Wednesday, May 21, 2008

"We're no longer called Sonic Death Monkey. "

I recently finished the book "High Fidelity" by Nick Hornby. As a music (and John Cusack) aficionado, I already own the movie and have watched it billions of times. The book turned out to be just as great. Hornby also wrote "About A Boy" and I'm looking forward to reading that next.

In the spirit of Championship Vinyl, I present to you my top five music artists. They're not numbered, because I don't think I could say one band in particular is the best. Please to enjoy!

- Mae - These guys are amazing! If you've never heard them, go! Listen! Now! I'm a little sad that there's a different keyboardist and bass player, so they'll have to prove their worthiness in the next album. Mae's songs have gotten me through so many different times in my life: happy, sad and confused. Dave's voice is so melodic and soothing, you can't help but like it. Favorite songs are "Ready and Waiting to Fall" and "Someone Else's Arms," both from The Everglow.

- Eve 6 - If you happened to be at a school dance anytime in 2001 or 2002, I'm sure you've heard "Here's to the Night" over and over. But please don't hate them just because of this super sappy example of a song! While I was under the impression they had disbanded for good, the website just informed be they're back! Aaron is so getting dragged to one of their shows. I think what makes this band so interesting is Max's lyrics. I don't know if I can explain it properly, you just have to listen carefully. Favorite songs are "Anytime" from the Out Cold soundtrack and "Friend of Mine" from It's All In Your Head.

- Brand New - These guys get a nod for being the reason Aaron and I met. Oh yeah, they're also incredibly talented... Each albums sounds completely different from the one before it. Your Favorite Weapon is young punk, Deja Entendu is lyrical and The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me is dark and moody. These guys are also fantastic live. Favorite songs are "The Boy Who Blocked His Own Shot" on Deja Entendu and "Jesus" off of The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me.

- Fall Out Boy - I know, I know, I'll receive a ton of flak for this, but have you ever listened to Patrick Stump's voice? I'm going to pull the "I knew of them before they were big" card and tell you their first albums were just as cool as the newest. Yes, they've sold out. Yes, they're totally pop. Yes, Pete wears jeans three sizes too small (and that are for girls). I don't care, I LOVE THEM! Favorite songs are "Sending Postcards From A Plane Crash (Wish You Were Here)" from Take This To Your Grave and "Of All The Gin Joints In All The World" on From Under The Cork Tree.

- Unwritten Law - UL just rocks, what more can I say? Favorites are "Coffin Text" on Unwritten Law, "Rest Of My Life" from Elva and "Save Me (Wakeup Call)" off of Here's To The Mourning.

There are so many more bands that could have made this list, but then it would have been Kallie's Top 100. And that's a project best left for another day.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Got Ink?

On my way in to work this morning, the radio show I listen to was discussing on whether or not people with tattoos and piercings are still judged unfairly because of their outward appearance. One host brought up an unfair stereotype that those with ink or holes are "loose" or "wild" in many ways (not his opinion, just what he knows can be perceived).

Most of my friends and family know that I have 2 tattoos and one piercing. And I am by no means "wild!" I've never touched drugs, don't drink excessively and I'd like to think that I was a pretty easy-going teenager, relatively speaking. Most people are surprised when they find out I've got tattoos, because I seem to be the least likely person to get any. I did put both in spots that I can cover easily and, as of lately, I haven't been wearing the upper earring. I don't regret either of my tattoos and I think Aaron has come to accept them (right Aaron?).

I can understand when people say they would never want something so permanent on their body, but to claim that people who do get tattoos are inherently bad is another thing. A good portion of people get inked for a specific reason, whether it be to celebrate a child, mourn a lost loved one or to commemorate a special part of their lives. Please, general public, don't automatically judge someone the minute you see some color poking out from under their sleeve. If you can look past that, you might find one of the most professional, hard-working or nicest people you've ever met.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

We have cement!

I could say something cheesy about how the foundation will be the support for our lives, but I won't. Cause that's just not me. I will say that I'm excited to see the progress little by little and look forward to moving into a brand new home at the end of the summer!

Monday, May 5, 2008

Mini vacation!

Last Friday, Aaron and I set out for Grand Junction to see my grandparents. Even though it was May 2nd, we do live in CO and this is what greeted us on Vail Pass:

Luckily, it cleared up after that and the rest of the weekend was gorgeous! We visited with family, tasted wines at Grand River Vineyards and soaked in the Glenwood Springs pool. The weather was even more cooperative on the drive back and Vail looked like this on Sunday:

The trip was definitely relaxing and fun!

Soundtrack for the drive

Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend
Brand New - The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me
The Format - Interventions + Lullabies
Switchfoot - Oh! Gravity
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Stadium Arcadium
Alkaline Trio - From Here to Infirmary
Bayside - Walking Wounded
Cake - Pressure Chief
Jimmy Eat World - Chase This Light
The Get Up Kids - Something to Write Home About
Punchline - Action
Copeland - Beneath the Medicine Tree
Bayside - Bayside
New Found Glory - From the Screen to Your Stereo Part II