Saturday, April 23, 2005

Linus Pauling Quartet / American Vodka (Promotional Poster "Dig Dug" 20 May 2005)


Kickin' it 80's Karateka style

In putting together the new flyer, Clinton and I got to talking about 80's video games - specifically old Apple II games. Well damn, if in chatting I didn't stumble upon a copy of Karateka for my Palm at !

Pretty frikkin Brilliant!

Should you happen to play this game and beat all your foes, I will simply tell you there is a pretty clever ending to the game centered around how you approach the princess: I will say no more.

Karateka is a classic if you lived at a time when not only did people actually use floppies but 1) the disks actually were floppy and 2) they measured 5.25 inches.

Yea baby! Look at it! That's 360KB of data we're talking about!!

lizards gettin' jiggy

OK this is basically just a test post, but my topic today is the lizards outside my window. Big green guy is up there puffing out his throat, trying to pick up babes. So far he doesn't seem to be having much luck. When I went by earlier there was a girl lizard kind of checking him out from lower down on the fence, but he may not be her type. I suspect that her true love may have been recently done in by the neighborhood cat. All the same, somebody around here has got to be making more lizards since their numbers have increased over the last year or two. I need to have a word with them though, my back yard isn't a goddamn soup kitchen. They need to start eating some more bugs, especially the ones chewing on my basil plants.

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

James Kochalka and the KTRU Outdoor Show 03 April 2005 (4 pictures with article)

The band playing after Kochalka sucks! Let's go play in the fountain!!!! Posted by Hello

James Kochalka at the KTRU Outdoor Show (as Photographed by Orion Medina Guerrero Age 3) Posted by Hello

Charlie Horshack at the KTRU Outdoor Show (as Photographed by Orion Medina Guerrero Age 3) Posted by Hello

At the 14th annual KTRU Outdoor Show (L to R) Rosa, Orion, and Ramon Posted by Hello

James Kochalka Superstar at the KTRU Outdoor Show

Well, the LP4 has been known to cover James Kochalka live so when, lo and behold, KTRU and Bedrock City Comics (my favorite comicbook shop in Houston) brought James Kochalka Superstar to Houston this weekend I had to check it out. Sadly, I was unable to catch the show at the Proletariat but got up early enough on Sunday to make sure to catch the KTRU outdoor show where he was opening.

James Kochalka Superstar rocked and the sound was actually great this year. Orion, my 3 year old son, was pretty excited about the show as “Hockey Monkey” is currently his favorite song and James Kochalka told him he would be playing the song after signing my book to him. Unfortunately, nap time came about the time as the show and - drunk from a full bottle of milk - Orion’s enthusiasm was muted to a quiet request of “Again?” “Again. Again.” after his song was played.

As for me, I was pretty amused. The band was much better than I’m sure they are given credit. Jason, with whom I spoke after the show, says he normally plays bass in an Zeppelin-AC/DC cover band and, somehow, that made sense. Kochalka's performance consisted of kicking and posing like a mutant Freddie Mercury or Robert Plant cartoon avatar while singing songs about Monkeys, Robots, Justin Timberlake, and his dink - just the kind of thing you need for a Sunday afternoon. The band put on a great show but had this been in a club I'm sure the intimacy would definitely made them more impressive.

J.K. Superstar was pretty fun stuff and it reminds you how just being silly can be genius. The sad thing is that Kochalka, with his sense of humor and cartoonist background, probably gets a lot less props than he deserves for his music. I tell you right now the first time I heard “Monkey vs. Robot” my brain screeched to a halt as it tried to make sense of something so novel and mind blowing! It's good stuff and that's good for you!

Charlie, unfortunately, got my e-mail a bit late and missed Kochalka. The bummer he wasn't the only one and the early time seems to have brought J.K. Superstar a smaller audience than they deserved but Jason told me they all have day jobs and would have to return to the Northeast in time to get to work on Monday. [WOW! The LP4 is not alone in the working-stiff band category!]

Charlie may have missed JK Superstar but was just in time to catch the awful band from hell that followed. I guess this was some music professor with his students playing bad jazz/muzak versions of jazz and pop standards. Gawd awful! Most in the crowd were (at best) indifferent or (more often than not) stunned that this band was actually playing in public. Orion and I just ended up going off to play in the fountains nearby during the set but by the time the third band started, Orion was too beat from running around campus with me. So, that was it for us at this year's KTRU outdoor show.

–Over and out. I’ve included photos taken by Orion for your amusement.

P.S. If you want to check out Kochalka you can go to Http:// though at this posting their server is down.