Shot Of Rhythm

[ Friday, February 25, 2005 ]


Step right up

Come see my band, Blixie, tomorrow night (Saturday 2/26) at the world famous Slipper Club ( We're opening for Pupy Costello and his Big City Honky-Tonk, a fine purveyor of country & Midwestern music. We're on at 10. Cover's $5.

Any questions, ask me...

On the box right now: Hacienda Brothers, HACIENDA BROTHERS.

Dove With Claws [4:25 PM]

[ Thursday, February 24, 2005 ]


The wire

A phone conversation I just had:

ME: "Hello?"
ME: "I think you've got the wrong number."
11-YEAR-OLD GIRL VOICE: "Oh...can you give me her number?"
ME: "What?"
11-YEAR-OLD GIRL VOICE: "Can you give me her number?"
ME: "...I don't know her number."
11-YEAR-OLD GIRL VOICE: "Okay, thanks for nothing." (click)

Tough crowd...

On the box right now: Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, NATURALLY. Really cool shit, hardcore retro soul/funk from a NYC-based ensemble. This stuff makes John Legend and Ricky Fante sound nuevo, and the grooves are soul deep. Ms. Jones has a great voice, to boot.


Dove With Claws [4:07 PM]

[ Tuesday, February 22, 2005 ]


A belated tribute

I haven't said anything about Hunter S. Thompson, who killed himself a couple days ago. I didn't really know what to say, quite frankly. Apart from the sadness I feel that such a talented, iconic figure in American letters decided - for whatever reason - that he had to check out early, I find Dr. Thompson's decision to go out now at the very least symbolic, maybe something more. In that spirit, I'll let him speak for himself:

"We have become a Nazi monster in the eyes of the whole world--a nation of bullies and bastards who would rather kill than live peacefully. We are not just Whores for power and oil, but killer whores with hate and fear in our hearts. We are human scum, and that is how history will judge us...No redeeming social value. Just whores. Get out of our way, or we'll kill you.Who does vote for these dishonest shitheads? Who among us can be happy and proud of having this innocent blood on our hands? Who are these swine? These flag-sucking half-wits who get fleeced and fooled by stupid rich kids like George Bush? They are the same ones who wanted to have Muhammad Ali locked up for refusing to kill gooks. They speak for all that is cruel and stupid and vicious in the American character. They are the racists and hatemongers among us--they are the Ku Klux Klan. I piss down the throats of these Nazis. And I am too old to worry about whether they like it or not. Fuck them."

Good journey, Doctor...say hey to Warren Zevon when you get there.

On the box right now: Public Enemy, YO! BUM RUSH THE SHOW finishing up, to be followed by Dolly Parton, GOLD.


Dove With Claws [7:23 PM]

[ Sunday, February 20, 2005 ]



I walked into the elevator in my building this morning, only to discover several dozen smashed and cracked animal crackers all over the floor. Some were only slightly damaged, others completely smushed. Anybody got any theories?

On the box right now: Townes Van Zandt, OUR MOTHER THE MOUNTAIN.


Dove With Claws [6:16 PM]