A still from Extreme Force (2001)

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.

Note — this was originally posted prior to my web host switch, and was lost somewhere in the transition.  I’m reposting it now. – Ian

Imagine, if you will a rock band.

A rock band who’s existence could be measured in months. A rock band that’s whole repertoire can be counted on one hand, and existed entirely of covers. A rock band that publically performed only once, but who’s single appearance continues to reverberate in the bowels of the internet, and consequently has become legendary.

You’ve just imagined It Ain’t My Baby. I played with this strange band. Of course, I can only play the computer, so I was charged with playing synthesized rhythm guitar (and the occasional special effects). John Prinzo, the drummer of the band, has dug up the ol’ YouTube evidence on his excellent Kisses and Noise blog:

“There are times when music can change your life, change the world even. The Beatles played the rooftop of the Apple Building, then there was Woodstock, and for a while … nothing. Then, on December 19th 2007, the world gaped in amazement as the last walls between the past and the future, between enslavement and liberty, between dogs and cats, between what people considered music before and what was defined that evening were obliterated – forever – by 5 people (rock gods) with a vision…”

Hahaha. Check out his blog for every song we ever played, if you think you can stand it. For now, I’m just going to link to our version of Add It Up by the Violent Femmes:

This is kind of interesting.

Back in 1969, when man was first walking on the moon, Pink Floyd were in a BBC television studio, jamming improvisationally. There exists a recording, which has been mashed with some moon landing footage. Behold:

According to David Gilmour:

“At the time, Pink Floyd had been doing rather well. For a while, the band had been somewhat erratic and its reputation was sinking. I joined in 1968, 18 months before the moon landing. By then we were beginning to climb back up again.

It was fantastic to be thinking that we were in there making up a piece of music, while the astronauts were standing on the moon. It doesn’t seem conceivable that that would happen on the BBC nowadays.”

This little tidbit came my way via German-language site Nerdcore.de.

Two Fingers = Amon Tobin and Doubleclick.

Self-titled album available from Big Dada ( a Ninja Tune spin-off).

Here’s their Myspace page for some free samples.

You’re welcome.

I caught a cold. It even came with a minor ear infection.  So I’ve been popping the amoxicillin and OTC cold remedies.  Bummer.

I saw Watchmen. I liked it.  It got a bum rap from the fanboys (and critics), but then again, how could it not?  Some of the reviews have said that it was too “reverent” towards it’s source material, but I thought that translated into a unique tone through the movie.  Plus, at almost three hours, it was a good entertainment bargain.

It's dark, but this was at the beginning of the show.

I saw Ratatat. Man, what a good band.  I can’t believe that this was the first time that I got to see them, but it was.  As it happens, the show was sold out, and I was worried about getting in.  But Mr. Baptiste was on their tour crew, and he and I used to trade stacks back and forth at the infamous games of the Armenian Poker Cartel, so he got me on the list and into the show. Thanks sir!!

The openers were interesting, too.  I particularly liked Despot, a rapper on Def Jux.  His set was a little drunk and disorderly, but he had a good flow.

Ratatat music video:

I read a horror book. The Descent, by Jeff Long.  No, it’s not the inspiration for the movie that came out a few years ago, but there are a lot of the same elements.  They both focus on monsterous homonids that live in deep caves.  But the movie was just that and nothing more, while the book gets a bit more lavish, postulating an incredibly vast underworld existing deep within the earth and providing an environment for an alternate evolution of creatures decended from Homo Erectus.  These creatures and the underworld they inhabit give rise to the traditional notions of “hell” and “demons”.  It wasn’t a perfect book, but I liked it.  It was certainly ambitious.  I understand there’s a sequel, and if I happen upon it, I’ll probably give it a read.  Or maybe not.

Casino floor at the Horseshoe, just outside the poker room.

Casino floor at the Horseshoe, just outside the poker room.

I went to the Horseshoe Casino, just south of Chicago, in Hammond, Indiana.  At last!  A real, live, full-blown casino, instead of a crappy dog track or indian joint with no table games and bullshit slots.  The Horseshoe was pretty nice, actually.  Got myself into a $1-2 no-limit hold ’em game for a reasonably paced seven-hour session.  Walked away about $250 up, too.  That’s a rate of almost $36/hour, which is adequate.

Oh, and I got a haircut. First time I’ve had short hair since I was 12 years old.

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This is really excellent.  This fellow took a bajillion unrelated YouTube videos of people playing instruments, or singing or whathaveyou, and edited them all down into a “virtual album” of seven tracks, including the original video samples with the music.  The results are brilliant.  It kind of reminds me of Coldcut’s Timber video, but that was done back in the mid-’90s, and it used custom software as part of the composition process…

Go to his site to see the rest of the songs, and to find out more about the project.  The website implies that there might be more coming, and I certainly hope there will be.