In Sonny's Journal on August 12, 2012 at 9:43 am
- Really insightful post from my guy PEESHE (over in Australia) about using the MPC for live shows. Specifically the MPC2000XL. Number 5 is something I always try to remind myself of. This is where he blogs now, mostly. What an excellent collective site. Dang. Beautiful design.
- And speaking of collectives, the new Minneapolis/St. Paul collective F.I.X. (“F to the I to the X”) is giving away three free albums in one nifty package until their debut collective show Friday the 17th: No Bird Sing’s “Theft of Commons”, Kill The Vultures’ “Ecce Beast”, and Kristoff Krane’s “Hunting For Father”. The last I’ve spoke of on here before. Probably multiple times. It’s an awesome album. The other two are as well. And hey, the shit is FREE. Here’s the Bandcamp stream:
- Hey, independent comics retailers/press… wanna know a good way to not sell your shit? By ripping on any of Warren Ellis’ friends in the public net-square. This includes blogs, Facebook, in this case Twitter. His wrath will be swift and severe. And I’m betting his site gets more views than yours. Not to mention that is just being an asshole. Saying that shit on Twitter.
- Very interesting interview about the global impact of Underground bookstores.
The social, cultural, and political turbulence chronicled by such off-radar newspapers as Rat Subterranean News, Screw, San Francisco Oracle, East Village Other, Black Mask, and Los Angeles Free Press, to name only a few, is commonly overlooked in mainstream histories. As a result, what often remains is the same scattershot of familiar imagery from the late 1960s/early 1970s that’s lingered in the nation’s collective memory: hippies dancing with flowers in their hair at the Monterey Pop Festival during the Summer of Love; Timothy Leary at the Human Be-In at Golden Gate Park in 1967, urging the Haight-Ashbury crowds to “Turn on, tune in, drop out”; U.S. military tanks on city streets during the race riots in Detroit and Newark; the rise of the Hell’s Angels as the new American outlaws; and the Kent State University shootings and Mary Ann Vecchio’s haunting scream.
In Sonny's Journal on February 15, 2011 at 1:30 am
I’m computer-less and streaming live from the kitchen table on my mobile device. It’s an odd thing, and something I’ve never done before. My laptop screen has been shitting out on me for a few months now; I finally broke down and sent it in to (hopefully) get fixed. The bottom quarter or so would pixalate and warp, making certain normally meanial tasks feel like lower back pain. At some point I should just get a new one.
I’m running the free WordPress.com application for the Android OS, it’s decent considering. They’ve seemingly understood that a mobile device app’s greatest strength is its simplicity. Underneath where I’m typing right now (on a pull-out keyboard; I can’t do touc screen keys) are your standard text mods: bold/italics/underline, hyper-link, and block quote. Below that is a button labeled “Add Media”, which I’m guessing works well for on-the-go bloggers who photo with their phones.
Blogging is changing. If The Social Network taught me anything, it’s that once upon a time blogging was reserved for bitter computer nerds who used their simplistic code to complain about fractured relationships (or lack thereof). Now those of us sitting at home, staring into a monitor connected to a computer seem like we’re gaming on a Genesis. Mobile blogging — reporting from the field — can only help. Both with the serious (say, live from a peaceful protest in Cairo), and the trivial (live from a music festival).
In Music on February 9, 2011 at 11:58 am
(More MN music posts?? I’m turning into a Twin Cities music blog…)
Like any other legendary musician who passed before him, bits and pieces Michael Larsen’s (a.k.a. Eyedea) incredible range of genres and sounds are still seeing the light of day. I recently saw this posted on a message board: a pay-what-you-will selection of studio quality Eyedea freestyles (4 tracks in all).
On top of that, the second (and hopefully not last) album from his and Kristoff Krane’s experimental free-jazz/improvised hip-hop group Face Candy will apparently see the light of day on Rhymesayers. If you aren’t sure what the hell a totally improvised jazz/hip-hop band would sound like, click here.
More? Alrighty. I saw this band open for Lazerbeak a couple weeks ago and they blew me away (two live drummers, bassist, laptop, sticky synths, and screaming?!?). They don’t have any recordings yet, hopefully that’ll change in 2011. I give you… Marijuana Deathsquads: