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Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Wednesday Adams

Yesterday was Super Tuesday.

Today was Ash Wednesday.

Tomorrow is my Friday.

Hallelujah.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

Sigh...

My fellow Americans never fail to disappoint.

Bridge to the 20th Century indeed...

PS. No, I didn't caucus. I had to work. Plus, in order to caucus you had to be registered with your party by Dec. 5. Well, I'm a registered independent, so...

Obama took Colorado anyway. Take that, Alexis Carrington!

Monday, February 04, 2008

The Great Divide

As I was reading the metal news at Blabbermouth, I noticed that Unida was having a reunion show in LA at the end of the month.

"U-who?" you say?

Unida is/was the band of former Kyuss singer John Garcia, a talented soul and a guy whose career I have watched ever since Kyuss dissolved (after several great records, I might add) in the 90s. Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age used to be in Kyuss, too, but his QOTSA actually met with some success.

John Garcia's ventures have been mixed, at best. His first, Slo Burn, put out an EP that never caught fire, probably because it sounded like a work-in-progress Kyuss demo. A few years later, he formed Unida and they put out a record on Frank Kozik's Man's Ruin label called Coping With the Urban Coyote. (It's currently available, used, on Amazon.com for $78.22. I'm not selling my copy, sorry.)

Unida seemed like they were going places. Here's the story in a nutshell.
UNIDA issued the stoner classic "Coping with the Urban Coyote" LP in 1999 on the Man's Ruin label. The strength of that release attracted the interest of mega rock producer Rick Rubin and they were signed to his American Recordings/Island Def Jam. The full-length album they completed for American in May 2001 was never made available due to record company politics.
Yep. An album's worth of material, never made available.

The band split up. John Garcia formed Hermano (who have three records out and a live import which I'm dying to get my hands on) and they're doing alright...in Europe. Their latest album is available on the internet if you pay in Euros, but it just got licensed in the United States, so there might be a chance you can pick it up cheaper. Probably not at Best Buy... But I'm sure the record company would sell you one.

At any rate, whatever became of this lost Unida album? It could have just sat in some closet at Universal Music, but some kind soul leaked it onto the internet. And somehow I got a hold of it.

And let me just say, they need to release this thing. Maybe we're not talking Kanye West numbers, but the record is in the can and at this point, it's all just money in the bank.

Let it out. Here, listen to these three songs and tell me...you'd buy this record, wouldn't you?

Puppet Man
Stray
Cain

Check the awesome groove in Cain .




* The title of this post is what the title of the "lost" record would have been...

A Good Movie

I watched the Golden Compass last night and I enjoyed it so much that it moved me to tears. I'm slightly ashamed to admit that, but it happens. Even as I tears streamed out of my eyes, I thought to myself, Jesus Christ, I'm crying. I'm crying?

Something like that.

I don't know what to say. I just liked the bears.

"Is that all? Whimpering cub? Is that all? Huh? IS THAT ALL??!!"

Rawwwwwwwr....rrriiiiiiippppp......plommmmmmp.

"Yes. That is all."

If I was twelve years old, I'd be pumping my fist and jumping in my seat. As it was...just the tears.

And a big ole smile.

True Story

I don't know if it was the eye-liner or the orange shirt, the mussed up hair or maybe just the camera angle, but I could barely take my eyes off CNN's Abbi Tatton today.

So I sent her an e-mail, gave her props, mentioned that I liked the orange, although I might be biased as a Broncos fan.

Since she's from the UK, she didn't know the Broncos from a herd of buffalo so she asked Jack Cafferty about it. "You do look a bit like John Elway," he said.

Then Wolf Blitzer came by and said, "What's so funny?"

Okay, so I made up that last part about Wolf Blitzer, but the rest of it is true.

Caveat Emptor?? How about a little "Good Faith?"

Jesus...

I just saw a "housing crunch" style report on CNN about a lady who makes 38K a year and somehow she got a mortgage loan for a house worth around $750K and now she's behind and will probably lose the house.

But wait...

How the hell did she qualify for a 750K loan with a salary of 38K??? There is no way...no possible way...that someone who makes 38K a year can afford a 750K loan. Even Horatio Alger couldn't do it.

It's mathematically impossible. The bank should have known that and they should have never approved the loan. Of course, the lady should have known her chances of paying it back were slim to none, too, but when people want to buy things they can't afford with the bank's money, you'd think the bank would step in and say, "Um, no."

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Non-Football Related Super Bowl Observations

So I'm at work and, of course, we have the Super Bowl up on the video wall. During the singing of the National Anthem, I jokingly chided my co-worker for not donning his hat.

The irony? This is the guy who said he can't support Obama because he doesn't put his hand over his heart during the National Anthem.

Proof that my co-worker is a hypocrite? Or that maybe Star-Spangled Banner etiquette really isn't all that important in the big scheme of things?

Put me in the category of the latter.

PS. The game so far has been pretty decent. Kind of interesting considering that the Super Bowl isn't really about the game anymore.

A few comments on the hype:

A) Alicia Keyes, who provided the pre-game entertainment, is FINE. And I'm not just talking about her face; I'm talking the whole package. I like the fact that she's shaped like a pear, wide hips and big ass. I like that she has a modest non-surgically altered bosom. And I like the fact that despite all these "flaws," which many pop-stars feel they just cannot have, the girl is absolutely gorgeous. If she were around in Da Vinci's day, he would have never painted anyone else. And what a voice...

I'm not religious in the least, but I would accept the existence of Alicia Keyes as proof of God's benevolence.

B) Showing celebrities in the luxury boxes. First Jenny McCarthy and Jim Carrey, watching the game. Someone tells them they are on the Jumbotron. They look, confirm that they are, smile and wave, the friendly celebrities.

The very next shot: Pamela Anderson. Whose smile instantly disappears when she realizes a camera is on her. She tries to hide behind her bleach-stained hair, but it's too late. Her ugly mug has already been broadcast to millions of viewers.

Good Playmate/Bad Playmate? Quite a contrast, those two.

C) Tom Petty would seem like a boring and safe choice as the half-time entertainment, but as it turns out, he's safe, but not boring. Running Down a Dream, Won't Back Down, Free-Fallin'. These are all great songs, and hearing Tom Petty perform them for the Super Bowl audience is a healthy reminder of that.

Updated:

I just saw the best Super Bowl commercial. The Coke commercial with Bill Frist and James Carville spending the day bonding over a bottle of Coke. It was funny and heartwarming. Someone please post it to Youtube.

Oh and the commercial right after it, for Toyota, had the music of Fu Manchu in it. Me and like three other dudes even know who Fu Manchu is, so it's pretty cool to see (hear?) an underground minor-label outside-the-mainstream stoner rock band provide the soundtrack to a Super Bowl commercial.