Friday, February 26, 2010

february twenty-sixth

Five for February 26th:

Tomorrow night at the Firebird. It’s the first Blind Eyes show there in a good long while. It’d be great to see everyone out!

Groceries. We bought groceries while hungry last night, which is never a good idea. Luckily it didn’t get too out of control. As a side note, the massive Italian foods section of the Schnucks on the Hill is dangerously awesome.

Sunlight. Our apartment faces east to west (as opposed to most apartments in the area that face north to south) and has four huge windows in the living room, so we get a ton of sunlight in the mornings. It’s great, and actually somewhat motivating.

The day the Boner died. Today is a sad day for Growing Pains fans everywhere.

Hoodie. Anyone know where to get a black hoodie that doesn’t suck? Mine is falling apart, but I can’t find a cool one anywhere.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

february twenty-fifth

Five for February 25th:

Leftovers. Ate Lisa’s leftover CPK, which I had intended to save for lunch, for breakfast. I couldn’t help it. Pear and gorgonzola won the fight.

“ZOMG” and “nom noms”. Two phrases I really, truly, passionately despise. Especially “non noms”. Please never use that term in my presence, unless you want me to think you’re a genuinely stupid person.

Sleep. Slept really well for the first time last night in the new apartment. This probably had more to do with work/studio burnout than anything.

Iron Maiden. I learned yesterday that my all-time favorite band is recording a new album this year. I can’t wait to hear it. I’ve liked everything they’ve done since Bruce and Adrian returned to the fold.

Laundry. Need to do it. I’m down to my last two pair of reserve boxer shorts. Luckily, we have on-site laundry now.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

february twenty-fourth

Five for February 24th:

French press. We made coffee with the French press today. I wish there was some way to make French press-grade coffee with the ease of a standard programmable coffee maker. Is there such a thing?

Cats. Lisa’s cats, Walter and Hazel, will be moving in soon. We started researching Roombas to counter the cat hair epidemic that is about to descend on us, but those things are crazy expensive, even used.

Studio. Got pretty much all the remaining guitar work done last night. Going back tonight to start on vocals. It’s actually starting to sound like an album now, which is encouraging.

Las Palmas. Grabbed some dinner there with Seth last night before recording. Despite working in spitting distance of that place for years, I actually hadn’t been in there for a very long time, since the last time we recorded as the Gentleman Callers. It was a lot better than I remember.

Cool interview. There is a really good joint interview with Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton in the new issue of Rolling Stone, which I receive for free at work. They talk about old Yardbirds-era rivalries and such. It’s super interesting, but then again, I am a total sucker for this kind of thing.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

february twenty-third

Five for February 23rd:

Homemade pizza. I don’t know why we ever bother to get frozen pizzas. Homemade pizzas are so much better, and they take hardly any time to make. Lisa’s pesto/zucchini pizza last night was a work of art.

The Tudors. Started watching this last night. Pretty good so far, but massive fail in the subtitles department. As in, there aren’t any.

Apartment. We’re getting used to the layout, water pressure, amount of sunlight, and other nuances of the new place. It’s going to be great when everything is done. Can’t wait until spring when we can use the balcony.

Studio action. Heading back to Firebrand tonight for more work on the album. Finishing up guitars, starting on vocals and whatever else.

Stuff I don’t need anymore. I have a nice vintage orange couch and a pink 50’s style kitchen table with 2 chairs. Neither is in perfect condition by any stretch, but they’re in fine working order. Free to whoever wants them, but you have to pick them up, and it has to be sometime between now and the end of March.

Monday, February 22, 2010

february twenty-second

Five for February 22nd:

Moved. This weekend was spent moving pretty much the entire time, and a lot of it in cold, pissing rain. We got a lucky break in the weather when we got to STL and were able to get pretty much everything inside without getting wet. I was so wiped out last night I couldn’t even think straight. We got a lot done, however, and now we just have my stuff to move over the next month. The worst is over.

Friends. Thanks to Rob, Stefanie, Sarah, Nate, Rebecca, Tom, Seth, and Josh for helping out. We definitely could not have done it without you. Well, we could have, but it would have completely sucked.

Direct deposit. Still not happening as of this week, but at least we know in advance. It shouldn’t really be this difficult to make this happen, should it?

Still sick. I thought I was all over my cold, but apparently not. I now have a crazy, throaty cough that crept up out of nowhere, and is doing a great job of making me miserable.

Olympics. I don’t really care too much about the Olympics, but it’s cool that the U.S. is doing so well.

Friday, February 19, 2010

february nineteenth

Five for February 19th:

Lease. We’re signing the lease on our new south-side pad tonight! Housewarming party to come sometime in March or April.

Match. Match meat substitute is just the best thing ever. I don’t know what else to say about it. Don’t believe me? Try the Juniata burger at the Royale or the meatball pizza at the Schlafly Bottleworks.

Popcorn Machine. We have one in our office now. An old school, movie theater style popcorn machine. It’s awesome, and makes the whole place smell like a circus, minus the elephant feces.

My stereo fixed itself. I thought it got toasted following that random power outage the other night. The screen was all garbled and none of the buttons responded. I unplugged it a few times and nothing happened. So, I unplugged it for a day, plugged it in last night, and everything worked. Go figure.

Sickness. That cold I had last week came and went without incident, but now it feels like I’m losing my voice. I’m ready for this winter to be over with.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

february eighteenth

Five for February 18th:

Sandrina’s. Best bar food in St. Louis, hands down. The vegetarian toasted ravioli is second to none. They also have a haunted jukebox. I love that place.

Catalog photo. Had my picture snapped this morning for the new catalog that will hopefully be coming out soon?

Mariokart. Lisa beat me this morning with a last second surge at the mouth of the Grumble Volcano. I can accept this defeat. Dale Earnkardt, Jr. may not be perfect, but he’s damn close.

Neil Hamburger and the Gossip. They’re both coming to Firebird, and I’m looking forward to both shows.

Dairugger Jumbo Machinder. I will someday get one. There are only a small contingent of uber-nerds that will read this and know what I’m talking about.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

february seventeenth

Five for February 17th:

100 posts. I hit 100 posts yesterday. That’s not really much of a milestone, given it should more than double this year alone if I keep up this “five” theme.

Drums. I am sick of the drums that I practice on. They don't stand up to my normal kit, and each week they're becoming more unconfortable to play on. Maybe I should sell them and practice on my normal setup. It would make more sense at this point, although I enjoy the convenience of having a live-in practice kit. But the ability to practice on a good kit and have the spare space in the apartment might make a worthwhile trade-off.

Jeff City. Lisa is in Jefferson City today schmoozing with Missouri senators in the effort to end domestic violence. Pretty cool.

Moving day. It’s this Sunday! We need people to help us unload a truck. Give me a call if you can help out, there may be some beer and pizza in it for you. And it should really only take an hour or so.

Shrimp soup. It’s in my future. I brought a tofurky sandwich today, but I’m not excited for it. May have to bite the bullet.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

february sixteenth

Five for February 16th:

Power outage. There was a random power outage in the middle of the night last night around 3 am that lasted a minute or so. I know this, because I rely so heavily on the fan to sleep that too much quiet wakes me up. I somehow mustered enough brainpower to reset my alarm clock, though, but apparently not enough to turn it back on, so I still overslept.

Linkedin. I’ve been on Linkedin for years and have absolutely no idea what it is used for or why I’m on there. It has to be the most uninteresting thing on the Internet, next to Foursquare, which is considerably dumber than Linkedin.

Live After Death. The DVD of Iron Maiden’s Live After Death, and especially the special features on it, is the best thing ever. I pretty much can’t stop watching it. When do we get an official DVD release of “Maiden England”, though?

Free drum heads. Evans sent all the drummers at my workplace some free heads to check out, which was very cool of them. I’ve been a Remo guy for a long time, but I’ll definitely check them out on my practice kit. Still, I don’t see them holding a candle to my Vintage Emperors and Powerstroke 3.

Dixie Square Mall. My obsession with the crumbling Dixie Square Mall (the abandoned mall that the chase scene in Blues Brothers was filmed in) hasn’t dwindled in the slightest, even as the structure itself steadily deteriorates. I really want to go check it out before it’s completely gone.

Monday, February 15, 2010

february fifteenth

Five for February 15th:

Sasha’s Wine Bar in Tower Grove. This place has the best fireplace in town. It’s worth going, in spite of the fact that their shitty management fired my friend Steve a few months back.

Big move. We start moving Lisa from Como to STL next weekend. I’m really hoping it doesn’t snow. Who wants to help us move some crap on Sunday?

Movie night. Watched X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Up last night. Lisa’s nerdy knowledge of the X-Men surprised me. Too bad Gambit was kinda lame, as he’s one of my all time favorites. Up was good enough, but not as great as I was expecting.

Drum work. Got the drums out on Saturday and re-dialed them in from top to bottom. Replaced the kick side head that had been on there since I bought the kit, threw on some muffling felt, re-marked everything, and even polished the shells. Ready to rock.

Guitar Center. I stopped by GC while out flyering on Saturday for the show on the 27th. I was only there for about 5 minutes but heard enough crappily-played Zeppelin riffs and “Neil Peart rocks” conversation jammed into my head to last a lifetime.

Friday, February 12, 2010

february twelfth

Five for February 12th:

Knockoff. If I had $400 laying around to drop on my co-worker’s Rickenbacker 350 knockoff, I would. But, I don’t. Plus in reality, I need to get rid of guitars, not obtain more.

Summer skate sessions. I’m really want to get people together this summer for some old-school skate sessions. My ’87 Vision Gonz is itching for action. I just need to find a good concrete drainage ditch and some Bones Brigade sweatpants.

Studio update. Seth got a bunch of guitar stuff done last night, including some backwards-guitar stuff that may or may not make the cut. We’re one step closer to being finished, though, which is awesome.

Paycheck fail. The direct deposit that was supposed to start today apparently didn’t. Why am I not surprised?

Wii. We’re getting a bit burned out on MarioKart Wii. It may be time to give it a rest. Anyone have any good 2-player Wii games they can recommend?

Thursday, February 11, 2010

february eleventh

Five for February 11th:

iPod. I’ve had my iPod now for 4 years and I just this morning figured out that it did something I had no idea it did. I’m not usually this slow.

Tissues with lotion. It’s the only way to go when you have a cold. Your nose will thank you.

Fishburger. The salmon burger at Royale was awesome. I want them to have it all the time. If only they had coffee stout on tap.

Bullet train. I really, really want this high-speed bullet train from St. Louis to Chicago to happen. It’s been talked about for years, and there are whispers that it might actually come to fruition. How awesome would that be?

Google Buzz. It’s pointless and riddled with issues. A friend of mine got to read his first piece of Google "Buzz" this morning, and it was someone's private Gchat conversation. I’m already done with it. I only need so much social networking in my life, anyway.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

february tenth

Five for February 10th:

Ali G: I just watched the first season of “Da Ali G Show”, and it’s great. I had always meant to watch it, but just never did for whatever reason. I picked it up on DVD on clearance at the newly closing Hollywood Video at Chippewa and Hampton, along with a copy of Ocean’s 11. Score.

Dentist. Time to make an appointment. I’ve been avoiding getting my last wisdom tooth extracted for a while, but better just get it over with.

In the studio. Go check out the new RFT feature on my band, online now. It features a short interview with yours truly, and several awesome pictures you shouldn’t miss.

Bioshock. I really wish I could play first-person shooter video games without getting motion sickness, because I thought Bioshock was awesome and would love to be able to play Bioshock 2. Maybe some Dramamine would help?

Getting sick. I can feel a cold or something coming on, and I don’t like it. Feeling like crap kept me from doing a couple of things last night I really wanted to do. I can’t stand feeling too weak to go do stuff.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

february ninth

Five for February 9th:

Cod & Cask Festival. The annual fish n’ chips fest at Schlafly was fun, but insanely crowded and a bit overpriced. Hard to justify dropping 22 bucks (for 2 people) on a cardboard tray of fried cod and fries which you have to eat standing up and/or sitting on the floor. They should lower the price next year, and get more seating. The fact that the Tap Room is now non-smoking was a nice touch.

Getting the (hardcore) band back together. This SNL skit featuring Dave Grohl, Fred Armisen, and others is the best thing Saturday Night Live has done in years.

Road conditions. They’re worse than I thought they’d be. Kingshighway was an icy mess this morning. Hope some of it melts away today. Still, hard to complain when there are people with 60 inches of snow to contend with.

Henry Rollins. It’s no secret I’m a huge Henry Rollins fan. This short article by him is funny and right on.

Next phase. Going in to the studio with Seth on Thursday to work on overdubs and such. Everything is moving at a good pace, hopefully we’ll have this project put to bed soon.

Monday, February 8, 2010

february eighth

Five for February 8th:

The Blind Eyes at Off Broadway. We had an awesome first show of the year. It was certainly the most people we’ve ever played to at Off Broadway, possibly anywhere. It also didn’t hurt that it was a free show. People came out in droves despite the slush on the ground and everything! Thanks to all my friends who showed up. Hope no one got stranded outside.

Breakfast pizza. The breakfast pizza at Benton Park Café is great. Substitute spinach for the meat and throw in a bloody mary. It’s not too expensive, either.

