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Thanksgiving Prayer By: William S. Burroughs

I'm posting this one again for old friends and new ones alike...

Friday, November 16, 2007

Emperors and Pirates.

You should watch this.


Beehive hairdo or place to stash your coke?



She's all about the music...

You can tell.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Monday, November 05, 2007

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Friday, October 26, 2007

Saul Williams has a new record produced by Trent Reznor to be released in a few days...

Here's where I first heard him.

Coded Language:

As Poetry:




As a song with DJ Krust

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Just go ahead and sing along....

You know you want to.


Gig Math Part Two - Sound instead of picture

The last few weeks I've been thinking a lot about the process of making music recordings and why I am finding it less satisfying now then I did when I was a teenager with a 8-track cassette recorder and a few guitar effects pedals.

I think I have may have an answer to not only my dissatisfaction with my own recordings development but also the general state of the music industry.

Part 1:
Why music is boring when it stays in it's safe little holes:

When you first hear a new song on the radio or a podcast you have no frame of reference, you have no idea what will happen next in any given song and that can be very exciting for a listener. But the minute you listen to music with no surprises your mind is bored. It gets nothing new to experience and no joy of discovery.

I know that many forms of music rely heavily on strict formulas and structures to fit into a mold set by the music that came before it. In classical music ideas about harmony and theme and variation don't allow for a sudden pop chorus to appear. In hip-hop a song must be in 4/4 at all costs even if the snare doesn't hit on the 2 and 4 the kick must boom loudest on the one. Blues must feature either a guitar or piano to express the songs mood in an instrumental fashion. Trace must have a drop in the middle so that a 16th note snare can build it back up. Pop music must have a chorus part that is bigger then the verses of the song and most likely will repeat the chorus twice at the end of the song. With a few notable exceptions Jazz requires someone playing a horn or someone playing an instrument as if it where a horn to play lead lines. (Why not a cello being played like a cello instead?)

Now think of the artists who's names outlive the genre they are associated with.

Johnny Cash sang gospel songs as if he learned them from the devil not from Jesus. When he sings "I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die" you believe the character in the song did just that. But even more so the recordings themselves have a character of danger. The band clearly fuck up on some of the early recordings but it doesn't matter because the band self corrects and the nervous energy goes up and therefore the listener has even less certainty about where the song is going.

When a person first hears the early Public Enemy records they have no moment of rest and comfort. Horns squeak and squeal with out regard to meter, key or tempo. You are under assault from the first hit. You cling for dear life to those drum beats because without them you will be lost on that first listen. Now compare that to the more recent music in the hip-hop world. Do you every have that discomfort past the first listen? Or do you know the song so well the first time you hear it that you can sing the chorus by the time it ends?

Think of The Clash. They never let the audience determine what the next record sounded like. They always elected to be unpredictable. Now compare them to a more recent successful band like Linkin Park. Every song from them seems to have the singing chorus of earnestness no matter what album it is.

In the world of pop, a band like Maroon 5 does well because they make singles that sound like they where written by Lionel Richie and Hall and Oats in the 1980s. Again both very strong artists to emulate but why not mix it together with something different?

In the pop rock world we seem to be flooded by bands that what to be whiney versions of 80s hair metal.  (In fact most of them seem to want to be the singer from Ratt at least in appearance.) And all of them are drowning in the same overuse of auto-tune that has already killed all the life in the newer country music songs.


Part 2
Auto-Tune

It's an idea and a product, like how any tissue is also a Kleenex regardless of the brand. Auto-tune is a product made by a software company called Antares. It's the way to make someone who is not a good singer sound like they are a good singer at least as far as pitch is concerned. You can really hear it over used here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oy-nqyfR_w4

That should give you an idea of what it does but now here's a secret, it gets used by most pop and country stars today and more then a few hip-hop and emo rock guys as well. They just don't way over do it most of the time. Auto-tune is like salt, use only as much as needed because using to much and things will taste bad.

Part 3
Cut and Paste music

In bluegrass, blues, rock and a few other forms of music musicians learn songs by hearing other musicians play them. In classical music, older pop songs and jazz the musicians are likely to learn the songs from standard music notation and then adapt their performance of that music to fit the direction that is requested of them. In both these instances the musician is asked to interpret the song as they play it and the songs structure can undergo radical restructuring between each performance. Songs can be sped up and slowed down as needed. Note and whole key changes can be made by saying a few words to the musicians. In addition to that each of the musicians will adapt to what they hear from the other musicians for each performance. So it becomes very unlikely the song will be the same each time a band or orchestra performs it even with the same players.

When Sugar Hill Records achieved it's early successes with Rappers Delight and The Message it had a major advantage over the P-Diddys of the world. Sugar Hill had a house band. They used samples from records but usually the foundation of a song was played or programmed by musicians.

In current Hip-Hop, dance and pop music things are very different from that. Today one person who may or may not be a musician programs most of the music alone or with one or two others. When they write tracks they usually are working from one single musical idea repeating constantly for the 3-6 minutes of the songs length. They will drop things in and out and introduce new themes but you can fast forward most pop songs and not notice a difference musically from one verse to the next. The song may be great but it is almost never alive and dangerous to the listener. Their will not be an extra bar added to a verse for no reason. You can count on each chorus being almost exactly the same, only slightly bigger, as the song goes on.

