Tuesday, January 12, 2021

"Death Cell" - Joshua Cotterino

"Death Cell" is the 9-song album by Joshua Cotterino. He answered the following questions early on Christmas morning 2020...

How did you make “Death Cell”

Hardware: Squier Strat, SX VTG bass, Yamaha YS-100, CH-1, RP3 multi-effects, DD-7, Roland Rubix 24 usb interface, Shure PG48, Shure SM57, Olson MK-175, Tascam 424 MKII Portastudio, Behringer Xenyx 802 mixer

Software: Garageband 6, Reason, OBXD, Song-Finisher 3000, and synth1

Hi-Fi, Lo-Fi, or Wi-Fi?


Was it easier to start “Death Cell” or complete it?

Easier to start. Is anything ever really finished??

Robert Smith or Will Smith?

Robert Smith, but I would love to hear them collab.

What are you going to do next?

Record a black metal EP.

Love Will Tear Us Apart” or “Love Will Keep Us Together”?

That's a tough one... Imagine if the production and mixes on those two songs were switched.

What’s an old email address that you don’t use anymore? Why did you stop using it?

walkingahead@yahoo.com - Did you ever use to play yahoo pool?

"Enjoy the Silence" or "Silence of the Lambs"?

"Enjoy the Silence"

What is something that you would like to say to the you of five years from now?

Keep it real.

What's some stuff that people should check out?

I've had the movie "Cabin Boy" playing a lot in my recording space lately. Also check out hotoffthepressrecords.bandcamp.com, my friends Hugo and Matt have been recording some of the best underground pop you'll ever hear. A few of my favorite albums on there are "Campus Slump OST", "City Nights", and "Pap".

Get "Death Cell" HERE

Friday, January 1, 2021

E-Z Food Mart (location unknown)

Monday, November 30, 2020

"Exactly Where You Are" - Human Pippi Armstrong

"Exactly Where You Are" is the 9-song album by Human Pippi Armstrong. He answered the following questions in November 2020...

Pip Pip. How did you
make "Exactly Where You Are"?

(the drum machines:)
Roland-Tr-626, Tr-8, Boss-DR770, DR202, Teenage Engineering Po-12

(the synths:) Yamaha-TQ-8,Cs1x,DX-21. Korg EX-800, Minilouge, Duotron, Microkorg. Paia-Fatman. Arturia Beatstep-pro, Microbrute:::all connected to a Robitussin DXM Head-Buzz Unit

Louis Armstrong or Louie Anderson?

Louie Anderson belongs behind bars. That's all I'm gonna say. Louis Armstrong all day.

Was it easier to start "Exactly Where You Are" or complete it?

It was easier to complete than to start for sure.

I was still using Vegas 7.0 for multitrack recording when I started (in 2018). I was really unhappy with the way it sounded. So I restarted it in January of this year on Ableton and that has helped quite a bit with the labor intensive editing. I write it all as I go, so however long it takes is however long it takes. As long as I get something done everyday, no matter how small a task, it adds up.

Lance Armstrong or Lance Crackers?

Lance Crackers, specifically "TOASTCHEE"
crackers, those I can stomach even when I'm nauseous, I don't know what it is... Now, Lance's "Gold-n-Chees" are not okay. They are disgraceful.

"ToastChee", "Gold-n-Chees"?
Why won't they finish the word? What are they hiding? I have a feeling they are hiding all the boxes of Nabisco Cheese-Nips. Why is it so hard to find a box of Nips? Food Lion removed the price tag and filled the empty space with the generic penguin crackers... like they never existed..."Oh, go with one of the 50 different flavors of Cheez-It".

You can put all the dressing and Old Bay and chipotle sriracha you want on a Cheez-It. They will NEVER be a true Nip.

What are you going to do next?

Gotta get my saxophone fixed, start wearing casual vests, learn how to enjoy seltzer-water, release a few EPs... basically, I plan on living the rest of my life like Jerry Garcia at his heaviest, minus the heroin.

One Small Step or One Giant Leap?

One! Step! Beyond!

What’s an old email address that you don’t use anymore? Why did you stop using it?

HaroldRamis666@hotmail.com - hotmail is long gone.
RIP hotmail and your endless ENZYTE emails...

Billy Joe Armstrong or Billy Joel’s Arm Is Strong?

