Saturday, March 31, 2007


Man, I love's a visualizer plug-in for iTunes that searches your iTunes library and tells you which artists have shows coming up in your home town (or in the vicinity of your hometown...or in someone else's hometown).

Here's a list of concerts that I pulled up within a 120 mile radius of Burlington:

MARCH 31st: Bishop Allen & Say Hi To Your Mom (Bennington College)
APRIL 1st: Cold War Kids (Higher Ground); Doc Watson (Troy Savings Bank Music Hall)
APRIL 2nd: Clipse (Higher Ground)
APRIL 7th: Grace Potter and the Nocturnals (Waterville Valley, NH); George Winston (IMAC Theater, Huntington, NY); Xiu Xiu (T.T. the Bear's, Cambridge MA)
APRIL 8th: Junior Boys (Higher Ground)
APRIL 12th: Mono (Middle East Restaurant & Nightclub, Cambridge MA)
APRIL 13th: Calla (Middle East Restaurant & Nightclub, Cambridge MA)
APRIL 17th: Kid Koala (Red Square Albany, NY)
APRIL 19th: Islands (Middle East Restaurant & Nightclub, Cambridge MA)
APRIL 21st: Of Montreal (Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs NY)
APRIL 21st: Grizzly Bear (Bennington College) **WHY DIDN"T ANYONE TELL ME ABOUT THIS?!?!?!**
APRIL 23rd: Kid Koala (Higher Ground)
APRIL 28th: Apollo Sunshine (UVM)
MAY 5th: Sunset Rubdown (Middle East Restaurant & Nightclub, Cambridge MA)

If anyone else is wondering what this "Middle East Restaurant" is that is bringing so many amazing bands to Cambridge, their website is here.

Friday, March 30, 2007


Leave it to Rick Danko to make Janis Joplin & the Grateful Dead look like that guy is friggin' wasted.


I was greeted to this sight while driving home on Williston Road the other day--

When did the Easter Bunny get so political? He was just into handing out gaudy colored baskets filled with plastic grass & tasty chocolate treats back in the old he's a straight-up rabble rouser. Fight the power, Mr. Bunny!

Ok folks, this is it--the deciding round in this month's trivia challenge! Seeing as last week's quiz was music related, this week's will be a film-related question.

Here's the clue--

1) What is the name of the film this still is taken from?
2) What is the director's name?
3) Name at least three other films by this director?

BONUS: One of the characters in this film is a heroin-addicted Vietnam veteran. Name the type of animal this character is.

The deadline for entries is Sunday at 5pm. Good luck to everyone--I will announce this month's winner on Sunday evening.

**UPDATE: Guess it would help if I posted my e-mail for sending your answers to:

Thursday, March 29, 2007


So it looks like I may be screening some of my experimental film work in town soon! I just got off the phone with Ian who organizes the experimental film night at the Kriya Studio, and he's excited to have me help out with some of the technical demands as well as show some of my work.

The Kriya Studio is on North Winooski, behind World Market & the laudromat. I met Kriya's founder Julia through a mutual friend when she was trying to raise funds for the studio via an art auction and I donated a few of my paintings. I love the idea of small, homegrown art venues and it sounds like Kriya is becoming a hip place for new local musicians, artists & scenesters to come together & strut their stuff.

So far all I know is that the experimental film night will be every Thursday evening, but I will post more details as I get them. It should be a great opportunity to see some alternative cinema, which is an art form that is far too underappreciated and underrepresented in this area--hope to see you there!

Wednesday, March 28, 2007


FACT #128: Jay at SpittingOutTeeth makes the world's greatest latte.

The secret ingredients are premium VT organic coffee beans, hand-blended foam, a dash of cinnamon & a buttload of love...

