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BUILDING YOUR OWN MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

Posted by Billyjam, July 30, 2008 09:10am | Post a Comment

The one clear message from the always fun annual Bay Area Maker Faire a couple of months back was that we, a society weaned on consumerism, need to shake the shackles of dependency on corporations who sell us products shrewdly manufactured with a built-in obsolescence -- products whose mechanisms are deliberately made difficult to figure out.

To hell with that! We should not have to always hire others to fix our cars, fridges, vacuum cleaners, lawn-mowers, bikes, computers, etc., etc. when they (inevitably) break down.

Instead, we should learn all we can about the products we own and use daily. Furthermore, we should not only know how to fix these things when they break down but we should also know how to build our own things from scratch. DIY baby!

Of all the homemade items that people create, the most inspiring to me are homemade musical instruments created out of found parts. These can range from the most simple (an empty pork rinds bottle with a rubber band & piece of cloth tied on top as a drum) to the most intricate (an electronic keyboard built from found odds and ends).

Over the years I have seen/heard many great variations on all types of instruments, from string to wind to electric and I thought it was time to do an Amoeblog about them, drawing from videos I found on YouTube, where I even discovered an interactive thread on making your own instruments, which includes perhaps one of the most popular one among music instrument makers-- the cigar box guitar.

One is from the recent Memorial Day observed Morningside Build Your Own Instrument Day in Pittsburg, PA, featuring Jim Lingo's creative string instrument, which drew equal parts awe and amusement from those at the outdoor event. Then there is the homemade electric bass by KgldMond who built his instrument from a piece of wood, an old turntable, and a string. Finally, there is CrazyEzra's nice noise maker constructed out of a saw, a pick up and a big purple synth modulator.homemade turntable

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Pt. 2 Bad Boys At Nite

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, July 29, 2008 10:25pm | Post a Comment
twisted sister under the blade lp coverBurning Sensations Belly of the Whale Lp coverCinderella Night Songs Lp cover
Girls Wasted Youth LP coverAlibi Friends LP coverGirls Wasted Youth Album cover
Hollywood Stars Lp cover Kim FowleyLegs Diamond Out On Bail Lp coverPlayer Danger Zone Lp cover
Boys don't cry Lp cover I Wanna Be A CowboySex Tiger bad boys of rock and roll lp coverThunder Backstreet Symphony LP cover Thunder Backstreet Symphony Album cover Witnesses Scene of the Crime LP cover

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(In which we consider the mystical & tragic Judee Sill.)

Posted by Job O Brother, July 29, 2008 12:25pm | Post a Comment
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Last night I was mugged at gunpoint. The perpetrator not only made off with the $560.00 in cash that I was carrying (which I had intended to deposit today) but he knocked me down to the ground and kicked me hard enough that he left a nasty bruise in my ribs before he made his getaway on a magic, chocolate-colored Pegasus.

None of which is true, but it is a rather exciting way to begin this week’s blog entry, isn’t it? Except that, by lying to you, I have now risked alienating you emotionally, because you will now think twice about trusting what I tell you, even if it’s about how much I like that top you’re wearing and how to sets off the flecks of color in your shimmering eyes.

Speaking of violence and the romantic visage of your enduring beauty, I know some of you haven’t yet heeded my advice and investigated one of my most favorite balladeers of all time: Judee Sill.
 
Judee Sill
Judee Sill conducts herself well.

Judee’s story is one of tragic darkness, from which sprung gorgeous and sage songwriting. She was the Billie Holiday of the “Laurel Canyon sound.”

Influenced more by Johann Sebastian Bach than her 1970’s rock ‘n’ blow contemporaries, methodical composition such as fugue-structure, and over-dubbing of her own voice into chorale-style, inform her heart-wrenched post-hymns.

Her father and brother both died when she was a child, and her mother re-married to Kenneth Muse, an animator for one of my least favorite cartoons of all time, Tom & Jerry. (I mean really, the way that mouse antagonizes that poor cat, who very naturally fights back – both by his nature as a felis catus and in defense of Jerry’s cruelty – only to be downtrodden every time. What kind of message does that send to children? BE A BULLY. That’s what it tells ‘em. And then poor, sensitive, fat kids like me get the brunt of it. And all I ever wanted was to love and be loved. Is that so wrong?!)

[Insert sound of Job sobbing here]
Judee Sill

Judee left her dysfunctional home (I imagine her stepfather probably lured her head into a mouse-hole and bopped her face with a mallet) and hit the road for a life of free-wheeling druggery and armed robbery. She developed an addiction to that precocious li’l drug we call heroin. In order to pay for the habit, she prostituted herself (which almost certainly prepared her for a life as a professional musician).

July 28, 2008

Posted by phil blankenship, July 29, 2008 12:00pm | Post a Comment
Step Brothers Movie Ticket Stub
We used our free ticket (above) to see a different movie (below).

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Ted Mikels' THE DOLL SQUAD with guest Francine York TONIGHT!

Posted by phil blankenship, July 29, 2008 11:41am | Post a Comment
The Grindhouse Film Festival returns to the New Beverly Cinema TONIGHT with a special Ted V. Mikels double-feature. We'll be screening Ted's film THE DOLL SQUAD and will have star Francine York (THE CENTERFOLD GIRLS, CURSE OF THE SWAMP CREATURE, CITY BENEATH THE SEA, and a ton of TV appearances) in attendance to introduce the film and do a Q&A afterwards. This film, also starring Michael Ansara, Anthony Eisley and the incredible Tura Satana, was the uncredited inspiration for the original CHARLIE'S ANGELS TV show and should not be missed. Following THE DOLL SQUAD will be a second, surprise Ted V. Mikels film.



The event starts at 7:30pm, and admission for the two features plus a reel of rare exploitation trailers and our world-famous free raffle is still only $8.00.



For additional information and schedules for upcoming events, visit our MySpace page at www.myspace.com/grindhouse.



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Tuesday • July 29th, 2008

NEW BEVERLY CINEMA
7165 Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 938-4038
Admission: $8.




Tribute to Ted V. Mikels

Special Guest: Francine York

7:30pm THE DOLL SQUAD (1973)

Directed by Ted V. Mikels
Starring Michael Ansara, Francine York, Anthony Eisley, Tura Satana and John Carter

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