Friday, October 31, 2008

[Zebra_Trucks] Come join me at Saturday In the Park, I Don't Think It's The 4th of July

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Saturday In the Park, I Don't Think It's The 4th of July Time: November 1, 2008 at 5pm
Location: Pra├ža Buenos Aires
Organized By: Matt Love

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If you're in Sao Paulo (and I know you are)...

You won't want to miss this great show.. grizzled veterans of the Sao Paulo club scene, The Waiters, welcome scrappy newcomers Homiepie for a history-making performance.

Study it up at:

http://www.last. fm/event/820800


You'll be glad you did!


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Monday, October 27, 2008

[Zebra_Trucks] Report from the Edmonton Heritage Festival

(A note from me to my readers: I know I promised this report to you a couple of months ago; I've been sort of preoccupied, as I will explain in a little bit.)

 

It as another amazing year at the Edmonton Heritage Festival, held in the first week of August. I attended all three days; Anne went along for two of them.  We weren't alone; sometimes we were there the park was just packed. When there are more people, there is more excitement; when there are fewer it's much easier to get food because the lines are shorter. Total attendance was around a half million people, I think – the weather was great and people really came out for it.

 

I think that the biggest crowd pleasers were the Cuban ensemble, which kept people joyously dancing for hours.  However, I took the greatest pleasure, as usual, in lucky encounters at the fringe of the festival. 

 

I really enjoyed Silent Rock, a Taiwanese folk rock group.  I loved them so much I hired them to play my birthday party.  They were concerned that their music would not go over too with my mostly gringo party-guests, since their lyrics were all in Mandarin Chinese. I had no such reservations, and I was right. Their infectious music transcended language barriers, and a couple of Anne's employees are Chinese, and they thought it was so special to be able to understand all the songs in their own language.

 

The next morning I saw a troupe of synchronized sleepers from Cochiland put on a strange and beautiful ritualized performance, which consisted of long periods of supine stillness.  Then at seemingly random intervals, they would simultaneously rearrange themselves into a new, identical position.  Though a very ancient art, it was strikingly modern, evoking the spirit of Andy Warhol.  Both his movie "Sleep" and his multiples silk screens came to mind. I thought they would also be an interesting for my party, but it wasn't the sort of thing to liven up a party with. Maybe to end one with.

 

However, my favorite performance of all was by a group of expatriate musicians from Luliland.   Their approach to music making was unorthodox; they had a way of making music with cheese graters and car keys I've never before experienced. The music is ethereal, impossible to describe, fading from memory like a dream, but leaving an essence, a lingering sensation that stays with you forever.

 

I spoke to one of the musicians after their performance, and learned a lot about the music and life of Luliland. From what he told me, Luliland sounded like an amazing place to me; why would anybody want to leave?


He explained that the main industrial products in Luliland are Magic, Grace, and Beauty.  In other places, where you can find these things at all, they are hand-crafted items, made in small quantities, available only at great price.  Luliland had great factories, where they would produce these items on a large scale, and export them all over the world. However, in the modern there is very little market for these items, so the factories were shut down, and most young people are forced to relocate, doing whatever work they can get – driving taxis, working as domestics, and so on. The Edmonton economic boom brought many of them there.

He said that one local legend is that the citizens of Luliland are descended from Bronze Age humans and the survivors of a crashed UFO.  I didn't laugh – there was something indefinably different about these people – a certain luminescence.

 

The weird thing is, I hired them to play at my birthday party, too, but they phone number and email address the man gave me didn't work.  Furthermore, I couldn't find Luliland on Google maps, or Wikipedia. 

 

I have become sort of obsessed with Luliland. I stay up late at night searching the web, looking for clues. I forget to shave; sometimes I don't shower for days. I have become indifferent to my job.  At times I feel like an expatriate from Luliland myself, haunted by their music, magic, grace and beauty.  I saw something somewhere about a wordpress site.  I'll check it out soon

 

 

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

[Zebra_Trucks] The most musical election ever...

And it seems like most of the music is Obama-themed.  

The biggest surprise of the election season - rabid McCain supporter American Leslie Jane made a sudden about face and has thrown his support behind Obama in a huge way... check out his many pro-Obama and anti-Palin and McCain songs at:

http://www.soundclick.com/bands/default.cfm?bandID=431773

maybe he really does channel John Lennon after all!

Sandman The Rapping Cowboy also comes out for Obama, check it out at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b33HzXAbQ1k

Mr. Roboto sings for Rick Reed:

http://www.soundclick.com/bands/default.cfm?bandID=302257

check out in particular:
President Rick REED's Womens Rights Bill 2000
Rick Reed For President

While many many artists have told the Republicans to NOT use their songs for events and advertising, since the defection of American Leslie Jane I haven't been able to find a single "support McCain" song. Can anybody suggest one?

