No running today, but the song of the day is "Sick, Sick, Sick," by Queens of The Stone Age, since i feel like about a pound of crap right now.
It's like some mad scientists figured out a way to combine the swine flu, bird flu, and SARS into one awesome virus and then injected it straight into my lungs while i was sleeping. (If one of those scientists tea bagged me while i was out, i'm gonna be pissed.)
So, here's to over-the-counter drugs and sleeping on the couch.
What the fuck are these? Glancing around at different music blogs, there is much argument about who these videos are promos for. They seem to be of pretty high production value, so it can't just be some new indie-electro band off the street.
Popular guesses so far include The Knife, Goldfrapp, and JJ (all of whom have new records coming out soon).
Other guesses include Fever Ray, MGMT, Lady Gaga, Trent Reznor, and the overwhelming favorite...Christina Aguilera.
The evidence for this is shaky, but apparently people with nothing else to do (i try not to be one of them) are using the string of numbers (18.104.22.168.5.723378) as a code where 1=A, 2=B, etc. Using that code, it spells, "It's me." As for the 723378, people have been adding all the numbers up to equal 30, and then using the 3 to mean C. C=Christina? Hmm.
She's supposed to be putting a new record out soon, and i know that Goldfrapp, MIA, and Santigold are all supposed to make appearances or produce which could explain the new sound, but why would she be viral marketing her new album to indie rock blogs? You'd think the major label she's on would be displaying this shit on MTV. So who knows?
I kind of hope it is Xtina because that would be fucked up.
1. "Night of the Creeps" - This one is pure schlock, but it meshes horror, sci-fi, and drive-in flicks into one tasty little morsel. Very enjoyable. Listen to character names, as almost everyone is named after a horror movie director. Also, there are some awesome homages to old horror film camera shots if you're into that sort of thing. Director Fred Dekker would go on to make "The Monster Squad," so kudos to him.
2. "Slither" - In a lot of ways this film is very similar to "Night of the Creeps," what with the slimy alien things that turn you into zombies, but this one has Nathan Fillion, a weird, slimy, bloody orgy, and an orca-fat pregnant woman exploding. So there.
3. "Escape From New York" - There was a period of time where John Carpenter could do no wrong. A time when having Kurt Russell in a John Carpenter film meant absolute magic. Unfortunately that time is over now, but this one kicks ass. It's got Issac Hayes in it for God's sake, before he went all nutty over scientology. If you haven't seen this movie in a while, go back and watch it again. It will almost make up for "Escape From L.A."
4. "Cabin Fever" - Probably the most fun experience i've ever had in a movie theater. The crowd reaction to the shaving scene alone paid for admission. This movie is fucking gross, and i think i have probably made every one of my friends watch it.
5. "Evil Dead 2" - Quite possibly one of the greatest movies of all time. Bruce Campbell is the shit.
(I realize that most of my B-Movie favs are horror films, but that's my thing man.)
Japanese heavy metal juggernaut Boris have released three 7" records for your consumption. Awesome metal riffs in a blender with 1980's hair metal, glam rock, shoegaze, and drone, these records will kick your ass.
We've had Sydney a year today. It's blowing my mind. All can think about is how fast time moves. I read somewhere that it's like water moving down a drain. The closer and closer we get to the end, the faster and faster it moves. Mull over that for a while and try not to get freaked out or depressed. Mwa-ha-ha!
Anyway, i'm not going to be judging Obama's first year in office. Rather, i'll be judging Sydney's first year in our house. It's time to take her for a walk. (That's part of her health care bill.)
Despite the drop in my weight over the last day (i do sweat a lot when i run), i have been eating an insane amount of summer sausage. I can't help it. This new affliction began on Thanksgiving, renewed itself at Christmas time, and has now parlayed itself into an almost weekly event.
The town of Elgin, Tx can thank me for their recent prosperity. Bring me your sausage...and not in the gross way that you're probably thinking. Pervert.
