Thursday, July 30, 2009

My Chemical Romance Madness

So, as some readers know, this past weekend I was on vacation and in an area where there was no signal. It was pure torture, mostly because My Chemical Romance has changed their entire website.

The band has a new logo font, which has a very "Clockwork Orange" vibe, and their background for the site is a dark picture of recording equipment, but -beyond the aesthetic differences- there are much, much bigger changes.

Among the navigation tabs at the top of the page, there is a section labeled, "members." When one attempts to register to be a member, one bumps into a slight problem- there is a "secret password" one has to use to register. These lucky people somehow already got their password, but how? Luckily, you have yours truly to explain these things.

California-area members of MCR's street-team, the MCRmy (of which you all know I am a proud member) began getting the following e-mail, which was accompanied by their secret code:

Members of the MCRmy,

As a thank you for being loyal fans of My Chemical Romance for so
long, we’re inviting you to be the first to register for
MyChemicalRomance.com. This means that you’ll be able to add your
thoughts on MCR’s blog posts, get your own profile at MCR.com, and
more features coming!

You have also been chosen to join My Chemical Romance at the ROXY in
Los Angeles on either July 31st or August 1st for a free private club
show.

You will be given a unique code to claim one pair of tickets for one
of the two shows. That means that it can only be used one time. Do not
post this anywhere, or someone may use your code before you do. Note
– this offer is only for a pair of tickets. Travel or hotels (if you
need them) are not provided – just the tickets!



There are only 100 pairs of tickets to each show, so reserve yours
right away. Once they’re gone, they’re gone. Good luck!


Those who did not get the e-mail about the Roxy shows could have won tickets from KROQ, but -otherwise- this appears to be a private show for the MCRmy.

My Chem bassist Mikey Way urges fans to be patient, assuring us that registration will be open for all soon enough.

I will keep my internet eyes and ears open for details from these shows and post them for you here as they come.

XoXo
c.

PS: I see that I have a few new blog followers! Hello, guys! Comment and say, "Hi." I swear I don't bite!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Lots of MCR news including 2 shows at The Roxy in L.A. THIS week!
I'll give the details later.

Warped tour tomorrow!

XoXo
c.

PS: Sorry for the txt update.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Gerard Way Announces "KillJoys": New Comic Series


Many months ago, fans were spun into a frenzy of excitement when Gerard Way announced via twitter that he would be coming out with a new comic series. We were excited, yet clueless until this point, having previously known only that it would be "very different" from The Umbrella Academy and that Way would be collaborating with Becky Cloonan. Thanks to a Dark Horse panel at Comic-Con, we now have a title, prospective release-time, artists, and a general concept idea.

So, here's the deal:

Gerard announced at a Dark Horse panel at San Diego Comic-Con earlier today that his new series is titled, Killjoys.

Written by Way, the comic will feature the talents of Shaun Simon as a co-writer and of Becky Cloonan as an illustrator. The six-issue series, which is set for release in 2010 will, indeed, be different from Way's previous work, The Umbrella Academy. According to an interview Gerard did with Comic Book Resources, the series will be more realistic, set in modern times, and will "deal with much more mature and controversial themes, such as hate crimes and homophobia, the homogenization of American culture and American life." Way elaborates in the interview that Killjoys will be a sort of nod to the under-appreciated and great comics of the '90s.

So, who is ready for work from Mr. Way that is "more violent, heavy, and deals with much stronger themes"? I certainly am.

Killjoys -- coming 2010.

XoXo
c.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

MCR Post In-Studio Footage

As predicted in my previous blog, we have seen updates from MCR in the studio this week. I hate to say I told you so, but-- I totally did.

This week we were graced with two videos. The first, titled "Siren Song," is an 11 second clip (which makes my dial-up VERY happy) of Gerard and Ray recording back-up vocals.



Viola! There's our first glimpse of a recorded song from MCR's upcoming album. Ray's and Gerard's harmonies are haunting yet energizing, and I can't wait to hear exactly what they are backing. Judging by the rate at which Gerard is nodding his head, I'm guessing whatever it is will be fast. Brilliant!

The second video shows studio workers and the album producer goofing off as Ray Toro speaks to them teasingly from behind the camera and we are given a 360 degree view of their recording space. We get to see the environment in which the guys are recording-- a room stacked wall-to-wall with guitars and equipment along with a few miscellaneous items including: a megaphone, a box labeled "Mexico," a vampire head, TVs and accompanying gaming systems, and a giant snow-leopard.



