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|Monday, September 16th, 2013|
I am headin' out on this tour on Friday and it feels like the most "put together" tour yet. I guess you learn a little bit about setting this crap up each time ya do it. So much of it is still just absolutely blind luck or circumstance, though...like, I don't know that I feel as though I did anything so different or more calculated this time as opposed to other times, it just seemed to happen more easily. I was trying to talk Andy Garces into going on tour the other day and amazed even myself with all the good reasons I was able to come up with, on the spur of the moment, for doing it. I really hope those Vanilla Beans do some touring some day.
Martin Tapia made an amazing poster for the show in Oberlin on Monday and I stole the image for this new LJ icon (and for my tour in general). Given that it was a member of Red Pony Clock who originally called Googolplexia "Googz," it's appropriate enough that Martin made this poster (although I think it was Dave that I first heard use it. I didn't even know what he was talking about, he had to explain it to me. Durrp!). I mean, by this time, I have fully adopted the nickname "GOOGZ."
If ya know anyone in the places listed below, tell 'em to go see Googolplexia in the next coupla weeks, and to say hello. One of those reasons mentioned above that I gave Andy was "meeting people in all kindsa weird places, and finding out some of them know yer friends!" Links will be to FaceBook events or the like where applicable.
TUESDAY, 17 SEPTEMBER – Saint Louis, Missouri @ Foam with Bobby Stevens, Carondelet Guy, Syna So Pro, Annalibera (Des Moines, IA), and MR NASTI (Fairfield, IA) [I have like 50 new T-Shirts and other items of Googz gear so this is the "release show" for that stuff in addition to being tour kickoff]
FRIDAY, 20 SEPTEMBER – Columbus, Ohio @ TreeBar with Church Camp, Purple Pyramids, and Animal Cubes
SATURDAY, 21 SEPTEMBER – Oberlin, Ohio @ The Feve with Martin David Tapia (of Red Pony Clock) and Leia Von Hohenfeld (of Afternoon Naps)’s Magical Music Box Mobius Strip!
SUNDAY, 22 SEPTEMBER – Ypsilanti, Michigan @ Café Ollie with Jo Pie Whyld, Melissa Sklar, and Oak Openings
MONDAY, 23 SEPTEMBER – Chicago, Illinois @ One Group Mind Theater / Links Hall, 3435 N. Sheffield (entrance at 956 W. Newport) with improv troupe Partyin’ Yossarian and Lord Of The Yum-Yum (and who knows, Dick Move? Maybe?)
TUESDAY, 24 SEPTEMBER – Rock Island, Illinois @ Rozz-Tox
WEDNESDAY, 25 SEPTEMBER – Beloit, Wisconsin @ Coughy Haus with No Monster Club (Ireland) and M. Sord (Kalamazoo, MI)
THURSDAY, 26 SEPTEMBER – Milwaukee, Wisconsin @ Frank’s Power Plant with Lauryl Sulfate & Her Ladies Of Leisure and Economy Superstar -
FRIDAY, 27 SEPTEMBER – Dubuque, Iowa @ The Lift with Bones Jugs N Harmony (Urbana-Champaign, IL) -
SATURDAY, 28 SEPTEMBER – Ames, Iowa (Maximum Ames Music Festival!) @ Vinyl Café with Dubb Nubb (Saint Louis/Columbia, MO), Lesbian Poetry (Des Moines, IA), and Dear Rabbit (Colorado)
SUNDAY, 29 SEPTEMBER – Lincoln, Nebraska @ 2Smoov (947 S. 29th) with TBA
MONDAY, 30 SEPTEMBER – Kansas City, Missouri @ The Middle East (4209 E. 59th) with Blondie Brunetti and Mosquito Bandito
TUESDAY, 01 OCTOBER – Columbia, Missouri @ TBA with Devin Frank + TBA Current Mood: Googzy
|Wednesday, July 17th, 2013|
|Goodbye, G&G. Hello, P&B.
New TEAM PANCAKES shirts logo! Thanks tastee! The shirts are gonna be so beautiful. Let me know if ya want one. They'll probably be in the $40 range (the more we order, the cheaper they'll be).
Ya don't have to be on the team to sport the shirt, but you can be on the team if you want, anyway. Our membership policy is of the "wide open" variety. Check sizing here
(in the "Classic Bowlers" chart), scroll to the top of that page for measuring instructions. Let me know what name you want hand-embroidered on 'em, too. Prices will vary depending on how many people want 'em (more shirts = cheaper price), but expect to pay $40-$45. It's the greatest shirt you'll ever own. Reorder opportunities are likely to be few and far between, and perhaps nonexistent altogether! Current Mood: Bowlsome
|Wednesday, March 14th, 2012|
|New Personal Bestbowl
Afternoon Squids pre-bowl. It's funny that we even bother pre-bowling, considering there is like half of one other team in the league at present, but we are SERIOUS!
I bested my previous bowling best by 19 points with a 219 this afternoon! So, good thing we done that! Current Mood: 219'd
|Monday, February 13th, 2012|
|Do You Know This Guy?
Oh yes, a priceless anecdote: This feller who was there at Market Grill yesterday while I was setting up was kind of chatting with me about what I was gonna do, and then he asked, in all sincerity, something to the effect of "have you ever heard of this guy Googolplexia?" Hah! This fellow is in this band Death Of Yeti, which he claimed played that Dudes Magazine release (or anyway, played with me sometime at The Warehouse, but that's the only time I've been to, let alone played, The Warehouse), but I think he was confused cuz I don't think that band played that. Maybe he just went to the show? He said something like "but you didn't have those glasses then, did you?" (Yes, I did.) Anyway, that's a first. Current Mood: Googz'd
|Wednesday, February 1st, 2012|
A great quote from Dashiell Hammett's The Dain Curse that I just read (the quote, not the book. That is to say, I'm still working on the book, but I just read this quote and it sang to me):
"Nobody thinks clearly, no matter what they pretend. Thinking's a dizzy business, a matter of catching as many of those foggy glimpses as you can and fitting them together the best you can. That's why people hang on so tight to their beliefs and opinions; because, compared to the haphazard way in which they're arrived at [sic], even the goofiest opinion seems wonderfully clear, sane, and self-evident. And if you let it get away from you, then you've got to dive back into that foggy muddle to wangle yourself out another to take its place."
--The Continental Op, nameless narrator of sundry Dashiell Hammett works, from The Dain Curse, 1929 Current Mood: THINKY
|Monday, October 10th, 2011|
|Ice Cream Death
Wow I think I finally know how much ice cream you have to eat for your heart to stop Current Mood: CLEAR
|Tuesday, April 5th, 2011|
|Is The 'Goose Loose?
Helped MONGOOSE move into PPHQ this weekend. We saw Kevster walkin' down Delmar while moving stuff, it was kinda funny. "That's the dude whose room you're moving into!" Now this place is the stereotypical primo bachelor pad (again), we sat around watching some TNG tonight. Hopefully the hygienic quality won't suffer as a result. The bathroom is long overdue for a clean, so is the kitchen floor, hopefully I can get around to not being lazy long enough to get to some of this very soon.
I just paid bills, holy cow let's talk about my emergency need of employment! SLCL always sends the same form letter rejection, I wonder how I can get in touch with an actual person there, or otherwise better my chances at getting one of the many jobs I'm clearly not qualified for (you know, the 16-hour-a-week, $9.50-per-hour book-shelving jobs).
I went and saw THE BIRDS today (for free!) at the Hi-Pointe and Tippi Hedren was there, she got interviewed by the one TCM dude (the younger one). She praised Hitchcock's brilliance and bad-mouthed his cruelty. Apparently he ruined her career because she refused his stalkerish advances and tried to get out of her contract to him, or something. The Hi-Pointe was completely full! After the initial commercials for Charter and TCM were clearly digital I was worried this would just be some loser DVD projection but thankfully it ended up being a 35mm print. Not a new one or anything, but a plenty-nice one. I think I am pretty into the ending of THE BIRDS...no explanations, no real closure, no questions answered, just BIRDS, THEY'RE EVIL, EH? Current Mood: Dozey
|Monday, March 14th, 2011|
Trudging home defeatedly this morning I saw a long marking on the sidewalk to suggest someone had taken a snow shovel, run it along the ground for about a dozen feet, and given up. There's a great and relevant allegory in there, somewhere. "What am I doing snow-shoveling?" the property's proprietor no doubt asked after that first scrape yielded such seemingly fruitless results, the wintry precipitation continuing to both softly land and splatter noisily, all at once, and all around, from the sky and from the trees and sometimes from everywhere and nowhere, even as though lobbed lazily by invisible assailants. "The thick, wet snow-slush just continues to fall. Why did I think it was a good idea to start shoveling the walk?"
