Taiwan president: I will not discuss reunification – CNN.com

Taiwan doesn’t make the front page of CNN very often. It happens, usually due to a typhoon, but even less common is President Ma Ying-Jeou showing some backbone. While I don’t truly have a dog in the fight, I’m 100% behind the people of Taiwan. Perhaps this is cynical ploy by the Ma administration to show him in a positive light, but the most important … Continue reading Taiwan president: I will not discuss reunification – CNN.com

Even the Godmother Has Bills to Pay

Long before she was dubbed “the Godmother of Punk” – or subbing for Kurt Cobain in a sad but necessarily reunited Nirvana – Joan Jett was just another rock n’ roll star trying to make the best of her career. A founding member of the legendary all-female rock band The Runaways, Jett embarked on a solo career in 1979, teaming with a cat named Kenny … Continue reading Even the Godmother Has Bills to Pay

Jukebox Antagonist – Episode 8: A Long Story About Regulars, Vultures, and Compilations

The term “album” originally applied to a compilation of documents, manuscripts, or other items assembled and preserved in a “book” format, i.e. photo album.[1] Beginning in the 19th century, the word was related to anthologies of printed sheet music and poetry. The invention of the gramophone gave rise to what we now call records or simply, vinyl. In the early 20th century, collections of related … Continue reading Jukebox Antagonist – Episode 8: A Long Story About Regulars, Vultures, and Compilations

Jukebox Antagonist – Episode 4: The Manager

Back in 2007, I briefly managed a bistro-type joint in an unfamiliar neighborhood of San Francisco. The gig lasted about two months before I went back to waiting tables at my old job, which was infinitely more amenable to my lifestyle. Deeply humbled by failure, I was relieved and yet more determined than ever to escape the restaurant industry, once and for all. Anyway, one … Continue reading Jukebox Antagonist – Episode 4: The Manager

The Slightly Less Terrible of Two Terrors

“The so-called ‘psychotically depressed’ person who tries to kill herself doesn’t do so out of quote ‘hopelessness’ or any abstract conviction that life’s assets and debits do not square. And surely not because death seems suddenly appealing. The person in whom Its invisible agony reaches a certain unendurable level will kill herself the same way a trapped person will eventually jump from the window of … Continue reading The Slightly Less Terrible of Two Terrors

Jukebox Antagonist – Episode 3: Special Pinball Edition

From Chicago to San Francisco to L.A. to Manila to Taipei to places beyond and between, my favorite places to drink are dive bars; unpretentious, bread n’ butter, good old-fashioned “watering holes.” The drinks are cheap and equitable, the bartender is vaguely congenial but no-nonsense, and the regulars seem like a rough bunch of characters, but once you get to know them, they’re a bunch … Continue reading Jukebox Antagonist – Episode 3: Special Pinball Edition

Jukebox Antagonist – Epsiode 2

That was a real cliffhanger back there in Episode 1, wasn’t it? I was threatening to name my “best” Nirvana song, with a hint that it wasn’t by Nirvana. It was one of those tropes that sounds good when you toss it out there, but completely impractical or even imaginative. See, I went back and basically rifled through the Nirvana catalog, and came away with … Continue reading Jukebox Antagonist – Epsiode 2

Jukebox Antagonist – Episode 1

Facebook has been an unlikely source of musical inspiration that I’ve confused and stonewalled for a long time. There is a wanting to “be involved” on social media that transcends a thumbs-up or a re-tweet. By posting status updates are we not inviting others into a conversation? The danger lies in trying to change the conversation by one-upping the guy who posted the original video. … Continue reading Jukebox Antagonist – Episode 1