Brian Southall’s Weblog

Just another WordPress.com weblog

lists

leave a comment »

in no particular order

ten albums that shaped the way i play guitar:

choke – needless to say

pearl jam – vs

the suicide machines – destruction by definition

the get up kids – four minute mile

mock orange – nines and sixes

mineral – end serenading

rage against the machine – s/t

refused – the shape of punk to come

deftones – adrenaline

cave in – beyond hypothermia

ten albums that shaped the way i play drums:

huey lewis and the news – sports

nirvana – nevermind

dave matthews band – under the table and dreaming

green day – dookie

the suicide machines – destruction by definition

braid – frame and canvas

refused – the shape of punk to come

mock orange – nines and sixes

choke – needless to say

pearl jam – vs


Written by briansouthall

September 4, 2009 at 9:34 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

so this is the new year (sweet harmony on year)

with 4 comments

so here it is.

i spent my new year alone, working on music, and im pretty damn content with that.

maybe im a cynic, maybe im jaded, who knows, but i just dont care as much anymore about the traditional things that we are supposed to get excited about every year.  im not saying that i dont enjoy a good new years party, dont get me wrong, just saying i dont have that feeling in me anymore where i tell myself that i must go out.  a quiet night at home with some headphones was perfect for me.

so here’s a life update.

i spent most of december with strangers, writing and recording music and it was awesome.

the beginning of the month i was in seattle, with a new project called Isles and Glaciers (www.myspace.com/islesandglaciers).  we recorded 5 songs with Casey Bates (www.caseybates.com) in Shoreline, WA.  im currently trying to wrap up the 5th song with some extra production, then itll get a final mix and be sent off for mastering.  ideally this will be out in March, and we may just try to play a show… more info on that when i know im allowed to talk about it.

next i flew back to michigan, spent a day in bed, and then packed up the car for a 3-4 drive “up north”, as we say in michigan.  i drove with my new pal Nick Martin and my old pal Brad Bell, up to Luther, MI.  we took this trip to hang out and work on some music in a cabin.  im not sure if im allowed to talk too much about this so i will keep it short.  lets just say we wrote 10 songs in about 3 days, spent some time at the only bar in Luther, and a deer ran into my car.  great times.

so now ive had 2 weeks or so to chill out at home.  im about to start writing an album for a new friend… this will be my first time writing, recording, and producing an entire album.  i couldnt be more stoked.  more info on this will come once its all official.

at the end of january, Fordirelifesake will be heading back to Japan, 6 years later, for one final tour.  we got the offer right as we were working out the last show.  we felt like it would be very foolish to pass on this, so we’re going to take one more trip, then the band will be dead forever.

when we get back, i will be meeting some new people, and doing my best to produce a 5-6 song demo for them.  should be really cool.  they are a great band and i hope i can capture this right.

then in march, i am most likely going out tour managing and playing with Craig Owens, on his solo tour.  should be really fun.  im excited to spend some time with good people.

also in march, march 14th to be exact, my cousin Dave is getting married, and im the best man.  stoked, honored, excited, and terrified.  i keep having dreams where i forget to write a speech and i freeze up.  hope i can pull it together.

so i think thats it… thats my life up until mid april…good stuff

Written by briansouthall

January 1, 2009 at 6:52 am

Posted in Uncategorized

my favorite poem

leave a comment »

love's function is to fabricate unknownness

(known being wishless;but love,all of wishing)
though life's lived wrongsideout,sameness chokes oneness
truth is confused with fact,fish boast of fishing

and men are caught by worms(love may not care
if time totters,light droops,all measures bend
nor marvel if a thought should weigh a star
—dreads dying least;and less,that death should end)

how lucky lovers are)whose selves abide
under whatever shall discovered be)
whose ignorant each breathing dares to hide
more than most fabulous wisdom fears to see

(who laugh and cry)who dream,create and kill
while the world moves;and every part stands still:

