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11:32 AM

sleeping to much on weekends!
I need a project, I need to build something... i'm bored on the weekends.
I've even felt more like staying home instead of going to a show lately.

It seems such a bother to drive 45 minutes to see a gig anymore. yeah, maybe the heat is getting to me. I don't know.
This past weekend I saw Jon Brion. That's the extent of my going out.
My friend and I had a table up front. Rikki Lee Jones opened the set. It's always nice to see her, there is something about her....... she's just been around for a long-ass time. Her and Jon did a few songs together and they did a procal harum song called a salty dog which was really cool.
Jon's set started after Rikki left the stage. He did a what seemed like a short set but I think it was because some of the songs lasted such a song time. He started out in a complete "ROCK" mode, with ; whitelines which turned into a medley of other songs all in one, roll with you, Under the radar (my favorite), explaining to do, cheese and onions (the rutles song), strings that tie to you, happy with you/pop life, oh susanna/knock yourself out, walking through walls, lock up my heart - end of first set 10 min after midnight. 2nd set 12:45 guinness is tasting good, i only had one.

forgot the first song he started out with, here we go, someone elses problem, same mistake, girl i knew (wow!), further along, trouble. enter chris thile of nickle creek they do a jam session that was incredible, as fast as you can (fiona apple song), Then for the surprise of the night..... Ms. Fiona Apple walks thru the door!! She did River at my door, as she has done with Jon in the past. That was it, she was outta there. I was feeling like there should have been some sorta standing ovation or something. Jon and Chirs finished the show with "if i only had a brain" then "foolin myself"....... The End
I think this is what my life has come down to again....... seeing Jon Brion on Friday nights and thats all. I always find myself back at the largo...........

I do however keep up a rock schedule even though i don't go to everything I list.
maybe more later..........

10:43 AM

The movie Office Space is really funny but when you actually have those types of people working around you everyday, it tends to get old. I can’t stand listening to this guy talking anymore. He talks to everyone and tells them each the same story about himself, either about what he did the past weekend or just something about himself. I can tell that no one really cares to hear as much as he thinks they do. His favorite thing to say is “do you know what I mean”……. pretty much after every sentence. I feel like saying “ I don’t know what you mean nor do I give a rats ass that you went to see the Abba play with your mom! - gheez!!” There is another group of girls who sit near me, one of them just got this fish and has it at her desk. All the girls stand around talking to it everyday and they named it papa somethingorother... “talking to a fish” c’mon, what’s up with that? talking baby talk to a 7 year old cat is bad enough….. let alone a fish that is stuck in a bowl for the rest of its’ little life.

I saw on the news that there was a premier of “Lords of Dogtown” in
Hollywood last night and I missed it. They showed Jay Adams!! (swoon) hee hee. So I guess he is out of jail. I wonder if he is living in LA now or just came down from Hawaii to be at the premier? I can’t wait to see this movie. The documentary was amazing!

On Sunday night, May, 22nd , I had this dream about a Gram Parsons reunion / he sang a new song called “whispering joe”… how and why I came up with that I don’t know. It was a dream!!

Last Friday night I went to see my favorite musician in the whole world… Mr. Jon Brion at the Largo. It was fookin’ amazing. and thanks to the only other largo regular there, I now have a set list for the entire show.

Here is the run down of the show.

-"magnolia" (piano, celeste), segue into
-"amateur" (piano)looping instruments here...
- "the girl i knew"/"habanera" (great fuzz tone

guitar solo)/switched to piano and celeste for
- "you won't see me", jumped back to electric guitar for
- "the girl i knew" again, referencing
- "and your bird can sing" on the solo. almost 20 minutes long.
- "explaining to do" (acoustic guitar)

"knock yourself out", started on acoustic guitar and harmonica, but the guitar refused to stay tuned, so he hopped over to the piano to continue...then ran back to the drum kit for an inexplicable
- “drum solo” (he didn't loop it or anything), then back to piano and celeste to play a mournful solo version of
- "knock yourself out". THEN looped the piano, picked up the electric and finished the song with vocals, in a total beatles/hey jude vibe. great! again, close to 20 minutes of shenanigans.

- "strings that tie to you" (piano, celeste) ah, so lovely.
- "on a roll with you" started on piano and celeste, then scott *The Awesome Engineer* added some beats, and jon switched to funky keyboard bass, and sang
- "talking in your sleep", forcing the audience to sing along in three-part harmony.
- "happy with you" (acoustic guitar)
- "trouble" (electric guitar) again, lovely.
- "lock my heart and throw away the key" (electric guitar)
- "why do you do this to yourself" (electric guitar)
- "you made the girl" ummm, i think it was loop drums, bass and electric guitar. this song has a dirge-y tempo and i've heard people groan when they talk about it, but i really love this song. however, at the end, he joked about it as "morgue-like", so maybe he's heard the complaints! (this is my second favorite Jon Brion song ever!)
- "under the radar" (loop) definitely rocked on this one... (this is my favorite Jon Brion song ever!)
i think this is where the early set ended.
second set, i'm a little fuzzy on some details of the beginning. i know he played a classic song as a solo, then did
- "further along" and
- "we died", for sure...maybe one more. then he called up Benmont Tench (piano), Sean Watkins (acoustic guitar), Chris Thile (mandolin), Sara Watkins and Gabe Witcher (both on fiddle). Jon played electric guitar through the rest of the set.

while they were tuning, he told us a story about his guitar and the eccentric seattle guy that made it in the 60's. It's called a 'Thomas' for you instrument junkies...I'm not, so bear with me. Evidently he was so confident in the greatness of his product, and was so crushed when few seemed interested,that he took his unsold guitars outside and hung them in trees on his property. they twisted in the wind and got ruined by the seattle rains, and that's how he wanted it. jon did mention that the sonics used the guitars in the 60's, but that precious few survived.
-"didn't think it would turn out bad" looped instruments.

anyway, this absolutely rocked, and then jon just went kinda nuts, as in: - “uncontrollable urge/mongoloid/are we not men?”/LONG zeppelin segment...misty mountain hop/quickie stairway to heaven solo/livin' lovin' maid/black dog/good times, bad times/misty mountain hop again. and THAT is how the first set ended. AMAZING INDEED!!!
(all songs with full band)
- "the andy griffith theme" (instrumental; thank god, have you ever read the dopey words to this song?!) EVERYBODY took a solo.

- "tell it to me" an old-timey tune about the evils of cocaine. chris, lead vocal
- "everybody's tryin' to be my baby" jon, lead vocal
"peter gunn theme"
- "she's got you" sara, (amazing!) lead vocal with nice harmonies by sean.
- "i'm looking through you" chris and jon, lead vocals

- "tennessee waltz" sara, lead vocal

exit onto fairfax after 2 a.m. with big grin on face...once again, the best ten bucks a person could possibly spend!
(thanks for posting the set list on embrionic, susan!)
If you break it down….. 10 bucks is a small price to pay to see such amazing talent. (shhhh! Don’t tell Flanny that, he may catch on and charge even more!)

Saturday night I went to see Sabrosa Purr and caught this amazing singer open for them called “Joennine Zapata”! I love being surprised like that. She is a hundred times better then Tori Amos though she didn’t play the piano. She sang and played a little drums. It was just her and the guitar player from Sabrosa Purr. She has this sexy way about her with a sultry tone in her voice, I can’t explain, but I can tell you it had feeling! You HAVE to see her!

Sabrosa Purr were great as usual. Gottla love the screaming and "Jesus & Marychain" guitar sound"!

Sunday night I went to see Sons and lovers and The Dirty Little Secrets also The last gang at zen sushi. DLS came on first, it wasn’t a good show for them but I blame it on Zen Sushi…… there must have been a black cloud over the place on Sunday night because every band that played there broke a string that night. DLS are a fun rock band that reminds me of those 80’s bands that I used to see playing on the sunset strip.

The Last gang reminded me of a more punk-rock Joan Jett. The singer had that whole cruella deville hair thing going on, which was kinda cool. She has a very stong voice and sang like Lemmy with the mic an inch taller so she had to sing upward, towards the mic. They are really good for what they do.

Sons and Lovers were the highlight of the evenin’, even though they to broke a string, they were quick and did a cool instrumental filler while we waited. This is one of my new favorite bands. They simply rock and they are tight. I enjoy they way they all get off stage and play in the audience (except the drummer, of course).

I’ve been listening to :

Joy Zipper

Sabrosa Purr

Marilyn Manson

For upcoming gigs….. check out the rock schedule over on the side.

The Vacation will be playing in Huntington Beach again on June 6th!

12:05 PM

“…….not long for this world

It’s a song by the way.
It’s fitting for the way I’m feeling lately.
I just got back from a long walk on my break at work, yeah so I took a 40 min break, listening to The Afghan WhigsGentlemen”. This is such a great album besides the lyrics and music, it has feeling. I actually had a tear in my eye. It’s partly because I’ve been feeling really emotional lately, and instead of hiding my sad emotions behind distorted fuzzy noisy music, I’ve opted to let it out and listen to a different type of emotional music.

I just found out that one of my good friends (Roger)… his mom is dying of terminal cancer and she only has one to six months to live. I can’t even begin to describe the sadness that I feel for them. I don’t know how I can help but tell him that I’m here for him.
Another friend of mine just went into the hospital for breast cancer surgery. It has been 6 months since she was diagnosed. I wish her well. What is it with this……. “cancer”….. I mean, why hasn’t anyone figured out how to cure it?

Another thing that has been on my mind lately is religion….. I’m not religious at all.

I don’t know one person who is a “PURE” religious person either. I had a conversation with a friend the other night as I’ve had with other people and we all agree that people don’t practice what they say they are. What really gets to me is the “born-again” Christians… what’s that all about? You can do something bad , I mean really bad, then the next day you are a full fledged god worshiper and preaching to those of us who have never done anything wrong - who aren’t of any religion?

I may not know much about religion but I’ve never killed anyone and then asked to be saved either. …. And the Catholics … what’s up with the whole (you can't be)living together without being married deal? Are you allowed to pick and choose from the different rules to follow and still call yourself a Catholic and go to church?
Am I wrong? Tell me I’m wrong! Go on… tell me!

I don’t know where all that came from…..

Relationships are hard aren’t they? Family, Friends, Lovers… It’s all a lot of work.

I don’t know why I even brought that up because I’m not going to go into detail about that kind of stuff on here. “… I’m in love with something that I can’t see

May 19th (Thursday) to May 25th (Wednesday)

Thursday – Greg Behrendt “comedy” at the Largo
Friday – Jon Brion at Largo
Saturday – Sabrosa Purr at Spaceland

Sunday – Sons and Lovers, Dirty Little Secrets, The Last Gang at Zen Sushi

Monday - ?

Tuesday – The Brokedown at Troub.

Wednesday -?


1) Spoon

2) Stereophonics

3) Sabrosa Purr

4) Reigning Sound

5) Rolling Stones

11:25 AM

I saw Brendan Benson at the Troubadour last Wednesday. It was just ok.
Not amazing or anything.
I was happy that I went after seeing Jack White get up on stage and sing with Mr. Benson.
Jack and Meg were just walking around the Troubadour. Jack looked ultra cool in his pinstriped suit and Bob Dylan hat, which he put on Brendan right before he left the stage. "
Brendan was dumbfounded. He didn’t know what to do after that.

I know what I wanted but this was a Brendan Benson show not a White Stripes show. (heavy sigh)

Saturday I met some friends at the Cat & the fiddle before heading to the Derby to catch Sons and Lovers. I have to say I was pretty surprised to see Morrissey sitting at the table next to us. No one else noticed and I knew Roger was a huge fan of his so I leaned in to tell him and he seemed less then enthusiastic about the news. Strange. I told Sarah and Dat and they seemed excited but couldn’t turn around because that would be too obvious.
Later Morrissey and his lady friend moved to a bigger table away from the open where another guy joined them. I thought it was because we were being loud.

We went to Sarah and Dat’s place for awhile before heading to the gig. Dat played me some CD’s of his new and old bands. He is the bass player in a band with Donita Sparks -ex – L7 singer. Sounds pretty rockin’! They will play at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach soon.

Dat was in The Superbees, they were pretty big in LA before they broke up.

We all headed to The Derby to see (Jordan) Sarah’s brothers band called Sons and Lovers. Jordon is the bass player and his new vintage bass looks amazing!
I was surprised at how great they are live. I didn’t know what to expect…. You know….. going to see a friend's brother play in his new band and all. But wow! These guys have talent! The singer is all over the place and reminds me a little of Iggy Pop meets AC DC. Great tunes and fun to watch. Everyone was dancing and having a good time. I think that in no time they will be the talk of the LA underground scene.

Sunday I took my mom to the fish company for lunch then to a movie, we saw Crash. I really dug it. It was somewhat slow but very intense and informative.

May 12th ~ May 20th


Thur ?

Fri Jon Brion

Sat Rhett Miller at Largo or Willowz at Chapman University or movie at cemetery

Sun The Colour at Troub

Mon The Walkmen at Galaxy

Tues Juliette ‘Lewis’ & the Licks at Troub (record release)

Wed The Binges at Dragonfly

Thur Greg Behrendt’s comedy at largo

Fri Icarus Line at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach

On the turn table….

Hi Fidelity soundtrack

Almost Famous soundtrack

Sabrosa Purr

The Killers

4:41 PM

You know what song really rocks ….. it’s “lets build a house” by The White Stripes. There is just something very satisfying listening to Jack and Meg! I don’t believe there is one song that sucks on any of their albums! Not one!! It’s all raw rock ‘n roll blues…. Simple is sometimes, well… most of the times it’s better.
Radiohead is another of my favorites….. though they aren’t very “simple”. I feel that there is a lot of emotion in their songs, at least for me anyway.
I’ve been listening to the classic rock radio a lot lately for some reason…. perhaps because my ipod has been having problems with uploading songs and it’s just easier to switch on the radio. Which brings me to Bon Jovi, Journey, Missing Persons, DM, and Rick Springfield. All of these bands have a place in my heart – I’m talking “memories”. I love it when you hear something that gives you fond memories from the old days. They are all great bands. I just felt the need to mention that. Bon Jovi had some really great songs at one time. I think Journey is pretty classic.... very 'story- like' lyrics.

I was on my way home from somewhere…. It was 12:30 or so on Tuesday night when I heard The Vaction on 103.1, first it was Ben saying “hey, this is Ben from The Vacation and you’re listening to 103.1” and they played White Noise. A great little dirt rock number. It is an exciting feeling to hear your friends on the radio! 103.1 is a pretty cool station that plays all sorts of local bands, it’s almost as if they really care… if you can imagine.

For once I actually did everything on my rock schedule from the past week. Usually I only go to one or maybe two of the shows I have listed.
I went to see The Vacation on Wednesday and then again on Thursday then Jon Brion on Friday and Grant Lee on Saturday.

The Vacation played with this band from London called The Thieves. Wow! They rocked. The singer even had a broken foot or something and had to sit on a stool the whole time, I could tell he is crazy on stage though, he couldn’t keep still. They had this raw energy that sorta reminded me of old Nirvana.. I don’t know, I need to see them again though. At the end of their set the singer jumped backwards into the drum set. Just like Kurt did at Rajis when I saw them there!
Chelsea Smiles also played but I was so confused when they were on stage… I could have swarn that they had a keyboard player in their band! These guys were good and everything but just not what I remembered.
The Vacation … what can I say about them that I haven’t already said before. They played a lot of their newer songs which aren’t on the new cd called “band from world war zero”. Ben has a knack for catchy lyrics. Those Tegal boys have so much energy… with Steve's wailing guitar antics and Ben’s “stooges-esk” stage presence there is no way they could ever be boring or dull. No way!!
They are all about the audience having a good time, Ben will come right up to you and sing in your face. Either that or drink your beer.
Sebrosa Purr is my new favorite band - they came on around midnight. I only stayed for a few songs because I had to work the next morning.
This band is going to be big! They have a hard edge to them but I wouldn’t call it raw rock ‘n roll. I know I’ve been saying that everyone sounds like Nirvana lately but then again…they do have this Nirvana quality about them but with more drone. Kinda like a band I love called “The Darkside”.
I bought their 4 song demo CD and I can’t stop listening to it. One of of favorite tracks is called “God damn you” It rocks! The lyrics, the guitars, the mellow then screaming voice, the distortion…..
it’s heaven! I have a feeling that they will be around for awhile, you should check them out!
2nd night of The Vacation record release extravaganza was also amazing. cake in the face included! It's hard to determine which night I enjoyed more. I think Ben sprayed his beer better on the first night! So i'll go with that.
All hours, Frisky Jones and The Gunshys were also on the bill on Thursday night. The Gunshys had a different line up and I was surprised not to see Cliff (ex- Shore bass player, now ex-gunshys) in the band anymore but instead walking around the club. They were good none the less. Kyle, the singer is a good front person and he pretty much is the band with his sultry 70’s style. They put on a good show.
I was pretty tired from so much rock on Wednesday though.
All Hours played and I just wasn’t in the mood. I think I was expecting something different from them. Although they did a cover of a Lou Reed song that floored my friend Rick. They just didn’t do anything for me. I really wanted to stay to see Frisky Jones because I haven’t seen them in almost a year or so but i was to tired. I’m sure he rocked. I can say that he looks cool and oh so “80’s glam/metal” walking around .. ha ha. You can’t miss the cute kid walking around with bleached hair as if we was going to try out for GNR back in the 80’s. I’ll be sure and catch him the next time around.

Friday night of course I went to see Jon Brion, this time I took a friend and we had a table up front and personal like. Very cool indeed. I can only say it was amazing as usual. He surprised us with many cover songs and his genius like qualities. I love the way he smiles to himself when he really gets into his playing…. It’s as if he goes inside of himself and has to laugh at everything. Pure madness.

Saturday night I was back at the Largo to see Grant Lee Philips. Now this guy has so much talent it’s sickning. His songs are clever, he has a great sense of humor. Just an all around beautiful voice. Have I mentioned that he has had spots on The Gilmore Girls? Yeah, he plays a street musician on that show sometimes. Sabastian Bach has a gig on that show now. He plays a guitar player in Lane’s band. Ok, enough of the WB trivia.
Grant “melts my heart” when he plays…. I’ve been hearing that said term a lot lately from a friend of mine. I’m not sure that I like it. It doesn’t sound right now that I wrote it.

I didn’t go see Mark Lane on Sunday or The Brokedown on Tuesday. I am however going to see Brendan Benson tonight at the Troubadour, only because I bought a ticket awhile ago. Honestly I’d rather go home and sleep. It should be a good show though.

May 3rd thru May 11th

Tuesday – The Brokedown at Spaceland and /or Aimee Mann at Amoeba 7pm Free

Wednesday – Brendan Benson at Troubadour

Thursday - Rogers Birthday - say... HAPPY BIRTHDAY ROGER!!
Friday – Jon Brion at Largo or The Binges at Zen Sushi

Saturday - hang out at the cat & the fiddle at 6pm then go see Sons and Lovers at The Derby.

Sunday - Happy Mom's Day! - hangin' with my mom.

Monday – The Binges at The Lighthouse Café in Hermosa Beach

Tuesday – The Willowz at Echo

Wednesday – Spoon at Amoeba 7pm Free – “malfunkshun” video at Arclight 8pm

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