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One hour turned into a humbling five

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As Aaron Lewis says from time to time on the radio waves, it's been a while. Indeed it has. After the first recording session at Clap of Thunder back in November I left the studio feeling super stoked and ready to finish the record. Two weeks later I attended the much anticipated Sparta reunion concert at Tricky Falls. Disappointment did not even begin to explain the feeling I left the venue with. I immediately decided to take the holidays off, pack my bags, catch the first train to Skyrim and get my feet wet and balls smashed in some Battlefield 3 boot camp. Video games are definitely a passion of mine and tend to be the glue that keeps my mind from falling apart; enabled mostly in part by the fact that i have the most understanding and loving of ladies. Oh and we've got the coolest-most-retarded-kick-ass cat on the planet. She makes me smile. They both do.

So after my break I decided to hit up Gabe at Clap of Thunder and get some drum edits done and ready up for the next session. I originally expected to only need about an hour, two max, to get things nice and set up but alas my drumming skills were a tad rusty. Luckily it's over with and up next are the bass tracks. Oh and one last thing before I forget, the new album will be released under a new "band" name. Howard Roarke.

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Jacob of Antigone's new project is Sea Turtle

I hit up the Black Market last night to check out some of my buds play. The lighting was absolutely atrocious, luckily the bands weren't. I wanted to do the usual sweet lil promo vid but I couldn't do much with the footage I caught so here's the RAW captures from my iPhone 4 I was able to salvage. Yeah I'm a little too tired to write anything witty. Pos fuck it!

- Sea Turtle -

Clip A - 842 MB* Clip A - 452 MB* Clip A - 515 MB* Clip A - 668 MB*

- Villes -

Clip A - 296 MB* Clip A - 209 MB* Clip A - 119 MB*

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The day I never thought would happen...

Seeing as the silence has been broken and no one ever thought this day would come, in my archives, I came accross this video my friend Ruben Quintana captured at an At The Drive-In show we attended quite awhile back. Show starts off with a personal fav "Chanbara" leading into "Sleepwalk Capsules" and unfortunately the battery runs out in the middle of "Pickpocket". All in all a great performance as usual. Hope you all enjoy. Can't wait to see these guys at Coachella via Youtube :)

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H.U.M, yeah that H.U.M

I had a really interesting dream last night. It's a dream that only I will EVER understand so I won't waste your time with that, however towards the end of the dream I heard a melody of what sounded like "Little Dipper" from Champagne, IL's own H.U.M. A great fucking rock band from the late 90's that made my pant's wet and muddy…from the shitting of. So I woke up wanting to listen to some of their jams and randomly hit up an old fan site of their's that is never updated but has some great footage and sound clips from back in the day. Crazy thing is just two weeks ago I finished a session recording drums at Clap of Thunder and Gabe told me they were heading to Austin the following day to play the Fun Fun Fun Fest. Little did I know H.U.M, who'd broken up back in 2000, is pulling a Sunny Day Real Estate/Sparta and getting the boys back together for a few scattered shows here and there or as I like to call it ROCK. Good ol' YouTube and a flick of the wrist brought me to the video you find above and plenty of others. I think this will be a good rest of my life. Jealous Sound, I'm waiting for your phone call.

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The Strangler Fig!!!

Talk about mixing Talking Heads with a bottle of gin. The Stranger Fig is a band from my beloved El Paso that pushes all the buttons labeled self destruct and brilliantly laughs itself to sleep. These motherfuckers can hammerfist a hooker while giving the fat sads to a bulimic. I can almost guarantee those aren't complete thoughts but neither is The Strangler Fig. It makes sense. The video above is a highlight reel of my boys in action. Right click and "save as" on the links below to download the full clips, in HD of course. My boys!!! We'll have to play a show together soon!

UPDATE: My FTP app Flow is sucking all sorts of balls at uploading these files at the moment. I apologize, I'll have the links up soon. If anyone has any recommendations for a better, stable, and flat out more reliable FTP app, please recommend one in the comments.

UPDATE: I went ahead and went back to the good ol' reliable YummyFTP and now the links are working. Slowly but surely I'll have them all up.

Download Clip A
Download Clip B
Download Clip C
Download The Fig in 720p [HD Foos!!!]

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[UPDATE] It's always been about Hayley - for me anyway, so what's new?

