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Hey 2010
December 6, 2010, 3:32 pm
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The year’s just about over and we’re back! I know that we suck at updating. But now that we don’t have much going on, we should be better. It’s been a pretty crazy year. Here are the nuts and bolts so that way everyone knows everything about our super exciting lives.

Marissa graduating and then being unemployed
I graduated this time last year and didn’t work for quite a while. It was cool though, I just took a lot of baths, listening to a lot Joanna Newsom, did pilates, exercised and did freelance work. It was pretty cool.
Owen Pallett Concert at the Larimer Lounge
Best show we went to this year by far.
The move back home in August
After not being able to support myself in Boulder anymore, we were forced to move back to Pueblo until I found something.
Concert for Equality with Desaparecidos at the beginning of August
Just like we were 16 again, we went to Omaha to see Desaparecidos. I never thought I’d get the chance to see them. We both loved them! We had to go. And it was super fun. One highlight was seeing Neva Dinova’s Jake Bellows the night before the big show. All around we had a fabulous time.
Field Organizing for the Democratic Party
I got a job right when we came back from Omaha as a field organizer with the Democratic Party working for Congressman John Salazar and Senator Michael Bennet. It was crazy. 90 hours per week. No days off. But it was one the coolest work experiences I’ve ever had. Plus, Johnny got a job as a paid canvasser, so we got to work together sometimes! We worked day and night from August through November. Unfortunately, Rep. Salazar lost. Sen. Bennet, however, beat the tea party and kept Colorado Blue.
FYF in LA at the beginning of September
Our one break from campaign life was our four day trip to LA to see our friends and go to Fuck Yeah Fest. FYF was a shit show in that it was the most poorly organized festival ever. We saw Wavves, Best Coast, School of Seven Bells, Titus Andronicus, The Growlers and mostly stood in lines. We idiotically didn’t see Warpaint and really regret it now.
Best Coast November 3rd
The day after E-day we chilled at Best Coast at the Bluebird.
Tim and Eric sometime in November
We celebrated Chrimbus with Tim and Eric
I went to visit my best friends Chris and Sarah in NYC, while there we saw Sufjan Stevens at the Beacon. I also bought a ton of clothes because I felt rich because of just having a job.
Johnny’s Blog!
Johnny’s been blogging pretty regularly on his own blog about videogames! He’s done lot of countdowns and other cool stuff. Check it out here

So that’s about it for 2010. It’s been a pretty sweet year. Hopefully 2011 will be cool too. Anyway, expect some end of the year lists, most likely a review of the Weezer show we’re going to this weekend and some other kind of cool things. We are back- for real this time.



american idol story
December 10, 2009, 2:20 pm
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Marissa Malouff for the Daily Camera
American Idol Auditions

Locals looking to become the next Carrie Underwood, may have their chance. American Idol is bringing auditions for the show to our backyard, at Invesco Field in Denver on Tuesday, July 14.
The auditions are known to bring thousands of people from all over the region and at least four singers from the Boulder area are participating. A good performance could land them a spot on Season 9 of American Idol.
They’ve also held auditions for next season in Dallas, Los Angeles and Boston. After Denver they’re headed to Chicago, Orlando and Atlanta. The auditions came to Denver once before, in 2005. Ace Young was one of many at the Denver auditions in 2005. Young, a Boulder native, made it to seventh place in the fifth season of American Idol in 2006.
Many, however, do not meet the same fate as Young, as there are two grueling rounds before you get a glimpse of the television judges. First, there is registration. Waiting in line for registration can take all day. Registration for the Denver audition begins on Saturday, July 12.
On the day of the audition, contestants wait in line again to sing in front of producers with two other contestants. Each sing a 15 second piece with no accompaniment. A majority of contestants eliminated in this round. This may seem chaotic, but according to 2005 Denver audition attendee Nicole Walker, it’s not.
Walker said, “It was a little overwhelming, but I was really surprised it was really well organized.”
Producers will also do the second round of judging, however, the setting is more intimate and with a lot less people. Typically, it is a few days after the first audition.
The third round of judging is in front of the four famous judges, Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardi. Typically, this round only has about 100 to 200 hopefuls per audition city.
The last round, before making it big time on the popular show, is the Hollywood round. All of the contestants from across the country rehearse and compete for a week in Hollywood, CA. After this round, those deemed able to become the next Idol, make it to the show.
While odds aren’t necessarily in their favor, Boulder hopefuls have been working hard to try and make it all the way, practicing, taking vocal lessons, and singing in front of everyone they know. So Simon Cowell be prepared, Boulder is heading your way.

