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Just Wait ‘Till Next Year?

May 8th, 2008 | Comments Off | Posted in Entertainment, Personal, Yahoo! Related

I needed a few days to get over the Sharks’ heartbreaking 129 minute loss to the Dallas Stars on Sunday.  By the end of that game, watching the players gasp for air was so painful that I almost forgot the Sharks entire season was hanging on one goal.  And then it was all over. Regardless, it’s been a great season. I’ve really enjoyed being at the games, especially the incredible game 7 win over Calgary, which was by far the best sporting event I’ve ever been to:

 

Meanwhile, the NHL experts blog at Yahoo! Sports has been running some very funny eulogies for teams that get knocked out of the playoffs, and the Sharks eulogy is up here.  Honestly, it’s not that great; it’s not nearly mean enough. This one for the flames is totally brutal, which is what makes it hilarious.  I was really hoping for some nasty digs at my favorite players (Brian Campbell in particular has been made into a hot scapegoat for this year’s annual second round breakdown), and some potshots at the city of San Jose.  This comic was good, though:

Anyways, like I said, it’s been a fun season, and I’m (once again) looking forward to next year with high hopes.  Maybe I’ll get a Brian Campbell jersey so when they release him in the off season I’ll have a jersey for a guy that was only on the team one year, that’s always fun.  And meanwhile, I get to watch the Stars get completely thrashed by the Wings (ooh, I should submit one of those obits for the Dallas stars when after they get trounced), and the series in Pennsylvania should be really fun to watch.  And I’d better enjoy it while it lasts, since the period between the end of the NHL playoffs and the start of football season usually involves listening to my friends blab on and on about fantasy baseball every night.

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SXSW Pics

March 26th, 2008 | Comments | Posted in Music, Personal, Photos

I’ve finished developing and uploading my SXSW pics, so here’s the final set:

Listening to: Rush – Rivendell
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SXSW Awards 2008: Vol 2

March 19th, 2008 | Comments | Posted in Music, Personal

Danielle came up with a few extra awards in her comment on my last post:

No award for Least Melodic Metal (Torche)? Or Best Incorporation of a Band’s Name into Their Wardrobe (White Shoes and the Couples Company)? And, my personal favorite: Most Charistmatic Lead Singer (Ezra Furman and the Harpoons, of course).

Nice. These inspired me to come up with a few more awards; consider this post the"Technical Achievement" awards ceremony they always do before the real Oscars.

  • Most Devastated By Loss of a Banana Suit: Coconut Coolouts (Seattle, WA)
  • Most Likely to Win a Jamie Kennedy Look-a-like Contest: No Age (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Most Likely to Self-Destruct Before Age 30: Nick Diamond of Islands (Montreal, Canada)
  • The "Nastiest Chops" Award: Jamie "Hotel" Hince of The Kills (London, UK)
  • Most Able to Press Play on a Laptop and Dance Around: Dan Deacon (Baltimore, MD)
  • The "Time to Hang It Up" Award: Roky Erickson (Austin, TX)
  • Highest Percentage of All-Denim Outfits and Sunglasses: Dr. Dog (Philadelphia, PA)

Also, be sure to check out the SXSW photos I took during the festival at my SXSW 2008 Flickr set.  I’ll be adding more photos to that set as I finishing sorting and developing them.

Oh, and by the way… the 2007 winner of the "Most Able to Press Play on a Laptop and Dance Around" Award was Girl Talk, and in 2006, it went to Jason Forrest.

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SXSW Awards

March 18th, 2008 | Comments | Posted in Music, Personal

So I’m back from SXSW… I thought this was going to be my last year, but it was (once again) so amazing I’ll probably be booking my hotel for next year as soon as is humanly possible. Here are some of the high and lowlights, followed by the full list of bands we saw this year; 56 in total, a new personal record. Not that anyone is keeping score.

Best Suprise:

Call Me Lightning (Milwaukee, WI)
No doubt, this one goes to Call Me Lightning. I happened to stumble onto these guys at the French Kiss showcase Wednesday night, and they were exactly what I needed: after a day of mediocre and/or boring shows (even The Wedding Present [while still fun] was a bit of a let down, since there were no drums) these guys took the stage and shattered my i’m-getting-old-and-jaded coma by opening with "Billion Eyes". This was my personal turnaround moment of the festival; it put me in a good mood for the rest of the week. Unfortunately, I didn’t bring my camera out with me Wednesday night, so I didn’t get any snaps, but take a listen:

 
 
Runners-up: Ra Ra Riot, Teeth

The "I Can’t See These Guys Enough" Award:

Tie: Man Man (Philadelphia, PA) / Jens Lekman (Gothenburg, Sweden)
I’ve seen both these bands three or four times and I still wouldn’t miss a chance to watch either of them again; great stuff. Jens played for a half-hour and I left thinking that the only problem with his set was that it was about two hours too short. Man Man blew away everyone I dragged to the show; they are the most primal band I’ve ever seen.

Man Man @ Emo's Annex

Most Overrated:

Tapes ‘n’ Tapes (Cambridge, MA)
Say it with me: sophomore slump. These dudes were not on their game; the new tunes were a serious snooze and the only people who looked more bored than the folks in the audience were the guys in the band. Ironically, seeing them at SXSW ’06 was one of the highlights of that trip; evidently it’s been a exhausting couple of years for these boys.

Tapes 'n' Tapes @ The Cedar Door

Runner-up: Fleet Foxes

Worst of the Worst:

Chester French (Cambridge, MA)
What a bunch of factory-wrapped douches. Seriously, I missed the first half of Fatal Flying Guillotines for this? I hope you nerds choke on your stupid cumber buns.
Runner-up: Roky Erikson

Best Show of the Festival:

The Pillows (Tokyo, Japan)
Uh, duh. 8 years in the making and the last show of the trip. What can I say, except… can you feel?

The Pillows @ Elysium

Runners-up: Constantines, The Kills


And here’s the full list. Next year, I aim for an even sixty…

Tuesday

White Denim
Oliver Future
Moby (DJ set)

Wednesday

Foreign Born
Bowerbirds
Raveonettes
Jason Collett
Sean Hayes
The Wedding Present
Phil and the Osophers
Call Me Lightning
Chester French
Fatal Flying Guillotines
The Plastic Constellations
The Kills
Dan Deacon
The Black Keys

Thursday

Constantines
Destroyer
The Shout Out Louds
The Stills
The Blacks
Film School
Von Iva
Two Gallants
Islands
The Phosphorescents
Bodies of Water
Throw Me the Statue
Evangelicals
Bon Iver
Jens Lekman
High on Fire

Friday

The Weakerthans
Ra Ra Riot
Billy Bragg
Blitzen Trapper
The Coconut Coolouts
The Fall Outs
The Unnatural Helpers
Dr. Dog
Tapes ‘n’ Tapes
Health
Torche

Saturday

Jay Reatard
No Age
Man Man
Fleet Foxes
Okkervil River
Roky Erickson
TGR Lou
Teeth
Ezra Furman and the Harpoons
White Shoes and the Couples Company
The Emeralds
The Pillows

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SXSW Tweetage

March 12th, 2008 | Comments Off | Posted in Music, Personal

Hey dudes-

Blogging from the Frenchkiss Showcase at the Mohawk club in Austin via phone. Things are going swimmingly so far; the weather is great and the shows are picking up steam.

One thing I wanted to share is that I’m twittering a lot from here, so if you’re interested, take a look at my twitter feed every once in a while or subscribe for updates via text message or IM; that is, if you give a crap. Hopefully I can do a more detailed write-up when I get back, given the time.

Gotta run, the Plastic Constellations are up.

Cheers…

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