i got me a new toy—an alesis micron. little brother (or sister) to the alesis ion. thanks again to eric for letting me borrow the ion for a few days last month; that was what inspired me to get the micron. it’s pretty cheap and small, which is a strong selling point for me, because i need to conserve all the space i can around here, and spending money is about as much fun as…spending money. but this thing packs a lot of sound and tweak-ability into a small package. needless to say, if it wasn’t already the case, it’s now a pretty safe bet that there will be a lot of synth and general sonic wankery on the next album. i don’t know what it is, but something about new synth sounds always inspires a torrent of songs to come pouring out of me in short order…it happened in the past with the likes of GROWING SIDEWAYS and WHO YOU ARE NOW, and now i expect it’ll probably happen again. i wish i had this thing a few weeks ago for the show at the fm lounge…could have made some pretty wild sounds when max and i went to hell at the end of “capricorn cloves”. i guess there’s always the next show, which will probably take place in 2011.
also got me a ridiculously cheap no-name banjo from the 1920s. the tuners are a little weird, but the intonation doesn’t seem to be all that wonky, and the thing sounds better than it has any right to, given its price and no-name pedigree. what is it about funky old instruments that makes them funky? maybe it has something to do with old wood. i’d be hard-pressed to find a new acoustic guitar that really speaks to me, even in the several-thousand-dollar price range, and yet i can find a guitar that’s two or three times my age at a fraction of the price, and it sounds and feels so much better and more inspiring, it’s hilarious. old wood: it’s not just getting a second lease on life thanks to the likes of viagra anymore.
also, it’s been as muggy as a cow’s rectum outside. all i can say at a time like this is, thank god for central air. or maybe i should thank dionne warwick.