Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Foot Don't Fail Me Now

I must have slept ten full hours last night. Two straight nights of constant screaming foot pain have kept me up to where even Tylenol PM doesn't knock me out through it. But last night without pain meds I managed to sleep more or less a really damn long time, and holy smokes that felt good. I guess my plantar fasciitis is inflamed again, which means I gotta start using the frozen water bottle in my freezer under my arches once more, and all other annoying stretch exercises. But a part of me is tempted by the corticosteriod shot, as unlikely as it is for somebody as phobic about needles as I am to say something about that. But it's safe to say that the pain is really beginning to cut into my overall quality of life. Being on my feet all day at work (grateful for the longer hours, but murder on my fallen arches) doesn't allow me to do much after work hours. I left the Jello Biafra gig early last Saturday because the pain was getting unbearable. And I was thinking about attending an art show in Ghent Friday night and seeing The Master Plan at 37th & Zen Saturday night, although I could probably easily sit during that show so long as I arrive early enough to find a table. But you see what I mean.

Oh, The Master Plan consists of local Paul Johnson formerly of Norfolk's own Waxing Poetics, with Andy Shernoff of The Dictators and Manitoba's Wild Kingdom, and Keith Strong and Bill Milhizer from The Fleshtones. Obviously Paul's presence will bring out the old school locals, and the Dictators/Fleshtones thing will bring out... well, me I suppose. But Rachel already asked me to come awhile back, and I think Mike is sitting in on drums for the opening band, or sumthin'. So if I can scrape together the eight bones for the door I suppose I'll make my presence known. AND if my foot holds out.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Drinking A Pina Colada At Trader Vic's

I hate it when I get these nagging pangs that come on during moral and ethical dilemmas.

Granted I've undoubtedly bought my fair share of stolen merchandise in my time -- a brand new CD at a flea market, or a gold watch out of the trunk of somebody's car (okay, not the watch thing, but definitely the CD thing) -- but I think it counts in my favor due to the fact that there is no way that I know for certain that those items I bought were stolen. But when a guy comes into your store with a bag-load of brand spankin' new DVDs to sell back to us, and then gets caught trying to STEAL from us WHILE selling the stuff back to us, it stands to reason nothing about this gutsy young entrepreneur is on the up-and-up. So given that his bag 'o product was most likely hot to begin with, am I in the wrong for flat-out gleefully buying the entire She-Wolf Of London/Love And Curses complete series on DVD, even if our store had already made the transaction before discovering that it might have been jacked? Because, well... long-time reader(s) of this blog know how desperately long I have been waiting for this 1990 cult television series to make it to DVD, and having momentarily given up on chasing the dream, not noticed that it was finally released in February of this year? Starring American actress Kate Hodge (recently seen on Law & Order) and British actor Neil Dickson (recently seen on Mad Men) in what I rather describe as pre-X-Files, but a lot funnier? Did I mention again how long I have been waiting for this to come out on DVD? That I am in general a pretty nice person and once when I was seven years old tried to steal a plastic toy turtle from a gift shop at King's Dominion and my mother made me put it back? Well, that is I... would have put it back on my own, I'm sure. Pangs of moral and ethical dilemma and all that.

Oh who am I kidding. Half my collection is founded on potentially stolen product. I'll just need to remember to level out my karma and give back to the universe in some way later this week. That... is how it works, isn't it?

Monday, March 29, 2010

And She Was

Audio Junk is another Stoopid Kar Production live every Monday on and @ 9 pm EST. The World's Worst Mixing DJ -DJ JOE INC plays a variety of music-no format- just samples variety and more tonight. The Modern Mixtape. Replays on every Sat 3 am - 5 am-Texas Time.

