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Shpadoinkle

Thursday, July 3rd, 2008

The sky is blue and all the leaves are green. 


The sun’s as warm as a baked potato.

I think I know precisely what I mean,

When I say it’s a shpadoinkle day.

 

Electric Apricot: Quest for Festeroo dropped on DVD in May and screened at Bonnaroo in June for its’ third annual unspooling at the Mecca of East Coast Jam Rock music festivals. This year The Roo was barely a “jam rock” music festival with headliners including; Chris Rock, Metallica and Kanye West.  Of course, it was the one and only Les Claypool who stole the show with a triple headed billing on Friday!  First the Colonel came out for a Q and A after our Electric Apricot screening to answer various questions about his cinematic notions.  If you did not already know:

Club Bastardo is the official Electric Apricot store. http://www.clubbastardo.com/

Be sure to check out the combo deals at the CRAP Store! 

And keep an eye out for Electric Apricot this summer at various festivals, brew pubs and beyond.  The film has played theatrically in over 40 cities now, so who knows where it might play next? How about your house? 

Later on Friday at Bonnaroo, Les unveiled yet another cool new version of The Les Claypool Band that featured MIRV on guitar and Tim from Dead Weight on cello. They ripped it on the “What Stage” as we enjoyed the final bits of dry weather. The deluge came down sometime after The Raconteurs and Chris Rock took the festival energy to next level.  After the monsters of rock did their thing the rain was coming down hard like it tends to do during the summertime in Tennessee.  After catching the start of My Morning Jacket’s four and a half hour set I skipped through the mud bogs to The Other Tent where the Colonel was due to play with Gogol Bordello.  Gogol Bordello was coming straight outta the Ukraine and had two flights on Gypsy Airlines cancelled so they were a few minutes late and lucky to have made it to the gig at all.  Before ya know it this new hybrid band started off into a wild theatrical set that paid homage to the one and only Tom Waits.  At the end of the set, Les brought out his high school buddy Kirk Hammett of Metallica for a couple of tunes including “Big in Japan. I will never forget Kirk trading Metallica-lead-guitar-shred licks with the old school accordian player from Gogol while this sexy gypsy girl was dancing with him and giving the full on shimmy shimmy.

The next day Pearl Jam took the highlight for sure although there were countless amazing performances all over the map.  I was excited to see one of my very favorite bands The Morning 40 Federation play at this super cool new indoor stage called “Something Else” that is styled after a New Orleans night club. The Forties played one of the sloppiest sets I have ever seen, but I still loved it and wondered how they could be that drunk by 3pm.  I would highly recommend Zappa Plays Zappa and Levon Helm!  I was really psyched to see old Willy Nelson for my first time! Now I feel like I am officially American after getting twangy with Old Willie. It still baffles me that the old cowboy got busted with a couple trash bags full of weed and mushrooms while touring through south last year.  All the Roo Buzz this year however was about Kanye being late and causing a controversy. He was late, we all should know he is the type of douche who loves to stir people up through his antics.  By the time he came on half the crowd had left and the sun was getting ready to rise, which wasn’t good for his UV Light Show.  Somehow I ended up on the hillside with about 70 associates who turned out one of the finest early morning dance parties I have ever attended.  I bussed out Sunday one happy camper!

Some slightly sad news for me during the summer of 2008 is that there will be no Mindfield Stage at this year’s Lollapalooza.  Fortunately Mindfield will continue on at Lollapalooza with its Text messaging prankster style, but the stage and grand scheme for Mindfield is on hiatus for this year.

The good news is that I am packing my bags and heading to Scotland to support The Rival Theater’s run of Cannibal: The Musical at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival!  Cannibal: The Musical is stepping up for a major international debut at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival with Frazer Brown at the helm with The Rival Theater Company. That’s right Edinburgh, Scotland and for 20 shows during what looks like one month of thespian paradise.

You can make friends with the UK Cannibals here!

The Cannibal The Musical World Tour continues July hitting Miami, Portland and Long Island. Check back here for major Cannibal: The Musical announcements in the upcoming weeks!  I hope you are having a Shpadoinkle Summer!

