Archive for August, 2008

Motor City Bad Boys

August 31, 2008

Melissa Ball had been telling me for a month that she had an MC Hammer shirt for me. I wasn’t sure what to expect and I kept forgetting about it, in between her reminding me she still had to give it to me, but I finally got it on Friday.

I was so excited when I saw that she’d actually gotten me an unauthorized Detroit Pistons shirt from 1990 after they’d won 2 championships in a row. I can remember kids having this shirt at my school back then. Same era as everyone having Bart Simpson “Don’t have a cow man” t-shirts. This is my new favorite!! Thanks Melissa!!!!!

Why Should The Devil Have All The Good Music?

August 29, 2008

I heard about this film Why Should The Devil Have All The Good Music? from Damien Rogers-Belitsky a few weeks ago that was directed by Vickie Hunter and Heather Whinna. Fun fact: Heather Whinna is Steve Albini’s girlfriend.

A lot of it was shot at Cornerstone Music Festival in 2000 towards the end of my time floating around that scene. There’s some familiar faces such as Dave Bazan from Pedro the Lion, Dan Smith from Danielson Family, Matt Switaj from the Blamed, along with people like Steve Albini, somebody from Punk Planet and a guy in Pansy Division. Interviews with Brandon Ebel and Doug Van Pelt would’ve been relevant since they were influential public figures in the scene, but overall it’s a pretty informed, unsensationalized and unbiased look at the community.

BTW, Switaj (they spelled his name wrong in the video) grew up in Michigan and is the same age as I am, and is so full of shit in this thing, saying he doesn’t own a single Christian music cd, and he thinks Christian music is a stupid concept. But while he was saying this was the frontman in a prominent Christian band, had been living at JPUSA for years, and helped run Cornerstone, one of the most high profile Christian rock festivals in the world. His wife’s father Glenn Kaiser helped invent and define the fucking genre with the Resurrection Band. He even had his own little label in the late 90’s that put out Christian bands like Johnny Respect and Spitfire. But he didn’t own a single Christian music cd.

I don’t want to act like my shit doesn’t stink, I just take such offense to him because he was such a self righteous prick in person, and was as fully immersed in the Christian Rock lifestyle as one could imagine in their wildest nightmare, and then simultaneously talks on camera like he has nothing to do with it and he’s above it. This stuff was all filmed 6 or 7 years ago so who knows if he’s still making his living as a christian con-man but FUCK THAT GUY. And you can tell him I said that.

I’d place it in the same category as Hell House or Jesus Camp, so if you’re into seeing how crazy Christians can be, or if you ever spent any time in this scene, this is a movie for you.


August 28, 2008

This girls videos are soooo weird, irritating and hilarious. Good work Sarah!

She’d be great in a tv commercial.

Congratulations Uncle Alan!

August 28, 2008

My Uncle Alan picked up an award at the 2008 Primetime Emmy Engineering Awards last Saturday. I’m not blood related to him so I didn’t get any of those genius engineering genes, but he and my dad’s younger sister Donna have beeen married longer than I’ve been alive so I think I can still brag about his accomplishments.

I’ve always pronounced their last name LAMB-SHED, but it just occured to me that it might be LAMBS-HEAD.

I wish my last name was ChickenHead or KangarooPouch, they have a better ring than McCready.

I found this bio of his on a speed dating site when I googled his name.

Five minutes please…just fiiiive minutes!

August 28, 2008

Every moment of this commercial is permanently embedded into my brain from my childhood.

I wish I could find the old car dealership commercial from that era that goes “Me and my dog want you to go to telegraph roooooad, riiiight noooowwww, get a good deallllll”. If anybody has a link for it, or a copy on VHS let me know!

Festival Ball 2008

August 27, 2008

Hey friends,

VICE Toronto is throwing our 2nd annual Festival Ball next Thursday. The Secret Surprise Special Guests are Crystal Castles.

RSVP to . We’re only doing +1’s so don’t ask for more, BUT you can submit more than one name. We’re expecting that if you RSVP, and show up close to when the doors open you’ll get in. Open bar all night.

Unless you already call me everyday, please don’t call me the day of the event asking for favors. I’m not running the list, I’m not running the event, I’m just showing up and getting drunk. If you have any questions or need more details do feel free to ask me over the next few days. This is going to be a really fun night so book Friday off work or be prepared to call in sick.

Share your drugs with me that night. (Just kidding! Drugs are for losers!)