Tuesday, October 31, 2006


a 10-hour Halloween/House-Warming Party at Dun Giggen last Saturday.

long overdue.

much revelry.

much ribs.

Mark Price!

thank you all for coming.

New Years, anyone?

CB & Nikki Kitti.

a dish with a dish with a dish looking on.

Eric & Dawn doo the boo.

Parizade, Marti Jones & two Black-Eyed Peas.

Don Dixon performs 'Bip Leaning Into The Wind".

Dawn, Nikki & Roger Bob after an hour in the bedroom. hmm.


RogerBob shows us where he stands.

Ed Sawan & Parizade.

Shane Dixon

luv dem ribs.

Salvador Butli - "Butli does not take drugs...Butli IS the drug".

SS-H rox out.

SS-H again...incognito.

more of Robin's great pix.

Happy feet.

how high is high?

musos in the kitchen...leaning left.

and while we were Halloweening - Steve Masucci (guitarist for The Lost Patrol, knowledgable gear restorer, fulltime human & major pal) sent me a pic of his 'costume":

NP: "Gray Gardens" - the doc by the Maysles on TCM. two women in a haunted house...haunted by them. damn, what a powerful work of art - can't believe i'd never seen it.

PEEVE DE JOUR: putting IOJ on a plane.

JOIE DE JOUR: $5 flix day + free pop corn at The Cedar-Lee. saw The Last King of Scotland & Shortbus.

GOTH-TUME DE JOUR: one more for Halloween -


Chocolate Chip Pecan

cb...where are you?


Tuesday, October 24, 2006



Johnny Teagle: '60 Gretsch 6120 (Walking Clampetts, Lucky Tigers)
Ted Lawrence: '63 Fender Jazzmaster (Supertones, The Human Tornados)
Baker Rorick: '63 Fender Precision Bass (Cool It Reba, The Baxters)
Chris Butler: Aquamarine glass glitter '60's Premier Drums (Tin Huey, Half Cleveland, The Waitresses)


Friday, October 27th



15711 Waterloo Rd.
Cleveland, OH


info: http://www.beachlandballroom.com/

opening for our pal Danny Amis':


PEEVE DE JOUR: have not stopped cleaningshoppinglauderingworkingtyping since 6am. bushed...AND the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame has pulled all of my stuff from the Rock In Ohio exhibit.

JOIE DE JOUR: k'niF's are GO!



(Oct. 27th)



Aloha! Macadamia

cb...where are you?

OHIO (no surf in Cleveland????...feh!)

Thursday, October 19, 2006


NB - for the past few months, i've been running a daily Goth/'ho Halloween costume. never thought i'd scoop the NYTimes!

Good Girls Go Bad, for a Day
Published: October 19, 2006

IN her thigh-highs and ruby miniskirt, Little Red Riding Hood does not appear to be en route to her grandmother’s house. And Goldilocks, in a snug bodice and platform heels, gives the impression she has been sleeping in everyone’s bed. There is a witch wearing little more than a Laker Girl uniform, a fairy who appears to shop at Victoria’s Secret and a cowgirl with a skirt the size of a tea towel.

TRICKS Seemingly innocuous characters have a sexy edge in costumes, which evoke male fantasies and reinforce a larger cultural message: younger is hotter.

Anyone who has watched the evolution of women’s Halloween costumes in the last several years will not be surprised that these images — culled from the Web sites of some of the largest Halloween costume retailers — are more strip club than storybook. Or that these and other costumes of questionable taste will be barely covering thousands of women who consider them escapist, harmless fun on Halloween.

“It’s a night when even a nice girl can dress like a dominatrix and still hold her head up the next morning,” said Linda M. Scott, the author of “Fresh Lipstick: Redressing Fashion and Feminism” (Palgrave Macmillan) and a professor of marketing at the University of Oxford in England.

The trend is so pervasive it has been written about by college students in campus newspapers, and Carlos Mencia, the comedian, jokes that Halloween should now be called Dress-Like-a-Whore Day.

But the abundance of risqué costumes that will be shrink-wrapped around legions of women come Oct. 31 prompts a larger question: Why have so many girls grown up to trade in Wonder Woman costumes for little more than Wonderbras?

