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This guitar was built by Linda Manzer and is the craziest I have ever seen:



In 1984 Pat Metheny asked me to design and build a guitar with ” as many strings as possible” The resulting collaboration was the Pikasso guitar. In 1992 I was asked by the late Scott Chinery to build a strictly acoustic version of Metheny’s Pikasso. Thus, Pikasso II. This second Pikasso was recently on display at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in a show called “Dangerous Curves”.

Posted on - May 30, 2003 [at] 4:10 pm by Brad
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It’s Raining Men

A short film done by dcomposed, with my Pope Song as the soundtrack. He says:

It is a dramatic reenactment of the events that transpired on 9/11/2001 filmed in my back yard.

I think it’s quite wicked.

Posted on - May 28, 2003 [at] 7:45 pm by Brad
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Well, I think the time has come for me to pack up my little songs and put them on an album. I don’t think I’ll sell many, but it seems like a good idea if only for categorization purposes. “That’s my old stuff where I was indie, this is my new stuff where I totally sold out.”

I haven’t decided yet how I’m going to do this. I’ve been wondering for a while now whether I should just slap better quality versions on a CD in chronological order and call it a day or if I should make an attempt to revise and edit the songs and try somehow to make a more cohesive package out of them.

Just putting the songs as-is on an album feels a bit like a cop-out and it’s also troubling how bad some of the recordings sound to me now. However, trying to fix up my old songs seems like it might be a big fat waste of time that I could be spending making new music. Also it might drive me totally insane.

I am posting this mostly to shame my future self if I wuss out or for some reason don’t follow through with this simple goal.

Posted on - May 28, 2003 [at] 12:43 pm by Brad
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Bowie Bonds Under Review:

Moody’s Investors Service says it may downgrade about $55 million of bonds backed by music royalties of rock icon David Bowie in light of the sales slump in the recording industry.

Interesting to see the effects of waning sales in this area of the music industry as well.

Posted on - May 28, 2003 [at] 12:25 pm by Brad
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For some reason I was reading Ain’t It Cool News’s Jedi Council meeting last night where Star Wars fans discuss how George Lucas has really gone off the rails. Here’s a quote I found kinda funny:

“MORIARTY: There are ideas he’s backed off of, thankfully, but not many. Look, everyone goes crazy sometimes, and the mark of a good artist is that they listen when someone tells them they’re crazy.”

Yes, if there’s one thing art history has taught us, it’s that only artists who are reasonable and compromising go on to greatness.

Posted on - May 28, 2003 [at] 11:46 am by Brad
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On Saturday I went to a show at the National Arts Center where my girlfriend was narrating an Inuit story with an orchestra. It was very cool and the show on world music was extremely entertaining and interesting. It was intended for kids so it was very accessible and I enjoyed it a lot.

After the show, I went backstage and met and shook the hand of conductor Boris Brott. Even in the brief time I met him, he was ridiculously charismatic and energetic and friendly. I’m pretty sure he could easily have gotten me to join some sort of cult but thankfully either he was too busy or I wasn’t quite up to snuff for cult membership.

If there had been more time I was going to ask him some questions about pop music. Apparently my girlfriend has his email address so I may still get a chance. I’ve never had the opportunity to ask someone so tremendously musically trained, talented and respected what the hell the deal is with songs like Nelly’s “Hot in Here” and why music theorists can’t just crank out top 40 stuff like nobody’s business. We’ll see.

Posted on - May 27, 2003 [at] 8:36 pm by Brad
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Dirt Bag (Fear is Key Remix)

Victor from Fourstones.net did this nifty remix of my song Dirt Bag and here’s what he wrote on his site about it:

I’m ashamed to say I just discovered Roy Budd but I’m digging deep now and making up for lost time. Meanwhile the mad beats are from a Stone’s Throw (no relation) release called “16 Corners” — again, expect lots of digging from there in the next few tunes. And what can I say about “Dirt Bag”? Set shit on fire…

Posted on - May 27, 2003 [at] 12:15 pm by Brad
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There were a number of thoughtful replies to my Creative Commons post the other day, you should go read them here if you’re interested.

I’d most like to reply to this part in evil_d’s comment because I only really glossed over it in my first post:

Sure, licenses like these are legally binding. I’m pretty sure copyright laws don’t require you to restrict use of your work if you don’t want, they just allow you to. I assume you can release your work under any terms you want as long as they don’t break some other law.

I see the licenses as very convenient for stating your intent to ignore aspects of copyright, but what if you change your mind? One of my questions is: how legally binding are these licenses for the licensees?

Here’s a wacky scenario:

Person X slaps a Creative Commons license on their music requiring only attribution. They’re pretty sure they’re not going to make any money off of it, so what the hell. I, improbably evil Brad, take this music, modify it and somehow (use your imagination) make a kabillion dollars off of it. I give them credit as the author of the original work, thereby honoring the requirements of their CC license.

Person X sees me rolling around in hundred dollar bills and understandably has a change of heart. They come to me and ask for some of the money earned from their work. I, being totally frigging evil, tell them I am not giving them a single dirty damn dime, as specified in their license.

Let’s say Person X doesn’t accept this gracefully and instead takes the Creative Commons license buttons off their site and decides to try to get the courts to squeeze me for some of that money. Then what do the courts do? Do they pay attention to the Creative Commons license and tell Person X he’s out of luck or do they just ignore it and go by the existing copyright law and force me to hand over some cash?

I haven’t been able to find this addressed anywhere on the Creative Commons site. I would think that if they’re actually trying to provide a real legal alternative to “all rights reserved”, it’s worth being concerned with scenarios like this.

Posted on - May 26, 2003 [at] 1:30 pm by Brad
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This thread on Metafilter has once again made me wonder what the actual point of the Creative Commons is.

I’ve looked at the Creative Commons before and had it recommended to me and have seen the licenses around on other sites for a while. But being a dumbass, I don’t really understand how it’s different than saying “do whatever you want with my dumb junk, I totally swear to god I won’t sue you”.

Are the Creative Commons licenses in any way actually legally binding? Is there anything preventing people from just changing their minds at any point? I assume the existing copyright laws overrule any pretty license button you may decide to put on your web site.

Maybe the purpose of the Creative Commons is simply to explicitly promote collaboration between artists. In that way I can see it being kind of handy, though I imagine there are other ideas that could be more effective for that.

So I don’t understand. I also don’t quite understand why people who aren’t making any money off of their work worry so much about getting ripped off, but that’s a whole other story.

Posted on - May 23, 2003 [at] 12:25 am by Brad
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Look And Feel Years Younger
Genre: Hard Rock
Length: 4:37
Date: 05/22/03
Album: Brad Sucks: I Don’t Know What I’m Doing

This is a song I made for the Outside the Inbox compilation. The subject line of the spam was, obviously, “Look and feel years younger”. I have no idea what it’s actually selling because I’m afraid to click on the link in the email. This song’s a lot more aggro than the stuff I’ve been putting up here lately. Distortion and yelling and guitars as large as I could make them. There are many things I’m unsure of about this song, such as the solo and the quick drum break and how stupid maybe I sound, but I figure I might as well slap the song online and re-evaluate it sometime before the August 1st compilation deadline.

Posted on - May 22, 2003 [at] 9:06 pm by Brad
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