DJ Shadow, Belmont el pics

photo by Edith Frostphoto by Edith FrostDJ Shadow at Park West in Chicago

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DJ Shadow

DJ Shadow at Park West in Chicago, IL


I had to reinstall everything on my iBook, yet again.  I don’t want to talk about why, I just did something stupid, screwed myself over and decided to start fresh for the tenth time.  I didn’t lose any actual data that I know of; I used Sharity to back everything up to the PC’s hard drive before I reformatted.  But it’s going to take a day or two to get all my programs reinstalled, so bear with me if I don’t do much blogging.  The internet seems to be working though!  That’s always nice.  :-)

Reinstalling software is infinitely more entertaining than watching the news, which is nothing but depressing.  It’s like a freakin’ world war out there!!  There’s nothing you can do.  You can do your laundry…!!

Segway news

Finally saw another bit of news on the Segway scooter, I mean human transporter.  I’ve been drooling over this thing since it was first announced. Not that I’ll be able to get one — I don’t even know if I would have the nerve to ride it around if I had one!  But I still think it’s the coolest technology to come around the pike in a long time.  I even wrote to Dean Kamen and told him so, back when the story first broke.  :-)

New OS update

Five minutes after I wrote that last one, I found out Apple released a new OS update today… but I’ll have to get it later, there’s a line around the block.  I don’t know if it fixes the Finder bug or not.  Can’t get into Apple, can’t get into Yahoo either.  This whole internet thing is a big crocka… ;-)

Raining cats and spam

It’s been raining cats and dogs for like 24 hours now.  Just hope I can still do laundry; our basement’s always getting flooded in big storms.

Meanwhile, I’m being flooded with e-mail and wondering what (more) I can do to manage it.  Most of it’s junk of course, and most of it is from my Yahoo address, not even the one I give out publicly on the website.  I have a good spam-fighter for the PC called Mailwasher, but haven’t found anything like it for the Mac.  I hate to pay another $25 or whatever just to have the capability of deleting mails on the server…!!

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New Mekons album

On Friday Jon Langford gave me a copy of "OOOH! (Out Of Our Heads)", the new Mekons album… I finally got to hear it today.  It’s fantastic. Best album I’ve heard from them yet, and I’m not just saying that ‘cuz I sang on it! ;-) But you might have to wait awhile to hear it; I don’t think it’s coming out until September or something. Which is weird because the copy I got was all shrink-wrapped and ready to go… guess it’s just a scheduling thing.  I can’t even find it listed yet on the Quarterstick website, but it is mentioned on the Mekons’ own website.

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Weird noises, creepy bugs

UGH, OS X deleted another bunch of files on my PC.  I thought I’d figured out how to stop it from doing that, but it double-crossed me again, screwing me over in a brand new way.  Speaking of which, I had the dubious honor of contributing Bug #45 to the Sharity bugtracking system. They’re nice enough to warn their users about the problem, even though it’s Apple’s fault, not theirs.

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Mary Schneider – Yodeling the Classics

Mary Schneider Yodeling the ClassicsCatch of the day at Laurie’s

More musician pics

Added more pictures to the gallery, mostly in the my-pics-of-other-musicians section…

Music vs the heat

The jam session with Via went well, we’re going to get together again next weekend.  I brought my camera this time and took his picture, isn’t that special.

Called Mama to wish her happy birthday, and also got a call from Deborah!  We only talked for a minute or two ‘cuz I was on my cellphone about to leave Ryan’s house, but I’m gonna call her back.  I was supposed to do that earlier this evening, but me and John pigged out on burgers and fell asleep, then woke up and watched two episodes of Doctor Who and I forgot about it.  It was really hot out today, maybe 90, it really takes it outta you.  So I was all tired from lugging the amplifier around in the heat, and John had been traipsing around the city all day too, putting up flyers with Soren for the show they’re doing on June 10th at the Bottle.  M.O.T.O. is opening and John is pulling double duty, playing with Soren’s band Family Haircut and then with his own band too.  He’s a soldier!

Via Nuon of Bevel

photo by Edith Frost

Pine Valley Cosmonauts

I had SO much fun tonight, I mean last night.  YAY!!!!  Isn’t that always the case, every time I do a show with that Langford guy.  It’s always a circus, always a game of musical chairs, and a big chaotic crowd-pleasing finish.  Everybody had a good time, and I dragged John along and he had fun too.  Gary did sound, and my old pal Chris Mills was there, and Sally Timms, and David Yow and Suzy, and John Rice was playing guitar.  Janet Bean did a song and so did Diane Izzo and oh, there were tons of people walking around that I had met fifty thousand times and still don’t know their name.  Kelly Hogan even came to do a song or two before she had to bolt over to the Bottle to play with Danielle.  So much fun!!!!  It’s neat-o, I feel like I’m really lucky to have wormed my way into that gang somehow.  I don’t know what it is about Jon Langford, he’s a fun-magnet.  One of those people that other people sort of rotate around, and no one knows why, it’s just the way it is.  (I’ve known other people like that in my life, but they were all pot dealers… heheh!!)

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PVC at Abbey Pub

photo by Edith Frostphoto by Edith Frostphoto by Edith FrostJon Langford, leader of the Pine Valley Cosmonauts, and also the Mekons, Waco Brothers, Skull Orchard et al.

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Me and Jon Langford

click for larger imageAt the Pine Valley Cosmonauts CD release party for the "Executioner’s Last Song" album, held at the Abbey Pub in Chicago. Photo taken by an audience member whose name I didn’t catch.

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