lunes, 26 de abril de 2010

Born On This Day: Chris Mars, April 26, 1961

The ex-drummer for the Replacements has a birthday today. Chris was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Today In Alternative Music History: April 26, 1995

Tony McCaroll, Oasis’ original drummer, is fired from the group following a serious dust-up with Noel and Liam Gallagher nearly a week earlier.

Born On This Day: Roger Taylor, April 26, 1960

The drummer for Duran Duran has a birthday today. Roger was born in Castle Bromwich, England.

jueves, 22 de abril de 2010

Born On This Day: Daniel Johns, April 22, 1979

The lead singer and guitarist for Silverchair has a birthday today. Daniel was born in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia

Born On This Day: The Earth, April 22, ????

Today is Earth Day!!! So technically you can say it is his/her birthday. The Earth was born 4.54 billion years ago. Happy Birthday Earth!!!

miércoles, 21 de abril de 2010

Phrase of the Day

Everything you can imagine is real.

Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)

Born On This Day: Robert Smith, April 21, 1959

The lead singer of the Cure as a birthday today. Robert was born in Blackpool, England.

domingo, 18 de abril de 2010

Phrase of The Day

The most profound statements are often said in silence.

Lynn Johnston (1947 - ), For Better or For Worse, 01-15-04

SUNDAY'S TOP 5: APRIL 18, 2010







viernes, 16 de abril de 2010

Born On This Day: Dave Pirner, April 16, 1964

Soul Asylum’s singer-guitarist, was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin, but eventually moves to Minneapolis. Happy Birthday Dave!

jueves, 15 de abril de 2010

Born On This Day: Dave Edmunds, April 15, 1944

The singer, songwriter and producer has a birthday today. Dave was born in Cardiff, Wales.

Born On This Day: Ed O'Brien, April 15, 1968

The guitarist for Radiohead has a birthday today. Edward "Ed" John O'Brien, was born in Oxford, England.

Today in Alternative Music History: April 15, 2001

On this day Joey Ramone passed away.

martes, 13 de abril de 2010

Phrase Of The Day

People who throw kisses are hopelessly lazy.

Bob Hope (1903 - 2003)

Born On This Day: Jimmy Destri, April 13, 1954

The keyboardist for Blondie has a birthday today. Jimmy was born in Brooklyn, New York.

domingo, 11 de abril de 2010

SUNDAY'S TOP 5: APRIL 11, 2010







viernes, 9 de abril de 2010

Today In Alternative Music History: April 9, 1997

Soundgarden officially disband.

jueves, 8 de abril de 2010

Today In Alternative Music History: April 8, 1994

The body of Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain is found by an electrician working at the Cobain/Love house in Seattle. A suicide note is found next to his body along with a shotgun.

miércoles, 7 de abril de 2010

Born On This Day: Bruce Gary, April 7, 1951

The former drummer of The Knack has a birthday today. Gary was born in Burbank, California. He died in Tarzana, California on August 22, 2006 at the age of 55.

Today In Alternative Music History: April 7, 1998

Plasmatics’ lead singer and guiding force, Wendy O. Williams, commits suicide.Williams died at age 48 in 1998 of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in a wooded area near her home.

Today In Alternative Music History: April 7, 1977

The Damned are the first British Punk band to play U.S. shows. They begin a four-night stand at CBGBs in New York City.

martes, 6 de abril de 2010

Born On This Day: Black Francis A.K.A. Frank Black, April 6., 1965

The lead singer for the Pixies has a birthday today. he was born, Charles Michael Kittridge Thompson IV in Boston, Massachusetts.

lunes, 5 de abril de 2010

Born On This Day: Stan Ridgway, April 5, 1954

The multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter, and the original lead singer of the band Wall of Voodoo has a birthday today. Stan was born Barstow, California.

News Form Outside The Bubble

Just in time for Easter Sunday- The World's Largest Rabbit! Darius, a Continental Giant, is 4 feet 3 inches long and weighs 49 pounds. And he's not done growing either, at 13 months old he could continue to grow for up to 6 more months. Then he's going to fight Godzilla for world domination!

