07.31.09

 

I sent in a short story for a contest the local city paper was putting on for entries that were 84 words or less. I didn’t win, but my story was chosen to be printed in the paper. Mine is called “Paint.” It is in the Tucson Weekly or you can look at it on line:

http://www.tucsonweekly.com/tucson/fiction-84/Content?oid=1259997 

Also, I have been keeping up with my column for the citizen. I know some of you are looking at it ’cause my numbers went up, and I thank you. 

http://tucsoncitizen.com/offthemarquee/

 

 

07.26.09

Motown ’65 is a bit of a no-brainer, but recently I have been into the late 60s-early 70s era albums. I don’t know if I’m just getting older, but I have looked past ’65 and started getting into the ’69-’70 ‘hey, maybe we need to make a commentary on society’ phase. Here the ‘big three’ of the early 60s begin getting funkier and tapping on the walls of psychedelia. These three records keep coming up cheap if you think you want to make the plunge. They still play “Love Child” by the Supremes on the radio, but there is stuff on these albums that is refreshing and worth the effort. Plus the record covers look good together. That’s all that really matters. 


07.18.09

There is a new promotion going on at Quickmart right now. If you buy two bottled of Gatorade, you get a free bag of Doritos. For everyone who is OK with leaving orange fingerprints all over the equipment.

I am really excited that the new collection of “Cinema Sewer” is out. This is volume two and compiles issues 13 through 16. I really love this magazine, it is an essential read for fans of underground cinema. I put up a review of the book at “Off the Marquee.” I am trying to make a go of writing for the Citizen website, so if anyone looks at this that isn’t just trying to sell boner drugs, take a look at the Citizen for me.  They apparently keep track of who is being read, so if it is worth a mouse click to you to keep me from looking stupid, take a look:

http://tucsoncitizen.com/offthemarquee/

Cramhole friend and patron Leslie Q wrote and got some comics from me for her table at the Portland Zine Symposium. She has also stocked them at Guapo Comics and Books in Portland. Take a look if you are in Portland and check out Guapo Comics and Books: http://www.guapocomicsandbooks.com/ I haven’t spent a lot of time in Portland, but I’m psyched to have some zines there and to be in a new store.  This might be a good time to re-list some places carrying and generally supporting Cramhole.  

Atomic Books: Baltimore, MD                        

Goner Records: Memphis, TN                       

Smash Records: Washington, D.C.                       

and through: Dischord Direct/Microcosm Publishing/ Desert Distro/ Parcel Press 

I made some Cramhole buttons recently. Drop me a line; if you swear to put it on your punk jacket, I’ll send you one. I will NOT trade them for boner drugs. 

07.10.09

This week, I am starting a blog type column for the Tucson Citizen called “Off the Marquee.” It’s going to be a weekly review of cult type movies being screened around town, reviews of movies in second run theaters, dvd releases, bits about shopping for movies in thrift stores, etc… 

Take a look if you get a chance: http://tucsoncitizen.com/offthemarquee/ 

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07.06.09

I’m having some serious feelings of regression regarding two summer school classes I am starting next week. I haven’t had feelings of not wanting to go back to school this intense since I was 16. I’m getting close to forty here. Dealing with negative ‘back to school’ feelings is pretty sickening. It probably doesn’t help that I have been spending my spare time watching “Battlestar Galactica,” listening to Alice Cooper and playing Galaga. I didn’t have much hope that I would like a new “Battlestar Galactica,” but I am pretty hooked. I watched the old one when it was on. Generally, all that happened on the old one was that these slow, zombie speed robots would show up and get blown up. That was enough for me when I was a kid, but I didn’t think there was hope for a new series based on that. However, the new series is pretty good, and over apparently, as I always get interested in things after they are gone. The ongoing plot deals with the political implications of 50,000 people in a car not knowing where they are going. It is really well written. I like the elements of the plot and how it unfolds except this one guy always talks to this woman who isn’t really there, or she is there in some capacity, I can’t really tell. She gets him aroused, which is supposed to be sort of comic relief, but actually kind of grosses me out. Maybe I am too prude, but the reoccurring gag is someone walks in and this guy who always has an orgasm face and a mysterious boner in play. 

I have been working on a new book this summer. It is going pretty well and I intend to send it around, but am determined to press it up myself if I can’t get any interest going. So, there is that to look forward to.

My endless college career has another year, then, I guess “School’s OUt for EVER?” 

07.05.09

In the record shopping as nostalgia department, there is no better feeling that taking a chance on a record and having it be awesome. One record that comes to mind is Terminal Boredom by the Registrators. I picked this up cheap many years ago because I liked the way they looked and this album has remained a favorite. A real blazer. 

Even with the great “resurgence of vinyl” that is slowly pricing me out of my hobby,  there is still potential to find a great record hidden away among $24 Velvet Underground re-issues. I recently found a copy of The Squares Squarification. I even had to be prodded a little by a friend to take it, but this is a really cool album if you come across it. The Squares play in the style of Thee Headcoats. Really awesome clean guitar punk with a tinge of that Teenage Shutdown, 60s style rockin’.  A great band that I missed. There is nothing like finding a great record. 


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