Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Pedal Cannibal

The other guitar player in my band cannibalizes and fixes his pedals his damn self. Meanwhile I totally hate on my boss delay pedal, my space echo is still kinda fritzy and fussy and I don't take the time to really learn how to use my equipment well.

At least I got two of my guitars set up proper by a guy who knows what he's doing this time. The Jaguar HH is sounding really quite awesome. One thing at a time I suppose. Next up is getting the saddle/bridge fixed/replaced on my custom Tele.

Oh, Ben Franklin has a gig this week! 3/4 of Ben Franklin, anyway. It's me, Adam, and Eddie. Our drummer Andrew (we have one! woo!) will be joining us at future gigs, this one will be acoustic. Playing at Tierney's in Montclair, NJ on Saturday Jan 3rd.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Oh, right: new band!

Did I ever mention that my band broke up? Well, it did. I'm starting a new one. I lives here for now and is currently called Ben Franklin. It's a Rawk and Roll band consisting of myself, Adam N. Copeland of The Meltdowns, and Eddie Garcia Garza of The Imperialists and One and Only Typicals. We're looking for a drummer. Bird is the word, pass it on.

DIY, My Darling

God help me I'm starting another music blog, please subscribe in your favorite reader, tell all your friends, and send me your band's CD, and when your next show is. Here are the details:


diymydarling@gmail.com

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

No kick out of this

I don't care what anybody says, the French Kicks' record "Swimming" put me right to sleep, and I deleted it off my hard drive (after buying it off eMusic).

No more indie for you

Tris McCall kicked off a great discussion over on his blog, Stompbox, sometime last week. I remember the first time I saw the Deli rag, I had just moved to Greenpoint, and picked it up. "Who could the hottest NYC bands be? Clearly I must overthrow them all!" So, wanting to know the enemy I picked it up, and quickly trashed it when I saw that, like this year, somehow all these signed and popular acts are considered "underground" and "indie" -- which to many of us should mean independent.

Tris gives the Deli a very humourous skewering, so go read it, and join in the comments, but I wanted to just pull out to my own space here a bit to give room to another idea. 

Tris is asking us all to join him in retiring the word "indie," to simply refrain from using it since it is at this point utterly devoid of meaning. In the comments I wrote that long ago I had stopped referring to my band as "indie," because it connotes no genre specific notion (that I wanted to be associated with) and people don't take it to mean independent.

But I have a replacement. Not for blurred genre nonsense, no, but when I need to refer to myself, my band, my operation(s) as being actually independent, I almost always use "DIY." I do the same for other people's bands, for music and art spaces (like 143 Christopher Columbus and Silent Barn). Nobody ever mistakes "DIY" as a vague reference to college rock. And honestly the genre associations that come to my mind with DIY are fucking hard core and I like it that way. But let's do this right. We're talking about independence from the machine here, we're not talking about a sound. If you want to talk about sound, then really talk about it. Use your noodle and all them neat words you've got.

So, won't you join Tris McCall in refraining from using the word indie, and won't you join me, William Patrick Gray, in using DIY whenever you want describe a truly independent operation?

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Them Letdowns!

The new record is out!



Download it, share it, pass it around, go, go, go!

We'll have copies at the show tonight at South Paw.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

It's only going to get worse before it gets better

The BBC reports (it's ODDLY absent from American media):

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7463034.stm


The bodies of four opposition activists have been found near the Zimbabwe capital, after being abducted, the Movement for Democratic Change says.
An MDC spokesman accused supporters of President Robert Mugabe of being behind the deaths, ahead of next week's poll.

The body of Harare's recently elected opposition mayor's wife has also reportedly been found, badly burnt.

Tanzania, current chair of the African Union, says there is every sign the election will not be free and fair.

Tanzanian Foreign Minister Bernard Membe said he and his counterparts from Angola and Swaziland would be appealing to their own presidents to take urgent action "so that they do something urgently so that we can save Zimbabwe".

Friday, June 13, 2008

Deep Thought

Girls can smell fear, and it does not turn them on.  Even if you have a foreign accent.

Summize

A bit of pure genius passed on to me by @laurennmcc:

I have to admit - I am enjoying the Twitter Battle of House Members: http://tinyurl.com/3lou5y

Thursday, June 12, 2008

RED

Apparently someone has bought the rights to make a movie out of RED, an incredible book by Warren Ellis about a spook who's trying to leave the business, and trying to find some salvation after all that he's done.  It's rivetting and the artwork is incredible (just look at the cover at the link).  

Congratulations, Warren!

RED Sold To Summit

Monday, June 09, 2008

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Noice

Let's hear them values again, buddy.
She was the woman McCain dreamed of during his long incarceration and torture in Vietnam’s infamous ‘Hanoi Hilton’ prison and the woman who faithfully stayed at home looking after the children and waiting anxiously for news.

