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Have I really not updated this since October? oops. (For good or for ill, most of my fannish blogging has been at Tumblr.)

There has been more new music, which you can find at Ryan's Soundcloud.

Pictures, reactions to music, other odds and ends are in Tumblr posts about Ryan Ross.

There has also of course been more drama (*sigh*) by which I mean Trollykins (aka Ryan's manager) has been up to his usual hijinks. There's way too much to go through all of it again. Scroll through my tumblr posts about the Troll for details.

Brief special notes: there is now an "official" FB page for Ryan; that page IS RUN BY THE TROLL. Ryan has nothing to do with it. There was also an "official" tumblr for Ryan, but when the Troll deleted his tumblr recently (for the 5th time!) he also took "Ryan's" out, because (DUN DUN DUN) he was running it, too.

Right now I'd say we're in a weird holding pattern, waiting to see if there will be more music, what will happen due to the Troll's latest bender/meltdown, etc.
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They are only demos, and there only two; one is instrumental. The second one is this:



Official download link.

They emerged by accident - they were on his friend's phone, which was lost/(stolen?) - and whoever found the phone posted them. Shane tried to scrub them off the internet and when that didn't work, they cleaned them up and posted them officially.
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I mentioned this on Tumblr but forgot to crosspost it here (sorry!): http://sailorstkwrning.tumblr.com/post/60396230495/hey-you-guys-check-out-who-either-swapped-his

Basically, as of a month ago (and also when I checked this morning) Ryan's name has vanished from the Music In the Middle line-up. So either he's not playing it any more or his name was traded out for his band name.

At this point, I have a feeling there is no band, and he's not playing.

(Backstory: about a week or so before I checked back in Sept., Shane Morris dramatically exited the music business, and from what I could gather, effectively severed all connections with the festival. Shane's back in the game now, of course, but doesn't appear to have reconnected with the festival.)

So yeah. I hope no-one was planning on going just to see Ryan.
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Since July 30th:

promoted Z's solo show; promoted GoldBoot's new EP; promoted Brie Larson's new movie.

And that is it, for Twitter.

On Instagram:

Capt. Knots with new toy; Capt. Knots with Jeremy Burke's dog, Lucy (2); Dan Keyes eating a sandwich; puppy getting a bath (not his); photobooth montage (him, Dan Keyes, Z, Vincent Perini); Capt Knots asleep; mysterious bloody finger incident (2); himself reading at Echo Park lake (taken from Z); Jeremy and himself in scary masks, holding their respective pets; Capt Knots and a scary mask; brunch plates with Crime and Punishment; himself looking irritated.

Other news:

- Keltie got married.

- Greenwald has went on a variety show and played Balisong which is allegedly from his solo record, and the performance has been recorded.

- The Troll is with Ryan now in LA for the next several weeks, allegedly to finish his (Ryan's) record. I am cautiously optimistic but will also believe this when I can add the files to my iTunes and not one minute before.
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ETA2: Additional Troll bulletin below.

I find I can't even be mad. If I could have spent my late '20s lolling around the house with my cats, I would have.

And I can see why he wouldn't just say "fuck it" and release the music, because he really would have to tour to promote it, at this point, or else it won't sell, and if it won't sell, then that could fuck things up later.
troll bulletin: ryan likes resting, also, his cat )
ETA: There's no news. The Troll was fucking with us. Again. Now I'm annoyed that I fell for it AND irritated that he's such a tool.
in which I fell for the troll's bait. again. )
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I'm not going to try and itemize everything that's happened since I was updating regularly, but here's some of the more important highlights:

- Brendon and Sarah got married!

- Ryan Ross might actually be playing a show! He is currently in the line-up for the Music in the Middle Festival in Tennessee in October. It is currently unknown what songs he will be playing or for that matter who he will be playing with, and Ryan himself has not yet made any comment on the festival. The announcement comes from his manager.

Additional details as I have them . . .

