happy holidaze!

okay, i’m totally gay for christmas. i’ll admit it. last year, i wrote something for 10 zen monkeys which uncovered a sinister pattern among christmas cartoons of my childhood.

i offer it to you as a heartfelt holiday homage to huddling by the hearth. fuck me, i should work for hallmark.

yum! doom tastes like a candy cane!

when am i just going to move to europe and be done with it? is it really healthy to stick around my native land while it’s overrun by dullards, blockheads, and buffoons?

despite the evidence of an impending economic downturn next year, and the increasing “difficulty” in afghanistan, things aren’t so bad after all! i mean, it’s christmas, right?

maybe it’s the new ‘rambo’ trailer. i’m serious, this thing kicks ass in a ridiculous taranti-guez ‘grindhouse’ kinda way. i mean, how many trailers feature an open-handed bitch-slap decap?

triumph of the shill

man, this image really skeeves me out in a leni riefenstahl kinda way. it would be really scary if this clown wasn’t so awkwardly (for him) irrelevant.

and surely there’s no more grim pronouncement of bad times ahead for the economy than this carnival huckster assuring us that jesus told him everything would be okay.

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obama’s drug “problem”

so sweet of hillary’s adviser to give the obama campaign a fair warning of what to expect from those nasty republicans who are sure to pick on him for being so bold as to admit to inhaling as a kid. too bad he then had to fall on his sword like a good soldier.

by the by, i’m calling out “bullshit” for sure on this one. first of all, it’s typical attack politics. but worse, in the words of lily von schtupp it’s a “wed hewwing.” something tells me the once-high-and-mighty gop isn’t gonna touch the morality/personal values tactic with a 10-and-a-half-foot pole. pot-smoking 14-year-olds in this day and age just isn’t that shocking, and when your senators are busy playing footsie in a minnesota airport shitter in anticipation of an anonymous gay blowjob, casting stones simply isn’t an option.

hammer of the gods!

so the reviews are in, the setlist has been analyzed (by me below), and the verdict is in – led zeppelin have proved once again why KISS sucks.

but seriously, everyone’s clamoring for a full tour, and i’ve got very mixed feelings about it. i’m old enough to have been awaiting the 1980 tour that never happened, but too young to have seen them play on previous tours. so i’m not gonna pass up the chance to see them, even without bonzo.

but at the same time, i have an admiration for the fact that they’ve managed to resist so far. for the preening rooster he was in their heyday, robert plant turned out to have a lot of class, refusing to play zeppelin numbers on his solo tours for years. and he definitely seems to be the one most resistant to a full-scale tour, though he’s hinted he doesn’t intend this to be their Last Show Ever.

the only good thing about being so torn about a tour, i guess, is that i’ll be good with whatever they decide. especially if/when a dvd of last night’s gig comes out.

anyway, here’s the setlist, first in a plain list, second with comments, just in case you don’t really give a shit. which is okay. really.

‘Good Times Bad Times’
‘Ramble On’
‘Black Dog’
‘In My Time Of Dying’
‘For Your Life’
‘Trampled Under Foot’
‘Nobody’s Fault But Mine’
‘No Quarter’
‘Since I’ve Been Loving You’
‘Dazed And Confused’
‘Stairway To Heaven’
‘The Song Remains The Same’
‘Misty Mountain Hop’
‘Kashmir’
‘Whole Lotta Love’
‘Rock And Roll’

overall, a pretty decent setlist. with so many classics, there’s no way a hardcore fan could ever be totally satisfied with a show less than three hours. but besides being denied the acoustic set that had been rumored, my chief complaint is the smackdown on ‘in through the out door’ – i’m not shocked, page isn’t a big fan of it (that’s what he gets for being too smacked up to stop john paul jones from dominating the record), but it’s a disappointment that it gets so dissed so often.

‘Good Times Bad Times’

a bold, two-pronged statement for an opening number. first, it represents the very beginning of their career. second, it set up an opportunity for jason bonham to both evoke his father’s best work (bonzo’s lightning-fast right foot on a single bass drum kit) and prove he was up to the task. obviously haven’t heard it yet myself, but all accounts state he was.

‘Ramble On’

essential tracks are obviously arguable, but while i might not put this on my personal favorites list, it represents much of what zep is about – the dynamics, the ‘lord of the rings’ references.

‘Black Dog’

unavoidable. as a superfanboy, i’d certainly have rather heard ‘in the light’ or ‘four sticks,’ but there’s no denying that this one is huge for the average fan.

‘In My Time Of Dying’

great choice, not just for its place in their canon of work, but because of the legend surrounding the track. according to myth, after being in a car accident which forced the cancellation of the ‘physical graffiti’ tour and created the ‘presence’ sessions, plant disavowed the track, saying it had created some bad mojo.

if this is true, its resurrection means much. at the same time, one could argue its inclusion proves the legend was bs.

‘For Your Life’

this was the track page had teased about a couple of weeks ago when he said they were going to play a track which had never been played live before. makes sense, given that the two previously played the ‘presence’-era ‘coda’ track ‘wearing and tearing.’

‘Trampled Under Foot’

again, when i first saw they played this, i was a little “eh.” the more i thought about it, though, the more convinced i became. i bet it rocked.

‘Nobody’s Fault But Mine’

good solid choice. can’t wait to hear it.
‘No Quarter’

one of my very favorite tracks of theirs, in live and studio versions. i’m curious how jones played it, given the evolution of keyboard sounds and technology over the years.

‘Since I’ve Been Loving You’

essential. not unavoidable, but of the fm radio staples, this one’s as good as any.

‘Dazed And Confused’

the bow! nobody knew how far back zep would go in terms of their ’70s excesses, and i’m glad they chose to indulge and acknowledge what they were about at their peak rather than some contemporary (old) rethinking.

‘Stairway To Heaven’

unavoidable. nuff said.
‘The Song Remains The Same’

maybe the boldest choice on the list. then again, page HAD to trot out the doubleneck for ‘stairway,’ might as well use it again.

‘Misty Mountain Hop’

they must love this, because it’s been played in every post-bonham config (reunions, page-plant). good enough, but once again, i’d trade up for ‘down by the seaside’ in a heartbeat.

‘Kashmir’

of the unavoidables, the one i’d most likely agree can’t NOT be played. and i’ve no doubt that if i was watching it live, i’d forget about the 300,000 times i’ve heard it.

‘Whole Lotta Love’

the only good thing i have to say about this unavoidable is their propensity to reinvent it makes me curious to hear what they did with it, particularly as some have commented on jason’s funkiness!

‘Rock And Roll’

okay, not much good to say about this old warhorse. maybe i wouldn’t run out of the exit, but i might position myself to avoid the herd.

let’s smoke some crack!

the supreme court decided today to allow judges some leeway in sentencing for crack cocaine offenders, loosening the stranglehold of racist judicial policy created with the nefarious Rockefeller laws.

i’m not cynical enough to assume that the white republican males who were responsible for passing the rockefeller laws were motivated solely by racism (i don’t recall anybody but the most aclu-minded democrats opposing the draconian legislation at the time). but it didn’t take long before the trend of imprisoning a huge portion of an entire generation of young black americans became obvious, so this is a long time coming.

led zeppelin piece on 10 zen monkeys

i wrote a kind of “led zeppelin for dummies” piece on 10 zen monkeys for those of you who haven’t been obsessed with the band since the age of 13.

tonight’s the big reunion show, and because the instant gratification freak in me will be denied seeing or hearing it in real time (i’ll have to wait till the dvd comes out, i hope), i’ll focus instead on the setlist, which as of this moment hasn’t been leaked onto the interweb, an impressive feat.

the online version of britain’s nme, tho, managed to wrangle a couple of tracks, all of which give me a boner to one extent or the other. they’ll also be the first opportunity to see what the band plays, through a song-by-song blog.

i respect zeppelin for not turning this into a pay-per-view spectacle, but at the same time it pains me to have to resort to the contemporary media equivalent of my dad huddled around the radio to hear play-by-play of a sonny liston fight. jeez.

dickhead enforcement agency’s latest tactic

once again, old school journalism proves its relevance in the form of sfgaters matier & ross, who have uncovered the federal government’s newest display of telling residents, patients and voters in san francisco and california at large to go fuck themselves.

i’ve harped on the need for sf to once again be on the vanguard of the medical marijuana issue and take over the process of dispensing cannabis to patients. i’ll admit that ultimately i trust newsom and the board of supervisors to do the right thing. at some point.

but when will that be? how many convenient neighborhood dispensaries will be strongarmed out of business by d.e.a. stooges before we defend the rights we’ve already fought so hard for?

why is a municipality that practically prides itself on pissing off bill o’ reilly with its proactivist agenda waiting around to be reactionary? while i’m at it, where the fuck is our former-moonbeam-now-badass attorney general?

why am i asking you?

still tumbling down the rabbit (ass)hole

years ago, my frustration at the amount of bullshit this administration can shove down the country’s throat gave way to a grudging admiration at the balls demonstrated. really, the only valid comparison of bush to hitler is the whole “bigger the lie” concept.

seems like they haven’t pulled one out in a while, tho, so other than the tiny detail of worrying about inevitable armageddon, today’s latest bizarroworld superspin on iran made me almost wistful that relatively soon we won’t have these guys to kick around anymore.

almost.

Published in: on December 4, 2007 at 11:27 am  Leave a Comment