Thursday, November 30, 2006

Flier for the 12/8 Shamblers/CPP show

From Chris Andersen:


Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Flier for the 12/9 T&V show

Tuesday, November 28, 2006



Monday, November 27, 2006

Bookshelves in the Reading Room, pt. 1


New office furniture in the Project Room


Bay Ridge in the fall


Terrible local grage door graffiti, pt. 2


eBay pick of the day: Little Sound DJ

Little Sound DJ, as made popular by the 8 Bit Peoples. More info on the cartridge/program here.


Wednesday, November 22, 2006

eBay pick of the day: Roland SH-7

Roland SH7. You don't see these very often.


Tuesday, November 21, 2006

eBay pick of the day: 1964 Fender Bass VI

Best possible campaign ad

From The New Republic :

First click here to read a little story about Barack Obama-- one of Jess' favorite people-- inadvertently ruining a young reporter's love life.

Then click here to hear him apologize for the incident.



Monday, November 20, 2006

eBay pick of the day: "Smoke Some Kill" LP

Schoolly D "Smoke Some Kill" LP (sealed)

Bonus video-- "I Don't Like Rock and Roll" (via Music Thing).


Saturday, November 18, 2006

T. Flowers, Esquire

These are lyrics from the T. Flowers, Esq. radio spot in Memphis:

I came home from work and I'm lookin for my man

I found him in the bed sleepin wit my best friend

I went and grabbed his Glock, couldn't stop, oh my god

Somebody call T. Flowers, I'm about to catch a charge.

He beat them charges, maine.

He beat them charges, maine.

Listen to the entire jingle here.

Read about it here.


Friday, November 17, 2006

The $250 solution

We'd been saving our cash for about two years to upgrade our studio from 4-track cassette to DAW, and, about a month ago, bought a laptop computer, MOTU Traveler and Cubase SE 3 audio software. Although initially successful (the first session with the set-up-- and only one thusfar-- yielded tracks for an upcoming 10" by The Tender & Vulnerable), things started going wrong: the software refused to record during overdubs, it would crash sporadically and, eventually, Cubase failed to recognize The Traveler altogether. After a handful of email exchanges with both MOTU and Steinberg, we'd determined the root cause to be the software version-- Cubase SE 3 "is not optimized for Intel Macs" was the claim of the tech support, "and is prone to experience a host of problems." The solution: Cubase Studio 4, which is available as an upgrade from the Steinberg site ($249). Obviously, this is unfortunate, as we had not expected to upgrade for some time and now have to come up with even more bread.

The point of all of this is a warning: IF YOU HAVE AN INTEL MAC, DO NOT BUY/DOWNLOAD/USE CUBASE SE 3. They don't say anything about it on their website, and the store I bought it from didn't warn me, but it will not work to its full capacity on your new computer. Instead, pick up CUBASE 4 / CUBASE STUDIO 4.

We like Cubase and recommend it as newcomers to computer audio, but having to upgrade unexpectedly is a drag.

On the plus side, the upgrades provided with Cubase 4 look great.


Thursday, November 16, 2006

18 Merino Sheep

This woman is knitting a rug. I am simultaneously flabbergasted and jealous of her giant knitting needles. Amazing!


Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Moog Ring Modulator as Arp Little Brother


eBay pick of the day: Jolana Basso IX

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Download the entire DUSTdevils catalog legally

Junior Varsity on You Tube??

This is original lineup JV, too-- the one that recorded "Hot Rod."

(via the ever-great Peek-a-Boo Records)


eBay pick of the day: Fender Tel Ray

Like a plain near freak!

Jess' childhood friend Thom Yorke covered himself in chocolate for Oxfam. It was literally the least he could do.

More celebrity foodplay in the name of fair trade can be found here.


Monday, November 13, 2006

We don't have an ice cube tray yet, but...

we will soon! Yay!
(Thank you, Apartment Therapy and Lego)


Main Drag Music in Williamsburg

Went to their new location yesterday (they've moved from Bedford to Wythe St.)—- worth riding the L train for! Decent selection of second-hand gear, almost all of it at the going eBay rates: a used Sennheiser 441 for $350; a restored Minimoog for $2500; a beat up Echoplex for $400. They also had the complete Orange Amps, Moogerfooger and Death By Audio product lines and a large drum section (about half the store) to boot. If you haven’t been, and can handle going to a music shop without buying anything, I recommend it.


Sunday, November 12, 2006

eBay Pick of the day: Sound Burger

Bent Fest 2005 highlights video (we're in it)

Fast forward to 2:25. That's our one second of fame.

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Saturday, November 11, 2006

Circuit bent videos (w/ patchbays!)


Sequencer demos


eBay Pick of the day: "Electronic Music" LP

Friday, November 10, 2006

eBay pick of the day: Casio CK-10

Casio CK-10


Thursday, November 09, 2006

eBay pick of the day: Lomo 19A19

Lomo 19A19


Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Will It Blend?


eBay pick of the day: Knight KN-701

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Let's Paint TV


Sunday, November 05, 2006

WFMU Record Fair

The annual WFMU Record Fair is a perfectly good place to go completely broke. We volunteered there on Sunday at the esteemed $1 LPs table.

Be sure to play the "Where's David Fricke?" game with the top photo (hint: jean jacket). Other celebrity sighting: Matt Dillon, who Jess thinks looks "less haggard in person than he does in the movies these days."


Kitchen shelves

Master Craftsman Robert Speer stopped by on Saturday and proved his carpentry chops by building a great, cut-to-spec shelving system for our kitchen in less than two hours.


Friday, November 03, 2006

Southside windowsill in the Project Room


Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Halloween Costumes