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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

that dog.


that dog.


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hiya there hookers! i'm super excited cuz this here rag just reached 15,000 views a few days ago! shit yeah! i'm was really happy about that and it got me thinking of ways i can be less lazy and stay on top of the ol bloggy with some "theme" posts. i love writing for this schniz but then i get all forgetful and procrastinaty about it and end up neglecting it. to avoid that i decided that from now on i'm going to try to profile a band every tuesday since that is traditionally when new releases come out every week. not that i'm going to be focusing on that exclusively but yeah. i had a lot of fun doing the january series so i figure a little schedule will help me stay active and writing more. yep! so for the for the first band i decided to write about the way underrated  90s power pop quartet, that dog cuz i've always had a soft spot for them. i've never really met too many other people who even know who they are and those who i have met kind of dismiss them as writing all love songs and stuff about boys. i guess yeah that is true, their lyrics were pretty fluffy, gooey, and about crushes, but i don't really mind that actually. it's cute and it worked for them. and i of course always just imagine she's singing about girls instead of boys. hahahaha. what is more surprising about this band though and what i love about them so much, is that their music is anything but bubble gummy and cutesy. they have a distinct powerful twist to their sound with aggressive crunchy guitar licks and fuzzed out bass at key points [and slippery non-distort bass lines at other points]. add petra haden's expert violin accents, tony maxwell's solid drumming, and pile on the lush three part harmonies, and you've got a recipe for a really great and crisp ensemble. they broke up after their last album retreat from the sun but re-united in 2011 to play some shows out on the west coast. i really hope they do some new material and also make their way out here cuz i'd love to catch them live!

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randomy...

-violinst/vocalist petra haden and bassist/vocalist rachel haden are not identical twins, they are actually identical TRIPLETS along with their sister tanya haden who is a cellist [and married to jack black] the triplets have performed together as the haden triplets and are the daughters of jazz bassist charlie haden who was just recently honored with a lifetime achievement award at the 2013 grammy's.
-the sisters have fortunately kept very busy after that dog. in addition to the above mentioned group with their sister, they have contributed to a large number of acts, most prominently rachel touring as a singer and keyboardist in 2001 with jimmy eat world and petra playing on the green day track "hitchin a ride" from nimrod. she was also a member of the decemberists and recorded petra haden sings: the who sell out completely a capella., which is super awesome cuz like yo, you don't realize what she's doing at first, but then it sinks in that she's doing ALL of the instruments and stuff with just her voice. that is not an easy feat to pull off. pete townshend praised the album very highly and i don't know if an endorsement gets much better than that! [for more info, follow the sister's wiki links to see all of the stuff they've done. it is  A LOT]
-the haden sisters have also both been involved with the rentals at various points over the band's eighteen year history. i always said their first record return of the rentals was out ten years before its time.
-i kinda had a bit of a crush on rachel when i first started listening to them. haha. i think it was her super short haircut that did it! haha
-lead singer/guitarist anna waronker has also stayed busy, lending her talents to film and television scores including dawson's creek [i've never seen an episode of that show and i never will!] and josie and the pussycats. she has also produced records, acted, and released three solo efforts [again, follow her wiki link cuz she has done a lot]
-that dog.'s final album, retreat from the sun was originally intended to be waronker's first solo album
-anna's brother, joey waronker is a very well regarded session and touring drummer. his most high profile gigs were recording and touring with beck and R.E.M. i would be remiss if i didn't mention he plays left handed. haha
-their song "never say never" was featured in the season four episode of buffy the vampire slayer "the initiative" it is playing in the background at the frat party when willow and riley are talking [this is also the same episode with the infamous xander/harmony slow motion slapping match! hahahahahhaha]
-one time i was hanging out with a girl i had a crush on and had a stack of cd's in my car [we're talking pre-ipod days here! haha], the top one being that dog's album totally crushed out and i asked her to hold them for me as we drove somewhere. after the fact, when we officially got together, she asked me if i had done that intentionally and i actually hadn't! it was just a funny coincidence.