There's no transportation on foot except trudging in ground conditions like these. Let's all go out for a good trudge. Current Mood: Trudgingly
|Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011|
|Sweet Vermouth On The Rocks With A Twist
Punxatawney Phil did NOT see his shadow today. When I read that, I thought "it seems like he ALWAYS sees his shadow," and sure enough, he only DOESN'T see a shadow about once in every seven years (based on averages since they started keeping track of Phil's forecasts).
Anyway, WINTER IS OVER! Right? Current Mood: Groundhoggish
So much back-and-forthing between Deadwood and Arrested Development in the past week or two, and always watching all credits fore and aft, and I never realized 'til just now (now that I've finished all three seasons of both series) that the theme music was composed by the same feller for both. Wild! Current Mood: Ploink'd
|Saturday, January 29th, 2011|
|Laugh It Up, Johnny
I heard that hed is getting married (even though he FAILED to tell me!) so I wanted to preserve his amazing LJ profile here in case he decides to take it down as a result (and you'll see what I mean, I think, if you read all the way through):
What is there to know about me?? I'm a music Nazi first and foremost...I like the absence of colour black...I work and get paid and this is nice...I type fast...I am opinionated and I laugh a lot...I feel the best way to go around life is with a humerous cynical view of how it all works out...know that most is shit but just fucking laugh it up johnny...furthermore my tombstone
I don't like their pizzas will read
Here lies the quickly decomposing remains of a cynical sarcastic man who never stopped laughing despite the shit of the world. A man who cared and was willing to sacrifice, unconditionally, for those important to him. And he was one fucking BAD ASS Musician. he is survived by no children and saw no purpose in marriage thus no wife.
...anywho...want to know more then fucking ask...DOUCHE
For clarity's sake, I think that part about liking the absence of the color black is a reference to an attribute of the color black itself (its "absence") rather than an actual absence (i.e. an altogether lack) of the color black.
Keep in mind I'm a licensed (and experienced) wedding minister (who'll travel!) when planning the big day, HED! Current Mood: Plonk
|Sunday, January 23rd, 2011|
From Doctor Watson, regarding Sherlock Holmes, in "The Yellow Face" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle:
"For two hours we rambled about together, in silence for the most part, as befits two men who know each other intimately."
I think too often people are quick to dismiss silences between two (or more) people as "awkward" by default, when really they need be/are anything but. I have always considered the ability to enjoy someone's company silently as something to cherish. There doesn't always have to be noise or distraction or conversation or whatever.
At the same time I don't necessarily think that seemingly trivial conversation topics (the weather perhaps being the best example) are always contrived as last-resort "small-talk" or the like. With most or all people whose company I enjoy, I'd be happy to have a ten-second conversation about the weather and then spend the rest of the day in silence. Some of these same people might think of this as awkward, but I just think it's...comforting. Current Mood: Sherlock'd
|Thursday, January 20th, 2011|
Wow, I just spent an hour or more updating my GoodReads after all. I sorta did that instead of organizing my physical shelves as intended/desired. I also did that instead of sleeping, which I'd intended to be doing by now. Ahh well ya can't have everything, am I right!? Current Mood: Booky
Oh yeah, I made some new pages for my website, just place-holders to function in the meantime between now and the unleashing of the new re-design. I made not only this COMPILATIONS page but also this sorta MISCELLANEOUS page (for releases from bands where I didn't want to spend the time making a whole sub-site for the band, like I'll probably eventually have, since I'm just hand-coding this stuff with my vast HTML knowledge and it takes too long to make it worth it when those pages are just gonna go obsolete upon the unleashing of said forthcoming re-design), as well as the pages for each of the (seven or so) releases featured between those two pages. It's still not monsterously pretty or anything, but at least now there's an outlet for people to purchase everything in my catalogue online using PayPal and without having to E-Mail me or whatever.
I checked my Google PageRank the other day while updating for the first time since losing my SEO job, and PancakeProductions.net has a PageRank of 4 now, wow. That's as high as it ever was (maybe higher?). I wonder if people still think Google PageRank matters (at all, or even) to the exclusion of thinking anything else matters; I bet they do! Suckers! Current Mood: I'd Be Better Off Dead
|Exhibiting No Grit, True Or Otherwise, Whatsoever
So my collection of books is in terrible disarray; many of them are in the order I want them to be but many more, that is, more recent acquisitions, are sorta strewn across some shelves in a pretty haphazard way. Recently I was going through some of these recent acquisitions (I don't even know what's in there at this point), and found/remembered a copy of True Grit I'd acquired in the past year or two. I think it's like the first paperback version of the book ever made...a 95¢ cover price, and advertisements for the "forthcoming Paramount Picture." After finishing On The Road (something I prolonged doing, sorta on purpose) I decided on a whim to read True Grit. For the first time in perhaps forever I am probably going to finish a novel within 24 hours. I think the last time was Go Ask Alice which I read during the great blizzard snowstorm power-outages of...early December 2006? That was before I started tracking the books I read, which I did in August of 2007. Just lying there in my bed, as the temperature in my house slowly worked its way down past 40˚F and the light slowly worked its way down past "unreadable"...I believe we ended up staying at Courtney's parents' house that night in order to survive. It was sorta miserable but sort of a fond memory too; that was the weekend I acted in Hannah Radcliff's pink elephant movie and picked up my copy of the Hi-Pointe intersection poster, which now hangs on my living room wall above my DVD cabinet, from The Royale. Oops, TANGENT ALERT! Anyway as to True Grit, I'm not blasting through it because it's better than other things I've been reading, or more engaging, but more just because I am trying really hard to do it, just to do it. I mean, it's good enough, sure. As long as I can read like 45 pages in the next hour and a half I should be all right to get in under the 24-hour mark. I stayed up late both finishing On The Road and starting True Grit last night (/yesterday morning, technically). Good lord I haven't updated GoodReads since early April; according to anyone that follows me there (likely nobody...though who knows, I read all of those E-Mail updates I get about what my GoodReads friends are reading, after all), the last thing I read was the Bhagavad-Gita (finished 04/06/2010). I've read 22 books (let's just include True Grit) since then, but of those 15 are graphic novel installments (125- to 200-page comic books basically), and those usually take significantly less than 24 hours to get through. However, among those seven remaining "actual book" books (to discredit the fine art of graphic novelization none whatsoever, mind you) are The Scarlet Letter (which is rather dense) and The Naked And The Dead (which is rather long). Anyway maybe someday soon I'll update GoodReads with this progress.
For those nerds that're curious, the 15 graphic novels read include volumes of The Walking Dead (9), The Invisibles (3), Usagi Yojimbo (2), and Jack Of Fables (1). For those even BIGGER nerds that're curious, the more text-based books include One Day In The Life Of Ivan Denisovich, The Scarlet Letter, Captains Courageous, The Naked And The Dead, Great Adventure Stories (some Watermill Press paperback with five classic short stories in it that I snagged from the parents' shelf at Thanxgiving because I finished The Naked And The Dead a few days before leaving), On The Road, and True Grit.
Looking at these "more recent acquisitions" shelves got me a little more excited about reading than I have been for awhile. I know everyone and their Dad's Bastard is probably reading or re-reading True Grit right about now; maybe that's another reason I just wanna be through with it. I still haven't seen the re-make movie version ("it's not a re-make," you may say; "yes it is," I say), but had intended to soon even before deciding to read the book. Of course beyond all the stuff I was getting excited about on the recent-acquisitions shelves, there's the Sherlock Holmes books that I still wanna get through at some point (especially after seeing Elementary, Dear Data today...yes, I am going on about both graphic literature and Star Trek: The Next Generation in this post, I'm the king). Basically for those that don't know/haven't seen, if I never bought another book again as long as I lived, I would probably still not have the time to read all the ones I have, to say nothing of re-readings or new books I'm bound to get or the like.
I kinda wanna stay up super-late tonight after finishing this book and re-organize these bookshelves to accommodate all of the newer books into the current cataloguing system...
P.S. I applied for like six jobs with the library (both SLPL AND SLCL) in the past week. Current Mood: Truly Gritty
|Tuesday, January 11th, 2011|
So it looks like we'll have a White Xmas Round II. I wonder if that has ever happened before? It seems like maybe it hasn't? Maybe I should prepare something special because of it?
Hoooh I am wondering, should I go shovel some snow, or just be lazy? I have watched four movies today (and by "today" I mean "since midnight" but three and a half of those were before I went to bed). I made hot chocolate (used a circus peanut instead of the marshmallow, bang!) and pancakes earlier. I was gonna run some XRII-related errands but now I don't really feel like it. I kinda do feel like shoveling snow. Maybe it's time for CHOREZ!
I finished making the 199 CDs for tomorrow, yesterday. I am realizing maybe it wasn't such a good idea to make so many. I will have to see how this goes and determine if I need to drastically cut down on the number of samplers I make in the future...I guess the last ones went so fast cuz they were free, whereas I'm hoping to get a buck apiece for these, so I'll probably be sitting on them for months until I decide just to give them away too....SUCH IS LIFE!
