New track added yesterday in the wee hours to the album.
Thursday, April 26, 2012
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
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
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
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.