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Alive2000
25 December 2011 @ 04:25 pm
See subject.
It's been so wonderful for me, y'know?

When is this year ending? Oh, soon? Thank fuck.
 
 
Current Location: home
Current Mood: crappycrappy
Current Music: The Bouncing Souls - Sing Along Forever
 
 
Alive2000
26 November 2011 @ 03:08 pm
I wonder how many OSU fans offed themselves today because their stupid team lost.

God, I hate sports.
 
 
Current Location: home
Current Mood: thoughtfulinquisitive
Current Music: Bruce Springsteen - Racing In The Street ('78)
 
 
Alive2000
26 November 2011 @ 02:36 pm
So I'm on the flipping train again.

Type O Negative Box set: Paid $133, sold for $200. Yeah, buddy.
 
 
Current Location: home
Current Mood: ecstaticstoked
Current Music: Bruce Springsteen - Racing In The Street ('78)
 
 
Alive2000
16 November 2011 @ 12:08 pm
So glad Peta has better things to do than complain about a video game element that's been around since 1988.

Really, PETA?
 
 
Current Location: home
Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: Against Me! - From Her Lips To God's Ears (The Energizer)
 
 
Alive2000
26 September 2011 @ 09:53 am
SO hey, I'm in grad school now. I've also been using Facebook a lot more. And I just got a tumblr. (who's behind on his social bullshit?)

And twitter, and everything else.

Blug.

I just don't know what to type here anymore. I fall behind too easily, and things just seem to just... I don't know.

Carry on.
 
 
Current Location: home
Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: Glassjaw - Mu Empire
 
 
 
Alive2000
26 September 2011 @ 09:46 am
I've given up on the Cobra. I'm keeping the first two albums, and the cup that they all signed when I saw them in 2007 at the Honda Civic Tour. I think I'm even giving up the shirts I have, though I'm not getting pics up of those until I actually bring myself to take new pics of all of the shirts I'm selling.

I just think the relationship has run it's course.

Signed poster? For sale. (so now I gotta find another Cobra fan named "Andrew" or someone who doesn't care about stuff like that.)
Hot Mess cd? For Sale.
Really, Really, Really, Good Looking Tour shirt? For sale.
Shirt from '07? For sale.\

MAkes me sad, as there are some good memories from those last two shows in '08 I went to, but I can't get into this anymore.

Make offers if you want the poster.
Thanks for the memories.
Viva La Midtown.
 
 
Current Location: home
Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: Glassjaw - Ape Dos Mil
 
 
Alive2000
27 August 2011 @ 02:39 pm
I feel like taking a nap, or playing oblivion. But which one should I do?

TRick question, neither. I need to get the pictures of records project done first.
 
 
Current Location: home
Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: not a damn thing
 
 
Alive2000
18 August 2011 @ 08:51 pm
How has everyone been? I've been on twitter, facebook and xanga too much. Okay, the last one is a lie, but yeah...

I'm in the middle (or rather the S's) of a project. I'm taking a picture of every record I own. I've done all my 12" records through the R's. I've catalogued everything on TheOldLP.com, and I love the system.

Fun times?

SO I've seen Fake Problems a ridiculous amount of times this year. The Bouncing Souls were seen 6 times in the span of four days, and I'm going to be departing soon for a free Bush concert. Yes, Gavin Rossdale still does things. Weird, I know.

I'll finally be seeing DOA and maybe a show on my birthday this year. WHo will it be? I don't know, but the fact my birthday is on a Tuesday doesn't help things.

Lots of good shit coming up, and I'm trying my damnedest to get to it all.

I'm going back to school, too. YEah, big shock there. I thought I'd be done forever back in '08, but I've gone nowhere the past 2.5 years at my current jorb, and I hate it, so hey, time to drop down to part-time and go to school full-time!

Loyola University Chicago, I'm on the way.
 
 
Current Location: home
Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: Motion City Soundtrack - Her Words Destroyed My Planet
 
 
Alive2000
So... How are all of you?

I just went to show #38 for the year tonight. In that 38, I've seen Chuck Berry, Weezer, Fake Problems 4 times, Godspeed You! Black Emperor twice, the Gaslight Anthem, and Rammstein.

Yeah, it's been a good time away. But coming up we've got the first PATD show in almost 2 years, FOUR Bouncing Souls shows, Art Brut, the get Up Kids AND Saves The Day on the same bill, and a lot more. 2011 will be a good year.

The Gaslight Anthem vinyl collection is complete.

In order, based on the picture:

Sink or Swim (Hellbent): black (/100); White with red splatter (/500); Red (/500); Purple (/1000); Turquoise (/1000); Clear (unlimited forever and ever)

Sink or Swim (Gunner): (all /500, unless otherwise noted) Blue, White, Crystal Clear, blue with white splatter, crystal clear with blue splatter (/200), Cloudy Clear with blue splatter (/300), Red, Yellow.

The ‘59 Sound (SideOneDummy): Green (/300); White (/500); Blue (/1000); Black (Unlimited)

American Slang (SideOneDummy): (/500 unless otherwise noted) black/green split with white splatter in green; black/white split with green splatter in white; grey marble; dark translucent green (UK issue, /1000); black (unlimited)

Señor and the Queen (Sabot/Gunner): (/500 unless otherwise noted) black with mispressed sleeve (unknown number), Black, white, red

Señor and the Queen (Sabot): White (1st Pressing, /100); Red (1st Pressing, /500); Clear (2nd Pressing, /998); Gold (3rd/Tour Pressing, /334); black (Unlimited)

Live at Park Ave. (SideOneDummy): black (/2000)

Sink or Swim Demos (Devildance): Blue with grey splatter and special cover (1st Pressing, /104); Blue and grey split (1st Pressing, /359); Orange (1st Pressing, 514); black and green split (2nd Pressing, /250); yellow (2nd Pressing, /1600); gold (2nd Pressing, /650)

The ‘59 Sound (Single, SideOneDummy): Gold (/500); black (/2000)

Great Expectations (Single, SideOneDummy): black (/2000)

Old White Lincoln (Single, SideOneDummy): white (/1000)

The ‘59 Sound Reissue (Single, SideOneDummy): clear (/1000)

Tumblin’ Dice (Single, SideOneDummy): (unlimited) black, white, brown, turquoise, and TEST PRESS (I don’t know how many tests were made of this)

Oi.

fullcollapse just got her MSW today. YOu all have no idea how proud of her I am. I hope to do the same starting in the fall. Wish me luck?

I don't know what else to put here now.

Cheers and ta ta, kids.
 
 
Current Location: home
Current Mood: meh
Current Music: NOTHING
 
 
Alive2000
24 April 2011 @ 11:13 pm
Sellin' on ebay and shit. It's good.

HAPPY ZOMBIE JESUS DAY! MAY YOUR DAY HAVE BEEN FILLED WITH CHOCOLATE AND BRAINS!

Been working. GOing ot Jersey for Bamboozle and a few other show this week.

It iwll be fun.

I MAKE TYPOS! HI!
Fuck correcting.

This has been your unbelievably sparse LJ entry from ME for the indeterminate length of time until the next one.

BOOOYAH!
 
 
Current Location: home
Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique
 
 
 
Alive2000
06 April 2011 @ 10:41 pm
I haven't done anything besides listen to Morrissey since i got home.

Okay, I listened to the new Anchorless 4-way Split with Brendan Kelly and others, and the new Title Fight 7", but that's about all I've done.

Yep.
 
 
Current Location: home
Current Mood: impressedimpressed
Current Music: not a damn thing
 
 
Alive2000
01 April 2011 @ 06:52 pm
GAH!  
I am selling even more stuff now. Just sold my black vinyl copy of From Under The Cork Tree for $60.

Ah well.

Traffic on I-94 was hell. I had to get off of there before I just rammed a semi for the fuck of it.

I got nothin'. Sorry, guys.
 
 
Current Location: home
Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: Mock Orange - Only In Dreams
 
 
Alive2000
20 March 2011 @ 04:27 am
The Crazies is done, and now Frozen has been onenof the blackest comedies ever.

Until they start talking about how puppies are gonna miss them... And that's the sucker punch that gets the emotional connection. Fuck you, Frozen. Fuck you.

Now, onto Buried. At 4:30 am.
 
 
Current Location: Home
Current Music: Movie
 
 
Alive2000
19 March 2011 @ 05:27 pm
I don't even wanna know how much I've spent on Gaslight Anthem records.

I just don't.

All I know is I'm about to drop $255 for one copy of one 7" (well, a 2 7" set, anyway), with a Fake Problems 7" thrown in as a gift.

And I'm giving him a different color of the same thing I'm buying off of him so the guy can keep his first pressing streak alive.

Good Christ.
 
 
Current Location: home
Current Mood: impressedamazed
Current Music: Queen - self-titled album
 
 
Alive2000
16 March 2011 @ 07:27 pm
You guys, I just committed a murder.

I FUCKING MURDERED THAT BUFFALO CHICKEN SANDWICH!!!!!!!! FUCK YOU, BUFFALO CHICKEN SANDWICH!!!!!!!!

SO yeah.
 
 
Current Location: home
Current Mood: fullfull
Current Music: Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Sleep
 
 
 
Alive2000
13 March 2011 @ 07:51 pm
I have records. SOme I don't want anymore, so I feel the need to let them go because I want to buy more. There is a particularly big buy coming up, and the more money I have in my paypal account, the better.

So here goes:

Items that are Italicized are sealed. You could grab a swell deal.

7"
Amateur Party - Public utility Complaint - 2nd Pressing, white, no cover, /200
Built To Last - Built To Last - 1st Pressing, black, /269
Built To Last - Built To Last - 1st Pressing, grey, /286
Built To Last - Built To Last - 1st Pressing, yellow, /199
the Damned things - We've Got A Situation Here - 1st Pressing, clear, /?
the Donnas - Rock And roll Machine b/w Speeding Back To My baby (Ace Frehley Kiss Solo album song) - 1st PRessing, black
Further Seems Forever - Further Seems Forever (acoustic 7") - 1st PRessing, black, I think these were out of 1000.
Murder By Death/Amanda Palmer - split - 1st Pressing, black, /1000
new Found Glory/Dashboard Confessional - Swiss Army Bromance - 1st PRessing, black marble, /1000
NOFX - Don't Call Me White - 1st PRessing, white, /1500
NOFX - The PMRC Can Suck On This - 5th pressing, black
NOFX/Spits - split - 1st pressing, OOP, black, /?
PAramore - Brick by Boring Brick - picture disc, /2000
Paramore - Ignorance - picture disc, /2000

Andrew Jackson Jihad/Cobra Skulls - Under The influence Volume 6 - 1st PRessing, maroon, /300
Less than Jake - TV/EP - 1st PRessing, yellow vinyl, slight damage to top fold of sleeve, /250
LEss Than JAke - TV/EP - 2nd Pressing, pink vinyl, slight seam splitting (5/8" along the top), /65


10" records
Evelyn Evelyn - Evelyn Evelyn - 1st PRessing, yellow and blue vinyl, /1111


12" records
7 Seconds - New Wind - black
The Academy Is... - Fast Times at Barrington High - 1st pressing, blue marble, /2000
Against Me! - White Crosses - 1st PRessing, red, /1000

Alkaline Trio - This Addiction - black
Amateur Party - Truncheons In The Manor - 1st Pressing, clear, /108
At Half-Mast - Alive, Alone and Waiting - 1st PRessing, gold, /250
Bad Religion - The Dissent of Man - black
Bad Religion - The Dissent of Man - 1st Pressing, orange, /1000
Bad Religion - The Dissent of Man - 1st PRessing, blue, /2000
The Cab - Whisper War - 1st Pressing, transparent blue, /2000

Crime In Stereo - I Was Trying To Describe you To Someone - 1st PRessing, red/white marble, /600
the Darkness - Permission To Land - 1st PRessing, promo stamp on back, black
Farewell Continental - EP #2 - 1st PRessing, green screen printed blank B side, /75
Hagar, Schon, Aaronson, Shrieve - Whiter Shade of Pale - 12" promo, etched on side B, black
The Juliana Theory - Music From Another Room - 1st PRessing, gold picture disc quality vinyl, /200
Brendan Kelly/Joe McMahon - Wasted Potential split LP - black
Motion City Soundtrack - COmmit This To Memory - 1st PRessing, white, /500
Panic at the Disco - Pretty. Odd. Deluxe Edition - 1st pressing, still sealed, unknown number, /10000
Paramore - Brand New Eyes - black vinyl, /5000

PAramore - Riot! - 1st Pressing, white, /1500
Taking Back Sunday - New Again - black
Tim Barry - 28th and Stonewall - black, /?

Weezer - HAshpipe: The Remixes - black
Weezer - Hurley - 1st Pressing, European import, red, /500
Weezer - Raditude - black

Shoot me a PM if you have any questions or wants.
 
 
Current Location: home
Current Mood: meh
Current Music: Descendents - Suburban Home
 
 
Alive2000
13 March 2011 @ 06:13 am
buh!  
So I probably took more naps than my fucking cat today. My sleep schedule is sooooooo fucked.

And yeah, I've been dipping into my classic rock records today. Went through all six sides of George Harrison's All Things Must Pass and I'm currently spinning Emerson, Lake and Palmer's Brain Salad Surgery.

brings me back... My pre punk days. Good lord.

I will say, however, I should get a replacement for my copy of BSS, 'cause mine is beat the fuck up and sounds like shit. Ah well, it was 50 cents.

I'm continually weirded out by the fact that my TREOS records sit right next to my Ratt records. I think the fact that my brother still loves Ratt so much is the only reason I didn't get rid of those. At least everything except maybe Out of the Cellar.

BUH!!!!
 
 
Current Location: home
Current Mood: awakeawake (when I shouldn't be)
Current Music: Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Brain Salad Surgery LP
 
 
Alive2000
01 March 2011 @ 03:02 am


It's like that.
It was, anyway.
 
 
Current Location: home
Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: Buried Beds - Just Hold Me
 
 
Alive2000
26 February 2011 @ 10:46 am
What do you do when you've ruined your weekend for yourself?

You find the tickets on eBay.

I guess all the excitement for a show in the world can't make up for the fact that your body says "FUCK YOU" and won't let you get out of bed until an hour after you wanted to.

God. Damn. It

Edit: and of course 776 tickets are already on stubhub.
 
 
Current Location: home
Current Mood: pissed offpissed off
Current Music: not a damn thing
 
 
Alive2000
22 February 2011 @ 11:13 pm
RAMMSTEIN IS DOING MORE US DATES!!!!!!!!!!!!!

YOU GUYS, I WAS FUCKING HEARTBROKEN WHEN ALL THEY DID LAST YEAR WAS NYC, AND NOW THEY'RE PLAYING THE ALLSTATE ARENA JUST OUTSIDE CHICAGO IN MAY THE NIGHT AFTER WE GET BACK FROM NEW JERSEY.

YOU
GUYS


HOLY FUCK!
 
 
Current Location: home
Current Mood: excitedexcited
Current Music: Amateur Party - Truncheons in the Manor LP
 
 
 
Alive2000
11 February 2011 @ 05:44 pm
I'm tempted to go into this show tonight blind. Farewell Fighter. IDK.

but it should be fun.
 
 
Current Location: home
Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: David Bowie - It Ain't Easy
 
 
Alive2000
Hey, I'm here. I promise. I've been rather absent from here, and I apologize for not being here when I probably should've for everyone.

I strongly suggest some music for you all to pick up:

Dave Hause, the lead singer from the Loved Ones has a solo album coming out. It's better than any of that crappy acoustic singer-songwriter stuff you're currently listening to.

Dave Hause - Resolutions LP
Dave Hause - Resolutions CD/Digital

Screeching Weasel has reissued their 1998 album with five new tracks, and now it's essentially "how it's supposed to sound."

Screeching Weasel - Television City Dream
If you like the Ramones at all, you will like this.

pft. That's all.
 
 
Current Location: home
Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: Dave Hause - Time Will Tell
 
 
Alive2000
02 February 2011 @ 09:31 am
So who called in 'cause there's no way they could get to work today?

Yeah, it was me.

How's everyone been?

Imma be over here if you need me.
 
 
Current Location: home
Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: Dead Kennedys - Kill The Poor
 
 
Alive2000
11 January 2011 @ 12:15 am
I HAVE A JORB INTERVIEW ON WEDNESDAY!!!!!

This may be my ticket out of the kitchen!

Good vibes, guys. Guys. Good vibes. I need them.

Goodnight.
 
 
Current Location: home
Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: Brand New - Tautou
 
 
Alive2000
08 January 2011 @ 03:19 pm
HEY! A week late, and a dollar short, it's my top ten records of 2010!



This year, was difficult to place a lot of albums. Way too many albums to fit in a top ten, which is why it was so hard for me to get this done a week ago. I will have many honorable mentions, but first off, one that I didn't include in my Top Ten on account that it's not an album of music, and it's actually an EP, is Dan Telfer's Fossil Record.
Ladies and gentlemen, if you have not sought out Mr. Telfer's material after my absolute urging, go forth to iTunes and procure some of that goodness. Right now.


The live show count this year was 55. Yes. More than one show a week. It was insane, and we had a great run at the end to get it above 52, with 10 in December alone. Highlights?

6/27/2010 - Taking back Sunday at the Metro. The reunion tour. Yes, the "classic" lineup that recorded Tell All Your Friends, one of my all time favorite albums. This show was insane, complete with Adam asking fans to name NEW songs, and Eddie Reyes chanting "U-S-A! U-S-A!" awkwardly after the encore.
9/18/2010 - The Gaslight Anthem at the Eagles Club in Milwaukee. Gaslight Anthem took Fake Problems and The Menzingers out on tour this summer, and promptly proceeded to kick everyone's asses everywhere they went. This show stood out more than the Chicago show due to the inclusion of "I Coulda Been A COntender," and Fake Problems selling me a hoodie before the doors opened because Twitter allows things like that to happen.
10/8/2010 - Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine at the Metro. Riot Fest finally got Jello to bring his new band to Chicago, and they didn't disappoint. He may not be rail thin like he used to be, but when you're fifty, if you don't look as good as you did 25 years before, I'll forgive you, too. Roadie (yes, that's the name this british man goes by) actually took us back into the venue to meet Jello after the show and to get our setlist signed. I had never been backstage at the Metro before, and unless I play there, I will probably never get that chance again. Here's to a quick return for Jello and the GSM. I'll be there, no question.
10/15/2010 - NoMeansNo at Reggies. Just the following...
Me: "I can't comprehend how you play those basslines and sing at the same time. How in the hell do you do that?"
Rob Wright, bassist of NoMeansNo: "If I knew, I'd put an end to it."
12/6/2010 - The Music Tapes @ someone's house. All I need to say is this: Julian Koster.
12/18-19/2010 - Dashboard Confessional at Lincoln Hall and the Bottom Lounge. fullcollapse and I went to both nights of Chris Carraba's Swiss Army Romance 10th Anniversary Tour stops in Chicago. Our 16 year-old selves killed ourselves out of sheer glee those nights. Arrangements to be announced at a later date.
12/31/2010 - The Hold Steady at the Riverside Theater in Milwaukee. There ain't no party like a Hold Steady party. And if you haven't seen them, you're missing out on one of the most euphoric shows I've ever seen in my life. Emily and I saw them four times in the last three months of the year. That should tell you something. DOn't miss them. See them any chance you might get.

But yeah, onto the release list for this year.
Again, this list only includes new studio albums from this year.
Live and Cover albums are not considered.
This is culled strictly from what I have purchased in some way, shape or form.

1. Gaslight Anthem - American Slang
They did it. They hit me with what they needed to to beat the Manics this year. Just strong songwriting, and great music to go with fantastic lyrics. I had been grappling with which of the top two records would be placed at #1. This wasn't an easy choice, but Brian, the Alexes, and Benny pulled through to create, what may be their weakest album in their catalogue, but still better than just about everything else put out this year. How's that for a review?
Recommended listening: "The Boxer," "Orphans," "The Spirit of Jazz."

2. Manic Street Preachers - Postcards From A Young Man
I denounce all cries of "DAAAAAAAAD ROOOOOCK" that I've ever heard as bullshit. It's not. I'm in full agreement with my friend John that this new album is "The Holy Bible for 40 year-olds." If you like production value, strings, choirs (and I do), then this is a must listen. From their deceptively happy-sounding opener, to their internet critique ("A Billion Balconies Facing The sun"), to their ripping closer, "Don't Be Evil," this is just a solid as hell album. What have you been waiting for?
Recommended listening: "It's Not War (Just The End of Love)," "Don't be Evil," "A billion Balconies Facing The Sun," "The Future Has Been Here 4 Ever"

3. Fake Problems - Real Ghosts Caught On Tape
If you don't like Fake Problems, there's something wrong with you. Dipping into that good ol' '50s pop sound for inspiration on a lot of these tracks, Christopher Farren, Casey Lee, Derek Grant, and Sean Stevenson prove that sometimes age means nothing when you can be in your early twenties and deliver like this. "ADT" might be one of the best opening tracks I've ever heard, and "Songs For Teenagers" would go well with a video that would seem like a less depressing (but not by much) Requiem for a Dream. And yes, I consider that to be a good thing. Though live performances of "RSVP" now feature considerably less waterslide for my liking.

Recommended listening: "ADT," "Songs For Teenagers," "RSVP,"

4. Jimmy Eat World - Invented
Lots of Character writing in this album, though I think my wife likes envisioning it as Jim Adkins singing about other dudes. But much of this album seems as though it's from the perspective of a young woman in her twenties, going off into the world, and I give major props to Jim for challenging himself like that. Good tunes came out of it, and while it doesn't sound like Clarity (which 90% of Jimmy Eat World Fans are going to bemoan), I think it's absolutely stellar. Different, and a bit of an experimental step for them, but stellar nonetheless.
Recommended Listening: "Heart Is Hard To Find," "My Best Theory," "Action Needs An Audience"

5. Bruce Springsteen - The Promise
The "Lost Album" from Bruce Springsteen's Darkness on the Edge of Town period is a much different album than what Darkness turned out to be. IT's much more of a pop album. A 70s pop album, as only Bruce could've done. It has to be said that if you're going to listen to some pop rock, then Bruce is one of the best people to go to. The rearranged version of a familiar song ("Racing In The Street ('78)")also makes an appearance as the lead of the two disc affair, and I'm hard pressed to decide which would've been better for Darkness on the Edge of Town. If you've been on the fence on whether to buy this or not, get off and go get it. I can't think of a reason it was shelved all these years.
Recommended listening: "Racing in the Streets ('78)," "The Promise," "Ain't Good Enough For You"

6. The hold Steady - Heaven Is Whenever
Shimmering, slick, and polished. This is the first album of their five that The hold Steady can boast these adjectives in a review of their albums, I think. It's not a bad thing, but many hardcore fans didn't have their attention grabbed right away, I do know. As a new fan, I consider it to still be a strong effort. "The Sweet PArt of the City" proves a fantastic opener, and sets the tone marvelously, and they show they can still rock the pants off of most band half their ages with "Rock Problems," and "Hurricane J." Also, "The Weekenders" may be one of the best songs of the year, then again, I'm a sucker for recurring characters and themes in songs. Possibly one reason I like these guys so much.
Recommended listening: "the Weekenders," "Hurricane J," "Soft in The Center"

7. Bad Religion - the Dissent of Man
Punk. Punk. More punk. LEss than a minute in, I knew this album was going to be good. TO mark their fourth consecutive album with the same lineup (a band record for them!), they pulled all the stops and just rocked everyone's face off. "Do you remember when we were young? Adventure had no end! Those were the days, my friend, but I'm not talking about them at all" is the first couple of lines of the opener, and they get straight down to business with their own brand of pop punk that has been inspiring countless bands for over 30 years.
Recommended listening: "The Day The Earth Stalled," "Only Rain," "Wrong Way Kids," "Cyanide" (fourth song added 'cause "TDTES" is so short)

8. Motion City Soundtrack - My Dinosaur Life
Early in the year, I had picked this up, and shelved it for a while. Then something happened. Live, the songs from this release jumped out at me with a plea to give them another shot. Sure when I first gave it a shot, there were some great lines, as there are with all Motion City Soundtrack tunes, but upon further listen, it comes through as a very strong effort from one a band that refuses to stop churning out greatness. It also served as a good chunk of the soundtrack to my vacation this year. Sentimentality: It works.
Recommended listening: "Pulp fiction," "Disappear," "A Lifeless Ordinary (Need A Little Help)"

9. My Chemical Romance - Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys
I think My Chem's new release suffers from the same thing 21st Century Breakdown did: No matter how good it is, it won't be nearly as good as the last one. the only difference is this: My Chem actually followed up their masterpiece with a GOOD album instead of one that sucked. The Black Parade was a goddamned barnstormer, tearing up everything in it's path. This is the ruthless band of scavengers that's following in it's wake, kicking the ass of anyone left standing. They didn't sacrifice good songwriting to fit a concept. Kudos. Also, the drums sound fantastic, and Jawbreaker references will always make me like you (it's in "PArty Poison," if you must know).
Recommended listening: "Vampire Money," "Party Poison," "Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)"


10. Against me! - White Crosses & Gold Motel - Summer House (listed in alphabetical order, not in the order I liked them the most)
Two albums I could not decide which one to leave off. Both albums scream SUMMER to me, and I get the same feelings from them. I just want to ride around (after work 'cause I'm supposed to be a grown up now) with my windows down when I listen to these albums. Against Me!'s White Crosses throws in much somber imagery, and themes of addiction, lost friends, and ostracism, while Gold Motel's debut, Summer House, revisits those sweet 60s sounds (as opposed to those drug addled 60s sounds), with beautiful harmonies and wonderful jangly guitars. I could not decide what album to leave off, so they share the #10 spot. Deal with it, guys.
Recommended listening: AM!: "White Crosses," "High Pressure Low," "I Was A Teenage Anarchist"; GM: "Make Me Stay," "Perfect (In My Mind)," "Safe in LA"

Honorable Mentions go to the following for the following reasons:

Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy: It's good. Make no mistake. Always grandstanding, always weird, but just LISTEN to the wordplay in "Monster," and tell me there's no talent there. (Since I'm posting this on FB, too, and I have family on there... Yeah, there's a lot of dirty words. I'm 25. So what?)

Daft Punk - Tron: Legacy OST: It's Daft Punk doing a movie soundtrack. What is there to not like?

Tim Barry - 28th and Stonewall: Avail's frontman makes a fantastic third solo album, and puts on a great show. Country punk at it's finest... Well, up there with Chuck Ragan. Nevar forget Chuck.

Amanda Palmer - "Ukelelehead": This album made me actually want to pay any attention to anything Thom Yorke has written.

Other good stuff this year:
Godspeed You! Black Emperor reuniting.
Existing. Sometimes.
Sleeping (which I didn't do enough of)

GOODNIGHT AUSTIN, TEXAS, WHEREVER YOU ARE!!!!!!
 
 
Current Location: home
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
Current Music: Weezer - Why Bother
 
 
 
Alive2000
01 January 2011 @ 07:20 pm
My LJ presence has been limited this past year. Things had come up. Twitter got a hold of me. Facebook tightened it's grasp. I started to fall so far behind on my friends page it wasn't really possible for me to devote the amount of time needed for me to catch up.

If I've missed something important, I apologize. I really do.

I haven't even been able to write up my top ten list for the year. I have the order, but I still need to write it out.

This was a stellar musical year for me. Other aspects, not so much, but one reason I didn't just throw myself out the front window of my apartment is because I've been going to so many shows. Record collecting is actually keeping me alive. Live music is keeping me alive.

On Halloween, I actually told Justin Pierre from Motion City Soundtrack that the reason God didn't let me die when I totaled my car earlier that week was because I had tickets to their Halloween show. I had shit to go to.

And did I ever.

Emily and I went to a total of 55 shows in 2010. It'll be a challenge to go higher next year, especially if we succeed in some goings on, but we're still ready to try.

Thanks for sticking around, guys. I'll get my list up soon.

Thanks.
Stay Positive.
 
 
Current Location: home
Current Mood: contentpositive
Current Music: not a damn thing
 
 
Alive2000
11 December 2010 @ 12:26 pm
SLiced beef sandwich, with melted cheddar cheese, and leftover panang curry sauce with rice on 12 grain bread.

Holy fuck, why you so good?

Kinda want to go back to Cozy noodles just to get more coconut milk curry.

FFFFFFFUUUUUUUUU...

Been buying the vinyl like crazy. Bands besides the Manics. Crazy, I know, but a lot of stuff that's on ebay, I already have and if I don't have it already, it's because it's readily available. Which is what I thought was okay until the Lifeblood vinyl doubled in price and the Forever Delayed LP suddenly became a sought after item.

Ah well.

How have all of you been?
 
 
Current Location: home
Current Mood: hungryhungry (was, anyway)
Current Music: The Receiving End of Sirens - Interlude
 
 
Alive2000
25 November 2010 @ 02:27 pm
I'm spending my Thanksgiving afternoon listening to Darkness on the Edge of Town before I go to sleep for a bit and wake up to help "cook" dinner.





For all the shut down strangers and hot rod angels rumbling through this promised land,
Tonight my baby and me are gonna ride to the sea, and wash these sins off our hands.

That's all. Have a good one, guys. I'll report back with my Black Friday acquisitions. DOn't fret.
 
 
Current Location: home
Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: Bruce Springsteen - Racing In The Street [2010 Remastered Version]
 
 
Alive2000
21 November 2010 @ 12:45 pm
So Black Friday is coming up. And with that in mind, the weather has decided to make Friday the only day this week where the high temperature will be UNDER 40 degrees.

FUCK YOU, WEATHER.

AH well, that's what the THinsulate-equipped Converse boots are going to be for, right?

SO we now have tickets to 8 shows next year already, going all the way to the end of MArch. Artists include Lady Gaga, Less Than Jake, Thursday, Dropkick Murphys, Against Me, Weezer, and GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR.

The amount of money I've spent on vinyl in the past week is astounding (over $200). I've made back almost $150 of that, though. Go me.

I've been getting into a lot of test pressings lately. I've got some good ones, if I do say so myself. Tell All Your Friends, How To Start a Fire by Further Seems Forever, the picture disc for the Tip of The Iceberg 7" by New Found Glory (which I got them all to sign this year), and a test press of an Andrew WK/Riverboat Gamblers split 7".

This is dangerous, simply because these usually cost so much more. Gaslight Anthem tests will go for $300 dollars, sometimes closer to $400. Same with New Found Glory (albums; my 7" wasn't nearly that bad). It's insane.

My goal is to answer the Vinyl collective Record Collector of the Week (which is not a very frequent weekly thing) before the year is up. With everything that's going on at this time, though, I'll be surprised if I can do it. I'll actually need to count all my fucking records. Not looking forward to it.

I'm starting week two of doing three shows in a week. Thank god, I don't have to work Thursday and Friday, so it'll be pretty easy.

Looking forward to going back to dayton in December. Might actually see my friend, Gannon, while we're back there. That'll be interesting. He proposed a Honey Baked Ham and Donnie Darko, which we had planned on making a yearly occurrence that happened sometime in April. (this was decided in '03 or so and we haven't done it since.)

Tasty things are afoot.
 
 
Current Location: home
Current Mood: awakeawake, but I don't want to be.
Current Music: Andrew W.K. - Totally Stupid
 
 
Alive2000
18 November 2010 @ 01:15 am
This week has been awesome so far.

Monday: Reel Big Fish brought the skank-mosh.
Tuesday: THE PROMISE: THE DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN STORY BOXED SET CAME OUT AND IT IS AMAZING.
Wednesday: THE DRESDEN DOLLS KICKED MY ASS, AND I GAVE BRIAN VIGLIONE ONE OF OUR OLD "ROCK LUV" LICENSE PLATES.

This has been a good week thus far.

FUck, am I tired.
 
 
Current Location: home
Current Mood: exhaustedexhausted
Current Music: not a damn thing
 
 
 
Alive2000
14 November 2010 @ 10:21 am
FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

HOW DID I MISS THIS?!?!?!?!?!?! GOD DAMMIT!!!!!

That's cheaper than it usually goes for, even!

Hi, everybody!

So Em and I went to The Most interesting show In The World earlier this month (11/2) to see Andrew WK. It was interesting once the show actually got started.

If there's one thing I hate, there's a lot of 'em. But one thing I hate is DJs at places that aren't dance clubs or at a place where you EXPECT a DJ. I don't go to the House of Blues to see a DJ. But I guess when you're trying to get a bunch of drunk assholes who get free Dos Equis all night revved up for a show that they really have no interest in, deep down in their loins, like the people there to see Andrew WK, I guess you get two DJs who are trying to do mashups like Daft Punk while not being nearly as good at it as Daft Punk.

But I digress.

Once the show actually started, it was great. Andrew was the host of the night, and I'm counting it as the 7th time we've seen him, since he was playing with his full band. I finally got to hear some Close Calls With Brick Walls shit, too. And people in the crowd actually knew what I was talking about when I shouted for stuff like "The Moving Room," and anything off of the Wolf. There were people who knew more than "Party Hard." The faithful who hadn't left. Who actually imported Close Calls With Brick Walls when it came out four years ago. The album I have five copies of (Two Japanese, one Korean, the one that came in the Mother of Mankind 2-pack, and the US vinyl). Guys, I have three copies of The Wolf. Shit like that is NOT NORMAL.

But I got in the crowd, stitches in my knee, and partied hard at the end. It was glorious. I will not fail to see him live. It's not going to happen. Even when Emily is pregnant, we'll still be seeing him.

Because an Andrew W.K. show is a reaffirmation of life itself, and how fantastic it is. It's a celebration. A celebration that, in and of itself, is a cause for celebration. A celebration that after the near-death experience that i came out from unscathed, makes even more sense. We're here, and we're alive.

Celebrate it, guys.
 
 
Current Location: home
Current Mood: angryangry
Current Music: Andrew W.K. - We Got A Groove
 
 
Alive2000
30 October 2010 @ 08:39 am
demotivational posters - RIGHT NOW
see more Very Demotivational
 
 
Current Location: home
Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: Atom & His Package - I'm Downright Amazed At What I Can Destroy With Just A Hammer
 
 
Alive2000
28 October 2010 @ 08:22 pm
Okay, I had lyrics I just came up with that I thought I'd posted.

They were about my car accident tuesday.

Thanks, you piece of shit computer, for fucking restarting on me for NO REASON.

But yeah. I was in a car accident yesterday. Walked away with stitches in my left knee and a wicked friction burn on my left arm. And a gnarly bruise form where my seat belt kept me from flying through the windshield.

Really fucking mad about my song lyrics that I was going to share with you all. I thought that's what TIME MACHINE was for, APPLE!

Fuck that, now those are gone. Took me long enough to get them to where I was happy with 'em, too...
 
 
Current Location: home
Current Mood: pissed offpissed off
Current Music: not a damn thing
 
 
Alive2000
21 October 2010 @ 03:50 pm
I have, save for Black Friday, placed a moratorium on dvd/bluray buying until we watch everything we already have.

The only other exception is the Toy Story Trilogy bluray set, which comes out on November 2nd.

This is fucking HARD.
 
 
Current Location: home
Current Mood: beat
Current Music: Manic Street Preachers - A Billion Balconies Facing The Sun
 
 
Alive2000
21 October 2010 @ 03:49 pm
Ugh.  
Well, I'm glad Chevelle has fans in their hometown, because I know I wouldn't go to either of these shows if I still had these tickets lying around on show day.

Trying to make plans... LEt's see if it works and/or it actually pans out.

Had "Start Wearing Purple" stuck in my head all damn day. I think this means I'll be catching Gogol Bordello this month in Milwaukee. And to do so, I'll be sleeping ALL DAY, and then going up. Because I'm tired of going up to Milwaukee and almost not making it back home.

but to buy two or three?

Oi. Ahoy, Polloi.

Day two of dining room training is tomorrow. And on Monday, I'm donw to get shit signed off for so I can march up to HR so I can get a fucking RAISE.

I have 9 setlists that are not hung up on the walls. I fail at that.

"To feel forgiveness, you gotta forgive
Do you see the stars or the darkness begin
You fight your wars I fight for my life
You pay your dues, I pay mine"

I love the new Manics album, guys. The more I listen to it, the more trouble I have deciding what my top spot for my top ten of the year is.
 
 
Current Location: home
Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: Manic Street Preachers - A Design For Life
 
 
 
Alive2000
19 October 2010 @ 11:34 pm
Dan Telfer is great, you guys.


Get this fucker's EP. "Fossil Record."

I was reminded tonight why I don't go to Guitar Center that often. It's mainly because everyone shows up to show the world that they can make the guitar they're holding sound like a fucking swarm of beens. I know you're trying to show off, but how about playing something with some feeling?

Got two Manics Japanese promos today. Fun times.

Yep.

I am so fucking tired and useless right now, sorry.
 
 
Current Location: home
Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: Doug Benson - Graham Elwood, Kyle Kinane, Dan Telfer and Nathan Rabin Guest Part 1
 
 
Alive2000
17 October 2010 @ 11:32 am
Okay, so yeah... LAtely:

Dogs were not boarded last Saturday.

Friday, October 1st
The hold SteadyCollapse )
Thursday, October 7th
Jimmy Eat WorldCollapse )
Friday, October 8th
Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of MedicineCollapse )
Saturday, October 9th
Bad ReligionCollapse )
Friday, October 15th
nomeansnoCollapse )

In short, that's my month thus far. That and I saw Jackass 3D. Felt 14 again. They need to stop throwing snakes on Bam, though. Selling the crap out of the remaining Paramore picture discs I bought to resell. Mostly to international people. They've been snatching them up. Good.

So yeah. WOrking toward a promotion at work. One more week of cross training and then gotta rush to HR to do shit for THEM.

Oh the joys of my life...
 
 
Current Location: home
Current Mood: relaxedrelaxed
Current Music: nomeansno - Mr. In Between
 
 
Alive2000
06 October 2010 @ 11:12 pm
FFFFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

That's me being tired.

Seeing Jimmy Eat World tomorrow. Hoping whatever line there is isn't too shitty by the time Em and I get there.

JEllo Biafra on Friday (after a nap).

Bad Religion on Saturday in Milwaukee. To board the dogs or to not board the dogs? Fuck, I should look into that...

then next Friday is NOMEANSNO!!!!!

And LAST Friday was The hold Steady!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jesus, does it ever end????? DO I WANT IT TO?!?!?!?! NOOOOOOOOO!

/Excited post is excited
//UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU
///Does anyone still do this anymore?
////I guess they do when they want to talk to themselves...
/////UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU
 
 
Current Location: home
Current Mood: tiredtired as fuck
Current Music: Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Antennas To Heaven
 
 
Alive2000
29 September 2010 @ 07:47 pm
New music items abound this week!!!!!

Got my download codes for the new Bad Religion (I have three spare codes, so if you'd like it, let me know), and I received my This Charming Man cd yesterday. This Charming Man is Brian Fallon's band pre-Gaslight Anthem. It's good. It has Brand New-esque vocals in a song or two. It's amusing.

Also, bought the Best Buy deluxe edition of the new Jimmy Eat World. I have been letting it kick my ass all day today.

However, I got my vinyl for the new Jimmy today, and this little bitch...
BAWX
Yeah. It's purty.
I have no idea where to put the damn thing, either. There's no room for it with the Manics stuff. Which just means I need to get a new thing to put all the Manics stuff in... Fuck.

I'm liking the new album thus far. For serious. It's different, yes. Poppy as fuck. Sugary, even.
CHORUS CHORUS CHORUS!!!!!!!!!

Not a bad thing, necessarily. Gotta absorb.

Go about your days! Pay no mind!
 
 
Current Location: home
Current Mood: excitedexcited
Current Music: Manic Street Preachers - A Billion Balconies Facing The Sun
 
 
Alive2000
27 September 2010 @ 10:56 pm
SO yeah, The Gaslight Anthem last week was fucking amazing as usual. 7/7 on setlists to shows, and yeah.

Got Benny the Fat Boys record, and he just had the greatest expression of pure glee on his face when he was presented with it. He then went on to tell us there was a movie.

Disorderlies. Possibly one of the biggest and most endearing shitstorms I've ever seen. It's hard to not like a movie with Ralph Bellamy at least a little.

Jim Ward (At The Drive-In/Sparta) had his gear stolen on this most recent tour with his band. If only he had 10,000 cola nuts wrapped in brown paper...

I need to use this thing again.

Oh the new Fake Problems is perfect. Flawless. Get it, guys. Get it now.

I got nothing else. Enjoy!
 
 
Current Location: home
Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: At The Drive-in - Enfilade