Friday, April 30, 2004

Later.

I’m off to the desert. Sorry today didn’t have much wit to it. (Yes, this site is supposed to be witty.) I think I used it all up last night with Uncle Grambo, Damore, Jessica Jazz, and of course, Nate, my new best-friend-forever. Note to self: kidnapping band members is a lot of fun, but better done on a non-school night.

I hope to reacquaint myself with my old friend sleep, but now that Peabs and Dirty are joining the group, I know that just isn’t in the cards. I’m scared. Somebody hold me.

Have fun and be safe.

At the Movies ©

Opening this week
Mean Girls
I think Tina Fey wrote this. If so, then it can’t be too bad. If not, expect stupid-yet-enjoyable teen movie.

Laws of Attraction
“Two New York City divorce lawyers (Moore and Brosnan) breach upon love -- after waking up married to one another.” (from IMDB) Since when do sitcom plots become feature length movies?

Envy
Jack Black and Ben Stiller. Need I say more? Actually I do need to say more, since Stiller’s last movie with Jennifer Aniston was so horrible his name is longer a safe bet for a good movie. But Jack Black is in this, so I’m going say it can’t be all bad.

Godsend
De Niro, Kinnear, and Romijn (sans Stamos) star in this flick about clones and replacing a lost child. Wasn’t that called A.I.?

Currently in theaters
Man on Fire
So I was wrong in picking last week this as a loser. I still don’t want to see it though.

13 Going on 30
I LOVE THIS MOVIE. I laughed, I cried (hysterically), I would see it again. I might have to start doing the “Thriller” dance at the next stuffy party I’m at just because of it. And Mark Ruffao? Awesome.

Young Adam
Still haven’t seen yet, though I will as soon as possible.

Thursday, April 29, 2004

Let the stalking continue…

The Stills will be playing live on Monday, May 3rd on Indie 103.1fm and then they will perform live at the Tower Records in Sherman Oaks. Restraining order, shmastrainger order.

Current events of interest to me

LA tops the list for most smog and particle pollution in the country. Don’t see this as a negative thing fellow Los Angelinos… as least we’re number 1, right? But what the heck is Knoxville, TN doing on there? Matthew, explain!

In more LA-is-awesome news, we’ve got a terror alert in our Westside malls. (Blueprint wrote about this first). If smog doesn’t stop us, neither will bomb threats. We may seem soft on the west coast, but I assure you, it’s not all palm trees and sunshine. Oh wait, it is. Suckers.

Ex-nurse pleads guilty to killing patients. What’s even more disturbing is that it happened near where I grew up.

Journalists send drugs to politicians. They say there doing in protest of Bulgaria’s laws that state possession of a single dose of any drug to be a crime punishable with 3 to 15 years in prison. I think they were stoned and thought it would be funny.

Wednesday, April 28, 2004

If I ran for office

It’s weird having a presidential candidate who’s last name is your first name. I read headlines like “Defending Kerry,” “Kerry Blasts Bush,” “Mrs. Kerry’s Secrecy,” and “Kerry's Secret Sauce,” and can’t help but laugh because I think about what these articles would really say if there about me and not John Kerry.

Defending Kerry” I imagine would be something along the lines of a retort to those people who read this site and don’t find it as brilliant and entertaining as I do.

Kerry Blasts Bush” has to be about personal grooming.

Mrs. Kerry’s Secrecy” is probably about the double life I live between my days spent in cubicle-land and my nights spent in rock clubs.

And finally, “Kerry’s Secret Sauce” is doubtfully about my cooking. Since I don’t cook. Ever. Not that I can’t. But why cook when peanut butter and jelly sandwiches taste so good? I’m guessing this one would be about my drink of choice. It’s a martini. Feel free to buy me one if you see me at Coachella.

And to give those of you who don’t personally know me, my last name is also the same one as a former Presidential candidate. And no, it’s not Dukakis.

I’ve said too much.

Tuesday, April 27, 2004

Yup, it's really only Tuesday

“John Lydon, aka Johnny Rotten, said he would pick Justin Timberlake to play him in a new film based on his autobiography. Mr. Lydon says Mr. Timberlake agreed to play the former Sex Pistol — as long as the punk rocker stays away from the set.”

I didn’t know Justin was that smart. I was going to put in a little ditty here about Johnny and about where he lives since I find it so amusing since it’s the last place you think Mr. Punk Rock would live, but then I remembered a little contract I signed at my last job and decided against it. E-mail me if you want to know.

