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27 May 2006 @ 10:09 pm
Though I've never really aimed to make well-produced, high-fidelity music, the quality of my clips may get a bit better:


I discovered a few days ago that I can no longer record multi-track audio on my computer.  Not sure why, but all my attempts to fix the latency were unsuccessful.  Tried closing programs down, rebooting, resampling, different software, and everytime I tried to layer one track over the other, the new track always wound up getting slower and slower.  By the time 3 or 4 minutes had elapsed, the second track was at least a second off of the first track.  It was very frustrating, especially since I was working on an actual song idea.

So, yeah, I did a wee bit of research on inexpensive USB Digital Audio Workstations.  Found one on eBay for about a third or a fourth of the retail price.  I'm hoping this does the trick -- I might have a new track ready for your ears within a month's time.
22 May 2006 @ 09:38 pm
Clipped from a couple announcements at the LOT Forums.  First, silencio97401 said:
Greetings LOT fanatics!

In the spirit of tantalizing ambiguity, LOT MIGHT be collaborating on a split EP, at an unknown time in the future! No further details are available! Don't leave your computer or this website! You'll want to be the first to know when more information is available!
And then I responded:
At any rate, I am CONFIRMING this rumor. Brian McManus, erstwhile black metal columnist at KindaMuzik.Net and veteran of metal and hardcore bands Woods of Ypres  and Thalidomide BBBQ, has proposed splitting an EP with tunes from Lack of Talent and his latest project, Boxpunch (bxpx).

This will likely be a "whole summer" project, so keep your eyes open.
Current Mood: excitedexcited
Current Music: Capitol Years - Gimme Some More
20 May 2006 @ 12:48 am
[X-posted from a postscript in my very own journal]

The dude in the icon is sometimes known as sausagebot, but he also goes by "John Peel v2.0." The legend goes that one day in Skokie, Illinois, at a little gyp-joint called Annie's Pancake House, some selfish sausage-hoarding assface short-changed a certain me a single, delicious sausage. Few single acts have rocked the cosmos so, resulting in the immediate death of British music legend John Peel and implantation of his ROCKING soul into an otherwise inanimate object -- a robot. With life and vigor now breathed into this instrument of man, the spirit of John Peel is bound to this world and sustained by a hatred for sausage-hoarding assfaces throughout the world and a sick, undying obsession with sausage. This is the story of the Sausagebot, AKA John Peel v2.0.
13 May 2006 @ 02:12 am
Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: Lack of Talent - Dickinson's Pure and Fancy Marmalade
25 April 2006 @ 09:08 pm

It's so easy to make your own chatterbot - customize the responses and add lots of words and stuffs. man, i need more time to goof off!
Current Location: sausagetopia
Current Mood: exhaustedexhausted
29 March 2006 @ 09:51 am
From http://sausagefans.com/

Sausage closer to protection

Posted on Sunday, 1st January 2006 at 00:00

CUMBERLAND sausages made in Cumbria could soon have legal protection after a ruling made in the High Court.

A senior judge has given the go-ahead for the Melton Mowbray pork pie to be elevated to the same status as Parma ham and Champagne.

The test case opens the way for the Cumberland sausage to become a protected food name.

This would mean sausage makers in other parts of the country could not call their bangers Cumberland sausages.

The Cumberland Sausage Producers Association will now be able to apply for an EU protected food name for the traditional Cumberland sausage and be more confident of success.

Colin Woodall, managing director of Richard Woodall sausage makers of Waberthwaite said: “It is good news.

“This ruling can only help our application.”
05 March 2006 @ 04:39 pm
The people have spoken!  Well, at least four of us have. :)  Aboard the USS Tampon and Shoe Name have thus been voted off the island, to be replaced by Poland Spring and Now Hiring. 

However, Poland Spring is too large a file.  I tried downsampling to 96kbps (bleh), but the file was still too big.  Because of this unfortunateness, our third place clip will be standing in for Poland Spring, 1216921 [movement 2].

Check it out - http://www.myspace.com/lackoftalent
25 February 2006 @ 04:50 pm
Hey folks.

I've been thinking for a while that the Lack of Talent presence on MySpace could use a bit of freshening. If interested, you could lend a helping hand in plotting the course of the finest band TODAY (hailing from Place Rd., Fall Creek, OR in summer 1998). How? Help the Lack of Talent collective decide which songs should stay, which should be replaced, and which should be added!

The poll below consists of two questions. The first asks which songs you feel are most worthy of inclusion and the second asks which should be temporarily retired from MySpace rotation. Answer them in whichever order makes more sense to you, but make sure you choose an equal number (between 1 and 4) for each question - we get four and only four tracks to showcase.

Lack of Talent, die Volksband, thanks you for your input and may reward you with an autographed photo if you haven't received one yet.

(ERRATUM: I screwed up the URLs for Now Hiring and Poland Spring and I don't think LJ will let me edit the poll. Add "old/" after "blah/" in each, or browse to the list of songs and download them there - http://www.lackoftalent.org/apartment/blah/ and http://www.lackoftalent.org/apartment/blah/old/)

Poll #680241 LOT Music on MySpace

What tracks should be added on LOT's MySpace page? (Choose up to 4)


What tracks should be replaced by the above? (Choose same # as you chose in Q1)

Current Mood: artisticLOTsy
Current Music: The Decemberists - Red Right Ankle / The Chimbley Sweep
31 January 2006 @ 07:25 pm
This might be a long shot... does anyone know tanger?

I love this sentence from the review: http://www.progressiveworld.net/tanger.html
"El Ermitano" is a rather experimental piece that leads itself into jazz territory, making it more fun for the musicians than for the listener. Recorded between May 2000 and June 2002, the sound of the flute that gets close to Ian Anderson’s* style often clashes with the sound of the guitar, as if it concerns two opposite worlds.

and this
As far as I understand, Tanger is a collective of friends who like to spend some time together making music. I guess it was a little too soon for them to record an album, so hopefully they will sit back and listen carefully to their end product and learn enough lessons so that next time things will sound a lot better.

This sounds like something someone might say about Lack of Talent. Tanger, like LoT is under-appreciated.

*I respect ian anderson as a musician, but I am not a fan and he is not my influence. I just get a little too many Jethro Tull jokes!

Go to: http://www.cs.uu.nl/~jur/reviews/laotracara.html
- there's an mp3 link on this page. it's cool, listen! small file, short clip. I wish I could have more, but I don't want to give them money until i hear more cause the reviews are pretty crappy.

the bass player writes all the songs!
Current Mood: rushedrushed
Current Music: las vandelays - counting samba
04 January 2006 @ 11:22 pm
Current Music: Eleven - Tomorrow Speaks