Tuesday, October 28, 2008

sick of samples

Today i finally waded downstairs and tried sorting through my samples to return. This is the absolute one thing i HATE about my job. They show up late, incomplete and in no sort of order whatsoever. Im confused why i have to waste my time to then put them in order and send them back proper, nice and neat. I also am confused that without giving away or keeping anything ive come up about 15 pieces short.

The day started off well enough...canceled orders, revised some and placed none.

Managed to get in a short 5miler when it was dark. Today on the shuffle I listened to a mix of Dandy Warhols songs, Caviar, The Rapture and a few others. Not too shabby.

On another note I saw Zeppelin wants to tour...without Robert Plant. Could there be any more damning of an idea on how to kill the legacy of a band? They could become like the doors and be playing Joes on Weed Street for 5$ pitcher night.

Go to www.nme.com to read more about it.

Any bets on who is going to breakthrough at NYC Marathon this weekend, thoughts on Goucher?

Monday, October 27, 2008

Hard 8 coming out

Uneventful day. Cancelations, revisons and the never ending go around of trying to get ahold of my CS.

Ended up wanting to do 6miles easy on the lake and somehow felt good and went 8. effortless, slow for sure but i feel as if i didnt run. Maybe thats a bad thing.

After a lunch of quiznos i ordered pizza and garlic bread and washed it down with a couple of stellas. Probably negated every minute of that run and put me further behind. The rest of the night is trying to catch up on emails, this blog and actually playing a little guitar.

Cant wait to get to Portland to run some different routes but im never as tired as when i go to sales meetings and i dont even get stupid like i did in my tech rep days.

The main song i was learning tonight was house of jealous lovers by the rapture but this is why i started playing.

For those that want a good read and go more in dept on running other than "i am fueld by fast food and beer" go here. Some great stuff and he kind of knows what hes talking about. Masters degree, Olympic Trials qualifier and former teammate/roommate of yours truly. Check it out: http://www.flotrack.org/articles/view/618-the-specific-genes-by-danny-mackey

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Charlie Brown Halloween

While waking up the past few weeks and trudging outside to walk the dog the weather has had that sharp chill and smell that says "today would be a great day to spike up and race xc with the boys..."

This morning was not much different as it seemed like a good day to maybe hit the lakefront for a long run but after last nights overindulgence of PBR and a dinner of poptarts I laid this plan to rest and worked on a new plan that included coffee and brunch. Smalls was my partner this morning...actually noon... and after tossing around some ideas and driving around aimlessly we decided on Schubas. I have been there many times for shows as its the best small music venue i may have ever gone to but have never sampled the brunch(http://schubas.com/Harmony+Grill/Harmony+Grill)

After coffee, oj, biscuits and gravy, bacon and grits i came home to again walk the dog and possibly nap but by this point it was 230pm and seeing as how i consider running every day a big accomplishment things such as rain, snow, wind and darkness can be a large deterrent. I finally suited up and did a light 6miles up around my old apartment and North Park University. It felt easy and there was not much pain in my foot. Its no better but no worse so ive just gotten used to feeling 70% on all my runs. 70% is the new 100%.

The one disappointment in this run was how it went from 60 and sunny at noon to 43 windy and rainy by 5pm. Tomorrow is a low of 30 with a chance of snow. I'm definately not ready for this and i know my foot wont handle slipping and sloshing around in the winter. This should make for excellent Boston preparation.

Some new purchases or music that is in heavy rotation is below:

National-out for some time but Boxer is simply the best thing ive gotten all year

Blitzen Trapper- havent given a full listen but i like it

Calexico(Carried to dust)- solid

Local H(12 Angry Months)- great breakup record plus good on the shuffle while running

The Teenagers- total shit

I also needed a book to read on the recent flights to ad from LA and i was somehow drawn to "I hope they serve beer in hell..." I will say i absolutely hate this guy but cant stop reading his lurid and debauched tales. You can save money on the book and go to his website as most of the tales are online + many more. http://www.tuckermax.com/

This is what i will leave you with from the Halloween Party from last night. Imagine getting locked out of your house wearing this costume.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Back More Times Than the Who

One of the other main intentions of this blog is to entertain my legions of fans who tell me to try to make a comeback to competitve running, do drills, eat better....dont get fat and die soon.

I have worked within the running industry since 2004 and throughout those years have been in awful shape 2004-2005, good shape 2006 and again awful shape 2007- middle of 2008. My current shape is if i lined up to race would be a kickass fun runner. Dont believe that i was once a world beater as i was only what i would consider respectable but like all other before and after me i still hold onto the notion that if things come together i can still run some good races and set PR's....IF alot of things come together.

Of late I have been roped into races/events while in less than stellar shape and instead of being smart and continuing to log the miles i say what the hell, ill take a chance and hopefully come out without a scratch. The last time i said this was the Hood To Coast Relay and i got the dreaded Leg 1. A 6mile vertical drop downhill that left me unable or even wanting to run for a month. This news was followed by the suggestion/demand from work that we train for the Boston Marathon.

So while ignoring my coaches plan of tempo's, long runs diet....i have instead decided to follow my own plan. Simply put: Run everyday, dont get drunk as often, only 2 Wendy's triple stacks a week and lastly STAY HEALTHY.

