Even this must pass away and memories may last for years but names are just for souvenirs. Some kind of angel let me look into your eyes. Don’t give me whys and wherefores, reason or surprise. I don’t care for words that don’t belong. And I don’t care what you’re called. Tell me later if at all. I can wait a long long time, before I hear another love song.

I’m finally updating this on Thursday morning 9/5/2019. The last week and a half have been very very busy. Between my day gig, the PodCast and pre production and post production doctors visits, errands and hosting my final big BBQ of the year even making time for rest has been more difficult than usual. But I am sleeping very very well and knock on wood!

So early last week I discovered Presidential Candidate Tulsi Gabbard a military combat veteran serving as the U.S. Representative for Hawaii’s 2nd congressional district. She is a member of the Democratic Party. Elected in 2012, she became the first Samoan American and the first Hindu member of the United States Congress. I found her by complete accident and it is a stroke a luck that I finally found a candidate I can put my support. I was wacting YouTube PodCasts and came across comedian Nick Di Paolo who I used to hear on the old Howard Stern show. He broke down the cat fight between Kamala Harris and Tulsi Gabbard and CNN’s second Democratic Debate. I immediately googled her and after much research signed up for her website updates and ordered a sign for my window and a bumper sticker. You can see video of Nick Di Paolo laughing about it at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpdjH5Nyf90

Her resume is a stack of firsts: She is the youngest person ever elected to Hawaii’s state legislature and the first Hindu in Congress, as well as one of its first two first female combat veterans. Gabbard is American-Samoan, an ardent surfer (who got engaged while surfing) and has stretched across the political spectrum — nominating Bernie Sanders for president in 2016, and later that year meeting with then President-elect Donald Trump.

If elected president in 2020, she would take office before turning 40 and become the youngest person ever in the job. Here is what Tulsi Gabbard believes on some key issues in the 2020 race.

Climate change: Mandate an end to the use of fossil fuels for electricity by 2050. Ban fracking.

One of the most aggressive pieces of climate change legislation in Congress, Gabbard’s “OFF Fuels for a Better Future Act” would mandate a dramatic move away from fossil fuels. The plan would require electric utilities to use 80 percent renewable resources by 2027 and 100 percent by 2035. In addition, it would set similar goals for car emissions, mandating zero emissions by 2050. Finally, it would end all subsidies and tax breaks for fossil fuels and it would ban fracking.

Education: Tuition-free community college for all and tuition-free public university for most families.

Gabbard backs Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ proposal to cut or eliminate higher education tuition for most Americans. She would make community college tuition-free for all Americans, and four-year public colleges tuition-free for students whose families make $125,000 or less per year. The plan would pay for that tuition by imposing a new tax on stock and bond trades.

Guns: Ban assault weapons and require universal background checks.

In Congress, Gabbard has co-sponsored bills that would ban assault weapons and require background checks for all gun purchases, including closing what is known as the “gun-show loophole.”

Health care: Create “Medicare for All,” a universal, government-sponsored health care system.

Gabbard co-sponsored a bill to create a government-run system to provide health care for all residents of the United States. That bill, “The Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act,” would pay for health care by increasing taxes on the wealthiest 5 percent of Americans, create a progressive excise tax on payroll and self-employment, tax unearned income, and also tax stock and bond transactions (not just the gains from those transactions).

Social Issues: Protect abortion rights. Ban discrimination based on sexual preference, identity.


Gabbard believes that abortion should remain legal and accessible. She voted against a proposed ban on abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. She supports the legal status of same-sex marriage, opposes attempts to bar transgender Americans from the military and supports laws to ban discrimination based on sexual preference.

In both of these areas, Gabbard has changed her position since she entered politics at age 21. She was initially anti-abortion, or opposed to increased abortion access. In 2004, she opposed a bill allowing civil unions for same-sex couples in Hawaii. Hawaii’s LGBT caucus withheld their endorsement from her in 2016. She has said that her time in Iraq sparked soul-searching and led to changes in her beliefs.

Military intervention: Withdraw from Afghanistan and Syria.


In general, Gabbard believes the U.S. should be less involved in foreign conflicts and have a smaller troop presence in many places around the world. She has specifically called on the U.S. military to pull out of Afghanistan, arguing that American troops completed their mission there andallow the country to chart its own course.

Gabbard also opposes U.S. military presence and action in Syria. In 2017, she sparked controversy after announcing that she had met with Syrian leader Bashar -al-Assad at his invitation. A few months later, she sharply questioned U.S. conclusions that a chemical attack in 2017 was directed by Assad’s regime. And recently she has criticized those who say U.S. troops should stay in the country. Gabbard believes the U.S. is in Syria primarily to force a regime change, something she argues is a mistake and being pushed by leaders who are “attached to war.”

The congresswoman believes U.S. action around the world often benefits extremists. She also has argued that Democrats and others should not back away from the term “Islamic extremists.”

Saudi Arabia: End U.S. support for Saudi-led conflict in Yemen.
Gabbard has said the U.S. is complicit in a humanitarian disaster by giving support to the Saudis, because they have cut off aid to large parts of the Yememi population while battling rebels there. She also sent a controversial tweet that was highly critical of Trump following news that the U.S. was standing by Saudi leadership despite intelligence implicating the kingdom’s crown prince in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

A nice ride both in and back home from work on my own Taco Tuesday. I woke “hump day” morning to see that our last show was not only listened to across the states but also in: Hamburg Germany, Mexico City Mexico, Itoigawa Japan, Tambov Russian Federation, Vladivostok Russian Federation, Saint Leonards United Kingdom, Edinburgh United Kingdom, Craigieburn Australia, Concord Australia and Sydney Australia.

I ate shrimp tacos and fajitas for 3 days and LOVED it. The weather was perfect and somehow by a stroke of luck it only rained while I was in the office and it rained pretty hard but magically stopped shortly before I had to bike home from work.

Today found this little piece I penned 3 years ago.

I have a scrapbook full of memories and pictures on a wall
I’ve got a guitar full of melodies and poems for them all
I have a notebook full of love-songs with you on every line
But sweetest are the memories forever in my mind

It seems all my life I’ve shied away the chance of true love affair
From the misty eyes of a lovers eyes, and some who may have cared
With you there was no question, loves validity was there
Sunny sandy walks and late night talks of feelings that we shared

Montrose Beach Wednesday mourning

Valerie Kenwell in TX was watching an old PodCast and sent me this screen shot. I love when people do that. 

Alcala’s Western Wear 1733 W. Chicago Ave. Chicago, IL 60622 

After my doctor appointment with Oncologist May Hashimi, M.D. who is just wonderful I went to biked to the bank and then all the way over to Ukrainian Village on the west side to Alcalas https://www.alcalas.com/ which is 5.6 miles in traffic and no bike lanes. I got there and bought a nice new wool cowboy hat, scoped out my next one and browsed the gator boots.

I was feeling nostalgic and biked over to my first Chicago apartment from 1998 in Wicker Park on Hermitage where I lived for a year on teh second floor. It was the best apartment I had till I moved into this one in 2017 I was hoping the new Checkers would be open but it was not so I went to Choppers www.choppers-chicago.com and had a big wonderful burger. I hadn’t been there to eat in 20 years. It was so full of everything bad for me that I was harpy I was biking. 

 1659 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

I spent Saturday marinating boneless ribs, chicken legs, and tenderloins and cooked up Carne Carnitas, pulled pork and pulled chicken as well as some pasta salad and salsa for the Post PodCast BBQ. After I was done interviewing and doing a very funny PodCast with Billie and Leon from Electric Revolution I began grilling  Cassie was a big help in taking down the PoCast gear and putting it away with me. 

 

Angela Denk is with Deb Ty Coon, Alex Zander and Cassie Balazic

Once in a while the stars align and a feel-good meme hits me in the repost bone. Even less often, I’m kid-free and off work for a couple days.

An old sister, a new sister, a fellow writer and lover of music who has offered me space in his world, and of course my cat, because he sat vigil with me the first half of this weekend while I slept off most of this 👎🏻👎🏻 cold.

I’ve been all over the last 24 hours, geographically and otherwise.

Now I’m heading home to reunite with my babes who had their own adventures this weekend. Love love, my friends. Happy Labor Day

The one and only—someone to wax poetic over GnR with me. The host with the most.

A VERY MOTLEY KREW

 

Know her since 2003, Kaylani Lei Pornographic actress who I used to name and I’ve told her she was the prettiest face in adult. Lei was born in Singapore and spent most of her childhood in Massachusetts, United States. She is of Chinese and Filipino descent but does not speak any Tagalog.

Step back and watch the sweet thing. Breaking everything she sees. She can take my darkest feeling. Tear it up till I’m on me knees. Plug into her electric cool. Where things bend and break. And shake to the rule.

I’ve got the songs and stingers loaded for Sundays MKULTRASOUND PodCast with JOY THIEVES which may also feature some music by ACID CASUALTY.

Stay Tuned. Good things are happening in MK WORLD.

https://soundcloud.com/mkultrasoundpodcast

Show is ready to go, laundry is finished, so I have an entire day tomorrow to hit the beach!

The rip currents are insane and Montrose Beach has become gentrified. Lost all of it’s coolness and appeal.

6AM Sunday mourning 8/25/2019 from the back porch of Casa Diablo.  A great episode is planned out and then some biking if all goes well. Rain and storms forecast for tomorrow so I hope to get some miles in. 

So I’ve had 4 weeks in a row where I’ve actually been able to enjoy a little slice of life outside of being consumed by the PodCast when I’m outside of my actual job. Even somethings as simple as a few hours at the beach or hanging out with a friend makes the biggest difference. 

On that topic a really good friend is coming to town in 10 days for work and for work on the PodCast. It’s an exciting time for both of us as well as the project. A true brother from another mother in every sense of the word. I’m looking forward to a week from Wednesday and coming home from work and finding him hopefully sitting out back. In an hour. 

Cassie’s Tripod broke so she improvised. Those books, all in the family.

Matthew Clark, Dan Milligan, AZ and Max Bravo

As of Monday evening here are the worldwide listens to yesterdays show

I want to get those numbers back up like they were after Emily’s appearance. 

 

Somewhere from another time. Asiatic death. Yellow fever bodies writhe. Sugar on my breath. Is this the final curtain. I don’t believe what’s happening. She hides behind a veil of tears. Plays upon my darkest fears.

Yesterday at work I got some news as far as expanding my duties at work and it’s really good. My role and duties are merging with another role and it’s only for the better. I’m excited to begin training next week. 

I don’t do much “just for me” as far as allowing myself to have “me time”.  When I’m not at the office I’m working on PodCast material, booking guests, updating 5 social media pages as well as mkultramagazine.com. My weekdays are paint by numbers and I try to get an hour of TV time before bed. Mostly its watching my favorite podcasts on YouTube. Lately I’ve given myself a little more time. August 1 I met a lady downtown for a drink and sandwich and two days later on Saturday August 3 gave myself an afternoon at the beach where I got burned. The following Friday evening I went back downtown with the aforementioned lady and the next day met her for an afternoon at Hot Dog Fest. 

Last week from Wednesday till late Saturday afternoon I had house guests and we did a podcast and spent sometime up on Argyle and when they left I enjoyed the peaceful solitude of home. My only plan was to go to the Evanston Art & Big Fork Festival which I had invited the lady to but as things remain she is unavailable. The fest itself was boring and the crowd wasn’t anything like the inner city crowds who attend such events.  Luckily Max Bravo was with me and turned that mood around when he insisted I join him at one of his hangouts the Bulldog Ale House on Loyola Campus at 6606 N. Sheridan Chicago. We got there just after 3 and mingled with the staff, a great staff I should add and I left for home around 9PM and was of anything but sound mind. 6 hours of double Jameson on the rocks I owe Max big time. It was a few hours before I felt it kick in but when it did it hit me HARD. I woke with one of those WTF happened feelings and got myself together for work. It was a much younger crowd than I’ve been around in a coons age but I felt at home in a strange way. That’s the Max factor. 

It’s Thursday morning and I slept till 8AM since I’m off. I could have slept longer if my cat Annie hadn’t been perched on my foot board screaming at me. I do have things to do but there is no hurry. Perhaps I’ll indulge in some more “me time”.

We have 2 great shows lined up over the next two weekends. I’m excited and September should be smooth sailing I hope. 

This Sunday’s show will feature Dan and Matt of JOY THIEVES

Plans have been set in motion for the post PodCast Labor Day WeAkend

Rock n Roll BBQ

 

You always keep me guessin’, I never seem to know what you are thinkin’. And if a fella looks at you, it’s for sure your little eye will be a-winkin’. I get confused, ’cause I don’t know where I stand, and then you smile, and hold my hand. Love is kinda crazy with a spooky little girl like you.

The chick who is coming up to Chiraq do this to my hair

Stupid Girls singer Samantha (she sent me this pic as I am posting this)

Alex Skolnick of Testament and Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Michael and Jessica arrived Wednesday evening and we were up till around 2 AM and I had I had an appointment with an eye doctor and that story is amusing to say the least. Maybe I’ll touch on that as I already have on the show, so maybe not.

Later that afternoon we went to the Argyle Night Market where I got a honeydew bubble tea and then we all got ice cream before heading home to do the podcast. I made some kick ass sangria for all of us and the evening went very well and very late.

Friday I had a 9AM doctors appointment with Oncologist MAY M HASHIMI, MD who was a very nice Iranian lady to have some blood work done. It was the most blood ever taken with the exception of donating blood. Afterwards I biked out to buy us more groceries and picked up the Avengers Endgame Blu Ray as a treat for myself.

T’OUI  MACARON & PATISSERIE 5018 N Broadway Ave Chicago

 I picked up a bunch of my favorite Udon Noodles at Viet Hoa Market

 

Max was kind enough to sit in as co host as Ty is on vacation

Friday after my eye appointment at Target I bought this DVD and  I picked up more groceries and then as Michael and Jessica went out site seeing I watched the Avengers Endgame which took the entire afternoon. When they came home I made them dinner again. 

THIS WAS BORING

THIS WAS NOT BORING AND BECAUSE OF MAX I WAS DRAGGING ASS ON MONDAY. More on the Bulldog Ale House later

A line of strong to severe storms was expected to move into the area at around 10:30 a.m. CST, NBC Storm Team 5 forecasts show, likely sparing the morning commute.

The storms could bring potentially damaging wind gusts reaching 50 to 60 mph, with a higher risk in the southernmost part of the region. It could also bring heavy rain and lightning as well as hail.

That line of storms was expected to continue to move east through the early afternoon.

After the storms pass, conditions are likely to remain partly cloudy, warm and humid with temperature highs in the mid to upper 80s.

This was Lake Michigan on my way into the office approx 715AM before the storms hit. It poured the entire time I was in the office.

The storms passed 4PM and this is approx 530PM along Lake Michigan on my bike ride home

I came across this large part of a tree blocking the bike trail. 6 of us got off of our bikes and dragged it to the side. It only took about 30 seconds. Strangers coming together with some great team work. 

 

You’re an accident, waiting to happen. You’re a piece of glass left there on the beach. Well, you tell me things I know you’re not supposed to. Then you leave me just out of reach.

Buena Park is ideally situated on Chicago’s north side, bordered by Lake Michigan (east), Wrigleyville (south), Chicago’s Uptown growing entertainment district (north), and Graceland Cemetery (west).

Buena Park Is Good Living by the Lake. It is a small town, a resort town, nestled in a big town. It is a welcoming lakeside community that bustles with diverse residents who are active and dedicated to improving the quality of life for one another.

My early morning bike commute to Evanston begins

Buena Park / Peace Garden on the east side of LSD

Foster Ave Beach

Osterman Beach (the Gay Beach)

Cory McRae catching up on MKULTRASOUND while on the job in Memphis TN

Tuesday 8/13/2019 approx 830AM

Tuesday 8/13/2019 approx 630PM

Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park / North Shore Channel Trail

The Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park runs for two miles from Dempster Street on the north to Touhy Avenue on the south and displays more than 60 sculptures by artists of local, national and international reputation.

Got lost by following the signs to the North Shore Channel Trail and ended up in a less than desirable section of Evanston that I had only heard about via a friend but landed right in the heart of it on my bicycle. I put my destination into Google Maps and followed the voice instruction till I was at the tiptop of the trail at the Skokie North Shore Sculpture Park. From there I began my slow journey home stopping more than occasionally to capture some shots. Where the sculpture park ended there was a nice woodsy stretch till I came upon a detour where there was a new ped/bike bridge that put us on a busy portion of Lincoln and I had to take it to another busy street Kedzie and finally back onto the trail which was much too brief.

My trip took me through Evanston, Skokie, Lincolnwood, Lincoln Village and through Lincoln Square before heading east toward home on a very busy stretch of Lawrence through Uptown and finally to Buena Park. It took me 90 minutes total and was just above 17 miles. That’s with all of the stopping and getting off and back onto my bike.

I said “getting off”.

 

Legion Park Fountain 8/13/2019 on the North Shore Channel Trail

8/14/2019

I took the long way to work and it set the mood for the rest of an amazing day 

 

8/14/2019 Edgewater Beach Apartments

1926 Edgewater Beach Hotel

Jeffrey K Windisch 1969 – 2016

Today marks 3 years that we lost my good friend, a loyal friend, talented musician and a very funny man. I miss him every day. 

Jeffrey K. Windisch Beloved husband of Melissa nee Kelley; Devoted father of Sophie; Loving son of the late Gerald and Katherine Windisch; Dear uncle of many; Jeffrey recently was reunited with his birth family, his father Richard West and predeceased by his mother Audrey West; Sisters Debbie Janc and Mimi Miller and his brother Jeffery West; Fond brother in law of Genevieve Kelley; Jeffrey was a friend and will be missed by many in the Music Industry.

My first of many camping trips with Jeff (2000) Jeff, Jason, Hungarian Alex and myself at Camp Sweet Minnihaha

Musician Jeff Windisch dies during Lynch Mob gigBy Stef Lach (Classic Rock) August 16, 2016 Classic Rock 

FROM www.loudersound.com

Guitarist Jeff Windisch had heart attack while watching Lynch Mob just after his band Emperors And Elephants had opened the show

Emperors And Elephants with Jeff Windisch, far right

A member of a band who had opened for Lynch Mob later suffered a fatal heart attack while watching the headline act.

Guitarist Jeff Windisch has played a set with his band Emperors And Elephants at Neisen’s Sports Bar & Grill in Savage, Minnesota, on Saturday night before Lynch Mob took to the stage.


As he watched Lynch Mob’s set from the crowd, he suffered a heart attack and could not be resuscitated. Lynch Mob cut their performance short after learning Windisch was in trouble.

Lynch Mob bassist Sean McNabb says: “On behalf of Lynch Mob — George, Oni Logan, Jimmy D’Anda and myself — our prayers go out to Jeff Windisch’s family, friends and band Emperors And Elephants.

“Jeff died of cardiac arrest during our set. They opened the show for us and kicked ass. As soon as we were alerted to the situation, we stopped playing, as the crowd and band stood in disbelief as they tried to save him.

“We felt it was best to stop the show at that point. Please keep his family in your prayers.”

Lynch Mob drummer D’Anda adds: “The band didn’t feel it was appropriate to continue the show, so we stopped out of respect for Jeff. The band sends their thoughts and prayers to Jeff and his family and we kindly ask you do the same.”

Emperors And Elephants released their debut album Devil In The Lake in 2014.

I been to the edge and there I stood and looked down. You know I lost a lot of friends there baby I got no time to mess around. So if you want it, got to bleed for it baby.

Saturday as you dear readers know I attended an afternoon of my flavorite Chicago festival. And if you are like me and a Connoisseur of encased meats and are in search of the best of the best. Well then the Chicago History Museum’s Hot Dog Fest can probably help you quench that craving – just forget the ketchup. 

We’re talking guacamole, pork, and other wild toppings from the likes of America’s Dog & Burger, Byron’s Hot Dogs, Cela’s Boricua, Chicago’s Doghouse, Luella’s Gospel Bird, Luella’s Southern Kitchen, Ribs1 BBQ, Wilson Dogs, Smilin’ Dogs, Slim’s Chicago, Bo’s Concessions, Pinstripes, Flashy Hot Dogs, GuacDog, Lola’s Coney Island, YoBerri, and El Campeon.

I spent 45 minutes making my rounds before being joined by Miss Ji who did the same and she decided to try the GuacDog from…..GuacDog $9: 4242 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, which was topped with grilled corn, roasted poblamo, guacamole, spicy mayo and cheddar.

I went to my local favorite Byron’s: 1017 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago/1701 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago and picked up a Jumbo Chicago style $7 yellow mustard, chopped white onions, bright green sweet pickle relish, a dill pickle spear, tomato slices, pickled sport peppers and a dash of celery salt for myself, and a 1/2 Jumbo $4 for her.

We sat on a blanket enjoying our frankfurters and a little while later ventured back into the line for Chicago’s Dog House; 816 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, a local spot which till this weekend has somehow managed to escape me, but never again. It is now on my Chicago food tour map for when friends and family come to town.

Not only did they have the best I had this day but their spot/staff were by far the most entertaining. Upon some investigation I discovered that among the regular burger hot dog and fries options they also serve, Kangaroo Sausage, Wild Boar Bratwurst, Rattlesnake and Rabbit Sausage, Lamb Merguez Sausage and Apple Brandy Duck Sausage.

I chose the massive alligator sausage with caramelized onions and sweet Asian chili sauce $10 which was served almost immediately and she was the wiser of the two of us and opted for a WAGYU XL  Sausage $10 which took about 15 minutes to prepare from scratch. 1/3 lb infused with jalapeno and nacho cheese topped off with hot giardiniera and stadium mustard.

If I were a judge this would win Best In Show.

WAGYU - a Japanese beef cattle breed – derive from native Asian cattle. ‘WAGYU’ refers to all Japanese beef cattle, where ‘Wa’ means Japanese and ‘gyu’ means cow.

Wagyu were originally draft animals used in agriculture, and were selected for their physical endurance. This selection favored animals with more intra-muscular fat cells – ‘marbling’ – which provided a readily available energy source. Wagyu is a horned breed and the cattle are either black or red in color.

Wagyu Beef hot dogs are a gourmet hot dog lover’s dream! Juicy and full of flavor!

We spread out the blanket again and enjoyed. We ended my tour by topping it off with 2 cups of yogurt $5 each from Yoberri Gourmet 2224 N Clark St, Chicago.

It was the best Hot Dog Fest I’ve been to yet. 

 

The interview I did with our new friend Angela Denk was smooth sailing. I had been familiar with her writing for maybe about 6 months and we follow one-another on social media and when she posted a story about freaking out over unprotected sex with a partner I was impressed with her honesty and thought she’d be a wonderful guest on the show. Turns out I thought right and she fell right into place upon her arrival and the hour went by very quickly. If the response on Soundcloud maintains at the current level till Wednesday it’ll be up there with one of our best shows. 

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bz8mOQVFK5R/?igshid=1e8ursiebntzp&fbclid=IwAR3wQBWsHxCxIvKwDm8yMLnKYcciLlerFPsynYgSLZUgWT3l5j9xUWglU70

Of course I would discuss some of my recent misadventures and do a Cliffs Notes sketch of my Friday and Saturday which I think made for some good fodder. Alex backed off from kissing a girl. So much for my public persona. That and bringing up my failed OD last autumn surely showed signs that I am indeed human. 

No regrets.

I got the following message from a listener in Ireland of all places when I woke this morning. 

Heh Alex. Listened to your last podcast last night . Just wanted to say I think it was very brave of you to talk about trying to off yourself .
I tried to hang myself a while back.
You’re a very sharp witty and likeable dude .. and that took some balls to admit to ..
I hope you are in a better place mentally now . Take care d

And all this time I thought it was Mike Ryan listening from Ireland. I’ve never met this Dave guy but hey…I’m glad he gets it. And for the record it had NOTHING to do with a woman. I haven’t been in a relationship since 2016 and I intend to tread back into those waters with the utmost caution. Financially a year ago I was in a hole so deep I came very close to losing everything I’ve ever worked for. So that was it. Luckily that bad streak ended right after. Pretty much the next day. But I was sick for nearly a week.

I’m still very pissed at the judgmental asshole ex boss that put me there. The prick that he is. But right now I’m in a really good place and choose wisely those who I allow in my home as well as my inner circle.

Lay my hands on Heaven and the sun and the moon and the stars, while the devil wants to fuck me in the back of his car. Nothing quite like the feel of something new.

My boss brought his dog into work on Wednesday and here she is sniffing around my desk. She reminded me of Satan’s (Adam Sandler) pet Beefy, the foul-mouthed English bulldog who could emerge as the true star of the Little Nicky movie.

Leaving work on my way home to do a PodCast with the legendary owner of the Chicago Trax recording studio Reid Hyams, I stopped to take pix of kids playing in the water at Fountain Square in Evanston. 

Reid sent us some killer pix to run on the MKULTRASOUND PodCast YouTube channel 

Reid with Al Jourgensen

R. Kelly and Reid Hyams at Chicago Trax

Chicago Trax

On MINISTRY’s Tour Bus: Liz Walton, Chris Connolly, Reid Hyams, Al Jourgensen and his daughter Adrianne. 

Rough format from the last PodCast

This is called a master tape

 

Ty, AZ and Reid after a stellar PodCast

Today Sat. 8/9/2019 I saw this crazy Mook on his motorized wheel chair in traffic as I was biking to the store.

I’ll be filling in the blanks here later. 

So the Asian lady I met last week has been spending a lot of “quality” phone time with me. The hours almost border on embarrassing. She said “yes” to Hot Dog Fest and as it turns out this may turn into a 2 – day thing. So I’ll be seeing her again for the first time since last Thursday this afternoon. I’ll be giving her the Casa Diablo tour and having some light snacks.and then she’s taking me to the Fine Arts Building for a performance. I’m truly bummed my Tweety Bird Pez dispenser at the office.

Tomorrow is Hot Dog Fest of course and I’m greatly looking forward to taking her along. More on that later and the rest of the weekends sketchy details. 

Notes to sew together at another time:

Picked her up at the train. Made lunch dinner for “whats her name?” had snacks watch my appearance on family business showed her stuff in my home that normally freaks people out. Did she peek in my medicine cabinet? Good thing not in my bedside stand. Enjoyed the sites sounds and smells of the CTA Red Line. Saw  a Jazz performance a violin cello rehearsal walked long vacant marble walled halls rode in old elevators peeked in at artists saw a funny puppet show had a birthday shoot off of my head at the climax of the performance took a moment to shake the hand of Blair Thomas the Artistic Director of Chicago Puppet Studio/Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival. I was surprised to learn he had never heard of Charles Band’s Puppetmaster series nor Craig Ferguson’s late night puppet which were many. Maybe I’m even too weird for puppet types. I had a really good time anyway but was really hoping to connect.Got home before dark.

Some of the PodCasts I have lined up for September are:

Jared Louche

My good ol’ friend Jared Louche, an American musician best recognized as the front-man industrial rock outfit Chemlab. He also founded the band H3llb3nt and has collaborated with Pigface and Vampire Rodents. He released a solo album, tiled Covergirl in 1999.

He also created another side project called Prude. Prude is a vicious agglomeration of disparate talents working together, fronted by legendary loud mouth and conceptual terrorist Jared Louche from the seminal Machine Rock band CHEMLAB. Industrial agitator Matt Fanale from the sarcastic CAUSTIC brings blistering noise, white light guitar star Marc Olivier from London’s PLASTIC HEROES is the essence of rock’n’roll, electronics guru Phil DiSiena (Infocollapse/Cyanotic) provides sleazy grooves, and producer supreme Howie Beno (13mg/Ministry/Blondie/DM) weaves it all into a merciless Molotov.

Prude’s debut album ‘the dark age of consent’ is a wild, acid-tripped puree of 1970’s New York punk and glam retrofitted with a harsh, damaged electronic edge. It’s a late night, post-rock, electro-experimental punk record of distorted proportions. It’s Iggy and The Stooges, Nine Inch Nails, The New York Dolls, T-Rex, 1000 Homo DJs, Roxy Music, George Bataille, Salvador Dali, and Robert Mapplethorpe all filtered through Louche’s blast furnace writing.

The album was recorded and produced over three years and three continents and mastered at London’s legendary Abbey Road Studios by Sean Magee. It’ll blow your skull in two and have you begging for more. Go ride the radiation rocket buzz.

Mary Byker

Bill our engineer and consultant is helping to put me in touch with Mary Byker of Gaye Bykers on Acid for a show. Gaye Bykers on Acid (GBOA) were an English psychedelic rock band from Leicester, and one of the founder members of the grebo music scene. They later released both thrash punk and dance music albums under various aliases.

Rona Rougheheart, Curse Mackey, AZ and Verena May out in the alley behind my home

This morning I reached out to my good friends Curse Mackey (Evil Mothers, Pigface, Thrill Kill Kult, Grim Fairies) and his girlfriend Rona Rougeheart Electronic/alternative rock band, SINE (pronounced like ‘sign’), is the brainchild of drummer/multi-instrumentalist, Rona Rougeheart of SINE and Dead Love Club.

Rona was born in New York, the youngest daughter of a Taiwanese mother and Irish father. She grew up as a military child, living all over the U.S. and in Okinawa, Japan. Her father was a musician who taught her how to play keys and guitar. It wasn’t until later, she decided to take up drums on her own. Early in her musical career, she played drums for multiple bands, catching the eye of Gretsch Drums who, in 2012, gave her first endorsement. Gibraltar hardware also added her to their roster.

TBC

 

 

take my hand, you’ll never find another quite like mine. if you look you’ll see that i’m a lonely one. I lost my soul deep inside and it’s so black and cold deep inside.

 

Celebrate Chicago’s love of the hot dog. Now in its seventh year, this outdoor festival features live music, games, and hotdogs prepared in various regional and ethnic styles. Purchase tickets in advance to save up to 20%! Unsure of how much to get? Treat tickets as you would normal currency, $20 USD = 20 tickets. Each vendor will have their own unique menu and costs. Hot dogs range in price from $4 – $8. There will be plenty of currency exchange locations at the fest, but discounted tickets will only be available before the fest begins. Relish these savings and stock up on your tickets today!

 

Cost: There is a $5 suggested donation at the entrance. Food and drink are available for purchase using tickets.

 

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“Like most others, I was a seeker, a mover, a malcontent, and at times a stupid hell-raiser. I was never idle long enough to do much thinking, but I felt somehow that some of us were making real progress, that we had taken an honest road, and that the best of us would inevitably make it over the top. At the same time, I shared a dark suspicion that the life we were leading was a lost cause, that we were all actors, kidding ourselves along on a senseless odyssey. It was the tension between these two poles – a restless idealism on one hand and a sense of impending doom on the other – that kept me going.” 


― Hunter S. Thompson, The Rum Diary