Monday, December 20, 2010

2010 in Live Music

There's a HUGE difference between "The Top 10 Albums of 2010" and "My Top 10 Albums of 2010." The first of course is complete horse shit no matter who you are. So rather than telling you which new music from 2010 I enjoyed, I'd like to keep with the tradition of mixing it up with my end of year music post, which seems almost obligatory at this point.

This year was a great year for live music and myself. Living in the city proper made it way easier to see shows and I definitely made more of an effort. Clearly, Bonnaroo was instrumental in cementing 2010 as the best year in live music for me.

Was there a best show? If you count Bonnaroo as a single show, then duh. But I will say the best 2-night punch in my life was Social D, Lucero and Frank Turner on a Tuesday night and the following night was Me First and the Gimme Gimmes. If you want to hear a story of shenanigans, ask me some other time about the Me First show. See those dudes if you can!

Here is a non-comprehensive list in alphabetical order! (I'm sure I'm missing a few, but I tried really hard to remember everything and isn't trying your hardest all that counts in life?) Please also keep in mind that I passed on Green Day. They came to "DC" in the middle of the summer and played Meriwether Post Pavilion or Jiffy Lube Live (formerly Nissan Pavilion) neither of which I have any interest in going to anymore.

Have a good end of the year peoples!

Against Me!
Brandi Carlile
Brian Fallon (of The Gaslight Anthem)
Daryl Hall w/ Chromeo
Dave Hause (of The Loved Ones)
Defiance Ohio
Dropkick Murphys
Educated Consumers
Flaming Lips
Frank Turner
Gaslight Anthem
Great Explainer, The
Jay Z
Lucero
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
Motion City Soundtrack
Muscle City (Dood Computer + Dizzo)
Reel Big Fish
Rise Against
Saves the Day
Say Anything
She and Him
Silversun Pickups
Social Distortion
Stevie Wonder
Tenacious D
Two Cow Garage
Weezer

Friday, December 17, 2010

Some Of My Best Work

As some of you know, I recently visited south Florida, home of old Jews and complete weirdos. This is not the epic saga of my journey but rather a moment of joy.

I decided at some point that it would be funny to attach a personalized license plate holder to my Mom's car to give it a little more personality. I did just that and here it is:


Best $25 I ever spent. The best $100 was on the clown (see below).

The answer to your question is, No. No my Mom does not know this is affixed to her vehicle. Neither does my sister. The answer your next question is also, No. No, neither of them will read this. If it was facebook, maybe, but they won't see it here. Please don't ruin this for me if you know either of them.

I assume, that the first time she'll notice it there is when someone calls her a "great mother" in the Publix parking lot.

Until next time...

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Frank Turner

If you haven't become a massive Frank Turner fan by now, you're probably going to hell. Regardless, I saw him with his full band this year for the first time and I'm undecided as to whether I prefer that or solo. Check his newest...




Friday, November 19, 2010

I Not Crazy - You Crazy! AGHHH, AJJJHHH, RAWRRRR!

My friend and amazing blogger Laura fell off the wagon and started blogging again. You can find that here. Yesterday she wrote about a weird dream. Last night - I had an amazing dream:

I was in some sort of classroom but couldn't leave because there was a terrorist threat. Everyone was locked down. I'm not sure why, but I took someone's baby from their carriage and threw it like a football across the room and out the window. As soon as it hit the window the baby exploded! The baby was the terrorist threat. I was hailed as a hero/ the guy that detonated the bomb inside a classroom full of people. No one died.

Maybe this means airport security has it all wrong? Should we be doing body scans and aggressive sensual patdowns? No. We should be cutting open babies to see if they're full of explosives. Case closed. Your welcome America.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The Clown Story

Here's what happened. My buddy Brian was having a "moving out of my apartment" party in NYC. I was up there several weeks ago and that's when he started telling me that I should be back for this party. He didn't let up. He didn't give up. Well, neither did I. I decided that best course of action was to hire a clown to show up and surprise him and drink at the party in my place.

Over the course of 12 hours I located a clown in NYC (via craigslist), negotiated with the clown, got an insider of the forthcoming party to help facilitate, paid the clown and then nervously awaited a phone call when I knew the time had come.


As it turns out, I had no idea that Brian and his guests would be on the roof until 11pm (when I asked MishMish to show up). It worked perfectly because as people filtered back into the apartment, there was a clown standing in the living room!

This is the "confused, surprised and getting excited" face of Brian when he realized there was a clown standing in his living room, making balloon animals:

I was afraid that having used craigslist, he may actually show up and rob everyone at the party, or that the people at the party would really not be into it and potentially stab him or something horrible...

So everything turned out great. That's Brian, the clown, the insider, and another surprised party-goer.

