Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Barack Obama: President-Elect of the United States

FiveThirtyEight.com: Electoral Projections Done Right: Barack Obama President-Elect of the United States

Congratulations Mr. Obama.
This is the first time I've actually wanted to vote FOR someone. I'm glad to see that my vote for you didn't jinx it.
No pressure or anything, but, don't screw this up.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Welcome to Sucksville: The Mostly Useless Rotting America Podcast (Now with 33% More Less!!)

Rotting Audio Sound Recordings - The Podcast

Podcast #2 (Shaft enlargement at a fraction of the price) (29'10")
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Z-Phantom 4 - Laying Down The Law
... - D. Davis

Inhale - 10.11.90
I recorded the guitar and bass for this around 1993 or so. It was the second or third song I ever "wrote" and was originally intended for the band that Jeff Bellew, Dan Woodward, and I started ("Mean Mr. Mustard" or "The Dave Remus Love Removal Machine") which eventually morphed into Nevergreen (sans Woodward). The lyrics are adapted from a short story I wrote that was a bit darker and certainly more "metal". For instance, aside from namechecking several metal bands and quoting AC/DC lyrics, the original story refers to eternal hellfire rather than "colors". See, told you. While working on the second Inhale CD, I gave the lyrics and music to co-worker Beth Reiland. I envisioned her reciting the words over the music, but she came back with an actual melody and turned this into the first and only Inhale folk song. And now a couple of words about the title: wake up. - V. Hernandez

The Sirago 17 - I Don't Know
A never quite finished instrumental recorded in August of 1994. Open tuned acoustic guitar. I particularly like what's going on with the bass at a few points. This was obviously before I started "learning" how to play, since I'm doing something other than your standard blues scales. I think there's even a seventh in there. Or is that a ninth...? I wish I had finished the lyrics, as I think there's a nice little tune here. - C. Reid

I Am Not The Janitor - Fly
Recorded live at one of our final practices. It's a cover of a Z-Phantom 4 track...which is Dan...so, does that count as a cover if it's his own material? - C. Reid

Swordfish II - Follow (anti-G Remix)
Regarding Follow Remix, I went looking for the original tracks to pick out some of the nuances, but it looks as though it was yet another victim of Western Digital quality control. Have I mentioned that they are motherfuckers? Well, it bears repeating... What I remember was that Doug did most of it and then gave it to me and I added the main sample- an edited version of the Royal Tenenbaums post suicide attempt scene. I had to run the sample through a few filters in an effort to get rid of the two Rolling Stones songs that play underneath the scene which only sort of worked. I also moved some of Doug's samples around slightly and tweaked levels. I like it and I remember taking it to work and playing it for Doug and he liked it too, so there you go. - V. Hernandez

Blind Dog - My Blues
Blind Dog is the lead bottle player in the Hound Dog Blues Revue. This rare archival solo recording was made in October 93 during his brief electric period. I think the guitar was tuned with the A string dropped to G and the E string dropped down to C, but I could be mistaken. It was 15 years ago, after-all. - C. Reid

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Welcome to Sucksville: The Mostly Useless Rotting America Podcast (Now with 33% More Less!!)

Rotting Audio Sound Recordings - The Podcast

Podcast #1 (in which Doris gets her oats) (31'13")
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The Sirago 17 - Bedspins (M3 Demo)
Recorded during the peak of my Brad Laner 4-Track Distortion phase. I really have no idea how some of these sounds were created, as they're not on the individual tracks. I think there was even a 4th verse buried at the end somewhere. I really don't remember. This was later re-recorded more conventionally and included on the Tooth And Nail Records ArtCore Compilation and, in a slightly remixed form, on the No-Fi Records DroneOn Compilation. - C. Reid

