Random Thoughts - A Modern Day Urban Blog

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006

Brooklyn burning, recording, triple crown fever

Hey all, i know, it's been awhile. i guess i should face the reality of the situation and admit once and for all that this blog will not be a frequently updated journal, rather a smattering of the best and worst moments in the world of Zor-Ton. First off Brooklyn is no longer burning, but about 3 weeks ago a few warehouses here on the Greenpoint waterfront went up in flames in a rather suspicious set of circumstances. The fire was only about .5 mile from my house and for a little bit, the neighborhood smelled of it's charred smoldering remains. It was a great building known for it's old school corriders that extended over the street to the buliding on the other side. The more tragic thing than the building going down is all the shadiness surrounding it's demise, it's still speculation. But what is known is it's in the ownership of a man w/ Alot of money who's investment's market value rocketed 1000% in a few years due to it being in a prime location for the big push to develop the waterfront here on the brooklyn side of the east river ( something that's been being fought over for awhile). anyway, alot of folks wanted to save the building from the marching destruction of "progress" and designate it a landmark. To make a long story short (too late) wouldn't you know, this 150 year old building went up in flames just like the owner's previous property that was being fought over elsewhere in brooklyn. 400 + firemen worked for over a day to put it down, some were injured in the process. Hope he has a good fire insurance plan, I bet he does. Hey maybe those multi-million dollar luxery, waterfront towers spanning 20+ stories into the air won't look too out of place in this neighborhood of 3-4 story homes? How will those views of manhattan be for all those not living in the buildings? pretty good, or...............The already crowded subway, will have it's hands full w/ the influx of thousands of new residents. let's here it for brooklyn!!!!

that recording process is still chugging along slowly, we're going back into the studio on sat. to try and finish mixing the album, it's been more than dificult to coordinate schedules, but it's coming.. and it's going to be Great. Hoping we can push it out to you, the hungry public before the end of summer, we'll see. we've got a few shows coming up one of which is a 1 day festival that i'm orginizing for July 29, it'll be many of our friends/ some of the most interesting bands in gotham, i do say.

Caught a bit of the horse racing fever again this year, quite a colorful sport this racing. The most exciting 2 minutes in sport. Havn't done too well on my picks but belmont's around the Corner. Barbaro (kentucky derby winner) suffered a vicious break to it's hind leg and seems to be on the mend. That seems to be the horse story that's captured the american public's imagination this year. replacing predecessors afleet alex and smarty jones' legacy as the horse of this year.

Going on a week long get awayw/ rose in a week to the beautiful outer banks of N.C. IT'll be good to leave the bustle of the city behind and see the outer banks before our expected brutal hurricane season starts. all for Now DZ




: Posted at 05:44 by ZorTon :

Brooklyn burning, recording, triple crown fever

Hey all, i know, it's been awhile. i guess i should face the reality of the situation and admit once and for all that this blog will not be a frequently updated journal, rather a smattering of best and worst of moments in the world of Zor-Ton. First off Brooklyn is no longer burning, but about 3 weeks ago a few warehouses here on the Greenpoint waterfront went up in flames in a rather suspicious set of circumstances. The fire was only about .5 mile from my house and for a little bit, the neighborhood smelled of it's charred smoldering remains. It was a great building known for it's old school corriders that extended over the street to the buliding on the other side. The more tragic thing than the building going down is all the shadiness surrounding it's demise, it's still speculation. But what is known is it's in the ownership of a man w/ Alot of money who's investment's market value rocketed 1000% in a few years due to it being in aprime location for the big push to develop the waterfront here on the brooklyn side of the east river ( something that's been being fought over for awhile). anyway, alot of folks wanted to save the building from the marching destruction of "progress" and designate it a landmark

: Posted at 05:44 by ZorTon :

Brooklyn burning, recording, triple crown fever

Hey all, i know, it's been awhile. i guess i should face the reality of the situation and admit once and for all that this blog will not be a frequently updated journal, rather a smattering of best and worst of moments in the world of Zor-Ton. First off Brooklyn is no longer burning, but about 3 weeks ago a few warehouses here on the Greenpoint waterfront went up in flames in a rather suspicious set of circumstances. The fire was only about .5 mile from my house and for a little bit, the neighborhood smelled of it's charred smoldering remains. It was a great building known for it's old school corriders that extended over the street to the buliding on the other side. The more tragic thing than the building going down is all the shadiness surrounding it's demise, it's still speculation. But what is known is it's in the ownership of a man w/ Alot of money who's investment's market value rocketed 1000% in a few years due to it being in aprime location for the big push to develop the waterfront here on the brooklyn side of the east river ( something that's been being fought over for awhile). anyway, alot of folks wanted to save the building from the marching destruction of "progress" and designate it a landmark

