Friday, October 29, 2010

october twenty-ninth

Five for October 29th:

Weekend. Finally. Although, I have to say, it seems like this week blew by. There is so much stuff happening this weekend, it’s insane. Too much to possibly do it all. We’ll see what we end up doing.

Halloween. Still have no idea what we’re going to be. We thought we had it nailed down, but alas. We’ll figure something out. This happens every year. It probably happens to about 90% of humanity.

Savings account. I really need to open one, but the idea of going into the bank and actually doing it makes me tired for some reason.

Afghanistan. Check out this totally amazing collection of photos from Afghanistan in the 1960s. It’s shocking to see how far that country has fallen.

Work. It’s popcorn day at work. Also, Scott is dressed like Barf from Spaceballs.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

october twenty-eighth

Five for October 28th:

Jacket weather. This morning was the first time I’ve stepped out of the house and officially been cold. Luckily, I was wearing my sweet, fur-lined Sherpa jacket.

Grand Theft Auto IV. I am going to go on record as saying this is officially my favorite game of all time, ekeing out the original Legend of Zelda. Certainly my favorite video game series of all time with a bullet (no pun intended). Lisa doesn’t like it.

King and I. Rad vegetable pad thai and vegetarian potstickers last night, plus we got a seat in my favorite section. I kind of regret not getting the Fog Cutter in a tiki mug. Thanks, Groupon!

Tower Grove Park. In the fall, Tower Grove Park is the most scenic spot in the city, bar none. Went for a long walk last night with Lisa. That place is amazing. Downsides: we didn’t have a dog to walk, and we didn’t see the coyote.

Mi Ranchito. Looks like it’s going to be that kind of day, despite the fact that I brought a (fake) ham & swiss sandwich. I’ll eat it tomorrow.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

october twenty-seventh

Five for October 27th:

Schlafly Coffee Stout. A blurry, Bigfoot-like picture surfaced yesterday of bottles of coffee stout rolling through the bottling line at Schlafly. This, my friends, is what I have been waiting for.

Tonight. Lisa and I both have the evening free. A trip to King & I to cash in on our most recent Groupon purchase may be in the cards.

Kittens. The last few times we’ve been at Milo’s, there have been a bunch of stray kittens wandering around. They’re totally scared of people, but are definitley not too shy to gobble up scraps of food. Hopefully they survive the winter.

Weekend plans. Going to check out the Lemp Mansion bar on Friday night and probably Royale on Saturday for Halloween. This will be our first trip to the Lemp Mansion. Lisa is hoping to see some floating orbs. Then kicking it north county-style on Sunday.

Skating. Every day I can’t wait to get home and go practice ollies in the parking lot across from my apartment, and every day I get home and have too much to do. Or I just get lazy.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

october twenty-sixth

Five for October 26th:

Video gaming. Finally bit the bullet and bought a refurbished Xbox 360 yesterday. I’d been without a working system for probably 7 months now, but winter is GTA season, and it’s just around the corner. I can now play online, too, which is something I wasn’t able to do before. As a side note, the cats have also been enjoying the box it came in. Everybody wins.

Stormy night. I rarely get woken up by bad weather during the night, but that was not the case last night. Luckily, we didn’t lose power.

Band. Practicing tonight. We have about 3 new songs in various stages of semi-completion, so we’ll have something to work on. Probably head to Milo’s afterward to take advantage of fall patio weather.

Hanging out in DeSoto. Good times seeing Rebecca, Nate, and baby Oliver in DeSoto over the weekend. He's getting big.

Old style. I still have customers that actually mail me in their hand-written orders. Just a couple, but you have to wonder if they don’t realize this is 2010.

Monday, October 25, 2010

october twenty-fifth

Five for October 25th:

Weekend shows. Thanks to everyone who came out to our show on Saturday night at the Pageant. Total fun. That place runs like a well-oiled machine, it’s pretty intense. Also, congrats to Via Dove on a killer show on Friday. Got to see Old Lights for the first time as well, and they were great.

