Fact check dude: Michael and Joel didn't go to Hellgate and Michael isn't even from Montana.
Shmed- First, congratulations to you and your family for "making it" in a very competitive business. I am no musician and I do not clam to be one. With the research that I have compiled it is obvious that your have earned your success.
I do have an issue with you claiming to be Denis's "best friend". I knew Denis well. I worked with Denis every day for 2 years up until he died. He worked around children and loved them. He coached a girls basketball team won a championship, something he was very proud of. He shared his music with the students at the school and saw the "other side of life". The same one you seem to be enjoying with your wife and children.
Did you know any of this?
The day Denis died I knocked on his sister's door and watched her screaming in the horror that comes with suicide. To this day we still share a friendship that started with her brother Denis. Each person is different and I will not pass judgement on you in the same way that you seem to have on Denis and his family.
Denis died 10 years ago. He was talented, just like you. He was human and had issues, just like all of us. Please don't use your success as a forum to make judgements on people that you claim to know. In the two years that I worked with Denis I never met you. I was at his funeral (you may have been there, maybe not). I've visited his grave. I cry when I hear his music.
I believe that you did not mean to spark the emotions that you did but there are people that loved Denis and are still on this earth that take offense to some of that comments that you have made. A simple apology would go a long way.
There is an error in the first description. "amputee" is not a proper, nor flattering word in Michael's case. Amputee is a description of one who had a particular appendage but it or they were "amputated" due to need. Since he was born that way, he never had any legs nor malady to give reason for amputation. Although there are cases of voluntary amputations when not totally medically necessary, due to comfort or logistical reasons. It is normally a medical necessity due to loss of perfusion in tissue risking a major infection. It is obvious Michael has never had such an incident.
I am looking forward to reading this book soon!
You are the man Dave! Lots of love.
you're right, Lionel. It's the best supporting actor category where they've all won, I think I conflated the two in my head when I was writing it.
I did guess 4/5 correctly though, you will give me that.
Phoenix is the only one in this category without a win under his belt."
Um what? Hugh Jackman and Bradley Cooper have not even been nominated. Bad editing, Indy.
Cleaned it up, Will. Thanks.
Great article - with a typo. Fourth paragraph after the photo either needs opening quotes before "first-world problem" or none after - right now there's an unpaired set after the period.
Yea!!!! Tour,Tour,Tour...like maybe to Boise?
Anne Hathaway, much?
Who's this "dan" guy? Let's see him take his pants off and get hit with the failure ball.
What's not to like about bad naked. Everyone should be more bad.
this is a great review. cinema is doomed.
and three cheers to whoever came up with "Blech Magic!"
Congrats on 10 years of Total Fest, Josh. All the musical fests/competitions/showcases that have come and gone are a testament to how hard it is to maintain such an endeavor in Missoula (or anywhere, really). And to achieve that with a festival as complex and dynamic as Total Fest is all the more worthy of our respect and admiration.
Having not witnessed Bad Naked's particular brand of live performance, I have no opinion on that. But I will say your definition of punk, Josh, is right on the money.
That's my wife, bro.
in the pic - who's the girl in blue shirt / black skirt? i simply must know.
I hear you, Dan. Ultimately, you're and everyone else is entitled to want to do something with the music or not, and I guess after that, it's all fine tuning. I think Ben Weiss made a good point about BN's hitting and missing, and I think that's the case with folks who are more experimental with tunes. Bad Naked does have some stuff, and I fear the new release isn't gonna do it justice, some super well-written, creative shit and it's absolutely got structure/verse (as tom points out) and music to it. I hope his next release is recorded in a bedroom at minimum, and perhaps studio or friend's four-track, because it deserves to be documented as music outside the live setting with a handheld mini-cassette....
You make a good point about personal taste. I think my worst-case scenario writing a review would be to convince someone to stop liking something. That would be awful. Second worst-case, though, might be to say I liked something I didn't just because it was weird.
I would never say that Bad Naked is rejecting conventional song writing. This is also coming from someone that has actually covered two of Dane's songs before. If you listen closely, there is a verse in there. There's a chorus. His songs are predominately structured like cheers. He's akin to a punk rock pep band. The "he's rejecting structure and replacing it with nothing" argument kinda falls flat to me. Bad Naked is music made by an odd personality that sounds a lot like an acoustic version of groups like Pink Noise, Toddi Wellman, or a perma-stoned Hasil Adkins.
ALSO: We could all just be using big words to debate personal taste and that is pretty hilarious.
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