Saturday, July 31, 2010

An Update On Reality

I spent the last two days writing down the stuff people have asked for in my music/movie/video game store:

  • The song "Kandi" by One Eskimo
  • The DVD to Chances Are
  • The CD to Santana's Supernatural
  • The "Warsaw Concerto" by Richard Addinsell
  • The DVD for the Disney movie Motorcrossed
  • The song "Lucky" by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat
  • The CD to Ready by Trey Songz

Aside from the Trey Songz album, which we don't even carry in our store because it's WEA, and that One Eskimo track, very few people are looking for the really new stuff when it comes to music. Aside from Chances Are and Motorcrossed, both over a decade old, movies seem to be the thing that people scramble into the store to buy on the first week, like The Losers and Cop Out. Chances Are was a request from a 60-something year old lady, and Motorcrossed was from a man looking to buy it for his little girl, which didn't even come up in our UPC as even existing on DVD (although Amazon shows that it was once on VHS). Trey Songz's Ready is still a hot ticket, even with his brand new album coming out in September. And "Lucky" was a huge hit last year, or heck, was it the year before? Damn but it's so easy to lose track of time when you are too busy shilling shit.

Friday, July 30, 2010


Sat 31: 1-6
Sun 1: 10-5
Mon 2: 9-11am
Tue 3: 2-cl
Wed 4: 2-8
Fri 6: 1-8
Sat 7: 12-9

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Mikey's Room

First 20 tracks on my iTunes sitting here with 7th degree burns on my face after a 30 minute fast-walk around Mt. Trashmore in relatively cool 95 degree heat.

1. "Pass The Toilet Paper" - The Outhere Brothers
2. "Wayfarer" - Kayo Dot
3. "Erotic City" - Prince & The Revolution
4. "How To Kill" - The Art Of Noise
5. "Collapsing New People" - Fad Gadget
6. "Tonight I'm Gonna Rock You Tonight" - Spinal Tap
7. "Pouring Water On A Drowning Man" - James Carr
8. "Ill Barko" - Spike Jones
9. "Valid Or Void" - Shrink
10. "A Selection" - Fishbone
11. "Jump" - Kriss Kross
12. "Say You Love Me" - Fleetwood Mac
13. "No Use In Crying" - The Rolling Stones
14. "Bigger And Better" - The Hytones
15. "Numbers" - Kraftwerk
16. "No Black Motherfuckers In The House" - Prince
17. "I'm Confessin' (That I Love You)" - Thelonious Monk
18. "Back Like That" - Ghostface Killah
19. "The Surrey With The Fringe On Top" - Sonny Rollins
20. "On The Subway" - The Last Poets

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Ramblin' Gal

Taken a bit of a hard fall off the diet wagon this last week and a half, not sticking to my regime. It's much harder when Joe is here -- he's been home sick a lot this week and we both don't exactly work well together when it comes to keeping each other on track. And I've eaten out a lot this week which definitely doesn't help.

I am, however, more and more inclined to buy a bicycle. Not that I have the money anytime soon to invest in something sturdy and high quality, but I think the extra exercise would do me some good.

Then again if I had the money I'd seriously invest in some kind of 3-month fitness camp. Someplace far away from temptation, with other like-minded compatriots. I want to go someplace and work and sweat and eat fruits and vegetables and "feel the burn". Too many distractions at home, too many hurdles to leap over just to get through the day feeling triumphant. God, how I would love to just be far away right now.

Bicycle. Must. Get.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The Consequences Of Falling Asleep At My House During Monday Night Raw

