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May 4, 2010



Punk Rock Shows and Rickety Stairs

April 13, 2010

Moving on from my last entry. I don’t want to say that the music scene has died, but it has certainly changed. We no longer have 5 or 6 local bands trying to fit into a show, instead we have touring bands that remember the old days stopping by. Instead of begging for an opening spot at The Tattle Tales show, my band is putting the show together. I guess you could say that the shows/ bands have progressed in quality, but the fans have died down. Kids just don’t like music anymore.

Hopefully this doesn’t come off the wrong way, but if you have ever been to a show, you should thank The Side Project for it. Even if you hate their music, it’s still almost entirely their work that has got the shows where they are.I know there were bands before them, but TSP spread pop-punk to the kids of the area (including myself), and influenced pretty much every local band that has started since then. They put Ashland/Washburn on the map for touring bands like The Leftovers, The Tattle Tales, Project 27, The Guts, The Jetty Boys and at least a dozen more.

There have been a few bands that have strayed away from that (“we’re bringing back classic rock”), but overall the area is entirely pop-punk. I understand that it is a dying genre that is being played in a dying music scene, but maybe it will change. I can’t make you go to shows, and I can’t make kids start bands, but only you can help prevent forest fires.

Punk Rock Shows and Black Cigs

April 13, 2010

I found myself lost in Youtube for over an hour and ended up where I always do, watching old Side Project videos. Then I started thinking about how much I miss going to those shows. Sure, there are still shows in Ashland and and a few of the same bands played, but it’s just not the same.

I remember my first Washburn show and how I only knew 4 songs the entire night, but it was still amazing. It was the first time I had seen a real pit, the first time I smelled Djarum Black’s, and the first “party” I ever went to. I miss the days when people didn’t care about how they looked at the shows and actually went there to have fun. Believe it or not, people used to dance, jump, and mosh at shows. Now you’re lucky to have 4 perfectly straight lines of people looking at you with their arms crossed and their heads tilted to the side.

It probably doesn’t mean much to the few people that read this because they weren’t there and it’s just another show to them. To me it’s more than just the bands and dancing though. It used to be a very different experience than it is now. I was always with the group of kids that shows up early for the show, but that group of kids doesn’t exist anymore. After waiting on the front steps of the Civic for sometimes an hour, Ben would show up and let us in, and we’d pay our $4 and go upstairs.

There was always a certain feeling in the air at shows. There were the kids that everyone knew and the new kids that were clearly scared to be there. Back then I didn’t know every person that was there because there was more than just one group of kids that went. Now you basically have to beg your friends to come to the show, and it wasn’t even to see your band. You have to beg them to come so that you can get their $5, so you can pay the touring bands enough to make it to the next city.

I didn’t mean to make this a comparison, but there are a lot of differences between the shows now and how they were then. Back then I would leave every show sweaty and thankful for the cool summer air. After a night of rocking out and screaming my lungs off, I would go to the gas station and buy the first drink that I could get my hands on. Everyone would be looking for something to do because it’s 10 on a Saturday night and nobody had made any plans because of the show.

This is going to sound deep, but it’s very true. The shows really changed who I am as a person. I discovered my favorite band, I found music and people that I could relate to, I found something to look forward to every month or two, and it gave me  reason to learn how to play bass. I made friends,became a much more confident and outspoken person, not to mention I learned to appreciate certain things a little more. Who needs a big stage, a pro sound system and a lighting rack? Sure we had to tape mics to stands sometimes, but at least kids had fun and looked forward to shows. Don’t have money to pay for professional shirts? Paint your band’s name on a Goodwill shirt, I’ll buy it.

I know I missed the start of the Washburn pop-punk scene, and really I was only there for the last part of it, but I still miss it just the same. Now that the music scene has moved to Ashland and I have to book the shows, it just doesn’t have the same feeling of excitement to it. It’s almost more of a sense of responsibility  than anything. I hope someday  there will be a few people and a few bands that start caring about music in the area again.

Old School Entry

February 26, 2010

I think most of my recent entries have been done with a purpose. If you were a reader when I first started you know that there is something wrong with that. I have done quite a bit since my last real entry, but I’ll try to keep it brief.

I’ve hung out with Fitz every day for the last like 6 days or something, so I’ve spent a lot of time on ChatRoulette and at Wal Mart. I think it might be an Ashland only thing, but walking around Wal Mart is a very common pass time. I don’t think I’ve ever gone there and not seen someone that I know, it’s just not possible. I took his skateboard and I’ve slowly been teaching myself how to skate. I don’t want to learn tricks or anything, just enough to be able to get places on it. I would like to get a longboard at some point, but they are pretty pricey.

