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Third panel magic! (a photobooth update)

July 20, 2010

In case you missed it, I like photobooths! I’ve been collecting them for a long time– here’s another update on my latest favorite strips. I apologize for the image quality, though. My scanner is broken, so I’m attempting to use a camera instead. Anyways, this first set is great, so many fun things happening.

I dig the couple in the first strip. He’s so squinty! They manage a kiss in the third panel, and move on to making goofy faces. Fun folks. I have a theory that the third panel is where the magic happens, btw. The first picture bewilders many people and the second sets their sense of timing, but unless they’re experienced photoboothers, they don’t get it down pat until the third panel. Plus, you’re over the hump– it’s time to do something crazy before it all ends. Check out the third panel of strip two: he’s hilarious! Even Mr. Creepy Woodsman catches the bug in the third panel; what a transition from panel two, where he looks like he’s trying to burn down the photobooth with his eyes. Clearly the last couple’s third panel magic broke the booth. I’d cheer, but who likes a broken photobooth?

This is the “naughty” group. I’m not pointing any fingers, but the various shocked looks are a sure tell. What’s happening between frames?!

Here’s another photobooth phenomenon– the white girl gang sign. I’m definitely not the first person to notice this, but I might be a pioneer into researching the photobooth-related subgroup of this particular dataset. Clearly, I am gunning for a Nobel. In my acceptance speech, I plan to thank this guy, and this other guy, and to include this team of researchers as well. I may also take a moment to address those pictured in the photographs. Here is a quote from my rough draft– “HEY STUPID, YOU’RE NOT IN A GANG!”

What’s black and white and has 11 tongues? This photo set! (Hey, this joke killed at the Copa.)

This set is kind of a smorgasbord– a bit of tongue, some shocked looks, and a lone gang sign in the fourth panel of strip one. White tweens, represent!

Here’s a sad photobooth topic– the missed/denied kiss. Sometimes, as in the third panel of strip two (or the first panel of column three) it’s a matter of timing. Check that middle strip out again… clearly, she’s feeling the third panel magic, but swoops in a bit too late for the evidence to become part of the permanent record. It’s hard to see in the third column, but take my word for it, this is total kiss miss. They look happy in the second panel, though, don’t they? Now let’s dig strip one– it’s so sad. He’s done his best to impress through three panels, but doesn’t work up the nerve to kiss her until the 4th. And then… well, her look says it all, don’t you agree?

There’s no missed kisses here! Bonus points for third panel snuggling magic in column two, and a rarely seen “gospel album” pose in the last panel of strip three.

There’s so good coordination going on in the first strip in this set, plus, the lighting is good. I believe this particular strip may even have been temporarily displayed on the booth itself.

You’ll need to view it full to see, but check the lady’s face in strip two. It’s like the flashbulb woke her up or something! Strip three guards against too bright flash with Top Gun shades.

The girls in the third strip crack me up. They’re having a good time, but not nearly as enthusiastic as the lady in panel one of the last strip. “OMG! I’m in a photobooth!” Her life’s dream, realized.

This is our “modern art” section of the photostrip update. Young master Bill thumbs his nose at fate in strip one, mocking the ravages of nature as pictured in the middle panels. Is the woman in the final strip accepting, or unaware, of the danger nearby?

Babies! It’s always the same. You spend two bucks, and these ungrateful drool-buckets won’t look at the camera. LOL Check out the baby’s happy smile in panel two of the last strip.

Our final three sets are further examples of abstraction in photobooth photography. It’s too bad about these– the two bald ladies in strip five look like they’re having a good time (might this be a cancer survivor and a friend shaved in solidarity?) and the guy’s smile in the last panel of strip seven is fantastic. Plus, he’s with his baby boy, who looks pretty cute. I hope they ended up taking lots of other photos together! Finally, dig the ninth strip, for the lady in the checkered outfit. Is that some third panel magic happening for her? Hard to see, but I think the smile tells in the last panel!

If you want to see more of my photobooth collection, go here, and here, and here.

