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The Road is Frought with Human Error

In Hidden Number, News on August 23, 2011 at 3:28 am

The aptly named Human_Error tour is over, and we’ve finally had some time to catch our collective breath. Here is the saga.

The Human_Error Tour Must Have Errors

Loading the van

Loading the van

Error_1  The first job was to find some decent transportation. At one point, we were actually seriously considering installing a hitch on a Prius. But luckily we were able to borrow a Subaru Outback from some very dear family. Once we had the trailer loaded, which is an understatement since the trailer was twice the size of what we needed, the car would not shift out of park. I was thinking, Oh great, we’re not even going to be able to get on the road. But luckily Justin knew how to override the shifting mechanism and get us in gear. Things were getting very, very real.

Who is Justin? Why, he is our Touring Bassist, playlist dj, and Mechanic! The Joe Stuhff that we all know and love, is busy getting the Father of the Year Award for 2011. In fact his whole family was upgrading to some nicer diggs around the time of this tour. No more view of the Space Needle, but who needs that anyway when you get to give your youngest child a real bedroom? Joe is our hero. So is Justin, who Saved The Day several times. More on that later.

Error_2  We got lucky in the past by borrowing projectors so that we could show off Josh’s heartfelt and epic visual display. Yet no unlucky sap would volunteer for the tour. So we stopped off at Fry’s to grab a good projector at a good value (an Acer). The salesperson was extremely helpful. He loaded us down with a ton of accessories. Later, we would discover that the projector came with all the same accessories. This would become the first set of returns we would need to make after the tour. More on this later. After a sandwich and a smoothy, we loaded the car with a pallette of water, our new projector, and 4 fancy lads–and hit the open road for Portland.

[More about the tour after the break…] Read the rest of this entry »

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The 2011 Hidden Number Human_Error Tour of 2011

In Events, Hidden Number, Philosophy, Science on August 1, 2011 at 11:40 pm

Dearest friends, it is the year 2011.

We have flying cars.

We have slave robots.

Yet, we do not have personalized human cloning that would enable Hidden Number clones to live in your attic and come down to perform the songs from our hit record, Human_Error, for you at your every whim. This is why we have organized for the original, non-cloned band members to leave the Magnet Large & Small dungeon and recording studio–to make a sojourn southward from Seattle, down through the open expanses of Oregon valleys and passes, and then back again. The band must gain these experiences so that we can properly train our future clones.

We were pretty surprised and excited about the turnout at the record release back in May. After 4 long and hard years, it was the culmination of a new state of mind for us. We spent that time getting our new band member Josh up to speed and focusing on new material that brought out the strengths of the new lineup. Josh contributed a bunch of melodic guitar parts, while Dean spent time on expressing with his voice exactly what the new paradigm of lyrics demanded. Joe and Kai worked out some super tight rhythm parts to lay a foundation. Then we iterated over all the songs again and again. Honing, building, distilling. I think we were aiming to inject more expression into the music. We didn’t use any sequencing on the parts, and kept it all live. Together, our souls are very turbulent, and over those 4 years we had a lot of ups and downs in our personal lives and with each other while locked in the same room for hours. And that’s what went into the music. So, at the record release, it was pretty rewarding to look out at a packed Comet and realize that this was the moment it was all leading to. We had to inspire. And we heard from folks that it might have been our best performance to date. I felt like we were all in the band together that night, everyone in the room. Yet it was only for those few in Seattle who could make it, and the moment was fleeting.

The Tour

Hidden Number 2011 Human_Error Tour Dates of 2011

PORTLAND, OR – Thursday, August 4, 2011 – @ Slabtown

EUGENE, OR – Friday, August 5, 2011 – @ The Black Forest

MEDFORD, OR – Saturday, August 6, 2011 – @ Johnny B’s

SEATTLE – Friday, August 12, 2011 – @ The Blue Moon Tavern

In today’s democratized music business, the only rare thing is performance. All the recordings are free. We can consult the oracle whenever we please. Yet, we still cannot be together. So, we want to come and meet you and play some music and hang out. That is the 2011 Hidden Number Human_Error Tour of 2011. Head over to our music site to hear all the songs for free in advance, get a free download, and read some of Dean’s inspiring lyrics.

You can also find out about all the bands we’ll be playing with. First, and foremost Warning: Danger! With these guys rocking, we can all sleep soundly at night. Other bands: Dartgun and the Vignettes, John Wesley Coleman III, Rayon Beach, Los Other Phux, and BioLuminescent Sea Witches. Head over to ReverbNation to listen to most of these bands.

QR Code for Hidden Number Mobile Site

QR Code for Hidden Number Mobile Site

Hidden Number Mobile

We are trying to keep our mobile site up to date so that you can have some useful information on the day of the show, on your mobile device. One easy way to visit the site from your phone, is to scan the code that will take you there.

Keep in Touch

We’ll try to update everyone on the progress. You can keep in touch on our facebook page, or through Twitter. Follow @DeanAlanSwanson or @kaiweb.

What’s New

We just created a YouTube channel, and have been posting some videos that feature exerpts from the Human_Error record release performance. We’re going to try to repeat this performance at every stop on the tour, so now you know what to expect!

I should also note that we have a bass player filling in for us while on tour–Justin. He’s rad. More on him later. Meanwhile, Joe is moving to a new home with his family and is a top contender for the #1 Dad award on so many levels. It’s a shame we cannot clone him for the tour. And yet, Justin has somehow managed to learn all the songs in record time with a smile on his face–despite at least 4 different emergencies (at least). This guy is a hard worker, and it’s hard to keep up with his creativity. It’s important that you meet him to know what I mean.

What’s your favorite invention of the current future of today? What do you want to know about Justin? What info should we post while on the road? Anything we left out? Let us know…

-=HN=-

[Kai]

Super Hidden Number Puzzle Quiz Question Number Three

In Puzzle Quiz on February 9, 2011 at 11:36 pm
Abstruse Art

Abstruse Art

It’s a little known fact that just prior to deciding upon our band name, we almost went with “Abstruse Art”.  Lucky for you, we came to our senses.

But I digress.  It is time for us once again to have a little fun with another installment of Super Hidden Number Puzzle Quiz Question, Number Three!  And why is this one super?  It is because you, our fans, are super.  And we want to reward you with an actual physical reward from the vaults of Dean’s basement dwelling.  That’s right, the first person to get the question right, gets a free t-shirt!  You will get to choose from whatever stock we happen to have on hand, so that means that you’re not stuck with two of the same shirts if you have already pre-ordered our upcoming brand new record, Human_Error.

Question:  What location does this symbol represent?

First person to guess correctly will get that t-shirt, as well as a solid hand shake (in private).  Try crossing your eyes and/or tilting your head. You may not participate if you’re in the band, Joe.

We’re having a lot of fun with this!  We hope you are, too!

UPDATE:  Tim figured it out on our fb page.  It’s called a QR code, and it points to our website http://hiddennumberportal.com.  Tim gets a t-shirt, with our esteemed compliments and back rubs.

-=HN=-

[Kai]

A poem for September

In Hidden Number, News, Random, Shout Outs on October 10, 2010 at 9:14 pm

In September we did not play

But steeled within the studio all day

And steadily mixed all of Side A.

 

Josh was listening to Beethoven

Dean was watching Mater Suspiria Vision (very NSFW!)

And Kai had many a drum lesson.

Now let us focus on Side B

And gather Staunts’ deft artistry

for March’s record release party

fin.

We leave you with this special remake (NSFW!)

… and happy birthday to Joe!

-=HN=-

[Kai]

Merry Xmen

In Hidden Number, Random on December 12, 2009 at 10:02 pm
 

Xmas stocking with HN logo

Merry Xmen

[As dictated by bassist Joe Stuhff, via electric medium]

Not too many stockings bear a printed depiction of an open mouthed serpent–ornamental Christmas stockings even less so. God smiles upon us, Jesus is one year older, and Allah and Ganesh are drinking hot cocoa with Quetzalcoatl. Christmas trees are decorated, from Korea to Israel, and Eskimos eat glazed ham for dinner. The demon who inhabits Frosty the Snowman’s body is summoned and duly banished. Atheists, agnostics, and evangelists share a thin gruel of bitter falsehood.Vikings and communists alike regain a veneer of humanity. Happy Festivus to one and all!

-=HN=-

[Kai]

0M3L3TT3 R3C1P3

In Recipes on November 5, 2009 at 12:20 am

[A regular series of recipes, as dictated by bassist Joe Stuhff]

OMELETTES

an overview;
an understatement;
OMELETTES are eggs whipped up and cooked into a roundish shaped, and filled with a variety of mostly breakfast-type items.
OMELETTES
a realistic opinion;
OMELETTES are great!
an end to digression;
I digress. The pearl of this oyster of contemplation, OMELETTES, are nothing more than the most potentially fulfilling experience a mere carbon-based life form can hope to achieve.
A humble submission;  ….

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We lied

In Hidden Number, News on September 23, 2009 at 11:10 pm

Is it just me, or are a lot of local bands going in a great direction right now?  My Bones and Organs comes to mind.  They keep adding slow and heaviness to their set, and I can’t get enough.  Well, last Friday we were called in by Brooker to do a surprise show at Rendezvous as part of the POST-grunge PDX-SEA Showcase (or, what I like to call the Showcase Showdown), and Greenriver Thrillers busted out some new material (or new to me) that upgraded their sound to be even more epic sounding.  So, it’s great to see things unfolding.  I think something’s about to explode.

