Music and merch news – Cyber Monday

As you are probably aware, it is “Cyber Monday,” the natural flow of consumerism that comes after “Black Friday,” “Small Business Saturday,” and “You’re Going to Hell Sunday.”

Today through Dec. 3, CD Baby is offering shipping for just one cent. Yes, that one penny, or one straw penny, or numerically $0.01.

So if you’ve been wanting my solo albums (or Hail the Titans first album or the Marsellus album) shipped, but didn’t want to pay more than a penny for shipping, this is your moment! (At least through Dec. 3, 11:59 PST, per the CD Baby website.) Here are some links:

Josh Carples – The Final Scene
Josh Carples – Ghost of a Town
Hail the Titans – Hymns of Mare Nostrum
Marsellus – Our Name in Lights

Of course, these are also on iTunes, Amazon and Spotify, and most are also on Bandcamp as well, if you prefer digital.

Tonight – Dec. 1 – I’ll be doing an in-store acoustic performance at Bailey Brothers Music in Montgomery. I’ll play from 5:30 to 6. I’ll also have merch available for sale there.

And this Friday, Fall of Adam is playing at the Syndicate Lounge in Birmingham with Amen Corner (from Birmingham) and Press (from Asheville, NC). Details here.

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The Devil’s Hand is Behind Me

What do you do when you want to write a headline for two short films? You combine them into a sentence that sounds like it makes sense, but really doesn’t in the grand scheme of things… like I just did.

Two made-in-Alabama short films became available for viewing this week!

The film Behind Me, by writer/director Rebecca Pugh, was filmed in June last year in Birmingham (and got me my first IMDB credit for crew work.) After making the film festival rounds, it is now available to watch online. Read about it here. Watch it here.

 

The Devil’s Hand was filmed in the Montgomery area and directed by Jimmie Rogers. I remember part of it – the speech in front of the Capitol – being filmed in June 2012. The guys at Eagle Road Productions have now made the film available online. Watch it here.

 

And this seems like a good time to remind people that the Montgomery Film Festival is accepting submissions for their 6th installment, which will happen on Jan. 30, 2015 at the Capri Theatre.

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Music I think you should hear, vol. 17

You remember back in January when I told you to stop what you’re doing and listen to the R. Garcia Band‘s “Demons to Diamond” album? Well, as of today, they just put out two new songs, and for real: Stop what you’re doing and listen. It’s pop. It’s rock. It’s electronic. It’s video game music. It’s catchy. It’s melodic. It’s just really damn good.

 

In other news, I’ll be performing a solo acoustic set at this month’s Birmingham Art Crawl. It’s this Thursday (Nov. 6) in downtown Birmingham. I’ll be on the Harold&MOD stage, which is being sponsored by Steel City Sounds. The event has more than 50 artists, artisans, and performers within just a few blocks.

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‘City Federal’ wraps principal photography

Photo by Adam Davila.

The short film that I’ve been working on wrapped principal photography this past Saturday!

The film, titled City Federal, involves a bank robbery and a sociopath. It’s currently being edited by Shane Gillis (who also served as director of photography.) You might recognize his name as the director of Death to the World (which will be screening at Bottletree in Birmingham, AL this Saturday and also at this year’s International Random Film Festival in Gdynia, Poland!)

More details will come soon, but if you want to keep up with what’s going on, we’ll be making announcements on the Foolish Henry Films Facebook and Twitter.

To all the cast and crew who helped us out: THANK YOU! (And many thanks to both Shane and my co-director Rick Gardner!)

I’d also like to thank Evan at PURE Salon and Spa for taking on hairstylist duties and three great Montgomery restaurants that provided us with locations (and much more) – El Rey Burrito LoungeStockyard Grill and La Jolla Restaurant & Bar!

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The Carolina Reaper: the hottest pepper on earth

Photo by Lindsay Garrett.

Last year, the Guinness Book of World Records decided that a little pepper grown in South Carolina was the hottest pepper on earth, beating out the infamous ghost pepper. That pepper is the Carolina Reaper.

You might remember my post from last August titled “Reasons to try a ghost pepper” with the accompanying video of me using ice cream to sooth my pain. So what was I to do when I found out the ghost pepper was no longer number one? That’s right: locate one and then hit “record.”

I tried to contact the company in South Carolina directly to get one, but sadly, they were out of season at the time. But a guy named Kenny Howard in Montgomery, Ala. has grown some, and mine came directly from him.

So let’s set the scene here: this past Saturday, I was working on a short film project with the Foolish Henry Films crew titled “City Federal.” I was up at 6 a.m., on set by 8 a.m. and after multiple locations with lots and lots of running (in dress shoes), we wrapped around midnight.

Sunday, I’m tired and sore and aching all over, so what’s a guy to do? That’s right! Eat a Carolina Reaper and have Lindsay Garrett film it for me, just like the ghost pepper video.

So without further ado, I present another video of me in pain, looking for salvation through ice cream:

If you’re wondering about the mention of a guy singing a Frank Sinatra song after eating a ghost pepper, here’s what I’m talking about.

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Film production info!

