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Ouch, lots of negative comments about HR (but not the rest of the Bad Brains) live in NY on the 80s hardcore DC scene kids group on Facebook.

curmudgeon, Saturday, 21 April 2012 17:52 (four years ago) Permalink

yeah he's not the awesomest live frontman lately ime

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Saturday, 21 April 2012 18:06 (four years ago) Permalink

heard he was in pretty poor shape last night, people worrying about his health

I DIED, Saturday, 21 April 2012 19:56 (four years ago) Permalink

yeah, i didn't go but a good friend of mine who's a major bad brains fan said, "All the shit people talk about HR being a weirdo space cadet is true. The rest of Bad Brains is on their 1982 game, though."

so i mean yeesh

scream blahula scream (govern yourself accordingly), Sunday, 22 April 2012 06:32 (four years ago) Permalink

Chairlift was amazing on Saturday.

skip, Monday, 23 April 2012 14:03 (four years ago) Permalink

When I saw Bad Brains a couple of years ago in London, HR was walking around outside the venue with a big bag of sliced bread, handing pieces out to people along with religious blessings. He was definitely pretty kooky.

Walter Galt, Monday, 23 April 2012 14:14 (four years ago) Permalink

I've heard it said that HR needs to be on medication (bi-polar and more) but does not necessarily do so. Sad.

x-post-the W. Post had a Chairlift review (with 80s Human League and Fleedwood Mac comparisons.)


I saw (and danced to) old-school Cubans Sierra Maestra on Friday at Artisphere, and sat and watched flamboyant funky New Orleans pianist & organ player Davell Crawford (with a bassist & drummer) at his Saturday night late show at Bohemian Caverns.

curmudgeon, Monday, 23 April 2012 14:31 (four years ago) Permalink

pretty lazy summation of their sound but I suppose if you have 1 paragraph's worth of space to describe their music to a mainstream audience it's justifiable...

skip, Monday, 23 April 2012 16:27 (four years ago) Permalink

I hope Chuck Brown's gonna be ok. He had a Facebook post over the weekend thanking folks for well wishes. He's currently hospitalized but there are no details.

curmudgeon, Monday, 23 April 2012 16:27 (four years ago) Permalink

i really, really liked those

fauxmarc, Monday, 23 April 2012 16:55 (four years ago) Permalink

sorry dudes :(

I DIED, Monday, 23 April 2012 16:59 (four years ago) Permalink


Chuck is still sick.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 25 April 2012 14:14 (four years ago) Permalink

x-post- UHall is advertising that they are selling "Mama Nada's empanadas" tonight for the Nadastrom Moombaton thang

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 25 April 2012 18:50 (four years ago) Permalink

stoked about that arduino workshop linked upthread - somehow i've avoided drunkenly trying to solder it all together already

scream blahula scream (govern yourself accordingly), Friday, 4 May 2012 05:08 (four years ago) Permalink

^ my man

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Friday, 4 May 2012 05:30 (four years ago) Permalink

you're going? awesome! i'm really excited about it, too.

Mad God 40/40 (Z S), Friday, 4 May 2012 13:19 (four years ago) Permalink

goth-trad used to be on the u hall sched for may 30th but that event's been taken down?

fauxmarc, Friday, 4 May 2012 13:25 (four years ago) Permalink

visa issues - tour postponed

I DIED, Saturday, 5 May 2012 20:49 (four years ago) Permalink

ilxor Geeta on a panel at the the Hirshhorn friday: A symposium inside the museum Friday will feature Aitken, David Allin, Aaron Betsky, Geeta Dayal, Sasha Frere-Jones, Dean Kuipers, and Zabet Patterson.

Outside will be: this Friday's "Happening"—for which the museum will turn off the soundtrack to the massive installation and allow a handful of Pitchfork and Wired-approved acts to perform—now has a full lineup. Geologist and the pair of Tim McAfee Lewis and Leo Gallo will perform along with High Places, No Age, Oneohtrix Point Never, and Nico Jaar.


curmudgeon, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 14:59 (four years ago) Permalink

hmm what's the symposion on?

fauxmarc, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 15:02 (four years ago) Permalink

^ got tickets to the Hirshhorn live event, looks pretty great

I DIED, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 15:06 (four years ago) Permalink

x-post- I can't get the Hirshhorn's wacky side-scrolling and buggy new website to cooperate long enough for me to find out the details on the symposium

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 15:15 (four years ago) Permalink

got it


“Art in the Expanded Field” Features Conversations about Art, Architecture, Music, Space, Landscape and Expanded Cinema

fauxmarc, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 15:24 (four years ago) Permalink

I reaaaally wanted to go to that (and my gf is going - grrrrrrrr, jealous) but I'll be out of town.

Meanwhile, I've been going to to the experimental media workshop series events at Artisphere, where I met govern yourself accordingly! I had big problems soldering my danger shield on Sunday, but I dropped in in the HacDC crew last night and got everything sorted out.

Lots of cool things happening!

