Search Party

I’ve spent a considerable amount of time on the internet recently and there are a few things I discovered that you might enjoy.

1. Last.FM: There’s a white box to the right that doesn’t make much sense now, but promises to be pretty sweet. If you click on it now, it will tell you what I’ve been listening to in Itunes. Once a week it publishes that info in that white box. It’s pretty real time, so you can see what time I’m listening to what.

2. One Red Paper Clip: This guy started with a red paper clip and told “the world” that he would trade it for anything, anywhere. Someone traded a pen for the red paper clip; he traded the pen for a door knob, the door knob for a camp stove, the camp stove for a generator, the generator for a beer sign and empty keg, the beer sign and keg for a snowmachine (snowmobile), he traded the snowmachine for a box truck. His eventual goal is to gain a house. Pretty interesting stuff.


I just took a drive, something that I enjoy doing. I put my IPod on “shuffle all” and it came up with some interesting music. Here’s a sample. By the way, this would make an excellent CD.

1. Gypsy Kings – Hotel California
2. John Legend – Let’s Get Lifted Again
3. Rusty Truck – Malibu Canyon
4. The Waterboys – Fisherman’s Blues
5. Bob Dylan – It’s Alright Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)
6. Willie Nelson – Funny How Time Slips Away
7. Bruce Springsteen – All The Way Home
8. Alanis Morissette – 21 Things I Want in a Lover
9. Jackson Brown – Running On Empty
10. U2 – 11 o’clock Tick Tock
11. Nick Drake – Northern Sky
12. Canned Heat – On the Road Again
13. Smog – Drinking at the Dam
14. Matthew Ryan – Me and My Lover
15. Wilco – Outtasite (Outta Mind)
16. Johnny Cash – The Running Kind (with Tom Petty)
17. Ryan Adam – Somehow, Someday
18. Travis – As You Are

That ought to get you started. Oh, do yourself a favor and download this. It’s free and well worth it. There’s been buzz about K.T. for at least a year, she’s finally going to release the CD that’s been “imported” from the UK for months.

Rockstar: MKinMotion

A little background:
In 1994, I saw INXS at the Portland Memorial Coliseum. It was their “Dirty Honeymoon” Tour. They were supporting their album “Full Moon, Dirty Hearts.” Material Issue opened and thanks to The Chindo and The Mad Fishicist, I’d heard of them. At one point in the show, Michael Hutchence tempts the crowd to abandon their strict “Portland Style” chairs and rush the stage. I ended up about 6 or 7 feet from the front of the stage. At one point Kirk Pengilly was playing a solo (on guitar) and Michael ran up behind him and bumped him into the crowd. I caught his head. His sweaty long haired head. A little bit in shock, a little bit starstruck, the only thing I could think to say to him as I helped hoist him back onto stage was, “YOU RULE!”

(Pictured: Kirk Pengilly, c. 1994)


I spent a very interesting afternoon Monday. I registered as a member of KFOG, a local radio station for the bay area. Just a few days into being a registered “Foghead,” I received an email from the promotions department that I won tickets to a private concert by INXS. What a great opportunity! I’d go see one of these private concerts of anyone. Anyone, seriously. The gig was in Berkeley at a little studio. I walked in and about a dozen people were hanging out waiting for the show. Lots of pictures and albums were on the walls. This studio has hosted some amazing musicians including U2, Santana, Aerosmith, Lucinda Williams, B.B. King, Grateful Dead, and INXS to name a few (I’m not even mentioning Journey, Mr. Big, Nightranger or Tesla). At a certain point a guy said, “It’s time, you can go on in.” When I walked into the studio there were about 30 chairs set up in rows and three stools in front of them. 3 members of INXS were going be right there. Mere feet away.
So in walk Andrew Farriss, Kirk Pengilly and newly crowned frontman JD Fortune. A couple of roadies hand a few guitars to Kirk and Andrew (A Martin and a Epiphone for those of you keeping score at home) and off we go. There is nothing like a stripped down set to really display instrumental talent. They played 4 songs. “Need You Tonight”, “Never Tear Us Apart”, “Mystify” and “Pretty Vegas” (written by Andrew Farriss and JD Fortune during Rockstar INXS). There was a lot of chatter back and forth between people in the room and the guys. Most of it was about the TV show. Pretty fascinating, actually. I watched a few episodes when Riche got sucked into the show. The finale was the night I left for Austin in September so I was busy packing but managed to see JD win.
Funny sidenote was that they filmed the episodes early in the morning (well, when I say early, 10am). When they filmed the finale, they started at 5:30am and filmed the show, played a mini concert for the audience, and felt like they’d put in a whole days work, but Kirk said, “All this by mid-day.” It was just past noon when they finished.
Questions got asked, but I didn’t say a word. I had questions. I wanted to ask about the years between November 22, 1997 and now. Kirk, Andrew and Tim Farriss have always been the musical genius INXS and they were pretty much silent for 8 years.
Anyway, to make a short story long, I shook hands with them, mentioned catching Kirk’s head, to which he replied, “I do remember a period where Michael got in a habit of pushing me into the crowd, some nights they caught me other’s they didn’t.” Andrew Farriss was extremely friendly looking us all straight in the eyes and introducing himself, “Hi, I’m Andrew.” JD is tall, much taller than I made him out to be on TV. Our picture was taken (no cameras allowed) by the KFOG staff and they promised to post on their website at some point. I will definately post the link once up. As I walked away, Kirk yelled, “Thanks for saving my life.” And I grabbed my autographed poster and left the building.

Finally: Something MJ Never Did

I’ve seen a couple of headlines that Kobe “wilted” the Raptors and that the previous Laker record (71 by Elgin Baylor) “wilted“. Wilt Chamberlain scored 78 points in 1961 100 points in a game in 1962 without the benefit of a 3 point line, though I bet Wilt never would’ve taken a 3 pointer…
Kobe is great. Amazing, really. He scored 81 points, the second most in a game ever. Much like Reggie Bush’s performance against Fresno State, it took their incredible performances to win the game. The Laker’s shouldn’t struggle against Toronto. Michael Jordan’s highest point total never passed 70. Only David Robinson, David Thompson, Elgin Baylor, and Wilt Chamberlain have scored over 70.
What do Allen Iverson, Marcus Camby, Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Stephon Marbury, Ray Allen, Antoine Walker, Lorenzen Wright, Kerry Kittles, Samaki Walker, Erick Dampier, Todd Fuller, and Vitaly Potapenko have in common? They were all drafted ahead of Kobe (who, of course, was coming out of high school, before it was cool). Jermaine O’Neal also came out of high school that year.


What’s the next 70’s/80’s TV series to be made into a movie?

Will Ferrell as Murdock? The Rock as BA? Luke Wilson or Jason Bateman as Faceman?

I see 21 Jump Street re-done as a drama instead of a spoof, like it looks like the Miami Vice movie will be. So I’d cast some up and comers that I haven’t heard of.

Topher Grace as Ralph?

Magnum would be tough to cast, unless you were going all out comedy and then anyone who could pull of the Tigers hat and moustache would do. Maybe Paul Rudd or it could be a Sandler movie.
Vince Vaughn as Cody, Matt McConaughey as Nick and Justin Long as Murray. I’d suggest someone for Roboz, but he didn’t talk in the series.

WilmerValderrama and Stiffler as Ponch and John?

Ben Stiller as the Fonz?

I’m sure it’s inevitable. Suggest your cast member choices…