My band Hideouts is just entering the demoing phase for our next record, so over these next few months of us not playing a ton of shows i will be keeping myself busy not only writing for our new record, but for fans as well!
I have been a part of the custom song website downwrite.com for a few months now, along with fellow songwriters like Danny Rinaldi(Bedlight For Blue Eyes), Shawn Harris(The Matches), Mark Rose(Spitalfield), Steve Soboslai(Punchline), William Beckett(The Academy Is...), Matt Pryor(TGUK) and many many more!
If you dont know about the site, check this out. You can have a custom song written about ANYTHING your little heart desires, and the icing on the cake? You can have it written by one of your personal favorite singer/songwriters! Im honored to be a part of the site and look forward to helping narrate some of your stories :)
Go to the site, check it out, order yourself a one of a kind personalized song from one of your musical(and my) heroes! What better way to compensate an artist for doing what they love the most, while at the same time showing a true appreciation for their work!
Its been a while, but my band Hideouts has been in the studio the past month or so tracking our followup to the Stuck Between Stories EP that was released in November of 2012. This ep is of 5 songs and has us a little bit outside of the comfort zone on these tracks! We are super excited with how everything has been coming out, and Beau has been doing a great job pushing us to make these songs the best they can be. We will be looking at a late August release for the first single, "Heres To New Beginnings..."
We also just released a cover of Ushers "DJ Got Us Fallin In Love" that was thiiiis close to making the latest installment of Punk Goes Pop, we mainly just couldnt get it wrapped up before certain deadlines. It is available for free download now, and you can listen to it on youtube. Check it out! It was a fun re-imagining of the song. We tracked that during the SBS EP sessions as well.
Thats pretty much it for now. We will be releasing a lyric video for the song "Pulling Me Down" here shortly, and then have another one slated for "New Beginnings" so keep on the lookout for those!
We just shot a music video for our single "Alleybyes" this past weekend. Cant wait to see how it came out! Also, our debut Stuck Between Stories EP is entirely done and ready for release. Look out November!
Already cant wait to get started tracking the songs for our full length :)
So tomorrow we begin tracking drums for the final 4 songs of the Hideouts EP with our producer Jon Berry(Rufio/Runner), and i im super stoked to announce that Cameron Webb is going to be co engineering on it! He is a producer ive been personally wanting to work with for years, who has produced many amazing records for bands you all know and love, so to have his help on this ep is beyond cool to me. So excited for this!
Also, as if that werent cool enough, we are tracking it at Dexter Hollands studio here in Huntington Beach. Hes the singer of a little ole band called The Offspring, so were even more excited to be able to work at his place as well! Damn. We are very fortunate to be able to work with these amazing people, and we are very excited to bring the rest of this music to new ears. Its been tough holding it under the radar for several months, but now that we are actually able to move forward, it feels good :)
Weve been in the studio with Jon Berry(Rufio/Runner Runner) recording 3 songs, two of which are going on our forthcoming EP, and one cover song. Only one more day of vocals, and its a wrap! We are going to be giving these 3 songs away for free download because we want everyone to hear what weve been working on so hard over these past few weeks.
Pretty much right after we are done with this 3 song sampler, we are getting right back in the studio with Jon later this month to record the next 4 songs that are going on the EP. We are so excited about all of these songs, and are really looking forward to getting to play them live VERY VERY soon. Patience is a virtue that was not so much bestowed upon me, so i am really anxious haha.
We will be announcing our bands name, the name of the EP, the band Facebook/Soundcloud/Twitter, and every other website we will have on Sunday. We kinda kept everything under wraps for a long time.
Starting over is a scary thing, especially when you felt that you would never again have the passion or desire to be involved in the music industry, but sometimes the moment is just right and everything aligns. This is the absolute best group of musicians i have ever had the pleasure of working or writing with. We're ready to go, and are looking forward to getting our music into your hands!
So myself and my roommate and good buddy Danny Casler were both asked to do private auditions for the producers of the show The Voice. We had a blast singing for them, and who knows what will come of it. There were so many amazing singers, and it was just a really cool experience, so even if neither of us gets picked to go further and compete on the show, it was still a blast.
