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Top 25 Albums of 2008
12/17/08 at 10:48 PM by Anthony Lutz
1. Sigur Ros - Me Su Eyrum Vi Spilum Endalaust
2. Radiohead In Rainbows
3. Girl Talk - Feed The Animals
4. Jack's Mannequin - The Glass Passenger
5. Tokyo Police Club Elephant Shell
6. Nine Inch Nails The Slip
7. Portugal. The Man - Censored Colors
8. Okkervil River - The Stand Ins
9. Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
10. Reggie And The Full Effect - Last Stop Crappy Town
11. MGMT - Oracular Spectacular
12. Death Cab For Cutie - Narrow Stairs
13. Panic At The Disco - Pretty. Odd.
14. Thrice The Alchemy Index Vol. 3 + 4
15. The Sound Of Animals Fighting The Ocean And The Sun
16. The Hush Sound Goodbye Blues
17. Alkaline Trio - Agony And Irony
18. City & Colour Bring Me Your Love
19. Weezer The Red Album
20. Coldplay - Viva La Vida (Or Death And All His Friends)
21. The Faint Fascination
22. This Will Destroy You Self-Titled
23. The Mars Volta - The Bedlam in Goliath
24. Ryan Adams And The Cardinals Cardinology
25. She & Him - Volume One

* This may change as I haven't listened to some albums that are appearing on a lot of people's best of lists. Also, I plan to add pics with each selection too! I figured that this was better than nothing for now though.
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Four bee or not for be?
10/17/08 at 10:34 PM by Anthony Lutz
Today was the last day of my relaxing week. I literally only had to be in class on Wednesday, due to Christopher Columbus Day, it was my week to have off for clinical (both days), and for whatever reason, class was canceled for today. It ended up being a good week, and I actually felt like a normal person rather than a machine that's constantly in class having to recite random facts or blips of information. I went to the Artisan and studied before I had to go to work. It was cool, because they were playing Broken Social Scene on the overhead speakers. While I was studying, Mike came by and studied with me as well. I really hope I do well for this next test, from what I've heard, it's an easier test, but usually when they say that, I try not to get too cocky, and not slack off. This test is going to be over pain, eyes, and ears.

At work, the whole shift, all I did was give Jon shit for not going to Broken Social Scene. His excuse is that he doesn't have enough money or time. However, I know that's not true, because he was able to drive all the way to Kansas City last week to see Ryan Adams. Granted, he did have a free ticket, but it still cost money for him to make the drive, and just for kicks, Ryan Adams didn't even play... And as far as time goes, he did have to work tonight, but I did as well. To add more to the story, he has off all day tomorrow, which I have to be in at 1. Oh Jon, you make absolutely no sense sometimes, and your logic can be so backwards. Oh well, I guess I have no excuse, I got on the guest list, and I had to drive back to Columbia anyways.

As soon as I got to The Blue Note, I ran into Ted who used to work at the Slackers in Jefferson City. It was cool to see him since I haven't seen him in something like a year or so. I told him that I hassled Jon to come to the show, but to no avail, he insisted on staying in JC. I also saw Ellie working at the merch booth, and Carrie outside smoking a cigarette. When I went inside, I met up with Nat on the balcony to the far left. I've actually never gotten to sit at this spot, so it was really fucking nice, in fact, it was one of the best seats in the venue. However, it didn't last long, because 20 minutes into Broken Social Scene's set, some dude came up to us and told us that we were sitting in his seat. We didn't believe him, especially with the fact that Nat and Carrie had camped out at this table for 2 and a half hours, and this dude just all of a sudden wanted to sit there. We made him get someone that worked at The Blue Note, and they told us we had to move as well. Apparently, to sit in the balcony, you had to have bought seats that were seated at the balcony. Usually, there is a reserve sign, but for whatever reason, tonight there wasn't. We were kind of pissed for a while after this, especially with the fact that if the dude had wanted to sit there so bad, why did he get there so late? Either way, the rest of the show was really good, and the band played a lot of older stuff. I've never gotten to see them before, and I'm really glad I took up the chance.

Even though the girl in the band was acting like a fucking alien.
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10/09/08 at 10:59 PM by Anthony Lutz
Today was a long day.

It began by waking up at 6:30 AM rather than the time I had planned, which was 8:15. So I killed time by browsing the interweb, and trying to entertain myself for the amount of time that I had previously planned on sleeping. I couldn't get back to sleep though, so I already knew today was going to go haywire. Quenna got here at 9:15 and we went over to Mike's. Apparently, he had only gotten 50 minutes of sleep, so I didn't quite feel as bad about my petty 7 hours of sleep. Just goes to show that usually, no matter how bad you have it, someone else seems to have it worse.

We got to the University, and everything seemed to get done a lot earlier than we usually get done with our pre-planning. We ended up getting done so early that we had an hour to kill in the library! The pt that I had today had an L2 fracture (just like the pt that I had on Tuesday as well). It was nice, because I was used to taking care of a pt like that already this week. As soon as we got into pre-planning, Mary handed us each a folder, and inside was an evaluation as far as our mid-term went. I was pretty heated after reading this, because she had written down dates, and what I had screwed up on those dates. On one of them, it said that I didn't crush a med that I was supposed to, but I distinctly remember doing it, because I had to get the pt applesauce just for the med. I also remember the pill was huge, and was mixed in with all of the applesauce. Either way, Mary took the hint, and asked if I wanted to talk to her later in the day.

When we talked, I tried to stay calm and collected. I didn't want to say anything that would come off as being a smart-ass, or too uncaring, so I explained what I was feeling, and what I felt like should change so that I could improve. She said that she felt like I was using jokes and humor to mask the fact that I don't know some things deep down. She also said that asking what her mood is for the day is irrelevant to the class, and I should be more prepared for pre-planning. After our talk, I did feel better as a whole, because now I think that we are more along the lines of being on the same level. Plus, I told her that I'll try to keep in contact with her more when I'm having trouble, so I think that we are on good terms for the time being.

During clinicals, I talked to my sister, and when she talked to Ellie at The Blue Note to find out when New Found Glory were going to play, Ellie was able to get me on the guest list! I was so happy! At first, I was debating on whether to go or not, partially due to the fact that I'm broke and I was going to be worn out once clinicals got done. But then I realized that for as long as I've loved NFG, they've never come to Columbia, and they did use to be my favorite band, so I kind of felt like I was betraying them by not going. The only thing that sucked about going to the show was that I wasn't going to make it there until 9:30, and I really wanted to catch Four Year Strong since I've never seen them. However, I did get into the show for free, so as the saying goes, beggars can't be choosers.

The show was fucking fun! I saw Kasper as soon as I walked in, and he was covered with tattoos, including an anchor that was lateral to his eyebrow. He noticed that I was in scrubs, and thought it was cool that I was in the health care field. He drove all the way from Kansas City just to make it to this show, so that was cool that I at least got to see him for the first time in over a year and a half. New Found Glory was definitely on the top of their game tonight. The crowd was really feeling it, and had plenty of energy. They played a pretty good mix of songs, and I was actually surprised that they didn't play more from their second covers album. I'm kind of glad they didn't though, because I would have rather seen them play originals rather than a bunch of covers. After the show, I ran into Kelly, and hopefully we'll go see a movie (soon). I keep meaning to kick it with her, but being busy is pretty much why I've been such a recluse.

Such a busy day... However, I'm home now, and I have the soothing sounds of my MacBook's keyboard along with the idiotic character of George Castanza rattling his brain off. I doubt tomorrow will be as busy, and if I'm lucky, I'll get the full amount of sleep that I intend to.
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Seriously... Where do I come up with this stuff?
10/04/08 at 08:11 PM by Anthony Lutz
I interviewed my grandparents today, and I think it went very well. My grandma got very emotional when talking about her son and daughter, due to the fact that she has lost her daughter to diabetes, along with her son who is in the hospital for the time being. It was nice because I also got to eat chili, along with an apple dumpling caked with ice cream. I helped my grandma with her computer. She just got a new one last week, and has vista on it. She needed help setting up her e-mail, so that's what my mission was to do. I'll be posting my project on youtube here in the next month probably, so for anyone interested, I'll have it up there.

Jon and I got in a big argument about cracking into people's profiles on facebook. See, I cracked in to some random guy's profile (who's name I shall remain anonymous), made his status that he "hates ******s", replaced his picture with a KKK member, and changed his activities to burning crosses. Jon said I should change it back, but I made the argument of, "What has he ever done for me?" So Jon shot back with, "Well what has he ever done to you?" Oh Jon, you have so much to learn... Still, my argument is that I was pissed off on the day I changed it, so I'm in the right. Ha! He also made the point, "How would you feel if someone did that to you?" Well, to be honest, I would be pissed! That's what makes the situation so hilarious. Seriously, where do I come up with this stuff?

Oh, and on one last note, O.J. has been found guilty on 12 counts of robbery. Justice has been served.
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Back To School, We Are The Leaders...
08/20/08 at 07:22 PM by Anthony Lutz
I've completed Day one of my second (and last) year of nursing school. And to be honest, I couldn't feel any better about it. It's really ironic, because I was feeling the complete opposite an exact year ago from tonight. I remember coming home from the first day, and just thinking, "My life is over, what have I gotten myself into!?" But now, I feel more confident than ever, and ready to conquer my final year as a nursing student. By no means am I saying that this is going to be easy, but at least I feel that I can go to my teachers if I'm ever on the edge or worried about not passing.

I think that this semester is going to be really interesting. I'll have observations in dialysis, the ICU, ER, and other places throughout the hospital that I've never observed. Also it's really nice, because this semester, the amount I have to spend on books came to a grand total of $67 rather than $670. During our first lecture, Mary basically told us that time spent in this class will be more than a full-time job. By the time we finish lecture, labs, studying, time spent prepping for labs, paperwork for clinicals, etc... It works out to be more than enough for us to keep ourselves busy.

Which brings me to the argument I got into with Lauren tonight. My mom is going to be gone over Labor Day weekend to visit Aunt Lyn, so the only real hassle is taking care of Tiffany. I'm all for helping out, but since I'll be in school and working, I won't be able to take her to my dad's on Friday night. Well what basically ended up happening was that Lauren yelled at me for being selfish since I always buy my own soda, never help out around the house, and depend on other people too much. I proceeded to tell her that at least I didn't screw up my life, and that we warned her before going out with Ken what a douche he was. I also told her that maybe if she went to school, she would understand how stressful it is, and the bullshit that you have to put up with. She retaliated by saying that she doesn't want to go to school because it isn't for her. It was a retarded argument, but she ended up crying because of the Ken remark that I made. She did make supper tonight, and she does help out with Tiffany and everything, but Jesus. I don't feel as selfish as she made me out to be... It's kind of like Joe; he made the comment to Jon and I that at least he didn't live at home when he was in his 20's, well I shot back and said, "At least I'm not going to be working at a restaurant when I'm in my 40's..."

On a lighter note, I saw Pineapple Express last night with Kelly. We were supposed to see a double-feature with Tropic Thunder included, but she bailed before Pineapple Express ended. We'll probably catch Tropic Thunder another time though. Also, I've been listening to new albums by The Academy Is..., The Sound of Animals Fighting, and Jack's Mannequin. All of them are really good, and The Academy Is... and The Sound of Animals Fighting have actually redeemed themselves from the not-so-great second albums that they put out. I like to call that Taking Back Sunday debut syndrome since it seems to occur all too frequently with bands today. Jack's Mannequin on the other hand surprised me, because their new album is as catchy and well-written as Everything In Transit. I've also started watching the second season of Dexter, and trying to finish the first season of Nip/Tuck. Both are excellent if I might add, and are already in rotation as far as being added to my favorite TV shows list.
Tags: Jack's Mannequin, The Academy Is..., The Sound of Animals Fighting
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Lollapalooza '08
08/06/08 at 05:59 PM by Anthony Lutz
Day 1

I survived day number one of Lollapalooza, and really all that I can say is that it was awesome, and I'm beat. I saw a lot of bands today, some good, some bad, but one thing's for sure; this festival is nothing to joke about. I'm writing this post as we're on the bus and heading back home. We missed the 10:40 stop, so we're on the 11:40 stop. Mine and Jon's iPhones have been fucked up, and this event is held by AT&T, go figure. So here's a recap of who I saw and the order I saw them...

We missed Holy Fuck, so the first band we actually saw was Rogue Wave. They were good, but it was way to fucking hot, so we sought out the shade, and watched The Terrible Twos. They were really good, and that was also my third time seeing a different band of Matt Pryor's. After they played, Jeff Tweedy took the stage as an acoustic act. Since we're going to be missing Wilco over Rage, this was the next best thing. He played a short set, but it was really good. At least he played "Hummingbird".

The next act we saw was Duffy. She was pretty lame, and was basically a wanna-be Miley Cyrus. She was pretty shifty/stupid live. Speaking of which, after Duffy played, we saw Gogol Bordello. They basically reminded me of why their a ripoff of Flogging Molly. I wanted to beat the two Asians, the leadsinger looked like a kid toucher circus freak, the violinist looked like the retarded cousin of Steve Zissu, the guy playing the bongos was like a lion on speed, and to top it all off they had a black dude wearing a white hat that looked like a mop. P.T. Barnum would truly have been proud.

After I saw that freak show, I went and checked out Cat Power. She was really good, but didn't have a lot of crowd interaction between songs. She was one of my favorites of the day though. After her set, I checked out a couple of songs by The Raconteurs before making my 15 minute trek across the park. They were alright, but I don't actually listen to them, so I didn't care too much either way. When I got across the, I watched the ending of Bloc Party's set. Yup, my theory still stands corrected, shitty band with an ugly singer. The only reason I even stuck around was for Stephen Malkmus, and a halfway descent spot for Radiohead.

Stephen Malkmus was the perfect band to see right before Radiohead. If only I could actually see Pavement... The next band that was up was the one I had been waiting for all fucking day... Radiohead. They were everything I had expected and more! The light show was amazing, the fireworks were great, the band was top-notch live, and even the crowd of people to see them was impressive! The only thing that really sucked was getting split up with Jon and Rachel, but I made a few friends while watching Stephen Malkmus, they even let me smoke a little :o)

Tommorow, I'll think we'll get there a little later. Day 1 wore me out, but starting with MGMT, bring that shit right on!

Day 2

I'm sitting on the train once again, only this time with 2/3 of Lollapalooza over with. Today wasn't as near as exciting as day 1, but it was still fun none the less. Instead of getting there as early as we could, we slept in and got there just around 3. It didn't bother me or anything, I really needed the rest, so that's a major difference between today and yesterday. The first band that we saw were The Gutter Twins. They were alright, but since we had just gotten there, and it was halfway through their set, we really didn't pay too much attention to what was going on. With the next band, MGMT, it was on like Donkey Kong! Easily one of the better performances I saw, this was really a great band to catch live. Since they only have one album, they pretty much played everything from it. At this point, Jon and Rachel had split up with me to go see Explosions In The Sky.

I stuck around, met a few cool guys, and waited to see Brand New. They were really nice, and were all into a lot of stuff that I'm into. Radiohead, torrent sites, etc. I watched half of Brand New, then headed off to see Explosions as well. Both Explosions and Brand New were let downs from the first time I had saw them. Ah well, I will still hold their first shows forever in my heart. The next band I saw was Okkervil River. They were in my opinion, my favorite band of the day. They played a flawless set with songs like "Real Love" and "Unless It's Kicks" these guys were amazing. It was also the closest to any band that I had saw, and was when I was reunited with Jon again.

The next band I saw was Battles. Like their counter-part, Don Cab, these guys were awesome. However, I sat through most of their show, so I was mainly listening rather than watching. It was kind of funny in a not so funny way that this kid was passed out against a tree for their show, but then the medical staff had to take him away. Oh the laughs! The next band was the one that was tightly tucked away in the back of our minds for the whole day - Rage Against The Machine. However, there is a catch. Keep in mind that I already announced what the best act of the day was... Anyways, these guys were good, and had a crowd that barely rivaled Radiohead's. But their fan base is filled with a bunch of fucking jocks, so compromising with them was practically pointless. All that they wanted was for the crowd to step back so a few people wouldn't get trampled on. That didn't go too well with the fans, and you could hear comments such as, "I didn't realize Zach had become such a fucking pussy!". Had there not been so many delays with their idiotic crowd, they probably would have been my favorite, but it just goes to show that a fan base at a concert can be something that can make or break it.

And alas, my hopes go out that Mr. Reznor's fans aren't going down the same path tomorrow night...

Day 3

As I'm writing this, I have conquered the third, and final day of the 2008 Lollapalooza! Today was a really good day as far as seeing bands go, and if all goes well, I will be more than wiling to attend next year's festival. Today started with my ankles feeling extremely sore (surprise, surprise) and going to Urban Outfitters only to receive two of the exact same dunnies that I had already had! Anyways, Rachel split up from Jon and I to go to the art museum. Jon and I went to who we thought was going to be The Weakerthans, but it was The White Lies, followed by Office. It turns out that The Weakerthans had canceled, so I got to see these two bands instead. I was bummed to miss The Weakerthans, but these two bands ended up making up for it.

The next band that I saw was Nicole Atkins. She was really good, and reminded me of the likes of Charlotte Sometimes. After she played, Black Kids came on. Their name is partly false advertisement, because there were only two out of five members in the band who were actually of African-American descent. Other than that, they put on a fun and energetic show. After that, Jon and I parted ways, and I was on a mad hunt for Mountain Dew. I finally found some right next to the place that sells coffee and ice cream. I kind of wandered around a bit to kill time before Flogging Molly played. I ended up seeing a few songs by G. Love and His Special Sauce. It was alright, but one of those performances you really don't pay much attention to.

I finally went and waited in front of the stage for Flogging Molly. I had the unfortunate opportunity of watching part of Iron & Wine's homo set. However, when Flogging Molly came out it was all worth it. Considering this was probably the 7th time seeing them it was probably their best and most memorable set that I've seen of theirs. They dedicated a song to Joe Strummer and Johnny Cash (something I don't recall Gogol Bordello doing), and were especially good at pleasing the crowd. From here on out, the day got nothing but better.

I went and met back up with Jon and Rachel to see Girl Talk. This was another amazing performance by a band I had already seen. Everyone watching seemed to really be in it, so much that people were climbing up trees without branches to see the show. The show was cut short though so that we could see The National, who also put on a really good show. It sucks though, because I'm not as familiar with their stuff with a band like Flogging Molly, but it was still a good show none the less. The next act, Nine Inch Nails were the true heroes of the day though.

From the moment they came on, I was mesmerized. Everything about their show rivaled Radiohead's performance from two night's prior. Their light show, the filming with the cameras, and the sheer magnitude made it everything I had been waiting months for. Trent Reznor was really set to impress, and he succeeded gracefully. Comparing this performance to Radiohead's is too cruel, so my conclusion is that the two tie. They definitely made Lollapalooza more than a music festival, but something I will always remember, and by default will be something that I will always look back and compare other concerts to. Like Warped Tour '02, the time I saw Green Day, my first experience with Sigur Rs, or the The Get Up Kids final show, this is yet another concert going experience that has raised the bar for me in terms of what a really good show is. It also proves to me that when I think I've seen it all, there's that more I still have yet to see.

