Some updates

As you probably noticed, I updated the site, (duh). Unlike my usual updates, this one was productive because I didn't destroy my site and start over again. I tried to work with what I already had. Dammit! It still needs more pictures though! *scribbles in a notebook*

So they say podcasting is all the rage. I setup a little podcast + podcast player (more like a mini radio station) so that when people first visit they can listen to rants and noises and tracks. I think I like the idea of people getting introduced to this site through a sonic barrage of sorts, since that's the whole point (kinda). Also, if you are looking for picsounds, I put it under "other projects" link. I wanted to see how simple I could make the navigation without killing the site.

Um...............right. More pictures! everywhere! more weird flash things that blink!

things are wrappin up

Kevin and Jason have a new CD. It's good. I helped record it. They did everything else. I put some songs up on the web and a little picture of them from Big Soup. If you want to order a CD, email kevin@bitwiser.com. Hopefully there'll be a paypal button soon.


Kevin and Jason's page!


Wow, the school year is coming to an end. So many people I know are graduating or leaving; it will be strange next semester. Hopefully some of you will remember the name midnightparking and check in once in a while, and I'll try and do the same. Some of you I haven't heard from in a long time (Rick Gerrets for example...) Hope you are doing ok. I should be doing a better job with this site so that people feel more at home here. It lacks the sort of warmth I think I had before, but I'm probably just imagining things. Over the summer I'll be in san francisco hangin out with Zack and Spinnerty and Droller...we'll be tearin the place up!!! Props to Jaska for winning the most insane person of the year award. Props to Dave for winning the most bearded man of the year award. Tony wins the random comment award.

Too Busy to Breathe

Busy week. Yesterday was the CD release of Green St. Records 2nd compilation, peepity peep the track by Zirafa and Spinnerty, "Keep your Raincheck".

Black Tie Elephant played a rock em sock em quick and dirty set, complete with blue blockers, derby caps and straw hats. Congrats to Collin (BTE bassist) to getting into Berklee college of music! He will rock the pants off the jazzers there, and will be sorely missed. Brendan and I doubt we can find a suitable replacement, so we are a bit sad. But we know that, well shucks, inside each of us there is a tiny black tie elephant wih a tiny collin and a tiny brendan and a tiny drumset to play tiny jazzpunk tunes....

Seriously though, I'm glad to have met such a talented/diverse/smart/weird bassist while here at UIUC. Black Tie Elephant was the first time since high school where I felt like I was part of a solid group of musicians who cut through the bullshit to hang out and play some cool music. I only hope I'll be able to catch Collin on tour when he has joined "Insane Clown Posse" for their '09 summer reunion tour. Haha, I'm trying to imagine that. Take care Collin, we'll miss you. We know you will destroy Berklee with your 133t bass ski11s. Just don't forget to fill up a Polar Pop for the road...

-Farsheed

p.s. the BTE cd is still in the works. perhaps by summer it will be ready? documentation, people!

Wow...



+BIG SOUP!

Wow. This weekend was amazing. Big Soup turned out better than I could have ever imagined. All the bands showed up, the food was incredible, and more than 100 people came through. Shakela, who used to work in a soul food vegan restaurant in chicago, made six amazingly delicious dishes courtesy of Campus Vegetarian Society. Alex donated his dough skills and we had fresh cuban bread. John Fisher baked a cake. Onur worked the doors, enticing newcomers to take a chance and roll the "dice of death" instead of paying cover. The sound was great thanks to Collin's PA and sound equipment hookups. The bands did an awesome job, and pretty much 80% of the crowd stayed for the whole 3 hours, even as the music styles kept changing. We even got to stay a bit past the 10 pm curfew that was in the building use contract, thanks to friends that live in the IDF. When the food ran out, Clara from the Cockblocks helped us order some cheap pizzas to keep everyone full. Moneywise, we pretty much broke even, which was better than I expected. Thanks to everyone that helped out, and thanks to everyone that came. I had a really fun time. Next time, we won't forget to bring the nintendo! I will post some pictures of the event soon.


+PICSOUND CONTEST CLOSED

Congrats to Asif and thanks to everyone who participated in the picsound contest/festivities. Click here to view Asif's submission, Max's Day Off. Will vidsounds be the next evolution of picsounds? I hope so.


+ARTIST's CORNER

Click here to read an interview I had recently with the local arts/entertainment newspaper.



the days roll on



<< Download the music loop here >>

<< Upload your picture here (1 megabyte limit) >>




One more week to submit pictures! Thanks to those that have submitted pictures already.


