Picture day

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009 | Design-y Bits, Tunes! | 2 Comments

Today’s post is all about photos — lovely collections of photos. (So, naturally, I do not have one posted for you to stare at. You’ll just have to click the links below.)

1) Nick Brandt has some stunning black & white photographs of African animals. They’re made all the more impressive by this statement from the photographer: “I get extremely close to these very wild animals, often within a few feet of them. I don’t use telephoto lenses.” Make sure you think of that when you see the photo of the sitting lionesses.

2) Six extraordinarily stubborn nail houses. And no, I didn’t post this because of Pixar’s “Up.” Until today, I knew nothing about Up, except that a) I haven’t seen one single ad for it anywhere, b) apparently everyone else on the internet has, and c) Nathan Fillion claims that you can use it as a robot test. Oh, and I know from everyone telling me so that it’ll make you cry. (Which, I guess, also tells me that it’s probably not a movie where stuff blows up a lot or there are evil, scary aliens. Damn.)

3) Astronomy Picture of the Day. One of my daily stops as I browse the intertubes. If you’ve got some extra time, go through the archives (or just click on the little left arrow button next to the word “Archives” in the footer). There are some really awesome sights to be seen.

4) Martin Wilson makes fun (and pretty amazing) works that use every frame of a 35mm roll of film to create a single larger work. I think Oranges and Lemons is my favorite.

(Big thanks to Coudal for the first two of these links. I will repay the favor with links for you as soon as I can find something cool before you. Be patient. That’s a tough task.)

For the record

Sunday, November 16th, 2008 | Tunes! | 9 Comments

“Midget wrestling” is a bit of a misnomer.

Here’s how the evening went:
- Burlesque show, 30 minute break, burlesque show
- Mighty Deerlick set
- Guy introducing midget wrestling, midget dwarf comedy (note: this part was actually funny); midget lap dance for woman from audience; guy from audience staple guns $50 bill to midget’s…um…well…testicle.
- Mighty Deerlick set
- Midget urine drinking contest; midgets actually bother to wrestle… with staple guns and tacks
- Mighty Deerlick set
- We run away

Yeah. So, um… the Deerlick learned a new ‘Mats cover, which was lovely, especially since I have a Deerlick/’Mats history with the Eagles Club/Rave building. But the part where I sold a bit of my soul to watch midget exploitation and burlesque to see said cover… that’s going to leave a mark. Or, as our friend Dave put it tonight, “I just know I’m gonna have nightmares.”

Well, this ought to be interesting

Saturday, November 15th, 2008 | Tunes! | 2 Comments

Got an email last week saying the Mighty Deerlick would be playing tonight. At the Rave. For a midget wrestling event.

Per the teaser at the Rave’s site:

Their midget mayhem is pure, unabashed, completely unPC entertainment. They offer drunk midget limbo, midget lap dances for the ladies, comedy, drinking games and of course an all out midget brawl. There is nothing these pint size powerhouses won’t do to defend their titles MATCHES INCLUDE STAPLE GUNS,THUMB TACKS,BROKEN BOTTLES,TRASH CANS, MIDGETS TAKE IT OUT OF THE RING AND JUMP OFF THE BARS!! ..MIDGETS BLEED WHAT LITTLE BLOOD THEY HAVE FOR YOUR ENJOYMENT!!

Or, as Jack Deerlick puts it:

The Mighty Deerlick will be the musical entertainment this Saturday night in the best-sounding room at the Rave – the basement – for Half Pint Brawlers Midget Wrestling, whose motto is “Our Midgets Will Kill You” or something like that. There will also be a burlesque show, apparently. I mean besides the one that Dave engages in virtually every Deerlick show. Come down for what will surely be one of the few nights wherein the Deerlick will be the most sedate and lackluster entertainment of the evening. Bloody midgets, half-naked women, and the Deerlick. You really need to be there. Mostly to defend us from the midgets, who we’re pretty sure are going to beat us up. Also, it’s going to be 3 sets, which is normally the number of sets the Deerlick plays in a year.

Sadly, the Rave says “no cameras” for this show. I’ll do what I can with my cameraphone, but I can’t guarantee I’ll have much luck.

Just priceless.

Friday, December 7th, 2007 | Tunes! | 2 Comments

Our tree-trimming party at work is going on right now. Someone put Christmas carols on the stereo. One of them is a version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”

No one seems to be able to figure out why I think that’s hilarious.

Naturally, I had to go dig up this post from Vidiot’s blog so I could sing along. Thank you, m@. That comment is the holiday gift that just keeps on giving.

My coworkers rock

Friday, December 7th, 2007 | Tunes! | No Comments

There’s a nice little write up in the Shepherd on 1956’s new disk. And they’re playing tonight at Stonefly, in case you’re so impressed by the review that you’d like to check out their new sound in person. Which you should. You’ll have a good time. (Fan as I am of the new-ish sound, I will kind of miss the old screamy stuff, just ‘coz it was such fun to watch Jason make some noise. He’s so damned quiet most of the time.)

Looking for something to do Friday night?

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007 | Life in Czeltistan, Tunes! | 3 Comments

If you’re in the Milwaukee area, here are two excellent options:

1) WMSE’s Food Slam at the Eisner. You get to spend an evening browsing the museum, nibbling on all manner of tasty food and supporting everyone’s favorite local radio station. What’s not to love?

2) And after the Slam, check out the show at Points East. It’s an evening with my coworkers’ bands (Well, 2/3 of the bands, anyhow. But really, they’re my two favorite bands from our studio. I digress): Knit Delicate and 1956. Somebody Talked will finish out the show. Kickoff is at 10.

She’s Sick Y’all (though you’d never know it)

Wednesday, September 5th, 2007 | Tunes! | 3 Comments

Nice piece by Laurie Lindeen in today’s Morning News about her MS. I’m glad to hear she’s still doing well. It seems to me that, if in fact rock’n'roll helped keep the MS at bay, a fine bulwark against the disease would be a couple Zuzu’s Petals reunion shows…especially one in Milwaukee. (I’ll even settle for Madison.)

Welcome home, Wizard of Waukesha

Thursday, May 10th, 2007 | Tunes!, You Call This News? | 2 Comments

Les Paul is back in town this weekend. He visited the Downer Theatre yesterday for the premier of his biography (which will air on PBS on July 11). He’s doing a benefit concert tonight out on the west side for the Les Paul Experience at the Waukesha Co. Historical Society. $300 a ticket, and it’s long-since sold out. That’s no small feat in this town.

Wish I could have gotten in on some of the Les Paul fun while he was in town, but it just wasn’t meant to be. Still, it’s fantastic that he gets such an awesome “welcome home” when he comes to visit. Wish he’d come back more often.

Last-minute Deerlick show

Sunday, April 8th, 2007 | Tunes! | No Comments

I’ve been instructed to spread the word, so spread the word I will:

Yo-The Deerlick that is mighty is playing fo free at Frank’s Power Plant in Bayview.This friday.Deerlick hits the “stage” at exactly 11pm.

Yay! And per drummer John, it’s a free show.

*Squeals with delight*

Thursday, March 29th, 2007 | Tunes! | 1 Comment

Jeff Norman has just made himself my hero this week by posting this fine, fine blog entry on Wobble Test. I sure do miss that band (and thanks to the so-called “4 dead dogs” tape, will never, ever forget their dogs’ names. Someday, as I’m in the nursing home, drooling on myself and trying to remember my name, I will still be able to recall Trixie, Nicky, Bambi and Bo).

There are so many recordings I wish I had from those days. Wish I had more photos, too. Ah, well.

Oh, happiness

Sunday, March 4th, 2007 | Tunes! | 3 Comments

I had to do a double-take when I read the ad, but it turns out I read it right the first time: Jon Dee Graham is coming to town. I didn’t think I was gonna get a chance to see him again unless I went back down to Austin. He puts on a fantastic live show. We managed to catch him twice when I was down at SXSW some years back. Worth every minute in line to see those shows. Extra bonus: They’re playing with The Silos. Haven’t seen them since I worked at Shank Hall (so it’s been… well… ages. 15 years, maybe).

Waiting for the weekend

Friday, March 2nd, 2007 | Life in Czeltistan, Tunes! | 1 Comment

Sorry to stick cheesy songs in your head, but that seems to be the order of the day here in Czeltistan.

Following tonight’s hockey game: REO Speedwagon.

Yes, honestly.

I really, really hated them in the ’80s, but somehow am looking forward to them playing tonight. Mostly for humor value, I suspect. And once they’ve poisoned my brain with their music, it’ll be time to go catch co-worker Jason and his band. So my night will go from über-cheesy to ultra-crunchy in only a matter of minutes. Fantastic.

Thanks. Now I feel really old

Tuesday, January 16th, 2007 | Tunes! | 11 Comments

So I’m watchin’ some TV. Commercials come on. I’m not really paying attention until I hear the familiar sounds of the Buzzcocks‘ “Everybody’s Happy Nowadays.”

I’m slightly irritated. Thou shalt not use Buzzcocks, Husker Du or The Replacements in commercials. (At least that’s gonna be the rule when I’m in charge. There will be a one strike and you’re out policy.)

But then I see people jumping around in gorilla suits. Hmm. Maybe this will be ok.

No. No, it’s not ok. It’s a commercial for AARP.

Punk = Retirement benefits? Depressing.

Best. Rider. Ever.

Thursday, October 5th, 2006 | Tunes! | 2 Comments

The Smoking Gun’s got Iggy Pop’s concert rider. It’s brilliant, even if it is chock full o’ typos.

The ‘Mats are back… sort of

Friday, March 31st, 2006 | Tunes! | 1 Comment

Replacements reunite for 2 new songs

Fantastic news! Well, except for the part where they didn’t bother asking Slim to play. Still, I can’t wait to hear the new tunes.

