totally drank with your boy jason ross last night

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i had about three margaritas and a beer and a taco and im just now mostly recovered

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took the subway and saw a guy get a ticket for not buying a ticket. twas sad.

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i asked Jason where you wanna drink? he said, take me somewhere you love. we went to La Cita and he loved it too.

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after a few there we walked over to seven grand and saw a guy walk from outside to inside and puke. twas gross.973756_10151618133193057_1444231123_n

not even the artwork wanted to see the literal yuppie scum

DTLA

it was nice hanging out with the former nexus editor & chief and walking around DTLA with him

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when i got home i saw this note on the ground and im still trying to figure out how it was used

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decided i need to make some new art

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and maybe get a band formed, as ben suggested

crazy thing about Jason, he looks exactly the same as he did a zillion years ago

and is just as funny.

jason

makes you wanna puke.

jk

how Marvin Gaye’s “Hitch Hike” turned into an R.E.M. cover of the Velvet Underground

during the Cubs / Sox crosstown interleague massacre (go Cubs!)

WGN, on several occasions played the classic Stones tune “Hitch Hike”

which to any Velvet Underground fans contains a very familiar opening riff

but the Stones didn’t write the song, which was pretty normal for the time.

In fact of the dozen tunes on “Out of our Heads” the Glimmer Twins only wrote three songs

Gotta Get Away, I’m Free, and Heart of Stone.

Marvin Gaye wrote Hitch Hike, and performed it fabulously on the T.A.M.I. Show

where it even had it’s own dance move, apparently

hugely influential songwriter guitarist and singer Lou Reed took that opening riff

and made it his own in the Velvet Underground hit “Here She Comes Again”

off the 1967 masterpiece “The Velvet Underground and Nico” produced by Andy Warhol

the Velvets tune was covered by lots of people including R.E.M. who had it in their set

as early as 1980, but eventually recorded it and it wound up on 1987’s Dead Letter Office

along with two other Lou Reed-penned covers “Pale Blue Eyes” and “Femme Fatale”

but probably the most interesting progression of the Gaye riff

from Motown the UK to NY back to the UK

was when Johnny Marr appropriated it a few times in “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out”

from the 1992 Smiths classic The Queen Is Dead.

love how that little baby riff hitch hiked its away around the globe

in into some of the best albums in rock.