Friday, January 14, 2005 at 14:18:02 (EST)

When I saw her standing there
Ever wonder how to play the musical saw? Of course you have! Lucky for you, the Internet provides handy instructions. I, too, am learning how to make melodious music with a large cutting implement, and it is not as easy as one might think. So far I've only been able to produce tones in the "Baby Screaming/Cat-in-a-Washing-Machine" range. But at least that means I can do some Kate Bush covers already. Thank you! I'll be here all week!

I also got a new harness for my baritone sax so it won't hurt my neck when I play it. With this obstacle out of the way, I'm sure I'll be playing at Kenny G's level by next week. Actually, some of the sounds produced with the musical saw are reminiscent of Mr G's work.

This weekend should be momentous as I will not only finally get to see Mission of Burma perform live, but I will also go to the Bowery Ballroom for the first time. As a rule I don't generally like larger music venues, but all reports declare the Bowery to be a fine location to see live music. But I dunno, I feel like a lot of the positive things I've heard have been from people who get some kind of special VIP access there. I'm not a hanger-on; I'm a hangers'-on hanger-on.

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Wednesday, January 12, 2005 at 12:29:24 (EST)

Hide him away from the rest of the world
Hey has anybody seen The Aviator? I just watched it, it's pretty good, although for my money I'd like to see a sequel that covers the later years of Howard Hughes' life. They get into some of the crazier aspects of his personality in this one, and I suppose the contrast is especially high since he was still dating starlets and turning up in public quite a bit. Later, of course, he sealed himself in his casino hotel room, blacked out the windows, and proceeded to get totally nuts, with little or no contact from the outside world.

I bring this up now because I'm about to go into the office to train some people. To prepare for this I have to clean up my ever-slacking act and dress like a normal office drone. I haven't shaved all week, nor have I combed my hair. The clothes I've been wearing so far this week, while a far cry from the nasty bathrobe Hughes draped around him for months at a time (when he wasn't wandering around naked),
Will I ever be this suave again?
have been ratty yet comfortable. None of this will do when I breeze into the office, so I'm cleaning myself up and trying to remember how to act around people who have to do this every day.

Hughes was pretty good at it, for a while. How long do I have before total psychosis sets in?

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Tuesday, January 11, 2005 at 12:26:02 (EST)

Art star
The guys who made Ghost World are coming out with a filmed version of Art School Confidential, which is a really short piece Daniel Clowes penned in the early days of the Eightball comic. I gotta say, as much as I like Terry Zwiegoff and Steve Buscemi, I thought Ghost World missed the mark mostly. So I'm a little worried at what this same team is gonna do on this new project.

The original comic is only like 2 pages long, and was largely inspired by Clowes' time spent at the Pratt Institute (3 blocks north of my apartment). I'm making it sound like it's gonna be the end of the world, and I'm sure they'll come up with something worthwhile. Ghost World wasn't all bad (but Thora Birch as Enid? Come on!), and I loved Crumb. But again, this is a feature length film based on a 2-page comic written to take up extra space in the comic book.

So is somebody working on filming Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron? What about Needledick the Bugfucker?

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Monday, January 10, 2005 at 15:07:36 (EST)

Straight no chaser
I'm too tired to blog with any sense today, so I'm posting a bunch of pictures that were taken with my camera over the last three days. This spans everything from the usual cat pictures, to the usual bar pictures, to the slightly less usual pictures of people who have been ice skating. All you need to know about them is:

  • My friend Kelly is in from out of town
  • James and Martha just got back from their trip to Southeast Asia and were full of monkey-related anecdotes
  • Tim the bartender had a going-away party at Freddy's
  • I always get lost for an hour when I go to the park, even if my destination is a really big thing, like the Wollman Ice Rink, so by the time I get my uncomfortable skates on everybody else is pretty much done with the skating


Mr Bones, the Prime Minister of Canada


James imitates one of the spider monkeys from Cambodia


Martha at Bar 119


Jeannie at Bar 119


Molly, Kelly and James


Kelly becomes fed up with my constant picture taking


But how can you stay mad at a mug like this?


I believe here Kelly is saying something poignant


This dude sat down and started macking on Molly


Jaded New Yorkers and some broad from Sweden take a break from the ice


Is Douglas still on his skates here? He's like twice as tall as Amy


Later, in our natural habitat ...



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