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...