Stupid people. If you want to get your recommended daily allowance of morons, look no further than the Brentwood Trader Joe’s parking lot on any weekend morning. The parking lot’s incredibly poor design and narrow aisles compound their stupidity. There were some weird and annoying characters at World Café also. I wanted to go on a punching spree at certain points this weekend.

Avocados. They aren’t in season. It took the hammer of Thor and the brute force of the Incredible Hulk to make guacamole for the super bowl party. Luckily, I have both.

Party. Super bowl party was fun. I didn’t really care who won, but I was sorta glad it was the Saints. The food was great, and the giant cupcakes put me over the edge.

Friday, February 5, 2010

february fifth

Five for February 5th:

Apartment. Looks like we’re probably going to be taking that new place I’ve been going on about. It’s really cool and, while it certainly has its drawbacks, they’re minimal compared to its good points.

Last pumpkin muffin. Just ate it.

Facebook redesign. Another totally unnecessary redesign of the Facebook home page. It isn't terrible, but why not just leave well enough alone? Facebook’s problems are not in the design of the homepage, they’re in the fact that it is incredibly slow and often works at a snail pace.

Snow. Another prediction for an inch of snow and St. Louis is once again freaking out. People are getting a foot of snow in the northeast and we’re all worried about an inch. Get over yourselves.

Casual Friday. It’s every day at my job. I did the “business casual” thing for awhile there and couldn’t stand it. I’m a firm believer that dressing uncomfortably makes you far less productive.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

february fourth

Five for February 4th:

Maniac mansion. The apartment we looked at last night was huge. It was also dim, depressing, and had all the personality of a haunted medieval labyrinth. No thanks.

Camping. We’re already planning to do a lot more of it this summer. Just looking at pictures from our last few trips has me excited for it.

Super Sunday. Is there anything going on?

Mariokart Wii. Early morning victory by Dale Earnkardt, Jr. Extra salt rubbed in the wound by expert reverse launch of green shell, placement of banana.

Flyers. I made some fast flyers for the show on the 27th at Firebird, and they actually don’t look half bad. Sometimes I can really make windows paint work; I’ve got to admit.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

february third

Five for February 3rd:

Ravioli. It’s all I ate yesterday. I’m good for the rest of 2010.

Practice. We had a normal practice last night for the first time in awhile. Surprisingly, we didn’t forget all the old songs we hadn’t played in the few months since we started really buckling down on new stuff for the new album. Friday’s show should be a good one.

More apartments. Going to look at more places tonight, including a 3 bedroom pad right off South Grand. Hopefully it’s as cool as the other place we looked at, because it would be pretty rad to be in walking distance of so much.

Queen. Who has a copy of the Live Aid DVD they can burn for me?

Car trouble. I’m glad to know my Yaris is apparently unaffected by this massive recall of Toyotas with faulty accelerators. So far, it’s been a great and reliable ride.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

february second

Five for February 2nd:

Rad apartment. Lisa and I looked at a really great apartment in south city yesterday. The location isn’t the coolest, but also not the worst. I think the pros are outweighing the cons on this one.

Mangia. Had dinner at Mangia Italiano last night for the first time in well over a year. The goat cheese ravioli was good, but the butternut squash ravioli won the battle.

Rock show. The Blind Eyes are playing a rock show this Friday at Off Broadway. It’s free, and our first one of the decade. Looking forward to many more.

iPod. I had to leave my iPod at home yesterday to charge. Work is a lot harder without a constant stream of Iron Maiden, Elvis Costello and the Faint to occupy the dead air.

Rough mixes. Got the CD of rough mixes back from Brian yesterday on all the stuff we did over the weekend. I’m happy to report that it’s awesome.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Five for February 1st:

Album is underway. Well, for the most part. Basic tracking is done on all 13 songs. My hands hurt from 48 hours of drumming, but it was worth it. Looking forward to getting the rest of it finished.

Wiped out. The studio is a time vortex. One minute it’s 2:30 in the afternoon and sunny, the next minute it’s 8 pm and freezing. Recording is fun but it takes a lot out of you.

Rolling Stones, 1979. Got a bootleg of the Stones on King Biscuit in ’79. It’s alright, but damn, they did not keep Ron Wood in check in those days. He’s soloing all over everything, and it’s not good.

Donuts. The box of donuts on the conference room table at the office this morning made my day. I’m a closet donut lover.

Jesse is an ass. There are a million available rental properties in St. Louis. You’d think someone expressing an interest in your unit would at least motivate you enough to get out of bed in time to make your appointment, or answer your calls. This is apparently not the case with “Elgin LLC”, who didn’t bother to show up to show us an apartment on Saturday. Stay away from this guy.