Weather. Seriously, 80 degrees on Saturday? It felt like summer when we were loading our gear out. It was balmy yesterday, too. I’ll take it.

Pumpkins. Carved. I think I do a pretty good job stenciling faces on pumpkins, if I do say so myself. We roasted pumpkin seeds as well, which turned out awesome.

Halloween. As usual, it’s the week before halloween and we’re still trying to figure out costumes and where we’re going to go. Chances are we’ll end up at the Way Out for the Livers show, but who knows?

Firebrand Open House. Went out to Brian’s open house at the studio for awhile on Saturday afternoon. Seemed like a good turnout, and word on the street is it got better as the day wore on. Plus, there were free brownies and 7-Up.

Friday, October 22, 2010

october twenty-second

Five for October 22nd:

Payday. It’s today, thankfully. Does this mean I get to go out for lunch today? Yes. I believe it does.

Local shows. Going to be a fun weekend of music, despite the rainy forecast. Via Dove album release at Off Broadway tonight, and we’re at the Pageant on Saturday. Hope to see you all out there!

Skate Shop. Just got word through the Twitter grapevine that a new “old school” skate shop is potentially going to be opening soon in St. Louis. This, if true, would be completely awesome.

Sandrina’s. It’s one of my favorite places to go in the fall/winter. Great comfort food and a cool bar. Downside: kinda weird in there during the day. Wait till nightfall, and then go get some vegetarian chili and a smoked trout slider.

Coffee. Trader Joe’s New Mexico Pinon coffee is amazingly tasty, but I just wish it packed some more punch. I just need to stick with something a little stronger in the mornings.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

october twenty-first

Five for October 21st:

David Cross. Watched “Bigger and Blackerer” last night. It was great to hear some more current David Cross stuff, and it’s probably the best he’s ever been. I also watched “Nothing But Trouble”, which is a totally awesome and underrated movie. As you can probably guess, I didn’t end up doing much last night. Feeling like crap sucks.

Road trip. We’re talking about possibly getting out of town next weekend. Need to get out of STL for a little bit, but we just need to figure out a way to do it on the cheap.

December shows. Getting a couple of shows lined up in December with our friends the ACBs from Kansas City. Excited to play with them again and check out their new album.

Nyquil. It’s a wonderful, wonderful thing. Cherry cough drops? Not so much. Gotta stick with the Eucalyptus.

Airsoft. Why do I want to buy an Airsoft M16 and shoot cans? Lisa is not excited about this prospect.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

october twentieth

Five for October 20th:

Sophie. So, unfortunately, things didn’t work out with Sophie. She was a great dog, but couldn’t be left alone without totally losing her mind. Since we live in an apartment building, we had to be conscious of our neighbors. We’re sad to report we had to return her to her foster mom, but we’re happy to report she’s already into a new home. If we had a house and didn’t have to worry about neighbors, it would’ve been a different story. We already miss her.

Missing blog post. With all the Sophie craziness yesterday, and having to come in to work late and basically scramble to catch up with everything in the couple of hours I had, there was no time to post anything. This is the first non-vacation related time I’ve missed posting for a long while. I promise I won’t make a habit of it.

Practice. Had an awesome practice last night. At least, it felt that way to me. Looking forward to the Pageant show on Saturday. I’m also looking forward to getting the new record released so we can play some new songs.

Weather. It’s supposed to be back in the seventies today. Best fall ever. Too bad I have a cough that surfaces every night and won’t go away.

Psychic Kids. Watched the first season. Pretty awesome show, I have to say. Watching that show before going to bed definitely gives you the heebie-jeebies a bit.

Monday, October 18, 2010

october eighteenth

Five for October 18th:

Sophie. We got a dog yesterday. She is a Schnauzer/poodle mix. She’s well-behaved, house/crate trained, and incredibly cute. We got her from a rescue group, which was something that was pretty important to Lisa and I. Now we just have to train her to get over her separation anxiety issues.

