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Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Buy this for me?
Sunday, March 26, 2006
Red Bull might be one of the most unpleasant things I've ever drank. Worse than that Cooper's last night.
Saturday, March 18, 2006
Did you know?
They're banning Notorious B.I.G.'s "Ready to Die" from being sold for the foreseeable future. Why? Uncredited Ohio Players sample.
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
It's very, very easy
...to begin teaching oneself foreign languages on the internet. Lately, I've been teaching myself Portuguese from one of those "Teach Yourself _________" books, but I started by reading through the little exercises on Sonia Portuguese and EasyPortuguese. I hate to plug sites so shamelessly, but it really is kind of a cool way to start getting into learning a language. Por o menos, eu penso que sim.
I'm getting really sick of it taking up loads of RAM and crashing all the time. Uh, Microsoft? Are you done with Internet Explorer 7 yet?
Hi. I'm Matt Pinfield.
Once upon a time, I used to religiously set my VCR to record MTV's 120 Minutes, which aired at 11 p.m. Sunday nights, and watch it after junior high the following afternoon. As a result, in between the, you know, Limp Bizkit videos, I'd learn a little something about music, seeing a music video from Liz Phair's first (read: not recent) album, or seeing Chocolate Genius' hauntingly beautiful "My Mom" video. Or seeing them play something off of Jeff Buckley's "Grace."

In recent years, it seems like people have made Jeff Buckley into a tragic figure bigger than himself, a less mainstream Kurt Cobain of sorts (by the way, you think they could repackage the songs from "Grace" a few more times?) With people out making fawning joint tributes to himself and his father, you almost forget the guy was just a human being. And you know what? Jeff was once a very funny, human smartass while hosting 120 Minutes. Give it a looksie! He has a noticeable contempt for the proceedings, and it's amusing to watch.

I would've loved YouTube in junior high.
Saturday, March 11, 2006
A public service announcement
If you dig a mite of vintage here and there in your clothing, the wholesale organization distributing it to a lot of the local vintage clothing places is closing soon, and tomorrow morning is going to be one of a scant few more opportunities to buy from them:
Hey Kids---it's that time again! And this one is special because it is one of our last sales as we are closing by June 1st! Lots of fun stuff to pick from still!

Second-to-Last Sale at Rock Star Rags
Saturday and Sunday, Mar 11th and 12th
10am to 4pm
$1.50 per pound/ CASH only because we had to close our credit card machine already

Rock Star Rags Warehouse
2820 North Ninth Street
Corner of St. Louis Ave and Ninth Street
St Louis MO 63147

Please come by because if you can because the last sale will be sadder and it will be $2.00 per pound. Thank you for your support in our community, it was lovely!

Thursday, March 09, 2006
Ethiopian food!
Per Sauce Magazine's website:
De Palm Tree [right nearby me, I may add] introduced Ethiopian Sundays on Feb. 26. Ethiopian Sundays runs from 4 to 9 p.m., and guests can expect to pick up and eat their food with a flat, spongy bread called enjara. According to co-owner Tammey Romer, De Palm Tree was "jam packed" for its first Ethiopian Sunday dinner.

I used to love Addis, so this is good news to me. Scarcely is there a better communal dining experience out with friends than sharing a great big plate of injera with your berbere and your kibbe.
Wednesday, March 08, 2006
St. Louis is holding a gala art ball
...based on the philosophy of submitting a urinal to an art exhibition. In honor of the dada ball, I'm bringing back another old image. When I first started Pointless Website in 2003 or so, and it literally was indeed pointless, the website consisted entirely of this translated dada quasi-manifesto. Enjoy, and don't let this inspire you to draw mustaches on too many Renaissance paintings, now.

Monday, March 06, 2006
Ahhhhh ...the Simpsons?
Saturday, March 04, 2006
Downtown St. Louis, meet your polygonal future
Want to see what the new Busch Stadium is like? Play a Playstation. Me? I suppose I can reminisce with R.B.I. Baseball 3's rendition of the original Busch.
Friday, March 03, 2006
Oh. Mah. Gah.
Os Mutantes Reunite for One Night Only
The Mutantes are reuniting, the Mutantes are reuniting! The Mutantes were one of the most engaging, fun to listen to bands of the late '60s Tropicalism movement in Brazil. As the wee, teenaged proteges of Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil (and their backing band, occasionally), the Mutantes played experimental, psychedelic, poppy rock 'n roll that kept some semblance of the bossa nova and samba maintained in the movement. Brothers Sergio and Arnaldo Baptista headed up the band with Arnaldo's then-girlfriend Rita Lee, and a third Baptista brother (whose name escapes me) built custom guitar effects pedals for the band. The end result was music that was Beatlesy and somewhat along the lines of Jefferson Airplane, yet unique, and dagnabbit, they're one of my favorite bands, having produced three fantastic albums, "Os Mutantes," "Mutantes," and the often-hilarious "A Divina Comedia ou: Ando Meio Desligado," which contains a Janis Joplinesque dirge about a broken refrigerator (...and heart?), a goofy take on an old song called "Chao de Estrelas," and, yes, a song whose title translates to "Hail Lucifer".

A few years later, however, Rita Lee had gone solo and left the band (and Arnaldo), and Arnaldo fell into a deep drug problem and himself went solo. His drug/solo combo can best be heard on his odd first solo album, "Loki?". Sergio continued with the Mutantes, who eventually went all prog-y - in my experience, a lot of the best-of collections of the Mutantes' material leaves out much of the post-Rita, post-Arnaldo work.

As the link above mentions, Kurt Cobain was a fan too, and unsuccessfully tried to reunite the band to play with Nirvana during their Brazilian tour. The main point of contention preventing the band from reuniting? Sergio and Arnaldo's decades-old argument over guitar brands. Arnaldo insists that Gibson makes the best guitars, and Sergio's staunchly pro-Fender, and neither would budge. I love it. But sans Rita, they're finally reuniting now, and thankfully, with their old drummer Dinho, whose funky, jazzy style I've been appreciating more and more lately.
Thursday, March 02, 2006
Speaking of Blake Brokaw's specials at the Atomic Cowboy, his veggie and cheese enchiladas do not disappoint...
Wednesday, March 01, 2006
Just went to an advance screening of Block Party, and surprise, surprise, it was sublime. With the Roots, Erykah Badu, and Jill Scott on the bill, you could see it coming a mile away, but their performance of "You Got Me" was like a little Christmukkah present for me. And the Fugees? I'm surprised they haven't reunited sooner. Great stuff.

And whether he takes Chappelle's Show back or winds up doing something else, Dave Chappelle needs to start working in TV or movies again! It'd be too much of a shame if he didn't...
Le whoa
You don't hear much about Wu-Tang live performances in these parts - I remember this last summer, when I was in LA, I felt incredibly jealous that RZA was curating a cartoon film festival there.


I'm a big fan of both the Wu-Tang Clan's classic "Enter the Wu-Tang/36 Chambers" and Ghostface Killah's fairly recent "The Pretty Toney Album," and I was quite delighted to find out that Ghostface is coming to town a week from today to play a show at Pop's ($18 advance, $20 day of show). This just might be an opportunity for me to hit Pop's for the first time. Not to ruffle feathers, but this show there sounds a little bit better to me than "Evenflow: A Tribute to Pearl Jam."

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