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I have some new mutual followers, WELCOME, I'd been using LiveJournal.  i started with DeadJournal! I migrated  to Dream  width recently, and brought over all my old journal entries...

I warned you I was going to Burger Boogaloo!

James and Dylan and I drove to Tim's place in Berkeley.
We went to this event, hosted by John Waters
There was great food and great music, including Shannon and the Clams, Redd Kross, X, The Buzzcocks, and Iggy Pop!




Then James and I drove to L.A. for my sisters birthday July 3rd



James joined up with his mom and sister and they went to Vegas.  



I hung out in Redondo for a few days, then drove back to Eugene




The Indiscretions played the Whiteaker Block Party Saturday August 5th, that will have to be a separate post!

the annual Tenmile Campout and rock fest happens over the weekend of the 18-21, near the town of Yachats on the Oregon Coast, we get an extra day this year for the solar eclipse!  I'll be playing in two acts, Davy Jones Locker Combo on Saturday, and Le Petit Mort on Sunday.
Last Year Scot didn't join us, so Davy Jonesers had no drummer, we played as a duo, not as much fun.

I'll be down in L.A. August 26th for 'It's Not Dead' Festival, featuring Rancid and Dropkick Murphys, then August 27th is my Mom's 80th birthday party!

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An LJ buddy, now a Dreamwidth buddy came to visit. Jon is sight-impaired, so he had his friend Temre drive him down yesterday, she is also a really fun person. I dragged them to my main haunts, The Pint Pot and Old Nick's. I drove them to the top of Skinner Butte for a nice view, obviously Jon is sight-impaired, but the train whistle made it kind of audible where we were.

I've been playing nautical music, and "bawdy sea chanteys" (in the style of Canadian Folk Music Legend Oscar Brand, and yes OK The Sex Pistols!) and combining that music. Partly, these ideas were inspired by my love of Flogging Molly, as well. I first attended 'Seadog Nights' way back in 2009, and mostly had a rough time, trying to wrangle the group, Man Overboard. Somehow I got stuck basically baby-sitting a violent drunk for a while. ew.
They were a challenging group, with oversize egos, and a thirst for alcohol.
I felt ripped off because I had invested time in practicing with these guys and learning THEIR songs and we didn't really get much chance to play
but another LJ pal ("bychoice") cooked some amazing meals on that trip
the area gets hot as balls, there is a river nearby, but its very slow-moving and manky.
Usually, the vendor area is a little cooler, and that's where we'll mostly be, pimping the wieners, but its supposed to be 92 tomorrow and 99 saturday.



I go there to make music, drinking is OK, but its easy to over-do it when everyone wants to share grog with the chantey-man,

do the LARP-ers bother me? Heck no, its meant to be an immersive experience, and I'm, in effect, breaking character, and being 'not period'. Like, I actually DO get heckled, by people who ARE staying in character,, and its difficult for me to kind of, bite my tongue, and nod stupidly, I guess, if something like this is going to RUIN your immersive experience, then maybe ... stop taking your fun so seriously? any who,

Sea dog Nights and Gypsy Carnival was the first event, and they expanded to include an adults only event in September, called Tortuga. Last year a third was added, Port Royal. and it must be driven by the merchants, because its basically an unregulated market, and there are lots of (white) people who go absolutely nucking futs for this shit. As a musician, we just camp with Scot and Maggie and their 'Willie's Wieners' hot dog cart.
so we can get free hot dogs, but we haven't had much luck passing the hat, and again with the alcohol consumption, people go literally overboard...

I'm thinking of going to Port Royal with the Willie's Wieners camp. I may even take a cooler with fruits and cheeses. and I've reached out to Alika from the original Man Overboard, though he's a bit of a recluse lately...

So Le Petit Mort will play at Sea Dog this year. But I think Scot hates the LARPers, at least the kids (they call them 'smalls' and they rove in packs, with foam swords, they try to shake you down, and they are "allowed" to "steal" only flags, as that's an inclusive event that you don't need a fancy expensive costume to participate in.



and maybe again at Tortuga.

Davy Jones Locker Combo will play at Tenmile Mountain Jam in Yachats in August. The campout has been extended by one day, in order to allow a (hopefully) great view of the solar eclipse! So Le Petit Mort will also probably play there, these bands share the same three members....