Monday, March 26, 2007


It looks like we have a mighty close five-way race coming into the final week of this month's Trivia Challenge. Here are our point leaders who are in contention to win--

ANDREW --> 60 points
JB --> 60 points
TOM --> 55 points
GREG --> 55 points
NICK --> 40 points

It's anybody's game at this point, so it'll be an interesting finish. Remember that the first correct answer gets 5 bonus points, so be checking this site frequently on Friday.

Oh yeah, here's this month's list of prizes--

1st Prize -- $20 gift certificate to PurePop OR "Wonder Showzen" Season One DVD.

2nd Prize -- CD copy of Velvet Underground's "VU"

3rd Prize -- My respect and admiration.

Good luck everyone!

Sunday, March 25, 2007


We had another big turnout for this week's trivia challenge. I figured this week's quiz might be a bit tougher than the previous ones, but apparently it was no match for all of you experimental music gurus--good work!

Andrew - 15 pts. + 5 bonus + 5 for first correct entry
Tom - 15 pts. + 5 bonus
JB - 15 pts. + 5 bonus
Greg - 15 pts. + 5 bonus
Nick - 15 pts. + 5 bonus

Here are the answers:

1) Jandek
2) Corwood Industries
3) Sterling Smith

Bonus: I Woke Up

Congrats again to all our winners! Next week's question will determine who wins this month's contest (it's a close one), and I will be announcing the prizes next Friday--GOOD LUCK!!!

Friday, March 23, 2007


How friggin' psyched am I? Very friggin' psyched. The wonderful Criterion Collection has just announced that they are going to be releasing two films by the embarrasingly underappreciated Yukoslavian filmmaker Dusan Makavejev, including one of my favorite films, "Sweet Movie".

Also, my dream of Criterion releasing more experimental film following their release of the indispensible By Brakhage set has finally been realized. Chris Marker's brilliant experimental documentaries "La Jetee" (the inspiration for the Terry Gilliam film "12 Monkeys") and "Sans Soleil" will be released together as a single disc.

Also of note--Lindsay Anderson's "If..." starring a pre-"Clockwork Orange" Malcom McDowell.

It's time for yet another Friday trivia challenge! As promised, this week's trivia is music related.

Download the following clue--


Then answer the following questions:

1) Who is the artist?

2) What is the name of the label this artist records exclusively for?

3) What is the artist's real name?

Bonus: Name the album this track is from.

As always, submit your answers to Next week is the last trivia question of the month & I will be announcing the prizes soon--GOOD LUCK!!!

On May 5th, Diabolik DVD will release a 3-disc boxset of Alejandro Jodorowsky's films "El Topo", "The Holy Mountain" and "Fando and Lis". Jodorowsky's films are incredibly surreal and beautiful, and have been sadly overlooked by all but the most discerning cineastes, mainly because of their inaccessibility (his masterpiece, "El Topo", had previously never had an official US NTSC video release and could only be experienced from poor quality bootlegs). Hopefully this great new set will turn on a whole new audience to Jodorowky's unique and important cinematic vision.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007


Just found discovered this very interesting website, the brainchild of performance artist/experimental video artist/"You, Me & Everyone We Know" director Miranda July and a few others.

Check out the "Learning to Love You More website and maybe even make an entry yourself. I found one Burlington entry on the site already in the "Recreate a Poster You Had As a Teenager" category. And I'm sure plenty of you crazy kids could record your own guided meditation. Greg Davis, this has your name (and music) written all over it.


Fueled only by the power of thy immortal Hacksaw Jim Dugan mousepad, I trudge on through yet another week of work travel....this week it's Danbury, CT (last was Pottstown, PA & the gods only know where next week may find me, to "wake in the morning wandering, weary & worn out"). Sleep deprivation and panic attacks making for cheap's been quite the week.

So....dragging my head out of this stream-of-consciousness diatribe...a new trivia question will be posted tomorrow evening, so be on the look-out. I'm also planning on putting a few album reviews up at some point this weekend, seeing as I haven't done one in a while. I will also try to post the info on the Jodorowsky DVDs I mentioned, as well as an ode to the wonderful Robocop films, which I have been renewing my love of lately.

