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  1. Friday, November 6, 2015

    am i jealous that blake shelton is dating gwen stefani? 

    gwen and blakeno. i mean what am i gonna do with freaking gwen stefani.

    but i want her with someone thats more of her peer. and if not her peer, someone who will take her music to the next level.

    prince, for example.

    why isnt gwen with prince?

    funny thing about prince. recently boy george quipped that he once slept with prince.

    but then he took it back and said he was referring to a prince poster that he had on his wall.

    thats not the funny thing. the funny thing is heres a guy who wears some fantastic clothes, but also some very feminine clothes.

    he also likes to wear heels.

    on his first album he’s wearing lingerie.

    and yet you have never heard of a man say that he ever fooled around with prince.

    in a weird way hes the most feminine straight dude of all time.

    thats who should be with gwen stefani, the princess grace of pop.

    they should be together, prince should buy a castle in california and be the funkiest step dad ever.

    do i have to do everything on this planet?

    blake should go back to driving his pickup truck to the ace hardware and pretend that hes this businessman or some shit.

    he has no business with gwen.

  2. Sunday, October 25, 2015

    there was this great doc on johnny cash last night 

    sorry for the inconvienence we are trying to save the world

    for a long time johnny cash was the biggest moneymaker for columbia records

    he even had a tv show on abc for like seven years.

    but as time went on he became, lets say, less popular among the populace.

    when you think of johnny cash, you dont really think of the 80s.

    and someone was talking about how they saw him play this 300 seat joint and it wasnt even sold out

    and he thought, that must be really depressing for a guy who used to sell out 10,000 seat arenas.

    and trust me, i know im no johnny cash,

    but this very blog used to get tens of thousands of unique visitors every day

    and tons of comments on every single post.

    so heres what i can tell you about popularity in regards to art.

    i think i do better when i dont think theres an audience at all.

    when im just writing to the void.

    it’s great to shoot something out there and see it ring and come back,

    but the buddhists talk about emptiness, not the sad omg im starving emptiness of your stomach

    but the blank slate chalkboard where anything is possible.

    the guy said that johnny cash probably didnt want to see every face of everyone in the crowd

    well i dont know about you, but most of my favorite rock shows were ones where

    the band was looking right at us

    and we were looking right back.

    hank sr. used to sing the saddest songs

    staring right at one person



    who wouldnt want that

  3. Tuesday, October 20, 2015

    i had SUCH a good day yesterday 

    yum yum donuts

    it all started before donuts, which is what the army taught me.

    remember that crazy line “we get more done before you eat donuts than most people do all day?”

    yeah me neither. but i did have a great airport drive at 7am in hella traffic that got me $89.

    as i drove back to civilization i grabbed some donuts and they were all here have 16 for the price of 12.

    happy early birthday.

    then i had delicious sushi with patrick j patrick for lunch.

    then i was able to help someone at work and that made me feel useful, which i rarely feel

    katie and ali

    after work i remembered that ali had earlier in the day invited me to play the new Guitar Hero game

    and see a special secret show starring the one and only Weezer


    so i called my man chris and asked him if he wanted to come and he said


    so we drove out to the marshlands of playa and parked illegally

    then took a huge mercedes party van into the party

    and met up with katie, ali, and a beautiful young rock critic named Andrea who shared in my Weezer nerdom

    we all drank and the waitstaff offered us tiny burgers and hor d’oeuvres and we watched the opening band from outside

    i noted that the handsome guitarist of Weezer was sitting near us, alone, and i wanted to say hi

    brian bell

    but i was loving the convo that we were all having about rock criticism and badly behaving edm djs

    then the time came to go inside to see Weezer and mama mia was it great to be soooooo close

    and hear three fantastic tunes

    weezer set list -1

    yes three, ok! It was fun. shut up!






    and we were super close because it was in someones garage that fit like 55 people.


    afterwards we took a selfie



  4. Saturday, October 17, 2015
  5. Tuesday, September 22, 2015
  6. Friday, August 21, 2015

    LA is a city on the planet and the NYT is on it! 

    terrible tweetheres the problem with the New York Times, they have this foolish desire to cover Los Angeles.

    actually that desire isn’t terrible unto it self, but what’s dumb is they take new yorkers and move them to LA and have them write about it AS IF THERE ARE NO ACTUAL LOCALS WHO COULD DO IT BETTER.

    case in point, adam nagourney, who is the NYT’s LA bureau chief, who today blocked me on Twitter (?!) because I called him out on his shitty non-story about some new Sunset Strip hotels and his shittier tweet to hype it (above).

