Throwing it back this week to the fathers of pop punk. Without these guys my life would be a lot different. I didn't pay them any attention while I was listening to blink, green day, weezer and NFG in my adolescence, but I have grown an appreciation for them now. Give this a listen on your Friday afternoon and I guarantee you can take on that 3pm wanna-take-a-nap Fever.
Record Store Day has come a long way from its start in 2008. I missed the first year but have proudly been participating and watching its progression (and Black Friday-eske lines grow) since 2009. This will be my first year celebrating music with strangers in a new city, Los Angeles. I am originally from Philadelphia but I look forward to meeting new friends, enthusiastically discussing releases of some of our favorite music...and quickly trying to get everything on my wish list before they do. I remember the year Jimmy Eat World put out their classic Bleed America on vinyl and getting the last copy right before the singer of Hawthorne Heights...what was he even doing there? Aren't they from Ohio? Anyway, it's a time for community, excitement and fun. I'm looking forward to seeing what this town has to offer. LA you have a lot to live up to against Repo Records in Philadelphia!
Top 5 Picks:
Creedence Clearwater Revival- The 1969 Singles
Mae- Destination: Beautiful
Skrillex- Recess (just cause it's on tape)
"Ew, what is that!" She yelled as I replied with "I don't know just pull it out!"
We don't know why but our dog loves to find anything in the trash with our scent on it...especially the most gross scents. Jamie and I had been out food shopping this past week leaving our dog, Piper, alone in the house. We try to put anything dangerous to her up high and throw away any trash in the proper receptacle...as anyone with common sense would. We even close the bathroom door when we leave so she can't get into the bin we have in there for all things gross.
Arriving home after food shopping we opened the door to a grotesque scene looking like piper had killed a small bird on our rug. "What the hell happened in here? Did she catch a mouse?" I state as I go in for a closer look. Turns out I was wrong, as I tend to be. This small bird happened to be a heavy flow tampon Piper found...flowed on...with a trail of tissue and q-tips leading from the bathroom. Wonderful. "Welp." Shrugging "Looks like we forgot to close the bathroom door." turning to Jamie who is mortified. Rightfully so. I couldn't help but notice...not all of the tampon was there. "Hey? Did she eat most of that tampon?" In the most respectful and inquisitive voice I could muster. She didn't know what to say and immediately ran to get paper towels to clean this mess up. Another afternoon here at Casa de Bates.
A day had past and we were worried if she did in fact eat the tampon some of it would hurt her or obstruct her intestines. I couldn't help but wonder "Isn't that it's job? To clog things up?" After another day had past and Piper was acting completely normal we thought we were in the clear. Nobody ever wants an expensive vet visit. We went to go see the sunset a few nights later and were greeted by our usual excited pup arriving home after. She jumped up and down on my leg and then went to greet Jamie. As Piper turned I noticed something unusual with her walk....and there was a white string hanging out of her. "Holy shit, Jamie please check out Piper's butt." Yes. It is what you think it is and thats the point of this whole thing. Jamie pulled a used tampon, let me rephrase that, her used tampon out of our dog. "Welp, Pipe. I guess were blood sisters now." She stated.
I love this woman.
I didn't go to school, I don't have a literature, journalism, or any other degree...or any piece of paper that qualifies me to write. But this is a blog. And most importantly my blog...so I can kinda do what I want. Like use words like "kinda" instead of "kind of." Please feel free to comment about how I misuse most words, punctuations, make ridiculous claims that can't be backed by any facts, curse to much, and can't spell.
That being said and now that we have the proper expectations set...
I am Matt, a guy who values honesty, family, and friendship. During my 26 years on this planet I have built a positive lifestyle by surrounding myself with the best people I could find. This will be a place where I write down ideas, share stories and thoughts, display music and films I have written with my friends. I am a guy who likes to journal and write...If you are down with that then this is the place for you. I don't like taking life too seriously and try to laugh and smile as much as possible.
I recently moved to Santa Monica to break out of my comfort zones and see what else the world has to offer. I love everyone at home in Philadelphia. They are my rock, support, and family. If all goes to hell I can make one call and have a safe place to stay there. Knowing that I wanted to take a shot and stand on my own two legs (3,000 miles away) to see what the hell I am capable of...plus the weather is nice here...Philadelphia is currently covered in 8 inches of snow.
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