Part 4
Seeing is not hearing

Okay so that gives you an idea of where I think the problems lie but what do I think is the root cause of all of these problems with newer music?

Throughout the evolution of music you can see several stages that are defined by a piece of music technology and it's adaption into various musical forms. The possibilities of the piano over the harpsichord moved classical musics into more dynamics. The electric guitar takes the blues into rock n' roll. Cheap horns in New Orleans give ragtime the push into Jazz. The multitrack tape recorder and mixing boards give us records fill with a "wall of sound" in the 60s. The cheaper drum machines give techno it's rhythm. The digital sampler and turntable give hip-hop it's foundation. Synthesizers give us the romantic sweep of songs called New Wave.

The latest technological innovation to alter music is the timeline that is available in most recording software. A timeline is a graphical representation of the music as waveforms or blocks that represent the sounds recorded. With this timeline you can edit sound like you can with a word processor, you can copy and paste like you could words and sentences, rearranging the structure of a piece of music and correcting problems much like you can with a spell checker. Both timing and pitch can be altered and whole sections of music can be repeated endlessly with no additional musical effort.

At no other stage in the evolution of music could one minute earlier also be then, now and a few seconds in the future. When a musician plays a song with a band or reading from sheet music his mind is usually in the moment or thinking of the future. He or she will not be thinking of a moment that has happened in the past as happening again in the future. They might think how they'd like to play that part better or differently but they are not thinking about how to bring the past into the present. When I record myself or others today that is exactly what I am thinking about. I wonder if I can copy that part to the next section if I screw it up. I am not locked into the immediacy of the moment. I am thinking of the timeline that stretches left to right on my computer screen showing me every perfect and imperfect part and how I can improve them with a few clicks of a mouse.

Editing audio like you can edit text can be a very creative endeavor. You can create things that are physically impossible and strikingly beautiful or disturbing. You can pretend you can play an instrument that you really can't. But the more I think about it the more I think that the beauty of some songs are the flaws and unintended moments of musical inspiration.

Watching Pink Floyd record Dark Side of The Moon on DVD recently served as a reminder to me that these guys had no idea what the waveform of the keyboard part looked like they just wanted it to sound good. I have recording equipment at my disposal that rivals in quality anything available then yet I still don't have an album that comes near that level of musical expression. Now admittedly I am not writing and playing music just to make a record like Dark Side but it is certainly one of many motivations for me as a person. I don't think that seeing musical performances is solely to blame for my falling short of my goal but I think it contributes a fair bit to it. Instead of listening to the notes that are played I'm watching to see if the waveforms line up. Instead of playing it ten times I'll play it five and make a combination out of those parts that I find satisfying even though that might take as much time as playing it another five times. I don't have to put my whole self into a performance since I can always just fix any mistakes out of existence.

I think that the solution to this problem is for musicians to use the timeline in software as little as possible and only to accomplish a very specific goal. They shouldn't live there. Instead keep the mixer window upfront since that is where more musical changes can be made. Instead of overusing auto-tune spend the time to track a great performance and then leave it alone. Try not to use copy and paste as a way to save time and effort. Put your fingers on your instrument and play instead. That goes for engineers as well. Faders are more musical then mouse clicks so use your ears and not your eyes.

...or not.
-Tooker
Marqui Adora

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Another reason to vote for Ron Paul....

He uses an iPhone!

Blogged with Flock

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

FREE MUSIC-new music-tunesquare.com-Oct 4th show

A quick hello from Marqui Adora to let you know all our songs are now free for you to download.

We also cover the new single "I Suppose" and discuss how you can help pay us make money when you get our music for free by downloading them through:

Download my songs at TuneSquare.com


Rave on

Monday, October 01, 2007

All of the Marqui Adora songs are now Free as in Beer!

Get all of the Marqui Adora songs here:

Download my songs at TuneSquare.com

Collect 'em all!

Trade 'em with your friends!

If these songs make you happy then please make the effort to come to a show, buy a t-shirt when you can or click the PayPal DONATE button on our website.

At the very least buy us a beer! (We do have bills to pay people.)

-Marqui Adora


P.S. We are playing in Palm Beach this Thursday at a great venue so try to make it out for that show.

October, 4 2007 at City Limits
19 N.E. 3rd Avenue, Delray Beach, Florida 33483
Cost : 5.00

Marqui Adora debut in Palm Beach County + Hollywood Love Scene (WPB) in the Awesome Venue that is City Limits. 8:00 PM, Bands 9:00 PM Cover: $5.00 Age: 21+

Saturday, September 29, 2007

The trailer for O CAPACETE DOURADO featuring music by Marqui Adora




The Marqui Adora song Do Anything is featured in O CAPACETE DOURADO, an independent film that was release this September in Portugal.

This trailer also features Do Anything in the beginning.

