Wednesday, August 30, 2006
I stopped by KJHK when I was in Lawrence for the Embarrassment show and took some pictures. The vinyl collection is slowly fading into history and not only are the albums showing their age, but so are some of the unique bits of musical commentary; AKA the liner notes or album review. The notes from KJHK music staffers guided disc jockeys who didn't have the luxury of previewing the whole record before they took to the airwaves and were often written in long hand and taped on the cover. See KJHK - a photoset on Flickr for some of my random cover shots. You may have to enlarge the image to read the review.
Monday, August 28, 2006
I bowl in a league in Mission, KS. It's my 14th year with the same guys and I like it a lot. It's a handicapped league; if I bowl my average or better I'm helping the team win. Tonight was a different story. We started with no average, so it's to one's advantage to sandbag and bowl low on this, our first week of the league. So what did I do? I managed my best series in at least two years - a 514. That included a 209 - my first 200+ game since 2004 or earlier. So I've screwed my average for the rest of the year, but that's okay. I got five strikes in a row in the second game. Maybe this will be my season. The same guys who turned me on to KJHK when I was in high school recruited me for bowling too - The Westhoff brothers, Craig and Kurt.
Saturday, August 26, 2006
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
From left: John, Bill, and Ron on stage last Sunday in Lawrence, KS. Drummer Woody is just out of range. The Embarrassment are my favorite band of all time for many reasons; they've got heart and a sense of humor, unique qualities for rock stars. My favorite song from the show was "Two Week Vacation".
Here's another picture of the Micronotz in action. From left: Steve Eddy on drums, original lead singer Dean Lubensky, and guitarist John Harper. The Micronotz surprised everyone by playing three songs for the crowd who awaited the arrival of the Embarrassment. Matt Kesler and Jay Hauptli are not pictured but also appeared with the group. This is perhaps the least blurry of the snapshots I took of the group.
Monday, August 21, 2006
That's Embarrassment guitarist Bill Goffrier on the left with KJHK alum Tom Hoyt at the Free State Brewery before the concert Sunday night in Lawrence. I heard Bill and fellow band mate John Nichols were in the building but I was surprised when Bill actually appeared at Tom's table of KJHK alumni. I rounded the corner in time to take this photo and shake Bill's hand. Last Sunday was the 4th time I saw the band, and the first time since 1989. I was lucky enough to see them twice in one day on December 31, 1986 when they played Cogburns/The Bottleneck. The Micronotz opened for them and Dean Lubensky came back for that one as well.