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Monday, August 06, 2007

VEGAS MOTHERFUCKER?!?


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Well those skullz may go to San Francisco but that's no fun anyways. Please to inform that on THURSDAY NIGHT Beauty Bar Las Vegas will have its socks rocked off by two sd bands, one partial sd band and one band from la that I like. With Disc Jockey's Edgartronic, CDW & Junior Metro, taking place as part of the Amplify! Music Festival.

Congratulations to the Atoms (Best Rock Band) and Fifty on Their Heels (Best Punk Band) for their just announced nominations in the 2007 San Diego Music Awards. Drinks are on me, guys...

This SHOWCASE is presented by Cat Dirt Records, SESAC ("The artist right's society that isn't suing everyone right now") and the lovely Beauty Bar chain. Kiss, kiss Beauty Bar- you can keep me outta San Diego, but not outta Vegas.

Motherfucker It's On: Your 2007 San Diego Music Awards Nominees

See the list aqui.

Let's survey, shall we- looks like they have consolidated some categories this year, at least as far as public voting is concerned.

I can literally already hear the howls of protest from southeast san diego as I read the nominations for best hip hop: Cat Dirt Records Recording Artist MC Flow (any day now!), Addiquit, Miki Vale. That;s three female MC's.

The coveted Best New Artist award has noms for The Muslims, The Vultures and iSociety!. Wait till I reveal my pick for that category (hint- maybe not who you would expect from what's been written on this blog!)

Best Electronic has Cat Dirt favs Qu‘est-ce Que C’est. Best Club DJ has nominations for Morgan Young, Gabe Vega and Mario Orduno. That should be a fun category- FOR A CHANGE. The only one missing from my ballot is Edgartronic.

Best Rock is stacked up this year: The Atoms(?!?), Transfer, My American Heart, Dirty Sweet, Reeve Oliver. My pick is the Atoms, but the winner will be My American Heart and their legions of Facebook/Myspace fans. Hands down.

Best alternative- also stacked: Fifty on Their Heels, Grand Ole Party, Rafter, Sirhan Sirhan, The Donkeys and Vision of a Dying World. VOTE FIFTY ON THEIR HEELS!!!

Annddd... can't leave out "Best Pop Band": Congrats Power Chords!!!

And Congratulations for Grand Ole Party for getting the nod for "BAND OF THE YEAR"... Switchfoot is going down!!!

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Book Review: The Year 1000 by Robert Lavey and Danny Danizger



Bath Roman Statue, originally uploaded by saridder.
I bought this book at one of those Crown Books Remainders stores that pop up every so often in your run down mini malls and vacant storefronts. In fact, this book still bears the twice marked down price tag on the front. I know, based on the price tag that I paid $5 for this book in 2005 and two years later- it is time to actually read "The Year 1000: What Life Was Like At the Turn of the First Millennium, An Englishman's World." The awkward title conceals what is a tidy little book, concerned with exactly what it says it is concerned with- the everyday life of an Englishman in the year 1000.

Clocking in at an expeditious 300 pages, The Year 1000 belongs more to the category of secondary/popular history then as a work of primary history. The pages are dotted with anecdotes that will be familiar to those who have read some of the more familiar classics in the history of the period (R.W. Southern's The Making of the Middle Ages, to name one obvious example). To their credit, authors Lacey and Danziger do cite to their authority.

The Year 1000 was published in 1999, and it was clearly written & published in some kind of misguided attempt to cash in on the Y2K fears (remember Y2K?) Despite the repeated shout outs, The Year 1000 doesn't at all mention the hysterics that engulfed parts of the European Continent for the turn of the first millenium. Of course, this is a book about ye olde england- not the continent, and at England at this time the exact method for calculating dates hadn't been quite settled on as of yet. All that finality would wait for the Norman invasion in 1066.

But what generalizations can one make about life in England in the Year 1000?
1. Rural.
2. Simple.
3. Times of plenty were alternated with times of starvation on a yearly basis, depending on when the crops were harvested.
4. Hygiene had not yet been invented.
5. The english liked a ribald riddle.
6. Everyone dressed like the characters from Monty Python's The Search for the Holy Grail (the book actually says this) only the outfits were a bit more colorful then you might at first expect.

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