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Wednesday, February 2nd, 2005
11:46 pm
Comedy is not pretty
I caught up with a good friend last night, via DVD. I rented "The Complete Denis Leary" from Netflix, and while I have his second CD "Lock and Load", I had never seen the companion video. The DVD combines that video with the No Cure For Cancer video, and the end result is that you get an hour and forty minutes of the finest from Mr. Leary.

Strongly recommended if you like to laugh, and don't mind a bit of potentially offensive language, or in the case of Denis Leary, a lot!

Tommy Chong is going to be here in March for a show, so it looks like I will hopefully get my chance to see him live at last - not sure if the show is stand up comedy or not, but I intend to check it out......hopefully Kevin Nealon will come around, and then my list of comedians that I still want to see that I got screwed out of seeing when I was younger, will be completely covered!

Hasn't been too much going on lately - just been really busy and at times frustrated, due to the usual bullshit, and it's the kind I dislike the most, political bullshit. The world would be a lot easier if you didn't constantly have politics infecting various situations in your world. On the good side of things, I definitely have some positive things in the works that I feel good about, and as I mentioned in an earlier update, I think 2005 is going to be a good year in my world - some good opportunities are in my court at the moment, and I just have to be patient as things cycle through.

For the first time ever, I'm actually going to see my parents, and it won't be in November, though I think it's possible I might go then too. I'm going to go see them in early May - Independence Air was having a really good sale, and I got a plane ticket for 164 bucks...they were advertising fares as low as 44/64 dollars each way, so I took advantage.

Anybody else ready for warm weather? hey now!
11:42 pm
The Show Goes On.....
one of my alltime favorite songs lyrically, by the sorely underappreciated Bruce Hornsby....who is one of the finer singer-songwriter piano players out there in my book, right up there with Elton John on the talent level. Among other things, he's got a knack for putting you in a reflective mood, and this song certainly does that for me....

The Show Goes On

B. R. Hornsby

What's the long face, whats all the crying for
Didn't you expect it when you opened your door
To the man with the long coat and the long list of victims
Everybody watching knows he's the one keeping score
From where she sits, everyone stands in judgement
People watching as the curtain falls down
See the lights do a long slow fade...

The show goes on, and the sad-eyed sisters go walking on
Everyone watching all along
The show goes on, as the autumn's coming
and the summer's all gone
Still without you, the show goes on

Some say she's alright, some say she'll never learn
Some rush into things, some stand and wait their turn
I've been here all along standing here all this time
But you never noticed, just let the same tired flames burn
From where she sits, everyone stands in judgement
People watching as the curtain falls down
See the lights do a long slow fade

The show goes on, and the sad-eyed sisters go walking on
Everyone watching all along
The show goes on, as the autumn's coming
and the summer's all gone
Still without you, the show goes on

Time is passing,slowly passing you by
You better try to find it before it passes you by
As I watch you walking to another cold dawn
And you keep on walking
And they keep on talking
Talking all along

From where she sits, everyone stands in judgement
People watching as the curtain falls down
See the lights do a long slow fade
The show goes on, and the sad-eyed sisters go walking on
Everyone watching all along
The show goes on, as the autumn's coming
and the summer's all gone
Still without you, the show goes on

Current Mood: nostalgic
Friday, January 21st, 2005
1:01 am
sometimes the best moments in life, are doing something good for someone else, being that unexpected helping hand when they least expect it. I always like to think of myself as the helpful type that people can count on, and it's good to be there for those in need.

I tell ya what, this has been the kind of weather that really tests whether you are a true Clevelander, or not. This right here, is the kind of weather that will make a fair weather Clevelander move!

I've had an interesting last month or so, including an interesting conversation with an old friend this past weekend. I am hopeful for an interesting and rewarding year this year, and would welcome change, should it come.

I've been retooling my computer setup here at home, and after a couple of weeks, think I am starting to settle in, and get to the point where I can reinstall all my programs.

Other stuff - Black Label Society headed to the House Of Blues in March, how cool is that?

let's rock.
Monday, December 6th, 2004
10:58 pm
Damn man
Damn, this year has flown by.

I'm in that reflective state, enjoying lots of tunes. The new Chris Caffery CD, FACES, is great. Chris is the guitar player for Savatage, and I like this loads better than most of the Savatage stuff.

