Tag Archive for 'Yuan Fu'

wszystkiego najlepszego z okazji urodzin

i know a thing or two about you...photo-electricity (12k image)So yesterday, the day before my birthday, I went to my ‘rents house for a birthday lunch thingie. I always want a low-key birthday deal. I’ve never been too big on parties, just in general, so a low-key lunch was planned. I had my chocolate chip bagel with cream cheese and lox. And it was yummy and my Mother made some kougel. It was killer. I got some boxers and a butt load of tux ties and silk scarfs that were my grandfathers on my Mother’s side. After lunch we looked at all the housey stuff my Mother got from my Grandfather’s place in Boston. My parents rule. And we talked a little about buying the house vs. renting it. Emily and myself are seriously considering it and thinking about more and more, it just seems so much more practical. But we’ll see…

After lunch and me being stupid to Emily (sorry, i was grumpy) I dropped her off cos she has stuff to do and drove to work to finish up a few things and do some final things (yeah, yeah…) to MONSiii. I thought i was going to be late in meeting my music life-partner, Daniel, but in fact i was early. So he showed up just five minutes later and handed me over his birthday present for me. It was a Polaroid Land Camera Model 150 with a Flash and a dozen flash bulbs in virtually mint condition. It’s gigantic and heavy and all metal and it’s awesome. I just need to find some film for it and i am all set. Thanks Daniel. Oh yeah and he also got me this book called Photo-Electricity by V.K. Zworkin and E.G. Ramberg. I actually have heard of Zworkin. Yeah, shut the fuck up. I am a geek, but at least I know it. There are some rather wacky ideas in this book and cant wait to dive in to it. It’s actually better that it was written pre-Roswell Incident as it’s all tube-based and no IC based circuitry. Yum.

So after chilling for a bit we headed to Yuan Fu’s and for a romantic meatless meal. Or something like that. Afterwards, we made our standard yet necessary trip to Tower Records and spent nearly 3 hours there going thru every CD. We only did rock/pop, rap, and jazz. We didn’t have the patience to go thru DVDs or Classical. Next time we’ll hit it. But i picked up a few CDs…

1. VHS or Beta – le funk :: Feetnik always told me to get this cd and i finally picked it up…and it’s half the direction i want Silver Sessions to go in to…it’s tres good…get your funk on…to the extreme

2. Hank Williams – i saw the light :: In college i got really sick once and took a shot of Jim Beam (the 7 year kind) and i vividly remembering listening to Hank Williams in my room with an icepack on my forehead. I will always remember the taste of Jim Beam whenever i hear Hank and whenever i am sick. And yeah, his music is so honest it hurts my toes…

3. Miles Davis – panthalassa :: Bill Laswell is my new hero. Anyone who would even attempt to do such a feat it cool in my book. It’s Miles. Enough said.

4. Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – controversial negro :: The Blues is #1. You either get it or not. I get it. I know it. I live it. You should too.

5. Herbie Hancock – sextant :: I really only knew the 80s Herbie with the ROCKIT fame. Until i heard this CD in Daniel’s car driving to Fells Point one night last month, i just knew of the ROCKIT era. I knew no other. There is more. The more is great. It’s beyond great. It’s hypnotic and creative and all of the above. It’s great. It’s Herbie and it’s not a dancing robot. Not that that’s a bad thing.

So today is my birthday. I spent a lot of it playing in the bed with Emily. It was good cos we haven’t spent half the day in bed in a long while. We played with her pussy cats and then we went to Penn Camera to look at studio lighting. Then we went to Bed Bath and Beyond and made fun of the silly people there. Then we went back to her place and registered a domain for our Photography Company. Wanna hire us? Sorry, we’re booked the month of February, but anytime after we can schedule you. Hook it up…

daniel.: if you sneeze, you may blow your asshole out.

the stern will be ready to pump dry

sebby_old (6k image)Recently i have been drinking a hell of a lot of water. I drink water when i am at work. In a styofroam cup. I drink in a clear glass at home with ice cubes from the fridge door. In front of the TV. When mixing in Skylab. When chit chatting with Laura. When talking on the phone with Emily. When i stare at the white walls like Mulligan. It’s funny, cos i pee a lot more now too. Like a lot more. It’s interesting. Cos it’s almost like i can feel it going through my body. So it’s almost turned in to this ritualistic and heath thing for me. I like drinking water. I like peeing. I didnt used to like water. It was pretty much “empty” to me. It wasnt chocolate. Dont get me wrong. I still eat and drink chocolate. But i drink water a lot more now. I sure could go for a cold beer right now.

