Sophia Cacciola
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Sophia Cacciola and Michael J. Epstein

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Sophia and Michael are Somerville, MA based musicians and filmmakers
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Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling [Music][Blog][Facebook][Twitter][Youtube] bass/drum duo based on The Prisoner
The Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library [Music][Blog][Facebook][Twitter][Youtube] Indie ensemble
Darling Pet Munkee [Music][Blog][Facebook][Youtube] garage/surf songs about items sold in comics
Space Balloons [Music][Blog][Facebook][Twitter][Youtube] Children's space-traveler music
The Motion Sick [Music][Press][Blog][Facebook][Twitter][Youtube] Indie rock with emphasis on song

Neutral Uke Hotel
[Facebook][Blog][Twitter][Youtube] Uke based Neutral Milk Hotel sing-a-long


Thursday, May 31, 2012

If you pay to have me see your posts on Facebook, I will unlike your page (or unfriend you).

UPDATE: Facebook has added the option to "hide all sponsored posts" from a poster. This is actually an okay solution to me. I always hide all sponsored posts whenever I see one and this means each poster only has one opportunity to unfairly invade my feed. I can live with that.

Pages will now see this option for each post
Boycott sponsored posts
It's official, you can now buy space in my "social networking" stream. No thanks. In fact, the idea is so irritating to me that I am inclined to take action to help stop it from becoming an accepted part of Facebook.  How? If you sponsor a post, I will unlike your page (update: since they now allow profiles to do this, I will unfriend you if you sponsor a profile post). Paying for my eyeballs will result in you losing my eyeballs. I hope everyone will join me in doing this as it's the only way to stop this from happening. Yes, I am calling for a boycott of "sponsored" posts.

Pages don't actually reach people
Watch this disgusting video justifying this practice because currently pages are crippled and don't actually show your posts to the people who like the pages. Most users expect that their posts will reach their friends/fans/likers/etc. As it turns out, Facebook has some proprietary algorithm that already prevents what you post from being seen by most people. Now, we're potentially going to be cluttered with a feed full of paid advertising. I'm not too interested in that. If posts on my page don't actually reach people, why should I spend energy getting people to like my page? This is a great article about how Facebook is holding our fans hostage.

...but Facebook should be allowed to make money
Agreed, but an essential feature of social networking - in fact the only essential feature - is the democratization of content prevalence. Any individual needs to have the same chance of being heard. The result is that interesting posts from interesting people rise up. The content has value because it is selected in this way. Paying to get content to the top, while other content that you've explicitly subscribed to is hidden, is THE fundamental destroyer of social networking.

Facebook is censoring already
Whether it's intentional or not is unclear, but many of us have been blocked from posting things or received warnings about posting links that are deemed "spam" incorrectly.
http://www.pcworld.com/article/255101/facebook_spam_filter_catches_some_by_surprise.html
Even worse is the idea that somehow, Facebook is deciding whether your individual posts should be viewed by others in an undemocratic manner. The inclusion of sponsored posts worsens this.

What can you do?
1. Unlike any page (unfriend any profile) making a sponsored post.
2. More importantly, let them know that you are unliking (unfriending) them because they made a sponsored post.
3. Understand that Facebook is not a good way to reach your audience and that each communication you make reaches only a small percentage of the people who have expressed interested in hearing what you have to say. Keep an e-mail list!

How will I know a post is sponsored? 
From the Facebook info page, here is an example image showing the "sponsored" label.|


Join me! Feel free to leave a comment below or pass this along if you are with me!



Michael J. Epstein & Sophia Cacciola host On the Town with Mikey Dee on WMFO 05/30/2012

Go "like" the On The Town with Mikey Dee facebook page! OTTwMD plays local Boston music and is on every Wednesday from 9pm-Midnight and almost always features a live band around 10:30 - it's on 91.5 WMFO - http://wmfo.org.

Send your CDs to the station SO THAT WE CAN PLAY YOU! and if you're extra nice - denote which tracks have swears (and likewise if all tracks are clean, please!)

WMFO
attn: Joel Simches
PO Box 65
Medford, MA 02155


if you are interested in playing live on the air, contact Joel Simches

Here's our playlist from 05/30/12! Archive is up for a week - which includes our interview with Jason Dunn of The Luxury and a live performance and interview with Muy Cansado!

