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: