Saturday, March 26, 2005

odds and ends...

hitchhike has photos from the casting couch's performance at the Yokel party last saturday on their website,

dutcher has kindly made available Anything But Prettier's AIA/SXSW performance of "make it stop,"

photos from last night's illustrious Anything But Prettier show now up! (also, check out the pics from the last bigsby's show...it may have been the Worst. Show. Ever., but we sure looked good playing it!)

High Hat #5 is now up and running!!

the BBC reviews the american remake of "The Office."

the internet emulates a soap opera: a love story told entirely through spam and banner ads.

thanks, DNR, for the link!

huh. via hayden but ultimately from marvin, here's how i scored on the philosophy test: nearly the same as both of them.

and i didn't realize i was such an existentialist. i guess when you look at the other categories, i really had no option, did i?

on edit: okay, i got a 100% on existentialism, a 90% on hedonism, and a lot lower on everything else. but the html was screwing up my blog so i deleted it. the quiz is here, if you wanna take it yasself.

Thursday, March 24, 2005

oh how i wish it were the weekend...

Bacardi 151

Congratulations! You're 137 proof, with specific scores in beer (80) , wine (133), and liquor (104).
All right. No more messing around. Your knowledge of alcohol is so high that you have drinking and getting plastered down to a science. Sure, you could get wasted drinking beer, but who needs all those trips to the bathroom? You head straight for the bar and pick up that which is most efficient.

My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender

You scored higher than 75%
on proof

You scored higher than 90%
on beer index

You scored higher than 98%
on wine index

You scored higher than 96%
on liquor index

Link: The Alcohol Knowledge Test written by hoppersplit on Ok Cupid

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

and the world waited, with bated breath...

the definitive version of "total eclipse of the heart"!

(from andy s.)

Sunday, March 20, 2005

SXSW '05 was a total blast! had friends in from outta town (and outta country, even), saw lots of stuff, played 3 gigs in four days, i can't complain. but right now i'm too muzzy-headed (hungover?) to blog clearly about any of it, so perhaps you'd just be better off reading what dutcher had to say about it all: wednesday and thursday, friday, and saturday. he's even got purty photos!

no, i haven't yet clipped off this stupid SXSW wristband, but that's only coz i'm thinking i *might* get out to see pong tonight. we'll see. i'll have to be feeling a LOT better than i am right now...

Friday, March 18, 2005

sudden, unannounced casting couch show saturday!!!

yes, you heard me right, we'll be playing a show tomorrow (probably "today," depending when you're reading this) at The Yokel Party at Catalyst Studio, which is "by the park by the dog park" at 901 Edgecliff Terrace. we'll be up at four, followed by a bunch of amazing bands including hitchhike at 6. come see us play! it's our last show before we dive into the recording studio all next week!

Thursday, March 17, 2005

maggie and i anticipate the pending anything but prettier show...

and then

dutcher, mark, and maggie continue the excitement....

and then...
after the show...

maggie, matthew, and laura (fingers pictured only) discuss in-depth the ramifications of the just-finished Anything But Prettier show.

quite a deep, meaningful evening.

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

melissa's done it again! and this time it's a subject near and dear to my heart: housework. and (at least this is how i read it), it's all about how it sucks. go read domestic disturbance!

Monday, March 14, 2005

listen to the couch

KUT has archived 's performance on eklektikos with john aielli! in case you missed it the other day, you can now go hear it for the first time! alternately, if you heard it first-run, you can now listen obsessively, over and over and over...

new blogs in sidebar! so i recently discovered, and have quite enjoyed reading, elizabeth genco's blog, support your local busker. relatin' tales of busking in the NY subway system, general craftiness and all kindsa fiddle lore, she's also just gotten the pink fiddle that i've had my eye on for a while. go read!

and no, no political blogging lately. i'm taking a brief break. it just all makes me so sad. after the disappointment over the hideousness of the bankruptcy legislation just passed, i can't even begin to talk more about social security "reform." ghod. do i even ever want to have a kid, as long as i'm living in this country? this country that's going to hell in a handbasket, or at least turning into a feudal society as quickly as it possibly can? and my fellow americans who seem just fine with that? i can't even go on.

(plus, the two bands are keeping me pretty busy these days!)

so if you're lookin' for political rantings, you can't do better than to start with adam's recent rant on the negation of the term "feminism" by the right,chris dove on the bankruptcy bill or anything by newly-posted-to-the-sidebar political bloggers tsuredzuregusa or rox populi, not to mention all the old standards linked there to the right. fight on, brothers and sisters!

Sunday, March 13, 2005

eight recipes from around the roman table. interesting look at what they ate, how they made it, and most interesting to me, the original latin and how it was translated into recipes that work for the modern north american cook. made me all hungry and stuff. i might have to purchase this book.

from a link at the bottom of the roman recipes page, six recipes from the medieval kitchen. the best one: "Orange Omelette for Harlots and Ruffians"

"Johannes Bockenheim (or Buckehen) was cook to Pope Martin V and in the 1430s wrote a brief but highly original cookbook ... This German, who lived at Rome, wrote as a professional, with telegraphic terseness and little detail; yet he was careful to specify the destined consumer of each recipe, pigeon-holed by social class—from prostitutes to princes—or by nationality: Italian, French, German from any of various provinces, and so forth.
We cannot see why this omelette, which contains no meat and no seasoning other than sugar, should be particularly well suited to debauchees. Surely, it is flesh (further fired by spices) that enflames the flesh. This omelette can be safely tasted without running the risk of moral turpitude."

Friday, March 11, 2005

another excellent SXSW day party/show resource added to sidebar: oh my rockness' indie show list. this is an NYC music zine that is determined to keep everyone as updated as possible, and i say to that "thank you!"

Thursday, March 10, 2005

SXSEast Austin lineup! everyone's favorite Cherrywood neighborhood SXSW daytime party has its own website and everything! here's the lineup:

Thursday, March 17, 2005:

1:00 Ethan Azarian & Friends Austin, TX
2:00 The Gourds Austin, TX
3:00 John Roderick Seattle, WA
4:00 The Amazing Letdowns Austin, TX
5:00 Apostle of Hustle Toronto, ON
6:00 What Made Milwaukee Famous Austin, TX

unfortunately, i'll miss ethan azarian and the gourds, since the casting couch is playing at 2PM at the Eastside Scootenanny at Red's Scoot Inn, but at least we'll also be over on the eastside!

Eastside Scootenanny schedule:

2.00 The Casting Couch
2.50 Hitch
3.40 Dr. Pepper Family
4.30 Zykos
5.20 Jeff Klein
6.10 Chris Simpson (of Gloria Record)
7.00 1986
7.50 Bobby Bare Jr.

Monday, March 07, 2005

philip's got his bandage off! today at the vet, i guess he was extremely fractious, climbing the walls, pacing around his cage....on his lil' leg! yay! he doesn't have to go back for a week, which is a big relief to both of us!

here's some pics:

philip's nekkid leg:

philip nobly glaring at the dog, who walked up, panting and wagging, and effectively ended the photo shoot:

Mouse Words has some great things to say about Texas. y'know, i get a lot of grief from some of my friends for living here (and oh yes, i was VERY unhappy about the prospect of moving here in the first place), but now that i've been in austin for nearly 10 years, i can't imagine leaving. mouse words explains exactly why, far more eloquently than i ever could. except that bit about queso. mmmmm....queso. 'nuff said.

Sunday, March 06, 2005

meme city!

bold the states you've been to, underline the states you've lived in and italicize the state you're in now...

Alabama / Alaska / Arizona / Arkansas / California / Colorado / Connecticut / Delaware / Florida / Georgia / Hawaii / Idaho / Illinois / Indiana / Iowa / Kansas / Kentucky / Louisiana / Maine / Maryland / Massachusetts / Michigan / Minnesota / Mississippi / Missouri / Montana / Nebraska / Nevada / New Hampshire / New Jersey / New Mexico / New York / North Carolina / North Dakota / Ohio / Oklahoma / Oregon / Pennsylvania / Rhode Island / South Carolina / South Dakota / Tennessee / Texas / Utah / Vermont / Virginia / Washington / West Virginia / Wisconsin / Wyoming / Washington D.C /

Go HERE to have a form generate the HTML for you.

from maggie, who's back from vacation! yay! maggieblogging!

75 years of PG Tips.

check out casting couch blog to see the latest, most adorable photos of the casting couch (and friends) EVER!!!

...okay, i have to repost one of them. LOOK, emo's!!!

log also added to the sidebar.

the casting couch's set from KUT is now online! go check it out...

Saturday, March 05, 2005

this just sounds too good to be missed...

Fuck By Fuck You 7
Saturday March 19th
Gallery Lombardi
910 West Third

Juanita Family (side stage) 1:30-2(Portland, Or)
Transponder 5/3 (main stage) 2-2:30 (Columbia, Mo)
Juanita Family (s) 2:30-2:45
Pong (m) 2:45-3:15
Das Boot (m) 3:30-4:00 (Japan)
Imperial Battlesnake (s) 4-4:15 (Chicago)
BIble of the Devil (m) 4:15-4:45 (Chicago)
Attic Ted peeps (s) 4:45-5
Parts and Labor (m) 5-5:30 (NYC)
Attic Ted (s) 5:30-5:45
Areola 51 (m) 5:45-6:15
Attic Ted (s) 6:15-6:30
Bleach (m) 6:30-7 (Okinawa, Japan)
School Trauma (s) 7-7:15
Gorch Fock (m) 7:15-7:45
BonTempi Bros (s) 7:45-8:00
Made Out of Babies (m) 8-8:30 (NYC)
Bontempi (s) 8:30-8:45
400 Blows (m) 8:45-9:15 (LA)
Bontempi (s) 9:15-9:30
International PLayboys (m) 9:30-10 (Missoula, Mt)

and the long-overdue drummer photo:

oh, and of course, one more, during the trumphal ending of "mix tape":

Friday, March 04, 2005

there's a hole in friday. the casting couch is involved.

Pardon the less-than-terribly-creative subject-pun, but alas, the fact is:

The Casting Couch will be playing at midnight this Friday at the Hole in the Wall.

Now there are variety of things that one can and should do with a hole in a wall, in a general sense, and if one were the type to speculate on such matters, one might make a list of said things that one thought of when one was speculating, especially if one had just awoken from an unexpected three-hour nap. Given such circumstances, I will now begin my soon to be either infamous or completely not worth reading list, depending on exactly how much effort I can muster in the next two and a half minutes:

1. One should patch the hole, especially if one is a rental tenant and is in need of one's full deposit when moving out.
2. If one is lonely, one should speak to it. Tell it that it is a nice hole in a wall, even if you are not terribly pleased by its aesthetics. This is the polite thing to do.
3. Plant plants in the hole and talk to them, especially f you are
lonely and interested in horticulture.
4. Fill the hole with marshmallows, preferably multi-colored ones.
This will presumably attract many ants. Once this has been achieved, cover the hole with a sheet of plexi-glass and enjoy your new built-in ant farm. This works especially well with extremely large holes or if you are living in a zoo, in a literal sense, and not so well with insects such as termites or other wood-eating varieties.
5. Put a piece of paper in the hole and wait for someone to find it. Either write a secret message on the piece of paper, or leave it blank to arouse wonder and imaginative thinking.

Okay, that was not a terribly productive two and a half minutes;
however, the meat of this email (pardon me, non-carnivores) remains:

Hole in the Wall.
Ethan Azarian: 10 p.m.
Darling New Neighbors: 11 p.m.
The Casting Couch: 12 p.m...

and unofficial rumor has it that you just might be able to purchase a copy of our new EP.

Thursday, March 03, 2005

aha! i finally got around to it: see the sidebar for important SXSW resources - day show listings! these are the links i intend to keep an eye on while planning the schedule. hopefully useful to y'all, as well.

...alas, i hear that they've stopped selling wristbands...but that there will be a limited number for sale on the wednesday of. if you haven't gotten yours yet, be prepared to fight the crowds!

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