Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Moozak & More

I missed the latest installment of Jack Bauer's heroics last night, opting instead for a little concerto at Tonic with my main man Lukas. For those of you that don't know, Tonic is a dank dungeon of sorts, a room that fits about 100 people on a good day, but it really is a fantastic place to see a show. Sounds fucking great in there. The club is in serious danger of closing, so artists that love the place are scheduling gigs there in order to raise money, doing their best to save the club like the KKTY Bayside Radio crew did to help save The Max.

They really need money, though: According to their website, their rent has doubled since 1998, insurance costs have tripled, they’ve been robbed, and most importantly, they’ve been plagued by the expense of maintaining a building in ill repair, including the collapse of their main sewer line. And the sewer really is broken...they fully have port-o-Johns by the front door in lieu of bathrooms.

So I was glad to help, paying $25 to see hippie folk artist and potential meth user Devendra Banhart last night. First, a really interesting band called Tarantula opened for them (not spelled Taran-chula like Strong Bad has suggested) -- these guys were waaay too loud and dark sometimes, but I was pretty impressed by their main instrumentation: cello, bass and drums. That's cool. They were cool. Like I said, a little dark, at times I felt like mainlining some smack, but overall a pretty good performance.

Anyway, Devendra is this young folk singer or sorts, and he's pretty damn good. Luke warned me in advance that he may be a little too stream-of-consciousness, and that characterization was dead on, right down to the stage banter in between songs. But he was engaging, he told some jokes and an anecdote or two, he's got a great voice and he's pretty talented on the gee-tar. Strangely my favorite parts of his set were the few Spanish tunes (apparently he grew up in Venezuela for a bit) he played, including one by Simon Diaz that he preceded with a story about how if you go to the man's site, "There's no discography, but you can order Vicodin." Good tip.

Long story short...a great random-night of tunes in a small room with an up-and-coming musician and a strange-but-cool opening act. And they played together for a few songs, although Devendra immediately started playing after calling Tarantula up, and by the time they got on stage he was almost done with the song. No joke, one of the Tarantula dudes wasn't even finished tuning by the time the song he came up to play was over. Great stuff, professionalism at its finest.

I came home and saw a commercial for some television drama series that I coulda sworn starred the incomparably hot I-tal Annabella Sciorra. But after checking her IMDB page, I can't tell if it's her or not. Either way, in honor of seeing or not seeing the lovely and fictional Ms. Gloria Trillo on television yesterday, I listened to her Sopranos theme song this morning, and now I present it to you. So here's the Grateful Dead's Bobby-crazed version of Van the Man's Gloria, live at the Richmond Colisuem on 11/1/85.

I finally fell asleep watching the Wyoming/SDSU college hoops game on ESPN. A funny little story here: On the Phish nerd message board, someone started a thread about how he was going to hold up a Phish-and ESPN letters-related sign at the game, something like "Every Sports Phan Needs FLUFFHEAD." I didn't see it by the time I drifted off, but I woke up to tales of the sign making it on TV, multiple times (for the uninformed, Fluffhead is an old Phish tune shelved by the band after the hiatus, clamored for by some fans). Bottom line, ESPN showed not only the front of the sign, but also the back, which read: That's Right, Fluffhead Newbs. Gotta love the Phish community, where this is considered hilarious (it is hilarious).

Anyway, Phish Geekdom aside, I'll leave you with five of my favorite Google searches of the week (how people came to Slack from search engines):

1. genital bracelet -- We're your one-stop shop
2. sock fetish in the news '96 -- Now I gotta go hit the microfiche
3. rapper Candyman photos -- I love "Knockin' Boots" too, but pics of Candyman?
4. ampersand whippets -- GREAT band name, folks
5. Schilling loudmouth -- This mighta been me

Lotta parentheses today. Sorry 'bout that.


At 1:41 PM, Blogger teddy said...

damnit slack. how can you bring up the bliggest black-eye of my phish career? 0-47 on fluffheads. that is hilarious though. at least NBC sports played a solid 2 minutes of down with disease during the world-cup freestyle skiing and bump competition last saturday. I've seen that about 20 times.

but speaking of nerdy fans of bands that start with 'p', some pearl jam fans put together a 10-disc set of the best version (soundboard recording preferred) of every pearl jam song ever played live including covers in chronological order. it's over on easytree.org
just search for "green habit compilation"
highly recommended whether you're a pj fan or not, and especially if you have a green habit yourself.

where are the phish phans on this? granted, the phish catalog is probably at least 3x that of pj, and their songs are 3x longer, but what a great idea. not to degrade the nerddom of phish phans, but that's just about the most nerdtastic thing I've ever seen.

At 2:14 PM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

Nice comment, Teddy, very informative...thanks for the heads up on that PJ thing, although I doubt I'll end up d/loading it. Slack readers that like PJ, go get that shit.