Britney makes $30 million in tour merch. I wonder if her merch girl put a tip jar out how well she would do?

Is it really only Tuesday?

This link is purely for my brother, who once made me promise to read Infinite Jest. It goes without saying; he is not allowed to join my book club. (from Gawker)

McEnroe buys my car. Same color and everything. How embarrassing. If we show up at the same place, do I make him park far away from me?

Everyone knows about that Ben and Jerry’s thing today already, so here’s a coupon for Krispy Kreme to wash down that ice cream. Eff Atkins.

My boss flew up to Spokane this past weekend to see The Pixies (yes, my boss is awesome) and bought a CD that night of the show she just attended. Instant gratification. How cool is that? It’s also in great digipack packaging (they planned ahead). She brought it in for me to listen, and the quality is fantastic as well. If you go to a Pixies club show, buy one.

My mom was one of the winner’s for Jackie Farry’s raffle. Isn’t that rad?

Monday, April 26, 2004

In the news

A girl from Michigan dies of cardiac arrest while attending a Slipknot concert. I’m not going to joke about this since I believe in Karma.

Billy Joel got into his 3 car accident in 2 years. Can’t this guy afford a driver? It seems like a sound investment at this point. Also, how great is Billy Joel? I need to dig out my Billy Joel cassettes. Maybe I’ll bring them to Coachella to really get the party started.

Um, yes. I’m so there. Even though it means I will be making east coast trips two weekends in a row. (Daily Refill)

I don’t know about you, but this sounds like the act of a desperate man to me.
Clap on… Clap off…

The LA Times’ Robert Hilburn tells us how to spend our money when it comes to CDs. Dear LA Times: Why should I take advice regarding new and cutting edge music from a 60 year old? And why add insult to injury by having said 60 year old act as if he has to limit his CD purchases to $50 a month, especially when we all know he gets all his music for free. I’ve met Robert before, and find him to be a pleasant, nice and charming man. I have nothing against him. But when we had a debate on whether or not The White Stripes were overrated, the man who admittedly thinks the Whites Stripes are the second coming didn’t even know who The Go were. (Jack White used to be in that band before T.W.S.). No offense Hilburn, but maybe it’s time to pass the torch. You know where to reach me.

On Tap

This week is basically a sham since the only thing worth mentioning is Coachella.

Monday, 4/26
The Rolling Blackouts @ Spaceland
This is your last chance to check the Monday-night residents in the month of April for free.

Tuesday, 4/27
Pinback @ Troubadour
I’ve said it before, this band is horrible live. They’re albums are great, and their music is like a breath of fresh air. Too bad they haven’t learned out to perform them live yet. I’ve never cringed so much at a show because their singer couldn’t hit any of the notes. Take a note from Britney guys; lip-sync.

The Reputation @ Spaceland
This is a KB suggestion.

Wednesday, 4/28
Southern Culture on the Skids @ Troubadour

Thursday, 4/29
TV on the Radio @ The Echo
People are buzzing. I left their show early at some party at SXSW because it as way too crowded and I didn’t feel compelled to stay and die of affixation. From what I saw and heard, I don’t think I made the wrong decision.

Earlimart @ Spaceland
Great local band whom I expect good things from. Check them out now.

Har Mar Superstar/Juliette Lewis @ Troubadour
If you like comedy in your music…

Friday, 4/03
TV on the Radio @ The Echo
Yup, two nights in a row.

The Sleepy Jackson/On the Speakers @ Spaceland
Sleepy Jackson are ok. On the Speakers are better.

Golden Arms @ 51 Buckingham (Pomona)
This is my friend Mike’s band. They are playing at Spaceland on Cinco de Mayo. If you are in Pomona this night and can’t get into the Pixies show, check this one out.

Moving Units & Special Guests @ The Glass House (Pomona)
Special Guests worth $30 tickets with a cap on buying two the night before Coachella… hmmm…

Black Heart Procession @ Knitting Factory
Too bad no one is going to go to this.

Saturday, 5/1
Day 1 of Coachella
Duh.

Sunday, 5/2
Day 2 of Coachella
Tired, sweaty, broken, hot, hurting and loving it.

Friday, April 23, 2004

At the Movies ©

But first, big news: The Pixies are playing a small show the night before Coachella, April 30th at the Glass House in Pomona. The show is billed as: Coachella Pre Party Featuring Moving Units with Special Guests 7:00 PM $30.00 Tickets Onsale Thursday, Apr 22 10:00 AM Two Ticket Limit.

Thanks to Tony for sending this my way. Amazing that people even read this thing, let alone give me great scoops like this.

Also a certain “newlywed dancer/model/actress/groupie” is having her birthday party tomorrow night at Forbidden City. Oh forget it with trying to do a blind item… I’m talking about Carmen Electra. Go and say hi to Jane’s Addiction and ask them why they suck now.

Opening this week
Man On Fire
It’s got that cute Dakota Fanning girl in it, but I doubt that will save this sinking ship. When was the last time Denzel Washington was in a movie that did well? Though I heard Out of Time was actually good.

13 Going on 30
Bunsen put it best here.

Clifford’s Really Big Dog Movie
I debated on whether to mention this or not. There isn’t much being released this weekend, so I did. I would go see that Disney movie instead if I wanted a kids flick though.

This So Called Disaster (LA and NY only)
Documentary on the weeks just prior to Sam Shepard's stage production of his play "The Late Henry Moss." Stars Sean Penn and Nick Nolte.

Currently In Theaters

Kill Bill Vol. 2
Still don’t care.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
You might still be able to catch it in some theaters.

Prince and Me
Julia Stiles falls for a foreigner who turns out to be a Prince. Wackiness ensues.

The Ladykillers
What happened to this? Coen Brother AND Tom Hanks, yet it still bombs.

Mayor of Sunset Strip
I already dished on this here.

United States of Leland
So I’m suffering right now from insane insomnia. I was up at 4am this morning and decided to watch the Sharon Osbourne Show because nothing else was on. Chris Klein (aka, Mr. Katie Holmes) was on promoting this snooze-fest of a movie. I saw it 2 years ago a Sundance. It’s a rental at best, unless you have insomnia too, because it has helped me go to sleep twice now.

Thursday, April 22, 2004

I wanna be Made

I love Made on MTV. It almost redeems the cable channel for its morally vacant I Want a Famous Face program.

Last night I saw a heavy metal kid get turned into “Mr. Northstar.” It’s basically a popularity contest in his high school and he – being the outsider he is – would be a total long shot. What was so fantastic about last night’s episode, was the boy’s “coaches.” They were the fashion design duo; Heatherette. You might have heard of Richie Rich when he was a club kid. Think Michael Alig without the murder. Regardless, I wish he had more screen time. Or someone sign him up for "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" in place of that Carson hack. That kid’s got charisma.

A little tangent on why Made rules and I Want a Famous Face does not: Made builds kid’s confidence by pushing them to reach their potential. I Want a Famous Face shows that your potential sucks as it is and surgery is the only option to reaching your goals. How they can show both of these shows back to back is amazing to me. It’s like having someone tell “you can do anything you want,” but then coming back and saying, “not with that nose you can’t.”

Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Yawn

Teen starlet Mischa Barton is learning the hard way she should watch what she says if she wants to keep her shopping privileges. "The O.C." hottie has been banned from L.A. emporium Fred Segal, Star magazine reports, because of the dissing she gave the shopping mecca in print. "Fred Segal is hell," Barton told Elle magazine. Clothing there is "high-end generic. It's not made with any love."

I remember the time I got banned from Kmart, except it involved a monkey, some duct tape, and security cameras recording the entire event.

Tuesday, April 20, 2004

Love these links

Um, whoa. It's only a concert. What a proud parents this girl's must be.
(ed: this link has been taken down. So you know, a girl was offering blows jobs for Coachella tickets. And she was serious.)

My mom sent me this link because she knows I stalk Kiefer, or he stalks me, at one of my fav hangouts, 4100. Note, according to this article, Kiefer lives in the "scary Hollywood area." Kiefer lives in Silverlake, which hasn't been scary since all the yuppies moved in 5 years ago. I feel the need to clarify.

Spoofing Pitchfork is the new black.

Question is did these people do it before Subpop?

Monday, April 19, 2004

Why LA is cooler than NYC

Because things like this happen... at the Grove??? (For those too lazy to click, it's about a girl who randomly meets QUENTIN TARANTINO and spends the day shopping with him and registering at Crate and Barrel).

