Archive for April, 2009

More Akron Fun

Posted in Art, beer, otter on 26 April 2009 by jason

Kelly and I took another trip to Akron this weekend to see our friend Will Felix at the Apollonova ArtTech show at the Lockview. It was a good time, with paintings being created by the Apollonova artists (and ON the Apollonova artists!) Beer was consumed, raffle tickets were purchased, and fun was had by all.

Afterwords, we, along with a group of friends, headed to Thursday’s Lounge for some dancing. And by dancing, I mean dragging me on the floor to show off my incredible lack of any dancing ability. It didn’t help that I was sick (due to a virus that we uninsured writing tutors keep passing back-and-forth around the office).

As much fun as I had, I was sorry I missed my friend Matt Mackey coming into town, and I was glad to go to bed that night to sleep off the last of this fever.

My clothes are growing.

Posted in Exercise, Food on 22 April 2009 by jason

Well, a little over a week after I realized I couldn’t fit into my work clothes, I’m back in them, five pounds lighter. So go me.

Still, I’ve got to watch out, so I’m still working out four days a week, I’m still cutting back on the beer, and I’m still not eating more than one of the doughnuts that these women I work with keep bringing in.

Review-The Ne’er Do Evers-100% Wrong

Posted in Music on 19 April 2009 by jason

FULL DISCLOSURE: I have been friends with Chris Buckridge since High School

Chris Buckridge is one busy mofo. In the last couple years, he has toured with his band, the Ne’er Do Evers, with the band Balthrop, Alabama (recently actually traveling from New York to Alabama), he has played with several other bands, and his recorded output has been rather prolific these days. Balthrop, Alabama has released 2 albums and 3 Eps (Read my review of two of those EPs HERE and HERE. In 2005, Chris released a solo EP called Vessels, and in 2007, the Ne’er Do Evers released Idiot Garden. (You can read my reviews of those two works HERE..

Which brings us to the Ne’er Do Evers’ latest album, 100% Wrong. 100% Wrong finds The Ne’ers at a more mature, more confident place than their previous album. Sure, their influences can still be heard, but the band sounds more original, more like a band that knows where it fits in the musical miasma of rock.

The album opens with “Lhasa Apso,” a song that sounds like the overture to the larger work. After 2 minutes-plus of instrumental rocking out, Buckridge begins singing of a narrator hoping to hook up with a girl he secretly longs for.

The next song, “Who Forgot You” sounds a little like Nirvana, or like the Meat Puppets post-Nirvana Unplugged. This track, and “Ditch,” the 8th track, sound the most like the Ne’er Do Evers from the Idiot Garden era, though “Who Forgot You” is much more angst-ridden than “Ditch.”

“Matt1” marks a change of pace for the Ne’ers, with Matt Moon supplying vocals (and songwriting). Hopefully, this won’t be the last time, either.

“Choose Your Own Adventure” acts as an interlude to the album, though I doubt you’ll walk away to go get a beer. If 100% Wrong were a movie soundtrack, this song would be the theme for a chase scene.

The highlights are “Closing the Coffin,” an ode to a long, misspent summer, “Downtime,” a dark bluesy song where asks “Can I come over and tuck you in?” and promises that if you “show me your tail, then I’ll show you my fin,” and “Floory Anna,” another of what I like to call character songs, like “Into the Village (3-4 Times a Week)” form Buckridge’s solo effort, Vessels, where he describes another woman with an odd moniker. Another high point is the album’s climax, “Rat Rat Ratty Hole,” which would sound equally at home on this album or on …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead’s Source Tags and Codes. This last song slowly builds to it’s climactic, screaming end and really puts the whole album to bed.

All in all, this is the Ne’ers’ best work. Each song stands on its own, but the album is greater than the sum of its parts. 100% Wrong is available on End Up Records.

Story Time!

Posted in Writing on 17 April 2009 by jason

Last week, I wrote that I was was waiting for my third-place-award-winning story to be posted on the Wayne College Regional Writing Award’s website. Well, there it is: CLICK.

Read away.

My clothes are shrinking.

Posted in beer, Exercise, Karaoke, Rambling, Sports on 14 April 2009 by jason

Yesterday, I went to put on my work clothes (decent pants, button-down shirt), only to find that they no longer fit. My nights of drunken karaoke have finally caught up with me.
So…
Cutting back on the beer…check.
Working out 3-4 days a week…check.
Preparing for a race…check.
Watching what I eat…not so much.

3.13

Posted in Haiku a day on 14 April 2009 by jason

Red-breasted robin,
unaware of my presence,
bathing in the rain.

When I receive the blessing I’ve got coming…

Posted in otter, Writing on 10 April 2009 by jason

OK, I was going to wait to post this until the actual story was available on-line, but I can’t wait any longer. Last Saturday, Kelly and I went to the Wayne College Writer’s Workshop, and I got my award for 3rd place Short Story in the Wayne College Regional Writing Awards. It was a good time. The actual workshop was pretty interesting; I went to a seminar on writing for newspapers and one for getting freelance work in industry. Afterwords, Dandi Mackall, the key note speaker…um…spoke. She’s so cute, and she had some great stories to tell!

After after that, the awards were given out, and the pictures were taken. My coworker Angie got 1st place, but as I pointed out to her, (a) 1 is the loneliest number, and (b) 3 is higher than 1. So doesn’t she feel salty now?