I need some sleep.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007


This was part of a White Stripes management press release regarding the erroneous reporting of their North American tour:

In fact, The White Stripes have yet to confirm their North American routing as of yet. But we are happy to say that it will include all 10 provinces and 3 territories of Canada, as well as the remaining 16 states of the United States the band have yet to play. A few major markets that have been journeyed to in the past will be also be included.

As far as know, The White Stripes have never played a gig in Vermont...does this mean we might get to all put on our red shirts & white pants for a summer gig by the world's most famous faux-brother/sister act?

Sunday, March 18, 2007


Guess who's going to this year's Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago? If you guessed me, then you're right! Just bought my tickets online & I'm completely psyched. Not only do I get to visit one of my favorite cities (and for the first time as a non-business trip), check out the line-up for the fest this year:

Friday, July 13
Pitchfork Music Festival
& All Tomorrow's Parties Present: Don't Look Back(Announced so far: Sonic Youth will perform "Daydream Nation")

Saturday, July 14
Cat Power
Iron & Wine
Girl talk
Grizzly Bear
Professor Murder

Sunday, July 15
Of Montreal
Jamie Lidell
Ken Vandermark's Powerhouse Sound

Sweet.....I will of course do an on-site nightly blog update with reviews of the shows. Can't promise how sober/coherent they'll be, but they'll be there.

My apologies--I completely forgot to post a new trivia question this Friday.

I was planning on doing four trivia questions per month, and seeing as there are five Fridays this month, it's actually kind of fitting that we take a week off right in the middle. You know, to refresh the ol' noggins for a tough question next week.

Also, I'm going to be out of town on a business trip (yes, believe it or not this blog doesn't pay the bills & I do have a day job) and I probably won't be able to provide too many updates until Friday. I have some news about a music fest this summer in Chicago & the official US DVD release of the films of Alejandro Jodorowsky which I will try to do a write-up on if I have a spare moment though.

Sorry again for the trivia mixup. Seeing as it was St. Patty's day weekend, I have a feeling that I probably wouldn't have received too many (coherent) entries anyhow.... :)

Thursday, March 15, 2007



It's not like it's going to be a new listen for any of you (considering we probably have all been listening to bootleg copies for the past few months), but Panda Bear's amazing new album "Person Pitch" gets its official release of CD Tuesday. So ease your guilty conscience, head to your local indie music shop on the 20th & buy it.

For those of you who haven't heard this album, it's highly recommended to anyone who likes Animal Collective, the Beach Boys and/or the Boss Dr. Sample. Sample. So in other words....everybody.

UPDATE: Oh yeah, and speaking of the Beach Boys, I picked up a copy of "20/20" on vinyl at Downtown Discs today! Can't wait to go home & let the needle drop on some Cabinessence....

On Saturday, March 24th the legendary documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles will be in Montpelier to introduce screenings of several of his best films at the Green Mountain Film Festival. Included among these is his classic film about the Rolling Stones at Altamont, "Gimme Shelter", showing at 9:15 PM. I haven't seen this film on the big screen since college & would love to see it again & possibly ask Al a few questions.

If anyone is interested in going, let me know so I can buy tickets. They are $7.50 each and I'm sure they'll sell out soon. I have room for three people in my car so first come, first serve.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007


(sorry for the lame-ass graphic, but it was the first thing I found Google searching "music and film")

As I've probably made quite obvious in other posts, my love of all things musical and cinematic has made me into quite the rock documentary fan. I've been kicking around the idea of holding a monthly screening at my place & just wanted to see if there is enough interest to justify doing it.

Here's the pros:

1) I've got a new kick-ass stereo & a near-deaf neighbor
2) I'm planning on buying a big flat-screen tv soon.
3) I have a pretty decent collection of rock docs (see below)

Here's the cons:

1) I live in South Burlington (by the airport), so it's a bit of a haul for the townies. I'd be happy to run shuttle to pick folks up though, but you'll have to find transport back.
2) I have two cats, so if you're allergic it sucks.

Here's a list of some of the docs I have in my collection. Let me know if there's anything in particular you'd like to see screened:

Instrument (Fugazi), Benjamin Smoke, Gimme Shelter, Co#$sucker Blues, Meeting People is Easy, I Am Trying To Break Your Heart, A Good Band Is Easy To Kill, Don't Look Back (just picked up the special addition with the new "Dylan 65 Revisited" film), Eat The Document, The Filth and the Fury, Rolling Stones' Rock & Roll Circus, Stop Making Sense, The Last Waltz, Monterey Pop, Ziggy Stardust & the Spiders From Mars, Kill Your Idols, Eating Sleeping Waiting & Playing, Rolling Stones Live in the Park, Tell Me Do You Miss Me?, Low in Europe, Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart, Nico: Icon, The Velvet Underground: Under Review, The Most Gigantic Lying Mouth of All Time, Sympathy For the Devil, TV Party, Tripping With Caveh (featuring Will Oldham), Mutual Appreciation, Lucky Three....and this is just what I can think of off the top of my head. Feel free to recommend something not on the list too.

Let me know if anyone's interested. I'm thinking we can do it on a Friday night once a month or whatever works best for everyone.

Thanks to Andrew for sending me this. I'm glad I didn't grow up in Japan--this video would have scared me away from ever using a toilet as a kid.

I aspire to someday become a "Pa-Pa-Pants Man" myself.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007


Lee "Scratch" Perry, "Dub-Triptych"

The Grateful Dead, "American Beauty"

I went through a brief & shallow period of exploring reggae & the Grateful Dead during my sophomore year of high school (oddly enough, it was the same time I started "experimenting" with closet gardening & wearing tie-dyed t-shirts...hmm) but I never really got beyond "Skeletons From the Closet" and Bob Marley's "Legend". After that short-lived hippie period, I quickly (and unfairly) dismissed reggae & the Dead as "stoner music" and stopped listening to it for quite a while. Over ten years, in fact.

Mostly it was the concept of what the music represented to me that turned me off: white "trustafarian" kids with dreadlocks who reeked of patchouli, and whose concept of "revolution" and "dropping out of society" was attending an expensive out-of-state college on their parents' dime & getting high all day, driving around in a $40k Land Rover they got for their 16th birthday. I had a difficult time reconcilling how someone could considered themselves "non-conformist" and "free-spirited", yet only hang out with people who wore the same uniform and listened to only the same music.

But there was my mistake. I had associated the music to the people, but I had it backwards--these people associated themselves to the music. And they had every right to do so. But reggae music inherently has nothing to do with rich white slacker kids in America. And neither does the Grateful Dead.

So recently, as I've been exploring one genre of music after another as fodder for this blog, I decided to give the "hippie music" a second chance. I thought it wasn't fair to dismiss entire genres of music or the output of an incredibly prolific and well-loved band based on a couple of albums & stereotypes. So during a recent trip to the record shop, I picked up the HDCD remastered "American Beauty" and Lee "Scratch" Perry's "Dub-Triptych"

"American Beauty" is everything the title insinuates: a truly gorgeous collections of songs, steeped in Americana & filled with gorgeous (yet casual and humanly imperfect) vocal harmonies & delicate instrumentation. While I found a couple of new surprises on this disc, it was also nice to revisit why classic songs such as "Friend of the Devil", "Sugar Magnolia" and "Truckin'" are classics. While the latter is probably one of my least favorite Dead songs (maybe just from severe overplay), it was nice to realize anew how amazing the interplay between the mandolin & the fingerpicked guitar is & how the subtle bassline and jazzy percussion holds it all together, but with an open palm.

