this is the boomtown rats with mark bolan

mark bolan is trex.

i met t-rex’s son, roland.

roland bolan was very nice.

didnt need to be,

coulda just said, touch me i am here because of trex.

instead he said, hi my name is roland, ready to watch Tsar?

trex had a song called calling all destroyers.

tsar had a song called calling all destroyers

and james gunn put it at the beginning of his movie Super

a couple years after james did Super he did a little movie called

Guardians of the Galaxy

then Guardians of the Galaxy 2

and in august his new movie will come out called The Suicide Squad

today i was signing up to see a therapist because i have insurance now

actual conversation:

have you been feeling lately anxious or worried?

we’re in the tail end of the plague.

correct. do you sleep well?

yes, i go to sleep around 5 and wake up around 10 or 11. today it was 9.

you don’t smoke medical marijuana do you?

im gonna stop.


it used to help me go to sleep.

doesn’t seem to be working?

thats why im calling you.

the hospital called at the end of an interview i was conducting with the man in charge of the police in hollywood.

now typically i am not an anxious man.

id say it was because i played sports and in the band as a child and when you have to perform in front of crowds, and especially if youre the only one with a giant afro

pressure aint no thing by the time you grow up

but i was a bit nervous about this interview

because i was about to ask him about some bad things about his men and women.

and we only had a half hour scheduled.

for some reason i do better with an hour.

but we hit it off right away because we are both professionals.

i treated him respectfully and he didn’t give me a bunch of hype.

it was actually refreshing how little bullshit he gave me.

i am trying to talk with a giant food brand right now and the load of crap they have shoveled my way is shocking because — im not even asking them anything controversial.

with this captain i was talking about illegalities, deaths, social media. serious business.

and then i had to talk to this therapist assistant.

i said i am having a hard time concentrating. i first thought it was because my gf and i were fighting a lot because we were both unemployed and she had to be in a small apartment with me all day and im great in small doses. but 24.7? even the cats are like, no its cool.

i think she said we will give you so much adderall.

i was like, when?

she was all, it takes 4 months just to get tested to see if its right for you.

i was all ???

she was like i know, everyone in LA thinks they’re losing their minds right now, so theres a line.

and ive never felt more kinship to this beautiful city.


i had such a good day today

after i published my Star Wars feature for Star Wars Day, the subject, the man behind so many of the best special effects in so many of my favorite films wrote me and said i “nailed it”

got a former Newsweek Editor who is also the former Executive Editor of Random House to make a funny video for me on the spot

got to ask a famous talk show host about this weed vape pen and he said basically meh LOL

spoke for about 5 minutes straight with the former CIA director and asked him what its like to tell the president to his face something that he probably wont like (he said it is uncomfortable, but it’s your duty)

drank two glasses of delicious wine

chatted with my buddy Matt for a little while so said it was me who introduced the nexus to the wonderfuls which created tsar and many of our lifelong friendships

he also said that during the battle of the bad, his band the long haired leaping gnomes were playing and in front of the stage two people who he had never seen before were wrestling in the dirt and those people it turned out where dan and coulter from the wonderfuls

ate a half of a delicious donut

drove home with all the windows rolled down because summer has finally arrived

thank you lord!

for everything!

tsar’s band girls money turns 11 today

ive had a charmed life

ive kissed the prettiest girls

ive traveled the world

you you and you have read my humble little blog.

but one of the best parts of my life has been the friendships that ive been lucky enough to have

and of those friends, it has been so nice to have friends who literally rock

Tsar is comprised of friends i met in college. some from the dorms and some from the Nexus.

and Solomon came straight from the pages of the Good Book.

this video is from the Bootleg when they opened for Nerf Herder.

what a great show. in part because of Dan’s mustache.

ten years ago today tsar opened up for juliette lewis and the licks

juliete and the licks

i was working for buzznet at the time and we had many missions but one of them was we wanted to inspire kids to take interesting pictures from concerts that they attended and post them on buzznet instead of myspace.

so one of the things that i did as community manager was lead by example.

at the office we had a canon rebel or it was mine or i bought one or they bought one for me. who knows. i used it that night.

i ran around the troub trying to find the right spot, but it was hard, it was really dark

juliete and the licks

i was nervous because at the office there was a lot of strife. more specifically, i caused a lot of strife because i never kept my mouth shut. for some reason i thought it was ok for me to speak my mind. i was wrong. thus the strife. whatever, i thought im gonna just prove my points, single handed, all the time and then people will start believing that i know what im talking about.

juliete and the licksjuliete and the licks

but i was wrong again. nothing i did convinced anyone.

juliete and the licks

weirdly, i had experienced something like this before in my life, when i was younger.

i learned that this was going to be a no-win situation.

when i realized it, i started getting super sick. like puking all the time.

symbolism for all the things i was stifling all of a sudden.

juliete and the licks

but at the tsar / juliette lewis show i felt fantastic. i knew that no matter how good my pics were someone was gonna say something dumb.

juliete and the licks

but i knew that in ten years id look at them and id say, damn, those are the best canon rebel pics of a tsar show ever.

juliete and the licks

after i got fired i got a job at LAist and everyone lived happily ever after.

the other week i agreed be part of a story + poetry reading + rock show

poetry reading

no one wants to be the guy reading the poem at such an affair.

especially me.

but it’s being organized by my favorite drummer in rock, Steve Tsar.

also it’s nice to have your comfort zones stretched.

i dont like reading my poems. like my niece, i dont like being the centre of attention.

i like sitting in my helicopter at about 5,000 feet and blogging once or twice a day and veering off into the night and fighting crime anonymously.

then i like to eat soul food with a pretty girl and lick the bbq sauce off her finger tips.

i dont think im a very good writer. i dont know how i got in the college of creative studies. i dont know how i got in the nexus.

i dont know why LAist hired me and i for damn sure dont know how the LA Times hired me and let me write on their political blog.

and for surely sure i know i cant write a poem to save my life.

i do know though that poems make girls take off their pants – even the bad ones, which is why i will write a brand new epic poem for this fiesta.

i know exactly what it will be about, it will be about this conversation i had with a gang member drug dealer i met in south central the other day

and how we talked about having girlfriends who wanted us to lick their asses.

because i think poems and poetry readings are painfully boring, i think i will name this poem

tony please wont you eat my ass.

because if i was at a story / poetry reading / rock show and some weirdo got on stage with a cubs hat

and said this one is called tony please wont you eat my ass, i might actually pay some attention

even though i dont like attention, even though i cant write and even though i will be betraying the trust of someone who was once dear to me

who asked me to do her that favor since she obvs couldnt do it herself.

now the easy part: writing the epic poem. which i will do as close to the event as possible in order to freak myself out. thanks.

an argument for copy and pasting from other sites on the web

tsar band girls moneywhen i was at the LAT there were some people who would get very uptight if blogs or other websites would copy and paste our copyrighted content and put it on their sites.

but as i briefly went through this post about Tsar’s second album, Band, Girls, Money, which came out 10 years ago this week, I noticed that hardly any of the links worked any more.

which made me glad that i copy and pasted the rave reviews from a decade ago because they wouldnt exist any more.

if publishers are going to continue to be irresponsible about preserving their work, why should bloggers and others link to them assuming the content will be up there forever?

the odds are that blogs, not professional sites, will have the content up longer. and isnt the point of all of this to honor the work?

with that said, if anyone wants to copy and paste any of my genius in the busblog, go for it. i cant predict what will happen ten years from now. even though this blog has been up since 2001, there have been times when some of it has fallen off the server because of previous CMS issues and hosting problems.

so what a better way to keep the messages and ideas alive than to have some sort of redundancy.

because, after all, what Billboard, the LA Weekly and other outlets thought about Tsar 10 years ago DOES matter and our children’s children should know about it even if i get hit by a bus and this domain lapses into (greater) obscurity.

with that said, holy crap, BAND GIRLS MONEY IS 10 YEARS OLD?!?!?! MAMA MIA!

i remember being very excited that Tsar had decided that their self titled debut, while being lovely, was a little soft due to the production and the fact that Disney wanted to see if the hard rock band would become more popular if they mellowed it all out a smidge.

the followup, B-G-M, was the opposite of soft. it was balls to the wall rock music. even the lyrics had edge. it was the dual guitar attack that we all saw in the small clubs from Spaceland to Hell’s Gate and there it was on wax, er, plastic. and it was beautiful.

while the debut was baby blue with clouds, this one was BLACK (with a hint of pink as a nod to their glam influences). BUT IT WAS BLACK. and funny and fast and rocking.

this is the record i play the most when i play Tsar and I can’t believe it’s a decade old.

a super star of stage and screen just gchatted me

harry carayand said why dont you have any tattoos

i said omg if the bible allowed tattoos id have so many dumb and weird ones

for sure id have one for the Daily Nexus

probably one of my english teacher Robyn

tons about the cubs, AC/DC, the replacements and Tsar

probably my moms birthday on my heart

93117 in gothic across my buff back

it wouldnt end

maybe some bukowski quotes like sass has

screw it, why not a whole poem.

one behind my neck that says if lost return to 6850 Del Playa

maybe one on my chest thats a recreation of my drivers license

a bible verse or three

a picture of angus young

maybe on my belly something that looks like tacos going into my large intestine.

and yes, a tattoo of my kidney right around my faulty kidney

and of course the harry caray logo on my shoulder right where the cubs had the patch because there was only one harry and i hope people never forget him because we should all have that sort of boundless energy inside of us.

september 2nd thru history on the busblog

hayleys wedding

2001 – a look back at summer

2002 – me chris and jeanine go to an art opening

2003 – UCSB gets named one of the 12 hottest colleges in the usa

2004 – the president calls me an ignorant slut

2005 – kanye west says the president doesn’t care about black people

2006 – lou reed sings sunday morning on letterman

2007 – my 25 favorite august LAist posts

2008 – the top post on reddit was about the Palin family and privacy. i give my two cents. art by alie ward.

2009 – it was super hot in LA that week. some things never change.

2010 – 10 things i miss about frisco

2011 – in vegas minding my own business with a canadian when the xbi asked me to stop quoting them

2012 – hayley got married, tsar played across town, fun was had and ive got video

went hiking today because i drank so much this weekend


the view was aaaaight


first i went to runyon but on Mondays theres street cleaning from noon to 2 and i was there at 1 so i drove to The Greek


but i saw this super lo-fi street art that screamed “buy more shit. more more more” and i was all, this is perfect for LA


so when i passed this atm i yelled BUY MORE CRAP MORE MORE MORE


and then i bought three dusty grills and a cooler. lucky me, the cooler was full of vintage porn. sadly it was of me. god im old.


so i went hiking cuz bikini season is right around the corner and omg im a whale.


made it to the top of Mt. Hollywood no prob which is weird cuz i havent exercised in weeks. i’ll tell you weds if im hurting.


i wonder if johnny appleseed planted those palm trees


i wonder if johnny applefence made this fence


for sure johnny apple mason made this meeting hall where tsar should play and we take over kcsb and air it and go to jail.