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14 Oct

man oh man, when I lived in Allentown, PA, it was difficult to find good radio stations. I mean there were a shit-ton of commercial stations but not much else. I did find a small college radio station that played decent artists – well, when they had students willing to broadcast. unfortunately, more often than not there weren’t students playing music so this semi-pro DJ would come in to spin tunes and he always played budgie. over and over. budgie.

you’d be jamming out to obscure ’80s punk or ’70s glam and all of the sudden the kid DJ would be like ‘well that’s it for my shift and I don’t think anyone showed up to take the overnight, sooooo … what’s his name is on his way and he’ll play you songs all weekend long.’

there would be static for 20 minutes and then what’s his name opens the mic breathing heavily and saying ‘hey everyone! got the call they needed a fill-in! well I brought all my budgie CDs so let’s get right to it!’

and then at least 18 hours of budgie. I mean it was cool for a few hours. but it was just wall-to-wall budgie. sometimes he’d mix it up and play budgie covers. or budgie doing covers. he’d seek requests and then go to ‘commercial break,’ only to return laughing and saying ‘well I just got a request for ‘anything but budgie!”

and then he played more budgie.

Hazy shade of crazy

22 Jul

stumbled upon turntable.fm today thanks to a twitter friend and can’t walk away from it. for all the talk about social media sites i find that most of them lack conversation, so i’m really digging this place where i can play music, listen to other people play music and chat about it. if you’re a member, check out my room!

The dashboard melted but we still have the radio

21 Jul

It’s hot as hell and I haven’t updated this blog in weeks. I really don’t have much to say, but to keep this thing recent here are a few thoughts:

1) Every winter when it snows, I see my redneck Facebook friends post about ‘there goes Al Gore’s global warming theory!’ And right about this time of year I wonder if they have air conditioning in their mobile homes ’cause it’s fucking hot, hot, hot!

2) This whole debt ceiling thing, I have no idea what everyone’s talking about. The left seems to be pissed at President Obama for not having more balls and the right, well seem pissed off with their elected officials about not having more balls. Just goes to show that no matter who you vote for you never really win, IMO. The downside to having a two-party system is that every topic will be viewed in black-and-white. Unfortunately ‘shades of grey’ and any semblance of tolerance seem to be a foreign idea.

3) Things were so much better back when … I recently went to see ‘Midnight in Paris’ with my lovely partner leesuh. Was a great film and we enjoyed ourselves immensely. One of the subjects it dealt with was glorifying the past as being so much better than the present. I often get upset when I hear people talk about ‘the glory days.’ Are things really that bad right now? My immigrant forefathers worked like hell on a farm countless hours per day for little if any pay. I’m sure if they were alive today they’d be amused that the only thing I need to deal with on a nightly basis is traffic and which restaurant I’m going to dine at.

4) Robert Smith from the Cure is still one of my favorite people in the world. I heard this song today on the radio and fell in love with that band all over again …

 

 

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