UPDATE: Looks like what I originally thought was right. After watching the Paramore interview on MTV although it was only mentioned very briefly, it was clear Josh's religious beliefs are what caused not only the break up of the band but also the break up between Josh and Hayley. Surprisingly the most shocking thing to come from the interview was that Josh Freese would be filling in for their South American tour. Crazy indeed. Looking forward to hearing what that sounds like. Also I'm not to fond of hearing that Taylor York is heavily influenced by folk music. I'd hate to have another band I truly loved listening to nonstop be tarnished by that crap also. ::cough:: Sparta ::cough:: Sleepercar ::cough::

Granted, I don't know Hayley personally and I probably never will. I'm not gonna sit here and go on and on about how Paramore is the greatest fucking band of all time because quite frankly the answer to that is obvious, but nevertheless I fucking dig 'em. They're break up? Umm, read lyrics much?

I was surprised however, to see Josh's Christ-Shat-Upon-The-Cross-Y'all-Lets-Go-Lick-it blog entry that set the Paramore community ablaze. His point of view seems valid but his comment about Hayley's lyrics is so belligerently asinine, it not only pinpoints what the real issue was, it amplifies it considerably. I'm sorry but I don't much care for people who wear their faith so heavily and obnoxiously on their sleeve. It's never of original design either is it? It's always the same patch, the same torch and that's why he lost me. I feel sorry for the guy but it justifies how ridiculous people are who can't see life outside that aging book and how difficult it can be to work with someone so blinded by their beliefs. Dude gets so solid in the pants for the good word I'm surprised he lasted so long in a rock band. Josh and Zac are undeniably decent musicians but touring shouldn't even belong in their vocabulary.

The following was undeniably fabricated in my head and to some, it's absurd I'm sure, but I'd like to think Hayley's side of the story is one of rebellion. Growing up in a religious household and wanting to break free of it's stipulations with, if I may add, unbridled enthusiasm. She did move out at a fairly young age. Interestingly enough, her tattoo's, especially the one of a black cross on her leg send some mixed signals. Oh yeah and then there's the infamous "hacked" nip, I mean pic. Elephant. Room. Come to think of it she's also ripping into that dude from New Found Glory. Well at least it's not the singer. Dude's a creepy mix of Quentin Tarantino and BLAP! - the sound a fat chick makes when she's dropping something fierce. I'm actually interested to hear what their label they have to say this Friday on MTV. Livestreaming yo! 4PM Eastern.

At the end of the day I can still crank up Brand New Eyes, Riot and All We Know is Falling and I'd still be listening to the same damn good jams I was listening to before all of this ruckus.

I can't throw all caution to the wind entirely though since break ups like these usually lead to things like Gwen's solo career. If Hayley truly is that weak minded and manipulable I can see things going that way. Regardless of what anyone says though you can't fake stage presence like that - rock is where this girl belongs, it's why I love what she's capable of and why I'd snatch her up in a heart beat to work with artistically if I were ever given the chance. Again FABRICATION. My friends and band mates know, as I've made it quite obvious, I'm a sucker for female fronted rock bands but I don't much care for most that I'm introduced to. 90% of them are me-too's, 7% are horrendous, 2% suck, and that last 1% are so rare it's almost not worth the effort. I'm currently diggin' this band from Brazil called Fake Number that I discovered through Pandora. Let me just put it this way, as long as I don't have to see the band I can get down with two of their jams.

As for Paramore, Tetelestai indeed.

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PODCAST: The Lipstick Device is the featured music break for this weeks Weekend Confirmed!! Episode 28 to be exact.

The ability to break apart, dissect and extend any type of discussion about a game like Guitar Hero beyond 2 minutes is one miraculous feat and that’s exactly what they guys of Weekend Confirmed just did in episode 28. There's a reason it's THE gaming podcast it's also the reason why I never miss an episode. While I'm at it I'll bring up how this episode also happens to feature one of my songs “Proximity is Your Campaign.”

I’ve followed Garnett Lee’s podcasting since the early days at Ziff and countless restructuring in lineups. It's a lot like a band with each new revolving chair the chemistry takes a hit. Like many others, I’m also one who miss the original chemistry shared between Shane Bettenhausen, Luke Smith and John Davison, but that was the past and Weekend Confirmed is the present. Garnett never skips a beat even when special guesting the guys at 8-4 Play, another great podcast featuring former 1UP/GameVideos editor Mark MacDonald which focuses primarily on news coming from Japan. It's just as informative, wacky and entertaining as Garnett and the crew.

This post is simply to express my admiration for the great, entertaining minds over at 1up, ShackNews and of course Jeff Cannata, also of the Totally Rad Show. I find it extremely exciting to have something I created be featured on a podcast I truly respect and admire. Jeff's "Very true" response to the album title sent chills down my spine. Them there my fucking boys yo!!!

