Friday, April 09, 2004 at 13:01:31 (EDT)

Boy you're gonna carry that weight a long time
Ugh, my job is sapping all my energy! I know I shouldn't complain but I'm so good at it, I can't stop.

Let's look to the future: who's going to the Oneida/Dirty Faces show tonight at Maxwell's? It's gonna kick ass. Plus in New Jersey they don't have stupid laws about smoking in bars. This should be very exotic.

Speaking of Oneida, last night MRK lugged the extremely heavy amp component from our Rhodes electric piano over to their practice space in the hopes of swapping it for the one Bobby has. See, the one we have is sort of broken, and he has no use for the one he has, so we thought we could just trade and we'd have a fully functioning suitcase piano. Alas, the amps are slightly different models and not only does Bobby's component not fit into the cabinet the same way, it uses a different type of proprietary plug, which is part of the whole problem in the first place.

So now my question is, if all of this was obvious when he went over there, why did MRK drag home the other amp? That is the greatest mystery of them all. I think if I was in his position, I'd just dump both amps in Oneida's practice space and go get drunk somewhere.

And now, what you've all been waiting for: more cat pictures. Thanks to DBC for these embarrassing cat outfit shots.

My favorite is the frog cuz it looks like it's eating the cats' head. If only Brill had known how cat pictures can distract form a lack of content!

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Wednesday, April 07, 2004 at 18:01:19 (EDT)

Go in the kitchen get me a drink of water

This is the highlight of Mr Bones' day. Well, that and when he tried to sneak out the back door and I had to chase him around like a greased pig. He is remarkably agile and elusive for his girth and high center of gravity.

This year I'm getting an electric fence to keep the cats in the yard. An electric, mulberry-repelling fence. An electric, mulberry-repelling, bamboo-dispersing fence. That would so rock.

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Wednesday, April 07, 2004 at 13:24:48 (EDT)

As the jury started walking out
So much for justice.

Believe me, I was excited about serving my civic duty on a jury of my peers or whatever, really I was. It seemed like it would be annoying but certainly more interesting than my dayjob, cats notwithstanding. It started off much as I had been warned. I had a book, a magazine, and a NY Times to keep me busy. I am proud to say that while waiting I very nearly almost came close to finishing a NY Times crossword, something I never really tried to do before. I guess I should do that more often, crosswords. They say it staves off senility.

Anyway, they called a bunch of people to be prospective jurors and I guess there were so many (they said they had new, broader methods of selection) they didn't need anybody else. So just past noon they called my name and handed me a receipt saying I had been there, with instructions to keep the document safe for the next 4 years. It was a little reminiscent of the Certificate of Completion I received at Safetytown as a lad. I went to Macy's to look for a chair slipcover and then I went home.

And so, like much of my gilded life, I once again got off easy. How much longer can my luck last?

And even though Mr Bones is highly prized here, apparently the most famous internet cat ever was Frank, the previously-injured cat. This reminds me to go check out how Bob is doing on Save Bob.

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Wednesday, April 07, 2004 at 07:40:29 (EDT)

Take any place and call it a court house
Posting may be even more intermittent and surlier than usual, because today I start showing up for jury duty. I didn't even stand a chance, the automated telephone person just said "All prospective jurors should report to the courthouse." So I'm heading in, with thoughts of how I will still have do all the work from my job when I get home, since there's no one else to do it. How do people get up this early every day?

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Tuesday, April 06, 2004 at 13:22:58 (EDT)

Go ask Alice when she's ten feet tall
NOTE: Again, because I dont have any pictures from the show yet, here are pictures of us smoking a hookah with the cats:

If you missed Motico at our show last Friday, and have been beating yourself up about it since our next scheduled show wasn't for over a month, you're in luck! We just schedule two more shows for the month of April, on the 16th (Friday) and 18th (Sunday).

Friday, April 16: The first show will be at some place I never heard of called The Balanza Bar in Williamsburg, where we will be playing with several bands I've never heard of. We're supposed to go on around 9:30 and the cover is $5. If I find out more about the other bands, I'll post it here.

Sunday, April 18th: The show on the 18th hasn't been confirmed yet, but it sounds really interesting. It's a benefit to help some activists out with their legal fees related to their arrest during a recent protest. They need all the help they can get as they are planning some major protest action during the RNC Convention at the end of August. The show will be in the afternoon from 2-5 PM and will be held at The Knitting Factory (not sure which stage yet).

If we're lucky we'll have some new songs soon. The other guys are fighting me on this, but I think Motico could do an excellent cover of "Hey Mickey" by Toni Basil. I don't really know why, but I think it is a song that embodies everything we've been trying to accomplish as a band thus far. Or maybe we'll just cover "Lowrider."



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Monday, April 05, 2004 at 01:15:50 (EDT)

When I'm bending you over the sink
I haven't gotten any pictures from our show yet, so here are some photos of Ted Nugent. It's pretty much the same thing.

So the show at The Pourhouse went extremely well considering it was our first public performance. Josh from Angry Dragon started off the night with his noisy rock which was equally informed by Shellac and Bjork (yes it is possible!). Unfortunately, his sequenced tracks, running through Zack's bass amp, ended up frying the horn in his speaker cabinet. There was much speculation about the source of the burning stench, which was mistakenly blamed on the stage lights. Luckily Zack was able to disconnect it and basically use his amp as normal for our set.

Near as I can figure, everything came off as planned. One thing I wasn't ready for was how loud the drums were. They weren't miked or anything, I just realized I never stand so close to MRK when he's playing the kit. Jesus, that was loud! We made a minidisc recording of the show and it appears that the sound levels were generally correct, but after all it was a pretty small space. By the way, thanks to everybody who showed up. I don't wanna get all earnest on ya, but it did mean a lot that so many of you showed up. It certainly lowered the pressure a tick. Then again, if you folk hadn't showed up, I dunno who would have been there to witness it. We did a couple of nice comments from Pourhouse regulars who wandered back for our set (not counting the after-work crowd who kept asking about our political affiliations and whether we were a 'classic rock' or a 'new wave' band).

We sold several CDs and made some money on the tip jar, at least enough to repair Zack's speaker cabinet at least. The evening ended on a down note for me, as I had neglected to think about the fact that after the show we'd have to unload all the equipment back into the basement. When I lived in Athens, Ohio, we'd often just leave the gear in the van over night and unload it the next day. While that's obviously not safe to do around here, I'm now wondering how we got away with it so often back then, what with all the scroungy college students at large.

Motico definitely has a show on Tuesday, May 11 at Black Betty, and we might have another show this month, but we're still waiting to hear about it. And the ever-burning question: When will Freddy's call?

If anybody took photos at the show, send em to me so we don't have to look at Ted Nugent's crotch any more.

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