Sunday, December 9, 2012

Closing the repository

Finished another track for Repository:2012, which will also be the last one added to the album. Technically, work began on this particular project last November (the rhythm track for "Gender's Cruelty" was created at that time) and I have ran out of steam regarding this album. What is the plan for 2013? Not a clue, and perhaps that is the way it should be.

Without further ado, here are the last track and full album. As always, available as free downloads:

Sunday, December 2, 2012

More Hentai (and another loaded post title)

My long-term friend, insomnia, has been quite persistent for over a week, and today is no exception. In the wee hours I finally surrendered to the fact that my endeavours in the studio on Saturday were fruitless (at this particular moment I am ready to call it a day in regards to the Repository: 2012 album but because I can be somewhat fickle my decision will probably change before this month, or even this week, is over) and decided to upload another release for HIO, this time in the form of a single.

"Beyond Words" was recorded back in September during a rehearsal held at Landers Machine Shop in Fort Worth for the aborted "Beyond Words: For Our Mothers" project. I was sick and in a foul mood on that day, which thankfully didn't hinder our ability to hammer out this "warm up" before our comrades in dance arrived. Terry's "drone theme" that begins approximately halfway through the track seals the deal for me. Quite proud of this one.

Another release that I uploaded earlier this week took the form of an EP (one track, mind you, but it's over fifteen minutes long), which was recorded during last week's Improvised Silence at the Cellar. A joint venture with two-thirds of Mora Collective (Zach Puchkors and Eric Yacula) and half of HIO (Mark Kitchens and I, as Mr. Horn was ill and the bearded scribe is on indefinite hiatus, though he will be returning to the fold for this month's Improvised Silence gig) performing together.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Warning: bit of a whinging rant ahead

Whenever I listen to PJ Harvey's Let England Shake or any of Amiina's releases, the question of "Why bother?" comes to mind. I cannot but compare my creations over the years to these artifacts of perfection and view myself as a failure. The output of these artists have achieved the sounds in which I have sought to create myself, yet the drive to create continues. A bane and a catharsis... damn you, ambivalence!

Couple of examples from the masters:

Kurr (2007)

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Releases galore

Two new live albums from HIO and a track under the JATSDFM moniker were released this week. Hentai Is Forever captures the last live performance (so far) of the bearded scribe with the group, and The Sounds of Thursday: Live at The Grotto, 15 November 2012 was recorded at The Grotto in Fort Worth, well, last Thursday. The JATSDFM track, "A Dream Over the Atlantic", was mixed last night utilizing the raw bass and guitar tracks from "Alfaab", and an unused drum sample that I built earlier this year... somewhat tweaked (aka "the treatment").

Bon apetite!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Sounds of hentai and visions of dance

HIO's performance with Sarah Gamblin, Erin Reck, and Leslie Scates at this year's TDIF:

Monday, November 5, 2012


Cobbled together a tune over the past weekend utilizing a few undeveloped tracks that I recorded last November and earlier this year. Added a couple synth parts and lyrics (which drew inspiration from a review of the movie, Cruel Intentions. The things one is lead to while surfing the web... ). Just finished some minor tweaking to the mix including the removal of the excessive tape noise, which was quite prevalent on the original mix.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Stream a little stream

Thoughts begetting thoughts (deep, I know). Big Jim Sullivan's passing earlier this week turned my attention towards the tunes that he recorded and the artists who were lucky enough to have worked with him. One such as Dave Berry, who I have not listened to in quite a while. Thank the Sex Pistols for bringing this Sixties pop star to my notice when I was a teen via their cover of "Don't Gimme No Lip Child", the b-side to "The Crying Game" (1964).

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Below the waist

A wee little ditty that I began work on this past week to wile away the time while recuperating from a respiratory infection. Recorded the bass and synth parts Tuesday, pieced together the drum bits Wednesday, and added vocals late Friday. Dead simple and quite base, as the subject matter germinated from a bit of "lad talk" with my HIO cohorts. I also blame the meds (feeble excuse? Well, yes... ).

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

An aural pleasure

Another wonderful group has been brought to my attention via the fantastic Continuo: Amiina. Since their inception in 2004 this six-piece from Iceland have released two EPs (AnimaminA and Re Minore), two LPs (Kurr and Puzzle), several singles, and recorded with Sigur Rós.

