Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Roxy's opus


"Out Of The Blue" (from Country Life, 1974)

Friday, December 26, 2008

Then there were four

From Genesis' 1976 tour, with King Crimson's Bill Bruford playing the skins.

"Carpet Crawlers"

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

A big bottom for the holidays

Went to Competition Music yesterday and sold my drum set and Gretsch. Later that evening I found a nice Epiphone EB-3 on eBay for $270, which will hopefully arrive sometime next week. Hooray!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Night of twiddling knobs

Had a blast playing with PFFFFT! last night. Tony, Matt, Ken, and Clay are all around great blokes, and I thank them for allowing me to join in on the improvisational fun.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

The final adieu

The Fellow Americans played at The Moon last night, performing our final show. I was glad that we were able to perform on the same bill with friends, Stoogeaphila. Thank you to everyone who came out!

Tomorrow I'll join PFFFFT! on stage at The Fairmount for their final show, so please and try to make it out. It's free, blast you!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

BoozeTube?

Was Mr. Vidal drunk? After watching former UN Rep/Ned Flanders look-alike John Bolton getting verbally bent over the table (and taking out his frustrations in the manliest way possible by having a go at reporter Katty Kay via satellite link), this interview seemed the perfect piece to wrap up this sideshow of Election Night on BBC America.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Warning: rant ahead

I never had so much trouble with one company as I've had with Bank of America. Dismal customer service (apathetic, rude, and ignorant rabble with a nasty habit of disconnecting the call under the guise of connecting you to another department after being placed on hold for five to forty five minutes), and today I'll add "fraudulent activity" to their M.O. of shittiness after the credit card giant made an unauthorized payment of five hundred dollars from my bank account. I've contacted my bank regarding this ransacking of my meager funds. Hopefully this issue is resolved before the mortgage payment is due.

Somebody deserves a permanent career in hospital...

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Unconventional standing

German performance artist Johan Lorbeer enacting his "Tarzan" creation.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Once more

After six years in splitsville Blur is reuniting for several shows, including a gig next summer in London's Hyde Park and possibly a headline spot at Glastonbury. Read the full story at The Times Online... if so inclined.

"To The End" (from Parklife)

Monday, December 8, 2008

Randomness

And the nightmare continues...

Friday, December 5, 2008

Richard and Judy... and John

A bit of daytime fun from a few years ago on Richard & Judy:

Reset and go

Alrighty then... Back at zero and now can access the internet from home without fear of running up an enormous bill. Thanks, Verizon, for the heads up last month. Pricks.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Nimoy's opus

Here's to you, Carey:

Leonard Nimoy, "Ballad of Bilbo Baggins"

Monday, December 1, 2008

Ding-dong!

The first post for December. Aren't you glad that you read this?

Friday, November 28, 2008

Selling England By The Pound


"Dancing With The Moonlit Knight"

Saturday, November 22, 2008

This weekend

The itinerary, as follows:

Saturday - Um, er...
Sunday - Recording One Fingered Fist, weather permitting.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Dream a little dream

I had a dream last night that I was working with Mythbusters Tori, Kari, and Grant on making a sled out of a flat piece of cardboard. Tori and I decided to cut the cardboard into strips and glue them together with one strip overlapping the other to make the sled more durable. Our idea failed during assembly, and Grant was giving Tori grief about the snafu. With nothing to do, I gave Kari a ride to the convenience store so she could buy cigarettes for a myth... which was never explained.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Entertain me

From The Woods (one of my all-time favorite albums), by Sleater-Kinney (one of my all-time favorite bands):

"Jumpers"


"Entertain"

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Mullethouse Manor

Had a bit of a rude awakening yesterday morning (thanks, Carey! In fairness though, I don't believe it was her fault... ). She noticed that our driveway and the entire grounds around the north side of our house was flooded. The pipe that runs from our well to the well pump had broke at a joint (which was apparently jimmy-rigged together by the redneck thugs who occupied our home before deciding to take a long holiday in Huntsville), turning the yard into a quagmire. Took off early from work to meet the plumber. Luckily it was a relatively easy fix, but still cost $400. Ouch!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Actually, they do

Fronted by one of rock's shortest and baldest vocalists:

Rose Tattoo, "Nice Boys" (live at The Cork, 1982)

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Damn the Jerries! Now what?

On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918, the First World War officially ended. Luckily, due to being quite underage at the time, I wasn't called up for duty.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Twiddling knobs

Minds out of the gutter, please. Well, I did set you up for that. Probably. Or not. Eh, forget it...

I'll be joining local freestylers PFFFFT! on stage at The Fairmount on November 16. No cover. Come out, why don't ya?

