Lays, good effort, but…

Yes, I’m that guy who would probably Instagram a bacon cheeseburger and tag it with #vegan, #healthy and #organic just because, well… just because. (Side note: Yes, I just used “Instagram” as a verb.)

That being said, this blog post about potato chips (hashtag spoiler alert) is in the “food” category, so feel free to debate whether a mass-produced, lab-experiment potato chip should be in that category or not.

But I digress.

I took the opportunity this past weekend to do the taste test on these new Lays flavors: Chicken & Waffles, Sriracha and Cheesy Garlic Bread.

I’ll go ahead and skip right to the rankings:

1. Sriracha
2. Cheesy Garlic Bread
3. Chicken & Waffles

1. Sriracha: Pretty good flavor, but don’t expect it to bring the heat.

2. Cheesy Garlic Bread: It does taste cheesy and garlic…y(?) It’s OK, but not worth getting excited about.

3. Chicken & Waffles: I love some fried chicken and waffles. It’s true. But putting that flavor on a potato chip doesn’t work. It just doesn’t. In theory, this should be really good; in reality, it’s not. Should someone be punched in the face for this? Probably.

So there you go. Save your taste buds. Or don’t. I don’t care. But either way, you’re welcome.

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Randomness 19.0

If you haven’t heard… wait… I need caps for this… IF YOU HAVEN’T HEARD THE NEW TRACK FROM THE APPLESEED CAST, CLICK HERE OR HERE.

You can pre-order their new album “Illumination Ritual” (release date: April 23)  from Graveface Records.

I also got to take a few listens to a tour EP from The Electric Nature recently… aaaaand I just found it on Bandcamp. It’s really good.

 

Oh, and in case you were wondering, beards keep you young, healthy and handsome. Here’s an article to keep you up to speed on these issues.

And click here to see some photos from the recent Hail the Titans show at Alley Cat in Carrollton, Ga.

One last thing: If you’re reading this with a hangover induced by green beer, you should know that adding food coloring to generic, bland beer doesn’t magically make it a good beer.

Do you expect musical perfection?

While free time is often a rarity, I’ve spent what little I’ve had the past few months working on an upcoming solo album. This will be my third one, and the recording process is laborious and slow (and still on-going), but part of that is because my process is somewhat old-school.

Yes, I’m still recording digitally (as opposed to a reel-to-reel analog tape), but I’m not using an arsenal of microphones, computer plug-ins or auto-tune. It’s a similar process I used to record my first two albums.

All of this got me thinking about modern music and listener expectations.

Much of what we hear on the radio and what is heavily promoted by record labels is heavily produced, very compressed and auto-tuned. It’s as close to perfection as you can get.

Gone are any signs of imperfection, no matter how slight they may be – sharp or flat notes, wavering voices or not-quite-perfectly-tuned instrument notes. Human voices have been converted to machine-sounding. I would say this has become the norm.

So is this now what the listener expects? Do you listen and expect perfection through technology? Or do you prefer music that doesn’t rely as much on technological perfection?

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.

Don’t bring a small child to the theater… and other tales

Recently, I had the opportunity to catch the play “Cookin’ with Gus” at Prattville’s Way Off Broadway Theater. There are at least three more performances, and I highly encourage you to make it to at least one of them.

The play is very funny, and I would describe the third act as a slapstick version of “My Drunk Kitchen.”

The play is very good; you should go see it… just don’t bring a small child. I don’t think that’s too much to ask. What the actors are saying is much more interesting to me than a 2- or 3-year-old wanting it’s juice box or saying, “I can’t see” over and over and over… Oh, the kid can’t see? Well guess what? The rest of us can’t hear.

Rant over.

A friend of mine in Jacksonville, Fla., Robbie Freeman,  just launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund his new EP. Go check it out, and watch the video – which features his cat. It’s a cat on the internet; that means you have to watch it. Those are the rules.

You can also check out his previous EP, “Falling Too Fast,” here:

 

And Death to the World had some auditions this past Saturday. While they’re working on the casting, they’re still raising funding for the film. Check out the IndieGoGo campaign here.

The film has been getting some press, too. Check out these stories from the Capital City Free Press, Metal Sucks, Midtown Montgomery Living and AL.com.