- I’ve now got a SModcast app on my phone after enjoying having WTF! W/ Marc Maron on my phone for a few days. They’re really nice things to have access to in your pocket, eh? I wasn’t aware of this, but the “SModcast” network (Kevin Smith and friends, for those who don’t know/click/Google) features a whole slew of podcasts with and without Kevin Smith, some about comics and some not. There’s one that still gets released on a relatively regular schedule called “The Breaks”, wherein a DJ Smith knows veers into all sorts of different territory but manages to always talk music and spinning records.
Course now that I’ve got this on my phone I should probably get a Ray Kurzweil podcast or something to balance out the Universe.
- With PS Store redeem codes I received as a birthday gift, I downloaded Journey, Braid, and The Walking Dead yesterday. Cheap games… 15, 15, and 20 respectfully. I only briefly played Journey last night, and it seems spectacular: artistic, intuitive, graceful, unique as all hell. It’s going to be really nice to have a break from people sending me nasty messages after I play them in NHL 12.
- Last night I was racking my brain trying to wrap it around the concept for my next proper LP. It will be based on the most transformative part of my life (so far). I want the album to go through the journey of what I went through; this could get a little painful as particular memories are brought up, but hopefully the good memories outweigh the bad. And they do. Musically, I guess I would like to move a little bit back towards the more sample-based sound of two albums ago. My last album (I don’t know who I’m talking to, if anyone, so I’m gonna assume you have not heard it; which I’m totally cool with) went a bit more instrumentation based, with sort of complex arrangements mixed in with breakbeats. It was less about the beats and samples, and more about the instrumentation/arrangements. I want a mix of the two, of course, but this last time I used samples to compliment the synths and guitar lines I was writing, I’d like to flip that. Also, THIS BAND. Very inspiring. Seemingly unconnected and obtuse samples tied together through synths and other original instrumentation to form a cohesive whole. Also, apparently, Japanese music. Like, classical Japanese music.
- I should probably read anything Warren Ellis says is this good.
- PHOTO OF THE DAY: (Rockfort, India… from NatGeo)