June 25th, 2009


Currently in the quivering arms of Bezerkeley, at Casa de Bass, realizing i’ve got quite a lot of new bass-cakes in the oven, several of which are ready for you to consume fully.

We will be giving out a new bootleg in the next few days, as well as dropping a new release this weekend, then heading off to the Rocky Mountains for Sonic Bloom…

I remember the first Sonic Bloom, i felt sooooo carefree at the Mishawaka… such perfect weather, such GORGEOUS river waterfall lushness. Such epic sounds and wobble, and then the next thing i knew i had drank waaayyyyyy too much tequila, and was pee-ing on Kyrian’s leg, dressed like a character out of some bad fairy tale, ranting about nonsense, begging my friend Travis not to let me puke. It was good good gooooooood times. Thank god that all went down after my set. Can’t very well be pee-ing unabashedly on Kyrian’s leg while im playing a set, now can i?

So this weekend i shall return for another round of antics, perhaps sans the grotesque amount of the Devil’s Drink. Or perhaps not. There is really no telling, and since none of us here are mind readers, let’s change the subject and turn now to our gear section for a review!


“Yes, hi. Levonne here, reporting and reviewing on all the latest gedgetry to hit the streets.

This month’s device is called the Akai APC40. We Ableton users have all been waiting desperately for the orgy of bright buttons and knobs and faders, and it has arrived to much fanfare, hub-ub, and excitement.

And after all the waiting:

The new Akai APC40 = meh.


its the perfect word for our ungrateful generation. and i will now use that word to describe this much anticipated, highly unimpressive piece of gadgetry. One day soon i will likely eat my words, as i so often do, and you will see me flagrantly noodling away on one, but for now, my review is an unequivocal “MEH”

a resounding, unforgiving “meh.”

I got about as far as realizing that this will not fit in any backpack or travel case (in part due to its POINTLESSLY diagonal sides) and its knobs that turn infinitely and are maybe useful to someone who isn’t a TOTAL KNOB JUNKIE WHO IS BLINDED BY THEIR OWN HAIR, but when you are in the thick of it, you need to be able to TOUCH A KNOB, know exactly where its at, and cuurrrrve that parameter with total precision in accordance with your god-given will…

this device does not allow the accuracy needed to execute the perfect sweep, it does not fit into any carry on luggage, and so, for now, it’s pretty little lights and faders will moonwalk their way back to Guitar Center from whence they came.

I’m Levonne Yolando Jones, reporting live for Bassnectar Lab’s IN THE GEAR CORNER.”

Onward and upward.

Not expecting a sponsorship from Akai anytime soon but….

Check back this weekend for some new musica.

Flipping the script now with an unabashed nod to real, genuine struggle – aside from playful and materialistic distraction ceremonies, lots of REAL TIME SHIT is going down in the Middle East. A simple 5 minutes a day of checking in on the situation, discussing it with friends, and keeping the story fresh in people’s minds is important because it goes a long way. Even when our press stops reporting on it, these things can go on for a long time, often getting worse, but over here it is out of sight, out of mind. Finding solidarity with those in the struggle is a great way to support them.

If you haven’t already seen the horrible video of that girl Neda get shot and die before her father’s eyes, i recommend doing so. It is so unpleasant and disturbing, but it confronts your mind with real live serious shit going on RIGHT NOW. It is important to confront those kinds of things that we have the luxury to AVOID seeing…solidarity with those who do not have that same luxury helps empower us to avoid those things in our own lives and ideally it empowers us to share our blessings and share energy, time, and life force with those who are less fortunate.

I just spoke with a friend of mine whose very own cousin was TAKEN AWAY ONLY YESTERDAY!!! This is seriously tyrannical stuff. I know Michael Jackson just passed away, and that is super touching/nostalgic/newsworthy but it should not eclipse my friend’s 20 year old cousin being STRAIGHT HIJACKED AND THROWN IN PRISON for protesting. Again, not trying to rant here, just saying i would like to cast my vote for balance: 1/2 parts goofy/fun/artistic/loving/appreciative and 1/2 parts defiant/raw/serious/powerful/unstoppable because we can choose what we allow to happen, and if we party party all the time, we allow lame shit like this to go down. And if we work all the time Jack becomes a dull boy and that’s never a good thing either…

Not to sound self righteous, i just feel bad letting Levonne rant away about plastic gadgets when people are neck-deep in such intense struggles for the privileges that we take for granted over here, so i wanted to balance it out with some awareness of the other end of the very real spectrum.

Much love!

  • Janet

    You're in Bezerkeley?? Berkeley across the bay from your home?!?!?!?!