And in case you didn't get notified to excess,
Current Mood: Terminated
|Thursday, January 6th, 2011|
Dang dudes my mouth is watering for circus peanuts. You know what that means... Current Mood: Circus Peanuty
|Monday, December 20th, 2010|
Oh yeah, I think I forgot to mention this funny observation I made about Saturday's concert: in terms of equipment, we loaded in more sofas than we did guitars; more knitting needles than amplifiers. There wasn't a single dang guitar of any kind on stage at any point, I am pretty sure. I don't have anything against guitars of course but for a show to be that fantastic without their help, well it just made the whole thing that much more delightful for me I think. Current Mood: Fork'd!
|Sunday, November 21st, 2010|
Hah hah look at this!
Yeah man I met this feller Eric Michener AKA Fishboy back in July when Jordan Knecht and I opened for him at Mangia Italiano at a show that was supposed to be at a Wedge Stag Nite until the Wedge shut down. Then a month later or so I was in Kansas City on a leg of Paul's Yum-Yum tour, and this fellow Tex took the pictures of me featured above for a photography project he was doing (he had everyone wear those glasses. Yes, they look like mine, but look closely, they aren't!). Then a coupla months later or so Fishboy found the picture on Tex's website (view the gallery of photographs taken for this project; Paul Velat and others are in there) via another (unknown to me) friend who pointed it out (since I was reppin' Fishboy so hard, you see). Later I asked Fishboy if there was anything good to do the week of Thanxgiving since I was planning on heading to Texas a little earlier than usual (Monday, whereas I usually go Tuesday, Wednesday, or even Thursday itself), including but not limited to booking a concert for me/us/whomever. He ended up doing so. Now the aforementioned picture is being used for a flyer to promote a concert being played by myself and Fishboy (the band, which includes the person as a member) in the basement of a pizza parlor in Denton, Texas next Wednesday. Holy heck I am excited. And flattered by this flyer. Fishboy is maybe my #1 favorite musical acquisition of 2010 (although technically I've had, and loved, one track by him in my music library, since October 2007: the song "The Ballad Of Zac Crain" from the HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME VOLUME 4 compilation from HHBTM records) and of course I love his daily (or so) webcomic, so this is triply (or more?) exciting. Heck maybe even like Grandma or Rhett or my Dad will go to this concert. WILD TIMES SHALL ENSUE!
Maybe someday Mustardfish will perform in concert with Fishboy and we can have like battle of the 'fishes. Current Mood: Fish'm!
|Sunday, November 14th, 2010|
Dang I am twenty-nine-and-a-half today. I will probably celebrate by sleeping later than I want to, maybe hitting a SLIFF screening or two (or more), maybe just vegetating on the couch with some Monty Python's Flying Circus or some library DVDs or somesuch until I go into diabetic shock from eating nothing but post-Halloween-sale miniature Butterfingers. I lazied my way around two or three SLIFF screenings and the B&E reunion show in favor of vegetation tonight, hopefully I can muster the wherewithal (and the time) to make good use of the 24 free passes to this year's SLIFF that I've been afforded (I know I used more than that last year on myself alone, but already I'm two or three days behind now). If anyone sees anything they particularly want to see lemme know and I can probably spare an admission or two here or there; I think they've upped the ticket price this year yet again. Current Mood: Dumb As Heck
|Friday, October 22nd, 2010|
Hoh yes I have a P.O. Box now! Send all mail to:
P.O. Box 16874
Saint Louis, Missouri 63105
U.S.A. Current Mood: Post'd!
|Monday, August 23rd, 2010|
Some of you probably attended the Garage Lodge show last year where The Climax opened up for Sebastian Clark & Normandie Wilson. WELL Normandie is on tour again, and in St. Louis on a Sunday, and we're doing the show at PPHQ Garage Lodge again. She is touring with a gal from France called Alone With Everybody and I was seeking local openers, and partly got a little overzealous, and partly had some opportunities arise that I couldn't pass up (chief among this latter is that all three Shitty Friends will be in town together and their album will be ready, so this'll be the release/reunion show/party for that). Anyway what I basically have on my hands is enough acts (seven, assuming they all remember to show up) for an all-day festival, so I hereby dub this occasion
Other performers include but are not necessarily limited to some version of Prune, Thankful Tree, Black James, and of course Googolplexia.
Today I was toying with Pancake recipes and indeed I hope to make pancakes ON THE GRILL (sorta). There'll (potentially) be availability for more traditional barbecue fare (mostly if you yourself bring it, that is), but friends, I am fixing to make pancakes for all, and not just yer Grandma's flapjacks! Ho boy it is gonna be something. Why the pancake is so unfairly pigeonholed as a breakfast food is beyond me. I want so badly to tell you all what I've got cooking, wocka wocka, but more than that, I want it to be a surprise. I think maybe I've even said too much already. Basically, you'd be a fool to miss it.
Anyway Sunday, September 12th, 2010, from 2PM 'til the end of time, I present to you PancakeFesten 001. If you're readin' this, you're invited. If you're unfamiliar with the location of Pancake Productions Headquarters, get in touch with me privately post-haste. Current Mood: Filth
|Monday, August 2nd, 2010|
Man I love Fishboy. Before opening for him on Wednesday I had only ever had this one track on a HHBTM Records compilation from him, but I bought up all his discography on the strength of his set and that one track, on that night. Then we were all (Fishboy, his wife Carline [I think?], Matt Harnish, and Eric Von Damage) at Karen's house later (she wasn't there) and I coaxed Eric into telling his Tom Waits story, and lo and behold, it became a Fishboy comic!
Click'm here to read it. I can't stop laughing about it, and I've known about the story for like two years at least.
Uhh anyway Squidball we wailed tonight, it was Margarita night and I got some more use out of the Squidcooler (we should paint that thing green & gold). Now I have to go figure out if I can (or need to?) fix my bicycle and get to that Atomic Cowboy! I am chatting online with Rhett right now. Current Mood: Klunk
|Saturday, July 31st, 2010|
Man, I can change a car tire pretty quickly, heck I even enjoy doing it to some degree. It's too bad I didn't take the time to learn how to change a bicycle tire (or really, even to identify if one needed to be changed, or just the tube, or what) before tonight (I still don't know). Current Mood: Rul Dumb
|Friday, July 30th, 2010|
|Chuck Berry @ Kiener Plaza In Saint Louis, Missouri; 07/29/2010
- Roll Over Beethoven
- School Days
- Sweet Little Sixteen
- Every Day I Get The Blues
- Around And Around
- My Ding-A-Ling
- Let It Rock
- You Never Can Tell
- Reelin' And Rockin'
At some point he said "You call 'em, we'll play 'em" and someone yelled for "Brown-Eyed Handsome Man" and Chuck said "'Brown-Eyed Handsome Man,' I heard that one" as he pointed to someone in the audience...at which point they played "You Never Can Tell." I am pretty sure also that earlier in the set someone yelled out "Nadine" and he said "Nadine!?" then they launched into "Maybellene." Hah hah...oh Chuck! Actually he was pretty well on his game last night, no major gaffes (besides mistaking certain of his songs for others) after what seemed like a pretty slow start. I didn't see any duck walk, though. Later Nelly came out and did "Hot in Herre" and "Ride Wit Me" and this new song that was really, really good, among others. HOT STUFF MY FRIENDS! Can't beat a quintessentially Saint Louis concert for free on one of the nicest nights of the summer so far (really this whole week has been really nice). I biked all the way home (stopping here and there for further adventuring of course). Current Mood: Handsome
|If You Wanna Go And Take A Ride Wit' Me
Holy cow man, Chuck Berry opening for Nelly. Outside, downtown, Arch in full view, all for free, and that was only the beginning of tonight's adventure. I love you. Current Mood: Bikey
|Friday, April 30th, 2010|
|Ping Pong Ching Chong
Through a not-altogether-strange turn of events with a nonetheless-unusual result, I am probably going to end up spending May Day in Ypsilanti, Michigan at TOTALLY AWESOME FEST, which is exciting, as I've heard about this thing for years but never gone.
I am accompanying Bunnygrunt on accordion in a reprise (of sorts) of this past Monday evening's events, tonight at the Schlafly Taproom. Also, newest Pancake Productions signees Popular Mechanics will be performing in concert. This band called the Cruel Cuts, who are (I think) some fellers that went to Webster University while I was there, are on the bill, too.
I played two of my all-time favorite shows this week, and both were captured on videotape, and now are available on YouTube.
