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So, yeah, Easter..
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Spending a nice quiet day here at the 360sound house.

I was reminded of the fact that it was Easter by scanning Facebook earlier, and  saw the obligatory bunnies with the asses and ears chewed off shots, when I came across a couple of "He is Risen" posts. I have pretty much eliminated that from my life and feed, but every once in a while somebody gets that urge. Since religious imagery is not a part of my day to day life, it has been a while since I pondered a picture of the concept of Jesus, yet today, I saw a picture that puzzled me.
Since when did Jesus go to Supercuts?

This is not your beautifully conditioned kindly earth hippie image anymore. He actually looks remarkably like Vox Humana-era Kenny Loggins:

which may explain why this popped up recently:


So, I went to Google to see if this Footloose image makeover was prevalent, and fortunately (I guess), New Jesus has not replaced classic Jesus entirely. I did notice that this image, though, looked remarkably like one of HGTV's Property Brothers:


Not to mention what he sounded like. David Cross has an idea..

Anyway, I hope that you have a great weekend!

Wind Up Workin' In A Gas Station..
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Culture Room; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Saturday, February 2, 2013

I stumbled onto the fact that ZPZ was coming to the Culture Room - about 1.5 miles away from the 360 house - on the Wednesday before the show. When I mentioned it to my good friend Nick, he replied, "yeah, I was gonna pass this time". Gee, fucking THANKS for not telling me! I had missed ZPZ on each of their previous annual treks, so I quickly changed his mind and got us each a ticket.
Culture Room is a small club in a 50's shopping center. It was a 70's disco and still looks like that on the outside, with the angled wood planks and smoked glass. An odd venue. A lot of money was spent on the electronics, so it's a hi-tech shithole. It gets a wide mix of artists - Off! played there in the last few months, so did indigo Girls and a steady stream of jam bands. I never go there, even though it's right by my house.

I parked at Target across the street and got to to the club and waited for Nick. We were a little late getting in, so the club was already packed with people who still look like it's 1977, and a smattering of tattooed hipsters. Nice to see a few bears, that I knew, too.

I wasn't familiar with the touring band, but there was no need to worry. Scheila Gonzalez rules the stage, playing many roles and instruments, but it took me a little while to warm to vocalist Ben Thomas. Here's this Chris Isaak-looking guy who doesn't look like he should even be aware of these songs, but a couple of tracks in, it was apparent that he was really good. Plus, you've gotta love a lead vocalist who doubles on trombone. Dweezil was in fine form. With the catalog that he has at his command, it almost seems silly to shout out a request anyway - but that didn't stop the lunkheads at Unculture Room. Dweezil wasn't having any of that, though. What he did have planned was a good setlist:

Zomby Woof
Hungry Freaks Daddy
Teenage Prostitute
Dirty Love
Echidna's Arf
Penguin In Bondage
Pygmy Twilite
Let's Make The Water Turn Black
Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance
Willie The Pimp
Here Lies Love
Eat That Question
Harder Than Your Husband
Wind Up Workin' In A Gas Station
Ride My Face To Chicago
The Evil Prince
Debra Kadabra
Who Are The Brain Police?
Outside Now - BEST OF SET, IMO
Packard Goose

Cosmik Debris
Muffin Man
Strictly Genteel

Glad to have spent the evening with Mr. Z.
My view for the set:

Someone else's phone version of Cosmik Debris:

But that was just a bunch of imaginary notes I played --Just a little extra something to keep me goin' from day to day..

Still Here..
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Haven't posted in seven months. There was a time when I couldn't imagine not posting for two or three days. Of course, I have been posting elsewhere, but I do check in regularly to read what you all post. I do miss it here.
Since my last post - turned fifty, wound up losing 75 pounds and keeping it off, adopted two dachshunds (easier to spell Dackel) that were dropped off at the pound, since Roger Waters, I have seen The Who (did not love), The Fab Faux again (loved them), and Kool and the Gang (had a good time). Worked a shit-ton of hours, moved all of my remaining LP's out of storage and set my old amp and turntable up. Last movie seen: Bear City 2. Went on the Chumley Cruise.
Upcoming shows:
Zappa Plays Zappa - 2/2/13 
Leonard Cohen - Sometime in March

So, yeah, not much. Is this thing on?

So ya thought ya might like to go to the show..
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Amway Arena, Orlando, FL
Saturday, June 16, 2012

Got up early on Saturday, and headed to Orlando after my workout. Had a killer Curry Tofu wrap at a great vegan place called Ethos - will definitely be back. Then, a visit to Rock and Roll Heaven, which is probably the best record store left in Florida. It's one of those stores that has every inch of wall and most of the ceiling covered in vintage promo memorabilia, where one could easily spend all day looking in the dollar bins and the singles room.
Then, made my way to the Amway Center (Amway? Really? Now that's creepy). There was a table inside the entrance manned by employees, providing exchange upgrade tickets. Not sure what happened, but there was a section in the lower club level that had not been filled, and I was a new occupant of one of the seats. From nosebleed to lower club. Score!
It was a given that the show was going to be special, but it still far exceeded all expectations. It was a total sensory overload - from the astonishing opening of In The Flesh?, with the pyrotechnics, I was hooked.

As I sat there, I couldn't believe that I was actually seeing these songs performed live - favorites like Goodbye Blue Sky, and Don't Leave Me Now. The incredibly moving montage of Bring The Boys Back Home, and the sheer beauty of Comfortably Numb brought me to tears. The moment when the guitar solo ends and Roger hits the wall was the emotional peak for me, as I stood there basking in the visuals:

Roger Waters looks and sounds amazing for pushing 70(!), and the band sounded just fine.

I spent most of the next day driving back home, playing the album on repeat, and reflecting. Definitely the best show I've ever seen. I hope he will tour it again. I'd go back in a heartbeat.

D-d-d-did-you ever wonder why we had to run for shelter when the promise of a brave new world unfurled beneath a clear blue sky?

Favorite Dog...
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I lost a part of my heart today, that I will never get back.

Rascal"s Last Day - Not an easy story to read (or write), but I needed to Collapse )

The 2011 Countdown..
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This year, I finally got around to putting my favorite songs into an actual order, so here is my entry into the glut of lists.

The Top 25 Songs of 2011:

1. Bon Iver - Holocene
2. Amos Lee - Windows Are Rolled Down
3. Fitz & The Tantrums - Money Grabber
4.Cults - Go Outside
5. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
6. Scars On 45 - Give Me Something
7. Yuck - Get Away
8. Bright Eyes - Shell Games
9. Decemberists - Calamity Song
10. Cold War Kids - Louder Than Ever
11. kd lang - Sugar Buzz
12. James Blake - Limit To Your Love
13. Foster The People - Don't Stop (Color On the Walls)
14. Head & The Heart - Lost In My Mind
15. My Morning Jacket - Holdin' On To Back Metal
16. Eddie Vedder - Longing To Belong
17. Gotye - Somebody That I Used To Know
18. Wilco - Born Alone
19. Peter, Bjorn & John - Second Chance
20. Adele - Turning Tables
21. Paul Simon - Rewrite
22. Glen Campbell - Ghost On The Canvas
23. Elbow - Lippy Kids
24. Jane's Addiction - Irresistible Force
25. Black Joe Lewis - Booty City

Unintentional Tribute
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bearbob1952 snapped this shot of me over the weekend.

For some reason, it reminded me of this:

That Note..
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Kravis Center For The Performing Arts  
I have missed kd lang live on several occasions, so when I found out she was coming back, I made sure we got tickets early. I didn't even know that Teddy Thompson was opening until I got to the venue - what a great surprise!
This tour highlights her latest album and image change - fronting a tight and rocking band. I think Ingenue is one of the best albums of the nineties, and I loved that style, but I'm so glad I caught her now - this was a great show, and she's perfect fronting a rocking band.
Teddy did a nice half hour set. I have now seen two generations of Thompsons, and I actually got to meet him at the merch stand during intermission. I got to briefly chat with him, but had to get back as kd was taking the stage.
For the next hour and forty minutes (not the longest set ever, but the energy was concentrated..), she kicked ass and took names. The rockin' band treatment was especially impressive on "Constant Craving", and she blew everyone away with the encore of "Sugar Buzz", off the new album.
It comes off like it just wandered in off of Neil Young's Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, which is a very good thing, indeed:

At the climax of the song (about 4:30), she went even higher with the money note than she does in this clip. It was just stunning. bearbob1952</lj> turned to me, with a look of delighted amazement.
"That note. That she just hit."
"I know." was all I could say.
Great times..

Three Years Ago Today..
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Now I'm just a normal man, well that's true
And I've got nothing to brag about
Oh, yes I do
That I have been loved by someone like you
That I love someone like you
I've been so lucky
Only love can set you free..
Happy anniversary, bearbob1952. I'd do it all over again in an instant..

SONG OF THE DAY: Lucinda Williams
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LUCINDA WILLIAMS - "Copenhagen" (Lost Highway, 2011)

Miss Williams continues to turn out quietly stunning gems with each release. "Copenhagen" mines much the same territory as Josh Ritter's "The Curse", and features a similarly moving video. Definitely worth a few minutes of your viewing time..

.."I'm 57 but  I could be 7 years old, 'cause I will never be able to comprehend the expansiveness of what I've just learned.."


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