October 26, 2006 Thursday
Music – The Flying Burrito Brothers - To Love Somebody
.....It's Thursday and I'm exhausted. I saw the Twilight Singers at the House of Blues in L.A. last night. Greg Dulli was late getting started as usual and it went a little over 1AM. I got about 4 hours of sleep last night. It's a good thing my job doesn't require 'any' heavy thoughts these days.
I do make it up with thoughts of my own.
All the below thoughts came to mind within a one minute span just now.
I feel like writing a lot but feel as though I should wait until after lunch beings it's just about that time. So I leave you with my topic of thoughts for now. I will get around to more writing L8R.
I DON’T BELIEVE YOU – I think the reason I put that topic on here has to do with older men giving me compliments. It’s uncomfortable for me. It’s nice to hear stuff but don’t make it a big deal and go on and on. It starts to sound like a play. Say it, and then move on to another subject.
I only bring this up because it’s happened more then twice this week already and of course they are ‘older’ men. They ask if I’m married (WTF?) Then they hint around that they are interested. Duuude, you’re over 40 and well, I’m not attracted to you.
- do you ever listen to the 5 O’ Clock funnies? Actually it comes on around 5:30, anyway – the other day it was a joke about these old fat balding beer drinking guys. One guy is single, the other is married. Mr. Single guy wants to go to a bar and talk to chicks and the married guy tries to point out that hot chicks in a bar are not saying “hey, I really wish an old fat balding beer drinking guy with no since of style would walk in and talk to me”. You know what I mean, you know the type. I’m not saying that every fat balding guy is a dork. I’m just saying…..
THANK GOD I DIDN’T REALLY MEAN WHAT I SAID – This came to mind while thinking about a pact that my first ex and I had made while still in high school. We were talking about our relationship while sitting on the patio in my backyard. He was blowing pot smoke into my dogs face and I was upset (yeah, he was a REAL winner). We were saying that in 10 years if we were married or not that we would meet on a certain day at the Huntington Beach Pier and go have a nice dinner together. He said he would be there with a limo. I guess that was impressive in high school. 10 years after high school was over, needless to say I was not with him any longer. He did try and keep in touch by calling every couple of years and he did bring that up once and said he was at the pier with the limo and I didn’t show up. I didn’t believe him. The last time I spoke to him was a couple of years ago when I was in Joshua Tree shooting some photos, I thought I’d stop by and say hello. He lives in Palm Desert off a dirt road with about 10 dogs and a rather large fence around his property. I took one look at him and instantly knew he was still a drug dealer. Most of the time people just don’t change.
PEOPLE ARE RUDE! – This is the case just about all the time. I brought this up because of the gig last night. Don’t you just hate it when you get to a gig early so you can stand in or near the front to see your favorite band and you wait for the openers to play and the in-between bands set-up, just to have some rude fuck-tard come over and pretend to just want to say hello to a friend only to have him stay there in the little space that there is between you and the guy who was in front of you (it’s called breathing room). He did this to my friend Rick and proceeded to try the whole “hey group that I’m with, come over and squeeze in here with me” bull-crap. I just glared at him and said that it wasn’t going to happen. It didn’t happen! Then he left and some other scary older drunk punk came over and just moved this little guy who was up against the stage in front of me, moved him over and slide right in. WTF? Why do people think that doing this is ok? They need to be taught a lesson. Then later this other guy comes over and then tries to get past the security guard to go in front of the barrier to get to the other side. The security guy was not going to have any of this so this guy just stood there right in front of another guy in his breathing space. Soo annoying.
WHEN BANDS SHOULD JUST STAY IN THE GARAGE - It’s true isn’t it? I mean sure you have freedom of speech but when you suck really badly you should just stay in the garage and play to your friends and not be opening for Greg Dulli. …… stupid ascot wearing MF’s. This band called something - Track and Field who opened for The Twilight Singers was extremely bad to the point I wanted to scream at them, "don't quit your day jobs"! They proceeded to thank this girl for helping them get the gig. I on the other hand wanted to strangle her and ask her what the hell was she thinking. Just say no to helping out bands that suck!
