Posts Tagged ‘music’

Music Monday: Kate Nash At SLO Brew – April 15, 2014

I don’t live in SLO anymore, so it was a total chance thing that I even found out about this show, but I’m glad I did. I’ve been a Kate Nash fan for a couple of years and I have Pandora to thank for that. Her songs kept coming up on the Lily Allen station I was listening to. It was love at first sound.

Bonus: I learned how to make an animated gif for this post and there is also a video at the end. Enjoy!

Music Monday: Cudi Zone by Kid Cudi, Duh!

kid cudi

One day Kid Cudi came on Pandora. At the time I had never heard of him and it’s probably because I’m not 16 years old anymore, which means other things have gotten in the way of keeping up with new music. Real life grown up stuff. You know, things like overcoming my Bike Race addiction and learning how to text message without looking at the keyboard. It’s no wonder some people never progress much past what they liked when they were in high school. But I digress…

So, Kid Cudi came on and I liked it, which prompted me to start a Kid Cudi Pandora station. And that led me to buy a few of my favorites on iTunes, including this song, Cudi Zone.


Music Monday, A Day Late: Ol’ Dirty Bastard And Thom Yorke, Together At Last

Ol' Dirty Bastard And Thome Yorke

Most people wouldn’t think to mix Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s “Shimmy Shimmy Ya” with Radiohead’s “Creep”, but most people aren’t Gregg Gillis. Under the name Girl Talk, Gillis has become the heavyweight champion of mash ups. I, for one, have been obsessed with his album “All Day” for awhile now. I can, and have, literally listened to it all day everyday for days and days. Anyway, I am, by no means, a music reviewer and there are plenty of things written about Girl Talk that you can google to your hearts content, but I am a fan and I just wanted to mention how awesome this album is.

With 372 samples “All Day” is begging for a copyright lawsuit, which is probably why Gillis offers it as a free download. The album, intended to play as one 71 minute track, can be downloaded at:
Personally, I went with the “separated track” option. Either way, you’re in for a treat. Be sure to check out the list of samples.

Other Girl Talk links that you might be interested in.

Girl Walk / All Day: A dance movie set to the entire “All Day” album. It’s broken into 12 chapters. My favorite part is the break dancers in Chapter 11. Skip ahead to 2:56. Of course, you are free to watch from the beginning.

Girl Walk // All Day: Chapter 11 from Girl Walk // All Day on Vimeo.

Check out the whole movie, starting with Chapter 1 right here.

RiP: A Remix Manifesto: An amazing documentary on mash-ups and copyright. The DVD has a very informative talk in the Special Features by the founder of Creative Commons, Lawrence Lessig. You can watch the movie for free at and on the RiP site you can download it and “pay what you like“.

Happy Mashing.
– Jeff

Custom Buttons: Promote Your Art, Band, Photography, Clothing Line, Etc.

Get 100 Custom Buttons With YOUR Designs
100 buttons with your logo/desgin, 1″diameter
$30, plus shipping
To order please visit:

Get 50 Custom Buttons With YOUR Designs
50 buttons with your logo/desgin, 1″diameter
$15, plus shipping
To order please visit:

Hello All!

The Claassen Gallery is now offering custom buttons! We’ve been using them for years and love them. Now we want to share all the button goodness with you. Buttons are a terrific way to promote your business. Here are just a few ideas of things you can promote using buttons.
– bands
– artwork
– photography
– retail boutique
– your etsy shop
– restaurant
– clothing line
– tattoo shop
– skateboard company
– yoga studio
– funny phrases and inside jokes
– politics
– religion
– you name it, the list goes on and on.

I’ve used buttons as price tags on clothing in my retail shop and I’ve seen friends of mine use buttons to indicate sizes on their screen printed tees. People use them as party favors, teachers use them as prizes in the classroom and a plethora of other things.

Ready to get your custom buttons?
Here’s how it works, in three easy steps.

1. Once payment is received for your order I will email you a design template. Sending a simple round image isn’t good enough because some of the image wraps under in the pressing process. The template will show you the “LIVE AREA” where your design needs to be. You will receive further instructions in the email with the template.

2. You design your button using the template and email it back to me at 300dpi in jpeg or pdf format.

3. Once your design is received your buttons will be put into production. Most orders ship within 3 days of receiving your final design.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask.

Here are a couple examples of buttons done for past clients:
buttons for Sink Or Swim Tattoo Shop
Sink Or Swim Tattoo Shop

buttons for Dead Dollies
Dead Dollies

If you are ready to get some buttons made please order through our etsy shop.
– place an order for 100 custom buttons.
– place an order for 50 custom buttons.

Hope to hear from you soon!
Button makers are standing by!

As always, thanks for looking!

iKaossilator – A Little Donut Shop Beat

Here is another little beat I made using iKaossilator. I made this while hanging out in the donut shop.

Every Tuesday I have an hour to kill while Evy is at her baton twirling class. It’s too much trouble to drive home for an hour so I’ve gotten into the habit of getting my Thai iced tea fix every Tuesday afternoon.

Get Korg’s iKaossilator in the app store!

My First iKaossilator Recording

Seriously, I’m no musician, but I’ve become obsessed with music apps. Here’s a little something I came up with using Korg’s iKaossilator.

I was going for a dark creepy vibe.

Posing As A Maker Of Beats

korg ielectribe for ipad

I finally read the manual for this thing. At first I thought I could figure it out by pressing buttons here and there. That worked for a little while, but I knew there was a lot more to it that I wasn’t getting. All the knobs and lit up buttons are just so exciting to look at I skipped the whole reading the instructions thing. Because of that I end up opening the app once every couple of months, get frustrated and turn it off. My musical background goes no further than “Hey, I like music”, so that’s been a problem in the trying to make music department. Maybe people with some musical background have the know how to start pushing buttons to figure it out, but not me. Today I watched some You Tube tutorials and reviews and that helped a little bit. Tonight I read the manual and I feel like I’m getting a much better understanding of this complicated machine. Yes, I’ve made a couple of awful beats, but they are for my ears only. If I make anything worth sharing I will get a Sound Cloud account and upload it there for all to hear.

For a person like me who likes music and has always wanted to dabble a little in it the Korg iElectribe seems like a great place to start. The actual Electribe can set you back about $500. Keep in mind, that’s just the machine. You still need speakers and whatnot to hook it up. The app, on the other hand is only $20. That’s the kind of dabbling I can get behind. It would suck to spend $500 just to see if it’s something you’re into only to find out that you hate it. $20…not so bad.

Read all about it in greater detail at

If any of you are already using the iElectribe I’d love to hear stuff you’ve made with it. Feel free to send me links or post them on my Facebook Wall.

See ya!
– Jeff


This is my latest addiction.

“Noah’s Ark”
by CocoRosie

Thank you god for this fine day
Bless all the children of the world
And thank you for the plants
And the animals
Bring me sweet dreams tonight
And help me be good tomorrow

Noah’s Ark came to my house one day
With all his animals
And he took me away