Fairmount, 9.21.2008

Thursday, November 6, 2008

End of one chapter

The Fellow Americans are no more. The new album has become a coda for the group, and in my opinion a good representation of what the band was. My focus now will be on my project, which was mothballed a couple years ago.

TFA is trying to establish an official last show December 19 at the Moon with Stoogeaphilia.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Shocking

Texas didn't jump on the blue train. Now, why didn't I see that coming?

Never mind. Here's to the removal of a festering cyst.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Damon Albarn

An interview with the man covering this and that (and some of those) in The Times.


GBQ, "Kingdom of Doom"

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Friday...

Carey and I took the day off from our respective jobs to celebrate anniversary numero four. Went to Mimi's for lunch, Garden Ridge, and grocery shopping. We lead an exciting life.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Debut No. 3 debuts


Click on the image and buy it, damn you, er, I mean please.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The end of Tennant's tenure

One more Christmas special and four episode series, David Tennant's role as the Doctor will come to an end. "Who" will be number 11?

I'm also in anticipation as to what Tennant's next project shall be. Yes, I do have a man crush on the Scotsman...

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Thunder from down under

One of my favorite tunes by the mighty AC/DC (preceded by some behind the scenes footage). From the Let There Be Rock DVD:

"Live Wire" (live from Paris, 1979)

Thursday, October 23, 2008

The first

Scribesman, fellow musician and sharer of fermented suds, Ken Shimamoto, posted the first review of Debut No. 3 on I Love Fort Worth. So read it, why don't ya?

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Today's events

The Fellow Americans' new CDs were delivered today, which in turn several will be sent off to CDBaby tomorrow.

Been at work remixing Manda Rin's single "Guilty Pleasure" on the off-chance that I win a competition established by Miss Rin herself. Winner shall received a signed copy of her new album and a copy of Ableton Live LE music software. It just might be evident when it's all said and done that I have never remixed another artist's work before. Eek!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Uppers, downers, sing a track

Elvis and the TCB Band recorded a smoldering version in '74, but the original by Chuck Berry is just ace.

"Promised Land" (live on BBC's Sound For Saturday, 1972)

Saturday, October 18, 2008

I can do that!

From The Catherine Tate Show:





With Jools Holland:


Friday, October 17, 2008

No intelligence allowed, indeed

It's true. None was found whatsoever in Nixon's bitch cum pop culture face Ben Stein's vehicle for creationist idiocy, Expelled, which is being released on DVD in a few days.

My prediction? The most popular film among bible-thumping rednecks since Birth Of A Nation.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Randomness

Schizophrenics never dine alone. Does that mean they eat for two?

Monday, October 13, 2008

Home Is Where The Heart Is

I would be hard pressed to choose which composition by Public Image is my favorite, but this one is at least in the top two.

There are varying accounts as to whom exactly played on this track and when it was recorded. Both Keith and Jah claim to have laid down the bass track, and there is some question as to whether Jim Walker, Richard Dudanski, or Martin Atkins played drums on the recording. It doesn't really matter, though, as the song is absolutely sublime.


"Home Is Where The Heart Is" (B-side to "Flowers Of Romance")

Friday, October 10, 2008

Over and over and over...

It's been stuck in me head all day. Why? I don't know...


The Stranglers, "Straighten Out"

Assume. Power. Focus

Been driver hunting. Succulent or gamey? We'll soon find out...

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Poem time

I once saw a frog who I dubbed "Big Bill",
I met him one day at the old lumber mill
He said "Ribbit", which I thought was nice,
Then I got hungry and ate him with some rice


Probably not a keeper...

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Not the Stan Lee variety

I still love these guys (and apparently I was a member at one time. Wish I could remember playing with them... ). Sloppy, loud, fast, and fun, topped with hokey references to Satanism, they were everything a twelve year old could want in a metal band. Here's to the days of shamelessly trying to ape Mantas' chainsaw-like guitar tone and schizo whammy bar heavy solos. Two cuts from their debut, Welcome To Hell:


"One Thousand Days In Sodom"


"Red Light Fever"

Friday, October 3, 2008

The world of 0s and 1s

It's been a week of laptop problems for my father. Don't know how he does it, but he manages to pick up more viruses than a Petri dish. Or a hooker. (See, I offered both the high and low road for that analogy... and will I ever be thanked for providing this particular courtesy?)

Scrubbed the hard drive, removed something called "Vista", and finally found the drivers needed to install XP on his Toshiba (slipstreamed SP3 and SATA drivers with XP to create a new installation disc). Operating system is hunky dory, but driver conflicts with his broadband USB modem now persists. Oh, joy!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

A song for Europe

We still miss you, Dermont...

