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Thought of the Day…

“When even the brightest mind in our world has been trained up from childhood in a superstition of any kind, it will never be possible for that mind, in its maturity, to examine sincerely, dispassionately, and conscientiously any evidence or any circumstance which shall seem to cast a doubt upon the validity of that superstition. I doubt if I could do it myself.”   –Mark Twain

Flux Pavillion on the 1st

Flux PavillionGot tickets for Flux Pavillion on June 1st.  I am not a big fan of Rusko, but he’s playing the same venue this Friday.  Also not sure what happened to the shows at AMH but everything booking through that promotor has moved to Emo’s East, the old Back Room.  Geez.  I saw Three Dog Night there and now I’m going there for dubStep shows?!?

Anywho.  Tickets are available here.

Meet Porkchop!

My first “sports car” in twenty years (so it’s taking some re-learning) is a 2012 Scion tC.  Despite being what an enthusiast called a high performance chop top coupe, it met some more essential requirements in the way of seating and the power/weight for long highway drives.  Sure is fun to drive! – and the mileage around town has been good.  Still a shock at the pump after driving the little Yaris!

The Big Beat in 2011

The phat pricetags for Monster’s Dr. Dre line of studio phones have kept me from trying them (along with reports about structural troubles with the plastic frames); and the $400 pricetag for the Beatbox was no different.  I can buy a lot of great vintage gear and make some big big sound for $400!  But then I saw the Beatbox on sale for a tad more than $200, heard one playing in the store, and decided it was worth trying…

Kick it!Wow!  Easily the best piece of gear I’ve picked up in a year – and certainly the best portable sound I have ever heard!  I don’t know how they get such great sound from such a small package, but I’m down.  Truly a fine fine piece of gear and – now that I’ve played with it a couple of months – I’ll even venture that it’s worth the MSRP!  Anyone with an ipod or an iphone, and no good way to hear that content presented on a decent speaker system, is a fool not to own one of these!

The craftsmanship is outstanding.  The design is superb and well-engineered.  And the sound is, well, nothing short of gorgeous!  I am totally blown away!  In fact, I was so taken with the audio quality I went right back out and paid full price for a set of the new Dre studio phones.

The best new music finds of the year have been a scattering of electronica and dance.  It’s hard to name just three, since there’s so much excellent trance and deep house coming out of Spain right now; but Pablo Bolivar‘s Recall was a huge discovery for me.  What a beautiful, complicated, chill sound!  That record made me a diehard follower of the new spanish revolution in electronica!  Next would be the Divergent Spectrum record from Bassnectar.  Probably my favorite dance record discovery of the year; followed closely by Feed Me‘s Big Adventure.

Dubstep?  You bet.  Sucks that I missed the Bassnectar show in Austin but I didn’t have anyone to go with.  Maybe 2012 will be the year for me to finally take some dance lessons.  Not so hard to go to shows if I at least know how to dance well enough to not feel like an aging geek in the fray…

 

 

Here in the studio

On the reference side it’s a Mitsubishi DA-A30 power amp with the M30 meter package on the front; the Misubishi DA-P20 preamp with MM/MC inputs that put others to shame; and the Mitsubishi DA-F10 tuner.  The A30 makes 105 watts to an 8 ohm load, which is perfect for my PSB nearfield imageB25 drivers (not pictured).  When more low-end is needed there’s also a 100W NAD 10″ driver on the floor (also not pictured)

 Mitsubishi stack

On the production side there’s a Yamaha weighted-key controller for Logic Express and the Radius R30 Korg.  It’s quite easy to start playing the korg over some drum and bass loops and suddenly realize the sun is coming up!

Production suite