Tuesday, May 31, 2011

may thirty-first

Five for May 31st:

Henry. I’ve never seen that dog as worn out as he was yesterday, following a long afternoon running around Mary and Keith’s backyard in the hot sun with Coal and Marvin. He literally slept on the couch almost all day.

Band stuff. Hung new posters for the release show all over town this past weekend, plus Seth and I did an interview for the RFT last night with the new music editor, who is a rad dude. Should run in next week’s issue. This week: mailing off new CDs for review, practice, recording a live set for Juxtaposition, and then the RFT showcase on Saturday. Golly gee.

Food and drink. Breakfast pizza at Benton Park Café, drinks at Handlebar, dinner at Maya Café, crab cakes at Mary and Keith’s, veggie kababs and iced tea in our backyard.

3-day weekend. They are awesome and always go by way too fast. Seemed like it was over in the blink of an eye. Now we get into June, which is my favorite month.

Duke Nukem Forever. Finally coming out on June 14th after fourteen years of craziness. I just might have to pick that one up for old time’s sake.

Friday, May 27, 2011

may twenty-seventh

Five for May 27th:

Dog park. Printed and filled out the forms for Henry’s dog park membership at the Shaw dog park this morning. Now we just have to pay up and wait for the tags to arrive. This will be super beneficial for both Henry and us.

Practice. Went great last night. We played some of the new stuff better than we ever have, and on the first try. We need to do this whole “not practicing for three weeks” thing more often.

Peanut Butter Puffins. The greatest cereal ever. Seriously. Like a healthy(ish) Peanut Butter Crunch. I want to shake the hand of the person responsible.

3-day weekend starts today. T-minus 7.5 hours. The best part? Aside from cleaning the apartment tomorrow morning and barbecuing with friends on Sunday, I have absolutely no obligations to do anything. Free and clear. So rad.

Ballpark Village. Remember that? Yeah, I know, I almost forgot about it myself. Weirdly, last time I checked, it was still a softball field/sleeping quarters for downtown’s homeless population. Still waiting.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

may twenty-sixth

Five for May 26th:

Storms. Get it out of your system already, midwest. Seriously. Or at the very least, make the damn power go off at work if you’re gonna be all crazy.

Playing on the radio. We’ll be recording a set for “Juxtaposition” on KDHX next week, although it won’t air live, it’ll probably be on the show the week after. Playing at KDHX is always fun. What would we do without them in this city?

Going out to eat. Lisa and I have been doing it a lot lately; more than we probably should. But sometimes, you just cannot deny a falafel slider, fries, and vegetarian toasted ravioli at Sandrina’s, especially when your options at home are limited to bagged salad mixes. We need to go to the store in a bad way.

Hail. I don’t remember the last time I saw actual large hail stones in the metro area, at least anywhere near me. I saw a bunch of them yesterday after work while walking Henry, some as big as golf balls. Glad I wasn't home when all that happened, as I like my car as hail-damage free as possible.

Urban garden. Our balcony is looking good this year, and will ultimately be a lot tamer than it was last summer. Less thickly-growing jungles of flowers and only one pot of basil. Now we just need to figure out how to keep Henry from eating the hosta.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

may twenty-fifth

Five for May 25th:

Band practice. Happening tomorrow. Seems like it’s been forever since we actually had a practice- and it has indeed been several weeks. Need to brush up, to say the least. RFT showcase, Champaign-Urbana with the Safes, and the album release show are coming up fast.

Skateboarding. I need to stop getting pissed at myself when I can’t pull something I was able to do a day or two ago. It’ll get there. Also, I need to stop being such a wuss about sticking my back truck- another thing I get pissed at myself for. It’s a vicious circle.

Milo’s. Awesome night last night for hanging out on the patio. Ran into some other friends there I hadn’t expected to see. The veggie pizza was spot on, as always. My love for STL-style pizza cannot be tamed. I wish every evening was that amazing, weather-wise.

Juice Magazine. This might be the best mag ever. Completely jammed with interviews with classic punk rock bands, skaters, and skate companies, often conducted by legendary riders and musicians. No filler. It’s so dense, it’s like a book. I’m definitely going for a subscription. It’s kinda like discovering Thrasher all over again.