Buena Comida Italiana en Quito: Capuleto

Si estan en la ciudad de Quito en Ecuador hay un buen restaurante de comida Italiana. Se llama Capuleto y serven una variedad de ensaladas, pizzas, sanduches, spaghettis y muchas cosas mas. el lugar es muy acogedor y hay un patio de jardines en la parte de atras que es espectacular. Igual tiene un almacen pequeño con cosas de venta de comer y tomar para llevar a casa. Lo que recomiendo de comer es IL Mafioso, que es un sanduche de pechuga de pollo apanada, mozzarella y salsa napolitana. El minestrone de la casa, que lo sirven bien caliente y el cheesecake que es unico. Tiene igual servicio a domicilio. Visiten Capuleto, no se van arrepentir.

Horarios: Lunes a Sábado de 12h00 a 22h00.
Domingo de 12h00 a 21h00.
Dirección: Av. Eloy Alfaro N32-544 y Shyris.
Phone: 593-2-255-0611
E-mail: clan8cap(at)
Pedidos al 1800-MENUEXPRESS / 223-9994 / 601-3199

A Great Place To Eat in Gardena, California: Sakae Sushi

While I was in Gardena, California last summer I stopped by this place to have some Sushi. The place is called Sakae Sushi and their sushi is to die for!!! This is a great place for lunch. All of it is made to order. Rolls that are recommended are nori-maki, saba, tamago and the inari. If you are ever in the vicinity of Gardena, try this place out. You will definitely go home happy.

Address is:
1601 W Redondo Beach Blvd
Ste 112
Gardena, CA 90247

(310) 532-4550

Phrase of the Day

We are made to persist. That's how we find out who we are.

Tobias Wolff, 'In Pharaoh's Army'

Born On This Day: Everett Morton, April 5, 1951

The drummer and percussionist for the ska band The English Beat has a birthday today. Everett was born in the West indies adn made his home in Birmingham, England.
Morton is known for his distinctive drumming style that includes syncopation and polyrhythm in a rock beat. His drumming helped give The Beat their characterful sound. After The English Beat disbanded, Morton and Saxa formed The International Beat who were fronted by vocalist Tony Beet. The International Beat continued through the 1990s. Currently, Morton has reunited with Ranking Roger and they perform as The Beat in the UK.

Born On This Day: Mike McCready: April 5,1965

The guitarist for the band Pearl Jam has a birthday today. Mike was born in Pensacola, Florida. His family moved to Seattle a short time later. It's there he becomes a founding member (along with Jeff Ament and Stone Gossard) of Pearl Jam.

Today In Alternative Music History: April 5, 2002

Today marks the 8th anniversary of the death of Layne Stayley. He was the frontman for the grunge band Alice In Chains. Layne died of a drug overdose in his home.
On April 19, 2002, Layne's mother placed a call with 911 to say "she hadn't heard from… [Staley] in about two weeks."Staley was found dead in his home after his mother and stepfather went to his condo with the police. As reported by Rick Anderson of the Seattle Weekly, his body was surrounded by various drug possessions and paraphernalia: "When police kicked in the door to Layne Staley's University District apartment on April 20, there, on a couch, lit by a flickering TV, next to several spray-paint cans on the floor, not far from a small stash of cocaine, near two crack pipes on the coffee table, reposed the remains of the rock musician." The article also stated that the 6'1" Staley weighed just 86 pounds when his body was discovered. The autopsy report later concluded that Staley had died after injecting a mixture of heroin and cocaine known as a "speedball". The coroner suspects that Stayley died on April 5.

Today In Alternative Music History: April 5, 1994

Today marks the 16th anniversary of Kurt Cobains death. The frontman for grunge band Nirvana committed suicide. On April 8, 1994, Cobain's body was discovered at his Lake Washington home by an electrician who had arrived to install a security system. Apart from a minor amount of blood coming out of Cobain's ear, the electrician reported seeing no visible signs of trauma, and initially believed that Cobain was asleep until he saw the shotgun pointing at his chin. A suicide note was found, addressed to Cobain's childhood imaginary friend "Boddah", that said in part, "I haven't felt the excitement of listening to as well as creating music, along with really writing . . . for too many years now". A high concentration of heroin and traces of Valium were also found in his body. Cobain's body had been lying there for days; the coroner's report estimated Cobain to have died on April 5, 1994.

Today In Alternative Music History: April 5, 1980

The members of R.E.M. played their first public concert 30 years ago today at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Athens, Ga., as part of a birthday party for Kathleen O’Brien, Berry’s then-girlfriend who had introduced the drummer to Buck. According to “It Crawled From the South,” the band couldn’t settle on a name, so they called themselves Twisted Kites for their debut performance before several hundred friends and Athens townfolk. “It was really fun,” Stipe told author Marcus Gray. “I don’t remember the last half of it.” The band played for about two hours (see possible setlist below), and about one-third of the set was made up of covers (Sex Pistols’ “God Save the Queen,” Jonathan Richman’s “Roadrunner,” among others). In “It Crawled From the South,” Berry offered a slightly different take: “We were scared shitless!”

LEGACY: The concert, held at the church where Stipe lived at the time, has become a central part of R.E.M. lore, and remains a landmark in Athens, even if all that’s left of the 139-year-old structure is the steeple (see video below). And since that fabled night, R.E.M. grew first into one of the driving forces of ’80s college rock, then led the full-scale crossover of once-independent acts going mainstream by becoming one of the biggest bands in the world in the 1990s.

Possible setlist: R.E.M., St. Mary’s Church, Athens, GA, 4/5/80

1. “I Can’t Control Myself”
2. “God Save The Queen”
3. “Narrator”
4. “Just A Touch”
5. “Baby I”
6. “Action”
7. “Needles And Pins”
8. “Hippy Hippy Shake”
9. “There She Goes Again”
10. “All The Right Friends”
11. “Shakin’ All Over”
12. “Secret Agent Man”
13. “A Girl Like You”
14. “Permanent Vacation”
15. “I Can Only Give You Everything”
16. “Dangerous Times”
17. “Different Girl”
18. “Mystery To Me”
19. “(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone”
20. “Lisa Says”
21. “Nervous Breakdown”
22. “Schéhérazade”

1. “Honky Tonk Women”
2. “One Nation Under A Groove”
3. “Roadrunner”
4. “California Sun”
5. “Gloria”

domingo, 4 de abril de 2010

Wrestle Quotes





1. St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 394 Oconee St. - The site for the debut of R.E.M. at O'Brien's birthday party, the church was built in 1871, and many years later converted into rooms inside the shell of the building. Guitarist Peter Buck, frontman Michael Stipe and O'B1. St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 394 Oconee St. - The site for the debut of R.E.M. at O'Brien's birthday party, the church was built in 1871, and many years later converted into rooms inside the shell of the building. Guitarist Peter Buck, frontman Michael Stipe and O'Brien, along with some other roommates, called the place home in the fall of 1979. Demolished in 1990, the church's steeple is all that remains - an homage to the band's beginnings.
2. "Gardening At Night" - A good song to start with, as it originally was released on R.E.M.'s 1982 debut EP, "Chronic Town," and was included with a different vocal mix on R.E.M.'s second compilation, "Eponymous" (1988) containing the liner notes: "Written on a mattress in the front yard. Now condominiums." That would be the yard of St. Mary's church - yes, now condominiums (though it's neither the first nor the only song that shares this heritage).
3. Wuxtry, 197 E. Clayton St. - If you know R.E.M. folklore, this is a no-brainer. Buck worked at the store circa 1979, where he met future bandmate Stipe, who reportedly shared the same taste in music.
4. Kathleen O'Brien - As a student at the University of Georgia, O'Brien introduced Bill Berry and Mike Mills to her roommates, Stipe and Buck.

5. "We Walk" - From the first album "Murmur" (1983), this song, says Catherine Edmonds, who's organizing a tribute show on Friday, has the lyrics "Up the stairs and to the landing ...," which refer to the hill and steep stairs leading up to 169 Barber St., where many a party was held during the band's early years.

6. The Trestle - For fans, it needs no introduction, and for locals, it's a point of contention. Pictured on the back of "Murmur," an album that made Rolling Stone's list of the 500 best albums of all time, the trestle's future - after years of debate - remains unclear. Preservationists fought to save it (at an eyebrow-raising cost to the city), bike enthusiasts want to incorporate it into their rails-trails effort to convert unused railway corridors to bike/walking paths, and engineers are studying it to see if it's structurally sound for such a conversion. At any rate, it's an impressive maze of timber that stretches high above Dudley Park.

7. Trains - Their lonely whistles can be heard day and night around downtown Athens, so it's only fitting that trains figure not just into artwork, but into some of the band's early tunes, like "Carnival of Sorts (Boxcars)" and "Driver 8."

8. "Crazy" - Released on the B-sides collection "Dead Letter Office," this is a cover of a song by fellow Athens band Pylon and contains these liner notes, which gives a good indication just how highly R.E.M. thought of its contemporaries: "I remember hearing their version on the radio the day that Chronic Town came out and being suddenly depressed by how much better it was than our record."

9. Barber Street - It's Athens' own Avenue of the Stars, surviving since the early 1980s, when a slab of wet sidewalk concrete was cause for scrawling in some permanent reminders. You'll find R.E.M.'s name there.

10. "Moral Kiosk" - Anyone who's spent time downtown knows the flier-papered pillars on College Avenue. And according to Marcus Gray's "An R.E.M. Companion: It Crawled from the South," "Apparently locals know these as the moral kiosks, and did so when the song was but a twinkle in R.E.M.'s collective eye." Might be a stretch there, but an interesting title story nonetheless.
11. Walter's Bar-B-Q - Featured in the 1987 documentary "Athens, Ga.: Inside Out," the spot on Broad Street (now JB Ribs and BBQ) was a favorite eatery for the band in its early years, and they created a tune, "Walter's Theme," which ended up at the end of "Dead Letter Office" (mixed with "King of the Road" in an admittedly drunken take).
12. "Can't Get There From Here" - On the way South out of Athens on 78, you might've passed the turnoff sign for Philomath. It's the inspiration for the lyrics "When you're needing inspiration, Philomath is where I'll go ... Philomath they know the low down ... ." Whether Philomath will inspire you is debatable, but the video for the song was shot by Athens filmmakers at Aguar Productions and was filmed partially at the a former drive-in theater on 441.
13. "Camera" - This heartbreaker from "Reckoning" was written in memory of a close friend of Stipe's, Carol Levy, who died in a car accident between Athens and Atlanta, according to Craig Rosen's book "R.E.M.: The Story Behind Every Song."
14. "(Don't Go Back to) Rockville" - As the story goes, Mills came up with this tune at the prospect of his girlfriend, Ingrid Schorr, leaving town. Originally a more rockin' song, it was shelved for some time, but manager Bertis Downs liked it very much, so the band recorded it, adding a country twang - also according to Rosen's book.
15. Seney-Stovall Chapel - It's preserved in all its raw, historic, rundown glory in the aforementioned doc "Athens, Ga.: Inside Out," in which the band sang "Swan Swan H," and Mr. Stipe danced a little jig. And later, in its restored glory, Seney-Stovall was the site for R.E.M. to put some finishing touches on 2008's "Accelerate," complete with videos shot by Vincent Moon (which you can check out on YouTube).

16. Weaver D's - Mmm, delicious fine foods. "Automatic for the People." If you know anything about R.E.M. history, it's that the band borrowed the title for this 1992 album from the man behind the counter, Dexter Weaver, himself.

17. "The One I Love" - In the video for this 1987 song, directed by Robert Longo, you'll see people standing in the windows of the Morton Theatre (before its restoration) as well as folks dancing in the earliest location of The Grit, when it was over by the railroad tracks off Hoyt Street.

18. 40 Watt - This club is about as famous as the band, known worldwide for hosting R.E.M. on stage in every one of its locations in downtown Athens. (See No. 30)

19. "Shiny Happy People" - The poppiest of pop songs by any band, anywhere, ever, the video featured a variety of Athenians, along with backing vocals by the B-52s' Kate Pierson (a former Athenian herself) and a backdrop painted by Oglethorpe Elementary fifth-graders in April Chapman's class (according to Craig Rosen's book "R.E.M.: The Stories Behind Every Song").

20. Jim Herbert - Now retired, this UGA painting professor is credited with inspiring the artistic careers of a number of young students in addition to the band members, interestingly, by way of filmmaking. A filmmaker himself, Herbert directed a number of videos for the band and captured on film some early live performances. Especially compelling is the video for the song "Low" (1992), which is based around a painting from the Georgia Museum of Art's permanent collection "La Confidence," by Elizabeth Jane Gardner.

21. Friends - So this is ridiculously broad, but Mills and Stipe, who still have residences in the ATH (with former drummer Bill Berry living in the nearby countryside), and Buck, who lives in Seattle, most definitely have many close friendships as well as musical acquaintances they've maintained over the years. You'll find Athens faces popping up in the band's videos, album artwork and elsewhere, and if you're counting extended friends, there are several local bands who've opened for R.E.M. on various tours, including the Olivia Tremor Control, Five-Eight and Modern Skirts. Also, Buck's ex-wife Barrie owns the 40 Watt Club.
22. Office - In the same way that friends are an anchor in Athens, the R.E.M. office is based here, too. Everything globally for the band begins on College Avenue, where Downs (who started out as a fan of the band when they were just getting started) oversees the daily goings-on.
23. Art - Designer Chris Bilheimer, who works in the aforementioned local office, works his magic (oftentimes alongside Stipe) for R.E.M.'s album artwork and everything that goes with it (singles, posters, special packaging - the list goes on). Bilheimer's talent is in demand, too - he's worked for other local bands like Widespread Panic, Five-Eight and The Whigs, as well as national ones like Greenday.
24. Local politics - When it comes to issues affecting the future of Athens, the band has been weighing in since the 1980s, when Stipe approached Gwen O'Looney (then a city council member, later mayor of Athens) regarding a potential street closure in his Boulevard-area neighborhood. The band ended up championing and financially backing O'Looney's run for mayor in 1990 (and her re-election as well). Noted Banner-Herald staffer Jim Thompson in a 2006 article for this paper: "What R.E.M. had done with the O'Looney campaign was to help awaken the people who were part of the local arts and music scene - who had previously made some half-hearted, underfunded attempts to get sympathetic representation in local government - to the fact they had reached something of a critical mass, and were capable of exercising some real political clout."
25. Local charities - Although their financial generosity is hardly limited to Athens (this year the band helped raise more than $1 million for Haiti relief efforts with the all-star release of "Everybody Hurts," for instance), Athens organizations and people have benefited hugely from their generosity - from a shelter for the night to new basketball uniforms at the Boys & Girls Club. "There's been no entity more broadly supportive of the community than R.E.M.," Tim Johnson, executive director of Family Connection/Communities In Schools of Athens, told this paper in 2006.

26. Production - A number of local bands have seen their tunes massaged by the production work of band members. Among them, Modern Skirts, for whom Mills recently produced a track. And Stipe helped bring the late, great Vic Chesnutt into a much wider scope of attention, producing his first few albums.
27. John Keane Studios - Located on Hillcrest in the Cobbham Historic District, just a stone's throw from Downs' home-sweet-home, this little house has been the site for Keane to work his engineering, mixing and instrumental magic on "Reveal," "Up," "New Adventures in Hi Fi," "Out of Time," "Automatic for the People" and "Green" - as well as a handful of singles. Attend Friday's party, and it's safe to bet you'll hear Keane perform some of these tunes.

28. "It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" - Herbert also directed the video for this song, which was shot in a nearby abandoned house and made an instant star out of a young Noah Ray, then a student at Cedar Shoals High School. Ray didn't stray from music; he now fronts local punk band Music Hates You.

29. The Grit - Today located at 199 Prince Ave., once upon a time, this building was home of the Koffee Klub, where R.E.M. played some early shows. Stipe bought the building in 1990, and while he doesn't own the restaurant itself, he's certainly been known to partake of its vittles.