But when McCain returned to America in 1973 to a fanfare of publicity and a handshake from Richard Nixon, he discovered his wife had been disfigured in a terrible car crash three years earlier. Her car had skidded on icy roads into a telegraph pole on Christmas Eve, 1969. Her pelvis and one arm were shattered by the impact and she suffered massive internal injuries. [...]

But [diminutive crazy person] Ross Perot, who paid her medical bills all those years ago, now believes that both Carol McCain and the American people have been taken in by a man who is unusually slick and cruel – even by the standards of modern politics.

‘McCain is the classic opportunist. He’s always reaching for attention and glory,’ he said.

‘After he came home, Carol walked with a limp. So he threw her over for a poster girl with big money from Arizona. And the rest is history.’
via PMI. You'll notice that the article is from the Daily Mail, a British tabloid. You'll also notice that this won't be mentioned in the American press once this election season, I'll put money on it.

Withdrawal

Lawrence Korb in the American Conservative:
In 1967, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley told President Lyndon Johnson that he needed to remove the 500,000 U.S. troops then involved in Vietnam’s civil war. When Johnson responded by asking how he could do that, Daley replied, “Put them on a [expletive deleted] plane and bring them home.”
Aside from offering that great nugget, Korb makes a great case for withdrawal from Iraq and completely shuts down the usual three arguments against it, that "it cannot be done quickly; the situation will go to hell in a hand-basket when we leave; and our military commanders will oppose it."

Hits it right out of the park. Goes good with Sunday coffee.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

i has the answer, let me show you it

I think this is possibly what is wrong with our country:



Seriously? If you click that thing, I swear to fucking God, the terrorists will win.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

After The Fact

Some after-the-facts:

1. Service at Enid's in Greenpoint is terrible. I'm always really polite to wait-staff, and my friends are polite, too. None of us was particularly difficult customers, we ordered some food and some drinks, and couldn't quite understand the snootiness. I think we didn't look cool enough to merit decent treatment. This was last Saturday eve, before our gig at Matchless. The food is mad over-priced to boot. I see no reason to ever go there again (although I do want their collared greens recipe).

2. Sounds of the City, the VillageVoice music blog, would be way more useful/interesting if they posted news about sweet concerts when they're announced, and not the day of when tickets are sold out.... I need to try a little harder, and keep my ear to the ground, but I don't ever write posts about things you can't go see. They do it all the time. "CHECK ME OUT, YO!"

And that's my complaining for the day. Go to themeltdowns.com for a more enriching blog post.

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Florida and Michigan

I don't think they should count, for this reason. But apparently arbitrary decisions made out of appeasement and wrangling have won the day.

I'm ready for Hillary to step aside. Anybody else?

Friday, May 30, 2008

Freak Angels Friday

The good Warren Ellis has been putting out a web comic these days, called Freak Angels, and a new one comes out every Friday. It's brilliant and succinct, set in a mysterious post-apocalyptic London (London is indeed drowning, and I live by the riverrrrrr!)

Since it's Friday, there's a new one out. Catching up from the beginning is easy to do. Check it out:

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

David Gregory, You Insult Journalism



I am one of those kerrazy people "who thinks that if [the white house press corps] did not debate the President, debate the policy in our role as journalists, if we did not stand up and say 'this is bogus, and you're a liar, and why are you doing this' that we didn't do our job."

That's not your role? Calling BULLSHIT when you see it and smell it isn't your role as a fucking White House press journalist? Golly gee, if your role is to just repeat what politicians say as though it's all truth, and not actually ask tough questions and demands answers, what are you there for, then? Why not cut out the middle man, let them just say it to the cameras themselves, let them run the newspapers. State TV, man, that's where it's at!

Get the fuck out of here.

I, too, think Scott McClellan was and is still a douche bag and a liar, but there's nothing revelatory here, and watching David Gregory go on to blame everyone else for not calling bullshit on the President when he and the rest of those hacks would just complacently repeat everything that was said to them at that podium as if it was fact when it was bald, naked lies, and they knew it... well that's actually worse than Scott McClellan's lame little book of vengeance that is of no surprise to anyone.

Via Oliver Willis

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Suckers Is What We Is

I hate my Treo.

It's a hard life, I know.

Been thinking about getting an iPhone, and I usually think better of it. Poking around at the sites again today I found that while the normal iPhone customer pays AT&T ~$80 / mo for unlimited data and only 200 text messages (or $120/mo for unlimited minutes and still only 200 text messages!), corporate subscribers get unlimited text message plans for only $65/mo. Notice the lack of a .99 on that price tag, too. Nice to know that AT&T is looking out for the little guy. Jerks.

It won't be long before it's just them and Verizon Wireless. And maybe Sprint will hang in there. Cell companies are like shitty landlords - it doesn't get better when you move, just different. Maybe NTT DoCoMo will open up for business in the US and bring us cell phones that buy junk food from vending machines. Because we can't get it fast enough.

Back to work!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Status

In cafe, mildly caffeinated. Going back upstairs soon to drink yet more coffee and finish things up around "the office." A new version of Tempo will go out today, I'm working on a doc for a proposed application modification for a client of ours, then I need to finish up some work on the scheduling and messaging daemons for PingMe.

Then it's time for laundry, some exercise, and a good night's sleep, as I leave for North Carolina with the other Meltdowns in the early AM. Very exciting, I know. Such is the blog.

Our new track made it onto Jim's Jersey Beat podcast, which is awesome. Lots of other good bands on there who will be playing with us at the festival tomorrow.

Snap

He ain't skurred:

But this year’s Republican primary was a contest to see which candidate could out-Bush the other, and that is the contest John McCain won. The Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest 2% of Americans that once bothered Senator McCain’s conscience are now his only economic policy. The Bush health care plan that only helps those who are already healthy and wealthy is now John McCain’s answer to the 47 million Americans without insurance and the millions more who can’t pay their medical bills. The Bush Iraq policy that asks everything of our troops and nothing of Iraqi politicians is John McCain’s policy too, and so is the fear of tough and aggressive diplomacy that has left this country more isolated and less secure than at any time in recent history. The lobbyists who ruled George Bush’s Washington are now running John McCain’s campaign, and they actually had the nerve to say that the American people won’t care about this.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Jerz Beat!

Our new track Slut is in the new Jersey Beat Podcast, along with a ton of other great songs from bands we'll be playing with this weekend in NC.

~Billy

Zimbabwe

I've been paying a lot of attention to the situation in Zimbabwe. Robert Mugabe is a truly evil human being and deserves a lot worse than he's ever going to get at the hands of people who just want a decent and just government, who want to live free of the kind of fear we've rarely known in this country. And yet he still won't step down, even after losing the election in what was according to exit polls a landslide... but we'll never know, he won't release the results.

Now, this:

"We know there are 18 snipers, and the military intelligence directorate is in charge of this," MDC Secretary General Tendai Biti told reporters in Nairobi.

"Mugabe's military intelligence has compiled a list of 36 to 40 people to be assassinated. Top of the list are our leader Morgan Tsvangirai, myself and our spokesman Nelson Chamisa," Mr Biti said.

The US ambassador to Zimbabwe has warned that post-election violence makes a fair second round run-off vote impossible.

Opposition and human rights groups have said hundreds of opposition supporters have been beaten up and at least 30 killed since the first round on 29 March.

Here's a country that really could use our military assistance to uphold their democracy, to have violence-free elections and get back on track.

Notice how the White House has nothing to say about Zimbabwe?

I'm not proposing that we actually invade another country - we could use to chill on that for a while. But if anybody in our government were serious about nourishing democracies across the globe and saving oppressed people, like they said was the case with Iraq, where are they now and why aren't they rushing to the rescue? Because there's no oil there? Because these are black people?

It doesn't take a particularly bright person to realize that if you let nations like this slip into oblivion and oppression, you face a darker and less secure world for your own children.

"This hurts the image of liberation movements everywhere," said the president of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki, and he's right, it hurts ours, too.

Friday, May 16, 2008

McCain's Memory Must Be Going...

ZING!

But given his own position on Hamas, McCain is the last politician who should be attacking Obama. I asked: "Do you think that American diplomats should be operating the way they have in the past, working with the Palestinian government if Hamas is now in charge?"

McCain answered: "They're the government; sooner or later we are going to have to deal with them, one way or another, and I understand why this administration and previous administrations had such antipathy towards Hamas because of their dedication to violence and the things that they not only espouse but practice, so . . . but it's a new reality in the Middle East. I think the lesson is people want security and a decent life and decent future, that they want democracy. Fatah was not giving them that."
I know it's not right to make fun of him for bein' old. And it's not truthful either, the guy lies like a rug.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Old Blue Ribbon: Montclair Goes Green

Dispatch from Mr. Alan Smith:

Kathryn Weller is ahead in the at-large seat of the Montclair NJ town council election by 41 votes, with only the provisional ballots left to be counted ... I was her campaign manager in 2004. Tonight her slate cleaned up including the guy who ran for mayor, Jerry Fried, the head of Bike Montclair, the biggest cycling advocacy organization in New Jersey ...They were the most progressive slate running in the most progressive town in New Jersey ...They ran on a green platform including a plan to install solar panels on all schools and government buildings, wind turbines on our windy mountaintop, a bike friendlier town and, maybe most importantly, in this economically and racially diverse town where only the rich are surviving as of late, rent control. They were thoroughly out matched as far as funding. They silk-screened their own t-shirts and handed out their own literature and they won the election, getting more votes than 2 heavily financed and politically connected slates.

