October 17th, 2014
There is absolutely no excuse for how long I have left this little corner of the internet un-updated. So here are my many excuses:
Excuse #1: We have been very busy in the lab editing THE MAYOR OF ROCK & ROLL like a mofo. We are getting closer and closer for you to have something to see. Rumor has it a full trailer and a poster might be happening sometime soon. Just a-sayin’. If you’re interested in keeping up with the goings on of the movie, please follow our shiny new Twitter account @MayorRockNRoll.
Excuse #2: Brendan Boogie & The Broken Gates are still putting the finishing touches on the record we tracked this summer at Watch City Studios. The main tracking has been laid onto sweet delicious 2 inch tape and it sounds warm and amazing and 70′s. Right now, we’re taking our time working on those special little details that make records great. Plus, our percussionist Phillip insisted on having a specially-made pair of castanets molded to fit only his fingerprints, so we have to wait for them to be forged and then shipped from Turkey. He’s a real diva, that guy.
Excuse #3: I have been busy as the head writer and director of Old School Game Show, a fun-as-fuck alt trivia game show that takes place once a month at the Davis Square Theater in Somerville. If you haven’t checked it out yet, please come on down on Sunday October 26. Check out the website for advance tickets links.
In short, be glad I was so quiet. I’m about to barrage you with crap like some sort of angry, territorial monkey.
May 27th, 2014
We’re so excited that we couldn’t hold it in anymore – here is the brand spankin’ new teaser for THE MAYOR OF ROCK AND ROLL. It’s a little rough around the edges (audio is still a work in progress), but it gives you an idea what we’re up to:
Looking forward to showing you more and more as we go. If you’d like to hear some songs from the movie live, please come by Atwoods on June 21 to see Brendan Boogie & The Broken Gates support Oldjack.
May 17th, 2014
The Broken Gates return for a great show to kick off the summer! Check out the info:
Atwoods Tavern in Cambridge MA
Saturday June 21
Brendan Booogie & The Broken Gates
10pm 21+ $8
Here is the advance ticket link. It’s likely the only Broken Gates show for the summer, so don’t get shut out!
In other news, the Broken Gates are still slugging away at our new record with Jack over at Watch City Studios. And we are taking our sweeeeeeet ass time with it because we want it to to be just right for your pretty little ear holes. Stay tuned for updates here on this site.
For you Mayor of Rock and Roll fans – we’re in the editing phase which is a long and lovely process full of nitpicking. I will say I’ve seen some early cuts of some of the footage and I’m very excited about how this movie is coming out. Hopefully, we’ll have a taste for you soon (maybe this summer? eh? eh?).
Once again, thank you for all your support. Hope to see you June at Atwoods!
March 9th, 2014
I know we teased you in January with a triumphant return of the Broken Gates only to be thwarted by frozen pipes and general jerkiness from Old Asshole Winter. You’ve been hurt before – we understand that. But Spring has semi-sprung and I’m reasonably sure we’ll be able to pulls this one off without a snowstorm! Maybe!
Here are the details:
Davis Square Theatre
Saturday March 15 at 10pm $10
The Easy Reasons and Summer Villians
This is our first live show since before filming The Mayor of Rock and Roll (which is currently being edited) and we will feature songs from the movie as well as songs we are currently recording at Watch City Studios for our record coming out this year! Exciting times in Boogieland – hope to see you all out this Saturday.
December 31st, 2013
We did it! The MAYOR OF ROCK AND ROLL is in the can! That’s what they say, right? “In the can”? I know that term means other things in other circles, so I just want to be sure I’m using it right.
I can’t express how overwhelmed I am with gratitude to all the literally hundreds of people that contributed to this film. From the amazing director Mark Phinney and director of photography P.H. O’Brien to the producers to the cast and crew to the stunning musical talents that lent their songs and performances to the movie to the incredibly generous venues that let us shoot in their hallowed walls (TT the Bear’s, O’Brien’s, the Somerville Armory, the Paradise, WZLX) to the all the friends who came out to be background talent to the Kickstarter backers who funded it all… this project was truly the culmination of a community coming together and lifting me and my dreams up on its shoulders. I couldn’t be more honored, humbled, and grateful.
Now, on to the music! Brendan Boogie & The Broken Gates return to the stage this Friday 1/3 at TT the Bear’s Place. Check out the facebook invite for details and come on by!
December 26th, 2013
Ok, I know we’ve said this before, but this time we mean it (barring any natural disasters): this Sunday is your last chance to be in The Mayor of Rock and Roll. We are filming the last scenes this Sunday December 29 at TT the Bear’s Place in Central Square Cambridge from 12 to 2pm. The scenes take place at a bar and a karaoke lounge, so dress accordingly. Snacks and beverages will be provided. Come be a part of this movie and pray to the anti-snow anti-fire anti-illness gods that we pull it off this time!
December 15th, 2013
Do you mind if I call you that? It’s easier than giving you all individual nicknames.
It’s been a crazy few months here on the old homestead. Principle filming for The Mayor of Rock & Roll is almost finished. We are soooo very close. If the film gods bless us, we will have one more day left. If you’ve been following us on facebook or the Kickstarter page, you know that this particular shooting day has been rescheduled three times so far due to fire, flooding, illness, and snowstorms. We’re hoping to finish it up next weekend, but just in case – look out for locusts to descend on the greater Boston area to prevent our little comic bauble from coming to fruition.
No matter what is thrown at us, we are undeterred. Indie film is like the Oregon trail – you head west with all sorts of great ideas but by the end you’re just happy to arrive in one piece. Luckily, I am blessed with a top notch director, amazing cast and crew, and an incredibly supportive music community to help us push through. Thanks to everyone for their patience and support. We will finish this movie in 2013, damn it!
In other news, January 2014 marks the return of Brendan Boogie & The Broken Gates. We haven’t hit a local stage since August and we’re excited to be playing at TT the Bear’s Place on Friday January 3 with Mount Peru and The Easy Reasons. Check out the facebook invite for more details. We’ll likely be playing some songs from the movie, so there’s something to look forward to, eh?
A little further down the line, The Broken Gates will finish the record we started this summer before I got the movie star bug. There will be new music from Brendan Boogie & the Broken Gates in 2014. So I’ll have a movie AND a record for you next year. And probably a puppet show or something.
September 26th, 2013
It’s been a little quiet around these parts, but we’ve been ramping up for filming for THE MAYOR OF ROCK AND ROLL. That’s where you come in.
There are plenty of live music scenes in the movie, but we need the biggest crowd for the opening and finale scenes, both of which we’re filming on Saturday October 12. Here are the details:
MAYOR OF ROCK AND ROLL Live Music Filming
TT the Bear’s Place
Central Square in Cambridge
Featuring live music by Brendan Boogie, Nicole Dessingue, Muy Cansado, Gene Dante, and more!
There will be snacks and lots of chances to be on camera (the scene has a lot of mingling). If you have any questions, feel free to hit me up at email@example.com.
Are you ready for your close ups?
August 30th, 2013
Be sure to join us this Sunday night at TT the Bear’s Place, we celebrate the kickoff filming of THE MAYOR OF ROCK AND ROLL featuring:
Brendan Boogie & Nicole Dessingue
Gene Dante & The Future Starlets
Adrian Emberley & The Revolving Band
Hosted by Justin P. Drew
Come on down!
August 3rd, 2013
I posted this as an update on the Kickstarter page for the movie, but I wanted to share it with everyone, so here you go:
You did it. Because of you, THE MAYOR OF ROCK AND ROLL is going to be a reality.
It started out as an idea in my little noggin. Then, words on a page. Conversations with Phinney led to conversations with other enthusiastic musicians, actors, artists, filmmakers, all of whom wanted to help. After a while, I was hit with the exhilarating and terrifying thought: I’m actually going to make this movie, aren’t I?
At first, I was hesitant to do a Kickstarter. Everyone was yelling about Amanda Palmer and Zach Braff. I don’t want people yelling at me. Or worse – comparing me to Amanda Palmer or Zach Braff. Quite frankly, it’s uncomfortable to ask for money. Asking for help is not something I’m terrific at doing.
As we went along, I realized that this Kickstarter was about more than just money. Sure, we desperately need money to make the movie and I’m eternally grateful for your generosity. But for me, this Kickstarter was about community. Before the 60 days, I was a guy with an idea for a movie. Now, not only is the movie funded but I have a community of people (that’s you) who are hopefully excited about the progress of the project and want to be involved, whether that means appearing in the movie as an extra, lending your artistic talents to the project in some way, or just being the cheering section. Making movies is very hard. We’re counting on you, the backers, to… have our backs.
Gratitude is too small a word to express what I’m feeling right now. More to come…