And, I don’t know about you, but on the news or on the innernet I’m seeing/hearing people use ‘clearly’ a lot more.
It’s a couple of days til christmas and I’m stuck here in christmasless korea still. This seems to happen every two or three years. They want me to keep workin so now my poor old mum is having a 25th with no spawn. Last time I was stuck here like this I posted this picture. It always makes me feel christmassy.
Last week here was very cold. Then it snowed on the weekend. Just a little mind you, nothing like what they’re getting in Europe and n.america. Ungrateful sods. The first ten minutes of the news was full of rich privileged whiteys pissed that they weren’t gonna make it home for christmas, and the last three minutes was about Romanian orphans who are living in gangrenous squalor with a bunch of mental and physical sicknesses due to neglect.
I’ve been playin guitar with an older woman in the building. Last night we learnt Dead Flowers by the stones. Good song.
Dsico, aka Dsico that no-talent hack, aka Luke Collison has put out a new EP called Restless Leg Syndrome. According to the press release it was written in Feb. of this year. It’s four tracks of dancy pop/rock with a melancholy twist! More subjective opinion later.
Here’s one track you can listen to while you read.
Back in June last year I mentioned his last album in a blog post here and was a little chuffed to get a comment from Dsico himself. This time I tried asking for a mini email interview. Here ‘tis:
> – You said the Touch Me (not like that) cover was tiles in
> a Stockholm train station. How about the Restless Leg
> Syndrome cover?
Yeah, i’ve got a slight obsession with photos of tiled walls. particularly grotty ones in train stations. I got a bunch of great tile photos in Hong Kong a few weeks ago, but these are from a underpass walkway right near work, near the Tower of London.
> – Was the ‘write an album in a month’ idea related
> to the NaNoWriMo write a novel in a month thing?
I think its related to the Novel one. I ran across it a few years ago RPM Challenge they call it. its all organised, I dont’ really participate in that side of it, just used it for inspiration.
> – What instrument do you write the tunes on – is it
> different every time?
Lately I”ve been starting with an Acoustic Guitar mainly but that changes all the time. sometimes it will eb a synth line or a bassline or keyboards.
> – The the songs have fuzz on the guitar. What fuzz pedal
> did you use? or, do you record direct into the computer
> and add effects on the computer?
A lot of those songs I was running the guitar, Telecaster, through a Chunk Systems “Brown Dog” which is actually intended for Bass guitar. its a Gated Bass Fuzz but I use it quite a bit on guitar lately.
> – Is London a better place to be making music than Sydney,
> or is that just where the dayjob took you?
Much the same I think. I was dragged over here with the day job, so brough over most of my gear. the first few year or so I didn’t do a lot of music here though. as I think there was too much to explore. Now i’m getting back into it more.
> – Is anything real really gonna happen in Copenhagen this
> week or what?
seriously I do not know.. I would be surprised if anything shattering actually comes to pass. I’m ecpecting the usual disappointment.
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I guess we can assume that these were the best four tracks from the rest of an album that got thrown back into the sea til it’s grown a bit more, but when I listen to the Restless Leg Syndrome ep alongside Touch Me (not like that) I can hear a progression.
As mentioned last year, I felt like I could pick out the influences on Touch Me pretty easily—there was a bit of The Cure, The Church in there among other things, but RLS is more its own thing.
Another thing I like about this is the pay format. I don’t know if many other artists are using systems like this, but from what I can see it looks a lot better than iTunes and things like that. I d/loaded the four songs for 0$ first to see if it was any good. Then after a listen went back and sent off a bit of dosh for it. I do know that radiohead did something like this, but radiohead can suck my dick—it was just a PR angle for them, whereas for artists who aren’t signed to label, it can be a realistic way of getting music distributed.
I’m sure it sounds like a sleight but sometimes I think of Dsico’s non-mash-up stuff as being like the Plan 9 From Outer Space of music. Not that it’s a laughable farce, but when I saw Plan 9 I thought Hey Wow, if this guy (Ed Wood) is doing this, then so could I. There isn’t layers of production obscuring Dsico’s music, same with the person and that can only be a good thing.
After a lancastershiric colleague mentioned a new burger restaurant here in the chong-jew opening up, I checked it out. It’s called smoky buns and despite the bad spellin they do make a nice burger. And the chips are good too. Best thing I can say is that it’s better than crazy burger.
(12/Mar/10 Update:) I no longer recommend smoky buns. I was there last weekend, and their staff were rude and racist. So they can go fuck themselves and I hope they go out of business. (End Update)
This gives you the idea of what the general noise level in a korean modern restaurant is. That is, it’s loud. Reminds me a bit of one of the first times I visited sydney by myself, and I was in Newtown standing at this hole-in-the-wall kebab place in Newtown and the guy says, ‘yeah mate whataya want?’ with this menacing tone that I was unaccustomed to receiving from the service classes. Also, the music was loud. Shop music is often loud here.
I’ve been in this town for 8 months and I finally got over to the industrial side of town today. Pretty neat. I like factories and quiet streets, weird chemical smells, rust and functional architecture.
Last Saturday I spent at least an hour solid scrolling through the archives of this site, image macros. It’s a combination of ‘funniest home videos’ style still images with this fascinating new form of internet-speak that has sprung up in the last 5 years. You have to be in the right frame of mind to look at it. Detached is best. I was looking at this semiologically. I would guess a fair few of these are done by the same person because there seems to be more of a sciencey bent with these than is representative over the internet.
One thing I find interesting is that it shows how images on the internet have reached a kind of critical mass. Even though cats aren’t involved in this genre, there must be a billion pictures of cats on the internet, and once they’re there they stay there.
From image macros, there’s this. I remember seeing this picture somewhere on the internet nearly ten years ago, but here it is still, and now repackaged to fit the ‘picture unrelated’ meme.
Anyway, some of the images are quite funny, and I liked this one best.
This site seems to be closely linked with 4chan.org. If you’re game go check that out.
Finally my mustang body and neck arrive. This idea began fermenting a year ago. What style, what configuration, what colour. Six months ago I put the monies down for it and it’s been a long, long time in production, but getting it today, I think it was worth the wait. The craftsmanship is very good and it’s the exact shade of saffron yellow I was after. Certainly this foto is not doing the colour justice. It’s night and considering it’s a candy paint-job even the best conditions for photography produce something significantly different than seeing it with thine own eyes.
Here is a candy apple red strat. I didn’t think much of this until I’d seen an example in person. New ones looked quite good, and older faded ones look positively multi-dimensional. Like this competition mustang, 2nd from front, seen on last visit to Tokyo.
Of course, mine won’t go a rust colour like that because there’s a certain amount of yellowing involved in the ageing process (see last post) and the yellowing of an already yellow guitar is unexplored territory for me. But this shade of saffron is the wavelength I vibrate at.
I’ve got all the other bits n pieces but a quick placing of them together shows that some things aren’t fitting together as perfectly as I envisioned. I’ll have to find someone who knows what they’re doing to put it together—it’s beyond me. More foters to follow when there’s something more like sunlight showing in this foggy little town.
Interesting that apple aren’t going to service computers that’ve been in smokey environments now. I read that they say the internal components get covered in a goo that stops the machine from venting heat. Don’t remember if they said ‘goo’ exactly but whatever the wording was, it left a pretty vivid little picture in my head, and a nasty one.
This is a 1981 Bullet, fender guitar.
I was pretty keen on buying it a while back but the chumps wouldn’t post overseas. These aren’t cool yet but I predict they will be. Something about the wear on this, the chipping of the paint on the pickguard, and the combination of colours reminds me of an old plane that’s crashed into the side of a foggy south american mountain and created a cargo cult. I don’t know if this particular guitar lived in a smokey environment.
The way inanimate objects get stained makes me think how well the human body is able to take in this stuff and somehow push it back out, but at the same time, how crazy it is to do it at all. Strange that I did for 11 years.