Mike Shiflet's a busy man, but mostly by necessity. He once said in an interview that he's not comfortable unless he's overwhelmed. Aside from his full-time job, Shiflet has plenty to overwhelm him these days. When he's not working with Two Dollar Radio, the Clintonville-based alternative book publisher, he's usually recording, writing or playing his own music or Asurya's, the noise drone band that's playing Friday at Kobo. When he's not doing all that, he likes to run long distances (like ultramarathon long). These are a few of his favorite things.
Mike Shifletís a busy man, but mostly by necessity. He once said in an interview that heís not comfortable unless heís overwhelmed. Aside from his full-time job, Shiflet has plenty to overwhelm him these days. When heís not working with Two Dollar Radio, the Clintonville-based alternative book publisher, heís usually recording, writing or playing his own music or Asuryaís, the noise drone band thatís playing Friday at Kobo. When heís not doing all that, he likes to run long distances (like ultramarathon long). These are a few of his favorite things.
I got into soccer about a decade ago and slowly got into the Premier League. I wanted to pick a team that reflected what I see in Ohio sports teams: Working class nature, but at the same time I didnít want to root for a perpetual loser, the way Ohio sports teams tend to be. I was also looking for a team that wasnít a mega club, but still had a chance to do something impressive. Eventually I settled on Everton because they fit the bill to a ĎTí and at the time they had Americans Landon Donovan and Tim Howard on the squad.
They put out my favorite album of last year, Youíve Always Meant So Much to Me. Itís just an amazing piece of music. The album is one 38-minute piece. It starts with some drone and some bass notes and slowly evolves to the 22-minute mark, where it becomes this full-on metal blast. Itís really overwhelming and goes on for 10 minutes and then goes back to its initial state. Itís got this dual nature to it because if youíre focusing and paying attention, it reveals itself in really beautiful ways; thereís harmonium and strings and electronics on top of each other that you might not pick out if youíre casually listening. But when you are casually listening, you catch this big reveal of this band coming out of nowhere. I find that equally rewarding.
It's a website run by Dr. Michael Greger. Heís a cool personality; his videos are hilarious. I like the website for two reasons: The first is that they show a lot of hidden benefits of natural foods and, alternatively, they kind of take down sort of industry-sponsored studies that tell you you donít need to eat natural foods. For me, everything started with running. I was a junk food vegetarian and I had already been running, but was starting to take it more seriously when I read ďBorn to Run.Ē About a year after reading ďBorn to Run,Ē a guy featured in it, Scott Jurek, came out with a book called ďEat & Run.Ē Along with Scott, I started finding more vegan athletes and through all of them became more aware of these nutrition resources.
I got my first Orange amp last year on Craigslist after trying a couple brands of amplifiers and not being satisfied. There was a guy selling an entry model. I bought it and was immediately floored by it. In the past year Iíve since upgraded it to a bigger model in that line and also bought a bigger 100-watt Orange amp. I now have two amplifiers and three cabinets that Iíve splurged on in the last year. The sound is amazing. Theyíre typically used by stoner rock sludge bands, but the sound is really vintage í70s guitar tone. I like playing it at experimental music shows. Itís not a place youíd normally see them. I like bringing that tone into this other world in which I perform.
Cornelius Cardew's treatise†
Treatise is one of the most popular graphic scores, which is a kind of invention of 20th Century composers in which you donít have typical music notation. It can be any sort of visual representation to inform the music. So you might just have everything from traditional sheet music with scribbles to a print-out of a couple circles. A graphic score can be anything. The treatise is one of the most popular. Itís 193 pages long; itís a series of lines and shapes that kind of flow from one into the next, and there are no instructions whatsoever on how to perform or read it. Thatís what I like most about it. The only real instruction is you canít just make it up as you go along. It doesnít matter what any of the shapes represent, but they have to represent something. You have to decide what they mean to you and interpret that in your playing. Thatís what appeals to me most. Iíve performed it ó never the whole thing though. People have performed the whole thing, but it isnít doing the treatise justice. Iíve performed segments a handful of times. Itís always different and I usually try to pick a few out.