Hey guys….. thanks for all the comments on the Time Warner commercial. I’ll post a link to it very soon. My song on a prime-time television ad? It’s very cool. And just the beginning! I just did a Google spot that is going out, and working on an IBM spot this week….
First things first. If you don’t have any Chris Merritt tracks, here’s a bunch of free mp3s. Dig in. You’ll dig ‘em.
Our newest project is a brand new band called Cruise Elroy and it will be unveiled very soon. It will make your face explode?
If you buy me a book from list, you’ll get the next three Chris Merritt records FREE!!! Including the newest one that comes out probably next week.
Speaking of the new record, it is coming along nicely. Songs on it will include Rain King, Magical Stones, Sequel, Pretty Bitch, Tarmac, Feminine Mind, Isabelle, Another World, People On The Street, and others. There will also be this really pretty song that doesn’t have a name yet. It’s my best song I ever wrote.
Today recording vocals for Isabelle, Feminine Mind, Magical Stones, and maybe others. We’ll see if my voice can handle it.
Hey everybody, I have something very special to share today. I’ve posted it over at thesixtyone.com (the musical discovery site).
For those of you that don’t know, I also dabble in hip-hop production and have something of a name for myself in the rap community. Recently, I was lucky enough to catch up with my old friend Benny Satchel, who makes up 1/2 of the legendary rap group The Tahj Commentary. Benny and I met up in my studio here outside of DC, and after having an adult beverage or two, we started up a little freestyle session. I decided to lay down a phat beat on the keyboard, and roll tape – and that’s when the magic began.
In less than one hour, Benny and I, amazed at the great vibe we had together in front of the microphone, had cut a track. And one heck of a track it was. A couple hours of editing later, and I realized I had a miracle on my hands: it was the most important, elegant, and inspired piece of music I had ever heard in my life. It was, in fact, a hip-hop masterpiece of epic proportions.
Okay guys, CHECK IT OUT!!! After you listen, make sure to ‘heart’ this song as many times as possible! Let’s take this thing to the top!!! Let’s get Boys (Lovin’ Each Other) on the front page of thesixtyone.com….and beyond!!!
Wow. I haven’t posted in like, a while. I kind of wanted the Demos Of Nod store post to stay up front there I guess. Well anyway, I have like 100 fun things to show y’all so tune in all this week!!
So you amazing people have been buying the custom-drawn Demos Of Nod CDs and I started taking pictures of them because they are getting more and more complicated and weird! Here are a few random ones:
If you would like an actual physical copy of Demos Of Nod, make sure to visit the store! CDs of Demos Of Nod will ONLY BE SOLD UNTIL JUNE 10th!! After that, only the mp3 version will be available for all of eternity!
They’re fun to make, but very time consuming. So I figured I’d give it one more month.
In the sound and the fury of moving to Faulknerville, unpacking, and finishing this new record, I have neglected to keep up with my own news (and, for that matter, updating the website in general). There’s some really sweet things happening, too, so read on!
Stephen Groo Video
A very special man lives in Provo, UT. His name is Stephen Groo, and he is a filmaker, and something of a cult figure. He is the founder of Utah Wolf Productions, and the creator of over 120 films, including full-length movies, trailers, and music videos. His community of fervent fans include Jack Black and genius Jared Hess. If you are new to the world of Stephen Groo, I highly suggest visiting www.utahwolfproductions.com and watching some videos NOW! Just click on ‘Productions’ and then click on any of the custom logos. As an introduction, my recommendations would be: Tale Of Mermaids (fantasy), Major Tom, Lollipop, and Hypnotized (music videos), and Challenge Of Faith (drama).
When I was introduced to Stephen’s creations almost two years ago, I too joined the legions of Groopies that just can’t get enough. It soon became my dream to one day have a Stephen Groo-directed music video of my own. Well, two weeks ago, that dream became a reality. My actor friend Wes Nease flew from Los Angeles to Salt Lake City and starred in a music video for Dr. Jerk – directed and edited by Stephen Groo himself.
Enjoy. I know I did!
Weezer + Piano
An attentive commenter named Alex kindly informed me that Rivers Cuomo of Weezer was looking for a pianist, and taking YouTube submissions. I think I entered mine too late (the ‘video response’ option had been disabled already), but I’m still happy with it and it was fun to do. Check it out here. I think I look a little fatter than I really am in this. I mean, I’m fat, but not that fat. I think it’s the flowy shirt I had on. Just a warning. Anyway, THANKS ALEX!!! Huge kudos for that one, mate.
Mom’s Music Video
And yet another on the growing list of Chris Merritt music videos is the new Tower Of Sand video, made by none other than my wonderful mother. My mom has many hobbies, and one of them is dressing up animals. She is notorious and feared among the feline community. She is referred to among pet dogs as “The One Who Cannot Be Named”. And now, putting all her talents and video editing skills together, she has filmed, edited, and animated an amazing music video for Tower Of Sand. Check it out here. At times it reminds me of Disney, and at times it reminds me of Tim And Eric’s Awesome Show Great Job.
I guess now I know where I got the creativity from.
I thought this was really cool. From Tal:
You won’t be able to read it ’cause it’s in Hebrew, but I recommended your music to a guy who writes a column about cool indie music in a Israeli news site. He published a recommendation about you as ‘artist of the week’. You can check it out here http://www.ynet.co.il/articles/0,7340,L-3640817,00.html
Thanks Tal!! Man, and I thought Japanese was hard.
Okay, well, I’m sure there are more news items, but that’s all I can think of for now. More updates soon! I’ll get back into the flow of updating the site, I promise! New Year’s resolution.
I hope everyone’s digging the new site! Don’t be afraid to comment! I’d really like to hear from you.
Other cool additions to the site:
a bunch of free songs for listen/download on the Songs page
lyrics, so you can read while you listen
links to YouTube videos and other music sites where you can listen
a new Images page
a videos page, featuring the beautiful Mimic video made by Rollo-Tony, and a video I made as a small child
Chris’ Blog, which will be updated every day with a mind-warping post involving physics, comedic videos, drawings, or some of my songs that I recorded in my room in my underwear.
Speaking of the Chris’ Blog page, check it out! I just finished a post about Einstein’s famous discovery of mass-energy equivalence.
The first seven shows of the tour have been great! SEGO festival in Provo was complete insanity. Thanks for everyone that came and went nutty. Check out the official SEGO website to see what it’s all about and for some mind-blowing videos.
COME AND SEE ME IN YOUR TOWN!!! The band and I are going to be on tour for 6 or 7 more weeks, and we NEED YOU TO COME AND SEE US!!! Bring friends!!! Bring your mom!!! Bring Pep-Pep and Nanna!
Hi! Welcome to the new website. I’ve been working like crazy on this thing for weeks now. It’s totally a work in progress, so please be patient with incomplete pages, or links that go nowhere. You can check out some songs from the new album on the songs page, or look at our tour dates. The store isn’t up yet, but it will be soon. We’re heading out this morning for a two month-long tour of the United States of the Americas. We would be completely psyched to see you at a show!
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