JAK LOCKE
November 16 2018
"The Gone" from 2000 remastered
Back in August I started remastering "The Gone", an album/demo I made in 2000 of acoustic rock, folk and some trippy stuff. I say "started", because putting together The Monochromes ate up most of my spare time for the following three months but now I've gotten it and myself in effect and finished cleaning this relic up.

Sooo it's done! You can now hear it in clear and pristine... well, okay, it's still pretty hissy and distorted and bloomy thanks to the source tracks coming from old cassette tapes, but it's waaay better than it was when it was around the first time. Listen to it on Bandcamp and buy it if you got money for me.

October 29 2018
Not Real Radio Podcast Appearance
Last night I joined Rick English to guest on the Not Real Radio podcast show and promote our show on Thursday with his Queen tribute band Stache Gordon that the Rock Show will be opening! We had fun and learned things about cookie cake and true love while we were at it. We also accurately mimicked our "Under Pressure" performance from last year when we guested on the show, so accurately you'll be hard-pressed to find a difference.

October 19 2018
New Monochromes tracks for the rest of the month
Every live act needs a demo, which means more music for you to listen to -- every couple of days for the rest of October, more new tracks will be added to The Monochromes music page to stream or download! You can even pretend you're a club owner and say "but what's their draaaw" out loud to yourself while you listen.

October 6 2018
Introducing The Monochromes
Last month before we'd even named the band we sneaked an unannounced 20 minute set in after a Pale Devil Sun show. Earlier today we performed for a private wedding. Enough skulking about, this band's ready! It's called The Monochromes and it's a cover power trio playing, ahem, "hot hits, cool B-sides and special deep cuts from the birth of rock'n'roll to the golden classics of R&B to the rise of garage rock." That's quite transparently pasted from the bio which I specifically made for press types who like adding typos to those things for publications and promotions.

And coming up unless you're reading this after the fact, November 6th you can catch the official public debut of The Monochromes at The Balcony Music Club on Decatur! We've already got a couple other shows too with way more to come. In the meantime, check out our website and keep checking it every few days as we add more and more song recordings. Onward and upward!

August 17 2018
New album release today!
It's a new release! This tends to happen after about this much time!

The Wreckage, The Yield, & A Place I Can Crawl Up From isn't just a mouthful for a title, it's also the new album and it's available as of some point before you ended up reading this!

It's been in the works at various levels of focus for about three years now and here it is. Nine tracks of transitional raucous rock and harmonies. And other sounds too, but let's not get too wordy here. New music, go listen, go buy even!

June 6th 2018
"Junkyard Capital" reading for Artists Entrance
I don't announce scheduled shows on this prestigious middle column, so you know it's something new -- Tuesday, June 19th I got picked to be the featured author for The Artists Entrance event at Southport Hall, so you can come hear me do about 20 or so minutes of readings from my book "The Junkyard Capital" if you got 7pm free.

Yes I know you can just read the book yourself any old time because you've already bought plural copies of it from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and numerous eBook formats, though if you did that you wouldn't get to hear me try to do a dozen different voices for the characters and perform in a format I've never really witnessed, let alone tried to do myself.

I might even bring a couple of passages from other books I've been writing and forgetting I've been writing for the past decade or two, who knows. Oh that's right, you'll know if you come out. So do that.

May 21st 2018
1600+ show pictures added
Once upon a time this site had a pictures page that went through several different names, some dumber than others. It eventually got bloated and weirdly categorized, and by eventually I mean within the first two years. When it mutated into its own massive sub-site over the years and I made my thousandth excuse to not update it, it was time to quietly remove the link and hope no one noticed it was gone, the end.

This was good for a few years until the other day when I was in the Stage section looking at setlist pages and realized that the void on the right side of those would be an actually logical place for show pictures to go, particularly since flyer images are already there. A week later, and we've got 600-something MB of images, all ready for you to browse through casually one time and then never think of again. Well, go on then!


