Life Imitatin' Art


A few years ago I wrote a little post on this here website about my idea for the Best Band Name Ever. Imagine my surprise when there was a comment on that post, this here mornin': did a google search of my band name... found this... So it appears that some one else passed all those highway exit signs in Jersey for "The Amboys" and figgered it was a cinch for a great name for the band! Folk rock, not my thing. But at least someone has the stones to put together a band and make some music under the banner of "The Amboys"! Check 'em out on this here myspace page, they might just float yer boat. It was…

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Cake Live at the Chatauqua Auditorium


Last night, my friend Leslie & I went to see Cake play at the Chatauqua Auditorium, as the title of this post suggests. Cake is another one of those bands that thrived when I was in musical denial during the '90s and early '00s, but I guess I discovered them for myself a few years ago. I love their sound, their lyrics and their "whatever" attitude. Their lyrics touch on so many of my cares and beliefs that it's uncanny. They mock music groupies in "Rock & Roll Lifestyle" (and interestingly they probably hurt their own t-shirt sales in the process; read the lyrics, you'll see what I mean), the insanity of war in "I Bombed Korea", and, in what…

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An Evening with the Eels


Last night I went to see the Eels at the Fox Theatre in Boulder. It was my first concert in about ten years! The last concert I intentionally went to was to see Bluetip at Maxwell's in Hoboken, New Jersey (which was great). Once again, as I did when I went to see Bluetip, I went alone; Brenda hates going to shows, and I kind of do too, these days. For a kid who used to see a minimum of three bands a weekend from junior year of high school though college, my last couple decades seem pretty pathetic by comparison, but I have my reasons. I'm an old fart who doesn't like people and crowds, as well as most…

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The Night The TiVo Died


I'm so distraught, I put it into song: The Night the TiVo Died (sung to the tune of Paper Lace's "The Night Chicago Died") In the chill of a winter's night In the land of the yoga hippies When Rob & Brenda's TiVo died And they talk about it still When Rob arrived home from work Brenda displayed a nervous quirk She said "I have some bad news" And then she gestured towards the tube We heard Robbie cry We heard him pray the night the TiVo died Brother what a night it really was Brother what a plight it really was Live TV We heard Robbie cry We heard him pray the night the TiVo died Brother what a…

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Happy Zacarias


Today, a co-worker shared some of his recordings from when he was in a band. They had toured for a couple years, playing mostly in the Atlanta area, and were reasonably competent. A discussion arose regarding band names; I may have possibly brought it up. You see, I have some really solid names for bands, and it pisses me off that I lack the musical talent, connections and material to plug into a band name. And tonight, I hit on the greatest album name ever, so now I'm really feeling down. Lemme start with the band name: There are a few towns in New Jersey all ending with "Amboy", such as South Amboy, and Perth Amboy. When you drive through…

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