12.30.2008

New Years Eve?

Have no plans for New Years Eve?

Come to Merced and check out The Piano Caffe and listen to me play in
a jazz combo!

The Piano Caffe is located at 3361 N G St Merced, CA 95340.

We'll be playing at 9pm. Be there.

The Piano Caffe has awesome sandwiches and salads with bread from a
local Mennonite bakery.

12.28.2008

Question:

Should I get a 16GB iPhone or a 32GB iPod Touch? or a Nikon D90? or midi drums?

12.24.2008

Kingdom Come

I made this for Nicole for Christmas.


Watch On YouTube.

Merry Christmas everyone.

Donations.

I just made a donation to Wikipedia.

I don't usually give monetary donations, but I use Wikipedia really frequently and I would be sad if it ever stopped existing. So I chipped in $10.

You should too.

Wikipedia Affiliate Button


I'm working on a slide show for the Gettysburg Elementary soccer club. They paid me more this year than they did last year, so I decided to do these ones in HD. I'll post on Vimeo when I finish them.

Woo, it's officially Christmas Eve 2008!

12.22.2008

Jobless still and again.

I applied for an office job at my school and I really thought I was going to get it, but I got an email a few days ago saying I didn't get it.

It came down to me and one other person. Unfortunately that other person was Carl, the guy I worked on all my video production class projects with (The Detective Film Noir Two Birds, One Stone…, The Documentary, and The Musical). I'm happy for him, but I wish I would have gotten the job.

I also lost a job. I mowed Ed's lawn since 2005 and now he doesn't need me anymore. It wasn't hard work or work that paid much, but it was still an extra $20 I could spend on whatever I wanted for the week. Oh well.

So in retaliation and at the suggestion of a friend, I posted a job resume on Craigslist. http://fresno.craigslist.org/res/966667109.html

Sad, I know. But it's worth a shot. I think I'm going to post a Band for Hire one too… Maybe sometimes next week.

Now to read the Missed Connections and Haikus for some laughs.

12.18.2008

Two Birds, One Stone… Premiere!

It took a little while, but here it is!


Watch In HD.

Please let me know what you think!

12.17.2008

2008 Reel

Here's my reel that I made to try to get a job!




Watch in HD here.

Wish me luck!

12.15.2008

I feel dumb.

I feel dumb, I tried to upload the video to youtube ad forgot that they have a 10min maximum!

I'll upload it to Vimeo on Thursday, when my allowance resets.

Two Birds, One Stone…

Here it is:




Watch in HD here.

I'll upload it to Vimeo on Thursday, I wasted a lot of my bandwidth with the behind the scenes video...

Let me know what you think!

12.14.2008

Two Birds, One Stone… Update!

Tomorrow is the big premiere of Two Birds, One Stone…!

But now, here's a behind the scenes video and some production stills:



Two Birds, One Stone… Behind The Scenes from Kyle Lowe.



My flickr pro account is expiring and I don't really want to pay to renew it... Poo.

Metallica @ Save Mart Center: The Way Death Magnetic Should've Sounded

Not really, it would have been quite rumbly. But at least evenly balanced and non distorted.

James Hetfield did make sort of an apology for the way Death Magnetic was mastered. Sort of.

They were still very loud, but every sound was balanced and accounted for. The guitars sounded ridiculously awesome. I'd guess that they were using amp modeling, because there were no amp heads on stage and the cabinets on stage looked like dummies. And with all the guitar (and especially bass) changing the sound was almost consistent throughout and with recordings.

The open arena staging worked really well. The only thing that I found funny was I could see Lars Ulrich's bald spot with my binoculars when his drum set faced away from me.

Kirk Hammett botched a note in the solo intro of One which totally caught me off guard, but other than that, the playing was top notch. I still wonder how Robert Trujillio wears his bass so low.

For two or three songs Trujillo played an awesome sparkle-green Rickenbacker. It was awesome. Hammett and Hetfield stuck to ESP guitars most of the night.

Overall the show was awesome. I only wish I would have bought the tickets from the Metallica website, so I could've gotten a free digital recording of the concert.







Monday. Two Birds, One Stone… release. Check back Monday evening!

12.09.2008

Editing

Every time I hear my voice captured I think, "Dang, do I really sound that nasally?"

Random. I know.

12.08.2008

Two Birds, One Stone... Update

Last night, Carl and I wrapped principal photography for our final in MCJ115! I'll post pictures soon.

Big thanks to Brendan, Nicole, Christy, Tyson, Lisa, and Delanie!

We'll be editing it through next week and have it up on Monday Dec. 15.

Now to get to work on my other finals...

12.05.2008

YouTube HD?

I just noticed today that my HD videos that I"ve uploaded to YouTube are showing up with a "Watch in HD" link under them.

Very interesting.

So give these videos a watch and compare them to the Vimeo counterparts:
http://ping.fm/Cn9jm
http://ping.fm/BKcvt

I think I still like Vimeo's interface more.

I'm going to test and see if I can embed in HD.





12.01.2008

Stress Balls.

I am totally freaking out.

I have projects and tests and performances this week and I'm not really prepared for any of them.

I have to study for and take an online quiz for my very unfun history class today.

Tomorrow I have a script read through for my video project on Saturday.

Wednesdays are always pretty busy because I give guitar lessons.

Thursday I might have a job interview with an online radio program. And Jared and Gaby are moving into a new apartment and my brother Brandon and I are supposed to help them move in.

Friday is a Jazz Band concert at school. I'm not super prepared for it and need to spend time on my parts, but I don't have a lot of downtime to just woodshed guitar parts...

Saturday is the video shoot which will take all day. I hope all goes well for this.

And if I make it to Sunday, I'm golden.

I also have writing class and history finals to prepare for and those two classes I'm doing the worst in this semester and I really need to pass those classes.



But I had a good Thanksgiving. How was yours?

11.24.2008

Little Big Planet

I haven't gotten the game yet, but it looks like Sony already pulled some of the really cool user created levels that infringed on some copyright...







11.23.2008

Selling some stuff.

My dad and cousin and I are selling some stuff. (click on images to see eBay page)

I'm selling a 40gb 4th gen iPod hard drive.



My dad is selling a Firewire recording interface.



And my cousin is selling Rock Band for Xbox360.
Message her at http://ping.fm/cNYUK

Message me for details.

