Wednesday, September 30, 2009

"Did you ever notice that you go to the most disgusting places in the country?"

asked my friend, Helen.

She's right. Because I don't have time to do real writing, here are my notes on the Gigantic Downtown Wilmywood Country Nightclub that Dan and I visited in NC. After passing through the metal detectors AND paying the cover, I typed these notes on my phone:

Weaselstache, radioactive stumps, bowtie barefoot bulldrider, thong sluts on bars, employees on barrels, whites dressed as blacks, lumped puke on floor, militaires on bull now, country girls grinding shamelessly on c*cks, country gradually and then totally replaced by slick Rick and.... 50something lifted onto bar by military haircuts, dancing. like a blue.velvet prostitute but wearing a.sequined dress. daisy dukes vs hot pants. Ogres in suits.

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Monday, September 28, 2009

"...so let me tell you mo__erf__kers who you're f__kin' with."

(For soundbyte, go here, and fast forward to 4:43)

Past 72 hours:
  • Infastructure booked at Harper's Ferry
  • 5-hour Infrastructure Practice
  • James McMurtry show at Johnny D's
  • manicamerican.com server configured
  • Camcorders and video software researched
  • Learned WordPress implementation
  • Infrastructure booked at All Asia, again
  • ABBQII (Austin weekend roadtrip) dates blocked out and Austin Motel booked
Next up:
  • Infra-rehearsal tomorrow
  • manicamerican template designing
  • Attempting to book Infra-shows in NY, including CPC show at potential ex-German, now Jewish-Irish rock bar
This is what my my allies and I do on nights and weekends. And now I'm going to watch Season 3 of "The Shield" instead of sleeping.

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Sunday, September 27, 2009

A Momentous, Manic Day

The past 48 hours have been a big step forward.

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Today's Edition of the Red Line


Yup--it's a fucking cab. The Red Line was not running at all "due to a medical emergency at Park Street." I was prepared to go all the way to Allston from Davis, but bailed out of the filthy Crown Vic at Harvard to catch the 66 bus. $12 to go from Davis to Harvard, THEN use the free transfer from my useless Red Line fare to get on the bus for the rest of the trip. Our keyboard player drove from NY and beat us to the studio.

Last Saturday, it took me almost 80 minutes to get from Teele Square to Allston.

This is why people think the MBTA is useless.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

This morning, I will smash into the door-blockers at the Harvard T Station with a renewed zeal.

I'm psyched because INFRASTRUCTURE just confirmed its next show, and it's at a time that should work for nearly everyone. We'll be playing at Harper's Ferry, the venerable Boston music club, at 8:30 p.m. on Tues, Oct. 13, the Tuesday after Columbus Day. We get to perform our tunes on the same stage that's been graced by Maceo Parker, B. B. King, and every one-hit wonder of the 90s.

This is awesome! We're on a mission to deliver the greatest soul-punk-blues-rock show we can, and we will.

This morning, when I attempt get off the T at Harvard on my way to the 66 bus and our studio in Allston, I know what I'll find. Dozens of tourists and assorted ignorami will be standing in front of the train doors, deliberately not looking at the people attempting to get off the train. Today, I will smash into them not with rage but with elation, as my guitar, my equipment bag, and I literally clear a path for the show to go on.

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Breakfast of Champions, Wiggins, Miss. (DS09/DH09)


Thursday, September 24, 2009

Turtle, Near Saucier, Miss. (DS09)


Wednesday, September 23, 2009

This is Death Beach, Biloxi, Miss. (DS09)



Dead businesses, dead buildings, dead fish, dead boats, and nearly dead humans. Hidden in plain sight next to the construction sites for the Margaritaville Casino and the inexplicable, Gehry-designed Ohr-O'Keefe museum, there's dead stuff everywhere in Biloxi.

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How My Bandmates Describe Infrastructure:

"Early Elvis Costello meets ZZ Top"

"The Stooges, but more soulful."

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

3:15pm: Five-Man Crew From D&R Paving,

which did not work on the corner job previously, is now using one level to analyze the sidewalk's...flatness?

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Remember when the curbs and sidewalks outside my apartment were dug up and put back together about six times?

Dudes with pencils in hand are outside studying the work...uh oh.

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Advanced Decay, Biloxi, Miss. (DS09)


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Momentary Update.

I'm tired. That's probably because, in addition to doing my job and biking everywhere, my band played its first gig in Cambridge and is actively trying to book two more, in Boston and New York. Dates are set for CPCCPCIV1 and ABBQII2. The Labor Day beach week in NC turned out to be a huge success for photos and stories. Meade and I are inching toward launching our road stories website, MANICAMERICAN.COM. It'll be an exhilarating fall.

1. COLLEGE POINT CLASS CONFLICT PUB CRAWL
2. AUSTIN BARBECUE TOUR

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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Gautier Roll-A-Rama, Gautier, Miss.


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Biloxi Port Commission Headquarters, Biloxi, Miss.


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Biloxi Port Commission Headquarters, Biloxi, Miss.


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Waiting for Mardi Gras, Biloxi, Miss. (DS09)


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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Just heard a guy at the liquor store say to the clerk:

"Nippa Goldschlaggana Pahliment Light"

Ten years in and the accent is still fascinating.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

INFRASTRUCTURE!

I've managed not to mention on this here blog that the first gig of my blues-rock-soul-punk group, INFRASTRUCTURE, will happen later this week in Cambridge. We'll be at All Asia on Thursday night. Facebook event page (public) is here. Come out and say hello.

I am happy that I can now tag myself "local music."

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Monday, September 14, 2009

The traffic signal at Boylston and Ipswich exists for a reason.

On my way to Guitar Center behind Fenway, I was almost run over by some asshole in an SUV who blew through a solid red light and turned right onto Boylston going about 20mph. Now I'm sitting outside Guitar Center watching a motorcycle cop pull over other massholes for doing the same thing. Three down so far. NO, FOUR!

Jesus Has Your Number (LBRDY09)


I-40, Southeastern North Carolina.

I got my rented Altima from 80 to 0 in about 6 seconds when I saw this.

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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Breakfast with Jeebus, Waycross, Ga. (DS09)


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Today, James said:

"There's water here, and there's water there, and it's all poison."

Friday, September 11, 2009

Hi, I'm Rob Bellinger

and things are about to get interesting.

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Just saw a Somerville Ford Fusion hybrid cab in Ball Square.

Maybe Green Cab is finally encouraging hybrid usage, as opposed to telling the press hybrids are "too small" and dangerous. One driver even told me personally that global warming was a liberal myth and that there was no need to be more efficient.

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Monday, September 07, 2009

Quinn, the Barbecue Waitress of Wilmington (DH09/LBRDY09)


Sunday, September 06, 2009

Allen and Sons Chopped Pork Sandwich


Lit by sunlight, shadowed by shade trees. Dan and I had a great conversation with proprietor Keith Allen, which you'll be hearing more about soon.

[Posted from CLT]

Saturday, September 05, 2009

America, Discovered, Again.

Surf City Pier at midnight. More on this to come.

Now, to get back to Boston, and attempt to start my life there once again...

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Friday, September 04, 2009

Big Box Apocalypse (LBRDY09)


Burning peat bog stumps to make way for more sprawl.

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Cemetary Fox (LBRDY09)


Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Two Photos for Wednesday Morning:


1. Dignity Hunt XX: Late Lunch in Morehead City.


2. Under the Boardwalk, Surf City, NC.

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Tuesday, September 01, 2009

2009 Visit to the Skylight Inn, Ayden, N.C.

This is a a story in reverse chronological order, sort of. No more words here; just click a photo for more info.









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