Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Hooray for Hollywood

Wow, that was a blast. Some gigs can be so thankless, and every now and then you get thrown a bone to make up for all those blown sound systems, cans of budweiser, $27 dollars split by 5 people, and playing to 3 people on a Monday night at 12:30 a.m.

Yes, once in awhile, you find yourself in the Southern part of our Golden State, playing to an attentive and appreciative, CD-buying audience, with a dressing room, a cooler of real beer and a couple bottles of wine, and food that would have been delicious if you'd remembered to eat it before the show. Oh well, can't complain!

What we're talkin' about here, is the El Mirage show that happened in Hollywood a mere couple nights ago, opening for our friends, stellar musicians and delightful human beings Missy Gibson & Mike Flanagan of the band Breech. It was a fabulous celebration and a real treat to be a part of it. Breech is so good, so very very very much better than much of what you can hear on commercial radio these days. Don't take my word for it; just go buy their CD & find out for yourself!

While in L.A., we also got to enjoy some fine food and sights, like these most jumbo of shrimp at a little place in Thai Town called Relax. Are they shrimp or are they giant creatures come to eat YOU?!

Warning, if you are afraid of clowns,
especially the evil two-headed kind,
you might want to avert your eyes for this one,
taken at a store called the Dapper Cadaver, oh my!

Carol Powell, the artist who did the cover art for the Breech CD, creates some mighty fine paintings, illustrations, and creatures, like these:

Those are just a few highlights of what was a wonderful and action-packed 24 hours. I also scored a seriously killer pair of cowboy boots, but will have to post that photo another time, because this posting is long overdue.

One of these days my life will settle down and I'll get back to cooking, I swear. Soup season is coming! Until then, stay warm and dry, and I'll try to do the same, no thanks to my slumlord :(

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