AnimaminA (2004)

Kurr (2007)

Re Minore (2009)

Puzzle (2010)

Monday, September 3, 2012

A holiday video for a holiday tune

More pissing about on Labor Day. Simple vid cobbled together this afternoon for the latest ditty:

Repository: 2012 (2012)

A holiday tune

New track finished in the small hours of Labor Day and added to the album-in-progress. Bass and classical guitar somewhat tweaked, and the tune's title was taken from James May's "folly". The end... for now.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Sounds for a Wednesday

For the commute today: Au Pairs' debut, Playing with a Different Sex (1981). Seems somewhat appropriate in the aftermath of Missouri Rep. Todd Akins' stupefyingly ignorant views regarding women and rape, which he shared publicly last Sunday. What does one expect from a person who belongs to a political party that makes the BNP seem civilized and enlightened, and the Tories look like a bunch of tree-hugging hippies by comparison?

Monday, August 13, 2012

Something or another

Another track for the repository. "Uncle Insomnia" came to stay Saturday and Sunday, so I decided to mull around in the studio throughout the night. The results:

The train of thought for the lyrics originated from the Garfunkel and Oates tune, "29/31", which I watched the duo perform on The Nerdist Saturday evening. Obviously, my tune is quite far removed from their witty and hilarious creation on both counts. It is what it is (deep, I know... ).

Friday, August 10, 2012

Two maidens and six degrees

Two favourites from two eras of Iron Maiden for the commute today: Iron Maiden (1980) and Piece of Mind (1983).

Iron Maiden (1980)

Piece of Mind (1983)

The six degrees bit (Why? Who knows... ): Samson, the group which Bruce Dickinson fronted (under the "Bruce Bruce" moniker) prior to joining the Maiden contingency. Also noted for having within its ranks former Maiden drummer/masked gimp Thunderstick, who appears in the video below... playing the roadie (his brother portrays the drummer in the film). From the embarrassingly horrible Julien Temple film, Biceps of Steel (1980):

Head On (1980)

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Have sample, will use... eventually

Began work on another track this past Sunday using a drum sample that I had for quite a while as the foundation to build the tune. Answering a question that was never nor likely to be asked, it took a few hours to record and arrange the instruments and a couple days to write lyrics and record vocals which, upon listening to the track, are noticeably absent... for good reason.

It was rubbish.

Behold the sparseness and repetitiveness:

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Some isolation of sorts

Discovered a gem while trawling through YouTube a few days ago. The Gentle Isolation are a quintet from Manila which has produced some sublimely great music. So far they have one EP under their belt, It Started With An April Shower, released in 2010. Hopefully more tunes will follow:

Friday, July 27, 2012

A feeble excuse to post...

But it's my blog and I'll post whatever me likes. So there.

Sounds for the commute today: Love Is All's second album, A Hundred Things Keep Me Up at Night (2008).

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Wee shameless promotion

Tune in Saturday at 1:00pm (CDT) to Harrogate Alternative Radio for Phil Ford's weekly The Hip-Op Radio Show. The JATSDFM track, "The Fix" (which was salvaged and vastly improved by Mr. Ford), will kick off the program. Huzzah!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Golden Fields Of Yesterday

Was on hols for the majority of last week, entertaining family and rediscovering the art of the demo. Also recorded a new tune on Sunday which has been added to the repository, and may possibly appear on another project currently in the works.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Ode to Dyson (well, sort of)

New tuneage and video for the, er, tuneage, both which were created this past Saturday. Never claimed they were any good, mind you, but as long as I had my fun...

Sunday, June 17, 2012

From the steppes

The latest track added to the Repository: 2012 album developed from a somewhat distressing dream I had the previous night in which I found myself somewhere in eastern Europe towards the end of the Second World War. Euphoria of a German retreat was quickly replaced by a terrifying low rumble from the east that became increasingly louder as the armies of Stalin approached. The volume became deafening with the arrival of soldiers and tanks, numbering in the tens of thousands. My home and the entire village in which I resided were on the brink of crumbling into dust from the noise. I watched from my window as the horde of men and machine moved ever westward, taking the devastating cacophony with them.

I blame it on the Guinness and granola bar that I consumed before bed...

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Pony up

In keeping with the "off-the-cuff" theme for the Repository: 2012 project I woke up yesterday morning with no intention of recording. There was another project that I had planned to start but before beginning the preparation of the traditional Saturday breakfast I sat down at the woefully out-of-tune ancient piano (which I absolutely adore), pissing about, and banged this short ditty into existence. Grabbed the portable recorder, a couple plastic cups, added a vibraphone part, and Bob's your uncle. Quite happy with it. The end.

