The ESPN Fantasy Focus Football podcast featured a special rendition of the award-winning Eric Hutchinson theme song, performed by none other than David Wu's Fringemunks. After the rendition opened the podcast episode, it received a warm round of applause by the show's hosts.
ESPN's Matthew Berry had responded via Twitter to Wu's inquiry about presenting the parody group's rendition. Berry admitted during the show that he didn't expect the Fringemunks to follow through.
"We've had many musical groups over the years offer to do a cover of the song, and no one's ever come through," said Berry. "But apparently the Fringemunks came through."
Berry, Nate Ravitz and Stephania Bell preview the final week of the fantasy season in the remainder of the show. The podcast recently won the 2011 People's Choice Podcast Award in the sports category. CLICK HERE TO PLAY FULL EPISODE
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2011
Fringe executive producer Jeff Pinkner praises Fringemunks via Twitter
Fringe showrunner and executive producer Jeff Pinkner voiced his approval of David Wu's Fringemunks via Twitter, calling the project "utterly brilliant, awesome, hilarious!" Click here to view the tweet!
Wu had met Pinkner in person, back in February 2009 at New York Comic Con, while interviewing him for The Fringe Podcast.
"The interview was cut short because he and the cast members needed to head down to the Fringe panel in the main auditorium," Wu recalls. "Mr. Pinkner wanted to continue the interview after the panel was finished, but unfortunately I had a plane to catch within a few hours. However, I did hand him a business card with the Fringemunks information on it - at which point he said, 'Oh, that was you?'"
Besides his showrunning duty on Fringe, PInkner is also known for his previous work on Alias and his role as executive producer and writer for the first few seasons of Lost.
MONDAY, AUGUST 29, 2011
Milk of Minutia releases remastered episode containing interviews of Eddie Pepitone and David Wu
Milk of Minutia has released a remastered version of its June 2010 episode that contained interviews of comedic actor Eddie Pepitone (Flight of the Conchords, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The Sarah Silverman Program) and David Wu. The interview of Wu starts at the 39:23 mark. [WARNING: Minimal explicit language used by co-hosts throughout.]
SUNDAY, JULY 31, 2011
David Wu's Fringemunks release "The Ballad of Oregon Rep. David Wu"
The Fringemunks have struck again! Check out their latest non-Fringe video here:
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2011
The Fringemunks Go Over There: A Review by Tony Young
Tony Young presents "The Fringemunks Go Over There: A Review," in which he critiques the recap songs by David Wu's Fringemunks that take place in the alternate universe: "Peter," "Over There, Pt. 1," "Over There, Pt. 2," "Olivia," The Plateau," and "Amber 31422."
This broadcast is no longer available.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2011
David Wu's Fringemunks release video for "The Super Bowl XLV Song"
David Wu's parody project The Fringemunks recently released "The Super Bowl XLV Song," a parody of Bob Seger's classic "Old Time Rock and Roll." Now there's an accompanying YouTube music video - a slideshow of sorts.
The Fringemunks are known mostly for their parodies that recap Fringe episodes, and their 50th such song will be released soon. Once in a blue moon, they'll tackle other topics, as they did a year ago for the critically-acclaimed iPad Song that ended up being plugged by Alyssa Milano (making the song/video a trending Twitter topic across the United States) and featured on multiple tech websites.
Wu recently talked about "The Super Bowl XLV Song" and video on Facebook:
"For me it's a great exercise in attempting to create something that will be susceptible to word-of-mouth - we'll see what happens! And even if it doesn't 'take off,' it was still a fun project."
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2011
R.E.M. website favorites Wu's remixes of "It Happened Today"
David Wu's two remixes of R.E.M.'s song "It Happened Today" have been favorited by the band's website, R.E.M.HQ. The "Horse Remix" incorporates instrumental elements from another R.E.M. song, "Horse to Water." The "Piano Remix" features Wu's own piano arrangement, accompanying the vocals.
The remixes were part of a project authorized by the band. R.E.M. producer Jacknife Lee made the multi-track files of the song freely available "to download, remix, reimagine, remake," as the website states. Here are David's remixes:
R.E.M. - It Happened Today (David Wu's Horse Remix)
R.E.M. - It Happened Today (David Wu's Piano Remix)
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2011
Wu co-interviews Fringe composer Chris Tilton on The Fringe Podcast
David Wu joins Darrell and Clint of The Fringe Podcast to interview Fringe composer Chris Tilton. Chris discusses the process of composing for each episode, specific motifs for main characters, and some fun anecdotes about his experience working on the show. Darrell and Clint continue on to address fan feedback regarding last Friday's episode, "Reciprocity" (#3.11).
TUESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2011
David Wu releases live instrumental version of R.E.M.'s "Mine Smell Like Honey" on same day as original song's single release
Check out David Wu's keyboard rendition of R.E.M.s brand new single, "Mine Smell Like Honey." (The band's original single is also officially being released today on iTunes!) David recorded the song with his iPhone at the Guitar Center in Tukwila, WA.
Milk of Minutia interviews comedic actor Eddie Pepitone (Flight of the Conchords, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The Sarah Silverman Program). They also play David Wu's music throughout, and interview him starting at the 60:38 mark. To date, this is the most extensive interview of David Wu regarding his music. [WARNING: Minimal explicit language used by co-hosts throughout.]
FRIDAY, APRIL 23, 2010
"David Wu" character on Fringe
In last night's Fringe episode "The Man From the Other Side" (Epis. 2.18), a character named "David Wu" was played by actor James Tsai. As mentioned before, the jury is out on whether this was a conscious decision made by the Fringe writers, or if it was merely a coincidence. (Check out this link to read some of the online debate!)
It was a one-off appearance for the character. It should be interesting to see how David Wu's (that is, the real-life version's) Fringemunks recap the episode later on, as the opportunity to sing about "David Wu" in passing (pun intended) looms.
MONDAY, APRIL 19, 2010
The Fringe Report presents "The David Wu Challenge": submit your guess about how Fringe character "David Wu" will die
According to a FOX press release, the forthcoming April 22 Fringe episode "The Man from the Other Side" (Epis. 2.18) will have a character named "David Wu." The jury is out on whether this was a conscious decision made by the Fringe writers, or if it was merely a coincidence. (Check out this link to read some of the online debate!)
The Fringe Report is holding a contest to tie-in with the David Wu character - submit your guess as to if, when and how the character will die!
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2010
The Fringemunks' "iPad Song" makes Alyssa Milano laugh, takes country by storm
That's right, The Fringemunks made Alyssa Milano laugh, according to her Twitter message to her 600,000+ followers!
And thanks to her, and to a plethora of others who retweeted her message, The Fringemunks' "iPad Song" (and its music video) has taken the country by storm. The song was even trending on Twitter (entire United States region) for about half an hour today.
For the 'munks, it is their most widely distributed song to date. It is also their first song about the real world, as all their parody songs up until now have been recaps of fictional storylines.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 19, 2010
David Wu fills in as guest co-host on The Fringe Podcast to discuss episodes "Unearthed" and "Johari Window"
David Wu filled in as co-host on The Fringe Podcast for the review of Fringe episodes "Unearthed" (1.21) and "Johari Window" (2.11). He and TFP's Darrell Darnell discuss confusion surrounding the airing of "Unearthed," an upcoming Fringe appearance by the actor who played RoboCop, Fringe's ratings, and general discussion about both episodes.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2009
David Wu guests on Blowhard Experiment podcast to discuss Fringemunks and season premiere of Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights
Blowhard Experiment co-host dammit316 plays mad scientist by not performing one, but two experiments:
First off, David Wu talks about Fringe and his parody project, The Fringemunks. The experiment: neither bluefist nor jr_horsemen have seen Fringe before, and have to figure out what the show is about based on Fringemunk songs.
In the second experiment, David Wu has watched little to no UFC. It is dammit316's theory, even before seeing it, that this season of the Ultimate Fighter can be watched by any casual fan that can stomach combat sports. Will it work? Find out, in this session of the Blowhard Experiment!:
SATURDAY, JULY 25, 2009
BLOG / Interview: Writer/director Marco Duran delivers suspense and realism with debut film "Within"
Within is a member of the horror and paranormal genres, but what makes it truly scary is what is not actually seen onscreen. The film will hit the indie film festival circuit later in 2009. First time writer/director Marco Duran recently provided DavidWuMusic.com with this exclusive interview about his experience making the film.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22, 2009
David Wu guests on Fringe Dwellers podcast, Epis. No. 22 - review of Fringe Epis. 1.16 "Unleashed"
Adele of The Fringe Dwellers podcast teams with guest co-host David Wu to review Fringe Epis. 1.16 "Unleashed," which aired on Tuesday, April 14. The Fringemunks' song recap of the same episode (a parody of "Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson) is played at the very end.
This broadcast is no longer available.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1, 2009
NOW AVAILABLE: Fringe Round Table Podcast No. 2
The Fringe Podcast crew (Darrell, Courtney & Clint), along with Adele of The Fringe Dwellers, FRINGEcasting with Wayne & Dan, and The Fringemunks producer David Wu join forces for a second Fringe Round Table as a 7-week series hiatus draws to a close! New ideas arise that haven't been discussed in any of the podcasts up to now. Topics include: William Bell, ZFT, character development, the German ARG, Peter's History, Observers, multiple dimensions and the Fringe comic books.