Also great to hear Mongoloid Village bust out some excellent complicated and creative beats.  We were drunken talking about putting something together after the show, so perhaps we could do something in PDX, maybe with Drats or something.  We’ll see.

We ended the show with our own rendition of Young Liars by TV on the Radio:

Other random news:  We’re putting together some ideas for a video for (We’ll Never Be) Friends 4 Evr.  This won’t ever be completed, but when we die in a jet crash then someone should try to find it and complete it and make some money off of it.  And Joe has created offspring… and yet he pulls off the impossible black magic trick of continuing to rock.  Amazing.  Go Joe!

Thanks for coming out, and sorry Lanza for drowning you in my angst driven paranoid rant of nihilist cynacism. 

Hey, anything we should cover at our next show?

-=HN=-

 

[Kai]

The fine art of beef back ribs

In Recipes on August 5, 2009 at 11:06 pm

[A regular feature of our newsletter, as dictated by bassist Joe Stuhff.]

     Meat can have a great and sensual flavor. It can also be inedible ultragarbage, if prepared by one not savvy to this fact: Meat isn’t the delicious part of meat. It is the fat, the ligaments, the sinewy parts from whence glue is rendered, which rule our pallets like latex-clad flavor dominatrices. The protein part is just substance, a texture to contain in its little pockets and nooks and crannies the honey-sweet tang of melting bone sheaths. For those willing to forgo proper digestive function in favor of a truly luxuriant experience gastronomique, I proudly submit my preparation for:

                        BEEF BACK RIBS

YOU WILL NEED
ALUMINUM FOIL
At least one rack of BEEF BACK RIBS, meaty ones, not those frozen shits.  The ribs should be cut in half, through the rack once flanken style, so no bone is longer than five inches.
A POUND OR TWO OF BUTTER
SALT
PEPPER
CUMIN
GARLIC POWDER
BBQ SAUCE

  Step 1. Leave the ribs unrefrigerated for at least four to six hours, to ensure some nice, limp floppy pieces of meat. Read the rest of this entry »

June retrospective

In Events, Hidden Number, Reviews, Shout Outs on June 28, 2009 at 4:38 pm

Okay, so everyone is telling us that our previous show at the Nectar show was one of the best sounding shows we’ve had, so congratulations to the sound guy!  And a huge thank you to everyone who stuck around to the very end.  And let’s thank Mauricio, who set the whole thing up.  I’m sure your faces were in agony from all the laughs preceding us; not to mention being substantially exhausted from Canadian funnyman Brad Brake, who somehow ended up being shirtless in a thong by the end of the show, right?  Were we at the same show?  I’m pretty sure that’s what I was seeing, and it hurt.  How does one follow up that kind of energy?  By having an excellent sound system, and a professional running it.  I’m voting for this as my favorite venue to play at to date, although sometimes it’s all about the moment.  Anyway, Sir Christian Staunts got us on video, so we’re going to see if we can’t just jam that straight into the tubes, if you do not mind our endulgence.   So keep your RSS feed readers hungry and alert.

For those of you who are wondering what the heck happened in the middle of the set, that was Joe singing a song that we reserve only when Dean is under the influence of the BSOD (i.e. UIBSOD).  So that was in fact three never before heard ditties:  Mesopotamia (B-52s), Don’t Come Around Here No More (Tom Petty), and Untitled (Joe Stuhff).

Since the show, we were informed by Jim of an elequent review of the show  that adds some context to the evening’s festivities.

It was a great cap, to a productive month.  We’ve knocked out a substantial amount of drum & bass tracks, and are one session away from posting Friends 4 Ever publicly, because we like you.

Upcoming show:  We are grabbing a shift along side My Bones and Organs at the Sunset,  Sunday July 19th.  It’s an early show, but that’s good because it’s about time that you got some sleep before work on Monday, you loitering hooligan.

[Let us know if you want to be on the mailing list]

-=HN=-

 

[Kai]

John Tesh

In Events, Hidden Number, News, Random on May 30, 2009 at 2:49 pm

So yeah, last night’s show ended up being dedicated to John Tesh.  Who saw that coming?   I didn’t catch it, but Jake told us later at hash brown town that in the middle of Human Error, Joe screamed “Teeeeeeeeeeeeeesh!” a la Wrath of Khan.

We talked to Datura Blues about some future shows, so good things.   PLUS, you just can’t go wrong with Malachi running your sound.  He’s like an audio talisman.  PLUS, we got Super Fan bringing the party.  Everybody wins.  And then Mark totally shows up with photos from the Josephine show and a VHS of our last gig with My Bones and Organs.   Let’s see if we’re not too shy to post any of it.

So yeah, not much else to talk about this time… Any ideas on future blog posts from us?  Anything you want to discuss.  The internet is your oyster.

-=HN=-

[Kai]