Thursday, September 11, 2014

september eleventh

Five for September 11th:

Interesting evening. Spent last night alternately hanging out with legendary Santa Cruz pro skater Claus Grabke (on tour with the Picturebooks, who absolutely killed it) at Halo Bar and trying to organize a last-minute rehearsal spot for a friend of mine who is currently playing drums for the Afghan Whigs.

9/11. Hard to believe September eleventh is a teenager today. The fact that 9/11 happened thirteen years ago is unreal. Everything seems like it was yesterday, but that more than probably anything else.

Road ready. Expensive? Yes. But new tires (and AWD) are the best things ever, especially heading into the fall and winter in the midwest.

Cool stuff. Picturebooks t-shirt and stickers, Ballwin resident fights the good fight, Jenkem Mag Andrew Reynolds interview, Cape Cod sea salt & vinegar chips, getting to spend ten days with my kid.

Checking out. Vacation starts tomorrow (although mentally, I’m pretty much already there). No blog for a week or so, as is customary when I’m not working. Have fun.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

september tenth

Five for September 10th:

Rained out. Weather is boring to discuss, but yesterday’s drive home was one of the gnarliest things I’ve ever experienced. I was absolutely pummeled with rain the entire way home, so much and so hard that it was difficult to see 2 feet. And I don’t even take the highway.

iPhone 6 plus. I truly don’t get it. Why would anyone want a 5.5” smartphone? I feel like my ancient iPhone 4 is already too big as it is. If I want something bigger that I can't fit in my pocket I'll just buy an iPad.

Rock showzen. Picturebooks tonight at the Halo, all the way from Germany. Psyched to see them. “List of People to Kill” has been on my regular Spotify rotation for years now.

Cool stuff. 2-Hip Home Video on Youtube, slowdown for a cause, new Metrolink station, Taj Mahal with Tom and Lisa, new Janeyisms by the day, folded my laundry in record time.

Pumpkin Natty Light. The pumpkin-flavored beer phenomenon has officially reached its low point. It can truly go no lower.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

september ninth

Five for September 9th:

Photo dump. Relieved my iPhone of about 900+ photos yesterday in anticipation of our upcoming vacation, bringing my total number of thumb drives filled with nothing but pictures of my daughter to six.

Not the new Venture Video. Transworld managed to unearth this never-before-seen gem circa 1991. The link to part one contains the whole back-story and an interview with Greg Carroll, part two continues the VHS madness.

Found art. Came across this painting while cruising the back alleys of the Loop yesterday during lunch. The forgotten work of an unknown master, or merely the discarded assignment of a marginally talented college student? The world will never know.

Cool stuff. Fresh supply of K-cups, bringing in bagels, super fancy car shades for Jane, more progress on the deck, much-needed Netflix Instant update on Wii, Dak Roche Cultifornia video.

Tuesday Soundtrack. Sunny Day Real Estate, Egg Hunt, Led Zeppelin, Embrace, Refused, Rites of Spring, Half Right, Band of Horses.

Monday, September 8, 2014

september eighth

Five for September 8th:

Loufest. I didn’t go, but with the windows open you could hear the whole thing from my living room. Outkast was so loud last night we had to turn on the closed captioning.

Rag doll. Lisa hooked me up with an amazing early birthday present: a brand new Powell Ray Barbee “rag doll” reissue. This graphic, perhaps more than any, encapsulates the era that I skated as a kid and all the good times that came with it. One of my favorites ever, and one that- until yesterday- I always regretted trading away.

Toy haul. Found another box of toys while at my mom’s. Some carded Ultraman and Kikaider, random kaiju, Mars Attacks, some jumbo Gigantor and Baltan, a ton of GI Joe, and a bunch of old mold-a-rama statues. eBay, here I come.

Cool stuff. New tires, rad $2 sunglasses, Californication on Netflix Instant, taking Jane to Willmore Park and the Joan of Arc homecoming carnival, pumpkin muffins, heavy duty back porch progress.

Weekend seshery. A cool, damp Saturday morning meant indoor skating, so we headed to Ramp Riders for a couple hours on the mini ramp. Good stuff, but I need to put on some grippier wheels for that place.

Friday, September 5, 2014

september fifth

Five for September 5th:

Thin Lizzy at the Rainbow 1978. This is the sound of a band that has no musical peers.

Deckage. Finished stripping the old screws out (breaking about 4 metal blades in the process), shimmed up the platform to get it level with the house, and finally started installing the new deck floor. Progress as promised.

No clue dept. CNN thinks 4chan is a person. They also suggest changing your password to pa$$word.

Cool stuff. Gettin’ paid, Juice Magazine Jim Muir interview, lunchtime Loop crusing, my old Fender Deluxe 112 is coming home, Dreadnoughtus, twelve-pack of Schlafly Pale.

Weekend. Getting some new tires, skating, more work on the deck, vacation prepping, kicking it with Lisa and Jane, enjoying the mild weather.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

september fourth

Five for September 4th:

Spicoli-approved. Some guy flies a camera-equipped drone into the backyard of the house where the iconic Fast Times at Ridgemont High pool scene was filmed.

Manual labor. Removed another giant chunk of deck last night and cleaned out a ton of wood scraps. Time constraints meant my plans to start sawing out the remaining rusted screws had to be abandoned.

Dollar General defeated. Great news, and definitely another step in the right direction for Cherokee. Aside from more Walgreens/CVS locations, I can’t think of a single franchise South City needs less of than Dollar General and its ilk.

Cool stuff. Powell Welinder & Sims Flagship reissues, Mat Hoffman Head First on Youtube, mornings with Jane, turn off autoplay, Justice Department to probe Ferguson police force, power tools.

Thursday soundtrack. Adolescents, D.I., Rolling Stones, Red Fang, MDC, Teen Idles, Deep Wound, The Freeze, Die Kreuzen, Black Sabbath.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

september third

Five for September 3rd:

Iron Maiden Powerslave. 30 years ago today, one of the best albums ever was released. Never mind the fact that 4/8 songs are forgettable filler- the other four are so timeless and amazing that it doesn’t matter.

Everyday Tyson. In the last couple of days, the blog has exploded in new followers, 30 and 40 at a time. I hadn’t posted anything in a couple of weeks, so why that is happening is anyone’s guess. Go figure.

Flight of the Conchords. The swirling rumors of Jemaine and Bret returning to HBO for a four-episode encore were debunked before I finished my first cup of coffee this morning, which is a bummer.

Cool stuff. Homemade enchiladas, Columbia Roast Vias, first haul of new wood for the back deck, Freestylin’ USA, Salton Sea photography.

Kentucky Knife Fight. Our old friends (and arch enemies) announced their final show yesterday, which will take place in November at Off Broadway. We played a lot of shows together over the years, including some mega-memorable NYE gigs. I’ll miss those dudes holding it down. See you at the show.