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


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


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


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


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


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


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.









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!