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"back of my mind" [i love the snap, crackle, and pop of this song. the guitar is super jangly, the tom work on the drums is insistent and superb, and the vocal harmonies are off the charts. two minutes of bliss yo]


"he's kissing christian" [this was the first song by them i ever heard when i was fourteen. my dad and i had been out one day and i was surely jibber jabbering about music [i had just started playing drums and was obsessed with music. not much has changed! haha] and he asked me "are there a lot of female violin players in rock n roll bands?" and i was like "rock bands don't have violin players!" hahaha. well i was wrong cuz that night i turned on 120 minutes and this video came on! haha. it wasn't quite like anything else i had heard at that point and i loved it at first listen. i love the slinky opening bassline, the wall of fuzz, and the taunting line "come out, come out wherever you are!" i was fortunately able to track down the record fairly quickly and rock it out]

 
"never say never" [love the fuzzed out vibe of this. the keys, the harmonies, the drive all make this song a little slice of pop mastery]
 
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fin -xo hoos!
 
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Friday, February 15, 2013

dead battery


BAST [nyc 2002]

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i looked to my left and a dead battery was the first thing i saw. haha. since i haven't had something to write about every single day, i predictably have become lazy with the blog again. ugh! i really want to keep up with it so i'm thinking about doing specific "theme" days and doing certain things on set days of the week. could be interesting, right? i've also been pretty busy. i'm prepping work for THREE new shows [all in jersey city, nj-more details when i have them] and have been doing customizations to some toy ukelele's and guitars. i will be starting up a blog for that soon actually, so you peeps can scope my creations. but yeah being busy is a good thing, can't complain! now if only i could generate some cash from all of my activities....soon, i feel it coming soon. alright then, on to some random goodness!

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randomy...

-i mentioned last post that i had gotten back in action at my full drumkit last week for the first time since october. it was so great to be playing again and i jammed out on my own for a bit. then a few days later i played with a sex pistols cover band and had a blast! it was a ton of fun and it will eventually be turning into a full band with gigs and stuff once the guitarist moves back to the area which will be in a few months. then violet hour had practice on weds and it was incredible!!! it was like i had never been away from my kit at all and i went right back into it. we rocked the fukk out!!! i  revamped some of my parts and added in some rad fills in places to add in a little extra flair. we have six new songs in various stages of completion and will be finishing them up over the next few weeks so we can start playing them live as well as getting them recorded. can't wait for that shit!
-i'm listening to a punk rock tribute to nirvana. it is pretty horrible. hahaha. dee dee ramone's version of "negative creep" is particularly awful. hahahaha
-oooooo remember in the last post when i said i was super bummed cuz i missed out on getting breeders tickets???? well HELLLLL FUKKIN YEAH i was able to get them afterall!!!!! wooot! i had to get them for philly, but i don't care, i love going down there and do so very rarely these days so it's two for one! yayayayayayay!!!!!!
-i got tired of songs i wanted on youtube for sharing purposes on this shit and fb not actually being there so i decided to get slick about it! haha. yep, i DL'd a super simple program to make slide videos and all i have to do is drag and drop the art in and the song file and poof! about thirty seconds later, i have a vid ready to post to youtube that i can then share with you hookers! pretty freakin rad yo!
-i just caught le tigre on tour: who took the bomp? on netflix. it was pretty good and i friggen love how kathleen hanna is so sarcastic and funny during interviews and shit. hahahaha
-speaking of KH, i decided to pick up the 20th anniversary of bikini kill's first ep on vinyl. i have all the songs digitally of course but i just got to thinking that i wanted to have it as an art piece almost. there is also a foldout with reproductions of excerpts from the zines of the period and photos as well
-i will be posting pics of all of the above mentioned new art and like i said, will have a separate bloggy to show case my customization schniz
-two of my cats are snugglers, bella-bop and thomas and they like to help out when i'm writing blog posts. hahaha. this entry is no exception! hahaha

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corin tucker

i found this pic on my phone. i forgot i had taken it when i went to see her this last september. i wonder why i didn't post it when i took it? hmmm.

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escucha!



tracy & the plastics "city" [i wish she/they were still around. this was the brain child of one artist, wynne greenwood, who played all of the members of the band as well as made the music. when played live, she played the character of tracy live in person and used a video screen with prerecorded footage of the other two band members, nicky and cola. she would then interact with the other characters to create the experience of everyone actually being there at once. i saw her play several times when i lived in olympia, wa as she lived there at the same time. i didn't get it at first and didn't like it, but then i came around and found i really enjoyed it. i remember one show she went completely against her convention and didn't do videos but rather got two friends to dress up as nicky and cola and perform with her. it was pretty friggen rad. haha. she stopped performing as T&tP in 2006 but she is still doing visual art as far as i know]


"at the gold" [ we're modern but we're not so modern. a song about the snootyness of art]

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fin. -xo hoos

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Friday, February 8, 2013

snow day


[olympia, wa 2005]

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howdy bitches!!! it's been over a week since i updated this. i wanted to post a recap of 31 days, 31 bands, but i guess i just got sidetracked cuz i have a buncha art shit going on. though i didn't post every single day like i had originally wanted to [i was sick with the flu for a week and didn't feel like thinking at all] i made up for it by doing some multiband posts so i met my goal of number of bands. all in all it was a lot of fun digging up and researching stuff and i also enjoyed working in photoshop a lot to get the pics up and stuff. according to the tracker on this here schniz, the top three most popular posts of the series were : sleater-kinney, fugazi, and a tie between "thank you for being a friend" and "still no words". green day came in fourth and the lunachicks came in fifth. pretty sweet! it was a lot of fun to do it and i think i'll continue to profile a specific band, maybe once a week or something cuz there were sooooo many bands i wanted to write about but just didn't have the time to do so. if you sluts have any suggestions on bands you wanna see on here, feel free to comment and let me know!

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randomy...

-i sat down at my drumkit and played yest for the first time since october when i hurt my hand. man did it feel good! i was a slight bit rusty, but i shook it off in five minutes. AND!!!!! my hand didn't bother me at all and i rocked out for quite a while [i don't remember sweating so much when i played as a kid! hahaha] it's good to be back at the full set, though i did really enjoy the few months of playing just a snare with brushes and mallets, cuz it helped me open up and think a lot more detail wise and see my parts in different ways which is really rad and i'm going to translate that back to the kit.
-damnit!!! i'm so pissed! the breeders are playing a show in nyc with the classic last splash lineup and i soooooo want to go but it sold out like in five seconds. grrrr!!!!! i hope they add more dates to meet the demand. grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
-i have a hankering to watch gremlins but steve can't find his copy. boo!
-i just bought a hulk hogan action figure on ebay because i can. hahaha.
-violet hour has some big plans!!! we've written FIVE new songs, and are goin to be tweaking a few of our older tunes and have plans to add some distinct flair to our sound with effects and such. we are going to start recording stuff in march for an EP and i can't waaaaait!!!! i'm also going to start singing more, yikes!!! we will be playing out again starting in march, and have three dates booked as of now [including my 32nd bday bash in april!!!] woot!!! i will also be playing a solo gig in march, so i'll post details on those gigs as soon as it gets closer.
-i despise snow!!!
-i just got a really rad mini photo scanner [it does up to 8x10] so i can finally start scanning my old vintage prints and a lot more quickly and easily than on my flat bed scanner. it scans at high res and looks really good too. it can scan 35mm film as well which is exciting cuz i have TONS of film to go through and digitize. too bad it doesn't do medium and large format film too. oh well.
-i've been obsessing over homemade guitars lately, ever since i bought a three string cigar box guitar. i'm currently gathering materials to make a kick ass one myself...i hope i don't eff it up! hahaha

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"unlucky lucy" [mixed media collage on 8-track cassette tape]

one of my new pieces! i've been working on a lot more visual stuff lately cuz i really neglected it in 2012 and i miss it. this piece is part of a set of four and is currently on display at LITM in jersey city along with another two pieces. i've got some other shows in the works for later this month and into march and am working on two rad series of pieces. i'll post pics when they are complete and also info on the shows too!

a little history...
that sour puss little girl is smack dab in the middle of my mom's 1955 kindergarten picture and i fell in love as soon as i saw it. that face is pricelessssssss!!!!!! what a little frump!!!! hahaha VH plans to use her as a possible album/ep cover as well.


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escucha!


cale parks "wet paint" [dreamy and captivating, i adore this song]


"every week ends" [i love the live drum intro on this and the smattering of them throughout the song. he is a drummer/percussionist first and foremost, and plays in the band aloha who are quite fantastic]

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fin -xo hoos!

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