A while back my friend Mike Lee, the Religious Antagonist, joined me onstage to do an atheist gangsta rap we wrote a half hour before performing it. With that much prep, we obviously didn’t do a very good job. Especially since that was the first time I’d ever performed with my looping pedal.
We revisited the gag a few weeks ago for a hip hop show I did and it came out much better.
And as many of the commenters have pointed out, no, it’s not Greydon Square. What actual purpose it serves to point out that Mike and I are not another rap group that we’ve never listened to is a mystery to me, but I’m sure it makes everyone on the net feel really superior in some arbitrary way.
There aren’t currently any plans to expand on the gag beyond this song. But if the fancy strikes me, who knows.
In order to publish Secrets and Lies, we used a process called crowdfunding to presell the book in order to raise the money to print the book. But more than just the book, we offered a series of bonus incentives if people wanted to throw down a few extra bucks.
One of them was a copy of my “Best Of” album, a compilation of some of my favorite songs from the many music projects I’ve been a part of. It was half a joke, since the idea of putting out your own best of album is Read the rest of this entry
With my solo project, Godcrotch, I make an effort to switch things up a lot from show to show. I told my friends I wanted to do a ukulele show, then a hip-hop show, then a country show. None of them seemed to believe me. But after the hip-hop show, which is where the clip of Atheist Gangsta was shot, I went and did a country show just like I said I would. If you weren’t there, it looked a bit like this.
Only question now, is what’s next?
After I moved to Boise, I ran into a guy named Matt Hunter that I’d known from my days in Ashland playing in The VAM Commanders. His little brother, Dan, had actually been in VAM briefly. Matt and I had gotten gloriously lost in the woods while drunk once, which was the inspiration for a story in a yet-t0-be-published collection called, The Joys of Peer Pressure.
At the time, Matt was playing in a band called Aces and Eights, a skinhead rock’n'roll outfit. They’d done some tours and had something of a label deal in Germany. But it was all in the process of falling apart at the time due to the pressures that come with money.