11.21.2008

Twilight




Twilight was entertaining. I'm going to leave it at that. I haven't finished the book so I don't want to say much more without putting my foot into my mouth.





The midnight showing was fun. There were a lot of screaming fan girls. They were kind of annoying, but I still got my laughs.

The manager came into the auditorium and was doing a little schpeal about how everyone should be excited. Then he said something to the regards of, "I'm sure everyone here is a fan of the books..."

And all the girls in the started screaming in their fandom induced pandemonium. Just as the screaming lulled but before the theater manager continued I shouted, "WAIT, THERE'S A BOOK!?!"




It was pretty funny. You would have to have been there.

11.17.2008

Trailer?

A few months ago some friends of mine were in a little play called Star Spangled Girl.

The show was pretty awesome, but I just stumbled upon this little promo they made for the play:



Genius? I think so.

Conclusion

I have come to the conclusion that I like pumpkin pie only with whipped cream.

So the question is; do I really like pumpkin pie, or do I merely like whipped cream?




































































Oh, and I have tickets for the inauguration speech, but no means to get there or stay a few nights yet.

11.15.2008

Woah.

I haven't updated here in almost two weeks. Feels strange...

But I've been really busy. Tomorrow we start shooting the final for my video class. I wrote a detective story/film noir. Hopefully all goes well. I'll definitely be posting that when it's finished. There have been some setbacks on the actual shooting times, but it should work.

Thursday night/Friday morning, Nicole (and maybe Carlos) and I are going to see the midnight premiere for Twilight. I haven't finished the book and will probably be the only person in the audience who doesn't know what will happen next. Oh well.

I'm on my congressman's list to get tickets for Nicole and I to go to the January 20th Inauguration Ceremony, but if we do actually get the tickets, I have no idea where we are going to stay in DC. Absolutely everything is booked up... All I can find are fucked up people selling their reservations for rooms on eBay. "Oh, I booked a reservation and I know someone wants this room: You are bidding on the reservation itself, not the actual price of the room, starting bid $300." Assholes.

Hopefully it all works out.

Wish me luck.

11.02.2008

Documentary: Unbreakable Glass

The second project for my video production class was a documentary.

I'll admit, Carl did a lot of the heavy lifting on the project and I just kinda just showed up and did what he told me to do...

But nevertheless, here's the final product:


Unbreakable Glass from Carl Merriam on Vimeo.

Click on the title to watch in HD.

Okay, I've got to finish the package that we're turning in tomorrow.

I hope we get an A!

10.31.2008

Jazz-0-Ween

Yesterday was the Fresno State Jazz concert Jazz-0-Ween.

We all got to dress up!

I really went as Angus Young from AC/DC but I wore a trench coat over it and started as a happy flasher, it was nice.

But my favorite goes out to Leo, Mike and Mike's girlfriend (sorry, I forgot your name) as the Pokémon team; Ash, Brock and Misty!

10.27.2008

Fatte Alberts Gig #02

Here are some pictures from my gig with Kill Mike Love this past Saturday.

It was awesome. I recorded some backing tracks and played along with them to give the illusion of a full band.

Three part harmonies with myself? Win.

10.25.2008

Where's Fluffy? Tonight!

Did you see Nick and Norah? Then you'd get the joke.

But really, tonight! Hanford, Fatte Alberts. 8p.m.

Kill Mike Love!

And opened by me!

And it's Wendy's birthday celebration.

So you should totally come to Hanford with me and chill. Will be sick, will be playing new songs! Will involve keyboards, gameboys and computers.

Get a Map Here








Also! My EP just went up on Amie Street Music!

Go to this link to sign up and get $5 free for signing up:
http://ping.fm/8SYaD

And that's more than enough to get some of my DRM Free MP3's plus other cool stuff. (Hey, the hooker that Elliot Spitzer had an affair with has music up there... You know it's hot, when she's got stuff for sale there...)








Double plus also! I have just a few more tshirts for sale and will be selling them tonight! Get one before they're gone!











So to recap:
1) Go to Fatte Albert's tonight at 8.
2) Go to http://ping.fm/BfV4c and then search "kyle lowe" after signing up to get my music for free.
3) Buy the last few tshirts I have so I can order shinny new ones!

10.24.2008

Tomorrow!

I have a gig.

Opening up for Kill Mike Love again!

Out at Fatte Albert's in Downtown Hanford.
View A Map

Come check it out if you can!

Need a ride? I'm taking a van. Hit me up.

10.23.2008

Musical Credits

Carl and I finally finished the credit roll for the Musical.


Click here to watch in HD!

Let me know what you think!

10.22.2008

Today's Webcomics

...are bomb. Hilarious. Genius (with a J).





Cyanide and Happiness, a daily webcomic


Awesome.







PS. Watch my new video. See previous post.

Musical: Kyle's Vocals

When I was working on the musical, I recorded the music with my vocals first so Tyson and Abigail would be able to hear the melodies...

I thought it would be funny to dub my original vocals over the video.


The High School Themed Musical Act 1 - Demo Music from Kyle Lowe on Vimeo.


They did a good job of recreating the melodies and added their own little inflection which really made it better!

10.17.2008

Scholarships

I just finished filling out a scholarship form for my Junior (or just 3rd, never know how many years I'll actually stay) year at CSU Fresno. It seems kinda early to be filling something like that out, but whatever.

I like to goof around a bit with written sections. Just to make sure someone actually reads these things all the way through. I've never gotten such a call or response from anyone, so I just assume no one ever reads them.

This is what I put into the "Personal Statement" section of the form:
"I am a simple person. I enjoy long walks on the beach, foreign movies, and clichés. I have a knack for paradoxes. I wake up in the middle of the night to use the restroom. I like to think I'm a simple person.

I spend a considerable time at my church. I sing and play guitar in the church choir and help children in their catechism classes. Almost all of my Sunday is devoted to time spent at church. My friends ask why I don't hangout with them on Sunday. Professors ask why I don't finish my weekend homework. It is because I spend a considerable time at my church.

I am currently a Mass Communication and Journalism major. I enjoy writing. I write scripts. I write short stories. I write about silly situations, awkward situations, and fiction no one else bothers to write. I like to write about what goes on around me. I have taken quite a liking to writing stories as if I am a reporter working for a newspaper. Too bad the local newspaper just fired over one hundred employees. Especially since that's the kind of job could get with a Mass Communication and Journalism degree.

