Monday, October 31, 2005
Nar reunion show
Acoustic band-with my special requests
Speaking of parties, Katy, when's your Christmas party scheduled? I know it's early but this town loves that party and we're counting on you.
We had a little party on friday and it was a smashing success. All the booze got dranken, and the pony got ridden. I threw together a costume as the Orion slave girl from Star Trek at the last minute based on a gold dress and a love of Trek, and it was OK but the green skin paint drove me insane and I wiped it off. I am still finding little spots of green paint in various places where the sun don't shine. Other notable costumes included safety guy and the Shroud of Turin. There were various chants of stuff like "i'm loud, i'm proud, i'm the shroud" etc, etc. I ate two bites of some killer pot brownies and let me tell you it was the best. The new Animal Collective was a little intense but mostly I just laughed my ass off at everything.
There is now talk that the Halloween show might be on December 3rd? Nobody wants to go if they can't see it written about in Heckasac later. I think that's why, anyway. I'm just happy the Mac is coming together but I want to start an online petition right now to INSIST that they play "secondhand news" unless they want the crowd to loudly chant bullshit during their entire set.
Saturday night I went to see Capote and I recommend it. I'm re-reading In Cold Blood right now so that was perfect timing for me. Unlike Jim Lane, I find In Cold Blood to be a gripping page turner. On Liv's recommendation I'm going to Netflix "murder by death" which is a Peter Sellers vehicle which also stars Truman Capote. I just love his voice, at least as imitated by Phillip Seymour Hoffman, and I want to hear the real thing.
Last night, we checked out Chada Thai and it was fucking delicious. I have to sample the Pattaya Thai Pad Thai again before I can be sure, but the Pad Thai at Chada may be the best in Sac, in my opinion. The only thing wrong was that it completely lacked spice, but other than that, great. The squid salad (recommended by Alice I think?) was also wonderful, and I was stoked because without the recommendation I never would have thought to order it. Once again, Taste of Thai was pretty packed and Chada was empty except for us and two stoned dudes, but I found the food to be better than Taste of Thai.
Friday, October 28, 2005
OK, big news of the day-the Halloween show is officially postponed. No one (besides Oasis) has gotten their shit together. This always happens with the Halloween show. It's now on saturday, November 19th, right? Which means I will probably be on the east coast. Last night under the influence of many glasses of wine some people had convinced me to forgo extending my east coast trip just so I could go to the show, but this morning, clear-eyed and (semi)sober I'm all like "Nuh-uh". So you'll have to bravely proceed without me.
Saw "Saraband" and I'll pronounce it for hardcore Bergman fans only. I'm hella hardcore so I loved it, despite the squirm-inducing and labored scenes with loathsome Henrik and his annoying daughter. It was all worth it to see Liv Ullmann and Erland Josephson reunited. Liv Ullmann looks so beautiful! And I won't give away the end except to say that there is some hott octegenarian nudity. It has the usual Bergman theme of the suffocating closeness and hatred that hold some families together. It ain't the Family Circus, kids (or is it?).
Thursday, October 27, 2005
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I've been spending a wee bit of time looking at the new collections on style.com and I just wonder if this Prada dress could make a model look this bad, what would it do to the average lady. Also, I note that eastern european models are ruling the runways, big time.
The "found" magazine guys are coming to town and they have a show at Bodytribe on saturday. I love found but I don't know how good the show would be. Has anyone been? The idea of watching them perform songs based on some of the found items is not enticing me to punch it into my blackberry.
The TFO is this weekend at the Crest (sux for the Crest employees, sorry dudes), and they're showing "Carrie" at midnight on saturday. I'd kinda like to go to that but the rowdy TFO people usually ruin the screenings.
I'm going to see "saraband" at the Tower today because it only played for one week and today is its last day. It's the sequel to "Scenes from a marriage" like 30 years later. I think I better grab some kleenex because I bet I will be crying. I love that movie and the idea of seeing those two reuinted after so many years has me tearing up right now. Speaking of movies (and now I'm treading on Barnesyard territory) has anyone seen the preview for the new Terence Malick about Pocahontas? Malick's one of my favorites but this looks like a stinker. Why the fuck did he cast Colin Farell?
Capote opens at Tower tomorrow and here's the first few lines of Jim Lane's review: I tried years ago to read Truman Capote's In Cold Blood, but I was never quite able to finish it. Capote himself has called it a masterpiece, and no one has ever contradicted him. Certainly I won't: what I read of the book was indeed masterful.
That is so weak on so many levels that I don't even know where to start. 1) who could start that book and not finish it? 2) why mention it if you didn't finish it? 3) are you quite sure that NO ONE has ever disputed that it's a masterpiece? I doubt that 4) If it was so "masterful", once again, why couldn't you finish it?
Capote is HOTT right now. He has two movies out, Sac's literary crowd (consisting of heckamax) has been buzzing about him, and this week the New Yorker printed an unpublished story that he wrote when he was 19. The New Yorker also has the Sarah Silverman piece in which she is again not funny.