Grab the song for free from our site or Fuzz.com

Friday, September 28, 2007

Government at work! Some animals are more equal then others.

Revolution anyone?

She came...

NSFW

A new favorite quote...

“I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.”
Stephen F Roberts

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Amazon comes out swinging in the music download world.

www.amazonmp3.com

Some songs are cheaper then I've ever seen before online. $.89 and some albums for $4.99!

Radiohead in da house.

And I've already found some albums I can't get on iTunes or eMusic.

Wow.

-Tooker
Marqui Adora

Monday, September 24, 2007

Teacher: I was fired, said Bible isn't literal

The community college instructor says the school sided with students offended by his explanation of Adam and Eve.

By MEGAN HAWKINS
REGISTER STAFF WRITER

A community college instructor in Red Oak claims he was fired after he told his students that the biblical story of Adam and Eve should not be literally interpreted.

Steve Bitterman, 60, said officials at Southwestern Community College sided with a handful of students who threatened legal action over his remarks in a western civilization class Tuesday. He said he was fired Thursday.

"I'm just a little bit shocked myself that a college in good standing would back up students who insist that people who have been through college and have a master's degree, a couple actually, have to teach that there were such things as talking snakes or lose their job," Bitterman said.

Sarah Smith, director of the school's Red Oak campus, declined to comment Friday on Bitterman's employment status. The school's president, Barbara Crittenden, said Bitterman taught one course at Southwest. She would not comment, however, on his claim that he was fired over the Bible reference, saying it was a personnel issue.

"I can assure you that the college understands our employees' free-speech rights," she said. "There was no action taken that violated the First Amendment."

Bitterman, who taught part time at Southwestern and Omaha's Metropolitan Community College, said he uses the Old Testament in his western civilization course and always teaches it from an academic standpoint.

Bitterman's Tuesday course was telecast to students in Osceola over the Iowa Communications Network. A few students in the Osceola classroom, he said, thought the lesson was "denigrating their religion."

"I put the Hebrew religion on the same plane as any other religion. Their god wasn't given any more credibility than any other god," Bitterman said. "I told them it was an extremely meaningful story, but you had to see it in a poetic, metaphoric or symbolic sense, that if you took it literally, that you were going to miss a whole lot of meaning there."

Bitterman said he called the story of Adam and Eve a "fairy tale" in a conversation with a student after the class and was told the students had threatened to see an attorney. He declined to identify any of the students in the class.

"I just thought there was such a thing as academic freedom here," he said. "From my point of view, what they're doing is essentially teaching their students very well to function in the eighth century."

Hector Avalos, an atheist religion professor at Iowa State University, said Bitterman's free-speech rights were violated if he was fired simply because he took an academic approach to a Bible story.

"I don't know the circumstances, but if he's teaching something about the Bible and says it is a myth, he shouldn't be fired for that because most academic scholars do believe this is a myth, the story of Adam and Eve," Avalos said.

"So it'd be no different than saying the world was not created in six days in science class.

"You don't fire professors for giving you a scientific answer."

Bitterman said Linda Wild, vice president of academic affairs at Southwest, fired him over the telephone.

Wild did not return telephone or e-mail messages Friday. Bitterman said that he can think of no other reason college officials would fire him and that Smith, the director of the campus, has previously sat in on his classes and complimented his work.

"As a taxpayer, I'd like to know if a tax-supported public institution of higher learning has given veto power over what can and cannot be said in its classrooms to a fundamentalist religious group," he said. "If it has ... then the taxpaying public of Iowa has a right to know. What's next? Whales talk French at the bottom of the sea?"

Reporter Megan Hawkins can be reached at (515) 284-8169 or mehawkins@dmreg.com

Ron Paul switch ad

"This is John Galt speaking..."

Sexual Harrassment Employee Video

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Circa28 recap...

Hey folks,

We had a great time playing at Circa28 last night so a big thank you to everyone who braved the torrential downpour to come to the show. Thanks also to the DJs, staff, and Chrisitian for making it such a positive experience playing a live show again.

We did a brief interview with a film crew from UMTV (the Univerity of Miami TV network) before the show and they filmed some of the set as well for later use. (When we know what will be done with the footage we'll be sure to let everyone know.)

Here's a rundown of the set from last night:

Empty (Hollow Version)
Don't Panic
The March
Reveal
White Buildings
In Motion
Empty
Die In A Disco
Away
Walk Away
Do Anything
I Feel You (Depeche Mode Cover)

Thanks again to everyone for coming out!
-Tooker
Marqui Adora

truth is true

Friday, September 21, 2007

A new Marqui Adora single "I Suppose" is out now.

In the next few weeks we'll be uploading roughly a song a week. Each song has it's own flavor so be sure to collect 'em all. Check out "I Suppose" and see if it is worth paying a buck for...

http://marquiadora.fuzz.com

Cheap bastards need not apply. ;)

-Tooker
Marqui Adora

P.S. Marqui Adora is playing tonight in Miami.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Fuzz.com, PayPal and barriers to buying on the internet

When I made a recent request to the Fuzzies to create a player/store for embedding into other sites I also made the suggestion that it use PayPal as a means of checkout. They seemed to like the idea but wondered why I suggested Paypal. So here's my reasons why.