: Posted at 05:44 by ZorTon :

Saturday, April 8th, 2006

Recording

Hey all you jokers, miscreants, draft dodgers and pool hustlers, we're recording!!!!
tHAT's right after a 3 year silence w/ only the occasional live album to quench your thirst for Barbarism, we'll be bringing you a studio full length sometime this summer. be warned... our upcoming effort will probably change your lives. More soon. MDUB

: Posted at 02:09 by ZorTon :

Friday, February 17th, 2006

warm it up, the adminstrations blunder

A little line on what's been going onj outside of MDUB land. that's right folks, january 2006 was the warmest january sincew we've been keeping track of those things. the weather in general has been as fickle and scizophrenic as possible. We had a monster snow storm earlier this week ( our 1st real one this year!) that dumped 2 feet on the city. several 50+ degree days that followed have melted it right quick, the follow up punch being these all too prevalent spring like rain storms ( one of which we're having now). it all just seems a bit strange, like the earth is just trying to tell us something.

Dick Cheney sprayed a texas millionaire big wig hunting buddy of his w/ birdshot while the 2 were out on a hunting trip on a Texas ranch. First things first, accidents do happen and the incedent is too bad. From a political standpoint, i'm pretty happy though. This is this administrations very concrete blunder. You can not minse words or change facts w/ the fact that the vice president shot another man and w/ out the proper texas licenses to boot...This is like Dan quails mispelling of potato w/ that spelling whiz kid, it's like Bill clinton getting caught w/ his pants down, it's George H.W's vomiting on the Japanese dignitary.

george W bashed into a dutch cop on his bicycle sending the man to the hospital earlier in his term as president, that didn't resonate w/ the american people. Cheney blasting another man w/ birdshot, that's something that'll stick. It's unfortunate that these things matter to the public at all but if it is something that'll take from these clowns popularity then i'll take that however it comes. The fact that this administration won 2 dubious elections, has hacked and slashed peoples benefits, racked up an enormous insurmountavble national debt, is fighting a completly insane unwinable war while slashing veterans benefits, wire tapping it's people, opening foreign mail doesn't seem to matter to us. Although the list reads like a how to list of attaining a fascist state people just want hear about human blunders. The country is going down the toilet and if it takes one texas millionaire to get birdshot lodged in his neck to awaken the zomboid american populace to that fact then that's just fine w/ me.

: Posted at 10:06 by ZorTon :

Saturday, February 11th, 2006

Last night, recording soon.

Just a quick line, thanks to everyone for coming out last night, the show was a pleasure, very well attended. All the bands were great as i knew they'd be. An over all enjoyable, supportive, no B.S. kind of night which is a relief. Big props to the cake shop, i've not had a single negative experience w/ them. Which is a very rare thing w/ venues in nyc. They are basically one of the most performer friendly venues in town.

On the 22nd we will be recording our upcoming full length. It has taken me way too long to produce enough material for an album but we are ready and i think it'll be worth the wait when it's all said and done... We return to our roots as JaY Braun steps in to once again use his enginering wonders on our sound. I'm very much looking forward to this. Big love, MDUB

: Posted at 15:54 by ZorTon :

Tuesday, January 31st, 2006

alfred rocks, broken earth, mdub and vegas

Alfred, NY and Adam M. ( our hook up there) Rock our Barbarian minds to their rotten cores. This past weekend, we MDUB had a memorable, wild weekend w/ local Heros the Drayton SAwyer gang as both we and them headed upstate for a few dates away from the big apple. We played a show in Rochester which was nice and then headed to the 1 stop light town of alfred, ny. We played a house party there, that for us, definitly ranks in the top 5 most satisfying shows we've had. The kids went completly crazy for the music, the energy was contagious and completly draining and inspiring at once. Great show. THANKS ADAM, tHANKS ALFRED.

we've completly trashed this planet, it's getting harder to deny that fact. I can't even blame the human race, we've basically done the inevitable. Our big brains have enabled us to change, manipulate our surroundings for our comfort, convinience and survival. We've done away w/ predatorial threats a long time ago and continued to breed like crazy, stretching resources to the max. i feel like the road warrior stage is just around the bend. Mother nature is the only thing that can keep our over running of the planet in check, we know the black bear isn't going to do it. How's about those 50-60 degree january days? "lovely weather" Says the news caster, "beautiful day" is what they say. How people could still say things aren't heading south is beyond me. For all those folks sporting their t-shirts in january just because they can, i wouldn't mind smashing your a/c in when that brutal july rolls around. Gear up people, it's not going to be fun.

