Cruise ship gigs! It's all fun and games until they take your passport, or make you fight pirates.
Security work aboard cruise ships is very popular among young Israelis just out of the army; the job is seen as a chance to save money and travel at the same time. Hundreds of veterans and reservists of elite Israel Defense Force units, including the naval commandos, are employed in security work on cruise ships and oil rigs in areas subject to pirate attacks.
He's also a blogger at Argonaut Photo.
Here's a post Aaron wrote about the making of his series of photographs of Sufi Muslims:
I knew I was in pretty good with the Sufis when they started putting their snakes on my head. They don’t just give their snakes to anyone you know. It was Imam Hussein’s birthday, I was in Cairo, Egypt at the place his head is supposed to be buried, and I was 10 hours into my second night of dancing. I had meant to be there making photographs for a global look at Sufism, but 10 minutes into the first night I was dancing. For one thing it was the only way I was going to get to stay, but it was also a steady stream of some of the raddest beats I had ever heard. I'd even go so far as to call it one of the top ten dance floors on the planet. With a heavy metal violin, a distortion pedal for the echoing microphone, tambourines, and reed flutes raging on for 12-hour sets, the musicians created a religious Mosh pit the likes of which I could never have imagined. [...]
Read the original, and watch the laying on of snakes video on Aaron's blog.
Secret Society fans will be excited to learn that the band is poised to record its first studio album, Infernal Machines, in mid-December.
You can download live recordings of the 18-piece steampunk jazz ensemble here, for free. It's all original material, composed by my partner, DJA, and performed by some of the most talented young jazz musicians in New York.
SecSoc is doing a fall fund drive to defray recording costs. If you'd like to contribute, please click here.
Thanks to all the loyal fans who have supported SecSoc over the years by coming out to shows, writing about the gigs, sending cash, and spreading the good word.
Big news: Darcy James Argue's Secret Society signs with NewAm Records.
I've been a Utah Phillips fan since as long as I've been listening to music. I was deeply saddened to learn of his passing. We have lost a truly great American.
Generally speaking, I go to concerts where you pay cash at the door and get change from a twenty--but someone special has a birthday coming up, and Stevie Wonder is coming to town.
Do you know how much Ticketmaster charges to place an order online? Well, there's a "convenience charge" of $12.45 per ticket, plus a $5.15 order processing fee, plus $2.50 for the privilege of printing my receipt. That's a total of $32.55, or 27% of the cost of the tickets. A 27% markup for a service that failed the first time I logged in, sending me back to the end of the line.
These days, any schmo with a website can take secure orders online for next to nothing.
Amazon.com doesn't charge me a separate "convenience fee" to pick out a physical product from an inventory of millions of items. And they throw in the receipt for free, like everyone else in the capitalist system.