I’d love to get any feedback from you.
When I get stuff in the mail, it also gives me fodder for making zines and things.
I’d love to get any feedback from you.
When I get stuff in the mail, it also gives me fodder for making zines and things.
I know that I need to put myself out there more if I want to accomplish my goals. My natural inclination is avoid everybody, though.
Procrastination is another big problem of mine. I “rack disiprine.”
I try REALLY hard to do better. But, I’m my own worst enemy. I self-sabotage everything.
I have put myself on a regular schedule, of sorts, to take care of everyday things, so I don’t have to think about it much. I make myself a daily to-do list. Otherwise, I don’t think I’d get anything done. But, it isn’t foolproof. I still get sidetracked with something else a lot. I tend to fixate on something, to the exclusion of everything else, and lose track of time.
I was thinking about the creative process, the thinking process. If I document it, publicly, maybe this will help to keep me motivated, creative and honest. When I write to friends or collaborate with other people I seem to get more stuff done. It helps, I guess. I might be less likely to throw everything away before I’m finished.
I’m blogging for my Patreon-supporters (the Superduper Secret SpaceCat Blog) almost every week-ish . I share things to keep it interesting.
I had a busy week or two, making a bunch of horror movie themed paintings for a show at the Phoenix Cafe’ and putting together a short movie for the Planet 9 Film Festival. Now that it’s over I’m catching up on neglected housework and van repairs.
Moving on to the next thing or so;
I doubt if I will perform alone again for awhile. Had a bad experience a few weeks ago. Was offered another gig in two months. But, I’ll pass, just stick to recording for the time being.
Recently, I showed my art and submitted a last-minute entry into the Planet 9 Film Fest, I Dream of SpaceCat. The festival is appearing in Detroit, Chicago, and Los Angeles. The Detroit date did not go as planned. Well, the event got relocated three times and was scheduled as a matinee. A few of the bar regulars and the filmmakers themselves showed up. But, I think that was about it. Oh well. Maybe it will get played in the other cities. I dunno.
If you were unable to see this short video in the full context of the festival, maybe you would like to see it here. I doubt that I will ever commercially release it, as-is. Maybe elements will resurface in other projects, someday. It’s possible. Admittedly, it’s not a cinema masterpiece by any measure. But, all things considered, for what it is it turned out pretty good, I think.
I saw these two perform at the Gold Dollar twenty years ago, today.
I could not find a single bit of information about them beyond their discography.
But, anyway, here is a link to their Discog page. Enjoy!
I was going through my hard drive, looking at designs for new guitars and custom instruments. I didn’t know if anybody would care about this sort of thing, except other musicians… maybe. Of course, lacking any money, I build these things as opportunities come along. I can probably work on the cheaper ones for awhile.
I always liked the customized design of Jimmy Page’s Les Paul Guitars, with push-pull knobs enabling coil-tapping and phase-shifting. But, I like baritone guitars a lot, too. The first draft at my version went something like this:
I kept making further refinements. Although Les Pauls have a nice tone, the original construction needs work. The headstocks are notorious for breaking easily. So, I changed it to a Zachary Guitars “samurai sword” style headstock. Also, I prefer guitar bodies with an offset waist, for comfort. So, I would keep the maple top mahogany body, just shape it more comfortably like a Fender Jazzmaster or Jaguar.
I played around with different pickup configurations, different woods, a graphite reinforced neck, etc.. I gave a Fender Bass VI style body a try.
Then, I moved on to basses. I want to combine a Fender Jazz, Precision, and Rickenbacker style tones together. Maybe a Gibson Thunderbird. Maybe not. But, I know it would not sound like any of them if I tried to do that. A close approximation would be nice, though.
It is possible that the only way around this is to build a different one for each specific tone. But, I thought about including Line 6 Variax Bass wiring hooked to a piezo pickup for variety. Not sure if it would work.
This is all out of my price range, for now. I considered having the body made, then adding parts as I go along. The neck is the most expensive piece. I don’t know to what degree solid graphite necks can be customized. Having a comfortable neck is very important. I think a “Soft V” contour is the right shape for me. But, I’m not sure. If a pro shop could work out details like that with me it would be extremely helpful.
Making experimental “noise machines” is a lot easier for me to put together on a low budget. The most common that I like making are basically stringed instruments built from scrap wood and junk.
Anything that makes a sound is fair game, though.
One thing that I thought about getting, for a long time, is a DJ rack case & table. It could store all sorts of effects, make room to operate small devices, and give me something to stand behind. But, they aren’t cheap. This is at the very bottom of my wishlist.
So, there it is. That is just some of the things I’ve been working on, for a long time. I’ll probably build the noise machines sooner than the rest. It would great if I could scrape together enough money to do the basses / guitars, though. I’ll just continue doing what I’m doing until then.
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I’ve been drawing & painting since I could walk. My parents even tried persuading me to turn professional and go into advertising as a career. PFFFFFFFTT! Fuck that. I cannot think of a more surefire way to suck out and destroy any enjoyment from creativity than having a boss tell you what to do, and when. Furthermore, selling your soul to marketing agencies adds insult to injury.
Usually, my artwork was given to friends or destroyed and discarded. I started selling my art locally in the 1990’s. But, not really understanding how the professional art world works, I only sold items in person at music venues or record stores (wherever I happened to be). I have been reluctant about taking it any further than that.
I don’t really have a lot of room to keep anything. I rented a storage unit for about a year, until I could no longer afford it. So, if no one wants what I make, it often goes into the garbage. Maybe the rats and seagulls at the landfill can use it for a nest.
I’m finally dipping my toe into the “real” art world. I was offered to showcase some paintings. So, I figured maybe I should sell some. I have an account online at ArtPal. There isn’t much there, yet. I’m only beginning, just now. But, I will continue to put pieces up there if it interests anybody. I thought about it for a little bit and decided to do commissions, too. If it doesn’t work out, I will stop.
I made a few updates to my Patreon account rewards, since I’m doing this. Patrons can get discounts on merchandise and original artwork. Details will be listed with items as they are posted.
We will see where this goes, then.
This is my tribute to Andy Warhol, on the 35th anniversary of his scene in the movie “66 Scenes From America” by danish filmmaker Jorgen Leth. The movie was shot in 1982 and has a total duration of 39 minutes. It consists of a series of shots (or moving postcards) that outline daily life across the USA in the 1980’s.
Jorgen Leth did not know Warhol, but he was a bit obsessed with him so he definitely wanted to have him in his movie. Friends told Leth that he “should forget about it” and that he could never even approach Warhol.
Anyways – Leth was stubborn so when he came to New York for his movie he simply went to the “factory”, the building Warhol had rented to work at and despite all other claims simply managed to get to Warhol’s studio inside where he met Andy Warhol while he was currently working.
