Saturday, November 22, 2003 at 18:34:00 (EST)

Doing my daily chore
A few pictures of David Pajo at Lit last night. The show was way too short, which may or may not have been influenced by the guy who kept shrieking "WOOOOOOO! DP!!!! NEW YORK CITY LOVES YOUUUUUU!!!" Keep in mind that Lit is about the size of my bedroom, and this guy was well within spittin' distance of David Pajo. But the music still kicked ass. He played on a Fender Twin. I may just have to get one of those someday.

On a related note, the dreadlock guy was at the show. I really hope somebody out there can explain who this guy is, he pops up at every show these days, no matter what part of town or which band is playing. His ubiquity is almost as disquieting as his nasty, backpack-style dreadlocks. He resembles a British Howard Hughes. You know, after the real crazy shit set in.

UPDATE: Well, whaddya know? This guy, Jolly McFie, is the guy behind Punkcast! It's all making sense now. Everything except the hair. Thanks MadOrangeFools!

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Friday, November 21, 2003 at 19:01:15 (EST)

We bite


Instead of chatty coworkers, I get turf battles on the edge of my desk



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Friday, November 21, 2003 at 10:55:19 (EST)

Whatever, mortal
I think I can reveal this here without jeopardizing my ability to attend the event: Papa M is playing a 'secret' show at Lit tonight. It's a tiny space, but how many people even know who David Pajo is, let alone that he's in town right now? Certainly nobody who reads this site, roommates excluded. I still get a lot of blank stares when I ask people if they've ever heard of Slint, so I'm not too worried about letting the cat out of the bag; most people have no idea who I'm talking about. Best of all, unlike other singer-songwriters I know, he isn't dead.

Speaking of which, last night we saw a lovely set by Genevieve at Low. I still have yet to see her full band, Automat, but she says they're retooling their sound now, leaning more towards a Stereolab sound, rather than simply backing up her solo songs. I'm not sure if they have any shows scheduled yet.

More distressing last night was the fact that I was talked into taking a car home. Now, in recent weeks I've shamefully ducked into many a cab, and though I'm not proud of it, it was always in a Manhattan-to-Brooklyn route. See, it always seems like a waste of money to take a car when we have the finest public transportation system in the world*. But when the hour is late, and the intoxication levels high, one can be forgiven for hailing a taxi and taking the easy way out. But I've never taken a car from Dumbo to Clinton Hill. Earlier that same day I had ridden my bike the same distance. I'm no sure if I like where this is heading.

The rest of the weekend: Saturday I plan to return to 48th Street to buy a snare stand, as our child-size stand just isn't cutting it anymore. We're also on the lookout for a PCI-card solution to our music recording needs. We're doing our best to eliminate the need for real recording studios altogether. Sorry, Steve. We'll record with you someday. I promise.

Then of course, Stupid's free video shoot show at Luna Lounge. Dana has been increasingly belligerent onstage; if you're lucky she might kick you in the head. Or hit you with her maracas. Oh my ...

Sunday, Oakley Hall plays The Mighty Robot. So I guess the departure of that one guy did not in fact spell doom for The Mighty Robot? I've been hearing about many shows there of late. Maybe their cover is just blown. Anyhow, I'm looking forward to finally seeing this supergroup, and drinking Busch beer while I do it.

*This statement has not been evaluated by the Metropolitan Transit Authority.

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Thursday, November 20, 2003 at 14:03:48 (EST)

I'll just have a breakdown
Don't forget: this Saturday at the Luna Lounge, Stupid is performing, and this time they're taping it. They're filming the whole set for use in a music video for their anthem "Red Sweater." So, if you've seen them before, come on out and show your love. If you've not seen them before, what better opportunity than this gig? The show is free, the band will no doubt turn out a well-oiled performance, plus Dana's making latkes for the show. Free food! The show starts around midnight, if I'm not mistaken. See the band before the next Hard Rock show, and you can say you knew them when.

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Thursday, November 20, 2003 at 11:37:33 (EST)

I knead ya like fresh pizza dough
After an 8 year hiatus, it seems that Berkeley Breathed is doing another comic strip. How I have waited for this day! I just hope it doesn't totally suck. There's an article about in Salon today, and Breathed keeps insisting he doesn't want his new strip littered with pop-culture references. While I can understand not wanting to be tainted by a lot of that dreck, the best thing about his old comic, Bloom County, was its social commentary. In fact, he said during those days that he blanched at the idea of a completely self-referential comic, like Garfield or The Family Circus (if there is a hell, I believe it will be staffed by little saccharine tots like the FC crew). And no wonder, those comics have always sucked big time. I just hope he doesn't think he can reinvent comics of that sort, as it may be wasted effort.

But perhaps I underestimate him. He's still an animal rights nut, something I can never get enough of when it's mentioned in a comic strip. In his interview he mentions Boondocks, implying it's the only comic out there that approaches Bloom County's brand of satire. So he's still on the ball in that respect. Now the problem is, this new strip, simply titled Opus, will only be available in actual printed newspapers (I think the Daily News will be carrying it here). Since I stare at a computer for a minimum of 8 hours a day, I get all the news I need from the web, so I don't get the papers so much anymore. But it looks like I'm gonna have to start this Sunday. Opus is gonna be a Sunday-only strip, so it shouldn't be too hard to keep up. One cool thing about it is that Breathed got the newspapers to agree to run his strip covering one half of the page; that's some serious real estate. Apparently, Bill Watterson of Calvin & Hobbes did this as well, but I can't say I recall noticing that. Of course, the local paper in my home town printed the Sunday comics in a separate 'comic book' format. At first this seemed clever, until I realized it was just an excuse to shrink the funnies down to microscopic size to fit the half-letter sized booklet.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2003 at 14:41:40 (EST)

It is time for stormy weather
Does anybody else check grouphug.us with any frequency? Josh is writing an article for the NY Post about it and needs further insight. His deadline looms large, so if you find the site interesting at all, please let him know about it, and fast!

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Wednesday, November 19, 2003 at 12:55:44 (EST)

Success means your head in the sand
In case not everybody checks my music site with alacrity, I posted some new Motico recordings. We redid "Zooming Past Accuracy," finally adding vocals, and yet another version of "Home of the Buzzard," our epic meditation on Cleveland. New this time around is "The Smartest Tree in the Forest," whose title was inspired by a joke that Abby finds inexplicably funny.

As always, these recordings are gussied-up works in progress, so don't expect any Martin Hannett-level production, or Yngwie Malmsteen-level performances. Actually, you should never expect that, anywhere, from anyone.



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Wednesday, November 19, 2003 at 00:48:39 (EST)

I'm the man in the box
Best thing I've read on grouphug.us in a while:

I would very much like to see David Blaine die in that stupid box that he is in.I've never wanted someone to die this bad before in my life, and it kind of scares me.I just really hate that motherf*cker.I mean, shit, have you seen his girlfriend? F*cktard doesn't deserve her.

I feel the same way. Except to even think ill of Mr. Blaine is only to feed his dumbass ego. They must have some backlog on that site, didn't he get out of that box some weeks ago? At this rate, I'll never see my confession about that unfortunate event at the BackWaxing hut.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2003 at 15:52:07 (EST)

And you still got your baby teeth
I've just made an appointment to get my wisdom teeth removed. I've been putting it off because I can't tell how long it's gonna take me to recover. I only have wisdom teeth on the upper jaw, one of which has started to poke out of the gum line. My dentist spooked me with the news that if I don't get it removed it would somehow end up growing into my ear canal somehow. This I can't figure out. The tooth is obviously coming through right behind my last molar. How is it suddenly gonna switch direction and travel into my ear? Whatever, I'll get 'em out. I've been trying to find out how long the recovery time is, but I keep getting sidetracked. Z had his wisdom teeth out recently but every time I ask about it, all he tells me is how great the drugs were. I'm all for that, but how long will I be kept from my usual vigorous nightlife schedule? Is my face gonna swell up until I resemble Meat Loaf? How soon will I be able to operate heavy machinery? This will pretty much constitute the most involved surgery I've ever endured. I mean, besides my breast implants.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2003 at 11:32:19 (EST)

I want to ride it where I like
I'm so disappointed with Brian Lehrer. Here he is, one of the smartest guys on the radio in the morning, and the guy doesn't know what a folding bike is. He has some people on from Amsterdam talking about bicycle commuting. This already seems a little weird to me. Aren't there tons of bike nuts in this town that could be interviewed? Okay, I get it, it's "Old Amersterdam, New Amdterdam" week on his show. Clever. At any rate this woman was describing her various bikes, concluding with her Brompton, the king of folding bikes.

Someday I'll get a Brompton. I check eBay every so often to see if anybody is selling one cheap, but so far I've been out of luck. I love my folding bike, a 1971 Raleigh Twenty, but it is basically made out of cast iron, and doesn't really fold up to a satisfying level. But even if I could get a Brompton cheap, I'm not sure how easy it would be to part with this old tank. Once you get past its weight, it really is a perfect bike for riding around this city.

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Monday, November 17, 2003 at 13:40:02 (EST)

Look at all the pretty [stupid] birds
Birds are stupid. At least the birds in my backyard. I put up this nice bird feeder, but the only creatures smart enough to know how to use it are the damn squirrels. Even after I mounted the feeder off the ground, only these puffy-tailed rats know what to do with it. The birds just keep prancing around on the roof, wondering what the commotion is. Can't they see the thing is full of sunflower seeds? What's the deal? Do I have to affix some shiny object on it to mollify them? Shouldn't I be working instead of obsessing over these stupid animals? Probably. Some days, despite my protests to the contrary, I really do shirk from my job and get nothing done. Today is sort of one of those days. I am working at like half capacity. Somehow, mutual funds just aren't as sexy as they once seemed to me. Maybe they would seem more exciting if these damn birds would figure out how to use the friggin' bird feeder.

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Monday, November 17, 2003 at 09:50:13 (EST)

Laura blogs me in the middle of the night
I know my faithful readers rely on my blogroll to determine the course of their daily lives, so I apologize for BlogRolling because they seem to have completely gone nuts, replacing my carefully selected list of blogs with repeated links to the mysterious "Laura's Blog." Well, I looked at Laura's blog, and I am in no way prepared to add her to my list, let alone multiple entries. So what's going on? This seems to be happening to everyone on BlogRolling. And at this point in the day, this all seems far more important than anything I did over the weekend. Nothing like a little metablog crisis to fire me up!

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