Wednesday, May 31, 2006


Spamalot was delightful. Even Photogal, who is no fan of Monty Python, thoroughly enjoyed herself. I thought they did a nice job of keeping the Python spirit going while still being able to create something the masses can enjoy. I was a teensy bit annoyed when fokks would applaud at the mere sight of a character before a bit had even started (i.e. the taunting Frenchmen) but I suppose that is to be expected. The only downside is that now I am really kicking myself for not having seen the show earlier with the original cast when it was in Chicago for its test run a few years ago!

P.S. Even the playbill was funny. Dik Od Triaanenen Fol indeed!


Hip to be square?

In a hurry, as long weekends into a four-day work week have a tendency of totally screwing up one's schedule, so I would like to direct you to this particularly interesting article on sober scenesters. I got the tip-off about this via Tommie Sunshine's involvement in the piece and it certainly is an interesting read.

As long-time readers of mine know, I have swung from one end of the debauched spectrum clear into clean-and-sober land and then back again. Personally, at this point in my life, I like to live in a land somewhere in-between mostly being a responsible joe who occasionally turns into a rock and/or roller fueled by whiskey and beer. That's me though. And that's right now. Maybe tomorrow I'll never want to touch another drop, never smoke another cigarette and grow my own vegetables. Who can ever know for sure?

Folks that can maintain a clean lifestyle interest me since I honestly do have a hard time having bunches of fun at shows and parties when I'm stone-cold sober. I can still enjoy stuff like that, but there seems to be a certain "oomph" that's missing for me. I don't know if it's some sort of deficiency I have (probably) or what, but I can at least acknowledge that is how I feel.

Anyway, this isn't about me. Read the article and see that sometimes the really cool kids really do the most unexpected things.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

My hero!

I want to meet the man who'll beat up a gator to save his puppy!
Let's slip into something more, um, comfortable.

It's Tuesday, but it feels like Monday, so I'm going to let a tune do all the work for me this morning. I love early Buzzcocks and, surprsingly, I like the neo-lounge of Nouvelle Vague. This cover of "Ever Fallen In Love" isn't quite as delightful of their re-working of "Bela Lugosi's Dead" but since that song has already made the rounds I reckon I should share something new. Enjoy.

Download Nouvelle Vague's take on Buzzcock's "Ever Fallen In Love."

Monday, May 29, 2006


Monday. Holiday. Sweat sweat sweating. Last night is mostly a (pleasurable) blur of bands exceding my expectations and a crowd that was rabidly receptive. I couldn't have asked for a better evening. And Photogal was pleased to see me actually cross our threshold pre-2am, although she was less than pleased to see me attempt to cook at that hour.

Remember, Tankboy, the rule is no stove or oven operation post-sundown.

Today is a blank slate. It's the only day in the past seven (or following seven) Photogal and I have no plans. BBQ anyone?

Photogal won the Spamalot tickets last Thursday. We see it tomorrow. My inner nerd is totally psyched. Monty Python and X-Men in the same week? Maybe it's time to toss Blade Runner into the ol' vid player...or maybe a couple eps of Buffy?

No. Brazil. That's it!

P.P.S. Yes, that picture features my pal Little Jim in a Battle Royale short. Yet another early morning hat-tip tp my inner nerd.

Friday, May 26, 2006

X-Men 3.

Ruled the school.

I was forced to take a vacation day from work, though I can think of mych better ways to spend a vacation day other than waiting for a tow-truck. Anyway, by the time I finally got my car to a garage I decided the only way to avenge my sacrifice was by going to see the new X-Men flick.

It totally pleased the comic fanboy in me. And stick around through to the end of the credits. I'll write more on it later but I reckon I don't want to ruin anything for people that haven't seen it yet.
What to do this Sunday:

Tankboy presents:
Sunday May 28 at Subterranean

The Textbook Committee (Guided By Voices tribute)
Farewell Captain (ex-Light FM)
The Venom Lords
LIVEAGE! (Descendents tribute)

Doors: 8:30pm
Show: 9:00pm
$7 admission


Plus, bonus content before the the weekend.

This site is a hoot. I especially enjoyed their Twelve Steps To Blog Addiction Recovery (BAR).

Thursday, May 25, 2006


Seriously, this picture says it all.

Photogal and I are DJing at Liar’s Club tonight and we would love it if you would join us. We start EARLY, at 8pm, because Time Out Chicago is hosting an event where they’ll be taste-testing Holy Grail Ale and giving away tickets to Monty Python's Spamalot. Awesome, huh? Full deets are:

Thursday May 25
Liar’s Club

DJ Tankboy
DJ Cowbell

Beer, bourbon and mayhem.
We promise.

8pm until 2am

Get yer drink on and kick off the loooong weekend a day early.


Five albums I just CAN NOT stop playing!

The Oohlas - Best Stop Pop:
Whoa, the '90s are back almost before we realized they were gone. Actually, this is the kind of music you would expect from bands that grew up on The Darling Buds and Magnapop and stuff like that. My only question is what am I going to have to do to get them to play here in Chicago?!

The Futureheads - News & Tributes:
I lurved the debut and while this one isn't quite knocking my block off the way they hit me the first time, it is doing a fair to excellent job of turning me on. The songs are (barely) longer, but they are by no means bloated. These lads are still the one-stop shop for when I want to get my XTC kink pogo party on.

Spank Rock - YoYoYoYoYo:
What is this? Rock? Rap? Borderline occasional glitch? NYC scenesters caught in an Indian wrestling match with some foul-mouthed sex-crazed MCs? Who the fuck cares? It's awesome fun!

The Riverboat Gamblers - To The Confusion Of Our Enemies:
I expect a backlash of "the new disc is too polished, I liked 'em better when they were punk as fuck" but to the negative nellies may I extend a big fat middle finger? The tunes are still a bundle of hyper-spazzed nerves, the only real difference is the singer is trying to sing instead of merely punctuating verses with yelps and howls.¹ The debut kicked ass, but this one takes names.

The Ark - State Of The Ark:
Why? They satisfy my penchant for all things Bowie with their affected glam circa Shudder To Think's digging of the Velvet Goldmine.

¹Yes, that worked for David Yow, but believe me when I say Yow was one in a trillion.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Pandora's box.

So, what with Pandora being selected as one of the best music sites on the web, I reckoned it was time to see if it could surprise this old music snob and provide me with any delightful selections based on tunes or artists I already knew I liked. I decided to start it off easy with an older tune that was sure to have lots of cross-referenced matching-type stuff going for it. Plus, it’s got a good beat and you can dance to it. So...

What A Fool Believes by: The Doobie Brothers

Thank You For Being A Friend by: Andrew Gold - Yes!
Coming Home by: Bryan Adams - What the - ?
Walking On Broken Glass by: Annie Lennox - Oh no, it just keeps getting worse.
No Time For Talk by: Christopher Cross - Kill me now!
Heart Hotels by: Dan Fogelberg - NOOOOoooOOOOO!
Missed Opportunity by: Hall & Oates - Better, though I can't believe it took five songs to make the Yacht Rock connection!
See The Lights by: Simple Minds - Okay, I'm shutting this down NOW.

Hmmm…that didn’t go so well. Let’s try for something a little more easily categorized as straight-ahead pop.

Chewing Gum by: Annie

My Best Friend by: Annie - Well, duh.
In A Vacuum by: Amy X Neuburg - Hmm...sounds like watered down Madonna and that's not doing it for me.
Twist by: Goldfrapp - Now that's more like it.
As I Lay Me Down by: Sophie B. Hawkins - I could grimace, but this selection actually brought a smile to my face. I guess context really does count for something. Oh wait, I'm a DJ, I knew that already! Can Wilson Phillips be far behind?
Radio Romance by: Tiffany - Up until the synths, this could have almost been a DFA 1979 song. After the synths, um, forward.
Boy Toy by: Gentlemen Of Leisure - Honestly, I've never heard this song. And in the context of an "Annie" station I'm actually digging it. It reminds me of a more languid Pet Shop Boys.

David Bowie

Sound And Vision by: David Bowie - Excellent first choice.
Ships In The Night by: Be Bop Deluxe - Okay, cool. Kind of "Cars Lite."
Another Nail For My Heart by: Squeeze - You can't really go wrong with Squeeze.
Time Will Crawl by: David Bowie - Okay, we already established I like Bowie, right?
Hot In The City by: Billy Idol - The man's abs are timeless...this song is not.
Don't Fight It by: Tom Cochrane & Red Rider - Call me a music snob, but this is the sort of thing I would dismiss immediately. And that's why being a snob is a losing proposition. Because this song is a rather delightful slice o' pop.
History Never Repeats by: Split Enz - Okay, obviously Pandora has Bowie pegged in the '80s. To be fair I tried his name Monday and Pandora picked a Tin Machine song and then thrust me in the middle of the grunge with someone as slippery as Bowie I suppose it's best to go in with a particular type of song.
Win by: David Bowie - Isn't this supposed to be directing me towards Bowie-ish songs? Not Bowie songs"
Beast Of Burden by: The Rolling Stones - I guess sleeping with Bowie gets you into the rotation, huh?

Well, that was sort of a dud as far as opening me up to new tunes, though I did dig that Tom Cochrane & Red Rider song, but it did provide me with enough pseudo-Bowie sounding stuff to keep me happy.

Okay, one more.

Pretty Fucked Up by: The Supersuckers

The Revisionist by: The Lawrence Arms - I didn't get this selection until the guitars kicked in. Then I totally got it. Not gut-busting...but it is catchy as hell.
Granola-Head by: The Queers - Hee hee. Haven’t heard this one before. Pretty funny.
I Wish Somebody Would Build A Bridge (So I Can Get Over Myself) by: Thirsty Merc - This totally apes the guitar intro, explodey chorus thingie so I'm digging it.
Promise by: Matchbook Romance - Ack! What is this?! No bueno!
Overheated by: Lawrence Arms - A little slicker than the earlier Lawrence Arms track, not as good...but still not too bad. A little generic perhaps.
California by: Hawk Nelson - So I'm becoming afraid...Pandora is veering further and further into Mall-rock territory. Not cool.
Sea Ghost by: The Unicorns - Whew, talk about coming back from the precipice!
Sloop John B by: Me First And The Gimme Gimmes - Ugh, this is funny, and a guilty pleasure indeed...but we're back to the Mall-punk.
Bad Scene, Everyone's Fault by: Jawbreaker - okay I'm ending here on an up note.

Okay, overall I get Pandora’s vibe, but she’s not really doing it for me. Also I would shudder to think some fresh-faced new music lover would use this for reliable recommendations of artists similar to their faves.

I think I’ll stick with reading about music, talking about music, trading mix CDs with friends and checking out DJs…it’s not quite time for HAL to guide my taste. But I think it will be soon. We’ll see...

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

When auld acquaintance be revisited.

I will be in San Diego June 23 until June 25.

I have never, believe it or not, been on the East¹ West Coast. Wild, but true! I’m heading out there to attend a conference and stuff my brain full of information for the jobby-job. It should be really informative and I think it will be great to interact with the other folks attending the conference.

Another reason I’m excited is that I have some old old old friends who live in San Diego. One of them drew the picture this picture.

His name is Tim Bradstreet. He used me as a model for that cute little Frankenstein’s monster you see me portraying. Personally I had always hoped he’d use me as a sexy vampire, but once I found out they were coming out with an action figure based on my little Frankenstein guy I felt a lot better. I mean, how often do you get an action figure made to look like you?! Awesome.

Tim’s wife is Missy Bradstreet and I’ve known her even longer than I’ve known Tim. I DJed their wedding and have only seen them a handful of times since then so I’m hoping they can carve a little time out of their busy newly parenting schedule so I get a chance to catch up a little.

My friend Jimmy lives there too. He’s a handful of trouble but I’m hoping to see him as well. Assuming of course that he doesn’t try to convince he’s dying from some tumor or some rare cancer he has self-diagnosed.

My old roommate Leslie lives there as well and so far she’s the only one I’ve heard back from so I know I’ll see her. It’ll be lots of fun to catch up since I think a lot has gone on in each of our lives since we last lived together.

So that brings me to this: Does anyone who reads this live out that way? Any suggestion on what I should try and do while I’m there? I mean, I will have a very limited amount of free time (primarily Friday and Saturday evenings) but any advice would be welcome. Even something as simple as how to get around town, given the chance, would be cool.


Riffing on a familiar theme.

Tonight Rudy and I will be spinning at The Pontiac. This is not new. We will be joined by guest DJs from Farewell Captain (Mark Ruggiero) and The Venom Lords (Gina Knapik) as they share their exquisite tastes with us. This is new! Both folks are playing a big Tankboy Memorial Day show this Sunday so drop on by to say hi to them and pledge your attendance in advance.

¹Thanks to everyone who reminded me San Diego is on the West Coast, not the East. I look doubly stupid since I (as my little brother pointed out) used to live on the East Coast!

Monday, May 22, 2006

Marvel at this...

My eyes almost popped right out of my head (and other cliches) whilst reading this treatise on emo in yesterday's Trib that paints the paper as being hopelessly out of touch. Quick, hide the's emo!

Friday, May 19, 2006

Loverboy (as in EWFTW!)

Ah, it is Friday Friday Friday. Photogal is leaving town for the weekend, which leaves me with nothing to do but have tea parties with my teddy bears and maybe (hope hope hope!) I'll even get a little knitting done.

Aw, who am I kidding?

Last time Photogal was out off town I managed to lock myself out of the house for two hours, at 3in the AM, before I finally realized one of our windows was unlocked. The time before that was New Year's Eve and I have no idea how I got home; only that I woke up on my own couch with two dogs using me as a bed. The time before that...well, you get the idea. This will officially be a "Don't become a Whiskey-soaked Tankboy and make an ass of yourself, Tankboy" weekend. Sound good? Good.

I know I will be at innjoy (a.k.a. ye olde stomping grounds of yore¹) tonight to see DJs Yin and yang tear it up. It has been months since I've actually been to innjoy (come to think of it, Skid and Dave were DJing the last time I was there and Dave’s wife has had a baby since then so it has been a while) and I’m really looking forward to hear what these guys are going to pull out. usually I would go to Cobra if I had a Friday all free and clear to get all drunky-pants like I will tonight, but Rudy took the night off to see The Twilight Singers and, I'm sorry guys, but Cobra just ain't worth it for me if Rudy's not there. So innjoy it is.

Tomorrow is a bit of a mystery though. i have no idea what's going on and even less idea of what I'll be doing so feel free to hit me with suggestions, comments, bribes and offers of free booze in exchange for my scintillating company.

And finally, since I am still working on a mix o' wunnerful music to share with all of you, I will leave you with these two short documentaries upon which to waste a few minutes of (for you nine-to-fivers) the last day of the work-week. To everyone else, just waste a few minutes whenever.

So go see this:

Geeks and nerds? that doesn't sound like anything I want to be a part of. Ladies in sci-fi skimpy outfits? That sounds like EVERYTHING I want to be a part of! Ladies in skimpy outfits should be hanging out with me!

And then see this:

The Easter Bunny totally hates you. He looks nothing like I imagined.

And hopefully I will see you out this weekend so you can buy me a drink!

¹I know it's a redundant phrase but I'm employing for comedic effect. If you're reading this footnote the juxtaposition of "olde" and "yore" obviously failed to be viewed thusly.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

On kissing and life.

Here’s the thing: I am a really good kisser.

I think I can probably credit (and a number of folks can thank) my high school chum Lisa Arthur for this simple fact. And to be honest I had kind of forgotten about it until recently when Photogal and I were making out – we may be old but we can still get hot-n-heavy so cover your eyes, kids – and I realized what a superb kisser she is and how lucky I was to have found such a naturally gifter partner. When you get so much of a good thing, sometimes you forget just how unique it can be, no?

Now kissing is a funny thing. Anyone can do it and, to be honest, most folks do a fine job of it. It’s not until you meet a fabulous smoocher, or a slobbery awful smacker, that you really understand what a really good kiss is like.

So with that in mind, and looking back to how popular my dating tips were a while ago, I feel it’s time to impart my wisdom on this touchiest of subjects. If you listen to my words closely, you too can be a fabulous kisser.

Ready? Here it comes. The wisest words of wisdom you will hear (in the next two seconds.)

It’s not a sword fight.

Okay, there is more to it than that, but goddamned if that isn’t the first and most important lesson to knock through your noggin. It’s a lesson that actually can be expanded to encompass a whole raft of issues, actually. I mean, how much time to do waste railing away at situations trying to change shit that a) you can’t change and b) isn’t really all that bad in the first place. I was reminded of this, and my own fallibility, by something (it doesn’t matter what) the other day. Let’s just say someone was trying to mess with my mojo and I, being the over thinker that I am, spent lots of time erecting defenses against this individual that ended up being totally unnecessary. If I had taken a lesson from my own mouth and lets things develop naturally then I could have saved myself a lot of fretting and fuming.

Even now, sitting here and in full knowledge of how things actually worked out I can’t help but get worked up about the spent emotion I totally wasted. Hold on. I’ve got to cool down for a sec.

I’ll be right back, I’m going to try my own advice and go smooch Photogal and see if that helps at all.

Well, erm, it helped me but she sure seemed annoyed. I guess not everyone likes having a stubbbly face rubbing all over their face at some ungodly pre-sun hour of the morning. Maybe I should have stuck that stubbly chin elsewhere.

Oh my. Where was I? Oh yeah.

So, kissing as an allegory for level-headedness and tolerance; Is that where I was going? I think so.