Leth just told Warhol about his movie and the idea of having Andy being one of the 66 scenes along with the highly “symbolic” burger. Warhol immediately liked the idea and agreed to the scene. Andy liked the scene as he said because it was such a real scene, something he would like to do.
So Andy Warhol agreed to come for filming a few days later.
Jorgen leth was a bit afraid that Warhol would not come. He had invited him to a photo studio in new York at 14th street/5th avenue that belonged to a friend of him.
Leth had his assistant buy some burgers and directly advised him to buy some in halfway neutral packaging as Leth was afraid that Warhol might reject some brands (Warhol always had an obsession with some of his favorite brands).
So Andy Warhol finally did arrive at the studio, of course along with his bodyguards, and when he saw the selection of burgers the assistant had brought he asked “Where is the McDonald’s?” and Leth – slightly in panic – was immediately like “I thought you would maybe not like to identify… “ and Warhol answered “no that is the most beautiful”. Leth offered to let his assistant quickly run to McDonald’s but Warhol refused like “No, never mind, I will take the Burger King.”
Directing the video was pretty simple. Leth said to him: “You simply have to eat this hamburger. And then after you finished, you have to eat it, after you finish you should just tell the camera, to the camera, my name is Andy Warhol, I have just eaten a hamburger. “
Leth was worried during the taking as he forgot to give Warhol a glass of water and the bottle of ketchup was brand new, so it was hard to get it out. But being a real Warhol there was only one take, one try, so Warhol pulled it through in just one take, roughly 5 minutes.
So, why a whopper from burger king?
A quote from Andy Warhol:
“What’s great about this country is that America started the tradition where the richest consumers buy essentially the same things as the poorest. You can be watching TV and see Coca-Cola, and you know that the President drinks Coke, Liz Taylor drinks Coke, and just think, you can drink Coke, too. A Coke is a Coke and no amount of money can get you a better Coke than the one the bum on the corner is drinking. All the Cokes are the same and all the Cokes are good. Liz Taylor knows it, the President knows it, the bum knows it, and you know it. “
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One year ago.
Damn, time flies.
I shot this twenty years ago at the now-defunct Green Room, in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
July 19th 1997.
Man, time speeds up as you get older!
KnurlFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Knurl is the noise music project of Alan Bloor, Canadian experimental composer and sculptor. Based in Toronto, Ontario, Bloor has been performing and recording Knurl material since 1994, when his seminal harsh noise releases “Nervescrap” and “Initial Shock” were recorded and released. He has released over twenty albums internationally, and has collaborated with sound sculptors such as Jim O’Rourke, Thurston Moore, and Aube.
Bloor, originally from Windsor, Ontario, was involved in several bands in the early 80s, including a Hardcore punk band called “Binge of Violence.” After the band’s breakup, he pursued a career as a solo musician, studying jazz bass, as well as classical and flamenco guitar. In the late 1980s he began performing noise backgrounds at poetry readings in Detroit, Michigan, in which he experimented with his bass guitar by placing metal objects on the strings to produce the sounds (a technique often called prepared guitar).
Since that time, Bloor has delved heavily into experimentation with found objects as sound sources, which have included fan blades, typewriters, scrap metal and car springs. He has also supplied musical scores for performers Andrew Hammerson (ex DV-8) from the UK and Jake Brown, Montreal. Since the beginning of 1995 he has been performing solo as Knurl in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Detroit, and has explored a less harsh side of noise music in his acclaimed ambient music project called Pholde.
Knurl’s objective is to take music and strip it entirely of what we know music to be: it’s rhythm, melody, vocals, even production quality which is most associated with music today. Bloor records and performs without the assistance of computers, synthesizers or samplers. Labels that have released Knurl material include Alien8 Recordings, RRRecords, Solipsism, Harshnoise, Troniks, Gameboy, and Obscurica.
Sorry for the long absence.
My computer died.
I gave it to my aunt to work on.
She does IT work for the local school district.
Unable to fix it, she gave me another one that a school was getting rid of.
I tried to salvage what I could from the old one.
But, most of my programs and files were lost.
I’ve been searching for the missing software and restoring what I can.
My scanner/printer didn’t want to cooperate with the new computer.
I tried replacing it.
But, the replacements didn’t work either.
After a couple of days messing with it, I finally got it running.
My van has a million problems.
But, at least I got the front tire fixed that kept going flat.
I’ve replaced that tire THREE TIMES and it still kept going flat.
I thought maybe the rim was bent.
I had it looked at and they found a piece of metal lodged inside.
They patched it up.
Now, it shouldn’t be a problem anymore.
Only cost me $15 bucks (thank God)!
I tried to repay my grandmother $700 dollars I owe her.
She forgave some of it.
My ex forgave the $200 I owed her, too, since I’ve been helping her relocate and move her stuff.
Not sure how I’ll get my other debts paid.
But, I try not to get stressed out about it.
That really fucks up my creativity.
I have somebody living with me again.
Her name is Boo.
I named her after Boo Boo Kitty, the beloved stuffed animal on “Laverne & Shirley”… not Yogi Bear’s sidekick.
A couple of years ago, about a week before Christmas, I stopped at a Kroger’s for some food and pop.
The weather was pretty bad.
It was really cold and the snow was kinda deep.
But, we were out of everything back at our apartment.
The first thing I saw upon entering is somebody holding a cardboard box with a meowing kitten inside.
The employees had found it by the dumpster behind the store.
There were no other cats in the area.
The clerks at Kroger’s were looking for somebody to give it a home, or else they were going to send it to the pound.
Animals aren’t kept there very long before they are put down.
My then-girlfriend and I already had four rescue cats.
But, I didn’t want the poor thing to be harmed.
So, I bought some cat food and took her home with me.
I put the box in the backseat and went home.
But, she managed to get the lid open halfway there.
Totally freaking out, because she never rode in a car before, she jumped onto my head and held on for dear life.
I was able to move her down to my chest, with her arms around my neck, and continued driving the car with her like that.
I put her back inside the box and walked in.
My girlfriend tried guessing what I had in the box.
But, it wasn’t long before Boo popped her head out, purring loudly.
We never had any extra money around to buy Christmas presents for each other.
But, I think Boo made up for it that year.
The other cats raised her, like a foster family.
The next year my girlfriend left, though.
It isn’t like we were fighting or anything.
We are still friends.
But, I think, between our disabilities and state of mind, we were bringing each other down.
She took three of the cats.
I was forced to give away one and euthanize the other, who was extremely sick.
It was very sad.
In the few years since we have lived apart, I have managed to get an affordable apartment of my own and somewhat stabilize my mental condition.
My ex was less fortunate.
She had many ups-and-downs after getting married, until finally their relationship seems to have acrimoniously ended.
She stayed with a friend for a few weeks, sleeping on the floor.
But, now, has a place of her own.
She couldn’t take all of the cats with her.
So, I got Boo back.
