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Friday, September 29, 2006

Staying in.

Posted By on Fri, Sep 29, 2006 at 6:46 PM

Babysitting the drugged-out cat, drinking Shipyard's tasty Pumpkinhead brew and watching the new series of Dr. Who, and later, Bill Maher.

If you manage to get out tonight, go see Swale at Parima.

We'll catch up at Built to Spill on Sunday...

New Kool Keith album a "fake."

Posted By on Fri, Sep 29, 2006 at 2:23 PM

It has recently been revealed that the latest disc from leftfield MC Kool Keith is an industry hoax. The CD was sent to me, but I never opened the shrinkwrap. And I'm a fan. Musical spidey-sense? Perhaps.

The album in question, The Return of Dr. Octagon, was widely marketed as a sequel to the alias-happy rapper's 1996 classic, Dr. Octagon.

I wondered why Keith hadn't done any touring to support the release.

Read the full scoop here.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Bad, awful, shitty rotten luck.

Posted By on Thu, Sep 28, 2006 at 4:00 AM

Brooke and I aren't particularly lucky with cats. Our first baby boy, Loki (the kid I'm mugging with in my blog photo) died of bizarre brain seizures. Now our little girl, Natashcha, is suffering from a mystery bone ailment.  Thankfully, Brando, our other boy, is strong like ox.

It began when we noticed  Natascha  only using three legs to walk. We brought her into the vet last night, thinking she may have sprained her paw wrestling with Brando. Because that dude is large, in charge and has periodic spells of jerkitude.

Sadly, the vet examined her in the very room in which we recently put Milla down. That cat belonged to my ex, Leda. She had been our dear kitty for years. It truly sucked.

Anyway, back to our present shit situation. The doc said that Natascha might have a sprain or a hairline fracture, and instructed us to bring her back the next morning for X-rays. Which we did.

I just got a call from the vet saying that she's got bone degeneration in her wrist. Unfortunately, it doesn't appear to be repairing itself. Possible causes may include viral or fungal infection (rare) or bone cancer (also rare, particularly in a one year-old).

A piece of her bone was removed, and is being sent to some lab for further testing. This takes 1-2 days, meaning we probably won't know until early next week what the next course of action should be.

Thankfully, she isn't in too much pain; she just doesn't use that paw to get around. But I wonder: what are we supposed to do if it's bone cancer? I can't bear to watch her suffer, but I'm tired of having to euthanize these poor little creatures.

So that's today's fun.

On a happier note, ex-Burlingtonian Brad Searles made the mother of all James Kochalka Superstar posts over at Bradley's Almanac.


Thanks for the comments... Isn't this supposed to be a music-related blog?

Natascha is all doped up on doggie painkillers, (for real - that's what they gave us) and is having a blast. They're non-drowsy, which means she's mobile. But I'm woried, 'cause she thinks she can run on her bum paw. But I'm glad she's happy.

We saw the X-Rays, and could totally make out a weird grey area over two bones in her wrist. The doc doubts that its cancer, but she's also never seen a fungus of this sort before, so who knows?

The bill was like, $500, though - yikes.

We'll get the tests back from the lab soon.

Other than that, things are OK.

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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Built to Spill audio excerpt.

Posted By on Wed, Sep 27, 2006 at 4:49 PM

As promised, I'm posting a portion of my recent interview with Brett Netson of Built to Spill.

It's a little grainy sounding 'cause my minidisc recorder is from the 1920s. Anyway, the segment concerns Netson's love for amp building, as well as our mutual distaste for much of today's music. We blab about ProTools too, but I edited out the super geeky shit.

Check it.

I've learned I have to stop saying "uh-huh" all the damn time if I'm gonna keep posting these clips. Guess it'll give me something to work on in my next interview.

Stopgap post.Big boobs.hdpeevpp

Posted By on Wed, Sep 27, 2006 at 9:28 AM

I'm having a "business lunch" today, can you believe it? Nor can I. I think it might be my first one ever.

Actually, I gotta split and go to it now. But I'm posting to say that I'll likely post again a little later. So keep your heads together until then.

In the meantime, check out this Japanese War Tuba.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Scumdogs invade South Burlington.

Posted By on Tue, Sep 26, 2006 at 10:52 AM

Might want to get that checked out, dude...

Holy shit. We're all in for it now.

Monday, September 25, 2006

It's Monday.

Posted By on Mon, Sep 25, 2006 at 4:30 PM

I'm violating a cardinal rule of blogging: Don't Post Unless You Have Something to Say.


Anyway, I spent the weekend in a semi-laid up state, due to a weird lower back spazz. It's still kind of messed up. Not sure why — I missed a few days at the gym, and the body is having its revenge. I'm walking like a 70 year-old looking for the public restroom.

The Trachtenburg Family is tonight at HG, but standing up for any length of time will likely be painful.

Thanks to everyone who gave their opinion about my podcast! The next one will be that much better for it. Speaking of, I already have the theme and most of the tunes picked out. I'm gonna keep mum for now, though. And that's hard for a guy like me.

What else? Sue & Nick of Video Pigeon are blogging from their new Berlin (not New Hampshire) digs. Lucky bastards. I think...

Friday, September 22, 2006

Podcast #1.

Posted By on Fri, Sep 22, 2006 at 10:56 AM

Enjoy my very first podcast.

The Contrarian's Corner — Episode I: Freaks, Geeks & Sweetiepies


#1: I was drinking wine, so I sound friggin' stupid.

#2: There's a lot of fade-ins during songs. This is on purpose, primarily to discourage music thieving. Not that any of you good people would do such a thing. Also, it allows me to prattle about trivia and ruin some wonderful music at the same time.

#3 At one point, I mention the Beatles, calling them "Paul, George, Paul and Ringo." Yes, I'm aware there's only one Paul in the group. No need to point it out.

Other than that, I think it's pretty fun. But you tell me!

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Soap Opera Madness.

Posted By on Wed, Sep 20, 2006 at 5:18 PM

This video has been floating around on YouTube for about a month now, but man is it bizarre!I'm not even gonna describe it. You just gotta watch.

Ken gets 'Spread.

Posted By on Wed, Sep 20, 2006 at 2:06 PM

Intrepid Seven Days reporter Ken Picard took one for the team and went to see the Widespread Panic show at Memorial Auditorium last night. As he's been known to enjoy himself a little WP, I asked him to write about his experience. Here's what he had to say:

Widespread Panic: Tuesday, September 19 @ Memorial Auditorium, Burlington:

It’s been, oh, a good decade or so since I last saw a Widespread Panic show — at the Back Yard in Austin, Texas, with a noggin full of brownies — and admittedly, I had my doubts. Guitarist Michael Houser has long since moved on to the great noodle session in the sky, and Casey Rea’s lamentably spot-on review last week of the new disc, Earth to America, more or less tore the band a new jam hole. Worse, WSP was booked into one of my least favorite venues, Memorial Auditorium, which has all the acoustical appeal of hollering into an empty paint can.

Then again, like lobsters and sex shows, Widespread Panic is always better live, and this one was no exception — even without the help of Duncan Hines. Reportedly, last night’s performance was only the fourth outing with the band for former Dead/Aquarium Rescue Unit guitarist Jimmy Herring, and he didn’t disappoint. It took him the better part of the first set to start flexing his muscles, but after the set break, the gymnasium smelled like Otto’s jacket and the energy level ratcheted up several notches.

I doubt the show sold out — it was a school night, after all — but it was comfortably warm in the house, with plenty of dancing space. Sadly, I missed the “Travelin’ Light” encore. But hey, my girlfriend was back in town and she’s much easier on the eyes than Dave Schools. Someone should tell him to lay off the Ho-Ho's.

Set list compliments of

1: Send Your Mind, Little Lily, Ride Me High > I’m Not Alone > Better Off, Crazy, Down, Tortured Artist > Henry Parsons Died
2: Good People, Heroes, Casa Del Grillo, Weight of the World > Mercy> Drums > Hatfield > Goin’ Out West > Chainsaw City

Encore: Time Waits > Travelin’ Light

So there you have it. A nice counter to last week's rather brutal CD review.

PS: Stay tuned for the unveiling of my first podcast, "The Contrarian's Corner," this Friday!

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