Music: “Remember Bane,” the “Dark Knight Rises” Parody of “November Rain”

This premiered on OverthinkingIt.com a few weeks ago; I’m posting on my site for those who missed it, and for my own archival purposes.

At our Geek Week live performance in May, we debuted an epic Bane-themed parody of  the epic Guns ‘n’ Roses song “November Rain.” We were capturing the anxiety of the moment: the disappointment that Bane, and not a better-known Batman villain was chosen, the concern over Bane’s muffled voice, and most of all, the fear that the movie couldn’t live up to its impossibly high expectations.

Now that the movie is upon us and the reviews are in, it appears that those fears are largely unfounded and that the movie will be a resounding success. But we still felt it important–nay, necessary–to memorialize the collective anxiety of that moment in the form of a proper recorded song and music video.

Ladies and Gentlemen, without further ado, I present to you “Remember Bane.”

I’m on vocals doing my best Axl Rose impression. Instrumentals are from a prerecorded karaoke track.

Video: 30th Birthday Concert: “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” “Don’t Stop Believin'”

On March 23, 2012, my cover band “Mojalai (aka The All Asian Killers Cover Band)” performed its first, and perhaps only, concert on the occasion of my 30th birthday. It was…a blast. Words won’t do it justice, so you’ll just have to watch the video to get a sense of the action.

Here are a couple of highlights from the evening: “Sweet Child of Mine”

and “Don’t Stop Believin,” featuring the amazing Mike Delouis on vocals.

You can watch the rest of the videos on Youtube.

Credits

  • Guitar, Vocals, Keyboard: Mark Lee
  • Guitar, Vocals: Roger Kuo
  • Bass: Chris Torres
  • Drums: Nik Custodio
  • Vocals: Mike Delouis
  • Video: Aaron Soffin
  • Venue: Fontana’s

Thanks to everybody who came out and made this evening so. much. fun.

Video: Gypsy Jazz in Paris

A few years ago, a friend of mine turned me on to “gypsy jazz,” or “jazz manouche” as the Parisians say. Since then I’d become entranced by the intricate harmonies, driving rhythms, and virtuosic guitar solos.

So when planning my recent trip to Paris, I put gypsy jazz at the top of my agenda. With the help of some web research–most notably, this 2010 article from The Guardian–I was able to track down two gypsy jazz performances while I was there in April 2012.

Bouquet Du Nord

This is by no means a smoky, dark jazz club. By day, and six nights per week, it’s a casual café/brasserie; Friday nights, they clear a few chairs out of the way and host a house jazz band that’s joined by occasional guest musicians.

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