I Love

I can’t really get behind Valentine’s Day. I’m not much for celebrating much of anything in the way of holidays. Sure, I like to make a fuss over people, on occasion. The fact that there is a day that is designated for such a thing is ridiculous. Actually, it’s gross. I say tell someone you love them every day. Buy someone something (or not) on Saturday for no reason whatsoever. Furthermore, to hell with Hallmark and the disgusting, chalky candy hearts.

I would also like to take a moment to publicly congratulate Dooce and Blurbomat, two of my favorite online people, on their engagement.

I Love

I can’t really get behind Valentine’s Day. I’m not much for celebrating much of anything in the way of holidays. Sure, I like to make a fuss over people, on occasion. The fact that there is a day that is designated for such a thing is ridiculous. Actually, it’s gross. I say tell someone you love them every day. Buy someone something (or not) on Saturday for no reason whatsoever. Furthermore, to hell with Hallmark and the disgusting, chalky candy hearts.

I would also like to take a moment to publicly congratulate Dooce and Blurbomat, two of my favorite online people, on their engagement.

Rock N Roll

On a recent trip to Virgin Megastore I purchased The Very Best of The Doors. I have all of their studio albums and even a double live album that was released some years back. Why on Earth do I need The Very Best of The Doors? Well, it’s Digitally Remastered. All of their albums have been Digitally Remastered as it turns out, which means I’ll have to trade all of my old crappy-sounding CDs in for the Digitally Remastered ones.

Of course this all begs the question, what difference does it make? Simply put, it sounds better. That of course brings up another question…Could “Break On Through (To The Other Side),” “Light My Fire,” “L.A. Woman” and all of the other “Very Best” songs sound any better than they did the first time around? Yes. The answer is undoubtedly, unquestionably, yes.

A lot of people hate The Doors. To many Jim Morrison was nothing but a drunk who wrote a couple of good songs, fancied himself a poet and was totally full of himself. Jim Morrison is Rock ‘N’ Roll. Listen to him scream and wail on “Backdoor Man” and tell me you don’t hear it. I don’t go around calling just anyone Rock ‘N’ Roll. It’s an adjective that is not to be thrown around.

Yeah, it’s all relative, but there are just some people and groups of people in music that move me to such extreme emotions. They make me want to do things. The Doors? They make me want to drink, smoke, and fuck. They embody what Rock ‘N’ Roll was, is and forever shall be. Sex, drugs and Rock ‘N’ Roll just go together. That’s not to say they can’t be enjoyed individually or that they all must be enjoyed together. Listening to The Doors just makes me want to do it all and not think about the consequences. There aren’t many that I can say that about. Who is Rock ‘N’ Roll to you?

Hold On, Please

Steve Rubenstein should be commended. He proposes that instead of slamming the phone down on telemarketers, we say three simple words, “hold on, please,” and just set the phone down until you hear that terribly loud noise that lets you know a phone is off the hook. Bravo Steve.

A solution that I have found to be quite effective is utilizing the Anonymous Call Rejection service offered by my phone company. If someone tries calling you anonymously, as telemarketers usually do, they will be forced to identify themselves before my phone even rings. If they choose not to, which they usually don’t, you never even get the call. I have noticed a dramatic difference. My phone company offers this service for free, but even if it costs you a couple of extra bucks a month, I say it’s worth it.

Rock ‘N’ Roll

On a recent trip to Virgin Megastore I purchased The Very Best of The Doors. I have all of their studio albums and even a double live album that was released some years back. Why on Earth do I need The Very Best of The Doors? Well, it’s Digitally Remastered. All of their albums have been Digitally Remastered as it turns out, which means I’ll have to trade all of my old crappy-sounding CDs in for the Digitally Remastered ones.

Of course this all begs the question, what difference does it make? Simply put, it sounds better. That of course brings up another question…Could “Break On Through (To The Other Side),” “Light My Fire,” “L.A. Woman” and all of the other “Very Best” songs sound any better than they did the first time around? Yes. The answer is undoubtedly, unquestionably, yes.

A lot of people hate The Doors. To many Jim Morrison was nothing but a drunk who wrote a couple of good songs, fancied himself a poet and was totally full of himself. Jim Morrison is Rock ‘N’ Roll. Listen to him scream and wail on “Backdoor Man” and tell me you don’t hear it. I don’t go around calling just anyone Rock ‘N’ Roll. It’s an adjective that is not to be thrown around.

Yeah, it’s all relative, but there are just some people and groups of people in music that move me to such extreme emotions. They make me want to do things. The Doors? They make me want to drink, smoke, and fuck. They embody what Rock ‘N’ Roll was, is and forever shall be. Sex, drugs and Rock ‘N’ Roll just go together. That’s not to say they can’t be enjoyed individually or that they all must be enjoyed together. Listening to The Doors just makes me want to do it all and not think about the consequences. There aren’t many that I can say that about. Who is Rock ‘N’ Roll to you?

Hold On, Please

Steve Rubenstein should be commended. He proposes that instead of slamming the phone down on telemarketers, we say three simple words, “hold on, please,” and just set the phone down until you hear that terribly loud noise that lets you know a phone is off the hook. Bravo Steve.

A solution that I have found to be quite effective is utilizing the Anonymous Call Rejection service offered by my phone company. If someone tries calling you anonymously, as telemarketers usually do, they will be forced to identify themselves before my phone even rings. If they choose not to, which they usually don’t, you never even get the call. I have noticed a dramatic difference. My phone company offers this service for free, but even if it costs you a couple of extra bucks a month, I say it’s worth it.

a foo fighters review

Foo Fighters @ House of Blues (Anaheim, CA) 02.07.02

Within nineteen seconds, the show was sold out via the Internet. Dave Grohl even said something about it during the show. Seeing the Foo Fighters in a 500 person capacity venue is a treat. Sure, you could have seen them in a place that size several years ago, but this night was most definitely a privilege.

For the first time in quite some time, Foo Fighters were back on stage. Over the last several months they have been working on the follow-up to Nothing Left To Lose. Having just finished the album, it was immediately apparent that they were ready to rock the stage again.

Dave Grohl and company love to rock. You can’t help but feel it with every lyric recited, every chord played and every drum pounded. Grohl is one of the best frontmen in rock music. Whether it’s a crowd of 1000 or a crowd of 100,000, he plays to you and gives his heart. People respond to that, not to mention his mighty sense of humor.

The band debuted several new songs and if the live versions hold true to the studio tracks, the forthcoming album will please the fans, for sure. During their last encore of the evening, which included a ballad from the new album, which word has it, Queen’s Brian May added some tracks to, the audience was in complete awe. Additionally, Dave performed a crowd-pleasing solo, electric version of “Everlong.”

Clocking in at just around two hours, the show was nothing short of one of the best I have ever witnessed, not to mention proceeds went to a good cause. The concert was a benefit for the Musicians Assistance Program (M.A.P.), an organization that helps people in the music industry with drug and alcohol addiction. It was started by Buddy Arnold and Carole Fields in the early nineties and has since grown into an international organization.

a foo fighters review

Foo Fighters @ House of Blues (Anaheim, CA) 02.07.02

Within nineteen seconds, the show was sold out via the Internet. Dave Grohl even said something about it during the show. Seeing the Foo Fighters in a 500 person capacity venue is a treat. Sure, you could have seen them in a place that size several years ago, but this night was most definitely a privilege.

For the first time in quite some time, Foo Fighters were back on stage. Over the last several months they have been working on the follow-up to Nothing Left To Lose. Having just finished the album, it was immediately apparent that they were ready to rock the stage again.

Dave Grohl and company love to rock. You can’t help but feel it with every lyric recited, every chord played and every drum pounded. Grohl is one of the best frontmen in rock music. Whether it’s a crowd of 1000 or a crowd of 100,000, he plays to you and gives his heart. People respond to that, not to mention his mighty sense of humor.

The band debuted several new songs and if the live versions hold true to the studio tracks, the forthcoming album will please the fans, for sure. During their last encore of the evening, which included a ballad from the new album, which word has it, Queen’s Brian May added some tracks to, the audience was in complete awe. Additionally, Dave performed a crowd-pleasing solo, electric version of “Everlong.”

Clocking in at just around two hours, the show was nothing short of one of the best I have ever witnessed, not to mention proceeds went to a good cause. The concert was a benefit for the Musicians Assistance Program (M.A.P.), an organization that helps people in the music industry with drug and alcohol addiction. It was started by Buddy Arnold and Carole Fields in the early nineties and has since grown into an international organization.

Kiss Me

“The notion is if you’re going to welcome me with open arms, you also have to welcome me with open legs.”

Such wisdom from Gene Simmons. The fact that it all went down on NPR with Terry Gross is just awesome. I missed it and now I’ll have to go find it somewhere.

Oh, and feel free to discuss it amongst yourselves.