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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
NYC
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.

-maris

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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?: Gaming Products
March 31, 2009, 3:46 pm
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Hello, Johnny Ketchum here, you know, the “Fuck You” guy. I’m here for another update with a new category called “What the Hell?”. It will be about different subjects each week. So now let’s get to this weeks blog.

Gaming Products
I’m talking about stupid stuff people just don’t need but we’ve gotta have. Sometimes it’s something nice like a video game collectors edition, these usually are really awesome but pricey. We’ll spend whatever amount of money we have just to get it, like “Bully” for instance, the collectors edition of this game came with an over case that resembled a locker, inside contained the game and a blue “Bully” dodgeball. Or what about “Halo 3”? that game came in a case resembling the main character Master Chief’s helmet. Wow, $124.99, who would pay that? I also feel like it was more than that before the actual release of the game, oh and I’m mistaken, it’s LEGENDARY EDITION, sorry.

Here’s some other dumb accessories no one needs.


Punch-Out Amazon.com Exclusive Heavyweight Contender Kit:
Now, I have a couple complaints about this: it’s misleading, it’s forty dollars, and it’s useless. I’m so against this simply because, it’s not useful, it’s stupid to spend money on, and it’s just retarded! let’s take a look at the details for a second.

Product Features
King Hippo Crown Replica
King Hippo Desktop Punching Bag
King Hippo Boxer Shorts (Size: Large)
Doc Louis Remedy Chocolate Bar
Kit does not include Punch-Out!! the game. Game sold separately.

…What? Are you kidding me? I get all this useless shit I don’t need and I don’t even get the game..What kind of crack whores shit product is that? Honestly I just don’t understand why ANYONE would want that and why would you categorize it as a video game if it doesn’t come with the actual video game!! It’s just too stupid to go on.


A Resident Evil Zippo Lighter

This lighter is kinda cool, I’d buy it, if it weren’t being shipped from Japan and it wasn’t $124.00.

I can go on about the Nerf Gun game for the Wii and the Wii Sports Sport Controls product that is literally just plastic to make you feel like you actually are playing the sport…It’s stupid, and even in the 80s and 90s game consoles were plagued with useless products from the companies and third party companies alike. It will never end and we’ll always be suckers. I’ll just have to get used to it.

The End.

The pictures I got for this post were from Kotaku.com which is an awesome site for gaming news if you are interested.



mr. elvrum
March 30, 2009, 12:02 am
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the elv.

the elv.

Tonight I organized my music, or attempted to. my computer is going to explode, literally. Like every two seconds I get a pop up that’s like “Start up disc full. start saving your shit”. it’s terrifying really. and annoying. So I went through and tried to delete all duplicates in my itunes. This was hard because full discographies often have the duplicate songs on multiple records and I don’t want to mess up a discography. It was a very tedious process to say the least, and I got fed up when I got to T and just gave up.

Mr. Elvrum didn’t make this task any easier, i mean the album “window” is like all songs named window. Luckily all of my music made it out alive and in the process I listened to the microphones and other great phil elvrum incarnations. I love the elv, and feel so much love for him right now that I am dedicating this blog to him.

here are some of my favies

The Microphones-Florida Beach
I love the beach boys part.
The Microphones-Monsters
This song always makes me laugh. I think it’s silly.
Mount Eerie-Moon Sequel
This is probably my favorite Mount Eerie song. it’s eem, so ofcourse I love it. but really, it’s a really good song.
Mount Eerie-Voice in Headphones
This is an earlier version then the one with julie doiron on “Lost Wisdom”. For some reason I like it more, it’s slower. Both are really pretty and good though.
Mount Eerie, Julie Doiron and Fred Squire-What?
It was hard to pick a favorite off “Lost Wisdom”, but I really like this song.

Enjoy!

-marissa



Hey, Fuck you too(two)!
March 29, 2009, 2:02 pm
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Okay we’re back again with another fuck you countdown. I don’t want to waste anyone’s time and so I’m going just get down to the countdown of fucks.

05. Jonah Hill: Jonah Hill, you are very annoying and all your characters seem like they are just you, a dick. Have you seen the video of you going off on Edgar Wright? that guy is a genius for just proving how much of an asshole you actually are! Fake or not you’re still a dick and I just don’t like you, fuck you. Oh and also fuck you for wearing a Daniel Johnston shirt, you bitch.

04. Jack Thompson: How many things can I really say about this man that hasn’t already been said? He’s the whole reason we still blame video games for school violence, because some how a fps (first person shooter) teaches you how to become a trained assassin. Don’t get it, fuck you.

03. James Carville: You look like a lizard and you’re just ugly, fuck you hillary lover.

02. Kanye West: No, you’re not the greatest rapper of all time, fuck you.

01. Capcom: If you know me, you know how much I love video games and how much I love Capcom, but the thing is, I really don’t love Capcom. I like companies that were a part of Capcom, like Clover, who made games like “Viewtiful Joe”, “God Hand”, and “Okami”. These are some of the greatest games ever because of their art direction and unique stylish gameplay. They were created by Atsushi Inaba, the man created greats for Capcom like “Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney”.

Capcom did the worst thing they could ever do, they scrapped Clover Studios and got rid of a lot of prominent players, including the man who directed “Resident Evil 2”, Hideki Kamiya. Before “Resident Evil 4”, this was the most talked about game in the series. He also created “Devil May Cry”. God just with this fact alone I can go on and on about these guys and who they were and what they did for Capcom, and how Capcom fucked up, bad. Fuck you Capcom.