1. Opening titles from Race with the Devil
2. “Rio (Screwface Dub-step edit)” -
Duran Duran
3. “New York New York” - Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five
4. Opening narration to Naked City movie
5. “I Felt This Chill Before Winter” - Elvis Costello
6. “Questionnaire” - Chaz Jankel
7. Opening theme for The Tick! Cartoon
8. “Razorline(On The Edge of Insanity)” - Beholder
9. “Martial arts demo music” - from Wrong Side of Town
10. Shake Hands with danger - from 70’s Industrial safety film
11. “Are Friends Electric”- Gary Numan and the Tubeway Army
12. “Improvisation”- Trinidad Steel Band
13. “Feels So Good” - Chuck Mangione
14. “Crucial” - Prince
15. “Thankful N Thoughtful” - Sly and the Family Stone
16. “Friday Night” - Mr. Cheeks
17. “I Like It , I Love It” – Lyrics Born
18. Convict country band from episode 2 of Justified
19. “She’s Gone” - The Bird and The Bee
20. “Sugar” - System of a Down
21. Trailer for Rollercoaster
22. “Strength Thru Shopping” - Jello Biafra And The Guantanamo School Of Medicine
23. Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 2 Stimulus Package trailer
24. “He devours people” from the Big Combo
25. “Gets Us All in the End” – Jeff Beck
26. “American Nuetron” – Citizen 23
27. “Lower California” - Jack Nitzsche
28. “She Sells Sanctuary” – The Cult
29. “Harvest” - Opeth
30. Food Fight in the Parking Lot – wedding reunion band
31. “Ex-Girl to the Next Girl” - Gangstarr
32. “Don’t Smoke Near Schools” - ManStrokeWoman
33. “My Babe” - Little Walter
34. “Impale the Sun” – Annotations of an Autopsy
35. “April Rain” - DeLain
36. “I’m Gonna Break Every Heart I Can “ - Merle Haggard
37. “VR’ - Fury UK
38. “Juicy Fruit for Skaterats” - The Wynona Ryders
39. “Music That Lifts Up Our Saviour Jesus Christ” - Consolidated
40. “O Suburbia”- Radiant City

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Elbowed In The Boob By Jello (Ouch)

Jello Biafra singing material off his new album The Audacity Of Hype by his new band The Guantanamo School Of Medicine.

Band members consist of Ralph Spight (Victim's Family), Billy Gould (Faith No More), Jon Weiss (Helios Creed), and Kimo Ball (Freak Accident).

A new updated version of "California Uber Alles" criticizing Obama and Schwarzenegger -- one could rewrite that song like a flippin' Mad Lib book and it would still remain relevant decades from now.

Great to see Chris and Anthony and Diane and all you folks who kept me company while I relived my adolescence. Although I suppose we all did. Anyway I'm old now... TIME FOR NITE-NITES!

Friday, March 26, 2010


Sun 28: 12-8
Mon 29: 8-4
Tue 30: 9-3
Wed 31: 12-5:30
Fri 2: 9-3

Thursday, March 25, 2010

History Bluff

First 20 tracks on my iTunes having just got back from buying my ticket for Jello Biafra & the Guantanamo School of Medicine this Saturday night at the Norva.

1. "Dazzle" - Siouxsie & The Banshees
2. "Rock Tha House" - Gorillaz
3. "Rendezvous" - The db's
4. "You're So Fucking Great" - Last Rites
5. "Self Control" - Laura Branigan
6. "Ready-Mades" - Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band
7. "My Mind Is Rambling" - Junior Kimbrough
8. "Here Come De Honey Man (live)" - Miles Davis & Quincey Jones
9. "Bomba Na Motema" - Kalima Pierre
10. "The Bride Stripped bare by Bachelors" - Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band
11. "Toogayo M'Bedd" - Cheikh Lô
12. "Blues For Big Bob" - Mel Brown
13. "Worried About You" - The Rolling Stones
14. "Bad Reputation" - Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
15. "Honeysuckle Rose" - Fats Waller
16. "Come And Get Your Love" - Redbone
17. "04 8, 05" - Moby Grape
18. "Show Me Your Soul" - Red Hot Chili Peppers
19. "The Night Chant 1:Cycle III" - Mamoru Fujieda
20. "You Do Something To Me" - Sinéad O'Connor

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Happy Birthday, Mama!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

lucky girl...

happy birthday.

Line-Up For Smiley-Faces

Audio Junk is another Stoopid Kar Production live every Monday on and @ 9 pm EST. The World's Worst Mixing DJ -DJ JOE INC plays a variety of music-no format- just samples variety and more tonight. The Modern Mixtape. Replays on every Sat 3 am - 5 am- Texas Time. This week's show includes songs by Cadillac Tramps, The Pervatrons, Pee-Tanks, Red Admiral, Neon Indian, Peter Gabriel and more, plus clips from The Lineup, Smiley face, CB-4, The Wrong Side of Town and more.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Anybody Here Named Monteporg?


My brother just reminded me of this old classic Sesame Street clip that used to make us laugh... whenever we'd see an empty telephone booth on the street we'd both scream "AN EMPTY TELEPHONE BOOTH!" and race toward it and fight to try to squeeze into it, for no reason whatsoever. Ah, the days of telephone booths...

Friday, March 19, 2010

Happy 92nd Birthday Ernie!

Ernie Williams with friends celebrating his birthday at 37th & Zen with his son Michael on drums.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Alex Chilton, 1950-2010

Big Star was scheduled to play at the SXSW festival this week, too. Wow, what a way to bum out all of Austin.

Now I'll have this fantastic tribute song playing in my head for the rest of the night...

RIP Chilton.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Monday, March 15, 2010


Wed 17: 9-3
Thur 18: 9-4
Fri 19 11-7
Sat 20: 9-4
Sun 21: 2-8
Mon 22: 9-4
Tue 23: 9-3
Fri 26: 9-3
Sat 27: 9-3

Black Is Beautiful

Want new Junk? Audio Junk is another Stoopid Kar Production live every Monday on and @ 9 pm EST. The World's Worst Mixing DJ -DJ JOE INC plays a variety of music-no format- just samples variety and more tonight. The Modern Mixtape. Replays on every Sat 3 am - 5 am - Texas Time. This week's show includes clips from Coven, Revenge of the Nerds, Frost/Nixon, The Shield, ManstrokeWoman, The Harder They Fall, and more. Music from the Vaughan Brothers, Atari Teenage Riot, Dangerous Toys, Alice Donut, Electroset, Aldo & Udine. and others.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Caloric Euphoric

First 20 tracks on my iTunes this morning wondering where that weird smell is coming from.

1. "The Proverbial Hidden Track" - Stew
2. "Irresistible Bitch" - Mellow Man Ace
3. "Laugh, Laugh" - The Beau Brummels
4. "I'll Take You There II" - Prince
5. "New Fashion Show" - Dwellers
6. "Bodyheat" - James Brown
7. "Dirty Lives" - Love As Laughter
8. "Forty Five 45s" - Shrag
9. "Smile" - Lily Allen
10. "Holy Ghost" - The Bar-Kays
11. "Main Title (From "The Asphalt Jungle")" - Miklós Rózsa
12. "Little High People (Take 7)" - Miles Davis
13. "Malfunction" - Njoi
14. "Dago Blues" - Virgil Childers
15. "No God" - Germs
16. "Meat Market" - Everybody Else
17. "Not Now James, We're Busy" - Pop Will Eat Itself
18. "Limelight" - Rush
19. "Bring The Pain" - Candiria
20. "Australia" - The Associates

Saturday, March 13, 2010


Sat 13: 3-10
Mon 15: 9-2
Wed 17: 9-3
Thur 18: 9-4
Fri 19 11-7
Sat 20: 9-4

Friday, March 12, 2010

Get Up (Get On Up)

Zombie James Brown? It's as if somebody out there's been reading my dream diary! :D

James Brown's body is "missing from its crypt", alleges singer's daughter.

Our Last Days On Earth

So Melp, watcha readin' these days? Yeah, like I ever hear that sentence directed towards me. But in case the thought might have crossed y'alls minds, I just got my copy of legendary New York biographer Nick Tosches' book Where Dead Voices Gather, the story of the American minstrel show performer Emmett Miller, a man who despite his black-faced routine possessed an incredible falsetto yodel and a style that influenced country, jazz, and even rock and roll (everyone from Hank Williams to Van Halen have covered Miller's tunes) and a back up band The Georgia Crackers that included the likes of Jimmy Dorsey, Tommy Dorsey, Eddie Lang, and Gene Krupa.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Whatever Happened To Farm Boy

You can supposedly see me in the video clip, sitting back behind the keyboards along the edge of the stage when the band starts facing the audience towards the right, near the two minute mark and on. My computer monitor is too dark and hazy to determine, but I remember my old boss Mitch, who took this video from the balcony of the Nsect Club, showed me on his home computer several years ago, which looks like me poking Mike Turner's leg while he's standing on an amp stack. All I do see is Goofy Steve, who was my roommate at the time, crouching behind the bass player and bobbing his head (4:15). He just got married about two months ago in Malaysia -- Mazel Tov! (Oh wait, Steve's Catholic).

This is King Missile, by the way. A popular New York City avant-garde group that my friends and I used to love back in the day. I've seen them several times, and hung out with lead singer John S. Hall whenever he was in town. I think this show was in spring of 1994, and it was the last time I ever saw them live. I think they're called King Missile III now. Man, am I out of the loop.

Anyway, this is like a game of Where's Waldo, if Waldo had big tits. Which would probably make Where's Waldo a lot more interesting to play. And undoubtedly easier.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Winnie The Pooh And Shiva Too

As a child, artist Jim Woodring suffered from frequent hallucinations of floating heads hovering over his bed, among other strange phenomenon flickering out of the corners of his eyes. After several years in the 80's toiling away in the Saturday morning cartoon gulag and drinking himself into an uncreative stupor, he cleaned himself up and charged out of the gates at the beginning of the 1990's with his seminal comic book series JIM, which hatched one of his most enduring creations, Frank. The wordless titular character, a "generic anthropomorph " that seems to be neither cat nor mouse nor beaver, silently wanders the landscape of the verdant Unifactor with his loyal pet demigod Pupshaw, falling tits over ass into one inexplicably surrealist situation after another. Sometimes in original black and white and sometimes in vivid color, Woodring's Frank is a pulsating world of shape-shifting jivas and characters of dubious alignment, like the seemingly malevolent devil-like Whim and his collection of twisted inventions, and the Id-driven Manhog who often appears as a constant torn in Frank's side. I've been reading it for years, and picking it up again for the first time in forever reminds me of how beautiful and incredible Woodring's imagination really is.

Over the years, Japanese fans of Frank have animated several comic episodes of varying styles, both black and white and color, and it's fascinating to see how other people interpret Frank's world in their choice of music and animation style.

In this short fan-clip based loosely on one of Woodring's stories, Frank and Pupshaw are confronted by their adversary Whim who tries to lure Frank into using one his his dangerous inventions, but is thwarted by Pupshaw, who kills Whim with one bite, causing Whim's jiva to spring from his head and bounce straight up into Frank's tail. This creates a sequence of uncontrollable shape-shifting on Frank's part that in my eyes captures much of how I interpret Frank's world as well as the motion and action in Woodring's still panels. Lots to look at here. And for a great compilation check out Jim Woodring's The Frank Book (with a forward by Frances Ford Coppola). Guaranteed to give one interesting dreams if read right before bedtime.

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

No Vacancy

Does Hugh Masekela has a new album coming out or something? I don't really see anything about that online from what I can tell. But a lot of people have been coming into my store expressing a sudden interest in him lately. Not to the extent of old folks gushing over Spencer Day or anything. But did Hugh do a press junket recently? Was he on flippin' Oprah or whatnot? What is the deal? And am I the only one who thinks his son is really funny and hot?

Monday, March 08, 2010

Teen Girl Power Squad... Thing.

My first telephone that my parents bought for my bedroom on my thirteenth birthday.
And miraculously, I still have it.

Come and get yer new Junk! Audio Junk is another Stoopid Kar Production live every Monday on and @ 9 pm EST. The World's Worst Mixing DJ -DJ JOE INC plays a variety of music-no format- just samples variety and more tonight. The Modern Mixtape. Replays on every Sat 3 am - 5 am-Texas Time Partial Playlist - Songs by Bomb The Bass, Planet P Project, Consolidated, Jessica Simpson, DJ Snow Clips from the Oscars, Hurt Locker, Big Combo, The Invention of Lying, a Mad TV pilot from the late 60s, ManStrokeWoman and more.

Crazed Picnicking In A British Countryside

Public Image Ltd. is appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live April 17th. Their last television appearance was in 1992 on the short-lived Dennis Miller Show, which I watched religiously not just because I really liked Dennis Miller at the time, but he was the only late night host that was featuring live acts like PiL as well as the likes of Henry Rollins and Screamin' Jay Hawkins, just to name a few. Most notably I remember PiL's performance as when John Lydon called Dennis a "wanker" immediately after they finished their song because I guess Dennis didn't ask John to come sit over at the desk to chat with him. Or something like that. Man, that show felt so.... cutting edge for its time, which seems so funny to say these days. But considering the time when other late night talk shows were featuring musical acts like Boyz II Men and Madonna, we were calling each other up late at night shrieking, "Turn on Dennis Miller right now... LUSH IS ON STAGE!" Or something like that. But PiL was particularly memorable, and I was a bigger fan of theirs back in the 80's. And John Lydon mooned the audience when I saw them live back in 1989. Haha, yes. Get pissed, destroy.

Public Image Ltd. on The Dennis Miller Show, 1992, when John called Dennis a wanker. Wow, seems like it was only, uh, 19 years ago.

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Color Me Schadenfreude

First 20 tracks on my iTunes hoping that Katheryn Bigelow beats the motherlovin' pants off her ex-husband at the Oscars tonight.

1. "Worry Worry" - The Fiery Furnaces
2. "Robert DeNiro's Waiting" - Bananarama
3. "Howlin' Wolf Boogie" - Howlin' Wolf
4. "Chewing Gun Weekend" - Charlatans
5. "Ox Out Of The Cage" - Cannibal Ox
6. "Spiraling Prism" - Herbie Hancock
7. "Beat It" - Michael Jackson
8. "We Prick You" - David Bowie
9. "Wake Up" - The Cold"
10. "I'm Deranged" - David Bowie
11. "Indy Day" - Step Kings
12. "Out To Lunch" - Eric Dolphy
13. "Heartbreak Stroll" - The Raveonettes
14. "Happy" - Blackgirls
15. "Mountain Woman" - The Kinks
16. "The Sirens Return: Keep It Real 'Til It Flatlines" - Burnt Sugar
17. "Dazzle" - Siouxsie & The Banshees
18. "Three Good Reasons" - Dwight Yoakam
19. "Girls Talk" - Dave Edmunds
20. "Stand Up And Testify" - Swan Silvertones

Saturday, March 06, 2010


Sat 6: 4-10
Mon 8: 9-3
Wed 10: 9-3
Thur 11: 9-11am
Fri 12: 5-cl
Sat 13: 3-10

Friday, March 05, 2010

The Plotte Thickens

Drawing-board confessional: 22 unflattering moments from autobiographical comics.

Robert Crumb is the obvious Lord-God-King-Boofoo of autobiographical bad behavior in his work. But I can't help but find French-Canadian cartoonist Julie Doucet's Dirty Plotte disarmingly charming. If not a bit, uh, embarrassingly too close to home.

Thursday, March 04, 2010

5 Things I'm Really Into Right Now...

If you can't afford the full spa treatment, this is about one step down in price but still worth every penny. Apply to whole face for five minutes or until the cream oxygenates, which feels really weird as it's happening but not a bad sensation. Wash away with warm washcloth and see your skin actually glow. I do it twice a week, usually at night before bed. Really curbs my combination skin problems from my oily nose to my flaky forehead. Uses mostly all-natural ingredients. Malin+Goetz apothecary and lab is located in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City. Order stuff here!

