Sunday, November 19, 2017

Open Mics!


This is a video of me playing an open mic recently, courtesy of Meg Stepka, who hosts it. I've played a couple of these recently, mainly because my buddy Derek DePrator has been playing them. I've played open mics before, and they are fun, but it's more fun playing one when other musicians I know are also playing it. I probably will play some more open mics in the future, but I'm getting busy with the release of Frequently Asked Questions About Being Dead, so it might not be until 2018, which isn't far away. Some good musicians are at them, so they are fun to listen to as well. In addition to Derek, Meg's band, Meg And The Magnetosphere, usually plays, and they're really good also. In the video, I'm playing a Billy Bragg cover and then "Y-Town". The sound is a little reverby, mainly because I had to free the video from Meg's Facebook Live page (she said it was ok to do so), using some open source video editing software.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Pogeybait On Musical Mayhem!

The second half of the Musical Mayhem episode that The Escaped Fetal Pigs were on featured our pals Pogeybait. They talk about the Pigs a bit during their segment and then get to rocking. Check it out below!:

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

The Escaped Fetal Pigs - "The Beaver Of Love"


This is from the tv show Musical Mayhem. Jimmie Frederick taped the show at The Good Tymes Pub in Bowling Green, Ohio USA in the Fall of 1991. "The Beaver Of Love" was the last song by us before the rest of the program featured our friends Pogeybait. "Beaver" was another one of our "hits" on the local college radio station. It's a fun novelty song that Mark Justice and I wrote when we first formed the band, and it was essentially the two of us. Having the full band play the song didn't improve the song much, but it did make it thrashier. Playing in The Pigs was fun, and this song was always a good laugh. Alas, college bands inevitably break up when graduation comes calling. With The Pigs, we got an extra year when Mark decided to go to grad school and stay in Bowling Green, but by the middle of 1992, Simon Luke and I had both graduated and moved away and that was the end of the band. Mark and I did one side project a year later, which unfortunately got billed as The Pigs when it wasn't supposed to be (the promoter did that and not us), but that was the last time any of us played music together. Fortunately, Mark makes movies now, so we have been able to collaborate that way when I act in them. I moved on musically to being the main songwriter in a band, playing more guitar than just singing, and playing more serious songs, but The Pigs were a great way to develop musically. Watching the Musical Mayhem video was a fun way to reminisce about those days.