We Are Brothers – The Best Custom Wedding Song Ever

It’s hard to put into words just how awesome this video is. Do yourself a favor and just watch it. Watch it now.


Music, Marketing, and Bicycling in Maine

It’s been a while, but that’s what you can expect when things get busy. Besides offering my services in the musical realm, I’ve been writing scripts and producing TV commercials, doing SEO and SEM, and even writing for a marketing blog. It’s a great thing when you can really get behind the work you’re doing, and know that the businesses you’re working for deserve all the exposure that you can get them.

The other thing I’ve been doing is biking. I am completely hooked. The fine folks over at All Speed are somewhat responsible. First off, it’s the best bike shop in Portland, Maine, have made it easy for me to completely get the service and advice I need. Last year this time I wouldn’t have guessed that I would have ridden as much as I have. They sold me a great road bike which I use for my 11 mile commute. Not only did I get a great price, but they offered all kinds of free service and tune ups etc. I generally ask them an insane amount of questions, however I haven’t been kicked out yet, so that speaks to their patience. I went to every major shop in the Portland area, and All Speed was the best in terms of service. They also sell skis and shit. Anyway, I got an indoor trainer this year, and rode roughly 4 times a week. Kept me in great shape, and now that the commute season is officially on, it’s paying off.

I don’t think there’s much I could write about that could be more unrelated, and now I forget what I was doing…


Jingle for Dennisville Fence

Had the pleasure of working with the fine folks over at Dennisville Fence. This jingle went through a couple of revisions. Most of which were me just nitpicking over little things that no one would ever notice, but when you work on a project like this, you want it to sound right. I believe that this song is currently being used in radio ads, and may or may not see some YouTube action in the future. It may also end up on their phone system, yet another benefit of Old Port Jingles – Once you’ve bought something, you’re free to use it in any non-broadcast medium for your business. That means Internet, phone systems, stage, even karaoke! Anyway, if you’re interested in getting a custom song for your business, contact Old Port Jingles by using the form to the right.


The Other Bones – “Hinges”

I first heard The Other Bones late last year. Their video had been posted in r/maine and I almost ignored it. I had seen the post earlier in the day, and for whatever reason had decided to move past it. By some kind of cosmic intervention, I had a change of heart, and chose to click the link to their debut video, Feels Like Home (directed by Jason M. Bosch).

I remember being shocked immediately at what was going on. There was a guitar loop that sounded something like the Tower Jam at IT, followed by a brilliant sounding looped drum beat, synth rhythm, and vocal track, in that order. One minute into the track, I was hooked. I knew that this band was going to be the most original thing out of Portland in the past 10 years, maybe ever.

Since then, I’ve been hovering around their website like Quimby hovers around my feet waiting for me to drop some food. Slowly but surely, 2 more songs came out. The River, and the Christmas song “What Are You Doing New Years Eve?” Both as equally impressive, yet these were just crumbs. I wanted a fucking sandwich, and finally it’s been delivered.

Hinges Comes out on May 8th

Hinges is a 5 track EP that comes out on Tuesday, May 8th. It starts aggressively with “Not This Way.” It is a stark contrast to the acoustic version that was released in late March. There are layers of tastefully blended electronics and even some vocodoer/autotuning. It is followed by the harmony rich “Say That To Me.” It’s peaks and valleys of varying intensity, with a sweet ass synth bass and some very tasteful less is more guitar work. It becomes clear very quickly that although The Other Bones are a relatively new band, they already know exactly what they want to sound like, and it sounds awesome. Hinges continues with the insanely catchy and memorable Feels Like Home, an building intensely pissed off little number called The Bad In Goodbye, and In/Out/Over, another harmony filled almost club-esque track. Maybe it’s not suited for a club, it’s not like I go to clubs. Just know that it’s good. It’s all good. Fuck, it’s all great really.

Eric, Andrew and Loretta have created music that is like no other trio I’ve ever heard. I have a hard time putting it into a category. It’s a blend of so many genres that I can’t describe it accurately. This is what I always envisioned the music of the future sounding like. This is by far the best EP that I’ve heard in 2012. Go get Hinges on May 8th. Grab your jetpacks and check them out at Slantie on Saturday May 5th. I have yet to see these guys live, but I’m sure it’s fantastic.


