Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Neil Youmond or Neil Diamoung?...wait, who?

Why is Neil Diamond so cool anyway? I blame the Red Sox for overplaying Sweet Caroline. From the all songs considered blog:

This was all confirmed for me at a party I went to in Baltimore a while back. Everyone was a lot younger than I am. I was sitting with a group of early twentysomethings, sipping beers and pretending to relate to whatever the topic was. At some point, someone imitated Will Ferrell imitating Neil Diamond, which drew a laugh, followed by a discussion of just how totally cool Diamond is, you know? The most blissfully clueless person in the group asked for a clarification on who, exactly, Neil Diamond is, confusing his name with Neil Young... at which point I had to jump in, exclaiming that one should never confuse the two.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Monday, April 28, 2008

The Shins on Nick Jr.

Here is a video of The Shins performing a song on a kid's show... wierd... kind of catchy.

case of the Mondays

I'm sort of having a blah day, but this made me perk right up, and I thought I'd share it with you:

Friday, April 25, 2008

Amazing Choice.

Jimmy Fallon is supposedly in line to succeed Conan when Conan takes over from Leno.

He's the famous comedic genius of SNL and, of course, the motion picture Taxi.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

See, I'm not just making this stuff up.

We seem to be just dioning and diongin, but what lurks beneath the surface? Could it be urning? Or zwitter? Or uraniaster?

Have fun at Def Leppard!!!



Game plan:
1. Get off work early
2. Go to Viking and get crunked
3. Stumble to concert
4. Have our faces melted with the f***ing amazing-tastically-superbly-sweet-awesome music
5. Stumble back to bars
6. Regain po-drunk state of mind
7. Stumble home
*for those of us who have to work*
8. Do a half-assed hungover job at work
9. That night....NO QUARTER!!!

Music for "The Rules"

Motorhead - The Chase Is Better Than the Catch
Motorhead - Love You Like a Reptile
AC/DC - Givin' the Dog a Bone
AC/DC - Squealer
AC/DC - The Jack
AC/DC - She's Got Balls
Aerosmith - Big Ten Inch Record
Arctic Monkeys - Fake Tales of San Francisco
Arctic Monkeys - Still Take You Home
Arctic Monkeys - When the Sund Goes Down
Bob Dylan - Just Lika a Woman
Bob Dylan - Rainy Day Women #12 & 35
Bob Dylan - Maggie's Farm
Bob Seger - Still the Same
Bruce Springsteen - I'm on Fire
Cheap Trick - I Must Be Dreamin'
The Cult - She Sells Sanctuary
The Cure - Fascination Street
Curtis Mayfield - Superfly
Damien Rice - Woman Like a Man
David Bowie - Golden Years
David Bowie - Rebel, Rebel
Eminem - Superman
Flight of the Conchords - Business Time
George Thorogood - You Talk Way Too Much
Guns n' Roses - Don't Cry
Guns n' Rose - It's So Easy
Iron Maiden - 22 Acacia Avenue
Journey - Seperate Ways (Worlds Apart)
Led Zeppelin - The Lemon Song
Motley Crue - Looks That Kill
Motley Crue - Girl, Girls, Girls
Pink Floyd - Mother
Pink Floyd - Young Lust
The Police - Don't Stand So Close to Me
Queens of the Stone Age - Everyone Knows That Your Insane
Queens of the Stone Age - Little Sister
The Ramones - I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend
The Ramones - I Don't Wanna Walk Around With You
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Breaking the Girl
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Suck My Kiss
The Rolling Stones - Emotional Rescue
The Stone Roses - I Wanna Be Adored
The Stooges - Loose
The Stooges - I Wanna Be Your Dog
Van Halen - Ice Cream Man
Van Halen - Ain't Talkin' Bout Love
Violent Femmes - Gimme the Car
Violent Femmes - Kiss Off
ZZ Top - Legs
ZZ Top - Tube Snake Boogie
ZZ Top - Sharp Dressed Man
ZZ Top - Gimme All Your Lovin'
50 Cent - P.I.M.P
The Roots - The Seed (2.0)

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Moving Day!

Becca, Matt, and I are moving today. Well, not all together. Well, Becca and Matt are moving together. I am moving solo. But we are all moving together. Are we clear? Okay.

Directions from the DINKs' place to my place:

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This means that you should ALL move to Browne's Addition. Capisce?

Friday, April 18, 2008

Sean "Farrah" Tooley

So today for lunch Alex, Tammie, Devon, and I all went to lunch at Applebee's. When we arrived we waited, then were finally seated to be greeted by out server, Clayton. The meal was eventful, I managed to have Alex order a single glass of wine, only to have him later look really drunk and describe himself as feeling "dizzy." This is also the man ladies and gentlemen that never drinks and in his own words is a "stalker," Mary and Rachel can verify this.

Anyway, during the meal, Clayton was joking around with our table and called my Farrah because of my long flowing golden locks. I was not offended, I found it amusing. Also over the course of the meal there were tons of opportunities to rag of people in our office, and heckle Alex. Devon was amused because she said that Clayton was hitting on me...seriously how could he not?The meal continued and of course, more comedy ensued, especially when we talked about George Costanza and other inside jokes. But I digress. The highlight of the meal was as we were paying for the food I asked Clayton what happens when someone orders a meal but cannot pay because they have no cash and their cards are invalid; do they make them wash dishes, take a check, an IOU, call a bailbondsman, etc. When he returns he asks if I saw the woman wearing white in the bar. I look over expecting to see a manager he's harangled into looking mean and then threaten that he will beat me up, but only see a woman in her 40's (a customer) in white at the bar and a 25 year old-ish bartender. Apparently the 40 year old woman had given her number to Clayton to give me because he had told her about the Farrah comment and she was amused. Clayton recited the number but I did not catch it. On the way out she waved at me and I back. In retrospect I feel like I should have all my dining excursions at Applebee's, I regret instantly not picking myself up a sugar momma.

