Friday, December 26, 2008

2008 Music In Review

I thought I wasn't going to do this for 2008, not such a strong year... HOWEVER... I will continue to use the format created for 2007.

Best Album Of The Year
The Gaslight Anthem - The '59 Sound

3 Fantastic Albums
The Loved Ones - Build & Burn

Girl Talk - Feed The Animals

Murder By Death - Red of Tooth and Claw

Best Song
The Loved Ones - Louisiana - Build & Burn

Biggest Disappointment
Rise Against - Appeal To Reason

Most Intriguing
The Nightwatchman/Tom Morello - The Fabled City

Best Soundtrack
The Pineapple Express

Album I Wish I Could Have Loved
Weezer - Weezer (The Red Album)

Album I Don't Own But Want
The Hold Steady - Stay Positive (I will remedy this today)

Best Show
The Gaslight Anthem/Let Me Run/(Some Dudes) - Rutgers University - ##/##/##???

Happy New Year everyone and fuck the Grammys!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

MC Lars - Green Christmas

Something about MC Lars just does it for me. Jaret Reddick of Bowling for Soup too. They hooked up for "Download This Song" which was catchy as hell. I'm not a fan of the Christmas music but I think these videos are funny.



--50th post!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Viral Videos of 2008

Videogum has put together a video of the best Viral Videos of 2008. There are many that they left out but you can't blame them because about 15 new ones pop up each day.





Some of my favorites from the year that didn't the cut above:

Election Oriented - beacuse that's all that happened this year anyways:
Annoying Category:
Old Video Just Recently Surfacing On The Web:
Best 1-2 Punch:
Injured Child:
(let me know if I've overlooked any good ones...)

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Yule Logs. Seriously, What The Hell?

I don't understand a lot about the Christmas season. Most of it doesn't bother me either. It's not my holiday and I don't really care why people chop down trees and drag them into their homes, or obsess over a fat man in a red suit with a way cooler beard than mine, all to celebrate the birth of Jesus.

But what the hell is the deal with the fake Yule Log/virtual fireplace thing?


It's a fake fire I get that. But why bother? Clearly you don't have a fireplace if you're using that, but maybe you should just deal. Is a fireplace really what defines Xmas? Unfortunately, some kids don't get toys but they deal. You go out and buy a $10 DVD to simulate a fire?

I don't own a Corvette, but I also don't go out an buy a fake one to simulate the feeling that I do.

(If you'd like to get a "Down with the fake Yule Log" movement going, holler at me.)

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Rise Against / Nightwatchman / Bouncing Souls

I bought 3 CD's (recently).

Rise Against - Appeal To Reason

I love R.A. so I was excited for the album. It definitely has a bigger pop feel than there previous two albums(Siren Song of the Counter Culture and The Sufferer & The Witness), of which I consider some of my favorites. For some reason, nothing is sticking to me with this one.

I like "The Dirt Whispered" the most after having it in my car for several weeks. The opening track, "Collapse (Post-Amerika)" is alright and I believe it ends Rise Against's streak of great opening tracks - (see "Black Masks & Gasoline," "State of the Union" and "Chamber the Cartridge"). The second single "Re-Education (Through Labor)" is slightly catchy.

Chris Chasse is no longer with the band - he played guitar and some dude named Zach Blair is in. This is clearly not the reason the album falls short but is of note. This band has always been and will always be Tim McIlrath's band.

The Bouncing Souls - The Gold Record

I understand that this album came out in 2006. I'm way late on the intake with this one, but better late than never. This album rules. I heard people say it for a long time, but after Pandora continually suggested "Sounds of the City" and I continually liked it, I knew I'd be buying the album.

"The Gold Song," "Sarah Saturday," "Lean on Sheena" and The Kinks cover "Better Things" all rule. And this is only after less than 24 hours of rotation in the Civic. I think there's something to be said for mostly carefree, toe-tapping, fun-themed, sing-a-long friendly, makes you wanna throw your hands up and scream rock & roll.

I don't do ratings but if I did this would get an A+.

Tom Morello / The Nightwatchman - Fabled City

I didn't make an effort to listen to Zach de la Rocha's solo project. I didn't think it would be any good and from what I've heard other people say, I made a good call. Tom Morello is just a cool dude, and after hearing a few tracks during a radio interview some of it sounded good. Some of it sounded like he drew a fair amount from Bob Dylan. I'm such a sucker for harmonica, it's not even fair.

I need to give it a couple more listens, but after one or two listens, it has plenty of potential. "Whatever It Takes" is a quick favorite and we'll see where it ends up in my heart.

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ok. don't buy music from iTunes, buy CDs. That is all.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Blink 182 Will Not Reunite

I have a computer and internet connection which allows me to voice my opinion. Because certain people have chosen to be optimistic rather than realistic I feel it is my duty to write this.

Blink 182 will not reunite. (They will never record a new studio album together.)

Tom DeLonge is the reason they broke up to begin with. If you think otherwise, you're only fooling yourself. Was it bound to happen if Tom didn't seperate himself from Mark and Travis in February of 2005.

