Monday, December 17, 2007

...Gotta love the crazy thing that is Music...

...i have to say that it's great to work in the music industry. Sunday night, we had The Dillinger Escape Plan play at The Blender Theatre at Gramercy. The only way to describe this band and show is pure sonic and visual overload...with fire. :) As much as I go crazy when i'm on stage playing with my band, jumping, dancing and bangin my guitar around, I will never understand how Dillinger does it.

...first song they play, they are all flipping out, guitars are being swung as if they're chopping 20 trees down and into the first verse, both Ben/guitarist and Greg/vocalist jump into the crowd and STILL the song is perfect. This is a band that rivals any band out there that claims to have a great stage performance. Their new album Ire Works has introduced me into a new genre of music that I never liked before but now can appreciate. Since I've listened to their new album, I've gone back and bought Miss Machine and Calculating Infinity. Brutal, intense, amazing riffs and melodies...GO NOW LISTEN.

...this leads us up to yesterday. This week is the last week for work till break (the one thing about working in music is that most companies in the music industry close for the Christmas holiday till the new year; like being back in college!). Basically the office is pretty much dead as many companies we work with have long gone and all that's left are the local stragglers trying to finish up as quick as possible leaving me and my bunkmate to hitting the STUMBLE button on our FireFox browsers or heading over to Digg, IMing wacky sites to each other. last night I headed over to the Bowery Ballroom to check out this band InnerPartySystem and was happily surprised to find that they were impressive. A dancy, rock, indie band that brings a wall of sound to yell at you and say: rock out with your c*** out and dance. Look out for them in the future. ::for those that like Men, Women & Children, Head Automatica, Brandtson::

Thursday, December 13, 2007

...It Just Bothers Me...OKAY!?... this episode of things I hate we'll touch on the finer things of the NYC transit and our favorite past time: Waiting In Line! ::Cue Booing Crowd::

...if there's anyone reading this who's from NYC, supposedly we're supposed to get snow today! Looking outside right now, it's's's also dry...NO SNOW. But, numerous schools closed and the city is taking precaution. I'm guessing this is why my 6 train this morning came late. I was on the train at 9:50AM (mind you it's usually there at 9:42AM on the dot so I get to work at 10AM). I get on the train to only find out it's going express, which made me happy because A: I got a seat and B: my stop is the 2nd express stop. we pass the many pissed off people at the local stops I smile and go back to watching the newest DiggNation on my Zune player. When we get to the first express stop, 8 billion people cram into the train. Needless to say, I forgot that this would happen (How? I don't's early in the morning.) but here I am sitting in the middle of the train car, now when I have to get off the train, I have to fight my way through strollers, backpacks and so help me, tourists.

...getting out of the station to the world that is NYC is always a fun time I must say. It's like NASCAR racing where you learn to weave in and out of people's way; slow people that walk up the stairs, people carrying those damn luggages with wheels, tourists (they're everywhere), etc. Sometimes I make it a game and make little VRROOOOM VRROOOOM noises as I go past people. It's the little things that make me smile. One thing though that you should NOT do while walking up the stairs or at the top of the stairs is check your damn voicemail or crack-berry. I get to my office and I decide to go get a choco-chip muffin because well...why not? Don't question the choco-chip! I pay for it and I turn around and there's a guy waiting behind me to get a cup of coffee that I bump into. Now...i'm not going off on that...i'm going off on the fact that he's STANDING 1cm BEHIND ME! And he scoffs as I bump into him and say sorry. It's called personal space dude...try it out.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

...Keep Me Busy...'s that time of the year again where it begins to slow down at work and I start hitting my Stumble button in FireFox. Unlike most industries, in the music industry, it's like school; Christmas holiday comes around and we close until after the new year. During that time, people start to use up their vacation time, the phones start to die down, and emails become scarce of anything important.

...i've done most of my X-mas shopping early this year (started actually during Halloween!). I have only a few relatives to shop for and one more thing left for the girlfriend...oh and cards. The X-mas tree is up at my parents house and I must say, using a fake tree this year (normally we get real ones but my mom got a deal last year after the holiday on their fake tree) was a lot easier to put ornaments on. If an ornament doesn't want to stay on, bend the branch! for this year, what is everyone asking for? Myself? I'd love an Xbox 360 and a new TV. The TV I have now is an old Daewoo that I got back in the day when I lived with my ex-girlfriend (man that was a long time ago...probably 6-7 years ago). It's lasted me a long time, don't get me wrong but the inputs in the back are now shot. When playing video games or DVDs, the sound goes in and out. It's still good for watching TV, but if you need the inputs, you'll get annoyed getting up and down to wiggle it in the back.

...I am trying to keep up with the gaming world. I'm trying to finish Halo (yes the first one) as quickly as possible but DAYUM the repetitive levels kill me. I think I'm near the end...I'm following this little flying robot thing through doors (supposedly there are 10 of them according to that little f*cker). It seems as though that, IMO, the programmers got lazy at the end and copied some of the enemies from Half-Life. Those little grubby things piss me off!!

...another little nifty thing I've seemed to pick up is I learned how to crochet. Oddly enough, I find it a lot of fun. I'm working on a scarf right now for my girlfriend. According to Brain Age 2 for the DS, knitting/crocheting helps work out the brain. HA! See, video games teach you things!