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2015-07-28 (0 comments)

C.O.G. covers album about to drop...


As I write this, I'm in the final mastering throes of getting the new C.O.G. covers CD 'Strange Transmissions From Uranus' out the door. This project was different from any other C.O.G. project in that it consists entirely of cover tunes - songs written by other artists (and as it happens, mostly from movie and TV soundtracks.) As per usual C.O.G. practice, it's a retrospective, dating back 15 years or so to our first cover, 'Green Slime', which we had picked up playing the New Orleans Worst Film Festival (they showed the infamous 1968 film), without even knowing that it had been covered by local superstars The Cold some 12 years prior.

As a retrospective, it's also packed with prior C.O.G. members - most of these recordings were started years ago and recently picked up and carried through to their ultimate level. Remy Dee, Nurse Trixie, Formelda Hyde, Nurse Shark, Impersario Konstantin, Major D Struction, Dr. A Rachnid, Dr. A Pentatonic, and even the Angry Fairy are present on various songs (only Filbert Snodgrass and our original colleagues seem to have evaded their civic duty to be represented by the songs they pioneered - alas, we ran out of time!)

Anyway, this project is also a pioneering effort in going through the motions of above-board royalty reporting, which I managed through www.tuneswoon.com. Since they require advance registration and a healthy advance payment for song royalties (16 songs in all - it's 12 tracks but some of them are medleys) I've taken the currently bizarre tack of making this CD physical-only (no iTunes for this puppy!) and limiting the initial issue of this to 100 pieces. It'll be first come first served - and only at live lectures, initially!

We're planning on sneak releasing this at the upcoming 'Secret Chewluminati Ritual' concert this coming Friday in New Orleans at the Chewbacchus den at 4321 St. Claude Avenue. A proper CD release party is in the offing too, as soon as I figure out WHERE...

2015-04-30 (0 comments)

New TimeFest advertisement...

After a week of work, here's the ad for the upcoming 'NOLA TimeFest III'





I shot this on my trusty (but now cranky) old Sony FX-1 camera, in my aunt Joyce's neighborhood in Baton Rouge, near where the owner of the Delorean time machine prop lives (we've booked him and his car for the Fest.) The idea behind this is a whim I dreamed up over a year ago when we were contemplating staging TimeFest II in Esplanade Mall - we were thinking of shooting this in the adjacent parking lot, recreating part of the beginning of Back to the Future. Here, we've recreated part of the BTTF trailer instead, but given it a twist!

One thing I forgot to do on location was to provide myself a chroma screen to composite out the interior of Paul Patacek's TARDIS, so for a couple shots I had to rotoscope (sloppily) out the inside so that you could see the control room instead of the wooden walls and plastic windows. Just 60 frames or so, but it took me about a half hour to do each brief shot.

The spinning TARDIS at the end is not CGI, for I suck at CG; but we needed something to match Paul's full size model and he leant me the Character Options plastic replica, complete with flashing light on top. After fastening blue tissue paper to cover the speaker and battery cover on the back, I mounted this on a record player in front of a greenscreen and filmed it. Came out better than anticipated!

The music at the end is C.O.G.'s live version of the theme, excerpted from a show we did last August at Southport Hall.

2015-04-23 (0 comments)

C.O.G. presents the Supervillain Symposium!



2014-12-17 (0 comments)

What is the band up to now?

For our little end of the year sabbatical, we've been taking a little break from gigging and instead concentrating on recording - trying to get some new tunes worked on, but also trying to get recordings of all the songs by other artists we've covered over the years.

Checking the live show logs, we've logged a LOT of covers over the course of the last 18 years or so, with about 20 of them having been played by the current lineup - but most of them have never been properly recorded (exceptions: 'Doctor Who', 'Blinded Me With Science', 'Magic Dance', 'Green Slime') Time to change that! First one up was 'Major Tom', the new one we have picked up for our new Nurse Shark. We recorded this last week and I spliced it together with some nice looking live footage from a couple months ago...






Next one up will be the theme from Buckaroo Banzai... we just started recording that at rehearsal last night...

2014-11-08 (0 comments)

NINTENDO NITE flyer


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