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I’ve been working on a bunch of stuff music related and not music related I thought you might be interested in, so let me jump right in:
Here is the music related news, and it’s cool: First off, I’ve been doing a ton of work on my latest release Ghost Voices, there is a lot of schtuff up at www.ghostvoices.org – music, stories, pics etc., I haven’t really been promoting this, so you are getting the first crack at hearing it.
Secondly, over the past few weeks I’ve been slowly remixing Inner Travels. I’m calling it the Inner Travels Remix 2011 Project, and the songs are up at www.daveryder.com/albums/inner-travelsright now, so go get ‘em while they’re hot. For the diehard IT fans opposed to change in all its forms, DON’T WORRY: the remixes consist of EQing and Limiting the original 32 bit .wavs with some really nice mastering software – no other changes are being made. Trust me, the sound quality is dramatically improved. Listening to the mixes again for the first time in years, it is really nice hearing them sound better than they ever did. I’m still pretty damn proud of that album
Now un-music wise, are you feeling cloudy? Mentally sluggish? Then get your B12! As most of you know, I’m personally very interested in the whole range of B vitamins, but this article concerns B12:
Also, I’ve been working on a landscaping project in my backyard, two terraced patios with a fire pit, so I thought I’d post some pics .
View from my back door.
View from the hillside.
Close-up of the fire pit – I can see a lot of smores being eaten here in the next few weeks.
I also made a guard rail salvaged from old galvanized pipe from a trampoline, some 3/8″ cable and solar lights (2 bucks each at walmart) – total cost about $50 with the concrete:
Solar-capped guard rail.
So, as you can see I’ve been using a lot of bricks, here’s 1000 bricks with Muggy hamming it up for the camera:
Bricks in the truck, with ham.
In the truck, total ham.
Bricks unloaded. Hard fucking work.
We also got two new German Shepherds, sisters from the same litter, they are 1 year old. We originally called the first one “Lucky”, but Muggy called her “Lucky Kiki” so we ended up naming her Kiki, and naming her sister Koko. We got the first one in early June, and a month later we got her sister so she would have a playmate, and they absolutely love running around the woods together. Here are the hounds:
Smithers, release the Hounds.
Only thing is, they’ve been running over to the neighbors property, so we bought a fenceless system that shocks them if they go off our property. Unfortunately, now I have to bury 1000 ft. of wire. After doing about 150ft by hand, I created the Gouger 5000, a labor saving device that works pretty well actually:
Call now to order The Gouger 5000. Hurry, supplies are limited! (Bobcat not included)
And finally I’ll exit stage left with the fact that the band is going to resume recordings on monday nights at Cole’s 3 Season Basement Studio, so you’ll be hearing some new tunes coming your way from that project in the immediate future as well. I’ve been digging through the TONS of material we recorded before the beastly heat of summer shut us down, and there is some amazing stuff – almost enough for another album which we are calling (wait for it….) The Basement Tapes. There just isn’t enough time in the day.
I was concerned about leaving my gear at Cole’s house, so to protect against burglars I built this Closet of Security +5. It has poisoned lock traps, as well as 240 amp shocking capability for unauthorized access:
Closet of Security +5. More traps per square inch than the Tomb of Horrors.
8. I do NOT post pictures of my penis, unlike some prominent sports figures COUGH:brettfarve:COUGH
7. I smell nice:
6. The infrequency of my tweets and facebook posts is matched only by my apathy, so you can rest assured you won’t be bombarded by a constant barrage of useless drivel (oooh, i had pancakes for breakfast. mmmm yummm).
4. My past history of excessive alcohol consumption has not impaired my ability to count. Or speell.
3. 9 out of 10 dentists recommend my music during a root canal, and choosy mothers choose me (not that cheap slut Jif).
I found these rocks, wouldn’t it be cool if they were dinosaur bones? Dinosaur bones from the Jurassic period – just joking, if anything they would be late Pleistocene. (Click on images for full size):
I changed a setting on the website feed parameters yesterday during the static front page change, so everybody’s RSS feed got truncated – sorry about that. I changed it back to normal . (BTW I haven’t actually done the front page, it’s currently just a blank placeholder so don’t waste your time going to check it out.)
The whole point of a feed is so you don’t have to go to the website just to see what’s new, duh.
Something that’s bothered me for long time is that when people go to my website for the first time, they typically go, “huh?”.
I don’t think I make it clear enough that I am primarily a musician, and what the main purpose of this site is for is to have a central repository of all of my music that people can download for free.
Having the “blog” on the root (or as the home page) of daveryder.com is cool in a way, because whenever people come here they see the latest blog entry (something new). But if it’s the FIRST time a person comes here, I get the feeling some people see something like Dog Pees For A LOOOOOONG Time and say “fuck this. I’m outta here.” and click away never knowing there is a ton of great free music just waiting to be downloaded.
So I changed the website: Now the Home Page is a static front page telling people what I’m all about and where to download the MUSIC, and the blog posts (including this one) are in a directory imaginatively named Blog. Everything else is the same (by which I mean lame heh) but my friends like it, so I guess I’ll keep it like this.