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|Wednesday, January 20th, 2010|
The show was indoors at a casino, my first such concert experience. The best thing about casinos is the psychedelic carpeting in impossibly loud patterns. Anyway, I am so very sorry to report that due to a mere 20 minutes of tardiness I missed HALF of the acts playing that night, JJ FAD and TWILITE 22. Tragic!! In lieu of an actual review of their performance I will settle for presenting JJ FAD as I originally remember from the years when I heard them on the radio, resplendent in radness like this:
Thankfully my friend Rachelle and I made it perfectly on time to see EGYPTIAN LOVER.
He had a turntable set up with one other guy rapping along. I was baffled as to why he started his set with "Planet Rock" rather than original material. As much as I adore the b-boy anthem, I would have preferred to hear something like "Freak-A-Holic" (which he thankfully did later in the set). Anyway, being one of the very first hip-hop DJs on the West Coast out of Los Ange;les, one must recognize(!) and respect the artist known as The Egyptian Lover.
I LOVE the cell phone!!
The headlining act was ZAPP, sadly sans Roger. But Zapp really brought it, and the entire band impressed the hell out of me! I was dazzled and amazed by the frequency of costume changes, from one sparkling Crayola-colored suit to the next! They started in yellow, then orange, red, purple, and finally white sequined suits. They played all the best booty-shaking shit they're known for, as well as a few slow jams including "Computer Love", which is TOTALLY MY JAM. Here is a visual representation of ZAPP
After the show I joined my friend in sitting down to play the slot machines. Being super adventurous, I fed the machine an entire $5 bill. I didn't know what to do but kept pushing shit, there were 2 rows of buttons with numerical values which I had no understanding of. Then I noticed my dollar amount steadily shrinking until it reached $3.20. At that point I got a 7-77-777 combination with something else I've forgotten, and suddenly the amount went up to $6.78, so I decided to quit while I was ahead and cash it in. It was marginally entertaining for an irritatingly short period of time; I'd rather put my quarters in a Galaga machine. But the jams were still fresh, even in 2010!
|Friday, October 30th, 2009|
Wow, haven't written here in a long time and want to wish everybody a happy holiday weekend!
What will you be doing/wearing?
|Thursday, August 27th, 2009|
|SUMMER OF DEATH
The summer of 2009 is mine! Lots of mufuckaz be dyin, y'all!
FARRAH FAWCETT- Married to lousy jerk, posed in cold + wet red swimsuit (causing infamously and internationally iconic nipple erection) with Gleem-polished grin for poster, gets role in cheesy-ass "crime drama", spends rest of life on and off with another lousy jerk, dies terribly painful death. That's all I know.
SKY SAXON- Leader of '60s psychedelic garage rockers The Seeds. Was lucky enough to witness this odd talent live in 2001 at Mr. T's Bowl in Los Angeles. Bummer he's gone.
MICHAEL JACKSON- I got super sad and cried at the thought of the little Black boy who sang "Ben" dying, then shrugged indifferently at the thought of the surgically altered freakazoid dispensing Jesus juice to grab pre-teen ween dying.
BILLY MAYS- I don't care if I'm going to hell for saying I was happy and relieved that this one kicked the bucket. His voice got on my damn nerves. When the news added the juicy tidbit that cocaine helped kill his ass it just got mo better, like the gift that keeps on giving. Yay!
LES PAUL- Brilliant man who devised some of the most invaluable inventions in rock and roll, not the least of which are the electric guitars bearing his name. Old as hell so he had to go, but still a bummer because it means another great is gone.
ELLIE GREENWICH- Writer of some of rock and roll's most dopest jams including but not limited to "Da Doo Ron Ron" and "Leader of the Pack". She worked her marvelous craft with Phil Spector's crazy ass at the production helm, but at least the homicidal son of a bitch made her shit sound good.
TED KENNEDY- I surprised myself by getting all sensitive and varklempt about this one. Maybe it was the fact that he was The Last of his dynamic dynasty, or the way he so fearlessly fought his illness that impressed me. Dude was tough! I'm curious what Jello Biafra has to say.
DOMINICK DUNNE- High-falutin true crime writer with the testicular fortitude to write his first such piece about the murder of his own daughter, Dominique. Mad propz (and the fact we share the same initials has not been lost on me). Only the finest champagne should be poured out over this dead homie's grave.
