Friday, July 22, 2016

Mux200: Retromux Deux (plus Mux001 and Mux100)

So it only took eight years, but Mux200 has arrived! And, just like Mux100, this Mux is comprised (almost) entirely from bands that featured on the very first Mux back in 2008. Well, the first Mux only had 11 tracks, so I tossed on a Radiohead cut to bring it up to 12; no major foul given that Radiohead featured on Mux002.

I probably won't do a third Retromux for 300 (set for, at this rate, sometime in late 2020) given that a lot of these bands have either called it quits or have faded considerably. For example, The Joggers probably won't release another album, and I've used up all their muxable tracks. And Dan Deacon hasn't really done anything too spectacular as of late, same with The Smashing Pumpkins and... well, you get the idea. Maybe I'll revise that idea in 2020 and make it a combination of 001 and 002.

Last thing: Same as the jump from 099 to 100, there's new art for 200 and going forward. 001-099 was a picture I accidentally Photoshopped that way when I was 12 or so, and 100-199 was a rather triumphant photo of me leaping over fireworks after a particularly-difficult day of shooting Archetype. Given my total lack of talent at graphic design (and I haven't really directly talked to JET lately, who did some awesome art for the two Tapes By JET), I just took a rather horrifying picture of me. If anyone thinks it far too terrible for these fines Muxes, make me something better!

So download or stream Mux200, and check out Muxes of yore below it.

1. Ted Leo and the Pharmacists - Where Have All The Rude Boys Gone? (Hearts of Oak)
2. Destroyer - European Oils (Destroyer's Rubies)
3. The National - Looking For Astronauts (Alligator)
4. The Joggers - Little Kings (Solid Guild)
5. Dan Deacon - Trippy Green Skulls (Spiderman of the Rings)
6. Radiohead - Daydreaming (A Moon Shaped Pool)
7. Cut Copy - That Was Just A Dream (Bright Like Neon Love)
8. Wolf Parade - Dear Sons And Daughters of Hungry Ghosts (Apologies To The Queen Mary)
9. Pavement - AT&T (Wowee Zowee)
10. Spoon - My Little Japanese Cigarette Case (Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga)
11. My Bloody Valentine - What You Want (Loveless)
12. The Smashing Pumpkins - Cherub Rock (Siamese Dream)

I readded Mux100: Retromux to my Dropbox, so you can also download or stream that. Tracks below.

1. Pavement - Summer Babe (Winter Version) (Slanted & Enchanted)
2. Ted Leo and the Pharmacists - Tell Balgeary, Balgury Is Dead (Hearts of Oak)
3. My Bloody Valentine - Loomer (Loveless)
4. Wolf Parade - Fancy Claps (Apologies To The Queen Mary)
5. The Joggers - Era Prison (With A Cape And A Cane)
6. Dan Deacon - Snake Mistakes (Spiderman of the Rings)
7. Cut Copy - Autobahn Music Box (Bright Like Neon Love)
8. Spoon - Back To The Life (Kill The Moonlight)
9. Destroyer - Chinatown (Kaputt)
10. The National - Geese of Beverely Road (Alligator)
11. The Smashing Pumpkins - 1979 (Acoustic) (Single)

And Mux001: May 2008 is also in there to download or stream. Tracks below.

1. Wolf Parade - Language City (At Mount Zoomer)
2. Cut Copy - Saturdays (Bright Like Neon Love)
3. Ted Leo - La Costa Brava (Living With The Living)
4. My Bloody Valentine - Off Your Face (Glider)
5. The Smashing Pumpkins - 1979 (Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness)
6. The National - Slow Show (Boxer)
7. Destroyer - My Favorite Year (Trouble In Dreams)
8. The Joggers - Back to the Future (Solid Guild)
9. Pavement - Cut Your Hair (Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain)
10. Spoon - Finer Feelings (Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga)
11. Dan Deacon - Pink Batman (Spiderman of the Rings)

Until 2020...

Friday, July 8, 2016

Mux199: Cottonwood Apocalypse

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A bit past the actual cottonwood season, but my allergies were so horrific this year that I'm going to keep taking loratadine well into November as a precaution.

