I’d like to invite you to chug a few cups of coffee and mosh your way through the morning while listening to “Mike Trout" as loud as your preferred listening device can handle. This track is a little more straightforward than our previous work, but I assure you that the rest of the record is faster, heavier, slower, more brutal, more melodic, more absurd, and entirely baseball-themed. If you’re a fan of any or all of those things, you’re gonna love it.
Matthew McConaughey—the lieutenant of L-I-V-I-N, the commander of casual, the bombardier of being real—was at Sunday’s Astros-Red Sox game, wearing a fanny pack. He did not care about anyone else’s opinion of his fanny pack.
like Billy Madison making peeing in your pants cool, McConaughey makes fanny packs cool.
He’s shooting a movie in Purgatory Chasm, around where I live. I guess it’s supposed to look like Japan there. Everybody I knew growing up post pics of themselves there, but I’ve never been. Never any desir to really. McConaughey being there actually makes me want to walk into the woods.
Get Hurt is completely different than anything the Gaslight Anthem has ever done, a record that comes after frontman Brian Fallon’s divorce, as well as a retreat from both substances and social media. With every bungled attempt at pop, metal, or pop-metal that the Gaslight Anthem make, Get Hurt just rewrites its own worst case scenario.
Dunno if y’all saw what can only be described as a blistering review from everyone’s favorite dickhead at p4k, Ian Cohen. He isn’t all wrong but good god is this a little harsh.
Jesus. I mean. Im in agreeance in a way but you dont need to take attack the guy personally. What a fucking asshole.
Yeah I don’t like the record either, but jesus christ take it down a notch.
Wow he did not hold back at all.
What a fucking dildo
*slowly nods head* *is scared of planes* *does not care* *manages to book a ticket to fly in order to find where Ian Cohen lives and kick his ass* *”SAY GASBAG ANTHEM ONE MORE TIME!”*
In all seriousness, I laughed a couple times. But Pitchfork is a douchebag site. If they hate your album, it’s typically a good sign.
The United States of America is not for black people. We know this, and then we put it out of our minds, and then something happens to remind us. Saturday, in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo., something like that happened: An unarmed 18-year-old black man was executed by police in broad daylight.
Huge bummer that he died and wasn’t feeling good (divorce; addiction; post-heart attack, past issues, work, etc, etc). Said to just be the greatest dude. By all accounts, he was a genuine friend to fellow stand-ups, even those just starting out and he’d go out of his way to support them. I do wish you’d hear that more while he was here. And that he could have heard it.
It’s sent a ripple out at my workplace, the streets, internet, and everywhere. That dude was loved. People 20-40 years older than me loved and grew up with him the way I did. My parents and I shared Robin together. How great is that? Just about everybody felt like shit about it. Well, except for one older dude who said he had no sympathy for him because he killed himself and left behind some kids. That sucks, but everybody felt differently about it and you could sense that. I don’t know how people can be that hard-headed about that or have a lack of empathy. But that is definitely NOT the way most people feel.
I’ve been depressed and attempted suicide before (when I was 11). Depression is an illness and it isn’t viewed as one the way it should be. I’ve had it in waves and moments of sadness. It’s stopped for years now but I’m sure I’ll deal with bouts of depression again as it click-clacks somewhere deep inside. I’d like to think I’ll be better equipped to deal with it. The mistakes I’ve made in the past were not cutting things off where it should be and just being a walking disaster cloud of depression (high school/early college years) and not doing anything proactive to fix it. Mostly though, it just was being ashamed, not asking for help, being way too much of a loner/introvert. People are real easy to talk to/open up with once you do. It’s just super difficult to get that to happen and to feel loved.
Robin had far more demons than me. And far more life experiences than I did. That wasn’t a secret to anybody really. He wore that on his sleeve. And he was getting help, to some degree. And it wasn’t enough and he had a breaking point. That’s painful to hear and is one of my darkest fears. What’s the breaking point? And how can you not feel for that and have empathy for that?
Hook is one of my all-time favorite movies growing up. The darkness of that movie doesn’t really hit you until you grow up (fuck, they sure don’t make kid movies like that anymore…and they should). Robin was so hairy he had to shave his arms for the part. My friend in high school purposely used Hook to hook up with girls at his house. It’s a slower movie than you think (the first Lord of the Rings worked for me once since it was slowly but I never had a go-to movie and I should) and girls love it too. He used that movie about 15 times. Was a running joke to everybody.
One girl at my high school was giving a blowjob to her boyfriend while watching Aladdin at his house. His mom walked in on it, freaked out, and he goes, “MOM! WE WERE JUST MAKING OUT!” and with comic timing she said, “YEAH! WITH YOUR DICK!” and drove her home.
Robin was also a patient of my Uncle’s in San Francisco and also a nearby neighbor. He’s a doctor who specializes in colonoscopies and that type of shit to to just about every famous dude out in San Francisco. Robin was ALWAYS the guy that I and every famiy member asked about. 15-year old me: “How was Robin? Was he funny?” My Uncle: “Not really. Kind of hard to be funny when you’re about to get something stuck up your ass.” 15-year old me: “Oh. Yeah. Well, that makes sense.”
Loved his movies. Loved his stand-up. I was born in 1986 so I never really took to any TV shows that came before me. Except Mork and Mindy. There was just some infectious, manic energy that pulled you towards him. I can’t think of another performer/comic who had that and he held it for so long.
Robin cheers up a paralyzed Christopher Reeve-the story about Robin surprising/cheeering up Christopher Reeve (his college roommate) in his hospital room after he was paralyzed is one of the best stories. Check it out if you can find it.
Criticisms that I hated of him-People shit on his recent movies lately. Or that he’d destroy a TV show or a movie that WAS funny by ‘doing his thing’. But I know he was probably crippled by it because he was probably being asked, wrongfully, to do that thing. And also that comedy screenplays, especially for actors beyond a certain age, just weren’t there. Unless you’re Louis CK really. I just cringed and wanted to punch people for shitting on Robin or ‘doing his thing’ was slamming him.
his movies Some great movies I enjoyed…. Aladdin; Dead Poet’s Society; Good WIll Hunting; Hook; Insomnia; Jumanji; Mrs Doubtfire; World According to Garp (underrated)
Didn’t care for… Death to Smoochy (cult fave w/ offbeat humor); Patch Adams; Toys (I get the feeling if I saw this again I would hate it); What Dreams May Come (depressing but a favorite for others)
Others… Jack (watched this recently while sobering up after a hangover: isn’t so great but the final scene always makes me cry);
I still need to check out… the Birdcage; the Final Cut; Fisher King; Good Morning Vietnam; World’s Greatest Dad
stand-up: I listened to the Met one a year ago but it should be heard/seen over listening to. You really do have to see him be a force of nature to enjoy. Even his ‘Live on Broadway’ that came out during the Bush administration was amazing. He still had it and people my age recognized that. Holy shit, is that good.
WTF w/ Marc Maron -one of the great episodes and one of the first episodes that got me REALLY into podcasts (was a breakthrough one for the show too). If you like Robin, that’s a classic to return to. I’m sure his Inside the Actor’s Studio one is something to revisit too.
RIP Robin. Never knew him but it was great having him around. And I’ll continue to enjoy him.
If you want to really hear Robin Williams - really hear him - you should listen to this incredibly moving interview he did with Marc Maron circa 2010.
It was the very first thing I thought about when I heard the terrible news of Williams’ death today. He talks so honestly and frankly about his alcoholism, his divorce, his depression, and so many other things.
Ruining mock drafts is pretty much definitely an art form. And as with all forms of art, if you reference an online guide, it’s actually really simple to pick up and become incredibly skillful. So here’s your online guide.
I just want to say that I’ve had Chris Pratt stock since the final season of THE OC when he played Che in a role that could have been a trainwreck in lesser hands. Someone’s going to beat me and say they’ve had stock since Everwood. Well, fuck you.
…and I want to see ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ real badly. I’m getting some shit spoiled for me on the internets and it’s bullshit.
After surviving fame and a divorce, New Jersey’s “true heir to Springsteen” is getting back to normal.
pretty great interview for Gaslight fans.
The constant heartbreak theme of the album might be viewed as too much or him re-hashing teenage heartbreak (even if they do specialize in heartbreak and making sad songs feel so good). But it’s not. When viewed in that context, it makes it a much better and a much more personal album (think Bruce w/ ‘Tunnel of Love’).
I have some bones to pick with the album (arrangement of tracks; feeling like it was going to be really different/far out there as they hyped), but I love it already. “Have Mercy” should have been on the album and not a B-Side. That’s a great one.
Favorite tracks: “1000 Years”; “Selected Poems”; “Get Hurt”; “Ain’t That a Shame”; “Have Mercy”; “Stay Vicious”; “Dark Places”
I’d stop because I could pick the whole album basically. But love those ones.
