Thursday, July 29, 2004


You all should be really proud of this album.

Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Tour de France

It seems that Lance Armstrong did not in fact win his sixth straight Tour de France. It was actually NEIL Armstrong who won the race a NINTH time. Or at least that's what the 99 cent Store claimed in their ad in the LA Times today...


Also, I hate Halle Berry

Guess what!

I just learned that Kerry, as in John Kerry, is actually an Ellis Island style creation. His grandfather (maybe great grandfather?) was an immigrant from... Czeszka! If I didn't have a reason to vote for him before, I do now: he is not a wasp. Waaahooo!

Friday, July 23, 2004

I like hummingbirds

I just refilled the hummingbird feeder outside my window a few days ago, and now there are four hummingbirds that visit it regularly. Watching them eat and fight over the good perch makes sitting at my computer looking at listings for apartments much more enjoyable.
This random thought has been brought to you by whichever company makes the hummingbird food I filled the feeder with.

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Pointless News

Will, since I assume you're pretty busy on the tour, I'll take on the whiny Laker fan role for a moment. It seems Vlade Divac has signed on as the Lakers new center. I have to say, I'm a little conflicted about this. On the one hand, Vlade is a true center (a rarity these days) and a terrific passer. Seems like a good addition to the team. On the other hand, he's also sort of a douchebag. What to think then? A real quandary.

Hope the tour's going well.

Monday, July 19, 2004


Could one of y'all, who knows something about movies, tell me if Farenheit 9/11 was actually good film making? I'm thinking it is, but I make no claims to having an eye for this.

Thursday, July 15, 2004


Does anyone recall at time when we used to be able to distinguish between atomic (i.e. fission) bombs and "nuclear" (i.e. fusion) weapons? I have no special knowledge here, but I find it hard to believe that Iraq/Iran/North Korea are on the verge of producing fusion-based weapons, as it took the US and USSR an extra 15 years or more to figure that out even after the A-bomb dealio. For that matter, I think Pakistan and India are still working with atomic weapons. I think the distinction is as important as, say, the difference between a 5 megaton and 40 megaton explosion.

By the way, has anyone heard from Lt. Mikey recently?

Accidental Brilliance

This cracked me up so hard I had to share it; for no particular reason, I was jerking around on iMDB and came across the page on American Pie.  The featured review, the one that appears at the top as selected by iMDB staff, was the work of a Jack Christal-Gattanella, of New Jersey.  And this is how it begins:
"American Pie is a teenage comedy that works on a level and then does not on conservative levels. And that can be summed up by one word as does not not work for conservatives- Pie."
OK, so, what have we learned?

Phew! Ugh.

So the latest in Laker developments is that we've re-signed Kobe (which is quite a blessing, considering what we fucking sacrificed to placate his court-bound ass), and then we promptly lost Derek Fisher to the Warriors.  That's how unrestricted free agency works.  They made him an offer of $37 million over 6 years and he said yes.  I'm really, really going to miss him.
I guess the role of sports analyst (or, more specifically, whiny Lakers fan with breaking news) on this blog has gone to me.  I'm happy to take it; I'm often without Norwegian public sex act stories or revelations about the origins of Jim O'Rourke songs.  And any political treatises I might offer would doubtless echo the many already put forth.
Also, we're leaving for tour in fourteen hours.  It's rather ungoddamnedbelievable that this is actually upon us.  And Jen should be home in about twenty minutes, so that's another reason to be happy.  I expect I'll see every one of you FPS-ites in the next six weeks!  Especially Cary and Greg.

Wednesday, July 14, 2004


Proposition: USA Today is a piece of shit.
Proof: Today's headline "Kleenex to sell tissue that kills viruses" trumped all other stories. QED.

I believe I have not forgotten how to perceive correctly.

Monday, July 12, 2004

San Fransisco Show

Hey kids,
Are you all going to be cellphone enabled when you're down this way. I will be back in the Bay area by Monday morning, so I can come to see you play. If you are still looking for a place to stay, we might be able to arrange a scheme so that you can stay at my place while I'm away. Let me know if you're desparate.

So Long, Fat Boy

It looks like we can kiss Shaq goodbye. Trading season doesn't officially open until Wednesday, but apparently all parties have agreed to a trade that will send that fucking obese ingrate to Miami in exchange for Lamar Odom, Caron Butler, Brian Grant, and a draft pick. Those guys can produce in the middle, right? Nothing to worry about?

I would be weeping over this turn of events if not for Shaq's irredeemably callous attitude toward the Laker organization and the entire city of Los Angeles, which erupted so suddenly after our loss in the Finals. Guy's an asshole. He's burning every bridge. Fuck him. Let the mosquitoes have him.

Thursday, July 08, 2004

Fucking For Forest

A couple of Norwegian music fans face court action after they stripped off and had sex onstage during a rock concert.

