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zirafa review! also some tracks now floating around on hype machine. nice.

Quarter Life Party Review

Keepin up with friends

Spinnerty's new record, Sweet Soul
Asif Siddiky Interview (this kid had 2 films debuted at SxSW!)
Kaveh's encounter with Nels Cline
Dunno if I am allowed to link to this yet, but check out DRT YRT. Trippy downtempo with that crunchy sound...

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New Release! Zirafa - Hipshooter EP

I promised some big they are!

I'm happy to announce a new music project I just finished, the Hipshooter EP. Hipshooter was inspired by dancing, blips and bleeps, old cowboy movies, lasers, free jazz, forgotten technologies, and bagel sandwiches. It's a listen-from-the-hips type of record (a first for me). So if you get a chance, please visit to stream the album, download it for free, or purchase a very limited CD release.

+ Includes 320 kbps MP3 version of the album.

+ Full Color 8x11 CD-Poster with CD mount, and hand drawn CD. Very limited supply since they are made by hand. Free shipping!

Feel free to forward this to people you think might be into it! I hope to be releasing more work through in the future.

Also, if you didn't notice, I gave this site a nice makeover to match with the new


Ah, birthdays...

WE MADE IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!

Major, mind-blowing updates coming soon. Promise. For real.

Attached audio files: 

Save Chicago's vibrant music community!

Please take a moment, read the following, take action and save the Chicago music community.


The City of Chicago is trying to pass an ordinance this Wednesday (May 14th, 2008) that could severely damage the live music and theater scene.

In summary:

The "Event Promoters" ordinance requires any event promoter to have a
license from the city of Chicago and liability insurance of $300,000,
but that's just the start:

* The definition of "event promoter" is so loosely defined it
could apply to a band or singer-songwriter that books their own shows
or a theater company that's in town for a one-week run.

* "Event Promoter" must be licensed and will pay $500 - $2000
depending on expected audience size

* To get the license, applicant must be over 21, get
fingerprinted, submit to a background check, and jump over
several other hurdles .

* This ordinance seems targeted towards smaller venues, since
those with 500+ permanent seats are exempt

* Police must be notified at least 7 days in advance of event.

The first link gives a summary of the proposal, and the second is a
petition (Chicago Acoustic Underground is one of the sponsors of the
petition). Please read the links and contact your alderman before
Wednesday, when the City Council will be voting.


Jim DeRogatis's story: Chicago Sun-Times


Sign the petition and Save Chicago Culture!


Click here to find your local aldermen.

The alderman for The Empty Bottle is Manuel 'Manny' Flores.

Make your voice heard, call your alderman and call often!


Every year there is an all night event in downtown Chicago (the loop) called Looptopia. My roommates had told me that this event was a bunch of crap. But Griselda and I headed downtown to check it out anyway to see for ourselves.

It indeed was Crap-topia. Or rather, we felt it was more like Police-topia. There were dozens and dozens of cops on each corner, eyeballing everyone, breaking up any chance that people were having fun.

We thought we heard a band playing, but upon walking towards it saw a movie projector playing terrible music videos. Nobody was watching it. Why they didn't they hire a real band is beyond me. And the one guy who was dancing was told to stop by a police officer. Huh?

So we decided to go to the Art Museum which was supposed to be open till 1 am. We get there at 12:20am and they are kicking people out. Apparently there were too many people. Huh?

So we decide to walk to Millenium park. Surely there must be lots of things happening in the park for an all night festival. The park was closed, with police officers and barricades at every entry point. Huh?

We start walking back to the train and finally we hear MUSIC. Street performers in front of the cultural center. A man playing saxophone and 2 tap dancers. These guys were killing it and a big crowd quickly formed. Not even 10 minutes into the police come and break it up. WTF??? People shouted "fuck the police!" as this happened. It didn't make any sense.

What a waste of time. This event could have been cool if it had an ounce of planning put into it. I bet that secretly the Chicago police department organized this festival to have an excuse to get paid mad overtime and waste tax dollars, practice harassing lots of people for no reason, and create the sense that Chicago is a draconian police state.

They could have hired ANY block party organizer from ANY neighborhood and they would have done a better job!

a) Block off the streets from traffic!
b) Let lots of street performers loose on the streets!
c) Let street vendors do their thing!
d) Have some stages with live entertainment happening!
e) Let people have fun!

It was really depressing to see that the city was more interested in wrangling up people and having them shop in Baskin and Robbins than actually putting on a festival that had any sort of value. To me it is weird that downtown isn't always alive and bustling, like Times Square at 4 am. But even when they try to make it alive and bustling, they turn the place into a tense police state and restrict people from doing anything.

Here is a picture that summarizes the event. CPD on the side of a building - Chicago Police Department. You can see Millenium park, closed, in the background.

A Bit of Nostalgia

Recently I discovered a 2003 archived version of this site. Back then I didn't know shit about how to make a website. But you know what? I think when I knew less I did more. Or maybe I just had more style back then??? I mean compared to this current site, 2003 was bumpin.


I am thinking about bringing back Click-Your-Own-Adventures. I forgot how much fun those were! Also, back then picsounds and stuff actually opened properly. What's the deal, zirafa?

Go-go and Trouble Funk

Robert Reed, keyboardist for DC go-go band Trouble Funk died recently.

Courtesy of kaveh:

If you are 1) into any hip-hop at all, 2) someone with even a tenuous connection to the DC area, or 3) a lover of deep, funky music, then you should be saddened by the recent passing of Robert Reed, keyboardist for the seminal go-go band Trouble Funk. Since I'm far less an expert on this music than Henry Rollins, I'll let him do the talking.

Popperton University

I've been meaning to announce this for some time: I'm a student again! I've been taking a few classes at Popperton University since February and so far, it's pretty good. Some courses I'm taking include: Listening seminar, Music Technique, Music Composition/Deconstruction, and Farsi. It feels pretty weird to be back in school, but it has been a positive experience overall.

Here's what my acceptance letter said:

January 10, 2008

Dear Farsheed Hamidi-Toosi,

Congratulations! You have been accepted for the spring semester here at Popperton University. We are proud to welcome you to our campus and encourage you to browse through our course catalog. You’ll find that we offer almost any class you could imagine, in any field, for any subject. Because of our unconventional no-campus, non-teacher, no-grades approach, you can basically do whatever interests you in any time frame you’d like. Nobody will correct you or watch over you, or even know you are doing it. The goal is to break the boring structure of everyday life by challenging yourself and by pushing yourself to the limits (whatever limits you set upon yourself). There is no imposed structure whatsoever - you are free to make mistakes, experiment, create, succeed, or fail. Rather than saying what is right or wrong or defining levels of success through external validation, use your internal compass to guide you on the path of your own choosing.

Chancellor Popcorn Popperson, Leading autodidact