hmm.

May. 15th, 2007 11:59 am
p0tat0es: (To hell with the devil)

I would be hard pressed to shed a tear for the passing of one Mr. Falwell.

Do you think he'll go to heaven?

p0tat0es: (I'ma eat me a possum)
I've been following the news coverage of the crash that killed Silkworm's drummer. The situation just gets more and more insane.

The woman who hit the car he was is in had apparently gotten in a fight with her mom, and that upset her to the point that she wanted to take her own life. So she rammed her car into another at 70 MPH. I mean, shit - if you want to kill yourself, there are lots of ways of doing it that don't involve other people. Who the fuck rams their car into other people? Ram it into a wall! A fucking telephone pole! Run it off a cliff! How fucking selfish. Suicide is by its very nature a selfish act, but taking people with you? It's beyond heinous.

A real person, with real problems, sure. But she's also a 23-year-old model. (Yes, that's her.)

I want to be fair and unassuming, but man - my gut reaction is "what the fuck!" I don't believe that any individual human life is worth more or less than any other, but at the same time, it's offensive to my sensibilities that some model's rash actions caused the deaths of three artists, and by all accounts, generous, warm, and loving individuals.

I have to look past what people do and instead look at what people are. It shouldn't make any difference if it had been a doctor or a priest or a garbage man or another musician. But holy shit. I hope she gets what's coming. I'm ardently anti-capital punishment. And a true punishment for this person, who was trying to take her own life, would be for her to spend the rest of her days alive and locked up.

I've spent a good amount of the weekend listening to all my Silkworm records (not that that's much different from any other time) and going through old copies of The Rocket (I have a shitton of them, mostly from 1993-1995) looking for articles about them. Of course, the drummer always gets short shrift, but when Michael is mentioned, it's always positive.


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p0tat0es: (Default)
the woman who hit the car that michael dahlquist was in was distraught and was trying to kill herself. she survived and is being charged with murder.

bad news:

Jul. 15th, 2005 01:35 pm
p0tat0es: (Default)
Michael Dahlquist, drummer for Silkworm, was killed in a car crash yesterday. Tim Midgett put up a statement on the SKWM message board here.

This sucks. I'm glad I got to see them the last time they came through town.

thanks to [livejournal.com profile] newness_ends for the heads up. I got the message and called KEXP to see if they knew anything about it, and apparently they didn't.

Bummed.
p0tat0es: (Default)
Last night, I had the pleasure of having my socks rocked by Mission of Burma. I think they'd been saving up all their energy for the last two decades just to let it loose on their three west coast dates. I'm fairly certain that, within the space of two sets and two encores, they played through their entire discography, plus at least one new song, and a Dils cover. Sure, they're a litte more gray, a little more creased, and little more fatherly looking, but they can still put bands half their age to shame.

Silkworm, much to my chagrin, only played songs off of the last two records (save for two songs). Still, it was the first time I had heard many of those tunes live, and the first time I'd seen the band at all since their show at the Croc with Seam many eons ago. Those bastards need to move back to Seattle, despite the fact that no one here likes them.

Other things about the show: I met up with [livejournal.com profile] huntingtonforge before the show, and on our way to the venue, we ran into Larry and Tiffany. Larry was American School of Warsaw's original bass player. We always got along great, and have similar ideas musically. He just felt somewhat constricted within the framework of the band, so he left (amicably). Anyhoo, the four of us took in the show together (mostly...we kept getting split up and lost in the crowd). Tiffany used her womanly wiles to weasel our way* up toward the front of the stage during MoB's first set. After the show we consumed more beerths at Zak's across the street, and then ventured up to Capitol Hill, where Larry, TIff, and I stayed up till 4 AM drinking Rainier and talking music, lineage, and history. They were kind enough to put me up for the night as I had missed the last bus a long time before.

This morning, I stopped at Bauhaus for some coffee, and saw a sign up on the door about Kris Von Oy, one of the original owners. He apparently fell asleep at the wheel and crashed his car last weekend. The funeral service was yesterday. I didn't know him that well, but it is always weird when someone you know, or have met, or have some sort of familiarity with, ceases to be.

Great way to start the day, I'll tell ya.



*pardon my alliteration.

Dead Pool

Mar. 23rd, 2002 02:24 am
p0tat0es: (jack)
These are the musical acts I'd like to see get knocked off. Rubbed out. Sent to sleep with the fishes. Sent for a long ride on the short bus.

I chose these folks based not on their popularity per se, but on what I perceive to be their level of self-importance in the popular music arena. I can't take any of these jackasses seriously, and their "art" is anything but.

Here goes, in no particular order:

1) Creed
2) Celine Dion
3) Garth Brooks
4) Ja Rule
5) Kid Rock
6) Limp Bizkit
7) Tori Amos
8) Mariah Carey
9) Dave Matthews Band
10) Puff Daddy


What's your dead pool?
p0tat0es: (jack)
I find it disturbing that a woman was murdered within spitting distance from my home, probably less than 3 hours ago. I can see Freeway Park from my place. I used to work right next door. Fuuuuuuck...

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