I’ll be running around all day today since I leave for a long trip tomorrow.
The bad news is I may or may not get to go on that trip as planned because rushmypassport.com (recommended by Forbes and CNN) has taken my money and not returned my passport in the time they advertise (I initiated my order on 6/16 making this the 6th business day of processing time for a service called “Priority” that the company’s website states takes 3-4 business days).
The good news is that my tomatoes have already started to bear fruit. I couldn’t believe it. I’ve barely been checking since I didn’t expect them till August. Here’s one of my first (of my six plants I have three or so immature green little tomatoes):
The good and the bad news is that I just might get to sit at home for all of July and watch them grow to maturity.
Pictures first, words later.
Grizzly Bear’s “Swarovskis.” The band personally hand strung each crystal (certified Swarovski) with fishing line. Soothe.
The complete display
For the last three or so songs of the night I went up in the backstage balcony. I love the way the crystals are growing out of Bear’s head. It’s like a mash-up of Encyclopedia Pictura’s and Patrick Daughters‘ videos for Grizzly Bear–crystals and wild things coming out of the band’s heads! Here’s more:
I love it when Taylor plays the clarinet:
They did a really special acoustic encore:
San Francisco audiences are really soothed by Grizzly Bear.
Above are some of the wild spirits in the front row. It’s great to check out the audience. The previous night, I spotted one of the guys who works at the bookstore around the corner from my house (Diesel) about three bodies from the front of the stage. Last night my favorite fan was this guy in the headband. I think the band should put him in the artwork for their next album. Once, a picture of my friend Emily of Wild Life in the audience of a Sonic Youth show ended up on the inside of their next album. That was pretty cool.
After the show, the wild spirits from Here We Go Magic hosted a drum circle. Everyone was dancing like Kokopelli. It was super San Francisco. Raymond, one of the kind gentlemen on staff at the Fillmore said that he felt that we were bringing back the true spirit of the Fillmore from the glory days.
We ended up in the lobby of the Hotel Nikko with these really wild light fixtures and a grand piano. Dan jammed out on some Doobie Brothers and we all sang along until we were kindly asked to retire.
Find Patrick Daughters online here.
Find Encyclopedia Pictura online here.
In the late summer of 2005 I met Casey McKinney, a quietly bruised character at Maxfield’s coffee house on Dolores in San Francisco. We drove up to Muir Woods in a 1990 325i and stood in the fog and talked about my moving to the Bay Area and his potential escape to Europe and possibly New York City. I wasn’t sure what to think. But McKinney did it, and in doing so created the Fanzine; an everything and everyman culture magazine, which allows, or rather encourages, longer form writing that blurs the boundaries of fiction/non-fiction and every other genre encapsulation to which we might confine prose.
Today on the Fanzine, McKinney published a piece of writing that perfectly fits the bill of the Fanzine’s mission. In “Strawberry Jamming: Darryl’s Dodger Days, Memories of a Young Fan,” Richard Parks laces together the narrative of Darryl Strawberry’s self-destruction with urban malaise and tragedy of Los Angeles in the early 1990’s, all told (both) through the large innocent eyes of a nine-year-old fan and a 20-something’s hindsight.
It would behoove you to read it, in toto. You can let me know what you think.
Image from dingedcorners.com
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Viva Panama by Papi Brandao Y Sus Ejecutivos
This came on shuffle today and really perked me up. This is the música típica of Panama, in which accordion (here played by Roberto “Papi” Brandao) plays a dominent role. Beautiful isn’t it? Here is a picture of Papi Brandao:
Photo: Alcibiades Cortés, source: prensa.com
All of these photographs were taken by Begonia Colomar. The preceding were taken in New York with a Lomo LC-A+.
The preceding three were taken in Morocco with a Lomo LC-A.
Begonia is at http://begoniacolomar.com/