Tommy Hol Ellingsen, 28, and his girlfriend Leona Johansson, 21, say they did it to help save the rain forest. Public sex is illegal in Norway.

According to Norwegian TV’s Nettavisen, the pair are members of an organisation called Fuck For Forest which is dedicated to having sex in public places in order to save the environment.

During a show for Norwegian band Cumshots on Tuesday, the pair walked onstage, asked ‘How far are you willing to go to save the world?’, took their clothes off and got jiggy with it.

The band continued to play as the couple had full intercourse.

Police fined the couple £850 each but they are refusing to pay and now face a full court case.

"It is ridiculous that we are prosecuted and sentenced on a moral basis at the same time as Norway is in the war against Iraq," said Ellingsen.

The last time the couple staged a public sex act, they raised $10,000 for their environmental aims. However, no environmental group was willing to accept the donation.

Published: 08-07-2004-09-23

Strindberg & Helium

With credit to Greg who, for some reason, finds his computer and the internet not cooperating right now.

It's 4:30 am. Party! Decorating the venue tomorrow...Built the stage today...

Weird Discovery

Many of you may, like me, love the song "Women of the World" "by" Jim O'Rourke. I put "by" in quotes because it turns out that it's a cover. I am, right now, listening to the weird orginal courtesy of this cool music blog in and about Potland. The song turns out to be by someone(s) named Linda Hirst and Ivor Cutler (who?). Weird. Weird. Weird. O'Rourke's version is still a billion times better, but it's like finding out that In My Life was written by some Tin Pan Alley wonk you'd never heard of.

In other news, I made a new friend today: a new co-worker who plays the harp, has a dog, a cat, and two chickens, and lives in an old storefront into the walk-in refrigerator (no longer operational) of which she plumbed a bathtub (I'm not really sure about the verb conjugation in that sentence, but can we really be sure of anything in this topsy-turvy world?). Neat to meet new people and have them turn out to be weird and interesting instead of boring and lame.

Wednesday, July 07, 2004

Thus Spake Carathustra

Did you guys realize that all boy animals have penises, and all girl animals have vaginas? Isn't that funny?

Sorry not have contribued to the larger dialogue lately. As those of you who have been reading Blogging Open Martin (the At Dusk blog), we've been quite busy up in Portworld these days. Our new record is out (Heights), our festival is happening this weekend (PDXPOP Now!), and our crosscountry tour begins in just under two weeks. This is all really exciting. The busiest 6 months, for sure, since I graduated. But I'm feeling pretty damn good about things right now. I think we all are. Especially the Iraqis and Sudanese. Those guys are party friggin animals.

So what do you guys all think about Edwards as the pick? I think it was the right choice for Kerry, but - without knowing as much as I'd like to about him - I wish Richardson hadn't been so quick to bow out. But I'm hopeful about that stuff, too.

What's new with you guys. Cameron, to allay your fears, I (we all) read your blog, as well as yours Tyson. If you all started blogs, I'd wager we'd read those to. Speaking of which, this brings us to the issue of "lost alumni." Who knows what's up with these folks?:


I don't know and I'd like to.

Meri, for the record, is gallavanting around Norway right now, leading a wilderness trip. We'll meet up with her in CT on tour in August. She will then move down to SF for UCSF to become MDMD. She's having fun I'm sure, and has a lot to be excited about.

So who of you do we get to see when we're on tour? The itinerary is still developing, but you can see what we've got on the webpage (and I'll post it here, too). Also, if any of you feel beneficent, we'd love to be able to sleep on your floor if we come through where you live (excepting LA, where we'll sleep in our own goddamned beds, thank you very much). Except, Cameron, I think we're just missing you in the bay, no?

Anyhow, I hope you're all well. Speak here! Speak now! Be here now! Give strangers blowjobs!



PDXPOP Now! Portland, OR 7/11/04
Hotel Utah San Francisco, CA 7/17/04
Red Devil Lounge San Francisco, CA 7/19/04
Bigfoot Lodge Los Angeles, CA 7/20/04
Silverlake Lounge Los Angeles, CA 7/21/04
Skrappy's Tuscon, AZ 7/24/04
Hole in the Wall Austin, TX 7/27/04
Rubber Gloves Denton, TX 7/28/04
Hi Ho Lounge New Orleans, LA 7/31/04
Springwater Nashville, TN 8/2/04
Staccato Washington, DC 8/5/04
The Tank New York, NY 8/7/04
Acme Underground New York, NY 8/9/04
Cafe Nine New Haven, CT 8/12/04
Wavelength Toronto, Ontario, Canada 8/15/04
Big V's St. Paul, MN 8/18/04
Vaudeville Mews Des Moines, IA 8/19/04

Thursday, July 01, 2004



please read homozapiens. i talk to myself so much to start with, i don't want formalize it. ciao.