Thursday, December 30, 2010

Fly the eagle and start all over again

On Tuesday, HIO (consisting of Ken, Terry, and I) recorded at the home of the bearded scribe... er, Mr. Shimamoto. It was the commencement of "Operation: Reset", an exercise to break our habit of utilizing the same instruments and formulas that each of us had latched onto as a security blanket for the last year or so. Mr. Horn left the laptop at home and my gopichand was nowhere in sight, while Ken had not a fan in hand. The session was fun, loose, and different. Three for three. A good day, indeed.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

One for the memories

'Twas a very wonderful Christmas. Got to spend most of the day with Kat and Ken at their adobe. Kat made an awesome full English breakfast for lunch, which was followed by six hours of Diana Rigg a la The Avengers for dessert. What better way is there to spend the hols with friends? File in the memories under "G" for "Good".

Thursday, December 23, 2010

The eve of the eve of Christmas Eve

Utilizing some dosh from a holiday bonus, I ordered a Korg SP-250 from Musician's Friend this past weekend... and it arrived yesterday afternoon! I've wanted one for a few years now, and finally had a financial window of opportunity (no vehicle, house, or pet malfunctions lately) to acquire one. Huzzah, huzzah!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Repeatitude

For the commute today. Posted these videos before, which I'm sure most people/person/imaginary friend/spambots wouldn't had noticed.

Echo-echo-echo...


Nine Times That Same Song (2005)


Nine Times That Same Song (2005)

Monday, December 20, 2010

Along for today's ride...

John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band and Imagine. Three of my favorites by Mr. Lennon.


B/W ""Who Has Seen the Wind?" (1970)


John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band (1970)


Imagine (1971)

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Ramble-lamble-fa-fa-fa

Please don't sue, Mr. Kramer (as if he would read this blog... )!

Been "spinning my wheels" in regards to the latest JATSDFM projects in the works. I am attempting to create two separate albums simultaneously in order to satisfy a dichotomy of ideas and emotions that I have been experiencing lately. As one can imagine - particularly if one keeps in mind my absolute ineptness at multitasking - the endeavors have been chaotic and unfruitful. Yesterday was a turning point, and the wheels seemed to have gained some traction.

Oh, idiom, idiom, idiom...

Watching The Queen at the moment, which is funny because for the past couple of weeks I've been replaying Eddie Izzard's evaluation of Prince Philip over and over in the noggin for no apparent reason (since it's been a few years that I have last watched Glorious). It's all happening at my house, yes?

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Tune-acular Wednesday

A couple from Girlfrendo's "Peel session" on BBC Radio 1, 26 August 1997.



Sunday, December 12, 2010

___

Officially resigned from the human race. This weekend cannot end fast enough for me.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Craving borscht...

But having a Slim Jim instead. Another great find via Continuo's weblog has given the ears something to aurally feast upon in the form of Russian composer Vyacheslav Artyomov's Hymns of Sudden Wafts (1991). The album actually consists of two compositions that were not released when they were originally recorded ("Hymns of Sudden Wafts" and "Sonata of Meditations" were recorded in 1983 and 1978, respectively) due to the composer's blacklisting by the Union of Composers at the time. Since there is not a video on YouTube that represents the music of Artyomov from this period, you shall be given...

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

And not a Gulliver in sight

Anytime is a good time for LiLiPUT, methinks.


Liliput (1982)


Some Songs (1983)

Monday, December 6, 2010

A sanguine Sunday

Worked on some ideas for a new project in progress most of the morning and afternoon. Got to spend time with Kat and Ken for a lovely Sunday dinner and partake in The Avengers marathon. A good day, indeed.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

In a land down under

Huzzah! JATSDFM has made it onto a year end top ten list, thanks to best pal/cohort Mr. Ken. Check it.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

The Saturday shuffle

The weekend ritual of brekkie (today: toast, yogurt, and coffee) with some tunes on the stereo before the commencement of recording. A few tunes from the albums spun this morning.







Friday, December 3, 2010

The wide world of randomness

Skunk spray smells like Italian sausage in a confined area and premium coffee in the open.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Lazy postitude

As my head has turned into a mucous machine, and there has been even less to write about lately, I shall present thee a music video via YouTube. Remember to pay it forward:

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Cookie and Jonesy

After the Sex Pistols imploded Steve Jones and Paul Cook formed The Professionals with bassist Andy Allen in 1979. By the time they recorded their debut album, the Nigel Grey produced I Didn't See It Coming (1981), Allen was out, replaced by ex-Subway Sect Paul Meyers and adding second guitarist Ray McVeigh. Legal entanglements with Allen and an automobile accident incurred during their American tour in 1981 (which sidelined Cook, Meyers, and McVeigh with injuries) helped kill the group's momentum, contributing to their breakup the following year.

The Professionals were, in my opinion (well, obviously) Cook and Jones at the peak of their creativity, and their output left a huge impact on me. Here be two of my favorites:


The Professionals (1997; from the aborted debut album with Andy Allen)


I Didn't See It Coming (1981)

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Sad farewell

I was quite sad to hear that Peter Christopherson passed away in his sleep last night. His work within the fields of graphics, photography, and video was impressive, but it was as a member of Throbbing Gristle that Christopherson would leave such an indelible impression on me. He will be sorely missed.

Read more about his passing on Spinner.


The Second Annual Report (1977)


Heathen Earth (1980)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Random tandem

1. Marmite® would be a terrible medium to utilize for repairing drywall damage because I probably would end up eating it.

