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Filling in for Zero Gravity's stellar rock blast for 3 hours. A sumptuous feast of garage bands, brilliant guitar assaults, and soaring, screaming vocals mark Zero's show. Check out his playlists... all over the place and i'll bet you don't know half of the bands he'll play in any given month.

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Tunez !: Ass Ponys, "Ride Ramona"
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where is your hole in the wall?
the Gouda has been returned.

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Dust bath after a nice ride on the beach ...

Tunez !: He Had You, Bevis Frond
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this is cool ... a Tour Guide with artwork - some of which was used in Black Holes in the Sky. It's in two parts.

download here:

http://www.bitchwick.com/amacker/pink/PF_TG_1.zip
http://www.bitchwick.com/amacker/pink/PF_TG_2.zip

Tunez !: Fearless, by Pink Floyd on Meddle
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Saturday
# 12:05pm Waco Brothers - STAR
# 1:30pm Richard Thompson - STAR
# 2:20pm The Gourds - ARROW
# 4:05pm Dave Alvin & The Guilty Women - BANJO

then i skip off to see Neil in Palo Alto.
He is reading Chapter 5 of The Graveyard Book, which is really fun.
Spangenberg Theatre, at Gunn High School, Palo Alto.
http://paclteens.blogspot.com/2008/08/neil-gaiman-is-coming-to-palo-alto.html

Sunday ROOSTER STAGE, BABY !!!
# 11:00am Jon Langford's Skull Orchard feat. Sally Timms & the Burlington Welsh Male Chorus
# 11:55am Kevin Welch & Kieran Kane & Fats Kaplin
# 1pm Bonnie "Prince" Billy
# 2:20pm Greg Brown
# 3:25pm Iron & Wine
# 4:40pm Loudon Wainwright III

except when i slip over to the Porch to see
# 4:40pm Justin Townes Earle

Then maybe more Neil time before he heads off to helLA?? altho with a 3pm time he might have to catch a flight... Meet with movie moguls. Martinis with mermaids. Marmalade with marsupials. Mosh with Morrissey. Meditate with meadowlarks. Mayonnaise with Management.

Chapter 6
Sundance Kabuki Theatre
1881 Post Street at Fillmore, SF

Tunez !: Electric Feel, by MGMT
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So, a year and a half ago, I taught my 7 year old cat, Gargamel how to yawn on command. I guess he was 5 then. Yawning on command is his stupid pet trick. Not his ONLY sto0pid pet trick. There's also Soft Paws, and Sit. mostly though, he likes to snuggle. He is the star of my project Marsupial Pockets... http://www.marsupialpockets.com/legend.html

Here are the videos of him yawning ... and not yawning. Because he is black black black, the only thing you can sometimes see are his eyes and his mouth opening with FANGS. And you'll see the black birthmark on the inside of his mouth.

Gargamel yawns.


Gargamel yawns...surprise.


Gargamel yawns.


Gargamel yawns.


Gargamel yawns.


Gargamel yawns.


Gargamel yawns ... twice!


Bad Kitty.


Super Kewt Kitty.


Soft Paws ... eventually

Tunez !: The Cow & The Kitty Cat by Jim Copp & Ed Brown - Agnes Mouthwash & Friends
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i hosted it at my house last Saturday. It went from 2pm til 1am... it was really cool to meet jocks i had only heard about, or read their reviews on the albums in the station library. And see my old friends!

I missed a bunch of people who didn't come, but people really seemed to want to do it again, so maybe in late spring, when it doesn't conflict with the KFJC fundraiser that starts tomorrow.

http://www.bitchwick.com/amacker/kfjc08/index.html

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Tunez !: penny pitch jocks
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Facebook refused to let me sign up because they don't believe my name is real.
wtf

Does anyone think my name is made up? WHO would name themselves "amacker bullwinkle" ferfucksakes?

That's insulting.

So much for social networking... nothing social about their fascist application process.

oh yeah, and i kept entering my birth date as April 17, 1900. Because they HAVE a 1900 on the scroll down date entry!!! And then they denied it. Twice. Until i put in 1920. Ageists.

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Tunez !: MGMT - Kids
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My brother was sent all over the place - Europe, PacRim, South America ... lucky Puh. Some of my favorite picks he sent were the ones that made me homesick...

He writes:
Day 1 in London - Trafalgar Square, The London Eye, and Buckingham Palace:
http://www.new.facebook.com/album.php?aid=39159&l=0850e&id=757977531

I went to the Tower of London, where kings lived at times, and queens lost their heads. And most fun, I saw them launch the trebuchet...

http://www.new.facebook.com/album.php?aid=39489&l=e52e7&id=757977531

then i tried to sign up for Facebook...

Tunez !: London Bridge is Falling Down
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Orchids belong to the most diverse family of plants known to man. There are over 880 genera, 28,000 species and well over 300,000 registered cultivars currently documented.

LisaLisa came over as part of the KFJC alumni posse that had a reunion party at my house Saturday. showed me how to care of my orchids! I have Phalaenopsis ... the ones with the wide flat leaves and green tentacles crawling over the edge of the pot.

You water them once a week, or whenever the medium they are planted in is dry.
Do NOT wet the leaves! Do NOT spray them.

Once a month, you do the same type of watering, but with Orchid food.

When you cut the dead sprouts, you cut above the second flower.

and that is all ... simple, eh?

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i am deejaying on KFJC again. I am filling in for Joe Ed Dick on Lubbock or Leave it, Wednesdays 10am - 2 pm (it's the country show) for the next 3 weeks until October 8th.

You can listen online at http://www.kfjc.org/netcast/index.php or via iTunes.

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PAUL HAS MOVED ! He is now in a minimum security camp and can work off some of his time.

His new address:

Paul D. Addis, Inmate No. 1021703
Carlin Conservation Camp
P.O. Box 1490
Carlin, NV 89822

Tunez !: MGMT - new album (rox)
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http://photoboof.org/events/burningman08
pre-release as some of the boob shots may come down
we don't need no Girls Gone Wild in the Boof! yo!

Tunez !: Save It For Later, Harvey Danger
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I am doing another Monday from 2-6 PM.
Listen in at http://www.kfjc.org

Quick link to stream kfjc: http://goodradio.org/kfjc

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This is long, for all the 5 days i was out there, and took a while to get together... my car is still white with dust :)

I didn't mean to go at all. I sold me tickets, and vowed not to go in protest over the Project's treatment of Paul Addis. I did however say that I would consider going if I were to get in for free, with no money going to Burning Man.

My friend emailed me Monday of the event saying my ticket was waiting at Will Call and to get my ass to BRC. He explained that through Mesmer's own teachings, his cat had distracted the Gate Keepers and they had completely forgotten to tear the ticket!

I said I had nothing to wear, nothing to eat. He called Bullshit on the first, and said he'd picked up a giant bottle of Costco vodka - made by Grey Goose, apparently, so i wouldn't be needing any food.

I rockstarred it to the Playa that night. After buying a tent, which i returned right after the Event because it was too small for my blowup mattress.

i arrived at Burning Man at 3:30 AM on Tuesday. Oddly the exact anniversary of the total lunar eclipse and Paul's prank last year.

Wrybread's Photoboof was sporting this on the back:
http://photoboof.org/events/burningman07/paul_small.jpg

Someone stenciled FREE PAUL ADDIS on First Camp and in the Cafe !I think it was SugarBunni... And Wrybread made an awesome stencil with Paul's face on the Obey face. I didn't have anything for him to stencil on, but i will find something and get it up to R someday. What he did with the Photoboof was the best of all... see pix.

I was offered soup at Fandango, where Michelle Burke and Dave were. [How does that woman always look so fresh and daisy-pretty on the playa? Emily Shurr has this gift too...] I discovered happily that Ballistic Bob was camped with Fandango too. He'd made Caution tape that read "SAFETY THIRD." I got to tell them about what i believe is that FKO battle cry's origin in our community - from Dennis Hescox's Castle sign (actually spelled "Safty Third" which i visited while Mike, who built it, was still alive. http://www.bitchwick.com/amacker/castle/pages/saftylane.htm

Ballistic had a habenero-infused vodka he'd make - 29 habeneros put into the vodka 2 years ago. Why the hell didn't he tell me this 2 years ago?? it was fabulous. The soup, while good, was nothing compared to the Some Young Guy she whipped up Thursday night for the annual BLD cocktail party at Chez Newt's. I mean, WOW. It was spicy and creamy somehow exactly what you wanted in the hot dry desert. Go figure. Oh yeah, it was actually Tom Ka Gai.

On Wednesday night, Argyre got a radio call looking for someone to guard the Man. He turned and asked me if I would like the job. Midnight to 3 AM. OK, that was funny....

Thursday's cocktail party and the Museum of It Was Better Last Year were both stellar. I hope there are pix somewhere.

Spoon did a heroic job of bringing the entire bar to the playa in a truck By Himself !!! We missed Newt - and Newt's home brews and concoctions - but Spoon was brilliant, and he brought homemade mojitos and 3 kegs of really good beer. I took home two empty large Skye vodka bottles, which i have been collecting for a few years in order to make a Blue Bottle Glass Wall in Baja ... inspired by Mike's Castle. But mine would be thinner with the bottles placed up and down, vertically, so the light shows thru.

My big BM ® © experience was solely Friday night, seeing Wally's fireworks at the Flaming Lotus Girl's gorgeous "Mutopia" burn on Friday night. I really wanted to see Xian's Elevation. I just had no way out there. http://blog.wired.com/underwire/2008/08/elevations-lone.html Michael Christian is featured in this story though: http://current.com/items/89236628_burning_man_art_build_08

Another Art Project I am sorry I missed was a diner called The Red Eye. I had talked to so many folks about it... i am asking it's creator for a copy of the reportedly brilliant menu. Here's a photo someone took: http://tinyurl.com/5efca6

After the FLG explosive presentation, Mona and I retired to the SkippyDrome and had our usual evening of fun, barbed-tongue insults traded back and forth, scintillating conversation with our BLDers, slim membership that it was this year, and reminiscences of friends gone (Allison, Analog Tom, Jeff Holmes, Frank Bonita and my cat, Sailor). We were regularly visited by guests with either a craving for one of Mona fresh blended ice mojitos with fresh lime! (I swear he packs a nuclear blender) or guests on girl hugs boy looking for a safe place to relax, and of course, much worship of Skippy.

For a cat that was supposed to be near death 2 years ago, he sure is going like gangbusters! Mona built him a box with a layer of ice below and above, and he jumps into it whenever he feels vaklempt. Otherwise he wandered the BLD with his blinky lights and his leash and when he was tired of that, but not tired of being outside, he had a large flower pot with cat grass and moss in it which he'd curl up in.

Mona got to give Science Lessons on the playa to random burners who were attracted by his wind generator.

I slept really well most nights, except for the night where the shitheads across the street - Gate and Perimeter assholes - stayed up all night, drunk and screaming and insulting anyone who wandered past. Then they lit an M-80 in their burn barrel. It went off as if it was in my head. (My tent was next to the road except for Blair's truck which was on our Perimeter.) I could still see the flash with my eyes closed. Then, an hour later, they lit another one... I almost bounced out of my tent and pulled their card.... but i drifted back to sleep under the stars.

My favorite Art Car that I saw was Lady Sassafras, a 3-decker Mississippi paddle boat from New Orleans with an awesome sound system and great taste in music. Mona pointed out they had been playing what sounded like traditional New Orleans big band and zydeco, etc, and the last track which blended perfectly, had been Brian Eno and Byrne.

My other favorite Art Car i didn't find on the Playa, but check out this year's Slug... the Snail (actually the Golden Mean) http://blog.wired.com/underwire/2008/08/math-strange-dr.html

The next night some guy next door to the jerks unloaded a piano and began playing all night.. it was great! He had this amazingly diverse repertoire and was very talented. Even his Billy Joel covers were grand because everyone knows the lyrics and he had 50 people singing along with him. He finally played "Freebird" on Saturday during the white out. Then he did "Sweet Home Alabama"... the crowd sang "In Black Rock City lived a governor, BOO BOO BOO" ... heh

We got a sudden crowd huddled into Newt's bar when we were in a whiteout for 6 hours my last day, Saturday. Thanks to Shoegirl and Jewel, I had a fabulous pair of purple goggles to keep the dust out of my contacts and was invincible. I dread the thought of a white out - i lived through the one that lasted 3 days after the event several years ago. But when you are in it, with your friends, and protected by goggles, it's brilliant.

I think all we need for a whiteout is a trampoline and Wish You Were Here blasting out of Playa-sized speakers. The latter part i got, down at Fandango where Michelle Burke and her boy Dave, and Ballistic and some NASA geeks were.... it really was fun! We danced fake ballet in the streets and had a damn fine party of it.
http://blog.wired.com/underwire/2008/08/bumming-man-whi.html#previouspost

Now i am back, and doing radio frequently on KFJC. I am apparently at odds with the Program Director again, though. I had a brief respite after being internally decapitated and all, but she's back on my case and making up bullshit reasons for not giving me an airshift i have been doing all summer... grrrr. At least i have my horse 3 days a week... that makes for a relaxation probably as close to meditation as i have ever come.

Yesterday I sent Paul an emailed letter (!) that included these pix:
http://www.bitchwick.com/amacker/paulpix/pic1.jpg
http://www.bitchwick.com/amacker/paulpix/pic2.jpg

With these captions:
Page 1
1. Jewelz and Me and ...you? in the Photoboof on the Playa
2. Wrybread's blow-up of collage of your face made from Photoboof pix.
3. The whole pic filled the back of the Photoboof
Page 2
1. two porta-pottie notes that fell off just before the Honey Bucket trucks came by
2. a button I made- using text Wally did
3. Qat made this: in Latin, says "It was better last year."
4. Wrybread's sticker of the OBEY turned into someone you recognize
5. Wrybread and CyberSam, i think? made a patch. Ask Wry for one when you can sew it on something without stripes.
6.Mona got this from someone who dropped it off for me when i was out at some hooligan camp
7. CPT made this for the Power Tool Drag Race. It has nothing to do with you, and most things don't in real life, but this letter makes it seem as if it does, doesn't it?
Anyway, CPT bumped Safety down to 4th!
8. another button I made - using a photo Glenn took - along the bottom it says "Cuz some things are MEANT to BURN"
9. Phil and Louise's annual Civilized Explorer pin, featuring someone you recognize

this was funny http://tinyurl.com/5zxnwx

Tunez !: Crazy Horses - KMFDM
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Yesterday I sent Paul an emailed letter (!) that included these pix:
http://www.bitchwick.com/amacker/paulpix/pic1.jpg
http://www.bitchwick.com/amacker/paulpix/pic2.jpg

