After much procrastination, I finally sorted out some issues vis-a-vis various pieces of software and got a new mix recorded last night.  It’s not what I had originally planned, and it gets off to a shaky start, but there are some pretty dope cuts on this and I think you’ll like it. 

The track list I originally planned got trampled on by a couple of small dogs.  True story.  I was keeping the volume a little lower than usual out of courtesy to my neighbors (the hour, she was late), and our two terrier chihuahuas were feeling anxious.  Every time they ran into or out of the room, the tags on their collars jingled, I lost be ability to hear the hi-hats and handclaps in the music, and the beat matching went right out the window. 

After two false starts, I just scrapped my playlist and threw this together to give my frustration level a more appropriate soundtrack.  Download the mixed set here, then go get the individual tracks you like below.

"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, August 17, 2009

DJ Set: All Dogs Go to Taco Hut

After much procrastination, I finally sorted out some issues vis-a-vis various pieces of software and got a new mix recorded last night.  It’s not what I had originally planned, and it gets off to a shaky start, but there are some pretty dope cuts on this and I think you’ll like it. 

The track list I originally planned got trampled on by a couple of small dogs.  True story.  I was keeping the volume a little lower than usual out of courtesy to my neighbors (the hour, she was late), and our two terrier chihuahuas were feeling anxious.  Every time they ran into or out of the room, the tags on their collars jingled, I lost be ability to hear the hi-hats and handclaps in the music, and the beat matching went right out the window. 

After two false starts, I just scrapped my playlist and threw this together to give my frustration level a more appropriate soundtrack.  Download the mixed set here, then go get the individual tracks you like below.

track list

  • Boys Noize - Jeffer (download)
  • Alex Gopher - Handguns (Dada Life remix) (download)
  • The Kills - Cheap and Cheerful (SebastiAn remix) (download)
  • Bloc Party - Signs (Armand van Helden remix) (totally fucking ill-ass video mbNSFW)
  • Empire of the Sun - We Are The People (The Golden Filter remix) (download)
  • Simian Mobile Disco - 3 Pin Dip (download)
  • The Sisters of Transistors - The Don (Acid Girls Grey Disco remix) (download)
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Heads Will Roll (Johnny Roxx remixx) (download)
  • Das Racist - Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell (download)

.:Download All Dogs Go to Taco Hut:.

posted on 08/17 • music • (5545) commentspermalink

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Neuroscience

“It seems somehow disconcerting to be told that your life, all your hopes, triumphs, and aspirations simply arise from the activity of neurons in your brain.  But far from being humiliating, this idea is ennobling, I think.  Science—cosmology, evolution, and especially the brain sciences—is telling us that we have no privileged position in the universe and that our sense of having a private nonmaterial soul ‘watching the world’ is an illusion….  Once you realize that far from being a spectator, you are in fact part of the eternal ebb and flow of events in the cosmos, this realization is very liberating.”

V.S. Ramachandran, M.D., Ph.D. - Phantoms in the Brain

posted on 08/15 • blog • (2345) commentspermalink

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Short Story: SK8R

Trudge slumped idly on the skull of the giant, the sandstorm fading away over the western horizon behind him. His deck – what little of it he managed to hold onto – lay in ruins at his feet. He was alone. He was always alone, though, when he stopped to really think about it. But the company of others – friends, strangers, lovers—kept him from thinking about it, kept him from being lonely.

He was lonely.

He had seen Aresian sandstorms before, but none like the one that had just taken his arm.

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posted on 08/12 • fiction • (1806) commentspermalink

Monday, August 10, 2009

Renovation

Things have been a little wacky lately and I haven’t been particularly music- or writing-focused for about a week.  Part of this has to do with the fact that Back Alley Social is (apparently) still renovating their back room and I haven’t had a space in which to play out.  Another part of it is that my girlfriend bought her first house—a really beautiful, but beaten, Victorian-style home built in the year 1900—and I spent some time over there yesterday yanking out subflooring and inhaling dust.  Everywhere, renovation. 

Then there’s school, and let me tell you, being a 30-year-old dude who is working full-time and taking community college classes online can fill up significant chunks of life at a time.

So I guess you could say I’ve been preoccupied.  I was hoping to have a new mix up for you guys today, but Audition wasn’t cooperating over the weekend and I preferred to just play records to myself than mess with software issues. 

Right now, though, I’m ear-to-the-ground for new opportunities to play out.  If you know a bar or club in Austin who wants a DJ, take just a moment to assure them that I don’t drop R&B or top-40 pop, then send them to me!  Or send me to them, shoot, either way. 

Thanks for hanging with me, Internets.  Look forward to some good music and some new fiction in coming weeks.

posted on 08/10 • blog • (5737) commentspermalink

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Short Story: Joachim

A little, uh, contemporary fiction for you guys…

My name’s Joachim and I work at the Subway at the mall. I make sandwiches. It’s pretty good.

So okay when I was at work this lady comes up and asks for my six inch special of the day, which is kind of to my mind you know a little dirty-sounding but anyway it was Friday so that means she wanted a tuna fish salad sandwich. Some people say they want “my” coldcut combo and it is confusing to me because it is not my sandwich, it is just a sandwich, right? When you come and say to me to “give me your six inch special” it makes me wonder if I am to take off my pants which I will not do at work.

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posted on 08/04 • fiction • (6146) commentspermalink

Monday, August 03, 2009

Using Serato with Adobe Audition

I love Adobe Audition for reasons most people don’t understand unless they’re CoolEdit users from way back.  I basically only use the thing to record mixed DJ sets to MP3 since it includes a few features that make it relatively easy to normalize a waveform and reduce vinyl hiss/system hum noise.

Since I made the transition to Serato, I’ve been looking forward to recording a new set with a mixture of joy and dread.  Previously, I only had to worry about system overhead for one application (Audition) and USB controller bandwidth for one device (my Behringer UCA-202 audio interface).  Add Serato to that, and what additional complications could arise, I wondered?

Not much!  Turns out, all of the above is quite well-handled by a newish Dell Studio laptop…running Vista, even!  Until, that is, I started recording.

I tried a test, got the record playing, armed a track, and started recording.  I switched back to Serato to load another track, checked Audition, and found that it had stopped recording!  What?

Problem:

Adobe Audition 3 stops recording when minimized or when a different window takes focus.

Fortunately, there is a simple…

Solution:

  • Click Edit -> Audio Hardware Setup
  • Uncheck the box labeled “Release ASIO Driver in Background”

Yep, it’s just that simple.  Like an idiot, I overlooked this checkbox about a dozen times before I found this solution on the Hydrogen Audio forums.  Thanks, folks!

posted on 08/03 • blog • (153) commentspermalink

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