19, 2005 at 17:25:13 (EDT)
Don't pass me by
Does anyone else think it's strange that comedy duo/whitebot
Buffet have been touring with alt-country legend Jason
Molina and his band Magnolia
Electric Co.? We caught their show last night at Southpaw,
which culminated in both groups getting on stage and singing
"Running with the Devil." For rappers, those guys
can sing pretty well. Tomorrow night The
Forms also play Southpaw, which shoulld be quite a delightful
evening down on 5th Ave in Brooklyn. Gil
Mantera's Party Dream was supposed to open but they cancelled
at the last minute. Motico
was asked to fill in, but go figure, Buzz decided to jet off
to his Martha Vineyard summer home for the weekend. Damn you
Buzz and your need for your precious 'solarium'!
It would look better but I couldn't
wait for the paint to dry
In other news, Buzz's expertise came in handy of late as
I attempted my first electonics project. Far simpler than
anything Buzz builds, my project was what they call a bypass
box, which required very little skill but which I still managed
ot screw up a lot. All it does is reroute a guitar signal
through a secondary source, providing "true bypass."
I built it cuz I bought a cheap octave effect pedal and when
you turn off the effect it chokes the signal and sounds lame.
So the bypass box is a big on/off switch. The circuit itself
doesn't even need any separate power source. The only power
needed is for the little LED that lights up when it's on.
For some reason I really had to work on the edge of my ability
to get the damn thing to work. But somehow I eventually figured
out some wiring mistakes and now it seems to work. What does
this mean to you, the buying consumer? It means, when you
come see Motico
Delancey on September 7th at 8:00 PM (and it's a free
show, if I didn't mention it previously), you may witnss the
awesome power of my Arion
Octave pedal, $14.99 of rock fury!
Posted By Jimmy Legs
August 17, 2005 at 10:58:14 (EDT)
Should I get a set of white wall tires
got new wheels built for my folding bike, both to deal with
the fact that the original wheels were beat to hell and also
because they were steel. The new ones are aluminum and should
therefore make the whole bike lighter. When I picked up the
bike at the shop I was amazed at how much lighter it had become.
Then I realized I didn't have the Kryptonite
chain lock on it, which makes it something like 40 pounds
lighter. With the chain on the bike, it feels maybe a little
lighter than it did before. But the important thing is I'm
taking my life into my hands slightly less with decent wheels
on this thing. Next I need to fix all the other life-threatening
problems on this thing.
new front wheel has a huge hub, considering it's just a freewheel.
I've seen front hubs that are even bigger but I guess I don't
know enough about bike construction to know what the size
of the axle area has to do with anything. The rear wheel was
the real job here, as the guy had to remove my gear hub from
the old wheel and respoke it into the new rim. This was far
cheaper than just buying a new wheel but took forever to get
done. But they cleaned the hub off to the point it looks nearly
new. And I'm not sure if it's the new wheel or what, but the
gear hub works better than it used to. I love stuff that was
built to last like a Sturmey
Archer 3-Speed Hub. The thing is older than me (and that's
saying something) and is still truckin'. What else is built
to last like that anymore? Besides guns, I mean.
thinking of retiring that Kryptonite NYC lock I have. I bought
it out of paranoia but in light of recent events I'm not sure
it's worth the trouble. For one thing, CrazyNoisy
had his brand new bike cased and swiped from outside his office
the other day, and he used the same kind of lock. It's unclear
how the thief broke the lock, but he did it in broad daylight
in full view of people, so I doubt he had some huge pair of
metal cutters. Maybe he had a skeleton key, or maybe he had
Biro Skeleton Key. I fear the latter since I still have
the kind of lock that can be undone in this manner. But then,
I don't think my bike is particularly attractive to thieves,
what with its odd shape, incredible weight, and the fact that
you look a little silly riding around on it. Still, on Sunday
alone, over the course of a half hour on the streets of my
own neighborhood, I personally saw 4 separate folding bikes,
so perhaps we're seeing a new age of folding bike enthusiasm.
My, these are exciting times we live in!
Posted By Jimmy Legs
15, 2005 at 15:10:32 (EDT)
In the jungle, brother
Ode to Pac Man, the view from BJ's
Now that the temperature is back to normal, I feel like it
was totally crazy for me to even leave the house for the bulk
of the weekend. The heat index was like 110 degrees, making
even the most rudimentary movement stroke-inducing. My sad
little air conditioner chugged away in my bedroom, making
living barely worthwhile. Our basement was also tolerably
cool, but of course the humidity was ubiquitous. The band
came one step closer to completing its album, as Zack wowed
the members of the household by being far more on point that
the rest of us, recording bass lines and doing all of his
vocal work while we napped and made frozen fruit smoothies.
Engine, Engine Number 9, on the New York Transit
Despite this languor, I kept going out to do stuff, as I
had all week. Which reminds me, Thursday night was the worst.
We were trying to get the subway home at like 1 AM and they
were spraying off the platform with one of those high-pressure
hoses. What I didn't know is that the water is super hot;
thus, the already-stifling platform became one huge sauna,
causing me to debate whether or not to end it all by throwing
myself into the path of an oncoming train. But of course,
there weren't any trains coming on, so I abided until one
did, and then its air conditioning gave me a new lease on
life. Until we got to Jay Street.
Which again reminds me, Friday night we headed back from
the Lower East Side to hit the Alibi on our way home, so we
stayed on the F train in order to switch to the G at Carroll.