Weekend. Good times hanging out on Cherokee Saturday morning. It was cool walking into Black Bear and hearing “Modernity” being played over the house stereo. Got some pumpkins at Soulard, and hit a party in the evening followed by drinks at Silver Ballroom.

Xbox. I really want to get my Xbox 360 fixed or replaced soon. If I can’t wile away the winter months playing Grand Theft Auto, I don’t know what I’ll do.

Rock show. As you know, we have a show at the Pageant this Saturday night. I would really love to see all of you there. It’s a big room and the more people we can get out there, the better.

Compilation tracks. Got a copy of the latest (and apparently last) Space Parlour Live CD, and it’s really awesome. Our re-mixed tracks sound great, and the rest of it is amazing. Go pick one up and support KDHX.

Friday, October 15, 2010

october fifteenth

Five for October 15th:

Long night in the studio. Somewhere in the middle of about 6 straight hours of dick and fart jokes, we were able to squeeze in some recording and actually managed to hammer out a ton of stuff. We’re getting very close to being done. I know I keep saying that, but it’s really true.

Sleep. I got almost none last night. Didn’t get in until 12:30 or so and could not switch my brain off. I think I fell asleep somewhere around 2 and woke up before my alarm went off at 6:30. Coffee (and the prospect of the weekend) is the only thing keeping me alive right now.

Tonight at Firebird. CD release party for the 2010 “Space Parlour Live” compilation, on which my band has 2 songs, both recorded in the cozy confines of the KDHX studio. Go pick one up!

Weekend. Looking forward to sleeping in tomorrow, and watching the newest season of “How I Met Your Mother” with Lisa. If you hate on that show, you have no soul. Also, we will ride some bikes this weekend if it’s the last thing we do. Non-fun events will include taking our recycling to the bins and potentially getting my tire patched.

Recovered goods. My brother got his stuff back. It was his punk-ass downstairs neighbors who robbed him. An attentive cop on a follow-up spotted his stolen bass drum in the apartment and busted them red-handed.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

october fourteenth

Five for October 14th:

Self defense. I’ve learned a valuable lesson: if you relentlessly attack a potential cold with a juggernaut of vitamin C, cold medicine, and hot tea, you can actually beat it to the punch before it gets you. The secret is going at it hard the day you feel it coming on.

Recording. This evening should be one of our last excursions to Firebrand for this record. If we get the stuff done tonight that we need to, we’ll pretty much just have mixing left.

Crab legs. We got them last night for the first time in months, and yes, they were awesome.

Carl Paladino is a jackass. What an incredible douchebag. It truly is like the Onion is writing this election cycle. Not that I’m actually surprised by the douchiness of any Tea Party candidate. It’s just par for the course.

Black Roses. Tonight, Apop Records is showing one of my all time favorite cheesy horror movies, Black Roses, for their free movie night. I’d definitely go if I wasn’t going to be in the studio. It has a soundtrack by Lizzy Borden, and totally rules. You should go see it. Lisa loves it.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

october thirteenth

Five for October 13th:

Getting sick. Started getting a sort throat yesterday, and was generally feeling crappy and achey all day. I picked up some Emergen-C and other meds on the way home and firebombed my immune system with 3000 grams of vitamin C before practice. Needless to say, while not 100% right now, I’m feeling much better than I did.

Skate videos. I’ve determined that watching at least 15 minutes of old-school skate videos before work makes a workday much cooler right off the bat.

Good practice. Practice last night felt much better than last week, plus we played a few songs from the new album that we hadn’t messed with in awhile and they sounded great. Looking forward to the studio tomorrow.

Fall. The trees outside our apartment are totally yellow. The street is starting to get loaded with leaves. I’m still amazed at how quickly fall came on this year. Of course, we’re still having regular 80-degree days.

Snooze. My new alarm clock is a way bigger piece of crap than my old one. The plastic is so brittle, it might as well be made of saltines. The worst part? The snooze is only 5 minutes long, instead of the industry-standard 10 minutes. Maybe I need to drop some real money on a good one.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

october twelfth

Five for October 12th:

Promotion. Hit up the loop and south grand with posters for the Pageant show yesterday. Going to try to get down to Cherokee today before practice. Also: our name is on the marquee at the Pageant, which I find exceedingly awesome.

