Friday, December 31, 2010

Merry New Year!

"Happy New Year. In this country we say 'Happy New Year'."

"HAHAHAHA!!"



I haven't updated my blog since October, so here is an end of year wrap-up. Once again, four days post-bornday on the eve of yet another new year, and I'm spending the night at home updating my blog.

EDIT:

I was going to upload a bunch of pics from my phone - but none of it was really music-related, so I decided not to. Plus, I have a new music project that will be finished in about two weeks, so look out for that. I will keep you posted as the project gets closer to being completed.

Merry New Year!
John

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Steppin' to the A. M.



My apologies for not posting any music lately. Here's my first full-length mixtape from 2000, The A.M. Sessions (While You Were Sleeping).



This was the first project I recorded which was exactly 60 minutes long. Every CD I put out after this cassette was recorded in the same format: continuous and 60 minutes long to mimic a 60-minute cassette. I'll probably do one more, like a Popular Fallacies Part III (or The Last Amateur Part II if you know what I'm talking about, haha). Enjoy!

NOTE: I never released this on CD. Some CD copies (maybe about 20) were pressed up by DJ Shiro and sold on the Audible Objects website years ago, which were legit, but if you have a copy of The A.M. Sessions, it's most likely a cassette. A lot of the cassettes were sold through Turntable Lab.

John

Monday, September 6, 2010

Let's take a trip

Seems like I haven't posted in forever. I haven't really had any excuse, just either busy with work, or didn't have the time. I'll try to post more often, and I will include some musical treats soon.

A couple of months ago, en route to Sandusky County, OH, saw lots of this:



And these:



Before finally seeing this:




The job site set-up was pretty easy. As always, the mission was to find a good spot to eat once we got to the hotel. There was a restaurant in our hotel, but the sign stating "Tonight Specials" threw some of us off:



My co-worker Roy was questioning why the viggie (yes, it says "viggie") lasagna was only a dollar less than the prime rib and what was wrong with the grilled salmon to be cheaper than the meatless lasagna. I couldn't get past wondering what was being "serverd" in the "resturant"!

Roy, Tonya and I decided to find a spot in town to eat - we found a Chinese buffet that was decent and entertaining at the same time.



Had to be up early, so didn't get into much after dinner.



Next day on the site was uneventful, just really busy.

Crazy seeing something like this, but it's not the worst thing I've seen.



The next week en route to Genesee County, NY:





I remember seeing this sign when I was going to Connecticut a few years ago - I always thought that the "Welcome to New York" sign would be more major.



We were actually going past Buffalo...



...to the town of Batavia.







Once we got to the hotel, I dropped off my bags in the room and backtracked to Buffalo to hit up the New Era Flagship Store:





I arrived with 20 minutes to spare. One of my co-workers whom we call "Subway Bill" rode shotgun on the way to Buffalo, and kept wondering where the nearest Subway was. I think he asked three or four times on the way to Buffalo and twice while we were in the New Era Store. I felt rushed and I think I may have completely walked past the downstairs part where all the markdown and clearance fitteds were. Damn you Bill, I should have dropped you off at Subway on the way to the Flagship Store!

This was pretty cool - a 5950 motorcycle in the lobby of the store:









I honestly didn't see anything there that I wanted to pick up, so at least I grabbed some of these on my way out:



Stopped at a local mall on the way back to the hotel, because I knew there just had to be a Subway in the food court so maybe Bill would stop wondering where Subway is.

Found a Lids there that was clearing out the 2009 FB Twisteds - I have so many Yankees fitteds, but had to pick one up since they were discontinued, not available anymore online, and were only $12, if I remember. Got the grey one to the right of the 30% sign.



Turns out there was a Subway in the food court as predicted, but I went semi-native and got a Buffalo chicken cheesesteak instead:





Got back to the hotel around 8pm, and went to this spot with my boss, Mike:



They had a burger challenge, which consisted of being inducted onto the Wall of Fame if you finished a 10 lb. burger in an hour...or something like that. Roy was there either last year or the year before, and made it on to the Wall of Shame, haha.



Next morning, hit the job site and split the 8 hour driving duties on the way home. Uneventful, as far as work goes.

And my apologies, no cool pic of me on a forklift this time, haha.

John

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Heel up, wheel up, bring it back, come rewind


Here is a snippet from my first tape called Kjeldahl Determinations: 1200 Hamburgers (ugh, what the hell was I thinking?). It comprises the first 6 tracks listed above.

Thanks to Dibbs for the assistance on it. Keep in mind, this was done in 1998. I first posted this on MySpace, but I figured I'd post it here for anyone who might have missed it.



John

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Packing the Gucci bags like I was going on a world tour...



A lot of you might not know this, but I do not DJ for a living. I'm an environmental chemist who knows how to scratch. Sometimes I even put out CDs!

I get to spend a lot of time on the road for hazardous waste projects. I do a lot of traveling, sometimes to big cities, but mostly smaller communities here in the Midwest. The work is always the same, but everything else is a lot of fun.


Marietta, OH. Oldest city in Ohio, but couldn't find much to do the night before the job.

Ended up at the local Applebee's where one of my co-workers, Kelly, decided to order the 2 meals for $20 (which also came with an appetizer) for his meal. Couldn't believe he ate most of it in one sitting. I opted for the steak and shrimp.


Dessert seemed a little overpriced so a group of us went to the Super Wal-Mart and bugged out at how big their bakery section was. I don't live near a Super Wal-Mart in Cincinnati, so that might have been the first time I've seen a Wal-Mart bakery section that big. My boss Mike and I decided to go half and half on this cheesecake (after deciding that a whole cheesecake and a whole German Chocolate cake each would be a little gluttonous).

I usually do a little more research on food spots to hit, but I was pressed for time before heading out here.

Somerset, KY. Kept reading this as "TourSexy.com"

I was pretty surprised to find this on the phone book in my room!

Ran out to a flea market with Kelly and Hawk, and tried to do a little record shopping, but it was mostly country. No breaks!

And this bootleg New Era (more like a Non-Era) was killing me!

I did, however, find a mid-to-late 1990s Charlotte Hornets New Era adjustable, which I picked up just for collector purposes.

Decided to hit up Hardee's for dinner since all the Hardee's restaurants in Cincinnati disappeared a few years ago. I had the Frisco Sourdough burger and the cheddar and bacon fries:


I can't believe I ate the whole thing.

Midway through the meal, I got a call from another co-worker, Roy, telling us to meet him at a car show down the street from the hotel.




Cool and all, but this is what really got my attention:



Deep Fried Twinkie, before and during:



Not sure whose idea it was (it wasn't mine, I swear) to stop at DQ on the way back to the hotel, since their Blizzards were on special (get the second one for a quarter!). Whereas the unnamed individuals with me ate both of their Blizzards, I actually donated my 25 cent Blizzard to my fellow lab rat, Justin.

Just the right (wrong) thing to top off a few hours of junk food. By the way, did I mention that we were in a dry county?


Next Day Bonus: And in case you think I didn't do any work:

But ask yourself: Do lab rats really belong on forklifts?

Part II coming soon!

John