Michael Polish [Interview]

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It is no secret that independent cinema is, in my opinion, where some of the finest stories are told in this day and age.  It is literature in plain sight, poetry that is literally in motion.  And one film that truly sparked my interest in the independent cinema world was a little film that made big news was the wildly entertaining, Twin Falls Idaho.  It was a film that stormed the festival circuits, and made heroes out of Michael and Mark Polish.  The left Sundance with the Grand Jury Prize, and have never looked back.  The have become the masterminds of film, and Michael Polish has become one of the most well respected filmmakers of now.  Hey, he managed to bag the beautiful Kate Bosworth, so he must be doing something right!

And as if other films like The Astronaut Farmer and Northfolk. weren’t enough to solidify this cat as one of the day’s greats, he has moved onto some even more sensational territory – The Beat Generation.  For those of you who know me personally, you will know that the Beats are an extremely influential part of my life.  Almost everything I do in my own work, I tend to try and reflect to this beautiful creatures.  And one of my favorite novels from the era was Kerouac’s mildly renowned book Big Sur, which didn’t receive nearly as much credit as it deserves.  And with the somewhat disappointed take I had on the recent adaptation of On The Road, I am delighted to know that Michael Polish is going to be the man behind the lense for the Big Sur’s adaptation.  Not to talk smack about Walter Salles and the work he put into creating his film….but this is an Kerouac adaptation that is completely Kristen Steward free.  And as pretentious as that may seem, that is all I really need to enjoy a Kerouac adaptation.

So, ladies and gentlemen, I am pleased and extremely honored to introduce a man who should need no introduction at all….the great and legendary writer, producer, director, overall film genius, Mr. Michael Polish.  Enjoy!

What made you want adapt the work of Jack Kerouac with Big Sur?  Are you a fan of the beat generation?  

I have a lot of respect for the landscape of Big Sur, as a place and novel. I believe that Jack Kerouac captured the environment internally.

I admire the writers of that time. I was most attracted to Kerouac’s spontaneous prose and how that would translate to the movie screen.

What sort of things were you looking for in the actors when you were casting Big Sur?  Was there a lot of research involved when casting folks to portray such legendary figures?

I wasn’t as fluent in all of characters until I adapted Big Sur. I traveled to San Francisco and stayed there for months tracking the moments recalled in the novel. The poets like Michael McClure are published and he’s alive today, I was able to visit with him on the set of the production. There is also a Beat Museum in North Beach — The owner Jerry is probably one of the most knowledgable people on this subject. I still learn new stories from him even after making Big Sur.

What was the inspiration behind making Twin Falls Idaho?  Was it metaphorically symbolic to the relationship with your own brother? 

Twin Falls was inspired by Cheng & Eng Bunker, the conjoined twins who coined the phrase “Siamese” twins. They were from Siam and become famous in the sideshow business. Their story is fascinating and worth telling someday in cinema.

Metaphorically it’s about marriage and interdependence — those are symbolic  to any close relationship and not exclusive to brothers. That’s probably why the story has universal appeal.

What would you say is your greatest non-artistic achievement?

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The majority of your catalog of work survives in a realm of independence and somewhat low budget work.  Is this by choice?

The stories I tend to be attracted to do not garner a lot of attention in terms of financial support. A movie about conjoined twins doesn’t open up the check books, therefore the budgets are lower. That’s the nature of independent filmmaking. Sometimes a subject matter like The Astronaut Farmer appeals to a studio, like Warner Brothers. That movie could go either way, thankfully WB came on board to the launch that rocket. It was a wonderful experience. A movie like For Lovers Only is the exact opposite, a black and white movie on the streets of Paris, a camera and two actors. No crew, no budget. It always depends on the story you want to tell, that usually determines the budget.

What is the overall experience like working with your sibling so closely?  What are perks and a downsides?

The strength of working with a sibling is what we do differently. When you have complimentary talents it’s a great team. I have never co-directed any movie, but I could possible see that as a downside.