Visit "Weekend Confirmed - Episode 28" over on ShackNews.com for the break down of this specific episode.

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Updated: The Lipstick Device [Bio]

You won’t find any type of rockstar bio with lists of things I’ve accomplished here.  I’m simply one guy with plenty to say about nothing.  The Lipstick Device is a one man band from this little “ghost town” of El Paso, TX.  “You can’t destroy the world without a Soundtrack” will eventually describe what happens when all inspiration is lost and seclusion wraps it's cold bare hands around your neck triggering an unhealthy, yet comforting acquaintance

To say I can't stand the music industry is simply too general of a statement to make. I love music and everything involved in making music, but I can't stand specific elements of the music industry. I can't stand specific bands who demand and request what they most always never deserve. I can't stand bands whose bios are filled with lame cliches about loving music or claiming to be something they most certainly are not.  Most importantly, I cannot stand musicians who write music for the sole purpose of reaching some form of stardom.  I may be a musician no one has ever heard of but I can live with that and that’s the difference between you and me and everyone else.

My music is written, first and foremost, for my own pleasure. It fills in the blanks  where the musicians I listen to leave off.  If you don't like it, that's fine with me. If you are intelligent enough to provide any useful criticism by all means provide it, I'm all ears. 

It’s difficult to describe my music because I’d prefer to hear it described from another persons point of view.  It’s like describing a dream.  My description will not fit your image of it regardless of how hard I try.  I feel it also rids you of any ability you have to decide for yourself whether you like it or not.  It’s a form of salesmanship that I wish to play no part in.  It's there, all you need to do is press play.

I've played with enough bands to know that my original intention to stay behind the scenes and become solely a song writer has been solidified. I love performing, but the trouble of finding fully competent, dedicated musicians in this small but lovely city of El Paso, makes it near impossible to accomplish any form of success in that department.

To be blatantly honest, I almost lost any reason to continue to document, liberate and implement any more of the ideas I had brewing in my head.  I’ll always do what I want to because I find some enjoyment in it and NEVER solely for the purpose of earning a buck.

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God fucking damn it Hayley, seriously?!?!?


Clicking on the image above is NSFW in the least

I hadn’t read Buddyhead in awhile and the day I fucking decide to fire up the ol’ newsreader, Gruml by the way, this is the first article that pops up. I do follow her on Twitter but I must have been LTTP since I do remember the hacked message but thought nothing of it. After reading the post on Buddyhead, it definitely puts that tweet, or twat depending on your point of view, into perspective. No, no Hayley, I don’t hate you for what you’ve done, not by a long shot, I only hate that I can’t blast my Paramore jams like I’ve done in the past without some douche who has seen this pic saying “yeah, I like her tits too bro!” Damn it. Most importantly I’ll never hear the end of it or any of it for that matter once my lady finds out as well. If she hated you before for no reason, she’s really got some ammo for that cannon now.

C'mon Hayley you sport a Mac, you should be in the know about how technology works and how easy it is to take data off of a pic. Seriously, just own it. Adrianne Curry does it all the time and I love her all the more for it. It's not about the pics it's about owning who you are.

GOD DAMN IT.

Come to think of it. As I hear my lady laughing in the background, I don't doubt she may have already seen this on a site she frequents called dlisted.com. Stuff like this is right up that guy's alley. At which point she hasn't told me so now I can be pissed at her. Right?

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REVIEW: The Royalty - Self Titled Debut

Living in a city like El Paso where 90% of the bands you come across are either metal or every single horrendous sub-breed of it can make any band with a shred of difference really stand out whether or not the actual music is any good. The Royalty is that kind of band. I hate the qualifier but it stands as proof that while drowning you'll grasp at anything for a chance at the slightest amount of air. Unfortunately it's all in vain as any attempt I made at breathing caused me to swallow an ocean.

The Royalty's self titled full length landed at my doorstep and much to my surprise the sound quality was mind blowing. For a band like this to have such a massive and undeniably unique sound from a local recording was very surprising. The Royalty that I remember running sound for a couple of years back, this was not. The kids have grown up and discovered what it's like to drench themselves in reverb and grasp what their sound and image should have been all along. Finally. From the minute the first track "Alexander" played I was floored by the colors bouncing off my speakers. I was completely lost in the atmosphere they'd carefully crafted for the listener. The similarity between the second track and almost every other Doo Wop song of the '50s and '60s completely brought me out of the experience along with the two tracks that followed. I admire the attempt made by "Vampire Graffiti" but by then I was already on the train back home. Even "Chinese Fire Drill" which was re-recorded from an earlier version I'd heard, had been lost in the mud. It's vocally rhythmic charm and pacing was lost and replaced by a staggered approach making it sound less natural. It was obviously a conscious decision to make it fit in with the rest of the album and so be it.