C.K. in Clubber this week continued the breathless countdown to the opening of the new True Love. Maybe the SN&R could just get someone to live blog it as each piece comes together. I want to know which posters are going on the walls, which brand of spatula they are buying, and I want the SN&R to tell me!
And last but certainly not least, Kate Washington wrote a mouth-watering review (I haven't had lunch yet) of a new Indian place called Chaat Corner on 2700 Northgate. I can't wait to eat there! Housemade yogurt, for fuck's sake! Now there are two reasons to eat on Northgate, 524#2 and this place (presuming I agree with her). Does anyone know where on Northgate that is? Like in relation to thrift stores?
I am freaking out over this Finches CD "Six Songs". They are the folk band (or folk girl) that recently played in Davis and of course I did not go see her because it is my fate to always hear awesome people right after they come through on tour. Nevertheless this EP is so pretty. Here's a link that has an MP3. No less a pop fan than smiller has declared "daniel's song" to be his favorite new pop song of the year, and remember, 10 months have already elapsed so he's serious, folks. Go pick up the EP before Tonevendor closes down, after which point you will have to mailorder it.
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
Oh yeah, and I read on the chicklist that saturday is the last day of tonevendor, not friday. And everything's on sale, too!
Favorite Thai resaurant? I feel like Thai food doesn't get enough props and that we take it for granted we have so many delicious Thai places around here. There may not be any valets parking Hummers outside or girls in silky halter tops with spray on tans talking on their cellies while they wait to get in, or flat screen TVs in the bathroom, but the food is the bomb. I ate at Amarin last night and I find that it is consistently delicious. I also like how you can still get a table there on a friday or saturday night without waiting. If Ella reads this, I would like her to remind me of the name of the place in North Highlands that has the best pad thai. I can never remember what it's called or where it is, so needless to say I don't go there as often as I'd like. Taste of Thai has really good seafood. And I'm on a seafood diet. I see food, I eat it. Har.
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he's playing a show with some new band at the fool's foundation in december. That should be entertaining. That reminds me of how dub narcotic had that creepy bass player and that when they played at the loft he said something to the effect of "man, there's a lot of fine snatch in this town" or something like that. Maybe he didn't say snatch, but he said some nasty word. Brew, do you remember? I thought he said it to Tyler.
And speaking of Fool's Foundation, what's up with their shows lately? Are they on hiatus? They have some shows coming up right when I'll be in DC.
And speaking of DC, I was bummed to discover that Ian Svenonius' regular DJ night was just recently cancelled so I can't go to it!!! What's a trip to DC if you can't see the sassiest boy? I better fucking see Ian Mackaye. Or the president.
And speaking of the president, does everyone know that friday is Tonevendor's last day of business. So from now on when you want to get stuff like the new Fiery Furnaces you will just have to fuggetaboutit and just start planning to move to a real city that has real record stores. Like Des Moines. I hear houses are cheap there, too.
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
remember when i used to talk about things in sac?
to get back to those days, i guess the halloween show is shaping up pretty well. oasis is on. there is supposed to be a fleetwood mac and an aerosmith. i have heard that some santa cruz dudes are doing something. k.k. said that there might be a heart if anyone can get it together. the real tragedy is that chris olsen is out of town and isn't going to do elton john. that sucks! cancel your trip! sac needs you. oh my god and then someone could do billy joel and you could both play keyboards and lock eyes and then we would all die of happiness. look i've been reading too much vice and trying to write in that style. if this really was vice i would make a boner joke right about now.
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wow! i spend an hour or so doing a little bit of actual work and you guys are doing all the blogging for me.
there are some banana pix on the banana myspace page. i started looking at it for five minutes and i got that myspace feeling, so i stopped. i don't know how to put my finger on what it is. i don't like it.
also k. katy has more wedding pix
Monday, October 24, 2005
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Not much action on the old blog today. Guess everyone has that certain monday feeling. For any of you out there who has been accused of being indie who isn't quite sure what that means (that sentence is awkward as fuck), Pitchfork today has a sizable article on the origins and history of indie pop. This is not something I know much about (although I know an old dude who could probably tell me a thing or two about it), so this article was a fairly concise primer that will help me fake like I know what I'm talking about. Major props are continually given out to Sac's own Tiger Trap (one of the few indie pop bands that I was ever really into) and the Softies, which was a later band of Rose from Tiger Trap. Considering how influential this band was and continues to be, it's surprising that a google search for anything on Tiger Trap in the SN&R yields up a single hit for a comparison to another Sac band, the Frenchman. Maybe someone should write a little feature? Just an idea. I guess the tenth anniversary of the release of their album probably already passed.
