amc reunites!

Sweet mother of Jesus, today just got better: American Music Club reunites for new album.
For those not in the know, American Music Club was My Favorite Band from about 1993 to 1997. It was also the most common artist on my CD Mix of the Month discs. Hell, this whole site is named for an AMC track called (are you ready for this shocker?) “Crabwalk.”
It’s been nine years since their swan song, and AMC’s singer/songwriter Mark Eitzel hasn’t been the same outside the band context. He needs folks around him to rein in his more melodramatic impulses. AMC (particularly the one-named guitarist Vudi) always did that. I’m not sure whether to let my expectations build up to a furious level or to guard myself against disappointment.
The reunited AMC will be playing at San Fran’s Makeout Room on August 21, in what Mark says will likely be “the first and last [show] for a long while.” All good San Franciscans should take advantage.
Update: Just found this article on the reunion. “Eitzel helped spark the reunion by visiting Vudi in Los Angeles recently, where the guitarist holds down a day job as a city bus driver and fronts the band Clovis de la Floret.” Vudi drives a city bus?!? What injustice! (On the other hand, I have such an intense desire to go to L.A. and just keep riding buses until I run into him.)

random links

A few links to tide you over until I can get back into my posting groove:
Woman gives birth on subway, barely notices, gives David Lynch idea for next movie. ”Thanks for your concern, we’re OK,” she said after a brief moan and letting the baby slide across the subway floor. A fellow commuter said she tied the umbilical cord in a knot and wrapped the baby in a silk scarf. ”She cradled the baby in one arm and grabbed the handrail with the other and continued to ride the T and stare out the window.”
Man invents fake son, kills him off in 9/11, profits. “[Bad guy Cyril Kendall] billed Red Cross and Safe Horizon for therapy – at $425 an hour – at a company called ‘Alliance Counseling.’ But Cyril Kendall also claimed to be the sole employee of Alliance Counseling – meaning when the charities reimbursed the family for their mental-health bills, Kendall pocketed everything.”
Got swindled out of $1,000 by Jim Bakker? The televangelist owes you exactly $6.54. (Lawyers get $2.5 million.)
South Africa’s Gay and Lesbian Alliance, a national political party, changes its name…to the Death Penalty Party of South Africa?
Never trust a German with garlic and a frying pan.

superintendent who can’t write

How pathetic: Superintendent, paid $156,560, can’t pass basic literacy test. Spanish is the guy’s first language, and he’s failed a basic writing test three times. I can appreciate language difficulties — I certainly couldn’t pass a basic Spanish writing test. But then again, I also don’t think I’m qualified to be a school superintendent in Latin America.
Sorry for my absence of late. Crazy busy at work. Posting will likely continue to be sporadic.