Summer is Running out of Time!!! Time to Party

So now that the summer is over, what the hell fuck are you waiting for?

Disappointed you didn’t make it to Camp Bisco?

Sorry to hear that.  The report though from Corbisco Rhodisco was entirely positive of the experience, as he texted on his way home…

“Bisco was awwwwwwwwsome, you have to come next year…”

Burning Man burned down last Labor Day Weekend.  Bud’s MadeinAmerica rocked, but now the keg’s kicked man.  So what’s left?  Lotus and Ghosland in FDR Park?  Amon Tobin two days later? City Bisco (Mann Music Center, Oct. 5 & 6, including Bisco, RJD2, DIPLO, A-TRAK, and much more…), thrown in with a little PGroove fall run, Mitt Romney wins the presidency, then off to int’l waters via Jam Cruise 11…then some ski and hot tub?  I can get through the winter quite nicely actually…

So even though I’m no Snoop Dogg myself, i might make all this happen. The real question is who I am gonna take and how am I gonna make this happen?

1.  Make the decisions based upon how much money is left in your wallet…

With all the options, it’s hard to make a decision…Since my summer home at the shore zapped my wallet, I have so little time and money… I know, I don’t really care –there’s lots I want to see and more importantly lots (and who) I wanna do — so if I can’t afford it, I’ll get another job.  Go into Bankruptcy.  Simply getting there is worth it.  Just don’t forget to bring the party punch.

2.Don’t worry that the Bruce Spingsteen show is over, there’s still plenty to do now.

Just get your game face on and get ready for the election.  Then Christmas.  Time to start gigercising in advance of Thanksgiving.

3.&4.  Lotus, FDR Park; PGroove East Coast Run; Amon Tobin; Afghan Whigs; City Bisco; Halloween…

Don’t worry little kiddies.  You think the year is over?  Well, it’s just getting started.  This is when things get weird and ghosts start coming out of the woodworks, even theAfghan Whigs.

5.  Finally, the quicker you make plans, the more friends you can convince to attend…

This is a lie.  Your friends are all idiots.  If they don’t know what parties are good for them then go by yourself instead.

6. If all else fails, make a calendar of upcoming local parties, and base your decisions simply on the nights you have free…

This is all crap too.  I just copied this list from this dude who loves Bisco and is probably the greatest party boy in Philly right now (or just keep up with the party blog):

9/15 Lotus, Ghostland Observatory, Mimosa, Michael Menert, Sonic Spank @ FDR Park

Sept. 17  – Amon Tobin (E-Factory)

Sept. 21-22 – Pgroove (Brooklyn Bowl); Sept. 25; Burlington; Sept. 26 Fairfield; Sept. 27 DC; Sept. 28 Philly (Blockley); Sept. 29 B-More

Sept. 28 – Perpetual Groove (Blockley 10 PM)

Sept. 27 – Afghan Whigs (E-Factory)

9/27 David Byrne, St. Vincent @ Tower

Oct. 5 & 6 – City Bisco (Mann Music Center) (Feat. Disco Biscuits and Guests!)

9/10 Papa M (of Slint) @ JBs
9/13 Dragonette @ UT
9/14 John K Band @ Blockley
9/15 Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Phèdre, Ferraro @ UT
9/17 Amon Tobin ISAM @ E-Factory
9/18 L I G H T N I N G B O L T @ UT
9/18 Corin Tucker Band (of Sleater-Kinney) @ JBs
9/20 Purity Ring @ Church
9/22 Metric @ Tower
9/25 Twin Shadow, Niki And The Dove @ UT
9/27 Grimes, Elite Gymnastics, Myths @ UT
9/27 David Byrne, St. Vincent @ Tower
9/29 Zammuto (of The Books) @ JBs
10/2 godspeed you black emperor! @ UT
10/3 A N I M A L C O L L E C T I V E @ Mann Center
10/3 Polica @ UT
10/5 Adam Ant @ Troc
10/5-10/6 CITY BISCO @ The Mannnnnnnn
10/11 Jens Lekman @ UT
10/16 Beach House @ UT
10/19 Aussie Pink Floyd @ Tower
10/27 S Q U A R E P U S H E R @ TLA
10/27 Dinosaur Jr @ UT
11/15 DAN DEACON, Height With Friends, Chester Endersby Gwazda, Alan Resnick @ UT
11/16 Yeasayer @ UT
11/18 Conor Oberst @ Kimmel Center
11/29 A John Waters Christmas @ Troc

(REMEMBER, Glowsticks fucking suck.  They kill fish and shit.  So do plastic bottles, shoelaces, trashbags, plastic swords, styrofoam cups, and other rotten shit like that.  Pick up shit that’s not biodegradable.  If you eat a banana, I don’t give a fuck about it, compost that shit.)

Stuff Mr. Romney Said

(From a $50,000 per plate fundraiser in Boca Raton)

“Well, there are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what,” he said. “All right? There are 47 percent who are with him. Who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they’re entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it.”

