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  1. I recorded "Perfidia" tonight messing around with my little Tascam. two guitars (chords and melody), a simple bass, and some drumming on the table with my fingers... http://homepage.mac.com/dbreslauer/djb/Perfidia.mp3 and here's "Scotch and Soda" on ukulele: http://homepage.mac.com/dbreslauer/djb/Scotch_and_Soda_Uke.mp3 these are not mastered or "normalized", so i apologize for the differences in levels. :)
  2. my opinion: bad drumming. A great bassist coupled with a great drummer control the pace of the whole band: rushing is quite common when that "lock" is missing too. I'm not saying it's necessarily a bad drummer in action: it could also be attributed to adrenaline, excitement, drugs, etc. :)
  3. My iPad has pretty much replaced my notebook. As a reader, there are nook, kindle and apple iBooks apps, so all the combinations are covered there. GoodReader is really good too, for PDF manuals and the such. GarageBand + Apogee Jam is very cool. The Jam interface works with GarageBand on Mac and on iOS devices. Netflix is awesome, as is syncing video with iTunes. Watch a lot of stuff on it esp. when traveling. I even use an RDC client for remote access to my windows servers at work, and my home PC and Mac when off on business.
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    Android 4

    words of wisdom. people contemplating android, take note. :)
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    Android 4

    USB keyboards (as well as bluetooth keyboards) have worked with iPhone/iPad since iOS 4. You need the 30 pin to USB adapter, but then you can also plug in cameras, some audio interfaces, etc. too. sorry for the small hijack there.
  6. some bands, once tasting sweet success, try to cling to that, to not mess up what "works." what happens then is the formulaic "every song like our hit song" output. sometimes they can pull it off, but more often than not... nope. then some bands, once sensing that decline, try to reinvent themselves: they come off as "sellouts." very few can stay both fresh and successful once they've made it big, so to speak. as an aside, i remember despising all the "pop" bands back in the '80s... complete crap to me at the time. listening back through older ears, there was some pretty cool stuff going on. I can't explain that one: at least they actually played their instruments and sang their songs, i guess. :)
  7. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NyjQv52Nzno Check out the "bass solo" around 1:35. :)
  8. I saw him in the very early 80's with the opening act being an up and coming british group named "Def Leppard" :) I remember both bands being good, but there was a sense that the openers were better. (disclaimer: I was not quite 14 at the time.)
  9. Chet Atkins' "Stars and Stripes Forever." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cyiq6lewgOk This guy was incredible. Compare this performance to a marching band's to fully appreciate all he incorporated. The piccolo lines in particular are very cool.
  10. if the only concern is the money, then clearly the soul isn't in it anyway. when you can't differentiate your "art" from your "product", you're probably doing us all a favor not producing more. oh, and Dark Side of the Moon is an AWESOME album. :)
  11. Yeah, ya got me there. I have no idea either.
  12. Apple always has been a very polarizing brand. People either love them or hate them. Most of Apple's peers (Microsoft, Google, etc.) would LOVE to be in the same position. Steve Jobs was a "Rock Star" CEO: you can't ignore him or all that he was able to create, like it or not. RIP Steve, and thanks for everything!
  13. "Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose." -Steve Jobs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UF8uR6Z6KLc
  14. Aw man. RIP Steve, and condolences to his family. :-(
  15. I use Logic on my Mac, and I also have a little Tascam recorder that is fun to play with. BTW, if anyone is looking for a 24 track recorder, let me know: I have one that I'm thinking of selling. It's a Roland VS-2480 that doesn't get much use any more now that I use Logic. Don
  16. i agree here. it's difficult to get a room of people to agree on one thing: imagine how difficult getting a whole government to? :) there may or may not have been other small factions involved, and personally i believe there were, but conspiracy by the government to cover it up? not very likely. they are just not that organized.
  17. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyfgb9sDT1I http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wGU3sInI-o
  18. i was working in Teaneck NJ at the time, just a few miles away. Driving home on Route 80 that night was eerie: no cars going in to NY at all, the occasional rescue vehicle or fire truck but nothing else. My wife was working in Penn Plaza at the time and was in the financial district pretty much daily, but fortunately was away on business at the time. i also want to ackowledge everyone that volunteered in any way to help those in need at that time. "Out of life's school of war: what does not destroy me, makes me stronger." Don
  19. As a kid, I really dug Ace Frehley: the first record i picked out on my own was Kiss' Destroyer, when i was 8 years old (Kudos to mom for letting me get it back then!) :) My tastes have diversified a lot since then.
  20. Mark Winchester with Brian Setzer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggN-HKq3FG8 bass featured starting around 3:13 wow. these guys are all monsters.
  21. i think he's a phenomenal player who found his niche and is capitalizing on it. he's not limited to the BLS/Ozzy stuff, but that's certainly made him very wealthy and famous. Don
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