Friday, April 11, 2014

Linework NW

Saturday! FREE! I'll be prowling the aisles at the LINEWORK NW event, so watch out...I'll have copies of the SICK COMICS CD-R (& a few other rare, weird goodies) with me for sale or trade. Also keep an eye out for Jim Woodring, Shannon Wheeler, & the usual assortment of creative maniacs. Click below for more info on the event:


Bat Women A Go-Go

Check these out via YouTube!  View BAT WOMAN (aka LA MUJER MURCIELAGO) in its entirety with English subtitles; the MST3K version of THE WILD WORLD OF BAT WOMAN (aka SHE WAS A HIPPY VAMPIRE) is also available.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Get Bent

Brought to you by the fine folks at TWILIGHTZONE!

1. Monkey Man - Baby Huey & The Baby Sitters 2. Pat's Steaks - Sal Masi's Untouchables 3. I Can't Sleep - Johnny & The Baa Baas 4. The Way Out Mummy - Kwentin Qwisp 5. Your Cheating Heart - Alfred A. Alfa 6. Pancho Rock - Lalo Guerrero 7. My Boyfriend's Learning Karate - Charlie & Chan 8. Bugged - Rumblers 9. Rebel Rider - Phil Campos 10. She Was A Mau Mau - Bob Ridgely 11. Missile Monkey - Don Miller 12. You Are My Sunshine - Sticks Evans 13. Crabcakes - Gunga Din 14. Voila, Pronounced Wal-la - Marty Neon 15. Daddy Frog - Big Daddy & The Little Sisters 16. Hot Dog Boogie - The Singing Dogs 17. Acid - Stu Mitchell 18. Hippy In A Blunder - Johnny Buckett


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Friday, March 14, 2014

More Design Mania

I recently designed the cover art for a 45 record sleeve set for upcoming release by the band known as FIRE BAD!  Then, I whipped up some new blog headers for KOGAR'S JUNGLE JUICE and WFMU's ROCK & SOUL ICHIBAN!  Also...I added a protective cover with metal grill to my bike bluetooth speaker (see previous post).

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Bike Bluetooth Speaker

For quite some time I've wanted to build a portable speaker I could carry in my bike's water bottle cage.  I've also wanted to build a bluetooth speaker--that is, I wanted to see if I could hack a cheap, crappy-sounding bluetooth speaker & turn it into a decent-sounding portable speaker.  It has taken some months to scrounge up all the necessary parts, but now I've combined both projects into one successful build.

First, I picked up this hard plastic tube, about the right size to fit snugly into a water bottle rack.  Don't laugh…the tube originally came with a toilet brush in it!  Then, I came up with this 4" speaker driver, rescued from an old bookshelf-type speaker…it fits into the tube just about perfectly.

Next…I found this little iLive Wireless Bluetooth Speaker.  These usually sell for around $20, but a local retailer currently has 'em on sale for $9.99.

The speaker driver that's inside isn't worth a hoot, but the enclosed electronics are sufficient to power a bigger, better speaker at reasonably loud volume levels.  This iLive speaker came apart fairly easily, and all of the electronics are conveniently housed in the base of the device.  I had to lengthen the speaker wiring a bit.

The rest is pretty straightforward…drilled a small hole in the bottom of the tube to run the wiring through, affixed the electronics to the bottom of the tube with some wood screws…

...and secured the speaker driver with hot glue.

As a finishing touch I added a grippy rubber thingy from a travel coffee mug to the bottom of the construction, to help keep the slippery plastic tube from sliding out of the water bottle cage.

Although I could certainly use this as a stand-alone speaker via bluetooth connection, my plan is to use it in combination with my backpack subwoofer (details on this build previously mentioned HERE).  Anyway, I'm using my iPod classic to play music while biking, & it's not a bluetooth-enabled device.  It's a relatively simple matter to wire all of the devices together on the bike.  Whenever I need to park & lock up, I can remove all of the vital technology from the bike & carry it with me…no worries about potential theft or vandalism.

There are a number of commercially-available speakers out there designed to be carried in a bike's water bottle rack.  Of these, the Scosche BoomBottle seems to have gotten the most favorable reviews.  But these are priced at around $110.00 or more on Amazon.  I'm willing to bet that my setup sounds just as good, if not better--and at a fraction of the cost.  Now, if only it would stop raining long enough for me to give everything a decent road test...

This project has also been posted at the INSTRUCTABLES website:

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Essential Instrumentals

FROLIC DINER ranks right up there with LAS VEGAS GRIND as one of my all-time favorite series of compilation albums.  All six volumes are now available via SMUTSHAKE CUPCAKE...get 'em while they're hot.

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