Travis at the Bushwick Book Club

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Darcy’s In The House – music inspired by Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice

On February 14th 2012, the Bushwick Book Club put on a show at The Erickson Theatre featuring original music inspired by Jane Austen’s classically tedious novel, Pride and Prejudice. It was a wonderful way to spend Valentine’s Day. Not only did I get to perform in front of the most attentive, well groomed audience Seattle has ever seen, I also had a hot date with a very handsome young lady. She was thoroughly impressed by my powder blue tuxedo, and I don’t blame her. It was a 100% polyester kind of night.

Reading the book was much more of a concentrated effort than I would have liked. It was mostly about dumb girls blathering on and on about stupid crap that nobody cares about. You know, boys, dance parties, horses, cousins marrying cousins… that kind of stuff. Not really my cup of tea, however, there were a lot of memorable characters and it was exceptionally well written, so I can certainly understand the appeal of Pride and Prejudice from that standpoint. By far the best part is the very awkward scene where Mr. Collins proposes to Elizabeth Bennet in a very unwelcomed and overly elongated manner. Even after a series of multiple, yet very polite refusals from Ms. Bennet (everyone was polite in the early 1800s), he continues to present his case for marriage. The longer he goes on, the more certain he becomes that he can change her mind. This goes on for a few pages while the whole time poor Lizzy is thinking ‘Oh God, please stop. Why won’t you stop? Somebody make him stop.’  It was all very awkward and very funny, just like real life. No less than a day later, Collins moves on and successfully proposes to Elizabeth’s fat friend Charlotte. Hooray for settling!

I know what you’re thinking, that sounds like a great idea for a song. I completely agree, but for reasons unknown, I chose to go a different path. The concept for my Pride and Prejudice inspired tune centers around the leading man Mr. Darcy and how even though he was kind of a jerk at times, everyone and their Mom knew (including Darcy himself) that he would end up with the girl at the end. There is also a bit in the bridge about having a bunch of sisters and sleeping on the floor, but you will have to watch the video to get the full backstory on those nuggets of genius. Be sure to stick around for the entire thing as you will be treated to a very special bonus song that I was asked to perform that night. (Not included in the video is when I was sitting in the audience and accidentally spilled a beer on my crotch.)

 

I am a handsome man and you’re a handsome lady
oh won’t you take my hand ,but only for one dance
then I’ll ignore you
pretend you don’t exist
feel free to yak about my lack of social skills
so disagreeable

200 pages in you still don’t know my first name
I know you’re not to blame, ms. Austen help me out
it is Fitzwilliam the master of Pemberley
You may remember me as the man who’ll take you down

Darcy’s in the house
I weigh ten thousand pounds
are you gonna marry me
we’re gonna find out

Too many sisters in the room
driving me crazy
especially Katie
Judy, Mary, Dawn, and Amy

Sleep on the floor for ten years
stomp on my head
it won’t wake me up
my mom can wash my hair
it won’t wake me up

You think that I’m a jerk, well I find this surprising
I know you’ll come around and I’ve known it from the start
Standing in front of me
making a mockery
your mom would not agree with the way you use that mouth
mama said knock you out
Mrs. bennet said knock you out

One day we’ll laugh about refusing my proposal
and how you hated me and all my stupid guts
You are my future
my lovely creature
my pride is champion
your prejudice is dumb

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WE in space


WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

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Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm – WE cover the best Canadian pop song ever written

When Canadians aren’t busy buying up all the milk at the Bellingham Costco, they are sitting at home listening to their favorite home town band Crash Test Dummies. Although Crash Test Dummies are not currently and never will be our favorite Canadian institution (that honor goes to Rush), their hit 1993 song Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm is pretty remarkable. To this day it is still one of my all-time favorite songs (to sing at karaoke). According to Wikipedia, Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm is frequently included on lists of bad songs. The song was number 15 on VH1’s 50 “Most Awesomely Bad Songs Ever”, named by Rolling Stone as the “15th Most Annoying Song”, and ranked at number 31 on Blender’s list of the “50 Worst Songs Ever”. Any song with that kind of resume must be good. Right?

