I’ve just added a new t-shirt design to my Born in 1974 shop on CafePress. This new design pays tribute — in a suitably retro cheesy style — to the glorious year of my birth.
And while you’re there (since I know you’re on your way at this very moment to buy one), don’t forget my other retro-ish designs, Seven Days without Pizza Makes One Weak and Old Old School (featuring a truly “old school” media format).
Checking Wikipedia, I discovered some celebrity birthdays of note: I was born a week after Jenna Fischer (Pam from The Office) and 11 days before Lark Voorhees (Lisa from Saved by the Bell.) I’m also within a month or two of Kate Moss, Tiffani Thiessen (another Saved by the Bell alumna), Christian Bale, Seth Green, James Blunt, Mark-Paul Gosselaar (more Saved by the Bell), Jenna Jameson, Da Brat, Victoria “Posh Spice” Beckham, Penélope Cruz, Jewel, Alanis Morissette and Derek Jeter. And that’s just in the first half of the year.
Sheesh. And my greatest claim to fame is the freakin’ Chewbacca thing.
Way back in the Bassius-O-Phelius days of the mid-’90s, we started selling our cassettes (well, trying to) over the Internet. Back then it was via Usenet newsgroups. One of our most enthusiastic “fans” (to whom we jokingly referred as “Bassius Fan #001” — we were ambitious, but not too much so) was a guy in Ohio named Jerry Kranitz.
Well, these days Jerry’s the online king of space rock, with his series of streaming Internet radio shows under the banner of Aural Innovations. I sent Jerry a copy of Highway 34 Revisited and he featured “Heavy Water” on the latest episode (#65) of the “anything goes” show “Drool Trough”.
After nearly a year away from actively making music, I found a window of opportunity and cranked out 4 complete songs in the span of 6 days. (Actually, 6 evenings, because I worked all day 5 of those 6 days.)
The results were heavily… uh… Ataricized… so there was only one appropriate title for the EP: Limitations of the System.
The whole thing’s available for free download at the link above. (But if you like it, I wouldn’t mind you throwing a bone — or like, maybe, you know, five bucks or something — my way.)
And what do you know, it’s even being “released” on a Tuesday. Maybe Room 34 Records is turning into a real label after all…