With these captions:
Page 1
1. Jewelz and Me and ...you? in the Photoboof on the Playa
2. Wrybread's blow-up of collage of your face made from Photoboof pix.
3. The whole pic filled the back of the Photoboof
Page 2
1. two porta-pottie notes that fell off just before the Honey Bucket trucks came by
2. a button I made- using text Wally did
3. Qat made this: in Latin, says "It was better last year."
4. Wrybread's sticker of the OBEY turned into someone you recognize
5. Wrybread and CyberSam, i think? made a patch. Ask Wry for one when you can sew it on something without stripes.
6.Mona got this from someone who dropped it off for me when i was out at some hooligan camp
7. CPT made this for the Power Tool Drag Race. It has nothing to do with you, and most things don't in real life, but this letter makes it seem as if it does, doesn't it?
Anyway, CPT bumped Safety down to 4th!
8. another button I made - using a photo Glenn took - along the bottom it says "Cuz some things are MEANT to BURN"
9. Phil and Louise's annual Civilized Explorer pin, featuring someone you recognize

Tunez !: Firestarter, Prodigy
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Read NEVERWHERE for free, online or offline.

Sez Neil:
"For those people who grumbled about reading American Gods online, here's Neverwhere. You can read it online, and it's also downloadable. That's the good news.

The bad news is you don't get to keep it forever. It's yours for thirty days from download, and then the pdf file returns to its electrons. But if you've ever wondered about Neverwhere or wanted to read it for free, now is your chance. And free is free..."



Neil will be in the Bay Area - Palo Alto and SF, the first weekend of October.

October 4, 2008
Graveyard Book US Tour: Palo Alto
Saturday, 7:30pm
Kepler's, the Library and PAUSD are co-sponsoring a fabulous event - an evening with Neil Gaiman. Join us for an exquisite treat when this master storyteller reads from his latest invention of wonder, terror and magic, The Graveyard Book.

WHERE:
Spangenberg Theatre,
Gunn High School
780 Arastradero Rd.
Palo Alto, CA

Chapter 5

Note: This venue seats 950.


Graveyard Book US Tour: San Francisco
Sunday, 3:00pm
Sundance Kabuki Theatre, sponsored by Booksmith
1881 Post Street at Fillmore
San Francisco, CA 94115
415-863-8688

Chapter 6

Note: This venue seats 500, and this will be a ticketed event where 1 ticket = 1 book.

And if you haven't seen the Coraline teaser, go NOW !!!!
http://tinyurl.com/5z5eh3

Tunez !: The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, by Genesis
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took a while to get this together... my car is still white with dust :)

i arrived at Burning Man at 3:30 AM on Tuesday. Oddly the exact anniversary of the total lunar eclipse and Paul's prank last year.

Wrybread's Photoboof was sporting this on the back:
http://photoboof.org/events/burningman07/paul_small.jpg

Someone stenciled FREE PAUL ADDIS on First Camp and in the Cafe !I think it was SugarBunni... And Wrybread made an awesome stencil with Paul's face on the Obey face. I didn't have anything for him to stencil on, but i will find something and get it up to R someday. What he did with the Photoboof was the best of all... see pix.

I was offered soup at Fandango, where Michelle Burke and Dave were. [How does that woman always look so fresh and daisy-pretty on the playa? Emily Shurr has this gift too...] I discovered happily that Ballistic Bob was camped with Fandango too. He'd made Caution tape that read "SAFETY THIRD." I got to tell them about what i believe is that FKO battle cry's origin in our community - from Dennis Hescox's Castle sign (actually spelled "Safty Third" which i visited while Mike, who built it, was still alive. http://www.bitchwick.com/amacker/castle/pages/saftylane.htm


Ballistic had a habenero-infused vodka he'd make - 29 habeneros put into the vodka 2 years ago. Why the hell didn't he tell me this 2 years ago?? it was fabulous. The soup, while good, was nothing compared to the Some Young Guy she whipped up Thursday night for the annual BLD cocktail party at Chez Newt's. I mean, WOW. It was spicy and creamy somehow exactly what you wanted in the hot dry desert. Go figure. Oh yeah, it was actually Tom Ka Gai.

On Wednesday night, Argyre got a radio call looking for someone to guard the Man. He turned and asked me if I would like the job. Midnight to 3 AM. OK, that was funny....

Thursday's cocktail party and the Museum of It Was Better Last Year were both stellar. I hope there are pix somewhere.

Spoon did a heroic job of bringing the entire bar to the playa in a truck By Himself !!! We missed Newt - and Newt's home brews and concoctions - but Spoon was brilliant, and he brought homemade mojitos and 3 kegs of really good beer. I took home two empty large Skye vodka bottles, which i have been collecting for a few years in order to make a Blue Bottle Glass Wall in Baja ... inspired by Mike's Castle. But mine would be thinner with the bottles placed up and down, vertically, so the light shows thru.

My big BM ® © experience was solely Friday night, seeing Wally's fireworks at the Flaming Lotus Girl's gorgeous "Mutopia" burn on Friday night. I really wanted to see Xian's Elevation. I just had no way out there. http://blog.wired.com/underwire/2008/08/elevations-lone.html Michael Christian is featured in this story though: http://current.com/items/89236628_burning_man_art_build_08

Another Art Project I am sorry I missed was a diner called The Red Eye. I had talked to so many folks about it... i am asking it's creator for a copy of the reportedly brilliant menu. Here's a photo someone took: http://tinyurl.com/5efca6

After the FLG explosive presentation, Mona and I retired to the SkippyDrome and had our usual evening of fun, barbed-tongue insults traded back and forth, scintillating conversation with our BLDers, slim membership that it was this year, and reminiscences of friends gone (Allison, Analog Tom, Jeff Holmes, Frank Bonita and my cat, Sailor). We were regularly visited by guests with either a craving for one of Mona fresh blended ice mojitos with fresh lime! (I swear he packs a nuclear blender) or guests on girl hugs boy looking for a safe place to relax, and of course, much worship of Skippy.



For a cat that was supposed to be near death 2 years ago, he sure is going like gangbusters! Mona built him a box with a layer of ice below and above, and he jumps into it whenever he feels vaklempt. Otherwise he wandered the BLD with his blinky lights and his leash and when he was tired of that, but not tired of being outside, he had a large flower pot with cat grass and moss in it which he'd curl up in.

Mona got to give Science Lessons on the playa to random burners who were attracted by his wind generator.

I slept really well most nights, except for the night where the shitheads across the street - Gate and Perimeter assholes - stayed up all night, drunk and screaming and insulting anyone who wandered past. Then they lit an M-80 in their burn barrel. It went off as if it was in my head. (My tent was next to the road except for Blair's truck which was on our Perimeter.) I could still see the flash with my eyes closed. Then, an hour later, they lit another one... I almost bounced out of my tent and pulled their card.... but i drifted back to sleep under the stars.

My favorite Art Car that I saw was Lady Sassafras, a 3-decker Mississippi paddle boat from New Orleans with an awesome sound system and great taste in music. Mona pointed out they had been playing what sounded like traditional New Orleans big band and zydeco, etc, and the last track which blended perfectly, had been Brian Eno and Byrne.

