Archive for March, 2009

March 19, 2009

Freddy Nightliker//Physical Filter//Telescopic Boundary Mic

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Freddy Nightliker, electro-acoustician extrordinaire, is spending evenings perfecting his latestest auditory marvel: the physical filter/telescopic boundary mic.  I decided to journey deep within his hamster hole at the West Nile art space to document what is undeniably history in the making.

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The night began with driving in circles in Freddy’s SUV, listening to bubbly synthesizers below an operatic recitation of poetry on what Nightliker called “weird radio.”  After agreeing that we should cover the tune for our next performance, it was time to enter West Nile and get ready to record some live music.

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Freddy seemed satisfied with his efforts after about 3 minutes of recording.  Perhaps he will be kind enough to allow me to post what he captured once he has properly Nightlikened the raw material.

-David Morrin

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March 19, 2009

Sxsw brooklyn’s ‘the states’

Good fellas and Main Drag Music customers playing a slew of dates this week.

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March 18, 2009

More SXSW

Brad from brooklyn outfit ‘This Frontier Needs Heroes

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March 18, 2009

Elvis perkins

Amazing! Not to mention main drag customer Matt from Nada Surf enjoying the show!

March 18, 2009

Gringo star

These guys are about to go on a European tour with Trail of the Dead in April. Great fun band and Main Drag Customer!

March 18, 2009

“Is that a Nagra?”

img_0506When I first noticed the Nagra IV-L in the front counter display case, it didn’t really catch my eye.  As a teenager, I had indulged an obession with tape and tubes and all things analog, but these days I’ve grown more and more comfortable with the digital world, and an old tape machine just didn’t spark much interest at first.  I completely overlooked its existence until customer after customer would bring this relic from the 1960s to my attention on a daily basis.

“Is that a Nagra?  Wow, that’s awesome, those things are amazing – can I check it out?”  Hmmm.  Why all the fuss, I wondered.  A quick google returned this statement from Wikipedia:

“Nagra is a generic term referring to any of the series of professional audio recorders produced by Kudelski SA, based in Cheseaux-sur-Lausanne, Switzerland. The machines were initially designed by Polish inventor Stefan Kudelski, and his company won numerous technical awards for their precision and reliability.”

Our drum guru, John Fell, gave me a proper introdruction to the Nagra one day, asking me if I’d care to see “under the hood.”

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Opening up most electronic devices is a pretty boring, ugly, and/or frustrating enterprise for the average human being.  And who opens up their electronics just to admire the beauty of the care and skill that went into the soldering and bundling of wires?  John Fell showed me the guts of the Nagra like we were poking around in a vintage muscle car.

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I don’t know much about art, or electronics, but I think anyone can appreciate the visual impact of the amazingly neat, compact, and even colorful work inside this Swiss marvel.

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March 18, 2009

First day….

Well the only saving grace waking up this morning was the starbucks in the lobby. I will be playing in an hour and within two hours will be severely drunk over at mohawk seeing atlanta band Gringo Star and my fav, Elvis Perkins. Stay tuned.

March 17, 2009

Freddy Nightliker: greetings

as you would that it were… erstwhile knob twiddler and electro-acoustician at your server.

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March 17, 2009

This just in… Prophet 5

img_3578Sequential Circuits Prophet 5 Rev 3.2 with midi retrofit – very clean and just fully serviced.  Everyone who’s come in and fired up this thing has left smiling.  There’s very little this analog, polyphonic, and programmable monster can’t do.  Rev 3s are known for their reliability – toss that troublesome Juno one-oh-sh** in the trash and pick this up before someone puts this thing in a museum.

March 16, 2009

I am Garth

The Garth

Hey fellow tragic hipsters! I am Garth, the new Drum guy (ed: a new drum guy – John Fell is still THE drum guy) at Main Drag Music. I will help you with your sonic needs or punch you in the face for being uncool.  But seriously, you guys got any vintage drum kits you wanna sell?!! Give us a call or bring them by! We’ve also got some new ultra knowledgeable staff on board to help you pinpoint whatever ridiculous sound you are looking to make. Cheers and happy fuzzing.

-Garth