Sunday, December 14, 2008
I woke up to Heather knocking on the door and cursing her stupid hotel key for not working again, stupid hotel keys. We went to breakfast/lunch at a little place called Cosi. It was very very good. I had a flat-bread sandwich with some chicken, some sliced tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and fresh basil, mmmmm. Heather went back to work and I did a quick google search to find the exact intersection to tell the taxi driver to take me to.
I hopped in the cab, "Could you take me to the National Art Museum on the corner of G street and 9th?" he responded with something that sounded affirmative. He drove for a lot longer than it looked like it should have taken on google earth and I was just about to say something to him when I saw G street and relaxed a little.
The National Art Museum was huge and it took me all day to go through it. I really liked the old Abraham Lincoln artifacts, they had a huge assortment of Civil War era paintings including a really old painting of Joseph Smith with an interesting blurb about the Mormons rapidly growing and evicting residents from their homes. Weird. Other items I really liked was the photography and portraiture exhibits and the marble sculptures. There was one such sculpture whose robe was sculpted so well I literally had to touch it to see if it was cloth or marble.
There was also a very weird exhibit. I'll try to explain in words as best I can. Imagine a room the size of a 2 car garage tall enough for a camping trailer. On one wall of this room were 16" TV's floor to ceiling; maybe about 10 TV's tall and 40 TV's wide. 2/3rds of these TV's were playing nonsense, no discernible reason to what it was showing, just video clips of very random things. Like men skiing, dancing people, cows, fences, roller skate wheels, bugs. then the other third of the TV's were all playing the same thing, which was also a bunch of randomness, save for the center TV which was playing........well porn. Well I guess it wasn't full on porn, but it was just a bunch of different clips of naked women laying on a couch doing weird things. One would kiss a woden totem-pole statue; Then one would hug a clear glass sculpture. One would try to make a cat lay next to her on the psychiatrist style leather couch, then another would push her boobs together and make a pouty face. Oh but it's okay it's art right? It was supposed to represent our plugged in world that's out of touch with reality. It was just nonsense and weirdness if you ask me. The little TV in the middle on the right up in that picture was the naughty one.
I took the Metro back to the hotel and waited for Heather to come back so we could go to her work dinner with her co-workers.
Bad idea. The dinner was at a Moroccan restaurant whose name I don't recall and it was gross. Heather wanted me to try some new foods, but this was so disgusting. Oh it can't be that bad, you might be thinking to yourself right now, but it was. To start with there was bread that was the consistency of cornbread mixed with a glue stick and the flavor of some carpet-based bread concoction. Next up, soup. The soup wasn't that bad, some tomato basil snap pea soup, which to me tasted exactly like a can of Campbell's vegetable soup, except instead the the familiar shapes and colors of vegetables, this new soup had strange shapes and most things I saw in the soup when I dared to look were white, and last time I checked, neither basil, tomatoes or peas are white right? Then after that they started serving this turnover looking thing which smell absolutely delicious and I was getting hungry after picking at my other food. The little turnover thing looked very good indeed, and then I cut it open. Apples? Honey? Pie Filling in the Center? Nope, chicken. Yep meat was wadded inside of this little turnover that was covered in cinnamon and powdered sugar, I tasted it and I had to swallow my gag.
At this time the belly dancer came out to dance which had a little too much belly and was little too old to still be a dancing, I tried not to make eye contact and told everyone at the table to avert their eyes so as not to lure her over. The main course then came consisting of "free-range" chicken and lamb Currie. I scraped all the weird looking stuff off of my chicken and ate just the meat part, tasted and very much disliked the lamb, it kind of tasted like fridge burned deer meat. I didn't get my hopes up for dessert which was a good thing because it was just honeydew and cantaloupe squares that were too soft and a very hot minty tea. I agree it's good to try new things to get yourself cultured, but I am not going to eat Moroccan again. Oh and also this all took place over a 3 hour time period, very slow service, and everyone else who works with Heather was getting drunk and trying to belly dance and/or arm wrestle anyone who was up for it. It was a fun weird night and dinner.