Over the weekend WE spent some time in the studio to pay tribute to one of the best things to ever come out of Canada. Here is our version of Crash Test Dummies hit song Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm (you got to love a song title that contains four words and only one letter). Check it out. Look how low my voice goes.

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New “side project” – Laughter Club

Hey everybody!

I’ve been having such a craving for playing instrumental rock with weird time signatures and such, that I decided to start another band! So far the band is just me and Ryan Dicker(who is an old friend of WE from way back before my time in the band) and me(Ben), so in order to find some like minded musicians we made a phony sitcom that features some of our music. If you know anybody in the Portland area who would be interested please pass this video along. If not, enjoy anyway! We are planning on making plenty more videos so if you like it you can subscribe to our youtube channel!

Here are some full demos of the songs we have so far!

Hooray and Love,
Ben

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Three Imaginary Girls presents: 10th Anniversary Rockstar Karaoke New Wave Bash

Our favorite Seattle Sparkly Indie-Pop Press, Three Imaginary Girls, is turning 10 years old. Hooray! To celebrate, the ladies will be gathering up all of your favorite Seattle rockers (including WE) in one place for the greatest new wave karaoke bash the world has ever seen… and this is all happening tonight!

Friday, June 1st at Chop Suey
Three Imaginary Girls presents:
The 10th Anniversary Rockstar Karaoke New Wave Bash
featuring indie rockstar karaoke performances and new wave fun
$10
8:30 Doors / 21+

WE are very excited to be a part of this event and feel very fortunate to live in a world where Three Imaginary Girls exists. For the past 1o years they have supported the Seattle Music Community like no other. Plus they’ve been known to drop a kind word or two about WE every so often, including this little nugget of joy:

“If We Wrote the Book on Connectors were your little brother, you’d want to pinch his cheeks, get him in a playful headlock and proceed to give him a noogie.”
– Three Imaginary Girls

The Seattle rockers who will be tackling the karaoke mic in the style of new wave include:

Sean Nelson (current WE nemesis)
Lesli Wood
Megan Seling
Jenny Jimenez
Shane Tutmarc
Alicia Amiri
Cristina Bautista
Anna Banana Lange
Jenny George

and members of:

Visqueen
The Young Evils
Exohxo
Tullycraft
Math & Physics Club
Tennis Pro (Yay!)
Mal de Mer
Black Nite Crash
Kithkin
The Mangles
Your Favorite Book
Noddy
We Wrote the Book on Connectors (that’s us)

It can’t get any more astonishing, right? Well, the rockstars aren’t the only ones taking the mic, we want YOU to sing too! Throughout the night, audience members can volunteer to take the Chop Suey stage by storm to karaoke their favorite new wave hit. Folks will be chosen first come, first served, so get there and turn in your song early.

WE highly encourage your attendance. Come wish the girls a big Happy Birthday!

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Carousel (Rick’s other band) will be at the High Dive this Thursday night

Hey folks! Were you aware that WE’s very own drummer extraordinaire, Rick Weber, also plays drums for the loveable power pop band Carousel? Well… he does. Holy shit! You can catch Rick and the rest of Carousel at the High Dive this Thursday night. It will be a hoot.

Oh, I almost forgot… be sure to check out the sweet Carousel graphic that I made. I posted it at the top of this blog post. It is fucking awesome! Holy Shit!

Thursday, May 24th, at the High Dive
CAROUSEL- 9pm
Roaming Herds Of Buffalo10pm
Something In The Trees11pm
21 & Over, $ 6

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Tonight at the University Bookstore, 6pm – The Bushwick Book Club Presents: Justin Halpern’s I Suck at Girls

Tuesday, May 22nd, 6:00pm – FREE (get there early)
The Bushwick Book Club Presents:
Justin Halpern’s I Suck at Girls

Location: University Book Store – 4326 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105
Music by The Bushwick Book Club starts at 6pm, and Justin Halpern will be speaking at 7pm.

