Thursday, June 28, 2007


From the Contra Costa Times

BARNEY THE DINOSAUR is losing ground to Dinosaur, Jr.

If you don't believe it, just check out the new kid club scene, complete with mini-mosh pits where squealing 6-year-olds dance to songs with lyrics tackling weighty subjects such as choo-choo trains and jellyfish.

The live music is supplied by bands with names like the Sippy Cups and the Time Outs, made up of smiling, dancing adults whose first names practically leap in block letters from their brightly colored shirts.

On the tables, baby carriers replace Kamikazes and ashtrays. On the barstools, little tykes sipping from juice boxes replace the leather-jacket-wearing 23-year-olds yelling for a drink.

"One of our kids went to school and got sent home with a note saying he was singing (the Ramones') 'I Wanna be Sedated,'" says Mark Verlander, the guitarist for the Sippy Cups. "So we changed it to "I Wanna Be Elated."

Of the new kiddy bands out there, the Sippy Cups are among the hottest... the kids get up onstage to dance, sing and bang around on the instruments.

Monday, June 25, 2007

I Just Want To Be Your Tugboat Captain

Back before there was fire, electricity or Pitchfork, one of the ways I think a majority of us music devotees (devoid of cooler older siblings or friends) got doses of new music was from MTV's 120 minutes. Remember Dave Kendall or Kevin Seal? I used to record the two hours that started Sunday nights at midnight on the family VCR, a Sony BETA machine no less!

One night in 1989 I saw the video for Galaxie 500's "When Will You Come Home" and my musical landscape hasn't been the same since.

Shortly after that I started an all Galaxie 500 cover band named Tugboat and witnessed the craziest bill ever, Galaxie 500 opening up for They Might Be Giants.

Don't have a reunion

Friday, June 22, 2007

Paris SPCA

from Page Six

PARIS Hilton's Beverly Hills neighbors wish she'd show her pets more respect than she does the driving laws. Shelby Segall, whose yard borders Hilton's, tells The Post's Marianne Garvey: "She treats her animals horribly. They are always getting out and running around the neighborhood.

She had a little orange kitty about a year ago that kept getting out and we kept telling her it was outside. She didn't seem like she cared, and then one day the cat got run over in the middle of the street and died.

Not long after, little [Chihuahua] Tinkerbell came to my door and I left a note on her gate. Her assistant came over frantic and tried to offer me a $40 reward. I said, 'Don't insult me.' " Another neighbor said, "I found two little Chihuahuas of hers running up and down the street with cars and people going up and down. I put them in my bathroom and called Paris. Her assistant answered and said, 'You can't drop them off! Miss Hilton isn't home!' She took three hours to come get them. Meanwhile she lives five houses away."

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Cats and Rats

Rat, Cats Resuscitated After Idaho Fire

A pet rat is given oxygen by a Pocatello, Idaho, firefighter after being pulled from a house fire in Pocatello on Monday. The rat was found by a firefighter in a partially-burned cage. Five of the six cats in the home were also saved from the fire and given oxygen (They received oxygen through a special mask designed for small animals that the department got two years ago.).

One of the best things I've heard this year is the new ep from Yellow Fever on Hugpatch Records, go to their Myspace page and listen to their song Cats and Rats, it's the bomb y'all.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Wee Bit Dodgy

From the 1748 Encyclopedia Britannica written by Scotsmen:
Of all domestic animals, the character of the cat is the most equivocal and suspicious. He is kept, not for any amiable qualities, but purely with a view to banish rats, mice and other noxious animals from our houses....Constantly bent upon theft and rapine, they are full of cunning and dissimulation; they conceal all their designs; seize every opportunity of doing mischief, and then fly from punishment....In a word, the cat is totally destitute of friendship.
As read in the book The Know-It-All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World by A.J Jacobs. Highly & insanely recommended by the I'm so Sorry for this blog staff.

The suspicious Scottish Fold

Monday, June 18, 2007

Don't mess with Buffet's Buffet

Jimmy Buffet's tour rider is pretty mesmerizing.

