Monday, December 14, 2015

A MitEmas Carol

I'm behind the times here, but I should point out that episode 45, A MitEmas Carol, is out now and in stores. By which I mean my Dropbox folder, which you may access via the Episodes! button up there above the posts.

This episode features the miser Snobberson and the tale of his redemption thanks to the intervention of the ghost of Marley (Bob Marley, that is) and three Christmas spirits. It's a totally original story.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Neither rain, nor snow

... Nor presence of baby can stop Music in the Evening! Episode 44 has been released for your listening pleasure, featuring the return of Vorpal Fork, the cheap, crappy band whose heavy riffs and fantasy lyrics may remind you of actual, good band The Sword. Also find therein some wordless music, and some with words. Words about long-haul space trucking!

Oh, the plot? Fiona, Snobberson's rich sister, fires her butler. Shortly afterward, a mysterious killer goes on a rampage throughout the theater. Is there a connection?

May I toot my own horn? I really feel like MitE has been coming together lately. Snappy editing, what I hope are enjoyable plots, jokes that make me laugh, at least. And really, self-pleasure is what it's all about. MitE may have as many listeners as a mangled war veteran has fingers one on hand, but that will never dissuade me from producing them.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Episode 43!

Hello there, folks! Episode 43 is out, and it's a doozy! But aren't they all? Visit the Episodes! link to grab it, or read a short synopsis on the Episode Guide page. Do whatever. I'm not the boss of you.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Episode 42

Think a hard drive crash can stop Music in the Evening? No, because I backed up almost everything to a second disk before the first one lost its mind. Episode 42, "The People's Republic of Music in the Evening," is here. Part of a political diptych with 41, "Fred," this episode finds Gertrude and Olivia, the violently feminist duo who perform as Mysyc fyr Wymyn, taking over the show to introduce benevolent liberal rule. See? Left, right. I'm an equal opportunity offender. I'm not politically slanted.*




* Horseshit.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Update my blog? Naw.

Oh, fine. I guess I'll update the blog after all with exciting information about MitE production. Episode 42 has been cooking for some time now, and I'm hammering it into shape when I get spare time here and there. Just a few finishing touches in voice work and music, and it'll be ready for primetime.

What's it about, you ask? Well, it's part of a political diptych (you're the diptych, diptych!) with episode 41, in which we met Fred. With Fred, we explored the wonders of conservatism, and in episode 42, we meet some intense liberals. You know them: Gertrude and Olivia, the sisters who perform as Mysyc fyr Wymyn, because remember, all other vowels are emblematic of the patriarchy. What happens when they decide to take over the show for its own good? We shall see!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Fiddlin' About

I told you it was not a guarantee! I'm sneaking about in the old episodes, making little nips and tucks. Episode 19's gotten a bit of a goosing. I did a little bit of work on 22, the Mole-Men episode. And episode 2 you already know about. From now on, your downloads of the episodes will be the new ones. I'll keep the old, the "Too Hot for TV" (or too BAD for TV) ones, but they won't be available. They'll be behind the velvet curtain, for historical curiosity only.

Monday, March 30, 2015

See it Again for the First Time

Yes, I've done it. I've tinkered with episode 2, "RALF," and episode 9. Episode 2 is now much more polished but with the original musical bits left intact. Episode 9 had a song replaced because I like being offensive, but this was WAY TOO OFFENSIVE.

Of course, this doesn't solve the problem that now there will be a stylistic and technical gap between 2 and 3. But I swear I'm done rejiggering old episodes. I promise. Really. For sure.*








* not a guarantee, void where prohibited.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Blooper Reel!

Want a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the wacky hijinks when things go wrong during the Music in the Evening dialog recording sessions? Sure you do! 

God help me

I'm so close to caving and starting to rejigger the earliest episodes. I don't want people's introduction to this show being slapdash and inconsistent. I mean, the production values are unacceptable, the writing is poor, the voices aren't developed, the offensiveness is too offensive. Am I George Lucasing out here? Someone slap me!

Just episode 2. Come on, just one episode. You can handle that, right?

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Domain name!

Hey hey! I purchased the www.musicintheevening.com domain and we've got ourselves a website again! Well ... we've got this blog. Which is nice, right?

Make sure to listen to episode 40, which came out today. You can track down the episodes via the Episodes! link at the top of the page. Imagine that.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Episode 38!

