Santa Monica Heat

My Mom’s in town, so expect more photos and less verbiage. Yesterday we spend some time in the humidity and oppression of Summer ’06. First it’s a hike in Temescal Canyon. Then it’s an evening on the Santa Monica Pier where I’m working the Amoeba booth for the Twilight Dance Series. Last night it’s Lyrics […]

Sunset & Vine

I’d like to know what’s up with the white plastic. I mean, I know what’s going on at Sunset & Vine in the old “Earthquake” building, but why the white plastic? Is that to keep the dust from demolition from spreading across the intersection like so much asbestos fallout? It’s interesting. In an effort to […]

Mandala 07.19.06

The night before, I’m up until 3:00 AM, spinning vinyl, tweaking mp3’s, setting the last details of my set in place. And at 8:00 A.M. I roll out of bed and drop the first track onto my turntable. Almost exactly an hour and a half later the last notes of the complete mix die away. […]

Break Time

When it comes time for a break, most of my coworkers at Amoeba step outside and have a smoke. I don’t. In the interest of balance, when I take a break I do cancer research. . . . Sorry it’s been quiet around here. But between the jobs and the writing I’ve had very little […]

Late Night Editing

I’m at home. It’s past midnight. I’ve had a few glasses of Dry Creek Zin. It’s been a long day. Today, I work on Blood & Mist, I nap, I stop by the store for some fresh tomatoes, some basil and some garlic, I work on a client’s website, I walk around Hollywood with my […]

Adieu, WC. Hello, Everything Else.

What was he thinking? What did Materazzi say to Zidane that was so nasty that could provoke a normally collected ball-player into turning and delivering a nasty head-butt? What could he have said that might elicit the attack? Well, The Independent provides a clue here, and states that Zidane will tell us all later this […]

iTunes iSbogus

Interesting article over at (whose t-shirt I love and wear regularly) about iTunes and the accounting behind their “artist-friendly” business model. Before I got the Amoeba job I used to use iTunes to get some of my music. I don’t think I’d go back. DRM issues aside, my main gripe is the sound quality […]