Next to but still above a land

Monday, December 12, 2011 | |


Friday, December 9, 2011 | |

dotted line

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You Have

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If you do ride a bug

Sunday, November 20, 2011 | |


Tuesday, October 4, 2011 | |

The Douche Has Spoken

Thursday, September 22, 2011 | |


Saturday, September 10, 2011 | |


Tuesday, September 6, 2011 | |


Friday, August 19, 2011 | |


Wednesday, August 17, 2011 | |


Saturday, August 13, 2011 | |

Proper Cup of Tea

Monday, August 8, 2011 | |


Sunday, August 7, 2011 | |

Add`tn to Diehn

Thursday, July 28, 2011 | |



Tuesday, July 26, 2011 | |

flapping crane

Monday, July 25, 2011 | |



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Rolling Oscillations

√a “woman” in Botswana playing guitar.

Monday, July 11, 2011 | |

MATRIXSYNTH: Handmade Music Minneapolis Number Eight

Thursday, July 7, 2011 | |

MATRIXSYNTH: Handmade Music Minneapolis Number Eight: "via Twin Cities Maker via Paul 'It’s time for another round of Handmade Music! Number 8 will be held on July 25 9pm at the Hack Factory...."


Sunday, June 26, 2011 | |

That Zigga-Zigga Sound

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In my most recent search for new harmonic mixing ideas, I came across the magic that is DJ Shiftee. This gentleman puts the ism, in turntableism.

Spectral Layers

Saturday, June 25, 2011 | |

Spectral Layers from DIVIDE FRAME on Vimeo.

Solar Sinter

Friday, June 24, 2011 | |

Markus Kayser - Solar Sinter Project from Markus Kayser on Vimeo.

The Butterfly

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 | |
At the height of the Great Depression, the showman of a renowned circus discovers a man without limbs being exploited at a carnival sideshow, but after an intriguing encounter with the showman he becomes driven to hope against everything he has ever believed.

Directed by: Joshua Weigel; Written by: Joshua Weigel & Rebekah Weigel; Produced by: Joshua Weigel, Rebekah Weigel & Angie Alvarez; Starring: Eduardo Verastegui (Bella, Chasing Papi), Nick Vujicic (Life Without Limbs) & Doug Jones (Pan's Labyrinth, Fantastic Four - Rise of the Silver Surfer, Hellboy)

Milk and Cyriak

Thursday, June 9, 2011 | |

Ahh My Phones dead

Tuesday, May 31, 2011 | |


Saturday, May 28, 2011 | |

I Had a Mother Who Could

Friday, May 27, 2011 | |


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Baja Arizona

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An enormous mistake was made on December 30, 1853 when the Gadsden Treaty was signed between the United States and Mexico. The northern part of the Mexican state of Sonora, an area located south of the Gila River, was purchased by the United States, and tacked into what became the State of Arizona.

The people of the Gadsden Purchase have increasingly chafed under the domination of an enormous population in an around Phoenix (Maricopa County). In order to end the domination of Phoenix, the people of the Gadsden Purchase are seeking statehood. Proclaiming themselves as Baja Arizona, a "state of mind" is acknowledged to exist.

The primary differences between Baja Arizona and the remainder of Arizona are of attitude and tolerance. The people of Baja Arizona are known throughout the southwest for their enlightened view of the world. This is obviously not the case with the passaged of SB 1070 making it illegal to be an illegal in Arizona.

In Baja Arizona people fight for civil rights. In Maricopa County they are jailing immigrants.

In Baja Arizona a major issue is environmental quality. In Maricopa the major concerns are how to harrass Mexicans, and how to gut the budgets of the state university system so we don't have too many smart people to disagree with the dunderheads in the State Legislature.

Taimane's Toccata

Thursday, May 26, 2011 | |

Shape and Size

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Is this for REAL??