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. “Dream is Collapsing” - Hans Zimmer
2. “The Phonecall” from Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind
3. “Those without Balls” - Jackie Chan
4. “Mind Hiest” - Zack Hemsey
5. “Ears are listening” from Shinjoku Incident
6. “Steps and Backmasking” from She-Wolf of London
7. “Colouring Of Pigeons” - The Knife In Collaboration With Mt. Sims And Planningtorock
8. “I Just Want My Hand” - Kabuki Joe
9. “IRM” - Charlotte Gainsbourg
10. opening for Alphaville
11. “Randy turns” from She-Wolf of London
12. Christian Bale vs Mel Gibson
13. Popeye Scats
14. “Sweetback” - Viola Wills
15. “Sukiyaki Hot” from The Last Dragon
16. trailer for The Prophet
17. “Get down” from Shinjuku Incident
18. trailer for 80s Slasher flick from Slaughter Hotel
19. clips and music from Van Nuys Blvd
20. “Show Me Love(Skream Bootleg)” - Robin S
21. “It’s Different Now” from The Hippie Revolt
22. “drum circle” from Soul Power
23. “Manhood is Dead” – from Myra Breckinridge
24. “Chesapeake” - Evenings
25. trailer for Pacific Heights
26. “Why Must Our Eyes Always Be Turned Backwards” - Lou Bond
27. “I Can Deal With That” - Dee Edwards
28. “Nerves of the Nightmind” - Frontier Ruckus
29. “I Saw The Light” - Hee-Haw
30. “Seduce and Destroy” - Frank T.J. Mackey
31. “opening for Fitzcaraldo
32. “Aston Martin Music” - Rick Ross
33. “ is Like Visa” - Chris Rock
34. “Dhaaru Pee Ke (Liquid Stranger Remix)” - Specialist & Tru Skool
35. “The Future Will Come” - The Juan McClean
36. “Hedwig’s Lament” - Hedwig and The Angry Inch
37. opening for Viva La Muerte
38. “coward punching bag” – The Last Dragon
39. “cut off your little nuts”- from Troll 2
40. “Blazing Ashes” - Aurdrey Horne
41. trailer for Shaun of The Dead
42. “Auto tune that rainbow”
43. “Left Arm of Buddha” - Les Baxter
44. “January First” - Tit Wrench
45. “Madureira Chorou” - Meireles e Sua Orquesta
46. McLeod Landfill
47. “Self Perservation Society” - from The Italian Job
48. “Soft-Soap Jingle” from The Flintstones
49. “Monday’s Promise” - Jean Shepard
50. theme from LOST
51. bark-off

Monday, July 26, 2010

An Awfully Big Adventure

Wasp in the bedroom. A lot of squealing, a lot of girly flailing about. Much smashing against walls and floors with my 700+ page biography of Theodore Roosevelt. The deed is done, but the willies will never leave me. Time to set the whole house on fire and start a new uncontaminated life elsewhere.

(Boot) There It Is!

World premier of the trailer for AMC's The Walking Dead this past weekend at Comic Con.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

The Line-Up

Finally getting a glimpse of the cast for the new AMC series The Walking Dead based on the comic book of the same name. Liking the looks of this group, although I have yet to see if there are adding an actor for Tyrese yet (unless this IronE Singleton actor playing someone named "T-Dog" is supposed to be Tyrese, which I kinda hope not) though I suppose they might plan to trim down the initial cast to a small cluster to tighten up the storylines for television, although at the rate the character die off in the comic maybe they need to rethink that strategy.

Andrew Lincoln is a British actor playing Kentucky cop Rick Grimes, and I think at least two of these other actors have been in the movie The Mist but damn if I could remember who they played. Buy yay, very excited! Hope this doesn't bust.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010


Tue 20: 10-5
Wed 21: 5-cl
Thur 22: 9-11am
Fri 23: 10-5
Sun 25: 11-5
Mon 26: 9am-11am
Tue 27: 3:30-cl
Fri 30: 9-4
Sat 31: 1-6

