Archive for October, 2004

Photos. Poison’s in Stores. Me Happy.

Tuesday, October 26th, 2004

Current Listening: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – “Don’t Do Me Like That” (Greatest Hits)

I was talkin’ with a friend of mine / Said a woman done hurt his pride / Told him that she loved him so, then / Turned around and let him go

So I got the CD’s down to Rockin’ Rudies and Ear Candy, and a promo copy to KBGA, the college radio station. The local music program airs from 5pm-8pm on Saturdays, so give it a listen… 😉

Here, of course, is the box of CD’s:

And here’s my George Bush ‘Liar’ T-Shirt, which came yesterday. Excuse my freakish look and wild, untrimmed hair:

That Poor Pumpkin!

Tuesday, October 26th, 2004

Current Listening: Green Day – “Jesus of Suburbia” (American Idiot)

I don’t feel any shame, I won’t apologize / When there ain’t nowhere you can go / Running away from pain when you’ve been victimized / Tales from another broken home

Once again, a poor pumpkin has been executed (or more appropriately, impaled) on one of the spires of main hall (which in the Kaimin’s caption was called a ‘squire’). Pumpkins around the neighborhood are not safe!

Read the article on the Kaimin’s website.

For the Love of God, Vote!

Tuesday, October 26th, 2004

Current Listening: The Mr. T Experience – “Even Hitler Had a Girlfriend” (Our Bodies, Our Selves)

Life is full of contraditions, hard to understand / and for every happy woman there’s a lonely man / Nixon had his puppy, Charles Manson had his clan / But God forbid that I get a girlfriend

( This is some vintage Dave, from the election two years ago. I’ve changed a bit (ie, become more vocal about my political views) but the piece is still relevent. People who say that some people shouldn’t vote make me sick.)

You know, I really try to avoid politics because, more often than not, politics turn people into jerks. You know? Some people won’t even speak to others who happen to have different views. I’m politically motivated, but I typically choose to remain silent about my views. It would be a different if people could have intelligent political discussions, but more often than not a civil political debate will degenerate into name-calling and ad hominem arguments. I think the race for the U.S. Senate here in Montana is a great example of that. Despite what Baucus’s PR people say, there was definately an attempt in the ‘hairdresser’ spot to cheapen Mike Taylor’s image, even if it was only to make him look silly and not, as Taylor claims, homosexual. But Taylor is no better than Baucus, because he’s playing the hypocrite game. He says that the Montana political sandbox is too filled with kitty poop to play in, so he parades around the state, ostensibly trying to clean up politics, but really just trying to cheapen Baucus’ image. ‘Shame on Max’ advertisements, anyone? To Taylor’s credit, he is not directly responsible for the ads, but if he were really trying to scoop the poop from Montana politics wouldn’t he speak out against his party’s ads from his ‘Countdown to Decency’ (ha, ha, ha, Mike) bus?

But I said I’m not gonna shove my personal politics in anybody’s face, and I’ll hold fast to that statement. There is only one thing about politics that I’m downright vocal about (not counting my outright loathing for political partics, which are singlehandedly sending this country, in the words of Ben Weasel, “Down the fuckin’ toilet”), and that’s the actual process. Specifically, the voting. I’m gonna tell you to vote, but not how. That’s your decision.

I picked up The Missoula Independent today and was shocked by that issue’s installment of its weekly ‘Numbers’ section. 12.1% of eligible voters, age 18 to 24, voted in the last mid-term election in 1998. 12.1%. That’s less than an eighth of the eligible voters. That number sickened me. Why don’t people care? Why, specifically, don’t kids care?

What’s the big deal, you might ask? My big problem with this absolutely pathetic figure is that it could easily have been much higher. It doesn’t take too much effort to vote. I think employers are required to let you take time to vote. All kids at the University should vote (we have the whole day off, for God’s sake!), especially when there are issues and candidates concerning our education. Kids today are damn lazy, and that pisses me off. There may be a lot of slime covering our political system, but we can change that.

A lot of people also think that their vote ‘doesn’t matter.’ What a stupid argument! When you go out and vote, for example, for Ross Perot, you’re not only casting your vote for that third candidate, you’re making a statement. “Screw you Democrats and screw you Republicans!” I’m sure that if everybody who leaned toward an Independent party actually did vote, somebody who wasn’t a donkey or an elephant could get into office. When you vote for the person who loses you aren’t throwing your vote away, you’re telling the other candidates off. Isn’t it worse to vote for ‘the lesser evil?’ You’re still voting for evil, sonny (to use an old phrase). You may be voting for a ‘loser’, but you’re still not voting for somebody you dislike. And usually voting for a third party throws off one of the other parties, enough to the point to affect the election (Al Gore probably would have won the presidential race had there only been he and Prince George running. If the situation had been handled more gracefully, we might not have our oil baron for a commander-in-chief).

There are less people voting in mid-term elections than during elections on the ‘big four’ years. This is also pretty stupid, if you ask me. The president has the power to suggest legislation and veto it, but Congressmen are the bread and butter of the nation. They approve all his decisions and they can kick him out. They represent your state in that big mish-mash in Washington. Local politicians are even more important, because usually they make decisions that directly affect you. If people are skipping elections (which they shouldn’t be), they should skip the presidential ones.

In short, get out there and vote. I should expect a sympathetic ear, aren’t punks supposed to be politically motivated? There ain’t nothing that will bring about change quicker than voting, o mohawk-bearers. I’m going back home on Tuesday (granted, I only live an hour from home, but it’s still a lot more effort than most people need to expend to cast their ballot) so I can vote, and everybody out there should, too. In the words of George Jean Nathan, “Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote.” Exactly.

Pick Your Poison’s Here / Where I Stand

Monday, October 25th, 2004

It actually came on Tuesday, but it’s been a busy week. Tomorrow, I’ll do my best to get a couple of Missoula vendors to sell copies for me. I might even look into a PayPal arrangement for ordering them online.

It looks great — type is readable, colors are vibrant, and the whole package looks pretty professional. I’m psyched. As I was staring in awe at my one-year-in-the-making baby, I noticed that I come across pretty negative on the record. But that’s NOT the case! I swear. So, here is my not-so-expert opinion.

Where I Stand

I got my George W. Bush ‘LIAR’ shirt in the mail today. I was prepared to engage at least one Bush supporter in a less-than-intelligent conversation about it, but all I got was ‘Cool shirt.’ Silly liberal campus. Anyway, I had a response prepared for what I thought was inevitable: well, my “Kerry LIAR” shirt is in the wash. There is no shirt that I’m aware of. But the more I thought about it, the more I thought that, given the choice, I would wear one. After all, it’s sort of a prerequisite to being a politician (or a human being). Everybody hurts (sorry Michael), and everybody lies.

And that bothers me. The basic stance of Pick Your Poison is that you’re damned if you do, you’re damned if you don’t. Vote for Bush, four more years of stupidity. Kerry doesn’t look any better. But the problem I see goes way beyond the candidates; it’s the parties themselves, and the two-party system, that’s to blame. We’ve becomed trapped in a mindset and it’s a very destructive one: black and white, left and right, one and zero, Kramer and Kramer. Things just aren’t that simple. But the American people have grown up all their lives being told that only two choices are viable, so they have to round off their views and go with the lesser of two evils.

Which is exactly wrong. Why would you vote for a candidate who only supports 60% of your own views? Fear isn’t an answer. To vote Kerry just to keep Bush winning is spiteful, cowardly, and wrong. If you don’t believe in somebody, you don’t vote for them. It’s that simple. It’s time we stopped turning elections into exhibits of fear and started turning them toward the issues.

