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    • February 8, 2014 4:30 PM CST
    • Just read Motely Crue The Dirt for my local book club. Facinating book wreather you like the band or not. For the record, I like the first two albums and then a few songs here and there afterward. The book is full of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll. I discovered Mick Mars is boring, Vince Neil is actually a bit cooler that I had thought, Tommy Lee is a bit of a douche, and Nikki Sixx though at time a bit annoying, for the most part is a bad ass who has better taste in music than I would have thought to give him credit for. All of these guys are total assholes, sexist, irresponsible selfish jerks...but nevertheless they made a couple good records and had enough debautry in their career to comprise a good book. 

       

      Next in the book club is Scar Tissue by Anthony Kedis. Never really been a big RHCP fan, at all, but I heard the book was decent, Flea once played bass for FEAR, and I am in school full time and the only non-school stuff I have time for is mindless garbage like this. 

      Currently reading: Hazzards Of New Fortunes by William Dean Howells. This is for school - I wouldn't normally disuss what I'm reading for school, but this book happens to be really good. Published in 1890, it is allegedly the first book to descibe New York City. Deals a lot with a self-made millionaire, the working class, and interactions between different ethnic groups. Highly enjoyable and a real pager-turner. Howells style of writing seems to have a New York feel to it. I don't know what that means exactly, but I've read from enough NYC authors that I feel there is a certain element of the city that comes through in the writing. The book is one of those cannonized American classics, which I had never had a chance to read before. I would guess people like Hemmingway and Fitzgerald were influenced by Howells. 

    • January 20, 2014 12:31 AM CST
    • I FORGOT , i'VE ALSO BEEN READING "lOVERS bUGGERS AND tHIEVES" - ESSAYS ON gARAGE rOCK , the monks , maintream Rock like Led Zeppelin , and a fascinating chapter on teh first bootleg s, then an in - depth study on Beatle BOOTLEGS.

    • January 19, 2014 9:23 PM CST
    • A Pair of Blue Eyes--Thomas Hardy

    • January 14, 2014 11:46 PM CST
    • I found a copy of "Hardcore Zen" , written by my friend , Brad Warner. Brad was in some HAHDCOAH bands in Cleveland in the 80's (And did the documentary "Cleveland's Screaming !"). When I met him , in 1987 , he had a few albums under his belt with his band , Dimentia 13, on Midnight Records. The band had relocated to Chicago , but , several years later, he moved  to Japan , eventually working for Tsuburaya Productions ("ULTRAMAN"). Along the way , he became a student of Zen Buddhism , finding a way to apply it to his obsessions - Psych , monster movies , Punk Rock ,  etc.

      Back in The USA ,he now does a travelling lecture series on Zen. There are several , often quite funny , excerpts on You Tube.

       

      I also found "The pocket history of Ireland".       I will apply myself and try to read both.

    • January 8, 2014 2:57 PM CST
    • JUST READ "THE OUTSIDERS" BT S.E.HINTON FOR MAYBE THE THIRD TIME......YES , IT'S AN EASY READ , BUT IT HOLDS UP , TODAY.

      IMMEDIATELY AFTER FINISHING IT , I GOT AN E-MAIL FROM A FRIEND , TALKING ABOUT THE SAME BOOK (WITHOUT MY MENTIONING IT.) , AND "THAT WAS THEN , THIS IS NOW" , "RUMBLE FISH" AND "TEX" , ALSO BY S.E.HINTON , AS WELL AS THE MOVIE VERSIONS , OF WHICH I'VE ONLY SEEN "OUTSIDERS" AND "RUMBLE FISH" , BOTH HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. AS BIG A FAN AS MY FRIEND IS , HE DID'NT KNOW ABOUT THE "OUTSIDERS" TV SHOW ON FOX. IT AIRED AT 5:00PM , SO MOST PEOPLE NEVER SAW IT.  THE GREASERS FINALLY COME OUT ON TOP , NONVIOLENTLY.   

      HOW?  BY STARTING A BAND , OF COURSE , AND SINGING "DEVIL WITH A BLUE DRESS ON".   S.E. HINTON IS STILL ALIVE , AND , FOR THOSE WHO DON'T KNOW , IS A WOMAN.

    • January 8, 2014 11:09 AM CST
    • Beowulf. I'm on a real Anglo-Saxon Paganism kick right now.

    • February 2, 2014 10:25 AM CST
    • The last link was my favorite

    • February 1, 2014 4:54 PM CST
    • But wait, there's more!

      http://www.sadanduseless.com/2013/02/russian-facebook/

      and

      http://www.sadanduseless.com/2013/11/russian-dating-sites/

    • February 1, 2014 4:51 PM CST
    • http://www.sadanduseless.com/2014/01/life-in-russia/

      and

      http://www.sadanduseless.com/2014/01/slavs-squatting/

      WTF?

    • January 27, 2014 2:18 PM CST
    • Really Great Film!!!......Don't be put off by it being in a foreign language.

       

      There is an English language remake....but I can't see it being as good...

      and yeah, the music is great.....

       

       

       

       

       

       

    • January 27, 2014 2:10 PM CST
    • Really love the show!!!......but I am only up to series three......so I won't join in any discussions yet!!....I really DONT want to know what happens!!!

    • January 27, 2014 11:03 AM CST
    • … of Audrey II from Little Shop of Horrors. I forgot to add the pictures.

    • January 27, 2014 11:01 AM CST
    • Both the original and the singing version.

    • January 20, 2014 9:36 PM CST
    • I got the good wordie , "Chica - Murcielaga"aka "Bat - Chica"  (Batgirl) , the unauthorized '66 Superheroine pic , inspired by the criminally -  unavailable "Batman" TV show, is supposed to see an official U.S.debut on DVD , presumably with English subtitles. This Batgirl goes around in a mask and cape very similar to Adam West's attire on TV , but , with a bikini made of the same material. A more or less ordinary black car passes for the Batmobile. It's a fun picture , even though my copy's in Spanish , and my Spanish could be better than it is.....I guess Warner Bros. is ok with it. God knows , they were going around in 1988 , when Batman became THEIRS , forcing stores that had sold Batman buttons for eons to cease and desist. A club I was doing ads for got a cease and desist order from WB's Secret Police for doing Batman themed nights (FREE ADVERTIZING FOR THE MOVIE ) , WHICH THEY'D BEEN DOING FOR YEARS BEFORE THE MOVIE CAME OUT.

    • January 12, 2014 10:53 PM CST
    • ...unbelievably horrific , and , yet , people still say it did'nt happen. That's just as horrific , to me.

    • January 10, 2014 8:26 AM CST
    • From The Raw Story:

      http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/01/10/unseen-alfred-hitchcock-holocaust-documentary-memory-of-the-camps-to-be-released/

       

      MEMORY OF THE CAMPS

      The discovery the of the real horror of Hitler's concentration camps, uncut and dreadful.



    • December 10, 2013 8:29 AM CST
    • Show them the clip of that Loose change nonk losing his cool and saying stuff like "yeah we meant to put mistakes in there".

       

      Also point out that Mayor Rudy was advised not to install an oil based heating system in the twin towers, that's why they burnt like they did (perhaps somebody should sue the guy, hmm?)

       

      There is also a book called Voodoo Histories which debunk a whole lotta CTs which is fun to read, can't remember the author, but hey you can google it (unless you fear the bods at google are reading your emails and sticking their collective dicks in your summer punch).

    • December 5, 2013 12:25 AM CST
    • I HAVE , i THINK IT'S A TECHNICS TURNTABLE , AND A P.O.S. AMPLIFIER.....i ALSO HAVE A CD BURNER WITH THE BUILT IN TURNTABLE , THAT SOUNDS REMARKABLY GOOD . It PLAYS 45s , 33s and 78s , or "Vinyls'',  as clueless hipsters call 'em. I ALSO HAVE ONE OF THOSE PULLOUT TURNTABLES BUILT INTO A BOOM BOX/TAPE RECORDER. I  have a huge tube amp record player with foldout speakers FROM THE 50s or early 60s. Plays 78s , but takes up too much space and weighs too much to use often. I have a smaller RCA VICTROLA , TOO , from the 50's . 78 , 33 , 45 , and even 18.

    • November 29, 2013 5:44 PM CST
    • I've yet to buy into digital, same with books I still hold onto the physical medium dearly.  I find that mnay people who buy into vinyl are audiophiles, the kind who spend hundreds and thousands on their players, speakers and amp in the search for the perfect sound, I find it insane.  I love records because they are not perfect, the surface noise, the mono sound, its supposed to be a bit rougher but more human for it unlike the manicured digitalised music.  I have a love hate relationship with vinyl, for they come with their issues; you need to treat them very carefully, newer reissues are commonly of poorer quality, some are even just taken from CD instead of the master tapes  and man they take up a hell of a lot of space.  But they are often the best way to listen to music from an earlier era (especially if you get hold of editions issued pre 90's).

       

      I have equal love for CD's too, they haver their benefits over vinyl; no surface noise, far more durable, cheap and when done properly easily equally if not better sound than vinyl.  The biggest issues I have with them is that the trend for remastered reissues and compressing what would be a double LP release onto a single CD which ends up dumbing down the sound.  I think anyone who loves music should have access to both, too many albums I like only have been released on one or the other.

