All three solo albums are now on YouTube

All three of my solo albums are now streaming on YouTube (along with iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Bandcamp, etc.) They are all in playlist form. The playlist for The Final Scene contains the official music video for “Ocean,” and the one for Ghost of a Town includes the music video for the title track.

#demos for new solo album.

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‘Are you tired of eating the same ol’ dang ol’ thing at lunch?’

ZedThe Montgomery Film Festival was this past Friday night, and it was a lot of fun. It was great to see so many people enjoying short films from around the world. Lots of great entries, and congrats to Fred: The Town Dog for their audience win!

If you missed the intermission video, then do yourself a favor and watch it. Funny stuff.

 

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Glorious 70mm ‘You Look Ridiculous’ video

albumcover_250Recently, close to sundown, I saw birds, lots of birds, flying in large groups and forming very fluid-like patterns in the sky. It was beautiful, and weirdly inspiring.

So that’s the basis for a new music video I put together for my film score project Glorious 70mm. The song “You Look Ridiculous” is off the INT – THE LYRIC THEATER – NIGHT EP.

Also, last Friday I was featured on Custom Made Music’s blog for their “Five For Friday” segment. The Virginia-based label mentioned the Glorious 70mm project, the new score for the Foolish Henry Films short City Federal, and the screening at the Montgomery Film Festival this Friday. And I got to share five songs that have inspired me over the years. Read the post here.

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‘City Federal’ Original Score by Glorious 70mm

The new Glorious 70mm album is out today! It’s the score for the short film City Federal, by Foolish Henry Films (the folks who made Death to the World.)

Like the previous Glorious 70mm albums, I’ve made this available as a pay-what-you-want pricing method, which means you can put a zero in the price field and download it for free if you want. So yes, it is free, and I hope you enjoy it.

However, if you happen to have a couple of bucks that you wouldn’t mind throwing at us, we’ll be using any donations to help cover film festival submission fees (which any filmmaker will tell you can add up quickly) or future Foolish Henry Films projects.

 

Speaking of film festivals, City Federal will be making its debut later this month at the Montgomery Film Festival! That’s coming up on Friday, Jan. 30. Details here.

Special thanks to Hillary Andrews for doing the artwork for City Federal, both the movie poster and the album art for the score.

Also, there is one song in the film that is not on this Glorious 70mm release. It’s a song by Kenny Johnson called “Scene from City Federal.” It’s fantastic and fits perfectly in the scene it’s used for. Listen here.

Here is some information about City Federal:

Synopsis: With news of a promotion and an engagement ring in his pocket, Jeff plans to have an unforgettable night with Katherine. But plans change as a dangerous man from Katherine’s past – a sociopath bent on greed and revenge – resurfaces and forces Jeff into an impossible situation. With Katherine’s life in the balance, Jeff has no choice but to obey.

Starring: Josh Carples, Lindsay Garrett, Adam Davila, Jesse Calhoun, Kevin McInturff
Directors: Rick Gardner and Josh Carples
Writers: Josh Carples, Rick Gardner, Shane Gillis
Story by: Josh Carples, Rick Gardner, Shane Gillis, Lindsay Garrett, Adam Davila

Official trailer:

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Hashtag Tiny Desk Contest

Well, I did it. Actually, we did it. With the help of Lindsay Garrett and Aaron Greene, I entered the NPR Tiny Desk Concert Contest. #TinyDeskContest

Friday night, I performed a show at the Syndicate Lounge in Birmingham, AL (opening for Mandi Rae), and with the help of Lindsay filming with three cameras and Aaron recording a sound board mix, I was able to put together this video of me performing “Ghost of a Town” on a tiny desk.

So, while I know my chances are similar to winning the lottery (just kidding, we don’t have a lottery in Alabama), if anyone from NPR sees this blog or the video, I’d love to visit your offices and check a Tiny Desk Concert off the ol’ bucket list.

This song, along with my other solo albums, can be found at music.joshcarples.com, iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, etc.

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10 things to stop doing in the new year (no. 8 was mind-blowing)

Hello dear readers, here is a brief introductory-style paragraph similar to those of which you might see on other sites, but I would argue better, simply because you’re on my site instead of one of those other sites.

With the introductory paragraph out of the way, I hereby submit my list of “10 things to stop doing in the new year”

1. Falling for click-bait

2. Falling for click-bait

3. Falling for click-bait

4. Falling for click-bait

5. Falling for click-bait

6. Falling for click-bait

7. Falling for click-bait

8. Falling for click-bait

9. Falling for click-bait

10. Falling for click-bait

Thank you for reading this. I sincerely hope you have a safe and happy new year. For real.

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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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