Monday, April 28, 2003

A Wine Tasting...

Saturday night was spent catering a wine tasting for my friend Bob Morson at Riverside Wine and Imports. The wine maker Marshall Stuart from Stuart Cellars in Temcula, CA was in town to premiere his line of wines.

Bob has a house that he owns right next to his store and we use that for sit-down tastings, where we pair food with the wine. This is the second event we've done, and as last time, I learned a great deal of information on getting food to the table in time ;)

There's quite a few parallels between the gig Wednesday and the tasting Saturday... moving equipment around, the prep time (rehearsing, mise-en-place), getting finished late and having to load the equipment back in the car, the aching back ;)

But I had a great time, and the folks who attended were very complimentary afterwards, and all the plates came back clean -- that's the true measure of a successful tasting...

Thursday, April 24, 2003

Last Night's Gig

It was a great deal of fun to be up on stage again, but man, I do not miss humping gear out of the club at 1am after jumping around on stage. ;)

The highlight of my set was Chris Foldi joining me for a song which he had written lyrics for a while ago...

Thanks to Jassen, there should be some pictures soon, I'll update as soon as I can get them...

Update: The pictures are in!

Tuesday, April 22, 2003

Bebop in Cleveland...finally

Bebop, w/ Escaflowne, WXIII: Patlabor The Movie 3 and Spirited Away...

Thursday, April 17, 2003

Geek Alert

via the Benders list on Yahoo -- If you have a SK-1 that you're missing the manual to -- try this link

it's in a .pdf and is about 5.8mb

Fabulous show last night at The Symposium -- All three acts were spot on... Steven K. Smith did his "tribal ambient" set while keeping the beat on his mini-octopad -- Scare Tactic segued nicely between a human beatbox intro and their cover of Big Black's "Kerosene" while Furnace St. proved yet again why they're one of the most succesful acts in NEO right now. Tuneful, powerful and the addition of the live bass really drives the tunes...

Next week, SOB, Subliminal Self and some guy named tofu...

Wednesday, April 16, 2003

Some of the promo CD's I made for "A Month Full Of Wednesdays" series of shows have started showing up on playlists -- noteably on IPM and Audiotech, two Michigan internet stations that play electronic music -- I mentioned that Subliminal Self (Patrick's new band) had been played on IPM two weeks in a row, and this week, they played In A Cat's Eye (Greyson, who sang on the "Able Bodied" track) and the tofu track "000109"

Tuesday, April 15, 2003

Mix Tapes, er CD's...

I wrote a piece on Tres Producers last year describing my long-term love of making mix tapes -- or "driving tapes" as we used to call them when they were for the long trips to gigs that Indian Rope Burn used to make...

Now, I make mix CD's for my wife and her daily commute, and while we cook dinner together. Today's mix is called "Girls Gone Wild" and features women who swear and talk about sex (not in that order).

01. Pretenders - Precious
02. Divinyls - All The Boys In Town
03. The Runaways - Cherry Bomb
04. The Donnas - 40 Boys In 40 Nights
05. PJ Harvey - Sheela-na-gig
07. Romeo Void - Never Say Never
06. Liz Phair - Fuck And Run
08. Patti Smith - Dancing Barefoot
09. Continental Drifters - Who We Are, Where We Live
10. Let's Active - Blue Line
11. Romeo Void - A Girl In Trouble Is A Temporary Thing
12. Lita Ford - Kiss Me Deadly

Monday, April 14, 2003

from the "It's a dessert topping! no, it's a floorwax!" school of mp3 discussion on Slashdot:

"You might remember George Ziemann as the musician who found his own music banned from eBay because it was recorded on CD-R. Now he's back with a new rant about the RIAA's statistics, which blame piracy for the dire condition of the music industry... (As an interesting side note, Ziemann says that songs are really just ads for CDs, and thus should be freely traded.)"

If you read down a little bit (filter at level 2), you can see just how easy the line starts to blur between artists copyright protection, their ability to make money form CD sales, the RIAA's incresingly shrill "piracy" legal posturing and the labels inability to see the forest for the trees. Don't get me started on the sins of major labels ;)

BTW, is it me or is the RIAA just unable to react in a way that doesn't make them look like idiots?

Update: this link via Boing Boing from The Daily Princetonian by Fred von Lohmann -- a senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Suing college students. Forcing ISPs to rat out customers. Petitioning Congress for unprecedented vigilante powers. Deploying armies of lawyers to sue technology companies. Threatening universities and corporations. Demanding that ISPs disconnect tens of thousands of Internet users. Hiring electronic enforcers to monitor computer users.

None of these efforts by the recording industry has put a single nickel into the pockets of a musician. And none of these efforts has slowed the spread of peer-to-peer ("P2P") file sharing. More Americans have used file-sharing software than voted for the President.

there's more to read...

Saturday, April 12, 2003

from the "you knew this was coming" dep't:

see if the site is no longer crushed by traffic...

Thursday, April 10, 2003

from Graham on the microsound list

"You've seen the guerilla re-edit of the most recent Lucas?"… "They seem particularly to pick on him. One day we'll need archaeologists to help us guess the original storylines of even classic films."… "Musicians, today, if they're clever, put new compositions out on the web, like pies set to cool on a window ledge, and wait for other people to anonymously rework them. Ten will be all wrong, but the eleventh may be genius. And free. It's as though the creative process is no longer contained within an individual skull, if indeed it ever was. Everything, today, is to some extent the reflection of something else."

pattern recognition, p. 68.

of particular relevance to the virtual electronic music community, i would suspect... not bad stuff coming from a guy who has a soft spot for bruce springteen:)

and if your interested there some follow-up stuff on Gibson's blog that, if you've read "pattern recognition" will be interesting

from Mark over at AHOT

A few months ago Google quietly opened up an interface to a white-pages
lookup service.

If you pound your phone number into Google (separators are optional), then
if the white pages listing is current (and your number is listed) then it will pop up your address along with a link to Yahoo/MapQuest maps and directions.

If this bothers you, you can have the listing blocked.

- Click on the Phone icon to the left of your name
- There's a link on the resulting page to:
- Fill out the form on that page

Remember also that Google isn't the only service like this. They suggest that you hit up the others as well, and give you this link:


you know the meme has surfaced when it hits the NYT

Tuesday, April 08, 2003

Beer and Clothing has my favorite quote of the day:

"Living in Cleveland is like shopping at TJ Maxx. There's really cool stuff here but it happens sporatically and you have to dig to find it."

I just finished a piece that I've been working on -- it's part of the Sound Injury (now Sound Recovery) list.

It's called "Disembodied Two" and you can d/l it here

"Disembodied" can be found here:

Oolong Tea rocks. That's all I need to say.

Oh, and the new issue of Saveur came today -- looks like we'll be having Burmese food this weekend..

Those of you Cleveland (and regional) artists dealing with copyright issues (fair use, sampling, etc) may want to check this conference out. And as a bonus Mark Gunderson from the Evolution Control Committee will be on a panel.

Saturday April 12, 2003 from 9:30am-4pm at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

I wanted to give a shout out to Patrick for getting his track Able Bodied spun two weeks in a row on IPM Radio. I'm just itchin' to do the remix ;)

Also, if you go over to BlogCritics this week you can check out my side project Elliptical w/ Eric Olsen.

The list of the series of shows that inspired this site can be found at SynthCleveland.

The clearinghouse is open...