On A Side Note…

I got my free eMusic downloads, and you know what eMusic is fuckin’ awesome for? Old ass blues. I’m currently listening to, and enjoying the hell out of, Junior Wells (thanks for playing him in the car, Thom) and Skip James, who is my motherfucker.

And if I can ever get off of this here killin’ floor You know I ain’t never gonna sink so low no more

Fuck yeah, baby.

Kanye West – Graduation

Got this, listened to it. Aside from a couple of high points, it’s basically a snore-fest. Lazy lyrics, boring flow, and the best things about it are the people he brought in to help him.

Where does this guy’s rep as a major talent come from? Give me Mos Def, Talib Kweli and (Kanye’s fellow Chicagoan) Common any day of the week.

Oh, and, uh, Kanye, kitten? Next time, if you want some really tight beats? Give me a call. I’ll set you up right.

On A Diet

I’m at the end of the second day of a 14 day diet. All raw vegetables, with sushi allowed (for protein). Tonight I broke down and ate three very small cheese enchiladas. Fuck, I had to — I feel like hell.

After two weeks of this, it’s two weeks of juice fasting. Meaning just juice. And then, after October is over, we’ll re-evaluate and see where we are.

No, I don’t want your advice on dieting or the pros or cons of what I’m doing. Sorry, but I don’t care. This is what I’m doing.

I’m very hungry right now.

The Global Village Has Found Its Idiot

Sherri, kitten, the rest of us figured this out a little more than half a millennium ago. And most of us got the evolution thing about a century and a half ago. If you can’t keep up with the class, don’t raise your hand, okay?

Look, I can barely — barely, mind you — understand how people can be ignorant of how evolution works. To a point. I’ve gone through the American educational system, so I see how that can work.

But to be totally unaware of the fact that you live on a spherical planet — which is the sort of thing you’re taught at the age of roughly five years old in every school in every country on this planet — and to be so cheerfully, blissfully stupid that you’re not ashamed of announcing it on international television — is the most idiotic thing I think I’ve ever encountered. Seriously. I have absolutely no sympathy for this stupid, stupid woman. I’m surprised she’s capable of forming semi-coherent sentences, or using a toilet without a high degree of frustration and mindless rage.

And when she goes on TV tomorrow and tries to play it off, don’t let her. When someone asks you if the world is round or flat, you say “round”. Period. There is no other answer. (“Imperfectly spherical with a high degree of fractal roughness” is also a correct answer, but nobody likes a math geek, Scully.) Giving any other answer — or even hesitating for a second to think about it — means that you should probably be kept away from the general populace and sharp objects, because you are an imbecile.

There is no excuse for this, except absolute, astonishing stupidity. ABC has completely and utterly discredited itself by beaming this slack-jawed cretin and her babbling around the world. If they had even the slightest bit of sense or dignity, they’d have her flung into the street so that the entire species could surround her and laugh at her until she shat herself and stumbled away into obscurity, crying like a retarded child who just broke their favorite toy.

Fuck her. Fuck The View. And fuck ABC.

I’m going to go read a book and feel superior.

ATS Premium: Barksdale Missile Number Six: The Stolen Nuclear Weapon, page 1

ATS Premium: Barksdale Missile Number Six: The Stolen Nuclear Weapon, page 1

I don’t know how rigorous this guy is (I’m not saying he’s not, I merely don’t know his reputation), but there are some interesting points in here… particularly that the military’s admission of error in loading real nukes onto those planes last week was actually a very deliberate leak — one designed to scare the shit out of the Iranians. Which makes sense to me, as covering up such a thing (or at least stubbornly denying the whole thing) seems more in line with trad U.S. military policy.

Hell, I wonder if there were actually any nukes at all. From what I understand, “accidentally” loading nuclear missiles onto a plane is a fairly difficult mistake to make.

Travelogue Recording Notes, #2

More recording tonight — specifically, guitar for “Entropy”, which has somehow morphed from sounding like Bloc Party’s “Compliments” to something more akin to a cross between Talking Heads and Daft Punk.

We could only come up with a rhythm guitar part — a high, staccato, repetitive thing that sounds like half the disco punk out there — but then, at home afterwards, I found some noodling Thom had done that — when looped and run through distortion — turned into a cool verse lead guitar. So we’ll re-record that bit, along with a bit for the chorus that’s in the same vein, and I think we’ll be done with the guitar for that song. At some point, I’m gonna throw an ARP 2600 line into it at the sixteen-bar break, because I think it’s cooler to have an arpeggiated synth line (maybe run through a wah and chopped around) than a guitar solo.

Thom’s playing most of the guitar on this one — we’re just recording it at his apartment, amped and miked. Apparently it doesn’t bother his neighbors.

Side note: one of the fun things about getting together to play is pulling tracks out of the iPod and going “Like, hear how that guitar line goes? All angular? Like that.” Tonight we listened to Bloc Party’s “Banquet” and Talking Heads’ “Houses In Motion” — if you know those songs you might be able to imagine what “Entropy” is starting to sound like. But not really. Heh.

Best moment: in the car on the way to his apartment, Thom and I were talking about recognizing sources of samples. He put on an extremely obscure album of African chant…and I was totally delighted to recognize the background of Nine Inch Nails’ “Head Like A Hole”, and to realize that what I always though was some sort of percussive synth was actually some African dude going “Huh! Huh! Hah!”.

Where were you when the world was made? I was still drunk from the night before I heard the sound of the Big Bang And I staggered to the door I saw the whole of Creation I saw the master plan We made kings of monkeys When we put the thumbs on their hands

(Edit: Hell, I made this sample for Thom, so I’ll throw it up here: MP3 snippet of “Entropy”, unfinished.