Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

Britney vs. Liza (with a Z)

September 14, 2007


MTV VMAs — “Gimme Gimme”


Any similarities? — “Give It to Me”


Britney’s stand-in during rehearsal

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Scranton PA heats up

September 10, 2007

This is one amazing mashup featuring Nelly and The Office.

Well, here’s a little story I’d like to tell…

August 26, 2007

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Beastie Boys live at the Greek Theater in Berkeley

Notes to follow…

Back in the 80’s “SKANK” was a verb

June 24, 2007

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Are you familiar with: mods riding vintage Vespas or Lambrettas2-tone vinyl records, rude boys/girls, or classic 80’s SKA music? If you are then you know that the word SKANK was originally a verb. To SKANK basically meant “to dance your ass off.” It was definitely a GOOD thing.

I’m the first to admit that I’m a rocker at heart, and there will always be a special place in my heart for SKA music—The Specials, English Beat, Madness, Ban Manners, etc. But I really don’t know any ska bands after that… is that wierd? Some consider early No Doubt ska—I can see that. Many mainstream rock bands today definitely have ska roots.

(6/2007 photo of Fatty Buster Bloodvessel from LAist.com)
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Now 20+ years later, I was finally lucky enough to see a slimmer Fatty with Bad Manners perform live at the Red Devil LoungeMore notes to follow…

(6/24 Red Devil Lounge show – Flickr images by Ms Robot)
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(Videos found on YouTube, search “bad manners”)

1980—”Lip Up Fatty” live, from movie DANCE CRAZE
2007—Live in Seattle
2007—Live in the UK

The Henry Rollins Show on IFC

June 10, 2007

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Notes to follow…

American Idle

April 18, 2007

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Although definitely more commercial with a brand more popular than ever, overall I think this season of American Idol is weak. The standouts in season six so far … Blake with his unique groove, and the lady below. Miss Thing is awesome! (Not Ryan… Melinda Doolittle)

“Melinda Doolittle” on Technorati

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Storm (Large) and the Balls

March 23, 2007

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Band:  Storm and the Balls
Venue:  The Red Devil Lounge / San Francisco CA

Thank you, Uncle Patty, for taking me to see Storm Large. I wondered if Dave Navarro, or any other Hollywood rockers, or Toby, would show up to support her. That would have been very cool.

Can I tell you—Storm Large is such a fucking lady! She’s something else. Her personality in real life is SO much more and so much hotter and groovier than what we saw on Rockstar Supernova. Did the producers tone her down for that show? They must have. Who woulda thunk this pretty blonde lady has a truck driver mouth! Not too many women can pull that off. Can you picture Dilana—with her wide blue eyes and bellowing voice—on stage belching into a mic and hissing up at people in the balcony? That’s enough to make me pee my pants and spill my beer. Now can you picture Storm acting out like that? I can totally see it. I SAW it. She DOES act like that, and she totally gets away with it.

Back to Storm’s gig. I remember at one point our shy little Storm was jumping around at the edge of the stage like some Egyptian-lover freak-a-zoid. And then I thought I heard her scream obscenities at this guy in a wheelchair and then harass this one queen for smoking his blunt like a girl holding a Virgina Slims. Or maybe her rant was actually just lyrics to one of her songs. Hmm, I’m not too sure. I was expecting at least one of those guys to get mad and maybe scream, “You’re such a jerk, Storm. I should sue your hot ass!” Everyone was all smiles. I noticed as the night went on, the filthier Storm got, she just kept getting sexier and sexier. Her pig-factor went through the roof. Storm is probably the only rocker with balls large enough to fuck with Lynyrd Skynyrd lyrics. I’ll admit, I didn’t know any of her songs before last night’s show. And I still don’t know any of them now. But everyone around me sure did. I even saw Uncle Patty singing along with her eyes closed like Alanis did on Star Search. Uncle Patty NEVER does stuff like that. In public.

I know this isn’t much of a concert review. I have zero facts to write about. I didn’t count the number of Balls in her band.  I don’t know the names of any of her songs, so I can’t even put together a partial set list. But—this is what I know. Storm did perform two covers that I recognized immediately. She opened her show with a balls-out rendition of Annie Lennox’s Missionary Man. And towards the end of her set she let us have it with the new-and-improved rock anthem Sweet Horny Mutha-Fucka!

I’m glad I got to see Storm. I like how she rolls. She definitely has fun tearing things up, and she gives off great energy. More energy than our local Red Devil Lounge had room for. Dave didn’t make an appearance to back her on guitars, but rumor has it, a couple of guys showed up late with Kathy Griffin, but they hung out in the bathroom all night.

I found this clip on youtube, it’s dated Oct ‘05

It’s a Mugs Game

February 13, 2007

It’s a Mugs Game” is a song by Soft Cell. I’m guessing it was written by the oh-so-underrated Marc Almond. I downloaded it tonight and listened to it for the frist time in over 20+ years. This song is something else—it’s brilliant! There’s no way I could have truly appreciated a song like this as a teenager.

It’s unique, has a casual groovy beat, is out-of-control but somehow manageable, incorporates different sounds and noises, and tells a crazy crazy crazy story that totally reminds me of Miss Things.

This song came to mind when I was watching the film Withnail & I at a friend’s house recently. < See previous blog post >

< Listen to IT’S A MUGS GAME now! >

(Lyrics)

Oh god its another night
And your head is feeling
Like a lump of lead
You should never have drunk
Those party-fours
You should of been home being good instead

Ever been in a deja vue
and the end is the same again
You ran out of your silver thins
And you’re trying to be so high class
Though you need a bath and your hair’s looking like string
And though you’re nearly broke you end up paying for all the drinks
And you tell them ‘Oh its nothing
There’s a million where those come from’
And then you whisper to your longest-suffering friend
‘Please lend me a few quid’

Oh god it’s another day
And your stomach’s feeling
Like a blown-up balloon
You should never have eaten that greasy food
The doctor told you that chili was bad for your blood

And you’re standing at the chemist in Boots
Coughing up your guts like you’re at deaths door
All this for a packet of Do-Do’s
And the assistant gives you a wink and you turn bright red
It’s at time like this that you wish you were dead
And you take the whole packet and you feel like you’ve drunk
A bottle of bleach
And you tell yourself ‘Never, never again
Well, not until next week anyway’
And you were never one for holding drink
And you stagger off to the toilet
And you throw up like it was Christmas
And you miss the bowl and you hit your shoes
And there’s no paper towels
Now what else can go wrong for you
It’s a choice between a cab fare home
And a packet of cigarettes
So you choose and the money sticks
In the machine and the manager says
‘Tough shit – drink up and leave’

Oh god it’s another disease
And you just got rid of the last
You were beginning to feel OK
And the friends you gave it to
Were speaking to you again.

And you find yourself having sex
In the back of a car
And the girl underneath
Doesn’t care who you are
And you’re nearly there
And she still doesn’t care
And her chewing gum
Is getting stuck in your hair
And there’s something wrong
Something that you forgot
Oh Shit, you’ve forgotten the rubber
And you don’t want a kid
Well, deny it was you
If your dad finds out
Then he’ll make you stay in
And do your homework
And cut your hair
And wear your school uniform
Out in the street
Oh what a fate worse than death
Oh well he can’t hit you
You can hit him back
And play your records so loud
All the ones that he especially hates
Deep Purple in Rock, Led Zeppelin II
Well even you hate those
Well on second thoughts
I think I’ll leave home
And go and live in America
Because they earn more money there
And they can get away with murder – Yeah!

Oh this is a Mugs game
I can’t wait until I’m twenty one
And I can tell them all to sod off.

Pier 23

November 19, 2006

Pier 23

These are days you’ll I’ll remember—
Never before and never since (I promise) will the whole world be warm as this. And as you feel it, you’ll know it’s true, that you are blessed and lucky. It’s true, that you are touched by something that will grow and bloom in you.

These are days you’ll remember—
When May is rushing over you with desire to be part of the miracles you see in every hour. You’ll know it’s true, that you are blessed and lucky. It’s true, that you are touched by something that will grow and bloom in you.

These are days—
These are the days you might fill with laughter until you break. These days you might feel a shaft of light make its way across your face. And when you do, then you’ll know how it was meant to be. See the signs and know their meaning. It’s true, then you’ll know how it was meant to be. Hear the signs and know they’re speaking to you.

[These Are Days—10,000 Maniacs unplugged]
 

Election Day

November 7, 2006

Today is election day. I wanted to show you something other than a negative political campaign. Here’s something different.

Figure out what it is yet?

Here’s a a partial transcript.

Wild kind of look to the day
Opening eyes impale neon flickers
She moon she turning away
The city’s her slave but he’s cheating his mistress
She’s moody and gray
She’s mean and she’s so restless (so restless)
All over you as they say
Rumours or rivals yell at the strike force
Hi guys, by the way
Are you aware you’re being illegal
It’s making your saviour behaviour look evil
‘scuse my timing but say
How d’you fit in with this flim, flam and judy

Maximum big surprise
Your smile is something new
I pull my shirt off and pray
We’re sacred and bound together
To suffer the heatwave
Pull off my shirt and pray
We’re coming up on re-election day

It’s an extended remix of the music video Election Day by the 80’s band Arcadia.

Don’t be such a BULLY

October 29, 2006

Bully, by Rockstar Games

Rockstar Games changed the gaming world when they delivered Grand Theft Auto. Intended for adult audiences, the key is to be a badass thug criminal. Parents and family organizations went ape shit insisting the game sent out the wrong message to teens that were determined to get their hands on it. The debate seemed to go on forever and the spotlight followed Rockstar Games long enough for them develop and release an entire series based on the game. Not only did they win some of the gaming industry’s top awards, they made BANK.

Today Rockstar Games is at it again, this time with a schoolyard storyboard—Bully. Several countries are trying to ban the sale of this new game, which directly targets easily-impressionable tweens and teens. Critics claim it’s too violent. I’ve seen the trailer and dozens of screenshots. In my opinion it barely deserves a PG-13 rating. The cyber-private school Bullworth Academy is like Beverly Hills 90210 but with plaid uniforms and different theme music. I don’t think Bully glorifies teen violence, nor do I think it teaches kids how to be bullies. In fact, I think it may help kids recognize bully behavior and make it less acceptable. Perhaps it can help promote anti-violence and set a higher standard for the new generation of teenagers. And what if playing the game as the Bully character teaches some sissies out there how to handle the real life situation. There may be some built-in lessons in how to stand up for yourself.

I’m not much of a gamer, and I haven’t actually played the game—or ANY game in the last 15 years. But I did grow up watching John Hughes films. I wonder if it can somehow be compared to The Breakfast Club. TBC’s ensemble cast represented all types of high school wannabe—Jock, Princess, Nerd, New Waver and Head Banger. On some level I was able to relate to each of their characters. If the characters in Bully are similar to the cast of TBC, then perhaps playing Bully might help some teens understand their peers better. If this is in fact the case, then I applaud Rockstar Games for putting some thought into its development. And most important—Hell-o!—maybe the MOST important thing to consider—I hope it’s actually a fun game to play.

Is ‘Bully’ fun to play? Like, for real
From MSNBC.com

OK, after a little more digging, I’m not surprised why some parents are up in arms over Bully. What a twist! Check out what I found on youtube. What kind of a message does this deliver? I think it’s brilliant. And hilarious!

Hold up…
Since we’re already discussing Rockstars and boy-on-boy kissing, check out Mr. Rockstar himself, Tommy Lee and Lukas Rossi, winner of Rockstar Supernova. Click image for a closer look. Was that one of Lukas’s prizes for winning? Or is that how he won the competition? Let me holler at Dave Navarro or Brooke Burke. I’ll let you know what I find out.

Tommy Lee and Lucas Rossi—winner of Rockstar Supernova

Def Leppard / Journey

August 26, 2006

Def Leppard — Yeah!

Genre: Rock
Venue: Sleep Train Pavilion / Concord CA

I grew up listening to Def Leppard, and it’s incredible to see them more than 20 years later reunited and rocking just as hard. My older brother was hard-core into Def Leppard. And though I’m a rocker at heart, he’s the real rocker. In high school, while I transitioned to 80’s rock, ska bands and friends in Marin, my brother remained a true Sunset boy. For those of you who grew up in San Francisco during the late 70’s/early 80’s, you know what I’m talking about—true old school Sunset.

Growing up my brother and I shared a room. It was sometime in the early 80’s when my brother painted a huge mural over his bed. It must have been at least four feet tall. It was the Def Leppard logo inside of a triangle—black, red and yellow—similar to the logo on the cover of On Through the Night. Today that room is one of many storage rooms in my parents’ house. And though my mother is a collector of all things nostalgic, this mural wasn’t something she couldn’t wrap and box up, and I’m sad to report that wall was painted over many years ago. And although my brother lives back East, every time I hear a Def Leppard song, I always think of him.

In early 2005 Def Leppard started their comeback Rock ‘N Roll Double-Header tour with Bryan Adams. The concerts started out in minor league baseball parks, and by the end of the year they were playing mid-size venues. 2006 rolls around and they start touring with Journey to sold-out arena shows all across the country. There’s been such a demand that they’ve added more shows through the end of the year. I can’t even estimate how many cities—the list seems to scroll down forever.

So last night I went to see Def Leppard and Journey—floor seats, 2nd row center. No shit. Journey sounds as good as ever, but they’ve got a couple of new faces. Def Leppard has to be one of the best bands I’ve ever seen live. They put on such a awesome show, like no other.

Here are some notes from last night’s gig in Concord CA.

Journey opened with—

Those crazy nights I do remember in my youth
I do recall those were the best times most of all
In the heat with a blue jean girl
Burnin love comes once in a lifetime
She found me singing by the rail road track
Took me home, we danced by moonlight…

[ Everything in between, coming soon… ]

Def Leppard‘s 2nd encore took us home—

Love is like a bomb, baby, c’mon get it on
Livin’ like a lover with a radar phone
Lookin’ like a tramp, like a video vamp
Demolition woman, can I be your man
Your man — Hey! hey!

Check out Joe & Phil’s 2002 Pour Some Sugar on Me (stuidio acoutsic)

DJ Radiohead’s review of Def Leppard
and Journey’s 07/16 show in Nashville TN

Chad is rad

August 4, 2006

Chad is rad 

Thursday, 8/3/06: It’s true. Chad is rad. And while we will miss seeing Chad every day, we’re happy he’s moving on to UC Berkeley to be the big man boy on campus. Transitioning from from an eBiz application UI designer to studying international political something-or-another, Chad will have endless opportunities to discuss politics as much as he wants. And while a top-notch 4-year university has a lot to offer, he has a lot to offer in return. Chad works hard and stays driven, and is clearly an individual with his own sense of style. These 18 year old kids at Berkeley need role models like Chad around—especially when they need someone with an ID to buy them beer. 

On Chad’s second-to-last day with Wells Fargo, Gianna arranged the Chad Is Rad farewell party with 25 or 75 of Chad’s closest friends. We reserved Pasta Paradiso on Spear Street, a local restaurant some refer to as IPND—the Italian Place Next Door. After IPND, a dirty dozen took Chad to Zebulon on Natoma. And in the homestretch, a handful of diehards dragged their asses to The Attic on 24th and Mission before throwing Chad on the last BART train back to Oakland.

Friday, 8/4/06: Chad’s last day with the Bank ends with a recovery party at Beale Street. Watch how Chad entertains his friends—click on the two-part series below, and turn the volume way up! 

Chad on MySpace

Erasure—Acoustic

May 11, 2006

Erasure

Genre:  Pop—Acoustic set
Venue:  Herbst Theater / San Francisco CA

Acoustic clips, not necessarily from the SF show:

London anti-war rally

March 18, 2006

London anti-war rally 3/18/06 

Notes to come…