MAY
2007
09

Rage Gone Girls

On Saturday night I ended up at the dance club Barcode, and unfortunately, so did Girls Gone Wild. The whole experience left me disgusted with the club and the Girls Gone wild “brand,” as the company insists on describing its products. I was going to write an angry post on all of this, but on further reflection I realized my feelings for both the club and the brand are more complicated. In the case of Barcode, which until recently was called The Rage, my feelings for the club mirror my feelings for Sacramento in general: contradictory mixtures of comfort and…

MAY
2007
03

DJ Shadow

DJ Shadow’s show last week was like his latest album The Outsider, only in reverse: he started with a set of his heaviest psychedelic electronica, then stopped half-way through and brought out his friend Lateef The Truth Speaker for a set of danceable hip-hop and party music. I love both sides of Shadow’s personality, and the show was amazing. The tacky venue seemed a poor choice for the first set; I wanted to be sitting in a dark room in a comfortable chair to better follow the trip of shadows through my mind. But when Shadow and The Truth Speaker…

MAY
2007
02

APE 2007

I managed to get sick the Friday night before this year’s Alternative Press Expo, so exhibiting Saturday and Sunday turned into a test of physical endurance. However, I’m happy to report that not only did I make it but that I also had a lot of fun. And then I vomited on myself on the way home. Even though this was my second year as an exhibitor, I was there first and foremost as a fan. There’s always new, hard to find stuff (at least in Sacramento) at the Drawn and Quarterly table, so I picked up the latest issues…

MAY
2007
01

PBS Gets HardPressed

Part of the new Frontline story “Hot Politics,” which aired tonight on PBS, follows professional skater Lee West as he visits the offices of TerraPass in San Francisco for a report on carbon offsets. There are two close-ups of TerraPass stickers designed by yours truly within the video: the TerraPass flight sticker (at –3:28) and the TerraPass bumper sticker (at –2:37). You can watch the whole segment, which lasts about six minutes, at the TerraPass blog.