Wednesday, January 31, 2007

one full month

well, today marks one month since my last drink. feeling good. saving lots of money$- hell, i think i'll go for another month...

watched some mst3k last night with tanner & jenny- man, i'd forgotten how freaking funny that show is!

on a lighter note, on todays date in 1747 - The London Lock Hospital, the first clinic specialising in the treatment of venereal diseases, was opened.

and these celebrities have birthdays today: justin timberlake, minnie driver, portia de rossi, & anthony lapaglia.


a cool photo I found of Allen Ginsberg and Thelonious Monk

Monday, January 29, 2007

"Party Star" show on Friday!

UPDATE: Read what Casey Rea has to say about the show here.

"Party Star" one of Burlington's newest, rockingest bands,
is playing at club metronome this friday opening for Amandla-
which is Claude Coleman Jr's (drummer for Ween) solo band.
Shitty graphics courtesy of yours truely...

Friday, January 26, 2007

B.B. King hospitalized in Texas

First J.B
Then A.C
Will B.B be next?

UPDATE: ok weird funny story- I just barely posted this link about BB King being sick, and then my IPOD, which is on shuffle here at work, plays 'I'll Survive' by BB King... coincidence?

Thursday, January 25, 2007

he has to die...

Trying to listen to all three versions of ‘that’s it for the other one’ from the deads complete fillmore west 1969 box set. The lyrics are so wonderfully hippy- they even mention Neil Cassady (cowboy neil behind the wheel of a bus to never never land)- the music ebbs & flows so naturally- at one point (lets call it the ‘peak’ of our little acid trip here) Jerry’s playing is so amazing it makes me just wanna say ‘wow, man…dig’

I also recently listened to Dusty Springfields ‘a brand new me’- great record to do dishes to- her voice is so strong and she pulls off the Motown/Stax girl group sound so well- my only complaint is the strings. Now I enjoy strings in pop songs as much as the next guy, but does every song need an epic arrangement of them? Hmmm… that 60’s production…

Tomorrow, as part of my dads xmas gift from me, I’m taking him to see Johnny Winter, that tattooed albino guitar slinging fool. I don’t know much about him, but according to wikipedia he did take part in a late 60’s drunken obscenity laced late night jam session with Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison- awesome. Opening for Johnny is Nobby Reed, Grand Isle/Franklin county's blues god.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

daily wisdom...

those who know do not talk
those who talk do not know

close the mouth
shut the doors
blunt the sharpness
unravel the knots
dim the glare
mix the dust

this is called mystic oneness

Monday, January 22, 2007


the last performance of 'Faust' was a success- another sell out. I'm bummed its over- its nice to be a part of some kind of music/artistic performance now that Nest Material is history. Look for vive voce puppet opera's 'die fledermaus' at the flynnspace this fall.

feburary is looking like a great month for music in burlington. vandermark 5 at the firehouse gallery. sun circle at the greendoor studio. and of course sonic youth at higherground. I'd bet that show is close to selling out by now- good thing Tan already got me a ticket!


Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Last Chance!

Vive Voce Puppet Opera presents

An Evening of Puppet Opera & Performance Art
January 20
8pm Sharp

Firehouse Center for the Visual Arts
135 Church St

$10 Advanced Tickets at
Radio Bean,

Forest flowers- Charles Lloyd live at Monterey

Recorded live in 1966, this was one of the most popular jazz albums of the late 60’s- Charles Lloyd (tenor sax, flute) put this band together earlier in the year but you would never know it listening to the interplay between musicians, namely Jack DeJohnette and Keith Jarrett. Actually, I now have a new found respect for Jarrett- before this I only knew him as the cocky, anti-electric instrument guy who played keyboards (for the last time, I think) with Live-Evil era Miles Davis. He really shines on piano here- especially on ‘Sorcery’ one of his own compositions (with Lloyd on flute, amazing) This album is mainly energetic post-bop with moments of free jazz here and there-
Jack DeJohnette shines as usual- great album- I bought it with absolutely no idea of what it would sound like and am pleasantly surprised!


Sunday, January 14, 2007

Alice Coltrane 1937-2007

I am He, O my Lord, that hath set his face towards Thee, and fixed his hope on the wonders of Thy grace and the revelations of Thy bounty. I pray Thee that thou wilt not suffer me to turn away disappointed from the door of Thy mercy, nor abandon me to such of Thy creatures as have repudiated Thy Cause.

I am, O my God, Thy servant and the son of Thy servant. I have recognized Thy truth in Thy days, and have directed my steps towards the shores of Thy oneness, confessing Thy singleness, acknowledging Thy unity, and hoping for Thy forgiveness and pardon. Powerful art Thou to do what Thou willest; no God is there beside Thee, the All-Glorious, the Ever-Forgiving.

- Bahá'u'lláh

Saturday, January 13, 2007

say goodbye

the p/o show was fun- marnie ditched me so I ended up out 10 bucks for the other ticket- them the breaks I guess- try to do something nice for people- but anyway the drummer for p/o is a member or graduate of the paul green school of rock, a fresh faced kid- couldn't have been older than 18- but he was fucking incredible- I haven't seen rock drumming like that for a long time- phenomenal

inspired, I went and worked out on my drums today for an hour or so- it's been so long since I've played with anyone I feel I'm losing all my chops- you know how you get into these funks when everything you play sounds like shit? thats me right now- I have to start playing with someone! the nm guys wont even return my emails...but lately I've talked to a few folks who seem interested so we'll see...

ninja's moving away! check out her blog which I'm adding to the 'ol blog list...

