At long last an album: Squirrelmageddon

This is Squirrelmageddon by Rhune Kincaid (me). It’s a music album with 20 songs. Hit play. Clickthrough to rhunekincaid.bandcamp.com to download Mp3s (for free), get an ol’ timey CD, or read the lyrics. Tell me what you think?

Thank you for listening!

My New Album Has a Name and A Cover

I’ve finished my part of making my new album. I’m going to call it Squirrelmageddon. It took me two years. If you ever decide you want to make an album all by yourself, first make sure that you’re reliably unemployed. The next step is mastering. That means I send it to Robert Smith in New York who will make it big, and boomy, and loud, and bright, and clear. And that means, I’m feeling ok about showing you the album cover art. If you were a fan of the cover art for Space Hell Sex Bunny, you’ll probably like this.

squirelmageddon ablum cover by rhune kincaid

 

This letter to Tangerine Dream is the most Rhune thing ever

I’ve decided to go in a different direction with this song, and I think writing an original track worked out for the best, but I thought my letter to Tangerine Dream asking for sampling permissions might be an interesting read and a kind of pre-emptive song blog! 🙂 You know I love my song blogs. It was surreal to write this , track down contact info, and eventually send this baby. One songwriter lives in Germany, one is deceased, and the other never replied for unknown reasons. Read it all up!

Hello Tangerine Dream team!

My name is Rhune Kincaid, and I’m a musical comedian working in Los Angeles. I’ve written a rap song (using Tangerine Dream samples) about how Risky Business is one of the most awesome and underrated movies of the 1980’s and all-time. That sentiment is not a joke, but I hope some of my rhymes and wordplay within the lyrics might make you crack a smile.
 
risky-business-album-cover-tangerine-dreamI didn’t see Risky Business until the 2000’s (I was in college), but I thought it was clever, multi-leveled, and genuinely funny and meaningful. No small part of that feeling came from the music provided by Tangerine Dream. The first track, “The Dream is Always the Same,” hit me like a ton of bricks, and I thought that “Love on a Real Train (Risky Business)” was a masterpiece. It was my first inspiration in this endeavor.
 
I watched the movie one more time with a notepad, writing down themes and rhymes and narrowing down why I felt the movie was so meaningful to me the first time I saw it and why it remains powerful 30+ years later. Furthermore, I wanted to feel all of the music in context and draw inspiration from the most exemplary piece. It was, unsurprisingly, the hypnotic arpeggios and monumental chord progressions of “Love on a Real Train (Risky Business).”
 
I combined beatbox with looping samples from the track to compose my rap track. To be specific, I’ve used three sections of the 3:58 long track from the original CD release. The samples are:
 
00:00-00:34 of the original track (1x)
02:03-02:12 of the original track (16x)
02:12-2:38 of the original track (2x)
  
My track is 3:36 long in total, and I couldn’t be more proud of how it turned out.
 
It is my sincere hope that you, the composers, and the publishers will bless my use of the samples. It is my understanding that I’ll need to arrange permission from the three composers, namely the estate of Edgar Froese, Christopher Franke, and Johannes Schmoelling, as well as the publishers, Universal Geffen Music and Warner Olive Music, LLC (which I believe are now both a part of Universal Music Group). If any of that is incorrect, or if there is a better route to contacting the appropriate parties, please let me know. I’m doing the best I can from working from the ASCAP database!
 
lana-risky-businessIf you can assist me in any way with contacting the composers and securing their permission to publish my song, I would be most grateful. I am preparing an album of 21 songs that I have worked on over the last 7… ok, 8 years, and this track is one of the strongest (and most fun to play). I’m sure it will be a difficult task to contact all parties, but I know it will be worth it!
 
Please let me know what it would take to secure your permission to publish the track. I am happy to provide a demo and lyric sheet if it will help any of the decision makers to make their decisions. I think you will find it to be a lovingly crafted homage.
 
Also, while I’ve got your ear, the score for Grand Theft Auto V is another masterpiece that I feel intensely compelled to compliment! 🙂
 
Thank you so much for your time,

Rhune Kincaid

Songs I Bet You Never Knew I Worked On

Hey gang! Here’s a weird story about two songs that I bet you never knew I worked on!

the trouble with terkel poster songsAbout six years ago, I was commissioned to work on two songs for an English-language version of an animated film from Denmark. It was called Terkel I Knibe (Terkel in Trouble). The task was pretty unique. The movie had two songs that had been produced in Danish that needed to be re-sung, re-produced, and translated with as much humor as possible into English.  I got to see the whole movie, but more than half of the dialogue was still in Danish. A stream of bizarre, outrageous, half-understood, and obscene animated images paraded before my eyes so I could get a feel for the tone. And then I did the job! I made Americanized versions of “Mr. Cool” and “F*** Off and Die.”

SIX YEARS LATER

The movie is finally coming to America! It’s been renamed The Trouble with Terkel and has already scored a spot in the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.  It’s also making a west coast debut at the Laemmle Noho 7 on February 3rd at 10pm. . I’ll be there, and it would be cool if you were too! Be warned though; just because this is an animated movie about kids does not mean it is for kids. It is a hard R with some rau-au-au-unchy stuff. Raunchy stuff. The aforementioned “trouble,” that the protagonist, “Terkel,” is “in” is both disturbing and profound. But I’ll be singing in it for a couple of minutes, so it’s all ok!

tl;dr I made two songs for this movie that’s playing at the Laemmle NoHo 7 on 02/03/17!

For full details and tickets, check out the theater’s site: https://www.laemmle.com/films/41866


Calling All Ears

As you already know (or are already sick of hearing about), I’ve been working on recording my 16-song album since June. For the most part, I play all the… parts and produce and mix and all that stuff. I can be pretty insular and isolationist, which in the smart part of my brain, I know is bad for the baby (the album, I mean).  I’ve done it that way twice and it went “ok,” but I’d like to try something else this time.

row-of-ears

Would anyone be interested in checking out some of the in-progress recordings and giving me some opinions and/or feedback? It doesn’t matter if you’re a pro or a layman as long as you have ears (or some other method of hearing music, I’m not picky). I’ve got a contact page!