Long post I know.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
There are a ton of people who walk the streets of this city, and surprisingly most were my age. Normally you see a lot of families or old people out, but this neighborhood is strangely young. With the neighborhood so young you'd think that most people would be here for the same reasons as myself, just wandering looking for shops. Of the conversations I heard they were all business conversations, people talking about meetings they had been, what the company needs to be doing, costs, projections, travels and company idiots. It makes me feel like there is hope for young people, such as myself, in the business world. Where I live the business class is so much older and it's very disconcerting to someone who wants to start there business career.After stopping buy some shops and making note of a few I know Heather would like to visit, I walked back towards and past my hotel to grab some lunch at a sandwich shop I noticed the day before. In a crowded intersection there's a small patch of grass and some park benches, in between the benches, on a grassy little knoll stood a women dressed in a tattered overcoat and a winter Russian style hat was screaming at the top of her lungs.
"You're stealing my life! This is my life and your taking it from me!" It was weird and kind of frightening actually. I wonder what this crazy lady would do if I yelled back at her. Do you think you're the only one who has a hard life? Everyone walking on this street is struggling with there own problems, why do you think we owe you anything!? I half considered walking up to her and slapping sense into her and screaming right back in her face.
I made it to my sandwich shop and sat at a table right by the window to watch people scurry by. After I ate and stood up to clear my table I noticed a small sign above. Handicap accessible only. Whoops. I made my way back to my hotel and up to my room, sat down and turned on the TV to the one movie channel we have, Blair Witch project was on. I was just starting to get into it when a tap tap tap came on the door, room cleaners at 3 o clock?! I was just leaving, I lied and went back down to the lobby to start my book. The Road by Cormac Mcarthy. The first twenty pages are great.
That was my second day on my own in D.C.
Monday, December 8, 2008
DC is great, flying in I sat on the left rear side of the plane giving me an awesome look at the Washington monument. Stupid ridiculous comments about it being a giant penis statue. The huge obelisk was fashioned after the Egyptian obelisks, which now are crumbled and ruined. The monument was originally going to be a pantheon containing statues of many great presidents to come, I think they chose the correct building plan.
The memorial side of DC seems like a different country almost, with such old buildings that look so oddly Un-American, while ironically they are supposed to stand for everything America is.
Sometimes I wish I lived in a very large, multiculturaly diverse city. I find it very refreshing to be around different sorts of people, breathing different air, thinking different thoughts, with there own worries and problems that are so very different from what I'm used to seeing.
As odd as it sounds I took my first taxi ride today, silently noticing the expansive trunk, nice leather seats, cigarette smell and an unusually friendly taxi driver, unusual only because TV tells me they are not.
We have a very nice hotel room that Heather's work is paying for, well all but one night. This nice hotel makes me want a different job more than I have in along time. My wife has an adult realistic job, she goes on business trips and works with real people. This is what I need, this is what I am going to school for. Do you ever feel like you are not where you need to be. You are not using your potential? I wish I could know what job I would be the very best at and I could feel good about working there.
I start school January 5th or 6th I beleive, I am only taking 9 credits until I can get back into the swing of all things school. I'm a little nervous for math, I have a hard time remembering what the instructor has taught me in math when I get home to do my homework. Maybe in highschool my mind was elsewhere, lets hope that's all it is. I 'm excited for my other two classes. Writing is something I usually like doing, and am excited to hone in on some of my writing skills Also I have recently become interested in philosophy. I hope this class is more of a discussion of philosophies rather than a study of philosophers.
I have all of my Christmas presents already purchased and ready to be wrapped and gifted. If you were lucky enough to be one of the few people I am giving presents to you will not be disappointed.
I bought the newest Killer's CD and so far I'm am not the biggest fan, feels like a record executive told The Killers that people were really into the eighties feeling of some of there songs off of Hot Fuss, so they tried to make an entire eighties album. Also I think Brandon Flowers wants to be Chris Martin of Coldplay so he's trying to mimmick him, which is so stupid because Hot Fuss is so much better than anything Coldplay could even try to think about writing. Coldplay sucks.
I'll try to post more frequently.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
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Thursday, August 7, 2008
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Monday, July 28, 2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
The funniest TV show ever poll is over and The Office ruled the school of course, with Arrested Developement and Seinfield coming in a close second. Family guy and Chappelles show only got one vote a piece, youch! I agree though, Office, Arrested Developement are Seinfield you could watch a million times and not get bored and it'll still be funny everytime!
There will be a full review up later, I'm probably not going to be posting after the review, I'm not getting very much traffic, please comment if you want me continue, or not, whatever. Check you all later!
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Coldplay's new album came out today, first impressions after I listened to it at work it seemed like they were using a lot of gimmicks to hype up the album, strings and dancy muted sounding drums, but on the way home from work where I can really turn it up and listen I started to like it more. There will be a full review when I get back, I'll have plenty of time on sitting on a house boat for four days. You can listen some tracks down in my playlist.