Twin Cam Akiko - Look Alive
I don't remember much about this at all. As a matter of fact, this is one of my songs that I didn't have until this here podcast. I vaguely remember Chris and/or Vance asking me to write something for the website, but that's about it. I also remember that the entire thing was done on Fruity Loops - and it was recorded at my old apartment in Clovis, Ca. It's about a robot wanting to be a real person. A SF Pinocchio story. I am incredibly interested in A. I., simulacra, and the fiction of Philip K. Dick, and it seems likely that this song was inspired by things such as these. - D. Davis

I Am Not The Janitor - The Sun Doesn't Seem So Far
Written after reading an interview with Wayne Coyne, of Flaming Lips fame, a huge influence on my own music. He said that he was not mad, nor on drugs, yet. I like the inclusion of the word "yet." Robert Anton Wilson once said that the word "yet" is an important word because it leaves open the possibility of something to happen; it turns a negative into a positive. "I have not found the Chupacabra," becomes "I have not found the Chupacabra, yet!" - D. Davis

Inhale - A Strangely Shining Light
I'm proud of this one. I like the guitar tone, the riffs, and the little ad-libs that lead into the "chorus". The guitar that ends the song was recorded a few days after the main part of the song was completed. After realizing that the song needed that tag on the end, I quickly made up the guitar part, ran through it a couple times, and recorded it then and there. It shows- it's a little bit shaky. The voice is a reading of the short story "Sredni Vashtar" that is shortened, processed, and rearranged to fit somewhat on the drum beats. There was a version of this song that included bass as played by Dan Davis, however, it was lost due to hard drive failure. God bless you Western Digital, you fuckers. - V. Hernandez

The Sirago 17 - Dreams
I decided once that I wanted to record a rainstorm. Years later, I went to use it and discovered I had, in the interim, recorded a guitar solo on another track. I really don't remember, but it's a very soothing number. - C. Reid

Inhale - Crawl, Claw, And Scrape
This track was created by taking my portable recorder and letting the microphone hang near my feet as I walked to a nearby field and proceeded to dig in the ground with a small shovel. Oh what a sight that must have been- good thing I did it under cover of night. At 1:00 in the morning. Nope, nothing odd about that at all... The text near the end is part of something I wrote while living in a lousy apartment in between two batshit crazy neighbors: "I live next door to nothing / I hate my neighbors / sometimes I can feel the crawling / and clawing / and scraping / and the bugs starting to take over." Good times, good times. - V. Hernandez

Fight Song - Rotting America
My brother and I on a Bacardi evening....paying tribute ...plus it makes a really great song title! - J. Kilby

Monday, August 11, 2008

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Damn it.

Bernie Mac. You made me laugh even when I had no idea what the hell was coming out of your mouth.

The Comedy Feed » Comedian Bernie Mac Dies At 50

Monday, June 30, 2008

Tagged! Seven songs and seven blogs

It appears that I have been tagged.
This will require thinking. And taking those thoughts and translating them to words. Harumph...

OK, the seven (added as thought of)

  1. All Together Now (The Beatles)
    I recently showed our Maiya the Yellow Submarine DVD and she fell in love with it. I thought it might be a bit much for her, what with the whole psychedelic thing, but no, she completely digs it. Anyway, listening to her sing this at the top of her lungs is genuine joy.
  2. Tommy Gun Angel (Bardo Pond)
    Currently the most frequently plaid song on the Ipod (plaid? try played - ed.). I rediscovered this a few months back when I digitized my Lapsed LP on my then-new USB turntable. I'm not sure I actually ever listened to this all the way through when I first bought it back when...
  3. Wrote A Song For Everyone (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
    As I was digitizing this album, I had a vision of listening to this song with my dad whilst sharing an herbal jazz cigarette. And that makes no sense whatsoever. But it has that kind of feeling to it. I was also envisioning those hippy beads that people would hang in doorways. Which makes less sense. So, there's that.
  4. No, I Don't Remember Guildford (Robyn Hitchcock)
    Another rediscovered gem. This edged out the equally worthy N.Y. Doll only by viture of having a higher play count on the Ipod.
  5. Golden Slumbers (The Beatles)
    The "Smiles awake you when you rise" bit makes my goosebumps get goosebumps.
  6. I Believe (When I Fall In Love It Will Be Forever) (Stevie Wonder)
    Sappy? Sure. So what?
  7. New Mind (Swans)
    The one that started it all for me.

