Anti-Boredom Team Records
was an internet music label.
The first Kurohitsugi album is released: Wear a Mask.
The Milkshake Daddy
officially split into two bands: Kurohitsugi
and Milkshake Electric
will pursue more darker, natural sound, and Milkshake Electric
a more electro-ambient sound.
The Milkshake Daddy released Murciélago va al Infierno
, which kinda means bat into hell. This is perhaps the worst album... but also the most experimental.
The Milkshake Daddy released Stranded on the Stores of Space
. We think it is the best MSD album, but perhaps the most boring.
Milkshake Daddy made the May 13th Accelerate and Intensify radio show
Look for the Milkshake Daddy ad in issue #36 (May 2011) of Weird NJ.
Listen to the May 11th, 2011 episode of Jay & Silent Bob Get Jobs
to hear the Milkshake Daddy commercial! I'm "the Sid and Marty Krofft" of songs!
was released on February 28th, 2011
Picses Pizza Party Greatest Hits Album
In order to reach a wider audience I created a Milkshake Daddy Greatest Hits comp called 'Pisces Pizza Party' and it is available on iTunes
, CD Baby
and other digital download sites. You can support my madness by purchasing tracks from those sites.
Aquatic Ape Hypothesis
was released on February 28th, 2010
Triglidae Cosplay Facsimile
was released on February 28th, 2009
Secret Lives of Probes, Satellites and Rovers
was released on February 28th, 2008
The RPM Challenge
The past four Milkshake Daddy albums were created as part of the RPM Challenge
. I wrote this article for a friend about my experience creating music for the challenge.
You love music. You love it to the point that you went beyond collecting records and going to shows -- you decided to create music rather than simply consume it. Maybe you started a band, maybe you decided to DJ, or maybe you stayed at home and made some tracks on your home computer. Along the way you amassed a large collection of musical instruments and equipment. Then the local scene dried up because folks left to get corporate jobs, get married and make babies, or because folks were too busy with Facebook or Twitter or YouTube to be bothered with meeting real people in a real club with a real band or DJ playing. You became distracted too; maybe you started making babies, playing video games until 6am, spending all day and night on the interweb chatting with friends, watching pirated movies, trying to unravel the mythology of an obscure Japanese anime via Wikipedia, or trying to gross out Anonymous strangers on 4chan. You amassed a collection of dusty musical instruments, and you've done nothing with them recently, yet somewhere deep an your heart an ember still burns with the hope that you'll someday be a musician and record an actual album.
I discovered the RPM Challenge in January of 2008 when my friend Leif mentioned it on his website. He was going to enter his one man noise band, State Vector Collapse, in the challenge; to the best of my memory Leif hadn't recorded anything since the 1990s, so this was a big deal. I read this news in the midst of writing my New Years Resolutions; top on the list was "record a song or sell my equipment". Over the past 20 or so years I was buying musical instruments, everything from fancy Korg groove machines to chromatic harmonicas, but I never did anything with them. I did have a punk band in the late 80s to early 90s, I recorded some tapes of experimental music and noise in the mid 1990s, and I wrote a song about being a pirate around 2006, but that's it. The point of my resolution was to see if I could actually do something with my instruments, and if not, sell them on eBay and put the cash in the bank, or more likely spend it at the bar. I decided that the RPM Challenge was my opportunity to both make my dream of being a musician come true and to save my musical instruments from eBay.
The RPM Challenge is a challenge to musicians to create an entire album's worth of music (10 songs or 35 minutes) within the month of February. Participants must complete their album and have it post-marked or hand delivered to the RPM Challenge headquarters by March 1st. The Challenge was started in 1996 by The Wire, an arts & culture alt-weekly serving Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The original RPM Challenge was such a success that it was opened to the entire world. The RPM Challenge website (www.rpmchallenge.com
) includes everything you'll need to get started, keep inspired, find help, share your music, promote your album, discover new music, and make new musician friends (or perhaps rivals). Participants get their own profile page, a blog, a band page where folks can listen to their finished albums and download their songs, and a forum to exchange information and get help from fellow musicians. Over 2000 musicians entered the Challenge in 2010. That's potentially 2000+ new albums of music! How amazing is that?!
Having the challenge in February is a key to its success. In the spring you're preoccupied with the birds and the bees, Easter chocolates and trying to pass your final exams. In the summer you're attending festivals, picnics and barbecues, drinking margaritas and setting off explosives, or perhaps turning a carrot-colored shade of orange along the shore of your favorite body of water. In the fall it's back to school, and in America at least, a new season of television, and the massive mega-Holiday that spans Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanuka, Kwanzaa and New Years Day. In January you're too busy lamenting the 40 pounds you've gained gorging yourself the previous 3 months to do anything creative. Sure, you might compromise Valentines Day, and your friends will wonder where you've been -- but just imagine their surprise when you reappear from your studio with an entire album of new music. You were making art, while your friends were simply staring at glowing electronic rectangles; you were making new music and making the world a better place in which to listen.
2010 was my third year participating in the RPM Challenge as Milkshake Daddy. I made a concept album called The Secret Lives of Probes, Satellites and Rovers for the 2008 Challenge; each song was about a famous unmanned space machine. I made the concept album Triglidae Cosplay Facsimile for the 2009 Challenge; the title is an homage to Trout Mask Replica by Captain Beefheart, and the songs tell the tale of a satellite that returns to earth to explore the sea, meets and magic cat named Mr. Sprinkles, and fights a giant fish demon. This year I made Aquatic Ape Hypothesis, continuing the themes of science fiction, science fact, space exploration and giant fish demons. All songs are experimental in nature; most are what you could call "ambient music", but a few come close to being pop songs.
The RPM Challenge gives aspiring musicians around the world an opportunity to use their dusty old musical instruments, and create the album they always aspired to make -- or at least have fun trying.
The Milkshake Daddy a.k.a. Milkshake Daddy
is a band that has been around since the mid-1990s. The sound of Milkshake Daddy is a mixture of ambient, electronica, avant garde, funk, rock and 1970s TV soundtrack. The name is a vestige of the band's hip hop roots -- I was watching the movie Dolemite when I named it. The band becomes The Milkshake Daddy (instead of just Milkshake Daddy) when it's recording or playing a concept album.
The Milkshake Daddy External Websites
The Pirates of Raritan Bay
- Years Active: 2006.
- Members: Dan Century.
- Albums: none
- Remixes and Collaborations: none
Sometime in the late 90s or early 00s and friend and I were discussing the music used for music beds or segues for National Public Radio — usually mellow, sometimes exotic, but fairly predicable. Inspired, I grabbed my keyboard and knocked out a dozen or so “NPR segues” and posted them on MP3.com. They were also heavily influenced by music from pharmaceutical commercials.
I actually sent them to NPR. Not sure if they actually used or played them.
- Years Active: 1998-1999.
- Members: Dan Century.
- Albums: none.
- Remixes and Collaborations: none
The majority of the music on this site is licensed under Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0)
so feel free to use it according to that license. Share and Remix!