Halloween weekend has a lot of stuff going on…

…which is to be expected, I suppose.

So here you go:

Thursday (tonight) and Friday, Zac Martin is playing at Baumhower’s restaurant in downtown Montgomery. He plays from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Friday:

Distant Kin is playing the Tipping Point’s Halloween Bash. Starts at 6 p.m.

The O’Dudemen are playing at Head on the Door. 10 p.m. No cover. 21+.

At Egan’s in Tuscaloosa, The Great American Breakdown and Banditos are playing. That’s going to be a really good show.

Saturday:

The Squeaky Lizard in Ocean Springs, Miss. is having their one-year anniversary show featuring Hail the Titans, the F’n A-holes and The Mayhews.

Montgomery’s roller derby team – The Deadutauntes – are having a Halloween party. “Sugar Skulls and Spice and Everything Nice” is being held at Santa Barbara on Vaughn Road in Montgomery and features Creep List, DJ REV and DJ Lost Cause.

Metal. Metal. More metal. Last Transgression is holding their CD release party for “Cynic Verses” at Head on the Door. Oklahoma-based Self Inflicted is touring through the area and playing this show as well. Show starts at 10 p.m. 21+ and no cover.

The album is currently available through CD Baby on disc or download.

In Mobile, The Blind Mule is hosting The Banditos. They always put on a great show. This one is 18+.

And finally….

Sunday:

Hail the Titans is having a one-year anniversary party. It’s being held at Pete Peterson Lodge in Lagoon Park. Starts at 7 p.m. and goes until 11, which is an early night for us. Our friends Distant Kin are playing as well. I hope you can make it!

Electro gremlins?

In yesterday’s post, I mentioned how everything I play on seemed to be messed up Saturday and how Nigredo came to our rescue.

Last night, it was time to troubleshoot everything to find out what the problem was.

Step 1: Set up the amp without the attenuator and plug guitar straight into it without pedal board. No problems. Working fine.

Step 2: Plug in attenuator. Still working fine. Amp is OK.

Step 3: Pull all pedals off board and go through each one, individually, making sure that patch cables are OK and the signal is passing through. Done. No problems.

Troubleshooting on Twitpic

Step 4: Plug in theremin and test it. Seems to be working fine.

Step 5: Reassemble pedal board.

So yeah… after testing everything, it seems to be working fine. Saturday included a visit from the Fail Fairy’s electro gremlins, but last night, it’s all OK. Very strange. I hope everything stays in working order for Saturday’s visit to The Squeaky Lizard in Ocean Springs, Miss. and Sunday’s 1-year anniversary show in Montgomery… fingers crossed.

I ate authentic Mexican food from a gas station…

…and I lived to tell about it (and how good it really was.)

On the way back from Atlanta yesterday, we stopped at a gas station that had a Mexican restaurant inside it. It wasn’t the standard fare you generally see; it was the good stuff. When the place advertises that they have menudo, pozole, barbacoa and words such as “pastor,” that is a good sign. So yeah, one burrito pastor later, complete with cebolla and chile torriado, I can recommend the authentic food at the gas station.

So, now I’ll back up a bit. If you came to any of the shows this past week that I was a part of, thank you! Wednesday’s show with The Changing Me and Clint Darby at AlleyBAR was a lot of fun. So was The Tipping Point show with The Changing Me on Thursday.

Friday’s show at The Nick in Birmingham was great. Black Oak Cemetery and Liberty in Embers played, and we got to share the stage with our good friends in The Great American Breakdown, who are incredible.

Saturday, we played The Drunken Unicorn in Atlanta with Capillaries and Nigredo, both of whom are amazing bands.

Just about everything I play seemed to be messed up that night, but the guys from Nigredo stepped in to help and saved our performance. They let me borrow an Orange Rockerverb 100 head to play and some patch cables to run a bare-bones board. I’m used to my full pedal board, but because we didn’t have time to find out where the problem was, I ran a stripped-down version composed of a tuner, a Klon Centaur and a Vox Time Machine. You can watch our performance on the Livestream.com website.

Be sure to go click the Facebook “Like” button on the Rock Science page. Tracey is the one who booked the Atlanta show, and she works hard to bring awesome shows to the area. She also took these photos:

Capillaries:

Hail the Titans:

Nigredo:

And many thanks to Lindsay G. and Nigredo for making sure we didn’t have to sleep in our van this weekend!

And last night, Head on the Door hosted a “Free Denzy” party, raising money for a great friend. It was great to see the level of love and support shown last night. Distant Kin and BPM both provided entertainment, and it was a great night all around.