This photo is awesome. See that girl sitting on the couch in the lower left hand side of the photo? She's not posing for a picture, shes going about a normal conversation like she doesn't have a balloon hat on! And that my friends, is a party.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Robots and Santa Claus! But Mainly Robots...

My friend Nick is raising monies to build a super awesome Santa Claus robot for Santacon this year and making a documentary about the creation of the robot and event itself. You should also know he's from Alaska.

I will spare you all the details here as long as: A) you understand this is going to be awesome AND B) you click the link below to watch his video.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

I was once in this really awesome video.

This is a video of The Loved Ones closing their set with "Louisiana" at the 9:30 Club when they opened for the Hold Steady back in 2008. I'm fairly sure I was there with Ross... I just saw this video yesterday for the first time yesterday.

At about 1:50 into the video they turn the house lights up and if you look in the lower left hand corner of video, you can faintly see a maniac wearing a baseball hat over-enthusiastically throwing his hands up and jumping and what not. Said maniac is me. Famous yet again!

"Louisiana" - by The Loved Ones with Tad and Franz of The Hold Steady from Tony Bowman on Vimeo.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Not To Pick On You But...

Once again I'm afraid I may have to be kinda a dick. I have a "friend" on facebook who never ceases to amaze me. This person wrote a "note" about how technology has made us able to all be connected instantly through Facebook, Twitter, text messaging and blah blah blah. They write that there are times that they may not be able to get back to someone instantly who reaches out. These times that are inconvenient to responding to a communique:

"They include but are not limited to:
being at church, attending a meeting or conference, sitting on the toilet, working on an intensive project, being baptized, going out on a date, taking granny to the doctor, standing in the shower, spending quality time with a friend or family member, getting arrested, driving in a city that doesn't allow TWD. Maybe one saw you and made a mental note to chat at a more convenient time. Maybe they became distracted. Maybe they had facebook or twitter open while they were browsing other sites. That doesn't qualify as
ignoring you."

This person is so wrong.
  • sitting on the toilet? wrong. If I've ever spoken to you on the phone theres a 50% chance I was on the can. If we've ever communicated in general, that percentage goes up 40 points easy. Don't make excuses. What else you doing on the can that you can't talk?
  • being baptized? call me naive - but aren't the majority of people who are being baptized under the age of 10 years old or something? Stop trying to holler at shorties, literally.
  • taking granny to the doctor? whatever you do, please do not try to contact me while I sit in the waiting room of the cardiologist. I'm reading "Time" magazines from 1997 and need not to be disturbed during.
  • standing in the shower? how long you shower for?
  • getting arrested? if this person were to be arrested i'd be in shock. but a potentially valid argument for not responding to someone.
  • driving in a city that doesn't allow TWD? seriously, don't be a pussy.
I think the moral of this story is that you're not as busy as you think are and you're even less important than you think you are. Anyways - my legs are kinda falling asleep sitting on the toilet so I must be going...

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Lemme Ask You A Question

Someone who I know only through an internship I did in NYC in the summer of 2007 posted this on the ol' facebook:

"Lemme tell you a story about Jesus - so my laptop goes whacky again last night and I was upset cuz HP was determined to keep making me send that piece of crap back in for repair instead of giving me sumthin that works.
But I said a prayer, decided not to worry about it and declared that I would call HP in the morning and speak to an a
ngel....and yea, my new laptop should be here soon!!!"

I'm confused by this. Did Jesus take a job at HP working the phones in customer service? If so, did he have to move to India? That doesn't really make sense because Jesus is not an angel. I guess what I'm trying to say is that I'm completely confused as to how this is really a story about Jesus.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Screw Shirts and Shoes, What About Pants?!

I hope everyone had a fun Memorial Day weekend! I was working my balls off in some of the hottest and most humid weather DC has had to offerr this year. During one particularly cool moment in the shade it all came to me quite clear. Now, some may say that as a generic pants-hater this isn't too far off the radar for someone like myself, but I'll share it with you either way...

I challenge any local businesses in the Washington D.C. area to make pants optional in your stores/restaurants/venues/whatever. It's bloody hot out there, man! Traditionally we're used to the old "no shirt, no shoes, no service" signs. Well they don't say anything about pants! I'm not looking for people to expose themselves (even though I guess I don't mind) but if you want people to wear pants in your place of business, maybe you should clarify.

Additionally I challenge you to go to a place of business without pants and see what happens. "But there isn't a sign saying I must wear pants to buy this ice cream!" If we want to overturn this social norm of wearing pants everywhere, we need to get crackin!

Now I understand many of you out there are what people refer to as "women." You can wear skirts or dresses or whatever and not have to worry about pants. Should that be your argument, please keep it to yourself, but most importantly, please keep wearing said skirts.