I buy stuff online a few times a year and have had mostly good experiences so far. But I do hesitate before trusting any new vendor online with my credit card information. Sometime it becomes a deal breaker and something like a piece of software I might've bought will go unpurchased if I have to spend the time and trust to enter my CC information.

The bizarre exception for me has been when a site offers a way to purchase using PayPal. One reason is that I don't have to enter as much information which means the transaction is quicker and can be more of an impulse buy then it is when I have to sign up for or enter a ton of information.

I think it is a function of sales that isn't often considered in online purchases but if I need to go get my wallet, find the Credit Card I will use, enter all the information required to register with a site and then make the purchase I have several steps to possibly abort my purchase. If I stood in line at a grocery store and had to enter all of the same information I would likely not return to shop at that location. In the real world credit cards are easier to use then cash which is why the USA has so many people in deep credit card debit. If you take something that is usually easy then start making it hard you will always lose customers.

Now when you compare the experience using paypal to buy something online the experience can become easy again.

Click yes.

Enter your PayPal info.

You are finished.

I think this is very important in the entertainment field. Since it's disposable income that is being spent you don't want the costomer to consider the money they are spending. You want them to have the fewest steps to go from thinking of buying to bought in the shortest time possible.

I think that Apple has really driven this point home with the iTunes music store in several important ways. When you download the software for iTunes you enter your information and can choose to always "buy now" or use a shopping cart. People who choose buy now never do more then click one button and the song, album, movie or TV show is downloaded to their machine and added to their library. They don't get confronted with the money they are spending so the money doesn't register it. People like me who use the shopping cart still have it very easy because we can buy a song with only one additional mouse click per file or buy everything in our carts with one click of the buy all now button.

So the distance to go from finding something to buying it in the iTunes store is at most two mouse clicks of confirmation. Not something that could be beaten so it must at least be matched.

I think this is one of the major things that seperates iTunes from the rest of the online music stores. Most of the others use a web interface that can also direct you to anywhere on the planet. The iTunes Store sticks to the store so you remain single task oriented. (In fact if fuzz created something similar to the iLike sidebar for iTunes that might help bring them into that fold. Wow that would be really cool. Me want!)

When I shop using eMusic my experience is not as nice. Buying an album opens a separate application that then downloads the songs to your hard drive. Once they are downloaded you must then move them into your library. (Sorry PC folks but that shit reminds me of Windows! It reminds me that I'm using a computer which I don't get from Mac applications like iTunes.)

So again why PayPal... It's all about the number of clicks and what I have to type to spend my money. Don't make me work for it or I will lose the burning desire to Rock and/or Roll!

Thanks,
-Tooker
Marqui Adora

P.S. The Fuzz store is easy and simple but I think you could get a few more degrees of comfynesstitude by adding paypal as an option for payment.

A few suggestions for Fuzz.com

I also posted this to my fuzz blog:

This post is slightly long and rambling but I think it's fairly short considering the topics I cover: Gig Trading, Event Sharing, "fan Photos", RSS reading blogs, live show ratings,"The buzz" localized, Profiles for clubs promoters and DJs

To begin with, one of the functions I really enjoy about fuzz.com is the browse function and it's integration with google maps.

If you haven't chcecked it out yet then go here for browsing music

http://www.fuzz.com/music/map

And here for browsing people:

http://www.fuzz.com/people/map

You can check out bands in your local area or somewhere you might soon visit very quickly and easily.

One thing that is very obviously missing is a way to view events and show in a given area on a given date. Some sort of spreadsheet/calander pulled from the gigs listed in one area. Several clubs in Miami are still open when the sun is coming up and you might visit several clubs in any given night so having a way to see all the events of one night would be very useful. But the implementation could be handled way better then it is on a site like MySpace.

So let me give you a look into a night out as I think it could be.

Let's say that this guy named Joe decides to head to Miami one night to meet up with his friend Danny. Before heading out, Danny checks Fuzz.com for an overview of the entertainment choices for the night. He sees that Modernage is playing at Studio A near the design district so they decide to start the night by going to that show.

The opening band is an excellent. They play live dub reggae and go by the name Grimy Styles. Joe uses his iPhone to find them on Fuzz and add them to his favorites and gives the show that night a five star rating so that others will know this band really impressed him with their performance. While he's at it he e-mails some of the photos he took of the band to his @fuzz.com photo email address with his iPhone. He adds the tags Fan Photos, Grimy Styles, Live and the date to the title of the e-mail so that they will show up under his "fan photos" and will also appear on the Grimy Styles fuzz page after the band gives the photos a quick approval. (Flickr has a way to auto e-mail a photo to your account like this at the moment)

When Modernage take the stage they play three songs Joe and Danny haven't heard before that really show the band growing and exploring new sounds. Joe makes a quick blog post on his blogger page with his iPhone. The next time someone looks at his homepage on fuzz.com his blog entry from blogger has been automatically added as a new entry to his fuzz homepage. (Marqui Adora already uses this RSS feed reader idea on our homepage and our VIRB profile. We post once to blogger and it appears at the other places without having to do anything else.)

