Tuesday, March 30, 2004


Waking up early

I really hate waking up early. It seems I can never sleep-in anymore. It's very frustrating, because that means I get tired pretty early. No Adult Swim for me. I have to wait to hear about Meatwad's antics until the next day.

So now it's 5:30am and I'm trying to figure out why Blogspot doesn't seem to be pinging Weblogs.com automatically. It appears to be setup right. Ugh, I'd much rather be sleeping.

Blew off TV On The Radio last night. It's going to be a busy enough week anyway. Stayed in and watched "The Trip". One of the better gay movies we've seen. Very cute.

Managed to miss when Prince tickets went on sale. Oops. I'll get tickets later. Still waiting to hear if Dylan is playing at 9:30. Rumors are still running rampant about that one.

Sunday, March 28, 2004


All Hail The King

So Rolling Stone put out this list of the top 50 artists of all-time. Nothing surprising in the list. What makes it slightly interesting is that the tributes are written by other artists: Elvis Costello writes about the Beatles, Robbie Robertson writes about Dylan, Van Morrison writes about Ray Charles, etc. There's one exception to that though - Little Richard. Who better to write about Little Richard than the man himself. That is so perfect.

That is, until I read it. It's just sad. I feel really bad for the guy. He broke so many barriers and was the first to do so many things. He literally influenced everybody. His songs still friggin' rock. Every rock biography I've ever read mentions him somewhere in the first 30-40 pages. Even my parents, who generally hate rock 'n' roll, went to see Little Richard in concert and loved it.

And yes, I do actually own a Little Richard CD. I doubt he made any money off of it though. He's on my Pollstar auto-notify list. I'd jump at the chance if he comes anywhere close to DC.

All hail the true king of rock 'n' roll.

Saturday, March 27, 2004


Working Weekends

Man, I really hate working on Saturdays. I'm a sysadmin, and occasionally things have to be upgraded, moved or rebooted after hours. The people I work with work pretty much 24/7, so there's no real good time to do this stuff. The best time is usually early Saturday mornings. So, I've been at work since about 7:30 this morning. On a Saturday. Ugh. I don't even come in this early during the week. At least the movers are on time, much to my surprise. That's great. Maybe I'll be finished by noon.

Saw 2 shows this week. The Decemberists and Broken Social Scene. Both were terrific. Saw some girl get carried out of the Black Cat at the BSS show. That was weird. She looked like she passed out. Know your limits.

Wanna go see TV On The Radio on Monday. Not sure if I will though. Already planning on hitting Washington Social Club, Ratdog, Death Cab For Cutie and at least one Bob Dylan show this week. Maybe 2 Dylan's, if the 9:30 Club rumor is true (and I can score tickets). That's a lot for an old man like me.

Got a buttload of records from Ebay this week. Didn't expect to win every auction, but I did. Got something like 10 LPs in the mail. Sweet. Looks like my weekend listening is already planned out. Lots of Dischord/DC stuff.

Started back at the gym (again) this week. A little sore, but it feels good. I may go again today and use the treadmill at home.

Hey - The movers are ready - gotta go.

Monday, March 22, 2004


Wanna waste some time?

The Crimson Room

The Crimson Room is like is much shorter version of MOTAS. You may want to start with that one.

I love games like this. I was addicted to the Myst series for quite a while.

Monday - Ugh. Back to work. I gotta get back to the gym. I haven't gone even semi-regularly for a few weeks. My ass is dragging. Haircut today. Gonna get buzzed again. Anything to encourage the boyfriend to rub my head. ;-)

Need to buy some new music. The new Beauty Pill disc is out. I still need to check that out.

Ordered a new computer last night. Dell P4/3.4Ghz/1G-ram. Sweet. This tired old P3/450 is on it's last legs. 20" LCD too. I can't wait. What a geek.

Friday, March 19, 2004


Tennesse rethinks things

What a bunch of pricks.

Tennessee county reverses call to make homosexuality a crime

DAYTON, United States (AFP) - Officials in a rural Tennessee county held a five-minute emergency session to scrap an anti-gay resolution that earlier this week triggered a national furor, but failed to quash the controversy.

