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I am back before gone and what better way to keep friends around than to give them free stuff! So, if you are interested and send a letter with a "Self addressed stamped envelope" inside to:

Rat Sound - Stickers
321 Bernoulli Circle
Oxnard, CA 93030

We will drop in 3 Rat stickers and post it back to ya!

So who woulda knew that diving into blogging about roadies would be so read? So read that somehow the Spike TV show "ManSwers" found me and sent a crew out to interview me on some roadie-ish stuff. Don't know when it will be on or whether I will end up on the digital parallel to the cutting room floor, but I must admit that it was really fun and I had a blast. Especially the part where I felt very manly while getting my face powdered

The ManSwers crew was super cool and I realized that in a way, they are a special breed of TV roadies that travel in a small herd of 4 in a minivan. And what do roadies love? Yep, you got it, SWAG!!! So to test whether they were truly roadies, I offered swag which they seemed to be quite happy with.

Rock on Sacha and crew!

**** Not Sound but just the same, Nerd Speak ****

What else,,,,, Oh, a special treat for our bloggery friends that use the somewhat awkward combination of Blackberry phone and Macintosh computer. There is now and finally a way to tether your computer to your phone. For those unfamiliar, tethering is where you connect your phone to your laptop via cable or Bluetooth and utilize your cell phone's internet connection to access the internet on your laptop. This is super cool, though a bit slow, as you can surf the web for free from anywhere you have cell service. (assuming you have the unlimited data plan on your cell phone that is). Anyway, tethering with a PC laptop into a Blackberry or similar phone is pretty common and fairly simple. Tethering with a Mac is a bit more illusive as Apple likes to block those kinds of things. But finally the puzzle has been unraveled and Mac users can now enjoy that wonderful internet connectivity freedom that I have come to depend on.

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Into a fleeting gap in the onslaught of projects streaming by, I wedged in enough time to capture a snapshot of roadie adventure past. Rewinding back to Ireland we find our roadie friends fearlessly braving frigid rain at the base of the majestic Slane Castle. Yes, the Peppers made a DVD and too did the Foo. Puzzling at it is, I realized that in their haste and exuberance of filming the sliver of time occupied by the evening of "rock", both somehow have overlooked what occurred behind the scenes during the bulk of the day preceding. Alas, all is not lost for by sheer luck and a clear sense of the impending obvious, I had spent that August day wandering the roadie encampment with a tiny video camera documenting those roadie creatures frolicking in their natural habitat.

Without further ado, here are three 5 minute shorts of:

Roadies in the Midst - Slane Castle Unplugged

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

And finally, a parting shot for the day, on a whim I decided that I need some tunes in my office so I headed back into shop world, grabbed a few bits and set myself up a little sound system to enjoy while I work and make phone calls.

Two double 18 cable and two EAW MicroWedge's, a couple thousand watts of power and an MP3 player and I am ready to rock!

See you all soon and would love to hear how ya like the Slane video. I have several more old video tapes from tours past that I can put up if people are into the Rat Roadie Films.

Dave Rat



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Monique on :

I'll be sending that SASE -- yay for free stuff!

Monique on :

BTW, it's a good thing you DID get this video of the crew because I have the Slane DVD and I don't remember any of this footage ;)

Rich on :

I thoroughly enjoyed the Rat Roadie Films. More would be great. And thanks for the free stickers!

Anonymous on :

Woot! My stickers just arrived yesterday! Now I have to decide what to put them on... Thanks again, Dave and Co.!

dred on :

Hello! Great that you released out of scenes movies. I love it and want more. Waiting for it! About free stickers i think that letter from Poland wont be very free to you so maybe next time ;) take care!

yespa on :

great. RatRoadieFilmsProduction rules! waiting for new stuff.

Greg Cameron on :

Great work Dave, keep it a comin'...

Johnny Garlick on :

free rat stickers?! Yesss For sure post some more roadie videos!!

Mikey B on :

Hey man, hows the water quality up there in Ventura. Down south here it's bogus. Wanna get into the kiteboarding to stay on top of the junk. Nice board, one of a kind, ya noserider!

rAcHeLLe on :

Hey Dave Rat - oooh la la - powder puffs and television interviews, big time baby. Love the behind the scenes footage, almost more entertaining than the infont of the scenes. Love Nick the fly too funny and Chris warren looks like one big adorable man. You will have to release this footage as a bonus dvd with the 1st release of your book - yeh? More footage please! hugs shell xxxx ps. more rat stickers? if we send u an envelope with UK stamps - I guess this wont work?

Hoggy on :

How hard can you run the office sound system before it knocks the Microwedges off onto your head? ;-)

Carlos Arellano on :

Hi Dave!!! You blog is the coolest!!!I am an audio engineer and I ve learned cool things from you!! keep rocking!!!! If you are looking for an audio engineer let me know...I need a job.

Jay Rigby on :

Hey Dave, What was that song you were playing for soundcheck? Sounded a bit like Dub Syndicate... Keep the videos coming! Jay

Gaz The Old Punk on :

Alrite dave, top footage mate, your wasted as a sound engineer!! More footage would be nice, especially from the early punk/black days. Cheers. Gaz

Nick A on :

Great post I loved the videos its always interesting to see more details about that aspect of the industry because one can never know everything. Thanks in advance for the stickers I will be sending a letter out asap.

Daniella from Rat on :

Dave Rat... you're miniature office sound system almost blew the roof off MY office down the corridor when you turned it on.... and we thought you were working... it all becomes clear now.... :)

em on :

awesome -- i grew up really close to slane castle and tried fishing there many times. sadly there's more fish in my toilet than in the river slane. great videos -- confirms all my suspicions about roadies having the best jobs on the world. looking forward to another great rat showing at coachella next weekend.

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