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Zach Galifianakis shirt

So I can’t attend, but my good buddy Zach is performing in San Francisco this Saturday at the Filmore and he’ll be either selling or giving away these shirts at the show. The illustration is by Corrie Erickson, and I designed it, and if you’re nice, I might have a few of these at the house to dole out.


Pretentious? I doubt it.

Team Chunklet vs. Team Beast

Back in the spring, Chunklet sponsored two performances with Team Beast (aka Mogwai, aka Mogwump, aka Mowgli), Torche and Growing at Whirlyball Atlanta in Roswell which is north of Atlanta by 30 miles. Was it fun? Well, duh. It’s whirlyball. For the uninitiated, whirlyball is like redneck polo played in bumper cars. The movie does an okay job of showing how insane it is too.

I guess it’s as good a time as any to announce that Chunklet is sponsoring our second show at Whirlyball Atlanta in October and man, I hope you’re sitting down for this line up…..

Melvins
with special guest David Yow (yes, thee David Yow)
Harvey Milk
Big Business

Tickets are $25 and I guarantee this will sell out in advance.  You can purchase tickets here.

I’ve also included a few live songs from those magical shows below. Did I mention that we beat Mogwai like 16 to 2? We love those guys to death, but they could use a few team skill tips from Celtic.

Chunklet introducing Mogwai on Day 1

Glasgow Megasnake plus Iron Man!

Glasgow Megasnake (again, coz it rules)

Chunklet introducing Mogwai on Day 2

Harvey Milk

At long last. Now buy it! Click below to check out the trailer!

Overrated Tour part deux

Man, so just when I think that going out on the road promoting the Overrated Book can’t get any better, it does. The heightened airport security kicked in right as I made the connecting flight in Indianapolis on my way to Chicago. You know what they took? My effin’ prescription eye medication. Unreal. But once I got to Quimby’s, everything was fine. I did a 45 minute talk about the magazine, the book, the DVDs…..everything, really. To rekindle the last time there, I had friends bring milkshakes which went over well. Had thee best BBQ I’ve ever had in Chicago afterwards at Honey’s #1 (aka Magic Land) consisting of rib tips and sausage. Oh my god. The next day was Landlocked in Bloomington. The kids (and I mean that literally) there were awesome as I showed movies and made a futile attempt at selling books to their broke asses.  I got a chance to go and check out the warehouses at Secretly Canadian and snag a copy of the John Cale box set I originally designed (but was not credited for) and get a stack of new SC releases that were perfect for my lengthy drive to Cincy. What can I say about Shake it Records that wouldn’t make it seem like I’m a paid endorser? I don’t know, but for a small(ish) town, I was thoroughly blown away. I co-emceed a 2 hour presentation with Billy at Shake It where we inducted people that should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (Pretty Things, Stooges, etc) and deducted people that shouldn’t be there (Eagles, Billy Joel, etc). Very fly-by-the-seat-of-the-pants, but still a blast. I then spent the next 3 hours looking thru the records in the basement, and eventually spending over $200. Fortunately, Billy was able to apply credit to all the stuff I brought to sell them. Outside of Amoeba, I had never spent so much money at a record store in such little time. The biggest scores were finding great copies of all the old Melvins records on vinyl, but I also found a few old Olivia Tremor Control singles (one that I personally released was awesome to find), and was given the newly reissued Kenny Smith CD that Shake It released which was an astounding collection of early 70’s soul. The drive back to Chicago was slightly miserable as I couldn’t find a hotel, but thankfully the mighty Tom Pisano came to my rescue at 2am. I’ll talk about him more at some later time.

Thanks to Paul H, Pdex, Sara T, Liz @ Quimby’s, Heath & Landlocked, JC, Darius, Mary, Ben, Chris, Jon, Billy and Darren at Shake it and most especially, anybody that had me sign their book. Next stop? Texas!

Kenny Smith – Lord What’s Happened?

Kenny Smith – Deep In My Heart

Interview – Overrated Tour!

From the Nashville Rage. God, what a fun time I had this past weekend! Thanks to Grimey’s, the folks at the Basement, CD Alley, Lunchbox Records, Earshot Records and all the mofos that decided having me scribble in their book was a wise idea. Midwest dates are this coming week. Come on out and keep me entertained! Thanks to Philly Boy Roy, Charles, Walsby, Gus, Mike, Scott, Brian, Chris, The Disease, Cecillia, Eric, Kelly, Garland, Kingsbury Manx peeps, the effin’ amazin’ puppet show, Anna, Tbag and Mer, Hog Heaven BBQ, Cheerwine, Diet Pepsi, Hummers, Carburritos, and most especially, the 5-toothed inbred in the Smoky Mountains that couldn’t explain why my hotel reservation wasn’t showing up on their computer. No really, I don’t mind driving another 50 miles. No really, go to a dentist. Find out you like candy. Anyway, again, thanks to everybody. I can’t wait to do that trek again! (note: the drive from Nashville to Chapel Hill is 11 hours! I’ll know that the next time!)

Fun record scores for under $6? Quite a bunch! A perfect copy of the Poison Idea Sub Pop single, Live Skull Dusted, Major Stars Distant Effects, Bastards Monticello and a replacement copy of Neil Young’s On The Beach. Whee!

Most played song on my iPod? Thee Speaking Canaries.

I Wear Glasses In The Most Brutal Sport Ever Invented

The Pennsylvania Macaroni Company – Patton Oswalt

This absolutely hilarious recording that we did in Chicago back in April will be out in the next month!

In a fashion similar to the Patton vs. Zach CD, it’ll be limited and available exclusively at the Comedians of Comedy shows and on the chunklet site. Keep yer ears peeled. Honestly, it’s worth every penny!

Rocktoid – CSS

Band that further reaffirms the stereotype that women can’t play. Not only can’t they play, but these Brazilian women have a CD that backs them up all Ashlee Simpson style. Fucking laaaaame. I thought Sub Pop was taking a turn and actually putting out records by musicians……

The Overrated Book!

Again, bear with us, but there’s just an awful lot to catch you guys up on! This, our first book, is the biggest news! The fine folks at Last Gasp put this sucker out last month and we couldn’t be happier! We have it for sale in our store, but you can also purchase it from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Borders and every decent indie record/book store you can think of. What’s that you say? You can’t find it at your local emporium? Well, let me know directly and I’ll sort it out.


Look at that beauty! Design by Scott Sosebee.

You might also want to know that I’ll be out "in the field" promoting the book this next month. You can see the tour dates over there on the right. The Southern tour is what’s looming on the horizon, but there’s also dates in the midwest and as-of-yet confirmed dates in Texas and the Pacific northwest. Want to help? Want to show me around town? Well, damn, get in touch, sucker!