I Can Haz Sinusoidal Dephlineration?

I am so getting one of these for my studio:

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We must have loved to rock… [UPDATED]

[People who are better than me at this blogging thing have pointed out that this post would be cooler if I posted the pictures as clickable links to bigger scans, so I'm granting myself a do-over.]

… because it sure wasn’t the money. These are scans of my contemporaneous list of Scratch Acid shows.  The statistical analysis on the last page is particularly sad adorable. rec_scratchacid1rec_scratchacid2rec_scratchacid3rec_scratchacid4rec_scratchacid5rec_scratchacid6rec_scratchacid7rec_scratchacid8

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Rehearsals in Nashville [UPDATED]

[Some people have asked about the bass gear in the photo below, so I've added some details.]

Just got back from Nashville.  The Jesus Lizard rehearsed and settled on a working list of twenty-nine songs for the upcoming shows.  Mac’s still mystical, Yow funny, Duane bitter stalwart and true; it’s all good.

Thanks heaps to Paul Barker, Ashford Tucker, and the Admirals Club for lending gear, the Admirals Club again for letting us commandeer the rehearsal space, Elizabeth for hostessing, and Francesca for letting us watch Backyardigans.

The bass rig is Paul Barker’s. The head is a Traynor TS-200. I don’t know anything about the cabinets or speakers. They look homemade hand-crafted by artisanal loudspeaker cabinetiers.  The black pedal is a Rat, which I’ve used forever. The purple pedal is a Red Snapper overdrive. I don’t know much about it. Duane bought it because Joe Barresi recommended it, and I was trying it out.  I didn’t use it enough to form an opinion, but when Joe Barresi starts talking about pedals, you better listen up.

The bass is (sigh) the Memphis.

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The End of an Error

In honor of our first Hawaiian-American president, this is from November and you’ve probably seen it, but I just love it so, so much.   

God bless you, 236.com.

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Dangerpuss: "Gaijin Devil"

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Another song from Dangerpuss:

Click the link to play a song or right-click and select “Save Link As…” to download: Gaijin Devil (12.6 MB MP3)

The guests:

James Sardone (Brickbat, Jimmy Nations Combo, Clawhammer Quartette) plays the guitar that comes in at 1:10.

Duane Denison (the Jesus Lizard, Legendary Shack Shakers, Tomahawk) comes in at 2:45 with his own guitarage.

Mac McNeilly (the Jesus Lizard, 86) plays the keyboard arpeggio that starts burbling along at 2:45.  Mad burbling skills.

James comes in again at 4:45, riding the ebow.

Click here or the Dangerpuss link at the top of the page for the MP3 archive.

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No. 726: Washington, DC

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Acidpunks has a download of the Jesus Lizard’s 736th show, recorded at the 9:30 Club in DC.  The date in their post title is wrong; it was July 1, 1997.  The 23rd track is actually two songs, “Lord Godiva” and “Bloody Mary.”  No studio version of “Lord Godiva” was ever released.  We recorded it for “Blue,” but didn’t include it on the album.

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Ron Asheton: 1948-2009

Ron Asheton, guitarist and founder member of the Stooges, was found dead in his Ann Arbor home yesterday, apparently a victim of a heart attack.

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Links to stories in the Detroit Free Press, Rolling Stone, and the Boston Globe here.

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Glenn Goldman: 1950-2009

Glenn Goldman, the owner of the amazing Los Angeles bookstore Book Soup, died Saturday of pancreatic cancer.  One of the best things about playing at the Whiskey was being able to walk over to Book Soup after soundcheck.

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(Photo: Carolyn Kellogg)

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OMG! LMAO! WE CAN HAZ CHEEZBURGER! WE CAN! WE CAN!

The Jesus Lizard now has a MySpace page.  For those of you that roll like that, you may now commence rolling in that manner:

the Jesus Lizard MySpace page

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(photo: Manfred Rahs)

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Kill by Remote Control

Did Russian hackers take control of and damage a NASA satellite? Thomas J. Talleur, senior cyber-security investigator at NASA, thinks so:

In 1998 a U.S.-German satellite known as ROSAT, used for peering into deep space, was rendered useless after it turned suddenly toward the sun. NASA investigators later determined that the accident was linked to a cyber-intrusion at the Goddard Space Flight Center in the Maryland suburbs of Washington. The interloper sent information to computers in Moscow, NASA documents show. U.S. investigators fear the data ended up in the hands of a Russian spy agency.

Without warning one day, the ROSAT satellite turned, seemingly inexplicably, toward the sun. The move damaged a critical optical sensor, rendering the satellite useless in its mission of making X-ray and ultraviolet images of deep space. NASA announced in a press release that ROSAT had been “accidentally scanning too closely to the sun.” Talleur’s report concluded otherwise.

The “accident,” he noted, had been “coincident with the intrusion” into the Goddard system controlling it. Why would Russians want to cripple a satellite beloved worldwide by students of pulsars and supernovas? “Operational characteristics and commanding of the ROSAT were sufficiently similar to other space assets to provide intruders with valuable information about how such platforms are commanded,” Talleur’s advisory said. Put differently, manipulating ROSAT could teach an adversary how to toy with just about anything the U.S. put into the sky.

Italics are mine. The rest of the article is fascinating and scary.  Chinese and Russian hackers have been siphoning huge data dumps out of the NASA network for years, and nobody seems capable  of doing anything about it.

He laments that for all of the costly cleanups following breaches, NASA hasn’t found a comprehensive solution. “It’s as if somebody pulls your pants down, and you just pull them back up,” says McManus. “How many times do you want to be standing on the street corner with your pants at your feet?”

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If You Need Another Reason to Hate the TSA…

this is for you holiday travelers:

These two LAX employees would only talk if we concealed their identities.

They both say there are organized rings of thieves, who identify valuables in your checked luggage by looking at the TSA x-ray screens, then communicate with baggage handlers by text or cell phone, telling them exactly what to look for.

“This is a laptop here, VCR here and it’s located in this area of the bag. Here’s the color of the bag. They give them all the information they need to know.”

[M]ore than 30 employees at LAX were arrested for theft in just the first nine months of this year.

TSA says it is not just their employees stealing at checkpoints.

Italics are mine.  The Transportation Security Administration would like you to know that it’s not just them stealing laptops and my wife’s Nikon out of the nation’s luggage.  Now, don’t you feel all secure up in your homeland?

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Stone Dead Forever

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There’s a Lemmy biopic in the making.  The preview doesn’t send me, but I’ll have to go see it, just because the man is everything a rock legend should be.

Scratch Acid opened for Motorhead in 1986 in Dallas at the the Longhorn Ballroom.  We played first, then the Cro-mags, Wendy O. Williams, and Motorhead.  The room was nearly empty during our set and those that were there were not overwhelmed by the Scratch Acid thing.  I stood on the side of the stage during Motorhead’s set, and the ears are still ringing.

So, we played a show for a crowd that didn’t care, made a little money, and had a great view of a show that I would have driven to Dallas and paid to see from the pit anyway.  Everybody wins.  And by everybody, I, of course, mean me.

His autobiography, White Line Fever, is worth reading if you’re a fan.  The guy has seen a lot of strange and hilarious things, and he really knows how to tell a story.

(Hat tip: MaxOneMillion.  Photo: Max Sidman)

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Channel List for "Goat"

I found this looking through some files for something else.  It’s a channel and microphone list for the basic tracking of “Goat.”

You have to love channel 25: “gtr: [Shure] SM98, taped to Yow’s head.”  Oh, those crazy kids.

Channel List for "Goat"

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Why I'm Glad That Guy Threw His Shoes at Our President

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Everyone should download and read the bipartisan “Senate Armed Services Committee Inquiry into the Treatment of Detainees in U.S. Custody.“  WAIT! BEFORE YOU HIT THE BACKPAGE BUTTON AND GO BACK TO THAT ASIAN PORN… it’s only nineteen pages, and there really is a lot of amazing stuff.

