Sunday, August 30, 2009

Good Music

Last night J10X and I cruised to Rosie's Cantina in Groton to see an awesome show featuring Brokedown Serenade, Get Haunted & The Paul Brockett Roadshow Band.

Rosie's is a decent joint, but I have issues with the sound system. I did discover the 'sweet spot' to stand is about 10 ft from the stage. A foot further forward or back results in a mind meltingly loud experience.....

I had seen Brokedown Serenade open for the Cobra-Matics, and I felt they were much improved. They were definitely more relaxed on stage, and I think they'll grow even further from this point on. They served up competent, steady rockabilly/blues/rock 'n' roll. Fun fact: BS's bass player used to play in the Lucky Diamonds, a band fronted by The Colonel, who fronts the Cobra-Matics.

Next up was Get Haunted, a band I was just champing at the bit to see. Fronted by the ever-magical Joey Royale, his lovely wife Sarah and a Nice Young Man called Kevin. Really basic drums, twangy banjo and intense (dare I say 'punkily hammered out') acoustic guitar and Joey's.....voice, which I have a really hard time describing. It's warm, hoarse, intense, old, shades of Nick Cave, Johnny Cash and Lux Interior. How about 'compelling'? I'll stick with compelling. The songs are dark, haunted, and in their own words 'sticks and stones, Indian bones and a box buried in a mound.' And sartorially, very entertaining: black-rimmed glasses, Mr. Royale's pencil moustache, shirts buttoned up and sporting plantation ties.....Sarah was wearing (from what I could spot) a black bodysuit and some shiny leather-looking stockings. Well, they knocked my socks off, so I will see every damn show they play if I can.

And if that wasn't enough, we also were fortunate to see the always- fantastic Paul Brockett Roadshow Band. I cannot say enough great things about this band- they always deliver great songs, always with heart, soul and humor. Paul flung his guitar at the young man from Brokedown Serenade, who whipped out some nice bluesy notes. And a special treat for us in attendance were the spectacular songs done with Joey Royale - it's always awesome to see the PBRB bring people onstage, but this was truly transcedent. 'Magic' is the only word to describe it.

So, hats off to all you fabulous musicians for a great night of music!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

'In Like Flint'- Move Over, James Bond!

Beg, borrow or steal this movie!
This lavish prequel to the Austin Powers series features:
  • James Coburn and his Super Secret Spy Moves!
  • Yvonne Craig as 'Natasha'!
  • Herb Edelman as the Russian Prime Minister!
  • 1967 Push Button Technology!
  • A plot so weak that the 'GI Joe' movie had to use it!!
  • Battle of the Sexes!
  • Free Love!
  • Fembots!
  • Seriously Fabulous Clothing!
  • Underwhelming Fight Scenes!
  • Outer Space Effects inspired by Ed Wood!
Oh, just look for yourselves.....The Trailer

Saturday, August 22, 2009

RIP, Slimjim, c1998-2009

It's always hard to lose a beloved pet. Slimjim had been with us for almost twelve years.

He was  good, sweet, loving member of our family and we had to make the incredibly difficult decision to let him go on to the Great Mouse Hunting Ground in the Sky.

Unfortunately, last year he started having seizures that were becoming more and more frequent and with no apparent physiological cause.  He was also losing mobility and we had to take him to the vet today because he couldn't breathe.  He was in such distress he was actually meowing - a rare thing for Slimjim. The vet found a huge lump in his throat that showed some damage to the fine bones there and his passageway was so swollen that it was impeding his breathing. After much deliberation, and many, many tears, we felt it would be kinder to let him go rather than traumatize him further with aggressive care. 

We love you Slimjim - and we miss you terribly.