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Thursday, June 30, 2005

My favoritist website!

Posted By on Thu, Jun 30, 2005 at 11:49 AM

I'm planning on making a list of local band websites to link to from my blog, but I haven't had time. Yeah — I'm busy.

Busy falling asleep at 8:30 p.m. in front of an Asian horror flick.

Busy not drinking.

Busy trying to figure out if I really like The Who or not. I should have an answer before I die.

Busy slaying dragons.

Until I get around to compiling these sites, check out my favorite one! You've heard of these miscreants, I'm sure. So why not take a cyberstroll to www.thejazzguys.com and enjoy some irreverent humor and adorable boy-band poses?

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Fun with the internets.

Posted By on Wed, Jun 29, 2005 at 11:22 AM

Our illustrious Calendar Writer Meghan DeWald contributes this:

"I have no idea how recent this is, or how accurate, but it's a neat toy: Big Brother!

Apparently, it's self-generating, based on server software that "learns" from interactions with users.

The database isn't maintained by a person, from what I can tell: The Global Network of Dreams"

Jeesh, Meghan. It's hard enough to get any work done without distractions like this!

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Today's tidbit of wisdom...

Posted By on Tue, Jun 28, 2005 at 11:35 AM

Comes from Frank Zappa, who is much missed in this era of media censure and cultural homogeneity.

"Most rock journalism is by people who can't write, interviewing people who can't speak, for people who can't read."

I concur.

Saturday, June 25, 2005

Pod People!

Posted By on Sat, Jun 25, 2005 at 4:00 AM

This also has nothing to do with music. Unless you count the chimes of terror in my heart when I stumbled across: THE POD PEOPLE.

Although I'm involved in some geeky stuff, like music production, I'm really starting to show my age, mainly through an unconscious resistance to new technologies. The other day, I found myself getting grumpy about "Live on Demand" - the authorized CD bootlegging of concerts that you just watched. I don't know why, exactly. And another one is Podcasting, which I still don't understand.

Anyway, I was strolling past the Radio Bean recently, and happened to glance inside.
Gathered around a table filled with microphones, headphones and laptops were four of the most unlikely folks I'd have ever imagined occupying an empty coffee shop on a Friday afternoon.

Seven Days' own Cathy Resmer, Matt G. Paradise - who is a far darker lord than I - media whiz Bill Simmon, and freaky artist/illustrator Greg Giordano were podcasting  their little hearts out. They beckoned me in, but I was too frightened. Luckily my cellphone rang, giving me an excuse to beat a hasty retreat.

Beware, Burlingtonians. It's like some wi-fi Invasion of the Body Snatchers out there.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Talk about pretentious...

Posted By on Wed, Jun 22, 2005 at 3:15 PM

Billy Corgan is at it again.

Apparently, he wants to re-form the Smashing Pumpkins, and just had to tell the world about it via a full-page ad in the Chicago Tribune.

Make sure you click the link within the article, so you can see his gigantic bald head in all its newsprint glory.

Did you kids see the rock show?

Posted By on Wed, Jun 22, 2005 at 3:05 PM

What did you think of the Sleater-Kinney show?

I thought S-K kicked ass. Dead Meadow  were pretty cool, if a little repetitive. But I really dug their drummer. Their was a bit mudddy though, and I don't know where their 2nd guitarist was.

Please, please, tell me what you thought. It gets lonely here in the blogosphere.

Don't make me beg.

Oh wait, I guess I just did.

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Local boy makes good...

Posted By on Tue, Jun 21, 2005 at 12:46 PM

My friend Scott Taylor — leader of epic rockers User Shorty Patent Company and erstwhile music journalist — has been racking up some press lately.

According to Taylor, "write-ups in Boston's The Noise and Northampton's The Advocate both cite drugs as the major source of the album's sound.  Yeah, thanks - I'll be sure to send those off to my Dad."

Maybe if you wrote a song UNDER 10 minutes, man!

Taylor also reports that the national magazine Under the Radar  — a fine publication, I might add — has the disc slated for review in their next issue. "I pray the person actually listens to the album more than once this time," he says. Hey — is that a dig at me?

In related news, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals new manager Justin Goldberg has given User Shorty Patent Co. a spot on his  Indie 911 website. "Justin claims to actually like the album, but he could be just saying that because Grace played on it," Taylor says.

Aw, c'mon. He probably does like it — not everybody in this business is jaded and cynical.

Most. But not all.

Monday, June 20, 2005

Jukebox Hero!

Posted By on Mon, Jun 20, 2005 at 1:22 PM

Man, I love the jukebox at my neighborhood watering hole, T-Ruggs. Well, one of my neighborhood watering holes. When you live as close to downtown Burlington as I do, you become pretty intimate with most of the Queen City's booze rooms.

Anyway, T-Ruggs has this hi-tech, super-slick touchscreen jukebox that's the envy of every other bar in town. Or in-state, for that matter. Sure, the selection is a little lacking, but the thing sounds AWESOME! Now I want one in my apartment, but with some Kinks, Blue Oyster Cult (1st three albums, of course) and Debussy on there.

So T-Ruggs was definitely the place to be for at least a half-hour last night. I rocked some Steely Dan, Thin Lizzy, Guns n-f!@#$'n Roses, Mars Volta, and even a little Mazzy Star. You need something soothing to come down from such dizzying rock 'n' roll heights.

Oh, and apparently I told a percussionist/pool shark friend of mine that if I had a kit, I'd be better than the drummer for The Mars Volta in 5 months. Must've been the Bud Lite talkin.'

Friday, June 17, 2005

Let Michael know you care...

Posted By on Fri, Jun 17, 2005 at 1:38 PM

This is pretty silly, and it has absolutely NOTHING to do with local music, but I simply had to do something with it:

A company called Contact Any Celebrity — a for-profit subscription website that purportedly provides the addresses of any celebrity in America — has generously provided Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch address for the purposes of promotion.

They claim they are making it available to "fans who wish to write to Michael congratulating him on being found 'not guilty' on all counts."

Of course, one imagines you could write to him to accuse him of pedophillia, bitch about his string of shitty albums or even ask him what the hell happened to his face.

But good taste would probably prevent most of you from doing so.

Anyway, here it is:

Michael Jackson
Neverland Ranch
P.O. Box 9
Los Olivios, CA
93441

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

...And I feel fine!

Posted By on Tue, Jun 14, 2005 at 11:16 AM

Besides the Biblical signs of the apocalypse — Four Horsemen,  Whore of Babylon, etc. — there are less formal harbingers as well. While a Pink Floyd reunion including Roger Waters isn't mentioned in the Book of Revelations, it's definitely a major omen.

The show (only one thus far) takes place in the UK. You'll probably have to put your house on the market to get a ticket.

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