Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Ready... steady...


Starting the holidays with a marathon of my fave sitcom of all time, Father Ted. The episode next in the queue?

And, of course, I must not allow this bit o' the year pass without spinning this ditty, which is really my sole holiday tradition at my casa (sad, I know... ):

B/W "Bad News" (1987)

Friday, December 12, 2014

All in a day

A bit of this, that, and some of those in the studio tonight. Closing this current stint of "awakeness" with a glass or three of Chianti and one of my favourite albums released this decade. So, there!

Songs from the Shipyards (2012)

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

From left field

A trawl through the web (firmly grounded in vanity and boredom) yielded the discovery that the tracks from the first full-lengther released by my long defunct group, The Fellow Americans, are available on YouTube, apparently courtesy of the site's automated "video discovery system". YouTube's automated system had created a channel for session musician Malcolm McNab, under which the videos can be found. The correlation between a musician who has worked with Spielberg and Zappa, and a mediocre garage rock band hailing from north Texas? CDBaby, it seems, as both of us have products on the site that we're peddling (which, admittedly, I have forgotten about). Technology can make strange bedfellows...

Presenting "Exhibit A":

Search For Numb (2007)

Sunday, December 7, 2014


Continued work on a Pop Clearinghouse project which originally began back in the spring of this year. For various personal reasons, this particular round of mucking about in the studio has been going at a pace slower than Phil Gramm doped up on goofballs. Two tunes have been completed, several scrapped, and one that is currently being reworked for the third time. These are not complex ditties, mind you, but the development of ideas has become a somewhat laborious and tedious process for yours truly over the past few years. Whinge, whinge, whinge, I know...

In the meantime (and since this is the month of generally blowing loads of dosh), a track from last year's release. About as festive as I will ever get:

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Adieu, Ian

Small Faces, Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake (1968)

Ronnie Wood, The First Barbarians: Live from Kilburn (2007)

Monday, September 8, 2014

New track action

Another product created during a sleepless night. Tinkered about in the studio this past weekend and recorded the following track, which is available to play and/or download via SoundCloud and Bandcamp. May do some sort of video for it sometime this week, as well. Fin.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

An Essential Peel Session

Found another gem on YouTube pertaining to Essential Logic. From a session on the late, great John Peel's BBC Radio 1 programme, which happened to coincide on the date of my birth (6 February 1979).

And now... nearly 14.5 minutes of greatness:

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Numero dos

Another track released from the Brovegrove Lads' Boxing Day jamaroony thingamajig. So, there.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

"Frame of Gnomes", perhaps?

Last night I uploaded a tune to Bandcamp from a project currently in the works. Think of the track as a beta version of Windows, sans the ruthless corporate tactics and the BSOD... whatever that means. This preview will be available online until the end of the week.

*Edited 2 June 2014: Track has been removed.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Essential auditory action

Essential Logic on the bill with Au Pairs, The Raincoats, The Pop Group, John Cooper Clarke, and The Slits at the Beat The Blues Festival, 15 June 1980. Bonus treat: "Shaking Our Shake", a tune which does not appear on any of their studio releases (though this song repeats several times in its entirety from its commencement until the end of the clip, which of course means "The Order Form", "The Captain", "Martian Man", "Eugene", and "Wake Up" are absent from the video).

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

A wee little eleven and a half minute ditty

The first track released under the Brokegrove Lads moniker, which is a tip o' the hat tune to the late Mick Farren. From our inaugural (and presently, sole) improv "one-taker" recording session on Boxing Day at Eagle Audio Recording with Britt Robisheaux behind the boards.

Me: guitar and vocals
Robert Kramer: bass
Ken Shimamoto: guitar
Terry Valderas: drums, synth, and organ

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Adieu, Bob

Damn and blast. A nod to Mr. Hoskins, who died yesterday at the age of 71. The last track and video that was released under the JATSDFM moniker, which was inspired (obviously) by a- er, quite memorable scene, from one of my favourite films, The Long Good Friday. What better way to remember the man, eh? Many other ways, actually, but nevertheless...

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

More bits n' bobs

"Uncle Insomnia" returned a while back, which has left me feeling (as one may expect) not at my mental and physical best for quite some time. Needless to say, I do not enjoy it. The fatigue, edginess, and general "thick-headiness" (which usually results in "thick-tongueiness") are counterbalanced by a spur of creative energy during these spells of sleeplessness, ironically. I wished that I could be as motivated and productive regarding my auditory shenanigans when I am rested and in full command of my faculties.

