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12/07/2020  — 

New Blert Song: Escape

If you follow blert on bandcamp, you've probably already heard this new song (will hit streaming services like Spotify on the 11th). We're still putting the finishing touches on a few songs that blert recorded back around 2002-2005 which we'll bundle-up in an album we'll call New Day Undone.

This song started out as "Bingo Bars" which had some of the dumbest lyrics ever written. Getting decent lyrics into my music has always been a challenge and the early version of this song is a great example of my verbal under- achievement. Yet we stuck with that song and even played it in front of audiences. Why? We really loved the music - it's very blert: a tricky rhythm, a weird harmony, a chance for something epic...

I remember when this song arrived, Neal and I were in our space at Downtown Rehearsal Studios and one of us found some book for drummers (icymi: drummers read!) about odd time signatures. The book contained exercises in which they lay down a beat in 4/4 and then add or drop a beat in a phrase.

Neal loved to experiment with beats and rhythms that don't fit into a mold and these exercises kept us on our toes. I liked playing simple guitar lines along with one particular pattern and then BOOM- something clicked. Bingo Bars arrived quickly.

Flash-forward to the now and between Neal and Tasha we have new lyrics which are so much more vital and current - we added some other arrangement twists that help this song really blast off. Hope you are ready to escape...

Feeling all the rage Feeding it for days The beauty has lost its luster All I hear is hate Seeing all the ways We've seemingly gone insane Think of all your lost ones Peeling off the pain

Really must escape Make for better space The joys have drowned in our sorrows Breath is hard to take Giving up the game Been feeling it for days The moment has lost momentum And belief is fake Escape Escape Escape

Another one dead today And rage is what I pray Breaking all composure Hey that's all O.K. Time to leave this place Some will choose to stay There's no room for the dead ones Everything falls away Escape Escape Escape

In this age of madness Filled with rage and a false sense of hope We come so close now Has it all been a fucking joke Who writes the narrative Where one thing is more than the rest Destroy the premise And escape this Whatever you call It And these things we are tripping about The beasts in the room Where the space between me and you Is in doubt How can we ever be free Ever be free

How can we ever be free

Go listen:

12/07/2018  — 

#MyMusical2018 Part 5: Other Shows

If you haven't caught on by now, this is a series of posts about the musical happenings that I was involved with in 2018. The last post was about a project I put together called Doodles. This one isn't about anything I worked on - it's all about the live music I saw that really moved me. If you recall from the first post, I'm pretty sure it was a show that sent me down this path... we'll see where this goes next year.

#MyMusical2018 Part 5: Other Shows

There's so much good live music happening in the bay area. There are so many good clubs and great bands - it can quite a bounty - an all-you-can-eat friggin Smörgåsbord. Life is pretty full though and it's a balancing act to get out to watch a band. I'm more likely to get out and catch friends' bands than out-of-town bands, but I've gotten to know a few out-of-towners who I'd see every time they come through. I could probably have a similar post for both art shows (art gallery openings are a lot like a band's gig and I like going to these things) and my kids' school, theater, and ballet performances.

Here are a few noteworthy gigs I happened to catch in 2018:

  • 1/3 Tony Molina, Healer - Was this Healer's first show? I got some awful yet exciting video of their brief set. (see below)
  • 1/6 Kids on a Crime Spree, Total Bettys
  • 1/16 This Stellar Madness at the Bottom of the Hill
  • 2/17 Mary Timony at the Independent
  • 3/9 Hard Left at the Ivy Room
  • 5/10 This Stellar Madness, Four Minus One Trio, The Gibbs at the Golden Bull
  • 6/8 Business Of Dreams at the White Horse
  • 6/24 Violent Change, Modern Dance, Chronophage, Beatniks at Dildo Factory
  • 6/26 that big band I saw with Ron whose name I forget...
  • 8/7 Tony Molina Record Release show at the Hemlock Tavern
  • 10/4 Terry Malts at the Hemlock Tavern
  • 10/22 Papercuts at Amoeba
  • 11/8 Papercuts, Tony Molina, Kids on a Crime Spree at The Chapel a totally fantastic show!
  • 11/11 Pennywhistle Park at the Ivy Room
  • 12/9 Dead Kennedys at the UC Theater?
  • 12/31 Beanpole at the Fillmore? Hopefully this works out...

