Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Mix O'Mahoney

My friend (and maker of fine images like the one above) Erin Mahoney made me a mix CD before I left on tour. I listened to it almost every day while I was gone. It's chocked full of old favorites of mine (Camera Obscura, Wilco, and Yo La Tengo) as well as new jams that'll keep me occupied for some time (Bon Iver, Girl in a Coma, a Coconut Records track I actually like, and a Daniel Johnston song I'd never heard.)

By far though, my two favorite songs on the mix are these ones:

Anyhow, here's a link to the full mix, which also includes songs by Bob Dylan, The Zombies, Built to Spill, and others. Download and enjoy it!
Clickity click click.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Let's get real drunk and ride our bikes

I want more nights like this in my life.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

I'm wondering what this penguin is thinking about here. He must be so confused. It looks like he just broke through the 4th wall and is looking in on what he thought was his real life. Stop me if this doesn't make any sense, but I just get the feeling that this penguin never wants to go back in that tank ever again.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Bunker from another time and another place

My dad just sent me this picture of the school he went to in Yemen. I guess for a little while it was used as a station for the military. In the 1950s and 1960s, much of Yemen was still under British Colonial rule so there was a lot of friction between the Arabs and the Brits so it wouldn't have been uncommon for schools and other public buildings to be taken over temporarily by the military. These men don't really seem to be planning a strategic offensive against the Limeys though, instead it seems that their primary objective is to chill.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

I've been rather silent lately

I feel like all of my internets are falling victim to a slow, painful, and stagnant kind of death. Aside from Twitter that is. I can twitter-twat all day. I can say twitter-twat all day. My latest obsession in life and on the twitter has been something I've been calling #yourdailycuteness. Basically, I just go on there everyday and post some type of super cute picture or video. Usually pictures because I can't watch videos at work. Here are some examples from the past two weeks:

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Saturday, July 18, 2009

You said I could run away too.

Just placed my order for this guy.

It's a 12x24, 5 color (I can see, maybe, two of those colors) screen print done by Daniel Danger. I saw this guy posted at OMG Posters! the other day and just had to have it. So I hurried and ordered it through MondoTees, which turns out to have been a mistake since, even though they sold out rather quickly, Daniel will now be offering them up at his site. The one's he'll have will be signed and numbered. He's also gonna have a blue variant. So...ummm, boohair? Yes, boohair indeed.

Also, I've finally started the process of screen capping this movie, so be on the lookout for those, probably this week.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Wilco Posters

Here are some concert posters I bought at the Wilco shows I went to recently.

Fox Theater in Pomona, 6.20.2009

Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles, 6.23.2009

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Things that I've been called other than my name

Over the years I've had a lot of people not really understand my name. This usually only happens when people encounter my name for the first time. Whether they hear me or someone else say it, or if they see it written down. I always, without fail find these moments hilarious. I think you all know about my favorite time this happened ("Two Hands, huh?"), but here are some more classic "Zuhair" eff-ups.

There was my the history professor at UCR, Elizabeth Vanderven, who for two whole quarters called me Zaire (Zah-year), like you know? The country in Africa (now called the somewhat less catchy Democratic Republic of Congo). I probably could have corrected her, but dang dude, she was cute and I figured that I'd let her call me whatever she wanted.

The ethnic studies professor, Ralph Crowder, who simply glossed over my name and opted to skip the first part altogether and just call me Abdulla. He's the only person that I've ever known to call me by only my last name, consistently. I ran into him about a year ago, having first had class with him in 2001 and found out that he still calls me, simply, Abdulla.

I'm not even going to talk about what happened when that stupid Don't Mess With the Zohan movie came out.

At the Toyota dealership a few weeks ago one of the dudes from maintenance came up to me and asked me if I owned a Prius. I said yes and he told me my car was done and ready to be paid for. Usually they just call your name on the loud speaker but I had my headphones in and couldn't hear. Anyhow. I went up to the counter to pay for whatever it was they were fixing when the lady behind the counter said, in a Mexican accent, "Oh! It's your car! I was calling Zwa-hurr for like 10 minutes! Just me saying 'Zwa-hurr, Zwa-hurr, your car is ready.'" I told her I was wearing headphones and couldn't hear, but didn't mention that even if I could hear, I still would have had no idea that my car was ready.

