Quick Links for Oct. 1st

It’s been a long day. Let’s Quick Link it!

Lodi loudly shouts “Sue us!”

So that Lodi prayer meeting thing went like we thought it would. Non-Christians came out and said “Hey, we don’t appreciate being preached at” and the Christian contingent responded by, well, preaching.

Yup, the Christian response to complaints of violation of separation of church and state was to quote scripture at a city meeting. Because it’s always helpful to make a point by quoting a guy your opponent doesn’t believe in. They might as well have read passages from one of the Harry Potter books.

Of course, they weren’t after the atheists and Muslims, they were after the City Council. And they predictably got to them claiming not being able to say the word Jesus in their prayers was a violation of their constitutional right to free speech. Which would be a fair point if that same constitution didn’t also have provisions about state-sponsored religion.

Look, if you want to pray, then pray. But few things are more uncomfortable than having to sit there for 5 minutes while some dude asks some random deity you don’t believe in to help guide the City Council to make the correct choice on infrastructure contracts. Plus, the prayers aren’t helping. They pray before every Stockton City Council meeting and what have they done this year besides open themselves up to more lawsuits? I’m sensing a theme here.

Practice whatever religion you want, but when somebody tells you to cut it out because it makes them uncomfortable, you cut it out because you’d want them to do the same for you. Someone once said “Do unto others as you’d have them do unto you.” I’m not sure who came up with that golden rule but he seems like a smart dude. You’re going to wish you listened to him when some goth kid is hailing Satan at the next Council meeting.

Tony Sauro is so adorably out of touch

The big Solis/Aguilar show is this weekend at the arena. Both men previously sold out the Arena and the Bob Hope/Fox respectively, so it makes total sense to book them together in one megashow. One sellout is better than two, right? Well,  I guess you could claim that if this show didn’t still have 2000+ pricey tickets available (Buy now! They’ll even take your checks!)

So yeah, it’s pretty funny that Tony Sauro’s writing about how successful of a promoter Fred Godinez 3 is when he can’t even promote his supershow to a sell out.

We do have to give Godinez props though, he recognized Stockton has a sizable Latino market and is playing to that niche. Stockton should take a look at how he does that. Not every event needs to appeal to everybody. It’s easier to appeal to smaller, yet passionate, groups of people than it is to try and rope everyone in. So what if this show doesn’t appeal to Mike Fitzgerald, it’s making cash. This Arena was built with our tax dollars, it’s our business investment. As part-investor I’m begging the IFG or whoever to book as many money making niche acts as possible. I don’t care if you have to book Hooker Ice Capades, if it sells, motherfucking book it. Just don’t go overboard with the kids stuff.

My personal favorite part of this column is near the end though. Here it is in all it’s WTF? glory:

It’ll be interesting to watch what happens when Puscifer, a multimedia side project of Maynard James Keenan, from Tool and A Perfect Circle, plays at the Bob Hope Theatre on Nov. 7.

It’s not exactly a high-recognition name.

The show probably will be bizarrely entertaining. Selling 2,000 tickets, though, is going to require some pope-style promotion.

I should note that the paragraph preceding this was about Solis and Aguilar’s album collaboration. He then randomly throws in that motherfucking Maynard is coming to Bob Hope, and then has the audacity to say that the Tool frontman doesn’t have name recognition.

Are you shitting me? I know he’s not Pavement or anything, but it’s Maynard God Damn James Keenan. I’m not even a huge Tool fan and I know who that is. And Tony Sauro is the Record’s only music columnist! Jesus Christ, I thought Mike Fitzgerald was out of touch but this is ridiculous. This is happening in a month!? Why aren’t we advertising the shit out of this? HOw is this the first we’re hearing about this?

And what the fuck is a “multimedia side project”? Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about Puscifier.

Puscifer (pronounced /ˈpʊsɨfər/[1]) is a side project of Maynard James Keenan from the bands Tool and A Perfect Circle. As Keenan is the only permanent member, Puscifer could also be considered a pseudonym for his solo work.

In other words, it’s a band. A band hilariously named after a Mr. Show skit. And this is their first real tour, and they’re coming to Stockton. That took me 3 seconds of research. Apparently Sauro was too busy blowing a guy for something he hasn’t technically done yet.


~ by Slick Diaz on October 1, 2009.

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