Blink was notorious for their hectic touring schedule and Tom wanted to spend more time with his family. Was Mark upset about Boxcar Racer being formed without him? Probably, but notice how those feelings of resentment were only directed towards Tom.

So Blink 182 breaks up after canceling a benefit show for the Indian Ocean earthquake disaster. Mark and Travis go on to form +44 and Tom goes on to create Angels & Airwaves and his ever expanding ego . . . expands. When you talk about how you sit in the dark and listen to your own music and just think about how awesome it is... and tell everyone you did it, you're a dick.

Mark and Travis didn't speak with Tom for several years. Travis has a plane accident recently which we all now know about. The three of them start speaking again and it feels like everyone freaks out but me. That's what tragedy does people. As someone who's recently been through life changing tragedy, that's what happens. You realize what's important in life and I'm sure Tom would have felt like crap if Travis had died.

So now people want a reunion because they are on speaking terms. No. No shot. When I think Blink 182 I think "dick and fart jokes." That's what it was. They've grown up. We all saw what happened when they "matured" and released the self-title. You knew it was over then.

Travis is tied up with his remixes and playing with DJ AM and Mark is producing now. Tom is probably off doing something that's not worth knowing about.

Could they do a reunion show somewhere down the line? Sure. I think it would be awesome, I'd even go if the price was right, but DO NOT expect a reunion., for your sanity. My sanity (regarding this issue) is in tact.

I hope that clears up one or two things for you.

P.S. Travis is the only talented musician of the 3. I think they all knew that. He brought the level of the music up to an acceptable level which launched them into national fame. Enjoy one of my favorite videos below.

Monday, November 3, 2008

That's No Drunken Hobo...

This year for Halloween we rode the Boomerang again through a very crowded Washington D.C. I would have been perfectly happy with a house party, but then again, you need a friend with a house to have one of those...

The great thing about riding this drunk bus is that you don't have to wait in lines to get into the places they take you or pay the covers. So technically, if we wanted to go those 3 bars/clubs, this was definitley cost effective. Plus, they drive your drunk ass around.

We looked like (white) trash... That's a lumberjack, Britney Spears and K-Fed, a beer maiden and the concept costume of "Texas Hold 'Em"



If you're dressed like I am and fall asleep on the metro after drinking for 5 hours straight, you turn from lumberjack into full blown hobo...



AND... for parents, wannabe parents, future parents or awesome uncles/aunts... just remember...

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Porno!

(May contain spoilers?)

I was excited to see Zach and Miri Make a Porno because I like Seth Rogan, Kevin Smith, boobs and porn. It definitley lived up to the name but my first reaction was that it was sort of transparent in that you know where it's going the entire time. Sure, thats the genre with all those Seth Rogan, Justin Long (who makes a great cameo) and Jonah Hill movies where the humor is all centered around quick little quips that you or I say all the time. Could we write these movies? Sure. Do we want to? Not really. We're busy.

I had heard that Craig Robinson (The Office) steals the show from Rogan. He was fantastic! However, it's all about Jason Mewes. Not the movie, just every scene he's in. At the end of a rather crude movie when you see his balls, everyone in the theater let out that kind of disgusted groan and I was litterally the only one laughing. Its funny, what am I supposed to do?

I think there's a plot whole in that the main problem that really launches the plot of the film is never resolved. But I guess that doesn't matter to some people and lets be real, this ain't winning no oscars.

I didn't like it as much as Knocked Up, 40 Year Old Virign, Suberbad, Walk Hard after the 1st viewing, but hey you never know. I had a great time, it's funny, go see it.

The movie was originally rated NC-17 so I actually am looking forward to the DVD for the unrated version which I bet actually makes the movie better...

Thursday, October 30, 2008

It's Been A While...

I'll try to update more often... but no promises.

Anyways... aren't you excited for this shit-show of an election to be over? I CAN NOT WAIT!

I tend to leave my political leanings aside evening though you all know them, but I just cannot stand that crazy bitch... she'd rather be with god then lose WWIII? She'd set off the nukes? Is this woman serious?!




Um.... go skins?!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Product Placement: MusicSkins

I was asked to do a little product testing. Unfortunately, it wasn't a new shampoo or a new line of yo-yos, but MusicSkins.

This site offers skins for almost all iPods, Zunes, Scandisks, the ever popular iPhones, select Blackberrys, Sidekicks, that RAZR thing, some variety of MacBooks, PSPs, Rock Band and Guitar Hero Guitars. No doubt, if you got something electronic, they got a skins for it.

Of all that crap I just listed, I only got me an iPod so I got 2 skins for it. An Alkaline Trio skin and the EXPLODING DOG Red Robot one.


I think you'll know which one is which.

They've got new ones since I picked originally, but it appears to be a wide selection.

So what do I think of the skins? Personally, I've never really been into the whole skins thing. I completley understand the allure of it, but just never felt it was for me.

I use my iPod in 2 fashions: Mainly it stays in the glovebox of my car because thats' where it connects to my car stereo. The other is travel and mainly stays in my bag. Both placed have caused my iPod to shift around and scratch over the years and this definitley helps with that.

I think the biggest concern any "skin" fan would have would be, "does the skin come off easily without leaving a mark or residue or any other crap." I can say that these come off easily and DO NOT leave anything behind to indicate that they once lived on my iPod.