There's a guy who does handiwork at the house that I work at. I've seen him probably once a week or at least twice a month since I started working here in August of last year. We don't talk much but we always do a little stop and chat. His name is Justin and he's addressed me by name many times. I went on tour for about 5 weeks starting at the end of March. When I returned back to the office the week after tour ended I saw him and said hello. He responded with, "Oh hey Zuha (Zoo-ha, as in Zoo-ha got you all in check!), how's it going?" He also ended the conversation with, "Good seeing you again, Zuha!" I guess 6 weeks of not seeing me makes you forget the last two letters of my name.

I can't remember exactly where this happened but I was at a somewhat loud party when one of my friends decided to introduce me to the lady he brought. She was very, very, clearly not interested in meeting me and wasn't really paying attention at all. So when I said, "Hi, I'm Zuhair, nice to meet you," she very bitchily responded with "What's a Zuhair?"

When I was a child, a little baby Zuhair if you will, all the other children used to call me Poohair. I believe though, that that was somewhat intentional.

Monday, June 22, 2009


Saturday had me watching one of my favorite bands ever, Wilco. It was, hands down, the best show I've ever been to in my life. And I saw Weezer 3 times before they got all shitty! In fact, I'm just gonna go ahead and say it; It was the best anything ever. For Wilco fans out there, here's what they played:

1. Wilco (The Song)
2. I Am Trying To Break Your Heart
3. Bull Black Nova
4. You Are My Face
5. One Wing
6. A Shot In The Arm
7. Radio Cure
8. Impossible Germany
9. Deeper Down
10. Pick Up The Change
11. Can't Stand It
12. Jesus, Etc.
13. Hate It Here
14. You Never Know
15. Theologians
16. Walken
17. I'm The Man Who Loves You
18. Hummingbird
// E1: 19. Passenger Side
20. California Stars
21. Misunderstood
22. Happy Birthday
23. Spiders (Kidsmoke)
// E2:
24. Kingpin
25. Monday
26. Hoodoo Voodoo

Don't know if you noticed that there, but they did two encores!

They didn't play a few jams that I really wanted to hear, but they had such a good set list it didn't really matter. Plus they played Misunderstood which is goddamned incredible. Here it is, the live version off of Kicking Television:
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I couldn't find a really good live video of the whole song, there's one from Lollapalooza '08 that was pretty good but then I noticed it didn't have the lead guitar in the mix, what up with that sound guy? Anyhow, so instead I've just embedded this short clip from I am Trying to Break Your Heart of just the end bits.

Monday, June 15, 2009

The Darjeeling Limited, 2007

Higher res if you click the pics

"I guess I've still got a lot of healing to do."

Wednesday, June 10, 2009


Next Saturday I'm going to be seeing Wilco at The Fox Theater in Pomona. This'll be my second time seeing them and I'm pretty dang excited. Here are some videos of them that I like a lot:

My favorite:

And not only do I LOVE this next song, but I think the video is super funny. It looks like it's from one of those MTV Winter Break things they used to do in the 90s. This video is full of cheesy edits and for some reason, Tweedy is wearing snowboarding goggles:

Monday, June 1, 2009

Funny People

I honestly haven't been excited about an Adam Sandler movie since Punch Drunk Love came out back in 2002. That movie came out and it really showed me how incredible of an actor this goofball can be. It kind of ruined the shtick he had going for so long with movies like Happy Gilmore, Billy Madison, and The Waterboy. So when he returned to making movies like that, I did not return to the theaters. Even his subsequent attempts at serious acting failed to grasp my attention (Spanglish, Reign on Me, I Now Pronounce you Chuck and Larry). Paul Thomas Anderson captured Adam Sandler at his absolute best. It kind of made me feel the way I did when I first saw Bill Murray in a similar type of situation, silly comedian turns comically serious. Not that Adam Sandler is anywhere near as talented and amazing as Mr. Murray, but for a moment there I did see a glimpse of hope.