Tuesday, May 17, 2011 | |

Understanding Fourier

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Earth Beer

Wednesday, May 11, 2011 | |

When you leave and come back

Tuesday, May 10, 2011 | |

It gets better.

Swallows Your Highrise

Saturday, May 7, 2011 | |

From Deutsche Fotothek‎

Max Matthews

Friday, April 22, 2011 | |


Thursday, April 21, 2011 | |

satmorn chiptunez

Saturday, April 16, 2011 | |

I'm in the butter zone now, baby!

Friday, April 15, 2011 | |

Do It Again

Thursday, April 14, 2011 | |

Good Morning!

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Black Wonda

Thursday, April 7, 2011 | |

Read It

Monday, April 4, 2011 | |

Well, We Built Another

Monday, March 28, 2011 | |

“Incredible things are happening in the world,” he said to Úrsula. “Right there across the river there are all kinds of magical instruments while we keep on living like donkeys.”

Radiation Chart

Thursday, March 24, 2011 | |

Math Duck

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Every Mission to Mars

Friday, March 18, 2011 | |

Cry Baby

Thursday, March 17, 2011 | |

Cry Baby: The Pedal That Rocks The World tells the story of the wah wah effect pedal, from its invention in 1966 to the present day. Musicians, engineers, and historians discuss the impact of the pedal on popular music and demonstrate the various ways it has been used, as well as how its evolution has improved the ability of artists to express themselves musically. The film features interviews with Brad Plunkett, the inventor of the pedal, plus many other musical luminaries such as Ben Fong-Torres, Eddie Van Halen, Slash, Buddy Guy, Art Thompson, Eddie Kramer, Kirk Hammett, Dweezil Zappa, and Jim Dunlop. These professionals explain how a musical novelty transcended convention and has become timelessly woven into the fabric of modern pop-culture.

In New Orleans

Wednesday, March 16, 2011 | |

analogiques citoyen

Monday, March 14, 2011 | |

T-Ray - Pretending That We're Dead

Thursday, March 10, 2011 | |

Smooth Metalica

Monday, March 7, 2011 | |


Friday, March 4, 2011 | |

Aleksander Petrov, "Rusalka"

Thursday, March 3, 2011 | |


Friday, February 18, 2011 | |

Beep It


Thursday, February 17, 2011 | |

Pulp-Based Computing: A Framework for Building Computers Out of Paper from Marcelo Coelho on Vimeo.

Chomsky on Wisconsion Portests

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AMY GOODMAN: This month is the 15th anniversary of Democracy Now! on the air, and it’s a real privilege to have MIT professor, analyst, world-renowned political dissident, linguist, Noam Chomsky with us. I’m Amy Goodman, with Juan Gonzalez, and we’ve been together for this whole 15 years, Juan. It’s really been quite an amazing journey.

As we talk about this revolution that’s rolling across the Middle East, we put out to our listeners and viewers on Facebook last night that, Noam, you were going to be in. And so, people were sending in their comments and questions. We asked, on Facebook and Twitter, to send us questions. Here is one of the questions.

RYAN ADSERIAS: Hello, Professor Chomsky. My name is Ryan Adserias, and I’m a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and also the child of a long line of working-class union folks. I don’t know if you’ve been noticing, but we’ve been holding a lot of protests and rallies here in our capital to protest Governor Scott Walker’s attempt to break collective bargaining rights that Wisconsin workers worked hard for over 50 years ago and have enjoyed ever since. We closed all the schools around here for tomorrow—today and tomorrow, actually. The teaching assistants here at the university are staging teach-outs. The undergraduates are walking out of class to show solidarity. And all of this is because our governor and governors all around the country are proposing legislation that’s going to end collective bargaining and really break the unions. I’ve also been noticing that there’s not a whole lot of national representation of our struggle and our movement, and it’s really been troubling me. So my question to you is, how exactly is it that we can get the attention of our national Democratic and progressive leaders to speak out against these measures and to help end union busting here in the United States?