I like to consider myself a very conscious person. I like to know what goes on in this big wide world. I read the newspaper daily, I watch 24-hour news, I watch daily news. I also frequent The Huffington Post, Digg and take a deep pleasure in watching The Daily Show With Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report. News and social consciousness help me stay sane, I can always remind myself that the world is much more messed up than my simple life."

And this is what I put into the "Career Goal" section:
"After I graduate from CSU Fresno, I'd like to write and direct films. I've already made a few short films in my video production classes at CSU Fresno. Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino, and Martin Scorsese are my heros in that field. I would love to create a film that rivals the heartfeltness of Spielberg's E.T. and the stylistics of Tarantino's Kill Bill and the imagination of Lucas' Star Wars. Maybe not all in the same film, but cumulatively.

I would also like to be a recording artist. I love writing songs and performing them in front of people. I play guitar in a band and I frequent local open mic sessions. I would love to be paid for that sort of work. Writing a song that appears in the next hip Apple commercial or playing a sold out show for fans would be a head rush that might cause my head to actually explode.

Realistically, the economic state of the United States can be disheartening. I can always look forward to steady work in weapons manufacturing or arms dealing, since the United States is the world's largest exporter.

I hear porn is a big industry too."

I hope it makes someone laugh first, then I hope they give me some money to pay for my tuition. I've got my priorities down.

10.14.2008

The Dutchess

I saw The Dutchess over the weekend. It was pretty good. I'm sad that it came out after The Other Boleyn Girl because this was a bit better movie.

Keira Knightley played a tortured soul in a corset well and I think it's not the first time that she's done that...

The plot moved kinda slowly in the middle, but it emphasized that she was pregnant and waiting multiple times. But sometimes it was a little too much.

It was very artistic with lighting and color. I enjoyed that quite a bit.

So, if you're into 18th century drama, this is a good example of it. If your into ladies in corsets and mild lesbianism, you're better off with porn, this has it sprinkled throughout the film (which I didn't know going into it) but it's done tastefully and lightly.






So tonight, I'm gonna try to catch a preview of Sex Drive ad have a write up before Friday.

Time for a history quiz. Damn.

10.06.2008

The Musical!!!

It's here!

Watch it in all it's HD glory here:
http://ping.fm/BKcvt

I just uploaded it and it hasn't finished converting yet at the time of this posting, but as soon as I know I'll embed it to the blog...





But let me know what you think!
It's my first musical and my first HD project and I'm really excited to hear what people think!

BE EXCITED!

I'm almost done exporting my musical!

I'm hoping it'll be up and running in HD on Vimeo in about an hour!

It's seriously been tough and interesting to learn the new technology and getting everything together.

I'll post again once it's up!






I'm so excited! You should be too.

10.05.2008

Nicole and Kyle's awesome day at the coast

Yesterday Nicole and I went to the coast.

We visited my uncle Joe and his girlfriend Kelly in SLO. Then we went to Pismo Beach for a while. Spent a longer time at Avila Beach. And then had dinner in SLO before coming home.



It was awesome.












You know what's almost as awesome as going to the beach? Musicals. Even closer? Internet musicals made for college video production classes.

Get your fill of awesome tomorrow when I post my (and my project partner, Carl's) musical! Currently titled "High School Themed Musical" or "For the Day" Find out what it's final title will be tomorrow! Right here, on The Amazing Kyle Lowe's Blog Of Awesome!

Hot Air Balloons and Collegianators

Last month my buddy Jason Wada started to get a video project off the ground about the college newspaper called "The Collegianators" but because of some scheduling issues it didn't get finished.

So here are my two pictures from it and of the Clovis City Balloon Thingy (not official title):











I still am super excited to upload the musical tomorrow! You should be excited to see it.

Music Video Shoot

I'm finally getting around to going over pictures I've taken over the past two months.

Here are some of the pictures from the music video shoot I helped out with:


Fashawn is a rapper from Fresno. Check out his last music video here:
http://www.vimeo.com/1172145


Also:
I'll be posting my (and my class partner Carl)'s musical I did for my video production class tomorrow in the afternoon!
Look out for it in HD in my Vimeo page, but of course I'll post more about it tomorrow!

10.02.2008

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist


Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist is an entertaining, semi-highbrow comedy that will appeal to hipsters and musical literate.

The movie's moving plots intertwine, which could lose some people, but isn't too hard to follow.

Michael Cera, as Nick, plays his now expected subtle hilarious character. A straigh bass player in a queercore New York underground band. He's not the same as the character's he's played in Juno or Superbad because he's plagued by the recent break up. This shows his ability to play deeper character than simply the high school loser boy. Now he's a fairly cool yet tormented high school boy.

Kat Dennings, as Norah, plays the smart-alec-y girl that she seems to play. She plays smart and cool, but can get emotional if she suspects she's being toyed with.

I really love the movie's winding and intertwining plot. Searching for the drunk friend, trying to find clues for the elusive band and the silly gay band members just trying to have fun all tie together and help each other to give Nick and Norah the perfect night.

I want it to be a popular movie. I also really like the Rocker and wanted it to do well and we know how well that went... Oh well. I can wish.












Unrelated note: I just finished my cut of the musical. Monday, Carl and I are going to get together in class and take the best parts from each other's and make a final version.

It should be up monday evening.

I'll post it as soon as it's done.

I guess Abigail took some pictures, but they're only on Facebook... Oh well.

9.28.2008

Musical: Update

Yesterday, Tyson, Abigail and my class partner Carl and I shot the musical that I posted about before.

I didn't get to take any pictures, but the final product will be amazing.

I'll be posting it either Oct. 7 or 8. Carl and I will be editing it until then.

Be excited. I am.

9.23.2008

9.17.2008

Karaoke

Today is my dad's birthday. My family went out to dinner to celebrate. There was karaoke.

This is the consequence:

Karaoke - I Believe In A Thing Called Love from Kyle Lowe on Vimeo.

9.16.2008

Ghost Town



So I just saw Ghost Town. It was funny. It had a nice blend of American slapstick and British awkward humor. Timing was good. Greg Kinnear plays his average "ass" role and Ricky Gervais plays a disgruntled dentist finding the meaning of life nicely. Kristen Wiig plays her interruptive, crazy person character well similar to her SNL characters. Aasif Mandvi plays Gervais' dentist associate very well, it's a shame he wasn't played in any of the promotional commercials, especially since the commercials are all over Comedy Central.

The movie is very much a funny, silly version of Ghost Whisperer and Sixth Sense. The story gets a little too serious and deep in the third quarter and doesn't quite recover to complete funny level at the end, but it seems like many movies are finding this sort of issue. The movie doesn't quite know if it wants to be a comedy or a story of discovery... Oh well. It's entertaining and fun to hear a silly take of helpless ghosts regardless of identity crisis.

9.15.2008

Not much new...

I feel like posting merely because I haven't posted anything in a while.

I'm actually quite busy, but I don't have any finished products right now. I'm working on a video musical (think a parody of HSM and similar to Dr. Horrible...) for my video production class. My teammate and I are hoping to shoot it in HD which is really exciting.

So far the song has been recorded and we're going to shoot it Sept. 27. The whole thing is due Oct. 8, so I'll probably have it up on Vimeo some time around then.

I've scheduled to record and produce a couple of my buddy CJ's songs, so I'll post those when they're finished.

Okay, time to go to class.

9.07.2008

New Produced Song!

Tyson came over again yesterday and we recorded his new song "See You Like I'd See You."

The song is mainly an acoustic ballad, but I rounded it out with some cool, extra sounds.
As of right now, it's not up on his myspace profile, but it should be later today or so...

Check it out (sometime soon, hopefully):
http://www.myspace.com/tysonfreakingpyles

8.30.2008

New video and song!

It's a two for one day, I guess.

Two new awesome entertain-i-ments this very early morning.

First, watch the video:

Put It Together (Original Song) from Kyle Lowe


Then, listen to my newer song, "Daylight Moon," on my music myspace profile (http://ping.fm/8Ep2q)

And THEN, tell me what you think of the two!

8.29.2008

First week of school: impressions.

So, the first week of school (of my second year, third semester, at Fresno State) has come an by. And here are my impressions.

My first class, Philosophy is crazy. There are some stubborn people in there. It is really funny. Some of the kids in the class don't understand "theoretical" arguments. Today, the class was informed that the class is moving classrooms and buildings. That doesn't make my day easier, but it won't be a big deal.

My drama class is a riot. The teacher is comedian at heart and I don't want to know what happened to make him settle on teaching... Something depressing, I bet. Two friends from high school (and another person from high school that I don't really know) are in the class, so that is nice.

Jazz band should be same old, same old. I didn't do as wells as I wanted at the audition, but that's my own fault for not practicing sight reading over the summer...

I'm excited for my video production class. I originally thought it would be a very technical class (like my last video production class) but the teacher is really enthused about story telling skills rather than technical skills. I feel the same way and am really, really excited in comparison to the really excited about being in the class before the class began.

My writing class, I think, will be fun. Quite a bit of work, but still fun. The prof wants us to memorize some stuff that I think can become difficult, but as long as I'm on top of my game, I'm sure I'll do fine.

My history class is the class I'm a bit worried about. The prof expects the class to read whole 20+ page chapters between Tuesday and Thursday class meetings and have pop (unprepared) quizzes occasionally just to check if students read the chapter. I really need to get on my homework for that class. Oh well. It's GE and needs to be done one way or another.

So I think in general, I'll have a fairly enjoyable semester. We'll see how it goes and if this blog turns into a crazy rant of my school or not...





Unrelated:
I'm working on a new song and it's almost completely to a point that I think is good enough -- an artist's work is never done.

And Tyson and I are going to have another recording session next weekend, so expect a new song from him in a week or two.

But I'll probably post again those songs get posted...

8.26.2008

Photos from the past week!


http://www.flickr.com/photos/kylelowe/sets/72157606974654852/

First two days of school.

So I've gone to my first two days of school. It seems alright.

My first class yesterday (MWF) was PHIL25 and it seems interesting. I'll be learning about arguments (the rationalizing kind, not the emotional kind, I hope)! The prof has a funny accent since English isn't his first language and he learned English in the Midwest. I figure as long as I'm able to follow, I'll do fine.

My second class was DRAMA62. The prof is a big showy guy (I hear most drama teachers are) and seems nice and laid back. I found it funny that Borat is included in our in class movies, but we're supposed to be learning about how entertainment makes a viewer feel, so I guess it is appropriate.

My third class will/should be Jazz Band. I'll have my audition tomorrow. So I'll have to get back to this one later.

My fourth class (and last MWF class) was MCJ115. It is another video production class where I'll get to use Final Cut Pro! I'm really excited to learn more about the program, and I was surprised to hear the prof say that she not only want to merely teach us the program but also to be good story tellers. I like a well told story, and love it when I'm able to tell one.

Today I began my day with MCJ10 (TTh). It's the media writing class that all of the MCJ students have to take. I like writing, so as long as I'm on top of my assignments, I think I'll do well.

Lastly, I ended my second day (of my second year at the university) with HIST12. It'll cover American history from 1877 to present day. It's GE and I hope I can breeze through it and get an A.



So now I have first impressions of my third semester and I think I will enjoy it. I'll have a lot of projects and assignments between them all, but I feel that if I don't fall behind, I'll do great. I just need to not fall behind, which worries me.

Speaking of which, I should get something to eat and then get to the reading assignments...

8.22.2008

Hamlet 2



Last night I previewed Hamlet 2. It was okay. It was funny, but I got the feeling that it didn't decide on what kind of comedy it wanted to be. It wasn't completely a comedy of the sad life of the drama teacher, Dana Marschz, nor was it completely a high brow comedy poking fun at social issues, such as sexualizing Jesus and exploring the idea of "what if Hamlet had a time machine?"

The movie was too uneven in pacing and story to really grab me. The slapstick and demeaning humor was strong and had quite a humorous impact, but didn't make up for the lumpy story.

Verdict: rent it (to spite an old AP English teacher who swears the play Hamlet could not be out done).

Further reading: Testing the Infinite Monkey Probability Theorem

8.19.2008

Music

I just watched this very touching video.


The Archive from Sean Dunne on Vimeo.

That is a dedication to music.

8.15.2008

The Rocker

Last night I saw The Rocker. It rocked.

