Sunday, September 28, 2008


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


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 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"


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

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


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.