Another South by Southwest has come and gone now. We unfortunately have never played at the festival. We’ve had offers here and there but it has never seemed to work out. We would love to play it someday or even just attend. But thanks to NPR we can do the next best thing. They’ve compiled a ton of photos as well as videos of a bunch of the concerts. I was really surprised at the amount of live video they have. Head on over and see if they’ve got footage of your favorites or discover a new favorite here. Did any of you all attend the fest this year? Any favorite performances or experiences?
P.S. Have you guys seen Jack White’s Third Man Rolling Record Store that he debuted at SXSW? It’s awesome.
okay so this is a pretty rad. how have i never seen anything like this before??
i first saw this recently when a friend of mine, mike foster, posted it on his twitter… he mentioned something about it being like “inception” so, obviously it was a must-watch for me. pretty amazing stuff!
found these too, in the related videos on youtube… all of which are wonderful…
So I had the awesome opportunity tonight to go to a Bulls game. It was a ton of fun. Not only did we get to see the Bulls stomp the Sacremento Kings but it was also Benny the Bull’s birthday. Happy Birthday Benny! Benny is the Bulls’ mascot and they brought in mascot’s from about five or six other teams to help him celebrate. During the first timeout of the game they all repelled down from the ceiling of the stadium. It was hilarious. I’ve only been to a few basketball games but I think they always have the best entertainment during the games. It was a really fun game and you will definitely see a particular Derrick Rose dunk on Sportscenter. I have to admit though I haven’t really followed basketball since this guy was playing here.
stumbled upon this late last night… and it’s quite possible that many of you have already seen this and that it’s old news, but i’m blown away and thought i’d post it for those of you that haven’t seen it…
take a moment to watch:
i adore the short.. it’s sweet and beautiful… and the textures of being macro photography is magical. amazing stuff… but i’m almost even more blown away by the making-of video here:
pretty incredible stuff, right?? human beings are capable of some magnificent things.
Today was a rather productive day here. I spent the first part of the morning tying up some musical loose ends for the song we’re calling “Tethered”. This one is probably the closest to being done right now. It has lyrics finished and the music is about 99% there. Monday we plan on giving it a few more listens and then sending it off to mixing. After that I began work on the 3rd song for April. Ryan spent yesterday recording a pretty difficult guitar part for the main base of the song. So today while he was working on lyrics I started work on the rest of the musical side of the song. I think it’s turning out really well. It all fell into place rather quickly which I was happy for. I had anticipated it being a bit trickier. I’m excited for you all to hear it. My wife and I spent the evening watching a movie called “Days of Heaven”. It’s a movie by director Terence Malick. I blogged about him a little while ago here. I think I had a little bit too much on my mind tonight to really enjoy “Days of Heaven”. It was beautiful, as all of Malick’s movies are, but for some reason I couldn’t focus on the story. Malick’s movies all seem to move at a pretty deliberate pace, so even a little distraction can take you out of it. I’ve seen a few of his movies now and I still think “The New World”, the first one I saw, is my favorite. There was one thing interesting that we noticed in the movie. The opening credits and a few other scenes in the movie feature a song that seemed very familiar to us. We both decided it was the song that opens Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”. It turns out they’re not the same song but they are very very similar. I guess Alan Menken is a fan of Camille Saint-Saens, the composer who wrote “Carnival of the Animals”, the song featured in “Days of Heaven”. Check it out below and see for yourself. Thanks for reading.
had a semi-productive day today… have a fairly solid direction for song 3 for April and so I recorded the guitars for it today, as well as pieced together an arrangement. dan’s going to add some bass and keys tomorrow, while I do my best to tackle lyrics for song 2 & 3… time is certainly flying by! yikes..
It’s finally starting to warm up around here lately and for this, we are very thankful! We’ve got some neat stuff we’re excited to let you know about…
“MARCH” EP NOW ON iTUNES
To our loyal iTunes friends, we are pleased to announce that our latest EP “March” is available on iTunes (& all other digital music stores) RIGHT NOW!
Grab “March” for $2.99, here! (All 5 of the previous Yearbook EPs are available on iTunes as well, here.)
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“APRIL” COVER ART UNVEILED
It’s time again to pull off the wraps of the upcoming “April” EP cover art, by Geoff Benzing.
This month’s cover features two little Arctic Foxes, passing through a Forest in Denali National Park, Alaska. Arctic Foxes have the amazing ability to change the color of their fur with the turn of the seasons. In April, they begin this transformation and change from a snow-white colored, thick fur, to a grey-ish brown color which is a lighter coat of fur for the Spring and Summer ahead. It’s incredible how these little guys have learned to adapt. Our photo-taking friend is nestled in between trees, to capture the moment (from a safe distance of course.)
In celebration of our Mid-West Landscapes now beginning to thaw out, we are offering a 20% OFF coupon in our online store! Hooray!! Coupon is good for 20% off of everything in our store (purchase most total $10 or more), except for our “Yearbook” Music. (Sorry, gang!) Just visit our store at: www.sleepingatlast.bigcartel.com and enter in the code: “ARCTICFOXES” and you’ll get 20% off of your entire purchase of ANY T-Shirts, CDs, Posters and more! Hip-hip…. (hooray!) Coupon expires April 1st!
That’s it for now, friends! Gotta get back to work on the music for “April,” which releases April 1st! We hope that the weekend ahead is wonderful for you!
I read something today that said there were more people in America with Irish heritage than there are people living in Ireland. I know I’ve got some Irish in my family, along with a little bit of everything else it seems. Even still St. Patrick’s has never been a real big deal to me. But being named Dan, meant I was always called “Danny Boy”. So in honor of St. Patrick’s Day and for all the Dan’s out there, here is the best version of “Danny Boy” I could ever hope to find.
when i was younger, like 14 or so.. i would visit resale shops a lot with friends, and i’d buy up tons and tons of random vinyl records for like 25 cents a piece. after a while of doing this (and discovering music i adore, ie: simon and garfunkel, queen, etc) i stumbled upon several records that had really cool abstract art on the covers, from a record company called “command records,” all of which was very, very late 50′s, early 60′s (from sound to design)… there were many different artists on this label, but there was one particular artist i liked named “enoch light.” it’s all very, very strange music for a 14 year old kid in the late 90′s to be into, but that’s beside the point…
over the years, i’ve gotten rid of most of the heaps of vinyl i collected during that time, but i hung onto everything from “command records,” because it was just interesting music to me and instrumentation that i was strangely intrigued by.
so today, while searching around online for information about enoch light and the other command records’ artists i owned, i stumbled upon this youtube video…
i had NOOO clue that the mad men theme song was sampled from an enoch light song! i absolutely love that theme song (and show) and my mind is now blown.
p.s. here’s some enoch light songs… again, i’m not entirely sure why i love it so, but i do and have for years!
Our very good and amazingly talented friend Jeremy Larson, released his long awaited new full length record today. If you aren’t familiar with Jeremy’s music, you should be. We’ve been lucky enough to have had the new record for some time now and let me say it is absolutely amazing. I’m so glad it is finally out there for all of you to hear. Jeremy’s talent is quite astounding. Not only can he write all of these beautiful songs but he also plays just about every instrument you’ll hear on the new record and he plays them exceptionally well. On top of that he records everything himself in his Springfield, MO studio and it sounds so good. Jeremy has said this is the record he’s dreamed of making. I hope you all enjoy it as much as we do. Check it out here.