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Mojo, Mayhem, and a Movie… or two

Posted by Mick on March 21, 2010 – 2:47 am

I just got the strangest craving.  It’s 1 in the morning, and for some reason my body started screaming for… chocolate?  No, although chocolate would be the normal response.  No, my body was screaming for salt.

And now I sit here at my desk, creating what is surely a pathetic scene… a grown man snacking on a plate of saltine crackers.  Keebler Zesta Saltine crackers, to be exact.  I don’t offer explanations, I simply report.

Before I get started, I’ve got an update on the ethical dilemma.  The guys at read my blog the other day.  The one where I discussed their comment on my article as being Spam and the ethics of approving it or not.  This one.  They responded with a nice apology, followed by a rather lengthy bit of propaganda.  I have mad respect for that.  This guy is passionate about what he’s doing, and he’s trying to get some information out there, information that most of us don’t know about because shrimps aren’t nearly as cute as dolphins.  Go check out the blog again, read his apology, and give some thought to what the brother is telling you.  I’m not asking you to stop eating shrimp – btw, he IS asking you to stop eating shrimp.  I’m not, he is, are we clear on that?  I’d hate to be accused of trying to stand between you and your shrimps.  I am more than happy to be accused of hooking you up with a guy who will try and get between you and your shrimps.  Connections, baby.  They make the world go round.

Enough about that.  I didn’t sit down to tell you that.  I sat down to tell you this.

Today was one of the days I look forward to all year long.  For me, today is bigger than Christmas.  Wanna know why?

Mojo Nixon

Mojo Nixon

Mojo Nixon is a bit of a hero to me.  And every year, during the worst of SXSW Music, Mojo comes to Austin and throws a little party – Mojo’s Mayhem – at the Continental Club.  It starts at 9:30 in the morning with some delicious jalapeno pancakes (trust me, they’re delicious) and a band.  The bands continue, one after another all hand picked by Mojo himself.  It’s never anything less than a great time.  I’m not sure how long Mojo’s been throwing this party, but I’ve been going since I moved to Austin some 10 years ago.  The last band comes on around 5, and for years it was always Mojo and his band, the Toadliqours.   Then, a few years ago Mojo retired.  His last show was at Mojo’s Mayhem.  Next year the party continued, with Mojo still introducing the bands but not playing.  That lasted two years, and then he did a reunion gig.  Each year.

Happy times.

This year, they played the retirement card again and said that instead of Mojo we would get the worlds first and only Mojo Nixon Tribute Band, Toedlikker.  Toedlikker turned out to be a joke, played by the band who always opens the day, The Allen Oldies Band, and it wasn’t so much a tribute as a wholesale mocking.  No one was really surprised when Mojo and his band came out and kicked them off the stage… the secret was pretty much ruined when the actual band came out and set up the equipment for the fake band.  I mean really, did you think I wouldn’t recognize Wetdog?


We also got to see a return visit for a band we saw for he first time last year, The Mighty Stef, from Dublin, Ireland.  I bought both of their CD’s last year, but recordings simply don’t do them justice.  Stef needs to be experienced live.  And yeah, you might have missed your shot today, but I can offer you the next best thing – a video.  And not just any video, but a live video of my favorite song.  And no, I didn’t take this, it comes from hoffy015 over the youtube.  Thanks, hoffy!

I’m not afraid, I’m not afraid,
I’m not.a.fraid.of.death.comes crawlin’
all the while
but I’m lost in my baby’s smile…

Happy times.

Add in a set by Jon Dee Graham, a man whose words, music and performance I love as much as I love anything else in this world except my wife, and this was a damn good day.

We closed the show with a trip to HomeSlice Pizza.  I like HomeSlice, they let children draw pictures of Lemmy.  Our meal wasn’t even ruined by the throngs of SXSW asshats.  There were a few times where it came really close, though.  For instance, check out this guy. In the space of 10 minutes he managed to treat his drunk girlfriend badly, shout at a friend across the dining room, bump into a waitress as he went to yell at his friend who ignored him as he yelled across the dining room, have a loud conversation on his cell phone in the crowded dining room, bump into me several times, and insult my home.  All while wearing an ugly ski jacket.  In Austin.  Where there is no snow and no skiing.  Then his friend, who caused the yelling and the waitress bumping, trod on me.  He apologized with that most wonderful of all excuses Hey man, I’m really drunk right now, so I’m sorry.  Which was almost cool, because you at least got the feeling that he realized he was being a dick and somewhere in that cold dark place where what is left of his soul goes to hide, he was a little bit embarrassed.

Seriously, why do you have to come to my home and be rude and obnoxious.  I live here.  I like it here.  If you don’t like it here, don’t come.  Or how about this, if you can’t be cool, be elsewhere.

I’m going to copyright that.  Right now.

If you can’t be cool, be elsewhere.©

That makes it all legal, right?

The lady and I ended our evening with a viewing of  Creepshow.  Followed by a viewing of some of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, which for the record I enjoy much more as an actual movie than as an audience participation exercise.  Can we get a few screenings of this movie where people are not allowed to jump around and act a fool?  I’m all for those people having their fun, I think it’s great and I’ve enjoyed it many times myself, but they get it every week, can I have it once on the big screen without the “cast”?  That’s all I’m asking for.

I’ve got so much more I want to say about the movies, but it’s late and I had a busy day.  I’m tired.  Good night.

Be good to each other.

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    BTW, to be clear doesn’t want to deny ANYONE their God given, patriotic right to eat shrimp. Hell no. It’s just about finding the RIGHT shrimp. The ones that don’t completely wreck the ocean when they are trawled or farmed. Ya, takes a little effort. Sure, it costs a little more. But we think it’s worth it. We LOVE the ocean. + so do you.

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