Gov't Mule brought their Halloween Extravaganza from the East Coast to the East Bay last week and played our newly re-opened and fabulous Fox Theater in downtown Oakland. It was the Mule debut for my friend Wayne and he brought with him the guitarist from local rockers The Real Nasty. We knew we were in for something special (3 yearsago they covered Led Zep's "Houses of the Holy" record, then a Pink Floyd spectacular in 2008 and a bunch of Rolling Stones last year.) Who would it be this year? Read more about Who's My Mule
I have used a lot of different hosting companies through the years. I started off at Gorge.Net up in Hood River, Oregon back in 1995. Since I moved down to the Bay Area in '97, I've tried many... including yahoo!, SiteGround, Godaddy, and others. My favorite has always been LiquidWeb based up in Minnesota. I've had a VPS running for about 4 years that performs very well but their responsive support is my favorite thing about them.
The one drawback about the VPS is that if one site goes down, the entire server and all sites on there go down with it. I learned this one night when Dave Matthews (of Dave Matthews Band) tweeted about the new DannyBarnes.com site (he's my friend and client, Dave produced the record) and 800,000 of his followers piled on for the next 36 hours. I think Dave could bring a government to its knees with a following like that. Hey, Dave, don't you owe me a pizza? Read more about My Favorite Cloud
A lot of catching up to do on Boegerweb.com. Seems that much of the stuff I need to "offload" onto the web winds up on Facebook. I will try and do better. A cool project from the summer of 2010 was new site for Hot Rize founder and Grammy winner Tim O'Brien. Read more about Superclean Now Runs TimObrien.net
My wife and I happily blew off Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival for the second year in a row (we didn't miss a day for the first 8) with the stipulation we would enjoy Flaming Lips instead at the amazing and fabulous Fox Theatre in Oakland. This is a trade I would make every time. I think the Flaming Lips are the best and most important live act on the planet. Who else delivers such and intense balance of pure entertainment, high art, and rockin' great music?
Plus, they are just so damned COOL. They are their own roadies... you see Wayne Coyne and the boys on the stage moving stuff around and setting up their props. Smiling and saying hello. Wayne even gives us a little courtesy info-piece before the their show. ("We use an insane amount of strobes. If you feel like they are effecting you in a bad way... don't look at them!")
Their stage show has really evolved. We still get all of the confetti and bouncing balls... and mega-strobes... and a very improved video backdrop. The visual theme also included a lot of orange. All of the amps and the side-stage dancers were in orange. The video feature a beautiful dancing naked lady and the band actually emerged from her vagina. I don't make this shit up. We also had a lot of lasers (our show had Wayne shooting lasers out of his giant rubber hands at a mirror ball, the next night's audience all got little pen-lasers upon entry and did the same trick.) Read more about There is still NOTHING like a Flaming Lips show
Some tourist traps in Napa Valley are totally worth seeing -- especially when that trap includes a torture chamber with a Pit of Doom and an authentic Iron Maiden. The wine is pretty good too (we like their Rosé, aka "Gioia.") Read more about Napa - Castello di Amorosa