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Melancholy, Misunderstood, and Moonstruck

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A perfect, balmy night on the roof deck of my building. I brought up some cognac, and a BlueTooth speaker.

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Here was the soundtrack…

  1. Ashley Hutchings, Richard Thompson, Dave MattacksCuckoos Nest
    Morris On
  2. The Albion BandGresford Disaster
    Rise Up Like The Sun
  3. Fairport ConventionDoctor Of Physick
    Full House
  4. Richard ThompsonThe Angels Took My Racehorse Away
    Henry The Human Fly
  5. Richard Thompson & Linda ThompsonThe Little Beggar Girl
    Live At The BBC
  6. FotheringayBanks Of The Nile
    No More Sad Refrains
  7. Thompson, RichardThe End Of The Rainbow
    I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight
  8. Richard Thompson/Linda ThompsonI Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight
    In Concert November 1975
  9. Fairport ConventionThe Hiring Fair
    The Woodworm Years
  10. Richard ThompsonI Misunderstood
    Ramble On! Uncut Cover CD – September 2014
  11. Fairport ConventionFlatback Caper
    Full House
  12. Thompson, RichardThe Great Valerio
    I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight
  13. Fairport ConventionSir Patrick Spens
    Liege & Lief [Deluxe Edition]
  14. Fairport ConventionBanks Of The Sweet Primroses
    Live At The BBC
  15. David BowieLife On Mars?
    The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou
  16. Fairport ConventionDirty Linen
    Full House
  17. Thompson, RichardWhen I Get To The Border
    I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight
  18. La’s, TheThere She Goes
    The La’s
  19. Fairport ConventionFlowers Of The Forest
    Full House
  20. Thompson, RichardDown Where The Drunkards Roll
    I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight
  21. Shirley Collins & Albion Country BandClaudy Banks
    No Roses
  22. Thompson, RichardWithered And Died
    I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight
  23. Fairport ConventionSloth
    Full House
  24. Richard ThompsonNobody’s Wedding
    Henry The Human Fly

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June 12th, 2016 at 12:24 am

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Music Monday – Part One – Radio Radio

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This sucky blog has been a bit moribund recently due to my lack of engagement with the outside world. No strike that, just a long, long winter and my body has made the leap1 from young to not-so-young, and with it, nagging health issues of various kinds that I won’t bore you with. Anyway, to jump start me writing here again, I’ve assigned myself topics based on the day, starting with Music Monday.

Overstuffed CD shelf
An Overstuffed CD Shelf.

I may be one of the last citizens of America who still purchases music CDs on a regular basis. Streaming music is well and good, I don’t participate. I’d rather indulge my nascent horder tendencies, and have my own copies of things, especially since “used” CDs sound identical to “new” CDs 99% of the time. I also have wider, more varied tastes than the streaming algorithms encourage. I’ve only dabbled with Spotify and the Apple Music channels, but an hour of music via Spotify seems artificially constricted to my ear. You can change your musical directions by seeding new stations, but every “next track” is via a linear progression from the preceding song.

When I am the DJ of my own radio station, which truth be told, runs 20 hours a day2 whether or not I’m in the room(s), I queue up 500 or 1,000 songs at a time. If you are listening to Radio Seth3, you should expect to hear deep cuts from Funkadelic followed by Alt-Country maesters The Jayhawks followed by Brahms concertos followed by outtakes from Led Zeppelin’s Physical Graffiti followed by whatever. Or 50 songs about rain, or 24 hours worth of David Bowie or Prince or Merle Haggard. Or albums released in 1985. Or albums released last year. I liberally use randomizing AppleScripts from AppleScript guru Doug Adams to top up my playlists, I change direction on a whim, and of course alter playlists when I have an audience4

CD shelf in need of an alphabetization project
CD shelf in need of an alphabetization project…

There was a mythical era in commercial radio when DJs had the freedom to play what they wanted. By the time I was interested in music, this FM free-form radio era seemed to be on its last legs, so I don’t actually know if there were radio stations that played all sorts of music with only the taste of the DJ linking them together, or if that is another bullshit myth perpetuated by aging Baby Boomers. I don’t even care, in my mind, there was such a time, and I want to have my own radio station that plays all the hits as defined by my own idiosyncratic charts.

CDs in need of a re-org
CDs in need of a re-org…

One last thing, the age of the CD box set has encouraged record labels and musicians to open their vaults, reissues and repackaging are attempts to cash-in, but also mean that much music is available that I’ve never heard before. I’m not one of those who claim “music today doesn’t have the same soul”, I seek out new music from current artists just as much as I seek out classic albums from garage rockers of the mid-1960s or obscure Nigerian funk musicians from the 1970s. I try not to have preconceptions over what I’ll explore, but of course, there is plenty of new and old music I am not interested in. As someone on Reddit said: 

People think old music is better than new music because people have already stopped listening to the old music that sucks

(click here to continue reading People think old music is better than new music because people have already stopped listening to the old music that sucks : Showerthoughts.)

Footnotes:
  1. stumble?? fall?? []
  2. until my Mac sleeps and iTunes pauses until morning []
  3. I use the Airfoil app to stream to different sets of speakers around my office and house depending upon set and setting []
  4. Not everyone is cool with Conet Project weirdness, or never ending guitar solos []

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May 2nd, 2016 at 2:41 pm

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Sticky Fingers

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Last night Sticky Fingers1 came up on my shuffler2. Within a millisecond of the opening riff of “Brown Sugar”, I instantly knew what I was listening too, and went into a reverie. Here’s an edited version…

Patience please
Patience please

I cannot quantify the number of times I’ve heard this album in my lifetime. When I was a child living in Toronto, or Frostpocket, whenever there were parties hosted by the Ragnarokr generation, Sticky Fingers was a frequently spun disc. When I was 8 or 9, Sticky Fingers was one of the albums I would play when I was alone in the house – I distinctly recall sitting on the Frostpocket front porch in a rocking chair listening, loudly, to Sticky Fingers played through the house speakers, reading some book or other, and not reading but just listening.

When our family moved to Austin when I was a teenager, I remember Sticky Fingers playing at dinner parties or other occasions for guests to mingle.

I started attending The University of Texas a few months after my 17th birthday, I also moved out of my parents’ house. My first financial aid check was blown on frivolities/necessities like a stereo for my car, and a receiver, speakers and record player for my apartment. Sticky Fingers was one of the first LPs that was played on that stereo system.

Chios - or Mutiny On The Aegean
Chios – or Mutiny On The Aegean

For a few years while a student at UT, on Saturday’s, I would go have breakfast with Honoria, strike poses (fully clothed) and she would sketch line drawings while we listened to music and chatted. Sometimes I brought friends, but mostly, just me and a few records made the journey. Sticky Fingers was a frequent companion. 

My friend Trey Buck3 would come over and we would spin records, drink wine, shoot the shit. Sticky Fingers was a frequent companion.

I made several dozen mix-tapes4 of music that played while I worked at Magnolia Cafe South, at least until the ASCAP people came by and harassed Kent Cole, the restaurant’s owner. Songs from Sticky Fingers were often in the mix.

I rebuilt my iTunes Library last in 2002, but since then, I’ve played songs from Sticky Fingers 122 times, using this particular library, or on an iPod/iPad/iPhone. This doesn’t take account of the many times the album or songs from it played in a car, either with a mix-CD, or someone else’s iPod on road trips.

Rolling Stones 1971

Like everyone, my musical tastes have changed over time, but surprisingly, Sticky Fingers has not gotten tiresome to me, despite the constant playing over my entire life. There aren’t many albums I can say the same about.

Footnotes:
  1. by The Rolling Stones, if you didn’t know []
  2. I use Doug Adamsshuffle random albums to playlist” AppleScript religiously to feed my iTunes jukebox []
  3. before he went insane []
  4. #71 is where I think I stopped, though the first five or six were less polished, made when I was too young to appreciate the wide gamut of music available []

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June 4th, 2015 at 8:56 pm

My Epitaph

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Birthday Hat

Birthday Hat

Ok, so it’s my birthday more or less. No need to congratulate me for living this long without jumping off a building, or swallowing a pistol, I’m happy to still be here on our decaying planet, more or less. If you see me, buy me some wine or something.

I think I discovered what my epitaph should be:

ok, so I learned how to play “Smoke on the Water” on ukulele, I should probably go to sleep now

Kohala Ukulele
Kohala Ukulele

And for no particular reason, some people you might of heard of who share this birth date, allegedly. We are all so similar…

  • 1770 – William Wordsworth, English poet
  • 1772 – Charles Fourier, French philosopher 
  • 1860 – Will Keith Kellogg, American businessman, founded the Kellogg Company
  • 1893 – Allen Dulles, American lawyer and diplomat, 5th Director of Central Intelligence 
  • 1897 – Walter Winchell, American journalist and broadcaster
  • 1915 – Billie Holiday, American singer-songwriter and actress 
  • 1920 – Ravi Shankar, Indian-American sitar player and composer
  • 1927 – Babatunde Olatunji, Nigerian-American drummer, educator, and activist
  • 1928 – James Garner, American actor, singer, and producer
  • 1931 – Daniel Ellsberg, American theorist and author
  • 1933 – Wayne Rogers, American actor, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1938 – Jerry Brown, American politician, 34th and 39th Governor of California
  • 1938 – Spencer Dryden, American drummer (Jefferson Airplane, New Riders of the Purple Sage, The Dinosaurs, and The Peanut Butter Conspiracy)
  • 1938 – Freddie Hubbard, American trumpet player and composer
  • 1939 – Francis Ford Coppola, American director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1939 – David Frost, English journalist and game show host
  • 1954 – Jackie Chan, Hong Kong actor, martial artist, director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1954 – Tony Dorsett, American football player
  • 1964 – Russell Crowe, New Zealand-Australian actor, singer, director and producer 

Written by Seth Anderson

April 6th, 2015 at 11:12 pm

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Random Friday – Desperados Waiting For A Train Edition

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A slightly different way to play the random music on a Friday game, I started with a song I wanted to hear, and used the Create Genius Playlist on my iPhone to generate a list. 

I’ve talked about my deep love for Guy Clark’s version of Desperados Waiting on A Train previously, instead of repeating that, I’ll just add that these songs do fit well together. Vocals and literate lyrics front and center, lots of stringed acoustic instruments, guitar, fiddle sometimes, lots of empty space. If I had been older instead of younger, I’d probably have seen all of these acts multiple times when I lived in Austin, as it is, I don’t remember ever seeing any of these acts live (maybe Joe Ely, but my memory is fuzzy). I really wish I had seen Townes Van Zandt at least once, his music can bring a tear to my eye.

  1. Clark, GuyDesperados Waiting For A Train
    Old No. 1
  2. Steve EarleMercenary Song
    Train A Comin’
  3. Townes Van ZandtPancho And Lefty
    Rear View Mirror
  4. Jerry Jeff WalkerPissin’ In The Wind
    20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: Best Of Jerry Jeff Walker
  5. Slaid CleavesBroke Down
    Broke Down
  6. Ray Wylie HubbardConversation With The Devil
    107.1 KGSR Broadcasts Vol. 7 (disc 2)
  7. Ely, JoeMe And Billy The Kid
    Live At Liberty Lunch
  8. Earle, SteveThe Mountain
    Just an American Boy
  9. Townes Van ZandtTecumseh Valley
    Live and Obscure
  10. Jerry Jeff WalkerDesperados Waiting For The Train
    Viva Terlingua
  11. Mary GauthierI Drink
    Bob Dylan – Theme Time 3 Drink
  12. Earle, StevePoncho And Lefty
    Townes

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March 21st, 2015 at 9:37 am

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Some Vine Jibber Jabbers

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Marty convinced me I should use Vine occasionally, so I’ve made a couple rank amateur posts to the service. Amusing, not deep. That is my motto after all.((irony alert))
If they auto play, I’ll shake my tiny fist at Marty…

 

Also a test to see if WordPress 3.7 is working correctly

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October 24th, 2013 at 7:28 pm

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Foreigner and Teenage Angst

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In Your Bubble Where Nothing Goes Wrong
In Your Bubble Where Nothing Goes Wrong

Andy Hinds review of Foreigner’s oeuvre made me chuckle.

Although punk rock’s furious revolution threatened to overthrow rock’s old guard in 1977, bands like Foreigner came along and proved that there was plenty of room in the marketplace for both the violent, upstart minimalism of punk and the airbrushed slickness of what would be called “arena rock.” Along with Boston, Journey, Heart, and others, Foreigner celebrated professionalism over raw emotion. And, looking back, it’s easy to see why they sold millions; not everyone in the world was pissed off, dissatisfied with the economy, or even necessarily looking for a change. In fact, for most suburban American teens, Foreigner’s immaculate rock sound was the perfect soundtrack for cruising through well-manicured neighborhoods in their Chevy Novas.

(click here to continue reading Foreigner – Foreigner : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic.)