Yeah, that tour update will, more than likely not be finished before a year is out. MDub goes well, i think we're actually gearing up to record ( about time) a few shows loom in the near future. a great show that's been filled w/ complications in feb. and a mini-tour w/ SHLSHKD in march. we return to Bar 169 in what seems like the last chance for us and that place. previous experiences have been less than great there but we're giving it another shot. we at least know there will be good bands there etc since shlshkd is putting it on..

Went To Lovely Las Vegas w/ Rose a bit ago. Classic trip, american excessivness seen 1st hand, we saw the amazing Hoover dam, an incredible structure that should be seen 1st hand to be appreciated. In it's thinnest, it's 60 feet thick, at it's thickest, 600+ it'll be there for 1000 more years. The casinos/resorts of vegas are huge, public space is aplenty and one can apprecite the hugeness by wandering around the cavernous lobbies. It's great just to get out of the city for a bit. We both got immersed in the experience. it was a great christmas gift from her. viva las vegas. that's all for now. d.z

: Posted at 12:21 by ZorTon :

Wednesday, November 16th, 2005

Random tour update.. late

Well, first off, i now have internet access in my room which bodes well for my pocket (damned internet lab) and for this little overview of all things Barbaric. now, back to the seemingly less relevant tour update. last we left off we had come down from an astounding high (as220 fest) to a classic mdub defeat (garfield artworks) . When in pittsburgh, the only thing that smoothes over the repeated beatings we've recieved there is a trip to pimanti bro's sandwhich shop. This is an Iron city institution, heaping sandwhiches stuffed with fries, coleslaw pickles and your choice of whatever artery clogging main attraction, Truly delicious, a taste of local flavor for any nomad passing through. So, after our traditional gorging, we headed to dave's where we were then sucked into the dark chasm of rough, underground pop culture, Bum fights and pizza hut training videos whiped our alien brains clean of any thoughts of resistance to images of overly cheery service industry drones and gratuitous acts of violence all played infront of the camera. The effect was that of passing a bad car wreck, when you just can't not look. The Zor-Ton clan lost a bit of itself in that apt. that night. Good conversation and company was abound but the videos, they'd taken their toll. 7-18 awoke, broke fast w/ our gracious host, dave and headed out to our next show. We were a bit down about missing the last show given the fact that we had a planned day off on the 19th. We headed to cicinatti, got there very early and drove around desolate downtown . we couldn't find the venue so we browsed around all the old dusty shop windows, Spied decrepit once fancy hotels and lunch counters. The whole place seemed like it was in a time warp. The rust of the rust belt is definitly showing in cinci. Coincidentally, we met a band we were playing with at a pizza shop in town. 9 Volt haunted house from cleveland. the venue finally opened to a very jazzy looking upstairs lounge. Gabe, the promoter had things just right, the night was very well attended for a monday, other bands(9volt, 1000 arms) were good. The show's start time was opposite to that of the night before. 9volt didn't even start until 10pm. By the time we played, the room had emptied a bit. Response was mixed. I think we played well, but a home run was not to be had. We left club crush and went to gabe's after show dj gig at a place called the Golden lion. We navigated the sketchy streets of cinci ourselves, pretty dodgy. The golden lion had a birthday jam in full swing, surreal. We left the venue to drop off some equipment at gabe's practice space, A warehouse by the bustling commercial railroad station. The whole drive to the space and during our drop off there, the tracks let out creepy sqeek that filled the night air with sounds of grinding metal. We left the industrial soundtrack and a burgeoning alphalpha sprout farm in the warehouse basement behind and headed to Gabe's house, It was 4 am, we crashed.

