Below are a couple videos I produced for a project I was a part of while attending Iowa State University called Ames Day N Night.
The lemon heads are back this week with episode 004 of The EZPZ Podcast. We’re afraid to announce that there will never be another episode 004 of the podcast. No worries, we will be back next week with the final episode 005 of the podcast. Now onto the show notes! We got to do a photo shoot, we got to do a photo shoot! Thanks to Estorie Photography and Graham Gardner Photography we got some really cool promotional shots of us. We will be posting them on theEZPZ.com and @TheEZPZ’s Twitter and Instagram. We dove right into the show recap. Shaun and Nick went to The Story So Far, Four Year Strong and Terror show at Wooly’s in Des Moines. Terror’s frontman, Scott Vogel, proved he is still the best frontman in hardcore. Shaun and Nick spoke about how their set brought out the biggest mosh pit. Four Year Strong are releasing their new, self-titled album, which is produced by Kurt Ballou at GodCity Records, is being released on June 2nd via Pure Noise Records. Four Year Strong put on an equally electrifying show. Four Year Strong’s set was enough for Shaun to proclaim that he was going to buy their next album. The lemon heads were somewhat perplexed that Parker Cannon, the lead singer of The Story So Far, just sang into the mic stand. The last time Shaun and Nick saw The Story So Far at Warped Tour 2014, Parker was a mad man on the stage. It ended up being fine because he sounded a lot better. Interlude: “It Must Really Suck To Be Four Year Strong Right Now” by Four Year Strong
Cinco De Mayo has come and gone. Dan had a hilarious story of what happened to him while he was celebrating over a margarita. Nick spoke about how he got a tattoo by Paul Nycz, a well-known tattooer at Iron Heart Tattoo in Des Moines, Iowa. He explained he got the tattoos “Rise” and “Above” as a tribute to some Black Flag lyrics. The lemon heads fell down the lemon hole and chatted about Tony Hawk Pro Skater games and Silent Hill games. Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 was announced for the PS4 and Xbox One with a release date sometime this year. Interlude: Unreleased track by Mura Masa Shaun stumbled on a music video by a face-tatted, white rapper known as Stitches and knew he had to share it with the other lemon heads. Then they chatted about how Stitches represents everything that is wrong with rap. He is a bad rapper that is also a well-known drug dealer raps about selling cocaine, money, drugs, and bitches. Right before the podcast, we all watched a video of a Stitches concert where he brought five of “the hottest bitches” on stage to do a “bump” with him. It was insane and pretty dumb of the women who partook since it is officially on the Internet forever. Music break: “Brick In Yo’ Face” by Stitches
Since we started this podcast in early April, the lemon heads wanted to catch the listeners up with their favorite releases of the year thus far. You can click here to see our lists. The beginning of the year was ruled by rap and hip-hop. Drake, Earl Sweatshirt, Big Sean, Tyler, the Creator and Kendrick Lamar, who arguably released the best album of the year. Dan made it a point to bring up two of his favorite pieces of work, Mura Mara’s Someday Somewhere and Sam Gallaitry Short Stories EP. Both artists are under 20-years-old. Dan and Shaun state how rare it is to hear a producer that young make such intricate beats. It seems that most kids their age that are doing anything musically are in a punk band. Dan’s honorable mentions also include producer-prodigy: OSHI. The EZPZ expects big things from the 17-year-old who is rumored to sign to Soulection Records at some point this year. Shaun spouted out some of his favorite albums, you can read the full list here. Music break: “Temple” by Sam Gallaitry
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Elon Musk announced during the Tesla keynote in Los Angeles, California, on Thursday, April 30th, 2015, that the world simply will never be the same again…come summer. This summer, Tesla is releasing the Powerwall. The Powerwall is a giant battery that is mounted on the wall in your house and will be powered by solar energy panels on the roof. Elon Musk stated with a smirk, “We have this handy nuclear reactor in the sky. And it’s called the sun.” The battery is only 7 inches thick and 50 inches tall. It looks like a sculpture on the wall that comes in many different colors.
Musk said at the Powerwall keynote that in order for the United States to leave fossil fuel electricity, we need to transition to solar energy. Musk continued saying that the “missing piece” to the puzzle of the transition is that we need to redesign the battery. That is what Tesla is doing with the Powerwall and their solar power farms, Gigafactories.
Gigafactory 1 is an energy factory that Tesla is building right now in Nevada. The primary goal of the Gigafactory is to convert solar energy into usable energy in place of non-renewable carbon dioxide-emitting energy. Tesla operates under the beliefs of open-source. This means that all of their patents are free for anyone and any company to use. Musk smiled at the end of the keynote saying this is not going to be something that Tesla can do on their own. They will need the help of many companies around the world. And with their belief in open-sourcing all of their patents, that is possible. I think it’s only a matter of months before we hear companies like Apple and Google announcing their own Gigafactories.
For more information, visit teslamotors.com.
While the entire Internet was going completely insane over fellow rapper, Kendrick Lamar dropping his album a week early, the early bird himself, Earl Sweatshirt also dropped some news on his new album last Monday. Sweatshirt said, via Twitter, that his album would be released in one week.
He delivered on that promise today. His sophomore album, I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside: An Album by Earl Sweatshirt, was released today on iTunes via Tan Cressida under exclusive license to Columbia Records. The physical release is still set to be the original date of April 14th, 2015.
The album’s track listing:
5. “Off Top”
6. “Grown Ups” (featuring Dash)
7. “AM//Radio” (featuring Wiki)
9. “DNA” (featuring Na’kel)
10. “Wool” (featuring Vince Staples)
Resident Golfwang fan, @ShaunSJohnson, is fine with a follow here or there.
Like many people on this planet, I stay connected with people through social media. I don’t delete these apps because they all serve a purpose, no matter how big or small. But I will say that my mind subconsciously follows the phrase “out of sight, out of mind” to a tee. So, by simply putting these apps in the second page of a folder, I free up hours a week. Find yourself burning every free minute on Facebook or Instagram? Try this for a week and reclaim a few hours back a week. This will simply prevent brain-dead “unlock, tap on whatever app has notifications”.
I also turned off notifications for all these apps! Do these two simple things and reclaim a few hours of your life back. If this doesn’t help out with at least an hour or two a week, I recommend deleting them too! My girlfriend, Lydia, just deleted her Facebook account and has a lot more time to get stuff done.
A bunch of my Electric Forest family and I are going to the New Year’s Eve night of Decadence in Denver, Colorado. I cannot wait! This is truly going to be a New Year’s Eve to remember. Lydia and I are taking the Amtrak from Osceola, Iowa on Monday night at 7pm and we will arrive in Denver, Colorado just as the sun is rising over the mountains on Tuesday morning.
Trailer for Decadence 2014! We are in for a treat on New Year’s Eve!
The official Global Dance After Movie (production company that puts the festival on)