Sunday, January 30, 2011

Emergency temporal shift not included

Via Mr. Farren via YouTube.

If they could only create a TARDIS version that includes Karen Gillan, Catherine Tate, and/or Billie Piper...

Friday, January 28, 2011

Larking about

Another wild and crazy Friday night.

Monday, January 24, 2011

On the "to-do" list

Since a turntable resides in my household once again I must(!) acquire every EP, LP, and single that was released by Essential Logic and Lora Logic on vinyl. At some point. All comes down to the dosh...

Here's the version of "Wake Up" from Essential Logic's debut LP, Beat Rhythm News (Waddle Ya Play?) (1979), which is quite different from the version used on the noble and brilliant Kill Rock Stars retrospective, Fanfare in the Garden: An Essential Logic Collection (2003). The compilation is somewhat incomplete, though, as eight songs from this period of Susan Whitby's career are not represented... hence the quest for the albums and singles.

Scrub, scrub, sweep, sweep

In regards to writing and recording it was a somewhat unproductive weekend.

I tell a lie. It was a total write-off.

Sometimes, the best remedy for a creative lull is to step away from it and occupy oneself with another task... like a spot of early spring cleaning. Nothing like a little polishing and dusting to obtain a morsel of zen.

And a touch of housemaids knee.

Thursday, January 20, 2011


Last night I had a dream that I was on a street in the middle of a suburb in Grand Prairie watching a tornado approach me. The world was a grainy black and white newsreel but as the thin, tightly rotating twister came closer my surroundings became more clear and vibrant with color. The sky was a crisp blue containing a few high wispy cirrus clouds. The tornado was still heading towards me and I began to look for shelter. I attempted to open the front door of several homes but they were locked, so I took cover behind one of the houses' walls adjacent to the tornado that was by this point only several yards away. As the twister drew ever nearer its speed increased at an alarming rate. I decided to leg it as fast as I could, and within a few moments (and a few feet later) I ended up in someone's backyard somewhere in Kansas... as Emma Peel, trying to allude Ronnie Barker and his minion of cats. During this phase of the dream I quite fancied myself and was feeling very sexy.


It's here

It's free. It's at Bandcamp. It's free- oh, wait... already covered that.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Playing the rent boy, among other things

Recording, mixing, and mastering has been completed for the upcoming JATSDFM EP, The New Class of No Class, which will be released this Thursday for free on Bandcamp. So there.

Saturday saw the return of the Stranglers to the turntable with 1979's The Raven:

(Mind the advert at the beginning... )

Sunday's soundtrack for brekkie was Joy Division's Closer (1980):

So there. Again.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Nodding a nod

Reposting Anthony Fantano's post on NPR regarding the women of post-punk:

The Mix: Ari Up, The Slits And The Women Of Post-Punk

Ari Up, leader of the pioneering post-punk band The Slits, would have turned 49 on Jan. 17. She died of cancer last October (read All Songs Considered contributor Carrie Brownstein's remembrance here). In honor of the woman born Ariane Daniele Forster -- not to mention my personal gateway drug into the world of post-punk -- I've curated a mix of songs by other female artists inspired (both directly and indirectly) by her iconoclastic twist on punk, funk and rock 'n' roll.

These 56 tracks focus more on the rebellious and chaotic moments of the post-punk movement (we'll save goth rock and industrial music for the sequel). All of the bands include women who played a vital role in helping punk evolve past its three-chord roots. Bands such as LiLiPUT and Essential Logic were just as unorthodox as Gang of Four or Wire, even taking their sounds a step further with shrieking vocals and saxophone. The noise and raw experimentation only intensified as Sonic Youth and Teenage Jesus and the Jerks -- two New York bands with prominent female members -- gained considerable followings.

Post-punk made more than just a racket, though. Around the globe, punk started to breed with other genres, creating odd blends of dance music. Despite being an ocean apart, New York's ESG and France's Lizzy Mercier Descloux were shooting for roughly the same idea: disco beats with a rough and energetic presentation.

Women were also at the forefront of post-punk's more accessible moments, with underground and mainstream classics like The Waitresses' "I Know What Boys Like" and Romeo Void's "Never Say Never." Others recorded the movement's most memorable covers: Hearing The Raincoats' take on The Kinks' "Lola" brings even more comedy to the storyline, and the feeling of aggravation sung in "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" hits hard in The Slits' reinterpretation.

I've obsessed over a lot of bands in my time, and I'm sure I'll become infatuated with a lot more in the future. But no matter what my flavor of the month might be, this is stuff I can always return to. It's been that way since a vinyl copy of The Slits' album Cut made its way into my hands at a Connecticut record store. Ari Up may have passed on, but her music endures, here and elsewhere.

Link to the original article (or, to continue with the theme of redundancy, "post") here.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Going along horribly wrong

Took my truck to work today due to the company vehicle being temporarily out of commission. Because of a stereo that has issues (radio doesn't work, and the CD player seems to have been built with destroying discs in mind) my travels were filled with the sounds of the road and engine noise. Curious what my brain comes up with for music under such circumstances... to be played over and over again?

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


Definitely an example of discovering something great while surfing the web. Curiosity about the organistrum and hurdy gurdy lead me to musician Andrey Vinogradov and his beautiful recordings of traditional Russian folk music. Wonderful indeed, me thinks.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Another weekend in review

Saturday: In the attempt to use the rest of the buttermilk before it expired I made a giant skillet-sized pancake (though, when I opened the bottle, my nose informed me that it was a wee bit too late. Call me a nutter but not wanting a sour tasting pancake regular milk was utilized). Along with coffee, yogurt, and The Stranglers' Rattus Norvegicus on the stereo, breakfast was complete. Afterward I worked on the current JATSDFM project in the works, recording some ideas and fleshing out some demos from the previous weekend. To summarize the rest of the day: Went to the grocery store in the evening; listened to the hillbilly convict neighbors fire their guns and professional grade fireworks for god-knows-what reason exactly; experienced quiet contentment when it lightly sleeted for a few minutes, ending their orgy of outdoor stupidity; played Oblivion; shaved, because I grew tired of an itching face; showered; bed.

Sunday: Vacuumed, made a potato and mushroom soup, watched Downton Abbey, and now settling in for the Britcoms. Not much of a day, really...

Friday, January 7, 2011

Well, well, well

Been spinning John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band nearly constantly for the past several days. The other odd obsession lately has been Marmite and cheese sandwiches. Up the duff or off my rocker? You decide...

Sunday, January 2, 2011

A projection with words of projects in the works

1. Nearly finish with mixing and mastering my half of HIO's recording from 28 December (which Terry has tenuously titled, quite befittingly for reasons only known to us, The Hannah Montana Remixes). Should be completed by midweek.

2. Wrapping up a four song EP (The New Class of No Class) under the JATSDFM moniker. Aiming for a release date of 20 January.

3. Record a little ditty for a project created by Mr. Horn.

4. Continuing to work on a JATSDFM full lengther, which is a long, long way from being completed.