JEEP STILL FALLING APART – oh yeah! Yet another little problem. This time it’s the knob for the Air Conditioner. It just came off and broke into two pieces. I called the dealer to order a new one. They don’t have just the little piece! You have to buy the whole Air conditioning panel. C’mon! What a racket!
I guess my jeep is going to be fixed by me and some super glue from now on.
PHOTOGRAPHY BOOK IS HARD TO GET STARTED – That it is! That it is!
PAINTING IS ON MY MIND – I feel the need to start painting. I have these visions in my head that would look so cool with color on canvas. It’s something that I’ve never tried. Perhaps it’s time. I love to look at certain paintings and there are a few artists that I admire. Mostly artist’s that my ex-boyfriend turned me onto.
BUILDING STUFF WITH WOOD – This is a hobby of mine. I can’t remember when I first started to enjoy it. Maybe in high school when I took a Plastics class and my boyfriend was in a wood working class. He made me a jewelry box that was amazing. I still have it.
My last boyfriend was in the need for a rather large CD holder and didn’t want to spend all that money on it in places like Ikea. We didn’t want the cheap plastics ones either so I made one. It turned out good. I’ve made a few more as well. The wood isn’t cheap but I like the fact that I can make it as tall as I want and as wide as I want – I even made removable shelves. Pretty awesome, actually.
DO JOBS REALLY MEAN ANYTHING? – Sure they do, if you are doing something that you’re interested in and are proud of. They don’t have to mean anything. You can just work to pay your bills and put food on the table and to feed your passions. I dislike those people that get all high and mighty thinking they are better then everyone else because of where they work or what they do or who much they make. For instance, when you are getting your car washed at one of those fancy car washes, who do you think washes your car? Do you tip them well? They work their asses off. If you think their job is meaningless…..Can we get along without carwashes? Sure but we don’t want to because it’s a luxury. People who live in apartment buildings have to go to a car wash if they want their car clean. I also dislike people that are rude to the waiters and waitresses. I don’t really know if I made a point here or not.
WHEN YOU PAY 24.00 FOR A GIG, PAY 15.00 FOR PARKING AND THE BAND ISN’T AS AMAZING AS EXPECTED – yeah, this totally blows.
I ATTRACT GUYS WHO I’M NOT ATTRACTED TO. WHY IS THIS? AND WHY IS IT ALWAYS OLD MEXICAN DUDES? – What is it, I don't have the blond hair anymore. so what is up with the old guys at my work and at the gym? Why can't it be a young guy whom I'm actually attracted to? I'm not OLD..... yet!
WHO SHOULD WRITE A BOOK ABOUT THEIR OWN LIFE? – Everyone! and pass it along in the family. I would love to read a biography written by an ancestor.
WHY IS EDUCATION IMPORTANT? – Perhaps maybe there would be a lot less fuck-tards and rude people in the world.
WHY DIDN'T THAT GUY STOP WHEN HE HIT THAT DOG? - I recently saw a dog get hit (not as bad as that sounds) but none the less the dog rolled but walked away, so I'm thinking it was a heavy TAP. aaaah... I hate to rethink the whole incident. I was on my way to a friends house in East L.A. and this car full of what looked like punk ass kids came up fast behind me, swirved over as if I was going slow (I wasn't) and the next thing I see is them swirving to avoid a little dog. They went around me swirving and skidding in front of me. I saw the dog roll but get up and run to the sidewalk where a bunch of people were. I assume the dog belonged to one of them and they helped the dog afterwords (either the hospital or just being held). The kids in the car kept going. I was shaking and crying by the time I arrived to pick up my friend. I keep telling myself that the dog was ok.
Why do I have to feel this way and care so much about such things? Seriously....do you remember that Ikea commercial where the guys lamp dies and he puts it out in the rain for the trash and gets a new lamp and he askes us not to feel sorry for the dead lamp?...... well...... aaaargh. I'm one of those who feels sad!
WHY DO PEOPLE DRIVE LIKE Fuck-TARDS? – I know we all ask ourselves this question everyday. The biggest problem is cell-phones. A couple of other problems .... young boys who drive honda civics and race. Also Old people that should not be driving anymore. How about those little old Chinese men that look like they are half dead sitting behind the wheel going extra slow? What are they, like 80 years old?!
p.s. This Saturday is the Day of the Dead at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
October 17, 2006 Tuesday
I’ve missed 2 Karate classes so far and only one was my fault, the other was that the teacher wasn’t there. Fay told me that they were sparing already. I’m a little lost with the Katas let alone sparing. I’m a little nervous about class tonight.
How does it feel to be in the United States with 300 million other people? Can you believe it! O.K. now everyone give me a dollar!
I’d love to pay off my debt and buy a loft downtown and also make a book…… a quarter would be of tremendous help.
First an earthquake of 6.7 hits Hawaii (I wonder if the LOST crew is alright) and now a 5.8 hits New Zealand today.
- In other news…….
Wa Wah What!?
Ms. Scarlett Johansson signs Record Deal.
LOST IN TRANSLATION star SCARLETT JOHANSSON has signed a deal to make her first record, SCARLETT SINGS TOM WAITS
The album is being recorded at the moment and sessions will continue through the winter, with a possible release next spring (07) from Rhino
Records' currently re-activated Atco label.
According to Fox News, the 21-year-old is recording a whole album of songs by premier singer/songwriter Tom Waits
Sources says the eventual release date will be coordinated to coincide with Johansson's movie schedule.
LEONARDO DiCAPRIO is set to create a new reality show, chronicling the eco-friendly reconstruction of an American town. yep, it's true. I just read about it on CBS2.com.
Here’s my idea. Let’s make ‘cleaning up Los Angeles’ an entertainment reality show, huh!
yeah, Let’s get some actors out there on skid row and scrub the pee ridden sidewalks squeaky clean. Then help all those druged-out crazy-problem-homeless folks by putting them to work on their new non-cardboard housing project complete with a rehabilitation center and psych ward. Give them jobs and Identification chips. Then arrest all the drug dealers that come to skid row (life in prison or death EVS). This would help to clean the streets to build more art gallarys and artist lofts etc. It would be nice.
I think everyone would want to see THAT reality / show!
L.A. Gangs - http://www.streetgangs.com/history/hist01.html and http://www.segag.org/ganginfo/frbldcrp.html
While we are at it, why don’t we have a celebrity go into the bloods and crips housing area and ….. I guess there is nothing we can do there. Maybe we can install a 24 hour surveillance watch of the neighborhoods and either put the bad guys under arrest or just shoot them on the spot and be done with it. Of course they would need to un-learn their wrong doings and be educated ….. maybe through a dance class (like in that one movie) I’m kidding, I’m kidding. But you know what I’m getting at.
It all comes down to education, really. Think about it.
It’s like trying to figure out why we are here in the first place. You can only think so far back until you get a headache or go crazy. Ok, well…. Maybe it’s not like THAT. If you think about a person and why they are so fucked up, it comes down to education, either from the person who fucked them up or the fucked up person.
So the next time you’re in Target or Ross just think about that crying kid who won’t shut the hell up or the kids that just run around the store unattended. They could very well be the next blood or Crip. All because their un-educated mom doesn’t love them enough to pick them up and tell them how much they are loved or never bothered to explain the correct way to act in a public place.
I wonder what would happen if either of the said stores were to put a sign up on the front door that reads “kids must not run, scream, cry or argue with their parents in the store. If they do they will be escorted out immediately . Thank you and have a pleasant shopping experience”
Music – Bands – Venues
I’ve gone out to see a few shows recently. Some good, some not so good. Last Wednesday I saw The Snakebites along with The Crystal Antlers, both fun and entertaining. The Snakebites consisted of a girl (Star) drummer and Skky singing and playing the guitar, also (Sailor) sometimes back up singer and tamborine. They looked like the white strips type of band but sounded more like 60 lounge – garage rock band.
They have a few really good catchy songs that you will soon hear on the radio (I’m sure of it). Skky even sang "Older guys" for me, even though we were the only ones who knew the song out of everyone at Que Sera that night. It was sweet. He said "This one is called older guys and it's for Suze"! My friend Rhonda looked at me and laughed because she knows that I actually like the younger guys.
The Crystal Antlers are a band that have changed their sound as well as band members quite a bit since the last time I saw them. Now they could open up for a band such as Comets on Fire or Dead Meadow. They have that noisey –heavy guitar sound. A plus is that they do a great version of “It’s all over now, baby blue” fucking fantastic!! The drummer is super tight and can do a really good stage dive and when I say stage dive, I mean that from the audience he can dive onto the stage into the other bands drums making it look painful yet fun. Before a song, Johnny (the singer) loves to say “If you don’t like it , call the cops”. I saw both bands again at a place I’ve never been to before in LA called the Lava Lounge. I went by myself and was bored most of the night. The above mentioned bands were pretty good but for some reason I attract all the crazed idiots. They just come up to me either drunk or high ( I couldn’t tell) and just talk crazy talk. I try and be nice but sometimes (well, for sure at that moment) I want to be left alone. It was 3 bands, supposed to be 4 but the opening band didn’t make it. Sons and Lovers played last. I’m sorry to say that they sucked really super bad. I’m really sorry because the guys are really nice and one is even the brother of one of my best friends. They just have a problem with drinking to much before they hit the stage. I know they have some good songs and I have seen a few other shows that they were actually really good at but not to much lately. If they are in it for fun and drinking then so be it but if they want to sound good and put on a good show then my advice is to stop drinking so much and practice more. The drummer is great though, he reminded me of when I saw The Jesus Lizard at Bogarts and they were also really drunk (but they are professionals) and the Drummer of JL played with his eyes half closed while leaning against the wall and they still sounded amazing and rocked hard. SL drummer looked really cool while leaning against the wall still playing and keeping a rock steady beat.
Upcoming shows I may or may-not go to:
Tonight (Tuesday) The Black Angels at The Troubadour w/ The Tyde
Saturday (21st) Be your own Pet w/ Awesome Color at The Glass House
Monday (23rd) Detroit Cobras at The Galaxy
Wednesday (25th) The Twilight Singers at Sunset Strip House of Blues
P.S./FYI Jon Brion is on this months Largo calendar the last two Fridays in a row.
Continue Rocking……(I stole that from the Greg Behrendt show)
Wednesday October 11, 2006
A few things today....
I walked to Starbucks this morning (I know, I know.... starbucks... gheez) got my venti chai tea and to my surprise --- The Way I See It #153 is by someone/a band that I know called Tremolo. For those of you who drink Starbucks overpriced, dries-out-my-face hot drinks - first of all - STOP IT! It's too expensive and not to mention extremely fattening. Some of you may read the words written on the cup, but most don't. I only noticed them recently. Today was especially special. I've actually met the person (Justin Dillon) who's words were on the cup. He's in the band called Tremolo and they are from the Bay Area. I haven't thought about the band in awhile now, so starbucks has reminded me. I went to their website and they even have a myspace page. I'll keep in touch.
A friend of mine who recently moved to Nashville turned me onto Tremolo a few years ago by taking me to a special-show-case show of theirs. They are very talented nice guys. Not to mention, quite handsome too.
I've been slightly sick since Friday. I still can't fully breathe out of my nose yet. I thought it was best to skip my Tuesday night Karate class. I didn't want to have to wipe snot on my Gi or sneeze and punch - sneeze and kick. Not too cool.
I feel a lot better today. In fact I'm going out tonight.
I haven't seen a band in awhile and thought I'd head over to Que Sera in Long Beach (7th and Cherry) and catch The Snakebites with The Crystal Antlers.
My friend Skky moved to the great northwest (Seattle) last year and formed The Snakebites. It's just him singing and guitar slinging with Star playing the drums. From what I've heard on their myspace profile, they are pretty damn good. They've got that 60's garage rock thing going on. Skky looks a lot like Gram Parsons and even covers "older guys" by the late great country artist.
What I'm trying to get at is..... you should try and make your way down (or up) depending on where you live, to the Que tonight and if you can't make that show they will be playing with Sons and Lovers on Friday the 13th (this Friday) in Hollywood at the Lava Lounge located on La Brea off of Sunset blvd.
I get to be reminded everyday that I missed Tom Petty at the Hollywood Bowl recently because this guy in my office sounds exactly like him. The first time I heard his voice I thought that maybe Tom Petty was here - buying a motorcycle or something. Could happen.... we get famous people in here sometimes. (i.e. Gwen (no doubt), Brad Pitt (don't know if he was actually ever here but he's been at some events for our company), and the one who is always in here that drives most of the ladies in the office crazy is none other then Mr. I can't believe it's not butter himself, Fabio.
I love to hear this Tom Petty-sound-alike guy talk. I think I will tell him, when I find out who he is, that he sounds just like Tom Petty. Then I'll ask if he wants to go to a karaoke bar sometime.
Monday October 9, 2006
Joe Pernice has one of the best singing voices ….in the world!
Listening to his music from either The Scud Mountain Boys, his Solo CD “Big Tobacco” or The Pernice Brothers Cd’s just makes me want to put my head on Joe's chest while he sings to me.
I absolutely love the sound of the lap steel on “Massachusetts” - fucking awesome.
I’m really excited to see them once again. It’s been far too long. Last time the opening band was that of their keyboard player, Mr. James Walbourne called Royal Gun. They are great! This time they have Elvis Perkins as an opener, haven’t heard of him before but apparently he’s been around for a few years and is from Rhode Island. Check out The Pernice Brothers Tour schedule and go see them!
I think The Twilight Singers / Greg Dulli should do a tour with The Pernice Brothers.
Although if that were ever to happen, I may just die from excitement. Seriously!
L.A. Kings: 4 Blues: 1
I went to my very first hockey game this past Saturday night. I’ve discovered that I like hockey and I like Brent Sopel. My good friend Rick got excellent seats, 8th Row – sec 110 at the Staples Center. I was amazed at the view. Perfect! It was exciting complete with a few fights but no bloodshed. They really get into it when they fight to. Helmets go flying and the gloves come off and they just go at it, hitting each other in the face. It kind of got me excited and made me want to jump down there with them.
Needless to say, I would like to go to more games as well as Basketball.
Goodbye Tower Records
I used to go to tower all the time as a kid then I worked in record stores and found out how much they jack up the prices. Tower was one of the worst jacker – of – prices.
Then I just started using them to listen to the CD’s at their very cool listening stations before buying at amazon.com. I’ve only downloaded songs when it was an unfamiliar artist and it was usually only a song or two.
I enjoyed Tower, mainly for the browsing aspect of it. I’d browse the magazines and usually bought a “Q “or “Mojo” or “Uncut” once in awhile. I’d browse the DVD’s but never buy anything. I just enjoyed walking in there and hearing music throughout the store. It was a good place to be able to listen to anything from Classical, Jazz, Folk and even Foreign stuff. A few of the Towers had some great In-stores. Not many record stores did this besides Amoeba or Fingerprints.
Tower started their liquidation sale yesterday and it will go on for 60 days or until all the stock is gone. I think everything is about 10% to 30% off right now. As time goes on it will be more. I’d like to go stock up on some box sets and blues CD’s that I’ve been meaning to get. I drove by the old Tower that was on Beach Blvd on Saturday and took some photos of it before they tear it down completely. I used to work there many years ago. I was telling a friend the other day that I really wished I’d taken photos of all the clubs that I’ve ever been to before they tore them down. I was thinking about Bogarts and how that just came down overnight without much notice. It’s really sad to see so many things that you’re so used to, just go away. We need to think about our history and try a little harder to preserve it before there is nothing left to remember. Fuck you history killers!