My other favorite Art Car i didn't find on the Playa, but check out this year's Slug... the Snail (actually the Golden Mean) http://blog.wired.com/underwire/2008/08/math-strange-dr.html

The next night some guy next door to the jerks unloaded a piano and began playing all night.. it was great! He had this amazingly diverse repertoire and was very talented. Even his Billy Joel covers were grand because everyone knows the lyrics and he had 50 people singing along with him. He finally played "Freebird" on Saturday during the white out. Then he did "Sweet Home Alabama"... the crowd sang "In Black Rock City lived a governor, BOO BOO BOO" ... heh


We got a sudden crowd huddled into Newt's bar when we were in a whiteout for 6 hours my last day, Saturday. Thanks to Shoegirl and Jewel, I had a fabulous pair of purple goggles to keep the dust out of my contacts and was invincible. I dread the thought of a white out - i lived through the one that lasted 3 days after the event several years ago. But when you are in it, with your friends, and protected by goggles, it's brilliant.

I think all we need for a whiteout is a trampoline and Wish You Were Here blasting out of Playa-sized speakers. The latter part i got, down at Fandango where Michelle Burke and her boy Dave, and Ballistic and some NASA geeks were.... it really was fun! We danced fake ballet in the streets and had a damn fine party of it.
http://blog.wired.com/underwire/2008/08/bumming-man-whi.html#previouspost

Now i am back, and doing radio frequently on KFJC. I am apparently at odds with the Program Director again, though. I had a brief respite after being internally decapitated and all, but she's back on my case and making up bullshit reasons for not giving me an airshift i have been doing all summer... grrrr. At least i have my horse 3 days a week... that makes for a relaxation probably as close to meditation as i have ever come.

this was funny http://tinyurl.com/5zxnwx

Tunez !: Wish You Were Here, Pink Floyd
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I am doing a fillin Monday from 2-6 PM.
Listen in at http://www.kfjc.org

Quick link to stream kfjc: http://goodradio.org/kfjc

Tags:
Tunez !: bag of tricks
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Yeah, I went.

On Sunday night, I received an email from a friend already out on the Playa. Apparently the gate crew were so flummoxed by his pet squirrel that they completely forgot to tear his ticket. He emailed, offering it to me, knowing the circumstances adhered to the conditions under which I would attend — no money was generated for the BORG by my attendance. The ticket was left at Will Call for me.

Another email from Danger Ranger warned me of a 3 hour white out and the fact that all cars were being held at the Gate until the dust settled. I decided arriving at night and sitting in the relative cool beat waiting in a hot car in the sun, so off i went, deciding to take my friends up on their offer to bring just my Playa finery - no food, no water, not even a tent, and off I dashed, leaving *early* for the first time ever.

I arrived on the Playa Tuesday morning before dawn. There was no evidence of the previous day's white out. The sky was twinkling with crystal stars and glowing planets, and the moon which I had been watching rise since leaving the Sierras for Reno was high in the sky.



i read the "Who What Where When" guide in my car and as the sun began to tickle the horizon, i took some photos. The Guide, btw was completely UNIMPRESSIVE. With a handful of notable exceptions, the entire fucking playa theme camps were all about sex (and not getting any, i am quite sure) and bondage. Or Yoga. Or Tantra, or Sex... did i mention Sex? mostly talking about Sex, true, But god, how frustratingly boring. Where once the Temple of Atonement was the Esplanade portal to kink and bondage,etc. now more than 7 camps were honing in on the act. Maybe there is enough to go around? ::shiver:: I got hit on, believe me, but it all seemed so desperate, so "we're on the Playa! that means you like me, right?" ummmm, i need to hide in my tent now. Yes, TENT. After eshewing such a travesty of comfort the past 8 years on the Playa (and elsewhere) my van, Spencer, has apparently coughed up a furball and needs a new starter and a battery, Smog certificate, registration, yadda yadda ... to the tune of $700. So it's on the curb collecting much less dust than my poor Honda, Dallas, which had never been exposed to such detritus and dust and really hasn't figured out how to survive in snotty Palo Alto more white than green. So really, that's another $100 to get Dallas detailed.



Black Rock City seemed pretty deserted compared to the past few years. There were huge spaces in every camp's allotted area - we gave some of our space away to some very nice people. I heard there were two prime Esplanade camps that were "No-Shows."

Still, your experience is what you make it. I had a blast. I met new people. I talked to people I already knew and learned even more wonderful facets of their beings. I slept well. I ate well. I drank fresh frozen blender drinks with fresh mint. I saw the Flaming Lotus Girls / Swarm / PyroBoy show on Friday. I laughed at Newt's Bar, bravely perpetuated by Spoon in Newt's absence, danced to Wish You Were Here at Fandango, and crashed other folks' shelters during the white out on Saturday, which I think lasted more than 6 hours!

One of my favorite Art Cars this year is Lady Sassafras, from New Orleans. Like 3 years ago, i returned to civilization to discover that NOLA is again being threatened by a killer storm. My friend there is blogging it live: http://www.mojono.com

More later ...

Tunez !: One More Cup of Coffee, by Jack White
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I will not go this year because of what they did to Paul, my friend who burned the Man early last year. They could have, and were encouraged to, fine him for $5k and sentence him to 6 months in jail, and gotten their point across ... no one else would have risked it.

But they lied and padded the receipts they presented to the Nevada judge (i was there for all the hearings, so i know this first hand) and claimed $33k in damages. The judge knocked it down to $23k, but anything over $5k makes it a felony in Nevada and Paul is sentenced to 1 - 4 years in jail there, with only 60 days served to his credit! He has been locked up since October.

I am heartbroken that i will miss the event for the first time in 10 years - but i cannot ethically support the Board Members who decided Paul's fate and handed him over to the Nevada police. Once a refuge from the corporate, greedy world - there is NO vending on the playa, only gifting, and a place where you could roam amongst 30,000 strangers with a light heart and a smile on your face, always returned, BM is now part of the corporate, greedy world, reacting in fear instead of believing in community and laughing at a really good prank that has been dreamed of and wished for the whole decade I have been attending, and they are hypocrites to say otherwise.

All of my friends (those who are going) - are sad of the rift this has made in our community. I hope the newbies have a wonderful time in the desert. The last few years, adopting a newbie (last year a couple, Lucky & Bamboo) has been my greatest source of wonder at it all, seeing them gasp and watching them emerge in that environment into something new.Whatever else it is, BM is cathartic.

I sold my two tickets weeks ago. The only way i would attend is if someone gave me a ticket that BM had given them (for working last year, or for doing art or something) but i won't even except a free ticket they paid for. And the main purpose of my attendance, besides just seeing the Art and the friends i ONLY see out there once a year, is to walk up to Larry Harvey (Hairy Larvae to me now) and kick him in the shins. For which i would be escorted out.

So it's probably best I don't go :)

Tunez !: Gold Lion, Yeah Yeah Yeahs
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As I said in my previous post, http://amacker.livejournal.com/#item68580 I was in Italy when I heard that Syd was gone.

One of the other two girls i was staying with in Pietrasanta, Deidre, grew up with Stefani, Warren Haynes' wife and manager. She invited us to see their show in Lucca. They were playing with Robert Plant! I was ecstatic.

