He should have sold out...
We met on one of the home recording forums, I forget which one.
My partner had already recorded some guitar backing tracks. Like a chord sequence, or sequence of rifss, etc He played them out in a song structure, and sent me a rough mix as a computer file.
I then wrote lyrics/melody to match the chord sequences, and recorded several versions of them, including lead vocals & backing vocals, and sent them back as a computer file.
I also told him if he need to rearrange the order of the bits, e.g.
If the original sequences of riffs was say
I might have said, I need you to make
22114355 - where 55 was a requested new bit, or something
Or something like that.
So you see how 1 became 11, what I did was record two versions of me singing that bit, one version has the words for the first 1, one has the words for the second 1
So then we had to chop up and re-arrange the bits of the song to match the order of my lyrics / recorded vocals, send them back and forth.
Until we got the finished structure of the song.
Then we did vocal and guitar over-dubs using the same technique.
Then we did rough mixes, and final mixes, against sending them back and forth.
And then we kept doing it. Eventually we got about 18 songs, some of which have two or three different mixes.
Magic Friday with Jamie Grant
Jamie D. Grant is corporate magician who also sells decks of cards in glass bottles. Magic Friday is his weekly magic review show where he performs a trick up to 50 times in a day and then shows the trick to the camera and describes how well it performed. I really like this approach because the review comes from a working magician and is tested on real people. He has one friend named "Angry" Bob who is knowledgeable about how magic works but is really grouchy and he reports how well the trick did on him. His show is really good! Check it out here!
My first sweat lodge experience
Native American spirituality is very big in my part of the world (Eastern Oregon). For years I have heard many of my friends talking about going to Native ritual ceremonies but never got invited until just recently. Two of my friends needed a ride to a sweat lodge and called and asked permission for me to join the sweat. When I got there I decided I would not join. It was extremely cold with snow on the ground and I am pretty sensitive to cold. As people started showing up, mostly friends of mine, i decided I better just do it. I stripped down to bathing suit and towel, shoes with no socks, and walked out to the teepee (I forget what they called it). First you walk around the teepee, then you raise your hands in the air facing each direction, then get down and crawl inside. Outside the tent there is a large fire and underneath the burning logs are rocks. The fire tender uses a pitchfork to move the hot rocks into a pit in the middle of the teepee. A girl then sprinkled cedar chips on the rocks. While the rocks were being loaded in, my friend who was my helper for the experience explained some breathing techniques and told me nothing would harm me inside the lodge. The door was closed and it became pitch black.
I got these zines from R.L. Wallace in trade for my zines. He first sent an awesome mini comic called Trash Cat. I really liked this comic because I am totally into minimalistic comic strips. He asked me if I had any pen pals so he is very friendly.
A super surreal short story by Henri Frelon. This is the first time the French author has been translated into English so if you are into surreal fiction I would recommend picking this up. Very strange!! Thanks to Sid Clark for mailing this to me!
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Crack Whore: The Movie
I like whores and I used to like crack, so this movie should be right up my alley!! Looks like a I Spit On Your Grave spoof similar to I Spit Chew On Your Grave. I see a bright future for the folks at Fart House Cinema!
Amazing Jonathan has a great new show where he interviews guests, teaches magic and does comedy. On his first episode he has Pam and Johnny Thompson who are a classic magic duo. I laughed out loud many times during this show, lots of very funny jokes. I am hoping that the producer of this show will get it on Roku which has millions of viewers. You can watch it here.
This band has a great country fried punk sound. I could totally see them as a house band where they place the same time place and draw a big crowd who sings and dances along. Here's their bio:
Blue-collar story telling with stage-shaking power chords, creating punk rock songs with a down-home twist. Back Alley Riot blends punk, rock, and southern boogie with an explosive live show that will leave you breathless and begging for more.
Download their album "My Girlfriend Is A Serial Killer" here.
Racist gang art from prison
My paper zine got reviewed in a few zines. A few prisoners read the reviews and sent me letters requesting free copies of my zine. It's tradition to give free zines to prisoners when asked. I try and included a positive letter about how I overcame drug addiction. So I got a letter back thanking me and including this art. Dude has a year left to go inside. If you would like to send him zines, flyers or letters contact me through this sites contact page and I will email you his address.
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