From the monthly archives:

October 2006

Slacker generation kids…

October 31, 2006

The Foo Fighters were farging fabulous. Fine musicians, totally on, acoustic foo… ten great songs in the set including a pile of them from the soon to be released “Skin and Bones” CD. Petra Hayden Haden (late of “That Dog”) joined them on violin, mandolin and vocals… her mandolin work was extraordinary. Acoustic is kind of an understatement of course. The instruments were acoustic but so wonderfully amplified that they blew my ears out. The keyboard player (Bobby Chaffee Rami Jaffe) played piano, of course, but also keytar, organ and the accordion.

Set list?

  1. Times like these
  2. Marigold
  3. My hero
  4. Big me
  5. Next year
  6. See you
  7. Another round
  8. (Taylor Hawkins track number nine)
  9. Skin and Bones
  10. Everlong

There was a brief intermission and then an industrial music assemblage of older men in hats and a pedal steel guitar player took the stage and jumped into a song called “Maggie’s Farm.” The keyboard player (who occasionally swapped out on harmonica) was a thin guy in a black suit with red trim wearing a flat brimmed zorro hat with silver conchos on the band. The drummer wore some kind of brimless middle eastern looking thing. The three guitarists wore classic fedoras. (The lead guitarist had the best one). The pedal steel player needed no hat. He was younger with a full head of hair. They played another fifteen songs before they were through.

The pedal steel was all about air horns halfway through the set when they played Highway 61. More about this later I think. I better go to bed now. Tomorrow is a work day and this whole experience was almost too fun to blog.

Update: Denny Freeman, the lead guitar last night in the Bob Dylan Band was wearing a classic homburg with rolled brim.

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Another f’ing nazi…

October 31, 2006

Senator Allen, accompanied by Brown Shirts, appears to have prematurely adopted a policy of violent confrontation when approached by the press. Hopefully Stark will sue his pants off. And their shirts. And the right-wing lout will lose the election. hopefully.

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…one big sit-com

October 31, 2006

Tamar summarizes American culture in a few well chosen words. Well, I’m off with a pencil, a tablet and a couple of expensive tickets to the Foo Fighters and Bob Dylan. Beth is under the weather so it looks like one of the tix will go to waste. It’s a pity that Papa Golby is [...]

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The offending text…

October 31, 2006

Here then is the excerpt from the Bishop’s “personal and confidential” message to his subordinates that I find so offensive: Please listen to the enclosed message: it deals with the marriage referendum, the death penalty referendum, and the issue of embryonic stem cell research. The message is educational in its purpose, and is certainly nonpartisan. [...]

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Sack Bishop Morlino, Christ’s lobbyist…

October 30, 2006

Bishop Morlino should be stripped of his office and brought into court for election tampering if what Bill Wineke reported today is true. Wineke said, He sent [all his priests] a “personal and confidential” letter last week ordering them to play a 14-minute CD announcing his positions on the “marriage referendum, the death penalty referendum [...]

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Faithful Interpretation

October 30, 2006

Ironic, the blog post I intended to draft (and that will likely appear above this one in the reverse chron order of such things) has been delayed while I print out Tom Matrullo’s reflections on AKMA‘s Faithful Interpretation. That post, the one upcoming, advocates emulating Henry VIII in stripping the Bishops of their property and [...]

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FSM, IPU or ID? You decide…

October 29, 2006

Recently the borders of the country of reason have been under siege by sectarian violence… pastafarians hurling plates of marinara at adherents of the Invisible Pink Unicorn (may her holy hooves never be shod)… Intelligent Designites hurling insults at Dawkinsians in a deft feint, an October surmise aimed at drawing attention away from their cruel [...]

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Squirrel watching…

October 29, 2006

We have the feeders up and stocked, a fresh order of books in from Amazon… … so we’re ready for the squirrels, and all I can say is “Bring it on.”

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