Thursday, January 22, 2009

Inauguration Day

We went over to Jen and Trav's house, fixed up an awesome vegan brunch, and settled in to watch the festivities.

I made Obamawaffles, which, it turns out, are exactly like regular waffles except that they are made on the day of the inauguration of President Obama. I love seeing that. President Obama. Do it again. President Obama. Mmmm that's good. The other phrase I enjoyed greatly was "former president Bush." Love the "former" that's in there now. FORMER president Bush. Uh huh. That's the stuff.

I thought the poem missed the mark a bit, but I think its nearly impossible to meet expectations on such an occasion. "On the Pulse of Morning" set the bar pretty damn high for inaugural poetry. On the other hand, I thought Dr. Lowery hit a home run.

My spirits were also lifted watching Bush get on the helicopter and fly out of town. That was great.

Also enjoyed seeing Cheney, a.k.a. Mr. Potter, wheeled off to McLean where he can continue being, I don't know what, rich and powerful? He not only closed that old savings and loan... this time they wrecked all the banks. Like, in the whole world.

After the ceremony, we went home and I took the dog for a walk. I met up with our neighbors along the way, Penelope's humans (I can't remember their names, but I'm pretty sure they only know me as Wickett's person). They were also very excited and smiled uncontrollably enjoying, "the first dog walk with a black president!"

At home, we watched the parade on c-span (so we could watch without all the blathering). I think my tolerance for marching band music is pretty much exhausted, but who cares? It was somehow incredibly satisfying just to see the Obama's on the viewing stand. And to continue seeing them. That's the new president! And his family! There they are. Still there. Pinch me. Still there. This band is from Iowa. Still there. Pinch me again. This marching band is from Kansas. Look, he's still there. He's the president.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

No, thank you

From NPR's "On the Media" this week: a remarkably frankly written look back at the Bush administration through the lens of their relationship with the press.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Pi to 100 Places

I wrote and recorded this little gem yesterday afternoon.

While working on it, I found the coolest website EVER: The On-Line Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences. If you're not convinced that this resource is, in fact, the bomb, then perhaps you should read more about it.

I tried a new (to me) web service to make this little gadget. There's a "share" button built in, so in addition to playing the music right here in your browser, you can easily embed this player in your website, facebook, myspace, blog, etc, etc, etc. Why you might do that, well, that's up to you.

Here's a link to some pi related humor.

Wednesday, January 07, 2009


Last night on "All Things Considered," there was a feature about the DC experimental music scene.

There's a few snippets of music by DCIC - but they're not identified as such. We do have one track streaming on their website, though... I went in for a nice interview with Neda Ullaby while she was working on the story - not much of that made it into the finished product, but I do show up briefly.

It's funny that the further away I get from the experimental scene, the better it seems to do. I extricated myself from organizing Sonic Circuits and Jeff Surak has grown the festival into something much larger and more awesome. My own music is getting less and less experimental, and my (former?) peers are getting some nice press. Wacky how this works.

Monday, January 05, 2009

Zevious, DCIC, Anthony Pirog Sextet - Thursday

DCIC is performing this coming Thursday night at Velvet Lounge. We'll be joined by a special guest, Ted Zook.

Also on the bill, The Anthony Pirog Sextet, and Zevious - a jazz trio from New York. Have a listen to Zevious, you just might wanna check this out...


Sunday, January 04, 2009

Old cookbooks

We took some pictures of odd old cookbooks during our visit with Cameron's parents last week:

Saturday, January 03, 2009

You PaintedYourself In

Here's my version of a song by Jolie Holland. I made this little arrangement of it over the last few weeks.

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