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Saturday, October 18, 2008

[Zebra_Trucks] Re: Hot Chinese girl new here looking for fun or maybe more...

>Hey guys and girls,
>I am an open minded Chinese gothic girl and I love to meet new ppl
>for fun, partnership or whatever...If you want to know me more, you
>can check out my profile with my private body arts pics and chat to
>me...and I do have webcame, just look for Chinese_gothic_girl :)

> http://chineselovelink.bravehost.com/index.htm
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Wooow, damnnn hot! You are the most beautiful Chinese girl I ever
seen.I love your chill pics and profile. I would love to chat and hang
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Monday, October 13, 2008

[Zebra_Trucks] Matt Love has a song recommendation for you

On this extremely happy occasion of Rick Reed's birthday (and may there be many, many more) I'd like you to hear this tune, with words by Rick Reed, music by Mr. Roboto. Vocals by Mr Roboto and Priscilla.

Every day is somebody's birthday, no exception. Forward this song to somebody you know who is having a birthday somewhere.

Band page: http://soundclick.com/rxr

Song page: http://soundclick.com/share?songid=4425136
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Saturday, October 11, 2008

[Zebra_Trucks] Re: mostly for laughs too-- audio in asphalt?

This jogged my memory about a 2 year old thread on this list.  As Napoleon "Think and Grow Rich" Hill used to say, "Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve."

This may be a dubious achievement, but still, it was achieved.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Not Judy Wice <judywice@yahoo.com>
Date: Thu, Oct 9, 2008 at 4:18 PM
Subject: [Up-Tight] A new contender for World's Worst Musical Instrument.
To: Up-Tight@yahoogroups.com

A new contender for World's Worst Musical Instrument.
[reposted from the Beatles Lounge and Napoleon Park]

No doubt the bagpipes, pan flute, theremin, ocarina. moog synthesize,
simeon, rain stick, triangle, wood block, cow bell, fretless bass,
sitar, kazoo, jew's-harp and tissue paper covered comb all have valid
claims to the title, but there is a new nominee vying for claim of The
World's Most Annoying Musical Instrument.

This was a remarkably clever innovative development, actually. Based
on the sounds a moving vehicle makes while traveling over uneven
terrain, the fine folks at the Honda Motors company discovered that
they could repave a section of highway and then cut grooves in the
pavement, so that a properly loaded Honda Civic with correctly
inflated tires traveling at exactly 55 MPH would create a buzzing
noise remarkably similar to a portion of The William Tell Overture by
Gioacchino Rossini - specifically the passage more commonly known as
"the theme from the Lone Ranger".

To alleviate some of the burden of blame from the Honda research and
development department, it should be noted that it was Honda's
advertising division that urged them to move forward in making this
concept a reality. However, in popular fiction is is usually the
scientists who take the blame for focusing on the benefits to mankind
their discoveries will have in a best case scenario and completely
overlook the Frankenstein monster or world-destroying computer systems
they might unleash in the case something goes tragically, horribly awry.

In this case, they seem to have overlooked the rather obvious fact
that not all motor vehicles are Honda Civics. That a vehicle traveling
faster than 56 MPH or slower than 54 MPH would alter the tempo of the
composition, that incorrect tire pressure or differences in weight or
load distribution could all alter pitch and that, even when performed
optimally the result could be described as an eerie moan and, under
less than perfect condition, as a horrible annoying howl.

Additionally, they missed out on the fact that locating this stretch
of roadway in an inhabited area would negatively impact the quality of
life of the nearby residents, and that short of closing down the road
entirely, the instrument had no on/off switch.

The result was, the roadway was constructed to specifications and some
informal recordings were made, some of which can apparently be found
on YouTube. That complaints were made and the project was determined
to be a Public Nuisance and a Disturbance of the Peace. That Honda was
made to cover the cost of repaving the roadway back to it's more
silently operating condition. And that to date the proposed ad
campaign built around this project has not surfaced, other than on
YouTube.

So, just remember the next time you have a brilliant idea for a new
method of creating music, be sure to ask yourself that eternal
question "What could possibly go wrong?"

= Heugenot Walloon =

Musical Road in Lancaster, CA
on YouTube
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=Aey7Jq0G3EU

[I included the wall of oscillators known as the Simeon on the list of
worst instruments for the benefit of the Up-Tight members who I knew
would 'get it'. you might object to the inclusion, but have you ever
tried to play one? Seriously, an instrument that only one person in
the world knows how to play? How bad it that?]

