My Name Is Earl Quote #1

(Add / View Comments) (0)Thursday, June 29, 2006 - 10:42:21 pm
(Posted Under: TV)
The latest installment for my blog is a favorite Earl quote every week. To kick it off...

Some people might think getting so drunk you accidently marry a woman that is six months pregnant is a good reason to stop drinkin'. Personally, I think it's a good reason to keep drinkin'.
And while I'm limiting it to one a week, this one was too good and relatable not to mentiom also... [smile]

Karma - There it was. The secret of life, coming straight from Carson Daily's lips to my morphine laced ears.

Tonight Won't Let Me Wander

(Add / View Comments) (0)Thursday, June 22, 2006 - 08:47:13 pm
(Posted Under: Tempe Music Scene Tempe Music Scene, Music Music)
Recently, with my Tempe playlist virtually loaded and playing constantly, the Gas Giants are coming on a fair bit - on shuffle that is.

The interesting part is, given how I got over this album fairly quickly back in the day, how good they're sounding. Pretty cool somewhat writing on an album, and then rediscovering it.

Good thing I picked it up at Zia a couple of weeks ago.
Now Playing: Gas Giants - Tonight Won't Let Me Wander


(Add / View Comments) (0)Wednesday, June 21, 2006 - 11:03:48 pm
(Posted Under: TV)
Just saw an ad foy My Name Is Earl starting on 7 next week! Woo!

Small victories! [smile]
Now Playing: Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers - Never Thought (Demo)

What? Heat?

(Add / View Comments) (0)Monday, June 19, 2006 - 04:46:46 pm
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Today is the first warm day since I've been home, it was definately nice not walking up to an overcast day for a change! The warmer weather is also much better for my shoulder. I have definately noticed the dry Arizonian heat was good for it.

Despite that, I've popped a pain killer, after going pretty much cold turkey for the past few days. The bruising on my arm seems to be subsiding, and now I can dfinately feel that I've got a fractured shoulder - hence deciding to pop a pill. I'd gotten used to them, or so it seemed, but having on today I felt pretty quickly how they knock me on my ass! Must...not...fall...asleep. The upside is that the pain is disipating!

In other news, Angelina (Zubia Brothers) has just came on, which is the first time since Arizona - I can't sing it right, or help giggling - thanks Katie! [wink] Good times! [smile]
Now Playing: Gin Blossoms - Idiot Summer

Never Thought

(Add / View Comments) (0)Thursday, June 15, 2006 - 01:32:28 pm
(Posted Under: Tempe Music Scene Tempe Music Scene, Music Music)
On reading today that the acousic Never Thought was on the Peacemakers myspace page, it warrented a trip over there. From the reviews i'd read, it seemed like the only good thing on Four Unlike Before.

I expected it to be quite good, however was disappointed. While it could be worse, I expected more, and it could be better, given it's an official release. Makes th iTunes thing less disappointing.

Qantas Computer Bug

Back Just In Time

(Add / View Comments) (0)Wednesday, June 14, 2006 - 08:19:53 pm
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It would appear from the news, that I arrived home just in time. Today the computer responsible for air traffic control for Melbourne and Sydney died, grounding flights. Yikes, scary stuff! Especially given I got back yesterday.

I'm sure, with my shoulder I wouldn't, have appreciated any delays either.Phoenix to Melbourne in 27 hours was bad enough!

Open Mic @ Yucca Tap

(Add / View Comments) (0)Tuesday, June 6, 2006 - 03:30:00 pm (Monday, June 5, 2006 - 10:30:00 pm MST)
(Posted Under: Travel, Tempe Music Scene Tempe Music Scene, Music Music)
On leaving Sugar Daddies, we agreed to take a trip over to Yucca. Despite the fact that Scotty had told me that hye probably wouldn't be at open mic, it'd be pretty stupid on my last night not to make sure. And Katie had suggested that it'd be cool to have Troy sign my sling. Plus, we had to pick up the Truckers On Speed CD's. So we headed on over to Southern, and Katie did a lap of the car park (getting quite paranoid in the process, as she tends to do). When she didn't spot Scott's car, she was ready to just go home, but I convinced her that we should go in.

We parked and went in, I pulled up a seat in front of the stage, and Katie went up to the bar. Apparently as soon as Venus say Katie she said "I completely forgot about the CD's until you walked in!". Which was pretty hilarious! In anycase, we state there for a bit, and it wasn't long before Troy had appeared, and came up to talk to us. He immediately asked what happened to my arm. He said it sucked, and then immediately followed up with "is there anything to sign?". This was pretty damn cool, as I'd gotten fairly sold on the idea once Katie suggested it, and not even having to ask Troy was awesome! [smile] Katie pulled out her sharpie, and away he went!