2 months ago, Pleasure Avalanche or Mutiny In Heaven by The Birthday Party would be battling for position here...last month it would've been something off of the last 3 Nick Cave albums...tomorrow, I could probably come up with a completely different list.

And since the only person I know who blogs is the one who tagged me, I'll hope that 7 random people stumble upon this and go forth and do it themselves.
“List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they’re not any good, but they must be songs you’re really enjoying now, shaping your spring. Post these instructions in your blog along with your 7 songs. Then tag 7 other people to see what they’re listening to.”

Wednesday, June 25, 2008


Alexander "Xander" Franklin Reid
13 June 2008
(Friday the 13th!)

Shares a birthday with:
Malcolm McDowell
The Olsen Twins
Rochelle Davis (The Crow)
Rivers Cuomo
Laura Kightlinger
Stellan SkarsgÄrd
Ban Ki-Moon
Ralph McQuarrie
Ben Johnson
Basil Rathbone
William Butler Yeats
James Clerk Maxwell (Scottish physicist)
Gerald Gardner (British occultist)
Paul Lynde
Whitley Strieber
Ally Sheedy
1983 - Pioneer 10 becomes the first man-made object to leave the solar system.



He's not smiling, it's just gas

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Dear Customer

More Bullshit

Thank you for your e-mail. Effective immediately the VOOM HD line-up can no longer be viewed by our customers. DISH Network continues to be the leader in providing the best movies, sports and entertainment in High Definition. In order to provide you with top quality entertainment, DISH Network continually evaluates and at times, makes changes to our channel line-up. We plan to use this opportunity to introduce exciting new HD channels offering a breadth and depth of programming that better complements our already robust HD offerings.
DISH Network understands it may feel like DISH is removing your favorite programming, but check out the comparable HD programming that is available!
VOOM Channel
Alternative Programming
Channel #
Monsters HD
Chiller (Only available in SD)
Rave HD
Rush HD
Universal HD, HD Net
9427, 9422
Specific HD Movies
HD Net Movies, Universal HD, and Premiums in HD
9423, 9427

Also check out the following exciting new channels that will be available in the DISH HD Package!
· ABC Family HD (DISH Network Ch. 180)
· Biography HD (Ch. 119)
· Bravo HD (Ch. 129)
· Cartoon HD (Ch. 176)
· Cinemax 5 Star (Ch. 381)
· Cinemax HD West (Ch. 380)
· Comcast Sports Network Bay Area HD (Ch. 419)*
· Comcast Sports Network New England HD (Ch. 435)*
· CNBC HD (Ch. 208)
· CNN HD (Ch. 200)
· Disney HD East (Ch. 172)
· ESPNews HD (Ch. 142)
· Hallmark Movie Channel HD (Ch. 187)
· MGM HD (Ch. 385)
· Sci Fi HD (Ch. 122)
· Smithsonian HD (Ch. 374)
· Tennis Channel HD (Ch. 400)
· Toon Disney HD (Ch. 174)
· Travel Channel HD (Ch. 215)
· USA HD (Ch. 105)
· Weather Channel HD (Ch. 214)
· World Fishing Network HD (Ch. 396)

*Launch Wednesday, May 14

Watch for even more high definition channels over the upcoming weeks as DISH Network grows to over 100 national HD channels by end of year. For additional information please visit HYPERLINK "http://www.dishnetwork.com/HDupdate"www.DishNetwork.com/HDupdate. Thank you for being a DISH Network customer.

Your business is greatly appreciated and we thank you for allowing us to be of assistance to you. If you have any further questions or concerns, please refer to www.dishnetwork.com or reply to this email.


