Monday, June 29, 2009

Coming soon

Putting some artwork together for the new JATSDFM album Match of the Day, which will be available to download in the near future. Stay tuned...

ADDENDUM: Here's the virtual cover.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Blur at Glastonbury

According to the Twitter feeds as I am typing this blog, Blur is apparently putting on one hell of a performance upon the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury. The performance is also being broadcast live on BBC2, which unfortunately is not available stateside even via online. Damn!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Wack attack

Apparently the only thing that wasn't plastic or augmented by a surgical procedure on Michael Jackson went kaput today in Los Angeles. Jackson had made a request to be buried with several children to service him in the afterlife.

Oh, and Roger Daltrey, er, I mean Farrah Fawcett also passed away today.

The deaths of entertainers seems to garner more attention and emotional investment* from our celebrity obsessed culture than, say, global warming or poverty. Bleh.

*Let's be honest, probably more for Jackson than Fawcett because:
1. Plastic boy has a HUGE global fan base (i.e. "nutters").
2. Kate Jackson and Jaclyn Smith are hotter.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Book, anyone?

Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens our Future by Chris Mooney (The Republican War on Science, Storm World: Hurricanes, Politics, and the Battle Over Global Warming) and Sheril Kirshenbaum (marine scientist and Research Associate at Duke University) will be available for purchase on July 13. Pre-order a copy today!

From the book's homepage:

From a Scientist and a Writer: A Plea to Change Our Science-Anemic Culture

In his famous 1959 Rede lecture at Cambridge University, the scientifically-trained novelist C.P. Snow described science and the humanities as "two cultures," separated by a "gulf of mutual incomprehension." And the humanists had all the cultural power—the low prestige of science, Snow argued, left Western leaders too little educated in scientific subjects that were increasingly central to world problems: the elementary physics behind nuclear weapons, for instance, or the basics of plant science needed to feed the world's growing population.

Now, Chris Mooney and Sheril Kirshenbaum, a journalist-scientist team, offer an updated "two cultures" polemic for America in the 21st century. Just as in Snow's time, some of our gravest challenges—climate change, the energy crisis, national economic competitiveness—and gravest threats--global pandemics, nuclear proliferation—have fundamentally scientific underpinnings. Yet we still live in a culture that rarely takes science seriously or has it on the radar.

For every five hours of cable news, less than a minute is devoted to science; 46 percent of Americans reject evolution and think the Earth is less than 10,000 years old; the number of newspapers with weekly science sections has shrunken by two-thirds over the past several decades. The public is polarized over climate change—an issue where political party affiliation determines one's view of reality—and in dangerous retreat from childhood vaccinations. Meanwhile, only 18 percent of Americans have even met a scientist to begin with; more than half can't name a living scientist role model.

For this dismaying situation, Mooney and Kirshenbaum don't let anyone off the hook. They highlight the anti-intellectual tendencies of the American public (and particularly the politicians and journalists who are supposed to serve it), but also challenge the scientists themselves, who despite the best of intentions have often failed to communicate about their work effectively to a broad public—and so have ceded their critical place in the public sphere to religious and commercial propagandists.

A plea for enhanced scientific literacy, Unscientific America urges those who care about the place of science in our society to take unprecedented action. We must begin to train a small army of ambassadors who can translate science's message and make it relevant to the media, to politicians, and to the public in the broadest sense. An impassioned call to arms worthy of Snow's original manifesto, this book lays the groundwork for reintegrating science into the public discourse--before it's too late.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Reunion, 13 June, 2009

A few clips from Blur's East Anglian Railway Museum gig last Saturday.







Wednesday, June 17, 2009

In fragments

New material is being produced in small chunks and unfinished. There will also be a Research & Development Department for the sole purpose of creating singles. I can't write or say that with a straight face, but it's absolutely true.

Hee-hee.

Monday, June 15, 2009

The lucky few

Blur will be playing a compact set somewhere in London shortly to the 170 people who were fortunate enough in securing a ticket from the Brixton Academy Box Office today at 11:00am (their first gig together since 2000 was held this past Saturday for 150 friends, family, and contest winners in a goods shed at the East Anglian Railway Museum). Green with envy? Yes.













Friday, June 12, 2009

When the Met was mighty

In the Metallica Year 7 BC (Before Crap) Cliff, Kirk, James, and Lars released a thundering debut album, for which the metal gods looked upon and thought good.

Lon Friend-esque cheesiness aside...



Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Scary Uncle Joe

In keeping with the political theme... somewhat:

Last night the "Nocturnal Cerebral Theatre" had me cast as Molotov at the side of Stalin. I was joyful but terrified at the same time, with the sense of hopelessness upon the realization that the only means of escape from this monolith of a madman would come from an order of death signed by his hand.

Then I woke up to the sound of Nugget attempting to vomit on Carey's head.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Learning from history, anyone?

For some, no.

It's probably not a secret to anyone who knows me (or those who at least read some of my posts) that I love -really love- Great Britain, which is why it was a bit disheartening to learn that nearly 950,000 of its citizens voted for the xenophobic racist British National Party and giving them a fungal toehold in the European Parliament. I acknowledge the two seats gained by the BNP is nowhere near the scope and scale of the National Socialist's rise in Germany during the 1930s, but the fact that these thugs won any seats at all is nevertheless disturbing.

Some voters gave the BNP a tick because of their disapproval with Conservative and Labour's handling of the economic downturn (which brings to mind the old cliche of removing one's nose etc.), while others bought into their foreigner (read "non-white") scapegoating claptrap. These are times that try many a person's soul, and some have shown their shortsightedness and/or lack of mettle by giving this once marginal hate group a larger stage to perform on.

You can visit BBC News Online for more info regarding the 2009 European Election.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Keep the build up on the low

Romance of the Artifact I is complete. A limited edition one of one.

Tracks: Hmmm... very well could be some.

I'll post some pics on MySpace and Facebook soon.

Undergoing metamorphosis

The Yanari/PFF(F)T! project is now an entity in its own right known as the Hentai Improvising Orchestra. You can also check out our creations here.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Co'mon, my son!

Get off your lazy ass, pick up the Gorilla Glue, and your "album" is finished.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Sundas

Always a blast getting to hang out with the guys from One Fingered Fist, who came out to the studio yesterday and finished recording guitar and vocal tracks from their sessions back in November. Should be a good listen when the project is complete. Hooray!