There's a quite touching Vashti Bunyan interview on Pitchfork today. It's so sad that she gave up writing music for 35 years due to lack of support and, interestingly, because she heard Joni Mitchell and felt that she could never top it. Her new album comes out today, I think. She says she would love to tour and she has one show scheduled in London, but during a quick search I couldn't find any details on that.
Best Bride and Groom: Joel and Hillary (of course)
Best Team Costume: Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera
Best Toast: FDR (he bravely stood up from his wheelchair and delivered a rousing speech)
Most In Character: The Oldest Dude in The World-he's probably still in character right now, screaming at someone and hitting them with his cane
Biggest Shitbag-Carlos Santana (except why no solos, Carlos? You let us all down)
Best Dancing in Character: tie between FDR doing the Charleston and Brew dancing like the hot 70's divorcee
Best Band Costume: The Lollipop Guild
Best Taco Bar: The Taco Bar
Best Middle-aged Lady Cutting Loose-Joel's Aunt Donna
Friday, October 21, 2005
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So we can all agree that Sarah Silverman is fine, but is she funny? Judging from the preview of her movie "Jesus Is Magic" which will probably come to Sac in November, no. Yes, she says shocking things including the n-word, but I have yet to hear her tell a funny joke.
Other than that there are two big weddings this weekend. Brian Pyne is about to become a lawfully wedded husband till death do him part to Erin Lovig. And then there is the costume wedding extravaganza of Joel and Hillary (or Jillary as the tabloids call them) that I haven't even really thought about because my mind can't comprehend how amazing it will probably be. Too bad my costume is kinda uninspired and I have to go with some old dude. I better score some of that magical liquid "G" for after the wedding if I wanna see any action at all.
Another relief. Dexter is alive and well.
So, long story short I probably need a new bike. Last time when just my back tire got stolen the folksy old guy at College Cyclery was pushing pretty hard for me to just get a new bike and made me feel stupid for wanting to fix mine. It would need both tires and a full tune-up and new brakes. I want a bike that's light and fast, not a cruiser, and it has to have a pretty big frame cuz I'm tall. Can anyone help me out? Or where should I buy one? Or, if I do decide to just fix mine cuz I really like it, where should I take it? And I don't want to buy a bike at that place on Franklin cuz I think they buy stolen bikes. I'm gonna look on Craigslist today, too.
In more neighborhood crime news, there are four dudes robbing men on the southside. There have been four robberies in that area and one of the robberies happened wednesday on my block, which I read in the Bee and which is news to me. They've just threatened to kick the guys asses, they don't have any weapons. They jump out of a red sports car. Hopefully, now that it's in the paper these guys will knock it off because randomly robbing people, especially people in my neighborhood and then splitting it four ways could no way have netted them more than like 50 bucks each. So now that they know the cops are onto them I would think they would stop.
****I know this diatribe was harsh and I don't actually think any human being is a piece of shit besides obvious people like George Bush.
Thursday, October 20, 2005
That unpleasantness this morning has left a bad taste in my mouth. Or maybe it was the gross soup that I made last night in a crock pot. It was exciting to use a crock pot, though. I will try to clear the air by posting some dumb crap. Enjoy.
My best wishes and prayers (which scientific studies show DO work, at least according to studies conducted by the Dalai Lama) go out to the Head. Who was felled by her mortal enemy, salt. No, not really, her other foe, the light rail tracks put a hurt on her quad muscles. Keep blazin' it up to ease the pain and watch Dr. Phil just for me.
I checked out the new cafe at Beers books and the coffee was really good. It's weird to try to juggle coffee and browsing, but I managed to not damage any merchandise. I found a sweet Taschen book on Tom of Finland that contains such erotic images as a giant butch guy actually giving it to the world. As in he's floating in space and uh, being carnal with our own blue and green planet. Hott! Here's a cool NSFW website of the Tom's of Finland foundation that carries on his legacy and finances other erotic artists and stuff. That's Tom himself on the left in the photo.
And here's a lazy post. What is the magic G that this guy is talking about. And can't his girlfriend just do the thing that he mentions? Is there a problem with her doing that? It seems easier than taking a pill. I can't mention what it is because I need to tone down the racy comment so that
Heckamax will come back.
Tuesday, October 18, 2005
I will be leaving work today because I have a work meeting....AT HOOTERS! JK, it's an informal gathering. Because it would be questionable to have a meeting there. Anyways, I'll report back on it tomorrow.
Kevin Seconds wrote some stuff on his blog about people talking through a Ghetto Moments show. If he had been keeping up with this blog besides the entries that talk about his hott sex life he would have seen that I wrote about people doing the same thing at the Daisy Spot show. I doubt if it's any worse in Sac than anywhere else, though. So he writes this, and some guy starts busting his balls about it, and it turns out that this guy thought the whole True Love crowd was cliquey and non-inclusive. Imagine that! He also accuses him of wanting to "publicly jerk off", which was an aspect of Kev's sexual peccadilloes that hadn't made it to me through the grapevine yet. If you care to read it, and it's pretty entertaining, go here and scroll down to the Oct. 16th entry first, and then read the "OK, I'm a jerk" entry.
