• Attended the How Weird Street Faire today and took lots of pics of pretty girls: jamesdamnbrown.com/photography/howweird
• I really liked the film Mud. Great cast, good script. Nice to see Reese Witherspoon in a non-shitty movie.
• Most of my friends are pretty eccentric, although like most true eccentrics they think they are perfectly normal and everyone else is odd.
• Saw 17 Filles—a funny and disturbing French film about a gang of high school girls who all decide to get pregnant—at Alliance Française.
• Watching Milos Forman's classic 1966 Czech New Wave film Loves Of A Blonde criterion.com/films/246
• Beautiful black woman #1: Backup singer. jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/silasinger.jpg
• Beautiful black woman #2: Cosplay princess. jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/cosplay.jpg
• Sila And The Afrofunk Experience today in Union Square. jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/sila.jpg
• J-pop singer Kylee at the Cherry Blossom Festival today. jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/kylee.jpg
• The building across the street from my place has the craziest windows. jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/crazywindows.jpg
• Reading biographies of Aunt Molly Jackson and Mother Jones. Steeped in ornery leftwing women.
• Interestingly, there is evidence that both Aunt Molly Jackson and Mother Jones at times were involved with prostitution and ran whorehouses.
• Every year on the anniversary of the 1906 earthquake I say that I'm going to go downtown to Lotta's Fountain at 5:12 AM, but I never do.
• If Jacques Tati is the Charlie Chaplin of France, then Pierre Étaix is the Buster Keaton of France.
• Laughed all night long watching films by French director, clown, comedian and Jacques Tati protégé Pierre Étaix tcm.com/this-month/article/582025|0/Directed-by-Pierre-taix-4-16.html
• In The House is another winner from French director François Ozon, deftly juggling suspense and comedy. Fabrice Luchini is great as usual.
• 42 is slick, corny, oversimplified Hollywood filmmaking, but the enormity of Jackie Robinson's accomplishment sucks you in anyways.
• Watching the campy 1962 Japanese crime flick Black Lizard diedangerdiediekill.blogspot.com/2012/09/black-lizard-japan-1962.html directed by Umetsugu Inoue right now.
• The 2013 Cherry Blossom Queen (far right) and her court. jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/cherryblossomqueen.jpg
• Attended an interesting lecture on 17th century Dutch art at the DeYoung museum last night.
• If I could only take one album with me to a desert island it would be Robespierre's Velvet Basement by The Jacobites allmusic.com/album/robespierres-velvet-basement-mw0000197590
• Heading over to Dottie's True Blue Café for lunch. Haven't been there since it moved to 6th Street.
• Spring Breakers starts off as a wicked satire on the vacuousness of American college kids but devolves into a preposterous gangster flick.
• Finally saw Django Unchained. More violent pseudo-exploitation jivey revisionist bullshit from Tarantino. Kind of racially offensive too.
• A maze of books outside of the SF Public Library book sale at Fort Mason: jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/bookmaze.jpg
• Free screening of the documentary 5 Broken Cameras kinolorber.com/5brokencameras today at USF's Human Rights Film Festival usfca.edu/artsci/hrff
• Tonight seeing the 2012 French film Renoir about the Impressionist painter and the model who married his filmmaker son.
• Tonight seeing Up On Poppy Hill youtube.com/watch?v=k-vfzhfq5JA directed by Goro Miyazaki, son of the legendary Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki.
• Watching Pedro Costa's film In Vanda's Room.
• Really liked The Sapphires. Funny, heartfelt, touching coming of age story about four great girls. Trailer: youtube.com/watch?v=6Ljho1cyEfg
• Last night I went to a secret party in an abandoned movie theater. jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/theater.jpg
• Played harmonica for two hours tonight with a young blues guitarist named Allister Peera at Cafe Royale.
• Abbas Kiarostami's new film, Like Someone In Love, isn't as ambitious as Certified Copy, but it also isn't as implausible and manipulative.
• My reaction to Paul Thomas Anderson's film The Master is about the same as my take on his There Will Be Blood, which is that it is a …
• … masterfully executed film that revels in depicting an entertaining psychopath without ultimately saying anything profound or meaningful.
• Specs in North Beach has a basket of postcards that have been mailed to the bar from all over the world. jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/specs.jpg
• Punk icon Richard Hell reading from his autobiography at City Lights. jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/hell.jpg
• Excited about watching Sunrise At Campobello on TCM because I'm reading Joseph Lash's biography, Eleanor And Franklin.
• Going to see Satyajit Ray's classic 1959 Bengali film The World Of Aputonight at the Randall Museum.
• The view from the windows at each end of my apartment is of giant construction cranes jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/cranes.jpg My neighborhood is hella noisy.
• Been downloading movie posters—like this one 2.bp.blogspot.com/-bmQdEoL5a18/ULON5ZAFLwI/AAAAAAAABtY/HjaiAUXwDBk/s1600/la+belle+et+la+bete+poster.jpeg for Beauty And The Beast—printing them on 5x7 photo paper and framing them.
• Really digging this Miriam Makeba compilation allaboutjazz.com/south-africas-skylark-miriam-makeba-nascente-review-by-chris-may.php I bought at Amoeba.
• Tonight music writer Richie Unterberger presented a free video clip show of British rock bands from 1970-1975 at the SF Library at 1833 Page. …
• … This was my favorite video in the Brit rock clip show: T. Rex doing "Bang A Gong" youtube.com/watch?v=XspsJACj8WY with Elton John on keyboards.
• At the Main Library for the screening of a feminist documentary about Wonder Woman comics.
• If I hadn't already seen Daisies janusfilms.com/daisies/ and House criterion.com/films/27523-house so many times, I'd go see them at The Castro tomorrow.
• From the 1920s to 40s, the Armory building was a boxing/sports venue known as the Madison Square Garden of the West upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/f/f1/SF_Armory_Boxing_Ring.jpg/800px-SF_Armory_Boxing_Ring.jpg
• At the Armory—aka kink.com headquarters—for the Anarchist Book Fair jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/bookfair.jpg
• At the Variety Screening Room for a charity benefit showing of Tim Burton's Frankenweenie.
• The view of downtown San Francisco from the Randall Museum is spectacular. jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/randallview.jpg
• Cine/Club screens the 1978 Italian neorealist film The Tree Of Wooden Clogs tonight for free at the Randall Museum.
• Saw Patrice Leconte's new animated film The Suicide Shop youtube.com/watch?v=tmptL7rXJw0 at The Vogue tonight. Morbidly fun.
• Tonight TCM is showing the groundbreaking documentaries of leftist American filmmaker Lionel Rogosin en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lionel_Rogosin
• Our next rock n roll book club meeting is at Stranded Records in Oakland facebook.com/events/207899779352958/ with Greil Marcus.
• Tonight at the Alliance Française on Bush Street I'm seeing a French language film from Chad called A Screaming Man en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Screaming_Man
• Me at Temple jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/temple1.jpg watching a fashion show jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/temple2.jpg
• If you want to download the original album insert/lyric sheet for Captain Beefheart's Trout Mask Replica: rareinserts.blogspot.com/2012/05/captain-beefheart-trout-mask-replcia.html
• The Outside Man—70s French crime thriller with Jean-Louis Trintignant, Ann-Margret, Roy Scheider and Angie Dickinson—tonight at The Castro.
• Caught a nice Ozu-like Japanese film from 2011 called Chronicle Of My Mother at the Four Star Theater.
• Today saw the film 56 Up, the eighth in a great series of movies documenting the lives of a group of British kids at seven year intervals.
• Candy canes for the homeless jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/canes.jpg courtesy of the First St. John United Methodist Church.
• At an art gallery opening. jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/opening.jpg
• I painted my bathtub. jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/tub.jpg
• My Top 10 Films of 2012: 1. Beasts Of The Southern Wild 2. The Lady 3. A Simple Life 4. Amour 5. I Wish …
• … 6. Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present 7. Moonrise Kingdom 8. The Deep Blue Sea 9. The Sessions 10. Monsieur Lazhar …
• … Honorable Mention: 11. Marley 12. Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World 13. A Royal Affair 14. Found Memories 15. Rust And Bone
• Another year, another Blue Angels pic taken from my roof. jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/blueangels2012a.jpg
• Blues singer Fillmore Slim and friend at the Polk Street Blues Festival. jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/slim.jpg
• The NASA space shuttle flying over San Francsico jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/shuttle.jpg
• The four saddest words in the English language: jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/gore.jpg
• Beasts Of The Southern Wild lives up to the buzz. My favorite film of the year so far.
• I got fed up with Todd Solondz years ago but I thought I'd give his new movie Dark Horse a try. I still can't stand him.
• A maze of books in front of City Hall. jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/maze.jpg
• Watching Jacques Demy's 1967 film The Young Girls Of Rochefort with Catherine Deneuve and her sister Francoise Dorleac. Oh, and Gene Kelly.
• About 100 pages into Roger Vadim's autobiography ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51xVM6viE6L._SL500_AA300_.jpg about his love affairs with Bardot, Deneuve and Fonda which …
• … illustrates the old adage that for every beautiful woman, somewhere there is a guy who's really fucking glad he got rid of her.
• It's funny how evolution has genetically engineered men to be overly optimistic about their chances of procreating.
• Can't think of anyone I'd rather spin records with than Claudia Cardinale voicesofeastanglia.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Claudia-Cardinale-and-Vinyl.jpg
• Claudia Cardinale was also on the inside cover of the first pressings of Bob Dylan's Blonde On Blonde searchingforagem.com/1960s/blonde.htm but was removed.
• This is awesome. New Orleans drummer Lionel Batiste stuffed and standing up at his own funeral: nola.com/music/index.ssf/2012/07/uncle_lionel_batiste_gets_send.html
• The SF Mixtape Society crew: John, Ashley, Casey and Annie jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/sfmixtapecrew.jpg
• At PFA in Berkeley to watch a Les Blank documentary about Tex-Mex music.
• As far as womens old west footwear fashion trends go, I prefer cowboy boots over mocassins.
• Louise Brooks is indeed alluring in Pandora's Box, but the film itself didn't blow me away like I thought it would. Plus …
• … the drummer in the ensemble accompanying the film kept dropping loud bombs that took me right out of the movie. WTF dude, it ain't Birdland.
