Flier of the Week!

1:21 PM / Posted by makeout point / comments (0)

Hey, neat! The Westword picked our flier for this week's showcase -- read the blurb here. Come see us at the show this Saturday night at the Meadowlark. Doors at 9. See you there!


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Give the gift of music

4:52 PM / Posted by makeout point / comments (0)

We're about finished making the cases for our Demo.




It took a lot of cutting, ironing, sewing, blood sweat and tears, but it was all worth it. Nothing against the jewel case, but these are pretty rad. You also get liner notes and the three tracks recorded this fall at The Furnace Room. Thanks to everyone who worked on these with us.

We'll be selling them at our upcoming shows ($5.00 each) until we run out. Come for the show, stay for the merch (or something).

If you can't make it to the shows and would like to buy a copy, we'd be glad to send you one. Contact us at makeoutpoint09@gmail.com and we'll figure something out.

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Cool! Reviews!

3:36 PM / Posted by makeout point / comments (0)

Thanks to the Westword for a couple write-ups!

We hope to have the video done soon and we'll have our demos (in handmade soft cases) at our first show at the Meadowlark on the 12!

Upcoming Video Write-up
and
Demo Review

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Psychedelic Ranger, Vol I

1:22 PM / Posted by makeout point / comments (0)

What the hell is going on with this blog, anyway? Well I'm taking a break from online tests, listening to The Clean anthology CD's which Patrick burned for me. And it's inspired me to ramble on about a great number of things...

We have all been crazy busy lately, between band practices and work. And I'm being slowly numbed on the inside by adult education, so I guess you can call that busy. This week we didn't practice on Wednesday because we're in the midst of a huge snowstorm here in Denver. It's been snowing for two days straight and I think it's safe to say now that Halloween is gonna be super shitty. The band has started to book shows, which has been a blast so far, honestly. The first show we booked is for December 12th with Green Typewriters at The Meadowlark. We are fucking mega hyped.

The band actually started in February or March of 2009, so it's been a long time coming. I'm happy to say that so far everyone I've been talking to - the promoters, the bands and booking people have been super nice. And some of them are just out-of-control nice. Who knew that selling out was going to be so rewarding emotionally?

Oh also, our demo is now available on iTunes and Emusic for download. If you buy MP3's, please leave comments and let us know what you think! There will be physical copies, we're actually making them sometime real soon. Within the next few weeks. It's gonna be a CD-R with a lyric sheet inside of a handmade sewn case, should be pretty cool. I'll post info when they are done.

Last weekend, we filmed our first video (for "Falling In") and it was absolutely nuts. For the past few months I have been saving boxes in my garage in Wheat Ridge, hoping to use them for this idea I had. Well after a few weeks of inhaling paint fumes and misusing the staple gun, I finally got my my project off the ground. or onto the ground. Whatever. This is a project that I've been working on for a really long time, so to finally see it come to fruition has been amazing. I got the idea to build this city from my favorite library book when I was little. It was a book that showed you all these pictures of how they made old Godzilla movies, using models and matte paintings. I was fascinated by this book, it was absurd. I would check it out over and over and over and just study the pictures.

Saturday was the day of the video shoot, and we realized suddenly that none of us had a working video camera. So after we all went over to Target and Michelle bought one, we unloaded all the gear into the garage and set up. We tried doing lots of funny shots in the city, but it's kind of hard to be funny when you're standing in a cardboard city and 8 people are watching you try to break dance with a hammer. Then we played the song about 9 times and tried to hear ourselves.




Yeah, we put the boxes on our heads and played. It was radical. I'm not sure why. We had two cameras rolling the entire time, in the hopes that Tom could just cobble together enough footage to actually make a music video. haha. Somebody asked me if the city was supposed to be Denver and my official answer to that is "uhhhhhh, I dunno". I thought about it, but the notion of making a cash register building out of cardboard just didn't appeal to my greater sensibility. Michelle mentioned that it might be cool to hang on to all the props and bring them to a house show. So, if anybody reading this wants to throw a house party and you have room for us and our miniatures, let us know. I should mention that only the city is miniature though. The band is quite large when we're put together in the same room.

Radical party,

Anthony.

