So the reason I haven't been doing this site recently is, I was re-mastering all my old songs.
Hundreds of them.
It took years!
In some cases, I had to rip from cassette-tape masters.
In other cases, I had digital files in obsolete formats that had to be converted WITH TIME TRAVEL.
In still other cases, the digital files I'd previously archived DIDN'T FUCKING WORK because the archives THEMSELVES had been declared obsolete by the software manufacturer.
Years of frustrating effort and nonstop worrying that I'd lose/break/forget about some ancient and obscure CD-R/cassete/ HD before I had the chance to archive it properly.
And then I had to re-rip a dozen more cassete-masters where the Dolby switch or the tape-speed was wonky BUT I HAD LOST THE 4-TRACK.
Borrowed a 4-track.
It didn't have the AC converter.
Found a converter.
But the polarity was reversed.
Fixed the polarity with sottering gun.
Then the earthquakes came.
Then, just out of sheer bloody-mindedness, I decided to REDO from scratch about 30 ancient tunes where the music was great but the recording quality was, let's say, not quite up to snuff.
In all cases , I had to re-mix all 500-odd songs from scratch.
And what's worse, actually LISTEN TO THEM to make sure the levels were OK.
Which (the listening, if not the other efforts) lead to sudden and, in retrospect, quite predictable case of burn-out and months of drinking.
And so on.
But now it's FUCKING DONE. The fucking master plan is IN FULL EFFECT; 24 years of songs, all in the same place, same format, all ready to go.
So, on to the next step: I set up a bandcamp page. We'll see if that's better than using this site to distribute.
Anyway, the bandcamp header looks like this: it's a close-up of this .99-cent guitar that I recorded all the original tunes on. The cheapest piece of shit that wound up playing the most ambitious tunes of my life. Just sheer hubris. Nobody told me that it was impossible to do that!!!
Anyway, if you are into funny / satirical / proggy music please visit the Schultzzz bandcamp page, and / or tell your friends. Yes there are songs about Rhombuses, dung-beetles, mall cops, love songs to the toothless, Flamenco-death-metal instrumentals, and of course raps about Gertrude Stein vs. Oprah.
The music is free to play and download, but Bandcamp makes their money by taking a cut of sales, so to encourage people to buy, they put a cap on the number of free downloads per month. Which is reasonable.
For now, I just have 3 or so albums up there. But just for the record, here is my whole fuckin' curriculum;
Unless otherwise noted in bold type, all albums are one-man-band style.
Spent last week making a damn rap song.
It's about politics!
It's over 8 minutes long!
I'm rapping like it's 1981!
There are samples of lynxes and raccoons!
first thought: HOLY SHIT SOMEONE ACTUALLY DID "THE PRODUCERS" FOR REAL.
second thought: Hey maybe if someone actually played the original Producers movie for the Lybian/Egyptian extremists, they might calm down.
third thought: the best and most informative reporting I've found on the issue is here: http://www.juancole.com/
The dude is not only unbiased but he blows off the trivial sensational aspects in favor of context and talking to actual Lybians and Egyptians.
fourth thought: the usual muslims-vs.-americans violence is "You invaded our country so we're going to kill you."
This incident is NOT the usual. After all, the violence started in Egypt and Lybia, where the US was on the side of the pro-democratic forces and didn't put troops on the ground.
Instead , this is a case of "You are blasphemers so we're going to kill you."
The occasional muslim-vs-infidel violence (the Dutch moviemaker who was killed, the ongoing Salman Rushdie thing, the Danish Cartoon Apocalypse, etc) gets a lot more press over here, but the fact is : 99.9% cases of blasphemy-based violence are MUSLIM-VS-MUSLIM.
Remember during the Iraqui insurgency, all the Sunni and Shiite militias that were killing each other even more than killing our troops. And even right now, we have Lybian Sunni radicals are persecuting Sufis (who are also muslims). And the biggest sectarian conflict is in Syria of course, where it's basically a proxy war between Sunnis (Saudi Arabia, and , well, most of the middle east) and Shiites (Iran, Lebanon).
So the biggest victims of religious intolerance and "die, blasphemer against allah!"-type violence are . . . . other muslims!
Some people are saying "Well this kind of embassy-burning violence is to be expected if the West lets free speech get out of hand," but WTF, if middle-eastern muslims are more sensitive and tolerant in their speech than westerners, where are all the Sunnis killing Shiites getting their ideas from?!? Fox news?!?!?2 comments
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