The FBC Aprilween ride (this past Wednesday night) was monumentally awesome, I was dressed as a giant molar, pictures forthcoming. Paul from Saratoga and Jim Schulman were both on it. I spent some time chatting with BRONCO! and Bekah and a boatload of strangers, making tooth- and dental-related puns left and right. It is crazy how what was probably a 15-mile ride (plus another 3 miles or so to COOLHAND's place afterwards) can feel like nothing. I remember we did like a 10-mile ride on the Katy Trail when I was much younger and it felt like death! But Wednesday was NO BIGGIE. What's even more surprising is, I wasn't even really sore the next day (and did some bike-riding in fact).
Oh yes, I got a new bicycle (new for me, anyway). It's a Nishiki, probably 20 years old or so, but works very nice and is plenty tall. Brian helped me pick 'er out (or at least stood by and told me it was worth getting). I put my new hamburger bell on it already. Certainly it's an upgrade from my old bike (which in trying to prepare for SWITCHBLADE on Wednesday night we sorta broke a little...). Before Wednesday I had mostly ridden it around local-style (Pin-Up Bowl, Hi/Tec Copy) but now I am hoping to get more use out of it. I'm actually outfitting it with cargo ability (the basket from my old bike does not fit on the front of this one--I may change out the handlebars too, though) in hopes that I can take it to the bowling alley on league nights.
I also did this thing called CRINGE at Cranky Yellow before bowling last night where people shared supposedly cringe-inducing material from their pasts; I read some sweet journal entries from basically the only real paper journal I've ever had. There are some gems in there, I tell you! A pretty great review of Jurassic Park from shortly after I saw it in the theatre seemed to be the favorite...or the entry about how Brett Martin's sister and her friend played cops and robbers with us, and the highlight was apparently them tying us to a stool in the closet ("It was fun." reads an entire sentence following a description of this, in my own journal). It was extremely entertaining, SMALLS read some sweet E-Mail exchanges that may've led to her moving to St. Louis(?), we played a group game of M.A.S.H. for Frank (and I was one of the potential husbands, but Shaq beat me out), this girl phone-called a guy she met in the park the other day on speakerphone and asked to join his drum circle, et cetera.
|Tuesday, April 6th, 2010|
|Fall Out And Take The Bait
I've just received the obligatory annual E-Mail from Lollapalooza announcing the lineup, and SOUNDGARDEN is on it. This is pretty funny, I think in chatting with Ron or someone some months back I put together a theoretical lineup that might get me to go to Lollapalooza again, and a reunited Soundgarden was on that bill. Now that this particular aspect is a reality, it's kinda tempting, but $215 for a three-day pass is decidedly NOT. Maybe I can score a shorter-term ticket for cheaper. Unfortunately as with most Lollapalooza lineups (excepting those first two, which I actually attended) the total number of bands I'd care about seeing is pretty small: Devo, Mavis Staples, Green Day, Cypress Hill, and Lady Gaga, in that order (and Gaga only if she didn't interfere with seeing one of the others, or getting a much-needed lunch, or something). All those, Blues Traveler, and Erykah Badu (the only other acts I'd be even marginally interested in making it a point to catch) don't quite add up to a $215 value for me.
Soundgarden dudes! I did "Pretty Noose" at karaoke the other week.
Speaking of singing, I think HideAway tonight, Rockin' Gators Thursday. Current Mood: Noose'd
|Friday, March 26th, 2010|
|Wednesday, March 17th, 2010|
|Saint Hat-Trick's Day
I don't think the Maker wants me to attend any more parades, or something. I set my alarm for a time beginning after I'd have had a pretty substantial amount of sleep and still have plenty of time to make special Saint Patrick's Day pancakes for SWITCHBLADE and I before the parade (9:15AM). I think my alarm goes for an hour then shuts off automatically. I appear to have slept through the whole entire thing and do not remember it at all, because it isn't turned off, the volume is still up, and it is indeed set for 9:15AM, not PM. I woke up about half an hour ago (11:20AM). What the heck?
I guess SWITCHBLADE has already headed to that parade, which now starts in 15 minutes (update: and now started well over an hour ago). Finding parking within 15 walking minutes of the parade seems miraculous enough...I guess I'll be throwing in that towel once again this year. I think I even took the day off work two years ago and still didn't end up going. Glargh!
Well instead, nastyboots has inspired me to re-design my "business" card (and order some). I seem to give them out a lot more these days than ever before.
Oh yes I stayed up 'til 8:30AM (or later?) Monday night/Tuesday morning, but not doing the usual sitting in front of my computer uploading YouTube videos (I'm pretty much done with that for a short while now); rather, I was getting lost (on purpose) driving around Missouri on a whim. We were in Cascade, Missouri at some point, which is not really too close to any major highway, and is one county away from Missouri's southern border. Current Mood: Poop
|Tuesday, March 9th, 2010|
|The Cody Rivers Show
I saw these dudes
do their show last year and it was awesome. The picture above is from a sketch about a police officer and his spider of a partner (see the glove on Andrew's hand). This was probably among the best events I attended in 2009, hands down. They are extremely well-rehearsed, extremely funny, extremely bizarre...just incredible stuff. In a single phrase, it's kind of like avant-garde sketch comedy I guess. It's just really great, whatever it is.
They're comin' back to town--next week--they'll be at Stirrup Pants Chapbooks
on Monday, March 15th, at 7:30PM. You can read what I said about it after getting home from it here
and more reflections on it from the following day here
. I cannot recommend this show highly enough. It has nothing to do with me, really, but you are doing yourself something of a disservice by not attending.
Also, I got the call today (from Han) to open for that Long Form Improv Comedy Jam at Lemmons tomorrow (Tuesday 03/09/MMX, 8PM) night if anyone is interested. It was pretty fun last time, and I was actually intending to go anyway, but I guess maybe now I'll get some free pizza out of it, and get to perform a little. Current Mood: Psych'd
|Saturday, February 13th, 2010|
|Squidvia Night II: Squidsketball Edition
Squids Trivia Night #2 is a GO.
$1000 (ONE THOUSAND DOLLAR) cash Grand Prize has been established.
April 23rd is the date.
Maplewood American Legion Hall is the place.
Pizza will be included.
Read more here.
The END. Current Mood: Breakfast'd
|Tuesday, January 12th, 2010|
Today is Xmas Round II.
Get to this thing or else you're a silly goose!:
Nobody will be turned away for failure to pay. The admission is mostly just suggested. Be nice!
I will be firin' up the barbecue grill, even.
Mystery guests, new friends, crazy costumes, and special surprise celebrities galore!
See ya tonight! Current Mood: II'd
|Thursday, January 7th, 2010|
|Tuesday, December 8th, 2009|
|"There Sure Are A Lot Of Dead People Living In West Virginia."
Hi everyone, I returned last night from four days outta town with my friends Bunnygrunt. I would like to write more about this mini-touring experience but don't feel I have the chronological or emotional wherewithal to do so right now. For now "it was a blast" will have to suffice. Current Mood: 'Grunted
|Sunday, November 22nd, 2009|
|Saturday, November 21st, 2009|
SLIFF count: 20 feature films seen in the theatre since last Saturday afternoon. All of 'em enjoyed to varying degrees. Somehow I worked in an appearance on Jeopardy!, a Chuck Berry concert, a trivia win, and bowling league night in there, too. Still to see: 8 feature films and a shorts program before tomorrow evening. Come on out and see a movie with me!
The St. Louis Art Museum is a lot of things, and a lot of GREAT things, but it is a TERRIBLE place to see a movie (at least, in the main auditorium there). Or maybe it was the print of Saving Grace B. Jones? I don't know, but the sound especially was TERRIBLE. Why didn't they do that screening at the Hi-Pointe? More seats (it was sold out), better sound, larger screen, cooler theatre, concessions, et cetera. I guess it is possible/probable that the Hi-Pointe does not have DVD-screening ability or something? I feel relatively confident the print we saw was just a DVD. The movie was not even close to among my favorites of this year's festival, and I admit I mostly went only so I could try to get Connie Stevens to autograph my Connie Stevens CD (which didn't even come close to working out because I bolted from the theatre as soon as the movie was over in order to see The Missing Person, which Ryan Samul shot and which I thought was rather tight). Art Museum to Plaza Frontenac in 12 minutes, baby!
Wellp, I have a movie to catch at 10AM for FREE! I think today is the biggest SLIFF day yet (five full movies and a short). Current Mood: Gih
|Friday, November 20th, 2009|
|A Handy Guide To Twitter Posts About Me On JEOPARDY!
I thought this was pretty interesting; maybe you people who actually use/understand/pretend-to-understand the "service" known as "Twitter" will appreciate it even more.
I tell you what, it is astounding and appalling and hilarious (and sometimes all three, all at once) what people think they can glean from something so innocuous and perhaps even concealing as the mere appearance of somebody on a Game Show. I kinda love it.
Anyway I found a bunch of Twitter posts about me thanks to this guy.
