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Thursday, April 30, 2009

 
This always makes me laugh



Monday, April 27, 2009

 
Erin

There is no better test of love's aim
As to be near her forgiveness.
Sour patches erased with the warmth
of Spring smiles are marks I strive for.
To make her laugh is to make peace for yourself.
The joy of a pure soul hangs effortlessly from her life.
The charm and beauty of a true love
Wrapped up in one package named Erin.

Take time to sound your love...
All passions have written.
All truths unmasked.
When all is left standing at the foundation,
It is she and I and what we strive for.
It is closer every day.
It is the possibility of new discoveries...
Even in her adoring face.



Monday, April 20, 2009

 
Best Bar in America?
http://www.esquire.com/bestbars/bb-BrewersArt I don't know about this one. I mean - I like Brewers - I do. I always have. I remember the first time I went there back in 2000 with Mike Oliver. It was a Friday night and not many people were there. You could sit at the bar. They were playing a mix of the Sex Pistols, Old School Hip Hop, Death Metal, and Sinatra. I remember saying to Mike, "This is the kind of place I would always want to hang out."

The separation of power in the restaurant from classy/semi fine dining upstairs mixed with Nietzsche cave downstairs lends itself to all walks of life. However, best bar? I don't know if I would define it as such. Then again... my definition of a bar is what I like about bars and not what every hipster with a forearm tattoo, gay bear gathering, divorce' lonely heart club, and semi-in-the-know professionals like about bars.

Don't get me wrong. There isn't much I don't like about Brewers, save for the all-too-trendy current status and the overpriced Delwhinney they keep blowing dust off every time I order it. The food has slipped miles in the last 5 years and the service has never been less than uber-antisocial but it obviously has it's unparallel charm and location. From the basemen downstairs to the wine lounge upstairs it is WHAT a great bar SHOULD look like. However, there is something empty and semi-soulless about it's new NYC motif and all too friendly sport coat and t-shirt crowd. There is something - 10 years too late about the way it currently operates. It's not comfortable, and it certainly isn't a pub - - - which is probably why it's Esquire's #1 bar in America. It's more of a bus station for those who aren't comfortable with themselves - or those who think that Brewer's Art will make them cool again... but then again - they do have amazing beers and a great seating area downstairs... so it's not all bullshit.

I have this dream of one day owning a bar - as I believe all men of the drink and conversation are wantonly dreaming about on their smoke breaks. I would honestly name it Ham on Rye and it would only be open to the "public" Thurs - Sunday. Mon - Wed it would be membership only and or "you would have to know someone to get in." It would only serve 5 things on the menu and the jukebox would be a vinyl Wurlitzer that only plays singles - and nothing on it past 1974. There would be a large multi-tiered long area with a bar that stretched the length of the place. No pool tables, or video games, it would have one TV buried in the back for LIVE GAMES only - no ESPN or CNBC. It could be used for news in case of an ACTUAL emergency. The wait staff would be all women in high heels and they would wear casino cocktail waitress outfits. Shots of Whiskey and Gin would always be 2$. Ice is an extra 2$. lol - The whole point of the bar would be a place I would want to hang out every day. It would have the option of letting sun IN or keeping it OUT. You would have to take stairs either up or down to enter it and there would always be a doorman. There would be a small stage with a piano and a place for a small bands. There would be pictures of my favorite authors on the wall and the drinks and menu would all have metaphors that elude to their accomplishments. Blah blah blah.

I've thought about it more than that - but - when I think of what my favorite bar would be - it wouldn't be Brewers Art. It would however have a few of it's charms.



Monday, April 13, 2009

 
Revival - Thanks Gladys

I used to really hate CCR and especially Fogerty - - ugh I hated that guy...

But - I love this song


 
Tunes et al -



Started moving stuff to the house - it's amazing how many boxes one book case is. Walking down the street yesterday and moving the boxes I think I fell in love with the house for the first time - well the first time - since I first saw it - but it was springtime. The trees were in bloom. There were kids on bikes, mother's with strollers and the walkway and the grass just sorta felt like home for the first time. Like this was my home. This was OUR home. And then walking in - it smelled like it was ours. The sun porch that goes out from the bedroom and all the light that gets let in from the porch on the first floor are really warm and wonderful. The kitchen looked like it was dying for it's first taste of Bret sauce day and the shelves looked like they wanted a record player and all my books and things that I love.