       

      Heres my set up, assembled on a budget, I picked them up off ebay second hand, the record player is a Rotel RP-830, Rotel RA-810a amp, Cambridge Audio CD4 CD player, hooked up to a pair of JPW shelf speakers.

       

    • November 29, 2013 3:15 PM CST
    • I have many CDs and MP3s, but the best sound still comes from the good old vinyl.
      What kind of turntable you have at home?

      My own:



      A CEC (Chuo Denki) BD-2000.
      Without automatic but with anti-skating

      I inherited this beautiful record player from my grandma.
      Many years (and wild parties) later, I learned that this is a really good one.

      What about with you?

    • November 28, 2013 3:40 PM CST
    • ......"Well , that's another one we'll have to feed on Welfare" - The Classy Blassie.

       

      I asked Johnny Legend if Blassie was really as egotistical as he came off as being.  He said , No , Freddie's not really like that at all.

       

      Three degrees of separation , My first Ponderosa Stomp was when the show got moved to Memphis because of Katrina's crazy ass. Scotty Moore was supposed to play , but had just had surgery on his shoulder . He turned up , anyway , and a big party was held for him . Boy , who DID'NT turn up ? Hubert Sumlin , Kenny Lovelace , Steve Cropper , Kent Morrill , AND , Master of Ceremonies - JERRY LAWFORD , who gave a rousing speech about how it's time we got Memphis music out of the shadow of Nasville music , with all due respect.......

       

      "AHHM FROM MOMMPHIS , TENN - UH - SEE !!!".

    • November 28, 2013 1:21 AM CST
    • My Breakfast With Blassie! Classic video. Hey, Buddha! Lemme rub that belly...

    • November 27, 2013 5:02 PM CST
    • .....But , you owe it to yourself to read Zmuda's book to learn about Andy's ultimate (Confirmed.) prank. iT'S ALMOST TOO....wait , here's Freddie Blassie to tell you more ..."It's TOO DIGUSTING TO TALK ABOUT . I WANNA PUKE IN THE FACE OF THAT SON OF A BITCH WHO WROTE IT !! YEAH , ANDY , I KNOW HE'S YOUR BEST FRIEND , BUT I LOVE A WINNER , AND I HATE A LOSER !!! COME ON , ANDY , DON'T SIGN AUTOGRAPHS FOR THOSE GIRLS. I KNOW YOU'RE GETTING JOHNNY LEGEND'S SISTER'S PHONE NUMBER , BUT , IT AIN'T SANITARY TO SHAKE HANDS WITH 'EM. PEOPLE WANNA SHAKE HANDS WITH ME , I SAY NO ! YOU DON'T KNOW , THEY'VE PROBABLY JUST BEEN TO THE MEN'S ROOM , DID'NT WASH THEIR HANDS , AND MAYBE DID'NT EVEN USE TOILET PAPER !!! PENCIL - NECK GEEKS !!! HELL , WHEN I GOTTA GO , I'LL USE HALF A ROLL !!!!".

       

      You'd have to read about it , yourself . Words fail me. It took place at The Park West in Chicago , which , somewhat shockingly , still functions as a music venue.

       

       

    • November 15, 2013 2:25 PM CST
    • IF ANDY FAKED HIS OWN DEATH , THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN THE ULTIMATE ELVIS TRIBUTE , ON HIS PART......

      I'VE SEEN BETTER ALLEGED PHOTOS OF A SIXTY - SOMETHING ELVIS THAN THIS ONE THAT COULD BE OF ANDY. BUT I'M NOT THOROUGHLY CONVINCED.....I DON'T RULE IT OUT , EITHER. BUT , DON'T GO BY ME. I BELIEVE THAT ELVIS DIED IN 1977 , AND THAT JFK WAS SHOT BY AT LEAST TWO OR THREE GUNMEN , AND THAT BOBBY FULLER WAS BRUTALLY MURDERED ( SPOILER ALERT! )  , AND JOHNNY THUNDERS WAS ADMINISTERED AN OVERDOSE OF METHADONE BY THE TWO CREEPS WHO RANSACKED HIS HOTEL ROOM AND TOOK EVERYTHING OF VALUE , BUT , WE'RE TOLD , HIS GUITAR........ IF KAUFMAN IS , OR HAD BEEN LIVING IN , ALBUQUERQUE , HE WOULD'VE BEEN TOO BUSY MENTORING , AND POSSIBLY EVEN POSING AS NOBUNNY TO MAKE IT TO AN OH - SEES SHOW.