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Music

New Music for 2021

It’s been a hot minute since the last post! What’s happened?! A bunch of stuff and considering world events, good things for me personally, and I feel very blessed.

Long story short: I played my last show in Toronto back in late August 2019, moved to Calgary for a new start, learned some things about life and other people, found a wonderful woman, writing new music, and something something alchemy, archetypes, the Self, and (*new*) Christianity!

Here’s two elements I’ve managed to summon in musical form so far:


Radstar Hero

New track. Go here to check it out.

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Press Start

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It’s with great pride that I present my live band. We’re busy practicing songs from WAIFU, Robots!, and a few covers. You can listen to everything I’ve done on soundcloud, and buy WAIFU here (which I’ve also given the artwork it deserves).

I toured, and (mostly) everything that goes with it, rocked the stage and met some of my heroes along the way. During the last couple of years of my last band and the year after, I stared into the abyss and unknowingly brought back a dragon I had to fight for it had got so large (ever watch “The Babadook”? Kinda like that, but my own version). Some serious introspection (reading) gave me the sword and shield to deal with it.

Now, I seek one more live adventure with a little help from my band of merry friends (which is why I can’t just call us “RADUTRON”) and I got to say, I’m grateful, and we’re sounding great and having fun.

If this candle burns quickly, it shall burn brightly…

Stayed tuned for a show announcement.


New WAIFU artwork

There’s things brewing here in regards to RADUTRON performing live.

We just completed a photoshoot for the live band, as well as practicing the live set with some choice cover songs for a couple of months now. After thinking about the presentation of the band, I’ve decided to update the artwork for WAIFU, because honestly, it deserves better. So here it is…

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If you wish to update your offline version of WAIFU, I encourage you to grab this image.

You can listen to WAIFU on bandcamp, and soundcloud.

I’ll be posting our band photos in the next week or two, and a show announcement sometime after that.

-G


End Of An Era

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JCM 2000 DSL 50. Bought in 2001. Used to be my brother’s.

Ever have a tool or thing that you’ve used for a long time? Something that you’ve taken with you as you’ve traveled across a country or two? Well, its time that I move on from my glorious half-stack that has been with me for the better part of thirteen years, and most active for the first ten.

Back in 2005, I begged my dad for an Orange 4×12 guitar cabinet to compliment my brother’s Marshall JCM 2000 DSL 50 head which I had commandeered since I was active in a band. Much to the chagrin of my bandmates, they would have to help me carry the cabinet in numerous venues across Canada, until enough was enough and I had to get casters installed.

Aside from its beautiful black/gold/orange totem I had developed a setting that I still hold true to this day in my digital solid state devices (or at least as close as I can get it).

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The head symbol is of the band I was in for 10 years, and the omega/headphone-face is my own thing. Both have scars from being on the road. Well worn I think.

In 2012 I dubbed my Marshall/Orange rig as Angie, after having the artwork for “Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying…” done, it was only apparent that I needed to realize the robot character as something tangible in reality to give my serious musician hobby some meaning.

Ol’ Angie was collecting dust for the last three years, so I needed to get rid of her. I contemplated selling off the speakers and turning the Orange cab into a half-shelf/half-cat bed (“No…ol’ yeller is my dog…”) but I decided to trade it off to a good buddy of mine where she’ll be loud and proud. Selling her off to some stranger just doesn’t feel right otherwise…

I have to thank my dad for buying those to two pieces of equipment, and I really hope he realizes that I’ve maximized the usage of that rig for the ten years that I’ve had them together, being on stage with them probably about two-hundred times. It’s been on stage with Left Spine Down, Dope Stars Inc., Bile, and its last tour with Cyanotic. Well used in the bands Far From Ruin, and The Rabid Whole. Getting it’s warmed up debut in my hometown of Regina, SK, before travelling as far as Montreal, Vancouver, Austin, Los Angeles, and New Orleans. I might as well be talking about myself.

