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Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite! …. I mean Mr. Smith!


The crew takes some time out from kickin’ it to kick it

I just made a wack ass garbage ass beat. Not all tracks are winners. This goes for women as well, but I’ll leave that discussion for another day and time.

Lately, I’ve been riding my bike through the neighborhoods of LA while looking at buildings, the people, and what exists. I’ve blasted through Mid City, Hollywood, Hancock Park, Koreatown, Culver City, West Hollywood, Miracle Mile, whatever you call that part of town by Dj Destroy’s house, Los Feliz, and all parts in between. The bike riding iPod playlist these days is: Bad Brains, Black Flag, Dinosaur Jr. (Damn..I’m like SST‘s biggest fan), Silversun Pickups, Metallica, Foos, The Police, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and more of the same. While I ride I often drift off and dream of what it would’ve been like to be a member of The Beatles, Nirvana, or The Temptations. The Beatles is pretty well documented…I’m hoping to run into Paul McCartney one day. I know enough people connected to Nirvana that I could probably get some rare first hand stories of what it was like to be them in their prime, but I’m not going to ask as it’s none of my biz. The Temptations movie was based off of Otis’s account of what happened so I’m going to assume it’s as close to the truth as you can get. David Ruffin was a tough cat.

It’s been a long time since I posted…but, nobody reads this anyway so who cares, right? I always have stuff that I want to write about, but when it comes time to write..it vanishes. Let the freestyle session begin.

Let’s see, Dj Ready Cee came to visit. The BX was up in this bitch. We went to an art event where graf guys were painting on half naked girls in bikinis. Destroy and Ready Cee held it down on the tables. Fun night. Ooohh..that same night we went to see some underground hip hop acts as Ready was supposed to spin. There were a few tight groups. I won’t name any names, but a certain rapper from Oxnard was like kryptonite cause he had niggas scatterin’ for the doors after maybe 10 to 12 minutes. Mass exodus. Sorry dude.

I caught a flight to Vegas to see the Foo Fighters play at the Hard Rock Casino. Eating at Nobu with friends before the show was the right move. Black cod wrapped in lettuce was the highlight. The next day it was back to LA and down to Irvine to see Blondie, Reo Speedwagon, and Billy Idol. Devo was on the bill, but it was splittsville before they came on. I’ve seen them before…the drummer holds it down.

I had jury duty. “yes, it would definitely be financial hardship if you put me on this 6 week asbestos trial, judgey”. Jury duty was straight boring. Sleep, wake up, get called on a panel, weasel out of long ass trial, sleep, wake up, try not to make eye contact with the transvestite sitting next to me cause it creeps me out, go back to sleep, wake up, go home.

Chuck and I had a treading water contest. We called it a tie after an hour as we both had some other stuff to do. I’m tread conditioned to be able to make it if the ship goes down…..though, I haven’t been on a ship and I’ve never been in the ocean, it’s nice to be prepared in case my plane crashes in the water and I survive. Shit…I and I Survive.

Speaking of Bad Brains…is HR going to show up on 12/6 at the Palladium? Place your bets now.

I met MGMT through DJ Carbo at the Fonda when they played on 9/14. I still rock the album….”Weekend Wars” is one awesome song. Oracular Spectacular delivers a daily dose of post apocalyptic messages regarding the state of the survivors when it’s all over.

The funniest story I heard since the last post was TP from Tee Pee Records telling me about playing street football in NYC as a kid. In short, he said that they kicked the ball off to a guy and while he was returning it, he had a boxing glove on one hand and was punching players in the face while running it back for a td. I almost started crying. I guess you had the be there, eh? He told me the story just prior to us seeing Night Horse & Graveyard. Sick shit.

So, I have no job but I still spend cash money. How does that work? I don’t understand either. Don’t really need to. I have my 2009 goggles on and all I do is work on this project that I’ve been working on for a really long time. I hope you like it when it’s done. Late.

Where have I been? Living the simple life.


Devilman takes time out of his busy vacation to raid my fridge for Cristal from ya boy Louis Roederer

August 3rd, 2008 – Dolly Parton – Greek Theatre
Dolly plays a lot of instruments during her show.  She plays the piano, flute, banjo, harmonica, autoharp, guitar, and more.  I went to Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee when I was a kid.  I’m not one of those guys who fronts on country music.  I like Johnny Cash, Jerry Reed (damn), and Waylon Jennings.  As a youngster I got to go to some country shows…stuff like Crystal Gayle, Kenny Rogers, and Little Jimmy Dickens.  Music is music and country has some damn good music.  Go see Dolly if you get a chance.

August 5th, 2008 – Pineapple Express Screening
Was ok.  My days of chiefing my mind away are gone.  But was I blowed up in the theater?  The movie security was parading up and down the aisles with night vision goggles to check for bootleggers.

August 6th, 2008 – Steve Miller Band / Joe Cocker – Nokia Theatre
Joe Cocker came out and was pretty awesome.  Steve Miller came out and was awesome.  Both guys were old then a mug. I can check these guys off my “to see” list.  We sat in the front row.  That’s the first time I recall ever sitting in the front row of a show.  I could hear exactly how off the tambourine/harmonica guy in the Steve Miller Band really is.   I looked him up when I got home and apparently he is a session musician with a massive catalog under his belt.  Will chalk up the lack of rhythm to a bad night.  The Nokia Theatre VIP backstage area is nice and the drink line is short.

August 19th, 2008 – D.Evilman Arrives in LA
It’s rare that SBI comes to LA.  I don’t think SB has been up in here since Dj Strictnine departed (insert SBI playing the Welcome Back Kotter theme).  Rasputin comes through every few years.  Devil came out and kicked it for a week.  Activities included Phillipes, Venice Beach, sushi, and whatever other shit I could figure out to slide into his trip.  Oh, Amoeba was a big hit.  Like a $500 in records hit.  For people not knowing…Amoeba is a record store that is the size of a Target.

August 20th, 2008 – Dub Club – Echoplex
Rastafari was up in that mug.  Silver Lake dreads don’t stop till they get enough.  Dub Club is always a good time for the reggae lovers like myself.

August 21st, 2008 – Gza – El Rey Theatre
Waltzed in to the table by the rail.  Thank you D.  Staying out of general population is sometimes the best way to take in a show.  This was the 2nd time I’ve seen GZA do Liquid Swords in it’s entirety.  I wish more rappers would come out and do this.  Geto Boys, where you at?

August 23rd, 2008 – Michael Henderson / Jean Carne / Sam Moore / Billy Paul – Sunset Junction
I haven’t been to Sunset Junction in like 4 years.  We checked it out to catch Sam Moore as I’ve always wanted to see him.  Ask Ian Rogers, Sam & Dave’s greatest hits is something I rocked non stop back in Bloomington.  Sam was good.  Billy Paul’s voice was great.  Jean Carne did her big hit “Don’t Let It Go To Your Head”.  I’m not really sure if that’s the title or not, but that’s the chorus.  I always thought Michael Henderson wasn’t that good and I missed his set this time, so I guess I’ll never know.

August 26th, 2008 – 10 Year old girl b-day party – Pasadena
If you invite me, I generally turn up.  Cake and ice cream is good.  Para love the kids.

August 27th, 2008 – George Benson / Marcus Miller, Stanley Clarke, Victor Wooten – Hollywood Bowl
Almost got into a fight walking from Hollywood and Highland to the venue.  LA can turn on you at any given second.  The show was excellent.  Stanley Clarke’s stand up bass solo was the finest example of why we still need jazz in the world. Wooten and Miller are two of the best bass players in the world.  It was great to see all three of these guys do their thing together.   George Benson is a true entertainer.  I’ve seen him before and he never disssapoints.  Sick.

August 31st, 2008 – Steel Pulse – HOB Sunset
Dj Destroy joined me for a trip down to House of Blues on Sunset to check out Steel Pulse.  Show was sick.  Another one of those stay out of general population trips.  Afterwards we kicked it with the band for a bit and got faded in the foundation room.  Destroy saw some ill shit.   Who is that old guy with the white hair who is at every single show dancing?  Shouts to Anjali, Sidney, David, and Selwyn.  Thanks for having us.

September 4th, 2008 – Metro Station – Jimmy Kimmel Live
My friend Ant is the drummer in this band.  I guess saying that they’re blowing up is an understatement.   I just heard their single being played to the crowd during the Monday Night Football game between Dallas and Philly.  Anyway, went down to the show to check him out.  I guess he won’t be coming over to my crib in Silver Lake to record anymore, eh?

September 8th, 2008 – Deathbowl To Downtown – LA Premiere
Missed it.  Damn, wanted to see the SHUT skates part.  I heard Sam Velde tore it up at the party.

September 9th, 2008 – Huntington Hospital – Pasadena
Went to the world premiere of AD’s new baby.  Well, I was there 5 hours after the arrival…close enough!

September 11th, 2008 – Burn After Reading Screening – Arc Light Theater
911 bums me out.  A girl from my high school died in the towers.  Crazy.  The movie was just ok.  Kinda oddball black comedy…I’d wait until it comes on HBO or peep the matinee if I were you.

I think that about wraps it up for this update…that’s all I can remember…well except for:

  • I skated with Silva a few times.
  • Supervised the moving of a weight bench without offering to help
  • Conducted very little email marketing business
  • I’m going to skip Righteous Kill as they didn’t end up using the song I wasted my time and effort making for the movie
  • I’ve ramped up my attempts to find top notch collaborators for a new project I’m working on.
  • Doz went to Bermuda for vacation! Wtf?
  • I love the fact that I can spend 5 to 15 hours a day working on what I think will be my final record.  Feels good.  I think it’s one last record and then I’m outty…a record that contains what I really want to say instead of all the shit I’ve been spitting my entire life.  I feel like Malcolm after his pilgrimage, but I only go to the kitchen to make bloody marys

Rock on.