Thursday, September 30, 2004
Courtney Love Sued by LA Travel Agency
Debates and Work
We're moving our servers at work across town this week. We got everything setup and ready to go at the new location, then realized that the network infrastructure wasn't installed properly, so none of our servers have network access. Oops. This has only been in the planning for stages for 6 months. Glad it's not my job to take care of that. That puts us a day behind though. Hopefully, they'll get it going tomorrow morning, so I can get out of there by noon.
I need to get out early to head to Philly for the first "Vote For Change" gig. Springsteen and R.E.M. I'll bet that won't suck. I think we're just going to drive home after the show though. Not looking forward to that. Won't be the first time I've done that though. I'm just getting too old for it.
I still need to buy WedRock tickets. Think it'll sellout?
Skipped Morrissey. Had a shot at 10th row center, but the BF wasn't into it, so we skipped it. I hear it was great. Ambulance Ltd./Killers on Sunday. I couldn't tell you a single Killers tune, but I can't wait to see Ambulance, Ltd.
Muse tickets on sale today. New Interpol CD is out. I like it. Need to listen to it more.
Monday, September 27, 2004
New Music for Me!
Someone recently pointed me to Newbury Comics as a place to order CDs online. They're dirt-cheap and I had my CD's in less than a week. I ordered a bunch of stuff, including the new Mission Of Burma, The Clash London Calling re-issue, The Pixies "Best of..." comp and a few other things. I highly recommend that store.
I also just discovered Galaxie 500 (yeah - about 15 years too late). Thanks to this guy for the pointer. Wow. I really missed the boat when they were around. Today is fantastic.
Death Cab already sold out 9:30. That was pretty quick. By contrast - Interpol hasn't sold out. Go figure. I'll bet it sells out shortly after their new CD is released tomorrow. Decent R.E.M. and Morrissey tickets were released too.
Now playing: Elefant - Sunlight Makes Me Paranoid
Friday, September 24, 2004
Swaggart Apologizes - Remains An Idiot
Prick. Go back to your hookers and leave us alone.
End Of The Century
CJ was quite the hottie. Check out this pic. In fact - check out Keith Green's photography site for some great pics of Dee Dee, too.
Of course the big movie coming out this week is John Waters' A Dirty Shame. It's got an NC-17 rating. It's gonna be great - haha.
Tuesday, September 21, 2004
Readings from queer DC bloggers followed by Blowoff music from Bob Mould and Rich Morel.
C'mon - You know you want to see some of these folks in person.
Fight On State
BF: "I'll bet a lot of people cancel this weekend."
Me: "Honey ...It's Penn State Football. They'll be here."
I was right.
Amazingly, we woke up to a bright, sunny morning. The rest of the weekend was absolutely perfect. PSU beat UCF 37-13. They're gonna have to shape-up though if they want to beat the Big Ten teams coming up. They were sloppy, but they still won.
Hooked up with a couple of my best friends from back in the day. Went to our favorite bar (Zeno's) and saw our old favorite band (The Screaming Ducks) who still turn up every now and then, and can still rock like nobody's business. Had a fantastic time. We always do.
Grilled stickies at The Diner...a little shopping...back to Zeno's so the BF could watch the NASCAR race. Time to go home. The expected 4-hour drive (including dinner) was flawless.
We're thinking of stopping by again, while traveling between R.E.M. shows in NYC and Pittsburgh. They're playing Northwestern that weekend though. Finding a room is pretty much impossible. I'd probably have better luck asking Stipe and Co. for a ride from NYC->PGH.
Did I mention the Stickies? Did I mention the thousands of hot hot hot college boys? They didn't make them like that when I was in school. The boys that is. The stickies are every bit as good as they were 20 years ago. The boys are better though. Unfortunately, we were only able to fill the trunk with stickies.
Friday, September 17, 2004
Bought a Pixies ticket yesterday. Later I went back and bought tickets for friends. Their seats are better than mine. hrmph.
Couldn't get tickets through the Vote For Change presale. Damn. And I'm going to be out of town tomorrow for the regular sale. Oh well. Maybe they'll release tickets at the last minute.
Thursday, September 16, 2004
F*ck F*ck F*ck.
I can't tell you how much The Ramones meant to me. They taught me how powerful live music can be. They were the first band I ever saw in a bar (7/1/84 at the Wax Museum). Up until that point I had only seen big shows at the Capital Centre and Merriweather. But there I was pressed up against the stage, about 5 feet from Joey - maybe 10 feet from Johnny. (Actually I was closer those few times I jumped up on the stage. ahhh... to be young again.)
I always claim that the Dead changed things for me musically. They did take me to the next level, but the Ramones were there first. I saw the Ramones plenty of times before I even owned a Dead record. I used to scribble "RAMONES" on my sneakers in college. I couldn't get enough of them.
Wednesday, September 15, 2004
Salad Days, Pixies and a Crackhead
- I saw After The Salad Days last night. It's a short film (about 30 minutes) about the current hardcore scene in DC. I really wanted to like it, but I can't honestly say I did. I just didn't learn anything from it. I would have liked to have learned about more of the bands that are out there. More about house shows. From watching the movie, I get the impression that there are only 3-4 bands in the DC/Baltimore area. Maybe that's the truth. Maybe that's why there didn't seem to be a lot going on in the movie. I didn't get the sense of there being much of a scene at all. The interviews with the guys who run Smash! and Reptilian Records were cool though. And The Locos looked like they might be worth checking out. It was hard to catch the names of most of the other bands. Still - "At least [she's] trying. What the f*ck have you done." I'll give her all the credit in the world for putting it together though. She managed to fill The Black Cat's backstage area. It was packed.
- People are still voting for Marion Barry. Apparently, he's not the only one smoking crack. What's wrong with you people?
- The Pixies had a presale for the 12/7 DAR show. The presale sold-out in something like 2 minutes. I managed to score. Tickets go on sale Saturday. There's also a 12/8 show. I assume that goes on sale Saturday too.
- The Vote For Change grand finale is right here in DC. REM, Springsteen, Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews and a bunch of other folks all in one 4-hour show at MCI. Tickets on sale Saturday. $90 and $175. Ouch. I may go for the cheap seats.
- I bought a PJ Harvey ticket. Any recommendations where to start with her catalog?
Tuesday, September 14, 2004
last week's shows
A quick review of last week:
Sun: Had the folks over for a cookout. My mom/dad and BF's mom. Good day, but it ended later than we expected. Decided to skip Taint. I'm determined to make it next time.
Tues: Went to see Festival Express at AFI. Awesome. Travelling from show to show on a train with The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, Buddy Guy, The Band and others. I could have watched Janis all night. It's still playing for a couple more days. I can't recommend it enough. Once again, they wouldn't accept my AFI member passes. I'm starting to think that giving passes to members is just a sham to get people to join. I guess it worked. Oh yeah, Ian MacKaye was there the night I went. I was gonna ask him when The Evens' record was coming out, but I just left him alone.
Wed: I was considering checking out The Rosebuds at DC9, but I heard they cancelled. Went to The Eagle instead. Wednesdays at The Eagle can be quite the eye-opening experience, to say the least. No, I did not enter the contest.
Thurs: Les Savy Fav at The Black Cat. I had a decent time, but I was a little disappointed. The wacky singer was a little too wacky for me. The antics got a little old. They were rockin' though. The crowd was really into it. I think I would have enjoyed this one more if 1) I was more familiar with their songs, and 2) I wasn't hanging out alone. I don't mind going to shows alone, but it can get a bit boring if you're not really into the band. I left before they came back for the encore.
Fri: Snow Patrol at 9:30. The kiddies all turned-out for this one. Sold-out. Missed Eisley. Went to a friend's birthday party instead. This was a fun show. The crowd was LOVING it. Singing along with every song. We may have been the oldest folks in the room. Lots of guys giving the horns and yelling about how much they fucking roooooooled!!!!! Watched a girl dry-hump her boyfriend right in front of me. She was facing him and grinding like she was humping a stripper pole. I don't blame her. He was hot as hell. He seemed to enjoy it, even though his eyes never left the band and he sang along the whole time. Good show. If you like their CDs, you'd like them live. Not a bad way to start the weekend at all. Boyfriend went to this one with me. That's always a plus.
Sat: Guided By Voices/Tommy Keene at 9:30. I love Tommy Keene. Great songwriter and DC legend. He's been on my "I gotta go see him someday" list for about 15 years. He did not disappoint.
Supposedly, this is GBV's last tour. See 'em while you can. I'm not too familiar with them, but I figured it was my last chance, so I went. Had a great time. Definitely the best show of the weekend. I didn't think I'd be able to make it through a 3-hour show of mostly unknown material, but I managed. Damn, can they drink. They were pounding beer and what looked like whiskey non-stop all-night. The bass-player had to leave twice to take a leak, prompting Pollard to get the crowd cheering "bladder-boy" until he came back. Great, catchy pop songs. The crowd spent most of the night singing along and pouring beers on each other. Tommy Keene came out for most of the encore. Great night of rock and roll. Anyone who can keep my attention for 3 hours gets props from me. It's probably too late, but see these guys while you still can.
Blowoff between sets and after the show. I gotta start going to Blowoff early, when they're playing the more rocking stuff.
Sun: Day of rest. Naps are good.
Wednesday, September 08, 2004
9:30 Club - Washington, DC
WEDrock - A Rock 'n' Roll Benefit Concert For The Freedom To Marry
featuring Henry Rollins(!), John Cameron Mitchell, Bob Mould w/ Ben Jelen, Purty Mouth, Avenue
Tickets $40/$100 (VIP)
Not sure what the $100 gets you.
New music this week:
The Libertines - The Libertines
Muse - Absolution
Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation
Clinic - Winchester Cathedral
Talking Heads - Stop Making Sense
Haven't heard them enough to form much of an opinion yet. Although The Libertines disc is pretty boring compared to Up The Bracket. It's probably grow on me though. Stop Making Sense, of course, is a classic. I need to pick up that DVD someday.
Sunday, September 05, 2004
Friday was Metropolitan on The Black Cat's mainstage. I like this band more and more every time I see them. Great set, including an unexpected encore of The Cars' "Just What I Needed". BF went with me to this one. Fun was had by all. I was surprised how few people were there though. Too bad - this band rocks. Clark Sabine was great to watch too.
Saturday was Cake at Merriweather. BF's comment: "Did we miss the Cake Revolution or something?" This show is part of the
May go to Taint tonight. Never been there. Bob recommends it. Could be fun. The whole "queer boys and girls" advertising makes me feel like I may be the oldest person there. haha - I guess we'll find out.
It's so much better on holiday.
The owner wants to sell off the parking area to developers and create an office/retail center. Ugh. They're considering closing down MPP altogether, but they said they'd consider leaving the concert venue in place, if it changed to a completely enclosed arena. Howard County is considering buying it, but they haven't made a decision yet.
Check out the Save Merriweather website. They've got the latest info on the situation and they'll let you know what you can do to help.
I grew up going to shows at Merriweather. Some of my first (and favorite) concert experiences took place there. I doubt I'd be such a music freak if I hadn't gone to so many shows there in my younger days. From my first time (8/10/81 - Pat Benatar/Billy Squier) to the Cake show I saw there last night, Merriweather has always been nothing less than terrific for me. David Bowie, R.E.M., Jerry Garcia, Eurythmics, The Pretenders, Neil Young, The Kinks, The B-52's, The Allman Brothers and many, many more.
If nothing else, we need to save it so we're not stuck with the Nissan Pavilion. What a sh*thole that place is.
Thursday, September 02, 2004
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4-day weekend. The boss said we could take off tomorrow. That means I can stay out late tonight and not regret it for a change. Gonna start-off at The Black Cat Backstage. The Phobes/The High Dials are playing. Should be fun. I'm not familiar with The High Dials. I've heard they're worth showing up early for though. Then maybe hit The Eagle or The Lantern. We'll see.
It looks like Comcast dropped GSN from their lineup. You Bastards! Now where am I gonna watch Match Game and Lingo??? Luckily, they picked up the Hallmark channel. Tonight featuring re-runs of M*A*S*H and Touched By An Angel. Ugh.
Gotta run. Off to the Cat!