Sunday, March 30, 2008

Contras prints

Scratch negative prints of Caroline and Bennet, taken from the front and back covers of this great album:

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Saturday, March 29, 2008

Phonology Studios mini-documentary

Delia print

I'm taking a class this weekend at the Center for Book Arts on lo-tech polymer printmaking. So far, so good! Today we drew on film negatives with X-acto knives, burned the drawings onto plates and printed them on the letterpress. Tons of fun.

Here's my drawing of Delia Derbyshire (lifted from this photo) and its plate and print:

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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Typical Wednesday night at our place


Commander USA: a look back

"Commander USA's Groovie Movies" is unfamiliar ground to me, but from the looks of things, it seems it was a contemporary of the Elvira and "Up All Night" shows, as a part of the last major wave of weekend B-movie institutions on TV in the tail end of the 1980s.

To that end, is Joe Bob Briggs' show, the last of the pack, still on the air? The commentary tracks on his DVDs are always great--"Hell's Angels '69" is unwatchable without it.

Anyway, there are a ton of "Commander USA" clips on You Tube. If the videos above tickle your fancy, click away.

Open question: do any of you know of a show on TV and/or online that presents Grade B movies with an entertaining host in the grand old tradition? If so, pass whatever information you've got my way! Thanks in advance.


Monday, March 24, 2008

Arthur Baker cameos

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Sunday, March 23, 2008

The CPP played last night

The Christian Pirate Puppets played at the tough-to-find Brookyn Tea Party last night on a quadruple CD release party bill with Nan and the One Night Stands, Dave End and Major Matt (with The Leader)! It was an awesome time.

If you were one of the people taking photos, get in touch!

Our new CD, "Digital Penis," is out now (ltd. ed. of 60) on Unicorn Sounds/Colonial. There are still a few copies of our lathe cut 7" floating around, too. As they say, Buy It Now!


Friday, March 21, 2008

Steve Martin, magician

It's a slow Friday. Here are a few Steve Martin clips to help pass the time:

Has anyone reading this read "Born Standing Up" yet? Worth checking out?


Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Larry Crane on WFMU this weekend

Larry Crane, of Jackpot! Studios and Tape Op magazine, will be on Michael Shelly's show this upcoming Saturday from 10am - 1pm. Turn on, tune in, geek out.


Sunday, March 16, 2008

The New Time

They could be old hat to everyone reading this, but if you're not hip to The New Time yet, be sure to give 'em a shake before the day is up. Jess and I just heard "Mississippi Halfstep" on Bob Brainen's show. Catchy stuff!

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Friday, March 14, 2008

Flier for tonight's show

Not sure who put this together, but it was on the Optical Atlas blog and is Great Lakes related.

Whoever made it, great job!


Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Robert Evans on Charlie Rose

With Wes Anderson guest hosting:


Monday, March 10, 2008

New Shamblers songs!

The Shamblers rehearsed a few hours ago and came up with some great new songs: "Panther Culture Vulture," "Doo Wop Stole My Girl" and "I Rolled a Two," our ode to Gary Gygax.

I apologize for the boring post--no photos, no videos, no MP3s--but you'll hear these tunes soon enough! Hits across the board!


Wednesday at Maxwell's in Hoboken with !No Parsan!

Friday at Union Hall with Great Lakes


Sunday, March 09, 2008

eBay pick of the day: the Pope's RCA BN-2A

An RCA BN-2A Radio Vaticana S.C.V. tube mixer

From the listing:

"This is one of the 15 mixers RCA BN-2A owned from the Vatican Radio from the beginning of the ’60 to the '80, that was used to transmit the Pope’s cerimonies from the St. Peter's cathedral, Basilica di San Pietro. This mean that through this mixer has passed the voice of 4 Popes, Pope Giovanni XXIII- Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli (1958-1963); Pope Paolo VI- Giovanni Battista Montini (1963-1978); Pope Giovanni Paolo I - Albino Luciani (1978) and Pope Giovanni Paolo II- Karol Wojtyla (1978-2005)."

Fifty grand and it's yours!


Thank you Terry!

Terry Duvall, our man in Portland, saw Pierced Arrows (Fred and Toody Cole's new band) the night of our wedding and sent us their (great) new single, signed. THANKS TERRY!

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"The Shamblers Second Album"

Our new tape, called "The Shamblers Second Album," is out now! Cassette-only, limited edition of 33 in great old padded VHS looking cases.

We'll have copies at our shows next week-- Wednesday at Maxwell's in Hoboken and Friday at Union Hall on the R line. Hope to see you at both!!


Friday, March 07, 2008

eBay pick of the day: Goya "Boom Box"

Goya "Boom Box" bass booster

Just the ticket to add a little oomph to that 505 you got a good deal on. Actually, mixing the outputs-- with one channel running clean and the other through the "Boom Box" and then into a cheap gate pedal with a severe threshold setting-- might be just what the doctor ordered for that machine!

On a completely unrelated side note, does anyone know where I can score a pitch-to-voltage converter for cheap? Doepfer's A-119 isn't exactly what I'm looking for, but it's definitely along the right lines. If you can recommend something, please do. Thanks!


Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Turn of the century honeymoon


Polariods from the weekend


Videos from the weekend

We split for our honeymoon in Lake Placid almost immediately after the ceremony. Here are a couple videos from our weekend there.

Our dog sled ride on the lake:

And a quick tour of our cabin, set to the tune of "These Eyes" by The Guess Who, Jess' favorite song:


Professional wedding photos

As you may or may not know, Jess and I were married this past Friday at City Hall in Manhattan. It just so happened that a reporter and photographer from the New York Times were on hand, writing a story on Leap Day weddings.

A few of our quotes ended up in the article (which you can read here), but the photos did not. Here are four of them, taken by the very friendly, very talented and very cold (it was 10 degrees out) Christian Hansen.

Thanks again, Christian! Hope to see you at one of the Shamblers shows this month!