Norway, not a recap
Numusic in Stavanger was amazing and I really wish I had taken the time to blog while I was there. But comp time is expensive there and half-the-time I was just fighting to stay awake or fall asleep. Instead, I took copious notes in a reporter's binder which is always on my desk and never at home where I blog. But my photos are at home, right? Get it?
On the dancefloor, energy is neither created nor destroyed
I keep swearing off late nights and that one more drink, but this past week had too much going on. Tuesday night was a quick, see 'em and we're gone at the Franz Ferdidand show. Kelly was critical of Alex's vocals, but I thought it was a good, energetic, if short set. How many concerts do you get home from at 10:45pm? On Wednesday, a last minute, everyone-is-going, why-aren't-we? concert at the Chicago Theatre from Sigur Ros was a major revelation. What an incredible band, incredible acoustics, etc.? Better yet, the fellas from the band and their stage tech Jez met us at Sonotheque later that night for mad dancing to Indian techo from the MIDIval PunditZ. The entire club was freaking out in a very San Francisco style, meaning I think there were a lot of yoga practioners there. With the encouragement of the posse, I was experimenting with some mime dancing, y'know... man fishing, man running, hurdler, skateboarder, basketball dribbler, etc. The singer from Sigur seemed to be fond of smacking my ass ever now and then. I also got to meet the PunditZ on the way out. Wisely, I had switched to Evian at about 12:30pm so I wasn't too damaged. Thursday was early night in with Dr. Dugan coming by for a pre-Columbian meal at the always amazing Maiz and a walk to the Western blue line in the grey morrow. Friday night turned into a crazy tour of clubs and bars with some fun friends visiting from New Mexico. I was toting the LOMO Colorsplash camera around and taking photos of whomever wandered in my path. I discovered that I do like dancing to Kanye at two in the morning with a bunch of strangers. But ultimately, I think I might be done with gin-and-tonics. They seem to punish me extra hard.


Total Incompetence
Some months ago, if you remember, I pondered the question of whether the character of the current administration was one primarly defined by extreme idealogical zeal or of complete ineptness. I guess we know the answer now. The events of the past few weeks have been saddening to say the least, but also just downright scary, confirming the level of arrogance and incompetence at the highest levels that once seemed only a strong accusation. I guess the naive part of me always thought to itself, 'well FEMA, they won't screw things up no matter who they are answering to.' Also, the national press seems to have been shocked into actually questioning the government on some things. A silver lining, perhaps.

Also Perfect Panther has a new website. The band also has a fantastic new mini-album length recording that we will be releasing before the end of the year.

Right now, it's live music and out-of-town guest week of craziness. I've seen Nouvelle Vague, Seu Jorge, Franz Ferdinand and there are more shows coming later in the week.


Listening Station
I'm almost at the end of my rope with some the emo thought bubbles that people are publishing on their blogs. They remind me of the journals I kept freshman year in college when I was a Maximum Rock and Roll reader getting ready for the revolution. So anyway, back to the music... No you can't download it here.

Desmond Dekker
You Can Get it If You Really Want double CD

Searching for Soul: Soul, Funk & Jazz Rarities & Classic from Michigan 1968-1970
(Luv N' Haight)

Recently interviewed:
M.I.A., Jamie Lidell, Carl Craig

Lookout! We're screwed.
Everybody is talking about the near collapse of Lookout! Records in light of Green Day's recent repossession of its records. I have to weigh in on this on the side of Green Day, however rich and powerful they may be. And as a band member who only rarely has seen royalties or accounting from various "nice" labels. Ummm, how can you not pay your biggest band royalties for ten years and keep signing unproven young bands? And hiring people? I love the idea of independent labels, but at some point they've got to exist in reality, not just in the ideal state of "it's cool, we're totally buds." There's loads of news out there on this and lots of great commentary on this. The most shocking aspect of this is Larry Livermore, the ex-Lookout! honcho describing the label's new signings as "terrible bands." Can you say bitter? I know this isn't hot news, I'm in catch-up mode.


Boyz in the hood
This kid, Robbie Huebel, I grew up with is one of the funniest people on VH1 right now or TV for that matter. He once gave Fawn Hall flowers while she was hanging out at our local pool. Yeah, Fawn Hall went to my pool. It was that kind of neighborhood. You might also know Rob as "Inconsiderate Cell Phone Man" or Candidate Zero from the commericals. Our family dog ran away, you could say eloped, with the Huebel's family dog. Our dog died, but the Huebel's dog stuck with him until the end.

Inconsiderate Cell Phone Man


Kung Fu Grip
Most of the concerts I've seen on the mall or near the U.S. Capitol have been protest gigs, though I have seen a bunch of Folklife type stuff there too. Is that a good or a bad thing? I think, ultimately, probably a good thing. This concert is coming up in a few weeks. I wonder if an "Anti-war Fair" would be cool, or just a drag. I just watched Weapons of Mass Distraction on IFC and found it to be just fine, but not particularly revealatory. Also, the Bouncing Souls were listed twice on the flyer I got for this rally.

When: Saturday, September 24
gather 11AM at the Washington Monument, concert begins at 3PM

What: March, Rally, Anti-war Fair and
A Free Music Festival To Stop The War In Iraq!


Join Operation Ceasefire, a new coalition of concerned musicians, for a
massive anti-war concert/rally at the Washington Monument on September
24th. This event will be a centerpiece of what is expected to be 4 days of
enormous protests in nation's capital in support of a full withdrawal
of U.S. forces from the quagmire in Iraq.

For more information:


A Timeline for You (courtesy Moveon.org)


Friday, Aug. 26: Gov. Kathleen Blanco declares a state of emergency in Louisiana and requests troop assistance.

Saturday, Aug. 27: Gov. Blanco asks for federal state of emergency. A federal emergency is declared giving federal officials the authority to get involved.

Sunday, Aug. 28: Mayor Ray Nagin orders mandatory evacuation of New Orleans. President Bush warned of Levee failure by National Hurricane Center. National Weather Service predicts area will be "uninhabitable" after Hurricane arrives. First reports of water toppling over the levee appear in local paper.

Monday, Aug. 29: Levee breaches and New Orleans begins to fill with water, Bush travels to Arizona and California to discuss Medicare. FEMA chief finally responds to federal emergency, dispatching employees but giving them two days to arrive on site.

Tuesday, Aug. 30: Mass looting reported, security shortage cited in New Orleans. Pentagon says that local authorities have adequate National Guard units to handle hurricane needs despite governor's earlier request. Bush returns to Crawford for final day of vacation. TV coverage is around-the-clock Hurricane news.

Wednesday, Aug. 31: Tens of thousands trapped in New Orleans including at Convention Center and Superdome in "medieval" conditions. President Bush finally returns to Washington to establish a task force to coordinate federal response. Local authorities run out of food and water supplies.

Thursday, Sept. 1: New Orleans descends into anarchy. New Orleans Mayor issues a "Desperate SOS" to federal government. Bush claims nobody predicted the breach of the levees despite multiple warnings and his earlier briefing.

Friday, Sept. 2: Karl Rove begins Bush administration campaign to blame state and local officials—despite their repeated requests for help. Bush stages a photo-op—diverting Coast Guard helicopters and crew to act as backdrop for cameras. Levee repair work orchestrated for president's visit and White House press corps.

Saturday, Sept. 3: Bush blames state and local officials. Senior administration official (possibly Rove) caught in a lie claiming Gov. Blanco had not declared a state of emergency or asked for help.

Monday, Sept. 5: New Orleans officials begin to collect their dead.