SongArtistAlbumTime Played
TelevisionYou Won’tSkeptic Goodbye21:06:00
RestlessButterknifeDo The Needful21:09:00
The King of WalesCowgillSide One of Planted – EP21:14:00
I’d Like To ThinkParlour BellsLook Again21:17:00
Anne Frank StoryHuman Sexual ResponseFig. 1521:22:00
CELEBRATEGarvy J. and the Secret Pockets of Hope and ResistanceCelebrate – Single21:29:00
Why Don’t You Cry Anymore (Like You Used To)?The LuxuryWhy Don’t You Cry Anymore (Like You Used To)? Single21:38:00
Alive and KickingThe LuxuryWhy Don’t You Cry Anymore (Like You Used To)?21:45:00
I Bring A Room DownGeoff HaytonSingle21:57:00
Better Than You Had BeforeDr AwkwardThe Sound22:04:00
InsomnolenceStates and CapitolsShadows22:12:00
Old North ChurchLady MajesticSingle22:21:00
See You In HellThe Peppermint Pattiessingle22:29:00
Live On the TownMuy CansadoLive On the Town22:35:00
Atheist In the FoxholeThe Fatal FlawWe Are What We Pretend to Be23:11:00
SurfesqueThe Invisible RaysSalute the American popular Song23:17:00
Where The Bodies LayMellow BravoS/T23:21:00
PredisposedMuy CansadoLet It Go23:32:00
Let It GoMuy CansadoLet It Go23:41:00
Hole in the BoatWalter Sickert and The Army of Broken ToysSteam Ship Killers23:54:00
She’s Into ScienceFaux OxFaux Ox23:57:00
So It GoesThe Grownup NoiseThis Time With Feeling00:03:00
All In Good TimeFuture CarnivoresFuture Carnivores00:08:00
how long can you keep your eyes shut on the interstateHo-AgPray For The Worms00:13:00
Wave Backwards To MassachusettsHallelujah the HillsCollective Psychosis Begone00:15:00
Ghost of a Plastic BagThe Pee Wee FistFlying00:20:00
CUCKOOWillard Grant Conspiracy and TelefunkIn The Fishtank00:27:00


Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Running of the Bride: my sister's book that I star in (...or maybe I am just mentioned in 2 sentences, but either way...)


I've mentioned before that my sister was writing a book about her crazy wedding experience involving a proposal on the set of the Sex and the City movie and two reality shows (Say Yes to the Dress and Rock the Reception). I'm mentioned in it a few times, you know, as the greatest brother in the world and stuff like that.

Well anyway, now the book is here! It is published by Skirt! Books, an imprint of Globe Pequot Press. The glowing reviews have been pouring in (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)! Get yourself a copy for some insight into my family (not my fault). Also, Jodie Sweetin (Stephanie Tanner on Full House) likes it!

Amazon - Barnes and Noble
Powell's - Other



 [Rachel Eddey's Web Page] [Facebook] [Twitter] [Contact Rachel]

“Funny, smart, and an excellent writer, Rachel Eddey gives Jen Lancaster a run for her money as she races with sarcastic wit and whine all the way up to the altar. … She holds her own, though, with her own style, a little bit sweet and a little bit sassy. She paints one vivid satirical vignette after another … Completely hilarious.” —A Frugal Life

“A funny, breezy romp through Manhattan wedding mania.” —Susan Shapiro, author of Five Men Who Broke My Heart



“A laugh-out-loud peek into the mind of a crazed bride. . . . Truly a great read!” —Jodie Sweetin, Full House actress and author of unSweetined

“From the very first page of her hysterical memoir, she keeps us in stitches.” —Amber Benson, Buffy the Vampire Slayer actress and writer/director

“A fast read, full of funny and often heart-warming moments. . . . Compelling.” —Dan Konopka, drummer for OK Go

“Hilarious … I couldn’t put down this heartfelt story of learning how to have it all.” —Carley Roney, cofounder and editor in chief of TheKnot.com

When Rachel’s handsome studio exec boyfriend proposes on the Sex and the City movie set, she can’t fathom the dizzying adventure ahead. Accepting a once-in-a-lifetime venue deal helps their budget but puts them on a crash course to get married in just four months—and time isn’t their only challenge. They battle a wacky host of vendors, including a hair stylist who fakes a car accident and a makeup artist channeling Marilyn Manson, all while testing their love amid tastings and tulle.

