I feel like open-mic night tonight was one of the first things to go decently all week. After the various BS of this week, I was beginning to get sort of disillusioned. The funny thing is that I distinctly remember thinking to myself, "Things went pretty well in March; karma dictates that can't last." So I guess I'm not surprised. Even the horoscope I looked at in Seattle Weekly told me to expect to take it in the ass for a while.
Ed was at open-mic night, and I was cordial, but didn't really talk to him too much. Although it would feel good, I don't like being mean to people just to be mean. He sent me an email basically asking me what was wrong on Tuesday, and asked why I stormed out. Like he didn't know....the funny thing is, at this point, he probably did talk himself out of remembering. We swapped email a bit. I think Greg and Ed think that I'm coming unglued at the seams, and I'm just tired of the bullshit. I'm tired of being someone else's reason for their fuck-ups.
Open-mic night in Kingston on Thursdays is getting really good. BTW, Les, I saw Cory (spelling?) there tonight. He looked the same as ever. He got up and sang a bit of "Paperback Writer" with us. I didn't really know the song, but I hit the root notes. Terry knew it, and Jamie just faked it on drums. As for the rest of the songs, we played very well. I personally felt like I played much better than the previous week, and we just seemed to be better in tune with eachother.
I get there sort of late since I have to drive up from school, so there may be other people, but for the most part there are three bands who jam their songs there. Jamie, Terry, and I are one; I guess we're a band. We still don't have a name. I'm not sure if we will try to make anything of this before I leave for Arizona or not. Terry is trying to set up a big party at his house on the first week in June.
The other bands are really good. One of them is a three piece; drums and two guitars. Jamie's roomate plays in it. They have no bass player, so he just plays mostly low notes on the guitar, and clean, with the bass on the EQ turned up. It works pretty well. The songs are pretty good, and probably the most polished of the bands that are there.
The other band is called "Sparse." Graham (don't know his last name) is in it, and he is pretty amazing on guitar. They have a good bass player and drummer too. Ryan (a local who is almost always very drunk) sings and plays guitar. When he makes an effort not to drink beforehand, they come off very well. When he's falling down drunk, it diminishes what could really be some kick ass songs.
Terry is going to try to get those other bands to play with us at his party. It would be a hell of a lot of fun.
I'm looking around to see if there are any open-source audio effects processors. I have an idea of taking a Sun box and making it into a processor for some digital delay, flange, and other delay type effects. I have plenty. Perhaps the 8 bit quantitization of an older Sun box would add to the "retro" sound of it.