Okay, I’ve spent a large number of years negotiating deals between many difficult parties. When I promote shows part of my job is to make things flow and act as a buffer (to a certain extent) between band/club/audience. Maybe my natural predilection for kissery is what has made me so suited to this sort of work. I mean, a good kiss is equal parts natural ability and gentle focus, right? How is that any different from booking a show? Or, for that matter, any other endeavor?

I’m struggling here, and this is not uncommon for me when I’m trying to state something that I imagine so clearly and simply. These concepts are often the most difficult to put down without coming off as cliché. Cliché has its place, but just because a generic phrase rings true that doesn’t actually make it so. And how much more generic can one get than A kiss is just a kiss or Go with the flow, right? But at the heart of it, isn’t that sort of what I’m just trying to say here?

But it’s not just that. My point about kissing isn’t just “let nature take over.” I think the mantra would more appropriately be “trust nature to take over.” There is a difference. So maybe it’s not as cliché as “go with the flow.” Maybe it’s as cliché as “trust in life (a higher power? karma? whatnot?) to get you through.”

Whatever. I totally failed to make the point I was aiming for. I’m going to quit jawing away and stick this chin where it might do some good.

Oh my, indeed.


Today’s photos were shamelessly stolen from here, here, here, here and here. I met this guy that took this picture Tuesday and he seems awfully swell. Check out some of his music.


PSA, or sorts.

My dear dear friend and DJ partner, Mister Rudy "Midnight Shows" Tuesday, is going on a month(-ish) long sabbatical to finally foment and cement his newest musical endeavor (read: band.) Look for guest DJs¹ to be at my side over the next few weeks as we count the seconds until his rebirth/return. Also, look for said new musical project chez Rudy to debut at The Pontiac on June 29. This evening also happens to be, quite coincidentally, the same night as my annual birthday celebration at said venue. I will be notching another major tick on the cellular clock at midnight that evening (read: at the stroke of June 30.)

Be sure to keep your calendars clear that evening.

¹Interested in spinning and think you have what it takes? E-mail me and let me know.
Fuck Jim and Pam.

I'm beginning to think Dwangela is where it's at.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

No, this is not a Photoblog.

Whatever the hell that is. You might think so considering the amount of images vs. words that have been popping up at this particular address lately. I mean I have friends who have sites that prominently feature their fine photography (and come to think of it, wouldn't it be nice if Photogal set up something like that?) and that is all fine and dandy, but it ain't me.

No, when you start seeing lots of pictures from me it a) probably means I'm just trying to archive them in a central spot or b) trying to share them with friends and/or various voyeuristic interested parties or (most likely, usually) c) I got up too late to really write anything worthwhile and I only had time to put up a few photos while waiting for my coffee to be ready.

So without further delay let's kick things off with a picture of Kip from Friday night.

And, since I really would like to keep this site somewhat in touch with current events, allow me to share this misguided piece of fancy that appeared on the AOL home page last week. Seriously, did you ever seriously consider either of these two to ever be singers? I didn't think so.

Now, I was about to post another baby picture from yet another friend, and I will sooner or later, but is it just me or are babies popping up like poppies all around me? Seriously. Oh wait, that's right...I'm old and most folks have already had kids by now. My friends are just beginning to fall in line. Does this mean I should start having unprotected sex?¹ Yah yah yaaaaah!

Okay. Spiraling out. So let's wrap this up with this. I think it speaks for itself. Or maybe it doesn't.² I'll just leave it at that. Ta.

¹I told you I wasn't in any shape to actually write first thing this morning, so sorry about that.
²Sorry it's out of focus. Chatman took it and I'm pretty sure he was plowed past the point of negotiating a camera's focus by this time.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Exploiting a friend's baby for fun and profit.*

I'll tell you what...


DJs Tankboy & Rudy Tuesday
are cuter than a baby's bottom
and twice as smooth.

Old school rock and/or roll attitude
mixed with only the finest selections
from yesterday, today and tomorrow.

TONIGHT, Tuesday May 16, 2006
Stunning musical selections from 9pm until 2am

$2.00 Point Beer
$2.50 PBR

Come see why nine out of ten Baby Evils
chose us as their preferred DJs.

The Pontiac
1531 N Damen
Chicago, IL

*If your friend's baby made a face that awesome, you'd want to capitalize on it as well. Thanks for letting me use your likeness JB (a.k.a. Baby Evil)!

Monday, May 15, 2006


Guess whose car broke down and decided to stop running, in the ghetto, on the way home from work last Friday? Guess who's going to attempt to limp to a mechanic in his car in about ten minutes, hoping against hope that it's the transmission since that's still under warranty. Guess who suspects that all of this is less than compelling for anyone other than himself so he's not exatcly sure why he's typing this in the first place?

