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March 26, 2013 @ 11:34 am

PAX Recap

PAXEast 13 Expo FloorEach year after the whirlwind that is the PAX weekend, I try to write one of these recaps. Sometimes they get written, sometimes not…though I’m not sure if one has ever been published.

PAX this year was awesome, but in a different way than usual. Aside from ESO I wasn’t interested in seeing any of the “big games” (read: waiting in line for an hour), so I was able to roam freely. Thankfully I did, because I found a whole world of indie games that I can’t wait to play again. From Fractured Soul (coming to Steam), to Castle Story, to Shovel Knight, I must have killed 4 hours between them. Each felt engaging in a fresh way that was exciting, not to mention supporting the little guy is huge for me. Read rest of story…

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February 19, 2013 @ 9:05 pm

Confessional: Baseball

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It’s time to come clean, I love baseball. Yep…love it. Watch it damn near every day in season, take part in several fantasy leagues and proudly (well, somewhat proudly) wear a baseball cap nearly year round. While I realize that it’s wildly unpopular among the nerderati to take part in anything “sportsball” related, I just don’t give a fuck. While I’ve never been one to follow the crowd, I can’t help but find it incredibly tedious to have to defend my love of the game.
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May 22, 2012 @ 5:14 pm

Not in it for the money? (aka a lesson in pretentiousness)

Ahhhhhhh….ok. I’m going to go stream of consciousness on you all here and hopefully end up with something coherent. One of the biggest things I struggle with in regards to MisCast (though in a similar way with my business) is the business vs art debate. When we finished Clutter in the Machine and I was posting it to bandcamp, I had a whole lot of mixed feelings. The first was pride…pride that we had actually completed this. As someone who’s been making music since I was 13, it was a powerful moment to see a collection of my songs…complete and available for the massess. Then I got to the box on the form where I had to set price, and my whole cloud 9 moment came crashing down.

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April 9, 2012 @ 12:41 pm

A brief PAX East ’12 Recap

Wow…what a weekend. Let me start off by saying after 3 years of PAX East, I finally get it. While I only spent two days there, I got to meet so many cool people and share so many memories and good vibes that I’m still trying to process it all. From new friends I met at the bar over a few “ones that are cold” to the proud and sincere indie developers on the show floor, to the tabletop gamers who were more than willing to teach a noob how to roll. Hell, just the intelligent and thoughtful conversations about Mass Effect alone could have made it worth while for me.

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August 3, 2011 @ 4:34 pm

Studio toys and working slowly

Been spending a lot of time in the studio getting to know some new gear. I recently picked up an EV/Blue Cardinal condenser and a Studio Projects C1. So far the C1 is living up to the hype, sounds clean and balanced with nothing more than an ART Tube PAC (which is an excellent secret weapon btw). The Cardinal is a much more fickle beast it seems. Proximity effect is there in a big way, but I’m really liking it for soft vocal stuff. Still not sure where it will fall in the rotation.

New songs are done, and ready to be recorded but time to do it is at a premium these days. Hoping to remedy that because one song is dominating any new ideas, and I think it will continue to until it’s out of my system. It’s creating a creative logjam, and there is a lot of wood coming down the stream…so I’ve gotta clear it.

Finding Jack Conte’s blog very motivational these days, the man’s energy and passion are contagious.  Really has me wanting to take a stab at a Videosong, or something like it at least. Back to the studio…

Stay hungry,

-J

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June 13, 2011 @ 12:33 pm

Back to back posts?!

In an effort to make keeping this site updated a habit, I thought I’d draw up a quick post about inspiration. Inspiration can be a cold, cruel, fickle bitch sometimes. Especially when you need her. When you’ve been calling for days, leaving messages, checking to see if she’s online (maybe I’m taking this a little too far), and she just doesn’t answer. Then one day, you’re in the shower and she sneaks up and clobbers you with something so good, you’re scrambling for a pen or a recorder.

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June 11, 2011 @ 4:35 pm

About a song…

Working in the studio to wrap up a few new songs as well as a few covers (and re-makes, announcement soon). We’ve recruited some help in the form of the incredibly talented Mikey B to assist with the recording process and to do a little producing. As we’ve been working together, I’ve found myself explaining (sometimes in great detail) how some of these songs came to be. It’s got me thinking that I should share some of that here. I always enjoy “looking behind the curtain”, so here goes nothing.

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May 23, 2010 @ 8:36 pm

6 years ago a plane crashed on an island…

People all through time have written about looking into the stars and thinking about long lost love and wondering if they were looking at the same bright spots in the cosmos.  Maybe wondering what went wrong, maybe happy for the experience but glad to be where they are now. Whatever the case my generations cosmos is now tv events.  Its very interesting and funny to see that the while things evolve technically they really stay the same. As I prepare for the LOST Series Finale I think about the girl who I used to watch LOST with, who I used to bombard with ideas of what was going on, guesses at what was to happen next, make sit through my pauses and rewinds to take copious notes and I wonder all sorts of things. Ultimately I wonder how everything on the island will be concluded for all of us who have watched for 6 years and hope she is happy. Happy end of LOST everyone.

-S

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May 16, 2010 @ 9:56 pm

Ronnie James Dio – RIP

Like many of you, we were sincerely saddened to hear of the passing of metal icon Ronnie James Dio. So, we’re going to cope with our grief the only way we know how: by recording a tribute song.

Stay tuned – Stay hungry – Stay metal. -J

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March 25, 2010 @ 2:40 am

How to: Put together a band, material and a strategy in less than 3 weeks (aka “What not to do”)

So here we are less than two days from our self-imposed deadline of March 26th…the start of PAX East. Looking over my To-do list, another wave of panic saturated defeat washes over me as I realize what’s still left to do. Attempting to soldier on, I think back to how this whole thing started.

Beer. Yep…lots of beer is to blame. Curse you Sam Adams and your oh so tasty nectar! It’s your fault that we thought it possible to cobble this together in time for PAX. Your fault that we believed it possible to not only write quality songs, but record them with semi-professional results in time. And still your fault for leading us to believe that even with our rather clever marketing ploy that people would actually enjoy our hastily assembled odes to nostalgia and bacon.

Under the power of your wicked spell, we soldier on. Creating, scheming and cursing along an uncertain path, in hopes of finding our pot of gold…or lucky charms at the end. Now with the end in sight, and more uncertainty than ever, we scramble to patch the holes of a sinking ship. Anxiously awaiting the UPS man or begrudgingly fixing a drum track made too short. We’re as ready as we’re ever going to be, and we hope that you are too.

We’ll be in the back with Sam if you need us.

-J

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