I did a successful one-time live music show last September at Martuni’s in San Francisco and they wanted me to come back. I didn’t want to perform the same material so I started writing a brand new show based on some ideas I had for an eventual project. It comes to fruition – March 23 with The Pets. A dog, cat, bird, hamster, and fish reflect on their lives in a new original song cycle written & performed by myself, backed by Tom “Moose” Shaw & Roberta Drake.
Tales of past adventures, requited & unrequited love, death, loss, gender identity, regret, and litter boxes are sprinkled throughout 18 genre eschewing tunes with special appearances by the pets owner, Steven, and the Vet! This is the premiere and currently a one-time only live performance. It really is a “happening.”
Not since Saint-Saens premiered his “Carnival of the Animals” at Martunis in 1886, has there been such a dangerous mix of cocktails and interspecies songwriting. If you don’t wanna eat, sleep, poop, or mate after the show, then I have failed and should be rightly put down out back.
My next project in production is a 20 minute parody of Disney’s “Fantasia”, combining 4 short segments with original “classical” music that I wrote, featuring some of San Francisco’s finest underpaid musicians.
The film is about 60% complete. When done, expect visuals of balloon men, crazed composers, horny history teachers, poets trapped in experimental film clichés, talking donuts, medieval knights, the Hawaiian Wizard of Oz, and OTHER THINGS. We even scored an exclusive appearance by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, back with his new song in 222 years, “Take Your Head And Shove It To The Ground.”
In the tradition of indulgent 70s/80s concept albums, I’m pleased to announce my new rock opera, “Roger (Or Journey to Mars from the Styx of Kansas in an REO Speedwagon Starship)”.
In 16 genre-hopping songs, it tells the story of Roger, 42 & still living with his mom & brother Dan. He loses his job, his girlfriend, and gets kicked out of his cover band. It is then he meets the Ghost of Duane Allman who turns his van into a rocket van. Roger flies off into Space where he dates the Mars Princess, blows up the Earth, & becomes King of the Universe. NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL MUSIC!
You can listen to it completely free online but if you feel the need to purchase it, that option is also available. Support Independent Rock Operas! There’s also a video for one of the tunes featuring just myself, a parka, & my IPhone: http://youtu.be/5CnERazTZ3A
This is my first purely music album ever and I’m very proud of it. I hope you will enjoy. Thanks for your continued support!!
Well I’ve really gone & done it this time. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, I went to Duluth, MN in Feb. 2013 to make a short film affectionately called “Duluth Is Horrible.” It was the talk of town and I had a blog that documented the whole experience.
The film is a series of vignettes chronicling a few lonely people in Duluth, MN searching for a connection in a bleak winter. There is no specific plot in its 17 minutes but some of the short vignettes connect loosely. Scenes include the aftermath of a breakup from both sides, an older zookeeper on a online date, a Redditor complaining about his cat, a karaoke scene, a disillusioned Sex Chat girl, 5 people dressed as Carmen Miranda, a call from Enterprise Car Rental, and a little Disney magic thrown in for good measure. It will be the most personal and “dramatic” of my work. That said, I just have to throw in a few absurdist touches.
Wake up! It’s 1986 and you’re watching KNFR, Channel 13 Yreka. Sit back and enjoy a classic episode of the children’s variety show, “Wizzy & Friends”, along with some vintage commercials & promos! The film is a 30 min. parody & includes the viral hit, “David’s Pizza”
KNFR will be making it’s way to film festivals soon! In the meantime, you can check out all the completed clips and more on the KNFR Facebook page. You can also buy a special limited edition DVD straight from the filmmaker with bonus shorts, interviews, unused footage, and commentary!
When I came home from school as a kid in the 80s, I watched “The Muppet Show.” These characters resonated with me and I wanted to own everything Muppet. In the third grade, my mom had bought me a bunch of Muppet folders. However when I pulled them out in class, the other kids made fun of me and suddenly I was embarrassed by them. It wasn’t cool to like the Muppets. I resorted to learning everything about Jim Henson & his work in private.
Luckily sometime in the last 10 years, the Muppets made a pop culture comeback. Finally I felt like I could let my Muppet freak flag fly. However, when I heard they were making a new movie to revitalize the brand, I was scared. The Muppet franchise itself had been sucking hard the last 10 years. It just wasn’t the same and Steve Whitmire’s weaselly-sounding Kermit did not sit well with me. I always thought I could do a better voice and knew the characters better than they did. Thus, the Muppetless Movie was born.
I’d never be able to get the puppets so using actor look-a-likes was a necessity. Over 25 Muppet characters are represented here from the big ones to smaller ones (just for the fans). I play Kermit and the voice of Rowfl, Janice, the announcer, & some lettuce. As filming went, I truly felt like the frustrated frog as he dealt with all these bizarro characters (all of whom wanted more screentime.) The faux-trailer format was decided so I would be able to have lots of little Muppet soundbites without having to get into a real plot. Of course, people now think a real Muppetless Movie is forthcoming. My response is always “if enough people want it, I will make it.”
I may never get the work with the actual Muppets so I did what an any eccentric filmmaker fan would do – rent a bar and have a bunch of local actors dress up like freaks. Enjoy the “Muppetless Movie”