Sunday, June 14, 2009

In Check again

Apparently my xbox repairs were completed today....holy shit.

That was effing quick!

Friday, June 12, 2009

In Check...

So, I just got done with my gig tonight (fucking awesome) and have checked the status of the 360....

It has now been received and repairs are underway.....not freaking bad! Microsoft may earn some points with me....or maybe a few bucks.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Keeping your Forbes 500 in check

So, long time, no update...I've been kept busy by my band work/seeking a new job, plus other things that are not so fun that involve other folks...

My Xbox 360 recently got the latest device killing error known as "E74" wherein the ethernet/a.v./ and rear usb ports fail, causing your system to tell you "no, I won't play your games or power on past this warning screen." Which in turn causes me to say "WHAT THE FUCKING FUCK YOU STUPID FUCKING GAME MACHINE, TURN THE FUCK ON AND PLAY MY COPY OF MASS EFFECT BEFORE I THROW YOU OUT THE GOD DAMN THIRD FLOOR FUCKING WINDOW!!!!!!!!"

As you can tell, I handled the situation with a cool head....

So I call the Microsoft help line and they inform me that it needs to be shipped in to the repair centers for (you guessed it) repair. My warranty was long expired on this thing, but the good folks at the house that Gates built, have extended their warranty by three years to cover this problem that their errors have caused....and why shouldn't they? I didn't do this to my console....I make damn sure that thing stays cool and I am not doing anything else to cause a problem such as this. Of course, not all companies will go to this length, hence my myriad of iPods I've owned over the years which now reside in a damn landfill because Apple wants ME to pay THEM $150 to replace THEIR SHITTY HEADPHONE JACK THAT ONLY SENDS OUT ONE SIDE OF THE AUDIO BECAUSE OF THEIR FUCK UP WHEN DESIGNING THE THING!

It should be noted that I take no stance in the Mac vs PC shit....I think if you define yourself by a brand of technology that you use, I suggest running the car in the garage while taking a nap in your back seat. I think both things have their purpose...For example, I would NEVER do any professional photo editing on a PC....just a bad fucking the same turn, I would never do any office work on a Mac....equally as stupid. Also, I would never edit video on a the same sense, I will NEVER make music on a Mac...You can hand me all the bullshit about Mac being "the standard" for music production....I've cut over 100 albums in my experience alone, I get to say "blow are wrong."

So anywho...Microsoft sends me a label which arrived a couple days ago that I slap on to the box which my 360 was packed in and bring it to a UPS store...All free of charge.

So, brought it there on the 9th at 6:06 pm in Leominster, MA....and as of 5:41 am on the 10th, it is in transit from Warwick, Rhode Island to Dallas, Texas where I am assuming it will be ground shipped to Mesquite, TX (the place the label said it was going) where the repair will begin...

So, in the interest of seeing how these companies perform when they stand to actually lose a bit of money, I am going to be documenting the process over the next week or's fun to put these companies under the spotlight. Where shall this story go? Only time knows........

Tuesday, May 26, 2009


Dear California:

Please sink into the ocean as quickly as possible so I can feel a bit better about this slab of land.


- ry

Monday, May 25, 2009

Fitchburg useless...

I get to hear an awful lot about the crime in this city, especially from the local PD, but how useful are they, really?

I have a story to share that should sum it up for everybody reading this blog:

My girlfriend and I moved into a nice apartment about 6 months ago that is rather close to the police station, and by rather close, I mean, I can almost spit on the damn station. We began seeing lots of people going in and out of the apartment below us, but we didn't want to jump to any conclusions about what is going on without actually knowing a bit about the situation at hand.

Well, soon enough, the evidence became overwhelming that they were in fact, dealing drugs. Lots of people going in and out for only two minutes at a time, sometimes with cash in hand, people looking rather, well, fucked up, a little phrase or two that flat out said "yeah, we have drugs", the smell of drugs, and so on....

And we're not just talking weed....The big stuff....Crack to be rather specific. Now you might ask "how do you really know about crack?" Well, let's get this out of the way...I've done crack many times and have had many friends who loved the rock. A friend of mine also recently died from it.

Also, I saw a man walk out after a woman and throw a very clearly used crackpipe at her. You know the kind, the little plastic rose in a tube things. And that smell...oh that smell...We have also witnessed the woman in question scoring painkillers at a local pizza place from a man who flat out walked in and asked if anyone working there wanted some in front of a woman and her child. I placed my order and followed him back to his truck in the parking lot to wait with my girlfriend, and sure enough, there the woman is in his truck with cash, making the switch. Surprise!

Another bit is that the landlord of this building evicted someone for drug use in the past year, and sure enough, he is good friends with the people I am talking about and she has seen him many times in their apartment and asked him leave.

Very recently, I confronted the woman downstairs and without actually saying it to me in the literal words, she admitted to me what she was doing. And of course, she was angry with me saying "nobody is going to control my life." And then proceded to complain at me for walking around upstairs...well, sorry....I kind of have to walk in order to move around, bitch...if you know how to float, please teach me and I will happily float everywhere...until then, shut your fat fucking mouth.

I don't want to drag out the post, but I will wrap this part up by saying there are many other examples to back up my accusations and every one of which have been reported to the cops on at least ten occasions. What action has been taken? Nothing...not a god damn fucking thing. Even at the pizza place, when it was reported, they didn't bother to even get a description, lisence plate, etc...they just did not care. Each and every time we called, sometimes anonymously, sometimes not, they didn't bother what so ever to take down any info that we offered and just seemed to rush us off the phone.

This afternoon I went out for a cigarette and saw a few very sketchy looking people going in and the smell of weed was just overwhelming...I make my call to the police station and guess what??? NOBODY PICKED UP THE FUCKING PHONE. The phone rang for a good 3 minutes to nothing...there you go. You fuckers always complain about how you want the public's co-operation, but you don't do anything when we do co-coperate. You want to stop all the drug trade in this area, but when I call giving you lots of proof that we have a heavy drug dealer downstairs, you do nothing to respond. We even tried a few different routes to report them...noise, suspicious activity, etc and NOTHING WORKED.

You want people to take you seriously? Really? What's my reasoning to support anything you do or take any kind of pride in what you do for us? From where I stand, I see none.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Thom Yorke can shut up any time now...

