Sunday, August 22, 2010

1 Million Dollars For Milwaukee Schools

Hey everyone!


Kohl's is running a contest to give away 10 Million dollars to 20 schools($500k each) throughout the US. Milwaukee has 2 schools in the top 100. 

My roommate has setup a contest to give away 5 brand new XBOX 360 Slims to 5 random people who vote for the Milwaukee, WI school St Marcus Lutheran.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Super Secret Weapon For Staying Focused


Here are my 11 goals from Summer 2009:
1. Put More Money Into The Band
2. Be a Better Leader
3. Learn to Let Go of Duties/Delegate More
4. Learn How to Edit Videos
5. Make a Video Blog Once a Month
6. Figure Out How To Use Laptop for Sequencing/Lighting
7. Be In Good Shape for Shows Always
8. Have 10 New Songs By Next Summer
9. Work With Radish and Jessi on Vocals More Often
10. Work to Make My Voice Less Nasally
11. Pursue Harmony In Vocal More

Not the interview I was talking about, but a good history of the term Straight Edge.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Music Video for The New Loud's Remix of Shunda K's New Single

The New Loud recently remixed a track for female rapper, Shunda K. The New Loud remix was one of 3 that were featured on her CD single 'Here I Am To Save The World' (featuring Cindy Wonderful). The remix video was directed by Jack Packard who also shot the music videos for The New Loud singles: 'Don't Dance', 'Heaven' and 'Secrets'.

The video depicts a man suiting up in everyday superhero garb, ala the new comic book turned movie, 'Kick-Ass'. He begins taking on various street criminals, before becoming drunk with his own power, eventually causing him to do more harm than good. The video features a DIY reverse-snoori cam harness to create the look of a 3rd person shooter video game - similar to Xbox's 'Gears of War'. The reverse-snoori cam is the first of its kind, imagined and realized by Packard himself. The video was shot in one take on-location on the bustling KK Avenue in Bay View Milwaukee, WI.

Jessi's Blog - The Movie 'The Road' Stole a Little Piece of My Soul In A Good Way

As we work on new material for the band I've had some down time and have been catching up on my movie queue! The other night I watched The Road. The Road is about a man (Viggo Mortensen) and his son trekking their way through a post apocalyptic United States. I really enjoyed the cinematography of this film. There were these long shots of father and son walking through these once populous cities, now abandoned. There were these intense overhead shots of what was once a wooded area that now housed only dead trees or ships that were settled in what was once a great body of water. While some may not agree with me, the colors in this movie are brilliant. The dark yellows and greens used to symbolize death was absolutely breathtaking.

What I also found interesting is that the son was born into this world. He never knew any other way of life. All he knew was this world in which everything was dying, where food is scarce and you learn at an early age that there are good guys and bad guys. One scene that I found touching was when the father and son come across an abandoned building. Inside there's a soda machine and the father is able to get a soda out for his son. He opens it up and the son asks what it is. The father tells him that it's a treat just for him. The son tries soda for the first time and wants nothing more than to share this special moment with his father.

They have this amazing bond that you see throughout the film. When they're helping each other bathe or reading together by candlelight it's so apparent that they only have each other and they're fine with that. Now there are flashbacks to when the mother was still present, but she left because it was too difficult for her to deal with the reality of what had become of the world. So one night she left while her son slept and just walked into the night. While the father had a difficult time letting go at first he began to realize that she was never coming back and that he had to let that part of him go. There's this fairly emotional scene where he wakes up after having a dream about her and walks over to this bridge, takes one final look at his only photo of her and tosses it over the bridge. Then he takes his wedding ring off and can't bring himself to throw that over so he slides it to the edge and leaves it there.

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There were two scenes that nearly broke me. There was a flashback to when they had to destroy the family piano to use it for firewood. For me that was a major transition in the story as far as survival goes. It had finally gotten to the point where they needed to start doing whatever they could in order to survive. It was the beginning of what was to become their reality. And then there was the scene when the father dies. It takes two days for the son to leave his side. The death wasn't drawn out nor was it a huge production. They went to sleep one night and the father never woke up.

This movie made a huge impact on me and has now become one of my favorite movies of 2009.