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From The Digital Sweatshop
The Music, Art and Travels of Alan D. Oldham a.k.a. DJ T-1000.

Random Musings.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006



On now: Clan of Xymox, "Muscoviet Mosquito"

This is my third summer here in Chicago and the first where I'm really enjoying the city. The weather's been great. I've been taking the trains aimlessly, just to learn them. Went down to the Taste of Chicago a couple of weeks ago (my first since coming here), had a blast! Saw a Pierce Brosnan movie being shot awhile back on Wacker Drive. Watched "Batman Begins" again and identified Chicago landmarks where they shot (same area near Merchandise Mart).

Went to the Hollywood Diner on North and Ashland for the first time the other day. I'd been wanting to try that place since I moved here. A real Chicago landmark.

As you know if you've been reading this blog for awhile, last summer was complete bunk for me. I couldn't wait to get to Berlin. But this summer is an improvement. Won't say "vast," but an improvement.

That Fourth of July gig I did got me all re-energized. Great time even though the party didn't do well for the promoter. I love that old-school Midwest vibe and miss it. I like to rock shows full blast, it's in my soul.

Speaking of which, I got some records the other day from A. Paul from Portugal. The shit he sent was 100% bangin'. I didn't think anybody made records like these anymore. Bad-ass, three-deck DJ records that you can rock. Hot.

I'm playing Detroit again next week (see above). Four hour set! Seems like I play there more now than when I actually lived there. It'll be the fifth time since I left. "Miami Vice" is opening while we're there, so we'll be seeing it in Detroit (cheaper!).

I like the "X-Files" reference in the party name, "Purity Control." I wonder how many people got that. Probably none. I like the flyer, too. T. Linder did it.

I'm talking to a small venue here in Chicago about an art show. It'll be in the fall, October maybe, after my group show in Los Angeles (I can't wait to get to L.A., I've always loved it out there!). The woman who runs the spot is super-cool. She's Latina, I like that. Gotta be down with my brown people. I showed her my write-up in Mexico Design and I was in there.

Come to think of it, the curator of the L.A. show is Latin, too.

My agents are on the lookout for European dates for me from November. Yes, I wanna return to Berlin. Ich vermissen mein Freunden im Berlin! Mein Herz ist im Deutschland.

I watched the World Cup. I was excited the first few days, but it got boring after a while. It seems like a long time ago now, doesn't it? Now hopefully flights to Europe will be cheaper. That whole Zidane head butt thing is overblown. I hate how Americans get hold of something and run it into the dirt. They played that clip non-stop for over a week. Put it up there with the Howard Dean scream. Of course, Dick Cheney can shoot somebody in the face, and you barely hear about it.

Oh, and got my Massive Attack tickets!!!!! Sept. 13th at the Riviera, baby. Soon as I get back from L.A. I can't wait!

Leave some comments, dammit.

PS: My Myspace page is HERE.

-AO :: 6:22 PM ::

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