 

 

 

Playin in The Band

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

Some folks trust to reason others trust to might,
I don’t trust to nothin, but I know it comes out right.
Say it once again now, whoa, I hope you’ll understand
When it’s done and over, lord, a man is just a man.

Question? If an (electric) Apricot Tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, does it actually make a sound? That’s what this producer wants to know! Today I was reminded by my associate Leanne at BAIT (No relation to Lianne of Cannibal fame.) that today was our big DVD release day for Electric Apricot: Quest for Festeroo!! Oops it had slipped my mind completely as I am still bragging about another epic year at the New Orleans Jazz Fest where I got see Stevie Wonder and roll with my friends from the band Vinyl! In fact it was the Vinyl Crue’s 10th year running – so we celebrated that fact with blueberry pancakes and mimosa’s after Vinyl’s annual “Breakfast Show” at the Maple Leaf Bar. Check out Vinyl, who have been the CRAPtv house band for many colorful events in year’s past.

So if you didn’t know about the official DVD release for Electric Apricot: Quest for Festeroo – don’t feel bad cause I didn’t either! But it is available now at Club Bastardo, the official Electric Apricot store. Be sure to check out the combo deals at the CRAP Store too! And keep an eye out for it this summer at various festivals, brew pubs and beyond. The film has played theatrically in over 40 cities now and was recently booked at an official Burning Man 4/20 Staff party – so who knows where it might play next?!

Cannibal: The Musical Live is continuing to catch fire!! The Insurgo Theater Movement of Las Vegas turned up the Shpadoinkle to 11 with their last run of shows. They pulled in sweet reviews and enthusiastic audiences. So what happened in Vegas… Is going to keep happening in Vegas as John Beane and company are bringing the show back for another summer session. Check them out HERE and start looking for hotel deals!

I am also pleased to announce that Cannibal: The Musical is stepping up for a major international debut at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival with Frazer Brown at the helm with The Rival Theater Company. That’s right Edinburgh, Scotland and for 20 shows during what looks like one month of thespian paradise. I am looking into ways to make the trip and perhaps if my gambling goes well during the Vegas Shows – I will invite a lucky guest Cannibal Fan. In the mean time you can make friends with the UK Cannibals HERE!

I have been shooting more for Boing Boing and hostess extraodinaire Xeni Jardin, who have taken me on new adventures to meet folks who have helped create Wired Magazine, Speed Racer, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and this pretty bad ass geek haven called Tech Shop! So be sure to check out BOING BOING a directory of wonderful things!

And be sure to check back here soon for new Cannibal: The Musical show announcements and perhaps a couple of major new developments for CRAPtv!

Let’s Build a Snowman

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

Let’s Build a Snowman!
Let’s build a snowman!
We can make him our best friend.
We can name him Tom or we can name him George!
We can make him tall, or we can make him not so tall.
Snowman!

It has been an exciting winter for sure! Electric Apricot: Quest For Festeroo has successfully made its rounds theatrically with only a few select theatrical dates left before its DVD release hits in May. The official Electric Apricot: Quest for Festeroo Soundtrack is now available. I just listened to it rolling down Highway 5 and it most certainly jammed!
It’s available here: ELECTRIC APRICOT

Cannibal: The Musical Live! Has made a triumphant invasion into Las Vegas. John Beane and his Insurgo Theater have had a very shapdoinkle first run for the Vegas version of Cannibal, where the local crowd was certainly eating it up, laughing and occasionally ducking for cover. Insurgo Theater is taking their excellent reviews and already scheduling a second run starting in May! Yeah! Viva Las Vegas! It looks like there will be more Cannibal shows lining up for 2008 in other territories too – so stay tuned for that news.

We recently screened The Warped Tour a new documentary, which was shot, edited and directed by Jonathan Rach and produced by yours truely Jason McHugh. We are looking forward to springing this little rock doc loose on the masses starting this summer – much more to come about this brand new punk rock dock about the most successful music tour in American history! Everything you need to know about The Warped Tour can be found here: Warped
And director Jonathan Rach is quite an interesting fellow here is his homesite: Oddoblong.

I had another successful outing with Boing Boing which introduced me to Filking, Leslie Hall and Cutt Throat Cupcakes, so I have that going for me now and so does Tuhinal the very first CRAPtv Intern who is straight outta Finland yo! You should get it going on here with some boing boing!

