NOVEMBER DATES and CONFESSION


The dates for the Zazen classes in Santa Monica in November are as follows:

November 4th
November 11th (One Day Zazen Micro Retreat)
November 18th
November 25th

So all of you nice people be sure and remember those dates and set aside some time to come and enjoy beautiful Zazen practice in the picturesque town of Santa Monica. There will be delicious orange juice after the sittings and an enlightening talk about the wondrous and fine philosophy of Master Dogen. It will be lovely and peaceful and envigorating and all of you kind and smart people who stop by will feel the warmth and friendliness of magnificent fellowship in the profound practice of Zazen.

Now here’s my confession: As of today I have become the last person on Earth to purchase a copy of Frampton Comes Alive. They’re having a sale at Record Surplus on Pico Ave. in Los Angeles, a store that bills itself as “the last record store.” And well they may be what with Tower Records having been bought out by money-grubbing fascists who wanted to kill the chain. For this they will burn in Hell for Eternity. But that’s beside the point. The point is that Record Surplus had a vinyl copy of FCA for just a dollar. I couldn’t pass it up after having written what I wrote last time. I put it on while doing the dishes just now and it wasn’t too bad. The liner notes by some hack from Rolling Stone are nauseating and the cover is a bit embarrassing to be seen with. But the music’s sort of OK.

Also, forgive me Lord, I was thinking of purchasing the Billy Joel boxed set. Billy Joel has always been one of those guys I wanted to hate, but really couldn’t. At least not all that much. Captain Jack is a nice song. So’s Piano Man. The song My Life I like, but I don’t really “get” the story. It starts off in the first verse as a 3rd person narrative. But then it switches to first person & I’m never sure if the guy who says “Don’t worry about me cuz I’m all right” and all that is the same person the narrator is describing in the 1st verse or if it’s the narrator talking about himself. We Didn’t Start the Fire is a total rip-off of REM’s It’s The End of the World as We Know It, which is a rip-off of Dylan’s Subterranean Homesick Blues. But everyone sucked in the 80′s. Maybe Husker Du was OK. And Plasticland. But nobody bought Plasticland’s albums. You should buy the Plasticland compilation out now on Ryko Disc, though. I command you!!!! Click the link on this article and buy it immediately. You will obey me!!!

Anyway, I stayed my hand and did not buy the Billy Joel set. So I’m safe for now. But for how long….? For how long……..?

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  1. DB
    DB November 2, 2006 at 2:14 am | |

    Brad wrote ” Billy Joel has always been one of those guys I wanted to hate, but really couldn’t.”

    Billy Joel’s main problem is he never decided who he was, rocker, piano guy, storyteller, who? While a lot of his stuff hasn’t aged all that well, I still get a guilty kick out of putting on “Songs in the Attic” every once in a while.

  2. ryunin
    ryunin November 2, 2006 at 2:45 am | |

    I always liked the catchy We Didn’t Start the Fire, so I am going to skip REM’s version and find the original by Bob Dylan – I feel as if I said I always liked the stuff Brad wrote so I am going to skip Dogen and find books by Buddha

    no I am kidding about the Buddha thing, but I am serious about Dylan

    I hope some people will be lured by the prospect of pitoresque Santa Monica and delicious orange juice

    I have already been to England to take part in the summer retreat with Mike Luetchford and later in winter I am flying to Scotland to yet another retreat

    man, was there some delicious healthy vegeterian food at the retreat!

    Brad, actually I have never told you thank you for your book which linked me with Mike Luetchford face to face teaching and the sangha in England, so thank you now! Reading Hardcore Zen is like reading about Beautiful Women. Imagine, guys, what it must be like to meet Brad personally!

  3. PA
    PA November 2, 2006 at 2:48 am | |

    I love the “Uptown Girl” video – there’s just something really cool about it.
    As a cooler version of Billy Joel, I find Ben Folds hits the mark :-)

  4. oxeye
    oxeye November 2, 2006 at 4:57 am | |

    Pa – That really cool something in the video was a young christy brinkley.. heh

  5. Heather
    Heather November 2, 2006 at 5:22 am | |

    A particularly awesome song of Billy Joel’s is “A Matter of Trust”. Love it.

  6. PA
    PA November 2, 2006 at 5:42 am | |

    Oxeye – that just might be it ;-)

  7. Prof Wes
    Prof Wes November 2, 2006 at 6:15 am | |

    I don’t have FCA.

    Yet.

    :)

  8. door knob
    door knob November 2, 2006 at 6:49 am | |

    Brad wrote: “But everyone sucked in the 80′s. Maybe Husker Du was OK. And Plasticland.”

    What about The Replacements? Echo and the Bunnymen? I admit, though, that their music is not the same as the bands you mentioned. I had Husker Du’s album “Candy Apple Grey,” but their sound was a little too hard for me (yeah, I’m a wimp). Bunnymen was probably my favourite band from the ’80s, along with the obvious, U2.

  9. earDRUM
    earDRUM November 2, 2006 at 7:32 am | |

    I wish I could attend your groovy zazen group. There are only three people in mine.

    Brad, check out the song “Lines on My Face”. I think it is on the 4th side of FCA. And “Money” is pretty good too.
    I’ll skip the Billy Joel, thanks. But I will check out Plasticlamd.

    I must confess… I bought Husker Du’s Zen Arcade when it came out because it had “Zen” in the title. But I kept it because I liked it. “Something I learned Today” is now playing in my head.

  10. nobody
    nobody November 2, 2006 at 8:17 am | |

    You’re so punk it hurts, Brad ;)

    And a lot of awesome bands did exist in the 80′s. The 80s stuff from The Butthole Surfers and The Meat Puppets is some of my all time fave music.

  11. Jordan & The Tortoise
    Jordan & The Tortoise November 2, 2006 at 8:22 am | |

    I think KMFDM, Skinny Puppy, and Ministry all started in the 80′s. Maby they don’t qualify as music? But I was a big fan. I think I saw KMFDM seven times, all at small places around Chicago. They put on an awsome show.

  12. matt
    matt November 2, 2006 at 9:12 am | |

    Now I’m confused. Because while Billy Joel is someone I’ve also always wanted to hate, and while actually I’ve always been mostly successful at that, I have to admit that I’ve always had a real soft spot for “My Life” (lyrics). So now I’m confused by your comments about “Movin’ Out”… Are you thinking of the wrong song? Are you somehow perversely combining them in your memory? Anyway, “My Life” is a great song. The sentiment is fairly immature, I think, but we all feel like that sometimes, and come on, that second verse about where you sleep, that right there is solid gold.

  13. Anatman
    Anatman November 2, 2006 at 10:19 am | |

    80s bands that didn’t suck:

    Nirvana
    Faith No More
    Red Hot Chili Peppers
    U2
    Nine Inch Nails

  14. Drunken Monkey
    Drunken Monkey November 2, 2006 at 11:39 am | |

    Although I wasn’t born until the very end, the best bands from the 80s are as follows;

    U2
    Nine inch nails
    X Japan (Japanese band)
    The pixies

  15. Anatman
    Anatman November 2, 2006 at 11:56 am | |

    And who could forget the lovable “Mr. Bungle”?!

  16. Jinzang
    Jinzang November 2, 2006 at 12:06 pm | |

    But everyone sucked in the 80′s. Maybe Husker Du was OK. And Plasticland.

    Joy Division, Bauhaus, The Smiths?

    De gustibus non est disputandum

  17. Chica
    Chica November 2, 2006 at 12:32 pm | |

    I do have a worn album of Frampton Comes Alive> I palyed it downstairs and my mom used to call him Perster Stevens and Cat Frampton – because I was also way into Cat Stevens at the time too.

    I never know any of teh music or groups u refer to, so for once..I know.

    ” You should buy the Plasticland compilation out now on Ryko Disc, though. I command you!!!! Click the link on this article and buy it immediately. You will obey me”

    I knew you preist types who sit a lot develop special powers. But I did not know how vodoo mojo it could be!

    But I do not fear as I have a garlic mala. and holy cruci-dorje (sp?)

  18. Anonymous
    Anonymous November 2, 2006 at 1:27 pm | |

    Frampton is tolerable only because of
    his association with the movie
    “Almost Famous”. But Billy Joel?
    Ugh… samsara squared — Linda-Blair-
    360-degree-head-turning-projectile-
    vomiting-tripe.

    BTW, the 80s produced some good songs
    that still entertain today; check out

    Nouvelle Vague

    (also available LIVE on youtube)

    And thanks for the Plasticland info.

  19. Dan
    Dan November 2, 2006 at 1:28 pm | |

    talking heads and minor threat are my two favourite 80′s bands.

    i hate U2

  20. Anonymous
    Anonymous November 2, 2006 at 2:01 pm | |

    Ah yes, Talking Heads are hard to beat!

  21. Dan
    Dan November 2, 2006 at 3:33 pm | |

    ironically enough psycho killer is pretty much the only talking heads song that i’m not a huge fan of. but the rest of their stuff is wicked.

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  24. healthyscratch
    healthyscratch November 3, 2006 at 1:18 pm | |

    Funny how Brad can post on Zen and get nary a response, but make one statement about music and suddenly everyone’s got an opinion…

    There were obviously some great bands of the ’80′s (X (the band in L.A., not Japan) in particular stands out, at least to me), but I think the percentage of great bands was maybe lower in the ’80′s than any other decade in the last 40 years. The current ’00′s might change that, though.

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