As Joe and Danny watch the rest of the set from Modernage the Buzz page shows Joe's latest blog entry. When you browse the Modernage gig for that night you also see the photos tagged with the name of the club taken that night or any that list Grimy Styles or Modernage and the current date. A fuzz friend of the guys decides to head to the show before it's over and try to catch the rest of the set because of Joe's blog and the pictures showing a dancing crowd.

When the show is over the guys head over to another part of town to catch a DJ set by a drum n' bass DJ named Mendez. The promoter for the event had entered all the details into the profile he created for the weekly party he books. His promoter profile also sent a request to the profile Mendez had set up as a DJ to add the event to his fuzz page. Once Mendez accepted the request the event was added to the events listed on Mendez's page.

The club that the event was held at also authorized the promoter to auto add the events he listed on those days of the week that the promoter held events at their club. So when you went to the clubs page you would see the information that the promoter entered for that night.

(This type of system would cut back on the problem other sites have of multiple listings for a single event. Also having DJs and promoters have a distinct kind of profile would help another problem where every club has a page that never gets updated but they want you as a friend and every DJ is trying to shout over the noise of the crowd by posting 20 bulletins.)

Browsing the fuzz music map from his iPhone after the DJ set Joe notices that The Nerd Parade is playing just a few blocks over that night. Before they head over to the club Joe makes another quick blog entry telling people to head over to this new place to watch The Nerd Parade. His post shows up on the buzz page for that area so anyone looking at the map sees he said he'd be there. When they walk the few blocks to reach the club they find a few Miami friend already there and grab a few beers.

While they sit waiting for the band Joe checks out the fuzz.com page for the Nerd Parade and sees that they have booked a show for the following night at a place called the Poor House in Ft. Lauderddale. He notices that they also need a second band for the show since the band they intended to play with cancelled. The details of the post say the second band would need to have it's own PA since The Nerd Parade can't stay late. Joe finds one of the guys in the band and offers for his band, Marqui Adora, to play the Ft. Lauderdale gig with them. They accept and one of the Nerd Parade updates the post on fuzz.com to list Marqui Adora and send a request to the Marqui Adora fuzz page to add the event.

(The idea is that a band playing a show in it's own town or even out of town could list a show that they need another band to play and could pick who they'd like to add based on the offers and the details they'd receive.)

Okay that's enough typing for today.

-Tooker
Marqui Adora

Friday, September 14, 2007

A conversation about I Walk For Miles (Acoustic) on todays podcast.

A podcast with us discussing the way we wrote and recorded our song I Walk For Miles (Acoustic) is up. You can hear the whole song on yesterdays podcast.

If you've already got us in your iTunes feeds then just refresh the feed to download.

If you've got iTunes but haven't yet subscribed then CLICK THIS LINK!

If you don't have iTunes then GO HERE and get it FREE!

Free stuff is good....


Stay subscribed!
-Tooker
Marqui Adora

"Hope you like our new direction..."

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Got an iPod? Feed that sucker some Marqui Adora!

Both EPs are now available through Apple's iTunes Store.
Marqui Adora


If you are feeling the urge please leave a customer review saying how fucking great our songs are. And about our modesty of course.


Thank you for your support,
-Tooker
Marqui Adora

p.s. If you don't have an iPod the iTunes Store also lets you burn CDs from the files you download.

P.S.P.S Don't like the iTunes Store? Then try Fuzz.com instead.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Monday, September 10, 2007

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Saturday, September 08, 2007

This is 1000% not safe for work! But very funny...

Nudity and sex and humor...

You've been warned!

Friday, September 07, 2007

I want this kind of car...

Maybe they could make a Challenger that runs like this.

The part that is exciting is that the small gas motor only acts as an electrical generator and doesn't move the wheels at all.

And since it is a plug-in hybrid the engine may need very little servicing.

ME WANT!

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Frank Zappa explains the decline of the music business




I'm not a Zappa fan but this is very insightful.

Battlestar Chicken

This is wrongwrongwrong!

star

Vadim Perelman to direct 'Atlas'

I wish they would make it a TV show like Lost, Heroes or Battlestar...

READ

Goats sacrificed to fix Nepal jet

Wow.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Monday, September 03, 2007

John Cleese

Serenity 2?

Empty (Hollow Version) video

A video of us recording the Hollow version of Empty.



It's also on our Podcast feed for downloading.

If you've already got us in your iTunes feeds then just refresh the feed to download.

If you've got iTunes but haven't yet subscribed then CLICK THIS LINK!

If you don't have iTunes then GO HERE and get it FREE!

Free stuff is good....


Stay subscribed!
-Tooker
Marqui Adora

"Hope you like our new direction..."

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Power is the bane of live music!

Working as a live sound engineer for a number of years I experienced one constant truth. No matter how much power they say a venue will have they always lie!

Watch Trent Reznor enjoy this fact while touring in Europe....







Man that shit sucks.