And big major Congrats to our friends at South Park Studios.com for their major site relaunch! Finally I can catch up on all those missed episodes!

Burning Man

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

Hey Are You Going To Burning Man
Bury your toes in the desert sand
Ain’t no man for to tell you how to be
Come on down with me to down to Burn a man
I got a recipe for cosmic flan
Strip off your clothes and set your aura free

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So far 2008 is all about Electric Apricot: Quest for Festeroo. We recently had a triumphant run up in Northern California at The Red Vic and Rafael Theaters. Meanwhile, we have been held over for midnight screenings in Burlington, Vermont! And I am very pleased to announce that our 35 City theatrical tour is continuing to Los Angeles, Seattle and Santa Cruz.

This Friday, our director, Les Claypool will be in the house at The Sunset 5 for a Q and A and after party where we will be drinking plenty of Lagunitas Beer supplied to us from our sponsors – Lagunitas Beer!!! Our recent Q and A’s have been fairly entertaining with Les laying down the war story about the creation of this little slice of cinema. So come check it out if you can! The soundtrack is dropping February 26th and the DVD comes to us on March 22nd – so the Apricot countdown is upon us! Stay informed here: ELECTRIC APRICOT

In other news – I have been shooting some fun segments with Boing Boing!
Boing Boing has been expanding my horizons about fire fashion, steam punks, tree house builders, strange inventors and much more! They also did a great tribute to our long lost friend Timmy The Woodsman last summer! I will continue to post new Boing Boing links in our forums whenever possible. And that’s not all you could win a free toaster from CRAPtv if you join now! Get involved now before Microsoft attempts a hostile takeover of ye olde CRAPtv.

And for those of you who are going to Burning Man – I am very much looking forward to this year’s American Dream Theme. In fact it’s right up my dirt road as I have been an American dreamer for quite sometime now. If Burning Man is not your thing – maybe you prefer to keep it Shpadoinkle? And if you prefer to keep it Shpadoinkle than you should really consider heading to Las Vegas in the month of March because Cannibal: The Musical will be making its Nevada debut every weekend at The Onyx Theater!

And The Cradle Will Rock!

Thursday, January 3rd, 2008

And The Cradle Will RockCRAP Bird 5
by Van Halen
Well, they say it’s kinda frightnin how this younger generation swings.
You know, it’s more than just some new sensation.
Well, the kid is into losin sleep and he don’t come home for half the week.
You know, it’s more than just an aggravation.

Please Check out the CRAPtv Forums if you haven’t already – it’s a fresh content farm!

The crazy year known as 2007 ended like a Whirling Dervish for me! It was non-stop action – work play work play, always working always playing, all work and all play makes Jack a full boy – so I am not complaining that’s for sure!

Let’s just start with the fact that I scored sweet floor tickets to Van Halen from my very good friend Kam from Kamiam.com. Kam’s mom surprised her with plane tix back to Pittsburgh for Thanksgiving and to my delight and her chagrin – she sold me her ticket the day of the show because she had to board a flight home instead. Fortunately, Kam had a great Thanksgiving with the family and got to see Van Halen in December, because The Cradle Did Rock! Sure there was some cheese and a few canned vocals – but the band was psyched and played their oldies but goodies with David Lee Roth fronting the show. Diamond Dave had a shit-eating grin the whole time sucking in the stadium’s raining applause (and money) as he displayed his high kicks and quality vocals! Wolfgang Van Halen had his Dad Eddie so psyched it was unreal! Eddie was on a pink cloud as young Wolfgang laid down the bass lines for the band. It was pretty sweet to see this 15 year old chubby cherubic male rocker version of Valerie Bertinelli stepping up to the stadium size shows straight out of the gate! Good Times. Strangely – I recently dreamt that I was hanging out with Michael Anthony, Van Halen’s ousted Bass player.

Since then I hit Costa Rica with Matt and Angela and Kenny Hotz. Kenny was like the crazy jewish uncle that I never had, who was getting recognized by Swedish tourists and busting out one liners every 5 seconds! I got home to catch his show Kenny vs. Spenny now finally airing in the USA and saw the episode where he competes to see who can be tied to a goat the longest! Fine programming indeed – and supposedly there are 63 more waiting for me! Wow Uncle Kenny!

