Awesome Star Trek Fight Scene

February 17th, 2010 by Erik

Another “so bad that it’s good” moment, I love the karate chop at 0:22, proceeded by the double hand back punch (is there a name for that move?). William Shatner has some pretty impressive street skills, given that he did get his butt kicked by the dino-alien-space monster. Wait, did I just spoil it?

Phil Harris – RIP

February 11th, 2010 by Erik

While watching the news last night, I was informed that Captain Phil Harris passed away due to complications from a stroke. For those of you that don’t know of Phil, he was the Captain of F/V Cornelia Marie, a crab boat featured on Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch. Being raised with a commercial fisherman (though I never got into it myself) a lot of my childhood was spent down at Fisherman’s Terminal in Seattle, where Phil’s boat was moored during the off season.

When we were finally able to sign up for satellite TV, Deadliest Catch became an instant hit in my household due to nostalgic reasons. Capt. Phil was one of our favorites. The guy was tough as nails, yet as sincere as one could imagine. I send my condolences to his sons (who were a part of the crew), family, friends and fans.

It appears that massive amounts of traffic on their website has crashed the database servers, though I’m sure they will be up and running before too long…it can be found here.

RIP Phil, you will be loved and remembered across the world.

Favorite Mitch Hedberg Jokes

February 2nd, 2010 by Erik

I was going to hold off until his birthday later this month, but couldn’t wait. I’m sure a lot of you are familiar with Mitch Hedberg, but if not…you need to check him out. The guy was a comedic genius with a delivery like no one else. With that, I thought I’d share some of my favorite Mitch jokes. RIP Mitch, you were one of a kind.

  • I was at this casino minding my own business, and this guy came up to me and said, “You’re gonna have to move, you’re blocking a fire exit.” As though if there was a fire, I wasn’t gonna run. If you’re flammable and have legs, you are never blocking a fire exit.
  • Advil has a candy coating. It’s delicious. Then it says on the bottle, do not have more than two. Then why do they have a candy coating? I cannot help myself. Let me have ten Advil, I have a sweet tooth.
  • One time, this guy handed me a picture of him, he said,”Here’s a picture of me when I was younger.” Every picture of you is when you were younger.
  • A lot of times, I’ll drive for like 10 miles with the emergency brake on. That doesn’t say a lot for me, but it really doesn’t say a lot for the emergency brake.
  • Whenever I walk, people try to hand me out fliers, and when someone tries to hand me out a flier, it’s kinda like they’re saying, “Here, you throw this away.”
  • I was walking by a dry cleaner at 3 a.m., and it said “Sorry, we’re closed.” You don’t have to be sorry. It’s 3 a.m., and you’re a dry cleaner. It would be ridiculous for me to expect you to be open. I’m not gonna walk by at ten and say, “Hey, I walked by at three, you guys were closed. Someone owes me an apology.
  • This product that was on TV was available for four easy payments of $19.95. I would like a product that was available for three easy payments and one complicated payment. We can’t tell you which payment it is, but one of these payments is going to be hard.
  • You know, I’m sick of following my dreams, man. I’m just going to ask where they’re going and hook up with ’em later.
  • When you go to a bar that has a black light, everybody looks cool. Except for me, because I was under the impression that the mustard stain came out.
  • I wish I could play little league now, I’d kick some ass.
  • I’m against picketing, but I don’t know how to show it.
  • I used to do drugs. I still do, but I used to, too.
  • I find that a duck’s opinion of me is influenced by whether or not I have bread.
  • This shirt is dry clean only. Which means…it’s dirty.

    Casino Versus Japan – Metrobolt

    January 26th, 2010 by Erik

    Well geez, I’ve been a bit behind on the blog lately…things have been beyond busy. Sorry folks, I’m trying to keep up.

