May 30, 2006
In need of movie recommendations
Hi everyone, I decided that I've not been watching enough movies, so I signed up for Netflix. I already have like. . . 78 movies in my queue, but I want more.
So please, give me the 3 movies I HAVE to see. Go ahead and assume I've not seen any.
Here's what's going through my mind right now.
The wife's home. It's fun hanging out with my best friend again. :)
Sunburn hurts. I have a lot of it from working on a roof in 95 degree weather today.
I saw The Da Vinci Code. I liked Langdon better in the movie than the book.
We should pray for the Sudan peace talks. They don't look like they are going well.
Anyone ever do the thing where they get a piece of cooked spaghetti and make it go in their mouth and out their nose? I did once. It was a truly surreal experience.
I saw X-men 3. For the first time I can remember, a movie with super-powered people annoyed me. I just don't understand why, when a comic book has 30+ years of successful story lines, why they can't use them instead of creating new lame ones. And don't get me started on the Golden Gate Bridge scene . . .
Meatball subs are something that I love but don't often think to eat.
Buy the Garden State soundtrack. You won't regret it.
I saw Capote. I was tired. It was slow. I feel asleep (though what I saw of Philip Seymore Hoffman, I loved)
Sunburn REALLY hurts.
You know what I love to do? Go online and read e-fights between PC and Mac users. They are awesome.
What kind of merchandise would you guys buy if we got it made?
. . . I'm done.
May 24, 2006
Radio Play on WSTW
As you may have heard, Lindsay and I were in Kenya for the past week and a half. We got back on Sunday. As we were driving home, I got a phone call from Ian. He very excitedly said, "TURN YOUR RADIO ON!!! WSTW!!!" I switched on the radio and hit preset #3. Low and behold, "Falling Behind" was rocking up the tri-state area. I simply could not believe it. I almost crashed the car in my shock. Man, things sure have changed in the past week and a half.
If you are not from around here, let me fill you in. 93.7 WSTW is "Delaware's Choice for Hit Music." It is definitely the biggest station in DE and it is very popular throughout the Wilmington / Philadelphia area. Having airtime on that station could be very good for us.
Hearing myself on the radio has been a dream of mine for many years. It truly was an amazing feeling to be driving home in my car, just back from overseas, and hear my band playing over the airwaves. Linds and I were so excited. It actually brought a little tear of joy to Lindsay's eye.
So here's the scoop. The way that WSTW does it is as follows: They play a new song kind of as a "feeler" to see how people like it. If they get good responses from people and requests for more, they will work the band into their normal rotation. TLM needs your help!
Please, please, please write in, call in, or fax in requests to hear more of TLM. You can specifically request to hear "falling behind" again, or you could request to hear "Simpler than it Seems." That song would probably be a very good fit for this particular station. So please email them, call them: (800)544-9370, or fax them a request: (302)478-WSTW.
We would all be very thankful to you if you take a few seconds to request more Look Machine music.
A New Band Member
We recently took a good long critical look at ourselves, examing our music, our stage presence, our style. We decided that we were definitely missing something major. We needed "more pure rock god" swagger, more axl rose-style bad boy in your faceness. Quite honestly, we needed someone with the ax-wielding chops that our finger picking sweetboys couldn't muster.
I'd like to introduce you all to our new band member, metal rock legend Chris Fraser. He was a headbanger before it was cool to be one, and continues to be one long after it's lost its coolness.
PS. Sorry Ian, it's been great dude. . . but can you really blame us?
May 23, 2006
We just put up one of our more rockin' songs on our myspace site.
It's called "My Name."
If you're not our friend on myspace, would you please invite us? If you have any friends, would you please tell them about our myspace page so we can be friend steelers? ( http://myspace.com/thelookmachine ) Well, I guess that we could be 'friend sharers.' Kind of like share cropping, except not similar at all excluding the word share...
p.s. We're almost to 1,000 plays on this version of As Much. If you could helpu us reach that by listening and such, it would be great!
May 22, 2006
The Evolution of Dance
I'm a little offended that he didn't include the famous "Simper then it Seems" Shuffle. . . but this is pretty hilarious even so.
May 20, 2006
So, tonight, I was at a theatre where we played before. I found this sticker in the bathroom on the wall. Us!! Kind of cool, kind of not cool...
(It's a poorly taken picture, I know)
May 18, 2006
Merapi, Eruption in Indonesia
Terrifyingly beautiful. If I could be anywhere on earth right now, I'd be in Indonesia watching this unfold.
May 17, 2006
What Celebrity do YOU look like?
