…and it goes a little something like this, hit it!

Tomorrow is going to be the first in a number of up and coming Sketchbook Fridays… hopefully I’ll be able to stick to the whole blogging thing again. I’ll be having to keep up on a multitude of emails at work, so hopefully I’ll be able to use this to keep up on my typing skills. Here’s a random ideas (I’m sure I;ve written it before somewhere, but now it’s official.)

Fortune Cookies

So, a couple of months ago I came up with an idea to make fortune cookies with Dr. Dre quotes as fortunes. The only one I could think of… er, actually the best one I could think of was “If you dis Dre, you dis yourself.” Now, I’m pretty sure that is actually a Snoop Dogg quote, or someone else… however, it fits perfectly as a fortune cookie. Then the quote led me to another great idea…

Propaganda Posters

So, here’s a brief rundown of the idea. I’m going to do these all minimal color like a screen printed poster, but probably assemble the final piece a four-color print. Anyway, …and it goes a little something like this, hit it! The original phrase from the fortune cookies is the main idea behind the posters. Imagine, a poster next to the time clock at work… there’s a picture of a stressed out guy making a b-line for the time clock, and a caricature of Dre behind him. The copy reads: “Punching in late, is like calling Dr. Dre a bitch… you’re only dissing yourself!” …another one above a stove might go a little something like (this, hit it!)… a picture of a stressed out cook holding a burnt steak with a bunch of tickets piling up, and the Dr. Dre caricature (again.) Copy: “Burning dinner is like calling Dr. Dre a buster… you’re only dissing yourself.” Take it in… the posters will be available after I finish the first shirt design.

That’s all for now kids… stay tuned for tomorrow.

The AWOL. ep.

So, I’ve got this idea to do another EP for soundcloud.com (we’ll see how long it actually stays up because,) I’m going to do all covers… but at the same time it’s sort of a concept album. It’s gonna be a 4 song EP, with the possibility of a 5th song recorded “hidden track” style at the end of the 4th track. Anyway, here’s the concept (and the cover so I don’t forget)…

So, the concept is extremely random. I’ve been going through random files on my computer… blah blah found some old songs, blah, saw one of the owl stickers, Lorem Ipsum Dolar, wanted to spell “OWL” with the illustration in the middle… oh, so that’s the cover story, and I drew that picture and came up with a title. So, now there’s the matter of the tracklist (BTW I was listening to the Melvins the whole time I came up with this.) That factors into the Lysol EP, where they covered the Alice Cooper song that I’ve always wanted to do (cover) since way, way back. So I came up with this concept…  4 songs from back in the day that relate to people that co-inside with letters (somewhat randomly) in the word AWOL (pronounced Ah-wool.) So here goes…

  1. A – The Ballad of Dwight Fry – the A is for my friend Aaron (it get’s more random as we go) but I’ve always really wanted to do a cover of this song, and we used to listen to it all the time when we were in high school. It’s by Alice Cooper (covered by the Melvins BTW,) love that bleeding guitar outro.
  2. W – Credit in the Straight World – the W is for Marci (which actually starts with M, but upside down it’s a W) so… (don’t worry, it get’s more random) She used to listen to Hole and Pearl Jam a lot back in the day. There’s no way I’m going to attempt a Pearl Jam song… this should be tricky enough as it is.
  3. O – Window Shop for Love – or – Let’s Go Away – the O is for Jon, his name has 3 letters… O is the middle one (and if that’s not random enough… it gets even more.) He had a CD copy of Is This Real? by the Wipers back in the day, he made me a tape, I listened to it religiously, and probably covered the whole album on demo cassettes while I was learning guitar back in high school.
  4. L – The New America – the L is for Don (ironic) he used to have a shirt (in the 90’s people wore work shirts with other people’s names (nametags?) on them) with the name “L” embroidered on it. We played a show once with this band, Spider Virus, and they were amazing. He picked up a copy of their CD and we listened to it in his car a lot… so it fits, and also it’s a good song to leave with.

Now as far as hidden tracks go, it comes down to 2… 1.) I Like Fucking, by B.C.Ragtime (which it will probably end up being) and 2.) Zero the Hero by Black Sabbath which I really want to do because (for one) I can relate that song to both Don and Aaron, so it sort of brings the whole EP together, and (for two) I’ve always wanted to cover that song (or Sweet Leaf) by Black Sabbath.

– HOWEVER –

Spider Virus cover Zero the Hero immediately after The New America, so I think it might be a no go. I Like Fucking it is(or is it, you’ll just have to wait and see my mood at the time!) Anyway, this time wasn’t logo-rama, but I’m still waiting to hear back from the Russell, so… until next time kiddies.