The movie starts off really off the wall and crazy and lets the sadness of Rainn Wilson's Fish sink in.

It picks up again when learning of his nephew and the band that needs a drummer. A bunch of feel good stuff happens and the band starts doing well. After a while a wrench is thrown into the metaphorical engine that is the band and tests it's strength.

The comedy is strong from Wilson and Jason Sudeikis as the asshole manager. Teddy Geiger plays the angsty teenager well and Emma Stone throws some funny and angst well. I was a little bummed that the nephew, Matt (played by Josh Gad), didn't get as much character development as the rest of the band, but I understand that it probably didn't fit with the pacing...

I enjoyed it a lot. I love comedy and rock, and this did a pretty good job of combining the two (I might even dare say that I enjoyed it more that School Of Rock...).

Favorite line:
"John Lennon is rolling in his grave... To hide the boner you just gave him!"



Unrelated: I just uploaded a new song.
http://kylelowe.muxtape.com/
http://www.myspace.com/theamazingkylelowe
Give it a listen and share your thoughts.

8.14.2008

Kyle and Julian's Musical Adventure In Downtown Fresno.

So my buddy Julian and I decided to check out two open mic nights in Tower/Downtown Fresno last night. The first one we were psyched about. It was in a coffee shop (Javawava) across the street from Fresno High and we assumed it was very teenager friendly.

Unfortunately, when we arrived at the coffee shop at around 6:30, we saw that it was closed for renovations. We assumed it was to prepare for the upcoming school year. I proposed we waited in the Tower District until the second open mic started. The down side was that it wasn't starting for nearly three hours.

I parked behind the Sequoia Brewing Co. and we heard a band playing inside and wanted to check it out. When we walked in, we asked if we could just listen to the band and the girl behind the counter said it was fine and that we could sit where we wanted. But after about a half hour, an older woman came up to us and said, "This is a restaurant, you have to order something to be here..." I don't know if you can read the rudeness in her voice, but we certainly heard it. We ordered drinks to be polite, but we didn't really see what the big deal was, the place was half empty and we would have kindly given up our seats if paying patrons were to come.

When we got bored, we moved on to the Starbucks across the street and just sat in there for a little while. When I got hungry we moved a little further down the street to get nachos at the Bobby Salazar's. When we walked in I went to order food and Julian sat down and watched the evening's DJ setup. After I got the food, Julian was singing along to the song that the DJ was playing and more people were coming and some workers were creating a dance floor. I think Julian wanted to stay and dance, but when I told him it was "Fresno Queer" night he had no issue with us eating the food in my car outside of Starline.

After eating, we still had almost an hour before the open mic started. I pulled out my guitar and we warmed up and contemplated what we would do (we prepared four songs in hopes of doing two open mics in one night) and decided to do Coldplay's Viva La Vida and Aha's Take On Me.

When the doors opened, we hopped first in line and waited for the guy behind the counter to open the register. He asked us our age and we told him we were 19 and he said, "ten bucks." We weren't ready for that. I thought it was two dollars per act, but we found out it was two dollars per person if they were over 21 and minors had to pay 5 because they don't expect minor to buy a $7 drink. I only had three.

We felt pretty beaten and start to turn around and one of the guys behind us asked us why we looked so down and we told him our predicament. He told us that he was the bass player of the house band and he could let us let us in for four. A lady who had heard all of our craziness gave us a dollar and we were in!

We signed up for a 9:45 slot and sat around until our ten minutes of obscurity began. The house band was good, but the room was loud. I had to put my ear plugs (that I carry with me everywhere, yes I'm crazy, I know) in out of hear of damaging my ears further than they already are.

Julian and I were the first group up and we plugged in my keyboard and then my guitar and Julian grabbed a stool and we kicked off Viva La Vida. The mix on the stage was weird and the floor monitors didn't help me much because there were hardly any vocals coming out of them. Call me a diva, but I need to hear my (and my co-singer's) voice(s). I'm a confident guitar player and know what I'm playing, I didn't need to hear it behind me and in front of me, but oh well.

The audience gave us a big applause, which made me happy. Then we kicked into our ballad version of Take On Me ad when the other performers realized what it was they made cheering noises again. I had a hard time doing my harmony to the chorus, but that was only because of the lack of hearing myself to be able to correct if I was a bit off. I was probably on, but the fact that I could hear if I was or wasn't made me timid about it. I guess these open mic places don't expect these kids to do harmonies. I don't know.

After we were done, we started to take stuff back to my car but were interrupted by a drunk Paraguayan (he was Paragayan because he told us, he was drunk because I could smell it on him...) who wanted to tell us about his homeland in comparison to America. I told him we had to go (shooting myself in the foot for going back and hearing other acts in the process) to end the barely comprehendible conversation.

So Julian and I sped off back to Clovis, calling it a night.

Quote of the evening:
*Sitting in the back of Kyle's dad's car*
Kyle: I have to pee.
Julian: Well it is downtown Fresno... Just find a corner that already smells like piss and go (Italicized words are a Kyle interpretation of what would have been said next).


In conclusion:
Will I do it again? Maybe. Will I bring a medium sized group of friends next time. Yes.

8.13.2008

Muppets!

So, my sis stumbled upon these.

















The Muppets made it to the internet age. How awesome?

These look like they're official, but each video (minus the heckles...) is hosted by someone different, usually representing the main character of the short.

Pretty awesome.

Tropic Blunder

No, the play on words does not refer to the movie.

Film Metro let me down and supplied me with bad tickets. The tickets stated the showing was Aug 12, when in actuality the screening happened the night before.

Fortunately, this accident happened to quite a few people, and I now have tickets for a sneak preview of The Rocker later this week.

So check back Thursday night or Friday morning for my review of The Rocker.

I was a little bummed out, but now I am really excited.

8.11.2008

Pilot

Here's a pilot for a show my sis is making and I'm helping with:



Thoughts? Comments? Suggestions? Share.

Clone Wars

I just saw Star Wars: Clone Wars tonight. It was pretty awesome. I'm still partial to the Cartoon Network Clone Wars cartoon, but the movie was still very entertaining.
I do have a few gripes though (warning: spoilers):

Firstly, no intro scroll.
For me, it's not a Star Wars movie without a scroll. The Cartoon Network Clone Wars didn't have a scroll, but it was only an hour long each season. Forgiven there, not here. This feature length film replaced the scroll with a narrative intro that just didn't satisfy me.

