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Lauren Pierce – Sarasate – Zigeunerweisen

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XTC – Drums & Wires – 1979


Lead (May 2008 Mix) by Stinkfinger Overdrive An earlier and admittedly not much different mix than what was released on the album “No Underwear,” this features differences in percussion and may be missing a few tracks. This mix was made in May 2008 from recordings in April and May. This was two months before the final released mix in July 2008. It was mixed by Jimmy Lem and mastered on 21 Apr 2019 at the Blissville Electro-Magnetic Laboratory in Massapequa, NY, USA.

Stinkfinger Overdrive are:
Ralph Dar – bass
Jimmy Lem – guitar, vocals, electronics
Amy Geladze – loops
Aybek Vanna Alisher – keyboards
Gavin Wright – drums, percussions, programmings
Gordon Mercer – sax

The originally released version exists (for now) here on this album release page –



“Carl Walked Through The Underwear,” a Performance by Jimmy Lem at Blissville Electro-Magnetic Lab Currently does not appear on any of my albums, and experiment from 2/27/2005…I once included this with “On” but afterwards decided against it –



“Barkhausen 741,” a Performance by Jimmy Lem at Blissville Electro-Magnetic Laboratory 741-Based Phase-Shift Oscillator



“Tones,” a Performance by Jimmy Lem at Blissville Electro-Magnetic Laboratory Touching a radio.

Recorded and performed by Jim Lemanowicz, Dec 2009 at Blissville Electro-Magnetic Laboratories for Blister Pop Unlimited.



“Radio Free Tackapausha,” a Performance by Jimmy Lem at Blissville Electro-Magnetic Laboratory Radio with two pots added



New Sounds – “Tourist Image Imaged” by Manhattan Rubber – added “vocals”

Recorded 7 Jul 2018, mixed/mastered 8 Jul 2018

Gordon Mercer – synth
Amy Geladze – synth
Jimmy Lem – guitar, electronics, mixing, vocals
Arseniy Diaz – loops*
Joel Hope – synth

*loops contain processed material originally by Deafcon, 12 Feb 1989 – (Tom B, Jim L, Gary P, Steve M, Deer Park, NY)

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Weekend Crash Time (or “everything is an ellipsis in parentheses and lowercase”)

The first weather-restricting weekend of the season…

First thoughts are “work”…things, tasks, chores, stuff…work…

Move the bicycle indoors…(this is how I get around most of the time)


Fix the pickup on that one guitar…(Jay Turser take on a reversed Ventures-esque Mosrite…I am putting in that foil neck pickup and goofed it up by wiring it incorrectly)


Add more layers to this painting…(named “stop always saying what everyone wants to hear”)


Or this painting…(titled “slowly back and forth in sanguine rhythm”)


Make that honey chicken recipe…(HelloFresh has some great stuff to cook)


Iron clothes…(uggggghhhh)


Dodge all the “work” and drink…(recently a Georgian waitress and friend introduced me to some of the wine traditions of her country)


I’d like to know how to separate myself from this “work” concept and just “be”…because it seems counter-productive (which in and of itself I must admit, ties back into this “work” concept).

I think the best thing I can do is make a commitment to get some shoes on and get out there today…going out to dinner usually helps.  I will make the chicken tomorrow…and of all these things above…most of them have the potential to lift my mood – taking care of the bike for instance, saving money and being so proud to cook my own food…and though it is harder for me to reach into – even ironing clothes to look better…

I would like to work in some other stuff – watch some Hulu (but not too much), read some of the four or so books I am reading (I will bring one when I go out…check out more of that band Warpaint, whose songs like “Beetles” and “Krimson” from their 2008 EP are tattooed looping in my brain…this morning I went over to YouTube and Echo/Alexa and listened to some newer stuff…I liked it all…

I should also own what I have already done – laundry and calling up to set up my exchange for those new reading glasses.  They goofed and sent me distance.  Also, I learned two Beatles guitar parts – electric solo from “And I Love Her” and some of the solo from “You Can’t Do That.”

For those paintings…I kinda think they are both very close to done (the top one especially) so I may just make that decision this weekend and pull out the other two I am working on.  One is on glass and the other on canvas.

Maybe it is not about “work” but “should”…giant shoulds hanging over my head – I should record more music, I should study something, I should finish this or that…

Recently put up this Guy Debord quote on my Facebook page…”Like lost children we live our unfinished adventures.” – I think I like that very much.

Thanks for reading…not much writing focus today…

Everything is an ellipsis…

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Randomization vs Gear Aquisition Syndrome

This past year in preparation for moving to a new place, I cleaned up some of the clutter I had accumulated in my life.  Among these things – old clothes, broken things that I never fixed and things in the back of the closet that I hadn’t touched for years.  However, I retained most of the music equipment, instruments, and music software.

I decided to hold onto these things because I wanted to hold onto the idea of recording music.  I wanted to hold onto all the beautiful combinations of instruments where I can forge out my musical identity unhindered and unafraid.  This presented a few problems, as we shall see.

  • Gear Aquisition Syndrome – this may mean different things to different people.  As of this moment for me, this phrase represents an avoidance technique whereby someone substitutes the purchase of an item for actually using it.  When the time comes to use the item, you magically find something else to buy.  I licked this problem years ago.  I stopped buying things but still retained almost everything I purchased.  I even selected a few items to either trash or share with my friends.  This brings us to our next problem…
  • Too Many Choices – yet another avoidance technique in which we simply overwhelm ourselves from ever getting out of the startup gate.  It seems so seductive to think that things will be easier when you have all these choices.  Years ago, I bought my very first guitar multi-effects unit and instantly I had very convenient access to many sounds.  Prior to that, I had a drawerful of pedals.  Something I noticed is that right around that time, my recording activity dropped off.  It was as if I was stunned.  It only got worse once I got the money to buy more multi-effects, more pedals, more instruments and then DAWs (96 tracks?  No problem!) and software.  Literally thousands of choices – which did not translate to thousands of songs.
  • These two things seem to feed each other.  I’d get paralyzed by the amount of choices I had and would buy something new and be even more paralyzed.  Crazy!

At some point a few years ago, I decided to set into motion some constraints.  Off the top of my head, I’d pull out two guitars and a bass and a few pedals (or VSTs) and leave everything else in closets or drawers.  I’d stick to the same equipment until I got bored with what I was doing and then call it a “project.”  I released a few more mini-albums.  This worked better but still presented some issues.  For one, I still knew that I had all that stuff in the closet and I was forgetting that some of it was even there.  Secondly, I still faced too many choices in all the options we have for writing songs – keys, number of verses, my backlog of lyrical and musical sketches that I have never stopped doing.

Around the same time, I started getting into GTD – Getting Things Done by David Allen.  It’s a system that helps you organize things into lists and helps you go back to those lists and be true to them.  It worked wonders at my job and with recent medical issues.  So I started putting musical activities – mostly tutorials and books –  into my lists.  I did OK with this for a while – it worked great for lyrics (I’d schedule object writing or writing prompts for each night) and remixing things in the can.  I was writing a set of lyrics every day earlier in 2016.  Lots of backlog.   Lots of archival releases.  Little in terms of new finished material.  What I found was that learning just for the sake of learning – without a real goal – can also be a bit boring.

Here’s what I am embarking on now –

  • Create lists for many if not all aspects of a song – bass sound choices, how many guitars, what key, song length, which midi controller…so many.  I came up with over 20 lists.
  • Weight the lists accordingly – so for instance, I have a great Aria bass, a decent Epiphone bass and some fretless and multi-stringed ones that I have limited facility on.  I also like synth bass.  So created a list that had ten occurrences of Aria, 6 of Epi, 3 synths and 1 of the rest.  I also included a line for 2 bass sounds and 3 bass sounds.
  • Plug these lists into
  • Schedule any learning, reading or recording time based on what I have randomized
  • Important list I have is “maximum tracks” – this should help me finish.

I committed to writing one song by the end of January.  Comment and wish me luck, please!