Tuesday, March 29, 2011

march twenty-ninth

Five for March 29th:

New Orleans trip. Tomorrow we head south toward the sunnier and warmer climes of New Orleans. No blogging for Wednesday, but I’ll try to do a couple on NOLA themed updates on Thursday and Friday. Thanks to Josh for watching the pad and cats while we’re gone, and Mary and Keith for Henrysitting.

Escape From New York. Watched it last night for the first time in forever. That movie is still totally awesome and visually stunning, albeit a bit on the cheesy side. The cast cannot be touched, and the scenes that were filmed in St. Louis make me grin.

Loufest. The 2011 lineup was announced this morning, and it’s pretty awesome. Definitely more on the indie side and less on the twangy side this year, which is awesome. The only band I’m super stoked on is the Roots, but all in all a totally solid lineup. Hats off.

Cold weather. It’s cold outside. Like, very cold. It’s bumming me out. My hands were frozen this morning after walking Henry. Spring: I want you back.

Bocce. Tonight is the first night of bocce at Milo’s, although I doubt we’ll be attending as we have a ton of stuff to do to get ready to go out of town. Still, Tuesday nights on the patio at Milo’s mean nice weather is coming. I can dig it.

Monday, March 28, 2011

march twenty-eighth

Five for March 28th:

Saturday. It got off to a good start with breakfast pizza and bloody marys and Benton Park Café, but quickly got demoralizing with the onset of a bunch of snow. Still, it was fun walking Henry in it. We got out of the house and met up with friends at Bleeding Deacon in the evening for drinks.

Sunday. The snow melted away by noon, and even though it was still somewhat chilly, I got to go ride my bike a bit while Lisa worked. I still can’t land that new trick, but I’m getting close. Also, we went to Einstein’s for breakfast and I forgot how superior their bagels are to most other chains. I also forgot how insanely expensive that place is.

Groceries. We went a bit overboard hungry-shopping for food yesterday, but it was necessary. Our cubboards were bare. Notable purchases include olive medley from the antipasto bar and bag of white-chocolate covered pretzels.

An Education. Pretty good movie, but I was kinda disappointed with the somewhat anticlimactic ending. It had potential to be much better. Visually, though, it was top-notch and does a good job of making you wish you lived in London in the early sixties.

New Orleans. Our trip there is coming right up. So much stuff to wrap up before we go, but I really can’t wait to check that city out. It’ll be my first time there. I’m sure it’ll be a blast.

Friday, March 25, 2011

march twenty-fifth

Five for March 25th:

Snow. Yeah, remember when I said “spring is here”? Not the case, apparently. My sinuses simply cannot cope with these insane weather shifts. I need to lock myself in a dark room until spring is firmly in place.

Weekend. Aside from the fish fry (!) and the Sleepy Kitty/UTR show at Firebird tonight, I have no real firm plans. Hopefully the weather lightens up and I can ride my bike a bit, but I’m not holding my breath.

Rock show. Last night in Edwardsville was really fun. Good crowd, people danced, and I was able to make it home at a somewhat reasonable hour. And, to top it off, we played pretty well.

Bad Brains. A friend of mine was talking about 80’s DC hardcore and managed, somehow, to leave Bad Brains out of the conversation. I quickly changed that. In related news, my vinyl copy of "Rock for Light" has a bad skip in it. Do not like.

Pictures. The photographer from Eleven sent over some of the pics he took, and although the files were gigantic and nearly crashed my computer, they looked pretty damn good.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

march twenty-fourth

Five for March 24th:

Rocking. We’re playing tonight at Stagger Inn in Edwardsville with the Breaks. Apparently, it’s the place to be on Thursday nights. Should be fun, but I’m ready for some nice weekend shows where I don’t have to get up and work the next morning.

Taking it easy. Apart from a walk around the park with Lisa and Henry and a quick dinner at Royale, last night was an early one for me. I badly needed it.

Travel. New Orleans coming soon. First road trip of spring. Can’t wait to get out of town for a bit, eat a bunch of seafood, and drink some chicory coffee.

Cool things I got in the mail this week. Passport, new t-shirt, BMX pegs, current issue of Wired.

Fish fry. The weather may have reverted back to winter-ish temperatures, but that won’t dampen my spirit. Joan of Arc tomorrow for a heaping plate of fried cod and macaroni & cheese is just what the doctor ordered.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

march twenty-third

Five for March 23rd:

Last night’s show. It was really awesome, despite getting started a bit late due to soundchecks running over. There was a great turnout and I thought we played really well. The new song sounded good from where I was sitting. It was really cool catching up with Jack and Patrick and getting to hang out for awhile. Read a review of the show here!

Exhaustion. It was a late night and I hardly got any sleep. I’m basically running on Advil and caffeine at the moment. I think tonight will be an early one. That said, if I’m feeling up to it, going to try to do some riding after work. We’ll see.

Food. Not stopping at Bread Co. this morning for a spinach & artichoke souffle’ and asiago bagel with cream cheese was not an option.

Weather. Looks like this is going to be the last day of warm weather and sunshine for a while, as the temperature is going to drop back to the forties. Oh, well. It is still March, after all.

Exile on Main St. No matter how crappy a mood I’m in or how lousy I slept the night before, this album always, always puts me in the right frame of mind. Probably my favorite album of all time.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

march twenty-second

Five for March 22nd:

Puffs Plus with Vicks. Who knew such a magnificent thing existed? Not me, until last night. I will never get anything else when dealing with cold/allergies again.

Rock show. Super excited to play a show tonight, and to see the Greenhornes, who are undoubtedly one of my favorite bands of the last decade or so. Doors are at 8:30 and we’ll be playing at 9.

Flatland riding. My pegs came yesterday, and I spent the better part of the afternoon trying to re-learn stuff in the parking lot. I can almost pull a 360 bar spin around the front of my bike, which I could never even come close to before. Hopefully I’ll nail it by the end of the week.

Pooping outside. Henry is a fan of it now, thanks in no small part to our neighbor’s dog who keeps the yard a constant source of re-territorialization.

Rad. The greatest BMX movie of all time has never seen a proper DVD release, but BMX Bandits (which, admittedly, I also like), which is not even close to as good, gets released only due to the fact that Nicole Kidman is in it. Criminal.

Monday, March 21, 2011

march twenty-first

Five for March 21st:

Allergies. They’re killing me. Seasonal allegies are definitely the one big drawback to spring, at least for me. I think I’ve gone through the equivalent of about a box of tissues a day.

New interview. Thanks to Amy for doing this interview with me and Seth about the new album on City’s Best St. Louis! It came out great.

First (local) show of the year. It’s tomorrow night at Firebird. Come out. We’ll be playing a brand new song for the first time ever, and we’re playing with two completely awesome bands.

Weekend. It was a great one. Henry made big strides walking on his leash and socializing with other dogs. On top of that, the weather was incredible, ate a bunch of good food, saw a ton of cool people, had a solid band practice, and got to ride my bike.

Fish Fry. We didn't get to go on Friday due to an appointment Lisa had to keep, but rest assured we won't be making that mistake this weekend.

Friday, March 18, 2011

march eighteenth

Five for March 18th:

Interview. Had a good time chatting about the new album last night and snapping some pics in Tower Grove Park, and met a couple of super cool people in the process. Hopefully the finished product will be good. Should be out in the April issue of Eleven, available everywhere locally.

The last weekend of winter. This is it. We made it. Spring begins on Sunday, and the weather is getting better and better. It was great having the windows open last night.

Saturday. A lot of stuff going on. Getting Henry his last shots in the morning, and working on the album cover in the afternoon followed by band practice in the evening.

Rock shows. Super excited for next Tuesday’s show with the Greenhornes at Firebird. You should be excited, too. See you there. We’re also playing the Stagger Inn in Edwardsville on Thursday night with the Breaks.