Oh Boy Mr. Romney, every few days, right when you seem to take the foot out of your mouth it seems to go right back in…

(From the emailed press release issued around 10 PM on 9/11/12) “I’m outraged by the attacks on American diplomatic missions in Libya and Egypt and by the death of an American consulate worker in Benghazi,” the statement read. “It’s disgraceful that the Obama Administration’s first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks.”

(That’s baloney.  Obama did not provide any sympathy towards the terrorists in Libya who killed Americans…similar towards the lack of sympathy he showed Bin Laden…)

(Following the emailed press release, at a morning press conference on 9/12/12, and after confirmation that ambassador Chris Stevens had been assassinated during an attack in Libya)  “The administration was wrong to stand by a statement sympathizing with those who had breached our Embassy in Egypt, instead of condemning their actions. It’s never too early for the United States government to condemn acts on Americans and to defend our values.”

It’s a terrible course for America to stand in apology for our values,” Romney said. “And apology for America’s values is never the right course.”

(What values here are we apologizing for? Is it within our values to insult Muslims? And who is even apologizing? This is soo confusing…)

(8/23/2012, during the launch of Mr. Romney’s Energy Plan)

“Sometimes I have the impression that the whole regulatory attitude of the administration is trying to stop oil and gas and coal — that they don’t want those sources, that instead they want to get those things so expensive and so rare that wind and solar become highly cost-effective and efficient.”

(God forbid solar and wind ever become cost effective and efficient.  No…We will all die of cheap energy if that is the case!)

“On federal lands the permitting process to actually drill and get oil or gas is extraordinarily slow. Now, interestingly, on state lands and private lands, state regulators have streamlined their permitting process, their evaluation, their environmental process, safety processes,” he said. “They found a way — because we compete with one another — they found a way to do a job in a more efficient way.”

(Wait, if the permitting process to drill on protected federal lands is slow – that is a bad thing?)

(-Didn’t the Fed. Gov’t give us Deep Water Horizon?)

Here’s the rub with this whole approach.  Romney, in his drive to criticize the president, makes some rediculous and hilarious statements.  Are we supposed to fear the development of wind and solar energy?  Who likely has a bigger stake in these respective energy economies – Obama in wind and solar, or Romney in gas and oil?

Obama has been a staunch supporter of fossil fuels as well as clean energy… Obama recently reiterated support for natural gas industry literally during his convention speech.   Despite mounting evidence that hydraulic fracking devastates water resources and that it leaches significant amounts of methane into the environment, Obama still supports it.  The current administration also failed to push through the cap and trade bill, which would have been the first federal law to put industry wide limits on pollution.  In retrospect, Obama seemed pro-fossil fuels to me…If Romney is offering himself as an alternative to a more pro-energy president, that’s not much of an alternative…

And of course…as we all know and love…I LIKE TO FIRE PEOPLE!!

Fourth Of July Brough to You by WaWa

WaWa Welcomes America to Philadelphia

WaWa Welcomes America to Philadelphia

Fourth of July Time Party People, which means it’s the time of the year when WaWa dictates that we should eat hoagies and drink sugary drinks…Festivities kicked off on June 27 as “Wawa Hoagie Day: Stars, Stripes and Hoagies Forever,” feat…ured Hoagie spokesman Mayor Nutter, and a record breaking 4.5 ton hoagie…(yes…even the Fourth of July is for sale these days and the whole 4th week has borderlined on shameless promotion for hoagies, Oscar Meyer “Selects,” Kraft Food’s attempt to appeal to the high end processed meats market, Stoneybrook yogurt giveaways, Kia sunglasses and Dollar Food hand fans. Someone’s got to sponsor this party, and Party Blog does approve of corporate sponsorship when it involves free shwag, especially free sunglasses courtesy of the NBA-Kia Performance tent, or free pictures in front of a cut out of Blake Griffon.
Shake Gryffon and The Boomskulls

Shake Gryffon and The Boomskulls

DJ Ro Parrish also spun a hell of a set in the blazing heat on Saturday afternoon in the NBA Nation DJ Booth (and we especially enjoyed the focus on Fresh Prince raps – go Sixers)…Party Blog does appreciate Wawa, the NBA, and other corporate sponsorship which helps bring free concerts July 3 and 4 (next year we want a Blue Cross Blue Sheild Dunk Tank) but the silly promos that go with it…well…we can’t help but laugh.

Amberland – 2012

Amberland Weekend AKA Memorial Day Weekend North GA Beyatches

Hey PArtyPeoPle — there is still time to head down to LaFayatte, GA for the weekend and check out the best party of the year, for reals…

Amberland, where time stops for two days until you realize it’s Monday morning and you have to go to work yesterday, and it’s cheaper than burning man.  Yes, although it’s not Bonnarroo, and Radio Head is not headlining, you get PGroove, which is pretty damn awesome.  Plus the fact that you don’t have to fight 98K plus people for showers and porta-potties, and you have yourself one damn good party…

We are convinced at the PartyBlog that aliens are watching from the heavens, and were directly communicating with the audience in 2007, so why not enjoy the thing in real life?

You will be treated to 2 days and 3 nights of great music and meet some of the nicest revolutionaries you have ever met…Information on the event is here, and if you pre-buy tickets it’s only $75 bucks!!!

Plus there’s this guy…

and these guys…

The key to your door of perception can be found here:

http://www.amberlandfestival.com/

That Time of Year – Summer Festival Time

Now that the summer is on the verge – it’s that time of year…Summer Festival Time…time to start planning and / or calling in sick from work with that summer flu so that you can make as many of these as possible. The first great summer festival is upon us, The Hangout Music Fest, located in Gulf Shores Alabama.   One of our friends at the PartyBlog – Noodle aka The Organizer is going to be in attendance with his party people and lil bro. Hopefully Noodle will send us some live updates or pictures so those of us lamewads (poor, boring, employed, or otherwise) who cannot attend will at least live vicariously through his party glory.

MAY’s preliminary schedule of the Summer Fests the PartyBlog thinks could change your life for the better and make you more spiritually connected, less of a douchebag, fall in love with nature or somebody else, live more open minded, join the fight for what’s right to party (RIP MCA), or all of the above (check back for PartyBlog’s schedule for the rest of the summer):

1) The Hangout Music Fest – May 18, 19 & 20,  Gulf Shores Alabama.

Highlights:  The Flaming Lips, Dave, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Oakenfold, String Cheese (screw Ticketmaster – you guys rock!), Skrillex, AND MANY MANY MORE…

DOWNSIDE: This festival appears to be SOLD OUT  so don’t get on a plane and fly down there and expect to get in.  However,  if you live close by you can probably hear the music if you sit somewhere on the beach, and maybe you can find a break in the fence and sneak in?

http://lineup.hangoutmusicfest.com/

2) The Bamboozle Festival – May 18, 19, & 20, Asbury Park, NJ.

If you can’t make it to the Hangout, this is a good option for those northeasterners…

Highlights: Skrillex (you are getting some travel in my man), Bon Jovi, Incubus, Spacehog, White Panda, Foo Fighters, My Chemical Romance, AND ON AND ON…

http://2012.thebamboozle.com/lineup

PARTY NOTE: The Bamboozle seems more electronic Friday night…The offerings at this festival are vastly different each night and you can buy either single night passes or weekend passes.  UPSIDE.  Each night has a different feel in terms of the offerings and you might not like every night depending on your musical tastes.  DOWNSIDE.  For example, the festivals headliners appear to be more hardcore Friday (Skrillex, Incubus), more alternative Saturday (Foo Fighters, My Chemical Romance) and traditional/mainstream Sunday (headliner Bon Jovi), so do your research and consider whether a three day pass is advisable v. the one night “I’m going to rock my socks off” admission.  UPSIDE.  The show also offers “late night shows.”  DOWNSIDE.  These shows have a separate admission cost.

3) Amberland XI, Memorial Day Weekend, Cherokee Farms, GA

The PartyBlog’s favorite music festival returns, featuring six sets by Perpetual Groove.  Forget that “PGroove” doesn’t get the recognition it deserves.  Amberland is their annual coming out party when “PGroove” for three days, becomes the biggest, baddest band in the U.S.  Reunited with their former keyboardist, Matt McDonald, this year is primed to be one for the ages.  The theme this year based on Penguins!  So you will certainly see many images reflecting that theme.  Additionally, there will be costume parties and much hilarity had by all.  A description of the event is available here:

http://www.pgroove.com/index.php/amberland/

In depth details available here:

http://www.amberlandfestival.com/

and tickets are available here:

http://amberland2012-eblast.eventbrite.com/

At $75 bucks per ticket (still available for a limited time) you can’t beat this deal.  Furthermore, this festival really may change your life for the better, make you love nature, realize how tenuous our time on this planet is, and make you want to fight to protect it for a better tomorrow.

4)  MORE TO COME IN JUNE…THE BIG ONES IN JUNE ARE WAKARUSA, BONARROO…BIG ONE IN JULY IS CAMP BISCO…AND THERE ARE VARIOUS OTHER ONES  THE PARTYBLOG IS LOOKING INTO!!!  POST A COMMENT ABOUT WHICH ONES YOU ARE ATTENDING AND WHY!!!

Drunk Saturday, 2012

PARTY UPDATE — Yes Party People, tomorrow is the day before Mother’s Day, meaning, if you are in Philadelphia, it is Drunk Saturday Time.  Drunk Saturday is the PartyBlog’s favorite bar crawl.  Here’s the itinerary from the Organizer himself:

Irish Pub 2-5
Oh Sheas 4:30-7
Drinkers/Noche 6:30-12
Kite & Key 11:30-2

Giddy up!