2. Canaries have the uncanny ability to sound nothing like Tony Orlando.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

The one sentence weekend

Listened to Essential Logic, drank coffee, recorded, ate some toast and cheese, recorded some more, fed animals, vacuumed, did laundry, washed dishes, listened to Kate Bush, recorded a bit more, watched some telly, wrote, shaved, went to sleep, woke up, drank orange juice, ate a cereal bar, watched Brideshead Revisited, read a bio on Burroughs, did some research pertaining to the JATSDFM project in process, fed animals, ate a grilled cheese sandwich, watched New York Doll, typed this, and planning to settle in for the night with PBS.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Rhymes with 'clucking bell'

Well, barring Monday evening (went to Ken and Kat's) and Wednesday (on which I had a nice chinwag with Great American Novel's guitarist/vocalist Will Gillham before meeting up with Terry and Ken), this past week has been pretty much a write-off. To better days...

Lacking a clever segue, here are some clips of Jonathan Richman's performance taken from the French television show, Houba Houba, back in 1982. The guy always manages to put a smile on the ole mug!



Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Bigger, Bolder

Hooray! Love Is All just released a video for "Bigger, Bolder". Bon apetite!


Two Thousand and Ten Injuries (2010)

Monday, November 15, 2010

Ready to testify

At Ken and Kat's tonight we watched the excellent MC5: A True Testimonial. It reminded me why I love the MC5 (bombast and volume utilized to near perfection), but it also reminded me why I love the Stooges more.

To me, the MC5 had always came across as a band whose fury and danger were practiced, honed, well rehearsed: a primal force pantomime. The Stooges were a primal force, full stop... desperate social outsiders who could barely forge a note, which in turn, made the MC5 lot (who were musically more dexterous than their "baby brothers") look like Ivy League squares without breaking a sweat. Don't get me wrong, though. In my opinion the Stooges and the MC5 were two of the best bands to roam the earth in the late Sixties and early Seventies, wiping the floor with pretty much every other group during that period.

And now... Bis videos. Why? Because it's what I've been listening to for nearly the entire day. So there.


(Pinfield!) The New Transistor Heroes (1997)


The New Transistor Heroes (1997)

Friday, November 12, 2010

Operation: Weekend

Saturday: Attempt to begin work on new JATSDFM project, and not get sidetracked by the Doctor Who marathon on the Beeb. Read Keep It Together! Cosmic Boogie with the Deviants and the Pink Fairies, which was loaned to me by Mr. Ken (and, in turn, loaned him Ric Flair's bio, To Be the Man... which, I admit, is a bit of a complicated and intellectual read... ), and enjoy some of the wonderful tea my friend, Sara, gave me.

Sunday: Have a HIO-filled day at Mr. Horn's house. Have more tea. Watch Britcoms.

Monday, November 8, 2010

A Pulp-able reunion



Hooray! Jarvis Cocker and company shall return as Pulp to play Primavera Sound and the Wireless Festival next year. Keeping the fingers crossed that these events will be streamed live... unless anyone would like to donate the dosh for flight and tickets.

No? Sigh.

Read more about the return of one of the greatest bands in the last thirty years in the Guardian.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Strange bedfellows

The Pogues' "If I Should Fall from Grace with God" used by Subaru to peddle their Forester model? Bleh.

Let's return to happier thoughts (and one of my favorite tunes of all time)...


Rum Sodomy & the Lash (1985)

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

And then...



Who needs weeks of promotion to build up a new album, eh? Well, probably me, but...

The new JATSDFM album is here, and it's free! Download it from Bandcamp.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

It's a wrap

Well, actually it's not, but I have finished recording the new (still untitled) JATSDFM album. Time to work on packaging. Whatever that will exactly be is up for debate at this point, and I hate debating against myself...

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Hear the awful taste

Instant Curry Cakes: Now available in stereo.

Glass, mayonnaise, and an overinflated sense of accomplishment not included.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Hello, Moto!

Felt particularly lost the past couple weeks, so I genuinely appreciate the island of sanity Ken and Kat have provided lately. I feel fortunate to have them in my life and thank them for their hospitality and kindness (and most grateful that Midnight, in his wisdom, decided to not fit me with concrete shoes). Hooray!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Tonight, tonight

And a bit of yesterday evening, too.

Had some wonderful pizza made by Kat (which utilized fresh veggies grown from their garden) at her and Ken's house for dins, followed by Time Bandits for dessert. Around 7:30 Ken and I parted for Lander's Machine Shop, meeting Terry at the venue. Our set ended up clocking in at little over an hour... which (due to a lack of movement during the performance) was felt in every inch of my cramped arms. After chin-wagging with a few friends, a few beers (courtesy of Mr. Horn), and checking out Vexed UK's set, Terry headed home while Ken and I went to the Bull and Bush for a pint, then back to his house for some more pizza. After performing a covert operation over the internet with Kat (top secret... shhh!) it was time for me to head for bed... though I am now typing this and watching the Ninth Doctor deal with an unusual invasion during the The Blitz. Huzzah!

Now, some gratuitous Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper:

Friday, October 22, 2010

Logic for the day

Quite excited to discover another mix of one of my favorite tunes by Lora Logic. Here it be (hooray!):

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Hey! Some random stuff

1. Terry, Ken, and Kat rule. It's a fact.
2. Carey and I are divorced. We are still good friends, and will remain so. If anyone knows a single, lovely ginger of the female persuasion who would be interested in a bald male in his early thirties, please let me know.
3. I nominate myself for "Prat of the Year" for losing my wallet... outside of Ken's house. It was recovered by the man himself, luckily.
4. Due to a bad shoulder and neck I have only achieved four hours of sleep in two days. I feel like the living dead... or, more aptly, what I would imagine the living dead would feel like if that was possible.
5. Thanks to a post by Mick Farren, I have discovered, and fallen head-over-heels in love with Jungle Pam. I could care less for drag racing. She's not ginger. It's nearly forty years since the pics I viewed of her were taken... but I've gone all melty over her. I really need a life.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Left foot, right foot

Most of this past weekend was utilized to record, which moves the current product by JATSDFM ever so close to its conclusion. Still shooting for a release before the end of this year.

