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Friday, October 29, 2004

Art Study Version 2.0

Well well. It seems another friggin week has passed. WTF, mate? How is it that I'm already halfway through the term? I've got a midterm today and next week. I'm like, "Hey, wha' happen'd?" So last night and this morning, I've been cramming my brain full of historical art facts from my 1200 page Art History book. Did you know that Van Gogh was important not only for his use of color, but also because of his distinctive brushstroke? Now we both know. You know, it's been said, "I don't know much about art.", but I say, "Everything I needed to know about art history, I don't think I've learned yet". Between school, lots of work back at the office and the World Series, and the speakeasy tonight, I haven't had too much ME time. It's time I get back in touch with an old friend - myself. Ha! Just kidding. I don't want to get to know me at all. Oh and forget what I said about the speakeasy. The first rule of the speakeasy is "there is no speakeasy."

Anyway, thanks for all the band name suggestions, they've all been submitted to the committee, so expect about 9 months of debates, before the band decides to keep the name as it is already.

Currently listening to: "I Believe in You" by Kylie & the Scissor Sisters. This is a really really terrific disco/dance song. I can't get enough of it. I've listened to it on repeat for several times in a row now. I got it over at newfluxblog, I believe. This song always gets booties out to the dance floor, believe me. If you've not heard the Scissor Sisters, well, first get out of that cave you've been living in, then find a friend who has the album that you can copy it from, you'll like it. They do a really terrific cover of Comfortably Numb, in like a disco style. It's very nice.

Friday, October 22, 2004

Groove is in the heart

So, I "sat in" (played drums) for one set with Jamin (upright bass), Luke (electric guitar) and McLane (sax and floot) (aka The Trio of 3) at Costello's (over on about 23rd and NE Broadway) last night. It was pretty fun. 99% original instrumental light swing/loungey/bossanova/cocktail music. Everybody loved it, and so it looks like I'll probably be playing with them more. The one cover we did was Watermelon Man, which goes like "ba ba ba, pa da da do do dada, ba ba ba da da da do do da" etc. The thing is, everybody hates the band name "The Trio of 3". Especially me. So, if anybody has ideas for the new band(which will be 4 of us)'s name, please suggest here, by posting a comment.
Also, when I first parked and was unloading my drums, I'm pretty sure there was a drive-by shooting about a block away. Gunshots + speeding cars = drive-by, right?

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Yeah, I see fish...

Hola, coma testas? Had my Spanish class today, and for the first time I understood at least half of what the teacher was saying. Probably thanks to the 2 weeks worth of homework that I caught up on, on Sunday. The Stanfills came with Marisa and I up the gorge, to the fish hatchery on Sunday, which was totally rad. In the "spawning room" (aka killing floor/death room) they have a Coke machine, and a candy dispenser, and I thought it would be a really great idea for them to have a fish dispenser. Or at least a canned tuna dispenser. Maybe even canned salmon. Anyway, Marisa and I go up there every October, it was one of our first "dates", even though Feaver was with us on our first time there. It's a good cheep date. And there's a gift store where you can get chocolate-covered fish, and fish-covered chocolates.

Currently listening to: City of Blinding Lights (live) - U2 - from a bootleg recording at a BBC TV show last week. It's a really great song, reminiscent of Where the Streets have no Name and The Unforgettable Fire. Go to the forum at to find a place to download this song.

Friday, October 15, 2004

That young witch on the WB.

Well, today it looks like I'm playing a last minute gig with Jaycob Van Auken for a democratic rally at the PSU park blocks. The guest speaker is supposed to be Alyssa Milano, of "Who's the Boss?" fame. She was also once married to the singer of Remy Zero. She was also in "Commando" starring Arnold Schwarzennbacher, now the Republic guv of Calliflower. Should be a fun time. Everybody get there at 2:00.
Vote, democrat.

