ZAP Records Spotlight: To Live As Sons

This has been irregular, but I need to be better at this recent idea I had where I talk about the other bands and artists on ZAP Records. That’s the label that I’m affiliated with, for those who didn’t know.

This band is To Live As Sons. They are a hardcore band based in West Virginia. This quintet has two original members from Zao, who are a legendary band in the hardcore and metalcore scenes. It’s crazy how I’m labelmates with them, but they make some good music.

It’s their newest song “Get the Horizon”. It was originally on the ZAP Records Vol. 3 compilation album, but the song is now released as a single.

By the way…it’s FREE (or pay-what-you-want)! That should save you some money on Black Friday. Just sayin’.

Feel free to check them out.

-Curtis

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A ZAP Records Spotlight (Easter Teeth) and Being a Year Older

I thought I would try something new in Ospreyshire’s Realm. As you may know, I’m part of the ZAP Records family for the Ospreyshire project. They are a UK-based independent label that’s owned my my buddy Dave Emmerson from The Old-Timers, Their Throats Are Open Tombs, and Dystopian Futures. I thought I would do something where I can talk about my labelmates and expose you to some good music that you won’t find on a Top 40 station or Billboard’s Charts.

Here’s the newest album from the ZAP family: Truckstop Fear by Easter Teeth.

They are an experimental noise punk band from California and they make some really creative and angular tunes. They are duo consisting of two brothers making some inventive music. What makes them stand out is that they DON’T use guitars in their songs. Only drums, bass, keyboards, and other things besides a six-string.

Feel free to check them out!

Also, in other news…today’s actually my birthday. No, really. Hahaha! It’s probably going to be low-key though.

Have a great day.

-Curtis

Unique Blogger Award (My first award!)

Unique Blogger Award
Well, I legitimately didn’t see this one coming.

I was awarded this Unique Blogger Award from a blogger named Irina.

Thanks, Irina! I really appreciate it.

In order for this thing to work, I must do the following:

-Mention the blogger who nominated me while linking them.
-Nominate 8-13 other people.
-Answer questions from the person who nominated me.
-Give three questions to those I have nominated.

I know this award was for my work at Iridium Eye where I review lesser-known movies, documentaries, anime, short films, international movies, art house cinema and other films of that nature that aren’t getting the Hollywood treatment. http://iridiumeye.wordpress.com

I’d like to nominate the following bloggers:
1. Jeannette Jonic
2. Lauren Mann & The Fairly Odd Folk
3. Jon Spencer Reviews
4. Peach’s Almanac
5. Through Open Lens
6. Rodrovich’s Anime Blog
7. The Pantless Anime Blogger
8. Hikeminded
9. Mechanical Anime Reviews
10. Sarah Doughty

I hope you all appreciate that!

Here are the questions I was asked by Irina.

1. What post was your favorite to write and why?
Well, I have multiple blogs. I’ll give you an answer for all of my pages.

Ospreyshire’s Realm: It was when I made a video for the “My Heart Is A Crater” track from my debut EP “Verses Vs. Anhedonia”. Here’s a link to the video.

Autumn Peal Media (Photography/Videography): That’s tricky. It would be some of my Ecuador photos such as when I visited Quito or parts of the Andes Mountains.

C. M. B. Bell Fiction: That would be my currently ongoing cell phone novel Hollandus Landing. This has been a huge undertaking for me as I write this story with 40 different perspectives with 200 words or less per chapter.

Iridium Eye: My two favorite reviews I wrote would be a very close tie between the documentary Hate Crimes In The Heartland and the 60s anime series Kimba the White Lion.

Hate Crimes In The Heartland is the first documentary and American film I’ve given a 10/10 points to. It’s a very powerful film that deals with the tragedies of the Black Wall Street Massacre and the Good Friday Murders in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I thought it was amazing how they got survivors from the former event that happened in 1921 while also having a narrative that focuses not just on the racial impact, but also the economic one without politicizing everything.

Kimba the White Lion was a fun anime to review despite being way older than the other anime series I’ve critiqued. Even though it’s super old-school, I was really impressed with how much depth there was and how they handle various issues in a G-rated way. This and the last review allowed me to be very honest and brave with my opinions. I didn’t think it was a perfect series especially with some of the meddling in the English dub with a couple of storyline changes, but it was still a good watch. If you’ve heard of Kimba, yes…I do give my 2 cents on the infamous “Lion Controversy” as well. Feel free to check out these reviews and my other ones, too.

2. Is there a subject you would like to write about but haven’t quite figured out how to do it yet?

I’ve thought about a few, but I don’t know which blog I could post them on or what format it could be. I’ve thought of little essays involving media theories, connecting films and anime to various social issues (without looking like an SJW), some music-based posts, and even posting some poetry outside of my ongoing Katauta 52 Project.

3. What was the last random thing that made you happy?

This happened yesterday, actually. At my day job, I was feeling beat after doing so much work quickly to the best of my ability. One of my managers saw this and gave me an iced coffee as a token of appreciation. It really made me smile.

Now that I’ve answered Irina’s questions, I’ve got questions for those of you whom I nominated.

1. What was the bravest article you’ve posted on your blog(s)?
2. Which creative hobby would you most like to try? (keep the answers civil, please)
3. If your blog was a meal or dish, what would it taste like?

Alright. That was a fun post and this award did brighten my day despite me not posting about it sooner.

Have a wonderful day.

-Curtis

 

 

Friendship Friday: Lifestory:Monologue

I really miss this band. I wish they wouldn’t have broken up so soon.

This is Lifestory: Monologue. They hail from Guelph, ON, Canada, and they were such a great band. They mix elements of post-rock, ambient, spoken word lyrics, and a dash of some hardcore for good measure. I had the fortune to see one of their very few concerts here in America and they put on one heck of a show when I saw them at Cornerstone 2009. I put up a video with the original version of their song “The Coward” (better than the later version in my opinion).

RIP Lifestory: Monologue. Your music will not be forgotten.

Most of their discography is free or pay-what-you-want on https://lifestorymonologue.bandcamp.com/.

-Curtis

Friendship Friday: Ben + Vesper

Meet Ben + Vesper.

They are a married couple from New Jersey that make some quirky experimental pop music. I saw them back at Cornerstone Festival 2011 where they played one heck of a show. They were discovered by Danielson Famile and were signed to Sounds Familyre Records. I own all their albums, by the way. 🙂

They haven’t been active that much in music lately, but Vesper does illustrations though.
http://www.vesperillustration.com/

-Curtis

Friendship Friday: George Hugo

http://georgehugo.blogspot.com/
https://zaprecords.bandcamp.com/album/zap-009-rainwet-morning

This week’s edition of Friendship Friday involves George Hugo.

He’s a musician from South Africa. I was introduced to him through our mutual friend Dave from The Old-Timers, Their Throats Are Open Tombs, and the founder of ZAP Records. George is a really cool guy that makes some nice folk tunes. He also just told me about his photography on his Blogspot, so I’ll be promoting both links of his. George Hugo’s debut EP Rainwet Morning is available for free or pay-what-you-want on ZAP Records’ Bandcamp page.

-Curtis

Friendship Friday: Oceans & Oceans

My pick for this week’s Friendship Friday is Oceans & Oceans!

I’ve known them for years and they have an awesome live show. They are a humble bunch that make some fantastic genre-blending music. If you ever get the chance to see them play, then please go. You won’t be disappointed.

Check out their split with fellow Elginites Home Burial here (it’s free or pay-what-you-want) : https://oceansandoceans.bandcamp.com/releases

-Curtis

Friendship Friday: Gareth Sitz

This Friendship Friday will be about Gareth Sitz this week!

She’s a playwright, actress, and a poet. Gareth has done a lot of great things in the community with the arts and outreach activities. I recently bought her chapbook of poems which was a great read, and the Adultery poem is featured in this video that I took back in January. Gareth has helped me become a better poet, lyricist, and even helped me to share the stuff I’ve been writing for years.

Check out her theatre troupe Femmeprov: https://www.facebook.com/femmeprov/

-Curtis

Friendship Friday: Fafhrd

https://fafhrd.bandcamp.com/

Meet Connor Eck AKA Fafhrd.

He’s an experimental musician from my home state of Illinois. I’ve known him for years ever since he told me about his band Suzy LaRue & The Ruthless Ooze when they were starting out as a band. Fafhrd does a lot of synthesizer, dark ambient, and even some avant-pop based pieces across his discography. Most of his albums are free or pay-what-you-want on his Bandcamp page.

-Curtis

Another Shout-Out From The Antidote!

http://www.theantidoteradio.com/news/the-art-of-curtis-m

Hey, everybody. I found out that Dave from The Antidote radio did an article about Ospreyshire and my other projects.

I thought it was very kind of him to do so, and I appreciated it.

Feel free to check out The Antidote Radio. They do a lot of great interviews and podcasts on that site.

-Curtis