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 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".

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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.