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May 23, 2011


I'm confused. Do they mean "SPIN" as in being intentionally misleading, or do they mean "SPIN" as in what people used to have to do to records in order to play them?

Whatever. Their website opens quickly, with no pop-ups, and they do give away some of their content (and like TV, sometimes the ads are the best part), but there are many levels of wonderment here. First of all, I wouldn't even have seen this if I hadn't bit down hard on something a while back and cracked a tooth. Which I went to have capped today. And while I was waiting for the enamel to bake, I read this issue of SPIN, which features articles about Americana music.

Now first of all, dentists used to have back issues of Reader's Digest and Highlites in their waiting rooms. Finding the current issue of a trendy magazine about pop culture was a little strange. Second of all, I paged carefully into the thing, because I had no idea what SPIN might be about these days. Well, it's very pretty pictures of high- priced autos for starters. And there is nothing in the magazine which is not an advertisement. Fair enough. I was reading it for free...

But I'm not sure if it's ironic or not, that the features in this magazine are about a style of music that is (to my way of thinking) about rejecting the very values espoused by this magazine. I don't blame "Americana" for falling into these pages, nor do I blame SPIN for tapping into this style.

After all, what is more Americana than the phrase "There's a sucker born every minute?"

music catalogue

May 08, 2011


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About the Studio
May 30, 2011


Here's that Jen Starsinic from a while ago, recording in the annex. So much has happened since this session... Summer Thieves sessions with Oz, the Divas of Jazz, and of course, Woggi Noggi... I've dropped the ball on posting the music!

To rewind a bit... Jen, and Charlie Muench, were in here early this year and recorded 5 songs. There are similarities between these two and the Stray Birds as far as arrangments and style- Charlie played on the Stray Birds record, and Jen and Maya are both in that new folk scene in Boston

So, better late... a new featured song- Birdie in a Cage by Jen and Charlie.

May 26, 2011

I had an interesting dream this morning. I was walking along on the outskirts of my city. There was an abandoned factory there, but somebody was renovating the buildings for re-use. I walked through big brick halls where men operating bright yellow machines were tearing up the ceilings, walls and floors.

I came to the back of the factory complex. Here the rooms were low and dark, and here men were working without machinery. Here they were crowded together chipping up the concrete floor using hand tools. A pall of cement dust hung in the air, and everyone looked on the edge of collapse.

I saw two of my friends there, and I said "You shouldn't work here like this, you need respirators," and they looked at me and said "Don't tell anyone, we need the work."


This is the kind of world our leaders intend to create. Not a 1930's style of depression- no, that didn't actually work out so well for them. They would prefer a return to the world around the turn of the 1800's, with a big surplus labor force that was politically powerless.


Good times a'coming... times when people will sacrifice their lives because they need the work.

How could our leaders possibly get away with this?
Keep in mind that no one in government actually represents our interests.

Since the early part of the 20th century the ruling class has learned a lot about shaping public opinion.

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May 24, 2011

chicken record

This rather disturbing image arrived in my mail this morning...

May 04, 2011

that's one

Summer Thieves had a remote recording session last night with drummer Oz. It went really well, and we got drums tracked for three songs- a new one called Best Friend, an older one that had been temporarily abandoned called Stone, and There She Goes Again which had been waiting for the Oz touch to be complete.

Featured Song
May 28, 2011

Now, this is the kind of thing that makes me laugh. I was trying to remember the name of the comedian who was the double-talk guy from the 60's. He'd come on the TV and talk perfect nonsense. Instead of him I found a website that has me epting my selsium! When I get through weating the partured letoringes, I'll post the link.

May 14, 2011

wire recorder

A wire recorder. I snared this at an auction.

They work (when they work) by recording on spools of hair-thin piano wire, which runs through the machine at high-speed. It's doubtful that it will ever work again as intended, but it may be possible to get the electronics sections running and use them as effects.

Anyway, it's a beautiful looking antique.