Karaoke is At Least 50% Evil
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Posted in One Million Watts on 30 November 2010
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When Karaoke was introduced to America in the early 1980s, it is said that Byrne demonstrated the equipment at its New York premiere with a terrifying version of Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love.”

To Rainer Maria: I’m Sorry, and Thanks for Everything
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 10 November 2010
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Emo started with a desire to emote and discuss more personal/poetic concepts that were less available in traditional three-chord punk. And you, Rainer Maria, understood that, even if I didn’t seem to.

Memoirs of a Bay Area Bad Kid
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 7 October 2010
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My hometown doesn’t want me back. Perhaps that’s just as well, because it’s hardly the same place I terrorized as a teenager.

In My Day, The Web Was…
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Posted in Lies and Entertainment on 29 September 2010
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In my day, the web was small. It wasn’t even a billion pages yet. You could surf the entire thing in under a hundred years. And it was a kinder, more homey place; you knew all your neighbors.

By Night Known as Mr. Clay
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 14 September 2010
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In 1990, I met comedian Andrew Dice Clay in Las Vegas. His reputation preceded him: People were saying he was a lousy tipper and an obnoxious jerk.

Bulls on Parade
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 10 August 2010
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For a hot minute, I considered running with the bulls myself — down the main drag of Mesquite, Nevada, past stunned onlookers, into a waiting limousine.

Hollywood by Hearse
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 2 August 2010
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Hollywood Forever Cemetary reminds me of Los Angeles in the late 1990s, when I met Creepy Hearse Guy in a film studies class and fell in love.

Internet, BC: Memoir of a Music Fan’s Pre-Digital Adolescence
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 22 June 2010
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It’s difficult to imagine, in this Age of Internet, what it would be like not to know what the members of your favorite band looked like — but in the days before the Internet, it was a very real possibility.

Things We Like: “Strange Brew,” Words on “Zaireeka” and “The Tarantino Mixtape”
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Posted in Things We Like on 12 June 2010
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A book goes inside one (or is it four?) of the strangest albums ever released by a major label, Quentin Tarantino gets the mash-up treatment, and two hosers go looking for beer.

Have I Really Been on LiveJournal for Ten Years?
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 13 May 2010
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On May 5, 2010, my LiveJournal account turned ten years old. I completely failed to note the occasion — not even on Facebook, which is a big part of the reason I’m neglecting my LJ. Won’t do at all.