Saturday, December 26, 2009

NR-012: The Whole Story.

NR-012
“on the twelfth day of christmas my true love gave to me a notrock holiday compilation”

In 2003 the not rock tribe was drumming up songs and making records at a rate that rivaled the output of James Patterson's typewriter (with the difference being that the songs were actually worth listening to unlike those “novels”). John Fisher had a novel idea; “why don’t we all record christmas songs and put out a compilation? It’ll be like a gift to all the kids who’ve listened to and supported us.” Everyone loved the idea and committed to doing their part. That was the last I heard of it.

Fast-forward to early December 2009. I was standing in the notrock warehouse looking for a copy of some hit-laden release from yesteryear. Once John’s peepers caught sight of me perusing the back wall, he insisted on getting what I needed for me (something about not wanting me to muck-up his flawless filing system). After shoving me out of the way, he reached in between a motorized Barbie horse and my pet monster and pulled forth a padded envelope with “NR012” crudely written upon it in black ink. That kid’s face lit up like mrs. fox in the supermarket and he let out an excited cheer like some kid in an 80’s tv ad. I asked him what was so darn exciting and he said that he didn’t have to lie anymore and that he could finally come clean about the christmas compilation:

John divulged to me that back in 2003 after the last of the christmas songs were handed in he compiled the master disc and hid it so that nobody would get a “sneak peak”. Problem was that he forgot where he had stashed it. So, for the past six years he’s been telling people it never happened because everybody else dropped the ball and failed to hand in songs.

(Side Note: I started to think that he might have my 3 3/4” GI Joe LAW & ORDER: MP with K9 Dog and that I didn’t give it to Pat Helms like he’s been telling me since 1989).

What’s weird is after he pulled out the master I only recognized two band names on the whole darn thing and the liner notes said some of the songs were recorded in 2009. That’s a little bizarre right? I mean, how could a cd made in 2003 have songs on it that didn’t exist until 6 years later? You can tell me I’m wrong for not trusting my friend and what he told me, but this story seemed too far-fetched to be legit. It’s taken me a great deal of serious contemplation over many sleepless nights, but I’m pretty sure I’ve finally figured out and come to terms with what “really” happened:

By December 2003 only Annoying Customer had handed in a holiday song for the compilation (which was purely coincidental because the song had been part of their back catalog for years). After the next couple of years went by without any other submissions John got embarrassed that the release he promised was being held up by means outside of his control. Now, what happened next might be somewhat difficult to swallow, but I am fairly certain that my dearest friend invented a time machine sometime in the middle of the decade and went into the future to gather songs for the compilation. He then went back to the year 2003 and put the finished cd in the warehouse in a place where he would be sure to find it; between the motorized Barbie horse and the my pet monster. Problem was that the 2003 version of him was much less interested in these things and it took until 2009 for him to stumble upon the envelope while looking for some hit-laden release from yesteryear for me.

I know. I know . . . Why didn’t he just bring the songs back to the year in which he invented the time machine? Why didn’t he just retrieve it when he returned from hiding it in 2003? These are great questions but I don’t know the answers and I’m not one to speculate on things without hard evidence. And ultimately what does it matter to you anyway? You’ve got your compilation cd. I’m the only one that should be a little peeved. I mean, first of all my best friend invents a time machine and doesn’t even tell me about it no less take me with him, and secondly he’s probably got my gi-joe veiled up somewhere in that warehouse!

All truth aside, the notrock holiday compilation is finally available. It’s called “on the twelfth day of christmas my true love gave to me a notrock holiday compilation” and you can get your very own copy for $3ppd. It has seventeen tunes; arranged as follows:

Sugar Cookies – Insouciant
Silent Night, Deadly Night – Annoying Customer
Snow Day – Built Me a Garden
This Boy’s Life – People In Charge
Your Christmas Sweater – Hero Squad
We Three Kings – Jenna DQ
Boot Tracks – Lost Wax
Hope, Love, and a Visit (to our youth) From Santa – Adzam
The Dogs of New York – Brian Chaundhry
Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming – Maple Faust
Why Don’t We Just Stay Up? – Bryan Kwasnik
Santa, Santa – Particle Zoo
Greensleeves – John Fisher & Molly Farrell
Letter to Santa – Systolic Reverie
12/25 – Maple Faust
Sugar Cookies (Acoustic) – Insouciant
Silent Night – Insouciant

It also has handmade diecut sleeves and is wrapped in a bow if those types of things should meet your fancy; and they should of course.

