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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Neil Young & Devo

Neil Young & Devo

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Watch the whole damned thing.

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Friday, November 23, 2007


I need someone to go to see this with me at Dobie.

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Thursday, November 22, 2007

Why dont you just go ahead and spend a little time here...


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You ain't half as raw-

you need to practice more.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

The RZA Invented Final Scratch / Serato Scratch


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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Teddybears - Punk Rocker (DJ Eli Remix)

The Teddybears version is great, but as usual DJ Eli takes it to another level.

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The Word According to Bobby Cuzin

I stumbled onto this randomly. Recognize that voice?

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Monday, November 19, 2007

Slow Touring

I had this idea today for a slow tour. Basically, the idea is take 2 days at every city/stop. Get to meet the people. Have them take you around. This is best during the summer, because you can go swimming every 2 days or so, and that way your body will not atrophy. Also, this gives you time to read a book on tour and practice your instrument.

I was thinking about where in the ideal situation I would like to be. Radiohead is in a pretty good spot, they only tour when they want and they only make albums when they want, and those guys probably consume whatever music they want for as often as they want. They are totally professional. BUT, the thing is the dudes had to tour for 2 years on Pablo Honey, to the point where they felt like they were living in a time warp (I think Thom was the one who I read said that). I don't think I'm interested in making that sort of sacrifice. The answer then is . I'm confident that I'm "real" enough that I'm not going to destroy some sort of rock and roll myth by hanging out with people, and anyways, real interaction is the point anyways.

But first vacation is first. This spring I am taking classes for fun (post graduation)
The lineup reads as follows:

Music of Indonesia
Music of the African Diaspora
Blues Routes
History of Jazz (the one for jazz majors, as opposed to jazz appreciation)

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Captain Beefhearts 10 Commandments for Guitarists

1. LISTEN TO THE BIRDS That's where all the music comes from. Birds know everything about how it should sound and where that sound should come from. And watch hummingbirds. They fly really fast, but a lot of times they aren't going anywhere.
2. YOUR GUITAR IS NOT REALLY A GUITAR Your guitar is a divining rod. Use it to find spirits in the other world and bring them over. A guitar is also a fishing rod. If you're good, you'll land a big one.
3. PRACTICE IN FRONT OF A BUSH Wait until the moon is out, then go outside, eat a multi-grained bread and play your guitar to a bush. If the bush doesn't shake, eat another piece of bread.
4. WALK WITH THE DEVIL Old delta blues players referred to amplifiers as the "devil box." And they were right. You have to be an equal opportunity employer in terms of who you're bringing over from the other side. Electricity attracts demons and devils. Other instruments attract other spirits. An acoustic guitar attracts Casper. A mandolin attracts Wendy. But an electric guitar attracts Beelzebub.
5. IF YOU'RE GUILTY OF THINKING, YOU'RE OUT If your brain is part of the process, you're missing it. You should play like a drowning man, struggling to reach shore. If you can trap that feeling, then you have something that is fur bearing.
6. NEVER POINT YOUR GUITAR AT ANYONE Your instrument has more power than lightning. Just hit a big chord, then run outside to hear it. But make sure you are not standing in an open field.
7. ALWAYS CARRY YOUR CHURCH KEY You must carry your key and use it when called upon. That's your part of the bargain. Like One String Sam. He was a Detroit street musician in the fifties who played a homemade instrument. His song "I Need A Hundred Dollars" is warm pie. Another church key holder is Hubert Sumlin, Howlin' Wolf's guitar player. He just stands there like the Statue of Liberty making you want to look up her dress to see how he's doing it.
8. DON'T WIPE THE SWEAT OFF YOUR INSTRUMENT You need that stink on there. Then you have to get that stink onto your music.
9. KEEP YOUR GUITAR IN A DARK PLACE When you're not playing your guitar, cover it and keep it in a dark place. If you don't play your guitar for more than a day, be sure to put a saucer of water in with it.
10. YOU GOTTA HAVE A HOOD FOR YOUR ENGINE Wear a hat when you play and keep that hat on. A hat is a pressure cooker. If you have a roof on your house the hot air can't escape. Even a lima bean has to have a wet paper towel around it to make it grow.

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Sunday, November 18, 2007

Can I Get A...

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Saturday, November 17, 2007

Report on Reports on CMJ Bands: I'm callin yall bitches out

guess what? Most bands fucking suck. Most bands are talentless hacks that dont care about music as much as being in a band. They don't realize they are embarassing themselves by posing as a good band and going through what they think the motions of a good band are when really they suck. Being in a good/original band is hard. Its easier to copy other people. And marketing is completely not related to that at all. So what you get is effective marketers/local NYC bands that arent that good playing before an increasingly educated audience. You get people going to these shows wondering "why the fuck do all these bands have trumpets? that cant be random can it? Do you think these idiots think trumpet is the fast track to being the next Arcade Fire? Does anyone still like Arcade Fire?"

I think we are going to get a correction soon. As in, the market will correct itself like a stock market, only instead of stocks rebounding, its the level of quality in bands that is going to have to go back up. The audience is getting too smart for shit bands. They will hit a wall. Its like Eminem said: "you only get one shot" and right now we are watching an entire wave of shit bands blowing their one shot cause they dont have the fucking chops and all their songs blow (and they think that because they figured out a way to get people to their shows that means they are good). Shit rises to the surface, and music lovers are going to keep digging, because its never been easier.

Heres my advice to you if you are in a shitty band: it doesnt matter if people come see you, because you suck. Take a couple years to go practice and LISTEN TO SOME FUCKING GOOD MUSIC before you find a bigger stage to fucking embarrass yourself on.

But yeah, I wasnt there, thats just what I read :P

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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

SoundWIRE concert friday at CCRMA

CCRMA SoundWire
im performing in a concert on friday consisting of about 40 a big orchestra.

around 10 performers will be in new york
10 or so will be at ucsd in san diego
and then about 20 of us are at CCRMA

its a candy coated cacophony of colliding crashes, clanks, and creaks. no really. it's pretty difficult to coordinate 30+ musicians, especially over the wire and with instruments ranging from classical violin to homecoded-transducer-glitch-distortomatic. yet believe it or not, theres been a couple (read, precisely two) times this semester when we've hit that sweet spot and really made magic.

anyway, i've been playing the harmonica basically cause it's what i have. pauline oliveros (a living legend) sat in last week, offering great words of encouragement; telling us we sucked at first but noting that it was really just our frustration at a continent-wide soundcheck that took just under 2 hours to kind of complete. looking at it that way, it was awesome to see all of our aggression explode, and then subside into quite a tame, melodically sound piece.

anyway, you'd hope it'd be broadcast but i bet most of the tech goes into wiring us into RPI in new york and ucsd in san diego. hopefully youtubes will follow later.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2007



Impressive...Very Impressive

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Monday, November 12, 2007

Strange Boys video

went looking on the internet and found this:

dig what sounds like almost a walking bass line, and the drum breaks, too...

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Saturday, November 10, 2007


some "dwarf rock"

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"Shoulda bought another tom"

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Saturday, November 3, 2007

...but love the blogotheque

givin shoutouts to our ATX Homeboys. Play spot the local landmark! Is that Hemphill Park? Jad Fair's....barn? Wha wha?

Episdoe 4 found here:

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