Also got to thinking, what an underrated band the Lemonheads were. Check out It's A Shame About Ray and Come On Feel The Lemonheads for more info on what I am talking about.

My good buddy Casey has a new band, I just found out. So, I suppose I will be seeing them on Saturday at the Phantasy, where they happen to be on a bill with Signal 30. Steve from Signal 30 and Casey, were in a great band called Shuteye at one point. It will be nice to see him again - it's been a while..
Friday, November 26th, 2004
10:30 pm
post-holiday whatever
Where have I been?

Well, let's see.

I took a super-rare vacation and went to see my parents in South Carolina, and learned that unbeknownst to me, the town that they live in, is home to the headquarters for Denny's, BMW, and as I did remember, has a heck of a lot of Waffle House locations, which is not a bad thing. It was good and extremely relaxing to get away, and I got to spend some good time with them, and I definitely got the best out of my plane ticket, which I got via Independence Air, who I highly recommend, after my first experience flying with them.


They have Sun Chips as one of the snack choices....what's not to like about that??

Got home, and was back at work for about a day and a half, and then I headed off to Detroit to see a good friend and take in a club show from Velvet Revolver. As you would expect from a group featuring Weiland from STP and GNR members, they brought the live show.

On the way back from Detroit Rock City, I had the pleasure of having a tire blow out, about 10 minutes out of the city. Interesting note - of the 3 tires that I have replaced on the car, all 3 have been on the front passenger side. It hates me, I guess. Thank goodness for road hazard tire production - saved a nice buck on the replacement. So, other than the fact that it was raining and shitty out, and I had the tire blow out, I guess it was a good drive home.

It's been nice having all of this time off, and being that things are kind of dead during the holidays, I think that I will probably enjoy the rest of the year.

Musically, my buddy gave me a copy of the new U2, which I continue to enjoy, and also the new Aerosmith live DVD, which I haven't had a chance to give listen to yet. Also scored a pretty nice bootleg that combines Elton John and Clapton on two discs - the Elton is from 1984, and the Clapton set is from 1986 - both, in great rockin' quality.

Other than that, the holiday was low-key, and the first one that I have not spent with my parents. Here's hoping that all of you had a good one!
Thursday, November 11th, 2004
7:38 pm
so what's up?
Several things going on.....

First, got a great DVD the other day, all about the life and times of KROQ Los Angeles DJ Rodney Bingenheimer, called Mayor Of Sunset Strip.

I was lucky enough to catch it when it screened here earlier this year, and it really is a great film for any music fan. Rodney was responsible for breaking MANY of your favorite bands and singers, and you'll be amazed at the star power that is in this movie, caught on film with Rodney over the years. All that, and lots of extras too. Good stuff.

I'm definitely looking forward to Saturday. I've been invited to tour the new House Of Blues here in Cleveland, and will be going down there Saturday morning for that. Good stuff!

After that, I am off for a week, going to South Carolina to visit my parents. Figured as long as I was going to buy a plane ticket, that I would spend some good time there decompressing, so I will be there from Monday until Saturday.

Beyond that, probably will jet off to Detroit for a couple of days when I get back to catch a club show from Velvet Revolver. I am a bit bummed that I will miss David Lindley playing a show at the Winchester while I am gone. David played with Jackson Browne and others quite extensively. Speaking of the Winchester, they just had The Fixx for a show on Monday. That I would have liked to have seen, but I was a bit tired, so I didn't go. I am sure it was VERY cool. The Winchester, in Lakewood, continues to book some interesting and cool shows - it's owned by the son of the guy that built the Richfield Coliseum, owned the Cavs, etc.

Anyway, that's about all I know...what about you?
Tuesday, November 2nd, 2004
11:07 pm
podcasting, for real
Had a good weekend - my lovely girl and I went up to Detroit to rock it old school, with Tesla, and The Scorpions.

GREAT show, and I understand that the tour has been extended and will hit Cleveland in late January.

My computer is doing this annoying thing where the monitor is suddenly blurry - what's up with that?

I now have a full almost studio like setup at home, which I used tonite to record a show....you could almost consider it a bonus show of sorts to the regular show that we do. Chris and I have been talking, and I think that we are going to record some bonus shows, both solo and together, exclusively for the web. Should be fun - check out the website, and take note that you will need Ipodder to access the bonus shows, which will automatically download to your computer if you have Ipodder installed. It's all about the podcast, and I figured I should probably start doing one, instead of just putting a "radio show" on the website - this is a bit more organic and simple.

