Last November, I took part in NaSoAlMo, a musical challenge similar to NaNoWriMo. Participants are given a month to write, record, and release an album, which must be at least 30 minutes long. While I didn’t actually release an album, I managed to write and record over 30 minutes of music in 30 days, so I consider it a qualified success. The album, which I gave the working title “Codename: FOXRUN”, was to be my attempt at the outrun/retro/synthwave genre, although not everything I ended up producing would necessarily fit this category. I also took this opportunity to advance my skills in sound design and in working with synthesizers.
As promised, today I released “FOXRUN Demo”, an album of some of the finished instrumentals from that project. If you’re into synthwave/retrowave/new wave music, this may interest you. Or offend you. Either way, there it is.
“FOXRUN Demo” is available at Bandcamp for name-your-own-price.
Steeped in the tradition of such classic progressive rock bands as GENESIS, CAMEL, PINK FLOYD, KING CRIMSON, and YES, along with modern torchbearers like THE FLOWER KINGS, KARMAKANIC, and RADIOHEAD, the music revolves around the classic interplay of guitar and keyboard while incorporating a wide range of other influences such as alternative rock, folk, and electronica. While their music employs the shifting signatures and lengthy compositions inherent to prog, the songs are tightly constructed and held together by memorable melodies and catchy refrains.
“G.R.” is available at Bandcamp for name-your-own-price.
Experiment with alternative forms of awoo.
Theremin wolf t-shirts, stickers, and other products are now available at RedBubble.
This year Kobi has enlisted the vocal talents of Pepper Coyote to help make Christmas weird.
Pretty much speaks for itself
Ask any Portlander if this sign ain't accurate!
Marijuana legalization in Oregon officially takes effect on July 1st, so mark your calendars!
Little known fact: Wolves come from the rainbow-colored planet Lupos 5. They arrived on earth in a silver UFO eight trillion years ago and built the forests out of stardust and puppy kisses. Today they walk among us, protecting children's dreams and keeping our root beer nice and fizzy.
White shirts are $20.64 USD. Colored shirts are $23.52 (Prices subject to change).
See the Full list of nominees.
The new “You Say Werewolf Like It's a Bad Thing” t-shirts are up at RedBubble.
Show your friends the many upsides of lycanthropy: Night vision, superhuman strength, badass fangs, heightened senses of sight and hearing, and thick fluffy fur, just to name a few.
White shirts are $21.52 USD. Colored shirts are $24.54.
Meanwhile, the old design will still be available until October 14.
I discovered a while back that the song which most of us know as the “Tetris Song” is actually based on a Russian folk tune called “Korobeiniki”, or “The Peddler”.
I decided it would be fun to translate it into English, despite not knowing any Russian or bothering to learn what the song was actually about.
The album you've waited way too long for has finally arrived…actually, no, “Sgt. Pepper 2, Revenge of Mr. Kite” is still in development. But this is almost as good. “Grapefruit Teeth: A Compendium of Industrial Dixieland Tone Poems for Fiddle and Fire Hydrant, Chapter 1: Rise of the Hyena People” is an EP of several comedy songs that I, Kobi LaCroix, have written between 2009 and 2012. Virtually all the songs have been freshened up, having either been remastered, remixed, or completely rerecorded since their initial release. This is a superbly funny album, covering topics such as food, ninjas, hypnosis, hypermasculinity, and household cleaning products, with musical styles ranging from metal, to funk, to industrial, to a cappella. It's an album you'll want to share with all your friends, even if they're imaginary! So pick it up today! I guarantee you've never heard anything. Like it!
Er…I mean…you've never heard anything like it. Yeah.
Downloaderize it at kobilacroix.bandcamp.com.
Tracks are available in MP3, FLAC, and other formats.
Physical CDs will be available once we work out production and shipping costs.
Due to the fact that a number of conventions are being held this weekend, I have decided to postpone the release of “Grapefruit Teeth” until Monday, June 18. This will also give me time to fine-tune any remaining issues and possibly add more material.
Thank you for your patience.
“Grapefruit Teeth: A Compendium of Industrial Dixieland Tone Poems for Fiddle and Fire Hydrant, Chapter 1: Rise of the Hyena People” is an EP of several comedy songs that I've written between 2009 and 2012. Many of the songs have either been remastered, remixed, or completely rerecorded since their initial release.
The EP will be released June 15 at kobilacroix.bandcamp.com. Digital downloads will be available in MP3, FLAC, and other formats.
More info to come.
¡SEÑORS Y SEÑORAS! NOW ENTERING THE RING, HAILING FROM WÜRTTEMBERG, GERMANY, THE KILLER THEORETICAL PHYSICIST WITH A PH.D. IN WHUPASS! HE'LL KNOCK YOU INTO NEXT TUESDAY, BUT ONLY IN ANOTHER PARALLEL DIMENSION WHERE TIME FLOWS AT A DIFFERENT RATE! ¡VIVA LA RELATIVIA! EL…..ALBERTO “A-BOMB” EINSTEINO!!!
A T-Shirt design, based on “Brutomax! The Sequel!” (NSFW)
A parody of U2's “Vertigo”, about a man who finds his apartment haunted by the spirit of late TV pitchman Billy Mays.
Better late than never, I suppose.
I heard the original song by daniwellP from this YouTube video, and I thought, “wouldn't this be cool if Emerson Lake and Palmer covered this song?” Now, you're probably thinking one of two things: either “Who are Emerson Lake and Palmer?” or “OH JESUS GOD NO!!!”
“Twenty-Six and a Half”, a musical tribute to “Weird Al” Yankovic, is now available for digital download. This album features acts such as The Great Luke Ski, Devo Spice, Steve Goodie, Worm Quartet, Insane Ian, TV's Kyle, Nuclear Bubble Wrap, and of course, me! This is a very well-put-together album by the who's-who of independent novelty music…and me.
From this FuMP post:
Proceeds from the album go to aid the Weird Al Star Fund and Make the Rock Hall Weird, organizations geared towards getting Al a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and to get him inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! (Proceeds also go to the artists, the producers, and Weird Al's publisher.)
You can stream all the songs for free on the Bandcamp page.
Plus: it's Weird Al approved!
This is my contribution: A cover of Weird Al's song, CNR:
And thus begins a new chapter in the saga of whatever the hell I feel like shouting about. A new song, in the style I've sort of become famous for, the manly breed of Dementia…or should we say DeMANtia?…no, we shouldn't.
Anyway, here's a heavy metal tribute to literally the coolest people to ever live, as opposed to the crappy football team named after them.
By the way, if the Vikings end up going 0-16 because of this song, I apologize in advance. But if they win it all…GUESS WHO YOUR NEW GOD IS!!! (hint: me)