Annular Eclipse, 5/20/12

I hiked up Mt. Helix to get a good view of a once-in-a-lifetime event, an annular eclipse over the Western US. I wasn’t the only one with the idea, although most everyone else knew to take the shuttle to the top.

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It was impossible to see this with the naked eye. I had to cut the light down 2500x in order to properly expose the surface of the sun.

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I managed to grab the last couple seconds of the sun before it dipped behind the marine layer. This was shot on my way home while going over a bridge.

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A bit dangerous perhaps, but it’s not like I’ll be around to get it next time.

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Lord Howler, Makeup Sex at Bar Pink, 5/9/12


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This was my first time hearing this O-band, Makeup Sex. Great rock songs with absolutely killer guitar tones. His sound takes me back to the 90s rock sound I grew up on. If Fluf reminds me of Soundgarden, this band reminds me of Nirvana.

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O can try to hide his eyes from me, but I’ll still find a way to get them.

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Lord Howler is a different beast, and deserves its own look.

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That amount of resinous grime takes years to accumulate.

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The new songs have lots of unison guitar licks.

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Their first album is up online for free, I can’t wait to hear the new one, which should be even more epic.

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Lord Howler Group Shot, 5/9/12

Lord Howler, shot around the corner from Bar Pink before their show.

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You can’t put a bridle on rock fury. That’s what makes it “unbridled rock fury”. Same as asking Lord Howler to stand still for 20 seconds at a time. Kinetics are a bitch that they’ll conquer soon enough with their twin guitar attack. Now who’s wearing a bridle?

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San Francisco trip, 4/30/12

I visited San Francisco for a few days, mixing business with the pleasure of seeing my brother and his girlfriend. IT’s always better to visit a city with people who actually live there. I wasn’t a tourist, I was a guest, and that’s makes a big difference.

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They prefer paintings to photographic art, and fiction to non-fiction. Which is kind of the same thing.

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Shiloh is old, blind, and the sweetest beagle ever. She has no problem finding the person with treats. Or hogging the futon if you don’t stake your claim at the beginning of the night.

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I drove the coast of Northern California up towards Oregon, passing redwoods and rocky coastlines.

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There’s nothing like coming home to your family at the end, though- furry or otherwise.

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OGDS(11) Translation has Failed at 98 Bottles, 4/28/12


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Nathan Hubbard escaped the heat long enough to play music from his new OGDS11 Translation Has Failed CD. I caught them outside, presumably since these days it’s not often Nathan can turn his face towards the direct sun without bursting into redheaded flame.

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I’ve never used this upcoming phrase on this blog before, but Nathan Hubbard is a musical genius. I have quite a few of his CDs and some of them are jaw-dropping in their composition and execution.

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Skeleton Key Orchestra, Cosmologic, Rafter, just a few things he’s lent his ears and hands to.

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He brought help with him to bring “This Middle Ground” to life.

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Molly Whittaker is new to me, she navigated the multiple genres quite well.

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Kornhauser and Swirnoff were delightful on the bossa parts, but no guitar player meant no doom parts, which provide a vital balance to the album.

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I know Harley has distortion effects in that rig, he should have done it.

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The show ended with an all-percussion version of a Tina Turner song, while the two stars that stole the show were Ed’s socks.

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It will be exciting to see what other releases Nathan has planned for 2012. I’m sure there are some future classics already on tape that are just waiting for him to release.

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