Gather Bones

Click the Ghost Elk to DOWNLOAD Gather Bones.

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The above download is free, but if you like my music & art and you want to support my upcoming projects you can make a small monthly donation on MY PATREON PAGE. Signing up is easy, it helps make projects like this possible and it gets you access to exclusive content, such as an audio short story that supplements this album (that can’t be found anywhere else)…

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This is my second full length album that I composed and produced myself. Every note in this album is from my heart or lungs, or from those of a close friend of mine.

Album Credits:
Lyrics, lead vocals, whistlin’ & production – historian
Fiddle & banjo – Drew McGowan
Flutes – Jackie Liu
Spooky singin’ – Kim Megowan
Ghuzheng – Jiayi Meng
Mastering – Steven Doman

I also owe a big thanks to those of you who supported this project by purchasing the art I created for it way back in December 2013, when I foolishly thought I could finish this album quickly because I had amassed most of the writing, melodies and ideas that would eventually form it. I didn’t realize how long it would take to actually put it all together and make it sound close to the way it did echoing around in my brain. You can see a gallery of that art here, and each of the pieces is based on ideas in the music.

H with bones

Leviathanswise menyour king is comingomen bringersthe prospectorat the old chinese opera&saint francisdark desert nightchurch spiresGhost Elkfour horsementhe offering

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Gather Bones comes out Nov. 10, 2015.

Here’s a track from it you’ve never heard before:

There’s also this video I put out a long time ago:

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Earth Beasts Awaken – Additional Sightings: Snow Painter

I put together a video using B-reel footage from Earth Beasts Awaken pt 1 to put up on
my patreon page, where my supporters can also download the music featured in the video.

I plan on doing a bonus footage video like this using footage from Earth Beasts part 2, but that one will be available only to my Patreon supporters, so subscribe now & don’t miss any of the bonus content & behind the scenes material that I will be putting up on that page. To those of you who have already pledged your support on Patreon, be sure to log in and download the soundtrack to this video, and thanks for the support!!

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Despite what I say in the video I’ve been having some technical trouble with paypal’s recurring donation feature so really the best way to make a recurring monthly donation is through my Patreon page:

OR, you can make a one time donation on Paypal:

I hope you’ll consider making a small recurring monthly donation to support my work on a monthly basis. Small donations add up, and it is entirely within your power as my audience to determine whether or not I can make my videos and art fully independently, or if I have to submit myself to the existing media structure in order to make a living.

Frame from footage shot for an upcoming Earth Beasts Awaken Video

Frame from footage shot for an upcoming Earth Beasts Awaken Video

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Want some battling Apatosaurs on your wall?

I don’t have time at the moment to do a full blog post on the science and art that went into these illustrations, but if you check out the recent posts by Mike Taylor on SVPOW you’ll get a pretty good overview of the the ideas that we’ve been working on. That said, I’m about to order a big batch of posters of some of my recent art, so I just wanted to put up a post where you can order a copy of either of these pencil drawings:

Apato neck shove match
Order a n 12″x17″ (30.48cm x 43.18cm) print of Apato Shove Match! (above image) for $15 here:

Apato neck smash!
Order an 11″x17″ (27.94 x 43.18cm) print of Apato Neck SMASH! (above image) for $15 here:

Shipping is free within the US. If you’re outside of the US I’ll send you a paypal payment request for the exact cost of shipping along with a customs/tracking number.

Thanks for checking out my art!!

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Click the JUNGLECAT to DOWNLOAD the mixtape

If you like my music & you want to support my upcoming projects consider making a monthly donation on MY PATREON PAGE (gets you access to exclusive content!)

Or by making a one-time paypal donation:

I’ve been working on this mixtape as a side project to sharpen my skills in preparation for my upcoming album Gather Bones, and I’ve decided it’s time to put it out. I hope you enjoy my kung fu.

The mixtape is free to download, but if you want to support me as an artist you can make a donation (above) or buy a copy of the JUNGLECAT TECHNIQUE poster:



Posters are $15 each, free shipping in the US and measure 12″x14″

Big shoutouts and respect to all the beat makers whose beats are featured on this mixtape, and also to all the various musicians, film makers and martial artists whose sounds were sampled to create the whole JUNGLECAT world.

Here are some links to some of the beat maker’s other work.
BLAQ MASQ on Youtube
Buddah Killah on Soundcloud
DR. X on Soundcloud
Mujo Beatz on Bandcamp
Backshot Entertainment on BandMine
Free Download of a beat tape entitled MOGGY

And here’s a video of two blind Vietnamese street performers I sampled for the track “Hyenas” (they jam):

Also big props to my girl, Ms. Jessica Jordan, who shot the photo I used for the album art.

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#BuildaBetterFakeTheropod …WITH SCIENCE!

