Saturday, December 13, 2008
This was in a bathroom in Grand Rapids, MI. Amazing.
Who is that, Ralph Nader?
My awesome birpdah pumpkin roll.
Ashley and I at my first ever Steelers game! Box seats baby.
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
1. Flashlight 3:07
2. Don't Try This At Home 3:40
3. The Getaway 4:01
4. Green Light 3:34
5. Caller 10 3:36
6, For The Second Time 4:13
7. The Fake, the Snake and the Birthday Cake 3:32
8. How Could You 2:15
9. Wars Will Always Happen 2:52
10. They Are Strong Hands 2:57
11. Exactly 4:45
12. The Dane Song (Japanese bonus track) 3:17
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
My band, Punchline, hired artist Lisa Alisa to design and deliver the album cover/artwork for our latest album entitled "JUST SAY YES". After a few exchanges of communication, she stopped returning emails and calls. We paid her a deposit of $400 to do a service which she did not do. She has said countless times that she will refund the money, but has yes to do so in the last 6 months. We are a struggling rock band and she took advantage of us. We want our money back!
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Chris did his first ever beer bong on Less Than Jakes' bus on his birthday.
We once fled a girls house in Missouri after her enraged baby's daddy/ex-boyfriend show up unannounced interrupting us passing out to Forrest Gump.
Chris once puked on screen in front of 20,000+ people.
Paramore opened for us while touring Japan.
Tommy Tutone (singer of 867-5309 Jenny) once called PJ and asked him to play drums for him.
When Belan was younger he thought that PJ's name was "Sancho".
Shortly after seeing Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine), we found our van broken into by what a witness called "a red-haired freckled-faced freak who lives in a cave and sells wild flowers."
I made Katie Holmes laugh from across a crowded room.
We were killed in Denver by a gay zombie.
Chris Carraba watched our entire set once and then told us that we sing very well.
The singer of Unwritten Law warmed up his voice in our van and then drank a beer and smoked a joint five minutes later.
I was on stage singing with the Get Up Kids at the very end of their last show ever in Hollywood.
Chris once danced on stage in his underwear in front of 1,000 people.
We stayed at the governor of Pennsylvania's home.
Just Say Yes was recorded in the same studio as tracks from Nirvana's Nevermind.
We walked by Paul McCartney's English home and saw him standing barefoot on his front porch waving goodbye to the car that was leaving.
THEY'RE ALL TRUE!
It would have made so much more sense for us to just tour with the Aggrolites.
Frozen dudes section.
Belan just wants to fit in.
New disturbing graffiti from the block!
This is my friend Damien. He wants to be your friend. I told him I would find him a lucky lady.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
For those of you that do not know me my name is Steve Soboslai (pronounced Sub-Oz-Lee). I play guitar and sing in the band Punchline, which I have done so for the last 11 years since the 10th grade. I learned to play guitar with this band and have a more complete understanding of what music is alongside my band mates.
Maybe we musically jumped the gun on getting national attention? I think we scared some people away with what I feel was premature pop-punk... Some people say that this was our best music - I disagree. How could it have been, especially with having so little experience and seeing so little out there in the world. There is finally a story to tell.
We've been lost in the streets of Japan. We've stayed at the governor's house. We've lost band members to extreme serious issues that I'd rather not get into. Seen awful bands rise through the ranks by just saying what people want to hear. We've even written over 100 songs as a band. There is no doubt that it has taken 10 years for us to make our best album.
Just Say Yes was self released last month on our own label called Modern Short Stories. It was written and recorded from the heart. No record label was telling us when and where to record it or what to shoot for. The album is real and without a doubt the most genuine album we've ever made. I see right through so much of the music that comes out of this scene! Maybe when they turn 28 they will understand.
Getting to the point...
Outside of reviews from the critics (which have been quite amazing), we have had less feedback from fans and listeners of music than I had anticipated. The feedback from those who HAVE given it a chance and listened have had excellent things to say about it, but it seems as if most people just aren't hearing our music.
Money is tight. Music is easy to find for free for those who want it badly enough. Thus, I have decided to give out 100 copies of our downloadable CD for free today ALONG WITH a few extra songs - some songs you have definitely never heard, some that people have been wondering why they didn't make the cut, and some that people have been asking us to put into circulation just so they can have them on their ipods.
Please give this album an honest listen. Play it for your friends when you find the song that moves you. Please let us know what you think of the album by emailing me personally at email@example.com.
