Monday, June 6, 2011


It was with great sadness that I had to cut down a tree on my property that was 150 years old. Its seed took root in that field on or around the date the Civil War began, at a time when Colorado was some wilderness crossed by fur trappers on their way to the Rockies. However, this lightning damaged and now weakened tree was heavily infested with pine beetles and I did not want them to emerge this summer and infect other trees around it. In addition the top fell off late this winter due to its weakened condition, lucky it did not strike my neighbors wood shop a few feet away.

I sharpened up the chain saw and took it down on Saturday. I spent all day Sunday sectioning it up into a size that woud fit into the fireplace, after it has been split. To keep the wood, it had to be wrapped in plastic so that when the beetles do emerge, baking inside beneath the hot summer sun. The wood should be ready to use this Fall. That fresh wood is heavy, injuring my back before I had the common sense to put my weight lifters belt on.

The gangs rule Wall Street
Have terrorized a nation
In their pin stripped suits

Little people act
The illusion of control
All part of the plan

Subversive ideas
Undercurrent of contempt
A spreading disease

Died for the people
To relieve us of our sins
Christ the socialist

Cherry trees blossom
Helped by warm Japanese nights
Fukushima spring

Jethro’s ship departs
Power’s rope slips from his hands
The rising brown tide

Hands raised up to God
Ask for his forgiveness while
pulling the trigger

Government is bad
Criticize with every chance
Until they need it

Their words of wisdom
Party ideologues write
With their poison pen

Truth’s not a concern
Story told for a purpose
Only to incite

Slept through Egypt’s night
They’re struggling to wake up
Dream of better times

Down economy
All want to be millionaires
Shared disappointment

Their sweet sounding words
Lies that we all want to hear
Lull the babes to sleep

Long hours, no free time
Pelosi needs TLC
Requests Weiner probe

The forest fires in Arizona have cast a yellowish haze across Colorado these last few days, a faint burning odor to the air. Makes for some interesting sunsets.

Friday and Saturday nights were spent outside in the warm night air listening to music with a cigar and a few shots of tequila. I'm suprised no one complained Saturday night when, due to a late start, the truck stereo was cranked until 2:30 AM Sunday morning.

The show was kicked off by Baroness, sludge/progressive metal band from Savannah, Georgia. They played at the Roadburn Festival, Tilburg, Netherlands on April 23, 2009. Great quality recording of half the songs played that evening. What a way to kick off the night!

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I slowed it down a bit with two solo shows by Ian McCulloh of the Bunnymen, the first performed at the Daytrotter Studio on March 10, 2010.

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This was followed by his performance on November 5, 1989 on BBC Radio One, live in Manchester, UK.

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Saturday night started off with the Tokyo Police Club doing a live show at The Great Northern on August 1, 2008.

What's been written about them:

"Toronto's quirky, high-energy indie rock outfit Tokyo Police Club features vocalist/bassist Dave Monks, keyboardist/vocalist Graham Wright, guitarist/percussionist Josh Hook, and drummer/percussionist Greg Alsop. The band formed in the wake of the breakup of the foursome's previous project; after taking a break for several months, the musicians regrouped as Tokyo Police Club in 2005. They began performing live that summer, and that fall they played the Montreal Pop Festival, where the audience's rousing reception convinced the group to make Tokyo Police Club a full-time venture. Monks quit school, and early in 2006 the band signed with local label Paperbag Records and began recording their debut EP, A Lesson in Crime, which was released that spring. Buoyed by blog and MySpace buzz, Tokyo Police Club embarked on their largest tour yet that fall. Around the same time, A Lesson in Crime was reissued with wider distribution, and 2008 saw the release of the band's full-length debut, Elephant Shell. By the end of the year, Tokyo Police Club had toured in support of the album and already begun working on a follow-up record, Champ, which they ultimately released in 2010."

"So what exactly is Tokyo Police Club? Perhaps EYE Weekly summed it up best when they wrote "[Tokyo Police Club] are undeniably catchy and raw, marrying danceable hooks with talk of robot masters and global emergencies, providing an upbeat soundtrack to our troubled times." Personally, however, I prefer Exclaim's proclamation that "somehow, the deeply innocuous subdivisions of Newmarket, Ontario have hatched a four-headed beast of tunefulness."

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I then turned to a classic recording, one of the best out there, Nirvana performing at the Paradiso in Amsterdam on November 25, 1991. The show was originally supposed to be at the Melkweg the day before, but had to be moved to a larger venue. During "Come As You Are" at the show, the guitar and bass were horribly out of tune with each other, so Kurt decided to scream most of the song's lyrics.

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Closed the night with my recording of Interpol's show at the Boulder Theater on February 8, 2011.

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