Michael Polish2If you could make a film about any American travesty in the last 100 years, what would it be about, and why?

I’d like to make a movie about Custer’s last stand. However, that is over a 100 years ago. I’m interested in the blueprint behind the conflict with Sitting Bull.

Can you tell us a bit about your upcoming film, Hot Bot?  What can we expect to see?

Hot Bot is my homage to Weird Science. Two teenage boys run into a sex robot. It’s frustration and fun from that point on.

What else does the future hold for you?

That question.

What was the last thing that made you smile?

Her name is Forever

Ethan Wiley [Interview]

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In a world so obsessed with notoriety and acclaim, there are brilliant minds in the film industry that tend to go unnoticed to the outside world but hold great accord within the industry and the products we know and love, and see virtually every day, would not be the same without them.  Case in point – the illustrious Ethan Wiley.  In so many different shapes and forms, he has been involved in some of the greatest sagas in film history.  From writing and directing the classic 80’s horror film series House, to chiming in in his own right to the Friday the 13th series, Gremlins, Star Wars, etc., etc.  And there are his original inputs like the latest christmas romp featuring Wee-Man of the hit television show Jackass, and his forthcoming feature, China Bigfoot: Legend of the Yeren featuring Sasha Jackson.

This is a man who is constantly giving his greatest efforts in the film, and music, industry and has literally produced nothing short of greatness.  His tireless effort to provide great cinema will definitely not go unnoticed as he proceeds to wow audiences across the globe.  We were for fortunate enough to steal a few words from the man himself to tell us about the glory days of yesteryears, and what the future holds for this great artist.  So check it out folks, this is a great one for ya!

In your early days, you were a special effects guru, designed some very well  known creatures like Gremlins.  You even worked on a small independent 1983 film called Return of the Jedi.  What was your role in the final film of that little known saga?

Guru is an overused word, which I use all of the time.  I happened to get a job literally sweeping the floors of the creature shop at ILM, and then when things got busy I got my first assignment:  making Ewok feet.  Then soon after, I was called to the 2nd unit location in Northern California (still the biggest movie I ever worked on) and was an Ewok “wrangler” helping outfit and costume the Ewoks for filming.   What a time to be in that world, surrounded by people such as Joe Johnston, Dennis Muren, Ken Ralston, Phil Tippett — even a young guy named David Fincher was in the camera department.

Later I left ILM to become employee #1 for Chris Walas, who left to start his own company, CWI.  After bidding on several movies, we finally landed Gremlins.  I worked on Gremlins for almost 2 years, from initial design phases to puppeteering for the movie.  It was an amazing experience, everyone was so cool with allowing a hungry 21-year-old kid to follow them around and ask stupid questions.  Joe let me sit in on picture editing sessions, Mark Mangini let me watch him edit the sound.  Chris Columbus took me to dinner to share some of his hard-knock screenwriting experiences.  I learned so much working on that movie.

What sort of consideration goes into creating, not just a sequel, but a 5th addition to a well loved series as you did in Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror?  How much do you reference the 4 previous films? 

Ethan Wiley7I had seen the original film, but not the sequels.  The first thing was to sit down and watch all the films so I wouldn’t go into Miramax and pitch something that might already have been done.  Dimension was definitely in “Scream” mode and wanted the movie populated by a group of hip, attractive 20-somethings.  I happened to have a total unknown named Eva Mendes walk in the door to audition.  So I tried to go back to the basic premise of “what if a real cult of children existed”?   How would it function, why had this group of children ended up on this rural farm?  So I explored the idea of these children having been abused and neglected by the adult world, so they create a “religion” and isolate themselves from the “adult” world.  And then added lots of sharp objects that rip through people in various ways.

You’re film Elf-Man is one I might share with my small children.  The rest of your body of work for the most part, not so much.  What made you decide to enter the world of making a family friendly film?  Was it a tough transition?