A little bit about some Boulder American Idol hopefuls

Kari Han
Han is a 27-year-old, stay at home mother of two. This is her first time auditioning, and because American Idol only allows people between ages 16-28 to try out, it’s her last chance.

When did she start singing- According to Han, she’s has been singing since she could talk.
Musical Background- Han can read music and can play the piano. She has always loved to sing and performed in musical theater while growing up. She also has a background as a dancer. Her parents were very supportive of her artistic side and put her in theater and dance lessons. Han hopes to be the same way with her kids, and says that she already sees musical potential in her one-year-old daughter. “I swear she keeps a rhythm,” Han said.
How long has she watched American Idol- She has watched the last six seasons.
Favorite Idol Contestant- Allison Ihareta, Ace Young because he was from Boulder and Blake Lewis
Songs She will be performing- “At Last” made famous Etta James and “He’s a Tramp” from Lady and the Tramp.
Musical Inspiration- She loves Britney Spears, despite thinking that she doesn’t have a great voice. Han said, “She embraces that she’s a pop star and a pop tart, I think that’s pretty cool.”
If she won American Idol- She’d want to travel as much as she could, as long as she could bring her kids with her. According to Han, being away from her kids for too long would be a deal breaker.

Nicole Walker
Nicole Walker is a 23-year-old vocal instructor and session vocalist. Walker auditioned for American Idol in 2005.

When did she start singing- She’s sung since she was able to talk. She said, “You can ask my parents, I was always running around the house singing and they’d want me to shut up and I wouldn’t”.
Musical Background- Walker is vocal instructor and a session vocalist. She graduated with a degree in music theory and harmony from the Berkeley School of Music. In high school, Walker was in musicals and in choir all four years. She lettered in Choir.
How long she has watched Idol- She has been a fan of the TV show since its debut.
Favorite Idol Contestant- Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson.
Songs she will be performing- “I Told You So” by Carrie Underwood and she is considering singing a song by The Wreckers. She is primarily a country singer . She wanted to choose a song that best showcases her vocal ability.
Musical Inspiration- Walker loves Carrie Underwood.
What she would do if she won American Idol- She just wants a successful music career, being able to sing and make a living doing so. If she doesn’t make it she will keep pursuing her dreams of a musical career.

Courtney Brown
Courtney Brown is a 16-year-old student at Frederick’s High School. She has never tried out for American Idol before.
has been her passion since she was a little girl.
Musical Background- Brown is in choir and drum line at her high school. She knows how to play the snare drum. She’s been in choirs since she was a child. She traveled with the Longmont Children’s Choral to New York City and performed at Carnegie Hall. Her high school choir performed at the Colorado Springs Cavalcade. For two years she was in Frederick Idol, her high school’s version of American Idol, and placed second both years.
How long has she watched Idol- The past two seasons.
Her Favorite Contestant- Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson.
Songs she will be performing- “At Last” made famous by Etta James, “Rehab” by Amy Winehouse and “Respect” by Aretha Franklin
Musical Inspiration- Beyonce Knowles, Christina Aguilera and the music of composer Andrew Lloyd Webber.
If she won American Idol- Brown would be a soul singer if she won Idol. She said, “I want to make people happy with my voice”.