If you’ve been following me on twitter you’ll no doubt have found your feed infested with bizarre fictitious dinosaurs with the hashtag #BuildABetterFakeTheropod. The idea behind the hashtag was to try and come up with better, more scientifically inspired fake dinosaur designs than Jurassic World’s dated, unrealistic looking gray behemoth “Indominus rex.” Turns out, coming up with something more interesting and more science based isn’t very hard, because paleontologists have already done a ton of hard work over the last 20 years discovering and describing and educating the public about a diverse menagerie strange and wonderful lifeforms all of which suggests a world of speculative biology ripe for movie-monster exploitation. Over the course of the last few weeks I’ve posted a bunch of illustrations to my twitter and I thought I ought to explain some of the science that inspired a few of them in more than 140 characters.

“Cryptonychus arborealis” a semi arboreal Dromeosaur (“raptor”) from a tropical rain forest environment:


It’s apparently pretty hard to become a fossil. While some environments lend themselves to making fossils more than others, many environments aren’t so good at it, and some are really really bad at it. Tropical rainforests are one of those environments that can be really really bad at making fossils. Constant heat and humidity encourage an abundance of decomposers, and a thick mass of vegetation binds up all the available soil, so things rarely get buried in the mineral rich mud, sand or clay that help preserve remains. What that means is that there are vast swathes of some of the most bio-diverse ancient ecologies that we will never know anything about… That means LOTS of dinosaurs that just rotted and were forgotten. Forever. Now that doesn’t mean we can’t speculate about what might’ve been living in such environments, as many things from environments that were good at making fossils likely had relatives in environments that were not so good at making fossils (as many living things do today).

So, think of humans, or cheetahs. Both are widespread predators (well, cheetahs used to be widespread – once ranging throughout southern Europe, India & the Middle East) who evolved to hunt by chasing things down in an open Savannah environment. But both humans and cheetahs aren’t the only hunting primates or big cats around. We live at the same time as animals that share a common ancestor with us. In the tropical jungles of Africa there are both leopards and chimpanzees, both of which hunt in trees. Now, when I consider that the Velociraptor and Utahraptor that we know about hunted in open floodplains & semiarid woodland environments (good at makin fossils), and they share ancestry with smaller “raptor” dinos that appear to be arboreal (tree climbing) forms (some of which were likely gliders or fliers), I gotta wonder: were their weird big jungle raptors that hunted in way up trees?? My “Cryptonychus” (meaning “hidden claw”) is an attempt to come up with something like that. As it’s name (and hopefully the art) implies, it is a large ambush hunter, with a shaggy coat of feathers to camouflage it amongst the mossy vines an branches as it creeps slowly through the trees until if finds a perch near a game trail or nest. Then it waits… Silent. Motionless. Until the prey comes just… close… enough!

Giant Heron-like Ornithomimid

Ornithomimids are the group of Dinosaurs that looked sorta like ostriches but weren’t. The group includes Gallimimus, which was included (albeit featherless) in the first Jurassic Park movie and (even less accurately) in the new movie. Deinocheirus was a weird giant member of this group, and the recent discovery of more of its skeleton shows us that the ornithomimids could get BIG (like around T-rex big) and weird (it had a goddamn hump or sail or something)!

Deinocheirus figure from Natrure

One of the features that made it weird was that, unlike the rest of the (known) ornithomimids, Deinocheirus has a peculiar spoon shaped bill, likely for cropping plant matter or sifting nutritious crud out of the water like ducks do. The rest of the group has more pointed beaks, similar to that of modern generalist feeders like chickens and ostriches and the like. So, if this lineage of dinosaurs evolved a range of bills from sorta-pointy, to really-spoony, why not extra-pointy? It is not uncommon in evolutionary history to see groups of generalist feeders give rise to species or whole groups more specialized for feeding a certain way, which seems to be what Deinocheirus was doing. Perhaps somewhere, lurking in the depths of time, still waiting to be discovered or missed by fossilization completely, there were Ornithomimids adapted to spear and gulp down smaller animals as modern herons do… Oh, and by the way, herons are pretty closely related to spoonbills (they’re both Pelicaniformes).

Early Jurassic “Sinosaur-Line” Theropods


There is a big hole in the fossil record between the smaller late Triassic ceolophysoid theropods and the big giants (Like Allosaurus and Ceratosaurus) that appear in the fossil record in the middle Jurassic. The medium to large sized early Jurassic theropods that have been found (such as Dilophosaurus and Sinosaurus) are rare and many are highly fragmentary, yet they seem to indicate some interesting things were going on. Many of them have strange crests on their heads, and their overall body plan appears to be transitioning from a long and low body plan, to one with more robust legs, arms, heads and necks, likely for taking down larger prey. The creatures in the above drawing are my attempt to visualize a powerful-yet-speedy intermediate form, with ample strength to dispatch human-sized prey, but long powerful legs to chase down even off road vehicles. I, for one, would love to see a chase scene where a pair (or more!) of hungry theropods easily keep pace with a speeding off-road vehicle and the human prey within has to avoid being pulled from a broken window or opened top as the vehicle bounces and lurches in its struggle to navigate the rugged terrain, effortlessly handled by the ancient hunters.

