some quick sketches from my new masterpiece
Laugh on, Jeff Goldblum! Laugh on!
some quick sketches from my new masterpiece
Laugh on, Jeff Goldblum! Laugh on!
WFMU's a freeform radio station in Jersey City, and I'm a fan of an experimental talk show they have called 'Seven Second Delay’, whose hosts are Ken Freedman and Andy Breckman. They’re funny guys; Andy used to write for Saturday Night Live — he wrote the ‘White Like Me' Eddie Murphy sketch — and he also had an incarnation as a humorous folk singer. (His song 'Railroad Bill' is part of my repertoire.) The show isn't for everyone, but I find its flawed implementations of half-baked ideas to be frequently hilarious.
So last Friday I went down to WFMU in Jersey City for ‘Seven Second Delay’s Almost Amateur Hour’, where I and a dozen and a half other Seven Second Delay listeners were given two minutes and thirty-five seconds each to perform. There was also a similar number of judges, mostly WFMU DJs.
When I got there, frazzled and burnt out from the long drive, and 20 minutes after I was supposed to check in, I found Ken to tell him I had finally arrived. He told me:
"OK. You’re on after the juggler. After everyone’s done performing, the results will be tabulated. The performers will all then vote on who their favorite judge was. Once the winners have been announced, we’ll call all the performers to the stage, we’ll start up the smoke machine, and everyone will sing ‘I Shall Be Released’. You’ll then find yourself descending into a state of true peace and contentment for the first time in your life.”
I thought to myself: Clearly, some of that is a joke, but which parts? To find out the answer to that question, and to see which performer and which judge were picked as the best, tune in tonight on wfmu.org from 6-7:40 pm!
You never know what you’re going to get with a random assemblage of seventeen or eighteen performers, but I was really impressed — pretty much everyone on the bill ranged from good to excellent. And there was a large, enthusiastic crowd. It was a really fun night, and almost worth the hour I spent crawling down the West Side Highway to the Holland Tunnel to get there.
I was on thirteenth (after the juggler).
DJ Quik came by the MaxFun studio and we sat down for a long, fascinating talk. He’s a helluva guy, that DJ Quik.
I really enjoyed this interview!
Providence Comics Consortium Advice #159
by Cesar Romero (Mike Leslie)
Now I understand why I have been asked to be in so many bands over the years.
I like other people’s dogs. I like to pet them and play with them and make them do tricks, and then at the end of the day, I like to give them back to their owners.
I actually wrote a song a few years ago about this sort of situation:
You know I used to have a dog, I loved to have that dog around,
But now that she is gone, I’m not gonna rush off to no pound.
It’s great to have a dog, that’s what all dog-owners say,
But I like having some freedom — you know that leash, it goes both ways.
I want me a part time dog, won’t keep me up late every night.
Some companionship here and there, once in a while she’ll treat me right
My part-time dog & I will cross paths every once in a little while.
I’ll give her treats and rub her tummy, love to see that doggy smile.
My part-time dog’ll be well-cared for, it just won’t be by only me.
Sharing dogs is very modern, so don’t you cluck your tongue at me.
I want me a part-time dog, one who’s sweet as she can be.
One who’ll always be happy to always stay part-time with me.
You know I ain’t no SOB who’d turn a hungry dog from his door.
I’d treat her well while she is mine, miss her when she goes next door.
It’ll be sad to see her go, watch her go so far away —
But trust me, man, it’d be sadder still if she’d stick around every day.
I want me a part-time dog, I guess I’ve told you the reasons why.
Now all I need’s to find a puppy who’s looking for a part-time guy.
Spell check didn’t even have any suggestions.
I love that driyt werat.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s dissent in the Hobby Lobby case is all over the Internet, so I thought people might be interested in Guy Branum’s excellent and poignant tribute to Ginsburg in this old episode of the ‘Baby Geniuses’ podcast. The discussion of Ginsburg starts around 20:20 in the recording.
This week on Baby Geniuses our guest is the delightful, passionate, knowledgeable, exquisite man GUY BRANUM! In one of our most informative episodes ever, Guy explains to us in no uncertain terms why we should all be worshipping Ruth Bader Ginsburg as the heroine that she is.
