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All that blood

I saw a guy get hit by a car last night. I was buying tacos from a truck when I heard tired screeching behind me and turned around right at the moment of impact. The guy thudded pretty hard and shattered the windshield of the car before he bounced onto the pavement. I was one of a few people who saw it happen; one guy ran to the dude in the street and started trying to comfort him, another dude called 911, and I snapped pictures of the driver’s license plate just in case she fled. Which she didn’t.

It wasn’t that shocking. I didn’t feel much. I assumed the man was dead, but he wasn’t.

Still, he was in bad shape. The blood from his head trickled towards me as I stood on the sidewalk waiting for the police, it was a very bright red and seemed thick like syrup.

The man was calm, but the lady who hit him was not. It looked for a second like she was going to flee, but she was just pulling her car to the side of the road. She was very distraught about what happened, and nobody seemed to know the right thing to say to her. One guy was telling her not to worry; “you have your license, right? It was just an accident, you’ll be fine,” as if the only thing she had to be concerned about was her own well-being.

By everyone else’s statements, it seemed like it was indeed an accident. There was no crosswalk, it was late and the man was wearing dark clothing. For my part, I didn’t see anything until the moment of impact so I can’t really say that the driver was or wasn’t being duly diligent with the laws of the road.

They got the man off the road quickly, and it didn’t take long to give my statement. I went back to the taco stand and got my order – I went to the crosswalk to cross, and ended up running into a couple of my friends. After I ate my tacos, I went to bed pretty easily.

As I slept, a huge fire engulfed an apartment complex in downtown LA about a half mile away from my house. Regrettably, I missed that entirely.

From ABC 7.

From ABC 7.

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Dancing in the Dark (Bruce Springsteen cover)

Is “Dancing in the Dark” about trying to get with a girl? Obviously it is. The lyrics are pretty clear. But I hear what I want to hear with songs, I guess. I didn’t really put that part together until I covered the song and actually thought about it.

Until then, I just kind of fixated on the title, being “sick of sitting ‘round here trying to write this book” and “there’s something happening somewhere, baby I just know there is.” I always just thought it was a song about feeling stalled and restless in general, which speaks to me. I guess the love thing’s pretty universal, too.

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New covers

I’m pretty bad about keeping this site maintained. Here I am in 2013 and I haven’t posted anything in months!

In that time, I’ve been working hard making demos for a new album. I just started rehearsing for the recording process. In the meantime, I’ve also recorded a few cover songs. Many of them have ended up on Kyle Mabson’s Mabson Enterprises compilations, like this version I did of Cher Lloyd’s “Want U Back:”

Others I’ve done “just for me,” like this version of Ellie Goulding’s “Anything Could Happen:”

I hope you enjoy the tunes. For more, you can visit my Soundcloud page.

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Warm Nothing album stream

Here is a stream of the new So Many Wizards album, Warm Nothing, in its entirety. Via Dummy Mag. I had a hand in making this thing, but I won’t tell you which one.

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Pre-order the album on iTunes.

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Pre-order “Warm Nothing” by So Many Wizards

Last October, I joined the band So Many Wizards. The guys in the band were my good friends, and I was a longtime fan of their music — I included their initial single “Fly a Kite” on the Big Whup Industries compilation I co-curated in 2009, and the next year I reviewed their album “Love Songs for When You Leave Me” for LA Record. They needed a new member around the same time that I was looking for a new band, so I lobbied singer Nima Kazerouni to let me in. Because they’d already added Frank Maston as a guitarist, I bought a bass and took to learning it. A couple of weeks later, I played my first show.

Since then, things have been pretty interesting. In January of this year, I started getting emails from Nima with acoustic guitar/drum sketches of songs I’d never heard — I’d listen to each song twice, write a bass line, record it directly into my computer, send it to Nima, and then get another song. I even had the pleasure of helping to produce one song, “Deep Down,” which required electronic drums. I don’t think that I even knew that we were recording an album until Nima said “it will be called Warm Nothing and it will be released this summer via JAXart.”

I was still dubbing parts on top of new tracks when the boys started mixing the songs with Niko Bolas at Capitol Records. The next thing I knew, it was early March and we were in a stranger’s kitchen in Liverpool sharing mastering notes via Skype with Richard Dodd. And then it was done. Other things have happened since then, but this is a post about the album so I’ll keep it at that.

So now it’s about to be released, and I’ve had a little bit of distance from the whirlwind recording — enough of a distance to actually listen to it and think about it. And it’s good. It’s cohesive, it’s compelling, and it’s brisk. If I were still outside of the band, I’d give it a glowing review.

Anyway — leading up to the August 7 release date, we’re offering a special deal to people who pre-order it on iTunes. Pre-order the album for $7.99, forward your receipt to somanywizards@gmail.com, and you’ll get bonus tracks including a B-side and some live versions from our UK tour.

