All posts for the month January, 2010
Posted by Gillies on January 31, 2010
I recently noted, all disappointed, that I thought tickets to Trey’s sold out Feb. 9 gig at 930 Club were too richly priced on the secondary market at $90 (or $40 over face value). Well, today I saw that the prices on secondary market had eased 28 percent to $65. I bought two tickets.
That’s a steep night out, for sure, but what the heck. Tickets to see Yes at the Warner Theater on Feb. 6 are going for as much as $75.
Posted by Gillies on January 30, 2010
I finally got around to plugging in my guitar this evening. This is just the Starcaster and the Spector going into GarageBand with bunch of the canned effects layered on top. I don’t remember which ones.
Posted by Gillies on January 29, 2010
Still, $1.8 million is a bit under what I would have guessed. I’m also surprised to see that the film has only done $200k outside the U.S., given that Page and Edge are global rock stars. Maybe it’s a distribution thing.
Posted by Gillies on January 28, 2010
PRS Guitarbud is advertised as “the guitarist’s interface for iPhone.” Over at the PRS Cables blog, there’s a post up that says this: “The best part is…. I am playing LOUD… and my wife hears nothing!”
Well, I got excited about all that, but unfortunately the cable’s not really working for me. Something is coming through it, because I can hear a sort of spotty signal in the headphones when I hook it up with the PRS JamAmp app. But that spotty signal isn’t registering on the Voice Memos indicator, as it’s supposed to. I don’t know what’s up. Either I haven’t got it hooked up right, or the cable’s junk.
As for the PRS app, the effects seem pretty weak to me, but again, maybe I’m doing something wrong. I’ll keep tinkering. So far, it’s not looking worth the 40 clams for cable and app combo.
Posted by Gillies on January 27, 2010
Site maintenance - On second thought, I think I’m going to stick with WordPress.com as my primary blogging apparatus. I’m not abandoning Tumblr – I’m just going to cross post, a la MPomy, to the Tumblr account. Seems easy enough to do.
‘It Might Get Loud’ – I finished up the movie tonight, and I’m sure I’ll be pondering it for a while. There’s a lot to digest. One thing that’s stayed with me is Jimmy Page’s description of his stint at art school. It reminded me of another rock doc I just watched on Joe Strummer, who also studied the fine arts before becoming an international rock megastar.
Guitarbud – I received my GuitarBud and downloaded the accompanying PRS Jam Amp app; I haven’t used either yet. 40 bucks for the app and cable combo – it better be worth it.
Posted by Gillies on January 26, 2010
Bits and pieces this evening.
- I’m pleased to be trying out Tumblr at the new address. Weird coincidence: I moved into a new office today too.
- I watched another tranche of “It Might Get Loud” this evening. Very satisfying. While watching, I pondered whether there might have been a good sub for Jack White. Not saying White isn’t an interesting, documentary worthy dude. It just might have been cool to have Trey in there is all. You know?
- Speaking of Phish, Mike Gordon is touring in March. No DC dates, unfortunately, and the Baltimore date is on a Tuesday night. Yeeeuh. I don’t know. If the gig started early enough, I could swing it. But last time around, Mike and the guys went on at 10:15pm.
Posted by Gillies on January 25, 2010
Inspired by Mpomy, I think I’m going to put FBdN on hold, at least for a while, and start using Tumblr to blog at a new address. If the plan goes through, I’ll post the URL here.
This isn’t out of any dissatisfaction with FBdN or WordPress.com – I’m just interested in tinkering a bit with my blogging setup. If the tinkering doesn’t work out, I’ll be back.
Unrelated: this evening, I watched a portion of “It Might Get Loud.” Bits I like particularly so far are when the Edge is talking about the time signatures at the start of “Where the Streets Have No Name” and the story behind the drum sound of “When the Levee Breaks.”
Posted by Gillies on January 24, 2010
As a follow-on to last night’s post, I just got the February 4 print edition of Forbes and was shocked to see its shrunken state. The issue runs just 80 pages. I’ve been reading since 2000, and the minimum page count for the magazine was always around 120. Things certainly aren’t looking up in that corner of the print media world.
Anyway, one blogworthy item from the magazine: This edition’s “Thoughts on the Business of Life” section, a collection of quotes that always runs at the end of the magazine, has rock and roll for its theme.
- Rock music should be gross: that’s the fun of it. It gets up and drops its trousers. –BRUCE DICKINSON
- Rock ‘n’ roll doesn’t necessarily mean a band. It doesn’t mean a singer, and it doesn’t mean a lyric, really. It’s that question of trying to be immortal.–MALCOLM MCLAREN
- The most brutal, ugly, desperate, vicious form of expression it has been my misfortune to hear. –FRANK SINATRA
Posted by Gillies on January 23, 2010
The scuttlebutt is that the Conde Nast, Apple, Bonnier, HP and others are working on a new standard for the display and delivery of interactive magazines. Immersive and animated, these new publications could spell relief for the industry. My money is on Apple to extend iTunes LP/Extras (the tools/environment for album liner notes and dvd-esque menus for videos) to the magazines. Then sell the magazines in iTunes to be viewed on Computers, iPhones and upcoming table (iSlate?). I think all of this runs on Webkit (the rendering engine in Safari, Chrome and other browsers).
Sounds good to me.
Another iTunes observation: the other night I used iTunes to chip in $25 bucks to the American Red Cross’s Haiti efforts. It was the easiest donation, in terms of logistics, I’ve ever made. Frictionless charity.
Posted by Gillies on January 22, 2010