Townes Van Zandt

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I once saw Townes Van Zandt perform when I was seventeen. I had some older friends, the kind of friends that liked to expose art to us younger folks. They took me and my friend Tamala, who was the same age as me, to see a revue done by Peter Case and Victoria Williams at McCabe’s Guitar Shop. All that folky shit was foreign to me, so naturally, I wanted to go to the show. The show was an old fashion folk revue. Each artist did a few songs on their own before coming all together to perform. First up was Victoria Williams, with her southern charm and squeaky voice. Former Dream Syndicate leader Steve Wynn followed her. I remember thinking Steve Wynn was boring, but that was a few years before I heard The Days Of Wine And Roses, which is one of L.A.’s finest albums and a personal favorite of mine much later in life.  Actor Harry Dean Stanton followed and played a few songs, including a haunting version of "Cancion Mixteca," a song from the movie, Paris, Texas. It tripped me out that the actor was singing in Spanish. Of course, a few years later when I actually saw the movie Paris, Texas, I thought that the song, the soundtrack, the movie and Harry Dean Stanton were all brilliant.

After a brief set by Peter Case, everyone started performing songs together. Then Peter Case  announced that he had a big surprise. As the rest of the musicians left the stage, he introduced Townes Van Zandt . Townes came on stage with his guitar and a suitcase. He had a show the next night at the same place and the promoters had just picked him up from the airport. I, of course, did not know who he was, but my older friends were about the crap in their pants.

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Waiting For Guffman

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, April 6, 2008 01:37am | Post a Comment
For some reason as a teenager I was convinced to be a part of a play shown at The Torrance Community Theater. The first time I saw Waiting For Guffman, all those traumatic memories of community theater came roaring back: the bad dialogue, the cheap props and the egos of the lifer community theater players. I saw Guffman on tour when it came out back in 1997 at a movie theater in Portland. It was one of those theaters that served beer. Everyone in my band at the time hated the movie. I of course, because of my traumatic experience with the Torrance Community Theater,  loved it.

Last night IFC showed it twice and I saw it twice. Too funny. Here are some of my favorite parts, courtesy of Youtube:

The Audition:

Corky's Speech:

I Love Corky:

Fernandomania X 2

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Not to bite Whitmore's previous blogs about The Los Angeles Dodgers, but I wanted to write about the start of the baseball season, Last Sunday I went to check out the Dodgers and as I walked up the stairs to my seat, I couldn't help but take a picture of one of my all-time favorites.

Fernando Valenzuela was the pride of Mexico. The biggest reason why the Dodgers are Los Doyers now has everything to do with him. Mexicanos who had no previous interest in baseball, suddenly filled the stadium every time he pitched. In a city so enamored by The Lakers, Fernandomania swept through Los Angeles.  He should be in the Baseball Hall Of Fame. He was the only person to win the Cy Young Award and The Rookie Of The Year in the same year (1981) and helped The Dodgers win the World Series over the the dreaded New York Yankees, In 1990, he pitched a no-hitter. The Dodgers ended his career prematurely by overusing him, mostly to get more people through the turnstiles. Still, to see him in his heyday was something else.
I feel the same pride with Alejandro Ocana, otherwise known as 2Mex. He, along with Xololanxinco, formed Of Mexican Descent, who were the first Chicano rappers that I heard that went beyond what other Chicano Rappers had done previously. Before them it was all Gangster Rap or the numerous Cypress Hill knock-offs. 2Mex lyrics have content, cultural pride and he can freestyle with the best of them. He has numerous collaborations, solo projects and releases. On top of that he is also a part of the Visionaries crew. Check out his insane discography

Of Mexican Descent: Exitos y Mas Exitos (1998)
visionaries -galleries (1998)
Songodsuns: Love Fights Back (1999) 12"
The Mindclouders (2mex & Mums the Word): Fake it Until You Make it (2000)
2mex: Words, Knot Music (2001, 2000)
2mex: LA (Like) (2001)
2mex: B-boys in Occupied Mexico (2001)
2mex: Unreleased hits (2001)
2mex & Awol One: Flow & Tell Live (2001)
OMD/Writers Block/Brother J: Live at the Knitting Factory (2002)
2mex: the Sweat EP (2002)
Jel vs 2mex: Diypartisan (2002)
2mex and Luckyiam.PSC: the Summerjam (2003)
2mex: Unreleased Hits Revised Edition (2003)
2mex: Pavillions of Sound (2003)
2mex: Sweat Lodge Infinite (2003)
2mex: 2mex (2004)
2mex & Busdriver: Live Radio Concert-Limited Edition (2004)
2mex: Knowhawk (2004)
2mex: Lovesongmix (2004)
2mex: Baby I Aint Jokin (2004)
2mex: Da Vinci blowed bw Airwolf (2005)
Squeak E. Clean presents Baldhead Slick and 2mex (2005)
Songodsuns: Once Again (2005)
SonGodSuns 2mex of the Visionaries: Over the Counter Culture (2005) 2 LP
2mex: the Essential Tour (2005)
2mex: Live in Bozeman Montana (2005)
2mex: Instrumentals, Accapellas Of Mexican Descent: "Push the system"/2mex: "the Cross is a Knife" (2005) 7"
2mex and Life Rexall are $martyr (2006) CD
of Mexican Descent: Exitos y Mas Exitos Edición de Lujo (2006, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1993, 1999, 2000) CD

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April 2, 2008

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The Grove is the WORST.  I can't believe it's owned by the same company as the Arclight.



The assholes below were sitting in the row in front of us. They didn't want to be "gay" so they left an empty seat between them. They didn't want to "talk" over that empty seat so they fucking TEXT MESSAGED each other throughout the whole movie. I guess their texts were hilarious because they kept cracking up. I thought they left half way through the film after I yelled at them for the millionth time. But no, they came back. They probably went to complain that I was harassing them. Oh well.
 After the show they didn't want me to take photos of them. I only wish I could have gotten better snaps.


As you can see below, validated parking should be $2 for the first four hours. Somebody forgot to let the the theater know it's actually $3. It was a treat I found out when exiting the parking structure. Unfortunately, the photographic evidence below did not help us get out of paying the extra dollar.

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