No, actually, it was pretty easy to go in that direction for me.  If my work has one connective thread, I believe it is creating worlds where “imagination” or “fantasy” play a big part in the storytelling.   Also, I hope that my movies usually have a sense of humor, so I’ve always loved writing comedy.  House 2 is pretty much a children’s movie in a lot of ways.  Why family films?  Because there’s a market for them, and it’s a nice change of pace from gore and slasher flicks.

I understand you are also quite the musician, and have even released an instrumental album.  Care to tell us a bit about this?  What do you play?

I play mandolin and mandocello mostly, also guitar and bass.  After I moved to New York in the ’90’s, I became good friends with guitarist Jon Sholle, who had toured and recorded with two of my mandolin heroes, David Grisman and Andy Statman.   One day I got the courage to play Jon four-track demos for my tunes and he was really impressed and said we should record them.  So, we gathered some of the best acoustic musicians on the East Coast and we put out the CD, which thankfully was very well received.  If anybody’s curious you can hear the music at www.meanbunny.bandcamp.com.  I also play on soundtracks, do some gigs around town and record on other people’s CD’s.  My greatest claim to fame was opening for Chris Thile (Nickel Creek, Punch Brothers, a MacArthur Genius) when he was eight years old.  I was just so thankful I went on BEFORE him, instead of after, or I never would’ve gotten up on the stage.  Sometime I’ll get to making another CD, but the movies keep me pretty busy lately.

How did you come to be the man behind those great little ditties from Jason X?

_MG_4801I was good friends with the late Jim Isaac (who tragically passed away last year from cancer).  We grew up together and worked on many movies together.  He needed end credit and source music and was in a panic because they were about to start their final mix.  He called me on a Friday night, because he knew I had a pretty good knowledge of music and musicians.  He told me he needed some “space anthem rock” and did I know someone who could deliver him six minutes of music by Monday morning?  I said, Jon and I will take a crack at it.  We sent him the tracks, he loved them and put them in the movie.  We went for a purposely “retro-futuristic rock rave space” music and it turned out pretty well, thanks to Jon’s insane guitar wizardry and despite my dubious keyboard skills.

Can you tell us a bit about your upcoming project The Quarry?

The Quarry is actually on the back burner at the moment and we have some other projects that will be coming along sooner.   I just finished directing China Bigfoot: Legend Of The Yeren , shot in the remote mountains of rural China.  We’re currently in post-production.  Chris Walas did the creature design and we also wrote the script together, so it’s been fun working with my old boss again, after many years.   Chris also did the Elf-Man design and created a lot of the fun props for the movie.  Richard Jefferies is now my partner in Wiseacre FIlms, and he’ll direct a new family “dog” movie next, which we just wrote.  We’re also prepping Elf- Man 2 , and we’re in talks to do another Chinese creature movie.

What was the last thing that made you smile?

Or laugh out loud?  A great new documentary about the wild life of Cream drummer Ginger Baker.  Beware of Mr. Barker.  Highly recommended.

Robert Romanos [Interview]

Robert Romanus

When people remember a classic film that was never intended to be anymore than a summer sex romp known as Fast Times At Ridgemont High, it seems as though Sean Penn gets all the credit as the zany stoner known as Spicolli, and Pheobe Cates with her historical topless scene.  But, there are a few of us who know better.  Well actually, more than a few.  Robert Romanus’s role as the illustrious Damone, and the equally as attractive and twice as topless Jennifer Jason Leigh.  Yes, these were the true stars in some of our eyes.

And as the years have gone by, Robert Romanus has proven himself to be a truly intriguing and respectable human being.  Without ever actually meeting the man, he still seems like the most mild mannered and relaxed individual in Hollywood.  It appears as though he does just about whatever he wants!  His film career is ever progressive.  He is also an acclaimed musician with his fantastic group (that seemed to be spawned just for fun) known as Poppa’s Kitchen.  He also teaches the youth of today, and owns his own swanky little coffee shop in West Hollywood named simply, Bob’s Espresso.  And whilst sharing a few words with Robert himself, we learned here at TWS that he is also one of the most interesting men we have spoken with since Frederic Raphael.  So sit back and enjoy a conversation with one of the smoothest cats in the show business, Sir Robert Romanus!  Enjoy!