The holidays hit and it was time for another New Year’s Eve Hatters Ball Extravaganza at the old Fillmore Auditorium hosted by Colonel Les Claypool. This year we presented an aquarium theme and the band rocked the New Year in with a guy surfing the crowd on a ten-foot long board to the surf rock song Hendershot before they dove into a version of Octopussy’s Garden sang by Adam Gates in a fancy Shark Suit.

Anyway it’s 2008 and we’re still talking about Electric Apricot: Quest for Festeroo! We have had a good run so far with our theatrical release! We were held over in several cities and even had a sold out show in New York City via a word of mouth thang – so we’re happy about that and excited to support the continued art house run for the movie!

It’s premiering today in San Francisco and Salt Lake City and hitting more cities from there which you can read about here: electricapricot.com

The Electric Apricot: Quest for Festeroo DVD is coming out March 18th so stay tuned for that!

And big props out to Paul aka Cannibal Lover and Keith aka Alferd for all their help on the recent CRAPtv server switch! We have new hosting and should be on an even keel for the foreseeable future! So let’s rock 2008! There’s lots of new and old content coming soon!

Rock and Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution

Thursday, October 4th, 2007

CRAP Bird 10Rock and Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution
Hey there, all you middle men
Throw away your fancy clothes
And while you’re out there sittin’ on a fence
So get off your ass and come down here
‘Cause rock ‘n’ roll ain’t no riddle man
To me it makes good, good sense

Coming Soon Mindfield News 007!

Coming Soon Electric Apricot: Quest for Festeroo!!

Click onto CRAPtv Forums – where it’s all happening right here right now.

Happy Summer! Or I guess its really about Fall right now – time flies when you are having fun. The Summer of 007, which is of course the 40th Anniversary of the Summer of Love, has blown right by in a swirl activity. There has barely been time for web updates this summer – so welcome to the Summer blogathon compilation!

This blogathon compilation is getting started at the Austin City Limits music festival, where I plan to see everyone from Bjork to Bob Dylan, so that should be good. And of course I have recently returned from Ye Olde Burning Man out in the Black Rock Desert, which was chock full of adventure to be sure.

It’s a miracle and congratulations to David Lee Roth and Eddie Van Halen and Alex Van Halen who are finally back together for a real Van Halen Reunion; too bad bass player Michael Anthony got the boot, but we shall see how young Wolfgang Van Halen holds up. Just to date myself, Van Halen was my very first rock concert and I have seen hundreds of concerts since that very formative experience in the Sixth Grade! Now I have just heard that Led Zeppelin is getting back together with all the original members and Jason Bonham is sitting in for his father John Bonham. Amazing! Someday Jason Bonham and Wolfgang Van Halen should get together to form Van Zeppelin – that could be really huge.

Hopefully we will be presenting some new short videos from Lollapalooza 2007, where we had another great year doing Mindfield, the text messaging prankster game and comedy stage, which is now in its fourth version. This year we presented the Mindfield News, featuring some fine young talent from The Second City and Mission Improv, who created guerrilla comedy all over the grounds of Lollapalooza. We will let you know when those get posted on-line! The music at Lollapalooza was most excellent, of course although I missed most of it due to my working status there… But what I saw I liked! For example I caught some of LCD Sound System and all of Daft Punk who ripped it up! Of course Pearl Jam was the headliner drawing the big crowd of maybe 60,000… The PJ show had an Interpreter for the deaf, which was kind of puzzling to me – I was thinking how many deaf people are muscling to the front of this enormous crowd so they can see what she what this chick was signing from her little perch to the side of the stage? Who knows? But after plowing through most of their classic tunes they brought out Ben Harper for the finale and then Dennis Rodman jumped on stage and put lil Eddie Vedder (aka the Cheesy Devil) on his shoulders for a victory dance… The next day I found out that Eddy got censored on the AT and T webcast for dissing the BP Oil Company for polluting the great lakes. Eddie and lots of eco rockers (and all those wacko freedom of speech people) were pissed off and there was hell to pay! I bet Ed Sullivan, the original rock ‘n roll censored/broadcaster had a boner in his grave! I did actually feel sorry for AT and T Blue Room this time, because they do webcast lots of great music all summer long, but as a corporation they really need to be more supportive of people hating corporations!