Your Xmas giftie– Style City, “The Happening”

December 25, 2009

Here’s something to make your Xmas weird– download a ten year-old girl’s Casio SK-1 experiments! Style City’s “The Happening” EP features extended minimal drones, surprisingly morbid lyrics, and an ode to giant robots!

Highly recommended for fans of The Shaggs, Chica X, and Eyes Like Saucers.

Also available in a limited edition of 10. Trades only! Send e-mail to stylecitymusik AT for details.

Visit Style City on the web.

Return of the Downloads

December 15, 2009

Here’s a ton of downloads for you– I’ve re-upped them at Mediafire due to the ongoing weirdness in the bit-torrent community, so these are good and solid links. Click on any date to go to the Mediafire download page, or click “playlist” to see the original liveblogged entry for the specific broadcast. Each file is under 200 megabytes, though some are much less. Be sure to share these with your friends!

12/5/09 (part 1) – Interview with Tristan Perich; Craig Colorusso/Joel Westerdale phone-in performance on WDBX-FM (playlist)

12/5/09 (part 2) – Karthik Kakarala, DaveX, LIVE @ WDBX

11/28/09 – This show is dedicated to Acid Mothers’ Temple, Katie Holmes, and Fred Savage. Features Terry Riley, Cluster & Eno, Eyes Like Saucers. (playlist)

11/21/09 – Analog goodness from Resipiscent label, Brian Eno, and the slowest “Yakety Sax” ever. (playlist)

11/14/09 – LIVE @ WDBX-FM; Karthik Kakarala & Tom Vasilj,  Malaria, Oblive, Wilmer Incognito, group improv w/ DaveX (commentary)

11/7/09 – Frank Rothkamm, Wadada Leo Smith, Ironing & Chefkirk, Art Jerks (playlist)

10/24/09 – Jeff Arnal, Edgetone Records goodies, Eddie the Rat, Sabrina Siegel (playlist)

10/10/09 – LIVE @ WDBX-FM, Matt Weston!!! Show also features recordings from Gordon Beeferman, George Korein, Focus Quintet (playlist)

9/26/09 – LIVE phone-in set/interview from Swamp of Pus label owner Novasak, plus an interview with George Korein. Also, lots of previously-unreleased Korein recordings, and an extended selection of Glenn Weyant awesomeness. (playlist)

9/19/09 – Improv saxophonist Randall Hall classes up the Hi-Life Room with THREE live sets, and a hands-on demonstration of extended technique. What does bubble wrap in the bell of a sax sound like? We do the things Mythbusters won’t try. Play along at home, and clap when you hear us say “John Cage.” (playlist)

9/12/09 – Harold Schellinx phones in a sound tour of his home, and Trash Ant provides the most art-damaged cassette tape EVER. (playlist)

9/5/09 – “It’s Too Damn Early” salutes BKPR, and jams to Peter Gordon’s “Life is Boring”. (playlist)

8/29/09 – Black Beast of Arrrghhh, LIVE phone-in performance on WDBX-FM. Also features recordings from Hal McGee’s “Dictaphonia” series. (playlist)

8/22/09 – Ironing, LIVE phone-in performance on WDBX-FM. Also features recordings from Transhumans, Bob Marsh, Rich West, and the “Dictaphonia” series. (playlist)

8/15/09 – Ernesto Diaz-Infante AND Mike Khoury do live phone-in sets for WDBX-FM. You get a car! You get a car! YOU get a car! (playlist)

8/8/09 – Unless you own a Brekekekexkoaxkoax DVD, cool microcassette recordings of Nassau from Ironing, and an alternate version of Alan Licht’s “Remington Khan,” you’d better grab this episode! (playlist)

8/3/09 – DaveX stars as a teen hockey player well-liked and respected among his coaches and teammates. He battles to hide the truth from his elders and peers — that he is actually an enormous lizard. A special daytime broadcast also featuring long-time listener favorite DJ Mo, and a subliminal animal theme! (playlist)

7/25/09 – Not quite the full show, but enough to cover Lonely Procession’s live set, and a lot of weirdness on either side. Well worth your time! (playlist)

6/27/09 – Karthik Kakarala, Tony Youngblood, DaveX, LIVE @ WDBX-FM. Recorded exactly one month before Tony got kicked off WRVU-FM, and setting off a chain reaction of community member shows being cancelled!