DISH Network E-Care

I like the part where they recommend a standard definition channel to replace Monsters HD. Thanks guys.
Also: "DISH Network understands it may feel like DISH is removing your favorite programming" - It not only FEELS like you are, you actually HAVE removed them.
Even better is the fact that EchoStar owns VOOM's satellite.
This is why we can't have nice things.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Dish Network drops VOOM HD


Dear Dish Network,
Why have you removed the VOOM Channels from the HD lineup? Those channels were one of the primary reasons we upgraded to your HD package. While they had their problems - mainly a seemingly small selection of programming at any given time - they were the channels I watched most. Many of your other "HD" channels merely stretched standard 4x3 programming to fill the 16x9 frame, or just crop the tops and bottoms of 4x3 shows. Now I see there are more sports channels (including Tennis and Golf channels?) - which I'm not interested in - and a Weather Channel HD...but Monsters HD, Kung Fu HD, and Rave are not popular? And The Fishing Network? Really? Please re-instate the VOOM channels.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Douglas Adams (56if)

Used to listen to Hitchhikers Guide on Valley Public Radio either before or after the Star Wars radio show back whenever that was...81? Then, of course, I got the books. Then the TV show. Then more books. Then the movie - OK, I haven't actually seen the whole movie yet, but Zooey Deschanel's in it, so it can't be all bad.
So, happy birthday Mr Adams.

And now, a couple of quotes:
A learning experience is one of those things that say, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that.'

I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they go by.

There is a theory which states that if anybody ever discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.

In the beginning the universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move.

It is a well-known fact that those people who most want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it... anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.

And a few more here: Douglas Adams - Wikiquote

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Maiya's solid gold fave raves

...this week, anyway...

The Byrds "Mr. Tambourine Man

The Raymond Scott Quintette "Powerhouse"

The Dilettantes "Ready To Go"
(or, as she calls it "The Wuh-uh-oh Song")

The Specials "A Message To You Rudy"

Beat Takeshi in "Pac-Man"

Human Tetris
(courtesy of Japan Probe http://www.japanprobe.com/?p=2594)

Monday, February 25, 2008

Dear Mr. Reid:

Thank you for writing regarding the Bush Administration's request for legislation that would provide immunity for telecommunications companies that are alleged to have provided assistance to the National Security Agency after September 11, 2001. I appreciate your thoughts on this topic, and welcome the opportunity to respond.

On February 12, 2008, the Senate passed legislation to amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (FISA). I voted against that legislation.

During the Senate's debate, I introduced an amendment on the Senate floor that would limit the grant of immunity. Under my amendment, cases against the telecommunications companies would go to the FISA Court for judicial review. The companies would only receive immunity if the FISA Court found that the alleged assistance was not provided, that assistance met legal requirements, or that a company had a good faith, reasonable belief that assistance was legal.

I believe this approach strikes the correct balance: it maintains court review and a judicial determination of whether companies provided assistance that they should have known violated the law.

I also offered an amendment to restore FISA's exclusivity, to ensure that no surveillance program can proceed outside the law in the way that the Terrorist Surveillance Program did for more than five years. Unfortunately, neither amendment was adopted.

The House and Senate are now trying to reach agreement on a bill that all parties can support. I strongly hope that the negotiations will provide an alternative to full telecom immunity and include strong language on the exclusivity of FISA, as I believe it is important to have judicial review of this very important issue.

Again, thank you for writing. I hope that you will continue to write on matters of importance to you. Best regards.

Sincerely yours,
Dianne Feinstein
United States Senator

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Dear Ms. Feinstein...

I read today that you were one of the 69 who voted Yea on the bill that would allow the telecoms to receive amnesty for helping the warrantless wiretapping of U.S. Citizens. I was going to compose an angry letter, but then I thought: "Why bother?" It's not like you people in congress really care at all about what we mere citizens think anyway, right? As long as you get re-elected, that's all that matters.
"Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." (attributed to Benjamin Franklin)

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