Saturday, June 30, 2007
Bad Religion - New Maps of Hell
Tiger Army - Music from Regions Beyone
The Almost - Southern Weather
Tim Armstrong - A Poet's Life
Justice - Cross
Tiesto - Elements of Life
The Forces of Evil - Friend or FOE?
The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Traci and I celebrated our five year anniversary this week. Looking back, I didn’t think that much had really changed. Then yesterday, as we were packing up for our big move, I discovered a memory from 2002.
When Traci and I were setting up our wedding registry I didn’t really have a strong opinion about much at all. I didn’t care what type of silverware we bought or what color our plates were. There was only one thing I wanted – a nacho hat.
Target sold a plastic nacho plate that looked like a sombrero. The brim of the hat is for the chips and the top of the hat has a secret compartment the salsa that can only be opened by pushing a button that plays the Mexican Hat Dance. I told everyone how much I wanted one and I think we ended up getting three of them.
As I looked at nacho hat yesterday, though I did smile, I thought ‘I would never buy a nacho hat now.’ How’s that for maturity? I am sure that I have a similar reaction when I start packing up the basement and I find our tiki hut cookie jar that plays the theme song to Gilligan’s
I am not sure that I am ready to part with either of these items. I let Paige play with the nacho hat yesterday and I now I have heard the Mexican Hat Dance 50,000 times, so maybe I will get rid of it.
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Well, we got as close as we could get to Sweden without actually leaving the Salt Lake Valley. Utah recently got its first Ikea. It was the top news story for like two weeks straight. (I heart local news. It's the best!)
We figured we best go see what the fuss was all about. Traci had never been to an Ikea; my only visit was the time a crazy inactive Dutch church member invited my companion Wix and I to ride our bikes 25 kilometers to the next city over so we could eat the meatballs at the deli located on the top floor. We were so excited to see our first freestanding soda fountain in Holland that we spent the whole night getting free refills. (We came to find out later that refills weren't free. Whoops. Silly Americans.) I digress.
Even several weeks after the grand opening, the store is still amazingly busy. Here's what I noticed:
- You can only walk in one direction and because you are walking in a wave of people, it feels like you are on a walk-a-lator and you should just wave at the furniture as you pass by
- No matter where you are in the store, you're still 20 minutes away from the check out register
- The majority of the living room furniture looks like stuff that the Deseret Industries didn't want
- A store is too big when you are given a map and pencil
- The furniture was cheap-ish, but not cheap enough to justify its crappiness
- It looked as though several families from Utah Valley had come up to the Ikea as part of a Family Home Evening activitiy
- It had really sweet European shopping carts - meaning all four wheels turn (not just the back two like here in American). That meant I could spin Paige around in circles, which she absolutely loved
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
From Rolling Stone:
Good Charlotte will spend the summer touring our nation’s finest arenas with Justin Timberlake. The pop punkers will open up for Timberlake beginning Monday, August 6 in Memphis, and concluding with two dates at the Staples Center in L.A. on September 16 and 17. Other noteworthy dates include a two-night stop at New York’s Madison Square Garden August 15 and 16.
Sadly, there is not a stop in Salt Lake City.
From today's Salt Lake Tribune:
Two Utah basketball stars are in Iraq. Former BYU and NBA player Shawn Bradley and Utah Jazz great Thurl Bailey are visiting Utah troops. Before they left the two visited Camp Williams and received giant uniforms. The 7-foot-6 Bradley and 6-foot-11 Bailey needed special fatigues.
If this visit doesn't boost your spirits, nothing will. I'm surprised that Thurl didn't tailor his own fatigues.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Roger Meyers Jr. once said, “You take away our right to steal ideas, where are they going to come from?” That's pretty much how I feel about most hip hop. One of my favorite musical plagiarists is Chicago's own Kanye West.
Kanye has crossed over into sacred ground, sampling one of the best songs of all time, Daft Punk's "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger." I feel slightly violated just listening to it. Kanye's version is adequate, but mostly just makes me want to listen to Daft Punk.
Take a listen here [via Cause=Time]: Kanye West - Stronger
Other favorite Roger Meyers Junior Quote: "You kids don't know what you want. That's why you're kids, because you're stupid!"
Saturday, June 09, 2007
I went to the Matt & Kim show tonight at Kilby Court. Looking back on my life, I think the Matt & Kim show that I went six months ago was the last show I've even been to.
They rocked just as thoroughly as last time. There were more people there and they played a lot longer. (Last time they only played for about 15 minutes, this time it was 30+. Almost epic by comparison, really.)
--They were wearing the exact same clothes that they were six months ago
--They played a rock-i-fied version of my fav M&K song "Light Speed"
--Because there were more people, it wasn't as obvious that I was the only one over age 17
Before the show I told Matt and Kim how much Paige loves to dance to their music (giving away that I was older than 17). They seemed to think that was radicool. I told them I would send them a video of her sweet dance moves.
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
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Monday, June 04, 2007
I finally heard the new single, Tarantula, over the weekend. I was very pleasantly surprised. There is a myriad of directions Billy could have gone with the new material - faux new wave like his solo record (which completely sucked), soft and pretty (which worked okay with Zwan), or deep and sludgy (like SP's last record, Machina).
What we get with this new single is the metal of Zero mixed with the swing and fretwork of Van Halen record. Totally rockin. Totally the right move. I am now officially curious to hear the rest of the record.
As for going to see the band in concert, still not interested. I can't really think of anyone to replace D'Arcy and James. Melissa Auf der Maur, maybe. But for James? Buckethead?! What's he doing since he quit Guns 'n Roses?