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|Thursday, January 7th, 2010|
A patient Trickster
Here are the first and last paragraphs, rough draft, of one of several ongoing personal projects involving Unextraordinary Gentlemen
, "An Unreliable History by Malcom Schreeck"
, which tells a tall tale of how each of our characters (and several satellites) met and formed our merry band. Figured occasional posts and feedback will spur me to continue at a brisker pace than currently employed. We shall see.Most human mythologies have some common idea or lesson, a thread which connects them to other myths no matter the cultural peccadillo or geographical implausibility. These countless silver threads spool from the realms of the impossible. I am a survivor of these degraded kingdoms, which is as grand and important a thing as it sounds. These are the places where daydreams and fairy tales live; where inspiration wells and imagination flourishes. Dangerous places, these, their very existence ebbing and flowing according to the collective whims of the universal faithful. They are wondrous places full of life and magic.
Before the stars were vomited across the heavens, I knew my place among them.
That my American figure defies the history provided you does not mean the past I have painted for you, dear reader, did not occur. It may not have happened exactly as I describe. I attest, however, that things are exactly as I recall, with only the most conservative sprinkling of poetic license applied. Really. I swear to God.
Current Mood: mischievous
|Monday, June 8th, 2009|
Looking forward to a call-in interview in about 15 minutes for a radio station. I think it's an online broadcast. I'll post details when I know them. It's being recorded now for a later Unextraordinary broadcast. Less about the band and more about our personal views on that whole "Steampunk" thangdangle.
Love and Hisses,
Mal S.UPDATE: UXG needs more experience with live interviews. We kinda suck at it! Ha ha. Luckily, the producer is editing our bits in with other bands and we trust him to make us sound shiny. Current Mood: klaatu
|Thursday, May 28th, 2009|
INCEST! The Card Game
About the time of the Edwardian Ball Los Angeles, I introduced new friends to the delightfully wicked parlor game known as INCEST!
Similar in some respects to UNO and, to a some lesser extent, Hearts.
A salty distraction hearkening back to the early 15th Century (or maybe I just made it up!), INCEST is meant to be both a slightly clever poke at the alleged inbreeding practices of many a Royal bloodline and
a bawdy good time!
Here thar be rulez --
INCEST a simple game of amusement to be played with cards for 3 or more players.
The Deck: Known as "The Realm", it houses the suits, or "Kingdoms" Only the Royal cards are used from any number of similar decks. My sample Realm is two Bicycle Pinochle decks, one with red backs and one with blue backs, strictly to amuse myself. Mine is 60 cards, 4x4 of each royal suit (Knaves (or Jacks), Queens, and Kings) plus 3x3 of each suit of Angels (Aces). The Aces of Spades have been removed as this card represents the Angel of Death and is bad luck.
Object: The object of the game is to get rid of your cards. The first player to do so is the victor. The value of the cards is from lowest to highest, Knaves, Queens, Kings, Angels.
I suggest six cards each for three players. Beyond that, I’m not sure. I have not yet had the pleasure to play with more than an even three. That is to say…let’s move on!
The other cards are placed to the side in the Conquest Heap. Cards in players' hands are not shown to other players. The first player is chosen arbitrarily and yes, it can be the dealer. I suggest a die roll or a drawing of straw. Play proceeds clockwise. The first player places a card of their choice face up into the gaming area.
The next player then tries to place a card equal or higher than the last played. If the card played is of a different suit, play continues clockwise. If the card played is of the same suit, the one who places the card exclaims "Keep it in the family!" and the next player must either play a card of equal or greater value in the SAME SUIT or else take a card. Play continues clockwise with the same rules until a playable card can be used. The player whom initiated the special rule may play against their own card. Shouts of “Stop The Madness!” once the cycle is broken are optional.
If the current player has no equal or higher card, they can play any card of the same suit but must exclaim, "Incest!", which the other players repeat with gusto and take another card from the Conquest Heap. Note that a card MUST be of equal or greater value AND the same suit if player is next up after a shout of “Keep it in the family!” Play continues clockwise.
If the current player has no playable cards, they take one card from the Conquest Heap and play continues clockwise.
If no cards can be played for an entire round, the first player must play against their own selection.
If the Conquest Heap is used up during a game, flip the Discard pile, shuffle and use. If there is no Discard pile to use, the game is over and the player with the least amount of cards is the victor.
If anybody actually has a go at this, let me know. Oh, and feel free to offer adjustments to the above phraseology, adjustments to the rules, or your favorite teatime traditions. Current Mood: In a family way
|Thursday, May 7th, 2009|
Click on the pic to see some pics from Unextraordinary Gentlemen's
April 19th show at the Last Standing Discoteque.
|Monday, February 23rd, 2009|
Hi-Def Videos !
I am not embedding this because YouTube is getting its act together as far as high definition goes. Basically you have to click on the above link and THEN you have to clik on the 'Watch in High Quality' link to the bottom right of the video to see it in it's intended definition. Looks swell in full screen mode also without turning into pixelated hell (unless you have an older video card in your PC). Other Hi-Def UXG videos for those that know how to search youtube; each time you have to click on 'Watch in High Quality'. What a pain.
|Sunday, February 8th, 2009|
UXG & Coffin Draggers @ the CIA
I am no where near as good as the Husband @ taking band photos. The color photos were shot on the super ass high iso (my lil' canon elph) which has a set size of 1600x1200. oh well. I think they look good.. and it was fun! Current Mood: sick
|Thursday, February 5th, 2009|
2009 Edwardian Ball
No one ever guessed how Mr. Schreeck snuck into the hosted Absinthe Bar in the back...
Click on the pic to see the entire set. Current Mood: uhhh....
|Sunday, November 23rd, 2008|
Pictures from the Eccentrik Festival
Click on the picture above (or click HERE
to see pictures of UXG's Eccentrik Festival soundcheck, performance,
and general horse-assing around in Chapel Hill (OK, some were
technically taken in Carrboro). My wife and I had a great time there
and if there's a band playing there in future that you really like I
highly reccommend visiting the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area.
Current Mood: creative
|Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008|
We have sent our 24-hour man ahead to scout out the territory and spread the good work.
Palmer "Penance" Nance aka Darren Spinelli should have arrived in the area late last night. His wife, the cryptozoologist Lea Hubbard (aka Becci Spinelli) is testing out the beers and liqours of the locality.
We will be arriving there tomorrow afternoon via that modern marvel of engineering, the passenger aeroplane!
We are all very excited about performing Saturday night and about the whole Eccentrik Festival in general. See some of you there!
Mal S. Current Mood: good
|Wednesday, October 8th, 2008|
NO HANDS TO GUIDE US
Approach! Approach with gibbering delight and glimpse attractions most satisfactory! Time is running out and there are NO HANDS TO GUIDE US into safety so let us dance the last dance - while we still can!
** You WILL shiver and shudder as a self-proclaimed Pilgrim of Filth attempts to sully your delicate mental state with oily promises of "All You Want".
Or perhaps gambling is your bent, hmm? Perhaps the tender affections of some young spoiled dove, you say? Well, look no further than that infamous settlement called God-Only-Knows to let loose your baser instincts and, of course, your "Dirty Old Silver".
Next up we submerge ourselves under the deep Arctic waters of the Ocean Atlantica for an eerie voyage with the brooding, enigmatic Captain Nobody. Shush! Do not dare disturb his "Frozen Mood"!
Out of the dark green sea and far across the desert landscape of the Tamarisk Plains we go ON from there. There Is time for one last drink and a phantasmagoric "Chaser" before the end of the world so why not cozy up to the bar and have a shot of Nice To Know You with the ghostly denizens at the End Of The Line saloon?
**Ah yes! The end is near. I can hear the metal stomp of those goliath machines in the distance. Now is the time! Climb aboard and see the sights - WHILE YOU CAN!
Come one and all and let us drink and make merry for tomorrow - well - tomorrow may the fires miss us. Tomorrow may the machines that at this very moment are devastating all the world around us with mechanical, unfeeling precision stop in their tracks and cease to move. May tomorrow come, my friends!
Lift your glasses and toast with me!
“May the dragons be vanquished. May Beauty and Truth prevail. May there be, oh god, please let there be a happily “Ever After”!”