6/27/09 – Praey, LIVE @ WDBX-FM

6/20/09 – Marathon, LIVE @ WDBX-FM

6/13/09 – Warm Climate, phone-in performance, on WDBX-FM

mystery tape(s)

September 16, 2009

While ripping all these tapes, I realized that there still remains the question of what to do with them afterward. I’ve decided that since I currently have plenty of tapes to dub over for future recording projects, I would very much like to let these random recordings out into the wild to inspire and confound the lucky people who happen to find them.

As such, I’ve started scratching off the labels of each newly-ripped tape, and affixing a printed label– “mystery tape” in its place. Later, I plan to overdub a short greeting at the beginning of each tape, providing contact information and my congratulations to the finder. I may also number these tapes.

Naturally, some of these tapes will find their way into the usual places– thrift and junk stores are a good bet. But there are around 50 of them… so I may have to get clever and start leaving them in unusual places.

Feeding you torrents

August 4, 2009

(Quick note: the torrent files referenced in this post are being replaced with new links. Sorry for any confusion. –DaveX)

These are all must-haves– two live sets, and one DAYTIME broadcast! As always, I encourage you to SEED these torrents when you’re through downloading. A handful of you are good about this, but most are not. Seeding past your completed download means faster times for other listeners, and a healthier torrent. So seed already!

Here’s my latest batch:

7/25/09: Not quite the full show, but enough to cover Lonely Procession’s live set, and a lot of weirdness on either side. Well worth your time!

8/1/09: Focusing entirely on St. Louis drone king Mystified’s phone-in set for “It’s Too Damn Early,” along with the lovely bit of transitional period between Alan Licht’s “Remington Khan,” and Mystified’s generative synthesis bath. Duh, grab it!

8/3/09: DaveX stars as a teen hockey player well-liked and respected among his coaches and teammates. He battles to hide the truth from his elders and peers — that he is actually an enormous lizard. A special daytime broadcast also featuring long-time listener favorite DJ Mo, and a subliminal animal theme!

Eat all the torrents you want-- but be sure to seed!

Eat all the torrents you want-- but be sure to seed!

Various – Zelphabet; volumes A, B, & C

August 6, 2008

Zelphabet A, B, and C are the first three compilations of challenging and strange music in GX Jupitter-Larsen’s 27-part subscription CD series. “Twenty-seven,” you ask? Yep, there’s an extra letter that Jupitter-Larsen has appended to the common alphabet, specifically for this series– naturally, it’s only available to those who subscribe to the full series, rather than purchasing individual discs. At $200, this works out to something like $7 a disc– not a bad deal, especially for our overseas friends recently enjoying kick-ass purchasing power. Perhaps some fine Englishman will share his economic fortune with a poor reviewer?

All money aside, the Zelphabet series is a great idea. As a noise scene pioneer, Jupitter-Larsen has an opportunity to play elder statesman, and present a handful of worthwhile artists with each disc. It’s like the “Rrrecycled” tapes, but done with some class, and considerable more attention to quality.

Straight out the gate, Zelphabet “A” gives listeners two things that have defined each disc thus far– something new, and something that you’re astounded to find on a compilation. For “A,” I’m getting my first aural encounters with Achim Wollscheid, who has done a great number of fascinating sound and light installations throughout the world. A good compilation not only gathers music of similar intent or style, but it will inform listeners as well. Wollscheid’s “3 Transformations for Xylophone” is not the foot I was expecting a member of The Haters to put forward first, but it’s useful and sets the tone nicely.

As for the “astounding” portion, how about a recording each from Arcane Device and Asmus Tietchens? Either one of these artists would have been enough to seal the deal! For his contribution, David Lee Myers turns over a remix of unreleased Arcane Device material created from 1987 to 1993, the fruits of which would be realized more recently in Toshimaru Nakamura‘s no-input mixing board work. Quiet music fans, behold the noise from which you have sprung!

