Thursday, March 28, 2002
Betty X came over to the studio to do her vocals for the Flathand 5 track "Followed To Crash. " She did some sweet spoken word beat poet verses with more bluesy styled choruses. Only two more tracks to do vocals for and this bad boy (Flathand 5 CD) is in the pocket. Betty also said she'd help with Go-Kustom A&R and Promotions making her the first official Go-Kustom Promo person (other than myself).
Tuesday, March 26, 2002
The old G4 computer crashed tonight. I spent the last 3 hours fixing it. Apple Disk Aid finally did the trick, along with reinstalling the OS. Working on some lyrics for a song called "Middle Man" that Becky Thatcher is singing for the upcoming Flathand 5 CD.
Monday, March 25, 2002
All you can eat buffet...ALL YOU CAN EAT BUFFET! There is something special about the All You Can Eat Buffet for us Middle Class Americans. I saw Tom Cruise on Barbara Walters last night after the Oscars. You would never see Tom in the All You Can Eat Buffet. Unless of course it was the Cannes Film Festival All You Can Eat Buffet. That would be like $200 (or 1,000,000 francs) a person. All the stars would be in line, "Hey Quinton -don't hog all the escargot..." We ate at the All You Can Eat Buffet tonight. Not the one at the Cannes Film Festival of course. I think my gut is busted. That and my eyes itch from allergies. I'm in bad shape. Pretty good food at the All You Can Eat Buffet though. All the old folks and big families were there. If you had a family with like 5 kids in it, you would frequent the All You Can Eat Buffet. It would become a way of life, like Zen Buddhism or something. "Yes my son, you may partake of the fried chicken but do not try the day old mashed potatoes." I gotta lay down.
Wednesday, March 20, 2002
Sunday, March 17, 2002
Ella & Deedee - studio cats
The kinda day that makes me wish I could still drink a brew or two. Ohh well being sober has it's advantages...like not wrecking my car every couple o'months and not quitting my day job just to spend an extra hour at lunchtime in the pub. Finished up the Go-Kustom TV Show intro. A little tweaking left but the bulk is done. Several weeks for a minute and a half intro. Brother...also my cats turn 4 years old today. They are true studio cats...they like to hang out in my recording studio, since it's off limits to the dog. We used to have three almost identical Maine Coon kitties, named after famous female jazz singers. Only Ella Fitzgerald and Deedee Bridgewater remain. Nina Simone ran off. Figures.
Saturday, March 16, 2002
More snow. This has to be the most individual snow storms for any one winter, since I first moved to Seattle back in 1989. Good weather to work on the computer. Still editing the Go-Kustom TV Show intro. I also started writing a cool little Old Skool Hip Hop (i.e. Sir Mix-A-Lot) drum & bassline with a working title of Muck. Might use it for Kompressor.
Thursday, March 14, 2002
The Kill Switch...Klick - Almost Ambient got a great review in the Sacramento News & Review. The Teen Feeding Frenzy! CD is # 3 on Amazon.com's Alternative Compilation Best Sellers list and it hasn't even come out yet! Got a letter from the I.R.S. yesterday. Seems they want us to pay another $4,000 for our 1999 taxes. Man - we just can't win! Called our accountant and he says he'll help us fight it. Talk about hit from all sides...how is a poor boy supposed to get anything creative done when all he does is file paperwork. Boohoo - poor me - blah blah blah.
Saturday, March 9, 2002
This is a painting that I finished a few weeks ago. It's called The Bassist. A little too much light reflection from the lighting and bronze metallic paints in this picture though. When I first finished it I didn't like it so much, but now it's grown on me. I really am looking forward to summer, so I can get my sculptures out of the attic and rebuild the ones that got damaged when we moved to this house. Oh yea- I've finally got the licenses ready for the Teen Feeding Frenzy! compilation. The official release isn't until March 27th. We're gonna set up a CD release party in May, when Bill Wolford gets back from white water rafting...some guys have all the fun.
Friday, March 8, 2002
Snow, snow and more snow. I write letters to lawyers, Senator Maria Cantwell and the Consumers Union about the Sears incident. Man I need to make some music and stop thinking about the Sears induced crap. I was supposed to film Betty X's head shots for the Go-Kustom TV Show opening credits, but canceled because of the snow. KOMO News posted the story about my wife on their website. You know I'm thinking about all this and realize that were all just a bunch of fucking ants. This side and that side this anthill and that anthill. I guess it all depends on which fucking anthill you live in and work for that determines your outlook. It's like the Sears ants. They are just doing their little Sears ant job, managing their little Sears anthill. Me and my wife are in another little anthill. It's all territorial. Even the Sears corporate mouthpieces. In the Seattle Times piece, Ms. Drummond, just says what-ever her little ant bosses tell her to. Damage control...gotta save the anthill. Dumb analogy? Well I'm tired- it's be a long surrealistic week.
Thursday, March 7, 2002
Wayne Havrelly from KIRO News (Seattle CBS affiliate) calls and read the piece in the Seattle Times. He wants to interview my wife that day. My wife calls me at work and says they wanna come over in a half an hour. I take an early lunch. By the time I get home they have already interviewed her, they ask me to sit down and answer a few questions. They finish in about 20 minutes. I thank them and they head out to Sears to get some shots of the store where this all happened (read 02/27/02 below). The KIRO and KOMO news stories are airing tonight at 5PM. The Seattle Times article came out this morning. This truly is a media blitz!
Tuesday, March 5, 2002
Connie comes over in the afternoon with her camera crew. She is a very sweet lady. they interview my wife and film the whole segment in about an hour. I'm home from my day job for lunch. Strange to see a famous nightly newscaster sitting in your living room. Later that afternoon the Seattle times calls. they want to send out a photographer that evening. Yeaa baby...it's a media blitz.
Monday, March 4, 2002
KOMO News (Seattle ABC television affiliate) anchor woman, Connie Thompson, calls my wife and asks for an interview. That's what I'm talkin' about - I love this country! We set up an interview for Tuesday the 5th. I'm on a roll so I e-mail the Seattle Times again, with a shorter email instead of the original 4 page letter I sent everyone on Sunday night. I need to get some print media to back up the TV coverage.
Sunday, March 3, 2002
Friday, March 1, 2002
It looks like Sears is gonna try sweeping this under the fucking rug. I guess they figure they can just ignore us and we'll go away. Well guess what- I'm not going any-fucking-place! They're gonna have to find out the hard way. I'm getting letters ready for all the Sears stores and Sears Corporate. If the Shoreline Sears store won't deal with their own dirty laundry- then I'll spread it all over town so the world can see their funky skid marked undies!