Building An Igloo

|October 20, 2011 | Found Images

Stopping Off Place. ” Tookillkee Kiguktak and his son Jopee demonstrate building an igloo. They live in Griese Fiord, on Ellesmere Island ( Canadian arctic ). “

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Building An Igloo 1

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Building An Igloo 2

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Building An Igloo 3

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Building An Igloo 4

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Building An Igloo 5

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Building An Igloo 6

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Building An Igloo 7

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Building An Igloo 8

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Building An Igloo 9


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|October 20, 2011 | Found Images

Hail The King

Indische

|October 19, 2011 | Found Images

The story of the Legion Fries Indien is one of the stranger ones of World War II.

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Work.

|October 19, 2011 | Found Images

Here.

A disabled child playing accordion on the Unirii Boulevard in Bucharest

Kid.

|October 19, 2011 | Found Images

Kid

Bang!

|October 19, 2011 | Found Images

Bang!

Backstage

|October 19, 2011 | Found Images

I haven’t thought about the Fabulous Thunderbirds since I saw them on MTV as a teen, so my opinion is an irreverent, brash, youthful one ; that’s just some major label fake-blues bullshit. However, this article ( which includes some great photographs ) has me wanting to reconsider the band and also some of the things, secret and not-so-secret, that were going on in the city of Austin TX before it became what it is today.

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Kim Wilson And Jimmy Vaughan Backstage

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|October 19, 2011 | Found Images

A Very Large Snail

Self Portrait As A Magician

|October 19, 2011 | Found Images

Pieter Van Laer.

Self Portrait As A Magician

Stormz

|October 19, 2011 | Found Images

Philipp Igumnov.

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THE RIPPER

|October 19, 2011 | Found Images, Gear

THE RIPPER

Upstate

|October 18, 2011 | Found Images

Richard Prince.

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|October 18, 2011 | Found Images

Daniel Danger.

Daniel_Danger

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|October 18, 2011 | Found Images

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The Hep Cat

|October 18, 2011 | Found Images

Lunatic Toons.

The Hep Cat

Space Patrol

|October 18, 2011 | Found Images

Space Patrol

Just What I Needed

|October 18, 2011 | Gear, Stuffs

I recently reconnected with Thom Moore, who was my guitar tech for a while back in the 90s. He’s retired now, but he was a super-duper elite road crew guy who toured with Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, and a million other acts. In the course of one conversation I said something like ” I don’t know how familiar you are with the recording process, but .. “, and he proceeded to fucking school me. He’s a nice guy and he didn’t do it in a spiteful way, but, you know, consider me humbled. Here’s what he wrote.

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” I played in bands as a teen, but I soon knew I couldn’t keep up with the top cats. At the time I was at an art school that had a very primitive sound studio outfitted with a basic 3-channel mixing board and an EMS VCS-3 “ Putney “ synthesizer. I got hooked. I built a basic lighting system for some friends in a local band. We cut some demos at a local studio that Glenn, the drummer, was friendly with. I started hanging out at the studio and assisting on some projects, picking up as much knowledge as I could. One day, Glenn asked if I could go with him to the studio to help set up his kit. The session was for a band called Cap’n Swing, made up of Ric Ocasek, Ben Orr, and Greg Hawkes. The session went well, and they thanked us for our efforts. By that time, Some friends from MIT had designed and built a 16 channel recording / mixing console, and we jumped at the chance to have an edge on the competition. The console had an early MXR flanger and phase shifter, and I had an Echoplex for delays. One night Glenn invited Ric and Greg to the club, and they were impressed with the mix and sound quality. ”

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” Early in 1977, Cap’n Swing, who were now called The Cars, sent a demo tape of Just What I Needed to Boston radio stations, and the DJs started pushing the track big-time, playing it on every shift. The week after that, there was a feeding frenzy as all the labels descended on the Kenmore Square club the Rat, trying to be the ones to sign the band. Elektra got the nod, and The Cars were on their way. ”

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The Cars, A Musical Group

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” Two weeks later, the band was playing the Rat again, and I drove into Boston to check them out. During a break I saw Ric at the bar. I introduced myself and he remembered me. He asked me how I liked the set. I told him the songs were great, the performance was awesome, but the mix wasn’t clear, the vocals didn’t stand out, and the sound lacked punch and focus. He told me that he’d heard similar comments from label executives and a number of patrons who were longtime fans. He then asked me what I was doing the following weekend, and if I would travel to a gig in New Hampshire so their manager and some fans could see what I could do, which is how I became their FOH mixer. A month later, I flew to London to help record the first Cars album, and I was assistant engineer on all of their albums from that day on. ”

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” After the third album went triple platinum, the band bought the old Intermedia Studios on Newbury Street in Boston. I assisted on the recordings, but I was about to get more education. It took 8 months to renovate the old studio : walls were knocked down and the control room was completely re-designed. We kept all the old tube compressors & equalizers, and installed a new Neve console and outboard effects, bringing the place up to date in every sense of the word. ”

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” When it was all finished, Roy Thomas Baker flew over, and over the course of a year he taught me the tricks of the trade, things like placing mics at varying distances in long rooms to get slap effects. This was before all the modern reverb and delay devices became available, and we had to be creative to get special effects. It was an amazing time, but the downside was that Roy always monitored in the control room at ear-splitting volumes, and I’m sad to say my ears haven’t stood the test of time. However, I wouldn’t change a thing. Those were some of the best days of my life. I have a wall of platinum albums, Golden Reel awards for recording, and great memories. ”

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|October 17, 2011 | Found Images

Death

Got Kramer?

|October 15, 2011 | Gear

Ohm Recording Facility, Austin, TX.

Got Kramer?

Penitentes En Cuenca

|October 14, 2011 | Found Images

José Ortiz Echagüe, 1940.

Penitentes En Cuenca

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