The building where I am only allows one pet per tenant, has costly pet fees, and the rules are kinda strict.
She had to get shots, a collar with a name tag, and a bunch of other stuff.
But, Boo is happy to be with me again.
I got her a cardboard scratching pad and a free cat tree from Craigslist someone was throwing away.
I made her litterbox from a plastic tray, construction grade trash bags, and a cardboard box that I found.
I can only afford dollar store cat food and litter.
But, she doesn’t mind.
She follows me around like a shadow and always wants attention.
She often sleeps on my chest or stomach while I’m in bed and curls up on my lap.
She has become my new meditation partner, reminding me to get started and joins me.
Sometimes, when she gets bored though, I can tell that she misses my ex and the other cats.
But, a little catnip and quality time cheers her up.
This is a nice little introduction to the term PLUNDERPHONICS, if you don’t know what that is. I am not the first, nor will I be the last, to sample and mash-up sound from many borrowed sources. It isn’t ALL that I do, of course. But, it is a very useful, powerfully flexible, artistic technique that I keep in my toolbox.
I like sound collage.
Hell, I like almost any collage.
I will use a piece of trash found behind a dumpster in a mixed-media painting if I think that it looks right to me.
For decades, I have collected lots of DVDs, VHS tapes, 8mm films, used records / CDs / tapes, and like finding more stuff online from pirate sites and YouTube.
So, I have a LOT of raw material available to dig through, if I want to find good samples to work with.
However, copyright law is often vague and messy. It is REALLY easy to get into deep trouble. I’ve had numerous videos removed from YouTube and lost many accounts there. I got threatened by Disney’s lawyers once. So, I probably won’t be uploading many videos containing samples, unless I think it might be ignored by YouTube’s anti-infringement algorithm.
Generally, I look for samples that are difficult to recognize. Just a few seconds. I will manipulate them to sound less identifiable, with some exceptions. But, whatever works for the song, works for the song.
My sentiments exactly!
I was 15 years old. I was depressed and my home life was shit. I had been sent to a shrink. It was bull shit. I got a skateboard and a Bad Religion album. And for the first time Infelt fucking alive. This path has given me head injuries; bad ankles; trashed shoulder; lost nights; strained relationships and all other manner of insanity. I wouldn’t trade any of it. I have friends old and recent that are my fucking family. It is the one thing that has always It’s the reason I didn’t open my skin when I wasn’t able to feel comfortable in it. It has ALWAYS unquestionably and unconditionally made me feel loved. 19 years later I look back and realize the wreckage a board and punk tunes have drug me through. It’s allowed me to survive and love life!
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I was gonna record a vlog to go with this (including a new song!). But, I didn’t get around to it. I’ll try to get it out this weekend, maybe. I have been digging through my old practice tapes and recording new demos for a couple of months now. I am not happy with a lot of it. But, you always have to dig through a lot of shit to find anything useful. Since I haven’t put out anything in a long time, I have been contributing to other people’s projects. I was asked by Uncle Ghoulie to provide some artwork and sounds to Truth Porn Militia – No Budget Radio Podcast. So, that is cool. I will be getting that out soon. There have also been some zines and other things requesting my input. So, I haven’t been completely unproductive, I guess.
I’m really beginning to wonder if maybe I should just give away my notes & artwork to let someone else make my movies. At least then they would get produced SOMEHOW. Tim Burton had almost nothing to do with making Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, yet his name is still in the title. He just gave his old sketchbook to another director and said, “Here. Knock yourself out.” Good idea? Bad idea? I don’t know. But, it looks like if I’m gonna produce it, it will likely be a few years until it it is done. Even if I cut costs to the absolute bone and it looks like dogshit, I don’t think I can get it done.
I’m crossing my fingers and hoping that I can get Theee Urban SpaceCat finally going this month. I should have enough raw material for a few issues already. I’ve been continually painting, drawing, recording, writing, etc. It really comes down to paying for putting it out there. I’ll deal with other expenses later, if it becomes necessary.
After over a year of keeping my stuff in storage, lacking enough funds, I recently had to let go of my storage unit. I have downsized a lot of it. So, at least I can fit everything in my grandmother’s garage (between the Christmas decorations and patio furniture). She gave me a nice bookshelf that was no longer wanted. So, I finally have somewhere to keep what is left of my vinyl LPs. I was very disappointed to realize how much of my collection that I’ve sold off.
She also gave me a free pizza promotional card that she got in the mail from Domino’s Pizza. I later brought the pizza back to her house. She, my nephew Michael, and I enjoyed a large deluxe. Mmmmmm.
I gotta finish cleaning up here, soon. There is an apartment inspection coming Monday. The landlord is making sure that no bed bugs have returned. Thankfully, the place has been pest-free for a year now. As a matter of fact, it was during the bug extermination last winter that I began renting my storage unit. So, it lasted one whole year.
I just got a small loan to cover my rent problem (last month’s check bounced!). I needed to pay two month’s rent and late/returned check fees IMMEDIATELY or I would get evicted. I’m not sure how much more financial Jiu-Jitsu I can pull off before it finally catches up with me. The van has a lot of mechanical problems needing fixing. I still cannot afford to put insurance on it. I’m risking jail time for driving without it (a misdemeanor in Michigan!). I’m in debt to my eyeballs to doctors & hospitals, credit cards, collection agencies, etc.
I set up a Patreon account. Maybe, I can find a little help from some folks, to fix my money situation. It is a long shot, I guess. But, what have I got to lose? I will post music, videos, and other stuff for patrons that won’t get released anywhere else. I’ll be adding more bonuses for supporters (t-shirts, stickers, magnets, flamethrowers, meat cannons, etc.) when I have them available. Any assistance is appreciated! Thanks.
Happy MLK Day!
“Grand Nagus Trump” gets sworn-in on Friday.
Strangely ironic that we begin this week celebrating a black American icon of civil rights and ending it with the inauguration of a white supremacist administration.
Barack Obama has been a better president than his predecessor, Dubya Shrub, in some ways. 28 of Obama’s Achievements In Office
But, in others, he has been far worse. Not only did he NOT stop the excesses of the Bush/Cheney administration. He put them on steroids! He has largely gotten away with it because he is charming, looks good, and speaks well. It could be argued that 8 years of Republican obstructionism prevented him from doing any better. But, his own actions and inactions speak for themselves.
I’m not entirely pessimistic, though.
With the sweeping election of Republicans across America and the incoming presidency of Donald Trump, there is finally an ugly face to put onto these policies. A unified campaign of progressives and moderates may be able to have a massive push-back in the 2018 mid-term elections. This should not be very difficult. Trump is already the most unpopular president in American history (and he hasn’t even been sworn-in yet). Republicans are already making ambitious plans that will be so vehemently despised by the country that they’d better hope that angry violent mobs don’t begin showing up on their doorstep with pitchforks and torches.
Donald Trump made many contradictory promises along his campaign. It is impossible for him to keep them all. But, progressives like Bernie Sanders are holding him to his word on policies that we agree with. If we can keep enough pressure on his administration, maybe we can minimize the damage he does and actually win a few victories, too. Maybe we can turn this impending disaster into a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
That, at least, gives me something to forward to for the next few years.
Uncle Sam Loses Billion$ From D.I.Y. I hear the acronym D.I.Y. (do it yourself) everywhere I go these days, it has put a new face on an old trend called problem solving. I used the D.I.Y. concept t…
I’m not sure how reliable some of these tests are.
I previously scored as an INTJ.
This time, it says INTP-T.
Maybe it is more detailed.
Hey Mike Nobody – you are “The Logician”.
Strategy: Constant Improvement
This trait determines how we interact with our environment.
Introverted individuals prefer solitary activities and get exhausted by social interaction. They tend to be quite sensitive to external stimulation (e.g. sound, sight or smell) in general. Read more
This trait shows where we direct our mental energy.
Intuitive individuals are very imaginative, open-minded and curious. They prefer novelty over stability and focus on hidden meanings and future possibilities. Read more
This trait determines how we make decisions and cope with emotions.
Thinking individuals focus on objectivity and rationality, prioritizing logic over emotions. They tend to hide their feelings and see efficiency as more important than cooperation. Read more
This trait reflects our approach to work, planning and decision-making.
Prospecting individuals are very good at improvising and spotting opportunities. They tend to be flexible, relaxed nonconformists who prefer keeping their options open. Read more
This trait underpins all others, showing how confident we are in our abilities and decisions.
Turbulent individuals are self-conscious and sensitive to stress. They are likely to experience a wide range of emotions and to be success-driven, perfectionistic and eager to improve. Read more
LOGICIAN PERSONALITY (INTP, -A/-T)
Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.
The Logician personality type is fairly rare, making up only three percent of the population, which is definitely a good thing for them, as there’s nothing they’d be more unhappy about than being “common”. Logicians pride themselves on their inventiveness and creativity, their unique perspective and vigorous intellect. Usually known as the philosopher, the architect, or the dreamy professor, Logicians have been responsible for many scientific discoveries throughout history.
The Unexamined Life Is Not Worth Living
Logicians are known for their brilliant theories and unrelenting logic – in fact, they are considered the most logically precise of all the personality types.
They love patterns, and spotting discrepancies between statements could almost be described as a hobby, making it a bad idea to lie to a Logician. This makes it ironic that Logicians’ word should always be taken with a grain of salt – it’s not that they are dishonest, but people with the Logician personality type tend to share thoughts that are not fully developed, using others as a sounding board for ideas and theories in a debate against themselves rather than as actual conversation partners.
This may make them appear unreliable, but in reality no one is more enthusiastic and capable of spotting a problem, drilling through the endless factors and details that encompass the issue and developing a unique and viable solution than Logicians – just don’t expect punctual progress reports. People who share the Logician personality type aren’t interested in practical, day-to-day activities and maintenance, but when they find an environment where their creative genius and potential can be expressed, there is no limit to the time and energy Logicians will expend in developing an insightful and unbiased solution.
Wisdom Begins in Wonder
They may appear to drift about in an unending daydream, but Logicians’ thought process is unceasing, and their minds buzz with ideas from the moment they wake up. This constant thinking can have the effect of making them look pensive and detached, as they are often conducting full-fledged debates in their own heads, but really Logicians are quite relaxed and friendly when they are with people they know, or who share their interests. However, this can be replaced by overwhelming shyness when Logician personalities are among unfamiliar faces, and friendly banter can quickly become combative if they believe their logical conclusions or theories are being criticized.
When Logicians are particularly excited, the conversation can border on incoherence as they try to explain the daisy-chain of logical conclusions that led to the formation of their latest idea. Oftentimes, Logicians will opt to simply move on from a topic before it’s ever understood what they were trying to say, rather than try to lay things out in plain terms.
The reverse can also be true when people explain their thought processes to Logicians in terms of subjectivity and feeling. Imagine an immensely complicated clockwork, taking in every fact and idea possible, processing them with a heavy dose of creative reasoning and returning the most logically sound results available – this is how the Logician mind works, and this type has little tolerance for an emotional monkey-wrench jamming their machines.
Let Those Who Would Move the World First Move Themselves
Further, Logicians are unlikely to understand emotional complaints at all, and their friends won’t find a bedrock of emotional support in them. People with the Logician personality type would much rather make a series of logical suggestions for how to resolve the underlying issue, a perspective that is not always welcomed by their more sensitive companions. This will likely extend to most social conventions and goals as well, like planning dinners and getting married, as Logicians are far more concerned with originality and efficient results.
The one thing that really holds Logicians back is their restless and pervasive fear of failure. Logician personalities are so prone to reassessing their own thoughts and theories, worrying that they’ve missed some critical piece of the puzzle, that they can stagnate, lost in an intangible world where their thoughts are never truly applied. Overcoming this self-doubt stands as the greatest challenge Logicians are likely to face, but the intellectual gifts – big and small – bestowed on the world when they do makes it worth the fight.
LOGICIAN STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES
Marry! A Good Wife Makes Happiness, A Bad One, Philosophy
Beware the Barrenness of a Busy Life
Be Slow to Fall Into Friendship…
…But When in Friendship, Continue Firm and Constant
Not Just Life, but Good Life
A Poem of Numbers
Emotional Values: A Mere Illusion
LOGICIANS IN THE WORKPLACE
LOGICIAN PERSONALITY – CONCLUSION
I gave up on Metallica a looong time ago.
But, I gotta admit that their new album Hardwired… to Self-Destruct is the best original recording that they’ve put out in thirty years!
In my opinion, the original line-up is still the best.
Dave Mustaine’s fingerprints are still all over their first two albums, despite having been ejected before putting any records out.
Cliff Burton kept them in a really good groove.
But, his untimely death totally took the wind out of their sails.
After he was gone, the best that the band could muster were cover tunes.
Really, I cannot think of any original material that was any good by the 1990’s.
…And Justice for All KIND OF still had some balls to it.
But, the sterile computerized bassless production just destroyed any soul left in the songs.
The Black Album put me to sleep.
The rest afterward was really shitty and kept getting worse.
Death Magnetic showed a drastic return to their older sound….somewhat.
Their new producer, obviously an old-school fan, gave them a swift kick in the ass to break bad habits that the band had accumulated since becoming mainstream arena rock-stars.
But, poor sound quality hindered it quite a lot.
This time around, they seem to be getting their shit together again…finally.
I still think Lars Ulrich is a douchebag tool and James Hetfield is a meathead asshole.
Kirk Hammet always seemed like a quiet guy just doing his job.
Jason Newsted got a raw deal from the get-go.
They always treated him like shit and eventually he, rightfully, quit.
I don’t know much about Robert Trujillo to have an opinion, though.
The whole Napster thing showed everyone just how little Metallica thinks of their fans, freedom of speech, and their own naked hypocrisy.
Being on the same side as Senator Orrin Hatch, on any issue, should give someone pause to reconsider their position.
File-sharing is no different than the tape-trading that Ulrich and Hetfield did in their younger days, turning each other on to new music that they could not hear through the mainstream media.
Now, since their contract with Warner Bros. has expired, they have started up an independent label Blackened Recordings.
They seem to have learned a few lessons about the internet since the 1990’s.
Each song has a corresponding music video on their YouTube channel.
I dunno if they still sue people over copyright bullshit or not.
But, I will give them the benefit of the doubt.
Will I buy their new album?
But, at least I don’t hate them as much as I did before.
Black Friday is over and the “Holiday Season” sorta officially begins. But, Christmas keeps arriving in stores earlier every year. No shit. They had Christmas stuff out BEFORE this Halloween! Jesus! I would like to have just one holiday at a time, thank you.
The dumpster fire that we call 2016 is entering its final month and, honestly, I dunno where the time went. I tell everyone that time speeds up as you get older. That’s why old people wear clothes that are so out of style. To them, it was still fashionable only just yesterday. I’m still mourning the death of Lemmy Kilmister.
I may or may not post a vlog online for this month. I haven’t been up to very much of late. The apartment building where I live is public housing. HUD transferred authority of this place over to another department, RAD, I think. So, I have been a little nervous about evictions. I am ALWAYS nervous about evictions, but more so when anything changes. Change is seldom good, in my experiences. The management will be doing an annual inspection Monday. So, I have been doing a lot of cleaning.
I haven’t received very much mail in a long time. Except, the wrong mail. The post office has repeatedly given me someone else’s mail this month. I worry that my mail may have disappeared somewhere en route.
I have been reading a few new books over the past few weeks; “Manage Your Day-To-Day: Build your Routine, Find Your Focus & Sharpen Your Creative Mind” by Jocelyn K. Glei, “ME Inc. – Build an Army of One, Unleash Your Inner Rock God, Win in Life and Business” by Gene Simmons, “Gunny’s Rules – How To Get Squared Away Like A Marine” by R. Lee Ermey, and “Music Law: How To Run Your Band’s Business” by Rich Stim.
The first book, “Manage Your Day-To-Day”, has been very helpful to me. It gives tips from many professional creatives on how to prioritize your schedule, stay creatively sharp, and keep from going insane.
Gene Simmons and R. Lee Ermey are both interesting characters. They both have their moments. Each of them have written what simultaneously serve as autobiographies and self-help books. Their personal stories help to make the points of what they have learned in life. I don’t agree with them on everything. But, I still respect them for the useful advice that they offer here.
I am just beginning “Music Law.” So far, I haven’t found much inside that I didn’t already know. I was looking for cheaper alternatives to doing some things. But, maybe I will just have to get enough money together for them somehow, eventually.
I am (at least) seven grand in debt right now. Thankfully, my van is running okay. But, my computer has really been acting up recently. It may be dying soon. I have no insurance on my van (or myself, besides Medicare). Not something I am happy about.
This is partly why I have not produced anything substantial in awhile. Money always gets in the way of everything. I have been recording demos, finishing some painting & drawing, etc. I feel a little embarrassed when friends with fewer resources than me are able to get so much more accomplished in much shorter time. But, that is why I usually prefer working with collaborators. They keep me motivated and offer encouragement.
I am trying to set aside a few bucks each month for my artistic expenses. But, it disappears quickly when there is no food in the kitchen. I visited Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores a few weeks ago for some supplies. I had not been inside one for ages. But, I liked it. I used to go to Michael’s Arts & Crafts and Hobby Lobby (before Hobby Lobby’s Jesus freaks started fucking over their workers). I will no longer go to Hobby Lobby.
I have been updating old artwork from my previous releases, preparing to make Recycletapes available of all Mike Damn Nobody and other related recordings. My Bandcamp has been updated with new information and artwork. I am gonna begin making some T-Shirts again soon. Not really professionally, more like DIY stenciled. Since I can produce them on-demand instead of ordering a ton to be screened at once.
Theee Urban SpaceCat will get published when I can afford it, I guess. I will cut corners and try to get it out there sooner. But, I am really disappointed with how long it has been taking. It should have been done ages ago. At least I have had plenty of time to make changes to it.
Likewise, The Island of Misfit Noise (Movie) is going to take a lot of time to get anything done with it. I have been working on some rough drafts for the script and making a few notes about the production. I can probably begin shooting, sporadically, once I acquire a decent chroma key compositing (green screen) kit. The rest is pretty cheap. Mostly, it involves cardboard, papier-mâché, tinfoil, latex, and junk.
I have been gathering parts for a new ShitKit. They are in my storage unit, with the other stuff that won’t fit into my apartment. I have other parts to build some new noise machines with, too. After the apartment’s inspection, I will probably take everything over to my grandmother’s garage and use my grandpa’s tools to work on them. Who knows? Maybe I will arrange some live noise performances as Mike Damn Nobody again.
So on Tuesday 08NOV2016 this country elected Donald Trump as president. A man who is a caricature of every negative statement about America, white males and the Republican party. Not that Hilary was a good option. It was Lizard Queen versus the Great White Nope. The options were pure shit and people couldn’t stomach the idea of another Clintonoid after millennials went in droves to third parties. There is a positive about these results. The underground has been massively complacent over the past 8 years. This should shake everyone awake much like G.W. and the last Clintonoid did. I am looking forward to punk rock being amazing and prolific again. We need to have our hearts and minds open as we move forward through the cultural wasteland. Latinos and Muslims are validly scared of the growing white nationalist movement and anti-racist whites that proudly display our stance are scared of…
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I’m working on a schedule.
Dunno if I can stick to it.
But, at least it is a goal to strive toward.
I would like to write and record a new song each week. I have a terrible habit of only getting parts of things done before depression kicks in and I do absolutely nothing.
I would like to book at least two shows every month, one as Mike Nobody and one as Mike Damn Nobody. But, I SUCK, SUCK, SUCK at booking gigs. I think that nearly all of the shows I have played were booked by someone else or I was invited to perform.
I would like to publish a new zine about every three months, quarterly. But, I’m always broke. If I set aside a few bucks each month ($20-30), maybe I can build up a fund for music & art projects. We will see about that. I am currently (at least) $7,000 dollars in the hole.
I would like to release a new video blog, at least monthly. Maybe also a music video to coincide with each issue of the zine? I dunno. I tried to make vlogs weekly. But, I couldn’t do it.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles returns to TV soon. So, I am definitely making each Sunday “Pizza & Ninja Turtles Day.” A TMNT marathon ALL DAY LONG.