-Tooker

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Thursday, August 30, 2007

A conversation about Empty (Hollow Version) on todays podcast.

A podcast with us discussing the way we wrote and recorded our song Empty (Hollow Version) is up. You can hear the whole song on yesterdays podcast.

If you've already got us in your iTunes feeds already then just refresh the feed to download.

If you've got iTunes but haven't yet subscribed then CLICK THIS LINK!

If you don't have iTunes then GO HERE and get it FREE!

Free stuff is good....


Stay subscribed!
-Tooker
Marqui Adora

"Hope you like our new direction..."

This one is for Howard.

It's time...

Stippers For Ron Paul (Tucker MSNBC)

Don 't Suggest Salad

Imagine this being the start of a week...




From 2 years ago.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

We've posted Empty (Hollow Version) to the podcast feed.

If you've already got us in your iTunes feeds then just refresh the feed to download.

If you've got iTunes but haven't yet subscribed then CLICK THIS LINK!

If you don't have iTunes then GO HERE and get it FREE!

Free stuff is good....


Stay subscribed!
-Tooker
Marqui Adora

"Hope you like our new direction..."

Monday, August 27, 2007

Saturday, August 25, 2007

A conversation about Songbird on todays podcast.

A podcast with us discussing the way we wrote and recorded our song Songbird is up. You can hear the whole song on yesterdays podcast.

If you've already got us in your iTunes feeds already then just refresh the feed to download.

If you've got iTunes but haven't yet subscribed then CLICK THIS LINK!

If you don't have iTunes then GO HERE and get it FREE!

Free stuff is good....


Stay subscribed!
-Tooker
Marqui Adora

"Hope you like our new direction..."

Bill Maher's documentary on religion.

Mother Teresa doubted the existence of God...




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Imagine someone professes belief for so many years and is used as an example of a true believer even after her death. Then you find out she didn't have that much faith...

Do you:
a) Realize this means a person you admired for their faith was in fact lacking such and reconsider your own faith in things that make no fucking sense.

b) Decide her continuing to push her faith even when she doubted makes her a liar and worthy of contempt.

c) Think she was more holy.

d) Say, "I fuckin' knew it!"

The Wing Cries Mary-Jimi Hendrix

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Friday, August 24, 2007

Ultimate best man speech.


ULTIMATE BEST MAN SPEECH

We've posted Songbird to the podcast feed.

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Kissing Hank's Ass?

Thursday, August 23, 2007

A conversation about Don't Panic on todays podcast.

A podcast with us discussing the way we wrote and recorded our song Don't Panic is up. You can hear the whole song on yesterdays podcast.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

We've posted Don't Panic to the podcast feed.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

A conversation about Do Anything on todays podcast.

A podcast with us discussing the way we wrote and recorded our song Do Anything is up. You can hear the whole song on yesterdays podcast.

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Saturday, August 18, 2007

Islam In Europe

The Cure 'A Forest'

A nice article about how The Cure recorded A Forest.

CLASSIC TRACKS: The Cure 'A Forest'

Friday, August 17, 2007

A conversation about Everything That Makes No Sense on todays podcast.

A podcast with us discussing the way we wrote and recorded our song Everything That Makes No Sense is up. You can hear the whole song on yesterdays podcast.

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"Hope you like our new direction..."

But with a chainsaw....

Thursday, August 16, 2007

We've posted the song Everything That Makes No Sense to the Podcast feed.

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And a new fetish was born...

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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Puppies




A conversation about Away on todays podcast.

A podcast with us discussing the way we wrote and recorded our song Away is up. You can hear the whole song on yesterdays podcast.

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Russians love their fucking country and win prizes for it!

The Denver Post provides all the proof you'll need!

Moscow - A Russian region of Ulyanovsk has found a novel way to fight the nation's birth-rate crisis: It has declared Sept. 12 the Day of Conception and for the third year running is giving couples time off from work to procreate.

The hope is for a brood of babies exactly nine months later on Russia's national day. Couples who "give birth to a patriot" during the June 12 festivities win money, cars, refrigerators and other prizes.

Ulyanovsk, about 550 miles east of Moscow, has held similar contests since 2005. Since then, the number of competitors, and the number of babies born to them, has been on the rise.

Russia, with one-seventh of Earth's land surface, has just 141.4 million citizens, making it one of the most sparsely settled countries in the world. With a low birth rate and a high death rate, the population has been shrinking since the early 1990s.

In his state-of-the-nation address last year, President Vladimir Putin called the demographic crisis the most acute problem facing Russia and announced a broad effort to boost Russia's birth rate, including cash incentives to families that have more than one child.

Ulyanovsk Gov. Sergei Morozov has added an element of fun to the national campaign.

The 2007 grand prize went to Irina and Andrei Kartuzov, who received a UAZ-Patriot, a sport utility vehicle. Other contestants won video cameras, TVs, refrigerators and washing machines.

Faith is believing something you know ain't true. Part 1-The paranormal

onegoodmove: The Enemies of Reason - Paranormal

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Holiday?

We've posted the song Away to the Podcast feed.

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Cleanse fold and...

Wow!