Yep. That's it. No need to be a...



(Bad segue into a video? You betcha.)

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Babbage-tastical



The Geek Atlas author John Graham-Cumming is attempting to secure funds for the building of Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine, which he designed in 1837. The analog computer, with a central processing unit, memory, and the ability to program via punch cards, was needless to say well ahead of its time... and extremely complex. Elements of the machine have been built by several people (including Babbage's son) but as of yet no one has attempted to bring the design to life in its entirety. This steam powered behemoth would be quite the sight to behold, me thinks.

Read the Beeb's story here.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Recapitulation (and other words used incorrectly)

Friday: Barnacled at the Bull and Bush with Ken and Terry, then we galvanized under to Benito's for some Copernicus.

Saturday: Aerated a song improbably with laminated moustache.

Sunday: Nestle honkitude with HIO at Doc's Records and ergonomics over which Bull and Bush, port side with Papa John's.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

The wheel is turning

...but the hamster is dead.

To a slow and unproductive day in an office. Official video not included.


St. Elsewhere (2006)

Monday, October 4, 2010

A HIO Sabado

Was quite a good Saturday. Went to Kat and Ken's for dins (and, more importantly, pay my respects to "The Godfather" Midnight... as to avoid waking up the next morning with a squirrel's head in the bed). Afterward it was destination: The Gallery at Lander's Machine Shop, one of the venues which partook in the Arts Google event that day. Ken and I located Mr. Horn's exhibit but the backpack with legs was nowhere to be found. About fifteen to twenty minutes later he materialized, having checked the happenings at another venue down the street.

A couple of hours and several beers later we took the stage. Overall it was a fun show. We did our job of clearing out the room, so both primary and secondary objectives were achieved that night. Win-win.

To wind down the three of us made a pit stop at the Bull and Bush for a couple of pints. Being the gluttonous fools we are, the HIO trio then set sail for Benito's to expand our girths even more. After dropping Ken off at his casa it was time to go home and get some sleep.

And we all lived happily ever after. The end.

The Gallery @ Landers Machine Shop; 10.02.2010 from HIO on Vimeo.

Friday, October 1, 2010

And for today...

The commute is better with Pulp (His 'n' Hers, 1994).



Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Is this the trend?

A post concerning the subject of my weekend... on this blog?!? Impossible.

The gist: Recording, strange dreams, Top Gear marathon, personal matters, and bird calls.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Well... there goes my Thursdays



The man-crush returns. Again.

Sigh.

The original 2006-07 series of Life on Mars has returned on telly, thanks to PBS. Should be a sufficient tie-over until the final series of Ashes to Ashes is brought stateside via BBCAmerica, probably sometime early next year. Repeat sigh...

Monday, September 20, 2010

Happenings that weren't ten years time ago

Saturday: Got up early (well, for me anyways and especially for a weekend) to feed the horses and clean their pens, as Carey was in Dallas spending time with her uncles from New Zealand. Made some breakfast with Pulp on the stereo. Did some recording. Made a bake eggplant dish for dins, which actually was edible and pretty good (a bit of a tossup when I'm in the kitchen commandeering the pots and pans). Picked up my mother from the airport. Caught the series finale of Being Human. Went to bed.

Sunday: My uncle and cousin (along with my mother) came over in the afternoon to give them one of our horses. Finished recording and mixing the track from Saturday. Typed this. Went to bed.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Oh, the irony

And the stupidity. And the arrogance.

Former Hitler Youth member, closet anti-Semite, and pedo protector Pope Benedict XVI associated atheism with the Nazis in a speech he made today in Edinburgh. He also referred to England as a "Third World country" due to its secularized society. Check out the article on the Beeb for more concerning this glorified fraudster and pervert's rant.

Parting thought for today:

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

It's a sign

...and a great tune from a great album by a greatly missed band.


Call the Doctor (1996)

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Fredas, 10 Heart Fire

A wee bit too much time spent playing Oblivion? Probably.

Now, on with the post...

Arrived at 1919 Hemphill around seven for the gig with HIO (which consisted of Ken, Terry, Marcus, and of course I... plus the only member of another band on the bill who bothered to show. Apparently they decided to book another gig on the same night). Before the gig we (sans the orphaned band member) walked to a convenience store down the road for some brews and snacks. Terry was berated by something that remotely resembled a human female, which then proceeded to flirt with the hapless Mr. Brunt. Luckily, she/it soon left after being refused service by the proprietor. On the way out an ancient lottery machine provided some amusement with its faded "Skill Dragon" logo, and would spawn a flippant remark from Ken that would lead to plans for another potential project.

As always, had fun playing with my three compadres. During our performance the band that was missing in action appeared and brought their equipment inside. When our set was over they decided not to play. Quite the example of irrationality, me thinks.

Afterward we headed to the Bull & Bush. Fueled by a few pints we proceeded to flesh out "Project: Skill Dragon", which I believe will ever only run on beer.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Mid-week recap

A reprieve from the rain yesterday evening (at least for the west side of Fort Worth) allowed Ken, Terry, and I to enjoy the HIO pow-wow outside at the Bull & Bush. The "summit" then moved to Tokyo Cafe, as Mr. Horn plus beer equals a hunger that must be fed.

Invaluable lesson imparted to me from yesterday's experiences? Never take peripheral vision for granted, especially when walking into a pub. It can save one from getting ensnared into a conversational hell.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Free and single

As always, unless it's an album, in which case it would be "free and an album" or "free and not single". Maybe "free and not a single but an album worth of tracks" would be more apt...

