Monday, November 30, 2009

Pains worth enduring

I obviously have a hell of a reading backlog, as this is from the Jan/Feb issue of Men's Health. Still some good stuff (full list here). I've experienced many of these... some are good stories, some not-so-good. Either way, I'd like to think I came out of each a better man.

- Going all in, and losing. Your rush will fade as fast as your hopes--and remind you that gambling is actually nothing more than entertainment you can control the duration of. Why hurry?

- Buying a Saladshooter. Even a strong man can succumb to a late-night huckster. The useless plastic doohickey you bought still serves a purpose, though. It's hard evidence that many thing in life really are too good to be true.

- Dating a high-maintenance bombshell. She'll drain your savings and sap your sanity. Then you'll learn why a woman who looks good in sweats and loves Chinese takeout is a keeper.

- Drinking green beer. Yeah, we love St. Patty's, too. But once you try the holiday booze and its novelty wears off, you can move on to a more authentic fare. Ask the 'tender to pull you a Beamish or pour you two fingers of Redbreast. You'll enjoy what you're drinking (for once) and look way more debonair in photos.

- Taking all-you-can-eat wing night literally. Oh, the heartburn! Cramping! Stinging toilet sessions! There's not better endorsement of moderation than a Kobayashi-size food hangover.

- Lying to your mother. If you always told your mom the truth about where you were going, you never would have touched your first breast.

- Training poorly, then competing anyway. Sure, you should have worked up to a taper before that 10-K road race. Probably should have stretched better, too. But there's nothing like being passed in the stretch by that 52-year-old, 14th-place masters-class finisher to motivate you the next time out.

This week's late night TV lineup

Craig Ferguson
  • Tuesday - The Swell Season
  • Friday - OneRepublic
  • Monday - Weezer
  • Wednesday - The Cribs
Jimmy Kimmel
  • Friday - Band of Skulls
Jimmy Fallon
  • Tuesday - The Avett Brothers
  • Wednesday - The Obits
  • Friday - Wale

Monday, November 23, 2009

This week's late night TV lineup

Jimmy Kimmel
  • Monday - Weezer
  • Tuesday -Wolfmother

Craig Ferguson

  • Tuesday - Ben Harper and Relentless7


  • Tuesday - Weezer

Jimmy Fallon

  • Tuesday - The Pixies
  • Wednesday - Mos Def and Talib Kweli

Friday, November 20, 2009

Winter is here!

Imagine my delight when I came across a 6-er of this at the local booze store. I thought for sure this was a post-Thanksgiving release... much to my surprise it's been out for over a month.

From the AVBC website: "Luscious, creamy, smooth, and warming, this medium bodied ale is brewed with caramel and crystal malts to give it a hint of sweetness. It is then paired with a private blend of holiday spice. From the first sip of Winter Solstice Season Ale, your senses will be aroused with the vision of a glowing fire, warming the hearth and home. Each lingering sip will gently warm your soul with thoughts of family and friends gathering around the table for the feast. Winter Solstice Ale is great alone or as an accompaniment to your favorite holiday dish, and it has been known to liven and spice nearly any social event."

Don't just take my word for it:
The Full Pint
Beer Advocate

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Pearl Jam on ACL this Saturday

It's been a pretty damn good season of Austin City Limits so far - Ben Harper and Relentless7, DMB, Okkervil River and St. Vincent just to name a few. The fun continues this Saturday with Pearl Jam. And if you happened to miss any of the other episodes (or want to check them out again), you can stream them on the ACL website.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Hump Day Humor

In case you were wondering how REAL pumpkin pie was made. Figured this was appropriate with Thanksgiving just around the corner...

Monday, November 16, 2009

This week's late night TV lineup

SNL - Dave Matthews Band

  • Thursday - John Mayer

Craig Ferguson

  • Monday - Ben Harper & Relentless7
  • Friday - David Gray

Jimmy Fallon

  • Tuesday - Neko Case
  • Wedesday - The Avett Brothers
  • Thursday - Obits
  • Friday - Elvis Costello

Monday, November 9, 2009

Bono needs to practice more on his rapping skills...

instead of practicing his pickup lines on the LOML. U2 performed "Sunday Bloody Sunday" for the 2009 MTV Europe Music Awards (that's Berlin's Brandenburg Gate in the background). Jay-Z came out about half-way through to freestyle a few lines and then, for some reason, Bono thought he could drop some rhymes of his own. Stick to pop, brother.

New music

  • Them Crooked Vultures, full album stream of No One Loves Me and Neither Do I (Nov 17th) via YouTube, Prefix
  • Wale ft. K'Naan (produced by TVOTR's Dave Sitek, "TV on the Radio," Attention Deficit (Nov 10th), Prefix
  • Yeasayer, "Ambling Alp," album and release date TBD, The Mad Mackerel
  • Tokyo Police Club, "Hands Reversed," Forthcoming (TBD), MOKB

This week's late night TV lineup

Jimmy Kimmel
  • Friday - Huey Lewis & the News
  • Thursday - The Cribs
Craig Ferguson
  • Wednesday - The Swell Season
  • Monday - David Gray
Jimmy Fallon
  • Tuesday - Wale

Monday, November 2, 2009

This week's late night TV lineup

Craig Ferguson
  • Friday - Regina Spektor

Carson Daly

  • Monday -Arctic Monkeys
  • Tuesday - La Roux
  • Thursday - Matisyahu


  • Wednesday - The Bravery

Jimmy Fallon

  • Wednesday - Monsters of Folk