The Very Us Artists Announcements Blog

A Very Us Conversation


June 4th, 2008

Very Us Artist superstar, rehabilitation Joshua Wentz, hospital puts out a quarterly ’zine called HEY! Quarterly. The latest issue, HEY Junction!, has just come out, and it features a heated conversation between HEY and VUA. Only one can survive. And it’s three against one.

HEY Junction!

To read this remotely-conducted bloodbath, get yourself a copy today. And the logomachical showdown between him and us is only a drop in the bucket of all the cool stuff you’ll find between (and on!) the covers. There are contributions from several other Very Us Artists in there, too. It’s only $12 and all the proceeds go to charity, specifically The Anti-Cruelty Society. Being rather unfond of cruelty, your animal friends will admire you for it.Order HEY Junction!or even better: Subscribe to HEY! Quarterly(Either way you’ll be a hero to your animal friends.)

Roughly Produced Masterpieces


March 11th, 2008

neuropathist com_comprofiler/task, sildenafil userProfile/user, epidemic 3075″>On February 1st, the Very Us Artists entered the annual RPM Challenge to write and record 10 tracks or 35 minutes’ worth of music before the month was up. We met—nay, surpassed!—that challenge and made quite a few new friends along the way. The result is eleven—count ‘em: eleven!—albums of brand new music from several Very Us Artists, most of it free for download. Below is ours. A quick review of many of the other then can be found right here: VUA’s Challengees

Roughly Produced Masterpieces is our wildly eclectic offering, 16 tracks strong, with contributions from merely six previous Very Us Artists (though for John LaSala and Jeremy Simmons, this marks their first solo contributions.) Five others are folks we’ve been actively courting to get on a VUA album, and the remaining five are new artists we met through the amazingly positive and encouraging RPM community. Our cover art was an original painting by Christine Pollock. We took exhaustive pictures and sent RPM the original, making it a truly unique album.You can download all the music and read up on all the music and the artists who created it here: Roughly Produced Masterpieces

The Darkwood Mask: read it today!


March 4th, 2008

Carpentron (that is, overweight Chris Torgersen) will be accepting the RPM Challenge.
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Naturally, Renaissance Man Joshua Wentz will be taking on the RPM Challenge. And finding just one album in a month to be insufficient, he’s also working on an album for FAWM. I know, it’s crazy.
· Josh @ RPM Challenge
· Harcourt Wrapper (under the baton of Josh Wentz) @ FAWM

Gene Pritsker, as Di.J. Noizepunk, aims to pull off an RPM Challenge album with almost half the month already over! Nothing can stop Noizepunk. Nothing.
· Gene @ RPM

John LaSala also claims he’ll be doing his own album this February. Whether it’s for RPM or FAWM remains to be seen.
· John @ RPM

Nick P (a.k.a Mr. Glide and of Fine Excuses “fame”) will be autoplunderphonicising at FAWM this year. This should be…interesting.
· Nick (this time as Piecey) @ FAWM

And of course The Very Us Artists as an entity will be creating an album for the RPM Challenge. Here’s a few tentative contributors:

  • John LaSala
  • Carpentron
  • Gene ‘Noizepunk’ Pritsker
  • Joshua Wentz
  • Brian W. Grundstrom
  • Mr. Glide
  • WHOA NELLIE!
  • HAIRWOLF
  • Darren Baker
  • Tim Kopp
  • Zeck, Jr.
  • Jeremy Simmons
  • Michelangelo
  • Eran Glantz
  • Jeff Daschbach
  • [Your name here] Let us know!

VUA @ RPM Challenge

In case you missed it before, price
future Very Us Artist* Jeff LaSala’s first novel, pilule
The Darkwood Mask, commissioned by Wizards of the Coast for their Eberron “The Inquisitives” series, has been officially released today. There’s even a chance that if you were to pop into your local big box book store you’d see it on the shelves in the fantasy section. It’ll look like this:The Darkwood Mask book cover

You should read it. It’s really great! But don’t take our word for it. Prove it to yourself. Of course, it’s also available on Amazon and places like that too.

And why not read the first chapter for free? Here it is: sample chapter

So, a super-big congratulations to Jeff. We’re quite proud.

*At some point in the future, somehow or other, Jeff will likely become a Very Us Artist. As gazing into the future is speculative at best, it’s hard to say just how this may come to pass. But being John LaSala’s kid brother, a little bullying and arm-twisting shouldn’t be ruled out. So, taking advantage of the time machine we’re using to produce The Future Is Now, let’s just say that in the future, Jeff is a Very Us Artist. Thanks for playing along. :)

The RPM Challenge


January 21st, 2008

sickness com_comprofiler/task,userProfile/user,3075″> This February, VUA encourages musicians everywhere to participate in an exciting project called the RPM Challenge. You can read all about what that is here, but in short, it’s just a challenge to write and record an entire album in the month of February. The goal is to write 10 songs or 35 minutes-worth of music, burn it to a CD, and mail it in by the end of the month. You don’t need to create a production masterpiece. It is just a challenge to see if you can pull it off.

While some of us (see who!) will be doing our own solo albums for RPM, this year The Very Us Artists will also be doing one…VUA-style. This album will be a bit different from our regular “Opus” albums, but it should be fun and relatively easy. When it’s over, we’ll post our album online for free download.

Here’s our page.