AMY GOODMAN: That was a question from Ryan Adserias in Madison, Wisconsin, where more than 10,000—some say tens of thousands of people, teachers, students, are protesting in the Capitol building, schools closed, as Ryan said. So, from Manama to Madison, from Manama, Bahrain, to Madison, Wisconsin, Noam Chomsky?

NOAM CHOMSKY: It’s very interesting. The reason why you can’t get Democratic leaders to join is because they agree. They are also trying to destroy the unions. In fact, if you take a look at—take, say, the lame-duck session. The great achievement in the lame-duck session for which Obama is greatly praised by Democratic Party leaders is that they achieved bipartisan agreement on several measures. The most important one was the tax cut. And the issue in the tax cut—there was only one issue—should there be a tax cut for the very rich? The population was overwhelmingly against it, I think about two to one. There wasn’t even a discussion of it, they just gave it away. And the very same time, the less noticed was that Obama declared a tax increase for federal workers. Now, it wasn’t called a "tax increase"; it’s called a "freeze." But if you think for 30 seconds, a freeze on pay for a federal workers is fiscally identical to a tax increase for federal workers. And when you extend it for five years, as he said later, that means a decrease, because of population growth, inflation and so on. So he basically declared an increase in taxes for federal workers at the same time that there’s a tax decrease for the very rich.

And there’s been a wave of propaganda over the last couple of months, which is pretty impressive to watch, trying to deflect attention away from those who actually created the economic crisis, like Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, their associates in the government who—Federal Reserve and others—let all this go on and helped it. There’s a—to switch attention away from them to the people really responsible for the crisis—teachers, police, firefighters, sanitation workers, their huge pensions, their incredible healthcare benefits, Cadillac healthcare benefits, and their unions, who are the real villains, the ones who are robbing the taxpayer by making sure that policemen may not starve when they retire. And this is pretty amazing, like right in the middle of the Madison affair, which is critical.

The CEO of Goldman Sachs, Lloyd Blankfein, got a $12.5 million bonus, and his base pay was more than tripled. Well, that means he—the rules of corporate governments have been modified in the last 30 years by the U.S. government to allow the chief executive officer to pretty much set their own salaries. There’s various ways in which this has been done, but it’s government policy. And one of the effects of it is—people talk about inequality, but what’s a little less recognized is that although there is extreme inequality, it’s mostly because of the top tiny fraction of the population, so like a fraction of one percent of the population, their wealth has just shot through the stratosphere. You go down to the—you know, the next 10 percent are doing pretty well, but it’s not off the spectrum. And this is by design.

AMY GOODMAN: The New York Times coverage of Madison?

NOAM CHOMSKY: Well, that was very interesting. In fact, I urge people to take a look at the February 12th issue of the New York Times, the big front-page headline, you know, banner headline, "Mubarak Leaves," its kind of subheadings say, "Army Takes Over." They’re about 60 years late on that; it took over in 1952, but—and it has held power ever since.

But then if you go to an inside page—I don’t know what page it is—there’s an article on the Governor of Wisconsin. And he’s pretty clear about what he wants to do. I mean, certainly he is aware of and senses this attack on public workers, on unions and so on, and he wants to be upfront, so he announced a sharp attack on public service workers and unions, as the questioner said, to ban collective bargaining, take away their pensions. And he also said that he’d call out the National Guard if there was any disruption about this. Now, that’s happening now to Wisconsin. In Egypt, public protests have driven out the president. There’s a lot of problems about what will happen next, but an overwhelming reaction there.

And I was—it was heartening to see that there are tens of thousands of people protesting in Madison day after day, in fact. I mean, that’s the beginning, maybe, of what we really need here: a democracy uprising. Democracy has almost been eviscerated. Take a look at the front-page headlines today, this morning, Financial Times at least. They predict—the big headline, the big story—that the next election is going to break all campaign spending records, and they predict $2 billion of campaign spending. Well, you know, a couple of weeks ago, the Obama administration selected somebody to be in charge of what they call "jobs." "Jobs" is a funny word in the English language. It’s the way of pronouncing an unpronounceable word. I’ll spell it: P-R-O-F-I-T-S. You’re not allowed to say that word, so the way you pronounce that is "jobs." The person he selected to be in charge of creating jobs is Jeffrey Immelt, the CEO of General Electric, which has more than half their workforce overseas. And, you know, I’m sure he’s deeply interested in jobs in the United States. But what he has is deep pockets, and also, not just him, but connections to the tiny sector of the ultra-rich corporate elite, which is going to provide that billion or billion-and-a-half dollars for the campaign. Well, that’s what’s going on.

JUAN GONZALEZ: Well, I’d like to ask you about this whole issue of the assault on unions. Clearly, it has arisen in the last few months in a coordinated way. Here in New York State, all the major business people have gotten together, raised $10 million to begin an ad campaign, and they’re being supported by both the Democratic new governor, Andrew Cuomo, and as well as the Republican-Independent Mayor Bloomberg. But they seem to be going after the public sector unions after having essentially destroyed most of the private sector union movement in the United States. They realize that the public sector unions are still the only vibrant section of the American labor movement, so now they’re really going after them in particular. Yet, you’ve got these labor leaders who helped get Obama elected and who helped get Andy Cuomo elected, and they’re not yet making the stand in a strong enough way to mobilize people against these policies.

NOAM CHOMSKY: Yeah, you’re absolutely right. There has been a huge attack against private sector unions. Actually, that’s been going on since the Second World War. After the Second World War, business was terrified about the radicalization of the country during the Depression and then the war, and it started right off—Taft-Hartley was 1947—huge propaganda campaigns to demonize unions. It really—and it continued until you get to the Reagan administration.

Reagan was extreme. Beginning of his administration, one of the first things was to call in scabs—hadn’t been done for a long time, and it’s illegal in most countries—in the air controller strike. Reagan essentially—by "Reagan," I mean his administration; I don’t know what he knew—but they basically told the business world that they’re not going to apply the labor laws. So, that means you can break unions any way you like. And in fact, the number of firing of union organizers, illegal firing, I think probably tripled during the Reagan years.

Then, in fact, by the early '90s, Caterpillar Corporation, first major industrial corporation, called in scabs to break a strike of industrial workers, UAW. That's—I think the only country that allowed that was South Africa. And then it spread.

When Clinton came along, he had another way of destroying unions. It’s called NAFTA. One of the predicted consequences of NAFTA, which in fact worked out, was it would be used as a way to undermine unions—illegally, of course. But when you have a criminal state, it doesn’t matter. So, there was actually a study, under NAFTA rules, that investigated illegal strike breaking organizing efforts by threats, illegal threats, to transfer to Mexico. So, if union organizers are trying to organize, you put up a sign saying, you know, "Transfer operation Mexico." In other words, you shut up, or you’re going to lose your jobs. That’s illegal. But again, if you have a criminal state, it doesn’t matter.

Well, by measures like this, private sector unions have been reduced to, I think, maybe seven percent of the workforce. Now, it’s not that workers don’t want to join unions. In fact, many studies of this, there’s a huge pool of workers who want to join unions, but they can’t. And they’re getting no support from the political system. And part of the reason, not all of it, is these $2 billion campaigns. Now, this really took off in the late '70s and the ’80s. You want to run for office, then you're going to have to dig into very deep pockets. And as the income distribution gets more and more skewed, that means you’re going to have to go after Jeffrey Immelt and Lloyd Blankfein, and so on and so forth, if you want to even be in office. Take a look at the 2008 campaign spending. Obama way outspent McCain. He was funded—his main source of funding was the financial institutions.

AMY GOODMAN: Now they’re saying he’s going to raise, Obama is going to raise $1 billion for the next campaign.