Tenmile Mountain Jam is famous for great barbecue, lots of fireworks, Rollo does his peculiar brand of mind-melting mashups and bizarre cover tunes, The Harvel Hangover on Sunday morning. He has actually been doing that for 14 years, through the campout's three different locations,


I'm headed down to the Bay Area for Burger Boogaloo


I'm taking my son James, and his buddy Dylan. We'll stay with my brother in Berkeley July 1 and 2, then drive to L.A. July 3rd, which is my sister's birthday.
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hey everybody

I'm playing guitar with The Indiscretions tonight at Old Nick's. We go on last, hopefully the crowd will be favorably sauced by the time we play, and I will endeavor to not get sloshed before showtime, ugh, which will probably be 11:30, maybe 12:00.

we had a practice last night, and I think I played some of the best I've ever with these songs, and with this lineup.

we've been adding microphones, now everyone does the backup vocals, and when it works its really good.

LA City Council Passes Resolution To Back Trump Impeachment Investigation !

We still do a fair amount of cover material, but we're working on shedding some of that, and we've done 2 recordings of the same material, once with my macbook, and Jimmy (drummer) then later recorded us with a'stand-alone' 16 track recorder.

I'm still figuring out the Dreamwidth interface, so forgive the lack of fireworks in recent  (and upcoming?) posts.

The Big O is happening this weekend, quite possibly the largest roller derby tournament on earth!  I got free tickets for all three days, but i'll probably only be able to go today and sunday.




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I was not able to transfer my LiveJournal account so far.
The tags transferred, but none of the journal entries.

The Locker Combo plays Friday at Boreal.

(EDIT 6/23/17: I've gotten everything to transfer over, but a lot of my pictures are gone.  I know full well that when I link to an outside source, there is a good chance those images will be gone within a few months.)

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40 - Forty
Hsieh / Liberation


A Thunderous Cloudburst shatters the oppressive humidity:
The Superior Person knows the release in forgiveness, pardoning the faults of others and dealing gently with those who sin against him.

It pays to accept things as they are for now.
If there is nothing else to be gained, a return brings good fortune.
If there is something yet to be gained, act on it at once.

SITUATION ANALYSIS:

The relief you experience here is not your own personal pardon, but the release of others from your rigid expectations.
Like a hot air balloon, you will rise to new heights as you cast the heavy sandbags of resentments and restrictions away from you.
Feel the lightness of being that results from forgiving others and accepting them as they are.
Free yourself of the endless vigil of policing the behavior of others.
See them for who they are, not what they can or can't do for you.

Changing Lines:
Old Yin Prevails

"He escapes the traps set by inferior men, then treats the conspirators as comrades.
By making them friends, he rids himself of enemies."

"He kills three foxes in the hunt and wins the golden arrow.
Great fortune if you follow this course."

Transformed Hex:
Ts'ui / Gathering


The Lake rises by welcoming and receiving Earth's waters:
The King approaches his temple.
It is wise to seek audience with him there.

Success follows this course.
Making an offering will seal your good fortune.
A goal will be realized now.

SITUATION ANALYSIS:

This is an important Convergence, and you must be part of it.
Look for the Center of this convergence.
Like waters running to the sea, like an astronomical convergence of planets revolving around the sun, you should let the gravity of this Center draw you near.
Others are also drawn to this Center, and among them you will find shared bonds and kindred spirits.
This tribal convergence will give you a clarity of purpose.
You will no longer be alone.
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big surprise, our new golfer-in-chief has EMBOLDENED all kinds of white supremecists and hate mongers.

Exxxx, the owner of one of my favorite bars, Oxx Nxxx'x, has stuck to her guns and kept up all the ANTIFA stickers on the exterior of the building, and she's been drawn into online flame wars and zero star rating wars with racists and white nationalists, in this the mighty white state of Oregon.


Oregon has a long illustrious history of racism
.  black exclusion and 'sundown laws' (some of which were ont he books until the 1980's, if I'm not mistaken) and the Eugene/Springfield lacks the kind of diversity I grew up with in Southern California.

Facebook has blown up with right wing nationalist groups, as well as their detractors and anti fascist groups, some of which are just as angry and/or violent.  So there's all this anger out there, most of it very misplaced, either by ignorance or by intolerance, on both sides.

No, this is not the "front" of this battle, as far as our nation is concerned, but the desire to punch nazis and voice opposition to hate is strong.  But like it or not, we ('white' residents) have all somehow profited, to whatever degree, by the lack of racial diversity, sure we have poverty nearby, but our state welfare systems are not taxed beyond their limiits, as in states where instituional racism was more focused against minorities.

Oregon is now known as a liberal, blue state, we have some really great representatives like Ron Wyden, Jeff Merkekley,  and Pete DeFazio.  But somehow, we have to own up to the ways in which we've benefitted by exclusion and institutional racism.

and punch nazis.  actually, elbow them in the nose.


