Monday, February 14, 2011

GobbleGobble Up Today's MP3s: "Wrinklecarver" and "Lawn Knives"

Posted By on Mon, Feb 14, 2011 at 2:40 PM

Back in the days of Atari and first-wave Nintendo game systems, the beepy-boopy 8-bit music that accompanied Legend of Zelda's Link on his journeys, or the Mario Bros. on their quest to rid the sewers of monsters, would flit around a gamer's head long after his mom made him put the controller away and "turn the damn thing off."

Musical creation has become much more sophisticated since then, but some of the most original, most interesting electronic music utilizes high-tech processes while incorporating some of those early low-tech sounds. Canadian musician Cecil Frena, aka GobbleGobble, employs a combination of dots, dashes, scratches, stutters, monotonic driving drum beats, chirps, cheeps, glittery guitar, frantic pings of xylophonic percussion, frenetic tempos and surprisingly melodic, above-the-fray vocals to make some addictive poppy music.

It will make you want to blow on your game cartridge, grab a controller and triangle, square, forward, back, up, up, up until your thumbs hurt.

"Wrinklecarver"

"Lawn Knives"

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Derrick Brown Kills it at The Rose Room

Posted By on Mon, Feb 14, 2011 at 12:57 PM

Former paratrooper and current poet Derrick Brown performed at The Rose Room on Feb. 12.

His show featuring music, comedy, road stories and readings was a brief peek into the strange and wonderful mind of one of America's most thrilling literary talents. By the end of the show, as Brown's voice crescendoed during a conversation with God in his poem, "A Finger, Two Dots, Then Me," there wasn't a dry eye in the house or a belly that wasn't still aching from laughter. Brown promised a unique poetry experience, and he delivered in spades.

If you weren't there, you missed out something fierce. But BW took a video camera to give you a taste. Sadly, the video doesn't come remotely close to capturing the experience, but hopefully it's enough of an amuse bouche that you'll be sure to sit down for a full meal of Brown if and when he returns to Boise.

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Need Something to do Monday?

Posted By on Mon, Feb 14, 2011 at 12:07 PM

Valentine's Day is probably the most hated day of the year. Except for maybe during that one year when things were really faboo, the day does more to drive in that you're alone or that the salad days of your relationship are past. What people really need today is an escape from all that sappy BS: something deeply unwholesome and not remotely romantic.

Well, sure, that would be great, you're probably saying, except since it is Valentine's Day, everywhere in town is serving up heart-shaped steak.

Well, not quite everywhere.

In a gloriously juxtaposed feat of booking, Guttermouth is playing tonight at Gusto.

Who's Guttermouth, you might ask? A band with the gall to write lyrics like "my mom's an asshole" and "sometimes I go pee in the shower / but that doesn't mean I don't love you."

If you're looking for a more odd, less romantic experience this Valentine's Day, you aren't likely to do much better than Guttermouth.

The show starts at 8 p.m., costs $8, and Hotel Chelsea is opening.

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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Need Something to do Sunday?

Posted By on Sun, Feb 13, 2011 at 7:00 AM

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A 2007 survey found that approximately 42 percent of Americans have smoked pot. That's more than any other industrialized nation. And for decades, those pot smokers been demonized as nogoodniks, despite them really being more of eat-all-the-doritosniks if they're any sort of niks at all.

But even if there are a few bad apples in that barrel—or stems in that bag—they are the exception, not the rule. Yet still, the racism-fueled myths that began with Reefer Madness persist.

So today, if you happen to be a pot enthusiast, why not do your part in the legalization effort by proving you can be just as civic-minded as those pretentious f@#$s in the PTA by giving blood.

From 2-4 p.m. today, The Idaho Moms for Marijuana will be hosting the "Yes! You Cannabis" blood drive on Eighth Street in downtown Boise.

The goal is to let folks know that THC in your blood doesn't matter one bit. You can still donate and potentially save someone's life. And sure, there's a good chance you probably got into pot instead of other drugs because marijuana doesn't involve needles, but to that we say suck it up and take one for the team.