Last night I was watching Desperate Housewives and heard this funny line that I’ve never heard before and though it was so funny that as I was drinking my hot tea, it just about came out my nose.
one character was talking to this transvestite and she asked the traney what her name was. The traney said “Gates, first name Pearly – cuz you have to go through me to get to heaven” ok – so you had to have seen it.
Have you seen the infomercial on something called The Bean exerciser? It’s exactly like the workout Ball but more like a chair. It’s the lazy man’s Ball! The Ball is good because it makes you work at balancing. This Bean thing makes you more comfortable and work out less. Because you know people that usually don’t work out at all want to work out the easiest way possible. LAME!
They get all these people in their infomercial that already have great bodies to try and sell their product. Yeah, I did buy the Ab Roller from an infomercial when it first came out but you know what, I still use it once in awhile when I can’t get to the gym for some reason. I also saw this one on TV called The Red Exerciser. It’s basically a swivel bar stool with handles. Hey folks did you know you can exercise using just your swivel barstool? I started laughing when I saw this crap on TV. And again with the already buff bodies trying to sell you the product. You can lose 2 dress sizes in 2 weeks and it’s easy to store (which always happens to all these products in the first place).
The Bean is only $50 bucks and the Red is only $14.95. that’s pretty cheap for a barstool!
You can exercise while you drink, hey!
I kicked my colds Arse! I started feeling sick with watery eyes and the sniffles on Friday after work so I didn’t go to the gym. On Saturday, I did go to the Kings game but I wore a heavy coat and sat the whole time, well until they scored each of the 4 times. I finally watched 400 blows via netflix on Sunday afternoon. It was a relaxing weekend. I never got full blown sick thanks to COLD EEZE (honey lemon flavor) and a lot of hot tea with honey.
Thursday Oct. 5, 2006 “Blah blah blah blah”
It’s been far too long since I’ve had a real vacation.
I can’t afford one anytime soon.
I’d really like to go to Africa. If I did go to Africa, I’d have to take at least a month off.
I need a new gig but I have no idea what. Should I kick my own ass into doing something about my situation? I need to be busy and creative!
It’s been a long time since I blogged about this situation. I guess that’s a good thing except nothing has changed since then. Sure I’ve gotten in shape by working out and taking Karate and that’s great for me physically but that hasn’t helped me in a career choice. I say I’m going back to school but I never seem to find the time to actually do it.
I’ve cut down on going to shows but have replaced them with the gym.
The things I want to do aren’t going to make me any money right off the bat.
1) I’d like to get a photo gallery of my band photos (but who would want them these days?)
2) I want to make CD racks and sell them (but who has a ton of CDs anymore, everyone downloads to their ipods)
3) Other misc. things made out of wood……
There is this guy at the gym that used to give me dirty looks. Well, I thought that is what he was doing anyway. We now smile at each other and talk once in awhile. He asked me why I’m not married. I wish I knew a good comeback on this one. I know he’s just trying to compliment me and wants my phone number but I don’t find him to be my type at all. He probably listens to kiss FM and goes dancing on the weekends with a bunch of skanky whores. What?
Am I self obsessed? I’m sure I have my moments. Why else would I write a blog?
And why would you want to read it?
Actually I’ve noticed that once I quit talking about music so much, the numbers have dropped. What’s more exciting? Talking about everyday life stuff or about music and only music? I’d rather read about someone’s life. I’m a music lover but life is important and could be exciting.
It’s important to have goals and try to obtain them. You start to feel better once you start obtaining goals. Everyone can be happy. They just need to apply themselves.
It helps to have encouraging parents, partners and friends.
Wow, that was an absolute downer – and I apologize!