Wednesday, May 23, 2012
It's been a while since I've updated this blog and lots of exciting stuff has been going with music and my family. I've found a ripping bass player Bobby Wilcox who just moved here from Ventura and we're already recording tracks for a new EP (maybe even a full length) called "Wah-BAM!" Fun fact: Bobby was D.D. Ramone's guitar player on one of his last tours before he passed. Neat! He's also played with Flogging Molly, The Street Walkin' Cheetah's and The Motels. We've posted some cassette 4 track demos of the new songs on our soundcloud page. All we need is a drummer and we can play shows again!
(welcome aboard Bobby)
It's a boy! Jonny Danger Manak was born 8 pounds 10 ounces Friday May 11th 2012 so this transition of band members couldn't have been timed better. I'm taking time to be with my beautiful wife Mandy, my little princess Zoey and little JD.
(Jonny Danger Manak)
I completed my recording studio. Yeah, I got a fully functional protools recording studio now called CUP O' PIZZA so I can be a more efficient ghost writer, recording artist and family man. CUP O' PIZZA has a live room, mixing room and two iso booths! WOOHOO!!!
(CUP O' PIZZA under construction in this pic)
I went into the COMPOUND Studios and remixed our latest full length "I am not a bum... I'm a JERK!" for vinyl removing the organ tracks because it took away from the rawness of the songs and overpowered the entire mix. Jimmy Arceneaux revamped the album art and Mike Wells did some analog mastering techniques to fatten it up. I'll be rereleasing it digitally and on black 12 inch vinyl once the band starts playing out again. Most likely this fall.
(revamped art proof for vinyl)
That's basically what's been going on the last 6 months. Life has never been so busy, scary, uncertain and fun. I love playing music, I love my family and I love writing music for TV/Film. Life gets better every day! Wah-BAM!
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Damn, shit's popping off! Remember I told you about ghost writing some songs for dickhouse? Well, they've already used one of the tracks called "That's Gonna Leave a Mark" in the season two opener of RIDICULOUSNESS with special guest Justin Bieber!?! YEAH! HA! Fast forward to the 19:22 mark.
dickhouse productions (the folks that bring you MTV's Jackass among many other funny ass shows and films). They wanted to have punk/rock/surf songs on hand that they'd own so they can place them in their various TV shows and Films. So stoked to be writing music for my favorite production company! So far a 5 song EP has been recorded called "SONGS FOR URANUS" which is available at all digital music stores NOW. Here's a sketch of the artwork painted by Grady Hord.
The Jonny Manak and the Depressives song "EAT ME ALIVE" off our 2nd full length 1.21 Jiggawatts was featured in episode 10 of MTVs RIDICULOUSNESS! Check it out here!
The good news just keeps coming in from the licensing department at MTV. They used our song Rebound Town from our 2006 debut full length of the same title. At the 5:04 mark, our song kicks in.