Monday, July 19, 2010

Lord I've Been Changed

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. 渋さ知らズ 「ナーダム」
2. “Let’s Have A Bachelor Party” from Bachelor Party
3. “Razend Zand” - Razen
4. Sho-Nuff from The Last Dragon
5. “Laydown” - Prince
6. “Heaven’s Elevator Door” – Vanity
7. “Feel It on the South Side (Birdman x Washed Out)” - The Hood Internet
8. “You Don’t Treat Me No Good” - Sonia DADA
9. 
10. 
11. Star Wars Underoos Commercial
12. “Cleo’s Back” - TOWER OF POWER w/ Dusty Street
13. “Autotune That Rainbow”
14. “3to CHnbhee mehsi” - Ractu u3 Spywero
15. “nightmare” from Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
16. “Nothing” - The Fugs
17. “Subway Rap” from Wild Style
18. trailer for Bubba Ho-Tep
19. “Life and How To Live It” - R.E.M.
20. “I Think I Like U 2” - Jamiaca
21. “You Can’t Piss on Hospitality” from Troll 2
22. “Lazy Me” - Moby Grape
23. Magic of the Kite trailer from Alamo Drafthouse Vol 5
24. “Cumbia Del Sal” – Cumbias En Moog
25. “Enforcer” - Leeway
26. “I don’t like this place workout” from TROLL 2
27. “Rick James Looking Fool” from Last Dragon
29. “Nilbog Sermon” from Troll 2
30. “Like A Sheep” - T.L. Barrett & Youth For Christ Choir
31. “miserable sub culture” from Style Wars
32. “Steppin’ Up ( nacey mix)” - M.I.A.
33. “Basketball Dozens” from Wild Style
34. up scream from The Hurt Locker
35. 28 Days Later trailer
36. “Try Force (The Future is Retro)” - Elaquent
37. The BIG LSD Dragnet Blue Boy RMX
38. “Homophobic” - Dave Attell
39. “Richard Hung Himself” - D.I.
40. “Kabong”
41. “Devil With a Blue Dress” - Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels
42. NO WIRE HANGERS !!!!!!!! from Mommie Dearest
43. “God Bows To Math” - The Minutemen
44. “Theme From the Green Slime” - The Cold
45. Dirty Books from The Last Dragon
46. “Jet Set Junta” – Monochrome Set
47. “Yarn Bones” - Mickey Mickey Roarke
48. “Get Funky” from Style Wars
49. “3 Card Monty” - Fab 5 Freddy
50. “Pyramid” - Hortlax Cobra
51. “Jesus is Mine” - Kingcannon Family

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Twilight's Last Gleaming

Old high school acquaintance Will Harris with his wife Jen and the late Harvey Pekar
after dinner at Freeman Abbey in Norfolk, Va.

First 20 tracks on my iTunes up at 5am with stomach cramps from too much coffee and food so late at night and having to get up at 7am anyway for work.

1. "Quick As White" - Kasai All Stars
2. "Colors of Sound" - Meat Beat Manifesto
3. "I Got You" - Split Endz
4. "Excerpt 8" - Afrirampo
5. "Espionage" - The db's
6. "Ilyena" - The Mars Volta
7. "Circle Of Amour" - Prince
8. "Brutal Equation" - Consolidated
9. "Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby" - Dinah Washington
10. "Saturday Night Style" - Mikey Dread
11. "About Her" - Malcolm McLaren
12. "Lottery Winners On Acid" - The Crimea
13. "The Nag" - The Halos
14. "Do You Have A Mind?" - The Cold
15. "Black Yo' Eye" - Mojo Nixon
16. "Hungry Ants" - Barry Adamson
17. "Kingdom" - VNV Nation
18. "Celtic Blues" - Spinal Tap
19. "I'll Wait" - Van Halen
20. "It's Not Unusual" - Tom Jones

Friday, July 16, 2010

She's Come Undone?

My heavens, what a jittery, unstable mess I've been today. Must have been the coffee I had this afternoon, because two hours later I was shaking and jabbering and eating all the food in the house and constantly checking my mail as if I have a jury duty notice, only to remember that it's Joe that has a jury duty notice and not me. Okay, I really need to quit coffee this time. I can't keep ruining my diet and ceasing to function like a productive member of society. Dear God, I even ate at McDonald's tonight, like some stoner with the munchies or something, and now I just feel hungry and gross. And physically tired, but unable to sleep. Cripes, I wanna puke...

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Into The Gap

Does anybody remember the Thompson Twins Adventure home computer game that came out in 1984? Hopefully I'm not the only one who hasn't, although now that I've played a retro version of it at World Of Spectrum I kinda wish I hadn't. Apparently one of their albums that came out around that time -- and although I probably have it I couldn't tell you which -- had some kind of code where if you taped the record to a cassette and did something and then did, uh, something else I guess you could play some shoddily made "adventure" game by telling the Twins where to go, so long as you knew sort of what to type (and "to hell" didn't work for me). Anyway, craptastic as it is, I'm kind of... addicted. Mostly because I perversely want to see where this is all heading, though I'm certain that it is ultimately nothing good. Then again I'm the nerd that actually enjoyed playing both the Journey video arcade game AND the Atari 2600 home game.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

From Somebody About Someone Else

Joe's comments on the passing of George Steinbrenner, via his Facebook page.

Before I was into sports entertainment I was a big baseball fan- one of my favorite books was Sparky Lyle's The Bronx Zoo talking about the Yankees in 1978- their amazing comeback after being I think 17 1/2 games back in the division.Of course one of the major characters was the BOSS- George Stienbrenner- long before Vinny Mac and Stone Cold Steve Austin played out the boss versus the worker storyline in WWF- Stienbrenner hired and fired fiery manager Billy Martin 5 times in the late 70s,early 80s-Stienbrenner was competitive and tried to buy winning- money does not always buy chemistry(something the Heat may find out-the way my Orioles and Redskins have)-but his goal was to win and he accomplished that goal for his franchise several times during his tenure as the boss.A true character - I was not his biggest fan(actually not a fan) - but his impact on the game was undeniable- and I think his impact(and Reggie and others on those teams) on sports entertainment and sports will continue forward

Ass Transition

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. Main Titles for Johnny Quest
2. “Echoes” from Zardoz
3. “Music 2” - Jackie Gleason
4. “I Love the Disappointment in their eyes” - from Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
5. “Kabong!
6. “Graves of Deluxe Green” - Alternative TV
7. “Moses on a Snail” - Robert Pollard
8. “International Echo” from The Third Man
9. “You Don’t Have to Get Mad” - Gang of Four
10. “I Promise I’ll Wait” - Nancy
11. “Porn, it’s all good” from the Office
12. “Terror Management” - Psychobuildings
13. “Dancing on Townsquare” - The Chaplin Band
14. “Woodcabin” - Saint Eitenne
15. “Easy (Fabian Mix)” - Dragonette
16. “I’m Speechless” - Prince @ BET Awards 2010
17. “Sexxtroversy( Rihanna vs Prince) clique retake
18. “Sex Shooter” - Apollonia 6 19. “rainbow freak-out”
20. “Happiness” - Paul Winchell and Jerry Mahoney
21. “drowning papa” from Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
22. Mel Gibson
23. “Don’t Change Nothing” - Mary Jane Hooper
24. “almost certain she is lying” – Byron the process server
25. “Come Back and Stay” - Paul Young
26. “get in you little batmobile”
27. “Hinweise Zum Neuen Klang” - Wirtschaftswunder
28. about 70000 had shown up to protest
29. “on the subway” - The Last Poets
30. “Generique” - Miles Davis
31. “Just Walkin’ In The Rain” - The Prisonaires
32. Stasi prison
33. “That Doesn’t Make You A Model”
34. “Noche Divina” - Natalia Lafourcade
35. “Come On Be My Baby Tonight” - David from Real World New Orleans
36. “You” - Jandek
37. “The Downward Spiral” - Nine Inch Nails
38. “New Feudalism” - Jello Biafra And The Guantanamo School Of Medicine
39. “Brutally Mutilated” – Mortician
40. “I Can” - Nas
41. “Time For You To Leave William Blake” - Neil Young
42. “How Many Have You Had Sex With” - From The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
43. “Elvis vs Nirvana”
44. “Nasty(Sludge Mix)” – Janet Jackson
45. “She’s On Drugs” - The Jazz Butcher
46. “my boot will find your ass in the afterlife” - Spartacus Blood and Sand
47. “Be A Lemonhead(Beautiful Junkie)” – The Elevator Drops
48. McDonald’s Latino theme
49. “urine and pancakes” – from Semi-Pro
50. “Godlike” - KMFDM
51. Sex Pistols on Bill Grundy
52. “Anarchy in the UK” - The Black Arabs
53. Wally Gator

Monday, July 12, 2010

Tuli Kupferberg, 1923-2010

Harvey Pekar, 1939-2010

Go rent American Splendor. Seriously. Just, go rent it. Then carry your ass down to the comic book store and start buying up some American Splendor comix. Then go dig up every youtube clip of his many hilariously contentious appearances on Late Nite with David Letterman. Then come sit down and have a good cry with me.

R.I.P. Harvey

Sunday, July 11, 2010


Sun 11: 5-cl
Tue 13: 9-11am
Wed 14: 5-cl
Thur 15: 9-11am
Sat 17: 9-5
Mon 19: 10-5
Tue 20: 10-5
Thur 22: 9-11am
Fri 23: 10-5

Friday, July 09, 2010

The Age Of Innocence

I remember this commercial vividly running every Saturday morning in between cartoons and American Bandstand right around the time when The Empire Strikes Back was about to be released, and my friend Lara was already super hardcore into Boba Fett, even though she knew nothing about him except that she really wanted his Underoos. Funny how when we finally went to see the movie together Lara got so mad at Boba Fett for freezing Han Solo in carbonite that when there was a close-up of him walking past the screen Lara screamed, jumped to her feet and threw her flop-flop at the movie screen. Christ, I laughed so hard.

Anyway, yeah, kids prancing about in their underwear. And I still laugh like an eleven year old every time the girl that sings "And R2D2 just makes me smile!" sounds like she rips a fart. Good times.

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

The Five Foxes Secret Lair

First 20 tracks on my iTunes remembering beign 13 years old and sitting on the roof of this shed (then painted red) and listening to Joan Jett & The Blackhearts' I Love Rock And Roll album on my ratty old tape deck.

1. "Gimme A Pig Foot" - Bessie Smith
2. "Beds Are Burning" - Midnight Oil
3. "It's Better This Way" - The Associates
4. "Wack Wack" - The Young Holt Trio
5. "Watch The Sunrise" - Big Star
6. "Livin' Large (East Coast Mix)" - Kool Keith
7. "November Rain" - Guns 'N Roses
8. "Holloway Jail" - The Kinks
9. "Make My Funk The T Funk" - DJ Mike Sky
10. "Space Is The Place" - Sun Ra
11. "Introspection (Take 3)" - Thelonious Monk
12. "Dark Angel" - VNV Nation
13. "The End Of It All" - Self
14. "Borealis" - Tangerine Dream
15. "Streets Of London" - Anti-Nowhere League
16. "Inner Piece" - Grimskunk
17. "Scream Like An Angel" - Brilliant
18. "Goodbye" - Benny Goodman Trio
19. "One Chord Wonders" - The Adverts
20. "Up With The Cock" - Judge Dread

Tuesday, July 06, 2010


Wed 7: 11-5
Thur 8: 11-3
Sat 10: 4-cl
Sun 11: 5-cl
Tue 13: 9-11am
Wed 14: 5-cl
Thur 15: 9-11am
Sat 17: 9-5

Monday, July 05, 2010


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. “opening to THE FIVE
2. “Shhh!” – The Artist Formerly Known As Prince
3. “Concierto De Aranjuez” - Miles Davis
4. ‘Revolutionary Situation” - Artists United Against Aparthied
5. “Avalanche Rock” - The Avalanches
6. “Poetic Moment II:The Streets” - Me Phi Mi
7. “Funky Space Mediation” - Marvin Gaye
8. “A Big 10-8 Place” - Negativland
9. “anonymous” - tinklepotty
10. “opening” to Hardware"
11. “Blackeye” - Bargain Music featuring HR
12. “Pouring Rain” - Fishbone
13. “Evening News” - Bashead
14. “opening to Andromeda Strain
15. “playground next to a sewer” from Forgetting Sarah Marshall
16. “The World is My Oyster” - Frankie Goes To Hollywood
17. “Why Men Get Up at Night” - Redd Foxx
18. Best of the Tourette’s Guy
19. “Horseflesh” - Flour
20. “I Love Mama’s Family!!!”
21. “Flowers on the Wall” - The Statler Brothers
22. “Bowman’s Body verse 2” from Virginia Creepers
23. “Nick your coffee is a crime” from Barney Miller
24. “menu from Kill the Messenger “ - Chris Rock
25. “One All American” from Pink Angels
26. “More Human Than Human” - White Zombie
27. “Super_Massive_Black_Lamb” - LeeDM101
28. “Mother Valentine” - The Wolfgang Press
29. “suck him dry” from Hardware
30. “Space Race” - Billy Preston
31. “Wendy-O-Matik” - Consolidated
32. “Wardance” - Killing Joke
33. “Ball and Chain” - Big Mama Thornton
34. “Knuckleheaded Squirrel” from In A Lonely Place

Sunday, July 04, 2010

Biding Her Time Until She Can Has Cheezburger

Happy Fourth Of July

Friday, July 02, 2010

Three Men And A Little Industry

Veer magazine profiles three of the longest-lasting independent music stores in the Hampton Roads area. I used to work at Mitch Kirsner's Fantasy out in Newport News for a short while, and hung out almost daily at Steve Athey's Skinnies when I lived in Norfolk's Ghent neighborhood, shooting the shit with Steve and Jeff (RIP). And I've been going to Barry Friedman's Birdland in Virginia Beach since his father ran the place, the Friedman's being old friends of my family and Barry is one of the nicest guys in the industry.

If you are ever in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, or Newport News, stop by any one of these little indie stores. They're pretty much all that we have left anymore.