Anyhow, now he's back with Judd Apatow's Funny People, which has an absurdly good cast including Seth Rogan, Jason Schwartzman, Jonah Hill, and Aziz Ansari. Needless to say, just thinking about this movie gives me a little bit of a boner.

Speaking of Aziz Ansari, has anyone seen Parks and Recreation yet? If so, is it any good? I want to love it, but haven't turned on my TV in a while... let me know what the deal is, yo.

Anyhow, here's the trailer:

Sunday, May 24, 2009

The Beauty of Bob!

So lately I've become kind of re-obsessed with Bob Odenkirk. He's always been one of my favorite comedians, but he's stuck to sketch comedy and directing for so long now that I often forget that he started out as a stand up. Over the past couple of years or so he's been getting back into it and I've been fortunate enough to see him many times. I went and saw him last week at Comedy Death Ray and as always, I found myself wanting to make man-love on him.

I was playing around on the you tube the other day and I actually found one of his sets that I saw early last year at the UCB Theatre in LA. This wasn't the first time I saw him, that was during the Comedians of Comedy tour in '07. Anyhow, it's cut in two parts:

Many of you may already know him from HBO's Mr. Show. Here's one of my favorite sketches starring Bob:

Here's something more recent of his, it's a music video he did for Rogue Wave:
Bob Odenkirk's - Rogue Wave "Chicago x 12"

Friday, May 22, 2009

Paper Heart

Alright. So here's a new movie starring Charlyne Yi and Michael Cera, called Paper Heart. I honestly can. not. wait. for this movie to come out. I can't believe how goddamned cute they are together! I had heard that they were dating, but I never realized how cute and awkward they are together. Even if this movie is a piece of turd, cut from a turd cake, I will always have this trailer to keep me warm. I wish it was longer...

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The Metal In Me

There's a little bit of Metal in me. It's a bit strange to say, but yeah. I'm kind of a fan of Metal. It happened long ago, on a warm Southern California evening when my brother introduced me to two radio stations, Pirate Radio and KNAC, both of which no longer exist. Anyhow, from the ages of 6-10 or so, all I would listen to was metal, because that's what my brothers listened to. I had no choice but to succumb to metal's fierce will otherwise I was led to believe that Judas Priest would summon a Dragon to come and burn me to a crisp.

Speaking of Judas Priest:

Anyhow, my point here is that I don't actually like metal. I mean, I do, but I don't. At least not in the way your normal metal fan enjoys it. I just find a lot of it so incredibly hilarious that I can do nothing but offer it my love. I mean, seriously! Did you or did you not just watch Judas Priest rob a bank using nothing but their ability to rock the fuck out? And often times, it's not just the videos that are entertaining, but the music itself is actually quite impressive on some strange level. I'm not a fan of crazy-wacky guitar solos, unless they're in Metal songs.

I feel like if there's a place at all for crazy-wacky guitar solos, it's in Metal and Metal alone (I will, however, let Dinosaur Jr., Stephen Malkmus, and Wilco's Sky Blue Sky, slide though). Take for instance the dueling face-melters of Iron Maiden's "The Trooper":

Anyhow, I think you get my points. So I'll leave you with two videos that I have a severe love/hate relationship with:

And the most ridiculous combination of things I hate: Chris Angel, Magic, and 80's Glam Metal.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)

Rushmore (1998)

So, maybe I should put a little preface on this. Occasionally I'll be posting screenshots from movies that I really felt were not only great, but very photographic. I used to be a photographer, see, so I like pretending I'm still doing it by taking screenshots of pretty much everything I watch on my computer. I'll try to keep the posts to around 8 shots, so as not to be too overwhelming with it. Anyhow, enjoy, or don't. Whatevs, yo. Oh yes, and if you click on them, they will get bigger.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

The Royal Tenenbaums

My favorite movie is The Royal Tenenbaums by Wes Anderson. Today I watched it with the commentary on, which I've done before, but is something that I always find to be a bit difficult because the movie has so many great scenes filled with great dialogue that I don't like missing. So I came up with a remedy. I watched the movie with the commentary on, but turned it off during my favorite scenes and watched them sans commentary, then rewound to the beginning of those scenes and turned the commentary back on. So all in all, it took about three hours or so to watch a 110 minute movie.

