Results tagged “Lapdance Academy”

Oct201113
01:27 PM
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Available as a free download from Lapdance Academy, Breathe In, Breathe Out from Knoxville TN's singer-songwriter Gene Priest is a beautiful slice of indie-folk/alt-country for the mope-ster set.  Trust me, I know: I produced it and performed on every track.

Ordinarily, I also handle all of the album art for Lapdance Academy, but when Gene brought me the sketches from UK illustrator, Adam Lister, I was definitely willing to step aside.  As you can see from his portfolio, Lister takes a major cue from traditional tattoo imagery, explaining, "Ever since I was a nipper all I wanted to do was draw, now swapping out Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for skulls [and] snakes."

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Lister has promised to make prints available in the near future so, if you're interested, contact him through his site.  And while you're waiting for delivery, be sure to download Breathe In, Breathe Out!.


Feb201101
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I've got a little something up my sleeve for all of you indie-pop/synth-rock geeks out there: the 10 butter-slathered tracks of Sex Griddle from NYC's Lucky Ghost (AKA, the quirky mind of multi-instrumentalist, Seth Berkowitz).  This album is definitely a must-have for any New Pornographers fans out there - or anyone who wishes that Weezer was still stuck in the 90s and, as a result, still writing great pop tunes.

Playing and recording 99% of the album's instruments himself at his home studio in Queens, Berkowitz continues along the path of his 2008 release (Network Stars), melding 70s prog, 80s pop and the chunky guitars of the 90s.  Or, as we've simply come to describe his sound: "like eating sugar cereal and watching Saturday morning cartoons during nuclear winter."

The album is available as a free download at Lapdance Academy and, for those of you who'd like to get a sample, we encourage you to check out the video for "Made In America," pieced together with public-domain footage from my favorite place on the internet, The Prelinger Archives.


Jan201118
12:00 AM
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I've released three new singles today on Lapdance Academy and, as is always the case, you can download them absolutely free!

First is a re-release of "Lady on the Low" from 2007's Bedlam Nights which has been bundled with a big-beat remix by Bridgeport, CT producer, Touch.  Next up is my cover of "Once in a Lifetime" by the Talking Heads (previously released on the Coverville tribute compilation) and last, but certainly not least, is Seraphim - a pair of traditional American spirituals featuring guest vocals from Emily Zuzik, Matt Whyte of Earl Greyhound and even our fearless Editrix-in-Chief.

So quit sitting on your thumbs and head to Lapdance Academy where you can stream, download and, yes, make a donation!
Oct201012
06:13 PM
Around 5am tomorrow morning, I'll feebly attempt to wake up, pull on a crusty pair of Levis and welcome Gene Priest and The Cardinal Sin (remember when I interviewed them a few months back?) into my home.  Not that I run a home for wayward musicians, or anything, but the boys will be traveling up from Knoxville, TN, tonight to do some shows and recording with me and my band over the next few nights.

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Tomorrow night, we'll be jumping off at Fat Baby in NYC, with Gene starting at 8pm (I'll be sitting in with him on a few songs on lap-steel guitar) and my own band following up at 9pm.  The first 10 people to pay the $7 cover and tell the doorman they're there for "Brian Grosz" will get a complimentary copy of my 2007 album, Bedlam Nights.

The following night we'll be up at Two Boots in Bridgeport, CT, for a FREE show and then we'll wrap it up with a super-special secret-show somewhere in the northeast on Friday night - stay tuned for details on that one!

Marisa and I hope to see you out at Fat Baby tomorrow night - we'll have plenty of Needles and Sins and Lapdance Academy swag available for all!
Aug201003
04:06 PM
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Is this tattoo related?  No.  No it's not (unless you consider the fact that Marisa and I have had this track blasting on a continuous loop at the Needles and Sins Compound today whilst much booty-shaking has taken place).  Regardless, it's just too damned good of a song NOT to bring it to your attention.

Multi-instrumentalist Alex Walker teamed up with Brooklyn soul-singer Len Xiang and MC Kobie Powell (remember him from Us3 back in the 90s?) to give us "Gotta Lose" - a soul/hip-hop track that is easily replacing anything I had previously considered to be my "Summer Jam of 2010."

Not only is it available as a free download at Lapdance Academy, but Alex has decided to make the instrumental/vocal stems available (as well as an Apple GarageBand file) and publish the track under a Creative Commons License.  This enables all of you remixers/producers/masher-uppers to hack away at the song to your heart's content - and select remixes will be given fresh cover-art (courtesy of yours truly) and added to the Lapdance Academy catalog.

Personally, I can't wait to fire up the synths and drum-machines this weekend and get my "hard-house, hyphy, ragga, shoegaze" remix on...
Jul201023
09:11 AM
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Not too long ago, I was introduced to Gene Priest (above, right), a brilliant musician and tattoo-collector out of Knoxville, TN.  He was playing drums for a handful of bands at the time, but I was truly blown away once I heard the demo-recordings of his solo work that he was churning out on an acoustic guitar in his spare time.  Fortunately, I was able to convince him to let me produce the tracks (and add a couple of instrument tracks, myself) and just last month, we pushed his four-song EP, "Living To Die" (mixed by Scott Minor of Sparklehorse) out into the ether as a free download on Lapdance Academy Records.

"Free-floating art-folk (think Vic Chesnutt) on the four-song Living To Die... with disciplined songwriting [and] particularly long, billowy melodies that take a while to sink in but are inescapable once they do."
-- MetroPulse.com

I also got a chance to talk to Gene and his backing band, The Cardinal Sin, about their tattoos.  Some questions they took seriously and some, well... let's just say that I've taken the piss out of plenty of journalists over my own musical career...

[interview after the jump]

CONTINUE READING....
Jun201002
12:37 PM
Brookyln's Galaxy of Tar - who have created a powerful amalgam of 70s-era Santana psychedelia with the prog-rock/metal components of contemporary acts Tool and Mars Volta - recently released a pair of tracks for free download at Lapdance Academy.  I was fortunate enough to get a few minutes to sit down with songwriter/drummer Elias Diaz and singer Naima Mora (yes, the winner of America's Next Top Model - Cycle 4) to talk tattoos...


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Please describe to our readers your tattoos and let us know what artists/shops did the work.

elias1.jpgELIAS DIAZ: Well, i have one of toxic waste that takes me back to a weird period of my life and three chinese symbols that sum up the meaning of existence.  A tattoo of a totem pole that's an incarnation of black magic and dark masks. That one was done by an artist who's first name only i can remember as Patrick.  I remember the tattoo shop was somewhere on MacDougal street.  I've been looking for him here in NY to no avail.

We'll have to put Patrick's face on a milk carton, I guess.  What's the ethongraphic origin of this imagery - the totem pole, black magic and dark masks?


ELIAS: The masks are definitely Latin. In DR [Dominican Republic] - where I'm from - the people celebrate magic goblins in the carnival festivals every year for the entire month of february.  My tattoo has a lot of influence from that, and of course a collaborative creative effort of the artist.

NAIMA MORA: My first tattoo was a little star on my ankle, that was randomly done one night out drinking with friends. We all decided to get a tattoo just for the experience.  Some place in the the East Village in NYC.  I have four other pieces, another star on my head, because I had a big tendency for randomly shaving it at the time.  That was done at MacDougal Tattoo by an artist I can't remember, either... I don't think the shop is there any more [ed note: MacDougal Tattoo closed in 2007 and most of their artists moved to a new location at East Side Ink].  I thought it would be "gangster" to get one of "Detroit" on my forearm done by some crazy brazilian guy in the East Village and followed that with another tattoo of the name of my best friend... And i also have a magical spell on my forearm of Mayan hieroglyphics done by Becca Roach.

Where is the star on your head?


NAIMA: The tattoo on my head is above my left ear. Its pretty small.  I wish i had gotten something bigger now that i think about it...  But if were to do that I would mean I'd have to shave it all off again!

naima1.jpgCan you describe the spell?  Also, why did you choose Mayan glyphs?

NAIMA: Well I am Mexican and my family is of the Purepecha Indians in Michoacan which derive from the Maya. They still speak Nahuatl in Mexico, which is the same language as the Maya spoke centuries ago. The spell reads the secret words spoken by the Mayan god Quetzalcuatl that a shaman gave to me one trip visiting home and that I can not disclose.  

At what point in your life did you both decide to start modifying your body and why?

ELIAS: The age of 14 was my first experience of being ripped open by a needle. I don't why.

That's pretty young - did you have a good fake ID or did you and your pals build a machine or hand-poke?  

ELIAS: At that time in Brooklyn, you didn't need an ID out on Avenue U. The Chinese characters were my first someplace on Avenue U.

NAIMA: I was 19, I think, and it was more of a spontaneous thing to try something new. I always thought tattoos were really cool, but I wanted to get a small one first to understand the feeling, the pain and the symbolism of marking my body.

Does your ink have a "deeper meaning" or do you believe in adornment for beauty's sake?

ELIAS: It marks a timeline for me of what i've gone through.  The Chinese characters are my own personal version of a latin Bar Mitzvah - my claiming of rights to manhood.  My second piece - [the] toxic waste [symbol] - represents a weird transition in my life where I was really disgusted by humanity. And the totem pole reminds of the beauty in cultural history that people share in common versus the negativity that we can be so prone to.

NAIMA: All my ink i got done for different reasons and they remind me of the reasons i got them for.  Detroit, murder capitol... A star on my head at the suggestion of a dear friend of mine, my best friend... And magical spells to remind me where i am from.  But with that said, I also think tattoos are very beautiful and I love the way script looks.

Naima, how has getting tattooed affected your modeling career, if at all?  Do you find it easier to be accepted as a "tattooed rocker" rather than a "tattooed model?"

NAIMA: Thats a good question. As far as a modeling, i've never really cared whether it affected the career or not... I always knew that I wanted to do more than just model, so i was never reluctant to getting ink or worry about how it would affect my job as a model. But I think in the modeling world, I was always that "edgy girl" as the fashionistas liked to call me. So I don't think it affected it that much.

I spent a short stint in Miami where clients hated my tattoos.  My agent encouraged me to cover them with make-up, so i left Miami!  But I definitely think that being a rocker a person is accepted more for who they are.

Do you both have plans to get more tattoos?  If so, what are you looking to get and what artists would you like to be tattooed by?  

ELIAS: I'm definitely considering more work. Don't know what i want yet... but it all depends on if I can find Patrick. That's the only man that can touch my body that way.

That sounds dirty, bro...

NAIMA: I really want another tattoo!  Soon!  But i don't know what i want to get tattooed yet either. I should start looking for an artist soon though.

How do you look for an artist?  Is it by artistic style, personal recommendation, or do you just go to the nearest place when you have some free time and money?  

NAIMA: Most of my tattoos have been walk ins, thats why i don't remember the artists very well by name. But i've been asking around for suggestions from friends. Ultimately, this time i think i'll really research the work an artist has done, check out their portfolio and get some really great work done! I think thats a mature decision and part of growing up.

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lp_got_vg.jpgThe two-song release with PDF digibooklet - "Volatile Glass" - is available for free download at lapdanceacademy.com/galaxy.  Download your copy today!

Top photo by Cathrine Westergaard.

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[Ed. Note: We have located the elusive Patrick - he is the one and only Patrick Conlon who works aside my old friend Sweety at East Side Ink here in New York City]


Apr201013
05:03 PM
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I've had Boyz 2 Men in my head all week.  Why, you ask?  Because it's so hard to say goodbye to yesterday your stoner-metal band.  After five great years, three free records, two vocal polyps and enough miles clocked on the van's odometer to rival our bar-tab, we're putting Dogs of Winter to sleep.

The odds of a 20-year reunion tour kicking off at Budokan are pretty slim, so it's safe to say that tomorrow night's show at Public Assembly in Willisamburg, Brooklyn, will be our final show.  Come on out and say "hello" to Marisa and myself at the bar (or, if it's after the show, I'll be outside, slumped against the building, trying not to vomit from exhaustion).

Wednesday, April 14th - $8 cover
Shaire Gorgiiss Presents
Hipsterwrectomy at Public Assembly
70 N 6th St - Williamsburg, BKLYN

8pm - (doors)
9pm - Dogs of Winter
10pm - Wolves of Flatbush
11pm - Sealed with a Kiss
12am - Born of Scars

Tell the doorman that you're there to see "Dogs of Winter" - you'll be happy you did.
Mar201005
02:10 PM
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Not that I spend a lot of time - or any time for that matter - reading Entertainment Weekly, but Jay Fingers from The Ministry of Cool and StereoCool brought this article to my attention the other night over some adult beverages at the Needles and Sins Compound.

Turns out that Penguin Books is releasing a "Penguin Inks" series "in which the publisher commissioned tattoo artists and illustrators to re-imagine the covers of six modern classics."


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Of course, they fail to mention anywhere the names of these tattoo artists, so I can't exactly give credit where it's due.  In fact, it really wouldn't surprise me if they just hired an in-house design team to do something in a "tattoo style." 

Now that I think about it, I really can't understand why any of these books would need tattoo-centric cover art.  From the standpoint of a graphic designer, I don't understand how this stylistic choice represents or enhances the stories beneath the dust-jacket; other than a "Well, tattoos are cool" perspective.

What are your thoughts?  Anyone know who these artists are?

(Oh, and while I have my "graphic designer" cap on, I'd like you all to know that I did the cover art - as well as produce and engineer - a pair of indie/electro tracks for Alex Walker, available right now as a free download from Lapdance Academy.  You can grab them in high quality MP3 format right over here.)


Jan201008
09:56 AM
I had to get the Christian fish tattoo. The problem came the other way & when I rejoined Tap and they looked at the fish tattoo and said, "what's this?" So, after a few days of thinking about it in consultation with my tattoo master, I had a second tattoo...this was before laser removal of course...a second tattoo of a very large devil with an open mouth consuming the fish. So, I made it a two parter.

Yup, those are the words of Spinal Tap bassist, Derek Smalls (as interviewed by Ear Candy Mag), on his brief stint with with Christian rock group, Lambsblood, and his subsequent return to the almighty Spinal Tap.

shark_sandwich.jpgI have to admit, I was a little amazed that my webernets-search for Spinal Tap tattoos came up almost entirely empty.  Given the wealth of Ironic Ink out there, you'd think that someone out there would have tattooed the numbers 1-11 around their nipple like a Marshall knob or some Celtic armband homage to an 18" Stonehenge.  All I managed to find was the image at right, which admittedly is pretty rad - Eric Mai's ink is a tribute to a Tap album that was mentioned in the film but never actually released, Shark Sandwich (and, yes, Tap *did* release albums and even tour).

"Why all this talk of the Tap," you ask?

Because Lapdance Academy has some new, free music for all of you - a trilogy of works from the canon of Nigel Tufnel, David St. Hubbins, Derek Smalls and whichever drummer hasn't spontaneously combusted just yet.

First up, is "Rock N Roll Creation" from my stoner-metal act, Dogs of Winter.  Drop-tuned to a sludge-tastic C# standard as two drum kits pound away in tribal fury, not only does RRC feature an analog-keyboard breakdown, but it's also got a sample of the pre-natal heartbeat of bassist/vocalist Ryan Dowd's son (not to mention some killer cover-art for you fantasy-genre junkies by illustrator, Joe Boyle).

But the real kicker for you members of the Needles and Sins Syndicate will be my piano/guitar arrangement of "Lick My Love Pump," which features vocals from the lady of the manor herself, Miss Marisa!  I managed to convince her to purr and coo Nigel's lines from that infamous scene (performed here by Legos!!) and all I had to do was make some vague promises about housekeeping, bathing and dinner at a four-star restaurant.  (Oh yeah, I also did a blues cover of "Gimme Some Money," which is a part of the same download.)

Who says we never give ya nuttin for nuttin?

DOWNLOAD LINKS:
Dogs of Winter - www.lapdanceacademy.com/rrc
Brian Grosz & The Bad Idea - www.lapdanceacademy.com/tap
Oct200913
03:43 PM
beneaththefold.jpgIt's no secret: I love playing cover songs.  I take great pleasure in arranging (and re-arranging) a composition to give it a Pretty-Woman/Eliza-Doolittle makeover to turn the whore into a saint, or vicea versa.  It's an extra treat when the song I'm "covering" is one of my own.

Today marks the release of "Beneath The Fold" from my stoner-metal band, Dogs of Winter.  We stripped down the psychedelic maelstrom (as it appears on From Soil To Shale) to a few acoustic guitars and a string section and I have to admit, I can't decide which version I like better.

You can download the MP3 in two high-quality bitrates at lapdanceacademy.com/fold - bundled with a PDF digibooklet featuring artwork from Boston-based illustrator, Joe Boyle (the design process for which, he blogs about here).

I also got to lose my mind for a few days, scouring the Prelinger collection of royalty-free movies at archive.org and cobbled together a companion video for the track.  Any filmmakers/video-artists out there really need to take advantage of this amazing collection.





Let us know what you think of the track and the video in the comments, would ya?

[UPDATE: my previous link to Joe's illustration process was based on the old cover, here's his process-piece on "Beneath The Fold" for all of you art-nerds]
Sep200915
05:54 PM
mock1.gifNot to say that I'm among their ranks, but I happen to know a lot of talented people.  People who inspire me through their individual avenues of expression - be it music, acting, writing, painting, tattooing, photography or just bare-bones intelligence.  And then there are people like Alex Walker - a guy who has made myself and plenty of my rock-n-roll cronies just shake our heads and mutter, "Shit... I ain't NEVER gonna be that good."  Whether he's finger-picking a Leo Brouwer Etude on the subway platform or creating a delay-pedal homage to Michael Jackson in his bedroom, I always have to sit back and drool.

So its with great pleasure that I announce today's official release of his latest track, "Sacrifice," available for free download at lapdanceacademy.com/sacrifice

You can read Alex's thoughts on the song over here at his blog, but I prefer the opening paragraph from his press release:

How do you release a "Summer Anthem" during a season plagued with monsoons worthy of a January in Jakarta?  If you're ALEX WALKER, you don't give a fuck; you just write the song and wait for Al Roker, Al Gore and the rest of the world to catch up with you.  SACRIFICE, the latest single from ALEX WALKER, is the track you would have heard bumping from drop-tops in every major city if we had actually had a "summer."

It's free to download, so quit sittin on yer thumbs and get clicking!
Sep200903
09:56 PM
As Marisa has a meltdown ramps up for her book release party and subsequent publicity touring, this weekend I begin rocking a Bettye LaVette with my own personal hell to raise...

It's with great pleasure that I announce the beginning of Safe To Swim Weekend 2 tomorrow brought to you by the Patron Saint of the New England Music Scene - and founder of Sub Rosa Party - Anthony Yacobellis.

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And while I may be "follicularly-challenged" in comparison to the cats and kittens on the flyer above (designed by yours truly), I can safely stake my claim in the event as both a vendor and a musician.

This Saturday, Marisa and I will be giving away Needles and Sins swag and slinging t-shirts at the Lapdance Academy Records booth from 1pm on and my stoner-metal band, Dogs of Winter, will be gracing the "Cultural Commission Stage" at 6:50pm.  So if you're in Danbury, CT, or the surrounding area, definitely come on by and pose for pictures with us!

Over 35 bands will be gracing the outdoor stages and the subequent "after-parties" from Friday until Sunday, including: my old and dear friends, Earl Greyhound; my collaborators and confidants, Saint Bernadette; the NHL's favorite novelty act, The Zambonis; a frightening version of myself in 10 years, Joe Roberto; and my nominee for "best band name ever," Total Dick.

Admission to the outdoor shows is totally free!  Bring a lawn-chair and cooler and prepare to have your face melted.

And for those of you out of range, follow Safe to Swim Weekend on their Twitter feed or just check out Mr. Yacobellis on Vimeo.

(Seriously, if any of you are in touring bands, you NEED to get in touch with Tony - if you have your shit together and have your chops up, he is the man to know for your runs between NYC and Boston.)
Jul200922
10:48 PM
If I could have shot more footage, I would have - but I was living within a personal combination of medical triage, the Tet Offensive, Nuclear Holocaust and metaphysically being mistaken (once again) for Chris Daughtry. 

But for those of you who were unable to attend, either due to geography, gravity or genetic obligation, I offer this little sampling of the Needles and Sins launch party, featuring the outstanding photography of Sean Toussaint...


Needles and Sins - Tattoo Orgy from Brian Grosz on Vimeo.

Jul200919
01:39 PM
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Photo by Efrain John Gonzalez of Sean Toussaint, Jaz of Black Lotus & his beautiful clients.

Still recovering from Friday's Needles & Sins launch party, which is a massive blur of beautiful tattooed people and tequila (thanks to our Hornitos Sauza sponsor).

See the photos here.

Included in the Flickr set are photos from Efrain John Gonzales, Pat Sullivan and my own few bad pics including setting up with photographer Sean Toussaint, whose Tattoo Orgy exhibit got people sweaty -- or was it the Brooklyn Ink Spot models showing up in the gorgeous tattooed flesh?

Lapdance Academy rocked acoustic and experimental guitar while Kimanthi Care rubbed people's stress away.

Very special thanks to Chris Budd owner of Tattoo Culture for hosting the party and feeding everyone so the no one stumbled into the hipster wilds of Williamsburg too drunk. I saw resident artist Gene Coffey book a bunch of appointments after party-goers had a chance to peruse his portfolio. Also check out the work of guest artists Martin of Austria and Jake of Australia. [Tattoo Culture is the concierge of international artists, which also include Noon of France and Dan DiMattia of Belgium, bringing diverse artistic tattoo styles to Brooklyn.]

Of course, a big kiss to the many of you who came from all over to celebrate with us. So great meeting new people and hanging out with long-time faves.

Ok, I still need an extra day to rest. Will have the tattoo news up for ya later tomorrow. xoxxo
Jul200916
12:17 PM
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Last week, I gave you the deets on our party and exhibit entitled Tattoo Orgy, featuring the portrait photography of Sean Toussaint and music by Lapdance Academy artists Alex Walker and Brian Grosz.

The party starts at Tattoo Culture at 7PM and goes until 10. After-party TBA. But I got more goodness for party goers ...

Because we want this to be an affair of the senses, we're adding to the visual and musical feast two more elements:

Taste:  Tattoo Culture owner, Chris Budd, will be offering sandwiches and easy eats, particularly because Hornitos Sauza Tequila will be a sponsor of the event, and with two cases of premium tequila on hand, we need to feed liquor filled bellies so we don't find resident artist Gene Coffey being used as a skinny tattooed pinata. (Wine and beer will also be served.)

Touch:  Considering the name of the event, and the tattooed models and guests in attendance, we understand that some will want to explore their sense of sexy touch, but this ain't that kinda party. Still, we got your back -- and your shoulders and hands -- with the invitation of Kimanthi Care, Qigong Master and licensed massage therapist, who will be offering acupressure and massage during the party (for reasonable fees).

[Kimanthi takes care of Bri and I regularly; when people ask how we handle our insane schedules, we say, Go to our man Kimanthi, who not only helps us relax but also gets the positive energy flowing via Qigong.]

The only sense missing is smell, and we hope to keep it that way.

Can't wait to see you there tomorrow!
May200912
06:57 PM

DOGS OF WINTER
FROM SOIL TO SHALE
It's been close to 11 months since us lads in Dogs of Winter began work on our debut full-length album, From Soil To Shale and much has transpired...

  • * We watched horrifying pornography
  • * Danced our asses off
  • * Destroyed equipment that didn't belong to us
  • * Screamed our lungs raw
  • * Fired two mixing engineers
  • * Dressed up a pit bull in my clothing
  • * Filmed a video for Player Piano (featuring Miss Marisa having a seizure during the bridge)
  • * Parted ways with our old record label to start Lapdance Academy
  • * Logged 100+ shows of varying degrees of repectability
  • * And got to work with amazing engineers like Keith "Touch" Saunders, Andrew Schneider (Scissorfight, Unsane, Pelican) and Nick Zampiello (Converge, Torche)

  • Needless to say, I really feel like a tattoo is in order to commemorate the occasion - except I'm just too goddamned tired to think anything up.

    So while I ponder another permanent applique to my mangy pelt, it's with great pleasure that I can announce the ABSOLUTELY FREE download of From Soil To Shale!

    You can select your high-quliaty mp3 bitrate at lapdanceacademy.com/soil and pull down a zip file that has all nine tracks, a PDF digibooklet designed by yours truly and each track, when loaded to your iPod,  will display a different piece of "cover art" from the amazing illustrator (and gifted musician in his own right), Joe Boyle.

    Download it. Play it loud enough to warrant a 311 call from your neighbors. Twitter it, blog it, repost it and pass it on!

    And to celebrate the release, we'll be playing a 9pm set this Wednesday 5/12 at Fat Baby. For $5 admission, print out this flier and bring it to the club.
    Apr200922
    12:48 PM
    As I sat at the bar on Saturday afternoon waiting for musicians to arrive (and, yes, many were horrifically late for load-in), I had to do a double take as a white-haired gentleman and his wife rolled in and took the barstools on my left. My initial reaction was, "Holy shit, that is some vibrant color on that old guy's 3/4-sleeves." And then I simply realized that he was wearing one of those All-Gain-No-Pain tattoo sleeve t-shirts. Ordinarily, I would scoff and sneer at anyone who wants to "try out" the sleeved look and lifestyle, but I came to realize that these garments are totally acceptable on those under 6 and over 60 years of age. Especially if said 60 year-old sits in the front row of a 2 hour music performance in a dark club while wearing a giant pair of Foster Grant wrap-around sunglasses.

    So, if you didn't make it to the show on Saturday, I've got some video footage up on YouTube from a cross-section of performers at the Lapdance Academy Saturday Saloon Salon Series:

    - Sam Barron performing "Dead Flowers"
    - Emily Zuzik performing "Don't Pay the Ferryman"
    - Matt Whyte (of Earl Greyhound) performing "Holy Immortality"
    - The Knuckleheads and their questionable "Cancer Song"
    - Alex Walker performing his interpretation of "The IRS" from Guns N' Roses
    - and yours truly performing - "Jesus on the Mainline" and a medley of Dolly Parton's "9 to 5" into Donna Summers' "She Works Hard for the Money"

    subrosa_spring_bri.gifAnd also let me add that Dogs of Winter will be opening for West Virginia's stoner-metal trio Karma to Burn at the Sub Rosa Party in Danbury, CT this evening at 10pm. If you live in Fairfield county, this is a show not to be missed (you didn't hear it from me, but we'll be covering some Ride The Lightening era Metallica)!

    I'll be playing a solo set this Sunday 4/26 at Mr. D's in Yonkers at 7pm (you know you've made it when you're playing a bar near a horse-racing track).

    The Dags will also be playing a stripped-down acoustic set next Tuesday 4/28 at Corio (a burlesque joint in TriBeCa) and back at full, ear-bleeding volume again next Friday 5/1 at Sub Rosa Party, because we just can't get enough of that sex-a-licious Danbury music scene.

    And with that... I should probably get back to rehearsing.
    Apr200916
    02:23 PM
    parkside_poster_150.gifNow that we have Passover, Easter and Tax Day behind us, it's time to celebrate with another afternoon of FREE live music at Parkside Lounge!

    Saturday, April 18th - 2pm
    Lapdance Academy Presents:
    "Death, Taxes & Resurrection"
    317 E. Houston St. (at Attorney)
    New York, NY

    We'll be welcoming our newest additions to the lineup (The Celebration of Man, Samuel Barron, Seth Berkowitz of Lucky Ghost and Matt Whyte of Earl Greyhound) as well as performances from all your old favorites (Alex Walker, Emily Zuzik, Dorie Colangelo, Len Xiang, The Knuckleheads and yours truly)!

    Everyone is encouraged to dress in the "Easter Best" now that spring has sprung - and what better way to spend a 70 degree, sunny saturday than in a dark LES bar? It's a FREE SHOW, but the hat will be passed and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Save The Music Foundation.

    And speaking of FREE...

    Odds are you illegally download music from the internets. There's also a strong chance that this racks you with such guilt that you lie awake in bed at night thinking about all of the bloated, soulless industry fat cats artists that you've stolen money from. Well, my friends, I have the question for you: what if artists actually gave their stuff away for free, on purpose, and it was actually good?

    Crazy Talk, I know, but that very thing is happening at the newly launched Lapdance Academy.

    Lapdance Academy is a collective of musicians who believe that the best things in life should be free: love, fountain-soda refills and DRM-exempt mp3 releases! Head on over to lapdanceacademy.com to download a free copy of Alex Walker's classic crowd-pleaser, "White Gown," and my shanty-town sing-a-long, "Lydia The Tattooed Lady."

    We'll have plenty of more releases coming in the near future (including "From Soil To Shale" by Dogs of Winter on 5/12), so be sure to join our mailing list and follow us on the social networking platform of your choice:


    Smell that? That's the smell of Free! And in this godforsaken economy, we need to embrace all the Free we can.
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