Here’s the rest of the roster of Platinum Games which was Seeds and before that Clover Studio:
Shigenori Nishikawa: Dino Crisis 2 (PSX), Resident Evil (GC), Resident Evil 4 (GC)
Shinji Mikami: Resident Evil (PSX/GC), Resident Evil 4 (GC), God Hand (PS2)
Yusuke Hashimoto: Resident Evil 3 (PSX), Devil May Cry (PS2), Resident Evil (GC), Resident Evil 4 (GC), God Hand (PS2)

Okay, I’m sorry, but I have to bitch a little more. Not only did they get rid of FOUR prominent players in the entire Resident Evil Series, they got rid of every director and producer for their Resident Evil Series. And now I’m realizing why Resident Evil 5 is so lackluster. They took what these men made and just pooped it out again. Double Fuck You Capcom! and look into Clover Studios and Platinum Games, they did great work.

-johnny



Kidney Infection Day 6…Angry at Conor Oberst
March 24, 2009, 6:22 pm
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A nice cover for an album, I suppose.

A nice cover for an album, I suppose.

I saw the cover to the new Conor Oberst album last night. I think it’s okay. Johnny and I were talking about how we like when bands have a mystique surrounding their albums. I think Conor has lost that, most definitley. What I mean is some interconnectedness between the E.P.s surrounding it, the lyrics, the imagery and the album art.

Like when Lifted came out, there was this whole feeling about the album. I can’t really explain it, but it was there, or at least it was for me. “There’s no beginning to the story EP” came out soon before lifted. The title of the EP itself gave way to Lifted, the first lyrics of “Method Acting” are “There’s no beginning to the story”. The word “lifted” is first used on the EP at the end of “We are free men.” And the beginning of “Loose Leaves” is “the story is in the soil” ( part of the full name of the LP). Even the artwork is fluid with Lifted, and the video for “Bowl of Oranges” follows this certain feeling too. I guess I feel like that’s missing now. It’s just a bunch of songs thrown on a record. No real purpose, whereas with an album like lifted it was like everything about the release had some purpose.

Clearly, that’s not my biggest gripe about Conor’s new music. My biggest gripe is that it sucks. It’s all the same. It’s just shitty alt-country with generic lyrics. I find myself not even wanting to buy “Outer South”, although ofcourse I will. I have no expectations though. And for me it’s sad, because when I was younger albums like “Lifted” or “I’m Wide Awake It’s Morning” were the best records ever. Not to mention that I loved “Everyday and Everynight EP” and “Fevers and Mirrors” because I was an eem 15 year old. When I was in high school no musician was as good, as interesting or related as much to me as bright eyes. Obviously, that had to blow over, I wasn’t going to stay eem forever. And it’s hard for someone to keep producing good records. But I thought that maybe it could grow with me. I don’t know, I guess it’s lame that I’m so sad about this. But it’s hard to see you’re childhood heros become total tools, even if that’s what they really were the whole time.

So anyway, my kidney infection and benadryl use had me asleep until five. way to go self. in between thinking about doing the hollywood juice diet and blowing my nose, I came across a Bright Eyes cover of “Papa was a rodeo”. I just can’t get into condor’s version at all. I really like the magnetic fields version. ugh. It seems like a song conor might be able to do, but I just don’t like it all.

This cover came on that awesome package called like 20 years of Merge! or something. If you guys don’t remember, this was that amazing thing that merge was selling during christmas time where you got like a million albums in the mail and album artwork books and other awesome things. It was like $200 : ( . Anyway, this is Oberst’s tribute to the magnetic fields.

Bright Eyes-Papa Was a Rodeo



fuck you. an update.
March 20, 2009, 4:10 am
Filed under: listy-poo, rant


10. Regis Philbin: You dirty son of a bitch, I could never explain why I hate you so much, it’s just something that is a problem with me but not so much anyone else..You just seem like a smug little bitch, fuck you.


09. Kanye West: You sir, are a bitch. Fuck you.


08. Halo: Fuck you and your fans! Typed in Halo and boobs came up.


07. Gramers: Also known as “bro’s who play video games and consider themselves gamers because they play Halo and Madden games”


06. Cloverfield: I had really high hopes for you, REALLY HIGH. It hurt when you let me down like that. and I’ll never forgive you, fuck you.


05. Bill Gates: I just flat out hate you and microsoft, sorry bitch. Too bad I’m too poor and built my own PC rather than getting a mac…Oh well you run like a girl, fuck you.


04. MSTRKRFT: your music is pathetic you guys no longer seem to have talent, your fans are douchebags and you’re not too great yourselves, fuck you.


03. Zac Efron: I’m sorry, Marissa. I love you, but I hate Zac Efron and I’ve explained why I really have no need but beside the fact that Zac Efron is rumored to play Light Yagami in a western remake of Death Note…Fuck you.


02. Tim Allen: You are just dumb. Fuck you.


01. Paul W.S. Anderson: You are a worthless piece of shit on the movie world, not to mention the movie world but the gaming world too! Your game to movie adaptions are HORRIBLE, do you honestly have no talent? Is it that hard to just, work a little harder on the movie? You suck, your movies suck, and I just don’t like you sir, fuck you.

this concludes my first fuck you post.
-johnny ketchum

originally posted on 3.17.2009