Thom Yorke makes an ass of himself on his website.....

an online petition with over a million names.. including President Obama.
currently there is talk of a climate change bill in the US similair to the one we have passed in the UK.
thats a BIG deal.
but i have been reading how the oil industry is investing millions of dollars in a PR campaign against it!
how utterly dumbass is that? how do these people look their children in the eye?

in have now stepped down from todays soapbox. byebye

Hi Thom....can I remind you that you are in Radiohead? Do you know what your tour bus, jet, car, etc are powered by? That's right....oil. So while we're on the subject of environmental damage, can I ask what your guitars are made of? Wood perhaps? With some scary paints and coatings on them that I'm sure could turn a lake into a level 4 biohazard in 10 minutes? So what do you think CDs are made from? Friendly earth smiles and lovely wishes? Dream on....Oh, how about your amps? Cables? Mics? Not exactly the most eco friendly stuff right there....oh, and are you aware of the wattage your PA/amps take up? That's a ton of electricity being sucked up there...especially for your more indulgent, lengthy sets....So listen, Mr. Yorke, until you walk to every gig with instruments made from recycled materials that are destined to be recycled after use and play an acoustic set, I don't want to hear another fucking peep from you.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Virgin Closed Part 3

So let's get right into that whole exclusivity thing I was babbling about...

Right's the reason people don't care enough to buy a CD anymore or pay for it in any way...the record industry has this laughable attitude that says "We're the movers and the shakers, we make things happen...this is what separates the men from the boys, this is us up here, and this is you down there, little man..."

Yep...we're just the petty consumers who just throw ourselves at you, who at 5:30pm make sure we pray in the direction of Universal Records, and then proceed to the CD store to buy the latest craze's opus...

So in actuality, they've forgotten who pays their bills...they seem to forget that we can and basically have shut them down. You keep creating crap because you want it to sell so you push the band aside and hire dime a dozen session musicians and overworked songwriters and some idiot producer to help "smooth things out" which leaves the audience and the band with a sub par record they didn't want in the first place. Do you wonder why people aren't buying the little plastic discs anymore? Do you want to pay for inferior products? How about pay out know those insane profit margins I detailed several posts ago? Didn't think so. God knows these cigar chomping, casino frequenting, Maserati driving idiots won't shell for garbage. Top of the line all around! Well, except for when it comes to what they sell you.

If people want to see where that attitude gets you, look no further than the Playstation 3....Sony took the "we know what you want better than you do" road, and look where it got them! The PS2 is vastly outselling the PS3! Meanwhile, Xbox 360 and Wii continue to rake in the dough. Oh, and don't use the "well, in Japan the PS3 is selling better that the 360!" arguement.

1) The Wii still outsells the PS3 like crazy in Japan, and the only reason the Japanese are still loyal to Sony is because they are weary of American electronics...and given our sparkling history with cars, electronics, weapons (oops), I can understand why.

So, to say the least, the PS3 is a miserable failure due largely in part to the attitude Sony took when approaching the development and marketing of it...the same one used by the record industry.

You can lead a horse to water.....ya know?

I'll wrap this up soon...promise.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

I'm feeding news

I decided I'd do the public a service and just post some lovely news stories via links while I brew up "Virgin Closed Part 3". Enjoy.









Monday, April 20, 2009

And finally....

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - CIA interrogators used the waterboarding technique on Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the admitted planner of the September 11 attacks, 183 times and 83 times on another al Qaeda suspect, The New York Times said on Sunday.

The Times said a 2005 Justice Department memorandum showed that Abu Zubaydah, the first prisoner questioned in the CIA's overseas detention program in August 2002, was waterboarded 83 times, although a former CIA officer had told news media he had been subjected to only 35 seconds underwater before talking.

President Barack Obama has banned the use of waterboarding, overturning a Bush administration policy that it did not constitute torture.

The Justice Department memo said the simulated drowning technique was used on Mohammed 183 times in March 2003. The Times said some copies of the memos appeared to have the number of waterboardings redacted while others did not.

The Senate Intelligence Committee is investigating the CIA interrogation program, which under President George W. Bush also included slamming prisoners into walls, shackling them in uncomfortable positions and depriving them of sleep.

Bush administration officials had claimed such methods were needed to get information but the repeated use of the waterboard on Zubaydah and Mohammed were sure to raise questions about its effectiveness.

(Writing by Bill Trott; editing by Chris Wilson)

Oh, hey

So, assuming you know anything about the G20 protest murder......

oh, and if you want a video:

Oh, and get ready for some fun:


Meghan McCain....makes sense?

I find it as hard to believe as you do, but Meghan McCain, the daughter of John McCain, actually said something rather smart...I'll not waste your time, and let you get at this tasty little morsel.

"I feel too many Republicans want to cling to past successes…I think we're seeing a war brewing in the Republican Party, but it is not between us and Democrats. It is not between us and liberals. It is between the future and the past…"
If there are any republicans reading this blog:


or she not to be trusted? Right Wing News Dot com seems to think so!

"She's trying to play down a feud she had a few days ago...and the best way to do that, in her young ditzy mind, is to warn of an upcoming civil war within "her" party."

OK, Morgan Freeberg, can we have a talk? This is more her party than it is yours....for one, she's John McCain's daughter...I would go into more, but umm, do I really have to? Jerking off to pictures of Ann Coulter, and hating Obama does not make you super seem to be one of the endless throngs of racist zombies.

Oh, and of course, let's dig a little further and find that same sex marriage was on the lips of the McCain daughter too...I wonder how that sits with Freeberg?

"Whatever your vision on the same-sex-marriage issue -- if you are not insane, you are at least open to, and would hopefully recognize, the solution is the recognition of the sovereign authority of the states. Yeah, states-rights. De-stigmatize that, cherish that, embrace that, learn to love it. It's not a white-supremacist's battle cry, it is the heritage of our nation.

Because if you want to force another state, two thousand miles from your home, to recognize same-sex Meghan McCain does...there is something hideously wrong with you. Forget voting. You shouldn't be allowed out of the house.

That goes for those of you who want to force another state two thousand miles away to ban it, if the citizens living there don't want to ban it. You're a bunch of raging psychopaths too."

What? Wait...So you want everybody to have rights.......but then you want to make sure that if a group wants to strip away someone's rights, they have the right to do that................
Oh're so silly....has anyone ever told you that you are the Rube Goldberg of thoughts? But, you're the kind that we frequently see in Wallace and Gromit...the one that usually splats poor Wallace in the face with porridge and hilarity ensues. Oh, wait, porridge in the that a little too gay? I do the English feel about gays?

So what advice do you have for Ms. McCain, then, Morgan?

"What matters more to me? Things that Meghan McCain doesn't seem to give two sh*ts about. I want to buy a newspaper -- or crack open the web page for a federal agency -- and not see words like "program," "subsidy," "deficit," "need," "demand," "cuts," "regulation," et all...instead, I want to see words like "freedom," "opportunity" and "liberty." I'd like to see a better tethering between our nation's founding vision, and the direction in which it is headed. I'd like to see a better tethering between the people who run that nation, and reality. And I don't want to see euphemisms like "undocumented immigrant" ever again." want to see freedom, opportunity, and liberty from your papers....right then....let me go get you a Chinese state run newspaper. Oh, hey, do you know why you happen to be seeing these things all the time? BECAUSE YOU FUCKING LIVE IN CALIFORNIA, IDIOT! And last I checked, your governator is a Republican.