So what does it boil down to? If you like skins, these are for you. If not, maybe porn is your thing. These things are going for $15 and in some cases like the Nintendo DS, $20. Since I'm not in the skins game, I wouldn't know if that is competetive or expensive, but on a tight budget, you're going to have to love the skin to shell out that kind of coin.

At least take a look: www.music-skins.com

And while we're on the topic of product placement...




and... peanut butter jelly time... BLAH! Peace.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Use Your Brain!

People ask stupid questions all the time. I'm no exception to the rule either, but this one has me baffled.

For better or worse I walked into the Hair Cuttery looking pretty like this (but with hair even bigger:


And some lady says to me, "What can I help you with?"

Seriously? Did you really just ask me that? I did that look behind me thing to see if she was actually speaking to me. All I wanted to say was, "What the fuck do you think, bitch?!"

I didn't and ended up getting my hair cut by someone who had no eyebrows. Go figure.

I totally deserved that....

Friday, August 15, 2008

The Hold Steady / The Loved Ones - 9:30 Club - DC / 8.14.08

The Hold Steady and The Loved Ones have been playing shows and touring together since June and it all came to end last night here in DC at the 9:30 Club, as both bands are heading overseas in the next week.

They were the only 2 bands on the bill, so no crappy opening band was quite refreshing.

When The Loved Ones come to town it’s always appointment concert-time for me, and really it was the main reason I went. However, this is the 2nd time in a row that TLO have come to town and didn’t draw as many people as I would have guessed. The majority of the people watching them last night were waiting for the THS. I don’t know what’s getting in the way of these dudes from blowing up, but something is…

Regardless, they killed it. A more energetic and Loved Ones focused crowd would have made their set 300 times better, but what’s a dude supposed to do. Dave Hause’s sister was with them again playing keyboard. The majority of their set came from “Build and Burn” including the Tad Kubler from THS guitar jam “Louisiana” to cap it. Franz came out too to play harmonica and that was what really got everyone going. (TLO are back in Baltimore in September)

This was the first time I’ve seen The Hold Steady live and I do have to say that I was quite impressed not only with the performance but with the fans too. They’ve built quite the following very quickly. (Show was sold out)

Craig Finn is a great frontman (next to Franz’s stache). But he totally doesn’t fit the bill for being a great frontman (traditionally) which is why I think he’s awesome at it. Did that make any sense? He's like an escaped patient from an insane asylum... with a sweet guitar.

Just like The Loved Ones, The Hold Steady are even better live then on cd/vinyl/mp3/whatever. They added a horn section that played during some key songs. Highlights for me were “Chips Ahoy!”, “Massive Nights” and I really do like “Sequestered in Memphis” off the new album “Stay Positive,” which was released to critical acclaim. A few live shots from last night can be found here taken by some guy.

I’d love to see THS again and clearly, TLO are still my boys.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

National Mustard Day

Hooray! Today is National Mustard Day (according to my Simpsons wall calender)! As a mustard enthusiast, this is clearly the most exciting day of the year to honor the third most common condiment in America. Can you believe that salsa is more popular??? That's upsettingly delicious....

I love mustard so much, that I didn't eat at Wendy's for months and months. That can be seen here and here.

I love all kinds of mustard: yellow, dijon, honey mustard, home made, Chinese mustard and even some horrible knock-off kosher for Passover non-mustard I was forced to eat once.

My most guilty pleasure in the world of mustard is McDonald's spicy mustard. That stuff is seriously good, as in if they bottled it, I'd buy it... but for now I'm more of a French's guy.

Mustard is so great, ska bands pay tribute to it:



And we shall never forget perhaps mustard's greatest shining moment in popular culture:


Everyone have a happy National Mustard Day by not doing anything differently than you normally would because you don't want anyone to think you are absolutely bonkers.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Ghost Riding The Whip

Ahhhh Ghost Riding the Whip... another great American pastime. If you're unfamiliar with what that means... it's this, made popular by rich white kids and complete d-bags.

So I pose the question: Can you ghost ride the whip ('93 Civic - red) to Surf Wax America?
The answer: yes. yes you can, and that really did just happen for some unknown reason.

So kids, basically "Going Swayze" is sweet and you should wreck a car or two.
(Only better Swayze reference ever is to be "Ghost Like Swayze...)

Sunday, August 3, 2008

I'm Outta Here

It August already?!?!
It's been a year since I moved home, either today or tomorrow. I've been in my job 6 months now, waking up everyday at 3AM, and now I qualify for vacation... look our 3rd week of August, I'm coming for you.

~AND~

In 13 days, I will be moving out of my parents house to begin what people are telling me is called "real life." (It's also my 1st day of vacation.) I'm pumped. I'll finally have that feeling deep within my gut every day when I wake which I'm told is called "bankruptcy." But I'm still pumped.

I'll be living walking distance to work which has its advantages and disadvantages, but I'm hoping the only real driving I'll be doing is to go home and steal food.