PartyBlog’s Abridged Recount of Drunk Saturday 2011:

Cavanaugh’s Rittenhouse is crowded with a mass of humanity in red shirts designed in Phillies colors with the P upside down as a d and the shirt reads drunk saturday. Names and numbers on the back of shirts read “Updog,” “da robbie bears,” a guy much bigger than I am has a shirt that says “Polish Princess.” “Updog” sees me from the other end of the bar waives me over, and greets me with a shot of tequilla. Uhhh…struggling to get it down, as “Updog” polishes it off nicely, wipes his chin and declares, “That’s how it’s done.” The shot stays down and “it gets a litttle crazy,” aka Sully smacks me on the face and yells, “Where the fuck you been Ike?”  Ike is my Drunk Saturday name which I acquired last month when I bumped into these guys drinking outside of at Parc Rittenhouse on the first nice day of the year.   I was like, okay, I’ll stick around for one but then I have to go to work.  Hours later “Noodle,” aka The Organizer had almost made his way through  through 8 of the 9 specialty drinks on the cocktail menu but at no. 9, “The Hawaiian Banana” he hits a wall.  A large amalgam of half drank wines and beers are spread across the table.  For some reason these guys are calling me Ike.   “Up dog” aka Aikman is stopping every girl who walks by and sniffing at them and saying, “You smell that?”  Most agree out of politeness or the illusion of suggestion, “Yes, something does smell funny…”  He says, “You smell that?  Up dog, smells like up dog…”  They inevitably fall for it, “What’s up dog?”  “I don’t know DAWG, what up with you?” Aikman yells at one of the variously scantily clad women as the entire table of starts laughing and once they are gone he yells, “Blue Set BLUE!” because after all, today on the first day of Spring he is called Aikman for a reason due to his uncanny resemblance to Troy Aikman.  By now we’ve all forgotten Updog’s tale of traveling that weekend in an airport and getting frisked in the air port security line for having a blade in his bag that he claimed wasn’t there when he packed his suitcase.  I suspect that Updog’s tale is a tall one, yet this is the life we lead in corporate America, traveling from town to town, various airports without ever having the chance to rest, and the possibility is there that a blade gets slipped in or that we believe the story in a post-Tyler Durden-esque, post-Sept. 11 world.  “Blue Set Blue, I’m gonna get you Ike Reese.” He yells at me.  “Why am I Ike Reese?”  “Because your tackling is as suspect as your drinking.”   Noodle has given up on the last drink and Updog starts pouring everything on the table into Noodle’s “Hawaiian Banana” a poor excuse for a Mai Thai with 99 Bananas added to the mix .  “Finish this drink and you can come party with us at the shore house.”  The drink is purple and it smells bad, but when partying with new people, hazing is to be expected, no welcomed, because if you’re not getting hazed it means they don’t really like you, or at least, you have to try to impress with stupidity, because if you fail, you may never get another chance.   It’s a dominance thing.  Although I almost finish it in a swig, it’s too gross, the gag reflex kicks in.   Updog continues, See Ike, I knew you couldn’t drink…offer is rescinded.

Zero Chances I’m Sober

Yes, although I have arrived late, Drunk Saturday has started, and I quickly grab a beer from the bartender, who is only serving bud, budlight and lager at the discounted price of three dollars. “Uhhh, do u have any hoppy beers?” “Yeah, she wrly says, we have an ipa.” “Sounds good. Ill take one of those.” “Okay. Three bucks.” Ahh the sweet feeling of belonging, a drunk saturday miracle…Work is done it’s time to party.  “Updog” yells at one of the dressed red shirts, tuck your shirt in nerd.

So after 9 pm. An hour past the halfway point of drunk Saturday, 2011,  a six dollar Drinker’s burrito and 80 oz of beers in, I’m starting to feel part of the party.

Thriller comes on around 10:30, which has been wildly popular since Micheal’s death, in the crowded bar that is Drinkers, and the whole place has turned into a dance party. I haven’t moved around the bar for hours, but have stayed standing by leaning on my chair and shaking my butt, but it is hard with a broken foot.  Two weeks ago, I’d gotten in a fight outside of Encore, a guido nightclub in old city, for calling a guy’s girlfriend mannish.  All I had done was ask for a smoke.  Instead of being polite, she started yelling expletives at me for wearing a sweater that read “NYC” on the front:
(Outside of Club Encore, Old City, the nicest neighborhood in Philly where people get shot)
Don’t you know this is Philly!  Get the Fuck out of here with that shirt! I bet you have never even been to New York! (instead of responding I divert) “Oh clearly someone has a fine grasp of the English language, limited to monosylabic threats and curses…”  Hey asshole, go fuck yourself…My brother Zeek who is next to me soon chimes in and tells her to fuck herself instead, which prompts her diminutive boyfriend to step in and say:
“Hey, you guys better cut it out, or else your gonna get your asses kicked.  I got all these dudes around here.  You fags better go over there.”  And he points towards the corner of Second and Chestnut.
(In response) — You fags go over there.
Confused, having heard what he just said, he responds “No, I said you fags go over there…”
“Yes,” I respond, “You, fag, and you, fag,” (pointing to his girlfriend) “go over there.”
(Party Note: PartyBlog is against the “f” word.  It is never party appropriate.  Thus what ensues.)
He and his friends quickly jump me.  Seven guys are tackling me into the street as I go over a trashcan.  Stumbling but with superhuman adrenalin-inspired strength I get back to my feet, about to swing, but  suddenly cops surround.  Not worth continuing the fight due to the risk of detention, all the culprits run away and into the adjacent bar (they are likely regulars, know the bouncers, or sell steroids to the clientele).  My shoe is in a pile of trash, left foot hurts, but because of the adrenalin I can still walk on it.  The juice of fighting is pumping through my veins and I want to lay chase after these seven Jersey thugs, but neither club will let us in, so my brother Zeek and I go to Buffalo Billiards, hand the bartender bills with traces of scabs and blood from my hands scuffed up from the sidewalk, and the next day my left ankle proves to be fractured.

