Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Two Thousand and Ten Injuries

Love Is All's latest album arrived in the post yesterday. Chronologically it's the second great recording to be released in this new decade (the first being Gorillaz's Plastic Beach, which, thanks to my recent discovery of Love Is All, I listened to only once so far). The group pulls off the hat trick, producing another album in which every track is stellar. It's wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!

More details? Go listen to it for yourself.

Monday, March 29, 2010

A Kessler Sunday

The abbreviated version: Food, folks, and fun.

The proper version: Ken's entry on his blog.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Oh, James!

Because I can (and I'm a sucker for Bond flicks). The top three title songs, me thinks.

Friday, March 26, 2010

The next acquisition

A new Kleenex/LiLiPUT CD/DVD was released on Tuesday. Live Recordings, TV-Clips & Roadmovie contains live material from both the Kleenex and LiLiPUT era, plus footage of the group including a live television performance by Kleenex. Can't wait to get me hands on this!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Ripping it

The Pop Group alumni Gareth Sager and Bruce Smith, along with Neneh Cherry, Andrea Oliver, Sean Oliver (Andrea's brother), Mark Springer, and David Wright, established Rip Rig + Panic in 1981. The group would release three albums (God, I Am Cold, and Attitude), and a handful of singles before morphing into Float Up CP in 1983. One more album under the new moniker would be produced (1985's Kill Me in the Morning) before the band's breakup in 1985.

Afterward, Neneh Cherry became, well, Neneh Cherry. Smith joined PiL. Sager formed the group, Head. Andrea Olivier does some work on BBC. Her brother, Sean, co-wrote Terence Trent D'Arby's hit "Wishing Well" before passing away in 1990 from sickle cell anemia.

B/W "The Ultimate In Fun (Is Going To The Disco With My Baby)" (1981)

B/W "Hey Mr E! A Gran Grin With A Shake Of Smile" (1981)

"You're My Kind of Climate", from their appearance on The Young Ones (1982)

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Zeros and ones


Translation: Can we say, "slow day"?

Oh, and:


Saturday, March 20, 2010

HIO: An Animated Series

Good job, Mr. Horn!

Addendum: Oops! Didn't realized one had to be logged into Facebook to watch this vid. My bad.

Addendum to the addendum: And now you don't.

Friday, March 19, 2010

One hand giveth...

The Good: Received pair of Mackie MR 5s on Tuesday.

The Bad: Received word from CPA that I owe the IRS $523 on Tuesday.

The Ugly: Sold guitar and amp to cover the tax shortfall on Wednesday.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010


A lack of follicles on your noggin indicative of a healthy prostate? Hope so... From BBC News:

Baldness 'could be good for your health' say scientists

A receding hairline can be a good thing, according to US scientists, who say men who go bald by 30 appear to be less likely to develop prostate cancer.

Researchers at the University of Washington School of Medicine studied 2,000 men aged between 40 and 47.

They were able to link high levels of the male hormone testosterone in those who lose their hair earlier with a lower risk of tumours.

The findings are published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology.

Half of the men in this study had suffered prostate cancer.

Researchers compared the rate of tumours in those who said their hair had thinned by the age of 30 with those who did not suffer hair loss.

Men who had started to develop bald spots on the top of their heads as well as receding hairlines had a 29% to 45% reduction in the risk of prostate cancer.

Roots of baldness

By age 30, approximately 25-30% of men will have some baldness, researchers believe. Half of all men suffer significant hair loss by the age of 50.

Baldness is caused when hair follicles become exposed to too much dihydrotestosterone (DHT). This is a chemical produced by the male hormone testosterone.

Experts believe that men with high levels of testosterone are more likely to lose their hair, especially if baldness runs in the family.

Prostate cancer sufferers are often given drugs to reduce testosterone levels because they can accelerate the growth of some tumours once they develop.

But this study suggests that high levels of testosterone from a young age might protect against the disease.

Dr Helen Rippon, head of research management at The Prostate Cancer Charity, says: "Clearly, the age at which a man begins to lose his hair is unfortunately not a risk factor for prostate cancer over which he has any control.

"However, if these results are correct, they could be useful in providing us with a greater understanding of how testosterone behaves in the body and how it can affect different tissues."

Dr Alison Ross of Cancer Research UK said the link between baldness and prostate cancer is still unknown because previous studies have found the opposite to this one.

"The results hinge on asking men between ages 40 and 70 to remember whether their hair was thinning when they were 30, which does not provide a very reliable measurement," she added.


Yes, another post covering my current musical obsession. Maybe I do have Asperger's...

Just love this band's sense of fun and humor. Some homemade videos they made on Halloween in 2008 for the songs from then current album, A Hundred Things Keep Me Up at Night.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Rinse, repeat

Love Is All has monopolized my audio pleasure time for the past week. Gave Plastic Beach a quick listen through when it arrived Friday.

"Yeah. Another brilliant album by Damon Albarn. No surprises there. Time to return to Nine Times That Same Song. Ironic, innit?"

Looks like more the same for the foreseeable future. As of this morning, A Hundred Things Keep Me Up at Night has been in my possession and played five times already. Probably won't leave the CD player until Two Thousand and Ten Injuries is released next week and in my hands.

I can't quit anytime, apparently...

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Maybe it is

Can't... stop... listening...

I received Love Is All's debut album, Nine Times That Same Song, in the post yesterday. Anxiously awaiting A Hundred Things Keep Me Up at Night and their most current, Two Thousand and Ten Injuries, which is on pre-order (set for release 23 March). Wished I had discovered them for myself sooner. Fantastic group!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010


Time for sleep. Maybe a shave.

Maybe tomorrow. Zzzz...

Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks (1983)

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Joe, animation, and HIO

Finished the soundtrack for Mr. Horn's animation, Bird Revolution, last night. I'm also planning to release it on the upcoming JATSDFM project, which has finally been christened A to E are Ex, Why, and Z. Hopefully it will be ready by next month.

Today was fun and eventful with HIO, mixed with a couple of "hiccups". Ken, Terry, and I originally planned to meet outside the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth this morning for a recording session inside the Vortex sculpture but had to cancel due to the rain.

Our second port of call became the first when we met up at the Kessler Theater in Dallas for a video shoot with Jeff Liles (see below). Afterward, Liles invited us over to his house to check out the footage and some grub (the man makes one mean smoothie!).

Next destination was the Phoenix Project. We were joined by Michael Chamy on this occasion. Terry had arranged for a chess match to take place during the show but one of the players failed to show up. We also had some audio difficulty during the set, resulting in Mr. Horn's "Ode to Marcel Marceau". A me-free second set (animal duty beckoned) was performed without a glitch, though.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Love Is All

Great quintet from Sweden.

Nine Times That Same Song (2006)

A Hundred Things Keep Me Up at Night (2008)

Two Thousand and Ten Injuries (2010)

Tuesday, March 2, 2010


Make it stop...