The Aftermath

I got back from Chicago 2 days ago, and couldn't be happier to sleep in my own bed again! I've still been pretty exhausted from everything, and I've been finding myself drifting off to sleep a lot during class, but this is a week long class, so it's half-way over now. I wanted to make a post that reflected what I would have done differently as far as going to Lollapalooza would have went.

First of all, I would have watched all the bands that I missed, due to either being too hot out, too worn out from the night before to get there in time for the next day, or the band simply canceled out. These bands include: Does It Offend You, Yeah?, Innerpartysystem, The Go! Team, The Octopus Project, The Weakerthans, Holy Fuck... I think that covers it, but I figured I'd at least get it out of my system. I'm sure there will be other shows with some of the bands listed, but I'm not sure, bands break up all of the time, and none of those bands have come close to Missouri yet. I guess we'll see.

I also wish I would have brought one of the camelpacks, and keep it filled up with Mountain Dew! The power of caffeine is really strong, especially when you've gone all day without it. And Coke's caffeine is weak so that doesn't count. I was lucky enough to find a vendor on the last day that sold Pepsi products, so that redeemed itself. It also would have been cool to have a catheter connected to me, so then I wouldn't have had to worry about going to the bathroom during all my favorite bands! However, if someone tripped over it, or it accidentally got pulled out, I could see how that wouldn't go so well.

I also wish I would have listened to more by some of the bands I had saw. I knew every word to Radiohead like the back of my hand, but I found myself not knowing lyrics to Rage Against The Machine and Office. I guess the fact that the shows they put on were good was all I needed, but being able to sing along always makes it more fun. I also didn't like the long walk from the Park to the bus station, then the 30 minute ride back home. All together walking and riding the bus took about an hour and a half to get back to Micah's. I mean it was free to stay there, which was great, but that was a huge drawback. That really brings meaning to the phrase, "Beggars can't be choosers."
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Warped Tour '08 (St. Louis, MO)
07/03/08 at 11:40 AM by Anthony Lutz
For the seventh straight year in a row, I attended the STL Warped, and the weather was actually pretty comfortable for once. This year, I went with Pat and Drew, so it was fun riding up there. Anyways, here's a summary of some of the bands that I saw:

Norma Jean
Street Dogs
Every Time I Die
As I Lay Dying
Forever The Sickest Kids
Jack's Mannequin
MC Chris
The Devil Wears Prada
You, Me, And Everyone We Know
Against Me!
Charlotte Sometimes
Angels And Airwaves
Say Anything

It was a pretty good day, we got there a little late, so we missed Cobra Starship, The Horrorpops, We Shot The Moon, and The Color Fred, but that was all right since I've seen 3/4 of those bands listed. I finally got to meet Stacy, and I got to see Meghan, and her boyfriend, John, so it was cool that I got to split off and hang out with them some as well. Against Me! finally played Baby, I'm An Anarchist, and a lot of material from New Wave, so that was enough to make my day. By the end of the day, my throat hurt so much from singing, but that didn't hold me back from belting it out during Say Anything (no pun intended).
Tags: St. Louis, Warped Tour
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The Product of Bo(red)om
04/24/08 at 03:48 PM by Anthony Lutz
So I decided to start a blog on here, just to write some shit down about what's going on. Right now, I'm not in a bad mood, or even a depressed mood, I'm really just kind of bored if anything. Yesterday I handed in my last set of clinical paperwork, so now I'm just... waiting for the semester to be over with. I'm glad that I've made it this far, because that's farther than some have made it who are in this program.

I'm going to Lollapalooza this year (which couldn't come any sooner). Besides that, I may be going to Warped, which the line up kind of sucks if I do say so myself. The only reason I'd be going is to see Say Anything, and a few others. The reason I say it sucks is because I've seen a good majority of the bands that I want to see, so it's not like I would be seeing anything too new. You can't win them all I guess.

God I hate iTunes.
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