Monday, October 17, 2005
Who ever said that whining won't help you get your way? I got tickets for the Birds so now I can live blog it on my Blackberry. I'll be sure to hassle Tippi Hedren about foisting Melanie Griffith on the world.
This post is semi-pointless, sorry.
I feel like a real chump that I didn't call about reserving free tickets to the showing of the Birds at the Crest this wednesday until it was too late. I knew about it like two weeks ago. And I found out later that the night I went to see Everything is Illuminated at the Crest they still had a few free tix there but now they're gone. I felt even worse after I watched North by Northwest last night (which I had never seen) because it was so brilliant. It moved into my top five Hitchcock films with a bullet. Maybe number 2? Hard to say. He really is the master. And so many dirty, dirty double entendres. I like the part where Eva St. Marie sez "I'm a big girl" and Cary Grant says "yes, and in all the right places". And then way later in the movie she says "you're a big boy" and even though he doesn't say "in all the right places" you know it's implied and it's even better than if he had actually said it!
Speaking of Everything is Illuminated, I don't recommend it. It wasn't that bad, but if you haven't read the book , you should just read the book first and rent the movie later. Some of the casting was brilliant (particularly Eugene Hutz as Alex and the guy who plays grandpa, oh yeah and the dog that plays Sammy Davis Jr., Jr. is perfect) but Elijah Woods is egregiously miscast. I felt like he was still playing the psycho in Sin City. And he's not even Jewish!!!!!!!!!!! Liev Schreiber is a pretty crappy director, too. Amateurish.
I'm listening to the Daisy Spot CD that I bought right now (that's right, further support of the scene) and it sounds good. The amazing song "All I Wanna Know" is on there. I have heard rumors for months that this CD doesn't capture their charms very well, but right now I can't remember why people think that. I think I heard that it's a bit bland or something. I don't know, I like it, but I guess it does sound a wee bit flat.
Friday, October 14, 2005
The supposedly "liberal" Sac Bee had a decidedly different take on G.W.'s fake impromptu video conference call with the troops than the NY Times did. The Times performed a pretty thorough ball-busting, calling it "scripted" (in the headline), "awkward", "stage-managed", and "carefully scripted". Yesterday they had a story where they called the presentation "less than smooth", and said Bush appeared "slightly uncomfortable" and noted that the troops sat "rigidly" with "fixed expressions". If you just read the Bee you would think that the presentation had gone great, except for some spoilsport Dems calling it a "photo-op". There was no mention that it was pre-scripted, which seems to be a fact. The most infuriating part was how Bush kept cracking jokes which is COMPLETELY INAPPROPRIATE when you consider that he is talking to young men and women who are so far from home and in so much danger. They probably aren't in much of a joking mood lately, but the prez wouldn't be able to understand that. Also from the Times:
Mr. Bush himself drew a final laugh when, again thanking the troops, he offered an invitation. "When you get back to the States, you know, if I'm hanging around," he said, "come by and say hello".
He should have added the final punch line, "if you don't die first!" That really would have got them rolling in the aisles.
Pitchfork has a thing today about how David Cross is getting sued by the owner of that Nashville club that he made look like a total D in his DVD. That thought occurred to me when I was watching it. The owner has started his own website to dis David Cross. It takes forever to load.
Pitchfork also has a little item about how Jandek is playing a festival in Glasgow. That sounds so fun to see! I really want to go to Glasgow.
Tonight is Daisy Spot at Old I and I think there may be some frontloading and backloading at my house. It makes me happy that right now I have about 8 bottles of wine in my fridge, and full bottles of courvosier (spelled wrong, i'm sure), hennessey, rum, and portuguese liquor, among other substances. Most of these were gifts, so quit judging me!
This weekend is another bananextravaganza! They are playing two early shows in the Bay Area, one on saturday in some park which should be great since the predicted weather is cold and stormy, and one on sunday at the Hemlock.
Does anyone know when Melange makes the change into Crepeville? I'm afraid it will happen before I've had a chance to eat there again.
Later today I will probably review Bistro 33, the new restaurant in Davis that was opened by the same people that brought you 33rd street bistro and Riverside Cafe. So you have that to look forward to. Don't get too excited.
Thursday, October 13, 2005
There's a couple of pretty graphic sex scenes (always a plus!) and there's a part where you see Aragorn's ass pretty clearly. I'm not that into him so whatever, but I was distracted by this weird lump that looked like a vestigial tail. So you read it here first, Aragorn has a vestigial tail.
Wednesday, October 12, 2005
So I've been obsessed with the Beach Boys album Holland lately. It's so good! I've been trying to puzzle out who sings what, and I found this website which has a reprint of a booklet that was released by the Beach Boys in advance of the album. The song credit stuff is at the end. Turns out that one of my favorite songs (only with you) has music by Dennis, words by Mike Love (which makes me like it less) and is sung by Carl.
The booklet has some great stuff, including this quote:
they took off for Holland where the surf's NEVER up
The story of how they built an entire huge studio and then flew it to Holland has so many insane things about it that it can't all be true. Come on, the plane was so heavy it cracked the tarmac? I don't know if I believe that.
The cover of Holland is rad. I just wish my copy had come with the Brian Wilson 45 inside.
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Waterboy last night was fantastic, as usual. I highly recommend the bollito misto that they have on the menu right now. It had a big chunk of cotechino sausage in it, which is this soft Italian sausage that has nutmeg in it. And the broth the whole dish was swimming in was SO TASTY. We finished off the meal with some fine aged port. However, I heard my second story in just a few weeks of someone puking after eating there. I can only speculate that it's the richness of the food coupled with a good amount of wine that upsets some people's stomachs. The fact that one person had eaten lamb tartare makes it not too surprising. Raw lamb sounds really gross to me, but I can think of a certain Armenian who would probably be stoked on it.
I read the Daisy Spot article in A & K today. It was pretty good. A bit cutesy. I'm happy that they're finally releasing a record. They're having their record release show at Old Ironsides this friday. I'll most likely go. The only weird thing about the cover story is that they used a primitive chalk drawing of Tatiana and Mike for the cover. As a friend said (OK, I'll name drop him, it was Anton Barbeau) "you take the most photogenic band in Sacramento and use a crappy drawing of them for the cover?". See above for evidence.
Tuesday, October 11, 2005
Tsk Tsk Tsk: . I try by deeply inhaling to profit of possible hallucinating impact. A fruitless forwarding. Even after a wasbeurt my kleren will bring at Schiphol each drug dog in highest state of alertness to next month - in the galaxy, during acting!!!, make smoke me unfortunately far from high. . The seven men on the podium are ongeschoren super clean groove machine. Uncomplicated pleasure is their main point and dances their aim. If you do not have to meedanst you zoeken nothing at them. He sees no verlossing in the intolerable discobeats. That zanger! he complains between two numbers. He behaves himself not only irritating, but he has to not even musical brio its compensate fratsen! Vocalist Nic sacrifice has to indeed a little offer more than effeminate danspasjes and youthful smile. To be for the greater part unintelligible, schorre serves praatzang mainly as an extra percussion instrument, without the dark bijklanken of Scott McCloud (Girls Against boys) or the acerbity of mark E. Smith. He is a more informant then a muzikant, a swinging circus master, dollend in the hay of the piste, where necessary publicly hurrying. And public, that wants, however. opening number Take Ecstasy With me is a weak start. According to sacrifice the new single (and a cover of The Magnetic Fields tells to stereo me later). Seven muzikanten can be led by binding housedreun from a machine. Two gitaristen do wedstrijdje who can more impact from its jet ear obtain then The Edge. To the lock of the first number no less than three link members on percussion stand ram beside the drummer. I can hear them none of all, because the machine stands too hard. As!!! the dwangbuis throws off the link sounds more separately and can the muzikanten more rock in the dance process. Each number has been built as housetrack with the basdrum constantly on each tel, active to a climax, just as implying against the end effectively explode in the coda. The link forms such a firmly dansbare entity, which works their set-up each time, the eenvormigheid of the repertoire on the buy taking. As a recensent critically analyse are meaningless!!! are only and only meant vrijuit foot of the floor and the majority of publicly gladly gives himself to be won. The long drummer John Pugh staggers forward a number long with the motoriek of Daniel Day-Lewis in My Left Foot and the head voice van Scissor SIS-DELICATE ones is share game joy with first ranges. In spite of the rising temperature and ditto positive contact, both on the podium and at the leaping about part of the room, and in spite of the excited clincher me And Giuliani down one By The school yard (in which the catalogue of the link is summarised, including fumaroles and, a word sung melodietje), closes after the lock agreement the curtains resolutely and is the performance surprisingly rapidly beyond. And where has your sober criticus killed its time during acting? To a couple words mainly zoekend to summarise!!!. Because colleague G. has dripped down after a number or five can I only still with maatje J. an enumeration determine of link from the years the eighty true links California by late to influence itself: A Certain ratio, The headstock Group, pace or Four, happy Mondays, Talking Heads, The Contortions. I conclude the evening with only four words: New Fast Automatic Daffodils
Good. !!! Is thus in the country. And how pleasant is dàt for all popfanaten. The Californische!!! is eccentric, hip hip hip and with eight man a large tie. Different members of this tie sit also in Outhud and LCD Soundsystem. With these ties shows!!! then also many agreements, with as a core notion 'punkfunk'.