I’m looking forward to playing on new gear that I can (one-man) carry around with me, but… *cue song Nothing Compares To You*

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End of an era, and start of a new one.


New Track – Something for the…uh… imagination?

I cannot confirm nor deny the potentially revealing theme of this track. Ah hell, who am I kidding!?


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Rockin’ to “Lara”

Wanna see me playing guitar? SURE YOU DO!

Rockin’ to my track “Lara” (inspired by Lara Croft from Tomb Raider), with my sweet Kassandra.

Listen to track on Soundcloud, and Bandcamp.


WAIFU OUT NOW!

My love letters in musical form to some of my favourite female characters in video games is now completed, and available to stream, or to purchase to download! I’m so very excited and I’m happy to share it with the world.


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WAIFU Promo Photo

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Soon.

Check out: http://www.radutron.com/music

Photo by: Melissa Jim


“WAIFU” Update

I’m currently getting through writing the track “Piper” as I record it. It’s challenging my guitar playing in a way I never thought possible, and I’m not one to edit the crap out of my guitar lines like most pros do (literally cutting every note and align it with the rhythm). I just can’t be that obsessive with something like that. I’ve listened to too much classic rock lately that I’m much more comfortable with sticking with the best take. I either play it well or I delete it. There’s something more human about it to me, and I don’t have to answer to anyone about it. But, I must say I’m very happy with the direction the track is going (think rockabilly-punk-kinda).

There’s a quote that Walt Disney said, something like “Everyone needs deadlines”. It really puts the pressure on to complete any project. But I’m quite certain I’ll complete this one. I know this is all talk, but if the first two tracks are any indication of how good this record is gonna be…

I really feel like this music is really the start of something for me. A real way to project my imagination.

I’m very excited to get this finished and start my next record idea I got kicking around in my head.

-G


New WAIFU track: CHUN

WAIFU is well under underway, and I’ve finished a new track. An ode to Chun-Li from Street Fighter! You can download it here!


ROBOTS! (New Music)

Had fun with this.


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Talking about my time in The Rabid Whole (Part 1 of 3)

My “Stuttering and Stammering” videos continue with me talking about my first few years in The Rabid Whole and its key moments of our progress as a band. The first of 3 videos. Enjoy some NES goodness from Power Blade, and there’s our first track we ever wrote called “Selfish Nature” at the end of the video.


First track from “WAIFU”.

Here’s the first track, from the upcoming record, WAIFU. Inspired by the character Jack from the video game series Mass Effect.

Jack satisfied my messiah-complex in the game. Plus, she’s just beautiful with that shaved skull, and omega tattoo.


Dear Deadsy,

Once upon a time my brother was a huge fan of KoRn, and consumed everything they were associated with. This included your album Commencement after listening to the Family Values Tour cd. I heard every frequency of your album at the opposite end of the house that slowly got me hooked.

As I listened to Commencement I found myself using the adolescent years of the internet to get to know who Deadsy was (interviews, Deadsy Legion forum, etc.) and anticipating when the next album would be finished. I remember listening to clips leaked through Kazaa/Morpheus, and one stood out to me: “Dreamcrusher”. I still remember half of the lyrics to the clip despite not hearing it for many years:

“Oh, the misty highs we climb/A search through fear-the skies/These sudden facts can make you hollow.

When checked this life derived from barren scapes behind/where we supposedly hide/In a place to waste/A place to wallow…”

In 12th grade, I wrote a play for English class called “Dreamcrusher”, as a final assignment. It was crappy.

Eventually Phantasmagore was officially announced and I pre-ordered the album online with the promise I’d get a signed copy. I got my copy with an apology letter saying that additional signed album inserts would be mailed at a later date (and they were!).

Then I never heard anything from you guys again. I would catch “Razor Love” (I think) on some stupid MTV show at the end credits, which to me was an obscure find if someone was listening close enough.

ANYWAYS…

Years pass, and I slowly but surely shake my teenage obsessions. Now being interested in music from before my time, I’ve found familiarity of your music in artists like Tom Petty, and Gary Numan. I’m now 31, and after getting into a different (positive) mind set in my life (one of philosophy, some spirituality, and maybe some revelations of what life is), I was drawn to listen to Commencement whole again.