Anyhow. Another thing that I really like is capturing screen-shots from movies or TV shows. It's something that I've been kind of obsessively doing these past few months. I'm working on gathering them all up into different sets. So if I have time next week I'll start posting some of them. For now, there's the one at the top of this page from The Royal Tenenbaums, which is quite possibly my favorite moment in the movie.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Bill Callahan

When I was in Chapel Hill, NC I went to a venue called the Local 506. We got there early, around 5ish or so, so that we could load in, sound check and go get our eat on. Anyhow, I couldn't help but notice the music playing. It sounded somewhat familiar (having been introduced to Smog by a friend recently). Anyhow, all I know is that it was good. So I went up and asked the bartender what he was listening to, turned out to be the new Bill Callahan record, Sometime I Wish We Were An Eagle. I went out and got it that night. I've been listening to it a bunch lately, it's got a really great song on it called Too Many Birds. I think my favorite part of the album is when he says,

If you
If you could
If you could only
If you could only stop
If you could only stop your
If you could only stop your heart
If you could only stop your heartbeat
If you could only stop your heartbeat for
If you could only stop your heartbeat for one
If you could only stop your heartbeat for one heart
If you could only stop your heartbeat for one heartbeat

Anyhow, here's the song:
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Saturday, April 18, 2009

Songs for the Time Being

I've been on the road since March 29th. I'm touring around with a band called Gliss. I'll be with them until May 4th when I take a couple of days off to rest in New York before heading back home.

I was suddenly inspired the other day while sitting in the back of the van to make a new mix. I don't normally make these as, well, I always feel like every one I know has already heard all the songs I'd be putting on them anyhow. For someone who works in music, I tend to find new music a little later than everyone else.

Anyhow, I gave it a shot here. If you check out the link below you'll get a zip file that has the entire mix on it. It's mostly filled with a bunch of songs that remind me of home. It's also got some fun stuff on there too. I actually tried to make it flow well, so I hope you like it! Anyhow. Enjoy! Or don't, whatevs, yo.

Songs for the Time Being.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

A Simple Exercise in Understanding Futility

Here's a good one. Put on your best pair of running shoes and call up a friend, tell him that you want to go running together. Make sure that you choose someone who is either as fast or slightly faster than you, or at least one who has more endurance than you do. This is really important. Now, while your friend is on his way over to your house, get on our computer and print out the word "PROBLEMS" on one of those iron-on t-shirt sheets. Think of your least favorite color and apply the "PROBLEMS" to a t-shirt of that color. I'm color blind so I'm not actually sure what color I'd pick. Oh yeah, make sure you find out your friend's shirt size first, almost forgot about that part. Anyhow, when he gets there you should decide on a path, hand him the shirt you've just made and ask him politely to change into it, and explain that while running you are constantly going to be running away from him. Your goal is to actually run so far away that you can't find each other. Here's what's gong to happen; As hard as you try to get away, he's either going to be right next to you or right behind you. You'll be out of breath while you're buddy on the other hand will probably have a smile on his face and talk about the "great cardio" you're getting. It'll be easier for him to keep up with you than you think. In the off chance that you actually are able to outrun him though, which you shouldn't because of the superior physical abilities of your running partner, don't be too proud of yourself. I'm quite sure that once you return home your "PROBLEMS" will be waiting on your doorstep, slightly annoyed but still looking to grab a beer.

A Simple Exercise to Achieve Clarity

So, before I start with this post I wanted to explain a little about what I'm doing here. I've decided to start posting some of my short writings on here from time to time. Things that aren't necessarily about anything in particular. Sometimes it'll be fiction, sometimes it'll just be an idea. Anyhow, here we go with the first one.