Here’s a link to the iTunes pre-order.

We’ll be celebrating the release on August 18 at the Smell with some of our loveliest friends. Would you like to come? You can RSVP on Facebook.

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March 2012

Happy birthday, Shaq! (March 6)

My debit card has had the expiration date of March 2012 for as long as I can remember, which has made it seem like kind of a milestone for years even though I’ve not had any reason to think of the month as anything particularly special. It seemed very distant once, but like all expiration dates it’s now come and will soon pass. Hopefully my bank will remember to send me a new one.

Oh, but in the meantime March 2012 actually became a real milestone. Thanks to So Many Wizards, I’ll be in the United Kingdom next week participating in my first overseas tour. Immediately after that, we’ll be at South by Southwest. We’re really excited to be supporting “Lose Your Mind,” the first single from our new album Warm Nothing that will be released by JAXART soon:

Juiceboxxx has been crashing at my house for the past month, stressing about meeting his new goal to blog every single day. Apparently, some TED Conference speaker convinced him that blogging everyday is the key to making stuff happen. I buy the argument completely. I’m not prepared to publish something every day, but Juice’s blogging has inspired me to blog at least more regularly than I have been blogging. March 2012 seems like a fun place to start, so here I go. Starting next week, I’ll be posting dispatches from the road…

Check the rest of the post for tour dates.

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Buy “Princess”

Geoff Geis: Princess (VP001).Available digitally and on a limited-edition cassette from Vanity Projects. 
ORDER ON CASSETTE and receive an immediate digital download: $6.00 ppd


DIGITAL ONLY: $4.99 pre-order from Bandcamp (available July 15)

Reviews: LA Record | the Lin Party

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How to win the love of a lady, featuring my RA from Freshman Year of College

Download mp3: Bryan Adams – Think About You (featuring My Freshman Year RA)

Alternative link to use if Soundcloud is not working.

When I was a Freshman at USC, my Resident Advisor fell in love with a student who lived on the second floor. He was so in love that he invoked what was called the “true love” clause of his contract with the school in order to date her  (apparently, RAs can date students if they can convince some higher-up that they’re truly, madly, and deeply in love with each other). That was a long time ago, and I’m not sure if it was actually true love because I’ve lost touch with both of them and don’t know if they’re still together [Update: a friend from college tells me that they did, indeed, get married to each other].

"I could go drinkin', but I... can't stand the stuff."

To woo said girl, my RA decided to record himself singing over a Bryan Adams song and give it to her for Valentine’s Day. I’m not sure why this would have appealed to her, but apparently it did. Anyway, my RA didn’t have any sort of recording software, and was pretty clueless about how to do the whole thing. I had a copy of ACID Music, so I let him record this terrible little ditty onto my computer. In exchange, I ended up with this: an mp3 of the resultant monstrosity.

It’s kind of sweet, even though it’s also incredibly wretched. It makes me both laugh and squirm. I’m not exactly sure if this mp3 will be funny to people who don’t know the guy, but maybe there’s something universally appealing about this type of naivety and innocence. I mean, he just sounds lost. It’s enjoyable to hear other people doing embarrassing things.

Years ago, I uploaded this to the Internet and received an unhappy email from the RA, who as in the job market and pretty upset that the top search for his name on Google was this mp3…. This time around, I made it anonymous. Hopefully he won’t find it.

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In LA Record – Review of Joe Jack Talcum, Whitman, Human Hands and more

LA Record published my review of Joe Jack Talcum (of the Dead Milkmen), Whitman, Human Hands, Lord Grunge, and the Bassturd at Ports o’ Call Bedroom last week. You can read it hereThe new print edition of that  paper also features a review that I wrote of Nicole Kidman’s tape “Teen Worship.”

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About


I'm a musician and writer from Los Angeles. When I feel motivated, I use this website to share my creative output and give my thoughts on the world around me.

Vanity Projects

I release cassettes and zines under the Vanity Projects label; I've done things by myself and also things by friends. Visit Vanity Projects on Tumblr.

@GeoffGeis on Twitter

Music

This is Soft Sailors! We're a new band from Los Angeles. We don't have any upcoming shows scheduled, but you can hear us online:

Also, here are some solo songs I've uploaded recently to Soundcloud. I'm playing solo July 19th at the Pickle Factory at 647 Lamar Street in Los Angeles and September 1st at Los Globos in LA for a KCHUNG benefit.

In 2011, I released my first solo album, Princess. You can listen to it and download it on Bandcamp:

From 2005 until 2011, I was in the band Pizza! This is our album We Come From the Swamp:

From 2008-2010, I was in the band Big Whup. Here's one of our songs that I sang, called "Cover My Eyes:"

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