Posted in Music, TV/Entertainment, Writing, tagged 3rd Street Promenade, Berkeley, Cal, California, Cello, Cello-Rock, creative writing, Ed Gorski, Entertainment, Good Advice Bad Advice, Independent, Independent Music, indie, indie music, Journalism, Ken Oak, Ken Oak Band, mainstream, Music, Oak and Gorski, pop, Pop Music, record industry, record labels, rock, Santa Monica, Symposium, Trojans, UC Berkeley, University of Southern California, USC, Vienna to Venice, Writing on September 26, 2010|
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Oak and Gorski must raise $10,000 by this week (Oct. 1st).
They’re at around $9000. It’s pretty much an all or nothing deal. Please help them not fail. Thanks.
Oak and Gorski Album/Music Video/Press/Tour KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN.
After you make your “contribution,” watch Ed shave his luscious locks and donate it to a charity of your choice. And/or have Ken come to your place during their tour and give you a private cello lesson. (No innuendo. It’s an actual cello lesson.) Hell…BUY Ken’s cello off him if you can. These guys have. no. limits. Nor shame for that matter.
Help them out if you can. Please. It’s for a good cause. =)
Originally published in the Daily Trojan. (No longer archived on the DT website.) This is also the unedited version I originally submitted. I didn’t have any problems with the changes my editors made…except for them altering the entire perspective of the article by changing it from present tense to past tense. (Also, they asked for 1000 words. I gave them 1900…so yeah…cuts/edits obviously had to be made somewhere.) But yeah…this is how it originally felt.
Ken Oak, in a white long-sleeve shirt, jeans, and slightly messy hair that covers his face a bit, sits in a dimly lit, small, cozy Los Angeles cafe near Koreatown, nervously fidgeting just a bit. Ed Gorski, his bandmate, dressed in a moderately wrinkled grey button-down, cargo shorts, and a scruffy beard, leans back casually in his seat, one arm hanging loosely behind his chair. Both have faint but noticeable bags under their eyes — effects of the successful release of their new album at the Hotel Cafe in downtown Los Angeles earlier this month.
They are waiting for this interview, and this article, to get started as the cafe barista very slowly prepares the three mochas. The drinks arrive, Oak sits up, Gorski remains in his casual pose, and the interview gets underway.
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Posted in Random, tagged Berkeley, ebooks, I Am Legend, Juno, quiet company, Sigur Ros, The Daily Trojan, The Ting Tings, UC Berkeley, USC, USC Song Girls on January 29, 2009|
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Man…being at yet another new school with yet another fresh start, I wanted to give this blog a fresh and thorough reboot.
I had plans to not only post at least a few times a week but also to expand my subject matter and go for more of the lengthy, in-depth posts that I used to write on here (e.g., Sigur Ros post, film reviews, posts on new and upcoming bands, ebook post, etc.).
But alas, I will be extremely busy this semester.
FORTUNATELY, it’ll be a different kind of busy from last semester at Berkeley (meaning: no coke addict roommates, no police, no safehouses, and no financial aid nightmares), but it’s the same sort of result for this poor blog.
I have 16 units of classes, a poetry workshop, AND I also just became a staff writer for 3 different sections of the Daily Trojan (school paper at USC…I plan on cutting down to only 1 or 2 sections.). Not to mention, I’m also pledging this semester for Gamma Epsilon Omega. (Basically the coolest fraternity ever invented in the history of the universe. Basically.)
On top of all that, I’m planning to hit on at least one USC Song Girl this semester.
Needless to say…I’ll be stretched to the MAX within the next few months. So I thought I’d give the 9 or so people subscribed to me in their Google feeds fair and advance warning…
I’ll try to drop by as much as possible. And Kristiane and Essaytch…I’m so sorry for being M.I.A. from your blogs…I PROMISE I’ll stop by more frequently, even if I won’t be updating much here.
Oh, and Albert, I don’t know which new Ting Tings song you were talking about, but I think this is their new single.
Song of the Day:
The Ting Tings – “That’s Not My Name”
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Posted in Random, Thoughts, tagged Berkeley, Budget Cuts, Cal Bears, California, California Budget Cuts, Campaign for Berkeley, Cold-hearted bastards, Economic Crisis, economy, Education, Entertainment, financial aid, Private Universities, Private vs. Public, Protest, Public Universities, Public vs. Private, Satire, UC Berkeley, UC System, UCB, University of Southern California, USC on December 3, 2008|
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Directly inspired by “The Campaign for Berkeley”
See more info on my facebook.
Together, we can become a truly powerful satirical force.
(Well…I decided that I’ll limit it to my facebook friends…but hey we could still be a movement!)
After the rains washed down my first attempt, I set aside some time to put up my spare while moving out of my apartment.
Songs of the Day:
The Beach Boys – “Be True to Your School”
Ben Folds – “Bastard”
The Beatles – “Money”
Page France – “Million Man Money Hand”
Rilo Kiley – “The Moneymaker” (What UC Berkeley apparently thinks I am)
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Posted in Random, Thoughts, tagged Berkeley, Cal, California, College, Education, Home, Music, New York, NYC, Oski, San Antonio, Stanford, Texas, Traveling, UC Berkeley, USC, Vacation on July 26, 2008|
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Wow…it’s been a while. I’ve become quite neglectful of this little blog here. There’s just been so much going on. Well, not really, but it certainly felt like a lot was going on.
I had been working a bit more and was a little more tired than usual, which isn’t anything to complain about, but combine that with the increased laziness in the summer…and you get over a month without an update on my blog.
Well, I guess I’ll sort out some of the things that I have been doing these past few weeks.
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