Look, I like Mad Men. But as a whole, the show is boring. I would never tell anyone they simply must watch Mad Men. It's not that kind of show. It's not The Sopranos. It's not The Wire. It's not even Big Love. It's just a well-written, well acted, stylish, yet - admit it - kind of boring show. There's nothing wrong with that. I just find it funny that the reaction to two back-to-back episodes of Mad Men could vary so wildly.
This was 7" #2 of a two 7" set that came out with No Idea issue #10. It has Radon AND Spoke, so I know you have already skipped to the download link.
- Spoke - Prey
- Radon - Wasting Time
- Gruel - Lose My Head
- Bombshell - Sharkhammer
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Well, see, back in the day, while attending Fresno State, I had myself a nice little radio show, called Maim That Tune. I sucked as a DJ, but the music I played was rad. Or at least I thought it was, or else why would I play it? Duh. I had the same show at San Diego State for a bit, but that signal was on like cable radio or some ridiculous bullshit like that. Basically, impossible to hear off campus, while KFSR in Fresno can be heard city wide.
Anyways, the point is that Tumblr allows you to post one song a day, so I've decided to transform my old radio show into blog form. I try to post one song I really dig every day. It's like a slow motion version of the radio show without: a) me mispronouncing words b) awkward pauses d) playing records at the wrong speed d) lame attempts at humor, and e) through z) the general trainwreck I was as a DJ.
So, check it out if you want: MAIM THAT TUNE.
freaking = fucking.
Avoid Audio-Technica turntables.
Police received an anonymous tip about a white Mercedes-Benz found in a West Hollywood parking lot belonging to Fiore...So, Fiore owned the parking lot?
Isn't Tina Brown's claim to fame being an editor?
On of the best things about living in Sacramento was getting to see The Bananas play on a semi-regular basis. Sacramento has always had a ton of great bands that go completely unnoticed, and the Bananas are among the best. Sloppy, lo-fi pop-punk at it's finest.
- I Gotta Be Me
- Amy's Borthday
- My Charmed Life
- Big Blue Marble
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It doesn't really matter what Obama says about 9/11. He could declare it "kill a Muslim day" and they'd think it was insufficiently rage-filled. 9/11 has been the holiday for online conservatives. It was the day that gave them meaning. And they don't think it's theirs anymore, and they're mad.
The irony being, most of them hate New York City, and use the term "New York elites" with the utmost disdain. But they're more than happy to commandeer it to fit their own needs.
WE HAVE COME TO STEAL THE SUN
Hickey is my all-time favorite band so forgive me if I sound a little hyperbolic when I say this is one of the best records of all time. I say that about every Hickey record. Because it's true. Punk never had and never will have a poet like Matty Luv.
Fuckface is rad as well, and like Hickey, never got their due. Chaotic punk with awesome dual vocals.
This is essential.
- H - New Anthem For America's Disenfranchised
- H - Revenge Of The Mole People
- FF - One To Zero
- FF - Alive And Well And Living On Potrero Hill
- FF - Non-Entity
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Not even gonna lie. I know nothing about this band, except that they were from SoCal. Mid-tempo punk rock. Has a Social Distortion vibe at times.
- Jonny Law
- Bright And Shining Lie
- Fall To Pieces
- All-Star Cast
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The 4-Squares are from Chicago, a city which is just absolutely dominating this blog. I think only the East Bay comes close in quantity. Anyways, this is The 4-Squares first release, and while it's very good, these songs only became better as the band matured.
- 3 In The Morn
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The sad fact of American politics is that at least 35-40% of the electorate belongs in a mental institution, and there’s probably another 10-20% who are high-functioning retards. The Congressional numbers are no better. There’s no point in trying to make a deal with these people.
This week, Wonkette received anecdotal evidence.
Dear Wonkette editors,
I posted a very serious article recently in Townhall.com about witchcraft in the White House, and later realized that your website had made a farce out of it. I saw that your staff and readers made a lot of extremely cruel comments about me and my story. Why are you people so rude? Does anybody take anything seriously anymore?
