The soft launched occurred back in November 2012 and since then I’ve been trying to spend some time here and there working out the kinks. I’ve come to the conclusion there are some kinks that just came be unkinked.
So here we have the 3rd iteration of the greatest fan site for Tally Hall anyone’s ever seen. I say that with the utmost confidence and modesty.
So, what’s new?
The site is now entirely powered by WordPress.
It’s using a responsive design theme, customized by yours truly. What does responsive design mean? It means it should contort itself to fit any screen size you have. If you’re on a desktop, go ahead and adjust the width of your window. You’ll see everything start to squish up until the sidebar eventually drops below the content and everything relaxed up again until they start getting squished again. It works (kinda) on mobile phones, too.
There’s a new FAQ system, integrated into WordPress. It doesn’t have all the bells & whistles the last one had, but those bells & whistles never got used anyway.
The outstanding kinks are on the wiki. They shouldn’t be too noticeable anyway. If you’re interested in the evolution of the site, check out the Tally Hallmanac page on this.
Always looking for good suggestions and feedback, so if you have anything… just let me know!
Tally Hall shocked the world last night by slyly revealing that they’ve apparently FINALLY obtained the rights from Atlantic Records to the episodes of “Tally Hall’s Internet Show (THIS)” which they’ve been trying to get for over two years. They revealed this information by quietly linking to a never-before-seen episode of the Internet Show, documenting their adventures at the 2007 SXSW festival. My guess is that this episode was scrapped due to the fact that THIS’s debut was delayed until September 2008, making the 2007 festival a bit outdated. Very funny, nonetheless (of course).
Highlights include: Ross has a doppelganger named Hotrod Duncan, Rob’s hand gets crushed in the door by Joe but later catches ice cream falling from the sky, we get a peek at their nightly sharing of feelings ritual, we get a peek at Nellie McKay (perhaps their first meeting?), Andrew almost gets arrested — but not before he dances a Russian dance half-naked… and many more fun moments.
Take a look at the 6 year old new video from Tally Hall below and watch the rest of Tally Hall’s Internet Show on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/tallyhall/videos
p.s. Someone told me that someone that’s friends with Tally Hall said they wouldn’t be surprised if we heard new music from Tally Hall this year…
It was released moments ago on BandCamp. The side project by Tally Hall’s Joe Hawley is available for the price of $9 (if you didn’t snag the pre-order for $7.77).
The artist, as you may know, is listed as ミラクルミュージカル (Miracle Musical) and the album is called Hawaii: Part II.
Stream it below. I’m barely halfway through it and it’s seriously breathtaking.
Please pardon the appearance. The theme HITS Blogs was using is severely out of date and finally broke. So your old pal Coz has to go looking for a new one and make it look nice. In the meantime, you may see things that seem out of place or weird or pretty and/or sad. I’ll send out a tweet and Facebook update when this unexpected redesign project is completed.
P.S. Facebook has (finally) rolled out a new feature where you can get notifications of our HITS Facebook posts even if they don’t normally show up in your news feed. On our page, hover over the “Like/Liked” button and check “Get notifications.” That’s it! Never miss a HITS update again.
Do you follow Joe on Twitter? If you do, you’ve seen him link to Hawaii: Part II a couple times over the last year. It was counting down until today, when the logo became clickable and links you to a PayPal page where you can pre-order “Hawaii: Part II (Musical)” for $7.77.
So what happens when you pre-order this mysterious thing?
Well, I don’t want to spoil it… but you get a free song. And in this song, you can hear Joe & Rob singing. This song is thickly laden with Hawley melodies; past and present, used and unused. The artist is listed in Japanese.
It’s translation: Miracle Musical.
WHAT IS GOING ON???!!
Looks like we’ll find out on 12.12.12. But post your predictions below!
Andrew Horowitz, Tally Hall’s “Green Tie” has released his first solo album under the name Edu, a childhood nickname. The 9 song compendium was released on cassette tape, which presented a problem for many fans. The first music video has just been released for the song “At The End” and it, too, harkens back to the days of magnetized tape recording by duplicating (or actually being recorded on) VHS.
So, why cassette tape? We’ll get into the reasons behind that decision and more in this interview exclusively on Hiddeninthesand.com.
HITS: The record player popping can be heard in a number of songs throughout the album. What’s the significance of it?