Rhea County Commissioner J.C. Fugat called the board together Thursday to undo the measure he had proposed Tuesday night. The commissioners approved, adjourned the meeting and rushed out of the courthouse with sheriff's deputies in less than five minutes.
All eight members of the panel supported Fugat, but some later disavowed their votes, saying they thought they were voting for a ban on gay marriage.

"It was my understanding the motion was on the (gay) marriage issue," panel chairman Terry Broyles, said Wednesday. "I was confused. I assume the other commissioners were, too."

It was your UNDERSTANDING? Don't you even read what the hell you're voting on first? Don't you pay any attention to what you're doing? It's your job to know what you're voting on, asshole. Wake the hell up and do the job you were elected to do. What a prick.


JJJ Signs Off

I'm kind of surprised how much the death of MTV's JJ Jackson is bumming me out. Maybe it's because MTV was so important to me back in the day. It's hard to remember a time when MTV even showed videos, much less was relevant and groundbreaking. But once upon a time, MTV was the shit. I remember the build-up to MTV coming to cable. I also remember that our cable company wasn't planning on picking it up. "I WANT MY MTV!" Turns out we missed the big debut, but we picked it up about 2-3 months after it started. It was fantastic. Being among the only people in my high shool that was listening to bands like Devo, Adam and the Ants, Siouxsie and the Banshees, MTV was a Godsend. No more struggling to stay awake for USA's Night Flight or be limited to the half-hour of HBO's "Video Jukebox". We had music all day long. Music by bands from around the world that would never get airplay in the states. Maybe if you were in a college town, but even the "college rock" scene hadn't come around yet. Live concerts, tour dates, music news....all before everything was so easily accessible on the internet. We take all that stuff for granted now. MTV was a music fan's dream.

The VJs had the coolest jobs in the world. They were each different, but incredibly endearing. JJJ always stuck me as the one who knew his stuff more than the others. You could tell he was a true music fan and was thrilled to be where he was. He didn't succumb to the bad haircuts or terrible fashion choices some of the others made, although I seem to remember an awful jacket or two. (Not that I should talk. I used to try to dress like Alan Hunter.)

Then they all got fired and MTV turned to hell. Instead of being trend-setting forerunners, they became the bane of good music. It all became about style and selling records. They're now worse than the record companies. That's rather ironic, since they rarely show videos anymore anyway. hrmph.

Anyway - we're gonna miss ya JJJ.

Wednesday, March 17, 2004


Banning Homos?


quote from the article:
The Rhea County commissioners approved the request 8-0 Tuesday.

Commissioner J.C. Fugate, who introduced the measure, also asked the county attorney to find a way to enact an ordinance banning homosexuals from living in the county.

"We need to keep them out of here," Fugate said.

Fuck You, prick. Now, I can understand people not liking gay people. I can understand that they're uncomfortable around us sometimes. But we're talking government officials here. They want LAWS made banning the mere presence of us in their county. That's absurd. It'll be interesting to see how this plays out. Hopefully, it's getting lots of press. Expose these folks for the fools they are.

Saw British Sea Power on Monday. Very tight, solid band. Way too loud though. Almost painful. Went to DC Nine for a quick one after the show. Seems like an interesting space. Actually had a normal conversation with someone at the bar. That rarely happens to me. Seems like the only folks I usually get to talk to are old trolls trying to pick me up or people that are falling down drunk. I wish there was a cool alterna-pub around here. Maybe I could get the bf to go more often.

I'm tired of hanging out in gay bars when we go out. I don't mind them too much, but I just get tired of the same ones all the time. The music sucks (unless you comandeer the jukebox at the Eagle, which isn't half bad. The Lantern is bearable, but that's about it. The others are generally horrible. Blowoff was fun, but we're not much into dance music, and it's a little cramped down there in the basement.

BF's foot is much better. Walking more, but not ready to drive yet. Maybe next week.

Next show is The Decemberists on 3/23. I may buy Sleater-Kinney tickets tomorrow. Concert season is in full swing. My ears are starting to ring a lot though. I need to have that checked out. I hope it's nothing serious. Maybe I'm just getting old and crazy. I hope so.

This looks awesome: Queercore Blitz. A queer punk/alternatice/rock music fest. Coming to DC 4/25 at Fellowship Hall, Casa del Pueblo United Methodist Church, 1459 Columbia Road NW, Washington DC.