I feel like I'm forgetting some; these were off the top of my skull. Fill me in if you have more so I can talk some more shit/drop some more praise.
Love, Diana Death
|Thursday, August 20th, 2009|
|omg wtf lol
I used to a a fan of Perez Hilton's gossip column until a friend recently turned me on to www.dlisted.com
Perez is like so tame and passé now, it's all about Michael K (another gay Latino chismoso).
This website has totally changed my life.
|Monday, February 23rd, 2009|
|Black History Month
Oh man, I've been lagging on this shit. Last night I dreamt there was going to be a musical version of Dante's "Divine Comedy" completely penned by Chuck Berry. I couldn't wait to hear his rendering of the Inferno.
|Thursday, February 5th, 2009|
The good news is that I've entered the digital age to such a degree that I'm now able to write posts from my mobile device. The bad news is that I have to use this technological advancement to comment on the deaths of two true rockers.
Guitarist of Iggy and the Stooges, and a huge influence on my playing. The type who would leave your ass black and blue with every revolution on the turntable, a loud ass motherfucker who needed only 3 chords to kill. Much love and respect from me to you. Nominated 7 times for the Rock and Roll Hall of Shame, and just got dissed yet again! But I'm glad they didn't just give you the dead sympathy vote, cos that would have been bullshit, too.
Lead singer of The Cramps. His howling and hiccuped screams were a major part of my adolescent soundtrack, and I was lucky to have witnessed it live a few times. The first was when I was in my teens, maybe 10th or 11th grade, and I was lucky they finally played an all-ages gig, cos I'd missed them before. A local zombie surf combo called Deadbolt opened, some stupid noisemeisters called Throw Rag (or was it Doo Rag?) played second, and The Cramps headlined. I enjoyed Deadbolt's spooky vaudeville, but during Throw Rag I got up to get a soda. Standing alone in the shadows was a ridiculously tall, lean figure wearing a black cowboy hat. I whispered to my friends, "Hey, that's Lux Interior!", but they said, "no way, he's not wearing a vinyl catsuit and heels, that's not him." But I was convinced otherwise, and wanted to find out for sure. Somehow I got up the sober 16 year old nerve to walk up to the shy-looking guy dressed in simple black jeans and shirt and said, "Pardon me, I'm nearsighted, but are you Lux Interior?" He replied, "I'm farsighted, so that makes us even. And yes, I am." I asked if he saw Deadbolt, but he said, "no, we just got here." I said, "Oh, that's too bad, cos I think you would have liked them a lot. Oh well, have a good gig tonight!" We smiled, shook hands, and I walked back to my friends, who thought I was crazy to approach that dude. Years later Deadbolt did a West Coast tour with The Cramps and they made good friends, and I couldn't help feeling proud that I had made the initial connection between the two in some small, weird way. Anyway, Lux was super nice to a goofy teenager, and I'll never forget that.
Rest in peace, brothers.
Love always, DD
|Tuesday, October 14th, 2008|
|Raddest '80s Electropop, 16
I really, really love the song "Planet Earth", so I'd be doing a dastardly disservice to the jukebox in my brain --the entity that dictates the content of this website-- if I didn't include early, NewRomantical pictures of: DURAN DURAN!
|Thursday, October 2nd, 2008|
|Raddest '80s Electropop, 15
Oh snap, I knew the last one wasn't the end of the goth/disco... There's still YAZ featuring Alison Moyet and Vince Clarke
|Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008|
|Sunday, September 14th, 2008|
|Raddest '80s Electropop, 12
Before morphing into metallurgical industrialists and finding mainstream success in the 1990s, this Chicago band churned out some of the most awesome goth/disco jams of the early 1980s. Ladies and Gentlemen, I bring you: MINISTRY
Al Jourgenson may refer to "With Sympathy" as an abortion of an album, but it was one of the first LPs I ever bought, and will always have a special place in my heart. "Effigy" and "Revenge" fucking KILL. Oh yeah, and so does "Every Day is Halloween".
Special thanks to Hollie Horror for jogging my memory on this one!
|Sunday, September 7th, 2008|
|Raddest '80s Electropop 10, 11
I can't believe I almost forgot tacky-ass SAMANTHA FOX, cos "Naughty Girls Need Love, Too" (composed by Full Force) is the best freestyle song ever written!!
