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As the long Labor Day weekend approaches I’m thinking about my labor of choice; my music. Some people know that every note of my music is protest music. It’s the child of rage; pure, spiteful, self-righteous rage. I was pissed at Corporate America, and I needed to prove to myself that I had it within me to stand up and do something about their disgusting power over us all.

In recent years I tried to turn my self-acquired skill set into something more like a career and in doing so, I found a sense of power over my own destiny that I never found through corporate employment. You can only listen to one song at a time, and if this roomful of people was listening to my original music, then they couldn’t be listening to Beyonce, or Justin Bieber, or Metallica, or whoever the next corporate music robot of the week might be. If I needed proof that my goal of competing with, not supporting, the corporate music model was a success then a room full of people dancing to my music was all I needed. And this lead to opportunities.

Opportunities involve others. Creating music in a bubble for my own listening pleasure doesn’t go very far. I needed other people in the equation to make it balance out. And therein I uncovered a very fine line with regard to intentions, and motivation, and direction. Did I want collaboration to boost my name and my game to the next level? Does an element of notoriety, even if only on a regional scale, mean I beat corporate music? Or am I spreading myself too thin to feel the rage that got me going in the first place?

Don’t look for any anger within my songs themselves; my knockout blow is your enjoyment of my tracks. It’s like the angry gardener growing their own delicious food to protest corporate GMOs. But that is, and has always been, only the first step in my plan. I knew that I alone couldn’t pose a serious threat to the established music industry. I would need to inspire more people to do the same thing. But more importantly, if those people found success of their own, I would hope that they would stick to their indie roots and not sell out…which brings me to this question I have to ask myself for Labor Day: how do I get back to my own musical starting point?

There is not a tidy ending to this blog post. I leave you, dear reader, with that last question. I’m getting pissed off once again – VERY pissed – at the shit that today’s Corporate America is pulling over on the American people. I hate hate HATE Beyonce, Justin Bieber, and Metallica. I also hate Burger King, Chick-fil-A, and every other company that foists their commercials in my face to try and extract my money which will then fuel their sociopathic intentions. I need to sit down in that old cerebral space and write some beautiful angry music. This is a process, not a goal.

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The Lark Street BID is BACK, along with LarkFest!!

We’re very happy to announce that the Lark Street Business Improvement District is back up and running!…CONTINUE READING HERE….

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It’s been years in the making and I think I put it off as long as I could. This morning my iTunes library crashed. Upon trying to reset everything I learned that a whole lot of the music files I’ve accumulated over the years are AWOL. How could this be? Well…for starters it’s easy to lose stuff when it’s spread over multiple devices. My guess (and hope) is that I still have all of my digital music in my possession, but it will probably be a big endeavor collecting it all into one place.

Back around 2003 or 2004 when I first downloaded iTunes it was a major shift in how I listened to my music. Could I adapt to using my computer instead of my CDs? More importantly, knowing how fragile digital data is, how can I guarantee that one disaster doesn’t wipe out everything? The answer, I discovered, was multiple backups. A no-brainer, right? Well…in the years in between then and now I haven’t been as organized as I intended to be regarding these multiple backups and I also have a collection of computers that each have a different collection of music files saved on them. A few years ago I realized I should probably do some serious maintenance, but I put it off figuring I’d know when it became enough of an issue that it warrants undertaking this big project. Well I think that time is here. Half of my iTunes library is missing and I only know this because of my iTunes library randomly becoming corrupted this morning. That happens from time to time and it’s usually easy enough to correct. But this time I was dismayed to see all the songs listed within iTunes with a little mark next to them indicating a missing data file. So okay…I guess I know what I’ll be doing all day today while it rains. Wish me luck!

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…”Nearly 3 inches of rain pounded Albany in less than an hour. Portions of one of the oldest cities on the East Coast that had never seen flooding before were still drying off Wednesday.”…

Let it not be forgotten that Albany is also the seat of power in New York State (sorry NYC, we still own it and we always will) and I can’t help but wonder if this is Mother Nature’s way of trying to tell us something. Albany is uniquely positioned to lead the world in new ways of distributing energy to it’s people. Clearly we’re doing it wrong. And the invisible forces that we may simply never understand, but which directly affect us (or threaten us as the case may be), are clearly pissed whether or not you call them Mother Nature, or God, or karma, or whatever. I am not painting this with a sheen of politicism or environmentalism and I’m certainly not advocating restrictions on energy use by the state – this state sucks in its restrictiveness already – I’m saying it’s time to rebuild our relationship with energy as an entity unto itself. There is a better way and if it’s to be found, I think it needs to be found here in Albany. I see this mysterious storm as a sign of that. It simply hit too close to home.

