Friday, May 30, 2008

adios, amoebas...

It's been good, Dallas. Mostly.

I'll catch up with you from the next time zone to the left...

PS - Thanks again, Tim. I'll do my best to pay you back.

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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Fishbone 101

A while back on Jeff Liles' History of Dallas Music MySpace page, I took it upon myself to leave a brief dissertation on the true greatness of - and sad lack of appreciation for - Fishbone in a comment on one of the ticket stub pictures I gave him.

For those who don't know much about them, there's not much more I can say here that I didn't say in the aforementioned comment...although, I would recommend a quick read through the band's Wikipedia page. So instead, I'll just share this clip. Crank it up if you can. And pay attention to just how tight those guys really are in the midst of the absolute onstage chaos they created. Then imagine experiencing that intensity for, like, two solid hours. It left you exhausted, exhilarated and in awe. At their peak, they were the best band in the world. Past their peak, they were still the best live band in the world. Unbelievable shit.

(Oh, and in case you are wondering who the Kendall Jones both I and Wikipedia reference, he's the guitar player on the left who sings the bridge to "Party at Ground Zero." I hope he's better now because his life was a tragedy for a while...)

Turn the shit up, pogo and enjoy...!

And lest anyone think Fishbone were strictly a ska band, you can check out some of their heavier shit here and here and in this additional live clip below. There wasn't anything those guys couldn't do better than anyone else. The first of those links makes me particularly sad in a way because Kendall wrote and sang the song. However, he'd already fried and left the band by the time it was released and they'd joined the Lollapalooza festival in '93. So in the video, it's keyboard/trombone player Chris Dowd shown singing. But it's a particularly poignant song in hindsight given its religious theme and the "religious" reasons for Kendall leaving / freaking out.

Swim (seriously heavy)...

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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

I have talented friends

Kate is amazing...

Frank the kitty thinks so too.

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Monday, May 19, 2008

you got your chocolate in my peanut butter...

When greatness collides with greatness...

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Monday, May 12, 2008

hee hee...

Thank you Unfair Park. This makes me giggle so much...


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Tuesday, May 06, 2008

yay, music

Unexpectedly big music week for me this week. (Might as well take as much in while I'm here in The Big City while I can. Though, I do have a Meat Puppets show in Flagstaff in July to look forward to.) The agenda...

Tonight - The Breeders at the godforsaken, completely fucking awful venue known as the House of Blues. As you might guess, I hate that place. As someone more creative than me described the place, it's like going through airport security to go see an arena show at a Chili's. Dead on. I hate that place. In case I didn't mention that earlier.

Friday - The Sword, Torche at Lola's in Fort Worth. Haven't been to Lola's, but have heard great things about the place.

Saturday - Blood on the Wall, Record Hop at Lola's.

Should be a good week. Yay, me.

PS - I also intensely hate Ticketmaster. Who else could take a $19.50 ticket and bill you $34-something by the time it's all said and done? Fuckers. But I think I've mentioned that particular hatred before...

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Sunday, May 04, 2008


Quote of the day...

It feels like the world is a fuckin' pile of shit that's full of snakes and flies, and we're here to put some frosting on it. - Curt Kirkwood

As, um, negative as that may sound, I love the sentiment behind it. Hee hee...

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Saturday, May 03, 2008

good read

This, to me, could just as easily have been written by my friend, the amazing Bill...

I really like a lot of what he had to say (unfortunately, only about a quarter of the interview appears online). And I'm really starting to enjoy it when I'm reminded that not all Christians are like...well, like the majority of Christians I've had to deal with in my life. Always good to keep one's prejudices in check. Or something like that.

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