Let’s move on to Zelphabet “B”– Jupitter-Larsen covers one big base of this four-way split with a cut from Bob Bellerue (AKA, Redglaer), previous head at LA’s infamous “Il Corral” space. For his portion, “Fridge Tower,” Bellerue presents a richly-detailed soundscape of humming and cracking motor-whine noises. It’s easily my favorite of the bunch, though Blackhumour‘s “and do what/control” gets points for sheer audacity… nearly 19 minutes of verbal fragments endlessly repeating, with little more than stereo pans to change things up! If there’s a concept for this track, I’m not finding it. On a more positive note, I’ve finally had a chance to hear 16 Bitch Pile-Up, and I’m glad to say that it was worth the wait. “No Burden, No Guilt” is a bit more along the lines of what I was initially expecting from these compilations– rough, ear-chewing noise– and totally makes the “B” disc worth a listen, along with the Bellerue material.

(Totally off-track: As I write this, I’m managing a humorous thread at BlogCatalog entitled “I Will Say Horrible Non-Constructive Things About Your Blog,” as a means to generate new readers for STARTLING MONIKER. It’s getting increasingly hard to shift between the mode of “objective reviewer” and “ridiculous insult machine.” The things I do for you!)

Zelphabet “C” starts off strong with an 11-minute extract from a 1974 Charlemagne Palestine performance. Palestine is one of the last people I’d expect to find on a noise compilation, but I’m seeing again and again that my concept of what this series “should be” is being challenged, and this process has been interesting. I suppose I find myself listening to Palestine in much the same way, seeking the neglected detail in a larger sea; but I don’t get as much of a sense of helplessness for eventually understanding the totality of it that I get from something more noisy.

After the 11 minutes are up, “C” drops listeners into Chop Shop’s swirling noise-storm of metallic grinding and overdriven generator bursts, “Retrofit.” Scott Konzelmann’s speakers definitely get a workout here, taking up nearly half the disc. But this is really the kind of stuff I want to hear– veteran noise artists with some thought and experience behind what they’re doing, capable of pulling off an extended and detailed piece without relying so much on effect-pedal kitsch. “Retrofit” reminds me alternately of a low-key Daniel Menche, John Hudak, or Francisco Lopez… definitely good company, in my esteem. Be sure to click through on the Chop Shop link; Generator Sound Art is Konzelmann and Gen Ken Montgomery’s label, so there’s a load of great recordings to be had there.

A 15-minute synth bloop-fest closes out “C,” maybe a bit longish for my taste, but somewhat interesting. Personally, I could have gone for more of Contagious Orgasm‘s “Heart Station,” a surreal blend of Japanese culture reportage and disorienting noises.

So far, the Zelphabet series is really exciting stuff, and well-worth the investment for any noise fan serious about getting to know the previous generation or two of artists. Jupitter-Larsen’s apt curatorship beats file-sharing any day, so I’m highly recommending that you get in on this set before its gone.

The Zelphabet series is available through GX Jupitter-Larsen directly, at the Zelphabet site.

I <3 Tomorrowland!

April 29, 2008

Miss Information picked up a lovely set of vintage Tomorrowland photos last month, while browsing at one of my favorite junk stores. The set first appeared to be postcards, but that didn’t make a lot of sense to me upon closer inspection, as they are printed front and back. I’m guessing the postmark area means the purchaser might choose to send the whole set as a single piece of mail?

Anyways, I had some fun trying to figure out when the photos date from, since Miss Information happily pointed out the absence of everyone’s Tomorrowland fave. You guessed it, there’s no Space Mountain! Back in the old days, folks were happy with the People Mover and the motorboats.

Back to what I was saying about the photo dating– it’s been a bit problematic, as the photos seem to have been taken at somewhat different times, given some important details shown. Before I continue, I’d like to add that the folks behind Yesterland provide a wealth of information, without which I would have been hopelessly lost. Thanks, Yesterland!

The main discrepancy seems to be between the Skyway and the CircleVision Theatre. In the photos of the Skyway, the first-generation round buckets are shown, which were replaced in 1965 with a differently-shaped bucket. That would initially suggest the photos date from no later than 1965. However, the CircleVision Theatre did not begin playing “America the Beautiful” until 1967, when it was re-opened. Clearly, there’s no way these photos could have been taken at the same time.

