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Friday, October 30, 2009
DJ Empirical's 2009 Halloween Mix
6:19 AM
Here's what I've been doing with my week:

download: DJ Empirical, "Halloween Mix 2009"

It's a very pan-genre mix, running the gamut from rap to metal, from industrial to disco, and with a Wesley Willis track to cap it all off.

Very NSFW (or radio) at times, for those of you who care. Let me know if you want/need an edited version for whatever reason.


Whodini "The Haunted House of Rock (remix)"
Gnarls Barkley "The Boogie Monster"
Grand Buffet "Murderfuck"
Danzig "Twist of Cain"
Skinny Puppy "Testure"
Goblin "Tenebrae (main title)"
Addrisi Brothers "Ghost Dancer (Hey Convict! Rebirth)"
Fudgie & Fufu "Surfin' Dracula (a cappella)"
Hot Ice "Theme from 'Friday the 13th Part 3'"
13 & God "Ghostwork"
Cesare vs. Disorder "Midday Vampire"
Clark "Dead Shark Eyes"
The Bulgarian feat. Spoek "Jack It Like a Zombie (Santiago & Bushido remix)"
Bloc Party "Hunting for Witches (Ruckus Roboticus remix)"
Metalchicks "Dead Loss Angeles"
Otto von Schirach "Tea Bagging the Dead"
20goto10 "Halloween"
Buckethead "Mad Monster Party"
Wesley Willis "Suck a Werewolf's Dick"

With selections from General Mills cereal flexi-disc "The Monsters Go Disco", William S. Burroughs' "Naked Lunch", and a few horror films.

Have a great holiday!

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009
new halloween (sort of) mashup
9:32 AM
I made this last night, trying to fit both of these into a mix:

download: DJ Empirical, "Scary House / Dead Skin Mask (Kid D vs. Vitamin String Quartet)"

It mashes Kid D's grime track "Scary House" with the Vitamin String Quartet version of the Slayer track "Dead Skin Mask". I was trying to fit them into a mix i was doing and realized they work well together.

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Monday, October 26, 2009
Mac vs PC
12:01 PM

Via the excellent Snuff Box.

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3rd stone from the sun
11:01 AM
Twice today I've heard interpolations of Hendrix's "Third Stone from the Sun" in other tunes.

Here's the Hendrix track. Check the main theme at 0:43.

Earlier I was checking out Right Said Fred's "I'm Too Sexy", which has an interpolation of the Hendrix track as the bridge (1:17 in this version):

Interestingly, the 2007 mix changes up the melody so that it doesn't reference "Third Stone".

Just a few minutes ago, I ran across Cozy Powell's "Dance With the Devil", and check it out a minute in:

There's the Hendrix melody.

Of course, this is all documented at whosampled.com, but I thought it was an interesting enough coincidence to mention here.

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Sunday, October 25, 2009
nice sign.
10:02 PM

nice sign., originally uploaded by DJ Empirical.

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Saturday, October 24, 2009
jesus music
10:25 PM

courtesy immanent discursivity, a blog you should have all up in your greader.

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Monday, October 19, 2009
I'm a Person You Don't Know
9:57 AM

I was recently interviewed by the excellent Eugene Ahn for his People You Don't Know podcast. It's a must-listen podcast for me, one I discovered near the end of August that provided a lot of the soundtrack for my traipsing around NYC over Labor Day weekend this year. He's got a great, conversational interview style that's a refreshing change from the interviews on a lot of other podcasts.

So go check it out, and a "Good Hello" to those who've arrived here through there!

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009
9:25 AM

are you kidding me, google? sheesh.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Joe and the Free Pantyhose
2:06 AM
In the late 90s, I used to use the internet to send free samples of random products to unsuspecting friends.

Joe received two very large pairs of pantyhose. This was the result.

Joe and the free pantyhose

Joe and the free pantyhose

Joe and the free pantyhose

Joe and the free pantyhose

Joe and the free pantyhose

Edited to add: Joe just sent an email in response to these pics:

One of the best parts about the free pantyhose was that steve just
happened to be in town when they arrived. With there being a 4-6 week
delay between ordering the free samples for 'Josephine Boyd' and them
arriving, steve actually being there that day was a fun coincidence.

Additionally, the pantyhose company sent along 'extra' pantyhose for
purchase, in addition to the free sample. The letter that came with
the pantyhose said to mail them back postage-free if I didn't want to
keep them. Of course, I didn't read any of that before wearing /
destroying all of the pantyhose. I got letters from them for the next
couple months trying to collect on the bill.

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Sunday, October 11, 2009
With apologies to Amol, I may switch to Dusmesh
6:05 PM
Yesterday I did something I've been meaning to do for quite a while: I tried the newest Indian restaurant in my area, Dusmesh. For quite a while, I haven't really been too keen to try it, since my favorite for the last 5 or so years, Amol, is consistently good, and most others I've tried just haven't offered me much to compare.

However, in a recent comment on a Facebook status I'd posted about visiting Amol, a friend made a convincing case for Dusmesh, so I took a chance, bringing along my brother Mike as an eating companion.

I thought that to be truly fair, I should order essentially what I usually get at Amol; as such, my meal consisted of paneer makhani, keshmeri nan, paneer pakoras, and a mango lassi.

The verdict: close call. The keshmeri nan was less flavorful than at Amol, and the paneer pakoras were very similar (though the tamarind chutney was a bit runny). The paneer makhani was superior, though, as the makhani sauce at Dusmesh was thicker in consistency, giving it more of a "main" dish feel; sometimes at other restaurants, the paneer makhani feels a bit insubstantial for a main. The mango lassi was excellent at Dusmesh, much tangier than at Amol.

As such, it is clear that more data needs to be gathered. I intend to do that quite soon.

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Thursday, October 01, 2009
Discogs Looks New (and Has Youtube!)
6:00 AM
I've been a fan of discogs.com for years (so long in fact that my login name there is quahogs, a name I've largely left in the dust, thanks to the popularity of Family Guy). It has long been a great resource when looking up not only obscure acts, but also details on those that are better known.

They have implemented a new design recently (within the last few days, I think) that I think is a good improvement in both looks and utility. The thing that excites me most, though, is the smooth implementation of a youtube embedding function. No need to copy/past code here and there, just click "edit" in the youtube section of an artist or release, and go from there! I've already done a few that I knew I had my own uploaded vids for, but I am sure that whenever I reference discogs for an unknown artist I will be hitting this function to hear a bit of an example.

So, yay discogs!

Incidentally, their image "functionality" is either broken or too obscure for me. Take, for example, Dr Butcher MD: I added a picture of him I took at stAllio!'s wedding reception that is not yet showing up. Is there some voting link I am not seeing?


Same thing happened when I tried to add pcis for my friend Shiva. Any idea what's going on?

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