Doghouse Slap Bass Demo

So I just got my cheap Florea Midnight Double Bass set up by Jack at Upton Bass Boston and he did a FANTASTIC job. Took a plywood scratch & dent special that was pretty much unplayable out of the box and tweaked it out so it RIPS!

Decided to do a video demoing a couple different lines I’ve been playing with for a few months since most people don’t even realize I can play the upright. Enjoy!

Halloween Show with White Zombie (The Murder)

This year my band The Murder decided to be White Zombie for Halloween, and it was a blast!

Full costume, fully decorated stage (utilizing my personal prop collection, of course) the show was a huge hit!

We even had a sampler, with both White Zombie samples as well as some of our own creation, culled from various horror films.

We based our set on a pared down version of the classic ’95/96 touring set. I hope we did them justice.

Set List

  • Super Charger Heaven
  • Black Sunshine
  • Welcome to Planet Motherfucker
  • Psychoholic Slag
  • I, Zombie
  • More Human Than Human
  • Thunder Kiss ’65

Boston Tea Party!

absolut bostonSo I got out of work early yesterday, and me and a couple buddies headed out to Jasper White’s Summer Shack, my company’s local watering hole, for a few drinks. Our bartender Christine showed us a new bottle they had just gotten in that morning, Absolut Boston.

Apparently Absolut Vodka is making special vodka blends, with one city a year (I guess LA and New Orleans were chosen previously). This year it would appear Boston is the city of choice, and being the townie that I am, I decided immediately that I should invent some drinks with a Boston theme. After all, my wife may be the cook in the family, but I strive to be the mixologist, or maybe just the drunk, but I digress.

Now Absolute Boston is pretty interesting. It’s a vodka infused with Black Tea and Elderflower, which has a taste similar to blue or blackberries. Now, being Boston themed I understand exactly why they’d choose black tea, but elderflower? Strange. Either way, after a little bit of experimentation and feedback from Dan and Doug, my panel of tasters, I came up with my masterpiece:

Boston Tea Party

1.5 – 2 shots Absolut Boston
Unsweetened Iced Tea
Splash of Simple Syrup

Serve in a pint glass, garnish with Lemon

Let me tell you, this is a fantastic drink on a hot summer day. It was a little difficult to conceive of something that would go well with the elderflower, but I think we did it in spades. Of course, this was after trying it out with iced tea and lemonade, which wasn’t so great, but like Julia Child says, the joy of cooking drinking is that you can get plastered doing it… Is that it?

But I digress, once I had come up with my masterpiece everyone else jumped on the bandwagon. Dan suggested that there should be a drink with Absolut Boston and Kahlua, so we tried one with equal parts Kahlua, Absolut Boston and Cola. It was pretty good, but wasn’t quite what we were looking for. After some deliberation, we came up with something that works, substituting Bailey’s Irish Creme for the Kahlua, and viola, our second masterpiece. A great name is required for a great drink, so we present to you:

The Muddy Charles

1 Part Absolut Boston
1 Part Bailey’s Irish Creme
1 Part Cola

Serve in a rocks glass over ice

The drink has the texture we were looking for, but was slightly light in color in comparison to the Charles, but you can’t win ’em all. I threw out the idea that a swirl of chocolate syrup on top might be the way to go, but I leave that to your discretion, dear reader.

We were feeling pretty good by this time, but I felt that to cap off the afternoon we must achieve the trifecta, not to mention that Doug had continually been saying that there needed to be a drink called The Red Line.

After some deliberation, I took it upon myself to try to nail it down, and while some feel it is still unrefined, I believe that I have a winner:

The Red Line

1 Shot Absolut Boston
Splash of Grenedine

Serve in a Shot Glass with a Maraschino Cherry at the bottom

It was pretty smooth, with a slight bite at the end, which is fitting given it’s namesake. Unfortunately I was the only one to try this drink, so I don’t know what other people’s feelings on it are, but if you try it, please let me know your thoughts!

While we were inventing these drinks, Christine took a Boston Tea Party for her manager to try, and he enjoyed it alot. So much, in fact, that Absolut Boston is going to be the Drink Special of the Month at the Summer Shack in Cambridge, so if you find yourself in the area, get down there and have a Boston Tea Party!

Also, if anyone from Absolut is reading this, I’d love to be the recipient of a case of Absolut Boston.

Feel free to use my drink recipes as you will!

Your Flyer Sucks!

Good Flyer #1

Club Hell Flyer

Having been in the Boston music scene for the better part of 15 years, I’ve seen more than my fair share of concert flyers. Few things can take my breath away like a crisp, well designed flyer that not only promotes an event, but is a work of art in it’s own right. Truly, artists like Frank Kozik, Jermaine Rogers and James Rheem Davis exhibit artistry that should have (and have) been included in some of the most prestigious galleries in the world! With that being said, it pains my heart to say that about 95% of the flyers I have seen in my life SUCK. [Read more…]

The Importance of Effective Branding

This post is going to become the first in a series of items geared toward up and coming musicians who need advice on advancing their careers. There are so many things I’ve learned along the way that I wish someone would have pointed out to me, so hopefully this will help some of you out.

The Murder - Merchandise Display

The Murder - Merchandise Display Close Up

Today’s topic is the importance of effective branding. Like it or not, this crazy thing we’re involved with is called the music business for a reason; that’s because it’s exactly that — a business. Back when I first got started playing music almost 20 years ago, any band perceived to be making any profit off of their music would be chastised and labeled a sell-out, among other things. However, in the age of electronic distribution, DIY ethos and cutting out the middle-men (IE: record stores and labels) the term sell-out is somewhat antiquated, especially since what we’re selling is effectively ourselves.

Even if you’re lucky enough to make a living doing this, you still need to keep food on the table and if it’s still just a hobby or something you’re working toward, you should at least get some form of reimbursement for what you do. This can come in many forms, from the obvious ones like the money you get paid for performing and selling CD’s and T-shirts, to some not so common things like endorsements and sponsorships.

This post will focus on your image and branding through effective merchandising (we’ll save endorsement deals for another post) because it is one of the things over which you can have 100% control. First and foremost, this entire concept can be summed up in one sentence:

Your Band Is Your Brand.

My goal is to hopefully break the misconception that many punk rock bands have, that if you’re punk your graphics and merchandise have to look like shit. You can have a nice slick package and still be “punk”. Look at some of your favorite bands: take a really close look at the design of their merchandise and CD’s (and I’m not talking about Blink-182 or Green Day, although, to be honest, their graphic designers should be commended) and you’ll see that there’s a certain level of professionalism there. This is important.

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Refuse Resist – Still in Massachusetts

I made this video along with my long time video collaborator Tony Yah!Dude of Yah!Dude Productions, and we had a great time putting it all together. The live shots were filmed at The Midway Cafe in Jamaica Plain MA, and the vignette scenes were filmed at Pat Gill’s house (of The Murder). He also stars in the video, along with a cameo appearance by his dad)

Bad Ash – Better Than Ever

This video was my music video directorial debut, for our good friends Bad Ash. The video was shot at a party house in Allston, in the back laundry room. Trust me, it was even more crowded than it looks, and yes, all those people were really there. The beer thing with the Pabst Blue Ribbon at the end was completely spur of the moment, and it came out great! Enjoy!