There are also a few other interesting details! See the Alweg Monorail? When it first opened, the red and blue trains only had three cars each– but the ones pictured have four. The additional cars were added in mid-1961; shortly before the addition of a third, yellow, monorail later that year. With the monorails featured so prominently in the photoset, I suspect the yellow monorail didn’t yet exist, placing these photos very near the mid-year of 1961. The text, which touts “extended” 2.4 mile monorail, also support this date.

Enough Disney-geekery for now– here are the photos! (click to view full size, please)

More music you don’t want!

March 29, 2008

I didn’t hear anyone clamoring for me to upload the last three broadcasts of “It’s Too Damn Early,” but I’ve put them up for free download anyhow. Either you all stayed up to hear it live, or your passion for new experience is as dead as beef.

Here’s what you’re missing:

3/8/08: Otherwise known as “DaveX gets stood up by his live guest, transforms creeping sense of disillusionment and depression into live improv catharsis.”

3/15/08: The “Golly, DaveX sure likes them organs” broadcast.

3/22/08: AKA “Fancy Blogging”… In which our hero trots out big words like “hypernumerally,” “Eohippus,” and “Zelphabet”

The links above connect straight to their respective download. Playlists can be found in the original liveblogged entries here, there, and everywhere.

Who wants a nice book?

January 17, 2008

Let’s be quaint for a moment– I enjoy reading books. Actual paper books, not the PDF or audio sort. (And as a side note, I hate PDFs. They’re only exceeded by .rm files as the most worthless bullshit file format in existence.)

That being said, I’ll admit that I don’t much like keeping books around. They’re heavy, they take up space, and I rarely read anything more than once. On the other hand, I read a lot… so new books have to arrive at least as often as old books depart. That’s why I’m giving away one of my books– it’s my blatantly cheap method of getting something new to read all while avoiding crowds of people at a bookstore.

So here’s what I’ve got: “Rebels on the Air: An Alternative History of Radio in America,” by Jesse Walker. The book is about 300 pages, hardback, and quite interesting. It’s in very nice condition. Obviously, it deals mostly with American radio history, but also has a good amount of information about foreign radio activities.

For anyone interested in pirate broadcasters, micro-radio, the FCC, freeform programming, or just wanting to get up-to-speed on radio’s “backstory,” this is a good read.

The deal is that I want to trade this book for another equally interesting book. Leave a comment with your offer, or send an e-mail– I’ll choose someone to trade with in the next 10 days. If things get hot and literary, we may work out a three-way trade.

Being the obsessive person that I am, I’d highly prefer books related to music or sound in some way. Just for fun, though, I’ll list some books I do NOT want in trade:

1) Anything with elves, dragons, or chaotic half-dwarf mage healers.

2) Anything that is part of a series, or set in its own “universe”.

3) Anything with “8 pages of COLOR photos!” in the middle.

4) Fan-fic! (Unless it is John Cage fan-fic.)

5) Anything that changed your life, and made you buy 25 copies that you now give away to complete strangers.

Now go! Search your bookshelves and return to my comments section! Fly! Fly!

“Composing” for the jukebox

November 7, 2007

Today I’ve finally started working on what music I want to put in my jukebox. With the sheer volume of music I have laying around, plus all the random tunes floating around in my head that I do not yet own, it’s been a hell of a task.

So far, I’ve only gone through one of my dressers I use for CD storage; leaving around eight zipper albums of discs, a bookshelf of stacked CDs, another dresser of discs, and who knows how many spindles worth of CDRs. For now, I’ve decided to ignore my vinyl and tapes– the last thing I want is to spend hours recording records and tapes into my computer, yuck!

Jukebox interior, with hinged cover up.

