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 Thoughts on August 2, 2012 at 7:30 am
- A follow up to yesterday’s Film Misery link on the new Sight & Sound list of greatest films, The Telegraph today:
“This week I finished making a radio documentary about the 50-year reign of Welles’s masterpiece – and heard how it might all soon be over, thanks to a change in constituency boundaries. The last time the survey was conducted, 145 mainly anglophone critics were polled. This time an 1,800-strong body of writers, curators and directors have been asked, a group representing the film cultures of most countries in the world. An electorate as broad as that might not feel the critical anxiety of influence that has kept Kane on its pedestal. Tellingly, the longlist, at 2,000 titles, is already much longer than its predecessors.”
I thought it was absolutely awesome to hear that two of Michael Haneke’s films were close to making the list: Cache and The White Ribbon. I have not seen Cache, but have wanted to for some time. It’s hard to find, and I don’t much enjoy watching movies on my computer screen. If you’ve never seen any of his movies, Haneke makes some truly disturbing images and themes come to life. Not that he does horror (Cache is the closest thing to horror; or maybe Funny Games in that it goes out of its way to essentially torture the audience), he just knows how to pick out the little details. The terrible, terrible little details. The guy is a true artist.
- Akai posted this on their Facebook today with the caption, “Save this. Trust us. You’re going to need it someday.”:
I know they’re probably starting to get outdated — especially the 2000XL series — but I’ve gotten a ton of mileage out of my Akai MPC thus far. And I’ve only had it for a couple years. It’s a great piece of hardware. I’ve got the blue one they released around 2001, I think:
- More craziness at the Apple/Samsung trial over patent infringement.
According to one of our sources, “the word ‘contempt’ was bandied about by Apple’s lawyer.” So Quinn’s personal frustration may be at least somewhat understandable.
It seems like the main thrust of the declaration is that everything from the release was “previously in the public record.” He explains that everything was “specifically addressed in open court with the media in attendance.”
Quinn also directly addressed accusations that Samsung’s legal team was trying to intentionally mislead jurors. He made the (fairly obvious, in my humble opinion) observation that jurors had already been instructed not to read any form of media relating to the case.
In Sonny's Journal on February 17, 2011 at 1:22 pm
- The MPC learning curve is widening. I’m now realizing that the way to do it, really, is to record everything into separate tracks. This way adding/removing something on the fly is easy as pie. The layout is brilliant: 16 tracks, laid out just like your drum pads (4X4), with labels of your choosing on each. Dropping snares, or horns is as simple as hitting a pad. Sampling on this thing is wonderful too, and I’m saying that as a novice/rookie at best (I’ve just sampled for the first time; the intro horns off Nancy Wilson’s “Breaker Blues”… the real one, not the one from Heart.) Curious to sample myself with this thing: guitars, harp, keys, what-have-you. It’d be interesting to record a variety of licks — in the same key of course — attach them to pads, say in Bank D in the bottom right, and play guitar that way. Something tells me I’d get a kick outta that. Yes, very much still in the experimental phase.
- Writer of the Day: Paul Grimsley. An American by way of UK, fellow WordPressian. This guy writes with such a unique voice, you’d swear he was actually a tall and narrow black machine labeled “PG-001″, with a swirling green light for an eye, cranking out page after page, short after short, examining his own existence. Existentialism would work well via artificial intelligence. I’m adding Paul to my blogroll. Once again, his SITE.
- I’m not sure what it is about local hip-hop group Atmosphere that breeds such bizarre behavior amongst fans. It’s like… I dunno, everyone wants to think they liked them before everyone else. And said people want this to be KNOWN. I’m just beginning to realize that there’s a decent size chunk of their younger fans — I’m talking from 15 to 20 or so — who won’t give their newer shit a go; they dream of the good ole’ days, the pre-”God Loves Ugly” sound. Now, there’s nothing wrong with this in and of itself. But the example I was informed of recently was a girl who is 16 years old. Yep, one-six. By my elementary math, this means she was born in ’94, possibly ’95. So when I was first hearing “Scapegoat” through a friend in 8th grade, she was 5 years old. Hell, she wasn’t even old enough to enjoy “Seven’s Travels” when it came out… and that’s supposedly the album that bled over into the newer, not-as-good sound. What… the… fuck?? Maybe I’m just getting old. Either way, their new record “The Family Sign” is coming in April. I’ll give it a chance, will that 16 year old girl?