    the thesis of his far-too-long piece is OMG THEY SHUT DOWN THE HOUSE OF BLUES WHICH JUST HAPPENS TO BE ON THE SUNSET STRIP and guess what, guys, THEYRE BUILDING A LUXURY HOTEL !!!!11!1

    anyone who has lived in LA for more than a handful of years knows that the House of Blues was not a go-to club. it was a place you reluctantly went to because Bad Religion or Social D or GWAR was going to play there. Maybe you’d take some out of towners there to see Steel Panther or the Gospel Brunch.

    on the raaaaare occasion someone actually good would be there, but for the two dozen or so times that I’ve been there my favorite show was probably when Britney Spears did a 15 minute comeback lipsync secret show there billed as the M+Ms.

    at it’s heart, House of Blues was a corporate chain that eventually got bought by the most corporate of all chains, Live Nation, who is a wolf in sheep’s clothing called Ticketmaster.

    dudeONLY the NYT would try to make us shed a tear over a mediocre club owned by Ticketmaster being razed to build a high rise hotel.

    by the way, none of this has to do with The Doors, who played in LOTS of places in LA a half century ago, and yes one of the venues they rocked was The Whiskey which is a curvy mile away. Big whoop. (also the strip hasnt been “gritty” in decades.)

    If a local journalist would have written about it instead of someone who parachuted  in a couple of years ago, it might have been about how a) no one really loved that club anyways b) how after seeing the renovation of the Riot Hyatt into the Andaz across the street from the HOB and the ongoing success of the Mondrian next door or the Standard two blocks away OF COURSE a ticket corporation like Ticketmaster who actually doesn’t care about music would turn their club into a luxury hotel and c) this is more proof that the Sunset Strip is less about music (that trend has been moving east to Echo Park and DTLA since before poor adam moved west) and more about luxe.

    instead NY Adam interviews a nearby hotelier who claims the sky is now falling (because omg competition) and the Roxy’s Nic Adler who rightfully says this is a non story. BUT WHY WOULD YOU EVER BELIEVE THE SON OF THE MAN WHO HELPED PUT ROCK ON THE MAP ON THE SUNSET STRIP?!

    instead let’s publish another trend piece about LA that people in LA will laugh about because as Curbed LA wrote perfectly earlier this yearNew York Times stories about Los Angeles are amazing because they’re like seeing the city through the eyes of a dorky time traveler from 1992.”

    add one more to the list, boys, but be careful, nyc adam might omg block you from the twitters.



  7. Monday, July 13, 2015

    amy is terrific. 

    Amy Winehouse Movie Posteri love movies. especially music documentaries.

    this year we have already seen one kurt cobain doc and another on the way.

    kurt is probably my all time favorite dead rock star and even though montage of heck was good, “amy” is great.

    one of the big differences is amy winehouse was being photographed and videotaped constantly through her whole ascent to superstardom

    which is ironic because it is clear that she had zero interest in being famous.

    kurt could pretend that fame wasnt of primary interest to him, but he did want it, he flirted with it and eventually signed with a huge label and made music videos and did all the things to be famous.

    amy was different. she sang jazz. how you gonna be famous singing jazz? even punk rockers have their day now and then but jazz singers – in the 21st century? ha!

    but there she was. in the spotlight. in love. always in love. and then in trouble. so much trouble.

    i loved this movie because it made us fall for her in ways i never did when she was alive.

    id seen her at sxsw and was not impressed. i watched her on tv now and then and was interested in her persona and her struggle. but i never really understood her story nor her music until last night at the academy screening of her new biopic.

    this was a talented girl who, like many geniuses, had zero awareness to real life.

    one of the funniest moments was when she was being filmed during a grammy ceremony and she heard the list of nominees and the title of their albums was shocked that justin timberlake’s was called “what goes around comes around”.

    amy winehouse really knew that little about pop music? and she had that much disdain? despite being in the center of it?

    it reminded me of Weezer’s “El Scorcho” where Rivers sings “I asked you to go to the Green Day concert / You said you never heard of them / (how cool is that?) / How cool is that? So I went to your room and read your diary.”

    Amy is the video diary of the rise and fall of the best jazz singer of the new century.

    and how love and fame and drugs and booze and the inability of parents and friends and even a record label cant stop imminent destruction.

    it’s so weird to me that this story gets repeated so often in rock music and nothing can be done.

    theres no guru? theres no rehab facility that works? theres no system? we just have to resign ourselves to the fact that the hangers on want to make money so they will keep pushing the stars onto the stage until they literally die?

    i cried, sass cried, everyone cried. then they clapped at the end, then they clapped again. painfully good movie that hopefully influences some people.

