Monday, February 22, 2010

"urmomclearly"

video

This is a silent film of me on St. Patrick's Day '06 the second time I ever drank alcohol in my life, hosting an imaginary cooking show involving apples and Pilsbury toaster strudels. I think I was having a difficult but altogether 'mindblowing' time. I later fell down some stairs while listening to Led Zeppelins' "Friends". I found the video with the little 'urmomclearly', I can't argue with that.

Note: I am having a record release party on the 26th of March at the Bread and Circus in Toronto. Any one in the general area should make a concerted effort to make it out as there are going to be a lot of really mind-blowingingly good bands who will fuck your brains and completely disorient you with their giant musical 'extensions'. I fully intend to have another album recorded in time for this show that will be given away free on a CD for those who purchase a cassette copy of 'Swung from The Branches' for $5. How's that for a sales pitch? More details soon! Urmomclearly!!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Swung from The Branches

Hey guys, my mind is gone, but here is the download for the new mixtape album I've been putting together over the course of the past three months or so. The title was taken from a lyric in the song 'Jimi Bleachball'.

The whole thing was recorded for a kind of cassette A Side / B Side format so there is a pretty obvious division in style between the two. The first flows kind of as one long dreamlike hallucination song that segways pretty easily into each track, and is meant to inspire some pretty specific moods, while the second side more lucid pop songs. A big inspiration in making a lot of these songs was short-tracked hip hop albums like J Dillas' 'Donuts'. I don't know how obvious this is. It wasn't even really supposed to have an 'album' feel but it just sort of turned out that way, even two albums?, though I'm hoping it kind of has something for everyone.

Most of these songs are tracks that arose from restlessness, breaks between classes, insomnia and 5 AM isolation while in my in my apartment in Toronto. A couple of them are reworkings of old tracks that most of you guys probably have never heard but I felt would be fitting on this release. In the new few days I'm gonna post the lyrics and some detailed explanations into the meaning behind some of these tracks, cause who doesn't love to know? Hope you enjoy it. xoxo



Foxes in Fiction - Swung From The Branches
Total time: 1:03:35

1. Operating Room
2. Basement Window
3. Thank You, Sunday Morning
4. Sleeping Building Unsuspecting
5. Coffee Cups That Won't Break Down
6. Ninth Floor View
7. Cream Screen
8. 8 / 29 / 91
9. Mialectric (Side B transition)

10. Bronte Balloons
11. New Panic Cure
12. Jimi Bleachball
13. Please Note
14. Snow Angels
15. 15 Ativan (Song for Erika)
16. To Go Home
17. Memory Pools
18. Insomnia Keys
19. Visiting Hours

DOWNLOAD: Foxes in Fiction - 'Swung from The Branches'

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

An exercise in auteurism (see: self-absorption)



A video I made for a class at OCAD that I finished editing this morning. The song I used is on the album / mixtape that I'm going to be posting tomorrow. Lots of the footage I used was originally shot straight to VHS using a really old camcorder than my Dad gave my years ago, then played on a television screen and filed with a digital camcorder. The result is a pretty nostalgic mix of imagery and saturated colours in a (what I think to be) washed out Super 8 style. I hope you find something in it that you like.

W

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Thursday, February 11, 2010

A bleak snapshot of my 12 year old self.

I found this on a site called Figure Death Theatre while googling my own name this morning, ahhaa errrrr.

http://www.sfdt.com/showcase/viewmovie.php?t=31811

"Posted: 02/24/02 12:00:00 AM
Views: 35
Category: SFDT Retro
Music Credits: None
Description: He opens a door in a office building that says attempted death inc. and it is a door that leads to outside, and he falls to his death."


That's right; 2002! I wish I had more of these animations. Since I lived in a farm town and didn't really have anyone to socialize with at the time I started making little GIF animations to occupy my restless mind. I originally had over 100 but I lost most of them when my computer crashed a few years ago. I remember for an assignment in grade 7 or 8 our teacher told us to write a set of instructions for anything we wanted, and I did mine on making basic animations, and eventually everyone in the class wanted a copy and was soon making animations 5 times as ultraviolent and crude as mine.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010