September 30, 2006
The Show at Rancho Relaxo
We had a great night last night, and a very long night too. We played 5th out of 6 bands, playing immediately before the incomparable One Win Choice. All the bands were great to watch.
The show was in the basement of what was actually a very nice house. Not Tony Soprano since, but definitely nice. It had its own basketball court and swimming pool (neither of which we got to use, unfortunately). The music started at around 7.30, and 6 bands later it was 11.45. I'd say there were probably about 50 people there, and they were all in to the music.
5 hardcore bands. And us.
You know, the Look Machine is not a hardcore band, nor do we claim to be. Yet we do enjoy that scene, and we like to play these shows. And actually I think it kind of makes us memorable, because we are fairly different. Kind of like that midget who used to hang out with Kid Rock. But Shane reminds me that are basically the tallest rock band in the world, so maybe if Kid Rock had a giant in his posse, that would be us.
It would have been awesome if Kid Rock hung out with a midget and a giant.
And I think that people, even in the hardcore scene, like us. . . at least you got the sense they liked us last night. We even sold some CDs and shirts. So that's good.
We played a six song set, and Jack as a last second Drew replacement did very well, thanks mostly to a longer then it should have been Thursday practice and Jack's amazing skills.
Quick story about that. I was very grumpy on Thursday. So tired because I'm working full time in Wilmington these days (I know, it's what most people in the world do, but well I guess I'm not as strong as most) and I have to wake up at 6.30 to be there on time.
As the practice stretched on longer into the night, I kept wanted to cut out and say they could work stuff out without me. I was counting the dwindling hours of sleep I had in front of me. But I kept thinking, "Well, Jack still has a 2 hour drive in front of him, and he has to work all day tomorrow, and he has to get into work even earlier then me." I honestly considered this same sequence of thoughts about 15 times as the practice went from 10 (around when I thought it would be over) to 11 to 12. . . . so I stuck it out.
Come to find out. .. Jack spent the night at Collin's house, called out of work, and slept to noon. Thanks, trooper.
Anyway, after the show, we went to an Applebee's with One Win Choice and Fake Your Death, where their appetizers are half price after 10 PM (did you know this, what a deal!). It was fun, and we stayed too long I guess because we didn't get home till like 3.30 in the morning.
September 29, 2006
Newark, DE record stores now carry our CD
I am happy to announce that, as of today, Bert's CDs and Wonderland are both stocking our CD. If you live in or around Newark, and you have not had a chance to pick up a copy of our CD, Above This Clouded Mind, you should go grab one.
Both of stores are awesome places that have been supporting local music for many years. They are run by very nice people and they have a great variety of local and mainstream music. When I went in to drop off a load of CDs at Bert's this afternoon, they were just as nice as could be. They opened up one of the CDs and put it on. It was a cool feeling to walk onto Main Street and hear our music playing over the sidewalk. Thanks guys!!!
So if you want to pick up a copy, both stores have it and we would be very thankful to anyone who buys it.
September 27, 2006
Tomas Munita, the best photographer I know of
Tomas Munita is a photographer from Chile who travels the world shooting pictures from the middle east to Bolivia to the Himalayas. For real, check our his website. It is worth your time. I am blown away by these images.
September 26, 2006
Jack Fusco will be playing with us this weekend
That is right. On Friday, September 29'th Jack Fusco, our friend from One Win Choice, will be rocking with the machine. Drew has a scheduling conflict that night, so Jack is going to step in for the evening. We are excited to be playing with Jack because he is a great guy and an exceptional musician.
We love playing with Drew, so Jack, you have some big shoes to fill. If anyone can do it, you can. We are looking forward to it.
Lost Season 3 Schedule
I love Lost. I watch it religiously.
Remember last year how you never really knew if they were going to show a re-run or an original? I hated that. Well this year it's all different.
The season begins on October 4th at 9 pm. (If you are interested this wednesday, the 27th, they will be showing a refresher episode to get you back up to speed.)
There will be a brand new episode every wednesday for 6 or 7 weeks in a row! No reruns whatsoever. There will then be a 12 week hiatus, then the show will return with 17 straight weeks of brand new episodes to finish the season.
I will be a sad 12 weeks, but overall I think this is much better.
September 24, 2006
The Amazing Little Man
I would kill for this kind of stage presence.
September 21, 2006
White and Nerdy
The scary thing? Members of the Look Machine fit about 80% of the things from this song. Great new video from the genius Weird AL.
Show on September 29'th
September 20, 2006
Extreme Pogo Sticking?
I learned to hop on a pogo stick at my grandmother's house. It was always fun, but I never realized it had extreme sport potential.
Grandma and I have something new to work on together.
September 18, 2006
Congratulations Isaiah and Johanna
This past saturday, Isaiah Hilferty (the first bass player of The Look Machine) married Johanna Slye. Congratulations and best of luck!!!
All of the current band members had their picture taken together at the reception. It is not often that we are all dressed up.
September 12, 2006
Very crazy morning
This morning at 6:15, lindsay and I were awakened to the incessant ringing of our doorbell. We live out in the country and we have never had anyone just randomly stop by, so it was strange in and of itself, but at 6:15 in the morning!?!?! Groggy and confused, I put on a shirt and stumbled out to the door to see what on earth could be happening.
I opened to door to see somebody running out of my driveway toward the street. I didn't know who it was or what was going on, so I just yelled out "HEY!"
He turned around and yelled back, "There has been a terrible accident! Someone is laying in the street in front of your house. Call an ambulance!"
