>> Monday, May 4, 2009
i'm currently remodeling a kitchen for my friends @ premodern, cause they're having a youngin' mid-june. that's a 5-days-a-week construction job... busy, busy. but i get to pick my crew, there is some fine carpentry involved, and it's good pay which will help us have some free time to travel/do art/party in the summer... so that's that. on top of that, i'm deejaying around 1 gig a week, training to take on some extra gigs from my pal jeremy, a talented wedding deejay in town, helping my friend brad design frisbees for his company (none of the really cool ones are printed yet), and making time for family and personal work.... on the family tip, my son river (pictured above) is doing really well, healing fast from his early lead poisoning, learning tons of words and still enjoying music, dancing, bicycles, animals and playgrounds. my wife laura is enjoying getting to spend all day with river (which i'm a bit jealous of) but also keeping up on quite a few projects of her own, including the (just-started!) site rewitching.com. summer is in full swing in pittsburgh, so we've had some fun going to book 'em brunch, various shows & just wandering around allegheny cemetary (which is two blocks away). on the personal project tip, i continue to do work on "tower of babel", my epic 80-track, 80-minute bass mix, while recording side mixes to remember what using turntables is like. i'm also working on a few paintings to get ready for participating in the visionary arts festival (which a 22+ piece ensemble i play with, HI-TEC is also participating in...). one of my paintings is a take off on persian miniatures, another a black & white abstraction and i'm also working on a painting i've worked on since 2003. In other arts news, i have a commission for keeb$ of stackinpaper and some young rappers i know want me to work on a mixtape for this summer.
BUILDING UPDATE: also, the building we own is getting full. the greater pittsburgh anarchist collective is using the first floor. despite some speedbumps and bad communication, it's mostly been going really well with them... the back house is filled by zach, who has expressed interest in helping renovate the basement space for a music studio. he's also floated the idea of a record store, which our neighborhood could really use. the second floor has been shown some interest from a local experimental spiritual collective. they want the space to host meetings, do divination readings, have events and teach classes. they're also amenable to our involvement, which is wonderful... it will be good vibes to have a floor below us. we're planning on helping them start renovations in mid-june.
BLOG UPDATE: i already have the material for the next digest post, so it will come. also i always have new dubstep jams (dz's "the fireman" anyone?!?!). eleven8 asked me to review his forthcoming e.p., so i will. (sneak preview... it's good!) i've been planning a photo tour of pittsburgh (hopefully with ryan) for those who have no idea about what's up with the city, and i still owe my palestine-israel analysis. as i approach the 400th post, i'm going to re-organize the tags and make a reader's poll to get your feedback. so more is to come from that veiled gazelle, so bear with me!