Finished my reviews for Weezer and This Time Next Year. Always hard for me to give Weezer a low score seeing how long I have adored their music, but Raditude is just a "filler" album: it's fun and pleasant but warrants no critical points for doing anything worthy of true merit. This Time Next Year just loses steam over time. I absolutely loved it back in August when I first received it, but as the months go by, there's just much better pop-punk being made. Still enjoy the album, just not as much as I initially did.
Expect reviews for the following this week (and weekend): Nothington (whoo!), The Larry Arms (yeah!), Strung Out (finally!), Dead To Me (meh!), Dashboard Confessional (not sure yet!), We Shot the Moon (not bad!) and Anchor Down (pretty good!) (plus two others from punk bands not many are familiar with outside of, say, Canada).
Excited to pick up the Foo Fighters' deluxe edition of their greatest hits comp. I really just want the DVD that comes with it since I already own all the albums. "Wheels" has become one of my favorite songs of the year. In terms of favorite singles... I think Weezer will win that. I'm still madly in love with "If You're Wondering if I Want You To (I Want You To)." It's fucking addicting as hell.
Gonna be working hard on getting my meathooks on Joey Cape's album here in the coming weeks. That's my goal for the month. Can I do it? Yes. Yes, I can. I am Chris Fallon damn it.
Oh, and in case you were curious... I cannot decide which album I am looking forward to most in 2010: Jimmy Eat World, Butch Walker or The Gaslight Anthem. How in the name of fuck can I choose between those three?! If 2010 is half as good as 2009, I'll be satisfied. My current top 10 for 2009 is almost narrowed down... give me another month. I can't figure out where to put a few selections. I just love some of these albums like they are my children.
Listen to Adam Carolla's podcast. I love that man and his rationale. I'd like to have a beer with him one day. Dan Patrick can come, too. As long as he brings Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison.
Here's to Philadelphia ousting the Yankees (probably won't happen) and to the Seahawks salvaging what's left of that sinking ship season they are struggling in. I miss the Sonics.
It is cold here. I think I should warm myself up with some Curb Your Enthusiasm and a blanket before sleep... or what little of it I get. Goodnight CFaithful.
By my count, I have 10 upcoming reviews on my pallet... reviews I thought I'd have up by now. To be honest, I have most of them halfway written - I am just at a standstill, currently suffering from a bad case of writer's block. You all know how it goes - after a few weeks, putting all my time and energy into schoolwork, you simply run out of any fresh material you feel is worth sharing. Sure, I'd say 50% of these will be "once-overs," but I am picky about what I publish for the public - so if I am not feeling it, I won't bother.
Anyway, figured I'd say that in written form so I feel better about my current whereabouts/status on the site. I guess a couple of these upcoming reviews don't need to be posted anytime soon (for as-yet-to-be released albums), but I still have a racking sense of guilt on my conscience. I just love my job here too much, and I've neglected it for far too long now.
In case you are interested... here's what albums I need to finish:
Half Hearted Hero
High Five Drive
The Van Buren Boys
House of Heroes
Not to mention...
This is a Standoff
Our Lady Peace
Yeah, some of these are for small, up-and-coming bands so they might be pretty short -- there's only so much you can say, really. But some will get my magic touch. I actually really like Our Lady Peace and Sugar Ray's offerings this summer. Broadway Calls continues to sound better with every listen, and I fully endorse High Five Drive, Anchor Down and Half Hearted Hero. Stay tuned I guess -- you never know when I'll throw down.
Picked up some new vinyl the past week. Probably gonna post a summary of my recent additions to my ever-growing collection. I'm currently on the lookout for some speakers in good condition so I can play these over 4th of July weekend.
Stay well, AP Faithful. Who loves ya baby? This guy does.
Oh, and P.S. Look what I received in the mail earlier this week.
I haven't been around here for awhile, so in case anyone is wondering, "What the hell ever happened to that loud-mouthed poopface who dishes out piss-poor reviews and makes n00bs angry?" Well... I am happy to say I am still very much alive.
The last couple weeks of school have been catastrophic, and have left me pretty drained. All my attention in terms of writing has been devoted to papers, scripts, etc. I have also been working more recently due to the fact that people keep quitting or getting canned.
Anyway, this week is my first official week off before summer courses begin. Thankfully, it's only for 6 weeks and both classes are online. No big threat there. I will be working much more, maybe hanging out with friends more often after we're done... but I am coming back strong this week. My goal is to complete every review on my plate (around 8 or 9) -- and many are halfway done or unorganized thoughts... so not too much left to do. 311, Sugar Ray, some unsigned bands, Half Hearted Hero, a unique idea I have for both House of Heroes EPs... all kinds of goodies.
I will also finish up my summary/analysis of Green Day. I'm sure some clown will try to knock me for it, but I enjoy lighting fires under people here. Sometimes, it's all so personal, ya know?
That's my update for now. I feel like I have been gone for ages... and to think it's only been a few weeks since that disastrous New Again fiasco. New day, my friends... new day.
Go see Up and The Hangover. Go listen to Eddie Money. Go enjoy some Domino's pasta bowls. The end.
I was planning on posting my review for New Again this morning (Friday) ... but I still don't know what exactly to say. The album is just so mediocre, I seem to be having difficulty finding the words to match. I still passionately hate two songs, and strongly dislike one. The others I'm either "meh" on or like a decent amount. Nothing is spectacular here, and that's never a good sign. I haven't listened to the album all day, and honestly, I barely remember most of it. It's all a bit of a blur. After five very intent listening sessions, that is not a good sign at all.
Think I'll hold off until Monday or Tuesday, since it's gotta be a good one -- after all, this is going to be another big'un. Oh, and I am proud to say I was right -- Green Day is now my most viewed review. What what!
In the meantime, think I'll finish and post some smaller band reviews for tomorrow. Not sure if anyone gives a shit... I just felt like sharing. I am going to go watch The Wrestler now.
Glad I had today off -- not sure if I would have been able to make it through class. Been so tired lately, and my sleep schedule has been so fucked. Not sure why, just haven't been feeling well.
I have two papers to get done by tomorrow. Both are relatively simple, just need to get them done. One is a creative writing essay, the other is a "review" for Hero (the Jet Li movie) for my Media Aesthetics class.
Welcome to Mike Kraft, our new staffer -- he'll be assisting with news posts and the release date calendar with Nathan.
In Bruges is a fantastic film -- I don't normally like Colin Farrell that often, but he was excellent in that movie.
Sadly, I won't be able to witness any of the Inauguration Day events live. I'll be in class all day until 2:00 p.m., so that bums me out. Missing something so extraordinary and historic -- sucks... and to think we've barely said "goodbye" to Bush. Kind of makes me LOL, just a tad.
Think I'll spend tomorrow night finishing up three or four reviews I have that need to be posted. The sooner I get 'em up, the sooner I can get The Loved Ones and Propagandhi.
Tomorrow, after watching Obama make history, go pick up Reel Big Fish and Let Me Run -- it will add to the smile glued on your face, I swear!
I think my cat's new nickname will be Tobama. Seems fitting for the next four years.
Finally back home in Ellensburg. The mountain passes have been pretty rough lately, so I had to return yesterday afternoon -- earlier than I wanted to. It was a strange Christmas break, but definitely better than I expected it to be.
Lots of snow prevented me from being able to do much: getting out of the neighborhood was nearly impossible for many days, and snow continued falling until Friday. It did eventually melt so we could leave the fucking driveway, however at the moment, snow is not my friend.
Made out rather well over the holidays, too. Got a new office chair, a nice winter coat, toolkit (boy did I need that!), a couple lamps, some DVDs and clothes ... all in all, not too shabby. My brother got an XBox and like 10 games, so I'm sure he's bored with them all now.
I'm here to stay for awhile, so I'm gonna catch up on some work around the site and just hang out before school next Tuesday. Gonna be a quiet New Year's -- girlfriend is back home and won't be back until the weekend. So, for now, it's me and the cat ... and the television (bowl games and NFL playoffs!). I'm anticipating Penn State v. USC and also hoping the Falcons can be the NFC's team to beat. I love their story this season and hope they go far -- although right now, Carolina and New York will be tough to beat.