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Randomness

Who needs a Hoover when one has a dog that eats everything on the ground?

Friday, September 26, 2008

Taking stock

Pulled out the record collection for back cover design ideas. Here's a list of 12 inchers with 12 x 12 sleeves I have:

G.G. Allen, Brutality & Bloodshed For All
Can (German copy)
Chiefs Of Relief (Promo)
Elvis Hitler, Disgraceland
Joe Jackson, Look Sharp!
Nashville Pussy, Let Them Eat Pussy
Iggy Pop/James Williamson, Kill City
Iggy Pop, Lust For Life
The Professionals, I Didn't See It Coming
Public Image Ltd., Flowers Of Romance/Home Is Where The Heart Is
Public Image Ltd., This Is Not A Love Song (West German copy)
Public Image Ltd., Commercial Zone (white sleeve)
Public Image Ltd., Live In Tokyo
Public Image Ltd., Album
Sex Pistols, Anarchy In The UK/I Wanna Be Me
Sex Pistols, The Life And Times
The Stooges, Rubber Legs (French fan club promo)
The Stranglers, Rattus Norvegicus
The Stranglers, No More Heroes (Promo)
The Stranglers, The Raven (3D cover)
The Stranglers, The Early Years
T. Rex, The Slider
Jah Wobble, Blow Out
Jah Wobble, Voodoo
X-Ray Spex, Obsessed With You

I wish I still had a record player...

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Design on a dime? More like free, mate...

Besides the sweat and blood. Carey caught the "I need to rearrange" bug yesterday, which resulted with the deconstruction of the guest bedroom and a couch that I'll take to the thrift furniture store on McCart later this morning. An excuse to drive my lovely diesel again.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Sorted

Ran by Competition Music on Friday and traded in the Fender for a classical guitar and case. Over the years I've given a few Strats a try but they're not for me. Had fun modifying it, though, and was pleasantly surprised how well the scalloped frets turned out.

There's a new song the band is working on that I thought would sound good with an acoustic. It's been twenty years since I last owned a non-electric, which also was a nylon string guitar. I forgot how comfortable classical guitars feel and the lovely warm sound they produce ("warm sound" seems to be a running theme for me lately... ). It's missing a tuning knob on the low E and the one for high E is cracking but ordered a couple of replacements from stewmac.com for around $2.50 each. Yippee!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

The Modern Lovers

Talk about being ahead of the curve...

At the dawn of the seventies Jonathan Richman and company helped lay the groundwork for punk, new wave, and alternative music. The original lineup of The Modern Lovers yielded the talents of Jerry Harrison (keys) and David Robinson (drums), both whom would find future success in Talking Heads and The Cars, respectively.


"I'm Straight", The Modern Lovers, 1972 (released in 1976)

The "Mark III" lineup, with new members Leroy Radcliffe (guitar) and Greg Keranen (bass), performing on Top Of The Pops in 1978:


"New England"

Randomness

Jeremy Clarkson. Charismatic? Yes. Aged well? No.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Makeup and coin purses

One of the few Kiss tunes I diggeth:


"I Stole Your Love", Live at the Summit (Houston), 1977

Thursday, September 11, 2008

'Tis finished

Mixing and mastering, that is.

Possible album titles:

Debut No. 3
Playin’ With Ourselves
Steady On
Swivel


Artwork, some group photos (a big thanks to Kat for agreeing to capture our mugs for us!), and the album will be good to go for the manufacturer.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Randomness

Damn! What did I eat?

Burn that for energy, T. Boone...

Friday, September 5, 2008

Sycophants, party whores, and sheep

...gathered en masse again for another political convention this week, providing a chance to see a number of mindless drones hanging onto every word of their party bosses and golden boys (and girl), never questioning, offering unwavering support without any sign of individual synapses. Preaching to the choir and deceiving the ignorant...

By the way, it's called "pillow talk". Politicians will sweet talk and bullshit to the best of their abilities to get your vote, only to give the "money's on the dresser, whore" treatment to the voter once they accomplish the task of obtaining office. Get fooled once, shame on them. Get fooled twice, thrice, ad infinitum... then you're an idiot. One of oldest tricks in the book. Get a clue.

Don't get me wrong: I believe we need a government. Our species as a whole has not evolved to the point of governing ourselves effectively. Scientists and engineers should be in charge, not political parties and their foot soldiers.

Alright, I'm finished with the ranting and the fist shaking and the nudity, er, wait... that was on a different tab.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Point finally taken

After years of flying against the wind of facts that have been long established by the recording industry, Mr. Thickie has finally conceded that:

1. there is no substitution for decent drum heads, cymbals (particularly ones that aren't missing sections), and snare

2. there is no substitution for decent condenser mikes, and

3. there is no substitution for a decent pair of mixing monitors and mastering room.

