Tag Archive: personal history

The Universe Had A Plan: “Go Hawks!”

Posted on | January 19, 2014 | Comments Off on The Universe Had A Plan: “Go Hawks!”

  Back in 1977, I was starting 9th grade in Champaign, Illinois. One day, a kid in my class told me that if you wrote a letter to a pro sports team and told them you were a fan, they would send you free stuff. The Seattle Seahawks were a brand new NFL franchise back […]

Lessons Learned in the Church of Dissonance: Father’s Day Thoughts on Edwin London (1929-2013)

Posted on | June 15, 2013 | 1 Comment

As I’ve mentioned before on this weblog, there wasn’t much Judeo-Christian worship in our family growing up. Nevertheless, there was always plenty of religion in our home. Through the years, my brother and I absorbed large helpings of an eclectic gospel authored by our father, Edwin London, the founder and sole rabbi of the Church […]

Generation Basement: The Flop Reunion

Posted on | August 22, 2012 | 1 Comment

(Poster above by Ed Fotheringham. Printing by the Vera Project. There are still a limited number of posters for sale. Proceeds go to Music for Marriage Equality. Starting on August 27, 2012, you should be able to buy one at www.music4marriage.org. Nice, professional, B&W photos below by Niffer Calderwood. Video by Chris Swenson. Blurry color […]

The K-Mart Radio: An Xmas Tale

Posted on | December 25, 2011 | 2 Comments

I’ve had a K-Mart radio for over 30 years now. It receives AM, FM, and shortwave frequencies. It was made in Japan before that was a compliment. Nevertheless, it aspires to be hi-fidelity, with knobs and switches for bass, treble, volume, and loudness, plus a separate woofer and tweeter. It even has inputs on its […]

At Work With Ace

Posted on | May 28, 2010 | Comments Off on At Work With Ace

[Another old piece of writing. Kind of a sibling to the Replacements piece. Consolidating it over here.] Recently, the band Kiss made a triumphant return to the limelight. It was fun observing the whole resurgence. It got me thinking warm thoughts about my life as 7th grader, listening to the Big 89, WLS AM Chicago, […]

Sucking in the Seventies: Paul Westerberg, the Replacements, and the Onset of the Ironic Cover Aesthetic in Rock and Roll (It’s Only Rock and Roll But I Like It)

Posted on | May 27, 2010 | 2 Comments

[I wrote this years ago, mostly just to try and understand some stuff that was bouncing around in my head. Moving it over from the Myspace page, so it’s here with other stuff I’ve written. The piece was never formally published. It’s just been bouncing around the web. But the people who’ve read it, seem […]

On the Occassion of Roseann’s 43rd Birthday, Maxwell Tries Wasabi

Posted on | February 13, 2010 | 1 Comment

February 4, 2010 (3:00 am or so) February in Seattle has a way of turning my circadian rhythms around. So I find myself tired but unable to sleep tonight. This wired fatigue is an interesting place. The mind is quieter and slower. At the same time, a lot of psychic noise disappears, and an unexpected […]

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