The report demolishes the Jack Bauer argument, which holds that in the War on Terror, the bad guys are very, very bad, and the only way we can beat them is to go over to the dark side.

Former Navy General Counsel Alberto Mora testified to the Senate Armed Services Committee in June 2008 that “there are serving U.S. flag-rank officers who maintain that the first and second identifiable causes of U.S. combat deaths in Iraq – as judged by their effectiveness in recruiting insurgent fighters into combat – are, respectively the symbols of Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo.”

And the military knew the administration was handing them a bill of goods:

The Air Force cited “serious concerns regarding the legality of many of the proposed techniques” and stated that “techniques described may be subject to challenge as failing to meet the requirements outlined in the military order to treat detainees humanely…” The Air Force also called for an in depth legal review of the request.

The Chief of the Army’s International and Operational Law Division wrote that techniques like stress positions, deprivation of light and auditory stimuli, and use of phobias to induce stress “crosses the line of ‘humane’ treatment,” would “likely be considered maltreatment” under the UCMJ, and “may violate the torture statute.” The Army labeled GTMO’s request “legally insufficient” and called for additional review.

The Navy recommended a “more detailed interagency legal and policy review” of the request. And the Marine Corps expressed strong reservations, stating that several techniques in the request “arguably violate federal law, and would expose our service members to possible prosecution.” The Marine Corps also said the request was not “legally sufficient,” and like the other services, called for “a more thorough legal and policy review.”

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Dangerpuss: "Plutocracy Blues"

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I have a sporadic music project called Dangerpuss, and this is a song I recorded with some friends.

Click the link to play a song or right-click and select “Save Link As…” to download: Plutocracy Blues (MP3)

Duane Denison (the Jesus Lizard, Tomahawk) played a few guitar flourishes.

The strings are played by the immensely talented Frank Heer (Melomane, Bingo Palace), including the electronic-sounding noise that comes in at about 4:40, a cello that Frank’s enhanced through the magic of recording technology.

I recorded this while the Moog Modular V was my new favorite thing, so that’s what’s making most of the bleeps and blips.

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YouTube: the Jesus Lizard "Karpis" Guitar Cover

Of all the videos of guys in tight t-shirts David Yow has sent me, this is by far the best.

The Jesus Lizard “Karpis” guitar cover

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Things We Eat: Damascus, Maryland

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Damascus, Maryland; November 30, 2008

  • Scrapple with ketchup
  • Oatmeal
  • Orange juice
  • Coffee
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What Can We Argue About Now?

Get Your War On knows.

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Boarding an Attic with Edgar Allan Poe

From the Guardian.

So great.

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The Return of Law

Roger Cohen at the New York Times nails it:

It’s Thanksgiving. I’m thankful for many things right now, despite the stock market, and first among them is the fact that the next U.S. commander in chief is a constitutional law expert and former law professor.

[The law] defines the United States, for it is a nation of laws. Or was until Bush, in the aftermath of 9/11, unfurled what the late historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr. called “the most dramatic, sustained and radical challenge to the rule of law in American history.”

The facts speak for themselves. This month, almost seven years after detainees began arriving at Guantánamo Bay on Jan. 11, 2002, a verdict was handed down in the first hearing on the government’s evidence for holding so-called unlawful enemy combatants at the U.S. naval base in Cuba.

Yes, this was the first hearing in a habeas corpus case, so long has the legal battle been to get to this point, and so stubborn has the administration been in seeking to keep Guantánamo detainees out of reach of civilian courts.

Judge Richard J. Leon of Federal District Court in Washington ruled that five Algerian men had been unlawfully held at Guantánamo and ordered their release. He said: “Seven years of waiting for our legal system to give them an answer to a question so important is, in my judgment, more than plenty.”

Of the 770 detainees grabbed here and there and flown to Guantánamo, only 23 have ever been charged with a crime. Of the more than 500 so far released, many traumatized by those “enhanced” techniques, not one has received an apology or compensation for their season in hell.

We’re supposed to be a better country than this.

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