Theee Urban SpaceCat
P.O. Box 1201
Taylor, MI 48180
I never felt like I had a particular “style” of playing or a specific tone. Maybe I do and cannot hear it. But, I always looked for little things in other players that would be useful in the way that I play and add them to my toolbox. Everything became another color to paint with, whenever I needed it. I generally use whatever the given song needs. But, I try to combine things together in unusual ways, if possible.
I prefer ground wound strings over the more commonly used roundwounds. They’re easier on my fingers and have a smoother tone, almost like flatwounds… but, a little brighter. If I use distortion or any effects I am more likely to use a pick. I prefer 1mm recycled copper/nylon picks. If I use my fingers, it is usually to get more subtle tones from the actual strings. I typically play with three fingers (ring, middle, index) instead of two. It makes triplets and odd-meter pieces easier to play. I sorta wanna learn to play a bit more like country guitarist Danny Gatton, who had a banjo-like fingerpicking style using four or five fingers on the guitar.
Tim Commerford (Rage Against The Machine);
Lemmy Kilmister played guitar in the psychedelic band Sam Gopal and, for a while, roadied for Jimi Hendrix. “I’ve never come across a better guitarist than Jimi. Within a couple of years, I’d seen all the tricks but I wasn’t good enough,” he admitted. “That’s why I gave up the guitar and picked up the bass.”
Hawkwind‘s rhythm section of Dave Anderson and Terry Ollis was replaced by Lemmy and Simon King, both of whose style differed notably from their predecessors. This changed the band’s overall musical direction. Lemmy was a self-confessed inept guitarist who used volume and stagecraft to cover his lack of ability. He became a bassist by accident after joining the band, thinking he was replacing Huw Lloyd Langton. Lemmy said
“ I knew the guitarist because he took eight tabs of acid and then we never saw him for five years. ”
However, Dave Brock decided to play lead and continue without a second guitarist. Hawkwind’s bass guitarist failed to turn up and Lemmy was available. He said:
“ I learned to play bass onstage with Hawkwind… I go out onstage with this bass around my neck, and it was a Rickenbacker, too. The bass player, like an idiot, left his bass in the truck. So I’m learning. Nik Turner says to make some noises in E. “This one’s called You Shouldn’t Do That.” Then he walks away. ”
This led to Lemmy’s very unorthodox technique. Lemmy stated:
“ I just don’t play like a bass player. There are complaints about me from time to time. It’s not like having a bass player; it’s like having a deep guitarist.”
“You don’t tweak Lemmy’s bass sound,” producer Tony Platt noted from the get-go. “There’s a story that goes with that actually.”
He went on to explain how Lemmy’s Marshall amp blew up during one of the recording sessions. It was Friday and the boys needed the machine back on Monday. Seemingly lucky, the guitar tech managed to find someone who can get the job done in super-short notice.
“So off he went and we came in on the Monday and I said, ‘Did you get the amp fixed?’, and he said, ‘Yes, absolutely no problem.’ I said, ‘What was wrong?’ and he said, ‘Oh, it was just a couple of things that had burnt out. But while he was in there, this guy had all the original circuits and there were a few bits in there that were strange so he’s kind of put those right.’
“I said, ‘He’s done what?!’ The guitar tech said, ‘Yeah, there were bits of the circuit that weren’t the way they should be and he’s put them back to where they should be.’ I said, ‘No, no, no, no. Lemmy’s amp has been modified by a series of guitar techs over the years to sound like Lemmy’s amp. You don’t put it back to a normal Marshall. You leave all this stuff in there.'”
He continued, “Of course we plugged it in and it sounded limp and it just wasn’t the right thing. Fortunately this guy could remember what it was he changed to get it sound like it did. It was one of those moments of, ‘Oh, my god. No. This is terrible.'”
Greg Ginn’s guitar tone evolved from the fact that Panic / Black Flag had no consistent bass players. So, the guitar needed to fill up the lower frequencies better.
With a modified lucite Dan Armstrong guitar plugged into an old Peavey PA, he would overdrive the shit out of it, making it sound more like a very deep guitar amplifier.
Ginn’s guitar sound is distinctive, often recognizable within a few notes. His guitar tone is typically characterized by a lack of highs and a high amount of mids, which creates a muffled sound. Black Flag singer Henry Rollins has repeatedly compared Ginn’s playing not to any other guitarists, but to free jazz saxophonists Ornette Coleman and Eric Dolphy. These may initially appear unlikely comparisons, but a closer examination reveals some similarities: Like both saxophonists, Ginn tends towards highly emotive playing and has a thorough grasp of musical harmony, though often choosing to play notes that are technically “incorrect” but which frequently carry a greater visceral impact than “proper” playing. Ginn is an avid jazz fan, stating he generally prefers music by saxophone or piano players.
He and bassist Kira Roessler gradually moved to using solid state preamps, notably early models made by Roland.
Dee Dee Ramone / CJ Ramone (The Ramones);
Bootsy Collins has an interesting setup. Each pickup signal is dedicated to a separate effects chain and amplifier. So, he is able to use a wide combination of elements to get different sounds when he needs them.
Likewise, Chris Squire (Yes) separated the bridge pickup from the neck’s signal, splitting them into stereo, using both bass and lead guitar amps. This gave his sound some overdrive without muddying up the low end.
Geddy Lee (Rush) abandoned live amplifiers altogether. Since 1996, Lee no longer uses traditional bass amplifiers on stage, opting to have the bass guitar signals input directly to the touring front-of-house console, to improve control and balance of sound reinforcement. Faced with the dilemma of what to do with the empty space left behind by the lack of large amplifier cabinets, Lee chose to decorate his side of the stage with unusual items.
I kinda added this concept to the Chris Squire / Bootsy Collins practice of using multiple amplifiers. So, one line goes from a DI, straight to the mixer.
I don’t slap nearly as much as some bassists. But, I still like using some of these techniques when I need them.
Norwood Fisher (Fishbone);
Larry Graham, originator of the slapping technique.
One thing I like about Jaco Pastorius is that, although he is highly regarded as a great bassist, he never slapped…at all.
I also love me some groovy effects as much as the next guy.
Juan Alderete + Omar Rodriguez-Lopez (Mars Volta);
There is another post about my supposed “sound” and “look”:
When I am jamming with other people, they motivate me and kinda help focus what I am doing. So, I am always bouncing ideas back-and-forth with them, trying to see where their talents and interests are. If half of the group is into a specific style of music, that gives me a vague reference to work from. I know what will work and what won’t.
My improvisational skills are kinda crappy, though. Ironically, I need people to get out of my way and let me work alone when I am writing original music. Cutting & pasting jam sessions into songs kinda works. If I have no one to work with, I am kind of at a loss. The music can go in all sorts of different directions. So, finding my own “sound” can be difficult sometimes.
I am trying to shape what I do into a cohesive sound of my own, without tying my hands too much. I would like to maintain the freedom to play whatever that I want. Near as I can figure it, I guess that I kinda sound a little like Beck with a weird bass setup and tapes, maybe.
My working process and available resources probably have more to do with any real style that I may have than anything else. I don’t have a drummer. So, for percussion I must rely on drum machines and whatever found objects that I can bang on. I do not have other band members. So, I rely on recordings of myself on guitars, noises, and sampling, to fill out the sound. I dabble quite a bit in plunderphonics.
Compositionally, I like the free jazz “cut & paste” approach of artists like John Zorn, Carl Stalling, Magma, Cardiacs, Omoide Hatoba, Boredoms, Melvins, Ruins, Mr. Bungle, The Mothers of Invention, etc. and “mixtape style” of the Butthole Surfers, Ween, Faith No More, David Bowie, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, etc.
I like a mixture of Hi-Fi and Lo-Fi in recordings = Mid-Fi! But, I prefer a specific squashed compression sound found on early Primus, Ween, and Butthole Surfers records. I was able to ask guitarist / producer Paul Leary once about how he achieved that sound for the Butthole Surfers. He said it was due to cheap tape recorders, and only having one microphone. So, I think they recorded directly from their preamps a lot. I know that Primus did. That works great for me, since I only have shitty cheap microphones anyway.
Vocally, I have a kinda nasally high-pitched voice that I never liked. It’s kind of a bit like Neil Young, Wayne Coyne (Flaming Lips), Kurt Cobain (Nirvana), Curt & Chris Kirkwood (Meat Puppets), etc. I try to give it a little bit of a Tom Waits-like growl on the lower end. I also compensate for my voice with cheap microphones and whatever vocal effects that are available, trying to bury it.
Visually, of course, everything is very cheap by necessity. I like papier-mâché and cardboard props and sets. Puppets and miniatures can be very useful, too. Green screen, data-bending, and other cheap effects.
My mixed-media paintings and artwork kinda have a cheapniz aesthetic, too, I suppose. I use stuff from thrift stores, garage sales, dollar stores, and found materials a lot.
I tend to visualize the exterior world, the “real” world, in black & white colors. A cold, decaying, dying, world.
The interior world, the world of the mind and imagination, by contrast, is warmer and more colorful. It is vast and endless.
I will probably post more about my gear setup & playing techniques later.
“All the various styles are organically connected to one another. I’m an additive person—the entire storehouse of my knowledge informs everything I do. People are so obsessed with the surface that they can’t see the connections, but they are there.”~ John Zorn
Continuing in a pastiche-composition style as Frank Zappa (although neither actually invented it) avante-garde jazz composer John Zorn has always interested me, since I first heard about him in the 1980’s.
His early career in the 1970’s included playing modified duck calls into buckets of water, as well as his improvised saxophone performances.
That alone, piqued my curiosity enough as a teenager to investigate further.
“The Big Gundown”, an imaginative reworking of Ennio Morricone covers, was his first big “hit” record in 1985.
Ennio Morricone, himself, praised the album.
His later hardcore jazz groups Naked City and Painkiller really made me into a big fan.
He was also instrumental in the release of Carl Stalling’s Merry Melodies / Looney Toons cartoon soundtrack recordings.
I am guessing that those projects are why Mr. Bungle chose him to produce their first album for Warner Bros. Records. in 1991.
I think I have to agree with Mr. Zorn’s philosophy of musical composition.
I was always an obsessive record collector.
Everything that I listened to felt interconnected on some level, even if they seemed separated on the surface.
William Shakespeare isn’t James Joyce or Dr. Seuss.
But, they all speak English.
Something like that.
I was watching some YouTube videos lately.
I got very annoyed.
Other bands are doing stuff that I wanna do.
But, they keep beating me to it.
I hate when that shit happens.
Maybe it is just that everything has already been done to death and we keep repeating and reinterpreting what came before us.
I know that, financially, I am gonna be screwed for the foreseeable future.
I am robbing Peter to pay Paul for as long as I have to.
I seriously doubt that I will break even before summer begins.
I keep putting off working on and publishing the zine until I can get ahead a little.
But, that doesn’t look like it is going to happen very soon.
I may do a cheaper version, than what I had in mind, until it begins to pay for itself.
Just a thought.
I will probably raid my boxes of old tapes that I have in storage and dig around for some incomplete material to finish.
I have a lot of it, going back nearly forty years.
Since I have been tinkering with the analogue multi-track machine, maybe I will include some fresher stuff with it, too.
A guitarist whom I have not played with in years contacted me and is eager to jam again.
So, maybe he can give me a morale boost and help me get my shit done.
I am always willing to jam with other people if they are interested.
I need to find somewhere that I can paint and make loud noises too.
Maybe somebody can help me with that.
Having a bad day?
It is time for a “Pizza & Ninja Turtles Day”!
Thee Urban SpaceCat
P.O. Box 1201
Taylor, MI 48180
My favorite Sub Pop band is Dickless, an all-female group with only seven brief songs in their discography.
I could go on much further about how I feel about Sub Pop, Grunge, and the mainstream co-optation of underground culture. But, maybe that should be another post later.
Dickless was a Seattle-based grunge rock band signed to Sub Pop records in 1990. Dickless is notable for their unique growling shrieking vocal style. Kelly Canary, the original vocalist, had a distinct growling scream that lead the quartet through short (approximately 20 minutes) and loud live performances. During their first few years, their loud and abrasive sound was new and unusual for an all-female music group. Simultaneously, their short discography included song titles and a song cover, “I’m a Man” by Bo Diddley, that were blatantly ironic given their abrasive sound and female members. The band name itself is meant to be satire. The group’s period of activity coincided with the emerging “Riot grrrl” music culture.
The original lineup consisted of Lisa Buckner (drums), Kelly Canary (vocals), Jana McCall (bass), Kerry Green (guitar). Lisa Buckner was soon replaced by Lisa Smith from Atomic 61 on drums. After a few years, Kelly Canary quit to form the Teen Angels. Lisa Smith would also join the Teen Angels later. Sub Pop employee Megan Jasper became the new vocalist after Kelly Canary’s last show. Jennie Trower eventually replaced Jana McCall on bass.
The group had a relatively short discography during their sporadic nine year existence. Their entire discography was seven short songs (most songs were between 1:00 to 2:00 minutes) spread across seven different releases (not counting the planned, but never released Anthology album).
Their release as Thee Dickless All Stars included Mark Arm of Mudhoney on vocals and Duane Bodenheimer of Derelicts on guitar. Their song Lumber Jack again included Mark Arm of Mudhoney on vocals.
Megan Jasper, it should be noted, was also responsible for a hilarious prank played on The New York Times.