Sometimes the good guys actually win. Oh, and Kathryn is having a baby in less than 2 weeks.


Congratulations to the Unity folks!

I imagine the hard part comes next; Montclair is full of rather entitled, monied, and powerful people, and I'm sure that once slighted they will do everything the can to trip these folks up. Here's hoping for the best!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Who Are Teh Futar?

Ta-Nehisi Coates says, "we are":

It's really been enlightening for me to watch Obama's share of the white vote change state by state. It's really obliterated this idea that all white people everywhere think the same about blacks. It's even obliterated the only slightly more nuanced idea that white voters in the South are somehow more racist than white voters in the North. What does it mean that Ohio and Wisconsin whites voted so differently? What do we take from the idea that Obama lost the white vote in Pennsylvania but won it Virginia?

Well, quite a bit as my super-intelligent commenters have pointed out. It seems that it isn't even a matter of poor whites versus rich whites, or educated whites versus non-educated whites, although all of that factors in. We've seen that the percentage of black folks doesn't really make a difference either. There is something beautiful in this, because you see a complexity in the great monolith that is often simply labeled White America. It's a complexity that, as a black person, I often miss. Even the one simple fact buried inside is beautiful--the biggest predictor of the white vote seems to be age. The point? The racists aren't the future. We are.

Monday, May 12, 2008

My favorite political phrase, thanks to PMI, "respect the Dodd:"

"Having been a candidate, it's awfully difficult when you're going 180 miles an hour in one direction and you have a rough night, as ... Senator Clinton did last Tuesday night, to expect to within 48 hours or 72 hours to reverse field, to stop everything and go in a different direction is asking way too much in my view. Give her a chance to breathe, to settle down, to recognize what's going on here. She'll make the right choice"

Friday, May 09, 2008

Saturday, Melting

My funk-punk band The Meltdowns is performing at a record store tomorrow down the street from my place in Greenpoint. Very excited. Sat May 10th, 3pm. We've been working hard to prepare for it, should be a really fun time. Hope to see you there!

The Meltdowns @
Permanent Records
Saturday May 10th, 3pm
181 Franklin St, Brooklyn NY 11222

You're A Laughing Stock, Get Out

Hotline On Call, Jersey City, NJ :
During the morning press conference at Liberty Science Center in Newark, NJ, the senator was flanked by Sen. Joe Lieberman and former NJ Gov. Tom Kean, Lieberman was quick to jump to McCain's defense.

'I just want to report that this morning I personally checked John McCain;'s bearings," said the 2000 Dem veep nom. "He has not lost any of them. They are all in really great shape."
Somebody got lost in the Touch Tunnel. And possibly groped.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

My Mon Bats Don't Shiv

Do you remember that scene in the 1989 BATMAN movie (jesus, it was 1989???) where the Joker's henchmen tear up an art museum while jamming to Prince?

Partyman.

Thanks, Candi.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Tank Crash!

Did I ever mention that I started a record label with Adam some time ago? It's called Tank Crash! and it has lain mostly dormant, save for releases from The Meltdowns.

But I'm thinking of a bit of a revival these days for two reasons:

1) I know a lot more people these days, who would either care about the music, or would want to release music on the label.

2) I can pretty easily throw together a Rails app that would handle a page for each release, catalogue them, and provide the download features and all that so that it's just a matter of uploading the zip file and the record cover for the artist. Perhaps a CSS file, too.

I mean, I'm envisioning a system for free releasing music to the Internets. But I suppose a pay system could be plugged into it pretty easily later on...

Another one off the list

"MUSIC WITHOUT WORDS IS CRAPPY AND SUCKS AND I HATE IT, I ONLY LIKE THINGS THAT FUCKING ROCK LIKE PAPA ROACH"

Unsubscribe.

Friday, May 02, 2008

Every little bit helps

You try and try and try to get some press, some notice, to get the word out, it's like pouring your energy and your heart and soul down a deep black hole, until:

Hey Billy -- I'm xxxx, I write and maintain xxxxx [excellent indie music blog]. I'm really glad to hear that you're into the listing and I've tossed you into next week's edition. I tend to have rather esoteric tastes that stack the decks against "rock bands" a bit, but I actually was familiar with some of your stuff and it seems a good inclusion for sure. Cheers,

And then it's all worth it.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Zelda Pinwheel - our Diamonds so quiet




One of my favorite bands, Zelda Pinwheel, had been sadly on hiatus for a little while. Their records are always beautiful, and their live shows are always stunning, and the last few releases saw them get closer and closer to capturing their performances.