Festival Poster )
- JWalk is going to be a daddy! Picture below fished out of his public Facebook.
photo evidence )
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- Brendon and Dallon have Vines, now, and are both using them to be completely ridiculous.

- Spencer has a Vine as well but hasn't posted anything. Spencer is, generally speaking, Sphinx-like again.

- Panic is recording - still? again? - but there's been no hard news re: new record.

- Ryan has a Vine and is using it to post videos of his cat, and sometimes also his face. He posts the occasional studio picture - he seems to be working with Dan Keyes and Tom Oakes, but IDK if it is on their stuff or his. Again, no hard news re: record.

- I have no idea what JWalk is doing when he isn't nostalgia-trolling us because I've unsubscribed from his Twitter. (I fished the images in the previous post out of Tumblr in order to make a note for the record.)

I'm going to try and do weekly updates on everyone that isn't Jon now that I have free time again. (Kind of.) Are any of y'all still interested? Should I make a Tumblr and cross-post?
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So today JWalk tweeted this:
picture )
That is a line from TYV's song Defiance; my reaction was mostly "oh, they were talking about a REAL BRIDGE?" followed by "ok, but where IS that real bridge?"

And then the TYV FB account (which I am presuming is . . . also Jon Walker, because it has been promoting Jon Walker's solo career lately) sprang to life after four months dormant and posted this:
second picture )
That is a line from TYV's song Dangerous Blues.

The dates, as presented, suggest the pictures were taken during the last Panic! tour before the split.

WTF, Jon Walker??

I mean I know the obvious answer is JWalk had a burst of nostalgia but . . . IDK the lyric choices seem especially pointed.
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About a week ago now, Ryan adopted a Bengal kitten:

picture under here )

He named this precious ball of fluff "Captain Knots".

It turns out Captain Knots is an actual person with his own fandom / Tumblr tag, which is now overrun with Ryan and his kitten. And they are not impressed.

As best I can tell, Captain Knots has something to do with ImmortalHD, which I think is related to a game called League of Legends. I am not quite sure how it all ties together because I'm an old person and can't figure out what Captain Knots actually does besides streaming content of some kind and writing songs.

Anyway, tl;dr, Ryan Rossy has maybe named his cat a complicated internet/gaming in-joke.

More pictures of Ryan and the Captain:
pixors )
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Ryan Ross: Supergrover

Z Berg: Sailor Moon

Brendon Urie & Spencer Smith: Hipster zombies or maybe something to do with Breaking Bad? A combination of Breaking Bad and the Walking Dead? I really couldn't tell.

Sarah O and Linda I (their ladyfriends): nurse!Joker and Harvey Dent

Jon Walker didn't post a Halloween costume picture this year as far as I know.
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He's changed his Twitter background - for the first time since TYV broke up - from a picture of him performing with TYV to a picture of the Lovers of Valdaro, aka the hugging skeletons.

(He's also started following, among other entities, the Forever Alone twitter.)

Also notable from today is #ryanrosscathat which was where - prodded by one of Ryan's friends - the Internets gleefully 'shooped pictures of cats onto Ryan's head in order to try and persuade him to adopt a cat that has apparently already adopted him. So if you are wondering why your Tumblr dash is full of pictures of Ryan Ross with feline chapeaus, that is why.
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Culled from assorted public instagrams:
what ryan looks like these days )
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RYAN HAS A BANDMATE!!!!

The bandmate's name is Danny Fujikawa, and he is formerly of Chief, an indie-pop band from Southern California that went kersplitzky last June due to "personal and musical differences." He was in that band with one of his brothers and two other dudes. I listened to their one record and while it was ok it did not light up my world. (There was one song I really liked and several I wouldn't mind listening to while waiting for another act to come on. They got as far as "not a terrible way to spend half an hour.")

(He is also apparently Ryan's roommate.)

He also has written a song with Ryan before, for TYV, which was Young Veins (Die Tonight), which I rather liked, so that's also promising.