Is this where I thought I'd be 15 months from graduation? I have no damn clue. Who knows? People who are in college and say, when I graduate I'm doing this, this and this suck. Could the past year have been more exciting? yes. Was a good year of being 22 wasted on me? probably. BUT, now that I'm tied to the DC area for another 12 months, I'm hoping to do more fun things, and find a way to prevent having to get a 2nd job so I can afford to eat.

Anyways, maybe I'll see some of you people when I'm on vacation because clearly I can't afford to do anything extravagant.

Please enjoy this video. The best videos are where little children get hurt! Maybe it's because I was always hurting myself as a kid, or maybe it's because I like knowing that their parents are going to have to deal with their bitching for next 45 minutes. I am only able to watch this video no less than 5 times in a sitting. It's great. Peace.




Thursday, July 17, 2008

Rejected Obama New Yorker Covers

So you might have heard that the cover of the next New Yorker is slightly controversial because they decided to draw the Obama's as the way that some media has tried to depict them.

It looks like this:


Then, www.collegeotr.com published some rejected covers. Great idea and executed well. props.

Those inspired me to make some of my own:






I would like to point out that this in no way reflects my "political views." If you're interested in that ask me. But I doubt you are, so I just saved you precious time of your life.
You're Welcome!

Warped Tour 2008 - Merriweather Post Pavilion - Columbia, MD

The summer institution that is Warped Tour rolled through the “DC Area” at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD on Wednesday. With no clouds, no humidity and a high of roughly 90, it seemed like a great day and it was for the most part.

HOWEVER, how can you have Against Me! play at 11:45AM?!?! For realz? This year was quite possibly the earliest I ever arrived at a Warped Tour and due to the atrocious layout, it took nearly 30 minutes to walk from the entrance, down and around and across what felt like the Great Plains to get to the big board. I seriously felt my ancestors pains of wandering the desert for 100s of years. (I believe it was Matt Caughthran from The Bronx who referred to it as “The Trail of Tears,” a common sentiment that many bands referenced during the day). Once down by the main stages we realized that AM! had already been playing for 20ish minutes. I then proceeded to run to the main stage and hear the end of “Sink, Florida, Sink,” “Don’t Lose Touch” and “Trash Unreal.” You win some and lose some, but I didn’t want to lose that one. MFers…


The next band I saw was Relient K who chose to use precious time of their 30 minute set to play a new song about “The Office.” It was something along the lines of how they’d like to be transferred to Scranton so they could sell paper. They then played the theme music. Cheap applause but topical because of the webisodes?!

Say Anything put on a great set, drawing one of the biggest crowds of the day easily. Good mix of stuff from “Baseball,” “…Is a Real Boy,” and “In Defense of the Genre.”

The 10 minutes of the Briggs I saw was entertaining.

Reel Big Fish was another big draw for me to go to Warped this year. Being the 5th summer in a row I’ve seen RBF, the band itself has become my summer institution. I was surprised that with such a short set they decided to the many version of “S.R.” You know the one where they play “S.R.” in as a reggae, blues, country, metal and punk song… Even though the band is like a revolving door for members like the staff at a McDonalds, they put on a great show every time.

And then, it was time for The Gaslight Anthem. I'll take every advantage I can to see them as up-close as as possible before it become extremely difficult to do so. Anyways, Brian Fallon was, I believe the kids call it, “wasted.” Either that or off the meds, but they still owned anyways. They did covers of “Stand by Me,” and a blues number. Maybe it was BB King, I could be extremely wrong for all I know. They played the brand new “The ’59 Sound,” (new album slays by the way if you haven’t heard it), “Say I Won’t (Recognize),” “Drive,” “I’da Called You Woody, Joe,” and my personal favorite, “I Could’a Been a Contender.” Maybe they played another, but I can’t remember. However, the New Brunswick love was there as they were more concerned that the Bouncing Souls were playing next on the main stage… and they were going to go watch.


The Bouncing Souls are one of only a few bands playing the Warped Tour this year that have been a band longer than the Warped Tour has actually existed itself. Agent Orange is the other band that comes to mind, but nevertheless they’re pros when it comes to warped. Coming up on 20 years, Greg Attonito says in honor of the milestone they’re going to record new music and continue the party. They rocked it naturally playing at least “East Coast! Fuck You!,” and “Manthem.” They also covered a Misfits jam. Good stuff.

So all in all, it was another great day at the warped tour… mainly because I didn’t get a sunburn.

pictures by ross' blackberry...

Monday, July 14, 2008

Movies Movies Everywhere

As we prepare for the completley nerd-awesome induced opening of The Dark Knight this Thursday/Friday, I can say with confidence that I will not be at the midnight show. I will also not be at the 3AM showing, or the 6AM showing. Will it be awesome? Yes. Will I have to wait a week or two at this point to see it? Probably. I want to see it in IMAX or at the uptown theater, which is a giant massive huge screen in DC for those of you who are not familiar.

Anyways...

Hancock:
My Will Smith theory continues to hold true. In short, Will Smith plays Will Smith in every movie he's in. The movie was only kind of ehhhh, some cool stuff happened, but what I liked most about it was that the trailers didn't ruin everything. There was a major plot twist that happened which was never revealed until you were halfway through the movie. No stupid trailer ruined it. And for that, I'm grateful.