First there was Danielle "DanniDee" David. I'm not sure who Mr. Bently is but I guess I look like 'im to her.
Next, Sydnie "smlane" Lane wonders if I am for real. The answer, Sydnie, is "What is REAL?"
Tyler "dino_rider" Shepard pegged me as an '80s novelty act. Is he aware that basically anyone on Jeopardy! is a novelty act from the get-go? It's a game show! He later amended to say he thought it might be more akin to something else (ostensibly he refers to the 1960s TV show version, what with its colorful costumes and such, so we've had '80s and '60s from this same feller in the space of ONE MINUTE), and then "RosaleenOMahoney" counters with another suggestion, which, depending on what version you're referencing, Rosaleen, could put me in the '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, or '70s, or in the case of the feature film version, the '90s. She did have nice things to say initially, in any case. I was also compared to a character created in the 2000s by Sarah Lien "sarliefin" Finnerty a bit later. (Later still, "tomnicolas" had very little of interest to say, but placed me squarely in the '70s with some authority).
Dennis Alan "reazonozaer" C. apparently couldn't handle my outfit, but anyone that'd get physically ill seeing something so innocuous as an outfit probably deserves it.
Brian P. "brianpmaguire" Maguire kept it short and sweet (I think).
User "crocken" first mistook me for "the third dude" (unless he or she has a strange idea of the Jeopardy! Holy Trinity, always starting with Alex ["the first dude"], continuing with the champion ["the second dude"], and going on from there), and had a comment that I had wondered myself; Jordan "jordanpeeler" Peeler took it a little further, and asked a question of his own that I also wondered, myself. Who DOES oversee the wardrobe department at Jeopardy!? Because I, for one, had to bring 100% of my own clothing from home. I think they're a little busy trimming Alex's next new Perry Ellis number to worry about the contestants there, J.P.! Andrew "FailedProtoStar" Symes had an interesting take (complete with link), and gave an appropriately interrobang-ending inquiry of his own (also provided another link, I like this fellow's thoroughness).
I can't be sure if Dave "d_phrase" Fraser is talking about me, or perhaps Chris, or even Alex Trebek. Maybe he's never seen the show before and can't believe all of the amazing facts coming out of Alex's mouth, and has to ask, therefore, if he's for real. You and Sydnie Lane should meet, D-PHRASE.
I made some comments in that last entry yesterday about what Brian "bdicroce" Di Croce had to say, but as long as he was having a good time with it, I am happy. Sean "InSeansOpinion" Bailey seemed to agree somewhat.
If Monise "EDUCATIONCEO" Seward has ever been, is now, or is ever the CEO of any Education in which I have, do, or will take any part, I am truly regretful of that.
Tara "TLynnNews" Lynn either is blind, or perhaps doesn't know the English words for "blazer," "necktie," and "button-up dress shirt." Keep at those ESL classes, Tara, you'll get to these kinds of words in Chapter 6 or so.
And who knows, maybe I've got a future wife in Anna "AnnaKarrisa" Medeiros, who had some of her own wardrobe issues upon seeing mine.
This might be my favorite of all, though: Arthur "absbos" Smith uses the word "sartorial," making me wonder if he knows the point of Twitter (not that I do, or have ever heard any compelling explanation thereof!), particularly as an institution of economy of language. I mean, uhh, right?
Hilarious stuff. ADDED BONUS: My friend Joe's MySpace Blarg with a quick blurb about me and a super-secret Mustardfish video taken at the American Czech Center almost seven years ago.
UPDATE: Mr. Bently [sic] appears to refer either to Puffy's old producer Fonzworth Bentley, or a character from the children's show Bob The Builder (indeed in both cases it is actually "Bentley"). I honestly cannot tell which one that first gal meant. Really, they seem to have pretty similar fashion-sense, to me.
BUT WHAT DO I KNOW, I FAILED EVEN THE MOST BASIC "WHAT TO WEAR ON JEOPARDY! 101" CLASS, RIGHT MONISE SEWARD!? PLEASE OFFER ME YOUR FASHION TIPS, PLAIN-LOOKING UGLY-WOMAN. SEE WHAT I DID THERE? I MADE A GRANDIOSE ASSUMPTION BASED ON A SMALLER-THAN-VISIBLE SNAPSHOT, JUST LIKE YOU. I AM LEARNING ALREADY! Current Mood: Crackin' Up.
|Thursday, November 19th, 2009|
It is mighty convenient that Jeopardy!'s name lends itself to inclusion of the word "party" so easily.
Here's WHO WAS THERE. I guess I don't know everyone's last name, or proper spellings, and there were 3 or 4 complete strangers there who've been described in the terms I best know them, and others that I know, just not their names. I included employees of the joint, because make your own list if you don't agree wit' dat!
- Amanda Goldblatt
- Andy Champion
- Ann Blakemore
- Ann Hubbard
- Ann Montgomery
- Anna Zachritz
- Ashley Hohman
- Bekah Wessels
- Ben Smith
- Bill Michalski
- B.J. "Honkey" Lange
- Brian DePauli
- Casey Fulghum
- Chris Richards
- Chuck Hubbard
- Dan "Switchblade" McKenzie
- Dan "Beastor-X" Meehan
- Dave Todd
- Dawn Reissing
- Dawn's Friend
- Denny Dyer
- Eric Herbst
- Eric's Gal
- Eric Von Damage
- Erik Palmore
- Heather Lindsy Donahue
- Jaffa Aharonov
- Jamie (Ann Blakemore's)
- Jennie (Sloan's)
- Jessica Blessing
- Jessica Hunt
- Joe Klueh
- John Holste
- John Patterson
- Josh Boyer
- Josh Levi
- Justin Tolliver
- Karen Czmarko
- Kathy Hubbard
- Kevin Stroup
- Kristen (friend of Danielle/Hillary)
- Laura (Cuando Greg's)
- Lauren O'Donnell
- Lauren Winchester
- (Laurie) Sloan Coleman
- Liz Tegart
- Liz Wolfson
- Maggie Ginestra
- Maggie's friend
- Matt Harnish
- Matt Wicks
- Mike Hubbard
- Mike's Roommate
- Mike Stasny
- Mike Steinberg
- Nicole "Cuando Greg" Madden
- Ron Warner
- Rose (Dave Todd's)
- Sara (John H's)
- Sara Chadwick
- Sara Oberst
- Sarah Truckey
- Shannon Connelly
- Shaun Morrissey
- Tall Tim
- That One Other New-ish Gal, Working
- Tim Rakel
- Tim's Friend
- Uncle Bud (Ann Blakemore's)
- Valentine Ubaldo
Well, that is 76 people and potentially counting (plus me). Pretty sure there were more. Notification of specific omissions welcome/encouraged. No offense intended if I forgot you.
Was Sara Wooldridge there? I think maybe, but am having trouble remembering. Whoops, she isn't on LJ anymore. Was Jack from the Hibernauts there? I think maybe. Tim Pinkerton and Samantha showed up later, but only to give Denny his spare keys, as he'd lost his main set somehow while there. I think O'Donnell also came later but before the main masses cleared out I think. I have never seen that many people there, which says something because I am there with some frequency and I have seen a lot of people there. I think COOLHAND made like 30 Squidtinis.
Stephanie made stickers for everyone to wear (I'll scan one in eventually, I took home all the leftovers). I brought the Alex Trebek mannequin head that COOLHAND and Amanda made for me before I left. Matt Harnish gave me a vinyl copy (allegedly from his own collection) of the Greg Kihn Band's Kihnspiracy (whose first track is, of course, "Jeopardy"). Valentine brought me some amazing cupcakes from her workplace (she explained that they'd been squashed in the process of riding her bike to Newstead and made probably the saddest face I've ever seen). Josephine made these really tight cupcakes each with a tiny pancake on top. The staff were all dressed in Squids colors, Lauren actually wore a just-one-shade-away version of what I wore on the show. It was something to behold, I tell you! Later a few of us went to the Hideaway, this guy Dave's house, Sandrina's, hoooh.
Anyway check out some strangers that happened upon my appearance and other JEOP-related links:
1) Some blarg entry Dave Jacobsen pointed out to me that I guess his girlfriend follows?
2) A picture here and also one here that a stranger posted on Flickr
3) Yet another Flickr stranger posted this bad boy.
4) The Jeopardy! Archive record of the game I played (needs some updating as of right this second) and their personal profile of me (has some information but capitalizes my name incorrectly).
5) The Webster University School of Communications Alumni Newsletter (SCAN) blarg entry with some nice comments from Mike Steinberg.
6) The Webster University Twitter entry where some Twittering was done about my appearance.
7) Some kinda list of other people that Twittered about this thing? Someone over at WU seems to think I'm an MA. Fine!
