My friend Corey made it for the Weezer shoot today for the song "Beverly Hills"!
They had to drive up to the Playboy Mansion in beat up old cars (VW Bug, AMC Gremlin) and were greeted by Playboy Bunnies. Of course he calls and does the "Guess what famous mansion am I at right now?" I guessed the Beverly Hill-billies house and he was a little miffed. I'm so bad at guessing. So he's telling me about the pool, "Can't you hear the fountians behind me?" and the monkey cages and Bunnies and how they filmed them all sitting on the lawn like a Coke commercial. blah, blah, playmates, blah blah.
So Corey saw the band already and is literally dancing with Playboy bunnies. Big party scene to be shot tonight still. Lucky bastard.
Tonight/Monday: Free show with Midway and Porterville at the Silvelake Lounge if you feel up to it. Midway on first at 9-ish, then Porterville.
tags: weezer, playboy mansion,
Current mood: cheerful
Got my reply letter from Togo’s thanking me for writing (see earlier post) and how they like hearing the good and the bad comments from their customers. Hope they fix their store concept soon. Corey said he even noticed the same lack of customers in other stores. As predicted, I now have 10 Togo bucks = free food!
Why do I care? I don't know. Maybe it's a growing up in the Bay Area thing. Peets will always be better than Starbucks, sourdough tastes better there (it's the master dough and the water...like bagels in NYC). I like trying out local favorites. In LA: dodger dogs (Pinks), taco trucks...I know there has to be more - post what else I'm missing in the comments!
It was a good night for a lot of small reasons
Had a great time at the Dollyrots and forgot The Mormons were playing afterwards. Haven't written much about them before, but the Mormons are a band that you will never forget. Dressed like they just got off their bikes and jumped on stage; black slacks, tie, white button-up shirt, backpack, and helmets...the whole deal. Now the singer is a weirdo: He jerks, spasms, falls off the stages, crawls under the drum platform for two songs. Just amazing. Love watching people see them for the first time. Should note that they are not making fun of the religion, and sounded great.
Saw Kevin from Midway again; every other night for the last 2 weeks actually. Kevin is the best person to hang out with at shows and in general. Cool beans.
Seems like forever since my last Dollyrots show, so it felt good hearing the cool songs again. They played an amazing set, and it seems that Amy is fitting in just fine...granted she's been on tour with them for a couple months. It's been that long for me since the last show.
Sometimes it's the little things that happen that can make my night.
You can also see Margo Lee at King King tomorrow (Friday) night. Every other weekend is considered my "free" one, and this one isn't sadly. Oh well, next time.
Anyhow if you're in Glendale I'll let you in on a cool happy hour place: Bennigan's It’s like a crappy Irish version of Chili's. The food is okay, but from 4-7 and 9-11 they have some good drinks specials ($1 crap 10oz beers, $2 pints of MGD, etc. and other daily specials) I had a good warm up there Tuesday before Kiss or Kill. I don't drink that much really...maybe 2-3 beers normally, 1-2 times month, if that.
I've been spending too much time working on this trade show our company is doing in London this weekend. Wish I could go but the owner is sending the crack sales team...by crack I mean crackheads... Yes I'm a little bitter :) From my experience, I think there must be something about salespeople that make them fall into 2 groups: Those who are social and organized (real) and those who are social in a fake way, lying, manipulative and drug abusers (vs. users). Sadly we employ the latter.
Oh my eye hurts, but getting better.
[I forgot to mention that after seeing the Atomic Missles, I can safely claim they are really cool band. Happy to see them part of KorK)
Saw Ted Leo and the Pharmacists at the El Rey and then Midway at the Viper Room Sunday night. One more place to check off the list. The Viper Room was more square than I imagine it to be. yup.
tags:ted leo, midway,
So the movie Constantine was pretty good...not great, but worth seeing if you like that stuff. Maybe a little long though. Considering how sick I felt, I still enjoyed it. Lots of people there for the sneak preview Tuesday, but no stars from the movie or anything like that. You always hear about how some actors sneak in to watch it with a real audience, but none as far as I know.
I know Keanu is not the best actor ever, but I like him because he was in this great movie called My Own Private Idaho. Cool indie film with River Phoenix, directed by Gus Van Sant
Out to old town Pasadena tonight for New Max Donkey, Silver Needle, Midway, Underwater City People.@ the Old Towne Pub. Great cool little place to drink and hang out.
Have you heard this???? Crazy Frog Ringtone
Guess it's all over the place in England and has to be the most annoying ring tone ever.
Guess the girl from the Pepsi/itunes Superbowl commercial already has fan-site/blog already: That Pepsi Girl or click on the pic
I get to see a sneak of the new Keanu Reeves movie Constantine this Tuesday (opens Friday I think). Looks like it might be good. Well it looks good visually...just hope the plot holds up. Off to Kiss or Kill afterwards, but missing another Margo Lee show again. If it wasn't for the movie, would try to do both.