Monday, August 13, 2007

A conversation about Empty on todays podcast.

A podcast with us discussing the way we wrote and recorded our song Empty is up. You can hear the whole song on yesterdays podcast.

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Sunday, August 12, 2007

We've posted the song Empty to the Podcast feed.

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Seems like a very rational well thought out argument for not invading Iraq...

YouTube - Dick Cheney '94: Invading Baghdad Would Create Quagmire

Saturday, August 11, 2007

A conversation about White Buildings on todays podcast.

A podcast with us discussing the way we wrote and recorded our song White Buildings is up. You can hear the whole song on yesterdays podcast.

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Friday, August 10, 2007

What is a podcast? A brief explanation..

The internet is cool.
Real cool.
And it has stuff.
Lot’s of stuff.
And some of that stuff is real cool...

But if you want to see the really cool stuff on the internet you have to go and find it. Podcasts are a way for cool stuff to find you. Podcasts can be video files, audio files or pdf files that contain anything the podcaster decides they want to show to their subscribers. And they are FREE!

By subscribing to The Marqui Adora Podcast you’ll receive a peak behind the scenes as we write and record new songs, get some Web Freebies and information about and recordings of our live shows.

The easiest way to get our podcast is to subscribe through iTunes using THIS LINK. (If you don’t have iTunes on your computer you can get it for free by going HERE.

Click subscribe after iTunes opens and shows you our podcast page on the iTunes store. You'll Notice that the latest episodes will be downloaded immediately. If you want to get older episodes you can click the GET button or to get all the available episodes push the GET ALL button.

(Please note: You don’t need an iPod to listen to podcasts. All that you need is the iTunes software and a computer. That being said, iPods are great for listening to podcasts while doing other things.)

The iTunes store also has a directory of podcasts for you to check out and more subjects then you would believe.

No really.

I'm not kidding.

Anything.

You can find podcasts about cooking, making things, tech news, making home movies better, learning a language, movie reviews, science news, golfing, call in shows, politics, religion, skepticism, ect...

So look for a podcast on your favorite topic and you'll find you are not alone. (And if by chance one doesn't exist then you could be the one to make it!)

-Tooker
Marqui Adora

P.S. HERE is a good site to learn more.

We've posted the song White Buildings to the Podcast feed.

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Thursday, August 09, 2007

A conversation about Die In A Disco on todays podcast.

A podcast with us discussing the way we wrote and recorded our song Die In A Disco is up. You can hear the whole song on yesterdays podcast.

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Six reasons to BUY music that you like but have downloaded for free.

Six reasons to BUY music that you like but have "downloaded for free".

1-Regardless of your initial intention to "try out" a piece of music, you've moved on from trying something to regularly consuming it. (Like going to a market offering free samples of food items on toothpicks and liking the free sample enough to deciding to eat several meals a week based on a trip to the free sample table.)

2-If you like only one song out of the ten on an album you now have a chance to vote for that direction with your wallet in a way you couldn't 5 years ago. Musician are very interested to know which of the songs people like and the surest measure is where they will show that support with 99 cents. (If you really like it when the blues band did a 10 minute prog rock epic you should let them know so that they don't just move on to just writing more standard blues.)

3-With bands that aren't on major labels it is no longer true that the band won't see most of the money from a record. Today when you buy 2 or three songs from any site like Fuzz or iTunes the band is making the same amount as they made when the entire CD was sold on a major for $15. So yes, your 99 cents makes a difference for them. (Just think of it as buying the band a 6 pack of beer when you buy a whole album of ten songs. Who wouldn't want to buy a band they like a few beerz.)

4-Don't pretend you're doing anything but stealing. You're taking something unearned and enjoying the benefits of it without paying the cost. (Just because it's a file on a computer doesn't mean it doesn't have an owner. If a hacker stole your bank card information by making a copy of a file on your computer I don't think you'd argue that he had a right to do so since you've still got that file on your machine and all he did  was made a copy of it when he's emptied your bank account.)

5-It's 99 cents.

Really.

Just 99 cents.

In Miami you'll spend $10 to buy one beer at a bar on South Beach. And that's after you've paid $15 to get in and $15 to park. (I think 99 cents for a song you love is a true bargain in every way.)

6-Don't be a dick. If the music collection you love so much hasn't been paid for you are a dick. Or possibly an asshole. Is that what you want to be? (Make it uncool for your friends to be thieves.)

-Tooker
Marqui Adora

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

We've posted Die In A Disco to the Podcast feed.

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The new Garageband is cool...

But I'm rockin' the sheep beats!

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We have a brief chat about our song The March on todays podcast.

A podcast with us discussing the way we wrote and recorded our song The March is up. You can hear the whole song on yesterdays podcast.

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Monday, August 06, 2007

Why you should be subscribed to the Marqui Adora Podcast feed. FREE STUFF!

Before we start...

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I'll wait...

Really...

I'll be right here....


Okay, you've clicked the iTunes link right?

(If no then go start reading at the top again, if yes then you may continue reading this.)