A promo video I quickly whipped up using footage from the BBC Two documentary, A Farm For The Future (2009). No ponies but I thought the programme was beautifully crafted:

And... a link to the track. The end, er, again:

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Bad pun for the day: "Feral-y simple"

Just finished mixing a new song for the ongoing annual album. Recorded the guitar yesterday in the kitchen utilizing a cheapie Tascam digital recorder that I picked up last week to aid with documenting HIO's performances (which, with much regret, I have failed to blog about for quite some time. Shame one me!). Was happy with the quality of the recording and decided to develop the two string tomfoolery into a tune. The lyrics were inspired by last summer's riots in the U.K., which I had made a rough outline of around that time.

One classical guitar, one vocal, and room ambiance. Easy peasy:

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Doth the proverbial

Got a wee bit sick midweek but feeling better today. Got up early (well, "-ish"... around 9:30), made brekkie, did some laundry, and caught Loose Ends and Saturday Review on Radio 4. Also hammered out a new tune and added it to the repository.

A glimpse at a weekly ritual and a nod to a few people, as well (it's the thought that counts... right?):

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

And more track action (go fig)

"Gym Sock Anti-Raga". The first phrase that popped into the noggin when it was time to christen the tune. Why? Who the hell knows...

Monday, May 21, 2012

Marching on

Came home Friday from work with a melody banging away in the ole noggin. Forgoing the original plan of cracking open a bottle of Merlot, putting Dr. Dee on the turntable (which, though I had pre-ordered the album on Amazon nearly two months prior to its release date of 7 May and spent extra on express shipping, only arrived that morning), and playing Skyrim, I went into the studio to record the tune. As with most of the songs I compose, it end product was totally different than what I had originally intended to create. Nevertheless, still quite happy with the result:

Friday, May 11, 2012

Many, many (well... at least a couple) things

Getting ready to finally(!) close The Fellow Americans' ancient MySpace account. I have also been in the process of remastering and uploading the releases by the group to Bandcamp, along with recordings from my band which preceded TFA, Rio Grande Babies (2000-2004).

Returning from the trip down Memory Lane and back into the present (well, sort of)...

Added another track to Repository: 2012 on Wednesday. Originally recorded around the time A to E are Ex, Why, and Z was in the works (mid-2009 through early 2010) it was deemed "D.O.A." until last year when the track was given life by the immensely talented Phil Ford. It was being held for another Phil Ford/JATSDFM joint venture which was to include several other musos that never panned out. Really like the tune and felt that it deserved to be released.

So, there.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Sense memory

Down's debut, NOLA (1995), has accompanied me on the commute for the past week. One of my favourites from that decade, and one which tends to bring back vivid memories of building my first guitar seventeen years ago, as it (along with the New York Dolls' debut, the semi-bogus version of the Sex Pistols' Live at Chelmsford Top Security Prison, and Killing Joke's Laugh? I Nearly Bought One! compilation) provided the soundtrack for this project.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Cold Freighter

New track added yesterday in the wee hours to the album.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Intricate Maneuvers

I took a personal holiday this past Monday and caught my friend Sarah Summar's dissertation project, Intricate Maneuvers, at UNT. Comprised of three compositions ("Fidget", "Sway", and "Swerve"), these chamber works were inspired by the motions and movements we as humans make. Fantastically performed by Katrina Elsnick (flute), Rachel Yoder (clarinet), Caitlin Whitehouse (violin), Ilia De La Rosa (cello), Tyler Tolles (percussion), Natasha Sukhina (piano), and Aaron Albin (conductor).

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Better late than never? Probably not.

A new "tune" was added last Tuesday to the Repository: 2012 album, which I failed to post on this blog... until now. Not only that but I had also posted on the JATSDFM Facebook page what was surely one of best contests ever devised, which was to guess the object recorded for the track and offering an "officially licensed" JATSDFM paper towel (a single sheet scribbled on with a Sharpie) and an "officially licensed" JATSDFM lint ball (just a waded up collection of, well... ) as a prize. Only the bearded scribe was gamed to partake. Eh, well.

The object recorded? The clothes dryer (the clue is in the name, as "These Rioters Envy Meekness" is an anagram of "The Kenmore Seventy Series", albeit with an extra "s"). Yes, I really could use a social life...

Monday, April 16, 2012


Completed and added another track to the ongoing JATSDFM album this weekend. Bon apetite!

Sunday, April 15, 2012


Three things that (surprise!) have persistently been in the ole noggin this past week:

1. "Like a Miracle", John Foxx. There are four versions of this tune. The first two are demos from 1979 and 1980. The third can be found on 1983's The Golden Section, and the fourth is an extended version released as a 12" single the same year.

The Golden Section (1983)

2. "The Electrician", The Walker Brothers. Thanks to PFFFFT! alumni Clay Stinnet, this track from the group's 1978 swansong, Nite Flights, has been on a constant loop. Only Scott Walker could create a song that seamlessly combines eerie ambiance with sublimely beautiful pop.

