The "homework feeling." That’s what I’ve got.
It started when I was a kid. It would be after school, and I was finally at home. The sense of relief was huge, because I hated school. Every school day was something to survive – forget about excelling.
Not that I attended schools that were innately dangerous, mind you. In fact, my Ma made sure, humble means or no, that I went to private, reputable institutions. But my antipathy was unconditional. I have the test scores to prove it.
Having finished a day of school there still remained, however, a most evil of responsibilities: that heinous curse, homework.
It haunted me every hour I didn’t do it. Whether I was watching You Can’t Do That On Television, or making my culinary invention – Sweet, Scrambled Pancakes* – or writing cry-for-help puppet shows, there was always that voice in the back of my mind reminding me in a chiding tone that I had homework.
I pretty much never did homework. No amount of privileges revoked, respect lost, or threats of future failure could convince me to do a sheet of fractions. Heck, the homework could have been to sit in a chair and clap twice – I would have found a way to avoid doing it.
To this day, most any time I’m not actively doing something responsible and productive, I feel guilty, or like I’m forgetting something important and, as a result, my life will be sent into a furious, downward spiral. I know it’s neurotic, but all it takes is two hours of enjoying listening to music and daydreaming for me to worry that I’ll be living in a rotted cardboard box by Tuesday.
Guitarist Bob Bogle, who co-founded the Ventures (known for such hits as "Walk, Don’t Run” and “Perfidia”) died on Sunday after suffering for several years from Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. The Vancouver, Wash resident was 75. As a part of the Ventures, the legendary instrumental rock band with a distinctive guitar sound that were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March 2008, Bogle leaves behind quite a legacy.
The Tacoma, WA garage-rock band formed in 1958 by Bogle along with Don WIlson who both shared a strong passion for guitars. In 1960 they scored their first hit with an inspired instrumental remake of the Chet Atkins song “Walk, Don’t Run” (above) with Bogle on lead guitar.
The Ventures' version would go on to become one of the most influential songs in rock history and not only launched their long successful career but also helped lay the ground for what became known as "surf music," although they are not technically a surf band. The Ventures' guitar playing has influcenced guitarists in bands for generations, ever since their first hit almost fifty years ago. The prolific group has sold 100 million albums and they still perform to this day. Bogle had stopped playing some years ago due to his illness. R.I.P. Bob Bogle.
Top 5 World Music Best Sellers June 7-14
1. Aventura-Last (New York/Dominican Republic)
2. Los Amigos Invisibles- Commercial (Venezuela)3. Federico Aubele- Amatoria (Argentina)
4. V/A- Love Is Love (Africa)
5. Serge Gainsbourg- Historie De Melody Nelson (France)
The self-proclaimed Kings of Bachata ran away with the top spot on Amoeba Hollywood's World Music top five. Aventura sold enough to get on Amoeba Hollywood's overall top ten (a rare feat for our little section of the store), along with new releases from Mos Def, Grizzly Bear, Sonic Youth and J Dilla. Aventura, along with Wisin & Yandel, is the soundtrack to many lovesick teenage Urban Latinos in matching Kobe Bryant jerseys. It's the kind of sickly sweet stuff that you dedicate to your girl or guy if you love them or if they broke your heart.
Although this was an conscious attempt to make a mainstream album, Los Amigos Invisibles' latest, Commercial, stays the course that the band has been on for fifteen years. Remember what was often said about The Grateful Dead? “It's not that they're the best at what they do, it's that they're the only ones who do what they do?" That's certainly the case with Los Amigos Invisible. If you love their unique take on Latin Disco with loungy undertones, Commercial won't disappoint.
Federico Aubele’s electronic dub meets Tango and acoustic music has many fans, including Argentineans, KCRW heads and people who love Thievery Corporation. Maybe they are all one in the same? Nevertheless, they go gaga for this guy. It’s perfect background music for a café or perhaps that mood music for driving or for that soundtrack for the mini-movie inside your head. There are also remixes on vinyl of some of these tracks as well as some from his previous release, Panamericana, which bump a little more than the CD versions.
The Whispers-One For The Money
Tom Waits- Blood Money
Supergrass- In It For The Money
Rabanes- Money Pa' Que
Pitbull-M.I.A.M.I. (Money Is A Major Issue)
Paul Wall - Get Money Stay True
Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention -We're Only In It For The Money
Duke Ellington, Charlie Mingus, Max Roach- Money Jungle
Mick Farren- Vampires Stole My Lunch Money