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The Captain Rocks The Ho Ho

Tonite is going to rock my face clean into my spleen; I’m heading down to the @peabodyoperaSTL to catch the final nite of the @1057thePoint Ho Ho Show.

 

 

I managed to score 3rd row seats for Silversun Pickups with Grouplove!  And none other than @aquanetter himself will be joining me.  There are few things better than rocking out with one of the old SMS crew.  We rocked super hard back then, as you can see in this #WaybackWednesday picture from 2001.

 

 

 

 

 

Most of the good shows I saw back then was usually with @aquanetter (on my left) or Brooklyn Scotty (on my right).  Concerts were pretty important to me back around the millennial turn; my main concern at the time was finding my next concert.  Now that I play grown-up most of the time I see shows much less often.  That goes double for @aquanetter, who is about to double down on the whole father thing.1  So this rare opportunity to rock out is extra exciting. Plus we’re both huge fans of Silversun Pickups!  Well, it’s time to crack open a cold one and get to rockin.

 

 

 

Ciao,

The Captain

 

 

1.  And Brooklyn Scottie lives in goddamn Brooklyn, so I prefer not to think about the amazing shows he can see whenever he wants.  Asshole.

The Captain End Of Year Lists Are Heavenly

We are rapidly approaching the end of the line, which means today will be the last #2ForTuesday for Modern Rock 2012.  Creating my Modern Rock discs is a year long process, and this week is the end of that process.  But before I’m ready to anoint my tracklists as The Captains Best Songs Of The Year, I wait to see what the professionals have to say.

Even though I spend a considerable amount of time seeking out new music, I realize that I’m never going to catch everything.  I learned that lesson ten years ago when I was creating my first Modern Rock disc back in 2002.  About a week after I had burnt my first Modern Rock discs and distributed them, a buddy gave me a copy of the new Flaming Lips album.  Despite all of my hard work, I had somehow slept on Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots.  It was embarrassing enough to make me vow more diligence in the future.

Nowadays I wait to finish my Modern Rock playlists until I check the Best Of lists from three trusted sources:  RollingStone.com & Spin.com & AVClub.com

This year all the critics were in love with Frank Ocean, which I just don’t get.  His music isn’t remarkable to me, so what am I missing here?  The other band that all the critics seemed to agree on was Japandroids.  I wasn’t really into them when I first heard them earlier this year, but I took another look based on all of the critical praise.  Now I see what everyone one was talking about.  Here they are with The House That Heaven Built.

 

 

The rest of the Best Of lists were pretty decent in their selections, but my favorite album this year, Visions by Grimes, didn’t get nearly enough love.  The other track that I picked up from the lists was from The Walkmen.  I gave the band’s latest album a listen earlier this year and enjoyed it, and then forgot all about it for some reason.  Thanks for the reminder music critics!  Here’s The Walkmen with Heaven.

 

 

And with that another year of Modern Rock comes to a close.  Those of you lucky enough to get a copy should look for the discs starting next week.  I’ll be discussing the Modern Rock 2012 in detail come January, and look for a 10th Anniversary celebration around that time too!

 

Ciao,

The Captain

The Captains Shouldn’t Cross The Border

I should have stuck to my guns on Friday nite.  I should have never crossed over my western border, but I did and I paid the price.  Like most folks in St. Louis, I have self-imposed geography limits that apply to socializing.  Basically, everyone that lives in St. Louis City or County has a western border that they won’t cross.1  Or to put it another way, heading west in St. Louis gets lamer by the mile.

When I lived downtown, I wouldn’t go further west than I-270 to meet at a bar.  For my sister who lives in South City, that line is crossing a bridge over the Missouri River into St. Charles.  Where I currently stay, my western border is Mid Rivers.  Out west of St. Peters is nothing but strip malls and hoosiers.

Well, on Friday nite I made the bad decision to cross the border and venture out to the nether regions of O’Fallon.  I should’ve known better than to pull off at the Highway K exit, but it seemed worth it.  I was tempted to cross the border by a mini-reunion from my freshman dorm.  One of the Cohen Heads pictured here

 

 

 

was having a 35th birthday shindig at an O’Fallon dive and most of the original 807 Blair gang was coming to celebrate.  Both of the Cohen Heads were there, plus Tina the Lawyer and an extremely rare appearance by Jonny English.  All that was missing was L.J. and a six pack of Zima.2

I’m a real sucker for anytime a gang gets back together, so I decided to brave the outskirts in O’Fallon.  Even though I tried to brace myself beforehand, I was unprepared for the Trash Bash that followed.  Here’s a brief video that accurately summarizes the evening.

 

 

It was a real Shit Show.  And now my iPhone screen is full of water and submerged in a pile of rice.

 

 

That’s right, O’Fallon broke my phone.  I guess that’s what I should have expected when I made the choice to cross over into the borderlands.  That far west is a wild and untamed place and if I need to ever cross over again I need to be better prepared.

 

Ciao,

The Captain

 

1.  There is also a North-South border in the County that is pretty strict. People who live North of I-70 & I-270 won’t go further south that I-44 & I-270.  And vice versa.

2.  Hurricane L.J. is flying in from California the weekend after next; I’m already battening down the hatches in anticipation.

The Captains Electric Service

Great news for rich white people living in St. Louis: Tesla is opening a service center in University City!

 

 

 

Nothing says money to burn like a $50,000 all-electric luxury sedan.  But in all seriousness, this announcement is pretty cool.  I am an enthusiastic supporter of electric cars, and having a service center in St. Louis means we could actually start seeing a few Tesla Model S on the road in the Gateway City.  Granted, it will take many improvements to the region’s infrastructure before electric cars become a novelty in St. Louis.  And without a Tesla dealer in the Midwest, it will take even more money to get the first few cars here.  But still, at this point without a service center these electric cars are not even an option.

And as an added bonus for me, the new Tesla service center is located at Olive and I-170 near my route to work.  So I might get a peek at the Model S during my morning commute next year!

 

 

Ciao,

The Captain

The Captain Wants To Keep This Podcast Alive

Holy zombie massacre!  Last nite was the season 3 finale of the We’re Alive Podcast and it was a real doozy.

 

 

 

By the end of the hour the whole gang was back together and ready to bring the fight back to the zombies.  It was a great ending to an unbelievable season of audio drama.  There was so much excitement that I’m not sure I can wait till next fall for the premiere of season 4.  But the good news for all of you is there is now 9 months to get caught up with We’re Alive.  With 36 hour long episodes spread out over 3 seasons you’ll need the extra time.  And with Wednesday’s the announcement that season 4 will be the finale for the series, it will be worth it to catch up.  Follow this link to ZombiePodcast.com and get started right away.  Michael and Saul need your help!

 

Ciao,

The Captain

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