Tuesday, January 31, 2012

january thirty-first

Five for January 31st:

Last day of January. Twenty years ago, St. Louis was buried in an epic snowfall that remains one of the biggest on record. Today it’s seventy degrees outside and people are riding their bikes around Forest Park. Like a chump, I am not one of those people.

Spotify. This morning’s soundtrack features the Subs, the Dils, and the Lurkers. More on the way, including Subway Sect, the Wipers, and Blondie.

Living the high life. Our new faux-leather sectional is life-changing. I know I throw that term around quite a bit, but in this case, it’s no joke. So. Much. Space. Being in our back room is kind of like being on vacation.

Rock show. Excited to play the Firebird’s 3-year anniversary show this Saturday. Also on the bill are our friends Sleepy Kitty, Bo and the Locomotive, and Mutts. And it’s only $5! You can’t beat it. Seeya there.

Reality television. I'd like to see a reality show where the band White Lion and a pride of hungry, angry white lions live together in a stylish flat in San Francisco's Mission district for a couple of months. It could be called "White Lion SF". What happens when 6 actual lions get aggravated by some balding, fat ex-glam metal band? Will they take the polite way out and sacrifice their security deposit to move out early? Or just eat them?

Monday, January 30, 2012

january thirtieth

Five for January 30th:

Moved in. We’re officially living in our new house as of yesterday, even though we’re still down a fridge, which is now getting delivered on Wednesday. It’s starting to come together, and Henry loves it. Night one was a success. Here’s to many more.

We owe you one. The amount of thanks we have to dole out to family and friends for their help in getting us into the house can’t even be measured. Just know that we couldn’t have done it without you, and we can’t thank you all enough.

New blog. Almost every day, I draw stupid pictures on the back of my report of what my friend/co-worker Jon will look like in 30 years. People have told me I should post them online, so here you go. Enjoy.

4 Hands Brewing Company. The amount of off-the-beaten-path microbreweries springing up around town is staggering. I can’t keep track of them all. 4 Hands is a cool spot downtown and has a couple of really good beers. The food truck parked outside is a nice touch also. We’ll definitely be back.

Awesome weather. It’s January, right? Yesterday was sunny and in the mid-50’s, and today is going to get up into the mid 60’s! I guess we’re just going to have a mild winter. No complaints here.

Friday, January 27, 2012

january twenty-seventh

Five for January 27th:

Appliances. Our new faux-stainless steel kitchen implements are being delivered tomorrow morning. I’m crossing my fingers that the installation process will go smoothly and painlessly. We’ll see.

Rocking/rolling. Good practice last night. The new songs are really coming together nicely. Going to be some changes in our practice routine coming up- looks like we’ll soon be switching locales to Andy’s pad, where we can go longer and later.

Good thinking. “If you're an elected official that denounces evolution in the name of intelligent design, you should only accept votes submitted through prayer. Have faith that you'll win." -Some guy I don't know via the internet

Bum deal. A friend got screwed over by what was to be his new landlord last night- while he was on the way to pick up the keys- and now has to rush to find an apartment today. What a dick move.

Weekend. And not a moment too soon. Lots happening. Hope to see you out there.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

january twenty-sixth

Five for January 26th:

Comfort food. The barley stew at the Bottleworks is cheap, delicious, and good for frigid winter evenings. Plus it comes with a cheddar biscuit. You can’t lose.

Juice Magazine. Word on the ‘net is that the new issue is out. I think it only comes out once a year, which I can believe- it’s probably the most densely packed magazine currently in print. Each issue is like reading a novel.

Jason Potter interview. I dig a lot of what he’s saying in this interview with IWTAS. I also dig his artwork, and my apartment walls will attest to that fact. Read it, and go check out his opening tomorrow night.

Thursday playlist. This morning has so far consisted of Radio Birdman, the Buzzcocks, and the Knack. I like where this is going.

Band practice. Following a week off, it’s time to get back in shape for our show at the Firebird next weekend. It’s the Firebird’s 3rd anniversary show, and you need to be there.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

january twenty-fifth

Five for January 25th:

St. Louis 1963. If you live in St. Louis, are from St. Louis, or just want to see some amazing vintage footage, then stop what you’re doing and watch this immediately. This video gives me chills.

Powell swag. The new Powell-Peralta spring 2012 catalog came in the mail yesterday, along with about 6 or 7 various stickers that normally would’ve cost a buck or two each. There’s an awesome OG rat bones shirt in there that I want to get, but it’s not available online yet- which is probably a good thing, as I have no disposable income.

Moving has begun. We finally started moving stuff over to the house last night, starting with the basement. If we do a couple of carloads at a time, we’ll get it done quickly. Hoping to possibly spend our first night there this weekend, but that might be a stretch.

My desk. It’s a freaking mess right now. Usually I’m a lot more organized, but it’s been insane since I got back, and stuff is piling up. I’ll have to do a clean sweep on Friday and straighten up.

Baked goods. Lisa threw a bunch of orange-cranberry muffins in my bag this morning, and they’ve made my day. Score.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

january twenty-fourth

Five for January 24th:

NAMM show. Highlights included catching up with old friends, making new ones, attempting to eat a 5 lb burrito, and seeing tons of cool stuff. Nowhere but the NAMM show can you just run into Nicko McBrain from Iron Maiden on the way to the bathroom. Lowlights included cold weather, sore feet, and long hours.

Skate videos. Shackle Me Not and Hokus Pokus both showed up in the mail just in time for the trip. I brought them along, but ended up not watching either of them. I knew that would happen. Also, the reviews coming back from Sundance on the Bones Brigade documentart are looking good. Can’t wait to see it for myself.

Flying sucks. This trip featured the worst turbulence I’ve ever been subjected to, plus the usual unannounced flight delays and hours of sitting around the airport thumb-twiddling. While it’s certainly a necessity, I actually sort of despise flying.

Henry. I was having some serious dog withdrawal over the last few days. It was awesome to see the little dude. Also, last night Henry discovered the wonders of the tennis ball, which he’s now big enough to get his mouth around. Just in time for backyard season!

Zero hour. Our new appliances go in this Saturday, and then it’s movin’ time. We’re going to start packing stuff this week. Anyone want to sub-lease an awesome apartment? Give me a shout.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

january seventeenth

Five for January 17th:

Elephant Jersey Devil. Mike V has released his latest Elephant video, and no shock- it’s killer. Tom Groholski tribute board. Extra points for the Minor Threat soundtrack.

Pseudo-spring. Yesterday got back up to 66 degrees, which apparently made for some pretty gnarly storms last night. People are talking about sirens going off and all sorts of craziness, but whatever happened, I slept right through it.

Closed for business. Went to the Barnes and Noble on Watson to get some magazines to pass the time on the way to California, and it’s all boarded up. Who knew? Diverted course to West County Mall, where my mom got me a $3 employee discount. Score.

La Pizza. Hadn’t been there for lunch in probably close to a year, which is crazy. Their pizza by the slice is the best in town. I just wish it was a little less off the beaten path.

Blog hiatus. There shall be no posts for a week starting today. Back Tuesday the 24th with a post-LA wrap-up.

Monday, January 16, 2012

january sixteenth

Five for January 16th:

Yesterday. Breakfast and Bloody Marys downtown at Rooster followed by a quick hike to the RV show. This year, Mary and Keith came along, and as always, it was awesome. Saw some amazing stuff. Our goal is to get an R-Pod in the next few years. We’ll see if that happens.

The cats are away. All members of management are en route to, or already in California. This should make for a pretty chill couple of days at the office before I head out there myself.

House update. The post-carpet re-inspection was received, and we’re officially closed as of today. The house is ours. In other news, the front room was painted on Saturday and Lisa will be busting out the kitchen today. Only a little left to go.

SOPA. This bullshit bill looks like it’s on the way out. This is awesome news for anyone who, you know, believes in his or her freedoms as American citizens.

Hot tubbing in the ice. Braving the bitter cold- barefoot and in swim trunks- to get to the tub was pretty harrowing, but it was totally worth it. There’s no better time of the year to take advantage.

Friday, January 13, 2012

january thirteenth

Five for January 13th:

Friday the 13th. It’s here, and not a moment too soon. Weekend plans include house painting, hanging out with friends, and making our annual trip to the RV show downtown preceded by breakfast at Rooster. It’s a tradition that cannot be broken.

New songs. We have about four new tunes in the works, including a brand new one from last night, that are all sounding really awesome even in their infancy. Excited to finish them up and get them out there.

Avail. Listening to “4 AM Friday” on Spotify. I used to listen to this album all the time. It’s still great, although definitely sounds dated. Ahh, the nineties. Maybe I’ll throw on some Propaghandi next.

California trip. I’ll be heading to LA soon for the annual music industry tradeshow. It’s a lot of work, but always a good time. Can’t beat sunshine and palm trees in the middle of January, plus I get to catch up with a ton of people I don’t get to see as often as I’d like to.