Iced coffee. I got one last night after work and it totally wired me for the rest of the evening, to the point where I was totally restless (ask Lisa). Going to have to do that more often.

Mediterranean pita at Royale. It’s awesome with Match chicken substitute, grilled zucchini, and a moscow mule. In case you were wondering.

Public Domain. There’s no better way to start the day than with a viewing of the Saiz/Barbee/Sanderson/Thomas segment of Public Domain (Bones Brigade Video 4).

Box fan fail. Our one line of defense against all-night meowing and door-scratching died the other day. I went to Target to get a new box fan and they’re out of stock? How does that happen?

Monday, October 11, 2010

october eleventh

Five for October 11th:

Overload. Friday’s seemingly endless activities coupled with lack of food completely wore me out and I slept till noon on Saturday, which is the first time I’ve done that in years. I couldn’t actually get in gear until about 4 pm. I haven’t been that wiped out in as long as I can remember.

Cool shows. Our show on Friday with forgetters was great, and it was cool seeing Union Tree Review at Beth Bombara’s listening party for her new album at Foam the following evening. That record will be amazing, and I can’t wait to get my copy of it when it comes out.

Band stuff. Practice Tuesday and heading back to the studio on Thursday to begin the last little bit of the record. Also: the second review we’ve had reffering to us as “Architecture Rock”. I can dig it. I’m flattered that anyone has gone to such lengths to research a song of ours. Lastly: tickets for our show at the Pageant on October 23rd are now available! Get in touch and I’ll send you some.

Birthday present. Got my belated birthday gift from my brother last night: the complete Bones Brigade DVD boxed set. Stayed up late last night watching Bones Brigade Video Show, plus the Animal Chin documentary and outtakes. Too awesome for words.

Grilling out. Went to Whole Foods yesterday (where we saw a real live goat in the parking lot) and got a totally awesome salmon fillet, which we promptly took over to Mary and Keith’s for grilling. It was the best thing ever.

Friday, October 8, 2010

october eighth

Five for October 8th:

Rock show tonight. Nothing like a good show to look forward to on a sunny Friday morning. We’re playing tonight at Cicero’s. I guarantee a fun time. Only 8 bucks, plus you get to see a the legendary Blake Schwarzenbach play in a small, crowded room. Seriously, dudes.

Best party ever. The party last night at the City Museum was one of the best I’ve ever been to. The whole place was rented out and open only to the small gathering of about 40-50 people. There was an open bar. We climbed all over the place and ate a ton of awesome food and candy. Unbeatable.

Lunch. Going to either La Pizza or Mi Ranchito for Terra Jo’s birthday today. Win.

Weekend. Are we looking at the last “nice” weekend of the year? Supposed to be up in the 80’s. We’ll have to take advantage of it.

Bikes. I officially want a mountain bike. Ever since we hiked the Castlewood trail a few weeks back, I haven’t been able to get my mind off buying one. Also, my friend Greg said he's building me a BMX which I may take to ramp riders and make a fool out of myself on.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

october seventh

Five for October 7th:

Brussels Sprouts. I had some last night for the first time in my life. They were actually pretty good. They might have tasted better than I was expecting just due to the fact that I was watching Evil Dead 2 while eating them.

City Museum. It’s all happening tonight. Can’t wait to get my crawl/climb on. This will be my first time truly experiencing the city museum without having to worry about my glasses falling off of my face and into oblivion.

New album. We’re in the final stretch. Seth finished the lyrics to one of the last songs this week. Going to try to get into Firebrand this month to get it done and start the mixing process. It’s already taken too long, so far as I’m concerned. I’ll be happy to get this behind us.

The Greenhornes. Excited about their new album and tour. Hopefully they’ll hit St. Louis or somewhere nearby. The free download they posted is excellent.