Sleepiness becomes there gediscussieerd over how you really that remarkable tie name pronounce. The tie guesses self three the same sounds on, as 'pow pow pow'. By a small sphere question in the hall, one suggested under others 'tsjak' (3x), 'tsk' (3x), 'well' (3x) and 'WHAAA!' (?). The flyer of the show mentions the most accepted manner: ‘chk chk chk'. This is also the sound that the music approaches the closed. It is namely reteritmisch, funky and terrible dance bar. This everything is not brought alleviate dares with such bijdehante attitude, that you almost to stand.
Boil point Indeed, nobody in the Amsterdam Milky Way stands quiet by the action of!!!. From the first number, the hall goes already well loose. They open strong with their new single Task Ecstasy with me. This is compared yet reasonable light expense by the earlier work of their album Louden plain fizzy drink Now, with which they in the Netherlands last year breaks. Best by this album tonight is increased. Pardon my Freedom is a large success, but the public reaches the boil point on afsluiter Me and Guliani down by the Schoolyard.
Knocked loose multi-percussionisten Also on the stage is one celebration. Because nobody really a fixed spot appeared to have in this tie, comes the stage over as a going out playground for knocked loose multi-percussionisten. About it becomes press changed per song by instruments, are swarm by which they finished and closed with all around the drumstel to drum many different rhythms. The songs are crack built up around the rhythm. Also the melodies-instruments as the guitars do especially service as rhythmical blow instrument. Even singer Nic Offering do not sings real. He calls different rhythms and screams defiantly against its public: "There's no fucking rules, man!" How punk. Drummer John Pugh gathers to sing self halfway the action by Nic a tune with.
No breathing pause De cooperation of these eight men pure synergie, that as a flame misses on the public, is. Only suddenly are she away. Now that already? The set appeared so short. It heated public remains become foolish in the hall behind, if appeared that it no toegift is given and the curtains the stage close. What an anticlimax. But it was structuring then also a vertebra wind of an action, without real rest point the set and were to be given the public just a breathing pause. That is then the task of the dj that what scatters loose soul and motown-wild boar sneer over the men.
!! The!!! they opened the hostes in the main stage. Seven persons in stage in delirium orgásmico, a rhythmic section funk and disk, for times with a drummer and two percussionists, a section of sporadic metals, a vocalista (for times two) and liters of sweat. Half of the band is constituted by hippies of Saint Francisco, and the song that do is unique deed and exclusively for a purpose: fan the fazedor-de-dinheiro. It is impossible hear those short groovy sensual and do not begin to little and little it fan the hips or it jump while the two guitars powders-punk, lovingly mistreated and metallic (not of the “métal”) itself superimpose to the remainder. There is a moment inenarrável in that the drummer passes to song (has a falsete enviable and sings thousand better times than Nic Offer) and comes for the front of the stage, passing itself grossly. There is that say that envergava a divided T-shirt in two it say "Philadelphia" and an enviable beard and walked of a side for another, jumping for here and for there, stealing barely the spectacle to the another vocalista. Nic Offer goes to dance, opening the legs, stirring the arms, dressed with some shorts minúsculos and a T-shirt, pieces with air of never will have been washed. The public asks: "turururururutururururu", "Me & Giuliani Down By The Schoolyard", a portentoso single full of ideias and palettes musicals, somewhat as a showcase of the capacities of the band. It begins with the attack of the guitars, as were being been beaten up, but soon deteriorates for a sensual bass that serves the hips and little afterwards begins the voice. It has several part that go moving, incluíndo a climax of guitars it read Sonic Youth that looks a journey of meter or of comboio. And afterwards everything him mixture and comes the “turururururutururururu” that all the people sings. Be that the problem of Louden Up Now (a party of the beginning to the end) : nothing was level with that magnificent one single. And to the alive one is to same thing. Nothing, but nothing, arrives to the heels of that. Meanwhile, we have to only band it use cowbell in the festival entire (shameful), those short, those guitars, those batteries (for times two, we know there) and the best second concert of the festival (the Arcade Injure would come in the following day).