Philip Rubinstein
Philip Rubinstein is a 21-year-old going into his fourth year at CU. He has a double major in philosophy and vocal music. He is in the a capella group Mile 21. He has never auditioned for American Idol.

When did he start singing- In fourth grade he was in his first choir.
Musical Background- Since elementary school, Rubinstein has always been in choirs. In high school he started his own barbershop quartet, and he joined Mile 21 his freshmen year at CU. He also knows the piano and the trumpet, and is learning how to play the harmonica. He composes his own music as well.
How long has he watched Idol- He’s watched every season, but primarily waits to watch until it gets down to the top ten.
His favorite contestant- Carrie Underwood
Songs he’ll be performing- “The Remedy” by Jason Mraz and “Second Chance” by Shine Down.
Musical Inspiration- Rubinstein’s musical inspiration is his late grandfather and one of his musical directors.
His grandfather worked as a musician, teaching and performing shows, to support his family. He played 9 different instruments. Rubinstein said, “My earliest memories are of him and me sitting at the piano.”
Jeff Hulf, one of his musical directors, said to Rubinstein something that has stayed with him since. According to Rubinstein, his director said, “Sometimes there are things in life that words cannot describe, and that’s where music comes in.”
If he won American Idol- Rubinstein is not basing his life on winning American Idol, but if he did win, he would make a few records and enjoy the moment. He said, “I’m doing this for the experience more than for the glory.”

Wet Pizza
December 10, 2009, 2:10 pm
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By Marissa Malouff
-This is a story I did for the Colorado Daily.

Gabe Stoll has never liked being told what to do, in fact, he notes this as the characteristic that led him to start local art endeavor Wet Pizza.
“I’ve been an angsty kid for years now,” Stoll said.
Wet Pizza is Stoll’s DIY entertainment company- and is the essence of Stoll’s independence. He handles business for local bands that he likes by setting up shows for them and releasing their music on a series of compilations.
“Business ruins art,” Stoll said, “by controlling the business aspect you’re controlling the artistic aspect too, and your integrity.”
According to Stoll, who has his own electronic act Mystic Bummer, it’s not that he’s against record labels; he’s just for the artist having their own work in their own hands, with no one to control or contort it.
Stoll and friend, Douglas Hawkison, created Wet Pizza three years ago. Frustrated with the art and music scene in Boulder, they decided to spearhead something to help their friends’ bands as well as their own artistic projects.
“It was with the focus of it being the fringe of the art scene,” Stoll said.
It started as more of a joke, or drunken rambling, than a serious idea. Over time, it grew into something more real.
In the winter of 2006, Stoll released the first Wet Pizza compilation, comprised of tracks from his friends’ bands. Only 20 copies were made, all on CDRs, each with unique artwork.
After the first release, more musicians and bands wanted to get involved. For the second Wet Pizza compilation, Stoll had an open call for submissions. In the mean time, Stoll moved to Portland, Oregon where he made new contacts with musicians, and continued the Wet Pizza project there. While away, he still worked with his friends in Boulder to promote their music.
In the fall of 2008, Stoll moved back to Boulder. Since then, Wet Pizza has expanded. He released 100 copies of the third Wet Pizza compilation in the spring of 2009, mostly consisting of local bands and bands he liked from the West Coast. According to Stoll, Wet Pizza now hosts one or two shows a week at house venues, bars, and clubs in Boulder and Denver. Each venue, according to Stoll, offers its’ own experience and helps expand their audience.
The music Wet Pizza represents is diverse, ranging from metal, to punk rock, to experimental electronica. Currently, Stoll is pushing The Gucci Boiz, a local punk band, DLZN, an electronic act, and Denver’s acclaimed Pictureplane. The diversity of Wet Pizza music makes for a unique audience each night.
“The audience is a mixed bag,” Stoll said, “and then there are people that support wet pizza through and through with every variation of Wet Pizza.”
Stoll himself has diverse taste in music. He cites his biggest influences as Dr. Dre, Slayer, DJ Funk, Kid 606 and “anything else that inspires.”
Since he was 11, he’s played music. He first picked up the bass, and quickly picked up guitar, drums and learned how to use a drum machine. He admits that his inspiration to pick up an instrument was early Metallica.
Stoll’s been in bands since he was a teenager, playing everything from garage rock to stoner metal, to the electronica that he plays now as Mystic Bummer. His first real band, however, was Hoochie and the first show he played was when they opened for Mojo Nixon at Tulagi in 1999.
Stoll recalls the late 1990s as a better time for art in Boulder, when Tulagi was open. According to him, Boulder has become a harder place to find shows for struggling local musicians that do not fit in with the popular idea of Boulder music.
“There’s not enough support for good artists in this community.” Stoll said.
Stoll, however, remains optimistic. With shows rolling in at local bars like Catacombs and the Sundown Saloon- Boulder is becoming more receptive by the day. This Saturday at Club 156, Stoll’s project Mystic Bummer will be performing with Sewn Leather and Pictureplane.
“Boulder’s always teetered on having a real music scene,” Stoll said, “like when garage rock was big here, or even the jam band stuff. There needs to be more action going on with everything. More walk–less talk.”

guess we’re back

It’s been a few months, sorry everyone. I’m sure no one minded too much. We’ve just been super busy, looking for apartments, starting new jobs, taking finals, doing summer school, adopting pets.

Here’s a list of everything of importance since we last posted
My Bloody Valentine show
Maria Taylor Show
Another Conor show
One Year Anniversary
Internship at the Daily Camera (marissa)
Job at Proactive (johnny)
adopted a dog
Michael Jackson Death, leading to 24 hour MJ listening all the time

I thought I’d keep it simple with this blog and talk about some things coming up that I’m really excited for.

Sonic Youth obviously. super excited for this show. duh.
Monster of Folk Album If you know me, you know I hated Outer South. This will hopefully be better. It’s a collaborative album with Conor, M. Ward and Jim James. I was lucky enough to see them all perform together at the Newport Folk Festival. blew my mind. this will be awesome
Vetiver Show hi dive
Casiotone hi dive
Off the Wall Dance Party we’ll probably go to this because we’re dorks
Monolith Festival excited for Of Montreal, Cymbals Eat Guitars, HEALTH, The Antlers, M. Ward and Deer Tick

What the Hell?: Video Game Movies

Well there is a lot to say here, I cannot explain how bad EVERY video game movie is, it wouldn’t be easy to adapt a movie out of some of the games that are movies. Games have over the top stories with horrible voice acting, it’s just the way games work, I feel like taking that silly dialogue and making it something taking itself way too seriously is a little crazy, it’s too hard! So I’m going to take a piece of your life to look at some of these movies hopefully it will kill a little bit of your childhood as it did mine.

Directed by Annabel Jankel and Rocky Morton in 1993

Directed by Annabel Jankel and Rocky Morton in 1993

Wow when I first saw this movie I thought it was brilliant, I was also six. Looking back now, what a terrible mess. I loved Bob Hoskins though and always thought he was great ever since “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” but this movie is just the worst possible thing that could happen to the gaming world, as far as I remember this is the first in a line of awful video game adapted movies. I could go on here about how bad this movie is but all you need to know is these few facts from it: Pre 9/11 destruction of the World Trade Center Towers, “Bob-Omb”, Dennis Hopper as King Koopa (and not Bowser), Princess Daisy but no Peach.

Moving on…

Directed by Steven E. de Souza in 1994

Directed by Steven E. de Souza in 1994

I loved this movie also as a kid it was awesome, but it never tricked me into thinking Jean Claud Van Damme was a good Guile. Terribly awful casting plagued this movie, I mean honestly, is there no shame in Hollywood? You can’t hire native american actors to play japanese or spanish characters and you can’t have Jean Claud Van Damme play an American, it doesn’t work out at all. I’m done with this movie it’s too dumb to even think about, ever.

Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson in 1995

Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson in 1995

Well this was it for me, this was my entire childhood, I loved this movie so much when I was a kid, my cousins and I used to always pretend we were the characters in the movie and I’d of course always end up Johnny Cage because of my name being Johnny. This movie for as many characters as they have is a total let down now, it’s boring, it doesn’t stand any test of time what so ever. How can you fuck up something that already has a story given to them, it’s a fighting tournament where death is pretty much your destiny if you lose the battle, really that’s all it had to be was a dumb action movie with substance not just all out fighting constantly then with the sequel annihilation just basically getting ready of every actor (except Liu Kang and Katana) although by the end of the first movie it is very clear that it’ll have a sequel, what the hell is that? Do you really make a movie thinking “oh we have a sequel planned but we need a new cast.” I really don’t get it and don’t care to goodbye.

Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson in 2002

Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson in 2002

When I heard this movie was coming out I was so excited I had it all planned out on when, where, and with who I’d be enjoying this movie with. At the time, it was good, I liked how it had some plot points of the game but also lead to another entirely different story that has now been adopted as a legit source of information in Umbrella Chronicles it helped that I was in love with Milla Jovovich knowing ahead of time that she was not actually a good actress but it didn’t matter, now the movie is just shit, I feel the series would be better off without these cysts being their just giving the series cancer. It’s really just too much when you hear someone (not naming the actor but will call him, dayday) named dayday running zombies over and screaming “Grand Theft Auto Motha’ Fucka”. Shit.

Directed by Christophe Gans in 2006

Directed by Christophe Gans in 2006

When this came out I had high hopes for it for some reason I thought it’d be good knowing the history of gaming movies, I wasn’t too disappointed I guess. It was a little ridiculous but really interesting to see all these characters come to life and the majority of them were actual puppeteers. People doing crazy odd ball shit is always freaky because you feel like the body doesn’t move that way. It was more gruesome than the actual game ever was (with the exception of The Room) it had a great storyline, because it stuck with the original just tweaked out. It’s stupid because the tweaks were odd and not at all needed so it was just weird and didn’t really need to happen. It could have been better, but is surely not the worst.

On other gaming movie adaptions I can’t say much. I’ve never taken the time to see Doom, Alone in the Dark, and Postal I can’t think of many others besides awful Bloodrayne which is basically a softcore porn but starring Billy Zane, Michael Madsen, and Kristanna Loken. Meatloaf also makes an appearance in that. I’ve also seen House of the Dead also by Uwe Boll or stuff like the Double Dragon movie that totally just destroys the series alone it’s stupid. I have nothing more to talk about these movies because they’ve just destroyed my childhood.

Johnny Ketchum

Fuck You Larry! (4)
April 17, 2009, 9:29 pm
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Today Marissa is going to help me out with the Fuck You post, I think this should be fun and we’ll have a good time just like 2 guyz. Let the experiment begin!!

07. Mall Cop Movies: We’ve had enough of you, what is the purpose of two coming out relatively close to each other what is the point of these movies are mall cops really that funny? I mean one, okay, but two? We’ve got problems, and I’m blaming you..Fuck you.

06. Cat Pee: We just dealt with the worst situation of stuff being peed on by Buster the cat, man just the scent alone is awful but to pick up a bag filled with cat pee, ah. Fuck you.

05. Tony Horton: You’re an extreme dick, that’s what you are you bastard who seems like he molests women on a daily basis. What kinda creep are you? I feel like you may be creepier than Tony Little, that’s saying a lot. The worst part is we’ll probably end up doing your stupid video tonight you wacky jacken fucker you, Believe it! Fuck you!

04. Annoying scene girls at Conor Shows: I’ve (johnny) only encountered this problem twice, the first time I saw Bright Eyes, and when I recently just saw Conor Oberst and The Mystic Valley Band, listen girls, it’s okay to love a band for their music, but when you’re at a show screaming how bad you want to fuck Conor, it’s a little ridiculous. Stop it, it’s not like he’s going to listen to you and be like “yeah I want to fuck that girl as much as she wants to fuck me” nah, never would happen And I’ve (marissa) dealt with this problem 18 times. Not only are these girls obnoxious and annoying, they also don’t even know the first thing about the band that they are flashing. The girls in front of us in line at Conor first thought that they were seeing Bright Eyes and secondly thought the name Bright Eyes came from an indian meaning. WTF? You got there 7 hours early and you don’t even know what band you’re seeing? Fuck you.

03. Coachella: you are at coachella, watching leonard cohen while I’m stuck in my house because of the blizzard, in my pajama’s watching people talk about sarah palin running again in 2012. It’s not fair. I don’t really hate you, I enjoyed you when I went in 2004 and 2005, but I’m jealous of everyone who got to go this year. so fuck you coachella, with your sunshine and good music. Fuck you.

02. Sarah Palin: You’re still around? Really? Do you not know how to leave? You’re like a fucking herp, what the fuck? Shut the fuck up already I can’t believe people still rally for you although everyone saw how much you really just do not know, you’re just a dumb slut who lucked out for a moment, fuck you wolf shooting bitch.

01. Tea Party Protest: What more can really be said about the idiocy that was the tea party protests? First of all, the entire point of the protest doesn’t make any sense. Not that most republicans understand history and facts are pretty much lost on them, but the entire purpose of the boston tea party was to fight taxation with out representation. you do recall the little election where you FAILED in november right? Plus, most of you assholes that wasted your time at the protest will have LOWER taxes under the Obama administration. What do you want to do now? Tea bag people in the face? I’d have to say that’s a lot worse than gay marriage, who in the world wants hot salty balls in their face? Not I, and not You. Sorry that this has strained out to something entirely different but really, and you FOX news, are you still tea bagging people? Really? What’s the point of this? On top of this who started calling this the “Tea Bagging Coverage?” It’s just disgusting. Fuck you.

Headlights at the Hi Dive 4.15.2009 + One of My Kind
April 16, 2009, 3:18 pm
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Headlights at the Hi Dive 4.15

aww headlights, youre too cute

aww headlights, you're too cute

Johnny, Sarah and I went to see Headlights last night at the Hi Dive. The show was pretty much what I expected, which meant it was pleasant and fun. Pleasant isn’t a very descriptive word, but I feel like it’s the appropriate word to describe Headlights’ music. I find anything with male and female vocals and and a certain amount of poppiness pleasant, but who doesn’t? “TV”, one of the band’s poppiest songs by far, was the encore and certainly the highlight of the show. With openers The Love Langauge on stage with them, the band killed the song and turned it into a straight up dance party. I do wish that they had played “Some Racing, Some Stopping” and “April 2”, but maybe next time.

Here is a low quality video of “TV” taken on Johnny’s phone.

One of My Kind

You're Still One of My Kind

You're Still One of My Kind

On another note, “One of My Kind”, the documetary about Conor Oberst and The Mystic Valley is now available for free download on It is suggested that you make a donation to the charity of your choice.

The documentary details how the band formed, recorded their two records and their worldwide tour in the fall of 2008. It really makes you understand the dynamic of the mystic valley band and at the same time makes you appreciate the democratic approach to songwriting that Conor is taking these days. The most touching and humanizing moment is when it shows the band watching the election results in their hotel room. Oberst, in cowboy pajama pants, sits like a little boy glued to the t.v. and gets teary (as we all did) during the President’s acceptance speech. Anyway, it once again, made me feel guilty about my scathing review of “Outer South”, but just because you like the band doesn’t mean you have to love each album, right?

If you are a fan at all I suggest watching it, I really enjoyed it. Plus, your’s truly makes a guest appearance. Haha, no really, watch out for me and my friends Sarah and Chris, we’re in it at about 21 minutes. To explain, we signed up volunteers for the Obama campaign at a Mystic Valley Band Show.

Watch it here!