Lake of the Ozarks. We’ll be joining Lisa’s family at the lake for a weekend in June with Henry. It’ll be fun to watch him swim around. Plus, there’s jet skis, which I’ve never actually been on before.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

may twenty-fourth

Five for May 24th:

Albums are in the house. Went to the UPS depot last night and picked up 4 boxes of our new CD. They’re here, finished, look and sound great, and are weeks ahead of schedule no less. “Whew” is an understatement.

Pop shove-its. Started landing them with regularity last night. I don’t know what happened, but all of a sudden it just clicked, and I was hitting them 4 out of 5 times. They’re still more solid stationary than rolling, but they're getting there.

Tonight. Kicking it at Milo’s with the Tuesday night posse, weather permitting. Laying back on all things carb-related today so I can justify pizza later on- and justify it I shall.

Joplin, MO. I was there once as a kid, on a business trip with my grandfather when he used to be a road rep, selling furniture. The scenes of the recent tornado devastation are unreal. It seriously looks like the pictures I’ve seen of Hiroshima after the atomic bomb dropped. Insane.

Chuck Taylors. My old brown ones are officially goners. I wore them to death, and it was time to put them to pasture. Wore 'em all over San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge, New Orleans, Memphis, Chicago, Milwaukee, and beyond. I recorded an album and played countless shows in them. Luckily I have another pair just like them ready to go.

Monday, May 23, 2011

may twenty-third

Five for May 23rd:

Local Harvest. Hadn’t been to breakfast there before this weekend, but had heard good things. Their vegan chorizo with a fried egg and fresh fruit was about the awesomest thing ever. We’ll definitely be going back, and soon.

Birthday action. Multiple birthday celebrations this weekend included Montelle winery with Lisa’s family, hanging out in the courtyard of the Royale for drinks with friends, and a Sunday barbecue/hot tub party at Mary & Keith’s place with Henry and the dogs in tow.

Album delivery. 1000 copies of “With A Bang” are getting delivered today. I’m watching that UPS tracking page like a hawk. As of 7:36 am, they were out for delivery. I know I’ve said this before, but it’s very exciting to finally have this project come to fruition.

Weather. Thankfully, despite what the forecasters predicted, this weekend was sunny and beautiful for Lisa’s birthday. We did everything we wanted to do, and got some skating/Tower Grove Park dog-walking time in as well. Also, fortunately, the Rapture didn’t happen, and we were alive to enjoy it.

Three-day weekend. Just have to make it through this week, and it’s three days of freedom for Memorial Day.

Friday, May 20, 2011

may twentieth

Five for May 20th:

Happy birthday Lisa. Since I don’t blog on the weekends, I will give you a preemptive “happy birthday” for the whole world to see. I love you. You’re going to totally dig being 24. I promise!

Homemade trail mix. Golden raisins and shelled walnuts is the ultimate snack. I’m over bananas right now.

This weekend. Providing the Rapture doesn’t happen, we have lots of different Lisa’s-birthday related activities, Bark in the Park, eating a ton of good food, and taking Henry to the vet for a checkup. Skateboarding a bit if the weather is good.

With A Bang. Got confirmation last night that they shipped out from the manufacturer, so we should have them in-hand early next week. Really getting excited for the release party on June 11th.

Rain. Screw it. I’ve never in my life been as sick and tired of rain as I am right now. The forecast has it off and on for the next 5 days, including this weekend. I want to punch whoever is responsible.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

may nineteenth

Five for May 19th:

Phone fail. My phone has been doing weird stuff lately. The other day, all my “apps” were wiped off my front screen, and today I went to check my email and both my personal and the band emails were mysteriously missing, and had to be re-loaded. What’s the problem here, Verizon?

Last night. Dinner and drinks at Royale with Lisa. Met up with a dude there who was buying some drum heads I was selling on Craigslist and got paid, hence, free dinner and drinks. Can’t beat that with a stick.

Hokus Pokus. The H-Street video that changed everything. I need to get it on DVD. I still have it on VHS, but going through the hassle of hooking all that crap up doesn’t seem worth it. Plus I don’t want to destroy my vintage copy.

Crop circles. Watched a documentary on crop circles last night, and the people who make them. There is apparently a big rivalry between those who think they’re a hoax and those who don’t. There certainly isn’t much of a case for those who think they’re made by aliens, as this documentary all but totally debunks that theory. Also, making crop circles looks like fun.

