Now – Feb. 2017 update

Figured since updates might be a bit sparse, I should at least make another “Now” post. (For more about the “Now” thing, see a previous post about it.)

So, along with normal life and work stuff, this is what I’m working on:

  • Editing the short film Lullaby by writer/director Ce Anderson.
  • Editing audio for a live music/video project with filmmaker C. DeWayne Cunningham of Carolyn Jean’s Son VISIONS.
  • Editing some behind-the-scenes interviews for the feature film Spiritus by writer/director LC Holt.

Along with that, there’s a couple of other film and music projects that are in varying levels of pre-production and production that I’ll be announcing in the weeks and months to come.

And of course, you can follow this blog via email for when there are updates, and keep in touch on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Much love.

Listen

There is a scene from a movie that has been playing on repeat in my head. It’s from the documentary film Bowling for Columbine by Michael Moore.

In the scene, Moore is talking with Marilyn Manson, and he asks, “If you were to talk directly to the kids at Columbine or the people in that community, what would you say to them if they were here right now?”

Marilyn Manson’s response:

“I wouldn’t say a single word to them. I would listen to what they have to say, and that’s what no one did.”

There are things in this world that are beyond my direct experience. I do not know what it is like to be black in America. I do not know the experience of being a member of the LGBT community. I do not know the ins and outs of being a police officer or the spouse/partner of one.

There is no way for me to say with any perfect certainty the phrase “I understand,” because without direct experience, there is no way to fully understand.

What I can do is empathize. What I can do is give an honest attempt at understanding. What I can do is show love and respect for the diverse makeup of people in my life. I can support efforts of peace and equality. I can agree that black lives matter. I can be saddened by the losses of life in Baton Rouge, Dallas, St. Paul, and so many other places around the country. I can agree that there is a problem.

And going back to what Marilyn Manson said in Bowling for Columbine, I can listen.

Much love to you.

Another “Now” post

12918396_261918314144364_2107604431_nIn December, I published a “Now” post, and maybe this one would be better titled “Lately,” but I’m not going to change it, so it’s another “Now” post. The other day a friend texted me and mentioned that I had been recently keeping a low profile, so I thought maybe it’s time for a blog update.

Last month was the 2016 Cinema Soiree where I got an audience choice award for “Best Actor in a Supporting Role” for my role as “Daniel Andre Wilson” in C. DeWayne Cunningham’s short film Best Friends Forever. I had no idea I was even up for anything, but it was definitely a nice surprise.

DeWayne is also the editor for Trishunda Mooney’s short Land of the Freed, which I served as Director of Photography for. (Terrible Master Films is an associate producer for this one as well.) I’m told that the first edit is done, so it’s well into post-production.

Along with that, I’ve been working on a song with a former band mate, and I recently spent some time in Nashville where (thanks to my friend Tara) I was able to catch the Andy Hull (Manchester Orchestra) solo acoustic tour featuring Casey Crescenzo (The Dear Hunter) as the opener.

This past weekend, I was able to serve as 2nd Assistant Director and 2nd Assistant Camera on a short film in Atlanta called The Talk with a fantastic cast and crew. So many good times.

There will be some announcements coming soon about the film Spiritus, so be sure to ‘like’ the Facebook page for updates.

And… I’ve got a couple of acoustic shows coming up:

Thursday, April 28 – I’m playing the annual truck raffle fundraiser for Brantwood Children’s Home.

Saturday, May 7 – I’m performing at Head on the Door with The Buckrabbits and Andrew Vinson.

In the meantime, I’m still on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, which get updated more often, and I’d love to connect with you there.

Andy Hull of Manchester Orchestra, again, thanks to @tkimbro2. #music #nashville

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Day 2 of #thetalkfilm. #setlife #film #atlanta #atl

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Birmingham Artwalk this weekend… and some vague stuff just for you!

This weekend is the 2015 Birmingham Artwalk, and I am honored to be one of this year’s musical performers. I’ll be under the Viaduct at 6pm this Friday.

Check out the fantastic list of performers and artists on their website.

Here’s a link to the Facebook event for more information and updates: click here.

I recently was part of a table read for a new film project that’s getting started this coming weekend. It’s a drama that has a great cast and crew, most of which I’ve had the privilege of working with on previous projects.

Last night's table read went well. #acting #indie #film

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There is another project in the works that I’ll be providing more information on soon…

Port St Joe, FL… with a @hailthetitans tote bag. #film #filmmaker #filmmaking #florida #music #video

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Related to that last photo, I made some new friends at the beach recently, and I got to try some rum that I’m told is Fidel Castro’s favorite. I’m not going to venture into politics, but if that’s true, he’s got good taste when it comes to rum.

From Fidel's personal rum factory… #realtalk. @mirandajhoody knows what I'm talking about. #smuggling.