Guess who hopes you notice the proper use of "whose" versus "who's" since, at the very least, if you have learned something new(-ish) you won't have completely wasted the last minute you spent reading this.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Ain't goin' out like that.

My mood has improved quite a bit based on this picture of pal Holly's cat:

Yet another thing grumping me out.

No direct spoiler, but any casual fan can figure out what I'm talking about here. So if you haven't seen the season finale of The Office, don't read any further.

I was not happy with the final scene in last night's ep of The Office. Anyone who has seen the British version prbably felt the same crushing "oh no, there the Yanks go, finally fucking it all up" that I did.

Did we learn nothing from Moonlighting?
Even worse mood.

Photogal just scored a ticket to Conan this afternoon. She offered it to me but I'm not selfish enough to accept it. That doesn't make me any less jealous though. I am happy for her, just bummed I don't have the same luck. This is the second time she's getting to see him. We know one of the writers and she got to attend a taping and hang out backstage when she was living in New York.

She had better have a really good time today!
In a mood.

  • I wrote a review of Liar's Club here in my attempt to heal the great hipster/yuppie rift of '06.

  • I wish I could say you could see me at this show tonight, but I'm afraid (at this point) I'm not going to make it. You should go since I can't.

  • That's it. Like I said, I'm in a mood.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Stealing art.

Because that's what I do when I'm too lazy/scatterbrained to actually write. I suppose it might be more accurate to title this "Picture day" but then someone would probably accuse me of ripping off the name from some band.

So let's go...but first let's put on our hard hats, just in case!

Here's Rob, can you guess what website he founded?

This is Shappy. He's a huge NERD. Betty the Beagle ate his wallet once and she wants him to know she's still sorry, but his license just was too tempting and too tasty to pass up.

I don't know where Erin found this, but it made me laugh. Out loud.

I know a certain on-line dating company has been getting a lot of flak for its ads of barely dressed women with provocative headlines. I’m not really going to comment on that since a) they’re obviously going after a certain, um, demographic and b) they’re just not sexy. I think this company (who I will not name since I don’t feel the need to shill for them, even tangentially) might have gotten wind of this and have adjusted their tactics since more and more of their ads are actually featuring clothed ladies san breathy come-ons.

All of that exposition allows me to make the following statement without appearing like a total Neanderthal: I think the girl in this picture is way cute and far sexier than the women thrusting and glistening in previous ads.¹

Speaking of women, Amy owns some pretty some cool boots, dontcha think?

Okay, we've wasted enough time today, so I'll at least try and leave you with some useful advice. Take it from this little guy...when in doubt just act like you know what you're doing!

Okay, one more thing. Here's an empeethree for you to enjoy. DeRo mentioned this tune as being mighty influential on a young Wayne Coyne and I can see why.

Settle in and download Bloodrock's D.O.A.

¹Damnit! That counts as (slightly) thought out content, doesn't it? Sorry, I honestly didn't think I had it in me this morning.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Can you hear that? It's a huge sigh of relief. And a lesson.

Remember when I was freaking out and totally thinking I might be partially losing my hearing. Well, I'm not. No more than the next guy/gal at least.

Apparently the true culprit was a frayed inner headphone wire connecting to the right earbud.


This does not get me off the hook though. I've still got to watch my ears and I'll be the first to admit that they really should be in worse shape after so many years of working in loud rock clubs, listening to bajillions of albums on a variety of headphones carrying the sound from an assortment of sources. Plus, add in this chilling recent discovery.

I was at my mom's a few weeks ago, checking in on her and enjoying some chocolate chip cookies, when during a moment of quiet she suddenly started going, "Deedle-deedle-deedle-deedle."

"What was that all about?" I asked.

"That’s the noise I hear." She said. "It's the tinnitus."


I discovered she's had tinnitus for years, but just never thought to tell me. She never thought to tell her number one son who has spent the majority of his years with his own precious little ears jammed up against speaker cabinets or spinning above thrumping subs. She never thought to share this info with the one son that was probably in the greatest danger of plunging himself (dumb-ass that he is) into some sort of hearing related disability.

After I thought about it I think I figured out why I was only just learning about her tinnitus. For starters I was probably rarely around when it started to creep in on her. By the time it had fully manifested itself, its constant presence had probably grown into such a background-type hum that it just seemed so ordinary that it didn't merit new attention.

Or maybe she just never told me because she assumed I wouldn't take it as a warning or learn anything from the revelation. I mean, my dad died from esophageal cancer yet I still smoke and drink (although I do take my stomach medicine to keep those pesky acids from doing the warm they did my dad) so one wouldn't think I would learn from another's example.