Coincidentally, just before I heard the news about Syd's death, I had visited Lucca, a walled medieval city. After my visit, looking for the road to take me to the highway and home, I somehow managed to drive my car into a prohibited area meant for the people that worked in some area or other. A brand new Aston Martin sped past the parking lot i was in, and i decided if he was driving that fast, he must know where he was going, so i followed him, blowing through narrow cobbled streets at a tremendous speed - people ducking into doorways to avoid us, and sure enough he emerged on the road I wanted.

When we showed up in Pisola, another walled medieval city, for the show, we discovered that Robert Plant was *opening* for Gov't Mule. And we heard Plant's voice, glorious and powerful and echoing through the stone walls of Lucca, as we fought our way through Security Guards to get backstage. (They finally got Stefani on the walkie-talkie, and were chastised and apologetic for not checking with their boss who had the list with our names on it.)

When we were escorted graciously by the now chagrined security team straight up the stairs to the area behind the stage, I almost ran directly into Plant, who was just leaving the stage. I could barely breath.

Yeah - take a moment ... Robert Plant opened for Gov't Mule? Well, yeah, of course it came about because Robert's schedule prevented him from staying later in Italy. But still . . . they can always say Robert Plant opened for them. Not that they would. For all of Haynes' career (Allman Brothers, David Allen Coe, The Grateful Dead, and his band now, Gov't Mule) Warren is completely unassuming and devoid of ego.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warren_Haynes

When Gov't Mule went on, we were brought along with them, and ensconced onstage beside them. It was a sold out show and the open-air center of Lucca was packed with bodies. When they did their encore, "Shine On You Crazy Diamond," the crowd went wild. Suddenly Lucca was glowing with upheld lighters. I have bad pics of this on my website ... I took so many pics in Italy it will take me a while to find them, but I will update this when I do.

OK, found 'em~! http://www.bitchwick.com/amacker/italia/mule/index.htm#1

A rumour? or truth?
This is what I was told, by a friend who is a professional musician and recording artist, currently living in LA. (He sound-engineers Mark Mothersbaugh (Are We Not Men?) for Nickelodeon, and more um, serious projects.)
During a recording project in 1967-68, either (my friend was specific but I have forgotten) for his solo work or with Pink Floyd, much of which occurred at both Abbey Road and Apple Studios, Syd got bored, or high, and wandered out of his recording session with his guitar and down the hall He walked into a studio where John Lennon was noodling around. Without saying anything, he sat down and started playing with John. The engineer let the tape roll. My friend knew that engineer, and has a whole LP of this session.

But I guess only the one track found in the trash at Apple Records in 1970 has made its way into the public. (I can believe this, as I have several unreleased and unavailable recordings that I will never give out, since I have been in the music business on one level or another since 1982.)

Here is one version of the story surround the mysterious recording of that track, ""Peace of Mind" (aka "The Candle Burns")."This WFMU blog also contains an MP3 of the song, so you can decide for yourself:
http://blog.wfmu.org/freeform/2008/07/fake-beatles--2.html

"The Making of The Madcap Laughs" by Malcolm Jones, has been out of print for decades, and originally only sold a few hundred copies. (I think it might have been reprinted more recently?) But here it is, faithfully reproduced as best this guy could manage:
http://www.pink-floyd.org/artint/64.htm

An interview with Syd wherein he describes his training as a painter :)
http://www.sydbarrett.net/subpages/articles/syd_barrett_interview_melody_mak.htm

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... what's not to love?

A friend just sent a querry to a list I am on:
does anyone else here like Pink Floyd?

We seem to be able to listen to nothing else since we returned.
Karen was hoping that David Gilmour would stop being an ass
so that we could go to a huge arena concert. What does this all
say about us?

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As i started to respond with the quip above it became more and more clear to me how deeply this band had woven into the fibres of my life it's thread of magic and comfort when bombs are falling all around. "Careful With That Axe, Eugene", is still psychedelic and chilling ... but beautiful.

Electric Orange did a lysergic homage titled The Return of Eugene, Be Careful" on their album "Orange Comuunication" which includes the most amazing scream i've ever heard in a recording.

of course there are various incarnations, but i love most of them
(what was up with Division Bell ?) i know some people loved it, and i love it's meaning:
from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Division_Bell
"Douglas Adams, the author of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy series, chose the name of the album, being a friend of David Gilmour. This came about because the three band members could not agree on an album title (with both "Pow Wow" and "Down to Earth" being suggested). When Gilmour told Adams about the problem, Adams quickly responded that he had a title, but that he would only tell Gilmour if he would donate £25,000 to the Save the Rhino foundation [1]. Gilmour agreed and the name, taken from a line in the final track, "High Hopes", was suggested. The phrase itself derives from the division bell, which is rung in the British House of Commons, and some other legislatures, to signal the commencement of a division (vote) to Members of Parliament."

When i was walking to the train station from school in London one day in the early 70s I heard some mesmerizing sounds coming from the back door of a concert hall. The back door was open and I wandered in. I saw some guys playing guitar, and drums and stuff. I remember being entranced by the colorful lights that flicked across the stage. They stopped every now and then and talked. I realized there was no one in the theatre. The lighting tech was testing stuff and the band was rehearsing or doing a sound check., I think. Over their heads was a giant triangle with a rainbow through it.

Only a year later or more did i recognize it as the symbol from Darkside. (It was painted on the inside of the abandoned garage where the local kids hung out.) I am still awed to this day. I consider Floyd my "first concert"

"Fearless" is one of my favorite songs in the world. I think it was the first song i ever played on KFJC for my first show in 1990... i might be wrong of course. It was a baillion years ago. "Seamus" still cracks me up. Both are on Meddle. I started listing my favorite songs just now and then deleted them because it was close to encompassing their entire discography. Depending on my mood / state / situation / circumstance at any given time.

I was in awe as Roger Waters worked out his issues with his father's death and the terrors of boarding school and his Country and what WWII did to England, and created the masterpiece that is The Wall.

I was in Italy when Syd Barrett died. I was so sad and alone and no one seemed to get the importance of losing that Crazy Diamond. I heard it on the radio as i was driving some dinky car i had rented (to sleep in, as there were no rooms of any kind available in high season in Pisa when i arrived 3 days early before our apartment in Pietrasanta was ready) and I cried as i got lost on unfamiliar highways amidst incredibly gorgeous Tuscan hills dotted with medieval towns and spires and farms and of course, vineyards.

Then Rammstein that came on the radio cheered me up in a twisted way that i will always love them for... they were singing in German, but i recognized the words at the ends of most phrases... "kerosene" "gasoline" " benzine" "heroin" etc. My 18 year old nephew later informed me that it was the song "Benzine" and humored me by sending me an English translation.

Have you heard Luther Wright & The Wrongs doing the country-fried version of The Wall in its entirety? Each song has a completely different style, each perfectly executed.

See also: http://amacker.livejournal.com/#item68812

Tunez !: Fearless, by Pink Floyd on Meddle
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I just did a graveyard shift on KFJC (2-6 AM)

no one usually contacts me or gives me feedback on that time slot ... i like to pretend that i am talking to no one in the little room that is the Master Studio. But tonight was different. To start with, my friend Lode, who is in Belgium, had jusst emailed me that his father had died. "Even though his death was expected for over a year, the depth of the sadness and grieving has still taken me by surprise."

