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April 30, 2006

Above This Clouded Mind

We are very happy to announce the release of our debut album "Above This Clouded Mind" and you can buy it today. See details below.

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You can buy the album and download it right now by visiting the "goods" section of our site.

We are offering 2 ways you can buy it.

For $10, you can download all of the songs and the artwork today.

For $13, you can download all of the songs and the artwork today AND we will send you a hard copy of the CD and the artwork in the mail.

We will have all of the CDs back from the duplication company in about 2 weeks, and we will send them out then, but if you buy it now, you can download it and have it now.

Whichever option you choose, once you have paid for the CD, you will be automatically taken to a page where you can download the album. This is our special pre-sale for you.

We worked for untold hours over the past few years and spent many thousands of dollars so that we could see this moment. We poured so much of ourselves and our creative energy into this project. We are so excited that it is finally done.

We are all very proud of this album. Having all of these songs recorded, mastered and produced in such a professional way brings an indescribable feeling of accomplishment. Thanks for sharing in our happiness.

We will have an official CD release show in about 2 weeks (more details coming soon). We have set up a way for all of you, our loyal friends, fans, and readers, to get the album before that show. It is ready for you to buy and download TODAY!!!

When you click on one of the options for buying the CD, you will go to a paypal page that is already filled out with our information. If you do not have a paypal account, don't worry.

It is INCREDIBLY easy to buy things through them. You just need a credit card, debit card, or checking account. If you have any trouble at all with the order or the download, just write to us at info@thelookmachine.com and we will help you out.

Thanks to the guys from Boy Sets Fire who worked so hard with us to produce and engineer this album. Without you guys, this album would not exist.

Finally, thanks to all of you who have waited patiently for this day and supported us every step of the way. You guys are awesome.

Posted by collin on 10:53 AM | Comments (21)

April 29, 2006

Solving The Nintendo Wii Crisis

Ever since Nintendo announced the new name for it's next generation gaming console, reaction has been, ah, mixed to say the least. Wii. Of course, the puns have been prevelant, because they are very obvious.

OK, so again, like I've said, I'm still going to buy it and enjoy it. Really, how can you let a silly name get in the way of playing a game where you hold a sword in one hand and a gun in another? Or let a bad monikor stop you from playing Madden where the following is your control scheme:

When you first play it, it's completely different. When you go to hike the ball, for instance, as opposed to pressing a button you simply jerk the controller up. Boom, you snap the ball. When you want to pass the ball, you gesture a throwing motion while holding the button down to the intended receiver. When you want to stiff-arm left or right, you juke with the nunchuck controller literally. When you want to kick, you gesture the kick motion.


Come on, that's going to be fantastic, and they could call the console the Nintendo VomitMaster and I'd still give it a chance.

But still, I think that I've stumbled upon a solution for their Wii-problem.

I shall be pronouncing the W like a V, like Germans do when they torture people "Ve have Vays of making you talk!" Yes, for me, this console will be called the Nintendo Vii.

Which actually makes some sense, it's their 5th major console (NES, SNES, N64, Gamecube, Vii), and those two little i's could even stand in for the gameboy and the DS. Also, V is just cool, like it can stand for Victory. And it just sounds tougher, yet not too tough and technical like the XBOX 360.

Now you may say, "you can't just call it something different," but I would disagree and say there is actually precedent for consumers calling something different then the corporation intended.

Target is often pronounced Tar-jay by people who are hoping to increase the stores' hipness factor. (Incidentally, I tried doing the same thing for Walmart by pronouncing it Val-Marr, which I think sounds much more chic, but it never caught on).

So if people can call their Targets "Tar-jay," I will be calling my Nintendo Wii a Nintendo Vii.

And now it will be very easy to say, "Hey, let's get together and play with my Vii."

Problem solved.

Come on people, spread the word. One person it's an idea. Two people it's an inside joke. 3 people and it's a movement. Nintendo Vii -- you heard it here first.

Posted by jason on 11:15 AM | Comments (8)

CD Release Show

We are celebrating the release of our new CD with a concert on Sunday May 7. You are all invited.

We are really excited to have this show. It is going to be our official CD release party / show. Please come, hang out, support us, and buy a CD. Check out the details below.

When: 7:00 PM Sunday May 7'th.
Where: The Palkovitz Basement (1866 New London Rd. Lincoln University, PA 19352)
What Bands: One Win Choice (an AWESOME band from NJ) and The Look Machine.
How Much:There will be a $3 cover charge, BUT you can get in for FREE if you buy a CD.
Who's invited: You are. We are looking forward to seeing who all shows up. EVERYONE is welcome. This is for friends, family, and people we have never met. Come one, come all.

