Just wanted to write a quick post thanking everyone who attended the crossroads this evening. I really appreciate all of your support and I hope that I can keep writing music that appeals to all of you. The Crossroads always feels like home, and a big thank you to Lee Frankel for making the night awesome. See you all again soon – and stay tuned for more show announcements!
Last week, Hell’s Kitchen viewers were in for a treat: during the elimination round, when chef Gordon Ramsey turns to the men’s team’s leader Joseph and demands the names of the two men up for elimination, and the reasons why they were nominated, Joseph throws the mother-of-all hissy fits. Viewers watched as the hot-headed Joseph ripped off his apron, proclaiming that he “ain’t no bitch”. He then gets right up in Ramsey’s face and the two men stare each other down. Just as the threat of violence was escalating, the show’s credits roll and viewers were left hanging for a week.
The previews for today’s episodes clearly misled the audience (don’t they always?) into believing that some major shit was about to hit the fan at Hell’s Kitchen. We saw firemen, heard sirens, and it was pretty much implied that Joseph was burning the place down.
But what did we get instead? About an extra minute of stare down between Joseph and Ramsey, followed by Ramsey kicking his ass off the show.Cut to Joseph nervously smoking outside, and proclaiming that any kitchen would be honored to have him work for them. Riiiiiight.
What was the hoopla about the fire alarm, and the rush of firemen to the Hell’s Kitchen dorms? Just another marketing ploy to lure viewers (esp. new ones, like me) into watching tonight’s new episode.
Absolutely nothing of importance happened. The fire alarm that went down was just a midnight drill to wake up the contestants and challenge them to prepare a meal for firemen since, according to Ramsey, they’re the epitome of preparation + teamwork.
The Used have posted their new video on TheUsed.net and Myspace for “Blood On My Hands” (off their upcoming release “Artwork”)
“The Used’s” new album “Artwork,” hits streets on September 1st, 2009.
The first single off the album, “Blood on My Hands,” is now circulating and the music video premieres tomorrow (July 28th) on their MySpace and on TheUsed.net. I have spent so much time in the past few months working like a madman and touring for my own album, that before I knew it, the new Used album was on my horizon!
Orem, UT certainly has its share of rock. I’m really excited to see what direction these guys have gone in. Based on what I’ve heard so far (live and in other samples), I think this album is going to be a natural progression for the guys. Apparently, they’ve tried to make a shift back to a grittier sound, much like their first album, and have tried to move away from the over-produced perfect pop formula that they don’t relate to. Lead man, Bert McCracken, describes the new record as “really gross,” and in his vision, “really gross,” is a good thing!
The new video follows with the “gross” theme, “The basic concept of the video is about a creepy child molesting serial killer who’s brutalizing this small American town and I get really obsessed with the serial killer and take the law into my own hands, hunt him down, and brutally murder him. Then I get caught by the police and convicted for all of the crimes that he’s committed, and they hang me. It’s really cool, I can’t wait for you guys to see it!” says Bert.
Sounds like it’s not a far departure from the title of the track, “Blood on My Hands.”
You can use this EMBED code for the debut single off The Used’s new album “Blood on my hands” video
Here’s the link for the new The Used video-
New Blood On My Hands Video By The Used!!!
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In the meantime check out the trailer for the video, its not the full video but it will give you a taste of the video to come!
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Blood on my hands by the Used live at Bamboozle
Daisy chose London really?
I happened to catch the Daisy of Love Season finale when they were showing this dumbass musician named London rehearsing a song he wrote to capture Daisy’s heart. As a musician myself, I couldnt understand how this girl could fall in love with this douche and pick London in the finale tonight.
Not that my first impression of Flex or Sinisiter were any better, but seriously. I guess this is “reality TV” and I shouldn’t take it to seriously – I mean she asked a psychic to give her insight on her reality tv relationships.
Take a look at the video below from the Season Finale – it should fill ya right in until it gets taken down
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“The Orphan” Movie
I don’t usually write about movies these days as most of my time has been focused on music and other endeavors, but after deciding to go to a matinee show of this movie, I really feel 2 hours of my life has been wasted, and all I have to show for it is this ticket stub in my hand. Im not going to analyze the ridiculous predictable unbelievable and disjointed plot, but for anyone who actually enjoys a well written horror movie – well this sure as hell isn’t it. It seemed like a good idea for a movie, but the storyline just wasn’t believable, and some of the interactions are just insane.