On second thought, I'll use on of those online translators. This is good:
Vocalista of the!!! promotes sexual abuse in the Nokia Trends
POM-POM-POM Nic Offer, the vocalista maluquete of the!!! is to big star of this organized and comfortable Nokia Trends (a lot more lawful than the Skol Beats!) The band californiana was to third appeal to be presented in the event, in this Saturday (24.09), leaving the audience in state of shock. "We are pon-pon-pon, won-won-won, chk-chk-chk". With those words, Offer opened the show. Playing the hair, opening the arms and shaking the hands, Nic earns the trophy Peaches of 2005. SAMBA RHYTHM With nine members in the stage, being three of them Brazilian, the!!! carried out the best show of the Nokia Trends of São paulo. His mix of disco-punk-funk this time earns Brazilian pepper, the percussionistsDênis Celestino and Dennys Conceição, of Savior, and Jom, of Rio. SAMBA PUNK THE band and the percussionists itself knew in the Friday (23.09), because the official percussionist of the!!! lost the flight. "We feel the song in the heart, therefore is an alive agency", Dênis Celestino says. "We are going to touch with them, was at the right certain moment and in the certain moment", count Dennys Conceição. "Brazilian percussion has everything to do with electronic and punk", I concluded Jom. COREÔS THE show was a true one catarse, with a lot corporal expression, energy, sensuality and madnesses. Nic is a mix of Iggy Pop, Mick Jagger and Jim Morrison, alone that muuuuuito more played. His coreôsare incríveis and its boldness is an erotic bomb. The moment exorcism stayed by count of the performance ensandecida of the drummer John Pugh, that in the environment of the show changed the baquetas by the microphone and began it squeak in a schizophrenic trance. Was the maximum one. I KNOW, I KNOW In The show, the song are presented as in a big pout-pourri, everything being part of a big one colagem. To catarse general comes when they interpret "Me and Giuliani Down By The School Yard (TO True Story)". Incrível. The vocalista was played in the audience, went up in the boxes of sound and sambou until go crazy. And of that the people likes. SET-LIST Confer the set-list of the show of the!!! :
3. "Egg Bomb"
4. "Back' n Forth"
6. "Me and Giuliani Down. .."
There are so many rad phrases in there I can't pick one. I guess Allan W. couldn't get into Brazil so !!! used some Brazilian percussionists in the set and they're the ones quoted in the article.
Then we showed up late to the Four Eyes "live" show and it was already in progress. I should have taken Davy at his word that it would start on time but everyone always says that. It was pretty hard to figure out what was going on. The dudes were lipsyncing to a recording and their were mics set up around the room to record the audience noise. That didn't phase me, I was just never able to ascertain why we were sometimes directed to boo and why we had to listen to the entire recording twice. Nevertheless, "bosworth's daughter" is a certified hit (there is nothing funner to yell than bosworth's daughter) and it was fun to watch Joel shred on everything from a purse to a cinder block. Other highlights were group pushups and Roan on the wheels of steel.
Everyone left pretty quick and the parking lot scene got weird, with Chris Olsen harmonizing with a bum and other hijinks. Then, on my way home some frat boys threw a water balloon at me. They missed. Ha ha! Who looks stupid now?
Monday, October 10, 2005
or anyone who's interested. the nytimes magazine has a big feature on raymond pettibon this week with an extensive slideshow of his work. This quote is interesting:
his influence is discernible in the current vogue for shambling, winking sorts of drawing, in the mixing of text with image, in the exaltation of comix and the whole D.I.Y. (Do It Yourself) subculture of zines and Web sites
I don't know a great deal about art, but when I've tried to get a handle on how to describe the new style of art that kinda goes along with the psych-folk and indie aesthetic (OK I'm reaching here because maybe I should think about this more before I type it but maybe you know what I mean), Pettibon is definitely the guy that comes to mind as being a big influence. I would lump Jay Howell's art squarely in the middle of what I'm talking about. Ooh, namedrop alert.
How was the Crest party? Dillon reported that it was kind of dudly but maybe it picked up because Cresties are nocturnal. How about the Feeling show? Someone said it was great but I can't remember who.
I spent this entire weekend in the car and it was still totally fun. Who better to be trapped in a car with than the Bananas? Their show in L.A. was a success despite dismal sound and only one mic, and the kids loved it. I discovered that Diet Sparks tastes just as good as regular Sparks but with only a fraction of the calories. Thanks to Amy P. for letting us stay at her place.
Friday, October 07, 2005
Here's the info on the saturday show:
at the distillery
Lyme Regis (good looking in in tune with today's youth)
The Feeling (looking for a new band name)
Dutchess of Saigon (rare gig)
this Saturday Oct 8th at 10pm. 5-6 bucks. this could be the show of the year.
Talk About Charles
I am going to have an insane weekend cuz I just found out that I'm going to the Black Dice tonight in SF, the Bananas in L.A. tomorrow, and the Bananas at Gilman on sunday. Sac people should come to the Gilman show! As I always point out these shows are off the hook and the fact that this one is with the Pipe Bombs means that every brace face and dumpster dude in the Bay Area will be there bum rushing the stage and singing along. And if you've never seen the Pipe Bombs you are missing out cuz they're great.
There's an awesome thing happening soon. No, not TomKats kitten, this from the Four Eyes:
We're recording a "live" album at the loft on mondaybetween 7 and 9. come and here the never-before-heardsongs and clap. after the cd comes out you can say"that was me clapping and chanting" as use it as analibi for the crimes you're planning on that night.It wont be too loud and may be a little fun.
I'll post the full details on the Feeling show later. I'm bummed I'm missing that show, especially cuz Duchess of Saigon is making a rare live appearance.
I am lame because my jet lag is worsening and at the drive-ins last night I fell asleep the INSTANT that Serenity started (this was at 8:00 o'clock) and awoke only during the final credits to hear a chorus of "that was really good"s from everyone there.