More info on events this week

Tonight begins a busy four days of shows for me, and there are also other events going on that are worth checking out. So here are more details about what’s going on.

TONIGHT:

I’m playing an acoustic set at AlleyBAR in downtown Montgomery tonight with Clint Darby and The Changing Me. The music starts at 8 p.m., and there is no cover. You can hear some of the music at the links below:

Clint Darby
The Changing Me
(my solo stuff)

Also, tonight in Atlanta, HELMET is playing, and my friends in Demonaut are one of the opening bands. That will be a good show.

THURSDAY:

I am playing another acoustic show with The Changing Me tomorrow night at The Tipping Point. The music starts at 7 p.m.

The AlleyBAR is hosting the “Artists on Tap” event this same night, beginning at 5 p.m. The event showcases local art, and if you’re looking to redecorate or something, now is the time, as the art is for sale. I know that some of pieces on display tomorrow are by Pint Bottle Photography, so bring your money and get some local art.

If you’re in Birmingham, Helmet is playing this night, and my friends in Skeptic? are one of the opening acts. That show starts at 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY:

Hail the Titans is heading to The Nick in Birmingham to play with Black Oak Cemetery and Liberty in Embers. I  was told yesterday that our friends in The Great American Breakdown have been added to the bill. Starts at 10 p.m. $6 cover. 21+.

At Head on the Door that night, Kids on Coffee is playing with Random Conflict. No cover, 21+, 10 p.m.

SATURDAY:

On Saturday, Hail the Titans is heading over the Atlanta to The Drunken Unicorn. Rock Science is presenting a show that includes us sandwiched between two great instrumental Atlanta bands: Capillaries and Nigredo. This is going to be an amazing show. It starts at 9 p.m. and it’s 18+. The cover is $7 and well worth it.

Shows, video, art, dot dot dot

Things have been a bit, well, busy. But that can be a good thing.

Friday, Hail the Titans and Hellakopta of Love played at the Tipping Point. We played outside, and while the weather felt great, the dew point got everything a bit damp. The food and beer selection were great. After the show, I stopped by Head on the Door for awhile. I missed Creep List, but caught most of Bearhead‘s set. (Side note that only a small number of people will understand: “Airplane food. Am I right?”)

Saturday, we headed up to Green Bar in Tuscaloosa to play with Skeptic? from Birmingham. My amp, which was working fine Friday night, was not happy (and will be in the shop this week.) Three fuses… blown. Luckily, the guys from Skeptic? are very nice and their guitarist, James, let me borrow his amp for the show. (Thank you!)

Photo by Hillary Andrews

Yesterday, a lot of our friends helped us out by being part of the filming of a music video. Thank you all so much! Filming tends to be one of those things that is fun and hectic at the same time, and I’m excited to see all the footage. Adam Davila and I shared directing duties, and I got the opportunity to work with Raquel Walker and Nolan Dewey again. Adam and I have worked with Raquel on a couple of films – “Visulant” and “Chaser.” Nolan shot a video for the song “No One” from my first solo album, and both Raquel and Nolan are helping film Gut Munchers.

I think all in all, there is probably just under four hours of raw footage. And that will have to be condensed down into about five minutes for the song “I Am Become Death.”

There is a lot going on this week:

Wednesday, I’m playing an acoustic show at AlleyBAR with The Changing Me and Clint Darby. Details.

Thursday, I’m playing an acoustic show at the Tipping Point with The Changing Me. Details. There is also an “Artists on Tap” event going on at AlleyBAR that night. Details. And in Birmingham that night, Skeptic?, Justify These Scars and Cahada are opening for HELMET. Details.

Friday, Hail the Titans is at The Nick in Birmingham with Black Oak Cemetery and Liberty & Embers. Details.

Saturday, we’re heading to Atlanta to play at the Drunken Unicorn with Nigredo and Capillaries. The show is being presented by Rock Science. Details.

Want to hear more about Gut Munchers?

If so, writer/director Jason Snellgrove (who joined me earlier this week in experiencing a “Luther Burger”) will be on RaggRadio today at 5 p.m. CST to talk about the film. Here is the link to RaggRadio.com, however, I’m pretty sure some of that site is not safe for work, or “NSFW” as they say… er, type… these days. So you’ve been warned.

