I dragged some friends to Madame Tussaud’s last Friday for my birthday. It was so much fun. Yes, it is in Times Square, Tourist Hell of the World. And yes, it was overpriced ($30-that’s including a 20% discount cause we bought online). But despite these faults, it was worth it.
None of the figures are behind glass. You can actually feel J.Lo’s butt if you want, it’s all interactive. Pet Gandhi’s bald head (he was CUTE!), touch Brad Pitt’s package, grab Madonna’s boobs, it’s all OK!!!! Here are some fun shots of everyone…
Eddie and Prince. Prince and I are the same height.
This reminds me of the album cover for Cream Goodbye.
Tina’s got some lice that Tim is taking care of.
They call that art?!?!
Jimmy and a slimy, reptilian motherfucker…according to Tyson.
So yesterday, my dear friend Tim Anderson had a book reading for his new book Tune in Tokyo: The Gaijin Diaries. It took him something like 10 years to experience, write, edit, have an agent work with him, have an agent give up and then to finally self publish this labor of love, and by jove, he did a spectacular job!
The event was held at the KGB Bar with an introduction/reading by Kristen Elde and some mellow/mystifying jams by Edmund Pellino. The turn out was fabulous and the chapter he read, hilarious. I literally started reading the book on the way home, ignoring Todd. It is basically about his adventures in Tokyo as an English teacher back in the early half of this decade. It is fraught with humorous short stories which remind me of another North Carolina native, one David Sedaris.
I suggest that everyone buy one immediately (using this link), read it, write a review and tell your friends. Also, tell those freaks down at the Strand/or any local bookstore that they should stock that mug.
“I get around….from town to town….I’m a real cool head….I’m making real good bread.”—Can you believe that’s what The Beach Boys are saying in I Get Around? I had no idea until recently. Awesome. It sounds like gangsta rap.
What the fuck is up with bands these days and their names? If I had to estimate, I would guess that 46% of bands today have a name related to nature…72% of those, to woodland creatures. Here are some examples:
*Grizzly Bear*Animal Collective*Islands*Octopus Project*The Acorn*Sea Wolf*Neon Trees*Swans*Minus the Bear*Caribou*Deer Tick*Miniature Tigers*Lost in the Trees*Panda Bear*Wolf Parade*Wavves….you get the idea.
I mean, did these people just open a National Geographic and name the first thing they saw? Where’s the creativity? (I could ask the same question about their music, but let’s leave that for another day.) Have any of these bands actually spent any time in the woods/hunting? Does this trend have something to do with the green movement…like the musicians wanna seem down with the earth and politics? And what is with the obsession with deer, bears and wolves?!?!? Seriously, I wanna know why this is happening.
It’s comparable to when there was a trend of names that had to do with travel…Boston, Journey, Kansas, Foreigner, Asia-all bands that I like, nevertheless, with terrible names. What ever happened to clever band names like The Stooges, Iron Maiden, Cheap Trick, Judas Priest, Half Pint & The Fifths, ? & The Mysterians, Black Sabbath? At least some of those last names mentioned have interesting origins. What could possibly be the back story to the name Panda Bear?
If I hear of a new indie band called Badger Paw, I’m gonna lose it. Enough already. Come on, people, try harder.
I just read on the summerofmegadeth blog that there are rumors that Mike Judge is working on some new Beavis and Butthead episodes. Man, that will be kick ass. Beavis and Butthead was a genius show. BRILLIANT. I used to tape it when it came on. I was 12. You can’t watch the dvds though, because they have omitted the best part, the fucking videos. The commentary on the videos was priceless. Mike Judge, if you find my blog and this rumor is true, I have a suggestion. You should have Beavis and Butthead stumble across one of those public access video shows made for up and coming artists. Those are hilarious. If this is just a rumor, well then, it’s on an even keel with my story about Danzig…Morrison.
Since it’s been about 100 degrees in NYC for the past 3 days, the whole city smells of stewing trash. It’s just piled up on the curbs, baking in the boiling sun. It’s reallly quite unpleasant and I can’t wait for summer to be over.