We're all members of the Fringe Podcast Network, the one-stop location for these and all other Fringe podcasts!
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2009
David Wu guests on The Fringe Podcast to discuss his interviews of Fringe cast at New York Comic Con; Wu also interviewed about Fringemunks
Joshua Jackson is interviewed by David Wu at NY Comic Con. Jenn Phares holds camera at right.
In this 27th episode of The Fringe Podcast, David Wu is interviewed about his experience at New York Comic Con on Feb. 6-8 as a correspondent for TFP. Wu discusses his interviews with Fringe cast members Joshua Jackson, Lance Reddick, Jasika Nicole, Kirk Acevedo, and executive producer Jeff Pinkner (Lost / Fringe). Also discussed is the Fringe panel from NYCC, and they chat a bit about Anna Torv, Blair Brown and John Noble.
The episode ends with the podcast hosts (Darrell, Courtney and Clint) interviewing Wu about his Fringemunks parodies.
0:10:55 INTERVIEW: Lance Reddick (Philip Broyles on Fringe, Matthew Abaddon on Lost)
0:18:41 Meeting Jasika Nicole
0:21:58 Meeting John Noble (Dr. Walter Bishop on Fringe)
0:25:31 INTERVIEW: Jasika Nicole (Astrid Farnsworth on Fringe)
0:31:53 INTERVIEW: Jeff Pinkner (exec. producer of Fringe / Lost)
0:36:09 INTERVIEW: Joshua Jackson (Peter Bishop on Fringe)
0:40:10 INTERVIEW: Kirk Acevedo (Charlie Francis on Fringe)
0:50:28 PANEL REMARKS: Blair Brown (Nina Sharp on Fringe)
0:52:49 PANEL REMARKS: Jeff Pinkner
0:58:25 Review of Wonder Woman advance preview
1:00:29 INTERVIEW: Renee (Fringe fan)
1:03:02 INTERVIEW: Casey (Fringe fan)
1:10:06 David Wu interviewed about The Fringemunks and his music career
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2009
In New York for Comic-Con to interview Fringe cast
From Feb. 6-8, I'll be in New York at Comic-Con as a correspondent for The Fringe Podcast. I'll be on a team interviewing the cast of Fringe - as well as Fringe executive producer Jeff Pinkner (of Lost fame) - at a press junket and also a discussion panel.
MONDAY, JANUARY 19, 2009 - TUESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2009
BLOG / A new era begins
Regardless of your background and political leanings, this is a time to celebrate our new president, and to celebrate America. I am pleased and honored to provide some unique coverage of Obama's inauguration. Not only that, I have some friends and a sister who reported from the scene in Washington, D.C.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 2009
BLOG / Interview: Australia's Adele discusses her podcasting experience
Adele co-hosts the hit geeky-girl podcast Three Chicks and a Mic, as well as the Fringe Dwellers Podcast about the FOX TV series Fringe. She is the creator and host of The Sarah Dessen Diarist, a podcast/blog about the best-selling young adult author; and she has her own literary blog, Persnickety Snark.
In this, her first media interview, she shares her experiences and vision within the podcasting world.
MONDAY, JANUARY 12, 2009
David Wu appears on Fringe round table podcast; Fringemunks join Fringe Podcast Network
The Fringe Dwellers (Jen & Adele) along with The Fringe Podcast crew (Darrell, Courtney & Clint), Wayne from Wayne's Take on Fringe and David Wu, producer of The Fringemunks, join forces to discuss the first 10 episodes of Fringe, Season 1.
The Fringemunks' recap for Episode 1.09 "The Dreamscape" (a parody of "Man on the Moon" by R.E.M.) is played at the very end.
Also, we are pleased to announce that the Fringemunks have been inducted into the Fringe Podcast Network, the one-stop location for these and all other Fringe podcasts!
MONDAY, JANUARY 5, 2009
DavidWuMusic.com's audience around the globe
Thanks to SiteMeter, I am able to obtain useful information in regards to my visitors around the world. The most recent 100 visitors (as of this writing) are centered primarily in North America and Europe. It's an interesting set of stats that I feel are encouraging.
Like it or not, the Fringemunks have helped spread my small and feeble (but alive and kicking) audience abroad. Things will likely pick up even more, as Fringe will be shown on Tuesday nights following American Idol soon. Here is a tip of the iceberg of the various websites around the world that have been supporting this project and linking to this site:
To these and many other websites, I salute you for your support. Fans/family/friends, Twitter followers, and Last.fm listeners, I thank you for visiting and for all the word-of-mouth and gracious promotion.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 1, 2009
2009 begins; podcast appearance to be taped on Sat., Jan. 3
As 2009 begins, so continues a momentum of projects I began in 2008. This is also the first new year where I have this website in place, so I'm thankful for that.