(design by Patrick Giles)

Also, in a post this past Tuesday, I mention some things going on this weekend, including the Hail the Titans/Hellakopta of Love show tonight at the Tipping Point, the Bearhead/Creep List show later on tonight at Head on the Door, the Hail the Titans/Skeptic?/Breadlosers show in Tuscaloosa on Saturday and a music video shoot.

Art, photography, unhealthy stuff, etc.

Tomorrow (Thursday, to be more specific), “The Art of Photography” show is opening at Stonehenge on Cloverdale Road in Montgomery. It’s just down from Derk’s Filet and Vine (sidenote: which might just have the best craft and high gravity beer selection in town.)

The show is from 5 – 8 p.m. and includes work from Elmore Inscoe DeMott, Mark Dauber and Jon Cook Photography. The address I found on Google is 417 Cloverdale Road, Montgomery, Ala. 36106.

Daikaiju

Daikaiju

Speaking of photography, congrats to my friend Hillary Andrews of Pint Bottle Photography. She entered some of her work in a competition at this year’s Alabama National Fair and won a second place ribbon for a photo of the band Daikaiju.

She also received an honorable mention for a photo shoot she did of me in pouring rain (cold rain,  I might add.)

In other news, I tried a burger yesterday that goes by many names: the donut burger, Krispy Kreme burger or “Luther Burger.” It is a burger that uses two glazed donuts instead of bread. Jason Snellgrove (Breaking Aim & The Rhythm, Flip the Switch, Gut Munchers) also had one. Oh yeah, bacon and cheese were added to it. It’s actually good, believe it or not. (So is a fried Snickers bar, by the way.) (Another sidenote: Why do these clothes seem tighter today?)

Radio tonight… and more

I have been told that the song “Cold Case” from my album “The Final Scene” will be heard on a show called “Southbound” that airs on Birmingham Mountain Radio. The show starts at 9 p.m. tonight and can be streamed here.

If you missed the Hail the Titans, Banditos and Jungol show at AlleyBAR on Saturday, then anything I write here, no matter how flowery the wording could be or whether I could commission the risen corpse of William Shakespeare to write it for me, would not give you an accurate picture. So here… get on your Facebook page and click “Like” on Jungol and Banditos and (shameless self promotion time here) Hail the Titans.

Also, thank you to AlleyBAR for allowing a night of original music!

This week has some good stuff happening:

On Friday, Hail the Titans and Hellakopta of Love will be at the Tipping Point in the Hampstead area of Montgomery. This is an early show (especially considering our last two shows had us going on stage well after midnight.) The music starts at 8 p.m. Other details and address here. (Flier design by Hillary Andrews of Pint Bottle Photography.)

After that show, make your way over to Head on the Door to see Bearhead and Creep List. Details here.

Saturday, we are making our way back to Green Bar in Tuscaloosa, Ala. to share the stage with Skeptic? and The Breadlosers. Details here.

On Sunday, we are planning a music video shoot. We are still looking for a few extras who want to be part of this. If you’re in or near Montgomery and will be free most of the day Sunday (10 a.m. until filming is complete), and want to be in this, please email me (joshcarples[at]gmail[dot]com) or send me a message on Facebook.

Witty title goes here… or at least it is supposed to

I’ll start with stuff to do:

Friday, Distant Kin is playing at Head on the Door. 10 p.m. No cover. Details here.

Saturday, Hail the Titans is playing with Jungol and Banditos at AlleyBAR. Detail here.

In other news, you have probably heard that Steve Jobs died yesterday. And of course, the religious fanatics and lunatics that make up Westboro Baptist Church are talking about protesting his funeral. They used Twitter to convey their message, updating with a little app called “Twitter for iPhone.” Dumbasses. Read about it here.

Technical difficulties were just the beginning

First of all, many thanks to everyone who came out to the Hail the Titans/BPM/Breaking Aim & The Rhythm show on Friday. And extra thanks to those who stuck around to see us play an abbreviated set that began with many technical difficulties. We know it was really late, and many of you were very tired, but we appreciate your love and support for us and our art.

Congrats to my friends Dana and Drew on their wedding (which was on Saturday.) I even wore a suit and guarded the cake:

Later that night, I stopped by AlleyBAR to see my friends in The Raygun Administration. For some reason, they decided to call me out and sing love songs to me multiple times – something about Carples Tunnel Vision or something… I dunno. It was pretty funny, and good to see those guys again.

Also, I finally got a chance to watch the latest Morgan Spurlock documentary: POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold. It’s funny, entertaining and interesting just like his previous films “Supersize Me” and “Where in the World is Osama bin Laden?” It is about advertising, branding and product placement. Here is the trailer: