Category Archives: Chief News

News involving Chief and TheDoomsdayDevice, including music, shows, tours, and more.

Preemptive Strike :: Chief And TheDoomsdayDevice Releases Lead Singles From ‘A Memoir Called Noir’

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One of the purest senses of joy I experience is releasing new art into the world.  It’s been since late 2015 that I released any music, one of the longest gaps in my music making career.  I spent 2016 recovering from a wave of personal setbacks, and 2017 was focused on getting momentum going in my film career.  During both of those years, however, I never stopped writing, and as Fall of 2017 approached, I was beginning to form my upcoming release : A Memoir Called Noir.

Recording has gone smoothly, and I am now in the process of mixing songs while I wait for a handful of guest verses to arrive.  In the meantime, I thought I would begin the promotional rollout, hence the release of the lead singles : Kickstart, a song about personal responsibility in the light of an ever-changing world; and Fifth Estate Amendment, a song about learning to be a wise risk-taker.  These are extremely simplified explanations, but hopefully, you will be able to make your own connections to the material.  Expect A Memoir Called Noir no later than March, hopefully, and then be on the lookout for the instrumental album also to be released in 2018, This Town Has Turned To Dust.

-chief

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Talking Shop :: Chief And TheDoomsdayDevice Visits The Trial By Error Variety Show Podcast

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New Year’s Eve 2017 was one for the books.  I found myself with 3 shows that evening, all in the square of San Marcos Texas.  My first stop was Valentino’s Pizza, courtesy of the homeboy and crew ConwayTheWhale, for a early evening showcase.  While there, I was lucky enough to meet Chaznik Raab of the Trial By Error Variety Show podcast.  We jumped out in his ‘mobile studio’ for a few minutes to talk shop, and it recently hit the airwaves.  Definitely take the time to listen, as many cool bands were interviewed that day.  Here’s to everyone achieving their 2018 dreams!

-chief

Critical Review :: DOOMonFILM Now Available

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When I initially created my website, I found myself with the option of a front page that I had no clue what to do with.  After a bit of deliberation, I decided that giving my friends a space to shine was the best choice, and I turned it into a blog.  Little did I know that I would so adept at it.

Of course, the step following learning is adaptation.  With the lessons I have learned from my music blog, I have decided to initiate another leg of my film journey by creating DOOMonFILM, a place for my critical review and analysis of cinema.  I will focus on theatrical releases, streaming cinema, classics and forgotten films, shorts, and much more.  I hope that fans of the current blog will enjoy my work over there, as I plan to put equal amounts of love and work into DOOMonFILM.  To visit, just click the image above, or head over to www.doomonfilm.tumblr.com.

-chief

Keep Rising :: Exploded Drawing Celebrates 7 Years In Style

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After 7 years of hard work and endless dedication, the Exploded Drawing family is reaping the recognition they rightfully deserve.  2017 has found the crew expanding into the festival circuit, playing the legendary Low End Theory in Los Angeles, bringing the very same Low End Theory to Austin, receiving recognition in the Austin Chronicle and Texas Monthly within weeks of one another, and releasing vinyl and cassettes via the legendary Fat Beats distribution to commemorate 7 years.  Exploded Drawing: “7 Years” Compilation features all of the producers you’ve come to know and love from the crew, an introduction featuring KUTX‘s Art Levy, and it’s all come together on a beautiful full-color gatefold (designed by Michael Scheel) with color vinyl pressings in 2 options.  I am so happy for the crew, and forever honored to be among its ranks.  Here’s to countless more years of continued fun and hopeful success.

-chief

Second Wave :: My Latest Short Film, ‘HELP ME’, Now Streaming Online

Who knew that, out of all the genres of films I love, all the years I’ve dedicated to learning the craft, that the only thing I can apparently make are spooky movies?  What started simply as an idea of the visual of an abandoned home with a grossly outdated printer that kept producing cryptic messages has turned into something tangible that I can be proud of.  HELP ME essentially put itself together… it was one of the most uniquely organic projects I have ever worked on.

Thank you to Delano Taylor, Kelsey Huckaby and Colton Ferguson for believing in the vision and turning words on a page into characters an audience can connect with.  Thank you to David Marrs for always being supportive, and for allowing us to use a location that became the true star of the show.  Thank you to Soda Diet and More Eaze for allowing the use of your music… it brought an entirely new degree of engagement to the project.  Thank you to Steve Jones for jumping in on the project and earning an upgrade from script supervisor credit to producer credit… you brought some good stuff to the table.  Thank you to the Lost River Film Festival for allowing us to submit, and for granting it Honorable Mention status.

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And thank you to you, the individual who will hopefully watch it, share it, like it and leave a comment.  The project was made for the YouTube faithful, as I have been among your ranks for years now.  Here’s to many more coming, and here’s to bigger and better projects in the future.

-chief

Good Combinations :: NGHT HCKLRS + FOCI + Chief and TheDoomsdayDevice Bombard Swan Dive

As September drew to an end, a show was scheduled at Swan Dive involving NGHT HCKLRS and BLXPLTN.  Recently, NGHT HCKLRS has been known to collab with various MCs across the spectrum of Austin hip hop.  On this particular night, the Fragments of a Conscious Eye (FOCI) crew were in the house, as was Chief and TheDoomsdayDevice (myself), and of course NGHT HCKLRS decided to set if off.  FOCI especially came with it on the evening, as their usually energy boost hit the crowd perfectly, and Ben Buck‘s split second decision to beatbox during his freestyle combined beautifully with what NGHT HCKLRS were throwing out there.  If you catch word all of these elements will be in the same building again anytime soon, don’t front.

-chief

Another One :: Notes Floats Releases ‘Lightning Butter’ On Your Eardrums

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You already know what it is when it comes to the mad genius Notes Floats.  If there were a contest for hardest working man in Austin hip-hop, Notes Floats would hands down be a finalist.  His latest project, LIGHTNING BUTTER, is another sure shot in a catalog full of standout work.  Dude has the touch on the beats and the lyrics, and his covers are either extremely compelling or hilarious.  Cop this one, and keep your eyes and ears open, because word on the street is that he’s already in the studio working on a full length.

-chief