An Abridged Guide to Yay Area Slang From Bammer to Zat, feel me?
Bammer (adj.): Low-grade marijuana (cf. RBL Posse, "Don't Give Me No Bammer Weed," 1993)
B-Town (n.): Berkeley, California
Baller (n.): A player, pimp, or hustler; a game-related rap artist; a dope-dealer; a ghetto celebrity (cf. D-Shot et al, Boss Ballin', 1994)
Ballin' (v.): The act of being a baller; one who engages in street-level activities of questionable legality (cf. E-40, "Ballin' Out of Control," 1993; the Whoridas, "Shot Callin' and Big Ballin'," 1995)
Barney (n.): Purple-colored marijuana considered to be of extremely high potency (cf. Mistah Fab); see also Yurple
Batch (n.): See Biiiiiiiiiitch (cf. E-40, B-Legit, the Click)
Bluebird (n.): An annoying, bothersome person or thing (cf. RBL Posse, "Bluebird," 1994)
Blockbustah (n.): See Buster (cf. E-40)
Biiiiiiiiiitch (n.): An epithet of disdain. Can be used to describe either a male or a female (cf. Too $hort, "Dope Fiend Beat," 1987)
Bitch-ass (n.): A man who displays characteristics associated with women ("You'se a Bitch-ass nigga")
Bomb (n.): Potent marijuana; anything considered excellent ("Bomb-ass beats"); an SF hip-hop label founded by David Paul
Bootsie (adj.): Fake, wack, or otherwise held in low esteem (cf. E-40, "Bootsie," 1995)
Boss baller (n.): A high-level ghetto celebrity of enviable economic status (cf. D-Shot et al, Boss Ballin', 1994)
Bootch (n.): See Biiiiiiiiiitch (cf. E-40, B-Legit, the Click)
Breezy (n.): A slightly less offensive variant of Biiiiiiiiiitch. Generally refers only to women
Broccoli (n.): Marijuana (cf. E-40)
Bubbling (v.): Hustling with a measure of economic success; a Baller on the Come-Up; see also Grinding
'Burban (n.): A Chevrolet Suburban automobile
Burg, the (n.): Pittsburg, California
Buster (n.): A person who comes off as less than credible
Burner (n.): A handgun
Cabbage (n.): Money (cf. E-40) Cali (n.): California
Captain (n.): A man who supports women both financially and emotionally (cf. E-40, "Captain Save-a-Ho," 1993)
dana ward * john sakkis * scott glassman * sawako nakayasu * hartmut abendshein * k lorraine graham * jonathan skinner * lauren levin * elisabeth workman * sheila murphy * betsy fagin * nicole mauro * jill magi * rick snyder * susan pike * sarah mangold * david goldstein * philip jenks * logan ryan smith * jill stengel * aaron anstett * jules boykoff * paul klinger * christopher rizzo * jared hayes * amy king * kari edwards * greg fuchs * william allegrezza * jen hofer * kaia sand * mark lamoureaux * jon leon * susana gardner * ellen baxt * cheryl quimba * jane sprague * mackenzie carignan * jared stanley * catherine theis * marci nelligan * boyd spahr *
(i stole the list from Reb Livingston's blog saving me much finger ache...thanks Reb!)
"nerds are kind of magical--like witches" --Dodie Bellamy (Pink Steam)
picked up Pink Steam this morning and couldn't put it down...
it was great reading Tony Hicks' (Co Co Times music critic) review of the Sonic Youth/ Pearl Jam show last weekend...it was great seeing the term "Pink Steam" in print in a major "family" newspaper even if it was used in reference to the Sonic Youth song and not the Bellamy book because i/ we know the Sonic Youth song is named after the Bellamy book and that's all that matters...(side note: Kathy Acker was mentioned in last week's Sunday Times as one of the "100 authors you must read before you die"...go Contra Costa County Newspapers!!!)
currently drinking white wine and sweating...
i had the epiphany this week that i have zero tolerance for poetry in the hot seasons (as far as reading goes)...so, as of today i'm switching exclusively to prose (as far as reading goes) until the hot season is over...up next, The Last Temptation Of Christ by N.K....
JUST over being gross so i might try to run tomorrow...anyone game can meet me at the Concord High track at around 9:00 AM...
missed the DB Taxt release party because i got lost in Oakland...well, not really lost...i never had directions...entirely my fault...and the blackouts...i heard it was good though...
cabin feverin' it with JW this coming weekend...i promised myself that i wouldn't get gross...stick to the facts jack!
112 yesterday evening. power went out for second day straight. reading Harvey Pekar by candlelight. trying to recover from being gross in the dark in 112 degree heat is difficult.
never got that Bound To Get Fuller mic.
i need to get to work. haven't written anything since leaving Boulder. barely read anything. got plenty gross though. that's the last time i'm getting gross for a while. i need to write something. or at least i should write something. i can't figure out what to do with my bookshelves. i'm just going to eat fruit today. maybe i'll eat fruit and listen to Boards of Canada today. i think i might go to the bar and work on Mouf this evening. i'll ride my bike over to the bar and work on Mouf later on.
i'll get that Bound To Get Fuller mic later on this week.
read Temper and Felicity Are Lovers- Kathryn L. Pringle (Taxt) (strong as Sugar Ray) Summer Stock #1- ed. Jared Hayes and Andy Peterson (Summer Stock) (i just graduated with these people!) 5 Is The Perfect Number- Igort (Drawn & Quarterly) (Italian comic noir cum duotone masterpiece)
finished Grizzly Man...it got better. but not much.
i'm still sick though not sweating as much. maybe i'm feeling better. maybe this cold has turned into a sinus infection. maybe i'll call Kaiser today for amoxicillin.
the new issue of BOTH BOTH is out. issue features VisPo from Derek Beaulieu and jUStin!katKO. if you'd like a copy ask Jessica.
i have some poems in the new issue of New American Writing. Support your local Borders or Barnes And Noble and buy a copy.
i'm sick. i have an uffin' cold. this uffin' sucks. i can't stop sweating. i can't stop sneezing. i can't stop blowing. but mostly i can't stop sweating. who the uf' gets a cold in the middle of a heatwave?!
Suzanne's New Yipes reading was fantastic. Suzanne is fantastic. if i'm well, David B.'s this friday night for a Taxt release party...but i need to stop sweating first.
i'm really sick of watching television. you can only watch so much CNN (war!) or VH1 (that Brady marriage show!) or History Channel (Stalin!) or My Life On The D-List (Griffen!) or ESPN (The Contender) (actually there's no too much of The Contender. i spent two straight days on the couch watching the Season 1 marathon. i conclude that The Contender is one of the coolest shows ever produced. i haven't cried that much since the Mulder/ Scully "kiss" episode of The X-Files)...started Grizzly Man, got half hour into it, got really bored, turned it off, noticed the doc clocks in at over 2 hours long! does it get better? does Herzog pull a bunny out of the dead-hat? seems like the story is pretty much over at 33 minutes...jackass spends 13 summer's with grizzly bears in Alaska, jackass takes some amazing footage of Alaskan wilderness, jackass (and girlfriend) get eaten by grizzly bear...boom, okay fine. what else?...and that's 33 minutes into the flick. what else could Herzog possibly have to say? i call hype-foul...
read some stuff here and there blah blah...
i got a cell phone blah blah...
i have a myspace date blah blah. haha!
i can't stop sweating and i'm listening to Bon Jovi and i just ate a plate of Kentucky Fried Chicken...
Mr. Santino Rice (not self portrait) Mr. John "sweaty as all hell because it was 100 degrees out today and like an asshole i decided to go for a run" Sakkis (self portrait) so, today i told my sister that i finally caught the finale to last season's Project Runway...i was like "Santino is such a dick..." my sister is like "i think Santino sort of looks like you..." i was all "whaa!? how?" she was all "definitly the eyes but more the way he holds himself, the way he stands, the way he folds his arms and stuff..." i was like "THAT'S what it is, yeah you're right..." she was like "yeah, Truman thinks so too...and so does Gina...and so does Arlene...and so does Kristina..." i was all "ha..."
1. i didn't know Aesop Rock moved to San Francisco 2. i didn't know we'd run into Aesop Rock last night leaving Zeitgeist 3. i didn't know my boy Ben who works at Upper Playground (jealous) was friends with Aesop Rock 4. ironically Aesop Rock doesn't like crowds (Zeitgeist is probably not the best place to go on a Saturday guy)
and then me, Jon and Ben walk over to some new bar on Mission at 21st called Flavia (or something like that)...a group of girls approaches me as i'm sipping my whiskey sour, one of the girls holds out a deck of cards fanning them out so i can pick one...i pick a card, girl asks me to read card to group, i read card to group, card says "pick cute boy to dance with for duration of one song"...another girl walks up and introduces herself as Sylvia...i learn that Sylvia is a bride to be and is in the midst of her bachelorette party...Sylvia asks me to dance, i ask her if we can slow dance, she agrees, The Cure is on the juke...Sylvia and i begin to slow dance in the middle of a super crowded super trendy bar...Sylvia's friends are taking pictures (for the groom i presume) and laughing, i'm laughing, she's laughing, we're dancing...song ends, i wish Sylvia good luck, we hug, i continue drinking my whiskey sour...nothing like a group of drunk bridesmaids to give a guy a confidence booster...hooray for bridesmaids!
then chat with Jon's girl Kay and Kay's girl Heather...and then we have a dinner date tonight that i'm totally going to flake on...but then the flake is probably mutual as we made the plans at 3:30 am on a cell phone...so it goes...Heather IS cute though...John IS hungover though..
it feels really fucking good to be back home...to be back in this disgustingly filthy city of rampant homelessness and urine drenched sidewalks is euphoric to say the least...
as some of you know the last issue (for a while at least) of BOTH BOTH will be guest edited by Jessica Smith. as far as i know the issue is formated and ready to print thus should be mailing within the next couple of weeks. i'll have copies in hand for all (well not all) the Bay Area folks when i see them.
thanks to everyone who supported over the last year or so through encouragment/ subscriptions/ reviews/ art contributions/ literary contributions etc. it's been super fun doing a monthly and it was a super honor to publish the work of so many amazing people...
1. i just ran down stairs to grab a beer and noticed that my dad is watching Donnie Darko...if you know my dad then you know this is an event...MY DAD DOESN'T WATCH DONNIE DARKO...tantamount to my dad listening to NWA...
2. the MTV show Run's House about Rev. Run and his gorgeous family is one of the coolest shows i've ever seen
2 1/2. i may have been stood up tonight...flakers are the worst no?
short posts...maybe i don't have the patience for blogging right now...
Brandon Brown and Alli Warren are my third and fourth favorite people in SF (and maybe the cutest poetry super-couple of all time)...bro and sis are first and second...
David Blanc is my favorite person in Concord...
Captain's Chest is still the best bar in Concord...
Rock The Bells is going off in Concord this year...not sure if i'll go but tempting as Wu-Tang, Mos Def, Living Legends, Aesop Rock and a cadre of other "independent" hip hoppers will be there...on the other hand, it could suck royally...
day party today at Club Coccamo..think i'll skip it to eat KFC with my dad and finish the Giants/ Padres game on the tele...
thank you Gina for sending issues of The Tiny and a chappy chap...
The Islands (Nightboat Books), "now, 1/3" and thepoem (BlazeVOX Books) Chinese Notebook (Ugly Duckling Presse)
Maribor (The Post-Apollo Press)
Rude Girl (BlazeVOX Books)
Rave On! (Lew Gallery)
Gary Gygax (Cy Gist Press)
Rude Girl (Duration Press)
The Moveable Ones (Transmission Press)
Benthos (Silas Press). Lives in Oakland. Works for Small Press Distribution.