8) Someone at BodyBuilding.com of all places posted this entry in a forum. There's a quick YouTube video in there, even, of me getting a question right (it's a question about Montana, and the poster is from Montana). Note the comments, they're YouTube-tastic! I guess that face I made during Final Jeopardy! is making the rounds to some extent, I saw it originally here but I know Shannon Knox and some others have replicated it for showing here and there...who posted that originally?
9) A thread from reddit.com that mentions me but I can't say for sure what the initial poster is trying to say because I don't know anything about reddit.com. Some pretty sweet comments there, too (a hipster, they call me! It goes to show...).
10) A segment from an episode of Nightline that they were taping the first day I was on set (I didn't get chosen to play that first day). I'm in the video a little bit, Maggie the contestant shepherd lady talks to me about (what else?) what I wore as I'm taking my spot in the studio audience.
11) The RFT is apparently going to interview me (tomorrow?), and whenever they do, there'll be something to show here at ol' point #11.
( SPOILERS about today's JEOPARDY!Collapse )
Even my best High School friend Dustin Mendoza found out about it somehow (he's been notoriously difficult to contact in recent years) and E-Mailt me in the wake of the screening. I had E-Mails, IMs, and phone-messages galore about "crap I'm stupid and missed it!" or "good job!" or whatever, when I finally made it back home to my phone/computer.
Wellp I did get that Denny's question right, maybe they'll come looking for me for the hot endorsement deal, right? Hah hah.
(Thanks to Dave Jacobsen for this) Current Mood: Flarg'd
|Monday, November 16th, 2009|
|T Minus ONE
Yo dudes, I'm on Jeopardy! tomorrow.
If you watched today, you sorta know what I'm up against.
Click this picture sometime before Friday or thereabouts to check out a sweet video (in which I am featured) about this week's episodes, as well as individual hometown howdies (including my own). Once the link isn't about me anymore, I will change it to some kinda video upload of my own so you can still see the videos. At any rate, I guess this is conclusive proof for everyone that had none prior, that I wasn't just making all of this Jeopardy! stuff up.
And of course watch tomorrow, come to Newstead Tower Public House
to join us for the gigantic party. Take a late/long lunch! Current Mood: Popcorny
|Saturday, November 14th, 2009|
|Brendan Benson @ Blueberry Hill's Duck Room In University City, Missouri; 11/13/09
- A Whole Lot Better
- Don't Wanna Talk
- Folk Singer
- Good To Me
- Eyes On The Horizon
- Spit It Out
- Me Just Purely
- Sittin' Pretty
- Garbage Day
- I'm Blessed
- Poised And Ready
- Cold Hands (Warm Heart)
- You're Quiet
- Tiny Spark
- What I'm Looking For
- American Girl (Tom Petty) (With Corey Chisel And Others)
- Feel Like Taking You Home
We agreed that they shoulda stopped after the amazing energy of the Tom Petty cover. Good to get more songs, but kinda ended on not as crazy-awesome of a note.
Corey Chisel (opening guy & his band) was pretty good. I liked the songs and arrangements. I guess Brendan Benson produced part of his newest album, and co-wrote a song or two on there. It does take a lot for me to buy new music at a concert, though. The Muckafurgasons of the world are few and far between indeed! Steve Nagy was at the show, and he got the Corey Chisel CD. I bet it is good stuff! He was the only person there I recognized. I think he was impressed (maybe even a bit incredulous, at first) when Ron and I told him that we'd been fans since 1996. How DID we find out about Brendan Benson, anyway?
Just before the Tom Petty cover, they read some names off of this scrap of paper, for people to join them in a monster on-stage jam. So, some people got to shake shakers or play guitars and drums on "American Girl." I guess they were winners of some radio contest? Anyway, they said Pat Weston as one of the names and I was like uhh THE Pat Weston? Later Ron showed me a text message exchange wherein Pat revealed that indeed he had won tickets to the show from 88.1 KDHX (but somehow did not use them!?). Wellp he missed out on not only a great free show, but the opportunity to fopp around (among other things) onstage with Brendan Benson BY INVITATION! OOPS Current Mood: Coze
|Saturday, November 7th, 2009|
|Centi- / Milli-
I just felt a trickling, a tickling, on my arm. The kind of trickling that is unmistakeable for something on you. Something that isn't you, something that isn't connected to you. Not the loose sleeve of your shirt, having fallen a strange way...not the phantom caress of a mysteriously absent source. The sense that, without question, something is CRAWLING ON YOU!
I thought maybe it was some kind of fly or mosquito or something, but upon looking down I saw something more like this:
Shook that bugger off onto the floor. Shoe poised above and ready to drop...but instead let him go on his merry way. I bet that feller is responsible for killing countless spiders, termites, cockroaches, crickets, silverfish, and whatever else in my house (insert "and/or" between any two of the aforementioned bugs)! Get to work pally, no reason to be a-climbin' on my arm!
Now he is kinda taking a tour of my room. PET CENTIPEDE! Current Mood: Centipedely
|Wednesday, November 4th, 2009|
|Scorecard Rewards: Poll!
My debit card, for many years, was accompanied by a rewards program through Scorecard Rewards. A few months ago, I got a notice that they were going to start charging for this rewards program, but you could opt not to do it anymore if you so chose. As I had never, ever used it before a coupla months ago (I got a sleeping bag), I opted to discontinue. HOWEVER, at the time of the notice, it was stated that all members, regardless of how they chose to proceed, would at very least continue to earn points on purchases made through 10/31/09, and could use any points remaining thereafter up until 12/30/09.
So I was looking at the four items in my wish-list today, and thinking about what to get. I decided to defer to that most democratic of methods, the LiveJournal poll, for clarity on the matter. I currently have 11,152 points to use on whatever I want. The poll below addresses the items in my wishlist specifically. I think you can go to the Scorecard Rewards website and browse their catalogue if you have further suggestions.
Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: Friends, participants: 10
With My 11,152 Scorecard Rewards Points, What Item, Or Combination Of Items, Should I Get?
|A) 3,500 Points - BRAUN Brand Battery-Control Toothbrush
| 0 (0.0%)
|B) 6,900 Points - 18-Mile 2-Way Radio (Walkie Talkies)
| 2 (20.0%)
|C) 6,900 Points - Sony DVD Player
| 1 (10.0%)
|D) 9,600 Points - Torino 3-Person Dome Tent
| 5 (50.0%)
|E) Something(s) Else Entirely
| 1 (10.0%)
Remember, the total points I use cannot exceed 11,152. In other words, I can get A+B, A+C, or D alone. Or maybe the ambiguous E, I don't know! I mean, if I have points left over after I make my choices from the above, I will probably try to use them on something.
Walkie-Talkies seem cool at a glance, but how much use would they ultimately get? I figure most people already pretty much carry a walkie-talkie around with them wherever they go as it is. Do I really care about an electric toothbrush if I don't have one, and have never bothered with one, at 28 years of age? I guess the same could be said of any of this stuff. The DVD player would mostly be a replacement for the one in the main room, which is sorta flaky at times. The tent would go nicely with the sleeping bag I got earlier this year, and maybe inspire me to camp more (which might, IRONICALLY, make the walkie-talkies useful). Wellp what do y'all think? Feel free to leave comments with the good ol' "Explanation Of Your Opinion." Current Mood: Re(t/w)arded
|Friday, October 30th, 2009|
|Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band @ Scottrade Center In St. Louis, Missouri; 10/25/09
Like last year, this was mostly provided by Bill. HOWEVER note Born To Run being played in its entirety there.
- Wrecking Ball
- Prove It All Night
- Hungry Heart
- Working On A Dream
- Thunder Road
- Tenth Avenue Freeze Out
- Born To Run
- She's The One
- Meeting Across The River
- Waiting On A Sunny Day
- Working On The Highway
- The Promised Land
- Lonesome Day
- The Rising
- No Surrender
- For You (Bruce solo on piano)
- Roll Over Beethoven
- Surprise Surprise
- "Detroit Medley" (Devil In A Blue Dress/Good Golly Miss Molly/C.C. Rider)
- American Land
- Dancing In The Dark
- Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)
Yeah someone made a sign that just said "Bruce Play Piano" and had this huge three-quarters silhouette of Bruce's face, and sure enough, he did a solo piano version of "For You." They turned the lights all the way up for all of the song "Born To Run," which was unfortunate because last year I thought the punctuations of the "WHOAH!"s with the upping of the house-lights was great, if corny. The guy on trumpet definitely introduced "Rosalita" with a trumpet solo version of "Saint Louis Blues." Yeah man it was tight as heck!
