Shapes of Things

Posted: December 6th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Chelsea, Leilani, Lila, Music, Recordings, Sean, The 50/50s, Will | Comments Off

We’re back! Ok we never really went away, but all the same, we’re back! After a little realignment, the inimitable Leilani is now playing bass as well as continuing to provide her spellbinding vocals. And that means the inimitable Lila resumes her guitar strumming duties in addition to fronting that which must be fronted. The inimitable Sean continues to propel us forward, and the inimitable Chelsea continues to thread harmonic unity. And the inimitable Will (yup, that’s me) continues to bang sound out of his guitar.

2012 promises to start off with a kablaam as we will be heading into the studio (Wally Sound to be specific) to lay down some tracks for the ages. Fans of The 50/50s will also be able to catch us perform live on occasion. And who knows, there might even be t-shirts for your collection.

Stay tuned!

Reelin’ in the Year

Posted: August 29th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Cameron, Chelsea, Leilani, Lila, Live, Music, Sean, The 50/50s, Will | Comments Off

That’s right. It’s been a whole year since our first live performance. And what a difference a year makes. Expanding, contracting, evolving, and all the time rocking.

This past Saturday night at the Arlene Francis Center, The 50/50s played our one year anniversary show. While it was all a blur to me, I am told we rocked it pretty well. Cameron and Sean propelled us forward with their expert rhythm section. We had amazing harmonies, thanks to Leilani and Cameron, that perfectly accented Lila’s matchless vocals. Our sound was expanded by the awesome riffing of Chelsea on keyboard. And of course there was me, chugging away on the guitar.

There was also a full roster of excellent bands on hand to help KWTF with fundraising. While Hot Club Beelzebub lured folks in with their irresistible brand of gypsy jazz, Community College kicked things off on the main stage with a powerful punch. The Poppy Seeds held the stage with a golden voice and a strum to match. The Manchus from Mainland China tore through their debut set with the same diabolic intensity of their namesake. Intimate Garçons mesmerized us with a journey through time and space. Immediately after our set, Will Crum rocked us guerilla style from the AFC balcony. Sharky Coast brought their hurricane with them, making Irene look like a mere suggestion of weather. Guy Henry Mueller and Ryan Michael Keller created an alternate, enlightening/frightening universe. And to round it all off, Conspiracy a Go Go schooled us with their rock and roll carnival.

Thanks to all of our families, friends and fans. We have so much more in store for you.

Stay tuned for the further adventures of The 50/50s.

Live, part

photo by Whitni Rader

Live, Part 3

photo by Whitni Rader

The Style Counsel

Posted: May 25th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Chelsea, Inspirations, Music, The 50/50s | Comments Off

used to indicate a missing letter or letters (can’t, we’d) or a possessive (David’s book).
Don’t let anyone tell you that apostrophes don’t matter and we would be better off without them. Consider these four phrases, each of which means something different:
my sister’s friend’s books (refers to one sister and her friend).
my sister’s friends’ books (one sister with lots of friends).
my sisters’ friend’s books (more than one sister, and their friend).
my sisters’ friends’ books (more than one sister, and their friends).
The possessive in words and names ending in S normally takes an apostrophe followed by a second S (Jones’s, James’s), but be guided by pronunciation and use the plural apostrophe where it helps: Mephistopheles’, Waters’, Hedges’ rather than Mephistopheles’s, Waters’s, Hedges’s.
Plural nouns that do not end in S take an apostrophe and S in the possessive: children’s games, old folk’s home, people’s republic, etc.
Phrases such as butcher’s knife, collector’s item, cow’s milk, goat’s cheese, pig’s blood, hangman’s noose, writer’s cramp, etc are treated as singular.
Use apostrophes in phrases such as two days’ time, 12 years’ imprisonment and six weeks’ holiday, where the time period (two days) modifies a noun (time), but not in nine months pregnant or three weeks old, where the time period is adverbial (modifying an adjective such as pregnant or old) – if in doubt, test with a singular such as one day’s time, one month pregnant.
Some shops use an apostrophe, wrongly, to indicate a plural (“pea’s”), but will generally omit the apostrophe when one is actually required (“new seasons asparagus”), a phenomenon sometimes referred to as the greengrocer’s (or grocer’s) apostrophe. Try to avoid this.

•Marsh, David and Amelia Hodgson: Guardian Style (Guardian Books, 2010)

In case you were wondering, the logo for the band came to me in a dream. I woke up and knew it had to be in Cooper Black. I knew it had to have a Mod-style roundel. One thing I didn’t think of at the time was that the apostrophe between the last zero and the “s” was incorrect. We are multiple, not singular. But thankfully, Chelsea was kind enough to point this out to me recently. I now present you with the corrected logo (see above). Huzzah.

Now that you have read this far, I can tell that you are interested in dreams. Normally I’m not the type to share them with you, but as this was a dream regarding The 50/50s I shall divulge. Read on if you dare. There we were. Playing a show in the basement of a library. We had launched into our new cover song, a mashup of The Dream Syndicate’s “The Days of Wine and Roses” and Tears for Fears “Mad World” (here in the waking world, this not our current cover). Just then I spotted someone leaving the show with my copy of The Royal Guardsmen “Snoopy vs The Red Baron” 45. Naturally I had to nab the culprit, so I passed my guitar to that “Max” kid from Roswell to takeover (unfortunately not John Doe). What does this all mean? I think it means that in 5 years when they make our biopic When I First Met You: The Story of The Fifty-Fifties, they’ll cast Jason Behr as myself. You laugh now, but you’d better start getting your casting suggestions in now!