Archive for January, 2007

Mail Call

Monday, January 29th, 2007

I was really excited to discover a package from back home favorite WEVL, complete with the 30th Anniversary T-Shirt and the newly designed bumper sticker. Become a member today!

Lynch Visits Chicago

Friday, January 26th, 2007

A week long screening of David Lynch’s latest INLAND EMPIRE begins this Saturday at the lovely Music Box Theatre. On opening night, Mr. Lynch himself will be on hand to introduce the film and field questions aftewards. Unfortunetly, tickets are already sold out for the evening. Still, I hope I’ll get the chance to see the film, which the Chicago Reader called David Lynch’s best and most experimental feature since Eraserhead. I’m also real anxious to see how it looks since it was shot with the Sony PD-150, the same camera that we shot our music video.

Random Rules

Friday, January 26th, 2007

Since I have nothing to blog about, I thought I would post a photo that Apryl took of Eva Cat sunbathing on our computer table. Okay, that is all.

The Crying Spainard

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

So Pau wants out, huh? Well, I understand the frustration that all my Memphis friends (at least the Grizzlies fans) must be feeling right now. Quite the let down. Unfortunately, that’s the nature of the game. I think Jerry Seinfeld said it best, “when it comes down to it, basically we’re rooting for laundy”. I heard early rumors of Gasol being traded to the Bulls for Ben Gordon and Loul Deng. No way the Bulls are giving up Gordon. That’s laughable. But what type of trade would make us Grizzlies fans happy? Personally, I hope the trade with the Bulls doesn’t transpire, since it would be difficult to support Gasol alongside Gordon, Wallace, and Hinrich.

Check out this link for a mp3 of the hilarious “Ode to Pau” from Chris Vernon. And since Vernon is a big fan of the Makeshift label, perhaps we’ll see a souped up version on the next Makeshift compilation.

Note: Does Pau deserve all the backlash? Read article. Will this stop booing this Saturday?

Bears Win!

Sunday, January 21st, 2007

Well, they did it! The Chicago Bears are going to Super Bow XLl! Apryl and I watched the first half of the NFC Championship at home, but then I decided to catch the rest of the game at the Art Gallery Cabaret, one of the neighborhood bars. The bar has been one that I’ve been wanting to check out for some time. Not only is it on our street, but we pass it everytime we walk to and from the train. Often, I would peak through the windows just to see what was going on. For one reason or another, it always seems so inviting.

Once inside, I found my assumption to be correct. Of course, the Bears were on the brink of doing something they haven’t be able to do in over 20 years, but still there seemed to be a real sense of community. This is the type of bar where the bartender knows your name and what you fancy.

As I reported in an earlier post, one of the bonus for catching a Bears game on a Sunday is free bar food. And today, the main attraction on the food table were large, juicy burgers. I wasn’t even that hungry, but I couldn’t pass up a free burger. And since we still haven’t found our burger joint here, I thought what if this one was it, and only four blocks from our apartment. The verdict: a very tasty, homemade burger that’s definitely my favorite (so far). While I was putting up my plate from the burger, a woman with the bar asked me if I wanted to try some of her homemade matzah ball soup. I couldn’t say no, and she was thrilled. Apparently, she made a lot of it. And hey, it was really good soup.

But the highlight of Art Gallery were the people, who really made you feel welcomed. Of course, a Bears’ victory sure was helping with the collective high spirits. Still, I have a feeling that there’s a lot of good times going down in this joint. (Rumor is the place was an early stomping ground for Liz Phair and The Smashing Pumpkins. Who knows?) The best part of the evening was everytime the Bears scored, a man from the bar would run to the back of the bar and get behind the bar’s piano to play the Bears’ fight song. The rest of the bar would joyfully join in singing and clapping. What a fun time! And what a great time to be living in the Windy City.

As I stepped outside, it was snowing as I made my way back home. Go Bears!

Fugly Time

Saturday, January 20th, 2007

Last night, Apryl and I attended our friends Beth and Tim’s “Ugly Sweater” party. While we didn’t win first prize, we did get our fair share of derogatory remarks about our sweaters, which we appreciated.

Odd Behavior, Pt. 2

Thursday, January 18th, 2007

Well, Eva finally dragged her water fountain as far as the electric cord would allow. I moved it back to its original position in fear that she would break it if the cord was yanked anymore. And, of course, it’s already back on its course to the point of no return.

Below, Eva displays more odd behavior by staring down the blue water reserve. Often, it is after one of these staring contests that she flips out and starts the head buttin’.

Happy (Late) Birthday, Little Jennifer

Tuesday, January 16th, 2007

Monday, January 15, was my friend Jennifer’s birthday. Because I couldn’t be in Memphis to celebrate with her and forgot to mail a card in time, I was going to have to resort to the Internet to share my warm written wishes with her. I asked myself, “What should I do for someone who has introduced me to lots of great music since we met about 7 years ago?” I decided to send her a musical e-greeting card. To my dismay, beatgreets.com is now part of egreetings.com and extremely lame. What could I do? I searched for a while for other decent musical e-cards but could find nothing deserving of the honor of being the vehicle for sending my birthday wishes to Jennifer.

Next I decided to make my own e-card. Hayden and I began looking for birthday songs that we hadn’t heard before and found some wonderful ones. Suddenly, I thought that instead of creating a measly little e-card, we should make a music video. I unwittingly came up with an hours-long project for us; therefore, sadly this birthday gift is a day late. However, I think the wait is worth it. Judge for yourself here.

Disclaimer: I am not sure yet if the video will work on the latest version of Internet Explorer for Windows. (Hayden and I both have Macs.) I’ll test the video out on IE for Windows when I return to school on Wednesday.

Snow Day 2007

Monday, January 15th, 2007

Da Bears!

Sunday, January 14th, 2007

Chicago Bears win the game against the Seahawks with a Robbie Gould field goal in overtime! Apryl and I watched the game in our pj’s on the couch. My stomach was turning so bad I felt like I was watching my Tigers in the finals of the C-USA tournament. Next up, the Saints!