Quite possibly the best high-irony mashup I’ve ever heard.
A single from their 1996 album Peace At Last.
This song is my spirit animal jam. Dig that slow burn.
I once dreamt Sam Russell and I performed this live as a set closer with Justin Timberlake and Cee-lo.
Last fall Kirby Krackle had the opportunity to write a theme song for Happy Tree Friends, the not-for-kids cult animation YouTube phenomenon wherein cute cartoon animals meet grisly ends.
MondoMedia released a video for the song. NSFW or children or anyone!
Choosing a Secure Password – Boing Boing. Great non-technical explanation of why your password probably sucks and how to pick one smartly.
The Case Against Scott Lively — Illustrated. I normally avoid linkbait-y HuffPo articles but this one demonstrates the power of sequential art to convey a message. (Plus: whatta horrible person.)
The Videogame That Finally Made Me Feel Like a Human Being | Game|Life | Wired.com. The Last of Us: Left Behind DLC was amazing and I can’t wait for more. (Ignore the comment thread full of weak “men’s rights” idiots.)
Modern Twilight Zone. Updated TZ plots via Twitter:
After buying a piece of homemade jewelry from an @etsy shop, Kate realizes she is sharing the emotions of its creator when wearing it.
A girls night out takes 3 friends on a barhop thru the #TwilightZone when a @Yelp suggestion takes them to an authentic 1920s #speakeasy.
Courtney logs back into her old @aim account to find that a high school version of herself is still talking with other people.
Yeah, that’s right. We went there.
Thanks to our engineer buddy Don Gunn for being game and providing the wub-wubs.
Discovered after Patrick raved about them on Twitter. Bombastic guitar pop with lots of strangely detuned chords and weirdo lo-fi production values. Kind of in the same wheelhouse as The Wrens if you’re into that kind of thing.
Took me a listen or two to get really into it (the lo-fi genre can get awfully precious) but what really drew me in were the number of sonic surprises in every tune. Just interesting stuff throughout. Playlisted!
Kirby Krackle’s fourth annual nerd music celebration is once again happening at the Hard Rock Cafe in Seattle during Emerald City Comic Con weekend. This year’s lineup features the return The Doubleclicks, the Kracklefest debut of Seattle nerd core duo Death*Star and special guest Mark Blasco who’ll be opening the show with some solo tunes. This years Kracklefest poster was created by the nutty-talented Dean Trippe.
Ticket are on sale now. Kracklefest always tends to be a zany good time and I’m really looking forward to this year’s show.
Out-Growing jQuery – Tech.Pro. Neat tutorial re-creating some of jQuery’s base functionality.
My teenaged daughter has recently started a webcomic. Could you give her one piece of advice that has helped you and one piece of advice that absolutely has not? Joel Watson’s great advice for making (and sticking to making) any kind of art.
Don’t worry about merch. Worry about making good comics. Dont worry about getting more readers. Worry about making good comics. Don’t EVER compare your perceived success to that of your peers. You don’t know their situation, or how they came about what you think they have that you might want for yourself. Just worry about making good comics. Never envy your peers money, readers or success (sounds a lot like the last one right? That’s because it’s super important.) Instead, envy how hard they’ve worked and try to emulate that. Also, just worry about making good comics.
A find from KEXP. A direct descendant of grindy 90s-style women-led acts like Throwing Muses and — well, every other band they inspired. Playlisted!
Hello fellow humans!
My mother mentioned that she noticed I hadn’t updated my website in a long while, to which I thought hey cool at least my mom still reads it but the tl;dr version is I hate winter and am currently moping my way through another one. Not that I should complain since Seattle has received exactly 2″ of short-lived snow this entire season while the rest of the country looks like Hoth Ice Planet, but still.
A status update for those interested:
Explone: writing and recording a new album. Pat’s been on a hot streak with songs lately. Hopefully we’ll release a few singles this year.
Kirby Krackle: still at it, gearing up for Kracklefest 4 at ECCC this year. We released a live EP of last year’s show with Weird Al and there’s some new stuff in the works. Kyle seems determined to step up our musical output this year and trying new things. Just this week we recorded a cover of a tune you’re probably going to be just sick of in a few weeks. I’m in!
I’ve talked before about both bands wanting to commit to releasing more tracks instead of albums (and without the expected 2-year gap between albums) but until now we haven’t really doubled down on this. It’s not for nothing: both groups have high standards, and we’re not just gonna knock something out in Garageband over a weekend just to get a track out the door.
Kin to Stars: on ice for now. After our Folklife show last year we took the summer off, which became the rest of year off as Jerin had an autumn wedding to plan (sorry fellas! She met an awesome guy who likes basketball, Iron Maiden AND web service architecture) and I headed off for a month of left-hand-side driving in the UK and Ireland. Not really big deal as we both have enough going on in our respective lives. However: we have these songs, see, and I’d like to get them recorded at some point. I may have to force the issue by booking some studio time.
Learning me some iOS app programming. Look for something to be released in the next few months.
Avoiding Facebook. It’s utterly depressing and I dread even looking there. Waiting for FB to follow MySpace into the abyss.
Mixing and remixing songs I might release someday, maybe. I had an awesome plan to hide each song download behind an interactive puzzle on a special website. I was super-excited about this until about a week ago when I realized I’d wasn’t because I’d forgotten all about it.
Reading sci-fi. David Marusek (future world of surveillance), Paolo Bacigalupi (future world of poverty), Ben H. Winters (no future: world about to explode). Not as depressing as they sound, trust me!
Playing games. I gobbled up Year Walk and Device 6 and can’t wait for more Myst-like stuff like that. Not really excited for anything console-based, though. I’m basically tapping my foot impatiently waiting for the last Borderlands 2 DLC.
Looking at a big backlog of unpublished blog posts that I ocassionally re-read (and even rewrite a bit) before closing the browser.
Winter sucks! How are you coping?