Monday, August 13, 2007

Bush's Brain is leaving the White House.

"Bush's Brain" is leaving the White House. Maybe he's ashamed of what he's become, or maybe he's off to start a fresh career, but perhaps this has something to do with it.

For any and all residents of the Los Angeles region, the Banana Slug String Band will be performing a kids' matinee at McCabe's Guitar Shop in Santa Monica on August 26. I don't know much about prompting rain with the Water Cycle Boogie, but I do know that six-year old me used to play the String Band's "Dirt Made My Lunch" whenever the right occasion presented itself. Eight bucks, 11am, tickets available via this page.

And, in sad news - rounding out a string of famous deaths including Ingmar Bergman and...er...Hal Fishman - came the death of Factory Records founder Tony Wilson on Friday. He passed at age 57 of kidney cancer. In MOJO's special on Ian Curtis earlier this year (Feb. 2007), Wilson recalled putting Joy Division on television after a "nasty, confrontational" Curtis called him a cunt for being the type who'd refrain from putting his band on TV. Apparently, Wilson was easily persuaded. The BBC story on Wilson's death was a bit sad if only for the quote they used from just prior to his death:

"I used to joke in my early 50s that I'd had such a fantastic life, I'd be happy to die," he said.

"And then suddenly, I find some other reasons for living and just like get excited again about life when it comes along. So that was slightly annoying."

Joy Division - Disorder
Joy Division - Atrocity Exhibition
Banana Slug String Band - Dirt Made My Lunch (clip)

1 comment:

Billy Nord said...

be nice to pete best.