29 June 2006

It's Fun To Spare

"Strikes and gutters, man. Strikes and gutters."
-The Dude, The Big Lebowski

Ahhh...bowling.

The sports of beer-chugging champions the world over.

One of the bigger treats of hanging with the TV peeps in SW Florida is heading down to the local alley about once a week for the 5 B's:

Bowling
Brews
Bros
Broads

and Buffoonery.

Alas, one of the real rubs involved in the process: those damn rental shoes.

$2.75 every time we go? The hell you say??

Well, I'm done with that. In the next few days, I'll receive my ultimate revenge, my fart in the general direction of the sweaty, bloated bowling desk jockeys everywhere.

I bought a pair of bowling shoes. Oh, no...not just any old shoes.


I bought a pair of rental bowling shoes.

Take that, you fat pharoahs of the fast (bowling) lanes.

I'll put that 2.75 to some better, more constructive use.

Drunk-y juice.

07 June 2006

Dusting Off The Vinyl

I love me some iTunes....especially the Party Shuffle.

Unbeknownst to myself, I've been able to quell any uncontrollable urges to drop coin on an iPod, so the iTunes does just fine at work.

The best thing about said setup is rediscovering some forgotten artists that found their ways to the dark crevasses of my computer.

These are 2 artists with whom I entourage you, dear reader, to re-aquaint yourself:
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Rooney - Rooney

This California quartet perform their best Weezer impression to perfection in this debut.
Their take on Cali pop rock would make Ric Ocasek and the Cars proud.
The perfect summer music.


::Chef Recommends::

Shakin'
That Girl Is Love
Blueside
If It Were Up To Me
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Joan Jett & The BlackHearts - Fit To Be Tied: Greatest Hits
The original badass chick.
The female Chuck Berry.
If you want some bluesy cock rock, look no further.

::Chef Recommends::
Bad Reputation

Do You Wanna Touch? Yeah!
I Hate Myself For Loving You
Love Is All Around (cover of Mary Tyler Moore Show theme)
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Pavement - Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain (Reduxe)

This second release by one of the 90's most influential bands is anything but sophomoric. A real leap into the stratosphere on top of becoming a mainstream and critical darling.
It takes a special talent to pull off that trifecta.
A West Coast gem.


::Chef Recommends::

Silence Kit
Cut Your Hair
Gold Sounds
Range Life

06 June 2006

6.6.06

The day of reckoning is upon us.
Or, so I've heard.

But, before we get carried away with the number of the beast once again, including all of our friends looking to make a buck on the fear behind the number, a little food for thought.

Tim Townsend of the St. Louis Post Dispatch presents a different theory that's definitely not a new "revelation". (Sorry...couldn't help myself)

Check out why that infamous set of sixes may not mean what you think.

"Most scholars now agree that what John was up to was gematria,
or Hebrew numerology.


Back then there were no separate symbols for numerical values," said
the Rev. Louis A. Brighton, a professor of New Testament interpretation at
Concordia Seminary. So letters did double-duty as numbers. The Hebrew consonants
that spelled out "Nero Caesar," in the Greek form of the name, add up to 666.
(Transliterated into the Latin form of Nero Caesar, the numbers add up to
616.)"
So, here we are, freaking out all this time, and the dude's already come and gone on our mortal coil nearly some 20 centuries previous.

Blame Nero, everyone.

Mystery solved.

I'm sure that will be the end of that mess.

What's that? It won't.

Oh well.

It all depends on your view...be it preterist, futurist, historicist, idealist, Catholic, Protestant, or esoteric, The Apocalypse of John makes for many antithetic and disparaging views.

But, can you blame me for trying?

Happy Mark of the Beast Day everyone!

05 June 2006

Peace, Love, & Death Metal

Not a bad mantra, eh?

Plus, who can get enough of ampersands?

Not this guy.

Now, I can't claim the title as my own.

It's the product of a band called Eagles of Death Metal who just released their new sophomore CD...here's a review of their debut effort.

Also, some of the names may be familiar if you're fans of the stoner rock band Queens of the Stone Age.

Their new album, Death by Sexy..., is a nice throwback to old school blues rock n' roll.

Think Queens meets AC/DC meets Joan Jett & the Blackhearts.

Sounds like a fucked-up sitcom.

Don't buy my critique?

Check out Pitchfork's review.

"Singer Jesse "The Devil" Hughes (or Boots Electric, or whatever sassy moniker they've slapped on him today) is the perfect manifestation of QOSTA's lighter side, slipping between a manic Mick Jagger caricature and a Cramps-like amphetamine Elvis. For a record that revels in the clich├ęs of rock, his attempts are terribly cute. Where Queens of the Stone Age have always explored the dark and dirty, the excess and the evil, the nicotine, valium, vicodin, marijuana, and ecstasy, the Eagles of Death Metal crank up a cock-rock sound that's free of any danger or seriousness. This isn't subversion, this is good clean fun."

They gave the boys a 7.3 out of 10....not bad by their elitist standards.

The best thing about the album: It only set me back $8.

God Bless You, Target.
Once again, you've hit the bulleye of savings in my wallet.

::Chef Recommends::

Track 1 - I Want You So Hard (The Boy's Bad News)
Track 2 - I Gotta Feeling (Just Nineteen)

02 June 2006

Drowning in Dormancy

What has two thumbs and sux ass?

This Guy!!!

So, this is my obligatory post about how I haven't posted in an eon.
How I promise to fix it.
How I'll change my ways.

Who am I kidding?

If you want updates on the life of moi, KO and Zoe, make sure to check out the misses' site, From Peaches to Beaches.
Always good stuff to be found.

With that, here's some happenings around the Fox Hole:

- I've been listening to tons of metal lately....with many thanks to the kids at VH1.
AC/DC. Metallica. Priest. Sabbath. Leppard. Tool. All gracing the iTunes as of late.
Obviously, there's nothing wrong with that. Just weird when you're flashing some metal at the office (Funny...co-worker offer the strangest looks when you give them the horns.)

- Are any of you freakin' out about 6.6.06? Yeah, neither am I.

- A couple of the TV nerds and I are hooking up our iTunes on the net. That's pretty cool, except we're all discovering that we hav the same taste in music. Surprisingly, there's little overlap...so, overall, it's pretty bangin' (did I just channel Jonathan from "Blow Out"?)

Some new TV shows with a little promise:

Wonder Showzen -- Demented, but genius.
Last Comic Standing -- I liked Jay Mohr, but I can live with Anthony Clark as a host.
Scripps Spelling Bee -- funny ass shit all day today. Some co-workers were givin' KO crap about watching the Bee. Blasphemy...that's the real reality TV. True blue social awkwardness, not the manufactered, posturing kind on every other show.
So You Think You Can Dance... -- Psych. Just wanted to make sure you were still reading this...

More Random Thoughts

I feel bad because I forgot that some Foxies were hitting the City Tavern tonight and I didn't go.
Horse Apples.
Sorry, y'all...slipped my mind completely.
Catch you next time. Don't forget about me.

Re-watched "The Life Aquatic"...such a good flick. Bill Murray is a god.

Hope all is well with you, dear reader. Come back again...maybe I'll remember to write something.

Ciao.