Thanks for your time,
Here you go - http://www.sendspace.com/file/yw8rfk enjoy.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
MY BIRTHDAY WISHLIST
1) Read the post above this.
2) I want more followers on Twitter! www.twitter.com/modernshorties
3) I want you to listen to Justin Oliver's "There Is A Rug" on his Myspace page and make it your profile song! www.justinolivermusic.com
4) I really want the 2nd season of Lost. Once I finish The Wire I am going to get started on that.
5) I want this artist Lisa Alisa to refund us the $400 she took from us after hiring her to do the album art for Just Say Yes. She completely flaked on us and refuses to refund our money. Thief! www.lisa-alisa.com
6) These headphones.
7) Some free studio time would obviously be incredible.
8) Complete restoration of the 400 or so contacts I accidentally deleted on my iPhone.
I don't think that's asking for too much!
Chris made this for me last year. He is my good buddy...
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
i met duncan sheik. he was speaking along side other creators for the play "spring awakening" to which he wrote the music for the soundtrack. my question to him in front of an auditorium half full was "how did you approach writing for theater for the first time, because i know if someone handed me a guitar and said "write a country song" that i would mimic themes and chord progressions from what i've heard on the radio." i was so nervous that i don't remember what he said. an empty stomach on red bull. my nerves were a plenty.
i sat on a panel of speakers at CMJ discussing what not to waste time with on the internet when promoting your band via web 2.0 elements. i don't know if the crowd took anything away from our comments, but i made them laugh, and i can live with just that.
I met a street musician that covers the gin blossoms and freedy johnston. he goes by "laust cauze". if you see him in the subway system you should request "bad reputation" and give him 2 bucks. I had a free pass to see 400 or so bands last week and i only saw one: Recover. I didn't see any famous people unless you consider Laust Cauze to be famous, but I don't think he's there (yet). I am now back home and hibernating. bears.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
We bought a fog machine this weekend. We used it at the show, the after party, and we'll keep it on full blast for all upcoming Punchline practices.
I just booked my train ticket to NYC for next week. I'll be there Monday evening thru Friday morning for CMJ.
I sold my telecaster. Case closed.
I am finishing up season 3 of The Wire this week, it is an intense show. Why do I like police detective based entertainment so much? It all started with the Commish. I watched the Departed last nite... definitely in my top 10.
Oh, Halloween. What a strange, strange holiday. October is the month of strange holidays. Happy Columbus Day. I hope you all got what you wanted. My mom got me a barrel full of spices.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Friday, October 3, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
chris - "dude cheaters wasn't on last nite!"
belan - "yeah i know i was pissed"
i just saw a story on the news about police looking for a group of guys from arizona who were chugging milk and then throwing up on moving cars. i need to get the triggers album and the matt pryor record.
i think i'm gonna sell my telecaster. not the semi-hollow one - the one pictured below... email me if you're interested. firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
You can now watch the Punchline video for "The Hit" over at www.absolutepunk.net!
The Mod Squad made its television debut 40 years ago today.
When is Pumpkin Pie day?
I still need to see the season premier of Heroes.
My jam of the week is: Superdrag - "Feeling Like I Do"
We went to visit our friend Eric Mikula in the hospital yesterday and he's making great progress! He was in a very serious car accident 1 month ago today.
I really don't think people change. That was a quote from ER today that I agree with. Ok some people do, but for the most part nah brah.
we saw an amazing infomercial the other night for The Best Of Guy Penrod. Amz.
this is us from one of our recent shows. what a good time!
this is pretty cool although i think ac/dc is totally overplayed... even in my blog!
Thursday, September 18, 2008
1 nada surf - "do it again"
2 the killers - "when we were young"
3 ben folds - "you don't know me"
4 justin oliver - "heaven and breakfast"
5 the avett brothers - "murder in the city"
6 bob mould - "stupid now"
The one thing I learned tonite is that Barack wears a size XL Punchline hoodie.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
i went to the baseball match today. the pirates just might have the worst record in the league.. but they won. actually i left before the game was over so i don't know if they did, but they were up 7-2 in the 7th. yeah i know my lingo.
this store at the mall specializes in scary life-like fake babies.
asm poster by Brian Reddy. Thanks Brian. Well played.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Mark Green dies tomorrow.
New Barely Blind is gonna give you chills.
I played my new guitar tonite at our surprise show in California. Rides like a dream.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
on a complete whim i buckled and decided to to buy my dream guitar yesterday after seeing a good deal on good old craigslist. it is in perfect condition. hopefully i can keep the scratches to a minimum. just say hell yes.