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Thursday we hit Echo Lounge early, expecting a reasonable kick-off time for a school night show. We shouldve known better but the dead time before the show let us socialize a bit and play with the glow in the dark advertising crap someone had littered the place with. The walls were decorated in Clash posters for the Clash tribute night, celebrating the rerelease of the Clash catalog on CD.
An MC got on stage and gave away some Clash stuff, posters and Cds for those who could answer Clash trivia questions, then 6X got up and mixed in a Clash tune or three with their usual set.
More giveaways, then The Rent Boys got up and did an entire set of excellent Clash covers, with little or no deviation from the originals. The genuine sound was a true crowd pleaser. We had to skip out and miss X-Impossibles due to the workaday lifestyle the DP staff must endure to keep this little effort free and ad-free.
It would have been a great show but for the usual complaint about Echo Lounge - FIX THOSE DAMN LIGHTS. There's no use for the row of lights behind the drummer that A) form a curtain of light blocking any view of the drummer, and 2) shine right in the eyes of the crowd making the few visible people on stage mere silouettes. It's impossible to shoot a decent picutre there without a huge flash.
Saturday we hit the Star Bar a little late. The long Rockabilly Rumble lineup means things have to kick off at 7 and we just couldnt get our shit together and get over there until almost 10. Belmont Playboys were on stage ripping it up with some raucaus rockabilly, damn fine stuff. Raging Teens, not really Teens and not really raging, followed with some SUPER genuine rockabilly. I didnt even know New Hampshire really existed, much less that it could be the birthplace of such a superior act.
Blacktop Rockets hit the stage right at midnight, sans Johnny Knox. I dont know if this is a permanent lineup change (though a very familiar one) or if it was just a temporary thing. Regardless, it was the usual good set from the local heros of rockabilly, and organizers of the fest.
Due to a Degenerate Press staffers efforts to quit smoking we had to leave the show early. The second hand chemicals in the air were teasing her into full blown withdrawal and she just couldnt take it. Let that be a lesson to the viewers at home - quitting smoking can ruin your life!
A new irregular feature here on Electric Degeneration, Film Flam will feature reviews of the moving picture films that are so popular with the kids these days, written by degenerate SW:
"Magnolia" Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. Starring almost everyone in Hollywood young and old. Rated R for RENTAL.
I imagine it like this. DURING production, Paul Thomas Anderson goes to see the latest Robert Altman film, Cookie's Fortune. He loves the movie. He wishes he'd made the move. Then he realizes, he can change his current project, "Partridge's Family" to resemble Altman! Brilliant!! He calls up his buddy Bill Macy and sure enough, he's available. He quickly writes another vignette about an aging, repressed-homosexual, has-been quiz-show whiz kid. He then changes some of the other story plots to lengthen his running time, adds a bit of biblical allegory with a plague of frogs, and changes the title to "Magnolia" which alludes to Altman's beloved South as portrayed in Cookie's Forune. He's a genius. He completes the movie, albeit a little rough and patched together, releases it to much anticipation and is hailed as a cinematic master. Hooray for Mr. Anderson. As for you and me, Mr. and Ms. Moviegoer, we are highly disappointed and a bit confused by what we have witnessed on screen. "THIS is supposed to be masterful!? It didn't completely suck, but it blew quite a bit. Wished I'd waited for video."
If you want to get yourself worked up into a bother check out this report on CNN:
Of particular interest are quotes like:
"I think it's an excellent policy," said Bobby Hall, a business professor at Wayland Baptist University who has a daughter in the Lockney district. "I, for one, would like to know if my children were involved in drugs because it gives you a chance for intervention."
"And if you do it across the board it's fair for everybody," added his wife, Laurie.
I'm reminded of the Zappa CD "Joe's Garage", a satirical play in which the government decides to make everyone a criminal since it's the only way to be fair, not to mention it makes control of everyone that much easier.
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