H-Street. Picked up the Shackle Me Not/Hokus Pokus combo pack (with bonus soundtrack CD) for a steal on eBay. Too good a price to pass up, and I really don’t think I could’ve lived without these videos on DVD any longer.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

january twelfth

Five for January 12th:

Snow day. Yeah, there’s some snow on the ground today. I refuse to gripe about the weather. This has been the best winter in history. It was 70 degrees out not one week ago. The way I see it, we've all had it pretty damn good. It IS January, after all. Drive carefully and everything will be ok.

“Ban This” Caballero. I’ve been waiting years for Powell to re-release the Ban This Cab graphic, and they've finally done it. I’m kind of bummed that they didn’t do it on the original shape, but what’re you gonna do? I’ll take what I can get. Hopefully that’s next.

House update. Carpet is finally in, and it looks great. Well, as great as carpet can look, I suppose. At last, we can close out our loan and have this whole process behind us.

First practice of 2012. Happening tonight. We have a lot of stuff planned for this year, and some really great new songs in the works. Looking forward to kicking things off in style at the Firebird on February 4th. It’ll be a party.

Yankee Racers CD release. Also happening tonight at Off Broadway. I heard a couple of tracks from this album while rehearsing for NYE and it sounds absolutely killer. Seth will be doing a tune along with a bunch of other awesome STL musicians. Be there.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

january eleventh

Five for January 11th:

Installation. As I type this, there are a couple of flooring installers putting in the carpet at the house. I’m glad they came early, and since it’s an all day job I don’t have to take any time off work. Everyone wins. Hopefully the end result is a good one.

Bad Religion. “How Could Hell Be Any Worse” was the soundtrack to my summer when I was about 18. Listening to it now brings it all back very vividly. Good stuff.

Schlafly. They hit it out of the park with the vanilla milk stout. It was like drinking a shake. The perfect way to toast a job well done. Also, it was cool seeing a ton of friends out at the Royale last night. South city rules.

Attention, bands of the world. The following rhymes have been outlawed, and to use them in any songs from here on out shall result in death: "black and white/wrong or right"; "school/ golden rule"; "down the street/ want to meet". No exceptions.

Oranges from Grandma. The girl that lived at the house before us apparently doesn’t know how to do a change-of-address, because we’re still getting alot of her mail- including a giant carton of fresh oranges from her Grandmother. Lisa was particularly excited about these.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

january tenth

Five for January 10th:

Band stuff. We received a couple of mentions in the annual I Went To A Show “top shows of 2011” feature that came out yesterday, which is really awesome and flattering. We also got an email from St. Louis Magazine asking for an interview, so look for that in the next couple of months, I suppose.

Tonight. Lisa and I will be tackling the final bit of painting in the back staircase and clearing the floors for the carpet to be installed tomorrow. Can’t believe we’re almost there. I’ll be putting up some before & after pictures soon. Celebratory pints of vanilla milk stout at the Royale to follow.

Crab legs. Hell yes we got them last night. Big thanks to my mom for the gift card that made it all happen. It’s the little things.

Elephant skateboards. Mike V’s new company. Their first-ever full lineup of product is online and it looks absolutely awesome. In my mind, this brand is the missing link. I’m excited to check one out when they’re available.

Plastic pallets. Perfect for keeping basement-storage items dry in the event of a flood, and you never have to worry about them rotting. Scored 3 of them in the alley the other day. Waste not, want not.

Monday, January 9, 2012

january ninth

Five for January 9th:

Ultimate pet peeves. Toilet paper on the roll backwards, people asking to borrow a pen and putting it in their mouth, people leaving the water running in public restrooms after washing their hands.

Home stretch. After many long days, nights, and weekends of work on the house, the flooring upstairs finally goes in this week. Hard to believe it’s almost done- that phase, anyway. It’s impossible to overstate how much we appreciate the generosity of family and friends in helping us get this project finished.

Schlafly Vanilla Milk Stout. The Royale is tapping a keg of it tomorrow night and we’re going to check it out.

NYE photos. Some shots of the band(s) from New Year’s Eve courtesy of Kate McDaniel and I Went To A Show. Professionally-shot, hi-def video is coming soon, which I personally cannot wait to see.

Henry. According to our vet, who looks exactly like Kitty from Arrested Development, the lump on his ear is no big deal. He’s freshly aerodynamic following last week’s grooming, and has been having a blast hanging out in his new backyard while we work on the house.

