Saturday, May 16, 2009

10 Essentials for Summer 2009, Part Two.

6. Mosley Tribe Sunglasses: Paladino - One day at work I was cleaning out the sunglasses case and these sunglasses were calling me... I love chunky sunglasses!!

7. Loretta's ( 8617 14th Ave S, South Park)- Absolutely one of my favorite bar to drive to and hangout in all day. The bar looks as if your grandparents saved and spent all their social security on the decor. Dark wood interiors with vintage lamps and clocks throughout. There is a Hi-Fi record player available if you are inclined to challenge the bartender's Ipod. They have a huge patio in the back with huge metal lawn chairs, a ping-pong table, and an Airstream with portable record players and a big screen TV inside.

8. Vans Slip-On - Why fight a classic shoe? I hate wearing sandals! These make a great substitution!

9. El Jimador Tequila - Smooth tasting tequila. When I was in Mexico City several years ago I learned how to shoot this tequila in 8 different ways with the same lime and salt. Don't ask me how to because I'll end up doing something stupid like empty an entire pitcher of beer on the floor and then get kicked out of a bar.

10. Nudie Jeans: Slim Jim Dry Black Coated. I have to work my magic with my friend's at Barney's, NY for a pair of these, but I want a pair so badly!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

10 Essentials for Summer 2009, Part One.

From All of this and nothing.

#1. My 1960's Vespa 90. This will be the second bike i will finish rebuilding this summer and my absolute dream vehicle.
#2 Bjorn Borg Underwear. I never thought I would drop some serious cash on underwear but these fit me in all the right places and come in amazing colors!

3. Metronomy - England's self-professed "electro-garage" band. The trio make amazing electro-pop that's similar to DEVO.

4. Brixton Hats - Brixton makes great hats... Although my Castor straw hat is worn to shit, I cant wait to get a new one.

5. Gucci Rush - I'm not really into fragrances but when i did have a sense of smell this was the bomb, baby!

Burning Fight!

First of all, I am sorry about the massive Flickr posts on my blog. I have to go back and fix my preferences on my account. Anyways, Last weekend I flew out with two friends to Southern California for a bit of nostalgia. Several 90's hardcore bands from my childhood were getting back together for charity and the release of the book, Burning Fight. Burning Fight is an oral history of the 90's hardcore punk scene(Straight Edge and what not.) from several key perspectives of the folks involved. This of course was one of two reasons for my trip. The other being able to see my family and take some time off of from my busy schedule. I drove out to the show with my cousin, Mike, who I used to drag out to shows back in the day. The show itself was very interesting. It's been several years since I've disconnected myself from "The Hardcore Scene," a scene from which I've never felt 100% about from the beginning. I'm not going to "talk shit" about my differences with the scene. I believe that would be unfair to those who worked really hard on this book and event. I missed the opening band while i was talking with people outside. I believe it was Festival of Dead Deer. Several of my friends were really excited to see the next band: Threadbare. I think I might have seen them at the Velvet Elvis in Seattle, but I can't remember.
Technically they were pretty tight and from the looks I got from friends while they were swaying with a shit eating grin, I believe they enjoyed it. Next up was Portraits of Past. Which were more spastic and stylist then I remember. I missed the first half of their set because I was either getting food or buying another drink.
Portraits Of Past  2
I ran in and took some pics. I headed to the merch table afterward to purchase a P.o.P. shirt and a couple of badges for my friend Shannon in Boston. Next up was by far my favorite band of the night, Undertow. One of Seattle best hardcore bands. I'm not saying that because of a possible bias. They just brought their A-game that night. Check out the video!

Seattle peeps came out of the woodwork for this set. I haven't danced like that in ages! The next two bands were Swing Kids and Unbroken from San Diego. Swing Kids was a previous band of Justin Pierson from The Locust. From what i remember this band wasn't around for that long. Maybe a year? This was by far embarrassing to watch. Justin seemed to be singing in his "insect" voice from his newer bands All Leather and the before mentioned band. Of course they were missing their original guitar player who is now no longer with us. Sadly to say his lost was felt throughout these last performances which had an uneasiness felt throughout the night. How were there two band going to pull it off?? It was a very eerie. Unbroken of course was amazing. They played all the hits. I didn't go up front for their show. I think i was too tired from bring sun drenched and full of alcohol by the end of this night. A memorable night indeed. My favorite part was at Joe's BBQ while waiting for one of the set changes. Mike and I looked at the walls of the place and noticed several concert posters of all the shows we attended while we were teens. So surreal. I almost regretted moving to Seattle. After Unbroken, I participated in several crew pictures one being Seattle and the other the I.E. crew picture.
Positive Kids, 12 years later.
Pictured: Jill, Felicia, Chrisy, Josh, Marc, Zach, Jason, Brandon, Me, Bobby, and Kate.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Plaid Party for Gene.

Plaid toga
I hate dressing up. Let me rephrase that! I hate dressing up for theme parties. Halloween is the exception. I just don't like dressing silly... until last night. Kindra's plaid party for Mikey was so much fun.
For Brandon.
Kindra rented a party bus for all of us to terrorize the greater Seattle area with drunken mischief. We stopped at Pies n Pints, Baskin Robbins in Greenlake, George and Dragon, Fred Meyer in Ballard, The Lusty Lady, and Smith... I had to leave early because I had to work my standard Saturday double shift at Kuhlman then the Rendezvous, but last i heard they ended up in a hot tub somewhere on Capitol Hill. Also needed to leave before they ripped apart my Toga.
In the ladies restroom at Smith.
But I out smarted them. Heheh!

My Bloody Valentine.

Earlier this week I went to see My Bloody Valentine at WAMU Theater in Sodo. I met up with everyone at Temple Billiards before hand for drinks. It was awesome to see a lot of people who I actually haven't seen or hung out with in several years. The show itself wasn't one of my favorite shows, but absolutely one of the loudest shows I have ever heard. Their songs are rather dated but I really enjoyed the 20 minutes of feedback during "You Made Me Realize." It was so loud that you felt like you were swimming in sound or according to Patrick "It's like starring into the sun with your ears!"

01 I Only Said
02 When You Sleep
03 You Never Should
04 (When You Wake) You’re Still in a Dream
05 Cigarette in Your Bed
06 Come in Alone
07 Only Shallow
08 Thorn
09 Nothing Much to Lose
10 To Here Knows When
11 Slow
12 Soon
13 Feed Me With Your Kiss
14 You Made Me Realise