So, Jay Reatard was found dead in his home yesterday morning. No cause has been issued as of yet, but we're all assuming drugs. I loved his bubblegum garage punk rock, and we're all gonna miss it here. Even the dog. He was 29 years old.
Here's the video for "It Ain't Gonna Save Me," from the album "Watch Me Fall," which came out a few months ago.
I've seen a few shows in my day. Here are my faves. (There may be more than 5. I hadn't really thought about this yet.)
1. Radiohead in Houston, 1998: My favorite band. My favorite show. I crowd surfed (i was still light enough to do that in those days) during the bridge of "Paranoid Android." This topped off one of my favorite weekends in college. I actually met my wife that weekend. We forgot each other.
2. The Flaming Lips at ACL Fest, 2006: I've seen these guys twice, and it's always a spectacle, but this time i got to see Wayne walk out onto the crowd in his giant bubble.
3. The Polyphonic Spree opening for Grandaddy in Austin, 2001: I've been told that this was only their second show. I have never seen a crowd so happy or ecstatic.
4. White Zombie and Filter in Odessa, Tx, 1995: Okay, Zombie actually kind of sucked, but this was my first concert, so it holds a special place in my heart. And, a guy standing directly in front of my got hit in the head with an empty bottle of Jack Daniels, so there's that.
5. Girl Talk at ACL Fest, 2009: As my friend Scott said, "Fuck Pearl Jam, i'm staying here." And we did.
6. David Bowie in The Woodlands, Tx, 2004: I love Bowie. I was as giddy as a school girl when he came out on stage. And he played everything.
I've seen some other good shit, i just can't think of what they are. Bright Eyes, Sigur Ros, The Melvins, MC Chris, Sunny Day Real Estate, Blur...all good. Muse, Arcade Fire, M83, Nine Inch Nails, Dungen, The Go! Team...also all good.
1. Nick Drake - "Pink Moon" (from a VW Cabrio ad): A lot of hipsters will tell you that they actually knew who Nick Drake was before this commercial came out. About 80% of them are lying through their assholes.
2. Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons - "Beggin" (from an Adidas ad): This is a really groovy remix of an old 60's tune. Why Katy Perry's at this party, i have no idea.
3. ELO - "Mr. Blue Sky" (from another VW ad): I adore this song. The Delgados did a pretty decent cover of it a few years ago, but nothing tops the original.
4. The Walkmen - "We've Been Had" (Saturn ad): Nobody knew these indie darlings until this commercial came out. I would later find out that members of this band had also been in Jonathan Fire Eater. Far out.
5. The Orb - "Little Fluffy Clouds" (from yet another VW commercial): Yeah, i already knew this song. But, i had totally forgotten about it.
So, what lesson have we learned here today? Watch more television. We're commercial kids and we didn't even know it.
I'll be off the grid for the next couple of days, as i have a play date with my old college roommate in Pasadena to watch the Longhorns battle the Crimson Tide for the National Championship.
If Texas wins, look for me. I'll be one of the 2 guys streaking across the Rose Bowl.
If Texas loses, then it's off to party at the Viper Room with River Phoenix.
And, i've decided to stop kidding myself about losing weight during football season. Working out these last couple of months, i've finally realized how much food and beer i actually consume during college and pro football game weekends. It's retarded. So, while i intend to continue running and crunches and whatnot, i have no intention of getting to my 204 lb. goal until i start with a clear, football-less head on February 8th.
Anyhoo, let's go eat some gumbo, grab a beer, and watch the Orange Bowl. Go 2 teams i don't care about. Yea.
Feeling just a little hungover, but not bad. My Saints are already a touchdown behind. I can't handle a 3rd loss in a row. Yeah, we've already made the playoffs, clinched the division, got the first round bye, and clinched home field advantage, but going in with a 3 game losing streak is not the way to get to a championship. Fuck that.
New Orleans I Love You, But You're Giving Me A Goddamn Coronary.