Took some cold medicine and had some odd dreams with religious undertones. Very odd and out of nowhere stuff. Even though I feel well rested right now, I tossed and turned...waking up at 2.45 then again at 4.45 just before my alarm went off. Only mildly sick thankfully.
One of my closest friends is going through a family emergency...with one of their parents in the hospital as of yesterday morning. Not out of the woods yet but it's looking okay at the moment. It would've been fatal if they didn't get to the ER as soon as they did.
Scary stuff and my heart goes out to the family. Reminds me of my dad who I lost to cancer when I was 17. In many ways I'm lucky to have those last three months upon the cancer being discovered. I know at least three people who lost one their parents within hours and can only imagine how much harder that would've been.
Yeah I'm calling my mom today. Sorry to get all deep and shit.
[Update: the parent is now at home and itching to get back to work already, so all will be well]
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A Demonstration of Intellectual Property
Release date: By 15 April, 2003
Do you remember when Togo's used to be good? Before they started weighing everything and I could order a No.17 which was better than a No.16, and oil would be squirted on there, and everything was everything on it. Do they still time the staff in making the sandwiches contests, 'cause my guy was hella slow..... What happened to my beloved Togo's??
Still tastes good, just now more expensive, muddled brand identity, smaller servings of veggies and meat...guess that's what happens when an East Coast company (Dunkin" Donut's) buys into a West Coast concept.
I wrote them this quick email:
To whom it may concern:
Today, Feb. 11th, 2005, I went to the Togo's for the first time in months and the service was friendly and my sandwich (a No.30) tasted great. So far so good, right? Well no. I'm worried about what has happened to Togo's in the last couple years. This location used to be packed any weekday between 11-2 pm. Now at 12:30 pm there were three customers and I have noticed the same changes in other parts of Southern California. Even though the quality of ingredients seems as high as before, the quality of the Togo’s experience has diminished greatly resulting in smaller amounts of customers.
I’ve seen many changes at Togo’s in direct response to Quzinos entering the Los Angeles market which might have a direct effect on your customer levels. Togo’s has tried out multiple types of breads, thinned out the sandwich choices, and started weighing out ingredients. Some of these ideas remain while some have been altered or discontinued.
Now I know some of these changes that have harmed my Togo’s experience lately. It became less of a value, less of a selection, and less of a brand compared to its original reputation of always having better ingredients, with more value, greater choices and faster service.
In terms of service, I’ve noticed the employees seem to be missing the fun that was part of the Togo’s brand. The metaphor that best describes how the Togo’s experience used to be is of going into a Starbucks today and getting a high quality product with quick, well trained staff, wanting to produce a product that was customized and met the customer’s expectation. These customers are willing to pay for their premium coffee and that premium experience that Togo’s once had with premium, yet reasonably priced sandwiches. Years ago, I made a point to expose friends and co-workers to Togo’s after hearing that they wanted a sandwich for lunch and suggested Subway. I would jump in and tell them all the reasons (quality, service, size of sandwiches, freshness, selection, soups, etc) and never had a disappointed friend. Now, I’m unsure if I could make that same argument convincingly.
In conclusion, I believe that the Togo’s brand has been greatly hurt by this simplification of the menu and processes, and at some point went from a “deli-style” experience to a “sub-par style” experience and I hope that changes soon.
Robert Dean XXXXXXXX (xxx = last name, not kisses...or is it hugs?)
I'll let you know if they respond. Maybe a generic letter with a coupon, but I'm serious about this.
So I'm sitting here trying to close out the month of Dec, so I can close out 2004, so I can close out Jan 2005 and thinking how this is pissing me off. The reason I'm so behind: I'm fixing this guy's mistakes.
tag: work sucks
So Corey and I get there and this band is playing and 15 minutes go by when I noticed that people were clapping. I turned to Corey and asked ''Was that the same song that they were in the middle of when we walked in?" Apparently three songs were sort of blended together with very short breaks in-between. The next band was even worse...well the band was good but the singer sucked. They would play songs where the first half was great, then it seemed like a decision was made to ruin each one for the last half. One line went: "you are all slaves!...you are all slaves!". I wanted to shoot myself.
Strange how much better I felt literally after LA played. Fun show, at least for me. Think they are playing Spaceland this weekend and will be at 14 Below in early March with Go Betty Go, and the Randies!!
Speaking of which, The Randies at the Key club went well considering how sick Sienna was. Looked like she was going to faint. Didn't really matter, the audience was lame. Lots of kids for Yes Dear, which sounded great, and New Maximum Donkey was funny as usual. Great stage presence. Left the Key Club with a smile.
