Archive for March, 2011

Countdown newness

March 29, 2011

This week’s countdown will start with my new feature, Inspiring Mustaches.

1.Freddie Mercury- Freddie was an amazing voice and continues to be on recordings everywhere, and where does that power of awesomeness come from you ask?  The mustache in this video is a fine indication of that.

2.Life is What Happens in-between- I watched the film, Intermission, over the weekend, which is about the intersections of a bunch of people that from the inception of their stories makes you think they are not particularly related to one another.  As the movie continues, everything seems to fall together, and you begin to see how few degrees of seperation there truly are between one event, one person’s action and another.  And the moral of the stories as it were, seems to be that life is what happens in the spaces between. Life is what happens, when you just let it play out naturally.  I rather like the idea, and I think much can be learned from seeing the world in a more collective sort of way.

3.The week’s song obsession- Army of Me by Bjork.    Watching the film Sucker Punch twice in this, it’s opening weekend really made me become greatly attached to this song, especially seeing how well it was used in the film. Which leads me to number four on our week’s 11.

4.SUCKER PUNCH- Hot girls? Check.  A story that apparently takes place in Brattleboro? Check.  Lots of fast-paced action, and pure imagination, and a very quavery boundary between dreams and reality? Check.  I was glad to find a story that isn’t overly complicated, pretty visuals, a perfect choice of music on the director’s part, including great covers of songs by The National and the Eurythmics sung by the star herself, Emily Browning.  And I already mentioned I saw it twice. And the pacing of the movie is never too slow like I found the director’s take on Watchmen to be.  Thank you for a great time at the movies! Twice!

5.Speaking of Movies….this is an item of not so greatness, yet it is a big piece of the pizza that was my week.  Kipling Cinemas, located on the Northern end of Bboro mysteriously shut down after their thursday night movies, for the indefinite future.  This is a strange turn of events, for the movie going populace is in full force around these parts.

6.Headroom Stages- My usual shout out to a business or a person that helps keep the quality of life to a high level. This week, Headroom Stages on Elliot Street in Bratt, former home of my once beloved, and smelly Tinderbox.  I had the pleasure of experiences my first show there.  I witnessed the bizarre multi-voiced folk of Dred Foole, who mentioned having played a show in that room before, with the added comment, “it never looked like this before.”  And when I say multi-voiced, I mean that he sang most of his songs in two or even three different voices, making a one person call and response that could be described as almost musically schizophrenic.  Add into the mix random babbling and other gibberish, he is his own effects pedal.  Next to hit the stage was Kurt Vile, a one man band on acoustic guitar, that has to be heard to be believed.  Let’s just say it was the loudest           “acoustic “show I have ever been to.  And I had that opinion before J. Mascis, Indie champion of Dinosaur Jr. fame, (or not as the case may be) took the stage, showcasing some of his newest solo work.  Great use of looping, and a rawness that can only be felt in the live performance, and an overall fun time, that I would be more descriptive on if I could have seen better over the heads in front of me, and if I had not been exhausted beyond belief and nearly falling asleep at the end of the set.  Go see a show at Headroom Stages!

7.Paul Is Undead–  An amusing alternative history of The Beatles, if they were a bunch of zombies.  It’s a highly silly, and deeply intriguing read. Check it out.

8.Good Omens- A great read, and a great take on the apocalypse, full of humor, the highest level of absurdity I have come to expect from most of the works of the authors, Mr.s Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, while still feeling down to earth and real.  It’s all in the way they draw the characters.  And it gives me more ideas to write my own apocalyptic, sacrilegious, irreverent, heartfelt and sentimental tale, code-named: Satan’s Darlings. More on that to come, and expect a deeper review of this book on my book review blog

9.More hot tunes:

10. Let’s go to comic-con!  And for a nerd-fixation to keep you on your toes until then,

11. April is going to be the month of ROCK!

Until next week, keep it real, (or fake) and be spontaneous!

11 things: Irish drinking, Shakespearean fools, aliens, bowling adventures, and bagels, Oh my!

March 21, 2011

1. Bagels are yummy, what makes them even more yummy is when they help you work on stories that you have been neglecting. A good two hours of productivity was spent with my laptop at Bruegger’s. I’m glad spring is pretty much here, it makes me more inclined to go into town, and the results of my writing retreat are very promising. I think a different cafe/bakery every week would give me the fun and variety I need to keep going.

2.Paul- Chock full of references to Star Wars, Close Encounters and E.T, and giving new significance to the way we use curse words, and starring Simon Pegg no less, this movie is comic and sci-fi gold! Go see it.

3.Bowling Alleys- Bowling alleys seem to smell funny and always seem to be staffed by confused and highly irritable people. And I was frankly, quite surprised by the amount of people in there to bowl on a Sunday Morning.  Bowling alleys also always seem to have this old feel, like they’ve all been purchased at a second hand store(schizophrenic link time:, where all the computerized stuff is severely low tech, and the pin setting and ball retrieving machines take a lifetime to do something that should be instantaneous.  All the same bowling is a lot of fun, but if I ruled the world, bowling alleys would be a bit more colorful, and I wouldn’t expect people to have to wear shoes that actually make it harder to run up to the throw line as opposed to easier.

4. Just Because:  Perry Farrel says they’re working on something new. I sure hope so!

5.Catching up with old friends-  I’ve been trying to meet up with one of the greatest friends of all time for such a long time, and it’s very hard with clashing work hours and whatnot. I think Tuesday was the first time I saw them in a corporeal state since the Gogol Bordello and Primus show last summer.  But what I love is that with friends like this, it is as if no time has passed, and you can just swiftly and easily hop into a lengthy conversation on pretty much everything!

6. Pat Benatar!-

7.Sowing the Seeds of Dissent- Now two weeks into this setup job, the new camaraderie that seemed to be set in place has already dissolved and once more we are factionalized, which isn’t a portent that bodes well for the future maintenance of said store.  Humans just seem to have to be hierarchical even when it causes little benefit. Ganging up on people is the name of the game, but luckily I have discovered a cell of resistance within these “super” walls, and have found myself sticking with this very close-jointed group for the duration and beyond.

8.Adventure- It calls my name, and I must listen soon or else I will be torn apart by the world I am expected to give into.

9.Most Bizarre music video I have watched in recent time!- But all of their videos are amazing!

10.St. Patty’s- It was a great day Thursday thanks to some three dollar stout on tap at Brattleboro’s Rocky Top Tavern,  and a delicious reuben, one of the best I have had in a while.  That’s a big commendation for what I expect of bar food.  Thanks guys, stay in business forever.

11.Much Ado about Getting to make Much a fool of myself on stage- I am playing the part of Oatcake! One of the idiotic watchmen.

That’s it until next week for the 11, but expect more midweek surprises more frequently.


Driving Music

March 16, 2011

When you have to wake up super effing early to go to work, and need that extra boost to keep you going in the morning, you need to make sure your car is stocked with some good upbeat tunes to start your day off right, and for any time you will be driving for that matter.  Within the last week or two, these are the albums that have kept me going in the morning, and for the rest of the day, driving wherever I felt the urge or necessity to go. 

1.Hercules and The Love Affair- Hercules and The Love Affair:  This 2008 self-titled release features so many musicians going through realms of  funk, classic soul, neo soul, dance club jive, electronica, techno whatsit, and truly is a force to be reckoned with, and to be enjoyed.  An intriguing and motivating listen all around.

2.Yeasayer- Odd Blood:  And odder still is the diverse range of comparisons and seeming influences from  their Indie pop contemporaries such as Grizzly Bear, MGMT, Beach House, or Vampire Weekend, and classic acts like Talking Heads, and 80’s bands such as Tears For Fears or Duran Duran.  It’s all here, organic, tribal sounds, mixed with paranoid layers of computer age ambience.  And their videos are stranger still.

3. Gogol Bordello-Trans-continental Hustle:  What good can’t I say about this album?  You can tell they are one of the more socially conscious, politically charged groups out there, but they are also unafraid to have a good time while spreading their message of punky gypsy amazing!

The not quite ides of March: 11 finished in the last minutes of the 11th

March 12, 2011

1.New Hell- The Hell Mart Supercenter is opening in just a little over a month and for the next over a month I will be working there instead of our old store which is preparing to close. There isn’t anything too hard to do, and its all pretty self-explanatory even though we waste over an hour of our shifts in silly meetings, doing corny cheers and being talked to like we are ignorant children by some of the planning committe, as it were. This is all of us, and for that I begin to see a more cohesive togetherness among more of the associates, and a sense of camarederie with more than I expected to. And free nights and weekends for the next month? No complaints about that.

2. Springing into spring- The weather has been in much of an irrational up and down state for a good portion of recent time, and this season is no exception.  It’s warm and decides to rain, and all of a sudden we’re once more in a deep freeze and all the rain has become ice, but now even with the up and down temps messing with our heads, it is plain to see that we have hit the season of mud, and I really don’t like getting dirty if I can avoid it.  But glad it’s getting warmer as the days go by.

3.New muses- Now that I have to get up really early every morning for the time being, I’m finding myself struck with poetical ideas at times I’m not even used to being awake for, and it seems to be the spark my creativity has needed to enter new and exciting worlds on paper.  Why is this?

4.Volunteering- My volunteer time at the thrift store is seldom lately, and now that i’ve gotten back into the habit of a regular weekly shift for them, I will be away from them again for a month due to my new work hours for the time being.  But there’s just something about being there that makes me feel good.  Experiencing someone else’s “junk” as something new as something for the first time, is a treasure in its own right.  Given, some of the donations quite literally are junk, but it is amazing what sort of stuff you will find, like pristine condition pink floyd vinyl, which I snagged on one shift, or an old vhs tape of a movie you’ve always wanted to see.  My most recent purchases include some great two dollar cds.  A copy of Yeasayer’s amazingly eclectic, electronically awesome, Indie to the core album from just last year, which I had been looking forward to hearing since my first listen to “Ambling Alp.”  Let’s just say I was thrilled by what I heard after that long wait.  Also spinning a lot of my other two dollar cd purchase, the funktastic “Hercules and The Love Affair.”  Thank you experienced goods, for making me experience so many  new and wondrous things for so little, and also give money to hospice in the process!!

5.New Musical Discoveries!-  I am currently obsessed with the song, “Moneygrabber” by Fitz and The Tantrums!

6.Much Ado About Something- Auditions for Vermont Theatre Company’s annual Shakespeare in the Park procuction are coming up. So i’m brushing up my Shakespeare as the song says to do, and falling in love all over again with the bard’s words, and the silly situations humans find themselves in that ring as true in the fancy speeches as they do today, in this world that seems so much more mundane in comparison.  Auditions for Much Ado are taking place on Next Thursday at 7pm in the NEYT building in Brattleboro, if you are interested and have only just heard about it from my posting about it.  I was in a production quite a few years ago now, and it was lots of fun being able to perform in the open air.

7.Poetic Just Us- I have begun posting flyers for the event, that I have already described many times previously, and yet to get too much of a response.  But as long as I have people interested in my ideas, I will never give up.

8.Poetic Everyone Else- Thursday April 7th, I will once more be featured on a radio show, Live streaming . Started by a great guy and fellow writer, who is also amazing at that, a great radio personality who has an ear for good music, Mr. Adam Hogue of Keene State College fame, this new show is going 8:30- 9:30, every thursday night.  You might as well stay tuned afterwards for Danger Blossoms, a solid night of entertainment.  I might decide to be on that as well, on that night!

9.The Works- bakery cafe, is my cup of tea, or in the case of yesterday, my cup of odwalla juice, and my bagel and cream cheese. The newish Brattleboro location is nice and roomy, houses one of my poetic just us adverts on the board as well, and a great place to compute, write, or just plain people watch among the busiest areas of downtown. Reccommendations if you have yet to eat there: California Turkey Wrap, any kind of bagel spread with bacon scallion cream cheese.

10.Book stores-Most of my writing may come to my audience through digital channels, but nothing in my mind beats the pen to the paper, and when it comes to other people’s writing, nothing thrills me nearly so much, besides maybe the person reading their work aloud to me, than books themselves.  Pardon my French when I say, e-readers are shit!  I understand the logistics of having one in some instances, but nothign beats the smell of books, the feel of the paper in your hands, the way they sit on the shelves especially at the used stores,full of the stories written therein as well as the stories of all of their previous owners.  Dear bookstores, thank you for continuing to exist, and not giving into this whole, everything needs to be digital to be worth noticing way of thinking.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!

11.I promise better things, and no more missed weeks of blogging(whether or not I can hold myself to that last, I promise more and better things in the days to come),but I am tired and have lapsed on my number 11 item, so here’s some fun that I have already thrown your way, but like the Doublemint gum says, “double your pleasure double your fun.”