Fear and Loathing in Chicago.

May 19, 2010

Against my best intentions, I decided against going to the hospital, or even icing the damn thing.

There my ear lay, lifeless on the dirty floor of a dirty Irish bar in a dirty town. I had finally made too many wrong moves, pushed it too far. I thought I could take him on, on my own. But what I didn’t think of was that his co-worker would come back from his smoke just in time. The blaring music and blaring, ignorant locals and tourists were able to mask the sound of switchblade opening. Only that brief gust of air only motion could imply gave me the clue that maybe I was in danger.

He got all of it, my ear. I made no retaliation as I was lucky just to get out of there without being arrested. I’ll get that son of a bitch back one day, I promise, but now I can only keep from withering in pain as our bus roars thru Wisconsin. I wear a touque, in May, to avoid the (most likely correct) suspicions of 36 of my collaegues.

We were sent out to that hell hole of a midwestern city by a major national magazine to cover the death Michael Jordan and the subsequent riot pertaining to said death. Cheap ass fucking magazine sent out there and back on a bus. I was lucky to get outta there with five and a half senses intact. There were victims, lost in hellfire and brimstone, that will never see their way back to Portland. Some of them I loved. Some of them didn’t even warrant a single goddamn tear in my Seagrams. All of them play an integral part of this story, a story that had soldered itself to the remaining parts of my brain, like the amplifier you father had. Blood flowing like the silver all over the circuit board.

I’m just kidding. I had a fun time in Chicago. I’ll post pictures next week!

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Chi-Town.

May 3, 2010

The time has come: The end of the year is upon us, and a bunch of us students from the Creative Communications program at Red River College are off to Chicago. Thus, the Top 15 Albums of All-Time list will have to wait until NEXT week. However, I’ll fill you, my faithful readers, in on how the trip went and if I got into any “Chicago Street Fights”. Mostly though, I’ll eat a lot of pizza.

Stay tuned!

Top 15 Albums of All-Time

May 3, 2010

This is going to be a labour of love.

Unlike my top 15 movies list, which was just a list, my top 15 albums will feature individual write-ups about each album. Why? Because I love movies, but music is my life. And I can practise being a hot-shot list-making rock crit.

Sneak Peek:

15: Free – Fire and Water.

Stay Tuned…

Top 15 Movies of All-Time.

May 3, 2010

Hey all,

As you, my faithful reader, can tell; I love lists.

As such, I feel inspired to run down my top 15 favorite movies of all-time. Just ’cause.

1. Citizen Kane

2. Goodfellas

3. This is Spinal Tap

4. A Clockwork Orange

5. Dazed and Confused

6. The Godfather Part. II

7. Office Space

8. Silence of the Lambs

9. High Fidelity

10. Ghost World

11. True Romance

12. Pulp Fiction

13. Gimme Shelter

14. The French Connection

15. Wayne’s World

On the downside…

March 11, 2010

A few weeks ago my trusty Macbook Pro’s hard drive died. There were a few things I had ready to post, but they’ll have to wait until I can either retrieve the files somehow or replace them with something better. Until then, keep the tempos up.

-Steve

I Made it!

March 10, 2010

The IPPs are done!

Though more of you who read this site know what the IPPs are, I’m sure a few of you don’t. The IPPs are a year long project that every student in the Creative COmmunications program must do to graduate. Though the projects must be ultimately okayed by a panel, you can essentially do whatever you want.

Case in point: I did a music video. It was shot in HD, and the size of the quicktime file is larger than 2gbs (preventing me from uploading it to YouTube in an uncompressed state). However, once I get in on a streaming video site, I’ll post it ASAP.

Until then, I just wanna celebrate man!

Top 5 reissues of the 2000’s

December 9, 2009

Since the reissues of back catalog items this decade were sooo much better than the new music, here’s my top 5 reissues:

1. Beatles in Mono box set

2. Rolling Stones ABKCO SACDs

3. The Who – Who’s Next deluxe edition

4. Van Morrison – Astral Weeks 180-gram remaster

5. Neil Young – Live at the Fillmore East 1970

Top 10 Best Movies of the 2000’s

December 9, 2009

I’m a waay bigger music fan than I am cinema fan, but here’s my top 10 movies this decade for good measure:

1. Ghost World

2. Boy A

3. High Fidelity

4. Almost Famous

5. The Dark Night

6. 40-Year Old Virgin

7. Knocked Up

8. The Departed

9. Invasion of the Barbarians

10. Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle

P.S: Movies were waaay better than music was this decade. There have been a solid bunch of movies in the 2000’s that I thought were great, compared to music where I’d be hard pressed to name 20 albums this decade I really loved (though not for lack of trying).

The Top 10 Albums of the 2000’s:

December 9, 2009

With a grand total of 17 days left in the decade, I say “good riddance” to the 2000’s, the decade where things could never be better yet everyone was miserable.

Pop culture hit an all new low this decade, and then preceded to start digging; rap music as the dominant pop music genre (in the early part of the decade), country music as the dominant pop music genre (in the middle part of the decade), Auto-tune, reality TV, American Idol, brickwall limiting, .MP3 as the dominant music medium. Basically, if you were into music this decade and wanted something good, you bought back catalog items, because an outrageous amount of new music turned the suck knob to max. With that, not EVERYTHING sucked this decade. Here are the ten best, in order. Forget about what Pitchfork says; those guys are part of the problem. This is the real deal:

1. Queens of the Stone Age – Rated R.

2. Radiohead – Kid A

3. Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

4. Queens of the Stone Age – Lullabies to Paralyze

5. Queens of the Stone Age – Songs for the Deaf

6. Eagles of Death Metal – Peace, Love and Death Metal

7. Death From Above 1979 – You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine

8. Radiohead – In Rainbows

9. Dinosaur Jr. – Beyond

10. Smashing Pumpkins – Machina ii: The Friends and Enemies of Modern Music.

/decade.

There’s a riot in Detroit.

December 8, 2009

I hate basketball; but I watch this video three times a year. No doubt the high point of sports this decade: