you know it was a good party if you wake up the next day at 4pm

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yesterday the Daily Nexus hosted a kickass reunion bash that brought together the past

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with the present Nexites in the cozy concrete office where all the magic happens

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tianna and carissa are next year’s news editors.

basically this is what jeff solomon and max donnelly looked like to the class of 1969 when they visited us.

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there was a nice spread of food booze and other treats thanks to the generosity of people other than me.

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jeanine did her best to corrupt the minds of todays youth but aint nobody got time for that

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they were busy tagging the darkroom <3

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and being excellent to one another. speaking of which…

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Elspeth and Barb were there looking exactly the same as when we first met them back in the day. Weird.

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you know how everything seems smaller when you go back home? it wasnt anything like that at all: it was just right.

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computor wiz jeffrey p mcmanus, one of the few people who, in the 80s,
knew how to work the sole Mac, organized the alumns to be there, and worked the twitter and facebook
great job jeff!

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and the hard working kids of the current administration came back into the office during their one day off

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to party with us gray beards and grandmas and superstars and hasbeens

tony pierce steve elzer daily nexus

i had the pleasure of “interviewing” former nexus Editor in Chief steve elzer who is currently a suit at Sony Pictures

who told the kids earnestly that everything he does today, like helping to get Spider-man on the cover of Time

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to turning lemons into lemonade when weird things like the director of the CIA and Sen. John McCain spoke out against  Sony’s kickass film Zero Dark Thirty

came from lessons he learned chasing waterfalls at the Nexus.

even Jason Spievak (above, aloha shirt) and Marissa Wenzke (incoming EIC to his right)

were all this is f-ing awesome, maclemore

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and then after an hour we shut off the recording devices and seriously partied

and it was good.

for those of you who didn’t make the reunion, east coasters, and Ben Sullivan

i can tell you that this generation of Nexites are worthy and you should expect big things from them.

which we can all celebrate next year at this time, something i recommend for all of you who haven’t done it in a while.

the campus, after 20 years of jackhammers and scaffolds, and orange cones is fully realized

american flag in isla vista

the foot patrol, which was a victim of a molitif cocktail last year looks nice

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you can get freakin pho in IV

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and gone are the days where your bike would get stolen even if you had it locked to a cop car,

today’s kids are so sweet and giving (blame the molly) they just leave their bikes in the bike lanes

for people who need a bike, to take a bike

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the hippie vibe is so pronounced these days they even celebrated Earth Day a week late

so all the kids who went to Coachella last weekend wouldnt miss it.

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ok to the left is IV Theater which means dead ahead is where the repair shop, tropical fish store

and sole quasi romantic sit-down restaurant was – the one you went to the one and only time you ever had a traditional date in IV

well now its a 5 story monstrosity that id immediately burn down during the next riot

because seriously wtf

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i mean if people wanted this they could easily have gotten into uc san diego

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same goes for you, sidewalk that noone uses and lamp poles to cut down on sexual assaults at night

sadly i witnessed some verbal abuse in the broad daylight and i remembered oh yeah theres always asswipes even in paradise

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btw paradise looked pretty hot yesterday and misses you

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one of the pocket parks has a ping pong table and theres even ping pong balls waiting for you

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and people studying on the beach playing bob marley for you

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and hippies who have lived in IV since 1989 stoked to go to Javans with you

the end

next year tsar should play in storke plaza and we should take over kcsb and broadcast it live

and go to jail and then break out cuz its santa barbara come on duh

today is Kim Gordon’s birthday, she’s 60

tumblr_lywcpjmwbq1qffv5do1_500after my face melted in a hallucinatory bad trip in the bathroom mirror of a del playa apartment when i was 22 i was never afraid to talk with anyone ever again

because i realized that everything is perspective and context: we all fool ourselves into believing that this is beautiful, that is ugly, she is hot, he is scary, that is dangerous, this is perfect

but after someone accidentally puts one drop of a liquid chemical into your Natty Ice, what was ugly turns beautiful and whats hot is not.

after that i never got nervous to approach a “pretty” girl, interview a powerful leader, or stare down a tweaked out gangster

until i met kim gordon in santa barbara.

even in 1990, a year before “punk broke”, backstage of ucsb’s Campbell Hall, it was frightingly obvious

that Grunge had grown up from the midwestern Twin Tone yawp of The Replacements Husker Dü, and Soul Asylum.

and sprouted horns and filled out to the global beast that would be Nirvana.

and it wouldn’t have happened if not for Sonic Youth, whose 1990 Geffen debut “Goo” showed the record industry that

the Bon Jovi 80s were over and rock n roll was back to save yr soul in a way that would make your parents not just tell you to turn that shit down but maybe we should have a family discussion because we’re really worried about you.

and at the heart of Sonic Youth was Kim Gordon and she was scary as fuck because who else would dare go after LL Cool J who had just released Mama Said Knock You Out

Kim Gordon“Are you going to liberate us girls from male, white, corporate oppression?” she taunts with the aid of Chuck D playing the role of Flava

“Let every body know.” he demands.

But it’s Kim’s “C’mon c’mon c’mon c’mon c’mon c’mon” that summons the dual guitar squeals from Thurston Moore and Lee Rinaldo that sounds more of a woman who knows what she wants as opposed to the cheerleader you would have seen (and not heard) a few years before in a Warrant video.

Even though it was painfully obvious that Kool Thing was a street corner diss of Cool James

(LL released “Walking With A Panther” in ’89 which featured hits like “Goin Back to Cali” – from which “Kool Thing” appropriates the line “I don’t think so”. Panther also featured singles “I’m The Type of Guy”, “Big Ole Butt” and “Jinglin’ Baby” that did fine in hip hop circles and the pop charts, but whose misogyny was hard to support among the Riot Grrrls)

while chatting with Rinaldi and drummer Steve Shelley I asked, “so is Kool Thing about LL?”

Shelley said, “that’s Kim’s song, ask her.”

And I couldn’t even look in her direction, let alone approach her, so I just sipped from my can of Coke and changed the subject.

She was the edge in a band whose tone was so gnarled that if barbed wire had a theme song it’d have been Sonic Youth.

They say most scenarios benefit from the woman’s touch. Kim was the woman’s punch.

Without whom neither Nirvana nor Hole would have spanked thru as quickly and painlessly as they did.

Which is why I heartily celebrate Kim’s 60th today

from a safe distance.

meanwhile if you haven’t seen the doc of the Sonic Youth tour where they brought along Nirvana and Dinosaur Jr., and Babes in Toyland, and Gumball, and The Ramones

well maybe on Kim Gordon’s 60th birthday maybe it’d be kool thing to do