Friday, February 29, 2008

having lept...

By way of the brooklyn vegan:

Roadrunner records has apparently given up the ghost. By that I mean its sold its soul to jesus or someone decidedly un-devil like.

This has resulted in some pretty upset metalheads. and who can blame them. Frankly, 2/3s of this song is palatable, in that we make pop rock sort of way. But less than 1/6th of that can be separated from the shite. "shouting" is in fact what roadrunner fans should be doing.

I will point out that the quotes from the comment board are pretty excellent:

"i'd love to see a three-way tourbus crash involving the polyphonic spree, we're from barcelona and these choads."

and

"Fuck you roadrunner. Start posting shit I care about.....BRING BACK THE METAL!!!!"

I say bring me back my Sepultura damnit!

cal state retarded

well, there used to be some hope. not anymore. retarded people are now officially stopping developmentally disabled people from learning.

thank you for embarrassing me.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

with all these opinions on the internets...

I'm bound to agree with one of them

which of course puts me in a pretty dang good mood.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

i'd like to tell the academy to get a grip

Hey. when someone makes an inspirational speech on your silly award show, do me a favor and don't stop us from being inspired by it okay? it's lame.

I quote:

Glen: "[unintelligible ;)] Make art. Make art."


Marketa: "I just want to thank you so much. This is such a big deal not only for us but for all other independent musicians and artists that spend most of their time struggling. The fact that we're here [...] it's just to prove that no matter how far out your dreams are - it's possible. Fair play to those who dare to dream and don't give up. This song was written from the perspective of hope; and hope at the end of the day connects us all no matter how different we are."

and for good measure:

Jon Stewart: "enjoy your moment"

So tell me, academy, what is so special that you're protecting by blocking access to those great speeches and messages?

Sunday, February 24, 2008

tramping around

the internet to the rescue!

here're two things that are noteworthy:

1) the audio editing (or lack thereof) is amazing on this basketball shot, far more impressive than the feat itself:



2) this is way better than what we pieced together at withrow court with travis, but this is totally a nostalgic trip for me. I am dizzy just thinking about all those years misbehaving in withrow court:

Friday, February 22, 2008

pour one...on the corner

teo macero passed away.

he was a true editing genius and jazz great.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

who will grubbs sing about now?

castro resigned as president of cuba. he was in power for over 49 years, but did not hold the title president for all of those. that's a long time - well over half his life. he has been in power or fighting for it as a revolutionary for 3/4 of his life, or almost the entirety of his adult life.

Friday, February 15, 2008

i was next in line

when this kid flipped out and clawed this guy's eyes out. look jerk, if you don't like being hung upside down, don't pay someone to hang you upside down for a photo opportunity. you'll ruin it for the rest of us.

oh, and your pants suck.

justice put to rest so justice can progress

Joe Sneed the turd (I mean third, sorry) died yesterday. Homeboy was bad news. Nixon appointee, executor at wounded knee, champion and appointer of Ken Starr, more importantly (and the reason I hate him) - someone that believed (honestly) that if the "will of the people" violated the constitution, you could disregard the constitution. (he was a vocal dissenter on the striking down of the three strikes law in CA - in a case where a man was sentenced to 50 years for stealing some videotapes)*

Listen jackass (or carcass of a jackass as the case is now) - there are rules for changing the constitution; there is a process. voting for a change in one state isn't enough. Not voting for a change in it but simply passing a law to change it is a step toward tyranny. Of course, you worked for Nixon, so that's not surprising now is it.

If there were a way to ensure an eternally steaming pile of shit for your grave I would do so.

* no thanks to the SC which upheld the law, I'll be sure to write a nasty obit when the rest of you die too.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

there's a reason why people go ooh and ah

it's because kareem abdul-jabbar is awesome.

in his newly available blog on being an over 50 athlete in the latimes he wrote (OT!)

"American music has such a rich and varied foundation it is really grotesque to try to define it as R & B or rock or pop or metal or Latin or Reggae or country or blues. For example, the blues and country evolved in exactly the same environment-- i.e. the Mississippi Delta, West Texas, Nashville, Tenn., and New Orleans, to name a few. But for some reason, the music of Elvis must be regarded as different from Chuck Berry even when both artists embrace the same regional and artistic roots."

w00t! big up to kareem for being as cool as he seemed to me back in the 70s.

Sheldon Brown

Man, I am sorry I am only just now learning Sheldon Brown passed February 3rd.

As I said elsewhere (on yo fixie!) thanks, sheldon. you will continue to rock as long as my knees hold out ;)

non policy creativity

well, maybe there's some policy there. anyway, I put a site for unifying my performance and other art stuff. so now, some day when people search for aram shumavon, they will find this aram shumavon and that aram shumavon.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

the karma police

...are shitting in my lunchbox.

I have had two flat tires on my motorcycle in less than 400 miles of riding.

Since my last flat I put less than 35 miles on the bike before getting a flat again. A single ride. To work even.

I can't believe it.

Robert T asked why I kicked all those dogs to mess up my karma, then it dawned on me that it was my tacit support for the Ron Paul/Michael Vick ticket. Well guess what karma police - I WAS JOKING OKAY? Can I have a break now?

Sunday, February 03, 2008

paul and vick will do the trick!

Donna K just came up with the greatest political campaign slogan of 2008 -- ron paul selects michael vick as his vice presidential candidate.

Paul and Vick will do the trick!

this gets past that nagging racism issue and gets dog fighting into the white house!

totally awesome.

the yes we can video/speech

I assume this is Will.i.am's project, protest song chord progression with BU pop music sensibilities, but I want to know who wrote the speech - it was delivered in New Hampshire.

Very well done all around, except for that little violin bit just thrown in there for no good reason.

I do point out that this a great speech, which reminds me of my speech writing and how decidedly not good at it I am compared to this.