Wanted:
Wanted is easily one of the most violent films I've ever seen in my life. There were some stupid-crazy action scenes but for the most part completely over the top. There were some definitley cool effects. I think it's similar to Snakes on a Plane in that they knew it was ridiculous, but then took complete advantage of it. Jolie was smoking hot in it, and all I want in life is one of those regeneration pools. The hands down coolest 10 seconds of cinema this summer happen in the movie when the main character hits his best friend in the face with his keyboard. They zoom in on the bloodied keys flying off his face and naturally they read, "Fuck You." The U is his tooth too....Awwwwesome!!!!
And here it is... sorry if I am ruing it for you.


Hellboy II:
See Hellboy I. stop there. (For a movie tagged, The Golden Army, you see maybe 10 minutes worth of actual Golden Army-age)

Movies still to see this summer:

  • Wall-E (I only hear good things. The bad things are coming from conservatives who are afraid to embrace peace and the realization that we are ruining the planet...mainly by blogging)
  • The Dark Knight. I'm sure you've heard of it by now...
  • Step Brothers.
  • Pineapple Express. Is it bad, that I'd rather be at the midnight screening of this??? Huey Lewis and the News totally do the theme song... it's gonna be sweet, no questions about it.
Good talk.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

If You Say "Hulk" Over and Over Again, It Starts To Sound Funny

I'm fortunate enough to be on a run where I'm seeing movie I do not enjoy. The plan was to see Iron Man, but that was sold out, even after being out for a month or so. So we saw the new Hulk with Ed Norton and my baby, Liv Tyler. She's hot.

Two words: "Hulk Smash."

Cameos by Lou Ferrigno and Stan Lee were brief and mildly entertaining. I think the best part about the movie was the big fight scene between the Hulk and the other Hulk like creature Liv Tyler. Like I said before, she's hot.

From what I gather, Ed Norton, my homeboy, feuded with the studio on the editing and then threatened to not do publicity if he wasn't happy with the final cut. I think they did just fine. Ed's gonna make a ton of cash and it felt right. I'd also like to point out that the viewer isn't subjected to long, and may I add, boring, back story of how Bruce Banner becomes the Hulk. That I really did like.

So in the end, if I had a rating system, I'd kick my own ass. It was solid.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Kung Fu Panda

I like many others this past weekend, decided to escape the heat by heading into a cold dark room to see Kung Fu Panda. Good decision. Kung Fu Panda was exactly what I thought it would be.

It was awesome. It is a great story about a Panda who works in his family noodle shop becoming the Kung Fu Dragon Master and defeating the (bad guy). You do have to keep in mind that it is a kids movie, but an awesome kids movie. It was funny and the fight scenes were off the hook. (Look out for the dumpling fight scene if you choose to spend your money wisely and go see the flick. Chopsticks have never been so riveting.

It was good clean fun and even though it was a cartoon, Jack Black is totally type-cast into that goofy fat guy, and in this case that goofy fat panda.

Questions I have after watching the entire movie:
  • How old is Po (Panda)?
  • How is the Panda's father a Duck?
  • How could I understand the monkey if he was really voiced by Jackie Chan?
  • How long did it take Po to learn all that Kung Fu without the city being destroyed first?
  • Why didn't KG have a better voice role? Hasn't he learned how to ride coattails better?
  • Why haven't I thought about strapping fireworks to a chair in order to fly in the air as depicted below?
Strong effort. Still haven't seen Forgetting Sarah Marshall. If my grandparents went and walked out within the first 10 minutes, you know it's to be good! Skaduche!

Thursday, May 29, 2008

I Want To Be President

















To answer your question, yes. This is real.

He appears to be on victory lap and is getting away with everything. It actually looks really fun though.

Being President is clearly awesome... like the pope's speech.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Season 4 of Weeds

Next week we're interviewing Kevin Nealon for the radio show about some book he wrote about his wife getting pregnant and having a kid and all that jazz. It got me to thinking today, "what about the 4th season of Weeds?"

Well, let me tell you that Google finds what you need. duh.

The 4th season premieres June 16th, a Monday night, on Showtime.

The Synopsis:

"What's cable's No. 1 pot dealer to do when her cozy suburban enclave burns to the ground, taking her clients and stash along with it? What else? Pack up and move on. With the embers of Agrestic smoldering in her rearview mirror, Nancy & Co. relocate to the fictional beach town of Ren Mar on the San Diego/Mexico border to set up shop with a new front biz that's… pregnant with possibilities. With the help of her old friends and new partner Guillermo, Nancy will get even deeper in the shadier side of dealing — on both sides of the border. She's savvy and has earned her stripes in the business, but the new, un-chartered terrain ramps up the risk with every transaction. While there's a whole new look, new locale, new friends and even a new love interest, the patented Weeds dark humor that the country and critics have grown to love over the past three seasons stays true to form."



I'm really excited.

Friday, May 23, 2008

If You've Ever Seen a 'Viral' Video...

Then you'd appreciate this...



Props to Afro Ninja, Numa Numa and the blender.

