Milkshake Daddy: Secret Lives of Probes, Satellites and Rovers

About the Album:

Secret Lives of Probes, Satellites and Rovers is a concept album. All songs are about unmanned space vehicles of assorted varieties, with inspiration coming from NASA, Japanese & Russian space programs, and TV shows like NOVA.

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Song Listen
Launch!
Voyager 1
Voyager 2
America, I Love You (USA 193)
SKYLAB
Kaguya
Communication (Satcom 1)
Hubble
Good Life! (Opportunity and Spirit Rovers
Sojourner Attacks!
Sputnik 2

Lyrics for Good Life:

I'm a robot rock n' roller
On the planet Mars
Got a sister Martian rover
And this world is ours

We have a dirty job
But there's nothing to it
We love the opportunity
And have the right spirit

I investigate the Crater
And my sister's on the Plain
Determining the structure
Of local terrain

NASA dropped us off
in 2000 and 4
Said We were down for the count
But we came back for more

The dirts so red
I never get the blues
It's a good life
It's a good life

I'm feeling all right
I found some hematite
It's good life
It's a awesome life

We got the magnets and
We got the cameras
Grinding tools and
Microscopic imagers

We move from place to place
Testing stones and soil
We've got solar panels
We don't run no oil

NASA set us up good and
For that we're glad
Been down with the job
Since we left the launch pad

Viva Mars Visa NaSa
You'll here us cheer
Six hundred Eighty Seven Days
in the Martian year

The dirts so red
I never get the blues
It's a good life
It's a good life

I'm feeling all right
I found some hematite
It's good life
It's a awesome life

Rock all day
Eat sun for food
It's a good life
It's a great life

Think I'm artificial
I'm more alive that you
It's a good life
It's a good life
Viva Mars! Viva Nasa!!!

Some Sojourner Attacks Lyrics:

I dig for rocks all day, but I'm not on the pipe!
There's no water on Mars, don't believe that hype!
I'm green on the red planet, cause I'm solar son!
Don't step to me boy, my Pathfinder weights a ton.
NASA left me for dead, and I don't care!
Keep your Java upgrades, I don't need no repairs!
Relaxing in my crater, watching the stars!
I'm the Sojourner Rover, Emperor of Mars!

Milkshake Daddy: Triglidae Cosplay Facsimile

About the Album:

Triglide Cosplay Facsimile is a concept album about a satellite that develops artificial intelligence and decides that it wants to explore earth’s oceans instead of space. On earth it meets Mr. Sprinkles, the Cat, who directs him to Sakanayokai the fish demon whom it does battle with to free the Sea Robins off the Jersey Shore. Yes really. Crazy right? Music has fallen behind visual art in terms of weirdness, and it’s time to catch up.

I recorded the album during February 2009, during which time I was working 50 hours a week at my jobby job, drinking lots of black tea, eating about a loaf of bread a day (not kidding). I also lost 6 pounds. I used Guitar Band to record this (that’s my excuse for any quality issues, like low volume or clipping), with a little help from Audacity, a Shure 58 microphone and lots of cables.

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Title Description Listen
Love Satellite

Genre: Rock
Volume: Loud
Instruments: BOSS DR-880, microKORG, Gibson SG, POD XT, Japanese novelty key chains, computerized vocals.
Inspiration/Notes: Las Vegas Grind compilations, B movies, Front 242, NASA, JAXA.

Return to Earth

Genre: Ambient
Volume: Low
Instruments: microKORG, the blue KORG Electribe, arcade noise
Inspiration/Notes: Armed Police Batrider videogame, NASA, JAXA.

Atmosphere

Genre: Ambient
Volume: Medium
Notes: Was a song featuring thrash guitar and troll vocals. I removed those.
Instruments: microKORG, arcade noise
Inspiration/Notes: Just the microKorg.

The Interview

Genre: Rock
Volume: Medium
Instruments: microKORG, Gibson SG, POD XT, arcade noise, computerized vocals
Inspiration/Notes: British TV and Lit. Louis Carrol. NASA & JAXA.

Meeting Mr. Sprinkles

Genre: Electronica
Volume: Loud
Instruments: Human beat box, microKORG, Gibson SG, POD XT
Inspiration/Notes: My sister’s cat. Funkadelic.

My Camera

Genre: Reggae
Volume: Low, but lots of bass
Instruments: microKORG, Polaroid Camera, Sony Camcorder
Inspiration/Notes: my photography hobby, NASA, JAXA.

Someday We’ll Look Back and SCREAM

Genre: Ambient
Volume: Loud, lots of bass
Instruments: Human beat box, KORG Kaossilator, microKORG.
Inspiration/Notes: this one is just totally random.