Whinge, whinge, whinge, I know...

Moving on... Been immersing myself into the works of Lyla Foy during the past couple of weeks, who I discovered when she performed on Loose Ends. Ended up purchasing her latest album, Mirrors the Sky (2014). Really solid stuff, me thinks!

(Released under the "Wall" moniker; 2012)

Shoestring EP (2013)

Mirrors the Sky (2014)

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Sunday, April 13, 2014

The Gaul of it all: A stream of consciousness

Began the evening with tinkering about in the studio and ended up listening to the works of French composer/singer/poet/anarchist Léo Ferré.

Don't ask. There is no logic to this...

Posted below are a couple of his songs that seem to particularly resonate with me, though my grasp of the French language is next to nil. Music is a wonderful medium for transcending languages and cultures, indeed.

Les Fleurs du mal (1957)

Amour Anarchie (1970)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Joining the modern world

Finished recording vocals for the Brokegrove Lads tunes this past Sunday, after which I retired my ancient computer from service. Regardless of the various hardware and software "gremlins", I kept it in use to help expedite the recording project, as I had surmised that it would take a bit of time for me to become acquainted with the new audio and video programmes. Old dog/new tricks, etc. etc. ... The new rig seems to be working quite well, and I have begun the process of familiarizing myself with the newfangled (well... to me, at least) editors (ACID Music Studio 10, WaveLab Elements 8, and Lightworks 11.5). Fingers crossed.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

A "logical" follow-up (and the obvious continuation of bad puns utilized for post titles)

Finally getting around to transferring my collection of Essential Logic and Lora Logic vinyl to digital. Tonight: The twelve inch single, "Wonderful Offer" (1981). Uploaded a video onto YouTube for the second B-side track, "Rather Than Repeat", which, as one could conclude upon viewing, puts the works of Kubrick and Lucas to shame...

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Sleepy Time Cinema

I had a dream that I was watching Aaron Neville perform "Belsen Was a Gas" in the cafeteria at the primary school that I attended as a wee nipper (Bruce Shulkey Elementary), who was donning an outfit that consisted of lunch trays while constantly tossing a hula hoop into the air. Perhaps it was a repressed memory that resurfaced. Sounds feasible, yes?

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Sequel to the previous post: "The Definition of Cool"

Well, for me, at least.

The fascination with the work of Lora Logic began with the discovery of X-Ray Spex at the pimply age of fifteen (via the gateway known as the Sex Pistols), and it continues to this day. While most of my peers were getting their kicks from gangsta rap and/or grunge during the early to mid-Nineties, I was immersing myself into the music and culture of Seventies punk and post-punk (many a time behind the times, me). Her inspiration for me regarding my auditory creations (and my penchant for wool caps- well, her and Mike Nesmith on that accord) has been immense, to say the least. Now, if I only had a miniscule amount of her talent...

Here is a video for the B-side of "Wonderful Offer" that I had uploaded onto YouTube a while back. As one can tell, no expense was spared on the production of my visual creation:

Saturday, March 22, 2014

A bit of "polylogical" listening for the past week

Uncovered a couple of gems on YouTube during the week. Video footage of Susan Whitby/Lora Logic/Syama Manjari and Poly Styrene performing with their Hare Krsna comrades at Glastonbury in 1983 (a tip o' the proverbial to krsnaoldschool for uploading these clips back in November!). "Got Me in a Nutshell" was new to me, and I prefer this version of "Trick of the Witch" to the one from the Gods and Goddesses EP (1986). Absolutely brill tunes, me thinks!

Arise from your slumber, Baldy

Yes, folks (anyone out there?), it's been nearly a year since my last entry on this blog. Things and stuff happen. During my absence from this blog, I have:

1. Began a new audio/visual project called Pop Clearinghouse, which is currently in development (though several audio tracks can be found here).

2. Resigned my commission with Hentai Improvising Orchestra due to obligatory personal reasons, none of which have anything to do with my former colleagues.

3. Recorded an album with Robert Kramer (ESP, Tabla Rasa), Terry Valderas (Toadies, The Gideons), and the bearded scribe (to keep with the theme, Stoogeaphilia and HIO) under the Brokegrove Lads moniker, which should be released sometime this year.

4. Fumbled my way through building a new computer and updating my recording setup in general.

So, back to the riveting posts that I am known for submitting...