‘Promises’ song collaboration

My friend and former bandmate Jeremy Aitken has a new song out called ‘Promises‘, and I was honored to contribute lyrics and vocals to it. And the artwork was created by his wife, the talented Gloria Aitken.

Years ago, Jeremy and I were in a band together called Easy Kiddo. Unfortunately, we never had proper studio recordings of that stuff, just demos and some live videos (if you want to see some of those, they are on YouTube.)

Anyway, be sure to check out his solo stuff on Bandcamp along with his Spirit Guardian project. He’s got some great stuff made especially for your ears. Yes, your ears!

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Glorious 70mm ‘EXT. SEASONAL IMAGERY’ out today!

Happy 2021 Autumn Equinox! The new Glorious 70mm album “EXT. SEASONAL IMAGERY” is out today!

The album contains four songs, one for each season, each over the 10-minute mark. As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, I wanted to create “an ambience that I thought fit the mood of each season. It contains a lot of synth, except for the song ‘Fall’ which has a guitar-based background with piano over it.” (And yes, I just quoted myself…)

Like other Glorious 70mm releases, it’s available on Bandcamp as a “pay what you want” pricing method. So if you want to throw some funds my way, thank you, and if not, you can enter “0” in the field and download it anyway.

So, I hope you enjoy it, find it relaxing, maybe zone out with it in the background or something. Maybe even do some yoga while listening, you know, since that seems to be a recent stupid issue in Alabama politics. (Sigh…)

And be sure to check out some of the previous Glorious 70mm releases as well.

Thanks for reading, listening, supporting. Much love.

New Glorious 70mm album coming Sept. 22

It’s been a while since I’ve released a Glorious 70mm album that wasn’t directly tied to a film or podcast. (Looks like it was back in 2015 when I did a collaboration with my friend Tequila Nylon.)

So… I’ve got one coming out on Sept. 22, the date of this year’s autumnal equinox, which seemed fitting since the new album is titled “EXT. SEASONAL IMAGERY” and has four songs, one for each season.

If you’re unaware, Glorious 70mm is my film score project that I began in March 2014, and sometimes I just make instrumental pieces to release, even if it’s not (yet?) tied to a film.

With this new release, each song is a little over 10 minutes long, creating an ambience that I thought fit the mood of each season. It contains a lot of synth, except for the song “Fall” which has a guitar-based background with piano over it.

It will be available Sept. 22 on the Glorious 70mm Bandcamp page.

‘Hymns of Mare Nostrum’ turns 10…

I’m old. (Get off my lawn.)

The Hail the Titans debut album “Hymns of Mare Nostrum” came out 10 years ago today.

Coincidentally… that album was engineered by Chris Lantrip at Headless Dinosaur Recording, and my current band – Towering Above – is working on our new album, again recording with Chris at HDR.

Be sure to follow us on the ol’ FB for updates.

OK, that’s all for now… cause I’m old.

Much love.

Well… I haven’t done THIS in a while…

Was that title click-bait…y… enough for ya? Has the pure, unadulterated intrigue set in? “What does ‘THIS’ in the title – in all-caps, nonetheless – actually mean? Tell us, you bastard!”

Well, it means I’m doing something a little different, at least for me – I’m returning to the stage!

I’m talking about acting here, not a music performance… even though, with the whole pandemic thing, it’s been a while for that, too. But not as long. See, the last time I did stage acting of any sort, I would have been in either elementary or jr. high. And without doing actual math, let’s just say that it’s been a while, and that stretch of time can probably get insurance discounts and rent a car.

“But Josh, aren’t you an actor already?” you may be asking. Yes, but I’ve been acting strictly in film projects, not on stage. I always joke that I get multiple takes to get it right. And yes, while there is a good bit of overlap between the two, there are also some differences in how the craft is done.

So here are a few details – the play is called Sweat, and it is written by Lynn Nottage. This is a Cloverdale Playhouse production directed by Georgette Norman. They announced the cast and crew yesterday on their Facebook page (image below as well.)

So yeah… this will be different. I’m usually helping shoot the promo video or doing photography for the plays there, not actually getting into character.

I hope you’ll make plans to attend!