1. DIIV - Yr Not Far (Is The Is Are)
2. Wye Oak - If You Should See (Tween)
3. Shearwater - Rooks (Rook)
4. The Kills - Black Tar (Ash & Ice)
5. Radiohead - Ful Stop (A Moon Shaped Pool)
6. Holy Fuck - Royal Gregory (LP)
7. Japanese Breakfast - Heaven (Psychopomp)
8. EL VY - Return To The Moon (Return To The Moon)
9. The Knaves - Fashion Police ([Random Song On My Hard Drive])
10. Parquet Courts - Berlin Got Blurry (Human Performance)
11. Car Seat Headrest - Drunk Drivers / Killer Whales (Teens of Denial)
12. Beach Slang - Bad Art & Weirdo Ideas (The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us)

TRT 48:04

Rookies: The Knaves

2016 music: Car Seat Headrest, DIIV, Japanese Breakfast, The Kills, Parquet Courts, Radiohead, Wye Oak

Happy Day 300 of Triumvirate!

Today is the 300th consecutive day (starting September 6, 2015) of writing 1,000 words daily (minimum) of Triumvirate, the ninth book in the nine-book series The Chronicle. I've been gathering ideas for this beast since - no bullshit - 1995, at the ripe age of 10; started formulating a video game design doc (when it was a game) in 1998; took a crack at writing it as a screenplay in 1999; finally finished a novel draft in 2002 (of Wastelands Black, the second book, since Ages, the first, had been attempted and aborted too many times); worked piecemeal through college from 2002-2006; then started the current rounds of drafts in 2006 and have been basically writing nonstop since then. A few non-Chronicle projects cropped up between Chronicle books - such as Meridien K; the unpublished Antipsychotic and Old War; and the unfinished One Mere Man and One Future - but those never distracted for too long.

I still have the final proper chapter and then the epilogue to write, which will probably take about two weeks. Still, 300 is a nice big number, and except for Reformation, which took 15 months to write (and clocks in at 550K words [the printout of which weighs 13 lbs., single-spaced in 10-pt. font], e.g. a hair longer than Infinite Jest), this is the second-longest book in the series by about 150,000 words; it should top out at 450K words, whereas the third-longest book, Octoberan, is a little over 300K.

And since these will never see the light of day for quite some time, given that the drafts, combined, are well over 2 million words, I love posting pointless, obscure shit that really serves no purpose other than to make myself feel good for my insane writing routine; that, and I like stumbling upon these years later and laugh at the ridiculousness of the project at any given past state. So here, for whatever reason, are the (current/temporary) chapter titles that give pretty much zero indication what the book is about.

Book 1: Renewal

1. The Coronation
2. The Kingdom
3. The Kraid
4. The Nameless
5. The General
6. The Forgotten
7. The Chosen
8. The Seed
9. The Eve
10. The Victory

Book 2: Exile

11. The Rift
12. The Return
13. The Temple
14. The Choice
15. The Interloper
16. The Memory
17. The Cleansing
18. The Path
19. The Disappearance
20. The Schism

Book 3: Attrition

21. The Endless
22. The Phantoms
23. The Line
24. The Void
25. The Lost
26. The Escape
27. The Renaissance
28. The Siege
29. The Duel
30. The Miracle

Epilogue: Valhall

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Mux198: July 2016

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1. Phantogram - You Don't Get Me High Anymore (Three)
2. Porches - Be Apart (Pool)
3. Santigold - Walking In A Circle (99 Cents)
4. Aesop Rock - Rings (The Impossible Kid)
5. Purity Ring - Repetition (Another Eternity)
6. The Avalanches - Colours (Wildflower)
7. Prince - Kiss (Under The Cherry Moon)
8. Jay Reatard - Don't Let Him Come Back (Singles 06-07)
9. Ty Segall - The Hill (Twins)
10. The Strokes - Oblivius (Future Present Past)
11. Weezer - (Girl We Got A) Good Thing (The White Album)
12. Guided By Voices - I Am A Tree (Mag Earwhig!)