Geron Hoy – Lunatic

Geron Hoy really should be a household name by now, but the fact that it isn’t, may be the best thing he has going for him. You may have seen him over on reddit, where he has been sharing his music for free. I’ve been meaning to review this album for the past two months, but because I’m terrible at updating this site, I’m just getting to it now. Shame on me.

Trials, Troubles, and Tribulations

Lunatic is the latest effort from Geron Hoy. The story behind it is filled with frustration and struggle, and it almost never saw the light of day. In 2011, he had released the album Soldier, which was a mix of new material and songs he had recorded in Austin a few years back. Essentially a B-side album, it was still better than most of what came out last year. Geron then worked his ass off to record the album Lunatic. He spent weeks in the studio perfecting his songs, and once recording was complete, the album still needed to be mastered and pressed.

I knew Geron before it was cool.

When he should have been touring in support of Soldier, he was busy trying to get Lunatic released. Essentially, he was doing the work that a label would have normally taken care of, while still trying to make a living. Thankfully for us all, he didn’t throw in the towel. He pushed on, and made it happen. Music is what Geron is supposed to be doing. He knows it, and no way was anything going to stop him. As luck would have it Because Geron is so insanely talented, he won a song writing contest that year that awarded him a couple thousand CD pressings.

Lunatic is a fantastic album. Geron’s song writing ability is quite frankly, some of the best that I’ve ever heard. It comes from a very real, very chaotic place- Geron’s mind. This album is him, and that’s why it’s so damn good. It’s filled with confusion and self doubt, as well as the insanity and chaos of day to day life in NYC. From the foot stomping almost country-esque Mess in Here, to the ballad feel of Breakaway, to the beautifully written and performed Lunatic, there’s something special going on here. His songs are soft and tender when they need to be, but will knock your head off when needed.

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Howard Stern Helps Geron Hoy

On Friday April, 27th, Geron was retweeted by Howard Stern, who has a rabid fanbase of over 1.1 million followers. Geron posted the tweet on reddit, and was soon the top post. Close to a million people saw the tweet. He was shared on facebook by David Copperfield (yes, really!), his website went down for a time, and he was the top selling artist on bandcamp. Over 50,000 people have listened to his music since yesterday, and if anyone deserves the attention, it’s Geron Hoy.

The long and short of it is that Geron worked his ass off to make a damn near perfect album, and the world deserves to hear it. Go do yourself a favor and download Lunatic now.


Rode Videomic Pro Review

Rode Videomic ProWhen making videos for any purpose, sound is always one of the most important factors. Whether you’re making something for YouTube, or you’re working on a big budget production, sound quality will either make or break your presentation. Ask anyone who has been making videos and they will tell you that the ability to record high quality sound is just as important as the ability to capture the images you’re looking for.

Why use an External Mic with a DSLR?

Why is sound so important? Unless you’re telling a story with no dialogue or sound, voice and audio recording plays a large part in how you convey your message to the audience. Most viewers will not notice seamless sound recording and editing, but nearly all will cringe when levels are off and inconsistent. The last thing you want to do is distract your viewer with technical problems. Not only will they lose interest, but you will lose credibility as a filmmaker.

One company that makes a plethora of products that will help your cause is Rode. Rode has a large and diverse line of microphones, and makes some of the most diverse mics on the market today. For example, the Rode NT1-a is one of the finest choices for musicians doing home recording on a budget. At around $230 USD new, it’s great for vocals, acoustic guitar, and many more applications, without breaking the bank. Sure, you can spend more and get better quality, but many consider the NT1-A to be an ideal multi-purpose mic for budget minded musicians. I was hoping that the Videomic Pro would be similar in terms of quality and versatility. After a few weeks with it, here are my results.

Rode makes four microphones that come with camera mounts integrated into the design. It makes for easy attachment to most camcorders and DSLR cameras. This is extremely helpful if you’re shooting in a simple setup, don’t have a crew dedicated to sound, or just want the ability to point and shoot.

Videomic Pro Specs and Features

Rode Videomic ProThe Videomic Pro is a shotgun mic about 6 inches in length. As stated above, it attaches quickly and easily to most cameras, and has an integrated 3.5mm stereo plug that can go directly into your cameras mic input jack. A 9 volt battery powers the 1/2″ capsule and the same signal is sent to the left and right channels. There is a on/off switch that allows you to conserve battery life. It has a native 40Hz-20kHz response, however also offers a built in high-pass option which will cut off all frequencies below 80Hz. This is helpful if you are dealing with a lot of low end outside noise, like traffic. Another useful feature is the -10db pad, and +20db boost. The pad is useful if your audio source is incredibly loud, like a concert. The boost is designed for use with DSLR cameras, more on this below. It has a 3/8″ thread connected to the camera mount for the purpose of using the mic as a boom. It is held in place by elastic bands that keep it suspended, allowing roughly 1/4″ of space on all sides. It weighs 80 grams so it doesn’t really add that much weight to your rig. Full Videomic Pro specs.