I understand you are also a musician, and your original intentions were to become a singer prior to acting.  How did the transition into film come to life?

I came to LA in 1976 with it in mind to be Doc Sevrerinsen”s drummer on the tonight show…. obviously that didn’t work out.  So I took a job as a singing waiter and after I had finished what I thought was a lovely ballad…  a very pretty girl walked up and said, “maybe you should try acting”…  I took it to mean I wasn’t very good as a singer.  I was also very shy so I took an acting class to help with my shyness and there I found the freedom to be all the things in life I had a hard time with… ie: the lover, the asshole, etc.  Next thing you know I was playing Jodi Fosters boyfriend in a movie called Foxes… I started focusing on that.

Can you tell us a bit about Poppa’s Kitchen?  

I met Steve when we were singing waiters together… over the years we have always gathered with friends and jammed all night long…  Steve and I decided about 17 years ago that we would get together every Tuesday and Friday night and write… we are still getting together every Tuesday and Friday night… 7 CD’s worth of material and a whole bunch more that didn’t make the cut…  always something I can look forward to no matter how the weeks going

Robert Romanus3Obviously the world of teaching is not the most profitable occupation, which is pretty sad.  But I am sure it can be rewarding in its own right.  What do you personally get out of teaching?

Any time I can help a kid get a troubled kid on the right path I am happy.  Showing a 4 year old how throw and catch a ball or open a juice box makes me happy.  My focus as a teacher is to help these kids find their voice and like it, like themselves, and know their worth.  I’ve taught from pre-school through high school and the goal is always the same for me. Then again, I teach the arts…

What made you want to open Bob’s Espresso Bar?  Has coffee always been a passion for you?

I’ve always loved coffee houses… I’ve always thought great music has come out of coffee houses and I’ve been a coffee consumer since I was 12…   Not a connoisseur mind you… but I know what I like…  truth is I needed a job so I decided to take a chance and throw my money into Bob’s and hire myself…  it’s basically an extension of all the things that make me happy music, art, coffee conversation and the occasional game of chess…

How did your role in a music video for indie rocker’s The Moog come about?  Were you a fan of the group?

The Moog’s manager called and asked if I would be interested… I heard the music and said let’s do it…  I am now a fan….

You recently reunited with the Fast Times At Ridgemont High castmates for The Men’s Choice Awards.  Was it like old times, as some would say?  Had it been a while since you have seen any of them?

It was nice reuniting with the cast.  I don’t see them often but when I do it’s always a fun experience.  I’m very proud of Fast Times. Who knew what seemed like a silly summer movie would get so much respect…

You have been in no less than seven films from acclaimed director John Putch.  Is there an illuminati like relationship going on here?  Are you and John close?  Does he write roles specifically for you?

Putch and I have been friends for many years… when he has a part for me now a days it’s usually written for me…  he’s an awesome director and I would work for him any time any where…

Robert Romanus2Can you tell us a bit about your upcoming film The Midnight Game?  What will your performance be?

The Midnight Game is a fun little horror flick that I shot recently based on a kids game like “bloody Mary”  it’s good and scary… I come in at the very end to buy the house where the crazy-ness ensued… when I realize this is that house… I head for the hills..

What was the last thing that made you smile?

The last thing that made me smile was my daughter asking me if she could work at the shop with me…  she now works every saturday night (music night) and we are having a blast…

Judith Hoag [Interview]

Judith Hoag

As a man, when you grow older and time wages war against your mind, body, and soul, there will always be a collection of females that appear on screen that will always ride the coat tails of your memory as time marches on.  One of those women in my brain is definitely Judith Hoag, the woman behind the yellow jump suit in the original live action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film known as April O’Neil.