Gotta love videos packed full of man-boys being unproductive in a messy, chaotic environment. Ha!

XoXo
c.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The Perks of Being an MCRmy Soldier (And A "Thank You")


In a recent blog highlighting my first year of college, I mentioned briefly that I had won a contest for promoting MCR, but had yet to receive my prize. Well, no more! Yesterday my prize came: two large, heavenly boxes sat glowing on my porch... Okay, that's an exaggeration. They were normal boxes, and to further disprove my earlier description, were actually soggy from the rain-- not at all glowing. Anyway, the contents of this box and my prize for promoting my face off were:

- A poster of a 2006 Alternative Press cover
- Life-sized versions of "The Black Parade" promo posters, each signed by the the shown member.
- Two wicked-awesome MCR stencils, which have me dying to go out and buy spray paint

Ah, the countless joys of being a part of My Chemical Romance's street-team, The MCRmy. Having recently celebrated my 3rd "'Rmyversary," I could not be more proud to be an MCRmy "soldier." I have met some of the most wonderful people through the MCRmy, and have gotten to experience so much by street-teaming. Through promoting, I have been able to overcome much of my social-anxiety. Spreading the word about my favorite band was sometimes the only reason I would leave my house or dorm. So, the whole of the MCRmy, TheStreetNetwork/WBR, and MCR - of course, are owed a giant "Thank you" from me.

Speaking of thank-yous:

I want to give a huge thank you to everyone who has started following my blog recently. It's a bit shocking that I have gained so many followers considering how slow my blog has been through these past months. I would like to thank you all, because knowing I have an audience to impress makes me want to step up my game. If you haven't left a comment or simply said "hi," please do so! I would like to "meet" you all!

XoXo
c.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

My Chemical Romance Studio Update

According to a blog posted on the My Chemical Romance website yesterday, the band seem to be moving along quickly with the recording process. The image to the left shows pieces of tape which the studio engineers use to help sort out the tracks.

Each segment shows an element of a song. If you look closely, you can see writing such as "toms" and "hat," indicating, obviously, drum tracks. If I am interpreting this correctly and each line of tape represents a song and each section of writing represents a finished part, My Chemical Romance have begun work on at least 17 songs, many of which appear to be completed or close to completion. There are two colored strips that obviously stand out. Perhaps these are finished songs? Perhaps one of them is the "The World Is Ugly" that Mikey has been bragging about, or "the greatest song [they've] ever written," that Ray Toro has boasted in the past?

Only time will tell, and it may tell sooner than we think. There has been a circulating rumor that within this next week, we will see more of the band working in the studio posted on the My Chem site. Keep your eyes open, and I shall report all the details here as they come.

XoXo
c.

The Summer of Bands' Discontent

I am so sorry to have posted so little during my summer break. This whole “living with dial-up” problem is getting pretty brutal.

But, let us forget about the slowness of my blog as-of-late, we have some serious issues to discuss.

An epidemic of sorts seems to be spreading through the land of bands lately: it’s the strange virus of members’ quitting and dismissals. Bands including Against Me!, Senses Fail, and the Matches have fallen victim to this virus, and all during these spring and summer months! Is it the summer heat messing with their heads?

Here are a few cases of this rapidly-spreading disease:

Chiodos announced in mid-May that they were parting ways with their drummer, Derrick Frost. The band are currently on Warped Tour with a replacement drummer.

Chiodos’ fellow 2009 Warped Tourmates, Senses Fail, announced that after Warped tour their guitarist, Heath would be leaving the band.

Two bands that I had recently seen live have replaced a part of their live show that I witnessed: Both Envy on the Coast and Against Me! have dismissed their drummers.
It came as quite a shock when I read on Against Me! singer Tom Gabel's blog that "Warren's heart [hadn't] been in [it] for a while now," especially after seeing the drummer's grinning face as he played live.
As for Envy, if you go to their myspace, you will find a series of blogs introducing their "new drummer," though fans don't seem to know if the band is joking or not with their introductions.

The most drastic changes have been made with The Matches who have decided to call it quits altogether. Whether this is permanent or a mere hiatus, it has yet to be seen. For now, we know only that they are looking to pursue other projects and that “The Matches has become something [they] prefer to look back upon proudly,” according to a blog posted last week.

The Matches will be performing two special “going-away” shows in California on August 22nd and 23rd at the Troubadour and the Fillmore respectively.

Most widely buzzed-about in the land of band members’ changing has been Panic! At the Disco (yes, the “!” is back). After members Ryan Ross and Jon Walker left the band, fans have been wondering about Panic!’s future. To reassure the worried fans, the band posted a new demo within days of announcing the two members’ departure for “a musical excursion of their own”. The band also reassures fans that all album and tour plans are still on!

Change can be hard, but a band wouldn’t change its line-up without considering the future and the bands’ well-being as whole. Just look back fondly on the memories you have of past members and move on with the bands you love. Sometimes things don’t work or a different opportunity appears, and things like that can’t exactly be ignored or prevented.

Let’s just hope the epidemic spreads no further.

XoXo
c.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

MCR & Reading and Leeds?

My Chemical Romance bassist Mikey Way has made another cryptic twitter post:

"Reading/Leeds"

Does this mean I should start saving for tickets to the UK?

One can only hope this confusion is cleared soon so that fans such as I can stop spazzing.

XoXo
c.

EDIT:: The official Reading and Leeds twitter has posted that My Chem's playing is a mere rumor. Everyone can breathe again.

Friday, July 3, 2009

How to Do “Gerard Way Hair”


I usually don’t post too many personal blogs here, but I have had so many comments and questions about my hair that I have decided to divulge to you, my trusted readers, my secrets.

As most of you know, my hair style is modeled after the lead singer of My Chemical Romance, Gerard Way. First appearing with a red patch in the back of his hair in an issue of Spin magazine, he shocked and intrigued many fans with the style that he maintained throughout spring 2005. That is, of course, until he stunned us all by chopping his long hair off completely for the music video for “The Ghost of You,” but that is a story for a future blog: "A History of Gerard Way’s Hair (So you People Never Have to Annoyingly Ask Him About it Again)”.

So, how do you obtain Gerard Way’s red-and-black “Taste of Chaos” hairstyle? Here’s how I do it:

Step One:

Okay, pretend my hair is completely black for now. You must first part off a section at the back of your hair. So that you can re-dye this area more easily in the future and so that it maintains the proper shape, try to make your part-lines in something as close to a diamond-shape as you can. Pick up only the top layer of your hair. If you hair is not layered, the red will not be shorter and the style will not work as well, so try to get your hair layered before dyeing it.

Step Two:

Use a fine-toothed comb to delicately gather and replace pieces of hair to form it into the shape and amount you want.













Step Three:

Your hair should look like this once you have gathered it all and used a hair-band to secure it in place. My hair has been dyed and re-dyed this way for over two years, which is why my diamond is so sloppy. Ha-ha! If you notice the image of Gerard at the lower-left of the picture of him at the top, you will see that he had a lot less red hair than I do. You can adjust your amount to fit your own tastes.








Now that you have your hair parted, here are some supplies I would suggest:


The first time you dye it, you will have to bleach the part that is supposed to be red. If you do not strip the color before applying the red, it will not show up. I suggest you use this product; as, it lifts the color and applies the red at the same time. You may have to get a higher or lower-lift crème developer than I, however. Mix the red formula and the crème; there will be instructions on the box.











After you dye it once, you will have to re-touch it often; as, red color does not hold well. Your hair will start to look like this:





If you are going for the “Gerard Way Warped Tour 2005” look, keep it this way, but if you want the red back, you will use the method I used today, which –by the way- is the same method you will use with but with the bleach product.



Since I have to re-dye my hair so frequently, I use a semi-permanent dye to re-touch it. I could get a permanent dye to put on it weekly, but my hair would be quickly vanishing from the damage. I always buy a dye that is a shade darker than my intended color, because the blond underneath the dye makes it look brighter anyway.












Step 4

Mix your dye









Step 5

Put on your handy-dandy gloves










Step 6

Without removing the hair-band, begin applying dye to the roots








Step 7

Gradually start pulling back the hair-band so that you can work the dye farther through your hair. Eventually, you will remove this band altogether, and – I have found- it is easier to work the dye through hair using ones fingers.







Step 8

Have one of these clips handy so that you can secure your hair in place once you have covered in in dye.













Step 9

Sit back and relax. If you are using the bleach method, follow the guidelines listed on the box to know how long you should let the dye sit. Since I am using the less-damaging temporary dye, I will allow mine a longer wait.







Rinse out the dye, dry it, style it, and apply Gerard's "Taste of Chaos" half-dead make-up, and you have the look! Congratulations!






-Fin-













NOTE: I tried this and failed many times before going to a professional and getting it done properly. It is probably wise that you go to a pro, too.




XoXo
c.