Thursday, July 26, 2007

Laura Cantrell shows in NY next week!

with Jimmy Ryan on mandolin, Jeremy Chatzky on Upright Bass and
Mark Spencer on Acoustic Guitar and Weissenborn. (info via Mark Spencer)

July 31st at...

11th Street Bar
510 E. 11th St.,
New York, NY 10009 (nr. Ave. A) 212-982-3929... Free


August 1st at...

Stuyvesant Town Outdoor Series
Stuyvesant Town Oval (enter at 16th street and First Avenue )
6:30pm, co-bill with Christina Courtin and the Running Kicks Free
So did you hear the news? It's the patio heater that's the culprit in all this climate change kerfuff. Breathe easy you SUV drivers, Chinese and Indian Power Station owners and Airlines. I bet all those barbeques aren't helping the environment much either. Think about that when you're scarfing your burgers and steaks, or veggie kebabs if that is your particular barbie poison of choice. Have you ever heard so much pish? Actually, I imagine you have but really, this is news? And what will it do to Garden Centre profits? Did anybody think about that?? No it's just me, me, me with you people. And as I look out at the sweeping rain I'm thinking, the experts are too late.

The latest mail strike made me think of the days when I spent my entire lunch break at the post office. The sheer volume of stuff that I used to send out was pretty incredible. At the time you would have thought that a business like the PO would always be there, now I have my doubts. The spectre of competition coupled with a marked reduction in quality of service can only suggest that their fate is sealed (no stationery pun intended). The opening hours of the collection office have been reduced to the point of daftness to a slim window of 8am until 12 noon, nae bleedin' use to me. You can't not have some sympathy with regard to the erosion of conditions that workers are facing but that’s happening to all of the great “institutions”. Actually it’s going on across the board, everywhere. It has little or nothing to do with the people who actually work in any given location. It's the greedy bastards at the helm who fear for their inflated existences that are invariably running once reputable ships aground and making off with the spoils in full fucking daylight.

Oh yeah, this is supposed to be about music and entertainment isn’t it? Well I imagine we’ll get back to that at some point. I'm just relieved that I don't have a patio...