Talk to you all in a few days! Please comment, and vote in the pole. Natalie Portman is killing! Yay!
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Not much going on in way of cool things. After Weezer's release there's not much going on in the way of music, well till Tuesday anyways. On the 10th, My Morning Jacket's newest CD "Evil Urges" comes out and according to preliminary reviews it is going to be a milestone for MMJ and it will be very very good. So fingers crossed that the previewers know what they are talking about, I excited and I'll let you know how it is. The week after, the 17th Coldplay's new album will hit the airwaves, prepare for the worst and hope for the best, it helps with the disappointment of a crappy CD.
Check out the newest Coen Brother's movie trailer, BURN AFTER READING it looks funny/cool.
Below is a movie I made while writing some songs with my friend Nate, I knew no one would believe me when I told them what happened and they'd have to see if for themselves, so here it is...
If you can't hear it well this is what happened. A while ago, shortly after the formation of Sonance, we were just practicing some songs and messing around and we unplugged our guitar cable from our guitars and placed them on our tongue, the result was just a really loud annoying noise and you could move it around you tongue and the pitch and loudness would change, it was weird, but not as weird as what happened to me when I decided to place my cable on my tongue this day. I brought the chord up to my mouth and no noise came out, I cranked my amp up and what did I hear? An fuzzy old sounding Mexican radio station, it was creepy. I moved it around my tongue and the signal would get better or worse. Man it was weird, watch it again and see that I'm not just making it up, Neal if you're reading I'm talking to you.
Well that's it for me, I'll keep you posted! Thanks for reading.
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
There are few things in my life that I truly love in my life, BESIDES my lovely wife Heather of course.
These things, in no particular order are: that clop clop sound my long board makes when riding on sidewalks, the metallic sliding sound an acousitc guitar makes when switching chords, playing a brand new song you've writtten, all the way through with a full band for the first time and getting those chills when it sounds like a real song, and then times that feeling and chills by 10, when you play that song in front of hundreds of people and they love it as much as you do. At the very top of that list is the feeling I get when putting a new CD into my CD player and just listening.
The surprise, unexpectedness and unforseen... uh ness of a good bands newest work, and Weezer being one of my favorite bands of all time, you can just imagine what it's like.
I've already told why I love Weezer in my post "IT, is what they are" So I'm going to review this disc, one song at a time.
Troublemaker: The first track on CD's kind of CD set the tone for the rest of disc, this track leaked a couple weeks before CD so I got an early look at this song. Kind of a faster paced song, could easily be a radio sinlge, awesome and funny lyrics, 6.5 out of 10
The Greatest Man That Ever Lived: This song blew me away when I first heard it, this track also leaked a week or two before the CD. This song has like ten different parts all thrown together in one song, it's got rap, rock, falsetto (my favorite), and classic Weezer--esque parts. All in all just an awesome inventive song. 7.5 out of 10
Pork and Beans: This is their first single of the CD. The first single is always weird to me, it always seems like the first single is a song that sounds similar to their old stuff to kind of get the fans of the old CD's to buy the new one, it never really feels like it belongs when you buy the album later. Pork and Beans has similar sounds to some really old Weezer songs. This song was written after a meeting Weezer had with some record execs where he was told to be more commercially acceptable. Weezer's lyrics are so specific to Rivers you know exactly what he's going through, we haven't heard this personal of lyrics from Weezer since Pinkerton and I love it! 6.5 out of 10.
Heart Songs: This is Rivers/Weezers tribute to his influences of the past. It's his ode to his heroes. The whole CD is a little slower than the previously leaked tracks would suggest, but I'm all about ballads though. This song isn't too slow, just a good overall Weezer song, one of my favorite from the CD. Little does Weezer know that out of my like 50 or so personally "heart songs" they claim like 30 of them. 7 out of 10
Everybody Get Dangerous: This is the fastest song on the album, think Hashpipe, or We Are All On Drugs, just minus the drug references. This songs about Rivers and his friends being hellians in the past. It's a fun song, fast guitars, awesome drums and lyrics that remind me when I was a youngster. 6 out of 10
Dreamin': I freaking love this song, got a sublte blue album feel to it, musically and lyrics wise. This is the first song we get to hear some other band memebers sing a pretty main part of the song, in the bridge of the song Bryan Bell the guitarist takes over singing for a bit. He's not a bad singer. The song kind of has a symphonic feel to it. I love the lyrics to this song, some more personal lyrics thrown into the mix. 8 out of 10
Thought I Knew: Worst song on the CD, Bryan Bell takes over as lead singer and writer on this song, orginally written for his band The Rentels. He's got an okay voice and put together an average song, it's nothing compared Rivers though. This song has a 1990's feel to it. Give me RIVERS! 4 out of 10
Cold Dark World: One of my favorite tracks on the CD. Non-unsual lyrical melodies as far as Weezer goes. Written by Scott Shriner (Weezer's bassist) and Rivers, Scott also sings lead on this song, he keeps his vocals low on this song and grungy, but still epic. 7.5 out of 10
Automatic: This song was actually written and sung by drummer Pat Wilson, it's got some synthesizers and piano in it. A really good song, not one the best but still very good, but like I said before. Give me RIVERS. He knows how to write songs and can give me what I want.
5.5 out of 10
The Angel and the One: I really love this song, it's a slower track, reminds of Only in Dreams, a little. Awesome lyrics and instrumentation. Classic Weezer feel to it and a simple but amazing outtro. I really want to see this track live. 8 out of 10
Miss Sweeney (Bonus Track): This is definatly one of my favorites on the whole CD, it's worth buying the Deluxe Version of the CD just for this song. This feels the most like a classic Weezer song. A beatiful love song with a clever story in it. It's the story of Pam and Jim from The Office, with names changed to protect the innocent :) Just change Sweeney to Beasley and you've got their story. 8.5 out 10
Pig (Bonus Track): This song has been circulating the internet for months now and Weezer obliging to thousands of fan requests added it to this CD. I am really glad they did, fun lyrics over simple yet awesome instrument use. Story of being a pig, from baby piglet to slaughter house. 7.5 out of 10
The Spider (Bonus Track): This songs about, you guessed it a spider. A Spider stuck in a drain scared to die, kind of a weak song compared to rest, but listen to it by itself it can hold is own. 6 out of 10
King (Bonus Track): This song, written by Cuomo and sung by bassist Scott Shriner again is a really well put together song, I really like Scott Shriners voice in the songs he sings with Rivers doing some back up vocals. 7 out of 10
That's it, sorry it's so long, overall though Weezer's Red Album gets an 90% I doubt you'll see an album review that good again, unless I start reviewing old CDs.
Please support the awesomeness that is Weezer and BUY THIS ALBUM, don't ask me to burn you a copy, for some bands I refuse to be a part of ripping them off. :) Well let me know what you think of the album if you've got it.
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
MUSE is in the studio again, thank you DEREK for the heads up on that one, after some research it seems the new album is going to be an experimental one. More electronic and dance than rock, while some tracks will have more of a symphonic feel. It's even rumored they'll hire an orchestra for a track or too. That'll be interesting. I seem to remember Metallica doing that a while back with mixed views on whether it was cool or not. I thought No Leaf Clover was a lot better with the backing of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. Only time will tell us if this approach will work for Muse, and when I say time I mean me. I'll let you know. As long as they keep the piano coming I'll be psyched.
I just bought my first My Morning Jacket CD and I am very impressed. They kind of remind of the Flaming Lips only not so crazy. I'm excited for their new album coming out June 10th! So.........,Um..........,SEX AND THE CITY, the movie, is coming out this weekend, and if you know HEATHER at all you know that that is what we will be doing at our earliest opportunity. I actually don't mind the T.V. series too much. Hopefully, like the series, the movie will have enough T&A to keep me interested:) The Strangers also comes out, but not only do I dislike scary movies, but the trailer for The Strangers was on a movie that me and Heather went to not to long ago and just the trailer itself almost made me wet myself, it looks like it'll be a good scary movie, but like I said they're not for me. That's it as far as movies this weekend. I am looking forward to STEP BROTHERS a lot. I'm a sucker for Will Ferrel movies, if you haven't seen the trailer yet check it out! Also THE DARK KNIGHT is going to be awesome I hope. There's also a STAR WARS 3D CLONE WARS animated movie coming out to kick off a T.V. Series directly following, I'm super excited, but I won't geek out about it here. Thanks for reading everyone!