• Tonight it's the Silent Film Festival at The Castro and then 60s French pop dance club Bardot A Go Go at the Rickshaw Stop.
• I am now reading Bob Dylan's memoir Chronicles and his ex Suze Rotolo's book A Freewheelin' Time: A Memoir Of Greenwich Village In The 60s.
• Here youtube.com/watch?v=YpFS-pEFEPs is the meaning of life. Hint: it involves The Rolling Stones.
• Straight Time—Dustin Hoffman, Gary Busey, Harry Dean Stanton. Good 70s character study of a small time crook. Odd to see Dustin be so macho.
• The 70s was such a great era for movies. You never knew whether or not the hero was going to be killed at the end of the film.
• Usually a slow, black and white European art film about existentialist despair is right up my alley, but The Turin Horse was hella boring. …
• … I left halfway through the film, which I rarely ever do. For their own sake I hope all the characters, including the horse, died at the end.
• Watched the new 3D Spiderman film last night at the Variety Screening Room varietync.org/screening-room a nifty 50 seat theater on Market Street.
• Awesome. A color coded edition of William Faulkner's The Sound And The Fury latimesblogs.latimes.com/jacketcopy/2012/07/the-sound-and-the-fury-as-william-faulkner-imagined-in-color.html Wish I'd had this version when I read it.
• Didn't adore Sarah Polley's new film, Take This Waltz, as much as her first film, Away From Her. The script was kind of shaky, but …
• … Michelle Williams was astonishing. Absolutely mesmerizing.
• The new HBO documentary about performance artist Marina Abramovic marinafilm.com rocks hard. So glad I saw it on the big screen.
• Three generations of Chucks. jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/chucks.jpg
• Going to Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley tomorrow night to watch Antonioni's Le Amiche slantmagazine.com/film/review/le-amiche/4865
• Heading to The Roxie this afternoon for its final screening of The Connection, a fifty year old movie about junkies npr.org/2012/06/23/155513524/shirley-clarkes-connection-will-it-click-at-last
• Every July Fourth I walk down to Fisherman's Wharf and take the same damn fireworks picture. jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/4july2012.jpg
• Saw a great French Canadian film at AFSF tonight—C.R.A.Z.Y. youtube.com/watch?v=sCvQ2OpCj8A about a gay teenage boy coming of age in Quebec.
• Tonight at PFA—Valerie And Her Week Of Wonders, the best Czechoslovakian adolescent surrealist erotic vampire film ever youtube.com/watch?v=GR07_yzRFMM
• SFMOMA tonight: Spirits Of The Dead (1968) Federico Fellini, Louis Malle, Roger Vadim direct stories by Edgar Allan Poe sfmoma.org/exhib_events/events/2080
• I have no idea who she is, but I feel sorry for that pretty Asian lady who is getting fired from the Today Show. …
• … Obviously she's not dating the president of the network like the pretty Asian lady on CBS.
• Nine out of ten guys wearing a decent looking suit completely ruin it with their shoes.
• Saw a touching film at AFSF tonight—Inch'Allah Dimanche youtube.com/watch?v=OWaJpEs4sWg about an Algerian woman adjusting to life in France.
• I really liked Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World. Much darker and more absurd than I expected, funny, touching, and, of course, sad.
• Got a message from a guy in SF who found my post jamesdamnbrown.com/~jamesbrown/apartments about my old studio in New Orleans. He rented the same studio in 1968.
• Found Memories, now at SFFS/Viz, is a beautiful, touching Brazilian film about provincial life and pinhole photography.
• The Scottsboro Boys at ACT was awesome, a musical indictment of Southern racism satirically presented as an old timey minstrel show.
• Reading two biographies, one about John Lee Hooker and one about his first cousin Earl Hooker, maybe the best blues slide guitarist ever.
• Although the score is warmed over Phillip Glass, Nixon In China is impressive, a serious, abstract, impressionistic, modern political opera.
• Funny how operatic diction is so mannered and stylized that even operas sung in English need subtitles in order to be understood.
• Want to go see the Russian film Elena at The Lumiere tonight. Don't want to listen to its Philip Glass score.
• This week I watched three Brigitte Bardot movies from 1956-1957—La Parisienne, And God Created Woman, and Plucking The Daisy. Holy moly.
• Reading Edmund Wilson's The American Earthquake, a collection of his 1920s-30s reportage on the Jazz Age, Great Depression and New Deal.
• In the 1930s, class warfare was topic A in American politics. Today politicians need Wall Street money so badly that it is unmentionable.
• I will spend much of this summer in Berkeley looking at Italian women. bampfa.berkeley.edu/filmseries/bellissima
• Go go dancers at the Haight Street Fair today: jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/haightfair.jpg
• Faith Petric, 96 year old matriarch of the local folk music scene, performing at the Free Folk Festival today: jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/faith.jpg
• This Frank Sinatra biography keeps saying Ava Gardner was the most beautiful woman in Hollywood back then. Please. She was no Rita Hayworth.
• Spent the afternoon watching Filipino-American indie rock bands at YBCA. Golda Supernova: jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/golda.jpg
• Spent the afternoon watching Filipino-American indie rock bands at YBCA. Good Night Robot: jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/robot.jpg
• Caught a glimpse of Obama inside his limo waving at pedestrians today. jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/obama.jpg
• Finished biographies of Ethel Waters and Lena Horne, now reading one about Nina Simone. A trilogy of books about angry black women singers.
• Explained to a youngster about record changers and why double albums used to have sides 1 and 4 on one disc and sides 2 and 3 on the other.
• My pile of music books to read: jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/toread.jpg
• Just ran into John Waters on MUNI and gave him a couple of my mix CDs.
• Watching Roger Vadim's Dangerous Liaisons starring his second wife Annette Stroyberg and Jeanne Moreau. Score by Thelonius Monk. So good.
• Reading Eric Clapton's autobiography. Always thought he was a nice man, but seems he was quite the passive aggressive jerk back in the day.
• Going to see Lindsey Buckingham at The Fillmore tonight.
• Pics from the How Weird Street Faire today jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/radioflyer.jpg and jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/flowers.jpg
• I avoided taking out student loans because I'm old enough to have attended the University of California when tuition only cost $1000 a year.
• I also got $1000 from a UC Alumni scholarship and won a UC Regents Scholarship which would have paid all my tuition if I'd been poor.
• Monsieur Lazhar is a quietly wonderful film about grief and loss. I'm a sucker for sad humanistic movies, probably because I'm a sad human.
• Opened a book and found a bookmark from Paperback Traffic, the book store on Polk Street that Margaret Cho's parents used to run.
• There were so many book and record stores near my place on Polk Street when I first moved here, now they're all gone.
• Wow. Just watched Yasuzo Masumura's bizarre campy 1969 S&M art flick Blind Beast. Check out this awesomely twisted set: youtube.com/watch?v=SG34PFaQJgE
• Watched two Bertolucci films, The Dreamers and The Sheltering Sky, at The Castro tonight. Lots of existential angst and gratuitous nudity.
• Helicopters circling overhead due to the gunman/sniper that SFPD just killed at Post and Hyde.
• Remember how Apple's pre-Jobs OS 9 was modular, unlocked down, and customizable with system-wide extensions? Sort of like Android is now.
• "Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience." —Mark Twain
• Reading a history of Bay Area punk gimmesomethingbetter.com Remembering when I worked at Rough Trade and the Alternative Tentacles warehouse.
• This book brings back memories. Maximum Rocknroll, Tim Yohannan, Ruth Schwartz were so full of shit. I always kind of liked Jello, though.
• Larry Livermore of Lookout Records was pretty cool too. Green Day were just kids when I met them.
• Traded in some of my books at Phoenix Books on 24th Street and brought home biographies of Sam Cooke, Lena Horne and Lightnin' Hopkins.
• Reading a new biography of bluesman Big Bill Broonzy titled I Feel So Good.
• 1955 film of Big Bill Broonzy that influenced many like Eric Clapton, Ray Davies, Keith Richards youtube.com/watch?v=MPsdEI5GiiM + youtube.com/watch?v=TuM_wimHj6c
• If Sarkozy loses, how long will it take for Carla Bruni to dump him?
• A bit underwhelmed by the new Gerhard Richter film. It focuses on his newer abstract squeegee paintings. I like his figurative work better.
• Glad to see that Mrs. Dewson's Hats on Fillmore has closed. One of her many disgruntled Yelp reviewers once called her a cunt. I agree 100%.
• You can get away with being a nitwit when you're 20 and hot looking, but when you're 40 and fat it just ain't cute anymore.
• Seeing two films tonight. First, crazed Polish director Andrzej Zulawski's 1996 film The Shaman at Yerba Buena …
• … then seeing Terence Davies' new film The Deep Blue Sea starring Rachel Weisz tonight at The Embarcadero Cinema.
• Tonight going to #SFIFF to see a film about the invention of the vibrator. Sponsored by Good Vibrations. For real. prweb.com/releases/2012/4/prweb9366557.htm
• Bummed my neighborhood video store for the last 27 years, Gramophone Video on Polk, is closing. Best video store in town after Le Video.
• Going to see Martin Scorsese's documentary about George Harrison—all three and a half hours of it—tonight at the Roxie.
• Read a book about coping with chronic pain called Full Catastrophe Living. Basically it said to live in the moment, tomorrow might be worse.
• Tonight saw a cool documentary pattydoc.com about Hole drummer Patty Schemel at The Roxie. Great home videos of Kurt and Courtney.
• Drummer Patty Schemel and her Hole bandmate guitarist Eric Erlandson at The Roxie. jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/hole.jpg
• Ordered a custom pair of Allen Edmonds Fifth Street dress boots azure.sarenza.net/static/_img/productsV4/0000042873/HD_0000042873_72170_09.jpg?201111282234 but with a plain toe cap like this jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/fifthstreetcustom.jpg
• The new Bob Marley documentary is really great. Produced by Ziggy and Chris Blackwell, but not over-fawning. A must-see for music lovers.
• Hirokazu Kore-eda's new film I Wish is so wonderful. He's definitely Ozu's heir when it comes to heartwarming movies about children. #SFIFF
• You know you're in trouble when a 300 lb. woman sits next to you and says to herself, Let's see if I can stay awake through this one. #SFIFF
• A bevy of cherry blossom beauties brought to you by Kikkoman jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/cherryblossom.jpg
• Tonight seeing the Hong Kong tearjerker A Simple Life youtube.com/watch?v=OCD00LLZmys at the Metreon. After the month I've had, this will make me cry.
• Happy record store day to all the record stores I ever worked at: Lou's Records, San Diego | Record Ron's, New Orleans …
• … Rough Trade, Mordam Records, and Open Mind Records in San Francisco | Tower Records, New Orleans and Austin | Newberry Comics, Boston
• Another day, another Asian film. Tonight it's The Day He Arrives by Korean indie director Hong Sang-soo at SFIFF.
• Once again I am the only Caucasian in the audience at a Chinese film.
• So glad to be back home in SF where I can see a different foreign film every night. Tonight: Hong Kong romcom Love In The Buff at Metreon.
• Luc Besson's film The Lady starring Michelle Yeoh as Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi is a powerful, moving film about sacrifice and dignity.
• $22 goes a long way at Revolver Records in Phoenix. jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/lps.jpg
• Just wrote my dad's obituary for the Phoenix paper. jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/obituary.jpg
• Until his dying breath, dad never stopped trying to kiss the nurses, look down their shirts, or grab their asses.
• Whenever I leave San Francisco I am reminded of how many friendly, hard working, overweight people there are in the rest of the country.
• Hospicing with dad. I hope when I die that it's also at home in my own bed with the cat on my lap and as much morphine as I want.
• America's first black superstar Ethel Waters performing at the height of her vocal prowess and beauty in 1929: youtube.com/watch?v=8I1RUM3L_Tc
• My favorite of the gospel clips tonight at ATA: Philly sacred steel guitar player Footie Covington and his Gospel Train youtube.com/watch?v=qGWqXDf6zm4
• Going to Roxie tonight for a documentary about Frank Zappa's record labels. With Captain Beefheart, GTOs, Alice Cooper.
• This IMDb user totally predicted what Hunger Games would be like six years ago in his review of the film Battle Royale: imdb.com/title/tt0266308/reviews-408
• As Nixon biopics go, Oliver Stone's movie is a gutless whitewash compared to Robert Altman's film of the brilliant stage play Secret Honor.
• Watched a clip show of outrageous movie sex scenes tonight at The Roxie and was surprised at how many of them I'd seen before.
• Being Flynn was better than I expected. Movies about mental illness, suicide and dysfunctional families always hit a bit too close to home.
• I have a Japanese Rolling Stones LP with a naked man on the label and a tiny rubber condom for the turntable spindle: jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/stonescondom.jpg
• Anne Rice on Craig Ferguson tonight. Not a huge fan, but I did like Feast Of All Saints, about free black Creoles in 1840s New Orleans ...
• ... probably because when I read it I was living in the French Quarter where the novel was set, and it's fairly accurate historically.
• I'm no expert on 70s Mexican B-movies but Casa De Mi Padre has enough odd, surreally funny gags that I'm going to assume it's a good parody.
• I'm such a film snob. Going to see my first Will Ferrell movie tonight only because it's in a foreign language.
• Reading a Little Richard biography. Here's his stripper girlfriend Angel: 3.bp.blogspot.com/_pND18bdVwXI/S5Ze3jL4xyI/AAAAAAAAXak/AH3EYdhlj-I/s400/Lee+Angel%2B.jpg They had a three-way once with Buddy Holly.
• My neighborhood is going to be a green vomit splattered mess tonight. Need to find something non-Irish to do far away from Polk Street.
• An upcoming YBCA film series about directors features some of my faves: Godard, Cassavetes, Scorsese, Hou Hsiao-Hsien.
• Holy shit, Dr. John's autobiography is the real deal. Wild, down and dirty. Great book about New Orleans. How come I never read this before?
• Found a copy of Ishiguro's The Remains Of The Day on the sidewalk. The butler was amusingly dense at first but I'm getting tired of him.
• Tomorrow night I'm going to see a movie about a Filipino woman who gives birth to a fish. No, seriously. #SFIAAFF youtube.com/watch?v=O1Ipnrn7a4Y
• Rampart is a heavy, tense flick. Tight James Ellroy script, top notch cast. An uncampy Bad Lieutenant without any laughs, but in a good way.
• Go see Baby Factory youtube.com/watch?v=lPBnVE9eWmo a warmly humanistic film about a maternity ward in a poor Manila hospital, tonight at #SFIAAFF
• Beginning of Kerouac's scroll of On The Road: images.tribe.net/tribe/upload/photo/5e5/35d/5e535d4c-3213-47cc-8a46-faf13bd0bdfc
• Wong Kar Wai's 1960s trilogy—Days of Being Wild, In The Mood For Love, 2046—screens at The Castro on April 14. Seriously sexy triple bill.
• My new mix CD: jamesdamnbrown.com/reefer It's da kine, but don't take my word for it, listen to Ronald Reagan: jamesdamnbrown.com/mp3s/reagan.mp3
• French actress Arletty on being imprisoned after WWII for an affair with a German officer: "My heart is French but my ass is international."
• Does every planet in the solar system need Earth to send it a muscle bound Caucasian dude to solve its problems? Apparently so.
• Director Terence Davies was on hand to introduce his film The Long Day Closes at Viz/SFFS tonight. Lovely film and lovely man.
• The 1932 Clara Bow film Call Her Savage is one wild Pre-Code movie! Gay bars, adultery, cat fights, whips, prostitution, nipples, more.
• Just ran across this photo of myself for the first time today on the Interweb: flickr.com/photos/papereatsrock/5831306322/
• Barbara Bush says this is the worst campaign she's ever seen. It's much more civil when you just steal the election through criminal fraud.
• Frederick Wiseman's documentary about Paris burlesque club Crazy Horse is like his film about the Paris Opera Ballet, except with strippers.
• One of my favorite singer/songwriters Mia Doi Todd is playing at Yoshi's SF tomorrow night. youtube.com/watch?v=Xo3vWPGJXBQ
• The film Touch, playing at #SFIAAFF this month, looks promising. Trailer: imdb.com/rg/s/1/video/wab/vi1286445849/
• My typewriter, a 1920s Underwood: jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/underwood.jpg
• My other typewriter, a 1940s Smith Corona portable: jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/smithcorona.jpg
• Lord help me, I just put together a half hour set of songs about boobs for my radio show.
• I also put together a half hour set of various folk and blues artists covering the traditional murder ballad "Delia." princeton.edu/~paw/web_exclusives/plus/plus_012605wilentz.html
• Melancholia: the apocalyptic planets colliding stuff was pretty cool but the dialogue and characters were more lame Lars von Trier bullshit.
• Mardi Gras in San Francisco. With one of the waitresses at Brenda's New Orleans soul food restaurant on Polk Street. jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/mardigrassf3.jpg
• Mardi Gras in San Francisco. Dancing in a second line parade going down Octavia Street. jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/mardigrassf2.jpg
• Mardi Gras in San Francisco. Relaxing at the end of the parade. jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/mardigrassf.jpg
• SF Mixtape Society dinner at Tuba restaurant: jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/sfmts.jpg
• The Roxie has a great Joan Blondell pic on its Pre-Code festival flier but this one is even better farm8.static.flickr.com/7148/6444355501_649f2af029.jpg
• I am never ever going to a dance club—or riding mass transit—dressed in pajamas or underwear. You're welcome.
• Just for fun I booted my Mac into OS 9 and tried to log in to Twitter using Mozilla 1.0. It didn't work.
• One of the most common regrets of people who are dying is they wish they hadn't worked so hard. guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2012/feb/01/top-five-regrets-of-the-dying?fb=native&CMP=FBCNETTXT9038
• I never pull down the shades on my bedroom windows. Nothing ever goes on there that anyone would want to watch.
• The A.C.T. production of Scorched is handsome, as always, David Strathairn is good, but the unbelievable plot twist at the end ruined it.
• Scott Joplin dedicated "The Entertainer" to James Brown And His Mandolin Club: upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/68/EntertainerJoplinCover.JPEG
• "Whatever doesn't kill me makes me stronger." Sure, Nietzsche, tell it to Gabrielle Giffords.
• Once Upon A Time In Anatolia is two and a half hours long and has almost no plot but it's a beautifully filmed slice of life in Turkey.
• After Purple Rain, I think my favorite Prince album is Parade because it's his take on Serge Gainsbourg.
• Of course once I lose my job the Republicans knock six months off the amount of time you can draw unemployment benefits. Bastards.
• Now reading the book Scott Joplin And The Ragtime Era by Peter Gammond gdprice.com/j/28567.JPG I love old timey music biographies.
• If Chloe Sevigny was Spanish she would be Maria Casares i664.photobucket.com/albums/vv9/francomac123/Actrices/Maria%20Casares/maria_casares_09.jpg
• Just used the $50 Amazon gift card I got with reward points from my credit card to buy the first five Fugs albums. Who says big banks suck?
• Saw Bresson's Pickpocket on Wednesday, Cassavetes' The Killing Of A Chinese Bookie last night, and seeing two more Bresson films tonight.
• I don't think there are enough movies being made these days about sex addicts and lethal ex-CIA agents gone rogue.
• A different Isabelle Huppert film plays every Tuesday night this month at AFSF. This week it's Ursula Meier's 2008 film Home.
• Got a CD of Elvis' Louisiana Hayride appearances. Hear him go from a complete unknown to the biggest thing in the world in just two years.
• Holy cow. Clouzot's last drama, La Prisonniere, is a kinky 60s pop art S&M voyeuristic psychedelic Technicolor freakout youtube.com/watch?v=D2eVb4CC4XU
• Clouzot elicited some of Bardot's best acting in La Verite. An interview with her on the set: ina.fr/art-et-culture/cinema/video/I10277300/interview-de-brigitte-bardot-sur-le-tournage-de-la-verite.fr.html Wish I spoke French.
• Wim Wenders' Pina is a lovely film about dance shot in 3D. Made me grieve about my body not allowing me to express myself that way anymore.
• Don't recycle your 3D glasses, keep them and the next time you want to see a 3D movie buy a ticket to a cheaper film and jump theaters.
• The HBO documentary Sing Your Song at the Roxie is as much about the civil rights movement as it is about Harry Belafonte. Righteous film.
• Having dim sum on Christmas Day. jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/xmasdimsum.jpg
• Sleeping Beauty mubi.com/notebook/posts/in-defense-of-julia-leighs-sleeping-beauty written and directed by novelist Julia Leigh is hella creepy, but in a literary, artistic way. I think.
• A black and white Polaroid of Foxy Jen celebrating her birthday on Polk Street: jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/foxyjenpolkstreet.jpg
• With Jennifer at Kozy Kar on Polk Street on her birthday jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/foxyjen.jpg
• The new Underworld kicks ass. Screw teen emo prettyboy vampires, I like vampires in black leather with a total disregard for human life.
• Haven't watched Craig Ferguson in ages. The robot talks now.
• Turned on the video camera on my MacBook for the first time and my face scared me.
• Had to buy an Intel MacBook because Apple refuses to support upgrading a fully functional 5 year old G4 PowerBook. Rot in hell, Steve Jobs.
• Was looking in the original box for my PowerBook and it came with an all white Designed By Apple telephone cord for plugging in the modem. …
• … It also came with free video adapter cables and even system discs. Ah, the good old days. …
• … Oh, and you could change the battery yourself and carry around an extra one if you wanted to. Gotta love progress.
• SFGate: San Francisco Is A Surprisingly Good Dating City blog.sfgate.com/cityinsider/2012/01/15/san-francisco-a-surprisingly-good-dating-city" Yeah, if you're gay.
• Neither me or my brother will ever have kids. The Brown family is going to end with us. No one to leave the family photos to.
• Screw Elvis and David Bowie, it's Yvette Mimieux's birthday today.
• Irritated at the insipid hack who wrote the lame article slamming Joan Didion in the latest issue of The Atlantic.
• Just narrowly missed being peed on by a guy pissing out a second story window at 17th and Mission.
• Finished reading Nick Kent's Apathy For The Devil for our rock n roll book club meeting next week. Now reading a biography of Lester Bangs.
• Blew off the Lars von Trier movie and went to the Roxie instead to see a kick ass documentary about the garage rock music scene in Detroit.
• I haven't liked any of Lars von Trier's films but for some reason I keep going to see them. Like how you can't look away from a train wreck.
• The documentary about poet/essayist/activist Paul Goodman playing at SFFS/Viz through tomorrow is awesome. What an intellect. Go see it.
• I'm not making any New Years resolutions, because that would imply that I have control over the direction my life is going.
• At The Bridge to see Flowers Of War. I am one of three Caucasians in an otherwise Chinese audience.
• Watched Yasuzo Masumura's 1966 film Red Angel. Brutal, sexy WWII movie. Ayako Wakao is great as usual.
• Batman and Robin meet Santa Claus: youtube.com/watch?v=P4_5jngpLkY
• At the holiday party for my apartment building tonight, I learned that I am the only tenant in the building without cable television.
• Tonight I plugged my KUSF radio show on KPOO 89.5 FM! Had a hella good time spinning Xmas songs on the Grinders Grooveyard program.
• KPOO DJs Jim and Charles invited me to the station tonight to spin a couple of records on the KPOO oldies Xmas show. 89.5 FM 8:30 to 11:30
• The Man Nobody Knew, the documentary about CIA head William Colby directed by his son, is a fascinating meditation on politics and morality.
• I want to go see the Muppets movie. Can I borrow somebody's kid?
• I get three unemployment checks this month instead of two. Living large.
• Years ago there was fierce competition among the tenants of my building for new phonebooks. Now they just sit in the lobby.
• Bought all of Phil Ochs' albums last week. Gonna do an hour feature on him on my radio show next month.
• How many dudes with loud sound systems on their bicycles are there in San Francisco anyhow?
• I made a mix CD from the 70s set I put together for my radio show next week: jamesdamnbrown.com/powertothepeople
• Was your building once a house of prostitution? An address list of San Francisco bordellos in 1937: 2.bp.blogspot.com/-7WUG2I7UCEc/TsvwgSH9EcI/AAAAAAAAANI/mpSdT4DuzSs/s640/135+houses+jpg.jpg
• Hey I got mentioned in the NY Times nytimes.com/interactive/2011/11/27/magazine/27-OPM.html Scroll down to the mixtape blurb.
• Reading this book jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/chicagoriots.jpg about police assaulting demonstrators at the 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago.
• Tired of people telling me that I'm too skinny. Fuck you, you're too fat.
• Black Friday. I have a $25 gift card from Saks that I need to use before the end of the year. Maybe I'll go buy one sock.
• Martin Scorsese's Hugo is the best 3D movie ever made, the most thoroughly artistic use of 3D in cinema history. Even James Cameron says so.
• Alexander Payne's new film The Descendants is so so good. George Clooney is subtly sad and funny all at once. Nice script too.
• I bought audio CDs of W.H. Auden, e.e. cummings, Langston Hughes, T.S. Eliot and John Ashbery reading their own poetry: amazon.com/Voice-Poet-Random-House/lm/2DQ25F3K7YF0V
• After staying at my brother's three bedroom house with a pool and jacuzzi and multiple autos, my dinky apartment seems inadequate somehow.
• Hanging out at a bar in the Phoenix airport with Ronnie and Keef: jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/phxairport.jpg
• Walking around my brother's suburban Phoenix neighborhood, Christmas music in the stores, white power swaskitas graffitied on the sidewalks.
• The first thing mom said when she saw me was, You look old.
• About the only interesting thing to do in Mesa, Arizona is visit Waylon Jennings' grave: jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/waylon.jpg
• If dad tells me to get the hell out of his house one more time, I'm leaving.
• Trapped in a house in Phoenix with my old man after he had his cars keys taken away. Trying to avoid having him pull out a gun and shoot me.
• Words that nobody uses except for pretentious neophyte writers: verdant, eschew, hirsute, brusque, visage
• Went to a free screening at a local filmmakers collective of a Chris Marker film about a 1967 Pentagon protest icarusfilms.com/new2007/sixt.html
• Tav Falco and Jello Biafra at City Lights for a reading from Tav's new book about Memphis: jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/tavjello.jpg
• Afterward I gave Jello my Covers mix CD and gave Tav my Elvis mix CD. Jello of course complained that he wanted the one I gave Tav instead.
• Almodovar's new film looks great as usual and the kink/horror/fetish stuff was involving but in the end it all just didn't add up to much.
• Going to stop saying I live next to the Bigfoot Lodge and starting saying I live across the street from Tootsie Toes. jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/tootsietoes.jpg
• French film weekend: Jeanne Moreau films at PFA tonight, The Women On The Sixth Floor at the Clay tomorrow night.
• Walking through my neighborhood along Polk Street on Halloween night you couldn't tell which hookers were real hookers.
• Off to Death Guild dressed like this: jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/sixxteenhalloween.jpg
• Seeing two more French films, both Eric Rohmer movies from the 80s, at PFA in Berkeley tomorrow night.
• Saw David Mamet's play Race. Snarky asshole characters were good at depicting amorality of lawyers but not at perceptively discussing race.
• Going to see The Struts and The Hi Nobles at El Rio tonight.
• The clerk at the DMV said I couldn't list my hair color on my ID as brown/grey. I told her to choose one. She looked at me and picked grey.
• One more Blue Angels shot from today. jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/angels3.jpg
• The Blue Angels flying over my rooftop this afternoon. jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/angels2.jpg
• Ran across a cassette I made years ago by someone named Eilert Pilarm. What the hell? Had to Google it. Oh yeah, Swedish Elvis impersonator.
• Front row for Charlie Musselwhite on a beautiful day in Golden Gate Park.
• Everyone should go see the excellent The Black Power Mixtape, especially if you're not old enough to remember the late 60s or early 70s.
• For the first time in nearly 20 years, I am unemployed. The concept of unlimited free time is blowing my mind.
• Nothing like waking up to a nine year old blasting your neighborhood at full volume with an off-key Me And Bobby McGee jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/schoolrock.jpg
• Little Wolf jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/littlewolf.jpg
• LovEvolution = $40 + $7 Bart ride. Polk Street Blues Festival = $0 + I can watch and listen to it from my bedroom window. Inertia wins.
• My toy Batmobile collection. jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/batmobiles.jpg
• In progress, the Miss May 1972 Playboy Playmate jigsaw puzzle I bought at Jennifer's yard sale in the Haight yesterday. jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/puzzle.jpg
• Folks I played music with tonight at Ken's birthday party in Berkeley. jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/kensbd.jpg
• I rock. jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/rock.jpg
• Someone left a book in the lobby of my apartment building titled Why Men Love Bitches. That's simple, because they look good naked.
• Actually it looks like one of those Rules type books that should be subtitled A Woman's Guide To Landing An Asshole For A Boyfriend.
• Reading Lester Bangs at the laundromat. He just coined my new favorite word for good harmonica: Hohnerific.
• At the opening night of the SF Opera fall season. jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/sfopera.jpg
• I'm on page 4 of this article: Opening-Weekend Outfits at S.F. Opera sfweekly.com/exhibitionist/2011/09/13/opening-weekend-outfits-at-the-sf-opera?page=4
• Local harmonica player Big Bones jamming with his daughter at his 60th birthday party. jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/bigbones.jpg
• Harmonica birthday cake. jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/harpcake.jpg
• Wound up seeing the Godard film Socialisme at SFFS/New People tonight. The minimalist subtitles are a big fuck you to non-French speakers.
• Had all the usual Godard elements: title cards, agitprop politics, distorted audio, saturated colors, cute young girls. Oh, and Patti Smith.
• Buttons from my record store days. jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/buttons.jpg
• Crummy cellphone pic of Ry Cooder at the Great American Music Hall jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/ry.jpg
• Ry brought Flaco Jimenez and a mariachi horn section so big they stuck microphones in the balconies and the horn guys played from up there.
• The post office has a big rack of ink stamps that say things like Fragile and First Class. I want the one that says Spoiled.
• I told Toni at The Clay that they should put a sign in the window that says "Mick LaSalle hated this movie. You'll love it!"
