- Posting to twitter through Bitlbee in irssi through a shell: a beautiful thing. #
I might even get crazy and make a DVD cover for it today. Who’s got some cool ideas?
- I feel like such a Luddite saying this obvious fact but 720p XBMC on an LCD TV is so much better than 480i on a CRT. #
Hello readers. The summer is almost over and I will be living in Eugene, Oregon in the fall. This means that I’ll be back in a city with a hospitable taping environment and venues that host bands that are not Uncle Wilson’s Bluegrass Experience. Expect some uploads from me around late September.
Secondly, in addition to filming in studio performances, I am now working for KEXP as a contributing writer to the Song of the Day feature. If you’re interested in reading my entries, make sure to read the write-ups on Mondays.
Here are some entries I’ve already written:
In April, El Ten Eleven swung through Seattle and played KEXP and The Sunset Tavern. The weather at the time was nice. So nice, in fact, that I was able to ride my bike to KEXP to help film the in studio performance at the station.
It was a nice preview of what was to come later that evening in Ballard. I remember at the time thinking that it was unfortunate that all I could hear was the guitar parts and the live drums. Any of the triggered effects and electronic drums were just implied hits on plastic. Then I thought about how that is a fairly interesting way to take in a song by one of your favorite bands.
It was ten hours later that they came on at the bar. You.May.Die.In.The.Desert was there again but I missed their set trying to meet up with a videographer connection. My equipment was running and I had my camera ready at the front. Tim gave me a Panasonic unit that someone let him borrow for the tour. It shot in 4:3 but I wasn’t about to turn down a free angle. I let it sit on the drummer and taped it down to the ground. Dan showed up and filmed the other side of the stage with his camera.
The band played and came back for their encore that they seemed genuinely gracious about. I think they like Seattle and I know Seattle loves them. Town is full of design and layout nerds. I could be one of them but I’m too afraid to say it. I’m not afraid to say that the recording came out ok and it still sucks to tape the Sunset.
I don’t know if this is something they want people to know but there are stem files of their songs available for remixes. You could probably Sam Spade your way to the directory if you use your head.
MP3 Sample: ete2009-04-17sample.mp3
I don’t have the source files of the recordings or anything but here is the El Ten Eleven in-studio performance I helped film at KEXP back in April. I filmed near the drummer with a Canon AH-X1 and Jim Beckman filmed the other angle with a Canon HV-30. Kevin Suggs is in the booth. Kristian and Tim are on the interesting parts of these videos.
The reason you’re not seeing any new concerts uploaded from me is simple. I currently live in an area where concerts are sort of limited. See, I recently drove to Alaska from Seattle to live at my girlfriend’s family cabin outside of Wasilla. And that’s where I’ll be all summer.
As far as I know, the only worthwhile concert coming up is The Beach Boys at the state fair in August. I haven’t yet done much research into what sort of concerts are coming to town but I’m not holding my breath for anything worth my time. When I went to high school up here the only bands that came to town were shit like The Offspring or KISS.
We’ll see, though. We’ll see.