I just found out that Shellac will be playing Fort Reno in DC at the end of August. I'm going to get to see them twice in the span of two weeks, excellent!
Tonight, I was the last person to arrive for the final exam and the first to leave. (Woops, little typo there when I posted this last night, I was actually the first to leave.) Summer break begins today!
After class, I was able to get the ailing black car over to the mechanic's place without any of the horrible metallic screeching it made all the way home on Friday. I waited until tonight to drive it over in order to avoid yet another breakdown* at an inconvenient time, since my last one came during rush hour, while I was in the right hand lane of eastbound Leesburg Pike in Tyson's Corner when my car decide to turn itself off. Yes, yes, last October, I was that person who ruined your commute by blocking a lane of traffic. Of course, I might have been able to move my car out of the way if more than one guy had offered to help me push it. Instead, most drivers chose to honk their horn at me, as if that would cause my car to come back to life. KEEP HONKING KIDS AND MY CAR MY COME BACK TO LIFE JUST LIKE TINKERBELL.
*A clear sign that I should ditch this car and look for another one.
Nation of Ulysses - Perpetual Motion Machine
As I pulled out of the parking lot this afternoon, I heard the sound. It was a periodic metallic screeching that modulated with the speed of the car. As I drove towards home, thinking "Please, please, just get me home" the sounds became pretty familiar. At higher speeds, it was a little less grating, but still present. I've heard something like this before from this car. Last year, I heard a similar groaning and screeching from my car before the calipers were replaced by a mechanic at a nearby garage. I'm pretty sure that one of my break calipers is not disengaging properly after I release the breaks, which is causing one of the break pads to wear down from constant contact with the wheel. I think it may be time for another car, I think my patience with this one is entirely spent.
Since people are still visiting looking for photos from Sonya and Zach's wedding, the set I uploaded last weekend is still up.
I had the pleasure of shooting Sonya and Zach's wedding over the weekend at a vineyard in Virginia. I've had a chance to look through the photos a bit and overall I'm happy with how they turned out, especially considering that there wasn't a cloud in the sky that day. From the long shadows above, you can see how harsh and bright the sun was throughout the ceremony and the reception. Fortunately, I was able to use fill flash to add another light source, or most of my photos would have been either half in shadow, silhouettes, or people squinting into the sun. I haven't quite finished uploading everything from the wedding yet, but I have posted some of the photos on Flickr for those who want to see them.
GREAT MOMENTS IN TELEVISION:
While avoiding my schoolwork, I was flipping channels and caught Stuart Scott hosting a segment called "Head, Gut or Groin?" on some kind of America's Funniest Home Videos show. In this segment, they roll the beginning of the clip and allow the contestant to see the setup of the unfortunate situation that is about to unfold. At this point, they freeze the video and Scott asks the contestant whether the poor bastard (it's always a guy) is about to get nailed in the head, gut or groin. After they pick one of those three sensitive areas, the tape gets rolled and the poor bastard takes in the aforementioned head, gut or groin. I didn't stick around to see whether the contestant gets anything for guessing the correct body part. Television at its finest folks. Booyah!
Smart Went Crazy - Funny As In Funny Ha Ha
Earlier today, I saw that Touch and Go had announced a slew of bands for the 25th anniversary show, bringing the total announced up to 23 of 25. Quasi, !!!, The Ex, Shipping News, Killdozer, Pegboy, Girls Against Boys, just a lot of quality bands added to the list. But one band hopped off the list at me: Man or Astroman?, who were by far one of my favorite bands of the 90s. Weekend pass tickets for the show go on sale this Friday and I'm so on top of that.
The block party was graced by the presence of a cat called Hammer. Hammer is currently in the foster care of a friend who is looking to foist Hammer on a good home in the DC area. So, if you like cats and want to be able to make endless MC Hammer jokes about your pet, boy do I have a pet for you. Seriously, if you want a cat, let me know, this one needs a home.
Photos from yesterday's block party are up on Flickr.
If you had been able to read my mind earlier today, you would have heard something like "WORLDCUPWORLDCUPOMGWORLDCUPWORLDCUP!" Seriously, I was having trouble forming any cogent thoughts throughout most of the day. After playing some soccer this evening I'm a little more calm and ready to settle in for the long haul of the Cup. I'm not sure if this one will have any great moments like the early minutes of the Portugal game, where I had just barely woken up and made it downstairs in time to see John O'Brien score the first goal. Or anything as frustrating as watching the US team lose to Germany 1-0 despite dominating the game. Time for some soccer!
The Mountain Goats -
The Best Ever Death Metal Band In Denton
Some music from one of the bands that has been confirmed for T&G:
Still got the T&G 25th on the brain.
Jesus Lizard -
Chicago does seem to be chock full of music goodness over the coming months and I think I've spotted the best event of the bunch: the Touch and Go Records 25th Anniversary Celebration. Only 8 bands have been announced so far, but the combination of those already on the roster plus the expectation of more to come has me ready to book a flight to Chicago. Shellac, Ted Leo, Enon and Pinback will be playing. Scratch Acid and The Didjits have already announced that they are getting back together for the show. Half of The Jesus Lizard will already be there as part of Scratch Acid, how about the other 2 members? I saw the reunited Slint at the 9:30 Club last year but I could go for that again. Naked Raygun (not really a T&G band, but Quarterstick did re-release all of their albums) has been known to play reunion shows, how about another? Big Black, Rodan, Don Caballero, Man or Astroman?, Polvo, The Volcano Suns, The Effigies...it's kind of crazy the number of incredible bands that have released music on the T&G/Quarterstick label over the years. I can't wait for September!
Have some T&G-issued aluminum guitar mayhem:
Billow My Sail