Thursday, October 30, 2008

Day 4 of 7 (Matt's Student Films)

I wrote a song a few years ago using all sound effects plus guitar. This year I decided to make a video for it. This video is called "Matt's Morning." This is a typical morning in the life of me.

side note: My youtube account will not let me upload videos right now so check it out at blip.tv.

http://blip.tv/file/1292445/


If anyone would like to hear the extended version of this song, it is on my myspace. www.myspace.com/mattbrasch

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

PHILLIES WIN! PHILLIES WIN! PHILLIES WIN!

big ups to our home town philadelphia phillies for being downright amazing and winning the 2008 world series. so happy. i can remember crying (at age 6) when joe carter hit that homerun to beat the 1993 phillies and being crushed. tonight was one of the best nights to see a team that works so hard for a city that loves them so much to finally win a championship.

go phils! our thoughts are with you charlie manuel and shane victorino for your losses,

congrats again to the 2008 WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS, THE PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES!!!!!

-josh

family

keeping with some sappy nostalgic posts on this board i wanted to talk about a different kind of family. i love my mom/dad/brother/sisterinlaw/little nephew, but what i'm talking about is the friends we meet on the road and have little families all over the country and the world. the boys from a new born thriller (myspace.com/anbt) needed a place to crash last night so they hit me up and shacked up on the floor of my nasty apartment. i was so stoked to see them and return the favor they've done for us countless times. being in a touring band gives me a whole different sense of family with these guys and tons of other bands. gas prices, weather, speeding tickets, and flat tires suck enough as it is, us touring bands have to stick together and be good to one another. i can't think of too many people who can be hundreds, if not thousands, of miles from home and have a warm place to rest up for the shitty drive tomorrow. i hope all the bands we tour with like a new born thriller know they have homes in south eastern pennsylvania just like i know i have a home in virginia, tallahassee, vancouver, birmingham, newport city, kansas city, detroit, and countless other places.

thanks boys, it was fun as hell

josh

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Day 3 of 7 (Matt's Student Films)

Hearing loss is a serious issue in the music community. Just attending 1 show without ear protection permanently damages your ears to some extent. Once your ears are damaged they cannot be repaired. Being the retard that I am, I have gone to hundreds of shows and band practices without earplugs. I also listen to music and practice my instruments way too loud. I have lost a considerable amount of hearing over the years and I would like to save you from doing the same thing.

In my video “Hearing Loss” I interview 3 musicians from the Pennsylvania pop punk scene about life with hearing loss. This video features Ben Link from Fell Victim, Drew Conte from I Call Fives, and Wes Lieberher from Kill Verona. Filming and Editing by me (Matthew Brasch).

I would especially like to thank Wes Lieberher and his organization, Keep the Dream Alive, for inspiring me to do this video. Keep the Dream Alive promotes wearing ear protection and gives away free ear plugs at shows.



Or

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5MT_9cpsCU

Check out…
…Keep the Dream Alive www.myspace.com/keepthedreamaliveta
…Kill Verona www.myspace.com/killverona
…I Call Fives www.myspace.com/icallfives
…Fell Victim www.myspace.com/fellvictimpa

Day 2 of 7 (Matt's Student Films)

This piece is called “Nervous.” This was the first experimental video that I’ve ever done. My first assignment for experimental video class was to pick a word and shoot something to describe it. This was the result.

Cinematography, Lighting, Filming, Music, Artwork and Editing by Matthew Brasch.
Artwork and extra help behind the camera by Laura Borucki.



Or

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4VKOyla6ftI

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Day 1 of 7 (Matt's Student Films)

Day 1 of 7

For those that did not read my post on Wednesday, I am going to be posting a new video of mine every day of this week (October 27 - November 3). This year I have been working on a plethora of videos for school and I’d like to share them with as many people as possible. On the final day, November 3rd, I am posting a video that is due for school. My grade is based upon how many hits I get. If you would like to be extremely amazing, tell all of your friends to check the videos out. Please feel free to repost this message on message boards and emails.

This is a video that I created for experimental video class. The video is called “Dexterity” and it features The Wonder Years’ song “Solo + Chewy Holdin It Down.” This video shows what each of the limbs are doing while playing the instruments for this song. I also wanted to show the way I felt about listening to music visually. When I listen to music, it is always a new experience because I am always listening for different things or thinking about different things each time. I wanted to create the same experience for the viewer. If you watch the video multiple times, try paying attention to different frames each time.