I'd heard Lee "Scratch" Perry's name dropped hundreds of times over the years (especially in connection with the production of Bob Marley's albums) but I didn't start exploring his music until recently. "Dub-Triptych" is a real treat of an album (well, it's actually a remastered collection of three albums in a 2-CD set) that relies on instrumentation and not a thick Jamaican accent or political lyrics to make its point. The first track, "Cloak & Dagger", gains just as much strength from its jazz horn section as it does from the foot-tapping carribean beat, while other tracks like "Hail Stone" combine beautiful muted organ melodies with subtle guitar and mellow percussion. The ecclectic and playful instrumentation in "Table Turning" is particularly impressive, with it's repetitive horn & organ interplay reminding me a bit of Screamin' Jay Hawkin's classic "I Put A Spell On You".

So, yes, I am again a fan of reggae and the Grateful Dead. Nearly a decade later, without a single tie-dye shirt in my closet. It's a good lesson for any of us--you can teach an old dog new tricks. Or reteach him old tricks that he never quite perfected back in the day. Or something like that....

Monday, March 12, 2007


Wow, Brian Jones looks like hell...not a surprise that he didn't last for too much longer after this.

Sunday, March 11, 2007


I'm happy to announce that the Friday Trivia Challenge is growing more and more popular. We went from zero winners in the first week, to four winners last week, and this week an amazing seven correct entries! Here are the answers:

1) Jean-Michel Basquiat
2) Julian Schnabel

Bonus: Madonna

Congrats to our winners:

Tom - 15 points (plus 5 points for being the first correct entry)
JB - 15 points + 5 points for the bonus question
Andrew - 15 points + 5 points for the bonus question
Nick - 15 points + 5 points for the bonus question
Greg - 15 points + 5 points for the bonus question
Haik - 15 points + 5 points for the bonus question
Molly - 15 points + 5 points for the bonus question

Also, thanks to Andrew for reminding me that Basquiat was in a band with Vincent Gallo & appeared in Blondie's "Rapture" video.

Be on the lookout for a new trivia question next Friday afternoon. Next week's question will be music-related and a bit more difficult than last weeks, so put on your thinking caps, kids.

It's 2:00 PM and I'm just shaking the cobwebs out of my head...last night was a blur, albeit a very fun blur. Blogger attendance was low (it was just JB, Tanner and me) but we still partied like rock stars until the wee hours of the morn. I kind of blacked out at some point, so Tanner, if I need to apologize to anyone for anything, please let me know. I know I already owe the cabbie an apology....his cab can't smell too great today.

I'm pretty hungover but I'm going to suck it up and make it to the show at the Green Door tonight--hope to see you all there.

**UPDATE** It's now 8pm and I just dragged myself out of bed after an all-day nap. I haven't been this hungover in a loooooooong time. I think next time we should probably do a "Burlington Bloggers Meet Up for a Cup of Herbal Tea" event...

Saturday, March 10, 2007


Just a reminder that tonight is the Burlington Blogger FAP at the Other Place on N. Winooski Ave in downtown Burlington. If you have a local blog or just read local blogs & want to meet the authors in person, be there at 9:00 PM tonight. See you all there!

Friday, March 09, 2007


This week has flown by so quickly that I almost forgot that it was Friday & time for another trivia question. Since last week's question was about music, this week we're going with an art & film related question.

1) Name the artist who is pictured above

2) A film about this artist was directed in the late 90's by a fellow painter. Name this director/artist.

3) Before showing his works in the world's top galleries, he was a grafitti artist in NYC. What name did he sign his grafitti works with?

BONUS QUESTION: This artist was highly involved in the New York No Wave music scene the 80's and even dated a young New York musician who became a famous pop star. Who was she?

