Harry Houston

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Progress report: second album on its way!

Hold up.

I’ve almost finished recording and mixing my second album! I have a name in mind, but will announce when I release the artwork. I haven’t commissioned this yet, so it might be a little while yet..

I can’t believe this crazy year’s almost over! Pale Horse took me two years to produce, and I’ve managed to haphazard together an album that’s longer and richer in less than a year – a year where I spent months at a time unable to record.

  Great photo:  This is about a third of the number of tracks in one song

Great photo: This is about a third of the number of tracks in one song

 

On a more exciting note, Joanne and I will be moving to the UK next month. We plan to spend the better part of next year travelling across the Americas, but I’ll put on a few acoustic gigs while I’m in the UK, if I have time. Being honest, that probably isn’t going to happen, but anyone who does actually read this blog is used to false promises by now.

Anyway, yeah. Buy my album. Rate it on iTunes.

You know the drill.

 

Harry

PALE HORSE: New single, lyrics and album updates

I'm not saying I ripped this directly off my Facebook page. But I ripped this directly off my Facebook page..

 

Salutations, patrons of all thing high-brow and supersonic.

I think 'it’s been a long time since my last post' is turning into something of a catchphrase for me. Let's pretend I'm more active on my website, Twitter and Instagram, and trying to limit my Facebook posts to new content and significant updates. Go with it.

It’s been a pretty crazy summer! I’ve been busy healing, working, getting back into aikido and, most importantly, recording my second album. I’m hoping to be done recording by December – which would have been four times quicker than the last one. I’m very excited about this, but there’s still a long way to go. Cover art, mastering, blah blah. You know the drill.

yu know dis,

On a more immediate note, I’m working on the music video for the second single off Pale Horse. So, if you haven’t already bought your copy, left a review and told all your cool hipster friends about this “wikkid sikk art rok musician u no”, this will be your chance.

Let’s talk shop. While I buy a lot of albums myself, I appreciate that not everyone does. Few people even buy music; fewer still digest their music in album format. So, it seems I am in the middle of a pretty pathetic Venn diagram.

BUT, rest assured, ye adoring legions. To celebrate the launch of my second single, I will also be releasing the album on Bandcamp, at a significantly reduced rate. I also get to pocket it all myself.

However, if reading this Facebook post has got your chakras boiling, and you’re brimming with violently ecstatic anticipation, I believe it is cheaper on Amazon. I’ve even found a Russian website where you can steal the song, Broken Man. Or .. the whole album ... if you're in .. Ukraine? Whatever. Piracy is the sincerest form of flattery.

Anyway, I’ll keep you all posted. In the meantime, keep an eye on my website, www.harryhouston.com, for more details, blogs and information. I’m also writing up all the lyrics from Pale Horse and will post here once they’re live. I NO DA VOKEL MIX IS NAHT PERFECT ALWAIS K DUN TELL ME.

I’m not sure what the demand is like for information on producing an album, or the business of distributing it – if you’re interested, send me a message and let me know. Or pick up a hard copy of my interview in Follow magazine at http://www.followmagazine.online.

Or … you know … just keep ignoring me. It’s cool.

Harry

When Jimmy met Bootsy

I haven't posted in a while, but how better to get things moving than with a video of two behemoths of funk, James Brown and Bootsy Collins, sharing a stage in their prime?

It wasn't long before Bootsy moved on; later joining Funkadelic with his brother, 'Catfish' Collins, but that's a story for another day. One where I have more time.

DO IT.

Houston Begins

I'm moving house and need to store some stuff at my parents' place for a while, so I've been sorting through my old things to make space.

Among many redundant finds, subsequently binned, I have found what I believe to be the inception of my career in journalism.

Behold, my first, never-before-seen blog post: Things to do with grapes.

  Wine, eat your heart out  :    A well-penned, thoughtful musing on grapes.

Wine, eat your heart out: A well-penned, thoughtful musing on grapes.

Although I do not recall ever building this particular salacious-sounding website, it would have been a headquarters for my Team Fortress Classic clan, Ruff Ryderz - some sort of homage to rapper DMX. Arf, Arf.

You know how I said I never finish what I start? Well, yeah. That clan consisted of me and one of my internet friends. Actually, maybe it was just me.

Anyway, it gets better. On the reverse is the last thing one could potentially do with a grape.

  Grapes alive  :  I suppose, one  could  do that to a grape!

Grapes alive: I suppose, one could do that to a grape!

I did actually design quite a few websites when I was a kid. I think the first one I ever made the aptly-named Pokémon SUX, a website devoted to gifs depicting violence against Pokémon. Bear in mind, I made this website in 1999, when I was about 10 and still very much enjoyed Pocket Monsters cartoons, trading cards and video games. The first film even made me cry. Quite the contrarian.

  Brainstorming:  More brilliant plans.

Brainstorming: More brilliant plans.

Subsequent online endeavours included eminemplus, a website devoted to famed rapper Eminem, and apparently a planned Counter-Strike Rocks!

  1337 pwnage:  An emphasis on quality control.

1337 pwnage: An emphasis on quality control.

Later in life, I would go on to edit anime music videos for the then-largest Anime Music Video website in the world, which ended up being shut down due to internal drama I was not privy to. My 'handler' used to get annoyed at me because I tended to produce rap music videos, rather than the favoured alternative rock/pseudo-metal.

Oh, I have had many an adventure on the internet.

Yeah... I was a weird kid.

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