Friday, November 30, 2007

April 29, 2000

My all time favorite Iancu Dumitrescu moment: at the six minute mark in “Aulodie Mioritica (Gamma)” where all those high pitched string noises come in, and then 30 seconds later where they kick in again.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

March 30, 2003

INTERVIEWER: A staple of rock concerts in the seventies and eighties was for every musician to take a solo, but the vocalist usually just stuck to fronting the band. You took this to another level on the 1984 tour when you did a sword and streamers dance as your solo section. Where did that come from?

DAVID LEE ROTH: It should look like it sounds.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

March 28, 2003

I need to think about this one another fourteen months before responding.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

April 15, 2003

I played some notes on the harmonium, the same harmonium, or at least similar, that I later encountered in K—’s hallway, and which always makes me think of Nico, and makes me picture K—, Nico-like, sitting in the hallway, the ends of her hair brushing the keys of the harmonium, playing long, mournful, descending minor-key drones, and there is also some other atmospheric detail in the background, such as a small, organ-grinder type monkey curled up in the corner, trembling because it misses Brion Gysin (from whom it was a gift) and which K—/Nico neglects thanks to her heroin habit of an enormity (and expensiveness) which would kill any ordinary person, or perhaps some other detail entirely, such as a pot of water boiling on the stove, which eventually boils away entirely, and only the metallic odor of the singed pot finally breaks the spell of the harmonium...

Monday, November 26, 2007

April 20, 2003

Maybe the Sonic Youth tour bus had a table with one leg a little shorter than the other three.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

April 12, 2003

Josh: Just email me some random dialog.

Seth: "Hey John?"

John: "Yeah?"

Seth: "Could you remember to pull the shower curtain closed after you use it? If you leave it all bunched up, it doesn't dry and then it gets mildewy."

John: "Uh, yeah, I guess."


Robin: "Do they do penis puppetry as well?"

Seth: "Yes, but it happens inside their pants, where you can't see it."


Matt: "Seth?"

Seth: "Yes?"

Matt: "I have a question about coding style. When you do a typecast, do you prefer to have the spaces separating the name from the parentheses? Because I've seen it both ways in the source code."

Seth: "Yeah... I like it without the spaces, but that's a change I made -- when I started, most of the code had the spaces, so I've been taking them out as I go."

Matt: "OK."


Tuesday, November 20, 2007

April 16, 2003

reminder I sent myself, February 2000: “thank Josh for the penguins”

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

June 22, 1995

I haven’t even told you half the gossip from last night yet!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

August 11, 1994


Monday, November 12, 2007

April 29, 2003

Don’t send it. I won’t watch it.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

April 13, 2003

Were you all holding candles and swaying back and forth?

Saturday, November 10, 2007

April 14, 2003

You can sit on my back porch. I have an orange chaise lounge from Crate & Barrel and a board on two cinder blocks you can set your book on.

Friday, November 9, 2007

April 29, 2003

Joe was supposed to look for people talking on cell phones, and then walk up to them wearing the silver fright wig and blow the didgeridoo at them. Most people ignored him or laughed, but other typical reactions included “Who the hell are you?” and “Get the fuck away from me!” The event lasted eight hours and there was also a troop of Buddhist monks involved.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

December 8, 1995

That would explain the smell.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

October 22, 1994

I was mesmerized by Leroy Jenkins’ outrageously unfashionable red plaid/floral jacket. Also of note was the peculiar stare with which he fixed the audience.

January 21, 1995

The guitar player was a tall blonde dressed like an unkempt secretary. Her guitar style was based on never being in a hurry. She’d wait for the bassist and the drummer to start a song before starting playing, and she’d wait for them to finish before she’d stop playing. She was pretty lethargic during the songs too.

Monday, November 5, 2007

January 15, 1995

I found sixteen dollars in a parking lot.

January 21, 1995

G— was there with his girlfriend. I never actually saw her. To G—’s perplexity, she sat in a different part of the room from where he and I were sitting. I asked why, and he said she was “difficult”.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

September 13, 1994

We lifted our possessions up to the balcony using a pulley made out of a fork and some string.

September 24, 1994

I think it sounds like Arlo Guthrie, but B— thinks it sounds like Ringo Starr.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

September 24, 1994

I’ll trade you nine Tangerine Dream albums for it!

January 21, 1995

There were T-shirts but I didn’t buy one. There was beer but I didn’t buy any.

Friday, November 2, 2007

October 24, 1994

Donald Miller has so much hair I’m sure he wouldn't miss it if I burned some.

January 31, 1995

I’ve forwarded your message to soc.culture.indonesia and comp.lang.modula-2 so that it will be preserved for future generations.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

December 8, 1994

“Video has destroyed the whole cult movie thing. Some people tell me about video, 'I can't see the movies because my town doesn't have any movie theaters. I have to watch video.' I tell them, 'Leave the town and move to the city where the movie theaters are.' They say, 'Well, I have a job here and a family here.' I say, 'Leave your family and leave your job!' I have no sympathy for these people.” — Jack Stevenson

October 24, 1994

It’s captioned “Angry Sebadoh Fans” and it’s exactly what you'd imagine a picture of two Japanese teenagers made surly and resentful by Lou Barlow would be like.