Filed under D for "Duh" and N for "Next Time"...

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Road work

It will be a "working" commute to Arlington today, as the new TFA album shall be playing along the way to the office place, listening to the mix (sounds like a song to me. A crap one, but nevertheless... ).

The day is getting closer.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Sweet and gingerly

Memories of childhood flood back at the beckon of Mick Hucknall's voice. Simply sublime.


"Holding Back The Years"

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Top 37 albums of the new millennium

Chronological order (by year only, not date of release. That would be a little too anal, and I'm a bit too lazy to look the dates up), since I love them all equally... like a devout Mormon. My favs, so here we go:

We Are Motorhead, Motorhead (2000)
Taxidermy, QueenAdreena (2000)
Full Moon Over The Shopping Mall, Jah Wobble(2000)
Beach Fervour Spare, Jah Wobble (2000)
Return To Central, Bis (2001)
Gorillaz, Gorillaz (2001)
Charged, Nebula (2001)
Molam Dub, Jah Wobble (2001)
Shout At The Devil, Jah Wobble (2001)
Passage To Hades, Jah Wobble (2001)
Radioaxiom, Jah Wobble/Bill Laswell (2001)
California Crossing, Fu Manchu (2002)
Hammered, Motorhead (2002)
Drink Me, QueenAdreena (2002)
Deep Space: Largely Live In Hartlepool & Manchester, Jah Wobble (2002)
Solaris: Live In Concert, Jah Wobble (2002)
Probot, Probot (2003)
Fly, Jah Wobble (2003)
Inferno, Motorhead (2004)
Five Beat, Jah Wobble (2004)
Elevator Music V.1A, Jah Wobble (2004)
Car Ad Music, Jah Wobble (2004)
Demon Days, Gorillaz (2005)
The Butcher And The Butterfly, QueenAdreena (2005)
The Woods, Sleater-Kinney (2005)
Mu, Jah Wobble (2005)
Mish Maoul, Natacha Atlas (2006)
St. Elsewhere, Gnarls Barkley (2006)
Kiss Of Death, Motorhead (2006)
Jah Wobble & The English Roots Band, Jah Wobble (2006)
Alpha-One-Three, Jah Wobble (2006)
Red Carpet Massacre, Duran Duran (2007)
Heart and Soul, Jah Wobble (2007)
The Good, The Bad, & The Queen, Albarn/Allen/Simonon/Tong (2007)
The Odd Couple, Gnarls Barkley (2008)
Motorizer, Motorhead (2008)
My DNA, Manda Rin (to be released this September but tracks are available for a listen on her MySpace page, and it's peachy keen)

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The epic events of today

Well, could be considered "epic" if one is inclined to become overtly excited by morris dancing...



Put the studio back together (finally), which was disassembled from the Fairmount show a couple weeks ago. Having indoor/outdoor carpeting made cleanup a breeze (ran into a downpour coming home from the show and thus tracked in quite a bit of mud).

On the mixing front, I'll have the tracks ready for the guys to check out by next week. My mastering room? A 2003 Chevy Silverado. It's not Electric Ladyland but it's the system I listen my music through the most, which helps me "get my bearings", so to speak. Tweak, tweak, then give, give. I really don't know what that's supposed to mean...

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Jamming

A few clips from the 1974 California Jam:


Black Sabbath, "Killing Yourself To Live"


Black Sabbath, "Children Of The Grave"

Is it just me or did Tony Iommi look like 70s porn star Jamie Gillis (below)?



Deep Purple, "Burn"

Matt World

Here's the "what's what" regarding the past couple of days

Friday: Took the day off to help (in the loosest sense of the word, since my knowledge of equestrian matters are next to nil, and combined with being a notorious klutz, I was relegated to navigational and light duties in general) with my wife's 22 year old horse who was having respiratory problems. Spent several hours trying to remedy a locked front axle on trailer before we could set course for Aledo Vet. Turned out it was an electrical short causing the brakes on our relatively new trailer to seize. Why, oh, why did we not think to unplug the electrics off the bat? Hopefully he'll be okay. Read more about the day on my wife's blog, if inclined to do so.

Saturday: Had a dream that I was clipping my toenails and the shrapnel was causing mass carnage, maiming and killing everyone in the room with me. Also dreamed that I was watching an unrated version of National Lampoon's Family Vacation in which Chevy Chase was bonking Beverly D'Angelo on a beach at night while she was upside down and walking on her hands. Later that day finished scalloping the frets on the Fender, sanded and added teak wood oil. Just need to sand a final time with 600 grit and should be finished, fretboard wise that is.