A Simple Exercise to Achieve Clarity

Do you ever take your glasses off and just stare out the window? You should try it sometime. It's a bit of a challenge because you have to try and figure out what it is you're actually looking at using nothing but your eyes to bring everything into focus. I mean, well, that's why you have glasses. So that you don't actually have to use your eyes to focus, the glasses do that for you. They simply set up a way for you to focus on things without actually using your eyes. Squinting helps, but you stil don't really get the whole picture. You have to start thinking abut what you're looking at instead of simply looking at it, know what I mean? You have to put what you think you're looking at into context. You have to figure out if what you think you're looking at actually makes sense to be where it is. After you've thought about it for a while you should find yourself actually knowing what it is. You should know exactly what you're looking at. Now, whatever you do, don't put your glasses back on to make sure you really are looking at what you should already know you're looking at. That's not what this exercise is about. Whatever it really is doesn't matter. It doesn't matter because this exercise is designed for you to see what you will see, not so that you will see what is actually there. Does that make sense? This exercise is about achieving clarity on your own, without any assistance.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Video Genius: Eric Wareheim

I'd like to do a full post on this guy because he really deserves it, but alas, I'm currently on the road and only able to post what I can when I do actually find a Wi-Fi spot (not sure if this should count as a "Video Genius" post since I'm not really get too into detail...). This post was actually supposed to be up about a week and half ago, when the first video you're about to see actually debuted. Anyhow, so I hope you can make do with little I write about Eric Wareheim.

All you really need to know about Eric is that he's the "Eric" from Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! Which is one of the funniest shows on televisions. Anyone who has seen this show knows that it's wacky, it's pretty out there and is constantly pushing the boundaries of what could actually be considered comedy. There's a lot of really tense, awkward moments usually filmed with a Public Access TV aesthetic. "She's Got Me Dancing" by Tommy Sparks looks like it's actually got quite a higher budget than some of Wareheim's other videos. I'm not actually a fan of this song, it's alright, but it sounds like a carbon copy of Franz Ferdinand. I just think this video is hilarious, and completely befitting of Wareheim's style:

Tommy Sparks "She's Got Me Dancing" from Eric Wareheim on Vimeo.
Tommy Sparks - "She's Got Me Dancing"

This video by The Bird and the Bee came out last year and features the same dancer as in the previous video. I saw this on Subterranean and almost pooped a little in my pants when I saw Eric Wareheim as the director... I had never seen any of his music videos before and, well... I fell in love.

The Bird and the Bee - Polite Dance Song from Eric Wareheim on Vimeo.

The Bird and the Bee - "Polite Dance Song"

Anyhow, I hope you enjoyed them!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Dave Eggers is making movies!!

So this might be old news, but I never actually posted about. Dave Eggers, my favorite contemporary writer, is making the jump from novels to screenplays this year. Eggers is the author of the novels/memoirs You Shall Know Our Velocity!, A Heart Breaking Work of Staggering Genius, and What is the What. He's also written How We are Hungry and How the Water Feels to the Fishes, both great collections of short fiction. And, if you didn't already know this, he basically is McSweeney's. Now though, he's got two movies coming out, one of which is being directed by the absurdly amazing Spike Jonze. Check out the trailers below:

Away We Go, staring John Krazndklsfasdl of The Office (who like all people looks incredibeard in this trailer!) and Maya Rudolph of the SNL.

Where the Wild Things Are. Nothing needs to be said about this one.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Weezer - "The Good Life"

1996, that's the year the following video came out! Let us celebrate it's 12 year anniversary by watching it and then discussing it a little bit:

Now I hadn't watched this video in years. A very, very, very long time. I honestly don't think I've seen it in this decade. It just magically popped into my head this morning while listening to MF Doom, of all people. All I really remembered about it was the overall existence of pizza in the video and the scenes with multiple cameras focused on the same thing from slightly different angles, whose shots were then all composed into a single frame.

Another thing I'd like to point out, is that this actually isn't really one of my favey faves. It's just that I watched it and it made me notice two things.

1) That's totally Mary Lynn Rajskub! You may know her from Mr. Show with Bob & David (which ran from 1995-1998, one of Adam Sandler's sisters in Punch Drunk Love, or (surprisingly her most famous role) as Chloe O'Brien on Fox's 24.

