Given two options, choose the third

August 2, 2011

Continuing rarity and reticence here at M/S; I almost neglected to promote my good friend Gabe Blackwell’s recently published story-site “Neverland”, which i did a few illustrations for. It’s a very interesting reading experience (designed to look like a web 1.0 corporate/reference website, with funny multi-media, as well my slightly incongruous illos) and a radically weird story. Anti-hero Pastor Daniel:

Pastor Daniel

Gabe’s a very unique, funny and smart writer; check out all of his projects via his website etc.

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I can’t seem to fold this blog; though it sits dormant for months, and I haven’t been focused on any solo-projects to the point of sharing, I like having it here, just in case. I’m still working full-time-and-then-some at an alternative school/youth development org, and that consumes the lion’s share of my time and focus. Also still making music with Air War–we’ve written a batch of new tunes, and we are playing shows again after ‘shedding for the first half of 2011.

Another reason for my posting-decline was the crappiness of my old laptop. The Toshiba Satellite had served fairly well since my move to PDX in 2006, but had grown slow and ugly, battery long-dead, the half-broken-and-taped-up AC adaptor prone to slipping out and killing my work. I’ve finally upgraded… I have joined the ranks of the Mac-ists, and though the summer has offered plenty of non-productive temptations, I’m excited about the possibilities of this new rig, particularly in terms of music production. More projects on the horizon, maybe they’ll see the light of someday.

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Made to Melt

April 15, 2011

I’ve made a guest appearance at Constance, as curator of this month’s mixtape. Click my feet to listen, and follow the Mixtape link to check out the whole series, which is pretty great. A list of songs can be found below.

Download Made to Melt

:: songlist ::
Cluster : Hollywood
Miracles Club : Light of Love
New Musik : Hunting
Korallreven : Loved Up
Xeno & Oaklander : Shadow World
Tristeza : Manitas
Modulo 1000 : Curtíssima
The Pretty Things : Grass
Orphan Egg : Falling
Ilous : Pêle-Mêle
The Sylvers : What’s it all about?
Mo Dettes : White Mice
Sinn Sinnsamouth : A Diamond Ring
Mavi Isiklar : Iyi Dusun Tasyn (For Your Information)
Desmond Dekker : Shing a Ling
July : My Clown
Clube de Esquina [Milton Nascimento & Lô Borges] : O Trem Azul
Aphrodite’s Child : Loud, Loud, Loud

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Apologies also for the lull in posts. I’ve been busy taking apart mechanical watches and trying to pull together a performable set of songs, with the intention of making solo outings this summer.

This week I realized, while showing an art-inclined grad the glory of art-blogging, that a lot of my 2008 material is broken, particularly the tuneage. I’ll try to figure out what happen and fix the damage at some point…

Assignment #7

February 20, 2011

Draw a turd on fire, but make it classy

Assignment was ‘Draw a turd on fire but make it look classy.’

Sharing a Snack

February 19, 2011

Snacks

Nest

February 19, 2011

Nest

Life Drawing

February 18, 2011

Mindset is funny: approaching a task I’ve done a lot, and done well in the past–but haven’t done much at all recently–I assume I can just sit down and do it as well as ever, with as much ease and fluidity as if I were still regularly practicing. And of course this is not the case. Struggle ensues, results are poor.

And I’m really happy about this: to me it’s a pretty solid indication that innate ability isn’t quite as important as Practice. Skill isn’t pre-ordained, and either permanently available or forever out-of-reach. It can be earned, it can be lost, it can be regained.

Chops. Back to the woodshed…

Song Sunday: Celebration

February 14, 2011

I’ve been learning a number of covers, and had intended to record one today, but the arrangement wasn’t quite ready… Meanwhile I finished a new song of my own, and roughed it out on 4-track this evening.

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February 10, 2011

If/Then

 

Assignments

February 10, 2011

 

 

This week I’ve been exchanging drawing assignments with a friend, via txt. I’ve really enjoyed drawing things I wouldn’t have thought of, in environments I haven’t normally drawn in (mostly at lunch, in various spots). Above: today was ‘divine friend in punk rock garb’. 4″ x 2.5″

C’mere

February 8, 2011

C'mere