Monday, October 11, 2004

The Art of Public Music

You should be able to hear my "band" (Jonny and I) on this internet radio station:
Although, last time I checked it was temporarily down. Give it a whirl though.
The tracklist for the latest mix cd I made is this:

Shake That Ass On The Dance Floor - Vicious Vicious Blood & Clover
Stoned Love - The Supremes Hitsville USA, The Motown Singles Collection 1959-1971 (Disc 4)
The Judgment - Solomon Burke Don't Give up on me
This Is to Mother You - Sinéad O'Connor Gospel Oak
Return To Oz - Scissor Sisters Scissor Sisters
Return - OK GO OK GO
The Model - Belle & Sebastian Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like A Peasant
After the Fall - Elvis Costello Mighty like a Rose
Cascade - Peter Murphy Cascade
A It Miek (Original Version) - Desmond Dekker Anthology 1963 To 1999
Evil - Interpol Antics
Fog - Radiohead Knives Out (single)
Hard To Handle - Carl Dawkins The Upsetter + 8
Air on a G String - Walter Carlos Bach-Carlos: Switched-On Bach 2000
A Whiter Shade Of Pale - Willie Nelson Always On My Mind
Shine - Worm Is Green Automagic
Jesus - The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground
I've Lived On A Dirt Road All My Life - Manitoba Up In Flames
(I'm A) Roadrunner - Jr. Walker & The All Stars Hitsville U.S.A., The Motown Singles Collection 1959-1971
Rockin' Chair - Hoagy Carmichael Hoagy Carmichael And Friends: Stardust Melodies
Deep Purple - April Stevens & Nino Tempo Atlantic Hit 45's '58-'77
Vega-Tables - Brian Wilson SMiLE

Hope you can make head and tails out of this.
God bless the iPod.

Have I mentioned that of the 25 kids in my drawing class, I'm a top contended for "worst drawer in class"? Its true. But I don't let it get me down.

And most importantly, RIP Christopher Reeve. You truly were a super man.
Everybody go rent "Noises off" starring 2 now dead actors, Christopher Reeve and that guy from 3s Company. And it has Michael Caine, so you know it rocks, in a respectable way.

Thursday, October 07, 2004

Only the young die good

Aye Carumba! It's been a while, and yes, I'm sorry. I'm fairly busy with school work, and with recording. That's right, recording. My church (The Helix - Sundays @ 11am @ The Bagdad Theater) is recording a cd of original "worship" songs. I put the word worship in quotes because the music we play will never be confused with songs like "Shout to the Lord" or "Step by Step" or "The Lord told Noah to build him an arky arky". We make essentially modern rock music in the vein of U2, The Cure, The Pixies, and (I like to think) old Radiohead. And if you come to our meeting on Sunday am, you should probably bring earplugs, because the stuff gets loud. Ok, so my point was, we're doing an album of songs and I spent the majority of the past 2 days at Jonny's house recording the drum traxx. We did 17 songs, in 2 days. That's a helluva lot of songs in a short time, and I have to admit, I'm pretty pleased with how I played and how the drums sound in Jonny's living room. And thank god for the computer, for those oh-so-few moments when I added a bit too much flavor to a song, or decided to play the chorus instead of the verse (an artistic decision, not a mistake, I swear!), the ol' compy can just copy and paste away anything deemed "a departure from the correct time signature and tempo".

I played in Lapine last weekend with my friend Jeremy Thom and his worship band. Very fun, kind of a culture shock. Downtown Lapine, if you would even call it that, is basically a bowling alley, a pizzeria, a hotel, and a gas station. The temperature varies from 82 in the afternoon, to 22 in the night. We stayed with some very friendly smalltown folks. Chrissy was in charge of the house Marisa and I slept at. Her parents were out of town, but she was a fine hostess anyway. She provided lots of popcorn, and a pretty decent Sandler/Barrymore movie called "50 first dates". Kind of like Memento meets Jackass meets E.T.

Currently listening to: Coast to Coast - Elliott Smith, from his forthcoming "From a basement on the hill" cd. Teresa picked up this cd on her recent jaunt to NY, at Bleecker St. records. This is a great opening song from a great posthumous album. I wish he was still alive. Not to be a downer, but I was pretty sad when he died. Someone once said "Only the good die young." Someone else said "Only the young die good". Get this album though, it's totally great.