So, I was casually browsing my daily news and blogs, when I came across something interesting. It's a web site that you upload a picture of yourself to, and, using face recognition, it tells you what celebrity you look most. You need a picture of yourself looking forward to upload. Try it. it's fun. You can see what me and Jason's results were after the jump.
P.S. If you're on a mac, you need to use Firefox, not Safari.
For Sale on CDBaby.com
Our album is now available on CDBaby.com.
If you have the time and you've heard the album, go there and review it. They just reviews of the album, not reviews of us as people or a live performance.
They've also submitted it to iTunes, so in 3-5 months it'll be there too.
By the way - if you're not terrified of paypal, it would still be better if you bought it directly from us on this website.
Our first album review
We got a very positive album review from music weblog callmemickey. Go ahead and read what he has to say. Some of the highlights:
. . .these guys have been recording with the guys in boy sets fire (perhaps the most spectacular post-hardcore band playing thesedays). The Look Machine's music stands on its own and is equally powerful in a slighly different direction drawing upon elements of finger-picked rock. A fan of bsf will notice a little bit of a imprint of bsf upon the look machine's music and this is definitely a very good thing.
"Simpler Than it Seems" is the standout track of the album. Opening with a soft finger-picked intro that gently escalates into a catchy and heart-felt chorus and finishes nice and strong.
Thanks alot Mickey, we appreciate it. . .
May 16, 2006
Rock in the Basement
Thanks Beth for the Pictures.
What are the chances?
I guess I must know some real Office fans, because 2 of my instant messaging buddies used dinkin' flicka as their status messages.
If you don't get this post at all, maybe you should start watching the best comedy on television?
Battle of the Beards
Mine is finer but Shane's is definitely tougher.
May 15, 2006
A crushing blow.
In our promotion plans for our new album, we've been trying to get radio play.
At night I search for different stations, and I submitted our song "Falling Behind" to undertruth.com radio without looking at their site. I found them on a big list of stations.
And I get this message today.
While we appreciate your interest and your talent, your sound and our format are not a match at this time.
Best to you,
Under Truth Radio
I promise you undertruth radio, you will regret this decision! Now I actually looked at their site and they are kind of lame anyway. So oh well.
Just for fun though, anyone who wants to email them and ask if they are playing our song yet is welcomed to do such a thing.
May 14, 2006
I got an email today. A really cool email.
Because we're friends, you and me, I'll let you read it.
I saw on your site that the new album is finished and available. Congratulations, that must be a great feeling.
Would you be able to send me a copy @ the station? I'd love to hear and play it.
WSTW Hometown Heroes
Wahoo!!! It'll be in the mail tomorrow.
May 13, 2006
Battle of the Bands: A report
So, today we played in a battle of the bands at the Wingfield Festival in Jennersville PA. It was a pretty cool battle really. All the bands played on a flatbed trailer as a stage and during the whole thing the sky was just churning with angry, black clouds.
It sprinkled rain the whole time we played, but we didn't get too wet. I think the water just couldn't take out rock music.
Unfortionately, we were missing Collin, who Jason has dubbed our "rock engine." (he had some lame excuse like "Oh, I can't come to the show, I'm in Kenya working on a Bible translation project... whatever. Where's the dedication?)
We really don't rock in the same way without him. We know this, so we didn't even try. We went all acoustic and got in touch with our sensitive sides.
So, there were five bands. Five really goood bands. But you know us, we're not intimidated by anything. Not by thunder storms, absentee members, moms eating free barbecue chicken with their todlers, or fierce competition. We battled to the death.
We came in dead last.
But as anyone who came in last place will tell you, Battles of the Bands don't mean anything. Right?
What really matters is getting out there and playing music, meeting new people, and hanging out with really cool bands. Who would even want to win?
(In all fairness to us, we told the judges not to vote for us. We also told some of our fans to vote for other people. The prize was to meet another band that was playing there that night, and we all had to leave after the battle.)
I watched the season finale of The Office. It was . . . amazing. Truly. It made me a better man.
I had a cupcake from Magnolia's bakery in NYC. It was . . . amazing. Truly. It made me a little fatter.
Summer movies I'm excited about
The Da Vinci Code
Pirates of the Carribean 2
The Peaceful Warrior
Why does the phrase "rear up" actually mean to lift one's front up?
I have roughly 7 loads of laundry to do right now. Roughly 5 loads of that is on my bedroom floor.
My wife comes home from a ten month tour in 9 days. This makes me happy. I start "working" (a.k.a. watching people sleep) on Wednesday night. That makes me not poor.
My brother- and sister-in-law had a baby this week. He's really small right now.
