Wednesday, February 29, 2012

february twenty-ninth

Five for February 29th:

Weather patterns. Apparently we had some serious thunder and lightning last night, but as usual, I slept right through it. Whatever the case, it’s going to make for an amazing day today: sunny with highs in the mid 60s. I’ll be taking advantage of it as much as possible during lunch and after work.

Cool article. This essay by Fall Out Boy singer Patrick Stump is really good. I’ve never really listened to FOB but I can appreciate everything the dude is saying. Thanks to AZ for posting it. As a side note, I'm streaming "Folie a Deux" on Spotify and enjoying the shit out of it.

Coffee. I managed to MacGyver together a pot this morning from a mish-mash of random mostly-empty bags we had laying around. However, we are officially out at this point. No rigging anything together tomorrow. I hit the store tonight, or it’s headaches in the morning.

SXSW. Stoked to be playing this year for the first time with the band. It’s been a long time coming. We’re booking as much as we can; keeping ourselves open for any impromptu shows that may come up, and doing our best to network. Should be an interesting few days.

Ancient insects. You never know where they’re going to turn up!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

february twenty-eighth

Five for February 28th:

Good viewing. Bully Beatdown, Since Day One: the Real video, Holmes on Homes, Skate Europe back episodes on Youtube.

Paying the rent. Only one month left to pay on the apartment till we’re out of the woods. It’ll be a good feeling to get that over with.

Invitations. Got the proofs back for the wedding invites yesterday and they look amazing. I’m a sucker for good design, and these have plenty of it. Plus, everything is spelled correctly. Can’t beat that.

More reissues. This Sims Buck Smith reissue is a total winner in my opinion. Sims has come out with some killer reissues recently, including the Eric Nash “pumpkin” and “bandito” decks and of course, the classic Hosoi “rising sun”. I also have to give them props for not messing with the original shapes.

10/10/12. It’s a date that will live in infamy.

Monday, February 27, 2012

february twenty-seventh

Five for February 27th:

Trivia champs. After being narrowly robbed of our well-deserved victory at last year’s KDHX trivia night, we rallied to win the gold on Friday. Props to Seth, Lindsey, Pat, Meg, Katie, Matt, Jason, and those other two people whose names I don’t remember for bringing the thunder. Seeya in ’13.

Mai Lee. While it is admittedly good, I don’t think it’s any better than anyplace on South Grand. I guess it’s the proximity to the county that makes is so popular? Whatever the case, it’s insane on Saturdays. Avoid it at all costs.

Railslide bar. I bought a 10 foot piece of PVC and built an old school 5 foot sliding curb over the weekend with the help of some HUD rails and a jigsaw. It now resides in the back of my car for use whenever I see fit. It rules.

House update. Put some pavers over the pathway from the driveway to the front door, installed some shades, brought over some more stuff from the apartment including the Ikea shelves and patio table, and cleaned from top to bottom.

Leftovers. Our fridge is a cornucopia of leftover awesomeness. From lasagna to thai curry to giant brownies. Tonight, we feast.

Friday, February 24, 2012

february twenty-fourth

Five for February 24th:

Friday. Finally here, and I’m excited about the weekend, despite the 40-degree drop in temperature over the last 12 hours. No matter- spring is less than a month away.

Action packed evening. Going to be a rush to cram everything in: picking up Lisa from the airport and going straight to the Joan of Arc fish fry before splitting up for the evening: Lisa to a bowling event for College Bound, me to KDHX music trivia night at Mad Art. If we get done early enough, the plan is to try to catch the free Cave of Swords show at the Tap Room. Whew.

Steady rocking. We ran through the final 3 tunes from “Modernity” last night, so the whole album is officially re-learned. Now we just have to polish it off. Actually, some of the old songs sound really killer. It’ll be cool to start playing some of them again in our normal set. It’s also awesome to be able to practice until 10:30 pm.

I Will Not Be Broken. New Elephant video just came out yesterday, and it’s cool, as you would expect. Check it out if you have 5 minutes. Mike V is just changing everything with this brand.

Clifton Heights Park. Probably one of my favorite places on Earth and it’s almost literally in our backyard. After work on nice days, it’s full of dogs, ducks, and people hanging out.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

february twenty-third

Five for February 23rd:

Another one bites the dust. To quote my friend Rene: "I wish I believed in Hell, so I could take some pleasure in imagining Larry Biondi roasting there for all eternity." This Vanishing STL post says it better than I ever could. Fuck you, Biondi.