Every Freestyle Fest has its major headlining act, and mine would be MIDNIGHT STARR of "No Parking on the Dancefloor", "Electricity", "Operator", "Midas Touch", and "Scientific Love" fame.
But what with my hypothetical status as Queen of the World, I would have them all beheaded if they didn't also do "Freak-A-Zoid"!!!!
|Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008|
|Raddest '80s Electropop 6, 7, 8, and 9
I'm still not done with the roll call for my hyPATHETICal Freestyle Fest 2008:
B MOVIE of "Nowhere Girl" fame
NU SHOOZ of "I Can't Wait" and "Point of No Return" fame-not to be confused with the Expose song of the same name
SHANA of "I Want You" fame
READY FOR THE WORLD of "Oh Sheila" and especially "Digital Display" fame
I hope you guys are enjoying all these fashion faux pas as much as I am!
|Wednesday, August 27th, 2008|
|Raddest '80s Electropop 2, 3, 4, and 5
Due to its fleeting nature as a genre, Freestyle produced quite a lot of one-hit wonders. If I were Queen of the World, my 2008 Freestyle Fest would have to include:
LINEAR of "Sending All My Love(To You)" fame
NICE & WILD of "Diamond Girl" fame
NOEL of "Silent Morning" fame
ROCKELL of "In a Dream" fame
Before I did the Google Image searches this evening, I had no idea how very goofy Linear and Nice & Wild looked!! Shock and awe!
|Monday, August 18th, 2008|
|Raddest '80s Electropop, 1
NO FREESTYLE FEST THIS SUMMER = TOTAL BUMMER!
For the past 2 summers I've been going to these concerts and bringing my reviews to you, dear readers. Sadly, this is not possible in 2008, and I'm feeling a void. So in order to get my 1980s electro ya-yas out, I'm starting a new visual theme to ease the pain.
Here's an act that coulda shoulda woulda played the Freestyle Fest if there was one this year: THE INFORMATION SOCIETY!
I remember having a crush on Kurt Harland back in the day, and I can still see why. Weirdo dark punky-haired dude wearing black and rolling around the stage on skates? Genius!
|Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008|
|RIP Bo Diddley
I'm very sorry I was unable to post until today that a dear rock guitarist/composer died yesterday, and my heart's now got another hairline fracture. My people keep dying, and that sucks. I know nobody can live forever, but it's still such a bummer to lose someone you've cared about your whole life. I didn't even know until I read the obituary that we shared something else in common: being violinists in early childhood before teaching ourselves the guitar. Thank you thank you thank you for your wonderful music! The world wouldn't be the same if you'd never existed, cos without you we would't have had THAT BEAT.
Thank you so, so much for everything. I really can't say it enough.
|Thursday, May 29th, 2008|
|Google = frightening
I Googled my name (as it appears on my birth certificate) and found several pages of results, but only 1 of them was about me, related to a copyright registration circa 2001 for one of my songs. The rest of the results consisted of:
-an athlete from New York University
-somebody who got charged for assault
-"a bitch who loves to text"
-somebody on Facebook (which I have never used)
-a completely different girl from the same Mexican city I was born in
-a Playboy Cyber Girl with nude photos and videos on Dutch web sites
SO NOT ME!! Now I'm worried if anyone has ever Googled me and though I was one of hose people; apparently my given name is not as unusual as I thought it was..
Yours in paranoia,
|Saturday, May 24th, 2008|
|Friday, April 11th, 2008|
|Wednesday, March 12th, 2008|
|Death on the Radio
More Current Jamz:
Lynrd Skynrd- "Free Bird"
Jimi Hendrix Experience- "Stone Free"
Free- "All Right Now"
My skinny Mexican ass is going to invade the airwaves this Saturday, March 15 on 90.7 KALX FM out of UC Berkeley. It was too short notice to get the whole band up there, so I'm just going to do an unplugged set myself, spin some D.D. Band tunes, and chat with DJ Therese between 6:30 and 9 pm West Coast time.
And, my band is suddenly booked for a SHITLOAD of new shows:
3/28 - Ken Club
3/31- The Casbah
4/3- Zombie Lounge
4/18- Tower Bar
San Diego friends, let me know if you wanna be my Plus One for any of these nights cos I'm stone free.