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  • Crystal Questions

    Ago 12 2011, 0:50

    For the first time, rock star / leader James Call personally answers YOUR questions about THE POWER OF THE CRYSTALS, The Missing Teens' smash hit opera / motivational seminar currently taking the New York Festival by storm!

    If you have any questions about the way, now is your chance to find out the directly from one of the contemprary world's foremost practitioners of !

    http://www.power-of-the-crystals.com/refresher-statement/

    Missing Teens
    The Real James
    maybe I'd be happier if I stabbed myself in the brain with a fork. James Call
    James Call!
    German Cars Vs American Homes
    JamesCall
    the MISHAP CREW!!
    I love shopping malls!
    the Spooj
    http://www.crapcore.com nofollow=yes
  • Crystal Questions

    Ago 12 2011, 0:49

    For the first time, rock star / leader James Call personally answers YOUR questions about [event]THE POWER OF THE CRYSTALS[/event], The Missing Teens' smash hit opera / motivational seminar currently taking the New York Festival by storm!

    If you have any questions about the way, now is your chance to find out the directly from one of the contemprary world's foremost practitioners of !

    http://www.power-of-the-crystals.com/refresher-statement/

    Missing Teens
    The Real James
    maybe I'd be happier if I stabbed myself in the brain with a fork. James Call
    James Call!
    German Cars Vs American Homes
    JamesCall
    the MISHAP CREW!!
    I love shopping malls!
    the Spooj
    http://www.crapcore.com nofollow=yes
  • Crystal Questions

    Ago 12 2011, 0:48

    For the first time, rock star / leader James Call personally answers YOUR questions about [event=]THE POWER OF THE CRYSTALS[/event], The Missing Teens' smash hit opera / motivational seminar currently taking the New York Festival by storm!

    If you have any questions about the way, now is your chance to find out the directly from one of the contemprary world's foremost practitioners of !

    http://www.power-of-the-crystals.com/refresher-statement/

    Missing Teens
    The Real James
    maybe I'd be happier if I stabbed myself in the brain with a fork. James Call
    James Call!
    German Cars Vs American Homes
    JamesCall
    the MISHAP CREW!!
    I love shopping malls!
    the Spooj
    http://www.crapcore.com nofollow=yes
  • Power of the Crystals

    Giu 8 2011, 16:07

    BIG NEWS! The Missing Teens have gotten their SMASH-HIT motivational seminar/rock opera The Power of the Crystals into the New York International Fringe Festival. This is a big deal - the FringeNYC is one of the largest theatre festivals in the city every year and our participation in it allows us to bring POTC to Manhattan (a/k/a "Officialville") at last.

    Our show goes up in August (exact dates TBD), and our performances will coincide with the electronic release of our upcoming SOUNDTRACK CD!!! currently being lovingly recorded and mixed at The Kennel in Brooklyn. However... and you knew this was coming, admit it... we can't do it without YOUR HELP. That is why we are KICKSTARTIN'!

    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/540321195/the-power-of-the-crystals

    We offer fantastic "incentives" to all donors, including: Copies of our upcoming CD... copies of our previous CD, Music for Young Adults... themesongs... ringtones... Missing Teens health insurance... private dinners, studio time, EVEN a *free pass* to throw a drink in one of our faces next time you see us. These are just a few of the amazing prizes you can acquire. Go to the link above and check 'em out! And donate today!

    MEANWHILE, we also have a few pre-FringeNYC events you should know about:

    On June 25th, we'll be having a fabulous fundraiser in LIC featuring performers of all stripes. The Missing Teens proper will not be playing, but James Call & Erotic Photo Hunt and many other quality acts will be onboard. More details coming soon!

    On July 1st, we're playing DON PEDRO'S in Brooklyn with our soul-sisters Thunderbang! and Drunken Pumpkin, and more acts TBA. This is a full-on Missing Teens show. Have you seen our current largish band? If not, a thousand curses upon you! This will be a night of pure rock bliss.