  • bliggity blog wizzaaaam!

    can't wait for bloom… thizzity thankzz for the ticket
    appreciate it alot. cya saturday

  • BJR

    NEw releases, hoo Whahaha!!!

    Dude, Ill be trying to trade my art for yours at sonic bloom. Those 2BB sets from last Sunday morning need to be played at high volumes. Colorado boingin banging mashin n stylin boieee, Here we come !!! B

  • Christiane

    The Revolutionary Gaurds corresponding newspaper said that the BBC paid a protester off to shoot Neda. unbefuckinglievable!! well, not really i guess. so sorry about your friends cousin.

  • (holding hand to ear)
    ..im sorry, im being told it was actually Neda's *friend* not her father. Not that it matters very much, but i want to be reporting strictly the facts, sir.

    (thanks to avid Reader Lia P McGilikutty for the tip!)

    -posted in earnest
    Lorin J Stewart

  • Note that the man with Neda was not actually her father, as initially reported.

    What's KEY here is that the world is paying attention because WE told THEM what mattered to us. If it weren't for twitter and facebook, would Obama have watched the video? Would mainstream news have aired it?
    So long as the internet remains free, we DO have the power to set the agenda.
    What potential.
    Use it.

  • Excited for you and Random Rab to whomp the Mish back to back on Saturday!

  • indaskyes

    1. Tequila is delicious, never stop drinking it.
    2. You totally unsold me on the APC40, thanks a lot jerk.
    3. Viva la revolucion! Lame as it sounds keep up with Iran on Twitter is actually helping. Crazy.

  • Thanks Lorin,

    I appreciate you bringing attention to this issue. My cousin is just one of thousands who have been taken away. Evin Prison notorious in Iran for its abuses and feared by all is MAXED OUT and they have had to begin taking protesters to other locations.

    Neda, the young woman who was shot, was 28 years old and a philosophy student. That was actually not her father but her professor that she was standing with. She is the voice of an Iranian generation as 65% of University students in Iran are women.

    Yes, its true; the most powerful act of solidarity you can do for Iranians right now is pay attention to what is happening and make sure the media keeps reporting on this story. Let them know you want to hear about it. When they stop reporting, the abuses go unnoticed and this gives license for the crack down to be harder. Another very important thing to do is to call out governement, OUR representatives and let them know that intervention in the form of sanctions (that only serve to harm the people, not the government) and in the form of covert operation are unnacceptable. Unacceptable. It is these sorts of tactics that led the country to the place its in now in the first place -watch the movie Iran (is not the problem) for more background on this.

    Thanks for helping me to give voice to this very important issue Lorin. Thanks for your care folks.


  • I agree this Real War has been going on for…What 10 plus years with so few people noticing its severity.

    This is a world full of Preoccupation. May your sources of News and Information be More Abundant and Fair…I hope ours is; Canada. But may we also not forget to enjoy celebrating Life and Everything that is Worth Living For; too…

    Shambhala Is going to be a Most Amazing Year 2009…I hope We will be able to do some Celebrating With you and your Crew; with Our Crew: <3 <3 <3 SmoOcHes and SquIsHiEs

  • You can remember Jacko in one of your sets, but remembering the faceless people who struggle for freedom and liberty is the much more difficult task. Stay on the tougher road…

  • 4centers

    I am wondering more about Korea. 1/2 and half though. Dwelling on potential nuclear war is depressing. Not thinking about it is easy. Do you think our Government would protect us? It good to be aware though, you're right. Matt

  • hwittmeyer

    never have i had a musical experience that compares to that of your performance at Sonic Bloom this year, which is the very first time i've heard you live. i think at least half of us crazy behemoths seriously believed you were a god of sorts….. please come to the twin cities up in minnesota! the upper midwest needs some of the nectar. keep up the phantasmagoric bliss!

  • Maybe this is the new Nectar toy. Comes with Ableton included, is made in Austin..by an Austinite..by hand..not Robots..I just got one a few weeks ago.

  • joshonenut

    we need the nectar in BOSTON

  • Lombo37

    please please please…

    i need to find a video of the welcome to the jungle mix from all good 2009. i would be forever grateful if this is possible.


  • I was really considering getting that apc40 too…… What about the ohm64?

  • I was really considering getting that apc40 too…… What about the ohm64?

  • The Facemelt Brothers

    If you know how to work the APC, you can do anything! It’s Ridiculous!

  • The Facemelt Brothers

    If you know how to work the APC, you can do anything! It’s Ridiculous!

  • shanebasshead

    Shout out to the Mish! <3 COOL <3