Do you really, truly, seriously think it is OK for a president to use a forged birth certificate? Do you actually believe it is appropriate for a man who was raised a Muslim to pretend he is a Christian and go to a church for 20 years with an anti-American preacher? Do you really want a president who was brainwashed by communists since he was a child, up through university, to hate America to be our president? Do you think that it is fine if a family member of the president defiles the White House with voodoo? Don’t you know what fate could befall our nation as a result of allowing Satanic forces to gather over the White House?
After 8 years of a president sent by God to lead the American people and rescue us from the horrors of 911 and Islamo-fascists, it now boils down to this? How incredibly tragic. You folks don’t really seem to understand the extreme peril that our nation confronts. Stop making fun of me. Take off your blinders! Wake up!
Remember that Screeching Weasel song, "Kamala's Too Nice"? Yeah, that's this Kamala. Kamala Parks to be exact, who also played in Cringer, the Gr'ups, and Naked Aggression. Also Features Ivy Dubois of Sweet Baby, Todd Gonzalez of Spitboy and Instant Girl, and on one song, Matt Freeman of Op Ivy/Rancid. This is very sugary pop, so don't let me dropping bands like Naked Aggression and Spitboy mislead you.
1. Love Like MurderDOWNLOAD 'GIRL BAND'
2. Back to Bodie
3. Bone Bouquet
4. Black Thumb
But as the rare filmmaker who's also an avid reader of film reviews, [Quentin Tarantino] also surely knows that it's been a while since the critical establishment thought of him as a maker of masterpieces
Really? Cuz Death Proof, and Kill Bill 1 & 2 are some of the best movies I've seen in the 00's. But I'm just a film snob, not a part of the critical establishment. You don't have to hate on the guy for 15 fucking years just because Pulp Fiction was that good. It makes you look petty.
Former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge says in his upcoming book that President Bush manipulated the terror-threat alert system for political gain. Ridge says that he was pressured to raise the alert level on the eve of President Bush’s reelection in 2004. “Journalists, including myself, were very skeptical when anti-Bush liberals insisted that what Ridge now says is true, was true,” Marc Ambinder writes. “We were wrong.”
The Dirty Fucking Hippies happen to be right....AGAIN. David Cross in 2004:
“I’m sure there’s a guy in the White House, ‘Uh, Derek, flip it to orange. Wait, what’s that? Oh, oh shit, the President just killed and ate a Jewish baby -- flip that thing to red …’”
UK Punk from the early 90's. The CV for these guys is immense, most notable legendary drummer Sned, who has played in: Blood Robots, Pleasant Valley Children, Health Hazard, Suffer, Generic, Doom, Oi Polloi. John Holmes, War All The Time, Sawn Off, Boxed In, Threads.
Other members would form Ebola.
Yeah, you should probably grab this.
- Beg The Question
- You Are The Key
- Bums Rush For Earth
- Lies Become Truth
- Pin In The Atlas
- Shop Me
I walked in and the place was obviously still being put together, but the kitchen was open and food was being cooked. Found out they serve Eastern African cuisine. No particular country was mentioned, and I'm not forward enough to ask. The menu consisted of salads, pasta dishes, a goat dish, some spaghetti dishes, and sandwiches (gyros and shawarma, mostly). I have no idea what authentic East African cuisine is, but this certainly wasn't what I was expecting.
Since I was on my way to work, I settled on a chicken shawarma sammich. It was a very good. Lots of white meat chicken and a very flavorful Tzatziki type sauce. My only complaint is that it could have used some sort of hot sauce on the side to give it a little more kick, and the bread seemed to be your standard tortilla. The thing that sets a good shawarma apart from a great shawarma (like the one's at Mama's) is the bread. You can't wuss out on the bread. My picture taking skills suck, but I promise you it looked and tasted good.
While I was waiting, the woman cooking the food (it's all in the open, it very much feels like a homemade meal) brought out one of the spaghetti dishes to another customer, and my, did it look good. Kind of hard to screw up spaghetti, I know, but I'm very interested to taste the Eastern African twist on it.
As I mentioned, I don't think this place is "officially" open yet, so I expect that the food, already good from what I know, will get better. I also expect the menu to expand and include a wider selection of dishes exclusive to Eastern Africa. I know I will definitely be back. No shawarma can live up to Mama's, but for $5 and right down the street, Subway is about to lose a lot of my business.
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- Jumpin' The Train
- Chapter Three
- C Is For Diet
- Drunk Guy
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I am gay for Barney Frank.
So yeah, this is one of my favorite records, "Motor Man" is one of my favorite songs, and "smelly fucking milk pants" is one of my favorite lyrics.
I guess I should mention that singer Jason Mojica and bassist Jim Milak made a 2008 documentary called Christmas in Darfur, which you can watch online. I'm reading What Is The What now, so I think I'm going to have to watch it. If you have a couple of spare bucks, make a donation.
- Motor Man
- No Hair
- Milk Pants
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- Number of U.S. Presidents killed by firearms: 4
Number of U.S. Presidents killed by t-shirts: 0 (so far!)
- Number of attempts on the life of U.S. Presidents by firearms: 8
Number of attempts on the life of U.S. Presidents by t-shirts: 0 (although many t-shirts have tried to hurt the president’s feelings, which is almost like killing him!)
- Likelihood of right-wing talk show host whipping up gun owner into act of violence: slightly more likely than in past years, based on recent events
Likelihood of right-wing talk show host whipping up t-shirt owner into act of violence: slightly less likely, although Venn diagrams show some spillover between gun-owner demographic and t-shirt-wearer demographic
- Probable location, one week later, of theoretical liberal protester who showed up at a Bush rally toting an assault rifle and a handgun: Camp X-Ray, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
Probable location, one week later, of actual person referred to in this article: on front page of National Review Online, referenced with word “hero” or “patriot”
When I saw that Bob Of Tribes was the next in the queue to be ripped, a got a liitle excited. Been a long tim since I listened to this, but I still enjoy it now as much as I did in '96. I can really explain what it is about this that makes me like it so much - there's no new ground being broken here - but I do.
I don't know a lot about the band except that they were from Tulsa, OK. But I would like to know more. If anyone knows anything or has other material (I read there's a discography?), PLEASE let me know.
- Death Of Bambi's Mother
- Does Anyone Have A Gun?
- Spain Is Cool
In The Red features Mike Hale, formerly of Gainesville's Gunmoll , and even though they are now from California, they sound like a nice mix of Florida, specifically Gunmoll and Hot Water Music. Thrown in some Jawbreaker, and you gots it.
Git Some is ex-Planes Mistaken For Stars. Black Sabbath meets later era Black Flag. Sabbath wins pretty handily, but Black Flag makes it's presence known.
Artwork by Cristy C. Road.
I like this a lot.
- ITR - Hate Falls On Me
- ITR - Dear Pride
- GS - Lick, Lick, Lick,
- GS - Time Bomb
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Senate to Drop End-of-Life Provision?: "Sarah Palin may have pulled her 'death panel' charge out of thin air, but she seems to have won the day anyhow: The Wall Street Journal reports that the Senate Finance Committee, which is crafting the only bipartisan health-care overhaul bill in..."
Are you fucking kidding me?
Have any of these people ever had a parent or grandparent mortally ill? When my father was sick and then end was near, I'd have given anything for some counseling, some advice, some help, ANYTHING that could help me figure out what to do and what the fuck was going on. Instead, all I got from the hospital was, "nothing more we can do, he's yours now, and good luck finding a nursing home that will take him in that condition." It was the worst time in my life. The health care bill actually addresses this blind spot in the system, yet these spineless Senate fucks are going to drop it some because clueless nitwit like Sarah Palin tries to scare people with misleading terms like "death panels"? You chickenshits. You're letting Sarah Fucking Palin drive the conversation? You should all be ashamed.
And yes, I'm a little pissed.
For the second day in a row, thousands of people lined up on Wednesday — starting after midnight and snaking into the early hours — for free dental, medical and vision services, courtesy of a nonprofit group that more typically provides mobile health care for the rural poor.
Like a giant MASH unit, the floor of the Forum, the arena where Madonna once played four sold-out shows, housed aisle upon aisle of dental chairs, where drilling, cleaning and extracting took place in the open. A few cushions were duct-taped to a folding table in a coat closet, an examining room where Dr. Eugene Taw, a volunteer, saw patients.
In July 2008, hotelier and developer Doug Manchester donated $125,000 to help gather signatures for a proposition that would ban same-sex marriage in California. The early money was crucial to getting the initiative—which ultimately passed—on the ballot. At the time, he told The New York Times that he made the donation because of “my Catholic faith and longtime affiliation with the Catholic Church,” which preferred that marriage remain between a man and a woman. Indeed, the Catholic Church has vehemently opposed gay marriage. Then again, it’s also not too keen on divorce.
...wait for it...
On Oct. 9, 2008, Manchester ended 43 years, eight months and nine days of marriage to Elizabeth Manchester by moving out of their La Jolla abode. The couple spent the next several months trying to reach a quiet settlement on how best to distribute millions of dollars in cash and other assets. In July, those talks totally broke down, and Doug started playing financial hardball with Elizabeth, allegedly draining the couple’s shared accounts and stealing her mail.
I know we're all hypocrites to some extent, but I don't remember me bankrolling any propositions lately.
By the way, where is the proposition that bans divorce?
- Black woman has Rosa Parks poster.
- Black woman puts Rosa Parks poster away.
- Reporter asks to see Rosa Parks poster.
- Black woman shows Reporter the poster.
- White woman snatches Rosa Parks poster and crumples it.
- Black woman tries to get her Rosa Parks poster back.
- Security escorts Black woman out of building.
- Crowd cheers.
Hope you all are proud of yourselves.
German hardcore/post-hardcore. Has a Quicksand sound at times, a more straight ahead hardcore sound at others. Released be Active Detective, and you'd actually have to be an active detective to find out anything about this band/release. I sure couldn't.
- I Will Fall
- Do I Ask?
- lies about death panels and euthanizing grandma
- yelling about "wanting their country back" from "socialism", or black people, or something.
- veiled death threats
- encourage bringing (legal) concealed firearms to protests.
- actually bringing (legal) concealed firearms to town halls.
- dropping the (legal) concealed weapons you bring to town halls.
- along with your (legal) concealed weapon, holding a sign saying "it's time to water the tree of liberty"
- knowing that the tree of liberty quote refers to Thomas Jefferson saying, "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants."
Granted, none of this, save death threats, is illegal. But the cumulative effect is a sense of momentum towards something tragic. Someone is going to get shot. And over what? Trying to insure the poor and the sick? What is wrong with us?
It's an "Arrested Development" reunion at Fox.
The Emmy-winning series' creator/executive producer Mitch Hurwitz, co-star Will Arnett and co-executive producer Jim Vallely have teamed for another single-camera Fox comedy.
The project, which has received a script commitment, is being written by Hurwitz, Arnett and Vallely. It stars Arnett as a rich Beverly Hills jackass who falls in love with a charitable tree-hugging woman who can't stand his lifestyle or values.
- Beyond Hate
- Killing Us Softly
The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama's "death panel" so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their "level of productivity in society," whether they are worthy of health care
Death panel? Are you kidding me? I shouldn't have to tell you that nothing even remotely close to that is in the bill. Buy I will anyways. Nothing even remotely close to that is in the bill. That statement is offensive on so many levels, I don't even know where to begin.
So she makes some awful shit up, and then has the balls to say something like,
we must stick to a discussion of the issues and not get sidetracked by tactics that can be accused of leading to intimidation or harassment. Such tactics diminish our nation’s civil discourse which we need now more than ever because the fine print in this outrageous health care proposal must be understood clearly and not get lost in conscientious voters’ passion to want to make elected officials hear what we are saying.
Tactics like, oh, let's say alluding to 'Obama's death panels'? Oh, Sarah, you are a paragon of civil discourse, a true model of virtue. I will follow your example, and refrain from saying anything uncivil, like "Fuck you, Sarah Palin, you lying intellectual lightweight". No, I will not say that, as it would diminish our civil discourse.
For the troops, Sarah, for the troops.
But wait, it gets better. Just when you thought the health care debate could not get any stupider, the esteemed geniuses at Investors Business Daily bust out with
People such as scientist Stephen Hawking wouldn't have a chance in the U.K., where the National Health Service would say the life of this brilliant man, because of his physical handicaps, is essentially worthless.
There must be another brilliant scientist named Stephen Hawking, cuz, like:
Stephen Hawking was born in Oxford. He currently teaches at the University of Cambridge. Oxford and Cambridge have something in common: They're both in England.
Liars and morons, that's the opposition to national health care. And they may win. What a country!
This legendary Padres-Braves fight encompasses pretty much everything that was right with baseball.
Oh, and how did I ever hate those Padres uniforms? I would be happy as a clam if they brought those back for good.
P.S. Fuck a Pascual Perez.
This was part of Doctor Dream's "____ vs. The World" series, which pitted a bunch of bands hometowns against, um, the world. No offense, but my money's on the world. Those Canadians are nuts!
About all I know about OHW is that singer Dan Root was in Tender Fury and that they would later release an album on Nitro Records.
Side one is a little ditty about Rodney King and the LA riots, Side two is about well, Brazil or something.
- Therapy Lounge
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Rockish-punk from Newport, Rhode Island. Not so sure about the date of release, but the full length CD "Police Navidad" came out in 1999, so we'll go with that. There are no mentions of websites or email, so I'm thinking this might be older. Can't find any info about this band, except that some of the guys went on to play in a band called Motormags. Oddly enough, this was produced by Wally Gagel, who has also produced Rihanna, Hannah Montana, and The Backstreet Boys. Ha!
- Police Navidad
- Worm Burner
- The Dish
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Just a slight change of pace today. Rose Maddox got her start in the California's Central Valley. I'm from the Central Valley, yet, had never heard until 2002-ish, when an ex had it playing in her car. I am thankful for that, as Rose Maddox is probably one of the best, yet most unheralded, country artists ever.
My copy is a little noisy. I worked some Audacity magic, but there's still distortion in the vocals. The record is 50 years old, so, yeah well.
- Kissing My Pillow
- I Want To Live Again
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DOWNLOAD 'FAT CLUB EP'
Not that I condone fascism, or any -ism for that matter. -Ism's in my opinion are not good. A person should not believe in an -ism, he should believe in himself. I quote John Lennon, "I don't believe in Beatles, I just believe in me." Good point there. After all, he was the walrus. I could be the walrus. I'd still have to bum rides off people.
I don't know if you'll ever hear John Hughes' name mentioned along with Scorcese, Ford, Hitchcock, and Kubrick, but you should. He was an all time great. His movies weren't arty, or provactive, or pituresque, they were just damn good, and damn funny. As a teenager, I never felt I was being pandered or marketed to, and I think his movies stand the test of time.
I never saw (or at least I don't remember) She's Having A Baby, Uncle Buck or Curly Sue, but the rest of the movies he directed - Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Weird Science, and Planes, Trains & Automobiles - those are all classics. Not "arguably" - there's no argument to be had. Classics, pure and simple.