Nevertheless, the process has been extremely interesting to me. As with any presentation format, the jukebox has its own unique qualities that I’ve been discovering along the way. First off my family and I will be the primary audience, so in that regard, it’s something like an iPod. On the other hand, I’ve settled the jukebox in my kitchen, and it’s over 300 pounds… so it’s not nearly as mobile. That means anytime I’m listening, I’ll most likely be in the kitchen– similar to how an ordinary stereo system stays in one spot.

Of course, it’s not a stereo system. Unlike a normal stereo, the jukebox is only designed to play one track at a time. Up to 99 tracks can be queued, but must be entered individually. Because of this, no benefit is bestowed upon albums in the way they are played in a typical stereo, where a listener might just let an album play on through the intended track.

The jukebox is quite cold in this regard– only the individual tracks matter. With 100 spaces for discs, I’ve found remarkably few discs I want to add in total– somewhere under 25, I believe. For the remaining 75 slots, I plan to burn compilation CDRs of individual tracks.

To this end, I spent much of today going through my CDs one by one, ruthlessly culling tracks from albums. What surprises me are how few of my favorite albums actually made the cut– Patti Smith’s “Horses” is absent, as is “OK Computer”, “Sang Phat Editor”… no Crass albums, no Nirvana, no Jimi Hendrix. To be sure, tracks from all of these will appear in the compilations; but used as a whole in the jukebox, they just don’t work.

Jukebox operator codes, neato!

Let’s face it, nobody wants to walk over and punch in 32 different numbers to queue up “Horses,” and on Jimi’s concept-type albums like “Electric Ladyland,” the experience of listening straight through just doesn’t work well on the juke. Instead, I feel gently encouraged to find the stand-alone tracks and save the rest for my normal stereo.

But what did I expect?

Jukeboxes are from another time, long before the so-called “album” was ever thought up. 78’s (and eventually 45’s) were best-suited for an era of doo-wop, blues sides, dance numbers, rock singles, and pop music… and that’s got to be what jukeboxes handle best as well. In a way, it makes my machine seem like some sort of unwieldly, impossible monster– saddled with the body of the compact disc, but the heart of a 45 record.

HUGE photobooth strip update!

October 4, 2007

As I’ve mentioned previously, I’m a big fan of photobooths and the photostrips made within them. I don’t mean those new digital things, just the old “dip and dunk” type. Earlier this year, I scanned a large portion of my personal photostrip collection, including the ubiquitous shots of the photobooth owner taken during maintenance.

Since that time, I’ve been trying to catch him somewhere to let him know that there are dozens of scans of him online, as it seems the polite thing to do. I urge you to put this policy in effect as well– if you have dozens of photos of me somewhere online, please let me know, haha.

Anyhow, I saw him a few days back, and told him about the scans. He took it much better than I might have, and promised to hook me up with a large amount of photostrips he’d amassed over the last few years. I agreed that I would only keep the damaged and owner photos, but will return the others– so if you see your photo here, there’s a good chance you can still rescue it! I hope to get the owner photos scanned within the next 12 hours, so be sure to come back and check them out as well!

Alrighty, let’s start on the photos– lots of kissing going on. The best of this set of four is the little girl in the 4th strip. Check that grin! Also, the mom barely moves, even as the baby become increasingly more crazed.


I like photobooths!

July 26, 2007

Ever since I was little, I have enjoyed taking my picture at photobooths, as well as seeing the photos that others have taken. Every so often, I’d find a lost photo, and add it to my informal collection of random odd photographs. After seeing the film “Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain,” which featured a character who collects photobooth pictures, I started looking at these photos in a new way. I was surprised to see how frequently I could find discarded photos, given the tiniest of efforts at checking my local booths.

I’d been wanting to put these online for a while now, but was not looking forward to the repetitive scanning and re-sizing this would entail. Regardless, here they are! The first seven sets are obviously my photobooth owner, who takes these pictures while maintaining the machine. He is aware that I collect his photos, and will occasionally provide me with a particularly interesting one he has found by slipping it into the side of the machine for me to grab later on. He also has a terrific collection of photos, mainly of girls flirting with the camera– the best of these often end up under the plexiglass cover of the photobooth itself– a sort of shrine to college girls willing to fondle each other, or “kiss” the camera.

As you can see, my own collection is much less focused: