WAR HERO and May 17th at BODHI TREE etc., etc.


The good news just keeps on comin’! I just got word that the first 0DFx (Zero Defex) 7 inch vinyl EP is now available from GET REVENGE RECORDS. This record contains the demo we recorded in 1983 at a studio called The Island in North Royalton, Ohio. The guy who ran it was a total Neil-from-the-Young-Ones type hippie dude whose studio was decorated with all kinds of medieval swords and suits of armor and stuff. But the music is pure speedy thrashy hardcore in the style of Minor Threat and Negative Approach with a bit of psychedelia thrown in for good measure. For more about 0DFx as well as some samples of what’s on the record GO HERE. It took 24 years to get it released. But here it is! Order yours today! In a month or so Get Revenge will bring out a second 7 incher containing another demo we did about 6 months prior to this one. And a couple months from now the contents of both 7 inch records plus a live show from 1982 and some recordings we did at our 2005 reunion will be available on a double CD.

And just so nobody forgets the stuff I posted yesterday, here it is again (thanks to Jinzang for help with the links):

I’ll be doing a talk and book signing on MAY 17th, 2007 at the BODHI TREE BOOKSTORE which is located in West Hollywood, California (click for directions) at 7:30 PM. This will be the very first book signing event for SIT DOWN AND SHUT UP!, my brand new book from New World Library. So show up, dammit! A good time will be had by all.

Also, there will be no Zazen class at Hill Street Center on Saturday May 12th cuz I will be in Japan.

AND, yesterday I got profiled for a story in the June issue of LA YOGA magazine. So look for that next month. They took loads of pictures and did a nice interview.

AND, an excerpt from SIT DOWN AND SHUT UP! will appear in WHOLE LIFE TIMES magazine in June as well. WHOLE LIFE TIMES is an LA based mag. But they’re also affiliated with CONSCIOUS CHOICE magazine in Chicago and Seattle, and with COMMON GROUND magazine in San Francisco. So I think the excerpt will appear in those magazines as well.

AND on Sunday May 20th at midnight I’ll be a guest on the SUICIDE GIRLS RADIO SHOW on Indie 103.1 in Los Angeles. I’m pretty sure this is avialable on the Internets and as a Podcast as well if you’re not in SoCal.

On May 3rd I was a guest on Scott Cluthe’s show POSITIVELY INCORRECT on Sirius Radio. I think there’s a Podacst of this. But I’ll be dog-goned if I can find it. If anyone out there finds it, let me know.

AND on May 23rd I’ll be a guest on a radio show called THE GOOD LIFE with host JESSE DYLAN at 10:15 Pacific Time/1:15 Eastern. That’s also on Sirius Sattelite Radio. My dad’s got one of those in his car. So I hope he listens.

AND Saturday June 2nd, 2007 at 7 PM I’ll be in Phoenix at the ARIZONA ZEN BUDDHIST SOCIETY giving A TALK (click for details & location). So be there or be square! I’m doing two other book signings in Phoenix on that Sunday (June 3rd) and Monday (June 4th). But I can’t seem to find the details. I’ll either revise this post or put up a new one when I get that info.

AND I’ll be all over the San Francisco Bay Area the following week. Here’s what’s lined up so far:

Tuesday June 12th at the VIRGIN MEGASTORE in San Francisco
Thursday June 14th, 7PM at GATEWAYS in Santa Cruz
Friday June 15th After Dinner Talk at the SAN FRANCISCO ZEN CENTER
Saturday June 16th 7 PM at COPPERFIELD’S BOOKS 140 Kentucky St., Petaluma, CA 94952
Sunday June 17th at San Quentin Prison (this isn’t open to the public, but all inmates reading this are invited!)

AND on Wednesday July 25th, 2007, my movie CLEVELAND’S SCREAMING! will have its world premier at the EGYPTIAN THEATER in Hollywood. So mark your calendars!

I’ll put up more details as I get them. Basically book signings tend to start at 7 PM, so I’m guessing that’ll be the time for most of these. The After Dinner Talk is a regular thing at the SF Zen Center, so probably if you look on their website there’ll be info.

I’m also working on possible gigs in Boulder, New York City, Akron and Montreal. So I’ll let you know how that goes.

Rock on!

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  1. tearjohndown
    tearjohndown May 7, 2007 at 9:41 am | |

    absolutely awesome. I will be picking up the 7″s and the double-CD

  2. Ginger
    Ginger May 7, 2007 at 6:53 pm | |

    Well… you’re sure to have a captive audience at the San Quentin gig.

  3. David
    David May 8, 2007 at 12:08 am | |

    Good for you Brad

  4. Anonymous
    Anonymous May 8, 2007 at 2:32 am | |

    Brad—I am really happy that you’re getting all this good news!