Aside from that, i am currently working on several projects, and can be seen live next on Sept 25th for a great show at The Roxy in Hollywood. I am playing guitar for my other roommates band Frequency 5 at their cd release show. And this will also mark the first time i have a played a show in Hollywood since October of 2006. Im super excited to get back out on stage, and can pretty much promise this will be a pretty consistent thing happening from now on.
I have taken off so much time from performing, and i really have a bug to get back out on the road, so expect to see some results fiarly soon. I will be working pretty much non-stop writing all new material in all of my free time. And the time im not using for writing/getting better at my instruments, i will be spending building my studio in my house. Lots to look forward to!
I cant wait to share some of these new creations with everyone. Talk soon!
ps and keep up with me on twitter.com/permanentdan, or facebook.com/permanentdan
I helped co-write a jingle and music video for the Shake Weight with a few friends, and we currently have a video in the running to be picked up on a national level. A lot of it is based on the actual song, video, melody, and creativity, but a portion of what is being judged is view count on our youtube video for it. Please click the link below and help us blow all of the other videos out of the water! It is a 1 minute video, and you don't even have to vote for anything, or register for any site. You literally just take 1 minute to watch the video, and you're done. With that one minute, you will have helped us out immensely! I will personally thank anyone who watches the video for their support in our efforts :) We did what we do best, which is goofy, over the top cheese ball antics. I hope you enjoy it!
PS: This is our initial video for the song, but there is an extended version coming at the end of the month that actually features me singing the choruses instead of the girl. There was a conflict in schedule and i couldn't track vocals before we needed to release it.
so its about that time again. yep. time to painstakingly go back over this past years music releases, and try to somehow list all of the ones that kept themselves spinning in my brain as favorites. its no easy feat. believe me. last year, this took me at least 3 hours. eff.
well here goes. im gonna do a top 15 this year, instead of 25, but im also doing an honorable mention list as well, so it pretty much works out. enjoy!
15. Farewell-Isnt This Supposed To Be Fun!?
yes it is.
standouts:eighty-eights, first on the blog, hey heather.
14. Far-Less-A Toast To Bad Taste
this album really grew on me. it just some really cool elements that i took in well. awesome segues, and great piano lines.
standouts: its not me, its you, gentlemen(go to sleep), a surprise funeral(for the charmed).
13. The Rocket Summer-Do You Feel?
this album has no "brat pack" type songs on it, but it is definitely filled with some great pop/piano/rock songs. bryce avery did an awesome job. give it a spin. its worth it.
standouts: break it out, taken aback, so, in this hour...
12. Bayside-The Walking Wounded
anthony raneri and co. put out one hell of an album. very catchy, and destined to help put Bayside on the larger scale finally. Bayside Is A Cult, and its got nothing to do with kool-aid.
standouts: carry on, i and i, head on a plate.
11. Fall Out Boy-Infinity On High
to say this album was highly anticipated by most is an understatement, tarnished only by the ass who leaked it online months before its original release date. this album was one of f.o.b.'s best collective works, hinting at bits of "TTTYG" era fob as well as some of the more poppy "FUCT" album. overall, it has more than a few quality singles and was one of the highest selling albums of the year.
standouts:hum hallelujah, thnks fr th mmrs, the carpal tunnel of love.
10. Funeral For A Friend-Tales Dont Tell Themselves
this band has changed a good bit over the years, but im not bitter. in fact, i welcome the change. they went from a more scream oriented rock band, to a more rock oriented vocal band. ive always loved the vocal work by FFAF, but this album was just sweet. im not usually a fan of concept albums like this was, but, they did not disappoint.
standouts: out of reach, the great wide open, all hands on deck, pt 1:raise the sail.
9. Blakq Audio-CexCells
Davey Havok and Jade Puget are freaking great. this is another genre of music i never really got into, the more industrial side, not to say that Blakq Audio should be considered industrial, they have some of those tendencies, but they still retain a very dancy, electronica beat. i love it. one of the albums i played the most this year.
standouts: stiff kittens, the fear on being found, semiotic love.
welcome back yellowcard. welcome back.
standouts: fighting, paper walls, cut me, mick.