Plus, he was a writer for Vacation, European Vacation (which me and SC both claim is better than the original), and Christmas Vacation.
Sad day for movie lovers aged 34-44.
Perhaps I am romanticizing it now. This happened at Kakuma, too; I lost someone very close to me and afterward I believed I could have saved him had I been a better friend to him. But everyone disappears, no matter who loves them.
- Got No Proof
- Polyester Thinking Cap
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A few weeks ago, my deep music industry connections got me backstage to see All, Big Drill Car, and My Name at the House Of Blues on Sunset. Truth be told, I was there because my best San Diego friend grew up with Abe Brennan, lead singer of My Name (as well as Wretch Like Me) in Gig Harbor, Washington.
Show was awesome. 'Twas a night of drunken Australian extras from Mad Max, porn stars, and finding out my friend played in The Mentors (see, I'd never known, cuz of the hoods and all). But it'd been a long damn time since I had listened to My Name (sorry, Abe). I forgot how good these guys were. And I never really noticed how musically proficient these guys were/are. They are all stellar musicians.
So, I put together a my own 10 song "Best Of" compilation. Check out one of the most overlooked bands of the 90's. And some of the nicest guys you'd ever want to meet to boot. As long as you're not a drunk Australian.
DOWNLOAD 'MY NAME'
A side is Boris The Sprinkler singer Rev Norb fronting the Parasites, singing a revamped Parasites song and a cover. B side is the Parasite's singer Nikki Parasite fronting Boris The Sprinkler, singing a revamped Boris The Sprinkler song. Which presents me with a conundrum: How the fuck do I tag this? Do I label the Rev Norb sung songs Boris The Sprinkler? Or the Parasites? Or, as the cover says, The Borisites? Fuck! I guess you'll have to download to find out.
- Borisites - Old And Stupid
- Borisites - Teenage Brain
- Nikki The Sprinkler - Gimme Gimme Safe Zoos
- Nikki The Sprinkler - Teenage Sex
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Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner blasted top U.S. financial regulators in an expletive-laced critique last Friday as frustration grows over the Obama administration's faltering plan to overhaul U.S. financial regulation, according to people familiar with the meeting.
The proposed regulatory revamp is one of President Barack Obama's top domestic priorities. But since it was unveiled in June, the plan has been criticized by the financial-services industry, as well as by financial regulators wary of encroachment on their turf.
Mr. Geithner told the regulators Friday that "enough is enough," said one person familiar with the meeting.
Classic early 80's Wisconsin punk band's 1996 "comeback" EP. All of the attitude is still there.
- Alice Cooper
- International House Of Death
- Pile Of Hell
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Looks like we hit a Beer City cluster in my collection. This time it is Savannah, Georgia's Tank 18. Straight ahead punk. Reminds me of a SoCal band Know Records might have put out, like 46 Short. "Taxed to Death" should be the teabaggers theme song. But teabaggers are lame, so that ain't gonna happen.
- Taxed To Death
- Rob's Got Rabies
- 6'8" Adam Russell
- 6'6" Dexter Carter
- 6'6" Aaron Podera
- 6'5" Clayton Richard
I finally understand the Jeff Moorad vision: get the Padres into the NBA. David Eckstein = Spud Webb.
So let's say you sell it for a penny.
Amazon gives you a shipping credit of $2.98. That's $2.99. Woo hoo.
But then Amazon takes a commission of $1.79. Uh oh. Now we're at $1.20. We still have to actually ship this thing.
The cheapest you can ship a 4 oz package is $1.73. Leaving a grand total of.... NEGATIVE 53 cents.
Why in the world would anyone possibly do that?
On the other hand, often I see a cd listed from different people for $5 to like $10, and then there's always a couple of people listed at something crazy like $49. What's with that?
I don't understand any of it. Someone clue me in to the business plan at the extremes of the Amazon Marketplace.
(If you're interested to see what I'm selling SO FAR, my storefront is here. Adding CD's daily.)