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Here Come The Hotsteppers

I think I am getting old. The band had a show Friday night. Or Saturday morning depending on your perspective. We played dead last. I think we started around 12.30pm. Just one hour late. But it’s rock time, I presume. Still, clearly past my bedtime. Especially considering I woke up at 5am that morning. Which isn’t too atypical for a work day. So the show was ok (there were highs and there were lows), but I think typically people attending bars don’t want to sit through a long set(s) so most of the people filtered out except for a few close friends of Eric’s after a couple of songs. I wouldn’t blame them. At 2am, I want to be in bed!

Saturday was spent recovering from being up the night before until 3am and doing the bar thing. I was pretty much in a haze all day, recovering. Snotty and grumpy. I did take a walk outside with Frankie that seemed to help and took a trip over to Target to get a new air filter was fun. I think I am going to start booking shows at retirement homes. Load in at 3pm. Show at 5pm. Home by the 7. Sounds like the perfect life to me.

Then Nan came over to go to Adam’s Morgan for Ethiopian food with Nan’s niece, but I stayed home because I felt like ass. I watched a little of the DVD documentary that came with the Born to Run boxset. I programmed the universal remote and did a ton of laundry. Later that night they came back and Kris and Michelle also came over for a beer. It was fun hanging out with them. They always relax me. There’s something about family.

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday.

PS. David Chappelle is frickin’ hillarious. Rent his DVDs now! The Chappelle Show Season 1 is ON!

The Sometimes Sad Life Of A Recordist

So three things are going on in my head, in no particular order…

#1 – I am burned out from playing in rock bands. It’s now 2005. I started playing drums somewhere around 1991. That puts in about 14 years of drumming mainly in what people would describe as rock music. That’s not to say I didn’t ever play other styles and actually a lot of college was spent not playing rock music. But still it’s a long time. Especially in my thought process. I think I need a break or at least need to slow down. I need to recharge my rock juices. And I don’t know how long it will take but I am slightly optimistic… And I need to be if I am ever going to take The Bakesale in to the studio. Spring 2006!

So in order to accomplish this I bring you to my 2nd grand idea…

#2 – I really need to start recording and playing my own music again. The river dried up and that’s not a good thing. I honestly haven’t recorded since say 2003. And really I finished most of the production for MONSIII during 2001. Playing other people’s music is fun, but only fulfills to a slight degree. I had a seriously in-depth (for us) conversation with David R. this weekend after gathering food at the Farmer’s Market and having a grand breakfast over Alice Coltrane’s Universal Consciousness. We touched on composition and creation and finding sounds. What what they mean and context. I always thought Daniel was my music life partner and I guess he still sorta is on one level, but David really hits it home with me. Definitely on a different level. So we decided to extend a project we had started working on a year or so ago called Betatron. This new project of mine already has a name and will mainly focus on found sounds and field recordings of usually general everyday sounds that people hear but don’t necessarily listen to. And I can record simply on my way to work! Or where ever it takes me. They will be mainly stereo recordings made my an X/Y pattern and perhaps an M/S pattern, if I can get my M/S mic I built working again. Damn Paia. We’ll also intersperse our own compositions on top and layer quite a bit. But not to give it all away… Yeah, a little more high-concept than I am used to working with, but I really like the idea…

And lastly…

#3 – And kinda most importantly, my recording studio needs to be rebuilt. Like, for real. It’s my home away from home that’s really in my basement. Plus it makes money. This needs to happen so I can begin to start thinking about quitting my day job and working from home doing what I feel I do best and love the most in life. #3 is very important to my well-being!

Ok… Signing off…

Oh no you didn’t…

I got to Adam’s Morgan around 10.30pm. I drove around the block a few times looking for the Golden Spot. Sometimes you just find it in 3 minutes. Sometimes you have to circle for 1 hour. It’s Adam’s Morgan and you deal. Why they never built a Metro at Colorado and 18th Street is beyond me. But anyways, I finally see a car with New York plates trying to attempt to get out of their spot in which they probably could have fit two of their cars. Long Island anyone? Anyways, I am sitting here waiting with my blinkers on as the car pulls away leaving me a perfectly decent spot to parallel park in. I move up to the next car to align myself when this car full of ladies decides it’s their spot. What the fuck?! Oh no you didn’t. So after a few seconds of a serious and violent stare down which seemed to last an eternity, they backed off. Damn straight. Those few seconds were pretty intense, as the driver felt she was entitled to it and looked like she was going to draw fist on my skinny ass. And her passenger was actually looking like she was telling her the spot wasn’t hers, but the driver wouldn’t hear it. Regardless, I got my spot and found it in under 10 minutes which was great. And it was only 1 block from the bar.

And in sleep news: It never fails. I go to bed at 4am after a show and some drinking and then I take up at 8am. What the hell.

The show was good. Not great. I was pretty sloppy. But I survived and pulled it off considering I hadn’t really played the drums in 5 weeks and my calouses had gone soft. In other drum related news, I think I need to see a chiropractor. Am I getting old? Ack!

And props to Feetnik (and Gordon/Joe) and David R. for coming out last night… And of course the regulars…