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Virtual Mix Tape #3

8:27 AM / Posted by makeout point / comments (0)


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(Originalphoto by Jordan Trout)

I struggled with this since I just naturally over-analyze. I tried to compile a list of songs by theme, by a shared lyric, by message, but I really don't have the time for that junk. Instead, this is just a compilation of songs that I enjoy. Simple as that. I enjoy: fast beats, slow guitar, soundscapes, noise and ambiance, attitude, cuteness and (most of all) anything I can sing along with.

1. The Raveonettes - Hallucinations
2. Sybris - Hobo Detail Shop
3. The Kills - Last Day of Magic
4. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Young Adult Friction
5. Pelican - Sirius
6. Modest Mouse - Dramamine
7. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - 10 x 10
8. The Blow - Fists Up!
9. All Girl Summer Fun Band - It's There
10. Wanda Jackson - Hot Dog! That Made Him Mad
11. Laura Veirs - Pink Light
12. Bowerbirds - In Our Talons
13. Hanne Hukkelberg - Searching
14. Minus the Bear - Pachuca Sunrise (acoustic version)
15. Patsy Cline - Three Cigarettes in an Ashtray
16. Pretty Girls Make Graves - Bullet Charm

1. The Raveonettes - Hallucinations
Noise. Love.

2. Sybris - Hobo Detail Shop
I saw this Chicago band in 2005. Dartanian (local Denver band) opened for them (well, I think they opened). It wasn't such a great paring considering the leaps between genres and I think we (the fanatical followers of Dartanian) kind of freaked them out. Still Sybris were great to watch live and I loved the way that singer/guitarist Angela Mullenhour's lyrics slide out with a slight growl. I remember being totally lost in their music by the end of the first song -- I think they won all of us over during that set.

3. The Kills - Last Day of Magic
I think I hate this band but keep finding myself listening to a few tracks off their 2008 release: Midnight Boom. For two people, they are pretty loud and I can appreciate that. Plus, this song is catchy.

4. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Young Adult Friction
Anthony actually introduced me to this band and they are 100% up my alley. Also, I had no idea that this was their second single from their 2009 release until I just read that on Wikipedia. Huh. I guess I just have a good ear for A side songs.

5. Pelican - Sirius
This is a really girly song: A+. Seriously though, this is one of those great instrumentals that's amazing to drive to in a snowstorm.

6. Modest Mouse - Dramamine
Speaking of stuff that's good to drive to, this is another one of those songs, but it's more of a late autumn afternoon type of song than a winter one. Plus, it's really depressing and beautiful at the same time.

7. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - 10 x 10
I just really like the Is Is EP. Karen O is probably my favorite female vocalist and the yeah yeah yeahs are my favorite trio. Their songs are amazingly rich and solid and I think this is a really great example of something seemingly simple can rock most other shit under the table (or to bed -- whatever cliche works better for you).

8. The Blow - Fists Up!
The Blow, based out of Portland, doesn't give a shit about music. Well, maybe a bit. The music is just a small part of the art. I think it's just meant to accompany the visual creations and performance.

9. All Girl Summer Fun Band - It's There
Portland again. Cute. Bubble Gum. Adorable cuddlecore.

10. Wanda Jackson - Hot Dog! That Made Him Mad
More cute (rockabilly this time) from the 1950's. Wanda should probably be remembered for more than just dating Elvis for a short time because you can definitely her her influence on him.

11. Laura Veirs - Pink Light
Singer-songwriter-y. Ex roommate Jordan just introduced me to this chick last week and she's been getting a lot of play (on my personal music devices) since then.

12. Bowerbirds - In Our Talons
I like that this song is kind of like... sailor music (sailor music is pretty awesome) with a heavy dose of folk. So are group vocals (that aren't in the hardcore sense) since these ones aren't horribly cheesy. There's also an accordion, jerks.

13. Hanne Hukkelberg - Searching
She reminds me a bit of Bjork meets Joanna Newsome meets Billie Holliday... in Norway. Hukkelberg experiments with a lot of non-traditional instruments and found sounds.

14. Minus the Bear - Pachuca Sunrise (acoustic version)
Digging this acoustic version of Pachuca Sunrise (originally from 2005's Menos el Oso).

