Shot Of Rhythm

[ Saturday, April 16, 2005 ]


A galaxy of stars

Celebrities who appeared in this dream I had last night:

Morgan Freeman, B.B. King, James Brown, Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher, Bruce Springsteen, Solomon Burke, Tom Wolfe, Robert Rodriguez, Jimbo Mathus, me, and maybe some others who I'm forgetting.

Muy loco, que no?

On the box right now: Doug Sahm, GENUINE TEXAS GROOVER, Disc 1.


Dove With Claws [12:06 PM]

[ Friday, April 15, 2005 ]


Quote of the day

From Robbie Fulks' new song "Countrier Than Thou," from his upcoming album GEORGIA HARD, which - from the four songs I've heard - is gonna be a winner.

"He's got a ranch, he wears a Stetson
He's a hip-shootin' ex-oil king
He even talks like Buddy Ebsen
But he's sittin' in the West Wing
Frankenstein, I'm well aware of
But won't somebody please explain
How you get a county sheriff walkin' with a frat boy's brain?"

Nice to see that Robbie, who's previously defended the Patriot Act, finally showing some better-lookin' stripes.

Seriously, GEORGIA HARD looks to be a winner. Check out the beautiful title track on

On the box right now: B.B. King, ULTIMATE COLLECTION.


Dove With Claws [9:18 PM]

[ Wednesday, April 13, 2005 ]


Grad school good'uns strike back

"That's not really the answer I'm asking. Could we question the answer a little bit, or might we ask other questions about the answer?" (I'm still not sure what this one means.)

"The most concrete answer would create other questions that ask for different, less concrete answers. But doesn't that make the answer less than the question it asks for?" (Or this one.)

"Show of hands: how many people worked on yearbook in high school?"

"James Baldwin would want you to take the apartment." (I actually said this one, and it made sense in context, but context is for party poopers.)

And, for the "Defining Question" file:

"For a little while, at least, could we talk about something that actually exists?"

On the box right now: Public Enemy, APOCALYPSE 91...THE ENEMY STRIKES BLACK.


Dove With Claws [7:28 AM]

[ Tuesday, April 12, 2005 ]


Hey, how'd she know that?

I've been nutshelled again, this time by a high-school student from the 1930s, whose following diary quote is printed in a book about teenage culture I read recently:

"He for some reason thinks that he is very popular, when he is actually the college boob."

On the box right now: Sir Douglas Quintet, COMPLETE MERCURY RECORDINGS, Disc 3. What a great set...


Dove With Claws [8:36 AM]

[ Sunday, April 10, 2005 ]


Fuck you

Singer-songwriter Conor Oberst, a.k.a. Bright Eyes, is quoted as making the following statement at a recent show in Texas:

"I'd rather put a gun to my head than live here. If you came to this show tonight, you're not a normal Texan. If you were a normal Texan, you'd probably be roping steers and raping Indians."

What an ignorant asshole. I'd point Oberst to that Doug Sahm lyric, about how "you just can't live in Texas if you don't have a lotta soul," and gently remind him that the Lone Star State might not have much use for his emo ass either.

Amazing how even supposedly "sophisticated" people can be so goddamn stupid. It particularly saddens me to see this bigoted bullshit coming from a member of last year's Vote For Change tour. THIS IS WHY REPUBLICANS WIN, FOLKS!!!

On the box right now: Geto Boys, THE FOUNDATION. How appropriate. I wonder what Houston's hip-hop kings would have to say about all this...


Dove With Claws [1:24 PM]