As I said, our current method of choosing our representatives is outdated. We need a more representative system, one where the winner does not claim everything. The majority is not right all the time. That’s a simple fact. Politics has been stagnating for as long as I can remember. You’d think that with Internet and TV, people would be more informed, but the opposite is true. The Internet is binary by its very nature, ones and zeros, and that binarism filters down, or up, to its information. Every blogger’s either a militant Republican or a smarmy, smart-ass Democrat. Where’s the middle ground? Or the area outside the middle? TV is no better.

We’re heading down a dangerous road. Right now, the two parties in control have made it so that no other parties can possibly be able to challenge them or change things. Thanks to our advances in technology and culture, we’ve accelerated the fall-of-empire syndrome. What took Rome hundreds of years may take us only a few. And that sucks, because America is great, and it still can be. What we need to do is get off our asses and scream, We’ve had enough!. It’s time to stop shouting down others’ views and time to listen, it’s time to make things right. Not the way each of us wants them, but right.

It’s a long road, but it’s possible. Back in 1776, I’m sure that a nation that chooses its leader peacefully was as much a pipe dream as my wish. Anything’s possible, given the power of change.

They’re Both Right

Thursday, October 21st, 2004

Current Listening: NOFX – “Antennae” (NOFX/Rancid Split)

You’re selling sexism / You’re selling racism / You’re selling anything you get your fucking hands on / An understanding, you got a plan in a / Presentation to advertisers who demand it

This election season is so absurd:

Luckily for us, they’re both so pretty. Look at ’em. Awwwwww.

(Thanks to my buddy Josh for pointing these out. These two books were almost next to each other in the “Current Events” section of the Barnes and Noble in the mall in Spokane with the bumper cars and stuff. I think booksellers move the “Humor” and “Political” sections of their stores closer every election year).

Pick Your Poison

Tuesday, October 19th, 2004

My first ‘official’ solo CD, Pick Your Poison, is finished. I went all the way on this one — it’s being printed up by CD Print Express, so there will be a profesisonal-looking eight-page color booklet (well, as professional as I made it). It will be here within the week and will officially be ‘released’ on Tuesday, October 26.

I’m planning to sell this bad boy for $6.00, which means I would made a whopping $0.25 profit off of each disc sold.

The CD expresses my frustration with our current ‘all or nothing’ political system (see my rant below), which values the snide remark over the well thought-out argument. More than half the songs are political in nature, but it’s not like I wrote one called “Vote Bush Out” or anything like that. I’m disgusted with the whole system, not just Bush the Younger.

The music is all over the map, from driving rock (“Double Take”), to epic folk (“Lonely Planet”) to hymn (“Starting a Religion”), dreamy, tripping ballads (“Dreaming Awake”) and fast-as-hell punk rock meets medieval military marches (????) (“Good Fences”). This is also the first project I’ve recorded that I put money into — $100 for a cheap condenser microphone and stand, as well as the cost of having them printed up.

As always, it was recorded at Why?-Fi studio in Corvallis, which is slang for my pump house and dorm room. The photo of me on this blog was actually taken while I was “in the studio” (slang for ‘next to the boxes of macaroni).

The Flogging Molly Show

Monday, October 18th, 2004

It’s gonna be a good show when your glasses are destroyed. That’s what happened to me about ten minutes into the set. Some fellow concertgoer accidentally knocked ’em from my nogging, and though Carrie, some really nice guy, and I tried parting the sea of bodies and looking for about five seconds, they were gone for good.

Creepily, the glasses managed to get back to me. Toward the end of the set we were standing around the concession stand, where things were less crazy, and Carrie found them on the floor, sans lenses and beat to crap.

I liked the opening acts, especially the Briggs. I wanted to get their CD, but didn’t notice that their merch table was separate from the Flogging Molly / Street Dogs table. So I got Savin Hill by the Street Dogs. It’s okay, but some of the songs sound the same.

On the way back, we got three dozen Krispy Kreme donuts. Sugary Heaven.