Happily, they're back from hiatus with a new full-length, our Diamonds so quiet on earSnake records. They seem to manage to get one out every year. My band has only managed to put out two EPs in four years, I think this is Stephen and crew's fourth full-length in five; the guy puts me to shame with his abundance of output. A band that grows by leaps and bounds with every record and every live performance, I can't wait to hear the whole disc. Especially given the preview track.

Congratulations, guys!

Friday, April 11, 2008

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Tiger Woods, Barak Obama, What's the Difference?

All black people look alike in Republican eyes.



Also, is this a way of calling Uncle Tom on Barak as well? I doubt this douchebag thinks things through like that.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Ebichu the House-cleaning Hamster

Only Gainax would do this. Only they would make it awesome.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

When did record reviews turn into steaming turds?

Oh that's right:

When Trent Reznor got his Just Blaze on last year to produce the Saul Williams slam-opera The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust!, he sent it out into the world through a just-blazed distribution path, biting Radiohead's weeks-old pay-what-you want idea. Then, when not enough people paid actual money for the thing, he bitchily blogged about it.
WTF, Mr. Tom Breihan? You are an imbecile and a cunt. I can't seem to find a permalink to Trent's post, "saul follow up and facts," but I remember it being a rather intelligent discussion of whether or not the experiment worked out and he shared his sales figures -- something no one ever does. It was a big deal, and there wasn't anything bitchy about it! There just wasn't.

Breihan goes on to call the release of Ghosts I-IV another in the "Radiohead model," and I just want to punch my monitor, the way in which he is offering part of the record for free and the rest for really freaking cheap is revolutionary. And to then go on and say it only works for big names without providing any figures (or probably actually knowing anything) showing how it hasn't worked for smaller acts is asinine.

And this is why I never read pitchfork, because every year when I give it a shot, it's the usual load of "I'm going to tear someone down because that makes me awesome," bullshit with a lot of name dropping and calling people out for being copycats.

Heh, and over on the NIN blog:
get a shitty, poorly written "review" of GHOSTS by an asshole who probably didn't listen to the record on Pitchfork: CHECK

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Mix Mix Mix Rawk Rawk Rawk

I has made a muxtape, I call think of this one as my "I made it to NYC and I'm doing just fine, thanks" mix.

Speaking of nyc, Meltdowns are playing this Thursday night at Lit.

And then we're playing Saturday at Lamp Post in Jersey City, because Jersey City dances and NYC doesn't.




Tuesday, March 18, 2008

On and connected!

So. Much. Awesome:



You can't front on that. Thanks for letting me know about them, Fraction.

I made corned beef and cabbage for my friends last night, it was also awesome.

And I ran three miles.

Since I have stopped smoking I have returned to the self I seemed to have forgotten six months ago when I started, which is REALLY neat and weird. I forgot what an incredible chatterbox I am, and how fun it is to talk to people I don't know, and blah blah blah blah blah and I'm ridiculously productive at work and feels like I had some kind of yellow tar colored shell on all goddamn winter!

Like wow, man. Okay, back to the workin.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Oh you gotta learn to shut up

The Editors:

If you pull down a six- or seven-figure salary working in a cushy media job, and especially if you spend time in a makeup chair before putting on your gossipy news “show”, you forfeit the right to speak for the “working class”, or anybody who has a real job, ever again. If your made-up face on your catty chat show is beamed down to normal people from far-out satellites, you are basically a Mick Ronson riff away from being Ziggy Stardust, and should probably work on coming to grips with that, rather than imagining that you are somehow the authentic proletariat. You’re a freaky moonage rich person in spaced-out freaky daydreamland, man. Deal with it.


Oh I don't know how we'd survive 2008 without the Poor Man Institute.

Actually, that reminds me. A lot of people say shit like "I don't know how we're going to survive if ___" and usually ___ is filled with "another Republican is elected," and I know I am ever the annoying optimist, but seriously:

Fuck that. I don't know about you, but I'm not one to just pack up my shit and go home.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

PATH Train mutha fuckaaaaa

Friday night I was headed back into NYC from a visit to some galleries in Jersey City. And there was only one train *pssshhhhh* running *pssssssshhhhh* delayed twenty minutes *psshhhhhh* world trade center train *pssssshhhh* signal work *psssshh*

I swear the station announcer was fucking drunk when he recorded the message, he really sounded like it, and the crap PA system didn't help either. And after one World Trade Center train rolled by in Grove St while some 5 had gone towards Newark and no 33rd street trains turned up, and I had been standing there half an hour trying to decipher the message, I figured out he was trying to tell us there was only one train going to the city, the WTC train.

Everybody else stayed on the platform waiting for the 33rd. Except the two girls I was standing nearby, I said "this is the only train, you should get on."