All i could think to do was play for Lode and his Dad — even though he might not hear it, since although he does listen from Belgium, I know he'd be running around getting funeral plans ready and stuff... but I thought of it as wafting in the ether-sphere for them.
the playlist is demarcated for his set:
http://www.bitchwick.com/playlist082108.html

But, surprisingly, he DID listen! and caught his entire set, which went on for over an hour because i got into it. And then i got email from a friend in Austin, and then from a friend in Seattle, and then a friend in SF, then another friend in Seattle.... it was suddenly different. i had folks who have never listened to my show before and it was special. On top of that, i got two calls from long-time listeners who had heard my Fractured Fairy Tales show (aired every Friday morning from 6-10 AM from 1990 - 2000) and one, in North Carolina!!! remembered a special i had done off the cuff one morning called "I Know You Know Eno" and wanted a copy of the tape! What a way to flatter a girl / squirrel...

Austin wrote:
>I'm listening. "pops" from actual records. Haven't heard that in a while.
>I'll bet kids think the broadcast is fucked up because of them.
>So, you're not playing metal, huh? Or punk?
>I talked to this kid in London yesterday. He's trying to resurrect some old school punk—they sound like a blend of the Who and Sex Pistols.
>They are motivated by a passionate hatred of Cold (Cuts) Play.
>Good.

Seattle wrote:
Here, play some Gibbon from when I was a kid at Evergreen. AC + Voice, plus
an electric for violin fx etc.

And he sent me an mp3 via email and (cuz i love his music and knew it would be good) put it on right away.

Then Austin asked if i would play the song he had emailed me last week, Kills doing "Fuck The People" and i did and he said he had nveer asked for a request before, so *that* was cool.

San Francisco wrote:
>I'm awake cleaning my kitchen because couldn't sleep. And your show is
rock'n!!!! Thanks, carl (@ 4:35)

when I got home I had email from Austin:
>I thought you were good tonight.

I answered:

Thank you

i was a little embarrassed that you were listening - and then i realized that six or seven friends from Belgium, Seattle, SF, Austin and North Carolina were pretty great to have as an audience - and especially during a graveyard when i am used to no calls and no feedback whatsoever... so i calmed down and just had fun. (The North C. phone-in wasn't a friend, per se, he was a real actual longterm FAN! wow!
i know i had a following once upon a time, as the morning drive times always do, and mine as one of the longest-running probably had a significant listernship, but because of the time, almost none of my friends ever listened, including my last two boyfriends.
He has apparently listened to a show I had done over a decade ago,and wanted to know if i had a tape of it... "I Know You Know Eno" was a "Specialty" show - a show i did completely off the cuff when i walked in one morning at 5:30 AM and discovered that it was Hog Wild Week - which the Program Director could designate as a thank you to the jocks for working their asses off during the fundraiser, or just for the hell of it when morale is low. It means the jock can do anything they want ... ANYTHING. Except obscenities during SAFE HARBOR time, of course.

An example of crazy shit that worked during Hog Wild was when Dominic Trix (Wednesdays 2-5 PM followed closely by Captain Jack's Skull Time for Kids at 5 pm) wandered around the entire station for 3 hours with a microphone on a long cord and just talked about what he was seeing. He was a standup comedian before coming to KFJC and it was HYSTERICAL...

On re-reading this post i think it's more self-absorbed then I thought i was communicating about what i was feeling - which was excited about having both dear friends and fans sharing the music with me in the dead of night....God I love doing radio and playing music and learning about more music and turning people on to remarkable musicians.

OH well, I always say " A deejay is a Life-Support System for an Ego."

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Tunez !: http://www.bitchwick.com/playlist082108.html
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At 6:27 AM +0000 8/15/08, LeEvil wrote:

Hi everyone!

So, my phone just right-out died, my third replacement in the past 6 mos. I have heard nothing but good things about the iPhone, and as the new model just came out, I figured there would be many older versions on the market. There are on Ebay, but I haven't found one I can afford yet. Considering the HELL I have gone through with all of my other phones, oh, the history of my cell-phone usage... I want nothing now but a phone with a good reputation. Alas, I am unemployed, so I can't really afford much. Any iPhone out there just waiting for a good home for cheap? Figured it couldn't hurt to ask.
" There is no such thing as strong coffee... just weak people."

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From: amacker <galadriel@bitchwick.com>
Subject: Re: Used iPhone for cheap?

Huh???

it's a CRAP phone ... the only reason to have one is that you have the interweb in your pocket. And the fake-GPS triangulating map thingie for the old phone ... otherwise CRAP. (I know the new one has real GPS but mine works fine - at least for where I have ventured thus far...

HERE ARE THE ISSUES:
1. There is no cut and paste *anywhere* within the phone software - even after their big Software Update and even with the NEW iPhone launch. None, zip, nadda
2. Wanna send a pic to someone? nifty .... only it's EMAILED, not multimedia, which means if you have their number, but not their email addy on your iPhone, tough tittie said the kitty when the milk ran dry
3. Someone wants to send YOU a pic? Oh fucking joy! What *you* get is a lovely Text Msg which says this:
Smarmy Motor Pants has sent you a MultiMedia Message! You can pick it up at "IWantMyMultiMediaMessageYouCompleteFucktardWhyAreYouDenyingMe.com" for the next 7 days. After that, we post it in a chainletter bounced through a Siberian porn site with your email attached to it, thus ensuring you will be blocked from every ISP in the known universe.
Use this login:
"HonestlyIWouldRatherImpaleMyselfOnAStapleThenSeeWhatTheyHaveToShowMe"
With this password:
"PleaseDearGodNoNotAnotherPictureOfABabyBeingCuteCuzOnlyTheirParentsDontNoticeThatBrowLineMeansMongoloidOrAtTheLeastNeanderthalButThenTheresRonPerlmanAndHeDidAlrightSoMaybeIShouldLookAtThePicAndStopWhining"
[Don't forget that all of the "O's" are actually Zeroes and all of the "E's" are 3s]

Did I mention that there is no cut and paste in the iPhone????

So you wait til you get to a computer to enter in the impossible-to-remember login and password strings and you get ... a picutre 1 and a half by 1 and a half inches big and you can barely make out wherher it's a sailboat or a high heel, and by now it's been two days and you forget the context and you just shake you head and silently wish an iPhone on the perpetrator so that they can experience the hell of "Multimedia Messaging with Apple" for themselves.

Did we cover the fact that there is no cut and paste in the iPhone????

4. Video ? oh fuck just forget video! Obviously it's not a media or format destined for the future or even discussion in the lunch line at Apple's famed MacroBiotic food line. . . . No, you may NOT capture video on your iPhone and that's final! Go to your room!

If you want to process the video you have already shot (badly, we are sure) into the .m4v files via QuickTime and load them into iTunes, *YOU* can see them, even if you can't send them to anyone else. (Not necessarily a bad thing, if you've seen some of the "home made" videos i've seen...)

Someone has helpfully sent me some iPhone tricks and hacks i can do without voiding my warranty (very important as i have only had my iPhone 6 months and this is my 3rd one) and now i can finally get the photos i take off it without having to email each one separately to myself, which can and has taken hours.

I can also turn any of my mp3 files into a ringtone without jumping through Apple's pathetic system of having to buy the song for a dollar, and then pay ANOTHER dollar to take a snippet of it and use it as a ringtone.

Why rule the world if you only do it badly?

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Tunez !: "Spanish Fly" by A.K.A.C.O.D.
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So Ron Turner (Last Gasp) and i were hanging out Sunday while i deejayed a party in SF, and he asked after Cat and then said, "You will never believe who i saw at ComicCon."

