Fri– Went to Ixia with Emily -> Treated her nicely like the good boyfriend i am -> She got steak, I got chicken -> We shared -> We got “cute” looks -> We are cute -> Dammit!
Sat– Farmer’s Market -> Ate Breakfast/Lunch -> Asian Market -> Soundgarden -> Got the following: John Coltrane’s a love supreme; John Zorn’s Masada live in Sevilla; Can Live 1971-1977; THe Beach Boys’ Smiley Smile/Wild Honey; TransChamps’ (Trans Am and The Fucking Champs) double exposure; Built to Spill’s live; Dance of Days book (two decades of punk in the nation’s capital) -> Went to store next door to get Lith a birthday girl of a clay tea pot -> Emily Worked on Portfolio/Resume while I read my new book and got even that much more proud of DC and our incredibly superior music scene -> Emily Made Dinner -> I cleaned up the dishes and washed them and in that order -> Brewer’s Art for drinks with Maria and Bill and Patrisia -> Wanted to go to the New Haven Lounge to check out good jazz -> Instead it was spent not seeing good jazz but watching semi-psudo pretentious semi-frat boys and girls drink beverages because that was where Maria wanted to go -> Bah!
Sun– Woke up early -> Came to Rockville -> Celebrated Lith’s Birthday with Bagels and Lox -> Took pictures and compared cameras (fotos in fotos section) -> Printed pictures -> Went to Anthropologie -> Looked at lots of overpriced cool stuff -> Went to Comp USA -> The Best Buy -> Bought earphones for cell phones -> Watched the English Patient with Emily -> It was good, but not 8 Academy Awards good -> Or maybe it was -> Hence it’s not being THAT amazing and the Academy being worse than the Music Industry -> At least Emily liked this movie and not Dumb and Dumber -> Eh. -> Fucking Germans -> They fucked up a lot of shit back in the day -> Went to bed later than I should have
Mon– Talked with Leif Garrett in the hallway about West Virginia -> Or was that Ben Folds 5 -> Took a nap mid-day and boss came in but didnt wake me cos he’s a good boss -> Took a nice pooh at work -> Laura took me home -> Going to go eat Boca burgers now -> Yum.
On my way to work I was driving toward the Rockville Pike. There was a Lexus in front of me and a BMW to my side. The Lexus and myself were turning right. The BMW man wanted to get in and sort of inched his way up in front of the Lexus man. The Lexus man wailed on his horn. God forbid a measly BMW get in front of his ego. So after a few friendly hand gestures from the two astute men, the BMW man got in front of the Lexus. Damn was Mr. Lexus pissed. While waiting at the next upcoming light the Lexus man was so pissed he actually had the gall bladder to go over the double yellow and jump back in front of the BMW. The Lexus man decided that was too much and turned around and he was never to be seen again. My god. This is the world I live in, inside of my middle of the road Buick. This is why I am from *Rockville* and not that “P” word. Makes me proud.
Last night after work I headed to Becca’s house. I had to drop off her doo-rag that I’d had for way too long. Granted the pink doo-rag did look splendid on me, it was time to give it up as she really missed it. I also picked up my CD player that had been in her car for ages. Yah! After that I headed up to Baltimore. I got to Emily’s place a little early and was sitting outside of her apartment on the stair wall, and this crack head looking woman came up to me and asked me first for matches. She sat down with me and started being chatty. “Damn, yo, I hope my friend downtown has some money.” I really didn’t understand anything she said, except that. She then asked me for a smoke. I handed her one, cos bizarrely enough, I had some in my pocket. She then asked me for some matches again! Matches? I didn’t have any. I lit her smoke with a zippo. Then she got up, and as this other man was walking by she accosted him. “Do you have any matches?” What up with those matches?
Emily finally strolled up a few minutes later in her cooley ass orange hat. We went up and her cats played in my hair for a bit then Emily took a shower and I watched the Drew Carey show for a bit. I actually laughed out loud a few times. Lisa Loeb was on that show once I recall. We went to the Paper Moon for dinner. I got a WEED BURGER. Yummy! It may have been better than a BOCCA burger. But I think I really ordered that because I got to say “Weed Burger” – I got really good fries as well, that Emily stole lots of. Bad Emily! The desserts looked so delectable, but Mr. Tummy was sooooo full. After dinner we went to Blockbuster to rent THE GRINCH. It was weird cos Jim Carey rarely sounded like Jim Carey. It was a good movie (for the most part) as Jim Carey wasn’t his cliche self. Um. Then I left and came home and checked my email that was filled with copious amounts of gay porn. How do they know? I think I fell asleep almost instantly. Oh yeah, and this morning I broke out again. I think Emily’s cats are killing me. It seems to only be when they are in close proximity to me. Cos when she locked them in the other room I was completely fine. And today Laura (my co-worker) brought in 4 Soundgarden CDs. Screaming Life/Fopp EP, Louder Than Love, Flower EP, Ultramega OK. Hiro Yamamoto even plays on two of them. I just love saying his name. Hiro Yamamoto. Say it. SAY IT! Yes, outloud. Do it. DO IT! It’s even fun to write: Hiro Yamamoto.
Today I left work at 4.30pm to meet up in Rockville with the boss. It was a great drive in there. There was mad traffic. Typically traffic doesn’t bother me. It usually only does if i need to be somewhere, fast. Today I was getting to almost be late with all the traffic on 495. But I got to thinking. It’s been damn too long since I had recorded anything. I think I have been in this mental rut because of that. So in the car driving to Rockville I thought and made up my mind to finish my third record. MONS III. I still need a theme. My last record’s theme was the formation of all the moons in space. The one prior to that seemed to be just noise and single titled songs.
It is also very interesting how bizzarely different each record will sound based on the recording device, the instruments used and the ammount of takes used on each track. It seems that I am now using more instruments and less sonic factors. The first CD I made was all extrapolating sounds from typical surroundings and placing them in non-typical non-formulas. I even got chirping birds on the first one. No one would ever know it though. I also used a cassette four track for the sessions and used the first or second take for virtually every track, keeping all mistakes and whatnot.
On the second one, I focused more on instrumentation and design and form. I even experimented with more exotic keyboards and drum machines. For this I had the luxury of having Dr. Hewson Chen (from Transistor Theory and Vitesse fame) fund this recording. Basically he hooked me up with the digital recorder and a dope ass Roland JP-8000. A keyboard I will be soon investing in soon. This record had very little non-traditional sounds, except for the occational whale of a theremin. And yes, I just verb-ed “whale”.
This new MONS record is being recorded in more of a “recording studio” atmosphere. There is a mixing board. An ADAT. Patch cords flying every-which-way. The light is dim. The theremin is up high above the bi-amped speakers. It’s very cliche. The recordings are more jagged and dynamicly developed. There are SK1’s, and Vocoders. A few years ago I heard one in a Kraftwerk song, and later in a Trans Am song and had to have one. So I built one. Finally I get to use it on a MONS record. And not yet in the traditional way, per se. I have only used the vocoder on the drums. Very interesting. If you listen to the last track on the Joshua Tree you will hear the drums being vocoded. Very beautiful sounds.
I can’t wait to have an other child. I can feel this very strongly this time around. This baby is kicking to come out…