Last Played

"Bedouin Dress" by Fleet Foxes. Play Count: 35


Almost like clockwork, Osees came through town 364 days since I'd seen them last. Instead of sitting on the mezzanine, I was on the floor this time. The openers were terrific; they were super fast and loud. Osees started playing over the PA music to start their set in a flash. The band was the same lineup as last year. It once again was awesome to watch the two drummers. There was a mosh pit near us for most of the show. They played all the hits; I had a blast. It was one of those shows were things are going so great that you just have to laugh out loud. I got to go with another old friend who has moved to Portland. We caught up before and after the show. I am very tired as I write this the next day.

25 Years! (9/6/2023)

I've been updating this web site for 25 years now! Thanks for reading over the years. The site started sometime before the first entry on 9/6/1998, but we'll call it 25 years.

I've been building an iOS application that displays all the shows I've seen. Send me a message if you'd like to get a link to try it out. Thanks again!  #

Movie Theatres (7/25/2023)

I saw my first movie in a theatre in nearly eight years the other day. I have to say, I realize I haven't missed much. I arrived at the specified time for the opportunity to see 30 minutes or more of commercials and previews. At least I had an assigned seat! I think I'll think hard if I go to a theatre again. If I do, I'll be sure to arrive 30 minutes "late". The film I saw was good though ("Oppenheimer").  #


From following Drag City on Twitter, I'd learned of Wand nearly two years ago. I bought an album, and I liked it. Then via the same social media sources, I learned both 1) the singer of the band has a new solo album and 2) Wand was going to be in Portland about a week later. I asked Jon if he wanted to go, and we agreed we'd go the day before. It was a rocking show. It also went on really late for this old man (about midnight). I'd recognized about two of the songs, and the rest were good. They had so many pedals on the stage. As usual a strong rhythm section allows a band like this work. The opener were three people with even more effects pedals. Afterwards, once Wand was on the stage, we realized half of Wand was in the opening band. Only the singer wasn't in Wand, and their songs reminded me of some Sonic Youth. Overall a great night with music I wasn't too familiar with. That's a change from the last few years of shows I've seen.


This show was postponed from March. I was glad I was able to make it. It had been awhile since seeing him. He's still as charismatic as ever. Tommy was sitting at a full drum kit again. I'm not sure if I hadn't noticed the other times I've seen him, but Jonathan played three Modern Lovers songs. Or I should say, his songs referenced three old songs. He played "Old World" but it was about 1830 and not 1950. He also played "Pablo Piscasso" but updated the chorus to "Pablo Picasso was never called an asshole… for the first 15 minutes." He added lots of banter about how he'd read the memoirs and now knew more. He also played "Girlfriend", and he really emphasized his Boston accent and "G I R L F R E N" phoenetic spelling. He'd also mentioned that when he was 17 he'd wanted to be a painter, but then he heard the Velvet Underground. He'd seen colors in their sounds and decided he was going to be a singer. He also played "Dancing in a Lesbian Bar" and had the crowd going. He closed with a fun song called "Cold Pizza". I think he sang in at least 4 languages: English, Italian, French, and Spanish. I'm pretty sure there was one more language too, but I could not make it out. It's always great to see Jonathan Richman; I hope I can do it again soon!

Velvet Underground (6/22/2023)

I dunno when I first heard of Velvet Underground. Probably through Bowie records. Somewhere around 30 years ago, I got the banana album. Whatever I had, I remember it was a different mix than what I have today. Anyways, somewhere along the line I'd heard that the "later stuff" wasn't as good. It took me until about 10 years ago to get "White Light / White Heat". Oh my gosh, I think, this is terrific! Then it takes me until this week to get their last two albums with Lou, and they are just immensely amazing. Holy smokes, they are good. I'd heard covers or live versions of their hits, but the albums are chock full of such good stuff that I'd never expect from 1970. I've heard nearly 50 years of people interpreting and re-interpreting these songs, so I was just blown away to finally listen.  #


Earlier this year, I learned that Love And Rockets were going to play a big festival in southern California. Of course they added some west coast club dates afterwards, and I was able to get tickets to this show. From the stage David J said it was the first city to sell out for the tour. It was nice place to see them; it's only a little larger than the Metro. Mike and I were able to get a good spot, off to the side and pretty close to the stage. This is because I still had my crutches and "boot" on, so we were able to sit in the ADA section. We arrived during Vinsantos' set. Vinsantos played keyboards, and there was a guitarist off to the side. I'd known nothing about them prior to the show. They are a drag burlesque performer who has apparently been opening for Bauhaus shows for some time now. There was a lot of audience chatting going on, and Vinsantos made a commment along the lines of how much people paid for a ticket to just talk. Why not stay at home? The line for the merch was near us and it was already long when we got there. As far as I know, it was long for the entirety of the show. I got in line during a few Love And Rockets songs I was not familiar with. I got an iconic and classic Love And Rockets logo t-shirt. Man, I had so much fun at this show. From the moment Daniel Ash walked out, you could see his very spiky hair in silhouette. Soon thereafter you got to take in his rock star bright red blouse. I knew I was just going to be in psychedelic glam rock seventh heaven. For the occasion, I wore my 35 year old "Earth Sun Moon" t-shirt. The band all wore sunglasses. David J wore a three piece maroon velvet suit. I knew all the words to the songs from the 4 albums I love from back then. They played a few songs from each. There were a few songs that I was not familar with (which Mike was). They opened with the slow version of "Motorcyle." They played "No New Tale To Tell" in about the middle of the set; definitely one of my favorites. "Ball of Confusion" was the encore closer, and they came out for a single-song second encore, which I did not know. But I identified it by the lyrics the next day. It was "Sweet FA." Other awesome ones were "Kundalini Express", "Yin and Yang (and the Flowerpot Man)" and "Dog End of a Day Gone By". Before the show started, I'd asked the person seated beside me if she'd seen them before. She had not, but her partner was a huge fan and was somewhere up front of the stage. She said they'd had met David J in person before, and their partner had said "I love Love And Rockets and would you ever tour again?" David J apparently said "No way, you're living in la-la land if you think that's going to happen." Lala Land was a lot of fun tonight!

Chills (5/26/2023)

Like nearly everyone, I love the way listening to music can make me feel. I was just listening to an Unwound song that gives me the chills nearly every time I hear it.  #


It'a always great to go to a new place to see a show. This is an old theater with an awesome neon marquee. Jon invited me to go. We got there just when the last opener ended. I stayed seated throughout the show since I was a little tired. It's the same line up as the last time I saw Deerhoof, so many years ago. I joked with Jon that I could remember when the long haired guitarist had short hair. The drummer as usual had so much energy! His drum kit is pretty simple too: 3 drums and 3 cymbals. The structure of their songs continues to be so interesting. It was a good night out.

Missing Artwork (3/13/2023)

I made a macOS application called Missing Artwork. I've worked on it on and off for nearly 3 years. It was fun to learn so many new things along the way about new Apple technologies. You can see all my process for the application and its library on github.

At both of my jobs after working at Apple, it was not possible to play with all the new stuff. They had large legacy codebases that made it hard to move forward technologically. While at Apple, you were only ever working on the latest and greatest release, so you could always use the new stuff. In fact you were encouraged to, if not even required to. It's good to be back.  #


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