Episode 25 – Dan Alfonsi

Dan from Still Alive came by to talk about their new album, staying sane in the political spectrum, and living in the Midwest. Still Alive is a super kick ass band and you check out a bunch of their tunes on their bandcamp page.

The Mizzerables are playing with Still Alive as well as We are the Union and GUSH at Beat Kitchen on May 24th. You can purchase tickets at Ticketfly.

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High blood pressure

Well, my blood pressure is high, has been for a while, but now it’s starting to have some very ill effects. Fatigue is persistent, weird vision issues, just a general sense of “things are not OK.” I do all the bad things… I drink coffee, I drink booze, I eat a lot of salt, pretty much everything you shouldn’t do to keep your blood pressure down. I don’t recommend it. But, I’ve been working out, I’ve added weights back to my routine, because running in the winter in this bitterly cold bitch of a city just didn’t work. Running inside is no fun. I’m also cutting back on the booze and coffee (I was at about 4 cups a day, I’m down to 1), and eating a healthier diet. Let’s hope it sticks, that’s definitely the hardest part. If it doesn’t, well I’m going to be a 35 year old on blood pressure meds with no good excuse as to why.

One piece of good news tech wise… looks like I’m going to be working with a company who I can’t mention, but they are a rad gaming company, and if history is any evidence… they like to bring their developers out to their California offices. So hopefully I get to see The Golden soon. Until then, I’m definitely looking forwarding to working more from my laptop outdoors.

This month is shaping up nice for the band. We have four shows coming up.

5/24 @ Beat Kitchen – Chicago, IL
5/29 @ Skeletunes – Fort Wayne, IN
5/30 @ The Free Clinic – Kalamazoo, MI
5/31 @ The Rockery – Wyandotte, MI

We are also finishing up the mastering process on the record, and hopefully at some point in the near future we will have some announcements in that regard. As well, we are recording a self-produced EP. Guitars for that are happening tonight.

How to Create a Killer Website for Your Band – Part 5

Finally we will start to see from fruits of our labor in this segment! Here I talk about Pages. We will create our About, Shows, and Contact pages, discuss shortcodes, and implement a contact form.

If you have any questions feel free to comment below or reach out to me on twitter.

How to Create a Killer Website for Your Band – Part 4

In this segment we talk about one the most important parts of our site – our shows list. I use GigPress for this part of the site and walk you through the basics of maintaining your data using the plugin.

If you have any questions feel free to comment below or reach out to me on twitter. When you are ready, continue to How to Create a Killer Website for Your Band – Part 5.

How to Create a Killer Website for Your Band – Part 3

This is a short segment. Here we setup our Categories for our website. After you watch the video, be sure to think if there are any categories you don’t need from my list or any you would like to add for your own site. You can always add more categories later, but I find it is best to plan ahead to keep things from getting unwieldy down the line.

If you have any questions feel free to comment below or reach out to me on twitter. When you are ready, continue on to How to Create a Killer Website for Your Band – Part 4.

How to Create a Killer Website for Your Band – Part 2

In this segment, I discuss plugins and which ones we will need to create our site. Here is a list of the plugins for reference:

  • Akismet
  • Jetpack
  • GigPress
  • SendPress
  • Stratus
  • W3 Total Cache

After you are finished with this video, I suggest spending some time gathering images and ideas for content for your site. If you have questions, feel free to comment below or reach out to me on twitter.

When you are ready, continue on to How to Create a Killer Website for Your Band – Part 3.

How to Create a Killer Website for Your Band – Part 1

In this first video, I explain what we will accomplish and with what tools. For reference, visit The Mizzerables Website. After you are done with the video, go find yourself a WordPress host. If you have any questions, please feel free to comment below, tweet at me at @themizzi or comment on the YouTube page (though I prefer the first two).

When you are ready, continue on to How to Create a Killer Website for Your Band – Part 2.

(R) Episode 1 – Dan Vapid

danvapidToday we revist the first episode of the podcast! I saw Dan this past weekend at the Red Scare 10th Anniversary show he did at GMan Tavern. Great show all around.

Episode 24 – Mass Giorgini

1511915_10103197645968778_22548412_nI went down to Sonic Iguana Studios in Lafayette, Indiana to hang out with Mass Giorgini. Mass and I played in Common Rider together. We talked about how the studio started, his history in music, and how it came about that he did a TED talk.

The new Mizzerables record is now “in progress!” We have tracked all the drums and a little bass for the record. I’ll post more updates at our website and on Facebook. Oh and that twitter thing @themizzi.

Episode 23 – Kendra Sheetz

2014-09-09 18.52.27Kendra Sheetz from For the Love of Punk stops by to talk about writing about music, Chicago bands and Chicago drinking. Be sure to check out her writing at For the Love of Punk!.

The Mizzerables begin recording the next record… well we begin recording the bulk of the album on October 5th. It will probably take till late November to track the record. So a bit longer than originally planned, but we are stoked to be working with Jeff Dean at Million Yen. We are also looking for a new guitarist… email us at themizzerables [at] gmail.com if you are interested!

Any budding recording engineers out there looking for a project… I’m looking for someone to help me mix/master the podcast. Let me know if you are interested and let’s see what we can work out! Email me at whoacast [at] gmail.com!