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Michael J. Epstein
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Friday, June 27, 2008
It's certainly a stylized, suspension-of-disbelief affair, but I found the characters to be compelling and the action, with the exception of a few overblown sequences, to favor suspense over explosion (there were plenty of explosions for sure).
I really hope directors from around the world follow Bekmambetov's lead and incorporate their cultural fables and literary themes into American-style, action-fantasy-sci-fi films.
I wonder who this poor girl is. She is now forever associated with some spammer's endless barrage of silly messages. I'd like to interview her and find out her reaction. I suspect that her picture was just grabbed off myspace or something. Anyone know her?
Maybe it's not spam after all and she really is interested in me. She is trying very hard to chat with me and I have denied her all this time. Maybe she will stop at nothing to "show me her pictures." After all, she is "willing to meet with me." How much longer can I resist!?!?!?!
Here is an example of the e-mails:
"Hello! I am bored this afternoon. I am nice girl that would like to chat with you. Email me at (ADDRESS REMOVED) only, because I am using my friend's email to write this. I want to show you some pictures."
I've just started receiving messages from a new "girl" who looks like this:
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
M-sli©k da ninjA may or may not be me, depending on who you ask. Just don't ask Shinobi Tom. I may or may not have been involved in The Droplift Project and Dictionaraoke (and my Britney Spears dictionaraoke may or may not have been featured on TechTV). I also may or may not have just eventually given up on working on things and thrown together a "best of" collection of songs made for my alleged radio show: http://iloveninjas.com/ninja/mp3/
I also may or may not be still perpetually working on one final grand secret ninjA project...
Monday, June 16, 2008
Alfred Hitchcock's Stage Fright is one of my favorite films ever. I am in the process of seeing every Hitchcock film (75% through them) and I think it may even be my favorite of his films so far...but that is a hard choice to make. He is most certainly my favorite director of all time and his worst movies are better than most directors' best.
Anyway, I just found out that they have the movie available for free download on Archive.org at:
I don't want to talk about it at all and ruin anything, but I really enjoyed the way the plot unfolded in this one. It features Marlene Dietrich at age 49. She was a fascinating woman and an excellent actress. She portrays a complex and unusual role perfectly in this movie.
If you've got 2 gigs free and a couple of hours, I definitely recommend it!
These got me into a painful giggle cycle.
(The above says - in response to "Do you have any advice for older people?" - if you have blood sugar, take a knife and make a cut and then let it bleed so the sugar runs out. I read this in a pirate book.)
UPDATE: BAH! THE PAGE IS OFTEN GIVING A "Bandwidth Limit Exceeded" ERROR. TRY AGAIN LATER.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Mike from The Motion Sick created a video out of archive footage for their song "Jean-Paul." For a twelve-hour project it came out pretty cool. I wrote this song at age 18, I originally called it "Jean-Paul Approximately" (a little call out to Queen Jane Approximately). It was inspired by the story of Jean-Paul Marat's death by the young revolutionary, Charlotte Corday during the French Revolution. Which, incidentally, is a really interesting time to read up on. As a young girl, I was struck Cordays conviction and courage. She was only 25 at the time of the murder, and she was killed by guillotine days later. Her final quote before execution was "I killed one man to save 100,000." Interestingly, and which gave more substance to the idea that she acted alone and for her beliefs, is that at autopsy she was found to be a virgin. At the time, she created a martyr out of Jean-Paul Marat. I believe I read somewhere that now France thinks of her as a national hero.
Anyway, I lost track of the song, and The Motion Sick snatched it up. I contribute some breathy vocals to the studio track.
It contains a lot of strange stuff including prominent use of an old stag film, spiders, educational films, war films, commercial propaganda, etc. I don't want to ruin things too much by giving away specific sources. I tried hard to build the tension and dramatic elements. I think it was reasonably successful given the time and material limits.
If you don't like spiders or are bothered by a brief period of flashing lights, I'd suggest passing on this...