RFT review with other notes, opinions, and comments here. Current Mood: Bruce'd
|Thursday, October 15th, 2009|
|Dinosaur Jr @ The Pageant In Saint Louis, Missouri 10/14/09
- I Want You To Know
- Imagination Blind
- Get Me
- Feel The Pain
- Over It
- Freak Scene
- I Don't Wanna Go There
- In A Jar
- Forget The Swan
Extended solos and between-song jam-outs galore. People were shouting out requests after "In A Jar" and J told us to come to a consensus amongst ourselves between hearing "Forget The Swan," "Sludgefeast," "The Wagon," or "Freak Scene" again (this last was a joke...I think). Then Lou took control of an applause-o-meter style vote between the three options. I guess "Forget The Swan" won cuz that's what they played! Seemed to me like every cheered equally loudly for each of the three. I was shouting out "do all three!"
My goodness, but those dudes play LOUD. It's the first show I've ever been to at the Pageant where they had paper notifications as you entered that earplugs are on sale (for 25¢ apiece, as Erik, with whom I hung out most of the show, found out--50¢ for the pair) at the concession stand/coat check. I brought my own. Pat didn't end up going as anticipated. Too bad! It was great.
Lou's band The Missingmen had a great opening set, too. Lou can do no wrong by me. I don't have the album of this newest of the Lou Barlow Experience (the catch-all name I've given to his innumerable projects). Most of the songs were unfamiliar, except the last. I couldn't place it, and don't feel like reviewing my Barlow discography song-by-song right now, but the lyric "Number One Disgrace" was in there somewhere, if any of you Lou fans can place that.
UPDATE: I checked out a few songs and sure enough it was the song "On The Face" from Sentridoh's 2001 album.
I saw Greg Kettinger, Dave Todd, that gal Rose who's friends with Amy Froggpockets, and the one guy from WU whose name I forget, glasses and I think he ran sound a lot for movies and such, wore a lot of cabbie hats. And Jaime Lees, Sarah P., Mark Early, and early on while Lou's other band was opening I hung out with that gal Liz (gosh I hope that's her name, that's what I think it is) down on the floor. Then while leaving I ran into Matt Hartmann! Who is apparently back in town. Later in Halo I saw Thomas from Skarekrau Radio and Jason Hutto, went to hang with Matt a little and he was there with this gal Valerie and Veronica S. from the original Twin Peaks club. Funny that she was a member of Twin Peaks club because she was friends with Jessica but she didn't even know that Jessica had gotten married, or even who Boris was, hah! Veronica's boyfriend and Matt's brother were also there (I had met the former at Atomic Cowboy a few weeks/months? ago, but never the latter). Anna Z. was tending bar, I hung out for a second after Matt & Co. left (oh yeah, it's a WEDNESDAY. "Funny thing about weekends when you're unemployed...they don't mean quite so much." --PRIMUS, "Spegeti Western") watching a seemingly brief documentary on the History Channel about the JFK assassination, then took off. I have to be in Clayton around 9:00AM tomorrow to meet Jessica and Boris to get their paperwork cleared away.
Ron and I spent the better part of the day shopping for our Halloween costumes, not because the stuff we have to find is so super specific, but because we wanted to weigh all of our options price-wise and appearance-wise and because hey, why not? We went to: Avalon Exchange (FKA Rag-O-Rama), Loop Foot Locker (It's GONE!), Wal-Mart, Sports Authority, Famous Brand Shoes, DSW Shoe Warehouse, Target, Subway (for lunch, not the costumes), The Galleria (Macy's, Champs Sports, Foot Locker, Urban Outfitters, Hot Topic, et cetera), the costume shop across from the Galleria, Johnnie Brock's, Target (Hampton/Chippewa), Burlington Coat Factory, back to Johnnie Brock's, HOOOH! Lots of places. It should be pretty solid when people finally see it, though.
Ended the Tuesday night Squidfall season last night with a pair of victories, I drove in basically a third of our runs in the first game (including a near-grand-slam, whoah), I guess that slump I've been experiencing at Forest Park is a FoPa-only slump. I hadn't played at Lyon for like three weeks!
Earlier Tuesday our Squidbowl shirts came in. Now to get them printed and embroidered, hoooh! Also what came in: My set of Bunnygrunt dolls (both of these things had arrived Friday but didn't get dropped off on the porch, but rather held at the U-City post office over the long Government Columbus Day weekend). Apparently Matt Harnish hasn't even received his yet (according to what Jason Hutto said tonight). The dolls are precious. The shirts are beautiful. Both are the same color (green/gold). HHBTM sent me a copy of the new Bunnygrunt CD, which A)I don't think they were supposed to, and B)I already have. SO, anyone planning to buy it anyway (I think it's their best yet, song-wise, and I think that is saying a lot) can have it for the ten-spot (I'm an unemployed capitalist).
Monday night went to see Bunnygrunt at the Matt Harnish birthday show with NYC band The Choke. Good times listening to Brett Underwood rant, chatting with Josh & Sara about the casino, trying not to get sick off of Eric Von Damage, hearing Bunnygrunt, et cetera. Current Mood: Dinosaurus
|Saturday, October 10th, 2009|
|They Might Be Giants @ The Pageant In Saint Louis, Missouri 10/09/09
- Meet The Elements
- James K. Polk
- Theme From Flood
- Birdhouse In Your Soul
- Lucky Ball And Chain
- Istanbul (Not Constantinople
- Shoehorn With Teeth
- What Is A Shooting Star?
- Someone Keeps Moving My Chair
- Hearing Aid
- Minimum Wage
- Clap Your Hands
- Whistling In The Dark
- Hot Cha
- Your Racist Friend
- Women And Men
- Why Does The Sun Shine? (The Sun Is A Mass Of Incandescent Gas)
- Sapphire Bullets Of Love
- We Want A Rock
- Particle Man
- They Might Be Giants
- Road Movie To Berlin
- Damn Good Times
- The Mesopotamians
- (Band Introductions)
- New York City
See, they were supposed to do their album Flood in sequence, and looking at the track listing in full, it is now obvious what happened. They were taking breaks to do a few songs here and there--that first break included "Shoehorn With Teeth" included a little video-screen segment with sock puppets singing and Danny Weinkauf on the hotel bells (in lieu of the glockenspiel--and when they came back from that first break, they came back into Flood later than they were supposed to, having skipped a handful of songs ("Your Racist Friend"/"Particle Man"/"Twisting"/"We Want A Rock"), then Flansburgh realized they'd skipped "Twisting" but not all those others, and slowly throughout the rest of the show this was realized and they'd play whatever they'd missed as they remembered what it was. Basically it just made making out the above set list much more difficult than I expected it to be (at first I was just writing down "Flood, Part 1" and the like, but it quickly became apparent that wasn't gonna cut it). For the longest time in the set (as you can imagine) I kept thinking "I am almost CERTAIN that 'We Want A Rock' appears earlier on Flood, I am gonna have to call Bill after the show is over, if I don't see him here, and tell ask him why they left that one out." I basically just figured for awhile that I didn't know the track listing (in order) of Flood as well as I thought, or something. Admittedly it has been a long time since Flood was getting a lot of play on the Robert Severson music-listening machine. Then sometime around "Women And Men" Danny Weinkauf realized that "We Want A Rock" had yet to be played, and he was telling the band, and eventually they did come back and do it. In any case it was a tight show; aside from the Flood material there was a decent scattering of stuff from various albums (including their newest kids album Here Comes Science and TWO count 'em TWO cuts from Lincoln). I was glad they were able to make such light of their inability to get Flood right after 19 years. It's not like this was a new idea, they've done a lot of Flood shows in the past few years, but I guess when you're popular enough to sell out the Pageant, you don't worry too much about using a set list! After the show I saw Christine and Megan and not many others; I was getting a lame vibe from some dude Christine was hanging out with/talking to so I sorta excused myself. Then I bought too much candy and went to see Army Of Darkness at the Tivoli around midnight! I don't think I'd watched it (in spite of owning a VHS widescreen copy) since the last time I saw it at the Tivoli midnight show, probably five years ago, but I've seen it so many danged times I still knew all the key lines of course. Current Mood: I'm A Monkey!
|Chuck Berry @ Blueberry Hill's Duck Room In University City, Missouri; 09/16/09
- Roll Over Beethoven
- Every Day I Get The Blues (I'm just guessing this is the title of this one)
- Let It Rock
- Three-Quarter Time (Ray Charles)
- My Ding-A-Ling
- Around And Around
- Rock And Roll Music
- Rock Me Baby (B.B. King)
- Sweet Little Sixteen
- You Never Can Tell
- Johnny B. Goode
- Reelin' And Rockin'
And PHEW Eric got his magazine signed that time. I got him to sign the new expensive softball bat that COOLHAND and I had bought that day (now known as the "Berry Bomber"). This dude from Louisville was there hanging out with us a bit, and very excited to be seeing Chuck Berry. I later brought it with me to Atomic Cowboy, and later still we were at Tiffany's (I think I left the bat in the car for that). Current Mood: Coldey
|Friday, October 9th, 2009|
|Wild Summer Nights! I Mean, Fall Nights.
