Should I Go To Burger Boogaloo 2017?

I attended Burger Boogaloo for the first time in 2016. I had tickets for both days, but ended up only going on Saturday. My faves that day were The Okmoniks, Psychedelic Pineapple, and Angry Samoans. Headliners that day were The Mummies who I found gimmicky and forgettable. But I thought it was a pretty kicked-back festival, and I’m thinking about going back this year, if I find anybody to go with.

 

So, I just spent the morning watching videos from all the bands that have been announced so far. Here is my assessment:

 

Saturday  July 1

Car Crash – ? Not found.
Baby Shakes – Yes. Cute, retro girl band.
Bloodshot Bill – Yes. Novelty one-man band, rockabilly, kind of awesome.
Wounded Lion – No. Rock and roll, kinda rootsy. I found it boring, and irritated me by second video.
Personal & the Pizzas – No. Derivative novelty act that sounds like Ramones rip off.
Nobunny – Nope. Buncha ugly doods, one with bunny nose, screaming. Couldn’t last one video.
Guitar Wolf – Yes? Japanese power trio with leather jackets. Straight ahead, yet stylish.
Iggy Pop – Yes. Never seen Iggy, but a fan. Main reason to attend on Saturday.

 

Sunday July 2

Glitter Wizard – Yes. Buncha cute rangy long hairs with a kind of psychedelic sound. They have a keyboard.
Jacuzzi Boys – Yes. Catchy pop, good sound.
La Luz – YES. All girl surf music band. Stylish, twangy and reverb-y. Guitar player is pretty fucking awesome.
Quintron & Ms. Pussycat – Yes. One-man electronic keyboard prodigy and singing friend. Psychedelic rock, weird yet catchy.
TBA – ?
Roy Loney – Meh. Retro 50’s rock by a Dana Carvey lookalike and his band. Many former members of the Flamin’ Groovies.
NRBQ – Meh. I guess they’re a classic blues act that’s been around since the dawn of time. Some tasty licks, but not really my thing.
X – Yes. Saw them in Santa Cruz this year, and several times previously. Always great.
Buzzcocks – Yes. I saw Buzzcocks in the 80’s and they were great. Harmony in my Head is one of my favorite songs of all time.
What are your thoughts?

 

Update: I found someone to go with on Sunday. I decided it wasn’t worth $99 to see Iggy Pop, if there was basically nothing else on the line up that looked really exciting. Sunday is only $69, and there are several bands that I’m interested in checking out.

‘Nother New Look

Hey folks, welcome to the unveiling of my new gothic look for girlbandgeek.com. What do you think. Yes, I know it looks like “Girlbandgeef” — the masthead still needs work. But I think it’s good enough for now, and I can make incremental improvements as we go.

Just got back from the new Star Trek movie — my son’s pick for celebrating his 12th birthday. It was a pretty darned good movie. Many tips of the hat to folks like me who grew up watching the original series, but the boys all enjoyed the good story and plenty of action. Worth checking out.

Sorting My Online Empire

I’m trying to consolidate the number of sites upon which my web presence is sprawled out. I have danieloxenhandler.com which will be my web developer url, and has a theme I designed which I like.

I have this site, the girlbandgeek.com/blog url which will be my personal blog/web site for things not related to web design or work. I think I will stop adding to my blogger site girlbandgeek.blogspot.com, and direct people to girlbandgeek.com instead.

Finally, for anything related to network engineering or security I can just use LinkedIn. I need to maintain a presence there anyway, and I can do everything I need related to marketing my job skills with that tool.

Sound like a plan? Next I have to come up with a new look for girlbandgeek.com. Have no ideas right now, except I’m thinking about black background with white letters. Maybe something with skulls (just popped into my mind)?

Awesome WordPress Tutorial

I’ve been going through an excellent WordPress tutorial which I found here. The author “Small Potato” takes you through building the index.php file from the ground up so you really get a sense of how it all works. We haven’t done any styling at all yet. This is what my test blog looks like so far:

Blog Screen Shot

Blog Screen Shot

Another cool thing I am using for this tutorial is XAMPP – which is as implementation of Apache/MySQL/PHP for windows. It allows you to, for instance, install WordPress locally on your machine. Obviously very handy for playing around with your blog design quickly, and without having to leave your half-baked projects up on the web for all to see.

Progress Report

I am a little frustrated with my (lack of) progress in my path as a web designer. I am finding it challenging on a number of levels – creatively and technically. Because I feel a little blocked, I am also frittering away the time I should be actually working on a site. But still, I am having my small successes.

I have been tinkering with the design of danieloxenhandler.com. I think I figured out how to have a static home page for the site, and still have blog pages that are accessible from the sidebar menu. (Basically I followed this method.) I am still using the classic theme which is pretty random looking. But hey, at least that’s some progress.

Anyways, I guess I’ll just go back to studying the WP Codex and trying to understand how this glorious beast is all put together.  I need to find that page I found earlier in the Codex which linked to the “starter” themes which were adapted to modifying to fit one’s needs.