It suddenly hit me that the reason I'd become detached from the record was obvious. It sounded overproduced. This is where descriptions take a backseat to sheer subjectiveness. The Royalty does nothing to make me want to climb out of my cubby hole and watch them perform live. It's the soundtrack to feature film but never the film itself. The sound engineer did a great job at capturing who this band is but the band did nothing to keep me engaged. This is a great recording and fans of this genre of music have something new to listen to but I've come across it all too often in this city, this will be the last album we hear from The Royalty with it's one or two great fucking songs before the band breaks up and it's members shuffle around to form something else. It's a pattern and it's a staple.

Prove me wrong guys. For the sake of filling the shelf with something other than metal. Prove me wrong.

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MGMT's Kid's aren't all right

I saw this video for MGMT's "Kids" for the first time in my life about a month ago with my lady Kel. I recognized the song but had no idea who the fuck it was since I don't listen to crap on a regular basis. Although I do respect a damn good catchy tune. Kel's first impression was, in a screachy old woman voice "Who the hell would scare the shit out of a kid like that" end screachy voice. Now, Kel hasn't been in films like I have, nor has she worked with the great Ritchie Valens like I have so for someone as gullible as her I can see how this would be a concern. So I sat her down and explained the ins and outs of the biz and how video's are shot to make certain scenes look believable, except for Twister, that Bill Paxton's got some balls man. She remained convinced that the band was going to hell since she's all godly and shit. After telling her I'd do the same with our kids to get them used to beasts of the night she proceeded to preach the good word, Jesus this, Jesus that, so I flipped her the bird.

A month later I find myself looking up the video to watch in it's entirety and make some sense of it. Well, sort of, see I've always been one to think that music need not be explained lest the meaning be taken from the listener. Ye just got Twained! Once someone listens to a song the meaning becomes there own and if the artist explains it to you you've not only missed point but you might even feel betrayed, or not. Sharing thoughts with one another though is cool so for the sake of Ask An Enemy, pos fuck it no?

The Mark Twain quote really puts the rest of the song into perspective. It's easy to take this video at face value but where's the fun in that. Without over analyzing things too much let's keep it simple shall we? The lyrics and the video demonstrate two aspects of Twain's quote. The lyrics describe how fighting monsters and opening yourself up to that circle of events ultimately leads to becoming one yourself, while the video steers more towards avoiding them entirely to keep innocence unscathed ultimately appearing weak and vulnerable as the final scene implies. The kicker here is how the weak prey on the vulnerable. Think about it. You're interpretation may vary but I'm sure you get the idea if not well fuck it or fuck her. With a chorus like "Control yourself, take only what you need from it," it's the type of fragmented lyric, or thought, that I love as it can be read in so many ways. Take the verse for example and how the child was "too loud", or opinionated, from the beginning that's essentially who he is. It's not so much the child more so how childish people can actually be. "A family of trees wanting to be haunted" is probably my favorite line of the whole song as it cements the verse demonstrating how some people simply ask for it and consequence serves them no reprimand. No lesson will ever be learned. To them there is no right or wrong.

Back to Kel's point though, I honestly have nothing against scaring the kid shitless it's not like he'll remember most of it anyway. In the comments one guy point's out that the making of video explains how they actually took shots of the kid only as he cried about other things. I'm so sure Maniac Cophad nothing to do with it. I'd look it up but I'd rather look up this. Besides it's not something I care to know. I'm happy with what I got from the video. Kel on the other hand will for sure. She can't let things like that or the bible go. I'm just messing she's not preaching the good word but she is white.

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When a songwriter sings his songs proper

Noel Gallagher - Wonderwall - Sorry YouTube doesn't allow embedding of this matierial so you'll have to hit the link to watch the vid.

I'm sure many of you know this song. I'm almost sure many of you don't know the song was written by one Noel Gallagher yet sung and for the most part performed by his brother Liam or Oasis as a whole. This version, sung and performed by the song writer, has no post production values, no proper song architecture. It demonstrates what a true artist is and does. Once the labels take hold of it they over emphasize parts, they put layer on top of layer of nonsense.

This version may throw you off at first, but give it a chance and you'll see that all it's mainstream-ness, all of it's "pop" feel is gone and what you get is the songwriters true intention. I can't see any reason why anyone would or could go back to it's perfectly symmetric and heavily produced sibling.

And here's another simply for good measure.

Talk Tonight

I'm tired but thought I'd post this before hitting the hay. HEYYYYYYYY!!!

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Reaper DAW sucks fucking balls but Rockband Creators Network is all sorts of rad

Well, first off, I'm not having the greatest day but I just thought I'd pop in and say that the DAW of choice Harmonix chose for developing the songs is shit.  Issues, yeah I have some issues with their shit ass choice in making a mouse nout work like a fucking mouse.  Left is right and right is left.  Not only that you have to set custom actions, you know keyboard shortcuts and the like, for each individual fucking window that's open.  You have to customize them for the midi editor, the main arrange window, even a window called Main (alt record) which not only sounds like nothing that makes sense but I'd only like the punch the devs in the face for pronouncing the word PROcess not PRAHcess.  Stupid fucks they probably shitting in each others mouth and drinking out of a barn.  

Oh yeah, so the song I'm working on is "Proximity is your Campaign."  Familiarize yourself with it.  It'll be done soon or ass backwards sippin' soda shoes according to Cockos, yeah what kind of name is that anyway shit heads.  FUCK!

 

 

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THE, I repeat THE, Killer App for the iPhone. Voice Band.

Straight and to the point, Voice Band lets you make music by simply singing, fuck, even mumbling into it.  Why is that fucking cool?  Well for starters I always find myself conjuring up the sickest fucking beats at the most inopportune moments.  Moments where my drumset or guitar are no where in sight.  Beats that would DEconstipate a fat chick and knock some sense into this douche.  I've been dreaming of an app like this for just those moments and for brainstorming ideas without the need to set up the whole fucking studio.  Think about it, you can piece a whole song together on the fly, on the way to band practice and give the band an idea of what you're going for.  Watch the video and keep tabs on your jaw, if it drops nearly as much as mine did, you may want to reconsider moving out of your apartment if you live with a gay.  

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Joy Division, so this is what I've been snubbed for.....

That up there is a live performance of a song called "Dead Souls" by Joy Division.  Who is Joy Division? Well, they're a band that evidently a lot of people have heard of and, to my amazement, actually respect.  See back in 1994 I was enamored by little a movie you may remember called The Crow.  Nine Inch Nails did a cover of the song for the soundtrack to the movie.  I LOVED THIS FUCKING SONG!  At the time I didn't care who wrote it or who Nine Inch Nails let alone Joy Division were, said knowledge only served to discuss the songs existence amongst a circle of friends.  After years of being told Joy Division was such a great band and only recently putting forth the effort to find the original version I'm not all that surprised by what I found.

It's easy to criticize music I didn't grow up listening to simply because I don't harbor that bond you get from listening to it for the first time or the smile you see when you first introduce someone else to it.  You know, like how people say Led Zepplin is good yet I can't find a single song of theirs that does anything for me.  So I understand why people got all up in arms when I'd mention I'd never heard Joy Division.  So what.  Why should the fact that I've never heard the original version of a song matter whether I like a modern version or not.  Imagine traveling 20 years into the future only to return and have to settle for Taylor Swift proper, when you've already heard and seen the younger, hotter and more rebellious successor to her throne.  My point is as time goes on things change, progress, lose relevance and although it's not always entirely true, things get better.  Music, however is so subjective that it's almost impossible to apply such rationale to it.  

Dead Souls is a great fucking song but I gotta say listening to the original version and criticizing it only in terms of musicianship, it sounds like a high school cover band doing a barely passable version of the Nine Inch Nails song.  Does the guitarist even have a clue what he's doing?  Do people honestly consider these horrific, off-key mumblings and sounds, vocals? This is what I've been snubbed for?  Seriously?  I've heard from friends that Ian Curtis would suffer from sporadic seizures that the audience would mistake as part of the performance.  Well color me holy shit as I'd probably be the first guy rooting this mother fucker on if I had no knowledge of his condition.  I fancy myself a musician and arteest of sorts, so I appreciate the value of what Joy Division has done for music but I'm more a product of their influence on the musicians that I grew up with so I do admire their brilliance but I do so indirectly.  I simply can't stand being told what to like and dislike in addition to being liked and disliked based on my "knowledge" of music.  Cuh-rack dat whip!

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Live's Operation Spirit, before les douche

Ok, first off, remember when CD cases were that monstrous.  Fuck.  Onward my good fellow, here's a perfect example of what the music industry can do to you.  Above is not just one of my favorite Live songs but one of my favorite songs period.  When I first heard this song, back when I actually gave a shit about MTV's Unplugged, this song gave me escalofrios, or goose bumps.  Ever since then, the original studio recording just doesn't hold up.  The flair and radiance that came from those words "heard a lot of talk about this Jesus" was  fucking magnificient.  Thanks to power of YouTube I found this performance from what I can only assume is a late night talk show hosted by Dennis Miller.  It's a great fucking performance but still doesn't hold up to the raw power behind the Unplugged version.  I have it on a VHS somewhere back in 1995 but my time machine, or legs and arms, can't muster the energy to sift through each and every one of those forgotten little tapes collecting dust.  Take my word for it though.  Fraggle. Fucking. Rock.

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And this is why I didn't go to the TAXI Road Rally

You might not think there's a bitchslap coming, but oh hell yeah it is. So Kara "Not Paula Abdul" DioGuardi, as mentioned in my previous post, gave this young chap some words of advice about his musical career. After praising him on what is quite obviously a gift, she says those same words I've heard other band members say, yet with less vagina, "It's all about the image". It's sad and depressing that as natural and charming as this guy came across, his image is what would hold him back. Ok so if this guy had a bit of the down-syndrome going for him or a boot for an arm maybe it would freak some people out, and I get that. There are plenty of mongoloid ass looking beasts out there who are great musicians/singers etc, that look nothing like the plowable gems, like Taylor Swift, that make records these days.  I understand that all major label execs want is more money to fund their Enzyte addiction.  My point is to become a "star" image is indeed everything.  Therein lies the problem.  Too many people want to be stars and not artists, regardless of what anyone who auditions for American Idol says, simply put, if you audition you can leave your dignity and integrity at the door.  American Idol was created for entertainment purposes much like America's Funniest Home Videos and Jackass were.  

TAXI's whole purpose, unless you are 18 -25, is for you to be the sloth behind the scenes while younger artists perform your songs.  See the connection.  I love that about TAXI but that's simply my opinion that I know for a fact others do not share.  I'd rather be the songwriter, than primarily the star.

Normally a guy like this would suffer the wrath of my 44WPM for how he requested to perform rather than have them listen to his cd however, not only does he bring it, he does it so brilliantly that you can immediately forgive his unpreparedness.  After all he was randomly selected, tho the cynic in me cannot let go of how premeditated it all feels, yet that's my whole point, dude obviously has a gift and all is forgiven.  So back to title of this entry.  The reason I didn't go to the TAXI Road Rally was because I let reality sink in and realize I'm nowhere near the caliber of guys like this but I only have myself to blame.  As I've said before it's humbling.  As much as I'd love to live in my own world, and don't get me wrong at times I feel like I do, it's nice yet depressing, to know there is a real world out there.  Oh well, I think I hear my video games calling me again.

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Unboxing: Presonus FaderPort

Here is the Presonus FaderPort Unboxing in video format (also available in the AAE TV section) instead of the usual picture gallery.  Once I completely wrap my head around it's feature list and put this sucka to the test,  I'll post up some thoughts on it.  If any of you use DAWs and have been looking for a simple and efficient host controller with an elegant design the Faderport may just be right up your alley.  As functional as the iPhone is with apps like ProRemote, the iPhone is still a phone so in the middle of a session you can still receive text messages and calls which can be distracting if not annoying.  Putting the phone in Flight Mode relieves you of that however that defeats the purpose entirely and besides fancy schmancy touch screens ain't got shit on tactile feedback.  I'll post up some solid thoughts soon. 

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Unboxing: Presonus FireStudio Mobile

My lovely lady got me the following gift for my birthday this past weekend. I need to put this shiz to good use so get your ears ready suckas, this may just bring about the return of the Ask An Enemy Podcast, creamage of pants from rocking Lipstick Device jams, or nothing. The choice is up to me and my mood. You better hope I'm pissed or you'll be listening to some Hootie style jams. Have you heard that shit disease he calls a Christmas song? It's called "Grandma got run over by a reindeer now she has no clue my real fucking name is Darius Rucker and not Hootie! It's NEVER BEEN FUCKING HOOTIE!!!" Nah, seriously it's called Shit DUZEEZ or something equivalent to that mental picture. Scheck out the gallery bro!

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