PS:In answer to some questions I had in comments, Jared I checked out MGMT and I like Time to Pretend, but every other song on that album sounds too similar to it, only not as good. I have only given it a couple spins, but they're not for me. Mindy, I'm not too sure I will buy Coldplays new album soley for the fact that Chris Martin thinks Coldplay is the best band in the world, if one of my good friends were to give me the album I would have no objection listening to it and telling everyone why they are not ;) Amy, I have checked out Arcade Fire and love the death out of them, I have a couple tracks down in my playlist if you scroll through a bit, Intervention is a rad song, as is Black Wave/Bad Vibrations. I haven't given Rogue Wave or Wolf Parade a listen yet but from the iTunes snippets I've heard they are alright by me! Talk to you all later!
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Radiohead is a band I've grown to like in my later years of life. Junior High I said, "Radiohead, Shmadiohead." But to hear that said to me makes me sad for the ignorance of such a person. Radiohead is the band I want to be. Radiohead is amazing instrumention orchestrated together in such a way you have to listen to it five times to understand it's awesomeness. Their lyrics are out of this world, words, rhymes, stories and thoughts I could never even dream about. Thom Yorke's melodies he writes and the depth of his voice is second only to the amazing talents of Johnny Greenwood annihilating the standards for lead guitarist, his brother Colin Greenwood, thumping out the most somber, catchy, rythmatic and "make you want to dance" bass lines someone could dream to invent, Ed O'Brien, singing back up for Yorke and strumming alongside Johnny, and Phil Selway an amazement of a drummer, he makes sure everyone listening to Radiohead is tapping their feet or nodding their head. If any member went missing, Radiohead would cease to exist. I could go on and on. If you are unfamiliar with Radiohead check out, Karma Police, Paranoid Android, I Might Be Wrong, Knives Out, Where I End and You Begin, There There, 15 Step, Bodysnatchers, Nude and Jigsaw Falling Into Place. If you don't like any of those I'll give you five bucks! And I'll slap you.
Weezer, oh where to begin. Weezer is a moving band, they can make you happy and sad with the same song, nay, the same sentence. Weezer can write the catchiest melodies known to man. Everyone can sing along to Weezer. Weezer invented music as it is today. Weezer is the grandfather of punk, emo, rock and indie. Weezer is amazing melodies, indetifying lyrics, over simple yet epic use of instruments. Amazing solo's by lead guitarist Bryan Bell, Pat Wilson know's when to use and not to use his awesome talents on the drums, their ever changing bassist added their own contributions to their greatness, and last and most certainly not least Rivers Cuomo. Rivers is Weezer. He writes and sings all Weezer songs, his dorky/mysterious demeanor make fans go crazy for him. Live Weezer is dead on, and like Craig always says, if you can't do it live you can't do it at all. Key tracks, Say it Ain't So, Only in Dreams, Island in The Sun, Hashpipe, Slob, Death and Destruction, Burndt Jam, Haunt You Everyday and soon to be classics, The Greatest Man That Ever Lived and Pork and Beans.
That's all I have time to tell you today, those are the two best bands still making music. Let me know your favorites! More of mine to come in the following weeks.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
For my first post these are the things I'm into right now.
Weezer has a new self-titled album coming out the 3rd of June, pushed UP from the 24th of June, anybody who has waited for their favorite artist to put out a new CD knows how rare it is for a band to push the release date anything but back so I'm super excited. There are three released singles from their upcoming album on my playlist. The Greatest Man That Ever Lived, Troublemaker, and Pork and Beans, all of them are super cool, especially The Greatest Man That Ever Lived, it's like twenty different parts all thrown into one song, and the other two are just classic solid Weezer songs, check them out!
Also, if you've never heard of ChaCha, you should check it out, basically it's a huge group of people that will answer any and all questions you can think of. Really any questions, I asked it what ship does Dash Rendar pilot, and I'm sure 99.9% of anyone in the world doesn't know the answer to that, and it texted me back the answer in like 2 minutes. It can give you traffic conditions, band information, weather, movie showtimes, movie reviews, seriously anything. Just text your questions to 242242, that spells ChaCha on most phones I believe but give it a try, try to stump it. It doesn't cost anymore than your regular text messages cost, so if you have unlimited texts it's absolutely free!
Too, Whiskey Militia is a website that sells semi cool stuff for dirt cheap prices, I was first turned onto it by my friend Neal, the owner of the resteraunt I work at, him as well as many other managers and co-workers are now addicted to this website. You can get really nice 200 dollar watches for like twenty bucks, board shorts for the same, cheap shirts, belts, wallets, pants, you name it. www.whiskeymilitia.com is the address it's also linked under my sites over on the right.
That's it for this post, let me know what you think! More to come soon!