Sunday: Typing this blog and will be working on the finishing touches on the tracks. Then it's down to coming up with a name and artwork...

Friday, August 22, 2008

QueenAdreena

I remember getting chills when I first heard Taxidermy nearly eight years ago (where the hell has the time gone?!? Mind you, I don't have a receipt... ). One of the top ten albums to come out this decade, in my opinion. It's not a fact only because I can't prove it.


"I Adore You"

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Going pear shape? A possibility

Bought a Fender Strat on eBay which arrived yesterday (Okay, shedding the pretentiousness it's actually a bottom line model Fender Starcaster with the big late 60s style Strat headstock. There. Happy?). Starcasters are a snip to pick up, and I managed to get one for $35. Virtually brand new and all in working order... but that may change.

To start with, I'm replacing the plastic nut with graphite, installing an EMG Select in the bridge position, and scalloping the neck (will it transform me into a fretboard speed demon? Um, probably not. Does it throw up the "Blackmore envy" flag? Possibly.). With an accumulation of guitar parts over the years this should be a cheap project.

Famous last words, eh?

Friday, August 15, 2008

Buzzed off

While making a trip to the horse pens I was besieged by several squadrons of green June bugs this evening, apparently enjoying the rain cooled air. Or... I really don't know where to go with this.

There were a lot, though.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Tomorrow, tomorrow

Catch TFA at The Fairmount tomorrow with One Fingered Fist and Stoogeaphilia. Show starts at 10pm and there's no cover. Come out or I'll cry. No worse sight than a bald man having a big snotty boo-hoo...

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Girlschool

They were a damn good band that more than held their own amongst their NWOBHM peers.


"Yeah Right" (keep an eye for Philthy's cameo)


Covering The Gun's "Race With The Devil"

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Shut yo' mouth

Isaac Hayes may have died today, but we lost him to those coo-coo Scientologists years ago. I would post a video of him... if I really gave a damn.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Randomness

I noticed this past week that four different cars at four different intersections on four different days in Fort Worth and Arlington rolled up to a red light, stopped for a brief second, and then went through the intersection while the light was still red. I realize these incidences are more than likely not connected, but still seemed a bit strange to me.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Tonight

TFA will be playing at Lola's with White Walls and Rachel Gollay. Show starts at 10pm (not 9 as I have posted, um, everywhere) and we should be going on at 11. Cover is $6 for 21 and up, $8 for the under 21 crowd.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Rolling...

The last song Lemmy would record with Hawkwind before his departure from the group. I've always liked this version better than Motorhead's, which is not to be misconstrued as dislike of their interpretation... just the Hawkwind version has a little more "oomph" to it, in my opinion.


"Motorhead" (b-side to "Kings Of Speed" from Warrior On The Edge Of Time), 1975

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Budbugs and ballyhoo

Went to Dallas on Saturday for a memorial service held in honor of my wife's grandfather who passed away last week. [sarcastic]The two things I enjoy most in this world is Dallas and my mother-in-law.[/sarcastic]

A little mixing, some Guinness, and watching Limelight sums up my Saturday night/early Sunday morning. Time for bed now...

Friday, August 1, 2008

Journey's End

It's a doozy, in seven parts.


1/7


2/7


3/7


4/7


5/7


6/7

and,


7/7

As a bonus, here's "Time Crash" from last series, made for the BBC Children In Need special (with Torchwood's John Barrowman co-hosting) and featuring the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Bad idea

Buttery popcorn fingers and typing does not work for Matt. On the plus side, the keys have been given a brilliant shine...

Just finished mixing the last of the nine songs we have recorded for our album, with two more that could potentially end up on the final product. We'll attempt to put those to binary this Wednesday.

Time for bed.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Tell it to the kids

DailyRecord.co.uk's Ian Hepburn talks with Manda Rin about her new solo album, Bis, etc. Enjoy!

Friday, July 25, 2008

Gotta love YouTube

When I'm too lazy to even type a half-ass post, I can just put something like this up:



Shatner rules. It's a fact.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Randomness

If the sky was green and the grass was blue, would my craving for cashews cease to be?

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Oh yeah

One of my all time favorite songs from one of my all time favorite albums from one of my all time favorite groups. Can did deliver, thank you very much.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

About last night... and the future

The show last night at Bar of Soap was not broadcast. Maybe next time...

Had fun as usual. It's a great place to play. Definitely looking forward going back to le soapy bar on September 13 along with Awesome Can Wait, One Fingered Fist, and Stoogeaphilia. Can wait that long to see us? Catch us at The Fairmount August 14 (same lineup as above, but without ACW). Please come, won't ya?

