Sunday, June 26, 2016

more good stuff in the mail

Talbot Adams sent me a half-dozen copies of his new record Community/Recession Era that I did the cover art and design for. It’s on orangey-red vinyl and it looks and sounds great. I’m quite proud of it. I wish I could call myself a designer, maybe someday.

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Posted by David Rhoden on 06/26 at 03:24 PM

when I say I’ll get something framed

Funny and good Post-It art by Kayla Miller (@kayke on Twitter, where I found these. Also at

Framed up by Slade Nash, gentleman drummer and scholar.

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Posted by David Rhoden on 06/26 at 03:40 AM

Saturday, June 18, 2016

I find it odd when first and last names are the same length, especially if they are short.

Amber linked to this article, Donald Trump Will Be Buried In An Electoral Avalanche, which was good read in itself, but I couldn’t help noticing the author’s name, Jeet Heer.

Is it me or is that an odd name? My first thought is it sounds like something you’d say on a road trip when faced with a unique but questionable eating place: “Jeet heer?” My second thought is that I find all short names where the number of letters match to be strange. They stick in my head. When I heard “Jeet Heer”, I remembered being in elementary school and playing with a boring toy called a Soma cube. (I googled “red blue plastic cube”.) This boring toy was marketed with the name of its inventor, someone named Piet Hein. Even then I worked this name around my head like you might worry food stuck between two molars. Jeet Heer brought it back. As in, is there some language with a very limited number of sounds that can only be combined in a few ways, where these names sound nice? “Last name must start with H. First name must rhyme with ‘-eet’.” It lends itself to comedy.

I think for me it’s the paired single syllables. I remember talking to a girl I had broken up with about her new boyfriend and how he had built a guitar for a musician I hadn’t heard of with the name “Ted Leo”. That name sounds so odd/bad to me. I react to it like I do to noticing somebody is missing part of a finger. Like, it’s no big deal, I want to look at it closer but I’m not that impolite. It really sounds bad when your ex-gf is saying it to you for whatever reason.  I ended up discovering I really like the music of Ted Leo (I saw him kill the song “Where Have All The Rude Boys Gone?” on Conan when stuck in a hotel somewhere, great performance) but I thought his name sounded like two warts, to be honest. It’s too short and symmetrical. “Ben Lee” also bothers me a bit and I find his music mostly irritating.

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Posted by David Rhoden on 06/18 at 03:21 AM

I am shopping for some shoes

What do y’all think? I was looking for some cognac or rust colored shoes, but I feel like I could make a better deal in some other color scheme. It’s really a hard decision. Come over and try on shoes from the internet with me. I have leftover tuna fish.

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Posted by David Rhoden on 06/18 at 02:56 AM

Thursday, June 16, 2016

long teleconference, 160615

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Posted by David Rhoden on 06/16 at 09:16 AM
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