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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Need Something to do Saturday?

Posted By on Sat, Feb 12, 2011 at 7:00 AM

If your funny valentine would prefer something more exciting than costly flowers, chalky conversation hearts or a goofy teddy bear made by small children toiling away in terrible working conditions, you could give him/her the gift of laughter.

Tonight, one of the funniest women to ever wear a too-tight, animal-print tank top, will perform two shows at the Powerhouse for The Valentine's Comedy and Dinner shows. Comedians Vicki Barbolak, Troy Baxley and Boise's own Matt Bragg will deliver the comedy, but the romance is up to you. That's where the accompanying dinner, dancing and unlimited champagne comes in. The shows are at the Powerhouse Events Center. The 8 p.m. show is $40 per person and includes dinner. The 10:30 p.m. show is $20 and doesn't include dinner, leaving it up to you to decide what you are hungry for afterwards.

Call 208-658-1126 for reservations.

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Friday, February 11, 2011

Hotel Chelsea at The Red Room

Posted By on Fri, Feb 11, 2011 at 5:11 PM

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Though the increasingly independent music industry is arguably good for the creative independence of artists, consumers are losing some of the clarity that comes with a label. There is a very different approach to music taken by East and West Coast hip-hop, though my grandmother called them both noise. There are distinct differences in the regional and sub-cultural flavors of most styles of music, especially punk rock, though my grandmother's opinion remained fixed on the lot of them.

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Need Something To Do Today?

Posted By on Fri, Feb 11, 2011 at 3:53 PM

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Remember anxiously waiting to see if your secret crush had somehow magically read your mind and sent you that heart-shaped balloon or lollipop on Valentine’s Day? And remember talking really loudly to your girlfriends in the lunch line about that evening’s plans to meet at the skating rink? And that giddy feeling when you saw your crush walk through the door, carrying his black skates with the neon orange wheels? And skating 'til the late late hour of 10 p.m. and then lingering as long as possible before your mom picked you up?

Oh come on. We were all 14 once. Don’t deny your innermost desire to relive those innocent times. Embrace it. Especially now that you are old enough to stay out as long as you like, drive yourself to the skating rink and have stumbled upon the realization that having a drink or two makes skating that much more entertaining, as well as a whole lot easier to ask your would-be Valentine to go with you. That’s right. It’s time to seize the moment.

The Rollerdrome in Nampa is hosting an all-night skate in honor of Valentine’s Day beginning at 7 p.m. Cost is $25, or $40 per couple, and includes games, prizes and a DJ spinning your favorite skating tunes. Maybe you can request “Shake Your Love” by Debbie Gibson or Heart’s “Alone” for couples' skate.

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Discovering Vintage—the Restaurant and the Cookbook

Posted By on Fri, Feb 11, 2011 at 1:49 PM

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I recently had the chance to chat with chef Jeff Keys, owner of Vintage Restaurant in Ketchum, while doing some research for the upcoming Boise Weekly Restaurant Guide. While just talking to him about his take on food was enough to make me hungry, it was nothing compared to the moment I opened a package containing his cookbook based on what he does at the restaurant.

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All I Want for Valentine's Day Is Sleigh Bells

Posted By on Fri, Feb 11, 2011 at 11:39 AM



As the story goes, Derek Miller (of Poison the Well) mentioned to a pretty brunette and her mother, who he served at a Brazilian restaurant in Brooklyn, that he was looking for a singer. The mother immediately volunteered her daughter and together the pair became Sleigh Bells.

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Valentine's Day Giving Reaches a New Low

Posted By on Fri, Feb 11, 2011 at 10:29 AM

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Judging from the endless ads for the Vermont Teddy Bear Company and Pajamagram, the times are changing. Apparently, people are buying personalized teddy bears for each other. You couldn’t possibly spend $90 on anything more annoying.

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