Monday, November 30, 2009

No distance left to run... for a while

Had a blowout on I-30 on the way home from work. Luckily the tires were still under warranty with Discount Tire, so basically it was only out-of-pocket for the tow. While waiting, decided to hoof it over to Wan Fu for dinner - only to find out after arriving their building was up for lease. Ended up having a bowl of chicken and rice soup at The Blackeyed Pea.

Happier news (for me, at least): received a message on Facebook that Blur will have a feature-length film out in January. Hooray!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Your show of shows

Well, as least pertaining to yesterday. Played at the Phoenix Project in Dallas, which took six passes - the last two with Terry in the lead - on South Haskell to finally locate an indiscreet, unlit building with a tiny piece of paper adhered to a window revealing the address. The entrance and parking was accessible via small alley, with a torch and barrel fire to illuminate the path. Outdoor decor consists of chain link fencing, security bars, aluminum paneling, and barbed wire. The only thing missing was a thunderdome.

About thirty minutes before the show a group of 20-30 bicycle wielding tourists (lead by someone with a bullhorn) stopped by to check out the joint, then promptly left.

HIO on this particular night was Ken Shimamoto, Terry Horn, Marcus Brunt, Michael Chamy, and I. Sarah Alexander was present (to jam with Jacob Wick), but unfortunately due to a misunderstanding regarding the lineup she did not join us on stage. Hopefully next time... Felt like a solid set, and the spartan vibe of the venue seemed to fit with our sculptures of noise.

Next time? As of now it looks like we'll get to utilize the Rahr Brewery for recording in January. Sounds like my idea of heaven!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Dream to consume

Last night's dream was that I was living back on Whitman Avenue and I just bought a Fiat 500C Abarth. Unlike the real model it had a 2.55ci one cylinder engine which produced five horsepower and was equipped with eight inch tires... which were flat but didn't stop me driving it to Arlington.

Now I want a Fiat 500C Abarth. Sigh.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Past weekend lives

Friday evening: Met with Ken and Terry for a chinwag and a couple of pints. Afterward it was back to Ken and Kat's for some grub they generously offered to prepare and serve. Good way to end the day.

Saturday: Woke up to the sound of our resident prankster, Luna, knocking down the bedroom curtains. Because I'm "DIY challenged" it took three hours to mend the dry wall (eventually with duct tape. Yes, I'm that bad... ), remount the curtain rod hook, and remove glued debris from my fingers. Recording went as well, as the computer crashed and thus spent most of the day fixing it. Also worked on sorting out my gear for the HIO show this Friday at the Phoenix Project.

Sunday: Finally recorded a new track in the wee hours and added vocals later in the day. A yang to Saturday's ying.

Friday, November 20, 2009


Haven't thought about this song in years. Funny what one wakes up thinking about...

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The (not so) great vent


This day is about over, right?

Monday, November 16, 2009

The great equalizer

Edward Woodward, best known stateside as the star of The Equalizer, died today at the age of 79. He also played the role of Police Sergeant Neil Howie in the original The Wicker Man, and Harry Morant in one of my favorite movies of all time, Breaker Morant.

So long.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Check, please

From BBC News:

Police in Russia have arrested three homeless men suspected of killing a man, eating part of the body and selling other parts to a kebab shop.

Not the anecdote I would like to leave on.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

This Is Not A Love Song

Keith Levene's last stand with Public Image Limited. The video is for the single version, which was re-recorded with a new set of musicians for the This Is What You Want... This Is What You Get LP (1984).

B/W "This Is Not A Love Song"

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Going home...

This afternoon I saw a fat guy wearing an orange shirt standing on the Bryant Irving bridge over the westbound side of I-30 waving an American flag in his left hand. Couldn't tell what he was exactly doing with his right, though (minds out of the gutter, please), so I proceeded to move out of the lane that was directly beneath him. Whatever floats your boat, eh?

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

A fiery brew

A bottle of beer that survived the Hinderburg crash (one of six to do so) is up for auction. From the Beeb.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Another round

What's new? Nothing. Still binging on Kate Bush's songs, from The Kick Inside to Aerial. Some people hit the bottle but I hit the play button.

I know. That was terrible.

The Sensual World (1989)

The Red Shoes (1993)

Aerial (2005)

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Aural cravings

Tonight it's been Kate Bush. She's another musician I recall catching at an early age on MTV during the time Hounds of Love was making waves stateside. Some of her tunes were a bit too melodramatic for my taste, but regardless she is an immense talent.

The Kick Inside (1978)

Never for Ever (1980)

The Dreaming (1982)

Hounds of Love (1985)

Hounds of Love

Friday, November 6, 2009

Charged G.B.H.

Yes, they are a punk-by-the-numbers group with the mandatory leather and spikes to boot, but I do have a soft spot for them.

Fun but obscure fact: RGB worked on a cover version of this song back when it was just me, Ray Kadleck, and Bryan Michler.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

HIO Summit 2009

It was a productive evening yesterday with Ken and Terry at the Bull and Bush. Terry manage to capture nearly ten minutes of a walking squawk box on his Blackberry recorder, which will hopefully become new tuneage. By far the easiest recording session I've ever taken part in.

Also partook in a "brainstorming" session of possible cover songs by groups who have at least one member that was/is follically challenged (REM and Midnight Oil were solid front runners). Don't ask.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Purple Rin

Albums for the commute today: Machine Head and My DNA.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

On a lighter note

...but still in regards to the affliction known as inarticulacy (well, to be more accurate, writer's block or "Mister Thickie-itis"), I am struggling to write lyrics for "Horse". Lyrics have always been a weak point for me - I can usually scribble out at least one line I'm happy with. Any additional words needed for a tune for the most part feels like filler to me, just to get the damn thing finished. Melody line for the vocals? That's even worse. Listen to some TFA (or, if you were one of the three people who even heard Rio Grande Babies) and you will understand that I never carried a tune, only a mono-toned raised voice. Someone else to sing for this track is becoming more ideal by the second...

This tune may be a bit ambitious for me. It may not be that good for the amount of time spent on it (I may be getting a bit "Boston" regarding this song. Is there a fate worse than turning into Tom Scholz?). It's also somewhat late and I feel a bit fried. Buenos noche.