This album still holds up, and captures my imagination. Call me crazy but I can hear the colours you guys played on that album. “Mansion World”, and “Seagulls” are my top choices on that album, especially the latter.

Thanks for your music, and I hope that everyone has found happiness in their future years.

I am legion.

-G


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“Awesome Mix Vol.2” Suggestions

Guardians of the Galaxy is one of my favourite movies of this generation for many reasons. Among those reasons is the fantastic soundtrack. The cinematic music is fine for the action, but it’s Starlord’s “Awesome Mix Vol.1” that puts new context into classic tunes for me that I couldn’t appreciate as a teenager.

Listening to my local classic hit radio station has had my imagination anticipate what the movie’s sequel could include in Starlord’s “Awesome Mix Vol.2”. So, I decided to share some of my picks.

 

Boston – More Than A Feeling

I can’t think of a better song to reminisce about listening to Awesome Mix Vol.1

 

 

Trooper – We’re Here For A Good Time

I picture this track being in an RNR-type of situation with the Guardians. Or even a return of morale to the team.

 

 

ABBA – Knowing Me, Knowing You

Starlord wallows in despair in front of a twin-sunset as some relationship, with maybe a teammate, falls through for a time.

 

 

Pink Floyd – Comfortably Numb

Floating in space either alone, or in his ship, The Marion, which has run out of fuel and they’re waiting on help from, perhaps Nova Core.

 

 

Red Rider – Lunatic Fringe

Montage of the Guardians hunting down Nebula, or even Thanos.

 

 

The Ronettes – Be My Baby

Starlord and Gamora have a chance to dance with each other, which probably ends with Starlord’s ego ruining it.

 

 

Bill Landford & The Landfordaires – Run On For A Long Time

Can be used similar to Red Rider’s song, but I picture this being the last track in the movie when The Marion takes off to hunt down Thanos.

 

 

Harry Chapin – Cat’s In The Cradle

A great track that can be used similar to the ABBA track, but since Starlord never knew his father, applies better here.

 

Now, the music in the first movie didn’t necessarily match what was happening on screen, but I believe the tunes can definitely touch on themes relating to Starlord’s character.

Even if none of these tracks make it to Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol.2, I’m sure Starlord’s new mix will be pleasant to our ears.

Boom.

-G

 

P.S.

“Some Kind Of Wonderful” (by, I think, Grand Funk Railroad) would be a great song as well. Maybe an Annie Lennox track.


I gotta tell ya folks…

I can’t pretend anymore.
Due to the messages, and comments I’ve been getting about The Rabid Whole either playing shows or doing things in Toronto or beyond, I have to say that TRW is currently defunct.

Since it’s ultimately Andreas’ baby, it’s his choice to continue or not.

You can probably guess why. Being in a band is expensive, and being in an ambitious band like TRW can be very expensive. I’m not here to whine, but there’s a line you eventually have to draw when things aren’t working out the way one would expect.

As for myself, I’m still in Toronto with my lovely woman, and shall be spending the next year or two paying off the debt I’ve accumulated during the last 4 years in TRW.

If TRW does continue, it shall do it with out me.

Do not take that last sentence as if I have any regret being in the band for the last 9.5 years (fun fact: “Selfish Nature” was written in 2005). There once was a time when I was happy, and somewhere along the line that happiness turned into emotionally withdrawn towards my bandmates, personality clashes, and absolute anger during certain conversations.

I’m nothing but thankful for the experiences I’ve had. The tours with Dope Stars, Bile, and Cyanotic in the U.S./Canada; attending two Cold Waves festivals, and performing in one; opening for Hanzel Und Gretyl in Edmonton; Playing with 16Volt at a couple of shows; and meeting/touring with Left Spine Down (which kickstarted the association with industrial music TRW would have). Being a fan of KMFDM since 1995, and getting right into the whole genre since high school, to then achieving the above listed, is such a great feeling.

I also can’t forget the many floors, couches, and sometimes beds I’d be able to sleep on, and the meals cooked for us, thanks to the hospitality of people we’d meet! You know who you are. If there’s hope for the human race, as a weary traveller, you’ll find it on the road!

I’m not finished with music as I have a need to create, and have a notebook that I’m filling up with ideas. I’m looking forward to recording music about “The Things I Like”.

I’ll end this with a quote I saw in a newspaper about Craig Ferguson leaving The Late Late Show…

  

Here’s to the future.

Boom.

-G


Thousands Of Years Ago…

…I can always tell that a narrator will say something like that when a movie opens showing some vast/ancient civilization. DERP!

Like the new look of my blog?

I hate that I haven’t been doing my daily thoughts, or weekly bathroom pics anymore. The truth is my house was broken into back in August while being a groomsman for my friend’s wedding, and although I had brought my laptop with me, I left everything else at home. Thankfully my musical equipment was safe, but my hard-drives, and even my back-up hard-drives were stolen! Along with my TV, PS3, and games, etc… The video games are replaceable, but the 7 years+ of everything I’ve ever done for school, my band, and even my own personal shit, was gone.

Needless to say I’ve started from scratch again. If it ain’t hackers online, then its real-life thieves you gotta worry about. Yeesh……

Anyways, I’ve put it behind me, but sometimes the mere thought of it just grinds my gears. Now I’m wondering what to do with this blog. I really really like the idea that this blog is mine (RADUTRON.COM! NO ONE HAS THIS!), and is my own website separate from any social network, and my own place to display my thoughts in such a way that I see fit.

Anyone who knows me, knows I like video games, so maybe I’ll babble on about my favourite games? I’m not sure. It’s not so great discussing it without someone else. The comments section in any gaming website is akin to youtube comments: trolling; racism; the spellchecker; and 12 yr-olds who could be all-of-the-above.

Boy do I love FALLOUT!

Boy do I love FALLOUT!

In the music front, aside from The Rabid Whole, I’ve been doing “guitar a cappella”, and beat-boxing beats into the voice recorder for these crazy low tempo songs I got ideas for. Even my dinky little synths on my iPhone have been a great help in realizing some of these tunes. This first guitar-driven track I came up with is definitely a step in the right direction, and I already see it as “track 1” in a short collection of songs. In time people will know what I mean.

This year is very exciting. New things are coming.

Boom.


Top 15 KMFDM Tracks.

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It’s KMFDM’s 30th Anniversary next year. I’ve been listening to them for the last 18, and just now decided to share my favourite songs.
This was a very difficult decision, as their catalog is huge (with 18 albums, and whatever number of singles, and EPs). Many KMFDM fans may agree with some, or wonder why I left out some obvious gems (SPOILER: “Light” and “Megalomaniac” are NOT on this list). Some of the images in my head, as I describe below, might be NSFW. I pray your computer monitor faces the window, at least 2 stories above ground.

15. Help Us/Save Us/Take Us Away (MONEY, 1992)
The ‘ultra-heavy beat” carries the soulful vocals from a mere teenager (14 I think?), Dorona Alberti. Sascha K.’s vocals mixed with effects (any combination of distortion, fuzz, and/or cigarettes), are a great contrast to Alberti’s voice. The first distorted guitar you hear in the track is among my favourite riffs of all time.

14. Penetration (Opium 1984, re-released in 2002)
Raymond Watts’ voice arises from a murky pink swamp of twangy guitar, and (almost) lounge-y beat. I’m pretty sure Watts was super-stoned during his vocal takes, but his laughter is so devious in the middle of him saying how he wants to bang you, that it’s almost sick. I just picture Watts with a top hat/cane, walking sideways down stairs, with vaginal lubrication running under his feet, and down the walls. Don’t slip, Raymond. You still have to make it to the other track further down this list.