Here it is:
Better quality stream on Revver (with ads you can turn off):
Download in MPEG1 or MPEG2
Tonight, I tackled Naan. I bought the mad expensive Chipati flour weeks ago at the Indian Grocery, and finally now have come around to using it. I followed a random recipe from somewhere in webspace and replaced the yogurt with soy yogurt (stupid whole foods only had vanilla soy yogurt, so I had to use that, luckily I couldn't taste the vanilla in the finished naan) and the ghee with soy margarine. I read somewhere that you can jack up the oven to 500 degrees and use a pizza stone to recreate the characteristics of the tandori clay oven, and that actually worked pretty well.
Verdict: I'm going to be saving a lot of $$$ not buying $4 naan's anymore!
I could barely slow down the scarfing to take a picture, so here is my half eaten naan with lentils! The lentils I threw together quickly, as I was mostly concentrating on the naan. Basically, it was red lentils, black beluga lentils, onion, garam masala, garlic, fenugreek, tumeric, simmered in a cast iron pan while adding 1/2 a cup of water at a time to get the lentils to soften.
Video of the show:
Someone else's photos from the show: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bsearles/2575631452/
- Moby - Last Night
- Devastations - Yes, U
- Dead Confederate - Dead Confederate EP
- Battle Hymns - Hidden Reservations
- Keith John Adams - Unclever
- Newspapers - Lakeview EP
- Jeffrey Lewis -12 Crass Songs
Live Show Reviews
Friday, June 13, 2008
An interesting case has finished its first round in the court system. Universal Music sued eBay seller Troy Augusto for selling promo copies of CDs. "The judge ruled [that these sales] are legal because the promo CDs are essentially gifts from the labels that the recipient can resell under the first sale doctrine."
My feelings on this one are a little bit tricky. I don't agree that it makes sense that corporations should be able to legally prevent the sale or resale of anything that is bought or given. I even got "in trouble" once for selling a legitimate copy of Microsoft software that I received for free at a conference and I thought it was pretty ridiculous. The CD apparently had a user agreement inside the packaging (which I had never opened!) saying that the user agreed not to resell the item. I didn't agree to it. I didn't open. However, eBay easily caves to corporate interests and does not really have good mechanisms for protecting smaller interests. Out of curiosity, I looked into complaining about promo copies of our albums selling on eBay and I found that the process for complaining was pretty difficult, tedious, and purposely nebulous (so I never did it).
I know first hand that it is kind of crappy for artists to have to deal with their promo discs selling on eBay and Amazon at prices that are impossible to compete with. It can cut in to our legitimate sales quite substantially. Look at the math this way. As a small band, we end up sending out about as many promo CDs to press, radio, bookers, freelancers, etc. as we actually sell. There are a lot of places to send promo CDs! As such, if even 10% of those people resell those CDs, we've just lost close to 10% of our CD sales. When it comes down to it, I can't and won't stop you from buying a promo copy of our CD, but as far as I am concerned, it almost feels better to me to have you pirate it instead.
Still, I am glad that the court ruled this way. I hate the idea that you can possess something, but not really own it. It's a really absurd concept. At the end of the day, personal interests should win out over business interests. I wish they always did.
It is not often that I find music, especially entire albums, that I really like. I am super picky about what music is for. But when I do find something I love, I’m pretty die-hard about it. Though there have been a few albums here and there these past few years that have really gotten my attention (Neon Bible, We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank), I haven’t been this excited about a new band in a long while. I should preface this with a list of things I respond to when experiencing music: I need songs (and they have to be songs, and by that I mean, structured-in a way- and have lyrics at the forefront) to be passionate, moody, expressive, a bit dark, edgy, and I need to get a sense that something is being said.
Dead Confederate satisfies all of the desires I have of a band. I find myself listening to their EP (Full-length LP is due in September) just about every time I turn my MP3 player on. It is full of builds and swells, dropping into quiet reflective moments and then bashing away until there is a sense of resolution. Every song is its own brooding story, yet they all pull together into a cohesive little album.
Live the band is explosive (clichéd term? Maybe, but it is true). From the first note of the first song I knew I was seeing something special. Two blue-white lights backlit the band and made it seem like they were stepping out from the beyond, caught somewhere between the ether and the dirty floor of the club. Each band mate is seemingly working away on their own, interested in playing what they like, moving and responding to the music in their own way (the keyboardist, for instance, spins and bops and makes hilarious faces, while the drummer thrashes his drums to pieces, the singer swishes his dark hair around and rocks to and fro, the guitarist, who incidentally has an adorable kitten t-shirt on, moves his knees to the beat, and the bass player is mostly still but I get the feeling that he is the one holding the lid on). They are disparate parts working in unison, and yet somehow they seem to share a pulse. Sonically the band was really tight, creating lush arrangements that were grizzly and pounding depending on the moment.