TRT 43:19

2016 music: Aesop Rock, The Avalanches, Phantogram, Porches, Santigold, The Strokes, Weezer

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Mux197: Mr. Mux Reboots!

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1. The Kills - Siberian Nights (Ash & Ice)
2. Unknown Mortal Orchestra - First World Problem (Single)
3. Wolf Parade - Automatic (EP 4)
4. Shearwater - Filaments (Jet Plane And Oxbow)
5. Protomartyr - Pontiac 87 (The Agent Intellect)
6. Cheatahs - Seven Sisters (Mythologies)
7. Holy Fuck - Neon Dad (Congrats)
8. Tegan and Sara - Stop Desire (Love You To Death)
9. Japanese Breakfast - Rugged Country (Psychopomp)
10. Hop Along - The Knock (Painted Shut)
11. Parquet Courts - One Man, No City (Human Performance)
12. Car Seat Headrest - Destroyed By Hippie Powers (Teens of Denial)

Rookies: Car Seat Headrest, Japanese Breakfast

2016 music: Car Seat Headrest, Holy Fuck, Japanese Breakfast, The Kills, Parquet Courts, Shearwater, Tegan and Sara, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Wolf Parade

Friday, May 20, 2016

Mux196: June 2016

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1. Prince & The Revolution - Let's Go Crazy (Purple Rain)
2. The Police - Next To You (Outlandos D'amour)
3. DIIV - Out of Mind (Is The Is Are)
4. LNZNDRF - Kind Things (LNZNDRF)
5. Chance The Rapper - All Night (Coloring Book)
6. Aesop Rock - Blood Sandwich (The Impossible Kid)
7. Porches - Underwater (Pool)
8. Radiohead - Desert Island Disk (A Moon Shaped Pool)
9. Boris - Are You Ready? (Forbidden Songs)
10. Ty Segall Band - Diddy Wah Diddy (Slaughterhouse)
11. Daft Punk - Contact (Random Access Memories)
12. RJD2 - Smoke And Mirrors (Dead Ringer)

TRT 45:47

Rookies: Chance The Rapper, The Police

2016 music: Aesop Rock, Boris, Chance The Rapper, DIIV, LNZNDRF, Porches, Radiohead

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Mux195: Mr. Mux Drops The Mic

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Decided to push this one out the door a few hours before the new Radiohead drops. Like Battles' La Di Da Di, I'll likely be breaking my rule of not having a band on two consecutive muxes, especially since I've got "Daydreaming" already queued up for the June mux. Here I've got a ripped MP3 from the "Burn The Witch" video, so if the album cut omits the heads and tails, apologies if you're offended by birds chirping and a fade out that is about half a second shorter than I wanted.

This is a bit of a frankenmux in terms of genres. It's mostly rock but it goes Top 40 with the new Justin Timberlake single, which is nowhere near anything on The 20/20 Experience Part 1 but will serve as a good earworm for the next two weeks. I'm sure it'll horribly date this mux, like the time I once put a song from Chinese Democracy on one as a non-joke joke. And then I push it even farther with the rave-y A-Track/Phantogram collab but, hey, people like this summery shit, am I rite?

1. Shearwater - Radio Silence (Jet Plane And Oxbow)
2. Radiohead - Burn The Witch (A Moon Shaped Pool)
3. Cheatahs - Freak Waves (Mythologies)
4. White Lung - Below (Paradise)
5. Holy Fuck - Tom Tom (Congrats)
6. Mastodon - Curl of the Burl (The Hunter)
7. Royksopp - Eple (Melody A.M.)
8. Santigold - Lights Out (Santogold)
9. Justin Timberlake - Can't Stop The Feeling (Single)
10. A-Trak - Parallel Lines (feat. Phantogram) (Single)
11. Sufjan Stevens - The Man of Metropolis Steals Our Hearts (Illinois)
12. Weezer - Endless Bummer (The White Album)

TRT 50:18

Rookies: A-Trak, White Lung

2016 music: A-Trak, Holy Fuck, Justin Timberlake, Radiohead, Shearwater, Weezer, White Lung

