it has been FOREVER since i've written and after looking back at old blog posts i felt compelled...
while i'm kind of at one of those 'wtf' kind of times in my life i can't help but sit back and marvel at the mysterious rollercoaster we call life.
things may never turn out the way you plan, but you can always plan on being surprised.
no matter what we're going through i've learned it's extremely important to look at life as something to enjoy. sure life can suck. everybody hurts. but it's the little things, the people, the places, the moments that truly matter.
here's to you all, whoever you may be. cheers to everyone being in the same boat. because we're all just trying to figure it out.
Wow, I'm really not much of a blogger these days. But I figured I'd put some thoughts down...
1. My new place that I moved into a few weeks ago is tits. I'd put it up against any college apartment I've ever seen, and it's only gonna get better.
2. I've been spinning so much rap lately it's ridiculous. All summer long it's been about Biggie, Jay-Z, Dre, etc. A friend and I were listening to some old Kanye the other day, and I've got to admit his stuff is pretty fucking good. His wordplay is some of the best there is. I can't wait for his new album, I love all of his rap stuff (though I never got into 808's).
3. I'm still trying to grind out the rest of my summer. This includes a lot of drunken nights considering my apartment is within 3 blocks of about 6 different bars. It's a been a good summer, with some good times. And that's what I'm all about.
I'm still looking for sweet things to do while I finish out the summer.
This has been pretty much a pointless, meaningless blog. Haha.
I felt that I needed to do some of this though.
The great roadtrip out to California begins tomorrow morning. We'll be making a few stops that include Colorado, Vegas and our final destination of San Diego. I don't know if I've ever been more excited for anything in my life.
One week, a few best friends, and one crazy trip across the country.
Wish me luck!
p.s. Saw The Hangover last night. Absolutely hilarious. Seriously the funniest movie I've seen in theaters since Superbad. Go see it.
It only made me that much more excited for Vegas.
I felt the Lord begin To peel off all my skin And I felt the weight within Reveal the bigger mess That you can't fix
I swear, I swear I'll go Lead me into my home Don't stop don't ever go I swear you'll never know You'll never know
Some of the lyrics from the best song on the best album I've heard in years. The songs are catchy and yet still so, so deep. Song after song is just amazing. This will someday be one of my favorite albums of all time, I know it.
On an slightly awesome note, I'm beyond excited for the new Dangerous Summer. Blake (who I really enjoy as a writer) wrote a review that made it sound like it's the best thing ever. I was already a big fan of the band, so I'm beyond stoked. Awesome news.
In personal news, it's winding down on the semster. Two weeks left and I'll be headed into my last summer vacation of my college life. Scary stuff, but I'm excited. It'll be my first summer away from home, my home two blocks from a Great Lake and beaches galore. I'm going to miss that most. But it's time to grow up a just a little more. New apartment is going to be awesome. Basement in an old abandoned bank building downtown, so ballin.
Also, the great summer roadtrip out to Cali is officially planned for early June. Four friends, one week across the country. Plans include the midwest, Denver (hopefully for some camping weather!), Salt Lake, Las Vegas and then onto SoCal. Gonna be the trip of the lifetime, and well documented.
I have to say that Manchester Orchestra's new effort was definitely my Most-Anticipated for 2009. After I was rec'd I'm LIke A Virgin Losing A Child and I fell in love with it a little over a year ago, I had high expectations.
With Mean Everything To Nothing they have blown me away. One of the best and emotionally-charged albums I've heard in a long while.
And "Shake It Out" is having Brand New "Jesus Christ"-esque effects on me.
I just got the new Jazz Liberatorz's Clin d' oeil and I have to say it is one of the coolest things I have ever listened to. Can't thank Sean and Wil enough for the new blog. I've plugged it once already I think, so check it out if you're into any and all types of undergound hip-hop. I posted the link in a previous blog.
Also, I gave Fall Out Boy's Folie a Deux a listen for maybe the first time since I gave it a once or twice-over when it first came out. TTTYG will always hold a special place in my heart, it's one of the albums that provided the main soundtrack to my teenage years, which I never want to forget.
I wasn't against Fall Out Boy's new sound with the directions of their last few CD's had been beginning with Infinity On High, I just felt in no way connected. I had figured they were probably selling out and going for a poppier sound to get mainstream success.
After the new listen, I've come to a conclusion. I have to appreciate the new music because you can't hate on four guys from Chicago wanting to be the biggest band in the world. They knew that they wanted to be bigger than any pop-punk band out there by going the way of pop/rock music, much like some of the biggest bands in the world.
Bands like The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Rolling Stones, etc.
So after taking another listen to Folie a Deux, I can finally understand and appreciate the new music Fall Out Boy is making. That's just fine by me.
I rented Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas last week and have watched it 4 times since. It is quickly climbing my Top Movies list. It's very, very good. Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro are both amazing as two buisnessman druggie's who take a crazy, trippy trip to Las Vegas.
Great films are really something to be appreciated.
I felt the need to blog because I'm in the library doing homework and an old song came on that stirred up some memories. Waking Ashland's "Tortoise and The Hare", off of the Telescopes EP, always reminds me of this one specific point in time when I felt truly happy and on top of the world.
I thank music for those types of memories.
Back to real life. I've been super busy with work and school but this weekend should be pretty laid back. I'll get to see some familiar faces and hang out.
I've recently been listening to a lot of undergound rap/hip-hop, thank you Sean. Sometimes I do feel a little bit gangsta, and I don't mind bumping some truly awesome, genuine hip-hop. If you haven't checked out deadkidsean's new hip-hop blog, do it now. http://theendoftherebellion.wordpress.com/
I also found out that a full-scale road trip to Cali is in the works for this summer. God that will be awesome.
That's what it's been around here. Crazy few days.
Basically our neighbors insist on calling the cops every time we try to have a remotely good time. Friday night they made a noise complaint at 8:30 pm. The cops were called and came over. 8:30 on a Friday night, you've got to be kidding me. Then last night they called them again. We had 5 people in my apartment, we were sipping a few beers listening to the Beatles, turned down really, really low.
Try to tell the officer we really don't mean any trouble, these neighbors are just insanely stubborn. We've tried knocking on their door to talk to them about it. If we're loud just let us know, we'll tone it down. No need to call the cops or anything.
These two girls are just a couple of fucking bitches.
Karma will catch up to them, I'm sure.
On the brightside, my parents came down yesterday to celebrate my Mom's birthday as well as mine. It was nice to just go out and spend some time with them. We had some yummy dinner and they spoiled me just a tad.
I'm getting older now and it feels wierder than ever. I've come to appreciate my family so much more than I could have imagined as a angst-ridden teenager just a few years ago. I used to think they were ruining my life, now I don't know where I'd be without them.
I've also told my mom that I plan on going to graduate/law school somewhere out of the state. I'm thinking maybe somewhere out on the East Coast. Boston, NYC, DC are all possibilities. California is sure still in the equation. Maybe Chicago..I don't know. I'd love to be somewhere warm. This cold weather gets to me sometimes, and I've always been a beach bum. I'd probably die of sheer happiness if I lived somewhere I could go to the beach any time I wanted, let alone any time of the year. Food for thought.
So basically I'll be turning 21 two weeks from tomorrow. Exciting stuff, I know. I don't know if I'm all that excited as I am surprised. I can't believe how fast this has crept up on me. Seems like just a few weeks ago I had my 20th birthday party. That was fun, I hope this year brings even more awesome memories.
On my birthday wish list:
- Two Tongues - very excited for this. Conley and Bemis putting out an album? Sign me up.
- Pineapple Express - Love it more each time I watch it.
- Posters to cover some of the gigantic wall space we'll have at our new apartment next year. Very excited about that.
- A nice note/package from my very busy/slacking pen pal out on the East Coast. You know who you are woman.
- A nice weekend with friends and family.
My Dad told me he and my Mom will be coming to take me out to dinner the weekend before. That will be nice. He also said he has an 18-pack of Labatt Blue Light for me. Yummies.
As for a wrap-up and update, I've been really busy lately. I like the new schedule, it's just a challenge. I like challenges though, so I'm happy.
I've also been listening to a lot of older stuff. I went digging through my Dad's old CD collection and found some real keepers. I've been listening to a lot of Beatles, Rolling Stones, Bob Marley, David Bowie, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen. Seriously, some great stuff. It's cool that my Dad was around when all that music was being made. That must have been amazing.
Other CD's I've been giving good listens to include The Gaslight Anthem, Fleet Foxes, Wale, Common Market, and the new Forgive Durden. All good stuff as well.
But I'm off, long blog, just lots to update on.
Peace out cub scouts.