Postscript:
The insert reads “Happy Holidays from the Not Rock Family”. Please take that for more than a phrase in passing. There is a real family behind these things and I am forever grateful to have it hold my heart. For a while now a dear friend has been promising me a copy of “A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector”, if you don’t have it I suggest you pick it up, but personally I don’t need it anymore. How could it top a christmas cd that has most of the folks I care greatly about in the world all singing their hearts out?

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Summer's Almost Over

Dear Les Paul,


Thank you for wanting to improve upon the sound of your guitar and putting pickups on a 4 x 4”; and thank you for rejecting the rejection of the skeptics who thought you were a little off-kiltered in the noggin. I cannot say that I like to have your namesake model and all of its weight hanging from my neck, but I sure do appreciate what it’s done in the grand scheme of all things sonic.


Thank you for the Octopus. It took a great thinker to imagine the idea and consider the possibilities of synchronizing tape machines to one another. From the bottom of my heart I will be thanking you forever for this thing we call sound on sound.


I regret having never put my ears in the same room as you and your guitar. This would have been a rather easy thing to accomplish, what with you performing weekly in a city only a short way away. I guess I kept putting it off, but I know there are probably a hundred Monday nights, any of which I could have made that short trip, that I spent doing much less exciting and entertaining things. For that I apologize to you, but in reality I surely should be apologizing to myself.

xoxo

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Charles Bukowski wrote: “you can’t beat death but you can beat death in life”. Les Paul may have succumbed to the former, but seemingly increased the frequency of the later as well. We should make a pact to follow that lead. Let us pinky swear upon it. It may be somewhat morbid, but the next time you find yourself with your legs bent at the knees and the incandescent glow of the small screen illuminating your eyes ask yourself if it’s enlightening your mind or warming your heart. If you were to fall asleep for the last time tonight what things would you rather have done in place of the many things that you seem to think you “did”?


A building bank account might look good on paper or when you’re thinking “toward the future”, but what if that future never comes? You can’t pay-off the reaper in dollars and cents. We would all be better suited if we spent less time focused on the “responsibilities” of life and dedicate more to smiling, laughing, and elevating our souls into the clouds. If you have a chance to do something special, exciting, new, or any little thing that would make you smile, jump at the chance, take it and relish in every moment of it, breath it deeply into your lungs and let your blood carry it to every cell in your body. Escape the humdrum and live your life, you might not get another chance.


In closing, let us also reflect on the words of another celebrated American writer, Mr John Hughes: “Life moves pretty fast. You don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”


PS: As usual, a very many great things are in the works within the NotRock tribe. Some are private, some are secret, but some are ready to be shared.


Insouciant is playing a show this Saturday night.

If you hadn’t planned on attending, this has changed your mind, yes?


John Fisher has put the prologue to his upcoming feature film The Fallout Chronicles on the interweb so that you can watch it. I watched it and it drummed up all sorts of excitement for me, I reckon’ it’ll do the same for you as well.


Also, if you are a netflix kind of kid, put this and this on your list, ok?

Friday, May 15, 2009

Saturday Nite

Did you ever participate in a watermelon eating contest? Of course you have. And you had an amazing time as well; I'm sure of it! Now, what's better than cold, sweet, watery fruit dripping from your chin on a warm afternoon? I know, I know. . . nothing, but, Insouciant will be playing a rock show this Saturday nite at the Lampost in Jersey City. If you're free you should definitely bind yourself to that pole of light. You shouldn't require added incentive to see Insouciant play, other than hearing Insouciant play, but they will be joined by The Poconos. I mean 300,000 or so people standing on one small stage is surely something you'd want to see, right?

PS: Is anyone else super excited for Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus?

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Making Molehills Out of Mountains

Yes yes, I realize the idiom is reversed, but that was the idea.
There is much on the plate here at Not Rock, a few things on the back burner, and sadly, a couple of old projects out in the smokehouse with grandpa. Expect an outpour of output in the coming months.
We hope to have those plates cleaned as soon as possible; the dessert cart is looking incredibly delicious but house rules are house rules.

If you haven't yet checked out the trailer for John Fisher's "The Fallout Chronicles", by all means close the brower tab with naughty naughts and head on over here to get a gander. It's always best to get in on the groundfloor when something's destined to zoom to the stars.