Mad God 40/40 (Z S), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 15:40 (four years ago) Permalink

oh wow i just realized artisphere is a permanent spot and not some random artomatic happening

fauxmarc, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 15:48 (four years ago) Permalink

mastodon + opeth at the fillmore tomorrow. $27.50 + $8.00 fees, ugh

fauxmarc, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 16:10 (four years ago) Permalink

awesome! it was really nice to meet you! i needed to resolder a couple things on sunday, but everything seems to work fine now - i've been figuring out how all the inputs work, how to map voltage to analogWrite, etc

what are you thinking of making? i've done some modul8 video manipulation in the past using a midi controller, and i think it'd be really interesting to use the sensor readings as control parameters for a video compositing app like that.

apparently you can just wire a big piece of aluminum foil to the cap sensor - maybe something along the lines of this 3d controller but mapped to luma/chrome/hue (or whatever)?

scream blahula scream (govern yourself accordingly), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 16:34 (four years ago) Permalink

also i can guarantee that there is going to be some incredibly terrible conceptual art coming out of that class (admittedly, some of it mine)

scream blahula scream (govern yourself accordingly), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 16:35 (four years ago) Permalink

x-post to fauxmarc-- yea, the fees at the Fillmore are the worst.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 19:24 (four years ago) Permalink


most of my ideas revolve around the use of sensors to dynamically alter my animations. i kind of want to fuck around with arduino/processing for a while before settling on a project, but a few ideas i've been thinking about are:

- altering the frame rate of an animation using audio sensors. for example, a boy doing homework that scribbles more quickly (or when you yell at him (or slowly).
- altering the content of an animation using audio sensors. maybe the animation is a loop of someone sitting quietly, but when you make a noise she looks up at the viewer, startled. or maybe it's an animation using muted colors, but the colors shift to different hues based off of noise.
- ^^version that does the same thing but is based off of motion sensing (someone walks by and it startles the animated person and/or changes the colors in the image)
- using a webcam to insert the viewer into an animation. i'm trying to think of creative ways to do this that don't end up looking really cheesy.

Mad God 40/40 (Z S), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 20:27 (four years ago) Permalink

So Chuck Brown has a bad case of pneumonia. He's been in the hospital for awhile now.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 9 May 2012 15:08 (four years ago) Permalink

Meanwhile, I've been going to to the experimental media workshop series events at Artisphere, where I met govern yourself accordingly!

― Mad God 40/40 (Z S), Tuesday, May 8, 2012 3:40 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

i am jealous that yall are doing these! they look so rad

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Wednesday, 9 May 2012 20:46 (four years ago) Permalink

They mentioned that they're planning on doing a bunch more this fall, presumably free again. I'm not sure what the subject matter will be, of course, but I'm already reasonably pumped!

Mad God 40/40 (Z S), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 20:52 (four years ago) Permalink

How was the Hirshhorn thang? I skipped it and went to Cynthia Connolly's photo exhibit and then out to the Crossroads for soca and dancehall dj sounds. Cynthia's nice photos just take up one wall. The dj'ing was uneven with some sloppy mixing.

curmudgeon, Monday, 14 May 2012 14:21 (four years ago) Permalink

the Song 1 live thing at the Hirshhorn was pretty great, but quite short - each act only did 5-10 minutes. But it was set up to flow seamlessly between acts and it worked really well. I dunno, I probably wouldn't have gone if I'd known the live portion was so brief.

I DIED, Monday, 14 May 2012 14:35 (four years ago) Permalink

The Mal*tz review in the W. Post said it was a 45 minute long thang (for $25 plus service charge)


curmudgeon, Monday, 14 May 2012 14:46 (four years ago) Permalink

this upcoming May 19 Comet Ping Pong gig looks fun (Dc resident Kid was once in the Gun Club and the Cramps):

The Kid Congo Powers Hour
The notorious Kid Congo Powers leads a band of wayward DC rebels (Mark Cisneros, Tom Bunnell & Brendan Canty) through a garage funk dance party. The Kid Congo Powers hour are doing all cover versions of 60's and 70's garage rock dance numbers. You bring the dancing shoes, we'll bring the party..

(as does the one the night before with the Iranian moved to Brooklyn power pop group Yellow Dogs):

curmudgeon, Monday, 14 May 2012 19:46 (four years ago) Permalink

So Chuck Brown has a bad case of pneumonia. He's been in the hospital for awhile now.


fauxmarc, Wednesday, 16 May 2012 20:32 (four years ago) Permalink


scream blahula scream (govern yourself accordingly), Wednesday, 16 May 2012 20:43 (four years ago) Permalink

Big newsprint drawing of Chuck Brown on the front of this morning's Washington Post Style section, plus a front page item.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 17 May 2012 12:34 (four years ago) Permalink

B.B. King at the Howard Theatre Nov. 24-25 ($150).


curmudgeon, Thursday, 24 May 2012 14:49 (four years ago) Permalink

A friend's started a weekly art show happy hour Thursdays at Mova with DJs after, I'm on this Thursday the 31st from 9-1.

It's free, 21+, at 2004 14th Street at W Street - FB event details at http://www.facebook.com/events/113664472105280/

Preview of the kinds of stuff I'll be playing (bmore + jrz club, tropical bass, uk funky, etc) at https://soundcloud.com/pushingit/the202atmova

fauxmarc, Tuesday, 29 May 2012 23:00 (four years ago) Permalink


curmudgeon, Wednesday, 30 May 2012 15:44 (four years ago) Permalink

Busy with family stuff, I'm gonna have to miss Faux Marc; Afrobeat for ya Soul with DJ underdog at Boss; and Jon langford at Iota tonight. Not that I could do 'em all.

CP is liveblogging the Chuck Brown memorial service (that includes his band and gospel go-go and celebs and politicians) and it is streaming online and on DC public tv

curmudgeon, Thursday, 31 May 2012 16:48 (four years ago) Permalink

Bossa not Boss

curmudgeon, Thursday, 31 May 2012 16:49 (four years ago) Permalink

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