All answers must be submitted to by Sunday night at 5pm. Good luck everyone!3

Man I hate these kind of lists....especially when it's the "official" list from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The Definitive 200 List

Radiohead's "OK Computer" is listed at #111. Here are a few albums that rated higher:

Kenny G, "Breathless" (107)
"Titanic" soundtrack (103)
"Dirty Dancing" soundtrack (99)
Celine Dion, "Falling Into You" (97)
Creed, "Human Clay" (95)
Matchbox Twenty, "Yourself or Someone Like You" (91)
Linkin Park, "Bybrid Theory" (84)
Phil Collins, "No Jacket Required" (74)
Kid Rock, "Devil Without a Cause" (68)
Jewel, "Pieces of You" (64)
Green Day, "American Idiot" (61)
Dave Matthew Band, "Crash" (48)
Dixie Chicks, "Wide Open Spaces" (33)
Shania Twain, "Come On Over" (21)

And how about this--Will Smith's "Big Willie Style" ranked higher than Bob Dylan's "Bringing It All Back Home" and "Blood on the Tracks", Curtis Mayfield's "Superfly" soundtrack, David Bowie's "Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust", Led Zeppelin's "Led Zeppelin" and (probably the most insulting) Public Enemy's "It Takes a Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back".

What a joke. I know music is "subjective", but in my subjective opinion, anyone who thinks that the Matchbox Twenty album is a more important work in the history of popular music than "OK Computer" is just a friggin' idiot.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007


I have to say I'm pretty disappointed by this video, but I'll still post it because I love Panda Bear's new album. While I give the director points for the cat footage, taking a bunch of random footage & applying an invert filter & some arbitrarily selected blend modes does not do this song justice. Maybe I'll have to make my own video for this song; at least my film "abstraction is the hideous weakling child grown" had some poesie...and just as much cat footage!

Monday, March 05, 2007


I must say that I'm really glad that Greg Davis lives in Burlington. Not only is he an amazingly talented musician, he is also dedicated to bringing top-notch avant-garde acts from around the world to our small little arctic town. The Sun Circle/Wind-Up Bird show last month at the Green Door was a magical experience, and this Sunday's show featuring Jason Kahn & Jon Mueller is sure to be as well.

Jason Kahn + Jon Mueller

Kahn uses percussion and analogue synthesizer, and Mueller uses
percussion and cassettes. Both blur the realm of merely using
percussion instruments as devices to be struck. As on their recent
Formed Records recording, "Supershells," Kahn and Mueller take the
frequencies and textures of their instruments, and integrate them
into one seemless mix.

"Percussion is often subsumed within the densely swelling layers of
electronic and manipulated a remarkable degree with the
unstable, bottom-heavy, rather threatening electronic sounds which
are characteristic of this impressive set." - Brian Marley, The Wire,

Jason Kahn is a sound and visual artist based in Z¸rich. His work
includes drawing, sound installation, performance and composition. He
was born in New York, grew up in Los Angeles and relocated to Europe
in 1990. Kahn has performed both solo and in collaboration with
numerous other musicians worldwide, including Tetuzi Akiyama, Kim
Cascone, Dieb13, Arnold Dreyblatt, Kevin Drumm, Erik M, John Hudak,
Brandon Labelle, Jason Lescalleet, Christian Marclay, Norbert
MĖ†slang, David Moss, G¸nter M¸ller, Jon Mueller, Toshimaru Nakamura,
Sachiko M, Sainkho Namtchylak, Evan Parker, Steve Roden, Taku
Sugimoto and Otomo Yoshihide and many others. Kahn has given
concerts at various festivals, art spaces and clubs throughout
Europe, North and South America, Japan, Korea, Israel, Turkey,
Russia, Lebanon, Egypt and Australia.