Oh and the song is NASTY. It's throwback Weezer, and I do have to say that it's about damn time.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Choke will be Dope


Anyone remember the book "Choke" by Chuck Palahniuk? He's the dude who wrote "Fight Club." He's good.

Well "Choke" is this awesome book about a sex addict who pretends to choke on food and then people "save" him. He gets these people to support him financially too.

I knew they were making a movie, but I had no idea how far along they've come. It's going to star Sam Rockwell and Anjelica Houston.

Apparently there is no trailer yet, but a clip has been released:

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Thursday, May 1, 2008

"New" CDs

So I bought some CDs today. Why? Because I didn't actually have them, yet they were not even close to being new.

When author Chuck Klosterman spoke at Rutgers, he said something that made me think, "Wow, what a douche bag," even though I really like his books. He said something to the extent of, "I shouldn't listen to music until it's been out for 2 years and has stood the test of time," or some stupid, cocky, bullshit version of that. He's too good to listen to new music on the off chance that it will suck like his god-complex. He thinks he's all cool because he's from Minnesota and wrote for Spin...

Anyways, Klosterman can suck on it, because I just bought an album that's been out for 14 years!

It's Weezer's s/t "Blue Album." It's awesome. I didn't have it. Wanted it for the collection and for the few tracks I don't actually have. A friend of mine bought it on vinyl a few weeks ago and it sparked my thought process.




The next album I bought has also been out technically for 7 years. HAHA CHUCK! Another album I love but didn't have all tracks or the physical copy of:


Ah yes! It's Jimmy Eat World's "Bleed American." It's actually the Deluxe Re-Issue calling it by it's real name, "Bleed American." If you remember, the album dropped right after 9/11 so they renamed it "Jimmy Eat World" but apparently it's cool now. They added a bunch of live tracks and stuff from the Australian EP, the From Good To Go EP, and some other jaunz.

It's good.

Anyways, that was completley unnecessary like every other post I have ever created, but thought you should know.

Anyways... have an excellent day...

(Chuck Klosterman and me...)

Sunday, April 20, 2008

7 1/2 months

That's how long it took to resolve my dispute with Wendy's in a manner of my liking.
See below:
(click to enlarge...)


As you may figure from the letter, this particular Wendy's is a franchise. Has it been a corporate location I would have expected Dave Thomas to rise from the grave and kill some bitches.

Also noted on the letter is that, she enclosed 3 coupons for 3 meals. There were only 2 inside... in the true spirit of the whole problem...
But I wasn't after free food. That's not the point. Apparently in this day you have to write a stupid letter to get someone to notice that their product sucks.
That being said, it's time for Wendys... as soon as Passover is finished...

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

The Pope's Speech was 'Awesome' Dude...

It was briefly mentioned on the radio show today that if you meet the Pope, what do you say to guy like that. It was stated that you shouldn't say, "A Rabbi, a Shaman, and you walk into a bar..."

I guess we didn't cover all the bases then, because as i watched the end of the Pope's painful speech today, don't ask why, I heard good ol' Prez Bush say something, and my immediate response was "no way!"

I really don't like to dwell on how dumb of a human being he is, but this has to be mentioned. Just when you thought he couldn't embarrass himself any more, he tells the Pope, that he'd his speech was "awesome."

Here it is, in all it's stupid glory:




And for the record, I would make an 'awesome' Pope. C'mon catholic people, throw me a bone, I won't lead you the wrong way... or any worse than it already is...

Monday, April 14, 2008

Help Please.

So I'm looking for a picture of someone about to do something really stupid. A picture of someone holding a gun to their head is too harsh...

I'd be more than happy to explain to you if you really want to know, but I was interested in what you could find. I have spent a lot of time on the internet looking and still have nothing good.

So... if you have a minute or something in mind, feel free to send me something or even a link.

Thank you in advance.

This is not something that would be good for this sort of thing, but it's almost a thank you for your help:

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

It Changed My Life

Yes, my life has changed, and no, not through finding Jesus (I knew you were worried)...
I haven't joined a gang or an awesome religious fringe group like the polygamists... I got a DVR.

Some of you may know that my sleep schedule is completely non-natural. Who would have thought a year ago, I'd be sleeping from roughly 9PM to 3AM? Not me... or anyone who knew me in m previous 22 years. It is seriously the most unnatural thing I have ever done in my life, except for that time in Mexico with the midget and the donkey with that thing, ok I don't want to talk about it.

But I've been missing some TV because nothing good is on until at least 9. So i got me one of them fancy DVR's. It's only been plugged in 2 days and I've already seen an improvement in what I am able to watch.

Currently, my DVR is taping every single episode that is on of "Rob and Big," "Lewis Black's Root of All Evil," "The Riches," "South Park," "Cash Cab," "The Office" and "The Girls Next Door." I'd like to point out that no, I do not DVR "The Colbert Report." This is because I can watch any episode I wish on Facebook, and am happy with that. It's a cool application if you're interested...

Am I missing something? I haven't been so hip to the TV guide since I started working. Maybe I'll write more about work at a later time. But right now, I'm happy with the DVR. That's all.

Ooo. if you're into radio this is pretty funny: Stuff Radio People Like

Sunday, March 30, 2008

We Could've Made Sex Panther

... but my next pet is totally going to be a Florida Panther.

