I am a Yid. I like to rock. Veitur!

- [ Tuesday, March 22, 2005 ] -
I'm preparing...
...are you?

- [ Thursday, March 17, 2005 ] -
My very own Matis bootleg
Finally, after finishing the tedious processing of my audio files, my own crappy Matisyahu bootleg from 1-27-2005 is available to the public.

My impressions of the show.

The official bootleg text file.

Caveats: The sound is a little boomy. It was recorded on MD, which uses lossy data compression. Then I converted it to WAV over an analog connection (also lossy). This only matters to a small percentage of the population which is either anally retentive or has ultra-sensitive hearing.

- [ Sunday, March 13, 2005 ] -
Unlistenable Bootleg, part 2
I'm took samples from the show so you can see what it is. It turns out the guy who's yelling the entire show is the taper himself. I know this because on track 14, the introduction to "Tzama Lcho Nafshi," the freak gets called up on stage and introduces himself by the same name that's attributed to the taper. Advice for tapers: don't be the loudest person in the room.

Don't let anyone tell you that this guy doesn't love Moshiach.

If you ask me, I think beer was involved.

I put together some evidence, samples of "whoooooo!!!!!," shouted requests, and off-key singing, for the taper's trial, here.

- [ Wednesday, March 09, 2005 ] -
Great show, unlistenable bootleg
I think the bootlegging thing is relatively new to some Jewish fans of Matisyahu. I just downloaded the worst bootleg ever. The recording is pretty decent, and the energy sounded really amazing. However...
  1. He recorded it with a tape recorder with a built-in mic. Though the sound is decent, it's entirely useless to keep a low-fidelity show in a lossless format as opposed to something smaller and more universal like MP3.
  2. He sings along. Very badly.
  3. He shrieks requests.
  4. "Whooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
Unlistenable. Dammit. Save your bandwidth. Don't download the 2005-01-24 show @ the Grog Shop in Cleveland.

- [ Tuesday, March 08, 2005 ] -
My Purim season music schedule
I've been asked by a few people what's happening on Purim and when am I playing. Thank God I've got plenty to do. Here's the schedule. More details may follow.

Monday, March 14th, 5:00pm
Evën Sh'siyah plays University of Wisconsin in Madison.

Thursday, March 24th, Purim, 7:30pm
Annual Purim masquerade party at the Tannenbaum Chabad House in Evanston (2014 Orrington). Show up early so you can catch my first set. I'll be playing in all three bands, and honestly, I think you'll be missing out if you don't catch them all.

6:40 pm - Megillah
7:30 pm - Farbrengiton
8:30 pm - Yaniv and the Ra'ashan band
10:30 pm - Evën Sh'siyah
12:00 am - Angry Neighbors Association/Evanston Police riot control

also, an encore presentation of the Megillah at 12:00am

This will be best $4 you will ever spend.

The following Saturday Night, March 26th, 9:00pm
Kfar does it again. We have a big-time rock show at the Subterranean, 2011 North Avenue in Chicago...
Hard Rockin Hamentashen
Music starts at 9:00.
I'm going to be playing with the Chicago version of Heedoosh (formerly known as "Chiddush," an offshoot of Ra'ashan... I'll explain it another time). Next act is Ari Ben Moses, a Chicago Jewish-rock-reggae act that I've been meaning to see for a while. The main act is Jewish rock legend, Moshe Skier, performing with his hard-rock power trio, the Moshe Skier Band.

- [ Monday, March 07, 2005 ] -
Is SBC is blocking your outgoing mail?
This post will only be of interest if you have SBC providing your home internet, and use an outside SMTP/POP3 for mail.

For the last 2-3 weeks, I've had a puzzling error. I could receive e-mail, but mysteriously, all my outgoing mail would produce an error. I'm a tinkerer, so I assumed it was something I did. I installed, uninstalled and reinstalled programs. I searched online. I changed every internet and port setting I could find. I really didn't want to call a help line, because I assumed they would make me reinstall Windows, or tell me that me that it's a different company's problem. I couldn't even figure out whose problem it was. I eventually came to the unnerving conclusion that it must be my port settings which must be set differently because a Microsoft security update took offense at my set-up.

It turns out, it's SBC.

I hope this helps people who have been pulling out their hair trying to figure out which major computer corporation left them screwed. Now all I have to do to fix it by talking to my 4 different ISPs or SBC, explaining something one of them did to the other one that I don't completely understand. God help us all.

(thanks to some miracle, This Blog Is Full Of Crap, complains about his job working for an ISP.)

UPDATE: Gotta love SBC's Indian tech support. I can't understand their accents. They can't understand mine. There is definitely a language barrier on the phone.

UPDATE: The only way to facilitate this change is through SBC's website. It's a scary web-form. It's scary because when I entered two reports, one with a bad login and one with the correct login. I got the same output for both, "Your message has been sent." I have to wait 12 to 24 hours before I get an answer via e-mail. Or not. The black hole of one way communication.

UPDATE: The e-mail came back early. I still have deep-rooted trust issues with SBC, but in this case I was mistaken. The help system worked fairy well. I got what I needed. My stuff got fixed. I didn't talk to any morons.

- [ Friday, March 04, 2005 ] -
Mazal Tov!
Mazal tov to my dear friends the "Wops'!" They made a little Wopsie! She's 6.5 pounds (or something like that. Girls pay attention to that stuff). Thank God, everybody is healthy and doing well.