Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Ween - Caesar

Attn. people I know that are Ween fans: A few months ago Dean/Mickey released these demos from the Quebec recording sessions (at the time the album was going to be called "Caesar"). I've been listening to them over and over and they are excellent. You can download them here:



Some more info that popped up on the Ween forum (you will need to label the tracks yourself)

Deaner posted these on facebook on August 11, 2011. He had the files on chocodog but it got bombarded, so he fb messaged me and asked me to call him. I told him about megaupload (and he agreed that it is much faster and better than yousendit) and he told me to "do the dirty work" and post it in the right places. I also asked him when exactly these were recorded. And he told me. We also talked about Bootsy Collins and my blog, which you should be checking out if you like funk music: http://funkit.virose.net/?p=914

Special thanks to Deaner for being cool as shit and giving his fans special treats like this. We are truly spoiled.

- RandyB

Summer 2001 to Spring 2003
"Caesar Demos"

Disc One:

01. Chocolate Town

02. Pot Luck

03. Ooh Vah Lah

04. So Many People In The Neighborhood

05. Linda (The Sexy Dancer)

06. That Man (From The Flatland)

07. Happy Colored Marbles

08. Hey There Fancypants

09. If You Could Save Yourself (You'd Save Us All)

10. It's Gonna Be A Long Night

11. Oh My Little Country Cottage

12. Among His Tribe

13. Transdermal Celebration

14. Captain

15. Tried & True

16. I Fell In Love Today

Disc Two:

01. I Don't Want It

02 Ambrosia Parsley

03. Zoloft

04. Love Come Down (recorded on 9-11-01)

05. Alcan Road

06. Don't Let The Moon Catch You Cryin'

07. You Can Go Shit In Your Hat (Matt)

08. Someday

09. She Caught My Fancy

10. Eulogy For David Anderson

11. Things You Already Know

12. Hello Johnny

13. I'm Wide Open

Notes from Deaner:

ween-caesar (we were calling this record that until the last moment when we decided to change the title to "quebec")

well what can i say about this here, lemme see. the first thing that comes to mind is that all the while we were doing this we still had claude coleman on drums, he eventually got into a major car wreck and wasn't around when it finally came time to make the "real" record. instead the drum duties fell on me, josh freese, and sim cain for a couple of tunes. almost all of this was recorded at our beach house in holgate, nj onto 16 track tape. a tiny bit of it was recorded in the garage behind aaron's house in pt. pleasant, pa. some of it was recorded in the spare bedroom of my house in new hope. most of the tunes are just me and aaron, with the two of us playing everything, with me on drums. the songs with claude, dave, and glenn are pretty obvious. on just a few tunes we took what you hear here and cleaned them up and had andrew weiss mix them for the record after some overdubs. dave sings on "it's gonna be a long night", this was days before he had surgery to remove polyps in his throat and his voice was really rough so we figured he was the guy for the job. This isn't even all of the tunes that we ended up choosing from, just the ones i happened to burn to cd before we drove home from the beach every week. hope you dig it for what it is.

-mickey (August 11, 2011)

Thursday, October 27, 2011

dot COM

I recently registered milkymanchester.com, which now redirects to this fantastically dormant blog. Recently, I've been working on Butchie Pantsdown 2, the sequel to my epic 2004 documentary of my college years. Needless to say, my post-college years aren't quite as frequently exciting, but there should be a few classic bits nonetheless. Here's a small preview, a clip from one of many late night jam sessions at my old pad, the legendary Country Livin':

This features my old bandmate, Mike Atari, and housemate Bobby Stuntcock aka DJ Rob. For some excellent old-school Jersey rock sounds, heck out some of their past bands' work:

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Milky's Shopping Tips

It's been a while since the last 1% Blog post. To make up for lost time, here's some knowledge you might actually find helpful. I've been honing my frugality chops for the last few years, so allow me to drop some grocery store shopping knowledge on yo' ass.

#1 - When comparing the prices of two products, look at the unit cost.

This is shopping 101 right here, folks. Here's an easy example using olive oil:

The orange square to the left of the price is showing you how much you'd be paying for a gallon of olive oil at the current purchase price. You'll pay less now for the smaller bottle of olive oil ($6.69 for 16.9 oz), but you're getting a much better rate with the big can ($24.49 for 104 oz) Obviously, buying olive oil in bulk is the way to go, since you're always going to need it, and it doesn't go bad. You're saving at a rate of almost $20/gallon. Every product in the supermarket should show you the unit price, and similar products will always use the same measuring standard. Fer instance, toilet paper and paper towls will use the unit price "per 100 sheets". There are some remarkable differences, but you have to account for quality as well. The trick is to find the best quality product for the lowest unit price.

#2 - When buying packaged meat, vegetables or baked goods, look for the "packed on" date.

Meats, vegetables, and most baked goods are usually packed at the supermarket and can be left on the shelves for days. You obviously want the freshest food, so look for the most recent "packed on" date. Grocers will always put the oldest stuff up front to get rid of it quicker, so you might have to dig around to find the freshies.

#3 - You almost never have to "buy x for $x"

This is usually the old "Buy 10 for $10" or "Buy 3 for $5". What the grocer is not telling you is that you can buy just one item and get it at the same price you would if you bought 10. So, for example, Stop n' Shop says "Buy 10 bags of Doritos for $10", you can buy one and get it for $1. Supermarkets are TRICKY BASTARDS. Look for the fine print: the deal will always specify if you actually need to "Buy 10 for $10" by stating "must buy ten".

#4 - 85% of supermarket circulars are merely showing you the usual price.

Not everything in the supermarket circular is "on sale". Companies pay to have their items listed in the circular, and they are usually at the price you would normally find them at. Look for "with club card" (or something similar) next to the price for the items that are actually on sale. Of course, the "Buy One Get One" deals are the holy grail for deal-seekers, so if any of those items interest you, be sure to stock up while you can.

And finally,

#5 - The easiest way to save money is to not spend it.

Don't buy what you don't need. Don't buy something you otherwise wouldn't consider just because it's on sale. Don't shop when you're hungry (and chew on some sugarless gum). Consider each purchase - "do I really need this?" "will I actually eat all of this?" This takes patience and diligence, but it's your #1 coupon.