Ever get the feeling that you've lost the plot? I'll start again, in a more concise manner.

New single. "Double Polaroid". Free. Bandcamp.

Fin.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Good morning

Cool weather, a cup of tea, and Kleenex/LiLiPUT's Live Recordings, TV-Clips & Roadmovie to start Saturday off.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Crom!

First saw this yesterday when it was posted on Vorvon's Facebook page. Now, if someone could entice Andrew Lloyd Webber to create a full-scale production...

Peas and carrots, folks.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Joke Den Haag

A virtual Petri dish of pixel sickness and audio degradation, but it seems to add to the charm of this performance. Or not.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

To these ears

I thoroughly enjoy reading and downloading content from Continuo's weblog, which (upon stumbling onto this particular patch of cyberspace a couple years ago) has proven to be an invaluable resource for discovering artists that I had previously never heard of. Today's acquisitions (made possible by an extremely slow and solitary day at work): Raymond Murray Schafer, Transcription (1973); Musiques Nouvelles, Sons En Mutation (2003); and Akio Suzuki, Soundsphere (1990).


Syracuse University's Concert Choir. Conducted by Lillian Choi.


Live with guitarist John Russell at Fete Quaqua in London, 15 August 2010.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Rantankerous

This belly is not the deus ex machina I had hope for. Maybe a screwdriver would be better suited for this particular situation...

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Turn, turn

The turntable I ordered mid-last week arrived in the post yesterday, so I inaugurated the event by transferring the vinyl copy of Sir Lord Baltimore's Kingdom Come (that top man Mr. Ken so graciously bought) to digital. It's great finally getting a chance to hear this criminally underrated recording on the commute today. Hooray!


(Mind the daft nuclear pic... )

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Pot luck

1. Recording this weekend was more productive compared to last Saturday and Sunday.

2. Worked on HIO's bio project.

3. Was watching Gandhi on TCM today until the movie stopped unexpectedly about twenty minutes after intermission. Found Diamonds Are Forever on another channel. Funny enough, not that many similarities between the films...

4. Should be credited to Lora Logic, not Essential Logic (Pedantic? Maybe a bit... ). Originally released on her debut solo album, Pedigree Charm (1982):

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Ample ramble

It's been a jolly good couple of days. Got to hang out with some of my favorite people in the world (on Tuesday it was as an unexpected guest due to a schedule snafu) and working on a few projects which I'm pretty excited about. Now, if I could make a million for just enjoying myself...

The HIO bio project is particularly exciting because it entails doing something that I have never done before (sorry, no spoilers!). Ken has, of course, done an excellent job writing a biography regarding this ensemble and I will attempt to contribute an interactive (but what will most likely turn out to be inane) version of our story. Think Spamalot written and directed by Ed Wood... whatever that means.

Another iron in the fire is a new product under the JATSDFM guise. Again, something quite different than I'm used to doing, defined in this context by trying to keep to a common theme. So far, two tunes have been completed. The goal is to have this project wrapped up before the end of this year so I could move on to who-knows-what.

Finally on this "work in progress" list of sort is completing a cliche top ten list regarding albums released in the first decade of this new millennium. This one ranks pretty low as a priority but it's something that I would like to do. Why? Because it's my blog and I'll write whatever I damn well please, thank you... even if it's an entry that only I would enjoy reading.

So, there.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Cutting to the chase

Weekend was unproductive in regards to recording (three new ideas that I deemed to be three new duds), so today I started work on a bio project pertaining to HIO.

On another note, and keeping to a theme of sort with the previous post, here's some more tuneage by another group hailing from Ladbroke Grove. Two for the price of one...


Warrior on the Edge of Time (1975)

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Pink power

A couple from some Ladbroke Grove lads...


B/W "Do It" (1971)


Never Never Land (1971)

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Links galore

Honored that Mr. Ken kicked off his new blogging strategy with a review of Research and Development: 2006-2009, which can be found here.

Hooray!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Days gone by

The highlights, at least for me...

Friday: Went to Kat and Ken's house for dins and hang time. As a wanton act of awesomeness Ken gave me a copy of Sir Lord Baltimore's debut, Kingdom Come, as a surprise. The meal Kat prepared was perfect for an oppressively hot day (cold cut roasted chicken, salad, and a vegetable medley) and quite delicious. A substantial thunderstorm was a very welcomed event, providing a temporary respite from the summer heat. After the meal Ken and I watched a pretty hilarious video of a British television show from 1965 featuring talking heads (including a nose by the name of Pete Townshend) attempting to predict what 1966 would be like. We also watched part of Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who (The High Numbers' gig at the Railway Hotel in 1964) and Small Faces - All or Nothing. A very enjoyable day, indeed!

Saturday: From morning through early evening I worked on JATSDFM tuneage. Only came up with one piece, which after resuming work on it during the wee hours of the morning I decided that it would have to do as a rough draft.

Sunday: Completed the piece started on Saturday and remixed another one. Rescued Zeus (aka "The Brain") from Apollo's pen. And from the pasture. And from the tree. And from the gate. Became painfully obvious why he was bred for meat...

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Kaputing

Well... we've been having issues with the a/c for the last couple of days, and hopefully the "gremlins" are gone now thanks to the air conditioning company literally down the road from our house. The capacitor blew, a compressor booster went mad, and apparently the overload breaker in the fan motor decided to stray from the plot when the former two parts broke.

Here's to cooler times:


Single (1981)

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

A different beast

My favorite version of a favorite Motorhead ditty. Recorded by the "Mark II" lineup of Lemmy (obviously), Larry Wallis, and Phil Taylor for their ill-fated debut album in 1975. Motorhead's record label at the time, United Artists, deemed the material "unreleasable" and shelved it. In an attempt to cash in on the band's success with Bomber, United Artists released the album four years later as On Parole.