Look out gay men and old ladies, I am your eye candy. Enjoy!

I Had A Dream

I think it's fitting for this weekend to describe a dream I just had while I was napping.

During part of my dream, for some reason Christian and Matt were stabbing themselves in the stomach so they could just put food directly into their stomachs.

Then they tried to stab my stomach.

They failed.

Then Becca tried. A fight ensued and I realized I was dreaming so I let Becca stab me then took the knife and stabbed her.

Then the dream changed.

Album Review: The Black Angels - Directions to See a Ghost

The Black Angels first album introduced the world to their hazy, psychedelic brand of rock. Passover showed off their many influences; The Velvet Underground (from whose song their name is derived) combined with Black Sabbath with a little shoegaze thrown in. They make the kind of haunting melodies that invade your mind and don’t let go. I expected a lot from Directions to See a Ghost. I wanted them to go above and beyond their previous efforts and make a truly great album experience from start to finish.

The album starts off great. The first track grabs you with its driving drums and fuzzed out guitars. It is followed by the shimmery “Doves” with a more upbeat sound contrasted with lead singer Alex Maas’s mournful vocals.

“Science Killer” is a lumbering bass heavy track that is slow and hypnotic. On “Deer-Ree-Shee” the band takes the sound of Beatles tracks like “Within You Without You” and “Tomorrow Never Knows” and adds their own distortion laden wall of sound. Other highlights include the 8 minute “Never/Ever” that builds into a sonic assault. The album closes with the 16 minute fuzzfest “Snake in the Grass”.

The Black Angels gives you what you would expect on this album. It is filled with feedback laden dirges that engulf you. There is enough experimentation to keep the listener interested though it grows somewhat stale for a few songs at the end. The Black Angels sound is both progressive and classic at the same time and will leave you wanting more.

Score: 8/10

Key Tracks: “You on the Run”, “Never/Ever”

Thursday, April 17, 2008

English majors make the BEST parents.

Thank you all for coming to my thesis presentation. I love you guys. It meant a lot to me.

Also, who enjoyed that Cooney told Marshall to leave his son at the Y so he could come drink with us? That man, he thinks like I do. ("Oh shit! Henry's at the Y!" "Nah, just leave him there. He'll be fine."

New Weezer Single

The new single from Weezer's new self-titled album (looks like red this time) is being streamed from their website.

It's called "Pork and Beans". The title sounds stupid, but my initial impressions are favorable. It sounds more like the blue album than Make Believe, so that's a good sign. Album out 6/24/08.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Holiday Parties

Inspired by Mary's previous post, I have decided to make my way back into the blog-o-sphere. I was so pumped about starting up Spokanicity and then I sort of disappeared for awhile but now... now I'm back, bitches.

Back in December, Tooley and I made a deal that we'd go to each other's (work) holiday parties in search of free booze, amusing coworkers, and general hijinks. Tooley's Little Software Company holiday party was first, taking place in the Davenport. Because we got there early, we wandered around looking at these fancy gingerbread houses that were on display. When the party itself started, we sat at a table with Tooley's coworker Kit and his then-fiance and his coworker Alex, which made for some... interesting conversation. The food was standard catering fare, but the booze was FREE, FREE, FREE and Tooley was driving so I had three glasses of wine.

My second-favorite moment was when Alex saw me playing with the silver ring I wear sometimes on my right hand and asked me if I was married. When I replied no, he asked me if I had any single friends. Now, he sends me invitations to at least one Facebook application a day.

My favorite moment was when Tooley and I decided that we needed to lighten the load of booze that the Davenport would have to put away. We're considerate, right? So we lingered not at all obviously (read: incredibly obviously) by the beverage table while almost all of his coworkers left to go home. When the members of cleanup crew had their backs turned, Tooley stuffed a bottle of white wine in my purse and we booked it. Once back in the Logan neighborhood, we burst into Matt and Becca's apartment while they were in the middle of domestic bliss (i.e. watching Arrested Development and playing on their laptops side-by-side) and split the bottle. Even though I don't like white wine usually, this tasted delicious. Because it was free? I'll let you decide.

My Little Software Company had its party at Gonzaga, and Becca was ill, so it was not nearly as fun-filled, buuuut we still got drunk and played Rock Band after. So, all's well that ends well.


A summary of the evening: Tooley drunkenly berated the CEO of his company for not adequately appreciating Pink Floyd. ("You've HEARD of Pink Floyd? THE GREATEST BAND OF ALL TIME!?!" "They're Ok." "OF ALL TIME!") Then I tried to waltz with an aged molester. Devon bravely drank her way through the shitstorm.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Pretension ahoy!

I found this website in Rolling Stone, so some of you probably saw it too, but it's super duper cool. It's a comic about Andy Warhol and Bob Dylan arguing... Dylan supposedly really did hate Warhol, and used one of his paintings as a dartboard. Check it out!

Friday, April 11, 2008

I'm not paying to get money.

Um, so I'm still not going to graduation, but apparently I have to attend the Honors Convocation to get my Gurian money (for my story which is "offensive to women"). Does anyone have a cap and gown I can borrow?