We had an 8 week old Florida Panther and a Cougar visit the studios to promote that big cats don't make good pets. I think the execution was a totally off the mark because they were adorable. If you don't want people to get dangerous beasts as pets, bring in a full-grown Cougar and watch it destroy a mannequin.

This is what they brought in to promote them being bad pets...






























I'm very intimidating:

I Couldn't Help Myself...

I just don't remember little Timmy smoking the opium. Oh well... it'll put hair on his chest...

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Wendy's Update

Alright people.

As some of you may know, last September I was angered by horrendous customer service at a Wendy's here in MD. I wrote a letter... old-person style.

Turns out, they never got it. But the lady on the phone gave me their fax number an suggested I fax it again. Well tomorrow, when those scumbags at Wendy's get into work, a fat letter of contempt from me will be waiting on their slimy fax machine.

I really do like Wendy's and haven't eaten there since this happened. I haven't been eating any fast food really in a while, and while I'm sure it's good for me, I should be allowed to get wasted and want Wendy's. This is America dammit.

I will update as soon as they act on their poor customer service and general incompetence.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

The New Will Ferrell Plan


I saw Semi-Pro and for a lack of a quick mind today, i'll say it was semi-good. (Feel free to punch me in the face the next time you see me for that.)

They say if it ain't broke, don't fix it. I couldn't agree more, but I'm growing tired... and annoyed. Sure Will Ferrell's movies are funny, but I'm getting bored. Furthermore, at some point where do Will Ferrell and his characters actually become him. If I saw him in the street, I wouldn't talk to him like a normal person. I'd approach him like he was a complete jackass.

Fear not. I have a new plan that will skyrocket this man's career. (because it is clear he is not making any money...) 45 minute movies. If all of the half-assed Ferrell movie were 45 minutes, you could cut so much of the crap out of them and leave in all the funny stuff. Imagine if Semi-Pro, Blades of Glory, Talladega Nights and Kicking and Screaming were 45 minutes long. They'd be terrific.

Plus, put 2 of them back-to-back and you have a double feature!

As far as Semi-Pro goes... good. It's no Old School, it's not Anchorman. Everyone knows his shtick and at this point I feel like I could even write the scripts for his movies. Best part of the movie: the dirty hippie. Watch it and find out what i'm talking about if you feel inclined.

Last note: the promos for the movie were better than the movie I think. Even this Bud Light Commercial was better than 75% of the movie.



Wednesday, February 27, 2008

f.y.i.

The Wendy's war has awoken from a deep 6-month slumber. Stay tuned for more details as they come...

If you don't know what this is about, just stay tuned....

Sunday, February 10, 2008

The Loved Ones / The Gaslight Anthem – The Black Cat Backstage, Washington DC - 2/07/08

As seen on The Syndicate Blog:


Philadelphia’s The Loved Ones are taking New Brunswick, NJ’s own The Gaslight Anthem out for a little trip. 18 days, 18 shows, and approximately 4,800 miles of whooping ass and melting faces started Thursday night at The Black Cat in DC, and will wind their way up and down the east coast heading as far west as St. Louis, culminating in what will certainly be a ferocious show in Phili.

This might be one of the best tours of the year…easy. And you have to ask yourself one question: How many more times will you be able to see either of these bands in an intimate setting? An educated guess will tell you not that much longer.

Lagrecia, the planned opener couldn’t make so NJ’s Static Radio NJ filled in. We missed it. I’m confident it was splendid. Sorry.

The Black Cat’s Backstage was sold out and packed when The Gaslight Anthem took the stage. Honing their craft in dirty, naked wall basements across New Brunswick has really paid off as they ripped through most of their 2007 critically acclaimed Sink or Swim and weren’t shy to lay down some tracks off the new EP. They gave a roaring rendition of the 1st single off the Senor and the Queen EP, the infectious “Wherefor Art Thou Elvis” and the title track, “Senor and the Queen.” The EP promises as much as their full-length and they sure proved it in DC. As good as Sink or Swim is, it cannot do this band justice. To see Gaslight live is a new experience if you’ve never witnessed it. Additionally, there was a rather large fan showing for these dudes… and with good reason.

The Loved Ones’ new full-length Build & Burn was definitely a main focus for the band as they played 6 of the 10 new tracks. Pretty Good Year, the Inquirer, the Bridge, Sarah’s Game, Selfish Masquerade and Louisiana are all new tracks that show just how this band is progressing. A close listen to the new disc will show that not only do the lyrics compare with those of their 2006 release Keep Your Heart but finds a way to rock just as hard while I dare say being “toned down.”

But fear not fans! They handled Suture Self, Breathe In, 100K, Living Will, Benson and Hedges, Arsenic, and even managed to squeak in a track from the self-titled EP. Hint: If you get up close enough to Dave Hause you will can see his eyeballs pop out of his skull during his always energetic and lively performance. And I will point out that drummer Mike Sneeringer is sporting a fantastically ferocious beard.

A word to the wise: GO SEE THIS SHOW.