On Parole (1979)

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Friday: The Review

Around six in the evening I met Ken and Terry at the new Vietnamese restaurant on Hulen Street near Central Market for dins before our gig at Lola's later that night. Ordered a coconut water to drink with the meal which resembled a glass full of ice and napkins. Tasted better than it looked, thankfully. The food itself was pretty good and the prices were quite reasonable.

After the meal, and with plenty of time to spare, we hoofed it to Barnes & Noble so Ken could make a purchase that he would soon regret. The latest edition of Guitar Player magazine - the quintessential guide for the spotty thirteen year-old who aspires to master another form of wanking in the hopes of becoming famous and oversexed (I should know, since I was that kid) - contained an interview with Stooges and ex-Sony VP James Williamson, which was too tempting for the bearded scribester to pass up. Unfortunately Ken caught a glimpse of another page which showed a Dorian scale, and, as a consequence of his carelessness, will be attending therapy sessions beginning Monday.

In the effort to burn some more time, we headed to the Bull and Bush for a couple of pints. We also discussed the merits (well, mostly lampooned, if totally honest) of the inventions featured in a book that Terry purchased from the bookstore. After a chinwag with a patron who brought a Lab along which had a rash we decided that it was time to leave for Lola's.

We arrived in time to catch Ramsey Sprague's set. Afterward Terry and I walked to Wendy's for some grub (meal number two for me that day, and Terry gets the munchies after a couple of beers). The restaurant bit was closed, and apparently attempting to order utilizing the drive-through while on foot is a breach of fast food etiquette. We headed back towards the club and retrieved Terry's car, and then headed back to Wendy's, resulting in us being promptly served. Car culture at its most absurd.

HIO operated as a quartet with Mr. Brunt in tow on this sound making occasion. Terry unveiled his new percussion instrument made with PVC pipes and pot lids which Marcus and Ken put to good use. As usual it was fun, and, as usual, we did our job clearing out the joint except for the die-hards (e.g. family and friends, including my mother) and drunks. Despite our mastery of room-clearing (or maybe because of it, since it saved the trouble of the club telling the patrons that it was closing time) we managed to make a few bob, which is always a plus.

Friday, July 30, 2010

The Midas touch

In the late Nineties through the turn of the century Markus Görsch, Josephine Olausson, and Nicholaus Sparding were producing pop perfection as Girlfrendo before forming Love Is All in 2005 (with Johan Lindwall and Fredrik Eriksson in tow)... and producing pop perfection. A few tracks from their sole full length album, Surprise! Surprise! It's Girlfrendo (1999).






Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Swag-tastic

An order I placed for Bis' Fukd I.D. #5 Chemikal Underground Records release arrived in the post today, a CD in which I had intended to acquire nearly nine years ago! Easily sidetracked me... The purchase was made from Chemikal Underground's website for £4.55 (approximately $7.05), which included shipping.

On the customs declaration tag I noticed that they had also sent five promo CDs (which turned out to be singles released by Arab Strap, Lord Cut-Glass, Sister Vanilla, Malcolm Middleton, and The Phantom Band) at no extra charge. The receipt contained a handwritten message stating the freebies were included due to damage of the CD casing. A lovely surprise, I say!


Fukd I.D. #5 (2001)

Monday, July 26, 2010

An Idle day

I could write for The Sun coming up with headline titles such as the one above.

Oh, god. What a depressing thought.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Random memory

The things that one suddenly remembers... From the soundscape of my teenage years.


B/W "Eye 842" (1993)

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

That not-so-healthy glow

Lifted this vid created by Isao Hashimoto from a recent blog post by the Bad Astronomer. A bit unnerving, me thinks.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Weekend miscellanea

Item One: Bought colored pencils and a sketch book on the way home from work Friday.

Item Two: My current acute bout of Sir Lord Baltimore obsession has been compounded with an acute bout of Bruce Haack obsession. Credit Mr. Horn's post of this pioneer of electronic music's work on the HIO Facebook page last week. "Mean Old Devil", "Kingdom Come", "Funky Little Song", "Helium Head", and "Blow Job" playing on a constant loop in the noggin. Make it stop.

Item Three: On Saturday I discover that I draw like a retarded rhesus monkey... hypothetically speaking. Never actually witnessed a retarded rhesus monkey draw, mind you.

Item Four: Completed a track for the upcoming JATSDFM product on Saturday night, after catching Doctor Who and Graham Norton. I do have my priorities, however unproductive as they may be.

Item Five, etc.: Had planned to work on another track Sunday but watched a marathon of last series Being Human (which is a run-up to the current series premiere next week) on the Beeb instead. Fed kitten. Took care of horses, sweating away ten pounds in the process. Took shower afterward. Settled on the couch for Poirot and PBS's Sunday night lineup. Did I mention that I have priorities?

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Happy Bastille Day

Time to don a beret, find the closest German/Italian/girl scout/(insert your own country, person, and/or group here), and surrender. Sacrebleu!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Random McNally

Shoes can't build igloos, especially without a central nervous system.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Their kingdom came and went

...but they did leave a dent. Brooklyn's Sir Lord Baltimore were one of the few bands who could go toe-to-toe with fellow contemporaries Black Sabbath in regards to shear heaviness. Two tracks from their 1970 debut, Kingdom Come.



Friday, July 9, 2010

A day of HIO'n

On Thursday morning I met with Ken, Terry, and Marcus to perform at the Marty Leonard Community Chapel. I brought my laptop to record the event but being a bit of a plonker I forgot that I didn't reinstall the recording software when I scrubbed the hard drive a few months ago. Terry had brought several devices to capture the performance, including a video camera which caught the first five minutes of our noise session. Students from the Lena Pope Home stopped by to witness grown men dropping pot lids on the floor, playing one stringed instruments with electric fans, and banging on an animal cage. After the performance we talked with the students about the "craft" of improvising and letting them play our instruments.

After the show Ken, Terry, and I went back to Ken's house to pick up his daughter, Aimee, and granddaughter, Piper, for lunch at Lisa's Fried Chicken. Filled with artery clogging goodness we headed back to Ken's casa for an audio review of the morning's performance and to watch Penelope.

In the evening the HIO trio headed over to the Bull & Bush for a couple of pints, then made our way to Tokyo Cafe for some dins. As near to a perfect day one can have.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Fruitcake in July

In celebration of not going triple platinum, never mind even obtaining the lofty goal of achieving double digit sales (which is quite a mystery since it was obviously tailor-made for the pop charts), Match of the Day is now available as a free download on Virb. I'll go cry myself to sleep now...

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

A day in the life

Had Monday off as part of the fourth of July hols. In the morning took the diesel into town for routine maintenance. After that went to lunch with mum at a Mexican restaurant that was located by the dam at Eagle Mountain Lake (food was of the "gringo-ized" fare). Went home. Carey found a huge rat snake in the pasture, which disappeared by the time she retrieved her camera. Recorded a new track. Typing this.

Quite a riveting read, yes?

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Forward and backward

Spent Saturday morning and afternoon working on material for JATSDFM. Fingers crossed that I don't "lose the plot" and stray from the parameters I've set for myself. Sounds very Prussian but order must be maintain at all times or it's thirty days in ze cooler!... which actually doesn't sound too bad, being summer and all.

Tonight due to boredom, a bout of nostalgia, or both, I decided to remaster The Fellow Americans' first LP, Search For Numb. Really an exercise in irrationality as I have no plans to do anything with it. Back in the vault, so to speak...

Today and tomorrow the plan is the same as it was for Saturday.

Fin

Friday, July 2, 2010

Calgon, take me away!

Thursday began with waking up to an alarm clock blinking 2:32am and leaving my house keys at home. Never really got back on track for the rest of the day. Eh, well. That's life...

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Doctor, doctor

Tom Baker and... Tom Baker. From an episode of Dead Ringers.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Play 'em if you got 'em

Just don't eat 'em, unless you wanna end up in hospital. Terrible puns aside... From Röyksopp's fab debut, Melody A.M. (2001).

Thursday, June 24, 2010

A touch of madness


One Step Beyond... (1979)

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Randomness

Diamonds, blues, squares, muted hues.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Collect all twelve

"Ampersand" and "50-2-60" are now available for download on Virb.

Recapitude

Great weekend so far. Played two shows with HIO this weekend, the first at 1919 Hemphill on Friday and the second at Phoenix Project on Saturday. The lineup for both shows consisted of Ken, Terry, Marcus, and I. Marcus suffered injuries to his face and hand from a dog attack after Friday's show but still made it out to Dallas. Though unable to play the trombone he commandeered one of Terry's cigar box guitars, a kalimba, and various other instruments to perform with us Saturday. Gotta love the big guy!

The shows? Went very well, me thinks. Looking quite forward to our next show on July 30 at Lola's. Shameless plug? Maybe a bit.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Spot the...



From The Associated Press:

$20 BILLION FUND

A leading House Republican accused the White House Thursday of a "$20 billion shakedown" by requiring BP to establish a huge fund to compensate those hurt by the Gulf Coast oil spill. Rep. Joe Barton of Texas spoke at the start of a House hearing where Hayward appeared for the first time before Congress. Rep. Ed Markey sharply disagreed with Barton, saying the fund was government working to protect the nation's most vulnerable citizens. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs responded: "What is shameful is that Joe Barton seems to have more concern for big corporations that caused this disaster than the fishermen, small business owners and communities whose lives have been devastated by the destruction."

Virbage



Uploaded ten of the twelve tracks I've earmarked for Research and Development: 2006-2009, a collection of singles recorded under the JATSDFM moniker. Once the allocation for uploads on Virb resets this weekend the remaining two tracks ("50-2-60" and "Ampersand") will be available for download. Just as the last few releases this one is free.

Bon apetite, or here's to finding a stomach pump quickly...

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Hello, kitty (and kittens)

While loading hay into the barn yesterday evening I heard a sound coming from the shed. Upon investigating Carey and I found our resident feline stray nesting in the lawnmower bag with four kittens about three to four days old, three which were still alive but overheating in the sweltering lean-to. Carey set out some water and food for the mother and helped relocate the kittens, taking the most distressed one indoors to bottle feed and care for. In an effort to help control the feral feline population we will attempt to capture the female and have her spayed. We'll also attempt to gather any of the other kittens that survive when they're a tad older for spay/neutering and finding homes for them.

Here be the newest member of the household:

Sunday, June 13, 2010

That's a humdinger

Contrary to, er, facts, Jimmy Stewart is alive and well... and a Stooges fan. His collaboration with HIO from last Thursday is available on Virb.

Sparky not included.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

A Brief Moment

And... done! New track available for download at Virb. I would elaborate more, and would have tried to write something witty, but the old brain has checked out here in the wee hours. I'm on the verge-

Zzzzz...

And a Friday, too

Received a text from Terry around 11:30 letting me know that he and Ken were at the Lisa's Fried Chicken across the road from my office, re-energizing from their walk around the area. I had the fried catfish combo which was quite tasty and surprisingly not greasy, though I'm sure it was still packing some pretty serious calories (especially with the side of fried okra, buttery green beans, and roll). First time I've been to a Lisa's. Will have to visit again soon.

Got back to the office and continued the work on "Operation: Jimmy Stewart". Slow day? You betcha.

Friday, June 11, 2010

A Thursday in review

Went to Ken and Kat's for bison burgers they prepared, which were quite good. Mr. Horn was also there to partake in the discussions covering the Tom Verlaine/Kat connection, paper mache, Rolling Stones albums, the similarities between Glen Campbell's face and an anus, Hank Williams' songs, and cats that resemble Hitler or Roy Wood. Fun, fun times.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Sounds on the rounds

For the commute today: Alice Cooper's Billion Dollar Babies (1973). Ezrin's masterpiece, and the catalyst for the band's return to a more stripped down approach on the following album (and last for the original group), Muscle of Love (1973).

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Henry 8.0

Two words: Brian Blessed! The latest episode from the Beeb online.

Okay, that was more than two words. Sue me.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Events, non and otherwise

Missed work yesterday due to a "stomach bug". Today looks like it will be a busy one.

Some Stranglers for the day. Go fig...


Rattus Norvegicus (1977)

Monday, May 31, 2010

On this day...

We were fortunate enough to find a gentleman that was willing to come out on a Sunday morning to mend our water well system. An expensive weekend, though regarding the circumstances, (a holiday weekend, new motor, new well pump, new wiring, safety valve installation, and unclogging the water lines in the house) the bill was actually more than reasonable. Great work and a great guy!

Spent most of the day napping (apparently I'm still a bit out of sorts from the "worry wort-a-thon" Saturday and Sunday) and watching a Star Trek: The Next Generation marathon. And, that's about it.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

No sleep tonight

Our well pump has just stopped working. Couldn't have happened at a better time, as it's Sunday and a holiday weekend. Haven't showered nor brushed my teeth, and I cannot sleep unless I feel clean... which makes me a terrible camper and someone who wouldn't do well in a "Mad Max" situation. Also will remain anxious until I can obtain a plumber. This sucks. A pitfall of rural life.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Walkies on the wild side

Lou Reed and wife Laurie Anderson will stage a show for our four legged friends at the Sydney Opera House this June. Read the story on the Beeb.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Mid weekables

Yesterday evening I met Ken and Terry for a HIO pow-wow at Tokyo Cafe. Had some miso soup, edamame hummus, Tokyo fish and chips, while Mr. Horn provided the sake for all. Good times, as always.

Today I'll make a trip to the tailor's around lunch to get my suit sorted and... that's about it.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Send in the cavalry

Via the Gorillaz Facebook page:

GORILLAZ TO PLAY GLASTONBURY

Gorillaz have been announced to play Glastonbury's Pyramid stage this year, the band will take to the stage in the headline slot of Friday night. The band were drafted in at the 11th hour after U2 were forced to cancel their scheduled appearance.

"We're like some great big horrible warship pulling in to the Bay of Glastonbury to save the day. It was us or The Beatles and they split up years ago. The previous soldiers got pulled from duty last minute so it's up to my Plastic Beach naval cavalry to sail in and sort the battlefield out. I can assure you though, I'm bringing extra troops. Loads of them. Glastonbury will be ours…cutlasses drawn, trumpets ready. We're coming in…" Murdoc phoned in from Plastic Beach.

Gorillaz Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett are looking forward to the show, “I wasn't sure how Gorillaz would work in a festival environment but Coachella was amazing. I think Glastonbury will be an unbelievable experience for us...” said Jamie.

Damon Albarn, “It's a terrible thing for U2, Glastonbury is magical. Gorillaz will come to life on that stage but we wish Bono all the best”.
Michael Eavis confirmed the news on the Glastonbury website: "This is going to be Gorillaz' only UK festival appearance, and it'll be a massive audio visual spectacle which will really ignite the Pyramid on the Friday night, with Muse, then Stevie Wonder to follow.

"I'm very excited about Gorillaz' show coming here because they're so open to guests and collaborations. The alchemy of Friday's show is going to be astonishing: a perfect, contemporary way to kick off the 40th anniversary celebrations.

Eavis continued, "I am so grateful for the enthusiasm of the media and the whole of the music industry for their willingness and eagerness to support us in what could have been a crisis".

For more info please head over to http://www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk

Sunday, May 23, 2010

And some more

Gorillaz on Later... with Jools Holland (aired 27 April 2010). Spot Jones and Simonon again, along with Yukimi Nagano, De La Soul, Gruff Rhys, Mos Def, and Bobby Womack.







On Melancholy Hill

From this week's Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, which will be aired stateside next Friday. With Mick Jones and Paul Simonon.

The Flood

Katie Melua's latest single is quite good to these ears, which I heard for the first time on The Graham Norton Show tonight. Her new album, the William Orbit produced The House, is scheduled for release tomorrow.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Off the ball

Due to sickness-induced hibernation last week I missed the news regarding the passing of Ronnie James Dio, who lost his battle with stomach cancer on Sunday. An Archie Moore-like figure in the music industry Dio was probably "the only singer in history whose c.v. included both greasy '50s doo-wop and Black Sabbath", to quote Ken. He will be missed.

Two of my favorite "Dio Era" Rainbow tunes.



Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Return to the land of the living

Still dealing with some chest and nasal congestion but the plan is to join the outside world later today.

How about a video?


Guilford University, 1978

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Fire up the Quattro. Again.

The man-crush returns.



Series 2 of Ashes To Ashes is finally being aired in the states over a year after its original run. Better late et cetera, et cetera...