The Last Record Shop

Monday, March 27th, 2006 | Tunes! | 1 Comment

A couple of Austin, TX music collectors bought up an old Ohio record store. The cool part: The store closed in 1970 and has been sitting untouched since then. Musical time capsule, anyone? The collectors at the next few Austin record shows are going to go nuts.

Make sure you check out the photos. Man, what I wouldn’t give for some of the point-of-purchase displays — especially that Capitol Records sign.


Goodbye, Rock Queen. We’ll miss you.

Wednesday, March 1st, 2006 | Life in Czeltistan, Tunes! | 23 Comments

If any of you are familiar with the Milwaukee music scene of the last 15 years, you’ve probably run across one of Janeen Martin’s bands at some point — Miss Trixie or Mudflap or Skyline or any of her many Spoofest appearances. She was a fixture of the scene and had one of the loveliest voices I’ve heard.

Janeen passed away this afternoon. Cancer. It’s something that also took her parents and her sister. She was 39 years old.

It all happened fairly quickly, but a few of us scrambled to put together a book for her before she died. It contained photos and letters to her from friends letting her know how she touched our lives. This is an excerpt from my letter to her:

I can’t think of a single time I saw you when it didn’t seem like you were having the time of your life. I have never met anyone so positive and full of energy and joy. You just radiate it and draw in anyone near you, whether you’re telling a joke, sharing a story with friends or entertaining a room full of people with your wonderful music. I think of you and I instantly picture you smiling and laughing. This world is a far, far better place for having you in it. Thank you for letting so many of us be a part of your life.

Lovely, lovely music comes to my aid and I viddy right at once what to do

Friday, January 27th, 2006 | Tunes! | No Comments

Fantastic Low show last night. First stop on the tour (per Alan Sparhawk, “So you guys got screwed.”), so therefore the first show in quite awhile, but they sounded like they’d never took a break. Someone in the audience asked Alan how he was feeling (geez — first night out and someone’s gotta bring up the crazy). His reply was “The bass feels ok on this side of the room, if you know what I mean.” Uh, no, we don’t, but as long as the band’s playing out, we’ll take that as a good sign.

And speaking of playing out, if you’re in the Milwaukee area this weekend, don’t forget about the Blue in the Face/Yell Leaders/John Sieger show at Shank Hall. It’s not to be missed. Lots of good press on the show today from, Shepherd Express (second item down) and the Journal Sentinel. If you’re going, get there early. Capacity is being pretty strictly enforced by the city these days and it’s a cinch the 300 people needed to fill the club will show up. Doors at 7, show starts at 8. Leave the cigarettes at home, but bring your cameras.

Radio Czeltistan

Monday, January 9th, 2006 | Tunes! | 2 Comments

Mike from Blue in the Face sent me a previously-unreleased tune of theirs — which can now be found on the CD they’ll release at the show on the 28th — and permission to share it with y’all. Enjoy.

I Don’t Even Come Close

Do me a little favor and just download it the first time. Multiple visits will eat through my poor bandwidth right quick. Thanks. You rock.

Blue For Face!

Friday, January 6th, 2006 | Life in Czeltistan, Tunes! | 2 Comments

Thanks to Johnny Mack for the heads up that I’m — once again — in the MKE Blog of the Week poll. Maybe this time I won’t lose out to a chicken wing rating site (but will, instead, lose out to a proper blogger. hee hee).

So welcome to those of you who stumbled over from MKE. Feel free to have a look around. Kick the tires a little. And please do check out the folks whose fine blogs are listed over on the right. There’s some good stuff to be found there.

And as long as there are more locals than usual visiting, this seems as good a time as any to mention that there’s wonderful music news these days: For those of you who haven’t heard yet, Blue in the Face and The Yell Leaders will be doing a reunion show at Shank Hall on the 28th of this month with John Sieger opening. Extra bonus: A 10-track CD of some of Blue in the Face’s unreleased (or released on vinyl) material will be available at the show. Extra extra bonus for those of us with allergies: It’s a smoke-free show. (This makes me very happy at the moment, as I’m nursing a sinus headache courtesy of the smokers sitting next to us at the pub last night.)

To say I’m excited about this show is a bit of an understatement. I’ve pretty much been doing a little happy dance and counting the days ’til the show since I found out. I saw BITF about 100 times during their 4-year run. (Not an exaggeration. I used to know the exact count, but I’ve forgotten it and I’m too lazy to go dig out the mailers they used to send out so I can figure it out again.) I cannot wait to see them play again. If you’re around on the 28th and looking for something fun to do, swing by Shank and check ‘em out. You can’t beat the evening’s lineup in terms of catchy, entertaining music. And for those of us who frequented the bands’ shows the first time around, it’ll be great to see everyone again. Lots of catching up to do. Can’t hardly wait.