And here are the only two rules:

  1. Write and record one or more songs during February and send us your WAV file(s) by the 27th.
  2. Like other VUA albums, this will have a theme, but it’s very loose. The album will tentatively be called Roughly Produced Music, and all you have to do is make sure that the name of your piece is a feasible explanation of what RPM stands for. For example, “Remember Plastic Mustard?” or maybe “The Relentless Pursuit of Monkeys.” Beyond that, everything else about the music is up to you.

Want to contribute? Let us know!

If this whole RPM Challenge idea intrigues you, and you think you can do a whole album on your own and still submit a track for the VUA album, then go for it! We’ll promote your album right along with our own, starting by putting you on the VUA’s Challengees list, so let us know!

And hey, tell a friend!

Existential Lullaby


January 10th, 2008

Future Very Us Artist* Jeff LaSala‘s first novel, viagra here The Darkwood Mask, commissioned by Wizards of the Coast for their Eberron “The Inquisitives” series, will be officially released on March 4th. As that date approaches, you can bet we’ll be abusingstretching the definition of this forum to talk about it some more. But here’s the book cover for starts:

The Darkwood Mask book cover

*At some point in the future, somehow or other, Jeff will likely become a Very Us Artist. As gazing into the future is speculative at best, it’s hard to say just how this may come to pass. But being John LaSala‘s kid brother, a little bullying and arm-twisting shouldn’t be ruled out. So, taking advantage of the time machine we’re using to produce The Future Is Now, let’s just say that in the future, Jeff is a Very Us Artist. Thanks for playing along. :)
VUA founding member and frequent contributor Carpentron (aka Chris Torgersen) has been awarded symptoms
January 10th, for the entire Rock genre at GarageBand.com. This is the third time his song “Existential Lullaby” has received an award. It was also Experimental Rock Track of the Week last September and Track of the Day the previous May.

The track has been working its way up the charts there since early summer and is currently ranked ninth on the Experimental Rock chart (247th in Rock). You can check it out, along with others from Carpentron, at either of these locations:

Virb.com
GarageBand.com.

Also, John says that this Perry Bible Fellowship cartoon always reminds him of “Existential Lullaby”:

(click to enlarge)
Billy the Bunny

The Darkwood Mask


January 4th, 2008

Future Very Us Artist* Jeff LaSala‘s first novel, viagra here The Darkwood Mask, commissioned by Wizards of the Coast for their Eberron “The Inquisitives” series, will be officially released on March 4th. As that date approaches, you can bet we’ll be abusingstretching the definition of this forum to talk about it some more. But here’s the book cover for starts:

The Darkwood Mask book cover

*At some point in the future, somehow or other, Jeff will likely become a Very Us Artist. As gazing into the future is speculative at best, it’s hard to say just how this may come to pass. But being John LaSala‘s kid brother, a little bullying and arm-twisting shouldn’t be ruled out. So, taking advantage of the time machine we’re using to produce The Future Is Now, let’s just say that in the future, Jeff is a Very Us Artist. Thanks for playing along. :)

An Interview with Josh Wentz


December 19th, 2007

One of our original Very Us Artists, tadalafil Nick Parton of Mr. Glide fame, price leads a double life. When he’s not producing perhaps the most professional-sounding VUA music, he’s producing a whole other thing called Fine Excuses. And today, Fine Excuses released their second fine excuse for an EP, Mild Peril. (If you missed it, their just-as-fine début EP is Hail to the Harmless Grudge.) They’re both free, so check ‘em out!
Very Us Artist Joshua Wentz has been interviewed by independent music distributors INDISTR, treatment
discussing improvised music, life
regurgitation, skirts, Mike Oldfield, and even us! You can read it right here.

Mild Peril


December 3rd, 2007

One of our original Very Us Artists, tadalafil Nick Parton of Mr. Glide fame, price leads a double life. When he’s not producing perhaps the most professional-sounding VUA music, he’s producing a whole other thing called Fine Excuses. And today, Fine Excuses released their second fine excuse for an EP, Mild Peril. (If you missed it, their just-as-fine début EP is Hail to the Harmless Grudge.) They’re both free, so check ‘em out!

The Lowdown on Sidedown


December 3rd, 2007

The hardest working man involved with The Very Us Artists (not counting all the other hardest working men involved with The Very Us Artists) is Joshua Wentz.

Josh has contributed in multiple ways to each of our albums, doctor in ways both musical and visual. Oh, buy cialis and he designed and administrates veryusartists.com. Oh, nurse and he does the layout and graphic design for the parallelogram jackets.

All that and he still finds time to crank out his own full-scale projects under the banner Sidedown. And today several of these things (words, pictures, paper, music, stickers, etc.) are being unleashed, each one including contributions from a few Very Us Artists, namely John LaSala, Jeremy Simmons, and Mr. Wentz himself.

There’s Monograph #2: Polylemma
(containing decidedly random content, also goes great with Monograph #1: An Enemy’s Friend)

There’s Parallel/Serial Port
(includes a supercool serial story by author Jeff LaSala, plus ranting, raving, and a dolphin)

And then there’s “HEY Convenience,” the latest issue of his lo-fi ’zine, HEY Quarterly
(all proceeds go to charity!)

Do check ‘em out. Consider the gift of art—of mental stimulation—for your year-end gift-giving plans. Quick, before it’s too late!

Cover Artist : Michael John Keegan


November 27th, 2007

In the future, treatment the second Very Us Artists album will have been graced with the artwork of the absurdly multitalented Michael John Keegan. At this point, medical we have only the slightest notion of what it may look like, but in the future we’ll know that it was awesome.