I grabbed my cell phone and made the call as I ran out the door. When I got out there, I saw a man laying in the street covered in blood. There was a wrecked-up motorcycle and a dead deer laying near by.
When I got out to the street, the guy was just regaining consciousness. He didn't know where he was or what had happened. With great pain and effort, he was eventually able to stand up. Over a couple of minutes everything started coming back to him. He asked me to call his wife and inform her of what had transpired.
Within 5 - 10 min, the ambulance and a paramedic had arrived. Within another 10 minutes, there were 2 firetrucks, a fire chief, a fire police, 5 state ploice cars, and a couple more paramedics. The quiet country road through the woods by my house looked like a scene from a hostage movie.
His wife arrived just as the paramedics were putting him onto a stretcher. She remained calm and composed until the man cried out in pain when a paramedic touched his leg. As it turns out, he was is a bad motorcycle accident about 5 years ago. His leg was so badly damaged that it took about a year to rebuild it with pins, braces, and muscle tissue from his stomach. For about 6 months, the doctors thought that they would have to amputate. There weren't sure if they could save it if it got injured again.
The guy had this damaged leg, wounded shoulder, mangled hand, and ripped up face, but he honestly seemed grateful to be alive. His helmet was scrapped and cracked from the fall. i can't imagine what would have happened if he wasn't wearing it.
Probably the saddest thing that happened was while they were loading him up. A school bus was driving by and had to stop because of all of the emergency vehicles. The door opened and the man's son jumped out and ran up to the ambulance. He just happened to be riding down the road on his way to school when he saw his father being loaded into an ambulance on a stretcher.
I have the family's phone number and I plan on calling later to check on the guy and see if there is anything I can do. I'll keep you posted if I find out more.
Our MySpace site has been shut down
As of right now we don't know why. Right now when you go to our page it just says "Invalid Friend ID. This user has either cancelled their membership, or their account has been deleted." We have written to MySpace and we are trying to figure it out. If any of you have any suggestions for us, please feel free to let us know.
We hope to be able to fix this error without starting from scratch. We had been diligently building our MySpace community for some time now and we were very happy about things that had happened there. Through MySpace we have been contacted by radio stations who now play our music, we have been discovered by numerous fans who have bought our CD, and we have been reached by old friends we haven't seen in years. We have also accumulated about 2200 friends and gotten about 10,000 plays.
If all of this is gone, it will be sad, but we will rebuild. Thanks for your patience while we figure this out. Again, if you can help, we would love it.
September 11, 2006
Mercy Ships: A Look at the Anastasis
The Anastasis is a giant floating hospital ship which provides medical care for those who can't afford it.
Here it is in port in Tema, Ghana.
This a view of the front of the ship
Here is the back
Deck hands keeping the ship clean and beautiful
One of the many passages in a neverending maze deep inside the bellyy of a floating city.
Mercy Ships fleet of kick butt old Landrovers
There is a ping pong table in a lounge. This is a fierce match between my friends Chris and Jacinto.
This is my dear friend Theophelus
September 10, 2006
Save the Date
We're going to have a show in Maryland beneffiting an orphanage in Africa. It will be awesome. More details coming.
September 07, 2006
One Win Choice has a new site
Hey everyone. Our friends from One Win Choice have launched a new website. It is a pretty cool site. Take a few moments to check it out. Make sure you look through the "links" section. You can find links to some very interesting and worth while causes, non-profits, and news sources. They also link to us which is very nice of them. Thanks guys and congrats on the cool new site.
September 04, 2006
The Crocodile Hunter Dies
This makes me so sad, honestly it does. Steve Irwin, the australian crocodile hunter, died. A stingray killed him! What bad luck because stingrays don't kill anyone really. But he got too close and the barb went under his ribs and pierced his heart directly.
I think it's because my daughter Lyric had a children's video made by the Wiggles and Steve Irwin (they are both from Australia) and he had a daughter in that video that looked to me like Lyric, but this is seriously sad to me, like a friend or a family member died. He had such a nice temperment to him, so full of life, so excited, so enthusiastic.
Ah, this world just sucks sometimes.
September 02, 2006
Our Live Show at WSTW
If any of you would like to hear our Hometown Heroes broadcast without . .. you know . .. the ads or any of the non-look-machine music. . . your wish is granted. Cut down to just us making music or us talking. Wonderful. As it should be.
Thanks to myspace friend "TrafficKing" for putting this together.
Oh also, if you could please send firstname.lastname@example.org another request for us. We were #1 last week and we'd like to keep that streak going.
My friend Bri sent me this. I WISH we got to print cassettes, I miss the old things. Actually .. . I kind of miss CDs too, I don't really buy those either (I LEGALLY download 90% of my music and buy the occassional CD).
I remember, the REALLY cool tapes were clear. .. so you could see the actually spools inside. But then the text always got wiped off of those things.
(For those 14 year olds out there that don't know what "cassettes" are, I apologize.)
September 01, 2006
Kakum National Park
So, I said I would post some pictures from Ghana up here. Then my computer died. More accurately, it was electrocuted on a dark and stormy night at the stroke of midnight. Well now, after a month it has arisen from the ashes. And here are some pictures.
This is something called the Canopy Walk. It is a series of swinging bridges suspended 135 feet in the air between giant trees in an old growth rainforest.
What a view!
This is how the bridge was built. It was made from suspended aluminum ladders with planks laid out over the rungs.
I love this picture. This is how the walkway is tied to the cables that it hangs from.
Ghana at its finest!