In addition (and as evidenced in the video interview The Sleepwalker and I conducted) the band is a group of really sweet, funny guys. I know they are headed for big things.
Dead Confederate on Myspace
Dead Confederate Website
The Sleepwalker review of June 1st show at TT’s
The Sleepwalker review of The EP
The Motion Sick youtube account with even more live videos
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Hear the song over at Elisa's profile.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
UPDATE 6/14 - OFFICIALLY REVEALED TO BE A STUPID VIRAL MARKETING CAMPAIGN - http://tech.yahoo.com/blogs/null/94863
Monday, June 9, 2008
Subject: Crime Bulletin: ELP practice space robbed on 6/7/08
Here's what they took:
- 1 hp dc5700 desktop tower (sn 2Ua715133Y / EW287AV).
- 1 19" monitor. (hp, matches computer )
- 1 external usb harddrive (forgot manufacturer)
- 1 yamaha tx81z
- 1 oberheim matrix 1000
- 2 other computers stolen as well.
Our computer and backup stored all of our recordings since we've been playing as ELP and previously as The Product.
If you have any information, please let us know.
If you have the stuff, please return it. We promise won't hurt you.
We got to spend time with Janelle, Heather, and Matt from Green Light Go, which was a wonderful treat, as they came all the way from Michigan and Arizona to be there for the show. They've done a lot of amazing work for us!
So, thanks again for all your support. We hope to plan our 200th show soon!
For now, though, we have a lot of great stuff coming up, including a mini-tour:
On 07/12, we'll be in our nation's capital, lobbying for rock at The Grog and Tankard.
On 07/13, we'll be playing our first ever show in the state of Connecticut at Cousin Larry's with former Bostonites Sarianna and the Swell.
On 07/14, we'll wrap it all up with a return to Cambridge and TT the Bear's. We're opening for awesome indie sizzlers Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin and Ha Ha Tonka. We open the show at 9 (sharp as a razor).
In August, watch out for our themed Ash Wednesdays residency at Church in Boston. That means a FREE show every Wednesday in August featuring The Motion Sick and some of the bestest bands in the Boston area:
8/6 - Splash Wednesday - Beach Theme
8/13 - Arthur Ashe Wednesday - Tennis Theme
8/20 - The Flash Wednesday - Superhero Theme
8/27 - 'Stache Wednesday - Facial Hair!
Saturday, June 7, 2008
The part that was most interesting about this was that we'd get to play in front of Johnny Rotten, who was one of the judges. I guess Johnny and the Bodoggers didn't totally have a grand time though as I just learned in this article:
"Johnny Rotten Accused of Beating Woman
Jun 06, 2008
Sex Pistols and Public Image, Ltd. front man Johnny Rotten faces a lawsuit for allegedly whacking a woman around in a hotel room.