  8. Tuesday, March 24, 2015

    van halen to tour this summer, and conclude in hollywood 

    david lee roth van halen

    Van Halen 2015 Tour Dates:
    7/5 – Seattle, WA @ White River Amphitheatre
    7/7 – Portland, OR @ Amphitheater Northwest
    7/9 – Concord, CA @ Concord Pavilion
    7/11 – San Bernardino, CA @ San Manuel Amphitheater
    7/14 – Irvine, CA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
    7/16 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
    7/18 – Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre
    7/20 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
    7/22 – Kansas City, MO @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheater
    7/24 – Chicago, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
    7/26 – St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
    7/28 – Pittsburgh, PA @ First Niagara Pavilion
    7/30 – Bangor, ME @ Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
    8/1 – Boston, MA @ Xfinity Center
    8/3 – Cleveland, OH @ Blossom Music Center
    8/5 – London, ON @ Western Fair District
    8/7 – Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
    8/9 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
    8/11 – Hartford, CT @ Xfinity Center
    8/13 – Wantagh, NY @ Nikon At Jones Beach Theater
    8/23 – Hershey, PA @ Hershey Park
    8/25 – Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
    8/27 – Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
    8/29 – Washington, DC @ Jiffy Lube Live
    8/31 – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
    9/2 – Indianapolis, IN @ Klipsch Music Center
    9/4 – Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
    9/6 – Bethel, NY @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
    9/9 – Raleigh, NC @ Walnut Creek Amphitheater
    9/11 – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion
    9/13 – Tampa, FL @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
    9/15 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Coral Sky Amphitheatre
    9/17 – Birmingham, AL @ Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
    9/21 – Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheater
    9/23 – Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion
    9/25 – Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
    9/28 – Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion
    9/30 – San Diego, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
    10/2 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl

  9. Thursday, March 19, 2015

    sinead o’conner says she wont sing her biggest hit any more 

    sineadbecause she doesn’t feel it any more emotionally. the controversial singer explained why on her Facebook yesterday:

    OK, the time has come for me to cease singing Nothing Compares 2U. The first principle of the manner in which I’m trained as a singer (Bel Canto) is we never sing a song we don’t emotionally identify with. After twenty-five years of singing it, nine months or so ago I finally ran out of anything I could use in order to bring some emotion to it. I don’t want audiences to be disappointed coming along to a show and then not hearing it, so am letting you know here that you won’t. If I were to sing it just to please people, I wouldn’t be doing my job right, because my job is to be emotionally available. I’d be lying. You’d be getting a lie. My job is to give you honesty. I’m trained in honesty. I can’t act. It just isn’t in my training. I have ceased singing other songs over the years for the same reason.

    i appreciate her idealism and i love her new songs. she’s an amazing artist.

    but she’s dead wrong here.

    one of the goals in art is to push oneself. a wise man once said life is the conflict between doing what you think you have to do with what you really want to do.

    when you’re a musician who has been performing for over almost three decades and most people could only name two or three of your songs AND YOU DONT WANT TO PERFORM YOUR MOST POPULAR TUNE you’re not pushing yourself.

    yes we want emotional performances. no one appreciates acting. but if you can’t get to the place where you can emotionally sing a beautiful song like that, my belief is you are avoiding the route to that emotion because it is TOO emotional.

    tap into that, sweet lady, and you will discover a goldmine.

    stop resisting.

    sing your song.

    be the great example, not a quitter.

  10. Wednesday, February 11, 2015

    me and jeanine saw Stevie Wonder last night in DTLA 


    it was produced by the Grammys who are gonna air it Monday and pretty much everyone was there



    Jay-Z, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Tony Bennet, Ed Shereen, Jennifer Hudson, India Arie

    Craig Robinson, Mary Wells, Jill Scott, Gary Clark Jr., Gladys Knight, Pharrell, Babyface


    Beyonce kicked it off with a big crowdpleasing song that was amazing


    id never seen her live before and she was amazing


    it got me thinking that maybe Kanye is right and she deserves unlimited Grammys


    it was a tough ticket to get and im stoked i got to go with jeanine cuz she loved it

    and knew a lot of his songs and the songs meant a lot to her.


    oh yeah Maya Rudolph was also there, and Janelle Monae, and A Band Called Perry, and Tyler Perry

    and Jamie Foxx and Andrea Bocelli who i never knew was blind


    Ed Shereen was the whitest guy there and the biggest surprise, he was fantastic

    Tony Bennet followed Beyonce, which was an impossible trick, but he was soooo damn good.

    At the end they let Stevie sing and it was wonderful.

    Even his daughter sang and she was great too.

    Perfect night all around. so glad I went. Will go to more shows more often, i promise.