Also, yes it is confirmed that I will be making an appearance on the Fringe Dwellers podcast, which will be a round table format featuring the two other major podcasts dedicated to the hit FOX TV series, Fringe. Taping is this coming Saturday, and this does mark my "podcast debut" of sorts. Once it is released, I'll post a link.
And, on the left, you will see I purchased my very first guitar: a Fender Strat HSS. You'll hear this on my recordings sooner than you think.
God is good. Looking forward to what happens next!
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2008
Fringemunks on the rise
By now, you have probably noticed that the novelty project "The Fringemunks" has taken on a life of its own. The premise: cloned chipmunks Feebo, Notchy and Pie team up with me to recap each new episode of FOX's hit TV series Fringe with a parody song. (The vocals are actually my voice, sped-up, but you probably already figured that out.)
Besides being featured on the Fringe Dwellers podcast and also The Fringe Podcast, the songs have received rave reviews - from J.R. Orci (supervising producer of Fringe), to FringeBloggers.com, to discussion forums around the Fringe community.
Being that the show was awarded a full season of 22 episodes, there will be 22 parody songs between now and next Summer. Here's the link: DavidWuMusic.com/fringemunks
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 6, 2008
"Playin' Por Pun" - Live EP of Location 10's set at Ihaw Ihaw Jam coming soon
I will soon be releasing the five-song live set by Location 10 at last week's Ihaw Ihaw Jam (the secondary stage at the Filipino festival Pista Sa Nayon) at Seward Park, Seattle. The EP is called "Playin' Por Pun,"
and is in full dimensional stereo. You'll be able to play and download the songs, and all the files are optimized for iTunes/iPod.
THURSDAY, JULY 17, 2008
Location 10 and Doodz in full rehearsal mode
Like Ken Stringfellow was the "auxiliary keyboard man" for R.E.M. in the earlier part of this decade, so I am for the band Location 10.
And also for the band, Doodz, apparently.
We met last night for a full-fledged rehearsal full of hard rockin songs, all of which are covers (No Doubt, George Michael, Creed, just to name a few). My thumb actually started bleeding because I was playing my keyboard so hard. The band will be performing as part of the Ihaw Ihaw 5 lineup (who will be on a secondary stage at the annual Filipino festival Pista sa Nayon at Seward Park, Seattle).
Location 10 features one of Seattle's great underground rockers, Kris Capiendo, who mans lead guitar in this band and also plays drums for another band. The band also consists of Chris on bass, Gino on guitar, Roy on drums, and Kathy and Way on vocals. As for me the auxiliary man, most of the stuff I'm doing involves organ licks a la Ray Manzarek of the Doors.
MONDAY, JULY 14, 2008
"More Than Just Friends" by Rose Marie released today, 4 years after I began composing it
Believe it or not, it started out as a breakup song.
I started writing "More Than Just Friends" in 2004 (then with breakup lyrics under the title "I've Come Around"), and the entire instrumental was completed by February 2005 - but it hasn't seen the light of day until now. This song has experienced many pitfalls that forced the project to be shelved for years. Many songs have come and gone since. These last few months, I felt compelled to finally complete it.
The basic history of the song goes like this: "I've Come Around" combined my friend's breakup lyrics with my own lyrics and music that I composed. WaterMusic recording artist Bridget Hermano actually laid down the vocal tracks for this version in my studio. However, the co-lyricist withdrew herself and her lyrics from the project, leaving me with my music for the song, and with no lyrics. The Bridget vocal, already in the middle of the mixing phase, had to be scrapped as well.
After creating an entirely new set of lyrics under the new title/theme of "More Than Just Friends," I had a hard time finding a vocalist who wanted to tackle the project. Eventually, FHM Online model Rose Marie agreed to lend her talents to the production. After recording her vocals last New Year's Eve, a hard drive failure wiped out the entire project, forcing me to call her in to record it again.
Now, finally, I'm pleased to release the final result. This song is a piece of my musical history, now being heard by you for the first time!
The song is also the "MP3 of the Month," and you can download it for free (it's on the right sidebar of this home page).
MONDAY, JULY 14, 2008
Welcome to DavidWuMusic.com!
A few months ago, I registered this domain name, but didn't really have the time or dedication to set this site up until recently.
I've had a few official personal websites up in the past, but none of them will likely compare to what's in store for this one. At last, I have the framework for the promotion of my music and the music of those around me, and also a forum for me to discuss music with all of you.
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