Archive for The Dummy Writes

Open Note to ANY Republican Out There

Open Note to ANY Republican Out There

Last night, after watching the first night of the Republican National Convention, The Dummy’s alter ego posted this to his Facebook page: “I want to be very clear about what I type next. And this is cribbed, probably, from something President Obama has said in…

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The Dummy’s Mailbag

The Dummy’s Mailbag

There’s nothing more humbling for us little scribes than getting notes from readers. Well, I suppose getting lumped in to the whole Hitler has a micropenis thing would be humbling. Or humiliating? Either, I suppose, because when people are saying that you’re a mini-size bar of…

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QJE Assignment 001: Waze.

QJE Assignment 001: Waze.

Okay, punk rockers, patients, and patrons, we’re kicking off the QJE Brigade with a look at Waze. QJE Assignment Number One: Waze Love it. Works great. I miss the funny voices, but whatever… marketing dollars are probably drying up and Leo DiCaprio’s voice from “The…

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Ben Harper Live: The Bold & The Eclectic

Ben Harper Live: The Bold & The Eclectic

At the end of his two-plus hour acoustic set, Ben Harper leaned back into his chair, pushed the Fedora off his forehead and took a deep breath. After a beat, he reached forward to grab the set list from the monitors and said something close…

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Pop Quiz: Waylon Jennings

Pop Quiz: Waylon Jennings

While cleaning out the office the other day I stumbled across this Pop Quiz that I’d done for the San Francisco Chronicle back in May of 1996… I’m going to find the whole transcript, but that’s going to be a bit. In the meantime, here’s…

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Amy Allison: The Simple Things

Amy Allison: The Simple Things

Ran across this story the other day… It was published in Harp, a great magazine that spit out its last pages in 2008. Amy’s music sticks with me to this day. Part of it is her sincerity, part of it is the “uniqueness” of her…

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The Bio Third Eye Blind Shoulda Used

The Bio Third Eye Blind Shoulda Used

Apparently I wrote a bio for Third Eye Blind back in 1995. From what I remember, or at least what Stephan Jenkins told me at the time, I was about to write the very first stateside article about the band. His band. That article ran…

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Saved as “perry”

Saved as “perry”

The Dummy Notes: Perry Farrell freaked me out. He didn’t do anything extra special. Just the idea of talking on the phone with him gave me the heebie-jeebies. I actually had a dream about him the night after we spoke. Truth be told, he was…

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A Dummy Writes about Cracker (the band, not the demographic)

A Dummy Writes about Cracker (the band, not the demographic)

NOTE: That photo is not Cracker circa 1994, but I mean, come on, it’s hilarious. So, it’s 1994. I fall in love with “August and Everything After” by the Counting Crows. Obsessed. I’m trying to make my name as a music journalist and was looking…

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