La Pizza Friday. After two weeks off for various reasons, we’re getting back to form today. Can’t wait for a slice of mushroom and garlic.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

march seventeenth

Five for March 17th:

St. Patrick’s Day. It means nothing to me in any way, shape, or form, but it must be a pretty big deal to a lot of people because there was almost no traffic coming into work this morning. What am I missing?

Casey Heynes. I was this kid getting picked on a hundred times in grade school and wish I’d had the balls to do something like this. If you want the definition of “pwned”, here it is. Hats off.

Tonight. Foregoing our usual Thursday night practice to do an interview and snap some photos for Eleven magazine. Who knows, maybe we’ll be able to squeeze a few songs in there, too.

Spring is here. High 70’s outside today. I’m going to have to get out of here for lunch today and take advantage of the weather.

Bikes. Can’t wait to start riding my bike in to work, just have to get those new pedals put on my FCR. Also, rode a bunch last night. My bunnyhops are getting higher and I’ve found a few cool paved spots in the alleys behind out apartment that work as excellent maskeshift launch ramps.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

march sixteenth

Five for March 16th:

I spoil our dog. It’s true, I can’t go to the pet store without buying him a toy or a dog-sized Aerosmith shirt. Henry is a huge fan of his new giant stuffed donkey.

Rasoi. Everybody likes to talk about the lack of good Indian restaurants in the city, and while this is a true statement, it’s easy to forget about Rasoi in the West End. The food is awesome, the atmosphere is relaxed, the staff is nice, and the price is right.

Tonight. Lisa is out doing stuff all evening. I’ll be heading home, dog-watching, and maybe riding some BMX in the parking lot while there’s still some sunshine.

Cool quotes. “It’s amazing how much Snookie looks like Blackie Lawless dropped into a deep fryer” –Bobby Schneck. “They say that I have no hits and that I’m difficult to work with, and they say that like it’s a bad thing.” –Tom Waits

Bocce. Tuesday night bocce at Milo’s will be starting up again soon. Looking forward to evenings on the patio, drinking cheap beer and eating veggie pizza.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

march fifteenth

Five for March 15th:

Pegs. Got some for cheap yesterday on eBay. Looking forward to busting out some fire hydrants, funky chickens, side glides, and hang fives on the bike when they come in. Or, trying to at least. Hopefully I won’t kill myself in the process.

Progress report. Henry is doing great. He’s good at playing fetch, hasn’t had an accident in days and has learned to sit and stay (at least, most of the time). Next up: the elusive “shake”.

Tonight. Going to the gym for the first time in over a week. It’ll be nice to get out of there while it’s still light out. I badly need an oil change, too. How late is Valvoline open? May need to do that instead.

Lunch score. Lisa made an awesome spinach salad with tuna for lunch today, and promptly remembered she had a lunch meeting. Now it’s all mine. My tofurky sandwich can wait till tomorrow.

Thrashin’. That movie still rules the planet Earth with an iron fist. I think I could watch it every day. Now they just need to get “Gleaming The Cube" on Netflix online, and I’ll be set.

Monday, March 14, 2011

march fourteenth

Five for March 14th:

Riding BMX. It was awesome riding with Greg on Sunday. I was pulling 180 bunnyhops and tailwhips better than ever. Plus, Greg was able to fix my brakes up. Now to track down some pegs to thread on, and I’ll be in business.

Snow. Woke up this morning to a nice blanket of snow covering the ground and streets, and it’s still coming down. I had no idea we were supposed to get this. Supposed to be in the mid 70’s on Thursday, though, but still.

Record shopping. Went to Euclid with Lisa and picked up some records over the weekend, including Sabotage by Black Sabbath, Tea for the Tillerman by Cat Stevens and the new Wanda Jackson album.

Fish fry was awesome. Really nothing more to say about it. Even the fact that there was no free beer in line anymore couldn’t damper the spirit. Going again this week for sure.

Japan. This tsunami footage is some of the most insane video I’ve ever witnessed, hands down. It’s almost beyond comprehension.

Friday, March 11, 2011

march eleventh

Five for March 11th:

Last night. Pretty good show in Columbia. We played well enough, albeit a bit rusty. White Mystery and the Breaks were great as always. Fun time, but I’m wiped out today. It was cool seeing Alex after a couple of years.