Nite Flights (1978)

3. Robot Chicken. Haven't watched this programme in a while, and these particular fourteen seconds from Friday night's airing continues to keep me laughing like a nutter.

Monday, April 9, 2012


Bad pun? You betcha.

Guess I'm in an especially impressionable mood today. Thanks to a friend's post on Facebook, an earbug by the name of Alice Cooper has now taken residency in the ole noggin. In particular: Love It to Death (1971), which is a favourite of mine. Bob Ezrin's debut with the group as producer provided a focus which was lacking on their first two releases (Pretties for You and Easy Action), and the original lineup made arguably their best albums under his guidance (Love It to Death, Killer, School's Out, and Billion Dollar Babies).

Two of my favs from the album unfortunately tied into one not-so-good video...

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Background: "Hospice"

Wrote this while fumbling around on the bass yesterday and added it to the album. For whatever reason it triggered a few memories long stored way. Nearly eighteen years ago I was a sophomore at Southwest High School, taking horticulture as an elective. Along with a few others in the class I volunteered to landscape and maintain the grounds at the newly built AIDS hospice center in Fort Worth, which I continued to do for about a year. During that time I also made friends with some of the residents but continually watching people that I cared about die got the best of me. Taking the coward's route I stopped going, which I am ashamed of doing.

Two bass parts, three chords, one vocal, mono.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

More, more, more

Add another one to the album...

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Have random, will random

Words would be tastier if they were made with edible ingredients as opposed to being verbalized...

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Two more for the repository

Well, technically both tracks are the same tune "mirror imaged". So there.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

This, that, and some of those

Nearing the end of the recording phase for a tune which I've been cobbling together since mid-March and is based on a melody that had been "mothballed" since 1999. Complex? No but I have never known what to do with it, exactly. We shall see...

Sunday, I was on a bit of a post-Gabriel/pre-...And Then There Were Three... kick, spinning A Trick of the Tail and Spot the Pigeon during brekkie.

A Trick of the Tail (1976)

Spot the Pigeon EP (1977)

For Monday... Metamatic-era John Foxx:

Metamatic (1980)

B/W "20th Century" (1980)

Friday, March 16, 2012

A continuation of an auditory theme

Decided to end yesterday by spinning tuneage from probably my favourite period of music (late Seventies through the early Eighties, and in particular, post-punk and new wave). Same verse same as the first... so to speak:

The Original Sin (1979)

B/W "Now That You're Gone" (1979)

Compass Kum'pas (1980)

B/W "Tame The Neighbours" (1980)

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

For a Tuesday

Not of the religious persuasion, mind you, but I believe one does not need be in regards to appreciating Vaughan Williams' choral works. In particular: "Mass in G minor" (1921, not 1923 as given in the YouTube video below), a beautiful piece which has been on the mind almost constantly since this past weekend.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Little ditty

In an attempt to achieve a bit of "zen" last night I wrote and recorded a short tune which has been added to the Repository: 2012 album. Somewhat disgusting song trivia? The two lines that constitute the lyrics were taken from a scribbling about a junkie I knew whose nickname was "Michelin Man", due to his bulbous shape which was a result of inflammation caused by the countless abscesses that covered his body. Sounds dreamy, yes?

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Tip o' the hat

Goodbye, Mr. Jones.

Headquarters (1967)

Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. (1967)

Saturday, February 25, 2012


Listening to Loose Ends on Radio 4 this afternoon brought to my attention the group, Portico Quartet, who has apparently been kicking around since 2005 (better late, etc. etc.). On today's programme they performed "Steepless" from their self-titled third album (2012). May have to invest more time in listening to these lads.

Knee-Deep In The North Sea (2007)

Isla (2009)

Portico Quartet (2012)

Friday, February 24, 2012

End of another working week

Brought along Kate Bush's second album, Lionheart (1978), for the commute:

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Things, stuff, etc.

Came down with my annual late winter/early spring creeping crud on Thursday (my respiratory system doesn't handle the roller coaster-esque weather changes during this time of year so well) and as a result I missed "zen time" in Denton and the chance to hang with Mr. Horn in the fort on Friday. By Saturday evening I did manage to quell the sinus rebellion and went to see my compadres in Big Rig Dance Collective perform at TCU for a benefit show supporting the AIDS Outreach Center in Tarrant County. As always, they (on this occasion it was the "GT" version of Big Rig: founders Whitney Boomer, Crysta Caulkins-Clouse, Amanda Jackson, and Lily Sloan) were absolutely brilliant.

