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Roadtrip '08? [Apr. 5th, 2008|01:52 pm]
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I'm addicted to the Golden State, so I will be accompanying some buddies on yet another (my fourth in a goddamn row to be exact) california roadtrip in August, where I will undoubtely end up drinking too much cheap, watered down American beer whilst sending my digestive system on a three-and-a-half week long trek to the bowels (get it? wooo...) of hell.

Will anyone who really care read this? I don't know. How many of me old friends are still down there? You tell me. The point is that I've missed eveyone and would so adore so see your dahlink faces again, so let me know!
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More Shitty Punk Rock [Nov. 2nd, 2007|09:52 pm]
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If anyone cares, we've rerecorded our songs on myspace and have also added another original ("Guy Smiley") as well as a cover of the Bouncing Souls' "Say Anything." I know that's technically some kinda copyright infringement, but I'm prettty sure the boys at Epitaph would forgive us even if they weren't totally oblivious to our existence. We've got a couple more (original) good hard punk songs that I just haven't bothered to get on the pc yet, but will soon. Anyways, I"m just trying to spread the love... or anger... either way, check it out if you're bored.

Keep On Rocking in the Free World.

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Do you like shitty punk rock music?.. you do???? [Oct. 2nd, 2007|02:51 pm]
Pennybridge Pioneer
[mood |the usual]
[music |"Herojuana" -NOFX]

Just for anyone who is curious/bored, here are some crappy myspace recordings of a garage band i'm in, Tripod +2. The sound quality isn't great, and we're just kinda learning our instruments, and we were um... inebriated when the recording session took place (we'll probably be rerecording the songs this weekened), but it'll give you a good laugh and give you a rough idea of what yours truly sounds like when he sings (not well!). But hey, it's punk, i don't have to be able to sing!



the songs "chameleon '97" and "shotback friend" are o.g.

"dick lips" is an old blink 182 cover

and "Polly" is a Nirvana cover (and one of the greatest songs ever if you wanted to know)
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For Old Time's Sake... [Jul. 15th, 2007|10:12 pm]
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[music |"Mary Jane" -Ill Scarlett]

Warped Tour '07 Grades:

Authority Aero - A: Great Band. I didn't even know they were playing until I saw them on the board. We all expected they'd draw a main stage set, but apparently they're not as popular as we thought. Only complaint? They didn't play "Over Seasons."

Bad Religion - C-: Okay, this was the band that I came to see above all others. And they disappointed me. I'm all for punk rock, and all for drinking. However, don't get super-drunk and then attempt to play punk rock at a festival where thousands of people (but most importantly, me) who have been anticipating you for months, unless you can handle it. All I can say is that I could've played "Sorrow" as well as Brett Hetson did. The opnly consolation is that their new album kicks ass, and they had a good set list.

Ill Scrlett - A: A very pleasant surprise. I hadn't even heard of these guys before we randomly found ourselveds walking by the "Lucky" stage right as they started playing. Very good ska-punk, though some songs seem a tad... emo? Not like, Dashboard emo, but uber-angsty in both lyrical content and sound. Still, all their old stuff is gold.

K-OS - A: I was so excited to see K-OS, and then I found to my dismay that his set overlapped with Bad Religion's. The ten minutes I got to see of him was great though (better than BR). Played a lot of singles, though.

Pennywise: A-: After Bad Relgion, the band I was there to see. Slightly disappointed simply because, like Bad Religion they were super drunk and so there were several cues missed, lines fogotten, etc. The difference is that they had so much energy, and they covered their asses well enough that one who wasn't familiar with the songs themselves probably wouldn't have noticed. Good set list.

Pepper: A: Another band that I had never heard of coming into the day. I didn't technically "see" them, because we were all sitting to the side of the stage while they played in the mid-afternoon heat. But they're great chill music, reggae-hip-hop-punk, with a voice like Brad Gaugh.

Tiger Army: A+. Best show of the day. If you've never heard tiger army, they're kinda like a rockabilly-country'fied version of AFI. Lots of energy, and were one of those bands you could just tell was just psyched to be playing there. They got a great response, too. And they played "In the Orchard" which I didn't expect they'd play live. NO band left the same impression on me.

There were other good bands there that I saw and just can't recall, but overall it was a good time, despite the fact that the lineup top to bottom this year was probably weaker than in years past. We also forgot our sunscreen and suffered some nifty second-degree burning on our faces. But all in all, as always, it was worth it.

So yeah, hope everyone's doing well. I"m embarking on yet another road trip to California in August so if you're in the LA area, drop me a line. I'd love to hang out. As always...

Keep On Rocking in the Free World.
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woah... [Nov. 11th, 2006|04:32 pm]
Pennybridge Pioneer
[mood |stressedstressed]
[music |"Thick as a Brick" -Jethro Tull]

Hope you don't mind if I sit this one out.
My words but a whisper, your deafness a SHOUT.
I can make you feel, but I can't make you think.
Your sperm's in the gutter, your love's in the sink.
But you ride yourself over the fields.
And you make all your animal deals.
And your wisemen don't know how it feels.
To be thick as a brick.

And the sandcastle virtues are all swept away.
In the tidal destruction, the moral melee.
The elastic retreat rings the close of play as the last wave uncovers
the newfangled way.
But your new shoes are worn at the heels and
your suntan does rapidly peel and
your wise men don't know how it feels to be thick as a brick.

I almost forgot this place existed. How is everyone (seriously, how is y'all)?

Let me just say that if your school doesn't have a "History of Rock n' Roll" class, it sucks. :p

Other than that, letsee... life... life...

How about school and work (and more school... and more work...)? How about me teaching grade 5, and loving it, but still not knowing if it's the career for me? How about the endless expanse of options I face upon graudating at the end of the year (a B.A. in English? Ah, what a career starter)? How about r'n'r being me new gf? How about my reintroduction to hip hop (the good kind: most hip-hop right now reminds me of rock in the late 70's)? How about my brother and I resolving to start a punk band (lert's hear it for three-chord songs)? How about Billy Talent with (more importantly) Anti-Flag and Rise Against in January? How about another fucking trip to Vegas, this time with the old highschool crew (I wanted to do California, because it's more fun for less money... and I am not exactly rolling in it)? How about I hate Jane Austen? How about lil ol' me as a poet in training? How about trying to start a hockey team at work? How about the Flames on a three game winning streak? How about the fact that 18 year old girls seem to crush on me a lot, and I don't know why? How about another pointless journal entry relaying personal information that could hardly be of any interest to anyone but myself (but then again, I guess that's most people's journal)?

Oh, here's a mini-rant (edit: rant means little to no continuity of thought):

Did I junt burnout on the whole bar/clubbing/partying scene too early? Did I start too early? I mean, I'm only 21. Why does it seem so completely vapid to me? Like, I can't just enjoy myself at those kinds of places. I seem to dislike the kind of people who do it. I dislike the midnless blaring music (and whether you're at a house or a club, it's the same fucking "I"m bringing sexy back/London Bridge/nononono... you have no fucking talent" music), the " 'omg, I am sooooo drunk right now' every thirty fucking seconds" girls, the tools who think they're pimps working the room looking anywhere they can for action, the overpriced drinks (if i'm at a club). Like, I like drinking, and I like music, and I like company... but why do so many party goers piss me off? Maybe this Vegas thing won't be as fun as I thought... maybe I just need to find the right "crowd." I mean, even when I party, I like conversation, and not totally mind-numbing, sit there and listen to her bitch about how her friend ditched her on Friday even though she made it very clear she would be at the duke at 10:00, or how he got so fucking drunk last weekend that he slept through Monday's classes conversation. Like, conversation with a fucking topic. Am I just waaaaay to bitter at the whole scene? I have no reason to be, and I really don't have a right to infringe on anyone's good time (whatever floats yer boat, right?) but, shyt, I just feel like killing the music, climbing atop the coffee table/bar and shouting at the top of my lungs: "is this really it? seriously? we all need to get a fucking life!" Who knows, maybe that "mood" tag would read something aside from "stressed" if I embraced their lifestyle with a little more ease.

Alright, I'm done. Did I mention I happened upon this journal while attempting to put off studying for Anthropology?

Keep On Rocking in the Free World.
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I've been to Hollywood, I've been to Redwood... [Sep. 5th, 2006|09:02 pm]
Pennybridge Pioneer
[music |"Within a mile of home" -Flogging Molly]

So Road Trip '06 was an unqualified success. Pictures to come. Was able to do a lot of things I missed last year, and the experience helped me make better use of my time. I didn't worry about reaching the destination, I just enjoyed getting there. It sucks that it's over, and I am less than 24 hours away from commencing my senior year, but I can look back on the last 4 weeks without any regrets, aside from not getting to see everyone I planned to (sorry!)

I love California; what an amazing state. I mean, once you get past the facade, the throngs of phonies everywhere you look, and the fact that there is soooooo much pollution (in SoCal, at least) that you can't see more than a mile in any direction, there is a very real, almost mythological underlying feel to the place. And the natural beauty they have left is awe-inspiring. It's also got a very laid back feel to it, plus I bought enough clothes to last me for years at a very reasonable price. Oh, and the thing about the phonies, that's a bit of a generalization. Some of the coolest people I"ve met are from California. Maybe it just depends on where you're from?

Oregon and Washington are breathtaking as well. I mean, the whole pacific northwest is. Having said that, Oregon law sucks. If you want to know, ask. I got to see a lot more of the Oregon coast this time around, and I don't know how I ever could've missed it last go around.

Having said that, of all the places I've been the last month, the coolest, most interesting, most beautiful city in the world is still my second home, Vancouver. If you've never been, visit it before you die. You'll never want to leave. Having everyone out there, getting to show them the house, and (not to sound too sappy) share with them the places and expriences that have always been so personally significant just made it that much better. So yeah, good times. Elaboration later (maybe). Time to prep for school.

Keep On Rocking in the Free World.
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Warped Tour 06... [Jul. 22nd, 2006|06:40 pm]
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[mood |tiredtired]
[music |"Punk Rawk Show" -MxPx]

...was pretty fucking cool. Still nothing as good as '04, but who knows if that kinda lineup will ever be there again. Only complaint? Too. Much. Screamo. I mean, I don't mind some screamo, ther was just too much of that and not enough good ol' fashioned punk. Let's hear it for being punk in drublic. Anyways, band grades:

Thursday: A- (and I don't even like Thursday, but they put on a good live show. They encouraged us to dl and fileshare their music too, whioch I thought was cool.)

Valient Thor: B+ (they're fucking nut jobs. it was great)

Motion City Soundtrack: B+

Less Than Jake: A (Even better live. they opened with "Help Save the Youth of America from Exploding" and had us doing calesthetics.)

Anti Flag: A+ (best performance of the day, bar none. Crazy energy. Everyone got caught up in it. It seemed like the whole raceway was singing "Turncoat" simultaneously.)

Saves the Day (acoustic): C+ (I just don't like Saves the Day, but they were better acoustic than electric)

The Casualties: B- (another band that outside of a few songs, I'm not big on. But, it's the Casualties: you've gotta see at least one skid punk band at a punk rock festival.)

The Living End: A (I was the only one of my friends that really got into The Living End, but I was really excited to see them. They had a real Clash-kinda energy to them. Plus the bassist plays an actual bass.)

Alexisonfire: A- (mmmmm, that's good screamo. They were playing on a side stage though, like wtf? So many people went to see them that nobody could navigate through the hoards to the exit. Really funny too.)

AFI: A- (They didn't play much from "December Underground," kept it to older stuff, which is a plus)

NOFX: B+ (They were so drunk. Always love the stage banter. But I wasn't huge on the set they decided to play.)

Rise Against: A+ (I was fucking psyched to find out they were the feature band. I've yet to hear a Rise Against song I don't like, and they're even better live)

So the Buzzcocks weren't there like it said they would be, which was disappointing. I also had to miss Bouncing Souls because, as I said earlier, the crowd for Alexisonfire was so huge and at the opposite side of the raceway. Luckily I like both bands, so it wasn't a huge deal, but Bouncing Souls was one of the bands I was really excited to see. it was also hot and dry as fuck, so I wasn't really out watching as many bands as I would've liked. But hey, Warped Tour '06 will still go down as a huge success.

t-14 days to Road Trip '06.

Keep On Rocking in the Free World.
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AX [Jul. 2nd, 2006|02:53 pm]
Pennybridge Pioneer
[music |"Just Like a Woman" -Bob Dylan]

So I completely spaced out that AX was starting right away, which is sorta strange. Did/is anyone actually going this year?

oh, Happy belated Canada Day. I haven't technically gone to sleep yet, so to me it might as well be the same day.
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... [Jun. 9th, 2006|01:57 am]
Pennybridge Pioneer
[music |"Especially in Michigan" -Red Hot Chili Peppers]

If you haven't picked up "Stadium Arcadium", do. Best album of the year thus far. Best album I've heard in a while.

Also Matisyahu's, "Youth." The guy's an amish reggae artist, but he's got a real talent. It's an excellently produced album, too.

Also, AFI's new album "December Underground"... there's some interesting, atypical stuff on there.

oh, and Anti-Flag's "For Blood and Empire" is pretty good, though as always there are a few songs that consist of what sounds like the same basic guitar and baseline with different lyrics infused. But hey, it's punk.

Millencoin, Rise Against, Flogging Molly also with new albums in the works this summer. Exciting. Warped is going to be sweet. The Buzzcocks will be there, that's a blast from the past.

Also ordered the 1970 Rolling Stone interview "Lennon Remembers", conducted a mere 8 months after the demise of the Beatles. It's supposed to be just about the most revealing interview he had ever given. It's also supposed to dispel a lot of notions about who he was.

New job, counseling kids. Kind of a Big Brother kinda deal. Finally a job with some level of fulfillment.

That's enough random spouting for the month, ain't it?

Keep ON Rocking in the Free World.

oh, p.s. If the Oilers win the Cup I'm going to cry. That would just about cement 2006 as the shittiest year of my life.
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(no subject) [Jun. 4th, 2006|02:30 am]
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[mood |contemplativecontemplative]
[music |"Blackbird" -The Beatles]

Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these broken wings and learn to fly
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to arive
Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these sunken eyes and learn to see
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to be free.

Blackbird fly, Blackbird fly
Into the light of a dark black night.
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