NOAM CHOMSKY: Yeah, and it’ll probably be more than that, because they’re predicting $2 billion for the whole campaign, and the incumbent usually has advantages.

AMY GOODMAN: Noam, we have to break. We’re going to come right back.


AMY GOODMAN: Noam Chomsky, professor of linguistics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, world-renowned political dissident. Stay with us.


AMY GOODMAN: Our guest for the hour is Noam Chomsky. He has authored over a hundred books; his latest, Hopes and Prospects, among others.

Professor Chomsky, I want to ask you about former President Ronald Reagan. A very big deal is made of him now on the hundredth anniversary of his birth. Last year President Obama signed legislation establishing a commission to mark the centennial.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: President Reagan helped, as much as any president, to restore a sense of optimism in our country, a spirit that transcended politics, that transcended even the most heated arguments of the day.

AMY GOODMAN: Noam Chomsky, your response?

NOAM CHOMSKY: This deification of Reagan is extremely interesting and a very—it’s scandalous, but it tells a lot about the country. I mean, when Reagan left office, he was the most unpopular living president, apart from Nixon, even below Carter. If you look at his years in office, he was not particularly popular. He was more or less average. He severely harmed the American economy. When he came into office, the United States was the world’s leading creditor. By the time he left, it was the world’s leading debtor. He was fiscally totally irresponsible—wild spending, no fiscal responsibility. Government actually grew during the Reagan years.

He was also a passionate opponent of the free market. I mean, the way he’s being presented is astonishing. He was the most protectionist president in post-war American history. He essentially virtually doubled protective barriers to try to preserve incompetent U.S. management, which was being driven out by superior Japanese production.

During his years, we had the first major fiscal crises. During the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s, the New Deal regulations were still in effect, and that prevented financial crises. The financialization of the economy began to take off in the ’70s, but with the deregulation, of course you start getting crises. Reagan left office with the biggest financial crisis since the Depression: the home savings and loan.

I won’t even talk about his international behavior. I mean, it was just abominable. I mean, if we gained our optimism by killing hundreds of thousands of people in Central America and destroying any hope for democracy and freedom and supporting South Africa while it killed about a million-and-a-half people in neighboring countries, and on and on, if that’s the way we get back our optimism, we’re in bad trouble.

Well, what happened after Reagan left office is that there was the beginnings of an effort to carry out a kind of—this Reagan legacy, you know, to try to create from this really quite miserable creature some kind of deity. And amazingly, it succeeded. I mean, Kim Il-sung would have been impressed. The events that took place when Reagan died, you know, the Reagan legacy, this Obama business, you don’t get that in free societies. It would be ridiculed. What you get it is in totalitarian states. And I’m waiting to see what comes next. This morning, North Korea announced that on the birthday of the current god, a halo appeared over his birthplace. That will probably happen tomorrow over Reagan’s birthplace. But when we go in—I mean, this is connected with what we were talking about before. If you want to control a population, keep them passive, keep beating them over the head and let them look somewhere else, one way to do it is to give them a god to worship.

AMY GOODMAN: Noam, you’ve written about, over the years, COINTELPRO, FBI raids. We’re seeing that today. There’s almost no attention given to what we have focused on a good deal on Democracy Now!, from Minneapolis to Chicago, the FBI raids, activists being subpoenaed to speak about in various cases.

NOAM CHOMSKY: Yeah, that’s a pretty—it’s not just—the raids are serious enough, but what’s more significant is what lies behind them. These are the first actions taken under new rulings by the Supreme Court. A very important case was six or eight months ago, I guess, Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project. It was initiated by the Obama administration. It was argued by Elena Kagan, Obama’s new court appointment. And they won, with the support of the far-right justices. The case is extremely significant. It’s the worst attack on freedom of speech since the Smith Act 70 years ago. The case determined that any material support to organizations that the government lists on the terrorist list is criminalized, but they interpreted "material support"—in fact, the issue at stake was speech. Humanitarian Law Project was giving advice—speech—to a group on that’s on the terrorist list, Turkish PKK. And they were also advising them on legal advice and also advising them to move towards nonviolence. That means if you and I, let’s say, talk to Hamas leaders and say, "Look, you ought to move towards nonviolent resistance," we’re giving material support to a group on the terrorist list.