Before too long, open mic fired back up. A girl took the stage, with a Ibenez guitar, which made me interested to see if it was going to be some hard rock. Alas not...at all. [smile] We sat there for a bit, and then decided to leave once we'd finished our drinks. We'd done what we came her to do. Without Johnson present, and the safe beat that Troy wasn't going to play, there was little reason to hang around. On any other night, sitting around at Yucca, even for open mic would be a fine, but tonight we couldn't drink, and the option of rest was at our finger tips, so it wasn't a hard decision to head on back to the apartment.

After leaving I expressed some regret on not tracking down Troy and saying bye, since I doubtably would see him before I leave.

On getting back to the apartment, we commented, as it approached midnight, how even an "early night" ends up pretty late. We noted how it actually wasn't that long until open mic at Sugar Daddies would be over and Steve would be back on, but it wasn't hard to know that I was good.

Steve Larson @ Sugar Daddies

(Add / View Comments) (0)Tuesday, June 6, 2006 - 02:00:00 pm (Monday, June 5, 2006 - 09:00:00 pm MST)
(Posted Under: Travel, Tempe Music Scene Tempe Music Scene, Music Music)
At around 9pm, we decided to make a move, and head out to Scottsdale to see Steve Larson open up open mic. Which was a major coop, aside from seeing Steve, getting to go out to Sugar Daddies, given how much I'd loved the place last year, and hadn't been there this time yet. We were both actually pretty tired, but we knew it'd be a fairly early night.

This time I think I got carded, which is a first for me at Sugar Daddies. Because it was such a nice night, Steve had decided to play outside - which I guess was another first for me. [smile] On looking for a seat, Katie ran into Marre, who talked to us for a bit. During a lull in a conversation, Katie told me to go grab one of the few free tables. Unlike most Larson shows I've seen, this had a good turn out, with a lot of familar Peacemakers faces. I think because this show was very advertised. Of course, out the front of Sugar Daddies was all high stools. Which is normally a pain for short asses like myself - through a fractured shoulder into the occassion, they're even less fun! Once I'd finally gotten myself onto it, Katie walked over and said Marie had invited us to sit with them. I was down with the idea, but quite frankly with the amount of effort it took to get on the damn stool, I was in no rush to get off it. Which I think I told Katie, with a laugh. But at the end of the day, despite the frustration of going through this again, I was down with the idea, and the seat I was in was really bad in terms of seeing Steve play, right in the back left corner. [smile] Ahh, the pain we'll endure for rock. [smile] So we went over and sat down, this time pretty much right in front of Lars. I first sat down with my back to the stage, and then swapped with Katie, because that was never going to work out with the injury. Which mean dealing with 3 different stools that night. If I never have to deal with a stool with a fractured shoulder ever again I'll be happy! [wink]

Before long Steve took the stage, saying that he'd decided it was a nice night for playing outside. Despite the huge annoyance in my condition getting seated, he was right. The set was a fairly typical Larson set. A definate stand out was the rendition of The Cure's Just Like Heaven. I love whenever Steve does this, but tonight he gave it a real twang, bending the bass G notes between chords. It was such a great version, I wish there was a recording of it.

A guy was walking around with a Pope t-shirt, who went up for an impromtu dance during Cocaine Blues (which was entertaining for everyone including Steve), which was funny given the earlier newly joined phrase. [smile]

When introing $1000 Car Steve mentioned that he was trying to score the opening spot for an upcoming Bottle Rockets show. (Ed: He ended up landing it).

Throughout the set, I felt my eyes glazing somewhat, and my head starting to hurt - which was weird, given that despite being at a bar, I was only drinking Coke because of the pain killers. Later on, I adjusted my hat - which turned out to be the course of the pain. Talk about wishing I'd realised that earlier!

At the end of Steve's set, he said that'd he'd play more after open mic. As tempting as this sounded, and as true it is that I don't often have the opportunity to see my favorite musicians play, I was pretty sure we wouldn't stick around for it. If we hadn't been driving all day, and if my shoulder hadn't been fractured, it might have been different, but... I was really glad we'd gone out, but after seeing Steve's first set, I felt fairly content. After the set, Alan came over and we talked, and he asked what I'd done to my arm. After talking to him for a bit, and Katie talking to Marie, we decided to make a move.

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