Tuesday, August 30, 2005

New Bands, Old Pals

I used to have a band. We were called Wükiee. We had two songs. We ruled.

I have a lot of friends who play musical instruments in bands. Some are really, really old friends, some are moderately old friends (i.e. Gainesville-era), and some aren't really friends at all -- they're assholes that I've always hated, but their bands happened to have reached a level of success far beyond that of Wükiee. But I guarantee that I've spoken to every single person on this list in a peer-to-peer way, not in a would-you-autograph-my-genitalia type way. And at least 2/3 of them rule, so let's scare up some net traffic for 'em now, shall we?

The Feral Kid
ACQUAINTANCE: Brett Hamil (tenor sax)
DESCRIPTION OF MUSIC: Thinking Fellers meets Polvo meets Morphine meets Henry Mancini's bastard stepnephew
ANECDOTE: Brett and I started Crud Magazine together in the fifth grade. Then we wrote a collaborative opus entitled Milton Abernathy:Tales of an American Loser, as well as many other sadistic stories, throughout middle and high school. Good times. Check out more of his art here.

Fifth Year Crush
ACQUAINTANCE: Jason Walls (vocal/guitars)
DESCRIPTION OF MUSIC: Gin Blossoms meets Candlebox meets Screaming Trees
ANECDOTE: Jason was a genuinely nice guy, but he was Liz's boyfriend, so I called him "Ratboy." Sorry, Jay.

ACQUAINTANCE: Jared Flamm (vocal/guitars)
DESCRIPTION OF MUSIC: Elliot Smith meets Yo La Tengo meets Velvet Underground...?
ANECDOTE: Flamm (pictured on far left) was probably one of the most obnoxious fellow Heebs I met during my time at the University of Florida. The fucker defrosted his dorm-room mini-fridge on my carpet, quite unapologetically.

ACQUAINTANCE: Jeff Hays (Guitars, Pedal Steel, Keyboards, Vocals)
DESCRIPTION OF MUSIC: Folk/Country/Organic-Electro/Breezy/Tumbleweedy/Echoey
ANECDOTE: Always made great music, and was always a sweetie. Their albums are really spooky and beautiful.

Snowglobe Records
DESCRIPTION OF MUSIC: All kinds of tucked-away, indie-pop gorgeousness
ANECDOTE: Mark has always favored the obscure and hidden in independent music, and has always been a pioneering cratedigger. He recently sent me a CD compilation of some of his old bands' compositions -- totally for free!

Eden MiQedem
ACQUAINTANCE: Sh’muel Nahum (vocals, guitars)
DESCRIPTION OF MUSIC: Classical Bedouin/Arabic/Middle-Eastern meets the book of Psalms meets 60's/70's psychedelia meets synth-driven electronica
ANECDOTE: Sh'muel's William Shatner sends me over the edge, and his pronunciation of Yemenite Hebrew is utterly flawless.

I leave anyone out? Speak up, now!


At 3:59 AM, August 31, 2005, Blogger MC Aryeh said...

This was an AWESOME post.Can you do this with other friends in other areas? films, books, Jewish orgs, sports, linguine?

At 9:00 AM, August 31, 2005, Blogger barseff said...

Pey Dalid? i guess we're waiting for the full CD review.


At 1:07 PM, August 31, 2005, Blogger barseff said...

btw, those are nice glasses Chazar.

At 1:35 PM, August 31, 2005, Blogger brett said...

heh, good times.

i remember jason walls(as well as your nickname for him--terrible! but i guess he was asking for it by having a cute girlfriend)

...holopaw is an excellent band as well, just bought their new album the other day...

unfortunately, my domain lapsed, like, this morning, so those links are dead right now--should be up & running again soon tho...

At 5:08 AM, September 01, 2005, Anonymous stu stu said...

I knew Jared Flamm-- what a Jew!

I found this post about 3 minutes after posting on my own site how musicians depress pathetic ol me.


At 8:21 PM, September 02, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

All of this death and destruction going on in New Orleans right now, and what do you post about? -- Kids you used to know who make music nobody's ever heard... Why? Maybe because they're black and you're Jewish... or maybe cause you're totally self-consumed.

At 1:39 AM, September 04, 2005, Blogger Chazarmaveth said...

you've really got me pegged anonymous --
in fact, that's exactly what i had in mind while writing this post:
"fuck all those suffering black people in new orleans!"
i can see how you made that connection...
but then again, you may just be confusing me with president bush...

At 5:35 PM, September 04, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm just saying that if it had been a bunch of jews in New Orleans, you've would've written about it... the president bush line was pretty good, though.

At 8:17 PM, September 04, 2005, Blogger Chazarmaveth said...

there were a bunch of jews in new orleans, anon... 12,000 to be exact... and they are all suffering horribly right now, victims of the catastrophe along with the 500,000 other residents of new orleans...
just because i didn't post about it doesn't mean i don't care... but if you want to read the latest news headlines, go to cnn.com. this is a primarily entertainment-related blog, with some jewish and personal content thrown in. my posting below about Gaza was a personal story, not a political rant.
besides, what do you even care what i write about? i don't even know who the hell you are!

At 3:59 PM, September 05, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think I read the same article:

"...Many of the 10-12,000 Jews of New Orleans came to Houston, where most of them appear to have family. 'The Chabad of Houston community has thrown open its doors widely,' wrote one displaced Louisiana Jew. 'The Chabad staff here has been inundated with calls and emails offering to host people and give food.'"
taken from The 12,000 Jews of New Orleans
By Hillel Fendel

I don't know... it doesn't sound like they're doing all that bad to me... certainly not "suffering horribly."
And why do I care about what you write? I don't know...I probably wouldn't if I had cable.

At 4:20 PM, September 05, 2005, Blogger Chazarmaveth said...

ah you're right. having your home, neighborhood, school and/or workplace completely, irrevocably devastated, your life turned completely upside down, with no hope of returning in the near future... that doesn't sound "all that bad" to me, either.

couldn't you please just get cable?

At 4:28 PM, September 06, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

For all those out there looking to help Katrina victims, here's an option:


At 12:38 PM, September 13, 2005, Blogger WanderingStu said...

NEW POSTING!! THIS CHAZIR IS COLD. i miss my cuddly js


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