For one – the husband didn’t beleive his WIFE of at least 10 years that Esther was lying. Really? Come on. Shes dressed as Little Bo Peep and is creepier than Marilyn Manson.
I realize I may lose some friends who are raving about this movie, but I have to put my foot down on this, and the same thing with my thumbs. Save your money, or go see Ice Age 3 – Its got a better plot. Scratch that – Its got “a” plot.
Orphan 2009 Cast:
|Vera Farmiga||…||Kate Coleman|
|Peter Sarsgaard||…||John Coleman|
|CCH Pounder||…||Sister Abigail|
|Jimmy Bennett||…||Daniel Coleman|
|Margo Martindale||…||Dr. Browning|
|Karel Roden||…||Dr. Värava|
|Aryana Engineer||…||Max Coleman|
|Rosemary Dunsmore||…||Grandma Barbara|
|Genelle Williams||…||Sister Judith|
This video is not for the weak of stomach, in fact you probably shouldn’t watch it at all anyway. If you do decide to watch it this was taken on July 17th, the day of the Egans Ballard House show in Seattle Washington. There are more videos on this site from the tour, just search “Tour video”!
Hello Logic 9! Apple has just released the newest version of its high-end Audio suite. I cannot wait to get my hands on it! I am a huge fan of Logic, and most of my album (hear logic in action) was recorded within Logic. Of course some tracking had to be done in Pro Tools, but that was because I was forced to by some of the old-school studios I was working with – Get with the times fellas!!! Though I do have to admit the Pro Tools 8 piano sounds are pretty Awesome.
The next Dion Roy album will certainly be using some of the Logic 9 goodness including Bounce in Place, Speed Fades and the awesome new Flex time. I do hope in the abscence of Logic 8.0.3, that they have fixed some of the Logic 8.0.2 bugs like the screen redraws and the nightmare “ghosting ” that are prevalent when using the Audio comp feature in version 8.
Im looking forward to learning all the new features in Logic 9, but keep in mind everyone if you have the academic or NFR (not for resale) versions of Logic 8 you are going to have to shell out the full $499.99 to the Steve Jobs fund for this puppy. You know what though, $500 wouldnt even buy you Sculpture – so lets keep that in perspective, though I have to admit the included AU instruments like the Piano in PT8 have leveled the field just a bit.
New in Logic Studio 09
Mainstage 2 – The live application – used by Nine Inch Nails, Fleex Foxes and scores of others has seen a face lift and many bug fixes.
Soundtrack Pro 3 – Photoshop of audio editing! Havent seen whats new, but it is apparently far more integrated into Logic itself.
Logic Pro 9 – The mother of all DAW’s – new scoring, comps, instruments and other goodies – Ill be doing a follow up post once I have had some time with the new version.
I have attached several screenshots, including some of the new features within Logic, and I will be updating this post as I learn more. In the mean time enjoy!
Update : Spent some time on the details
Flex Time -> You can seriously move around vocal phrases, the way that melodyne adjusts pitch, you can seemlessly move around words without one cut or fade. Take that PRO Tools!
Drum Replacer -> You can choose your pre-recorded snare drum sound, then choose a drum sound for the apple library to replace each snare hit. Thats it. New Snare sound no edits.
Convert to Sampler : 2 Clicks, and your AUDIO (not Midi) piano part or drum part is now an EXS instrument (btw EXS has not gotten a facelift in the new version BOO! ) and editable as if it was an Audio event! What?! Amazing. You can now sample your own instruments in a flash.
How does Logic Sound?
That Logic sound: Both of these songs were recorded in Logic using only Logics instruments and real ones (Vocals, Guitars, Bass were recorded, Piano, Strings, and misc were all Logic ES2, Sculpture etc)
You Can’t Take
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We had a great tour, and we just got back from the road on Monday, but We had a bit of footage from the LA dates so we decided to throw them together asap.
I’ll be following this up with a few more videos once we get all the photos from the shoot and incorporating fan photos into them as well, so if you were at any of the shows and have pictures send em over to firstname.lastname@example.org !
See you guys soon!
– dion / “Gallery” available here http://bit.ly/dionGallery