Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Another Post for our Fundraiser!

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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Fundraising Night

All of our tips that evening will go towards our upcoming release, Velvet Suit. Come on down and help us make this record less expensive!

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

show with Murder by Death, May 7th

Poster says it. Here's the Facebook Event. Full text details after the jump.

Thursday, May 7th at Off Broadway.  Murder by Death  performing, The Hibernauts opening. 

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Hibernauts Calendar

If you want to stay current with The Hibernauts' shows and events, our calendar is a great way. In addition, I personally highly recommend Google Calendars for all of your scheduling needs.

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Monday, April 20, 2009

Dr. Robitnik's Mean Bean Machine

Today I want to talk briefly about a topic that is long overdue: Sega Genesis's Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine.

mentioned it a couple times, but I think this video game deserves its own post.

Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine is from the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise.  However, Sonic never appears in the game, but we do see Dr. Robotnik, Sonic's arch-enemy.

The setting for this game is on a planet called Mobius, where evil Robotnik is removing all of the happiness and music from the planet.  He is turning all of the bean citizens of the planet into robots, and your mission as the gameplayer is to save these bean citizens from the dungeon by playing DRMBM.  From the DRMBM wikipedia page:
Dr. Robotnik has hatched a plan to ensure that no music or fun remains on Mobius. To do this, he kidnaps the jolly citizens of Beanville and stuffs them into a giant robotising machine called the Mean Bean-Steaming Machine (hence the name, Mean Bean Machine), so that they become devious little robot slaves, as well as getting rid of them. The instruction manual states that the disappearing Beans are sent to the Mean Bean Machine, regardless of which character does this. The game ends after a face-off with Robotnik.
At first blush the game looks like Tetris or Dr. Mario.  Which is far from the truth.  As Hibernaut Bill Vehige put it, comparing a Robotnik player's game to a Tetris match is one of the most scathing insults in the game.  In Tetris, the goal is to clear lines of blocks. In DRMBM, clearing blocks is a method used to reach your goal to create chain reactions of  bean clusters; each group's elimination contributing to a cascade of clusters of beans that disappear in tandem.  Here's a video of gameplay (the concept is well-demonstrated around 1:22):

The game is based off of a puzzle game called Puyo Puyo.  We began playing it when we set up the studio and have taken it very seriously, even keeping stats on wins and losses and records against each other.  Anyone is welcome to challenge us in head-to-head competition, as we are the best band in the world at this game.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Bass tracking complete!

Good ole Bill finished up all of our bass tracking this week.  It took him less time than it took for me to eat a J.J. Gargantuan  from Jimmy John's.  Check out a picture after the jump.

Just kidding, there's no studio photo, but what the hell, here's a recent pic...

It's a picture of Young William in a very well-known bar in South St. Louis.  With a pretty sizeable cockroach on the wall.

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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Hibernauts Recording and Radio Show

Well, things have been going pretty smoothly for us Hibernauts lately.  Like I mentioned in an earlier post, drum tracks have been completed, and now Chad's bass tracks are now done.  Being in an unusual position where we have two bass players, now we're about half done with bass.  This weekend we should have all of the bass complete and the bulk of the next instrument (probably keyboard/synth).

In the meantime, I have become even better at Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine (if that's possible).

Don't forget to tune in to our radio show, Sleeping In Space, every Monday at 2 p.m. on KWUR 90.3 fm.  You may be dissapointed/delighted to know that I am no longer in the studio for the show, due to a new job

So don't forget to tune in on Monday.  Set an alarm, write it on your calendar, have your mom call you (you probably haven't talked to her in a while anyway), but don't miss it.  For the large majority of you that don't reside or work right next to Washington University's campus, you'll have to tune in online at  But you can call in from anywhere: 314-935-5987

Happy Easter to all of the Christians out there.  Enjoy your Cadburies.

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Monday, March 30, 2009

Recording Drums Complete!

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls:
For those of you who have been waiting for new cuts from the Hibernauts, your waiting days are numbered.  This past weekend, we entered the second part of our recording process.  Our first (and now complete) task was setting up the rest of our studio (dubbed "4050 Studios").  This tedious job, championed by our friends/engineers/producers/cohorts Dan Ruder and Dustin Schaeffer involved setting up and testing equipment. In the meantime, we had the opportunity to finish up some of the creative details of the record.