And she is/was probably right. I'm infamous for having to fuck things up by myself before I figure out the lesson contained within a given situation. There's a reason I have repeated this mantra from time immemorial:

It's easy to give good advice if you have a little perspective. It's really hard to follow good advice, though.

At one point I took a certain amount of pride out of such self-determination¹ but as the years fall behind me I'm beginning to see that I could have made portions of my path a lot easier if I had just listened and heeded instead of posturing and falling. The upswing is that I've never really had anyone to blame for my missteps other than myself.

The downside is, if I had followed other people's advice when it was wisely offered, I might have been able to avoid some of those missteps completely.²

¹Read: stubborn wind-bag
²Wow, I'll be the first to admit that this took quite a weird turn. At the start I was just going to say, "Yay, I'm not going deaf!" but I'm guessing subliminally there was a lot more going on than even I was aware of until fingers hit keys and just kept going and going and going even after I thought I was done with this morning's piece. I kind of like when that happens. It's almost like, there's this fence that I'm aware of and every once in a while I get a clearer peek at the foreign territory contained within its boundaries.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

The end-all be-all kick-all-ass-all.

Yeah, so if you are the super-observant type who checks the right side of this page obsessively (and why wouldn't you?) to peep out all the cool things I’ve got my fingers in then you can disregard this announcement. The rest of you pay attention.

Chicagoist has finally officially announced the details
of their two year anniversary party taking place Thursday June 8.

In short, it's a free show at The Pontiac with a live set by Suffrajett and DJ sets from (the most awesome) DJ Coco Le Roc (a.k.a. Jessica Hopper) and yours truly. I just hope I don't end up looking like a total schmoe since the other folks on the bill are so frickin' awesome. And since I’m book-ending the night I stand an even greater chance of just looking like an idiot but, hey, someone’s gotta do it, right?

Plus, from my viewpoint, this line-up keeps everyone happy from the rockers to the hipsters to the indie elite to the yuppies to the (insert idiotic stereotype cliché here) to the yadda yadda yadda.

Basically this night is going to fucking rule. Miss it at your peril.


Speaking of The Pontiac...

Yeah, you know it. Me and Rudy are there tonight spinning all the "hits" and with the weather being the way it is we recommend you get there early to grab a seat before the yuppies flock inside when the patio closes. You've been warned. Also, since we've finally broken the stage's cherry vis-à-vis some crazy boy on girl on girl on boy dancing action we officially state that anything can go from here on out.

But you knew that already.


Erm, uh, yeah.

It was there, on the tip of my tongue. Better yet, dancing just under the knuckles. It was trying to make its way onto the keyboard. It didn't make it though. I wish it had since I'm just as curious as you are when it comes to what my brain is going to spit out at this hour in the A.M. Every once in a while I look back and say, "Who wrote that?" And then I realize it was me. Sometimes when I read stuff I wrote a few years (or decades) ago I'm amazed at how much better honest interesting more fresh a writer I was. I try to crawl back into that younger head in hopes of seeing things with the same freshness/clarity until I realize (again) that things aren't really any different.

There're a few more layers but the guy underneath is basically the same.

I think this was going to segue into a thought about continuing education being better for the brain but then I started to worry about hermetic seals and double-thought my point. I'm not backing off that rough sketch of a thought but neither am I standing behind it completely until I'mable to refill the ol' inkwell and attack the problem with a fresh plume and a little more time.


Well, what the hell was that?

Y'know, I don't know either. So here, listen to this cool little ditty. Consider it a gift to make up for the above rambling. (But just the rambling part directly preceding this segment. The Chicagoist gig announcement and tonight's Pontiac sets need no apology. In fact,you should be thanking me for those tidbits!)


The Raconteurs
Steady As She Goes (Radio Slave Tommie Sunshine Remix)

Jeez do I love Tommie Sunshine. Hmmm...maybe I can get him to DJ at next year's Chicagoist soirée...

Monday, May 08, 2006

Photogal thinks this is the funniest Life Lesson.

Although she really like the gal with the merlot and drunken e-mail too...

Half-baked. (But not that way. Shit just puts me to sleep nowadays. Pity, huh?)

It's already beautiful outside and the sun hasn't even fully risen. The only snag thus far has been the realization that, unlike in our previous residence, the paperboy is always alittle tardy. And he seems even tardier on Mondays. Oh well, the fact we actually get our mail in a timely manner (for instance, The Economist actually shows up on the Saturday of publication instead of the following Thursday) makes up for having to wait to read The trib until I'm at the gym.

