the phone was about to die, so I plugged in the charger, at which point the phone wigged out and the recording light went off. I looked at my list of recordings, and the most recent entry, aka the podcast, had a lovely running time of 0s.

Fantastic. Now we had to do this again.

So we did, and quickly glossed over every point and subject we had just talked about in much broader detail. And that was the first podcast we ever did.

It should be noted that I am a wildly disorganized person. I have enough disjointed thoughts running through my ADHD addled brain at any given moment that I rarely find time to put them in their proper places. So, in my exhaustion, I let things pile up messily until I can't take it anymore and spend a day sifting through my self-imposed rubble.

It should also be noted that if the collection of random voice memos I have were transferred to analog tape, they'd fill a small frigate. Name them, you say? Keep them tidy in their own digital folder? Nahhh, I'll let them float whimsically around my hard drive in their default "day/month/year time" format so not only are they all over the place, but unless I click on them individually, I have absolutely no inclination as to what the fuck they even contain.

Fast forward to today. I finally have a little time off from work, so the day has basically been spent swimming around my audible trash trying to cherry pick the moments I like for use in the pink revisions of The Hudson Avenue Chronicles.

In digging through this exorbitant collection, I seem to have stumbled upon what turned out to be that fateful, missing podcast. Don't know how, perhaps some reformatting went down during the computer sync. It's best not to question such things. Despite now being woefully out of date, I feel it's worth a post given the extra detail we went into about our various plans and projects for the year that you didn't get to hear on the abridged re-recording.

So, here it is:

NOTE: The podcast just sort of stops at about the hour mark. That was the moment I plugged the charger in and the phone started seizing. But hey, it's something. I am your gift horse. Do not look me in the mouth.


Sunday, May 5, 2013

The Vampire Diaries - "My Brother's Keeper" Review

"Anytime TVD comes up with a less than stellar storyline, you can rest assured it will be over in a couple of episodes, because the show runs at an extremely fast pace."

Case in point.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

"Leaving You"

And so, the five to twelve year musical journey begins it's long overdue transition into the public eye with the release of "Leaving You", the final track off of whatever the hell my upcoming record is going to turn out to be.

It's not perfect.  It was probably never going to be.  I have neither the means, resources, experience or talent to be able to make this shit sound like it just walked out of Abbey Road.  But this is 2013: The Year of Content, where perfection finally gives way to productivity.

So, I'm content with being able to show it in its demo state, and elated that I will finally be able to move on.  There are many other songs in the works, but this one has sat in an almost finished state for so long that its very existence was proving to be a strain on my brain.  It just needed to be over, or the severe imbalance that has resulted from having a completely lopsided input-to-output ratio threatened to siphon out all of my remaining motivation and passion to do this in the first place.

I may revisit the track and provide extra processing, mixing and mastering.  I may have it professionally redone.  There are a lot of maybe's, but I've learned that those aren't the things to be hanging on.

It's not about being perfect, its about inertia.  Just keep moving, keep creating, and opportunities arise.  Maybe down the road when you've released countless other tracks, the opportunity arises to have that really old one remastered, an opportunity you'd have never gotten if you just locked yourself away and obsessed over every intricate detail.

There's a lot I don't know going forward, but the one thing I do know is that nothing can happen if it's not out there.  I don't expect anyone to care.  I don't expect any of it to be a big deal.

I expect to keep going.


Sunday, March 24, 2013

Oh, Right. This Also Happened.


The Gang Feels the Need to Drive Really Fast

Hey.  'Member when I said I was going to write an episode of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia?

Well, myself and my esteemed writing parter, one Chris Tricarico, have expanded greatly on the premise and ideas that I came up with back in December, and have beaten out most of what the story will be.

I'm going to be both optimistic and realistic and shoot for a June completion date for this one.  Should that happen, the ball can really begin rolling.

Year.  Of.  Content.


For 100% Super Serial This Time

"Leaving You", the final track off of the as yet unnamed album from my as yet unnamed music project, will finally be released in its entirety, in demo state, by the end of this week of our lord.


For real this time.

No, seriously.  I will quit all of my dreams if it is not.

Well, no I won't.  But that's how serious I am.

And I have been gradually progressing other tracks little by little, when I have the time, but this is a big hurdle.  First kinda-sorta real song being thrown into the ether, here.  Will most likely do wonders for my mental clarity and drive, regardless if anyone gives a shit about it or not.  Been stewing for five years.  Will feel good not to have to give a shit about it anymore and... progress.

A lyric video may accompany it, but Final Cut Pro is a finnicky bitch, so I'm not sure how long that will take to shit out.  In the meantime, I will be uploading the song onto my Soundcloud page on Sunday March 31, 2013.  That page can be found over herez.  And if you have not yet marinated in the tongue-and-cheek goodness of $2 Bill or my multi-movement sprawl-mix of Linkin Park's "The Catalyst, who are you?

In case you are looking for a sample, an older-but-slightly-newer version can be found RIGHT MYAH.

Long live The Year of Content.



Thursday, March 21, 2013

Happy Middles

I just finished watching the season finale to HBO's generation-defining hit, "Girls", and I feel i mist clarify some things for people in the most pretentious, dickish way possible.

See, it wasn't long after this finale aired that the inevitable cavalcade of status updates fell down my Facebook newsfeed like a happy avalanche.  People quoting memorable lines, singing its praises, and overall just gushing about how ecstatic the happy ending made them.

Except, there's just one problem.  That finale was not a happy one.  In fact, I actually found it quite disturbing.  To briefly illustrate this, let us just go down the short list of main characters to find out where they've ended up:

Saturday, February 23, 2013

The Vampire Diaries - "We All Go A Little Mad Sometimes" Review

"I Can't Do This Anymore."

The Vampire Diaries - "The Killer" Review

DISCLAIMER: Okay.  Back above water for a little while.  Going to see if I can catch up on some reviews.  Spun the wheel, and The Vampire Diaries came up.  I'm going to try to burn through as many of these as possible and try to catch up.  As of this moment, I have not seen any episode past "We All Go A Little Mad Sometimes", so much of my musings and revelations will be in the present tense, and I may attempt predictions that have already been clearly disproven for those of you who are caught up.  Such is life.

Now then.  Allow me to review "The Killer" with a succession of coherent yet disjointed paragraphs.

Monday, February 18, 2013