    As always, our band website is here: http://themissingteens.com. And new! follow James on twitter: "JamesCallExpert". His stupid ramblings are guaranteed (or not) to amuse and edify!

    Love,
    the professional Missing Teens support staff
    Missing Teens
    The Real James
    maybe I'd be happier if I stabbed myself in the brain with a fork. James Call
    James Call!
    German Cars Vs American Homes
    James Call
    The Missing Teens
  • Power of the Crystals

    Giu 8 2011, 16:05

    BIG NEWS! The Missing Teens have gotten their SMASH-HIT motivational seminar/rock opera The Power of the Crystals into the New York International Fringe Festival. This is a big deal - the FringeNYC is one of the largest theatre festivals in the city every year and our participation in it allows us to bring POTC to Manhattan (a/k/a "Officialville") at last.

    Our show goes up in August (exact dates TBD), and our performances will coincide with the electronic release of our upcoming SOUNDTRACK CD!!! currently being lovingly recorded and mixed at The Kennel in Brooklyn. However... and you knew this was coming, admit it... we can't do it without YOUR HELP. That is why we are KICKSTARTIN'!

    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/540321195/the-power-of-the-crystals

    We offer fantastic "incentives" to all donors, including: Copies of our upcoming CD... copies of our previous CD, Music for Young Adults... themesongs... ringtones... Missing Teens health insurance... private dinners, studio time, EVEN a *free pass* to throw a drink in one of our faces next time you see us. These are just a few of the amazing prizes you can acquire. Go to the link above and check 'em out! And donate today!

    MEANWHILE, we also have a few pre-FringeNYC events you should know about:

    On June 25th, we'll be having a fabulous fundraiser in LIC featuring performers of all stripes. The Missing Teens proper will not be playing, but James Call & Erotic Photo Hunt and many other quality acts will be onboard. More details coming soon!

    On July 1st, we're playing DON PEDRO'S in Brooklyn with our soul-sisters Thunderbang! and Drunken Pumpkin, and more acts TBA. This is a full-on Missing Teens show. Have you seen our current largish band? If not, a thousand curses upon you! This will be a night of pure rock bliss.

    As always, our band website is here: http://themissingteens.com. And new! follow James on twitter: "JamesCallExpert". His stupid ramblings are guaranteed (or not) to amuse and edify!

    Love,
    the professional Missing Teens support staff
    Missing Teens
    The Real James
    maybe I'd be happier if I stabbed myself in the brain with a fork. James Call
    James Call!
    German Cars Vs American Homes
    James Call
    The Missing Teens
  • Who Gives A Fuck What You Think :: Missing Teens Interview!

    Ott 16 2010, 17:06

  • James Call Discusses Missing Teens Tunes

    Ott 7 2009, 2:30

    Hi this is Greg Travis II,

    I was in the band, The Missing Teens for a couple of years. James Call was the master-mind of the songs. I added some guitar to the mix. Darren on drums. Most of the songs we plyed live were from the album "Music For Young Adults". James' lyrics are very awesome. many of the songs feel like he is yelling at you and if you are not a self confident person who is doing the right thing it might be kind of painful to hear. but they make you want to be a better person. at least for me they did.

    But much of what james "sings" was and still is over my head. I am semi-literate. Even as a band member I was very often unsure as to what the songs were about. i recently asked him to explain briefly what some of the songs were about.

    Drive Uphill

    Drive Uphill is basically about how mankind is (often) rushing towards a pending collapse, sort of blindly with and with optimism, but with plenty of fear and hatred along the way - misplaced fear and hatred. It's a drive uphill to get where we're going, but if we stick together, we can all make a killing. Of course, in the end, our killing doesn't matter, as our short sight fucks us all.

    Round of Applause

    Round of Applause has a similar theme - how the quest for success can lead to our own abandonment and malignment by the people we love and care about. It's essentially a song for the small-time operator trying to "make it," but just making a fool out of his or herself. Although a few, a tiny elite, do make it by these terms - and they deserve a little recognition, a toast if you will, for their venality, cruelty, and craft.

    Fernando and Louise

    This song is essentially about a young couple in love, who marry, but their marriage is soon destroyed by financial pressures - especially with Louise's kid to bring up. Soon this pressure leads to infidelity, which in turn leads to disillusionment, which is turn leads to divorce, all because of the daily grind and inevitable quest for relief that leads to short-term decision making. You might say "short term decision making" is the central theme of the whole album.

    Chinatown

    Chinatown is about a girl who toys with people's hearts and abuses her friendships, who skips out of town, but can't really escape the guilt, no matter where she runs to. "Chinatown" is supposed to represent the "id" if you will, the primordial guilt this girl can't fully understand or escape. Any morally flawed but not totally amoral person feels this pressure at some point. Could be a guy but it's a girl in this song.

    Andy and Miranda

    Andy and Miranda is about a boyfriend and girlfriend. Two people in love with very divergent life paths, different sets of long-term goals and motivations that causes them to drift apart, neither of them really coming to terms with the drift but instead rationalizing each of their own actions as they go. Unconscious to themselves, but obvious to the outside to world.

    Rise to the Bait

    Rise to the Bait is about doing what needs to be done in the moment and fully embracing it, even if you have to deal with some frightening external and internal factors on the way. It's not so much about having faith that everything "will be good" as it is acknowledging that there's a job to be done and doing it joyously, despite the destruction some of that job may entail.

    Female Version of Myself

    This song is for the greedy man, the jealous man on the hunt for security in the form a woman, yet constantly coming up short as he encounters women as greedy and hostile as himself, in different ways. Although it's written from the male point of view, I hope women can simply "flip the gender" in their minds and enjoy the song as well, as they look for male versions of themselves.

    Waiting (on the internet)

    This song is about waiting to carry on a tortuous affair, via AIM or gchat. As it plays out, the hours drift by, tediously, and with some anxiety. Booze is involved.

    Wash Up

    In keeping with our theme, another song about short-sighted human behavior, and the rather crushing force of fate that can sometimes sweep away our whole vista and render the behavior meaningless, leaving us a little washed up.

    Carpe Diem

    Did I mention this album has a theme? Failure and Success, or the attempt to attain success? Carpe Diem means Seize the Day, and that's what this song is all about. It's not necessarily a pleasant thing. And seizing the day means keeping too many chefs out of the kitchen, if you will. Success is best attained forcefully and quietly (in this view).

    Laundromat

    But say you DO attain success, at a potentially bloody cost, figuratively speaking at least? Well then you will have guilt to deal with. And what better way to deal with guilt than to try to obscure it, to wash it away - not to repent, but simply to deny and obscure the source of the guilt in the first place. Those of us who cannot own up to our immorality tend to go... to the laundromat. And wash away the stains of the previous evening, through heavy breathing.

    My Old Lifestyle

    Finally, there may come a time in our lives when the pressure is too much, when the plan has gone astray, and when the comfort of the familiar because a necessary comfort. In this time, we turn away - we may need to turn full circle - back or our old lifestyles. Of course, this reversion is not easy. We may leave vital parts of ourselves behind when we revert too suddenly - but this is part of the aging process, after all. Even if the aging process seems to involve a reversion to childhood. Of course, what must be done must be done, if you want to keep up with the Joneses and play ball.

    ....and since you asked about Dream of the Vet:

    Dream of the Vet

    This is about wish fulfillment! Pure and simple. Unconscious wish fulfullment, which we turn to at the end of the pressures of the day, in dream, often.

    The theme of Music for Young Adults is definitely the drive for success and the futility thereof. The theme of Gentrifornication (the next album), if there is one, is most likely about the subconscious mind."
  • Better Than: A night at the speakeasy.

