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Ah, blogging. Here's my little corner of it all -- in West Chester, and well, from wherever on whatever. I'll let you know what I'm thinking and you can let me know what you're thinking. But remember, I can delete your posts.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Nov. 29

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

1995 to 2008

There are days when being a dog person is really tough. He was a good dog and even posed for a photo for a story here. Friends would call and ask how he was doing before asking how I was doing and condolences have come from all over the country and region. He was one of a kind.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Releases Are Easier

Everyone should check out Red Sammy. They're outta Baltimore and totally Bad@#$ and do some really cool shows/events. Especially if you like haunting music (there is a saw player) and literature.

Artists and writers gang up for one major opening night
(Red Sammy, Michael Kimball, and Publishing Genius Press Host One Night of Three Releases)

On Saturday, December 20th @ Metro Gallery (FREE SHOW) Red Sammy will release their new album, Dog Hang Low; author/filmmaker Michael Kimball will preview an excerpt of I Will Smash You; and Publishing Genius Press will release its latest book, The Origin of Paranoia as a Heated Mole Suit by poet and man-about-town, Rupert Wondolowski.

Red Sammy is regarded for their "graveyard country rock" style and the literary attributes of their songs. They were formed in 2005 by frontman Adam Trice. Dog Hang Low is their sophomore album. They will perform their new songs as well as a handful of older tunes at the release party. (Official Press Release Attached)

Michael Kimball is the author of three books, most recently the critically acclaimed novel, Dear Everybody. In I Will Smash You, Kimball interviews guests just before they are recorded using baseball bats, fire, scissors, axes and sledgehammers to smash items that are important to them. Things that were destroyed include military discharge papers, heirlooms, and a Ford Taurus.

Publishing Genius Press will release its fifth book, this latest is by Rupert Wondolowski, organizer of The Shattered Wig Night (Baltimore's longest running reading series). Wondolowski will be there to read from his new book of poems, The Origin of Paranoia as a Heated Mole Suit.

Metro Gallery is located in the Station-North Arts District, at 1700 N Charles St.

For questions, please email

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

I Had Nothing Else So Here's This

The Pilfers Reunion this Friday with Bomb the Music Industry, Sonic Boom Six and the Emotron!
The Reunion tour of NYC's legendary Pilfers kicks off this:

Friday, November 21st at our 941 Theater in Philly!

LOCATION: 941 N. Front Street

(just north of Brown St.)

Philadelphia, Pa 19123

Tickets are $15, it's ALL AGES and doors are at 8pm.

If you are over 21 there is FREE Pabst Blue Ribbon!

Here's the lineup:
The NYC Ska Legends PILFERS (an amazing mashup of reggae/punk/ska and more) are back in action with their original lineup including former Toasters vocalist Coolie Ranx (also the voice of 'Little Jacob' in Grand Theft Auto 4) and former Bim Skala Bim trombonist, Vinny Nobile, ex-Skinnerbox rhythm section of Anna Milat-Meyer on bass and James Blanck on drums, as well as guitar player, Nick Bacon of The Erratics.

Bomb the Music Industry! - the ska/synth/punk fugazi!

SONIC BOOM SIX -punk/ska/reggae/dub/hip hop collaboration from the UK

and Philly's own THE EMOTRON - absolutely crazy one man synth punk outfit

get your advance tickets here before they sell out!

Presented by the fine folks at the 941 Theater, Asbestos Records, and Backseat Conceptions!

Monday, November 17, 2008


Last week, I was working on some songs witha friend. Left his house in Downingtown and much to my surprise, my car was not where I left it. First, panic went through me. What criminal ring in Downingtown would steal my car on a cool Wednesday night. Then common sense arrived. I realized I couldn't park where I parked. Well, I guess I could, you just get towed.

Called the PD and they were quite helpful. Even offered suggestions on how to get it back that night. But that was nothing but a waste of time. The tow-truck driver was gone for the evening.

Too much cash, two rides and 12 hours later I was finally driving my car home. And the price of the tow was 10 times the cost of the ticket. Lesson learned -- I'm not going to Downingtown anymore.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Quiet Time

Haven't made a post here ina few days. Been fighting this cold/flu/sick thing for a few weeks and things just fell by the wayside. So I refer to an earlier post...scroll down...go see Adam & Dave's Bloodline Saturday night at The Note. And buy them drinks. You won't be disappointed.