Or

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6NR1c4Vycw

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

watch my student films and give me some feedback

Next week (Oct 27 - Nov 1) I will be posting a new video each day that I have been working on at school. Each video is different in style, format, and content. Please check some of the stuff out. If you do not like one of the films one day, do not be discouraged to come back and check out others because, like I said, they are all completely different. If you like what you see please subscribe to my youtube account. The main reason that I am uploading all of these videos in a row is to hopefully gain some viewers. I have a project that is due on Monday, November 2nd and my grade is based upon how many views I get online.

To start you off, I just uploaded an experimental documentary that I made about being broke as fuck on the road. I used footage from the past summer tour as well as some other footage from previous tours. Enjoy and give me some feedback.



If this doesn’t work, here is the link…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpOc2JoblmE

-MattBrasch

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Totally Agree


So funny that Soupy just posted about the world and how much stuff there is to see and how little time it seems we have to see it all. Today in one of my classes we watched an old newscast about Japan and its cultural and economic differences and it got me thinking... Years ago, before TWY, I could only dream of spending weeks in the UK with some of the coolest dudes in the world, or traveling across the country with my best friends. But since this band became "real" I have been blessed with more opportunities than I could ever imagine possible (and more than I probably deserve at times). The Wonder Years has kept me young, even as we all near the end of college and have grown into our places in the real world. This band has made me believe that there is nothing in this world that you can't achieve with the help of friends if you want it bad enough. I've always wanted to visit asia, specifically Japan, and after watching that video clip today, I am more excited than ever to think that TWY may one day bring us there as well! As much as I will miss my amazing friends in philly when this year is done, I'm pretty sure I speak for everyone in the band when I say that I am counting the days until we can hit the road and meet each and every person around the world that has ever supported us or will support us in the future. Hopefully the stuff we are writing, and stuff we have yet to write, will be strong enough to get us everywhere we want to go and show us all the places we want to see. But obviously, regardless of the crap we write, we will always owe everything to the kids that helped us from the beginning; the kids who are all a part of the DIY scene that is like no other group in music today. Thank you again, and may that mentality live on for a long time to come, and keep bringing great music and good times to towns all around the world.


Casey,

p.s. my apologies for the moment of sentimental bullshit, but I'm sure a lot of you dudes in bands would agree.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Looking at pictures of Birmingham

Some days, the world seems so big that when I think about it, I get dizzy and anxious and never want to leave my bed again. Then, I start to get upset that there's so much going on that I'm not seeing. I'm beyond grateful that this band has let me see so much of this world already. Thanks.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Passion Brand Clothing on THE REAL WORLD

HELP OUR FRIENDS AT PASSION BRAND CLOTHING:

Our good friend Dave, Founder of Passion Brand Clothing will be entering the online casting call for the new season of The Real World MTV. If you don't already know about Passion Brand, check out their new fall line of cloths now and vote for Dave while you're there!

Vote for Davis Passion to be on THE REAL WORLD now by clicking the link below!




and vote vote vote

you can vote once a day, so vote EVERYDAY!!!!

thanks so much

NL CHAMPS! GO PHILS!!!


So if you haven't heard already (cause you don't live in philly or you've been living under a rock...) the Philadelphia Phillies are going to the fuckin World Series for the first time in over 2 decades! They beat the LA Dodgers in game five of the NLCS last night 5 to 1. I watched the game at our neighborhood bar up the street in East Falls called Murphy's Irish Pub. Such an electrifying moment when they got that last out. The bar exploded with screams, hugs, and high fives. The streets of south philly filled up with loud phils fans for the rest of the night and people drove around every part of the city honking horns and shit. it ruled! So it's looking like we will probably be up against Tampa Bay since boston can't seem to get there act together. Can't wait for the next game...

Monday, October 13, 2008

Two New Songs/Charity Shirt Ruled/Bike Shit

New Songs:



This weekend we wrote two new songs. I can't tell you what they're for yet, but I can tell you that we're recording them at the end of November with Vince Ratti at Skylight Studios and that they are tentatively titled: An Elegy for Baby Blue and It's Never Sunny in (South) Philadelphia. I'm really proud of them right now. I was starting to get mega-nervous. I think it happens to a lot of people when they're writing new material. I kept writing these melodies and then having anxiety over whether or not they were up to the level of Won't Be Pathetic Forever, but I'm confident now and it feels good.

