Monday, May 31, 2010

Butter Is Butter Today

My first dip in the pool for 2010. Water was about 71 degrees, which in the old days never felt as bracing as it does now. Then again I used to get up at 5am and jump straight into much colder water when I was on the swim team back in the early 80's. Funny how no matter how out of shape I am, I still never get tired or winded when I'm swimming. Must be the Pisces in me. Or just my natural flotation devices.

Heading out to Great Bridge now for a cookout with the family. Wow, already more sun exposure than I've had all year. It's not like me to start getting vain about my age.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

I Had A Lot Of These When I Was A Kid

First 20 tracks on my iTunes looking over the big envelope of comic books and magazines from the late 70's and early 80's that my cousin Stephen brought by my store today while breezing through town on the way back to Raleigh.

1. "European Echoes" - Ornette Coleman
2. "My Best Friend's Wife" - Alice Donut
3. "Old Marcus Garvey" - Burning Spear
4. "Original Sin" - INXS
5. "Prince Of Darkness" - Big Daddy Kane
6. "Everything Happens To Me" - Thelonious Monk
7. "Headlines" - White Williams
8. "Patterns In The Ivy" - Opeth
9. "Jeopardy" - Greg Kihn Band
10. "Chinese New Year" - The Clipse featuring Pharrell

11. "Somebody's Birthday" - Express Rising
12. "Take Five" - Dave Brubeck Quartet
13. "Colors" - Ice T
14. "Lonely By Your Side (Featuring Jonny Blake)" - Azzido da Bass
15. "Ruby Dear" - Talking Heads
16. "Rebel Without A Pause" - Public Enemy
17. "Other People" - Global Funk Council
18. "White Shadow" - Peter Gabriel
19. "Goodbye" - Benny Goodman Trio
20. "Step Off" - Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Dennis Hopper, 1936-2010

I think I first saw him in an episode of Big Valley, but it was his role as the nightmarish Frank Boothe in Blue Velvet that forever stood out for me. So have a PBR on Frank! And RIP Mr. Hopper.

Oh, if I only drank beer.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Gary Coleman, 1968-2010

I couldn't find the clip from what I remember being the funniest Gary Coleman moment on the show (which involved Arnold camping out in the living room and Mrs. Garrett making wild animal noises), but this condensed version of this early episode reminded me of why I was so hesitant to eat salmon as a kid.

R.I.P. Gary.


Sat 29: 9-5
Sun 30: 12-cl
Mon 31: 9-11am
Tue 1: 9-11am
Fri 4: 9-4
Sat 5: 9-5

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Hatching A Plan

Titles underlined are the ones that I have seen.

Early Greatest Cult Films:

Nosferatu (1922, Germany)
Sherlock, Jr. (1924)
Un Chien Andalou (1929, France)
Pandora's Box (1929, Germany)
M (1931, Germany)
Freaks (1932)
The Most Dangerous Game (1932)
Sons of the Desert (1933)
Tarzan and His Mate (1934)
Reefer Madness (1936)
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Fantasia (1940)
Farewell My Lovely (aka Murder, My Sweet (1944))
Detour (1945)
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
Lady in the Lake (1946)
Out of the Past (1947)
Force of Evil (1948)
Rope (1948)
Gun Crazy (1949)
The Set-Up (1949)
The Narrow Margin (1952)
Glen or Glenda? (1953)
Johnny Guitar (1954)
Kiss Me Deadly (1955)
The Night of the Hunter (1955)
Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
This Island Earth (1955)
The Bad Seed (1956)
Forbidden Planet (1956)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
An Affair to Remember (1957)
The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)
The Blob (1958) *only seen bits of this
Man of the West (1958)
Touch of Evil (1958)
Angry Red Planet (1959)
The Best of Everything (1959)
A Bucket of Blood (1959) *have always wanted to see this
The Immoral Mr. Teas (1959)
Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959)
Shadows (1959)

