December is upon us, friends! And you know what that means!!!
Unabashed materialism and gift-giving! America!
I’ve already got the gift for my Mah, Brah, and a few choice others picked out, but i’m sure they’re having a hard time figuring out what to buy me.
Let me make it easy for you.
Without further ado, The 2011 Christmas List!!!
The 12-inch. Not the Buckaroo. Not the Kangaroo. The Walnut. From Nokona. What’s more American than that?
2. The Toshiba Canvio 3.0 500GB External Hard Drive
Because 8MB images from the Nikon are rapidly eating my MacBook’s drive.
3. This Rotation
Wilson, Garza, Darvish, Feliz, Harrison, Holland.
Pick your Favorite Five.
4. Portal 2
Because I am both intelligent and intrigued by puzzles.
Ready for your close-up?
That’s all I have for right now.
I have been on a MAD soul music kick lately, and my Sam Cooke station on Pandora is feeding my fire.
The Dynamic Duo, A.K.A. Sam & Dave, were known for their sweaty, energetic onstage performances and their earth-shatteringly incredible soul swag. They had most of their hits in the late 60’s, and used to open for Otis Redding and other superstars of the genre. Legends say that when Sam & Dave were onstage, Otis Redding would be backstage shitting his pants, worrying that he wouldn’t be able to top Sam & Dave. They were that good.
Their 1967 hit “Soul Man” was famously covered by The Blues Brothers, but perhaps less famous is the fact that the entire existence of The Blues Brothers is a direct homage to Sam & Dave, especially their onstage act.
In summation: Sam & Dave go hard.
Also: This is a timely SotD, because today i’ll be heading into the Corpus Christi area to see my peeps. Hold on! I’m comin’!
I want this to be me in 5-7 years. But, with more hair.
Thanks to Sean & Matt for this one.
For my weekend in DFW, I used my American Airlines miles to reserve a rental car, specifically a Cadillac CTS. But when I arrived at the AVIS Preferred Desk, I was notified that they didn’t have anymore Cadillacs. My response?
“Do you have any Camaros?”
It was a fun weekend.
Seeing that it’s 11/11/11, I should probably post something about it being Veterans Day, or even Nigel Tunfel Day, right? Wrong. Today is Birdy Day.
Birdy, otherwise known as Jasmine Van den Bogarde, is a 15-year-old (yes, 15) British songbird who was originally discovered when she won the Open Mic UK competition when she was 12. What the hell were YOU doing when you were 12?
Anyways, her first album is now out, and it’s filled with cover songs by original artists like The National, Phoenix, The XX, and of course, Bon Iver. I tried to buy the whole album last night from iTunes, but it’s only on sale in the UK Store right now. Psh.
Prepare to have your mind ripped in half. It may have been the red wine, but the first time I heard this, I almost cried.
Go ahead and throw this one on the Fullscreen.
You may notice that it’s a lil blurry in this embed, but if you click on the “HD” button in the embedded player, you can watch it in full-fledged HD crispness on Vimeo. It’s rather gorgeous at times.
Shot on a Nikon D3100 in NYC, October 28th, 29th, and 30th of 2011. We stayed at the DoubleTree Times Square on the 28th and the Millennium Hilton on the 29th. Thanks to Nevin, Clay, Frank, Alicia, and Jay (Sean).
Last year, I participated in No-Shave November, and made an epic film about my quest.
At the end of the video, it is stated that the beard will be back, and by God, it’s true.
I’d like to announce that, as of tomorrow morning, I will be participating in