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About paulms

My name is Paul Shapera, a musician working under the name Mocha Lab. I make albums, theater shows, videos, dance pieces, commercials and move around a lot.

Lullabies For All Ages at our new The Melody Channel

Lauren, Kevin Hulburt and i are slowly starting out children’s YouTube channel (still looking for an animator!) with a string of lullaby songs.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChCVg2zGxF6Fjk20HZ75Y-g

There’s a few out now and more on the way. As said previously they will be compiled into a lullaby album complete with ambient/sfx segues and available through out company channel and the Bandcamp page. There are many more songs other the lullabies to come after, however our first wave is lullabies and due to: a. they were my favorite to work on and i really got into it and b. i’m not going to take up your time with “I Pee In The Potty (although it may be one of my greatest compositions) or some new version of Wheels On The Bus that no one without kids would ever want to hear and frankly, most people WITH kids don’t want to hear either, but i think the lullabies are enjoyable in their own right. I made them to be as pleasurable to listen for adults as well as little ones. And yes, they are field tested. I have put my 2 year old to sleep with every one of them.

Here are some from our first batch.

I have to add this 3rd one because i peed myself when Lauren sent this back to me. I sent her the sparse musical track and asked her to sing the melody and if she felt like it, to add any harmonies she wanted. She sent THIS back:

 

So yeah, lullabies. I’m doing lullabies in between album and i’m kind of really, really digging it.

The next post ( or so) will be where i put out the call for vocalists. I need a female singer, alto, scratchy voice is preferred to sing 2 songs for the Carnival, and a stellar male singer to sing the lead role of Raven, the Carnival barker who is like, one part The Joker, one part Deadpool, and one part Tom Waits fairground barker. We’ll talk.

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Help Fund Dolls Live Performance In Bayreuth Germany!

FOR HEAVEN’S SAKE WATCH THIS VIDEO!

THAT IS AWESOME, RIGHT?!?!?

https://www.startnext.com/steampunkbayreuth

An incredible team of thespians at the University of Bayreuth in Bavaria, Germany is putting up Dolls and they’re trying to raise a simple 580 Euros to do it. 580 euros! Come on, that is not much. The poor arranger/music director should be making that each day due to mental anguish. (I am actually so ashamed of the state of the scores that i am working on a full score release late this year.)

In their own words:

Dear friends, I want to ask you for something.
I am currently working on a musical theatre project, that will hopefully be performed in July at the University of Bayreuth. The team is incredibly talented and we are very excited about the result of our collaboration.
My part in all this is first of all arranging the music for our instrumentation, rehearsing with the singers and instrumentalists, conducting the performances and playing an instrument myself.
Our biggest issue right now is the financial side. We have an array of ideas, concepts and plans, that we can only partially realise. If we reach our goal, we can all realise our plans in our respective fields and make something truly amazing. Every Euro brings us closer to achieving that!
Of course there are perks, that you can get by donating. You can find more information and a trailer on the project page. Thank you so much for your support!

P.S.: In case you can’t support us financially, we would appreciate any kind words or other support and we would love it if you could share this link with your friends and family. Thank you!!!

Take a look over at their funding page: https://www.startnext.com/steampunkbayreuth and see if you can’t help out. Who knows, Germany’s pretty close and pretty cheap to get to, so i might attend this one. Especially because that promo… that was SERIOUSLY sweet.

 
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Posted by on February 25, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Listen To Chicano Batman, ‘Freedom Is Free’

Chicano Batman Freedom Is Free

You need more 70s  dripping , Brazilian tropicalia, spacey psychedelia, and slow-jam soul in your life. That is why you should listen to Chicano Batman’s new album, Freedom IS Free. Chicano Batman is this awesome LA band channeling a groovaliscious, 70s infused psychedelic pop and i so dig this new album.

Listen here:

https://www.npr.org/player/embed/516630938/516644757

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Stragglers – Trailer – A Retro-Future Low-Fi Sci-Fi Adventure Featuring Lauren Osborn

Lauren is in an extremely cool looking project of VHS sci-fi madness that you should definitely check out.

A retro-future romp through the lives of the least important people in the galaxy. Written and directed by Ben Roper and produced in-house by RAPTURE, ‘Stragglers’ is a 32 minute proof of concept sci-fi film that tells the story of the galaxy’s least successful couriers as they take on the first, and what may be the last job they ever do. Merging a soundtrack plucked straight form the 80s with true indie-film special effects, Stragglers is a retro-future sci-fi adventure that takes in lightspeed emergencies, long lost senators, inter-planitary rescue missions, talk of gods and impending doom and features a score written by highly acclaimed composer James McCarthy.

You can follow them on FB to keep track of the project’s fruition.

 
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Posted by on February 7, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Album Engraving By Casey Kikendall

First, let me thank you all for your purchases on Friday. We raised $100 for the ACLU. Every bit, bit by bit.

On other fronts, right before i left for the week in Belgrade i’m about to wrap up (my mom flew in from Pittsburgh to visit her two grandchildren) i got package in the mail. The package was a metal engraving of one of my album covers AND IT IS AWESOME. I only had time to gaze at it and rub my buttered belly on it for a few minutes before leaving, but i did snap a picture:

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IT’S SO FREACKIN AWESOME.

It was made by Casey Kikendall who will be starting up an Etsy some time soon and who has my personal adoration and recommendation. Huge thumbs up. The Yugest. The best thumbs. All the way up. Remember you heard it here first, Casey Kikendall’s work is wonderful.

 
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Posted by on February 5, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

This Friday, Stand with Bandcamp in Support of Immigrants/Basic Human Values

Folks, on Friday, Feb 3rd, beginning 8:01am GMT, Bandcamp will be donating 100% of their cut from all music sales to the American Civil Liberties Union. I intend to match this, by donating 100% of my share of album proceeds during this time as well. Any sales i receive will go fully to the ACLU. Maybe there’s the odd album you’ve been thinking of picking up. Well, Friday would be the day, assuming the ACLU and an album or two of mine is something you stand behind.

https://mochalab.bandcamp.com/

 
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Posted by on February 2, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Hadestown: Why We Build The Wall (Stop what you’re doing right now and listen to this)

Hadestown by Anais Mitchell is FREACKING AWESOME. WHY YOU NO TELL ME ABOUT THIS BEFORE NOW?!?! Seriously, just stop what you’re doing for 4 minutes and listen to this here song.

 
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Posted by on January 31, 2017 in Uncategorized