• Neophyte 19 MUNI bus driver missed a turn, got lost in the Tenderloin and had to ask the passengers how to get back on route.
• Got off the first BART train to stop at Civic Center when the station reopened after the demonstration. Not one commuter, a bazillion cops.
• Given a choice between seeing The Go Go's at the Fillmore or Anna Deavere Smith at Berkeley Rep tonight, I chose Anna Deavere Smith.
• Jamming at Pat's jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/patsjam.jpg
• Sitting outside at the People's Cafe in Berkeley reading a book I just bought at Half Priced Books titled...
• ...There's A Riot Going On by Peter Doggett, about rock music and revolutionary politics in the late 60s/early 70s.
• Always been a John Sayles fan, but his 1999 film Limbo blew me away at the Castro last night. By far the best film of his that I've seen.
• Tore apart the double hung window in my kitchen and replaced the broken ropes. At least something in my place is double hung and working.
• Chinese folks on MUNI hang their bags from handrails and window sills of the bus with S hooks. White people haven't caught on to that one.
• I have never ever clicked the I'm Feeling Lucky button on Google.
• Sunday night at Pacific Film Archive: The Last Emperor, one of my favorite films by Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci.
• Sunday afternoon at Viz Cinema: The Pornographers, one of my favorite films by Japanese director Shohei Imamura.
• You have to go through a metal detector to enter the Contemporary Jewish Museum gift shop. No thanks, I didn't realize it was so dangerous.
• Elderly aid agency in Phoenix won't provide in-home care to mom anymore because she's too mean to their employees. Welcome to my childhood.
• A woman playing with her wig on BART jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/wig.jpg
• Lots of really skinny people onstage. Amy Winehouse singing "Ain't Too Proud To Beg" with the Rolling Stones youtu.be/TQQzudglm2U
• I don't know why, but women are immoderately entertained by my red stretch jeans.
• Pat Campbell's annual birthday jam in Marin tomorrow. Last year Maria Muldaur told me she liked my harp playing but I didn't know it was her
• This woman's blog entry does a good job of describing my life right now: everydayhealth.com/blog/life-with-chronic-pain/the-aching-loneliness-of-a-life-with-chronic-pain/
• Some movie fans get depressed because Avatar isn't real, I get sad because I lack a Japanese family to arrange my marriage to Setsuko Hara.
• The Silent Film Festival audience laughed when the MGM lion didn't roar at the start of He Who Gets Slapped. youtu.be/J0FdRWB7RAQ
• A drag queen outside The Cinch just told me my hair was fierce. Seriously, if I ever want to get laid in this town I'll have to turn gay.
• About the only people in SF Civic Center today cheering for Japan in the World Cup finals were me and these women jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/worldcup.jpg
• Interesting conversations with girls coming back from Berkeley. Rode BART with a pretty Cal film studies major who also saw the film at PFA.
• Rode MUNI with a young hooker who took a bus down from Seattle to run up some money in SF, buy a car and drive back for her kid's birthday.
• Saw the 60s garage rock band The Standells ("Dirty Water") at the Independent tonight. They were fun, better than I thought they'd be.
• On my way out the black security dude working the door, who'd been watching the crowd dance, told me I had the best moves in the place.
• Happy 7/11. It's free Slurpee day at 7-Eleven blogfiles.wfmu.org/JH/2006/08/Product_Music/06_Dance_The_Slurp.mp3
• Waiting for a San Francisco train at a BART station in Oakland along with a mob of suburbanites on their way to invade my neighborhood.
• Bertolucci's Before The Revolution (1964) Like an early 60s Godard film in Italian with stunning, sophisticated black & white cinematography
• Back to @BAMPFA tonight for two films starring Hideko Takamine. Cute pics of her from 1950s Japanese fan magazines: blook.bampfa.berkeley.edu/2011/07/eiga-stars-iv-hideko-takamine.html
• At the 4 Star watching Hong Kong nudie flicks with seedy old Asian men.
• RT @nevaloo You don't have to grow up in the rural South to feel that way. I think it's called realism.
• Like lots of folks who grew up poor in the rural South, I am suspicious of good times. Even when I'm having fun I'm afraid it won't last.
• Me and Prince, uh, Peaches Christ. jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/peaches.jpg
• Me and Apollonia at a Purple Rain screening at the Castro Theater. Hard to believe she's three years older than I am. jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/apollonia.jpg
• I think my ear piercing closed. Does that mean I'm a retired hipster?
• Often when I go to Viz Cinema @new_people in Japantown they take my picture flickr.com/photos/38032872@N05/5878367842/in/photostream + flickr.com/photos/38032872@N05/5568211131/in/set-72157626248055887 + flickr.com/photos/38032872@N05/5669992003/in/set-72157626484596349
• I love the film Linda Linda Linda youtu.be/joaiKUgwCMY Girl punk rock band at a Japanese high school. Adolescence, music, friendship.
• It was good to see Frank Chu marching in the lesbian parade farm4.static.flickr.com/3023/5873687831_73f983ea70_z.jpg Thank god he wasn't topless.
• So tired of shoving away guys who try grabbing me and grinding on me every time I go dancing.
• Three of four women say they wouldn't marry an unemployed man. Being jobless is the male dating equivalent of being an overweight woman.
• Hand tinted dad. jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/dad.jpg
• Had a great time spinning records for three hours as a guest DJ at KUSF this afternoon with DJs Luise and Brian: jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/kusf.jpg
• KUSF didn't archive the very beginning but listen to the first part of my DJ visit at jamesdamnbrown.com/~jamesbrown/mp3s/kusfhour2.mp3
• The second part of my KUSF guest DJ visit can be heard at jamesdamnbrown.com/~jamesbrown/mp3s/kusfhour3.mp3
• On the radio with Ashley and @annielin of @sfmixtapes at KUSF jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/sfmixtape.jpg
• The Tree Of Life. A kind of humanistic 2001. Visually stunning. Scarily captured the emotions and textures of my childhood. Awesome. Poetic.
• Rock n roll book club meeting tomorrow night at the Homestead to discuss Patti Smith's Just Kids. And drink.
• Jamming at Haight Street Fair: jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/haightstfair.jpg
• The @sfmixtapes judges picked my CD jamesdamnbrown.com/unsweetenedlemonade as the best mix at their latest meeting. Got cool swag.
• Beauty may be only skin deep, but unfortunately it's more discernible across a crowded bar than a heart of gold.
• Lesbians like me. I'm a good dancer, I don't try to grab them, and I'm sort of built like a flat chested girl.
• Should start going to lesbian dance clubs again. Some girls like to dance with me, until other girls grab their arms and drag them away.
• I like the big bootied mannequins in front of the womens clothing stores along Mission Street.
• Kurt Vonnegut graphs the storyline of Cinderella and The Metamorphosis by Kafka: jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/vonnegutgraph.jpg
• With Jenny Fafa at her glam rock club Sixxteen tonight. jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/fafa.jpg
• Dave emailed to tell me Quentin Crisp, when asked why he never dusted his apartment, said that after four years it doesn't get any worse.
• Need to vacuum instead of just picking up dust bunnies.
• Troy used to say if he or I stopped going to oldies clubs people would miss us, but really the only person who missed me was Troy.
• Ran into Troy at the Knockout. He asked where the hell I'd been for the last year. Told him I was getting too old for the dance club scene.
• Been so focused on the future that I've shortchanged the now, but it looks like the now will be the future for longer than I thought.
• Was just propositioned in the dairy aisle of Cala on Nob Hill by a rough looking girl that I assume wasn't offering her services for free.
• Sold out screening of campy 60s badly dubbed Greek sexploitation film The Wild Pussycat @ybca. Best kitty reaction shots to human sex ever.
• If it's all good then it's not all relative.
• My exes say I'm a really nice person, although this seems to have disappointed them somehow.
• Wish all these local bluegrass jams didn't involve camping out. My idea of camping is carrying the luggage into the house from the car.
• Found a framed Jack Daniels sign on the sidewalk in Pacific Heights jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/jack.jpg If I were 17 this would be the coolest thing ever.
• Hip hoppers who leave that gold hat size sticker on their baseball cap remind me of the price tag hanging from Minnie Pearl's straw hat.
• The all time best drunken country song ever, "You And The Kitten" by Jon Wayne: youtu.be/IEvkCpuVqNo
• Took my ten gallon Stetson cowboy hat to Paul's Hat Works on Geary, which is now run by women, and they cut the brim down to five gallons.
• Can't think of a movie in which the dialogue goes by faster than The Women. It's hard to catch all the jokes, even after repeated viewings.
• Like this one: "There are some consolations to being single. You can stretch out on the bed like a swastika."
• Designed a business card for my massage therapist jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/glenncard.jpg and traded for an hour massage. Wish he needed a new card every week.
• Vivian Maier, one of the greatest street photographers ever. lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/01/07/new-street-photography-60-years-old
• The winner: Biltmore Eleganza, fur felt, center dent fedora bencrafthats.com/superfile/prod_img/BiltmoreEleganza_Blk.jpg
• Hopping BART to downtown Oakland to check out fedoras at the Hat Guys. hatguys.com/retail.cfm
• Synching my Macs in two separate apartments a block apart by carrying an external Firewire drive back and forth.
• I had lots of hair when I was young. I still do, just not on my head. jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/hair.jpg
• It was good to read Patti Smith's book—a lyrical ode to poverty, bohemianism and starving artists—right before I get laid off from my job.
• Fellini's 8½ at the Castro tonight. Martin Scorsese's rap on it in his documentary about Italian cinema really made me want to see it again.
• Unpublished 1960s photos of the Who, Animals, Rolling Stones, Byrds taken by my friend Astrid. jamesdamnbrown.com/astrid
• I printed the photos from Astrid's negatives after she died. I still have a load of pics she took of the Dave Clark Five to sort through.
• Hand tinted mom. jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/mom.jpg
• Who entered the track info from my CD jamesdamnbrown.com/realfolkblues into the Gracenote CDDB? They listed my genre as folk.