In other news… this past Saturday marked the one-year anniversary of the release of my fourth studio album Carry the Wounds. It’s kind of weird putting an album out and not being able to book shows to promote it, but again… pandemic. But hey, here’s a couple of music videos from songs off the album, if you haven’t seen them already:

OK, I think that’s it for now. Thanks for reading, listening, supporting, and being you. Spread some love. Check on your friends. And if you haven’t already subscribed to this here blog, you can do so below. Much love to you.

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New ‘Ab Aeterno’ lyric video for Towering Above

Last night, my band Towering Above released a lyric video for “Ab Aeterno,” a song from our acoustic EP Repeating the Moment. Check it out here.

Repeating the Moment can be found on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, Bandcamp, etc.

Hope you enjoy!

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‘The Final Scene: Live at Ten’

My second album as a solo artist – The Final Scene – was released on Oct. 7, 2010. So to mark the 10th anniversary of it, I decided to record live videos of each song from the album.

The original album can be found at all digital retailers (Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, YouTube, Bandcamp, etc.)

The live videos are all on my YouTube channel (and hey, while you’re there, hit that subscribe button!)

Here’s a link to the playlist. I’ll link them individually below.

I hope you enjoy.

Thanks for listening and supporting. Much love.

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Get music, help our community

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Hey everyone. As I’m sure you’re already aware, things are getting crazy out there. Coronavirus (COVID-19) is spreading, and that’s affecting pretty much everything.

Many people are working from home (when possible) and some people are staying home to self-quarantine. These are good things to do for safety, especially for vulnerable friends and family, the elderly, and those with weakened or compromised immune systems.

I also know that many people want to help and are unsure as to how to do so. I am one of those. I don’t know what needs are out there or what needs are being met versus those going unmet.

I did read some stuff recently about the strain being put on local food banks due to school closings and some people being temporarily out of work. Here’s one article that mentions some of it.

So here’s the thing:

All of my solo albums are on Bandcamp, including my latest release; from March 16-31, 2020, all profits from any downloads on my Bandcamp page at music.joshcarples.com will be donated to the Montgomery Area Food Bank.

If you’re unfamiliar with the way Bandcamp works, you can read their “Fair Trade Music Policy” here. Basically, when you buy a song or album, they keep 15 percent as their share, and the payment processor takes somewhere between 4 and 7 percent. So what’s left after that goes directly to the artist.

I can’t do anything about the Bandcamp share or the payment processing share, but the percentage that actually comes to me between March 16 and 31, 2020, will be donated in full to the Montgomery Area Food Bank.

And if you think my music sucks and want to donate directly to them – boom! – here’s the link. (Donation button/link is near the bottom of the page.)

If you need food assistance, click here. From that link, you can enter your zip code and find partner agencies in your local area.

If you’ve got other ways to help, please leave a comment below. Feel free to share this if so inclined.

Stay safe out there. Much love.

‘This Barren Land’ video

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One year ago today, I released the single “This Barren Land” (which is available from digital retailers and streaming platforms.)

Well, a few days ago, I got an idea and decided to try out some stuff for a video for the song, and with this being the one-year anniversary of the release, it seemed a good time to release it. It’s on my YouTube channel.

A few days prior to the release, I posted some background information about it. I talked about the slowwww recording process for what was supposed to be a new album. Update: I ended up abandoning the rest of that recording session and basically starting over. So… with that being said, I hope to make some new music announcements relatively soon, so stay tuned for that. But in the meantime, check out the “Music” page on this site for links to current and previous bands/projects/albums/EPs/singles.

Thanks!

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‘Remembering Anarcha’ original score by Glorious 70mm

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Back in July, I announced the completion of my new feature documentary film Remembering Anarcha which examines the controversial history of Dr. James Marion Sims and the enslaved African women he experimented on to become known as the “father of modern gynecology.”

The film was produced by myself (Terrible Master Films,) C. DeWayne Cunningham (Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions,) and Royce Williams (803 Films.)

I also wrote and recorded some instrumental pieces for the score under my Glorious 70mm project moniker. That music is now available on Bandcamp.

 

Like all of the Glorious 70mm releases, I have this one set as “name your price,” even if zero. Yes, that means you can type in “$0.00” and download the music. However, if you’d like to help cover some film festival submission fees by throwing in a couple of bucks, my team and I would be grateful.

Keep up with the film’s progress on social media – Facebook/Twitter/Instagram.

Thanks for your support!

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