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Old August 24th, 2008, 04:59 PM
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Lots of people have been asking where Iíve been lately so rather then write a bunch of PMs Iíll tell everyone about what has been happening lately. My band Ethereal Omega has been taking all my free time lately (Iíve also had to take off time from work ) with a mini tour in Northern Germany and Denmark and getting out a couple of singles and an E.P.

Anyway, weíve got this new guy on bass whose pal got us a caravan to move all our stuff around in and I saw how a serious narghile fan can keep on smoking without recourse to miniature rigs and the dangers of having coals slide around as you drive. Between the two front seats was a wooden frame bolted to the floor that held a big Syrian in place while a metal tray went around the bowl with rods and a collar circling around the stem just below the ashtray served to keep the coals from flying. In the back was similar setup that held a couple of very big Syrian ice chambers and in both the front and back was hooks hanging from the ceiling to rest your hoses on. The guy even had one of those shisha vac machines running off a battery pack to start coals and clean hoses as well has lots big pillows and Ottoman seats not to mention a batter powered cooler filled with fruit and drinks. The most amazing setup Iíve seen in any vehicle ever.

It was totally amazing to be driving around smoking Serbetli Black and Contentment Daqiqi while talking with friends and listening to Outskirts of Infinity and Bevis Frond. Hard to believe but yeah, I am starting to get sick of the songs Desdemona, Long Journey Into Light and Wild Weeds.

We played with a bunch of bands from the Dead Peach/Orange Sunshine sort of groove and a band that sounded like a cross between Sun O & Isis. I was amazed how many people I ran into that where into narghile stuff and smoked from real rigs not Chinese crap. I got to smoke a toasted Cavendish style jurak with Jeff Ross of Aliceís Orb and some right wing kid gave me some Al-Malek Plumb which is really good and I never even heard of the brand until now.

Lots of people at the shows say my voice is like Christian from Great Escape/My Sleeping Karma but I donít see it personally. I also had some someone ask how I lost part of my nose so I told her what I tell everyone, I lost a fight with a penguin which always gets a good great reaction. Some hippy girl I ran into knew about one of my ancient bands The Majestic Fog which totally surprised me and she was seemingly fascinated by my scaring which I found pretty freaky.

We managed to sell all the 10" E.P's, 7" and CD singles we pressed which was really great and some guy traded me a very nice blue Bohemian vase for a 10" E.P. which fitted perfectly onto a Syrian that needed a base. I traded some Contentment Daqiqi for an Autumn Project LP with some Danish hippy girl which was a very nice surprise

All in all I couldnít think of a better way to spend a few days.

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Old August 24th, 2008, 05:29 PM
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good for you hajo. Sounds like a great time! The narghille mobile sounds wild as well.
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Old August 24th, 2008, 05:36 PM
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can you take pictures? i wanna see this madness lol
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Old August 25th, 2008, 12:50 PM
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I don't own a camera so I don't have pictures. I found out that our drummer had some pal of his take a bunch of video and he'll be coming around tomorrow with it although I have no idea what was shot.

Another cool thing I saw was some that is buddies with the bassist had one of those French rig that use an electric heater and he'll bring it by to try tomorrow. I am pretty sure I had a thread here a while ago about the crazy thing.
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Old August 25th, 2008, 12:52 PM
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Sounds badass....
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Damn...thats old school...layin it down on wax
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Some hippy girl I ran into knew about one of my ancient bands The Majestic Fog which totally surprised me and she was seemingly fascinated by my scaring which I found pretty freaky.
So, did you get at that?
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Old August 25th, 2008, 11:21 PM
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Damn...thats old school...layin it down on wax
Yeah, vinyl is great but in the last few years kids are in to it as much as old guys like me. It sounds better if you got a decent system and we did get CD E.P. out for the analog deprived.
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Old August 25th, 2008, 11:24 PM
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So, did you get at that?
A big fire in a truck did in my back a long time ago and took a bunch of skin grafts and six months in hospital. Really bad time could have been worse so I can't complain too much.

I thought that the Al-Malek plumb I got was great stuff, anyone know more about that brand?
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Old August 25th, 2008, 11:42 PM
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omfg taht is nuts i wish my band took tours like that i want some hookah on the road.. dammm
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A big fire in a truck did in my back a long time ago and took a bunch of skin grafts and six months in hospital. Really bad time could have been worse so I can't complain too much.

I thought that the Al-Malek plumb I got was great stuff, anyone know more about that brand?
Ah, not what I was asking, but that sounds painful.
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Old August 28th, 2008, 12:59 PM
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I guess I missed what you're asking Juno.

Anyway, I got to check out the footage of some of the places we played at found out to my surprise it was shot on 16mm film! The sound quality sucks but luckily the guy our drummer's brother ran the sound board and he made tapes on a 1/2" Studer reel to reel deck and it sound great. Basically i'll have to combine the sound track and film footage and then transfer everything to video.

Off hand i'd say the best bits are 3 covers (If Not This time by 50 Foot Hose, Rocket USA by Head of David and Like Rats by Godflesh) in terms of intensity and audience response which is weird as we never played that stuff live before and we don't do civers much at all.

Also, the narghile caravan is in the film along with a bunch of pics of very cool rigs inclueding my Ishfani stuff in use. I also some footage of that crazy French electronic narghile in use which is kinda cool.
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