If you like this kind of speculative monster design stuff let me know, & I hope you’ll share it aroundI. If people like it I’ll do another post on a few of my other #buildabetterfaketheropod designs.

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If you’re gonna make up a dinosaur (or other prehistoric creature) for what is ostensibly a science-fiction movie, it should be spectacular visually, frighteningly foreign yet believable in it’s character and behavior, and it should be based at least loosely on the mountain of surprising and fascinating knowledge about dinosaur anatomy and behavior that scientists and artists around the world have worked tirelessly to discover and communicate over the last several decades. In light of a new Jurassic Park movie coming out that apparently disregards all of that study and discovery, (even with regards to the not-made-up dinosaurs it features) I started drawing made-up dinosaurs that I think would be cool to see in a movie and I’ve been posting them to my twitter feed with the hashtag #BuildABetterFakeTheropod. I’ve decided that for the next week I’m gonna put a new one up every day, in the hopes that people will be intrigued about actual dinosaur science in the process. At the end of the week I’ll throw up a full gallery with all of them.

To start us off, here’s a speculative long-horned relative of the Abelisaur Majungasaurus, dripping with blood from a recent battle, possibly with a rival male. His neck is a swollen mass of fat and connective tissue meant to protect him from the bites, thrusts and slashes of his opponents…

Longhorn Abelisaur

While that horn on it’s head might look a bit ridiculous, it’s only an exaggeration of a feature known from a real Theropod dinosaur, Majungasaurus. Check out the horn-like knob at the top of it’s skull, and bear in mind that the rough knobby bone tissue indicates that there was soft tissue (possibly horn) anchored firmly to it. Also, the particularly robust skull bones are typical of animals whose heads take a lot of impact, which has lead Paleontologists to speculate that Majungasuaurus, and other Abelisaurs such as Carnotaurus may have bashed their heads into things.

Witmer Lab Majungasaurus

Given that spectacular head crests are know from other theropod dinosaurs, it seems reasonable to speculate that long-horned forms may have existed, or that the horn tissue that rotted away greatly enlarged what we see in the bone. Also such features easily result from simple genetic modification by humans (such as selective breeding as in the case domestic livestock). Most importantly, IT WOULD BE AWESOME TO WATCH THEM BATTLE EACH OTHER, or other dinosaurs, or threaten humans with their territorial behavior in a well directed feature film (all of which would be completely in line with modern dinosaur science).

Or if you prefer completely made up mythological prehistoric monsters, only aesthetically inspired by actual paleontology, then there’s this:

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my talk on reconstructing Aquilops at Nerd Nite SF

About a month ago I did a talk on my dinosaur illustration process, and the video of my talk is now online. The talk centers around the reconstruction of the new species of dinosaur Aquilops americanus that I was hired to do by Andy Farke and Matt Wedel for the and Raymond Alf Museum of Paleontology.

If you want to see many of the images in my talk more clearly and read more about reconstructing Aquilops, be sure to check out my blog post Introducing Aquilops americanus.

Also, check out Nerd Nite’s website if you want to learn more about Nerd Nite events & find out when and where they’re taking place.

Oh, and here’s that ceratopsian family tree video from the end of my talk in full HD glory:

If you’d like to use the ceratopsian skull wall video in a presentation or whatever, feel free to download and use it:
(right click to download)

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“Haunted Catacombs” Collab with Lone Ninja & BLAQ MASQ

I recorded this track quite a while ago, and now it’s done.

Lone Ninja is the guy rapping about “Trapdoors & Secret Passageways”, which also happens to be the name of one of his recent albums, which you should search out and buy so dude can keep rapping about fighting and other secret Ninja stuff. BLAQ MASQ made the beat. And by that I mean he hollowed out the skull of an elder monk, implanted it with the eggs of Kre’eltrothian carrion-eaters and recorded their hatching process. He then sampled those recordings into his MPC2000XL drum machine and mashed pads in order to tear a rift into deep spirit-time that Lone Ninja & I somersaulted through in order to battle various monsters and wraiths, summon ghouls, and cast mad spells, all of which you can hear in the above track. Hopefully they work (the spells) because then you will sprout roots and strange umbrella-like leaves from your skin and start crawling across the land bashing through thatched-roofed villages and growing/climbing up all the castle parapets, devouring the inhabitants and crumbling them to their foundations with your engrapplizing poisonous vines.

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