15. Patsy Cline - Three Cigarettes in an Ashtray
She wears heartache with class, like it's a silk dress.

16. Pretty Girls Make Graves - Bullet Charm
In my opinion, one of the best album ending songs.

(Can you tell I totally burnt out about halfway?)

- Laura

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Virtual Mix Tape #2

7:18 PM / Posted by makeout point / comments (0)




















I'm trying my hand at a mix tape this week. Enjoy. - Patrick

01. Pavement – Fight This Generation
02. Big Dipper – Faith Healer
03. Caribou – Bees
04. John Cooper Clarke – Conditional Discharge
05. XTC - Roads Girdle the Globe
06. Richard Hell and the Voidoids - Liars Beware
07. Television Personalities - Jackanory Stories
08. Orange Juice – Blue Boy
09. The Monks – I Can't Get Over You
10. Mahmoud Ahmed – Aynotche Terabu
11. Josef K – Endless Soul
12. Love – A House Is Not a Motel
13. The Raincoats – In Love
14. Sonic Youth – Pacific Coast Highway
15. Women – Shaking Hand
16. The Clientele - From a Window
17. Bert Jansch - It Don't Bother Me



I can't think of much to say about most of these songs, so I'll hand it over to Thurston:

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Virtual Mix Tape #1

2:21 PM / Posted by makeout point / comments (0)




hello hello. The band is gonna give a crack at doing virtual mix tapes. Each of us uploads an hour of music that we love. Since I'm sick as a dog, sitting at home doing nothing, I get to go first!

~Anthony.

01. Alessandro Alessandroni - Aliante Giallo
02. Entrance - Lookout!
03. The Pretenders - Space Invaders
04. Haunted Graffiti - Young Pilot Astray
05. Grouper - Heavy Water / I'd Rather Be Sleeping
06. Rubies - Room Without A Key
07. Swervedriver - Never Lose That Feeling
08. City Center - Killer Whale
09. Joni Mitchell - Talk To Me
10. Washed Out - Belong
11. Chameleons UK - Up The Down Escalator
12. Echo & The Bunnymen - The Killing Moon
13. Neulander - If You Could
14. LSD & The Search For God - Backwards
15. The Sound - Cold Beat
16. The Bats - Made Up In Blue
17. Beach Boys - Sail On Sailor
18. Nerve City - Living Wage

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The Furnace Room, Pt. I

4:17 PM / Posted by makeout point / comments (0)

Yesterday we had our first recording session The Furnace Room. We were able to complete three songs (other than some background vocals, which we'll finish up soon). Trevor has agreed to be our George Martin, a position he will surely regret one day. Soon... audio.



Godzilla, meet Cheeseman.


Michelle


Cheese and Patrick


Anthony


Laura


The Furnace Room


The green room

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every setting sun

5:18 PM / Posted by makeout point / comments (0)

...Smarter than the average bear

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After practice on Saturday, we took some photos at Michelle's. This was our first time taking pictures as a band, so it was a big step. You know. So we go outside, and Michelle's neighbor takes about 30 pictures of us, and it was quiet pretty much the entire time.















As you can see, this shit is old news to us. We're professionals. That's right, we're professionals. So anyway, out of thirty pictures, you'd think one of them would turn out decent. But then we learned that to be photogenic is to be blessed by the ancient gods of the sea. Here's the last piece of evidence, officer=















In unrelated news, we are recording in a few weeks! Hooray! On August 23rd, we're going to record three songs with my friend Trevor Morris who runs The Furnace Room in Denver. He's pretty much the best engineer to work with EVER, and he wasn't cleaning any shit out his sink that weekend, so it was a win-win situation! He also has a large collection of books and records to browse from, and ample reading material in his bathroom, for all of you curious-types. This is our first recording, other than 4-track stuff from practice, so we're pretty hyped. We decided to do something like The Smiths or a 60's pop group, by recording just two or three songs at a time. We'll post some songs and pictures from that for sure. Ciao, Anthony.

intro / bust

8:13 PM / Posted by makeout point / comments (0)

When I look back on our past transgressions I am reminded of a few that made us feel so cool But we were young and we were just pretending How could I know you would be leaving us so soon And oh I just don’t knowLike the one that brings me down Is I won’t see you there at the show tomorrow What comes over me is emptiness and sorrow And oh I just don’t know how this could be...

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