And yes he did also have a hand in "Light Brown," which for those of you who missed it when it surfaced a week or so ago, is less of a song and more of a "hey, let's dick around with a synthesizer and a microphone and make the internets lose their minds!"

Light Brown feat Ryan Ross and Danny Fujikawa by DJShaneMorris

Meanwhile, Danny was on twitter at @gymcarrey and has so far been a very good sport about, uh, everything. And by "good sport" I mean, has already used Twitter to flirt with Ryan, followed two fans, and rolled with the inevitable queries about if he's dating Ryan. (Answer: No.) (Dear fandom: please don't ruin it. okay? please? xo sailor)

He has even uploaded one of his own songs so we can listen to it. THIS I'm totally digging. (Note: The synths are echoey and choppy on purpose.)

We Aren't We In Love by DannyFujikawa

pics under cut )
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- Ryan sparked up again briefly to tweet a mostly pitch-black picture of his bedroom while issuing a toothless threat to stay in bed until verified by Twitter and also to talk to a few fans.

- In one of the fan conversations he confirmed TYV will not be getting back together BUT there will be new music soon. I assume he means from him. So I guess that's the final nail in TYV's coffin, you guys. :(

- He also noted that he could just brush his teeth for hours. (I think I enjoy his non-sequitours more than his news.)

- Today he tweeted a link to the most depressingly awful video ever, of a disapproving mother haranguing her musician son for socializing and sharing his music on the internet. It was so sad. Poor kid. :((

- JJAMZ is playing live on TV today. I can't get the intertubes to cooperate to let me watch it so hopefully someone will grab it.

- VERY IMPORTANT QUESTION:

[Poll #1829800]
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- Jon's animals have fleas. :( poor kitties & puppy.

- Ryan was, it seemed, rolling along pretty well with recording, but he hasn't mentioned anything about it for a while.

- He also seems to have style-shifted to jeans/leather jacket ('80s Lennon?).

- Other picture notes: one of himself wearing a sabretooth skull as a hat; one of him with Kate and some fake blood; a couple of him and Dan Keyes, including two from an oscar party; one of him, Dan Keyes and Ryland in an el camino; and one of him at a carwash. In the last one he's discovered how to use the effects buttons on Instagram, because there's a black bar over his eyes and an ostrich, a knocked over pill bottle, an icecream cone, and a small child pasted into the image.

- Finally, he asked The Internets when spring break was for LA high schools and colleges. The Internets was baffled by this query. He has not elaborated further.

- JJAMZ's record is OFFICIALLY FINISHED! Mastered and everything! Still no word about a release date, though.

- Keltie was informed (by a third party) of more of Ryan's misdeeds and has declared "he's dead to me." Uh. I guess that means they're not sharing the dog anymore? IDK.

- Brendon, Spencer and Dallon seem to back in the studio; Ian may or may not be with them, I'm not sure.
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I should maybe call this Today In: The Sphinx Speaks!

Ryan Ross sparked up last night and got really chatty with fans on Twitter and the following emerged:

- He's in a band! (name not given; "for now call it Something Else")
- With other people! (that he didn't name, but I have a feeling includes Greenwald)
- The kind of music they make is, variously, "Apocalypse Rock" "if LMFAO were bad dressers" and "the soundtrack for the end of the world".
- There will be music soon but not too soon.

He also noted that he needed a new nanny. I am assuming he meant for himself/it was just wry commentary.

In other news:

- Phantom Planet have reunited and are playing two shows in LA in June.
- Panic! has finished their UK tour and will be heading back into the studio.
- The Hush Sound have also gotten back together for at least one show
- JJAMZ is recording an album. (I thought they had done this last summer; Michael Runion mentioned sending something off to be mixed. Maybe they didn't like what they got back? IDK.)

quick notes

Jan. 4th, 2012 10:30 pm
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- JWalk - still in Costa Rica! Judging by their Tumblr, he and his wife seem to be having a good time there.

- Ryan Rossy - has suddenly sparked up in a way that is startling - in addition to his usual ebb and flow of general chatter, he's started actually replying to fans. (he's also confirmed he's currently making new music. WHEEEEEE!) I feel a bit like the Sphinx has stood up on its four paws, stretched its great back, and asked me for a cup of tea.

- Other canonical data points:

* Ryan seems to have spent most of this Christmas with Greenwald, Vicky-T, and, hilariously, Zooey Deschanel, though he did also pop up in the background of pictures taken at the JJAMZ Christmas show. He shared a bunch of pictures that were of himself, alone, or himself with Greenwald.

* Z seems to be the main user of the JJAMZ twitter; the second-to-last picture she shared was of herself "vibing with a dingo," in which she also seems to have brown hair. People do have pet dingos (yes, really, and the dog is on a leash) and the hair could be a trick of the light, but I've stuck a "did shit get real? did she dye her hair and fuck off to Australia?" pin in that situation just the same. (That said I'm presuming pet dingo and/or tricks of light until it is conclusively proved otherwise.) The last pictures she linked to were Cobrasnake pictures. (Her hair is blonde in those shots.)

* This is the period which we shall remember as That Time Brendon Was A Dick On Twitter. Here is hoping that it will be over soon.

* Sarah O., Brendon's fiancee', was mistaken for Katy Perry and thus her NYE with Brendon (& friends) was reported as being KP's NYE, much to Sarah O.'s rueful entertainment. (Context: KP announced her impending divorce not long before the holidays, and so there was some pearl-clutching in the press about her going out and having fun with a mystery man, etc etc, only, KP was actually Sarah O. and the "mystery man" was Brendon. KP herself was in Hawaii for the night. WHOOPS!)

Also, will there be a pop cultural singularity if somehow Sarah O., KP and Zooey Deschanel all end up in the same room at the same time? I feel like they could have some fun with that situation. I know I would. In fact my response would be DUDES! LET'S ALL SWITCH CLOTHES AND HAIRSTYLES AND SEE WHOSE PUBLICIST CRACKS FIRST!

(This is also known as, Why It's a Good Thing I'm Not Famous.)

(Also, they if they could wrangle Brendon, Darren Criss (or Rachel Maddow!), and Blake Harnage from VersaEmerge in there with them, they could attempt a six-way fake-out!)

* In other news, Keltie got engaged shortly before Christmas. Her ring is enormous.

* This is also the period we shall know as That Time Spencer Started Tweeting All of His Favorite Hip-Hop Lyrics Whenever He Felt Like It. Also, a friend of his who is a lady (who may or may not be his ladyfriend) gave him a full set of California Raisins (as in, Heard It Through The Grapevine) for Christmas. I am MAD JEALOUS, you guys. That is an epically awesome present.

* Brendon got his tattoos touched up, so his flowers really pop now.
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Didier Wampas is going on tour for his solo record at the end of November / early December and as best I can tell, Ryan Ross is NOT, repeat, NOT, going to be with him, as was suggested earlier this year. Instead there is yet a different French band, the Bikini Machine, who will be playing with him.

I'm basing this inference on this article: hxxp://alouestduson.blogs.ouest-france.fr/archive/2011/10/12/didier-wampas-embarque-les-bikini-machine.html

My French is very bad, and Google translate generally makes a bit of a hash of things, but I THINK it says that he's brought Bikini Machine in to be his touring band.

If any of you are French / can read it beyond a kindergarten/1st grade level, please let me know if I'm missing anything.

And this is a teaser video for the tour, wherein the Bikini Machine are playing with Didier:


DIDIER WAMPAS & The Bikini Machine en tournée... by ATMOSPHERIQUES
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maybe i should just do a monthly "notes for the record" post? idk.

anyway.

so, Panic! is headed home from tour. This is the era we shall look back on as "that time Brendon was bizarrely over-sharing about his Mom at every opportunity", "the time Dallon trolled someone in the airport into thinking he was a member of Kings of Leon" and, last but not least, "the time Spencer played a show in his underpants and it was glorious."

