Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Tiki Torch Nights in Atlanta



Last Saturday my junior college buddy,badassmofo, our long suffering spouses, and I made the pilgrimage to Trader Vic's in Atlanta to attend the monthly Tiki Torch Night. This month's Tiki Torch Night just happened to coincide with a rare visit from badassmofo - an avid tiki collector who had yet to make the trip to Atlanta's Trader Vic's.

We ate in the restaurant as every Trader Vic's visitor should do at least once. Also it seemed appropriate for this very special occasion as badassmofo doesn't come to the big city very much due to various other engagements and restraining orders. Dinner was expensive as usual but very tasty. The big dinner attraction is the smoked meats from the giant chinese wooden smoker ovens - basically very fancy bar-b-que but with neither conventional rub nor sauce. The smoky flavor is the main draw to the meat entrees. I had the chicken curry - I had never had eighteen dollar chicken curry before. It was very good and had every curry condiment in the book on the side.

The real action of any respectable tiki bar ( if there is a such animal) occurs closer to where the drinks are made rather than where the dinner is served. This is what Tiki Torch Night is about. The entertainment consisted of "Atlanta's only Exotica band" Tongo-Hiti and the Dames Aflame burlesque troupe. The band played very enjoyable hawaian pop standards like "Little Grass Shack" and and other "kinda- like Hawaiian" tunes such as "Talk dirty to me in Hawaiian"; but to me the high point of their set was a ukulele driven cover of ABBA's "Dancing Queen". Oh yeah, they also featured a grass skirted Monkeyzuma mixing drinks onstage during all of this. I can't really explain Monkeyzuma but she gave badassmofo a free banana - so she is cool with us.

Also in attendance were 'Weirdo Deluxe" author Matt Dukes Jordan who signed copies of his book and Sister Louisa who had several pieces of art displayed in the bar and in the restrooms. I would feel a little leery about buying art in a restroom but it worked for Marcel Duchamp.

Anyway, Tiki Torch Night was bitchin.

Sunday, March 20, 2005

03/18/2005 Two -In -One Recycled CD Big Score

Image of Husker Du's Everything Falls Apart And More Image of X's More Fun in The New World

Can you believe that somebody actully traded in these two cds? I can only hope that they were spare copies.

It seems like a lifetime ago, I bought the lp of More Fun In The New World the day it hit the record stores and played it non- stop until most of my friends were sick of it. Now I am going to do it all over again. I cant say enough good things about this record. This is X at their best - which means that this is rock at its best. This isn't hyperbole; I'm dead serious here.

The Husker Du record I never purchased before but those guys were all over college radio back then so I never had to wait for a Husker Du fix until either the eighties faded away or I sobered up -I can't remember which. Anyway, you never hear early Husker Du these days and it is a shame. Every now and then a "retro" or "Eighties" radio station will play "Makes No Sense at All" or "Could You Be The One" and those are great tunes -no argument from me on that - But this is the raw early stuff and if you haven't heard it in twenty years like me - It is refreshing indeed.

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Dig through the ditches and burn through the witches....

Behold the spectacle that is DRAG-U-LA:

Image of George Barris' Drag-U-La
One of my favorite sites, boingboing recently had a couple of posts about this famous car and it's recent bastard child RAT-U-LA. DRAG-U-LA was a George Barris creation featured in the Munster Go Home movie. According to the Barris site, This automobile is now hanging from the ceiling
of the Planet Hollywood in Atlanta. I just have to figure out a way of seeing it without having to eat there.
Oh, and the Rob Zombie song about it kicks ass! ( even if the car in the video is actually Herman Munster's coach car from the TV show - there isn't a back seat or any other room for demons or witches in DRAG-U-LA due to the car being designed for drag racing and .......) Sorry, geeked out there for a second.

Saturday, March 12, 2005

This Weeks Big Score

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25th Anniversary!!!!!
OMFG I'M OLD!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anyway, I found this friday at the local used CD store. Despite owning the album and the original CD, I had to break down and buy it for the extras. It comes with a second disc of 21 songs from the rehearsal sessions, most of which made it onto the album after a bit of polishing, and a 50 something minute DVD. Also there is a booklet included as well as the original liner notes. The sound quality of the second CD is about par with the average Johnny Thunders bootleg tape and doesn't really add much to the records legacy. But I love Johnny Thunders bootlegs so I am happy with it. Warning: If you remember when this album was released, The DVD will make you feel like you need to check into the nearest nursing home or at least purchase some Sans-A-Belt slacks and prune juice! 25 YEARS!!! WHAT HAVE I DONE WITH MY LIFE!!!!

Thursday, March 10, 2005

Links down due to Problems at blogrolling.com

Damn, Damn, Damn!!!!
Does everything have to be hard coded??? Back in my day, we only had two html tags and one of them only worked in Lynx........ Damn this progress. Damn it!

Oh, if the links are up by the time you read this, Nevermind.

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

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