Month: April 2006

Beyond the call of booty

I have a real problem trusting women. Not only was I cheated on in the two serious relationships I\’ve been in, I\’ve had trysts with more than a few women who were otherwise attached, even married. Just last month, I spent a week in Vegas with a woman whose boyfriend thought she was on business elsewhere. Having been "the other man" so often, I know how cunning and deceitful women can be and I\’m constantly wondering what a woman I\’m seeing is "really" doing when we\’re apart. Say she has a "girls night out." If she says she\’ll call but doesn\’t, it nags at me all night and I can\’t sleep. I know this isn\’t fair because there are those out there who are faithful. How can I get past my instinctive distrust of women?  — Burned Don\’t tell me … you and that other guy\’s girlfriend spent your week in Vegas on a bench in the Bellagio lobby, reading aloud to each other from Aristotle\’s "Nicomachean Ethics"? That\’s some moral compass you\’ve got there. What? Instead of pointing to magnetic north, it defaults in the direction of your zipper? Naturally, the guys who howl the loudest about being cheated on have just rolled off some other guy\’s wife or girlfriend. Is this some "new math" version of ethics you\’re all going by? Forget "do unto others," just "do...

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Good-bye to the Livery … for now

Well, it was bound to happen eventually. Still, the inevitability of the circumstance doesn’t make it feel any less like receiving a bucket of ice to the face: After five years of serving Ventura County’s all-ages music community, Blackbird Music is bringing an end to its Sunday night concerts at the Livery Theater. Citing the upcoming deadline for the renewal of its insurance policy, the Ventura-based promotion company/ record label has announced that June 11 will mark the final show at the historic former horse stable, which will return — for the moment, anyway — to being the exclusive home of Ventura Area Theatre Sports. “Over the last two years,” wrote Blackbird head Brian Parra in a letter posted on its Web site, “we have had diminishing returns when it comes to benefits to cover the cost of the policy, and attendance at individual shows has dropped to the point where from week to week just covering the rent for the theatre was becoming uncertain.” Indeed, the Livery’s prominence as the county’s top spot for live local music has dipped considerably in recent months, a fact Parra attributes to the glut of venues that have sprung up in its wake. But with the theater’s reign coming to a close, that surplus is again looking more like a deficit. Aside from Alpine, which, with rooms both upstairs and downstairs, may...

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~ WORTH THE DRIVE ~

Ladytron By taking their name from a song off Roxy Music’s visionary debut, Liverpool’s Ladytron make their modus operandi immediately known: This is 21st century glam, with an emphasis on the “21st century” part. Feminizing the fashion-conscious ‘tude of dudes like Marc Bolan and David Bowie and throwing them into modern machinery, the band created a hybrid sound fusing disco and new wave with pop and electroclash, utilizing a detached European iciness that made them the toast of the indie scene when their debut long player, 604, hit in 2001. For Witching Hour — their third album, held up...

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~ PICKS OF THE WEEK ~

China room Contrary to popular belief, the 1960s wasn’t all incense and peppermints and yellow dandelions blowing in the winds of peace and harmony. Beneath the indelibly gorgeous melodies of artists like the Beach Boys and the Beatles flowed an undercurrent of dread and tumult and, of course, revolt. LA-based quartet China Room attempts to embody that subliminal uneasiness in the modern age, with a sound that is at once stirring and dark. Invoking the feeling of the Velvet Underground and Pink Floyd’s mad genius Syd Barrett, the band also tosses in more contemporary influences such as Radiohead and...

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