Ugh...too annoyed to continue....

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Nothing Sounds Quite Like an 808!

So let's be honest here..."808" is a term many of us who enjoy hip hop, have been hearing a lot of lately, but few of us know what it truly is, including the artists who reference them. From Jay-Z to Kanye's 808s and Heartbreak (which btw, contained NO 808s), to Beyonce's in song cuing of an 808, to Britney shooting off the laughable line "my heart is beating like an 808", to the good old Beastie Boys using it in the manner above, and out of the artists listed, are probably the only ones that own and properly operate one.

So what is the 808? It's an old, analog drum machine by Roland. Yep, no more mystery there. It's a lovely sounding machine, although I need to know when an old piece of crap drum machine became cool in a scene that emphasizes all things bling.

But anyways, if the lowely 808 is THE sound of hip hop, then we must know who the father of hip hop is...Ladies and gentlemen, may I present to you, the father of hip hop:

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Virgin Closed (Part 2)

Though I think of CD's as being a format that are better in concept than in execution, I have to tip my hat to DVDs and game discs...DVDs compared to VHS or BETAmax? No comparison! DVDs look far better and in the end, are the superior product. They hold far more data, and when it comes to movies, anyone can tell you that the larger the storage capacity, the better, as the better the quality, the higher the space required. Game discs? Yeah, same thing here. Nintendo was 8-bit, Xbox 360 has processors that I don't even want to think have eyes...go look for yourself.

So how did CDs lose this? Well, as I said in my earlier post on the subject, digital audio is not the actual audio. It's fragments brought together so quickly, you are fooled into hearing the audio as a whole, much like TV shows and movies being made entirely of still frames, working under the same concept as CDs. When it isn't the real thing, generally, it isn't better. You can make that bit rate as high as you would like, but in the end, it's still a series of fragments.

CDs were truly a matter of convenience for the time, and the risks of the format were not known or were simply ignored. I will say that if I had to chose between playing a record or a CD in my car, hands down, it would be the CD, as records are a tough act in the car. I might say skipping would be the big problem with records in a moving automobile, but up until the late 90s, the same applied for CDs, even on higher end model players. I'm sure you remember just as well as I do, the days of walking around with your discman in your hands and if you stepped to heavily, you would get a skip. Not cool.

Let's look at CDRs...I actually like these because they are so CHEAP AND OFFER THE EXACT SAME BENEFITS OF COMMERCIALLY PRESSED CDS. Actually, from what I can tell, CDRs are actually more durable than regular CDs. Although my experience and simple statements don't validate this in any real way, I'd think someone else may have noticed this. There are many of us who look at a band selling a CDr and immediatley, we begin to think of them as cheap or unprofessional...nothing is further from the truth. First off, if it's looks you are after, I've seen plenty of beautiful CDRs printed via LightScribe drive or some other means, with a shiny jewel case, and professionaly laid out booklet. Of course, I've seen (and made) the most simple CDRs that just are what they are. To me, there is nothing wrong with that. To me, the people with the CDRs are smart! They aren't spending their precious time dealing with a pressing plant or spending the money that could go to better recording, equipment, sound, venues, etc on simple aesthetics. It also means that if they need more copies, it's a trip to the office supply store, and viola! Fresh copies! And, you can sell them for very I must ask you...what is wrong with CDRs? It's doesn't come with the hype machine associated with major labels and artists. And that is both the fault of the consumer for being an idiot, and the labels for their nonsense exclusivity.........

(part 3 coming soon)

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Virgin Closed (Part 1)

So, I hear the VMS in NYC's Times Square is gone...

I'm going to tell you I don't care on the basis that cd stores in general, suck.

I know it's convenient to blame the decline of CD sales on things like Bit Torrent, Pirate Bay, Limewire, Soulseek, and other P2P services, but to me it's very clear that people are not buying music like they used to for other reasons...let's examine those, shall we?

1) CDs are a rip off: Does anybody actually know how much it costs to make a CD? I do! At a press of 5000 CDs, it will cost about $.62 per disc. And that's just at 5000. I promise major labels press WAY MORE than 5000 at a time. At 10,000 it would cost a mere $.31 per disc. At 20,000 it comes down to a miniscule $.15 per disc. Shall we go to 40,000? I'm sure it doesn't seem absurd to think that a worldwide artist like Britney Spears, Kanye West, Fall Out Boy, Korn, and Nickelback would press that much if not far more....That brings of to about $.08 PER DISC. 80,000 in a run? Probably happens......Brings us to $.04 cents a disc. 160,000 discs? I'm sure you could imagine 160,000 people with the new Beyonce album very easily...$.02 a disc.........Wonder what you would be paying for? I don't.....When it comes to actually paying for the cost of the physical disc, you are getting FUCKED. How many of us have payed $20 for a CD? I know I have in my lifetime...

And if you think that booklet costs anything, don't fool yourself. They cost less to print...Probably printed in some poor country that does it for next to nothing. Recording? Advertising? Does it really matter at this point? Most CDs are sold to the retailer for about $12, so don't worry, the expenses are more than covered.

And what exactly are you paying for? The "clarity of digital"? Give me a break! Digital audio sounds like garbage. Want the proof? Go listen to a vinyl record made in the past 20 or 30 years that is in good shape. Big difference in quality. You know why? Digital anything isn't actually the sound waves produced by the source. It is, in fact, a series of broken up pieces that are rendered in such a quick manner that it sounds as if you are hearing the audio as a whole. Sort of like TV. It's actually a whole lot of still frames that comes together so fast you are tricked into seeing a moving image. Vinyl on the other hand is the actualy vibrations in a constant stream fed through a stylus to your speakers at 33 1/3, 45, or 78 RPMs. Digital clarity, my ass.

So what happened to records, anyways? Well, despite what many people will have you believe, vinyl has never gone away. It has been around this whole time!

You might be wondering why these companies would discontinue the superior product...It comes down to cost. Vinyl costs a lot more to press and is slower to press. You could guess that they thought it would have no place in our triple shot, venti soy latte with organic sugar on the go while I synergize, maximize my output for the company where it's casual Friday every day thanks to our Parrothead CEO who attends his business meetings in a muscle beach tee with his longboard under his feet because he understands the people working for his tre' cool dot com biz 90s.

I mean, there is something to be said for the fact that it was very much, a portable medium, but at what cost?

