Film updates and “Five Questions”

First of all, I’m told that “Gut Munchers” is coming soon. A recent Facebook post says:

“The DVD authoring is all done. Just gotta get the artwork back and it’s goin’ down! You can buy the NEW ‘Best Worst Movie’ you’ve ever seen!”

When it’s available, you’ll be able to find it at RAD Vinyl.

“See, THIS is a counter top.” Really, I have no idea what I may have been talking about right here. Photo by Elise Taylor.

Also, this past Friday, we filmed more scenes for “Death to the World.” The cast and crew were on set from 7 p.m. until 2 a.m. working on these scenes. To quote co-producer Jason Snellgrove (who happens to be the writer/director of “Gut Munchers”), “Lots of laughs, fun, knives, and FRUIT?!”

It’s very exciting to see this come together. Filming isn’t done yet, but it’s been a fun ride so far, and I’m looking forward to more of it.

And the Montgomery Advertiser’s GO! Play section is starting a new feature with local artists called “Five Questions.” I was happy to be part of this new feature, and you can read more here.

The trillion dollar question

tract1On a recent visit to Birmingham’s Railroad Park, I had a very brief encounter with a polite gentleman who handed me a church tract that was made to resemble money – “One Trillion Dollars” of American money with Abraham Lincoln (not the vampire hunter version, of course) on it.

Growing up in the South, and in church, I am familiar with tracts, and while I’m not religious and do not attend church, I don’t begrudge a polite gesture from a stranger who cares enough to share his beliefs, even if printed on fake money.

However, I’m also reminded of the Mitch Hedberg joke:

“Whenever I walk people try and hand me a flyer. And when someone tries to hand me out a flyer, it’s kinda like they’re saying, ‘Here, you throw this away.'”

The more I thought about it, though, the more I had questions, and the more I thought it would have been much more interesting to have a conversation with the man. He was long gone, however.

The back of the tract begins with “The trillion dollar question: Will you go to heaven when you die?”

The rest of it is pretty standard verbiage – you’re a sinner and need to ask Jesus for forgiveness – but that first part, and the money part, raise some questions.

tract2I do wonder who actually reads these things and thinks, “Wow. I really do need religion!” (The best tract I’ve seen so far was one titled “The Gospel According to Karate.” The writing in that one is hilarious, comparing Christianity to potential martial arts-based violence and self-defense.)

But I also wonder how the question of eternal life has been monetarily quantified into a trillion dollars, specifically a trillion American dollars.

So why is eternal life worth one trillion American dollars? Does the value of an afterlife change with a strong economy? Does it follow the stock market or adjust for inflation? Is this good news for the European Christians with the exchange rate? Are there brokers and banks in heaven (to calculate the value of golden streets, of course)?

And what is the implied connection between the Christian afterlife and American money? And is Lincoln the best choice to put on the front?

But it seems that these questions, like most matters of religion, shall remain a mystery.

…in a word… RAD!

Shed thine joyous tears, Montgomerians, for a resident in thine town has set out to bestow musical happiness upon ye in the ways of vinyl!

In other words, Montgomery, Alabama, has a record store.

It’s called “RAD!” and while the future plans are for an actual storefront, they’re starting online. But how can an online store be “local,” you ask? By offering local delivery, hence their slogan: “We bring the music to you!”

So click “Like” on their Facebook page, and check out their online store.

In other music news, the band Kill Baby… Kill! from Anniston, Ala. has released their new album, “Corridor X” on Deep Eddy Records. It’s now available on CD Baby as well.

You can also check out their first EP, “Sometimes They Come Back,” on Spotify.

And if you still haven’t seen the new video for “Loa D” by the Atlanta-based band DAMS, then what are you waiting for?!

 

One more thing: the first band I was ever in is a metal band called PKD. The guitarist and front man, Mike, has put a new lineup together for a reunion show this summer (which includes members from Neon Liars and Necropocalypse.) They recorded a recent rehearsal at Guitar Center Studios in Huntsville. You can hear it here.

Randomness XX

This photo has nothing to do with this post; it’s just a random photo from my Instagram feed.

A few quick things:

Last month I was interviewed by the Swedish horror movie website MonsterDiggare.net. I got to talk about Gut Munchers and Death to the World, as well as Hail the Titans and my solo music. Click here to read the interview.

Montgomery now has a new entertainment paper. It’s called Made Paper, and it just launched this month. I was asked to write an article about independent touring for the first issue, which is now in print and online. The article is titled, “Touring: Is Today Shower Day?

In very unfortunate news, The Appleseed Cast’s van and trailer suffered damage as they headed out for tour. Here is the statement from their label, Graveface Records:

“Yesterday afternoon, the Appleseed Cast’s van and trailer were run off the road in KS. No members of the band were in the accident, but friend and tour mate Anthony Piazza of Muscle Worship was driving and luckily is OK. On the not so lucky side, Appleseed’s trailer was completely destroyed, there are damages to their tour van, and many pieces of their gear were wrecked. If you have any loot to spare and want to help them get back on the road next week, we here at Graveface really appreciate it. If you donate a minimum of $15, you’ll get their new (and incredible!) album, Illumination Ritual, in just about any digital format you can imagine.”

Click here to hear/purchase their new album (which is incredible, by the way, and buying it will help them out) and see the list of gear that was damaged and the upcoming tour dates.

Also, my friend and band mate, Hail the Titans guitarist extraordinaire Mr. Adam Davila himself, just put a solo song on SoundCloud. He describes the style as “dark soul/gospel.” Hear “Leave Me to the Fire” below: