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Are You Joel Roston? If So, Here Are Some Things You’re Doing This Week

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I’ll be joining MIT’s Balinese gamelan, Gamelan Galak Tika, as a guitar-ing soloist for two performances of Evan Ziporyn‘s “Tire Fire” this week

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Look What’s Happened to Rosemary’s Baby


I feel like it’s fair to say that I roll deeper with Rosemary’s Baby than I do with possibly any other film that DIDN’T depict events taking place on Saturday, March 4th, 1984 at Shermer High School in Shermer, Illinois (60062).

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New Film Project

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I'm psyched to be working with Sara Zia Ebrahimi and Lindsey Martin on their upcoming animated documentary short "The FBI Blew Up My Ice Skates." Much like my work on Sara's 2012 film "Norman Schwarzkopf Made Me Gay," I'll be providing the sound design and original score. You can find out more a[...]
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Defensible Lyrics 2


This is the long-time-coming-but-not-necessarily-long-awaited second entry in my "Defensible Lyrics" series of blog posts, wherein I cite lyrics that I find to be -- you guessed it -- defensible. The first post can be found here. The lyrics included in this particular post are all thematical[...]
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If You Start Me Up I’ll Never Stop


Background Sibelius, apart from being the name of a steroidally self-critical composer, is a music engraving/notation computer software product. It’s used by over a jillion people every day and is an extra-vital part of my particular music-creating process (or, say, Alphabet Song transcribing).[...]
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Draft Pick


I was looking through my folder of blog ideas this morning in an effort to find something awesome to develop into a new post* and came across an old entry entitled “Musicians from Another Planet,” the content of which consisted of the below, utterly incomplete list.

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Parental Guidance is Suggested


For years, I’ve maintained a list of personally-authored, would-be Facebook status-updates that, in a perfect world, I’d LIKE to post, but due to there actually being social consequences for the things we say and do, I don’t.

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Joel in the Typing Pool

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Note: Just to be completely up-front so we don’t have a recreation of last-blog-post’s disappointment: At no time did I or am I planning to record a version of “What’s Up?” by 4 Non Blondes.

The actual helping hand of my pal Scott.

Me and “Me and Bobby McGee”


I don’t consider myself to be a Janis Joplin fan. I don’t dislike Janis Joplin; I just kind of don’t really consider her. The only reason she’s even on my musical radar is that I’m a Willie Nelson fan, which means that I’m ambiently aware of Kris Kristofferson and Kris Kristofferson wrote “Me and Bobby McGee,” a version of which was, of course, sung by Janis Joplin.

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An Open Customer Complaint to the AMC Assembly Row 12 Movie Theatre

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Hi there, AMC.

I attended a screening of Avengers: Age of Ultron in theater* seven of the AMC Assembly Row 12 movie theatre this past Sunday at 4:45pm.