Friday, January 6, 2012

january sixth

Five for January 6th:

Going to bed early. Crashed at 9:30 last night. I’ve been battling a cold and headache for pretty much the last four days straight, and it caught up with me. Sure, I was in bed before many area grandmothers, but it felt good to get nine hours of sleep.

Dreams. Speaking of sleeping, last night I had a very short dream wherein Lisa and I had a cat named Harvey Beefprism (that was basically the whole dream). I woke up after the dream ended and forced myself to remember the name Harvey Beefprism. You can all thank me later.

Gmail's new look. I suppose that, theoretically, the redesign of Gmail could be worse, more cluttered, or more gaudy- although I’m honestly not sure how. And I’m not complaining just for the sake of complaining. It really is an absolute mess. It’s depressing.

Mint mocha coffee. A bag was on sale and we snagged it for $2.50. Frankly, it’s kind of awesome. The perfect blend of scent (pleasant) and taste (not overwhelming). I’d go back and get more, but we got the last one. Let the rationing begin.

Springtime in January. It’s going to be 66 degrees today. This is awesome, because I hate winter, but a bummer because I can’t be out enjoying it. That, and the whole global warming thing.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

january fifth

Five for January 5th:

Nice weekend. The beautiful weather trend soldiers on into January, and we’re looking at a sunny and warm weekend coming up. Going to try to move our basement while the getting is good. Lots of other stuff happening as well. Should be a good one.

Spotify. I know I’ve mentioned this already, but it’s worth reiterating: Spotify has been pretty much life-changing, especially when it comes to passing time at the office. I’ve discovered and re-discovered a ton of music since I started using it. I can’t recommend it enough.

Customer service. It's hard to be mad at a dude who sounds like Boomhauer even if he is calling you out.

Board games. I think 2012 will be the year I finally start my “Fireball Island” league. Who’s in?

Schlafly. It was announced yesterday that Schlafly was sold to a capital investment group. I really hope that this turns out well for everyone involved- but the term “capital investment group” automatically engages my cringe reflex- and for good reason. I went through such a buyout, and it wasn't pretty.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

january fourth

Five for January 4th:

Old school reissue wish list. Sims Kevin Staab “genie”, Santa Cruz Claus Grabke “exploding clock”, Vision Tom Groholski “robot handplant”, every Powell deck from 1985-1990. There’s a lot more than that, believe you me.

Television. What else is there to do when it’s dark and freezing? People said Friday Night Lights was cool, and they were right. Not my favorite show ever, but it’s pretty easy to get sucked in. I’m digging it. Also finished season 1 of Portlandia, which, ehh. I like it, but it’s not the answer to everything.

Hanging out. Met up with Keith, Mary-Kate and crew at Milo’s last night. The true bocce fanatics toughed it out in the frigid, tarp-enclosed outdoors, but we stayed inside, because that’s how we roll.

Henry tune-up. Groomin’ time. He’s the shaggiest he’s been in ages, and tomorrow he’ll get clipped and brushed out. There’s a Schnoodle in there somewhere. He also has a weird bump in his ear we need to get checked out.

Bad Brains. Listening to "Rock for Light" is both inspiring and depressing. Inspiring because it's one of the greatest albums of all time, and depressing because nothing you do will ever be this awesome.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

january third

Five for January 3rd:

Back in the saddle. Following a short New Year’s break, I’m back. Another year has come and passed. It seems impossible that 2002 was ten years ago, but here we are. Last year was epic and this year is going to be epic-er. Just wait and see.

New Year’s Eve. Our show at Off Broadway was, to put it lightly, beyond awesome. I have to give an immense thanks to the hundreds upon hundreds of people that chose to spend their NYE with us. It seems like everyone had a good time, and I know we did, so everyone wins. I had a blast rehearsing and working on the set with the KKF dudes for the last couple of months, and I’m looking forward to next year already. Check out the set list here!

House party. Tackled some much-needed housework head-on this weekend and made a mountain of progress, due in large part to the generous time and effort pitched in by friends and family. The upstairs is almost totally painted and it looks amazing. Can’t wait to get moved in there.

Illness. Kicked the year off with a sore throat and a massive headache. I think I pushed myself a little too hard and it caught up with me. Luckily the fever broke, and after a day or so of recuperation I was good to go.

Firsts of the year. Breakfast eaten: pancakes at Chris’ Pancakes. T-shirt put on: black “Thrasher” shirt. Text sent: Steve Marshall. Shoes worn: green Chuck Taylors. Album listened to in its entirety: Husker Du “Warehouse: Songs & Stories”.