Saturday, October 08, 2005

Alternative Tentacles - Bands

Alternative Tentacles - Bands:

I love all of you,
but tonight I'll be at Rudyard's...

"The Dicks, a Commie Faggot Band, emerged during the halcyon days of Austin, Texas punk. The scene centered around the local dive bar Raul's frequented by local freaks, artists, and soon-to-be punk rockers. The band was the creation of Gary Floyd, a 26 year old from Palestine, Texas who had been a conscientious objector to the Vietnam War and was openly, flamboyantly gay."

I just played...

the best show I've played in maybe years...
at least since the last Last Bastions show...
Played with Pearl Loughlin and the West Alabama Candy Store Serenaders
at Helios tonight and it was truly magic...
If you ain't heard Miss Pearl singin' you don't know what yr missin...
it was inspiring and made me play like a monster...

Tuesday, October 04, 2005 - Review: Bog of Cats demands attention - Review: Bog of Cats demands attention:

"Other players are variable"



anyway, Everett gave us a positive review, and so did Walt...
what else ya want?

Here's the real highlight from the Chronicle review:

Mildred's Umbrella's Houston premiere is a rough-hewn, no-frills rendition, never as atmospheric nor tightly knit as it might be. Yet director Randy Symank and his cast capture the play's intensity and willful eccentricity, rising to its peaks of bleak humor, fierce confrontation and desperate lamentation.

Most crucially, Michelle Edwards anchors the production with her very strong performance in the marathon role of Hester. She's a maelstrom of bitterness, rage and despair, with an occasional calm of quiet desolation.

Michelle rocks!
It's true.

No Garlic Please � Blog Archive � Chameleon lamp

No Garlic Please � Blog Archive � Chameleon lamp

"All you have to do is pick up any other coloured object, hold it to the sensor on the lamp stand and the colour will be projected onto the inside of the shade automatically."

the future is here,
and it's a lamp.

Body and Soul: More on Orleans Parish Prison

Body and Soul: More on Orleans Parish Prison

During Katrina I wondered what they had done about the jails and prisons in the area...
well, it turns out not much...

"We had no phone lines, no electricity," she said. "There was raw gas in the water ... If it wasn't for the deputies, a lot of people would have died."

She believes many drowned anyway, including inmates housed on the first floor of the Templeman 3 building, where Barnes said that in the chaos, some inmates may have remained locked inside.

Stay Free! Daily: Medication vs. Meditation

Stay Free! Daily: Medication vs. Meditation:

"I lay awake in bed at night. My mind wanders, sometimes for hours, and I don't sleep. I think about what happened that day, what I will do tomorrow, the past. Sometimes my mind just runs full speed going nowhere, but more often it's helpful (the concept for my last gallery show came to me just as I was going to sleep). In fact, I find these times are when I am at my most creative.

Finally, there's a drug to make this go away. I learned about it last night on TV. It's called Lunestra. It's touted as a prescription sleep aid for people with 'restless minds.' "

maybe Tom Cruise is onto something.
"Restless mind" is a gift and a curse and wouldn't want a "cure"
so much as just an occasional nap. � Actor Names Child After Superman, Somehow Does Not Get Child Taken Away By Social Services � Actor Names Child After Superman, Somehow Does Not Get Child Taken Away By Social Services


drunk blogging

instead of e-mailing all the amazing women I know
and saw tonight
I figured I'd blog instead...

had an interesting medicine show gig tonight,
after the pay what you will "bog of cats"...
Most of the fellas were still outta town,
so it was the Geoffrey show...
although Sheri sang a bit with us,
as did one other beautiful girl whose name I did not catch...

shifting gears...

I'm an impatient bastard,
which often leads to me being a bitter bastard...
but I'm working on it...

(edited for egotism and obnoxiousness,
here's for staying awake till ya sober up a bit!)

and on that note,
I go to roll a j,
and watch "Rome"

Monday, October 03, 2005

DeLay Faces New Charges in Texas

DeLay Faces New Charges in Texas:

"AUSTIN, Texas -- A Texas grand jury indicted Rep. Tom DeLay on a new charge of money laundering Monday, less than a week after another grand jury leveled a conspiracy charge that forced DeLay to temporarily step down as House majority leader."

I'll drink to that.

. . . Copyfight . Music (Download) Money Muddle . . File Under: Some of your friends are probably already this fucked.

. . . Copyfight . Music (Download) Money Muddle . .:

"Also, 'an artist needs to sell in excess of 1.5m units before they can show a profit.' Well, let's see. Who was it put the artists into this forced indentiture where they have to pay up front for production time, tour costs, etc? That would once again be the Cartel. Last time I looked, iTunes wasn't dictating the terms of artists' contracts."

This seems like a fine time to link to Albini's - The Problem With Music

Music on a certain level similar to all the big games,
in that, it is rigged.

Has been.
At least since there's been a "recording industry"
probably a lot longer.

Someone is getting rich off Itunes, but it's not artists.
in fact most of them will not see any more $$ from itunes
than they will from the various p2p services.

Talking Points Memo: by Joshua Micah Marshall: September 25, 2005 - October 01, 2005 Archives

Talking Points Memo: by Joshua Micah Marshall: September 25, 2005 - October 01, 2005 Archives:

"Just to refresh everyone's memory about what happened last week, three reputed mob soldiers were arrested in Florida for the February 2001 gangland-style murder of Gus Boulis, founder and one-time owner of Sun Cruz, the Florida casino boat line. Jack Abramoff and Adam Kidan muscled Boulis into selling them Sun Cruz. And it is for fraud in that acquisition that both were indicted last month.

That's all known."

As usual Marshall's on top of this stuff.

We've got right wing mobsters running the country.

That should scare you. - Supreme Court enters Roberts era - Oct 3, 2005 - Supreme Court enters Roberts era - Oct 3, 2005: "If confirmed by the Senate, Miers, 60, would join Ruth Bader Ginsburg as the second sitting female justice on the bench. O'Connor became the court's first female justice in 1981.

Miers, who has never been a judge, was the first woman to serve as president of the State Bar of Texas and Dallas Bar Association. She also was a member of the Dallas City Council."

You can't tell me there's not someone who has maybe BEEN A JUDGE before who might be just a little more qualified to be a SUPREME COURT JUSTICE.

Charles Mee

The Library Girl and I were looking at doing one of Mee's pieces
before she left town...
and now some of my favorite folks
are working on 'em...
IBP is tackling Full Circle,
and Ron (REAL ART) is working on Big Love with LSU...
so I'll get to see some Mee at least.
The scripts are rich, funny, political, etc...
GREAT stuff for actors, designers, everybody
to really sink their teeth into,
get their head around, etc.
Exactly the kind of stuff I LOVE to work on
or see.

I'll see Full Circle multiple times,
and maybe I'll even try to get together
a road trip together for Big Love...
it'd be worth it.

Sunday, October 02, 2005

HandStamp: A punk string quartet.

HandStamp: A punk string quartet.:

"I admired the beautiful arms of the violin players, their muscles toned from the back and forth of the bow. One girl with lights in her hair undulated with the ebb and flow of the music in the midst of dozens of people standing perfectly still."

It's just a shame he didn't stick around for The Mathletes...
I have beautiful arms too. ;)

seriously, great mention of Two Star on the Chonicle's local music blog...


by the bog of cats - pay what you will Monday night

We would love a big, receptive, audience Monday as Mr. Big City Newspaper Reviewer will be in the audience...
come show us yr love
(on the cheap...)
pass this along to anyone you might think would be interested
details follow -
Mildred’s Umbrella Theater Company Presents:

By the Bog of Cats
By Marina Carr
Houston, Tx- Set in the mysterious landscape of the bogs of rural Ireland, Marina Carr's lyrical play tells the story of Hester Swane, a woman tormented by the memory of her mother, who deserted her, and enraged by a man who has betrayed her. On the brink of heartbreak and desperation, she travels a terrible path of vengeance that results in a tragic conclusion. With this play, brimming with dark secrets, tangled histories, spirits and black humor, Mildred’s Umbrella puts their unique stamp on this unforgettable journey of contemporary tragedy wedded with ancient myth.
Directed by Unhinged Production's Interim Artistic Director, Randy Symank, and produced by Mildred‘s Umbrella‘s Jennifer Decker, “By the Bog of Cats” opens September 30, at Midtown Art Center, 3414 LaBranch at Holman, and runs through October 22, Fridays and Saturdays and two “pay as you like” Mondays, (October 3rd and 17th).
Starring Michelle Edwards, Eric Doss, Patricia Duran, Christie Guidry, Shondra Marie, Stephen Foulard, Lyndze Duke, Karen Schlag, David Anderson, Darwin Miller and Mike Switzer.
For further information or reservations to this show, call 832-418-0973 or email
Who: Mildred’s Umbrella Theater Company
What: By the Bog of Cats
When: September 30, Oct 1, 3, 7, 8, 14,15, 17, 21 and 22. at 8pm.
Where: Midtown Art Center, 3414 LaBranch at Holman
Price: $10 on Fridays and Saturdays. Two “pay as you like” performances on Oct 3 and Oct. 17. Cash or check only at the door.