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All new music sucks

March 13, 2013    
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I’ve been hearing a lot of people talk about how all new music sucks. “Skrillex is a hack with no musical talent.” “A kid can’t make a great sounding album with GarageBand.” “Nobody knows how to play an instrument anymore.” Maybe it’s a fear of change? Maybe new music doesn’t have the same nostalgia of music you listened to when you were younger? Maybe it’s a fear of technology in music? Maybe we’re worried that…    read more 

Shitty Seasons [video song]

February 20, 2013    
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Thanks to Matt Piper for playing banjo on this song! And many thanks to everyone that provided winter videos to be a part of this music video! I really appreciate it. Thanks to: Blue Lang, Michael Skolik, Samantha Moulton, Christy Miller, Matiss Šmits, R. Brent Stansfield, The Avon, Steve Lustenberger, Glen Lamoureux, and Landon Wong. 🙂 I don’t normally write songs like this— it just sort of happened. But I really like…    read more 

Life is Easy [live looping]

January 28, 2013    
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I’ve really been a live looping mode for the last few weeks. This was recorded last night—it started off as an improvised vocal part that morphed into a song. Did a few takes, I think this one is the best. All sounds are created and recorded live, nothing here is prerecorded. 🙂 buy  steal [mp3j track=”Life is Easy@http://stateshirt.com/audio/videosongs/stateshirt_lifeiseasy.mp3″ flip=”y”] Lyrics: you hurt the ones you love you raped the ones you love…    read more 

Souls

January 19, 2013    
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Maybe the body contains two “souls”… your own, and that of a stranger who controls all of your involuntary functions… heartbeat, breathing, circulation, healing. And while you’re alive you both have no idea the other is there. And when you die, you finally get to meet this stranger that has worked with you to keep you alive your whole life. These are the things I think about when I can’t sleep.

Frenemies – [Live Looping with Mobius]

January 15, 2013    
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I got up this morning and had a new looping song idea pop into my head. Just put together this live looping video today. Every sound was recorded live, nothing prerecorded. Gear list below if you’re interested.  Also you love my unkempt hair. Maybe I should invest in a comb. Or some hats. Fancy hats. Lyrics: You don’t own your song You don’t own your melody You don’t own your life You…    read more 

Why does YouTube make it so hard to monetize my videos?

January 9, 2013    
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YouTube invited me to take part in their monetization program several months back.  As someone that self-publishes all of my own music and videos without the help (or burden) of a record label, this seemed like a good way to earn a few extra bucks a month. I was hesitant to place ads on my videos, but I figured I could roll with their less intrusive “overlay” ads and forego the “wait 5 seconds to skip” ads that appear…    read more 

Be part of my video song about winter!

January 5, 2013    
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I’m working on a simple song about winter, and how we don’t really have winter here in Los Angeles. And that for some strange reason I really miss that shitty season. Do you live in a cold and snowy place? Do you want to be part of this video song? Shoot some video showing what your winter is all about, send it my way, and I’ll include it in the video! Would…    read more 

2012 – State Shirt year in review!

January 2, 2013    
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2012 was a crazy year. Put together a bunch of videos and wrote a ton of songs. Looks like 2013 will be even more productive. Here is a mega-post of just about everything that I’ve worked on in 2012! Happy new year. Video Songs Pretty Horses Found this old Yamaha PSS-480 keyboard from the 1980s on eBay. It has a setting called ‘Lullaby’, and I used it as the foundation for this…    read more