7. Bedouin Soundclash-Street Gospels
i was first introduced to this band by a dude named nick hook of men women and children. they were opening up for mwc on tour, so i checked them out, and was blown away by the sweet subtleties of their music. this release just pushed them further into my love category. theyre pretty different compared to most bands on the scene right now, having elements of dub reggae and some island sounds. listen to it for yourself. i love it.
standouts: walls fall down, 12:59 lullaby, hush.
i followed all the news up to the release of this album, even pre-ordered myself(also getting a 7" vinyl free for my efforts), and felt it was totally worth it. the dvd that came with it was pretty sweet too. such a genuinely thankful band in all respects, i have nothing but love for them. they continue to write and make music that appeals to the ears.
standouts: godspeed, the unwinding cable car, adelaide.
5. Sherwood-A Different Light
i keep liking this album more and more with every listen, which is why its so far up on the list. it just has a warm feel to it, like its summer all year round when i listen to it. the melodies are great, and the songs are just fun to sing along to.
standouts: alley cat, im asking her to stay, song in my head.
4. National Product-Luna
danny casslers got some pipes dude. he showed up for business(thats why they call them business socks) on this record. it quickly and easily became one of my faves of the year after just the first listen. everything about it i loved to the max. the harmonies, the guitar work, the drum work, it al just screamed, "love me!" so i gave in without much fight.
standouts: by all means, quay, where do you go?
3. The Dear Hunter-Act II: The Meaning Of, And All Things Regarding Ms. Leading
casey crescenzo is genius. pure and simple. i never thought i would be into something of this genre, but the music and the story just appeal to me. i love everything TDH have put up to date, and am waiting in anticipation for the forthcoming books, and future records that close out the story of The Dear Hunters main character. it you want to hear some beautiful music, get this record.
standouts: the smiling swine, the oracles on the delphi express, red hands.
2. The Graduate-Anhedonia
if it werent for one band releasing an album this year that ive been waiting for for 3+ years, this would have been my top album of the year. this whole record is good, no filler, and just great songwriting overall. its rare to find an album where you dont feel inclined to start skipping songs when you put in after the first time. this one, i never skip songs because i love them all.
standouts: anhedonia, sit & sink, doppleganger.
1. Jimmy Eat World-Chase This Light
the top spot was a done deal this year without even having to hear the record. as soon as the release date was set, i knew this was gonna be my favorite album of the year, and i must say, they did not disappoint me. i had waited 3+years for some new material from jew(minus the stay on my side tonight ep), and i also still had not seen them live yet. so this year, i got both wishes. seeing them just after the new record was released pretty much put the cap on best month of my year, and made for one of the funnest nights ever. my only complaint with the record is it seemed a little short. there were a couple other songs that have been used as b-sides and will probably be on future single releases, but i felt they would have been better suited on the actual record. one of my favorite songs wasnt even on the full length: Be Sensible. but minor complaint aside, this album was everything i was hoping it would be. different enough to be refreshing, but still Jimmy Eat World enough to be, well..Jimmy Eat World. all time favorite band, and for good reason.
standouts: big casino, always be, carry you, gotta be somebodys blues.
The Secret Handshake-Summer of 98 EP
just all around fun.
The Spill Canvas-Denial Feels So Good
good buffer before their new record was released this year, along with a remixed version of staplegunned(one of my favorite songs of theirs).
Forever The Sickest Kids-Television Off, Party On
atrocious name aside, this group can write some damn catchy and very pop driven songs. expect to hear from them in 2008, friends.
Now for some honorable mentions(in no particular order):
Envy On The Coast-Lucy Gray.
The Panic Division-Songs From The Glasshouse.
Chiodos-Bone Pallace Ballet.
All Time Low-So Wrong, Its Right.
The Spill Canvas-No Really, Im Fine.
Thrice-The Alchemy Index:Volumes 1 & 2.