Written by briansouthall

December 13, 2008 at 6:47 am

Posted in Uncategorized

stu stu studio

with one comment

ive been having this dream since ive been in the studio… twice now.. but the first time was minimal.  im at my parents house, and i walk into what used to be my bedroom, and my dog is starring into the corner, and i look in the corner and theres like some sort of strangeness going on, which i assume is about to materialize into a ghost or something… the first time i just woke up i think, but last night was different.

same situation, i come in, dog is starring into the corner, i look, it looks weird, then all of a sudden im hearing really loud noises and the phone rings and immediately goes to the answering machine… the answering machine picks up and i hear a really old sounding recording saying ” all employees please evacuate the area” over and over… obviously im freaked out in the dream, and i run out and look out the front window and two huge trucks are pulling into the driveway.  at this point im thinking some ghost has my back and is trying to get me out of here alive, but i was so creeped out i had to wake myself up.

then after i had this dream where there were scorpions in my bed, and when i jumped up, they just kept coming at me.  if i tried to step on them they would jump around and shit.  it sucked.

stupid dreams.

last night was great in the studio, we tracked a lot of guitars, and i had about 12 beers and did some weird stuff that i think is probably going to be pretty cool.  i think we do some bass today and maybe some more guitars.

Written by briansouthall

December 7, 2008 at 7:00 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

back in the studio

with one comment

today marks day 1 of work on a brand new project.  im in seattle (near seattle), recording in casey bates studio, with some new friends.

woke up yesterday at 4:30 am, sarah drove me to the airport, flight left at 7:20 am, eastern… landed at like 11:00 am pacific… tired as fuck.  met 1 guy who i had only talked to online, and 3 other guys who i had never talked to ever.  luckily everyone was into old fat wreck chords stuff, so now we are all friends.

sitting in the control room now, working on finishing up the songs so we can keep rolling.  the plan is 5 songs, 10 days.. its going to be ridiculous but i think we can do it.  should be fun.

once i know its cool to actually talk details, ill stop being so vague

Written by briansouthall

December 4, 2008 at 6:38 am

Posted in Uncategorized

everything in its right place

with one comment

im laying in bed, in a holiday inn express, in state college, pa.  i think thats actually the name of the town, but maybe im totally blowing it.  who knows.

day two of tour playing drums for the hard lessons (www.myspace.com/thehardlessons).  its been fun so far.  a few more shows then im back home, and back to being a bum.

i think i really just felt like writing because i saw something that bummed me out.  i just watched a music video of a band that some guys i know play in… and its basically saying ” we are punk, kids who look this way or act this way are ridiculous, and we are cooler/better than them “.

im pretty sure i hate that.  dont get me wrong, i think trends, fashion, music, etc… these days is pretty awful and i dont dig it…. but i mean what good are any of us doing if we just mock and make fun of people who arent the same as us?  if you actually grew up in this punk rock scene, then youve definitely gone through some awkward phases trying to figure yourself out.  youve definitely been made fun of, picked on, laughed at, but you stuck to it because you felt something.

yes i think most bands these days are stupid, i think boys in girl pants suck, but i mean who says its wrong? it obviously wasnt cool to wear a huge pair of jnco jeans when i was younger, but that didnt stop me at all.

i dont know… maybe im hypocritical, but i just dont get the point in making fun of people for something they love.  i dont think theres anything wrong with making a living because of music, and i think its pretty smart to pay attention to the market, instead of just say youre so punk that you dont care, because thats false.

i dont really even know where im going with this… i guess im just thinking… do things because you care… because you are moved by something, inspired by something… and if someone else is inspired by something else, dont rain on their parade.. it usually just means youre jealous.  there are better ways to make your point then by making fun of someones hair.

Written by briansouthall

October 23, 2008 at 7:03 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

pet peeve

leave a comment »

i really hate when people say “we arent gonna hang out anymore” or “ill never do that again” or things of this nature.

id say whenever you say that, you usually end up doing the thing you said you wouldnt do within 48 hours.

someone treats you like crap, “we arent going to hang anymore”, except for in a few days.

Written by briansouthall

October 15, 2008 at 2:25 am

Posted in Uncategorized