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The Pub / Re: Aren't some of you guys drummers?
« on: August 29, 2011, 02:33:20 PM »
This is one of Zakir Hussain's more unique tricks:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNMS3O3xDFc

Listen as he alters the pitch of the bayan (bass drum) to mimic the melody lines of the flute.  It is absolutely sick that he can do that so well. 

And if you prefer tabla with a side of more Western fare:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3-PZvA_Jjs

Saw the trio above last spring, phenomenal stuff.

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The Pub / Re: Don't know what to think
« on: August 29, 2011, 10:08:24 AM »
I saw them on the first tour they ever did, opening for Zappa in 1980. 

Sure it wasn't 1970 or 71 or so?  By 1980 they were recording Gaucho, on the verge of a 15 year hiatus, and had long since given up touring (which they did in the early 70s, but eventually hated it and became a studio only band).  I think it was either Pretzel Logic or Katy Lied that was their last album as a touring band...then Royal Scam, Aja, and Gaucho, where they really honed their art.  Seems like they really enjoy touring now though, been at it for 15 years now, again. 

At least with sitars the scarcity of wood isn't a big problem.  Tun (Indian mahogany) is pretty plentiful, although teak (at least good, instrument grade teak) less so.  But the "sound box" of a sitar is a large dried calabash gourd, so I imagine those should always be readily available!

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The Pub / Re: Don't know what to think
« on: August 29, 2011, 05:44:24 AM »
A company as big as Gibson is not just making an accidental mistake in their sourcing, IMO...they've been well aware of the issues of sourcing "legal" wood for a long, long time.  Was it ten years ago that they had their "eco" Les Pauls made out of assorted legal exotics?  I could see a small outfit or custom shop bungling this up but I just would think Gibson would be more careful.  Imagine a huge oil company drilling in ANWR, or Steinway buying a bunch of elephant tusks for keys...if they do it, it isn't just an accident, they are seeing what they can get away with!  But I could be wrong.  Confiscating it from new owners though is ridiculous.

Re Don et Walt, actually one of the better things about them is how amazingly consistent their band is now...in the studio they would change musicians every track, but since reforming in the 90s they've kept a lot of the same folks around.  I saw them in maybe 2003, again in maybe 2007, and now.  Plus last year the Donald Fagen / McDonald /Scaggs tour which was mostly backed up by Steely personnel.  Jon Herington, Walt Weiskopf, Carolyn and Michael Leonhart, Keith Carlock...lot of constants to their touring band now.  They are every bit as good now as when I saw them previously (can't say the same for Yes sadly).  Walter Becker though...my only quibble...I got a little tired of the modal minor blues scale noodling...but only really because every time Becker took a solo it meant that Jon Herington was not.  Blessedly they did change Becker's contribution from singing (ie., Haitian Divorce, or a new song) to a sort of spoken interlude, which was less harsh on the ears.  Great show though.

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The Pub / Re: Don't know what to think
« on: August 28, 2011, 04:17:44 PM »
I suppose if we're gonna make the laws, even if they are silly laws, it would be hypocritical and foolish to enforce them half-heartedly or only when we see fit.  Gibson knows what they are doing, they are one of the biggest guitar vendors in the nation and they make a LOT of money and if they are treading to close to the legal line to maximize profits, they deserve to get slapped a bit and back off.

But then I find it hilarious when I'm talking to fellow guitarists that are more of a mediocre vein and they start talking about how they NEED a Brazilian rosewood fretboard, for tone reasons.  Heavy marketing to consumers over the past several decades has created this environment, where people who couldn't tell the difference between a Strat and a Tele, when blindfolded, will wax on about how they can't settle for a solid state rectifier and the KT88 tubes in their amp are non-negotiable.  Hey, if you have to spend your money on SOMETHING, then fine, get your Brazilian rosewood fretboard, your scatterwound Alnico II pickups with the specific gauge wire you specify...cloth covered internal wiring, orange drop capacitor for the tone pot, milspec hand wired amp with NOS tubes, etc etc etc.  If you can't play, the best rig in the world won't make you sound better, and if you can play, I mean really play, you can sound great on cheap gear as well as expensive.  And most people in the audience wouldn't know the difference anyway.

Saw Steely Dan for the 3rd or 4th time Thursday....Jon Herington is one of those sorts of guitarists.  I'd put him on a cheap Korean budget axe into a solidstate practice amp, up against your average weekend warrior with 10 thousand work of vintage or boutique gear.  The man is an utterly brilliant player.

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All Things Food / Re: Rye Bread
« on: August 26, 2011, 11:29:07 AM »
See, I was trying to make a bit of a joke with the fish sauce apple pie, but if you guys are seriously willing to try it, then I'll openly admit your palates are more "advanced" than mine!  :D 

I do put garam masala on a variety of atypical things...but its a pretty mild spice blend.  Great on roasted potatoes.

That ad copy for fish sauce has an opposite effect on me.  A bunch of fish stuck in a barrel for 12-16 months at ambient tropical temperatures?  GOOD LORD that is a factory I never want to tour!!!  At least when the scandinavians go for rotten fish (surstromming, rakfisk) they have slightly cooler temperatures on their side!

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All Things Food / Re: Rye Bread
« on: August 25, 2011, 01:12:55 PM »
Hey, if it makes you feel better, I'll sprinkle some caraway on my pasta next time, as long as you agree to sprinkle asafetida and fish sauce on your next slice of apple pie!   ;D

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All Things Food / Re: Rye Bread
« on: August 25, 2011, 11:02:20 AM »
I used to use that stuff regularly, but now I just use the cheap generic brand cans, which works fine after I've doctored it up enough.  A bit of ajvar in pizza sauce adds a nice red pepper kick as well.

Got to say, I really do love caraway, I just don't feel the inclination to make my Italian-American food with that flavor!  What can I say, I'm traditional...give me fennel instead.

However, I say again, akvavit is a thing of splendour for caraway lovers.

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The Pub / Re: BACON!! (Well, sort of)
« on: August 24, 2011, 03:55:24 PM »
Beef bacon isn't really new.  If its just cured, smoked beef belly, you could probably use portions of the brisket that are particularly fatty, then cure and cold smoke it, slice and you'd have a close analogue.  If anyone has made faux pastrami by smoking a corned beef brisket, its probably not terribly unlike that I bet, although the spicing/curing would be different.

However, beef slanina is where its at.  Eat it raw...I prefer it to pork slanina, which honestly creeps me out to eat without cooking, still, for some reason!

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All Things Food / Re: Was ist für Abendessen? German Recipes...
« on: August 24, 2011, 06:35:11 AM »
A mushroom cream sauce isn't unGerman (jaegerschnitzel), although the bourbon was an untraditional additive...I will say this, there's a German fellow on the BBQ boards who is a brilliant (I think semi-professional) BBQ cook, who I think does some official stuff for both Big Green Egg and maybe Jack Daniels, and even though he's in Germany no small amount of bourbon or Tennessee whiskey ends up in his cooking (or served with).

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The Pub / Re: "Never Again" beers
« on: August 23, 2011, 02:26:05 PM »
Another + to the nastiness of chile beers.  The one and only time I've had one, I had to for-thought to take sausages out for supper.  Two sips in I had enough and poured the rest of the glass in the pot with the sausages - damned tasty sausages though!

Made a whole batch of a Chipotle IPA years ago.  It was the kind of beer you had to force yourself to drink.  Each time I raised my glass to take a sip my body said "no..no...don't do that again..." and I had to force my arm to comply.  WAY too much heat.  Personally it just tastes out of place in a beer, like I don't want mustard beer or garlic beer or worcestershire beer or anything like that, but I love their flavor in food.  The food I eat is actually a lot spicier than this beer, but somehow I just can't marry up the concept of spicy food and cold beverage...spicy food WITH cold beverage, yes, but spicy cold beverage, unless we are talking ginger beer, is a no win for me.  After each sip, my body just screams out, "wait, this is supposed to be beer, WTF?!"  Maybe a milder flavor chili (poblano, or anaheim/hatch chile) would make a more interesting beer with more flavor than heat.

HOWEVER I use it in cooking still...chili, beer bread, braising sausages, beer batter....

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The Pub / Re: Cleaning air from factories
« on: August 22, 2011, 02:28:01 PM »
The problem with solar and wind is energy storage.

That's been the big issue with electric cars.  The solar cells are less important.  Sort of like Reg in Life of Brian when "Loretta" is campaigning for her right to have babies, as a man..."where's the foetus going to gestate, you gonna keep in a box?".  Actually, not at all like that, it was just a nice random John Cleese quote popping into my brain.

At least with battery research there's no end of corporate research money going into it, thanks to electric vehicles trying desperately to catch on.  Once they can make a lightweight battery that uses common, safe materials and costs relatively little...well, that's the point the tide will shift in favor of electric transport, but it'll take a while yet.  Amazing to think of what we have technologically...few people 50 years ago had any idea of how far technology and computing would progress...an iPhone was basically unthinkable (or even a gigabyte of storage!), but all the dreams of flying cars and the like have yet eluded us!  :D

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The Pub / Re: Cleaning air from factories
« on: August 22, 2011, 01:22:46 PM »
don't you think that if the amount of money that has gone into cleaning up coal power generation and marketing 'clean coal' in the last 10 years had gone into solar technology we would be driving solar powered cars by now?

Not really, no.  The amount of money shovelled at solar technology and electric cars by governments, institutions, and corporations has not been remotely unsubstantial, so I don't think more money is always the answer.  You can throw money at cold fusion all day long and you may never get that nifty Mr. Fusion device like on Back to the Future...hey, that was 2015, wasn't it?  Where's my flying car and hoverboard?!

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The Pub / Re: Blot on the landscape
« on: August 22, 2011, 09:28:26 AM »
I've driven a few times through California and I am always impressed/amused when I pass through the Tehachapi Pass Wind Farm...amazing how many windmills they have there!

Last time I drove by it seemed only some of them were turning, and I had an amusing thought of a bureaucrat proposing this brilliant idea to install hundreds of windmills...and then neglecting to budget for maintenance...and then all these expensive tax-payer funded windmills just start rusting and freezing up.  Probably just not a windy day, but it was an amusing thought that I wouldn't put past CA government, or most any government or bureaucracy!  :D

I don't mind them so much because usually when I see them I've just driven through hundreds of miles of similar looking terrain, so it doesn't seem a big loss, but I can see this being a huge NIMBY issue.  Sure, I don't mind seeing them on my roadtrips through the west, but if some government or power company decided to ruin the skyline from my backporch were I to live in such a beautiful place, I can understand the displeasure.

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The Pub / Re: Yesterday Evening
« on: August 22, 2011, 07:02:49 AM »
I dunno man, I lived all my life in the heat and humidity, and hated everything about it. The dry heat here is a litte better, but Iwas ready for winter back in the end of March.  ;D

Two places my wife and I want to move to someday...Flagstaff Arizona or San Luis Obispo, California.  Both are significantly cooler in summer and warmer in winter than where I live.  I'm so, so finished with humidity...

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The Pub / Re: Hindustani music
« on: August 21, 2011, 06:28:37 AM »
Neat video...I wonder why they didn't show the sarod player!

The acoustic guitarist too threw me for a loop...it looks like a classical guitar but sounds like a steel string...I thought it was just overdubbed with another instrument (it is overdubbed regardless) but then I saw a glint across the top strings, he must have just strung it with steels. 

Nice piece to do with this instrumentation...the main section reminds me of raag hemavati...S R g M P D n (like Dorian mode with an augmented 4th).

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