This is a local news report about James Taylor, a wonderfully goatee’d, 20-year-old West Michigan man who threw a big-ass party at his house that featured multiple DJs, fire-throwers, go-go dancers, and about 2,000 attendees. It’s a really funny news report, but it achieves transcendence around the 25-second mark.
This is a great one. Not what I expected from what they were hyping or preparing for their fans as a ‘departure’. It’s different but undeniably fun the whole way. With tracks titled ‘Red Violins’, ‘Selected Poems’, or knowing Brian was going to play piano on ‘Underneath the Ground’, I was expecting something sad and slow. I feel like an idiot for expecting that. It’s all fun. And I had a feeling they were going to save being serious somewhere close to the end (‘Break Your Heart”…or the first minute of ‘Get Hurt’). But it’s pure rock’n’roll from what I think is the greatest American rock band we have.
Bonus songs are good too. First 2 I could see why they left it off for being too different. The other two? I could see on the record.
It’s damn fun when you have a favorite band and it’s like Christmas morning where you just sit in a room with a new record when it comes out. Can’t wait to let this one sink in and know it well.
The folks at ThinkGeek put so much effort into their April Fool’s Day prank products every year that often times they end up turning them into a reality. Remember the Star Wars Tauntan sleeping bag?, that started life as a prank. And of all the wonderful products ThinkGeek pretended to announce on April 1 this year, the Back to the Future Flux Capacitor car charger is the one to get the IRL nod.
"out of stock": GOD DAMN IT!
but yeah, I’m getting this ASAP for my Delorean Honda Civic.
Bill Hader gives some quality book recommendations. My tastes line up a lot with his. He’s also adapting Charles Portis’ ‘the Dog of the South’ with Greg Mottolla (Superbad; Adventureland). Makes sense for why he singles that one out.
I’ve been about 80 episodes behind my favorite podcast, Walking the Room. And I am catching up real fast since this shitty data entry job dealing w/ blood/urine means I get to listen to my beloved podcasts for 8 hours PLUS the 2-3 hours/day I’m in the car commuting. It’s a super enjoyable podcast between 2 stand-up comedians. One’s mostly a grump (Dave) and the other is this super affable dude (Behrendt). And they’re both mostly struggling comedians who have hit some unbelievable ups and downs, but mostly downs that are sad, but ridiculously funny. The failures of their lives is something that I think people identify with and the humor of it is just unbelievable.
Cut straight to the 46-minute mark in this one. It is a gem… Dave Anthony worked at a bank previously applying to a job. His job resume reads exactly like mine (having worked at a bank myself) for the useless shit you come up with when applying for an entry-level job. Or any job. Do it. You got to!
Wil is joined by Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds to discuss the poetry of Russell Crowe, the philosophy of Jaden Smith, and the gag reflex of Joey Chestnut.
TOFOP + the Dollop podcasts merged together.
I was laughing too hard at this, particularly reading Jaden Smith’s tweets.
The best/only perk about my data entry lab job is that I can have headphones on during my entire shift. So I get to listen to about 8 hours of podcasts. Catching up on so much since I’m behind on a lot of my favorites.
Louis Zamperini died Wednesday in Los Angeles. He was 97. You may remember Zamperini from Laura Hillenbrand’s bestselling biography of him, Unbroken, which everyone read and then yelled at you to go read. There are many completely insane things that happen in Unbroken. Zamperini becomes a famous collegiate track star at USC. He shakes hands with Hitler (but in a funny way, not an evil way). He enters World War II and has his plane shot down. He spends 47 days adrift at sea only to be “rescued” by Japanese troops who immediately imprison and abuse him. He survives years in prison camp only to return home traumatized. He becomes an alcoholic. He finds Jesus and stops being an alcoholic. And then he lives for seven more decades.
This dude died and he sounds like a legend of perseverance based off of everything I’ve heard. I’ve been meaning to read UNBROKEN for awhile because everybody has read this book: my mother, my father (who reads one book every 2 years), and my brother have read this. Angelina Jolie directed the movie adaptation that comes out later this year.
But I just got sold to step my shit up on reading this book due to the passage where he survives a plane crash, finds himself adrift at sea, and PUNCHES A SHARK UNDER WATER! TWICE! You could capitalize any part of that sentence, but PUNCHING A SHARK IN THE FACE! God, I got to read this book.
…oh, shit! I forgot to add that he was also being attacked from up above by Japanese bombers while that was going on. WTF!