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


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.


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


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)