(Is there a correct grammatical way to write "brother- and sister-in-law if they are both in-laws? Did I do it right?)
May 12, 2006
Playing just outside of NYC
I'm excited to announce that we'll be playing a "small, intimate" venue in Jersey just outside of NYC on August 19th. We were contacted by Red Door Concerts.
I'm excited about it, here are some of the details.
I'm pretty active in trying to locate reasonably local artists to book. We get offered acts that are not local all the time, but the expense of getting to a venue(air fare ect) makes it absolutely necessary that any body from out of driving distance have other things booked in order to make it worth their while
I have been centering on networks of myspace - looking for acts that have promise, individuals or band that are within driving distance. We also want to find acts with whom we might have an ongoing relationship and give them an opportunity to return (hopefully helping them in a very concentrated population - 15 minutes from NYC)
We have a long term commitment to building a venue that has enough name recognition that people will trust us enough to come out and hear artists that they may not have heard of.
We are in the 8 month of our first year of booking. (Actually we used to do it on a smaller scale in a series of house concerts - Bill Mallonee, Pierce Pettis, Jan Krist, Miranda Stone, Sufjan Stevens, Brindley Brothers Band, and many others) Now we are in a bigger venue and working to expand and develop this venue.
The shows are the third saturday of every month. We have had a pretty sucessful year so far. Most of the shows have been near sell-outs.
I heard your music and thought this might be a good venue for you guys.
(Poncho you can come see us now -- bring all your friends).
He also liked Darby Di Natale, saying she was wonderful and a perfect fit for the venue, so she will be opening for us.
May 11, 2006
CD Release Party Video -- Stop the Bleeding
Thanks to multi-talented Michael Cresenzo for shooting and editing this live footage. (nice photos too).
It was quite a nice night.
May 10, 2006
Look Machine Wallpapers
Hey everybody. We are happy to tell you all that we have created Look Machine wallpapers and posted them in our downloads section. They are free and they are cool. Enjoy.
Here are some pictures of them so that you can see what they look like. Click them to see a bigger version of them.
May 09, 2006
The CD release Show
Wow, what a night. Sorry no one had written about it yet, but I think we were all a little blown away by it and needed time for it to sink in. I feel like we say this alot, but it probably was our best show ever.
The venue turned out to be awesome. Hurray for the Palk Basement, man we need to do more concerts there. It was so cool how many people turned out, just a great vibe all night long as the crowd supported and listened to all of the bands, not just us. I personally am a big fan of One Win Choice, so seeing other people react to the was awesome. And Harsh Reaction did a great job too.
David Watts was a magician with the sound. I could tell during One Win Choice's set that I was going to have a fun night because you could hear the vocals. From the very beginning of the show I had a blast, things were just working out, you could tell the crowd knew and appreciated the music, and we represented all of the songs well. Thanks thanks thanks!
From the admissions, it looks like we had over 100 people in that little basement, which is pretty cool for a Sunday night. We sold 30 CDs which exceeded our expectations (especially since many already bought it beforehand).
If anyone has any pictures or video of the night, please please send them to me!
I'll end this with an email I got about the show:
I had to run at the end of the last song (almost missed my favorite song!) so I didn't really get a chance to tell you guys anything. I've never seen an entire concert of yours so far, but I can say with utmost confidence that this is the best show I've ever seen you play :)
Seriously - it was really great. You guys are very talented. And I really do love your music. I told Drew that in the middle of the two songs you strung together - I think it was As Much into Falling Behind (another of my favorites) that I momentarily lost my ability to be cool at a concert. I love your build ups and they deserve dancing I must say. So I was just trying to be cool and bob my head like the good ex-80's heavy metal man I am . . . but at one point in the transition I lost control. I actually started jumping and punching my fist in the air . . . then out of a desperate attempt to regain some composure I settled into three really hard claps (off beat by the way) until I finally got some control again. Needless to say, I really liked it and wished we could have all danced like with such abandon :)
So I wanted to let you guys know that you did a really good job and it was really fun. Also I must say one more thing. Ambrose and Stop the Bleeding: Great. Jas, you had me fighting tears on the first song! I never knew who that song was about - very moving. All in all, a great concert. Glad I could make it!
As you all know, I love the environment very much and I make a lot of efforts to live my life in a green manner. You also know that I report a lot of news about the environment. A lot of that news is bad news because there is a lot of bad news to report, but I am going to try to start reporting good news and practical tips to help the average citizen live in a more environmentally friendly way. The first positive update I have to announce is a great step taken by BMW.