So far there was a 27day streak that was broken after a long flight from LA and then just 2 more consecutive days after that.

Today--with the advent of the blog i will tell you i did my Wrigley Field 5mile loop and then sat down to eat a bowl of leftover Thai food. 2 beers in and contemplating doing a race or sleeping in. The halloween party shall be the decider.

I share with you this nuggett. Have a good night ladies and gents.

On the flipside~RH

Kelrock should Be Here Now

I have decided to start my blogging adventures complete with spelling errors, grammatical mistakes and historical inaccuracies thanks to a text message arguement with my good friend Keith who you can visit at his just off the ground blog at http://www.kelrock.blogspot.com/. The basis of this disagreement stems around his opinion of the new Oasis record "Dig Out Your Soul".

His main argument is that Oasis does not evolve and progress their music such as Radiohead and this is compounded by Noel Gallaghers constant slagging of Thom Yorke. To this I will somewhat agree and say that Oasis is always going to sound like Oasis no matter what direction the band goes.

It has been 10yrs since "Whats the Story..." came out and since that record only Liam and Noel remain from that lineup. Their last epic record was "Be Here Now" was a let down despite outselling P-Diddy and Mase back when both Keith and I were dressing up in Dockers, sweaters and putting cologne on trying to pull ass while grinding on girls to the Puff Daddy/Jimmy Page collaboration from Godzilla(talk about not evolving).

The current Lineup steadied their feet with the mediocre Heathen Chemistry(4 #1 singles in UK) but with standouts such as Force of Nature(stooges), Stop Crying Your Heart Out and Hindu Times(thank you Stereophonics). This also marked the first proper songs written by Liam other than the not even good for making an effort Little James off Standing on the Shouler of Giants.

Dont Believe the Truth featured songs written by all members of the band excluding the drummer. While this record is probably one of my least favorites it gets back to proper pub rock with Lyla, Mucky Fingers, Meaning of Soul and possibly one of my favorite Oasis songs, The Importance of Being Idle.

That brings is to the newest record and as with every record since Definately Maybe this one is touted as the best record they have ever done but true to form they have already begun talking about the next one saying they will throw everything but the kitchen sink in for that.

To compare Radiohead and Oasis is to talk of two different bands although both are equally important. Radiohead makes thought provoking, heady music that pushes the limits of what you can do within a studio and how you can recreate that into a great show. While recording an album in typical R-Head fashion it is not uncommon to read reports and interviews of how thr process is draining, a bummer and may be the last record they make as the band is on the verge of breaking up. Have you ever really put on a Radiohead record(not you Keith) for the intensive purproses of getting fired up for a night of drinking Guinness, striking out with the ladies and passing out with a half eaten burrito on the coffee table while your dog sleeps on your stomach? Actually not many have but i usually feel proper bummed out after listening to a Radiohead record.

Oasis makes straight ahead rock music. The lyrics are usually shite save a few of Noels more serious songs but its the hooks, the chorus and the vibe of the songs that pull people in. "Some Might Say" is a great single but many fail to notice the words "the sink if full of dishes/she sleeps with the fishes" line and who can forget "walking down the hall like a cannonball". Both of those were smashes on both sides of the pond. Their records are anthemic and get the crowd to want to go out, have pints and pogo around. Have you ever seen anyone pogo at a Radiohead show?

Did the Stones evolve much, U2, Coldplay, Zeppelin? No, they kept it simple and did what they do---which is play rock music, not make artistic statements and try to push the boundries.

Liam Gallagher/Noel Gallagher may be the last true ROCKSTARS. Dont get me wrong, there are many rockbands and and many that are probably better than Oasis but there is not one frontman who oozes the ROCKSTAR definition that they do. Bono could but he is too busy saving Darfur and being on Oprah. How can one go from the excesses of Zooropa and Zoo TV tours and now talk about excessive spending and the environment.

Back to Dig Out your Soul (I'm sidetracked watching "teen witch " and eating leftover Thai food on my couch with an ex trying to blog about me to keep a coherent thought). The record starts off with 4 straighahead rockers. Keith, are you telling me Bag It Up isnt a top tune? That Waiting for the Rapture doesnt have a great Noel vocal? I will concede that the Lennon sample is lame but shit, we have known for over 15yrs they pray at the alter off the Beatles so take it as it comes i say. Its also easy to see how Liam has grown as a songwriter. Nothing eartshattering but go back to the last few albums and you can see his growth.

Falling Down in my opinion sounds like every unreleased Noel demo ive heard in the past 10yrs. Acoustic with ominois lyrics about growing old and packing it in. The record to me drags after the first 4 songs then picks up at 7-finish. Your killing me Kelrock--to say the groove on To Be Where There's Life is something youve heard before is stretching it.

To conclude this long winded and discombobulated post i say you cant compare the two. Oasis is growing as a band(new lineup is just getting its legs) with the increase in songwriting responsibilites and the others stepping up at the boards. Having Dave Sardy do the record as opposed to sitting in the English country side knob turning is also a nice step as opposed to their last records.

As for being irrelevant. I see they have sold out the largest concerts in Ireland and have to add dates to accomodate their fans. More popular than ever it appears.

That said House of Cards is my favorite song from the two bands this year.

I want a rebuttal