Second, lost continuity.
This film falls into the Clone Wars timeline fairly well as far as I can tell without looking up an online timeline. Although, it conflicts with some of the elements from the Cartoon Network version. I loved how the Cartoon Network version led perfectly into the third movie and this one led on to more stories which I recently found out will be supplemented by a weekly television show... I know I won't be able to keep up.

Third, weak and strong voice acting.
I loved that Christopher Lee, Samuel L. Jackson, and Anthony Daniels (and Matthew Wood?) all voiced their respective characters for this movie, but the big question is "will they commit to a weekly television show?" If so, great, but if they can't I fear the quality will only further diminish. I also was very disappointed in the choice of voice acting for Anakin. The actor gave Anakin a strength that isn't seen in the movies (or is it that I am disappointed in Hayden Christensen's portrayal of Anakin, I don't know...). The actor voicing Obi-Wan did a good job, capturing the timbre and pacing of both Sir Alec Guinness and Ewan McGregor.

Fourth, new character.
I took a day to write this because I wanted to let the new character sink in a bit, but I'm still indifferent about the new character to the Star Wars Universe. Ahsoka Tano is Anakin's new padawan and is almost like Anakin except female, and non human. Generally the vibe I get from this is to make Anakin grow up, but from the movies there wasn't much growth from Anakin between episondes II and III, so it doesn't really work for me. That and the weird nick names they use throughout the movie once she arrives. She calls Anakin "Skyguy" and R2D2 "Artooey," I'm just not ready for such a change in the Star Wars universe I guess.


All in all, the movie is a good Star Wars romp, but for die hard SW fans it could disappoint. But I think it's too late, Lucas put his stamp of approval on it and now we just have to live with it. I guess I can embrace it.

Tomorrow: Tropic Thunder.

8.08.2008

The Vimeo Versions

Here's the videos again from vimeo instead of youtube.

I just happen to like vimeo's quality and layout more.


Kyle Lowe - Viva La Vida Cover from Kyle Lowe on Vimeo.


The Staff from Kyle Lowe on Vimeo.

Let me know what you think!

8.07.2008

Two videos in one day? Crazy.

I guess I've been productive today!

Here's the second video I've upload (and created completely) today!


View in HIGH QUALITY


Vimeo is still down. So once I upload them there, I'll replace these silly lofi youtube embeds.

Sorry youtube, I've fallen out of love with you and now just use you when I have to.
(Actually, I double upload almost all my videos now and I still get more viewers on youtube. The subscription service and out reach is still better on youtube, I guess...)

Kung Fu

Here's a new video I made with my buddies Stephen and Eric:


http://www.vimeo.com/1487330

Let me know what you think!

8.01.2008

New Song!

I just uploaded a new chiptune/song to my music myspace profile:
http://www.myspace.com/theamazingkylelowe
It's titled "Bird"

Give it a listen and tell me what you think!

And on wednesday Jason, Todd, Gilbert and I had a band practice (first in a few months) and rocked out some awesome songs (mainly ons from my myspace profile).

We're gonna use my new 8 channel interface and record some demos and try to get some gigs around town! Super exciting!

But we can't decide on a band name... I've suggested:
Greetings From Babylon
Bazil The Great
Late Brokers
Beethoven's Editor

And Jason has come up with:
Actual Size
Boysincherries (a spin of boysenberries...)

What should we go with?

7.29.2008

Dr. Horrible.

Seriously, if you haven't watched this yet, you really should.

Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog - Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog


but it's best from iTunes (until it's released on dvd). It's amazing.

Watch it, buy it, love it.

7.28.2008

Video!

Here's a video from the gig on saturday!!!


Kyle Lowe - Interesting from Kyle Lowe on Vimeo.


Tell me what you think!

7.27.2008

Caffé e Via Gig

I played a pretty awesome show last night at the Caffé e Via in Hanford. It was awesome because of the crowd (what did you think I was gonna say? "It was awesome because of me"? I'm not that vain. My cousin's band Kill Mike Love put together an amazing set preceded by amazingness of Zach and his sister, Missy, and Bo (I think that's how he spells it...).

Here are some pictures my sister, dad and I took of the awesomeness:


I'll post a video once I upload it to vimeo and youtube.

7.26.2008

Trailer!

My cousin Dustin Heald is a make up and special effects artist. He specializes in gore.

Here's a trailer he recently worked on:
Staunton Hill Trailer







I also just saw Batman: The Dark Knight, in the local IMAX theater. I felt like the whole world had seen the movie before me... And everyone had been talking the movie up, I was expecting a magnificent opus of movi-cal performance and ended up almost disappointed. Bastards were talking the movie up to be something that had never been awesomed before and I am upset with them *coughbrandonanddelainecough*! And Brandon is a sick and twisted person (although not as much as the Joker is perceived to be) and insisted on ruining some of the best secrets of the movie.

Oh well. Stuff on an IMAX screen is just awesome regardless of spoiled secrets. At least I can one up him and say I saw it on an awesomer screen that him.






I have a gig tonight! Very exciting! I'm opening up for my other cousin's band again, Kill Mike Love

This time in a coffee shop in Hanford.

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Check it!

7.22.2008

pics

Here are some pics from today:


And here's a video of my cute little cousin:



The pics are from the train station picking up my friends who went to WYD 2008 in Australia. They got to see the pope and a bunch of other cool stuff. I don't know if they're going to upload their pics, but if they do I'll post a link to them...

7.20.2008

New Song.

I uploaded a new tune to my myspace profile:
http://www.myspace.com/theamazingkylelowe

It's a sudo-chiptune. I stole some ideas from The Postal Service, Once, and some melancholy love songs. Imitation is the best kind of flattery, or so I hear. It's called "Pertfect (A Boy Of Misunderstanding)"

I really want feedback on it. Likes, dislikes, suggestions, etc.

And it can be downloaded and put onto an iPod, into iTunes, etc!

Thanks!

7.19.2008

Strange Day in San Jose

Hey, that rhymes! I totally didn't plan that.

Yesterday Nicole and I drove to San Jose, CA to see Coldplay perform in the HP Pavilion. The drive there wasn't bad. Traffic was pretty low and the roads were pretty clear from Fresno to San Jose. We got there pretty early and decided to kill some time in the San Jose downtown area (and I totally forgot to bring my camera this time, so no pictures of downtown San Jose).