Are you coming
or not? Current Mood: crazy sexy cool
|Sunday, September 28th, 2008|
North Carolina Tune-Up
Unextraordinary Gentlemen live at the CIA in North Hollywood,
California, USA September 20th, 2008 (Click on pick to go there &
see the rest of the pictures).
|Wednesday, August 13th, 2008|
|Wednesday, August 6th, 2008|
Bar Sinister Pictures
Malcom: Everybody's always so enthralled with Jennifer's violin solos
they won't even
me urinating behind the Indifference Engine. But seriously folks, the
pictures from the July 26th, 2008 Bar Sinister performance are now up
(Burlesque Dancers included!)(click on the pic to go there)
Current Mood: contemplative
|Friday, July 25th, 2008|
New Review of Old Material
finished our second 5-song EP, entitled "No Hands To Guide Us" and we are looking forward to our Bar Sinister show tomorrow night with our longest set ever, including a brand new song. (sort of)
However, our first EP is still alive and kicking and DJ Delecti of Providence, Rhode Island reviewed it.
Well now, here is something! While the rest of the world is busy learning the steampunk aesthetic, the Unextraodinary Gentlemen stand out as one of the few bands not content to merely dress in worn-out Victorian garb, but actually make a sound of things.
5 Tales From God-Only-Knows starts off slowly but surely, with triangle strikes and travelling bass on Black Iron Road. It gradually introduces violin, keys, and Malcolm Shreeck’s full-bodied vocals. We are immediately transformed to a melancholy, haunting world of Victoriana-dipped technology. Locomotives, pox, and of course, black iron all make lyrical appearances, and tell us that this is not going to be another typical album in new outfits.
Next, Mr. Soot’s Little Black Book gets rolling with Shreeck shouting “gather round, gather round!” although we are already quite obliged to. The tempo picks up, while the lyricism remains nostalgic and the musical elements stay intact. No where else will you hear stories of old-time prostitution described with words like “strumpet,” or “trollops,” but I believe the Unextrodinary Gentlemen wouldn’t have it any other way. Open Arms, Empty Air introduces more synths and conjures images of airships. Airships, of course, are a quintessential steampunk theme, but indeed a welcome one here.
By the time we get to the slinky, dance-y Skeleton Comes to Town, we begin to appreciate the real excitement that is behind steampunk right now. The Unextrordinary Gentlemen are not merely rehashing familiar fantasies, but creating entirely new ones. Creativity, at last! Harpischord, violin, and swing-inspired drumming is not what you may first think of when you think goth/deathrock, but that’s exactly the point.
While the album ends with the much more danceable Ants Under Glass, dancing is still clearly not the obsession, and the song retains its artistic edge. 5 Tales From God-Only-Knows tips the iceberg that is steampunk music, and is as unique as it is accessible. If you have looked down your nose at steampunk in the past, I suggest you don a top hat and spectacles and learn to enjoy the view. Then you should pick up this delightful little treat and get ready for what is next - if this is the beginning, we should all be so lucky as to see it through to the end.
Note: You can catch the Unextraordinary Gentlemen alongside musical steampunk pioneer Vernian Process at this year’s Eccentrik Festival. The entire lineup is quite spectacular, and I suggest you check it out. Current Mood: bouncy
|Sunday, July 20th, 2008|
|Wednesday, July 16th, 2008|
Thanks go to erich_schneider
We are the third featured STEAMPUNK band (just after Vernian Process and Abney Park) in MATRIX, the magazine of the British SF Association.
"Unextraordinary Gentlemen have their roots firmly in the Victorian fantasy fiction genre. The bass guitar is used to represent a ‘punk’ element, a drum machine conjures up the steam-driven engine, and keyboards introduce sounds reminiscent of Victorian-era instruments such as strings, brass, and piano. Guitars and live drums are banned. They describe their sound as post-punk, synth-pop, industrial and experimental, and cite artists such as Nick Cave and Tom Waits as their major influences. Their songs range from the darkly humorous to the dour and the self depreciating, but all are infused with a sense of dramatic flair and spectacle."
recommended tracks: Mr. Soot's Little Black Book, All You Want, Black Iron Road, Frozen Mood
for more information. Current Mood: *tear
|Sunday, July 13th, 2008|
UXG @ FHS
Honestly, Today's Mix Session at Funeral Home Studios Didn't go THAT
Click on to see biggerer if you've nothing better to do (or want a desktop image that will guarantee comments from co-workers).
Current Mood: Question Marks Above Me
|Sunday, June 29th, 2008|
|Saturday, June 28th, 2008|