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Podcast feed is back up…

January 21, 2010, 16:32 -05 by chris
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Not sure why it was down, but after getting an email from Apple that “your podcast has been removed from our listings in iTunes because your feed doesn’t work anymore”, and giving up on trying to “fix” the “error establishing a database connection” excitement, ended up deleting the entire directory and rebuilding / reuploading from scratch (not that it took long, with a whopping two ‘episodes’ so far). So it’s back up and running and re-submitted to iTunes and Feedburner and the like, and eventually we’ll even post some new installments.

Hopefully the “pod” hasn’t starved to death without its “feed”.

Ha. I kill me.

Dog food is so good for you…

January 15, 2010, 21:19 -05 by chris
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dogsinspaceWait, Dogs in Space is finally out on DVD?

And nobody told me?

Yeah, I already ordered it.

Not sure why, but it was always my favorite of the ever-popular “obliviously self-destructive band dude gets smacked upside the head with an ironic life lesson when his girlfriend, rather than him, overdoses on heroin first” genre, even though the Jane’s Addiction “Gift” movie is stiff (no pun intended) competition, to say nothing of Sid and Nancy, Trainspotting, and other lighthearted, fun-for-the-whole-family favorites.

All of which is a bit odd, because I have such an irrational fear of needles that I’ve passed out at the doctor’s getting a blood draw, and from just having someone tell me about donating plasma, and typically have to close my eyes and have someone “tell me when it’s safe to look” anytime there’s a movie scene involving sharps.

It probably has something to do with the keyboard player character that’s always trying to fix his half-functional homemade synthesizer seeming really cool to me at the time, rather than the comic relief it was probably intended to be, along with young, skinny Nick Cave crooning “Shivers” for an all-too-brief moment, and the background of the same “who needs an apocalypse when we’ve got a recession on” bonfires-in-oil-barrels-on-trash-strewn-streets version of Australia as the “Listen Like Thieves” video, Mad Max, and all the rest.

Or maybe it’s because I haven’t actually seen it since before DVD players were invented.


Please remember to mention me / in tapes you leave behind…

January 11, 2010, 18:33 -05 by chris
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The ‘holiday season’ officially over, it’s time to put away the decorations (a week or two late), turn the ‘guest room’ back into the ‘home studio’, put the extra dishes back in the attic, test out the latest additions to the microphone locker (sort-of vintage-esque-ish C414B-ULS and new el-cheapo CAD ribbon mic), do some tests and perhaps modifications (at least bypass caps and maybe experiment with resistors to make the outputs ‘see’ the specified 600-ohm output, while waiting for the ‘could replace every component in the signal path if need be’ order to show up from Mouser) on a pair of cool-sounding-transformers but that-noise-floor-just-can’t-be-within-spec mic preamps, dust and vacuum, and get back to work on some actual music, finally.

Saw friend Jorge’s Americana / alt-country / honky-tonk band Ruby Dee and the Snakehandlers over New Years’ weekend. Fun was had.

Holding down the fort in “the 206” while most folks I know are heading down to NAMM. Can’t say I’m sad about it.

Still haven’t had time to get out to see Avatar (Pocahontas Dances With FernGully in Space), Sherlock Holmes (plus exploding fireballs and glistening pectoral muscles, minus pipe-smoking and deerstalker hats), or The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (aka thin and predictable plot but I’ll see it anyway for the visuals), hoping “Inception” will live up to its own previews once that’s out.

…and managed to sneak in some time for a few quick electric violin overdubs, re-recorded a better take of a was-good-but-a-little-too-peaky-sounding-on-that-one-chord guitar track (I was going for a ‘cutting’ Telecaster / LP-junior / AC30 / Twin tone, but it ended up going way too far to the “icepick to the temples” end of the continuum – lesson learned…), and some string-machine-with-phaser-cause-the-Gary-Numan-kick-still-isn’t-letting-up parts on that song we’re working on that for the life of me I can’t remember the name of right now, because the title isn’t in the lyrics (unless it is), which is making me feel, temporarily at least, like a doddering old fool.

Still not Y2K compliant

January 1, 2010, 01:48 -05 by chris
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Happy New Year!

The Sepiachord Companion

November 24, 2009, 18:22 -05 by chris
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mixmasterThe Sepiachord Companion, a new compilation CD featuring tracks from Voltaire, Jill Tracy, Unwoman, One Beer Prophet, Vermillion Lies, and “much, much more” is now shipping from Devil’s Ruin Records.

Featuring mastering by me, and the debut appearance in a commercially-released album’s liner notes for our new assistant engineer and red-book CD authoring consultant (pictured at right operating our custom-modified, all-discrete, Class A mastering console by Baby LeapFrog).

Find out more information about The Sepiachord Companiaon and order a copy at www.sepiachord.com.

Cor! It was a bargain!

October 30, 2009, 12:06 -05 by chris
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Memory maxed out, individual-out, and digital i/o options, EB16 “SampleVerb” option – looks like everything except the Flash ROM and multimode filter/EQ card onboard.

Thirty-five bucks on Craigslist.

Aw yeah.

“So. Um. Great. But… Uh…why did you buy a circa-1995 hardware sampler?”

Shut up! You don’t understand!

I can’t seem to speak the language. I remember how they used to stare at the ground…

October 19, 2009, 18:06 -05 by chris
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First line of Craigslist ad:

“If this ad is still up, it’s still available.”

First response to Craigslist ad, mere minutes after posting:

“Hey, dude…

…so, like…


…Is this still available?”



October 8, 2009, 17:14 -05 by chris
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Damn you, BBC Four. It doesn’t matter (two…?) that I got rid of cable and put the telly in storage, because you’re probably not showing this on BBC America anyway, and I won’t be in the UK at 9pm on October 16th. It’s because of that whole colonial war of independence thing, isn’t it? Can’t we talk?

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