Today at Marqui Adora HQ we decided to post all the songs so far completed (and future ones as well) to our Podcast feed. We've posted the first song, The March, and it's free for you to distribute with only two catches.

1-Each song will have a short audio tag from a member of the band.

2-If you like the song we ask you to please show it and buy our music at fuzz.com or other stores listed on our website. (The marquiadora.fuzz.com site in particular is a good choice since you can get a higher quality MP3s for only 99 cents with no DRM.)

Every other day for the next few weeks we'll be posting one of the songs and the days between each we'll be posting a brief podcast about the previous day's song.

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Marqui Adora

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Bite Sized Bonus-A music podcast you should check out!

We like GD's podcast a lot. He plays good music and has played us a few times to boot.

He's played us on these episodes:

418-Die In A Disco
419-Don't Panic
420-White Buildings
421-Everything That Makes No Sense

CLICK HERE to subscribe with iTunes.

CLICK HERE to visit his site.

Check out the show and see if it's a good fit for you.

*Podcasters are supporting us so we want to support them!*

-Tooker
Marqui Adora

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Sunday, August 05, 2007

Questions for fans of The Nightwatchman on the message of the music.

This is my opinion.

Please remember that like assholes everyone has one so you don't have to take mine personally it's just mine and doesn't have to be yours.

To start with I am not a fan of Rage Against the Machine. I liked some of Tom's guitar parts but I always felt like the music they wrote never made the transition from riffs to songs. Like a meal with a lot of good sauce but little of the stuff the sauce is suppose to come with.

Audioslave was okay by me because I was an early/middle  Soundgarden fan and Audioslave was closer to that energy then later Soundgarden was in my opinion. I wasn't moved to buy the music but I didn't turn it off if I heard it on the radio or TV so I can say I grew to appreciate him as a guitar player more.

His Nightwatchman stuff doesn't appeal to me. I appreciate the effort to write striped down acoustic blues protest music in the age of electronics and Pro Tools but I can also say it falls well short of moving me like Johnny Cash or older blues guys like Muddy Waters or even the Robert Johnson recordings.

If I'm right, he's going for an extreme message to make a point much like Chuck D of Public Enemy does in songs like By The Time I Get To Arizona or Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos.

The message feels less then authentic to me for a few reasons.

-He's writing the whole song in the first person as a character speaking to the listener. (to make them more intimate maybe)
-He's performing them in the first person as if he is the man himself who has written the songs. For comparison Chuck D will use first person and tell other parts of the story as a witness or uninvolved reporter. (For my money this helps make the message more firm and can pull the listener in more.)
-He's performing the songs in a "style" of a protest singer instead of letting each song be itself.(Listen to Tom Waits to see that you don't need to use just one character and style to use characters.)
-We the listener know that this is really a guy who's played in a really big rock band more than once so it's hard to believe he is a murderous revolutionary seeking out those who committed the wrongs for the "little guy" when we know he's been to Harvard. For me the affect is similar to the Chris Gaines thing that Garth Brooks did a few years ago in that an attempt to make something seem authentic actually makes it loose some of it's credibility since it's core message is dishonest to the circumstance it's being told in. Even if the song is good the gimmick might turn off the listener from giving it a listen.


My questions for the fans of his music:

1-He's a socialist (or maybe communist) right?

2-His Nightwatchman persona is focused on expressing his far left social and political ideas right?

3-As I understand it he wants to add a voice of rebellion and protest for the current age is this correct?

4-If his politics and revolution message are the point of the Nightwatchman, why doesn't he have any songs that are downloadable for free here on Fuzz or elsewhere? And why doesn't this make you feel, as I do, that the message is not somehow cheated? (Please explain this as fully as you can.)

5-If it's because he released the album under contract with a label that won't allow it then why hasn't he posted any recordings of the open mic shows he's played then? Or more to the point if the message of social revolution is his the motive why didn't he release them for free under a creative commons license?


My reason for asking these question has to do with the fact that I am a libertarian and disagree with most of his message but I'm okay with him saying whatever he wants, whenever he wants, to whomever whats to hear it but the central theme of his Nightwatchman work seems to be focused on the messages of the communist revolutionaries throughout mans history and I can't help but wonder it's truly authentic on his part. And if it is then I will be slightly worried since I think those revolutions might have been inspired by the ideas of equality but there ultimate results were misery, pain and death without regard to who fell victim to the fight.

To me his character of The Nightwatchman is a villain. Not a hero to himself or anyone he claims to be fighting for since how can being unjust fix any injustice?

Prince John was a tyrant.

Robinhood was a thief.

One does not justify the other regardless of which side you are on.

Two wrongs are just that, wrong.

Robinhood didn't stand up to the Sheriff of Nottingham and stop him until much later. Instead he provided the justification for more misery to the people he was trying to help. Robinhood re-enforced the system of oppression and became a key part of it. So be sure to ask yourself was good Robinhoods goal? Was justice? Or did he fight a wrong by encouraging more wrongs?

The character of The Nightwatchman idolizes murderers and seeks to commit the same.

He wants the chaos of a revolution. (like Iraq maybe)

Does that sound like a hero to you?




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