Tuesday, February 27, 2007
It's been a heavy few weeks at Smoke and Mirrors.
We've been working on Tony's Harlan, Chan's musical and Chan's NY Rock LP, putting the finishing touches on the long awaited Geek Farm record, some french Hip Hop, Nadine Miller's new song "Jesse Custer", and a few hours here and there, as it were, working on our own stuff.
Andy Rock came down from Rock Land to join the Surrogate Band for the tracking of three Chan numbers on Saturday, then came back on Monday to do overdubs.
We put his 70's Les Paul, as well as an old Aspen double cut away with crazy DiMarzios through our 65 Bandmaster - oh such sweet sweet tone.
It's all about tone and vibe. The Surrogate Band has great vibe, much of which is supplied by Rob 'Dr. Robert' Machold Drum Genius.
Mike Dot stopped by on Saturday to 'hang around back-stage like a real rock n roller' so we put a bass in his hands for the third Chan tune of the day.
Andy and I vibed on ZZ Top tone.
Chris and I vibed on the 'Nothing's Shcoking' record.
Mike Dot worshipped at the feet of 'Three Days', but i don't dig the tones or vibes on the 'Ritual De Lo Habitual' record. Navarro plugged straight into the board for that record - he doesn't remember it anyway.
George's armies surrounded everybody's armies.
Rock is dead, long live Rock.
I like John Edwards . I like what he says, and I like what he doesn't say. He may very well be lying, if so then I like the way he lies. I certainly prefer it to the non-commital, non-accountable fluff coming from Hillary, and the way Obama has been handling himself only supports my belief that he's a good man who's just not ready yet.
I mean, what's wrong with John - other than he's white, and a man.
John says (about his voting record on the war - and I do paraphrase) 'I made a mistake, I was wrong.'
Hillary says 'I was mislead'.
Obama - I think he was still in college........
Sunday, February 25, 2007
The Legal Diva and I have gone pecto-veg for Lent. That is to say no land meat. So far it's fun, a new adventure......with more beans.
I've decided to start soaking beans.
The Legal Diva made portobella mushrooms taste like, well, 'meaty' in a stroganoff.
Last night we had incredible curry fish. We do take-out too.
There's an upside to everything.
So far so good, I only regret the White Castle I'll have immediately come Easter.
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Sunday, February 11, 2007
A few years back the Drunken Fool gave me a jar of Branston Pickle.
I got another yesterday in the Brittish section at Food Emporium.
I want to use it on everything.
That's the only thing I can think of - they must be blind.
"buying a cd is the same thing as buying unprotected mp3s there is no difference almost everyone rips the CDs to get the songs on their iPods and other digital music devices"
Geez....so many wrong things going on here.
The person who wrote that knows where to put periods, commas, and which words to capitalize, but he neglected to do so. Why? Because he is no longer concerned with such conventions.
He is no longer concerned with such conventions.
Conventions like right vs. wrong.
A compact disc is NOT the same as a mp3. Not nearly. Not remotely. There's a huge difference between an aiff and a mp3.
The main difference is in size. One can easily be sent about the ether, the other is a bit more difficult to e-mail, download, whatever.
What we are talking about, after all, is a sense of entitlement that has swept the users of technology. Since they are the very web they worship, they feel that anything that the technology allows is morally acceptable.
Technology does not have inherent conscience.
It's up to us to be the conscience, and the loudest voices are saying: give it to me the way I want it, free of cost, or I'll just be forced to steal it.
That is unacceptable.
I don't care what you do with something once you've bought it - I just want to make sure you bought it AND the proper percentage went to the person who made it.
What is value when effort is taken out of the equation?
Is convenient better?
And, finally, to Papa Robbie -
It's cool to say screw the system, screw the bastards, they screwed us for years - all true, BUT I think in time you'll miss that system, because those bastards were the only friends we had.
Certainly by the mid eighties it was over, but for a time, twenty to thirty years, artists were nurtured by labels, when they weren't busy trying to screw Ray Charles, they were providing him with a platform in which he could, and did, develop his art, enriching us all.
Nobody does this now.
Rock is Dead.
Thursday, February 08, 2007
So Steve Jobs recently implied that he's no fan of protecting the rights of songwriters and musicians either, and he's apparently set on finding a way that will allow Apple to fuck over the people who actually make the music.
I guess the excess associated with Rock music over the past few decades has come back to bite us - though I never personally blew an advance on hookers and blow, I still live in the hope that I can make some sort of a living making music.
I suppose I'll have to sell all my recording equiptment and just concentrate on playing live.
Will the Technocommies allow me that? Are they gonna come after the live thing as well?
I don't know how they could, but I'm not as smart as they are. They'll come up with something I guess, because they hate me.
"YOU'RE ALL FOOLS - THE MOB RULES"
Sunday, February 04, 2007
Jackson approved of the Prince half-time show.
Billy, you need to stop. You've hurt enough people with this behavior. Billy, put the piano down, for God's sake.
Super Bowl Sunday deserves a great meal..... a great meal with meat.
I made Chili. The Legal Diva supervised.
I used ground beef, and cubed beef.
I began by seasoning the cubed beef. I took a large freezer bag and put in a mixture of about 12 spices, including, but not limited to; black pepper, chili powder, Jane's Crazy Mixed Up Salt, onion powder, garlic powder, cumin, and jamaican curry powder. The Legal Diva suggested the addition of some powdered meat tenderizer. I put the beef in, sealed it, and shook the shit out of it.
In a large saucepan I fried up some sliced bacon. When it had cooked through, I removed the bacon (which The Legal Diva and I ate), added some olive oil to the bacon grease, and, at the Legal Diva's suggestion, seared the cubed beef on all sides. After, I pulled the cubes out and set them aside.
I then sauteed up: onion, garlic, poblano pepper, cubanel pepper, green bell pepper, and roasted red pepper. There was butter involved, again in conjunction with the olive oil.
When the veggies had cooked through, I put most of it aside with the cubed beef while I browned the ground beef in the pan with a small amount of the sauteed veggies. I drained the fat as I went along - not all, but most.
Back in went the cubed beef and veg, to which I added a 28oz can of crushed tomatoes, a 8oz can of Goya sala picante, a 120z can of stewed tomatoes, two roasted plum tomatoes, a can of Goya red beans, and a can of Goya dominican red beans.
I let that cook a good while, at least two and a half hours, stirring frequently.
At that point we made chili dogs. We boiled the hot dogs in beef broth, to which I added two more roasted plum tomatos. After, I combined with the chili, along with a half cup of red wine, a splash of red wine vinegar, a splash of worchestershire, a dab of low sodium soy sauce, and a smidge of nuoc mam (fish sauce).
We will eat the chili with grated cheddar, fresh bread, chips and beer while we cheer on the Bears.