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Well, can ya?

Packing it in for tonight after doing some mixing. Had Amazing Journey: Story Of The Who playing in the background.

Firing on all cylinders:

"The Real Me"

At play, allowing Keith to live out his Beach Boy fantasy:

"Barbara Ann", Shepperton Studios, 1977

Monday, July 14, 2008

Randomness

It may be a dunghill but it produces beautiful flowers.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Damn these eyes

Stateside we are a several weeks behind with Doctor Who, which had aired last episode of the series this past week in Britain. I had succumbed to the temptation of reading a few spoilers via the internet (and viewing this week's Graham Norton with Catherine Tate as one of his guest), but I will fight against the urge to watch the episodes which as of yet have aired here in the states. Whether I succeed is a different matter, though...

This week's episode, in six parts.


Part I, "Midnight"


Part II


Part III


Part IV


Part V


Part VI

Friday, July 11, 2008

Next stop: who knows

Working on two new songs that will be added on the forthcoming(!) album. Will be another few weeks - minimum - before we hammer out structures and lyrics for the tunes. I need to take a more relaxed attitude in regards to the release of this project. It's done when it's done. It's done when it's done...

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

And... relax

What better way to wind down than by watching the Foreman/Lyle fight? Actually a few other things come to mind...

Monday, July 7, 2008

Like a nosefull of Amy Winehouse

Been a bit under the weather for the past couple of days and watching Top Gear right now. Back to la-la-land, where I should be an honorary citizen due to my frequent visits there.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

F-f-f-fire!

Oh, the joys of country living. The remoteness, the open fields covered in dry grass...

Around lunchtime today our neighbor across the road had a nice roaring fire in his empty field. We were under order to standby for a possible mandatory evacuation. Luckily, the fire was contained to just a few hundred square yards by the voluntary fire department and extinguished within a couple of hours. The winds were in our favor anyways (okay, a touch of "sucks to be you" syndrome), blowing from the south and not from the west towards us.

Natural gas rigs, hillbilly neighbors, lack of adequate law enforcement, fuel prices, and grass fires fail to make a strong case for rural living.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Hee Haw gone wild

What better way to acknowledge the anniversary of your country's independence than getting drunk and lighting Black Cats with a .357 while blasting down the highway at ninety miles per hour in a three ton grocery hauler?

Drink! Feck! Arse biscuits!

[end father jack mode]

Yesterday I had a chance to meet up with my friend, Ken, at Bull n' Bush to have a couple of drinks and chinwag. It was a great way to kick off the three day weekend.

Hoping to finish recording and mixing the new album in the next few days.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Randomness

You'll never know what is found behind a closed door unless you open it. Or if you have a camera rig set within the room the closed door is obscuring, but you would have to open the door to get inside the room and set up the camera there in the first place. I guess you could have someone else set up a camera in the room for you, which could be all for naught since you could just ask them what was behind the closed door since they would had opened it...

Stupid motivational mumbo-jumbo.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Still a very-nearly-almost. Sort of...

Two versions of lyrics for the new song are being written, neither one completed and neither version flowing very well. Maybe coffee will help get the ol' grey matter, um, er... what was I talking about?

I have a bad habit of not writing down an idea when one comes to me. Stupid, stupid Matt. I love to create lyrics but eight out of ten times it's a slow, tedious process.

Okay, scrapping the two and let's start from square one again.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

LiLiPUT!

A criminally underrated band. Someone's video montage featuring other great female bands set to LiLiPUT's "Eisiger Wind":

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Winnie? Pooh!

Writing lyrics and watching Churchill on PBS. A little rain at this moment seems to be going a long way, bringing the temperature down significantly.

My thoughts on Winnie are mixed, leaning towards the opinion that he was an elitist prat more than anything else but was the right person to galvanize Britain during the Second World War. Hooray on learning from one's own mistakes! Well, for the most part...



Enough of this. Dinner time.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Randomness on a new channel

Okay... a new website if you want to get technical.

Here it be:

That's a striking resemblance to Kill Crazy.

Joe and Ed, where are ye?

Ah, the glory days of TLC. Throughout the 90s Ed Feldman and Joe L'Erario were the wisecracking experts on Furniture On The Mend, succeeded by Furniture To Go, and lastly Men In Tool Belts. Their irreverent sense of humor and mastery on everything from refinishing a coffee table to remodeling a kitchen made for great DIY television. Today, they would be a perfect fit on HGTV or the DIY Channel.

Bring them back, dammit!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

C'mon ice cream

Recouping from a minor stomach virus that hit Tuesday afternoon. There are some forms that food should never be seen in...