: Posted at 16:39 by ZorTon :

Wednesday, September 21st, 2005

Okay, before all of that touring becomes ancient history, i'm going to finally attempt to rehash some of the madness that was mdub on the road for 2.5 weeks. It all started out in providence ( as all good things should ). We were lucky enough to land on the as220 20th aniversary festival which was a much anticipated kick off show. We got to providence with out incedent and to our delight saw that empire street was pretty well mobbed w/ an all day music/ arts fest. that is free to the public. We spent the afternoon checking out some other acts. I was in sensory overload at all the people and the fact that in a few short hours we'd probably be playing to our biggest crowd. Tiny hawks played right before us. they were really exciting, great, fun ect.. The recently renovated room was packed w/ humanity in one sweaty grooving mass. We took the stage afterwards. Due to the switching stages, the room was nearly empty when we first started making noise. Soon though folks started to shuffle in. and by the end there was a really good, responsive crowd. The heat was stiffling, many bodies, no air flow and a 90+ day = an exausting sweat drenched exorcism of a performance. between as220 and our dissopinting show kickoff the night before in brooklyn, my voice was near shot and the tour was underway. We stuck around, took in lightnin bolt's mad frezy right on empire street and the fest was capped by mahi mahi's late night set. rose had come up from brooklyn w/ a friend for the show and the 4 of us headed back to our pals from sheres' house to crash. After some of 7-11's best culinary offerings we sacked out on the floor and drifted off to slumberland w/ a very nice day behind us.

7-17- We woke up fairly early , pretty exausted from the long day before, said our farewells to providence after a quick bite and headed west to pittsburgh. The drive from providence to pitt. is long and rough, our start was not as early as we wanted it to be and we were racing through occasional thunderstorms that popped up across the broad geography of the keystone state. We knew pretty early on that we were going to be cutting it close for our show at garfield artworks. At 7:30pm my worst fears were realized after a call to the promoter, manny to tell him of our progress was met w/ an agitated response. We pulled up to the venue just over an hour later and soon discovered that there was no one there except for our friend dave as a paying customer. The headlining act was set up ready to play, the opener had played and it was not even 9pm. After some discussion, we elected not to play and by 9:30 pm the venue was closing it's doors, truly amazing. Pittsburgh is a ghost town on sundays. The odd evening was about to get odder as we headed away from the artworks to dave's house.

: Posted at 18:44 by ZorTon :

Wednesday, August 17th, 2005

but before the tour update.......

Hey everyone, we got back from tour safe and sound. There are so many people to thank, so many tales to tell, so many that the task is rather intimidating... As has been the case in the past, i just don't know if my fingers will fdind there way to the keyboard to update this little blog on our 15 shows, all the ups, downs and middles, the cast of charecters, bands, dive nars, ect. I'll try to get there, but you, the readers of this little blog must be patient to hear the trials and triumphs from this barbarian.

okay, since getting back, things have been pretty alright, spending time w/ rose (yeah) and returning to work (boo) but hey, that new amp won't buy itself. We prepared for our big return show athe bar169 on aug 13th. I promoted this one and it was a solid bill. all the bands were great. It was drayton sawyer gang's big return w/ a drummer and they slayed the crowd, we did pretty well although due to many recent shows that you'll soon read about, my amp just isn't cutting it in alot of these rooms we've been playing. the night was great, and our pals, Ultrabunny came in to bring the night home, they battered the audience w/ a full on trance inducing sensory overload. for 20 min. before the bar tender pulled the plug on the night at 2:20 in the morning. a bad ending to a solid night. i'm feeling pretty spent by tour and alot of shows i've been promoting lately. We head to providence to tangle w/ mahi mahi this week, then i set up a show for them the next night here and then a much needed break until oct. Not that i don't like setting up shows, but on almost every show that is put together there is a flakey band back out, club owner meltdown or other miscelaneous curve ball. I love putting shows together for the love of the music, a great bill, an entertaining night, but it is NEVER that simple. on top of all my complaints this city is becomming more and more impossible to host a $5 show now. I love the idea of the $5 dollar show, but the reality is getting bleak, Every venue takes from the door to varying degrees, even those that didn't 6 months ago are now. This leaves the bands fighting for the scraps of what's left. I can't blame the venues though, they need to make rent, we're all victims of the real estate vice grip, things are just getting rougher for alot of folks now. gotta go, more soon.

: Posted at 21:41 by ZorTon :