Veggie sandwich. I don’t usually sing the praises of chain restaurants, but the roasted veggie sandwich at Noodles & Company is a force to be reckoned with. Super cheap and close to work. I can’t believe we didn’t discover it sooner.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

may eighteenth

Five for May 18th:

Skating. As long as I can improve at least a little bit every time I go out skating, I’ll be good to go. I’m a lot better now than I was when I last seriously skated at about 15, which isn’t saying much. But I’m pushing myself, which is something I never did in the past.

Last night. Plans to actually do stuff were put aside in favor of chilling out. We realized we’d been going basically non-stop for several days and needed some down time. Lisa made an amazing lentil & couscous stew that blew my mind.

Eye troubles. My left eye has been sore the last few days, like there’s something in it. Lisa thinks it’s a scratched cornea. In related news, I lost my first contact down the drain in the bathroom the other day after dropping it. It was brand new, too. I always close the drain before putting them in, and the one time I didn’t, I lose one. Figures.

Lisa’s birthday. It’s this weekend! We’ll be hanging out at the winery with family on Saturday, and kicking it with friends on Sunday. Maybe we’ll get people together for a little shindig at the Royale sometime this coming week.

Playing drums. I got a couple of really nice compliments on my drumming the other night after the show, which was pretty awesome to hear. I generally don't know how to react to compliments like that, so if I'm ever just like "oh, cool, thanks", just know that I really do appreciate it. It was cool to hear that I don’t suck as much as I sometimes think I do.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

may seventeenth

Five for May 17th:

Hot tubbin’. Two nights ago we were standing in the cold, pissing rain laying the foundation for Mary and Keith’s new hot tub, and last night we were sitting in said hot tub, relaxing and drinking wine. Crazy change of scene from the previous evening to say the least. Thanks to M&K for having us over for the inaugural dip, that was above and beyond.

Record release show. It’s official- there is now a Facebook invitation for the release party for “With A Bang”. Go let the world know where you’ll be on June 11th (hopefully there)!

Bikes. We need to start riding again now that the weather is getting nice-ish. Our bikes need an overall tuneup and I still need my pedals replaced. Lisa is looking into some sort of sidecar for Henry, too. I think he’ll dig it.

Netflix. What’s up with it being all wonky lately? Half the time a good portion of our instant queue- namely, the things we’ve been watching most recently- are just not there. Sometimes entire categories are gone. I usually give up after 2 or 3 reboots. Get it together, people.

Tonight. Holly Golightly at Firebird? She put on a great show last time she was here. Potentially hanging out at Milo’s for drinks and bocce-watching if the weather is nice.

Monday, May 16, 2011

may sixteenth

Five for May 16th:

Hanging out. Good times at the Stable Friday night for Christian & Courtney’s co-birthday parties. It also marks the first time I’ve hung out there without almost falling asleep standing up.

I Went To A Showcase. IWTAShowcase at Off Broadway was awesomely fun, although for me, it was strange going to play a show immediately following a wedding (congrats, Matt & Hillary!). The other bands were excellent and there was a killer turnout. People dug us. Great time. Huge thanks to our IWTAS friends for hosting such a cool event and asking us to play, and big thanks to dudes from Pretty Little Empire and the Dive Poets for letting us share some of their gear.

Yardwork. Despite the miserable (and I mean miserable) weather yesterday, we toughed it out and helped Mary and Keith get the patio laid down for their new hot tub. It was freezing cold and pissing rain, but we made it happen. The payoff will be well worth it, plus it’s always good to help friends in need.

Back on the wagon. Little/no carbs and sodium this week, as Lisa and I both went a little overboard the past couple of days.

The Rapture. Since we all know the rapture is coming on the 21st, I hereby implore all believers to sign over their earthly possessions to me immediately. I'll take good care of them while you're busy ascending to Heaven in a chariot made of chocolate and feathers. AND, what better way to ensure your entrance through the pearly gates? That's the ultimate gift!

Friday, May 13, 2011

may thirteenth

Five for May 13th:

Friday the 13th. For some reason, I always feel the need to play the Misfits’ “Halloween” on Friday the 13th. Somehow, it makes perfect sense.

Pueblo Solis. Lisa was feeling like Mexican food, and we dadn’t been there in probably three years. Good patio and friendly people, but it took forever to get our food.

I Went To A Showcase. It’s tomorrow night! I’ll be heading over there following my cousin’s wedding, so I might be a little snazzed up (just sayin’). Or maybe not. We’re headlining the event from 11:30 to close, but get there early. Insane lineup, and a taco truck. I mean, come on.