Scab Hand

(PARTY TIP: This is why, partypeople, when partying, be very careful, and remember that Jersey Trash are not like normal human beings, they are like caged up animals and when they get out, these guidos simply look for fights, that is their goal, and this is why drinking at night can be rife with dangers.  Be smart, stay coherent, and WALK AWAY FROM FIGHTS!)
(Back to Drunk Saturday)
Drinking is the opposite of time warp. Its like time zap. Time moves faster, not slower, pushing u into the future at light speed, screaming at light speed, and finally u understand the meaning of Drunk Saturday, and why it’s like Christmas for all whom attend. Because there are people in your life that u love, like your mother, or your brother, or maybe some random new drunk friend at the bar. Drunk Saturday is an excuse to get together, everybody just getting together again, and this is why people even meet and start dating on Drunk Saturday, maybe even getting married eventually.  Because Drunk Sat not an excuse to party, its an excuse to be alive.  This is the day before Mother’s Day, baby, so it’s time to be happy and celebrate life, think about those whom we love, and cherish existence.  A young brunette is smirking at me so I hop over on one foot to to talk to her, and make some awkward joke about a sex change operation, or how I’m waiting on mine, or her’s certainly looks better than mine is going to, and she shakes her head, confused, but smiles back politely.  Although I’ve totally blown my chances, it’s fine, doesn’t matter.  This is Drunk Saturday.  You can say whatever you want…The bar is starting to thin out and I realize I haven’t even been upstairs to Noche.  I try hobbling up the stairs to Noche on me crutches, but soon Noddle is running down, saying it’s time to go to Kite & Key — across town we go…
With two bars, the Noche-Drinkers establishment makes every other bar in the city with premium real estate look stupid for not having an upstairs.  Just as I make it back down the stairs, thinking that this bar is amazing for treating drunk kids like kids with copious amounts of money that will spend it all with just a touch of sensitivity (mainly because when you are injured everyone is nice to you), as I walk outside a guy named “Ben” gets grabbed by the bouncer and thrown on the ground. I hobble over to him, oh too familiar of what happens when someone gets into a fight with a bouncer…

His flip flops are laying on the ground as Ben is livid, screaming, having been pushed down by the bouncer, a man larger than he, who could easily snap his neck if such motivated. The level of calm by the large black bouncer is a subtle insult towards Ben’s loud and angry protest. His buddy Drew quickly comes to the rescue and pulls Ben away.   As I balance on my crutches to grab his flippy floppies and crutch towards him, too aware of the repercussions should it escalate, I remind Ben of the Fourth Party Rule – Always be nice to bouncers…they can make or break your party… 

Luckily, Ben doesn’t have a broken nose, cracked skull, or worse, just a bit of a scare…he is black out drunk but Drew is talking him down, doing a good job, convincing Ben to walk away and fight another day.

A fine cabby stops for the cripple standing in the middle of the road. I hop in. Hey man, how’s it going? Pretty good. I can’t complain. Yeah man, I feel you…I don’t understand how you deal with drunk people all the time…I couldn’t do it. Yes, it takes patience. Certainly patience. I have only been driving for about a year though. But I don’t mind. I used to work at the Sunoco on Walnut, you know it?  I got laid off last year as a manager.
No way, I respond…You know what? I hate Sunoco. My brother Zeek used to date the daughter of their CEO of shipping and then she broke up with him to date my best friend.
Wow. She sounds. Like a bitch.
Yes! She is!
You’re the best man of their wedding!
Hahaha, not really…well she’s not going to marry either of them. She broke my best friend’s heart just recently too, you know that?
“See, they’ll both be better.  Everything happens for a reason man. I hated working there. Now I make five times as much driving a cab.”

CINCO DE MAYO – Big Weekend in Partytown, USA (AKA PHILLY)

Confusion got you down on what to do for Cinco de Mayo? Not to worry party people, but Partyboygeezy is here to keep you informed on what’s going on in Partytown, USA this weekend (aka Philly).

  • May 4 (First Friday) – It is Spring time in Philly, so you know what that means, partypeople – First Fridays are guaranteed to be hopping and good times.  Head down to 2nd street and be sure to walk around and enjoy the open galleries, improptu drum circles, and street artists selling their wares outside.
  1. My favorite street artists who can be regularly seen hanging around include Northington Massaro  (and his wannabe series, see link below)http://www.northtastic.com/wanna-bes.php#
  2. And Kevin J. Cooper  whose expressionist paintings on glass I find to be particularly enticing, such as this organically-stylized painting rendering derivatives of the “Dead” bear:

Courtesy of Kevin J. Cooper - Buy this guy's stuff so he can go see Further's last run in 2012

http://phillyimprovtheater.com/tickets.html

NOW FOR CINCO DE MAYO SHEEEEZ…

SUNDAY – BROAD STREET RUN

  • Sunday is the Broad Street Run, so there should be a good party down at the Stadium on Sunday to see the run and to enjoy the basketball playoff game at that same time.  Head down around noon to enjoy the festivities or see some sports action at the Xfinity Center (if of course you survive Saturday…)

First Arrest Finally Made in BP Oil Spill

A few days ago, the U.S. Justice Dept. brought its first arrest in connection with the BP Horizon oil spill that occurred on 4-20, 2010.  In connection with the worst off-shore spill in U.S. history, the first arrest is well overdue.  However that the arrest was for the deletion of text messages is troubling.  Understand that (if true) the deletion of text messages and corresponding coverup by a high level engineer who was part of a team tasked with halting the oil spill is by no means excusable.  However, Obstruction of Justice is like tax evasion — if you don’t have the evidence for the actual crime, often times you get ’em for the cover up or the failure to pay taxes.  Serious crimes, indeed, yet the convictions are not based upon the ultimate crimes we really care about as a society.

That the worst environmental disaster in this century, and the worst oil spill in the United States’ long history in oil refinery and production, has resulted in just one arrest of a relatively high level employee, yet who is by no means the boss.  A senior engineer who deleted text messages from his phone.  After 11 deaths, upwards of 70 billion dollars in economic damage, and an intangible amount of environmental damage, a single arrest for a senior engineer who deleted messages from his phone, makes Kurt Mix seem less like a scape goat and more like a scape blue whale.

As noted previously – burning down the house is Party Foul # 1 –  and while the rigs’ explosion leveled devastation upon states, families, businesses, the person that is “BP” (because businesses are people) walks free while its low level employee looks at 20 years of jail time, even though Mix likely has little to do with causing or preventing the ultimate explosion.  If corporations are people, shouldn’t the corporation be arrested when crimes are committed?  Or those responsible for the ultimate criminal negligence?

We have noted a disturbing trend occurring in American society which is that corporate interests and corporations in general are being increasingly granted the privileges of citizenship and the protections of the Constitution yet without the corresponding responsibilities or accountability that goes with citizenship.  While corporations increasingly have the right of free speech, free association, and corporate interests play larger roles in political discourse through the “corporate capture doctrine” (aka regulatory capture), the externalities produced by such activities often have a devastating effect on the surrounding communities and economies, who simply are so disbursed or poorly funded that those affected by the harms or delicti simply go overlooked.

The choice therefore, becomes ours as a society – do we simply want to allow certain corporations to continue to unleash harmful consequences onour planet, for short term benefit that may result in poluted lakes, air, streams, rivers, oceans, all of which not only cause various diseases and ailments but are also litterally cooking the planet, or do we promote corporate accountability in a manner that can encourage free enterprise and protect the planet’s future?  While the second seems like the logical choice, the argument in favor of the first is that the planet is inevitably moving towards “green” energy sources, and that we are simply “bridging the gap” and we all use energy, so we are all responsible for its damages on the planet.

This argument is simple sophistry, logical trick.  We all use energy, yet we all do not profit from it.  The devastation of a planet which belongs to all of the natural or human world, to which we owe our lives, should not be encouraged for any reason – even for profit – if for the simple fact that such an approach will do us in at the end.

Economics is called the dismall science because of its basic approach to human nature — essentially that humans act in a “rational way” as first proposed by Adam Smith and his “invisible hand” — dictates humanity’s ultimate downfall because there are not enough materials to go around and eventually humans will eat themselves to death (like the song American Eats Its Young, by Funkadelic).

However, this rule is based simply on the primacy of the dollar, that humans act in ways to promote their short term gain in terms of profitability.  In the late 60’s Garrett Hardin pointed out the Tragedy of the Commons, namely that humans frequently act for short term benefit in ways that do not serve the long term interest of the public or even the individual.

Economics, at the end of the day, is simply a social science – it makes certain assumptions as to how humans act, and postulates, through models, what to expect into the future. Modern economics simply presumes that humans act in a way that holds the dollar above all else. While considered a “science,” it is simply a Darwinian social model developed out northern based societies in which humans were often at odds with their environment, and viewed their environment as hostile.

This self-defeating psychological paradox that is the Tragedy of the Commons (i.e. that humans who  can effectively look to the future would act in ways that are negative for long term survival) displays how economics truly is the “dismal science.”  It envisions a world in which we act for the short term dollar above all else.

The rationale is as follows: namely, that we have to use so many resources to stay alive, and the decision is ultimately based upon the notion that others are taking the resources, so I should too.  The lack of a governor leads to a self-fulfilling prophecy – the fear of depletion implies that I must deplete as quickly as possible.

The most recent examples seem to be highlighted in energy policy.  Deepwater Horizon’s explosion was facilitated by cost cutting and questionable oversight, and the results from the explosion were devastating.  If corporations are people, then corporations should be responsible for their negative effects.  They enjoy the benefits of doing business, so they should also have to deal with the burdens.  The Tragedy of the Commons, namely that the commons in England were overgrazed because it was in each individual sheppard’s interest to keep their flock as large as possible and graze as much as possible, until the commons became barren, can be avoided through taxation or resource management.  Simply, if you enjoy the benefits of labor, you also have to account for the burdens as well.

Horizon is going to take upwards of 20 years (potentially) before it is cleaned up and dealt with, and it is impossible that all of the individuals who were harmed will be fully compensated (if simply they lost their jobs and livelihoods, this psychological damage can never be recouped).  Fracking has been proven problematic (see the EPA’s finding in December, 2011, that horizontal hydro-fracking resulted in contamination), mainly because those engaged in the extraction of natural gas do so through using highly toxic chemicals that are pumped directly into the ground and inevitably leach into the ecological systems around the drilling areas.  The approach therefore, is simply, create a system in which actors are encouraged to prevent negative consequences or participate in effective oversight.

Here are some approaches:

  • Create a system of environmental policing whereby state or federal authorities can impose regulatory penalties  upon actors that pollute the air, water, or ground.  By transferring these costs away from the public at large, the corporate actors are encouraged to do business and extract minerals or other resources responsibly.  The EPA has authority over water, yet its powers have been increasingly limited recently, it is exempt from directly regulating horizontal fracking, and conservative / industry favorable politicians, including various Republican presidential candidates, have expressed desire to further limit the EPA’s authority.
  • Require companies to account for their polution or create limitations to the amount of air polution corporations are permitted to release.  The Clean Air Act currently covers polution, as regulated by the EPA, yet it continues to be under attack from industry proponents.
  • Since corporations are people, those individuals who failed to remedy or take investigatory action should be held criminally liable, such as the individual directors or officers.  Sarbanes Oxley, in the wake of the Enron scandal, constructed criminal liability for those engaging in accounting fraud for any publicly traded businesses.  Likewise, fraudulent or negligent activity in terms of the environment should be met with criminal consequences.
  • Create a reward system so that employees (aka “whistleblowers”) who report negligent activity or questionable business practices are encouraged to come forward in ways that can protect the environment.  For example, in Pennsylvania, there are no whistleblower laws protecting individual employees who might report violations of good standards or potential polluting activity.  In fact, the new laws passed in Pennsylvania prevent doctors from disclosing with the public what potentially harmful chemicals are in fracking fluids.

Ultimately, for humanity to succeed in the long term, we need to recognize that all are responsible for their actions, and that all are equal, in the law, at the party, or otherwise.  If corporations are people, it is time for them to hold the same responsibilities as well.

Possible Options for 4/20

That time of year again party people.  Whether you partake in cannabis or not, party people, you must acknowledge that 4/20 has become a phenomenon in the US, Canada, Nederlands, and anywhere else where there is a party. I have read various stories about the origin of 420, the most humorous and interesting posted here, on Huff Po.  Whether you buy that story or not, Ryan Grim did do a good job of reporting the phenomenon.  The PartyBlog agrees with the premise (whether we agree with the factual argument or not), that most likely, 420 represents the time of day when classes or sports let out and was likely popularized in the 1970s.  One recent aphorism we have popularly heard, is that 420 is the time at UC Santa Cruz between the day classes and the night classeys.  Basically, day classes finish up, it’s 420, you eat mounds at the cafeteria, then go to night classes.

“420 fest at UC Santa Cruz’s Porter Meadow”

What is left out from this whole notion of the Huff Po story, however, is that by simply limiting 420 to the cannibus culture that has sprung around it, or more appropriately, created it, one truly overlooks the mystical quality of the date / time / number.  There is something numerological about 420 – all the numbers perfectly divide or multiply into each other and the date falls perfectly in the spring time. 