The other question many might have is the issue of durability for vinyl. I've done this test many times, and trust me, compared to CDs, vinyl is unbreakable.............

(part 2 coming soon)

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Well well well...

I have not eaten meat since I was a a young boy...I probably gave it up about 15 years ago. I cut out all dairy and became vegan around 8 years ago.

As if the dangers of eating meat weren't very apparent by now, maybe this report should make things unmistakably clear:


Bacon and eggs for breakfast, a ham and cheese sandwich or sub with cold cuts for lunch, porkchops for dinner. Sounds like a familiar daily diet for many North Americans.

A word of caution for veggie-shy carnivores: Eating red meat increases the chances of dying prematurely, according to the first large study to examine whether regularly eating beef or pork increases mortality.

What? Put down that steak knife just as we're approaching barbecue season?

The National Cancer Institute led the study published Monday in the Archives of Internal Medicine. As the Washington Post reports:

The study of more than 500,000 middle-aged and elderly Americans found that those who consumed about four ounces of red meat a day (the equivalent of about a small hamburger) were more than 30% more likely to die during the 10 years they were followed, mostly from heart disease and cancer. Sausage, cold cuts and other processed meats also increased the risk.

So, if the risk of listeriosis wasn't enough, now we have an early death staring us in the face. Surely, there are a lot of people grabbing the "equivalent of a small hamburger" at fast-food restaurants around the globe — on a regular basis. Hamburger is cheap in this new economy. Think of France, cornerstone of fine cuisine; France is now McDonald's second largest source of cash outside the U.S. And Japan has embraced the Quarter Pounder.

Why is red meat so bad? And pork had a long-running ad campaign as the good-for-you "other white meat"... Should we be confused? Back to the Washington Post:

There are many explanations for how red meat might be unhealthy: Cooking red meat generates cancer-causing compounds; red meat is also high in saturated fat, which has been associated with breast and colorectal cancer; and meat is high in iron, also believed to promote cancer. People who eat red meat are more likely to have high blood pressure and cholesterol, which increases the risk of heart disease. Processed meats contain substances known as nitrosamines, which have been linked to cancer.

Although pork is often promoted as "white meat," it is believed to increase the risk of cancer because of its iron content...

The American Meat Institute, a trade group, dismissed the findings, however, saying they were based on unreliable self-reporting by the study participants. But the experts are quick to point out that people don't have to become vegetarians to be healthy — just don't eat red meat every day.

Beyond human health and longevity concerns, the Post also reports on the benefit to the planet:

In addition to the health benefits, a major reduction in the eating of red meat would probably have a host of other benefits to society, Popkin said: reducing water shortages and pollution, cutting energy consumption, and tamping down greenhouse gas emissions -- all of which are associated with large-scale livestock production.

"There's a big interplay between the global increase in animal food intake and the effects on climate change," he said. "If we cut by a few ounces a day our red-meat intake, we would have big impact on emissions and environmental degradation."

Good. You can still enjoy your barbecue, but don't fire it up every breezy summer night for a meaty dinner.


Now, I'm sure plenty of people are sitting around going "oh stfu you liberal fascist" or "for every burger you don't eat, I'm gonna eat TWO!" If your response is the second one, I hope you enjoy'll be spending a lot of time in them. If it was the first, let me make something very clear:

I despise the meat industry. For me, the slaughter of these animals makes us anything but human. It simply makes us a clever savage. An honest look at the meat industry reveals horrors that I doubt even Ed Gein could dream up. Aside from all that, the environmental impacts are appalling, as are the health risks. Meat makes me furious. It makes me so disappointed in those around me who chose to consume it and sometimes revel in it.

But you know what??? If there was a magic button that made it so that nobody could choose to eat meat again, I wouldn't push it. You know why? Because it would rob people of their freedom to choose what they want, and that would make me just as bad as those I despise.

I am presenting this simply because I think people need to see these things. People must be informed of any and all things related to this. Certainly the meat industry has it's say, so I'm just doing my little part to balance things out.

People should make their own choices about this. They shouldn't be swayed by ads from any industry. Be it beef or something like PETA, which I'd like to go on the record as saying I despise PETA just as much as the meat industry. There are far better organizations to learn from than that awful group. So the next time your veg(an) friend/parent/co-worker/sibling/kid/etc shows you PETA, tell them to give you a source you can take seriously...then you will be willing to talk about it.

I won't be afraid of what isn't there...

I was outside a few minutes ago having a cigarette when I noticed something...fewer street light were on...I'm guessing Mayor Wong's plan to save us some money has started, or we just have really crappy street lights...

I began to think about Unicow's blog post on the subject and took a good look around. What did I see? Fighting? Looting? Rape? Violence? Nope...not a damn thing.

Let it be known that I live in a nice part of Fitchburg between an ok and REALLY SCARY part of Fitchburg. Although I am nestled between the YMCA and Police Station, it's not that which makes me feel's the fact that THERE IS REALLY NOTHING BAD GOING ON.

Oh, don't worry...there are plenty of reminders that the areas around me are very dangerous...if you look on the side of the street, just before the curb, you will notice 4 syringes...yep. Oh, and don't think these are capped needles that just happen to be there because of a careless diabetic. These are very much uncapped and clearly used with the exception of one that seems to have been recapped.

I certainly can hear yelling and arguments from all directions, and I've certainly seen plenty of people smoking pot right on the corner in broad daylight...where I am is no safe haven. The only thing nice in the area is the building, the two offices, and the people.

You want to know something? I leave my car unlocked every damn night. Also, I go out for a cigarette whenever I feel like it. Hey, want to go for a walk at 2:30am? I will. Want to get into a conversation with a group of homeless people randomly passing by? Been there, done that.

I do all the things they say you shouldn't do. Have I been hurt or harassed even once? Nope.

Remembering when I was new in my neighborhood in Fitch around the age of 12, moving in was very uncomfortable to say the least. The neighbors would stare at you waiting to see what kind of perverted, junkie, lawbreaking scum just moved on to their street. Dog walks were very frequent and would seem to slow down in pace when they got to our vicinity. And don't even think anybody offered to help and there was any type of neighborly welcoming committee. And this was in a rather nice place where recently a whole complex of $500,000 + homes were built.

So what happens when I move into a rougher part of town into an apartment where I would wager many are collecting welfare, enjoying the occasional substance, and have certainly done their share of sketchy things in the past? Well, I now know everybody in the building by name and can turn to them if I need help just as they can turn to me. If we see each other in the hallway we will stop and talk. Not just a quick "hi" but a full blown conversation. How about when I was having trouble getting my couch up to the second floor? You couldn't possibly imagine that somebody would stop and help me, right? They did. Two young guys stopped what they were doing and helped me with that pain in the ass couch and completely heavy bureau.

So how's that strike you? I live in a fucked up place in a fucked up time, and I have to say, I feel more at home in this apartment near a very scary side of town.

Dig it.

p.s. I just heard a young woman yelling "that's nasty, nigga!" very clearly through my closed windows...home sweet home!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Holy Crap

I like people that get bored.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

I bring the noise

so, not really blog worthy...more like shameless self promotion:

Black Steel Peacock - Fire Life (Life on Fire)

it's free and it's noise.

dig it!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Religion and Politics (no no no)

How do you prepare for the pope's visit in Africa? Simple!

Also...the pope still hates condoms...damn Africans and their desire to avoid AIDS.

So let me get this piss off the Jews with your Holocaust denying Bishop...

You rile up the Muslims by calling their faith "invalid"...

You very much hate gays...

You make people nervous because as a boy you were a part of Hitler Youth...

In order to "clean up" for your visit, security forces in Yaounde smash street vending locations that make it so that they can eat, possibly afford medicine, live, etc and you say nothing against it...

Now you telling them they're wrong because they use condoms to prevent themselves from becoming infected with AIDS???

Way to go...

I know you want to believe that people simply aren't spiritual, and are turning away from the light of Jesus, but that's not the case. The world has strong faith in all areas when it comes to religion...they're just turning away from you and your archaic system of corruption, greed, and fear mongering. As far as I'm concerned, the church has nothing to do with fact, you stand for everything Jesus Christ did not. Your institution is a sick perversion of what is written in the bible and anybody following you is sadly mistaken.

If you need to know, I am not belonging to any particular faith. I have copies of the Bible, Qur'aan, Kabalion, Bhagavad Gita, and some Buddhist works. I do not ever intend to subscribe to any faith. I feel that my time on this planet is best spent attempting to better myself and to hopefully be an example, inspiration, or at least just leave a good impression by brightening someone's day. I don't feel that I need a label to do just that. I am all for having faith in whatever you want, so long as it does not harm anybody.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Long Time, No Post...

It's been too long, and there's plenty to get to. The reason for my absence being:

1) I've gotten a new synth that has completely sucked me into it's many routing functions, Curtis VCF chips, low bit rate samples, and awesome multitrack sequencer.

2) I've become addicted to this game.

So, let me start off by saying that the CEO of Unitil getting a $300,000 bonus for "out performing his 2008 job goals" really pisses me off...

It also leaves me with a few questions...the first being: What the hell were your job goals in the first place if you went above them?! Was his goal to sink the damn company? I'm sorry, but the way this idiot handled that storm was simply awful. Many were without power for too long in conditions that were very dangerous. Yes, I understand, some people bought generators and some went to shelters. But what if you didn't have the money or just weren't able to find a generator? What if you had too much pride (read as stubborn) to go to a Shelter? What if you felt others needed it more than you? Or perhaps you were disgusted with the conditions and overwhelming climate of racism in them towards non whites?

Well, hope you don't become very ill or die! Tough luck...we're working on it....kind of....well, in a few days.

Robert Schoenberger lied through his fucking doesn't get any more simple than that! Unitil did not have anywhere near the amount of trucks deployed as was stated, and they certainly didn't do a damn thing the night it happened. Property damage costs soared as the company crawled to fix the problem and the danger mounted to people as the possiblity of large scale damage to their homes and themselves loomed over their heads, making for a rather stressful time. On top of all this, people were freezing, becoming sick, racing to make sure they could eat and that pets were safe.

Fun fact: FSC students were evacuated from their dorms. Now, this doesn't seem like much, but think about what happens to those kids who are from another state, part of the country, part of the planet..well, you can either risk your neck if you can drive back, pay huge costs to get a plane ticket home, that is if you could find a plane that wasn't delayed or cancelled, or put yourself up in an expensive hotel, or a sleazey, dangerous motel...take your pick...either way, it probably sucked for these poor kids. You would think these FSC dorms would have been turned back on quickly seeing as they had a lot at stake. And hey, downtown had power pretty quick...what's the hold up over at FSC? Another Unitil wonder.

So what do we get for all this trouble? Huge spikes in our Utility bill, of course!

The final F YOU from Unitil came in the form of them saying that if a line was down on your property, they would not fix is considered a private line...nice.

Does this man really deserve a reward? Can somebody please explain what he did for the company? If I was above this man, I would see to it that he loses his job really quick.

This absurdity is Caligula league antics. They know how this guy fucked up, and they reward him, because somehow, despite all this bad press, he managed to yank more money in.

Headaches all around!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Kanye West still sucks

My question is this: what does he intend to do? Drop auto tune units and a studio to pitch correct wave point by wave point? Add other effects like bass boosting, chorus, reverb?

If you want someone to teach you how to sing, I'd suggest looking elsewhere...this dick will certainly be of no use.

- r

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Does anybody do anything nice anymore simply to be nice???

Tom, the omnipresent figurehead of myspace had this little blurb for all members to read:

"Join me in becoming a part of Generation Forward, a conscious community that believes in the power of doing good deeds. Check out all the cool, progressive things you can get involved with now at: including a resolution program with socially and fiscally responsible acts like mentoring, food donations, paying your bills on time, and reducing your carbon footprint. You’ll also find information about MySpace’s first co-branded credit card. MySpace is teaming up with Citi to offer Citi Forward by MySpace, which rewards cardmembers for good credit behavior. As a cardmember, you also get exclusive benefits like VIP access to Secret Shows and movie premieres."

ok, let's have a good look at what is wrong about this:

1) You are redirected to a site SPONSORED BY CITI. Good deeds and large companies very rarely go hand in hand. Even if the deed is good, it is only done to bolster the bank roll by baiting people with "the chance to do something good".

2) Oh yeah, tell me what doesn't belong here:


"Food Donations"

"Paying your bills on time"

"Reducing your carbon foot print"

ok, I get it, now that the economy is collapsing and you may be forced to cut your completely bloated salary by a couple thousand a year, you want us to hurry up and get that money to you. You see, I'm having a hard time following all this, because for a while, it was "yeah, run that card up and up so we can make you pay bloated interest until you pay it all back many years later." They never really "said" that, but most people seem to know.

3) a myspace credit card....what could possibly go wrong? the place where pedophiles go to pick up 15 year old girls that say they are 19, where college guys go to post pictures of them at their "FUCKINWIKKEDPARTYDOODGUYHEYOHMANIWASSOOOFUCKINDRUNK!" and where stupid girls post pictures of themselves that and damn near pornographic...yeah, don't you want a credit card from them? It's like agreeing to be "the night's entertainment" at a party for Caligula.

What can I say? Just go do nice things because you want to do nice things and make the world a better place. Not because you want "AWESOME VIP DEALS!" You see something going wrong? Can you fix it? Fix the situation! It doesn't need to be any more complicated than that.

Oh, so by the way....My show is tommorow night at THE RABBIT HOLE!'s free...go go go!

Saturday, February 28, 2009

In the defense of the Spanish 2

ok, it went from civil to stupid....REAL FAST.

His reply:

"I agree, I disagree.well first off I like being a part of the land of the mutts.What other country would you live in?And dont say Canada thats such a cop-out.I also believe that along time ago my family made a lot of sacrifices to get to this country, including leaving the rest of my family in Ireland and also giving up the language they spoke Gaelic. Now I dont know where your heritage comes from but I'm willing to bet they sacrificed a lot of the same concepts, for a better life. Now I understand you believe a bilingual nation would be a great step in evolution to this country, but heres the joke, how are we going to have evolution from third world countries Latinos dont even speak proper Spanish, Its slang. And yes If I were a Native American I too would say the same thing fuck you Im not speaking English, which Im sure they did. Isnt this the analogy of whats happening today?If you were a Native would you say the same thing to the English or would you simply just say Oh its ok its going to make our country better.Now look at history the English have branded themselves as the ass holes for what they did to the Natives.I know I dont want assholes in my country. No ones pulling any wool over my eyes, Latinos want things they're way. So what now I need to learn Spanish to get a job, do you speak Spanish fluently everyday, do you have a bilingual job? Is that what you want, knowing another language doesnt make you smarter it makes you more knowlegable. Big whoop.

By the way, this guy's grandparents were even born in the US....ughhhh

All I could say is that it was the kind of idiocy I just don't have an answer for. Bumping his head into a wall has a better chance of changing his mind than I do. Ugh.

Friday, February 27, 2009

In defense of the Spanish...

I have a myspace, I'm sorry....

Now that's out of the way, so we can move on...a bulletin was posted by a man I went to highschool with. No name will be revealed, but I can say that he is a very nice guy from what I remember, and is now a proud father. This is, in no way trying to instigate anything, but I figured it would be posted in it's entirety so people can chime in with their own 2 cents:


SUBJECT: Welcome to America!

BODY: Now speak English! If you go to France what language are you going to learn before you get there? Hmm, French. If you and your family decide to move to Germany what language are you going to at least try and learn?GERMAN. How about if you were thinking about moving to Italy or even vacationing there what language do you suppose you might want to speak?Hmmm, Italian. If you go to Spain what language do think you should speak?Spanish, I think ya get the point. WHY CONFORM? WHY CONFORM? WHY CONFORM? Why should we conform to them? because they're too lazy to learn? Is it because they dont want to learn? Is it because they dont feel American enough to give the rest of the country the respect of knowing what they're saying? I say FUCK YOU. Now hear me out , other than the Native Americans, any other immigrant that ever came to this country learned English for the good of the cause.For example theres hundreds of thousands Asians in America, you dont hear for Chinese press 2 now while you wait on hold do you? NO because they have enough respect to become "Americanized" Its about fucking respect for our country. If you agree or disagree i would like to know, so please respond and thanks i needed to vent. peace.


........ god forbid America ever become a bilingual nation... I say, let it happen. Let the Spanish come and speak their language. What bad is it doing to you or me? I don't care that I live in America...I don't need my ass kissed because I happen to be born on one strip of land as opposed to the other. It's all pointless nonsense assigned other pointless nonsense in the interest of promoting some petty national pride so that the wool can be further pulled over our eyes while the "patriots" in government hop in bed with big business to bolster their bank account at the expense of humanity, and as you can see, our wallets. This kind of shit is exactly why every other country hates our guts and the very reason why if George Washington were alive today, he'd tell you to run, don't walk to another country...because this one has gone to the dogs. Also, just remember that when we came here, we didn't bother to learn the language(s) of the fact, we just wiped them out and stole everything out from under them...Why would you expect the Spanish/French/Italian/Asian/Russian/Arab communities do the same for us? my other thoughts are more from an economical and educational standpoint: If we as a nation adopt Spanish as our second language, there will be more opportunities for Americans and immigrants alike: If our children are taught Spanish and other languages from a young age, which the majority of educational professionals agree is the best time for anyone to learn, there will be more career paths for them. Also, if these immigrants are immersed in their language along with English, they will learn it, which from what I gather, is your desire. Also, your children will be able to speak with them as well. Immigrants, who for whatever reason cannot learn English, and therefore could not get a better paying job, will now be able to, thus boosting our economy as a whole. And as far as travel: Italians don't really care if you speak Italian over there. They are, in fact, very helpful. Been there myself...had a tough time with some aspects of the language. Many told me it was ok, they didn't mind speaking English to me, so my time there will be easier. German's prefer if you speak it in their country, but won't go nuts about it. The French are assholes...if you fuck up even a pronunciation, they will not sell to you, serve you, or talk to you. My only conclusion can really be that these people should not only be allowed, but encouraged and integrated.

--Where do you stand on this?--

Thursday, February 26, 2009


Dear tone questers at local music stores:

hi there,

I know you've sunk tons of money into your guitar set paid big bucks for that Clapton, Rhodes, or Malmstein signature model spent your hard earned money on that vintage tube know...the one from that song that everybody have an effect rack that would make even the most seasoned modular synth programmer use just the right strings with just the right have a $50 strap so you can be as comfortable as possible while you and your cover band crank out the hits at 11...and I won't forget those cables you swear by, either...

Hey, that's great...I'm glad you like what you have. I just need one small favor from you: Please stop fucking telling me that my setup is "all wrong" and that my rig doesn't "have enough tone". You want my honest opinion? I don't give a fuck! I'm not a guitar player, I'm a synth know those things you probably thought were invented in 1980 and have since been discontinued? Yeah, those things that were invented in the 1940s and are still huge today...Even if I was a guitar player, I'm not going to sit there pouring over spec sheet after spec sheet in the hopes I can get THE ULTIMATE TONE. You know why? I'm focused on playing the damn thing. My band can be ready to go and sound fine in 10 can get your reverb in check in that amount of time if you're lucky.

I'm also not foolish enough to believe that I can be an amazing guitar player by having all the best gear. Case and point: you think he really used all that expensive shit? The answer is no...he used cheap, shitty, copies of guitars...the difference between Slash and you is not the $$$'s the fact that instead of beating to guitar magazines, he focused on playing his instrument...try it sometime, instead of giving me shit for my guitar set up that didn't cost me tens of thousands of dollars.