See you there.

Monday, March 15, 2004


Small World

Stayed home with the boyfriend today. His ankle is a lot better, but it's still pretty bruised and he needs to stay off it for a few days.

Something rather bizarre happened when I ran to the grocery store this afternoon. When I pulled into a parking space and got out of my car, I noticed this guy walking by. No big deal - he's walking towards the store. I turned away and realized he looked really familiar. I turned around again to look and noticed he turned around too. That's when I realized it was my cousin Rob. I probably haven't seen him in almost 2 years. Neither of us live particularly close to that grocery store. He was in the area on business and I made a special trip out there to pick up something specific. What are the odds that by sheer coincidence we end up at the same place, literally 5 feet from each other? That was a nice surprise.

I wonder how often things like that happen, but we miss them? We could come within feet of people we know, but not notice. How often do we miss running into people we haven't seen in years, literally by seconds?

While I was out, I stopped by the used CD store and picked up:

The Go-Go's - Return To The Valley Of The Go-Go's
TV On The Radio - Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes
Bob Mould The Last Dog and Pony Show
Minor Threat - Live DVD.

British Sea Power tonight.

How 'bout those Terps?

Sunday, March 14, 2004



So we were heading to the car to go to the gym yesterday and my boyfriend trips on a rather large crack in our driveway. Looks like he sprained his ankle pretty bad. It's all swollen and bruised. Ouch. Poor guy. It's killing him. I'm trying to take care of him as best as I can. He doesn't want to go to the emergency room for drugs, so he's just gotta tough it out. He can barely walk around the house. I may take the day off tomorrow to take care of him.

I bid on a ton of records on eBay last week, figuring I'd lose at least half of them. Turns out I won all but two or three of them. Oops. Kind of a mixed blessing. Oh well. I'll have lots to listen to in the next couple of weeks.

Beauty Pill has a new disk coming out this week. Can't wait to hear that one.

British Sea Power tomorrow at The Black Cat, assuming the bf is in good enough shape for me to leave him alone for a few hours.

Saturday, March 13, 2004


time to recover

Well Thursday didn't quite workout as planned. We decided to hit JR's for a drink before dinner. That turned into about a dozen drinks. oops. Ran into a few friends and we ended up staying a lot longer than expected. Didn't even end up getting dinner until after 11:00. Made for a VERY long Friday at work. We were very bad. Stayed in last night.

Sad news for some old-school alt-rockers. RIP.
Dave Blood
John McGeoch

On a lighter note:

Have you seen this show? Hilarious.

Was gonna try to see P-Funk tonight, but it sold out. Oh well. Next time.

This cracks me up every time I see it.

Gymnasts are so damn hot.

Thursday, March 11, 2004


It's been a while...

Busy Busy Busy. The boyfriend's birthday was this week. Spent a lot of time celebrating. Thursday we saw Dickey Betts at the State Theater. Dickey's still got it. Screw Gregg. Friday it was Washington Social Club at the Warehouse. What a great venue. Check these guys out while you can. They're on the latest MTV compilation of up-and-coming bands. Who knows, they may get big. Saturday found us at the Eagle. We also went out on Sunday. I went to the Warehouse to see Metropolitan. He hung at the Eagle, which is right around the corner. He wanted to go out, but didn't feel like seeing another band. Compromise is everything.

Got him a die-cast car that he really wanted and XM Radio. XM rocks. It's only a matter of time until we get it in our cars and the boom-box for sitting by the pool. Going out for his birthday dinner tonight. We decided to wait until we could participate in the Dine Out For Life thing. Every little bit helps. We'll probably stop by the Green Lantern afterwards. Hard to turn down free beer.

Lots of new CDs. Velocity Girl, Shudder To Think, Snow Patrol, Death Cab, Walkmen, Courtney, TV On The Radio...the list goes on. I actually bought a ticket to see The Darkness. What's wrong with me? hahaha.

We finally hit Blowoff a couple weeks ago. Awesome time. Great mix of music and people. Thanks Bob. We'll be back.

I need a vacation. Somewhere sunny and warm. Should probably spend more time in the gym before I do that though. Been lazy this winter. Not fat, but not as tight as I wanna be. Too much Chinese food. mmmmm - maybe we'll have Chinese tonight. Yum.

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