Free W7/Shifties show Saturday

Three bands, (two featuring local scooterists), will play a free show this Saturday (February 21) at Gallery Cabaret, 2020 N. Oakley, Chicago. I haven’t seen Jeff Tudor’s band The Shifties yet, but they’re called “pop geniuses” by those in the know, and I’ve seen Jeff wearing little round sunglasses, which everyone knows means “Pop Genius.” We DO know what Brown can do for us: Abe Villalobos and Waxon Seven have added Ryetronics’ Ryan Bastianelli for more electric power, and they’ve added a new scooter-specific song to their set. Demilos, sorry, I know nothing about you. Check out Jeff’s flyer for the show. 2strokebuzz might be making a rare live appearance, we don’t want to miss this show. Did I mention FREE?

Coach Vespas

Vespa has collaberated with totem-of-suburban-affluence Coach leather goods to create seven custom scooters. A pink ET with Coach’s “Poppy” pattern appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres Show. Another one with a teal “C” pattern has been popping up in PR blurbs. I haven’t seen the rest, and neither Coach nor Vespa has much info on their sites. Meanwhile, it’s fun to see how many papers run the same press release as “news.” Did I ever tell you about the time I worked at Lazarus and spilled a bottle of Windex on a $1100 purse?

Slaughterhouse not Defiled.

I don’t know if the Defilers didn’t notice that Sept 4-5-6 was Labor Day Weekend, or they’re trying to be “cute,” or what, but this year is Slaughterhouse’s tenth anniversary, and it’s been on Labor Day weekend for several years, and I’ll sure as hell be there and I hope all of you are too. I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt and assume they didn’t look at the calendar when they picked the date. I don’t know any of the Defilers very well, but if you do, you might consider respectfully asking them to reconsider their plans. They’re welcome to have their rally any weekend they wish, but I think holding a rally 40 miles from Chicago on Labor Day Weekend is disrespectful to all the people that have worked so hard to run ten years of Slaughterhouse rallies.

2sb Hotline

I’ve been goofing around with VoiceXML, hopefully I can figure out how to post news and rally listings via an 800-number, plus Song of the Day and some other gimmicks. To check out my first stab at VXML programming:
1.**Call 1-800-555-TELL
2.**At the “Menu” prompt, dial 1-45243
Let me know what you think, and if you’d be interested in this feature if it was less stupid and more useful.

Aprilia/Piaggio agreement

From Motorcycle Daily via NewsGome, Aprilia and Piaggio have signed an agreement to work together to procure motorcycle and scooter components. While they’ve bought parts from each other and common sources in the past, this move will possibly reduce costs and pave the way for some shared R&D and standardization between Europe’s largest two-wheeled vehicle manufacturers.

United 1, City 1? Derby day for Manchester showcases the failing top flight

onenil.gifOh, dear god. A draw? From Man United and Man City? Unbelieveable! Arsenal can pull ahead, the Premiership is ours! This past Sunday saw the Gunners take on third place Newcastle United at home and I was up early, coffee, scarf and video tape all ready to go. A foolish grin was on my face, knowing that we could pull ahead and regain a comfortable lead, but unfortunately, it was not to be.
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