For two days we ran around the River Market area in Kansas City and shot this video. We had to dodge the cops around the train tracks and we had to beat the groupies off with sticks…
This video kicks ass, and I think y’all will agree. There is nothing more badass than a 30-year-old, old-school gangster chasing a punk while riding a 10-inch bike with training wheels. BAAAAADAAAASSSSSSS.
This is the official music video for “Run. Run! RUN! RUN!!! RUNNNNN!”, Performed by Cryns #3. It stars Firooz Basri, Toby Cryns (me), and Storm Robert. Mandy Basri assisted throughout.
Mark your calendar! Saturday, Nov. 14th, we will be performing in Jim’s basement, previewing our new music video, and offering digital downloads of our new album! This is big news in my world, as I have been waiting for this moment for a loooooong time. It’s finally here!
This party is by invite-only. Odds are, if you are reading this, you are invited. If you are a friend of mine, you are definitely invited. Please feel free to email or Tweet at me if you have any questions. Official invitations will be sent via facebook and email. Please let me know if you believe I have accidentally left you off the list.
Today, for kicks, I decided to try streaming and recording a live concert from my living room. And hot damn! It worked!! Check it out:
I think I will try to do one of these regularly… Plus, with UStream, you can interact with me live if you happen to be online while I am recording. I’m going to mull this over a bit, and I’ll let you know how it develops.
There’s this song by The Blow called, “True Affection“, that I absolutely love. It is beautiful, catchy, and simple and means something different to everyone who listens to it. THAT is the sign of a good song. When it means something to you. The great songs mean different things to you over time.
For me, “True Affection” has changed from a song that describes an ex-girlfriend to a song that is a euphemism for life. We are always gasping for air, looking for that one big thing to solve all of our problems and make us happy. But we are always drowning, anchored by reality.
Yesterday, I set out to test UStream‘s capabilities, and I could think of no better song to record than the aforementioned one:
One of the common threads amongst musicians worldwide is our ability to find new uses for duct tape. There was a time where I had duct-taped a microphone to a broom which was duct taped to a chair so that I had a microphone that reached my mouth. Another time, I duct-taped two broken drum sticks together so that I could bang on a cymbol that was duct-taped to a broken cymbol stand, which also was in need of some duct-taping. After microphone stands, the drum set is the next-most duct-taped instrument.
Anyway, yesterday I was helping Scott move, and he graciously offered to allow me to hold onto his awesome, little Prelude guitar while he is out riding across the U.S.A. for the next 3 months on his Transamerica Bike Adventure. The problem was, I needed a way to get the guitar home while riding my bike across increasingly the hilly terrain in Minneapolis. Since he had no bags, he offered to make a duct tape guitar strap for the thing, which ended up working great! THEN, a few minutes ago, I discovered that you can buy duct tape guitar straps!
OH! And you can also make a duct tape prom dress, tuxedo, Rappelling harness, or band-aid. Wow!! It truly is a great time to be alive.
Anyway, upon arriving home last night, I decided to record a song on the Prelude, which now has a duct tape strap:
Today I might be playing a show with local rock legend, John Stowell, over at the Acadia Cafe. John called the other day and asked me to sit in with his band on the ukulele. Sounds like fun! The show is at 2 p.m. and is free to get in…I think…
Also, I am trying to set up a songwriting session with Dave for today as well, but the schedule is packed tight. Hopefully he is flexible! 🙂
Finally, I’m putting the band back together!!! John, Ryan, and me will be playing a Cryns #3 set at Trocaderos on April 21 at 7:50 p.m. It’s part of a battle of the bands and should be pretty fun!
Lastly, check out this awesome dog, Rahm, that my dad has on his desk:
I just recorded a guitar lesson for “Leaving L.A.”, a song off of our first record …if Howard Roark could dance. Let me know what you think! Also, please let me know if you have other songs of ours that you would like a guitar lesson for.
I own the stupid iPhone and all of carry with me all of its pompous social baggage. And while I am embarrassed to be part of a growing movement of people who carry this little computer phone in their pockets, I did put it to good use on Saturday when, after starting up my car and turning on the radio, I hear the most beautiful of sounds coming out of my 89.3-powered speakers. It was, as it turned out, Andrew Bird’s new single, “Oh No”, which is absolutely beautiful.
BUT I didn’t know it was Andrew Bird’s single until I held my iPhone aloft and Shazam told me it was. Now I love Andrew Bird. Before he was one of many blips on my radar screen. Check “Oh No” out:
At the behest of my friend, producer, MBA-level-advisor, and guitar aficionado, Ryan, I am posting this guitar lesson for “Boulder”, a song off my band’s last record. The song highlights the struggles of maintaining a long-distance relationship with a girl in Boulder, CO when I was living on the East Coast. Those were good times, though. Good times for America, I tell ya! haha! Listen to the original version here. And then learn the song on guitar:
This is the second of what will hopefully be a long series of guitar lessons, where I teach you how to play songs off of my albums on the guitar. I realize the audience for these videos is amazingly small, but hopefully they will add value to that small segment of the populace that 1) knows our music, 2) owns a guitar, 3) wants to learn how to play our songs on the guitar. With that in mind, Enjoy!!
This is one of many great songs that my oldest brother has written over the years. His original version can be downloaded hereBombay Doors. I play the song much like I do many in recent years – with a swing beat. I love it!
I don’t know if y’all know this, but I am on Youtube. I maintain an account there, and even post videos, reply to comments, watch friends’ videos, and comment on said friends’ videos.
I have been actively posting videos on there for years now, but I haven’t actively been promoting this fact. Anyway, it’s no big deal if you aren’t into watching videos of me playing guitar and singing. BUT if you think videos of me playing guitar and singing is, like, the best thing you have ever seen (or even just better than watching commercials during “Lost”), then check me out on Youtube!