To the PartyBlog, 420 truly represents a quasi-religious, non-denominational, possibly pagan celebration of the onset of spring, freed of the limitations of Passover, the various Easters, or other organized religion’s spring festivals.  In truth, what 420 represents is a celebration of life, and an invitation to question the status quo.  Most particularly, it should be regarded as the national holiday dedicated to the protest of prohibition, and its failures, by getting out and having a good time.  The day has become much larger than simply a celebration of THC and its various forms of consumption.  The celebration of 420 should be encouraged and celebrated by all who tire of strictly religious spring feverishness or severely outdated, draconian drug policies promoted by the fear and loathing of racial stereotypes, at the behest of a political or corporate agenda.  In reality, the prohibition that still rules the land is ineffective, and has trapped swaths of society into the prison system from which there is little hope of escape, instead drawing our own people into recidivism and assisting in the decline of urban communities in America.

Instead, PartyBlog eUncourages all to celebrate 420 by going out and having a good time.  Be smart however.  Don’t do anything stupid in public or harmful in general.  Don’t get too intoxicated, keep your cool, and remember that if you are doing something illegal in public around “the man” you are likely to get arrested, fined, and that badge follows you forever

The federal government denies federal financial aid to those with any drug offenses, and applying for jobs, college, grad school, or trade associations becomes a major pain in the a** too  (b/c you have to check the “no-no” box even for something you did when you were 16!!!). 

This is why, even if we disagree with the laws, here at PartyBlog, we encourage you to follow them for your own safety and protection.  Remember that dancing and socializing releases the same endorphins as sex!

(Now that we have gotten the “party at your own risk” warning out of the way — here are some good options so far that the PartyBlog has uncovered in the northeast to dig your partyfangs into for 4/20.)

420 PARTY OPTIONS

  • BASSNECTAR / BASS CENTER V- 4/20 @ the Liacouras Center (Temple U.), in North Philly.  Here’s what was posted on Bassnecter.net on the event:

“It’s time for another of our massive Bass Center meltdowns, as the Bassnectar crew brings the VAVA VOOM TOUR 2012to Philadelphia, PA at The Liacouras Center on Friday, April 20th, 2012.

This is sure to be another sold-out bass frenzy of epic proportions, so don’t delay in getting your tickets. More details coming soon…

We are excited to welcome A-Trak and VibeSquaD to the line up for this event!

This is an All Ages show.

Doors: 6:00 PM”

http://www.bassnectar.net/2012/01/4202012-bass-center-v-in-philadelpihia-pa/

Tickets are still available but not for long.

  • Shpongle – 4/20 @ The Roseland Ballroom (Times Square, NY, NY).  DJ Set (w/ EOTO + Phutureprimitive)

PartyBlog’s favorite duo and purveyor of techno-jazz-godmusicawesomeness is playing Time’s Square in one of New York’s finest party venues.  Tickets can be purchased here, and for $40 is a steal (Note: we have paid three times as much to see Paul Van Dyk at the Roseland in 2008, which was also an amazing show, and went until 5 AM, nobody parties like those int’l djs, which bodes well for Shpongle):

http://shpongle.frontgatetickets.com/choose.php?a=1&lid=65231&eid=73971

Showtime: 9:00 PM

Dirty Ghosts @ phillymoca. 4/20/12

http://www.philamoca.org/

Doors: 8:30 PM

Spring Shakedown @ theblockley (3801 chestnut st. Philly PA)

http://www.theblockley.com/event/105719/

Feat. Splintered Sunlight (Dead tribute), Control for Smilers (Phish tribute), Cabinet, Philly Funk Hustle.

Doors @ 8.Make sure to arrive on time b/c Funk Hustle, one of Philly’s up and coming funk bands are playing at 8. Last time Funk Hustle played the Blockley to open for Perpetual Groove on St. Paddy’s Day, Funk Hustle killed it, and arguably stole the show.

(NOTE: The PartyBlog will continuously update this post as we come across more promising parties for 4/20, but please comment on this post or in the public comments section to update us with other parties worth our while.  While many places and venues in the area are doing their own 4/20 thang, so far, these seem to be the most promising and therefore get the coveted PartyBlog “PartyStamp of Approval,” and the PartyBlog won’t waste your time by telling you to check out budge shows.)

 

ONE NIGHT ONLY – TONIGHT – BERNIE WORRELL

Bernie Worrell TONIGHT AT THE BLOCKLEY (38th & Chestnut, Philly, PA 9 PM). Tickets – $15 at the door.
http://www.theblockley.com/event/104175/The Woo Wizard Himself Bernie Worrell, one of the first funk masters, a truly innovative genius to which we owe so much of the development of electronic and funk music due to his wizardry and mastery of the Moog Taurus (bass) keyboard, who singlehandedly and fundamentally altered the progression of modern music and thereby culture at large, best exemplified by transformative basslines and key strokes in songs such as FLASHLIGHT and the MOTERHSHIP, IS PLAYING TONIGHT ONLY BY SPECIAL ENGAGEMENT AT THE BLOCKLEY POUR HOUSE!!! OH MY BOD, PRAY FOR ME, THE FUNK SAVES!!!Even today, over 30 years after Worrell first pioneered his legendary sound, his style is still futuristic and exciting. This is the funk baby. It’s what we live for.