Unbeknownst to us, both train lines were so screwed up that
we were effectively stranded in Carroll Gardens. Luckily,
Social provided shelter from the (hot) elements, and when
it was suitably cool enough (when they kicked us out of the
bar), we hoofed it up to the Hoyt-Schermerhorn station, which
was not as far as I thought, where a waiting G shuttle took
How can they do this to people who live in that neighborhood?
There was downtown F service but the uptown trains weren't
stopping at 4 consecutive stations. The only options were
to go all the way down to 7th Ave and switch to an uptown
train, or transfer to an A train or something. Perhaps I'd
be more tolerant of such transit interruptions if I had any
idea what they were doing when they reroute the trains this
way. For instance, on weekend nights now, the G train doesn't
go beyond the Hoyt station. That's a reduction of 3 stops.
Only three stops. Meanwhile, the G runs in two sections, one
from Hoyt to Bedford, and one from Bedford to Court Square.
So the 'shuttle' train runs over a course of 5 stops total.
That's it. Why, why, why is this done?
The blob on the retaining wall at
the top is actually a cat
Life's been good to me ... so far
Anyway, to make a long boring story short, we still managed
to run all over town despite the horrible heat, which seems
so foolish now that we know how pleasant it can actually be
outside. Even the rain feels like a happy little present after
that scorcher. Bands seen in the past several days: No
Turn to Me, Puttin'
On The Ritz, Mommy
& Daddy, Oxford
Collapse. The POTR show was actually held at BJ's pad,
in honor of his birthday. He lives in a relatively newly constructed
building on Bedford in Bed-Stuy, a sprawling place where real
estate hasn't totally gone through the roof just yet. Also
unanticipated was his incredibly vast vinyl collection, which
appears to contain at least one of every record ever made.
The elevator opens directly into his apartment (there must
be some kind of security involved but I don't understand how
it works), which is a nice touch and puts one in the mind
of old true lofts whose freight elevators were used to enter
each floor. there was a tragic amount of cabinet space in
the kitchen. I say tragic because event thought there were
easily 10 upper and lower cabinets, they were almost all completely
empty. Meanwhile I can't open my cabinet with getting hit
in the head by falling Pop Tarts and Ramen Noodles.
POTR; look at all them cabinets!
Posted By Jimmy Legs
August 10, 2005 at 12:33:53 (EDT)
Charcoal burning everywhere
Since I can't think of anything externally interesting to blog
about, here's what has been consuming me of late:
I went to some backyard BBQ's recently, one at Abby's
house and one at her friend's house which is directly across
the street from me. I've always wanted to see what the interiors
of those houses looked like, and now I'm rather jealous. They're
not super fancy but although they are multifamily buildings,
this one has not been subdivided. So everybody has locks on
their doors, but assuming the neighbors all know and trust
on another, it makes for a much more pleasant environment.
It's reminiscent of the brownstone featured in Crooklyn;
there are tenants but the owning family can run all over the
house wreaking havoc. I guess maybe that's not necessarily
a good thing, but it's more 'housy' to me. Also the cellar
has a high ceiling, and the tenants spent a lot of time fixing
it up to become a nice rumpus room, lotsa chairs and tables.
And I think there's a pool table or something down there as
well. At any rate, this has got me thinking that we should
have a similar BBQ here at Chez Legs soon, as the summer is
waning and we've not used our yard nearly enough. Now that
mulberry season is behind us, I've been trying to resurrect
the backyard from the heat and neglect of the last month.
When's a good time to have a party? Should we wait until Labor
Day or what?
oh, I've been meaning to find out about this, the Rheingold
Brewery seems to be launching a marketing campaign on
the area. Has anyone noticed that in the local bodegas you
can get a 12-pack of Rheingold for $9? Actually it was only
$8 a couple weeks ago, but we bought all those immediately.
Now, I'd never been a fan of this beer, it's always been bottom-shelf
crap that tasted like it was brewed in the sewer. But the
stuff we've been getting has been quite palatable. I have
a theory surrounding this: Last year, Rheingold made a contract
with the Greenpoint
Beer Works, which is right down the street on Waverly,
to brew a small amount of their beer. This way the company
can claim it's a New York City brewery even though the bulk
of it is still made in Ithaca. I spoke with the brewmaster
at GBW and he confided that the Rheingold people weren't happy
with the first batch they produced, asking them to 'water
it down more.' Any brewer worth his salt is gonna find that
offensive, so I believe it's possible they went ahead and
made the beer better than what the company had requested.
Therefore it is possible that the beer supplying the surrounding
area is receiving superior stuff than the country at large.
Can anybody confirm to me that Rheingold in other parts of
the city/state/USA still tastes like skunky Rolling Rock?
you've been wondering why Motico
has vanished from the local scene, we've been busy working
on our album. A recent reorganization of our studio (basement)
has fostered a new era of actually getting stuff done, so
we are close to completion of our new recordings, which will
eventually be pressed to CD to you guys can actually listen
to our music without a turntable. We have a lot of new equipment
and software, so this recording seems to be coming along a
lot more professionally than anything we've done in the past.
Whereas previously we could hide behind poor production or
a rushed environment, now there's nothing to stand in the
way of our sheer talent. Uh oh. Anyway, we're returning to
the live scene on Wednesday, September 7th, for the Death
Disco 1-Year Anniversary at The
Delancey. It's free and we should be well-oiled (both
musically and liquorly) for the performance.
I'm still writing those blurbs for the NY
Press, check here
for the latest. Of course, whether I write stuff or not has
little effect on whether or not the paper actually publishes
them, and to all appearances so far it looks like they didn't
bother printing it again this week. Oh well, I'd be lying
if I said I didn't like pontificating about bands anyway.
But it's funner to get paid to do that.
Posted By Jimmy Legs
Week of August 7-20, 2005