Thursday, September 30, 2004

Has anyone applied the gang analogy to partisan politics? I just realized that each party is keeping it real by frontin' their colors... W with his blue ties and Kerry with his reds. Westside!

bad timing

My flight to Oakland is at 8...the presidential debates are on now... ergo, I'm watching them at LAX. Hard to do. So far W sounds like a broken record. I hate politicians. Hope my conservative friends are watching.

My eMachine, a Bluetooth-enabled Nokia and T-Mobile = Jackpot!

Got my replacement phone last week or so...that means that I can (weakly) connect up to the internet from home now thanks to my handy-dandy super cellphone. What does this all mean? Well besides more Blog also means access to an old friend called Party Poker. That's right...I'm back baby. I may not be up on who's kicking ass this week no the WPT. I may not know if David Hasselhoff is cleaning up on Celebrity Poker (thanks to my lack of cable). But now I'll know when elove41 goes all in against pamcakes or pokerdude75 or spadelover69. Don't worry...I haven't crossed into the real money world...YET!

My Public Demands it...

Yes, I know its been a few days since I've written...but be patient. And thanks for your numerous cards, letters and emails.

Monday, September 27, 2004

DIG! the movie

Brian Jonestown Massacre with/vs. The Dandy Warhols...should be good.

from press release:
DIG! follows the talented underground musicians Anton Newcombe, leader of The Brian Jonestown Massacre, and Courtney Taylor, head of The Dandy Warhols – star-crossed friends and bitter rivals. From the moment they met Anton Newcombe and Courtney Taylor quickly bonded over a desire to not conform to the tastes of the recording industry. Yet the musicians’ choices over how to express their creativity and originality in a profit-driven industry eventually put them at irreconcilable odds. Shot over seven years and culled from 1,500 hours of footage, DIG! is about both musicians’ love and obsession, gigs and recordings, arrests and death threats, uppers and downers, and their choice between art and industry.

Air @ the Hollywood Bowl

Went to see AIR at the Hollywood Bowl last night with Pam and all-around amazing evening as expected. Took the Metro Red Line from Universal City (free parking) to Hollywood and Highland and walked up (my preferred route). Stopped off at Burger King for some my quest to find the best "Spicy Chicken Sandwich" offered at a fastfood restaurant. As expected, not so good. So today's current ratings are:

1. Wendy's Spicy Crispy Chicken Sandwich
2. Jack in the Box's Jack's Spicy Chicken Sandwich
3. dirt
4. Burger King's Spicy Chicken Sandwich

Is it sad that I've moved to chicken sandwiches at fast food joints as a means to being healthier?

But I digress...

So we continued our ascent up to the bowl as I devoured my so so chicken sandwich...leaving spicy sauce droppings along the way. Got to the bowl in time to catch the last half of Stereolab.

Stereolab: Some good rhythms, some okay singing (mostly French), some very lame/uninspired dancing by the lead singer girl, but some fine-ass trombone solos. Some of their songs reminded me that are some bands that make good music...but only for part of the song. I've always thought about just cutting the best parts of songs (a bridge here, a chorus there) and splicing them into one 9 minute greatest hit(s) song. Otherwise you have to sit through the bad parts (see 'trombone solo') to get to the good. After their au revoir's came intermission.

Intermission consisted of waiting in a long line for beer/wine. It also consisted in my seeing (and continually staring at) one of the top 5 most beautiful girls I have ever RANDOMLY seen in my life. She was amazing...and quite stylish too. Beyond that, she seemed quite nice (or so I gathered from the way she interacted with the people around her). Very beautiful weakness. Of course after she made her purchases, she vanished. :( I was left to yelling out "Hot girl!" like Joey from Friends as we made our way back to our seats. My emotions were echoed by the intro music that played as we got to our seats...Minnie Riperton's "Loving You". You know, "loving you is easy cuz your beautiful"...except I would add "girl in the hat" (Yeah she had a hat on with little pony tails sticking out...see, stylish). By the way did y'all know that Minnie Riperton was SNL's Maya Rudolph's mom?

AIR: I first heard of Air a few years back when Beck did a song with them on their 10,000 Hz Legend CD. I slowly got into them more and more as I got into the Lost in Translation soundtrack and their latest CD Talkie Walkie. Their music is sort of hard to describe...a bit ambient, but quite unique. I knew they would do well at the Bowl though. Perfect setting...especially with the nearly full moon. PLUS they were accompanied by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra which definitely made each song richer.

They played a set of perfect length (not too long like Badly Drawn Boy, not too short like the first Interpol or Franz Ferdinand shows..."we only have 9 songs...shall we play them twice?"). And we were happily surprised to see Beck join them for the encore...although he just did the spoken word part of one song so it wasn't that big of a contribution...but I take what I can get.

All in all, an amazing set and I highly recommend seeing AIR live (especially at an outdoor venue like the Bowl).

Sunday, September 26, 2004

Amazing Race: Chip and Kim Rock!