It should be an awesome night. We know that it is a "school night" and that is not the best, but we are planning on starting punctually and finishing up pretty early, so try to be on time. You wouldn't want to miss one second of the music.

See you there!!!

Posted by collin on 10:54 AM | Comments (23)

April 27, 2006

Wii - erd!?

The Nintendo Revolution has a new name. Yes, it's now called Nintendo Wii. Like "we," only spelled wii.

I'm still going to buy it the day it comes out, but I like the old name better. This one makes me think of. . . ah I don't want to say exactly. But let's just say that I don't look forward to the day I say, "Hey Darby is it ok if some guys come over and check out my Wii?"

But really, it could work. Maybe. Because this is a game console "we" can play together. And it's also. .. small. .. like a "wee" little console.

They should have stuck with Revolution. But maybe in a year Wii will make you think cool games and not urine or pee-pees. Who knows?

Posted by jason on 11:13 PM | Comments (5)

Protest

Monday May 1st is a national day of protest called "A day without an Immigrant." People are being encouraged to skip out of work, school, or whatever they normally do and just stay home. Most importantly though, people are being asked to not buy anything.

I don't know if you are aware of this or not, but there is some really serious legislation concerning illegal immigrants that passed through the house and is in the Senate right now. If this legislation passes, it would mean some huge changes.

For instance, 12 million people who live and work in America would be declared felons and be deported, never to return again.

Anybody who houses or knowingly helps an illegal immigrant would be committing a felony.

America was built by immigrants and refugees.

Let's protest.

Posted by ian on 05:05 PM | Comments (30)

April 24, 2006

Are you Worthy?

Some news almost as important as the release of our debut album...

Here is a test to see how steady your hand is with the mouse:

Maze Hand Test.

I am only a level 3. How well did you do?

Posted by shane on 07:46 PM | Comments (7)

Around for at least another year.

Well. . ..

I didn't make it into UCLA's MFA of Screenwriting just yet. And you know what, I never even got a letter from them. They rejected me via a low-resolution online gif. How insulting.

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The silver lining of course is the look machine survives a lot longer now and things are rolling well with the band. And, I did get invited to enroll in UCLA's Professional Screenwriting program, which is modelled after the MFA but allows more (though not all) people in. It's an online program. I'm going to do it.

Posted by jason on 03:02 AM | Comments (5)

April 21, 2006

Out Of Gas

All of the gas stations in this area are out of gas. I don't mean like they don't have regular or something. I mean they are pumped dry!!!

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There is a road in Newark with about 8 or 9 gas stations on it. Every single one is COMPLETELY empty. Lindsay just took our car to try to get gas at another gas station just north of town. OUT OF GAS. She called me to see what she should do. I told her to keep going. She went to the sunoco that is about 8 miles out of town. NOTHING. She continued on to the next place. STILL NOTHING. On and on she went.

Finally, in a small town about 15 miles north of Newark, she found one place with a little bit of ultra high octane gas left. She was able to fill up, so she didn't run out, but what on earth is going on? Is this a new trend we will see continue?

Posted by collin on 04:44 PM | Comments (14)

April 20, 2006

New Song

Hi.

We put up our new song, "Falling Behind," on our myspace page.

Give it a listen and tell us what you think.

Posted by shane on 11:05 AM | Comments (12)

April 17, 2006

A Rumor

I just thought you all should know, I think that we will soon be at war with Iran.

Everything is going down just like it did before we went to Iraq. Call me a pessimist, but I think we'll be in another, much nastier war very soon.

Thoughts?

Posted by ian on 11:18 PM | Comments (14)

Look what we got today

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We'll be sending the master and the artwork off today. In 2-3 weeks they will be finished duplicating. Hurray.

Posted by jason on 03:50 PM | Comments (15)

April 16, 2006

Twins

This is really amazing! And it's really true.
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To parents, both of mixed race, worked together to have some fraternal twins. One baby is white, the other is black. This is a genetic rarity, but it does occasionally happen.

Check it on Snopes

Posted by ian on 11:32 PM | Comments (7)

Easter

So, did everybody have a nice easter?

Posted by ian on 11:20 PM | Comments (3)

April 14, 2006

The new album release is imminent

Just got word from West West Side today that the album mastering is finished and they are overnighting the CD to us today. We heard 2 of the songs mastered and the differencec is very impressive. Ian "just can't wait. [He's] about to pee [him]self or pull[ing] [his] hair out." (That's a quote).

Collin is furiously working to finish up the artwork, so that will be done by Monday.

We'll be sending everything out for replication early next week, so yes this will happen soon. . .

Cool right?

Posted by jason on 03:45 PM | Comments (11)

Titanic Two: The Surface

This is going to be huge.

Jack is BACK!

Posted by jason on 03:40 PM | Comments (10)

April 11, 2006

The Genius and his Art

I was never a genious, except once when I narrowly beat Jason Latshaw on an internet intelligence quizz. However, I was a smart kid. It's only recently that I've become average.

Anyway. I've been blessed with the strange skill of rocking on multiple choice tests. Even if I don't know the material I take the tests and pretend I'm playing a game. I try to get inside the test writers' head and figure out how they are trying to fool me, then I fool them.

Well, I did really well on all those standardized achievement tests in middle school (except I always bombed the spelling sections). One day in 8th grade I got something in the mail from the "Johns Hopkins search for talented youth" asking me to take the SAT. Me and 2 other kids I sort of knew took it just for kicks. We had nothing to lose.

Anyway, I remember sitting down at some towle school event thing with one of those kids. Jason Chu was like "Hey man, how did you do on that test."

Being the incredibly humble person I am I didn't really want to talk about it, but he did so I complied.

"Yo, I actually did really well. It's crazy, because I was mostly guessing, and I don't know how it happened but I got an 1180." I looked away, kind of embarassed. That's not really normal for an 8th grader.

"Hey that's cool..." That's all he said. And I was curious.

"How did you do?"

He shugged nonchalantly. "sixteen hundred."

For real, this guy got a perfect score on the SAT in 8th grade. He's an intensely smart dude. There were always stories about him winning science fairs and inventing equations to predict the thickness of ice in the middle of Alaskan lakes which ended up saving lives. I don't know if it's true or just rumors, but people said that National Geographic did a special on him because of how groundbreaking his stuff was... in middle school.

By the time he was 16 he had won a $50,000 scholarship for

an original idea that he innovatively translated into an experimental laboratory procedure to prove that the addition of fibroblast growth factor (FGF) antibodies retard the spread of a malignant tumor. FGF (fibroblast growth factor) is essential for the rapid growth of certain types of cancer. In his project Fibrogenesis Retardation, Jason used an antibody to block the transmission of FGF in a test cell culture, which reduced its growth rate by approximately 40 percent, showing that this antibody should also reduce the growth rate of cancer. Jason’s results could revolutionize cancer treatment and extend the life of terminal cancer patients by several months, if not years.

Anyway, you get the point this guy is brilliant. So smart I can't even understand what he did.

Chu graduated from Charter and headed over to Yale, which broke the hearts of every other ivy league school in the world.

Well, there in Yale, Chu has worked to give the world something that they can understand, appreciate, and even dance to. He's in the all Yale hip hop band 108 tongues.

They are a tough DIY rap group...

primarily composed of emcees, though there are also Tongues graffiti artists, beatboxers, live instrumentalists, producers, and breakers.

If you hate that wackass mass-produced fake-thuggin' gangsta garbage that those other bullshit rappers make... that you hear on the radio, MTV, and BET... get down with the Tongues movement today.

Check out their myspace page. (listner discretion advised)

and just a heads up in case you are interested. They are currently "on the lookout for dope emcees to spit and record with us."

Count me in!

Posted by ian on 12:01 AM | Comments (15)

April 08, 2006

Tonight at the Abdab, 233 Hamilton

Hey everyone, going to be a great show tonight. Come by if you have the chance. We're really looking forward to it.

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Posted by jason on 10:53 AM | Comments (6)

April 07, 2006

We're #4! We're #4!

All in all, a good night. We played last, and 90% of the votes had already been cast before we took the stage, but we still had a large crowd who were into our music, and we also had a nice group of supporters too (thanks all).

Out of 8 good bands, we placed 4th, and we had no illusions that we would win, because some of the bands above us had a lot of fans and friends who showed up to vote. Bands and musicians that placed beneath us were quite excellent , so we were happy in the end.

Plus, we must have done well with the judges to rate so highly, because we didn't have that many people there to vote for us, and the judges opinion counted 30%. One of the 3 judges told Ian after the show that we were his favorite band of the night. Another told me that she thought we sounded excellent, that the vocals were amazing (cough cough), that the composition and originality of our songs were great. But. . .

I asked for a critique and she gave us two. 1) She said we shouldn't wear our wedding rings, and 2) She said that we put on a great performance but it's kind of inward and not outwardly engaging to the crowd. I think the engaging part is fair enough, and we'll try to figure out a way around that.

As for the wedding ring part, I'm still mulling that one. . .

But in the end, a successful night, and very well run too, with an outstanding turnout.

We played Falling Behind and Stop the Bleeding, by the way.

Posted by jason on 11:37 AM | Comments (9)

April 06, 2006

More "Press"

Tom Campbell recently interviewed us (over e-mail) and wrote a lovely article about us for the "Towle Bridge" (school paper). So, Here it is for you to read.
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(Click photos to enlarge them.)
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Posted by shane on 01:33 PM | Comments (7)

April 05, 2006

The Weather Outside

This morning, when I woke up, the sun was streaming in my windows and I thought that we were in for another beautiful spring day. I dozed off for about another half an hour and when I awoke, it looked like a different day entirely. The sky was almost black and the wind was blowing the trees about like long grass. Within about 5 minutes, rain was pouring from the sky and pounding on my roof. The rain stopped in about 2 minutes and there was a moment of calm. Then, before I knew it, I saw a wall of snow rushing through the woods on a strong gust of wind. For about 5 minutes, I could barely see out of my window through all of the snow swirling about. Then, almost as quickly as it had come, it was gone. I grabbed my camera and ran outside to capture a few images of winter's last throes toying with springtime. Enjoy the pictures (click on them for a larger version).

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Daffodil.

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My front yard as the storm is ending.

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Pine needles.

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My backyard fence.

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I live in a log cabin. I have always liked the way the corner of a cabin looks in the snow.

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Rhododendron leaves and bud.

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Forsythia flowers.

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I don't know what these flowers are, but they are pretty.

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The stone wall in my front yard.

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More daffodils.

Posted by collin on 12:53 PM | Comments (10)

Reminder. Battle of the Bands.

Hey everybody. Just a quick reminder. We are playing scpab's battle of the bands this Thursday night. The show starts at 8:30. We're playing last at 10:15. If you could show up and vote for us that would be totally awesome!!!

Thanks.

Posted by ian on 12:55 AM | Comments (8)

April 04, 2006

Generic Insight Radio

We've recently been played on an online underground radio station, Generic Insight Radio. They are an Internet radio show that plays hardcore, punk, indie rock and general types of underground rock music.

Wednesday evenings 10pm-midnight Eastern Standard Time

Cool right? Thanks to them for playing us. If you'd like to hear more of us there, send your requests to paperxwalls@gmail.com

Posted by jason on 01:04 PM | Comments (4)

April 03, 2006

Set your alarm

Did you know that Wednesday morning, at exactly 2 minutes and 3 seconds past 1 AM, the official time and date will be:

1:02:03 4/05/06

Enjoy it, it won't happen for another 100 years.

Posted by jason on 11:18 PM | Comments (7)

Ending Women's Suffrage

Make you proud to be a Delawarean.

In Padue's defense, my wife used to coordinate blood drives for high school's across the state and she said that the students at Padue were the smartest, nicest, most confident students she encountered by far.

So really, suffrage is kind of an old-fashioned word..

But really, Padua needs to work a little harder on their women's history maybe?

Posted by jason on 03:08 PM | Comments (6)

Our Sympathies

Our friend Paul Odders broke his nose last night. He is probably going to need surgery to fix it. He was playing basketball and apparently ran face first into a metal pole. In case you were wondering, metal poles are not soft and don't have very much give. Take a look at the picture of the damage to Paul's face after the link (not for the faint of heart).

Click the picture for the full size :)

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OUCH!!!

Posted by collin on 02:18 PM | Comments (11)

April 02, 2006

Spring Break in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

So I'm back from spring break. I went down to the beach with my dear friends Laura, Paul, Beth, and Brett. We had a great time. Here are a few pictures from the trip.

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The Ghost Driver

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The Amazing Dancers

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Shaddows

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Gull of Peace

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Let's not title this one...

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Paul and Brett. Champions of poker, masters of deception.

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Kung Fu Laura

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It was fun to be in such a tourist spot in the off season. It was like a ghost town. The roads were empty, the hotels were empty, the beach was often empty.

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Elizabeth

Ps. Laura and Beth and I all took these pictures. Maybe I'll put some of Brett and Paul's pictures up here later... then again, maybe not.

Posted by ian on 11:30 PM | Comments (6)