“Decades after the second wave of the women’s movement, you would expect more of a gender-neutral range of costumes,” said Adie Nelson, the author of “The Pink Dragon Is Female: Halloween Costumes and Gender Markers,” an analysis of 469 children’s costumes and how they reinforce traditional gender messages that was published in The Psychology of Women Quarterly in 2000.

Dr. Nelson, a professor of sociology at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, said the trend toward overtly sexualized costumes actually begins with little girls. “Heroic figures for women or considered icons of femininity are very much anchored in the femme fatale imagery,” she said, adding that those include an assortment of Disney heroines, witches, cocktail waitresses, French maids and an “interchangeable variety of beauty queens.”

While researching “Pink Dragon,” Dr. Nelson found that even costumes for little girls were gendered. Boys got to be computers while the girls were cupcakes. Today, there are bride costumes for little girls but one is hard pressed to find groom costumes for little boys. Additionally, Dr. Nelson said, the girls’ costumes are designed in ways that create the semblance of a bust where there is none. “Once they’re older women it’s just a continuation of that same gender trend,” she said.

Men’s costumes are generally goofy or grotesque ensembles with “Animal House”-inspired names like Atomic Wedgie and Chug-A-Lug Beer Can. And when they dress up as police officers, firefighters and soldiers, they actually look like people in those professions. The same costumes for women are so tight and low-cut they are better suited for popping out of a cake than outlasting an emergency.

Obviously, however, many women see nothing wrong with making Halloween less about Snickers bars and SweeTarts and more about eye candy.

Rebecca Colby, 28, a library clerk in Milwaukee, said the appeal of sexy costumes lies in escaping the workaday, ho-hum dress code.

“I’m not normally going to wear a corset to go out,” said Ms. Colby, who has masqueraded as a Gothic witch with a low-cut bodice, a minidress-wearing bumblebee, a flapper and, this year, most likely, a “vixen pirate.”

“Even though you’re in a costume when you go out to a party in a bar or something, you still want to look cute and sexy and feminine,” she said.

Indeed, many women think that showing off their bodies “is a mark of independence and security and confidence,” said Pat Gill, the interim director of the Institute of Communications Research and a professor of gender and women’s studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

It is a wonder gyms do not have “get in shape for Halloween” specials.

In her book “Dilemmas of Desire: Teenage Girls Talk About Sexuality” (Harvard University Press), Deborah Tolman, the director of the Center for Research on Gender and Sexuality at San Francisco State University and a professor of human sexuality studies there, found that some 30 teenage girls she studied understood being sexy as “being sexy for someone else, not for themselves,” she said.

When the girls were asked what makes them feel sexy, they had difficulty answering, Dr. Tolman said, adding that they heard the question as “What makes you look sexy?”

Many women’s costumes, with their frilly baby-doll dresses and high-heeled Mary Janes, also evoke male Lolita fantasies and reinforce the larger cultural message that younger is hotter.

“It’s not a good long-term strategy for women,” Dr. Tolman said.

But does that mean women should not use Halloween as an excuse to shed a few inhibitions?

“I think it depends on the spirit in which you’re doing it,” Dr. Tolman said. “I’m not going to go and say this is bad for all women.”

Perhaps, say some scholars, it could even be good. Donning one of the many girlish costumes that sexualize classic characters from books, including “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” “Cinderella” and “The Wizard of Oz,” can be campy, female sartorial humor, said Professor Gill. It can be a way to embrace the fictional characters women loved as children while simultaneously taking a swipe at them, she said. “The humor gives you a sense of power and confidence that just being sexy doesn’t,” she said.

Dr. Tolman added that it is possible some women are using Halloween as a “safe space,” a time to play with sexuality. By taking it over the top, she said, they “make fun of this bill of goods that’s being sold to them.”

“Hey, if we can claim Halloween as a safe space to question these images being sold to us, I think that’s a great idea,” Dr. Tolman said.

But it may be only an idea. Or, more fittingly in this case, a fantasy.

“I love to imagine that there’s some real social message, that it’s sort of the female equivalent of doing drag,” Dr. Nelson said. “But I don’t think it’s necessarily so well thought out.”

