Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Monday, January 26, 2009

Reel Big Fish - 9:30 Club - 1/25/09

I've seen Reel Big Fish every year since 2004. I've seen them at the 9:30 Club, Warped Tour, Roseland Ballroom and even the all-purpose room in the Livingston Student Center at Rutgers, and they've killed it every single time.

There are some bands that after you see them once or twice, that's enough, but I love seeing RBF live. They're just an awesome party band. I know I'm going to have fun when I see them and they don't disappoint.

Actually - let me quasi-retract that last statement. See, RBF is out right now with Streetlight Manifesto promoting their new album, "Fame, Fortune and Fornication," only having approximately 1 of the 3 in their lives today. It's an '80 covers album. They're obsessed with the '80s - see: one of their biggest hits, Take On Me. BUT - they're core audience remains at relativley young age - think 19, maybe even younger.

So who'd they make this album for? Let me tell you, "Veronica Sawyer" by Edna's Goldfish and even "Nothin' But a Good Time" by Poison is completley lost on the kids. Half of them barley recognize Metallica's "Enter Sandman," all of which they performed.

They're last 2 albums, "F,F+F" and "Monkey's For Nothin' and the Chimps For Free" (another lame '80s reference) sucked. There, I said it.

But the thing is, if they never put out another album again, I would still go see them every year.

Oh yeah - Streetlight Manifesto's fan base is bigger than most realize and one day, they'll be bigger than RBF.

It was a good show and I really needed it - more on that maybe, I doubt it.


Thursday, January 22, 2009

The Wrestler

If you ask me in a week who Mickey Rourke is, chances are I'll tell you he's an old school wrestler from the 80s who went by the nickname, "The Ram." He was that convincing.

This is the first movie I've ever seen with an ending that doesn't wrap everything up into neat little pieces that I don't hate. I'm completley fine with it. This movie is fantastic!

Marisa Tomei, who knew? She looked pretty good. I didn't realize until the credits, but his daughter was played by Evan Rachel Wood who looked real young. But this movie was about Mickey all the way through.

Let me just take a minute to talk about the last and possibly only wrestling movie I've seen: Ready To Rumble - the one with David Arquette. Hysterical, absolutely great. That's all I have to say.

Everything about The Wrestler is so great that I don't believe I've said a constructive thing in this post. Go see this movie.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Obamicon Me

We all know that Obama poster that said HOPE on it. Some of us even "bought into it."

Well, now you can turn your ugly mug or anyone else's ugly mug into a form of that iconic poster.

It's all the rage:

I've made a few but these are my 2 favorites:

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Rock On: An Office Power Ballad

We have an inner monologue that constantly takes place. I hope. Ok, maybe I'm just completley nuts, but that's what we've assumed all along.

Rock On: An Office Power Ballad by Dan Kennedy basically follows his story and rambling mind as he's hired to a major record label (Atlantic) in 2002. I think it's great look inside of a machine that we know is broken and ugly.

He's hysterical and I think I can sort of relate as someone who got into a business that looked great from the outside and once I got in, I've become disappointed... almost immediately.

However, I do find something very tiring about his whole self-neurotic a.d.d. inner monologue, in which he questions almost everything he does or says to anyone on any subject.

The highlight for me aside from the chapter titles are his lists. I love lists and at different points in the book he drops a list on us.

For instance: while trying not to fall victim to a sad song and maybe crying, being sung by a artist wanting to be signed, he distracts himself by building a list in his head:

"Ineffective Names for a Hardcore Death Metal Band"
  • Light Tropical Storm
  • The Peppermint Twists
  • The Trolleymen
  • Fine Living
  • Gene Doubleday and the Fall River Players
  • Hoopla!
  • West Burlington Death Metal Combo
  • The Ginger Snaps
  • Scrimshaw
After the chapter where he talks about shooting a commercial for Fat Joe:

"Inappropriate Greetings and Salutations for Middle-Aged White Record Executives to Exchange"
  • Hello, Dawg.
  • What is up, my niggaz?
  • Respec (sic).
  • True dat.
  • Steve from accounts payable is a hater, yo.
ANYWAYS... good read.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

New Years Resolutions

Are LAME and no one really tries after mid-February.
So that's why I've crafted 10 potentially feasible resolutions which I will ultimately forget about come mid-February.
  1. Listen to more Sly and the Family Stone
  2. Bone up on Steve Buscemi trivia
  3. Read less dark/depressing books (just read Survivor and Snuff by Chuck P.)
  4. Attempt to identify who the proverbial "they" are
  5. Strengthen my loaded questions skills
  6. Harmonica?
  7. Try to not spaz over Green Day's New Album (this spring!)
  8. Figure out what comes next
  9. Escape.
  10. Never do resolutions again...