Signs everywhere commemorating the 100th anniversary of that crap rail road. And then the very next night, Saturday night? The whole things shits itself.

I am not a fan of the PATH train.

Monday, March 10, 2008

If this isn't making sense, that doesn't make it lies

The title song "Superunknown" from Sound Garden's record of the same name is an amazing monster of truly freakish psychedelic groove metal. There's nothing grunge about it. It's a monster, and it's probably the best track on the whole record. I haven't listened to this in a damn long time, it beats the bejeezus out of "Fell On Black Days", if you get me.

Saturday, March 08, 2008

FRIST POST

We got our first review, in Jersey Beat.

Friday, March 07, 2008

Spreading it around:

On the streets are signs that say:

Welcome to Jersey City!

I'll be there from around 7 on to check out all my friends' shows (Strange Country, People Places Things) and to see Joe Waks' new stuff over at 58. McLandscapes FTW.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

McCain knocking off the Navajos?

It appears that Senator John McCain has been systematically engaged in a "genocide" of sorts against the Navajo (Di'neh) People in his home state of Arizona.

Trent Reznor Has His Shit Together

Ghosts I-IV is out. Trent is really pushing the future of the industry here, with lessons learned from his release of that Saul Williams record.

And yes, I'm definitely going to throw him at least $5 for the full download.

Check out the pricing he's got up for order the new record:

Ghosts I-IV is available in multiple digital and physical formats. Select the items you would like to order using the check boxes, then choose CONTINUE.
$5 Download
Ghosts I-IV
All 36 tracks in a variety of digital formats including a 40 page PDF. more info
$0 Download
Ghosts I
The first 9 tracks from the Ghosts I-IV collection available as high-quality, DRM-free MP3s, including the complete PDF. more info

No credit card or payment information is required for this download.
$10 2XCD set
Ghosts I-IV on two audio CDs in a six panel digipak package with a 16 page booklet. more info

Pre-order, to be shipped April 8, 2008. INCLUDES immediate full download in a variety of digital formats.
$70 Deluxe Edition Package
Ghosts I-IV in a hardcover fabric slipcase containing: 2 audio CDs, 1 data DVD with all 36 tracks in multi-track format, and a Blu-ray disc with Ghosts I-IV in high-definition 96/24 stereo and accompanying slideshow. more info

Pre-order, to be shipped May 1, 2008. INCLUDES immediate download in a variety of digital formats.


Ultra-Deluxe Limited Edition Package
We have SOLD OUT of the 2500 Limited Edition Packages.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

TSA DND


TSA DND
Originally uploaded by Pintado

They're not just dicks in the airport, they also boss people around in your local Dunkin Donuts.

"Don't you turn around! Spread that cream cheese in front of me, nice and slow!"

Monday, March 03, 2008

Embrace the cock

so I don't forget: (on bus, have music in head, no guitar)

big riff to cock rock verse, lots of back and forth shouting like clash meets 70s rock, sing along chorus in 16ths rock back into big riff.

we're finally gonna put a nail in that freaking song.

Dear Ticket Web,

Not so much:

Hello WILLIAM,
Welcome to your weekly Ticket Alert! We found the following events that matched your interests.

Upcoming Shows
DAVE MASON
Thu, 03/06/08
Blend
Ridgewood, NJ
Self Guided Tour of The Battleship New Jersey
Multiple date/times
Battleship New Jersey
Camden, NJ

I fucking love the Battleship New Jersey.

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Friday, February 29, 2008

While I'm Running My Mouth...

I have a show tonight in Brooklyn, The Meltdowns are playing at the Charleston! Free pizza with yer drinks! woooo. The show tonight starts at 10pm and is free (you can get their earlier and pay to see two other bands that may or may not be awesome - it is unknown!)

And we've another show Saturday night in en ee double you jerz where many murders occurs: we're playing with SixToEightMathematics and Mazeffect at a place called Buddie's Tavern in Parlin, NJ, not too far from New Brunswick, actually. Hint, hint. xD That show starts at 9:30 (we're on 11:30).

leap year day reflections

[ edited x-post from LJ... took the dirt out, for public decency ]

Unlike the New Year's holiday, the leap year day actually does make me stop and pause to consider where things are at. Which makes sense, since four years is quite a bit longer. I have to actually think about it a little harder.
So, what happened, then? What's changed?

Well, I didn't live on my own back then. I lived in a huge, cold apartment in Gloomfield, NJ, I was in a relationship that was beginning to shake and break. My band played with drum machines, we were okay but people weren't really into it. I was working at the University, riding my bike a lot. Taking care of someone who couldn't take care of herself. Ugh. I really didn't like my cushy university job, either. I felt pretty much like I was living in nowhere north-jersey and going nowhere fast. It was one of those times where I just couldn't see anything for myself, no future, nothing. I was 23 and bored, unhappy and spinning my wheels.