- ry

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

God Hates Fags pt. 2

So, I took a peek to see what Mr. Fred "I have a church in Topeka where I talk about Matthew Shepard burning in hell and pretend people give a fuck" Phelps' web page "God Hates Fags" for a laugh and just to see what this beacon of bullshit was up to...

Well, not much has changed...apparently, god still hates fags according to Reverend Rump Rider, and Mr. Shepard is burning in hell along with all other sinners. Oh, and Obama is the antichrist, apparently...

While I don't condone the use of drugs, I certainly feel that Fred should make like another famous Phelps and have a hit from the pleasure pipe...and a dick...sorry.

One phrase that made me step back on his site was a sign that said "America = Fag Nation".

Wait, America is fag nation? Why wasn't I informed???? THIS IS GREAT! I mean, assuming fag nation looks something like Provincetown, MA....let's get this party started! I've got the Village People LPs and pink duct tape!

Think of the marketing angles you could get at: America: Home of the Faggot! or, "What happens in America, stays inside of another man's asshole until it eventually drips out."

Why not replace the stars of the flag with pink triangles???

How about new restaurants? Burger Queen, Skin Taco Bell, McDykes, Wendy's (eat pussy great, even late)

Toys R Us? How about Boys R Us? LGB Toys, FAO Schlongz.

Jump on this, America! Assuming you're man enough for it....can you handle all 8 figures in you?

- ry

Music music music

New power jack for the synth: $30
Modifications for another synth: $50 +
New pickups for hot pink flying V guitar? Priceless.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

More UK bullshit

First off, go here:

ok, if you're unsure how I feel, there was a similar incident a while ago in the UK in which a German figurehead was denied admittance to the UK to show an anti-Muslim film, and as much as I personally don't like the message one fucking bit, he should be allowed to show what he wishes...

As much as I hate that idiot and all of his too stupid to be heartfelt ideas, you should let the man protest.

Freedom of speech goes two ways. You may not like it, but then again, you don't have to listen....or you can walk by and tell him to "fuck off".

Next, by banning this guy, you're just fueling him. You're giving his followers more reason to be angry.

Speaking of followers....this dumbass owns a SMALL CHURCH IN THE MIDDLE OF FUCKING NOWHERE! MOST OF HIS CONGREGATION AT HIS CHURCH IS HIS FAMILY!!! By acknowledging him and taking action to prevent his entry, you, a rather powerful nation, are saying "we fear what this insignificant homophobic and a few of his inbred followers have to say."

And really, have you been to his website? Godhatesfagsdotwhateverwhogivesafuck

I remember when I was younger I used to go to that site to laugh hysterically at that nonsense in the same way I go to The Onion or MarkDay's youtube page.

Anybody with a few brain cells active know that guys like this are better at being punchlines than inspiring speakers.

If you really wanted to have fun, greet him at the airport and tell him he is allowed entry only under the condition that he is given a necklace of little plastic dicks to wear...each dick will have a speaker in the head and a little hole where the fun shoots the balls, there will be a micro SD card slot...and in that card will be the ENTIRE VILLAGE PEOPLE DISCOGRAPHY SET AT MAX VOLUME ON REPEAT. Lock that thing around his neck and make sure it can't come off or be destroyed very easily and set him loose to spread his anti-gay nonsense. Oh, and maybe put some pink LEDs in the dicks to make then flicker pink light in time with the music....

Let's see if he would ever come back to the UK after that!

Thai later...


Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Greatings make wonderfuls day!

It's no secret I love synthesizers...I recently made a patch for a board from the early 80s in my possession called the "Poly 800 MKI" by Korg. The reason this one was special was because of the fact that few would believe such a sound could come from this board. If you want to hear it, click the video:

Poly 800 Wall Breaker Bass Patch Demo plus Gary b acid surprise

Rather impressive, considering the typical timbre of this synth. If you don't know, 80s ahoy!

But what really made this topic post worthy, was when I went to share it on Vintage Synth Explorer and a nice fellow from France replied to the post with the following:

"Well, I used to replace my P800 MkII battery some monthes ago, then the memory went empty.
I spent one whole week last days with him, and I can tell you that this little beastie really has loads in his bag!!!!
Marvellous evolving leads, nice sparkling or dark strings, great fat basses!!!!!
I made 3 mods on mine: Moog Slayer, FM800 and a noise pot.
I'll soon post here the sounds (I fulled the memories up during that week) without using the mods.
And you'll tell..."

I am in no way making fun of this guy...He's doing his thing and was able to reply to my post and make me understand his thoughts. He's from France and clearly English is not his strong suit right now, but he's doing it. I just liked the sentence. It made me laugh.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

speaking of NIN and media sources with questionable motives.....

(for those who just want the text)

Today, Trent Reznor posted a note on the Nine Inch Nails website announcing that NIN will tour with Jane's Addiction this year. And that this will possibly be the last Nine Inch Nails tour, ever.

In the post, titled "A note from Trent and a wave goodbye," he wrote, "In NIN world, 2009 marks the 20th anniversary of our first releases. I've been thinking for some time now it's time to make NIN disappear for a while. Last year's 'Lights in the Sky' tour was something I'm quite proud of and seems like the culmination of what I could pull off in terms of an elaborate production. It was also quite difficult to pull off technically and physically night after night and left us all a bit dazed. After some thought, we decided to book a last run of shows across the globe this year."

No dates for the NIN/Jane's trek have been announced yet. NIN are currently on tour Down Under and are scheduled to play Bonnaroo in June.

Regardless of what you think of Trent Reznor's music, the man gave his all in his live shows, pulling off some pretty amazing feats of endurance on stage. It's sad to hear that he might be retiring from the stage, but understandable. And we highly doubt this means he's finished with music in general.

Full text of the "note from Trent" below:

2.16.09: A note from Trent and a wave goodbye

Towards the beginning of my career in Nine Inch Nails, our biggest break came in the form of an invitation to perform a series of shows with Jane's Addiction. These performances essentially created and defined the term "alternative" rock in the US, created an ongoing festival franchise that is still thriving (Lollapalooza), set the stage for Nirvana to shift popular taste a few months later, and were really fucking FUN to play and attend - truly the best times I've had. The shows were epic. So epic, they propelled NIN to the "next level" (whatever that means), but caused Jane's to implode. The band broke up at the end of that tour.

Fast forward to the present. Corporate rock STILL sucks. A friend tells me they saw the original Jane's lineup play a tiny show in LA that was unbelievable. I break out my Jane's records and am amazed by how vital they sound. These guys were the real deal and in this current climate mostly dominated by poseurs and pussies it was refreshing to hear something that sounded dangerous, volatile, beautiful and SINCERE.
Emails were sent, phone calls were made, dinner was arranged, ideas were discussed and the next thing I know we're in the studio experimenting. We laugh, we get to know each other, we cry, we yell, we almost quit, we record LOTS of guitar solos, we discuss, we actually begin to all communicate, we yell some more, we become FRIENDS, we laugh again and we do some great things. I get to see first hand why they broke up all those years ago but I also get the chance to see four distinct personalities that become an INCREDIBLE band when they're in the same room.