Scorpaeniform Paradox

Genre: Ambient
Volume, Low, but lots of bass at the end
Instruments: My goldfish tank, KORG Kaossilator, the blue KORG Electribe
Inspiration/Notes: Sea Robins, my Sea Robin costume, my goldfish Portia de Rossi and Rojo Calente, British TV like the Clangers, Inuyasha.

BOSS FIGHT!

Genre: Noise
Volume: Loud
Instruments: Japanese novelty key chains, the blue KORG Electribe, microKORG
Inspiration/Notes: Sea Robins, my Sea Robin costume, Neon Genesis Evangeleon, Kaiju, Rodan, 90′s gabber, Inuyasha.

The Sea Robin Parade

Genre: Ambient
Volume: Low (maybe medium at the end)
Instruments: Actual ocean waves, KORG Kaossilator, microKORG, Seagull acoustic, computerized vocals
Inspiration/Notes: Sea Robins, my Sea Robin costume, British TV.

The Album Cover:

Triglidae Cosplay Facsimile

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Milkshake Daddy: Aquatic Ape Hypothesis

About the Album:

Aquatic Ape Hypothesis is an audio odyssey spanning the genres of electronic rock, ambient, acid rock, funk and instrumental, and inspired by futurism, B-movies, science fiction, science fact, NASA, space exploration, Japanese giant monsters, fish, cicada insects, and even Flipper. Instruments used include: mandolin, bass, electric guitar, Stylophone, various Korg keyboards & sound devices, a Bliptronic 5000, BOSS drum machine, a “Take Back the Noise” bent-circuit noise device, an iMac, and my throat.

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Song Notes Listen
Light Dispelling Darkness rock noise about a sculpture in Roosevelt Park in Edison NJ. Features a mandolin solo!
Convexigon industrial soundtrack for the continuing saga of the satellite and the giant man-fish monster.
Aquatic Ape Hypothesis instrumental rock soundtrack for the epic adventures of the Aquatic Ape Man.
Cathy an ambient song dedicated to the dolphin who played Flipper.
Curiosity instrumental rock song about the Curiosity rover.
The Fifth Instar, Parts 1 & 2 an ambient soundtrack for the emergence of Magicicada cicadas
Neil Degrasse High an ambient track that brings to mind space, and all the beauty it has to offer.
Sloppy Space Junk a funky odessy about the space junk that orbits the earth.

SkanaYasha Fish Demon Attacks!
The Luddite no keyboards on this track

Album Cover

Milkshake Daddy: Aquatic Ape Hypothesis

Milkshake Daddy: Substitute Songwriter

About the Album:

Production notes: All songs recorded using GarageBand with help from Audacity. Instruments were piped though a Boss DR 880 (ironic as I didn’t use it for drums) and a Presonus Firebox. I use a Shure Beta 58 mic.

Inspirations: modern technology, social media, modern culture, Anime, geek speak, video gamers in Korea with fast internet connections, video games new and old, the moon, the future, Bleach (the main Aizen arc, not the filler crap), SakanaYasha the giant fish-man kaiju, Neon Genesis Evangeleon, punk rock, cow punk, Nova, tv shows about outerspace, cloud computing, the TWIT and TWIG podcasts, Nasa, JPL, 3D animations of planets, jazz, Gershwin, old public service films, my fans, and the RPM Challenge.

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Song Notes Listen
Cell Phone in the Pit

Genre:Punk rock!

My reaction to the fact that people now stand in front of bands taking photos and video with their cell phones instead of dancing.

The Plastic Colors of Summer

Genre: Pop Rock

There’s a movie called The Plastic Colors of Summer, but this song only shares the title. I wanted something chaotic and rhythmic, like summer can be.

Equipment: Gibson SG, moxMatrix iPad app, various noise making toys from Japan.

Lost the Fucking Manual

Genre: Pop Rock

You can’t read the fucking manual (RTFM) if you’ve lost the fucking manual (LTFM).

Equipment: microKorg, FunkBox iPad app, vocals, Schecter Bass

Kim Park Can’t Lose

Genre: Psychedelic Rock

Here’s the concept: no matter what video game you play – Star Craft, Halo, Brickbreaker – there’s always that dude who has the world-wide top score. This is the themesong for that dude.

Equipment: microKorg, Koassilator, Schecter Bass, Gibson SG, Drums! iPad app, various video games

Music for Mining on the Moon

Genre: Pop Rock

Eventually we’ll be mining the moon for H3.

