Archive for July 2009

Wednesday Music: Back To The 90’s Again

July 29, 2009

Hole – Celebrity Skin: I hated Hole, seriously. I hated Courtney Love, I hate the rumors about her being responsible for Kurts death and hated that she later got in the way of a box set release because she claimed Cobain’s former band mates were hijacking Nirvana’s legacy for their own personal interests. I guess selling twenty-five percent of her stake in the Nirvana song catalog for $50 million isn’t for her personal interest. But this is the one and only song I liked that Hole did.

White Zombie – Super Charger Heaven: I liked a few Zombie songs, this being one of them. I think Rob Zombie does much better making movies. Can’t wait for H2.

Tool – Aenema: Just a pissed off song about his surroundings in California. My favorite line has to be “Fuck L Ron Hubbard and fuck all his clones” because this song was written more than 13 years ago yet holds true today.

Veruca Salt – Volcano Girls:  I was always a sucker for this band. I love when bands reference or play another of their songs in a song. They also pay dues to the Beatles in this song, pick it out.

Matthew Sweet – Sick of Myself: I couldn’t decide which Matthew Sweet vid to throw up here because they are all just so damn good.

Porno for Pyros – Pets: I never understood this band. Made up of members of Jane’s Addiction after JA broke up and looked and sounded very much like Jane’s Addiction. This song always made me laugh.

Cypress Hill – Insane in the Brain: Love this song, love most of their songs. Saw them in Rhode Island once, crazy show.

Rage Against The Machine – Testify: Best video they made even though technically it was done in 2000, I put it on this list. One of my favorite bands in the 90’s until I got tired of their politics. Tom Morello is still one sick guitar player though.

Beastie Boys – Pass The Mic: My all time favorite Jewish rap group.

Alice in Chains – We Die Young: Of all the “Seattle Bands” AIC was my favorite, no contest. Song title certainly summed up the life of Layne Staley pretty accurately.

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Weekend Stuff

July 27, 2009

Ever have one of those extremely productive weekends? That’s how I feel this weekend was. I took Friday off because I had a big project of re-staining the deck ahead of me. We are throwing a party next weekend and it needed to be done and dry by that and I wanted it ALL done, not most of the way there by the time people come. I don’t have small deck, it has two levels to it and both levels are pretty big plus there are a lot of spindles and crevices, so I knew it would take time plus there was rain in the forecast so I needed to get it down and dry before the rain. I went to the paint store Friday to get what I needed  and they told me NOT to do it Friday because a big rainstorm was coming so I took their advice and did other things I needed to do around the house instead…IT NEVER RAINED but whatever!!

So Satuday I got up, ran a few errands got set up and was painting by 9:30 am. I got my iPod, cranked the tunes and just went. I think I took 1o mins to eat lunch but other than that I was getting working on the deck. I finished up at about 4:30pm and the entire thing was done. (a few minor touch ups needed this week, nothing major) but its looks so much better. My Wagner sprayer certainly saved me time on the lattice work that is underneath the entire deck.It rained Saturday night around 10pm but it didn’t harm the work I had just done. It also rained on and off all day Sunday but nothing hurt the deck.

Sunday we got up, Dylan sat on the potty without fussing and pooped in the potty for the first time. (we are really giving the potty training a push here) so we made a big deal about it, went to the store about a track for his hot wheels which I think he played with for like 4 hours yesterday and was playing with it this morning. We then ran other errands and before I knew it, it was Monday morning.

So how was your weekend??

Wednesday Music – The Monster Ballads Edition

July 22, 2009

Hair…EVERYWHERE!!! LOL, this was probably the easiest one to put together because there are SO MANY hair bands that did the ballads thing..

Tesla: Love Song – Always wanted to learn how to play the beginning of this song. Always liked this song much more than their Signs cover.

Great White: Angel Song – Another ballad that I liked a lot when this album came out. Sure, Once Bitten Twice Shy got a lot more play but that’s not a ballad. Hard to listen to Great White these days without thinking about the Rhode Island night club tragedy a few years back.

Warrant: Heaven – Warrant only really had two good songs, this and Cherry Pie but this was their big monster ballad. I think my first slow dance was to this song or Every Rose Has It’s Thorn, I can’t remember.  Ahhh, the Junior High slow dance…LOL

Skid Row: I Remember You – These guys were my absolute favorite hard rock act of the 80’s. Sebastian Bach could kick Axl’s ass any day of the week. I think Sebastian Bach would be a cool guy to party with, plus he lives in NJ now (not that far away from me!!). One of the first songs I learned on the guitar, all be it, very badly!!

Firehouse: Love of a Lifetime – Did this band ever do a song that wasn’t a ballad??