The best part is this line about dinner:

"Jimmy should be (and often will be) the first person in line..."

Jimmy was sponsored by Corona, how much cooler is he than us. 30 CASES !

Friday, June 15, 2007

Morris’ Million Cat Rescue Campaign

From the Chicago Suburban News

Three out of four cats do not make it out of shelters alive. But Morris the Cat is seeking to change that trend, starting in Hinsdale, Chicago.

Morris, the 9Lives cat food icon, was warmly welcomed when he returned to Hinsdale June 13 for the first time since the original Morris was discovered in 1968. As the story goes, Morris’ star qualities were noticed by an animal trainer visiting the Hinsdale Humane Society, and he went on to star in commercials and movies.

To kick off Morris the Cat Day, Morris was welcomed back to Hinsdale and presented with a key to the village during his homecoming in front of the Hinsdale Memorial Building. 9Lives Cat Food, along with Chicago Bulls forward Tyrus Thomas and Benny the Bull presented the Hinsdale Humane Society with a $55,000 donation.

Morris’ trip to Hinsdale kicked off his Million Cat Rescue Campaign, where he will tour the country to raise cat adoption awareness.
From Hinsdale, Morris the Cat will embark on a journey across the U.S. in his state-of-the-art Morris’ Million Cat Rescue mobile adoption bus, with the support of two high-tech Morris’ Million Cat Rescue satellite vans enabling the campaign to cover more ground in its effort to rescue cats. In each market, Morris’ Million Cat Rescue vehicles will visit local shelters, retailers and special events to educate consumers on proper care for their newly adopted cats by distributing Morris’ Million Cat Rescue Welcome Home Kits.

Thursday, June 14, 2007


If you've seen the final episode of The Sopranos, go to Stereogum, and you can plug in any MP3 to replace Journey's "Don't Stop Believin", like these...

or this one

The Curb Your Enthusiasm one is pretty classic.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Megadeth Helsinki

The New York Times gave Architecture in Helsinki a pretty great live review in todays paper

You is My Hot Rabbit

My favorite song of the month

No Age - You is My Hot Rabbit

Monday, June 11, 2007


My favorite song of the month

Abe Vigoda - Animal Ghosts

Friday, June 08, 2007

Pygmy Geek

Remember little Sam Weir from one of the best shows of all time Freaks and Geeks?

He's got a band

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Unidentified Hippie

I discovered this Bob Lind gem because of my friend Ann, it makes me contently heartbroken.

Bob Lind - Cool Summer

Much like this song does:

Sandy Denny - By The Time It Gets Dark

Remixed Kitty Redux

I posted this last October but having just watched it again I rank it as one of my most favorite video clips. If you could see me now having just watched it you'd see that I'm still cracking up. So just in case you haven't seen it yet...

Monday, June 04, 2007

All Your Cats Are Belong To Us

The new Google Maps Street View feature is pretty fascinating technology but pretty frightening at what it can capture. My favorite so far is this San Francisco legend.

From The New York Times

For Mary Kalin-Casey, it was never about her cat.

Monty the cat was visible in a photo showing a street in Oakland.

Ms. Kalin-Casey, who manages an apartment building here with her husband, John Casey, was a bit shaken when she tried a new feature in Google’s map service called Street View. She typed in her address and the screen showed a street-level view of her building. As she zoomed in, she could see Monty, her cat, sitting on a perch in the living room window of her second-floor apartment.

Friday, June 01, 2007

Sharing is Caring

Today at work I peeked at a co-workers iTunes library by using iTunes built in “Sharing” feature.
I actually thought it would be interesting to live blog while I listened to every track but seeing that the first ten songs were by 311… I couldn’t make that sacrifice for you.

But some facts I came away with after listening to select cuts:

311 – Not awesome after two seconds.
Incubus – Not funny
Faith Hill – Not so great
Soundtrack to "Remember the Titans" - Not memorable
Kelly Clarkson – Not bad, “Because of You” made me sad. I’d listen to this one again.

Please watch this video

My goodness, while you're at all watch this one, it's in "Simlish"