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Weekend, a bit of Monday, and some of Tuesday

After a good run of allergy-free bliss for the last couple of years, the sore throat, congestion, and drainage returned this weekend through most of Monday. Haven't slept that well for the past few days. Hopefully that changes tonight. Tired of feeling like a mucous filled zombie...

On Monday I received a tailored made suit a family friend had made while he was on holiday in Istanbul this past week. Always hated suits, mainly because I've always had trouble finding one that didn't make me feel like a clothes horse. This one fits perfectly and looks great ... and it only cost forty U.S. dollars! Win, win, win.

Getting ready to put the goats up for the night.

Admit it. This post was quite a riveting read.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Error and the late notice

Oops. The track uploaded for "Recital" on Virb was also used for "Errant Demand", which has now been remedied. Better late than never, eh?

Plug action

Jesse Hughey survives A Box of Hentai and tells his tale in this week's Dallas Observer.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

New trackitude

"Out Into The Abyss Of Night" available to download for free at Virb. Goodnight.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

A Saturday in review

I had slept later than I planned (next time: must utilize the alarm!) but still had plenty of time to get some recording done before the show.

Arrived at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center around six and unloaded my gear. Met Ken and Terry as they were heading back from an excursion on 7th Street. Drove to the Bull and Bush and walked over to Doc's Records, doing some artifact diving before the store closed at seven. I was quite tempted to pick up a double frame picture of Frank and Nancy Sinatra for a tenner (don't know why exactly) but common sense prevailed. Terry bought an autoharp for twenty bucks, and we headed to the pub for a couple of pints. Fort Worth Weekly's Dan McGraw pulled up a chair and gave me some unusual hair styling advice ("You should let your hair grow out on the sides..."). Also ran into an old classmate from Southwest High School while Terry went to Dairy Queen for his din-dins.

We got back to the arts center around 9:30, catching sets by James Talamabas/Paul Thomas and Swirve. During intermission, Terry and I walked over to McDonald's for coffee and apple pie, bringing back a serving of ketchup for Ken... whom, strangely, didn't want.

After the duo of Paul Unger and Max Oepen performed, we were up to close the night's event. It went okay. Some technical difficulties with my gear (particularly with the new instrument) and other audio gremlins arose but we were able to respond adequately to the situation, me thinks.

Us and the rest of the performers (including the event's organizer, Mr. Levy, and his wife) departed for a round of drinks and a chinwag back at the Bull and Bush. By this time, though, my brain had check out to Snoozeville, so after a beer I headed home. Picked up a burger on the way. The end.

Terry has uploaded the audio from our set on Virb. The title, "Do You Make Jesus Want to Vomit?", was lifted from some absurdist ad in this week's Weekly.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

This big

Had a low-grade headache throughout the morning on Friday which became a real brain basher in the afternoon and evening. Substituted recording with napping. Feeling a lot better now, and will make studio time in the morning. Hopefully there will be no trouble sleeping tonight in lieu of the snooze earlier. If the cats can do it... just keep telling myself that.

Later today HIO will be performing as part of the "Other Texas Music" show at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center. Due to an early load in time Ken, (the hopefully not dead or abducted) Terry, and I will get some quality drink time at the Bull and Bush. Pints are priority number one.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Probably best if you weren't back...

but thanks for the tunes.

Here's a fun(?) fact: RGB played both of these tunes in their "embryonic stage".




(Best music video. Ever.)

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Return of the randomness

You've admitted that you don't have a clue and your continual persistence of producing auditory rubbish with that ghastly opening under your conk provides more than adequate proof of your arrogant stupidity. In summary, shut up... and your dog smells horrible.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Allsorts

The computer at the office came down with "electric gonorrhea" on Friday, so it looks like a hard drive scrub-down is in order this coming Monday. Old men, email, and porn should never mix...

Planning to continue Project Will-Probably-End-In-Tears-And/Or-Injury later today. Wax paper and a comb could be Plan B if this droner turns out as a failure.

Some Lorbeer:



And Kleenex:



Raining now. Shave and bed. Maybe just bed.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Mid and latter week, um, thingys

Wednesday: Went to lunch with Mr. Ken at Montgomery Street Cafe, a place I haven't set foot in since 1997. Twas quite good. Had potato soup, grilled cheese sandwich, and cherry cheesecake. Received Small Faces albums (Immediate's Small Faces and Odgens' Nut Gone Flake) in the post, which have been on repeat ever since. Got home. Petted a goat.

Thursday: So far, I have a couple of roofs to measure and a trip to Hill County for a delivery. Also catching a whiff of exhaust from a weed eater. Quite the exciting day...

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Fool's Day

Three days later, I'm still screaming like a little girl...



The track is available for download from Blur's official site.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Wetterday

This Saturday so far? Rain and more rain. Worked on sarangi/ehru thingy and watched Matt Smith's debut as the Doctor, which was fantastic. That's really it, um, really.

Friday, April 16, 2010

A new track for a new day

Blur will release their first song recorded by the original line-up since 2002. "Fool's Day" will be available as a limited 7" single tomorrow at participating shops for Record Store Day. More of the story on the Beeb.

999

Yes, yes, yes (bad joke, I know).


Demolition (1980)

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

History

On last week's Jonathan Ross here in the states, and stuck in the noggin ever since.

Friday, April 9, 2010

The Sex Pistols: A gateway

This post was more inspired by Mr. Ken's revisit of the Small Faces than the "not-so-Artful-Dodger" Malc's demise (which I wouldn't be surprised if turned out to be a hoax perpetrated by him and his pathetic cronies, but I digress). Through the process of discovering the Sex Pistols at the age of fifteen and delving into their environment/influences/aural pleasures, I was exposed to a whole world of rich, diverse music that was new to me... and very exciting. They were the gateway to a journey that still continues for me to this day.

Want a list? Doubt it.