Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Changes For Better, Or Worse

Despite some of the changes I feel I have made concerning my direction in life, there is one thing I have yet to change. My mind going at full throttle with every thought imaginable, at one time. My ability to complicate even the simplest things is still in high gear. I have so many thoughts in my head at one time with any given situation it slows my reactions to situations down. Sometimes frustratingly so, especially if it's an opportunity which I didn't realize at the time.

I'll sit back right now, and sort some out. Starting with the most recent turn of events. I hung out with a few good friends tonight. We went to a show at the Troubadour. It was a show with Tarentel, Mono, and Pelican. The one that impressed me the most was Mono. A band from Japan, they play post-rock extremely well. The show they put on was serene and melodic, and then unleased into a fury of energy that blew me away. The songs were structured in a beautiful compositional structure that told a great story to anyone that imagined it.

Tarentel on the other hand sucked balls. I'm sorry but they have no idea what the fuck music is. Their "songs" if you can call them that, were pure unadulterated noise, played at the highest decibal level possible. It was most definitely the worst band I have ever seen play live, and I thought that I had already seen that. I've been to plenty of metal shows with horrible bands, but even that is more musical than tarentel. That's saying something. Avoid them at all costs.

Pelican was unexpected. Hearing some of the songs on their album they sounded like normal post rock. Songs structured in a symphonic way that breaks ino chaos to express the best the bands have to offer. In post rock, it's often these sections that truly mean something to me. The ones that give way into the true structure of a song, the ones that have evolved beyond noise into structure. Pelican live though, is far different. They go with an extremely hard sound. Unfortunately that works agianst them. I kept wondering at what point the lyrics were going to fall in line with the rest of the music. They are really goos at what they do, they put on a pretty good show, but it was as if they were actually trying to melt faces. Instead of going with what they had already accomkplished on the album, they tried to make it as mind blowing as possible. They simply tried too hard for this, and they failed at it. Like I said they were good, and if you're at a show where they are playing, you might enjoy it, but put simply, they altered their original sound far too much in an attempt to make it better, which in my opinion didn't work.

As it stands it was by far one of the best nights I've had, and I highly recommend checking out Mono if you're into post rock. They just might become one of your favorites.

I don't quite feel like getting into any of the problems I have right now, so I will save that for a later post, since right now, I still don't feel like I can express them well enough for any of you to get a clear picture of what's going on. That's back to my number one problem. My mind thinking so fast I can't keep up. I'm getting better at it, but I am still not quite there... unfortunately.

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Watch out for mountain lions

Oh that Kim.... Shes oh so pretty, but not very bright. When did they start showing reruns of 24 on the weekend? As if the four consecutive hours they have every Monday on A&E arent enough. Although I dont know if they're still dong that since the regular season is over.

Speaking of weird shit... I have been meaning to make a post about the Flaming Lips show I went to recently. I dont feel like doing a full review so I'll try to summarize the best I can. The Flaming Lips: Awesome; The other bands: not so awesome. Perhaps I should explain a bit. A few of the FOUR other acts were decent. The crazy reggae band had some catchy songs. I dont think Id buy an album though. The rest of were your standard emo fare; which was a bit surprising to see in a show with The Flaming Lips. Although I guess any band would be out of place with them. The best thing about the show, besides the Lips of course, was the venue. Open Air is such a great place for a show. You can see everything from any seat. More important than that though, was the sound. The sound was amazing. You could actually hear every instrument being played. One thing I hate about shows is that sometimes some instruments are drowned completely out by others. Emo bands are notorious for this, since the general strategy is 'louder and faster.' We Are Scientists was probably the biggest offender in that respect. However, I could still hear the bass player over the excessively loud guitar. The music might have been mediocre, but at least I could hear it all.

By the way... Race For the Prize is the best live song ever. Thats all I have to say about that. I think I will be going back next year regardless of who is playing. Its sponsored by a local radio station I like so I have faith that they will get a good act for next year. Besides, $30 for five bands is a pretty good deal.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Hellooooooo

So I am back for the summer and I am busy as all hell! I am determined however to hang out and see tons of shows (like I told you). So let me know when you are around and kickin it. I'll try to do the same.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

All right! I finally remembered my username for this site. Every time I re-format my computer I end up having a hard time getting back on this site because I always forget my username. Perhaps I should disable the auto-login feature. Oh well. The important thing is I remembered.