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Genesis and company

The granddaddy of industrial music, Throbbing Gristle are the ultimate noise structuralists. Well, at least in the top three.



"Something Came Over Me", Oundle School, Mar. 16, 1980

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Dirty Old Town

The Pogues before Cait ran off with Elvis and Shane's body turned into a cow's bladder:

A near disaster

A little disturbed but very pissed off. My wife noticed there was a shovel wedged between the doors on the studio when we went out to check on the horses. Luckily it's pad locked, so the attempted break-in was an unsuccessful one for the perps. Repaired the door and planning a trip to Home Depot later today for some "reinforcement" help.

The incident occurred between 7pm (the time I came in from feeding the horses and lawn work) and 2am (when my wife came home and we went outside). After dealing with convict neighbors, having our dog stolen, and this occurrence, I am ready to move back to the city within earshot of a police department.

Better yet, move country.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Straight ahead and getting closer

Working on lyrics for "This One's For Your Sister" and a song unnamed as of yet. Both songs we've played live at the last several gigs, and I just b.s.'d my way through the tunes. Now is the time to hammer some lines out.

"Sister" had always been a sexually-themed diddy, ranging from prostitution to kinky shagging to catching a VD. Will the subject matter change or stay the same? Who knows. I just might make the song about giving someone's sibling of the female persuasion a gift certificate to Red Lobster.

As for the unnamed song, there is definitely a clean slate. To be perfectly honest I've been singing the lyrics to "Hole In The Sky" while playing live. Don't have a faintest clue why, but there you go. Don't sue, Black Sabbath. Like they even know we exist...

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

I shot Omar Sharif

...but I didn't shoot no Peter O'Toole.

I can't make it stop. While I slowly go insane from this stupid lyric I created, here's some Bis:



Ahhh. Much better.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Like a Disney movie, except it wasn't created by antisemitic homophobes

Baby raccoon and mother reunited last night, so no raccoon soufflé tonight.

Monday, June 16, 2008

The surprise(d) guest

A baby raccoon fell out of our tree early this morning and is taking shelter from the 100 degree (or 38 degree Celsius for those outside the U.S.) weather in a pet carrier placed in our bathroom. You can read more about the raccoon on my wife's blog.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Beer for the ears

Taking a break from (guess what!) mixing. Having some Guinness and planning to finish one more song tonight.

This project began nearly ten months ago, which makes it sound like we're trying to create an epic body of work. We've taken the approach to write songs as they come to us naturally and not try to force the creation of a tune. It's been a longer process but so far it seems to be working. Two songs still need lyrics and guitar, with a possibility of another track to be added. If this new tune is hammered out and added, I'd say we should stop there or this project may turn into a Chinese Democracy-ish type farce.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Nudie nudie girls

My wife received a package this afternoon that she didn't recall ordering. A box containing three Girls Gone Wild DVDs addressed to her left us puzzled (because it's really not her "thing"), and worried. After making a call to the credit card company she would find out that more charges were made in her name: a total of $176 worth of unauthorized transactions. Luckily she caught this within a few days from the first fraudulent purchases, so the account was frozen but there is still work to be done in resolving this matter.

Unscrupulous bastards. Or bastardettes.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Never mind the Wobble

A little break from mixing and headed straight to YouTube (go figure). Found this gem with my favorite bass player and musician of all time, Jah Wobble, on an episode of Never Mind The Buzzcocks from about ten years ago. Hilarity in three parts:





Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Local news: where morons go to die

...or find a haven among other dimwits.

Some of the topics that provide fodder for these so called "news programs":

1. Where to get a manicure.
2. Where to purchase the latest fashionable handbag.
3. Religious diatribes.
4. Suburban nitpickers raising a stink over their neighbors' lawns, lawn ornaments, vehicles, Christmas lights, dogs, cats, children, doorbells, clothes, lack of clothes, shoe sizes, and pencils.

The national news programs are just as guilty of presenting mindless garbage and neutered versions of current events. Tools for politicians and big business. Damn the truth and unbiased reporting, let's coerce and scare the shit out of the populace.

I'll stick with Jim Lehrer, thank you.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Not Terry Wogan

A pause for thought.

There. That was good.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Another nod to a great drummer

One track mind? Maybe.

I'm a late comer regarding the discovery of Tony Allen, which my ears were first introduced to him last year via The Good, The Bad & The Queen's debut album. The project consisting of Damon Albarn, Paul Simonon, Simon Tong, and (of course) Mr. Allen himself, blew me away and still sends chills throughout me body listening to it. Tracks "Herculean", "Nature Springs", and "Three Changes" left me hungry for more of Tony's playing.