Madonna thing tonight- gonna try to go but I hate the radio bean when its packed and uncomfortable and hot and it may be too cold to stand outside and watch...well, hopefully someone plays 'take a bow'


Thursday, January 11, 2007

just took some dayquil...

C,DOA? Metropolis set last night was great- their music fit nicely with the creepy, weird, sci-fi, Austrian, pro-Commie propaganda film (which coincidentally premiered 80 years to the day). I only stayed for 40 minutes or so, runny nose cold & I felt like crap- almost stayed home from work this morning but nah…

Tomorrow night I’m going to see Project/Object at Club Metronome- I still have an extra ticket if anyone is interested- maybe I’ll call Marnie to see if she wants it…

Last night while at Brooks buying cold medicine I bought a bag of Cadbury Mini Eggs, those sinfully delicious, candy coated chocolate bites of pure happiness. Who cares if Easter is still three months away? I could eat mini-eggs all year round, and I may this year- I’ll buy a few extra bags and store them in strategic places around my apartment…

Saturday night is the Madonna show at Radio Bean- Burlington's best playing songs by the Queen of Pop… cant wait-


Wednesday, January 10, 2007

thinly veiled Iraq critique

I’m sure Tanner will write a glowing review for ‘Children of Men’ on his blog so I’ll keep mine simple- my two favorite things about this film are the performances of Michael Caine (ok, I’m finally ready to forgive him for ‘Jaws 4’) and the beautiful, exotic, scene stealing Claire-Hope Ashitey. Clive Owen is a hunk, don’t get me wrong, but I couldn’t take my eyes off of her. Get this, Claire-Hope is so young new & fresh she doesn’t even have a wikipedia entry! Man oh man…

Don’t forget the always rocking ‘Charles, Dead or Alive?’ show tonight at the Firehouse Gallery






Sunday, January 07, 2007

Tonight Only! (1/10/07)

Burlingtons own rockers 'Charles, Dead or Alive?' will be
performing new and reworked versions of their previous
music to accompany Fritz Lang's
1927 Sci-Fi masterpiece

It's an early show starting at 7:30 pm so you can all
get home to dream of class struggle, robot
doppelgängers and healthy workplace environments.

Jan 10, 2007 7:30pm
Firehouse Gallery, 2nd Floor
$7 donation

Friday, January 05, 2007

random thoughts...

With the gift card my Mom got me for Xmas I purchased a DW 4000 series single bass drum pedal- it is one of their lower end models, but it's better than anything I've ever owned- it's got Velcro on the bottom so it sticks to the floor! No amount of frantic drum soloing can dislodge my pedal now!

I recently opened a ING Direct online savings account. It takes the money out of my main checking account each payday- I am an enormously bad money saver so hopefully this will help.

As some of you may know, I got Tuesday off from work because my building was closed for Gerald Ford's funeral- but get this- the cheap bastard fucking peckers I work for aren't paying us! We had no choice to work or not, and now we have to either use our vacation hours (which I have very few left) or take the day leave without pay... bullshit, right?

Well my annual 'take a month off from drinking' is going well so far- the weekends are always the big tests... I'm going to try to go see some music tonight without drinking- that's always a chore- but I gotta stay strong! I figure if I can go a month without beer without getting the dt's I'm winning...

happy Friday, tld

Thursday, January 04, 2007

'Bolivia' by Gato Barbieri

I picked this record up the other day at Recycle North- el Gato has been a favorite of mine ever since I heard the album ‘Complete Communion’ by Don Cherry. I feel he has a warmer sound compared to some of the other, more abrasive free-jazz sax men (like Pharaoh Sanders for example) This record breaks away from the free-for-all sound of the 60’s ‘new thing’ by mixing in traditional Latin & afro-Cuban rhythms.

Some stellar musicians play on this record including Lonnie Liston Smith, John Abercrombie, Airto Moreira, M’Tume, Pretty Purdie, Moulay Ali Hafid, and Stanley Clarke. The rhythm section on the first track ‘Merceditas’ is outstanding. I recommend this record to any fan of free or avant-garde or Latin jazz- or really any music fan in general…


Wednesday, January 03, 2007

back to normal...

NYE party was great- not gonna say much about it- Tanner has some great pics and a video up on his blog Highgate (just scroll down past those questionable pics of his cat) Ever notice how I’m never in any pictures from parties at my house or Nest Material performances? You could probably make a pretty strong argument that I don’t exist. Anyway, highlights for me were the hurricane-like nuttiness of Marnie ‘She Did What?’ Long and seeing Marie Blanca Eboni Mike Michelle Rachael Adam & any other friends I don’t see often enough… this spring is when I FINALLY get out to Ann Arbor (hold me to this, people!)

Eboni left yesterday after a whirlwind four days where we got drunk, had breakfast, argued about Dave Chappelle & Michael Richards, went to a wedding, a party, a family holiday dinner, and shopping at Victoria’s Secret. I hate to see her go but she’ll be back this summer (I hope)

Back to short three day workweek- time to get that first resolution in action and find a new job! Updates soon hopefully…

Happy new year everybody!