Back from the Dead!? Tomato Face would like to wish you all a spooky Halloween…. but enjoy it while you can! Funkelween is right around the corner! And starting on this fine Halloween day you can download a sneak peek from the upcoming album - The Zombie Rasta MP3 - for FREE on the Tomato Face facebook page!
So, It’s not quite done (especially the vocals, blech), but here’s what I spent the last three or so hours mixing, and in my tired excitement, I felt the need to share :)
This is a vastly improved re-recording of a song James and I wrote almost four years ago to the date. I can still remember sitting in Mr. Koons’ study hall trying to think of different ways to rhyme parts of the lyrics with his name, while he tried to think of different ways to shut us up ;)
NOT IF I AM GOD
One day, I was ordering a donut at the diner…
to get some refined sugar for my diet…
when the waitress asked me…
"Won’t that kill you?….son!??"
I said, “No. Not if I am God!”
Then I, was playing a PIAA game of badminton in the middle of the rain!
when a referee/crossing guard said to me,
"Boy, whatchu doin’ in the storm!? That could kill you, son!"
Not if I am God!
On Wednesday, I was wrasslin’ me some gators, when my cell phone done gone off.
“Someone let the dogs out
They’ll show you where the truth is
The grass is always greener
Where the dogs are shedding”—
Chris Cornell, Soundgarden - Outshined
I wrote a song for Tomato Face once called Trenches, and having just listened to the two tunes back to back, I finally understand this line (or at least have my own interpretation). I think it means that you have to let bad things happen if you’re looking for happiness. It’s the contrast between the hard times and the good ones that give the good ones value.
There’s a crazy storm going on right now. The lights keep flickering. If the power gives out all the way, I am busting out the chocolate milk and we are going to play cards in the candlelight with Tom Waits on the jukebox…the bluesy stuff.
It’s both amazing and slightly disheartening that this chiptune soundtrack is about 200% more expressive and emotionally charged than your average fully composed modern pop album. It goes to show that it’s not the instruments, or how well a song is produced: it’s the notes you use, and the way you use them. It always has been.
So anyway, I got PPPPPP today, and it is blowing my mind!
A quick word about the world's most politically incorrect band.
So, I saw NOFX live in Allentown last night. It was an amazing night spent with some cool friends, the show was killer, and we had a lot of fun. Anyone who has seen or listened to NOFX before can tell you that these guys don’t give one single fuck. They openly admit to not rehearsing songs, they insult the town that you are from (the one they are playing in), they make racist jokes and holocaust jokes on stage, and they openly flaunt their drug habits…so basically, scum of the Earth, right? Maybe not.
I came away from the show last night thoroughly impressed with how cool the crowd was. It was just full to the brim of the friendliest people anywhere! I’ve been to dozens of rough shows: I’ve been ribbed to death at Gogol Bordello, I’ve been cussed at and spit on at Primus shows, and I’ve nearly gotten in fights waiting in line to see Henry Rollins…so what makes NOFX fans so friendly and awesome, when you would almost certainly expect it the least from them? I’m not sure I can say, but I can tell you it has something to do with the band’s attitude. They’re just up there having a great fun time, and so is the crowd.
I’m not one to pass judgement on whether or not the members of this band are good people or not (although, I bet they would tell you themselves how awful they are - and with a grin on their faces), but in any case, you can’t help but really love these guys. They are charismatic and hilarious - just take it with a grain of salt. And I would go see them 100 times more even if just for the crowd! I braved my way into the circle pit for a good chunk of the second half of the show, and even there, I met nothing but kindness. I got knocked over once, and the guy who hit me picked me right up, apologized, asked me if I was alright, and gave me a pat on the back before moving on - such manners from a man in a mohawk! :)
In honor of its 20th Anniversary, here is Day 12 of my 13 Days of Nevermind (see Day 11 here)
Song: Something In The Way
Underneath the bridge The tarp has sprung a leak And the animals I’ve trapped Have all become my pets And I’m living off of grass And the drippings from the ceiling It’s okay to eat fish ‘Cause they don’t have any feelings
Something in the way, mmm Something in the way, yeah, mmm
Have you ever thought deeply on the atmosphere a song creates? In my audio engineering class, our professor always encouraged us to differentiate between the literal content (that is, both lyrical and tonal) and the atmosphere, or unique sound every song is able to create. In other words, the aural whole that is greater than the sum of its parts.
This song, at least for me, creates such a unique atmosphere - listening to Something in the Way will never get old for me, because it’s a one of a kind experience. Right now, the way this tune sounds, and the way it feels (again, independent from the lyrics), is completely sympathetic to my own life: this is how I felt walking the streets of Boston on the morning of October 10th, and this is how i feel sitting in my room right now. It sounds gray and chilly, but completely lucid. It’s like staring at a cloudy sky in mid-fall, and seeing a splotch of color, but without a sense of alarm, whatever that thing might be, alarming or not. I dunno, that’s what I hear anyway. If it’s hard to put into words, it’s because it really is up to music to express what words will never be able to.
Penn State Hershey may have found cancer-killing virus
Text from said article, because it is still blowing my mind!
"HERSHEY, Pa. (WHTM) -
Scientists at Penn State Hershey Medical Center are having great success killing breast cancer cells in the lab. The researchers have discovered that there is a virus that kills breast cancer cells, all types of breast cancer cells, 100 percent of the time.
"I didn’t believe it," said Dr. Craig Meyers, a cancer researcher at Penn State Hershey. "I thought our incubators broke down or the person doing the experiment did something wrong. So, we repeated it, and repeated it, and repeated it."
Each time, it worked. Researchers said the virus triggers breast cancer cells to turn on themselves and die. So far, it does no damage to healthy cells. It currently works in a tissue culture dish and in mice.
The next step, as soon as they get more funding, is human trials. With such promising results so far, you’d think money for the next step of research would be pouring in. Surprisingly, that is not the case.
"It’s very frustrating," Meyers said. "I believe it’s going to do something and that’s what’s frustrating: so many things get money with a lot less results than what we’re getting."
Meyers wonders if he’s been pigeon-holed as a cervical cancer researcher. He’s worked on cervical cancer vaccines. He also says agencies may be more focused right now on funding personalized treatment - and there’s the economy.
"There’s a lot of desperation out there to find a cure and right now, because of the economy, there’s very little funding for anything," he said.
Nonetheless, Penn State Hershey is increasing its efforts to find money to fund the research they believe in.”
If Penn State Hershey has found a possible cure for breast cancer, a virus that has killed breast cancer cells in 100% of tests, AND seems to have no adverse effect on healthy cells…. then why have they been struggling to get funding? Isn’t this breast cancer awareness month? Where does all the money from the pink ribbons go? And I’m a little more than slightly surprised that this is only local news. Where’s the awareness?
“Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.”—Steve Jobs
I was surprised to not have found this on Tumblr yet. Spread the awareness, friends - this is a historic moment for modern medicine! The virus has killed breast cancer cells in 100% of tests! Please, watch the video - it’s unbelievable! Let’s all hope they can find the proper funding to continue research.