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It looks old and low-tech, but that’s only because it’s future-proof. What you are looking at is my integrated entertainment/computer/internet/communications hub. This is what Apple and the like are still striving to market to the masses. Oh how I love being a nerd!! I play everything from cassette tapes to vinyl to iTunes to Netflix, and it all *just works*… no complicated remotes to screw around with. I put a record on, and it plays. I put a tape in, and it plays. I put a DVD in, and it plays…I can websurf and enjoy tunes at the same time…you get the idea. Everything an AppleTV can do, this already does. All of these components are wired together and networked. I can even produce my own music here! (And I do!) And when my Skype phone rings, everything turns down automatically so my call isn’t disturbed with background noise. Best of all, I’ve used this setup for years and years…and it saved me a fortune! All I need is reliable internet and electricity.

My iPhone adventure ended with me returning the device in disappointment. It was costing me money every month and it did little more than this can do. Granted I could carry it around in my pocket, but I carry my laptop with me everywhere anyway, and I have my own wireless hotspot. I can call you from anywhere that I can get a mobile signal – iPhone schmiPhone…

Every so often I look at my old computers and think it’s time to upgrade, but every time I’ve done this I have to re-integrate my whole living room. A bigger screen would be nice (and yes it is a TV so I am still able to watch the local news!) but that is only aesthetic. This is what kept me wired and productive during my recent years of spotty employment until I got back into permanent employment…and it was cheap!!

Now that I am able to upgrade, I have to think very carefully about whether I even want to. I’m afraid it won’t work as well as this.

 

 

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I’m in a bit of a creative funk lately and I think it’s time for a change of focus. Sometimes instead of looking forward toward future goals it’s better to look backward at your goals from the past. In doing this you can check off those goals which you have already accomplished. Indeed, those goals were formulated with certain ends in mind, not to be considered finish-lines in their own right. I will spend today pondering and trying to remember what my vision was back then; pioneering music podcasting in New York’s Capital Region, learning to beat-match, learning to compose, dusting off my journalism training from college and trying to figure out how it fits into today’s technical paradigm… I had a vision back then of where I wanted to be in life by now and it’s time to revisit that vision for some direction going forward. I need to do this in order to keep creating cool things.

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So the Weather Channel posts stories about beauty pageants and the History Channel airs ‘reality’ programs about rednecks or pack-rats or some other shit…is it me or have the media conglomerates lost their focus? Am I wrong to be a purist in this regard? I suppose this here blog is a pretty bad example for them to follow since I’m an EDM musician but my posts go all over the map. But really, I remember when my family got it’s first cable box in the early 80s and you could count on music videos if you tuned into channel 28, the weather if you tuned into channel 30 (or maybe it was 31), women’s programming if you switched to channel 25, and old movies if you turned to channel 24. That’s what these channels *were*. Nowdays it’s like all stations overlap with the same nonsense; often having nothing to do with the particular stations’ stated purpose. I hereby call it “media blur”. You can combat it by turning it off.

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I’ve been in this apartment above Oh Bar for about half a year already. Damn… . . anyway, I’m in a reflective mood tonight, thinking about Albany. I love and hate it here, just like everyone says about wherever they call home. And I guess Albany is home, now. I’ve lived in the greater Albany/Troy area collectively for more years out of my life than anywhere else including Massachusetts, where I’m from. It’s been an incredible place to live when everything in life lines up right, but in frustrating times I think about running away, and I actually did once. I moved to Missouri during the Branson Boom and when I eventually came back, this building is where my first apartment was. The eight months or-so that I’ve been here is about the amount of time I spent here the first time around, before I moved in with my partner at the time. All of that was many years ago now. Lots of stories… and that’s not counting going to college here. I was a good boy in school though. Most of my heavy livin’ happened in the years since I’ve been back home. And by home I mean this building, right back where I started.

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With the new legitimacy of male-only families I think the idea of the disposable dad will come to an end….and not a moment too soon.

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It has come to my attention that the Remix Me Now tab is busted. I am working on it…please stand by

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