Guns-N-Roses: November Rain – I know, most would pick Patience when talking G-n-R ballads but this video was EPIC. How does she die? Based on a short story where you wonder if the short story was written about Axl’s life. While Skid Row was my favorite band in this time period, Slash was hands down the best guitarist and coolest mofo around. Before I die, I will own a sunburst Gibson Les Paul.

Mr. Big: To Be With You – This song reminds me of high school and just hanging out on Friday nights with friends..(couldn’t find the video so this is a crappy live version).

Poison: Something To Believe In – It’s a toss up, which ballad is better, Every Rose or this one??? Piano in the beginning gives it something extra.

White Lion: When The Children Cry – Back in the ages of the “White” bands.. Whitesnake, White Lion, Great White… wtf?? Did these guys ever have another hit??

Queensryche: Silent Lucidity – I still bust the album Empire out every once in while. I loved this album when it came out, pretty much wore it out. Another song I learn on guitar rather quickly.

Wednesday Music: The Covers Edition

July 15, 2009

It’s Wednesday…that means its time to listen to some music. I kind of like these posts!! This week I figured I would do the whole “Best Covers” edition. Now, some of these you’ll probably argue with and this isn’t my entire list, just 10 of the best cover songs I think that have been done. (note, not all these have been made into music videos and they are in no particular order)…

Bangles: Hazy Shade of Winter – I didn’t grow up a Simon and Garfunkel fan so for some time, I didn’t realize this was a cover song. I’ve know that it was for a very LONG time but in the beginning I did not. And as a teen I thought Suzanna Hoffs was smokin’ hot!!

Fugees: Killing Me Softly – When I first started dating the girl who would end up someday being my wife, she absolutely loved this song. In fact, at that time I worked at a radio station doing promotional stuff (you know the vans that go out to locations and give away stuff) and this station didn’t play the Fugees so they would just give away those CD’s to the employees if they got them and I brought it home for her. I think we listened to this song at least 100 times straight. She’s a little nutty like that!!

Janis Joplin: Me and Bobby McGee – Every once in a while an artist covers a song and makes you completely forget that its a cover song. Be honest, how many thought Janis wrote this song??

Marilyn Manson: Personal Jesus – I always thought this was a weird remake but at the same time just seemed to fit. Always thought Marilyn Manson was somewhat of a genius.

Metallica: Turn The Page – I just like this song both this version and the Bob Segar version. Video is a little graphic..

Black Crowes: Hard To Handle – Like the Janis song above…raise your hand if you didn’t know Otis Redding originally did this..

Ugly Kid Joe: Cats in the Cradle – I grew up on Harry Chapin and I thought UKJ did a pretty good job on this.

Alien Ant Farm: Smooth Criminal – As promised last week this would be included in the “covers” theme. I love the video because it takes pieces from a bunch of MJ’s videos.

Shinedown: Simple Man – I love Lynyrd Skynyrd and I always thought this was a pretty good version of this song.

Daughtry: Poker Face – I’m not a big fan of Lady Gaga (although she writes everything she does so props!!) but I thought Chris’s version of Poker Face was done really well and it made me like the original a lot more.

Tales of the Garage Sale

July 13, 2009

This weekend we held a garage sale. We had a lot of crap to get rid of, my brother-in-law had a lot of crap to get rid of and my mother-in-law had a lot of crap to get rid of. So we decided to the best thing to do was to allow people to pay us to take our crap. Garage sales just confirm what I already knew, that I don’t like most people in the world. A couple of highlights shall we:

  • Terri’s brother was selling a PS2. You can buy them online used for $75 – $99 so we decided to price his at $50. I was busy with a new fridge delivery (great timing) and he was busy with helping someone else so my sister-in-law was dealing with a woman trying to buy the PS2. Mike and I both hear “$5 for the PS2??” to which Mike said No. I’m not sure of the events that followed but somehow it came out that she paid full price for the PS2, full price meaning $10 as the sticker on the PS2 said. Wait what? We looked around, an item that was near the PS2, that was priced at $10 was missing its tag. She switched them and ripped us off. Nice people in this world.
  • A certain ethnic group (i’ll leave it at that) would stop by and no matter what the price marked on an item was ($1, $5, $10) they would offer 50 cents…EVERYTIME. Do they have a handbook on this or something?
  • Same group was trying to buy watches we had.. I believe they were marked at $3 a piece…offer came in “50 cents for each”…NO…”ok, a dollar for both”..NO THAT WOULD BE THE SAME THING…
  • A car pulled up, was a like a Subaru stationwagon/hatchback kind of car.. 6 adults poured out of the car and then I noticed they had at least 4 kids stuffed into the trunk compartment of the car.The kids were all under 8 and in NJ the law is 8 or 80 pounds you MUST be in a booster seat. Not to mention the “not allowed to have more people than seat belts” law..and I liive across the street from a police station.

It’s been a number of years since our last garage sale and I can tell you now, it’s going to be quite a few before our next one. They suck plain and simple but I did get rid of A LOT of crap. Of course the things that you think will sell don’t, the things you don’t think will sell so and the things that aren’t for sale (a red wagon that we were using to display stuff) got at least 20 inquiries.

On a side note, I found this video this morning…the beginning where they simulate a thunderstorm is absolutely amazing…

Music Wednesday: I Love The 80’s

July 8, 2009

Since Michael Jackson’s death, it seems the radio station and VH1 have been inundating us with his music and videos. Of course this being Wednesday and I post music video links on my blog on Wednesdays, I figured I’d go with an 80’s themes this week. It kind of brings me back to my childhood, especially in the summer. I can remember being out playing until it got dark and then having to come inside. I’d spend a good hour before going to bed, just sitting back and watching a little MTV. Sometimes I’d think I’d love to go back and live that life over again for a week.

Talking Heads:  Burning Down The House – The Talking Heads are probably my all time favorite 80’s band. They were certainly a little bit on the weird side, but they were very influential and made some pretty good songs.

Cars: You Might Think – I was going back and forth between this and Drive, which is a song I like better but the video for You Might Think is a lot more clever.

Dire Straits: Money For Nothing – Continuing on the path of clever videos, this one certainly ranks up there. I mean the worked watching videos into their video and MTV’s slogan into their song.

Genesis: Land of Confusion – If Thriller takes the cake for the best video ever made, my number 2 is this video. I love the puppets that look like Genesis and so many 80’s political figures. Plus  the video paints a picture of what the times were like, the constant fear of nukes being deployed. Bonus, the song is probably the best one Genesis ever made.

Tears For Fears: Shout – I just like the song. TFF was a guilty pleasure in the 80’s. The video is nothing spectacular.

Yes: Owner of a Lonely Heart – This video was on NON STOP as a kid which is why I had to put it in my list. Decent song, weird ass video.

MJ:  Smooth Criminal – Even though we’ve been blitzed with MJ music and videos, I haven’t see the Smooth Criminal video. It’s one of my favorites, as is the Alient Ant Farm remake which will get posted when I do my “covers” theme.

Taco: Puttin’ on the Ritz – Who didn’t secretly love this song? Plus, I know Terri loves it because of the tap dancing!!

Murray Head: One Night in Bangkok – Interesting song from the musical Chess which I believe was a concept album. I get my kicks above the waistline sunshine!!

Bon Jovi: Wanted Dead or Alive – A song that made me want to play the guitar, a song that ended up inspiring MTV’s Unplugged series. OK video but kick ass song.

and finally, you couldn’t watch MTV in the late 80’s without watching the very first non-musical program on the station. Of course Viacom doesn’t even want to acknowledge this show ever existed which is why you never see reruns anywhere. It’s a shame because it was a great show and the amount of comedians that got their start on this show is CRAZY!!

The Numbers: Wildwood Edition

July 6, 2009

We spent the weekend at the beach and boardwalk and at first, we were a little unsure if Dylan was having fun. He got to bed late Thursday night and got up early on Friday which made for a very cranky little boy. He was out late (not as late as Thursday) Friday night but slept later on Saturday and wasn’t nearly as cranky. Saturday we kept him out really late but he slept really late on Sunday and was fine.

Here are some numbers from our weekend of fun!!

Days at the beach:3
Hours spent on the beach: 4 (Dylan didn’t want to go back after first morning)
Sand castles built then destroyed: 8
Waves jumped after getting over initial ocean fear: 100
Seashells collected: 15
Times jumped in the pool: 20
Gallons of lemonade consumed: 3
Hours spent on Surrey: 2.5
Miles ridden on Surrey: at least 4
Hours spent on Boardwalk: 10
Rollercoasters ridden: 2
Pieces of pizza consumed: 1 VERY larg piece
Funnel Cakes eaten: 1/2 of 1 VERY large and heavy funnel cake
Fried Oreos eaten: 3 of 4 (they’re like rocks!!)
Dollars spent winning giant sized Spiderman: 24
Times playing water race to win giant sized Spiderman: 3
Other stuffed animals that came home with us: 6
Tickets won in Variety Corner Casino: 210
Tickets on Diamond Club Card from 2002/2003 and before: 1256
Times we rode the tram car: 6
Times we heard “Watch The Tram Car Please”: 1,254,634
Michael Jackson shirts for sale: 1,875
Playgrounds visited: 2
Beers drunk: 4 (sad!!)
Fireworks displays watched: 1
People we ran into from home: 2
Complaints lodged to front desk about noisey neighbors: 1 at 2am
Poolside BBQ’s attended: 1
Exhausted children: 1
Worn out parents: 2
Muscles that hurt: all of them
Days until next beach trip: undecided