Dog training. Henry is well on his way to learning “sit”, and while he’s still having the occasional slip-up, he’s learning fast. He’s a pretty smart little guy.

Fish fry. First one of the year is tonight. Words cannot describe how excited I am by this. It’s the little things.

Weekend. Looking forward to hanging out with Lisa and Henry on Saturday, and potentially hitting the toy show with Greg and riding bmx on Sunday. Chances are good I’ll end up at Firebird for the Left Arm show that night. Will try to take adavantage of the nice weather as much as possible, that is for sure.

Taxes. Still need to do mine. Planning on getting it done next week for sure. Just need to find the time to comb through it all.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

march tenth

Five for March 10th:

BMX. Picked up a new (old) BMX yesterday for a great price at Randy’s Recycled Cycles. Just needs a little work on the brakes and some pegs and it’ll be ready to go. Hopefully I’ll get to ride a bit with Greg on Sunday. Also: to the Craigslist guy who kept dragging his feet on selling me his bike: you snooze, you looze.

Rock show. Heading to Columbia for a show tonight with White Mystery and the Breaks. The first Blind Eyes show of the year! Hard to believe we haven’t played out in over two months. As a side note- this is going to be a long day.

Hanging out. Met up with Mary and Keith at Bottleworks last night for a couple of drinks and some food. Big thanks to them for agreeing to watch Henry while we’re in New Orleans.

Drum heads. Got a bunch of free Evans heads sent to me at work. I’m willing to give them a shot. Who knows? Maybe I’ll like them. Free is free.

End of the winter. Two big steps toward spring are happening this weekend: the first fish fry of the year, and the change over to daylight savings time. Bring it.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

march ninth

Five for March 9th:

Tonight. Driving out to Chesterfield to swap cars with mom for a couple of days. The Scion is our default, short-trip tour van. Possibly buying a freestyle bike, then meeting Lisa, Mary and Keith for a drink at Bottleworks later.

Press. There will be a few new band interviews coming out pretty soon in print and online form. I’ll make sure to link them when they’re out!

Breakfast. I don’t usually eat it during the week, but I got so hungry en route to the office this morning that I was shaking. Had to stop for a bagel in the loop. Eh. It’s food.

Old friends. Touched base with a couple of people I hadn’t talked to in many years out of the blue yesterday: My friend Jenn in Chicago (we used to actually send each other postcards to keep in touch) and my pal Danny who used to work with Speedwagon (for real). The magic of Facebook.

Album masters. Just signed off on them. It is now officially just a matter of getting it manufactured. Whew.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

march eighth

Five for March 8th:

New Orleans. Our trip is coming up soon, and as much as I’m looking forward to it, we need to figure out something to do with Henry while we’re gone. Looking into a few options.

Gym. Going to try to go tonight after work. The soreness in my arms from last week has finally gone away, which is a welcome thing. I seriously thought I had done some permanent damage to my elbows.

The Dog Whisperer. Lisa and I watched a few episodes last night. I hadn’t seen it in years, and sort of forgot how awesome it (and Cesar Millan) is.

Snickerdoodles. Ellen brought some in today, and I’ve eaten too many already. But come one, how often do you get snickerdoodles?

Show. Oh yeah, we’re playing in Columbia on Thursday night with White Mystery and the Breaks! Should be an epic show. Looking forward to seeing Alex. Friday will be a bummer, though.

Monday, March 7, 2011

march seventh

Five for March 7th:

Art show. No One Goes Hungry was a great time. Good art, good friends, good music. Picked up a couple of prints that I now need to find frames and wallspace for. Plus, it was the first time I’d been in Cranky Yellow, which is an awesome little shop with an amazing gallery space in the basement.

El Gordo’s Revenge. Finally started re-mixing the EGR “Action Packed” record with Steve on Saturday night. Hopefully we’ll be re-releasing it digitally with at least one added bonus track sometime this year.

