Sunday, September 21, 2014

Movie Review

The Drop-

I had wanted to see this since I saw the first trailer. Thought then once it got released the trailer then talked about "a twist".

There is no twist. Ignore what the trailer says.

What there is, is a really good quiet character movie about people getting by. And there happens to be an element of organized crime involved.

The movie is full of nuggets telling you exactly what is going on. I certainly want to watch it again.

Excellent acting throughout.

It's not in many theaters, so find it and see it.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

White Suburban Youth

[Buy it. here.]

We Are The Willows

The idea of a concept album is not anything new.

But the concept behind We Are The Willows new album, Picture (Portrait) is an awesome one.

Each song is inspired by a long series of love letters written between front man Peter Miller's grandparents while his grandfather was away in World War II. He pulls from those letters for the lyrics of each song.

The songs are dense with layers and emotion.

[check out some of the letters here]

[Listen to Dear Mrs. Branster]

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


I just saw them on Saturday.
Very fun show.
At the Pageant tonight.

I will be playing single dad and missing it.

Pretty Damn Cool

So this musician Kutiman, took 23 youtube videos of amateur musicians and put them all together to make a single song. Well worth a watch/listen.


So this made my day already.
WKRP is coming out on dvd the way it should have originally.


I pre ordered mine already.

Very excited.

[Get yours here]

Monday, September 15, 2014

Riot Fest

So I was debating going since the line-up had ben announced.

The week before I finally decided I would go. My wonderful brother in law was able to put me on the list for Saturday, and I bought a 1 day ticket for Sunday.

I tried to see if anyone wanted to go with me. No one did. So I was going by myself.

My main reason for wanting to go was to see Hot Snakes on Sunday.

I left my house at 6am Saturday morning.

Got to Chicago and stopped at a Holiday Inn. Got a room, they let me check in before 11, even though check in is not till 4. Score!

I arranged for a ride with Uber. Riot fest sent out a code to get a free ride. My driver was a super nice guy from Peru.

The park was a giant mud pit from the rain on Friday night.

The bands I saw Saturday were:
7 Seconds
Die Antwoord
The Afghan Whigs
Paul Weller
Wu-Tang Clan
The Flaming Lips

I had seen all but 4 of those bands before. All were very good. As I was getting ready to go, I pulled out my phone to set up a ride with Uber back to the hotel.

Phone was 100% dead.

I hopped in a cab.

The address for the hotel was in my phone. I knew it was off of 290 on a street that began with "M". The cab driver let me use his phone and I found it.

Sunday I drove to the park where the show was at 11am.

The weather was beautiful and the mud was dryer.

The bands I saw Sunday were:
The Mutts
The front bottoms
The Hold Steady
Andrew W.K.
Naked Raygun
Hot Snakes

Hot Snakes was easily one of the best live bands I have ever seen. They were well worth the cost of the entire trip.

I hit the road about 720pm. Got home a little before midnight.

Fell asleep pretty much as soon as I walked in the door.

Going by myself was awesome. No debate of what bands to watch. I could do whatever I wanted. And it was back to back bands so there was little room to chat anyway.

And the drive I was able to blare music and just drive.

It was a crazy 42 hours. It feels more like I've been gone a week.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Monday, September 8, 2014

Riot Fest

Well there are a ton of bands playing that I wanted to see.

So as a last minute decision, I am going for Saturday and Sunday.

I will be leaving early saturday morning so I can get there in time to see Samiam.

Then heading back sunday either after Hot Snakes, Mudhoney or Cheap Trick. Depends on how late I mind getting home and how tired I am.

At the moment I have no idea where I am going to stay.

But thats merely a detail.

So if anyone wants to ride up and back with me, let me know.

[Riot Fest]