Tanda Word, 26, a graduate student at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, who wrote a satirical article about the trend for The Daily Toreador, agreed. “I think it’s damaging because it’s not just one night a year,” she said. “If it’s all the costume manufacturers make, I think it says something bigger about the culture as a whole.”

Salacious costumes — the most visible reminder that Halloween is no longer the sole domain of children — have been around longer than plastic Grim Reaper scythes. But there has been an emergence of “ultrasexy” costumes in the last couple of years, according to Christa Getz, the purchasing director for BuyCostumes.com, which sells outfits with names like Little Bo “Peep Show” and Miss Foul Play.

“Probably over 90 to 95 percent of our female costumes have a flirty edge to them,” Ms. Getz said, adding that sexy costumes are so popular the company had to break its “sexy” category into three subdivisions this year.

Heather Siegel, the vice president of HalloweenMart.com, said her company’s sexy category is among its most popular. (The two best-selling women’s costumes are a low-cut skin-tight referee uniform and a pinup-girl-inspired prisoner outfit called Jail Bait.)

“Almost everybody gets dressed up really, really sexy for it,” said Carrie Jean Bodner, a senior at Cornell University in Ithaca who wrote about the abundance of skimpy Halloween garb for The Cornell Daily Sun last year. “Even the girls who wouldn’t dream of going to class without their pearls and pullovers.”

Last year Ms. Bodner, 21, dressed up as a sexy pinch-hitter for an imaginary baseball team. This year she and her friends are considering being va-voom Girl Scouts.

Ms. Getz of BuyCostumes.com said far more women are buying revealing costumes than firing off indignant e-mail messages asking, “Why are all of your costumes so sexy?” (though some do).

Still, women may be buying racy outfits because that is all that is available. Ms. Getz said she wished there were more sexy men’s costumes on the market and that the lack of them is but further evidence of the gender double standard. “It’s just not as socially acceptable,” she said, adding that men feel comfortable expressing themselves with Halloween costumes that are “either crude or outrageous or obnoxious.”

Ms. Siegel of HalloweenMart.com said the costume industry is merely mirroring the fashion industry, where women have more variety in their wardrobes. Besides, she said, men are less interested in accessorizing. “They’re happy grabbing a mask and a robe and being done,” she said.

At least they get a robe. Ms. Bodner of Cornell estimated that it will be about 30 degrees in Ithaca on Oct. 31.

“We’re not just risking our dignity here,” she said. “We’re risking frostbite.”
NP: Scott Walker/"The Big Hurt"

PEEVE DE JOUR: see above.


N. B. A. T. W. P. (Never Be At The Wrong Party):

Johnny Teagle: '50's Gretsch 6120 (Walking Clampetts, Lucky Tigers)
Ted Lawrence: '62 Fender Jazzmaster (Supertones, The Human Tornados)
Baker Rorick: '64 Fender Precision Bass (Cool It Reba, The Baxters)
Chris Butler: Premier Drums (Tin Huey, Half Cleveland, The Waitresses)

Friday, October 20th

it's rock 'n' roll 'n' bowling
and a special
"Surf & Lounge South of the Border"
show at:

209 4th Ave.
Asbury Park, NJ

Doors are at 8
18 to enter, 21 to drink "Surf & Lounge South of the Border"
$12 cover..
$10 "all u can bowl"

info = http://www.asburylanes.com/




(Oct. 20th)

Strawberry Shortcake

cb...where are you?

Asbury Park, NJ

Tuesday, October 17, 2006


Happy Birthday, PJB!

Happy Birthday, BG!

Happy Birthday, LW!

NP: Radio Nigel

PEEVE DE JOUR: my digital camera cannot be repaired because HP does not support their own products. moral: don't buy an HP camera.

JOI DE JOUR: IOJ in two days!



(Oct. 17th)

(Cherry Vanilla)

cb...where are you?


Intelligent MIDI Sequencing with Hamster Control

By Levy Lorenzo via Bianca Bob in NYC…and back by popular demand!


This project was initially fueled by the desire to explore the MIDI protocol. It was decided that this would be accomplished by building a MIDI device. I also aimed to make something novel that had never been done before. But to balance out the unusual nature of its design, I wanted to also to create something that was very musical.After much consideration of different technical design aspects and contemplating various musical ideas, I was able to arrive at a project that would fulfill all of my musical and engineering goals.An intelligent MIDI sequencer was designed with hamster control. The MIDI sequencer intelligently produced melodies by manipulating the musical elements of rhythm and note-choice. Guided by inputs based on hamster movements, Markov chains were used to perform such beat and note computations. In culmination, 3 simultaneous voices were produced spanning 3 octaves and 3 rhythmic tiers. Each voice was controlled by two hamsters: one that was responsible for adjusting the rhythmic qualities of the melody and another that modified the note sequence. With all of these elements in combination, an output was produced with very musical qualities.All of this was implemented using an Atmel Mega32 microcontroller, distance sensors, a HamsterMIDI Controller, and 6 hamsters. Embedded C programming implemented the algorithms and computations within the sequencer.Overall, this project was successful. The control between the hamsters and the musical intelligence turned out very well. The music sounds as good as I imagined, and I am very satisfied with the outcome of my design experience.

Full Report in PDF format (For reasons I don't understand, you may need to save this file, then view it locally).

Video of hamsters controlling the system

Example of music in wav format

Example of music in MP3 format.

APPENDIX C - Hamster MIDI Controller Photographs:

Complete System with Hamsters
Hamster Sensing Unit
Sequencer with MIDI OUT

Controller Side Panel- Inside
Mounted GP2D02 Sensors
Controller Prototype Board

Sunday, October 15, 2006


NB - The Waitreses played CBGB several times in '81, and i became pretty good friends with Hilly. his assistant - i think his name was Mel - was a big, barrel-chested guy with a very Slavic face who always wore a hard-hat. it was his job to pay the bands, and one night after a gig our band left for Wo-Hops for grunts and to divvy up the night's take. we had a guarantee, but we were a hundred bucks short. i called the club at like 4 in the morning and Mel answered. i told him that we got shorted, and he promptly offered to leave another hundred bucks in my guitar case, since it was traditional to fetch the gear the next morning. sure enough...there were five 20's in my guitar case the next day.

that NEVER HAPPENS in club life.

thanks Mel.

thanks Hilly.

thanks CBGB.
NEW YORK TIMES Op-Ed Contributor

Rock ‘n’ Roll High School

Published: October 14, 2006

CBGB’S shuts down this weekend.

There’s not too much left to say about the character of the joint. It’s the most famous rock ’n’ roll club in the world, the most famous that there ever has been, and it’s just as famously a horrendous dump. It’s the archetypal, the ur, dim and dirty, loud, smelly and ugly nowhere little rock ’n’ roll club. There’s one not much different from it in every burg in the country.

Only, like a lot of New York, CBGB’s is more so, way more so. And of course, for three or four years in the mid-70’s, it housed the most influential cluster of bands ever to grow up — or to implicitly reject the concept of growing up — under one roof.

On practically any weekend from 1974 to 76 you could see one or more of the following groups (here listed in approximate chronological order) in the often half-empty 300-capacity club: Television, the Ramones, Suicide, the Patti Smith Group, Blondie, the Dictators, the Heartbreakers, Talking Heads, Richard Hell and the Voidoids, and the Dead Boys. Not to mention some often equally terrific (or equally pathetic) groups that aren’t as well remembered, like the Miamis and the Marbles and the Erasers and the Student Teachers. Nearly all the members of these bands treated the club as a headquarters — as home. It was a private world. We dreamed it up. It flowered out of our imaginations.

How often do you get to do that? That’s what you want as a kid, and that’s what we were able to do at CBGB’s. It makes me think of that Elvis Presley quotation: “When I was a child, ladies and gentlemen, I was a dreamer. I read comic books, and I was the hero of the comic book. I saw movies, and I was the hero in the movie. So every dream I ever dreamed has come true a hundred times.” We dreamed CBGB’s into existence.

The owner of the club, Hilly Kristal, never said no. That was his genius. Though it’s dumb to use the word genius about what happened there. It was all a dream. Many of us were drunk or stoned half our waking hours, after all. The thing is, we were young there. You don’t get that back. Even children know that. They don’t want their old stuff thrown away. Everything should be kept. I regret everything I’ve ever thrown away.

CBGB’s was like a big playhouse, site of conspiracies, orgies, delirium, refuge, boredom, meanness, jealousy, kindness, but most of all youth. Things felt and done the first time are more vivid. CBGB’s is where many things were felt with that vividness. That feeling is the real identity of the club, to me. And it’s horrible, or at least seriously sad, to lose it. But then, apparently, we aren’t really going to lose it.

CBGB’s is going to be dismantled and reconstructed as an exhibit in Las Vegas, like Elvis. I like that. A lot. I really hope it happens as intended.

It’s occurred to me that Hilly’s genius passivity is something he has in common with Andy Warhol. Another trait of Warhol’s was that he fanatically tried to keep or record everything that ever happened in his vicinity, from junk mail in “time capsules” to small talk to newspaper front pages and movie star publicity shots to 24 hours of the Empire State Building.

We all know that nothing lasts. But at least we can make a cool and funny exhibit of it.

I’m serious. God likes change and a joke. God loves CBGB’s.

Richard Hell, a musician, is the author of the novel “Godlike” and the film critic for BlackBook magazine.

NP: "Egmond" with William H. Macy. Mamet manly misery as usual.

PEEVE DE JOUR: "you know men...make 'em think it's their idea." well, here's one for you - "happiness & joy deferred is happiness & joy denied." what?...there is so much love, so much happiness & joy in your life that you can squander mine?

JOIE DE JOUR: 24 hours of a head full of fuck yous.



(Oct. 15th...closing day for my store.)

Chocolate Malted



cb...were are you?


Saturday, October 14, 2006


YouTube-ing when i should be working. there was/is nobody cooler. and musos PLEASE NOTE - the "shave and a haircut...two bits" rhythm is on the DRUMS, not on the guitar.

- with Jerome Green maracaing...damn!

- with Little Sister on 2nd guitar…damn damn!



Friday, October 13, 2006


there's lots i can say about this brilliant band, which i will get to soon. best musical training experience of my life. but for now:

"When Good Things Happen To Local People"

Legendary local musician Jack Kidney will be performing with Frank Black from the "Pixies", on the Conan O'Brien show on October 20, 2006 in New York City. Later that night Jack will be playing with Black and band at the Warsaw club in Brooklyn, NY.
Frank is including Jack at a number of October gigs in the surrounding area; Pittsburgh on the 27th, Cleveland's "House of Blues" on the 30th, and the Cincinnati area on Halloween the 31st. See the schedule at Frank Black's website for more club details.

This Frank Black project is somewhat of a followup to the "Honeycomb" CD and he used many of the same musicians. Frank and Jack previously performed together in L.A. with David Thomas (PereUbu). Frank liked Jack's straight forward musical approach and immediately asked him to record in L.A. Then last September he hired Kidney to record with him and many other notable musicians in Nashville resulting in the recently released "Fast Man Raider Man" CD. Jack plays tenor sax and harmonica on many tracks, and was pleasantly surprised to find that most all of his work made it to the CD, including some solo work.

Watch Conan on the 20th, come to the House of Blues on the 30th, and of course listen for Jack on "Fast Man Raider Man" !
pic of alumnae from The Kent Stage, Kent, Sept 17th 2005. 35th Anniversary Show:

Standing, left to right; John Thomas, Bill Watson, Fred Tribuzzo, Bart Johnson, Mike Stacey,
Dan Kidney, Al Milburn, Robert Kidney, Chris Butler, Jack Kidney, Drake Gleason,
Ed Sigler, Terry Hynde.
Sitting, left to right; Mike Bubnow, Frank Casamento, Rob Reisman.
one magnificent album:



NP: "Stolen Cadillac"

PEEVE DE JOUR: The Orchard's song-plugger passed on me after only hearing three tunes. ah well, that's show biz.

JOIE DE JOUR: wow...24 seconds/2 page views!...however did you find the time?



(Oct. 14th)

Caramel Heath


Chocolate Covered Pretzel

N.B.A.T.W.P. (Never Be At The Wrong Party):

DENNIS DIKEN (of The Smithereens) will be back on the air this Saturday October 14 on WFMU from 10am -1pm, filling-in for "MICHAEL SHELLEY"

don't forget, YOU CAN LISTEN ON LINE if you're out of the range of the signal. info below.

tune in, give a shout if you please on the studio line at (201) 200-9368.

it's been a while, I'm looking forward to spinning platters aplenty once again.

your boy,

Dennis D


WFMU broadcasts at 91.1FM in the NYC/NJ metro area

90.1FM in the Hudson Valley/Catskills region
and online from anywhere at: http://www.wfmu.org

cb...where are you?


Wednesday, October 11, 2006

...and then there's The 'Mats!!

can't sleep, so it's Insomniac TV time:

God, I love The Replacements…


God, what a mess, on the ladder of success
Where you take one step and miss the whole first rung
Dreams unfulfilled, graduate unskilled
It beats pickin cotton and waitin’ to be forgotten

We are the sons of no one, bastards of young
We are the sons of no one, bastards of young
The daughters and the sons

Clean your baby womb, trash that baby boom
Elvis in the ground, there ain’t no beer tonight
Income tax deduction, what a hell of a function
It beats pickin cotton and waitin’ to be forgotten

We are the sons of no one, bastards of young
We are the sons of no one, bastards of young
The daughters and the sons

Unwillingness to claim us, ya got no war to name us

The ones who love us best are the ones we’ll lay to rest
And visit their graves on holidays at best
The ones who love us least are the ones well die to please
If it’s any consolation, I don’t begin to understand them

We are the sons of no one, bastards of young
We are the sons of no one, bastards of young
The daughters and the sons

Young...take it, its yours...








I could go on…damn, YouTube rocks! and PW's tunes for "Open Season" are AOK...


Ted k'niF sent me two videos by The Atlantics - Australia's premier '60's surf band...and Purple k'niF KILLS on "Bambora", too.




NP: Boston Legal/"The dwarf fainted..." = William Shatner

PEEVE DE JOUR: Black Dog Day Afternoon.

JOIE DE JOUR: LU Little School Boys (Extra Dark Chocolate ones)



(Oct. 11th)

Chocolate Malted


Peanut Butter Cup

cb...where are you?


Tuesday, October 10, 2006

bLiTzScReEd TuEsDaY!!!

- a smattering of some of the funcool stuff i've received recently:

NB: the graphic i've been using for these bLiTzScReEd posts comes from my pal Elizabeth McCullough's "Pearl Harbor" CD. please check out her music at:



- from KA in the UK:


i get one of these amazing graphics every week...
- from the Dollimama in Akron:

A WOMAN has suffered severe burning to her anus after being struck by lightning which hit her in the mouth and passed right through her body.

Natasha Timarovic, 27, was cleaning her teeth at home when lightning struck the building.

She said: "I had just put my mouth under the tap to rinse away the toothpaste when the lightning must have struck the building.

I don’t remember much after that, but I was later told that the lightning had travelled down the water pipe and struck me on the mouth, passing through my body.

It was incredibly painful, I felt it pass through my torso and then I don’t remember much at all." Doctors at the city hospital where she was treated for burns to the mouth and rear said: "The accident is bizarre but not impossible.

She was wearing rubber bathroom shoes at the time and so instead of earthing through her feet it appears the electricity shot out of her backside," a medic told local television news channel, 24 Sata.

- Bruce from New York sez:

Friends - Per the poster image below, the A-Bones will back up Fortune Records' Andre "Mr. Rhythm" Williams and Norton Records' The Great Gaylord at Union Pool (484 Union St. in Williamsberg, Bklyn) next Wednesday, October 11th.

Per the link below that, we'll be doing the same thing a few days later in Valencia Spain. Show proof of attendance for both shows and enjoy free Chorizo (on us) all night in Valencia.


- KA in the UK also sent:

IN TUNE WITH FUN - an 8-page comic from the '50's about the joys of playing the accordian

read/see the whole thing at: http://www.ep.tc/intunewithfun/

NP: Resonance FM London - very cool freeform station, and a sister station of WFMU. http://www.resonancefm.com/audio.htm
...and Randy Newman on The Colbert Report!

PEEVE DE JOUR: Demons: 3, CB: 0

JOIE DE JOUR: a good batch of grapes (??...trying, trying)



(Oct. 10th)

Mint Chocolate Chip

cb...where are you?