We decided to peek into the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library part of the SJSU campus. I took a nap and Nicole spent some quality time with her iPod. When we decided we were hungry, we got up and back to my car and started to take off towards the venue. While driving I noticed there was a paper under my windshield wiper. I was really hoping it was just an advertisement of some sort, but of course when we finally stop I grabbed it and found out it was a parking ticket from our library metered park. I now owe the city of San Jose $28 for a parking job that no police person in Fresno would have given a second glance (and quite frankly was better than most parking jobs in Fresno). The ticket said I was 35% too far forward for my alloted parking spot, and because I had left before I realized I have received a ticket, I couldn't give myself a second opinion (not that I would contest it anyway...).

So I parked in the arena parking area (for $10, still cheaper than parking in front of that library...) and Nicole and I walk to get a late lunch/early dinner (once again forgetting my camera...). We were attacked by a Greenpeace street team and I really support their work, but because I knew I was going to have to pay a ticket, I didn't feel like handing out money at that time (I felt like an ass). We got some food then headed back to the car to get ready for some Coldplay! During our walk we ended up next to a guy who asked where the HP Pavilion was and we asked him if he was here to see Coldplay. He told us that he saw them the night before in LA and it was just a coincidence that they were both in San Jose the next day! The best part was, he didn't see them at an official tour stop, a friend of his won a contest and Coldplay played their songs in her backyard! Über jealous!

But I had incorrectly planned my need for fecal facilities and found myself really needing to pee with no facilities near. I walked a block (because I wasn't quite ready to head into the HP Pavilion) to find absolutely no restrooms in sight. So I ran back to the car, each step a painful jab to my bladder, and used a Starbucks cup from earlier that day. I was clean and tidy about it and even used some hand sanitizer afterward that I had remembered to bring.

Nicole and I made our way to the HP Pavilion and ran into Todd and Chris who were also in San Jose from Fresno to see some Coldplay. The concert was awesome. The band was in top notch condition and tore through a balanced choice of songs from their four studio LPs. A majority of their set did come from their latest "Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends" but that's a given since this tour is in support of that album. Chris Martin occasionally forgot lyrics during songs and quickly apologized at the end of each song that it had occurred. Instead of screens behind the band, hanging globes in the center of the arena had images cast upon them, creating a fisheye effect to the video displayed.

After the concert Nicole and I drove home safely arriving back in Fresno about 2 in the morning.







Completely separate note:

I just watched Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. I think it's awesome.

It can be streamed here:
http://www.drhorrible.com/
for a limited time, or purchased on iTunes. I think it will be released on DVD too.

It's a three act musical surrounding the super villain Dr. Horrible and it's hilarious.

Watch it!

7.15.2008

Winnah!

I won an online contest!

I signed up for a random drawing from SPIN.com. I like to enter, but I've never won before. This is pretty cool. The prize was a free, signed Futureheads 7" vinyl.

I feel bad, because I don't actually have the latest Futureheads album.

Oh well. I'm totally gonna go listen to it.

the prize.

package "FTW!"

That's some pretty awesome return address...

7.13.2008

Back Home

Finally. There were some scary accidents out on the road.

I took a ton of pics and here are a few:


I got to play my cousin's accordion. It was pretty bomb. I rocked that thing, but my back hurts from that combined with sitting in a minivan for four plus hours...

Okay, so let me know if there are likes or dislikes on the pics!

7.11.2008

Vacation

I'm on vacation. Luckily there is some internet, but I only have it for a day. Boo. Hotels, motels, inns, etc really need to implement free internet everywhere. It's just not right to have to pay for it.

I'm still waiting to update my iPod Touch to firmware 2.0. I really want to try out some new apps. But I really shouldn't spend anymore money since I bought a new recording interface.

I'm in Sonoma county with a bunch of my family. Going on big family vacations is fun, but it takes so long to get anything done, but I enjoy taking a lot of pictures. I'll post them soon.

7.10.2008

Waiting.

I feel like I've been waiting.

For everything.

I bought a new recording interface, but had to take it back because the headphone jack was messed up and I just wanted another one, but the store didn't have another one. So, I have to wait until they get a new one.



But I did record a demo for a new project that Jason Wada and I are gonna start. It will be a musical project about stuff in the news. I feel optimistic. Well here's the demo:
http://www.mediafire.com/?wyt19i1u0oc
I don't really know how it's gonna turn out in the end, but I'm excited.

And while I'm at it, here's another link to my e.p. that I'm hosting up for free download:
http://www.mediafire.com/?vybtixgnz2s



My buddy spent the night at my house, because his parents were really upset with him. It was interesting.

I haven't been able to take many pictures or shoot anything lately, but I plan to this weekend.

7.05.2008

Video From Gig

Here's some of the video my dad shot at the show at Fatte Albert's on thursday:

Kill Mike Love - "Clockwork" and "Somewhere Across Town"


Kyle Lowe - Take On Me


Kyle Lowe - "Sinking Ship" and "Ahead of Her Time"


And I still have tshirts to sell. See the picture of my aunt in the previous post. $10 (+shipping if needed) a shirt! Let me know what you want!

7.04.2008

Gig and 4th of July

My gig last night went really well. Unfortunately no one took any pictures. My dad shot some video, so I'll be editing and uploading that tomorrow or the day after.

I got my shirts from Jesse and they're pretty sweet. I'm selling them for $10 a shirt an I have smalls, mediums, and larges left. Let me know if you want a shirt, and if they need be mailed, I'll do that some how. I just really need the money since I bought those and the recording equipment. Luckily my dad lent me money (instead of putting it on credit, etc) to buy the gear, but I really need to pay him back (and I'd rather do that with tshirt revenue rather than completely out of pocket).



Today was the fourth of July, Unites States Independence from England and what not. I personally think a lot of the historical relevance has been bogged and lost, but it's always a good day for picture taking.

6.29.2008

Flier

I have a gig on thursday! I'm so excited! I'm opening up for my cousin's band Kill Mike Love.

Here's a flier:
2008-07-03 Flier

And a map:

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And tomorrow, I have an interview with a local Jamba Juice. My buddy Joey helped my score an interview, thanks again Joey! So there will probably be either a really happy blog post or sad post tomorrow...

