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Mike Hounshell & Friends / Blog

Up All Night Recording #livemusic

Spent all night working out beats for a track I'm redoing called "Said and Done".

A Review of my old band Cathedral

Every once in awhile I Google myself. I know sounds bad but it seems like a review of my past work pops up that I haven't seen before. Here's one that made me feel good. http://nnm.me/blogs/olegelagin/cathedral_1993_there_in_the_shadows/ In this review I'm called a better than average prog rock bass player.

Gig went great! #livemusic

We're really happy with how it turned out. Everyone there was a V.I.P. The crowd was amazing. #livemusic

Live Video from 5/24/2014

Been busy going through live footage from the gig last weekend. Posting soon. #livemusic.

Memorial Day Weeked 5/24/2014

Our homecoming gig is fast approaching. We're getting our set down and have added some more originals to the mix. We're expecting a big crowd. We will be at Gladstones, 13 West Main Street, Frostburg, Maryland, 21532. The doors open at 6:00pm and we go on at 10:00pm. The first act, Dale Sims Acoustics will begin at 9:00pm.

Memorial Day weekend gig update

I'm pleased to announce my good friend and former Ten Below band mate Chris Ogden will be backing me up on keys and guitar, The last time we played together it was in front of a crowd of 20k! We are both looking forward to making some noise in public again.

The Conversation that Inspired Spinal Tap

The idea for the classic movie This Is Spinal Tap allegedly came from a conversation that Christopher Guest overheard at the Chateau Marmont in 1974 that went something like this:

Manager: All right, well, we’ll take our instruments up to the room. Bassist: Don’t know where my bass is. Manager: I beg your pardon. Bassist: I don’t know where the bass is. Manager: Where is it? Bassist: I think it’s at the airport. Manager: You have to get back there, don’t you? Bassist: I don’t know, do I? Manager: I think you better. Bassist: Where’s my bass? Manager: It’s at the airport.

From there, Guest was able to get the idea on TV, via Dangerous Minds:

Guest let that idea ping-pong around his head for a while, and in 1978 Spinal Tap made its first appearance on an ABC sketch program called The TV Show, which aired at 11:30 pm. The initial target of the sketch was an NBC music show called The Midnight Special. In the book Risky Business: Rock in Film, R. Serge Denisoff and William D. Romanowski explain that the three main characters of the band were developed during video shoot. According to Harry Shearer (bassist Derek Smalls), “We were shooting a takeoff on ‘Midnight Special,’ just lying on the ground waiting for the machine that was supposed to make the fog effect to stop dripping hot oil on us—and to relieve the tension of that moment, we started ad-libbing these characters.”

And the rest is history.

Ten Things Not to Say on Stage

I forget where I found this list but thought is was good advice. 1. We’re Having Technical Difficulties Even if your guitar just caught fire. Well actually, that would be hilarious if you said it then. But when bands sheepishly admit it into the mic, it’s uncomfortable and kills the vibe. Technical difficulties are your fault. Even when they’re not. It’s your stage. It’s your show. 2. I Forgot The Lyrics The worst is when singer/songwriters sing a line like “I forgot this next line la la la.” That is so annoying. Not funny. If you can’t memorize your lyrics then bring a lyrics sheet on stage as reference. Or make shit up on the spot. The only thing worse than shitty lyrics is forgotten lyrics. 3. I Want To Thank My Girlfriend Uncomfortable for everyone else in the house. Leave her out of it. It makes you look whipped. If she did something truly awesome, then you can say something like “we’d like to thank our friend Sarah for getting this song into the hands of the music supervisor at Parenthood.” 4. I’m Sorry Don’t ever apologize on stage. It makes you look weak. I don’t care if you just dropped a baby. Don’t apologize. Making excuses for your shittyness makes everyone in the house uncomfortable and feel bad for you. I hear it all the time: “I forgot the rest of the song. Sorry.” “I’m sorry if this song sucks, we just wrote it.” “I’m sorry there aren’t more people here.” “We haven’t rehearsed this much, it might suck.” Own the stage. Own the room. Own your set. Or don’t show up. 5. Your City Sucks Should be a no brainer, but I can’t tell you how many touring bands I’ve seen make fun of the city they are in – ON STAGE. 6. This Song Is About My Grandma Who Died from Cancer. Love You Nana. Don’t depress your audience. You can play a song about your dead grandma, but you don’t need to tell the audience that’s what it’s about. People don’t pay money to come to shows to be sad. They come to be happy. To have fun. To be enlightened. To be inspired. 7. I’m Broke Don’t make your audience feel bad for you. It removes the mystique and coolness factor. You can say “help us get to the next city and pick up a T-shirt.” That offers an emotional appeal in a positive light. But saying “we’re broke, so buy a t-shirt,” just turns your audience off. Guilting your fans into buying your merch never works. 8. You Guys Suck Even if 95 out of the 100 people are screaming above your acoustic set while smashing glasses and vomiting in the corner, 5 people are engulfed in your set. Never insult your audience. They always have one ear to you – even if you are just background music. You may think no one is listening, but you’ll be surprised at how many compliments you get and how much merch you sell once you hop off stage. 9. Any Requests You’re never going to get the songs that you actually have prepared and there will always be that one asshole who yells “Free Bird” as if he just came up with the joke. 10. How Does It Sound This is a slap in the face to the sound guy. Never ask the crowd that. It should sound amazing. If it doesn’t, then it’s either your fault or the sound guy’s fault. Either way, you just pissed off the one person not in your band who can actually make you sound WORSE.

Gigging in May

I'm gearing up for some live shows with some buds of mine. It's long overdue. Going back to where it all began in my hometown of Frostburg. Exciting and scary.

Video Production Opportunity

I'm looking for people in the VA,MD,DC area that would like to participate in shooting a video for my song "Long Goodbye". If anyone has any ideas about this song or any of my tracks please leave me a message on RN, FB or Twitter. https://www.facebook.com/Mike.Hounshell.Music http://mikehounshell.reverbnation.com/ Twitter - @HounshellMusic Thanks, Mike