Oh hey- more video! This is a playlist, so click through if you want to jump around the list of videos. Otherwise let it play...

What other shows am I forgetting here? Photos and videos? I got 'em.

That's it for the #MyMusical2018 posts. Thanks so much for following along. Maybe I'll update this thing more frequently in 2019? #morefrequentpostsin2019 here we come!

03/06/2015  — 

Om One

We got an Om One by supporting their kickstarter. The sound leaves much to be desired, but the device has captured our attention and imagination since we unboxed:

Thanks for shooting this Aaron.

10/29/2014  — 

A Wave

Big Wednesday. It happened the other day: one of those weeks where the buoy graphs are flat except for a sharp peak right in the middle of the week. Some storm from some far-off place sent a burst of energy our way, then stopped.

I got up a little late and saw that the bridge was jacked-up. After texting and sitting on the fence a while, I decided to just go and do it.

The paddle-out was TOUGH! I haven't been surfing nearly enough to be in shape. Also I don't remember exactly what happened on Tuesday night, but something I ate for dinner (or possible second-dinner) wanted to let me know that it was still hanging around.

I paddled for about 45 minutes, nearly barfed once, nearly gave up once. Somehow I was able to recover, find a little riptide and get outside (where I could sit and recover further).

Anyway, eventually I got lucky with a pretty sweet wave. I got luckier a few days later when someone pointed me to this:

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Sweet!

08/22/2014  — 

OMG Even More Artwork From Mad Men, Season 7 (The Art Department)


I've been posting a bit (ok, a lot) about the artwork in some of this season's Mad Men episodes. This post focuses on the artwork in the Art Department. These guys are the worker-bees in the ad agency. Their space is more cluttered than the rest of the office. Most of the wall-space seems covered with work-related junk but the artwork on the walls in the Artist spaces show some bold political leanings.

The Artists Stuff
The visual artists working with Peggy have more David Wiedman hanging in their office, but these pieces are more political than the other abstract forms. "Work Smarter" (buy this one btw) and "Generals for Piece" leap out of the background.





Oh hey, get that "Scandinavian Design Black and White Star" on Zazzle or Etsy too.




Stan Rizzo
Stan's bleak apartment features big Moshe Dyan poster as the only decoration. This seems like a pretty big deal to me: Moshe Dyan is a complicated and powerful reference. I can't imagine a set decorator would choose this image without a lot of thought. The series has carefully made reference to historical events (e.g. assassinations of JFK, MLK, RFK). It's completely omitted the 6-day war in 1967. In some ways, if Don Draper could get his act together he could pull his own pre-emptive strikes against the folks surrounding him (Ted, Lou, Jim, clients? Betty? his liver?).

What do you think this brings to Stew's character or the series in general?


Oh and here's one of those posters that appeared on ebay a while back.

Next, Roger Sterling's office...

08/21/2014  — 

Holy Crap Even More Artwork From Mad Men, Season 7 (Peggy Olson)

02/20/2014  — 

Observed: Scat/Rap Counterpoint

01/16/2014  — 

2013 Overheards and Observeds

12/27/2013  — 

A wave

06/04/2013  — 

CTA- the most important part of your page.

06/03/2013  — 

All web apps

08/16/2012  — 

Nuclear Stuffs

03/16/2012  — 

RSS Feeds To Follow

02/22/2012  — 

Song-A-Day In-Progress

02/25/2010  — 

Song-A-Day what a difference 25 days make

12/15/2009  — 

Rubicon Project Ad Network Sloughs-off Small Publishers

10/19/2009  — 

HELL -- Your Soundtrack For Halloween

09/05/2009  — 

Dings With Stories

08/18/2009  — 

Absurd Film/Foodie Moment

06/24/2009  — 

Allspaw talks at Velocity Conf.

