the alkaline trio myspace transmissions

On January 23rd, Alkaline Trio posted a MySpace bulletin about an acoustic set that they recorded for MySpace Transmissions. The recording is currently free to download and stream from the the MySpace Transmissions site. They played a couple tracks from their latest album, Agony and Irony, and one tune from Good Mourning. The fourth song is a cover of a song by The Cure.

MySpace also has video of their performance along with interview footage.

Alkaline Trio
The MySpace Transmissions
Released January 2009

  1. Over and Out
  2. Love Love, Kiss Kiss
  3. Emma
  4. Cut Here (originally by The Cure)

the prodibase max

WP tells me this is the 1000th time the post-writing skeleton has been set up. A while has gone by, my friends.

[from a sticky note that has been sitting on my desk since its date, February 10th.]

2:37a 2/10/8
the prodibase max
250w video recording device from the
’70s that recorded onto hot dogs

From Tim Lindenschmidt’s World’s Longest Hot Dog | source: Wikipedia

I was up late one night, and Mare had fallen asleep but briefly woke up long enough to tell me about the prodibase max, a 250-watt video recording device from the ’70s that recorded onto hot dogs. 😀

the thrice and alkaline trio show at red 7 in austin texas

Due to the siren vocals of Rise Against’s Tim McIlrath getting strained, the band had to cancel their Austin and Houston dates on their tour to promote their new album Appeal To Reason. Interscope’s melodic hardcore puppets were unable to stop their tourmates (The Gaslight Anthem, Thrice, and Alkaline Trio) from giving their Austin fans the show that they deserved.

The original show with Rise Against as the headliner was supposed to take place at Austin Music Hall which has a capacity of up to 4,400 people. The last-minute show was moved to Red 7 which has a capacity of 500 people.

News spread around Austin the day before the show, so many fans of these bands had no idea of the change until it was too late. My brother informed me late into the night before the show. We made sure to show up to Red 7 earlier than usual. The doors opened at 6PM, and the show was scheduled to begin at 7PM. We arrived a little after 5PM, and the line had around started to wrap around the block. We finally ended up in the venue half past six.

I listened to The Gaslight Anthem on the inside stage from the outside area of Red 7. The band did not have much to offer except for cookie-cutter song-writing to a point where the songs practically sounded the same. They have a cool name but came off like one of those bands that Austin spits out a dime a dozen.

Next up was Thrice. They opened with Firebreather. They played Music Box, which was a pleasure to hear since I haven’t heard them play it in a while. They played a couple energized songs like Betrayal is a Symptom and Blood Clots and Black Holes.  When they said they were going to play song by the Beatles, I thought it’d be Eleanor Rigby, but to my surprise, they played a cover of Helter Skelter. They closed with The Earth Will Shake. They left off a bunch of their staples including but not limited to: Deadbolt, Red Sky, and The Artist and the Ambulance.

Dustin asked the audience if the flash photography could stop for a couple songs. (This guy doesn’t use flash when takes pics at shows.) Of course, the audience didn’t listen, and a star-struck d-bag in the audience had to click a few pics with flash.

Alkaline Trio closed off the show. It’s interesting how both bands use a variant of describing “3.” Their set was excellent. They opened with Cringe (surprisingly) followed by Calling All Skeletons. Somewhere in the middle they played Goodbye Forever and rolled it directly into Emma. They closed their set with Radio, which is what they do but they do it well.

The best part of that song is when they stop playing in the right place, and the energized chorus of the crowd chants, “I’ve got a big fat fû¢k!n6 bone to pick with you, my darling.” Pat Skiba’s (He announced to the crowd that’s his new band nickname.*) lyrics are genius. That line from Radio isn’t representative, but trust me on the statement I just made.

The sound engineer did not do a good job representing their sound, but they still played a solid set. The show was like a section of the show they played at the White Rabbit in San Antonio a couple years ago on their Occult Roots tour.

The crowd just didn’t seem to be into the overall show as I was expecting them to be. I noticed the vibes in the venue seemed a little off. The fact that it was planned last minute contributed to the strange crowd of die-hard fans and grapevine listeners. The vibes came off as some sort of secret show that not everyone who was planning on attending the original show with Tim & Co. would be able to attend this show. The potential energy was not going to completely convert into the kinetic energy from all of the fans that could have been at the show.

Tim needs to learn how to channel his energy to his voice better. He must have been consumed in the passion in his music when he finally did a number on his voice, but he should also realize that he’s a working professional in the industry and cancelling a couple big shows on the account that his moneymaker went out is bad news. The least they could have done was go on with show and play an acoustic set. Maybe it would not had gone over so well, but it couldn’t have been any worse than what they actually did in cancelling altogether.

I’m a much bigger fan of Thrice and Alkaline Trio, and they both have parts in many of their songs where they belt out in powerful screams. You can notice when Matt can’t do the loud cries sometimes, but the audience has his back. Dustin was given a gift in how he screams. Tim, ask Dustin what his secret is.

Rise Against let a bunch of their Texas fans down, but at least they apologized through their MySpace profile moderator. A personal apology on a MySpace blog or their official web site would have been the more professional action to take, but I guess Interscope is a bridge that controls them from truly reaching out to their fans with a personal touch other than their lyrics that have plateaued.

Anyway, it was great to see two of my most favorite bands play a show together in a cozy venue. I’m glad it was not completely cancelled, and I look forward to see Thrice and Alkaline Trio again next year.

*He was joking, of course.

the boy you hit pay dirt

I haven’t been writing much about my life in here lately, because it’s been pretty monotonous and unexciting for the most part.

K$, Mare and I watched The Onion Movie followed by The Love Guru tonight. Both comedies had a couple similar elements. The ones I noticed were the penis jokes galore and elephants.

I wrote this post back in May for a writing contest and recently got the news that I won. The prize is my choice of either a Wii, PS3 or 360. [email protected] Fanboy #1 is definitely going with the PS3. I also like the fact that the PS3 has a Blu-ray player and I think Life with Playstation is kind of neat:

I’m not much of a gamer, so the PS3 seems to have the bells and whistles that attract me more than the other two consoles.

This was coincidental with a comment I made yesterday to Mare about how I’ve been able to obtain things without exchanging money. My Altec Lansing 5.1 computer speaker system was given to me in exchange for designing a business card. The bed I sleep on was won by making a short video that advertised the mattress. Those are just a couple pricier items I own that I did not spend a dime on. I can look forward to adding a Playstation 3 to that family of belongings.

I am happy that I will own a Cell processor that will compute for the cause. The last gaming system I owned was the Nintendo 64 with my family.

DQ Blizzard by MC Chris has been stuck in my head for a while now:

the compliment of talking about questionable charms

Here are some quick highlights for each category to keep you in the loop.

life: wake up, go to work, go home, eat my one good meal for the weekday with Mare, stay up ’til it’s time to go to sleep, sleep, repeat until the weekend, then the weekend flies by in two days and the cycle begins again.

comics: (new this week on the reading list of Sig & Mare) Cable #6, Hulk #5, Wolverine: Killing Made Simple, Echo #5, The Amory Wars (volume 2) #3

computers: c0rey is back up and running. ASUS is giving me a bad time for not getting a tracking number for my RMA, so I purchased an ABIT mobo compatible with my Phenom and it’s performing better than ever minus the strange start/restart ritual it likes to go through when loading Ubuntu. k0rma & 1nertia are scheduled to move offsite which will either happen tomorrow or some time over the weekend. Diode has been upgraded with a Maxtor 750GB SATA II/300 internal hard drive with 32MB cache for a total of 1TB disk space. w00t!

DVDs: One of the August project is to back up K$’s collection.

food and recipes: I tried Dan’s Hamburgers for the first time a couple weeks ago, and they are so much better than Mighty Fine and cost so much less, too! Dan’s has made my Top 5 burgers in Austin. I’m still finalizing that list, but off the top of my head in no particular order: Dirty Martin’s, Burger Tex, The Crown and Anchor Pub, Bagpipes, and now Dan’s. Suggestions are welcome.

movies: The last one I saw in the theater was The Dark Knight at Alamo. Joe finished his short film, but I can’t indulge you with the details ’til after it’s official screening.

music: Delay the Inevitable (DxTxI) is an amazing band.

work: Same ol’ gig that pays the bills. I have a review and a raise pending, but I’ll believe it when I see it.

That’s what I have for now. I really want to update this more often, but we’ll see. Peace out.

the alkaline trio live in austin texas

I’m a little on the late side on posting these videos on here. Alkaline Trio played an amazing show at La Zona Rosa a couple Mondays ago. Here’s a few songs I managed to capture. I really wanted to get their second encore song, Radio, but my camera ran out of juice. Enjoy.

“Calling All Skeletons”

“Armageddon” [for b00g]

“Help Me”

I’m eager with anticipation for when they return to Austin in October with a couple other great bands at Austin Music Hall: Thrice and Rise Against. That will be my rock show of the year.