Friday, May 13, 2005 at 11:16:37 (EDT)

I will follow

Japanther never has this problem

This is probably pointless, but Motico is looking for some other bands to join us at our May 25th Sin-é show. I dunno why playing at this club has been such a chore, but some weirdness always seems to come up. Due to cancellations, Motico is the only band booked for that night (a Wednesday), and I don't think we're quite ready to fill a 4-hour time slot yet (although we could do an extra-long version of "Home of the Buzzard" that could get us halfway there). So if you know of any bands that would agree to a show at such short notice, gimme a holler.

I guess I should point out that when the booker contacted me about finding more bands, she said she only wanted bands that have a "following." This seems a real case of "beggars can't be choosers," but I guess those are the guidelines. The thing is, I don't think we have a following, more like a few nice people who come out to our shows. It's kind of frustrating having to think about this, I mean, how does a band get an audience without playing a bunch of shows first? Yes, I suppose if a band gets incredible word of mouth from the get-go then the kids come out in droves, but that's not very realistic. Even the Strokes played to a lot of empty rooms when they started. Of course, when they hit, things started to snowball pretty fast, but unless you've got enough dough to hire a publicity team, you pretty much have to rely on stamina. Or Buzz taking his shirt off during drum solos. That would pack 'em in.

All of these backroom antics are pretty annoying, but at least it shouldn't affect the show itself, whatever it will be. When I find out what time we're going on, I'll start hyping it for real, and you can forget all of this whining. But still, if anybody knows any bands who can get a few people out to see them, lemme know. I asked Lightning Bolt if they wanted to do it, but I'm not too optimistic.

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Thursday, May 12, 2005 at 10:23:32 (EDT)

I'm an original species
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African Serval
Irving
Savannah

So these Savannah cats are gaining in popularity, especially in urban areas. They're crossbreeds of a wild African cat called a Serval and a regular housecat. They get the cool markings of the wild cat, and some of the size (up to 35 pounds), but they're supposedly docile like housecats. The article doesn't really get into whether they're safe to own or not, but officially they're illegal in this town. Then again, ferrets are illegal here, too. Regardless the legality or safety of owning such animals, this crossbreeding notion has finally put to rest a certain question of origin that I've had for years. [via Buzz]

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Snow Leopard
Polar Bear
Mr Bones


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Wednesday, May 11, 2005 at 13:42:45 (EDT)

The habit that kicks itself
The seeds of intent have come to fruition. Read Josh's article about our trip to Herman's Place, complete with a photo of José's big mug as he just begins to get his drinking groove on. Josh wanted to hit this bar because it was shutting down for a month and a half the next day. Too many violations, including underage drinking and various drug arrests, led to its suspension, so he thought we should check it out. He's right; the facts of the place are much less romantic than what one imagines when you hear about all the law-breaking going on. At least while we were there, it was just another cheap bar, nothing special and not particularly threatening. We would probably have been even more out of place had we not already been drinking for hours. Mutual intoxication breeds fast friendships, as Steve found out. One wonders if the place isn't just a whipping boy for the local cops, who certainly could find something more illegal going on in Atlantic City than some kid buying a Coors Light (Coors Light, by the way, is a crime in itself). What I wanna know is, what kind of drugs were being proffered in this establishment. Do people still smoke crack?

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Tuesday, May 10, 2005 at 14:19:27 (EDT)

And when your hair's combed right and your pants fit tight
Did I tell you guys I'm writing stuff for the NY Press again? Despite still not having been paid for last year's piece, I am again submitting my heart & soul to the corporate juggernaut that is the Press. Actually, I will be paid for that old thing soon, just not what I was originally promised. Since they've had a lot of management shake-ups there recently, they're blaming all their current fiscal woes on the previous regime. Yeah guys, I'm sure you'll handle things better this time around.

But at any rate, instead of babbling about bands and such here as I have done in the past I will now reach a slightly larger audience with my musings on what bands are good or whatever. I mean, it's not like I'm writing huge columns like Bernstein does, but at least I get my own little two inches of space to tell people about the bands I see all the time.

And since the Press' web version has not quite stepped up to what is contained in the print edition, I'll publish my little pieces on my long-unused music blog. So far I've had two previews published, about the Giraffes and Oneida. Tomorrow there shall be one slightly longer article about The Forms. This should pump a little new life into the music aspect of my site, plus result in untold schmoozability! That's right bands, if you want me to write about you in this highly influential paper, let's get on with the schwag! I'm talking free records, guestlists, sandwiches ... whatever it takes to make me like your awful, awful music.

Which reminds me, my own band is playing in a couple of weeks? Would it be ethically unsound for me to write about Motico?

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Monday, May 09, 2005 at 12:11:27 (EDT)

My lucky ball and chain
Well, he finally got himself hitched. And he did it without running off like some bug-eyed weirdo.

More photos on Flickr.

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