As you can see, I don't have much of note to say this morning. I do have a couple half-baked ideas but nothing I really want to slap down right this second.

I will tell you I had a chance to see an early screening of this movie Wah Wah, so expect something about that, maybe later today in-between dinner and 24. Maybe not until tomorrow. We'll see.

Speaking of 24, Photogal wants to play the 24 drinking game during the two-hour finale in a couple of weeks. Photogal, drinking on a Monday?! This could be far more interesting than watching how Jack escapes his ultimate predicament and ties up all those loose ends before finally hitting the head for a few moments of "alone time."

Friday, May 05, 2006

Late links before the weekend.

Look who got their picture in Chicagoist? (HINT: They are on the far left.)

I want this so badly I am drooling. No way can I afford it though.

This album blows, aside from the lead-off single. If you want to dance to the rock and/or roll redirect yr bucks and buy this or this instead.

That's it. Go have a lovely weekend now.

What a week!

I have been busy this week. Between work, shows, visiting friends and general interfamilial socializing I can pretty much say I'm officially wiped out. However, there is no relief in sight since this weekend is already planned out with graduation celebrations and wedding parties. No wonder content has been light around these parts in the last week!


I honestly didn't see this coming.

What 'Johnny The Homicidal Maniac' Character Are You?

You are Johhny himself- a homicidal maniac intent on purging the world of imbeciles. He just mostly likes to kill everyone.
Take this quiz!

I mean, I did find the comics funny way back when, but i really thought I was more balanced than that. Apparently not.


In an attempt not usher in the weekend with thoughts of a homicidal little boy we give you, instead, a picture of a darling little boy.


Thursday, May 04, 2006

Have I really been doing this for four years?

Well, actually ten, if you count the weekly "Tankboy" e-mails that this site replaced.


What would y'all do without me?



You missed it.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006


We just drove by our old house, since I was giving Photogal a ride to work, and we saw that they cut down almost all the trees we used to have. The yard looks like it was scalped.

Why would you do that?

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

A little help?

It's time to replace my 1998 3GB Compaq with something a little newer. Does anyone out there have suggestions for what I should look for (specs, etc.) in a new one? Or does anyone know of any good deals going on out there?

And to save this from turning into the usual debate, I'm going with a PC because I don't want to spend that much. It's seems as if you can get something pretty snappy for between $500 and $700 (or cheaper (!) nowadays, so that's my price range. I'm not a gamer, so super flashy image gear ain't a requirement. I've actually been looking at this computer, so what do you think? Good? Bad? You've seen better?


You ask ask ask, so when do you give?

I give tonight. At The Pontiac. I want to fulfill all of your needs. Yes, your needs. the deep ones, the dark ones, the forbidden ones...and all the other ones. I think I can do it. And if I can't, well then, that's why Rudy's there too! We compliment each other well, that way.

Seriously, though, tankPOD and diPOD were both training all last week by fattening up with tunes and then growing leaner and leaner as they winnow out the chamion beats and leodies through an internal Darwinian adventure. Each has stringently devoured, tasted, tested and weighed a large cross-section of music in the hopes that this evening each would be in a fighting form rarely seen. Think Ali versus Foreman and the intense lead-up to the Rumble In The Jungle.

(Okay, I just sat here for a solid five minutes trying to come up with a suitably satiric name to mirror the Rumble and I have to admit that either a) I'm just not up to it at this hour or b) Rumble In The Jungle is a way better name then I ever realized and on a scale of Marketer's wet dreams it's a bed soaker.)

Suffice to say we're all looking forward to seeing how this evening will turn out. Won't you join us to participate in the spectacle?


A piece of "new music" advice.

I've spoken about the new Pearl Jam and I do think that it is swell enough to deserve your consumer vote. However, if you're only going to buy one album this week, Wolfmother's full-length finally gets its domestic debut! This album made it onto my last year's "Best Of" list and it is still going strong. It's been picking up steam over the last few months via a combination of the bloggerati and a solid touring schedule, and for once this is hype that I believe is well deserved. If you're looking for a little a lot of rock in the Sabbath vein, only with way better tunes, this is the disc you should be plunking down your change for before the end of the day. Seriously. Buy it and you'll start seeing faeries and shit. It'll be awsome, I promise.

That's just my two cents.

Monday, May 01, 2006


At the risk of sounding like Garfield, I am not ready for this to be a Monday.

Oh yeah, anyone going to that big demonstration downtown today?