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Also, while in the Port St. Joe, FL area, I had a lot of fun at this place. Good food and drink, good company, and good times.

Love this place.

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And then there’s this photo I took at sunrise recently:

#findthebeautyintheworld #nofilter #sunrise #florida

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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.

This photo has absolutely nothing to do with this post.

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.

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 clichĂ©d 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.

"in bed." Right?

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A weekend of laughter, music and charity

Looking for something to get into this weekend? Yes? Yes, of course you are. Here are some suggestions:

Tomorrow night (that’s Friday, in case you don’t read this until tomorrow and don’t look at the published date or something… maybe you haven’t had your morning cup of coffee yet, I don’t know. I’m not judging you… OK, I totally am, but for the purpose of this sentence, I’m not.) Wait… where was I?

Oh yeah, tomorrow  night, Lightning Line and Helicity Montgomery present: Bicentenially Curious Comedy Night at the Sanctuary. Jason Fifi is headlining the event. Other comedians include Kurt Keller, Trey Brown, Daniel Kynard (and probably some others, but I’m only going by who’s listed on the event.) If you haven’t been to the Sanctuary, it’s a great venue located at 432 S. Goldthwaite St. in downtown Montgomery.

This week, Jason Fifi went on TV to talk about the event. Hopefully clicking here will take you directly to that video. If it doesn’t, then please know that I tried.

On Sunday, the Powell Brothers (of BPM and Distant Kin) are teaming up to host an open jam session at Head on the Door to help raise funds for the Montgomery Area Food Bank. That starts at 7 p.m., and it’s open to all musicians. More details on the event page. I also encourage you to check out the story in today’s Montgomery Advertiser about the event: “Jam session to benefit Food Bank.”

If you can’t make it to the event Sunday, but still want to help out, you can visit MontgomeryAreaFoodBank.org and donate online.

And if you happen to be in the Birmingham area on Sunday, you might want to mosey on down to WorkPlay to catch the Swedish band Truckfighters with Stoned Cobra in the theater. It’s going to be a great night of “stoner rock” for your ears. Seriously, you should go.

Randomness, vol. 24

First, since this has to do with a radio show that’s airing tonight, I encourage you to read Kenny Johnson’s blog titled “Alabama Substrate Freakout,” and make plans to listen in.

Next, go ahead and get out the calendar (or phone, or what-have-you) and make plans to attend a comedy show on Tuesday, May 6. Location: AlleyBAR in Montgomery. Time: 8 p.m. Cost: None. Zero. Zilch. Free comedy show, hosted by Rudy Banes and featuring Jason Fifi and some out-of-town performers. Details here.

If you haven’t heard the new Sunny Day Real Estate (yes, after 14 years, our ears get a new Sunny Day Real Estate song!), then stop what you’re doing and find it. It’s on YouTube, Spotify and other online retailers, or hit up eBay for people selling the 7″ vinyl split (with Circa Survive) that came out on Record Store Day last month (because it’s now May, folks…)

The song is called “Lipton Witch” and there is good and bad. I’ll start with the good: IT’S A NEW SUNNY DAY REAL ESTATE SONG, AND IT’S A GREAT SONG!

Now the bad: It’s a tease. I hear this song, and I now want to hear a full album of this greatness by a band that I miss. But the recording process “fell apart” according to a Pitchfork article. Sadness. But the song is great.

In other news, I’m working on some new Glorious 70mm stuff. (Not pictured: the MicroKorg.) I’ve also been attempting to experiments with some other stuff. We’ll see how it goes… and if I like it. But yeah, new Glorious 70mm in the works.

Some things, man… and some stuff

Did that title draw you in? Huh? Did it? Yeah?

Good.

So here are some things you may be interested in:

1. Steve Hall Productions is bringing New Politics, Magic Man and Sleeper Agent to Montgomery. They’re all performing tomorrow night at Rock Bottom American Pub. Click here for details.

***EDIT*** I just saw a Montgomery Advertiser article about the New Politics show. Read it here.

2. Comedy Central’s show “Drunk History” will be filming in Montgomery on Saturday night. The crew will be downtown at AviatorBAR at 7 p.m. Details here.

3. The new Mogwai album “Rave Tapes” comes out next week. It’s streaming on the Brooklyn Vegan website. Click here. Yes, I’m kind of a Mogwai fan-boy, and yes, I really like the album.

4. The new album by Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra (you know, that band from Canada that has some members from Godspeed You! Black Emperor and has also gone under the names “A Silver Mt. Zion,” “Thee Silver Mt. Zion” and “Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band”) is streaming on Pitchfork. The album is called “Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything.” Click here to stream.

5. Megan Jean and the KFB has a new video out – a live video for the song “These Bones.” Check it out below:

 

6. I recently got up with Adam Davila to record some drums to a Fall of Adam song titled “1989.” The EP is getting closer and closer to being complete. More details as they come along.