Burning Man 007 was ass backwards and all about Mother Nature kicking our asses for better and for worse. I always like to go one a date with myself on my first out in the desert and I didn’t let myself down this year. I had a grand old time chilling out by this orange trash fence in the middle of nowhere with front row seats for an amazing lunar eclipse. “Monday became the new Saturday” at Burning Man, when some super freak actually climbed way up on top of the pavilion that supported The Man and torched his ass before things had barely begun. Apparently it is the first time this has happened in the 22 year history of the event. “Where were you when the man burned” became the new “Where were you on 911” for Burners. Supposedly the torching man is sporting some goofy face paint in his mug shot and this act of defiance was “an old school burner prank of protest that Burning Man has become too much like Alterna-Disneyland with too many spectators.” I am all for mixing it up and keeping the prankster spirit alive, but I think the guy did the deed for sheer personal PR grandiosity and five minutes of fame and now the poor bastard’s facing arson charges. It’s amazing how seriously people take this strange desert festival on so many different levels. Regardless, they still have me totally brainwashed, but it ain’t no weenie roast that’s for sure.

We set up our best version yet of this little installation called The White Rabbit’s Blingy Bubble Bath, featuring The Bear and The Armadillo for 007. It looked great right on The Esplanade for about 42 hours before it got blown into a pile of twisted steel and leather donuts. Fortunately, I was able to salvage the key hardware and artwork for this piece. I guess we weren’t quite prepared for high winds and dust storm white outs that greeted us a couple of afternoons in a row. It was the dusty beat down if you were caught off guard this year – I am still trying to get the sand out of several cracks…. We had scheduled to host Hunkamama to play with The Miss Black Rock City Beauty Pageant, but the gig coincided with these nasty white outs two days in a row, so the show didn’t go on… Show business in the desert can be a bitch sometimes, oh well next year perhaps. We did have our house band – The Morning Dues play their annual breakfast jam, which really took shape this year. On the fashion front orange and pink were still in vogue for this camper.

After Burning Man, I just had to head to Texas for the Austin City Limits Music Festival, in order to promote Electric Apricot: Quest For Festeroo and see a bunch of my Lollapalooza co-workers. Needless to say I had a great time there too – that festival is excellent and so is the whole town of Austin. The people in Austin are super cool and the culture runs as deep as their natural springs. There was a wide spectrum of music there. I really enjoyed seeing everyone from Charlie Musselwhite to MIA to Rose Hill Drive and this Cross Canadian Ragweed band. I really really enjoyed My Morning Jacket, Stephen Marley and that old Bob Dylan guy, even though he needed some warming up early in his set. It was a hot time in Texas!

The summer tour was not quite over yet. I still had to head north for my Grandma’s 96th birthday and see the closing of The Sweetwater, a legendary old school local music club that is sadly shutting it doors after many years of rocking…. My Grandma certainly isn’t closing her doors, she just got her driver’s license renewed at age 96! We were fortunate enough to book a local group called The Tourette’s Sisters who serenaded dear old grandma at this fat garden party my mom organized. It was sweet.

Now I am back in the saddle and it’s all about the upcoming release of Electric Apricot Quest for Festeroo coming to theaters this November 9th!
Check out http://www.electricapricot.com right now!!

Dancing In The Street

Wednesday, July 4th, 2007

CRAP BirdDancing In The Street
by Martha Reeves & The Vandellas | Van Halen
Callin’ out around the world
Are you ready for a brand new beat?
Summer’s here and the time is right
For dancin’ in the streets
They’re dancin’ in Chicago
Down in New Orleans
Up in New York City

Happy Summer from Portland Oregon where I am a shady panelist at The Platform International Animation Festival. I am part of two group discussions, one about entertainment for cell phones and another about how to get a job coming out of college – of course I am the representative of someone who didn’t get a job after college, so that should be interesting. I am also just back from The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, so its not surprising that I am humming along to the song Dancing In The Streets during this June that has certainly been busting out all over. Thanks to everyone who sent kind words after CRAPtv’s recent relaunch with the “Back in Black” Tribute to Timmy The Woodsman posted last month. We recently got word that Timmy is happily resting in peace with James Brown.

