Saturday, September 23, 2006

for once there are

too many shows i'd like to see.

Los Lobos on 9/28 at Irving (too bad about the sucky sound)
PJ Harvey at The Supper Club on 10/7
DJ Shadow at Webster Hall on 10/17
Beck at MSG on 10/18 (i don't really want to see him there, but, whatever)
Johnny Pacheco and the Fania All-Stars on 10/20 - also MSG
Mojave 3 on 10/20 & 21 at The Bowery
DJ Spooky at The Apollo on 10/27 & 28
Medeski, Martin & Wood at the Hammerstein on Halloween!
Cut Chemist & Lyrics Born at Webster Hall on 11/10
The Reverend Horton Heat (yay!) at Southpaw on 11/11

also,this is the only link for you today, but you NEED to click it and watch the video on how easy - i said EASY it is to hack into the Diebold voting machine to steal votes.

my vacation was only a week ago, but it feels like a lightyear away already.
i'm planning a 4 day getaway to New Mexico in March though. is march like...soon?

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

books first, then news

books first:

1) A Hammock Beneath the Mangoes : stories from Latin America – edited by Thomas Colchie
2) The Bird Artist - Howard Norman
3) Smoke and Mirrors: the war on drugs & the politics of failure – Dan Baum
4) Dark Alliance: the CIA, the contras, and the crack cocaine explosion – Gary Webb
5) Desperados: Latin drug lords, U.S. lawmen, and the war america can’t win – Elaine Shannon
6) Drug Lord: the life and death of a mexican kingpin: a true story – Terrence Poppa
7) The Monstrous Memoirs of a Mighty McFearless – Ahmet Zappa

all by John Harvey:
8) Flesh & Blood
9) Lonely Hearts
10)In a True Light
11)Rough Treatment

prostitution made legal in russia? - the mayor thinks it will deter men from committing acts of extremist racial violence. so spend more time screwing, less time punching? interesting theory. the best part (by far) is that the mayor - Igor Shpektor – promises the women state protection and a full pension. yay!

remember Afghanistan? - things are more intense than is being reported at home. look at the link – NOT a national source.

wyclef jean thinks a little weed would do the president some good. as if that's all it would take! i never liked the man. still don’t.

researchers are thinking that Neanderthals may have lived longer than previously thought. hmm, i’d swear there are still some out there dragging their knuckles on the ground...

In a devastating one-two-three punch, the Uribe government in Colombia announced that it intends to partially-privatize the state-
owned oil company Ecopetrol and then declared its intentions to slash corporate income taxes while simultaneously increasing the Value Added Tax (VAT) on food basics such as rice, potatoes and chicken.

Greg Palast and television producer Matt Pascarella were charged, by Homeland Security, with the ’...unauthorized filming of a “critical national security structure” in Louisiana.’ they videotaped the thousands of Katrina evacuees still held behind a barbed wire in a trailer park encampment a hundred miles from New Orleans. okaaaay.

Friday, September 1, 2006

books and weather

my vacation has begun and just LOOK at the weather forecast... rain, rain and MORE rain. great.

here are some books – i know i haven’t been as diligent as i ought to be, but if the sun doesn’t come out between now and the 15th, the list will be extensive, people...

1) Death of a Nationalist – Rebecca Pawel
2) the curious incident of the dog in the night-time – Mark Haddon
3) If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things – Jon McGregor
4) (a medicated memoir) – Tom Grimes
5) The Skin of the Sky - Elena Poniatowska
6) Harvest of Empire - Juan Gonzalez
7) A Fan’s Notes: A Fictional Memoir - Frederick Exley
8) Flesh and Blood – John Harvey
9) The Night Gardener – George Pelecanos
10) The Ties that Bind – Kent Haruf