I’m very excited to be part of the production team for Little Cabbage, the new film by Jen West and James Martin of Four X Productions. That’s actually getting started this weekend and includes many of the same crew that worked on Rebecca Pugh’s film Behind Me (master cinematographer Joe Walker and master makeup artist Lindsay Garrett and probably some others whose names escape me at the moment… sorry.)

If Little Cabbage sounds familiar, it should. They had a Seed&Spark fundraiser that I mentioned in July. Good news! They met their goals, and now it’s production time.

In other film news, a short film script that I wrote (which has been expanded by some great ideas by Adam Davila, Lindsay Garrett, Rick Gardner and Shane Gillis) is going into production soon with the Foolish Henry Films crew (the folks who brought you Death to the World.)

We’re working out pre-production details now, so I hope to be able to share more information on this project soon.

In the meantime, be sure to follow the #LittleCabbage and the #cityfederalfilm hashtags on your social media sites to keep up with what’s going on.

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Keep listening

I had a lot of random thoughts running through my head. I debated whether to attempt to write them down or not. Sometimes, once you attempt to put pen to paper, or digital pen to digital paper, it’s easy to lose the thoughts and points you wanted to make. Or at least it is for me.

Most of what I write here is somewhat promotional – not just stuff I’m involved with, but stuff my friends are involved with or things I may find inspiring at the moment. Once in awhile, rarely, I get somewhat personal. And then, for some reason, I feel the need to explain my thought process or reasoning in an introduction, like this one.

Sometimes it seems that negativity takes over. Sometimes the amount of injustice, suffering, and loss is draining. It’s sympathy. It’s empathy. It’s being a human rather than a sociopath, I suppose. And it can be downright depressing.

There are innocent people dying in wars, community protests over police shootings, family members of celebrities avoiding social media because of mean-spirited internet trolls, writers canceling speaking engagements because of death threats, and people still fighting over who’s idea of “god” is correct.

And then there are the struggles of the people you actually know. Your friends, your family, and what they deal with. Then there’s the stuff you deal with.

People cope in their own ways: art, music, writing, exercise, drinking, drugs, film, comedy. (On that last one, this Cracked article is heartbreaking.)

Sometimes it seems hard to find that clichéd silver lining, to see the glimmer of sunlight barely peeking through the clouds. Maybe that’s why I want to promote certain artistic endeavors. I haven’t really thought about it until now. I know that I want my friends to succeed. I want to enjoy beautiful music and film and visual/graphic arts. But maybe the bigger picture is that those things add positivity to the world when it seems overtly negative. Maybe those things – even when borne out of negative instances – add a positive aspect.

I don’t know. Maybe this is just me rambling publicly. I generally have more questions than answers. I just wish that there was more sympathy and empathy in the world. But in the meantime, keep creating. Keep encouraging. Keep supporting. And for your friends, keep listening.

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Randomness, vol. 25

I think the 25th “randomness” post is like a silver anniversary or something, right? No? Whatever.

Anyway, last week I released the newest Glorious 70mm EP on Bandcamp. But both EPs are also available on NoiseTrade. Feel free to share those links with your friends as they can also have some free music.

In other news, Glories, a post-rock band from Birmingham, has a new song out, which is from their upcoming album (which comes out Tuesday, I believe.) They’re also playing this year’s Secret Stages festival that takes place Aug. 1 & 2.

 

And Four X Productions is working on a new film called “Little Cabbage” and you can help! (You know them from their previous short “Bubble” and for the St. Paul and the Broken Bones video “Call Me.”) Check out their Seed&Spark page to see how you can help with the film production!

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Glorious 70mm: INT – THE LYRIC THEATER – NIGHT

albumcover_250A couple of weeks ago, I announced the new Glorious 70mm EP: INT – THE LYRIC THEATER – NIGHT.

It’s available today on Bandcamp.

The pricing is the same as the previous EP: For personal use, “pay what you want (even if $0).” If you’re a filmmaker and would like to use any of these pieces, please contact me for licensing. I’d love to work with you.

 

I’ve also set up a Facebook page for Glorious 70mm.

And of course, here’s my FB page, profile, Twitter and Instagram. I hope you enjoy the music. Thanks for listening.

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A #TBT blog post? What?!

Yep. Throwback Thursday, y’all. No, but really, I was thinking about a music project I was in a few years ago with Trey (Hail the Titans‘ drummer) called “The Boss and The Rabbi.” It was a 2-piece, improvisational, instrumental project that included guitar, drums, keyboard and a Korg Kaossilator with both of us playing everything, switching instruments, etc.

This video is from a show we played in Auburn, Ala. on Aug. 14, 2010:

 

If you dig that kind of stuff, we have three recordings on Bandcamp.

The first recording was a 2-song demo that we titled Her Origins at Midnight.

 

The next was a completely live recording we did, splitting the performance into separate songs. The EP is titled Six Victims (The Theatre Curtain was the Color of Blood). There is a serial killer story told through the song titles and music.

 

The last release was just one song, which is a prequel to the Six Victims story line titled Her name was Miranda (He was suspected from the start). This was actually the sound check we did prior to recording Six Victims, but we liked it and decided to release it later on. Also, the cover photo was taken by Pint Bottle Photography (as was the band photo at the top of this post.)

 

All of the music is set at “name your price,” so you can put in zero and download it for free if you like what you’re hearing.

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