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Bullpit Magazine – Issue #1, Fall 2012

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

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In June of 2011 I had the bright idea to start a magazine to accompany my weekly rock podcast. It was a much more difficult thing to accomplish than I imagined, and it took 15 months to get the first issue done. I probably would have given up if bands, writers and photographers hadn’t worked hard on the various contributions. This, like nothing I’ve ever done, is a true collaboration.

Go to BullpitRocks.com to get a free PDF and digital compilation featuring all the bands in the issue. I included one of my brand new solo songs, as well as a Bull Lee single with guest-vocalist Dmitra Smith of the band Static People (who are featured in the magazine and on the comp).

The issue is also available as a print-on-demand magazine. Details on this, and mobile-viewing are emailed to subscribers at BullpitRocks.com.

Thanks to all the bands, writers, photographers and friends who helped out. Design by the great Joey Mann.

I am shooting for a Spring 2013, Issue #2.

Heaven Adores You (an elliott smith project)

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

My friend Nickolas is directing this documentary on Elliott Smith. I have worked with Nickolas on many film projects and he is extremely talented. There will never be a better ES film than this. Go here to watch the trailer and be a part of it.

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Joel-Peter Witkin: An Objective Eye

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

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My friend Tom is directing a documentary on the photographer Joel-Peter Witkin. He has started a KickStarter campaign to complete the film. He has already shot hours of footage of Witkin talking about his life and work.

You can see a trailer and / or make a pledge to become a backer here.

New Artwork for 2nd BULL LEE Guest-Vocal Single

Friday, July 8th, 2011

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Though we put this out late last year, we are finally “releasing” it ourselves. Our friend/artist Mike Dyson just finished up artwork for Bull Lee’s second guest-vocal single called “I Can’t Love You After 8” (featuring Edie Lustie of Chicago’s The Lusties).

Check out Mike’s badass daily cartoon and animation, Atomsplit at Atomsplit.com for some true “adventures in Band Beingness”!

Thanks to Mike and Edie for kicking much ass.

BULL LEE – “I Can’t Love You After 8″ (featuring Edie Lustie) by Bull Lee Records

My Flesh of Things EP FREE on NoiseTrade

Friday, June 24th, 2011

New Bull Lee Records SoundCloud Page

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

BULL LEE – “Hot Coals” (featuring Zoe Vette) by Bull Lee Records

BULL LEE – “I Can’t Love You After 8″ (featuring Edie Lustie) by Bull Lee Records

Visit the page here.

They Are Kranken Welpen!

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

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Part Spinal Tap, part Hogan’s Heroes with teeth, these take no prisoners, self-proclaimed “gypsy punk rock legends” do much more than just play music. Their weekly serial audio drama, General Kranken Haus (episodes are featured on my DIY rock Bull Pit Podcast) reveals a layered and well thought-out mythology leaving one wondering if they are even human.

Their Gogol Bordello-inspired, riff-laden brand of metal is littered with militant posturing. Vocals, shared by Kommandant Kranken Chaos (guitar) and Professor Slaughter (bass, assorted power tools and other devices of destruction), deliver over-the-top, absurdly farcical lyrics with such ego and conviction that you will very likely find yourself on the floor laughing in hysterics (but don’t tell them that, they take themselves VERY SERIOUSLY)!

Check them out on Myspace here.

The Spirit Bear Rebellion

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

Spirit Bear RebellionYesterday evening there was an envelope waiting for me on the dining room table from BeatnikPressDigital. I knew it contained the brand new Spirit Bear Rebellion CD that Bull Lee contributed a song to earlier this month (it’s called “I Can’t Love You After 8” and was premiered on Episode 82 of The Bull Pit Podcast where I also interviewed our guest vocalist Edie Lustie who performed on the song).

Bull Lee has been on a handful of compilations and most of them suck pretty bad. I put the thing on today while driving in the rain to work with low expectations as usual, and I must say, I’m very pleasantly surprised.  I like every song out of the nine I’ve heard so far.

Bands on the disc are Zoe Vette and The Revolvers, John Sinclair & His International Blues Scholars, FIREBRANDS, Grown Up Avenger Stuff, Nervous Nellie, Fontaine, Non-Divine, Mikiruka, Grey Revell, Steve Rich and a mystery track.

All profits from the comp go to the Spirit Bear Youth Coalition who is working hard to save the Spirit Bear, “a genetically unique subspecies of the black bear unique only to Canada’s west coast – numbers fewer than 400, possibly fewer than 200.” The bear “plays a critical role, because of its color, within the nutrient cycle that upholds one of the largest land carbon sinks in the world.”

You may think that saving this rare white bear (not a polar bear) isn’t the most pressing issue facing our world today, but there is more to it. The organization has aspirations to “create a new paradigm between ecology and economics that will meet everyone’s bottom line.” I like that kind of thinking because if improving life on this doomed planet can prove to be profitable to those who have the real power to make a difference, perhaps we aren’t so doomed after all. 

So kudos to Lee Estes from BeatnikPressDigital, Zoe and all the other artists who helped put this thing together (and special thanks to Edie for layin down one of the sexiest rock vocals I’ve ever heard).

Get your copy of the Spirit Bear Rebellion CD here for only $4.99!

Naïve Medley: This Must Be The Coverville Tribute to the Talking Heads

Monday, December 20th, 2010

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Here is another brand new covers tribute I recorded a song for. The Talking Heads, according to Brian Ibbott of the Coverville podcast (who commissioned all the songs from independent artists) is a band who ”sadly, has never had an official tribute album”.

My choice was a version of “This Must be the Place (Naïve Melody)“. I picked the song because my friend BC has always talked about it being one of his favorites. After spending a few days internalizing it while recording my version, I agree that it’s probably the best Talking Heads song I’ve heard. It was a lot of fun to do, and a challenge as the song really doesn’t have a chord progression.

Here’s a quote about the lyrics by David Byrne: 

“That’s a love song made up almost completely of non sequiturs, phrases that may have a strong emotional resonance but don’t have any narrative qualities. It’s a real honest kind of love song. I don’t think I’ve ever done a real love song before. Mine always had a sort of reservation, or a twist. I tried to write one that wasn’t corny, that didn’t sound stupid or lame the way many do. I think I succeeded; I was pretty happy with that.”

Thanks to Brian Ibbott for letting me be a part of tribute album history by contributing to the world’s very first Talking Heads tribute album!

Download individual tracks or the entire album for free here at the Coverville website. And if you are a fan of covers, definitely check out the Coverville Podcast.

Conceptual Continuity: A Cover Freak Tribute To Frank Zappa

Monday, December 20th, 2010

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Tomorrow is Frank Zappa’s 70th birthday. Steve, who runs a covers blog out of Chicago called Cover Freak, commissioned covers from independent artists and put together a tribute to Zappa called Conceptual Continuity.

My contribution to the project is an acoustic version of “Dirty Love”. The original was on Zappa’s 1973 Over-Nite Sensation album. The following is from a review of the album on AllMusic.com.

While the music is some of Zappa‘s most accessible, the apparent callousness and/or stunning sexual explicitness of “Camarillo Brillo,” “Dirty Love,” and especially “Dinah-Moe Humm” leave him on shaky aesthetic ground. Zappa often protested that the charges of misogyny leveled at such material missed out on the implicit satire of male stupidity, and also confirmed intellectuals’ self-conscious reticence about indulging in dumb fun…

I had the help of two great musicians; bassist/percussionist, Hector Feirreiro (who helped me produce the track as well as play bass and percussion), and singer, Myra Washington (who provided some extremely hot background vocals).

Download individual songs, or the entire comp for free at the Cover Freak blog here.