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G-E-T-L-I-V-E aaaight! [Jun. 18th, 2009|06:10 pm]
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As I promised in my last lj update (3 1/2 months ago) I now have recorded, download-able music available here to you on the internets:

www.myspace.com/canidsounds

I'm currently on my "Venues Within a 20-minute Drive from House" Tour. 7 shows, 3 venues, 3 weeks, 0 hotels.

4 of these are at Artomatic, an annual DC-area unjuried arts exposition. 9 storeys of 2- and 3-D visual art plus 3 music stages, film, theater, poetry, stand-up, tattooing, and firespinning. I'm doing 2 solo shows and 2 collaborations. One is with my friend Chethan who specializes in doom, feedback loops, and using a vibrating massager like an E-bow. The other was with a guitarist and a tabla-player in which we alternated psychedelic improv with equally psychedelic rants about history and current events.

2 are at Silver Spring's Pyramid Atlantic, a papermaking/bookbinding/printmaking/digital imaging studio with gallery space. It is also host to Sonic Circuits, DC's experimental music consortium. Being able to play Sonic Circuits shows is a pretty momentous step to me. It feels like I've "made it" (although I really won't have until I get that call from Terry Gross).

One - the one this Saturday - is at the New Deal Cafe in Greenbelt, MD. As I mentioned, I've been playing at the New Deal's weekly open-mic since the beginning of the year. A few weeks ago the cafe shut down due to disputes between the co-op board and the head chef. It has now re-opened (after I had to move a show I had put together to Pyramid), and I've booked another show. I'm really excited to be playing with Janel and Anthony. They are an amazing entry to the list of romantically-involved musical collaborators. He plays guitar, she plays cello, and they both use a shit-ton of pedals and effects. The result is a sound that ranges from gentle folk to heavy psychedelic rock to droning noise. They're wonderful to listen to and, frankly, cute as hell. They used to live around here but have now moved to Brooklyn. But given their connections to the scene, they're still in DC from time to time. I hope to book them again in the future.

OK, there's a lot more I could talk about here, but I'll just list to bigger concerts I've been to in the past few months:

5/12 - Mastodon, Kylesa, Intronaut
Kylesa: OK, Mastodon & Intronaut: fucking amazing. Mastodon is on top of the metal scene right now and totally delivered. Intronaut (who I first saw in San Francisco last summer) fucking killed and were super-nice when I talked to them after the show.

5/17 - Dan Deacon + ensemble, Teeth Mountain, Future Islands
Holy shit. You read that right: ensemble. 3 drum sets, 4 synths, 2 xylophones, 2 guitars, bass, and saxophone. Oh, and DAN DEACON, all at once! I was unwilling to bring my digital camera to this show because I knew it would get fucked up, so I bought a bunch of disposable cameras that I've yet to get developed, but that will great when I do. Also: Meat Loaf (the singer) + Bette Midler + Bruce Springsteen + Kraftwerk = Future Islands.

5/20 - Opeth, Enslaved
I got headbutted in the face several times, one of which left a mark. I drank heavily this night and can only say that it added to the experience. Swedish melodic death metal is pretty ridiculous at the outset, but when you're drunk and banging into a bunch of dudes who are all really into it, it rubs off.

6/8 - The Decemberists, Andrew Bird, Robyn Hitchcock
'The Hazards of Love' is a modern psychedelic prog-rock masterpiece and the alto guest singer is a fucking beast, 'nuf said. Also, the Crane Wife is a wonderful album. Also, Andrew Bird is a whistlin' fool.
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progress [Mar. 28th, 2009|08:40 pm]
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Two updates:

1 - I've been accepted to Indiana University's School of Public and Environmental Affairs. This is one of the programs I'm most excited about. Even if I don't get into IU Law, I'll still be considering SPEA. The only problem is that in order to qualify for in-state tuition, I have to start the program as a resident; I can't reapply a year in once I'm actually living in Indiana. Therefore I may defer admission, but I haven't decided. Still lots to consider.

2 - My music career has officially begun, in some sense. I've been working with an effects-and-keyboard setup for several months now, supplementing that with various other microphones and gadgets.. I've been doing mostly drawn-out improvised drone-based peices on my own at home or with certain musically like-minded friends. Last Thursday I took the leap of getting up on stage at the New Deal Cafe in Greenbelt, MD, and playing solo in front of people. Here it is:


It seemed to go over really well. Four people asked for my e-mail address. I'll defeinitely be back there next Thursday, and I'll probably start looking for other experimentally-inclined open mics in the area.

