So, where do I sign up?
Scoutmob.com put up a nice link today to promote our band’s Wednesday residency at Madrone Art Bar, easily one of my favorite spots in the NOPA/Haight area and I dig that we are going to have a full month to prove to audiences just how radical we really are.
NVO OCTOBER RESIDENCY AT MADRONE
Every Wednesday in October, 9 p.m. to 1 p.m.
It’s called Hump Day for a reason, and this is the pull you need to get you over the hill. Local band Neurovoltaic Orchestra is taking over Madrone Art Bar this month with a different instrument making its way in to the spotlight every week. Still up is: turntables – 12th, guitars – 19th and computers/MIDI controllers – 26th. No cover all night!
The Neurovoltaic Orchestra
If you’re in San Francisco and feel like going out on Wednesday, head down to Madrone and check us out.
Me and my bandmate Greg brought NVO to the Boom Boom Room last Thursday night and opened up for our good friends One Way Station. I got some Flip cam footage that I’m definitely psyched to share…
We’re my favorite band, by the way.
Netflix announced this morning that the recent changes they had announced about splitting off their DVD business from their streaming service would NOT actually take place; they, uhm…decided not to do that. Read more…
I recently brought a set of v-neck shirts from Gap and I was feeling ooooh-weeee good about the way they were hugging into all of my curves. Looks like SNL thinks I’m ripe for parody because v-necks were the subject of a new digital short this past Saturday night with special guest Ben Stiller.
I’ve been feeling in a bit of a funk lately, which I think is the direct result of some seriously overwhelming levels of stress that I recently subjected myself to. And in the wake of the death of Steve Jobs earlier this week, I think a lot of people all over have been looking for new forms of inspiration in the face of such tragic loss of one of our great generational creative leaders…
This video above is great if you’re looking for a bit of inner monologue today while you decide how you want to tackle the day. “Why” is always a great question to ask yourself…
I was reminded today that Feist just released a new album so there’ll be a ton of coverage around this enchanting vixen of an indie rock superstar in the upcoming months as she tours, plays Letterman (tonight) and the whatnot…
I was then reminded of how much I really love the song (and especially the video) for her big breakthrough hit, “1234.” This song, when played at the right volume, becomes something that can move me close to those tears…those feel-really-good kind when you see/hear/feel something beautiful.
Maybe it’s the fact that the mix on the video includes the sound in the room when they shot the routine, which carries the claps and occasional exclamations by the dancers in the video when they’re hitting their stride, but it just gives me the chills every time I see it. What fun.
The Oatmeal just ran a new comic postualizing on what senior year in high school should be like for most of us.
I absolutely love this music video; it’s so friggin’ dark. And you know, there’s like, dubstep in it.
When you get up at an ungodly hour to catch one of the cheaper flights to Chicago on Virgin America, it can be the the little joys that really make the whole thing part of a great day. The middle seat was not taken and I’m in Main Cabin Select on this flight, so I’ve got hella room and I’m nicely comfortable. I learned after my last coach flight that I’m all about paying for the upgrades to actually get more leg room; what can I say, I’m a big fucking guy.
Here’s some of the other stuff bouncing around in my head today:
- I’m heading home to Chicago to see two of my old friends tie the knot to each other in my hometown. I’m actually nervous about this for a few reasons, but mostly because I just have a mixed set of emotions these days when it comes to weddings and/or “people getting married.” Maybe I’m jaded and I think it’s just the first time I’ve had to re-expose myself to such an event after my divorce. But I love my friends getting married and they’re happy together, so I’ll nut up and get over my sorry sack of feelings and have a great time. Saturday night in my hometown with a ton of old high school friends is also the indirect benefit of this whole anxiety fit, too, so I shouldn’t worry too much.
- It really was scary watching the Hurricane Irene coverage, but I found particular comfort in one Twitter account by a New York Times reporter named Brian Stetler. His status updates (@brianstetler) on the on-the-ground reporting they were doing was pretty exhaustive and it gave me a birds-eye view of what was going on while the storm was pounding the East Coast. Hopefully everyone’s starting to dig out of the destruction.
- My brother Tim is back blogging again. He keeps me amped on it and I like his publishing style and his ideas for posts, but if you don’t like skateboarding or know my family at all I’m not sure you’d get a whole lot out of it.
- Watching CNN on a flight is pretty rad, except now I remember why I never watch news on television — once you’ve caught up on the news for the day, you should turn it off. I have not taken my own advice here, and with that, I think I’ll put on the X-Men: First Class now.
- So I’m going home to a wedding and I don’t have any good shirts to where, so I packed one in a half-assed fashion first thing morning. But I’m pretty psyched because I think this means I just effectively forced myself to do some shopping while I’m home. Retail therapy…YAY.
