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Friday, January 28, 2011

the beautifulside of ugly: exposed

I've often been told that of the songs I've performed... the softer, more mellow tracks better demostrate my skills and voice. Which I find weird, because odds are, it's one of 2 things.

1) I'm putting one of my friends on a track for a collab and said friend is not of the same genre.

2) I'm a sucker for acoustic.

But anyway... for what's it worth, when I conceived uglyside and beautifulside last year, it was more of a resumption/reboot of an earlier idea that I had going very well, but technical issues ruined that one (there's a good chance 2-4 of those unfinished songs pop up on a setlist....stay tuned). The idea: 2 EP's, each one of them different in sounds and lyrical tone.

Imagine, if you will, a museum with two exhibits by the same painter. They look too radically different to be seen together side by side, so for the sake of the audience, said pictures are in different halls.

Now apply that, to two EP's. EP #1 is nearly completion (I'm dead serious. The production phase is over, lyrics are done, recording is the next step.... here's hoping Spring Break's a working vacation). EP #2.... well, that's a different story.

EP #2 is something radically different. An EP with all live instruments, no loops, no MIDI, no samples, nothing  like that. An EP that's unplugged, acoustic, because the lyrics work so much better this way and forces focus on them primarily.

As you can tell, it's not easy. Hard to, when gathering the people necessary to make this work is rough and tough to pull off. So I've been busy, creating the arrangements of these tracks myself, to streamline the process.

How goes it? Well.... tough, trying to leave the sample sound in exchange for a (temporary) MIDI sound. But I'm determined to drop this by next year, impossible odds notwithstanding.

Even if I have to go all Everlast and pick up guitar myself. Don't hold me to that.

-mc larny

p.s. you want in? leave a comment, this project needs acoustic guitars, piano, percussuion/drums, and backup vocals (play and singing = huge bonus)

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Reconfigured Memories

It's something that I've been asking myself for the past 3 months. What if...what if you went back to a few select songs you made while you were inexperienced and did them over again with your new experience and lessons? You know, improve upon past songs?

I've considered it. And you know what? I'm doing it. As fond as the memories are of recording a few tracks in the early years, it should be noted that it's not easy...nah, it's downright impossible to hear myself again.

So for the sake of improvement and also saving a few good songs from being lost forever.... it's time to go back and re-do a couple of earlier songs, and also bring out some rarities.

I know I want to do Modern Day Madness again, same goes for Chillin' Like A Villain and When It's Over.... and lucky me, I have a notebook of tracks I wrote, never recorded that are up for grabs too. Maybe this is a chance to...oh, i don't know....bring some friends along for the ride?

Hopefully. Because I can't sing, and When It's Over was heavy on the singing...

No date yet, BTW. This could take awhile.... but I will tell you's started.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Blog Report: New Year, New Music.


What a way to end 2010. Seriously, you can't compose a better ending than that. A show (!), 2 mixtapes in 1 week (procrastination is my homeboy), and a lot of things coming together.

Let's start with the show, a.k.a The Show You Never Knew About Till Today. Long story short, I performed for the first time ever, solo, and instrumentally, at a private NYE party. 1 hour set, and for someone who had no clue going into this how to pull off an instrumental set.... I did pretty well.

Check, very well. Well enough to have virtually everyone say my set was the best that night (not me saying it, the audience of 15-20 people).

I love it. So much awesome for a show like that, and now it's opened a lot of doors.  

Future instrumental shows? Sure, why not.

And in other news, Project Nightmare 2.5 and 3 are now BOTH available on

Check it (sorry Facebook users)

Now on to the EP's.... I got a gameplan. Odds are, both will be out separately digitally, then a few months later, limited run physical CD version of the two together.

So now it's time to take a nice, well-earned breather. See you later on in 2011, with news on the Re-imagined Memories project and news on the new album(s).

Happy New Fear...I mean, Year.
-MC Larny

Music I Made



GREEN = on-time
RED = delayed



Project Nightmare 36(5) - All Year


the uglyside of beautiful

the beautifulside of ugly

The Imperfect Dialogue

Merch Stand (Buy Something)