The bonus web content will be a bit more free form, and will allow for nice full shows that are just long tangents, i.e. a show of nothing but old school stuff, nothing but new stuff, all Ministry, whatever the mind might want to do that day.

check it out, and rock with us - who knows, I might even decide to play Fred's band.

rock it.
Thursday, October 28th, 2004
2:44 pm
Blogs are cool, but I hate when people just let their blogs die away.

It's like a favorite magazine that just stops coming in the mail - what's up with that?

Going to see Richard Marx tonight at the Odeon - Maya, are you going?

Intrigued by this podcasting thing, and looking forward to seeing what sort of reaction we get from having our show out there.

International here we come!
Wednesday, October 27th, 2004
9:18 pm
Welcome to Podcasting
So I have gotten into the world of podcasting now.

Podcasting is the brain child of Adam Curry. Yes, THAT Adam Curry.

In a nutshell, using the Ipodder software, you have the ability to subscribe to your favorite radio program, and you can have it automatically downloaded to your computer everytime a new show is posted. Think of it as "radio on demand", and whether you are using an Ipod, or whatever your portable MP3 device of choice might be, you now have the ability to take your favorite program with you, and listen to it when you want to!

Check it out:


or if you already have Ipodder installed, go ahead and add our feed to your list, and you will receive our show everytime it is updated.


And oh yeah, the cool thing about podcasting? Even YOU can do a show about WHATEVER you might want to do. Which means if Fred wants to do a show on his top 200, all he needs is a microphone, some recording software, and an internet connection. This is broadcasting that anyone can participate in!

Good stuff!
Friday, October 15th, 2004
11:38 am
fun fun fun

The DJ thing at the Hi-Fi was fun. Derek and I have very similar music taste, and were playing everything from Metal Church to Converge, Everytime I Die, Killdozer, Judas Priest, and a lot more - we rocked it for about 5 hours, and I was glad to get to the end of the day at 2:30am....

I was up early that morning at 4am to take a friend to the airport, so it was a LOOOOOOOONG day.

Definitely looking forward to the weekend, and the chance to chill out a bit and recharge.

Booked a plane ticket to go see my parents the second week of November, and the following week, I will be headed up to Detroit to check out Velvet Revolver as they play a special club show...speaking of Detroit, think I am headed up there at the end of the month to check out Tesla and the Scorpions...

fun, fun, fun!

Other than that, not too much going on. I spent a lot of time over the past week, rebuilding a computer for a friend, assembling a new machine from the old machine + various parts I had sitting around - it was fun building a "frankenstein" computer of sorts.

new Chimaira DVD is out on 10/26, and I have had a chance to check it out.....it is AMAZING, and fun to watch something that was filmed mostly here in Cleveland - it's very nicely produced, and includes a full live show as well, as a bonus, among other things.

Lotta good tunes out there.......the new Converge album "You Fail Me" is one to mention, but God, there are so many...

rock it.

Current Mood: busy
Thursday, October 14th, 2004
11:40 am
Rock Night Tonite At The Hi-Fi Club In Lakewood
If you're looking for something to do tonight, I will be guest DJ'ing tonite at the Hi-Fi Club in Lakewood, with Derek Hess, part of an ongoing series they have on Thursdays - we're up at 10pm - drink and food specials, and the Jager Girls too.

should be fun. Get your directions here:


rock out with your cock out.

Current Mood: bouncy
Wednesday, October 6th, 2004
9:32 pm
Just a quick one
just checkin' in - been up to a lot, and maybe I will get a chance to update on that at some point, but the short version is this:

Did a ton of stuff over the past week, including going to Detroit to see Springsteen, and to hang with a buddy of mine. Good times.

Caught Anthrax on Tuesday night. Holy shit, kick ass.

Been tuning in for Opie and Anthony this week on XM. Good to have them back on the airwaves.

So Howard is going to Sirius? I hate that. Why? Because now we have to hear Howard talk about it for the next 15 months until his contract is up, and he begins at Sirius.

I'll tell ya, politics really suck sometimes. Not the presidential type, but the random bullshit you encounter in life trying to get shit done. Is it such a bad thing to want to support something that is good? Apparently so in some cases.

Current Mood: blah
Tuesday, September 28th, 2004
2:39 pm
Yer So Bad, Indeed
My sister got lucky, married a yuppie
Took him for all he was worth
Now she's a swinger dating a singer
I can' decide which is worse

But not me, baby
I've got you to save me
Aw, yer so bad
Best thing I've ever had
In a world gone mad
Yer so bad

My sister's ex-husband can't get no lovin'
Walks around dog-faced and hurt
Now he's got nothin', head in the oven
I can't decide which is worse

But not me, baby
I've got you to save me
Aw, yer so bad
Best thing I've ever had
In a worl d gone mad
Yer so bad

Oh, but not me, baby
I've got you to save me
Aw, yer so bad
Best thing I've ever had
In a world gone mad
Yer so bad

Oh, but not me, baby
I've got you to save me
Aw, yer so bad
Best thing I've ever had
In a world gone mad
Yer so bad

(by the great Tom Petty)
Saturday, September 25th, 2004
3:22 pm
Score! at the record store....
went up to Record Exchange today looking for Ed from Abdullah, who I guess doesn't work there anymore.


Anyway, did my usual shopping, and came across the brand new anthology from the Smithereens in the used bin - 2 CDs, 5 bucks!

Not bad - I hadn't picked it up yet, because there is not an incredible amount of stuff on there that I don't already have.

Still, it's a nice collection, so I am glad to get a hold of it.

Was supposed to go see Alter Bridge tonight at the Odeon, but think I am just going to stay in - better half doesn't seem to be in the mood to go anywhere. We'll see - We still have a TON of Nip/Tuck episodes to catch up on.

Allegedly will be getting bathtub fixed tomorrow - we'll see about that too.

Other than that, just trying to catch up on life on a Saturday, organizing the metal room, and stuff like that.


Current Mood: content
Friday, September 24th, 2004
11:10 pm
gotta love those happy endings.....
.....not THOSE happy endings, but hey, I guess happy ending however you define it, is all good.

I took my hard drive to Lava Room Recording for Mike Brown, chief proprietor of all things Lava, to have a look at it.

He hooked it up to his Mac, and BOOM, there the drive is, and there all my files are.

All is not lost. So I guess that Macs can be good for something on rare occasions such as this. I had brought it by, because he thought that the directory structure might be corrupt, and said that he had a Norton program that could rebuild the directory and salvage the drive. So all is good, and at first look, nothing has been lost, which is cool. So when I get the drive back, I will back up all that stuff, and people will continue to laugh at me for being so anal, but once again, I can point at this near-crisis, as a good example of why I back up like a mofo, 99 percent without fail....and as we can see, the 1 percent did not pay off.

Alter Bridge, i.e. Not-Creed-but-almost, was at Lava Room tonight for a radio session. Much like I was impressed by the album, it was a good set from the band, and an acoustic one to boot. Mark Tremonti is a HELL of a guitar player, and being that he is from Detroit, I had some good conversations with him, as well as his brother, about mutual friends that we have in Detroit. I'm looking forward to seeing them plugged in tomorrow night at the Odeon.

Fred would approve, because right now I am kickin some Billy Joel on the stereo.

An ongoing saga in my life, has been the bad pipes in my bathroom, which means that about once every 6 months, the landlord has to come in and snake out the drain once it stops draining. Now, that the other two units below me are vacant, it looks like we might take action, tear out the bathroom, and remodel. It hasn't been done up until this point, because I didn't want to have my world torn apart, but now that I have the house all to myself for now, why not? It would be nice to have good plumbing.....I wonder if I should tell them that every other drain in the apartment is funky too?

Current Mood: lonely
Wednesday, September 22nd, 2004
1:03 pm
And then technology will fail you....
So I bought an external hard drive, Western Digital, 120 GBs worth recently, for the purpose of storing my various important computer files without overloading my computer, and also figured it would be good to have that stuff off of my computer.

So I transferred all of my important stuff, including all of my files that I use with the radio show, on to this hard drive. I then took the hard drive over to the Hi-Fi Club to transfer some raw tracks from the studio computer - stuff that we have recorded live with bands at the Hi-Fi with Billy Morris. Billy calls me and tells me that for some reason, his computer is no longer recognizing the hard drive, but it might just be his computer, and wants me to try it at home, to let him know.

