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Hey DC-Area People!

Posted by Queen Grr , Jun 04 2013 · 107 views

Come see my band tomorrow at the Velvet Lounge!  We're on the bill with two other bands, the Polygons and the Fisherman Band.  The doors open at 7:30, the show starts at 9:00, and we go onstage at 10:00.  You will regret it if you don't come!
The Velvet Lounge is on U St in Washington DC and is literally just two blocks from the U St metro stop so you basically have zero excuse not to come.
If you're in a horrible accident (the only excuse for not coming), you can download our free new EP and our two singles here.



Posted by Queen Grr , May 30 2013 · 73 views

You can also download our original singles, "The Problem" and "Words Words Words," AND you can get your hands on some sweet NP stickers.  All of these are only a buck apiece but if you use the coupon code "bzpower" you'll get a discount, because I love you.
Our 14-track album of original songs comes out later this summer and we're playing another gig JUNE 5TH in Washington DC at the Velvet Lounge!  Please download our music, come out and support us, and rock on forever!!
Also you can follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Nervous_Pudding
AND we just redesigned our web site! http://nervouspuddingband.com


ballin til he dies

Posted by Queen Grr , May 24 2013 · 116 views

i was deleting old files on my computer and i came across this gif of Black "Moneybags" Six and his entourage and I can't stop laughing
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He has all this money but he still won't fund the mastering of my album, what a fascist nazi communist ;)


Are you in the Northern VA/DC Metro Area?

Posted by Queen Grr , May 09 2013 · 63 views

Then you should come to my band's concert tomorrow night (Friday, May 10th) at the Balls Bluff Tavern in Leesburg, VA.  2-D Loudon St.  Show starts at 9; we go onstage later in the night. 
You will get to see:
-Me on lead guitar and vocals
-Windrider (my bf) on piano/keyboard
-Chen on bass
-######'NS on drums
We are called Nervous Pudding and we totally rock!


Shane Was Here

Posted by Queen Grr , May 04 2013 · 79 views

Andrew sucks


New Single: "The Problem"

Posted by Queen Grr , May 02 2013 · 65 views
music, nervous pudding
New Single: "The Problem" I have a new single out and it rocks hard!  It's called "The Problem," and when I was recording the song, I played the guitar so hard that my fingers bled all over the fretboard.  Is there anything more metal than that?  Is there any greater dedication to art than to injure yourself while creating it?  The least you could do to ease those wounds would be to download it right here: http://nervouspuddin...ack/the-problem
Please listen, download, and share - tell your friends, tell your enemies!  Get your socks rocked off!
"The Problem" will also be included on my upcoming album, Oh, Tonight, slated for a summer 2013 release.  Keep your eyes peeled!  I'll also be playing a show next Friday, May 10th, at the Balls Bluff Tavern in Leesburg, VA; and another show on June 5th at the Velvet Lounge in Washington, DC.  Come by and enjoy some great music!  PM me for more details about the shows (location, time, etc).
Rock and roll!!


Sexy BZPStuck Spoilers

Posted by Queen Grr , Apr 25 2013 · 158 views

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if you aren't reading bzpstuck, why are you so terrible??



Posted by Queen Grr , in Easy Recipes from Andrew Apr 21 2013 · 240 views
meal time, food, cooking
Well, I haven't posted one of these in a while, so to make up for it, I'm posting two recipes - a complete meal for your pleasure.  On tonight's menu: kafta, a Lebanese dish made from ground meat; and some spiced chickpeas one the side.  Mmmmm.
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  • 2 pounds ground beef, lamb, or other ground meat (I used beef)
  • 1/2 tablespoon allspice
  • 1/2 tablespoon cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes
  • 1 onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
Note: I only made half of this, as I was preparing it only for myself.
Chop the onion and sauté.  Then mix all ingredients by hand, in a bowl.
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Shape the mixture into long links.  Since I was using half a recipe, it was enough for three links.
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Grill until cooked through.  You did it!
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  • 8 oz chickpeas (1 can)
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil (or canola, or olive)
  • 1 onion
  • 1 cm cinnamon stick or equivalent ground cinnamon
  • 4 cloves or equivalent ground cloves
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cm of fresh ginger, chopped, or equivalent amount of ground ginger or ginger paste
  • 1 green chili pepper, finely chopped (I used huy fong garlic chili sauce, which is a vietamese chili sauce)
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 3/4 cup chopped tomatoes (1 can)
  • 1 tbsp garam masala
  • 1 tbsp cilantro, chopped
I was missing the coriander and the cilantro, and it still tasted ace.
Chop the onion and sauté until golden.
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Add cinnamon and cloves and cook for a few seconds, then add garlic, ginger, chili, and coriander and cook for five minutes over medium heat
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Add tomatoes (with juice) and cook until the liquid has evaporated.
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Add the chickpeas and cook for five minutes, then add some water and simmer for about 25 minutes, until the liquid is gone.  Then add the garam masala and cilantro.  Simmer for just a little longer and you're done.
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You can serve this hot or cold and it's incredibly delicious
Pair these together with some rice and you've got an A+ meal.  Wasn't that easy and delicious?
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New Single!