  5. Anonymous
    Anonymous May 8, 2007 at 5:08 am | |

    for those who prefer to avoid such surprises, I want to let you know that when you click on ginger’s name to view her profile, it takes you to a porn site. To be clear, I am referring to the second comment on this thread.

  6. Anonymous
    Anonymous May 8, 2007 at 5:58 am | |

    I am shocked! Shocked to find that
    there is pornography on the Internet!

    Thank you for pointing this out,
    anonymous. I’ll report the matter
    to Homeland Security immediately!

  7. Anonymous
    Anonymous May 8, 2007 at 6:03 am | |

    And I am shocked, too! Shocked to find there are obnoxious and puerile comments such as yours, anonymous @ 5:58 AM, on a blog. I will report you to the idiot police right away.

  8. Anonymous
    Anonymous May 8, 2007 at 6:09 am | |

    When you come to Arizona,
    don’t let yourself be put
    on the spot by one of those
    crazy guerilla questioners.

    They are just plain nuts!

  9. Fred Charles
    Fred Charles May 8, 2007 at 6:23 am | |

    Your band was mentioned in the movie American Hardcore…but I’m sure that you know this by now. It’s interesting to see how some of those band have changed over the years, and even more interesting to see that some of them are still active.

  10. Anonymous
    Anonymous May 8, 2007 at 11:53 am | |

    Regarding Chapter 20 of SD&SU; “Buddha is Boring”

    Buddha Movie Cannes press release

    They make the mistake of describing “Old Path White Clouds” as “Universally acknowledged as the worlds authoritative book on Buddhism”, an easy mistake to make since in most religions a book about the founder’s life story would be the most book important. This press release was written by movie people, French movie people at that. Give ‘em a break.

    Hopefully they’ll prove Brad wrong and make a good movie about the Buddha’s life.

  11. Ginger
    Ginger May 8, 2007 at 12:31 pm | |

    “for those who prefer to avoid such surprises, I want to let you know that when you click on ginger’s name to view her profile, it takes you to a porn site. To be clear, I am referring to the second comment on this thread.”

    Lighten up sweetcakes, I don’t bite… hard.

  12. Anonymous
    Anonymous May 8, 2007 at 12:34 pm | |

    oh I like those who bite, but only when I ask.

  13. UncaDan
    UncaDan May 9, 2007 at 6:47 am | |

    My copy of SD&SU; came in yesterday and my wife is picking it up today. Looking forward to reading it.

    I was beginning to think I pre-ordered wrong because everybody was saying that they had theirs and I was still waiting.

  14. tony
    tony May 9, 2007 at 7:33 am | |

    I want more dementia 13 stuff. I wish you would sell cds of the d13 stuff and the odfx stuff on here. i want it!

    oh well. i’ll wait for the double cd. you should come to new orleans! I’ve got the perfect venue for you as well. the iron rail book collective. they host spoken word events by people like jello biafra. you should look into it.

    http://ironrail.org/

  15. julepandme
    julepandme May 9, 2007 at 8:34 am | |

    Hi – I’m reading your book and loving it. I read Hardcoare Zen like a gazillion times. At least.

    Come to NYC! We like readings, too.

    (Oh, and if anyone’s reading this and can recommend some good place to practice here in the city I’d really appreciate it. Everything I can find is concerned with enlightenment and reincarnation and a bunch of stuff like that which I honestly just don’t care about. – thanks!)

  16. tony
    tony May 9, 2007 at 9:02 am | |

    Don’t care about enlightenment?!!

  17. julepandme
    julepandme May 9, 2007 at 2:09 pm | |

    I’m going to assume the above comment was meant for me?

    So, no, sorry but I just don’t. If that makes me a bad, whatever, then so be it.

    Honestly, I care more about going home right now and doing my laundry and cleaning the bathroom and taking my dogs to the park. (One fun thing and 2 unfun things but they all gotta be done.)

    Basically I just want someplace where I can practice and not be expected to believe in reincarnatio nor worrying about what it all “means,” so again, any suggestions are most welcome (there’s a place in my neighborhood right down the street but it’s all about preparing yourself for enlightenment and working through koans and that’s just not me).

  18. Koudelka
    Koudelka May 9, 2007 at 2:35 pm | |

    >>julepandme
    I’ve been toying with going to fire lotus temple in brooklyn, but in all honesty I can’t be bothered with the monastic bullshit and the toolbox buddha fanboys.

    I just sit by myself at home, it’s rad.

    >>ginger
    Initial double entendre appreciated. More naked pictures please, the comments might become fun again. :D

  19. Anonymous
    Anonymous May 9, 2007 at 3:11 pm | |

    …and 5 for Soto Zen specifically, if you swing that way.

  20. Anonymous
    Anonymous May 9, 2007 at 4:04 pm | |

    Hello julepandme,

    Possibly worth checking out…

    If you like the books by
    Joko Beck and her students,
    Ezra Bayda, Diane Rizetto, or
    Barry Magid:

    http://www.ordinarymind.com/

    If you like Lawrence Shainberg’s
    book “Ambivalent Zen”:

    http://www.sohozendo.org/

    Happy Trails!

  21. Anonymous
    Anonymous May 9, 2007 at 4:12 pm | |

    hey anonymous,

    don’t forget about us
    copy-and-paste-challenged folks

    http://www.ordinarymind.com/

    http://www.sohozendo.org/

  22. david
    david May 9, 2007 at 4:17 pm | |

    Zen in NYC… hmm…

    I would recommend the Ordinary Mind School [check the link above]

    it sounds like it’s up your alley, julepandme.

    although I personally didn’t like a technique that was taught in that school, of “labeling your thoughts”.

    I spoke to a Zen master here in Tucson, named Pat Hawk Roshi, who is a very cool dude, and told him about my practice with “labeling my thoughts” and he agreed it can be effective but then added in his yoda-like voice “but it’s not Zen”.

    who knows.

    anyway, Barry Magid in NYC is an extremely insightful fellow and offers very down-to-earth practice.

  23. David
    David May 9, 2007 at 4:18 pm | |

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  24. Anonymous
    Anonymous May 9, 2007 at 5:46 pm | |

    Come to Austin TX! We need you- and I will gift you with a pile of exciting KISS memorbilia.

  25. Anonymous
    Anonymous May 9, 2007 at 8:59 pm | |

    you should get a book signing or speaking or whatever deal up in Sacramento sometime.

  26. Koudelka
    Koudelka May 9, 2007 at 9:11 pm | |

    What the fuck is with paying massive amounts of money to a zendo?

  27. tony
    tony May 9, 2007 at 9:35 pm | |

    “So, no, sorry but I just don’t. [care about enlightenment] If that makes me a bad, whatever, then so be it.” julemandme

    Jule, you bad girl, no need to be sorry, the vast majority of people don’t care either, your in good company.

  28. Anonymous
    Anonymous May 10, 2007 at 4:22 am | |

    tony, do you even have a clue what you are talking about when you use the E word? what does it refer to?

  29. Anonymous
    Anonymous May 10, 2007 at 4:38 am | |

    i think jule meant they dont care about achieving some kind of mystical state where evrything is perfect and they are free from suffering etc. that definition of enlightenment is stupid and anyone who cares about chasing it will be disappointed i think.

  30. julepandme
    julepandme May 10, 2007 at 11:20 am | |

    anonymous (right above me) – you are absolutely correct. Thank you for articulating more clearly what I think of all that stuff (of course I’m on here at work and so am having to type out thoughts in between “working” – that’s my excuse, anyway)

    Everyone thank you so so much for all the suggestions. I’m going to do a little internet research.

    I actually have a couple of questions about the ID project, the group that meets at Lila Yoga on Mon. & Wens. nights (I think that’s it). I’ve been thinking of checking them out but can’t really find anything concrete on their philosophy or practice or what-have-you. (anyone feel free to email directly if you’re not comfortable posting about it here: julepandme@yahoo.com)

  31. tony
    tony May 10, 2007 at 11:37 am | |

    “i think jule meant they dont care about achieving some kind of mystical state where evrything is perfect and they are free from suffering etc. that definition of enlightenment is stupid and anyone who cares about chasing it will be disappointed i think.”

    Again, this is what most people think so Jule, and you, are in good company.

  32. aumeye
    aumeye May 10, 2007 at 11:57 am | |

    I’m thinking it’s julep as in julep and me (julepandme),no? Maybe you love mint julep?

    Either way, I’ve tried a few places in the City, myself; and I wanted to wish you luck with the search. Keep us posted!

  33. Brad
    Brad May 10, 2007 at 11:57 am | |

    Thanks for all the suggestions and encouragement everyone.

    Tony, get a life!

  34. Koudelka
    Koudelka May 10, 2007 at 11:58 am | |

    >>Tony
    I don’t think that “most people” have even looked into “enlightenment” enough to realize that it’s a four-letter word.

    DO I SOUND ZEN YET? WTF I HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS.

  35. julepandme
    julepandme May 10, 2007 at 12:33 pm | |

    Hi aumeye – yeah, it is Julep, as in “Julep and me” – Julep being my old dog.

    anyhoo –

    what I’m more specifically looking for from all this (Buddhism, zen, whatever) is just a chance to learn some tools to live a more compassionate life and – especially living in NYC – to learn to deal with all the crap (by crap I mean things like the crowded subway (I hate you L train!), angry people (I think they hate the subway, too), 3 am revelers hanging out under my window when I’m trying to sleep – and so on. I think Buddhism and specifically zen is the best thing I’ve found to give me the tools to deal with this stuff and quite honestly, I don’t personally know anyone else who’s at all interested in this, that’s why I’m looking for someplace to prace. And that’s also why I’m looking for something that can help deal with stuff just as it’s happening; I can’t bothered worrying about something that may or may not happen at some point in time. I live in NYC – I don’t have time for that!!!

  36. Anonymous
    Anonymous May 10, 2007 at 1:02 pm | |

    There is no Enlightenment.
    There is no path to Enlightenment.
    There is no sign post to the path to Enlightmentment.
    There is no book describing the sign post to the path to Enlightenment.

    There is, however, a cushion on the floor.
    Sit. Don’t sit. Its all the same :)

  37. tony
    tony May 10, 2007 at 1:05 pm | |

    “I can’t be bothered worrying about something that may or may not happen at some point in time.” Julep

    What about acquiring those imagined tools. ;)

  38. Anonymous
    Anonymous May 10, 2007 at 1:20 pm | |

    she wouldnt be worrying about imagined tools whatever they are tony.

    i think she meant worrying needlessly about the future. dealing with things as they happen instead.

  39. tony
    tony May 10, 2007 at 1:35 pm | |

    “i think she meant worrying needlessly about the future. dealing with things as they happen instead.”

    But she doesn’t have the tools to do that yet!

  40. Koudelka
    Koudelka May 10, 2007 at 1:50 pm | |

    >>Tony
    You sure seem to know a lot about tools…

    Zen has spannered for centuries, there’s a lot of old saws that illustrate it pretty well, perhaps you should let actual masters wrench people free. And you risk sounding like a nut, so please get your bolts tightened.

  41. tony
    tony May 10, 2007 at 2:00 pm | |

    I wasn’t trying to wrench anyone free, I was just trying to keep from retching. :D

  42. julepandme
    julepandme May 10, 2007 at 2:07 pm | |

    My favorite tool is the ballpeen hammer. Gone on and say it out loud – it’s a pretty cool word.

    (that’s my non sequitur for the day)

  43. Anonymous
    Anonymous May 10, 2007 at 8:53 pm | |

    Best sentence in the book (so far),
    p. 197:

    “But, trust me, Dogen wasn’t just
    a crazy man explaining the craziness
    of other crazy people in some
    crazy-ass way.”

  44. Anonymous
    Anonymous May 10, 2007 at 9:24 pm | |

    “Sit Down and Shut Up”, Chapter 19:

    Synchronicity… just happened to see
    an interview with Roger Corman yesterday.

    “The eye with which I see God
    is the eye with which God sees me”

    – Meister Eckhart

  45. Francisca
    Francisca May 11, 2007 at 2:09 am | |

    Brad, do I smell some ego in this post…. ;)

    You are becoming booming business, arent ya? Great for you!

    And I still need to buy your book..hmm that might be a good one for the upcoming holidays…!

    I just wrote a very very short post on Buddha, Jezus and Mohammed…maybe a subject you could ponder over a bit on here? As you are more knowledgeable on the subject then I am (well at least on the Buddha part that is).
    You are of course also welcome to share your considerations on my post here.

    Goodluck with your endeavors!

  46. Anonymous
    Anonymous May 11, 2007 at 4:12 am | |

    For the uninitiated…

    Regarding Beast with a Million Eyes:

    “”
    While it is true that Roger Corman was
    known for being able to grind out movies
    very quickly on very small budgets,
    this film is just plain terrible,
    rivaling “Plan 9″ as being perhaps
    the worst sci-fi film ever made.
    Even “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians”
    had a better-looking spaceship!
    “”

    Corman once joked that “he could make
    a film about the fall of the Roman Empire
    with just a couple of extras and a bush.”

  47. Anonymous
    Anonymous May 11, 2007 at 4:49 am | |

    Yeah, but can Corman make a film
    about the fall of the American Empire
    with just a couple of Arab actors and a Bush?

  48. Jinzang
    Jinzang May 11, 2007 at 5:26 am | |

    Yeah, but Roger Corman also produced Rock and Roll High School.

  49. SmoggyRob
    SmoggyRob May 11, 2007 at 7:10 pm | |

    Hi everyone:

    Julepandme, I get what you’re looking for, it’s what I looked for too. The group I sit with regularly is a pretty stripped-down form of Soto.

    But give this a thought. I ran across a group led by a Thien guy (or Seon, I don’t really know). He believes in literal rebirth, bunches of heavens and hells, actual hungry ghosts, and loads of other beliefs that I don’t share. I sit, and that’s pretty much the same wherever I go. But when he talks, I watch my mind, and how I react to all this stuff I disagree with. I’ve found it enlightening.

    Thanks, I’m here till Tuesday — don’t forget to tip your waitress.

    Rob

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