The univeristy of Oregon has recently re-named some of its buildings, ( the re-naming was completed in September 2016) as they had been named after U of O alumni who were Klansmen (Frederic Dunn, and Matthew Deady)

someday, .........we'll look back and laugh?


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I had been preparing a lot of stuff that day, but my solo act suffered from poor sound.
once the Locker Combo guys came up and joined, we rocked very hard.
high points were my Rare Ould Times, Broad Majestic Shannon, and our old Titanic song, etc








Slow weekend, I may have found a new tenant.  I broiled some salmon indoors, usually not the best idea, but I'm "Smudging" using good food smells to drive out any lingering spirits that don't belong here, that's a thing, right?
Cause the sage thing ain't for me, personally.
It didn't rain today, so I cleaned the guttrers and tended to the downspouts, and checked the sump pump
I'll throw my leftover salmon in with some red curry sauce, with some green beans and pineapple chunks, over basmati rice I made in the cooker last night. Food police are shutting me down.
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I'm sitting in an airbnb house in Miami.  its set up like a dorm room, with 8 bunkbeds in 2 of the rooms, with a shared bathroom, kitchen and dining room

I got into Miami late Wednesday night, and got to the airbnb at about 1:30

Thursday, I walked around the neighbohood a bit, then walked about 7 miles to the "Land Party"
which featured The Attack, No Name Ska Band, Askultura and others, including a folk punk group that played at a second, smaller outdoor stage, a group called Unity Rise, they were pretty great but the PA failed, and the upright bass had a broken D.I. box or something, so they just droped down to floor level and kept going




I'm pretty exhausted after all the concerts, and endless mosh pits.
i stayed with 3 people from Montreal, Jonathan, Jesse and Sunny.  Jonathan had reserved the suite, and one of his guests bailed out so I hopped in.  They speak French about half the time.
I'll get down to writing more details, but for now some of the highlights for me were:

The Cherrycokes, from Japan!
I was in the jacuzzi for most of their first performance, and I looked up to see my cabin mate jonathan crowd surfing in his flip flops.  This guy is like 6'2".
I saw them a second time, in one of the smaller venues, and they tore the roof off the place

Zander Schloss
Musician/Actor/songwriter
He said he doesn't play hardcore anymore, its now HEARTcore
he plays quiet, introspective ballads,
a fary cry from when he played bass for the Circle Jerks,
I did see him play bass with the weirdos last year

NOFX
Fat Mike wore a dress all day, even through the airport, I'm told.  They had to borrow the guitar player from another group, because their regular guitarist Melvin was having twins.
the guitar player had a rainbow flag draped over his amp
Mike is, of course, the singer, and featured in the film: The Other F Word, which is a doncumentary about punk parenthood, and Fatherhood
" The group has sold over 8 million records worldwide,[7]making them one of the most successful independent bands of all time. "
but they take a very casual attitutde, and make fun of everything
None of them said anything overtly political,

Punk Rock Karaoke with special guests Dave King and Fat Mike
at the end of punk rock karaoke poolside Sunday (Last night?), Dave and Mike came onstage,
some lucky shipmate was s inging "The Brews" and when he looked back, it was Mike on bass, and Dave King was singing along,
as soon as they finished, the rain started
and they had to pull the plug
the party went  indoors, and people were obviously not ready to be done
we danced til about 5:30 am, all the while knowing that we're supposed to be off the ship at 8:30 am

this morning, my cabinmates were still sleeping when I left
they're staying in South Beach, and drive back on Montreal tomorrow.

I'm on a shoestring budget for a while, but I will have some more adventures while I'm here in Miami,
chef boyardee spaghetti and meatballs are like, $1.25

I've used Lyft for getting around, other than that one long walk.
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FEDORA
In the first half of the 20th century, this was a hat synonymous with manly style. It was about looking cool without appearing juvenile.

In present times, the fedora is a trademark of the socially inept beta male. He is attempting to distance himself from pop culture with the distinct style of past fashion. But he captures none of the suave, and only comes off looking like an oblivious, pompous fool. This is especially the case when it's a low-quality fedora coupled with unfashionable clothes and an unkempt appearance.

