December 01, 2004

Grape Mrs. Carillon, or wait, I mean, never mind...

A worthy cause.

(thanks once again, Tris.)

Posted by Dr. Frank at December 1, 2004 02:42 PM | TrackBack

This doesn't have anything to do with your Internet journal.

Last night, I dreamt I went to see MTX at the Magic Stick*, but it didn't look anything like the actual Magic Stick. Everyone kept calling it the Belmont*. Although, it wasn't the Belmont either. You played "Two Martinis from Now" alot of times, and then stopped.

Also, they guy that merchandise table was cutting out all of the Lookout Records logos from your records.

Anyway, it was weird.

*Places you probably don't know.

Posted by: Ted at December 1, 2004 04:33 PM

"Also, they guy that merchandise table was cutting out all of the Lookout Records logos from your records"


It should be:

Also, the guy at the merchandise table was cutting out all of the Lookout Records logos from your records.

Posted by: ted at December 1, 2004 06:04 PM

Yikes!! Ted has forseen Frank's disembodyment from the dregs of Lawrence Livermore and his eventual rise to power through a more established and media friendly record company. Imagine, no more footing the bill yourself for the studio time, engineer and cd pressing.

Posted by: Scotty at December 1, 2004 06:23 PM

The "Best Of" craigslist posts are hilarious:

The funny thing is that I was showing my co-worker this post about this poor portlander who got his old stereo tape deck stolen from an old beat-up subaru hatchback. I was dying laughing cuz he's like "listen, its not worth a shit to you... seriously... who is going to buy a crappy stolen tape deck?"

Then my co-worker told me that it was his roommate who posted it! It's a small metropolitan area world!

Posted by: fan at December 1, 2004 06:48 PM

off topic, but if Frank reads this, are you gonna update the MTX site anytime soon? I would like to knwo what you fellows are up to.

Posted by: Dave at December 2, 2004 02:24 AM

Well if nobody is going to comment on the actual post, I'll just say this: that is retarded.

Posted by: Luke at December 2, 2004 04:01 AM

Woohoo! The Mysterious Disappearance of Leon (I Mean Noel). What a great book. Though I did prefer the Westing Game. Ellen Raskin was a favorite author of mine as a wee lad. Thanks for reminding me.

Posted by: Kin at December 2, 2004 06:03 PM


Last I heard, Bobby J was in Europe with Kevin Seconds. MTX can't perform until he gets back. And I'm pretty sure I would have seen him around at some local shows if he were back in the US.

Posted by: Elizabeth at December 3, 2004 03:07 AM

Way off topic but Frank can we get a comment about Peter Beinart's essay in the New Republic "A Fighting Faith AN ARGUMENT FOR A NEW LIBERALISM"? Something tells me it might be up your alley.

Posted by: Josh Maxwell at December 3, 2004 04:22 AM

I've been wanting to get ahold of a copy of that essay myself, but I'm not a paying subscriber.

Posted by: Dean Esmay at December 3, 2004 01:47 PM

ohhhhhh THE guy! I was so confused at: THEY guy.
I thought i was on heavy drugs!! Thanz for clearing that up now my world makes sense again.

Posted by: holy modal rounder at December 3, 2004 06:17 PM

I didn't realize you had to be a paying subcriber. I just linked to it from and it worked. I also looked at it from my house last night and just had to register with the New Republic.

Posted by: Josh Maxwell at December 3, 2004 06:33 PM


HELPING THE TROOPS: Reader Ron Ford sends this very comprehensive list of support-the-troops websites...

Posted by: polltroll at December 6, 2004 06:13 PM

A "Yesterday Rules" review that I came across from a website called PUNKWAVE translated from Italian using an online free translator:

Mr T Experience - Yesterday Rules (Lookout! Records, 2004)

There they were a time the Mr T Experience version pop punků There are now instead the Mr T Experience version rock' n' roll, so how is already been able hear in the last album "Alcatraz" and in the and "The Miracle Of Shame" of 2000: I am therefore passed almost 4 years from the last work of the band, and of changes ce were of it however, because if is trueA lot, from the point of view of the quality compositiva there a before remarkable step was. It seems that the Mr. T Experience have now found their new type, that is not more that pop punk to the Green Day that played for all of the years '90, but is this rock' n' roll not esagitato and very mature, a rock almost to the Bob Dylan for certainties verses. What is remained practically unchanged I am instead the intelligent texts of Dr. Frank, that simply talking about finite loves do not fall ever in the banal one but or rather are treated almost in poetic manner. The disk is opened with "We Had TO Deal", that perhaps is the song that in "Yesterday Rules" it is approached much more to the Mr T old Experience manner, its col rhythm pop punk and its lower part to emerge in manner a lot of orecchiabile. With "Fucked Up On Life" it is distinguished already instead the middle prototype of song of the album: low times, melodies dragging, mawkish touches of keyboard and above everything the attractive clean voice of Dr. Frank, that it is shown often in some of its classic lines. Other pieces that we return full in this category I am "Sorry For Freaking Out On The Phone Last Night", "Everybody Knows", "Take All The Thyme", the melancholy one "London" and also "The Boyfriend Box", that however has an air much more retr˛, beyond that a melody that captures to the instant - a feature however rather commune for the pieces of "Yesterday Rules" and of the Mr T Experience in general. More rhythmical I am instead, besides the song of opening, "Elizabeth Or Fight!" and "Shining", while "Big Strange Beautiful", "Jill" and "Institutionalized Misogyny" is all pieces acoustic country-eggianti, a lot quite succeeded. A lot they thought that the Mr T Experience are ended: instead are returned, different certainty, but are returned, with some of the distinctive strokes of their one "sound" that hear hidden itself inside every piece, like if are crowned hermetically to the inside of you are but succeeded however in some manner to transmit the actual flus.

Posted by: josh at December 6, 2004 08:46 PM

Religious people are so funny.

Posted by: Just a girl. at December 6, 2004 08:50 PM

So force my hand...

"Fra-gee-alay...must be Italian."

Posted by: just me at December 6, 2004 10:09 PM

Was Frank aware of his attractive clean voice?

Posted by: georgina at December 6, 2004 11:06 PM

wow josh that was really funny. i've been trying to describe mtx to non-fans for years and i think "like if are crowned hermetically to the inside of you are but succeeded however in some manner to transmit the actual flus" pretty much covers it.

Posted by: r a e d y at December 7, 2004 12:20 AM

a person can be religious with anything such as teeth brushing.

Posted by: luke black at December 7, 2004 05:31 AM

I'm religous in the bathroom. I pray to the porceline God every Friday and Saturday night/morning, then baptise myself in my own excrement as I pass out on the shower/tub floor.

Posted by: Scotty at December 7, 2004 11:18 AM

Hey Scotty, I think we roomed togeather at University.

Posted by: Zaphod at December 7, 2004 11:18 AM

My favorite is Dr. Franks classic wordplay on "Take All The Thyme"

Posted by: josh at December 7, 2004 01:43 PM

If I'm not mistaken, Dr. Frank's working title was, "Leave Me Some Rosemary, But Take All the Thyme".

Posted by: j francis at December 7, 2004 04:45 PM

Some sage advice. as far as rosemary goes, I got jack, but the queen of spades can take all the thyme she needs... again we see the Dylan influence.

I actually think "We Had To Deal" would make a great album title. Picture it with the cocktail girl on the YR cover and try to disagree.

And "retro" with an accent needs to get picked up by all the kids.

As far as the original post goes, is it possible the poster meant to entice people to come out in SUPPORT of free speech? Still funny, but more in a grammatical error kind of way. Or was that the Judean People's Front?

Posted by: Wes at December 8, 2004 08:23 AM

Frank, see what happens when you leave us alone for a few days?

Posted by: Megan at December 8, 2004 11:52 PM

It's like we have nothing better to do than post comments on your blog.

Posted by: Wes at December 9, 2004 07:07 AM

thyme to make the doughnuts!


Posted by: holy modal rounder at December 9, 2004 07:37 AM

I'd like to deny that, but I think Wes has a point.

Posted by: Megan at December 9, 2004 07:38 AM

Let's play a game. How about "where's Frank?" We'll wager guesses and perhaps he'll be enough of a sport to indulge us when he returns. I hope he doesn't end up like Dan Treacy. It was kind of disappointing to find out what really did happen to him after Frank wrote such a lovely song about the chap.

I'll take 3 guesses (let's not get carried away).

2.Lost in a riveting good book
3.Trying to convince Bobby Fisher or Casperov to play him and if successful trying to convice them to concede.

Posted by: Scotty at December 9, 2004 11:17 AM

What was the posting on Kraygezliszt?

It's expired now.

Posted by: Sigivald at December 10, 2004 06:24 PM