Incidentally, the terrorist list is totally illegitimate. That shouldn’t exist in a free society. Terrorist list is an arbitrary list established by the executive with no basis whatsoever, by whim, for example, but no supervision. And if you take a look at the record of the terrorist list, it’s almost comical. So, take Reagan again. In 1982, the Reagan administration decided it wanted to aid their friend Saddam Hussein. He had been—Iraq had been on the terrorist list. They took it off the terrorist list. They had a gap. They had to put someone in.

AMY GOODMAN: South Africa, ANC.

NOAM CHOMSKY: Put in Cuba. They put in Cuba, and I suppose in honor of the fact that, in preceding several years Cuba had been the target of more international terrorism than the rest of the world combined. So, Saddam Hussein goes off, Cuba goes on, no review, no comment. And now, with the new Obama principle, giving—advising groups that are arbitrarily put on this group is criminal. And that was the background for those raids.

AMY GOODMAN: Noam Chomsky, we’re going to continue this conversation online and play it on the show again. Noam Chomsky, professor of linguistics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Proof that filling a tape casted roundabout dog with expanding foam doesn't work that well

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TouchOSC Android

Tuesday, February 8, 2011 | |

Not sure exactly when but TouchOSC made it to the Android, it's donationware and awesome!

At Once

Monday, February 7, 2011 | |

Kubrick Interview

Wednesday, February 2, 2011 | |


If life is so purposeless, do you feel that it's worth living?


Yes, for those of us who manage somehow to cope with our mortality. The very meaninglessness of life forces man to create his own meaning. Children, of course, begin life with an untarnished sense of wonder, a capacity to experience total joy at somethinig as simple as the greenness of a leaf; but as they grow older, the awareness of death and decay begins to impinge on their consciousness and subtly erode their joie de vivre, their idealism - and their assumption of immortality. As a child matures, he sees death and pain everywhere about him, and begins to lose faith in the ultimate goodness of man. But if he's reasonably strong - and lucky - he can emerge from this twilight of the soul into a rebirth of life's elan. Both because of and in spite of his awareness of the meaninglessness of life, he can forge a fresh sense of purpose and affirmation. He may not recapture the same pure sense of wonder he was born with, but he can shape something far more enduring and sustaining. The most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is hostile but that it is indifferent; but if we can come to terms with this indifference and accept the challenges of life within the boundaries of death - however mutable man may be able to make them - our existence as a species can have genuine meaning and fulfillment. However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light.


Monday, January 31, 2011 | |

Beckie's Ax-Man Go Set

Thursday, January 27, 2011 | |

1 Box
1 square heavy mat
180 white beads
181 black (oil colored) beads
2 bags

Make a 19/19 grid on the mat.
Use black paint to paint top of box black.
Use white paint to paint Go and mini Go board on top of box.
Put the beads in the bags.
Put the bags and mat in the box.

To Play:
Take the board out of the box.
Take the bags of beads out of the box.
Take the beads out of the bags.

All items available, at least at one time, from Minnesota's favorite Surplus Store Ax-Man.

Until 1995 it was thought that there were no turloughs in Great Britain.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011 | |

Twenty ten sent me back to the breadbasket.

Monday, January 24, 2011 | |

This image is © Wellcome Images, but has been altered into a Derivative Work by Paul Sobczak by Cropping

Ikea furniture devoured by the Big Apple’s craigslist monster and a bedbug-free mattress slumped against the brick wall of an italian restaurant I had lived above but never set foot. I don’t care how clean your mattress is, in NYC you can’t give that sh*t away.