We still don't know where all the furniture is going to go (maybe a wrapping a room. And we are still pretty sure we'll be poor for a year or so - save for our vacation to Florida in May - and the Derby of course - but - it really is wonderful knowing that this is ours. That all the bullshit and awfulness I've been through in my life and all things I've squandered and sacrificed and lost have lead up to something real and something really amazing that I am proud of. For the first time in a long time my chin is up and my chest is out and I feel good about me.

Also - Erin's family has been exceedingly gracious and wonderful to me. They allow me in to their holiday's and their events without ever making me feel like an outsider. They are really a wonderful genuine group of people that I am proud to know.


My affiliate letter was picked up by the editorial of a small Boston newspaper and syndicated on over 30 websites. My editor came down this morning and thought that we should work on a book together - - lol - I barely got through 5 issues much less a full fledged book. But it's exciting to talk about - it's also exciting to think about starting your own business soon (which I want to do). It will likely be consulting but my profile in the industry is really starting to climb and it's an exciting time.




Wednesday, April 08, 2009

 
News

Smog will be performing at Sound Garden on 4/16... Get some.

City Tom.
House today. CHAMPAGNE !
City Sunday
St Mary's Saturday
Williams is fighting at DuBurns on Friday -

Need a slow down to watch the Masters at some point...



Wednesday, April 01, 2009

 
Songs o the Day



Luchenbach Texas

Cotton Field




Favorites List
Pandora Song List
Amazon Wish List
Reading
Revolutionary Wealth - Tofflers
Brian Jones

Things Making Me Smile
The City
Newness
Listening - [out of 5]
Benjy Ferree - 4.8
The Thermals 3.1
David Gray 3.8

Quote(S)
Like the guy with the beard? YES - like the guy with the beers. What? Yep

Bands That I Check Schedules For
Badly Drawn Boy
Belle and Sebastian
Benjy Ferree
The Black Keys
Deerhoof
Drive By Truckers
The Eels
Enon
Kimya Dawson
Mark Hopkins Band
Oasis
Iron and Wine
Mates of State
Ted Leo
Travis
Two if By Sea
Ween

Places I Rock in the Flesh
9:30 Club
Black Cat
Electric Factory
Fletcher's
8x10
The Knitting Factory
The Otto Bar
Recher Theatre
Sonar

Places I Eat/Drink in the Flesh
Aldo's
Bishop's Collar
Boccacio's
Cross Street Market
Hull Street
Joun Gak
Mick O'Shea's
No Way Jose
Porter's
The Irish Pub
Turner's
The Waterfront Hotel

My Greatest Hits (that's so lame)

The time I almost killed a child
July 4th in Korea
Excerpts from Demian
Why I screen phone calls
Bret's Death Metal Report
A conversation at a cocktail party
A conversation at breakfast
So you think you are a Baltimorian
A conversation about a girl singer
Observations from a bar
Observations of strippers
Tech Language
Why I love Oasis
I would go to war
"You Son of a Bitch" An Open Letter to Tom Friend
Dance to Your Ocean
Dream Ranch
When men become pussies
Jason Whitlock is a racist propaganda promoter
Pitchfork takes music snobbery to new level
The Cosmic Clash of the Red Sox and Cubs
The Hatred that is Runts Candy
Starting corporate line-up
Google Bio
Do you know me? List 1 / List 2 / List 3
The Night I Burned Philly Down
So You Want to be a Booze Hound
She Said it was Free
Funniest Corporate Story Ever
Striped Shirts and the Fucks that Wear Them
Death Peddle
NEW!!!
Pieces of Morning
Oasis Album Revew
The Art of Tipping
Starting Fires With Grass Stains
Bret's Federal Hill Food Review
Sexcapades and your Picture on the Internet
Stupid Secrets
Stupid Secrets the Return


Contact Me

Stuff I Swing By From Time to Time

- MUSIC
Donewaiting.com
hive3.com
Indie Video Archive
Large Hearted Boy
Important Records
Oasis News
Pitch Fork Media
Reptilian Records
Scenestars MP3 Blogs
Sound Garden Baltimore

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Aloud.com
Pre-Shrunk
Shotgun Apparel
Warrior Clothing

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Angry Little Girls
Atom Films
Eye Envision
Homestar Runner
Kill Frog
Junior Varsity Meat Market

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Calvert Hall
Degroen's Brewers
ESL Cafe
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Korean Herald
Villa Julie College Baseball
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