Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Nine Inch Nails - 2013 Tours - Full Set Videos

Saw the Tension 2013 tour in Portland a few nights after the L. A. show, at the bottom here, was filmed.  I know some people thought Trent was getting a little too mellow and sedate, trying to hide behind the light show, but I loved it.  First time I've ever seen Nine Inch Nails live.

I actually was meh on Trent for a long time (like 20 years) and only recently got back into NIN.  The full concert video from Lollapalooza was responsible for that.

We were sitting pretty high and to the left of the stage for the Portland show, so while the lights were pretty cool, we missed some of the full effects, so I am happy to see that there is a well shot, pro video of the show so I can see what we missed.

Full Set at 2013 Fuji Rocks Festival:

Full Set at Lollapalooza 2013:

Full Set from Tension 2013 Tour in L.A. on November 8, 2013:

Monday, October 28, 2013

Lou Reed: Magic and Loss Live (We'll miss you, Lou)

Saw this tour. Great album, great show. Played the entire Magic and Loss album. Took a break. Came out and played an hour of old material, including a bunch of old Velvet's stuff...

A couple words before the music…

Outsider Whose Dark, Lyrical Vision Helped Shape Rock ’n’ Roll - NYTimes.com:
"Mr. Reed brought dark themes and a mercurial, sometimes aggressive disposition to rock music. ‘I’ve always believed that there’s an amazing number of things you can do through a rock ‘n’ roll song,’ he once told the journalist Kristine McKenna, ‘and that you can do serious writing in a rock song if you can somehow do it without losing the beat. The things I’ve written about wouldn’t be considered a big deal if they appeared in a book or movie.’
“He played the sport of alienating listeners, defending the right to contradict himself in hostile interviews, to contradict his transgressive image by idealizing sweet or old-fashioned values in word or sound, or to present intuition as blunt logic. But his early work assured him a permanent audience.
“The composer Brian Eno, in an often-quoted interview from 1982, suggested that if the group’s first album, ‘The Velvet Underground & Nico,’ sold only 30,000 copies during its first five years — a figure probably lower than the reality — ‘everyone who bought one of those 30,000 copies started a band.’”
I discovered Lou a little late, when the New York album came out.  I saw the review in the back of Rolling Stone, more stars on it than I’d ever seen, and decided to pick it up.  That shortly led to me discovering the Velvet Underground and, I suppose, I am one of those who heard the first Velvet’s record and started a band.  Not sure if one event caused the other, but I sure got the order correct.

The full Magic and Loss set live as a playlist...

Individual songs...


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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Ha Ha Tonka & Samantha Crain @ Doug Fir

Didn’t get much in the way of pictures at this show, wasn’t in the mood to mess with the camera. 

In short…  Ha Ha Tonka killed it, though there was only 20 to 30 or so people there.  Samantha Crain opened, was really good, and talked about how she lived in Portland for a while. 

When she mentioned this, she expected some cheers and was met with crickets, which surprised her.  Surprised me, too, really.  I think my reaction, though, was that she looked and sounded a lot like a Portlander so it really wasn’t that suprising.  My reaction was more along the lines of, “Ok, then.  I can see that.”

Good though.  Great show.  Wish more people saw it.  Here’s some videos of these folks, though not from last night. 





Lessons (New Album):

Amazon - http://amzn.to/1fyrRPH
iTunes (w/ bonus track) - http://bit.ly/17F6zvj





Thursday, September 26, 2013

Seattle before Nevermind...

Monday, March 11, 2013

"St. Nick on the Fourth in a Fervor" & "Caney Mountain" by Ha Ha Tonka


 Let’s get one thing straight from the get-go
This glimpse of brilliance is much better than a long look at mediocrity

I own all of my ideas
I stole just one or two

I owe all of my ideas
To the ones I stole from you

Pretty much my theme song right now for those lyrics up there above the clip.   This has been stuck in the van’s CD player for awhile.  I keep thinking it’s time to switch it out, and then this song, or another one or two on the album, will come on and I decide to let it play through one more time.

"Caney Mountain" is a good song too, but I really love this video…  Saw this after initially posting this, and I had to throw it in too!

Can he climb old Caney Mountain?
Can he outrun this Crusading mob of men
who aim to kill him with the Crucifix theyd fished out of Hodgsons Mill.
They drug her cold, blue body from its depths.
That old relic served to drown her as a millstone round her neck.

Can he clear that western wall which looms large out the Ozarks side?
Calls of men and dogs are closer as is the end of his life.
Could he ever find forgiveness from those gospels he came to preach.
held her down as he baptized her so that heaven she might reach.

High shined sequined buckle in that Bible belt
High shined sequined buckle in the middle of that Bible belt

More lyrics: http://www.lyricsmania.com/caney_mountain_lyrics_ha_ha_tonka.html
All about Ha Ha+Tonka:



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Saturday, March 2, 2013

MAX Software (& Artist Interviews)

 What is Max? « Cycling 74:

Max gives you the parts to create unique sounds, stunning visuals, and engaging interactive media. These parts are called ‘objects’ – visual boxes that contain tiny programs to do something specific. Each object does something different. Some make noises, some make video effects, others just do simple calculations or make decisions. In Max you add objects to a visual canvas and connect them together with patchcords. You can use as many as you like. By combining objects, you create interactive and unique software without ever writing any code (you can do that too if you really want to). Just connect.


I’ll run through the interviews later and add the interesting ones…

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Monday, February 4, 2013

REM’s “Losing My Religion” – Major & Minor Keys; After & Before

REM's "Losing My Religion" shifted into a major scale - Boing Boing:

Michael sez, "Someone has gone to the trouble (I don't know how but would suspect using Melodyne DNA or somesuch) of processing REM's minor-scale downer hit 'Losing My Religion' so that all the minor notes are now major. When I followed the link I thought it'd be a cover, but no, it's the original, processed. It's uncanny - the song is just as familiar as always but the impact is utterly different. Kind of like finding a colour print of a film you'd only known in black and white, or seeing Garfield minus Garfield for the first time. I like it."

Major Scaled #2 : REM - "Recovering My Religion" from major scaled on Vimeo.

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Child of PLOrk: Sideband

 about | Sideband:

Using specially designed and custom made hemispherical speakers and a fleet of laptops, Sideband turns each member of its ensemble in to an island of sound, returning a sense of acoustics and space to the normally flat world of electronic music.  Ranging from solos and duos to sextets and beyond, Sideband is an evolving project that inspires composers, performers and audience members to reevaluate the role of computers in music.

Sideband’s parent ensemble, the Princeton Laptop Orchestra (PLOrk), was formed in 2005 by Dan Trueman (composer, Norwegian fiddler, and computer music hacker) and Perry Cook (computer scientist, electrical engineer, and music hacker) to be a test-lab for a new way of thinking about electronic and ensemble music.  PLOrk has performed widely (in Princeton, New York, Chicago, and Washington D.C.), has won a MacArthur Foundation grant, and has worked in collaboration with Zakir Hussain, the American Composers Orchestra, Matmos & So Percussion, and others.

Sideband was conceived out of a desire to explore the PLOrk model of music making in a more sustained fashion, outside the annually changing context of academic classes.  Formed in 2008 to premiere a piece with the American Composers Orchestra at Carngie Hall, Sideband is currently made up of a group of long-term members whose skills range from orchestral percussion to installation art, research in machine-learning algorithms, traditional Norwegian folk music, solo performance, electroacoustic music, software design, and scored composition.


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PLOrk (Princeton Laptop Orchestra)

VIDEO: Princeton Laptop Orchestra (PLOrk) – Princeton Engineering:

Princeton Laptop Orchestra (PLOrk) founders Perry Cook and Dan Trueman, in pre-concert interviews, explain the philosophy behind their laptop instruments and the on-the-fly computer coding that takes place during performances. PLOrk started as a freshman seminar course at Princeton.

"Most of our students don't know that these things are impossible," says Cook, "and therefore they're not." The PLOrkestra director opening this video is Ge Wang, who received his Ph.D. in computer science from Princeton in 2008. Wang is the founder ofStanford's MoPhO, a mobile phone orchestra. Wang and Cook also are cofounders of Smule, an iPhone applications company specializing in sonic  media.


PLOrk: Princeton Laptop Orchestra – Free listening, concerts, stats, & pictures at Last.fm:

The Princeton Laptop Orchestra (PLOrk) is a newly established ensemble of computer-based musical meta-instruments. Each instrument consists of a laptop, a multi-channel hemispherical speaker, and a variety of control devices (keyboards, graphics tablets, sensors, etc…). The students who make up the ensemble act as performers, researchers, composers, and software developers. The challenges are many: what kinds of sounds can we create? how can we physically control these sounds? how do we compose with these sounds? There are also social questions with musical and technical ramifications: how do we organize a dozen players in this context? with a conductor? via a wireless network?

"The Telephone Game: Oil/Water/Ether," PLOrk: Princeton Laptop Orchestra:

"The Telephone Game: Oil/Water/Ether," for the Princeton Laptop Orchestra (PLOrk), is an exploration of a real-time collaborative composition local network. All the performers have identical performance/composition programs -- a custom flexible step-sequencer -- that invite play with rhythmic cycles of various lengths and timbres. The real fun starts, however, when the players begin spying on their neighbors, secretly, via the network, and stealing their ideas with the click of the mouse. Unplanned structures begin to emerge, like oil on water, as riffs propagate and evolve, sometimes returning unrecognizable to their creators.

Telephone Game
, version 1:

Telephone Game, version 2:

PLOrk : The Princeton Laptop Orchestra (Official Site)


Wheelharp from Antiquity Music on Vimeo.


The Wheelharp | Antiquity Music:

The Wheelharp is a groundbreaking keyboard musical instrument that gives the player the ability to orchestrate a full chromatic scale of sixty-one (61) actual bowed strings at one’s own fingertips, almost like having a real chamber string orchestra at hand.

With an exotic profile and stunning rosette appointments, the Wheelharp’s appearance is equally as breathtaking as its audible character. It is available in a Radial Model (curved keyboard) and a Linear Model (traditional straight keyboard), and in several ranges.

