Tuesday, November 29, 2005


really dug the Sinead O'Connor show last night.

i love her voice and i love Sly and Robbie, so the combination of the two was fantastic. the band was dynamite really!

i had a rough day Sunday so needed the pick me up. i suppose the show was all sorts of things for me then. there was a definite spiritual energy in the room as she pretty much stuck to all the reggae tunes she did on her new record. most of which are rastafarian anthems, so to speak. "Jah No Dead", "Downpressor Man", and "Curly Locks" were highlights. and "War" was one song that stuck out as i had seen Bob's son, Damian Marley, perform the same song on the same stage two nights prior. a timely song no doubt.

Sinead is a tiny woman and i have no idea where all that sound comes from but she manages to command her voice like not many i have seen before. it is stunning to watch up front.

i got a set list signed by her after the show. she was really nice and cordial to all the admirerers waiting in line. i thanked her profusely for playing in that club. i had to keep my hands in pockets so i wouldn't pat her on her cute little bald head!

early Sunday morning i got an email while deejaying the Saturday overnight from a soldier from Saint Paul who is stationed in Baghdad right now and was listening on-line. he wanted to hear some Dead Milkman. i gladly played "Punk Rock Girl" for him.

the next day i saw this headline in the paper. it freaked me out. it wasn't the same Saint Paul soldier but it was the first time i felt a direct connection to someone over there and a personal feeling of loss. i can't imagine what these 2000+ families are going through.

in any case i hope my new friend, Erik, makes it back. maybe we can drive around together this summer in a bitchin' camaro!

Thursday, November 24, 2005

kitty thanksgiving.

Sunday, November 20, 2005


my friend Susan interviewed me last week while i was working at the record store. i have known her and her husband, Chris, for a couple years now at least. they are regulars at Staraoke as well.

it was a little odd as i barely know her, didn't know what she was going to ask me and i was working and people were coming in and out of the store while i was basically divulging my life's philosophies to her mp3 recorded.

she has been doing this podcast show for a while now and got me to do this. i like a good challenge and the opportunity to riff on philosophy isn't something you get to do that often. not since college for me really.

i also find i funny that i often don't talk about this kind of stuff to those close to me but somehow thought it was cool to say to potentially any number of folks that can download her show.

wanting to be a little more myself on the radio i thought it was a good excercise for me. if i wasn't usually so nervous and/or tired sometimes i think i could riff a little more on various things on the air. in due time i suppose.

regardless this probably wouldn't be the type of stuff i would talk about on the radio. "next up a track from the new Guided By Voices box set, but first let me tell you what i think might be the meaning of god and spiritual collective unconciousness.."

Thursday, November 17, 2005

say shhhivering!

spent the last few nights at First Ave. to see the "Pour Me Another"tour with Atmosphere, Blueprint and P.O.S.

a 3-night sell out in the Mainroom! holy shit!

aside from being a fan and down for the cause since the begininng i have a lot of history with these guys.

first as the DJ and MD at Radio K back in the day. i remember my friend Simon coming with a Headshots tape Slug had sent us and the repeated times he used to call and harass female on-air dj's. we had him on in various incarnations through our time there. i remember a session with Happy Apple as his back up band standing out as a time i was like holy shit this guy is awesome or at least something totally new.

time went on and i started working more with the Rhyme Sayers label as a sub distributor from the Electric Fetus where Sean worked behind the counter as well. we were selling so many copies of the first few releases on Rhymesayers regionally we were writing checks to these guys weekly, sometimes two a week. eventually Fifth Element took off and Atmosphere was on the road so much he eventually left the record store.

now Fifth Element owns their whole building. have added a second floor and the label is off in seemingly all directions.

the last time i can think of anyone selling out the Mainroom 3 nights in a row was the first Suburbs re-union in '93?! and something tells me this was a different kind of crowd.

i saw this tour start off in Duluth in early September. that show was a little rough but you could tell the band was excited to get this thing off and out to the people.

by the time they would return this week they were a tight unit no doubt. Slug is so effortless with his delivery it sounds like he is making it up or like he is just speaking gibberish. but then you look around and everyone is mouthing the words along.

Erik Johnson playing keyboards, who is from St. Paul, was over the top incredible. and "Grandmaster" Nate Collis on guitar MADE the show. his playing and singing, particularily the gospel lines on "Get Fly" had me shivering. wow!

the kicker each night was always the transition from the "band" set to when Ant came out and Crescent Moon came out from behind the bar for "Trying to Find a Balance". as soon as that beat drops in the beginning after the first verse everyone goes nuts.

it wasn't until the 3rd night that Slug figured out it would be a good idea to invite Brother Ali for "Cats Vans Bags". but holy shit was it sick.

now. i am just shivering because it is really frickin' cold!

Saturday, November 12, 2005

bee five?

what the?

who the hell is B5?

what is going ahn?

Friday, November 11, 2005

John Cusack.

John Cusack is one of my favorite actors. i would say him and Johnny Depp are probably consistently really great and even when they are in crappy movies they seem to individually pull off a performance. John tells it like it is going these days pretty well. sites a lot of cool peeps in the process.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

pod thing.

we have been doing these little "round table" podcasts about our favorite new CD's that you can only hear at the moment on your pod thing. i think they will eventually be on the website, etc..but i just thought i'd hep you guys to it and ask you what you think, assuming you'll take the time to listen to it, etc..it's called "Musicheads" and you can find it here.

i haven't heard any of the finished product yet and don't have a pod thing to check it out myself so i would be curious to hear some feedback..

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

wowee zowee!!

two years ago i went as FZ for Halloween. my friend Miako was Wonder Woman. we went and saw Belle and Sebastian play at the Fitz. the band all came out in Halloween costumes and explained to the crowd, in cute scottish accents, that they didn't really understand what Halloween was.

this year i planned ahead growing a fetching beard that i could "sculpt". did FZ ever play drums?