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Gravity’s Angel

Feetnik is in town! On her book signing tour, of course. You bring a book. She’ll sign it. You get the idea.

Yesterday after a nice lunch and cheap beer at Savory we hit up David R’s suggestion of Crooked Beat Records on 18th Street and Orpheus in Arlington, Virginia. Crooked Beat was pretty neat. It was tiny and owned by indie-rocking looking people. They had a good selection and a ton of recent music on vinyl. I was pretty amazed, but not really interested. Then we made our way to Viriginia which is always moderately nerve-wracking as Virginia isn’t as neatly layed out as DC. This time however, it was maps.google.com’s fault. We got all f’d up around Dupont Circle which is funny, because I know that area pretty well. We did finally get to Orpheus. That place is the shit. The records are in excellent condition and the isles go on for miles. They even have a Space Age Bachelor Pop section. Not to mention Crazy Carl’s Weird Music section. Plus the owner was kick ass and had a cool beard and knew where all his records were in his huge store. Kick ass.

These are the records I picked up:

  1. The Ted Heath Orchestra Plays the Beatles, Bach and Bacharach (London’s Phase 4 Records)
  2. Stevie Wonder’s Songs in the Key of Life (Tamla)
  3. Enoch Light & the Light Brigade’s Future Sound Shock (Project 3 Records)
  4. Muzak’s Stimulus Progression 5 (Muzak Corporation)
  5. Enoch Light & the Light Brigade’s Dimension 3 (Command Records)
  6. Brian Wilson’s Smile (Warner Bros. Records)
  7. Getting Through: A Guide to better understanding the hard of hearing (Zenith Records)
  8. Laurie Anderson’s Mister Heartbreak (Warner Bros. Records)

So that’s that. Here’s the information about the record stores we went to. I highly recommend both. Orpheus being slightly better for selection and the assistance of their owner. Not to mention a better vinyl smell. The guys at Crooked Beat were more interested in what they were playing over the stereo.

Crooked Beat Records (in Adam’s Morgan)
2318 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
Hours Mon-Wed 12-9 Thurs-Sat 12-10 Sun 12-7

Orpheus Records
3713 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA
Monday-Saturday: 12pm- 10pm Sunday: 1pm- 8pm

And after that we listened to some stunes, cleaned up a bit and hit up Samantha’s in Silver Spring for some mexican and margarita’s with Gordon joining us. It was a blast.

Now it’s time to move radiators. Yay.

There Is Nobody – Tattwo

Last night after work, I went to BWI to pick up Feetnik. I made really amazing time. I still think I live in MoCo and think it takes 40-50 minutes to get to Baltimore when in reality DC is about 20 minutes closer. Anyways. I got there early and thought I would just circle around the terminal a few times waiting for Feetnik. Of course my first round through a cop pulls me over for my headlight being out. I know it’s been weeks since I needed it to replace it, but we’re busy people. So the cop gave me a “warning.” – Then I found Feetnik or rather she found me and I tried to retrace my steps back to the parking garage. Jesus christ, that airport is confusing.

Today we went to Mughal Garden for lunch. It was an Indian buffet and it was surprisingly yummy. After that we headed out to the Tattoo Museum in Fells Point. I know Zander. I wanted to stop by, but I don’t have your new number nor your address. Please hook a brother up.

So we all walked in, showed the artwork to an inker and got a quote, when another inker came over and asked or rather said he was going to do this job. He was really cool and made it even that much more special with his interest in doing it personally. He even knew where the art was from and a little about it’s history. I’ve never really been able to find much, other than it’s called “Tropics and Meridians” and it’s an old sailor’s tattoo from the 20s. I guess because this tattoo was on my forearm it was slightly more painful when he did the outlining. The fill-ins were much more pleasant if not relaxing. I feel really good about this tattoo and it was funny hearing the inker talk about mutual friends (from Louisiana) of Feetnik’s and talking about Baltimore vs. DC bands and what not with all of us. And to top it off, he took a picture of it for his portfolio. Man, a tattoo artist who got my tattoo is my kind of man. And he looked like a combination of Dave Grohl and one of the dudes from ZZ Top.

After that we did some shopping or rather Emily and Feetnik did. Emily also talked with a woman at a store about doing some business together in the future. I think it’d be badass to see Emily’s goods in a store! Then we went to the Soundgarden. I only picked up a few CDs. I picked up:

  • Rilo Kiley’s the execution of all things (Saddle Creek)
  • Suzanne Vega’s nine objects of desire (A&M)
  • Brian Eno’s music for films (Virgin)
  • Yerba Buena’s island life (Razor and Tie)
  • Grease on DVD (Emily’s pick!)

Feetnik picked up a record that I want to dub. It’s a side project of the people in the Arcade Fire and it’s really awesome! I’ll prolly just pick it up tomorrow when we do CD shopping downtown with David. Anyways. After that we went to a coffee shop only to have our ears punched to the sound of a 6 year old screeching and running around. They got coffee and I got tea. They shared a mini chocolate bunt cake and I ate a slice of apple pie. I do not consider myself one who “shares well with others.”

After Baltimore I dropped Feetnik at Gordon’s apartment in Silver Spring. His apartment was where the old DC101 studios used to be or rather right near it. It was nice being in that neck of the woods. They also gave me my birthday gift. An 11×17″ picture and frame of Frank Zappa probably from the very early 70s and a doll of Bob Moog complete with lab coat, glasses and a mini moog. Yes, they rule. Rule hard core.

Now it’s time to finish up some more of the Seinfeld DVD’s from Seasons 1&2.

Pictures thus far from the weekend.

outta the mist i kissed your lovely drug-filled lips

oms_zander1 (36k image)

Zander is thinking: “This synth has way too many knobs! Where’s my casio?”

oms_zander2 (25k image)

Gordon says, “Well, what if we take the aux sends of the snare and room mics, run them through the Lexicon and then run them back in to busses 1 and 2 in stereo – well, just watch me…”

oms_zander3 (46k image)

“Don’t you mess with my o-ring!”

Mass Transit’s demo is finally done. Eric and his crew were happy with it. There were of course things Gordon and myself would have rather done with it, for example: We would have liked to have had more time to fix a lot of problems both sonically and in the musicality. But due to the time constraints I think it went really well. And we are already looking forward to recording a full length “non-demo” sounding record with them.

Saturday, after Zander found his way through DC, was spent in the studio recording some more drum tracks and casio bass lines from the scratch tracks Zander already cut as demos. The drums are finally sounding really good and I am really enjoying the time working on this project. I still wish he’d experiment more, but then again, that perhaps isn’t so much his style. Whatever he’s doing is working so far, so I can’t complain. And Gordon and me also linked up the 2 ADATs. They sync like a charm even even use a 9pin “gender bender” adaptor. That, my friend, is badass.

Ican’t wait for more recording gigs to come in the next few months. It’s almost overwhelming that I am finally doing something I completely love and am making a few spare dimes as well. Seriously, I never thought such a thing could happen to me.

Time for bed. ‘night.