2) Actually, it only made me notice one thing. And I already mentioned it (please reference item #1).

Alright, well this post led to nothing. Have a good day.

Monday, March 16, 2009

The You Tube

So I would say that most people that I know, know that I know nothing about knowing about what there is to know about YouTube. You could say that I'm not very good at YouTube. I don't know how to find funny things on there and am constantly amazed when my friends show me things that have been on the site for years, like that hamster eating popcorn on a piano.

Chocolate Rain? Found about that earlier this week. In fact, I know so little about viral videos that I can't even think of another super-popular video that I just found out about! All I got is Chocolate Rain. I guess I'm alway just too busy checking out music videos? (Also a lie, I use other sites for that...)

Another fact, I just started a YouTube account 2 weeks ago, and just today I figured out how to add friends to it. So if you got a friend invite today, you're among the first. And if you didn't get one, it's nothing personal, it's just that I HONESTLY HAVE NO IDEA HOW TO FIND PEOPLE. I'm like an old, old man when it comes to YouTube.

Final fact about Me vs. YouTube. If you go to my YouTube page, you'll notice that all of my favorite videos were simply stolen from all my friend's favorite videos sections. I can't find things on my own. And even using this method, I've only been able to find like, three things.

So............ that was just an absurdly long introduction to the following video that I've "embedded" below. As you can tell from what I've written above, I'm quite proud of this "find" of mine! This is seriously only the second time that I've found a video on YouTube worthy of sharing on my own (the first being this one). So, while it may not be the coolest thing ever, I found it! And I think you'll like it too. It's of a small child that looks a lot like a tiny Patton Oswalt pretending to sing some song I've never heard; Genius!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Video Genius: Lance Bangs

Lance Bangs with Fred Armisen

Lance Bangs is a music video director, not much older than you or I, who got his start in music video by doing a lot of live footage. A lot of it's still around and it's mostly very good from what I hear. Although he still does dabble in live footage (much of it is actually really good, check out these videos of Arcade Fire and Yeah Yeah Yeahs) his real butter and bread is in music video.

His style seems early 90's at times, but he mostly comes off as just a garage-editing geek. I love it! You can tell he's got a small budget, but he tries his best to stretch it out as far as he can, like in this video by The Thermals:

In that video, he makes fun of what a music video "is supposed to be." His budget, obviously tiny, is exemplified with plastic helicopters and hand drawn bomb shells.

He's a very talented and humorous dude, much like myself I should say. He uses similar styles in his videos as well, it's pretty easy to watch a video and say "Hey, I bet Lance Bangs made that" and only be wrong 10-20% of the time. If you watched that Yeah Yeah Yeah's live footage above, you'll notice that this Black Keys video shares a similar aesthetic:

And finally, my favorite Lance Bangs video, Wet and Rusting by Menomena:

For high quality downloads of any of these videos, check out Lance Bangs . Com. You'll need Quicktime to watch them and they are rather large files.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Remembering Science

Robert Krulwich and Jad Abumrad, hosts of WNYC's Radio Lab

Remember when science was fun? You got to poke at things and play in the dirt, you learned about animals and rocks and mountains. Too bad that was back in elementary school. Once you got to high school, for most of us anyhow, the good times were done and gone. Everything stopped being interesting. Your teacheer stopped being so enthusiastic. It was physics or it was chemistry and it wasn't about what physics or chemistry do in the world, it was about how memorizing Newton's Law, or Kepler's Law, or Boyle's Law, and remembering which element belonged in which column on the periodic table. Snoooooooooooooooze!

Anyhow, there's finally (actually it's been around for about 5 years or so) something that takes you back to those early days of learning about science, but this time it deals with everything. Not just rocks or mountains or animals or dirt and worms. We're talking about physics, chemistry, neuroscience...other-sciences? They present everything as brand new and explain exactly how everything works in simple and humorous ways. It's called Radio Lab and it broadcasts out of WNYC.

The hosts have such a great, cute, relationship with each other. One old and one young, they act like odd-couple best friends, who very often have differing opinions on sensitive subjects. This often leads into funny yet thought-provoking discussions.

