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Indianapolis, Mass Transit and Me.

Posted by on Oct 13, 2009 in Ed, Writing | 2 comments

Indianapolis, Mass Transit and Me.

Not quite the journey of a thousand miles. You may know that I am attending the Bouchercon in Indianapolis. You may not know that I am taking Amtrak there and Greyhound back.  It’s about 22 hours each way. I honestly want to see if mass transit is a viable alternative to air travel.  It’s also green, man.  And I’m all about the green. I will be updating the traveling there and back as well as the Bouchercon/Indianapolis in the upcoming days. You may be amused by keeping tabs on my Twitter and Facebook. All the action...

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Eagle Twin, Pelican, Earth and Sunn 0))) at Brooklyn Masonic Temple, Sept. 22

Posted by on Oct 1, 2009 in Music | 0 comments

Eagle Twin, Pelican, Earth and Sunn 0))) at Brooklyn Masonic Temple, Sept. 22

If you’ve worn one of these on your wrist, you’re going to Hell. I don’t know how long the Brooklyn Masonic Temple has been putting on shows, but it was a trip for me to go to my old neighborhood, Fort Greene, to see a concert. The crowd (read, “men and boys”) dressed appropriately in decayed metallic wear for the bill of four Southern Lord acts: Eagle Twin, Pelican, Earth and headliner Sunn 0))). My takeaway is that I have seen the future of heavy music and that Pelican is that future. Twin Eagle, you guys...

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What Is the Greatest Nation in the World?

Posted by on Aug 4, 2009 in Asian American, Ed, Writing | 0 comments

What Is the Greatest Nation in the World?

Why, it’s the DO-nation! Yes, I ripped that off from somebody who ripped it off of someone else, but it is a wonderful sentiment. You know as well as I do that this country has experienced, shall we say, a bit of an economic malaise over the last year or so?  It’s only now that people are contemplating whether or not we’ve hit a floor. Let’s give this man a sidesmile!  Donate today! Banks and financial institutions get government bailouts.  Arts institutions get the shaft. I’m not going to get into a...

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Roy Loney/Cyril Jordan — Flamin’ Groovies Burn Up Hoboken, Brooklyn

Posted by on Jul 30, 2009 in Music | 0 comments

Roy Loney/Cyril Jordan — Flamin’ Groovies Burn Up Hoboken, Brooklyn

Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors. Cyril Jordan (left) and Roy Loney (right) throwing off some heat at Maxwell’s. A-Bones pounder Miriam Linna flails away in the background. I was so bummed that I couldn’t make the Ponderosa Stomp back in April in New Orleans for a number of reasons but most of all for missing the reunion of Cyril Jordan and Roy Loney, who hadn’t shared a stage since 1971 when Loney left the Flamin’ Groovies and Jordan carried on.  (For quite a number of years, actually — the last studio album...

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The Mummies! Live!

Posted by on Jun 18, 2009 in Music | 0 comments

The Mummies!  Live!

Singing while balancing a Farfisa on your head helps dull those sharp notes. I’ll fess up right off the bat.  When the three New York-area shows for The Mummies were announced I was one of those jerks who bought tickets for all three and cleared those days for vacation at work.  The boys were playing an early and a late show at Maxwell’s in Hoboken on a Tuesday night and then one show at Southpaw in Brooklyn the next night.  I was going to need the rest.  I mean, hell, even when I was in college, it was tough getting out of a...

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