Within the past year, everybody I know has started having kids (including sometimes WWP guitarist Gabe Fry. Shouts out to Ambrose!). This is not hyperbole. Everyone. So, if I know you, you have kids now. That’s just how this works. I don’t really understand it myself, but I think it has something to do with science.
Anyway, this is great timing, because Rock-n-Romp DC recently started back up after some time off and we’re playing their next show. It’ll be this Saturday at the DC Meet Market with Your Pal Pete. Pete starts at noon and we play at 2pm. We’ve played a couple of RnR shows in the past and they’ve always been a blast. So, come hang out and bring that happy family of yours!
A new movie opened this weekend called Rapture-Palooza and they play ‘Settle Down’ in a scene where Anna Kendrick and John Francis Daley are bowling. So that’s cool. Some of my favorite hilarious people are in it. Craig Robinson, Rob Corddry, Ken Jeong, Rob Huebel…
Anyway, it’s about the rapture and it’s in some theaters and on iTunes on demand. So, go watch an adult Sam Weir make out with Anna Kendrick while Settle Down serenades them ever so sweetly.
Kate and I are playing an acoustic show this Tuesday with Ola Podrida. We’re pretty excited. In addition to the fact that they’re great, David Wingo, the frontman, is a phenomenal film score composer. He has done most of David Gordon Green’s films and maybe my favorite film from 2011, Take Shelter. Also Jeff Nichols’ newest joint, Mud.
Here’s a live performance of one of their new killer jamz.
“The original film score, now available online, can’t help but conjure images of boy Calvin romping through the woods with his tiger, or fighting evil space aliens as his alter ego Spaceman Spiff.” – Geekdad
“Adventurous and cheeky during their ten year run, Calvin and Hobbes are the epitome of childhood exuberance and creativity. We Were Pirates embraces these sentiments and deliver a wonderful accompaniment to this classic comic strip tribute.” – Fuzzy Headphonez
“I absolutely love this score. It is a vivid tapestry of piano riffs, jazzy percussion, and delightful melodies that remind me of the first time I heard Vince Guaraldi’s score for Charlie Brown.” – Deli Magazine
“The soundtrack builds an intricate simplicity that matches the stripâs artwork and writing.” – Sweet Tea Pumpkin Pie
“Much like Calvin and Hobbes, the [‘Dear Mr. Watterson’] soundtrack does an excellent job at capturing both a feeling of happy-go-lucky innocence while also adding a slight introspective undertone to the mix.” – …Said the Pale Fox
Also thanks to Hometown Sounds! And thanks to JayeL Audio for the shout out aboutÂ The Real World: Portland playing ‘Little Consolation.’
Good news! The soundtrack for the film I’ve been working on came out today. The movie is called “Dear Mr. Watterson” and it is a documentary about the cultural impact of the comic strip “Calvin and Hobbes”, and its creator, Bill Watterson.
I’ve been working on the music on and off since Summer of 2012 and I’m really proud of how everything turned out. The soundtrack includes 14 original, instrumental songs from the film and I threw in 3 bonus tracks: an alternate version of one of the songs and a vocal and instrumental version of “Don’t Forget”. Which is an old We Were Pirates song from “Cutting Ties” that also plays in the movie.
The film itself has its festival premiere tonight at Cleveland Film Festival and is already getting great reviews. I got a chance to see it at the L.A. premiere a few weeks ago. I realize I’m not exactly unbiased, but, I loved it. I think they did an amazing job capturing what makes Calvin & Hobbes continue to have such an impact. As a big fan of the strip, it was a real honor to have been able to contribute the music for the film. I’ll keep you posted on festival showings and when the DVDs becomes available to the public. In the meantime, enjoy the soundtrack!
We’re playing a stripped down acoustic set this Friday night at The Empty House Studio in Alexandria, VA with Lowland Hum. Gabe’s and his wife had a kid a few weeks ago (congratulate him by buying him a whiskey next time you see him….Gabe, that is. Don’t buy whiskey for a baby), so he’ll be sitting this one out. I’ll be playing me acoustic, Kate will be on cello, and Pat will be playing a stripped down kit. More info here.
I wanted to give you a quick update. As I mentioned a few months back, I’ve been working on writing and recording an original score for a documentary about Calvin & Hobbes called Dear Mr Watterson. I started writing demos for the project back in July and finally finished the score last week. Getting to watch the film evolve from early rough cuts into a fully-produced feature has been a pretty amazing experience. As a massive Calvin & Hobbes fan, it’s been incredible to fully nerd out on the interviews and the content, while being able to contribute something as well.
The score I wrote ended up being 14 original songs. All 14 are instrumental. The teaser trailer below has one of the new songs from the score called “Sunday Paper”.
The film will also feature instrumental versions of a couple of older WWP songs. Plus, one of the demo versions of the songs I wrote will be in there as well as the final version. I finished up the final mix from my end last week. TJ Lipple helped tremendously, by stepping in at the last minute and co-mixing and mastering some of the songs.
From there, the director Joel Schroeder, and the sound editor Josh Eckberg, took the score and the rest of the audio to a mixing stage at Warner Brothers and finished up the final audio mix this weekend.
Mixing Dear Mr Watterson at Warner Brothers. Photo from DMW’s Twitter page (@dearmrwatterson)
Mixing. Photo from DMW’s Facebook Page.
The film will be starting the film festival circuit in the next few months. It’s already been accepted into two festivals later this Spring, and has been submitted to a bunch more. I’ll try to keep you posted as I hear where and when it will be showing. You can also follow DMW on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates.
As for the soundtrack, look for it to be out sometime this Spring. I’ll definitely keep you updated.