Posted on December 28, 2021
By a country mile unexpectedly getting into playing the electric cello was a huge musical event this year. My wife surprised me by suggesting I learn to play cello and supporting my purchase of a 5 string NS Designs WAV5. The icing on the cake is having my niece teach me over Zoom. She attended U of Oregon in Eugene as a music major, and she is an awesome teacher.
Because my music studio / home office is a tiny room – only 7 by 10 feet – I have to economize on space. My cello doesn’t take up much room, but the bow does! I had to make space. Then, my wife asked if I could record with headphones (I had been miking my Fab Fender Mustang modeling amp). This required a late year revamp of my studio, and the Universal Audio Volt 276 put the ribbon on my studio changes. I love this interface so much I’ve ordered the 476.
Lord Huron blew me away. I’ve always loved “Alt-Americana”, I think since R.E.M. started it, Uncle Tupelo extended it, Blanche twisted it, The Cramps really twisted it, etc.
There were a lot of great Alt-Americana music and new artists featured on KPIG – especially Kianas shows, Radio Free Americana – where you’ll find super music not played elsewhere and YouTube. The Dead Country Radio was a favorite until my favorite shows were removed. But that opened a sort of “goth” sector of Alt-Americana.
Music for me has become as important to me as breathing.
Posted on December 3, 2021
Just one train
Is all it took
To cross the Great Divide
Connect the divided country
From East to West Side
I had a dream about
The Transcontinental train
As it passed through Orinda
On its way to Oakland
On long forgotten cinders
This train is about to roll
Across the U.S.A.
Once and for all I hope
We will settle our differences
We will all learn to cope
Posted on October 2, 2021
This weekends Halloween 666 Special #5 will be by far the most macabre of the series, but it will also be the funniest.
I’m in my own virtual world, but unlike Online virtual world’s, mine has power tools and paint.
Posted on September 17, 2021
This balsa wood beauty arrived today and while it was kind of cool, it didn’t have enough contour and the painted on eyes and eyebrows were lackluster. My enhanced photo above makes it way more interesting than reality.
So, out came the Dremel tool, and 10 minutes later:
On the heels of my last photo shoot, (which featured Lenore, my Assemblage paying homage to Edgar Allan Poe and The Raven), I enjoyed it so much, I want to do another similar one.
You’ll see the colors and textures of my favorite Dada art pieces …
The color and texture of these assemblages really speak to me. Also, the time they were done was right after WWI, and in or around the pandemic. My grandparents, aunt, uncle and father would immigrate from Stuttgart to the US just a few years later.
Electricity in every home was new, radio was new, even automobiles were new. Tanks and chemical weapons were used during WWI, and the world was changing in ways that truly set the stage for rapid industrialization of the modern era.
Right after the 1918 pandemic, the world rebounded with an age of prosperity. The Roaring 20’s must have been something.
Ok, a little stain in just the right few spots, and my new wooden head guy will be ready for adornment. I have a few items on the way, but a happy accident happened when I grabbed the gold frame, headsets and Morse Code Telegraph Key. It feels like a nice homage and I do have a title in mind and concept that is a reflection of Hausmann, 100 years later and one pandemic later.
I’ll write about it when this Assemblage is done.
Posted on August 24, 2021
Today’s song was my usual fun with electronica. It’s always fun to break things up every now and then.
Posted on August 12, 2021
I’m really getting into Psychobilly and anything alto country, alt-americana. The more twisted, the better…