Wednesday, 31 December 2008

Ennio Marchetto: The Living Cartoon

Thursday, 18 December 2008

Charlie Hunter

Thursday, 4 December 2008

Kick-Ass-tronaut Love Triangle Evening

On a particular Wednesday evening when Astronaut Love Triangle was planning to gather for a practice, Aggie and Sassy could not attend.

"Change of plans," announced the always thinking David Scrimshaw. "We are going to have a Dork Bot kind of evening instead. Young Keir and Jenni Benny you are welcome to join us."

Jo Stockton, this post goes out to you and your own particular kind of friendly gatherings.

Young Keir made cool enviable head-phones out of a dollar store pair of ear-protectors. They are completely sound proof, so that you don't have to play music at an ear damaging volume while riding on a noisy bus.

Jenni Benny chatted with me and knit while I spent an hour unraveling the wool for my project.

Jimmi Jettz fiddled with a 3 year project to build an amplifier. He and Young Keir mumbled something about it going to number 11 which made them laugh.

David Scrimshaw wired alligator clips to power supply plugs. This made sense to the guys and was greeted with approving grunts.

The glue gun short-circuited - it sizzled, popped, and let off stinky smoke. Jimmi Jetz performed an autopsy on it and cheerfully related the morbid details of it's spontaneous demise.

I, Manny Blue, baked cookies.

With the first batch, I forgot to add the eggs. Young Keir was amused with the look of them and named them Flatturds. David tried one, and declared them incredibly good.

The second batch had too much egg. They morphed into one big cookie. Jimmi Jettz took a bite, and mumbled, "Hum, they taste crunchy-eggy jensaisquoi."


Yes, I always bake in high heels and a boa.

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Balloon Orchestra

School for Studies in Art and Culture (Music)
Carleton University Balloon Orchestra to Give World Premiere Performance
Students from professor Jesse Stewart’s course, “Introduction to Instrumentation”
Thursday, November 27, 2008 at 4:00 p.m.
Room A900, Tower A, Loeb Building
Free admission, but space is limited
For more information, contact Dr. Jesse Stewart at ext. 4348 or Jesse_Stewart@carleton.ca

Sunday, 23 November 2008

Are you thinking what I'm thinking?



That's right. We won't need a tap-dancing saxophonist if we get lots of bubble wrap.

Progress on Large American Car

Jimmi and I made progress on Large American yesterday evening during an impromptu practice. We have the chords now: E, A, B... In the verses, we need to make really clear, definite and dramatic chord changes. No more meandering, blurry, shit.

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Twyla Tharp on Creativity

Monday, 17 November 2008

Consultation on Children's Song Themes


Once upon a time... from Capucha on Vimeo.

Sunday, 16 November 2008

Check out this film. It's a bit slow, but interesting things start happening around 1:36, and then it gets totally funky at 5:00.


Farfale - 1907
(Butterflies)
Film archive: Lobster Films

Nationality: Italian

Director: Anonymous



Saturday, 15 November 2008

Interesting Use of Hands

Our French Song

I hope Daniel Belanger doesn't think we are making fun of him, or worse, riffing on his gig.

Friday, 14 November 2008

Inspiration from Aggie, who will soon learn to embed videos


RadioRadio's Cliché Hot

Wednesday, 15 October 2008

The Martian Hop

While we wait for Aggie to give us the inspirational tracks she says she has for us, here is something to take us into the weekend:

Saturday, 16 August 2008

Bella!

I have been investigating fashion boutiques for inspiration for ALT costumes. I found one little gem, bella bella boutique, at 102-240 Bank St. (corner of Lisgar). The owners were friendly and thrilled that I took an interest in their shinny fashions. Below are some items that, had I not already spent my cash on a few necessities, I would have bought for us.

Silver skulls and crossbones for David:



Silver money theme for Jimmi Jettz:



Short but sweet little black and silver number for Aggie:



Sexy hoodie with silver studding for Sassy:



Silver animal print with snake bosom brooch for Manny Blue:

Thursday, 14 August 2008

More inspiration: Banana Splits!

Monday, 11 August 2008

Inspiration for the ALT Song

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This opening sequence from the 60s B&W TV show that was one of Gerry & Sylvia Anderson's very early precursors to another "Supermarionation" show, Thunderbirds, is very cool and groovy. But the main event, the Fireball XL5 Theme, begins at about 1:30. I think we can learn great things from this!

Wednesday, 30 July 2008

Check out Laurie Anderson - another Space Punk

Interview with her on Smithsonian.com. Excerpt:

What do you need to "escape" from?

At heart, I'm an anthropologist. I try to jump out of my skin. I normally see the world as an artist first, second as a New Yorker and third as a woman. That's a perspective that I sometimes would like to escape. It's why in my performances I use audio filters to change my voice. That's a way to escape as well.

To become somebody else?

Yeah, to have another voice. If you sound different you find that you have different things. If you sound like (high voice) a little kid or (low voice) you sound like a guy that's just sort of lost. It's just a way to switch perspectives and that's really important to me.

And if you read the interview, you'll see that she became the first artist-in-residence at NASA. I don't imagine we're in line for that gig.



Tuesday, 15 July 2008

A New Objective for the Band

  1. Write a song with some numbers between 1 and 10, or letters of the alphabet.
  2. Record the song.
  3. Release the song.
  4. Have it become well known.
  5. Say "yes" when the Children's Television Workshop asks if they can do a modified version for Sesame Street.



Thursday, 3 July 2008

Springtime Mixed Tape Meme

Pandora tagged Astronaut Love Triangle, and asked us to name 7 songs that we are into right now. How about the 7 below? Jimmy, Aggie, David, Sassy, do you all agree?

* What I Don't Deserve - Astronaut Love Triangle
* May Cause Heartburn (The Side Effects Song) - Astronaut Love Triangle
* Haben Sie Ein Plattenspieler? - Astronaut Love Triangle
* Dave's French Song - Astronaut Love Triangle
* Academic Wanker - Astronaut Love Triangle
* If You're Holy and You Know it - Astronaut Love Triangle
* Cyberstalking Blues - Astronaut Love Triangle

!

Thursday, 5 June 2008

Amazing Hand Painting - Dan Dunn

Imagine Sassy and Manny painting while ALT musicians play music and sing!



Amazing Hand Painting - Watch more funny videos here

Sunday, 1 June 2008

Another Song on our Myspace Profile

Fans of Astronaut Love Triangle have a special treat on our MySpace Profile. It is a rare recording of our song creation process. Here we have Jimmy, Aggie and Dave working on the Platen Spieler song with a pertinent intervention from Manny Blue.


The sound quality suffered in the upload from MP3 format to Streaming Audio, so you may wish to download the MP3 stored here [3.3 MB].

Thursday, 22 May 2008

Trenchcoat - Whatcha got?!

A fun song for Aggie!

Monday, 5 May 2008

Something for our next stadium show

Tuesday, 15 April 2008

Working on the Cyber Stalking Song


ALT 007
Originally uploaded by Dave Scrimshaw
I think the entire band is eager to see this one on Youtube.

Tuesday, 8 April 2008

2 Cuties in an American Car

This one is for Aggie and Sassy.


Wednesday, 19 March 2008

Imagine this slowed right down.... and check out the hair!

Monday, 10 March 2008

Improv Everywhere: Food Court Musical

A great guerrila performance:

Thursday, 6 March 2008

Hayseed Dixie : A Hillbilly Tribute To AC/DC



I Don't Feel Like Dancing

Tuesday, 4 March 2008

A Present from our Top Fans

Kathy and Roy went to Florida and they brought back presents for the members of Astronaut Love Triangle!


Mission patches:


Sunday, 2 March 2008

Special Appearance by Shark!

Wednesday, 13 February 2008

Zander suggests a new instrument for us

Sunday, 3 February 2008

Steve Martin in the Smithsonian

Being Funny
How the pathbreaking comedian got his act together



The act tightened. It became more physical. It was true I couldn't sing or dance, but singing funny and dancing funny were another matter. All I had to do was free my mind and start. I would abruptly stop the show and sing loudly, in my best lounge-singer voice, "Grampa bought a rubber." Walking up to the mike, I would say, "Here's something you don't often see," and I'd spread my mouth wide with my fingers and leap into the air while screaming. Or, invoking a remembered phrase from my days working in a magic shop, I would shout, "Uh-oh, I'm getting happy feet!" and then dance uncontrollably across the stage, my feet moving like Balla's painting of a Futurist dog, while my face told the audience that I wanted to stop but couldn't. Closing the show, I'd say, "I'd like to thank each and every one of you for coming here tonight." Then I would walk into the audience and, in fast motion, thank everyone individually.

The new physicality brought an unexpected element into the act: precision. My routines wove the verbal with the physical, and I found pleasure trying to bring them in line. Each spoken idea had to be physically expressed as well. My teenage attempt at a magician's grace was being transformed into an awkward comic grace. I felt as though every part of me was working. Some nights it seemed that it wasn't the line that got the laugh, but the tip of my finger. I tried to make voice and posture as crucial as jokes and gags. Silence, too, brought forth laughs. Sometimes I would stop and, saying nothing, stare at the audience with a look of mock disdain, and on a good night, it struck us all as funny, as if we were in on the joke even though there was no actual joke we could point to. Finally, I understood an E. E. Cummings quote I had puzzled over in college: "Like the burlesque comedian, I am abnormally fond of that precision which creates movement." Precision was moving the plot forward, was filling every moment with content, was keeping the audience engaged.

VIDEO: Steve Martin's groundbreaking performance on "The Tonight Show"

Sparks - When do I get to sing My Way

Can you spot Manny Blue in this video?

Wednesday, 30 January 2008

Foam Animals: Tap that Shit

It is my most sincere wish that someday Foam Animals will ask Astronaut Love Triangle to do a cameo in one of their videos, or maybe even open for them. Sure it's a dream, but aim for the stars, I say.

Here is their latest hit: Tap that Shit.

Urban Dictionary:

1. tap that shit

To "get up in that", as the homies like to say; also to "tap that ass"
I tapped that shit, yo!


Sunday, 27 January 2008

Three of my favourite things in one cartoon

And the comic strip is here.

Are you thinking what I'm thinking?

Saturday, 26 January 2008

More on Hooping

Manny Blue gained some extra fame points this week. Her posting on taking the hula hoop on the bus was picked up by Hooping.org, the hub around which the worldwide hooping community revolves. They quote her post and then point out:

While taking your hoop with you might get you some unwanted attention, it's also the ultimate beacon for us to find one another.

Not that Manny got unwanted attention. "Unwanted attention" is an oxymoron where she is concerned.

Tuesday, 22 January 2008

Everyday Normal Guy 2

Saturday, 19 January 2008

A Very Hot Style - Hot Like Curry

Manny Blue Rides on the Bus with Her Hula Hoop

Can you believe it... the hula hoop got me all kinds of attention! I know... your mouth is hanging open and you're thinking - wow - really?

After letting in his passengers... a #85 bus driver sees me in the bus shelter with my hula hoop and says: Hey, I remember when those came out... were you fund raising? HaHa... have a good night!

On the #96

I sit down beside a cute young man.

Cute Young Man: What's with the hula hoop? Were you performing at the bus stop? (laughs in a friendly way)
Manny Blue: No, I was practicing a routine for my performance art band... we're all about the art... and we're art because we say so... (I go on a bit more à la David Scrimshaw)
CYM: Do you have a web site?
Manny Blue: A blog... but look us up on Facebook under Astronaut Love Triangle.
CYM: Cool, I will! See ya... (he gets off the bus)

Young woman sits beside me - very, very pretty and friendly.

Pretty Young Woman: Hey, I've got two hula hoops at home and I've been practicing... but I can only go in one direction.
Manny Blue: What? Oh, I never thought of spinning the opposite way...
PYW: Oh, ya... you need to do both sides... you should also use two hula hoops... then you can spin one around your chest and one around your waist (I look at her bosom - ok she's not much bigger then I am... must be feasible)... and you can spin them on your wrists... (god she's bubbly - but oh her skin is such a nice color - just like warm caramel)

Well, she blah, blahs for a while... then she's gone too...

That was fun... I need little calling cards that I can hand out during such moments with our blog address...

Thursday, 17 January 2008

Raquel Welch: Space-Girl Dance

Tuesday, 15 January 2008

Aggie thinks we should move the band towards sex

Saturday, 12 January 2008

Hairy rockers, Picnic 7, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 3.JPG

Are you thinking what I'm thinking?

Thursday, 10 January 2008

Why do others keep beating us to these songs?

Wednesday, 9 January 2008

The Vegetable Orchestra

Friday, 4 January 2008

Another genre we should explore

Tuesday, 1 January 2008

Wreckless Eric - A Pop Song