Insouciant
has some shows coming up and you'd be wise to be in attendance. Why? Well because your ears are on their knees, begging; and you wouldn't want to let down your ears, would you?

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Bryan George

Bryan George (of Graystone and Do Nothing Machine fame) is a brilliant songwriter and you should take into your ears what he puts out of his guitar.

I enlisted to record a song for him this past Sunday. It's called "Can't See You" and he posted the rough mix over on his myspace page and I was hoping some of you folks might check it out. And while you're there listen to the other tunes; I’ll bet you a coke they'll make your heart smile.

This kid’s got chops and I like that a heck of a lot :-)

xo

Friday, March 27, 2009

To Be Sincere & Honest

Not much notrock news to report this week; if you're in the New Brunswick area, head over to the Court Tavern on Monday night, Insouciant will be stuffing so much candy into ears that they bleed.

I'll take the rest of this time to address a concern of mine. Why is "to be honest" an expression? Is this to say that most all of what folks (as a whole) say are lies? Shouldn't it just be assumed that someone is being "honest"?

That being said, from now on I suggest that "to be dishonest" become a new expression that we will use when we are about to spew forth untruths from our mouths, yes?

Done and Done
PS Head over to cdbaby and buy Insouciant's "Fall"; I hear its really good.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009


The days are slightly longer, the sun is somewhat brighter, and the various airborne allergens are making my head hurt something evil.

You have a suggestion of some type of sinus/antihistamine? Well I don't need it because I found my cure: Insouciant & Annoying Customer live (and none of those drugs work anymore ever since they took out the pseudoephedrines because of those crazy kids and their meth labs).

Friday night you've got a double dose with both bands playing at the BCS Lounge in Stanhope, NJ. Then on Saturday, you get a booster shot of Insouciant at Serendipity Cafe in Montclair, NJ. And don't forget that Insouciant has two new albums out that you can and will pick up at one of these shows.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Insouciant's "Fall" album is now available for online consumption from cdbaby.
That's right you can just click your way on over and buy that cd, baby ;)

Or if you enjoy your music live and and live (heteronyms, yes?) in northern new jersey, head on over to the Underground in Mountain Lakes saturday night (3/14) and grab a copy after the show.
Also, we've heard some word from some folks regarding their take on the album and well, let's just say phrases like "darn solid", "best record ever", and "exactly what music's been looking for" were used.

ps Have you seen Watchmen? What did you think?

Friday, March 6, 2009

INSOUCIANT DUAL ALBUM RECORD RELEASE SHOW!

Hello there,
Come one, come all down to the Underground @ 48 briarcliffe rd, mt lakes, nj 07046 on saturday March 14. Not only will NOT ROCK will be celebrating their 23rd and 24th release simultaneously, but on this fine day Insouciant will be sharing in said celebration as well. In fact, Insouciant is in actuality the reason for all the balloons, pointed hats with rubber-band chin-straps, and champagne poppers because it is their two brand new full lengths that will be debuting that evening. Come on down, check out some fine musical performances, and pick up "Fall" (an eclectic extravaganza of ear candy) and the companion record "Search Party" (thats right we're havin' a potty). Both have 10 tracks of well oiled, honed, and chammied melodic fun. They will both be available for the low cost of $5 a piece (yes they are that inexpensive). We sincerely hope to see you all there. Until then take care.
- John Thomas Fisher

Friday, February 27, 2009

Insouciant's new album, "Fall", is now available!

The first of two full length albums to be released by Insouciant in 2009 is now available and you can get it at a show for $5 or in the mail for $6.
The recording is titled "Fall" and it is one solid album; and I'm not just saying that because it was pressed on cd's which are solid pieces of mass that you can hold in your hands and insert into a playback device either.

That's right kids, this aint no digital download only, give me your money and I'll give you some data, release.
You get an actual CD with artwork and packaging; we've gone all out and all in on this one!

But back to that whole "solid" thing; not a clunker on the whole record; I swear.
In fact, in a few years you'll probably see these kids doing one of those front to back shows like Sonic Youth did with "Daydream Nation" or Jimmy Eat World's recent "Clarity" tour.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

New Insouciant album available for purchase.

The new record by not rocks rising stars Insouciant is now available. The album is titled Fall. You can purchase it right here on this page or at www.myspace.com/insouciantmusic . You could also send a check or even cash (@ yr own risk dudes)through the mail to the address that is on this page requesting the said album. The cost is 6 dollars. Shipping is included in this price.