Using her nervous energy productively, Rachel enters every contest she can find, winning diamond earrings, a honeymoon, a photographer, and two wedding gowns. Her pop culture obsession lands the wedding party on two hit reality TV shows. There’s just one problem as the clock ticks down: Her staunch perfectionism and fear of dancing threaten to derail everything. She has to redefine perfect and embrace the mistakes—or risk losing it all.

Please take your seats. The wedding is about to begin.


While Rachel is the latest in my family to get her work published, my father and mother are both published authors as well. In fact, Rachel's book almost as much of a page-turner as my books, Invasion of the Burrowers or I'm Getting Sweaty in Here! (or other embarrassing things from our youth)!!!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Los Locos Manos: a film for the 48 Hour Film Project 2012 Boston by The Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library

Los Locos Manos 
full film, created for 48 Hour Film Project Boston 2012



LOS LOCOS MANOS!!! [Facebook] [Web]


"Los Locos Manos" screening happened:
Kendall Square Cinema
Group E Screening Thursday, May 24, 7 PM
(this is the family-friendly screening group - PG-13 or lighter)

with:
Brietini Productions, The Brownie Theater (full film link), Cinemasolo, Evolution, First Thursday Films, J - movie,
Moose Films, North Shore Players (full film link), PDPsi, Talent Tools, Vaudeville Pictures, Wax Idiotical Films, YTeens Productions



Teaser/Trailer


I'll give a detailed breakdown of the script with spoilers at the bottom for anyone interested.

About the 48 Hour Film Project

Susannah as Ivana Wright.
Photo by Tanya Palit.
I don't have a whole lot of filmmaking experience, but I had heard about the 48hfp a couple of years ago when a friend of mine participated and Sophia and I had discussed doing one ever since.

The premise of 48hfp: groups are assigned a film genre, a character name and occupation, a prop, and a line of dialogue. The groups then have 48 hours to write, film, edit, and render/encode a final product that is between 4 and 7 minutes long (plus a flexible additional minute of credit roll).

Earlier this year, The Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library made a silent film based around our music. We will be premiering that film at a show at TT's on June 15th! I had such a good time working with the band on it that I asked if they'd be interested in trying it again for the 48hfp and they all agreed! We decided that we would do a musical in whatever genre we were assigned and would write all the music for our film on Friday night, shoot all day Saturday, and leave Saturday night and Sunday for editing, etc.


How we spent the 48 hours


Photo by Jane Allard
In advance, we prepared the clearance and record documents required by the 48hfp, everyone cleared their schedules as much as possible for the whole weekend (planned to sleep over), and I started to study narrative approaches in short film. Although we had no idea what story we'd tell, I wanted to make sure we had some ideas about putting a succinct, but complete story together. I creeped the band out by making them listen to some Miranda July pieces, for example. We made the rough schedule...and I hoped that we wouldn't get comedy, which was the only genre I really had no interest in. We kind of had a running joke about the phrase Los Locos Manos for a few months and had hoped we could find a way to work it into our movie, despite its lack of grammatical accuracy. We ended up using it as the title and incorporating it in a fun way.

Friday 5:30 - 7 - All of the 48hfp Team Leaders met at Boston Beer Works and were assigned our genre and other info. We were released and the 48 hours began at 7 PM. Here's a video of me drawing our genre, "Thriller / Suspense."

All of the teams in Boston for 2012 were assigned the following other items:
Character Name - Ivan or Ivana Wright
Line of Dialogue - "You're making a big mistake."
Prop - Chocolate
Photo by Jane Allard

Friday 7 PM - drove home to Somerville to meet team at 7:30.

Friday 7:30 - 9 PM - We collaboratively wrote the plot, planned how we would approach the story, assigned roles - particularly singing and speaking roles. We sat around the table, ate pizza, and figured this all out as a group, which is a challenging task. Rachel Leah Blumenthal took on the job of Production Manager and mostly excused herself from appearing in the film to perform that task, to act as a 2nd camera, and to shoot some photos of the production. Because we decided to do the whole thing as a musical, we knew we could skip doing live sound and while there would be a big frontload of work with getting the audio recorded and ready (dialogue, vocals, and cue music), it would be easier during shooting in some sense. The tricky part, of course, is that the performances then required lip-syncing rather than just freestyling the delivery of the lines.

Rachel Leah Blumenthal (production manager) describes the script after we finish the draft on Friday night.