Let's call it an ode to the greatest no-pants wearers of all time:
So, should you take the challenge, let us know how it goes!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The Happy Couple

Have you heard about the oh-so-sweet Valedictorian proposes to her boyfriend during her commencement speech? (A - since when are women smarter than men? and B - women proposing to men? Outrageous!)

Something convinced me to watch this video via CNN.com and here's the happy couple...



I've been watching Lie to Me on Netflix and Dr. Cal Lightman would look at this picture and tell you that this dude doesn't want to get married. OH SNAP!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Rays!

I know it's been a while - but I've been legitimately busy! Either way - now that I'm DC I've been trying to do more DC things that I've never done. When I got the invite to join KTB and Ted at Ray's Hell Burger in Arlington (Virginia) I jumped at the opportunity! You may remember Ray's Hell Burger from a high-profile visit last year.

The sudden competition for the best "gourmet burger" is bizarre because well, it's not like ceviche or anything. It's a burger. Spike Mendelsohn's burger place, Good Stuff Eatery up on Capitol Hill is pretty great too, but I guess what it boils down to is, there approximately 3,000 places to get a quality burger in DC...

Now I present my trip to Ray's Hell Burger in PICTURES!



All in all - great trip. It's not really conveniently located to me in DC so it may be some time before I make it back.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Monday, April 12, 2010

Conan.

I'm sure you've heard by now, but I really like the promo for some reason...


Friday, March 26, 2010

Craigslist is for Lovers

This winter I was all stressed about not working, not being able to find work and an assortment of other various shenanigans. But said stress was no match for the month that I looked for a place to live in DC. But that's all behind me now...

Good news up front - I'm moving into town April 1st a few blocks north of U street and extremely close to Columbia Heights and the dreaded Adams Morgan. It's walking distance to the 9:30 Club and the Black Cat! It's 5 bedroom house, I've met 3 of the other roommates and the price is right.

What's remarkable about the whole experience is the sheer amount of time I spent on Craigslist. I like to think of Craigslist as the website that embodies the spirit of Atlantic City, Detroit and pre-olympic Beijing. Craigslist is a quad-polar website - it can be useful, hysterical, creepy or harmful.

Over the course of the month, just looking for housing, I came across 3 different types of scams! Who are the people who are stupid enough to fall for that shit? I won't be sending you my credit report, complete with my social security number, bank account and credit card information! I won't mail you a check overseas without ever seeing a property or meeting you! I will most certainty not believe that you are a good Christian and live/work in West Africa and blah blah blah! It's completely unbelievable!

Side note: I have a short attention span and while I was typing this I wandered off and ended up seeing THIS. Again, this makes me happy I found an affordable place to live.

The most gut-wrenching thing about the whole process of looking for a place to live via craigslist is that I am moving into a place I didn't find through the fucking website! A friend of mine told me about his co-worker who was looking for someone.

The process is incredible - it's super competitive out there to find a place to live. I went to open houses, I met prospective roommates, I was basically interviewed! (This is a whole new concept for me) The lying that takes place is way more fun than any interview you have for a job! "Yeah, I hate farting and walking around in my underwear drinking straight out of the brita!" It's going to be different living with strangers compared to your friends. In New Brunswick I lived with friends and they were ok with it! (aka - they figured arguing with me about it was a losing battle...)

Because I'm a super-nice guy it was weird going from one house interview to another right afterwards. It felt remarkably like seeing two girls on the same day. Either way, crisis averted - I'm moving and this particular nightmare of finding a place is behind me!

So if you're in dc - let's kick it.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

I'm Alive

Barely. I know it's bee a while since I've contributed anything to these world wide webs, but generally that's a good thing. Truth is, I haven't been doing much. The good news is that pedicab season is slowly arriving which means I'll be more human again and my life will proceed to be a little more interesting. I'm also looking for a place to live in DC - if you know about anything - hit me up.

To further prove the point that not much excitement is happening in my life currently, I'd like to present Exhibit A in the totally-made-my-fucking-day department:


BOOM!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

My Dinosaur Life

Motion City Soundtrack's 4th release and most current release, "My Dinosaur Life" may turn out to be my favorite of the bunch.

Make no mistake about it, this is another power-pop album that's catchy as ever and Justin Pierre's "quirkiness" is at an all time high. After four albums one would assume this man has zero self-esteem. His "quirkiness" has not diminished as that is the ever-trend he tries to exude. He claims in the first single "Her Words Destroyed My Planet" that he "quit smoking weed" but I don't buy it...

The album is great, my favorites include the above mentioned, Worker Bee, Disappear, Delirium, Hysteria and @!#?@!. I personally feel that the song "History Lesson" would be much better if performed by Flogging Molly.