Tonight The Bushwick Book Club Seattle is bringing you original music inspired by Justin Halpern’s I Suck at Girls. Unfortunatley, I will not be performing, however, a small handful of my very talented friends will be. I hear the book is pretty funny. It is by the same guy who wrote Sh*t My Dad Says. The author, Justin Halpren himself, will be there at 7pm to answer questions, sign autographs, and pose for photos. I wish I could be there. Now I’m sad. If you go, say hi to my friends for me.

The performers include:
Mark Blasco
James Kelly Pitts
Scott Adams
Debbie Miller (super adorable)
Aaron Zig

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Big Blue Wiener – original music inspired by Watchmen

Not being a big fan of graphic novels, or things that I think will be boring, I was very skeptical about the amount of enjoyment I would receive from reading Watchmen. However, since I am a member of the all mighty Bushwick Book Club, and Watchmen happened to be the selected book for the month of March, I read the whole stupid thing anyways. My official review of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ critically acclaimed masterpiece: “Ehh… Not Bad”. I’ve read much worse (I’m looking at you Dark Knight Returns). The book did a nice job of tackling the important issue of what life might be like if you were just an ordinary old man, sans superpowers, that used to spend your younger days dressed up in a ridiculous costume fighting crime. Plus there was a ton of nudity, which is always fun.

The first part of my Watchmen inspired song was inspired by the tender moment in which Laurie Juspeczyk and Nite Owl engage in their first romantic encounter. Yowza! Aaaaoooooooga! The second part of the tune touches on Laurie’s relationship with Mr. Big Blue Wiener himself, Dr. Manhattan. And then there’s the exoskeleton (or lack thereof). Hey Alan Moore, here’s a hot tip for you. If you are going to go through all the trouble of ever so subtly mentioning something awesome like the Nite Owl exoskeleton, you had better make sure that it is properly used to fight the bad guy at the end of the book. What a jip!

Performing the song live at the show was pretty fun. That night I ran into a couple fellows who were participating in a drinking game where they took a shot anytime one of the performers made mention of the blue dong. Apparently, my song got them the drunkest. I’m always happy to help. The video of the live performance is posted below. Feel free to watch me stumble through it. The fact that I’m dressed in all blue was just a hilarious coincidence.

I spent a couple hours recording this song over the weekend when I should have been doing other things, so I really hope you take the time to listen to it. If you choose not to, the chances of your fancy being tickled today will decrease dramatically.

You don’t need super powers
if you want to turn me on
just put your costume on
hanging out with Night Owl
He’s just an ordinary man
with only two hands

The Television’s providing the play by play
getting naked on the couch
boobs are popping out
He awkwardly offers an apology
I tell him it’s ok
but we both know that it’s not

The TV audience starts clapping when he’s done
I’ve fallen victim to his premature ejaculation

A big blue wiener is all I see
don’t point that thing at me

I can’t go seven panels without mentioning his name
or dreaming of his face
Experiencing every moment simultaneously
it’s hard to comprehend

the world will soon be going nuclear and you’re nowhere to be found
Manhattan’s not around
He left when he was needed most
now he’s walking on Mars
Feeling sorry for himself

Your omnipresent aura is driving me away
how could you choose to love me when you knew I’d leave you some day

Exoskeleton

Foreshadowing Has forsaken me
the Exoskeleton is absent from the final scene

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The Blue Moon 78th Anniversary – Five Nights of Celebration starting tonight

The Blue Moon is about be 78 years old and they are ready to party! It all starts tonight! 5 nights of music, in a row! Here is the complete lineup:

THU APR 12 : Diminished Men, Corespondents, Prom Queen
FRI APR 13 : We Wrote the Book on Connectors, The Fabulous Downey Brothers, Shitty Dudes
SAT APR 14 : The Everett Shitkickers (ultra secret headliner band), Mystery Ship, Deception Past
SUN APR 15 : Grateful Dead Tribute Show with Kuli Loach
MON APR 16 : Opera On Tap – Live Opera By Professional Singers!

Pay extra close attention to Friday night. That’s when WE take the stage. The Blue Moon had this to say about us on their blog, “No local band is better at combining beefy pop with brainy lyrics.” Ain’t that the truth. WE are super excited to be included in the festivities and WE sincerely hope that everyone can join us.

For all the gory details about the big event, head on over to the The Blue Moon’s blog.

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