Here's the link to an episode called Time in which they explain, well, time. And how maybe it doesn't really exist? It's good.

Click here to download Time by Radio Lab

If you like it, check out some other really great episodes by them including Memory and Forgetting, Sperm, Laughter, and This is Your Brain on Love. All of those can be found on iTunes by clicking here. If you don't have iTunes, you can get it for PC or Mac here.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

15 Step

Here's a mix album containing one song from each of my 15 Most Profound Albums. This might not really be the best mix, in fact, you might really dislike it, but eff it yo. I had fun making it. Each song brings back memories, good times and bad. Frankly, some of it's embarrassing. I figured it was either this or I write out one of those 25 things list, and those are non-musical. So enjoy this instead! Or don't, whatevs.

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1. Falling For You by Weezer
2. Fat and Skinny Asses by Piebald
3. Regulate by Nate Dogg & Warren G
4. Movin' Out (Anthony's Song) by Billy Joel (this song will give you a heart atack-ack-ack in your cadillac-ac-ac while eating a pancake stack-ack-ack...?)
5. Lie For A Lie by Built to Spill
6. Hovering (Instrumental) by Beulah
7. Emma Blowgun's Last Stand by Beulah
8. It's So Easy by Guns and Roses
9. Nightswimming by REM
10. Memory Loss by Deltron 3030
11. Jocko Homo by Devo
12. Pigs That Ran Straight Into The Water, Triumph of by The Mountain Goats
13. You Should Do It Now While It's On Your Mind by Owen
14. Minneapolis by that dog
15. My Little Drum by the Vince Guaraldi Trio

Saturday, February 28, 2009

How the Air Feels to the Birds by Dave Eggers

"They act if they had never heard the question before. The what? they say. The air? What about it? We smile and rephrase the question: What does the air feel like to you, you being a bird, able to fly and all? Finally they seem to understand, and they meditate on this awhile. And then they begin: The air to us is a brother, a sister. We are intrigued, and lean in closer. The air, they continue, now quieter. We lean in farther. They peck us in the eye and laugh wickedly. Birds are bastards, every one of them."

From Dave Eggers' very short book filled with very short stories, like the one above, called How the Water Feels to the Fishes. It's part of a collection of short stories put out by McSweeneys, which you can find here.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Newest addition!

Yeah, that's right. It's Snake Plissken, sticking a giant gun in your face while trying to escape from LA. These situations happen people, time to get prepped.

Cherish this moment... it's one of only two action figures that I've ever opened. I bought this on eBay like a month ago and they finally delivered it to me last week, when it was raining like a....ummm...a bunch? The box they delivered it in just sat out in the rain for like 2 or 3 hours till someone got home and saw it sitting on the door step. Needless to say, the packaging for the figure was all shitty messed up, so I opened it up. Enjoy...?

Thursday, February 19, 2009

BOOMBOX from Ely Kim on Vimeo.

My buddy Ryan Wood posted this on Facebook and it made me smile and occasionally giggle through all 9.5 minutes of its wondrous glory. Basically, Ely Kim entered this as his Michael Beirut's 100 Days Workshop. In this video he does 100 different dances to 100 different songs on 100 different (presumably successive) days.

Here's the link back to The Fader, which has the original post and track list:

Just to let you know, #26 and #80 are the bees knees.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

That's all I got for now.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

The Wire

I bought The Wire: The Complete Series a while back. Needless to say, I love it. With all of my heart, not just part of it. The whole thing. The whole heart that is. Anyhow, I'm currently filling out a survey that came inside the box. I fill it out, it enters me into a drawing to win a 42" Plasma Television. Here are some of my responses thus far:

What, if anything, would you change about The Wire - The Complete Series? Please be as specific as possible.

I would change the length from 5 seasons to a million seasons. I also would have made every episode last forever, then I would be able to never stop watching it, if that's what I wanted to do that is. I would just like knowing that I had that option.

What, if anything, do you like most about The Wire - The Complete Series? Please be as specific as possible.

Simply the fact that it was, and still is, the best anything ever.