Friday, March 28, 2008

Design Coding

The Poetic Prophet (AKA The SEO Rapper) is back with another marketing rap. This time he describes how web standards and proper design can affect the ranking and conversion of pages on your site.



Gracias: Design Observer

Sunday, March 23, 2008

C30, C60, C90, Go!

I've been meaning to post this for a few years... Crank up this Bow Wow Wow classic from 1981, the infectious C30, C60, C90, Go!

Their label at the time, EMI, refused to promote the cassingle "C30, C60, C90, Go!" because it allegedly promoted home taping, as the B Side was blank. Take that RAA and DRM - genius!

I'm guestimating that I've put at least 200+ mix tapes together since my first mix on 8-Track back in 1976.

So with that, as the ceremonial transition from my classic Sony Walkman to the Apple iPod, I decided that this would be the perfect first song to listen to on my iPod.

Turn it up! C30, C60, C90, Go!


Thursday, March 20, 2008

Colors & Sound

I'm not sure what or who I'd be without color or sound. Both of these intangibles are such a huge part of everything that makes this life worth living for me.

With that said, check out yet another amazing homegrown release from my amazingly talented friend, San Antonio's own, Mr. Joe Reyes. This is all Joe - words, vocals, instruments... amazing.

Like some of Joe's other numerous recordings, who knows if this will ever be officially released but man oh man - what a beautiful song!

Relax, close your eyes and escape with the unforgetable and tranquil Colors & Sound

Stay tuned and you'll be the first to know if the whole album evre sees the light of day

Gracias Joe, gracias.


Saturday, March 15, 2008

Andre Williams Rules!

Sweeet! I got the official SXSW thumbs up yesterday afternoon from Mr. Andre Williams at the 14th Annual Bloodshot Records showcase at Yard Dog. Sir Andre's a regular and a favorite on my HMK Mystery Streams, always adding the perfect dose of funky soul to the mix.

If you're not familiar with the genius of "Mr. Rhythm" check out this 1966 single Sweet Little Pussycat and dig what you've been missing. Meow!

Thanks again to all the cool folks at Yard Dog, Bloodshot Records and Shiner for the cool schwag, burgers and beer, my good buddy Shane Whitefield for the awesome crash pad - and especially my young one, attending her first SXSW just a few short days before her 14th birthday, Brette Moss Grieder, for taking this cool shot of me and Andre!

See y'all next year!


Tuesday, March 11, 2008

HMK Mystery Stream Episode: 081 H2o de Março

Check out the latest HMK Mystery Stream: Episode 081 H2o de Março.

I played my Tiki Bongo song Let's Go Back 2 The Tiki Room for my bud Tom Rehkopf aand he said it reminded him of The Waters Of March.

What do you think? Kinda freaked me out a bit, they're really not the same at all but there's something there, other than the word "mud" that seems to bring these two songs together.


Thursday, March 06, 2008

Casbah: The Eleven Year Happy Hour

Celebrating 11th Years of The Casbah. Sir Brian Parrish's 7-9pm Saturday night show features a super-sonic wall of killer 60's garage raunch & roll, butt shakin' surf instros and the absolute best of the Puro San Antonio vibes. Like it says on this year's pledge drive shirt - The Eleven Year Happy Hour... Make It Louder!

Support College Radio and score one or both of the shirts I just finished for this years KSYM Pledge Drive.

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That's Right. KSYM 90.1 FM. Your Only Alternative. Dial Low. Volume High!

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Last Band At Taco Land CD/DVD Release

Click to enlarge and print your own damn flyer!

And hey - got a good Taco Land Story? Proove it and share it over at Stories From The House Of Ram.

Sexy Sadie

"Maharishi — what have you done? You made a fool of everyone."

That was the opening line of a sarcastic song about Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who died on Tuesday, February 26th, that John Lennon wrote in 1968, not long after the Beatles abruptly left the maharishi's ashram in Rishikesh, India, and declared themselves no longer his spiritual disciples. It wasn't released that way. (He supposedly hit on Mia Farrow who was traveling with the Beatls in India.) In the end the other Beatles, particularly George Harrison, argued that whatever disagreements they had with the maharishi, his work demanded respect, and it was unfair (and perhaps libelous) to be so blunt.

Lennon retreated, changing the song's title, and the references to the maharishi in its lyrics, to "Sexy Sadie," the form in which it can be heard on "The Beatles," commonly called the White Album.

"Sexy Sadie," for all its implicit anger, was part of a huge trove of songs Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison wrote during and just after their visit to Rishikesh. Whatever shortcomings the Beatles' interaction with the maharishi may have had, the experience — which lasted only eight months, from August 1967 to April 1968 — seems to have opened a floodgate of creativity and got them out of what threatened to be a creative rut.

Read the whole International Herald Tribune article.

In Paul Mcartney's biography, "Paul McCartney: Many Years from Now" Paul says that a Greek character named Magic Alex was accepted as by John as "The Beatle's Guru." But after the Beatles met Maharishi, Alex's Guru status was threatened. When the Beatles went with Maharishi to India, Alex, burning with envy went there and began instigating to separate Maharishi from the Beatles.

It was Alex's accusations and conspiratorial activities that turned the Beatles against the Maharishi. Alex was later exposed as a fraud. In Paul's own words,"It turned out that Alex had a subscription to Scientific American and we didn't, so he was able to wow us with common knowledge." "It was Magic Alex who made the original accusation and I think it was completely untrue."

Another cool fun fact: Mia Farrow's sister, Prudence, was also there, and her experience led Lennon to write "Dear Prudence."

That's Right,