So, another semester of college is behind me. Another semester of being undecided. But, I couldnt care less about that right now. My good friend alcohol made sure of that. Im just glad its over with. Whatever my grades are, I can worry about them later. Besides, I've got more exciting things to look forward to. The Flamings Lips are playing next week. On Tuesday I will actually be able to buy alcohol for myself. And I'll finally be able to stay here in San Diego for the summer. Ive always wondered what it would be like to live here without an obligation to go to school. I'd have a much better time living here without the added stress.

Anyway, I'll stop before I make a fool of myself. I cant think well enough to write right now. But I wont let our many readers down. More posts to come soon. Just give me some time to sober up.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

WHAM!!!!

So if ya'll didn't know, I turned 21 on the 1st of this month. My sister's birthday was the tenth. So we're clelbrating now. Getting drunk with Family, beats the pants off of anything before it. Especially if it's at your own home.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

The Week of Hell

Wow. I'm finally sitting down to write this. i've been thinking about this for months, and this past week finally culminated in it all. If you didn't know, I work in an italian restaraunt. I mentioned some blogs I found about the restaraunt business, that really put into perspective what it's like. It's now my turn to try my hand at this. I signed on to the resteraunt as a busboy. This past week though, I did enough serving too. The last time I wrote, I was worried about settling in with the resteraunt owners. I was nervous and jittery, and I didn't think they really liked me. I know they do now though. Here follows though a rant about my last week. The type of people I hate. What you should avoid doing in a resteraunt, otherwise you look like an ass. I need to make it known as well, that the majority of rants come when we're nearly full capacity, with me and two waitresses. Which is monday through thursday.

1) as part of the busboy dealy, I am also the host. It's my job to sit people, and make sure they get their water first off. If you walk in with a party of two, I'm going to try my best to sit you at a table of two. Especially if it's busy. Look around. Is it busy? If it is, please sit where I seat you. yes, we have corners. Little private places that are perfect for couples. It doesn't mean if I sit you there, you will be ignored. I tell the waitresses where you are at. I'll check in from time to time, to take down plates that are in the way, and see if everything is ok. NEVER EVER, sit down at a table that you like better, because you think that you can play me by making me think you "thought" I was leading you to that table. I would NOT seat a 2-top at a 4-top if we're busy. Even WORSE, NEVER CHANGE SEATS WITHOUT TELLING US.

worse comes to worst, just ASK if you can be seated elsewhere. Then I'll take the best steps to make sure you're comfortable, and we are comfortable as well.

2) Don't order from the person that sits you. They're most likely the host. If you're in a hurry, let the host know. I'll make sure to get the waitress out to you as fast as possible. It's only gonna slow us down if you give me an order, that I can't write down because it's not my job. Then I try and remember it, probably get it wrong, and the waitress will just come back to confirm it. Pissing you off in the process.

3) look at our hours. Please try and hurry if we're a half an hour away from closing. Don't take your sweet time drinking and talking. If you want to do that, come in earlier. Go out to dinner, BEFORE the movie.

4) This isn't a rant, but just a courtesy. Try and gether up all you've finished. Put plates on top of each other, let me know if you don't want any more refills on your drinks. I don't want to carry four full waters plus you plates to the back. That shit gets heavy.

5) Please don't leave a shit tip. If you've seen Resevoir Dogs, I used to believe in that whole "Don't tip just because society deems it necessary." Seriously. If you KNEW the work we do, you would leave a tip no matter what. and always 15%.

6) Don't act like you KNOW the owners. Yes, our owners love talking to their customers, and I haven't had a problem with anyone saying "I know the owner!!! treat me better!!!!" #1 because I do a good job, and #2 because you don't know them as well as I do. He may have talked to you, got you something one the house, but that's to make sure you come back, and he likes you. This doesn't mean you "know" him.

I'm out. I'll come back with more as it comes.