Archive for February, 2013

Masked Intruder

Posted: February 27, 2013 in Music

Let me paint the picture.  STL Cardinals were in the playoffs October 15, 2012, Game 2 of the NLCS was on the TV and Teenage Bottlerocket was playing the Firebird that night.  Sad to say, the opening bands this night were not going to get the attention that they deserved from this guy.   By the end of the 4th inning the Cardinals were losing pretty badly so we head to the punk rock show, including Masked Intruder.  As a window into my soul, although I avoid being the dumb sports fan who gets violent or aggressive when his team is losing, when the Cardinals are in the playoffs I am on edge and suceptible to depression.  I know, I know, what can you do.   Maybe I am not that punk these days, but this was a totally new band to me.  So Masked Intruder comes out to do their set and I think I am the only one who is surprised that they are wearing brightly colored face-masks.  They also have a Roadie/mech-guy who is dressed in a cop uniform with shorts and a fanny pack.  He stands on the stage arms crossed and at times gets in the crowd.  I think “gimmick band” and begin to shift closer to the TV over the bar until Teenage Bottlerocket takes the stage.  They put on a good show, but if I am being honest I didn’t give them much of a chance.

Fast forward, my buddy B sees them again at Lemmons and says they were great and that I really need to listen to their self titled self-titled debut full length which was originally released in the summer of 2012 on Red Scare, and is slated for re-release on Fat Wreck Chords February 5, 2013.  Time lapses, I ignore this request.  More time lapses.  I read a tweet from Fat Mike that he hasn’t taken this out of his discman (doubtful Fat Mike, doubtful that you have a discman) for a long time.  B sees Masked Intruder in Chicago opening for Brendan Kelley and the Wandering Birds.  B continues to insist I listen to this album and gives me weirdly specific instructions to listen to songs 5 through 8 without interruption a few times and tells me that I will be “du-wopping” by the third time through.  B is right.  Album has great sound and is a great listen.

Word on the street is that Toby will be bringing Masked Intruder back to STL this summer on a Red Scare tour.  I will be there (and less judgey, sorry guys).    As of now, this is the song that I like the most.  B wins.


New Projects For New Daughter

Posted: February 22, 2013 in Art, etc.

Long time no post, eh.  In addition to welcoming a daughter earlier this year I have apparently become a Canadian.  I am surprised that there is any real traffic here after such a delay, but the interweb says that people are still getting here so I figured it was time to resurrect this blog and see if I have anything to share.  My daughter is pretty awesome (read as “pretty and awesome”), but I won’t be involving her too much on this blog as the internet is both awesome and terrifying when it comes to kiddos.    I could write for hours and hours about cool I think this little girl is at 7 weeks, and how crazy and great it is to be a dad, but I feel like that topic is pretty well covered and honestly don’t think I could hope to find the words to express those thoughts effectively.

What I have decided is that the arrival of this little bundle of awesome needs to spawn more art to be produced while I am spending more time in and around the house.  Not sure I want this little one to look back and say, that’s my dad, he shovels around piles of paper and gets paid every two weeks.  I want her to be creative and enjoy her life with art and music, so time for dad to be the change he wants when time allows.   This rededication to craftiness, art, creativity  started with building some shelves for her to have outward facing books in her room.  Buying these bad boys was going to be pricey or include a long drie to IKEA to buy spice racks that would work but would cost hundreds of dollars in gas.  Building them and installing them cost about $15 and a few hours max (mostly because I kept making the stain darker).  Here they blow, would have loved to do a step by step, but I am more excited about other things and will let this suffice (if anyone wants a how to just shoot me  a note:


Next thing was to finish a painting that I started and substantially completed with paint pens in 2005/2006.  I haven’t really painted with a brush since high school and sucked pretty bad at that back then, so I went a bought some cheap brushes and acrylic paint to figure out hos to use it again.  This is the before and after of the painting.  The pictures are reflective of my craptastic iphone camera and I am not sure I like the after more than the before, but gave this painting some new life and reminded me that painting is harder than drawing.



I want to make a set of drawings spelling out her name to hang in a nursery or somewhere else in the house.  I am trying to build in some themes of things that she would like (or that we think she may like, as she could end up liking totally different stuff and hating giraffes for instance).  This is the first installment in the letters, and as hinted, has a little giraffe theme included.  I tried colored pencils because my pen color selection is a bit limited, but am pretty happy with the results.  I will update with the other letters, as I am hopeful that they will look a little more crisp when framed and hung.


If you are this far down on the page, well, congratulations.  Your reward?  Some music.  This is currently my most traveled Lawrence Arms song, which they nicely created a video for.  Happy Friday, enjoy.