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I was early to the Burning Man backlash. I avoided taking drugs in the desert long before it became a corporate team-building event. Growing up in Berkeley was enough. All I had to do to see people dancing naked with body paint was walk down the street. Sculptures, art, lunacy, music, it was normal. By the time folks burned a giant wooden man on Ocean Beach while drumming with bones through their noses, I had developed an aversion to all things Woodstock-y. I love that it happened, and I love the music that come from it, but giant gatherings of stoned people make me nervous. Now it’s rich vs. richer stoned people with their apps and chefs, and the remaining shreds of counter-culture dangerousness are waning from it, and that’s normal. Soon it will be Budweiser Presents Burning Man and Google buses will arrive by the dozen. Maybe there will be an uprising, as not-so-rich burners rebel against the gentrification of their beloved ritual. I wonder what Burning Man riot police would look like? I’m guessing they’d have glowing neon nightsticks and hover-cars, maybe their own deejay truck with some dubstep theme music. The whole thing could be filmed as a reality show and they could sell tickets to enjoy the experience virtually from afar if you don’t want to actually die in the desert. Heck I might even go if I could stay home.

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A TBT Studio Diary In Music With “Flock Of Seagulls” Hair

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In the course of recent musical activities I have been reminded of some wonderful records from the 80′s, which I haven’t heard in ages. Decided to review a few today and see how they hold up. Lovin’ ‘em, so here, for “Throwback Thursday,” are some moody gems from the age of clove cigarets and Reagan.

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Tales Of Terror, Fun, and Great Rock n’ Roll In A Very Small World

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I just listened to a great album that was released in 1984, by a band from Sacramento called Tales Of Terror. I learned about them from this article, ..the story of one of Sacramento’s best, almost forgotten bands by Aaron Carnes. It’s a great read yet a tragic story. The magic of recorded music is […]

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Toxic Talk Radio Zombie Plague Existential Wednesday n’ Fun

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Made the terminal error of looking at some comments on news blogs about current events. My, but the crazies have their crazypants on. It’s frightening and hilarious. I also listened to a “conservative” AM talk radio station for several hours. Research, you see. My god. It seems there’s an alternate reality with alternate “facts” that […]

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Weds Morning Coffee And The Great, Horrible, Horrible Greatness

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I heard the words “Humanitarian Bombing” spoken today. Apparently the term was first uttered in regard to the 1999 NATO bombing of Yugoslavia. Glenn Greenwald has reprised it in his recent comments, accurately pointing out that there is no such thing as humanitarian bombing. “Humanitarian Bombing.” I say it again slowly. Parts of the brain […]

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Why I Will NOT See The New Jimi Hendrix Biopic, and I Think We Should All Boycott It

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I was skeptical but curious when I learned there’s a biopic about Jimi Hendrix coming out. The fact that there’s no actual Hendrix music in it made me wonder: why bother? After researching it further, I’m appalled and disgusted, and I’m sure I never want to see it. I don’t care whatever they may have […]

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A Summer Dream of 70′s Hot Rod Guitars and Bad Motor Scooters

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How odd, I haven’t heard this song in a hundred years or so, and last night I dreamt it. The whole thing. So of course I have to blog it. I love the guitar work on this, Ronnie Montrose evoking a loud, two-wheeled motor vehicle peeling out, shifting gears and skidding like a maniac. It’s […]

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G’morning

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I like mornings. Mornings are great. Every time I get one, I think, wow, another one! We get a certain number and then we don’t. Some folks find morning people annoying. I understand that. I’d find myself annoying in the morning too if I weren’t me. I mean I get so damn chipper with the […]

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T.V. Guns Block Off The Streets To Shoot

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This song is about guns, media, and the Great Suckery. It’s from the Uptones’ “East Bay Orbits” CD, you can get it at iTunes or Amazon, or download it from the link below if you like. Here are the lyrics. Not sure these topical songs make any difference ever, but what can we do other […]

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