I wanted to appear in the movie, but not really appear in it (a la Alfred Hitchcock). Hitchcock had some clever ways of doing this for films that made no sense for him to do a walkthrough (e.g., Lifeboat), by appearing in a photo or a newspaper ad. So, for my appearance, we used a painting that Sophia had made of me based on this photo.


Friday 9 PM - Saturday 6 AM - We wrote songs, recorded songs, split into groups to handle different aspects. Rachel and Susannah took over as kind of "music directors" for the cues and styles, ensuring that the music for each scene fit the tone and that the tones varied throughout the film. We very intentionally decided to work with the uncomfortable contrast between creepy and almost humorous (in a dark comedy sort of way). I was inspired to consider this approach by the masterfully balanced darkness and humor of Twin Peaks. I knew this would require a lot of shooting work as well - changes in lighting, angles, etc., but was ready to give it a shot, despite my limited experience.

Interviews with cast/crew:


Saturday 5:27 AM - Susannah (Ivana Wright) records vocals and Lisa (Chocolateer [sic]) records bass (plus other recording behind-the-scenes videos).


Saturday 6 AM - 9 AM - Various members of the team started going to sleep around 3 AM with tiered amounts of sleep from 6 hours down to 0 hours. I myself got to bed at 6 AM, while Rachel did production planning/management work (shotlists, prop lists, etc.) straight through the night.


Saturday 9 AM - Shooting is scheduled to begin and recording resumes to finish up the final bits that we didn't quite get to during the night. I start to freak out because we actually don't have any of the stuff we need for any one shot, so we are at a standstill until we locate a bunch of small items. I may or may not have been yelling at people at this point in my panic. We call stores frantically looking for items, send people running errands to buy erasable chalk for the wall, surgical masks, chocolate rabbits (we couldn't quite find what we wanted in the end even), etc. Everyone gets ready to start shooting while we await necessary prop arrival.

Preparing for shoot, Susannah (Ivana Wright) has fake eyelashes put on.


Saturday 11 AM - Actual shooting begins - we start with a scene that ultimately gets cut - Ivana's reaction to doctor coming at her with the drill. The doctor shot ended up being creepier without it, so I decided to omit this one. I worked hard to not shoot anything extraneous during the day, but as things always go, a few shots got cut for time, quality, or flow reasons. As props all arrive, we shoot all the scenes we can before 3 PM when we were planning to go outside and play the Somerville Porchfest. Why? Partly because we are insane and partly because I screwed up and booked both.

Photo shamelessly stolen from Jade Sylvan
Saturday 3 PM - It's a perfect time to take a break from shooting as we realize that we didn't remember to dump all the audio from the computer. The interrogation scenes use the same music, but have different dialogue. In our exhaustion, we only dumped one of the three tracks. We run outside and are shocked to find about 10 people waiting for us to start playing. We thought we might go out and play a few songs to no one and call it a day, but by the time we got rolling, we accumulated about 50 people throughout the course of our 45 minute set. It was kind of a nice treat. We didn't have time to don our normal librarian outfits, so we just threw on some funny hats, wigs, or whatever we could grab. For continuity purposes, Susannah kept her drilled head wound on while playing, inspiring some questions about whether she was okay. We had a blast! (Huge thanks to everyone who stopped by!)

Saturday 4 PM - shoot resumes. We need to wrap by around 8:30 to let Susannah go. Others started getting sent home starting around 5:30 as we finished shooting with them. We decide last minute that Lisa's character didn't have enough screen time to make clear what her purpose was, so we add an extra scene of Susannah (Ivana) receiving her secret instructions from Los Locos Manos while being watched by a chocolate-eating Lisa. I later cut this scene to imply that she was mailing the letters as I didn't think the receipt shot worked. It was particularly hard to shoot because it was outside and required no one else to be in the shot. As it was Porchfest, there was a lot of activity on the streets, making it impossible to get a clean shot in the brief time we had. The mailing shot required less isolation.

Susannah (Ivana Wright) burns the Los Locos Manos code page:


Saturday 5 PM (approximately)  - Boston 48hfp organizer Ben Guaraldi (a brave soul for dealing with 86 teams doing this!) and photographer Brian Fife visit our shoot. Some photos at: http://bluesock.org/~brian/photos/48hfp2012/mjeml/index.html

Saturday 9 PM - shooting wraps - we cut some shots that aren't totally necessary. We simplify others to get them done on time. I work to ensure that story is not harmed by these cuts and changes.