The distinct genus name of a species of spiral-shaped blue-green algae that's been getting a lot of recognition these days as a tremendous health food supplement, and for the longest time I wasn't able to find any in town either at the Heritage or anywhere else except in tablet form. Now Heritage carries the power and the crunchies, which I just had on my salad for lunch (better than bacon bits!) and used the powder form to make a salad dressing with a little olive oil and lemon juice. Now I can't stop munching on the crunchies while sitting here typing and my fingers have gone all green. And so have my teeth. But being almost entirely protein, vitamin B1, B2, B3, B6, B9, C, D, and E, potassium, and a multitude of other things, hopefully something in this will help turn my crippling metabolic syndrome around. Info here.

My friend Lloyd sent me this clip via email about a year or two ago, but I had no idea what it was from until I finally sat down and started watching the 2005 Brit sketch comedy series Man Stroke Woman which Joe bought me for my birthday based on the fact that Nick Frost was in it. Also featuring other British actor/comedians Nicholas Burns, Daisy Haggard, Ben Crompton, Amanda Abbington, and Canadian Meredith MacNeill, the show's a little inconsistent, but the winners are real rip-snorters.

Although the British vinyl toy designer's style has its obvious big-eyed cuteness factor that makes it instantly accessible, it's his more current foray into comics and animation that I find both touching and disturbing at the same time, a sweet 'n sour combination that always appeals to me in all aspects of creativity. His clothing design company Silas (managed by friends Russell Waterman and Sofia Prantera) as well as his own toy company Amos, facilitate his world of modern-day archetypes and pop culture tropes, all with that same scary fish-eyed stare. Beautiful stuff!

Only because I have never been, and it's one of my life's top priorities to visit one of these days. There's supposedly an annual film noir festival taking place every February-ish, but I guess that ship has sailed for 2010. But hey, I ain't dead yet...

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Over The Ledge

I had no idea that the Legendary Stardust Cowboy once performed on Laugh In! How awesome is that?

Now if that were just Hasil Adkins on the skins this picture would be perfect.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Sunflower Weary Of Time

Film critic Roger Ebert was featured in a recent issue of Esquire, revealing his life since the removal of his lower jaw due to his long and continuing battle with cancer and being unable to speak for the past three years.

Ebert is going to be on Oprah this afternoon discussing his picks for the Oscars, and for the first time in three years, in his own voice.

Pretty damn amazing.

Monday, March 01, 2010

Long Tall Pippi Longstalker

Audio Junk is another Stoopid Kar Production live every Monday on and @ 9 pm EST. The World's Worst Mixing DJ -DJ JOE INC plays a variety of music-no format- just samples variety and more tonight. The Modern Mixtape. Replays on every Sat 3 am - 5 am-Texas Time.

Partial Playlist for tonight’s Audio Junk
1. “Sin Nanna” - Sunn 0)))
2. “No More Time Outs” - David Holmes
3. “Same Old Scene” - Roxy Music
4. “Step Off” - Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five
5. “I’ve Always Wanted to be a DJ” - DJ Babu
6. “Breathe” - Telepopmusik
7. “I paint naked" - from Seconds
8. “Black and White Town” - The Doves
9. “The World is My Ashtray” - DeeJay Punk Roc
10. “opening titles for Seconds” - Jerry Goldsmith
11. “Satt et Se” - Dungen
12. “Slack MF” - Superchunk
13. “Bitch Out” - David Holmes
14. “To The One I Love” - Manstrokewoman
15. ‘Love Without Sound” - White Noise
16. opening to the Hurt Locker
17. Keitel vs John Lydon music by Ennio Morricone from Corrupt a/k/a Cop Killer
18. “Theme from an Imaginary Western” - D.C. 3
19. “Forgotten Worlds” - Delirium
20. “I Believe to My Soul” - Donny Hathaway
21. “Unreal” - U.N.K.L.E.
22. “Wild in Blue” - Suicide 23.

Now Canada Won't Have To Declare War On Us

This hockey segment reminds me of how much I used to love this animated movie so much back when it came out. Really nailed the whole galling media spectacle of Olympic grandeur. Featuring the voices of Harry Shearer, Billy Crystal, and Gilda Radner.