A self-portrait, 9/12/2013.
What we have here is a bootleg recording (made with permission of the band) of the very recent, very rare live performance by the ground-breaking audio artists, Negativland.
This performance was recorded on a Zoom H2 recorder, as a 256k stereo MP3 file.
I’ve taken the liberty of doing a little bit of light mastering on it; a touch of EQ-ing, a little compression, that sort of thing, to make the recording a little more listen-able.
I feel like it came out at a fairly reasonable quality, considering how quick and dirty my recording method was.
According to Mark Hosler, there also exists a board recording of the same show, which should be much, much higher quality, but probably won’t contain as much of the room noise and audience sounds as this one does.
Perhaps if we’re lucky, they’ll release that recording eventually as well, and perhaps this one can get mixed with it into a good hybrid live record of the experience.
And what an experience! The last time (and only other time) I was able to see Negativland play live was back in the year 2000, at a show in Clearwater, Florida, during their True/False tour.
That show was a substantial production, for sure, with lots of film projectors, guest appearances, etc.
This show was far more intimate. I’d say the total attendance was probably in the range of about 150 people. On the one hand, a disappointing turn-out from their point of view, I’m sure, but on the other hand, it was an exquisite pleasure to see these guys in such close quarters.
I honestly couldn’t have been more pleased with the entire experience.
Here’s the audio of the entire performance:
Please do let me know if you do anything interesting with this recording.
Look, let’s not lie to each other. Sometimes humans eat Kraft Macaroni and Cheese. (Kraft Dinner, if you live in a country that cares about the proper status of cheese in culture.) But come on — it’s like a dollar a package, anyone can make it, and it fills you up. Sure, there’s nothing even approaching real cheese that’s ever been anywhere near it. It’s the very epitome of American low-brow cuisine, utterly unpretentious in every way.
You eat it. You’re not proud of it, but you eat it.
It needn’t be like that; don’t be the fool who just follows the directions on the package. Do it up right. It can be pretty good eating, if you take the time to customize it.
- Put some real cheese in there. You know, whatever you’ve got in the fridge, just at the end when you’re mixing in the orange powder. Fresh.
- Cut up some smoked sausage or chorizo and throw that shit in there. Fry it first, to get all the edges nice and browned. That’s where the flavor lives.
- Use cream instead of milk. What, are you worried about getting fat or something?
- Why not chop up a tomato and mix that sucker in there? I like the Roma ones, but even a can of diced tomatoes would do in a pinch.
- Got a little bottle of liquid smoke in the fridge? Drop a few drops in, and prepare to have your mind blown. Or hell, maybe dash of smoked paprika and cumin. Mm mm!
- And this is my new favorite. Make it according to the package instructions, but then, just before you serve it, spoon in a couple of tablespoons of Mexican crema. I suppose you can use sour cream if you want, but honestly, I don’t know why anyone would buy the regular kind if you can get the Mexican version instead. It imparts an awesome, tangy, smooth creaminess that’s just fantastic.
Dang, it’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything new.
Please forgive me, blog spirits. I’ll have some new stuff soon.
So, let’s see what those wacky Republicans have been up to lately. Surely, they must be fighting for smaller government, personal freedom, and balanced budgets, right? Let’s take a brief look at what’s happened this week:
- Republican AG of Virginia wants to outlaw blowjobs
- North Dakota passes the most restrictive anti-abortion law in the country
- Republicans in North Carolina want to overrule the First Amendment and establish a state religion (wanna take bets on which religion it’ll be?)
- Also in North Carolina, Republicans have filed a bill that would require a two-year waiting period before getting a divorce
- Two GOP officials in NYC have been arrested by the FBI for taking bribes.
- A Texas GOP congressman has said that limits on the number of shells you can have in a magazine will lead to beastiality
- Republicans in Tennessee used to think that school vouchers were a really, really great idea. Until they figured out that Muslim schools would qualify as well, so they’ve decided they need to kill the vouchers altogether
Frankly, I don’t think they’re concerned with smaller government, lower taxes, or personal freedom at all. :(
You got horse meat in my peanut butter!
In response to a request on Facebook today, I dug through some of my old Alamout Black CDs, and managed to locate a track we made called “World View“.
This song was featured in a fight scene in the 2001 film Extreme Force. My friend Kays Alatrakchi was the guy who did the music for that film, and we made this song specifically for it. A lot of fun, that, though I have to admit it sounds pretty dated to me now. Kays more recently did the music for Midnight Son as well, which is a totally excellent vampire film, and which you should see immediately, if you haven’t already.
Anyways, here’s the song. Right-click to download.