Jane’s Addiction. I liked them enough, but was never a huge fan, and it’s hard for me to believe that in 2012 they’d still have the ability to sell out the Pageant. But what do I know? True story: Dave Navarro once offered me a hundred bucks for my Van Halen t-shirt. I declined.

Rocking. Practice tonight. Stoked on the new set-up, and the ability to start a little later and go a little later. Off Broadway, next weekend. Be there.

Houston. Lisa told me it was 80 degrees there this morning. I guess that’s one good thing about Texas? I can’t really think of anything else.

Mi Ranchito. The weather is beautiful and I can’t resist getting out of here today. The sandwich I brought can wait until tomorrow.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

february twenty-second

Five for February 22nd:

Red light cameras. This is awesome news, and a major win for everyone who values due process and not living in a surveillance society. I’ve paid two of these tickets, and want my money back.

Hanging out. Met up with Scott for food and drinks at Royale last night and talked a lot of band and drum stuff, which is always the case when we get together. It had been awhile since I’d been to Royale, weirdly, but needless to say it did not disappoint.

Wednesday morning tunes. Kevin Seconds “Rise Up, Insomniacs”, Deep Purple “In Rock”, and Love’s self-titled debut. Good way to kick off the mid-week.

Bad habits. I’m trying to train myself out of my natural inclination to mute grab when doing a boneless. It’s taken an amazingly long time for me to get the hang of one of the simplest skate tricks ever. Not that that should come as a shock.

Wedding stuff. It’s in the works. Things are happening. Lots of things. At least we have the invitations nailed down.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

february twenty-first

Five for February 21st:

Decent toast. I’m on a weird toast-for-breakfast kick lately, sparked by Lisa, who is on the same kick. I think it’s because we have a sweet new toaster that actually toasts bread, and doesn’t just warm it or burn it to a crisp.

True/False film festival. We had to miss last year, which was a bummer- but we’ll be heading to Columbia next Friday to see some flicks and hang out with friends. Actually, all of next weekend is going to be insane.

Updates. Finally got a couple of new posts up on Jon Lumley in the year 2042. I have a lot more I’ll be putting up over the next few days/weeks. There’s not going to be much in the way of regularity for updates to this one, you’ll just have to take what you can get.

Elephant Board #1 giveaway. I want this. Even if I don’t win it- and I ain’t holding my breath- I’m getting one. Mark my words. This is the one I'm most excited about out of the whole lineup.

The Voice. How did I get sucked into this stupid show? It’s actually surprisingly entertaining, with only a few cringe-inducing trainwrecks. Also, I have a whole new appreciation for the massively creepy Cee Lo.

Monday, February 20, 2012

february twentieth

Five for February 20th:

House update. The subfloor in the laundry room is in, so we’re able to use the back stairs and, most importantly, let Henry out in the mornings. The place is freshly cleaned; we installed some more blinds, and put in a bunch of shelves over the weekend. It’s getting there.

Weekend action. Poster hanging, drinks and Jenga with friends at Civil Life on Friday night, dinner at Mary and Keith’s on Saturday, short burst of skateboarding on the way to and from places throughout the weekend, visit from Lisa's family on Sunday.

Sickness. My cold from last week came and went, but not before it infected Lisa, who’s currently in the thick of it.

Carcass tossing. Henry either captured a couple of squirrels or just happened upon their corpses in the backyard, but either way, he was having a good time with what was left of them. Nothing like pulling a squirrel’s legbone out of your dog’s mouth to start your Sunday off right.

Pocket Pistols Claus Grabke. They’re out now, apparently. I’m not crazy about the shape, but the graphic is pretty bitchin'.

Friday, February 17, 2012

february seventeenth

Five for February 17th:

New practice pad. Had our first official practice over at Andy’s last night, and it sounded great. The room has a much tighter sound than Kevin’s, and his protools setup will come in really handy for on-the-spot demoing of new tunes.

Iron Maiden. They just announced a string of US dates this summer, with stops in Chicago and Indianapolis. Best part: this is a tour based on the “Maiden England” set, which is my absolute favorite era of Iron Maiden. Trying to get Tazu on board for a road trip in July.

Women’s rights. I know this is going to come as a shock to many of you, but in the span of one single day, the GOP managed to set women's rights back about sixty years. I have to admit that even I was astounded at how completely brazen they were about it.

