The Miscreanthology

Drum machines, microphones, 4-tracks, feedback, guitars, samplers, skateboards, sleaze, dysfunction, nihilism, turntables, analog synthesizers, lo-fi everything, counterculture, experimentation, digital destruction, sonic manipulation, fuzz pedals, space echo, spring reverb, tape noise, trap kits, vocoders, talk-boxes, theremins, amps, speakers, dusty records, Casio keyboards, strange loops, sex sounds, 12-bit beats, bad raps, live claps, djembes, jam sessions, distorted vox, filter sweeps, knobs, crossfaders, sequencers, cassette decks, bongs, bowls, LSD, psychedelic freakouts, crazy girlfriends, red wine, white wine, modded kicks, broken snares, good times, bad times, insomnia, isolation, insanity, and everything in between...

The abstract & idiosyncratic music of Tommy Boylston

Music for Interventions Part 1: The Vox

Music for Interventions Part 2: The Instrumentals

Music for Interventions Part 3: The Hi-Fi/Low-Life



A short film/music video by The Hi-Fi/Low-Life (aka Tommy Boylston III)

Trent Reznor - Archetype of a Synthesizer

This is just fucking awesome! 

Acid Keek

Goodbye, Scooberto

(2000 - 2015)

With tremendous sadness and a heavy heart, I regretfully announce the passing of one of the greatest dogs that I’ve ever known; the one and only Scoob (aka Senior Scooberto). He lived an awesome, adventure filled life and was always surrounded by love and affection. As he gracefully aged from a young pup into an old, wise man, he became more and more of a loyal companion, and stayed by our sides, even in the worst of times. He was loved by many, and undoubtedly left a warm spot in the hearts of anybody that ever met him. Amongst his animal peers, he was the cool, yet cranky old man that they followed around and often slept and cuddled with. On Sunday, he went out for his morning stroll in the backyard and feel in the pool and never made it out. We found him several minutes later and despite performing CPR , we were not able to save him. It was beyond heartbreaking. He, like our cats, wasn’t just a pet; he was part of our family, and we have indeed suffered a great loss with his passing. We love you, little buddy!

Fuck Mary Poppins

A few weeks ago, I came home from the grocery store and immediately noticed that the umbrella was missing from the patio table. I looked around the backyard for several minutes, but it was nowhere to be found. As I was walking back into the house, I couldn't help but to notice an orange umbrella perched upon my roof. It's kinda strange because the weather wasn't stormy or blustery that day, but somehow, the umbrella was unanchored from the base and pulled up to the roof without the slightest bit of damage to the table. I'm guessing that it was either a gust of wind or just another glitch in the matrix. Nonetheless, I wrestled the ladder from the garage, made my way up to the roof, and lowered the rogue umbrella to safety.

Deep Dreaming

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Vincent Bugliosi (1934 - 2015)

Vincent T. Bugliosi
(August 18, 1934 - June 6, 2015)

As a prosecutor, he was tenacious, cunning, methodical, and by most standards, nothing short of legendary. From another perspective, without Vince Bugliosi, there would be no Charles Manson, and Helter Skelter would be just another song in The Beatles catalog. After successfully prosecuting Manson and penning the epic Helter Skelter, "Bugs" went on to publish several other books including Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Outrage: The Five Reasons Why O.J. Simpson Got Away with Murder, and The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder. Rest in peace. 

Kool Keith - Strip Club Husband

Rain on the snagglepuss. 

Happy Birthday + Happy 420

Today, my sweet black kitty turns seven! She's the eldest of the Miscreant Cat Clowder, and also the most reclusive/anti-social. When she's not sunning herself and tracking lizards, Dahli can usually be found hanging out on or around my desk and subsequently getting her hair everywhere. As she's gracefully aged, Dahli has become curiously odd and has taken on a very neurotic role amongst the other cats; think George Costanza meets Rain Man with a little Zsa Zsa Gabor thrown in for good measure. Nonetheless, Happy Birthday Sweet Dhee! The Pounce will be a plenty!

Beastie Boys - Too Many Rappers (Video)

Crab rappers, and hackers, and circuit benders...

Back in 2009, we were teased with a screencap of what appeared to be a video for the Beastie Boys/Nas collab Too Many Rappers, but sadly, it never saw the light of day...that is, until a few days ago. I've watched the video several times over and each time, it makes me smile and sad all at the same time. I fucking love these guys and always will. RIP Adam Yauch. 

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Dahli The Huntress

Gato vs. Lagarto

Although an incredibly pampered inside cat, Dahli-Bell (aka Sweet Dhee) can still hunt down and drop a lizard in the blink of an eye. Today, luck was on the side of the lizard as he escaped the situation (minus his tail) and lived to see another day. For those keeping track, the lizard here is a brown anole and they can be found all throughout Florida.

The Backyard Possum (aka Pool-Pah)

I was on the porch the other day when I looked out upon the lawn and saw this cool little fella nibbling fruit under the adonidia tree in the backyard. I nicknamed him Pool-Pah because, when I first saw him, I was listening to the soundtrack of the unreleased film, The Flasher, which was recorded by a band calling guessed it; Pool-Pah! He hung around for a bit, ate some more fruit, crawled into the tree, and eventually faded into the darkness as the day gave way to the evening. For those wondering, although primarily nocturnal, around December and January, it's not at all uncommon to see possum during daylight hours, especially on cloudy or cool days, or whenever food might be scarce.

The TR-7X7 Expansion Is Available From Roland

Good news everybody; Roland has finally released the highly anticipated TR-7X7 expansion for the TR-8 drum machine! This means, in addition to having the rich and robust 808 and 909 sounds at your disposal, you will also be able to use sounds from the underrated Roland TR-707 and TR-727 drum machines. The bad news; this update will cost us $95 (US). More info here

In the real world/grand scheme of things, it's not at all uncommon for a company to charge for expansion packs or for additional content, however after dropping $500 on a drum machine which, essentially has only two kits, being asked to fork over another $95 for additional drum sounds seems like a bit much, especially considering it's only the 7X7 series and not anything from the classic CompuRhythm line (CR-78, CR-8000, CR-68, etc.). I'm not saying that this should be a free update by any means, but I think Roland should reconsider the hefty price on this one. Now, if this expansion included the TR-606/626, TR-505, as well as the 707 sounds, I might feel that I'm getting my money's worth, but right now, I'm just not able to wrap my head around the current asking price. 

Since we're on the subject of drum machines, why not take this quiz! I scored lower than I thought I would, but the fact that I did get several correct does confirm that I am indeed some sort of dork. 

The Bass That Ate Miami (Full Documentary)

If you never saw the documentary, now is your chance! I was fortunate enough to attend the premiere in 2013 and it was utterly amazing for those of us that dig Miami Bass. A huge thanks to Alex Weir, Great Scott, Rick Sosa, Dreamhouse Studios, and Cut It Up Def Entertainment for putting together this amazing piece of history!