Acknowledged as the co-founder of the Afrobeat genre (along with one time fellow bandmate in Africa 70, Fela Anikulapo Kuti), Tony has developed a style all his own, fusing the "smörgåsbord" of tribal rhythms from across the continent together. His ability to translate this new sound fluently to each limb individually and play various beats simultaneously leaves me just gobsmacked.

Enough typing. Here's some music featuring Mr. Allen:


Playing with Seun Kuti (son of the late Fela Kuti) and Egypt 80, Roll Back Malaria concert in Dakar, March 15, 2005


GBQ, "Nature Springs", The Henry Rollins Show, July 27, 2007

Getting Cozy

Nearly one in the morning and still awake waiting for the laundry to dry. I believe our dryer is on its last leg given that I placed the laundry in it at 10pm and it's still damp. My wife's scrubs are in there, which can't sit in the dryer overnight or they'll wrinkle (she's still at work).

While waiting, I thought I would watch some footage of one of my favorite drummers of all time. Here's the late, great Cozy Powell playing the "1812 Overture" while providing skin duty with Rainbow. Pretentious? A bit, maybe, but the guy was awesome!

Sunday, June 8, 2008

About last night

Had loads of fun last night in Dallas. Awesome Can Wait (yes, they now have a MySpace site) played as if this wasn't their first show: confident, tight, and sounding damn good. One Fingered Fist were good, hard, and hilarious, as always. Doesn't get any better than sharing a bill among friends.

Heading back home, I made a pit stop at the Whataburger on White Settlement Road to grab a very late dinner (technically breakfast since it was an egg sandwich and three in the morning). I gave the guy who took the order my credit card and he said, "Matt Hickey! I thought I recognized you."

I was drawing a blank until he revealed his name (being the genius that I am, the thought of looking at his name tag didn't occur to me). "Holy shit!" was the response that tumbled out of my mouth. I hadn't seen him since middle school (even though we went to the same high school). He was one of the most laid back, nicest, and funniest people I have ever met, and definitely one of the few bright spots in that hellhole called Wedgwood Middle School.

You just never know who you'll run into.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Look! Boiled sweets. Pensioners must be close...

Taking five from mixing, and now watching That Mitchell and Webb Look (and, of course, typing this blog).

Playing at the Bar of Soap tomorrow, with comrades One Fingered Fist and Awesome Can Wait (so new they're not available on the web yet). End of shameless plug.

A clip from this week's show:

Thursday, June 5, 2008

He dreamed of cars

I've got some AAAs and wheels. Somehow, I think I need to scale it up a bit in order to create a viable commuter vehicle...

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

The mini-Bosnian War

Nugget is Bosnia, Luna is Serbia, and I'm the U.N., except I'm effective in this circumstance. If only Nugget was normal the other cats would leave him alone...

Yes, there's never a dull moment in our household.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Unbridled mayhem

One of my favorite Python sketches, which for some reason I can't get out of my mind today:



"Salad Days", 1972

Scrub-a-dub

I've been working on me mum's laptop this evening, re-installing XP and her files. With 256 MB of RAM it was painfully sloooow. If I had hair I would had pulled it out.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Mixing and learning

Worked on "On And On" for the duration of the weekend. The song title says it all, really. Probably won't be the last time I mix it.

Finishing the album has become a slow process but it's been an invaluable learning experience. If I had to make a guess now, I would say mid to late summer before this project is finished.

Back to work we go...

Saturday, May 31, 2008

The man in black

Mr. Blackmore, that is. One of the guitarists who had a big impact on me (along with Tony Iommi, Steve Jones, Ron Wood, Pete Townsend, Ron Asheton, and Keith Levene).


Wring That Neck, Bilzen (1969)


16th Century Greensleeves, Munich (1977)

He may be a screwball megalomaniac with a bad Louis XIV hairdo these days, but the man can play. Hooray!

You'll never know who'll bump into you

Drove the wife to work today. On the way we decided to stop at Sonic to get something to drink. Looking for a place to park, someone decided to pull out while we were behind them and hit us, leaving a basketball size dent on the driver's side rear quarter panel and breaking their rear tail light in the process. The person responsible was probably 16-18, and cooperative. Her friend (I'm guessing around her age) was, to say at least, not. "It's fine", "You hit us", and "We got a camera in the back of our vehicle" were some of the gems this little Clearasil-aholic decided to share with us (Yes, yes. Back to your cookie-cutter sheltered suburban environment, little boy. Your pathetic efforts to look like a big shot will still leave you making love to your right hand... ).With the girl's insurance info, pictures, and a call to Progressive (plus a chat with the employees at Sonic regarding their security cameras), everything should be in order to resolve this minor inconvenience.