13. People Of The Lie (BLITZ, 2009)
Probably the most venturous, haunting, interesting, NEW track I’ve heard KMFDM do in the last 10 years. Lucia’s vocals go down smooth like vodka/cranberry, under the moonlight in a prison cell. I picture Sascha and Lucia tied to chairs back to back, when they sing together on this song.

12. Move On (ANGST, 1993)
Ahh, the early 90’s. When hair-metal bands were finally letting their hair down. This track oozes spotlights on the guitar and piano. Put that fog filter on them, and crank that reverb knob. The guitar solo is soooo mysterious guy (or lady?) on a motorcycle.

11. Money (MONEY, 1992)
I sing this song every payday at my day job. “I was payday today/and I’m gonna spend money/on a bottle of booze/to bring home for my honey.” Sascha does a semi-rap style, vocally. Pretty much the imagery in my head for this track exists in the music video for it. The only thing missing in this song is SFX of cash registers.

10. Dogma (XTORT, 1996)
Nicole Blackman offers her performance-art, vocal style to this track. I usually associate performance art with female hairy armpits, bare feet, and a strange mole where you WOULD like to kiss. However if I saw this LIVE with F.M. Einheit tapping the rocks, and slapping those straps you hear in this track, with Blackman on a podium, I would be very happy. Aside from all that, Ms. Blackman speaks the truth. Every word of it!

9. Power (XTORT, 1996)
Nothing like a song you wish you could parade through town, with a choir singing “We’ve got the power…” This song is a strong, fist-in-the-air anthem, which could only be slightly bettered by…

8. Terror (NIHIL, 1995)
A real track that sounds like the precursor to a riot. But you know, I peaceful one where cops stand off to the side with their shields, while the leader stands on his soap box with a megaphone rallying his fellow man. And through the glimmer of his aviators we all see hope. I can’t help but get goosebumps when I hear “I get closer beat by beat…” when its repeated near the end of the song.

7. Naive (NAIVE, 1990)
Finally a somewhat positive song, telling guys (and girls! sure, that the heck!) that, yes, “she has to be loved”, “everybody needs somebody”. A lot of KMFDM tracks are aggressive/powerful “fuck you, we won’t take anymore you stinky government” tracks. This track seems to promote love, even if its just telling people to fuck. At least fucking is better than killing, amiright?

6. Son Of A Gun (XTORT, 1996)
Some of my favourite guitar riffs put together with synth! Fast, furious. Involving shockwaves, atomic blasts, and shit for brains. The colours blue, yellow, and white from the album cover are totally suited for this song. I wish I had synesthesia when listening to this. However, I’d end up an epileptic.

5. Piggybank {Shock Mix} (SPLIT single, 1991)
Ever listen to a remix that sounds better than the original? This is one of those tracks for me. Remixes of songs with rock guitars in them! Imagine! This makes me think of a gloomy church requiem (because of the organ) of someone writing a letter to his loved one promising of a better future for them.

4. Don’t Blow Your Top (DON’T BLOW YOUR TOP, 1987)
If you love Frank Zappa (I don’t), then you’ll recognize that a lot of the lyrics in this song are ripped right from the moustached man. Aside from the unoriginal lyrics, its catchy. Makes me wanna go back to the 80’s, cruise in the car, and look moody.

3. Juke-Joint Jezebel (NIHIL, 1995)
Raymond Watts’ near-top spot on this list. This is the song that got me into KMFDM. Catchy as fuck, and its Giorgio Moroder remix was on the Mortal Kombat Soundtrack (which alone was the genesis of my love for industrial). It’s the track that Sonya kicked Kano’s ass to, in the MK movie. SPOILER ALERT: It doesn’t end well for Kano.

2. Down And Out (SYMBOLS, 1997)
Drum pads, crickets, synths, marching, bag pipes, guitar, trumpets, and one (maybe two) bomb blasts. This is song is probably in league with “People Of The Lie”. I would love to hear an acoustic rendition of this song. Such a great groove, and the chorus melody is fantastic. And those sexy trumpets!

