The Words we Use are Strong

2008-08-20 - 14:43 | Uncategorized | No comments

Randy Buck, the Captains of the Chess Team’s godlike soundman, got laid off recently. Worst thing ever? Maybe, maybe not.

Looks like he spent the afternoon making amazing sound. I got this mix today from him, with a note that seemed kind of exuberant to me:

“Here’s what I did with my afternoon:Wang Chung.mp3

There’s more where that came from…”

It’s from The Captains’ most recent performance at the IGDA picnic at Richard Garriott’s house last month. Randy’s had very little time to do mixing because of all the demands of his work schedule.

Our performance was OK, yeah…but What a MIX!

I dunno, I hate to hear about anything bad happening to anybody, but So Often I can look back at the “worst thing that’s ever happened to me” and see that it was the best thing that ever happened to me. I’m trying to keep faith, and watching Randy, I’m hoping that this “Job Loss” will turn into a huge gain for him. It’s not for me to say, it’s none of my business, bla bla bla, but:

The words we use are strong. They make reality.

Randy: The world is a pretty awesome thing, and you’re an awesome part of it. THANK YOU for this mix, thank you for being in my life. I think everything is going to be awesome, not despite this turn of events, but because of it.

Your friend,

Captains in the raw

2008-07-18 - 19:25 | News | No comments

We’ve just posted several recordings of The Captains of the Chess Team “rehearsing”. But we don’t call it rehearsing. That word has too much baggage. We call it farming. Since none of us grew up on farms, we have no farm baggage or potato sackage. We call a recording session cheese making for similar reasons. We are slowly making cheese, but it’s not ripe yet. We’ll keep you posted.

Love, Queenie

AGDC – It’s On!

2008-07-16 - 16:08 | News | No comments

The Captains are now a GO as the live entertainment for the official Austin GDC party – Tuesday, September 16th at Maggie Mae’s on the famous Austin 6th Street.

There will be new songs! New Captains! Nude Dancing!

Okay, I don’t know about the dancing…

See you there!


Pix of the gig, and a word to Josh

2008-07-13 - 12:13 | Uncategorized | One comment

Here are some pix of the gig by Amanda

…and I just want to say that I really like playing with Josh. I’m going to miss you, Captain. You come out to the jams now, y’hear, or I’ll kill you again.



IGDA Picnic

2008-07-02 - 11:21 | News, Uncategorized | No comments

Austin Chapter: Chapter Events Archives

Once again your mighty Captains will headline the entertainment portion of this year’s IGDA Picnic event at Richard Garriott’s estate. If you’re in the Austin Area – come on out! Last years event was a lot of fun – and now we’ve had a WHOLE YEAR to practice! We’ll just think of this as the patch for the last gig here. :)

Rock and Roll a 20!

Ode To A Monster

2008-03-06 - 11:32 | Uncategorized | No comments

The most excellent song written by our friend Thom Robertson, and performed by the illustrious Captains has now been posted in the Pieces section for your listening pleasure.

Next up – more YouTubieness…

I tube, you tube, we all tube for YouTube!

2008-02-18 - 09:09 | News | One comment

The Captains have made their first appearance on YouTube.

Check it out here!


2008-02-11 - 10:02 | News | No comments

The Captains have created original Tunage. You can check it out on our Pieces page. ( ) This is the song that requires NO introduction, so I’ll let the piece speak for itself. :) It was written by the Captain’s own Smokin’ Bishop and Queen of Hearts (Snyder/Law) Leave a comment if you love it, or hate it. Especially if you would buy an album of such stuff. Not that we’re making one. I’m just askin’. You know, casual like.

Wake up Maggie, I think I have something to say to you…

2007-09-25 - 10:36 | News | No comments

I think we’ve finally all recovered from the Austin GDC and our gig at Maggie Mae’s. It was a very good time (at least for us) and I don’t think we’ve ever loaded out so fast before in our lives. Having adoring fans bow to us in an “I’m not worthy” fashion in the middle of the set was the best. :) Thanks pdx and CG.
We are looking for photos of the gig, if anyone has them, pass them along. Since we were all playing, no photos were taken.

If you made it out – I hope you had a good time. If you missed it – try to catch the next show.
The Captains salute you!

Burning Man – Fish in the Desert

2007-09-11 - 17:49 | Uncategorized | One comment

I went to Burning Man this year for the first time. My friend Mike Steele went for the first time last year and he wanted me and his wife Patricia Pizer to go with him this year. I told him I would go only if we did an art project. So we did. We created three very large PVC flutes that would play in the wind. They are three inches in diameter and vary from about 2 1/2 feet to 4 feet in length. Each one played a single note and together they played a chord. We made them look like fish, sort of, and used the fins as weather vanes to orient them properly in the wind. They looked great. We lit the fins with el wire and Patricia did a wonderful job with the paint. And they did play their notes, however it took a great deal of wind to make it happen. They played best in the 50 mph dust storm… and then two of them blew down.

Mike and Patricia also work in the games industry, so I was camping with my species at the event. And they provided me with the idea for the name of our project “Fish in the Desert” since they have crafted a list of about a dozen almost unbreakable rules. Rule number 6 (maybe it’s 7) is “Never eat fish in the desert”. That’s my second favorite of their rules. My favorite is “Never fry bacon in the nude”. We are pretty sure that the bacon rule was broken several times by unwary campers at Burning Man this year.

Below is a photo of the fish flutes and one of me diligently studying my Captains tunes while most others around me were having their afternoon siesta. I can’t help it. I just have to get my homework done and get that A. And the bottom photo shows one of my favorite art installations. It was nothing more than a lit sign about 3/4 of a mile away from the camping area in the middle of f-ing nowhere. The arrow points even farther into the desert.

fish flutes
Fish Flutes

Must get straight A’s

for your protection
Safety First