It's a beautiful boom box, and it's only $75! If I hadn't already gotten a certain Mister his present, you can bet this would be in our bedroom Dec 26th. Perhaps someone is still thinking of what to get me.
Thank you, MonocleMonoscope. (And thank you to the anonymous commenter for pointing out my mistake. This is why I shouldn't post after 11:30 when I'm on a sugar/caffeine jitter-spree.)
**UPDATE** We impulsively bought it (in dark brown) about 5 minutes after posting here. So yeah. Instant gratification.
Now that the holiday gift buying season is upon us, I thought I'd go ahead and point out three machines that we all should put on our wishlists:
1. Tenori-On These are still only available in a limited run in the UK, and will probably undergo a revision or two before they hit The States, but I don't care. I want one now. It's got the immediacy of the also-tough-to-get Kaossilator (literally, turn it on and start making music with no learning curve), but with the ability to import samples into a 16x16 step sequencer/lightshow. The Sonic State review is worth checking out if the machine is new to you, but this video of Jim O'Rourke goofing around on one in a hotel room sums the whole experience up nicely:
2. Monome My favorite of the "alternate" Ableton Live controllers, the Monome is a minimalist, hand built, reasonably priced backlit trigger grid for live, sample-based music making. There are no dials on the unit-- no controls whatsoever other than the buttons-- and no internal synth engine to speak of. Sounds are mapped to it via USB and controlled using one of a growing number of user-generated open source sequencer programs, many of which come complete with demo videos. It comes in three sizes and is almost always out of stock.
3. Kaoss Pad 3 Kaoss Pads have been around for a while now, but this is the first one that actually seems like it might be worth buying. It comes bundled with a gaggle of effects and you can load sounds into it with removable SD cards, manipulating them on what looks like the dance floor of the damned. And, for reasons I'm still researching, you can have the tiny screen horizontally scroll large-font text across it, which seems to have all the old timey efficiency of a dot matrix printer.
We've got a new 7" out on the Colonial Recordings USA label. Like all good singles, it's a lathe cut affair, in an edition on 30. It comes with a hand stamped cover, a sticker and a condom. Send us a note if you'd like one. They're $10 each. It looks like this:
I'm not sure how or why, but all three members of The Boilermakers were in the same city at the same time last night. I met up with them in one of the cheaper rooms at the poorly named Funkadelic Studios and recorded a few of their songs. Look for something on Colonial soon-ish.
I'm selling my MD 417. It's the poor man's 441, with a cool desktop stand and art deco grill designing to boot! Also, the original paperwork, clip, case and cardboard box are included in the auction as well. Tell your MD-series collecting friends!! This one's tough to find...
The Shamblers got together last night and wrote six new pop masterpieces. They'll be on our MySpace page within the next few hours. In the meantime, there's a marathon running through our neighborhood, and our attendance is required.