Tuesday, March 29, 2011

the horns of happiness. tape + tour.

These darlings have undergone a few changes in the past ~year or so... 
they've take to the west coast (bay + la), added a second drummer (andrew)... they also made this rad cassette right before taking off on tour:
The Horns of Happiness
Be Where Your Aim is Brave & Sound.

It's a fantastic new Magnetic South release, and a great new flip to the Horns of Happiness leaf. 
With all that's new, they have maintained their purveyance of titling word-smithery (see past titles: What Spills Like Thread, Would I Find Your Psychic Guideline...), organ fuzz, and strands of rhythm that hang out somewhere in the skychange between utopia and utility...x 2.

do it yourself here:

and check them out live (if applicable):

17 San Francisco, CA - Hotel Utah
18 Oakland, CA - First Church of the Buzzard
19 Los Angeles, CA - TBA
21 Phoenix, AZ - Trunk Space Gallery
23 Austin, TX - Mohawk
24 New Orleans, LA - AllWays Lounge
25 Athens, GA - Flicker
26 Knoxville, TN - Pilot Light
27 Louisville, KY - TBA
29 Chapel Hill, NC - Nightlight
30 Philadelphia, PA - M Room
31 Boston, MA - TBA
01 NYC, NY - Pianos
02 Brooklyn, NY - Bruar Falls
04 Pittsburgh, PA - Garfield Artworks
05 Cincinnati, OH - Mayday Northside
06 Indianapolis, IN - The Melody Inn
07 Bloomington, IN - The Bishop
08 Chicago, IL - The Observatory
09 Lawrence, KS - Replay Lounge
10 Oklahoma City, OK - The Conservatory
11 Denver, CO - The Walnut Room

Saturday, March 26, 2011

another thing about cloning pets....

2 taser factory things concerning pet cloning:
The first....
"Seoul-based RNL Bio said it is already working on its first order from an American woman who wants a clone of her dead pit bull. She was especially attached to it because it saved her life when another dog attacked her and bit off her arm."

And secondly...
When attempting to create pet clones, it takes several tries (I heard an unofficial average of around 5) to get it right. So, in the process of making 1 exact copy of the pet, there are typically a handful of fuck ups. 

I've said on many occasions...actually every occasion, that I am NOT interested in owning a pet of any kind. However, this news has bored a small hole in that rule. Where as in the past, the question "would you be interested in a puppy or kitty cat?" would be met with an immediate and omelette "No", I now have to extend it...."No...Unless it's a clone, or a clone fuck up."

Saturday, March 19, 2011

toshiro mifune. bad assin'...

Toshiro Mifune-- a true Japanese bad-ass. In light of recent events in Japan, I found myself watching a lot of his work...

His qualities were best exemplified in the films of master director Akira Kurosawa, such as Seven Samurai, Rashomon, High and Low, Yojimbo (which was remade by Sergio Leone as Fistful of Dollars), Sanjuro, and many more (he appeared in over 150 films in his career).
Here's a montage I found of him hurting people and looking like a bad ass...

 Sanjuro is a personal fav. I fall asleep to it many evenings...not that it's boring, it's just that the pace of the foreign language dialogue is extremely relaxing in the film. 

 Bold and expressive with seemingly little effort, not so unlike American bad-asses like Clint Eastwood and Humphrey Bogart (who's biography, Tough without a Gun, by Stefan Kanfer is totally rad from what I've skimmed of it..).
 Maybe Mifune can be called tough without a sword...

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

be prepared or not live...in the future.

here's the 'fo (short for "info"...which is short for "information") on one the many terrifically taser factory ideas that j.m. and i kick around from our opposite coastal bases...
the title isn't solid yet. the original lean was towards something like "the ultimate control" smart phone. after all, it is a smart phone, with a built-in base at the top for one of two attachments that allow mankind (and girlkind) to further control their environment. 
1. electric shaver foil.
2. taser.
it also includes USB jumper cables. 

and yes, it is dangerous...but so is the world. so be prepared.

decidedly, battery technology will need to catch up with this design.