Modern Greatest Cult Films:
Little Shop of Horrors (1960) - remade in 1986 *seen both
Peeping Tom (1960)
Carnival of Souls (1962)
Dr. No (1962)
The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
The Servant (1963)
Shock Corridor (1963)
Strait-Jacket (1964)
The Sound of Music (1965) - the Singalong version
Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the Bomb (1964)
Blow-Up (1966)
Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1966)
King of Hearts (1966)
Manos, the Hands of Fate (1966)
Point Blank (1967)
The Producers (1967)
Valley of the Dolls (1967)
Barbarella (1968)
If... (1968)
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
Yellow Submarine (1968)
Easy Rider (1969) *only seen bits of this
Brewster McCloud (1970)
The Devils (1970) *on my all-time must-see list
Myra Breckinridge (1970)
Performance (1970)
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Duel (1971) *seen only about half of this
El Topo (1971, Mex.) (aka The Mole)
Get Carter (1971)
Harold and Maude (1971)
Heat (1971)
Sweet Sweetback's Baad Asssss Song (1971)
Two-Lane Blacktop (1971)
The Vanishing Point (1971)
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
And Now For Something Completely Different (1972)
Aguirre, The Wrath of God (1972)
Deliverance (1972)
Fat City (1972)
Fritz the Cat (1972)
Pink Flamingos (1972)
American Graffiti (1973)
Don't Look Now (1973)
Electra Glide in Blue (1973)
Enter the Dragon (1973)
The Exorcist (1973)
The Harder They Come (1973)
The Mack (1973)
The Wicker Man (1973)
Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974)
Caged Heat (1974)
California Split (1974)
Dark Star (1974)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1974)
Phantom of the Paradise (1974)
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
Jaws (1975)
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
Tommy (1975)
Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)
Grey Gardens (1976)
The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)
Eraserhead (1977)
Kentucky Fried Movie (1977)
Saturday Night Fever (1977)
Slap Shot (1977)
Star Wars (1977)
Animal House (1978)
Attack of the Killer Tomatoes! (1978) *only seen bits of this
Big Wednesday (1978)
Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Faces of Death, Vol. I (1978) *only seen bits of this
Five Deadly Venoms (1978)
Inferno (1978, It.)
Martin (1978)
Up in Smoke (1978)
The Wiz (1978)
Apocalypse Now (1979)
The Brood (1979)
Mad Max (1979)
Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979)
The Ninth Configuration (1979)
Quadrophenia (1979)
Rock 'N' Roll High School (1979)
The Warriors (1979)
Airplane! (1980)
The Blues Brothers (1980)
The Changeling (1980)
Flash Gordon (1980)
Forbidden Zone (1980) *only seen bits of this
Heaven's Gate (1980) *only seen bits of this
Motel Hell (1980)
Roadie (1980)
The Shining (1980)
Stardust Memories (1980)
Used Cars (1980)
Blow Out (1981)
The Evil Dead (1981) (Trilogy: Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn (1987), Army of Darkness (1993))
Mommie Dearest (1981)
Ms. 45 (1981) (aka Angel of Vengeance)
Polyester (1981)
Shock Treatment (1981) *actually own this but never seen it
Android (1982)
Blade Runner (1982)
Diva (1982)
Pink Floyd: The Wall (1982)
Q: The Winged Serpent (1982)
The Road Warrior: Mad Max 2 (1982)
The Sender (1982)
Blue Thunder (1983)
The Dead Zone (1983)
Eddie and the Cruisers (1983)
The King of Comedy (1983)
Local Hero (1983)
The Loveless (1983)
The Man With Two Brains (1983)
Monty Python's The Meaning of Life (1983)
Scarface (1983)
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984)
The Company of Wolves (1984) *only seen bits of this
Electric Dreams (1984)
Ghostbusters (1984)
Love Streams (1984)
Repo Man (1984)
Sixteen Candles (1984)
Stranger Than Paradise (1984)
Streets of Fire (1984)
The Terminator (1984)
This is Spinal Tap (1984)
Better Off Dead (1985)
Blood Simple (1985)
Brazil (1985)
The Breakfast Club (1985)
The Goonies (1985)
Pee Wee's Big Adventure (1985)
Real Genius (1985)
Re-Animator (1985)
The Return of the Living Dead (1985)
Static (1985)
The Toxic Avenger (1985)
Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
Blue Velvet (1986)
The Clan of the Cave Bear (1986)
Labyrinth (1986)
Manhunter (1986)
Reform School Girls (1986)
Sid and Nancy (1986)
True Stories (1986)
Amazon Women on the Moon (1987)
Bad Taste (1987) *only seen first 15 minutes of this
Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn (1987)
House of Games (1987)
Raising Arizona (1987)
Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story (1987)
Three O'Clock High (1987)
Withnail and I (1987)
Akira (1988)
Bagdad Cafe (1988)
Dead Heat (1988)
Hairspray (1988)
They Live (1988)
The Decline of Western Civilization II: The Metal Years (1988)
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)
Heathers (1989)
Meet the Applegates (1989)
Meet the Feebles (1989)
UHF (1989)
Closet Land (1990)
Joe Versus the Volcano (1990)
Miller's Crossing (1990)
Tremors (1990)
Wild at Heart (1990)
The Adjuster (1991)
Barton Fink (1991)
Delicatessen (1991)
Army of Darkness (1992)
Dead Alive (aka Braindead) (1992)
Hard-Boiled (1992)
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Army of Darkness (1993) (aka Evil Dead 3)
Dazed and Confused (1993)
Groundhog Day (1993)
True Romance (1993)
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)
Clerks (1994)
The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Reality Bites (1994)
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Friday (1995)
The Kingdom (1995)
Se7en (1995)
Showgirls (1995)
Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995)
The Usual Suspects (1995)
Bottle Rocket (1996)
Fargo (1996)
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie (1996)
Swingers (1996)
Walking and Talking (1996)
Henry Fool (1997)
The Big Lebowski (1998)
Rushmore (1998)
Fight Club (1999)
Office Space (1999)
American Psycho (2000)
Requiem for a Dream (2000)
Donnie Darko (2001)
Glitter (2001)
Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)
Wet Hot American Summer (2001)
Napoleon Dynamite (2004)
Inland Empire (2006) *tried to watch this, turn it off