How to use the Videomic Pro with a DSLR

My application for this mic is with a Canon T3i DSLR camera. The mic on this camera sounds terrible for nearly all applications, and most reviews will list the mic as the weakest feature. This is the case with nearly all DSLR cameras, not just this model. I have installed Magic Lantern, which offers audio input monitoring, a feature that is a must have if you are not using an external audio recorder. When in use, I have found the best results turning the input volume nearly all the way down (in the cameras menu settings) and then activating the mics +20db boost. By letting the mic do all the work and not having to rely on the cameras digital gain, you end up with a much better sound quality then if you were to turn the -10db pad on, and boost the cameras internal volume. What’s important to understand is that while this may work best for my needs (interviews and events), it may not be ideal for every purpose. It comes down to you liking the sound that is recorded, so you will want to mess around with it yourself.

The fact that it comes boom mount ready is really a great feature. All you need to use it as a boom, is a pole and a headphone extenuation cord. I’ve been using a 50 foot cord that I got on amazon for $5, and can not detect any loss in quality versus having it plugged directly in. The elastics are a little thin, but do a surprisingly good job at keeping the mic suspended above the mount.

Overall, I’m quite pleased with the quality and ease of use from the Videomic Pro. I would say that this is the perfect mic for entry level filmmakers who want to up their sound quality without breaking the bank or needing additional sound recording equipment.

The casing is made entirely of plastic, but it weighs far less than a metal counterpart, so it’s fantastic if you want something light on your rig. My only real issue comes in the fact that he 3.5mm connection is hardwired into the mic. The cord is reinforced, but if you are using it on a boom pole, be sure that there’s no way that it can be yanked on. The good news is that if something does happen to it, Rode has excellent customer service and offers a 10 year warranty on all their products.

The value here lies in the plug and play element, and of course ability for numerous applications, as is the standard with so many other Rode mics. With the features it has, it’s a great purchase for anyone looking for a fast and easy way to high quality sound. At $229, it’s well worth it.

Videomic Pro Examples

I did a couple of very brief experiments with the mic. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to show everything I want, but I will revisit this post once I am able to illustrate some more examples of just how versatile it is.


The Gronk Song Radio Edit SFW

After a little soul searching, I decided that the best thing to do would be to make a Radio edit of the Gronk song. Now maybe Rob Gronkowski and the Patriots can tweet it and love it as much as I do.

For those of you who want to listen to the original Gronk Song, don’t worry, it’s not going anywhere.


An Original Hard Rock Song For Rob “Gronk” Gronkowski

This will become a video by Monday.


Country Song for Rob “Gronk” Gronkowski

So here is the second part of the Gronk trifecta I’m working on. The video will be coming along shortly. G1 by Erich Pobatschnig

This is the country version of what I managed to put together… For someone who doesn’t listen to or enjoy much modern country, I think I did okay. I can’t imagine everyone will like it, but hell, what would the fun in that be? Would it be as much fun as my friend’s Maine Wedding Photographers party? No. Wait, what was I saying? Oh right…

I was inspired after seeing him score two TD’s against the Bills in the last game of the season, and wrote/recorded/produced three separate songs. If you like it, let me know, if you don’t, well that’s okay too. If You’re Gronk, Yo soy fiesta!Gronk Song


The Gronk Song – An Original Rap Song for Rob Gronkowski

So the past few weeks I’ve had a lot of time on my hands, and when that happens, I make music. I wasn’t sure what I was going to write about until I went to a Patriots game. After watching Rob Gronkowski score his 18th and 19th TD against the bills, I figured I would make him an ode. It ended up being a massive 4 part composition in 4 different styles. Seems to work as he is just that big of a force on the field.

I originally wanted to make a video for the whole thing, but I figured I could do it in parts, so I managed to make this over the weekend. Finished it just in time for the game. It’s not a very serious undertaking, but I had a blast making it. Not sure if he will ever see it, but Rob if you’re reading this, I hope you like it.


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