Benefit Comedy show for the West Memphis Three

Tuesday, May 25th at the Hollywood Improv

Tenacious D
Greg Proops
Chris Hardwick (yeah, it’s that guy from Singled Out)
Zach Galifianakis
Fred Armisen
Bob Odenkirk
Patton Oswalt
Laura Kightlinger
Blaine Capatch (Host)

Tickets are $30. To buy tickets, go to www.improv.com, click on the Hollywood, CA link and go to the calendar for May.

For info about the West Memphis Three, visit wm3.org.

On Tap

I wound up taking in both Darkness shows this weekend thanks to two different individuals calling me up and offering me tickets at the last minute. If I was a huge fan of the The Darkness this would have never happened. Regardless, I felt the need to go to see if there was something I was missing that would maybe translate better through the live show. (I even passed up seeing Kennedy at Jumbo’s Clown Room on Sunday night. When a friend plays a strip club called Jumbo’s Clown Room – you go.) After giving them a fair shake, I can say their live show is definitively fun and entertaining. They sound great live, and Justin’s banter is charming. I still won’t ever feel the need to listen to their CD though. Guitar solos are just not my thing. If I want to listen to metal, I’ll put on GNR.

Here’s some gross information I heard this morning while driving into work and listening to NPR and had to pass on: 30% of registered cars are SUV’s. Half of all fatal 2-car crashes involve an SUV. 80% of the fatalities are suffered from the non-SUV passengers. Happy Driving.

Monday, 4/19
Jim Jarmusch @ The Arclight
Q&A following his newest movie “Coffee and Cigarettes

Tuesday, 4/20
Ugly Duckling @ The El Rey

Wednesday, 4/21
Happy Birthday Peabs!

The Catheters @ Troubadour

Thursday, 4/22
Opening night of Morrissey @ The Wiltern
I’m not going to even pretend I was a huge Morrissey fan because it’s suddenly cool now. I could take him or leave him.

Clinic @ Knitting Factory
Whatever happened to Clinic?
THIS SHOW IS MAY 22nd, NOT THIS THURSDAY. (my mistake).

Bowie/Polyphonic Spree @ The Greek
Also playing Arrowhead on Friday night.

JC Chasez @ House of Blues
A poor man’s Justin Timberlake.

Friday, 4/23
Stella @ Knitting Factory
Comedy show featuring members of The State.

Heidi Fleiss night @ Gossip
She’s supposed to show up. We’ll see though. She’s, um, flakey.

All Night Radio @ Spaceland
Beachwood Sparks but better.

Saturday, 4/24
Medeski, Martin & Wood @ The Roxy

Jonathan Rice @ Fingerprints

Eisley @ Troubadour
Hansen, The Next Generation

Sunday, 4/25
One-Hit-Wonder Run
Don’t bother unless you pre-register.

Friday, April 16, 2004

At the Movies©

I dig movies almost as much as I dig music. Since I usually give the rundown of music shows for the week on Mondays, I thought I might as well even it up and give a rundown of movies to see over the weekend. Here’s the start of something I might make a habit. No promises.

Opening this weekend:
Kill Bill Vol. 2
I didn’t even bother to go see Kill Bill Vol. 1. Shocked? I know I’m supposed to be some sort of Tarantino fan, but there are still some hard feelings there from Jackie Brown and From Dusk Till Dawn. Everyone else seems to have forgotten about those.

The Punisher
Gory gross movie based on some comic thing or whatever. Next.

Connie and Carla
Two girls running from the Mob go to LA and pretend to be drag queens. Wackiness ensues when a boy falls for one the fake drag queens. Stars the girl from My Big Fat Greek Wedding, which is possibly the most successful film where no one knows the star’s real name.

Young Adam (NY and LA only)
Stars Ewan McGregor's penis.

A Thousand Piece Clouds Encircle the Sky (NY and LA only)
Mexican film about a gay boy who just broke up with his dying lover.

Currently in theaters:
The Passion
Never heard of it.

Hellboy
Still mad about this beating Walking Tall for number 1 a few weeks ago.

Walking Tall
So it’s not going to win any Oscars. Go see it anyway.

Johnson Family Vacation
Is this like National Lampoon’s Vacation, but with an urban twist?

The Alamo
This film owes Jason Patric for his public intoxication arrest for garnering it any press.

Home On the Range
I like Disney films. Shut up, I do.

Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed
Skip it.

The Whole Ten Yards
Who knew Whole Nine Yards was successful enough to warrant a sequel? But isn’t it creepy how they are trying to push how buddy-buddy Matthew Perry and Bruce Willis are in the press? It comes off a little forced and scripted.

Ella Enchanted
Next.

The Girl Next Door
This is rated R. I totally thought it was a teen flick at first though since it’s being marketed to kids just as hard as Camel cigarettes.

Thursday, April 15, 2004

It all started with Gap and their “boy cut” jeans.

"They're so comfortable and I feel so good in them,"

That’s what one boy says in this story about wearing girl’s jeans, the latest of trends which goes by the name of “Fashioncore.” He goes on to say, "They show my figure off better. Guy pants just don't do it for me." Well guys wearing my pants don’t do it for me either. Add this to the list, next to guys drinking diet soda, as one of my turn offs. Here is a hint, girls don’t like to feel fat. If you fit into our jeans, and dare I say it, look better in them then us, you are making us feel bad. Knock it off.

Thanks Stacy for sending me this link and making me loose faith in the male gender just a little bit more.

Tone Loc and Devo on the same bill?

Bunsen sent me this link yesterday for a race in LA called Run Hit Wonder, which if I wasn’t planning on moving that weekend, already had softball game that afternoon or didn’t have people in town, I would totally do. Actually I still might. It’s just too weird to not do. Here’s the skinny: on April 25, Nike will host a 5K/10K run that will be feature live performances from one-hit wonders like A Flock of Seagulls, Tone Loc and General Public. At the finish of the race, Devo will perform. What is more motivating to finish a race than hearing the actual Flock of Seagulls perform “I Ran (So Far Away)” while running? P.S. This race is also held in NY, Chicago and Portland, OR.

In more run/charity news, the Revlon Run/Walk for Women is being held on Saturday, May 8th. This is a 5k, and yes, you can walk it. Proceeds go to fight against breast and ovarian cancer. Click here to learn more and register. I usually do this every year, but I will be back in NJ for my best friend’s wedding. I’m the godmother to her un-born child who I just found out this morning is going to be girl. The best part of being a godmother is being able to fly in for the weekend, play with them, dress them up and mold them into a mini-me, while being able to fly home before changing diapers loses its novelty.

Wednesday, April 14, 2004

I love LA (even more now)

I love Idlewild. If you know me, you know this about me. Well, if you read this site, you know this about me too.

I just found out that Idlewild are moving to LA for two whole months to record their new album. Awesome. Really. Awesome. Does someone want to assign me to write a story about their recording process? You know, the type of story where I would basically have to live with the band for the entire two months to get a real feel for them as artists. I promise not to say “awesome” in every sentence of the article. Really. Though I would want to because they are in fact awesome. But I won’t. It would be a think piece, describing a band on the brink of breaking in America while they deal with their increasing fame and a life permanently on the road. Or something like that. Someone? Anyone?

I would go the usual stalker route, but see, I’ve been there, done that with them. They know me now. So I need a real reason to actually show up at their studio because a wacky coincidence just won’t fly with them anymore, you digs?

Any help in uniting Roddy and myself would be much appreciated. I mean, it’s inevitable, but at the same time, I’m not getting any younger over here.


Who knew sneakers could own a house

I saw Danger Mouse spin last night at a Nike party thanks to Scott. I couldn’t tell you anything about his set though. I really must pay more attention next time instead of cranking my neck looking for the girl walking around with the hors d’oeuvres. I’m a sucker for free food. But the fact that Nike bought a house in Venice just to have parties with an open bar and guest DJs is pretty amazing. Seems like a lot of money spent, but for what I don’t know. I don’t have a sudden urge to buy Nikes today. If the feeling hits me later, I’ll let you know.

Did you know Bob Mould has a blog?

Tuesday, April 13, 2004

Quick tour news

Brandon from The Killers recently told Billboard.com that he is pushing to play Lollapalooza since Morrissey will be on the bill. They are not confirmed for the festival as yet, but will be performing at this year's Coachella.

Also, Metric will not be playing with The Stills in Los Angeles in June. They pulled out of The Stills west coast dates since they seemed a bit redundant with their current tour plans. Metric plays the El Rey this Friday.

An Open Letter to the Producers of I Want a Famous Face:

Dear Producers of I Want a Famous Face:

Hey there. What’s up? Nothing much here. I’m just writing because I have been watching your show a lot lately. Did you know that MTV plays each episode 5 times a day? That’s 2 ½ hours of the same surgery every day. Considering I watch MTV seven days a week, that is… well… a lot of seeing the insides of strangers. But who I am kidding? They’re not strangers anymore. Jessica? The transsexual who wants to look like J. Lo? I feel like I know her/him for years. Mia? The Britney look alike who just needed some fake breasts to complete the look? She knew exactly what she was doing by forgoing a career in marketing. I mean, Britney’s here to stay, while marketing is definitely a flash-in-the-pan kind of job. And who can forget Sha, the Pam Andersen want-to-be? Soon enough, Pam won’t even look like Pam because she’s getting up there in age so Sha can swoop in and take her place. That’s one smart naked model.

So I’ve been thinking… maybe I want a famous face. I didn’t even realize it until I after repeated viewings. In fact, I don’t want a famous face… I need a famous face. But who? I’ve thought about musicians and actors who recently have had an impact in my life and came up with an obviously answer. I want to be zombie #30542 from Dawn of the Dead. Zombies are timeless, and I hear they are going to be really in for spring. And I’m tired on having my insides on the inside, you know?

Ok, thank you Producers from MTV’s I Want a Famous Face for your time. I hope to hear from you soon regarding my up-coming episode.

Hugs and Kisses,
Kerry


Monday, April 12, 2004

On Tap

Remember when I was talking about those trailers hogging up the street outside my house? Turns out they were there to shoot the “Silverlake” pilot. You know the one: Aaron Spelling’s latest attempt to turn a Southern California location into a night-time soap opera just like he did with Beverly Hills and the Melrose District. If it gets picked up, there will be trailers and security and nonsense all the time. If you work at a network and have any power of saying no to this pilot, please do so. Parking in my hood is hard enough. Thanks.

On a related note Tori Spelling hit the mean streets this weekend. This was sent to me this morning without a link, so I can’t vouch for its truthfulness.

“Tori Spelling was bounced out of a West Village bar Wednesday night after she knocked glasses, candles and shaker tins off the bar and threw tater tots at other patrons. Spelling, who was obviously drunk when she showed up at Daddy-O on Bedford Street with her fiance and a female friend at about 1a.m. left the martini bar when the bartender asked her to. But instead of hailing a cab, Spelling took off a high heel and started banging it on the watering hole's window. She finally left after the bartender went outside and told her to scram.”

Monday, 4/12
Sarah Silverman @ Largo
You can either see Sarah tonight or go to meet the cast of Drew Carey at The Derby. I say go to the Derby, bring props, and scream out scenarios to them and make them do an impromptu “Who’s Line Is It Anyway.”

Tuesday, 4/13
Camp Freddy @ The Avalon
This is to celebrate Indie 103.1FM being on the air for 103 days. Last time I saw Camp Freddy perform, they were joined onstage by Ron Wood of the Rolling Stones, Slash and Duff, The Strokes, Perry Ferrell, and a bunch of others whom I can’t remember right now. Also, Leonardo and Matthew McConaughey were there. In short, it was awesome.

Cast of Freaks and Geeks @ Tower on Sunset
…and the Geeks will rule the world.

The Shins on the Gilmore Girls
Remember that taping where you could be an extra? Well, the episode is supposed to air tonight.

Wednesday, 4/14
Twilight Singers @ Troubadour
Oh Duli… there is so much to say I don’t know where to begin.

Thursday, 4/15
Fold Anniversary Pary @ The El Rey
Win tickets to this here.

Twilight Singers @ Spaceland
See you at the Shortstop afterwards?

Friday, 4/16
Ok Go @ Troubadour (w/ Wheat)
Capitol Records does this thing with their packing tape where they put the logo of whatever band they are currently pushing on it. I got box with Ok Go packing tape a long time ago, and I thought it was a cool to see packing tape with a band on it so I stuck it to my little office stereo. I don’t even care for Ok Go that much, but I will now I have to look at their logo everyday. Long story short, marketing works.

Metric @ El Rey
They are playing again in June with The Stills. I’m skipping this show to save my excitement and energy for that one.

Saturday, 4/17
The Darkness @ Henry Fonda
They are also doing an instore at the Virgin Mega store in West Hollywood earlier that day. I still don’t care about the Darkness. I might check out the instore though to see what all the fuss is about.

Britt Daniel of Spoon @ Spaceland
This will be good.

