Friday, January 30, 2004 at 13:53:46 (EST)

You've got to look into the ... LIGHT LIGHT LIGHT LIGHT LIGHT
I checked out some of the show last night at Elixir, a tiny juice bar way downtown. I got there in time to see Jessica Pavone and Mary Halvorson, who play crazy viola and insane guitar, respectively. Then, Matana Roberts played psychotic saxophone. I don't really have the necessary vocabulary to describe this Avant stuff, but I believe an acceptable phrase would be: "It was bitchin'." My experience with this sort of stuff extends to John Zorn and his ilk, and also Sxip, whose music is usually in the service of a larger performance piece. I totally need to hear more stuff like this. Apparently the Elixir show is a weekly thing, though I don't know if it's always this kind of music or what, since they don't have a website. To me, this means the place barely exists. What kind of juice bar doesn't have a website? My band has never played a live show, yet we have a website! Am I wrong to expect to find every facet of my life somehow documented on the web? I mean, that's why I started this thing in the first place!

Speaking of nonstandard musicians, tonight is Oneida's record release show at Tonic! They go on precisely at midnight, so be there with a wad o' bills. I hope they play that song I like, you know, the one that goes on for 15 minutes and then the organ goes nuts? Yeah. That one. Also playing is Broke Revue, who I've always wanted to witness.

Saturday, José is finally warming his house. I, too, will warm it, with some kind of green-colored salsa. I believe I will make salsa verde, as I've never made it for public consumption before. I'd do guacamole, but that seems to summery now.

Jessica and Mary perform with Jeff Arnal at Freddy's on Feb 3rd, doing an all-improv set.

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Thursday, January 29, 2004 at 11:23:26 (EST)

Christmas in the drunk tank
At long last, we have the photos of our Christmas Night at the Alibi! What a night! And every bit as glamorous as I remember it. It's hard to tell from the photos but there was a good number of people at the bar that night, just enough to fill up the main room. Plus the dog, of course.


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Wednesday, January 28, 2004 at 10:32:47 (EST)

Our site could be your life
We finally put up a website for the band. It's not very fancy and there's not much on it yet, but at least the domain name '' belongs to us! Who knows how close we came to losing it to some other party?

Speaking of parties, we have scheduled a gig at Rated Rookie's 6th issue release party on Saturday February 7th. I hope we can make it.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2004 at 18:11:20 (EST)

Brings out the duty in my soul
I almost forgot! Yesterday I received, for the first time in my life, the validation that I've been waiting for. I'm being courted for JURY DUTY!

Everybody always acts like they hate it, but I think of it a little like Steve Martin in The Jerk, when he gets all excited to get his name in the phone book. "I'm SOMEBODY!"

We were hoping I'd get on the Martha Stewart jury, but it looks like I'm too late for that. Incidentally, has anyone seen those commercials for jury duty? Where people get interviewed like they just saw De La Guarda, "It was fascinating!" "I loved it!" And then Regis Philbin inexplicably appears to tell you how great jury duty is. Is this some kind of community service sentence he has to carry out due his contact with Kathie Lee?


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Tuesday, January 27, 2004 at 16:51:41 (EST)

And he'd dance, even if no one was dancing
Jami makes us aware of this totally bitchin' Onion article:

Concert Ruined By Guy Enjoying Himself

Not only is it a deft piece of satire, it centers around a supposed show by Oneida, and whoever wrote it knows enough about them to know about their neverending brainpounder, "Sheets of Easter". Does anybody know what they're singing on that song?

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Tuesday, January 27, 2004 at 16:11:47 (EST)

Just don't say I'm damned for all time!
S sends us this label from another Belgian beer, Judas. I'm willing to bet that it, like so many other beers I've come in contact with, comes on like a true friend, only to leave in painful betrayal the next day.

Which reminds me, why doesn't Lazlo Toth get back on his campaign for "Bush Beer"? Originally named for our first Bush President, he hoped its revenues would offset the deficit. His slogans were brilliant:

Bush Beer: A Kinder, Gentler, Beer

Don't drink and drive. Drink Bush Beer! And take a cab.

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Monday, January 26, 2004 at 17:11:08 (EST)

How do we know we're right?
Here's a couple of songs we're putting on our demo. They should be more or less indicative of our general sound, so any comments you guys might have are welcome. Keep in mind these are just mp3s, so the sound is not gonna be as good as it will be on the finished product. You can leave comments on the blog, or send us an email if you prefer to bash us privately.

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Monday, January 26, 2004 at 11:33:36 (EST)

Damn right it's better than yours
When it's as cold as it has been for as long as it has been, you start to forget that the weather was ever nicer. You begin to think it's always been this cold, that wearing five layers of clothing is normal, that making coffle has always been accompanied by mittens.

It's pissing me off! It's putting a damper on my sociability. Whereas in better weather I couldn't wait to frolic in the streets, these days I prefer to stay in and watch the drama that results from placing four cats in close proximity. I did ge tout of the house a few times, but I realized later it was almost all for work I was doing. Somehow I am again doing the layout for the Brooklyn Review, which seems to be shaping up nicely, and I am even more inexplicably converting some digital video into computer-friendly video files. This required borrowing a camcorder from A, who was actually borrowing it from his job. I tried using J's camera that she drunkenly forgot in the cab over a month ago (where's that shipping info?), but it wasn't the right format.

I was happily rendering video on Saturday night when I was coerced into going to a party. So at midnight I left to trudge halfway across the neighborhood. I'm not even self-conscious about my winter outfit anymore: the enormous army coat A gave me (plus the hat he he gave me), two scarves (one regular, one incredibly huge scarf/afghan my grandma knitted), and earmuffs. Yeah, that's right. The party was actually a pretty good time, and though the DJ wasn't playing music I liked, he was spinning vinyl, which I respect. Later on, T rallied a bunch of people into requesting "Milkshake" but by that time the real DJ had decamped, leaving only an iPod in his place. iPods can't take requests. So until they do, there will still be a need for human DJs.

I was introduced to the guy who runs the He'Brew Beer Company, you know, that amusing microbrew with the faux-hebrew lettering and the catchy slogan, "The Chosen Beer." I was sort of confused because I think that beer is actually made in California, so I dunno what this guy was doing in the middle of Fort Greene in the middle of some seriously lame weather. Even weirder was that he actually steered me away from drinking the He'Brew he had stocked in the fridge, convincing me that the Belgian beer, Kwak, was a better choice. Hey, at 8%, I'm not complaining.

The band is still working through our songs, all of which we are beginning to hate by now. We've been messing around with the recordings for so long, psychosis is beginning to set in, and we are liable to blame the cats for their role in the production flaws. I am thinking of posting some of the mixes we've done so far, but it seems I never get much feedback when I post songs here. If I put some new stuff up and asked for my readers' opinions, would anybody respond? (Dig how I'm asking for a response about getting responses before I put any songs up. I'm so lame.)

UPDATE: While researching Kwak, I found the best beer review site ever: Maudling the cat, beer connoisseur...


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