I wasn't worried, but when I got home and plugged it up, my computer failed to detect the drive. Not good.

After troubleshooting out the ass at home, I brought it in to work to test it on a computer here. No dice.

So what does this mean? Well, basically, I am facing the fact that I may have lost every single bit of audio and music that I use with the show, along with countless other things.

Let's hope that there is some hope as I venture down the "data recovery" road.

Definitely sucks, and sucks doubly, because I usually make backup copies of everything, and was preparing to backup the various files to DVD-R after I got it back from Billy, but had prioritized Billy, because he wanted to clear some stuff off his hard drives.

And oh yeah, I've got some drum tracks and otherwise from the Billy Morris Band on there, so we've got future Billy Morris Band releases hanging in the balance.

fingers crossed, hoping that computer guys can work the magic!

Been sitting here listening to the new R.E.M.


heard a metal band on XM on the way home, Cataract....gotta dig through my stacks of metal stuff and find that one...sounded damn good.....

Other than that - new Matthew Sweet album, "Living Things", it's rockin'.......

that's about all...
Wednesday, September 15th, 2004
2:34 pm
needed: the use of one (1) Mesa Boogie Rectifier on 9/30, to be used by the great metal band Unearth.

I just felt like writing that.
Tuesday, September 14th, 2004
12:29 am
good mu-sic
so I have been in a mellow mood the past few nights, and have found myself listening (yep, not watching) to Pittsburgh's own Bill Deasy's new live DVD.

You really do owe it to yourself to check out Bill's music here. Bill was the lead singer for a great band, The Gathering Field, also from Pittsburgh, for a number of years. They came out of the same scene that produced The Clarks, Brownie Mary, and Rusted Root, to name a few, and right up there with The Clarks, were the most talented in my book, and definitely underappreciated.

You might notice that I listen to many that are underappreciated....and why is that? God, I guess I just love anything that can be connected to the word "obscure."

I do like Faith No More though, and other similar kick ass bands - go easy on me.

I have a lot of shit that I really need to catch up on, but honestly have just been a bit tired and spent recently.

God, I wish procrastination wasn't so damn fun.

How about that grandfather digging up his grandson's corpse and eating it over in Zimbabwe? Wacky stuff!

Hey Fred, sorry your weekend/past few days has been rough.....here's good thoughts towards the rest of the week being better!
Tuesday, September 7th, 2004
9:27 am
wedding, yeah.
It was a nice Labor Day weekend, and also, the weekend for my sister's wedding.

I had quite a bit of involvement - not only was I in the wedding(ick.), but I was also in charge of making the wedding favor for guests, which was a "wedding CD" of the bride and groom's tunes, and I was the DJ for the wedding.

Suffice to say, I was busy and exhausted by the end of Saturday night.

It was definitely nice that it was a holiday weekend, and after all of this, I had an extra couple of days to recuperate.

I spent Monday kind of catching up on stuff, including putting together a new CD rack to help rescue my overflowing collection - I am about a year overdue getting this CD rack, so it will be put to good use. The assembly process was sketchy at best, and by the end of it all, I was ready to pitch it. So, after I got done with that, I ended up getting out of the house for dinner with my parents, who are in town for a bit longer, to clear my head a bit.

I'm really happy - the wedding couldn't have gone any better - and my better half, Kelly, went WAY above and beyond the call of duty helping me keep it all together for the weekend.

couple key nice moments - me forgetting the name of the best man while introducing him to do his speech about the bride and groom - I've always been horrible with names and faces, and it certainly exhibited that, on Saturday night.

Also, my ex-girlfriend was one of the bridesmaids, and I hadn't seen her in 13 years or so - she and Kelly ended up getting quite chummy by the end of the night, which I guess was a good thing. It was just all-around weird though, and I was glad that even though it was towards the end of the night, the tension eased a bit.

And unquestionably the highlight of the weekend, meeting Fred. But was there any doubt that that would be the highlight?

Stay tuned for future days and weeks, kids!
Tuesday, August 31st, 2004
5:52 pm
one more place to blog....
I've been enjoying Blogcritics.org a ton recently, to the point that I have signed on as a contributor to the site. Check it out. It's an amazing site with over 500 writers contributing daily to the content.

I particularly enjoy this entry "The Duke In Bed With Madonna":


Other than that, things are cool, though uneventful - just keepin' it real in the city!
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