Of course these last few months have brought on an ongoing hullabaloo about the first CRAP literary work to hit the scene. I recently looked at a copy of Glasgow’s Royal Nonesuch and noticed that it had a picture of a bear drinking turpentine, which is of course a depiction of Timmy’s very first suicide attempt. I thought to myself “Is that in really bad taste by the book’s publisher Grove Atlantic? Or is it just plain sweet marketing for a story about a guy who was known to dress up like a bear and had also attempted suicide by drinking Turpentine? I still can’t decide, but naturally since The Bear was a really good friend of mine I am really too close to the situation to have any type of reasonable perspective on the big picture, but regardless I feel backed into a corner where I feel I must dutifully proclaim that the Nonesuch cover is total “faggotry!” – Fortunately the book is better than its cover. Reflecting on winter it seems like perhaps somehow Timmy hoisted his finger to the whole situation by finally, successfully, killing himself in nearly the same month as The Royal Nonesuch was released. Timmy had no idea when the book was going to be released, but he was a poet at heart and his timing was certainly poetic in the scheme of events. And of course, I should certainly not forget the old formula: Tragedy + Time = Comedy. Just like the fact that it’s now okay to make 9/11 jokes – I know that it somehow has to be totally dope, sweet and tight that we have a party bear that drinks paint thinner on the scene and I just need to catch up to that fact… Other than that I am still in disbelief that I haven’t received a free copy yet. Starring in books certainly doesn’t compare to starring in movies. There are no royalties and no complimentary copies after what I feel was an amazing and heartfelt starring performance by yours truly…

Bonnaroo was a blast and it was a pleasure to screen Electric Apricot: Quest For Festeroo at the original and mighty Roo to an enthusiastic crowd on Friday night. The Bonnaroo musical line up was amazing no matter what kind of music you like. Our movie screening was scheduled against The Roots, Manu Chao, Lily Allen, and The Black Keys, so we were happy to have as strong as a turn out as we did. Thanks to everyone who made it! As the producer of the film, it is always a joy to watch the movie with an attentive and stoked audience – so needless to say, I had lots of fun hanging out and dropping swag on new friends in Tennessee! The rest of the weekend was too much fun and musical highlights included Ween, The White Stripes, The North Mississippi All Stars, The Super Jam with Ben Harper, Quest-Love and John Paul Jones from that little band called Led Zeppelin – they rocked Dazed and Confused for so long I am not sure, but it was amazing indeed!! The hero of the modern Jam scene, Warren Haynes with his band Gov’t Mule hammered Bonnaroo with the Hot List of special guests including Michael Franti, Bob Weir, John Paul Jones, Hot Tuna and more while the super funksters from New Orleans – Galactic – brought a platoon of freestylers who got the party jumping through the tent. This was of course while The Flaming Lips attacked from the back with an extended mystery sound check show that featured a space ship landing and a cast of hundreds. I am tired just thinking about it, but we had to go check out Sasha and Digweed, who were still thumping the bass at that Other Tent. Oh yeah and that band The Police played too, but I was far away and it seemed like a Police cover band even though it was the real thing, and I could hear 80,000 other people singing over that Sting guy, fortunately I am lucky enough to say I caught their Synchronicity tour back in the 80’s.

More news soon on the upcoming theatrical release for Electric Apricot: Quest For Festeroo, which will be presented by none other than one of America’s favorite comedy brands, National Lampoon. Check out the new Trailer here: www.electricapricot.com

The summer also brings another year of Mindfield, the text messaging prankster game that is part of the Perry Farrell experience of Lollapalooza, which will be happening once again August 3rd, 4th and 5th in Chicago’s Grant Park. This year we will be returning with a Monster Vaudeville Theme and amazing comics from The Second City and Mission Improvable improv troupes, who will deliver unique sets of interactive group comedy before we embark into all sorts of bizarre competitions called Battle Royales that will send many lucky winners to the VIP section. Lots is in the works this summer -> more news soon!

Back In Black

Sunday, June 3rd, 2007

CRAP BirdBack In Black
Cause I’m back on the track
And I’m beatin the flack
Nobody’s gonna get me on another rap
So look at me now
I’m just makin my play
Don’t try to push your luck, just get out of my way

Welcome to the brand new version of CRAPtv 2007, where we have lots of interesting stuff coming your way in the upcoming months.

But we are Back in Black because, it was a dark winter for the founders of CRAPtv, so dark I couldn’t even correctly go public with our story until the light of summer recently started showing its face. In short, our old friend Timmy The Woodsman passed away in early February. He left this world via suicide and while that couldn’t have been a complete surprise to anyone who knew Timmy, it was still incredibly sad. Timmy the Woodsman was of course the star of The Hot Show, a whacked out pilot CRAPtv produced back in 2001. A lot has happened since then to say the least. We have been through the ringer and back. Amazingly there are two books chronicling the life and times of CRAPtv that both feature intimate portraits of the one and only Timmy The Woodsman. The first one, The Royal Nonesuch: Or, What Will I Do When I Grow Up? was written by CRAPtv’s ex-partner, Glasgow Phillips and was released about a month after they found Timmy hanging from that tree. I had some seriously mixed feelings about Glasgow’s Royal Nonesuch, so the timing of Timmy’s death and Glasgow’s book release was fairly rough for everybody involved. But we carry on and there is more to come. Glasgow’s book and book reviews are all over the web by now, so feel free to check out one perspective on CRAP history and prepare for another version to spring loose sometime in 2008.

What more can I say about Timmy? Well a lot. My experiences with him were one of many major catalysts to set the creation of SCRAP Book taking motion. Timmy himself was almost always in motion, he was man on the move, a man on a mission, he was fairly out of control, but super charming and strangely loveable, but easily hateable too. Timmy the Woodsman even provided the inspiration for the epic South Park character Timmy! The Woodsman was the ultimate class clown court jester, he was a professional fuck up, who happened into some success when he hooked up our crappy company. One thing is for sure, Timmy was shot through a Hollywood cannon and got a bigger ride than he possibly could have imagined the day he swaggered through the doors of CRAPtv, back in the Fall of 1999.

Sometime in early 2001 things took a major turn for the worse for Timmy. Sadly he got sucked into a system of institutions that he could never shake himself free from. After several years of trying to get free he began to lose hope and eventually succumbed to his demons. Of course it was not quite that simple, but let’s hope he has finally found his freedom.

Welcome, again!

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

CRAP BirdWelcome to CRAPtv 2007, we have been on-line in one form or another since 1998. CRAPtv continues this year celebrating user-generated content all over the web, as well as our own original CRAPtv videos, reviews and even blogs.

CRAPtv is a content DJ! Please join our Forum where we welcome postings of video, text and music links from members of our community, which we discuss in our forum.

The CRAPtv channel is about to begin again for the first time in five years! Finally web video content has become real and CRAPtv is syndicating its channel all over the web and offering filmmakers backend revenue with quarterly statements! All interested filmmakers should contact jasonmchugh2 @ yahoo.com for complete details.

Additionally, CRAPtv sells merchandise for Cannibal: The Musical, Orgazmo and will be offering new Electric Apricot merchandise soon.

Look for special CRAPtv forum reports on Les Claypool’s directorial debut “Electric Apricot: Quest for Festeroo,” and Mindfield, the text messaging prankster game that is happening once again at Lollapalooza 2007.

Welcome!

Thursday, April 27th, 2006

JasWelcome to CRAPtv 2006, we have been on-line in one form or another since 1998. CRAPtv relaunches this year celebrating user-generated content all over the web, as well as our own original CRAPtv videos, reviews and even blogs.

CRAPtv is a content DJ where we welcome postings of video, text and music links from members of our community, which we discuss in our forum.

Additionally, CRAPtv sells merchandise for Cannibal: The Musical, Orgazmo and will be offering new merchandise soon.

This year CRAPtv will be networking with You Tube, My Space and E-bay to further network all of our action. Also look for special CRAPtv forum reports on Les Claypool’s directorial debut “Electric Apricot: Quest for Festeroo,” and Mindfield, the text messaging prankster game happening at Lollapalooza 2006.

Note: Youtube is doing a whole lotta maintenance at the time of writing this, so if the shorts don’t work, they should later!