Boxers or Newsbriefs?

Las Vegas is the Calcutta of the United States. Mission accomplished, though, after three days of schmoozing, two days of driving, and countless presentations and seminars amidst teeming buffet lines. We now know what products to expect in the coming year, and it’s quite exciting, especially given the creative lull that was 2005. If this is my industry, I’m happy to be a part of it. Some people go to garbage-disposal conventions, pest-control summits, and food-packaging meetings. We play games, offering our suggestions and opinions on what we think would sell – and what we think would be fun. For this – and an awful lot of glad-handing – we get swag galore, free drinks, and respectful deference from the game designers and manufacturers that populate the industry. It doesn’t pay well and it’s a shitload of work, but the GTS an exemplification of why I love this half of my life. More to come soon, with pictures.

Through a friend in the NPS, I was called up to assist an exciting archaeological venture, whereupon we would have a rare opportunity to dig and sieve an area around the old Officers’ Quarters on Alcatraz, out in the middle of San Francisco Bay. More than just a federal penitentiary, The Rock has also been a Civil War fortress, military prison, and dramatic backdrop to a Native American territorial tug-of-war. A recent storm had exposed some brick foundation and walling from the original 1850s Officers’ buildings, and we were going to have a first look at some of the interesting matrix within. After a 6:30 am wake time and 7:15 am call time, we received a last-minute rain cancellation. It seems that when wet, old safety railings and muddy bricks make for unsafe working conditions, so, disappointingly, it will have to wait. If this is the meteorological criterion to be enforced, however, how in the world does anything of an archaeological nature get done in San Francisco? The next outing will not be until mid-April, but it gives me more time to pore over the Cultural Landscape Report, which should help me learn a bit more about the island’s history before we get-a-digging. Also, I’ll be looking forward to meeting John Martini, a Bay historian of the highest caliber, who I’ve been reading for many years and will be honored to speak with.

Arab Strap played at Café du Nord this weekend, and a gaggle of us suited up and headed out to watch some good, self-deprecating alcoholic Scots music at a lovely venue. Mark Kozelek was there along with other Bay Area luminaries, and after what seemed like sixteen hours of horrifically tedious opening band music, we enjoyed the freakshow from Glasgow. Or, I should say, the rest of the gang enjoyed it, because the meatloaf sandwich I ate for supper didn’t agree with me, and an otherwise iron-stomached FunkyPlaid hit the restroom to projectile that and half a bottle of cheap Cabernet all over the bathroom. After pausing in the foyer, bleary-eyed, for a quick appreciation of the best Arab Strap song ever, I spent the rest of the night outside beneath the torrential deluge waiting for my chums to file out. Ah…Scotland, pissing rain, and vomit. These are the things that are made for each other. Any vitriol left in my gullet after such an explosion could have only been left for the opening bands: A Whisper in the Noise, a sleep-inducing, low-talent version of the Black Heart Procession, and His Name is Asleep (aside from the very attractive singer), who sorely needed to be barbiturated into eternal slumber. Meandering wouldn’t be a good enough expression of their artistic endeavor – listening to them is like homework.

Details are still being worked out, but it’s safe to say that there’s going to be a very splendid musical event happening right here at Le Chateau in the next couple of weeks. Keep your eyes near for the announcement, and keep Monday, April 10th as open as a pair of Capp Street hooker’s legs.

14 Responses to “Boxers or Newsbriefs?”

  1. dougygyro Says:
    March 26th, 2006 at 6:54 pm

    Oh, I didn't know about that show! Darn it… that would have been fun, although I prolly already had plans for that night.
    I also am looking forward to the opportunity to dig with our mutual friend in the NPS. When he next gets a date, plz forward my way? Just in case the same kind of communication breakdown happens again like this time?

  2. FunkyPlaid Says:
    March 27th, 2006 at 10:02 am

    Of course.

  3. thistlelurid Says:
    March 26th, 2006 at 8:04 pm

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  4. FunkyPlaid Says:
    March 27th, 2006 at 10:02 am

    Hey – you found my ex! Great voice, not so great singing face.

  5. catness Says:
    March 26th, 2006 at 9:20 pm

    Meandering wouldn’t be a good enough expression of their artistic endeavor – listening to them is like homework.
    I am slain. *giggle*

  6. FunkyPlaid Says:
    March 27th, 2006 at 10:03 am

    You know what I'm speaking about, then.

  7. thedarkcyde Says:
    March 26th, 2006 at 9:33 pm

    i'm open and ready.
    ….ooo oo can grab my splendid attire out the back of the closet for this splendid event?

  8. FunkyPlaid Says:
    March 27th, 2006 at 10:03 am

    Of course! We wouldn't have it any other way!

  9. diotina Says:
    March 27th, 2006 at 2:29 am

    *had no idea you'd been to Calcutta*
    *is also a bit hard-pressed to see the similarities, but having never been to Las Vegas…*

  10. FunkyPlaid Says:
    March 27th, 2006 at 10:07 am

    *hasn't been to Calcutta*
    The similarities are in what I imagine the feeling there to be like. In detailed descriptions I've read about that city, it's mobbed with people, full of stinking garbage, and dark beyond belief with undertones of nefarious history. Voilà – Las Vegas!

  11. zotz Says:
    March 27th, 2006 at 3:26 am

    I've got an HNIA album somewhere. I have absolutely no memory of what it's like.

  12. FunkyPlaid Says:
    March 27th, 2006 at 10:07 am


  13. inbody Says:
    March 29th, 2006 at 7:47 pm

    His Name Is Alive
    In a live situation, it's hardly possible to do more than evaluate what you are experiencing right at that moment. However, you wouldn't want to write off His Name Is Alive completely. They hit some of the highest highs the 4ad label ever achieved, for sure. Their record 'Home Is In Your Head' plays like a final, unreleased, This Mortal Coil album (but without the schmaltzy candelight-loving bathtime neo-goth horseshit).
    For what it's worth.

  14. FunkyPlaid Says:
    March 29th, 2006 at 11:10 pm

    Re: His Name Is Alive
    While it's true that I haven't heard enough of the band's recordings to make a total judgment of their worth, what I have heard – whether live or on an array of albums – was not interesting to me at all. Based on your precedent of good taste, perhaps I should try them again, though, and any suggestions of stand-out songs would be appreciated. Seeing them play for nearly an hour live was like dental surgery, however.

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