Grunge speak was a hoax created by Megan Jasper, receptionist for Sub Pop Records. Under pressure from a reporter for The New York Times who wanted to know if grunge fans had their own slang, Jasper, 25 at the time, told the reporter a set of slang terms that she claimed were associated with the Seattle grunge scene in the early 1990s, but which she had in fact invented on the spot. The information given by Jasper appeared in the sidebar of a November 15, 1992, feature article of the New York Times. The sidebar, titled “Lexicon of Grunge: Breaking the Code,” mistakenly said that Jasper was working for Caroline Records.
In truth, there was no particular slang language used in the Seattle grunge scene. Many [who?] had in fact resented the assumption by the Times that they even had a slang, as well as the claim that it was “coming soon to a high school or mall near you.”
Thomas Frank of The Baffler, a journal of cultural criticism, demonstrated that the list was a hoax. He revealed that Jasper had purposely misled the Times as well as the British magazine SKY magazine as a prank. Jasper had been sick of the attention that reporters were paying to people involved in the Seattle grunge scene, and thus pulled the prank to get back at them for their relentless fascination.
The Times demanded that Frank fax over an apology for claiming it had printed false information, believing that it was Frank who was the hoaxer. Frank instead sent a letter standing by the story. “When The Newspaper of Record goes searching for the Next Big Thing and the Next Big Thing piddles on its leg,” he wrote, “we think that’s funny.” Frank considered the article to be part of an attempt by mainstream culture to co-opt the grunge scene and felt that the Times had gotten what it deserved.
Shortly after the release of The Baffler‘s story, some people in Seattle began selling and wearing t-shirts with the words “lamestain” and “harsh realm” printed in the same font as the famous banner of the Times. The words themselves never caught on as actual slang within the grunge scene (though “score” and “dish” are in use elsewhere). One of the terms, “harsh realm”, was used as the title of a science-fiction comic book and a short-lived 1999 television series based on it, and was used by characters in The Dirty Pair comics written and drawn by Adam Warren as part of their futuristic slang (where it had the same definition as the one Jasper created for the term). The events of Jasper’s prank would be documented in the 1996 film Hype!, a documentary about the grunge scene of the early 1990s.
Grunge speak words
During the interview, Jasper made up the following terms and their definitions:
- bloated, big bag of bloatation – drunk
- bound-and-hagged – staying home on Friday or Saturday night
- cob nobbler – loser
- dish – desirable guy
- fuzz – heavy wool sweaters
- harsh realm – bummer
- kickers – heavy boots
- lamestain – uncool person
- plats – platform shoes
- rock on – a happy goodbye
- score – great
- swingin’ on the flippity-flop – hanging out
- tom-tom club – uncool outsiders
- wack slacks – old ripped jeans
Well, this is just great.
Lemmy dies at the end of 2015 (age 70) and now David Bowie’s death starts off 2016 (age 69).
Everybody is dying!
You had better appreciate people while you can.
They will be gone sooner than you think.
An inspiration to millions of fans, he made whatever music and art he wanted to whenever it suited him.
He didn’t follow trends.
He created them.
Truly, a one-of-a-kind individual.
He had been diagnosed with liver cancer eighteen months earlier, fighting it until the end.
And just to show how devoted he was to his music, his art, and his fans, he literally wrote and produced his final album from his death bed.
Take THAT you lazy bastards!
Bowie’s producer Tony Visconti wrote:
He always did what he wanted to do. And he wanted to do it his way and he wanted to do it the best way. His death was no different from his life – a work of Art. He made Blackstar for us, his parting gift. I knew for a year this was the way it would be. I wasn’t, however, prepared for it. He was an extraordinary man, full of love and life. He will always be with us. For now, it is appropriate to cry.
I am listening to some old school beats, trying to get into a mood to use my drum machine sounds on something.
It isn’t something that I just jump into.
I have to be in the right mood for drum machines, I guess.
Without a reliable drummer, this is the best that I can do, I suppose.
Growing up in Detroit, during the birth of Hip Hop and Techno, it should be no surprise that this had an influence on me.
As kids, many of us would tape The Electrifying Mojo off of the radio at home and then breakdance to it during recess.
Daft Punk and Fatboy Slim are the closest things to it that I listen to nowadays.
I just don’t hear much happening in that genre that interests me much, lately.
Thirty years ago, it was much, much, different.
I still like all of that stuff and the groups that inspired it (Kraftwerk, Parliament-Funkadelic, etc.), although by and large I am pretty much a punk rocker at heart.
Today was shitty enough already.
This news is just shit-flavored icing on the shitcake.
Lemmy Kilmister has died, at the age of 70.
His birthday was just a few days ago.
His health has not been very good for the past several years.
In fact he recently had to cancel a show in the middle of the first few songs, apologizing to the crowd who came to see him, because he was too sick to perform.
That was when I knew he would be gone soon.
An inspiration to thousands of fans, including me, the man was a rock & roll legend.
He never gave up.
He never sold out.
He always did whatever the Hell that he wanted to do, the way that he wanted to do it.
If someone didn’t like it, they could fuck off.
Not only was he a hero to me and others for his music, but the way that he chose to live his life.
It is the only one you’ve got.
Better enjoy it while you can.
I ❤ that man for it.
I first got into Faith No More around when Introduce Yourself came out.
Punk rocker Chuck Mosley stood in stark contrast to the professionalism of the rest of the band.
They were a tight musical group, with this strange guy who could barely sing as their vocalist.
I loved it.
He had replaced Courtney Love as lead singer a few years prior.
Can you imagine what that must have sounded like?
Anyway, the difference between when he was replaced by Mike Patton is night and day.
It is like two totally different bands.
In turn, he replaced HR of the Bad Brains a few years later.
I think he was an excellent fit right there.
But, I guess it didn’t work out between them for some reason.
Like the David Lee Roth / Van Hagar dispute, Chuck showed me how important a lead singer can be.
Even if the vocalist isn’t very good, it is extremely difficult to replace them.
So, I always tried to take the lead singer position, when it was available.
Not that I have a great voice.
But, I couldn’t afford any instruments, at first.
As long as I was in tune and sang in the correct key, I felt that bands would have little reason to get rid of me, despite my personality flaws.
True, I was never kicked out of any bands.
But, people quit a lot.
While I was still a teenager, performing in shitty cover bands, I tried to teach myself to sing like Mike Patton.
He is a damn good singer, with lots of range and diversity.
How many other vocalists can blend Frank Sinatra with Sade and Justin K Broadrick of Godflesh / Napalm Death?
Unfortunately, I just don’t have the pipes for it.
I have always hated my voice.
I am told that it is because I use cheap microphones.
But, I guess everyone’s voice sounds weird to them when they hear it played back to them.
I think that I am finally beginning to get used to it.
The less I try to sound like someone else and just be myself the better that the results are, I believe.
Still, it is good training to mimic something, at least at first.
I used to be an excellent mimic of voices and sound effects.
I did a lot of impressions as a kid.
Maybe it does help your singing voice.