Sunday, December 30, 2007

Timmy's Christmas Preview.

Colonel Chris, reporting to you live with an eyewitness report.

4 days. 4 animators. 1 film.

Betrayal. Sex. Scandal. These are all qualities not found in this Christmas cartoon!

The picture was directed by Mike Nassar. Colossal cartoon giants David Gemmill and Ryan Khatam also lent their animation expertise. How'd I get to join the company of such monoliths, you ask? I snuck in the back with a fake ID. The secret is just to blend in.

Here are some screens from my scenes:

Anybody wanna see this cartoon?

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Construction Workers.

Eddie Harris and Les McCann

Eddie Harris was a varitone (electric sax) player who recorded a great album "Swiss Movement" with Les McCann. Two terrific jazz musicians. Since nobody probably read my words, I'll just cut straight to the chase.

Eddie Harris - Listen Here

Les McCann - Compared to What

Monday, December 17, 2007


I've always wanted to do a cartoon about a cyclops. I think I'm gonna do one soon.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Freddie King

I can't remember if I did a post on Freddie King or not, but if I have it would be worth revisiting anyway.

Freddie King is my favorite of the three Kings (including Albert and BB). Freddie got a MONSTER tone, and I have no idea how he did it (look at those meat paws!). His band flirted with a lot of funk and soul, and you can feel that interjected into his blues numbers too. On top of his energetic guitar playing, he's lays down some of my favorite vocal performances ever etched into vinyl. Freddie also has one of my favorite key players, Deacon Jones (played with Curtis Mayfield, John Lee Hooker, etc.) on that organ.

After listening to Freddie, it becomes pretty apparent where the likes of Hendrix and Clapton got some of their ideas.

Freddie King - Ain't No Sunshine When She's Gone

Freddie King - Boogie Funk

Freddie King - Have You Ever Loved A Woman

Jeff Beck

Out of all the 60's guitarists, I think Jeff Beck came out of the fiery wreckage the best (if you compare him to the likes of Page, Clapton, et al). Jeff has a style that is decidedly of his own. I don't think it's just the fact that he chose to cast aside the pick, but that's the tip of the iceberg. His phrasing is out there, and it's the fact that he's always on the edge of becoming completely dissonant that makes it interesting to me. But he always manages to pull it back and make sense out of complete chaos.

I just wish he'd get a new haircut.

Jeff Beck - Brush with the Blues

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

The Newest Fashion Craze.

It's all the rage in Paris, Pennsylvania.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Sketch and a Joke.

"To be is to do." - Socrates.
"To do is to be." - Sartre.
"Do be do be do." - Sinatra.

Sketchy joke at that.

Funny Cat and a Fat Cowboy Thing

Monday, December 10, 2007

Teachers and Colleagues: Part I

If you have class with me, you will eventually get drawn when I'm supposed to be listening.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Felony Fights.

Today's cultural lesson is about Felony Fights. This fine film series explores the inter-convict dialog previously unknown to the upstanding world. We find them in their natural habitat, outside the confines of the "civilized" world that you and I know and take for granted.

*Warning: this video is brutal. Only watch this movie if you watched the movie Irreversible and liked it*

Notice the act of submission from the weaker felon after being dominated by the alpha-male felon. The sounds he makes are intriguingly alike to a camel in heat amidst the desert gravel.

Queer folk, these convicts.

(Footage featured courtesy of Khatam and Gemmil's visit... check them out in the links.)

Otis Spann

Otis Spann was the wonderful pianist that backed up Muddy Waters in his band. But Otis was a very talented singer and musician in his own right and recorded possibly my favorite blues album, entitled "Live the Life". It's got a bunch of wonderful blues piano pieces and some of Muddy Waters best slide work, of course laced with Spann's wonderful singing.

Otis Spann - T'aint Nobody's Business if I Do

Ignore the douchebag in the beginning...

Otis Spann - Cold Feelin' Blues

And another Muddy video just for fun... Dunno if Otis is in on this one.
Muddy Waters - 19 Years Old