For the last month or so, I've been trying to slowly put together a recorded version of LSU's "Pound of Flesh" for some upcoming Michael Knott tribute album. I doubt I'll be able to get it to top notch quality in time, but it would be pretty cool if I did. Here's what it's looking like right now:
Here's a confession: I stole a cassette copy of LSU's Cash in Chaos World Tour from a cassette clearance bin years and years ago, like back in 1993 or so. (I've since bought a legitimate CD version of the album). I'm pleased so see that you can order Cash in Chaos World Tour on Bandcamp. And you should order it. It's one of the most enduring albums in my CD collection; I've been listening to it consistently for the last 20 years or so.
"Pound of Flesh" was the first song I really connected with on the album. The groovy bassline and echo-box vocals really jived with me and I enjoyed the way it was a long song that had enough melodic variety in it that it kept my interest while it also maintained a consistent tone. Its lyrics meshed perfectly with the music. I'd often listen to it over and over again; it truly inspired me to think about the way bass guitar can drive a song.
I doubt that I'll be able to do it justice. I've replaced all the digital chorus-y guitars with wah-wahs, and replaced all the flange-y guitars in the chorus with some straight Marshall distortion; the bass is a clean Jazz Bass doubled with the Rhodes; there's a touch of high-end synthesizer helping to release the recording from the classic "mud" that usually permeates my recordings. But it still sounds like me, doubtless.
I wouldn't be surprised if I don't get to record the vocals before the due date, but it's worth a shot. It's sounding OK right now.
The most frightening thing about it is the following part of the instructions that Joshua Lory posted on Facebook:
You see, I've never sent anything sorta' professional to a stranger. I don't know if my mixes sound real or if they sound absultely, completely amateur. I'm a little freaked out that, if I get it finished on time, I'll send the mix to the guy and he'll laugh at its utter ineptitude. I mean, Joshua Lory's mixes sound pretty good:
So we'll see. Here's to hoping I get it done.
I've had it for a month. I'm not very impressed. It hasn't converted me. It's just another screen. I don't like tapping screens; I don't like the small scale of apps; I dislike the need to constantly revisit the App Store.
Now, to be honest, I've never cared much for Apple. I preferred PCs at University through my bachelor's degree and very much prefer using Windows-based laptops and computers. I've worked through two iBooks in my teaching career and now I'm using this iPad. My wife bought an iPhone 4 a few years ago and now has an iPhone 5, and I use them now and then. But the OS doesn't connect to me. I imagine part of it is my bias-by-upbringing, but I nonetheless would never choose to use an Apple at this point.
This has been a little bone of contention between my wife and I. She'd like me to get an Apple phone of some sort so we can take advantage of all the "features" of paired devices. I don't like paired features; I prefer to manually load devices without having to consider any other devices. And, as I mentioned, I really could care less for the interface and whatnot; if I haven't reached for her iPhone for the last three+ years, I don't see why I would want to have one in my pocket at all times.
And I would like to upgrade my phone as well. I need to replace my Blackberry Torch 9800. It's old. It's all scratched up. It works fine, but it's backwards and archaic. I'd like to have a post-iPhone styled phone that works a little more effectively.
But I also understand that it's a pricey thing to get when it's so weird. I mean, If I'm gonna' fork out the cash, even on a contract, for a fancy-dancy new phone, shouldn't I get something more accessible, something that everybody recommends? Like an HTC One M8? Or at least I could wait for the upcoming Blackberry Classic so I can keep my keyboard and trackpad on a much, much-improved phone?
Or I could just get an iPhone?
The thing is that I could care less for apps. I use my phone for phoning, for Internet access, and for notes and a calendar. I don't have any desire to go through the annoyance of Apple updates, iTunes, the App Store, or any of that stuff when I won't be using it to its full potential. The hang-ups of an iPhone severely beat out my desire to have one. Hell, I could probably handle using a Windows phone, considering the ways I use my device.
Crazy as it seems, I might end-up just holding on to my trusty Blackberry Torch. I don't know if I can handle the stress of these constant upgrades, of always knowing that the new, better phone is just around the corner, that my newfangled device will be obsolete in a couple years.
Then again, all that might change when I finally get to hold a Blackberry Passport in my hands.
Apart from his Americana lineage, I don't know nuthin' 'bout Justin Townes Earle. But "Burning Pictures" is a pretty awesome song.
Excellent imagery; great storytelling.
There's a wonderful set of photographs of "Abandoned Italian discoteques" over at Slate. I love this stuff. I'd love to visit these places and take my own photos, or do a small gig, or something fun and creative. Unfortunately, these wonderful buildings serve a more "real" purpose today:
I'd love to have some "underground parties" in a space like this...
... or this...
Here's a link to the actual photography project that Slate's referring to.
The way these ruins can just be abandoned kind-of reminds me of Egypt, where we saw thousands of buildings abandoned or unfinished. They could abandon buildings because the climate was so dry that they wouldn't rot. In BC we can't get away with that; abandoned buildings rot quickly and usually get torn down. Perhaps that's why I like these "modern ruins" so much; we simply can't have them here, so they're particularly exotic to me.
I just heard this story from SNAP! Judgement last night. Here's the live performance.
Here's my favorite part:
I mean we've got so much that we have to adapt to. We have to solve problems. We have to deal with change, uncertainty and questioning is the tool or one of the primary tools that lets you do that. A great definition I saw for questioning is that questioning enables us to organize our thinking around what we don't know. So in a time when so much knowledge is all around us, answers are at our fingertips, we really need great questions in order to be able to know what to do with all that information and find our way to the next answer.
Nothing fancy, but it's nice to hear a few or my biases get some confirmation.
By the way, I got a little more recording done. I recorded my uncle Monte's guitarwork and my cousin-in-law's voice for "Living the Dream," as well as a touch of vocals from my brother's wife Rachelann on "Soothe Me." I'm very, very close to having it all done. I can almost taste it.
In my "idealized version of what could have been," I'm a desirable musician who happens to have the time to work out and read and collect things and own a home and I'd totally be awesome and people would interview me and I'd always say very intelligent, funny things. I'd have people calling me up to talk to me and I'd never have to go out to find any friends or anything.
And there are all the other things in my ideal life that I won't post here for professional reasons.
Oh, the things I could have done to make my life so exciting and awesome. Oh the things that could have happened to make me the greatest guy this side of Glendon.
Instead I've lived a pretty good life so far. So meh.