Andrew: i just liked the sound and intimacy it adds to the recording. it’s as simple as that.
HITS: How did you record it? (tools used, who helped & their roles)
Andrew: i recorded most of it in my apartment on my laptop. i have basic recording equipment that anyone with a small budget can put together. “nowhere else” was co-produced with ryan brady, and for that one we did some recording at his place. on “hey you,” i recorded some rob guitar and vocals at his apartment. after recording, i had some help mixing and mastering the project. this wasn’t my original plan, but i’d spent so much time on it that i figured, why not? “sketches” is basically a diy project i recorded whenever i had a window of time.
HITS: With the exception of Lemons & Pears which is at least 8 years old, are all the other songs fairly new?
Andrew: yes, most of the songs were written in the last couple of years.
HITS: By the way… gun shots? In Lemons & Pears? Totally changed my interpretation of the song. Did you always know they’d be there for when you recorded it?
Andrew: no, that’s the beauty of the recording process. i start recording with a general idea of what i’m going for, and as i record, new ideas pop up.
HITS: What are your desires for this release? Was it done out of a need to create or are you hoping the recordings go somewhere?
Andrew: ”sketches” was done mostly as a desire to create. with tally hall, it sometimes takes years for songs to be released. and most of what i write never sees the light of day. so i wanted to get away from that and just record something independently that i could release under my own timeline. that said, i hope people like it/relate to the music, and the audience grows.
HITS: Tell me more about the inspiration behind recording them on cassette.
Andrew: i’m actually somewhat surprised this isn’t more common. why release a cd? our primary method of ingesting music is digitally. at least with a tape, it’s warm, personal, handmade by me, and something that can’t just be ripped and trashed.
HITS: You once debated with Joe Hawley on what makes a good singer. Could you tell me your final stance on the issue?
Andrew: did i? ha. i’m guessing i said it was about conviction and tone, feel and originality.
HITS: What are the future plans for edu (touring the songs, more recordings, etc.)?
Andrew: i’m working on my second release. the tone will be darker, more baroque. i have no timeline at the moment, and like “sketches” it’ll be done when it’s done. i hope to do some focused touring if the right opportunity comes along.
(EDITOR’S NOTE: A song that perhaps may end up on that 2nd release called “Tomorrow & Today” was included in a German music blog’s mixtape. You can read more about it here.)
HITS: Please tell of any other interesting facts you wish to share about this EP/experience.
Andrew: hmm…i’m really happy i took this step. it’s opened some doors and helped me grow as a producer and songwriter. i encourage anyone even thinking of recording a song or filming a documentary or starting a new adventure to just DO IT. because in the end, the worst that can happen is failure, and failure is better than nothing at all.
You can listen to a couple other songs and purchase a copy of Sketches on Andrew’s BandCamp page, and yes, he provides a digital copy for you, too.
Andrew, I mean Edu, released a brand new song today called “Tomorrow And Today” by way of the Italian music blog www.ondarock.it.
But the song isn’t actually brand new. In fact, it was intended to be on Tally Hall’s “Good & Evil” (notice this has the recurring “And” in the title, as well).
Here’s my translated version of the Google-translated version of the blog:
If you say “Tally Hall” here in Italy it means nothing, but go across the ocean to discover that in the U.S. this sweeping pop quintet of colored ties, active since 2002, is the subject of a good bit of devotion. While the band is in the midst of a pause for reflection, the “green tie” Andrew Horowitz, keyboardist and composer of songs of the group, has embarked on a solo career with the moniker of “edu” (pronounced ee-doo). The same sense of intimacy and sweet innocence that emanates from what was the childhood nickname of Andrew is reflected now in the music of Horowitz, a lo-fi pop in pastel shades on which occasionally light a vaguely uneasy psychedelia. All of this is found in the atmospheres of “Today And Tomorrow”, a song originally written for the second work of Tally Hall (“Good & Evil”), but never appeared on that album. ”I tend to treat the songs as matured meat,” he admits Andrew. ”I let it rest until they become soft and ripen.” And the right time to taste the best delicious “Tomorrow And Today” has finally arrived with OndaDrops.
More is coming down the pike from Edu, including music video(s), and we’ve still got that interview with him which we’ve got saved up… and hope to publish along with the first video debut.