Posted by Queen Grr , Apr 11 2013 · 198 views

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Download here
BZPower has always been really supportive of me over the years, as I've slowly learned how to effectively record music.  My simple cover songs in the BZPowercast gave me my first real audience, Maddison (Nukaya) gave me my first radio airplay, and my outings as part of Taped Headphones with Becca (Hahli Husky) gave my my first legitimate musical collaboration.
My early output was rudimentary and - let's face it - pretty awful.  But you guys believed in me right from the get-go and gave a huge support.  You kept supporting me as I learned more, got better, started writing my own songs, and started playing real shows in my fearsome college band, the Predacons. 
The Predacons split up after we all graduated, but BZPower still was there, still encouraging me, still happy to hear new songs every month.  And BZPower's still been a huge part of my life as I've moved onto focusing on my own original output, formed my new band, Nervous Pudding, and gotten very serious about songwriting and performance, seeking out professional studios for mastering work after recording and mixing the songs myself.
That's why I want to make BZPower the first place where I personally announce this, my debut single as frontman of Nervous Pudding.  The song is called "Words, Words, Words" and was written and recorded entirely by yours truly.  This is a really big deal for me - and I wanted to share it with you guys first.
You can listen to the song and download it here.  "Words, Words, Words" will be followed by a harder-edged second single called "The Problem" later this month, and by a full album of original music this summer.  The album will be titled Oh, Tonight and I want to look into making a coupon code for BZPower members that will give you guys as discount on the LP. 
You guys mean the world to me.  Thank you so much for all the support over the years!!
PS: It should be noted that Nervous Pudding also features BZPower members Windrider and Calles!  They are not featured on this track, but will be heard on the album (and live!)


new gear

Posted by Queen Grr , Apr 08 2013 · 197 views

check out this hotness
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Crate GFX-212 amplifier. 120 watts. It's beautiful and it sounds beautiful. 
I'm a big believer in checking out a lot of different amps, including odd ones not made by the big name manufacturers - the sound you want can be found in the most unlikely of places.  I almost passed right by this on my way to the Vox Valvetronix I've had my eye on for a while (I've always been a fan of Vox - you can see my trusty little Pathfinder 15R on on top of the Crate in this picture) - but I'm glad I stopped and decided to check it out.  It's got a big, bold sound, and the clean channel is as crisp and clear as a Fender three times its price.  This baby's over a decade old but it sounds like it shipped here straight from heaven. 
The best part?  Since it was used gear, it was cheap as dirt. 
I should do an entry sometime about making music on a tight budget - like tips in tricks on where to go for good deals on secondhand instruments, as well as recommendations for off-the-shelf stuff that's high in quality but low in price. 
Incidentally, I've got two singles coming out this month and an album to follow early this summer.  I'll toss a link up here when they're available, for anyone who's interested.

Band Links

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Desperate for Attention (2014)

Oh, Tonight (2013)

Mix Tape 1 (2013)






Faces To The Names

In relative order of meeting and/or encountering them. There are definitely some missing but I'm bad with usernames. PM me if you've met me at a BrickFair or something but aren't on this list.

1989: ActionMasterBumblebee
1995: Cronua
2002: Antonapoulos
2006: Bionicle Rex, Kopaka's Ice Engineering, Kaiapu, Spoony Bard, Black Six, InnerRayg, ChocolateFrogs
2008: Swiftone, LehvakLah, Makaru, Deevee, Magpi, Kohaku, Roa McToa, speaknspell, Nikira, Twingding, krazyrapdude
2009: Janus, Friar Tuck, Senjo, Hahli Husky, Emzee, Alsru: Toa of Honor, Spink, Disky
2010: Nukaya, ToM Dracone, Arpy, Sisen, xccj, Nuju Metru, Primus, Vezok's Friend, Lloyd: White Wolf, Stubbed Toa, Waffles, dablackcat
2011: Brave Dragon, Brickeens, Toa Lhikan Hordika, and many more at BrickFair '11 who I do not remember!
2012: Tufi Piyufi, Takuma Nuva, Avohkah Tamer, and many more at BrickFair '12 who I do not remember!
2013: !!JOHN CENA!!, Ryuujin, Der Xaeger, probably more at BrickFair '13 that I don't remember

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