Coffee. While I did stop into Starbucks on the way to work for something a little stronger than office brew, I did not purchase a Pumpkin Spice latte.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

october sixth

Five for October 6th:

Concert action. Word on the street is, the show at Cicero’s on Friday could sell out. Presales have been good. We’ll see. Either way, I want to see all my friends there, so if you’re going to go, come early. We play first.

Practice. Every once in awhile I feel like I’m fighting my drums at practice and not playing well. Last night was one of those nights. Just have to get over it. Luckily, these practices are pretty few and far between.

Hanging out. It was cool seeing the crew last night at Milo’s and eating Lisa’s cheese fries. Pretty soon, it’ll be too cold to go sit outside anymore, which is a bummer.

Skeleton crew. One of my coworkers’ last day is today. Our meager group is shrinking a bit at a time and there doesn’t seem to be any urgency to get it back up to snuff, which is a bit disconcerting with the holiday season coming quickly.

Friends in town. Looking forward to hanging out at the City Muesum with Como friends tomorrow evening and climbing around on stuff. However, not excited about cleaning our apartment tonight in anticipation of having guests over.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

october fifth

Five for October 5th:

Rock practice. Excited. I feel like I haven’t played my drums in forever. Also, picking up tickets for our Pageant show tonight. They’re free. Hit me up.

Sun Chips. It is amazing to me that American consumers would actually stoop so low as to request the discontinuation of biodegradable Sun Chip bags in favor of non-biodegradable bags that are “less noisy”. Weak. I personally thought the loud bags were awesome.

Tofu. Trader Joe’s has a smoked tofu that is truly one of the best things ever. Especially on a skewer with peppers, onions, and zucchini.

Alarm clock. Apparently, I have beaten my alarm clock to death. Constant half-asleep snooze button poundings in the morning have cracked the face of the clock and rendered the “alarm” feature useless. Ohwell, it was $4.99.

Zelda update. I found the map for level 9. Now, all I need is the red ring, the magic key, the compass, and the silver-tipped arrows, and the dark lord Ganon will be my bitch.

Monday, October 4, 2010

october fourth

Five for October 4th:

Cold weather. It’s offically getting cold out. The jump from summer to fall this year really came on strong and fast. Still, the days are nice, and I like a good crisp fall evening. I won’t start really complaining until the sub-zero temperatures kick in.

Rock show this Friday. Rehearsal tomorrow night for our show at Cicero’s this Friday. We’re opening for Blake Schwarzenbach’s new band, forgetters, which is pretty exciting. You should come!

Taste of St. Louis. Ate some awesome black bean empanadas and had some of the best cheesecake of all time from Hank’s. It was on a stick. Speaking of good food, Lisa’s butternut squash and black bean casserole last night was completely amazing.

30 Rock. We started watching season 4 over the weekend. I think that show will go down in history as one of the best sitcoms ever if they don’t screw it up.

Legend of Zelda. I’ve been replaying the original Legend of Zelda off and on for a few months and am now on the final labyrinth. I need to get the red uniform, though, because that level is freaking impossible without it. I can’t remember where to get it and I don’t want to google it.

Friday, October 1, 2010

october first

Five for October 1st:

Long morning. I started out October by waking up early to get to work for a meeting, then bolting across town for a doctor’s appointment, then back to the office. Now to get caught up.

Danzig. This picture of Danzig wearing a Danzig shirt buying kitty litter makes me extremely happy.

Weekend. Only a few short (or possibly long) hours away. Highlights should include, in no particular order: Tight Pants Syndrome CD release at Off Broadway, Taste of St. Louis with Lisa’s family, riding bikes, bloody marys at Rooster, trying to sleep late, and getting a veritable ton of food at Trader Joe’s.

Cats. Hazel is driving us insane with her meowing at night. We might have to give locking them in the kitchen another shot, because I can’t take any more 4 am shrieking wake-ups. What would Danzig do?

Lo-Fi Sessions. It’s not like it’s overwhelming or anything, but I’m really surprised by how much press this video has received. I’m glad so many people like it. Maybe we need to start doing some acoustic sets.