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[ARSCLIST] mostly for laughs too-- audio in asphalt?



rodbrown

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Hi folks,

We took a driving vacation from Oakland, CA to Denver last summer. I noticed again that highways nowadays feature a continuous procession of indentations, perpendicular to the roadbed, running just outboard of the slow lane. They look to be about an inch and a half deep and wide, by maybe eight inches long. They're regularly spaced at perhaps four inches apart.

When driven over, they produce a noticeable vibration throughout the car. No doubt the idea is to wake up drowsy drivers before they can drift too far off the road.

This generic buzz strikes me as terribly short-sighted. It shouldn't be that difficult to vary these indentations so as to encode specific sounds into the pavement. The vehicle's tire act as a stylus, while the body of the car resonates all around.

To really shake up the somnambulant sojourner, I'd think a chorus of "Ta-Ra-Ra-Boom-De-Yay" would work well. Or we could recruit a severe, maternal voice-over actress to read, "Wake up, pull over, and take a nap!!"

Other thoughts?

Yours for safety,
Rod

phillip holmes

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Yes, you'd have echo from the rear tire.
- Show quoted text -


rodbrown wrote:
Hi folks,

We took a driving vacation from Oakland, CA to Denver last summer. I noticed again that highways nowadays feature a continuous procession of indentations, perpendicular to the roadbed, running just outboard of the slow lane. They look to be about an inch and a half deep and wide, by maybe eight inches long. They're regularly spaced at perhaps four inches apart.

When driven over, they produce a noticeable vibration throughout the car. No doubt the idea is to wake up drowsy drivers before they can drift too far off the road.

This generic buzz strikes me as terribly short-sighted. It shouldn't be that difficult to vary these indentations so as to encode specific sounds into the pavement. The vehicle's tire act as a stylus, while the body of the car resonates all around.

To really shake up the somnambulant sojourner, I'd think a chorus of "Ta-Ra-Ra-Boom-De-Yay" would work well. Or we could recruit a severe, maternal voice-over actress to read, "Wake up, pull over, and take a nap!!"

Other thoughts?

Yours for safety,
Rod





show details 10/25/06

You have the purpose figured out - they are called rumble strips, and
are meant to keep sleepy drivers from going off the road.  I first
encountered them in Pennsylvania about 30 years ago, and now they are
all over New York and apparently many other places.  (I must confess
that it also occurred to me they could be *tuned* - though reality
dictates that for my tax dollars I'd prefer the potholes be kept
patched.)

Sue


Susan T Stinson, Curator
Belfer Audio Laboratory and Archive
Syracuse University Library
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010
315-443-3477 / fax 443-4866




David Breneman

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--- rodbrown <rodbrown@MINDSPRING.COM> wrote:


> This generic buzz strikes me as terribly short-sighted. It
> shouldn't
> be that difficult to vary these indentations so as to encode
> specific
> sounds into the pavement.

My parents told me once that some highway agency
experimented in the 60s with laying down a pattern
of ridges that would say "getover-getover-getover"
as you drove over them.  No idea what the upshot
of that experiment was, or if it was even an urban
legend.



David Breneman         david_breneman@yahoo.com








show details 10/25/06



----- Original Message -----
From: "rodbrown" <rodbrown@MINDSPRING.COM>
> To really shake up the somnambulant sojourner, I'd think a chorus of
> "Ta-Ra-Ra-Boom-De-Yay" would work well. Or we could recruit a severe,
> maternal voice-over actress to read, "Wake up, pull over, and take a
> nap!!"
>
> Other thoughts?
>
Well...
"Sleepy-Time Gal"
"Sleepy Valley"
Definitely not Waring's theme of "Sleep!"
"On That Great Gettin' Up Mornin'"
the "Reveille" bugle call (sp?)
"Shake Rattle and Roll" ("get outa that bed and wash yo face and hands..."
"Stay On the Right Side Of the Road"
"Red, Red Robin" (not the full title!)
and isn't there an old hymn, something like
"Awake, Ye Sinners?"

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Sunday, October 05, 2008

[Zebra_Trucks] The Silver Surfer is a fan of my music....

Last.fm is such a great website. It lets me know who has been listening to my music, and allows me to contact them.  Thanks to Last.fm, I know I have listeners in Colombia, Germany, Bulgaria...   pretty darn cool.

Bizarro Ultraband has not shown up on their radar yet, but it's just a matter of time.

Here's an example of the kind of thing I say to my fans around the world:

Listens to Matt Love 1% of the time, mostly to the track Five and Ten III

Hey, Silver Surfer,


First of all, let me say, you were looking good in that Fantastic Four movie. I was getting a little worried about you towards the end of your run in your own title, John Buscema was drawing you so thin and white (not even laying on that light blue zipatone silver) I thought you were deathly ill. 