- I’m on this Google Chromebook that they give you for free at Terminal 2 (if you ask for one from the cute hipsters in Google Chrome t-shirts). Virgin America is offering it on any of the flights from SFO to ORD, and I think it deserves an official post on what I like and dislike about these little machines. But for the purposes of this post, that’s where my wifi is being provided and I consider it almost necessary in every case going forward that I fly Virgin and get them to let me borrow a computer and browse the internet for free on the four hour flight. That’s a nice perk.
- In some hilarious way, I’m actually slightly concerned I didn’t do enough writing on the Phish shows/tour I saw this past month. I wrote up three reviews for Live Music Blog.com — part one, part two, and part three — totaling over 5,000 words. And yet I still have a ton of photos and videos that never made its way on the internet. Look for more on that coming soon, I guess.
That’s all for now, but I have two more hours of airborne time left so I may have another post or two today if I get the gumption.
The other day I spent the good majority of my time at the computer getting photos off my Flickr account and onto my Picasa / Google+ account for a long term switch over to a system that I feel will have a longer term benefit to me. This post helped me do it.
Now check me out on Google+ …
My buddy Aaron just forwarded me the message board fodder of the week with these hilarious clips from the Phish show at Hollywood Bowl earlier this month. Apparently this girl took some love medicine or something…
Apparently this has already made the rounds and it’s pretty clear it was not an isolated incident that night given how many YouTube clips were recorded. Let that be a lesson for all you young lot girls out there…
If you take the wrong drugs, you may turn into a compulsive hand-jobber to random strangers in Hollywood. At a Phish show.
Hilarious. And then that reminded me of some of my favorite moments of dialogue from Rushmore…
Happy Friday, everyone.
To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:
I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.
I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.
As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.
I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.
I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.
The Dub Below presented by The Notes Music Group & SMKA (Produced by Justin Padron)
1. Black Ice X Ellie Goulding – Lights
2. Rosa Parks X Rusko – Everyday
3. Bombs Over Baghdad X Freestylers – Cracks
4. International Players Anthem X Dillon Francis – Lassitude (Remix)
5. Wheelz Of Steel X Dillon Francis – Lassitude (Remix)
6. Jazzybelle X J Padron (Dubstep Remix)
7. Skew It On The Bar-b X Dillon Francis – Swagger Jagger (Remix)
Produced and Mixed by J Padron
Mastered by Max “Bedroom” Unruh
Special Thanks to Mike Walbert and Blake German of SMKA, Max Unruh, Cameron Padron, Kevin Cobb, and Will Umbaugh of the Notes music Group, Clark Candler, Paul Thomas, DJ Variable, Taylor Rorabaugh and everyone who enjoys and supports our music.
I’m digging this so far.
If @cassadie had a personal blog, I’m sure this would have already shown up… Read more…
I’m in Chicago for a few days this week and got to stop by my ex’s place yesterday to visit with my favorite cat in the whole wide world, Lucas. He was always relatively good to me even if he occasionally likes to bite people (i.e. my ex). I’m pretty sure he remembered me…
In case you missed it, Warren Buffett wrote an op-ed today on NYTimes.com regarding how politicians continue to coddle the rich and wealthy Americans.
But for those making more than $1 million — there were 236,883 such households in 2009 — I would raise rates immediately on taxable income in excess of $1 million, including, of course, dividends and capital gains. And for those who make $10 million or more — there were 8,274 in 2009 — I would suggest an additional increase in rate.
My friends and I have been coddled long enough by a billionaire-friendly Congress. It’s time for our government to get serious about shared sacrifice.
It pains me to be even somewhat in the company of some of these rich bastards when I’ve had the pleasure of working at startups and with folks that have “cashed out” of other companies. Some truly treat the money like it’s their toy, and you’d never hope that if/when you reach your own payouts from hard work and great timing that you’d be pushing politicians to cut your taxes to allow you to make even more on the good fortune you’ve been granted. It’s good to see rich bastards actually admitting that they could be helping more, and it’s great to see it so vocal from a conservative financial expert in Warren Buffett. Really great read for your Monday morning…
I’m sure I’ve promoted it here and there but I wanted to officially drop a link to my band’s debut album now up on Bandcamp. We’ve set it up so that you can name-your-price download the album to make it easy on people’s pocketbooks to give our band a taste. We’re looking to play more shows here in SF and the larger Bay Area and it helps if you spread the word about us. Got a friend in music management? Know a booker? Put him in touch, ya dig?!
I just got done driving a six hour trip from George, WA down to Bend, OR. I’m staying here with a few friends while we bide our time heading down to see more Phish at Lake Tahoe. Here’s some photos from my phone.
I only have time for a quick update so I thought I’d say that I’m really excited about how my photos came out from last night’s Phish show at the Gorge. Night two begins in about eight hours, and that’s where my focus is right now. I’ll blog a bit more tomorrow or Monday when I find some free time on the internet. Holla!
You really can’t front on this.
(update: this post failed from the Gorge — i’ll have some more updates soon!)