Sorry it’s taken me so long to update. I’ve been working on things I hope to share with you in the near future.
For the time being, I’d like to share a piece that I didn’t record, but I helped edit. It’s an interview with Josh Farrar, the author of the forthcoming book Rules to Rock By, which will be released in June of 2010 by Walker Books for Young Readers. We ran into some pretty severe data corruption issues trying to get this interview completed, so I’m really happy that it is going to see the light of day.
This summer, notes started appearing at the bottom of the Manhattan side of the Queensboro Bridge addressed to “Dogwalker,” and signed “The Russian Girl.” The narrative that unfolded in these notes, which appeared every couple of weeks, was about The Russian Girl’s love for The Dogwalker, and her fear that she may have inadvertently offended him somehow. They have beennoted on other blogs, and I seem to remember seeing one on the bridge that I haven’t seen online anywhere, but I assumed since I hadn’t seen one in over a month that their relationship had left the pavement for good. When I hit the Manhattan side of the bridge on Monday, there was a new one up, and it appears things have started to get weird between the Dogwalker and The Russian Girl.
The full text of the note:
Yes I go to tomkins square park sometimes. Once I saw this stuff written in chalk there. It sounded like something you would say. I’m very sorry if I insulted you if you did the same thing it would just be normal, not insulting right? Let’s run away from our parents and get married. We don’t have to wait until we grow up. We can take Jack with us. You can get pregnant because you have fur on your stomach and I think the baby will like that. I like it. I’ll help the doctor take the baby out of your belly button. And we will make love. I love when you force me to kiss you. It’s so cute. Please be patient when we make love. It takes me longer to cum because of medicine I take. I love your spots. They are as beutiful as the stars in the sky night sky. Can I kiss them? I don’t want to be a prostitute or anything. I could spend all day with you every day and never get tired of you.
❤ The Russian Girl
(from the park)
I sincerely want to believe in this story, even as it’s passing into David Lynch territory, but something about this last note just doesn’t pass the smell test. I’m beginning to wonder if this is some kind of viral marketing. Still, if it is, why would they pick one of the least traveled bridges in the city to do it on? I’ll post any new notes I find on here, but I’m leaning toward hoax at this point. If you have any insight on this one, I’d love to hear from you.
I am working on an audio piece to post here, but it’s going to take some time. I’m not sure that I’m cut out to be one of those regularly updating bloggers, because I get so caught up in whatever I’m working on that it always ends up taking much longer than a regular updating schedule could accomodate. Regardless, expect to see it here in the next month or so.
I’ve also been asked to do a couple more audio interviews in the style of the Oneida podcast that I did in July. I’ll provide more information as it presents itself.
Additionally, I will be providing interstitial sounds for Brahloween 5, at Secret Project Robot (210 KENT AVE) in Williamsburg on Halloween night. For the past three years, I’ve been Brahloween’s resident DJ, but this year, I’m trying something a little different. I’ll be bringing two synthesizers, my guitar, and an array of noisemakers to drop some marvelous space science to get some mouths watering. Some of my favorite bands, including Sightings, Red Dawn II, and THE FACES will be playing, along with Big Bear and The White Deer, two bands I’m excited to hear.
Also, unlike the past couple of years, I actually have a costume idea and will actually be dressing up. See you there.
My spacey noise project Birdlaw will be playing with a bunch of great bands at The Cake Shop this Thursday. I drew this attractive flyer to inform and intrigue. It should be a lot of fun. All the other bands sound amazing.
I ride my bike down 2nd avenue every day on my way to work. A few weeks ago, during the United Nations 64th General Assembly, there was a week where cops everywhere diverting traffic away from 1st avenue, closing down entire lanes on 2nd avenue, shuttling diplomats to and from the U.N., and generally making commuters insane. One morning on my way to work, the phrase “Protect Dem Diplomatz” popped into my head, and I knew it had to become a song.
I culled samples from about 20 different songs and just lined them up end to end, recorded some vocals and here is the finished product. I wish the refrain sounded a bit less like “Who Let the Dogs Out,” but it’s not bad for about six hours work, and it’s always nice to have an excuse to break out my vocoder. Oh, and since no one seems to understand the sample at the end except me, it’s Method Man saying, “he’ll be like ‘oh sh*t, that’s the jam!'”* Special thanks to Sarah for the “say whaaaaat?” at the very end.
*This song is not work safe. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
I’m working on a nice long article to post here early next week, but for the time being, I thought I would post a song that I recorded recently, called The Rathskeller. It’s just piles and piles of guitar loops with more guitar thrown on top for good measure. Listen to it with someone you love.