Wednesday, June 27, 2007

ATTN: "Beantown" Fans of the Beastie Boys

From my Yahoo! email:

Subject: A Boston Gala Event

26 June 2007

A Boston Gala Event

On Sunday, August 5th, we will be performing a very exclusive and explicit, once in a lifetime GALA EVENT show to celebrate Adam Yauch's 43rd birthday @ the Boston Opera House! This goes above and beyond our usual already formal gala event. We are talking velvet seats, velvet ropes, and champagne and strawberries people. Dress to impress and take a photograph with that special someone in a wicker chair, oh what? Needless to say, proper dress is mandatory. We look forward to having you join us for this truly special celebratory evening.

August 5th - Boston, MA - Boston Opera House
Beastie Boys - A Gala Event - Exclusive Instrumental Show
Exclusive Presale Starts Thursday, June 28th at 10am (local time)
Password: XXXXXX (NOTE: If you're seriously intersted, leave your email address in the Comments, and I'll send you the password. I'd post it here, but I'm not sure if that's proper netiquette.)
Tickets go on sale to the public Saturday, June 30th at 10am (local time) here:

Thank you,

The Management

P.S. Our new album, The Mix-Up is out today, June 26.


Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Monday Was Day One...

...on the new job (i.e. different position, same company). Work hours were 7:30 AM to 12:30 AM. 17 hour day. Bad.

Today has been 7:30 AM to 7:30 PM, so far--not sure when I'll get out. I'm not sure I like this job yet.


Thursday, June 21, 2007

Rosebud, My Ass

"Citizen Kane" leads "Godfather" in movie poll.

Also, we should all be relieved that there is no truth to the rumors that The Jerky Boys Movie made the list.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Well, THAT'S Interesting...

NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg leaves GOP!

Click here for article.


Monday, June 18, 2007

NUGGETS Box: Disc 1, Song 2

If forced to choose thee ultimate mid-'60s garage rock tune, one might bloody well settle on this track, "Dirty Water" by The Standells. (I'd probably go with "Talk Talk" by The Music Machine--but, "Dirty Water" is right there.) The guitar hook is impossibly catchy, and the vocals are snarling. What more could you want? Check this out from the boxed set's booklet [Note: "Valentino" refers to the band's guitarist, Tony Valentino, and "Dodd" refers to vocalist and drummer, Dick Dodd]:

..."Dirty Water" boasts a killer guitar hook (apparently the invention of Valentino), an aggressive backbeat (boosted by a double-tracked kick drum), and Dodd's lead vocal, which radiates pure attitude as he tosses out lines like "Along with lovers, muggers, and thieves -- ah, but they're cool people!" The song gradually became a regional breakout during the early months of 1966 and went on to become national hit.

In fact, it topped out at #11 on the Billboard charts on June 11, 1966.

Last time around, we learned about the rumor that The Electric Prunes were from Seattle, when they were, in fact, from L.A. Well, here we have a band singing "Boston, you're my home" when they were, in fact, from L.A. Odd, isn't it? Apparently, it's not a problem, as I've read that the song still is played after every home victory of the Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins.

Click here to read more about The Standells.

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Sunday, June 17, 2007

Shocking News!

Thrasher's Wheat is reporting that the first volume of the Neil Young Archives is being delayed until February 2008.
Shocking news, indeed.


NUGGETS Box: Disc 1, Song 1

I am loving the Nuggets boxed set I bought the other day. I mean LOVING it!!! In fact, from now on, when I'm struggling to come up with a new post, I'll just move on to the next song from Nuggets. [NOTE: Based on recent history, you can expect a LOT of Nuggets-related posts.]

The lead-off batter for the entire line-up is "I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night)" by The Electric Prunes. This is fuzzy-guitar psychedelia at its most classic. It topped out at #11 on the U.S. singles charts in January 1967. Lenny Kaye's liner notes in the original Nuggets double-LP, released in 1972, begin with "Originally from Seattle, the Prunes..." This is quite interesting, as they were not from Seattle, but rather Los Angeles. The liner notes from the new boxed set are as follows:

From its magnificent, oscillating intro to its final crashing, shuddering fade, "I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)" is a vivid celebration of the exciting changes pop music was undergoing in 1966-67. The song's startling effects, overwhelming vibrato guitar, and booming production herald the seemingly endless possibilities of the new psychedelia, while sacrificing none of the pounding aggression of the mid-'60s, Stones-derived garage punk. While experimental in design, "I Had Too Much To Dream," penned by the writing team of Annette Tucker & Nancie Matz (also responsible for "I Ain't No Miracle Worker"), is also a great pop song.
Formed in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley in 1965, The Electric Prunes had misfired with their debut, "Ain't It Hard," but "I Had Too Much To Dream" established them nationally -- for a while, at least.

Click here for more on The Electric Prunes.

Their album of the same title was named one of "The 40 Greatest Guitar Albums of 1967" by Guitar Player magazine. Here's some fairly technical, guitar-geeky stuff they had to say:

With a stunning leadoff title track, Electric Prunes’ guitarist Ken Williams kicked off what would become the quintessential psych-punk masterpiece. “For that tune, and most of the record, I used a 1960 Bigsby-equipped Gibson Les Paul that I had just purchased at Ernie Ball’s guitar shop in Canoga Park,” says Williams of the haunting buzzed-out helicopter intro. Williams, together with co-guitarist James “Weasel” Spagnola, make Too Much to Dream a cornucopia of fly-buzzing fuzz and trembling tremolo. “James and I would time the tremolo pulse to each track, being very careful to let things ride on that pulsing pillow of sound,” explains Williams, who would manually adjust the Speed control on his Fender Concert 4x10, while Spagnola plugged his Fender Telecaster and Jaguar into a Magnatone combo. “We would also crank up various small tube amps and lay the headstock of the guitar on the amp to get sustained feedback,” continues Williams, who also plugged into a Fender tape echo, a Maestro Fuzz-Tone, an Arbiter Fuzz Face, and a homemade buzz box.

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Saturday, June 16, 2007


...My wife isn't a big fan of my posting of pictures of our children on this blog. So, I'll just try to sneak this one in real quick.


Friday, June 15, 2007

A Couple Of Updates

OH, shit. "My bad" (in the parlance of our times). First, the baby boy's name is Zachary. Or, Zach. Or, Z-Man. Or, Little Z, etc. (which is not to say that "Peter Buck" wouldn't have been a great idea, too).

Second, there was a happy ending regarding The Doors boxed set urge. I didn't order it for $136. Instead, I checked my email, and saw a 1-day only 40% off coupon for Borders for today (June 15). It was in-store only, so I headed there. They had a Nuggets boxed set from Rhino, which is 4 CDs of mid-'60s garage band classics, complete with 100-page booklet. It lists for $59.99, so was $36 with my coupon. This not only seemed reasonable for more than 100 incredible songs by such wonderful bands as Count Five, The Standells, Music Machine, and soooo many more, but was also $100 LESS than I would've spent on that Doors thing. Fucking sweet. MUCH more on the Nuggets box to come, I'm quite certain.

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Thursday, June 14, 2007

Book Thingy

I'm behind the times a bit (which is familiar territory, of course), but here's something moderately interesting:

1) Grab the nearest book once you read this.
2) Open to page 161.
3) Find the 5th full sentence, and post the text, along with these instructions.

It's too important to be underlined.

That's from Raise High the Roofbeam, Carpenters and Seymour an Introduction by J.D. Salinger, which happens to be the "nearest book" because Emily pulled it off the shelf earlier and left it on the floor. I think she's a genius, without question.

OK, So I've Been Keeping A Secret...

My wife gave birth to our first baby boy on Monday, June 11, 2007 at 8:04 AM...8 pounds, 6 ounces of pure joy. He ROCKS!!! Mother and son are both recuperating quite nicely.

In other news, I'm changing jobs (within the same company), and thus have been struggling to wrap things up (part of that "orderly transition" that is always talked about, yet never happens) in my old spot. Upside of new job: almost no travel. Downside: looooong hours, particularly at quarter-ends (oops--here comes the end of the second quarter).

I fear I'm growing ever more prone to rash decisions. Latest example: I heard a couple songs by The Doors on FM radio a couple weeks ago, and realized I hadn't listened to my old Doors LPs in years. Now, I'm looking at a 6 CD/6 DVD boxed set on for $135--no f*cking way I'm pulling the trigger on that, right?!!!? I'm not a big enough Doors fan for that, am I?!?

We'll see...


Saturday, June 09, 2007


I'm tired.

Saturday, June 02, 2007

No Truth to the Rumors

Contrary to popular opinion, it was not me!

U. of Illinois alumnus pledges $100M

"A University of Illinois alumnus announced he will make a $100 million donation to his alma mater, the largest gift in the university's history..."

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Friday, June 01, 2007

Comic Strip Courtesy of the Cup

Thanks to Beth at A Cup of Coffey for emailing this cartoon.