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went to VLV with Nux and Candy. Stayed at the Rio. Saw Reverend horton Heat, Slim Jim Phantom (stray cats), Dick Dale, Little Richard, The Rockats, and lots of other great rockabilly groups. Drank a fair amount of Sailor Jerry rum and single malt scotch. Saw a great burlesque show at The Orleans.

Davy jones' Locker Combo is kind of back, since I left Double Deuce. DJLC plays at Wandering Goat coffeehouse 4/26 with Hohumdrum. Its free, and it will be the newest lineup, no upright bass this time, it'll be Mr. Jonny Birchwood on bass, Charlie Hustle on drums, possible Justin Brandmeyer on percussion, myself on vocals guitar and harmonica, and I'm hoping we'll be joined by a sax player??!

Soothesayers have a gig 4/24 at The Tiny Tavern. The touring act features an ex-member of The Breeders.
The Soothesayers also have a gig 4/27 at Black Forest with Black Delany.

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I've secured a part time research job, and I have an interview tomorrow for something more full-time.
I may have some recourse to keep my old health plan, by paying it directly... which would kick ass.

above image courtesy of [ profile] _53, who no doubt 'borrowed' it from LOLCATS or some such...

I haven't ben that excited about jazz in a while, but I really enjoyed some more recent stuff I've heard by Henry Threadgill , like the VERY VERY CIRCUS and his smaller bands, sextet etc. NPR aint ALL bad, I guess.

well, I'll be turning another year older in a few days here. along w/:

1913 – Richard Nixon, 37th President of the United States (d. 1994)
1934 – Bart Starr, American football player
1935 – Bob Denver, American actor (d. 2005)
1941 – Joan Baez, American singer and activist
1944 – Jimmy Page, British musician and producer (Led Zeppelin)
1950 – David Johansen, American singer (The New York Dolls, Buster Poindexter)
1951 – Crystal Gayle, American singer
1967 – Dave Matthews, South African singer and musician
1978 – AJ McLean, American singer (Backstreet Boys)

I got tickets to the X show at Roseland theater in portland as Xmas gifts for my brother Timothy and sister Paula, so Nux and I left the kids with my Dad and Annie... (was that safe?) and we went to see a really amazing awesome shoe. Soothesayers Tim and Jenn were there, also ran into Sean Shanahan, Bruce from the Detonators, and John from Campfire Punk.

After the show, we went to the coin operate 24 hour church of Elvis, then back to my Dad's as Tim's flight was hella early Sunday morning.
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John Conyers questions John 'Testicle Crusher' Yoo.

John Yoo publicly argued there is no law that could prevent the President from ordering the torture of a child of a suspect in custody – including by crushing that child’s testicles.

This came out in response to a question in a December 1st debate in Chicago with Notre Dame professor and international human rights scholar Doug Cassel.

What is particularly chilling and revealing about this is that John Yoo was a key architect post-9/11 Bush Administration legal policy. As a deputy assistant to then-Attorney General John Ashcroft, John Yoo authored a number of legal memos arguing for unlimited presidential powers to order torture of captive suspects, and to declare war anytime, any where, and on anyone the President deemed a threat.

It has now come out Yoo also had a hand in providing legal reasoning for the President to conduct unauthorized wiretaps of U.S. citizens. Georgetown Law Professor David Cole wrote, "Few lawyers have had more influence on President Bush’s legal policies in the 'war on terror’ than John Yoo."

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• Actress Yvonne De Carlo, played Lily Munster, dead
• De Carlo also noted for "Ten Commandments"
• Actress often appeared in "sex-and-sand" B-movies, Westerns
• De Carlo had major role in Sondheim's "Follies"

LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- Yvonne De Carlo, the beautiful star who played Moses' wife in "The Ten Commandments" but achieved her greatest popularity on TV's "The Munsters," has died. She was 84.

De Carlo died of natural causes Monday at the Motion Picture & Television facility in suburban Los Angeles, longtime friend and television producer Kevin Burns said Wednesday.

De Carlo, whose shapely figure helped launch her career in B-movie desert adventures and Westerns, rose to more important roles in the 1950s. Later, she had a key role in a landmark Broadway musical, Stephen Sondheim's "Follies."

But for TV viewers, she will always be known as Lily Munster in the 1964-1966 slapstick horror-movie spoof "The Munsters." The series (the name allegedly derived from "fun-monsters") offered a gallery of Universal Pictures grotesques, including Dracula and Frankenstein's monster, in a cobwebbed gothic setting.

Lily presided over the faux scary household and was a rock for her gentle but often bumbling husband, Herman, played by 6-foot-5-inch character actor Fred Gwynne (decked out as the Frankenstein monster).

While it lasted only two years, the series had a long life in syndication and resulted in two feature movies, "Munster Go Home!" (1966) and "The Munsters' Revenge" (1981, for TV).

At the series' end, De Carlo commented: "It meant security. It gave me a new, young audience I wouldn't have had otherwise. It made me 'hot' again, which I wasn't for a while."

I never had a crush on Lillian Munster, like I did Morticia Adams:

"Last night you were, unhinged. You were like some desperate, howling demon. You frightened me.... Do it again!" Morticia Adams, from the 1960s show, The Addams Family.

Carolyn Jones, the actress who played Morticia on the TV show, died from cancer in 1983. She was married to Aaron Spelling for 13 years, til 1964.!!!!!


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