I guessed.... wrongly. So he had to tell me.

"Cat's ex husband."

"DEAN?"

"Yes."

"Dean Mullaney? Wow ... " I took a moment to soak it in. "Was his wife with him? The woman with a steel plate in her head with him?"

Dean Mullaney and his brother Jan started Eclipse in 1977. When Cat and Dean got together, in 1982, she, as Editor, expanded the business and moved most of the operation to Guernville and Forestville. My wonderful Fred - who went to college with me at UT Austin, started working for them and moved out to San Francisco. In the mid-1980s, a disastrous flood in Forestville wiped out much of their stock. But Jan and Dean were more responsible for the demise of Eclipse than the flood, or the economy, which the Wikipedia mentions.

Dean Mullaney had up and left Cat, his wife or partner for a decade, and took off to New York to hook up with his High School girlfriend, who had, sometime in the past, been hit by a car and had a steel plate in the front of her head.... kinda looked like a Planet of Apes lobotomy. I met her in New York briefly at the art opening for Clive Barker that tied into the publication of the book, Illustrator II: The Art of Clive Barker, for which i was Assistant Editor to my dearest Fred Burke. The book was a lot of work but also great fun, and Clive is a prince. Truly one of the nicest people I know. I felt horrible for Cat. God, what a shitty experience to have to survive.

"No, she got cancer, and died. We were memorializing some of our fallen..." he mentioned names which i wasn't familiar with and forgot, "and then he pulled the sympathy card. He stood up to speak at the podium either unconcerned or unaware that no one wanted him there and no one could figure out *why* he was there?"

Sounds like he completely embarrassed himself. Ron said Dean was living in either New York or Florida and his brother, Jan, who was probably the evil mastermind behind Eclipse's downfall to begin with. I know they fucked up the printing on the only coffee table art book I have ever been a full-fledged part of.... I even got to name a lot of Clive's art. Because when you are scanning 1200 - 2000 pieces of art - most of them 18" x 24" or larger, naming them File_0001.tif just won't help you remember which was which when it comes time to put the book together!

Ron asked what Cat was up to nowadays and told him all about the wonders of Lucky Mojo. And told him to check out the site. (luckymojo.com) Actually she has a pretty nifty entry in Wikipedia.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catherine_Yronwode

ok back to the party...

The party was wonderful - but pretty chaotic - i was deejaying and also helping host a party for a BUNCH of people celebrating Michelle Burke's birthday, and it was a clothing swap and pot luck. It was fun and nuts and Ron was sweet to sit by me while i hovered over my Mac "spinning" for 9 hours. Well, he was there for about 5 of them anyway....

Oh and people thought i was doing EMAIL AT A PARTY! Some didn't realize I was deejaying until around 6pm when Mark Growden was about to play and i was going to announce it. The party was rawkous and the energy almost never died down. Mark had meant to play at 5pm but put it off for over an hour because he was waiting for folks to chill out. Not gonna happen. Unless you make it happen.

The way to make an announcement in a huge room full of people tearing through piles of clothing and squealing and talking is to play something like The Crystal Method's "Blowout", and gradually turn the music up and up and UP ... and then when they realize they can't hear themselves talking, they start looking around for who is doing that, and then you suddenly stop it cold in the middle of the song. Then they all turn and stare at you like Mercats.

I have seen Mark play over the years - I have never seen him so magnificent, haunting, funny and brilliant - and he is usually all of those things. But he has been out of the area for 4 years, and then broke his back on a bicycle that came apart while he was pelting downhill training for a race. His first shows were tentative but he is now clearly in his element and beyond.

He is clean and sober these days, and he has hit a whole new level of awesome. He is divinely gifted.

Wanna see for yourself?

Monsters of Accordion 2008

He will be SF and Oakland this weekend and then off on tour with other awesome musicians. Jason Webley is really great live !!!

Aug 16 - SAN FRANCISCO, CA - 12 Galaxies (21+)
Aug 17 - OAKLAND, CA - 21 Grand

Tunez !: Fuck Boy, by Mark Growden
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The day - literally - that i got back from 6 weeks in Italy in the summer of 2006, it was to find the construction on the house next door that was supposed to have been well under way and hopefully the framing (bang bang bang all fucking day AND Saturdays) had not even begun. The house was demolished completely the very next day (i have never seen that happen so quickly ... mine took 2 days but then it was only the front part of the house) in preparation with what became a year and a half long project. Grrrr.... our housemate then was the lovely and extremely polite British cosmologist, Timmy, who seethed that we should build a pit under the framing and fill it with scorpions and then take BB gun shots at the carpenters when they were high up in the huge two storey frame.

Oh, and i actually cut down the massive Black Acacia in the front of my house which shaded the Opium Den and my room upstairs from the sun and kept the place nice and cool all summer. I was trying to appease the neighbor, who knew that if his construction damaged my tree's roots and it died, he would be responsible. But the tree *was* leaning into my house and Black Acacias don't live long. The rest of the house stays cool, with the trees i refused to cut down - and damn glad i am of THAT.

Soooo.... a couple of months ago, just when it started getting hot ( it is *sunny* down here in Palo Alto in the summer, without any fog or cloudiness whatsoever... so those of you who are snobby SF-dwellers can stop feeling superior about your City life right now) my next door neighbor on the other side, for no reason we can ascertain, completely cleared her side and back yard of all the privet hedges her daughter had planted two years before and provided an 8 foot wall of privacy for us - and a lovely shady green-ness for Ishtar's outdoor aviary. We have the hot tub right where the hedges once were, and it's exposed now to BOTH of the two storey houses on either side of us.

NOW... the house behind us to the left corner was demolished a week ago - jack-hammering what must have been the only solid foundation in 4-block radius of 1950 Fake-ler homes (fake Eichlers) and it was non-stop every day (and Saturdays) for a week and a half !) Now, joy, we get to listen to THAT noise for god knows how long ... i pray for rain every morning.

I should have released an endangered species of frog or butterfly or wild orchid or something on the property and let the planning commission know that that is the ONLY place where they exist on the Peninsula. But they were very sneaky and until the roof began getting torn off two days before the jack hammering began, I had no idea anything over there was up.

Tunez !: Filipino Box Spring Hog, by Tom Waits
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Sailor Ripley - either 21 or perhaps 18 if you go by the release of the movie for which he was named? lived with me the last 7 or so years.

He was the Sean Connery of cats.



He bad a brain tumor, we know, but last night he went to eat some food Don put down for him, and immediately started bleeding - a lot. We took him to the emergency VET. The VET took an initial look at Sailor and said there was a great deal of blood in his mouth and he couldn't see what was going on. He said he would be in surgery on a puppy and then give Sailor a sedative and take a closer look at him.

After almost 2 hours, in which the VET did surgery on a labrador, he came out and told us Sailor had to be put down, immediately. There was a visible tumor in his mouth, which would not stop bleeding, and it was the only option.

A nurse held Sailor's tongue out - it was 4 inches long! so he wouldn't choke on it, while the VET tried to find a vein. They couldn't find one in his back legs or his forelegs, and Sailor started choking on blood.

I stroked and nuzzled and petted and whispered to him the whole while, and kept the surgical lights out of his eyes. The VET finally injected him with the euthanasia drug into his heart. He was dead instantly.

