Th’ Losing Streaks need our help

Via BeatNonStop, a blog by SacBee music guy Chris Macias (big ups to whom, by the way, are due for daring to pose for that picture), although really I heard this first from Heckasac (see, that’s called a “hyperlink,” you use it to alert Web site readers that you’re including a reference to another site on the Internet) Th’ Losin’ Streaks and formerly The Troublemakers lead singer Tim Foster had a burglary at his Oak Park pad and got a bunch of stuff stolen. Not a group to take tragedy lying down in a puddle of Red Stripe and bong water, the local Sacto music scene is staging a benefit concert!

Because if there’s one event out there right now that has victimized innocent peoples’ property, and put them at the mercy of our generosity, it’s the theft of vintage guitars from a Sacramento musician!

Author: CoolDMZ

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15 thoughts on “Th’ Losing Streaks need our help”

  1. Personally, I’m worried about the local cajun and creole restaurants who recently were the victims of grafitti. We should really have a benefit for them since hearts and minds really need to be with Sacramento musicians and local resturantuers.

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  2. You know, people can organize a benefit for whatever the hell they want. What’s the point of bagging on friends trying to help each other? So you can make some vague point about how local musicians don’t have their priorities straight? I’m not averse to talking some shit – this just seems like you’re looking a little too hard.

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  3. Do I dare call it bad taste? Maybe bad timing? Do I suggest that Tim’s friends tell Tim to invest $50 a month in renter’s insurance? Do I pull a Nero refernce and claim you are fiddling while Rome burns (or sinks in this case)? No, I’ll stay away from those comparisons. I’m quite sure the benefit was scheduled before the birthplace of American music went the way of Atlantis, so it’s hard to fault someone for bad timing. So, how bout I just say the following:

    As musicians, of which I am proud to call myslef one, we should be doing everything in our power to help out a city that gave us the basis for all the music we know. There are thousands of musicians in New Orleans who just lost not vintage, but antique, irreplacable, priceless instruments that need our help; musicians who just lost gigs that they’ve had for most of their adult lives; musicians who can tell you stories about playing with dudes that you can otherwise only read about in books.

    That city was a living museum of American music, and until it’s back in the saddle and once again the bourbon soaked musical treasure it once was, every spare dime we have as musicians should go towards those cats who need it most. I don’t think I’m looking too hard.

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  4. well mtsac, i was tempted to say that posting a comment on a site read by like 50 people a day is looking a little too hard, but now that we’re consistently hitting the top 15 i suppose i’ll have to look harder for a comeback.

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  5. Hey, you got a comment feature so I commented. I don’t know or care how many people a day read this thing. I just thought it was a cheap shot. I agree that a benefit for Th Losin Streaks seems pretty small right about now, but in general, any type of benefit or charity shows that people unselfishly give a shit about each other, so while it may be questionable to fork over $100 to a band right about now, I don’t think that the sentiment deserves some blase criticism. I mean, the sac-eats response is 10 times more thoughtful & interesting than the original post & might actually serve to make someone think that, yeah, I may be pretty broke but maybe I can spare $50 for N.O disaster relief. I guess that in general, I feel that people doing SOMETHING should get cut a little slack since so many people do nothing. And that’s what I meant by “looking too hard”. It was no dis to New Orleans & it’s amazing history.

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  6. Who says that the $3 that I am going to pay to get into Th’ Losin’ Streaks benefit to see Lyme Regis play is going to lessen the donation I made to the Red Cross? I am pretty sure I can do both. Thanks for judging me.

    So last Friday a crackhead smashed in the door at Tim Foster’s house and turned it into a temporary sanctuary for crackheads. For 3 days, people were wandering in, taking showers, sleeping in their beds and helping themselves to everything that Tim and Liv had. Everything. All the crackheads in Oak Park are wearing Liv’s underwear. They are wearing her jewelry and I’m sure they used her toothbrush.

    Yes, it is not even a fraction of a percent of a percent of what is happening in NOLA, but all I can do about that is send money and give blood and I have, but I can look for Foster’s stuff at garage sales, flea markets and pawn shops (which, btw is ALL he asked from the music community) and I can feel like I am helping.

    P.S. They reported about the dirtiness of the Rice Bowl on “Good Morning, Sacramento!” this morning. I didn’t watch it, so I don’t know if Jim Crandell credited you.

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  7. since i’m an anonymous jackass, i will gladly take (myself) upon myself the righteous indignation that is being redirected away from Chris Macias. money quote: “Gone is a bunch of Th’ Losin’ Streaks’ vintage gear, including amplifiers, fuzz boxes, guitars, plus rare records and vintage clothes. Ouch.” Read links, people.

    P.S. Thanks for the tip on GDS!!

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  8. All right- cut it out. Yeah, bad stuff is going on elsewhere, but a great guy got his stuff stolen. YEAH he shouldn’t have lived there. YEAH he should have gotten insurance. But the SAME can be said for the idiots who decided to live/stay UNDER sea level in NOLA, with a hurricane on the way. So lets help dogs & cats from NO, AND keep an eye out for Tim’s stuff (including Ebay). I will help by checking the usual Oak Park crack whores for Liv’s underwear.

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  9. Wow Squirty Tip, I think you’ve finally ended this debate. I have to agree with you. Tim is a great guy and didn’t deserve this whole mess. And anyone who wants to help the dogs can link on my site.

    (CoolDMZ adds: *or our site* (see SinghCity’s post from this morning or mine from 8/29). Let’s not go speaking whereof shall ye not be spoken of from.)

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  10. You don’t have to post this. But geeeez! What in the world happened to you guys today? I was just saying that I am quite familiar with the dog rescue program and I had a direct link on my site. I did not link back to myself or anything and certainly wasn’t trying to take any credit away from you. You are going to lose all your commenters if you trash everyone who says anything. Is that the goal and I’m missing something?

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  11. What the fuck do you mean “he shouldn’t have lived there”? Ah! That is so annoying. I’ll echo lofters sentiments-today i’m donating to the red cross and whenever the benefit happens i’ll pay to get in rather than my usual trick of trying to carry equipment and pretend i’m in the band. there’s no choice there. there’s no lack of perspective. there’s no fucking fiddling while rome is burning. and not everyone who stayed in new orleans was an idiot, a lot of them probably didn’t have cars or enough money to get out. Oh yeah, I forgot only stupid people are poor.

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