23 October 2001
4:22 PM: Oh hey, look at that, it's Tuesday already.
So, let's see. Friday... hmm. Nothing, really. Saturday, saw Joe Strummer and The Mescaleros at the Fillmore under strict security conditions. A really horrible, Slim's-level opening band, some kind of cat-based name that I don't think I'd repeat even if I could remember it. As I said to Lana and Carter at the time, watching them felt like being in an outtake from a movie of The Stand. All covers, a bunch of "regular guys", kinda old, that fartsy pseudo-roots Amurrrican music, standup bass, saxophone (played by "The Big Man", hey that's original). Brr. Joe Strummer and his band, though, they were great. I really liked the sound they put together, the arrangements and all of that musical kind of thing about which I am as previously noted not really qualified to talk. The rightmost band member (from our perspective) was especially versatile - he switched from guitar to keyboard to ... trumpet? a brass instrument - plus flute briefly, many diverfe entertainmentf. Joe was in good voice. I couldn't understand 90% of what he said, of course, which is just as it should be. (The one remark I could hear: "Where's that fucker that's booing? Tell him to come up here, I'll boo him. Whassa matta, you don't like Jimmy Cliff?") They did a lot of older songs: Clash stuff, multiple Jimmy Cliff, even "A Message To You, Rudy" with trombone. Was cool. Many scary drunken guys in audience, but nonetheless.
At some point this weekend, I watched all 6 or 8 episodes of Crime Story that were backed up on the PVR. Cool show. Funny to see all the people who've since gone to greater prominence showing up in these episodes, which are from the mid-80s sometime if I recall correctly. Ving Rhames with hair!
Recalling anything correctly does seem to be a big issue lately. Lana suggested upping my vitamin B complex intake. Probably, also eating would help. As would not being so old and dumb. I'll look into it.
Monday, Stereolab again at Fillmore. Another great show. Their music is much more physical live. It's like, if Terry Riley and James Brown had a kid, and she went to school in France and was really hot - that's Stereolab. Plus, cool thing about that image, it makes Call and Response James Brown's grandchild. I think they'd like that.
Still no couch. The seamstress is backed up, say foam store guy. No comment, say I.
5:13 PM: Oh! And, Sunday, saw the sparkling new re-release of Iron Monkey, with cool new Dolby soundtrack, decent music, and visually cleaned-up but not rewritten subtitles, preserving all the original charm of such lines as, "Sir! That monkey is showing you his butt!" Great flick. Excellent burning-log-pole fight. Funny as heck. There was a mom behind me with her two kids, probably between 6 and 9 years old; they had a great time. "You know what I liked? You know what I liked? I liked the part where the guy, he tries to come up behind him, and he turns around really fast and Wham! right into the wall!" Yeah!
5:53 PM: Big article from the SF Weakly about the most excellent and back-in-town 20 Minute Loop. Yay.
Willfully blind self-indulgent nebbish or amusingly quirky old coot? And how bout that local sports team? Discuss among yourselves.
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