• Contestants for the best womens Kentucky Derby hat prize. jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/hats.jpg
• In my vintage Victorian morning coat and bowler. Me, Tom and Gayle at their annual Kentucky Derby party at the Riptide. jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/derbyday.jpg
• Blowing jug band music at Faith's house. jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/faiths.jpg
• Off to the Friday night jam tonight at the house of Faith Petric articles.sfgate.com/2002-09-30/news/17563028_1_sing-along-san-francisco-folk-club-utah-phillips the 95 year old matriarch of the SF folk music scene.
• Paperback edition of Patti Smith's Just Kids has two reviewers quotes on the cover from renowned literary icons Joan Didion and Johnny Depp.
• Cool. Greil Marcus emailed me his scorecard of who wins each song battle on my Elvis mix CD: jamesdamnbrown.com/elvisvsblackpeople
• Cellphone pic of Greil Marcus reading at Vesuvio's in North Beach. jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/greil.jpg
• Gave Greil Marcus a copy of my Elvis Vs. Black People mix CD. He dug the cover. jamesdamnbrown.com/elvisvsblackpeople/elviscover.jpg
• At City Lights buying a paperback of The Collected Stories Of Lydia Davis.
• Had a huge crush on Lydia Davis when she was my prof in college. So smart and so lovely.
• Joan Didion, the woman of my dreams. jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/joandidion.jpg
• The hallway of my apartment building on Easter Sunday afternoon. jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/hallway.jpg
• Going to #SFIFF tonight to see Japanese film Hospitalité. Then going to a Prince rave: media.tumblr.com/tumblr_ljktdnbqgb1qzb31w.jpg
• You know you're getting old when you read Entertainment Weekly and not only do you not know who most of the celebrities are, you don't care.
• On my way to work this morning I passed Dianne Feinstein walking down New Montgomery Street.
• Dianne Feinstein is almost as tall as I am. I passed Nancy Pelosi walking down Post Street last year, she's literally five feet tall.
• A picture of my apartment building on Polk Street taken in 1911. jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/polk1911.jpg
• A painting of my bedroom window overlooking Polk Street circa 2000. jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/bedroom.jpg
• Wish I still had French delicacies, candies & ice cream shops downstairs in my building and a garage next door instead of the Bigfoot Lodge.
• This sexual harrassment training I'm taking at work is boring. The answer to every question is cover your ass, report it to human resources.
• Well, actually the scene where one worker asks a gay coworker to wear rubber gloves livened things up a bit.
• Just in case you ever want to send me money for no particular reason: jamesdamnbrown.com/givememoney
• At Market near 4th yesterday a group of guys walked by and one of them yelled at me, "Hey you play harmonica don't you?" No idea who he was.
• Nico and Warhol as Batman and Robin images.artnet.com/artwork_images_425932360_593965_nicoandandy-warhol.jpg
• Having watched Polk Street out my window for over 20 years, Frank Norris' description of it circa 1900 fascinates me. jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/polkstreet1900.jpg
• Not a big hip hop fan, but gay New Orleans Bouncer Big Freedia was less obnoxious than usual misogynistic rap dudes sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/04/08/DDC51IT0S2.DTL
• Les Blank Smellovision! While his New Orleans documentary was screening, every time there was a shot of food he walked up and down the...
• ...aisles of the Red Vic fanning a steaming pot of red beans and rice at the audience. After the film he fed the entire theater.
• Red Vic tomorrow night: Les Blank's awesome 1978 documentary about Mardi Gras in New Orleans youtu.be/eTwVGA-axiw
• Made a CD of live versions of Sister Ray by the Velvet Underground. 80 minutes of feedback with a beat. jamesdamnbrown.com/sisterrays
• Elvira at WonderCon jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/elvira.jpg
• Going to Bardot A Go Go's annual Serge Gainsbourg dance party tomorrow night at the Rickshaw Stop. rickshawstop.com/event/27997
• Beach Blanket Babylon is a lot of fun. Can't believe I lived in San Francisco for twenty-five years and never went to see it before.
• I have so many clothes I can go for months without doing laundry and unfortunately I do.
• Saw some Laugh-In reruns, a show with so many anti-war, anti-Pentagon, anti-establishment, pro-drug jokes would never get on the air today.
• Trips to Berkeley are expensive, BART fare plus stops at almaregelato.com on Shattuck when I arrive and again before I ride back.
• This kinda cute girl and I were looking at each other as we ate lunch the last two days at Whole Foods and I thought about saying hello but...
• ...she brings her own utensils to eat with, a wooden fork, knife and spoon in a roll-up canvas carrying case and for some reason this stops me.
• I never knew Betsey Johnson and John Cale were married.
• Photo shoot outtake wearing my leopard spotted pony skin jacket jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/leopardharpdude.jpg
• "We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be." —Kurt Vonnegut, Mother Night
• Reading a book on the Jubilee Singers who introduced black spirituals to the world in 1871 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fisk_Jubilee_Singers
• Took an updated publicity photo today for my website in which I actually have grey hair jamesdamnbrown.com/harpdude.jpg
• Watched a music documentary with 80s footage of The Minutemen, Redd Kross, Meat Puppets at the 9th Street Independent Film Center tonight.
• Happy Mardi Gras. Wish I was doing this today: jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/mardigras.jpg
• Sick of movies with hot babes falling for slobs like Seth Rogen. Did you ever see Johnny Depp or Brad Pitt end up with a fat chick? Never.
• Going to MOMA later to see Andy Warhol's The Nude Restaurant starring Viva and a G-stringed cast of Superstars sfmoma.org/events/1832
• One more pic of Prince and Sheila E. from last Monday night. jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/princeandsheila2.jpg
• Lovely young 1960s activist Jean Quan, now the mayor of Oakland. asiancemagazine.com/files/200912_JeanAsianWomen_JeanQuan.jpg
• Prince is such a bad ass little dude. jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/prince.jpg
• Taking pics of Sheila E. is just as fun as listening to Prince. jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/princeandsheila.jpg
• Off to @sfmixtapes event at the Make-Out Room later with my Guilty Pleasures mix. Track listing: jamesdamnbrown.com/guiltypleasures
• Was feeling sad and lonely so to get out and be around people I went to a movie but when I got there I was the only person in the theater.
• Sorry to see my friend @EmilyAnneReed get voted off American Idol tonight but at least I won't have to watch that retarded show anymore.
• A must-read for all you honkies out there. jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/blackmusic.jpg
• Today was an awesome day to take a boat cruise on the bay. jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/seagullgoldengate.jpg
• One weekend, two films starring Isabelle Huppert playing a prostitute, one from 1978 when she was 25 and one from 2010 when she was 57.
• Every time I think about moving it makes me want to sell all my vinyl jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/albums.jpg
• Lo res cellphone pic of Ian Hunter at the Fillmore. jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/ianhunter.jpg
• Holy shit, Ian Hunter has to be the most ass kicking 70 year old rock and roller around. His voice is as strong as ever.
• Ron Wood's second divorce is now final. Of his first divorce in 1978, Ron said "Even though I've been divorced before I don't remember it."
• Noir City's hyperbolic film descriptions—revelatory! jaw-dropping! tour-de-force!—always sucker me into dropping dough on mediocre B movies.
• Checked out biographies of Jimmy Reed and Blind Willie McTell from the library.
• Want a leather bowler hat, but unlike top hats which have a flat crown, a bowler with a one piece round leather crown would be hard to make.
• The names that panhandlers most often call me are Slim, Ace, Sport and Stretch.
• The trailer for Blue Valentine is great. The movie is even better. Williams and Gosling are awesome.
• Chabrol's Les Bonnes Femmes rivals Godard's Masculine Feminine as the French New Wave film with the best looking collection of 60s babes.
• Walked past a sports fitness gym on Gough and saw a fat guy inside riding a stationary bike with a parrot on his shoulder.
• I really like the word hincty. Too bad no one uses it anymore.
• First musicians I ever played with, in the French Quarter in New Orleans: jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/augie.jpg
• A woman lying in an alley off Polk Street yelled at me, Sir can you tell me what's going on? I wish I could.
• Spending New Years Eve at Grace Cathedral with other old folks watching the 1925 film The Phantom Of The Opera with a live organist.
• Listening to Curtis Mayfield's last album, recorded as he lay in bed parlayzed from the neck down, singing one line at a time. Beautiful.
• Going to Slim's tonight to see X playing the entire Los Angeles album with Ray Manzarek on organ.
• I got three Christmas presents this year, the best one was the clothing rack someone in Pacific Heights put out on the sidewalk.
• Cold and rainy Christmas. Going to movies by myself all day. Just watched Harry Potter, seeing True Grit later tonight. Ho ho ho.
• Thought Black Swan would be like The Red Shoes meets Showgirls but it turned out to be The Red Shoes meets Repulsion, but not in a good way.
• Sitting on the dock of the bay, at the Polk Street pier.
• Standing in front of Laughing Sal in the Musee Mecanique at Fishermans Wharf.
• The French film Joyeux Noël en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joyeux_Noel is one of the deepest and most touching Christmas movies ever.
• Netflix keeps telling me that I like cerebral DVDs.
• The view of Polk Street out of my bedroom window at the moment. jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/santacon.jpg
• Off to Viz to watch a documentary that follows ten Chinese girls competing on Super Girl, China's hugely popular version of American Idol.
• Thursday: 1928 Dreyer film The Passion Of Joan Of Arc at The Paramount with live orchestra and choir bampfa.berkeley.edu/film/FN18861
• Charlie McCoy and I have the same two foot long plastic and cardboard promo replica of a Hohner Marine Band harmonica. jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/mccoy.jpg
• It's such a cliché, but you really find out who you true friends are when you're having hard times.
• My new Xmas mix for 2010 jamesdamnbrown.com/xmas/#3
• Watched Shindo's Onibaba on DVD, seeing his vampire cat ghost film Kuroneko tomorrow night at the Castro youtu.be/PmNhYzQMQtU
• Saw the Beat short film "Pull My Daisy" written and narrated by Kerouac, directed by Robert Frank, starring Ginsberg, Corso, and Orlovsky.
• Watched a documentary called Wheedle's Groove about the 70s funk/R&B scene in Seattle at the Ninth Street Independent Film Center tonight.
• You never stop being attracted to youth and beauty, but eventually youth and beauty stop being attracted to you.
• A strange James Brown sticker on the side of a mailbox on Larkin Street jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/sticker.jpg
• Live From Tokyo filmmakers brought so much free Kirin and Sapporo beer that 100+ audience members couldn't drink it all. Great screening.
• Tonight at Viz Cinema: Live From Tokyo, a documentary about underground bands and the live music scene in Tokyo youtu.be/lZGgQXuXjkM
• Olivier Assayas' six hour film about Carlos the Jackal is epic. Movie of the year. Just as gripping as Che and The Baader Meinhof Complex.
• Being in a crowd chanting "Go Giants!" don't move me, but a crowd chanting "Fuck George Bush!"—suddenly I'm invested in the World Series.
• Judging from the Mizoguchi films this week at Viz Cinema, being a Japanese woman used to be a pretty darned good reason to slit your wrists.
• Cara was almost late to the movie last night because just as she was about to leave her grief support group meeting someone started crying.
• SF Art Exchange opening for their exhibit Before They Make Me Run—Portraits of Keith Richards 63-71 Saturday from 7-10 PM.
• There's almost no way to film a dramatic sex scene anymore without it being a boring, movie-stopping cliché. Prurient interest is so passé.
• The Batusis show tonight gives me an excuse to wear the racing jacket I made using all my Batmobile patches and pins: jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/batmobile.jpg
• Blue Angels flying about 100 feet above my building on Polk Street: jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/blueangels.jpg
• After Hardly Strictly I ran into a New Orleans second line brass band jamming on Fulton Street and played harp with them for about an hour.
• Spent all day at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass in Golden Gate Park and saw Randy Newman, Nick Lowe, Elvis Costello, Sharon Jones and more.
• The day was ruled by an epic Patti Smith with Lenny Kaye on guitar jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/pattismith.jpg
• Totally ridiculous but I had this guy change the cover grips on my Victorinox Swiss Army knives from red to black: dellasknives.com
• If I were a girl, or gay, I would totally own a pair of pink Ray-Ban Wayfarers.
• A girl in a short skirt just walked past my bedroom window on Polk Street with the word THIGH tattooed on her thigh.
• Why is it the only two sounds that white people seem to be able to yell at an extremely loud volume are "Yeah!" and "Woo-hoo!"?
• My favorite Ike Reiko swordfight: youtu.be/QRBRO6ogMNg Obviously where Quentin Tarantino rips off a lot of his stuff.
• Playing at a Sonoma wine country music jam, pot luck and pool party. jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/sonoma.jpg
• Benjamin Franklin on why older women are preferable to hot young chicks: swarthmore.edu/SocSci/bdorsey1/41docs/51-fra.html
• Viz Cinema tonight: Female Prisoner #701—Scorpion, 1972 Japanese women in prison exploitation flick. Trailer: youtu.be/nY9xAybsfR4
• Canto Do Brazil, Craig Ferguson at Davies Hall tonight with Dana then Southern Culture On The Skids at Great American Music Hall.
• There were guys at the opera in tails, but none with long hair and a cape jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/opera.jpg
• If I were Godard I wouldn't show up for some honorary Oscar luncheon in November either.
• I fell in love when I watched Platinum Blonde on Sunday. Not with Jean Harlow but with Loretta Young: s4.hubimg.com/u/921163_f496.jpg
• I hung out with Allen Ginsburg once in college. A brilliant, gentle, kind man. So many questions I wish I'd been smart enough then to ask.
• Best Chris Rock joke: "So what's sexual harassment, when an ugly man wants some? He's ugly! Call the police!"
• Reading the wildly entertaining biography The Last Testament Of Lucky Luciano after seeing Francesco Rosi's film about Lucky Luciano at PFA.
• Reading a well-written biography of Jimmie Rodgers while listening to his records. Nothing beats a risquÈ blues song with yodeling.
• Used to be a person walking down the street talking to himself was crazy. Now you have to look and see if they're wearing an earpiece phone.
• If you wanted to be a Raelette, you had to let Ray.
• Got a nice email from my ex who I hadn't talked to in 10 or 15 years. She's married, has a daughter and wanted my homemade ice cream recipe.
• Far and away the biggest fans of my metallic silver leather blazer are black guys.
• Even if Obama was a Muslim, which he isn't, if you're offended by the fact that someone isn't a Christian then you're a bigot.
• House Of Prime Rib for my birthday then bar hopping. Top shelf bourbon—Blanton's, Van Winkle, Four Roses—all night at every bar. So drunk.
• In New Orleans there's an old tradition of people attaching dollar bills to your clothes with safety pins on your birthday.
• Saw a guy with money pinned to his shirt at the Homestead and asked if he was from New Orleans and if it was his birthday. Yes and yes.
• Playing harp outside Brenda's, waiting for my food to go, explaining the song "I Thought I Heard Buddy Bolden Say" to a girl from Long Beach.
• Watching My Mother's Castle, the sequel to My Father's Glory, both wonderful film adaptions of Marcel Pagnol's memoirs about his boyhood.
• I once said I'd see any movie that Javier Bardem was in but this new Julia Roberts movie is going to prove me wrong.
• Incredibly moving evening talking with a woman who at age 13 was one mile away from ground zero of the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki.
• Viz Cinema tonight: White Light/Black Rain, devastating documentary about the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki youtu.be/c_58byuLBu0
• Wow. Kurosawa's version of The Idiot is epic. Scenes as intense as anything he's done. Moves and feels almost like a great silent era film.
• Before I started singing, I often never noticed that many of my favorite singers almost always sing out of tune.
• Saturday afternoon I'm playing a gig at an outdoor pot luck and tri-tip BBQ at a horse ranch up in the hills near Livermore.
• When Waylon started his own company he named it Waylon Goddamn Jennings Productions. Guess I'm in good company.
• I've decided it's impossible to rationally discuss race. Everyone is biased by their own racial background, even if they think they aren't.
• Italian director Francesco Rosi's The Mattei Affair is a tense political thriller and a great movie about the international politics of oil.
• A journalist hired by Rosi to research Mattei's death was murdered by the Sicilian mafia. Rosi added the writer's character to the film.
• On Sunday I played an outdoor church music festival in Mount Shasta with my friends' old timey gospel band Fret Not jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/dayintheson.jpg
• The view from the front yard of the extremely nice couple that put the band up in their house and fed us all weekend. jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/mountshasta.jpg
• Super 8 footage of Halloween on Polk Street in the mid 70s, before the celebration moved to the Castro: youtu.be/LcQBYLWsZkQ
• An old timer walking down Polk Street asked where the Rose And Thistle pub was. Told him it closed 20 years ago. Guess I'm an old timer too.
• The Rose And Thistle was on California near Polk, a block from my first apartment in SF. Margaret Cho's parents owned a bookstore next door.
• A young black woman on BART told me that her small son was pointing at me and saying Oompaw because I looked exactly like his grandfather.
• Listening to Bob Dylan radio show about cats jamesdamnbrown.com/dylanshow/#cats My cat mix is better jamesdamnbrown.com/pussy
• Listening to the 1979 reggae album Serge Gainsbourg cut with Sly & Robbie and the I-Threes. Don't understand French but it sounds damn sexy.
• When my roommate Dorothy died she left a good library. Reading Simone Signoret's autobiography.
• I played harp and sang "Going To New Orleans" and "When The Saints Go Marching In" with two kids busking on tuba and drums on Haight Street.
• Hilarious anti-drug education films at Oddball. The narrator of one referred to a head shop as a "psychedelicatessen."
• Anne and I discussed trust fund kids we know, she thought maybe they learned less about life, I said no they just have better lives than us.
• Holy cow! Q'Orianka Kilcher can sing her ass off. Who knew? youtu.be/D5sjOXl3Qng
• My brand new custom made metallic silver leather blazer. jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/silverblazer.jpg Matches my hair.
• Reading Isabel Allende's The House Of The Spirits. Often compared to M·rquez for her magical realism, her prose reminds me of Jorge Amado.
• Popeye's is much much better in New Orleans.
• I'd heard Nina Simone when I read her autobiography but didn't know much about her life. Halfway through I realized she had a few issues.
• Liberace's henchwoman on this Batman episode is Edy Williams, Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls star, wife of Russ Meyer.
• This Batman episode has Paul Revere And The Raiders playing at a Penguin For Mayor campaign rally.
• No matter how crummy I feel, watching old episodes of the 60s Batman TV show always cheers me up.
• Finally went to see Avatar in a theater, because I figured if I didn't watch it in 3D it wouldn't be worth watching. I was right.
• Karl Rove hates exit polls. That's like O.J. Simpson saying he hates DNA testing.
• "One of the lessons of history is that nothing is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say." —Will Durant
• One of the clips at Oddball on Friday is this newsreel of Blackie, the horse that swam across San Francisco Bay. vimeo.com/6015415
• Air Doll is another moving gem from Hirokazu Kore-eda. Doona Bae is wonderful as a doll that comes to life.
• After the screening I told Kore-eda through his interpreter that all of his films have touched me deeply.
• I have one fedora, three top hats, four bowlers, and eight cowboy hats four of which are leather. Don't get me started on baseball caps.
• Overheard a girl walking down the street tell her friend, "You're not supposed to chew tobacco on a date!" Obviously she's not a Southerner.
• Castro on Saturday: House, 1977 campy surreal psychedelic Japanese horror film wherein a haunted mansion kills teen girls bit.ly/uZe1
• Friday at Oddball—Vintage health ed films including Soapy The Germ Fighter, Facts For Girls, The Story of Menstruation, Dating Do's & Dont's
• Street musicians who play along with prerecorded backing tracks are lame.
• Collecting stuff is fun until you start thinking about moving.
• Hanging out with church going folks makes me realize how much I curse.
• I love musician autobiographies, read lots of them, and Ethel Waters' is one of the best. Her childhood makes Precious look like a cakewalk.
• Ethel Waters' autobiography starts "I never was a child. I never was coddled, or liked, or understood by my family." bit.ly/d2oBp2
• PFA Friday—Monica Vitti is miniskirted 60s comic book superspy Modesty Blaise youtube.com/watch?v=IN9uh1bSsYo Move over Austin Powers
• After the Atlas Cafe bluegrass jam I hopped a ride with Tom to North Beach and played music with friends at a bar on Columbus until late.