Attempts were made to calculate the pros and cons, to confidants pointed questions were pinged. Any advice given only served to propagate the events already unfolding.

Quit the job you love. Give up nearly infinite access to one of the largest centers of diverse live music, art, food, and culture in this hemisphere. Move back to the midwest (where there is a noticeable lack of the aforementioned) with no real plan or career direction.

The following six unemployed months were spent ceaselessly sending resumes, watching an unhealthy amount of World Cup, and driving the length of the state more times than I care to remember. Finally, some contracted work in a related field propels me to Fargo where I would squat with a minimalist through the end of the year. A chance encounter at a career fair gets me an interview and soon after a job in the Wind Energy industry.

What possessed me to do these things? Having spent the last week chasing an SLR-toting platinum blond creative-type around Puerto Rico, the question becomes irrelevant.

These are things that happened to me. Below are some albums I listened to this year.

Jónsi - Go
Sufjan Stevens - The Age of Adz
Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
Four Tet - There is Love In You
Caribou - Swim
Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles
The Knife - The Knife (2004)
Modeselektor - Happy Birthday! (2007)
The National - High Violet
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
The Black Keys - Brothers
Wavves - King of the Beach

2010: Year of the Hippie Dance Off

Saturday, January 22, 2011 | |

Sorry for not posting a lot since being invited to contribute to this wonderful blog. It's been a very busy year for me. Every time I try to post anything I keep getting an image in my head of Al Davis locked in a vicious field goal kicking contest with Jean-Claude Killy, but there's never a clear winner. Those glorified footmen were doomed from the start, though they never knew it. I would think that given the muscle mass of Killy's legs that it'd be a no-brainer. But never underestimate the power of greed. Davis was full of it, though so was the rest of his generation. Heavy, I know, but there's nothing I can do about it now. Shit, I'm talking crazy already aren't I? This is complete garbage so far isn't it? I've let that bastard Thompson and his friends get to me. Finally, after all these years, I get it. I understand. Onward then, leaving The Great Hummingbird behind.

2010 was a fun year for me musically. I listened to a lot of really moving music and danced with countless supplies of wonderful people. I tend to stick with hippie crowds when possible as other social groups, in my personal opinion, pale in comparison in the arenas of weirdness and love. In the last few years my tastes in music have underwent a sea change of sorts. The people of The Citizen are, with no doubt, partially responsible. I'm grateful. Here's a short list of the new music I've been into lately in no particular order (except Bassnectar, he belongs at the top):

Bassnectar - Wildstyle EP (2010), just an EP but it completely blew me away
The Glitch Mob - Drink the Sea (2010)
BoomBox - downriverelectric (2010)
Bonobo - Black Sands (2010)
Four Tet - There is Love in You (2010)
Sleigh Bells - Treats (2010)
Caribou - Swim (2010)
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest (2010)
Girl Talk - All Day (2010)
Jonsi - Go (2010)
Buckethead - Captain Eo's Voyage (2010)
Lemongrass - The 5th Dimension (2010)
GOLD PANDA - Unreleased Medical Journal (2010)
of Montreal - False Priest (2010)

I've also gotten into several artists that I was previously unaware of, or maybe I wasn't ready to hear them at the time (thank you Alex). Here's a list:

Dr. Didg
Steve Aoki
Thievery Corporation
Juno Reactor
The Cat Empire
Chase & Status
and a whole lot of BASSNECTAR.