No coffee at the office. I was this close to going to Starbucks this morning and decided not to. Then, I get to work to find out we’re out of coffee. Luckily, someone is making a run to the store.

New album. Should be shipping out to us from the pressing plant in about a week. Once those things are in-hand, I will be breathing a bit easier.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

may eleventh

Five for May 11th:

Bocce night. Last night was the perfect night for patio sitting, pizza eating, and hanging out. I don’t know why I always call this “bocce night”, as we never actually play bocce.

Skating. Sweated my ass off skating in the parking lot after work yesterday. My skills are improving, but unfortunately I think I cracked my deck, so I’ll likely need a new one soon, which sucks.

This weekend. My cousin’s wedding, playing a rock show, and helping Mary and Keith dig out the spot for their hot tub are at the top of the list. Other things surely to follow.

No rain. I’d be perfectly happy if it stayed sunny and humid from here on out. I’m over the constant threats of rain and flash floods. Give me spring already. Or at least summer.

The Wizard. It’s on Netflix now. Started watching it a bit last night. It’s every ounce as terrible as I remember, but that said, there are some totally untouchable scenes in that movie, like where the kid breaks out the Power Glove from a customer metal case. Epic.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

may tenth

Five for May 10th:

Last night. Long Henry walk around the neighborhood with Lisa (complete with meth-addict sighting), dinner and drinks on the patio at Royale. All good stuff, except the weird meth dude.

The Other Guys. It was in our Netflix queue and we decided to check it out as there was nothing else on. An hour later, my sides were hurting from laughing so hard.

Midwest Mayhem. The annual KDHX festival at the City Museum is happening Thursday. Lots of friends and good bands playing it this time around. This is one of the coolest events of the year and the fact that we have something this completely amazing in St. Louis is something we should all be extremely thankful for.

Press. Man, that Ted Leo show sure had it’s share of write-ups and things yesterday. We logged them all in this handy blog post for your convenience. Also, I did an interview with I Went To A Show that you can (and should) read immediately.

New stuff. Transworld BMX water bottle, scale, 2011 federal tax return check, Starbucks gift card from mom.

Monday, May 9, 2011

may ninth

Five for May 9th:

Friday in Toledo. Took off for Ohio around noon, made it to Seth’s place in Bowling Green around 7 or so. Hung out, ate vegetarian lasagna, and piled into the van for Toledo. Great show at the Ottawa Tavern, a lot of people there. Went to a dance party down the street afterward. Didn’t make it back to Seth’s till well after 3 am. Great night.

Saturday in Columbus. Slept in late, cleaned up and went record shopping. We forgot to bring any music with us, so we had to buy some cheap CDs or else we’d go insane. Dead Boys, Dio, and the Muffs were purchased, among a lot of other stuff. 2 hour drive to Columbus. Another rad show at the Summit and some playing of Aerosmith’s “Revolution X”. Crashed at Seth’s cousin’s super nice pad overlooking the lake.

Sunday in St. Louis. Early start to hit the road back to STL for our show with Ted Leo. Grabbed breakfast at a donut shop staffed by the most insane, high-stress group of old ladies on the planet. Made it back to a much-hotter-than-Ohio St. Louis in time for a couple of hours of downtime before the show. The show? It was completely awesome. Great crowd, and Title Tracks and Ted Leo were amazing.

Ted Leo. One of my favorite musicians out there right now, period. It was a real privilege to share the stage with him. Oh, and thanks for plugging our record release show, how rad is that?

This week. What’s happening? Seriously. Last week was so packed, there’s not much on the plate right now. Maybe that’s a good thing.

Friday, May 6, 2011

may sixth

Five for May 6th:

Hitting the road. In a couple of hours, we’ll be en route to Ohio for a couple of shows in Toledo and Columbus. Then back to STL for a Sunday gig with Ted Leo at Off Broadway.

New album. Officially done. Art is submitted, production master is in the house, and it’s paid for. Just have to approve the proofs, and we’re good to go. So happy to get it done, but won’t be fully relieved until we have them in our hands.

Van. Even though it’s perhaps one of the most impractical things in the world right now, I cannot deny how much I want a van. I probably look at them every day on Craigslist. One day, I’m just going to buy one, gas prices be damned.

Payday. Today; and not a moment too soon. Paid off my Verizon bill and some of my credit card this morning. There’s always something to pay for.

