June 11th, 2007


Skunk On Missiles

Jeff "Skunk" Baxter now a expert on missile defense.</a>

Jeff 'Skunk' Baxter, formerly of Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers, now a highly sought after consultant on Missile Defense.

Given his nickname 'Skunk' and his status as a former Doobie, I wonder if he has to pass urine tests.

I been making me a mix


I DJ'ed my brother's birthday with Ableton Live for the first time, and since then have been obsessively adding tracks to my master DJ Live set. Once you get going with this, it's hard not to want EVERY TRACK YOU EVER LIKED available to mix into a set.

And for the vinyl purists: I love playing vinyl, but going to Ableton Live isn't a cop out, imho. The only thing it changes is that you don't have to cue and beatmatch. All the same creative challenges apply, and it's still possible to mess up.

Plus you spend hours listening to 1 and 2 bar loops, dropping warp markers. Warping 'Box Energy' just about did my head. You'd think a 303/909 track would be easy -- it's a machine beat right?
But Pierre does 3 tape edits in the track where there's 3 1/2 beats of reversed crash cymbal, which blows Ableton's mind. Then, once you handle that, it appears Pierre's 909 has a slight tempo instability, so you can't depend on any measure having the same length.

And while that sounds extremely wonky, so much of dance music comes down to the milleseconds, and sometimes spending a few hours immersed in the milleseconds gives you a new way of hearing the music ...

Gareth Duprey - Solitary Galaxy Traveler
Chaircrusher - BattFM8
69 - My Machines
Chaircrusher - Windchimes
Claude Von Stroke - Beware of the Bird
Codebase -- Can't Stop
Coldplay - Talk (Francois K Dub)
New Order - Blue Monday
Magazine 60 - Don Quixote
Arthur Russell - Is It All Over My face
Lil Louis - Do U Luv Me
Inner Life - Aint No Mountain High Enough
Hakan Libdo - Televinken
Chez Damier - I Never Knew Love (Made In Detroit Mix)
Americhord - Dan Curtin remix B2
Ikeaboy - Dayne
Stewart Walker - Last Week's Disappearance
Black Devil Disco Club - I Regret the Flower Power
Anthony Shakir - Function Electric
Coolzey/Chaircrusher - Easy Pimp
DJ Pierre - Box Energy
IF (feat Nancy Fortune) - Holograph
Nitzer Ebb - Join In The Chant
Americhord - Mark Broom Mix 2
Octave One/Derrick May -- Water Of Life Mashup

My new LJ Icon

I am so a nerd, I get excited when I'm on the internets and find a new roughly-square image that would make a good LJ icon.

This one, I forget where I got it, but when I shrunk it down and changed the background to black, all of a sudden it looks like the guy in the chair is in a prison jumpsuit, and the dude slapping him looks like he's poking him in the eye with a fork. That 'fork handle' is actually a cartoon action ray, indicating he's slapping the seated figure.