Their new album went on sale today, but I bought one last night. I think as more people learn the songs, the shows will be more interesting. They even played "Mister Pine" against the plans of their management. I love that song and will love this new album too.
Oh, I forgot to mention the Margo Lee shows I missed this weekend mostly because I was dead tired before and after Disneyland on Saturday...saw Fantasmic for the first time...neat in a cheesy 80' Disney way. Anyhow, while Eisley was very, very cool, I've walked away maybe more impressed from a Margo Lee show. maybe that's just me. Now waiting for an ep or album from her.
Hmm something special is going on at Kiss Or Kill tonight. Still trying to find out what or who... Might be just Midway horns playing with Underwater City People..might be more than that.
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Release date: By 08 February, 2005
Don't think that I think I'm cool because I was chatting to so and so in this or that band. I know very well that while most do appreciate positive comments and are generally nice people, some people don't give a shit and will even make fun of you behind your back. People still do that even out of high school. Oh well. Deal.
I'll go see a band because I like the music. Sometimes I think you're cool and sometimes I'm wrong about that. Thanks for being friendly regardless.
Some people think I like a band/musician/singer because I just want to get into their pants. I see bands for the way the music or performance makes me feel. Of course part of any band's appeal is their look, and I do prefer female singers/musicians, but enjoy bands made up of guys, or a combination of the two.
That said, bands are more than welcome to get into my pants. Well, if you're a girl and we click and the timing is right. You don't even have to be in a band, but it would help if you liked music.
I stopped going to shows for many years and missed it. Now I'm back out at shows, but this isn't my whole life. There is so much more I care about then this scene... I don't want anything but to enjoy the music, and if it works out, make some friends on either side of the stage.
Just in response to various comments from various people
So I ended up writing a nice visual reminder and had Marcie go back to the warehouse to explain in spanish, if need be, that they have better things to do than look at porn.
[Yes, I know I have better things to do than blog on myspace]
tag: work sucks
But this week, I actually have plans, so this is what WILL be new to me this week...instead of recaping the last few days, I'm going to list what I plan on doing this week:
Friday: I think I'm going to use my NEW laundry detergent to wash my NEW shirts I bought at the Kohls in La Habra (my commute home was already going take 2 hrs, figure I'd stop and go shopping)...oh wow!
Saturday: Disneyland!!!! okay, this I'm looking forward to.
Sunday: I'm pulling out the NEW weeds in my front yard. oh yeah, superbowl commercials.
Monday: I'm watching the NEW episode of "24" They brought back Tony!!
[update: I'm going to see Eisley! I predict 2005 will be a big year for them]
Tuesday: Seeing the Randies, Yes Dear, New Maximum Donkey at the Key Club on Sunset Strip, free all ages (I'll show you the poster I did for the spa up the street if you want..not that interesting) and then trying to make the Dollyrots at the Echo..
Wednesday: Driving the five minutes to the Hop in the not so beautiful City of Industry to see the amazing Los Abandoned Five bucks, [oops 21 ] you should GO!!!
Anyhow, I'm chatting away with Corey and Cortney at the bar when this girl comes up to me and said " Luke?" This is odd because girls NEVER come up to me and my name is not Luke of course... I don't think I even look like a Luke. So I'm like "I'm sorry what?" and she says "oh are you Luke?..oh you look like my friend Luke" and I thought if I was her friend, wouldn't she know my name and what I look like? Afterwards I told Corey and Cortney that I wanted to be introduced to people as Luke, 'cause I'm lame like that and find it amusing. Luke also sounds like someone who would be totally different than me. Corey asked if she thought I was gay...I think he was making fun of my new shiny shirt. (FYI: I grew up with most people thinking I was gay only because my best friend was openly gay since Jr. high and I had girlfriends that went to different high schools so people assumed this. I could really care less then and now what people think and it wasn't that big of a deal to most people since it was the Bay Area)
Dan and I chatted briefly with Le Frost from 8 Bit and even though I've meet her before a few times, she had no idea who I was. oh well. She apologized and said that half the time she's either way drunk and/or stoned and that happens alot. Should've have told her my name was Luke..but I chickened out.
Enjoyed: Foxy Autopsy, penfifteen club? (straight up rock, nice change from the indie stuff I mostly see), 8 Bit and Midway with a very strong rum and coke.
Oh Tuesday was Kiss or Kill with Bang Sugar Bang, the Sharp Ease (I liked them, but I see room to grow into a more defined sound..imho) and Billion Stars. I don't know why I never stuck around to see them play more often..they're Tony the tiger grrreat. Megan (randies) and Cortney showed pretty drunk from Megan's surprised b-day party. Wished her a happy 21st birthday even though she is tad older than that.
tags: he derby