Modern fedora-wearers are typically associated with the *chan internet culture and Asperger's Syndrome (aspie).
If you are not Humphrey Bogart, you should not wear a fedora.


yes, fedora shaming.  you saw it here.



notable exception, Stan Lee of the Dickies.  (one of my favorite guitarists ever.... so, isn't he disqualified ?)
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I had a couple friends over last night, to have an 'open practice' of the Irish tunes we will play at Pint Pot on the 17th.
We were playing some corny irish tunes and pogues covers, and Jenn showed up with a crazy old Radio Shack synthesizer: very analog. and funky sounding.  So Jimmy brought the synth in, and just sat in with our Irish tunes, and added alien robot sounds.

Tuesday I'll head up to Portland with Waffles, and I'll leave her with my Dad, then head off to my cruise:




avalanches AT HOME mix.  this is my jam lately
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Doug returns from Arizona today, and only has one week left before he moves out.
I would totally not mind pro-rating him a few days, in order to get him out sooner.
my new tenant will start some painting in the converted garage tomorrow, and seems like a much more pleasant house-mate.  She values privacy, and seems very professional.  She has a miniature schauzer that I haven't met yet, but I get a good vibe anyways.  She's allergic to cats, which means, she will stay far from my room, and she seems pretty handy and hands-on as far as getting the room the way she wants it. Welcome Jenny!

I work a few more shifts at Garden Place this week.

I got too drunk at the show sunday, and didn't play well.  I dont want that to happen again.
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Chelsea came over Monday, we made a nice 'whole foods' meal

burger meat with mushrooms and garlic
forbidden rice
broccoli
salad

She walked waffles with me, then went home.

We didn't talk about talking swing dance classes, she was just nervous about paying her bills, and apparently had a lot of neck pain.

i have some more long shifts coming up and I hate leaving waffles here alone for too long.

Doug is out of town til tuesday night, its nice to have the place back to myself.  some people are just psychic vampires.
so I'm answering roomie ads from craigslist rando's which can be a crap shoot.  Meantime waffles is alone from 2-10:30 pm. shit.

I hope Trump goes to fucking jail or russia, or better yet, a jail in russia.

Davy  Jones Locker Combo plays Old Nick's SUnday with Symptoms, Pacifico, Jims.
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THE QUESTION:
me and a certain human are locking eyes from time to time in a certain way.
I feel like we have some kind of connection, how can i be sure of this before I cross the line of relationships at work, when our work is so dependent on clear and present boundaries?


Cast Hexagram:
31 - Thirty-One
Hsien / Attraction


The joyous Lake is cradled by the tranquil Mountain:
The Superior Person takes great satisfaction in encouraging others along their journey.
He draws them to him with his welcoming nature and genuine interest.

Supreme success.
This course leads to marriage.

SITUATION ANALYSIS:
There is no greater natural law in the Cosmos than Attraction.
From the magnetic pull of an atom's nucleus to the centrifugal force that spirals a galaxy, the face of the universe is shaped by Attraction.
On a human scale, it is Attraction that fuels procreation and furthers our species.
Yet it is also Attraction that spawns greed and covetousness, threatening our extinction.
Attraction is the underlying force of the situation in question.
You are refined or debased by the objects of your desire.
What gravitational pull are you now under?
Around what sphere of influence do you circle?
Can you use your own ability to attract?

Changing Lines:

Trembling all over.
Only those who truly know him would understand.
Favorable if he stays on course.


Transformed Hexagram:
14 - Fourteen
Ta Yu / Great Treasures


The Fire of clarity illuminates the Heavens to those below:
The Superior Person possesses great inner treasures -- compassion, economy, and modesty.
These treasures allow the benevolent will of Heaven to flow through him outward to curb evil and to further good.

Supreme success.

SITUATION ANALYSIS:

You have become an instrument of Heaven's will, offering a balance in the world around you.
It is not swashbuckling prowess or uncanny talent that qualifies you for this office, but your simplest gifts -- your modesty, your compassion, your economy.
Because you can see clearly who most needs a miracle, Heaven's bounty is being put at your disposal.


EDIT: she has a boyfriend, or at least she says "a guy I go with".  Ha.
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because its useless to me.
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this was so encouraging, but it appears that it was WAY off the mark on this question, unless something is about to change....


11 - Eleven
T'ai / Peace


Heaven and Earth embrace, giving birth to Peace.
The Superior Person serves as midwife, presenting the newborn gift to the people.

The small depart; the great approach.
Success.
Good fortune.

SITUATION ANALYSIS:

It doesn't get any better than this.
Everything is in harmony, all obstacles are cleared from your Path, anything you could ask for is right at hand.
This is the Elysian Fields, the Garden of Eden.
The only thing wrong with Peace is that it, too, must change.
Whether you are in this state of harmony now or it is predicted for your future, recognize it as your greatest opportunity to build your resources against less harmonious times.

