Jun. 4th, 2007 | 02:26 pm

Mrs jtreg bought tickets to Throbbing Gristle record their version of the infamous Nico Desert shore album at the ICA as part of my birthday treat(s) …

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desertshore

I was at the ICA 40 years before at the unforgettable Cybernetic Serendipity exhibition – this played a huge influence on me in the years to come, awakening my interest in computers very early on.… More...

Jun. 8th, 2007 | 09:10 am

The days are clicking down before I leave for two months US to do a Travis ‘Harry Dean Stanton-esqe’ wander through the back yards and gutters of the United States of America and beyond.

Decisions decisions… the motorcycle I was watching on eBay did not get a single bid.… More...

Jun. 20th, 2007 | 12:02 am – The Journey Begins

I don’t expect this to match up to Samuel Pepys but I hope this account of my wanderings for the next two months will help anyone interested enough to turn to this page get some idea of what I am up to before totally losing interest in the remaining part of the sentence and going elsewhere. I hope also that it does not alienate you (even more) having read or that any part of it might offend. Then again, I suppose it would not make a huge difference if it did.

So – tonight (or this morning as it is now), when I have finished ripping the remainder of the pile of CDs I had queued up to add onto my mp3 player I will collapse into a dreamless sleep. I will not bore you and lists of what I have taken with me but just to say that its a nice mixture of my old favourites and quite a few pre recorded programmes culled from the mighty WFMU, some KPFA and ResonanceFM.

https://www.wfmu.org

Jun. 22nd, 2007 | 09:17 pm An optician in Montebello

I folded up the yellow blanket and tidied my belongings in the back room of Matthew’s rented house. Outside the noise of sirens and brightly coloured birds compete with each other. I am exhausted and bewildered by Los Angeles, I dont think I can really get the hang of this.

I folded up the yellow blanket and tidied my belongings in the back room of Matthew’s rented house. Outside the noise of sirens and brightly coloured birds compete with each other. I am exhausted and bewildered by Los Angeles, I dont think I can really get the hang of this.

I folded up the yellow blanket and tidied my belongings in the back room of Matthew’s rented house. Outside the noise of sirens and brightly coloured birds compete with each other. I am exhausted and bewildered by Los Angeles, I dont think I can really get the hang of this.

Jun. 23rd, 2007 | 06:56 pm At last! A ride

I returned the hire car lunchtime today after yesterday when I drove 200+ miles up country to Thousand Oaks on the 101 the 5 the 10 and back, all Friday on the freeway huddled among infinite numbers of vehicles running about like ants in the hazy humid sunshine. The first bike was the furthest and on paper looked the most suitable. A 1993 FJ1200 same mileage as my old one I sold in 2004 same age too. I was dismayed at how badly it had been neglected and the owner wanted too much money for it so I went to a supermarket and chomped on a leathery burrito and fixed up the next appointment on my cell phone.

Jun. 24th, 2007 | 10:05 am on Fairfax

Matthew and I met up with his friend Jason on Fairfax Bvd. – he was a one man events calendar according to Matthew.

We ambled into Family, a wonderful narrow shop with high ceilings. On the radio (I thought) played the KPFP broadcast that I had heard earlier on the radio in the car as I drove into LA.… More...

Jun. 25th, 2007 | 10:19 am Sunday Morning

Sitting again in the Jewish cafe next to Shwartz’s bakery on La Brea.

I munch on my mushroom and egg bagel. It is Monday and reasonably quiet – a few empty Yellow school buses drift past; people are either too lazy to get up or they are already at their desks and counters.… More...

June 26th, 2007 | 09:17 am Todd

Email from Todd who sold me the motorcycle arrives last night:

“Hi James, don’t mean to be a pest but the email I’ve pasted below was interesting enough that I’d thought I’d pass it to you.  Who knows?????”

By the way I didn’t get back to him – didn’t want to give your email or phone – I’ll leave that to you if you’re up for it.… More...

Jun. 26th, 2007 | 02:53 pm Jack Grapes – Not Sour

Tuesday: stop for lunch at Lucy’s tacos in South LA on La Brea. The harsh metal windows where mostly Mexicans come for their 40 minute lunch break wait in the austere painted brick walled cell of the dining room. A plump Mexican lady chatters away in the corner under a mural of a South American scene again painted on brick.… More...