Album art. Productive meeting/lunch with Seth and Doug yesterday. We’re on the same page about the album cover and it should be pretty quick to get the art done.

BMX bike. Found a decent one on Craigslist for super cheap and I might pick it up today or tomorrow. Hopefully it’s in as good a condition as it looks to be.

Henry. I love the little guy. He has a long way to go, but he’s really doing well. The most important thing is that he’s good in his crate, and really, as long as we can count on that, the rest of the stuff we can work with at an even pace.

Friday, March 4, 2011

march fourth

Five for March 4th:

No One Goes Hungry. Jason Potter’s poster art show is tonight at Cranky Yellow. It’ll be cool to see all that awesome work in one place.

Girl Scout cookies. They finally came. However, what’s with the name changes for some of the cookies? Not that it matters. A Samoa by any other name tastes just as sweet.

Band practice. Actually a really good one despite my sore arms. Taking a couple of months off from playing some of those songs really freshened them up. We have a set worked out for Columbia next Thursday, and will be unveiling a brand new song at our show on the 22nd with the Greenhornes.

Album master. The guy that mastered our album is a ninja. He already got us a first pass back and it sounds excellent- I wasn’t expecting anything until maybe next week. Barring any suggestions by Brian, who is much more of an audiophile than me, the album is ready to go off to press as soon as we finish the artwork.

Toy show. Looks like Greg and I will be getting a table for the show on March 13th. Come by and I’ll make you a rad deal.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

march third

Five for March 3rd:

Sore muscles. I pushed it too hard at the gym last night, and my upper body- especially my shoulders and elbows- are shot. I woke up in the middle of the night and had to take some Ibuprofen, they were aching so bad. Feeling a bit better today, though.

Band stuff. Practice tonight. Hopefully I’ll be able to actually play. Given the state of my arms right now, it might be a short one. Album goes to mastering tomorrow, and we’ll be meeting with Doug next week on artwork and photos.

New iPad. I have to admit, that thing looks pretty awesome. I know the iPad is no substitute for an actual laptop, but I am really considering getting one at some point.

Field of Dreams. I don’t care what anyone says, that movie is awesome and classic. There has never been a better baseball themed movie, ever. Except maybe "Major League".

Henry. He’s getting better with the cats every day and is a quick learner. He’s really fun to have around, as his puppy-clumisness is a constant source of hilarity.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

march second

Five for March 2nd:

Gym. All of a sudden, there are less people there, and more open machines. Also, they’ve repaired everything. Win. Had a good run/workout there last night. Going again this evening.

Passport. Finally got everything turned in yesterday after weeks of dragging my feet. Should have it in the next few weeks, providing the government doesn’t shut down between now and then.

Selling crap. I have a ton of stuff I need to sell or give to charity. It’s a bit overwhelming, actually. My goal is to have it all sorted out by the end of summer. We’ll see how that goes.

Future Sk8. A new “old school” skateshop opened in STL and I’m really looking forward to checking it out. Hopefully their website will get a little more content soon.

BMX bikes. I’m sort of obsessed with them at the moment. I cannot afford to buy one right now, and I need to keep telling myself that.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

march first

Five for March 1st:

Making progress. Henry is doing great. He’s good in his crate and is smart as can be. He’s also becoming more comfortable with Lisa and I, and the way everything works. Can’t wait till we can get his shots out of the way and start taking him outside, just in time for spring.

To-do list. Aside from working all day, I also need to go to the post office to turn in my passport paperwork, make a vet appointment for Henry, and go to the gym.

Junk food. A co-worker brought some banana bread in today, and it’s ruling me. Also, everyone is talking about girl scout cookies, but where are ours?

Life. I’m really enjoying Keith Richards’ new book. I’ve read quite a few Rolling Stones bios over the years, including Bill Wyman’s “Stone Alone”, which was also great. Now, if Charlie Watts would just write one…

Record Store Day. We’ll be playing a post-Record Store Day show at Euclid Records on April 17th! May be putting together a limited edition 2 song CD sampler with a couple of tracks from the new album (or something) for the occasion.