That and the guys at local CBS affiliate emailed me and told me there's a position they're considering me for. Also very exciting.

Downside to either potential jobs: waking up early. Needed to be at the news station at 4:30am for the morning news or opening up the Jamba Juice at 5:30am. Oh well. If I get either (or both) jobs I'll just bite my lip and get it done.

Why? Because I just spent $485 dollars on more recording equipment. So I really need to get that money back quick. Oh, the equipment is totally worth the price, but my unemployment funds are running low and need to be replenished. Otherwise I'll slowly go from unemployed status to homeless status if my parents don't like the "poor" and "mooch"-ness inside me.

So to recap:
homelessness≤unemployment≤employment

And go to my gig! And buy my new tshirts (pic soon) and help me avoid homelessness!

Wii-Make Vimeo Edition

Last year, Jason Wada and I entered a video for the Motion City Soundtrack lipsync contest. We didn't win, but we're really proud of the video. It's less of a lipsync and more a of a remake (Wii-Make!) and the original music video is inset in the video.

Today I uploaded it to Vimeo, just because I like Vimeo's embed function more.

Here it is:

This Is For Real Wii-Make from Kyle Lowe on Vimeo.


Watch it, favorite it, embed it to your website or blog or profile, but most of all love it.

6.28.2008

Dim Sum

My extended family went out to Dim Sum for lunch today.

Here's the pics:

HR7/Head Rush

I went and saw my friends' band last night and they rock.

Here's some pictures I took:


And check out their myspace page:
http://www.myspace.com/myheadrush

They put on a mean live show, it's great!

6.27.2008

Late June Photos



Tell me what you think!

Seriously...

I haven't gotten a single video view in the past three days on Vimeo!

Not a single one.

And the line graph on my youtube account is drooping too!

I suggest you take some time and sit down and watch some of my videos.

http://www.vimeo.com/kylelowe
http://www.youtube.com/kylelowe

New ones, old ones. It's all cool.

Please watch.

I'm begging you.

Too much of my self esteem relies on it...


Oh and listen to my music while you're at it.

http://www.myspace.com/theamazingkylelowe

I have a gig next thursday in Hanford opening up for my cousin's band. I'll post more when as it gets closer.

And I'm getting tshirts to sell! (thanks to Jesse: http://www.myspace.com/unclejscreenprinting)

I'll post pics once they're in!

6.20.2008

Concert Review: Paisley

I saw the Brad Paisley tour stop today here in Fresno, California. The Paisley Party was quite a rambunctious bunch. Now, I'm not a contemporary country fan, but my dad wanted to go and I'm always down for some speed yodeling and some bluesy guitar solos.

The show started punctually at 7:30 just like my ticket stub said. The opening act was Julianne Hough and I guess she was on Dancing with the Stars... I don't watch the show nor do I regularly listen to country radio, so I was out of the loop, but her set was nice. Her bass player played a new Fender five string Precision bass. I was a bit jealous... Oh well.

The next opening act was Chuck Wicks. Once again, another country act I had never heard of. The ladies in the crowd went crazy for him, but I felt he looked like he was just going through the motions and bit worn out (probably from constant touring).

Then my second reason for going, Jewel. She had a very nice performance mixing in her late nineties hits with her new "country" songs. I really think that "Country Jewel" = Jewel + Lap Steel Guitar... but some might disagree. Right at the end she gave me what I wanted: a little taste of her "speed yodeling." It was awesome. I'm a sucker for oddball stuff like that. Yodeling and Glockenspiels and Theremins, ah my life would be complete...

Brad Paisley had quite an amazing set. His screen behind him was very sharp and it was used amazingly. Right at the beginning there seemed to be a silhouette of Paisley rising from a trap door of the stage, then BAM all the lights flash and he was magically at the front of the stage! It took me a few moments before I realized what had happened. Then later, he sang his duet song with a video and audio recording of Allison Krauss, my dad quickly leaned over to me and stated, "Wait, she's on tour with Robert Plant right now..." With Paisley standing next to the life size reproduction of Krauss, it was fairly believable. Paisley's final time shifted duet was with B.B. King on his bluesy jam of a finale. The video of King said "Streaming Live Via Satellite from Las Vegas" in the corner, although I'm sure it was a recording, Still awesome either way. I loves me some blues.

There's more stuff to it, but overall, I'm really satisfied with the concert. I had a good time and the music-tainment (highly choreographed/insanely pre-planned) was fun.

So I've come to realize: I would really like to be a touring guitar player or bass player for any of these big solo artists. Rock, blues, jazz, country, rock; I don't care, I can play it all (I'm not vain, I swear). I know they prep for about three months to get their entire stage performance etched into their minds, I would do that. I would love to tour the country, have the newest and coolest gear and possibly have the opportunity to eventually play my own music in front of lots of people some day.

You hear that record companies and touring industry? Guitar/bass player for hire! I'd much rather blog about that than sit around twiddling my thumbs and just blogging about concerts I see.

*sigh* Someday...



Well, in the now, I'm helping with a little performance/jam session for a friend. He was put in charge of entertainment for a little church fundraiser dinner and wanted to put together a band. It's really unorganized and I'm not really sure how the quality of the entertainment will be, but I'm have a worthwhile amount of fun jamming with friends. It should work out just fine.

There's also a film production company rolling through town next month and I'm going to try to snag a position as a Production Assistant or something. The only bummer is that the interview time runs into the setup time for the church dinner thing... I'm going to have to do some amazing time balancing to fit it all in.

For next month, Nicole and I have ticket for the Coldplay concert in San Jose. I'm very excited. So, there will probably be another concert review post next month-or-so. Yay for Coldplay!

6.19.2008

Bosco (similar to Basco)!

The dog!



Kudos to you if you know what I'm talking about.

6.18.2008

Dogs and GameBoys!


My Dog and I from Kyle Lowe on Vimeo.

I made the music with my GameBoy! It's the Music Tech 2.0 from Pixelh8. Sure it costed $60, but it was totally worth it. You can listen to and download the track on my music Myspace profile.
http://www.myspace.com/theamazingkylelowe

Let me know what you think!

6.15.2008

Star Wars Parodies

So this is the silly little video I made with action figures:



And these are the ones my sister made:







Yeah, they're pretty juvenile.