A Few Rats…and Benjamin Booker…

The steel slats from the bench dig into my legs, and we’re all damp in the air. A thicker layer of water combusts with a breezy diesel, filtering through the odor of overheated trash from the garbage can to my right…and I’m thinking about a few friends who died down here, and the sun’s going…

Reflecting on a show: Ani Difranco…

I saw Ani DiFranco two nights ago at the Fillmore in San Francisco…great show, some songs I’d never heard performed before like “School Night” or “Overlap,” and she was in fine form, striking the guitar so hard during “Napoleon” or “Shameless,” you’d think it might break, and performing new songs that thanks to Youtube, I…

Down: A little New Orleans in San Francisco…

Last night I attended a little shindig put on by Down, a great band from New Orleans. Great show. Knew all the songs. Got some bruises. A lot of spilled beer. I suppose that’s all I need to say about it and if it had been a normal night, maybe that’s all I would…but when…

It’s a love/hate thing…now featuring GoatWhore!

I woke up this morning in San Francisco, stumbled to the coffeemaker and then to my desk…and after turning on the computer, I put on the latest release by GoatWhore, one of New Orleans finest metal bands and leaned back in my chair. Coffee was good, not chicory good, but certainly Peet’s good. I heard shouting…

Across the bow…

Best of luck to everyone in New Orleans over the next couple of days…in my thoughts. More to come… PJ Harvey -The Words that Maketh Murder   And she ain’t talking about Steve Newhouse killing the Times-Picayune. Have a nice day.

The GOP’s final solution…

When it comes to… …disaster aid, clean air, clean water, financial regulation, voting rights, health care, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, mortgage reform, banking reform, union support and collective bargaining, jobs programs, unemployment insurance, infrastructure repair, fairness in taxation, energy assistance, coal, natural gas and oil industry regulation, overall environmental concerns including endangered species and especially global…

Wistful night on the crisis lines…

Yep, working the Adult Crisis lines tonight all by my lonesome, waiting for the phone to ring in an office building I’ve known off and on for twenty years, and thinking about being elsewhere…just missing a late night walk up Polk Street to California, take a right and climb up and over Nob Hill to Kearney,…

Always room for Jello…

Ah, screw it…have fun…at the 12 Bar in New Orleans Have a nice night. Jello Biafra & The New Orleans Raunch and Soul All Stars – Ooh Poo Pah Doo Create disturbance in your mind… Create disturbance in your mind… Create disturbance in your mind… …Create…

I couldn’t have said it better…so, I won’t.

The living legend…by way of Hermosa Beach and formerly of The Circle Jerks…I give you: Keith Morris. Off! – I Don’t Belong “Your high social caste, privileged friends, you lure me in… But I can’t be your friend. Hit on Miss Liberty, under the cherry tree, drunk on hypocrisy I’m standing in the shadows and…