Saturday, April 16, 2005

The Talented Bastard

I'm listening to the new Nine Inch Nails album "With Teeth"...
it's leaked right here on the internets and I'm sure you can find it.
You're smart.
even the tunes I don't like are worth studying and have interesting stuff going on in them.
Senor Reznor has great drums sounds all over this.
The kind of drum sounds I try to get and would like to hear more in hip-hop and everywhere.
There are songs that make me think of The Faint and LCD Soundsystem.
I'm sure I'll end up hearing parts of this record more than I ever need to,
but right now I'll be giving it a few more close listens...
You notice I don't mention the lyrics...
that's intentional.

Vinyl Mine

Vinyl Mine:
"Bongwater made it cool again to love those 'old' uncool songs by taking them apart and smooshing them back together into something cooler, stronger, better, lo-fi, immediate, direct and with muchus sonicus maximus."

Double Bummer was one of THE records of my college years.
Kramer totally shaped my recording/engineering aesthetic.
If I wasn't on my way to rehearsal this is where I'd talk about Shockabilly, The Chadbournes, etc...
but I have to run...

on another note...
Go see "Elemental" at Diverseworks tonight.
It was great.
Then go to Helios and see ** Symphony with Les Saucy Pants and Mike Hagga...
should be a fun show...

Friday, April 15, 2005


Went and saw Medea last night.
Great show.
The narrative is clear and powerful,
the production is both challenging and accessable...
it's fun,
and heartbreaking,
and powerful,
and weird...
Everybody is good in it,
but Tamarie, Charlesanne, and Jeff just kill...
I always expect to be impressed with IBP,
but this show really went beyond my expectations...
Kudos to Charlie Scott and the whole gang!

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Tools for Participatory Culture: Corante > Copyfight >

Tools for Participatory Culture: Corante > Copyfight >:
"Tools for Participatory Culture"

Let me know when you've got your videos up,
and where...
I have one short music video I made before my camera was stolen (years ago)
I think I'll try out google video when I get home...

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

the_unexplained: So tonight I spied on Area 51. Actually

the_unexplained: So tonight I spied on Area 51. Actually

O.k. try to find a cooler use of google maps satellite feature...
go ahead...


"The Republican majority promised after the 1994 elections to manage the House in a way that fostered 'deliberative democracy,' which they defined as the 'full and free airing of conflicting opinions through hearings, debates, and amendments.' They also pledged in their Contract with America to 'restore accountability to Congress' and to 'end its cycle of scandal and disgrace.' Instead of sticking to their word, they have broken their promises, betrayed the public trust, and abused their power. Specifically, they have undermined the ethics of the House, abandoned any principle of procedural fairness or democratic accountability, and overreached into private family matters and the federal judiciary. "

Anything else to add?
Well, Pelosi's got plenty...

whatever happened to "the adults" being in charge?

for those who live in cities & more

Saw the Dos Chicas show - for those who live in cities - last night. Really dug it. Karen sounded awesome. Find time to see this show before it closes.

Tried to blog a few times yesterday, but blogger fought me all the way...

Working 7am-4pm this week and it's killing me.

Mornings suck, and the earlier ya start 'em the worse they suck.

I'm listening to two of my co-workers discuss evolution vs. the garden of eden and I'm trying to keep my mouth shut. Somehow I don't think talking about the Reptilians performing genetic experiments on our ancestors would be the answer they'd be looking for...


Monday, April 11, 2005

The Most Reclusive Man In Music Becomes Less Reclusive

Rummage Through The Crevices: The Most Reclusive Man In Music Becomes Less Reclusive

So, how do we get him to play a Houston gig?

Sea of Red #1

Sea of Red #1:
"It's lurid and violent, but then if you're not looking for lurid and violent, you're probably not in the market for a vampire pirate comic."

if you're not in the market for a vampire pirate comic I have to wonder what's wrong with you?

Sunday, April 10, 2005

A few words from Thomas Paine - via James Wolcott

James Wolcott: Sunday Sermonette:

"All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian, or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit."

--Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason

and in the post beneath this one Wolcott points out that the New York Historical Society is running an exhibit called "Thomas Paine: Patriot and Provocateur". As a humanist you might guess that Paine is my favorite founding father, and he's always the one I think of when they talk of this country being founded on the principles of Christianity...


"In response, DeLay and his aides have said repeatedly they were unaware of Abramoff's behind-the-scenes financing role. 'Those S.O.B.s,' Abramoff said last week about DeLay and his staffers, according to his luncheon companion. 'DeLay knew everything. He knew all the details.'"

The obvious thing to do now is to get Abramoff under oath and ask him directly what Delay knew and when.