I wrote a guide to sea vegetables over at my blog. As a companion piece here at the Amoeblog, I thought I’d compile a guide to modern day sea shanties by vegetarian (or former vegetarian, in some cases) songwriters or bands with vegetarian members.
Joanna Newsom (live on UK TV) who, along with Tim Fain & Philip Glass, will perform at the
Warfield in SF on June 25th in a benefit for the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur
It is always a good thing to support music and musicians, whether buying CDs and records at Amoeba or attending concerts and shows, but supporting good music when it benefits a needy, worthwhile cause makes you feel even better. Grab the perfect opportunity with the recently announced benefit concert for The Henry Miller Library with Philip Glass and Joanna Newsom with Tim Fain at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco on Monday, June 25th.
(((folkYEAH!))) and The Day & Nights Festivalpresents this impressive concert, planned out of a need to support the financially challenged Big Sur-based Henry Miller Library. The library, which operates exclusively on donations, is a financial pinch right now and needs to raise $140,000 in funds to cover the costs of construction upgrades that are been enforced by country regulation laws.
Tickets are still available. For more information click here.
Whew! Am I glad to see you! Because it means that it’s a new week, and let me tell you – I used last week until it was nothing but a grey and tattered rag. So I can’t wear last week anymore, but I can use it to clean my car.
But I don’t have a car.
Life is complicated.
Since I arrived in Hollywood five years ago, a young and vibrant crackerjack of a kid with high hopes and boundless dreams, I have used my wit and spunk to cultivate a lifestyle wherein which I spend most of my time hidden away in my spooky study, hunched over my laptop and writing scripts about young and vibrant crackerjack kids which I ceased to resemble about five years ago. It’s a circle of muthuhfuggin’ life.
As a result, I haven’t ever actually developed a circle of friends. I’ve just kind of Yoko Ono’d my way into my boyfriend’s social circle, hoping no one would notice. People from my hometown find this hard to believe.
“Job, how is it that a young and vibrant crackerjack like you hasn’t been surrounded by fawning admirers?” they collectively ask.
“Well gang,” I answer as I mix up a batch of my famous celebrities, “I’ve just been so focused on my writing career. I’ve already met the person I want to be in a relationship with for the rest of my life, so unlike my single friends I’m not driven out to socialize in order to find a mate; plus there’s something about fun and laughter and good times that gives me a tummy ache.”
Today marks the final shift of one of my most favorite Amoebites of all time, the glamorous and enigmatic “Smithy.”
Dearly departed Smithy (artist's depiction)
Smithy is not her real name, though it is one of her nicknames, and that’s about as close to “the facts” as most of us are likely to get. Smithy shrouds herself in mystery, and even if all her acquaintances pooled their knowledge of her past, it would scarcely be enough information to provide a decent Wikipedia entry, to say nothing of a biography. I keep the snippets of personal detail that I’ve acquired in the past four years of working with her like a jealous secret; a precious baseball card that I never remove from its protective plastic.
I don’t even know what she’s going to be doing after she leaves Amoeba Music Hollywood. For all I know she’s gotten a job lion taming, apprenticing to a witch doctor, or going deep undercover for the CIA in Beijing. All seem possible; all would hold some amount of appeal for her.
See: Craigslist > job opportunties
One thing we, her co-workers, have been privy to is what she’s keen on in music and film. Even someone as secretive as Smithy has dorked out with the best of us music store geeks when the conversation’s turned to our product. This blog entry will be a brief exposé of some of Smithy’s pop culture paramours. In considering them, we may perhaps glean a little insight into this unknown soldier, but even if not, we’ll still get to hear some perfectly ginchy tunes.