The Wise Man Has the Power… To Reason Away…

Thursday, August 28th, 2008 | 11:41 am and filed in Music.

Ten Points if you know where the headline comes from! If you’re a fan of the internet series Yacht Rock?, then you like millions of others are familiar with the smoothness of those lyrics. This show parodies the music business of the late 70s and Early 80s. Each 5 minute episode combines a bit of music history with very clever screenwriting that merges the dialogue with music of the era. Go to the channel101.com site and at least watch episode 1 and 2. Episode 2 is hysterical, but Epi 1 sets up the plot.

The cast from this show had a party in San Francisco at the Rickshaw Stop where they screened all current 11 episodes. It was pretty amazing (or disturbing) to see how many fans came out to support the now cancelled show. Quite a few people dawned their nautical garb, and being in San Francisco, in was not surprising to see a few ardent ’sailor characters’ on deck. I wasn’t thinking ahead, so I didn’t pull out my insipid blue nautical blazer with the gold anchor buttons.

It was great to meet JD Ryznar, one of the creators and plays the Michael McDonald character, who seemed genuinely surprised to see a packed house. I also had a chance to chat with “Hollywood” Steve, who mentioned a few ideas of perhaps a final episode. Steve is currently working at MTV/VH-1 as a writer for some of their reality shows - so he is partially responsible for the decline and fall of the modern civilization. The show is going on the road with future dates in other cities, they are sending out bulletins on their MySpace Page

The evening ended with a musical performance from The Guitar Zeros, playing under the name “Coccoon: The Movie: The Band.” I’ve heard of these guys before, but this was the first time I had a chance to seem them perform. Their trademark is the use of Guitar Hero controllers to trigger software instruments running on laptops. A full tutorial and software download is available on their website - hopefully there are some industrious reason users out there who might trying to rig their controller to Thor ;)

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