They are now (according to their show calendar on their website) home until after the holidays, when they will do a lightening-fast UK tour before, allegedly and per Zack talking to fans, be heading back into the studio for Album #4.

other things that have happened:

- Didier Wampas' solo record (aka Ryan's French musical adventure) ALSO came out, and it is DELICIOUS. Ryan sings on a couple of songs, mostly background woah-woahs and similar, but he does sing a word (only one, but still!) in French on one song (Eternellement). Songs he is on: Eternellement, Chanteur de droite and Les framboises dorées.

- Jon Walker put out a record and on the whole it honestly made me want to claw my face off. I am, therefore, not going to say anything else, as everything I have to say is catty, mean, or both. That said: a close reading of his lyrics may be illuminating re: the collapse of TYV. Since releasing the record, he RT'd a bunch of (positive) fan commentary and then seems to have settled down to non-sequitours and monosyllables. He may or may not have been a hesher / Wayne Campbell for Halloween, I couldn't really tell from the picture he tweeted.

- Ryan was the Fantastic Mr. Fox, evidently a last-minute choice enabled by how, I quote, "I dress like that already anyway."

- Z was Sally from the Nightmare Before Christmas. She did tweet a picture of herself planting a kiss on an un-named, masked Jack Skellington, followed (the next day) by one of herself standing next to Ryan. A random Jack and spontaneous pose? A new gentleman friend? I don't know. (People Jack is not: Greenwald (he went as a pot plant); Runion (he's too scruffy right now, and Jack was cleanshaven under his mask); or Jason Boesel (also bearded at the moment).) I am, for right now, chalking it up to a random Jack and moving on.

- Panic! costumes: Brendon - Jesus; Spencer - Ron Burgundy (complete with brandy!); Dallon - Eric Nally; Ian - Hit Girl.

- Post- Halloween, Ryan shared a song: Val Stoecklein- French Girl Affair, and also appreciated Tom Waits' new record. He also RT'd JWalk's album announcement; shared a weird video that involved someone vacuuming up a snake; and continues to be really, REALLY into hockey.

- Z is apparently tweeting for JJAMZ at @jjamzmusic. Latest comment: ""Ruth's Chris" is the opposite of "cellar door"" All I can tell you is Ruth's Chris is a fancy-ass steakhouse with multiple locations, and so is indeed quite unlike a cellar, just in general. IDK if she had a specific cellar in mind or what.

- Ryan has apparently been working in music with both Greenwald and another friend, called Trucifer. It is not clear if said music is Greenwald's, Ryan's, or for another project entirely.
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still not a proper update, but, some highlights noted for the record:

* There was a brief period last weekend when we thought Brendon might have gotten malaria in Indonesia, but, luckily he didn't.

* Greenwald has finished his solo record; he and Ryan Ross continue to be working on songs (per Ryan), but it isn't clear if they are his songs, or Ryan's songs, or what is going on.

* On a related note, Ryan mentioned he was looking up the word 'Rapscallion" in the context of choosing a band name. The definition is "a disreputable person; rascal or rogue" (c. the Free Dictionary).

* One of the songs they were working on apparently sounds like they're "going to face the boss." (Not The Boss, Ryan explained. More like Bowzer or Dr. Robotnik. So, no Springsteen, rather, a the dude from Sha Na Na or a cartoon mad scientist. I'm deeply intrigued already!)

* Didier Wampas, who Ryan worked with on HIS (Didier's) solo project, is putting the record out on Oct. 25. In France. But the singles are available on American iTunes, so maybe we'll get the record too. Also, he (Didier) will be touring on the record in November, again, wait for it, in France. Ryan Ross may or may not be with him. French internet, we rely on you for a full report! (And pictures!)

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