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:: 1.29.2010 ::

figaro bistro, los feliz

My trip to Los Angeles on Wednesday was actually pretty fun, educational, and I was able to get around town a bunch and be social. The tasting was on the 4th floor of the big mall that surrounds the Kodak theater right smack dab at Hollywood & Highland. Tourist central for sure. If you've seen the movie Confessions Of A Superhero that's right where I was. All those people out front dressed up as all sorts of crazy characters. It was kind of sad, really, 'cause there weren't that many tourists around.

Anways. Took the LA Subway from Hollywood to Sunset & Vermont and walked up to Cafe Figaro and camped outside for a couple of hours eavesdropping, people watching, sipping Kronenbourg, and then finally chattin with my good friend Julia. Ended up making pizzas with my brother and his wife, getting lots of rest, and flying back to Oakland on Thursday morning. All in all it was a good trip, and if anything it broke up the week a bit so when Friday came, it felt like a nice bonus.

Raining again, makes me sort of miss the 68 degrees and sunshine of LA, but at the same time all this water is going to end up in Lake Shasta which means the summertime should be super awesome.

(6:38 PM) :: (link)

:: 1.26.2010 ::

(listening to: of Montreal: The Sunlandic Twins)

So, I am taking a last minute trip to Los Angeles tomorrow to taste 2007 Bordeaux for work. I love these jetsetting adventures, and although the last minute plane ticket is costing me a bit, it's worth it for me to bop around California doing the things I love. I am also greatly looking forward to dinner with my brother and his wife as he just got back from the Sundance film festival and has stories to share.

It's kind of crazy for me to think my brother is doing music for movies and is getting things like full page credits on feature length films that are shown to thousands of people at film festivals. And by crazy, I mean crazy awesome. I am super ridiculously proud of him.

Today I was pretty low at work, so I spent all the money I wasn't making selling wine on lots of concert tickets. Justin Townes Earle, Drive-By Truckers, & The National are all coming to down, not to mention Pavement in Berkeley. I now have at least ones how a month through June, so it feels good to be back on track.

I also bought tickets to a movie about Drive-By Truckers called The Secret To A Happy Ending at Noisepop 2010. It is weird that I doubt if I am going to any Noisepop shows this year (I've been attending, or playing at, off and on since 1997) but I am going to a movie. A movie about a band. Instead of seeing a band. That is just fucked up.

And I close with again how awesome it is to see the few tour dates the National are doing spread out all over the world, and my town, OAKLAND CALIFORNIA is one of the cities. Not San Francisco. Love.

Come on artists, the day is here!
And your mission is very clear
Put an end to the bourgeoisie
And death to everyone who's never heard of me!

(6:38 PM) :: (link)

:: 1.25.2010 ::

(listening to: Four Tet: There Is Love In You)

(10:50 PM) :: (link)

WAYLON: An Autobiography

NEW READING. Time to turn off the computer and sit with a book.

(11:04 AM) :: (link)