I wouldn’t say that Battle Bend off of S. Congress in Austin was exactly well-manicured, it wasn’t really urban grit either. When I was a teenager living at 306 Sheraton Avenue, I had a copy of Foreigner’s Greatest Hits, on cassette tape. Amusingly enough, my friend and next door neighbor did have a car which might have been a Chevy Nova, or similar.


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June 6th, 2013 at 7:51 am

My Favorite Uploads to Flickr in April 2013

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 I thought last month’s total was light, but I only worked on 51 images in April, probably my least productive month in a long, long time. Although, two of these made Flickr Explore…

Flickr: Archive of your uploads to Flickr in April 2013.

I was fighting off a few illnesses1, plus my birthday, plus general slackitude. C’est la vie.

Without additional blah-blah, here are my personal favorites processed in April, 2013.

Constitution of the United States
Constitution of the United States

Hail To The Thief Redux
Hail To The Thief Redux

Byrrh
Byrrh
I have only had this once, at the bar at Arami while waiting for my table. I’m going to find a bottle of my own eventually.

Drink to the Men Who Protect You and I
Drink to the Men Who Protect You and I

While Your Traces Disappear
While Your Traces Disappear
I’ve mentioned this photo before. I made myself a 16″ x 20″ print mounted on bamboo from The Darkroom. Turned out nice.

Peel Back the Sky
Peel Back the Sky

Your Arms Were Shaking
Your Arms Were Shaking
I wonder how many photos of the West Loop at sunset I’ve taken? A lot, I’m sure.

My first ever Vesper
My first ever Vesper
James Bond doesn’t have the best taste in cocktails. Martinis should really be shaken, not stirred, so he got that right, but vodka and martini are two words that should never be joined in the same sentence.

Each Has His Burden
Each Has His Burden
Lovely white birch in front of the lovely Bahá’í Temple in Wilmette.

We Have Never Been Very Pure
We Have Never Been Very Pure
Manhattan Beach, LA. I’ve mentioned this photo before. I should make a print of it too.

Feel of rain in the face
Feel of rain in the face
Manhattan Beach, LA.

Birthday Pie
Birthday Pie
I wasn’t kidding, I did have a birthday this month. Cherry pie, of course.

Pinhole Self Portrait Circa 1994
Pinhole Self Portrait Circa 1994 I scanned this recently, unfortunately, the print is fairly damaged. Some friend of a friend who was a grad student at the ARTIC back in the mid-90s built the pinhole out of a coffee can, and brought a flash. I just posed.

Trust In Your Calling
Trust In Your Calling

Science Won't Change You
Science Won’t Change You

Take A Walk Through The Land of Shadows
Take A Walk Through The Land of Shadows

An Approximation of the Anticipation
An Approximation of the Anticipation

A Harmony Not Rarefied
A Harmony Not Rarefied

Footnotes:
  1. yes, plural []

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May 6th, 2013 at 1:05 pm

No You Cannot Use My Photo for Free Part 89

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 A/k/a Black Card Magazine wants free Photos.

Chicago Dog
Chicago Dog

I’ve gotten lazy about blogging the periodic requests to use my photos in a commercial setting without compensation. I have no concern with websites or blogs using my photos, even quasi-commercial sites like Chicagoist, Curbed Chicago, or the like, as long as these usages don’t require payment to view. In my reasoning, I get benefit from such exposure, not to mention I read most of these sites anyway, or could. However, printed use is different: the targeted audience has to pay a fee to read the magazine or book, thus I should get a slice of the pie. Does this make sense?

There have been several such inquiries since I last mentioned the subject, such as yesterday, when I received this email, marked URGENT.

I work as a writer for Black Card magazine. We are doing a feature on America’s Best Street Foods and we want to feature The Wiener’s Circle in Chicago.

They don’t have any images of their hot dogs, but I found the one on your flickr page. Was wondering if you might be willing to let us publish it in exchange for a photo credit in the article and a free copy of the magazine?

We are on an urgent deadline.

[redacted]

My first reaction was irritation at the forced urgency. Why do I have to rush to respond? I’m not the one who waited until the last minute to secure photographic rights for a story assigned months ago. An admission: I’m that guy on the highway who slows down when drivers tailgate me. Especially if I’m driving by myself, I’ll block irritating drivers from passing me for twenty minutes (alternatively slowing down and speeding up, as traffic changes) or longer. Unless you have a flashing siren on your vehicle, I doubt sincerely your time is any more valuable than mine, and no, I won’t get out of your way if you are rude. Of course, if Illinois caves in, and allows concealed handguns to be carried, I may alter my behavior. Probably not though. I hate being told to hurry up. I have enough deadlines of my own without incorporating yours as well.