Wheat @ Troubadour (W/ Ok Go)

They Might Be Giants @ UCLA
They put out a children’s album called No. How genius is that considering no other demographic besides house-pets hear the word “no” more.

Sunday, 4/18
According my calendar this is Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Thursday, April 08, 2004

Nerd Club

Since tomorrow I have off and won’t be in posting, I’ll leave you with a brief homework assignment.

See, it’s finally my turn to pick a book for the book club at the office. Rules are as follows. 1) You can’t pick a book that you or someone else in the group has already read. 2) Try to keep the page count under 500 (that made the SNL book out, unfortunately). 3) Don’t try to show off with how smart you are (i.e. read Infinite Jest on your own time thank you very much).

After getting flack for constantly being the last one to finish every book so far (can I help I have a healthy social life?), I’ve decided to make them realize reading can be fun by picking Depth Take a Holiday: Essays from Lesser Los Angeles. So go out and be an honorary member of the club and read it.

Jake spotting

By a strange coincidence while reading Jessica’s post about acting like an obsessive teenager, my cell phone rings and Stacy informs me she has just run into Jake Gyllenhaal at Kinkos at Sunset and Vine. Jake was there and caught Stacy’s eye because he was wearing Seven Jeans, which she thought was pretentious, and getting a script copied onto red paper, which seemed odd.

Stacy: Isn’t it hard to read on the red paper?
Jake: No, I like the red paper. Then I can distinguish which version is which.
Stacy: Oh. My friend wants to marry you.
Jake: If her name is Kerry has a zombie obsession, count me in.

Ok, I made up the last part. But it could happen.

Wednesday, April 07, 2004

At the movies

Got a cryptic e-mail from the Arclight today saying they are expecting a special guest during the back to back screenings of Kill Bill Volume 1 and 2 on Thursday, April 15th in the Dome. They go on to say it’s on the “Q.T.” They say it’s still being confirmed, but they wouldn’t send out such an e-mail if Quentin wasn’t really going to show, would they? The Arclight is also doing a Tarantino Retrospective April 12-14. Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, and Reservoir Dogs will be shown.

On more Arclight juiciness, Kevin Smith will be talking, again, after a screening of Clerks. Again. This goes down on April 13th at 7pm. You can buy tickets online today. But be warned: by purchasing tickets and entering the auditorium you are giving your permission for your likeness and/or voice to be used in the DVD and its promotion. Jessica: we need to go and ask something inane just to ensure we are on the DVD.

“Saddle Creek Records chief Robb Nansel confirmed rumors that have been swirling about Rilo Kiley. He said an EMI label will be putting out the band's next record, possibly Capitol or Virgin Records.” Who knows what would possess an indie band to ever sign with a major right now, but I wish them the best. Unless you start dating Jake Gyllenhaal for a second time… then Jenny, it’s war.

And finally, so I’ve become a little obsessed lately with a certain movie. I know. And I promise to get over it soon. It’s Rebecca’s--a.k.a. “the SIL” (sister in law), a.k.a. Rebarfa--fault. If it wasn’t for her, I would have never chosen to see this movie, whose name I won’t utter anymore for fear that people will just start ignoring me and going into that glazed look and think “Oh she’s talking about zombies. Still.” But seriously, this is funny…. because it’s true.

Tuesday, April 06, 2004

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I love this because it supports the idea that on screen friends really are off screen friends and DO live with each other and hang out all the time. Even if one of them is married and has a kid. Awesome. And congrats Jay. If only David Spade and Chris Farley lived together, maybe Chris would be still with us. (Link from Whatevs.)

No no no no no no no. Mark McGrath to be in a reality show. Someone tell Mark it isn’t 1999 anymore and to begin his second career so VH1 can come calling in a few years to reunite his band. If you don’t go away, people will never become nostalgic for you.

Mad cow outbreak in the Garden State: side effects include the impulse to wear Lee Press on Nails, go the mall, eat at 24-hour diners, go to “the shore” for the weekend, hold a sense of pride of being from the same state as Springsteen and Bon Jovi, drive a mustang and call a Six Flags theme park “Great Adventure.”

Jeff Tweedy is in rehab for painkillers. In related news, Wilco fans who couldn’t wait to hear tracks from the new album are actually willing to pay for it. A site for fans to donate money if they downloaded the album was put up and after the first day of operation it tallied more than $1,500 donations and currently is at $3,600. Doesn’t that just make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside?

