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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

 
Obamanomics

"90% of the jobs will be in the private sector"

"Raising taxes for those making over 250k... helping small business"

Two unbelievably contradictory statements. If he wasn't such a rock star of a President that precession would have had their way with him... it seems at this point he can do no wrong.

I have to admit - for such a... lefty sorta speech I was pretty engaged all the way up to the point when he made it more of a pep rally. Most people in America, unfortunately for President Obama, have no interest, no knowledge, no desire to be engaged in, or any interest in helping the current financial crisis - they just want it fixed. And hence - are part of the problem.

The people he will be depending on most - that top 2% - actually undertstand the crisis, pay their bills, create jobs, already pay close to 70% in tax and will now be f'd again because homeowners didn't own a calculator and of course everyone needs 20 inch rims and a shopping spree to Banana Republic.

I hope it works.

It won't.

Good luck America.



Tuesday, February 24, 2009

 
Ninaday Afternoon



Make love to it. Buy the records on Vinyl for no other reason then you should use it to make love to. And then... you know...








Monday, February 23, 2009

 
Buy Me: New Benjy Ferree

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001NJY5B2/?&tag=savagebeast-20

CD Release Friday -

Feb 28 2009 9:00P
Black Cat (Record Release!) Washington, DC

Yeah it's about time.

 
Our House



Thank you Erin for everything. For making me a better man and for having me start my life with the greatest of expectations. I love you.

For those who haven't seen it here is a link to it's own little website. We close at the end of March. We have 5 bedrooms so we'll be expecting guests. lol - but we can't be too loud - because you know... it's Guildford.



Thursday, February 19, 2009

 
Eastbound and Down



Holy God. I laughed so hard I woke poor Erin up and then made her watch this morning as we got ready to go to work.




More for you - I may not do any work today.



Monday, February 16, 2009

 
Travis: And an Empty Mansion

If you are going to be at work when no one else is - you may as well play music really loud throughout a 200 year old mansion -- and dance... of course... dance....I love working here when no one else is here - you really feel like you are in a dream - you can run up the carpeted stairs with music blaring and high five the dozens of chandeliers while dancing on top of an antique desk(hoping it doesn't break)...

Big Chair - is a tapper



Some sample from recent Travis songs --

Selfish Jean - is a dancer





My Eyes - is a song for your new baby - but - you know for any occasion - just good



Hope you suckas is be enjoying yo day off -



Friday, February 13, 2009

 
Saleem and Caleb and Baltimore

I'm pretty sure this is awful but it's interesting - -

http://www.myspace.com/calebandsaleem

The song Baltimore is especially...weak. I don't know... I feel like when people talk about Baltimore they seem to think that it's much harder than they think it is. Most of the people that write and perform these songs of hardship or "Baltimorean" songs, live in the most easy-going neighborhoods available and more than likely grew up in the county. It's all a giant contrast.

The things I don't like about art - especially Baltimore art - all resonate from Baltimore itself. It's as though the impoverished ideas that surrounds the city and the fake oppressiveness that it's inhabitants seem to claim by living in one of it's semi-refined Burroughs are reason enough for the art. In my opinion it isn't.

But that's the entire point. The people writing the songs and making the art... they don't have a story. There is some young talent still sucking on the tit of love, possible poverty, and some rehashing of an old genre like Reggae or Alt-county but there isn't a story, there isn't an adventure... there's just this vapid stale body breathing out and slopping on canvas these tales about what they think might be...if I had to define it - I would call it impotent expressionless weak willed art.

Maybe I'm being harsh. If you have the back bone to put something out there... anything... you are already twice the person I am... but that doesn't mean I can't call you out on your motives or your lack there of. I can scream fraud -

The artist's greatest accomplishment should be his or her own discovery of life followed by the telling of it in some form or another. Great art is created by great experiences. (Unless you are Emily Dickinson or WCW... in which case you are just a freak.)

There is some talent in the area don't get me wrong - but the people that excel at taking art to another level (Dove, Deacon, Wye Oak...etc...) somehow separate themselves from the bloated mystery and muse that is Baltimore. Why dangle the facade of this city is that though it sparkles on the water for which to catch some metaphorical fish.

I have my own love with this city. I have loved it my entire life. But...It has faded the longer I have stayed here. The churn and burn of neighborhoods, businesses, and policy makes the average Baltimorean feel ignored and sans tribe. This feeling is pretty recent since I have gotten older - but it's been sticking to me more and more. Nothing really seems new any more.

 
18 year old jogs

Ratcheted up in night
Your sweat
Mixed lightly with a Kerosene smell.
February with lungs full of air
Wanting to improve
Falling to an idea
Stripped to the bare bone
With nothing but the pink meat
that hangs off of disregarded Thanksgiving meals
Tainted plates
Tainted walls
There was nothing I wasn't running for
The breath of tomorrow
Always one step ahead of me.
Lungs taking in the old.
Eyes watering with each step
Had to finish.
Had to win.



Monday, February 09, 2009

 
The Grammy Goes to...

...who the fuck cares?

You know you are old when you have to ask people who the people are that are performing at the Grammy awards.

Watching Kid Rock perform a song that sounded like poetry written on a bar napkin and then ripping off a Warren Zevon rift only to give homage to some guy somewhere that died and not Zevon himself was like... peeing on an American flag. It was just gross. America itself in it's art is just absurdly sad.

Those 2 15 year old girls and our child worshipping society made me even sicker. The entire show was a sick show of how far our culture has tumbled since the peak of affluency and art in the early 20th centruy to the slow descent of sadness knowing that Coldplay wins awards and Kid Rock performs 3 songs right after two 15 year old girls sing songs about love in middle school.

Just one more notch in the belt.



Wednesday, February 04, 2009

 
Shows etc Coming Up
Wed - Feb 4 - Black Keys - Rams Head
Thurs - Feb 12 - Ben Folds - Rams Head
Thursday Feb 5 - Lucero - Ottobar
Thursday Feb 5 - Vows (old WZT Hearts) - Talking Head
march 27, 28 - Moe - Rams Head
Sunday - Feb 8 - Cat Power - 930
May 11 - Animal Collective - 930
March 27 - ASOBI SEKSU - Ottobar
March 11 - Beach House - Coub Stage - Sonar

The early spring jams are just around the corner - hopefully I'll get out and do something with my life this year.



Tuesday, February 03, 2009

 
Brilliant man... brilliant





Favorites List
Pandora Song List
Amazon Wish List
Reading
Revolutionary Wealth - Tofflers
Brian Jones

Things Making Me Smile
The City
Newness
Listening - [out of 5]
Benjy Ferree - 4.8
The Thermals 3.1
David Gray 3.8

Quote(S)
Like the guy with the beard? YES - like the guy with the beers. What? Yep

Bands That I Check Schedules For
Badly Drawn Boy
Belle and Sebastian
Benjy Ferree
The Black Keys
Deerhoof
Drive By Truckers
The Eels
Enon
Kimya Dawson
Mark Hopkins Band
Oasis
Iron and Wine
Mates of State
Ted Leo
Travis
Two if By Sea
Ween

Places I Rock in the Flesh
9:30 Club
Black Cat
Electric Factory
Fletcher's
8x10
The Knitting Factory
The Otto Bar
Recher Theatre
Sonar

Places I Eat/Drink in the Flesh
Aldo's
Bishop's Collar
Boccacio's
Cross Street Market
Hull Street
Joun Gak
Mick O'Shea's
No Way Jose
Porter's
The Irish Pub
Turner's
The Waterfront Hotel

My Greatest Hits (that's so lame)

The time I almost killed a child
July 4th in Korea
Excerpts from Demian
Why I screen phone calls
Bret's Death Metal Report
A conversation at a cocktail party
A conversation at breakfast
So you think you are a Baltimorian
A conversation about a girl singer
Observations from a bar
Observations of strippers
Tech Language
Why I love Oasis
I would go to war
"You Son of a Bitch" An Open Letter to Tom Friend
Dance to Your Ocean
Dream Ranch
When men become pussies
Jason Whitlock is a racist propaganda promoter
Pitchfork takes music snobbery to new level
The Cosmic Clash of the Red Sox and Cubs
The Hatred that is Runts Candy
Starting corporate line-up
Google Bio
Do you know me? List 1 / List 2 / List 3
The Night I Burned Philly Down
So You Want to be a Booze Hound
She Said it was Free
Funniest Corporate Story Ever
Striped Shirts and the Fucks that Wear Them
Death Peddle
NEW!!!
Pieces of Morning
Oasis Album Revew
The Art of Tipping
Starting Fires With Grass Stains
Bret's Federal Hill Food Review
Sexcapades and your Picture on the Internet
Stupid Secrets
Stupid Secrets the Return


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