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I Hate Me, part 217,992 / I LIKE RECORDS 54

A really shitty friday at work, an I hate the world and every living creature in it type day. Annoying customers, annoying children of annoying customers, slow computers, pens running out of ink. The day had everything. I got a DVD call.
Caller-“Do you have Exorcist III on DVD?
I looked it up and couldn’t find any Exorcist DVD’s, which was weird. The store has two computers one with all the stock on it and the other that is hooked up to the internet. So I looked it up on Amazon and saw that I had spelled it wrong.
I went back to the store computer (ten feet away) and typed quickly.
Fuuuuuucccckkkk!!, now even more quickly.
Fuckin’ shitfuckfuck!!
I yelled to Matt (who was going thru his own adventure, see below), “How the fuck do you spell Exorcist?” He spelled it out slowly and clearly and I found that it had been out of print for a few years. The guy was still on hold.
Me-”yeah, thanks for holding. Exorcist III is out of print, we’re not going to be able to get it for you. You should try”
Caller-”Oh I know it’s not made anymore, I just wanted to see if you had it.”
Aaauurgghh! Cue the suicide punchline.

Matt’s shitty adventure
While this Exorcist shit (or Exorshit) was going on, Matt was trying to avoid a customer. When Matt comes to work he always stops at Starbucks for coffee. It’s early, the best you’re gonna get is an acknowledgment nod. As he’s leaving with his coffee, this guy comes up to him, “Hey, gettin’ some coffee there?” The smallest of small talk, microscopic talk. That guy was at the back counter looking through lp’s making random comments to no one, just loud enough to where an unsuspecting person might get trapped in a snare of pointless mind numbing small talk. Matt fled.  It’s not really an adventure, but you get the point.

Sunday Music 9/4/2011

These guys were from Kansas City, this is from their 1988 single The Jumbo Sound of Mudhead. I don’t really know much about them. I heard that their singer was wheelchair bound. Odd rocking woozy psych, the b-side “Charlie’s Golden Ticket” is great as well. I think Archer Prewitt from the Sea & Cake was in Mudhead, I know he did the cover art. The only other thing I know they did was a song on a 7″ box set of KC/Lawrence bands. Eleutheromania means a mania or frantic zeal for freedom. (To listen to song, click on 28 Eleutheromania below)

28 Eleutheromania


Lucas makes changes to Star Wars yet again.

A&P Press, Roy Staiger

LucasFilms has confirmed rumors that changes will be made to the upcoming release of “Star Wars: The Complete Saga” on Blu-Ray. The change that is igniting the most outrage on internet sites is having Darth Vader (now voiced by Alan Alda) yelling “Noooo!” when the Emperor (digitally re-enhanced to resemble Dick Cheney) is trying to kill Luke (who now has blue skin and antennas). Other changes include Princess Leia being re-voiced by Monique and the Yoda character is now a talking dog (voiced by comedian Gilbert Gottfried). In a statement Lucas says in part “Yes there are some small changes to the films but they are made to enhance the Star Wars experience.”

34th Annual of National Advertising and Editorial Art (1954-55)

Here’s another batch of advertising and editorial art from 1954-55 [click on image to enlarge]

Hurricane Cleanup reprint: Spooning with de Kooning

[We’re cleaning up after the hurricane and I didn’t have any time to write anything, this is a reprint of my first blog]

Spooning with de Kooning

DVD Corner:
The Criterion DVD Collection has just released the entire television series of the groundbreaking show “Spooning with de Kooning”. A short lived weekly interview program on the old Dumant Network in 1957. The show featured famed artist Willem de Kooning interviewing celebrities and newsworthy figures of the day while spooning them in an oversized bed. Shocking and controversial at the time it only lasted for 18 weeks. Disc one of the DVD features all 18 interviews, including those with Marlon Brando, Peggy Lee, Douglas MacArthur, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Robert Frost. Disc two which has bonus features including the complete uncensored interview between De Kooning and The Kingston Trio and a recent interview with pianist Dave Brubeck who wrote the theme music. The double disc also includes an extensive booklet with many recently unearthed photos and a New Yorker interview with de Kooning that was conducted right after the show was canceled.

de Kooning

I Hate Me, part, 167,441

I’ve probably mentioned before about how fast the dog (who for some reason is now being referred to as “Dream Weasel”) destroys her toys. Much like Charlie Brown and the football, we always go back and buy another toy that claims to be “tough” or “Tuff!” even though deep down we know that we’ll be bitterly disappointed. Today was no different, we were at a pet store( CosmoPAWlitan) and I saw a toy goat. It’s got triple stitching! It’s got hidden seams! It’s got photograph of a dog the size of a golf cart chewing it WITH NO DAMAGE! I’m sold, Carrie on the other hand, not so much. She gave it a once over with a jaundiced eye, “MMMmmm, Really? She’s gonna tear this to shreds in no time.” “But baby, it’s got triple stitching! TRIPLE STITCHING!” She relented. When we got home I went outside to throw some food on the grill, the whole thing must have taken me a minute, minute and a half tops. I went inside and Carrie was standing there with the goat whose guts were torn out. The dog, sitting there with her inscrutable grin, “Is that all you got, fucker? Bring me a real toy.”

R.I.P. goat toy. We hardly knew ye.


Slow day at work, a lot of tire kickers looking for things we didn’t have.  Things that are long out of print or never existed, “You got that Nirvana record where they do all Hendrix covers?, My friend saw it in the city.”  Even if we magically come up with what they were looking for, they still wouldn’t buy it.  Anyhow, during the day a woman came up to Sean and in an agitated/excited manner asked “Where’s the police station?!”, it sounded urgent and Sean told her quickly (make a right out of the store, go one block to the light, make a right, for one block and there it is).  She then asked, “Where’s a good place to get a burger?!” He told her about The Globe (make a left out of the store, go to the corner, make a right, it’s on that block).  She went for the burger.


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