Monday, April 05, 2004

On Tap

Little Radio already got caught by the FCC after being back on the air for only 2 days. That’s what happens when you have a pirate radio station running at 500 watts. They will be back though. Don’t count them out just yet.

Deepdiscountcd.com has the new Modest Mouse on sale for only $7.98. No excuse, go buy it.

Hellboy made $23.5 million this weekend. What the heck? The Rock got robbed.

I’ve decided to sell my surfboard. E-mail me if you want info.

Monday, 4/5
Sweet Relief @ Troubadour
American Music Club, Concrete Blonde and more play for this great cause. I remember my cousin Carol giving me a Sweet Relief CD that made me realize there is more music out there besides Top 40. Thanks Carol.

Tuesday, 4/6
Happy Birthday Eva!!!

The Ravonettes @ The El Rey

Wednesday, 4/7
The Decemberists @ The Troubadour
Yes!

Australian Invasion: The Vines/Jet/The Living End @ The Wiltern
Eh.

Thursday, 4/8
Jet instore @ Tower on Sunset
I hate instores at the Tower on Sunset. And I think I’m over Jet as well.

Jason Falkner @ Troubadour

Friday, 4/9
Good Friday.
I have the day off and am planning to celebrate Good Friday by finally going to see The Passion. Or Dawn of the Dead again. It’s a toss up.

Saturday, 4/10
Iron and Wine @ The Knitting Factory

Sunday, 4/11
Happy Easter!!!

Someone send me Cadbury cream eggs please.

Iron and Wine @ The Knitting Factory
Maybe Sam will dress up like the Easter Bunny.

Friday, April 02, 2004

MS sucks.

Here's a letter from my dear friend Matthew. He's getting good Karma all over the place. You can too. Read below.

"Multiple sclerosis usually strikes adults in the prime of life - between the ages of 20 and 50. It is a chronic disease of the central nervous system affecting the brain and spinal cord. One new case of MS is diagnosed every hour. It comes and goes unpredictably, leaving people to wonder, "Will I become paralyzed, blind or have trouble walking? Will I be able to raise my family and continue my career?"

I continue fight against this devastating disease. On April 24, I will be participating in the 2004 MS Walk in beautiful Knoxville, TN. I have a goal of raising $1000 to support the National MS Society. I am asking for your help in making my goal. Please click on the "To Sponsor Me" link below and sponsor me online today.

No matter $5 or $500 -- every bit counts."

Click here to sponsor Matthew.

Thursday, April 01, 2004

Above the Fold

The Fold is a great local club that’s locations bounce back and forth between The Derby and The Silverlake Lounge. Last year, they put out a compilation featuring bands—BRMC, Metric, …And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead, The Warlocks, Alaska!, Black Heart Procession, and more—all of which have played shows there. It is a fantastic comp and basically showed everyone how freaking cool they were for booking all of these bands before anyone else even knew to pretend like they’ve been down with them for years.

And now it’s the Fold’s birthday, so they are doing what they do best by putting on a show. The Fold 7th Anniversary Showcase will be held on Thursday April 15th at the El Rey and will feature Dengue Fever, The Vacation, The Shore, Giant Drag, John Gold, The Lovemakers. Tickets can be bought here.

Wait, it gets better. The nice people at Filter are out to save you a few bucks. Click here for your chance to attend this show for free, bring a friend, and get a copy of the not-yet-released album by The Shore. And it's not even your birthday.

The Rock for Governor of California

Tomorrow night, Walking Tall is released in theaters. Now I know you all are going to run out and see it, right? But wait, it’s actually good! I swear! And it’s only 86 minutes long. You’ve got that much time to spare, don’t you?

It’s based on a true story about an ex-military type who comes back to his logging town in Washington State to find the main job-producing mill has been closed and a crooked casino has taken its place. The Rock plays our hero, who is determined to turn his now drug addicted town back to the way it was when he was a child. Johnny Knoxville plays The Rock’s best friend and inserts some much needed comedic relief to an otherwise nail-biting, action packed movie. On a side note, I think I’ve now developed a crush on Johnny Knoxville and wish I would have seen this movie before my trip to Austin so I would have been much nicer and less annoying towards him when I saw him in Texas. On another side note: The Rock is a good actor. Really.

All this movie is missing are some zombies.

And I swear I’m not being biased.