I've also been listening to some really good live music:

Sound Tribe Sector Nine (STS9) - LIVE at the Filmore, Denver, CO; 12/31/2010
Dr. Didg - LIVE @ All Good 2010
The Glitch Mob - LIVE @ The Fenix, Seattle, WA
Pretty Lights - LIVE NYE 2009, Midnight at the Vic Theater

Now, I'd like to talk a little bit about "bass rituals." Every third night somewhere in this country a bass ritual is talking place. I've been to 2 of such rituals in the past year and can speak to their authenticity. This is the place where dreams are made. An individualistic orgy of societies ultimate caricature. Hippies, hipsters, ravers, metal heads, junkies, speedfreaks, and normies are all in attendance. The economy is liquid (and powdered), and flowing freely throughout the room. The atmosphere buzzes in anticipation so thick that even the "bro's" can't be bothered to spout off about how they're going to date rape some "stupid bitch" from Tulsa later at the pledge house. Or maybe they do, and I just misheard. Anyway, it starts slowly, though everyone in the room can feel the tension. Tension in their bones, in their ears, in their eyes, in their heart. It builds...until your mind can't handle the pressure. Then, your body takes over. You dance... hard. You find yourself wondering through a sea of love and aggression that rips your soul from the source (wherever that fiend may be hiding). You might fight it initially, but not for long. Soon 3 hours will have passed, and as you're stepping over the spent bodies littering the floor you realize that something in your life has changed. Very small, but definitely alien. Please go to a Bassnectar show and tell me what changed in your life. I still can't figure it out for myself. Even in the depths of the metaphysical there are no answers.

Peace and Love,

Edit: spelling

Listening Recommendations from Another in 2010

Friday, January 21, 2011 | |

This image is © Wellcome Images, but has been altered into a Derivative Work by Paul Sobczak by Cropping

in no particular order...

I Blame Coco - The Constant (2010)
Caroline Smith and the Good Night Sleeps - Backyard Tent Set (2008)
Anika - Anika (2010)
Har Mar Superstar - Dark Touches (2009)
La Roux - La Roux (2009)
M.I.A. - MAYA (2010)
Mark Ronson and the Business Intl. - Record Collection (2010)
Jenny Owen Youngs - Transmitter Failure (2009)
The Limousines - Get Sharp (2010)
Non Dolet - Inner (2010)
Ellie Goulding - Lights (2010)
Glasser - Ring (2010)
Florence + the Machine - Lungs (2009)
Sleigh Bells - Treats (2010)
Blow Your Head Volume 1: Diplo Presents Dubstep (2010)
Warpaint - The Fool (2010)
Girl Talk - All Day (2010)
Kate Nash - My Best Friend is You (2010)

Also these compilations are great and I love playlists:

Dermot O'Leary Presents The Saturday Sessions 2010


Citizen Analog 2010 listening recomendations

Saturday, January 15, 2011 | |

This image is © Wellcome Images, but has been altered into a Derivative Work by Paul Sobczak by Cropping

Paul's Favorite Albums of 2010

The Tallest Man on Earth - The Wild Hunt
Crooked Still - Some Strange Country
Shpongle - Ineffable Mysteries from Shpongleland (2009)
Samamadon - I See The Sign
K'naan - Troubadour
Mumford and Sons - Sigh No More
Stars - The Five Ghosts
Zee Avi - Zee Avi (2009)
Michael Franit & Spearhead - The Sound of Sunshine
Horse Feathers - Thistled Spring
The Books - The Way Out
Laura Veirs - July Flame
Langhorn Slim - Be Set Free (2009)
Neko Case - Middle Cyclone (2009)
Ben Harper - Welcome to The Cruel World (1994)
Bob Dylan - Bob Dylan (1962)
Dave Seaman - Global Underground 012: Bueno Aires (1999)
Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros - Up From Below (2009)


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You could just

Wednesday, January 12, 2011 | |

Critical Thinking

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Monday, January 10, 2011 | |

Arduino The Documentary (2010) English HD

Blogging Minnesota from Japan

Wednesday, January 5, 2011 | |

In Terms of Using Melisma

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The Melisma Stochastic Melody Generator is a computer program that generates original melodies using stochastic (i.e. partly random) processes. From this site, you can generate a melody using parameters of your own choosing; the melody will be returned to you in the form of a midifile, which will then be played on your computer.


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