Also, as always, there are many more photos up on my flickr account: http://www.flickr.com/photos/7609616@N03/
Shots from Doomtree's recent DC appearance are up and shots from Bethy's and my recent Richmond-Gettysburg-Philadephia-DC roadtrip will be up very soon.
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Inauguration and immense photobloggage [Jan. 27th, 2009|01:37 am]
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I finally got a digital camera (Canon Rebel XSi) so that means its...

PICTURE TIME!
http://flickr.com/photos/7609616@N03/

The Inauguration






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(no subject) [Aug. 4th, 2008|02:57 am]
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Well...

I've graduated. It's been three months today but it seems like a lot longer.

About a week after returning home from May Term (which probably deserves a post of it's own [but won't get it {yet}]) my brother and I drove out to the wilds of Virginia and took an overnight canoing trip on the Shenandoah River. It was really great except for the part where it rained all fucking night. And we, being the rugged outdoorsmen we are, had decided against bringing a tent in favor of a tarp and rope. It kept the torrent from hitting us directly but offered little protection from the as-yet-unidentified innumerably-legged beasts that crawled all over us throughout the night (seriously, fuck centipedes). I slept very little. It cleared up by morning, however, and we returned to the river in high spirits. We capsized once and I lost a shoe. It was fun, but I had the usual worrisome "oh-my-god-get-me-the-fuck-back-to-civilization-and-McDonald's" feelings I always get at the end of camping trips. However the storms, which started up again almost as soon as we got off the river, had knocked out power in a lot of the area, so we had to settle for Burger King. I bought a pair of slip-ons and some fireworks at a K-Mart.

Two days later we were in San Francisco. Picture time.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/7609616@N03/

(All shot 35mm, CVS brand 400 speed color and Kodak 400 speed color-process B/W film)

We traveled on Saturday and settled in that night. The next morning we woke up to the Haight Street Festival. Kind of like Mos Eisley, but hippies instead of Biths (a wretched hive of scum and villainy).

We went all over the place; stayed in hostels, bed-and-breakfasts, post-quake hotels, and beachside Comfort Inns. I watched as much Euro Cup as I could, including the Italy/France game while having a late breakfast in North Beach (the Italian district). We toured the Anchor Steam Brewery, the Korbel Champagne vineyard, the Beat Museum, and the Frieda Kahlo exhibit at the SFMOMA. I visited a Japanese (not gay) bathhouse and the only unionized, cooperatively-owned strip club in the world. We shopped at the SF and Berkeley locations of Amoeba Music. We saw "In Bruges" and "The Fall". I recommend them both.

I kept getting San Francisco-related songs stuck in my head. I didn't have any of them with me to listen to and thereby get out of my head. They included, but were not limited to:
"Grace Cathedral Hill" and "California One" by The Decemberists
"Moon Over Marin" by the Dead Kennedys
"San Francisco" by the Mamas and the Papas

After getting back from San Francisco it was time to get a job, which I eventually did at Plato's Diner in College Park, MD. I'm working nights and it's fucking nuts. Plato's will definitely get it's own entry at some point, but for now I'll just say that I've made about $2500 since the beginning of July.
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things to do [Dec. 3rd, 2007|02:36 pm]
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It is decided: I have to see the Polyphonic Spree live before I die. No way around it.

Check this shit out:


Also, I might as well take this opportunity to inform those that don't know that I am venturing back into the world of music. Jesse Snider of Darby House and I have been meeting every Wednesday and Saturday in their basement to kick out the mad jams. And by mad jams I mean mostly bluesy, droning, spaced-out, trippy jams, but jams nonetheless.

We have a whole list of covers we want to work on (and after seeing that video I think I have to Lithium to that list), Jesse's got som songs written, and I have a few ideas formulating. An idea I've been really excited about that I brought up over the weekend to receptive ears is to cover Neutral Milk Hotel's "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea" in it's entirety, possibly excepting "Oh Comely" unless we can jazz it up a bit, figuratively. I think it would give us some focus without having to rush with writing, and it's a short enough album that it's doable, and popular enough that people would really dig it.

There's talk of a synth player joining our ranks, and we're on the lookout for more players of whatever, especially singers and percussionists. And possibly a collaboration with Huntsville Space and Rocket Center.

Of all my amazing discoveries, I think the best is the sound of a jaw harp run through a pitchshifter and distortion. s-m-r-t.
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teeth and techno [Aug. 13th, 2007|11:42 am]
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[Current Location |at work]
[Current Mood |soresore]
[Current Music |Dan Deacon, Psalters, and This American Life]

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(no subject) [Dec. 31st, 2006|04:31 am]
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Dear Sweet Fucking Christmas-style Jesus on a
Murderball wheelchair!
That was fucking scary!

It was bad enough to be drunk and on another person's property, but to be caught was fucking awful.

Yep. "Freeze!" "Get on the ground!" Fuckers telling me they were about to shoot me. I don't know what's even true anymore. No charges were pressed, they just let me go. Seems like if nothing was going to actually happen, they could've acted like that from the start, but no! They had to go at it like a fucking COPS episode from the very beginning! Whatever, it's over now. They said the the owner of the property might press charges. That might be intimidating if there actually was an owner.

It's a bad day for urban exploration everywhere. No handcuffs, but a shitload of busted egos and reminders that shit can go wrong at any second, anywhere.

Time for bed.
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Are you ready for some apocalypse? I'm not. [Oct. 22nd, 2006|12:50 pm]
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[Current Location |safe and sound]
[Current Music |all the songs that got stuck in my head for miles of trail]

I've returned from a four-day backpacking trip through Hoosier National Forest and I couldn't help but ponder the impending apocalypse.

On the drive there a couple of us got to talking about how, in all likelihood, we will see the depletion of the world's oil reserves in our lifetime. Chances are, they (whoever they are) know exactly when this will happen, but no way they're telling us. When this ultimate of shit goes down, there are a few options. Perhaps we will have set up a working system of solar-, wind-, and water-powered alternatives that might replace petroleum, maybe not with total output equivalent to what we're used to with oil, but enough to keep civilization as we know it going. On the other hand, we might just be fucked.

I've seen plenty of post-apocalyptic movies and read plenty of stories and played the fucking RPGs, but what the hell is really going to happen? I really don't know. I'm pretty sure that whatever goes down won't be sudden. There's too much already in place for civilization to crumble instantaneously, but keep in mind how much of it depends on fuel, running water, and electricity. And without those things we'll basically have to rely on nature and our ability to use it in order to survive.

And when it comes to relying on nature I seriously doubt my resolve. Sure I can start a fire, pitch a tent, scare off a cougar, and shit in relative comfort without toilet paper, but there's going to be a hell of lot more to it than that. What about making a shelter out of sticks, leaves, and mud that can withstand 30mph winds, or treating influenza without medicine, or keeping a blister from developing gangrene, or keeping clothes dry during a monsoon, or how to kill and skin a rabbit, or how to tan hide, or how to set a broken bone, or getting rid of lice, or how to get a good night's sleep on a rock. I can't do any of these things and neither can most of America. So what's going to happen?

I made it four days, having fun but always thinking "only 3 (2, 1) more nights until I'm back in a real bed with a hot breakfast ready at 7:00, plenty of clean, dry clothes, heat, clean water, and the internet." The thought that all of that wouldn't be there at the end of the trail scared me. So, do I devote myself to learning the skills I'll need for a cataclysm that may or may not come, or devote myself to preserving a society that will probably crumble anyway? Fuck.

Also, I really hope I don't have giardiasis. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/giardiasis
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Hobbes [Oct. 16th, 2006|11:53 pm]
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My dog died last Friday. His name was Hobbes. He was kind of small, curly tan fur, fattish, smelly at times. We had him for 13 years before he got out the yard and got hit by a car on Rhode Island Avenue in DC. Someone found him (possibly the same person who hit him, I don't know) and took him to the shelter on New York Avenue and they euthanized him. Apparently the injuries were bad. That was the same shelter we got him from. He would have been put down hours later if we hadn't. My mom was visiting when we found out. We were at Texas Roadhouse, waiting for a table, having a beer at the bar when my dad calls. That was not a fun meal.

I wish I had been there.
I wish he hadn't been alone.
I wish he hadn't been in pain.
I wish he'd gone in his sleep.
I wish that this hadn't happened during the longest period of time that I've ever been away from home.
I wish I could tell my other dog exactly what happened, mostly so she knows not to escape.
I wish I could bury him in the yard, but he's already been cremated and I don't think we can get the ashes.
I wish he had been too deaf and blind and weak and fat to get out of the yard.
I wish it didn't make me feel like every time I say goodbye to someone that it will be the last.

We got Hobbes shortly after my parents divorced and my mom got a new house. Hobbes had always been there and it's a concrete chunk of my childhood gone.
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(no subject) [Sep. 18th, 2006|12:35 pm]
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The guitarist from Tub Ring has a not-small cock.
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