Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The Best of Both Worlds

Tuesday, June 28, 2011


Sunday, June 19, 2011

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

I'm home alone again so I decided to hang a few more frames. Then I made the bed and cleaned up the room a little bit so I could take a nice picture. At the bottom of the bed you can see the really great quilt Mrs. Douglas made us as a wedding gift. We haven't had to use it yet, but I'm sure it will be a lifesaver when the winter comes.

Early, I went to the Goodwill and bought and awesome painting of a poodle and a frame to put it in. I don't know where I'm going to hang it yet, but when I do, I'll post a pic. The new 57 Splits record is up at bandcamp now. It is supposed to be the record of July, but I'm not very good at holding back.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Home Alone

Jessica started school today so I stayed home and hung some pictures on the wall. I also freed up the painted-shut bathroom window to clean all the glass the best I could. I took care of a few other chores too.

Other than that, I've been working on some new mixed up music all about our move. Its almost finished and should pop up on Bandcamp pretty soon. Jessica's been working on some tiles, but mostly we've just been doing new apartment stuff. I heard that June 20th is the 2nd annual Six-20 Camera Day, so I'll try to get an old camera out and shoot a few rolls of film around town. I'm hoping the Walmart here has the same cheap film developing system as the one back home.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

The Flea Tape

Since we got married and made the big move across the country the music production has had to slow down a little. Luckily, a record I made a few years ago (just for friends) has resurfaced. I reworked it a little bit and now it is the record of the month of June. Hopefully, a new record will appear on bandcamp around the first of July.

Monday, June 6, 2011

I'm Married Now

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Controposto Pose

Well we made it halfway across the country and are getting everything unpacked here in Portland Maine. When I was packing I rediscovered the tape recorded by my old band, Controposto Pose.

My first band, Cosby, broke up after a member or two decided we should actually learn to play our instruments, a complete betrayal of the Cosby Mission Statement. Mark Foltynewicz, Matt LeRoy and I decided to continue on with a new band. We wrote a couple of songs, but really needed a bass player. Someone told us about Jamie Stutevant, a friend of a friend who had just taken up the bass. He was already practicing with another guy, Andy Bradley. So we all joined together as a five piece band. I came up with the name Controposto Pose after taking a survey of art class. We played a bunch of shows in basements and churches and then Jamie moved to Rockford so we stopped playing together. Mark and I worked on a lot of songs for years after that, but we never tried too hard to be a real band again.

I think the tape must have been recorded in 1993. I know I was listening to Hum's Electra 200o a lot and the Cranberries were on the radio. Jamie and Andy were into Hole's first album. That all adds up to 1993. If I remember right, we recorded in a public access TV station that was closed for the weekend. Ron Romano had an eight-track and a bunch of microphones. I think we were only the first or second band he ever recorded and I'm pretty sure we had only been playing together for a couple of months, so you'll have to excuse the quality. I listen to the tape every few years, sometimes feeling embarrassed, other times surprisingly impressed, but mostly nostalgic.

Right after finding the tape again, I found Jessica's old Walkman. So I put the two together and plugged it into my computer and copied the songs as digital files. I left in any clicks, static or tape noise to make the sound as authentic as possible. I also scanned the original cover liner and lyric booklet. The tape originally came with a couple of stickers that I don't have anymore, maybe they'll turn up.

Anyway, if you feel like it, take a listen to the tape and download it for free.