Photo by Holly Collins
Saturday 9 PM - Rachel, Sophia, and I go grab dinner at Veggie Galaxy.

Saturday 11 PM - I begin editing and mixing all of the music.

Sunday 
4 AM - I am done with music, I pull it all into the Adobe Premiere session, build the basic structure of the movie and then go to sleep around 5 AM.

Sunday 
9 AM - I wake up and begin cutting
I cut as fast as I can. Color correction, lighting correction. - make sure shadowed out, lighting tells the right story - consistent for shots

Sunday 3 PM - editing complete. attempt to export fails. No idea why, but something went wrong. I retried. Same error. I freaked out a little and rebooted. Then, there was a cascading comedy of errors in which I opened the wrong session, freaked out that I had lost an hour of editing, and then started editing it again before realizing the wrong session was open. Once I realized that, the export worked.

Sunday 
4 PM - I now had an export in MP4 (which is what I would usually export for a movie I worked on), but now I needed to make it an MOV or DVD. I frantically tried both. It didn't work out so well for a while.

Sunday 
4 - 6 PM - I spent two hours fighting to figure out how to make MOV or DVD (keeps failing in Quicktime, DVD comes out with damaged aspect ratio, SNAFUs left and right). Finally, I realize I can run MP4 to MOV conversion on my ProTools Mac in Quicktime. I do that despite the fact that it offers no options about bitrate, etc. I get a file that isn't quite the size I want, but looks adequately good, so we roll with it.

Sunday 6 PM - We leave the house to deliver final product.


Sunday 6:30 - 6:45 PM - We drop off the movie! I feel relief. No tears are shed.

Technical Details
The entire film was shot on a Panasonic HDC-HS900K with no lens attachments (I do own a few lenses, but given time constraints, I didn't mess around).
Backup shooting was done with a Nikon D7000, but none of the footage was used due to time constraints.
All of the audio was recorded on ProTools 9 with an RNP and an Oktavamod NT1 modified mic. Normally, I'd use a variety of microphones for tracking different instruments, but we were in a big hurry, so we just used one mic for everything except the bass was tracked directly from the output of a Hartke HA-3500 amplifier.
Editing was all performed in Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.


Photo by Tanya Palit
The Script/Story/Songs (spoilers)


Here's an inside look at our quick work. 
-Shotlist and props list with rough script
-Schedule
-Lyrics and "final" script (collaboratively written and edited by numerous people, so it's not consistent in form):

The full Los Locos Manos Soundtrack is available for free download or you can listen via this player:


Photo by Jane Allard
An outline/some thoughts on the script (BIG SPOILERS):

We kind of favored making Ivana Wright a spy. The original idea was to leave it open to the audience to decide if she was really a spy or it was a matter of mistaken identity, but we thought it would be more clever (or perhaps easier) to allow the audience to know things that the characters did not and to watch (hopefully in suspense, as is our genre assignment) as the story unfolds and we learn more about what is and is not known by the interrogators.

The film opens with her functioning as a decorator until she sees something that scares her, and she is immediately kidnapped. She wakes up in a medical setting to find that her head is being drilled. We wanted to do a musical, so we threw in an aphasic head injury as a plot device to explain why there was singing happening in the interrogation, which is the main piece of our film. The interrogation itself was an opportunity to allow for flashbacks to include many characters and a contrast between the words and the visual accompaniment. Ivana sings about helping decorate houses while we see tangentially related images of her performing spy activities.


This also allowed for dark, foreboding songs for interrogation and light, bouncier songs for the flashbacks (which are all shown in black and white). That is, until the final flashback when something goes wrong and Ivana (who we learn is living under an alias) tries to expose Los Locos Manos and escape.

We decided to have Ivana recount her tales of interior decorating work for suspected agents as innocent in lyric, but obviously not innocent in visual presentation. I thought this was a particularly interesting contrast of tone that I had seen done very well in Twin Peaks and done disturbingly well as a musical in Dancer in the Dark.



Photo by Lisa Battiston
We wanted a "big reveal" at the end. I am not sure the reveal is as surprising as we had originally planned, but I like it anyway. We inserted our assigned line of dialogue, "you're making a big mistake," as many times as we possibly could. We even wrote a song in which both the interrogators and Ivana accuse each other of making a big mistake. The stylistic contrast across songs, particularly the interrogation vs. the innocent claims of interior decorating, are perhaps my favorite element of what we came up with.


Additionally, Sophia and I are particularly obsessed with The Prisoner, so I enjoyed going down the path of not revealing too many details (and calling her "unmutual") about who she worked for (or works for), who she is, who had her in captivity, etc. We don't know her real name or identity. We don't know what it is that Los Locos Manos is doing or what her instructions were that caused her to react so strongly. We also leave the ending a little bit open to interpretation, although I think there is a clearly implied finality.

Perhaps someday we'll make a prequel or sequel to the story.

Until then, beware Los Locos Manos...

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Darling Pet Munkee at Mondo Thursdays 5/17/12

You've already been told by The Boston Globe and Boston Band Crush to check out this month's installment of Mondo Thursdays, but we thought we'd remind you once more...

May 17, 2012
The Plough and Stars
Mondo Thursdays presents:

Sarah Blacker
Darling Pet Munkee

21+ / $5





Thursday, May 10, 2012

Strange Vids Featuring TMS: Young woman grows a mustache to "I Grew A Mustache"

I support the growing trend of women finding ways to grow mustaches. This innovative young woman has apparently developed an elixir for just the occasion. One sip of the elixir plus a few rounds of calisthenics and her lip is warm all winter long. Even better, she performs this feat to the sound of The Motion Sick's "I Grew A Mustache" from Novelty Songs: Volume One.



Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Darling Pet Munkee - "MONSTER S-I-Z-E MONSTERS" music video shoot wrapped - video coming soon!

Poor Frankenstein's monster (Frank, from here on in...) just can't catch a break. He turns to online dating and goes on a series of bungled dates...until he finally meets the one...

We hope to release this video and the video for "Genuine Soil From Dracula's Castle" as a "Creature Double Feature" in early July!

HUGE thanks to the awesome women (and Phil Opitz) who participated in the Darling Pet Munkee video shoot this weekend. As you can see from the photos, this is going to be a lot of fun! EXTRA HUGE thanks to Sarah Wait Zaranek and Emily Diggins for dealing with the two most unpleasant scenes. Huge thanks to Jane Allard, Melissa Zeigler, Kristen Scioli, and Linnea Herzog. Also double extra thanks to Porcelain Dalya, and Rachel Leah Blumenthal for both dating ol' Frankie and helping with the production. It means a lot to us that you helped out with this. We couldn't make these things without you!!!



Check out some of Frank's affairs in this fine photo set by Rachel Blumenthal.

The Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library holds a _Swap Meet_ with Golden Bloom - (Also, Project Amylee Part 3)

As The Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library sets forth on our (now annual? - see last year's adventure) East Coast run with Golden Bloom and Neutral Uke Hotel, we present to you a project celebrating the years of collaboration that we've had with the fine fellows of Golden Bloom (and Neutral Uke Hotel) with a 4-song split for which The MJEML covers two Golden Bloom songs and Golden Bloom covers two MJEML songs. You're welcome!

Here's what Green Light Go has to say about it!

...
"After touring last year with Golden Bloom, we all had their songs stuck in our heads, so after nights and nights of suffering with those catchy tunes keeping us awake, we set off to ritualistically remove them from our psyches by using the ancient art of recording covers," says Epstein. "It didn't work to expunge the pop demons, but we had fun doing it anyway." 
...

This is the 2nd cover in a series of covers and various takes on "Amylee!"

Those of you who are older might also remember that awesome time that The Motion Sick did a split 7" with Golden Bloom...ah, the good old days!

Sophia and Michael cameo in Hallelujah the Hills "Get Me In A Room"

In addition to making some of our own music videos, we always have fun appearing as extras in other people's videos. Here's Hallelujah the Hills' video for "Get Me In A Room."





Tuesday, May 8, 2012

DNFMOMD: Won Local Band of the Year from Salem WMWM 91.7!




We were very honored to win 'Local Band of the Year' from WMWM 91.7 Salem! We love thier initiative to support the local music community and are thrilled to be part of it all! Thank you WMWM - and especially Eric Roberts, Nicole Freeman, and John Robinson at the station!

MJEML: PROJECT A.M.Y.L.E.E. Part 2 - "Amylee" Music Video documents our battle with the evil space dolphins

The Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library’s “Amylee” music video has arrived! The "Amylee" music video is part of 2012's 12-part PROJECT A.M.Y.L.E.E. for which we will present various versions of "Amylee" including covers, remixes, and session recordings!





