Waits For It

This man is the ultimate performer.

Cure Cancer… Sure We Can’t, Sir?

A German research center has developed a virus that seeks cancer cells and destroys them.  Phenomenal!

This is what I don’t understand.  Humans are capable of huge feats of problem-solving, right?  On May 25, 1961, President John F. Kennedy announced his goal of sending an American to the Moon before the end of the decade.  At the time, it seemed impossible.  But as creative and ambitious, positive and science-minded Americans, we delivered.  We had no answers at all, but we believed in science, hard work, and the infinite possibilities of the human condition.  And yet, in these times of even greater potential, we seem negative, and even spiteful of progress and science.  We see progress causing problems, and we turn to superstition, instead of solving a whole new host of challenges.

I want to see a leader announce the death of cancer by the end of the decade.  Not a near-cure.  Not a pretty effective therapy.  A complete, quick, easy, inexpensive cure for the most dangerous disease humans face.  It doesn’t even seem that far a stretch – not even close to putting a human on another planetoid.  We already seem to be making fascinating headway.

I want to see a population of people excited about progress again.  Excited about the human spirit.  Excited about saving the lives of millions of conscious beings.  And, in the meantime, it would also conveniently solve some of our economic problems.  It would also teach us new incredible things about human health, what diseases are, and how chemistry can create life as we know it, on this beautiful, lonely, blue marble hurdling through the cold vacuum of space.

Not All Scientists Are Cox

But this one is.  Everyone should watch this.  I promise it will entertain the hell out of you and also you will look and feel much smarter.  Notice how human apes have peered into the smallest and largest reaches of reality using creativity, problem-solving, and mathematics.  An it’s all yours at the clicky of a thingy.

Careful, though, the nerds are angry.  (PS, I think it’s cool that these physicists made this video.  I hate the top comment.  People don’t understand that in science, arguments are constant and interesting, and lead to new conversations and discoveries.)

Cloning Jeff Goldblum

The rumor:  Billionaire Clive Barker is planning to clone a dinosaur from DNA and keep it at a high-end resort.

Some other guys are pretty sure they can clone a Wooly Mammoth.  Although I’ve been hearing about that for years.

We’ve already cloned plant life - extinct since the Ice Age until the appearance of problem-solving apes.

In related media, here’s a great Jeff Goldblum impression. (fixed thanks Garrett)


Permanent Press

The Mommyheads play their amazing song Washing Machine.  This is a live take shot in Sweden.

Here’s an interesting fact about this song, straight from the mouth of Adam Elk, lead singer.  Apparently, there are no interesting facts at all about this song.  Amazing.

expand your mind!

Future Cavemen - A virtual bacteria now exists, and it’s a perfect copy of a real bacteria.  -/ Researchers observed surprising complexity after they created a living Frankenstein jellyfish. -/ The human race is discovering more and more potentially habitable planets (at least more habitable than Canada). -/  This company just got 37 million bucks to make human organs on microchips….wha?  Long story short, they hope to alleviate the need for animal testing.  Good news for science and good news for ethics.  Which, by the way, is no coincidence.

Fresh Beetzthis song and video makes me love music and makes me want to stay in the studio all night making some techno.

Retro Cut – Art Blakey with Clifford Brown http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pt1yb1Oq91U AMAZING!!!


last Chris Merritt show

The last Chris Merritt show will take place on this coming Saturday, in quaint Purcellville, Virginia.

The second-to-last Chris Merritt show will take place on this Friday, in Charlottesville, Virginia.

After that, Chris Merritt the band will cease to exist.

I urge you not to miss the finale. Details about Saturday’s show are here and details about Friday’s show are here.

Secret track – limited time only :)

I’ve been writing ads for Time Warner, Colgate, and the like.  And why, you ask?  Well, to get closer to my single goal in life; to bring badass music to the world.  The people I work with are indescribably talented and funny.

If there is anyone out there that reads this blog, sorry for the lack of posts the last week or so.  To make it up to you, I’m premiering an unfinished, unmixed track from Future Caveman, my newest project, and the future greatest band in the universe.  I’m only going to have it up for  bit, and then take it down. 

In the meantime, I’m working literally nonstop.  Cruise Elroy is working hard to create the best rock and roll you ever freaking heard.  Here are the percentages done (rough estimates) – Shorty 85% done. Coney Island – 65% done. Do You Believe – 98% done.  Rain King – 59% done. Flow My Tears – 60% done.

Fun With Science.  We live in an incredible universe built of virtually infinite layers.  We’re living sentient beings built of tiny particles, which in turn are made of even tinier particles.  All of quantum physics (reality) can be described in math, in finer and finer terms, as mind-blowingly gigantic human beings use their enormous crude fingers to pry back the curtain of spacetime.  Our way of life is changing quickly.  Our only hope to avoid catastrophe is to embrace reason.

Wow, it’s hard to talk about this stuff without sounding bonkers!  But I swear to jebus it’s true.

Fun With Music. I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again.  Craig’s Brother is the best band of all time.  I play piano on this track! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2cYmpd_W-k

When I was young I didn’t know if I was better off asleep or up.

Hey folks, thanks for your ideas on NOVA venues (see post below).  Any more ideas?  Email me at starfoxsixty4@gmail.com.

New Tune – the new Nada Surf record is just….. divine.  I mean, geeeez, listen to this.  I’m legitimately scared of the fact that these songs aren’t being trumpeted.  They’re some of the best songs I’ve ever heard.  It’s a weird time we’re living in…. better music is being made now than ever before, but no one seems to really notice.  A good musician is truly just a struggling artist now.  Sorry to break the news.

Not New Tune – here’s a great older Nada Surf song

Fun With Comedy - noise in general

Help!! We need designated space to create sound waves!!

What’s up guys? So Chris Merritt (that’s me) and my magnificent rhythm section (soon to be known as Cruise Elroy) are playing a little show in Charlottesville on July 27th. Here’s the thing. Since we’ll already be making the journey, we are desperately looking for a place to play in Northern VA on the 28th or the 26th. We need ideas! All the usual venues have fallen through for one random reason or another. Help a brother(s) out!! :)  (PS, we would also love to play anywhere between NY and VA!) At this point, we’re looking for a random theater…..a venue of someone you know……a cool basement…..a cool backyard….. email me!  starfoxsixty4@gmail.com

What else is new?  What isn’t new?

Working hard on some new music to show you.  We’re almost there.  A few more hills.

New Tune – Jake Thro, (Cruise Elroy/Chris Merritt/Caulit Anything/Paperface), is an amazing musician, as we all know.  But did you know he’s also writing the best songs ever made?  Here are some of my favorites – Picket LineTrojan Horse, Multiverse, these songs take rock music to a new universe.  They take harmony and melody into a new a scary, beautiful new dimension and then snap it back to a sexy 3D color just before things get too uncomfortable.

Old TuneVegetables

Let’s Have Fun With Comedy – don’t watch if you are scared of F bombs  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0PtaQd_QcI or at work

graphics by Jackie Watanabe link