Luden’s. Any sickness, regardless of symptom or severity, is a good enough reason for me to purchase- and consume- an entire bag of cherry Luden’s.

Friday. And not a moment too soon. Pretty chill weekend coming up with not a ton of plans, except for avoiding Mardi Gras at all costs. Working on the house, hanging with friends, and riding skateboards are all in the cards.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

february sixteenth

Five for February 16th:

Medicated. Loaded up on cold medicine last night, along with the obligatory tube of spearmint chapstick- the unsung hero of nasal congestion. Needless to say, I slept like a rock last night, which was nice.

Skate stuff. Bones shirts in the mail yesterday, super cheap Powell BL Ripper on the way, and a new Mike V. demo video. Speaking of that, some news on the upcoming Elephant line, which I’m excited about.

House update. The new laundry room is coming along nicely. The framing for the floor is done, the pipes are insulated, and the sub-floor will hopefully be going in today. The finished product will have the pipes pulled into the room so they don’t freeze, leveled tile floors, and a heat vent that didn’t exist previously.

Bean dip. It’s what’s for dinner. Speaking of food, the banana walnut bread at Starbucks is a force to be reckoned with.

Music stuff. Practice tonight. We’ll be moving over to Andy’s for the foreseeable future so we can go longer. Also, the “Modernity” download cards came in yesterday, and they look great.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

february fifteenth

Five for February 15th:

Out of nowhere. All of a sudden I have a monster of a cold, which came on so suddenly that I didn’t even have time to drink a glass of orange juice before it was hitting me full force. Needless to say, this congestion and runny nose is harshing my buzz.

Last night. We decided to give Modesto a shot, despite the woman on the phone telling me that there was no way we could get a reservation and walk-up tables would be limited. We got there right on time, snagged a great table right before the place filled up, and had four rounds of amazing tapas.

No fun. Having to go to the old apartment to do laundry, filling out change of address forms, waking up throughout the night and before the alarm because you can’t breathe.

Cable. The abundance of channels we now have is somewhat overwhelming, but in reality, there are only a few we’ll probably end up watching with any level of regularity. HGTV is one of them. I’m an unashamed HGTV lover, and I don’t care what anyone says.

Weather report. The snow that blanketed the ground when I left for work yesterday morning was gone by the time I got out, and last night was mild and dry. This weekend is looking like it’s going to be awesome as well. Best winter ever.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

february fourteenth

Five for February 14th:

Valentine’s Day. Lisa and I have a master plan: try to get a table at Modesto tonight. Our assumption is that because the weather is marginally shitty (ok, it’s not really shitty at all), it might be possible to just walk in. We’ll see how this works out. I may have to revert to plan B, which is call ahead. Yeah, maybe that’s the best idea.

DirecTV. Getting installed today. Neither of us have had cable for years, so this “having 250+ channels” thing will be a wholly new and awesome experience.

Home repair blues. Believe it or not, the worst part of having a gaping, exposed pit of dirt inside our house where our laundry room once stood is that it inhibits our ability to let Henry out in the mornings, and we have to do the whole “get dressed” thing. How quickly we get accustomed to these luxuries. And, naturally, this renovation is occurring during the single week of bad weather we've had so far this winter.

Neil Blender ’86. Short but sweet old school interview with one of the all-time greats. His part with Lance and O in “Ban This” still destroys everything in its path.

Show promo. Made up some posters for the March 3rd show and they look pretty decent. They’ll be going up at all the usual spots soon enough. This show is going to be really awesome, the bands kill, and we’re giving away a record. So go, for fuck’s sake.

Monday, February 13, 2012

february thirteenth

Five for February 13th:

Down and dirty. Spent the day with Lisa’s dad yesterday, tearing out the laundry room floor so we could insulate the room and the pipes to avoid freezing. Currently, there is a dirt pit sitting where our laundry room once was, but it’ll be sweet once it’s finished, which should hopefully be this week.

Right neighborly. As if they were reading our minds, our neighbor came by yesterday and dropped off some backyard-fresh eggs from the city chickens. How awesome is that? Can’t wait to check ‘em out.

Fish fry. Thanks to Lisa’s eagle eyes, we were able to get in on the “dry run” of the Joan of Arc fish fry on Friday night. Needless to say, it was great, and we’ll be back in two weeks for the real deal.

