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.