After the show, I headed home for a wild night of laundry and the continuation of work on a new tune for Repository: 2012. I believe the song is finally complete. Not a complicated ditty, mind you, but I seem to have the hardest time mixing songs with my vocal on it, getting it to a stage where hearing myself "sing" doesn't make me cringe.

And, on that note, I present to you the new tune:

Friday, February 17, 2012

A little trot

Today: Genesis' fourth album, Foxtrot (1972). Tops on my list from this group's discography.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012


1. Running on two hours of sleep.

2. Just finished recording vocals for a new song.

3. Listening to "Through the Night" on Radio 3 (specifically, Bach's "Keyboard Concerto in F minor").

4. Polishing off a bottle of Rutherford Hill 2005 Merlot.

Exciting, yes?

Thursday, February 9, 2012


For reasons unknown, the two tunes that Mr. Brain has ran consistently for the past few days:

The Electric Lucifer (1970)

A/W "Running Up that Hill" (1985)

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Midweek tuneage

Along for the commute today: Blur's Think Tank (2003). Though the group was on life support at this point, with band relations at an all-time low and the departure of Coxon during the early days of the album's recording (his sole recording contribution is found on the final track, "Battery in Your Leg"), Think Tank is one of my "Top Ten" releases from the noughties. In my opinion (obviously), Blur on their worst day is better than the majority of bands on their best.

So there.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Givin' the Horn

To paraphrase the great Gene Hunt (and used in a totally different context):

Friday: Met the "Beardy-Sketchy Master" and his teaching colleagues for a few pints at Ye Olde Bull & Bush. Relocated to Tokyo Cafe for dins, and then set course to Cut.Hair Salon for setup of Terry's exhibition.

Saturday: Went to the opening of the exhibit featuring Mr. Horn's short film, Nightmare. Later... Grabbed a meal with him and his wife at an Italian; Gathered one of his friends from The Rainbow; Had some drinky-drinky at Ozzie Rabbit Lounge.

Sunday: The climatic end of the weekend... laundry, pizza, wine, and Downton Abbey.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Minor plugitude

HIO cohort Terry Horn will debut his new short film, Nightmare, at an art exhibit presented by F6 Gallery at CUT. Hair Salon this Saturday. Doors open at 7:00pm and the event is free.

The soundtrack was created by yours truly under the JATSDFM moniker, and has also been added as the second track to the "collection box" album, Repository: 2012, which is available for your listening pleasure/displeasure/indifference:

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Freebie peddling

New JATSDFM track available to download via Bandcamp. It's the first track completed for a "collection box" album entitled Repository: 2012, which will accumulate all non-LP/EP/etc. tunes throughout the year. So there.

And now... possibly the laziest attempt at an official promo video. Eat your heart out, Spike Jonze:

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Constitution of today

High winds, recording, and one of the few good things to originate from Texas: Mayo Thompson. The Red Crayola's Soldier-Talk (1979) and coffee is a nice way to start a Sunday, me thinks.

Live versions of a couple tunes from the LP (from Live In Paris 13/12/1978):

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Power of suggestion

Of my own doing... Spinning First Issue (1978) at the moment. Also found these gems on YouTube. Unedited footage from an interview with John and Keith (one of the last together before their "great schism") by the late J.J. Jackson on MTV, 16 September 1982.

Long player Saturday

Spent the day working on a couple new tunes and a remix for Lalah Hathaway. Spending the night... well, listening to some music on the turntable. On the roster: The Stranglers (Rattus Norvegicus, No More Heroes, and The Raven).

Add Guinness and enjoy!

Rattus Norvegicus (1977)

No More Heroes (1977)

The Raven (1979)

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Brrrmpht (to paraphrase a bit)

Kurt Schwitters, Ursonate (1932; performer unknown).

Sunday, January 8, 2012


Nearly feeling back to normal after coming down with probably the worst stomach virus I've contracted so far on Wednesday evening. Four days with the inability to keep either food or liquids down, or using the toilet without having to simultaneously vomit, has left my body feeling like that it had a good going over by a mob armed with sledgehammers. Still felt quite fatigued today but a little tea has added a bit of pep (didn't want to miss the new series of Downton Abbey earlier this evening. Sad, I know... ). Back to work tomorrow, and hopefully make up for lost time on a couple projects this coming week.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Handel on the day

A bad pun? Yes... but what did you expect, eh?

Keyboard suite in D minor (movement 4 "Sarabande"; 1703-06)

Oboe concerto No. 3 (1704-05)

Monday, January 2, 2012

One more day

Thanks to the total failure of the electrics in the shop I headed home shortly after arriving at work this morning. A extra day for miscellanea and tuneage:

Aladdin Sane (1973)