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January 11, 2012
Ho there! My contract on Shark Tank is up and the company I work for doesn’t quite yet have the next show green-lit, so I am getting let go for at least a month, maybe longer.
I am looking to accept short-term or long-term work in television and film, development or production. I have extensive experience as an entertainment assistant, but I’m not too proud for PA work if it’s for a great show or company.
Please download my resume and send it to your coordinator friends! References available upon request.
November 16, 2011
I started a tumblr for my Skyrim character. The Superlative Annals of Lorcan Magee: From the Chopping Block to the Throne, How One Nordish Axemaster Pressed the Neck of Skyrim Beneath His Iron Jackboot of Courage will detail my character’s zany exploits as he traverses across Skyrim. It’s all the metagame justifications my mind comes with up for the things I do in the game. I have a ton pre-written, so there’s content at least for the next week, twice daily on week days.
November 7, 2011
I’m not sure how interesting self-absorbed introspective diary blogging is to the remaining people who keep Classical Geek Theatre in their RSS readers. That’s what this post is, though. You’ve been warned. Sufficiently.
If you didn’t know by now, Classical Geek Theatre isn’t really a “music blog”.
I don’t really seek-out new music anymore. Going to live rock shows isn’t a part of my lifestyle these days. I do not foresee these conditions changing in the future, near or distant. I’m an unreliable narrator more than ever in the realm of musical criticism and indie rock trends.
November 2, 2011
Besides running the most knowledgeable music blog on the internet, supplemented with a Sirius XMU radio show and a record label, Justin Gage edits the Echo Park Patch. Last week he invited me to submit a Five Echo Park Things. What was he thinking?!
Here it is. Thanks, Justin! That was fun.
August 29, 2011
My pal Benjamin Hoste just launched a multimedia website project that I took part in.
At last year’s FYF Fest, Hoste disemminated a bunch of cameras to musicians and fans in attendance and asked them to shoot what they saw. He’s juxtaposed the results with essays and music on a website, FYFxLOMO. It’s a really cool project and I’d vouch for it even if I didn’t participate.
I wrote an essay for the project, which can be found here. It’s a puffy piece of pro-LA propaganda with a forced metaphor, and I hope (though doubt) it will be the last I have to say about Pitchfork’s spotty coverage of the LA music scene.
Thanks, Ben! I had fun writing it. I’m honored to be included amongst many people more talented than I.
August 2, 2011
Ho there, Classical Geek Thespians! I come with good tidings, and promise of treasure.
I’m on the writing staff of a webseries sitcom in development and have also procured the position of music supervisor. As of today I am accepting song submissions for potential license. Should our eventual Kickstarter budget succeed, I will be looking to pay in the neighborhood of $150 per song, sync and master, across all media in perpetuity. The intent is to distribute the series on the web and I would be (however pleasantly) shocked if it ever saw distribution beyond that.
We’re doing six episodes and want to feature one song per episode, probably in a 5-10 second blurb. We’re also looking for a theme song, which we’d pay more for. The series is still being scripted. It’s a comedy in the vein of The Office or Arrested Development, but I want the sound track to be diverse. We want to hear music from all genres.
$150 is a small-ish amount, I know, but it’s real money. I went to bat with my producer that we should pay artists for their work. (We’ll also plug your bands site when the episodes go online, and probably a “featuring” credit somewhere.)
- Email download links for no more than five songs to firstname.lastname@example.org. Streaming tracks don’t help! I have to make compilation discs for my producer and his editors.
- Please include band name, website, a full contact name, and a phone number in the body of the email. Please also submit using an email address you check regularly.
- Submission is considered a handshake agreement to license across all media in perpetuity for $150. (I’m hoping to pay a bit more.) There will be a legally binding, standard license agreement, just please don’t submit songs that you would not license for that amount. I’ll be presenting comp discs to my producer with the understanding we can get the song for our budget.
I’m really excited about this. We’re looking to shoot in November and maybe edit in December, so December / January is probably when we’d be making decisions. But hurry up and submit today!
April 15, 2011
Sadly, I have to work today and will miss most of Coachella 2011 Day 1. (Give my regards to Titus Andronicus, pookie.) With any luck, I’ll be on the grounds by 9pm, well in time to catch Flogging Molly at midnight.
Like last year, I’ll be contributing to the excellent LA Bloga Nostra collective effort on Buzzbands.la. I’ll also be posting morning dispatches on this site every morning, with full-blown reviews the week after. If you’re going, please get there early on Saturday (1pm) and support The Henry Clay People.
I have to take it easy: two weeks ago I had my appendix taken out. A long post about that is in the works, about 2/3 done.
March 29, 2011
I’m DJig this. For a clue to the sort of thing you might hear between sets, here’s what I played the last time I DJed at the Satellite. Naturally, you want to cater to the bill and the crowd, but I have some principles which I intend to standby. More next week.
January 28, 2011
Hi. If you’re seeing this, you probably read Classical Geek Theatre regularly. If not: I’m Ben McShane, called “Mouse” by most, and I am an entertainment professional and freelance writer living in Los Angeles. Classical Geek Theatre is my online portal. It’s kind of a music blog, too. (Not as much lately, but I’m working on it.) Find out what I’ve been up to after the jump.
December 31, 2010
2011 sounds like a year from the future. Then again, most of us are communicating and watching video on a global communications satellite network that interfaces with pocket-sized color touch screen devices, so I suppose it is a year from the future.