Billy Joel is really 'swole'
But Green Day's riffs, Billy Joe stole
Billie Eilish is really stylish
Not to be confused with Billy Childish
I'm part Irish.
Be more Billy idol-ish.

What is something that you would like to say to the you of five years from now?

Hey it's... you, I have nothing to say to you! You think you're so much smarter and wiser now! Oooh "you've grown sooo much..." GAH! We are down here in 2020 and you're up there chillin', being all like "yep, i knew the whole time." well guess what Marty McFried? If they have a time machine app in 2025, I need to know a few things.
Sincerely, You. November 31, 2020...

What's some stuff people should check out?


"How to POP! Popcorn (The Chris Carol Way") - by Fred Whiskuns

"Squirt Cobain: My Mother Was a 90's Pornstar" - by Teegan Funt-Garber

"I May Have Christ on My Side, but I Also Have What They Call 'Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms'" - by Ret. Sgt. Bogue Willington


Nigel Peppercock - "Fresh White Reeboks Kickin Your Ass"

Fred $avage - "He's Dat Wonder-boy Mixtape Vol. 3"

Karen Kryscztolek with Chris Michaelson (of Crush Metal Water) - "The Seattle Tapes"


Chucky vs Problem Child (2019)

Hip Hop Rapture (starring Corbin Bernsen and Bizzy Bone, 2004)

This Old House: The Movie (1990)

Get "Exactly Where You Are" HERE

Human Pippi Armstrong's soundcloud, facebook, instagram, youtube,

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

M*A*S*H* on Cracked

7 Covers of "Cracked" Magazine devoted to the television series "M*A*S*H" from 1974 to 1983.

Illustrated by Jon Severin.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

"I'll Be the Lakebed" - Dylan Gilbert

"I'll Be the Lakebed" is the 10-song album by Dylan Gilbert. He answered the following questions in October 2020...

(Album Cover by Amanda Johnson)

Hi Dylan. How did you make “I'll Be the Lakebed”

Fender Strat, Roland VT 2 & 3, Baby Grand Piano, Korg Volca Sample, Clarinet, GarageBand, and an iPhone7.
Justin Aswell helped with
additional production, mixing, and mastering with additional engineering by Greg Gilbert.

One Eyed Jacks or The Roadhouse?

The Roadhouse. The music is just too dreamy and Julee Cruise is a national treasure.


Was it easier to start “I'll Be the Lakebed” or complete it? 

It was much, much easier to start the album. For me that’s always the way, ideas can flow so naturally and effortlessly, but to get those ideas to a place where I feel comfortable sharing them is a challenge. It’s almost two different creative practices, one is about dreaming and one is organizational.

Slow Boat to China or Quick Bus to Chinatown?

I’ve taken a Quick Bus to Chinatown. In the middle of the first tour I did with Zach and John in 2010 we took a Chinatown Bus to and from NYC. I had two sprained ankles when we left NYC and the bus broke down somewhere in Maryland, so we partied all night with a camera crew from "TRL" until morning where we got a lift back to Norfolk and slept it off at this Army dude’s flooded apartment. 

What are you going to do next?

I’ve always been a planner, but 2020 has been a hard year to make plans in. Thankfully, a few exciting collaborations and projects are starting to find inspiration again, so I’ve got those to look forward to. I’d like to spend the better part of the next year answering that question for myself. I know I want to write, but I’m still dreaming right now.

(Photo by Jordan Parker Hoban)

"Blowin’ in the Wind" or "Idiot Wind"?

Idiot Wind”. It’s a mean song, but "Blood on the Tracks" is my favorite Dylan record. 

What’s an old email address that you don’t use anymore? Why did you stop using it?

I’m that person who still has access to every email account I’ve ever had. Except, I think I’m locked out of my Queens University email.

"Revolution 1" or "Revolution 9"?

I hear there’s a version of both mashed together. That would be my pick. “Revolution 9” is so underrated.

What is something that you would like to say to the you of five years from now?

Are you getting enough rest?

What's some stuff people should check out?

Green (album) by Hiroshi Yoshimura,
Through the Looking Glass (album) by Midori Takada, Steve Lacey (single/mini album) by DJHaych4Now, Fly (album) by Yoko Ono, Super Body Games RPG (video game album) by Body Games, Thelonious Alone in San Francisco (album) by Thelonious Monk

Babbling Corpse
(book) by Grafton Tanner

Avatar: The Last Airbender (cartoon television show), Red Dwarf (bbc television show)

art | tea (podcast) by Sarah Ingel, Kicking it with Titus and Cooley (podcast)

Malcolm X (film) by Spike Lee, Ewoks 3: Endor’s Game (made for TV movie) by George Lucas, Let the Fire Burn (documentary) by Jason Osder, The unaired original pilot of Buffy the Vampire Slayer

(Photo by Sarah Ingel)

Watch the FULL "I'll Be the Lakebed" Visual Album here

Buy the "I'll Be the Lakebed" CD


Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Randall Grommesh Whistles

Randall Grommesh Whistles popular songs in the comfort of a dimly lit room with no musical accompaniment.

Randall Grommesh Whistles and livestreams his whistling to the world. He used to just post videos. Wonder why he livestreams now? Nobody knows. He never responds to comments. Try. Ask him.

Randall Grommesh Whistles in a slightly brighter room sometimes. With an air conditioner providing a soft hum in the background.

Randall Grommesh Whistles a lot.

Randall Grommesh Whistles without a shirt occasionally.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

"Drinking My Way Up" - Wes & The Railroaders

"Drinking My Way Up" is the 5-song EP by Wes & The Railroaders. Wes Hamilton answered the following questions in September 2020...

Hi Wes. How did you make “Drinking My Way Up”?

We had our standard setup, so 2 guitars (me on acoustic and Steve Longo on electric), bass (Ethan Ricks), drums (Pat Bowden), and mandolin (Steve) on a couple. Guest musicians include Jean Prewitt from Carolina Gator Gumbo on accordion, Jason Atkins added keys, and Ian Pasquini played fiddle. I also put some pedal steel on a few tracks. I tracked the acoustic guitar the same day we tracked drums so I played for almost 8 hours that day. Listen closely - I'm pretty sure you can hear my fingers screaming in pain on a few songs. And Buzz Gibson did the cover art.

Waylon or Willie?

That's a really hard one to answer. It depends on the day really. I've been watching a lot of older episodes of "Austin City Limits" lately and I really think the first one with Willie and the '89 episode with Waylon are some of the best. In conclusion, I like them both equally.

Was it easier to start “Drinking My Way Up” or complete it?

It was easier to start I think. We tracked drums and acoustic guitar with Justin Faircloth and we did the rest at Ethan's house. It took us a while, but we weren't really rushing it either. Every time I was going to track vocals, my allergies were killing me and I couldn't sing. It was a lot of stress making sure I got everything ready to be released on time. I think I got everything in at the very last minute.

Gram Parsons or Alan Parsons?

Gram. But I have really only become a fan in the last few years. I wasn't a fan for a while, but something clicked one day and I really started to dig it. I can also understand why a lot of people aren't a fan. 

What are you doing to do next?

I'm stuck at home playing a lot of guitar and doing some writing. Hoping to have a fresh new batch of songs when shows are a thing again.

Roger Miller or Miller Lite?

Roger Miller, duh.

What’s an old email address that you don’t use anymore?


At one point in my late teens I was really into BMX.
I'm pretty sure the site doesn't exist anymore. It was basically like an Angelfire website in the late 90's/early 00's.

Showmars or Bojangles?

Bojangles, duh. Bojangles should do a gyro. 

What is something that you would like to say to the you of five years from now?

Hey man!

(Wes Play Pool - Photo by Ian Pasquini)

What's some stuff that people should check out?

Everyone should listen to ZZ Top every day. Lately,
I've been obsessed with Jim Ford. He doesn't have a big discography but he's got some killer Southern soul country stuff.

"Disgraceland", "Walking the Floor", "Dollar Country", and "Cocaine & Rhinestones" are all pretty solid music related podcasts. The "Disgraceland" episode about James Taylor is wild! I like a conspiracy theory podcast called "Conspiracy Theories". My favorite book lately has been the Winnie Winston pedal steel instructional book. I restarted it now that I kinda understand how pedal steel works.

Stop what you're doing and watch
"Born in East L.A.
" right now.

(At The Courtroom in Rock Hill, SC - Photo by Alex Lacey)

Listen to "Drinking My Way Up" by Wes & The Railroaders on Spotify here

Buy it on Bandcamp here

Wes & The Railroaders Instagram