Thursday, October 06, 2005
When I briefly (two days I think) worked at Pet Paradise on Freeport (the name is a cruel irony) and had to wash a cat or two I knew the real meaning of terror. The Russian lady I worked with (I add her ethnicity for color) said cat bites were worse than dog bites and that cat teeth "sink to the bone"
I have downloaded an mp3 of a song from the new Fiona album and I'm digging it. For those of you who may think I'm name-dropping, that's Fiona Apple I'm referring to. No, I don't know her but she's indie as hell.
There's a PARTY! Sunday, October 9th at the Crest Theatre to celebrate the 42nd annual Arrogant English Bastard New Year (aka Tony's Birthday) and Crest Band Night – with 6 Crest-affiliated bands playing: Don, Outgunned, Jeff Ricketts, Touchy Feelies and Rock the Light.
Music starts at 7pm and will go until a little after 11pm (nothing too late as it's a "school night"). Free soda and chips/pretzels/etc. – beer & wine on sale. There's no cover and you don't need a ticket, but you do NEED TO BE ON THE GUEST LIST. You can get on the list by being a guest of a Crest employee or a band member or by emailing Arrenbas@gmail.com with your last name, first name and the number of people coming with you.
Originally uploaded by becklerg.
So I had already heard about Josh Chaffin buying a copy of this song, but now I am the happy owner of a 45 of it, too. From what I gather, Middle of the Road had a Euro top 5 hit with this in the 70's. They're a Scottish band, but they sound like a Dutch or German Abba ripoff. The song is really catchy. Read the lyrics here. I would have cut and pasted them but this site kept me from doing this. Researching this song led me to this interesting webpage that reviews all the Sac songs, including the Milhouse one!
scratch that, the same website has the lyrics. here they are
Middle of the Road's "Sacramento"
There is something about the weather
That everybody loves
They call it the Indian Spring of Sacramento
And when the sun is up in the sky
the wind is blowingby the riverside
most every day
you're in Sacramento
a wonderful townsing sing, ..
There's something about the people
that everybody knowsthat
gives you a tender feeling of confusion
you're feeling lonely but you don't know
until this other feeling
hereinside you starts to grow
you're in Sacramento,
a wonderful townsing, sing, ..
Now that spring is near again
and you're thinkingif only you were not so lonely
but you can ease your restless mind
'cos all the people are a lovin' kindin Sacramento,
a wonderful townsing, sing, ...
This time I went with Streitz matzoh balls instead of the regular (what is it? you know with the orange box? Manishewitz? Katz'? I can't remember) and I don't recommend them. They're dense and not giant and fluffy like the other one. I prefer them to be giant and fluffy and eggy. I'm hungry again already! Has anyone ever heard of jet lag making someone gain a bunch of weight?
2) I vow to stop guilting everyone about not commenting. It's boring, and also probably mildly insulting to those who do comment. I'll never ever ever do it again.
3) This morning three people at my house were suffering from jet lag. The Armeniac has the worst of it because Armenia had a 12 hour difference. This led to me and smiller going to Waffle Square at 6 am this morning. I guess it opens at 530 if you're looking for an early morning spot. I'd rate it as a 4 on a scale of 1 to 10. Not bad, not that good. Typical watery coffee that tastes really good with lots of cream and sugar. I got the waffles, which, despite the name of the place, are cardboardy and kinda crappy. My eggs were rubbery and cold and my bacon was tough. Scott's veggie waffle was good. They were discussing TomKats "kitten" on the Today show and said "I hope they don't have a litter" hyuk hyuk.
4) Drive-in tonight. I haven't been there yet this year. Should be fun.
5) This is the same year after year, but what is up with the SN&R best of? I nominate the worst two as: century beating out Crest (Tower came in first, which is kinda silly when you consider how much nicer the Crest is but it's a sentimental favorite) and Olive Garden winning as best Italian. Pathetic. I also like number 2 on "best place for a date" being listed as "the movies-various locations". Can't the fucking dumbasses who fill the thing out understand that they are supposed to be specific?
Wednesday, October 05, 2005
***that's a Kate Bush lyric. It may also be true.
I checked undietacos and not too much is going on. I guess Tonevendor had their last show? Fucking lame. How was Max Freedom 2? I wish I could have gone to that. Hella is playing some show at Arco with the Mars Volta and System of a Down. I guess they are laughing all the way to the bank. The !!! dudes are in town but I haven't seen any of them yet. I heard they just played in Brazil recently. The Bananas are playing the Smell in L.A. this weekend with This Bike is a Pipe Bomb (yay!) and Toys that Kill. I'm excited to go to the Smell. I hope the girl from Mika Miko that looks like Laverne will be there. The Bananas are also playing in the Bay Area three times with the Pipe Bombs the weekend after this next one, so I'll keep you updated when I find out exactly where so you-all can go.