This is why I just like to go shoot hook shots for 20 minutes by myself.
This is why I just like to go shoot hook shots for 20 minutes by myself.
New MGMT, plus some new-to-me tracks from The National, Youth Lagoon, Jake Bugg, Phoenix and Brick + Mortar.
… and this is now my favorite thing ever. Dat Faith. The dude in the blue shorts running around after the dunks happen slays me.
Whoops. Forgot to post last week’s playlist, so here you go. It was a good one, too. I really like Crystal Stilts, and The Districts is a bunch of kids still in high school! That Papa song is great, too.
As far as this week, I’m trying to let the new RJD2 grow on me, but I’m a big fan of fellow Vineyarders Family Of The Year and that Boots Electric record.
My wife loves owls. They’re actually giving giraffes a run for their money in terms of her affection lately. (Seriously, she’s brought home 4 ceramic owl figurines in the past two months alone.) Me? They scare the bejeezus out of me. These fuckers are airborne velociraptors with built-in sonar. Sure, they’re cute as babies, but they quickly turn into winged harbingers of doom.
Watch the video, though. It’s pretty funny.
Get these guys a damn Nobel Peace Prize!
Childhood = RUINED.
HOLD UP. BIG NEWS! NEW DELTRON 3030!
Plus, an album’s on the way, people! I might’ve just squealed in excitement (and yeah, maybe I peed a little.) It’s like I’m back under Downtown Evan Brown’s bunk on Comm Ave listening to WinAMP.
Here’s a youtube version –
Also, here’s this week’s RDIO playlist, featuring new Pearl Jam, New St. Lucia, and more.[rdio http://rd.io/x/QXaqzzMZCHo/]
It just got awfully dusty in here, all of a sudden. Dammit. I’m going to miss him.
He’s posting a ton of awesome pics. Check them out here.
25 points?! 7 rebounds? Who cares if he’s getting pushed around like a swiffer down in the paint, I’m excited! Yeah, it’s only one summer league game, but I’m grasping at optimistic straws at this point with the C’s.
Damn. Dat swagger.
My RDIO account was on the fritz for the past couple of weeks, but it has been restored to it’s previous glory, so I can share more music!
Saw Dawes last Friday at Royale, and they were amazing, so they’re all over this, along with Deer Tick, J Roddy Walston & The Business, and 2 tunes from Ladybug Transistor.
(Holy crap. I need that majestic beard to kiss the cup. It NEEDS to happen. It’s just too good. )
Even though they let that game slip away from them last night, The B’s played well, and gave the Blackhawks all they could handle. (Chicago is a good team that I can respect, too; It’s weird playing a team you don’t want to see die in a fiery bus crash on the way to the rink, along with the ainti-bruin dipsticks doing a horseshit calling the game on NBC.)
Krug was the goat last night with that terrible turnover, but the B’s have to eventually switch it up and start dumping pucks when they’ve got a lead. Constantly shepherding it into the Hawks’ zone last night tuckered them out too quick. I understand the idea, but Chicago’s too talented and ferocious to give up as easily as Shittsburgh did, and adjustments by this man need to be made much quicker.
In the end, all the Blackhawks did was hold serve and win in an amazingly loud & lively building. It’s gonna be a tremendous series. Bruins in 5.
Look, it’s obvious the Penguins have a pantload of problems to rectify if they want to get back into this series, but I think if the Bruins score first tonight, they’ll cave and quit. They’re just a bunch of freakin’ pansies, from the top down. The B’s are totally in their heads, and Crosby has been known to get “flustrated” (ROENICKISM!) especially on the road. See here:
If the Pens trot out Fleury tonight between the pipes and he gives up the first goal, we’re going to be waiting another week on the West again. There’s just no way they can come back – not with the way the B’s are playing.
Bruins in 4!
More flopping and more shady reffing and the Miami Heat are headed to the Finals. Again.
Thank god for the Bruins, or else I’d be shopping for a noose. But if this is how the NBA wants things to go…[tweet https://twitter.com/BleacherReport/statuses/341734173301698560]
Spurs in 4.
Boston’s finally got a real, live, music festival.
I spent two days on City Hall plaza watching, listening and enjoying over a dozen bands while surrounded by thousands of sometimes cold, sometimes wet, yet always smiling fellow music fans.
LIVE rock music in large quantities is always good, because maybe you stumble upon a band you’ve never heard of (like I did with Marina & The Diamonds on Saturday), or finally see the appeal of a band you had previously ignored for no real reason (FUN.).
Here’s a playlist of my favorite songs by all the artists that played over the weekend:
I mainly wanted to go because I like the idea of big rock festivals (Lollapalooza, Burning Man, Woodstock, Bonnaroo – I never got to see these, because they weren’t here, and WZLX wasn’t going to fly me out “just so I can go get high with a bunch of hippies”), but none of them were close enough to go to on my own.
I was also jealous that Boston, a great live music town with a ton of rock history – didn’t have it’s own festival. Well, now it does.
This city never has had a big rock music festival before – and the idea that one could be put together on the brick and concrete of City Hall Plaza on Memorial Day weekend, when many flee to the Cape – seemed like a bit of a stretch.
But man, did the kids come out – not just the kids, but adults too, I’d put the average attendant at the ripe ol’ age of 25 – because, like I previously stated – GOOD LIVE ACCESSIBLE ROCK MUSIC in ANY quantity has been hard to come by in this city for a long long time, and there was plenty of that at this festival, which left everyone happy – even Mayor Menino![tweet https://twitter.com/coltmonday/status/338423061403537409]
The weather sucked on Saturday, but the bands were amazing – Matt & Kim were outstanding and really got the crowd into it, and FUN (who I really had no interest in seeing as I assumed they were “just a pop band” but stuck around when my wife made me and was blown away by just how surprisingly good they were) rocked the audience as well.
Lead singer Nate Ruess (and I know how weird this sounds) reminded me a little of Freddie Mercury with his stage presence and overpowering vocals. The Shins also sounded great on Saturday.[tweet https://twitter.com/coltmonday/status/338434100471947264]
Sunday’s weather was better, and the crowd a little bigger – but the bands were just as good, with The Walkmen and The National both being highlights. I didn’t go into the press tent that much, or the photo pit, because 1) I had no idea what i was doing and 2) I just wanted to get a feel for it and actually check out the general reaction to the event, to get an idea as to whether it was “working” or not, which it totally was. They really pulled off an awesome, fun event.[tweet https://twitter.com/coltmonday/status/338786129950175233]
Here’s the Walkmen:[tweet https://twitter.com/coltmonday/status/338756628742545409]
But the biggest star of the weekend was the festival itself, as it ran really smoothly despite the challenge posed by the bad weather – and everyone seemed to have a good time. In the beer garden (where you could get $7 beers, which is ridiculously cheap for a festival fee) everybody was talking about how seamless the operation seemed to be – which goes to show how well it was run.
The only other topic (besides how good the last band was) was when would they do it again – which was answered right before The National closed out the event with their set, when it was announced Boston Calling’s 2nd Edition would take place in September, to the delight of the crowd, especially when they revealed the headliners for that event would be Vampire Weekend and local guys Passion Pit.
Here’s a playlist full of the 2nd Edition’s lineup best songs (I honestly can’t wait for this!):[rdio http://rd.io/x/QXaqzzNpPts/]
Here’s some more tweets, videos and pics from the 1st edition, too!
Really, check out Matt & Kim:[tweet https://twitter.com/coltmonday/status/338392925899743232] [tweet https://twitter.com/coltmonday/status/338407008405438464] [tweet https://twitter.com/coltmonday/status/338406969335492608] [tweet https://twitter.com/coltmonday/status/338403401937321984] [tweet https://twitter.com/coltmonday/status/338394919880241152]
They even did a shout-out tribute to a local band of some repute:[tweet https://twitter.com/coltmonday/status/338394968194441216]
Here’s Portugal The Man:[tweet https://twitter.com/coltmonday/status/338407295790759936]
Overall, we had a blast, and the festival really did the city proud, and vice-versa. The bands and execution (especially for a first crack at it) were amazing. You should really check it out when they do this again in September.
Here’s some more pictures and videos we took on Saturday and Sunday:
Even the cops were diggin’ it (this was during Matt & Kim’s set, I think)[tweet https://twitter.com/coltmonday/status/338786159926845440] [tweet https://twitter.com/coltmonday/status/338775148461162497]
This was near the end of night 1:[tweet https://twitter.com/coltmonday/status/338451868655173632] [tweet https://twitter.com/coltmonday/status/338451283759484928]
The Shins were really good:[tweet https://twitter.com/coltmonday/status/338434068876251136]
I don’t know why, but I shot this too:[tweet https://twitter.com/coltmonday/status/338407770715996160]
Mayor Menino, one more time![tweet https://twitter.com/coltmonday/status/338422857992372224]
Here’s the announcement of the 2nd Edition (with the lineup!)
Go to Bostoncalling.com for more info.
Two THREE playlists for you!
Highlights: That Daughter track, plus Bahamas (thanks, Timmy!) & Cayucas!
Highlights: Mikal Cronin, CHAPPO…
NSFW but you HAVE to see this photo from Noah's ejection tonight. http://t.co/iqVXWbWTNc—
Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) May 09, 2013
This is far from breaking news to anyone who watches the NBA, but
I knew the league wouldn’t let the Bulls have a shot last night, but that entire game was blantantly slanted to go Miami’s way from the jump. The refs made sure Chicago had no shot. Every important call went their way, and all the botched no-calls hurt the Bulls. You’d think Stern would try to make it less obvious, but apparently he doesn’t care if everyone knows the NBA is fixed.
Dammit. This is more clever than anything I could ever do.
Montreal just had their lunch handed to them. That was awesome.
It’s that simple. Don’t get smoked in the last two quarters, keep it close, and Melo will go iso for the last 5 minutes and cost them ‘Bockers Game 5.
Celts in 7.
NEW FRANK TURNER! NEW YEAH YEAH YEAHS! NEW FLAMING LIPS! And a really good band I just found called the Thee Oh Sees!
YouTube is 8 years old today… and we celebrate with one of my favorite videos of all-time. NSFW!
Ahhhhhh…. that’s better. By the way, he got suspended. Let’s get back at it, folks!
While These are somewhat blurry photos and there are probably many thousands of innocent people who look like them, and innocent until blah blah blah let’s get these fuckers.
That’s a link to the montages we’ve made over the past few days.
I’m not gonna try to make sense of what happened at the Marathon, or even try to gather my thoughts about it. I’m just going to sit here and tell you something you probably already know, which is something we’re known to do around here.
We are fine. We’re good. It’ll take a hell of a lot more than that to shake us. Yes, we lost far too much and far too many yesterday, and we grieve for the fallen and their families – but we are still here, and we’re not scared. Far from it. We never have been the type to be scared; and even if we were, we’d never admit it.
What we are is something else, and we’re certainly not afraid to tell you exactly what that is.
We’re thankful, sad, lucky, appreciative, and angry – all at the same time. (Some of us might be a little drunk, too.) We are what we are, and what we always have been: friends, family, and a prideful (and often prickly) people, brought together by a sense of community unlike anywhere else I’ve ever seen.
We are everyone who has ever called this city home: from those of us who’ve lived here all our lives in the houses where our uncles beat the crap out of each other as kids; to those of us who only came here to go to school or to work for a while and moved on, but took some of that trademark snark with us to our new destination. You might leave the city, but this city never leaves you. Whether physically, mentally, or spiritually, we’re all still here, in a way. In a very good way.
That’s what this town does. It sticks with you – so we stick with it, no matter what. We are rabidly and irrationally devoted to this city that we often complain about to each other, but will dive across a table to defend if someone disrespects. And we’re known to be more than a little stubborn & nonsensical about such things.
We don’t ask for your sympathy, for its a trait were not all too familiar with. We just ask you to keep a look out…. and when we find the ones responsible, you probably are going to want to look the other way.
Yes, we’re heated, but we’ll be fine. Yeah, we might really wanna swear and curse and scream, but we know our mothers are keeping an eye on us and are worried sick, so we’ll keep it together – tighter than a studio in a Southie three-decker.
We’ll get through this the only way we know how, and we’ll still be here. Why?
Because we’re Boston. That’s why.
Amanda’s making the dog dance to Beyonce. This, for some reason, is beyond hilarious. vine.co/v/bFiUlPQ2Mt9
— Braden (@coltmonday) April 14, 2013
I can’t breathe.
Have a good weekend!
Between this and “Game Of Thrones,” I feel like I’m missing out.
Highlights from the Lakers very suspicious 2013 playoff push.
After an embarrassing blowout to the Clippers on February 14th, it seemed unlikely that the Lakers would make the postseason. Over the next month they went on a miraculous winning spree that pushed them firmly back into the playoff picture.
What a coinkydink!
This was after a LOT of scotch. But he did it!
Warning: NSFW language ahead! Headphones, people!
Spot fuckin’ on.
Ahhhh, a video of a drugged up kid after oral surgery. This one is of a girl in Kansas named Abbie. Through the entire video of her car ride home, she can’t stop crying – because she’s convinced she MURDERED her wisdom teeth. She’s holding them in a little cup the whole time, and a lot of what she says is slurred, but she basically talks about how she loved them and was sorry for what happened to them.
Let’s do this thing already. Our kids are going to be ashamed enough of us as it is.
This guy’s reaction to April Fool’s Day pranks is more measured and reasonable than CBS Radio’s policy on them, so watching this video is as close as I’ll get to having fun on April 1.