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News from the Northern Station


I really enjoy reading the Community Newsletter distributed by my local police station. I found it after I started searching for some information on a shooting across the street, and fell in love. Apparently, the original author has been transferred (I'm looking into whether he's writing anything for his new station), and the verbiage has been a little more subdued, but it still makes great reading.

Here's a story from this week's:

Friday, 11:04 pm, Assault with a Deadly Weapon Arrest: Officer Van Koll and Officer Pera were sent to Haight St. and Webster St. on a report of a large fight about 5:30 pm. When they arrived, they found a woman lying in a pool of blood. There was a large crowd in the area, but no one wanted to give up any information. The woman was transported to the hospital for treatment. Eventually, the officers were able to piece bits of the story together. They determined that the woman had been sliced by a broke bottle during the fight. The officers also learned the name of the suspect. The suspect was a woman that the officers knew from prior contacts. At about 11:30 pm, the officers were sent to Fillmore St. and Golden Gate Ave. on a second report of a fight. This time, the suspect was involved in a verbal argument with another person. The suspect was still wearing clothing covered in blood. The officers immediately recognized that they had an opportunity to arrest the suspect from the earlier fight. When they arrested the woman, she said, “That @#$&% fell on the glass. I didn’t stab her.” The woman was arrested and booked at County Jail.

Congrats Tyler & BJ!

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My pal Tyler and his pal BJ won a million dollars on TV last night! They competed last year on The Amazing Race, and they weren't allowed to tell anyone what happened. I couldn't bear to watch -- reality TV makes me too uncomfortable. But I'm so happy they won! No one "deserves" to win a million dollars on TV, but I can't imagine it going to a better person than Tyler.

If you get the chance, please check out Tyler's great movie, Kintaro Walks Japan, about his walking trek from one end of Japan to the other, to find his father's birthplace, and impress the love of his life, Ayumi. If you click the link, you can order it on DVD or watch the whole thing for free on Google Video. Tyler saved his money throughout high school to buy a camera when he graduated, and he takes it everywhere. It's a really wonderful film.

Also: Tyler is not a hippie. He's just really nice.

Did You Know?


That Prince has the power to make everyone who watches him both gay and AWESOME?


Beverly Clearly on ATC


Wonderful interview with Beverly Clearly on All Things Considered. The host's tone is a bit patronizing -- the woman's 90 but she's clearly sharp as a tack. I remember reading Dear Mr. Henshaw in a tent in my backyard with my pal David Carrol and laughing and laughing and laughing.

The Sound now heard in Ohio!


I'm proud to announce a new affiliate in The Sound of Young America Audio Entertainment Network: WMCO-FM in New Concord, Ohio! We're still ironing out the air time, but you'll be able to hear the show on the weekends on "The Orbit," most likely starting this weekend. The station has 1300 watts of broadcast power, radiating across East-Central Ohio to New Concord, Zanesville and Cambridge from its base at Muskingum College.

Devin the Dude - Lacville '79


This is one of my favorite songs -- didn't even know it had a video. God bless that YouTube.

Devin the Dude is DEFINATELY my favorite rapper. Who else could record such a charming song about having a hooptie? What I love about it is that it isn't a joke song about how terrible the car is... it's more about how Devin's lifestyle accomodates the fact that he has this disasterous ride. Just like it accomodates the police, who've pulled him over so many times they know him as "Mr. Copeland."

TSOYA: "Southern Soul" with Devin the Dude (MP3)

You bet your life!


Two great clips of Groucho Marx's "You Bet Your Life."

I just got done watching Groucho on the Dick Cavett show thanks to this awesome DVD set from the Dick Cavett Show. A real genius, the man was (Groucho, that is, though Cavett wasn't half bad himself).

Buy a piece of Arrested Development


This weekend in LA, the props from Arrested Development will be sold to the general public. If you live within driving distance, there's no excuse for not being there.

Friday, May 19 – Sunday, May 21, 2006
2032 Stoner Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90025
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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Friday night was a momentous night in the history of rock and roll music -- the concert hall debut of punk rock prodigies TOTAL ANNIHILATION. After a few tuneup gigs at house parties in ritzy Pacific Heights, Eddy Demon & Co. hit the stage with alacrity and destroyed all who dared step in their path. And it was all for charity.

Opening the night were the powerful Evil Wikkid Warrior. These one-woman, two-man, once rock star young lady group brought not only the power of rock, but also the power of MONSTERS, SPELLS, HULA HOOPS, and ICE CREAM. They kicked things off with a menacing chant... "We're evil... we're wikkid... we're Evil Wikkid WARRIOR!" Then, when they sent a phalanx of wolf men into the crowd, the audience was stunned... into ROCKMISSION!

Then, accompanied by a home-made backdrop, featuring a surgical-gloved metal hand emerging from the mouth of a GUY ROCKING OUT... came TOTAL ANNIHILATION.

Pietro D'Amato, well known nation wide as the next Kieth Moon, pounded out a steady, undulating rhythm on drums, never breaking a sweat in a stylish suit. Meanwhile, bassist Dorkmeister Harmoniak provided rhythmic and melodic counterpoint... the lead guitar and vocal stylings of the legendary EDDY DEMON (note applauding male AND female groupies in crowd). GOLDEN HITS like "Rock and Roll on a Friday," "Burning Buildings" and "I Wanna Be Your Dog" mixed with impromptu Jimi Hendrix jams and all-new material. Drunk women flailed in the crowd. Dads danced comically. Young people ROCKED OUT. A great time was had by all.


Big Time Gene O'Neill on the new Chili Peppers album


Big Time checks in on his blog with this evaluation of the new Red Hot Chili Peppers album:

Just listened to the new Aerosmith album

Current mood: Dying on the inside

then i found it was actually the new Chili Peppers album. Yikes.

Blood Sugar was the first album I ever bought, so the C-peps always had tenure in a small corner of my heart. Now they've release Stadium Arcadium, which upon release headed straight for the long line of safe, over-produced, forgettable albums from the intensive-care unit of cultural relevancy--primarily occupied by 90s rock fossils like Audioslave (Rage/Soundgarden) and Velvet Revolver (GNR/STP). Maybe this is why Kurt Cobain killed himself.

I think this latest tragedy puts a bookend on my youth and young manhood, and fittingly so that it should be framed by the Peps, who, like me, went from crazy/destructive/irreverant to predictable/staid/over-sincere. We had a nice ride while it lasted, boys. See you at the funeral.

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