Finally caught the finale of the Amazing Race 5...very happy that the nicest and most fun team, Chip and Kim, won. So Cal represent! Great show...looking forward to the sixth season which should start within the next month. Wish I could REALLY look forward to the 7th season...but alas, they haven't called me back...YET :(

Saturday, September 25, 2004

3:30AM Ramblings

Went to Boardner's tonight with Edgar...good times. Nice to go to a place in Hollywood that isn't too pretentious and that you can feel that the crowd is actually there just for the music. And of course the ratdogs outside wure were tasty. Then I drove home listening to Thievery Coporation's OUTERNATIONAL and Interpol's ANTICS...damn good stuff. I love good music. I like my blog. I love Radiohead TV's Episodes 1-3 (searching for 4). I really liked the chocolate cake I had at Joe's tonight from Costco. I love to sleep when I'm really tired...even though I don't go to sleep when I'm really tired...too addicted to Soulseek.

Ok...I'm really tired. Gots to get beauty rest for my 10 year Reunion tomorrow...oh wait, I'm not going. I'm sure I'll regret it. Oh well, what's done is done.

Why Cold Brains?

Ooh...I just realized that I got to see/hear the most recent LIVE singing of this song...(at Coachella)

Cold Brains,
Alone at last
no thoughts,
no mind
to rot
a trail of disasters

a final curse
abandoned hearse
we ride disowned
corroded to the bone

the fields of green
are bent, obscene
i lay upon the gravel
a worm of hope
a hangman's rope
pulls me one way or the other

a final curse
abandoned hearse
we write this song
corroded to the bone

a bird of song
is heard no longer
in the evacuated heavens
the drain is drawn
and drained and gone
and on and on, it doesn't matter

a final the curse
abandoned hearst
we rock the salt
corroded to the bone

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Get your lock on...

(so your bike doesn't get stolen by a bic pen...)


Lock Manufacturer Continues to Set the Standard for Security and ServiceCanton, MA

September 22, 2004 – Kryptonite today announced that the company is offering free product exchanges to all consumers who are concerned about the security of their current Kryptonite tubular cylinder locks.At no charge to them, consumers will be able to exchange their current Kryptonite tubular cylinder lock for a Kryptonite non-tubular cylinder lock. Kryptonite will begin exchanging products within a few weeks as it accelerates product availability.

“We decided to simplify and expand our planned product upgrade program so that we could expedite the process for consumers and eliminate any lingering doubt in their minds about their locks. Standing by our customers is the responsible thing to do for those who rely on our security products to keep their valuables safe.”

Kryptonite is offering a free product exchange to consumers who currently have Kryptonite locks using tubular cylinders. To participate in the free product exchange offer, consumers can visit the company’s Web site at for registration instructions. As part of this effort, Kryptonite will initiate a swap program through direct communication with all of its distributors and retailers.

Great...'a few weeks' for my bike to get stolen...AGAIN!

Ben Folds Produces William Shatner


Ben Folds Produces William Shatner
By Paul Cashmere

Some 35 years after the release of his first album, William Shatner is about to deliver 'Has Been', produced by Ben Folds. 'Has Been' features an interesting array of guests including Aimee Mann, Joe Jackson and Henry Rollins. Shatner sings a duet with Joe Jackson on the cover of the Pulp hit 'Common people'. Shatner's 'Has Been' will be released in October.


1. "Common People" (with Joe Jackson)
2. "It Hasn't Happened Yet"
3. "You'll Have Time"
4. "Trying" (with Ben Folds and Aimee Mann)
5. "What Have You Done"
6. "Together" (with Lemon Jelly)
7. "Familiar Love"
8. "Ideal Woman"
9. "Has Been "
10. "I Can't Get Behind That" (with Henry Rollins)
11. "Real" (with Brad Paisley)

...I've heard 2 songs on KCRW (Common People and You'll Have Time)...and they kinda rock. It's like those commericals (i.e., spoken word) but a bit more rockin.

Quote for the day

"Sleeping with you makes me wanna throw up in the morning"

Underhanded compliment? Overhanded is more like it! Game, set, match!

you hear that?

Laying in bed and I can hear the ocean for the first time. Must be some big waves.

Taken a bit earlier than 2am... Posted by Hello

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Santa Ana...

It's warm and windy...time for chapstick. It kinda
hurts to apply brand new Chapstick. Kind of like
brand new deodorant...high likelihood of chaffing.

Camping time...

Going camping in the Emmigrant Wilderness next weekend with Erik...nice! Posted by Hello


The Lost in Translation soundtrack is quite nice ain't it? But what "genre" would you classify it as? Genres are a bit subjective me thinks...

Monday, September 20, 2004

Last night's 94.9 Independence Jam in SD w/...

Great show! (Unless you were studying @ the SDSU library above the stage)

Death Cab for Cutie rocked...
Muse ROCKED...
Franz Ferdinand FREAKIN' ROCKED!
Yeah Yeah Yeah's (aka, the Yeah Yeah's, aka the Yeah Yeah Yeah) SUCKED!

Just as I suspected...

Don't you love my grand vocabulary?

Henri Cartier-Bresson

Photo by the late great photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson. Only really got to know him after his death. Very beautiful stuff, no? Posted by Hello

Food Coma

Numero Uno pizza for my 4:30pm "lunch". Now I have a food coma. I mean what's the deal with food coma's?

Oh dear G..

what have I done?
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