For now, here’s Tomorrow And Today!
The other Tallies tested their instruments and everything went well enough with them. It’s not important to know the details of these tests since none of the other instruments were guitars. But since a bass at least looks like a guitar, the reader is permitted to know that Zubin’s black Fender Jaguar had a bit of a hiccup when it was played.
Having not generated any Sound Gates in the month Tally Hall had rested from touring, Zubin’s bass was less than cooperative when it was prompted to make a shield. But again, a bass is not a guitar and is therefore less relevant, so no more shall be said about it. Zubin only wished that no more would be said about the plan to rescue Casey. Joe had whipped out a tactical map and for the past hour and a half had been yammering on about what could possibly go wrong, in this dimension and in alternate ones.
Zubin glanced wearily at Rob who was trying to remain attentive, but the slight twitch in his eye gave away his impatience — that and the fact that he’d been incessantly popping his fingers since the first half hour rolled by. Ross stood next to Joe, his arms crossed and his eyes tired, as if staring at the tactical map for so long was making his pupils do pushups.
Every fifteen minutes or so, Coz’s voice would sound out from one of their phones (and one of the rooms in the fan base) testing their communication and checking to see if they’d gone to find Casey yet. After awhile, Andrew took to walking out into the hall and shouting that they were still there, not just to silence Coz but also to get a break from Joe the Perfectionist.
“And here,” Joe said as Andrew walked back in with hunched shoulders, “would be a tight fit for anything but a Deaf Rider.” He pointed to a niche in the hologram, a small corner of the warehouse Casey was last seen in.
“Shouldn’t we be going soon?” Ross said lightly. “You know, before he’s eaten or something?”
“My dear Ross, you know that Deafcaps don’t eat people. They only maim them, and steal their voices, and leave them emotionally scarred for life.” All this Joe said with a bright smile.
“All the same,” said Rob, “I don’t think any of those things are on Casey’s bucket list, so can we…?” He made a swirling, wrap-this-up-or-I-will-cut-you gesture with his hands.
Joe frowned, because now they would not have a course of action planned in case the Deafcaps had nerve gas leaking out of any warehouse corners. He turned off the projector and straightened his tie in his most dignified way, letting the others know he was going to finish up with something very important to say. With his tie smoothed out, his shoulders back, and his curly hair as tidy as it could be in the morning, he said in his most impressive manner, “I’m gonna use the bathroom.” And he walked out.
As he went up the steps and into the hall, the others just stared blankly at him, still not through defragging their brains of Joe’s plans. Ross, who was constantly defragging his head of all the things the others said, was the first to return to his senses, and he called after Joe, “Do we need to do anything?”
“You could get a voice thingy out of the junk room,” Joe called back. Yes, Joe thought, a voice modifier would help if they ran into a cloud of nerve gas. An added bonus of voice modifiers was their ability to filter not only voices, but also air. Another bonus was that it could freshen your breath after a day at the onion farm. The down side was that breathing through a voice modifier was like breathing through a harmonica, and the metallic taste in your throat usually left you gagging worse than any nerve gas would. One might also gag just by sharing one voice modifier with several people. Joe had quite forgotten about the existence of saliva when he said to get just one.
“I’ll get one for each of us,” Andrew volunteered. Ignoring Zubin’s slight about being a helpful little elf, Andrew made his way to what Tally Hall and their fans referred to as the junk room. It was the largest room in the base, filled with innumerable oddities that were classified as junk in the junk food sort of way — magical, marvelous, and detrimental to your health. Only two steps into the room and Andrew had immediately set off a box full of small mechanical monkeys that hissed and spat at his foot. He bent down and carefully set them on top of a cubicle contraption filled with clocks, hoping he wouldn’t step on a box of combusting marbles next.
Many of the things Andrew passed in the junk room were kept in glass cubicles like the clock machine. He liked to think of the glass containers as the type of jars in candy stores to hold things like jellybeans, but really they was more like the glass used to hold lab specimens (as several things in the junk room really were).
With no one around to call him an elf again, Andrew skipped merrily through the aisles the glass boxes made, trying to find what he was looking for. Electric rocking chair…love tester…ellipsis maker… Ah, the odds and ends shelves! Crammed between a stack of floating music boxes and a vending machine for spray tans were the vertical rotating shelves where one could find small gadgets that, out of everything in the junk room, were the most useful and the least likely to electrocute you.
