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  • Julio 8:54 pm on July 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply  


  • Julio 12:32 pm on July 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply  


    Hearing the buzzing of June Bugs by my window I remembered that I saw a strange beetle in the parking lot of the Griffith Observatory a week ago. Here it is in all its beguiling glory:

  • Julio 9:42 pm on June 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    tan dificil 

  • Julio 2:54 pm on June 21, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Daily fragments 

    I’m a failed musician. I’ve come to terms that I may never write a ‘complete’ song having absorbed John Cage‘s thoughts on music/sound. Here are some of those fragments now. Enjoy (or not).

    Influences : Tom Waits, John Cage, Fugazi, Gang of Four, Electrelane, Crass.

  • Julio 10:21 pm on June 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: cryptozoology, sasquatch   



    The talent to be found @ Lincoln High School is quite astonishing. This done with whiteout, black construction paper, black & red pen. Now when you overhear an artist mentioning not having any money to express themselves, you can show them this and show them they are full of shit.

    Diatribe end.

    • EL CHAVO! 10:46 pm on June 20, 2009 Permalink

      Excellent! Yer finding all the good stuff.

  • Julio 12:50 am on June 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: epicurus, god, malevolent, omnipotent   



    Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then He is not omnipotent.
    Is He able, but not willing? Then He is malevolent.
    Is He both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil?
    Is He neither able nor willing? Then why call Him God?

    – Epicurus

  • Julio 8:20 pm on June 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: bastidas, , , , , rock   

    ¡¡¡ bastidas !!! ¡¡y más!! 


    Now here is a band that is currently blowing my mind and my circuitboards : BAstidas from Los Angeles.

    Here’s a live clip of them playing at SXSW this last year.

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    • girl 11:35 pm on June 18, 2009 Permalink

      right now i really love girl in a coma… they’re from san antonio and have a sound of their own… might not be too punk, but they have substance. last album was inspired by their grandfather’s tejano band.

      check ’em out

    • Julio 10:40 pm on July 12, 2009 Permalink

      Hmmm…. I gave Girl In A Coma a listen and I was sadly underwhelmed. Nothing new or interesting. And their crazy merchandising is rather nauseating.

  • Julio 10:44 pm on June 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Duty of work 

    Inspired by a philosophy paper I’ve been working on. Subject being the self, and the ethical cultivation of the self in the face of nothingness.

  • Julio 10:52 pm on June 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: chicano rock, sam the sham and the pharoahs, wooly bully   

    watch it now! 

    Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs performing “Wooly Bully” ; one of my ALL-TIME favorite songs. First heard it as a kid in the opening scenes of Splash. Turns out the lead singer is a Chicano from Dallas, Texas thus explaining the iconic count-off of:

    Uno-dos! one-two-tres-quatro!

    And I think we can figure out what “Wooly Bully” means 😉 .

    More oldies I love after the jump:

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    • theLD 11:08 pm on June 4, 2009 Permalink

      I love the sound of the organ in the beginning of Wooly Bully. Nothing complex but the sound is hugeeeee. Ha! I also love how his voice cracks, real shiiaat right there. Rosetta Tharpe played some smooth riffs. Had some vinyl of hers come my way for free! Too bad my record player is busted 😦

      Good jams though. There’s a comp called Pachuco Soul: Sounds of East LA out there. Pretty cool comp, been trying to get my hands on the vinyl version.

    • Patrick 3:07 pm on June 16, 2009 Permalink

      Great vintage recordings – thanks

  • Julio 2:16 pm on May 31, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: anarchists, distraction, time management   

    on distraction 


    It’s Sunday afternoon. Breakfast made & eaten. Coffee brewed & drunk. I think about all the things to be done and the things I do to distract myself from doing them :

    • emails
    • listening to records
    • drinking more coffee
    • cleaning
    • parousing through my small library
    • watching Current TV
    • browsing ‘ubuntu‘ stuff on the interwebz
    • going on some daylight rides (pffft to midnight ridez)
    • writing new blog posts

    And when I am absolutely free to do whatever I like I more often than not I end up twiddling my thumbs. At a loss as to do what to do. Maybe I need some time management for anarchists.

    • EL CHAVO! 3:03 pm on May 31, 2009 Permalink

      Ha,ha, that time management thing is awesome! Did you notice the line “the tyranny of minutiae”?

    • Julio 3:19 pm on May 31, 2009 Permalink

      I did notice it! Man, it’s amazing how hypertext really can link everything. The Internet is in a way a type of universe where the connections can easily be made ; if it only were so simple in the real universe.

    • EL CHAVO! 8:04 pm on May 31, 2009 Permalink

      For the record, I was having a similar day, and I even have a list of all the things I need to get done. But after reading your list I decided to pull the cobwebs off my bike and visit the arroyo. Some emails, lots o’ coffee, ironing while I watched a futbol match, out of nowhere thought of the band A.P.P.L.E. (gonna look for the mp3s), and now settling into my computer lair to try and write up a post.
      So it was kinda productive while I goofed around. Yay!

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