And of course, Judith’s career as not been limited doing a film with a bunch of plastic turtles.  She has been appearing on the hit television show Nashville since its inception, and you may remember her in films like the star studded Armageddon and the recent critically acclaimed biopic Hitchcock.  She has also been featured on pretty much every major television show in the last ten to fifteen years, including Grimm, Without A Trace, E.R., JAG, Bones, Grey’s Anatomy, CSI, and so on.  And we can’t forget the Halloweentown series, that was just so adorable, even though I am a grown ass man and probably shouldn’t be watching such childish shows.  And between all of this madness, we were able to steal a few words from Judith herself, giving us a bit of insight on the world of TMNT, Nashville, and more on her lovely career.  Enjoy!

You did a lot of acting in commercials during your early career.  What was your favorite ad you ever appeared in?  Anything strange?

Honestly commercials are all about the money for me. However I have had a lot of fun shooting them and worked with some feature directors who I went onto make movies with. My favorite commercial was for Tropicana Twister where I was part of an All-Mom Garage Band. We rocked out to playback for 10 hours. I could’ve gone on for 10 days.

Strange you ask? Pretending to eat and then spitting your bite into a bucket after each take. At first it’s an entirely gross endeavor, three hours later you can’t spit it out fast enough.

You have also graced the stage, film, and numerous television appearances.  If you were left with the chance to only act in one singular medium, what would it be?

Television hits the biggest audience so I’d choose that medium. It’s all about getting the the story and your work seen so you’ll hit the greatest number of people worldwide with television. But if I could only do one last job ever – I would choose to a play in a nice long run on Broadway.

It would behoove me, as a child of the 90’s and geek by nature, to ask you about your renowned role as April O’Neil in the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles live action film.  What was that experience like for you?

I had no idea when I took on the role of April O’Neil that I would be embarking on a job that would most likely be referred to in my obituary. It was a great experience. It was a challenging experience. It was a life changing experience. We’d work 15-17 hour day six days a week. We had Sunday off and we’d play hard on that day. It was a summer spent in steamy Wilmington NC mostly on a damp sound stage but also on a very hot sunny beach with perfect waves.

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In your personal opinion, what do you think it is about TMNT that has made it develop such a devoted cult following?

The first thing that appealed to me in the original version of the script was the more mythical aspects of the story. It was a classic Hero’s Journey which is timeless. It was about facing your shadows, the power of your mind, the love of family and being victorious in the end. It was JRR Tolkien, Joseph Campbell, Star Wars, CS Lewis, Comic books and Pizza. A real ragout of inspiration. And it touched a nerve in a certain generation of kids who all these years later haven’t forgotten what it meant to them. Now they’re turning their own kids onto the movie.

Was there a reason you didn’t appear in the TMNT sequels?

I wasn’t asked to reprise my role. I had strong feelings that we needed to honor the original themes of the story as much as the martial arts. I was probably not very diplomatic with my requests. They obviously felt I was replaceable and so they replaced me. It was an interesting moment in my young career.

If you could portray any famous political figure in world history, who would it be?

Um… I wouldn’t mind taking a crack at Mary Mother of Jesus told completely from her point of view in a film directed by Quentin Tarantino shot on location in Israel.

Your portrayal in the hit television show Nashville is absolutely phenomenal and the show seems to be doing well.  What is the dynamic like on the set?  More importantly, are you having fun?

The amount of fun we’re having is ridiculous. The dynamic on set is super focused, very playful & wicked saucy. Let us all now bow our heads in prayer that we may be renewed for a full second season.

What keeps you motivated to continue your career as an actress?

As I get older I have more & more freedom in my work. It doesn’t diminish, it just expands. I get paid to play pretend. And that is an insane amount of fun. Plus the people I get to play with just keeps getting better & better.

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What was the last thing that made you smile?

Baby, I smile all day long. I wake up with a smile and go to bed with a smile. Just reading that question made me smile. In other words – I’m on the look-out for reasons to smile.

Kel Mitchell [Interview]

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Growing up in the 90’s, it would have been damn near impossible not to know this talented, now grown, kid.  Kel Mitchell and his buddy Kennan were the tag team to rule them all during their time as the duo known simply as Kenan & Kel.  What was simply one act on the hit variety show All That would spawn into the children’s classic film Good Burger (we ALL remember the infamous “Welcome to Good Burger” specch, right?), And even a television show that was one of the finest shows for young adults in history.

And as you would expect, the duo has been hard at work even when they became grown ups and were allowed to occasionally drop a curse word here and there.  Kenan went on to SNL, and Kel has done films like Mystery Men and The Adventures of Rocky  Bullwinkle.  He has also championed the act of voice over work, providing voices for hit programs like Clifford The Big Red Dog and Motor City.  All of this in addition to getting behind the camera, writing and directing some of his own work.  He is an extremely busy man with some wonderful credits to his name.  So, we were fortunate enough to be able to steal a few minutes of his time to drop a few questions in his lap.  So here we go!

What was the inspiration behind the hilarious film you wrote and produced, Dance Fu? Are you into Kung Fu yourself?

Yes I am so into Kung fu. I love kung fu movies and dance movies so I thought it would be a great idea to put the two together , so I came up with the story of a guy that can only dance when music is playing.

You became a regular cast member on All That when you were just a young teenager. What was it like during this time? Was it hard handling a work and school schedule at the same time?

We had “On Location Education”. It was a program for kids in entertainment. We had a trailer behind the studio that was our school house. We would go to school early in the morning and in between filming on set. I still stayed enrolled at my high school in my hometown. My teachers would send my work to my tutors on set so I could continue the same work my class was doing.

How do you enjoy voice work for animated projects? Is it pretty impressive to your own children and are they fans of Clifford, Motorcity, or any other programs you have been involved with?

 Voice over work is awesome! I am a huge fan of cartoons, graphic novels and anime. It’s great to see what the animators do with our voices! My kids enjoy it!

Kel Mitchell4What is the most hilarious thing that has happened to you during the filming process since you began your career as an actor?

Can’t pick just one so many hilarious things but one that sticks out is when Kenan and I played Mavis and Clavis, The two old guy characters from All That We took a studio golf cart for a joy ride through Universal studios in full old man make up and wardrobe, we got in trouble with Studio security but we stayed in character the whole time so they thought it was just two old man that decided to take the golf cart for a joy ride.

If you weren’t involved in the world of film and television, what do you think you would be doing?

I would probably have an art gallery with my paintings. I like art and have been into it since I was kid. I went to a vocational high school and majored in commercial arts. The art gallery would also double as a juice bar, custom shoe store and have a DJ playing Dubstep and K-pop. Yep I am a K-pop fan as well. Awwwww I can see it now.

If you could portray any TV dad from the back in the day, who would it be? Why?

George Jefferson played by Sherman Hemsley. He was never afraid to speak his mind and he owned over five stores in New York City and he moved his family on up to a deluxe apartment in the sky. Plus that show had one of the greatest theme songs in sitcom history.

Can you tell us a bit about your upcoming film First Impression? What can we expect to see you doing?

It’s about a couple that find out they were more honest when they interacted with each other on a internet dating site because when they meet each other in person they try too hard to impress one another by using lies. I play a well known bestselling author that gives them some good advice.

Kel Mitchell2What else does the future hold for Kel Mitchell?

More writing and directing. I got some great films coming out that I have written and will be directing.

What was the last thing that made you smile?

I’m sure it was something my wife said. She always makes me smile.

