Gizmos, big bands and spaghetti

Recently we all realized the possibility of human cloning when a cult in Europe claimed to have cloned at least two people. We all know it is only a matter of time before humans are cloned, and the claim should not be a surprise to anyone. My only concern is that it isn’t Albert Einstein and Mother Theresa being cloned, but people who believe that they are freakin’ ALIENS! Not only that, but instead of laughing it off, the rest of the world is taking these “aliens” seriously. Get out and do as many of the things in this column (and whatever else) as you can, because if there is a Supreme Being, we may have finally pissed her off enough to bring about The End.

The Concert Hall at Fort Lewis is busy this week. On Sunday afternoon it offers wholesome family fun with the Gizmo Guys – a couple of guys who will juggle and joke their way into the imaginations of kids. This sounds like a great way to spend your Sunday afternoon, and what else would you do anyway? Sit on your couch and watch exciting playoff football?


The show starts at 2 p.m. and tickets are $14.

At the Concert Hall on Monday is a little something for the old folks. The Big Band Dance Party featuring the Jivin’ Lindy Hoppers will hit the stage at 7 p.m. Gather up Grandma and Grandpa and go wax nostalgic about a time when the economy was booming, and we were fighting a war everyone could understand.

Tickets range from $15 - $25.

This Friday, the Abbey Theater will be hosting a benefit to help pay Bryce Flemming-Henning’s medical bills. A $20 voluntary donation gets you a chance at door prizes, a silent auction and some great live music. The Badly Bent, Blue Moon Ramblers, Beltaine and others will perform. The Badly Bent are among my favorite local bluegrass bands; they have an authentic traditional sound that you don’t hear much around these parts.

My friend Greg is most excited about the reunion of the Marmot Mudflaps. Way before my time, Greg says they were a fun three-piece bluegrass group, and they haven’t played in nearly 10 years.

All in all, this should be a great night of music.

Speaking of Greg Oldson, he will be performing this week at Storyville’s Friday Supper Club. If old-time murder ballads and Dylanesque folk are your bag, then Greg is just right for you. Later that night the Two High String Band brings its brand of bluegrass to the Storyville stage. The Supper Club starts at 5:30 p.m. and admission is free. The String Band starts at 9:30 p.m., and cover is $3.

Saturday night brings us all-ages fun at the Shred Shed with Locals Lights Out and Amazing Larry and New Mexico punk rock sisters The Eyeliners. Whenever I attended all-ages shows as a youngster, my friends and I would ridicule anyone who even looked older than 25. Now I am, ahem, a bit older than 25 and well aware of the disdainful looks I get at these shows. What goes around truly does come around. The show starts at 8 p.m., and cover is $5.

This Week’s Sign That the End is Near: Exactly when did we become such a nation of idiots that we need a special tool in order to boil a pot of spaghetti? In the last month or so, we have seen no less than three separate but virtually identical pasta cookers (regular cooking pots with some holes drilled in the lid) become available to us through “special TV offers.” This, of course, makes me wonder who in the hell is buying so many of these that we need three on the market, and how did they ever get along before?

Even at my most inept I have never had any problem pouring ravioli into a strainer.

This Weeks Album Worth Owning: “Make Up the Breakdown” by Hot Hot Heat is an album that can be compared to the most up-tempo work of bands like XTC, Elvis Costello and the Cure. In fact, from the opening chords of the first song, one gets the impression that Hot Hot Heat would’ve killed in 1984.

And though the sound may be a bit derivative, the songs are thoroughly original. Dante DeCarlo’s guitar work somehow manages to pay tribute to ’80s guitarists such as Johnny Marr while remaining modern and innovative. Steve Vay’s vocals immediately remind one of the Cure’s Robert Smith but soon enough take on a life of their own.

“Make up the Breakdown” was produced by grunge rock guru Jack Endino (Nirvana, Mudhoney, Soundgarden) and was released by the Seattle label Sub Pop, but don’t let those connections fool you. This is an album for people who love the Cure’s “Head on The Door” or The Smiths “Meat is Murder” but just can’t stand to listen to them anymore.

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