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


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.


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...