Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeellla busy.

So this week was one of the busiest/hectic ones I've had in a long time. Let's take a gander at the past few days:

-Black Tie Elephant show. We had to learn 15 songs in 3 weeks, which was quite a feat. Practiced a ton and put on a 2 hour show at Paradiso! A success, thanks to the dedicated friends that came out to support us. I still haven't listened to the recording - if any of it is usable, it will show up on the black tie elephant page. We will probably be going to try to record something officially in the next week or two. When it warms up, I think we're gonna try playing outside!

-GSR track. Worked tirelessly to finish up the submission for the Green Street Records compilation. Spinnerty and I were swapping files over AIM at 3 AM the night before it was due. "Is this beat cutup any good?" "I'm going to put popcorn popping over this beat", etc. I am really pleased how it turned out, and will be posting it on the web soon so people can hear it. GSR will also be giving away 2500 copies of the CD to university of illinois students for free. Peepity peep that hotness.


-Recorded Jason and Kevin's New Album. On saturday, Jason and Kevin came over with a bass and acoustic guitar. From 2 pm to 12:30 am (10 1/2 hours!) we recorded 10 tracks. With only a short pizza break around 8 pm, it was a looonnggg day. But we got an amazing amount of material onto tape, and will be mixing it all soon. This will be Kevin's 12th album (!) If they agree to it, I'll post some audio clips online and maybe some links to purchase it when they release it.

-Web host change. Apologies to those that tried to visit midnightparking.com and the site was down. I decided to switch webhosts and there was some miscommunication during the transfer process and so the site was down for a day or two. Everything *should* be running smoothly now but please let me know through email if you get an error message.

Somewhere in there I had to fit in school, too. So I apologize for no picsound last week, I owe you 2 this week, so hold me to it!



The next thing I'll be working on is the audiozine and possibly a 45 wax single with Spinnerty.




Oh, and if you get the chance, check out the stones throw 101 DVD that was released a while ago. It has some of the most interesting music videos I've seen in a while. It includes a mix CD by peanut butter wolf as well.

BTE show this friday @ paradiso!

What's goin on everybody. Worked on the Green St. Records track this weekend, bouncin' it off spinnerty once again and we'll see what happens with it...



Picsound will be up soon, hopefully, by mid-week. Been rehearsing for the show on Friday (power to the big font):

BLACK TIE ELEPHANT @ PARADISO
FRIDAY MARCH 4th, 8~10 PM





Please come to the show, and bring your friends! I promise it will rock your knickers off. We got some realllly sweet tunes and even some surprises in store.

Strange oh strange



::EDIT:: Added Picsound, updated the music page!


I'm pretty sure i posted a new post here two days ago but it disappeared for some reason. I'm runnin' a little late on the picsound for this week, I apologize. This week is hella busy!! But check out what's happenin in the mutant music section. Aaron is literally smokin' everyone with hot loops. Drew has finally submitted something as well.

The track Spin and I are doin for the GSR compilation is due extremely soon, I'll keep you all posted about it (there have been some interesting developments), meanwhile Black Tie Elephant is continuing preparation for the March 4th show (friday after next). I've been recording many many musical ideas on my mini cassette recorder, I'm thinking about posting random audio bits on this site.

Thanks again to the many pictures posted to be picsounded. I'm gonna try and knock them out one by one, and I'm also down for posting a music loop and having everyone submit drawings or pictures to match it (idea by asif).

"From the mean courts of the mid-nineties..."

Ok, well this week I was doing a ton of work to the UC Hiphop website; I couldn't stand the template I was using before and everything was confusing looking. I'd say its the first site where I can actually say I'm almost done with it. Unlike this one... :)

So this week we've got a new picsound, a short film by Jamie and Brendan Finucane. I don't take any credit for it, they definitely filmed and scored the whole thing. Be on the look out for these two at the next Sundance festival!
Click here to go to the picsounds page.
Thanks to those of you who submitted picsound pics; I'll try and get to them sometime soon. BTE is preparing for their show on March 4th, I'm in negotiations with Kevin and Jason about recording their next EP...things are way busy. It's valentine's day, so try and have a good one, even if you don't quite understand the day (like me). Make sure to score a lot of candy - but not those weird nasty heart shaped sweet tart things that taste like bitter dust.