I have a nice production pipeline going again. (I got yer pipeline right here, toots). It's funny how sometimes, what you plan to be the next episode takes a back seat to what turns out to be the next episode. Just a little showbiz insight for you all.

In episode 38, the crew take a trip aboard a cruise ship to provide the entertainment. Captaining the vessel is Pinkbeard the Former Pirate, who tried to take over the show in episode 6. It's nice to voice an old friend again, and it's also nice not to have to come up with new characters. Marvin the mynah bird, AKA Tampico the parrot, shows up as well. And Pegleg Paul ("His pecker's pure hickory!") is at least alluded to in a song.

This is the first show in a while where I've given the mice a break. And the moles. And the cat. And anyone whose dialog I have to record separately and then speed up, which makes things a little easier.

On that note, I much prefer speeding up the mice's dialog rather than pitch-shifting it. Maybe I don't have the big-bucks pitch shifting software or whatever, but it's so much more natural when it's just sped up. Plus, small things would talk faster, wouldn't they? I mean, their little hearts beat so fast, and they breathe faster than we do, and they live fast and die young and leave beautiful corpses.

Didn't know this blog was going to be so thoughtful, did you?

Friday, February 6, 2015

Ugh.

Woah, man. Woah. I've been listening to old Music in the Evenings, and boy was there some offensive shit in there. I don't mean to point you at them, but how about those racist voices in episodes 9 and 10? Woof.

Now, I could get all defensive about it. I mean, all I intended was to do some silly voices. But, ouch, Olivia. Trigger words! As Dennis Miller says, I don't want to get off on a rant here, but there's been all this flap lately over Jonathan Chait's piece on political correctness running rampant, and it is quite remarkable how much is less acceptable. I'm not about to make Music in the Evening appropriate for prime-time network TV or anything, but it's definitely a moving target.

I must, I must resist the George Lucas urge to "fix" my earlier episodes. But then there's the fairly serious problem that people will listen to those episodes first, and my God, how I've advanced! I'm drunk with power and completely delusional, of course, but I kind of think the recent episodes work, as TV-comedy-length stories with jokes and music and such. To say nothing of how I'm finally honing in on standardizing the goddamn level of the audio of the voices vs. the songs. Don't get me started on how much it annoys me that that's all over the place in old episodes.

What was I talking about?

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Why Yes, I Am Rather Clever

Anyone notice that the 90s emo band in episode 37, "The Sound and the Furries," is named Johann Wolfgang? Like Johann Wolfgang von Goethe? Like Rainer Maria? Like Rainer Maria Rilke, another German-language poet? And there was that band, Rainer Maria? Huh? Huh?

I know, I know. It's tremendous, and almost as clever as "The Beefles."

No, I don't know where my inimitable inspiration comes from. Perhaps ... I'm a prophet of God?

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Piano is Hard

You fine feathered folks may have noticed more keyboardin' in my songs lately. Since getting my shiny new keyboard for Jesus-Christmas (so that all the keys actually work), I've been wrestling mightily with those pesky ivories, trying to get to a place where I can at least plonk out chords reliably, and employ the occasional inversion. Is that so much to ask?

Yes, apparently, if you stubbornly refuse to take lessons because you'd be embarrassed that you're not better than you are. Yes, unpack that madness and tell me if it makes sense.

So it remains to be seen if I ever will get much better, but of course the point, for me, is not to flawlessly execute a Rachmaninoff piece; it's to have fun. Gosh, that was a lot of punctuation in that last sentence.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Episode 36 - The Final Episode

It's the end of an era as Snobberson is diagnosed with incurable stage IV cancer of the pubic hair. So long, old friend. Music in the Evening is, of course, over without our valiant host. So long and farewell, my fat Spanish ladies. That's how that goes, right?

Monday, January 12, 2015

Episode 35!

Episode 35 is out after only a, oh, three month hiatus? I think, in the grand scheme of things, that's pretty good. In this episode is the triumphant return of Streetfeld, in whose song I manage to avoid the dreadful racism of his appearance in episode 9 (No, really, DON'T go listen to it). Let's just mutually decide it's an interesting historical artifact of the days of an even more offensive Music in the Evening. These days, I'm quite mellower.

Uh, except for the Brought-to-you-by jingle in the beginning about anal bleaching.