Tuesday, July 21, 2020

New Music at Soundcloud

I've got some new music posted at Soundcloud. First up is an album of 70s funk/soul built on various samples/loops that was inspired by the Dig Me Out episode we recorded on Big Chief's 1993 album Mack Avenue Skullgame, which is a fake 70s blaxploitation film soundtrack make by a 90s alt-rock band.

Second is a track sampling Malcolm X audio, musically inspired by listening to a lot of Run The Jewels lately.

Wednesday, July 01, 2020

Two Word Reviews - Q2 2020

The second installment of Two Word Reviews (patent pending) for tv shows, movies, and music for 2020, covering the second quarter (April, May, June):

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw - insane fun
Good Boys - solid laughs
Onward - worthy journey
Beastie Boys Story - interesting format
Extraction - average action
A Secret Love - moving story
Hannah Gadsby: Nanette - shockingly funny
Jay & Silent Bob Reboot - okay nostalgia
Ad Astra - disjointed story
Cosmic Psychos: Blokes You Can Trust - wild ride
Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga - midlevel Ferrell

Danzig: Danzig Sings Elvis - producer needed
Fu Manchu: Fu30, Pt 1 - killer riffs
Godzillionaire: Negative Balance - fuzzy fun
Local H: Lifers - another banger
Ultimate Fakebook: The Preserving Machine - infectious energy
Fiona Apple: Fetch The Bolt Cutters - welcome return
EOB: Earth - missing pieces
Coriky: Coriky - above average
Michael McDermott: what in the world... - crafted rage
Giants Chair: The Streets EP - more please
Christian McNeill: Trapped On The Planet Part One - big songs
Tim Burgess: I Love The New Sky - cool weirdness
The Nixons: Sonic Boom - surprisingly agile
Moby: All Visible Objects - missing personality
The Vapors: Together - pop hits
Magnetic Fields: Quickies - mostly works
The Lickerish Quartet: Threesome, Volume One EP - mind melters
Shiner: From Schadenfreude - heady excellence
Moviola: Cuss and Scrape - scrappy goodness
Hum: Inlet - holy shit
Silver Sun: Switzerland - killer craft

Schitt's Creek, Season Six (Hulu) - don't stop
Altered Carbon, Season Two (Netflix) - significant improvement
Tiger King (Netflix) - jaw dropping
Westworld, Season Three (HBO) - shifting quality
Avenue 5, Season One (HBO) - occasionally hilarious
The Handmaid's Tale, Season One (Hulu) - difficult watch
Future Man, Season Three (Hulu) - hit landing
Queer Eye, Season Five (Netflix) - strong season
Upload, Season One (Amazon) - defied previews

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Starship Troopers

Starship TroopersStarship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I went into this expecting to love it based on how many of my favorite authors have praised the work. Unfortunately, I merely found it slightly better than average. The biggest hurdle for me was the massive amount of nothing happening. I understand what Heinlen is doing, digging deep into the military training and structure to provide some sort of potential ideal, but the honestly that got old fast. There is a lot of talk about promotions and the way things are done, but it all felt unnecessary when I finally reached the end as if there was plenty of set-ups and no payoff. Maybe the book needed to be longer so I could actually read how these various characters evolve, but as is, Rico felt like the only three-dimensional entity in the whole book, whereas so many one-off characters went on long-winded diatribes with repetitive points between them. Dare I say, the movie is far superior?

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Monday, May 25, 2020

Westworld Scoring Competition Submission

If you watch Westworld check out my submission to the #westworldscoringcompetition. They teamed up with Spitfire Audio and provided a clip from season three without music for anyone to score at home. I had a lot of fun creating my "old school" score.


Monday, May 18, 2020

Thanks to Paul G. Brodie for having me on the Get Published Podcast to chat! We covered a lot in a short amount of time, including the benefit of promoting your book with a limited podcast series as I did with Power Ballad back in 2013.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Interview at The Write Way about The Black Sky

My interview at The Write Way is now up. Thanks to Lieze Neven for the opportunity! Talked about writing inspiration, process, and more.

Here's a snippet:
LN: Who is your ideal reader? 
TM: Someone who enjoys Neal Stephenson and Dan Brown. Is that impossible? I mean, I do. I want to read nine hundred pages of intricately researched and dense science-fiction, and then switch over to a short popcorn thriller. I don’t like to stay in one lane when it comes to what entertainment I consume, so maybe there are other people out there like me. Do you like a good story? Do you like twists? Adventure? Action? With some heart? But with helicopter chases? I want 2001, but I also want Die Hard. But not at the same time, that wouldn’t work (or maybe it would, who knows).