Midnight Parking: The CULT

From: David Segal
Date: Thu, 3 Feb 2005 11:58:00 -0500
Subject: Midnight Parking: The CULT

"So I'm at Panera Bread and they have free wireless access, and I'm
like sweet, so I'm mozying around the internet, and I say hey, what's
up at good old MidnightParking. Go to the site and get a message
saying that (this is in the attatched file in an .rtf that contains
the source code (wouldn't let me save as a webpage) the site was
blocked because it fell under the Cult/Occult category with their
filtering system (SonicWALL). So I mozied on over to SonicWALL and
found this page
(http://www.sonicwall.com/products/cfs_categories.html) where they
explain what that means. They say: "Sites sponsored by prominent
organized modern religious groups that are identified as "cults" by
three or more authoritative sources. Sites that promote or offer
methods, means of instruction, or other resources to affect or
influence real events through the use of spells, curses, magic powers
or supernatural beings." and as examples they have "www.satannet.com"
and "www.churchofsatan.com". So my question to you is, what deal did
you make with Satan that got you a sweet ass webpage and some
ill-shaped chandalier music skillz?"

Aside from the above disturbing news I received about this website, there is also this...!

New Picsound, OpEd?

Wow, seems like a LOT happened since last week. See if you can keep up:

+ Check out the new picsound, "Drunk Drummer" in the picsounds section! Don't forget you can upload a picture and I'll try and make a picsound out of it. Thanks for the friends that already submitted stuff. Keep it up!

+ So our local arts and entertainment paper here at school ran a few things of interest in last week's issue. First off, check out how they refer to a so-called "DJ Farsheed Hamidi-Toosi"... who is this imposter?! Please contact me with any information regarding this matter.

+ In other news, betterPropoganda.com has listed my track, "Dark as the Night" in their top 20 most downloaded listing and it's in the top 5 most downloaded electronic tracks. How? Who knows!

+ I posted live tracks of Black Tie Elephant here. You can also see some pics of us on that page.

+Some of you may remember that flash audio player I made a while back. Well, I greatly improved it so it actually looks somewhat professional. You can now stream spinnery's playlist here (updated often!). There will soon be a version for my tracks, as well as redBus and Black Tie Elephant.

+Getting back to the local Buzz article. There was a letter to the editor that happened to catch my eye. I felt so strongly about this issue that I decided to write a letter to the editor about the letter to the editor. You can read it below:

Link to Carli Bailey's letter to the editor



My response...

I'm writing in response to Carli Bailey's letter to the editor
in the Jan 27 edition of the Buzz. Apparently Carli feels
that art students complaining about "fumes, rodents
and general overall conditions of the studio work spaces
available to them" is not justified because great art comes
from the worst conditions, and that aspiring artists
should get used to it.

Submit a picsound picture!

You can now upload pictures to my website by clicking

here. (submit pic)

I'll look at 'em and try and put music/picsound them. Thanks to everyone who came to the black tie elephant show!! I had a great time playing, even if it was a bit short. No doubt we will be playing again very soon. You can read more about us and listen to some songs from the show by clicking

here. (BTE)

School has started again, 2nd to last semester. Part of me wishes this was my last semester, the other part is scared shitless to think about that.

SPAM EMAIL OF THE WEEK:

Hello,

With the best compliments of the year,pardon me,I wish to
plead with you to be my Investor/Trustee and solicit your
help in settling for business investment in your country
with good funds.Am really sorry for invading your
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BTE Show

Mr. Kevin Davis has submitted a gushing review of Turnstyles. Is it bias? Yes. Will I still post it? Yes. :)

The new band I'm in, "Black Tie Elephant", is playing at the Canopy this Thursday at 10pm for the IMC radio benefit. There will be a bunch of fun acts and it should be a good time. Since making fonts bigger seem to attract more attention:

IMC Radio Benefit

Featuring Various Bands (but most importantly Black Tie Elephant)

Featuring Black Tie Elephant!

Black Ties! Elephants!

CANOPY CLUB, THURSDAY JAN 20 @ 8:30 (BTE on at 10pm)

Jazz-Punks that will probably make jazz and punk lovers angrily benevolent!

P.S. : : Black Tie Elephant WILL be performing!