04/05/2009  — 

Menu and Wines from Dinner at Cyrus

03/29/2009  — 

Twitter-Based Blog Syndication Flowchart

03/26/2009  — 

Twitter-Based Surf Report Flowchart

03/09/2009  — 

Top 10 things to do now that Song-A-Day is done:

03/02/2009  — 

Song-A-Day 2009: DONE

02/23/2009  — 

Song-A-Day Notes From The Studio

02/15/2009  — 

Song-A-Day Week 2: Still truckin'

02/09/2009  — 

Song-A-Day Week 1: Awesome

01/19/2009  — 

GoFish Becomes Betawave

12/25/2008  — 

Merry Christmas!

12/19/2008  — 

FOTC Season II

12/15/2008  — 

Darwin's moth: a survey of behavioral targeting solutions

12/05/2008  — 

The Magic of Surf

12/04/2008  — 

The Darjeeling LTD. Tunes

10/31/2008  — 

A Great Pumpkin

10/09/2008  — 

New Crop of Food TV

09/18/2008  — 

Skate or die

09/03/2008  — 

A day on Chrome

08/20/2008  — 

Digsby will change the way you communicate online

07/29/2008  — 

No Effing Way

07/16/2008  — 

twitterfountain, fun stuff!

06/27/2008  — 

Post 1000

06/25/2008  — 

Fun with Wordle

06/13/2008  — 

twitpic, kinda cool...

05/14/2008  — 

Double Surf-Swap Happiness This Weekend.

05/01/2008  — 

Geo Quiz

04/24/2008  — 

All-Time Favorite Commercial

04/21/2008  — 

Foody Weekend

04/18/2008  — 

April in Carneros

04/17/2008  — 

AdTech: Widgets and Gadgets

04/17/2008  — 

Effing greatest video effer.

04/15/2008  — 

GFSearcher=Nutch

04/09/2008  — 

bashWebTest Lives!

03/24/2008  — 

Simple Rss Widgets

03/19/2008  — 

COPPA, friend or foe?

03/05/2008  — 

Social Widgets

03/04/2008  — 

29 done...

02/18/2008  — 

GoFish, For Reals

02/05/2008  — 

James Blackshaw, wow

02/05/2008  — 

QA Interviewing: The Phone Screen

02/04/2008  — 

29 Songs: Day 3: If Yes, Then No

02/02/2008  — 

29 Songs: Day 2: On The Other Side

01/30/2008  — 

2005 Directors Cut Russian River Charonnay

01/30/2008  — 

Unwhined: Wednesday: OK

01/29/2008  — 

GoFish spilled, again...

01/29/2008  — 

108 Votes for NetScrap.com

01/25/2008  — 

Seeqpod sued by Warner Music

01/25/2008  — 

Unwhined: Friday: OK

01/24/2008  — 

Unwhined: Thursday: NOK

01/23/2008  — 

The horror of the Hayward fault

01/22/2008  — 

Unwhined: Tuesday: OK

01/21/2008  — 

34 million lattes on Howard St.

01/15/2008  — 

Macworld today

01/13/2008  — 

Netscrap top queries

01/12/2008  — 

Mavericks today!

01/10/2008  — 

Today, I am Sven

01/09/2008  — 

Gofish, spilled...

01/09/2008  — 

Caffe Trieste in SOMA is the place

01/01/2008  — 

Happy 08!

12/26/2007  — 

Zinfandel-palooza

12/16/2007  — 

2005 Falcon Ridge Lodi Zinfandel

12/10/2007  — 

Zombie Technology

11/26/2007  — 

Daniel Boulud on Mojo

09/10/2007  — 

Is it the weekend?

08/05/2007  — 

Carneros loop

04/25/2006  — 

Whack-o-pedia

04/24/2006  — 

Startup moments

04/10/2006  — 

Salento Primitivo

04/05/2006  — 

Sonoma Bikeride