• The problem with buying film festival tickets in advance—I am not in the mood to watch a film about the rape of Nanking tonight.
• Thursday at Red Vic: Night Of Lust, 1963 French crime noir/porn exploitation film with jazzy Chet Baker score.
• Sat in with Gayle Lynn and Her Hired Hands tonight at the Hootenanny then off to Marlene's birthday party/music jam in Berkeley until 4 AM.
• Alfie's pics/vids of her bar The Chatterbox chatterboxbar.com 1986-1990, when SF was cheap and "a 40 hour work week was optional."
• Michael Monroe had fellow Hanoi Rockser Sam Yaffa on bass and current NY Dolls Johnny Thunders dude on guitar in his band at The Paradise.
• Michael Monroe crowd was like a reunion of regulars from old Valencia St. glam/punk/metal club Chatterbox (now Amnesia). Best SF bar EVER.
• Up In The Old Hotel, Joseph Mitchell's collected New Yorker portraits of eccentrics and people on the fringes of NYC, is a tour-de-force.
• Listening to a compilation of men ain't no good songs by various 1920s/30s female blues singers on the feminist label Rosetta Records.
• Songs include "Can't Be Bothered With No Sheik," "I Don't Dig You Jack," "You Can't Sleep In My Bed," and "Move It On Out Of Here."
• Promo posters from my record store days on the wall of my music room jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/posters.jpg
• "That's the way it is with some guys, there's only one woman in the world for them and if it's the wrong one, that's tough."
• I keep almost getting killed by silent Priuses that pull out from parking spots and sneak up on me while I'm trying to jaywalk.
• 83 year old R&B sax legend Big Jay McNeely KILLED tonight, came in the front door blowin' and wandered thru the crowd honkin' at cute girls.
• If I make a batch of homemade ice cream, does that make me an artisan? Or do I need a pretentious website too?
• Best Target Video clip at YBCA was Iggy Pop singing at the Old Waldorf in SF missing a front tooth and wearing fishnets and a miniskirt.
• My pet peeve is that oldies DJ all-vinyl geeky fetishism deprives clubgoers of cool music that isn't found/affordable on vinyl.
• Chinese New Year reminds me of moving here and thinking the firecrackers in Chinatown were gunfire. Unlike the Mission where it was gunfire.
• Valentines Day pillow fight in San Francisco jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/pillowfight.jpg
• The young whiskey drinkin' pot smokin' acid droppin' coke sniffin' rock'n'rollers I jammed with last night made me feel bourgeois. Or old.
• My comfort zone is contracting.
• Josee, The Tiger, And The Fish youtube.com/watch?v=RDZCjir2amM#t=024s is the most touching, funny and sad love story I've seen in years. Beautiful. Go see it.
• Three people were shot on Bourbon Street during the Super Bowl celebration. Hell, in New Orleans it ain't a party until someone gets shot.
• Ron Dibble at The Alley was great. He told me the key at the start of each song and threw me harp solos while other people were karaoking.
• Tonight off to The Alley—divey Oakland steakhouse/piano bar—to karaoke along with pianist Rod Dibble. youtube.com/watch?v=f-Z2x0eAcxk
• A woman got on the elevator at Barney's smelling perfume on her wrist, and looked over at me and held out her wrist so I could smell it too.
• Tried Fuji pack film in my Polaroid Land Camera. Never knew the camera had such resolution. Fuji kicks Polaroid's ass. jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/polaroid.jpg
• FDR and JFK were born rich and less intimidated by the monied interests of their own class than Clinton or Obama. Then again, they shot JFK.
• Texans are supremely confident that everything they are familiar with is better than everything they aren't.
• Beyond Ipanema, a documentary about Brazilian music youtube.com/watch?v=Mr8hBm0U1pQ is awesome! Must visit Tropic·lia In Furs in NYC.
• The problem with vinyl is that I have to get off the exercise bike every twenty minutes to flip over the album.
• Someone asked about my retirement plan, I told them I had an inexpensive one designed for low income seniors called the Smith & Wesson Plan.
• Sad that NYE is the last night for Annie's Social Club. Spent quite a few NYEs at Annie's bar. Hell, last year at midnight I kissed Annie.
• As country singers go, Jeff Bridges ain't no Robert Duvall. More about booze than music, Crazy Heart ends where Tender Mercies starts—sober.
• Christmas day in the city reminds me of the emptiness of the small Tennessee town where I grew up on each Sunday when everything was closed.
• After eating at Brenda's—the best New Orleans food outside New Orleans—you're done eating for the rest of the day. frenchsoulfood.com
• Sometimes I hear horrible harmonica solos on big hit songs and think no one would put up with such terrible playing on any other instrument.
• 12/19 Preminger at PFA—Groucho Marx, Jackie Gleason, George Raft, Mickey Rooney, Burgess Meredith as 60s mafioso on LSD bit.ly/6aFYcK
• Vertigo at the Castro, after the film a private birthday party upstairs in the theater's mezzanine for a former coworker lasting until 2 AM.
• Took me a while to figure out why people keep assigning a value of less than three to things.
• The night Sabrina and I won the NightBeat dance contest: jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/trophies.jpg
• Brown family women are short, or else I am very tall. jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/brownfamilywomen.jpg
• Scanned some family photos during my visit. Teenaged me, Starsky and Hutch era: jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/starsky.jpg
• Every half hour Dad asks me what we're doing for Thanksgiving dinner this afternoon, which is going to this place midwesternmeats.com
• All night long, girls I didn't know kept coming over to compliment and feel my leopard spotted hair-on cowhide blazer jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/blazer.jpg
• The Flakes played "Think" and their drummer Russell told the crowd, "James Brown is here tonight, you can get his autograph later."
• Best part of Richie Unterberger's Velvet Underground video/audio/slideshow at Magic Bus was Lou Reed doing Mick Jagger: bit.ly/ktylP
• People keep finding me on Facebook that I haven't seen since we went to high school together, and man they're fucking old now.
• Met a guy tonight who told me, "10 or 12 years ago when I'd drive into the city to go to clubs, I'd see you dancing at every place I went."
• Passed a bum in the Tenderloin holding a cardboard sign that said Fuck You! Give Me A Dollar!
• Wild footage of a Black Sabbath float in a 1970 gay parade down Folsom, also including the Cockettes and Anton LaVey: bit.ly/4uRiBi
• My tight black latex pants and matching patent leather Chuck Taylors always draw enthusiastic compliments from hookers.
• I have two apartments. If I get bored at one I walk over to the other one and feel like I've gotten out of the house, when I haven't really.
• My friend Troy, observing some Oscar Wilde wannabes at a dance club: "Those guys think that they're dandies, but really they're fops."
• Saturday was a perfect night of playing harmonica, top shelf liquor, dancing to 60s music, and a pin-up girl to die for: jamesdamnbrown.com/images/twitter/pinup.jpg
• Gave my 60s mix CD to a waitress at Sushi Rock for her birthday. She played it in the sushi bar one day and everyone thought it was weird.
• William Klein's 1980 documentary about Little Richard is a riot. I laughed so hard I cried. Here's the first 15 minutes: bit.ly/ewgts
• The Baader Meinhof Complex is a stunning political thriller, mind blowing in its intensity and scope and historical accuracy, a masterpiece.
• Found a dollar bill on the sidewalk and handed it to a bum standing nearby who said, Oh wow, that might be mine, I was laying down there.
• I rarely eat at home. I'm on a first name basis with so many waitresses it's ridiculous.
• SF Opera simulcast of Il Trovatore at Giants ballpark, then Ooh La La at Paradise last night. NoÎl Coward's Brief Encounter at ACT tonight.
• Sat in with Pam and Ted and Tom and their bluegrass band, Belle Monroe and the Brewglass Boys, at the Atlas Cafe.
• Went to a jam at a club on Mission called Savannah Jazz, got to call two tunes, "All Of Me" and "Blue Monk," and lead the band.
• A friend once told me that I reminded him of the protagonist of the Walker Percy novel The Moviegoer.
• Reading Dizzy Gillespie's autobiography To Be Or Not To Bop. The cat was almost as handy with a knife as with a trumpet. Ask Cab Calloway.
• Live jazz and a groovy crowd in Union Square on an actual warm San Francisco night. Must be what Eric Burden was talking about.
• Read the autobiography of Joan Baez who is sweetly unabashedly boy crazy. The Baez sisters anti-draft poster is a howl: g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/askville/291827_8933672_mywrite/joanbaez.jpg
• iPhoning teenagers discussing private school in a cafe in Pacific Heights make me think about my poverty ridden childhood in Tennessee.
• In European films men emasculated by society take out their frustration on sympathetic women. In American films they shoot lots of people.
• The rockabilly bands around here, and a lot of the country music players too, need to worry less about clothes and more about musicianship.
• Thirst, the new film by Korean director Park Chan-wook, is wildly original, inventive, and uproariously funny. Best vampire movie in years.
• Me, Carolyn and Billy's rendition of "It Makes No Difference" was a hit at The Band tribute concert. Billy's dobro sounded great with harp.
• PFA 6/25: Oshima's 3 Resurrected Drunkards: Help! meets Godard in Japan starring 60s Tokyo pop group The Folk Crusaders bit.ly/7ZP96
• Ticked off at throwing two cool battery powered portable television sets in the trash today because all they get now is static.
• U.S. press will report that statistical irregularities point to election fraud overseas but when it happens here (Ohio 2004) mum's the word.
• It's strange erasing someone's entry in your address book after they die.
• A bike messenger hocks a loogie into a garbage can at Market and Montgomery and his buddy says to him, Hey people eat out of there you know.
• Bought an awesome 100% black rabbit fur bowler/derby hat made by Parisian chapelier anthonypeto.com at Berkeley Hat on Telegraph.
• New York Dolls at the Regency, shitty sound, fun crowd, unfamiliar new songs, played along on my harp with cool reggae version of "Trash."
• NY Dolls: during "Pills" a big girl in a rock and roll nurse outfit jumped on me and I dropped her because of my fucked up back. I felt bad.
• Just watched all Truffaut's Antoine Doniel films. Boy, French guys can be total jerks and cute French girls will still swoon over them.
• Terrence Malick's The New World is one of the most beautiful films ever made.