New Murder By Death Song Just Released, and Album Coming Soon


Murder By Death, one of my favorite bands, has a new album, Big Dark Love, coming out in February. It can be pre-ordered at, and, of course, I already have my pre-order in. The band is also touring, and you can find out when they’ll be playing near you at their website,

So far, one song, “Strange Eyes,” has been released from Big Dark Love, and you can hear it right here:

I’ve seen this band, live, six times. Their music is amazing, and can’t recommend it highly enough. I look forward to seeing them in concert again, soon.

Music Video: Murder By Death’s “Those Who Stayed” & “I’m Afraid of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf”

Music: the first two tracks from the Murder By Death album Like the Excorcist, But More Breakdancing. Please visit their website,, to buy this band’s music and merchandise. While you’re there, I recommend checking their concert calendar, to see if they may be playing near you soon. Murder By Death concerts, which I’ve seen six times now, are not to be missed!

Visuals: rotating polyhedra, all with icosidodecahedral symmetry, generated using Stella 4d: Polyhedron Navigator, which you can try for yourself at The polyhedra shown are, in order of appearance:

  1. The icosahedron
  2. The compound of the icosahedron and its dual, the dodecahedron
  3. The dodecahedron, with all faces the same color
  4. The small stellated dodecahedron, or first stellation of the dodecahedron, in a single color
  5. The small stellated dodecahedron, with only parallel faces having the same color (six-color arrangement)
  6. The great dodecahedron, or second stellation of the dodecahedron, six-color arrangement
  7. The great stellated dodecahedron, or third stellation of the dodecahedron, six-color arrangement
  8. Stellating the dodecahedron a fourth time, to return it to its original form, but in the six-color arrangement this time
  9. The icosidodecahedron, with triangular faces invisible, and pentagonal faces shown using the six-color arrangement
  10. The icosidodecahedron, all faces visible now, and colored by face type
  11. The fourth stellation of the icosidodecahedron (its first stellation is the dodecahedron, the second is the icosahedron, and the third is the compound of the first two, all of which have already been seen)
  12. The fifth stellation of the icosidodecahedron
  13. The convex hull of the fifth stellation of the icosidodecahedron, which is a slightly-truncated icosahedron
  14. The truncated icosahedron which is a true Archimedean Solid, since all its faces are regular
  15. The truncated icosahedron’s second stellation (the first is the already-seen icosahedron)

Murder By Death, Playing in Little Rock, Arkansas, September 24, 2013 — Pictures from the Concert

Murder By Death is an awesome band from Bloomington, Indiana, and these pics are from the sixth of their concerts I’ve seen. As always, they were fantastic!


The Lucid Dreaming Concert, “with” Murder By Death


Last night I had a horrible sore throat and cough, and took medicine for that, in addition to my usual nighttime meds. I then went to sleep with music playing, as I often do: Murder By Death’s entire discography, on shuffle and repeat.

This turned out to be a potent combination. Being sick, heavy sleep wasn’t possible, but REM sleep was, and I dreamed I was at a fantastic Murder By Death concert. (There is no other kind.)

This is a band I’ve seen live five times in real life; we know each other, and we’ve drank together. MBD concerts are amazing, and this “dream concert” was no exception.

There were technical difficulties in this dream concert, though. Something went wrong with Adam Turla’s guitar in mid-concert — he’s the lead singer — and he asked the audience if anyone had a nail file, which, oddly, was the tool he needed to make a quick repair and keep playing.

Nobody had one. Many, but not all, of the audience began to leave. A few fans stayed, though, and I was one of them. The rest of the band kept playing, and Adam kept singing, while he, I, and the small number of fans left searched the entire concert venue for, of all things, a nail file.

Several songs later, I found one in a small toolbox, gave it to Adam, and then had lots of fun flying around above the stage while Adam fixed his guitar, the music continuing all the while. I then briefly woke up, still heard the music playing on my computer, and thought, “This is awesome!” — and promptly went back to sleep. However, I remembered I was dreaming, so I was, by definition, lucid dreaming, from that point forward. Best of all, the band played on.

Since I could fly, I flew out briefly to find the fans who were leaving, let them know the show was back on, and we all went quickly back inside. The last song played at the concert was the one in the video posted above, “I Came Around,” and so that’s the one I can remember best, now that I’m awake.

It was one of the best dreams I’ve ever had — but real-life Murder By Death concerts are even better. I’ll next see them live on September 24, when they play my hometown of Little Rock. When do they play your city? Just check to find out. It’s updated frequently.

Also, it never hurts to buy this band a round of drinks. They like whiskey.


“We Only Come Out at Night”


This is a cover of a Smashing Pumpkins song, performed by Murder By Death. The only thing I did was assemble the video, and create crude (but hopefully funny) visuals to go with the song.

My Newest Relaxation Method: Assembling Music Videos

I could type “making” music videos, but it isn’t my music. In one of these three examples, even the pictures were not created by me. So I’m assembling music videos — nothing more.

It’s relaxing, nonetheless.

Here are three such efforts:

1. Murder By Death covering “We Only Come Out at Night,” a song by by The Smashing Pumpkins:

2. “Here Comes the Sun” by the Beatles:

3. Three different versions of “Feeling Yourself Disintegrate,” by The Flaming Lips, back-to-back:

I was taught to use Windows Movie Maker in a teacher-training class. It’s probably the most beneficial such training I’ve ever received, for I’m actually using it for something that helps me feel better, when I’m anxious or depressed.

Am I implying that most (but not all) teacher-training sessions are utterly worthless? Why, of course I am!