Be sure to check out my contribution to the staff's End of the Year lists. I was originally going to add a few more things, but couldn't think of anymore hahaha
Well, hope all of you had a great holiday and have a Happy New Year! I cannot wait to get to know more AP Faithful throughout 2009, and make my mark on this site even more prevalent.
No recs this week, sorry. I don't really have anything to recommend.
It's official - I am now a 25 year old. Halfway to 30. And I still have plenty of growing up to do! Thank you to everyone who wished me a happy birthday - truly, it means a lot to me.
'Twas a good weekend. Low-key but fun - and I didn't have to work on the busiest weekend of the year in my town. Spent it with my girlfriend and our friend from back home, who came to visit for two days. Didn't do a whole hell of a lot, but I find it's more fun when you can just kick it, go out and eat, maybe hang at the bars ... nothing too big or anything.
I also had my first experience with Rock Band. I'd actually never seen anyone play it or played it myself until this weekend. Gotta say, I love the song selection and while I am terrible at drums ... I can do a fairly decent job at singing. I'm getting better the more I play and will hopefully be able to go right from medium to expert in no time. I'm too cocky, aren't I?
The best thing about this weekend has simply been spending time at home, just resting from the chaos and insanity of the flurry of people overcrowding the town at the moment. My girlfriend is actually at the rodeo with a friend now, and while it would be fun to go, I had to take time to get some things done here - I'm behind in my workload.
One last thing - I do have a recommendation: as a big Adam Carolla fan, I suggest you check out his comedy, The Hammer, loosely based on his own experiences. If you enjoy his radio show or work from Loveline, there's no reason you won't enjoy this nice movie.
Good to know college football has started - lots of ass-kickings went on yesterday. Considering it's the opening game, I can't be too surprised, but regardless ... the Huskies (my hometown team) got their asses handed to them by the hated Ducks. BYU next week ... I expect another loss if Locker doesn't get his head together.
With me working every day this week, I feel like I have had no time at all to complete the amount of work I want to get done on the site. Usually, once I get rolling, I just power through everything - and I know me; Sunday will be packed of Chris Fallon material, reviews and all.
Today kind of sucks so far, because I have this terribly uncomfortable ear ache from sleeping on my side all night. My sinuses are really bad, and trying to pop my ears just makes my nose hurt. So I can hear out of my right ear ... but I prefer both.
This weekend should be a great time to relax from work. My birthday is Saturday, gonna spend it with my wonderful girlfriend - I'm not a big "throw me a party" birthday guy. If people send their wishes, that does it for me. It's also a rather busy weekend in the city I live in, as the one of the biggest rodeos in the U.S. is only half a mile from my apartment. It's going to be packed around my neck of the woods ... not sure how I feel about not being able to walk/drive around for four days (not to mention, my poor cat being outside haha).
On a side note, go listen to some Stevie Wonder. I gotta say ... every time I listen to his music, I become enthralled by how much of a genius the man is.
I have a lot to get done the next few days. I just wish I weren't so half-assed at doing it all. Perhaps because I'm just sitting here, alone in Ellensburg now that school is out, and the weather is just meh.
That, and I cannot wait to head back home to the Seattle-area come Tuesday. So many things planned, it will be good to get out and about. My sister will be in town, some family I have not seen in awhile ... and a weekend on the Oregon coast, which is like my home away from home.
Hoping to get lots of reviews done today and by Monday, including some for The Gaslight Anthem, Trapt (lol), Trevor Keith and Matt Pryor (amongst others). Yeah, it's gonna be Chris overload ... but you know you want it.
Anticipating the arrival of Lagwagon's new EP in my mailbox any day now. Most people should know by now that I am a huge Joey Cape fan, and Lagwagon is one of my very favorite bands ever. Resolve (the band's 2005 full-length) was great... but it seems like that was forever ago. New material is something I'm glad I get to hear before my birthday.
Keep your eyes peeled for some new reviews. I'm in the zone, people.