October 22, 2005

I Trend Slovenly

So here I am wifi-ing from a cafe in soggy Brooklyn, and I thought I might as well let another show update dribble out:

Wed., October 26, at The Kettle of Fish, 59 Christopher St., Greenwich Village, NYC. 7 pm to 8 pm.
with Lise Johnson and Eisa Ulen I'm going to read something from the book, and play some of the "book songs," plus maybe a few more, if there's interest and if time permits.

Sat., October 29, at Rudy's, 372 Elm St., New Haven, CT (203) 865-1242. 9 pm.


The Hymens (Ramones Tribute Band) + The Breakup (NYC) + Dr. Frank (From Mr. T Experience) + Lucid Mike + The Whores


Wed., November 9, at The Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St. at Missouri, San Francisco, CA. (415) 621-4455. w/The Specs and Kevin Army. 8:30 pm.

Speaking of the "book songs," judging from some confused folks who have emailed since I started mentioning it, I should explain what it means. The song "King Dork" supplied the title, but the other songs are not MTX songs. (Somehow I guess I left the impression that the book was going to consist of fictional retellings of the backstories of other songs I've written. King Dork is your basic "coming of age" novel, actually.)

Anyway, the main character of King Dork is trying to start a band, and writes a bunch of songs through the course of the story, and I thought it would be fun to make up some of the songs in addition to just alluding to them in the text. Now it's looking like the Listening Library audio book will include acoustic versions of at least some of these songs, and possibly an interview of some kind, presented as "bonus tracks." I'll record them next month, most likely. At some point, I'll probably record some of them with a band, as well. No word yet on who is going to read it.

Besides meeting with the Listening Library folks, I had a fun lunch with my Delacorte editor and publicist, though I'm afraid I may have been just slightly more spaced-out, sleep-deprived, and hung over than I meant to be. My editor Krista, correctly noting that much of King Dork had been written in the course laptop barhopping in Oakland and the Mission District, said my notes and corrections would always start out meticulous and neat, degenerating as they continued till they deteriorated completely and trailed off, at which point they would snap back into meticulousness and neatness and the process would begin again. Which I thought was pretty funny. Sorry, though!

Actually that progressively sloppy journey towards an inevitable state of total slovenliness and unintelligibility is a familiar touchstone of my day to day life, even when bar hopping is not involved, though I admit it often is. Involved I mean. You know.

See you on Wednesday 10/26, those who can come.

Posted by Dr. Frank at October 22, 2005 04:03 PM | TrackBack

Will Mr. T come back to Phoenix or maybe even try Flagstaff anytime? If not, is the band on hiatus or broken up?

Seriously, I would pack my stuff and move to San Francisco to play bass for you or guitar or whatever it would take to keep the band alive! Although, I am terrible at drums!

I can't wait to read the book!


p.s. - if you can remember the show at the mason jar in Phoenix around April 2004 I believe it was, I was the guy with a Molar Man t-shirt and talked with you outside for hours it seems, and I danced on stage with you and the band during the encore.

Posted by: Grant Poley at October 24, 2005 02:41 AM

Ah, and yet another topic of conversation has turned to my good old friend, beer. Yes, never has there been a more loyal friend to mankind than a lovely pint of porter or stout. To my knowledge, no wars have ever been fought over beer, yet many a treaty has been signed with beer by the combatants' side. Beer, we salute you!

Posted by: Zaphod at October 25, 2005 04:55 PM

Frank, hope you remembered that little doo-dad for Thinking of You...

Posted by: Bill at October 25, 2005 07:24 PM

im really looking forward to this book, and to seeing you read/play in the village.

Posted by: aric at October 25, 2005 08:40 PM

I can't believe that you're still on suicidegirls after all the shit that's been exposed about them. Way to support the assholes.

Posted by: Ms. Pinafore at October 26, 2005 12:19 AM

Ms. Pinafore: To which shit are you referring?

Posted by: The Chimpunks at October 26, 2005 12:59 AM

Perfectly stated.

Posted by: coco at October 26, 2005 03:57 AM

I just checked out wikipedia, it seems there have been claims of censeroship on the Suicide Girls website by the operators of the Suicide Girls website. Whoopdeedoo. I'm outraged.

Posted by: josh at October 26, 2005 08:06 PM

I figured he knew, but sent Frank the big write-up that Wired! did when the story first broke. I guess he either didn't read it or didn't care (*shrug*).

Posted by: Zaphod at October 27, 2005 06:27 PM

pretty interesting article on SG here: http://citypages.com/databank/26/1298/article13786.asp

Posted by: thom nova at October 29, 2005 02:13 PM

I once purposely tried to build a progressively sloppy house out of legos under similar circumstances. Only, the more I drank, the more complicated and meticulous the structure became.
It had second story floors.

Posted by: Josiah at October 31, 2005 08:16 AM