Hexagram Eleven/Line Four

(Old Yin) Prevails
Instead of stretching to grasp the wealth that may rise out of reach, he stoops to help his companions climb to his level.
They expect his resentment but receive only his faith and love; they no longer fear his power.

Hexagram Eleven/Line Two

(oLD yANG)
Despite his success, he is gentle to those who impose, he fords the icy stream between him and another, he does not forget his duties to those distant, he does not abandon his companions; he truly walks the Golden Mean.

tRANSFORMED hEXAGRAM:
55 - Fifty-Five
FĂȘng / Abundance


Thunder and Lightning from the dark heart of the storm:
The Superior Person judges fairly, so that consequences are just.

The leader reaches his peak and doesn't lament the descent before him.
Be like the noonday sun at its zenith.
This is success.

SITUATION ANALYSIS:

You are in a position of authority in this situation.
Archetypally, you are the New King, returned from your quest to claim your throne.
However, you are enlightened enough to realize that you are merely a part of a cycle, and that you must someday yield your throne to the new kid in town, the younger, faster gunslinger, the young turk, the next returning hero, the next New King.
Fretting about the inevitable descent is senseless.
For now you must play your role to the hilt and use this gift of power to govern your world as best you can.
You are the best person for the job.
That's why you were chosen.
Give it your personal best.
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22 - Twenty-Two
Pi / Grace


Fire illuminates the base of the Mountain:
The Superior Person realizes he has not the wisdom to move the course of the world, except by attending to each day's affairs as they come.

Success in small matters.
This is a good time to begin something.

SITUATION ANALYSIS:

The emphasis now is on form, not function -- on the sizzle and not the steak.
The environment around you is not one of depth, and you are appreciated now for your image, not your essence.
You perfectly fill a role, and no one is seeing the genuine you.
Still, you are being listened to and watched.
Use this influence to further your goals as much as possible.
Even if you don't feel understood, you can perhaps connect with a few isolated hearts.
Relax and enjoy the attention.

Changing Lines:


There is One Changing Line.


Hexagram Twenty-Two/Line Two:


Adorning the beard to the detriment of the chin.

Transformed Hexagram:


26 - Twenty-Six
Ta Ch'u / Recharging Power


Heaven's motherlode waits within the Mountain:
The Superior Person mines deep into history's wealth of wisdom and deeds, charging his character with timeless strength.

Persevere.
Drawing sustenance from these sources creates good fortune.
Then you may cross to the far shore.

SITUATION ANALYSIS:

There are important precedents in this situation.
Others have trodden this Path before you, overcoming the same obstacles facing you now, and making crucial decisions at the same crossroads.
Study their journals, watch for their trail markings.
Gain inspiration and wisdom from the heroes and learn from the mistakes of those who chose a sidepath.
All were Seekers, explorers whose daring mapped a course you can follow.
The words and deeds of the finest can imbue you with the courage necessary to face what lies before you.

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shit, it sold out...


X
With Small Wigs
FRIDAY DECEMBER 30
This event is all ages

$35.00 - $90.00
Doors: 8:00 pm
/ Show: 9:00 pm
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Friday ( 12/16/16 ) worked at ____________ again, they called me to try to get me in earlier, but by then, 2:30 was the earliest I could do, and actually I went over 40 hours for the week! They hate that! but WTF, they need coverage over the holidays

I had a double practice last night (Saturday 12/17) , first at THE SPACE with the Indiscretions! Jimmy's house still had no electricity! Dave drove all the way in from Dexter! I had to jury rig a P.A., as the old Peavey board appears to be under the weather, ...

The Indiscretions are fun and exciting, and I love writing music and words for Samantha to sing! So after practice, I followed Dave, Jen and Sam to LZ's Chinese Dish, and ate some great chinese food, beef, lamb, and sweet & sour pork.

I gave Samantha a pair of LP (Latin Percussion) maracas for xmas gift!

Then picked up Hustle and Sanchez, went to DJLC practice again at THE SPACE, sang vocals through Eli's guitar amp again.... Scot gave us each a GIANT bag of 'holiday mix', chex mix stuff, which I'm currently scarfing. So that'll be the last time DJLC gets together in 2016! Le Petit Mort played an AMAZING fun show at the Campbell Club last week, and a cute! young lady asked ME if Le Petit Mort could

Its been icy as hell out there. I haven't had to drive in it too much, but its very slick and dangerous.
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I'm dating a Canadian ex-pat, Mindy. After this election, we're talking about moving to Canada (along with half the US population)

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