It has been raining more or less non-stop since almost 24 hours ago, with only brief interludes of non-rain. It has been great. Maybe it will put a "damper" (wocka wocka!) on our Saturday Squidball tournament, but I say we party in the park regardless of the field conditions. Play a little catch with the Cannonball, do a little batting practice with the Berry Bomber, and even do some tournament action wherever possible (on the grass or whatever).
Tonight Kevster and I took top honors at Newstead Tower Public House (Tenacious) Trivia. We were in 1st place after both the first and the second rounds, then after the 3rd we had slipped to 3rd place, then after the 4th we had slipped again to 4th place. Round 5 put us back on top with 90 points to 2nd place's 76 or something like that. Nice work, two-man-team!
Apparently those dudes from "Bodemicon" or whatever really hate our guts? Which I don't really understand, I mean they win as much as we do, and you don't see us even so much as rolling our eyes about them. Yo Bodemicon dudes, if you're reading this, either A)get real or B)take it to Lemmons trivia, where that kind of bad attitude is appreciated/celebrated.
Speaking of Lemmons trivia some gal at Newstead recognized the Squids name from our Lemmons days (practically two and a half years ago, now); I guess she knew BILF, her name is Jamie. Anyway I really am enjoying (for last week and this, so far) the Newstead Tower Public House trivia followed by the Squidbowl league circuit. It works out so nicely! I get it all done in the same fun-filled night!
When trivia ended, I took Kevin to the Central West End Metrolink station so he could get home and I could go bowling without having to take such a detour as would be required by going all the way home.
I bowled the greatest game of my life, by one pin. My new high score is a 199 (up from 198). Dang! I think our whole team is improving at bowling. It is exciting, we are gonna win this league I CAN JUST FEEL IT. We will probably even overtake the Pinstrike Turkeyballers (yet another wholly-owned subsidiary of Squidball, Inc.). Maybe the few games of practice that Von Damage and I did last night at North Oaks paid off.
Then we were kinda hanging out just outside Saratoga in the rain (Heather Lindsy, COOLHAND, Eric Von Damage, and I) and this dude walked by with an umbrella, I could only see the lower half of his face cuz of the umbrella but I thought it sorta looked like SAK. Then after he'd gotten just beyond us (looking at him from behind, I also thought him to be sorta SAK-like) COOLHAND was like "is that SAK?" so we started calling out, SAK! TURNS OUT it was SAK indeed who had been at whatever place El Scorcho turned into (or wherever they do the trivia that they used to do at El Scorcho) and then went to the Deluxe thereafter and nearly walked right by us without a word (of course he was sorta head-down style on account of the rain and whatnot). IF THAT ISN'T CRAZY ENOUGH then as it turns out, Eric Von Damage (who for all intents and purposes has never played Squidball but of course is a Squidbowler) and SAK (who for all intents and purposes has never Squidbowled but of course is a Squidballer) KNEW EACH OTHER FROM SOME JOB THEY HAD TOGETHER AT A PONDEROSA STEAKHOUSE IN JEFFERSON COUNTY LIKE TEN YEARS AGO! What craziness. I could not stop laughing about it in my car (first that we ran into SAK, and then that he and Von Damage shared that history). Two dudes that hadn't encountered one another in ten years, both Squids for some time now. The Squidball connection. Then the five of us went to Atomic Cowboy, where we ran into Alex Petrowsky (Petrovsky?), Jerry Yu, and some other familiar faces. What a wild night. My lord!
As discussed at the Atomic Cowboy tonight, there needs to be some roller-skating and ice-skating this fall/winter. Maybe when Amy and Jenn get their skate shop together I will even invest in some quad skates. Maybe I can get some sexy custom kelly green numbers with golden (athletic OR sparkly) wheels.
Since we're on the subject of the green 'n' gold, those bowling shirts are on their way to me, then we get them embroidered and then we get them printed (or the other way around?), then the sexiest bowling shirts in history shall abound. Current Mood: Pantsy
|Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009|
Mike Benker put out a MySpace bulletin several days ago seeking local acts to open for The Conformists and IFIHADAHIFI. I looked up IFIHADAHIFI and liked the video I watched, and was also otherwise sorta like "okay!" but he sounded like he probably had something else (I told him I didn't have a draw or think I was a particularly good match for the show with my pop songs poorly-performed using too many instruments), but then he was like, the show is yours if'n ye want it!
Anyway so I have some last-minute show this Friday evening at the Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center. It's probably $5 and starts probably around 9:00PM. I'm performing second, I think. I have a sweet new recitatif about some events that occurred earlier this week, and maybe a few new surprises, and probably plenty of old non-surprises. Maybe I will rap again, that was a pretty good time the other week at LNAC! Current Mood: Need That Ice Cream!
|Saturday, August 22nd, 2009|
I rode my bike/took the train to Atomic Cowboy last night to see the Trigger 5 release show, ran into TY CRAFT there YA KNOW!? It was nice to see him, it has been too long, I hope that we hang out sometime. He got married around the same time as Matt Smith (earlier this spring/summer) and his wife was there, too. He told me Bob and Tara (Sullivan) are expecting a baby girl, dang! Sara(h?) Tupper told me Alex and she were coming up on 12 years together. Alex's High School drama teacher was at the show and I vaguely remembered her from that ITS trip to Fulton (I maintain it was at Westminster College, but Sara[h] thought it was William Woods...HMMM!).
Then later on the train-ride home some dudes were taking a picture of me and I posed for it, I think they were a little shocked but seemed to be into it.
Man, I have been failing the ol' LJ for awhile here. I have been playing shows, I hit a triple-feature at Keller 8 on Thursday (X-Men Origins: Wolverine>>Star Trek>>Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian--a fourth part, an eleventh part, and a second part of a series, respectively; the first two of which were prequels) on a whim (all of 'em were tight), I've been biking to and fro (about to bike to ToGro for the big end-of-season Squidball bash), I've been Squidding (Squidball is sorta ending its summer session and Squidfall is sorta coming together; Squidbowl ended Wednesday and our new league starts in a few weeks), geocaching, playing Heroes Of Might & Magic III, jetting to Texas for my sister's wedding, neglecting the DVDs I checked out from the library (and racking up fines accordingly), reading, taking the train when possible (gotta make the most of this August Metro-pass I got through work, don'tchyaknow), partying, staying up late, sleeping in, getting up early, filing for unemployment (which seems like a full-time job sometimes--wocka wocka!), talking to old friends on the telephone, listening to Persistence Of Time--you know, the usual unemployed-man stuff.
Things I have NOT been doing but should: Cleaning up/finishing 48HFPs from years past, editing Toof Hurty, exercising, traveling.
Paul and I went geocaching two days in a row while he was in town and we found basically all of the geocaches in U-City one day, then basically all of the geocaches in downtown St. Louis the next. We also picked some wild mushrooms, something he has recently taken an interest in. Some of 'em are pretty DURN GOOD.
I spoke with Lise Johnson on the phone the other day (385 state-to-state minutes on my calling card translated to 14 Missouri-to-Belgium minutes, hah hah--luckily she offered immediately to call me back, because also that connection was terrible. That half-minute phone call cost me about 35 minutes in state-to-state calls), she is coming through town with her mother and boyfriend/husband(?) in late September on her way to Boulder, Colorado, where she is moving. For awhile at least...that Lise always seemed pretty nomadic. Man if we got Lise to go to some Squidgame that would be the tops, ask 1996 me if 2009 me seems like a possible outcome, he'll say no in many cases.
I have a stack of some 35 CDs next to my computer of stuff I need to import/acquaint myself with, much of it still has the wrapper on and has never seen the inside of a CD player. Much of it is local stuff, much of it is not. Gladys Knight & The Pips, The Ottomen, The Humanoids, Amo Joy, Lyle Lovett And His Large Band, One Happy Island, Woodbox Gang, FANTASTY FOUR (YES I FINALLY GOT THE 18 UNRELEASED RECORDINGS AND SOMEHOW I HAVEN'T LISTENED TO THEM YET), X, Ween, AC/DC, The Hunger Artist (NKA Humdrum), some compilation of '60s Pop Hits I won at a Trivia Night, Samuel Locke Ward, Miracles Of God, Music For Smart People, Rats & People, Tom Waits, Bad Folk, Tenement Ruth, Resoldered, heck even that "Stoked" CD I got at Carrie's wedding back in November of last year. And now, to add to all that, the Trigger 5's Heartbreak And Regret. They played the album start to finish last night, and it is soundin' SOLID.
WELLP time to get to ToGro for the pizza-kegger-park-party! Maybe afterward I will stop by Maggie's chapbook shop AND/OR that Apop Records/Binge&Purge concert/party-b-q. Current Mood: GIT