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Friday, February 1, 2008

10 Toothbrushes, 10 Ice Creams

posted by on February 1 at 14:54 PM


On the road with PWRFL Power (upcoming tour dates here):

#13 Sound Fix Records//Jan. 27th//Brooklyn

I left Philadelphia around 5PM with Shawn, Mike, and Party Steve. We all got Philly cheese steak at Pat’s. I was told Geno’s is way better but they are racists so they won’t serve me.

First you tell them if you want onions, then a kind of cheese you want, pay and wait.
Actually, you don’t have to wait cuz they make it in 5 seconds. Faster than I counted 8 $1 bills. 3 people in front of me ordered “cheese steak with onion and cheese whiz”. I didn’t know what cheese whiz was but 3 people ordered the same thing.
there was a pure pressure.

“Can I get…cheese steak…with onion….Cheese….whiz, please..?”

It was a fake chesse I get with Nachos. It tasted good though. does cheese whiz stand for “Cheese Wizard”?


Sound Fix bar is neat. Steven, a bartender, knows Zac Pennington who put out my latest CD. Ric who works for ToddP helped me set up this last minute show with Steven.

I liked what I played. Very calm and sophisticated set, I thought. I saw familiar faces (Clark, Daniel, Ashley from Seattle, Archer, and Earl). It was during a potluck and I enjoyed free pizza and free beers.

I went to Archer’s place after the show. She lives with 4 other people. In the bathroom, there’s a cup holding about 10 toothbrushes. Also, 5 different colors of bath towel were hung in a row. It’s amazing to see people are living “together” not like there’s a mess and looks like there are more than 3 people living in one place. Impressed.

#14 Fontana’s//Jan 28th//NYC

I had a photo shoot with Theme Magazine today. Dorothy Hong, a freelance photographer, came to this place I was staying and took a bunch of pictures on her Mamiya medium format camera. I don’t know anyone who does photo gigs with film cameras and it was very fresh. “Tilt your head a little bit and look up?” She told me what to do and shot 4 220 rolls.


I killed afternoon at Cake Shop in lower east side. It was same as the last time I was there, I always come visit when I’m in town. My friend John Chavez’s Hard Bop was playing that night.

I met up with my old friend Kiriko. I gave her my Olympus EE-3 camera. That takes half-framed pictures. And 10 rolls of films.

Fontana’s is located in between Chinatown and Lower East Side. The venue is surprisingly spacious and has a pool table.

As soon as I got to the venue, I started fixing 70’s Yamaha FG-180 I got in DC. I filed down its bridge and saddle, so I can lower the strings.

“Are you… Taz?”

A lady asked when I was frantically sanding wood. Her name was Alena, an interviewer from Theme Magazine.

“Kaz. K A Z. not T A Z.” (>__<)

We talked about a bunch of random on my music, Japan, and touring. She got me Asahi beer and we talked about rent in NYC.

My set was fun and hot. They had a heater on the stage. The room was already hot, so I felt like I was playing in a sauna room.

After the show, I went to McDonald’s with a friend. I saw a sign that says “Get 6pc. of Chicken Mcnuggets for $1! (with a purchase of special value meal)”. My friend ordered Big Mac meal, so I ordered 3 packs of 6pc Mcnuggets.

“One pack per meal.”

A cashier woman who can’t pronounce “hamburger” sounded angry. We paid $12.56 and she gave me 4 dimes and 4 pennies. There was a donation box filled with change, one $1 bill, and a receipt.

“Where is this money going to?” I asked.

She pointed at a picture on the donation box. There was a picture of starving kids smiling tiredly.


She turned around and disappeared in the back.

#15 PA’s Lounge//Jan 29th//Boston

This was my forth show in Boston and third at PA’s. For some reasons, I don’t remember much from this show, so I would like to talk about this place I stayed.

It was my tour mate Katy’s aunt, Laurie’s house in Cambridge. She’s a doctor and has 2 cats that don’t have tails and 1 dog that seemed out of mind all the time. Actually, her cats seemed out it too, they keep their eyes wide opened all the time and don’t stop staring at you until you move.

Her fridge was filled with 10 different kinds of ice creams. Most of them were old and not eatable. So, i ate a can of beef soup and went to bed.

There were so much food and it made me eat. I woke up next day and started eating a bagle and a can of Tom Kha soup. Then, Mango mochi ice (which I threw away after the first bite), and another bagle.

I keep losing weight so I have been trying to eat. While eating and enjoying the internet, I saw a myspace bulletin by Daniel, another tour mate. It said PWRFUL POWR and his band are playing in Providence.

We have played 7 shows already and he never spell my name right /(;__;)\


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Yes, cheese wiz stands for cheese wizard.

Posted by trent moorman | February 1, 2008 2:59 PM

i don't think the people at geno's were racist. it's hard to tell if they are sabotaging your food because cheese steaks are supposed to be like a sloppily cut kebab doused in motor oil.

Posted by cosby | February 1, 2008 3:49 PM

highly entertaining but i have no clue who this person is. maybe mention their name? a link to their site? a way to hear their music?

Posted by poplar | February 1, 2008 3:50 PM

ok... i see the by line now on yr site but in the rss reader (where i read it) it sez its by eric.

Posted by poplar | February 1, 2008 3:52 PM

"Eric" is English for "Kaz."

Posted by Paulus | February 1, 2008 7:04 PM

@5: sweeeeeeet.

These are funny blogs for sure. And I'm totally a Pat's fanatic wit wiz.

Posted by eric w. | February 2, 2008 9:46 AM

@1 - how do you know that cheese whiz stands for "cheese wizard"? It could also be an onomatopoeia. One could argue the sound it makes when it comes out of the spray can sounds like "whizz". Also, wouldn't it be spelled "cheese WIZ" if you were right?

All this talk about food makes me...hungry.

Posted by E | February 2, 2008 12:52 PM

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