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Mux194: May 2016

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1. Jamie xx - Gosh (In Colour)
2. Chvrches - Playing Dead (Every Open Eye)
3. M83 - Go! (Junk)
4. RJD2 - 2 More Dead (Dead Ringer)
5. Kanye West - Waves (The Life of Pablo)
6. Aesop Rock - We're Famous (Bazooka Tooth)
7. Prefuse 73 - Perverted Undertones (One Word Extinguisher)
8. Ty Segall - It's Over (Manipulator)
9. Parquet Courts - Human Performance (Human Performance)
10. TV on the Radio - Seeds (Seeds)
11. Deerhunter - Neither Of Us, Uncertainly (Microcastle)
12. Prince - I Wanna Be Your Lover (Prince)

TRT 48:33

2016 music: Parquet Courts, Kanye West, M83

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Mux193: Mr. Mux Sees A Ghost!

(I accidentally deleted this page when I was monkeying around the back end yesterday. The direct MP3 link still works, but, ugh, I have to redo this page. Thanks to Bill for pointing this out.)

Download or stream. At least this still works!

1. Tame Impala - It Was Not Meant To Be [Innerspeaker]
2. Beach Slang - Dirty Lights [The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us]
3. Veruca Salt - I'm Telling You Now [Ghost Notes]
4. Radiohead - High And Dry [The Bends]
5. Sufjan Stevens - To Be Alone With You [Seven Swans]
6. Holy Fuck - Xed Eyes [Congrats]
7. EL VY - Sad Case [Return To The Moon]
8. Weezer - California Kids [The White Album]
9. Cheatahs - Murasaki [Mythologies]
10. The Mountain Goats - The Mess Inside [All Hail West Texas]
11. Santigold - Run The Races [99 Cents]
12. Shearwater - The Snow Leopard [Rook]

TRT 47:02

2016 music: Holy Fuck, Santigold, Weezer

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Flashback to Archetype Day 273

Was searching for some muxtape data and I found this rather harrowing account of shooting Arc when almost finished. Unfortunately I don't (think) I have any dispatches from Transmissions, since Antipsychotic is another solo film and the experience will likely be similar. I just have the non-advantage advantage of shooting it all at my house, which is devoid of all humans but me and, thus, won't require hat-in-hand begging to turn off the AC for the sake of sound.
I printed off a list from my screenwriting program. It's a list of sluglines for every scene for the rest of my movie. A slugline is on a script every time you change settings. For example, a scene could start EXT. THE COLLINS' HOUSE - BACKYARD and it'd be an exterior of the backyard of the Collins' house, and when our protagonist enters, there'd be a new slug with INT. THE COLLINS' HOUSE - BACK PORCH.

Some times it's seamless, and other times time will pass and you'll get INT. KITCHEN - DAYS LATER. Or there will be modifiers like INT. THE BASEMENT - MORNING or EXT. THE ROOF - NIGHT.

There are roughly 136 sluglines left for scenes I have yet to shoot and have or have not scheduled.

So I further break down those sluglines to groups something like this:

Proximity to other scenes happening before and after. Ease of shooting; cutting down time lugging gear to one part of a house just to bring it back to a former room. An increasingly-complex matrix of times actors are and are not available.

For the latter, it's mostly like this: Stephen can only shoot Sunday through Wednesday. Kyle is only available after six, unless he takes the day off. John's schedule is whim to, well, whims. Josh is only available October 3 (not gonna happen), October 10 (maybe), and October 17 (ditto).

But for those 136 slugs, each has:

An approximate time to shoot, based mostly on the standard that Dinner is in the uncertain light of 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and anything after is Night and everything before is Day; also the stipulation that I hate shooting after midnight, though for some reason, there are no morning shoots. Also factor in that there are roughly twenty-four hours in a day.

The sequence name and formal slug number.

A brief description of the scene.

The shot list for the scene, which could be anywhere from 1 to 20 shots, initially based on some hazy mental imaging of the scene. Also, when factoring in time, assume that all dialog scenes will take a maximum of four takes. Anything past that is usually a waste of time. Usually I go for the first take. (Adding the rather-annoying fact that the very first thing I did after Draft 1 of Archetype was write the shot list for the entire film, which is now useless.)

