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  1. Skully

    Hawaii Five-0 Theme: Annoying Discovery

    i've been watching old episodes of "Hawaii Five-0" on PlutoTV recently and it's confirmed to me that the theme song and the visuals work together to make quite possibly the best TV show opening ever. BUT... I noticed that there is a vibraslap hit on almost every single bar of the theme. There...
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    RIP Comedian Gilbert Gottfried

    I was very shocked to hear that Gilbert Gottfried has died at the age of 67 after a long illness. I was never a huge fan of Gilbert Gottried's comedy, but "Gilbert Gottried's Amazing Colossal Podcast" is one of the few I listen to regularly. To be honest, most of the interviewing (and the...
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    Deacon Frey Leaving the Eagles

    It was announced this morning that Glen Frey's son Deacon Frey has left the Eagles. At first, it struck me as a bad move, because he's never going to have that kind of audience for anything he does away from the Eagles, but it's unlikely he'll ever want for money, so why shouldn't he go out and...
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    Bruce Willis Retiring from Acting Due to Aphasia

    I imagine most of you have heard that Bruce Wilis' family announced today that the actor is "stepping away" from acting due to aphasia. It looks like he's been in decline for awhile now and a just-published article in the L.A. Times forced their hand. Willis made 22 films in the last four...
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    RIP Michael Nesmith of The Monkees

    Michael Nesmith of The Monkees dies at 78. He just wrapped a final Monkees tour with Micky Dolenz. I wish I could say I was surprised. He looked weak and frail in videos from the shows. He sat on a stool and didn't even play guitar.
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    Rolling Stones Kick Off Tour with Charlie Watts Tribute

    Mick looks more muscular than on the last tour (which might be because he had just recovered from heart valve replacement) and Keith looks more with it. This video doesn't have he best sound, bit it's a nice multi-perspective video of the opening video tribute to Watts and the first song...
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    Music Video featuring My Disembodied Head

    I'm posting this in Recording Progress, too, but seeing as how my primary audience is the TDPRI and that forum has a very, uh... select subset of the TDRPI community, I figured I'd also post here. Now you can all see how creepy I look, especially when I'm trying to fake sincerity Although the...
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    New Song, New Video with My Disembodied Head & Primitive CGI

    I was in the middle of recording another song that I’d been planning for a long time. I had the title and the concept for months, and ideas about what I wanted to do sonically, but I hadn’t been able to work out musical sequences to build it with. Finally, that was all coming together. I had...
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    Music Videos from Public Doman Footage

    I'm getting ready to publish a new music video, my first in seven years. The last two I made were made exclusively from public domain footage, sourced from the Prelinger Archives. Of course, the advantage of using public domain footage is that one doesn't have to shoot new footage, appear in it...
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    Who Doesn't Want a House with a Fallout Shelter?

    The real estate market thread reminded me of a recent bit of procrastination googling I did. I was listening to The Cars, and I remembered how back in 2013 I had seen a news story about a guy who bought a local house with an intact fallout shelter in the backyard. They named the purchaser...
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    Charlie Watts Sitting Out Rolling Stones Tour After Emergency Surgery

    Charlie Watts had an emergency "procedure" and will be sitting out the Rolling Stones fall U.S. tour. It will be their first time without him on stage in 58 years. Steve Jordan, Keith Richards' Xpensive Winos bandmate, co-writer and co-producer, will be playing in his stead. Things like this...
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    RIP Dusty Hill of ZZ Top

    This one really surprised me. Apparently, he was sidelined by a hip injury a few days ago. ZZ Top Bassist Dusty Hill Dies at 72
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    New Puppies Day! Meet Our New Newfs Duke & Mac

    Two Newfoundland puppies joined our family today, Duke and Malcolm (a.k.a., Mac). We love the breed and missed having a Newf in our lives since our dog Chuck passed away prematurely at five and a half years of age in the fall of 2018. It was a Newf that inspired Lord Byron to pen the poem...
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    Going to the Dark Side with Synthesizer Obsession

    The 1984/"The Boys of Summer" thread brought up something that's been on my mind a lot lately. The last few weeks I've really been getting into synths, watching instructional videos about how they got this sound for that song, etc. I bought a Behringer Poly D (a clone of the MiniMoog Model D)...
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    NSD: New Synthesizer Day (Behringer Poly D)

    I have an arsenal of virtual synths that give me a lot of sonic choices -- probably too many. And I can't rationalize another guitar (although I did buy one of my daughters a red sparkle Squier Bullet Telecaster and a Fender Mustang LT25 amp for Xmas for $150 each ) So I got myself a Behringer...
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    Pop-Punk (Metaphorical) Barn Find

    I was going through old recordings on my various hard drives and I found this one that hadn't been touched in 12 years. Back then, I was still recording my drums on to a single stereo track (as opposed to five tracks -- seven if you count the stereo for toms and overheads). Nonetheless, I...
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    Discovering My Aunt’s Abusive Boyfriend’s Role in Country Rock History w/Gene Clark

    In the thread about George Lucas and Altamont, I mentioned that I discovered a few years ago that my aunt was in the audience at that notorious concert. I started to type about another discovery related to this aunt, but it got too long and I decided I should give the story its own thread. My...
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    Back After 5 Years with Recording Too Many Years in the Making

    I won't admit to how long or how much I've worked on this track, other than to say before deciding that I was going to finish it once and for all a month or two ago, the last saved version of the file was dated 2015. That was probably two desktop computers ago. Many of the plug-ins I used no...
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    Mid-Century Mod House in "Cinema Verite" & Kiss "Beth" Spoof

    My elder daughter had to watch the HBO movie "Cinema Verite," a docudrama about the Loud Family and the PBS docuseries "An American Family," for a class. She didn't like the movie, but it was an interesting watch for her because, as she would say (even though she's only 17), she spent a lot of...
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    Creedence Mashed Up with '40s Musical

    I've never been into musicals too much, because... that's not how I roll. But i recently read a biography about Bob Fosse ("Fosse"), and it got me searching out old performance clips of his, which really drove home how much he influenced Michael Jackson. But that's not the point. The Fosse...
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    Rolling Stones No Filter Tour 2020 -- Who's Going?

    I surprised myself this morning and bought a pair of tickets to the Rolling Stones show in San Diego on May 8. I saw them at the Rose Bowl with my wife and two daughters back in August. It was my first Stones show in 22 years, my worst seats, and my best experience. I wanted my daughters to have...
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    Hal Blaine, Wrecking Crew Drummer and Rock Hall of Fame Member, Dies at 90

    A few weeks ago, Blaine celebrated his 90th birthday at The Baked Potato in Studio City with attendees including Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts. Hal Blaine, Wrecking Crew Drummer and Rock Hall of Fame Member, Dies at 90
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    Mick Jagger: At the Edge of 75, and Killing It

    Mick Jagger will be 75 next month. In concert, five days ago, he's still working every moment, literally and figuratively. This is the Rolling Stones in Manchester a week ago, covering "Like a Rolling Stone," on Charlie Watts' 77th birthday.
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    R.I.P Tom Petty

    TOM PETTY FOUND UNCONSCIOUS IN FULL CARDIAC ARREST Tom Petty was rushed to the hospital Sunday night after he was found unconscious, not breathing and in full cardiac arrest ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ. EMTs rushed to his Malibu home and were able to get a pulse. He was rushed to the...
  25. Skully

    NCD -- 2016 Dodge Challenger Shaker Scat Pack

    For the past two years, I've been saying that my next car would be a Dodge Challenger. It started when I saw the movie "Nightcrawler," a wonderful Horatio Alger story about a sociopath played by Jake Gyllenhaal. On the commentary track for the blu-ray/DVD, the director said he chose the car...




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