The Cerny Brothers: The Cerny Brothers [Album]

Cerny BrothersI simply pity the fool who really thinks that the spirit of creativity and originality is dead in this country, in regards to music at least.  Sure, much of the indie hippyster rock music coming out these days is similar to the latest craze you were just finding out about, but I will be damned if I don’t consider this a blessing in disguise.  When I hear a band like The Cerny Brothers break out in their beautiful folk melodies and extremely catchy and chorus driven sing alongs, I don’t think of it as hearing a redefined version of Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, no matter how close a comparison my negate.  No, I hear passion.  I heard loud love for story telling.  I hear zeal and I hear grace.  That is the beauty of the new age indie folk movement…..it’s all personal.  And being  a bad with personality is as wonderful as we can expect, and The Cerny Brothers have nothing if they don’t have personality!

The single most impressive thing about The Cerny Brothers self titled debut album is one simple emotion that it draws from one’s breath.  An emotion that you have to admit, you probably don’t feel too often.  Well, an emotion might be a bit of a stretch, but it is definitely a saying.  A saying to yourself of, “Damn, I bet this would be SO AWESOME LIVE!”.  Even in their moments of sorrow, these cats manage to be inspiring and beautifully laden with a sadness you want to see spilled in front of you like the blood from a gladiator.  Just seeing the group effort from a track like “Out of Time” would mean the world to me.  And, yes, anyone who listens to this album will recognize (if you weren’t already driven by) the beauty and catchiness of “Ohio” which, if I am to continue the Edward Sharpe references since they recorded the album in ES&TMZ’s home turf, will definitely go down as The Cerny Brother’s very own “Home”, which is definitely not a bad thing.  It is a truly tremendous track and worthy of any recognition it receives.

This is the kind of band that makes me remember why I even got into the business of writing about great music.  The Cerny Brothers are the reason that I wake up in the morning and decide that I absolutely most profile some beautiful music.  This is the type of music that makes life worth living.  This is  the type of album that leaves you with a reason to go on and gives you hope for a brighter future in a world that is plagued with chaos and misfortune.  The Cerny Brothers know how to make us smile a time when it is so easy to frown.  And what the hell else do you need from a band of emerging merry men/women.  If you need more than that, you are just selfish.  This music is life.  This music is precious.  This is exactly what we need!

Pick up your own copy of The Cerny Brothers debut album on May 28th right HERE.  You’re not going to want to miss this!

Golden Bloom: No Day Like Today [Album]

Golden Bloom - No Day Like TodayWhat is it that makes Golden Bloom such a fine commodity to the world of independent music?  While some of might see this as an arbitrary question that only the meek and disembodied souls of this world should ever have to ask, it might just be worth an answer.  Shawn Fogel and his newly formed band of merry men known as Golden Bloom are the perfect result in the people’s yearning to not feel like shit all of the time.  Too much of today’s indie rock is so sad that it is almost entirely impossible to enjoy.  Sure we get down at times, and we need these songs.  But, we also need an album like No Day Like Today from these fine folks to bring us back up and tell us to simply chill out.  It will all be okay, one way or another.  For this, we should be eternally thankful that a band like Golden Bloom exists today.

Now, this is not say that it is all sunshine and Mountain Dew flavored rainbows on No Day Like Today.  There is a slight sense of sorrow within the walls of this amazing album.  The difference being that a positive aura is consistently present during a single listening session.  The struggles of trying and striving are evident and extremely important to the positive factors of this EP.  There is a constant feeling in this album that simply makes you realize that even as we fail, we are constantly learning and becoming far greater people than we were yesterday.  When Fogel sings from his heart telling his that there is “no day like today”, he is simply telling us that today may very well be the day our lives change forever and we would be right to embrace it at the highest level.  Now, this may not be a literal transition to what he truly means, just my own dumbass views, but I can dig it, if you are willing to as well.

This is the third installment of Shawn Fogel’s inceptive mind put to music as Golden Bloom, and it is definitely his finest work.  “Flying Mountain” might very well be his finest piece of work today.  He’s playing with a solid group of folks at this point, and it truly seems as though the creative side of himself has been greatly enhanced by finding a gaggle of like minded souls to make music with as a community of awesomeness.  No Day Like Today is an album that leaves you wanting more, and praying to the heavens that we will hear even more from Shawn and his merry men that are Golden Bloom.