Most people are well aware that the Mayans prophesied the end of the humanity on Earth in 2012 via massive dolphin takeover. Few realize, however, that the dolphins of Earth shall be joined by their space dolphin relatives in two-pronged attack on the human race.



The Government has already decided to declassify enough information about the Dolphinspiracy/Dolphinpocalypse 2012 (i.e., the dolphins' 2012 takeover of Earth, as predicted by the Mayans) to reveal that The Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library has been recruited as a think tank to lead the battle against the dolphin invaders from space during their synchronous space/land two-pronged attack. The CIA, NASA, Homeland Security, NATO, and the United Nations have all teamed up to determine how to stop these invaders and to create as much documentation of the successes and failures of "PROJECT FLIPOFF." We have recruited documentary filmmaker Dan St. Germain to document our progress on the space front. We are delighted to reveal that the threat against humanity has been temporarily averted by an ally agent from the depths of the ocean.













Thursday, May 3, 2012

PRESALE NOW CLOSED - The Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library Double Ticket Deal with bonus, limited-edition DVD and new song!

A still from A Brief History of Flight
THE PRESALE IS NOW CLOSED. SEE YOU AT THE SHOW!

The Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library has two very exciting shows coming up! We've decided to offer a special, limited-edition package ticket deal.

Here's what we're offering:

A ticket to each of the two shows (see videos and other previews of these bands below):

-June 15th at TT's w/ Tallahassee (featuring former New England Patriot Brian Barthelmes),  Cask Mouse (2012 Rock 'N' Roll Rumble Semi-Finalists), Velah (featuring former members of Static of the Gods and The Acre) - $10 / 18+

-July 13th at Church opening for the soon-to-be-huge He's My Brother She's My Sister (currently touring with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes and opening for Neko Case the night before this show) w/genre-defying The Doctors Fox and Philip Cohen - $10adv / $12dos / 21+

...PLUS a limited-edition (only sold via this presale) DVD containing the MJEML short film "A Brief History of Flight," our yet-to-be-made 48 Hour Film Project film, and the dolphin-battling music video for "Amylee," plus other bonus video goodies.
...PLUS a CD copy (and/or download) of our new EP, Faith in Free
...PLUS a digital download of the film-soundtrack single, "The Violinist"

All for $20! [We are also offering tickets to either individual show plus Faith in Free and "The Violinist" (DVD not included) for $10.]

Note: you'll be on an entry list at the door at TT's (no physical tickets)



PAYPAL LINK REMOVED - PRESALE CLOSED

Some more details on our film premiere and some videos from our billmates...


A Brief History of Flight - public film premiere!
We held an experimental private performance in which we played partial live musical accompaniment to a short, silent film that we shot over the course of two days. Now, the grand public premiere of the final cut with full-band performance! It is also our only scheduled live performance of the work.


Org- Soundtrack-0813
Photo by Justin Moore
via  http://www.flickr.com/photos/bdjsb7/6794578947/in/set-72157629112699755/




Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Wiretap Wednesday: May 2, 2012 recap featuring Lainey SchoolTree


April's Wiretap Wednesday is here!! This page ( http://bit.ly/wiretapwed ) will be the location of the livestream and time listings for performing acts.

Lainey SchoolTree is our feature performer this month!

Arts at the Armory
191 Highland Ave.
Somerville, MA

All Ages! Free! (Logistical Details)

Also, connect with us on Facebook.

Lainey SchoolTree (our feature):


Video from May 2nd's performers!

Lou Susi
P.A. Trick (PAT VIDEO 2)
Betty Widerski (BW VIDEO 2)
Valentin Prince (VP VIDEO 2)
Paul Watts
Justin Drew
JR Huffman
Gideon Bautista
Zack

Space Balloons: Welcome to Balloononia OUT TODAY

Welcome to Balloononia by Space Balloons was officially released today! Which means you can find it anywhere and everywhere online!


While napping after a
particularly hearty meal of grapes, Balloononians
Admiral Sophia (Sophia Cacciola), Navigator Joe (Joe Kowan/J-Krafty) and Science Officer Mike (Michael J. Epstein) drifted a bit too far off course in their balloon spaceship. Now they wander the galaxy in search of their home planet Balloononia while spreading the customs and culinary interests of their society in song.     
      
Space Balloons' debut Welcome to Balloononia features 13 tales of Balloononian life, culture, and cuisine.