It utilizes a patent-pending action and bridge to translate the player’s subtle fingerings into a range of bowing intensities, and comes equipped with a damper system and electronic pickup system, allowing individuals to sculpt astonishingly beautiful and complex sounds. For musicians, composers, and studios that seek to create the natural sound of classical string instruments while avoiding the frequently sterile quality of digital string synthesizers and samples, or for those looking to foray into new sonic territory, the Wheelharp presents a truly exciting opportunity.

The Wheelharp from Atomic Shadow on Vimeo.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Farewell, Snip.it (& thanks!)

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So, Snip.it was bought by Yahoo and is being shut down. They've put together a "Hall of Fame" of contributors and I was named as one of the top contributors in the "Politics & World" category...

From an email I received from their Content Director:

I want to personally thank you for all your amazing contributions to the product, both in your snips and in your feedback to us. I’ve been continually impressed by all the interesting, unique content you’ve unearthed, as well as your thoughtful commentary on it. The quality of your contributions made the site an absolute joy to browse. 

To honor all of your support and contributions, we’ve included you in our Snip.it Hall of Fame, a place to celebrate our top snippers. We’ve included your Twitter handle, so people can continue to follow your insights.


We've also created a Snip.it Hall of Fame, where we’re honoring some of the top contributors to the Snip.it community. We’ve included their Twitter handles so you can continue to stay connected and follow their insights.

I joined Snip.it while it was still in beta and have posted to it more days than not since then.  They’ve been cool, it’s a great service, and their staff has been very supportive.  From nearly the beginning, they featured my content, which I was pretty proud of, and I seem to have attracted quite a few followers there.

Supposedly, they will be reinventing themselves with Yahoo.  I hope so.  They were a great service.


We are thrilled at the opportunity to bring Snip.it's vision to a larger scale at Yahoo!. While we can't share the specifics of what we'll be building, we are excited about the opportunity to take social news to new, exciting heights at Yahoo!. The Yahoo! team is passionate about inspiring and entertaining the world’s daily habits, and certainly sharing news and information is something we all do every day. The vision and energy at the company is contagious, and we’re so excited to be part of all that is to come.

So now, I just need to figure out what to do with the links I’ve saved there.  There are a couple ways to download them for future use, and I’ll be taking a look at how to get these back out there, when I have a little time…

I just deleted the Snip It button from my browser.  That makes me sad. 

Unfortunately, in life, with both the good and the bad, “This, too, shall pass…”

My Collections: HTML Links

Snip.it: All My Base Belong To You - HTML Links
Snip.it: Democracy In Distress - HTML Links
Snip.it: Favorites
Snip.it: Retrovirus Lab - HTML Links
Snip.it: Rubble - HTML Links
Snip.it: Suburban Eschatology Part Two - HTML Links

Yahoo Is In Talks To Buy A Site We Actually Use, Snip.It

Snip.It is a social site that resembles a mash up of Pinterest's collections and Instapaper's ability to save links for consumption later.

Read more:

Yahoo Poised to Acquire Content Curation Site Snip.it - Liz Gannes - News - AllThingsD:

Snip.it was founded by Ramy Adeeb, who was formerly a principal at Khosla Ventures, and has funding from Khosla, True Ventures, Charles River Ventures and SV Angel.

Yahoo is paying “mid teens” of millions of dollars for the company, according to a source.

Kara Swisher yesterday described Yahoo’s new approach to content:

While one might argue that Google is already the Google of content, the plan is to make Yahoo more relevant by tailoring it to the individual and make the site a “trusted destination to get them to where they want to go and keep going back.”

Thus, the thinking goes, while Google is the place people come to search for links, Yahoo then becomes the place users come to find content. That means more partnership deals from third-party sources, with an additional social component layer and synced across a number of devices and platforms, especially video.

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          Wednesday, January 9, 2013

          Talenthouse: My Soundgarden 2013 Short List

          Murder By Death. Dante's. Portland, Oregon. August 11, 2012.

          Band photography is something I've always wanted to get into a bit more, but haven't for various reasons over the years.

          Back in the 1980s and 1990s, working with film, the lighting issues were just too annoying to deal with. However, these days, digital cameras are just much more light sensitive, and then there is the ability to vary ISO per shot, not per role, so that helps a lot. Also, being able to review the shots on the spot is tremendously helpful in these situations, because I can keep firing away until I know I've captured what I've been aiming for.

          This last year, when I started taking cameras around with me pretty much everywhere, it was only natural to start taking some shots at shows, and I have been happy with the results.

          I really like playing with the stage lighting, good performers do interesting things, and I can get some of the good, blurry but nice weird effects that I like, giving me a lot to play with in editing.

          This last year, time and budget kept me from making it to many shows. Hopefully 2013 will give me plenty of new opportunities to continue developing my technique with live band photography and to build up a more solid portfolio in this area.

          Photograph Soundgarden:

          Looking for photographers to shoot dates on the tour. Submit your best live photo for the chance to win a photo pass…

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