1. The Problem (ANGST, 1993)
Dorona Alberti sings this song with her soulful 15 year-old vocal pipes, shaming any contestant on American Idol before there was one. Acoustic guitar, piano, and a dash of synth. Alberti sings about how this kid is in trouble in court about what he’s done, but the problem isn’t with the boy, it’s with the environment they were molded by. It’s a case of nature vs. nurture. It’s one of those walk-away-in-slow-motion tracks before the credits roll. Probably the most soulful track KMFDM has ever done. And its all about that with me.

If you’re a KMFDM fan, I’d love to hear your fav tracks. If you’ve never heard them before, these tracks may sway you into fandom.

Boom.

-G


My Year-In Report of Gaming and Music

If you know me well enough, music and gaming are my top 2 favourite things ever. This past year has been a consumption of media as much as I see stupid memes on Facebook of that dumb angry cat. I think I’ve become a digital hoarder of sorts.

MUSIC
In a sea of randomness of music out there, there’s been literally a select few that have been worthy of a purchase. Now not all of these are 2012 releases, but they are new to my ears this year.

Lazerhawk – “Visitors” (80’s Sci-Fi inspired instrumental stuff. RAD!)
The Birthday Massacre – “Hide And Seek” (Catchy dark-rock/industrial-pop music.)
Hanzel Und Gretyl – “Born To Be Heiled” (Awesome German-parody-esc metal, that brings a smile to my face.)
Deus Ex: Human Revolution Soundtrack (by Michael McCann)

…and that’s about all that has tickled my fancy…

This year has also seen the release of my band The Rabid Whole’s album “REFUGE”, and my EP of covers. Both of which I’m particularly proud to have varying degrees of participation in. The Rabid Whole playing in Austin, Texas, was a spectacular experience. One I will never forget. Not to mention the other festivals we’ve had the pleasure to play this year.

Being in The Rabid Whole has been quite the journey this year as well. I developed the skill of bringing MIDI-controlled lights to The Rabid Whole’s live show, as well as other computer automated tasks for our keyboardist, Chalsey. It’s been a learning experience both technically, and socially as we learn more about each other and work as a team. This line-up of The Rabid Whole has achieved more things in this last year than any other year prior to it. The winds of change for the band will no doubt bring new experiences for us all in 2013.

GAMING
2012 has been crazy in re-living classics, living classics for the first time, and catching up with recent releases. Mind you, I still have to find the time to PLAY some of these games. Some have been a steal-of-a-deal (and I’m not talking about piracy).

Computer:
The Bard’s Tale
Bastion
Beneath The Steel Sky
Dungeon Keeper
Earthworm Jim 1&2
Fallout
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
Megaman X Street Fighter
MDK
Redneck Rampage Collection
Theme Hospital
Tyrian 2000
Shadow Warrior Collection
Starcraft
Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic
Star Wars: Jedi Knight 2: Jedi Outcast
Syndicate
The Witcher: Enhanced Edition

PS3:
Alice: Madness Returns
Darksiders 2
Fallout: New Vegas (Ultimate Edition)
Mass Effect Trilogy
Persona 3 MES
Street Fighter Alpha 3
Sonic Adventure 2

iPhone:
Angry Birds: Star Wars
Beatdown
Final Fight
Max Payne
Megaman X
Rayman Jungle Run
Sonic 4 ep.1&2
Sonic CD
Sonic Jump
Sonic All-Stars Racing
Street Fighter IV Volt

CONCLUSION
I always have time for music, but immersing myself in a good game is quite the challenge these days. But 2013 should prove to be quite the challenge yet as The Rabid Whole continue to grow, while I discover new music, and satiate my inner escapist. Maybe my writing skills will improve too. 😛

Boom.

-G


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I took a poop in the same place Elvis, and a whack-load of other old timey jazz/blues musicians recorded music. Sun Records, in Memphis, TN! We decided to take a peek there on our way back home, but as soon as I came out of the bathroom, everyone was gone. 😦