This past weekend we began phase two: actually tracking instruments.  One of the greatest side effects of recording in a studio set up in our buddy's house is that we were able to make ourselves very comfortable.  This past weekend was fun, and we all got to pretend like we were in day camp again, enjoying basketball, bar-b-que, jokes, and beverages.  We recorded drums this weekend, and thanks to Dan and Dustin's legwork, they sound great.   Now the primary drum parts are finished, which means that this blogger has the bulk of his work complete!

Continuing on with our phase two, we will begin to record bass and guitar parts.  Watch for pictures of the band watching basketball as a guitar player becomes increasingly frustrated that he is getting ZERO support.

One further note about this new record:  For those of you who come out to shows often (probably the only people who are reading this anyway), we hope that you'll be happy to hear that most of the material on this record is brand new -- more specifically, 75% of the content of this record has never been played live or been heard outside of a rehearsal or recording session.  Hopefully you are as excited about that as we are.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Show This Saturday Feb 21

This Saturday, Feb 21, join us at The Gargoyle at Washington University, as we play with The Mae Shi.  Here's the poster, but it leaves off that Target Market will be playing as well.  For those of you on Facebook, here is the event on that wonderful network. 

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Monday, February 2, 2009

Show This Friday, Feb 6th

Come out to the newly renovated Firebird and see how The Hibernauts' beards look in the middle of winter. --Brett R

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Laura Bush sure is Tall

Hibernaut multi-instrumentalist Bill Vehige was recently paid a visit by former First Lady Laura Bush.  Check the picture out after the jump.

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Monday, January 26, 2009

Sleeping in Space, on 90.3FM KWUR.COM Mondays from 2pm-3pm

Greetings Hibernauters!

Newest addition Chad Rogers here, tumbling through the blogosphere. So far the experience playing with the band has been really warm and fun. Jack, Tom, Brett, and Bill all give excellent hand massages, and the fans at the shows have been really fun to jam with.

So before I go ending any more sentences with prepositions, I wanted to let you know about a new project the Hibes are involved in. We are launching a radio show on KWUR 90.3FM, which is Washington University's college radio station. We are very excited to be breaking the ranks of the college charts, not by CMJ or any of that tom-foolery, but by actually hooliganizing the process by creating our own radio show!

The show runs from 2pm-3pm on Mondays on 90.3FM in Clayton. If you don't live/work/exist in the area around Forest Park Parkway from 2-3 on Mondays, I recommend you tune in by downloading the stream at

The show, entitled "Sleeping in Space," is a chronicling of the writing and recording process we're are currently undertaking. Tentatively, the title of the record is "The effects of priming and training on illusory audition in the elderly," which is striking because the PhD dissertation I'm working on has the same title. There will be jokes, new tunes, interviews with the band, general mischief, tales of Dr. Robotnix's Mean Bean machine, nerf guns, and ham sandwich Sunday. There will also be a podcast available for download, but I'll leave Mr. Brett Ramsey to divulge the details on that one.

So tune in, Mondays from 2-3pm on, today we'll be spinning some old Periodic Fable classics, and some of the rough cuts we've been working on for "The effects of priming..."

Signing off,

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Friday, January 23, 2009

4050 Studios

Hello again, true believers. I hope this finds everyone enjoying their 2009 and new president.

Just wanted to give everyone an update on what kind of trouble we're getting into these days as a fivesome.  With our new talent Chad Rogers and a bag of new songs, we decided some time ago to record our next album.  In order to have full control over how the final product turns out, we've decided to take advantage of our collective skills and do the recording ourselves (which conveniently fits into our limited budget).  After the jump take a look at some of the construction of the studio that is being erected just for this recording project...   

Let's call this set of Pictures "Phase 1."  Some of you may have been to the basement of 4050 Taft before (this Hibernaut actually lived there for about a year), so you may recognize the layout/paint job.

You can see here that the first thing we did was clean the basement studio.  We had to move all of our gear to the side in order to scrub the floor with acid and other industrial chemicals.  Please notice the painted walls, which was our last band project.

Stay tuned for "Phase 2." In the meantime, if you have extra money and would like to donate to this record, email me.  We're currently waiting in an ever-lengthening line for Obama Bailout Cash.

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