Archive for August, 2012

BEST Day Of the Summer!

August 24, 2012

My main activities this summer since Season 8 of GST ended have been organizing, painting and repairing 159 Manning. I haven’t turned down any work I’ve been offered, but I’ve purposefully spent most of my time just trying to read books, relax, reset, decompress and chilllll the fuck out by myself. I’ve been living alone for the past 3 weeks, which is by far the longest stretch of quiet solitude I’ve EVER had to myself in my 33 and 2/3 years on this earth. It’s done a lot to quiet-down all the noise crashing around in my head.

That said, my favorite day of this summer was very very loud and noisy, spent at the Cayuga Speedway on Saturday June 23rd with Chris Wahl. I had a giant smile on my face for the entire day, and I put this song together to commemorate:

It’s composed entirely of motor-engine sounds I captured on video at the Speedway that day. Sonically, my inspiration was (one of my all-time favorite albums) Napalm Death – Scum.

It was my first time ever going to an event like this, and I’m not exaggerating to say the experience was “mind-blowing”. These are my photo-selects from the day:

Chris is a well-established professional photographer, so his credentials got us ALL-ACCESS wristbands.

We were allowed to go anywhere we wanted, standing a few feet from cars as they took off. Some of them (like the rocket car) reached speeds of 305 MPH in a quarter-mile run!

I’ve never had much interest in car-culture in the past, but having those engines shake the ground under my feet, and the air around me rumble every molecule in my body with each take-off; I have been Illuminated.

…BTW, I can’t forget to give a shout-out to Taraleigh Wallace for letting me drive her ’86 Trans-Am last summer, because that did initiate some insight into why some people love cars so much.

I had absolutely nothing to do with any of the smoke in these photos.

We were there for about 12 hours that day. When we were getting ready to leave, we heard them announce the Rocket Cars were going to race soon, which would be the final race of the day, so we decided to stay. TOTALLY WORTH WAITING FOR. Watch this:

I regret not getting a photo (and the names) of the announcers, or at the very least more audio of them doing their thang, because they were a highlight of the day. Total pros, enthusiastically explaining throughout the day what was coming up, what was going on, and why things were happening in the particular fashion they were. They were so funny; I could’ve sworn they were drunk on scotch or something (I mean that as a compliment).

Scott Pilgrim vs. LITNO

August 23, 2012

Scott Pilgrim posted this photo of me today, which he took in his studio a few months ago; the day I went to see Einstein On The Beach.

You can view Scott’s Flikr Photostream here.

I uploaded videos of all the songs performed at this past Friday’s Loving In The Name Of (Friday August 17th) to my Youtube Channel + I also uploaded vids from the LITNO on Friday May 18th, including this AMAZING FUCKING TRIBUTE to our fallen homie MCA, featuring Josh Reichman, Andre Ethier and Sebastien Grainger as the Beastie Boys.

Milk Lines + Fill Spectre Pics

August 19, 2012

I took these pictures at the party last night that Jay Share-It, Cisco and I put together. Sponsored in part by Moog Audio, Jameson, and Mill Street.

Doors were open at 9pm, bands were done just after 11pm. All the gear was packed up by 1am. No police needed to stop by, because we didn’t get any noise complaints. Success!

“Lust Control” VS “Pussy Riot”

August 17, 2012

If you’ve been reading this blog long enough, you may already know that I began my journalism career as the Christian Hardcore (AKA hXe) correspondent for HM Magazine in Austin, TX from 2000->2003.

The Editor-In-Chief, my friend Doug Van Pelt had a musical side project he launched in 1988 called Lust Control.

I find it ironic (in a cosmic yin-yang way, not a haha funny-mustache way) that their image has unwittingly been co-opted on an international level by a band called PUSSY RIOT!!!

Lust Control were (are?) an all-male American punk band promoting and defending conservative Christian ideals about sex and morality (ie anti-porn, anti-masturbation). Pussy Riot are all-female Russian punk band who protested the government in a church (like a modern cleansing of the temple) whose members are now heading to jail and one of the members was involved with staging a public sex orgy in an art museum. Now whenever Doug shows his interns a picture of his band, they’ll say (imagine Norm MacDonald speaking) “Hey! You guys look just like that band PUSSY RIOT!”.

PS – I’m doing sound and DJing (all-vinyl) at this show tomorrow night. Sonically, the bands are a cross between Lust Control and Pussy Riot.

FREE. 19+. BYOB. Message me for guestlist.


Devil’s Eyes

August 15, 2012

Craig Mailman came over yesterday afternoon and we had a little jam in the basement. He played guitar, I played drums. I think it was the first time I’d played drums with anyone in over a year…and it felt GREAT!

I made some crock-pot ribs and potatoes that I had for dinner; they were delicious! After dinner I headed to Nobu’s place for Choir!Choir!Choir! practice in preparation for our Wednesday night show with Buck 65 (tonight)!! We’ll be singing some classic Buck 65 songs, along with Devil’s Eyes; a song originally written and performed by Rick of the Skins (Nobu’s old band), which was later covered by Buck 65.

Here’s some footage of us singing Devil’s Eyes from last nights rehearsal:

I found a bunch of records on the street when I was jogging on Sunday night.

I think Choir!Choir!Choir! should sing This Corrosion soon.

Red Hot

August 9, 2012

I painted my kitchen counter-tops orange today. It’s a red-orange compared to the yellow-orange colour I painted the floor in my office.

I’m having a garage sale at 159 Manning this Saturday, August 11th from 8am to noon-ish. Come by and buy some of my stuff!