b2 has killed me dead.

oh _man_ (she says in whiney voice)…

“No Wave: Post-Punk. Underground. New York 1976-1980.”:http://www.boingboing.net/2008/06/12/no-wave-postpunk-und.html

bq. “The opening party is tomorrow, Friday, June 13, from 6 to 8pm. Teenage Jesus and the Jerks and Information will perform at the Knitting Factory across the street.”

Play “stairs to nowhere” for me, guys…

I just fainted.

bq. “David Byrne and Brian Eno have completed a new album (of “electric gospel”) for released before 2009 and have booked a North American tour on which they’re planning to play at least 40 percent old Talking Heads material. Holy moly, this is as good as life gets!”

From “b2”:http://www.boingboing.net/2008/04/17/david-byrne-and-bria.html

OLD skool

i hesitate to say much about how i came by my old broadcast turntable.

In the context of the desk

suffice to say, it was a very kind gift. i don’t want the person who gave it to me to get in trouble with his boss.

finally it is mounted in my desk, so i can actually use it. J and I did this this weekend. it’s part of my grand plan for the back bedroom.

QRK broadcast turntable

the grand plan involves obtaining an “ART USB Phono Plus v2 USB Phono Preamp”:http://amazon.com/gp/product/B000BBGCCI/ that will translate the glorious analog of the turntable into zeros and ones that can be fed into my computer.

Top view, no turntable

sweet, ain’t it? i don’t have any pictures with the turntable mounted in it, which is too bad. the turntable itself is a big solid piece of what looks to be cast aluminum.

i’ll be so very pleased when it’s all set up and working.

pondering while driving

bart’s “real deal”:http://bart-calendar.livejournal.com/696517.html post had me pondering old shows i’d seen, while driving home tonight, and somewhere along memory lane i got started thinking of artists i’ve seen perform who are now dead. I could only come up with four:

d. boon

jerry garcia

sun ra

pavarotti

i really wish i had records of all the shows i’ve seen over the years; i once found a ticket stub to a royal crescent mob show that i have absolutely no memory of attending. it makes me wonder who i’ve forgotten who might belong on the above list. or just, who i’ve forgotten.

anyway, who would go on your list?

piecing together the past

i put this question to the internets: does anyone remember the name of the _opening band_ when “beck played the duke coffeehouse”:http://www.whiskeyclone.net/hijacked/concertinfo.php?concertID=10 (which, as it turns out, was in march of 1994)?

i think it was a band from the northeast and i think the guitarist had a meltdown onstage and destroyed a valuable vintage guitar.

actually, what i _really_ want is a list of all the shows that jeremy steckler booked at the coffeehouse, so i can remember all the ones i went to. mainly i remember harry pussy and beck, although apparently he also booked the ruins, and i’m sure i would have gone to that.

i really wish i’d kept records of that stuff.

want vinyl?

i just culled my 12″ collection and have about a yard of records that i need to get rid of.

if anyone who reads this is interested acquiring any more vinyl, let me know, and i’ll compile a list of what i’ve culled. far fetched, i know, but you never know.

more ‘old is good’

i had this crazy impulse yesterday to work on the back bedroom, aka, where clutter goes to die in my house. randomly, i attacked the cassettes. yes, magnetic media. analog. no random access permitted. fragile, erasable artifacts from my youth. like everyone else, i have a lot of them and don’t quite know what to do with them.

but you know, my car has a cassette player. this was a dated piece of equipment seven years ago when i bought the car, though i used it to listen to my ipod for quite a while.

so yes. this afternoon on the way home, i listened to led zeppelin on cassette in my volkswagen beetle.