Secondly, Black Card Magazine is a trade publication solely for the upper echelon – for instance, American Express’s Centurion Card, which requires cardholders willing to pay an annual fee of $2,500 just to have the card, plus a $7,500 application fee. Not for the peons, in other words. American Express had an operating income of $33,800,000,000 last year, I think they could afford to pay photographers if they chose to.

Wieners Circle Rages at the Dying of the Light
Wieners Circle Rages at the Dying of the Light

So I replied that I would be happy to allow one-time usage of my photograph for the fee of $800. I’m not holding my breath for a response (it’s been 24 hours).

the Wieners Family Crest
the Wieners Family Crest

Mmm Crunchy Chicago Dogs
Mmm Crunchy Chicago Dogs

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April 26th, 2013 at 12:06 pm

While Your Traces Disappear – Explored

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While Your Traces Disappear
While Your Traces Disappear

Cool! Another photo has made it into Flickr Explore, and with even more favorites than the last photo got.  I take and process photos every day, or attempt to, and I always do the best I can to transform the images into art. But prior to these two photos making Explore, I hadn’t been selected since April 2012. I realize the Explore algorithm is mostly computerized, and that there is an element of chance in making the cut – but still. Odd. And nice. 

Funny, as I only sort of randomly selected this photo of the CTA tracks near Graceland Cemetery as a means to test new perspective tools in the Lightroom 5 Beta, and then tweaked the image a bit using the Google Silver Efex Pro plugin. The subject is a bit of cliché to tell the truth – high contrast black and white image of shadow perspectives, yadda yadda. I’ve taken many similar photos that didn’t get so much appreciation from Flickreenos. Still, I am happy with how this one turned out…

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Or here to purchase a print for your own wall.

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April 17th, 2013 at 7:00 pm

An All Too Brief Austin Sojourn

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My dad turned 70 last weekend on the Ides of March, so without much consideration, I flew down to visit and help celebrate the occasion. I had forgotten that Austin was currently hosting SXSW, but since mostly the plan was just to hang out with family, SXSW turned out not to matter. Travel was a bit more crowded than a normal flight to Austin, but my plane was only 1/3 filled with hipsters. Like the two girls in front of me, who consumed at least 10 drinks each in the 3 hour flight, and discussed, with ever increasing volume their plans. I was amused to hear one admit that she was just going to leave her suitcase in a friend’s car, and keep a change of clothes with her as she found an evening companion. More power to her, I was young once. Her friend never once put her iPhone down, not even during the sacrosanct take off and landing times. The frazzled flight attendant just ignored this transgression.

George playing the piano
George playing the piano

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March 22nd, 2013 at 9:18 am

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Snow Gomper

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Spring might be close, but Chicago is still in the snow zone…

Money Isn't The Only Answer
Money Isn’t The Only Answer

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March 5th, 2013 at 12:22 pm

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February Friday Randomizer – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot Edition

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Feb Friday Randomizer
Feb Friday Randomizer album covers

Today’s edition of Random iTunes Friday has been brought to you by the letters Y, H and F…

  1. Baaba MaalSouka Nayo (I Will Follow You)
    Nomad Soul
    • part of the charm of this track is Baaba Maal’s voice contrasted against his female chorus. I wouldn’t go as far as saying this is traditional Senegalese music, more of modern pop with Senegalese accents.
  2. PavementAngel Carver Blues/ Mellow Jazz Docent
    Westing (By Musket And Sextant)
    • and now for something completely different…can one write about Pavement without resorting to such cliches as angular guitar? Hmm. I’ve listened to this song hundreds of times over the years, and I still have no idea what it is about.
  3. Conet Project, ThePhonetic Alphabet – NATO
    The Conet Project: Recordings of Shortwave Numbers Stations
    • If you like scratchy radio recordings of an accented woman repeating “Yankee, Hotel, Foxtrot” over and over, before switching to some other phrases equally as opaque, this is a great track for you. I’m guessing Jeff Tweedy is a fan…
  4.  

    Six Planes Over Marina City
    Six Planes Over Marina City

  5. Talking HeadsThe Great Curve
    The Name Of This Band Is Talking Heads
    • If you haven’t picked up a copy of this live album, and you like The Talking Heads, then what is wrong with you? Dense, unrelenting grooves, a band at the peak of their power, expanded touring lineup and all. Love it. Adrian Belew goes wild on the electric guitar.
  6. Stills, StephenSong Of Love
    Manassas
    • probably the last interesting Stephen Stills album, at least that I’ve heard. Catchy tune.
  7. Camper Van BeethovenAmbiguity Song
    Telephone Free Landslide Victory
    • agh, takes me back to my callow youth in Austin. “Everything seems to be up in the air at this time.”
  8. WireFragile
    Pink Flag
    • ooh, a double angular guitar cliche in one sitting! This great song is only 1:18 long though.
  9. Williams, LucindaChanged The Locks
    Live @ The Fillmore
    • live, this song is a lot more powerful than the original version. Ms. Williams voice is on the verge of hoarseness, but she muscles through.
  10. AC/DCIf You Want Blood (You’ve Got It)
    Highway To Hell
    • Angus Young has some fun with Bon Scott…an update of The Doors song, Peace Frog. Now that I think about it, I’m pretty sure this is the very first album I ever purchased with my own money – on cassette tape no less. I was living in cultural wasteland of East Texas, going to middle school, but this album helped ameliorate some of the ennui.
  11. Temptations, TheDon’t Let The Joneses Get You Down
    Psychedelic Soul
    • a good sentiment, and a great, funky track
  12. Big Bill BroonzyGlory Of Love
    Uncut: Soul & Fire – Compiled By Paul Weller
    • Paul Weller has good musical taste, this is a favorite song of mine as well. Great acoustic blues guitar too. Don’t confuse it with the pop tune by Peter Cetera.
  13. Coup5 Million Ways To Kill A CEO
    Party Music
    • a Proto-Occupy Wall Street song, though with a little more imagined violence against CEOs than Occupy would be comfortable with.

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February 22nd, 2013 at 10:08 am

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Adding A Signature To My Photos

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If you pay attention to my photographs, I usually sign my name on each image, usually somewhere in the lower right hand corner, shadows permitting. I have a Photoshop action that selects the font tool, and types out my signature in a new layer. I use the Move tool, and drag the signature somewhere not too obnoxious.

Way back in the dark ages of the internet, there was a small company that advertised in various computer magazines. Basically, for $30 (I think), you drew out each letter in the alphabet, upper case and lower case, numbers, some additional characters, and your signature. RAILhead Fonts hand-coded a personal font for you in Macromedia Fontographer, and then sent it to you as a TrueType font on a floppy disc. Since the formats of fonts haven’t changed significantly, I can still use that font on my current computer, over 15 years later.

They did a decent job capturing my scrawl, I do still write almost like this:

A few letters from my handwrithing font
A few letters from my handwrithing font.PNG

There are other methods of signing your image – you could scan a piece of paper that you signed and use that as a stamp. Or even take a digital photograph and use that. Or use a tablet, etc. My way is preferable, and scaleable, since fonts are vectors, I can change the size of the signature so that it is proportional to the photograph.

You Too Will Eventually Disappear
You Too Will Eventually Disappear

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February 18th, 2013 at 10:03 am

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Favorite Photos from January 2013

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I’m vowing to do a better job of posting my personal photo favorites uploaded to Flickr each month. I started this last year, but then got lazy, and didn’t post every month. Yadda yadda, 17/83 is 20%…

Archives / Posted in / 2013 / January (83 items)

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Lusty Leaves Quite Gone

Lusty Leaves Quite Gone
Lincoln Park

Not Everything Matters As Much As You Think It Does
Not Everything Matters As Much As You Think It Does

I Know You Want To Dance Polapan Blue
I Know You Want To Dance Polapan Blue

Kodak Cameras and Film
Kodak Cameras and Film

I’ve Waited Patiently For You
I’ve Waited Patiently For You

Do Just What You Used To Do
Do Just What You Used To Do


Urban Melodrama
Urban Melodrama

The Muttering Retreats of Restless Nights
The Muttering Retreats of Restless Nights

Don't Let Me Change Your Mind
Don’t Let Me Change Your Mind

Elevator to Gallows
Elevator to Gallows

Murphy Car
Murphy Car

Ice Age in the West Loop
Ice Age in the West Loop

Passing Strangers
Passing Strangers

Your Forgotten Melodies
Your Forgotten Melodies

Manhattan Beach
Manhattan Beach

Union Station - LA
Union Station – LA

Dome and globe, Los Angeles Central Library
Dome and globe, Los Angeles Central Library

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February 6th, 2013 at 4:26 pm