Jon Mueller has been an active drummer and percussionist since the
early 90s. Whether utilizing bombastic minimalism, dense interplay,
or electroacoustic practices, his approach focuses on a physical
dialog between situation and material. He has been featured on
numerous recordings and has performed throughout the U.S., Japan, and
The Netherlands. He has performed/recorded with: Aranos, Keith
Berry, Jarboe, Jason Kahn, Asmus Tietchens, Jack Wright, Carol
Genetti, Chris Rosenau, Collections of Colonies of Bees, Hal Rammel,
Steve Nelson-Raney, Tetuzi Akiyama, Jim Schoenecker, Tom Wincek, Bhob
Rainey, Martijn Tellinga, Glenn Kotche, Pele, Steven Hess, Tatsuya
Nakatani, Werner Moebius, Lionel Marchetti, Adam Sonderberg, Tim
Catlin, Matt Turner, Jeff Klatt, Achim Wollscheid, Fred Lonberg-
Holm's Lightbox Orchestra and many others.

The Green Door Studios are at 20 Howard Street in Burlington (right off of Pine, around the corner from Speeder & Earl's). The all-ages show starts at 8pm & admission is only $5, but be sure to bring a little extra as there are sure to be albums for sale. Hope to see you there!

After the abysmal failure of last week's trivia challenge, I am happy to announce that this week we had FOUR correct entries!

Congratulations to the following winners:

JB - 15 points (plus 5 bonus points for being the first correct entry)
Andrew - 15 points
Tom - 15 points
Greg - 15 points

All of you have a nice little lead going into next week's round. Remember, the winner is selected based on the number of correct entries at the end of the month. Prizes will be announced soon--good luck!

Oh yeah, almost forgot. The correct answer was "Shine A Light", from the Rolling Stones' classic album "Exile on Main Street". And the answer to the bonus question--Mick is drinking from a bottle of Crown Royal.

If church were like this, I would spend far fewer Sunday mornings hungover in bed.


Calling all Burlington bloggers!

This morning, JB and I were discussing the possibility of finally having our Bloggers FAP ("For A Pint") this weekend. Here are the details--

WHAT: B-Town Bloggers FAP
WHERE: The Other Place (aka The OP), 4 North Winooski Ave. Burlington
WHEN: Either Friday or Saturday night (let's put it to a vote)
WHO: Anyone in VT who has a blog
WHY: Because we like to drink beer & talk

Send me an e-mail at to let me know if you can attend & what evening you prefer. I will send out an invite later in the week once plans are finalized.

Hope to see you all there!

Saturday, March 03, 2007


Ok, the Friday trivia is actually coming out this week on Saturday morning, because I forgot to do it last night. As a result, you have until 5:00 on Monday to submit your answers to Since most people don't tend to do the blog rounds on weekends (you crazy kids & your "social lives"!), along with the fact that this week's question is music-related, should hopefully result in a few more entries than last week's tally

So here is the clue:

Saw you stretched out in Room 1009
with a smile on your face and a tear right in your eye.

Here's what you need to do:

1) Identify the name of the song this lyric comes from
2) Name the album the song is on
3) Name the band

And as a bonus question, in the album art for this album, there is a classic picture of the band's lead singer holding a bottle of liquor. Name the brand of the liquor & you've scored yourself a bonus point, my friend.

Remember, from now on prizes will be given out once a month to the person with the most correct answers. I will announce the prizes soon, but a $20 PurePop gift certificate will be an option every month.


Thursday, March 01, 2007


Maybe it's just me who finds this interesting, but in this headline article from Yahoo News about the pros & cons of caffeine consumption, they link to a page on the Erowid website. It should be a nice change in their usual readership, with an influx of bored, hypochondriac housewives replacing the usual patrons, 15 year old kids looking for recipes for codeine extraction.

Maybe some of those housewives will start browsing the rest of the site & start exploring the wonders of DMT...the revolution begins. :)
While trolling around the Animal Collective message board, I found a post that might be of interest to some of you. It's a collection of rare and out-of-print mp3 files (of AC, but mostly other artists)--


Unfortunately, a lot of the best ones (such as the soundtrack to Stan Brakhage's "Desistfilm") were post on sites like close to a year ago, so they're now offline. But you should still be able to find some obscure, esoteric little goodies on there to satisfy the craving for weird sounds that lies deep in your belly. Enjoy!