Below is them performing on Jimmy Fallon (just click on the last hash mark as the performance is always the last thing on late night tv. I'd like to see that change, but that's another conversation for another time...)



And below is the official music video if above is too much work...

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Linkage

1. If you don't buy his artwork his cat will be forced to get a job and she lacks what we commonly refer to as "people skills."

2. Life is too hard to be upset all the time. Let these guys be mad for you...


Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Lifestyle Change

Everyone is all excited or pissed off today about this iPad thing. I never heard about it before today. Is it like a tampon? I don't get it.

Well let me tell you what I'm excited about. No, it may not be the latest technology out there but I guarantee it's just as satisfying. Now I've never been a "slipper guy." I maybe had a pair as a kid but don't remember wearing them. However, I just received a pair of these bad boys and it is life changing!

No longer do I have to walk around the house in socks to protect my feet from the cold! Yes we can! No longer will that cold penetrate my socks! Yes we can! (SOTU tonight - just felt it...)

These bad boys are Haflinger Slippers straight from Germany. I highly recommend them!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

One Year?!

Exactly one year ago at this very moment (10:30am) as the world excitedly watched and waited for an eight year mistake to end with the inauguration of Barack Obama, I was sitting on the couch in my Dad's living room lost in complete shock. I had just been laid-off, downsized, become a victim of the economy, blah blah blah. I had my Dad read the papers they gave me which was basically what my severance package was going to look like. He said, "sign here."

I was then signed up for a 6-month paid vacation. Sweet. As upset and confused as I was, little did I know I'd have the most incredible year. I went to Colorado, Florida, Arizona and NY/NJ. I started riding this pedicab thing and I think we all know how awesome that turned out to be.

Being forced out of that job definitely led me to be a happier person. People once again enjoyed being around me (for the most part). Furthermore my hours were human again and that was a big part in helping me to maintain some sort of semblance of a social life. It felt real good.

Dudes - the road trip. I mean, stellar year.

So now I find myself sort of in the same place as last March. I'm sort of sitting around riding some pedicab here and there, but this time I got no paychecks coming my way and I'm sitting around at my parents house, not my own place.

I'm craving to get out. Not because living here sucks or I'm unhappy about it, I'm craving that independence. So long story short, I need a job. Preferably in DC. It doesn't have to be full-time necessarily because I want to ride the pedicab again this summer, make stupid money and stay fit.

Either way, I look forward to another awesome 365 days which will undoubtedly be different from the last 365. That's a good thing though because if every year is like the last, especially at this point in life, it's going to get boring.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

My Cross-Country Road Trip Video

I wanted to learn about video editing so I decided to make this video about my road trip. I hope it's not so long that you lose interest but I know how short my attention span is.

After uploading it to Youtube I got an email saying that some content in my video may be owned by Sony Music Entertainment. If they decide to take it down because of the sons I used I won't be too happy. (Smart Technology though) If it's not working please drop me a note. Enjoy.

Also - it did look better (quality wise) when I was making it on a full screen and doesn't translate that great in Youtube world.



Please let me know what you think!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

I'm With Coco


The guy who did this is really good. I spent a bunch of time on site checking it out.
LINKAGE!

Friday, January 8, 2010

My Friday > Your Friday

Old people in South Florida like to complain. They have nothing to do outside of voting season and the temperatures have been cold by their standards. Those standards are: anything below 70 is simply unacceptable. However today it was as high as 75. I spent 2 and a half hours doing this:



Nice legs. I know. Sorry for the weird angle - the dog took the picture.

However, I did finish a book that I started a long time ago, thinking I'd finish it on my road trip. I was wrong because the tv show Lost entered my life. City of Thieves by David Benioff. Solid quick read - enjoyed it very much. Benioff wrote The 25th Hour and later the screenplay for the movie which was a "Spike Lee Joint" if that gives you any more clarity.

Either way - I'm back in DC and the cold tomorrow. Pedicabbing Sunday? Give me a shout if you're downtown.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

The Chinese Are Trying To Kill Us

Relax - you knew this. While I was on my trip I bought my friends Hannah and Ben a pair of "cute" mugs from San Francisco. I didn't get you anything, I know. That would be because I hate you, clearly. ANYWAYS, I bought them the gift in part as long overdue housewarming gift:



See, it's cute. They matched and all that shit that couples pretend to like because the happier you are, the less likey you're going to get stabbed in the face while sleeping. ANYWAYS, I thought I did well on this one until approximatley 45 seconds after I handed the goods over, Ben (pictured: right) read a label that was apparently on the bottom of the mug:



Oops. They said maybe they could use them to plant stuff in but a) they were probably just being nice and b) the plants would die of lead and cadmium poisoning.

I've taken this as a sign to never do anything nice for anyone ever again and you have China to thank for that one!