I am ... still up ... working on resumé ... with hot 27 year old boy in my bath (i want to adopt him, he wants me to get in the tub, this is just WRONG !) I am soooo not a cougar these days.... After he suggested we put on bathing suits - is he cute or what? I made him understand that i treasure him as extended family and want to nurture him and watch him become the extraordinary creature he is destined to be, not fuck him senseless and watch him fade away as he gasps for breath in the harsh light of reality. No, thanks ... But Titania *does* spring to mind. And she fell for the head of an Ass. ooooh boy....

I am upset about losing the Sean Connery of Cats. I have many of his friends to tell about his passing. Eamon, who brought him to America from England originally, DJ, my ex, from whom I took him to live in the country, Michael Vav and Todd his ex-housemates, Jeanavive, Mikey, Deborah, who all walked him around the block every night.

My best friend Andrea lost her Chewy, who was with her when i met her 18 years ago ! I don't remember Chewy being young then ... just that she was polydactyl. So maybe she rivaled the Bristle Cone Pine for the longest lived entity on the planet.

I am going to create a memorial page for him at Bitchwick.com
[ OK it's up now http://www.bitchwick.com/amacker/sailor.html ]

I will bury him in the front yard, where he loved to sit and watch the traffic and people go by.... he loved to sit either there or even better, in my neighbor's front yard, but i don't think digging a hole in her yard is appropriate.

[He is wrapped in antique lace and a piece of neon green fun fur from the ÜberWarehouse where he lived with DJ until i took him home 7 or 8 years ago. He will be there watching over the goings on as always.

Michelle Nance said something that touched me as being the way i would like to see Kitty Beyond... "I'm very sorry to hear of the passing of your noble beast. I'm sure he's wreaking all kinds of havoc in Kitty Heaven, as is appropriate. (Wow, imagine the intake area of kitty heaven - thousands of
tired angels going "yes, this is what they all do, show up and raise hell and then sit around looking smug")

i can see the tails twitching and the "I meant to do that" scorn on their faces....

Sailor and Beanflower and Susan and Chi Si Tomadachi are all purring ... somewhere. And Gargamel knows something is amiss and has been very clinging and loving all day. So i got my kitten for comfort and the wheel turns again.

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Tunez !: I Bid You Goodnight, The Pindar Family w/Joseph Spence
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Andy Gill ... omigawd he gave a shit about the 200 people or so who were crazed by their performance ... Shoreline seats 30,000 i think?





Gill also produced much of Gang of Four's output, including their most recent 2005 release, and albums for many other artists including the Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Jesus Lizard, The Stranglers, The Futureheads, Michael Hutchence, Killing Joke and The Young Knives.



The show was blisteringly good. Gill pulled out a baseball bat towards the end and smashed a TV to bits.



Another brilliant act we caught outside the arena on the pavement, playing their hearts out, were the Ferocious Few. A minimalist band- guitar player / lead singer and a crazed drummer on a small trap set banging away. I was reminded of 16 Horsepower, The White Stripes, and The Black Crowes all at once. Check them out on MySpace.





The most disappointing act, the headliners, Jesus And Mary Chain, whom I love... or did until yesterday. They either had just done the smack, or had just been woken up from a very long nap ... maybe a decade long. I don't know if they are on the "track team" as my friend Bruce calls it, but they phoned in a lackluster performance that bored the audience ... so I left. But not before hearing the most pathetic version of "Head On" that made me compelled to take the song away from them and give it to a band who deserves it... The Pixies.

Tunez !: Damaged Goods by GoF
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My brother gave me tickets for my birthday !!! He was supposed to go with me, but conflicts with schedules made it impossible, for which i am sorry. But Don went with me and we had a fabulous time...

I jotted down notes i can almost read... for Richard and Erin and anyone else who knows enough Eddie Izzard to understand the flow :)

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Starts off talking about San Francisco... He was the Patron Saint of Cheese or something, and died in a tractor accident.
Rants about Saints and what they are the Patron Saint of... When a good man was "grilled to death" they gave him Patron Saint of Cooking.

"I am a transvestite. That is my sexuality but I'll wear what the fuck I want. I'm an Off-duty TV.

I don't believe in God. I see randomness.

With the combined Good Will of 6.5 Billion people ... well you could do something with that.
George Bush's 'no one left behind' project.

In the Battle of Hastings, the weavers were the photo journalists of the time. 'No wait, don't move... i just gotta get that armor right ... oh now you've done it.'

World is 4.5 Billion years old.

Jesus was the first son. Then there was Bezus, Cezus, Dezus, Ezus, Gezus ...

There was no reason to be late in the Stone Age. There was no obesity. No one obsessed about their Gluteus Maximus. 'Hold me over that pond, i want to see what i look like.' Run, Run, Run...'fuck i look great!'

GPS was Global Positioning Stone.

100,000 years ago, there was no language. SCRABBLE had no rules.

Dyslexia? why can't you suffer from something simple, like 'Cat'?

"yogurt" is a Norse word. They raped and pillaged and stopped on the beach looking for a frozen yogurt stand.

Tennis .. why is 'love' = zero?

Noah's Ark ... 'Right, we have 2 tigers, 2 badgers, 2 mice, 2 weasels, 2 squirrels ... What do we have so far?'
'2 tigers . . .'
Egyptians were all killed in a car wreck.
Democracy and Death ... that's the Greeks.
Spartans optimized the City State.

iTunes keeps asking if i Agree with them. Surely they know by now that i Agree with them But you like when you say you have read the Terms and Conditions.

How do you start a PC? You have to take a 78-rpm record of Caruso singing "spreadsheets .... crunching numbers is exciting...' Tom Waits sings vibrato ...

So the Ancient Greeks died in a car crash.

So the Romans took all the classical Democracy or Death... Join Us Or Die.
Aqueducts, viaducts, more ducks wandered the Empire than had ever done before. Women ran the Empire ... with Poison. 'Oh you think you are going to the Forum tonight, dear? Drink this...'

The Romans all died in a chariot crash.

Darwin wrote a book called "Monkey, Monkey : Monkey, You'

Haricot Verts, creme bruilée ...fuck, i'm not eating it! Fucking Badgers.
So Badgers can be choosers.

Intelligent Design has 2 problems:
1. is the intelligence part of it
Bubonic Plague?
Cows have 4 stomachs?
2. the other is the design part of it

eat food = do stuff
crops grow because they want to

we have :
Appendix
Esophogus
... we are waiting for grass?

Moses - leave this desert and ... go to another desert.
Right... where'd you get this idea?
A burning hedge?
The photo journalists are all here. The weavers are here.

10 Plagues:
plague of frogs? a lot of frogs...h,,,
Flies, locusts ...
Plague of helicopters
Plague of geraniums
Frogs playing cannasta
Get them in the suites and put them in the ... Dezus, Bezus... we need help here.

Rules:
Don't eat spoons
Don't piss on the toast
Don't shout awfully loud

Rules for Squirrels:
Eat nuts quietly
Keep your tail clean.
Run up a tree if you see danger.
Don't get on boats.

The Golden Calf ushered in:
The Age of Smelted metal and industrail processes.

Don't worship False Idols or Fried Eggs.
Do unto others as you'd have others do unto you.
Self-policing.

Thou shalt not covet... oh please...

Vote Barak Obama

Travel the world and never see a Canadian.

You went to the Moon!

We built ... soup.

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