Jesse Martinez tribute board. They keep coming. This one seems decent enough, and the graphic is cool. Seems weird that from all they could choose from, Powell would do a Jesse Martinez model, but what’re you gonna do.

Fear factor. I need to get some cat food on the way home. Hopefully the throngs of people out buying bread, milk, and eggs for the impending 2 inches of snow won't make this too difficult.

Friday, February 10, 2012

february tenth

Five for February 10th:

‘Zines. The new issue of Juice is beyond insane. If you’re even casually into skateboarding or punk rock, you need to go pick it up. It’s just flat out the coolest magazine of all time. And it’s $3.99. Plus the back cover is a full-cover Ripper! I want to buy another copy just so I can cut out that back cover and frame it. Oh, and speaking of that...

Friday. This week blasted by. This weekend should be pretty awesome, despite the lingering cold. Fish fry tonight, laying low tomorrow, possibly attending the Soulard dog parade with Henry on Sunday, but it looks like that’s getting sidelined in favor of rebuilding our laundry room.

Fresh takes on old tunes. Any reservations we may have had about being able to play all of “Modernity” on 3/3 went out the window last night. We charged through at least 5 songs from that album that we hadn’t played in years (and Andy had never played) and they sounded great. I’m certain some of them will end up getting re-incorporated into our current set list.

Art of Board. This might be the coolest company ever. It’s an awesome concept and another thing that is so totally obvious that I can’t believe I didn’t think of it first. I want everything I own to come from these guys.

Ranchito Friday. Sure, we’ve been there once this week already. But it’s cheap and I forgot to bring anything.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

february ninth

Five for February 9th:

Modernity party. Our debut album is almost 3, and we figured that was as good a reason as any to have a show! Off Broadway, 3/3 (get it?). We’ll be handing out free download cards to the first 100 people in the door, the show is only 8 bucks, and Union Tree Review and Volcanoes are also on the bill. It’ll be your last chance to see us in STL until probably June- May at the earliest- so be there.

Skate junk. Skates on Haight is running an insane clearance sale on Powell Bones shirts, and I had no choice but to take advantage. There are a couple coming in the mail next week, including one with the classic “flammable” logo. Also picking up the new issue of Juice today. Can’t wait for spring.

Starbucks. Over the years, I’ve become a reluctant fan/appreciator of the bitter kick of the normal Pike Place roast, but the new Blonde roast is actually really good as well. That said; I don’t get Starbucks very often these days, so I’ll probably stick with ol’ reliable.

Good as new. I’m very lucky to work in a building with some of the best guitar repairmen in the state. As usual, Rick’s work does not disappoint. My acoustic sounds amazing and is playing better than ever.

Tonight. Band practice- dusting off some “Modernity” gems and hammering on the new material, followed by a potential trip to the Bottleworks for a post-rock Winter ESB.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

february eighth

Five for February 8th:

Show photos. Bryan Sutter snapped some great pics of all the bands the other night at the Firebird, including one of me looking particularly deep in thought behind the drums. Check ‘em out.

Fish fry season. Among many totally awesome things about living in south St. Louis, the abundance of Catholic Church fish fries is high on the list. It all begins this weekend. We’ve tried many of them, but generally end up at Joan of Arc on Hampton. It’s the spot.

Whittling away. Made a few dents in my to-do list yesterday and will get some more checked off today. The amount of crap that piles up when you move is staggering. Thankfully we never have to move again if we don’t want to. It’s a good feeling.

City chickens. I love hearing our neighbors’ chickens clucking away in the morning. Our neighbors seem like really cool people. We need to befriend them so we can get some fresh eggs.

Guitar overhaul. Brought in my Alvarez RD8 to get an adjustment and re-stringing by the shop. It hasn’t been set up in years. It’ll be cool to play it again.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

february seventh

Five for February 7th:

Gingrich sucks. Apparently a recent Gingrich rally in Las Vegas was interrupted by a local grindcore band called Traumatic Anal Devastation, who showed up, plugged in, and did their thing. I don’t even want to know if this isn’t real, because it gives me great faith in the world.

DVDs. Scored uber-cheap copies of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Bourne Identity, Napoleon Dynamite, and season 2 of Robot Chicken from Tom yesterday. So much for de-cluttering.

Mi Ranchito Mondays. It’s our new thing. We used to do Fridays, but it’s always a crapshoot because it gets so busy and you’re risking a line out the door. Monday is better anyway. It’s all about the Vippy’s special, and lately their salsa has been easy on the cilantro, which is good by me.