And here's a friend's review of the show when it went to NYC.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Scientific Facts

I have found the following to be true:


People:

Solero De Jerez – found that eating pineapple cause ulcers

SAT Words:

Porphyrophobia – the fear of pornography involving fire.

Zobo – 1940’s slang for a homeless person’s umbrella.

Snooger – An English soccer hooligan arrested for being drunk in public

Schemozzle – what drunk people with speech impediments call “muzzles”

Movies:

Mee Pok Mon – a 1994 Chinese flick about a group of traveling “small people” who run into bigfoot


Laws:

In Massachusetts it is illegal to scare a prostitute with threats of enslavement

In Idaho it is illegal to go trout fishing if you are a potato

Acronym:

AFFF – Anesthesiologists Fighting For Fairness

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Strange Wilderness

The recipe didn’t look good. It looked delicious! Ingredients: a Happy Madison Production, Director: Fred Wolf, Steve Zahn, Jonah Hill, Justin Long, Allen Covert, Jake Abel (Buzz from the Home Alone installments), and the token hot chick. How did it taste?

It tasted like I cooked it, and I cannot cook well. Disappointment is the key word here. I was expecting Thanksgiving Dinner, but got microwaved peeps. (Last food analogy I promise) Such I laughed a lot, but it was missing something: Witty Humor.

Jonah Hill was probably the biggest disappointment since I am such a huge fan of his body of work, and he just didn’t deliver. It could have been the shaggy writing, or the awful accent they made him use, but either way, I’m not happy.

These were the same people that made Grandma’s Boy. When I saw Grandma’s Boy I knew instantly from scene 1 that I had stumbled across a GEM. It was fucking brilliant. But this didn’t live up to the hype.

For those who haven’t seen it: If you are interested, see it but then never mention it ever again.

Friday, January 25, 2008

People at the Bank are Douches

I took a lovely trip to the bank today to deposit the paycheck I received over a week ago and actually had a great time. I like to do the drive through because, well standing isn't always for me. Plus, you can still listen to tunes while in line...

As depicted in the sketch below (professionally done), there are 2 drive through windows. When I pulled up, both were occupied. I decided to not make a commitment on which window to use because I wanted the next free one. No need pulling up to #1 if #2 would be the next available window. I was next in line, I feel I should have the choice. (pro-choice)

So this "manly dude-man" in a "hot" mustang pulls up behind me and starts honking and waving his hands as to indicate that I needed to choose a lane. Not only did I need to make this life-changing decision, but I needed to do it NOW! As I sort of threw my hands up with the "eh I don't wanna" gesture he inched closer and started rev-ing his engine. Big balls this guy has. I did not panic or feel rushed as I knew I was next.

So finally drive through #1 opened and I pulled up to the squak box and the mustang raced into #2's lane only to wait behind the individual still be helped by the nice lady inside.

(Though Experiment ... simple thought experiment: what if the person in #2 was doing something that took tons of time and I were to finish before them? Then mustang bro would basically get bumped to 3rd in line instead of his original 2nd spot )

This did not happen though, and it wasn't life altering either. So now I'm side by side with the broseph causing all this rucus, and perhaps, damage to his engine. I put the passenger window down and he got all heated.
"Pick a lane?!"
"Well I was waiting next for the next open window..."
"You have two cars behind you, there's a line!"
"Both windows were full so I decided to wait."
"(Something inaudible, realizing he's douche)"
"It's not taking any longer for you get served."
"whatever" (puts his arm in front of his face as to block the conversation)
"Thank's for your patience today, Sir!"

How does this horribly slow and dull story end? He drives his car onto Rockville Pike when finished and is immediately slammed into by a semi-trailer and dies on impact!

Actually I don't know, because I was gone when he finished because I waited for the next open window!

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

They've Gone and Ruined American Gladiators

Jesus may have died for you, but I watched the new American Gladiators for you. Jesus got off easy. If anyone was excited to see the resurrection of one of the greatest television physical contests, it was me. American Gladiators disappeared in 1996, and the only solid physical contest to be televised in between is Ninja Warrior. (Legends of the Hidden the Temple finished in 1995, or it would have been numero uno) So needless to say there was some anticipation building up. The show is hosted by Hulk Hogan and Laila Ali, so it had potential as well. The stage was set, all things looked to be in order and then BAM: let down of the year… so far.

First off, the contestants don’t need to be heroes with back stories. This ain’t American Idol, it’s about beating people up, plain and simple. I don't care where Joe Contestant is from let alone what he does for a living and what he needs $100,000 for. Then they interview the contenders non-stop as if they have anything of value to say. The camera angles are crazy too. Just give me one camera angle where I can see everything I need to. The more you move the camera around, the more likely I am to catch vertigo in my living room. Whats the deal with all the sparks flying around while they're competing? If I were a contender, I’d be pissed that I was always getting wet whenever I fell off an elevated object and had to continue competing while slightly damp. (leads to swamp ass...) The one cool thing is that the Eliminator looks better than the original. It appears that anything really can happen when two people go head to head on it and is quite tiresome.

In closing, the new American Gladiators is a total failure and Hulk Hogan disappoints just like when he lost his title to The Undertaker at Survivor Series in 1991. Yeah, I went there.

Stick with Ninja Warrior kids…