30. Finest Worksong(s) - First known (in singular) as the title of a song off 1987's "Document," locals know this even better in its plural. It's the name of the now-famous tribute show that took place Sept. 12, 2006, at the 40 Watt, organized by Jeff Montgomery of That night, local bands had gathered to play R.E.M. songs as a release party for the best-of compilation "And I Feel Fine," but little did anyone know the band would be making its own appearance, climbing up on stage to sing along with some really happy local musicians. The evening was recorded and is available on CD if you want to relive the eve


Automatic Baby. Band formed for first Clinton/Gore inaugural featuring Michael Stipe and Mike Mills with bassist Adam Clayton and drummer Larry Mullen Jr. of U2. They performed one song: U2's "One."
Cheesecake. Food item mentioned in "It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)." On an early visit to New York, the very young and very hungry Stipe and Peter Buck found themselves at a birthday party for legendary rock critic Lester Bangs; this was one of only two foods served.

Chesnutt, Vic. Preternaturally gifted and prolific Athens singer-songwriter. First two albums, "Little" and "West of Rome," produced by Stipe.

Dayton, Jonathan and Faris, Valerie. Married directors of "Little Miss Sunshine" and R.E.M. videos "Wolves, Lower," "Tongue" and "Star 69."

FedEx. Worldwide shipping concern. Stipe once wore a suit made of FedEx envelopes during a "Saturday Night Live" appearance, which was only slightly less funny than his 1999 role on the show as a guardian angel for Chris Kattan's Mango.

"Get a Life." Short-lived Fox sitcom created by and starring Chris Elliott, in which his character died repeatedly and spectacularly. The theme song was R.E.M.'s "Stand."

Golf. Sport played, improbably yet enthusiastically, by R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills; and, less improbably (he's a lawyer), by R.E.M. counsel Bertis E. Downs IV, who keeps a green blazer in his office.

Grit, The. Vegetarian restaurant in Prince Avenue building owned by Stipe. Noted for liberal use of dairy, salt and spices in opposition to typical health-food fare. Also famous for employing a broad range of local musicians. Abuts hipster hangout Go Bar, where Mills appeared on Halloween weekend in a Siouxie and the Banshees cover band.
Guaranteed. Delicious hipster vegan restaurant of the mid-'90s in building owned by Michael Stipe, which perhaps overestimated the local appetite for seaweed and gluten.

Hib-Tone. A label started by University of Georgia law student Johnny Hibbert. It released R.E.M.'s first single, "Radio Free Europe," backed with "Sitting Still," in 1981.

Jelly beans. See Cheesecake.

"Life: How to Live." A self-published book-length rant by Brivs Mekis, a mentally disturbed resident of Athens; inspiration for the song "Life And How To Live It" on "Fables of the Reconstruction."
Mandolin. Four-stringed, pear-shaped instrument favored by Italians, bluegrass musicians and Gustav Mahler. Used to great effect by Peter Buck in "Losing my Religion."

"Man on the Moon." Song largely about comedian/provocateur Andy Kaufman on "Automatic for the People;" also references Elvis Presley, Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin and the "horrible asp," the snake that assisted Cleopatra in suicide. Also the title of a Kaufman biopic starring Jim Carrey, with a score by R.E.M.

"Mysterious Power of the Picket Fence." Hilarious Pavement song that lovingly satirizes, and encapsulates the early recording history of, R.E.M. Includes "Orange Crush"-style battle sounds and these lines: "and the bass man he had all the right moves and the guitar player was no saint."

Peter Buck Superhero. Comics drawn by Athens singer-songwriter Jack Logan, featuring Buck as a Superman-like figure who helps save both Athens and indie radio.
Rather, Dan. Newsman with a taste for bizarre Southernish colloquialisms, especially late on election nights. The most famous phrase attached to Rather is "Kenneth, what is the frequency," a question an assailant asked while beating him on the street. R.E.M.'s single "What's the Frequency, Kenneth?" was once sung by a tuneless Rather on the Late Show with with David Letterman.

"Simpsons, The." Long-running animated sitcom, among the finest programs in television history, noted for rampant pop-culture allusions and guest stars. The three-man R.E.M. appeared in the 2001 Thanksgiving episode, having been tricked into playing a gig in Homer's garage by being told it was a benefit. Includes the line "Mmmm, curds."
"Voice of Harold." Title of an alternate performance of "Seven Chinese Brothers," with Stipe singing the liner notes to a gospel album, "The Joy of Knowing Jesus" by the Revelaires. Available on the compilation "Eponymous."