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here we go; snow, holly cole, the prestiqe and mustard plug
March 4, 2007, 11:32 am
Filed under: hermit, movies, music, random bits

very random saturday.

yesterday was spent digging out from the storm (removing a foot of snow from the top/sides/under [how the fuck did it get under??] side of your car sucks.  really, really sucks.).  once i got out of the parking lot and alley i ran a ton of errands that i had avoided for the last few days; bank run, barnes & nobel (italian phrase book for my trip to milan at the end of the month) and a couple of record stores (3 of ’em) and to best buy. 

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i had lost of of my favorite albums of all time: holly cole’s temptation and had to go on the whirlwind tour of minneapolis record stores before i found a copy.  sure i could have just downloaded it on itunes, but there is something special about having your favorite music in a real, physical, tangible way.  from removing the celophane from the case, to sliding the shiny silver disk smoothly into the slot.  it’s just something a mp3 can never be (don’t even get me started on how much i love vinyl).

temptation is an entire album of tom waits tunes, reconstructed for piano, bass and voice (with the odd horn section and snare drum thrown it for good measure).   this is the album that started my love affair with holly cole – her smokey voice wrapped sinuouslyaround the beat and punctuating tom’s lyrics in a world-wary way.  from the very first moment on the album where holly wispere’s “here we go…” – you know your off for a visit to the dark world on the other side of the tracks.   so happy to have this record again.

from there, i was off to best buy to pick up a copy of the prestige on dvd.

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words really can’t come close to describing how much i loved this film last year – it was most certainly in my top 5 and i was all excited to curl up with a beer on the couch and melt into the world this movie created – but…. alas, it wasn’t meant to be.

around 7 my friend vicky phoned me up to see if i wanted to join her and some friends down at the triple rock social club (a dive bar if ever there was one) for a drink or two and to see a band.  now, i have a tendency to be a bit of a home-body, but as cb had indicated earlier in the day, i was going a lil’ stir-crazy from being in the house for the past few days, so i said what the fuck and went down.

the triple rock is divided into two sides, the bar side and the club side – over on the club side was an all-age night of ska bands (non of which i had ever heard of).  so we made our way over to the bar side for a few drinks, then back over to the club side to catch the headliner: mustard plug.  i gotta say, they were pretty fuckin’ cool.  great ska is something that doesn’t happen too often (too frequently, it’s just messy) – but the boys in mustard plug did a pretty damn good job.   after the show, we made our way back to the bar side, where we hung out for about an hour with colin, the guitar player – a very cool guy (not however, as cute as the lead singer; who, alas, we all decided was straight and married).

as referenced in the “it is done” post – i do love the random cell phone pic at a concert (especially the blurry ones)- it’s been a long time since i’ve posted a pic or two (it’s pathetic how few live music events i’ve been too as of late).  so here you go – i wasn’t too close to the stage (hello, mosh pit), but you get a sense of it all:

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coming out of the shadows
November 17, 2006, 10:37 pm
Filed under: hair show, hermit, tattoo
holy shit, has it really been more than 10 days since i last posted… ugg. to my faithful 4 readers, my apologies. i’m slowly extracting myself from the last few months of insane work. i’m off to boston for a little mini-show this weekend and then i’m home for a few months. i’m anxious to chill a bit.

i’ve kinda been in a self imposed hermit mode lately – i’m not sure why, but the onset of winter tends to do this to me a bit. even tho’ i’ve been super busy at work, i’ve been horrible at returning calls/emails (especially to ray)…. i’ll be better soon – totally promise!
couple of random updates – phase 2 of the sleeve is complete – check it out:


phase 3 will begin sometime in december – linking the sleeve together with phase 1 & adding the tibetan prayer flags above the current bit. trevor @ steady tattoo is a god. a god i tell you.

last week i was in st louis for another mini-show (just two guest artists, 150 or so attendees, cocktail reception) – the show went amazingly well – really really nice.

this pic was taken about 30,000 feat somewhere over iowa. the twin cities is still snow free, and honestly – i’m ok with that – i’m just not ready for winter yet…. tho’ it sure looks pretty from here.

while in st louis i took time out to see the gateway arch – yea, i played tourist for a few minutes (it’s all you really need is a few minutes)….. on my way to see the arch, i stumpled on the above location – an old switzers licorice factory. i really love burned out buildings like this – shows some real history if you ask me.

i took shitloads of pics of the arch (it really is an engineering marvel), but this one is my favorite. i also took the elevator (lets use that term loosely) to the top. it’s not the greatest view, but it’s pretty fuckin’ cool overall.