Straightforward, yes? Then I line these all up, assign a usually-arbitrary time (how long will it take me to get on the roof? five minutes? fifteen? an hour?), work backward and forward from the Dinner Time and try to end it before midnight. Then I go through the script according to the slugs and write down all props used for the scene and write it on the master prop list for the day. Somewhere in there is the magical transformation in which I completely lose track of the script and work entirely off my shot list. This has gotten me into problems before.

And this is what I have been doing the past six days. Organizing 136 slugs. This used to be easier. That is, when I was shooting mostly in sequence. If nothing else, there wasn't the maddening task of keeping track of what outfits the characters are wearing based on what day it was. (Transmissions was easy - white dress shirt and khakis for 90% of the movie.) But we're shooting out of sequence, mostly since I have my parents' house to myself for two weeks and am using it for a location. And in said period, the script jumps ahead some time, so one character gets some scruff that hasn't been seen at any point prior in the film. It's to show time passing. But, jesus christ, it really throws things way the fuck off. The result is that I'm, begrudgingly, shooting the end of the film first, then going back and doing the rest.

Start to finish, scheduling one day takes about four hours of crunching logistics and then another two hours intermittently getting e-mails about wrinkles in availability.

It's the kind of thing you can't shake. It's like playing too much Guitar Hero and whenever you hear a song you envision the corresponding note chart. Your planned life is so regimented that normal life seems so sloppy. So you start regulating that: 7:30 a.m. wake-ups, schedule work until 11:30 a.m., lunch until noon, internet until one, then workwork until 6:30 p.m., dinner, cleanup, any lingering items from the day - invariably more scheduling problems via e-mail - and then 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. a crude joke of Free Time, when all you can think about are times, props, outfits, shots, and schedules. Sometimes I cancel out any of those non-scheduling activities and do another day's schedule anyway, with about the enthusiasm if I was instructed to removed my eyelids with razor blades.

I have to remind myself that I actually enjoy shooting Archetype. The problem is I'm not shooting at this exact moment.

Scheduling, though: I'm balancing on a bridge of toothpicks above a vortex that leads straight to hell. It's also very windy. But it's a special type of hell: it's Self-Loathing Hell. Like if I just couldn't get my shit together and Arc fell apart, well, it's pretty obvious it's my fault.

And the regimen, of course, doesn't bother to trade on pithy human emotions. It doesn't care if you're tired, or busy otherwise, or sick of this fucking bullshit, or goddamn it why isn't he available to shoot Wednesday?, or if your recent erratic behavior (sleeping twelve hours a night, not eating, feeling paralyzed, panic attacks at inopportune times, bursts of mania that usually make things worse, phantom sounds from sleep irregularities, zoning out into some Other Space that'd be an LSD flashback if I had ever done LSD) that points toward a gruesome DSM diagnosis.

It's the sort of thing that worms into your brain, in which sleep doesn't erase the stress of the day prior. It builds up the way erosion tears down mountains. It's beyond exhaustion. This is post-exhaustion. I'm living in a different dimension. Sunlight seems fake. So does night. It's like sometimes when I'm shooting something that, in the movie, takes place at daybreak and is shot at five p.m. There isn't a compass rose in the corner of the screen, so no one knows that those long shadows are a prelude to evening and not morning, that east and west are flipped or that, in dark basements, you can't tell anyway.

And nothing feels good about it yet. That will come (please, god, if only one thing...) Sunday, October 3. I'll drag my feet and kick and scream and probably spit, but this is one of those things that you make and then you're standing on top of the mountain looking down and you can't see the ground, down where it started. But I know where it started: writing three screenplays all at once on my Mac (literally three Words open at once), and each seemed a little too derivative or out of my range and I said, Fuck it, I'm going to write a sequel to Transmissions, and then I hashed out an outline (or maybe not; I don't remember) and just ran with it.

But that doesn't matter. It's more a matter of principle. Everything is.