I will probably never buy a BMW because they are not really my style (or within my price-range) but they just announced something that I am hoping other manufacturers will learn from and imitate. Hopefully before long, lots of car makers and other industries will be doing something similar to this.
A BMW factory in South Carolina has announced that they have begun a project to pipe methane gas from a nearby landfill to their manufacturing. The gas will be used to power the automaker’s paint plant, which uses about half of their assembly lines energy.
Methane gas is produced from decaying organic material in garbage and it is bad for the environment. It is one of the "greenhouse gasses" that contains dangerous amounts of carbon dioxide. It is such a great idea to capture this gas and put it to use. It not only reduces environmental pollution, it also provides FREE gas. This is a huge resource that is literally going to waste all around the world.
By utilizing previously unused energy from landfill gas, BMW Manufacturing is reducing area emissions of carbon dioxide by approximately 17,000 tons and is recovering enough energy to heat 10,000 homes per year. The quantity of greenhouse gases reduced is the equivalent of driving a car around the globe 4,300 times, or more than 100 million miles. They will also save themselves over $1,000,000 per year in fuel costs. That is just awesome all around! Read more about this here.
Just imagine the possibilities here. If one landfill produces enough gas to heat 10,000 houses, think of all the energy that we can capture from these things. The U.S. has 3,091 active landfills and over 10,000 old municipal landfills, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. That is a LOT of energy that we can use and a LOT of pollutive greenhouse gas we can prevent from entering the atmosphere.
I found out about this from an awesome environmentalist blog with lots of great press releases and practical tips called treehugger.com.
Sony PS3 - is it doomed?
It's official, the PS3 has a price.
And it's CRAZY.
They are charging $500 for the base system and $600 for a system with 40 GB more storage. That is way to much money, if you ask me. That's getting up there into the "I could buy a nice computer for this much money" range. Seriously. And when it's likely the Nintendo Wii will cost between 199 and 250, they stand to lose alot in this next generation of consoles.
Priced at $300 and lower, the PS2 dominated the last round by selling over 100 million consoles. Can anyone really see that many people shelling out $500-$600 for this new one?
I think I'll get the 360 and the Wii now.
Sorry Sony. You kind of stink anyway because you install viruses on peoples computers.
It's worse then I thought. The "cheaper" version really misses out on a lot of what Sony has been bragging about for this next generation - so to really get in on the "true PS3 experience" you'll have to get the $600 model. $600!? That's no longer an impulse buy, that's a "get a second job and save up for it" buy.
Here are the differences between the "base" and "premium" version of the console. (taken from Joystiq)
You lose 40GB (20GB base vs. 60GB)
You lose HDMI output
You lose MemoryStick / SD / CompactFlash slots
You lose 802.11 b/g wireless
You save $100
May 06, 2006
What I do when I'm not Rocking with the Machine
This is my side project. Space exploration.
Thanks for coming out to rock with us and Kubla Kahn
Hey. Thanks everybody who came out tonight! It was a really fun show. Also, thanks to those who bought CD's. We hope you enjoy them!
We have out official CD release show/party on sunday. It's in my parent's basement, and it should be a blast.
1866 New London Road
Lincoln University, PA 19352
7 pm, $3
By the way, there was a band called Failure to Excell. They were really good. Check them out.
May 05, 2006
The CD's Have Arrived
The title says it, the CD's are here, finally!
If you buy a CD at the concert tonight, you will get into the official CD release concert on Sunday for free. If you buy ten CD's, I will give you a hug.
May 04, 2006
We're on the Metafilter Compilation Album
One of the sites I visit everyday is Metafilter, a community weblog with over 36K members and countless more daily visitors. I particularly like reading the Ask Metafilter of the site, where people post questions about anything and get really valuable advice / answers from those 36K members.
Someone there decided it would be a good idea to make a compilation CD since there were so many excellent musicians in the Metafilter Community.
Being a member, I submitted some of our songs.
And even though there was enough quality material for 5 albums, they could only choose songs for one CD - and we're in! They chose "Falling Behind." I'm very excited about this, because Metafilter is just cool in a very smart (slightly geeky) way, and I'm honored that they liked us enough.
If you want to be updated on the status of this project, do it here.
A Poll on a poll.
Hey, all. If we were to start a weekly poll located on this site, would you guys be up for it? Would you vote? Please vote now as to whether you want a poll.
May 03, 2006
What's Going on in Sudan?
So, I'm sure you've heard pieces of conversations, read pieces of articles, and seen little bits on the news, but it's still hard to figure out what exactly is going on Sudan.
It's a genocide. A really confusing one too.
Well, I'm writing a news story on Sudan, and a Delaware student named Mike McKain gave me some backround info on the situation. I would recomend reading it. It's simple, and very enlightening.
What is the current situation like in Sudan?
According to current reports, there are 2.5 million people who have been driven from their homes as a result of violence. Nearly 3.5 million are living in famine or near famine conditions, and around 400,000 have died or been killed so far. Those responsible for the violence continue to plague the people of Darfur; rapes have become common among women who go out to collect wood, fetch water, or work their fields to try to feed their families.
How long has the conflict been going on, and how did it start?
The Darfur crisis originated with a rebellion in the region in 2003. The attempts of the Sudanese government to put down this revolt resulted in many of the present conditions. Part of the program for ending the rebellion was the arming of the Arab Janjaweed militia, which has since used the revolt as an excuse to carry out attacks against black African villages, committing various violent crimes such as murder and rape. These militias have driven people from their homes, and have produced much of the present suffering.
Is there actually ethnic cleansing going on right now? If so, who is behind it?
Yes. Though hesitantly, the United States has come to recognize the present situation as genocide, and rightfully so. The Janjaweed, often with the help and support of the Sudanese government, has used the rebellions of 2003 as an excuse to purge the region of black Africans. However, the militias are targeting civilians, not the rebels who started the conflict. Attacks on civilians are against the Geneva Convention, and as the attacks are with the purpose of driving a particular people from an area through violence or eliminating them through murderous means, this situation qualifies as ethnic cleansing.
How has the west reacted to the situation?
Slowly. With the vast resources of America and Europe, we had it within our power to end this in 2003. And 2004. And 2005. Yet here we are 5 months into 2006 and the issue is finally getting the attention it deserves. Though the Senate should be applauded for passing the Darfur Accountability Act in 2005, we continue to see no one being held accountable for this genocide.
How do you want America to help?
In spite of the blow our reputation took internationally because of our Iraq involvement, we are still the most powerful and influential country in the world. If George W. Bush or leading Democrats wanted this to be a major issue, it would be. If Darfur were moved to the forefront of American interests, there would be greater pressure for action. However, therein lies the problem: we have no economic interest in Sudan or the surrounding region, so this issue remains on the backburner while more innocent people die.
That is not to say the proper action is to rush American soldiers into a complex and multifaceted civil war in Africa. However, the United States should work to assemble a truly international force, working in concert with the African Union, to protect the people of Darfur and end the genocide.
What do you see as something that every day people can do to help?
Something everyone can do, regardless of their financial situation, is just talk about what is going on. Tell people there is a genocide taking place in the world today. Write your Senator or Congress person, even the President, and urge them to take the lead in this critical issue.
Beyond that, organizations such as UNICEF and many Christian charities are working to provide relief to the region. It is interesting to note that those taking the lead on this issue are a combination of Conservative Christians and human rights oriented liberals. It just goes to show that this issue should bridge partisan divides, for it is truly a stain on all of humanity. It is past time we pay attention and act.
How is the new Thursday Album?
Do you like it Poncho?
Because there was a day when you would have bought the new look machine album first.
OK, I am just joking!
May 02, 2006
Show with Kubla Kahn!!!
This Friday (May 5th) the Look Machine will be playing with the living hard-core legends, Kubla Kahn.
Need I say more?
This is going to be an absolutely fabulous show! For real, if there is any way that you can make it, you'll never regret it.
It's at 7 pm at the Soul House: 1552 Singerly Rd, Elkton, MD 21921
May 01, 2006
Here is a big, steaming pile of brain miscellany that I'm hoping will spark some conversation:
Some people like to drink their own urine. It reduces aging. In my lifetime, I've also heard that it toughens your hands, cures athletes foot, and is the most effective acne medicine. Thoughts?
I've been unemployed for 9 weeks now; Cool for about 2 days. Kinda depressing for the remaining 60.
I have this remote control. It controls most of the stuff in my apartment. That makes me happy.
I don't think I'm ever going to golf. i just . . . yeah . . . don't think I will.
So, Bush did this thing at this correspondents' dinner, where he brought in a Bush-impersonator who basically stood next to him and made fun of him. I was in shock, because some of it was really funny stuff. Google it. It's good.
I'm happy with the Eagles draft choices.
Cup O' Noodles has this thing called a "Souper Meal." It's Big, it's Hot, and it's full of Ramen. Need I say more? (I'm actually ingesting one as I type this)
That's all. Discuss.
P.S. I met Snake Man! In real life. And I PWNED him in poker. Pwned like a noob.