Traveling light. I managed to fit all my stuff for this weekend into my messenger bag: couple of t-shirts, socks, boxer shorts, phone charger, bathroom stuff, and some other random crap. When you’re as crunched for space as we’ll be, every square inch counts.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

may fifth

Five for May 5th:

Cinco de Mayo. Or, as I like to call it, “the day to avoid any and all Mexican restaurants like the plague”. Don’t get me wrong, I like a good margarita as much as the next guy. Just not while surrounded by overly-intoxicated Claytonians.

Today. It’s going to be nuts after work. I’ll be attempting to make it out to Chesterfield, swap cars with my mom, and make it back to Kevin’s place in south city by 6 or so for practice. Not holding my breath on that whole “6” thing.

Band stuff. 1) Tomorrow starts the first few Blind Eyes out of town shows of the year, which I’m very excited about. Hopefully we can keep it on the cheap and at least break even. 2) Heard one of our new songs on the radio last night and it sounded good, which is encouraging. 3) Did a short interview via e-mail this morning that’ll be online next week. There’s probably more I’m forgetting.

Henry. We’re seriously considering getting him a dog park membership, to let him get some energy out more often. Walks in the neighborhood and playing fetch in the apartment can only take care of so much.

Food. There was no choice last night but to go to Sandrina’s for some greasy bar food. It just had to happen. Then we went to Schnuck’s and bought a bunch of healthy stuff to make ourselves feel better.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

may fourth

Five for May 4th:

New album. The artwork has been submitted to the pressing plant as of yesterday, and the production master will be in the mail today. The goal line is in sight.

Bocce night at Milo’s. Good times hanging out with Tuesday night crew last night. Even though it was cold, we sat outside and had our first veggie pizza of the year, which was awesome. Also, Keith and Mary are officially getting a hot tub, which is going to be sweet.

Mom. She’s rad for letting me borrow her Scion to take out of town this weekend, which of course is the weekend that mother’s day happens to fall on. I’m a terrible son.

2011 RFT Music Awards. My band was nominated for “Best Rock Band” in this year’s RFT Music Awards (I still like to call them the Slammies). Anyway, it’s all for fun, so if you’re so inclined, go vote for us. If not, we love you anyway.

A patriot's guide to still hating Obama for killing Osama. This article is the best thing you'll read all week.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

may third

Five for May 3rd:

Fake MLK quote. There was a quote circulating yesterday in the wake of OBL’s death attributed to Martin Luther King. I’ll admit, it was good- I took the bait. Turns out it was a fake, by none other than Penn Jillette of Penn & Teller fame. Well played, sir.

Platform. I saw a wood pallette with a smooth plywood top behind a dumpster yesterday while walking Henry that would make a perfect platform to practice ollie-to-manuals on. It looked brand new. Might go snake it tonight if it’s still there.

Sunshine. It’s here for the next couple of days, although they’re still talking about the possibility for frost overnight. Isn’t it May? Enough already.

Bocce. Hopefully we’ll make it out to Milo’s tonight for Tuesday night bocce and veggie pizza. I can’t remember why we didn’t go last week. Probably had to do with sitting on the couch or something.

Columbus. Looking forward to playing there this weekend, and redeeming myself for what was perhaps one of the shittiest shows I’ve ever played out of town back when I was in the GCs. It’s been a long time in the making.

Monday, May 2, 2011

may second

Five for May 2nd:

Bin Laden. The news about Osama getting killed was released sometime last night while I was probably watching “Battlestar Galactica” or something. I did a double take when checking Facebook before I went to bed. Very awesome news and a huge boost for the administration. The images of people partying in the streets was amazing. Good riddance.

Rad weekend. Tower Grove Park with Lisa, Tom, Henry and Gus, Olympia and Bottleworks with Mary and Keith, south side garden shops, Bunnygrunt at the Tap Room with Pat, Seth, and Lindsay, Pi and vintage vinyl with Rob and Stefanie. Skating, sleeping late.

My girlfriend rules. Came in from walking Henry and Lisa is on the balcony, planting flowers while blasting side 2 of Led Zeppelin’s “Physical Graffiti” on the record player. I mean, come on.

Cash money. Unexpectedly had $41 in cash thrown on my desk today- spiff money for selling a bunch of a particular tuner at work. Not a bad way to kick off a Monday, especially given I’m essentially broke again until Friday.

Tonight. Thinking about going to the gym after work, but if the weather is nice, I’ll probably opt for something more fun than running on a treadmill and watching “How I Met Your Mother” re-runs at Club Fitness. We shall see.