Andrew scrolled through the waterwheel of shiny objects before stopping at the small pile of silver lip-shaped mouthpieces. While swiping a handful of them off the shelf, his elbow knocked one of the music boxes, making it spin like a top. As it slowed, he could more clearly see the face painted on the top of the box: the face of Marvin Yagoda, a gray-haired man on whose broad shoulders he wore red, white, and blue striped suspenders.
Most of the things in the junk room were castoffs from Marvin’s own assortment of oddities, a collection which was by far more vast than that of the junk room’s. With all the dangerous knickknacks that he sent over, Andrew suspected Marvin actually made novelty weapons for a living. At this Marvin would always insist that he was just a collector of odd things, and that the Tallies should just enjoy his gifts and let him get back to polishing his ray guns…er…Potato Head figurines.
Resisting the urge to stop and dance to the tune coming out of the Yagoda music box, Andrew stuck the voice modifiers in his pockets and beat a hasty retreat from all the bleeps, whirs, and pops of all the junk room memorabilia. “No, we haven’t left yet,” he shouted as he got into the hall, not bothering to wait ‘til he passed Coz’s door, and he returned to the monitor room where he joined the others in their merrymaking.
Soon after, Joe also returned and walked up behind the others, who were all focusing on a screen where they had a video up. “All right, fellows, ready to be the big dang heroes?”
No one responded.
“Guys? Guys!” He tapped Andrew hard on the shoulder.
“Shhhh!” Andrew hissed, holding up a finger and not looking away from the cartoon mermaid onscreen. “Not now, woman! This is my song!”
Joe frowned once more, not because the others were now wasting time with princess sing-a-longs, but because he couldn’t decide on a course of action to take just in case the aliens did plan on eating Casey.
“Catching up” with Rob is hard to these days. In fact, I had fully planned on posting a combo review/interview of Andrew’s solo project “edu” by this point, but I’ve been too busy tracking the skyrocketing success of Rob’s solo endeavors over the last week. Even before I got a chance to write up a blog entry about the “Actual Cannibal Shia Labeouf” internet meme he created, I receive word of another huge project of Rob’s in the works.
So, rightfully so, let’s first take care of the Shia business. Although, if you follow HITS on Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr, I don’t need to tell you much at all. So I’ll keep this brief.
Rob, being the independent musician than he is, now that Tally Hall is on unofficial hiatus, put together an online portfolio of music he’s written. He uploaded songs to a SoundCloud profile and streams them through www.robcantor.com. But he didn’t say anything about it. So when it was brought to my attention by Billy Vaughn, I quickly posted a link on HITS’ Facebook & Twitter, and well… through a series of actions, he ended up being interviewed by The Washington Post, created an internet meme, and has been talked about on tons of music and humor blogs, big and small. I’m sure the craze is not close to over, either. You can read more about how it all happened on KnowYourMeme.com.
But for those of us who are die-hard fanatics, we’ve also been wondering about the other songs on Rob’s portfolio. Today, we now know.
OoOoOoOoOoOoOoOoOoOo DRUM ROLL OoOoOoOoOoOoOoOoOoOo
Rob has been working with Rick Lax on a musical! Rick, being an author is penning the script, and Rob is writing the music and lyrics. Rick says they’ve always envisioned it being a web miniseries. So, when Amazon announced yesterday that it was beginning to accept proposals for original programming to be distributed via Amazon Instant Video, they uploaded everything they had.
What do they have? It’s called
“Mr. President, There’s an Asteroid Headed Directly For the Earth: The Musical”
and you can read Act 1 of the Pilot script here: http://studios.amazon.com/projects/9984
In every disaster movie, some guy bursts into the Oval Office and says, “Mr. President! There’s an asteroid headed directly for the earth!” This is that guy’s story.
Calvert, our geeky hero, meets Kayla at an astronomy lecture. She misread a flyer and thought it was an astrology talk. Her mistake will prove to be the most devastating event in the course of human history.
If you go to http://asteroidmusical.com (password:calvert) you can listen to the music as you read the script. But it’s important to download, rate, and comment on the Amazon project page if you wish to show Amazon your support of this project.
Rick says Amazon may not get back to them for at least a month or two, so we probably won’t hear much more about this anytime soon.
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