That thing where idiots assume their opinions are valid because they posted them on their blog, and if you got offended by the stupidity it’s your own fault for reading - do the French have a word for that yet?
Aside from the song with which Evolution Control Committee closed their fantastic X-Day Drill set, this episode edited itself. The live Wisteria café-stage Hours of Slack (begun on last week’s broadcast) unexpectedly took off into a lively discussion by Dr. Hal, Papa Joe Mama and Priestess Pisces about CATS and the Conspiracy — which provided the perfect framework for a “jam meme” from the first night’s excellent jam/ranting recordings: the ongoing “Meow Mix,” which grew from Pisces getting the crowd to sing along with SOMETHING into a horrible clinging inside-joke for this whole X-Day Drill (though certainly not the only one, BUTT-HURTEDNESS being another). There is actually some beautiful music included from that 6-29-11 jam, thanks to singers and musicians who happen to be actual touring professionals (such as Rev. Stick and Phat ManDee) as well as gifted amateurs like Princess Wei, Rev. “Suds” Pshaw, Rev. Hazel (on SITAR!), Rev. Catfeather and others. Collages by The Large open and close the show, but it climaxes with a variation by Pisces of “The Star Spangled Banner” that has to be heard to be believed. It sounds like Kate Smith backed by Hendrix.
“TMNT was a lame, amateurish B&W indie when TV ani producer Fred Wolf bought the option for chump change. No key TMNT branding element came from Eastman or Laird–not Turtles’ personalities or any shtik like pizza thing. Every TMNT thing that was leveraged 4 big licensing bux came from the cartoon, not the stupid, insipid B&W indie comix.”—Martin Pasko, who I vaguely recall from comics, but who will now forever be a screaming fucking dimwit.
"Cancer is comparable to a bacterial level of complexity, but still autonomous, that is, it doesn’t depend on other cells for survival; it doesn’t follow orders like other cells in the body, and it can grow where, when and how it likes. That’s what species are all about."
"Six historic one bedroom cottages on a 10,628 sq ft lot, all just blocks to the beach and Abbot Kinney. These historic, bigger-than-average bungalows feature spacious side-yards, garage parking and a lushly landscaped gated courtyard.
"Compound was used as location for classic film "The Big Lebowski," starring Jeff Bridges."
"Gollancz, the SF and Fantasy imprint of the Orion Publishing Group, announces the launch of the world’s largest digital SFF library, the SF Gateway, which will make thousands of out-of-print titles by classic genre authors available as eBooks."
"There’s a very simple business reason why Google cares if they have your real name. It means it’s possible to cross-relate your account with your buying behavior with their partners, who might be banks, retailers, supermarkets, hospitals, airlines."
"Time was, back in the Nineties, comics editors who had a writing slot to fill on a mandated company owned comic would institute something of a foot race. They’d contact several writers at once and ask them to write detailed pitches for the book. Sometimes it paid, sometimes it didn’t.
"I remember taking part in these on three occasions, back when I was a newish writer…"
"…scientists use the same word–”theory”–to describe two very distinct classes of ideas. Gravity is a theory. But so is the existence of Gliese 581g–a wobble in the light given off by a distant star which may, or may not, turn out to be a planet. One of these things is not like the other.”
"Good morning! Are you drinking tea? For god’s sake, spit it out! You don’t know what’s in there! But now, thanks to some teenage scientists, you will. These intrepid researchers found undisclosed ingredients in tea."
During the six days of X-Day Drill #14, we recorded daytime ranting and “live radio” (for later playback) in the Wisteria café, and at night we recorded bands, ranting, and jamming in general on the main stage. Everything was recorded at least 3 ways: off the sound mixing board (like this whole show), on a Mini-DV video camera, and with a good location recorder capturing ambient sound. That’s a lot of hours of sound to edit. Perhaps luckily for me, at this writing I, Stang don’t yet have possession of many board recordings after the first day. Normally I would intersperse the radio talk segments with music and fevered ranting, and by next week I’m sure I’ll be able to. In fact, this week, were there perfect Time Control, and if I hadn’t had to do the Starwood Festival (also at Wisteria) immediately after X-Day. I’d have had that option, as there are some wonderful jams and rants from the first two nights that I COULD have used.
I decided not to, partly because I have to get this damn thing in the mail and on the air, but partly because this first live Hour of Slack by Dr. Hal, Papa Joe Mama, and Priestess Pisces seems to flow just beautifully without any interruptions. Perhaps this is because I personally was off-mic most of the time. I even broke the main file up into segments to allow cutting to music — but I don’t think I would want to even if I’d had the time. The key SubGenius themes are discussed by these mighty yakmasters so well that inserting music and solo jeremiads seems inadvisable. It’s uncut all-talk, and in this case all the better for that.
By next week I should have BOXES of board recordings of bands to choose from and compare to the location recordings I made. We have also almost finished a large gallery of carefully selected photos; they require only more accurate file-names to be added, unfortunately by me. Those, a detailed text report, and MP3s of some of the better music from early in the X-Day week should all be on the SubSITE 14X-Day pages fairly soon after I get this Hour of Slack episode out of the Slackermansion and into the world. (The web page doesn’t have deadlines, but the weekly radio show does.)