Thursday, January 28, 2010

Retail Therapy

We are officially marketeers! Those interested in getting a digital copy of our new EP before it's actually released are invited to visit:

the new Hilarious Posters DigStation store.

Though to be fair, why cheat yourself out of our special Valentine's Day midnight launch event at Random Row, where our cd will "drop" at exactly 12:01 AM on this most romantic of holidays?

Anyway, this is just the beginning. Our collection of five pop gems will, over the next few weeks, be coming to all the major digital music retailers, and physical cds will be available through us directly and online from -- at the very least -- CDBaby.

We'll keep you abreast of changes to our presence in the hustling and bustling world of global commerce.


Friday, January 22, 2010

I AM the Master!

Indeed we did rock the mastering session today. Here we are, thinking about the many improvements Mark was making.

That's probably the first picture of all four of us where we're doing something besides playing music!

At one point I became so involved with the process that I started to feel that I was the master, singing the refrain from this song to myself as we worked. Obviously I was the master of the studio, though, not of the gym.

Listening to the finished product, I'm struck both by how big the improvement was over what we came in with, and how different the bass sounds with a pick than it does with your fingers. The songs that I play bass on have a really deep dub tone, but the songs that Dave plays bass on have this punchy rock tone. I think the mastering process really brought those differences out.

It's......THE MASTER!!!!!!

We mastered the ep today and thus we are that much closer to its actual release. Mark at Sandalwood Studios here in Charlottesville did a great job and we're all really pleased with the finished product. He also took a nice group shot of us which hopefully Sam will post a little later! We're stoked about the release show on February 13th at Random Row!

- Dave

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Last Friday / This Friday

We rocked Tea Bazaar last Friday, playing pretty well and debuting two new jams: Aubry & the Unicorn and Jubilate Agnes (the in-band title for the latter is Haunted Drumset).

We played first, and up next was Dave's fellow Ohioans Lollipop Factory. None of my pictures of them came out, but they kicked a metric ton of ass. It was pretty inspiring meeting some regular people who are making it work as a band professionally; like -- they don't have day jobs, they're just in Lollipop Factory all the time. They were really nice people, too, and lugged more and bigger stuff than ours up the Tea Bazaar stairs, which I totally respect. When it comes to amps, bigger is always better and there's no such thing as too big!

I was pretty impressed both with how good and with how beat-up Lollipop Factory's stuff was. They had three amp heads: a Marshall, a Fender, and a Kustom. All looked like mid-eighties 100 watt tube deals. Then, ok, a Marshall 4x12 cab, an Ampeg 2x15 cab, and a plush silver Kustom cab which looked like a 3x12, but it was tall and skinny, not square like a Marshall (there's two of them in this picture I found of Lollipop Factory rocking out in Georgia). This is all for one guy!

After Lollipop Factory rocked the shit out of the place Red Satellites glammed the shit out of it just as ruthlessly. Do you ever wish Hunky Dory were like an hour longer? Well, dude, you're about to get your wish! I got one picture of them that kind of came out. I couldn't get all that close because of their adoring fans! Anyway if you open it you can see some shirtless glam action. I think I'm going to stop relying on my phone for these pictures and start bringing my actual camera to our shows.

All in all this was one of the best lineups we've played with. All three bands fucked shit up hard-style. It was really awesome to see Justin there, too. Special thanks to him for helping us load out!

We did some final mixing on Absence, Geniuses, and Sugarbread Falls this afternoon, while enjoying some Dr. Pepper Heritage at 4. Perhaps Dave had also had his 10 and 2 doses? The other two songs were fine already. We turned up the trumpet on Absence, and turned it down a little on Geniuses. On Sugarbread we turned the lead vocals down a little, which fucked up the whole vocal submix, because then the backing vocals had to be turned down at some points and then turned up at others. Then we re-bounced final versions of everything to bring to the studio. On Friday Kris and I are going to have the EP mastered at a studio in town. Cover art should also come together this week, too.

When I was in Maine last month my mom got me totally addicted to Law and Order Criminal Intent, so I have to get back to watching that now (with occasional glances at my dissertation between episodes).

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Friday Show!

Hey everybody! I don't post so much, but I thought I would today. I am really excited about the gig at Tea Bazaar this Friday. We will be debuting two new songs that are both cool and welcome additions to the rotation. Looks like people will be attending, but please if you can make it do! Also we are entering the final stages of getting our EP done. We will be getting it mastered soon and then off to be duplicated! Very exciting. So things are good in the HP world and only going to get better. Save the date now for our EP release show Feb. 13th. That's a Saturday...I know..who would have thought two weekend shows in a row. It is truly amazing. It looks like 2010 will be the year of the poster...or the year we make hilarious contact...or something funny.

Monday, January 4, 2010

2010 - Dave's Wish

My wish for 2010 is that the Hilarious Posters will cover this song:

Friday, January 1, 2010


My wish for the new year is that more things will be this awesome.