This week has been my hell week. I have them from time to time. But this week has been pretty nuts at work. I havent felt like going out. But i did go out a few times. Last night I went to dinner with Emily and her friend Sean who brought his friend. She was kinda funny and annoying at the same time. She totally was a drama nerd in high school. I am sure she loves Monty Python. And can recite all 100 movies verbatim. Yuan Fu’s rocked me. But on a good note about work, i do have a nice bonus and raise coming soon. But not soon enough.

And this weekend I am going to NY with Emily to see the Father’s side of the family. We’re going to my father’s cousin’s Apple Orchard. They’ve been doing this annually for years now. It’s almost a tradition. Finally i am going. My parents are going too. It will be cool to hang out with them for more than just dinner. It will be nice to breathe in apple air. It will be cool to see my cousin’s again. It will be cool to not be in Maryland for a few days and in my new car. Put some clicks on the ol’ odometer. It sucks it’s Sukkot and B&H is going to be closed. So me and Emily wont be able to shop for a Photo Enlarger. Pooh.

And yeah. I’ve been doing rough mixes of Procyon. The vibes do need to be rerecorded. Sorry Daniel. You are gonna hate me in due time. I can feel it. But at least it will be rocking. Silver Sessions to the max.

another schizoid ambelism, hopefully they will learn

imagine it in silver - yamahajunior (8k image)Today was a fun day. A fun day to say the least. I woke up with great rest with Emily. I had some orange juice she bought me, cos i am a bitch and always complain there is nothing to drink at her house. So she indulged me and pampered me a little and got me some good ol’ OJ. Yeah Emily. Then we took her recylcing out and moved some stuff in to her car for Salvation Army. Then we started to build a shelf that we got at Ikea. Just about half way in to that Daniel showed up as planned. But a little earlier than planned. I didnt realize how close he lives. Much better than Philly now! So we finished that up and parted ways with Emily.

Daniel and Mat’s first stop was in College Park. We went to Atomic Music. Each time i go there, there is more space and more crapola. This time they took over the bank that used to be there next door. We looked around and played with a Moog Opus 3 and made fun of all the neckless guitars. You know the one the dude from Dire Straights used. So, yeah i’ve been in the market for buying a new kit for sometime now. And they had this beautiful orange/yellow Ludwig, from the mid 70s. It had like 6 toms though. And they wanted 1,100 for it. It was a good deal, but i didnt want to spend that much money on something i’d only use 1/3 of. So i reluctantly passed on it.

Then we went to CDepot next door and picked up a few CDs. I got Frank Zappa’s LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA vol 1&2, T. Rex’s Electric Warrior, and GodHeadSilo’s the scientific supercake lp. Almost got the reissue of Ziggy Stardust, but i have to budget myself now.

Then we drove back to Rockville and braved the nasty Pike and hit Guitar Center. We hit the drum room and right there in the back room was my dream kit. I dont like big drums. I like just a few pieces. This kit was perfect. A standard floor tom as bass drum a tiny snare, floor tom and tom tom. The bass drum even mounts 6 inches off the floor. It was blue however. It was a nice color, but not something that yelled out at me. Then i contemplated it and decided to talk to the sales dude. He was an idiot of course, but explained to me they had other colors and he said the golden words. “It comes in silver, too!” I was sold. So against my better judgement, i bought myself a new drum kit. Luckily it didnt cost an arm and a leg. I guess there are benefits to buying small drums. I bought myself a Silver Yamaha Manu Katchu Junior Kit. I am in heaven. Finally i can sell my old Pearl kit with some cymbals and stands, and I will prolly break even with this kit. My new baby.

After that (like good sex), it was time to eat (So to speak). So we headed to Yuan Fu’s and got some grub. But it was time to rock. So we came back home and put on new heads on some of our drums and played dueling drums for a little while. Then we finished up the new/last song on MONSIII which wasnt expected on the first take. All it takes is a little cheesy beat and some BIG MUFF distortion and you are set. Then we watched some Trading Spaces and played some more drums and then Daniel headed back. I will prolly got back downstairs for a bit in a few to finish up that track with some bass. It’s just such a good feeling playing drums again. I litterally havent played a full kit in over a year. That is bad. But now it will be good and my legs and arms will be strong again and hopefully i will get in touch with Bo and maybe we can rock next weekend.

Emily is out with Lara and Laura and some other people at the Pussy Party. They are having Sex Toys Terry over for basically a Tuperware Party, but for sex toys. A genius idea. So i dont even know if i will see Emily tonight. But it might be better if i dont, cos i am all allergied up. But i am taking my homeopathic drops that seem to help. At least a little. So it’s off to the studio for Mat.

Later for you.