My music video Relativity (or: How to Stop Worrying and Love the Computer) has been selected for inclusion in the first ever Apex film festival, taking place Saturday, August 29th in Rochester, MN. I am beyond excited to have been selected from 400 submissions. According to festival coordinator Avai d’Amico they are only showing “the best of the best.”
As if things weren’t exciting enough, the festival was written up in the Rochester Post Bulletin today, and my video is featured.
Jesse’s guest this week is the lovely Seattle comic Anica Cihla, lover of intellectual science fiction and the #Poopstagram. Together, they read and discuss the Harlan Ellison short story ‘I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream.’
I spent my childhood hating the movie Armageddon and this song by association, but I think it’s one of those things where you can’t really understand a good love song until you’ve gone through the experience. I recorded this for Barton and Val’s going away video at Jean’s instruction, and discovered in the process that this song is actually pretty wonderful.
The final Mugatu show was by all accounts an incredible event. To everyone who came, thank you so much for helping make this one of the best nights of my entire life, and hands down the best rock show I’ve ever been a part of. Special thanks to Butt Dial and Chaotic Noise Marching Corps for joining us, and especially Lu Badu who arranged their participation. Although I will miss this band terribly, I am thrilled to have had the opportunity to go out in such epic style.
I left a camera and sound recorder perched above the mixing station at the High Dive, and edited that together with footage taken by my friends Carlos Rodela and Justin Minich to create this video of the intro and first set. If you weren’t there, this will give you a taste of the magical evening. #MugatuForever
Jesse and Audri continue their discussion of Star Trek: The Next Generation season 2. Riker holds his own, the Borg get nasty, and Data is consistently adorable. The writers strike is discussed, culminating in an abominable clip show. Also, Jesse plays a sad song, and tells a sad story. Part 2 of 2.
Be there as the greatest glam-punk post-everything rock band in existence erupts into flames for the final time! We have some special treats planned, it will be a once in a lifetime experience that you don’t want to miss. 9:30PM at the High Dive in Fremont, $8, 21+.
It’s time to dive into The Great Pacific Garbage Vortex! Jesse’s venerable musical collaborator Barton McGuire is an electronic tinkerer and architect of bizarre soundscapes, building chaotic reverberations for his solo project based on homemade circuits. The boys sit down to discuss his latest collection, inspired by famous SciFi locations.
Come see their final performance as Mugatu at the High Dive on August 8th with Chaotic Noise Marching Corps and Butt Dial, show at 9:30PM. As long as Jesse doesn’t shed his corporeal form, he will also be playing in the Johnny Unicorn Jam Unit at SeaProg on August 9th at the Columbia City Theater at 3PM.
Barton McGuire (AKA Divatron) is a mainstay on the Seattle creative scene (until he moves to New Zealand, those lucky Kiwis). He is a founding member of Mugatu and half of the Tiny Baby Talk Show house band, both with frequent collaborator and bromancer Jesse Mercury. If you are lucky you bought one of his guitar pedals at the High Voltage music store, and have experienced the Neverending Fuzz. His solo project, entitled The Great Pacific Garbage Vortex, is the culmination of years of experimentation with modular synthesis and circuit construction.
Barton also wrote the music for the viral hit game Dungeon Highway, featuring an updated 8-bit sound like a thousand Mario brothers exploding in rhythmic unison.
Arguably his greatest achievement is the spawning of Mugatu with Dan Desrosiers and Jesse Mercury (AKA Manners D-Lux and J-Thrlz). Although this project will come to an end when Barton moves to New Zealand, the ghosts of the minds they blew and venues they burned to the ground will forever haunt the streets of Seattle.
He is featured in podcast episodes 5 and 6, discussing his love of Jurassic Park and showcasing his SciFi themed Great Pacific Garbage Vortex album.
Johnny Unicorn is a psychedelic prog/pop musician and performer. Although he is well known as the keyboardist for Phideaux, his complex and revealing solo albums are his true achievement. He has a unique ability to meld genres and styles, creating a unique and stimulating landscape of sounds, words and textures.
His latest album, Angels in the Oort Cloud, is a loosely conceptual prog epic meditating on the existence of a scientifically proven vengeful God.
For the active individual, he created the exercise album Sadness and Companionship. It was written to be two sides of an exercise cassette tape. It is quite possibly the only progressive pop exercise album in existence. Listen and be amazed.
And finally, to make your day a little brighter, here is Johnny Unicorn’s Jam Unit performing the theme song from Star Trek: The Next Generation with Jesse Mercury on drums.
You can find links to all of John’s albums and various social media on his website.