Archive for February, 2011

Seven Gram Rocks

Posted in Good Times with tags on February 28, 2011 by Verge

I’m loving the brutal honesty that Charlie Sheen is dropping all over the place, even if it’s obviously crystal clear he is awesome…er, not well.  I gotta respect a man that says what the hell he thinks.  I’ll bet his damn parties were “epic.”  Wish I got invited to one.  If only Tiger had the balls to say what he really wanted to say.  Screw publicists, and without further ado…here is my latest tee shirt, just in time for the big full interview tomorrow.

I'd start taking orders, but I just don't have the time. I'm sure this idea will be stolen ten times over tomorrow morning, but, hopefully this blog somehow proves I'm the originator!!

15 Things Concerning the 53rd Grammy Awards (you may not know, and probably don’t care about)

Posted in Daily Pictures, Reflections with tags on February 18, 2011 by Verge

1.  It’s the 53rd, or 52nd, or 51st Grammy Awards.  It’s not the 2011 Grammy Awards.  It’s not the 2010 Grammy Awards.  In fact, it was originally called a Gramaphone Award, and the show was called “The Best on Record.”  The period of eligibility changes slightly each year, and this year’s dates were roughly September 2009-September 2010.

2.  Yes, apparently you CAN thank The Academy.  I thought that was reserved for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, but nope, The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences also exists in all it’s empty glory.  There is a Latin Academy also, and they run some other bullshit awards ceremony!

3.  When you write a song about how bad ass New York City is, and how it’s better than, well…everywhere, you don’t get invited to the Grammys to sing your song, even though you should have been, because they hold that shit in LA, land of a million pretentious assholes, er…Movie Stars!

4.  Lady Antebellum, ughhh, what do I really have to say here.  Okay, I’ll give them Best Country Song, and Best Country Album and Best country Performance  if they want ’em, but c’mon…Song of the Year? And, Record of the Year?! You’ve got to be fucking kidding me here.  Honestly, I think Eminem should have won, and I don’t even like him all that much (as in, I own exactly zero Eminem albums).

5.  Original Alternative music died in the 90s.  The “current” nominees included the rather non-contemporary bands Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, them Crooked Vultures and Ozzy.  Oh shit, wait…that’s considered “Hard Rock” these days.  The new alternative is what me and my friends used to call “indie” and included Arcade Fire, Band of Horses, Broken Bells, Vampire Weekend and The Black Keys.

6.  Iron Maiden.  Still epic!

7.  Yes, Dangermouse is awesome, and at least they recognized it.  He may not be prolific, but he makes a fucking great few a year, and that deserves respect.

8.  Singing a song about telling you cunt ex-girlfriend to Fuck off while Muppets sing your back up vocals is not only hilarious, but stunning that Cee-Lo could pull it off seeing as Katy Perry’s tits were too big for Sesame Street just a few months ago.  Most kids that watch Sesame Street are pretty damn familiar with huge tits in the first place, aren’t they??

9.  Train made good on a promise to Howard Stern.  Good for them.  If only that bastard was actually on the air Monday morning to discuss it, but apparently Valentine’s Day is a god damned national holiday for him, and he took the whole week off (and probably next, as well).

10.  We all know it’s kinda funny that there’s a Best reggae Album, Best Zydeco Album and Best Polka Album.  But who the hell even knows what the Best Hawaiian Album, Best Tejano Album, Best Norteno Album and  Best Banda Album even are, let alone what the f they sound like??

11.  “Record of the Year” should really be called “Recording of the Year” because that is what the mean.  The fact that Lady Antebellum was even in this category is why I know even the Academy doesn’t really understand their own terminology.   Nearly none of the people who are producers and engineers were actually nominated in those fields were also nominated in Record of the Year.  I’m supposed to believe that theiry performance of that song was so spectacular that even the best recording engineers and producers in all of music couldn’t make a better recording than this??  If it was called “Engineer of the Year” nobody would even care who was nominated.  Oh wait, that is a category…bet you didn’t even know, did you!

12.  It’s entirely possible, but complete bullshit, in my logic mind, that an album can win “Best Album of the Year,” but not win the award for “best of” within that specific genre.  This year, Arcade Fire won the Grammy for “Best album of the Year,” but lost to The Black Keys in the category for “Best Alternative Album.”  That apparently means that in the narrower genre of alternative, The Black Keys were just more “alternative” than Arcade Fire, but didn’t write the best “overall” album of the year.  Sounds like shit to me.  Like a co-worker said during this conversation at work, this is like a cartoon winning Picture of the Year at the Academy Awards, but not winning Best Animated Feature.  Seriously, wtf??

13.  the Beatles won another one

14.  and the Doors won their first one

15.  and there’s no way Gwenyth Paltrow and Barbara Streisand should ever appear on my tv, ever!

Valentine Day 2011

Posted in Daily Pictures with tags , on February 16, 2011 by Verge

I went shopping for some presents for Monika in the morning while she was at work last Sunday.  On the way home, we were diverted to the site of the second of two landmark fires in Atco.  The first was Sally Starr’s pizza joint near the center of town.  The other…

the Golden Nugget kitchen, after someone had an so-called "accident." We were told that it had burned to the ground. It didn't, but Monika saw the inside and said it was well destroyed.

later, we headed into Philly with our friends, to eat sushi and have cocktails at Swanky Bubbles.

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and after that, while watching the Grammys, we made chocolate covered strawberries (real ones). not that easy to find fresh strawberries in February, I've found. although, dirt cheap roses are sold at every gas station. go figure.

we rocked the champ, too. what else would you have during the grammys?

the next night, we gave a shot at our Valentine's Day beer. It stated as an American Cream Ale, but I decided to add Chocolate Malt, Sparkling Amber Malt, and...

fresh strawberries (and some blackberries) to add some sweetness to the brew.

if it turns out well, I'll have a glass for all of you. I tried a glass after just one day, and was satisfied, and as I write this, I can hear the persistent blub of bubbling brew in my kitchen and the batch ferments away.

Come Party with Us!

Posted in Daily Pictures on February 4, 2011 by Verge

over the weekend, we inherited a new piece of furniture from my brother.  It was my parent’s at one time, for most of my childhood.  My brother didn’t have room for it anymore, and after initially turning down the offer for it, I accepted and made room.  It’s stocked, ready to serve drinks, so if you want to come help us break it in on Sunday over the first half or so of the Super Bowl, give us a shout.

<glug>

less scary now

a casualty of installation, my gargoyle.

I've been meaning to give this stuff a try. along with a ton of other drinks I come across at the liquor store, but this one has my interest piqued.

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