 

But anyway, I just wanted to say thanks,  I am so pathetically grateful. According to last.fm, you listen to me 1% of your time, which is more than my wife does... If you give me your address I'll send you a gift in gratitude for your kind patronage. A cup of coffee or something.


Thanks again!


Matt


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[Zebra_Trucks] People in Smoky Lake sure know how to have a good time

Yesterday Anne went to Smoky Lake for the Great White North Pumpkin Fair and Weigh-Off.  I've seen giant pumpkins in newspapers and on TV, it seemed like a good idea to go see some first hand.

 

It was somewhat disappointing, the two largest were slightly under 800 pounds (out in the hinterlands they still resist metric). We were told both were the offspring of a mammoth half-tonner. 

 

These overgrown orange vegetables are the flora version of those grossly obese people that can't get out of bed – they just sort of sprawl across the platform like Jabba the Hutt.

 

We stayed for the auction, but when we found out they weren't auctioning off the biggest ones, we left.  Not that we were in for the bidding.  But with the dwarfish 150 pounders going for a couple hundred dollars each, we were curious what a pumpkin 5x that big would bring.

 

On the way out of town, we saw a huge crane, several stories high, with a large pumpkin (which we recognized from earlier in the day) attached.  This particular one looked like a beanbag chair, and we got a couple pictures of it on my cell phone (we neglected to bring the camera).  The pumpkin was suspended over a car.  We had a pretty good idea what was going to happen, but we didn't know when, so we kept going.

 

A ways up the road, we stopped at a gas station for drinks.  We noticed that we could still see the crane behind the trees, and we could hear the murmur of the crowd.  Then, as we watched, the pumpkin ascended into view, and we could hear the murmuring increase in volume.  Up, up, up it went until it was as high as it could go. 

 

A moment later, and it fell abruptly out of sight behind the trees.  A few moments later (we were far enough away that the lag between the audio and visual signals was quite noticeable) we heard the loud report of a gigantic pumpkin smashing into a car, and the pandemonium of the crowd.

 

Next year, we will go back with our camera, and our video camera as well.  And I just got an idea for a great name for a rock band.



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Wednesday, October 01, 2008

[Zebra_Trucks] what a difference a trillion dollars makes..

This is that crazy fuck that says he channels John Lennon, and supports McCain (I'm sure Lennon would be a McCain man) and thinks Obama is Osama, etc etc.

Date: Oct 1, 2008 3:02 PM
Subject: "Enough Is Enough" by American Lesley Jane
Body:
"Enough Is Enough" by American Lesley Jane


About the song:

Bluesy rock n roll ala the South Side of Chicago.

Enough is enough, whatcha think about that?
You had your turn, It's time for Democrats.
~L

Lyrics:

Enough Is Enough




I said Hey!
I said Who!
I said Hey!
Who!
Hey, who do you think you are?

Had enough
Nuff of you
Had enough, nuff of you
Had enough of you
You've gone too far

All my youth is gone
My money spent
I'm tired of hearing the lies that you invent
This time I see it coming
I must prevent
Even if it makes a dent in my head

Whoa
Enough is enough is enough-nuff-nuff-nuff
You hook up the rich and then you feed us fluff
Well enough is enough; this is far too rough
It's time to make History
We aren't here to make the rich happy
No, we're voting for our own interests this time

See you kiss
Kissing ass
See you kiss-kissing ass
Of the high-rollers who own this town

That's okay
I see you now
That's okay
I see you now
The middle class is just your clown

So call up Ringling Brothers, and Barnum too
'Cause we've had Eight Long Years of Three Ring You
Not even Harry Houdini could do much for you this time
You've gone over the line

Well,
Enough is enough, whatcha think about that?
You had your turn
It's time for Democrats
Oh
Enough is enough; I'm knocked over, flat
You know it ain't no mystery
You've taken better care of the rich
Than you ever cared for me

Whoa

(You can say what you want;
That's still how it's adding up by the time it gets to us)

~Guitar bit~

Ah
Ah

I've learned a lot working for the Government
And they know My Presence is Heaven-Sent
I measured every barrel over which I've been bent
Whoa
And I want you to know

Yes
Enough is enough, that's all I can do
Let's see 'bout the Democrats; I know about you
Yes
Enough is enough; that's a gas-tank full
The cart before the horse is hard to pull

Well
Enough is enough; yeah you had your day
And now it's time we tried another way
Whoa
Enough is enough, that's enough of this game
We scrape along with nothing to our name

Well
Enough is enough, is enough-nuff-nuff
Ah
Oh
Whoa, enough is enough, is enough-nuff-nuff…is enough is enough-nuff-nuff






Copyright 2008 ~ American Lesley Jane


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