I hear you on a best of Phish kind of album, but it would be virtually impossible for fans to come together and make one of these things...should we include The Real Gin, or the one from The Palace '99 or Marat Theatre? Which YEM makes the cut? Does the Hood with country music stars from 6/22/00 make it or do we go pre-"Harry" chant days from before '96? See, this could go on for daaays! But, I do love the idea, I think someone needs to take charge and do it for the rest of us.

Nerdtastic compilations could be the wave of the future, though. Good lookin' out.

At 2:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did Marat Safin buy the naming rights to my favorite Gin venue? It's Murat, motherf*cker.

Good show last night. No one wants to comment on Devendra.

At 3:28 PM, Blogger teddy said...

As much as that sounds like a project I'd want to take on (especially considering that the only person who likely has a larger phish catalog than myself is probably Kevin Shapiro), I don't have that much time on my hands. Not to mention the possible death threats from disgruntled wookies who are miffed that I forgot about "that fatty-dank december '95 runaway jim that made me soil myself."

Anyway, I should give phish fans some credit. There was a 9-disc best of phall '97 jams compilation on etree a while back, as well as a 3 disc best of page compilation.

But those still don't top the PJ fan effort. On top of that 10-disc gem, there's a couple PJ DVD compilations that will knock your socks off. "Touring Ten" and "Touring VS" compilations featuring the best video sources of PJ songs from those albums. wow.
You need a DVD burner though.

For those reading, easytree has a ton of DVDs ranging from PJ to James Brown from '70 and everything in between. For your phish DVD fix, check out thetradersden.org

simply nerdalicious.

At 4:02 PM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

Marat/Murat, yes yes. Better than the Verizon Wireless Whatever, which was pretty much of the 2003 summer tour took place.

Mitchell Vergerdartz III, longtime Ace Cowboy friend, made it his mission to download all of the Fall '97 tour, and I obviously forced him to make me copies as well. Nothing like having the entire Fall '97 tour at your disposal, but a "best of" actually makes much more sense. What a couple of months, funktacular.

Kevin Shapiro reference, gotta love it.

At 4:31 PM, Blogger teddy said...

Ah yes. I remember teaching Mitch how to download and extract the files off of my etree ftp site. Those were the days. I had the entire '97 tour up and people bitching at me that they couldn't get into my site despite trying for over 5 weeks. I used that demand to my advantage and offered private logins for anyone who had shows from the Phan 25 (in the almanac) that I was missing. It took me less than a week to get em all. Did Mitch burn those for you as well Ace? If not I'll add them to your list. :)

At 5:28 PM, Anonymous handstand said...

Teddy, don't worry about not seeing Fluffhead. I only saw it 10 times. (sorry....thats not funny)

I did just put together a 2 disc "best of" Phish from the shows I've seen. However, it is all audience recordings and the levels are all over the place, but it is pretty sweet.

Songs on it include:

Holmdel '00 Gin
Holmdel '00 Drowned > Rock and Roll
Albany '99 2001
Creek '99 MFMF > Whipping Post
Cypress Tube
MSG '94 Hood

and more....its pretty badass

At 5:35 PM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

i remember the Phan 25 quest...nah, never got those, although I do have some of them randomly.

Handstand, sounds like a good mix idea -- Best of Shows I Attended. Off the top of my head, the 12/2/99 Gin and YEM would certainly be on there, as would the Normal '99 Ghost and SPAC '04 Piper. The rest I'd have to think about, but I'd prolly throw on the 10/21/96 Life on Mars.

Meanwhile, no love for the KKTY Bayside reference? Wow, definitely thought some S-B-T-Bellians would respond!

At 10:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ace, what was the dance called when Lisa was on crutches. It's been a debate for a while here. Your expertise is much appreciated.

At 10:32 AM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

Why, that's called "The Sprain." Gotta love Casey Casem comin' to Bayside.

(Scoop of choclate, scoop of vanilla, don't waste my time.)

At 12:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess I lose, I thought it was called...THE LISA. My friend was right. The music in that episode is the best. However, the mecca of all episodes is:

Here's the message that I'm sending to you!
You can do what you want to do!
A little work never hurt no-one!

Put your mind to it, go for it!
You gotta break a sweat!
Rock and Roll...you ain't seen nothin' yet!

God, the musical talents of Lisa Turtle, Jessie Spano and Kelly Kapowski, can rival any girl band of the millenium.

At 1:12 PM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

The Lisa? No, no. I'm doing the Dikembe finger-wave right now.

Hot Sundae is gonna play my wedding one day. Bet on that.

At 2:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dikembe finger wave?

I'm so excited! I'm so excited! I'm so....scared.


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