03/12/15

Watership Down Redux

I’ve been in desperate need of some good news. This qualifies.

After literally a lifetime of hop(p)ing, the following cinema news:

“A 21st-century CGI resurrection of the English rabbits of Watership Down is underway at the BBC and hopes to begin production soon.” (hat tip, Conduct Latimer)

I mean it’s inconceivable, but in case you haven’t heard, I have an album thematically based on Richard Adams’ Watership Down. Is there a news story I don’t have the angle on??

Undisputed champ of rabbit news rap.

Bonus Track, Shining Wire, featuring manCHILD:

03/8/15

Personal Anthem (Phoenix Jones and Last Fan Standing)

Because, well, everybody needs one.

All of song blogging is anthem writing, in a sense. Anthems for events and times and people. Taking topics uncommon, maybe even corny, to song writing and trying to find the kernel of real passion and humanity. Where is the glory and the grit in the story and sh!t?

From Diana Nyad to Work to Ride, the all black polo team, to Dallas Wiens, the face transplant survivor, I’ve been writing theme songs for years, even as I was just attempting to cover the people and stories, of the news, in art. And by “art” I may mean reconstructive surgery raps.

Most famously, the Phoenix Jones theme song:

Phoenix Jones was recently profiled in this ESPN expose. He was previously a regional MMA fighter. Apparently, it gets a little slow around Bristol after football season and before the NBA playoffs.

His ex-colleague in crime fighting and domestic abuse prevention heroin, Purple Reign, had these kind things to say about the anthem:

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There are two takes. That we overuse hero or that there’s a little bit in all of us. I break slightly toward the latter. Of course, by contrast to Jones, my entire career in heroing consists of a broken arm jumping off a porch, caped, at four and rescuing my cat from the sewer. And, what little Superman I had in me has recently all been evacuated. I feel a lot like this:

So here’s to Phoenix Jones and the imperfect hero in all of us. You have a Personal Anthem. Your day has a soundtrack. Your show has a theme song. Your crew has a battle hymn. I just maybe haven’t written it yet.

In other anthem news, I am happy to officially announce that I have recorded the theme song to Bruce Campbell’s game show, Last Fan Standing, to premier on ConTV, the television adjunct to the famous Comic Cons.

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The show begins next week and the song is available now at iTunes and Amazon and can be streamed on Spotify. Search “Last Fan Standing.”

The real irony of the show is that people have spent a gob smacking number of hours actually sitting to be the fan, last standing. Celebrating the nerdist in each of us, today’s blong below.

Performed by sintax.the.terrific. Music produced by Sir Chamberlain.

Lyrics here.

Last Fan Standing (Official Game Show Theme)

03/1/15

Frank Lloyd Write

I’m excited to officially announce MidCentury Modern. Me and rheomatic. A tribute to old things made new.

Our first album, The Goodness, debuts later this year on Illect Recordings. We were in Nashville this week making things happen. More details to come. Includes some vintage guest spots.

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @midcent_modern and on Facebook at MidCentury Modern. #NewBecauseItsOld

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World premiere sneak preview. Shhhhhhhhhh! Rheomatic is going to be furious, yo.

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