    Long story short, I was given a $25 iTunes gift card for Christmas and finally cashed her in. I ended up Sax Pax For A Sax by Moondog (can’t go wrong there) as well as Go Hawaii, an early Casino Versus Japan release. I was recently introduced to this album (released early 2000) and found myself asking “Where have I been for the past 10 years?” His style is completely original, encompassing an organic/nostalgic vibe packaged with an electronic wrapping. The bass line just grabs me. It’s hard to describe in any other way, so take a listen and see for yourself. In my humble opinion, this is timeless material. Hope you enjoy it!

    Boeing Dreamliner

    December 22nd, 2009 by Erik

    So the weirdest thing happened last week. As I was driving home from lunch, I turned the radio to 97.3 expecting to hear some oldies music. Little did I know, KBSG has closed their doors and is now KIRO news talk radio. Anyway, they were doing a bit on the new Boeing Dreamliner, it was in the middle of a test flight and about to land at Boeing field.

    I hardly travel and I’m not necessarily passionate about airplanes, though I did think that it would be cool to see the thing land (I guess there was a crowd of thousands waiting at the field). I pulled into our driveway, got out of the car, and BOOM there it was…flying directly over our house with two escorts. It’s hard explain the feeling that came over me, I was in pure awe. Fate or coincidence, isn’t that just weird? Let me tell you, from the ground this is one amazing looking plane. It was a wonderful site indeed.

    After a sense of perfect timing, I realized it’s time to practice drums a bit more often. Anyway, here are a few pics.

    If you’re interested, more info and images can be found here.

    Sigur Rós – Heysátan

    December 1st, 2009 by Erik

    To bring in December, I thought this song would fit nicely. This is an incredible piece of music, almost too difficult describe. The visuals complement it perfectly. Sigur Ros is one of the few modern bands that can actually bring a tear to my eye, they need to start putting warning labels on their albums. Heysátan translates to “haystack”, from what I gather the song is about a dying farmer who is looking across his land, reflecting on his life accomplishments. Enough said, hope you enjoy!

    The Avett Brothers – Colorshow

    November 24th, 2009 by Erik

    A friend of mine recently turned me onto The Avett Brothers, with that, these guys are just onto something. I can’t quite put my finger on it. It could be the pure energy they put out (you have to love the way they’re bouncing around during the beginning, they’re into it), maybe it’s the rawness of the instruments and vocals, or perhaps the fact that it reminds me of early Ween material crossing an intersection with punk rock. Regardless, this is original stuff and they deserve some recognition. Hope you enjoy!

    The Problem With Henry

    November 18th, 2009 by Erik

    Another tune from the Caustics album, dedicated to someone I used to work with. I found a toy lap harp several months ago and was anxious to get it recorded. Not quite like the real thing, but it has a certain something to it that I can’t explain.

    The Problem With Henry

    Photos of musicians at their parent’s houses

    November 16th, 2009 by Erik

    Just came across these photos, they were too great not to share. Not only is it cool to see some of these guys hanging out with Mom and Dad, you have to love the old school furniture and decor. Classic stuff!

    Frank Zappa (love how his attire matches the room)
    Frank Zappa

    David Crosby (I bet his Dad is thinking, “Son, you’re a chip right off the old block”)
    David Crosby

    You can find more here.

    Chocolate and Cheese

    November 9th, 2009 by Erik

    Cadbury Creme EggNo, this is not a Ween reference. Just heard on the radio that Kraft Foods, Inc made a bid to take over Cadbury PCL, the makers of the one and only Cadbury Creme Egg. I don’t know how many people are with me, but the Cadbury Creme Egg has defined Easter ever since…well…ever. Though Kraft’s proposal was initially declined, if Cadbury were to come back with a counter offer and actually seal a deal…well, this can only mean one thing. Easter will be ruined forever.

    I can only assume that the true intentions of Kraft would be to replace the yolk of the (once delicious) creme eggs with some breed of Kraftish American cheese filling. Imagine the fallout. Sure, they might start with their traditional liquid orange cheese, which many American children are fond of, but what if they decided to move onto feta, or even roquefort. Kids, teens and adults across the world would be in for an utter disappointment.

    What can we do as humble creme egg activists? Write your local Cadbury office.

    We must act now before it’s too late!

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