I’ve slowly been putting together a board of my own, and so far I have a deck and trucks. I don’t want to buy anything or use anything new, but if you want to donate me some parts that would be great. My friend Randy just called and said he might be able to hook me up, we can pray. I might be hanging out with him tomorrow and I’m pretty excited. He’s basically the coolest kid on the planet and I haven’t seen him in forever. I’m gonna go learn how to skate…

Acceptance of Evolution

February 3, 2010

I don’t have anything to prove with this graph. Nate brought this up, so I did a little more looking into it. Since the picture doesn’t explain everything well, I’ll do it.

The people surveyed were asked “Men were made without any assistance from a higher being. True or false?”

Religion/IQ by State

February 2, 2010

This is similar to the last graph that I posted in a few ways. These are all of the states again, but this time they are listed in order of religiousness. Being “religious” according to this graph is just being non-atheist, not christian. There is a lot to take in right here, so I’ll point out some things that stand out to me.

  • Mississippi has the highest rate of religiousness and the lowest average IQ in the nation. It is also in the south.
  • Vermont has the lowest rate of religious and the highest national IQ. It is in the north.
  • The top 1/3 are all in the south and are the most religious. They also hold 70% of the IQ’s below 100.
  • The most religious states are also the most poverty stricken.
  • I love visual aids. (Yes that is a fact)

Tomorrow we’ll break it down by country. Enjoy!

Playing with Photobooth

January 29, 2010

I think I’ll be more motivated to write if I keep my entries shorter. I had a fairly eventful day, at least compared to my other days. I’ll keep it short though…

Big news! I am officially an employee of ChaCha! Text us at 242242 and ask a question, and maybe I’ll be the one who answers it. I had a job interview with Check Advance earlier today, but I’m not too hopeful. I have to write a “Marketing Plan” for this business, as  if I know what they do. They prey on the poor people in the area, what more of a plan to they need?

I chilled with Nate today and played some Super Smash Bros Brawl. I’ve been getting better at that game for sure, but I’m still not sure on which character I like most. Any suggestions? I hung out with Chloe for a bit too, and we took some ridiculous pictures, which will be on here by the time you read it. I’m gonna watch some Cops, eat Doritios, and have a good night.

Top 10 Albums of 2009

January 23, 2010

I’m awful at writing review of albums, so I think I’ll just go with the first thing that comes to mind when I see the album title. Enjoy.

10.Grey Britain- Gallows

Grey Britain is a great album, but doesn’t even compare to their live show. Their singer verbally tore apart all of the “questionable” bands on Warped Tour right in front of them, and then physically attacked a fan for making him mad. I think they deserve a top 10 spot for that alone. I’m not saying that the album isn’t good, because I thought it was great, but see them live if you get the chance.

9.Chasing Hamburg- Polar Bear Club

I didn’t get a chance to fully appreciate this album. I got it at the same time as a bunch of other albums, so it didn’t get my full attention. Despite the lack of attention  I still found quite a few tracks that I really liked. Raspy vocals, upfront guitar, solid drumming, maybe not the number 1 album of the year, but one of the best for sure.

8.Poetry of the Deed- Frank Turner

Frank Turner is a different style of music than I normally listen to, which says a lot about this album. I heard that he was touring with The Gaslight Anthem, so I had to check him out. His upbeat folk-punk sound was totally what I needed at the time, and I still love it now. “Try This at Home” is the stand out track for me, check it out.

7.This Will Be The Death of Us- Set Your Goals

It must really suck to be Four Year Strong right now.

6.Homesick- A Day To Remember

The opening track tore up my car speakers, and it didn’t stop there. Need I say more? No, but I will. Almost every song has a mosh call, and sweet breakdown to follow it, how can you not like that? If you haven’t heard them think of Blink 182+ New Found Glory+ A good hardcore band. It sounds weird, but it’s not at all.

5.Sheboygan- The Jetty Boys

This is exactly what Green Day SHOULD have released this year. Seriously.

4.Smarten Up- Project 27

Project 27 is another one of my favorite bands by far. They are super chill guys and make amazing music. Musically they sound live just like they do on the album, but with WAY more energy. I might be a little bias because they are willing to make the drive all the way to Ashland to play for us, but I don’t care. I’ve listened to this album from start for finish more times than I can count.

3.They Came From The Shadows- Teenage Bottlerocket

TBR picked up right where they left off. Straight forward Ramone-core pop-punk. If you expected something new, then you were disappointed. Change is the last thing that I wanted from this guys, and they didn’t disappoint me in the least. This album covers all corners,from skater anthems like Skate or Die, to Bigger Than Kiss, which breaks down the reasons that they are better than KISS.

2.All I Have to Offer is my Own Confusion- Fireworks

I didn’t even know who Fireworks was until I saw them open for New Found Glory in March. They were one of the best opening bands I had ever seen, so I bought their album and listened to it for the rest of the trip. I eventually got to the point where I could sing along to every song, and it became my summer album. I can’t think of anything I’d rather do than ride my bike around at 3am listening to this album.

1.Dream Homes- Dear Landlord

I honestly don’t know what to say about this album, except that it was my favorite of the year. It has everything that I can ask for, short songs, aggressive vocals, lyrics that I can relate to, gang vocals, choppy guitar/drums, and “Three to the Beach”. If you haven’t heard it then you’re missing out, fix it.

Honorable Mentions

Year One-Psyched To Die

Picture this, Hardcore Punk band+ Pop-punk singer+ ever song is about suicide. Sounds ridiculous, but it’s awesome. Don’t think “I’m in an emo band, and I hate my life”, but more of a “Wow, you all suck and so does everything else, I think I’ll kill myself”. Year One is short and to the point, just how I like it.

Disasterpiece- First Class Motive

Acoustic pop with some comedic lyrics. Probably not a chart topper, but still good to listen to at the right time. My biggest problem is the name of the album, which is a Slipknot song and the name of one of their DVD’s.

Relapse- Eminem

This was supposed to be Eminem’s big comeback album, but I don’t think it was as good as The Eminem Show. His voice in a few songs bothers me, but the rest of the album is solid. Good lyrics, Good beats, and as always good flow. An honorable mention for sure.

Blueprint 3- Jay-Z

I didn’t get this album until 2010, so I can’t say it was one of my favorite of ’09. I haven’t sat down and listened to the entire album, but I have listened to most of it. Jay-Z is pretty new to me, so I’m still getting used to him and his style, so far I love it though. Death of the Autotune? Take that Lil’ Wayne.


Guilty pleasure album of ’09 for sure. So what?

The Roadtrip before the Roadtrip

January 21, 2010

I haven’t formally slept since my last blog entry, but it’s sort of a new day. I left my grandparents house at 6am to go to Minneapolis to pick up my stuff. The ride wasn’t terribly entertaining, but I tried to sleep for most of it. I think I have gotten rid of the last of my connections with Inver Grove Heights and Granite Bluffs, which is nice I guess.

I don’t have a lot to say, but I did add a new page (on the right side of the screen) which has a list of every band I’ve seen live. I’ll be adding a few new ones over the next month or so. So go check that out and check out the Wishlist while you’re over there.

I try not to pick sides when it comes to politics, but I found this chart rather entertaining. It might be hard to read, so I’ll sum it up. This is a list of states in order by average IQ (Highest at the top). The blue lines are the ones that voted democrat, and the red lines are the ones that voted republican. Also notice that the South is awful at absolutely everything.

Guess Who’s Back?

January 21, 2010

Me. Guess who cares? Nobody.

I’m staying at my grandparents house because tomorrow I will be leaving bright and early for a trip to Inver Grove Heights and back. Spending 8-10 hours in a car in one day has been done before, but I feel as though I’m not mentally prepared for it this time. Usually there is a show at the end waiting for me, or perhaps a week at a waterpark or something. You know what’s waiting for me? A chance to revisit one of the bigger failures in my life, and my mattress.

Since we’re leaving in just over 3 hours I should be sleeping, but God knows that never happens. I did sleep for 2 hours earlier, but I think that was more of a nap. I’ve tried different pills and Nyquil to try and fix my insomnia, but none of those really do anything. I think it’s more of a psychological thing than anything. There is a small possibility that I develop a personality disorder and then my alternate personality convinces me to blow up my house, quit my job, and start a cult like underground fighting club. We can all dream.

I’m going to make a Top 10 Albums of ’09  and I’ll review the upcoming Set Your Goals/Motion City Soundtrack/The Swellers show this weekend. I’ll try to keep my entries a little more consistent, but again, no promises.