Charity Shirt:



It's been four days and the charity shirt is all but sold out. I'm looking at the orders now and we're down to the last two shirts. I'm really proud to be able to help with this and so excited that you guys all came through and bought shirts.








Bike Shit:




This weekend, my friend Kevin and I rode our bikes 30+ miles from South Philadelphia to Blue Bell, PA. the ride rook us along Kelly Drive and up the Wissahickon Creek. It was a ton of fun and had some awesome scenery. We did the whole thing on fixed gear bikes so it was crazy riding around on the trails.

I also put on a new front wheel I got for free at the IRO cookout and started painting the fork I got from them too. Riding around has been keeping me sane in between clases and work.



Thursday, October 9, 2008

Help us help someone!



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Do something worthwhile!

I've been sitting here for a while trying to think of exactly what I wanted this to say without offending anyone or any organizations. I think I'll just put it this way: it's amazing that kids into punk rock and hardcore are into being charitable, but, in my opinion, the money isn't going to where it's most needed. Realistically, most of us here in the good old first world have it pretty sweet, comparatively speaking. There are families all over this world who can't manage to eat much less sit and mull over the inanities that make people in this country depressed. I am guilty of getting down on myself and my life from time to time. We all are, but there are people that have it much harder and in my opinion, those people are who need your help. I think it's about time I put my money where my mouth is on this issue and so I've organized this whole thing to help. We have this VERY limited T-shirt design for sale. We're only going to sell 50 of these bad boys and ALL of the profits will go to buying a cow for a family in a third world nation through The Heifer Foundation. The cow will not only provide enough milk for a family and neighbors, but will give birth once a year to a calf that will be given to another family in order to continue the cycle. This is possible through the charity of Daniel Fishel for donating his artwork and Heart of Gold Clothing for donating their time and talent to print and ship all of these shirts. They are truly some of the best people I know and I thank them for their help in this endeavor. Below you will see EXACTLY where your money goes when you buy one of these shirts. There is literally nothing skimmed off the top. Costs are covered and the rest goes directly to purchasing the cow. Also below, I have included some quotes from the Heifer Foundation's website so you know exactly what it is you're helping. This is a good cause and a dope shirt to boot. On top of all this, all shirts will be transported to shipping via bicycle so we're even being eco-friendly. Get into it!

Total cost to you (including shipping)*- $17.00
Cost of each shirt- $2.00
Cost of oversized screens (total)- $50.00 ($1.00 per shirt)
Cost of shipping per shirt*- $4.00
Money donated per shirt- $10.00

"A good dairy cow can produce four gallons of milk a day - enough for a family to drink and share with neighbors. Milk protein transforms sick, malnourished children into healthy boys and girls. The sale of surplus milk earns money for school fees, medicine, clothing and home improvements.

And because a healthy cow can produce a calf every year, every gift will be passed on and eventually help an entire community move from poverty to self reliance. Now that's a gift worth giving!" –Heifer Foundation

* Overseas shipping adds $2.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

RIP Kelly




If you know me, you know that I am absolutely terrified of dogs. I had a plethora of bad childhood experiences and I can't be around dogs at all without freaking out. Needless to say, this presents a problem on tour. Tons of people we stay with have dogs and I end up sleeping in the van or hiding behind Josh until I'm safely away from the dog. The first time we got to the Wasserman residence in Monterrey, CA, this massive horse of a dog greeted us. I subsequently ran upstairs. However, over the next few days, Kelly didn't growl or even bark once. He obviously got in the way a lot due to his size and was often stumbled over, but he never seemed to care. I'd never liked a dog this much, felt as comfortable around a dog like this or seen a dog so happy and loving and smart. When we came back to Monterrey I was excited to see Kelly and am really glad I got another chance to hang out with him. Today, he had to be put to sleep. He had bone cancer and it was beyond control anymore. I'm going to miss Kelly a lot and I wish the Wasserman's the best. RIP Big Guy.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

VP Debate tomorrow

I couldn't be more excited to watch Sarah Palin eat massive shit in Vice Presidential Debate tomorrow. Joe Biden probably won't have to say a word.