Yglesias: “Friends Without Benefits”:

Protecting Israel is a special project taken on by the United States. The reasons may be good and bad, but it’s a burden we undertake. Israel does us no favors and is no use to us. Recognizing that fact hardly solves the decades-long Arab-Israeli conflict, but it ought to be the starting point for what Americans should debate–not Israel’s policy toward its Palestinian subjects but America’s policy toward Israel.

Read the whole thing.


all you can eat & #hickey - banana split (1994 monitor records)

I've always thought All You Can Eat were a little hit and miss, but their contribution here is strong. Hickey, on the other hand, is my favorite band in the world, and the two songs here are among their very, very best. El Farolito makes me want to roadtrip to SF for a burrito. Essential.

I have this record, but this is not my rip. Unfortunately, I just cannot recall where I grabbed this from back in the day, but thanks to whoever they are.

  1. AYCE - Gaffers Tape & Super Glue
  2. AYCE - They Won't Stay Dead
  3. Hickey - Make Sure There Aren't Any Squares At my Funeral
  4. Hickey - El Farolito


the tapatio conspiracy

It is a well known fact that I am a Tapatio aficionado. In fact, I keep a quart of it on my desk at work. Two weeks ago, a co-worker asked, "So have you tried the Tapatio Fritos?" Say what? Tapatio Fritos? Not only had I never had them, I had never even heard of them. Then, last week, another co-worker texted me a picture of some Tapatio Doritos, yet another item of whose existence I had not been aware of. Then on Wednesday, as I was throwing away some trash in the break room, I spotted in the trash can an empty bag of Tapatio Ruffles. Fritos, Doritos, Ruffles. All Tapatio flavored. For the past two weeks I have scoured the local Vons, hoping to find some. But...nothing. I started to wonder if this was all an eloborate joke perpetrated by my co-workers.

But then today, while picking up a sandwich from a local deli...


five for friday

If you think we changed our tune, I hope we did.

This is the party we came for.

But I continue to try.

Some some say it's black hole, but this town is the place we call home.

I feel so broke up, I wanna go home.


the literati sent out their minions...

Between a crazy busy job and a six-week old at home, I can't follow the news as closely as I like. So I've become pretty reliant on The Daily Show and Colbert Report for my news. I am aware that Newt Gingrich is having one of the most laughable weeks a "presidential candidate" has ever had. But on tonight's Colbert, John Lithgow read what was supposedly a press release from the Gingrich campaign.  It's an excellent caricature of a self-important politician who takes himself far too seriously. You can go watch it here. I'll wait.

That's some good stuff right there. After I saw it, I had to go to the Google just to make sure that Colbert was pulling my leg, BUT HOLY SHIT IT'S TRUE!!!! Here's the full text:
The literati sent out their minions to do their bidding. Washington cannot tolerate threats from outsiders who might disrupt their comfortable world. The firefight started when the cowardly sensed weakness. They fired timidly at first, then the sheep not wanting to be dropped from the establishment’s cocktail party invite list unloaded their entire clip, firing without taking aim their distortions and falsehoods. Now they are left exposed by their bylines and handles. But surely they had killed him off. This is the way it always worked. A lesser person could not have survived the first few minutes of the onslaught. But out of the billowing smoke and dust of tweets and trivia emerged Gingrich, once again ready to lead those who won’t be intimated by the political elite and are ready to take on the challenges America faces.
Best. (Worst). Press. Release. Ever.


just a couple few

There's no debate as to what the best Descendents song of all time is: "Suburban Home". But what's the worst Descendents song?

I'm leaning towards "Get The Time".



volume comp [tiltwheel, everready, hemlock, etc] (1994 liquid meat records)

Filling a request, here's the Volume comp that Liquid Meat put out in 1994. Some of these bands you've heard of, some of them you haven't, but all of them are good.

  1. Hemlock - Nepman 
  2. Hemlock - Missy 
  3. Hemlock - Tough Guy 
  4. Hemlock - Fucked 
  5. Ashes/Dust - Zoloft 
  6. Ashes/Dust - Minnow 
  7. Everready - We Were Almost Home 
  8. Everready - Boys Don't Cry (Except Us) 
  9. Everready - You're Not The Only One 
  10. Everready - If You Stick With Me 
  11. Tiltwheel - I Am Not 'o' Anymore 
  12. Tiltwheel - Manilla 
  13. Tiltwheel - Jill's The Best 
  14. Tiltwheel - Bail Out 
  15. Boilermaker - Sleeping Arms 
  16. Boilermaker - Drained Nonsense
  17. Unleaded - Grown On
  18. Unleaded - Gifted
  19. Unleaded - Want  


irish goodbyes #menzingers

The Menzingers: Irish Goodbyes from Love Drunk on Vimeo.

programming note

Because all my blog posts end up in my twitter feed (NERDY), you may see some hashtags in post titles. Sorry for the inconvenience. I will give you your money back if you're unsatisfied.

i completely understand (#innout)

Lady Weeps With Joy As First Texas In-N-Out Burger Opens:

Yesterday the first In-N-Out Burger join in Texas opened its doors. The chain is unlike others in terms of the fervent loyalty it engenders in its fans, and they came by the thousands yesterday to Frisco, Texas to partake in its offerings. Some of them wore paper hats. Some of them ran out of gas. And then there's this woman, a Cali transplant, who openly cried on camera as she bit into the burger and memories of her childhood flooded back. That grilled patty was her madeleine.

I'll admit, the first time I had In-N-Out, I thought it was completely overrrated. I lived in the Central Valley, and all the In-N-Out's at that time were in SoCal. They had opened one near Magic Mountain, a place me and my friends visited relatively frequently. So we didn't have to make a trip into LA proper to get this mythical burger, whose modified "In-N-Out Urge" stickers graced many a lowered mini-truck (is that redundant?) in Kings County. After a hellacious wait, we got our burgers. It was good, but I couldn't help thinking, "that's it?". Kind of like the first time I had sex. But like sex, In-N-Out is something that just gets better with time. Those of you who've had In-N-Out once and were all like "meh, Five Guys is better", I get where you are coming from, but you are completely and totally wrong. Just eat a couple more Double-Double's, you'll see. It will all suddenly make sense. In-N-Out is by far the greatest chain burger in the world.

Speaking of which, I have managed to perfect perfection. Write this down and read it to the cashier for the ultimate In-N-Out burger:

Double-Double, medium-rare (you can tell 'em "roadkill" if you want to be cool), with
spread and tomato only (Lettuce is just unneccesary, textural filler. Onions overwhelm other flavors.), mustard grilled (they'll ask if you want the pickle, that's up to you), with sport peppers.

You're welcome.




When you turn Common into Huey Newton, you are revealing there aren't many blacks you don't fear.

it puts the lotion in the basket

Ladies and Gentleman, I present to you...the rapiest of rape-vans.



i thought this was an onion article

Incredible. One of the notorious Koch brothers bought the right to approve new hires. At a public university no less.
A foundation bankrolled by Libertarian businessman Charles G. Koch has pledged $1.5 million for positions in Florida State University's economics department. In return, his representatives get to screen and sign off on any hires for a new program promoting "political economy and free enterprise."
 Of course it was a Florida school. Now it makes total sense.


animals! run!



long island mike's

Long Island Mike's is in the Clairemont Mesa section of San Diego, off the 15, tucked away on Murphy Canyon where Mr. Chick used to be.

Wasn't expecting a whole lot, as New York style pizza in San Diego these days is a dime a dozen. But I was pleasantly surprised. Not as good as Bronx, but I would put it up against the best of the second teir NY pizza spots (Luigi's, Ciro's, etc). The house pizza (left) was especially good, consisting of pepporoni, spinach, feta, and bacon. Long Island Mike's is a little out of the way, but well worth it.

rollins knows what's up

Re: music blogs:

There are many records that are out of print. Many of these will never be re-pressed and will often be impossible to find for sale anywhere, and even if you did, you would probably have to pay a very hefty price. This is where the download is the key to the magic door. There are so many records that I have had a chance to hear only because someone posted them. Records of all genres are available online, and sometimes members of the bands will write in and thank the site for putting the tracks up so people can enjoy this music that otherwise would have been deep in obscurity. The optimum outcome of this is a cool reissue.


the decider


The United States fully respects Pakistan’s sovereignty, President George W Bush told President Pervez Musharraf Friday after a US presidential candidate backed unilateral military action against terrorist targets in the south Asian country. Bush telephoned Musharraf following comments by Democratic candidate Barack Obama on Wednesday that if elected he would support the use of US military strikes against al-Qaeda on Pakistani soil.

word is, bin laden is in hell...