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

I Know That Something Good Is Gonna Happen

The song that finally knocked Madonna's "Like A Virgin" off the number one spot on the charts, and MTV allegedly would not show the original version of the video (above) on their channel for being too sexually explicit. Now almost twenty years later I would love for somebody to come forward and tell me that was some weak-ass urban legend. I do remember MTV only showing a lipsynced version from Bush's appearance on the Wogan Show in heavy rotation, but never this original. And it's funny that I can't even find that version online anymore. They even played the Placebo version of the song on WWE RAW several months ago. Hey, as long as the woman gets paid.

Kate, make another album again.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Scum Suckin' Pea Head With A Lousy Physique...

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 Sun 5 am - 7 am-Texas Time.

1. Smoke Monster Memories from Lost
2. “Jazz Oddyssey II" - Spinal Tap
3. “If You Can’t Cut The Mustard” from The Visualizer
4. “Ticket” - Grenadine
5. no excuse will fix it from Big Love
6. “Slap Chop Ultra Remix”
7. “The Train of Thought” - Wax DJ Tools Volume 3
8. “jazzy guitar breakdown” - DJ Assault
9. “Love Every Inch of Me” - Michael McGloiry
10. “report to your supervisor” from The Killer That Stalked New York
11. “HD Mini-Van Swagger Wagon”
12. “Love As Money” - Tit Wrench
13. “Blazing Ashes” - Aurdrey Horne
14. “Faustian Bargain” – Astrosonio
15. “I Never Saw So Much Action” from Hollywood without Makeup
16. “Got To Have It” - Soul President
17. “Put The Hammer Down” - Monica Wilson & Gibb Droll Band
18. “ you need help” from Water Power
19. “The Kid’s American” – Matthew Wilder
20. “pretty nice” from In A Lonely Place
21. “Sunshine of Your Love” - Fudge Tunnel
22. “The Floating Fat Man(The Baron)” - Toto
23. “Outro” - DJ Finesse
24. “Missing You” – Louis LaRouche featuring Ad-Apt
25. “Oasis vs The Carpenters “ - Go-Home Productions
26. “Jump” - Aztec Camera
27. “Ayisha Abyss” - Serena–Maneesh
28. illegal drugs from Dragnet
29. “Moonshake” - Can
30. “Heave–Ho “ - The Cows
31. “She’s Got Ears” - Vermin Poets
32. get their heads out of the windows from The Sniper
33. “Monk Fish Liver Transplant Plate” - Vas Deferens Organization and Brad Laner
34. “The Panther” - Manu Dibango
35. “Variation Cybernétique: Rhythmic Pataphysic - (Part II)” - DJ Spooky featuring Daniel Bernard Roumain
36. “Nadine” - Fools Gold
37. “Betty Botter” from Make Way for Tomorrow
38. “Prayer” - Christian Death
39. “death scene” from Roadhouse (1948)
40. “Brujeria” - King Changó
41. “destroyed within” from Jonestown Revisited
42. opening got 3 Days of the Condor
43. menu music for Water Power
44. “360 vs Wii” - DJ JOE INC & Chocolate Thunder
45. “Eggs for Rib” - Cop Shoot Cop
46. “You just live this “ from The Wire
47. “Baltimore is the New Brooklyn” - JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound
48. “Economic News” - Tit Wrench
49. finger pointing songs from I’m Not There
50. “The Left Arm of Buddha “ - Les Baxter
51. clone fallout from Moon
52. “Zeit” - Tangerine Dream
53. Nighthawks opening – Keith Emerson
54. live for the moment from the Comic Strip Presents
55. army discharge
56. Cockpuncher from The Onion Movie
57. Got Ya from Three Days of the Condor
58. “I Felt Like A Gringo” - The Minutemen

Sunday, May 23, 2010

This Is What You Want, This Is What You Get

Lately at work I've been finding fans of Ethiopian vibraphone legend Mulatu Astatke in the most curious of places. Namely, my fellow music store associates.

I bought myself a copy of Ethiopiques Vol. 4 back around this time in 2007 based on a rec from an online friend, and I had burned a copy for my friend Tracy at work but before I even gave it to her I told her about it and at the time she was a little cold to most jazz that wasn't

"straight ahead", bebop, bossa, or soul-inflected 70's releases (although Astatke did cut his teeth with Duke Ellington for a spell back in that decade). So I thought twice about giving it to her. But recently our other fellow associate Arturo had lent her some of his Astatke work, blowing her away and invoking her to order his most recent release Mulatu Steps Ahead for the two of them. When I told her about the burn I had made for her of the Ethiopiques Vol. 4 three years ago (long since lost) she wanted to borrow my original copy, where she made her own burn at home with copies of the liner notes and surprised Arturo with a burn of his own. He had no idea that I dug Astatke as well. In a way, it became the three of us' little "thing", and in a store that insists on keeping all the various Glee soundtracks in heavy play rotation, sometimes those little "things" are what we grasp hold to for the sake of our sanity.

And then the other day the three of us were taken aback when cashier Melody, a sweet girl whose tastes I always associated with Coldplay and more mainstream pop, was the only one of us who pointed out a Mulatu Astatke sample in a song on the latest Nas & Damien Marley album. Apparently her musician ex-husband had the soundtrack to the movie Broken Flowers, which I saw many years ago long before I knew who Mulatu Astatke was and had completely forgotten about it. She had always loved that album, and now she wants to borrow my copy of Ethiopiques as well. Cranking the Broken Flowers soundtrack in the back room yesterday at work, the three of us keep grinning like fools at each other. Sometimes, we still know how to surprise ourselves with the magic of good music.

Anyway, enjoy a little of the man (and the Nas sample) that brought us all together. :)

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Ventilator Blues

First 20 tracks on my iTunes sitting here lightening my load.

1. "Hippychick" - Soho
2. "She" - Gram Parsons
3. "Total Recall" - The Sound
4. "The Man Who Never Was" - Laddio Bolocko
5. "13 Above The Night" - My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult
6. "Adonais" - The Cure
7. "Pharaoh's Dance" - Miles Davis
8. "Pretty One" - Jamie Rae
9. "You Will Be Shot" - John Zorn
10. "Last Night" - The Strokes
11. "Jesus Was Way Cool" - King Missile
12. "Ready To Run" - Dixie Chicks
13. "Too Tender (Too Touch)" - Lene Lovich
14. "Aglo Ha Cambiado" - Clutch
15. "Down" - Noise Therapy
16. "Doggystyle" - DJ Alligator
17. "'Snuff" - Jackie McClean
18. "I Take A Lot Of Pride In What I Am" - Merle Haggard
19. "Sleep Paralysist" - Neon Indian
20. "Bloodsport" - Killing Joke

Friday, May 21, 2010

Nutty But Nice

In light of the final episode of Lost airing this Sunday, I see this article as somewhat fitting:

6 Real Islands Way More Terrifying Than The One On 'Lost'

Ilha de Queimada Grande has been a recent obsession of mine, and I have always been fascinated with the very macabre idea of Poveglia Island, although it's a shame they supposedly don't let tourists visit, even though I have seen photos of people milling about. Perfectly understandable about not letting people on Queimada Grande, however. You'll get no argument from me.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Schedule (Revised)

Fri 21: 8-3
Sat 22: 10-3
Mon 24: 6-11am
Tue 25: 9-11am
Wed 26: 10-5
Fri 28: 9-4
Sat 29: 9-5

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Lube The Monkey Yohow

Norfolk's Jerm Flux went through a few various incarnations before the final version, the one that I was most familiar with -- lead guitarist Randy, bassist Sean, drummer Jimmy, and lead screamer Sara -- mostly since I got to know them a little closer even before they came together as the band in the mid-90's after several other

Interview in Bowling Doughnuts

comings and goings from other members, But these swell buncha guys knew how to hang in there, and they did, being one of the more ubiquitous names on local flyers from around that time that I can recall. Not to mention a general liking for each other and friendships that still last to this day. But they were quite the blistering live act, Randy having always been deft with the axe, and Jimmy and Sean's

Jerm Flux at King's Head Inn, mid-90's

thundering rhythm section that often made those in the audience feel as if the ground was about to open up and swallow them whole. Topping that off was Sara's pit-of-Hades death growl, the beast at the bottom of the Hellmouth, the reminds me of the time I was in the parking lot of the King's Head Inn talking to that night's opening band

while they were cooking their dinner of brown rice outside of their tour van while Jerm Flux was inside on stage performing, and when Sara took the mic with her guttural howl the guys in the band cooking their rice nearly fell backwards from where they were squatting, shocked that such a noise could come from such a tiny girl, and even doubted Joe when he explained to them that the voice did come from

a girl. But although I haven't heard from Sean or Jimmy in years, I ran into Sara at Randy and Liz's pre-wedding party at the Colley Cantina and she is happily married and teaching at ODU. And of course I communicate with my dear Randy regularly when he comes to town or if I ever get to make it back to Austin anytime again soon. But as far as memories go of the local music scene from around that
Sara, King's Head Inn, mid-90's

time, few bands spark those little reminders than the scrappy, scruffy punk band Jerm Flux. And I wish I had an MP3 to add here or some kind of video clip, because all I have of theirs is that 7" single in the two photos directly above this photo of Sara. But they also have a track "Song For Sara's Dad" on the 1994 hardcore/grindcore compilation Audio Terrorism that is worth checking out if you can find it. And I hope that you do!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Back To Life, Back To Reality

Photos by Erin Kalvaitis

Hanging out with just dave last night got me a touch nostalgic for the old Hampton Roads music scene from twenty years ago, back when we all first met and started contributing in dribs and drabs in our own way -- without ever having to pick up an instrument of our own, of course. So you might expect a few photos from my old scrapbooks in the coming weeks, provided I can get over to my brother's house to use his scanner. But I've been going through the pages from the Hardcore Norfolk Facebook site looking at other people's scanned photos and flyers and I ran across these old Buttsteak pics taken at the King's Head Inn in 1993 by my then-upstairs neighbor Erin and... wow. Yeah, wow.

It's Ron's birthday! Julie decorates his cakes.

Buttsteak was one of those urban-legendary bands that were always on the cusp of making it big-time, even after a move years later to Baltimore and I think New York or California, I forget where -- but there were actually quite well known outside of the Hampton Roads area in the underground scene, to the point where some folks out in Los Angeles associated Norfolk with "The Home Of Buttsteak" and much gushing praise to follow. I've already written an extensive blog post about the band some years ago so I will refer you to that for background, but all of those music file downloads are outdated now so I'll add a few new ones here. I have also found an old clip on youtube featuring a compilation of Buttsteak outtakes from one of their many comedy routines that they'd perform right before the show. I think these date back to 1986 and they were taken straight off of somebody's betamax tape.

"Mant" by Buttsteak
"Charlie's Brown Stain" by Buttsteak
(Files available for download for 7 days)

Monday, May 17, 2010

Bad Motor Scooter

Tattoo that my friend Stan did on my other friend just dave's right calf while I waited
for them in the Ocean Mystique Ink Gallery lobby this evening.

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 Sun 5 am - 7 am-Texas Time.

1. “Pool of Love (1996 remaster)” - Les Baxter
2. “Better Than Neil” - Nathan Fillion
3. “What Kind of Kids?” from May
4. “Soul Kiss” - Joe Jackson
5. Life of Ninja trailer from Alamo Drafthouse DVD Vol 5
6. “My Drawers” - The Time
7. “Pat O’ Party Mix”
8. “You Stop That” from Water Power
9. “742617000027”-Slipknot
10. “My Mother Never Taught Me Anything” - The Sniper
11. “Superthruster” - Sly & Robbie
12. “4 Titty Stalker” from Sex Beat
13. “The Ballad of Dorothy Parker” - Prince
14. “Blocking MF” - from MenaceIISociety
15. “ Moby-Dik” - Ciccone Youth
16. “With a Song in Your Heart “ from Make Way for Tomorrow
17. “trolooloo”
18. “backing up” from Smiley Face
19. “My Friend Jack” – The Smoke
20. “they had killed themselves” from Combat Shock
21. “Perdiendo La Cabez (Going Out Of My Head)” - Perez Prado
22. “That’s Nasty Girls” - from Sex Beat
23. “Nervous Acid” - Bobby Konders
24. “How Fancy Can A Sandwich Be” from Make Way for Tomorrow
25. “Nightcall(Silverdip remix)” - Kavinsky
26. “Come Up With Your Hands Up” - Alice Donut
27. “Red Hot Rockabilly” - Collins Kids
28. “Loud Annoying Music” - Keith Levine
29. “Love My Baby” - Robert Gordon
30. “POW punk ass “ from MenaceIISociety
31. “Mindfield” – Wartime
32. “drum roll” from Cabaret
33. “Sacred Trickster” - Sonic Youth
34. “Freedom of Speech” - Above The Law
35. “polygamist siege” from Big Love
36. “I Want To Take You Higher(LIVE @ Woodstock)” - Sly and the Family Stone
37. “all Baptists are” from Big Love
38. “rock bed” from Magic Touch
39. “Stereo 77” - Bobby Conga
40. “Hate is the Difference” - from the Big Combo
41. “ The Band Gets Swivey on the Wheels” - Son of Bazerk
42. “workmen’s comp”-omegajackson
43. trailer for Avenue X
44. “Iron Galaxy” - Cannibal Ox
45. “Everybody’s Happy Nowadays” - The Buzzcocks
46. brother Sid knows – Jim Backus from The Killer That Stalked New York
47. “Blue Suede Timbs” - Candiria
48. “tubes up “- Water Power
49. “Exogenisis: Part one” - Muse
50. door vs Finger from Two of A Kind
51. “Consolidated(Adorno Strength Mix)” - Consolidated
52. “Coochie Shake” - DJ Assault
53. “Sex Store” - Dave Attell
54. “No Letting Go” - Wayne Wonder
55. “It Ain’t No Picnic” - La Wanda Page
56. “Lover to a Friend” - Jr Parker

Ronnie James Dio, 1942-2010

Ronnie Dio & The Prophets, 1960

Elf, 1974

Rainbow, 1975

Black Sabbath, 1980

Dio, 1983

Heaven & Hell, 2009

Sunday, May 16, 2010

I'm Feeling Very Much Like This Today...

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Silver Threads Among The Gold

First 20 tracks on my iTunes this evening not going to Greekfest Or The Crums OR the Stockley Garden Arts Festival OR The Runaways movie at the Naro and surprisingly feeling pretty okay about that.

1. "Former Airline" - Wire
2. "I Knew The Bride" - Dave Edmunds
3. "Endangered Species" - Ice Cube
4. "Professional" - The Looters
5. "Dark Side" - John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band
6. "Boogie Man" - Frog Legs
7. "Euthanasia" - Meat Beat Manifesto
8. "Vehicle" - Qrquesta Cubana De Música Moderna
9. "Keys Open Doors" - The Clipse
10. "Run Chicken Run" - The Felice Brothers
11. "Cyclops" - Buzzard
12. "Barracuda" - Heart
13. "Black Magic Woman" - Santana
14. "Watching The Wheels" - John Lennon
15. "Wallace Cannonball" - Chuck Aherns and The Cannonballs
16. "Morgus The Magnificent" - Dr. John
17. "Transparent Lover" - Robyn Hitchcock
18. "Mother Nature's Fault" - Self
19. "I'm In Love With A Girl" - Big Star
20. "One Vision" - Queen

Friday, May 14, 2010


Sat 15: 9-5
Sun 16: 2-cl
Mon 17: 9-11am
Thur 20: 9-11am
Fri 21: 8-3
Sat 22: 10-3

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

28 Days Later

Bailed out of work early. Bailed out of a party this evening. Slept all afternoon. I hate hate hate this time of the month.


Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Finger Food

Doesn't this look kind of like a finger? Like with a fingernail and everything? Perhaps we should have asked to see the chef's hands before the waitress at the little Portsmouth tapas restaurant Still brought out Joe's fried zucchini sticks, when he and Mike and I were in town last night going to see Al's gorgeous new 110-year-old house that he just bought in Olde Towne. The four of us at the table found this endless amusing. And yes, Joe still ate it.

And Still is quite a nice little place, set in a 19th century building down in the dark, speakeasy-style basement ("Is this where The Beatles played in Hamburg?" Joe quipped upon entry) the food was some of the best that I have had anywhere locally in quite awhile. Aside from the alarming resemblance to fingers, the fried zucchini was one of the best things we tried on the menu. Served tapas-style, we had blueberry bread with a miso/honey butter spread, Joe also had the crab/asparagus dip, Mike had the blackened rare tuna, I had the chickpea curry with naan triangles and the duck confit tostada (both amazingly delicious) and dang I don't remember what Al had because he gave me a piece of it to try and it was really good and now I can't recall what it was.... oh, but anyway it was all really smashing and I highly recommend it for those of you Hampton Roads locals who haven't tried it yet. Also it's one of the few restaurants in Olde Towne that are actually open on Monday nights so you'll know where to go if you're stuck out that way. Just watch out for those suspicious looking fried zucchini sticks.

Anyway, I admitted was an avid watcher of The Gong Show back in the day, so maybe I had seen the episode where Oingo Boingo won the night's prize but was unlikely to remember it, hardly being familiar with their then-moniker The Mystic Knights Of The Oingo Boingo back when the 80's new wave band was more of a performance art troupe, founded by Richard Elfman and his little brother Danny (that's Richard in the rocket costume, and I think Danny is one of the guys in the horn section). Danny Elfman of course has gone on to become of one of the most prolific and recognizable film and television composers in Hollywood. But aside from The Gong Show and an appearance in the film version of I Never Promised You A Rose Garden (a book I have read but have never seen the movie), The Mystic Knights Of The Oingo Boingo made their own film, The Forbidden Zone, which went on to become an obvious cult classic. Here Danny plays the devil singing something like "St. James Infirmary" and "Minnie The Moocher" from said film. Danny was also the singing voice for Jack Skellington in the now neo-goth classic The Nightmare Before Christmas, and of course, every damn Oingo Boingo song you were probably subjected to throughout the 80's. Yeah, the man's getting about as ubiquitous as Phil Collins was in every medium at one point. He's not about to go away anytime soon.

But yeah, The Gong Show. And LOL Bill Bixby is all I have to say.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Fifty Dollar Justine Bateman Album?

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 Sun 5 am - 7 am-Texas Time.

1. “Congo Train (1996 Digital Remaster)” - Les Baxter
2. “Give Me The Night (Rascale Extended Edit)” - George Benson
3. “all cultures” from Water Power
4. “Tightrope” - Janelle Monae featuring Big Boi
5. trailer for Brick
6. my life has purpose - from Water Power
7. commercial for Mr Bucket
8. “Hold Your Head” - The Flaming Lips
9. sweet muffin shots from SNL 2010
10. “My Boyfriend’s Back” - Alice Donut
11. opening credits for Trinity Brown
12. “Reach” - Martini Ranch
13. “not a cent” from Two of A Kind
14. “Y.F.O.C./Slippy Floor” - The Fall
15. pink slip from the Police Force from Magic Touch
16. “Hold On (featuring Amber Coffman-Sub Focus Mix)” - Rusko
17. “hybrid venom” - Omega Jackson
18. it’s a bomb - Duck and Cover
19. “Crying (Live)” - k.d. lang
20. “Come and Get it Boys” from Here Comes the Bride
21. commercial for Balzac
22. “Sister Anne” - MC5
23. “Always Crashing in the Same Car” - David Bowie
24. clean out these from Water Power
25. “Satan” - Throbbing Gristle
26. “polluted water” - Jamie Gillis
27. track 6 from the Ivory Keyes demo
28. “get me all the guns I want” from the Sniper
29. “Communist Friends” - Kaki King
30. “I Can’t Stand” - Zola Jesus
31. “Here Comes Lunch” from the Other Side of Julia
32. “Ecstacy” - Imaad Wasif
33. “Figurative Theatre” - Christian Death
34. “Departing The Body” - Roy Montgomery
35. rooftop shouting from The Sniper
36. “Digital Killed The Record Store” - Ian McGlynn & Dead Radio
37. “Chelsea Rodgers” – Prince
38. live Iron Maiden
39. Golden Girls theme SNL 2010
40. trailer for The Hot Spot
41. “ is the world flat” - Ass Dan
42. “Gin and Juice” - The Gourds
43. “Marin Get Back” from The Third Man
44. “People Get Ready” - The Chambers Brothers
45. "Germanic (No Human Contact Mix)" - Die Krupps

An Angel Gets Its Wings

Two enduring images from my childhood are no more as of today...

Lena Horne performed on many a children's show, often with the Sesame Street or the Muppets, and even though her scene in The Wiz was so hilariously over-the -top that I still have a hard time watching it without laughing my ass off, she was an undeniable talent and civil rights activist. My friend David got to meet her when he was working on a documentary for PBS about her life and said it really was like meeting a goddess.

Frank Frazetta, however, drew goddesses. And gods, and warriors, and dragons, and spaceships, and all the things that preoccupied my thoughts and sketchbooks throughout the 70's and early 80's -- and Frazetta was one of my very first influences. A lovely slideshow tribute here, with one of my favorite pop songs from the 80's in accompaniment.

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Happy Mother's Day

I love you, mama. Here is a song about Chuck Berry in outer space.

Also, 5 Most Famous Musicians Who Are Thieving Bastards.

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Les Fleurs Du Mommy

I placed an order for one of these cakes yesterday for Mother's Day, specifically the top left one with the purple, yellow, and white flowers. Basically it's yellow cake with chocolate cake "dirt" crumbles and icing roses, make in a real flower pot. My mother's a freak about flowers this time of year and I figured she already has what she wants and needs for her springtime backyard gardening. Giving her a cake in a real terra cotta pot will at least give her, uh... a new pot?

A lot of fantastic used product came in this past week, including a Criterion print of 1928 The Passion Of Joan Of Arc, which I practically got for free with my discount. And yes, Carl Dreyer's film is an unmistakable work of art -- BUT the REAL score yesterday was a used copy of the long out-of-print volume two of Chris Elliott's surreal 1990 TV comedy series Get A Life, which I have posted about before but was my favorite comedy program back around that time in the pre-irony saturated 90's. And as for an comparison in terms of artistic merit with the former subject matter, here's a scene from volume two of Get A Life. Elliott's no Maria Falconetti, but... c'mon, you can't deny that were not touched by his performance.

Friday, May 07, 2010

Brainwashed This Way

First 20 track on my iTunes this morning hoping I have the energy today to do all the things that I should be doing...

1. OdJali Na Mouchoir" - Kitenge
2. "My Companjera" - Gogol Bordello
3. "Television" - Beatnigs
4. "Sexual" - Die Toten Hosen
5. "Kill The Barflies" - Self
6. "Magic Doors" - Portishead
7. "A New Career In A New Town" - David Bowie
8. "Hot Thing (extended Remix)" - Prince
9. "The Monkey Time" - Major Lance
10. "Escalate" - Michael Fakesch
11. "Venus De Milo" - Prince
12. "Burnin' For You" - Blue Oyster CUlt
13. "Gett Off" - Prince & The New Power Generation
14. "Mitternecht" - Kraftwerk
15. "Ramblin' Boy" - Tom Paxton
16. "I Still Love You" - Terence Trent D'Arby
17. "New You" - DJ Me DJ You
18. "A Six Pack To Go" - Hank Thompson
19. "Sacred Love" - Bad Brains
20. "Listen To What The Man Said" - Paul McCartney & Wings

Thursday, May 06, 2010


Fri 7: 8-12
Sat 8: 9-4
Sun 9: 2-cl
Mon 10: 9-11am
Tue 11: 5-cl
Thur 13: 9-11am
Sat 15: 9-5

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Can't Knock The Hustle

Drove out to Benders Books & Cards yesterday afternoon. Ostensibly to show the place to Joe because he had never been, but deep down inside my body and soul secretly craved "Micronauts.... Miiiii-cro-naaaaautssssss....", or at least the few that I had as a child. A sudden wave of nostalgia forced me out of my already overpacked fortress of nostalgia to do a little digging at one of the few places locally that specializes in retro toys -- but then became overwhelmed as always and left with a back issue of The Comics Journal (#237, the women in comics issue), the new book by Dan Clowes, and an old issue of Mineshaft. But with every nook of the dusty old shop cram-packed with vintage this and thats, I gave up the Micronaut search for now. But here are the ones that I'm looking for specifically, if one should run across them, at I suppose a somewhat reasonable price:

The Alien Warrior set (Force Commander in white, Baron Karza in black) with their borg-like steeds (Oberon the white horse, Andromeda the black horse), all four released in the U.S. about 1978 to vaguely capitalize on the Star Wars market the year before. All four comes with a variety of rocket launchers, and the torsos of the Force and Baron could replace the heads and necks of their mounts to make centaurs. Both about 6 1/2 inches tall, and about 7 inches as centaurs. These toys were quite the all-consuming passion of mine that year, playing with them out in the woods back behind Sign Pine Road in Chesapeake with my best friend, and I think I wore the rocket launchers out firing them at squirrels so often.

Some time later, though probably not long after the inevitable destruction of my Alien Warrior set, my father and I stopped by a Toys R Us on the way to my grandmother's house and I picked up this Repto thing that I only grabbed because it looked cool, not making any kind of mental connection with the Micronaut line (and as a kid, why would I?). I'm guessing it was only about 3 1/2 inches long, maybe -- with a blaster for one hand and some kind of circular saw for another, bright bat-like wings that initially drew me to it (loved

anything with bat wings), and a brilliant green exoskeleton that I discovered glowed in the dark when I later took it into my grandmother's bathroom and turn out the lights. It was there that I also discovered that a portion of its brain is exposed at the crown of its angular noggin, which I wouldn't stop caressing morbidly. Somehow I think I held onto this one slightly longer than the Alien Warrior dudes, being easier to carry in my pocket, though he may have gotten himself stolen when I took him to school. Show 'n Tell was such an easy grade back then. And at least the teacher was relieved that I didn't bring another reeking, pungent deer skull that I found in the woods that one time.