Friday, December 05, 2008

Zach Lickman (December 21, 1940 – December 4, 1993)

Missed it yesterday so here is a honker of a post.

Miss ya Frank.

8 December 1973 The Roxy,Los Angeles,CA

The Mothers Of Invention:
FZ--guitar, vocals
NapoleonMurphyBrock--tenor sax, vocals
George Duke--keyboards, vocals
Bruce Fowler--trombone
Ruth Underwood--percussion
Tom Fowler--bass
Ralph Humphrey--drums
Chester Thompson--drums

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

“There is nothing like soup. It is by nature eccentric: no two are ever alike, unless of course you get your soup in a can.”

~Laurie Colwin, 'Home Cooking'


Made soup tonight. started at 6:30 and finished at, well it is still simmering on the stove. Was looking forward to a bowl but the beans were not tender enough. I guess I will have it for lunch tomorrow.

Chicken stock, turkey stock (thank you Michelle), assorted beans (red, black & pinto), corn, tomatoes, roasted red peppers, jalapeño peppers, onion, garlic, red chili sauce, lemon juice, salt and pepper.

You could change the beans to garbanzo add hominy then garnish with any of the following: oregano, cabbage, radish, lettuce or avocado and you would have something close to posole I suppose although I am not so certain where to find hominy in my neighborhood.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

I didn't enjoy your ghettoblaster being destroyed, but I enjoy you living to tell about it.

About two months ago my friend Wade kicked me down an old boom box radio that didn't work. I have had the idea to put a bunch of gadgets into an old radio shell so it could be used as a stand alone music/noise maker of some kind. I also my wanted it to look as stock as possible using the radio's knobs, switches and dials to control the gadgets.

The first gadget to go into it would have to be some type of signal generator. I can easily fit it into the radio. It has only one dial and I can wire it to the radios existing antenna. Justin has built many Theremin in his life so I figured that would be the best bet. Harrison Instruments has a cheap Minimum Theremin Kit ($44) so I ordered it and have now begun the boom box project. I will keep everyone posted as the project moves forward.

The outside of the box containing the kit.

Conflicting box instructions? No, all x-rays are scans but not all scans are x-rays apparently.

Simple map that came with the kit. No instructions but it really is basically a paint by number type project. Resistor R1 goes into the PC board on top of the R1 picture printed on it. A snap.

Every component came packed in it's own zippered bag.

My favorite. Like it needed to be labeled. I guess this is a kit put together for beginners.

This isn't even the smallest part in the kit. Looks about the size of a sesame seed with a high E guitar string through it. By the way that isn't dirt under my nail it is dried blood from an unfortunate run it with a rogue cardboard box flap. Paper cuts...Weeeee!!!

A little bit of my handy work. Not so good with the soldering pen yet but give it some time. I do shake a bit so that could be the excuse for awhile.

It can also explain the R9 resistor standing at attention in this shot.

Here is where I stopped. Notice the blob of solder bridging over to the next solder point. I have no way of fixing that so off to Wade's shop I go to use the little unsolder tool thingie.

In the next installment of Minimum Theremin kit assembly I hope top have it done and testing and mounting will begin. See you then.

Nowadays you can't be loud enough!

~John Bonham

Couple of shots of the finished Monolith cab that Wade built. Tolex covering covered at

The full Monty.



I love the dirt and grime on the donor speakers. Very organic. Can't wait to hear what this thing sounds like when a matched set of speakers are loaded into it.


In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.

Hi all! It seems like an eternity since I last posted a personal link. Got out the camera this weekend and went for a sunny, albeit brisk, Sunday stroll.


They are multiplying!

Great wheat paste two blocks down. More of them in the hood but I see them in passing and forget to take note. Next time.

First of a few flora pictures. Mind you these were taken Sunday, November 23. Green and flowering. Love it!

No not the first bud of of the many rose buds of winter. They grow like weeds here.

I love these types of berries. The tree is completely stripped of all leaves but it still has these vibrant yellow-orange berries.

Even better berries. It is almost too bad the leaves on this tree aren't ashy-white. Would be kinda patriotic.

Thank you Shane for the heads up on this particular plant. It is a Clerodendrum.

And I leave on a textured note. Always loved the bark on the trees in my yard growing up. Sometimes so much I brought the sappy stains from them into the house on my clothes, skin and hair.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Is that a head on your shoulders or something you use for ornamentation?

While I was making yesterdays Candy Apple Grey 180 gram vinyl post I found out about The Gang Font featuring Interloper. The Gang Font is a project involving The Bad Plus and Greg Norton from Hüsker . I knew about Grey Area, a short lived project of Mr Nortons that has not released a single track to this date, but The Gang Font is new to me.

There's only one virgin and she don't fly

Monday, September 29, 2008

The spell you're under will slowly rob you of your virgin soul

Why is there not a band called this?

Dirty Deke and the Dunder Chiefs!

While we are at it...other bands I wish existed:

The Breakneck Speeds (Knuckle draggin' hot rod)
The Rods and Cones (Math rock)
...And You Will Find Us By The Trail Of Bread (Hipster alternative)
Chix-Eat-Dix (All girl sludge punk)
The Chelsie Clintons (Snot nosed American made Brit punk rip off)

Anybody want to add to this?

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

People who make no noise are dangerous

Come hear Scott and Hal play their favorite records from Sheboygan.

1465 NE Prescott St
Wednesday, September 3

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

“And now, your highness, we will discuss the location of your hidden rebel base...”

I do not know when I started feeling like this but I can not look at Robert Fripp without thinking of Darth Vader. Fripp in a black jacket wielding a guitar like a light saber.
I think of him as the frail
unmasked Vader not the staunch leather fisted choke you for talking out of turn Vader. His taxed breathing a guitar ringing in ambient loops.

Sunday, July 06, 2008

So musical a discord, such sweet thunder

If you didn't go to the East End Friday the 4th you missed a great show. Each group played a short set. It was not very bright because it was a basement room. The pictures I took aren't the greatest.

Uh really?!

Thrum & Throb

In action in front of the wall of ohm


Would love to hear more of these guys.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

All I've got I had to steal, least I don't need to beg or borrow

It is so good to hear Van Halen in a new way. I present Tim Hecker's "My Love Is Rotten To The Core".

US prime, grade A, stamped guaranteed, just grease it up and bring on the heat. Throw it down and roll it over once or twice, then chow down

Sunday, June 15, 2008

“Do it, dump it, or change it.”


SNV Grimace Guy postal sticker.

These things keep popping up on my porch. Scary.

"I don't care how you like your coffee." Damon!

"I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that."

I do not know flowers so a little help might be nice. It was so windy when I went out for these that I left more in the camera than I posted.

Bathroom remodeling can often be very overwhelming

Always wanted to share this. The view while on the throne in my bathroom.

Is it a vanity if there is no mirror? Can it be called a vanity when the mirror is not in view?

Bandages. Curad Battle Ribbons and Bacon & Eggs.

Tooth Brush.

Tooth Brushes.

Random baby photo in bamboo frame. Child unknown.

Zahnpasta. Foreign Toothpaste.

Hawks pucks.

"Nothing to do but Tease the Little Devils"

Little Devil.


Jameson cup with Bee and Flower soap and Squirt gun (behind).