If so, I know what he will be watching:

Fox Plans 3D 'Glee' Film With Original Cast

uncle joe's big ol' driver - don't go ep (1994 headhunter records/scheming intelligentsia)

There was a time that San Diego had it's turn as "the next Seattle", and while that didn't pan out in terms of national mainstream exposure, it very well did pan out in terms of great music. Uncle Joe's Big Ol' Driver were part of that mix (ironic, as the relocated to Seattle in 1994). When people talk about UJBOD you hear "grunge" and Replacements references thrown about, but I never saw them as grunge, post-anything, or anything-core. They were just a great rock 'n' roll band.

Featuring Andrew McKeag, who would later join the Presidents Of The United States Of America.

A side is an original, B side is a John Lennon (or Plastic Ono Band to be completely accurate) cover.

  1. Don't Go
  2. Cold Turkey 



Gaslamp Ball: Padres will wear camouflage uniforms tonight to honor military.

Apparently the SEAL Team responsible for killing Bin Laden is based here in San Diego.

EDIT: Wrong. The SEAL Team 6 is based in Virginia.

the bin laden is dead jpg/animated gif roundup

Via Boing Boing: Osama Death LULZ: the memeification of history:









oh, drudge. don't ever change.

There's no reason for the death of Bin Laden to be a Republican-Democratic issue. But when the initial response of the Drudge's of the world is to be upset that Bush didn't get thanked, it does get me a little wee bit riled. 

A sign on the gate outside the street leading to Bush's residence Monday read in small letters, "President Obama forgot to say ..." then continued in letters big enough to be read from the road, "Thank you President Bush."

What exactly was Obama supposed to thank Bush for? Hey, thanks for not doggedly pursuing OBL so  could take the glory? Well I guess that would make sense, but I'm sure that's not what the complainants mean.

Apparently they never saw this:

To be fair, what Bush says here is mostly correct. Killing Bin Laden makes us feel better, but it doesn't really change anything. As many people, including Bush, have pointed out, Al Qaeda is a network, not a bureaucracy.

But I also notice that Bush didn't thank Obama in his remarks. I also notice that Bush didn't ask to be thanked. Neither did Obama. Finally, I notice that no one gives a shit about this petty b.s. over who thanked who. Everyone has thanked the military and their families, and that's all that matters.

dear birthers



must be a nice racket

Gingrich to Launch Presidential Bid

1. Launch a Presidential campaign, knowing that you have no chance to win, since, outside a very small minority of rabid Republicans, everybody fucking hates you.

2. Milk that small minority of rabid Repbublicans for millions of dollars.

3. ??????

4. Profit!

dare i say...better than snyder's?

somewhere, the geico caveman is jealous

Deadspin: Ultimate Fighter's Head Resembled The Elephant Man

A Canadian Ultimate Fighter's Head Resembled The Elephant Man By The Time UFC 129 Was Over

In the understatement of the year, the article sites this as a "welt".

career suicide - cherry beach

Fashionable Activism: Career Suicide - Cherry Beach 7":
Go download and bookmark.

eyeball - prosthetic head ep (1989 lookout records)

I'm back, fuckers. I won't be posting as frequently but I will be posting.

Hard to believe anything released on Lookout! could possibly remain obscure, but I have never seen Eyeball posted anywhere. Which is a shame, because it's really good stuff. Very Lookout-y. Reminds me of a jangle-pop Isocracy at times, of the Gr'ups at others. I really don't know much about them, perhaps David Hayes can fill us in?

  1. Prosthetic Head
  2. The Walker
  3. No Ugly People
  4. Kansas City MO
  5. S.P.T.