Asteria-Slip Into Something More Comfortable.
Lovedrug-Everything Starts Where It Ends.
The Academy is...-Santi.
The Almost-Southern Weather.
Tyler Read-Only Rock And Roll Can Save Us Now.
Atreyu-Lead Sails, Paper Anchor.
The Junior Varsity-Cinematographic.
Unwritten Law-Hit List.
now there are a bunch of other albums, that i possibly would have liked more, but i did not listen to them yet, or just had never heard of them, so how could i possibly list them? this list is of the music that I listened to over the past year. the albums that I loved, so if you dont quite agree, oh well. haha. there you have it. my list for 2007.
i should also note, that there are a lot of albums i didnt hear from 2006 until this past year, and the have also become some of my favorites, so you never know, i may just like something you like after all, but ill always be a sucker for a great voice, and catchy tunes.
ive become addicted. unfortunately i held off on getting a 360 for myself(instead opting to repurchase a ps2 since my previous one got stolen in a break in). ive been playing every time
im at my best buds(sean and andy) respective houses, so if you ever wanna join up and kick some butt with moi, hit either of these names up on xbox live or add them as friends:caimo(andy), or arkadey(sean). i will have my own soon, but for now, lets rock it like this. just send a message saying your from ap.net, and we will battle fools!
ps. more drums today. oh yes. theres much work ahead. keep em peeled!
i will keep this short, but on saturday i had one of those life changing moments, where you just know that thats exactly what it is.
after having to wait approximately 5 years, i finally got to see jimmy eat world live in concert, and from about maybe 50 feet away. i was beyond stoked. there are literally no words that can describe the feeling i had during that show, just singing my little heart out to every freaking song they played, as if i would have no use for vocals cords from this night forward. and i loved every minute of it. they played every single song i have ever wanted to hear them play live, and actually played my three favorite songs of all time, lucky denver mint, disintegration, and for me this is heaven..in perfect succession. on the last one, i even got a little teary eyed because of how much it meant to me.
i have been changed by the beauty and perfection i have always been waiting for. the music played that night, was way more than just a collection of songs to me. they were moments of my life, of my past adventures with friends on the road, our own little night drives and philosophical talks, that were just coming back to reaffirm my position in life. i cannot thank them enough for what ive been given.
jimmy eat world. you are nothing short of amazing. thank you from the bottom of my heart for showing me what true wonder is.
so i just recently read an article on a certain band that will remain nameless, and the interview itself was pretty good. the thing that bothered me however, was, you know how you can go to some sites and post a comment on the interview? maybe leave a little peace of your mind anonymously or even your opinion of the interviewee? its those people that bother me.
some are kind hearted and genuinely interested in what the article may have to say, but then the other possibly 90% are only leaving comments(anonymously most often-shows a level of guts) to practically tear a person apart.
now even that in itself isnt entirely horrible, yeah its inconsiderate and ignorant, but at the same time, not everyone is a saint also and there may be some validity to whats being said. does that make it right or just? no. but still, people are going to find their own scapegoats.
the thing that really upsets me, and it happens esecially in forums where people may think that theyre comments arent really doing anything but sitting on page in cyberspace. real people read the stuff you type fyi. i do it all the time for my favorite artists. go check out the thread, see whats new, leave my adoration, or respect, and basically just go to see whats up. i also read the comments made by others who have a likewise love of the band, i find that to be refreshing, but then you see the couple kids who just seem to hate life and ignorantly state their uneducated piece, and it just doesnt make sense to me.
see also: this is worst band on the planet.
see also: absolutely terrible.
see also: any thread with aiden for proof of this type of person
and for the record, im not stating that im a fan of their band(im in no position to make a stance on them-i havent listened to their music enough to claim i know how good they are), or that i dislike them, i just find that they are done a great disservice in the negative attention they receive. they are just easiest example of my point, but i say more power to them for continuing on in what they love.
this is where i just dont get it. ok. so you dont like the band either musically, or personally. thats cool. soooo why do you say anything to begin with? i know its played out and cliche, but if you dont like something, dont listen to it, and DEFINITELY dont follow threads on bands you dont like. doesnt that seem kinda counterproductive? eh. does to me. do you really feel that your opinion or hatred of someones band and music is really such an important piece of golden information that the people who do like the band need to hear it?
i dont know, maybe its just me, but i find that to be pretty deluded myself.
constructive criticism. its golden.
now on the other hand, one argument a lot of musicians make is, "well, do you play music? no? then stfu" or whatever other e-dialogue you may choose. as much as i dislike the idea of someone critiquing someone elses art, its just not a good enough reason to disprove an argument.
the real question should be, well, since you obviously dont like this band, and think that the music industry in general is fucking everything up, and "polluting the airwaves with crap" and bands who dont know what theyre doing, then why is you yourself dont revive the 70s rock movement? sounds like a hard task, but if you feel so greatly about the downfall of all things musically, put forth some effort and do something about it. even if its just getting the word about bands you do feel have what it takes, youre doing something constructive and worthwhile. plus youre helping the career of some nomadic musicians.
whats the harm in that? all things work themselves out, thats for damn sure. music is a full circle entity. nothing is original, only someone elses interpretation of whats already been done. so while youre living in the glory days, and your ipod is filled up with bands that go past the year 1976, the rest of the world, is remembering those bands, but also embracing the ones of today(i personally like to live in the present, but thats just me)
i have the utmost respect for every band and artist and traveling gypsy guitarist who has come before me, but i also enjoy something entirely different.
your personal taste or history, does NOT dictate talent. get over it.
even my own opinions, most of my best friends wont listen to probably 90% of what i love, because they just dont get it like i do. thats the great thing about opinions. theyre for you and you alone. and not to be a redundant hypocrite or anything, i realize that this is a public blog, and that i have stated my opinion on at least a couple semi related matters. i feel strongly about my opinions too.
that being said, i dont expect everyone to agree with me. those that do, congratulations, you are cool in my book, and you should enlighten me on some music i may not have heard before. those that dont, were still cool, but im sorry, we can never go on a roadtrip together. citing creative and personal differences of course.
lying in bed at night, do you ever get that feeling of total serenity? just lying there in the dark with a stupid grin on your face, and not really knowing why its there? maybe listening to some good music(last night mine was a combination of imogen heap, number one gun, and the static age) and just letting thoughts flow in whatever random path they choose? how great is that sensation?
the calm before the storm. sometimes it may seem like that. especially when you start to have an idea about what it is exactly you have put onto your plate, and how happy you are, that for once, you decided to be real real hungry.
nothing could satisfy that appetite, but knowing its there is just as comforting. means youre awake, and aware to your surroundings that much more. and thats a good thing!
last night was just one of those nights for me. the stars aligned, and things just made sense finally. theyve sort of been coming into a clearer light over the past couple of weeks, but last night was the kicker for some reason. the moment was just right enough to realize that soon, i would be stepping to the threshold of whatever it is ive been waiting for. i just feel that flood ready to break loose, and i cant wait for it.
its almost one of those double edged sword feelings though. on one hand, you think, "no good can come of this..just defeat and dismay." but on the other you think, "..but who cares? this is what i want. it could be so much more beautiful than i ever imagined. so to hell with it. im going for it!"
that reckless abandon is something ive come to love over the past few years, even though until just recently ive kinda been dragging my feet. not avoiding whats to come mind you, but just preparing for what i knew would come all along. i wanted to make sure i was ready and not thrust into something i wasnt prepared to handle at all costs. i finally feel im to that point. after much soul searching, and unconscious battles of the mind, i cant will myself to wait anymore.
do you ever feel so strongly about something like that? if so, the next question that must surely come to mind, is whats next then? what do i do to set it all off and begin?
just walk through the door. into a new day, a new light, a new sky. youre perception of everything surrounding you has already changed inside, so why would these things all not be seen in a new light outside? a brighter more clarity driven light. with acceptance.
the time for thinking and preparation is over. now its time to move onto phase two. and i welcome it wholly.
enjoy the calm before the storm. it brings good tidings sometimes, and most of all, that clarity to see whats been overlooked.
todays clarifying moment: a single butterfly fluttering along my side while walking. two separate beings, one destination:to move forward and progress.
good day to all.
ps. im looking for some good recommendations of reading material. im currently reading the dark tower series from stephen king and am on book four-wizard and glass(questions or comments?), and also some books from chuck palahniuk, but im looking for some new things to add to the list. hit me up with any input.
wow, i cant believe its been an entire year since i last updated this measly excuse for a blog. and how retarded my last couple entries were haha. hopefully eloquence will come across more in this than the juvenile ramblings of a kid wanting to be in love like the last one.
that isnt important.
what is important however, is your mission for the day: shoot a stranger a smile.
on your way to work, on your walk to your first class for the day, while filling up your car, or standing in the checkout line of the grocery store, just smile at someone. see what happens. when that person happens to smile back at you, tell me if that doesnt just make you feel something inside thats wholly indescribable.
little things like this can completely turn around not only your day, but the day of the random person you happened to touch with such a random, minute, yet completely meaningful act. its immeasurable.
i like to think, that the next closest you can get to that feeling is when you hear a song from your favorite band, something that you can completely relate to, maybe even feel that the singer was literally singing to you and not for you. it can put you in a place where certain little negative things really just dont even matter and seem to flee. you listen, and for that short amount of time, maybe even just for three and a half minutes, you are in your own self contained metaphorical heaven. that security in knowing that no one can take that feeling away from you, or tell you how to enjoy it, is much like setting someone free.
with a single smile to a perfect stranger, you could be setting them free, for maybe just a minute from their own personal prison, and give them that light they just failed to recognize was there the whole time. you can be that person, and the best part is, it doesnt take much to be the helping hand. its a simple as a smile.
well enough of this rambling from another amateur writer haha. ill post again soon though. ive got a lot floating around this ole noggin of mine these days.
but dont forget todays mission: smile at someone.
on a side note: if youre in a reading mood, i highly suggest starting the dark tower series from stephen king. its not like his typical horror style of writing so dont go all judgmental on me for it haha. if you are looking for some good reading material and even a somewhat philosophical escape, give these a try. i think you will be very interested in the world he has created. there are seven books in total, so youll be busy for while, but they read fairly quick, so dont let that dissuade you.
man, so much has been going on lately. i just moved into my new apt with my best friend from highschool(andy) and the place is a wreck. the actual apt is pretty nice, but its just how we moved everything in. it was a 13 hour effort for me, him, and four other friends. not fun. we didnt organize anything in the new place, we just moved it in, and then slept on the couches. which im still doing i might add. just havent had time between work and friends.
so last night i saw snakes on a plane at a special preview at 10. it was too funny. if you havent seen the movie, i wont ruin it for you(wait, i might have by saying its title) but a girl gets bit in the tit. and i will have you know, that i called that very thing that happened way before it ever happened. it was so good. go see it. laugh your ass off.
turns out the writer for the movie lives in pittsburgh and wanted this little theater he used to go to, to have first dibs for the public viewing of it, so that was cool of him.
aside from that, things have been going well. ive got a big surprise for after next week, but my lips are sealed for now.
im gonna keep things under wraps as i have been for the past few months, but i will say this:im very excited for what people are going to be hearing/saying about the music soon.
im so excited to go see sara in san diego in september. it couldnt come any faster. i just wanna give her a big hug. were going hang out when i come to visit her, but no zoos-she thinks theyre bad luck. especially for "first dates." haha. im really looking forward to that more than my show in hollywood to be honest with you. she makes me smile. :) obviously.
as for now, im just gonna enjoy spending time with all of my buds before they head back out to college for the year. one flew out to arizona this morning(asu) but i will be seeing her in september anyway when i come out to visit for a week after the show in hollywood.
in other areas, this weekend is pretty much the last chance i have to hang out with a majority of them though, so were gonna make it count for sure.
until next time, im out. gotta do something constructive with my day, so im out to go buy some cupcakes and prepare for my friend katies last day at her work celebration tonight. later main.