Equipment: Schecter Bass, Gibson SG, FunkBox iPad app, MorphWiz iPad app, KP3 Touchpad for vocals

The Hogyoku (Breakdown Sphere)

Genre: Noise

This one is completely inspired by the manga Bleach. Google “wiki Hogyoku” for its definition.

Equipment: Gibson SG, Drums! iPad app, MorphWiz iPad app, microKorg, Schecter Bass, vocals

Sailing the Seas of Titan

Genre: Ambient

Equipment: microKorg, Drums! iPad app

Virus in the Cloud

Genre: Ambient

Equipment: Schecter Bass, FunkBox iPad app, Koassilator, microKorg, SoundPrism iPad app, MorphWiz iPad app

Eject the Capsule (SakanaYasha Kaiju vs. NERV)

Genre: Anime Soundtrack

I need at least one track featuring the SakanaYasha Kaiju monster. This time he’s fighting EVA gundams instead of satellites.

Equipment: a Min Min Zemi cicada, Korg Electribe MX, microKorg, MorphWiz iPad app, Gibson SG

The Laws of Physics Breakdown

Genre: Automated Jazz meets Guitar Noise

Equipment: Korg Electribe MX, Gibson SG, Drums! iPad app, Space iPad app, MorphWiz iPad app

The Party is Over

Genre: Ambient

Equipment: Samples from an old public service film, tonematrix, microKorg, Drums! iPad app, Schecter Bass

The Milkshake Daddy: Stranded on the Shores of Space

About the Album:

Stranded on the Shores of Space features 9 songs and over 39 minutes of songs about space travel and various objects in our solar system. I recorded it after watching all episodes of the TV show Cosmos.

(BTW, the original name of the album was “A Prisim Refracting Light”, and the purpose of music is to provide a sound track for Neil Degrasse Tyson’s inevitable wooing of Amy Mainzer, and their creation of a race of magic space babies.)

Instruments used: A bass, a Gibson Les Paul Studio, a microKORG, a Kaossilator, a Roland BOSS drum machine, the blue KORG Electribe, sound-drop toys from Japan, and the iPad apps: Drums!, FunkBox, SoundPrism, iMS-20, moxMatrix, and AniMoog.

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Title Description Listen
The Attraction of the Moon

Genre: Electronic
Inspirations: Cosmos, NASA, Apollo Missions, the Moon, B Movies about Outer Space

Auroral Observation Satellite AKEBONO

Genre: Electronic Pop
Inspiration/Notes: JAXA, Japan.

The Day Before the Day of the Comet

Genre: Indie Rock
Inspiration/Notes: Those “10 ways the earth will be destroyed” shows on the Science and/or History channel.

Space Madness

Genre: Ambient
Inspiration/Notes: B Movies about outer space

Mars Rover Curiosity, The Sequel

Genre: Ambient
Inspiration/Notes: JPL, NASA, the Mars Rover Curiosity

VASIMR (Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket)

Genre: Ambient
Inspiration/Notes: ION propulsion

Interplanetary Caterpillar

Genre: Ambient

Adrift

Genre: Ambient

Exiting the Heliosphere, Parts 1 and 2

Genre: Ambient

The Album Cover:

Stranded on the Shores of Space

The Milkshake Daddy: Murciélago va al Infierno

About the EP:

The EP features the songs:

  • Exile in Hueco Mundo (Hollow World): all the horror of being exiled from your home in a supernatural world of demonic soul-eating spectors.
  • Last Flight of the Crimson Grunion: last flight of a grand, old space battle ship.
  • Estancamiento: Stagnation.

Instruments used: A Gibson Les Paul Studio, a microKORG, a Kaossilator, the blue KORG Electribe, and the iPad apps: Drums!, FunkBox, and AniMoog.

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The EP Cover:

Murciélago va al Infierno

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History

2016

The Milkshake Daddy officially split into two bands: Kurohitsugi and Milkshake Electric.

Kurohitsugi will pursue more darker, natural sound, and Milkshake Electric a more electro-ambient sound.

2013

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.

2012

The Milkshake Daddy released Stranded on the Stores of Space. We think it is the best MSD album, but perhaps the most boring.

2011

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.
Issue 36

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!

Substitute Songwriter 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.

2010

Aquatic Ape Hypothesis was released on February 28th, 2010

2009

Triglidae Cosplay Facsimile was released on February 28th, 2009

2008

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.

Bands

The Milkshake Daddy a.k.a. Milkshake Daddy

Milk Shake Daddy logo from the 90s

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.

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The Pirates of Raritan Bay

  • Years Active: 2006.
  • Members: Dan Century.
  • Albums: none
  • Remixes and Collaborations: none

NPR Seque

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

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