Then! Teen expert
Nate FernaldMcWilliams David gives us the three keys to understanding our most sought-after demographic. Mostly it’s about fruit snacks.
And also: fossil words! Weird facebook friends! Internet haters! LISA’S PUBES!!!! Will we get hoisted by our own respective petards??? Listen to find out!!
Wonderful podcast music provided by Nate Heller.
This weekend I was a guest on my own podcast!
In the course of the discussion, we touched on the following topics:
- Tracie Potochnik and her original episode of Tell Me About Your Song
- Don Tassone and the Mediator Stage
- Daniel Ouellette
- An investment banker’s email regarding being rejected for a second date
- Johnny Cash and June Carter, “Jackson”
- Gender dynamics
- Gram Parsons
- John Couger
- Chris Monti
- Jeff Keithline
- Seth Manchester of Machines with Magnets
- Pedal steel guitar
- 75orLess Records
- Time To Break Up The Band
You can get 'Was The Moon Too Full?' or the album it’s on from 75orLess or from Jacob’s bandcamp page, and you can find out more about Jacob on his website or on facebook or twitter. You can also write to him at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to be added to his mailing list; he sends out a mailing about once a month listing upcoming shows and other news.
The ‘Tell Me About Your Song’ icon was designed by Shaenon K. Garrity.
My third CD is out and available for sale! Time To Break Up The Band by Jacob Haller
If you’re in the Central Massachusetts area, you can also go to my CD release party tonight, at the NU Cafe, 335 Chandler Street, Worcester, MA from 6:30-8:30 pm. I’ll have a couple of special guests and there’s no cover charge. Hope to see you there!
Download the title track of my upcoming album for free: Time To Break Up The Band by Jacob Haller
The album proper will be released this coming Thursday on 75orLess Records.
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are you a real news paper?
why cant i find your paper anywhere?
i once found it at the lieberry for free. why dont you make more t-shirts and have conteststs?
- some new shirt designs coming up. maybe some contests.
will you be my mother? mothers need mothers too.
- this question is too much to unpack right now.
i really like your news. please bring more papers to the city of worcester, ma.
when will you be big enough to get some shit done?
- i don’t understand this question
when will you not be low rent, but instead big and high rent? important rent.
- low rent is important.
what are your feelings about drugs and stuff?
- everyone is on drugs all the time.
did you ever inhale water?
- yes, at the beach.
Vassiriki Abou Diaby (French pronunciation: [abu djabi]; born 11 May 1986), known as Abou Diaby, is a French footballer of Ivorian descent who plays for English club Arsenal in the Premier League and the France national team. He primarily plays as a box-to-box central midfielder, as he is adept in both attack and defence, and is described as a player who is “languid, elusive, and athletic” that can either “dribble past opponents or slip passes to team-mates”. Diaby also possesses “superb touch” and “excellent close control”, however he often struggles with repetitive injuries, a problem that has existed since his time in France. His physical appearance and positional preference have evoked comparisons to Arsenal legend and compatriot Patrick Vieira.
Mothers News answers the important questions.
SHAKESPEARE PLAYS GIVEN TABLOID TWIST
Most of these are great fun, but the Romeo and Juliet one misunderstands the word “wherefore”.
I think it might be a purposeful error. Maybe not, but I could definitely see that being on purpose.
Absolutely all of these are so important.
JL’s accordion has 3 microphones mounted inside the grill of the accordion going to wireless packs. The mice are super-small—I think they were designed for television or the theatrical stage. The work quite well although they occasionally turn in the rigging and the “sweet spot” gets funky” (and occasionally the fall off the rigging completely which sounds like a musical garbage truck colliding with an iron lung)
Who are you
Whats your favorite color
Favorite ice cream flavor
Do you have a cat
ooh ooh ooh! yes!
Favorite color? Blue.
Favorite ship? I don’t really participate in fandom that way — but, with that said, around seven years ago I happened across some Torchwood fanfic that was centered on Captain Jack knitting and flirting with people which made me pretty happy. (one example / another example)
Favorite ice cream flavor — Three Sisters in Providence used to have a Mexican chocolate ice cream that I loved, but they don’t have it any more. The dirty mint ice cream there is pretty good though.
You know what they say about New England weather…
No sleet or rain of frogs? I call shenanigans.