To-do list. The amount of crap I have to do that I’ve been putting off or have simply forgotten about is actually getting to the point that it’s bothering me. I’m tackling it this week/weekend and getting it out of the way.

Van Halen. The new album is on Spotify, and actually- it’s not that bad. I was expecting much worse. No, it’s no Van Halen II, but it’s better than anything with Sammy Hagar by a long shot.

Monday, February 6, 2012

february sixth

Five for February 6th:

Rock show. Saturday’s show at Firebird was our best yet with Andy, and a totally amazing show altogether. All the bands were great, the vibe was good, and people were way into it. Plus there was a food truck. Doesn’t get much better. Thanks to everyone who came out.

Skate reissues. Revamped classic John Lucero, Claus Grabke, and Mario Rubalcaba “tribute” decks are coming out, with tons more on the horizon. Lucero and Grabke I get- but Mario Rubalcaba? Talk about an odd one to put back out. Still, killer graphic.

House work. We got a bunch of stuff done on the house this weekend. Put up blinds in the bedroom, trimmed down some doors, got more furniture (and cats) moved, and some rooms set up. The laundry room, however, is going to be a much bigger project than we were anticipating, but thankfully Lisa’s dad knows what’s up.

Punk rock. Kicking off the week right Jawbreaker's Dear You, plus Bill dropped a Misfits live bootleg from ‘82 off at my desk today. Scoreage.

Super Bowl party. Good food, good people, good times. The halftime show was a joke as always (really, Madonna? You can't actually just sing? you are a singer, right?). I felt bad for Pat that the Patriots lost, but that said- fuck the Patriots.

Friday, February 3, 2012

february third

Five for February 3rd:

Rock band. Practice was great last night. Everything is sounding really good. Last week was a little sketchy, but we made up for it. New tunes are sounding killer as well. Hopefully we’ll be able to debut one or two of them in March.

Friday. Couldn’t get here soon enough. Moving some furniture with Tom tonight. Possibly meeting up with people for drinks at Civil Life? Working on the house tomorrow, followed by a rock show in the evening. Super Bowl party at Pat’s on Sunday.

Out sick. Half my department is down and out with the flu. Hopefully my immune system is running at full speed.

Cowboys and Aliens. I was super excited to see this movie ever since I saw the previews for it, and finally watched it last night. It was definitely good, but not quite as awesome as I was expecting. But what is?

Walk in the park. Henry and I went over to Clifton Heights park for a walk last night. Such an awesome spot. Our neighborhood rules. Tons of young families, dog-walkers, and kids hanging out.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

february second

Five for February 2nd:

DirectTV. Anyone have any good suggestions for DirecTV cable/wireless bundles? The word is that they’re the way to go. Netflix has been a bust for so long we just cancelled it, and there are good deals out there to be had, especially for new homeowners.

Helloween. By request of a co-worker, I’m jamming them this morning. Surprisingly refreshing contrast to the last couple of days of constant power-pop.

The best laid plans. I’m a firm believer in things happening for a reason. Plan all you want, but there’s no getting around the fact that anything can happen at any time. All you can do is roll with it and make it work. Profound, I know, but it’s true.

Practice. Happening tonight, and going to pull out another one pre-show on Saturday. Super excited to be playing this show, and flattered to have been asked. Lots of band stuff happening in the coming few months, in and out of STL. Stay tuned.

Spring cleaning. As with most moves, we’re coming across a ton of stuff we need to get rid of- as well as a ton of stuff we need. Spring yard sale?

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

february first

Five for February 1st:

February. Definitely the most unusual start to a February so far in my lifetime, and I’m not talking about the spring-like weather- although that is unusual.

Refrigeration. Finally, we can store perishable food items at our house. It’s been a long time coming. Can’t wait to get home and see our completed kitchen for the first time.

Las Palmas. Our close proximity to Maplewood has opened up a new world of dining options that were previously off our radar. Had some delicious and inexpensive Mexican cuisine last night. Even the cilantro rice was good, and I despise cilantro.

No more pink slime. I guess this is good news, although I’m still baffled by anyone who willingly and knowingly ingests this garbage.

Split happens. This has been a bad few months for pants. My two pair of Gap jeans finally bit the dust, and the other day I tore the crotch on my favorite pair of pants while moving stuff. Good thing they were cheap One Star cords. Still, what the hell?