The suit alleges that Rotten (real name: John Lydon) struck Roxanne Davis of Bodog Battle of the Bands when he didn't like the hotel room she presented to him, according to the Associated Press. Rotten was booked into the reality series last fall when it allegedly occurred"
Friday, June 6, 2008
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Live review and interview coming soon to http://www.threeimaginarygirls.com/user/thesleepwalker
Go seem them if you can. Tour dates:
Jun 4 2008 10:00P Local 506...w/ All the Saints Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Jun 5 2008 10:00P The Rocket...w/ All the Saints Asheville, North Carolina
Jun 6 2008 10:00P Barley’s...w/ All the Saints Knoxville, Tennessee
Jun 7 2008 10:00P The Earl...w/ All the Saints Atlanta, Georgia
Jun 14 2008 1:00A Bonnaroo Festival Manchester, Tennessee
Jun 17 2008 10:00P Santa Fe Brewing Co...w/Drive by Truckers Santa Fe, New Mexico
Jun 18 2008 10:00P Orpheum Theatre...w/Drive by Truckers Flagstaff, Arizona
Jun 19 2008 10:00P Rialto Theatre...w/Drive by Truckers Tuscon, Arizona
Jun 20 2008 10:00P Belly Up Tavern...w/Drive by Truckers Solana Beach, California
Jun 21 2008 9:00P Spaceland...w/The Blakes and The Broken West Los Angeles
Jun 23 2008 1:30P Little Radio...Guests on "The Aquarium Drunkard Show" Los Angeles, California
Jun 24 2008 10:00P Empire Room...w/Drive by Truckers Sacramento, California
Jun 25 2008 10:00P Midtown Ballroom...w/Drive by Truckers Bend, Oregon
Jun 26 2008 10:00P Big Easy...w/Drive by Truckers Spokane, Washington
Jun 28 2008 4:15P SoCo Music Experience...Featuring Gnarls Barkley, Blonde Redhead, etc... Denver, Colorado
Jul 2 2008 10:00P First Avenue...w/Drive by Truckers Minneapolis, Minnesota
Jul 3 2008 10:00P High Noon Saloon Madison, Wisconsin
Jul 5 2008 1:00P Rothbury Festival Rothbury, Michigan
Aug 14 2008 11:30P Athens Popfest...Caledonia Lounge Athens, Georgia
I never use the flash during the set, so pardon the not-so-great photos...
Their single, "The Rat"
"Tortured Artist Saint"
Monday, June 2, 2008
PNH (That's one beyond OMG), this album is terrible!!!!!! It is, almost impossibly, the worst thing they have ever done. Whenever I managed to stop cringing from the 3rd grade rhymes woven into 1st grade lyrics (the lyrics are appalling!!), which wasn't often, I was just plain bored. It's awful, terrible, horrible, bad. Don't listen to it. Don't. Your life will get worse.
I can honestly say that if I were given the task of writing a review, I would give this album about a 2/10. It's embarrassing.
"The Rat" is kind of their hit.
I'll have some live stuff and an interview with them up in the next couple of days, but right now, I really just have to emphasize that they are awesome.
Sunday, June 1, 2008
The Jealous Girlfriends also played:
If can you only see The Motion Sick once this year (how sad that would be), now is the time:
Come to our wondrous 100th show!!!! We have a ridiculously amazing, amazing lineup! You don't want to miss this. We don't want you to miss this. No one should miss this!!!!
First, Shawn Fogel - http://shawnfogel.com/ - performing with his band that includes world-famous music journalist Michael Azerrad (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Azerrad - Our Band Could Be Your Life, Come as You Are: The Story of Nirvana, Spin, Rolling Stone, Musician, Details, MTV News). Shawn is also well known for his work in the Zambonis, the hockey-themed band who has peformed at many huge NHL events, and The LeeVees, which features Shawn along with Adam Gardner of Guster.
Next up, your favorites, The Motion Sick, but enough about us...
Following TMS, we've got Boston's Static of the Gods (http://staticofthegods.delverano.com/) described by Skope Magazine: "Layered textures of infectious and mature pop rock with an edge unite to create Boston's hottest rising band ..."
The night will close with New York's Pela (http://www.pelamusic.com/), who sell out every show they play in NYC and are bound to start doing the same in Boston. Pela has had a song featured in the TV show scrubs and have shared stages with The Flaming Lips, Norah Jones, Sleater-Kinney, Mission of Burma, Devendra Banhart, The National, The Decemberists, Gomez, Rainer Maria, and others.
Green Light Go Showcase
The Middle East Upstairs
Static of the Gods
The Motion Sick's 100th Show Celebration!!!!!
We recommend getting tickets in advance.
In other TMS news, screenshots from Dance Dance Revolution have come out and 2 out of the 14 feature The Motion Sick's "30 Lives" video!!!
Check it out: http://themotionsickreviews.blogspot.com/2008/05/dancedancerevolution-universe-3-screen.html or http://tinyurl.com/3fgokm
We've also posted a bunch of new live video and photos at: http://www.themotionsick.com/themotionsick/livephotos.html
You can visit our Youtube channel at: http://youtube.com/user/TheMotionSick
Rock on and we hope to see you all soon!!!
The Motion Sick