REWIND to APR 2018 - NOV 2017


UPCOMING EVENTS
saturday
DEC
8
9:00PM
PALE DEVIL SUN
BABYLON
METAIRIE, LA
2917 HARVARD AVE

w/ Angry 88, Southern Brutality, Dead Machine Theory
     
saturday
DEC
15
9:00PM
THE MONOCHROMES
SUE SUE'S ON THE BAYOU
HOUMA, LA
1527 POLK ST

no supporting act
 
     
thursday
DEC
20
5:00PM
THE MONOCHROMES
BALCONY MUSIC CLUB
NEW ORLEANS, LA
1331 DECATUR ST

no supporting act
 
     
friday
JAN
4
9:00PM
THE JAK LOCKE ROCK SHOW
SOUTHPORT HALL DECK ROOM
NEW ORLEANS, LA
200 MONTICELLO AVE

w/ Ginger & The Bee
     
saturday
FEB
2
7:00PM
THE JAK LOCKE ROCK SHOW
SOUTHPORT HALL DECK ROOM
NEW ORLEANS, LA
200 MONTICELLO AVE

w/ Misled, Tomb of Nick Cage, Dustin Cole & The Deadmen, Lucy Fears Goats
 
     
saturday
FEB
16
9:00PM
THE JAK LOCKE ROCK SHOW
BABYLON
METAIRIE, LA
2917 HARVARD AVE

w/ Misled, The Angry 88
 
     
friday
FEB
22
9:00PM
PALE DEVIL SUN
BABYLON
METAIRIE, LA
2917 HARVARD AVE

w/ Slapface, DeadCentered, Dummy Dumpster
 
     
friday
MAR
8
8:00PM
THE MONOCHROMES
CHECKPOINT CHARLIE
NEW ORLEANS, LA
501 ESPLANADE AVE

no supporting act
 
     
saturday
MAR
23
8:00PM
THE MONOCHROMES
RIVERSHACK GRETNA
GRETNA, LA
714 1ST ST

no supporting act
 
     
saturday
MAR
30
9:00PM
PALE DEVIL SUN
INTRACOASTAL CLUB
HOUMA, LA
8448 E MAIN ST

w/ Event Horizon
 
     
friday
APR
5
6:00PM
THE MONOCHROMES
GNARLY BARLEY
HAMMOND, LA
1709 CORBIN RD

no supporting act
 
     


GIVE ME THE LATEST!!
Oh all right, below you'll find only the most recent stuff that's been completed and released. Looking for the rest too? The menu on the left's your offramp for that.
latest remaster release: Nov 16 2018
The Gone (2000)


The Gone (2000)
15 tracks of acoustic, folk, and trippy rock. Originally released in 2000, remastered and available again for the first time in 17 years.
latest side project music release: Oct 25 2018
The Monochromes demos


The Monochromes demos (2018)
Thirty-one, count 'em, 31 demos from The Monochromes! And that's just batch one, more to come. Hot early rock and R&B. See more about us at The Monochromes website.
latest music release: Aug 17 2018
The Wreckage, The Yield, & A Place I Can Crawl Up From


The Wreckage, The Yield, And A Place I Can Crawl Up From (2018)
"The Wreckage, The Yield, & A Place I Can Crawl Up From" is 9 tracks of transitional raucous rock and harmonies. And other sounds too, but let's not get too wordy here.

BUY / LISTEN:
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latest game release: May 17 2017
Black Lodge 2600 v1.1


Help Agent Cooper escape in this Atari-ish chase game based on the last episode of the Twin Peaks series! Mildly authentic 2600 A/V with authentic 2600 frustration for browsers and PC.
latest novel: Feb 1 2017
The Junkyard Capital


"The Wind In The Willows meets Watergate." A satire about political animals that requires no prior political knowledge (just like real politics). Available in paperback, hardcover and eBook!
latest video: Sep 10 2016
Commentary for the Targeted films


The Targeted project's crew provide commentary over the first three films in the series.
latest film: Apr 25 2016
Jimmy Makton and The Counting Room Three


In this prequel to "The Bounty Hunter And The Butcher", Pinkerton agent Jimmy Makton nearly meets his match when he tracks three robbers to their hideout -- well, that's what he tells the press anyway.


WHAT'S COMING NEXT?!
Ugh, fine! Why do you shout so much?

Actually, there's not much that's lamer than someone going on about what they're "gonna do", like your friend who's gonna start writing that novel juuust as soon as the mood is right or whatever excuse feels good this week.

Buuut since you aaasked, here's some projects that have more than just intent actually done on them:
music in progress


The Cowboy takes no guff and is ready to start raising funds for his debut studio recording with his three-piece band.

His song "Sorry" got nine seconds of applause at an open mic in Kenner one night (the Saturday one too, not that Wednesday evening crap), and that's enough for him to start bringing it to the next level.

The Cowboy kinda insists that you start getting all riled up for his debut release which is sure to drop Just About Any Day Real Soon Now.


And back to me, I'm working on a new album of bluesy oily sleazy vaudeville-y numbers, many of them the ones I made and played for burlesque and circus acts over the years. Songs on this one include "Broken Joe", "Cirrhosis", "Pastel Currency", "Glass Medusa", "Narcissus Stomp" and "I Bet You I Can Tell You Where You Got Them Blues". Most of these are underway, though I'll be honest, it's going to be a while before heavy lifting's done on this one.


One-offs, micro-run releases and demos spanning from 1996 to 2003 are always being remixed and remastered for reissuing. There's a lot of them and I want you to hear them. Thing is, I only have copies of some of these releases on cassette tapes that sound like they spent a decade in a neutron star.

The good news
is that I keep everything, so I've got the master tracks and/or dub masters for everything... somewhere. As those original masters are located, organized, cleaned up and mixed, I'll rerelease them on Bandcamp and announce it on the site.
games in progress


The movement engine, the player sprite, the back story and some background graphics are finished for a combination top-down shooter / 2-D platformer I've been working on since October 2017 in (microscopically) small bursts. There's no level designs outside my own brain yet, no music, placeholder sound effects, you get the idea, it's very early in the process still, though not so early that I can't toss a screenshot up there of it.

Its working title is "Reactor" and you can probably count on that to change, though I've been wrong before on things like that. Give me some time to throw together a few rooms and transitions, and I'll put a playable engine concept demo up on the site for you.


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