Go See The Yard Dogs Road Show

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

I have adored the Yard Dogs Road Show since I first saw them performing in 2004 at a tattoo expo. The line up changes regularly, as do the songs, but whatever the band is playing, the show is always a swinging good time.

The live music played is a sort of old jazz seamlessly blended with rock and roll roots. The burlesque is sexy and classy and the lyrical jovialities are enchanting. Meanwhile, the sword-swallowing and other circus tricks are always a surprising and entertaining treat.

I recently saw the band again at a live show at The Casbah in San Diego. It was their first time playing in my hometown and I was happy to be amongst the audience encouraging them to visit America’s Finest City on a more regular basis.

While the small stage proved to be a bit problematic for the elaborate burlesque and circus dances, but they managed to work around these technical problems very well. The acoustics of the venue are constantly raved about and I was happy to actually understand the lyrics of the show for the first time of the four times I’ve seen them now.

The old standards I remember were there, including Tobias the Sword Swallower enjoying a chair leg and a florescent light. And there were also some new delights such as a merry-go-round burlesque dance (with stunning corseted costumes) and a David-Bowiesque performance by the blond guitar player.

But the highlight of the evening was probably the encore, which featured the burlesque dancers running around in bunny rabbit masks and holding up a cardboard rainbow and clouds as one of the gentlemen rambled on about nonsensical romantic dribble. The number was hilarious.

The one complaint I had about the performance was not their fault, but instead an issue I have with San Diego’s conservative moral police who have decided that pasties are too immodest for a burlesque show filled with people over 21. (The picture above is from their performance in 2006 at an Orange County yattoo expo).  So, although the girls ordinarily strip almost bare and can do nipple-twirling teases that stimulate your eyes and your inner-feelings, we didn’t get to see this part of the act. Maybe next time.

Essentially, the entire point of this show review isn’t just to tell you how great the Yard Dogs Road Show is, but to actually drive you to follow the group on Facebook and check out the show if they ever stop by your neck of the woods.

Speaking of Awesome Diagrams

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Did you ever question whether or not you should eat the food that just fell on the ground? The SF foodie blog has a helpful chart to help you decide if it’s still good eatin’.

The Vin Diagram

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

This brilliant venn diagram is one of many from this hilarious Mental Floss blog post.

When The Police Pose As Terrorists

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Here’s a thought, if you work for a police agency that specializes in air travel, don’t test your screeners by using real explosives planted on unwitting tourists. The Slovakian air police did just this and one of the eight explosives was not detected and the poor Irish tourist was arrested near the end of his journey. It wasn’t until three days later that the Slovak police got in touch with their Irish counterparts and told them to let the man out of jail.

Keyboard Cat Reincarnated

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Hell freaking yeah!

Baby Alien Chest Explosion

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

Unreality Mag has a great collection of alien chest collections, including the wonderful baby one above.


Thursday, March 11th, 2010

If you hate the selective picking and choosing of bible verses that only support your point of view, then you’re sure to love GodHatesShrimp.com. The site takes a fascinating look at selections from the bible that would explicitly ban the eating of shrimp and other shellfish. If you’re going to hate gay people because the bible is against them, then you better stop your abominations of eating seafood without scales and fins:

Whatsoever hath no fins nor scales in the waters, that shall be an abomination unto you.


Does Avatar Have You Feeling Depressed?

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

CNN has reported that a number of people have been experiencing serious depression after viewing Avatar because they cannot live in the imaginary world seen on screen.

“Ever since I went to see ‘Avatar’ I have been depressed. Watching the wonderful world of Pandora and all the Na’vi made me want to be one of them. I can’t stop thinking about all the things that happened in the film and all of the tears and shivers I got from it,” some loser named Mike posted. “I even contemplate suicide thinking that if I do it I will be rebirthed in a world similar to Pandora and the everything is the same as in ‘Avatar.’ “

Here’s a tip: if you are feeling this low after seeing Avatar, you probably should just kill yourself because your life is obviously an empty void to start with.