The latest

This past weekend I went to the Sonora Blues Festival (a.k.a. Music on the Mountain) which was headlined by the Manzarek-Rogers Band. Seeing Ray Manzarek up close was pretty great, especially because he’s turned into a cute, happy old man, haha. Here are some pics, taken by me and my dad:

That last one is Roy Rogers, a great slide guitarist. Yesterday while looking for live videos of the Doors, I came across this total 1969 time capsule. Man…the 60’s. Jim looks like a caricature of himself (and also kind of like Will Ferrell?)

Also check out this video from 1972, after Jim’s death. He was such a giant personality that it’s weird to see the other band members singing this song. It’s cool to see though, and like one commenter said, “What else were they gonna do? …retire at age 27?

The rest of this post is going to be bulleted, because I do what I want!

  • New EP coming soon from my friend/roommate Ryan York (a.k.a. Asura), with cool hand-pressed jackets. Read more at!
  • For those of you who have been keeping up with drum corps this year (or even if you haven’t), here’s a clip of the closer I wish I’d seen live! Ahhh, Madison, you rock. And a shout out to the original.
  • Been moving into a new place and wish I could get my hands on this book, haha. Reminds me of my mom explaining macrame and “brick and board” bookcases…
  • Also, recently been re-discovering my love for Annie Hall…videos bound to come soon…

Excerpts from ‘Life’

Earlier this year I read Keith Richard’s autobiography “Life” (couldn’t think of a better title, eh Keef?), and it was quite a ride. Just so so many drugs, haha. But surprisingly tasteful. I really enjoyed it. Here are a couple of excerpts, which demonstrate the range of topics this guy covered:

Once you’ve got the vision in your mind of wild horses, I mean, what’s the next phrase you’re going to use? It’s got to be “couldn’t drag me away.” That’s one of the great things about songwriting; it’s not an intellectual experience. One might have to apply the brain here and there, but basically it’s capturing moments….What is it that makes you want to write songs? In a way you want to stretch yourself into other people’s hearts. You want to plant yourself there, or at least get a resonance, where other people become a bigger instrument than the one you’re playing….To write a song that is remembered and taken to heart is a connection, a touching of bases. A thread that runs through all of us. A stab to the heart. Sometimes I think songwriting is about tightening the heartstrings as much as possible without bringing on a heart attack.

I once had a mynah bird, and it wasn’t a pleasant experience. When I put music on, it would start yelling at me. It was like living with an ancient, fractious aunt. The fucker was never grateful for anything….To me it was like living with Mick in the room in a cage, always pursing its beak.

My Recipe for Bangers and Mash
1. First off, find a butcher who makes his sausages fresh.
2. Fry up a mixture of onions and bacon and seasoning.
3. Get the spuds on the boil with a dash of vinegar, some chopped onions and salt (seasoning to taste). Chuck in some peas with the spuds. (Throw in some chopped carrots too, if you like.) Now we’re talking.
4. Now, you have a choice of grilling or broiling your bangers or frying. Throw them on low heat with the simmering bacon and onions (or in the cold pan, as the TV lady said, and add the onions and bacon in a bit) and let the fuckers rock gently, turning every few minutes.
5. Mash yer spuds and whatever.
6. Bangers are now fat free (as possible!).
7. Gravy if desired.
8. HP sauce, every man to his own.

Sleeping all day, staying up all – niiiight

Geez it’s been forever since I’ve posted in here. I’ve started about twenty different posts in the past few months, but as is my style, never got around to finishing them.


This weekend Alex went up north and I stayed back here in LA, which resulted in a weekend full of cleaning, chick flicks, shopping, and blogging, hooray!

I have a bunch of short, tumblr-style posts coming up. Sorry for the lack of decent, coherent writing (been doing too much of that for work, anyway!)

First subject on the docket…

I was going through my iTunes the other day, making a bunch of playlists which included songs from high school. (Ahhh, the good ol’ days of New Found Glory, Yellowcard, blink 182, The Postal Service…so many forgotten songs!) One of the most amusing parts was reliving the brief emo phase that took over Vista High in 2004. Who remembers the song “Ohio Is For Lovers” by Hawthorne Heights? Oh man, most emo (screamo) song ever. Followed closely by “My Immortal” by Evanescence. I used to watch music videos every morning while getting ready for school…watching these videos now makes me feel 14 all over again, haha.

Other videos that bring me back:
“Ocean Avenue” Yellowcard
“Mr. Brightside” The Killers
“I Miss You” blink 182
“Helena” My Chemical Romance

And finally, a high school-era video I’m not overly embarrassed to post here:

Loved Hot Hot Heat (still do)…thanks to my good friend Jocelyn! Also, wonder if the “Goodnight Goodnight” video was inspiration for OK Go’s “End Love” video?

Ok, I think that’s enough music videos for one day. This might be one of those posts with a dozen broken links a year from now.

Hopefully I’ll be back to post again soon!