So, then:

I no longer live in NJ.
I actually love where I live.
I've learned to play capoeira, I've learned to go rock climbing, and to surf.
I'm not in any shitty relationship(s).
I have my own apartment.
My band rocks, actually has fans.
I have a job I actually like, with the possibility of a long career.
I have goals and stuff! (I want to run my own onsen someday - a japanese-style bath house on a hot spring)

Yeah, this totally rules! Alright then, just checking. How about everyone else?

Strange Country

Curated by my friend Hiroshi Kumagai, and featuring my friend Colleen Gutwein, Strange Country in Jersey City opens next week.



Thursday, February 28, 2008

dday on "how do we defeat tim russert?"

Over here:
The country wants change. They want Washington to stop all the partisan bickering and they want a different tone. They want their government to be serious and deal with real problems.

Can someone please explain to me how that can possibly happen until something is done about the reprehensible political press? From tax returns to Farrakhan to footage shown by "mistake" to the endless, trivial, gotcha bullshit, this debate spectacle tonight was a classic demonstration of what people really hate about politics. It isn't actually the candidates who can at least on occasion be substantive and serious. The problem is Tim Russert and all his petty, shallow acolytes who spend all their time reading Drudge and breathlessly reporting every tabloid tidbit and sexy rumor and seeking out minor inconsistencies from years past in lieu of doing any real work.

Judging by their silly questions tonight, Russert and Williams obviously know nothing about health care policy, Iraq, Islamic terrorism, economics, global trade or any other subject that requires more than five minutes study to come up with some gotcha question or a stupid Jack Bauer fantasy. It's embarrassing.

These people guide the way citizens perceive politics even if the citizens don't know it. It's hard for me to see how anything can truly change until this is dealt with.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

I can safely say

I don't get it:

The Smashing Pumpkins - Superchrist

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I spent the whole time watching this kinda waiting for something to happen, expecting the music or the video to go somewhere... I don't know. I don't get it. I guess there's nothing to get, I'm just not that into it.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

The Steaks Are Medium Rare

From Jesus' General:
Conservatism's First Article of Faith states:

Inasmuch as the profit motive is the most basic, most efficient, and most noble of all the conditions that combine to form the human character, we believe that the corporation is far better suited than government to meeting the needs of the People.
They were there when our Our Leader needed them most, willing to shred the Bill of Rights in return for a tidy profit and the promise of even more lucrative contracts in the future. And how do we repay them (aside from the millions in dividends our treasury showered upon their stock holders)? Tragically, we do that by hemming and hawing over whether we'll give them immunity from being sued--heck some senators like Chris Dodd and congressmen like Jay Inslee even outright oppose it.

We've seen the truth of this born out many times from the swift response of FEMA contractors to the compassionate service provided by the pharmaceutical industry and the efficient health care management of this nation's insurers. But no private endeavor for the public good has been as gratifying to true patriots than the wiretapping of our citizenry by the telecoms.

Congress goes back into session today. That means the FISA extension bill, with its courageous lets-give-the-telecoms-a-pass-for-trashing-the-Bill-of-Rights provision still intact, could come up for a vote again, any time. We have to be ready to call our senators and congresspeople when it does and tell them that we demand that they allow the corporations to violate are Constitutional rights without fear of being brought to justice.

We must act. The stakes are far too high. Do we want AT&T to undergo the same fate as Blackwater, who's operatives now have to take a split second to think before they slaughter random people in the streets. I think not.

Elsewhere:
Firedoglake and the ACLU always have the latest on FISA action.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Now There's a New Idea:

Instead of trying to impose pro-U.S. regimes by force, U.S. policy should involve supporting indigenous democratic forces with non-military assistance, taking its cues from the needs of these movements rather than trying to manipulate the results.

Morning. Meh.

Good morning, Internets. This is what I do for work.


dbms_output.put_line('Let us remove the remaining role, and verify the creation of a DELETED level in its place.');
DELETE FROM ident_security_roles
WHERE ident_serialNumber = v_ident_user
AND role_id = v_higher_role_id;

BEGIN
SELECT sl.value INTO t_level_value FROM security_levels sl
INNER JOIN security_permission_levels spl ON spl.level_id = sl.id
INNER JOIN ident_permission_levels ipl ON ipl.permission_level_id = spl.id
WHERE ipl.ident_serialNumber = v_ident_user;
EXCEPTION
WHEN NO_DATA_FOUND THEN
dbms_output.put_line('could not find a perm level in ident_permission_levels for this user, bogus!');
RAISE TEST_FAILED;
END;

IF t_level_value <> -1 THEN
dbms_output.put_line('Bogus, expected value of -1, found: ' || t_level_value);
RAISE TEST_FAILED;
END IF;

Friday, February 15, 2008

Eff Emm Yoo

Warning - dork out:

So there I am last night after rehearsal, minding my own business, as usual. And I take a ride with Lloyd and Gerry over to the WFMU studio in Jersey City. We're going to see Pat Duncan, who runs an awesome broadcast that usually features a loud and rockin band playing in the studio. A tech from WFMU had come to one of our shows and was really into it, talked us up to Pat, and Pat sent us a nice note on myspace inviting us to come by and drop off a CD.

So we've got some copies of the EP and we go there and we ring the bell and the door magically opens and we go upstairs and we're in the on-air studio room, rapping with Pat, if you will, and he just puts on our music, OUR MUSIC, on the RADIO, on fucking WFMU!!!

I still haven't quite absorbed that. 91.1 WFMU in Jersey City is a big deal to us folks around here, we listen to it all the time, so do all of our friends. It's a free-form radio station that broadcasts all over the world on the interwubs, and has a really large audience. I worked the phone's one night for last year's pledge marathon, it was neat... anyway, I'm drifting from the point

WE GOT PLAYED ON WFMU!!! TWICE!! And our record is now in their library!!!!! We were briefly speaking on air, but I wouldn't call it an interview (thank god, I'm the w├╝rst at interviews and should not ever be allowed to open my mouth), more of a hello and we got to mention our show on Saturday. And we're supposed to get back in touch about playing live on-air on his show sometime in May before we leave for the tour.

Wow. I thought we were just dropping off CDs.

Freakangels

Go, Warren, go!

Freakangels
is a new weekly web comic by Warren Ellis.

It's damn neat. Go look.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Jesus' General

I love the General:

Thomas Horn
Christian Persecution Expert

Dear Mr. Horn,

I've been following the good work you're doing to exposing cases of Christian persecution. Your job must be incredibly challenging. Ending discrimination against Christians is a tremendous undertaking, but the sheer immensity of the task doesn't seem to deter you in the least. You've been very successful. I'd even go so far as to say your efforts are second only to those of Our Leader and his Glorious Crusade against Islam.

Regrettably, this email is more than a simple congratulatory letter. I'm writing to alert you to a particularly heinous act of anti-Christian discrimination I recently discovered in Singapore.

For years, Topshop, a local market chain, has stocked its shelves with Christian products for the Singaporean faithful. That all ended recently when the government ordered the market to stop selling such items. Now, local Christians no longer have access to "Looking Good for Jesus" cosmetics. They are denied the opportunity to bathe in Our Savior's immaculate love and "Looking Good for Jesus Bubble Bath with Citrus Scent," and they can no longer "get tight with Christ" by applying a dab "Looking Good for Jesus Sparkle Cream (with lily scent)".

We can't let this assault on religious liberty stand. We have to fight back and your organization can help us with funding and volunteers.

I'm in contact with Miss Poppy Dixon, an American distributer of the "Looking Good for Jesus" cosmetics line. She's willing to sell us as many units as she can secure. And if that isn't enough, we can also buy all the Last Supper Lunch Boxes and Fuzzy Dayglo Velvet Jesus Banks we want from her. Then it's simply a matter of shipping it to the faithful in Singapore.

Heterosexually yours,

Gen. JC Christian, patriot

Your Own Heart A Sword Shall Pierce

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

No, It Doesn't Work

From now on I am ignoring strange girls that poke me on Facebook.

I'm also never drinking again.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

The Politics of Hope


That's hysterical.

I haven't settled on whether I'd prefer Clinton or Obama, and it's going to be quite a knife-fight through the convention, the first brokered one in almost forty years. BUT. I think everybody support one or the other will get behind the winner full-force, and maybe we'll even have a combined ticket.

We all know the score. We have to kick those fuckers out.

Monday, February 04, 2008

Eddie sent me a card


Thanks, dude. I think of this every time I have another one. Great.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Wait, that works?

Billy Gray:
4:36
yeah, she poked me on the facebook
4:36
we met up for beers, saw a flick

mikey twice:
4:36
wait, that works?
Show tonight, Clash Bar, CD Release for The MELTDOWNS! Woo!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

On Point

I live in Greenpoint now! Yus.

Jackie and her band Tin Kitchen and Snake Vision were on tour, they came and played at Matchless and stayed on the floor. Sleepovers are fun.

Dear God, I CANT STOP LISTENING TO THE ADVANTAGE!

I'm going to turn into a full-time Nintendo-playing guitar bot!!!!!!11

IT JUST CANT BE STOPPED! <<-- click to behold how awesome

I always wanted to cover the Metal Man theme.

CD Release show for The Meltdowns is approaching. Nuclear Spring awaits. Very excited. We're going to play a lot. A whole lot.