    Ago 16 2009, 21:48

    Fri 14 Aug – gomorrans record release extravaganza!

    Last Night: The Gomorran Social-Aid and Pleasure Club at the Bottom of the Hill
    By Anna McCarthy in Last NightSaturday, Aug. 15 2009 @ 12:01PM

    Better Than: A night at the speakeasy.

    San Francisco hosted its very own modern-day Vaudeville last night at the Bottom of the Hill, and The Gomorran Social Aid & Pleasure Club definitely took home first-prize. This band obviously knew the recipe for success. Just combine banjo plus trumpet plus trombone plus tuba plus drums plus a whole lotta whooping, some hollering, and then toss in a couple of scantily clad ladies and voila: a night show-goers are sure to remember.

    Of course, it's only to be expected that a local band would know exactly what kind of show will get a San Francisco crowd on its feet and dancing. Led by a banjo-wielding Ryan Beebe, the band began last night's show by striding from the back of the club to the stage decked in decorative suits laced with silk and fringe. In true marching-band style (although it should be mentioned that the show itself is more like two parts circus to one part marching band ... with a twist of nudity), they parted the crowd by playing their own grand entrance music.


    Joseph Schell
    ​The evening evolved into a series of bursting-at-the-seams performances that had the crowd smiling and eventually getting seriously down on the dance floor by the final rip-roarin number. Last night's show was supposed to be the Pleasure Club's new record release party, although apparently there was some trouble involving a tsunami and the records weren't actually available at the show. However, Beebe promised audience members to personally deliver any record purchased in advance -- he didn't mention whether that delivery would be accompanied by song and dance.






    ​The Pleasure Club's songs last night ranged from frantic to rockin to downright sexy. Steamy performances by Last Night's Fling All-Star Burlesque accompanied at least four of the band's most music-to-take-your-clothes-off-to songs -- which meant, basically, that any female who went on stage during the show ended up nearly naked.

    The Pleasure Club's antics were a stark contrast to the dramatic, psychedelic instrumentals of their openers, Khi Darag. Another San Francisco local band, Khi Durag easily filled the small venue with its big sound, sending audience members to another time zone with their arsenal of exotic drums and wind instruments (the band very accurately describes their own music on their website as "soundtrack for a 60s macabre Middle East thriller"). Khi Darag didn't feature any slowly undressing ladies, but we think they still managed to put on an impressive show.

    ​Critic's Notebook:

    Although fire and brimstone may have been more appropriate after all that sin, the evening ended in a highly competitive bootie-shake contest led by the trombonist, Scott Knippelmeir -- who, as it turns out, has some serious talent in that field. We think he should definitely consider going pro.
  • Last Night: The Gomorran Social-Aid and Pleasure Club at the Bottom of the Hill

    Ago 16 2009, 21:45

    By Anna McCarthy in Last NightSaturday, Aug. 15 2009 @ 12:01PM

    Better Than: A night at the speakeasy.

    San Francisco hosted its very own modern-day Vaudeville last night at the Bottom of the Hill, and The Gomorran Social Aid & Pleasure Club definitely took home first-prize. This band obviously knew the recipe for success. Just combine banjo plus trumpet plus trombone plus tuba plus drums plus a whole lotta whooping, some hollering, and then toss in a couple of scantily clad ladies and voila: a night show-goers are sure to remember.

    Of course, it's only to be expected that a local band would know exactly what kind of show will get a San Francisco crowd on its feet and dancing. Led by a banjo-wielding Ryan Beebe, the band began last night's show by striding from the back of the club to the stage decked in decorative suits laced with silk and fringe. In true marching-band style (although it should be mentioned that the show itself is more like two parts circus to one part marching band ... with a twist of nudity), they parted the crowd by playing their own grand entrance music.

    ​The evening evolved into a series of bursting-at-the-seams performances that had the crowd smiling and eventually getting seriously down on the dance floor by the final rip-roarin number. Last night's show was supposed to be the Pleasure Club's new record release party, although apparently there was some trouble involving a tsunami and the records weren't actually available at the show. However, Beebe promised audience members to personally deliver any record purchased in advance -- he didn't mention whether that delivery would be accompanied by song and dance.

    ​The Pleasure Club's songs last night ranged from frantic to rockin to downright sexy. Steamy performances by Last Night's Fling All-Star Burlesque accompanied at least four of the band's most music-to-take-your-clothes-off-to songs -- which meant, basically, that any female who went on stage during the show ended up nearly naked.

    The Pleasure Club's antics were a stark contrast to the dramatic, psychedelic instrumentals of their openers, Khi Darag. Another San Francisco local band, Khi Durag easily filled the small venue with its big sound, sending audience members to another time zone with their arsenal of exotic drums and wind instruments (the band very accurately describes their own music on their website as "soundtrack for a 60s macabre Middle East thriller"). Khi Darag didn't feature any slowly undressing ladies, but we think they still managed to put on an impressive show.

    ​Critic's Notebook:

    Although fire and brimstone may have been more appropriate after all that sin, the evening ended in a highly competitive bootie-shake contest led by the trombonist, Scott Knippelmeir -- who, as it turns out, has some serious talent in that field. We think he should definitely consider going pro.
  • Last Night: The Gomorran Social-Aid and Pleasure Club at the Bottom of the Hill

    Ago 16 2009, 21:45

    By Anna McCarthy in Last NightSaturday, Aug. 15 2009 @ 12:01PM

    Better Than: A night at the speakeasy.

    San Francisco hosted its very own modern-day Vaudeville last night at the Bottom of the Hill, and The Gomorran Social Aid & Pleasure Club definitely took home first-prize. This band obviously knew the recipe for success. Just combine banjo plus trumpet plus trombone plus tuba plus drums plus a whole lotta whooping, some hollering, and then toss in a couple of scantily clad ladies and voila: a night show-goers are sure to remember.

    Of course, it's only to be expected that a local band would know exactly what kind of show will get a San Francisco crowd on its feet and dancing. Led by a banjo-wielding Ryan Beebe, the band began last night's show by striding from the back of the club to the stage decked in decorative suits laced with silk and fringe. In true marching-band style (although it should be mentioned that the show itself is more like two parts circus to one part marching band ... with a twist of nudity), they parted the crowd by playing their own grand entrance music.


    Joseph Schell
    ​The evening evolved into a series of bursting-at-the-seams performances that had the crowd smiling and eventually getting seriously down on the dance floor by the final rip-roarin number. Last night's show was supposed to be the Pleasure Club's new record release party, although apparently there was some trouble involving a tsunami and the records weren't actually available at the show. However, Beebe promised audience members to personally deliver any record purchased in advance -- he didn't mention whether that delivery would be accompanied by song and dance.








    Joseph Schell
    ​The Pleasure Club's songs last night ranged from frantic to rockin to downright sexy. Steamy performances by Last Night's Fling All-Star Burlesque accompanied at least four of the band's most music-to-take-your-clothes-off-to songs -- which meant, basically, that any female who went on stage during the show ended up nearly naked.

    The Pleasure Club's antics were a stark contrast to the dramatic, psychedelic instrumentals of their openers, Khi Darag. Another San Francisco local band, Khi Durag easily filled the small venue with its big sound, sending audience members to another time zone with their arsenal of exotic drums and wind instruments (the band very accurately describes their own music on their website as "soundtrack for a 60s macabre Middle East thriller"). Khi Darag didn't feature any slowly undressing ladies, but we think they still managed to put on an impressive show.


    Joseph Schell
    ​Critic's Notebook:

    Although fire and brimstone may have been more appropriate after all that sin, the evening ended in a highly competitive bootie-shake contest led by the trombonist, Scott Knippelmeir -- who, as it turns out, has some serious talent in that field. We think he should definitely consider going pro.