Record. Keeping.

Today I went through my modest collection of vinyl records. Not to listen to. Not even to sort or alphabetize or chronologize or even to sell. I went through my records for a project that will involve mounting said records on one wall in our living room.

E and I had discussed, vaguely, the idea of mounting the records on the wall.  I recently reclaimed them from her parents’ basement where they’ve lived for the past several years and, since then, have been debating what to do with them.  Do I sell them on eBay?  At least half of them (if not more) are scratched and/or warped.  I’ve thought about getting frames and selling the framed album covers — which would be really cool, but a lot of my record sleeves are in shoddy condition as well, and that really only needs the sleeve, not specifically the vinyl itself.

So I went through the records, trying to see if there was anything I felt particularly attached to, that I needed to keep.  Because the other thought I had since reclaiming them was of setting up the record player in our new entertainment center that we acquired from the rental house behind us when the twentysomething punk rock kids moved out and left the stuff they weren’t taking with them on their front lawn.  A coat of black paint and some textured silver splatters later and we had a brand new, awesome-looking entertainment center.  But, along with that, goes the thought — it would be really easy for the kids to mess up the record player.  Needles are expensive and it would be easier for them to reach than it was for me to reach my dad’s record player when I was their age…better hold off on that…What I found was that there wasn’t really anything in there that I didn’t already have in some form or another that I was overly attached to.  And, for some of that stuff, I’d probably even like looking at it on the wall better than playing the scratchy vinyl…I have mp3s of The Police’s Synchronicity, why not show my love of The Police by staring at the unforgettable red, blue and yellow stripes on our wall?

We started plotting.  Prime all the walls, get some neon yellow to go behind the records, paint all the walls in that room, and then mount the records with strips of double-sided sticky foam stuff.  Planning on hitting the Home Depot tomorrow to start loading up on supplies.  Right now is a really good time to start painting because it’s not so hot that opening all the windows in the house will actually make the house hotter than it would be otherwise (like it will be in the summer).

It was under these circumstances that I came to be sorting records into the “yes” pile and the “no” pile.  The “yes” pile has stuff I like and that would otherwise not be inappropriate to kids.  The “no” pile is filler that can go closer to the top of the wall where you won’t be reading the labels.  Oingo Boingo Good For Your Soul goes into the “yes” pile, some random German Christmas album that was thrown into the same sleeve as The Tubes’ first album goes into the “no” pile.  David Bowie Station to Station “yes”, random PIL album “no”.  Etc.

I’m super-excited about this project and want to get started on it right away.  I can’t wait to start mounting my old records on the wall, like, right-freaking-now, but I will have to contain myself and wait until the rest of the room is painted (we decided, if we’re going to paint one wall, we might as well paint all of them, and if we paint all of them, better to hold off on mounting the records until the painting is done so as not to get paint splatters on the records.

E’s also planning on painting a maṇḍala on the facing wall.

This is going to be freaking sweet.

On the music front

Here’s what I’ve currently got going on the music front for me…I thought I’d list it all out since it’s not insignificant:

Mixing/co-producing Synaptic Disturbance’s RPM2011 album

This is sort of the first official Plague Music undertaking.  Working on this with Geoff from The Raygun Girls who has, thus far, succeeded in keeping me in check on producing the right metal guitar sound.  The first track is done and is mostly just waiting for vocals.

Synaptic Disturbance – Taking It Away (demo 3) by Plague Music

Geodesic Remixes

I got a message a while ago from Shinto Records about an upcoming remix opportunity for Geodesic.  Shinto is an indie label/distributor with a very specific genre niche — which I happen to think I would fit into nicely — but since I’m not in the least bit interested in physical distribution, I haven’t reached out to them for my own stuff.  However, I’m eager to jump into any potential remix opportunities, so I gave them a shout and got a couple remix kits.  The deadline for the remixes is May 15, so I’m hoping to start working on these this weekend.

A goth album

If you follow me on Twitter you may have seen this a while ago:

http://twitter.com/#!/jazzs3quence/status/48407049117241345

Well, it’s happening.  With the first demo posted on SoundCloud.  I haven’t quite gotten the dying cat guitars yet.

jazzsequence – I only wear black by jazzs3quence

All the titles will have similarly-ridiculous names like “Dark Pit of Darkness” and “Spooky Doom” and will be trying to recapture the old school goth vibe a la Sisters of Mercy, Bauhaus, The Cure — e.g. minimal with guitars and some synths.  The idea came out of wanting to play around on the bass some more and realizing that you don’t need much more than a bass and a drum synth to make a goth song.  The proposed album title is I only wear black, inspired by this t-shirt design I submitted to Threadless forever ago:

(By the way, I actually own this t-shirt now, and you can, too, by grabbing it from my Zazzle store.)

This art will, most likely, end up being the album cover, as well.

Once that’s out of the way, there’s:

Possible collaboration with super secret electronica rockstar

Okay, so he’s probably not one you could consider a rockstar, per se, and it’s not all that secret considering bits of it were discussed on Twitter.  We’ve exchanged a couple emails, and we’re both interested in the possibility but I think there’s probably too much going on right now for both of us to really focus on a new project.

So, there’s my update.  Having just gotten back from two trips, I’m just now starting to catch up with everything and this will be the first weekend I’m not working, so I’m looking forward to actually being able to work some more on some of these things.

Slacking

Indeed, that’s what I’ve been doing with this blog lately. I suppose I’m still in the #postaweek2011 game if you include Tumblr posts like the the sexy sax man one. But otherwise, yeah…

But it’s not because I’ve been sitting at the computer playing video games or anything.  Doing support for Event Espresso takes up a regular block of time that I would — if otherwise unoccupied by client work — likely be using to post stuff here in my procrastination from other projects I should be doing.  I’ve started a netlabel and have been working with Geoff from The Raygun Girls and Dan from Synaptic Disturbance on producing Synaptic Disturbance’s RPM2011 album.  I’m also working on a new theme for Museum Themes that I’m planning on debuting on the Plague Music site when it’s done.  I just finished a major project that included a custom post type plugin with custom taxonomies to support product information sheets like this one.  And I’m working on another new project for a ministry in the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo where — if you look them up on Wikipedia — you can find images of child soldiers.  On top of all that, I’ll be heading out later this week to California to go to my grandfather’s funeral, who passed last Friday evening.

I also got an email yesterday about a $65k-100k/year permanent position as a systems analyst / web developer position that would essentially mean giving up all of the above and making more cash doing it.  Oh, and due to a chicken pox outbreak, all unvaccinated kids aren’t allowed back to school for 21 days (which, as of yesterday, they revised to April 8) which applies to our son (we’re getting him vacc’d today, and will hopefully have him going back tomorrow or Thursday).

All this adds up to things being very busy around here and I haven’t had time to post.  Oh, I should probably also mention that my wife has decided to start writing a novel.  Which means that I want to start writing a novel.  So there’s that, too.  Right.  So, I’m not asking for a pity party or condolences about my grandpa or anything like that.  I had this idea for a post about how we’ve gone from a digital culture with almost an infinite number of providers for various products and services to a digital culture with a few key players (in the wake of the Zune being pulled from the market and various internet startups being swallowed up and integrated into behemoths like Google), but you can understand I haven’t had the freaking time! And at the end of the day, who the hell wants to write about crap like that after, you know, doing work all day?  I also had a post planned for a blog that shall not be named about getting a vasectomy — and how it’s not a scary thing that guys (like me) should run away from, screaming — but, again, time (and inspiration) == nil.

So give me a freaking break, will ya?