I am really busy; school is quite hectic. BTE will be playing 2 shows in april, april 24th GSR and april 16th (dinner and a rock show). Orange drink will be playin then too...


There is too much white on this front page...

First SoundPic!


For the next two weeks I'm going to try something a bit different. I'm going to attach an mp3 file, called pianorange.mp3 to this post, and I want everybody with a digital camera, or with a scanner, to upload a picture that they feel matches up with the music. Then, after enough submissions, I'll pick the best few (or let you guys decide which are the best few) and then post them to the picsound page. Maybe I'll make a slide show of them; I haven't decided the exact format yet. Don't feel limited to submitting a photograph - collages, drawings, poems are all welcome. DON'T FORGET - Please write your name when you submit a picture! Due date for submissions is April 10.


<< Download the music loop here >>

<< Upload your picture here (1 megabyte limit) >>



Footnote: This loop comes from the secret bonus disc "52 Pickup" which is available if you purchase Turnstyles from me personally. Or just ask me and I'll send you a free copy of it.

...




Looking back we feel the past, and

however sad it seemed -

was never as empty as today’s loneliness and its lack of dreams.


aide shoma mobarak

+ I'm having yet another identity crisis involving my name and so called artist name. Are artists name necessary? Does Zirafa work? What about Robot Dinosaur? Or just Midnight Parking? Midnight Parker? If you have an opinion about this please comment below.

+ Kevin, Jason and I finished up mixing last week amid the week-before-spring-break haze. Now all that is left is tweaking the mix and EQing levels. This last stage is always the hardest because it is hard to get it just right.

+Still organizing the dinner and a rock show event scheduled tentatively for april 15; still awaiting confirmation from
channing murray foundation. I'll keep you up to speed on that.



+BTE playing GSR benefit show. Sunday, April 24.

+Today is Nowrooz, the Iranian new year. Thankfully I happen to be home today and was able to eat all the delicious food and lay on the couch for hours watching sunday movies. Haven't done that in a while.


Tomorrow I head out to charlottsville. If you are reading this and are in charlottesville, you can find me at kaveh's, where I'll be crashing for a few days.

p.s. Orange Drink is a liar. I answered his weekly quiz question correctly, yet was denied the glory of the win.

Another busy weekend

Another busy weekend:


+Funny Face

Last summer I dressed up in a blue bathroom mat and played the part of a school mascot in an Olde English sketch. After losing some footage, they've reworked it and posted it online. Click here to check it out!

+New picsound! "Layed off, Down and Out", picture submitted by roomate Onur. I'm pretty sure that's him in the bunny costume. Another one will be up by the end of the week.

+Black Tie Elephant

On Saturday we met up to record a 4 song demo in our basement, however, we ended up laying down 11 tracks! It went from 4 song demo to EP to LP to "greatest hits" to "Best of Black Tie Elephant" within hours...

Collin brought close to $5000 worth of mics borrowed from ISU, along with a dual G5 and a mixer. We nailed moldy carpet to the walls to dampen the acoustics of the room, except it smelled like old feet so we used an entire bottle of febreeze, a scented candle, burnt matches, glade plugins, and lysol to battle the odor. The feet smell and the good smells waged a war all weekend, although the good smell is slowly but surely gaining ground. Pictures of it all will come soon! (I'm sure this excites you)

It was a long day. We woke up, recorded from 2pm to 9pm, ate, and then pooped out for the night. On Sunday Collin and Brendan laid down cello and bass tracks over the drums that I had laid down the day before, from about 5pm to 10 pm at night.



+Jason and Kevin

From 1pm-5pm on Sunday Kevin, Jason and I mixed a good 9 or so tracks of their new album. I think we'll be able to finish up the last two by the end of the week, hopefully.



+Dinner and a Rock Show
So I'm trying to put together a show type thing at the Red Herring sometime in mid-april, probably around the 15th. It'll be a friday, I'm pretty sure - but the premise is to have a vegetarian sponsored pasta night at the same time as a rock show. The bands that I hope to get to play:


Black Tie Elephant (noisy jazz-punk)

Orange Drink (experimental folk rock)

My Masterpiece will be a Burning Museum (hardcore madlibs and dodgeball)

Tofu Boots (noisy folk extravaganza)

Jason and Kevin (pantless old school folk)



Also there will be some old school videogames to play on a projector in a corner of the room, and possibly a four square ball will be there. Basically nobody should have an excuse to be bored or hungry.


Spring break next week, coming to UVA!