Wednesday, March 30, 2011


That could be considered a valid interpretation...

Elibris, Op. 50 (1944)

Tuesday, March 29, 2011


Read Ken's more complete overview of the HIO gig here.

Also, here be the direct link pulled from his post for Mr. Horn's recording of the set, er, here.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Trio HIO (and other words they may, or may not, rhyme)

As per usual, had fun annoying people with Ken and Terry at 1919 Hemphill last night. I brought a jump rope and plastic coffee can to play in lieu of the gopichand (aka "The Crutch") but ended up banging a bass mic with my hand which ran through my bass rig for most of the gig, amusing me greatly. Pathetic, I know...

Next week we're heading up to Denton to record and a Q&A session. Huzzah!

Not VH-1's "Behind the Music"

The Phil Ford/JATSDFM joint venture (christened Academician Drift in Fjords) is in the final mixing and mastering stage at this point. The goal is to release it by 1 April... but I could be fooling myself.


Thank you! I'll be here all week, folks!

Out of the twenty-plus tracks Mr. Ford sent I ended up focusing on just ten. The original intention was to collaborate on every track but most of his compositions sent sounded so complete and perfect to me that it felt like the addition of anything else would be an act of vandalism. Hopefully my contributions to his work isn't the equivalent of drawing a penis on Van Gogh's Sunflowers.

It was great fun being given the opportunity by Phil to work with him. His compositions are absolutely sublime and some of my favorite music to aurally consume at the moment. He's a top artist and consider myself lucky that he resides in my neck of the woods. Thanks, Mr. Ford!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Several daydigans

To summarize the week so far: Recording, mixing, not sleeping, sleeping, Hovhaness, drinks, friends, vindaloo.

And now, here's a picture:

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Lister-esque... in a manner

Guinness Extra Stout, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and (when I used to smoke) robusto cigars. Seems only one taste bud works on me.

Sunday, March 20, 2011


Can you crack the code? Do I have waaay too much idle time on my hands?

Here are two tunes that were utilized on the current series of one my favorite shows, Being Human... songs which I can't seem to get out of the ole noggin. It's quite the feat for Brian Jonestown Massacre in particular, as I am not a big fan of their music. Nice to be pleasantly surprised, though.

Smoking Acid EP (2009), Who Killed Sgt. Pepper? (2010)

Death In Vegas is a group (that I am ashamed to admit) I forgot about years ago. Think it's time to rediscover them...

The Contino Sessions (1999)

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Memories from a kip

Couple of dreams from last night:

1. Jimmy Carr appeared on Top Gear for a lap in the Kia Cee'd, and managed again to post the slowest time ever with a 2:32.6 . Carr cried silently into his hands. Later in the program Clarkson decided to take what was supposedly an extremely rare mid-Seventies Lincoln for a drive and ended up damaging the bodywork. He asked me after the show to get rid of the vehicle for him. I sold it to a very attractive blonde Bulgarian woman for £1,000, which got me into trouble because the Lincoln was property of the BBC and I did not have permission from them to sell it.

2. Was listening to the radio at home. Carly Simon's "Nobody Does It Better" was playing, except one of the verses was Nobody's known me/Except Tony Iommi/And now he's on a list.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

End of the day

Mixing and mastering tonight. Time to stop, though, as my ears are getting a wee bit fatigued, unable to differentiate between frequencies. Hopefully upon listening to the tracks tomorrow I will be able to conclude that the mixes are fine and not a wall of mud.

And now, solely for pleasure...

Alleluia and Fugue, Op. 40b (1940)

Celestial Fantasy, Op. 44 (1944)

Prayer of St. Gregory, Op. 62b (1946)

Symphony No. 2, Mysterious Mountain, Op. 132 (1955)

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Two will do

Sounds while on the rounds this week? QueenAdreena.

Taxidermy (2000)

Taxidermy (2000)

Drink Me (2002)

Drink Me (2002)

Sunday, March 13, 2011


Friday: Started worked in the afternoon on what would eventually be the new JATSDFM single*.

Saturday: Had beans on toast**, yogurt, coffee, and Gorillaz's Plastic Beach (quite digestible, thank you very much... ) for brekkie. Finished the single in the evening. Watched Being Human and Graham Norton.

Sunday: Worked on the Phil Ford/JATSDFM joint venture. Transferred an AA meeting on cassette to CD for a relative, which required a glass of wine for some "serenity". Typing this.

*Sometimes it helps to "clear the creative pores" working on something with a quick turnaround in mind.
**My version: toast with butter and honey, small tin of Bush's Original Baked Beans, and liberal use of Tabasco.

Plastic Beach (2010)

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Bad baby

From the Gildersleeves gig in New York City, 22 April 1980:

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Sid Ceasar's "Your Random of Randoms"

The auditory equivalent of "glazed over". Just shut it.

Friday, March 4, 2011

In some knee ya

Virtually no sleep for me this past week, and who knows why. Decided to make the most of it the last couple nights by doing some recording and mixing.

Blur's self-titled fourth album (1997) has been the soundtrack for yesterday and tonight.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

In a non-Ned Beatty sense

Sounds for today's commute: AC/DC's Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (1976).

Really can't go wrong with any song by these lads but this one is probably my favorite: