The second my monthly-ish gig began, it got canceled for two weekends in a row.  Apparently, the back room at Back Alley is under construction, and nobody notified the back room bartender until he showed up last night at 9 o’clock.  Therefore, nobody notified Handsome Cam until he loaded his car with gear.

So I got the call, Cam all gritting his teeth like, “Hmm guess I’ll just…unpack…my car…now.” 

This is unfortunate, because just last week the three of us got together a little bit and decided to start promoting the Sunday night jams up in that piece.  It really has a lot of potential.  It’s comfy, there’s a dance floor and there’s seating.  There are anywhere from 10 to 30 people there at any given time on a weeknight, and in Austin’s warehouse district, that constitutes a party.  We have no restrictions about the music we play (the only limitation is “no Ting Tings!”).  In short, the DJs and bartender can make it whatever we want. 

It’s beautiful.  It’s everything an old schooler getting back in the game could want.

But now I have told all my friends it’s fun times, and Cam has told his friends to check it out, and Skip (bartender) has told his friends that it’s like way awesome, and there are renovations underway, and we won’t be back in the booth for two weeks.  This creates a situation.  At this point, anyone showing up on a Sunday is going to get a clear message: “Nothing ever goes on at Back Alley Social on Sundays.” 

Hopefully in a couple of weeks this post will be followed up with one titled “How to promote your DJ night out of a hole!”  Near to that time, we’ll be coming at you in 3D with a snazzy flyer and a very, very generous drink special.

"Because we do not know when we will die, we get to think of life as an inexhaustible well. And yet everything happens only a certain number of times, and a very small number really.

"How many more times will you remember a certain afternoon of your childhood, an afternoon that is so deeply a part of your being that you cannot conceive of your life without it? Perhaps four, or five times more? Perhaps not even that. How many more times will you watch the full moon rise? Perhaps twenty.

And yet it all seems limitless..."

- Paul Bowles

reading

You buy them books, and what do they do? They eat the paper!

listening

Forget about your seat -- it's the beat.

viewing

Television will make you dumb. C'mon and get stupid!

Monday, July 13, 2009

DJ Set: Breakfast Chunks

Welcome to Monday, people!  Have some breakfast.  Each of these eight bite-sized tracks was hand-selected (just for you!) to get your morning started off right, help you focus throughout the day, and even keep your bowel movements regular.  Never mind the crunch…just enjoy!

track list

  • Cristoph de Babalon - Opium
  • Black Kids - Partie Traumatic
  • Of Montreal - Gallery Piece
  • Of Montreal - Climb the Ladder (Rory Phillips remix)
  • Simian Mobile Disco - Sleep Deprivation
  • Yelle - Je Veux Te Voir
  • Gold Chains & Sue Cie - California Nites
  • Markus Nikolai - Bushes

.:Download Breakfast Chunks:.

posted on 07/13 • music • (1930) commentspermalink

Friday, July 10, 2009

Serato Scratch Live: A Vinyl Purist’s First Impression

I first encountered Serato Scratch Live
at a house party a couple of years ago.  I had lugged in a stack of about thirty records—the other DJ lugged in his laptop, this little box…and his entire rig.  My first impression of the device basically amounted to, “That’s neat. Looks simple enough and it’s obvious that things have come a long way since Final Scratch.  But, hey, buddy!  Your 128k constant bit rate MP3s sound like shit!”

Last Sunday, however, I saw the same gear in the hands of someone who actually had decent, recently-downloaded tracks instead of a scattered collection of crappy dance music remixes from the late 1990’s.  Lo, I am impressed!

This got me thinking about some of the excuses I’ve given myself in the past for not “going digital.”

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Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Short Story: Nurse

I served two tours of duty during the Martian Automaton Riots of ‘34.  My first was spent as a combat medic.  After three months of leave, I returned to duty as part of a mobile surgical hospital unit. 

The bots may not have been flesh, but their methods of warfare could be every bit as sadistic and cruel as those of any human who ever lived, and the psychological operations in which they engaged were highly effective.  It was the standard stuff: mutilated corpses, torture, live burials – that kind of thing.  But while the soldiers fought them tooth and nail, the automatons waged a technological war against our systems on Ares and back home on Terra.  The souls of the men and women killed were destroyed by the machines, never to be recovered.  So people were terrified, even those of us soldiers who knew death and who knew that the machines were just playing at our fears.

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posted on 07/08 • fiction • (4007) commentspermalink

Posting Regularly

Posting regularly is the most important key to getting traffic to a new blog.  Well, my blog is intended to contain short stories and DJ mixes, and since I have been neither writing nor spinning records regularly, it seems we may have a teensy little problem with content.

Also, today is my first day of class after a decade-long lapse in enrollment in college.  I dropped out, never finished—now I’m 30 years old and going back.  My one class this semester, Introduction to Psychology, is a 16-week course condensed into 5 1/2 weeks, and not being in the ebb and flow of this business yet it’s difficult for me to say what time I’ll have available to commit to these jams here.

So, until I get some new stuff working here in a week or two, I’ll be posting stories I’ve written previously and whatever mixed sets I can drag up from my old hard drives.  Once I get a good idea of how traffic is flowing, I’ll work out a schedule and stick to that.  My goal, ultimately, is to help keep your Internets reliably entertaining during your business week.

posted on 07/08 • (726) commentspermalink

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Hell of Banging Free Show this Friday

If you are in Austin and you got nothin’ against good times, check this out:

The FADER Presents Major Lazer // Matt & Kim // A-Trak// DJ AM // Auto Erotique

I saw Peter Bjorn and John at the Levi’s Fader Fort during SXSW and was immediately and summarily impressed.  If the Fort is any indication, production value at these jams will be excellent.  Click the link to RSVP!

posted on 07/07 • (1218) commentspermalink

Climb the Ladder

Thanks to everyone who came out Sunday night!  Yeah, thanks…all… (counts on fingers) five of you guys.  You are special, you are loved, you are decent, and you are hardcore for coming out on a Sunday night after a weekend already crammed full of partying and revelry.

It was a night of first-time-in-a-long-times for me.  In addition to playing out for the first time in years, I climbed a steel rung ladder to get to the DJ booth.  When’s the last time you climbed a ladder, anyway?  If you’re an office zombie by day like yours truly, it has probably been some time

I also met a DJ named Loki (last Loki encounter: July 2002), and I got a close look at Serato, some tech I haven’t really examined since playing like three tracks at a house party in Seattle a good piece back.

Anyway, I must have done something right, because Cam has invited me back to play again soon.  Details here when I know them!

posted on 07/07 • blog • (2198) commentspermalink

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