In NIN world, 2009 marks the 20th anniversary of our first releases. I've been thinking for some time now it's time to make NIN disappear for a while. Last year's "Lights in the Sky" tour was something I'm quite proud of and seems like the culmination of what I could pull off in terms of an elaborate production. It was also quite difficult to pull off technically and physically night after night and left us all a bit dazed. After some thought, we decided to book a last run of shows across the globe this year. The approach to these shows is quite different from last year - much more raw, spontaneous and less scripted. Fun for us and a different way for you to see us and wave goodbye. I reached out to Jane's to see if they'd want to join us across the US and we all felt it could be a great thing. Will it work? Will it resonate in the marketplace? Who knows. Is there big record label marketing dollars to convince you to attend? Nope.
Does it feel right to us and does it seem like it will be fun for us and you? Yes it does.
Look for tour dates soon and I hope to see you out there.


---from Pitchfork Media

Let's celebrate some NIN with videos, shall we?

Nine Inch Nails - Me, I'm Not live in Europe Aug 2007

NIN - 1,000,000 Live at Rehearsals, July 2008

Backstage in Sydney

NIN - Discipline (Official Video) (ha)

Trent Reznor: Steal it! - Recorded by Ryan

Trent Reznor Year Zero Interview

Monday, February 16, 2009

not veg, but definetly awesome...

that's all....enjoy your night.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Crimson Mars

On a day I decide I'm going to relax, I generally take in a lot of music. Today was filled with the sounds of King Crimson. And with every King Crimson I hear, I inevitably think of The Mars Volta. After making my way through "Beat", "In the Court of the Crimson King", and "Starless and Bible Black", I began to think "Why do I even like The Mars Volta? They're clearly ripping off damn near everything I just heard!"

This always is a bit confusing to me...I mean, not every lo-fi electro band can be Suicide, but how many of those types do I have in my record collection? The Faint, a band sounding an awful lot like the first Duran Duran record (the one with Planet Earth, Girls on Film, etc), The Varukers with their rather "familiar" punk sound, Black Dice, who sounds like they know every movement in every Tangerine Dream album, and so on...

I certainly dislike unoriginal fact, if you've gotten to know me well enough, when it comes to music, that's all I bitch about. Cinema, art (paintings, sculptures), video games, writers, all the unoriginal ones really get my blood boiling.

So what is it? Am I a huge hypocrite?? Idiot?? Past the age of caring about that stuff??

No...I have the answer...and it came in the most unlikely obnoxious Icelandic singer named Bjork...

Why don't I like Bjork? Wonderful pop sensibilities, great techno style courtesy of some of Europe's finest DJs, well performed vocals that few can hope to hold a candle to, rich layering of symphony quality sounds performed by some of the best in their field, John Cage esque layering of unique tones not traditionally used in music.....what's wrong here? This looks like it should have my name written all over it....I even love The Knife...

The problem comes from the fact that the music, from what I know, is rather dishonest. It's forced. Not to mention I've heard that she is possibly one of the most evil, manipulative, and vindictive people ever. I feel that when music is produced from such a thing, it comes into the music itself. It's one of those things I just feel like I can sniff out a mile away...What she's doing is in fact, original...probably more so than many of the bands I enjoy...but this doesn't matter.

A statement that comes to mind to support this is from the Nine Inch Nails frontman, Trent Reznor. On the subject of creating music and how original thoughts are produced, he said (I'm paraphrasing) that you should do what you want...even if you take somebody's idea, it will never be the exact same thing. Who you are will come through no matter how hard you try. So even if you're lifting an idea, just go for it...the results will probably be different.

To me, this makes perfect sense...after all, Trent's favorite models for his music happen to be Prince, Madonna, and C & C Music Factory (from what I've heard), and you can tell that he has some of their style, but NIN in no way sounds like that....

It comes down to why you're making the music you are...if you're doing it to be famous, make money, get laid, or to gratify an ego, most people can tell. Some don't care...others, such as myself, have a big problem with it. When I can sense it, I have no desire to listen to the music associated.

Just as I'm told Sarah Palin is hot, I don't me, she looks like something pulled from the bowels of Margaret Thatcher. I would sooner get it on Ted Kennedy...or Condoleezza Rice.

But, I think in all fairness, bands should be given many chances....I mean, Refused was a rather sub-par DS-13 knockoff until the end of their career, only to release one of the greatest albums ever made in any genre, "The Shape of Punk to Come". Truly a testament to the amazing heights music can reach when the full talent of the individuals is applied without the restraints of conventional thought. Not to say that they didn't have some great songs before that record, and "Songs to Fan the Flames of Discontent" was a pretty good album, but nothing compares to that record they released at their end. Of course, any fans should always think of the EP they released after with one of the better known songs from the album "New Noise", two unreleased tracks (Blind Date and Poetry Written in Gasoline), and the "Bomba Je" remix of a song from a song from TSOPTC called "Refused are Fucking Dead", which surprised even me who is not a fan of remixes, with rare exceptions...this being one of them.

What about The Locust? A band I think very highly of in terms of originality and talent to burn...they started off, in the words of JP (bass/vocals for The Locust, bass for the hardcore act, Some Girls, and vocals for the no waveish, punkish, electroish, All Leather) "...just to be a band that sounded like Crossed Out..." Fast forward (no pun intended*) to today, where they make some of the most mind blowing songs at 550 mph that most bands would like to be able to do at 55 mph with no regard for 4/4 timing...making their job even tougher...but they pull it off better today, just as they have for many albums in the past.

Music, to some, may just be background noise that keeps them from killing their coworkers as they grind through another nine to five workday, for some it's an excuse to dance and have fun, to some, it's like mathematics, and for a few, it's damn near religion. In the end, I can't say there is a "right" or a "wrong" side to all of this...all I can really promote is an understanding of the various sides in this debate.

Oh, and never write a band may miss something good. I'm certainly waiting for the new Depeche Mode album, even though the last two were just awful. I also found myself liking the new Morrissey album, despite the fact I do not care for him in any way. I even tried to like that Lil' Wayne rock such luck there.

Enjoy your nights, and enjoy your records.

Get to know your captain

That would be my most active project, known as Black Steel Peacock.

And hey, wouldn't you know it? I have a show coming up at The Rabbit Hole Books/Vinyl.

Stop by...say hi. All you have to lose is your hearing.