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Happy Tuesday everyone. Figured I’d try out a few weekly recs of things to do this week, rather than making you feel bad about all the fun I had with my week that you didn’t have. I’m nothing if not a giving person afterall.

Here we go then.

1. The Hangover: So good. Just see it.

2. Red Sox-Yankees: So yeah, you may not be able to get tickets, or afford them, but you can still watch the game on TV. I’m sure by now you can all appreciate the sentimental bias this blog has towards one of these teams, but you should still tune in if you like baseball, because regardless of the fact that they’re two of the best teams in baseball, there’s also just the history and rivalry and all that jazz. Besides, we’ve beat them five times in a row now. Would you want to miss 6, 7, or 8?

3. Burn Notice: I’m pretty sure I’d love this show anyway, even if it didn’t have Bruce Campbell, but it does, and that makes it all the better. Just a smart, fun, well written show, and they’re only one episode in to the season. Just go online to the USA channel website and watch it right there, then start watching it. If you haven’t seen an episode, don’t worry. It isn’t that hard to get in to it, and if you really need to know more, just look it up on Wikipedia.

4. The Boston College Flynn Recreation Complex Pool: I work there now, so I feel like I need to tell you to go there. Unless no one else is in the pool. Because if no one else is in the pool, the lifeguards don’t need to work, they get to go on break. If you get in the pool you ruin that. And then I ruin you.

Yelling at Teenagers: My teenage years may not be all that far behind me, but that doesn’t mean telling a bunch of obnoxious 15 year olds that no, you can’t flip sideways off the diving board to try and land right next to someone, isn’t fun. So go out there, and give those young punks a piece of your mind.

More fun to come later this week, hopefully.

-Joe Out

P.S. – Justice prevailed in my own personal Cold War. I’ll tell you about it if you ask me in person.

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So I know that this is a little later than it probably should be, but whatever, I don’t start work for a week, I’m still on vacation. Who are you to judge me?

Overall the Con was a lot of fun. This is my second year going, and I can definetly see it becoming a thing to do for as long as I’m in Boston/it goes on, which hopefully both are for quite a while. By no means am I an expert on cons, this being only my second ever, but lack of experience/knowledge has never stopped me from inflicting my judgement on things before, why now? I figure I’ll just break things up, so you can skip ahead, or read one part now, another later, etc. I’m always thinking of you dear reader. At least, if you’re actually out there. (more…)

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Flour Bakery

Ma Po Dofu


CBS Eyelab

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Weekly recs after the jump! (more…)

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Cool photo spread!

Hayden Panettiere as Amelia Earheart. Courtesy of Glamour.

Glamour magazine has a really cool photo spread with “some very-2009 young talents” (Lindsay Lohan, Alexis Bledel, America Ferrera) posing as seven decades’ worth of female risk-takers. Check out the whole thing here.

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Perez Hilton reports that Warner Bros. is in talks to remake The NeverEnding Story “with a modern twist.”


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So, Clint, Caitie, Laurie and I checked out Anathallo (actually pronounced Ann-uh-THALL-oh. Surprise!) at The Middle East upstairs. I’ve only been to the downstairs venue, which despite the usual crowd and lack of climate control, I really like. The upstairs part was like a secret back room club, sandwiched between TT the Bear’s (where someone was clearly playing louder than opener Sam Amidon, who was in the same room as me) and the basement, and the front part of the restaurant/bar/ZuZu. Sam Amidon… well, he made some interesting noise. Let’s just say that I’ve never been at a show of any size where people in the crowd actually SHUSHED other people. Caitie, on the other hand, loved Sam Amidon. I think it kinda turned her on, or something. 

Anyhow, Anathallo was amazing. Absolutely amazing. It was really cool to see the band jammed up on the tiny stage, making all that beautiful noise with all their drums and horns and moogs, etc. They clearly had a great time playing, and the TheraFlu induced “good time” being had by frontman Matt only added to the fun (at one point, he was jamming out so hardcore he forgot that he was supposed to be playing guitar). Long story short, the evening was a great mix of Floating World and Canopy Glow, which was really nice. SUCH a good band. It was really cool “being there” to hear some of the Floating World stuff – that album is way close to the top of my all-time list. Overall, it was a great show, and it was a lot of fun. Check this band out, support them, Buy their records and merch. Like Clint said in an earlier post, this band deserves a LOT more credit than they are getting, so let’s turn it up for them!

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Hit the jump for a hilarious photo from the new issue of Vanity Fair taken by Annie Leibowitz, parodying her shot (below) that appeared on the cover of VF in March 2006.


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Well deserved

Congratulations, Heath Ledger, we all miss you very much.

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…The Avalon. For real. But it’s bigger. It’s better. On steroids, almost. But lovable steroids. Like they did it the RIGHT way. There is a balcony, with two levels of seats for those people who don’t like mosh pits. There are more bars on either sides. They lined the walkway inside with blues legends from the ever-present Johnny Winter to Etta James to Billie Holiday to everyone else… The acoustics were beautiful… like REALLY BEAUTIFUL.. like, listening to screaming blues harmonica and guitar without earplugs, even though I’m a baby and don’t want to lose any more of my hearing beautiful


…I was impressed.


I’d only seen the Format and The Receiving End of Sirens (both may they Rest In Peace) at the Avalon, but I without a doubt would come and see any show here. Any show. Any night. It was an absolute pleasure being there last night, and in what I thought was so cool, what I thought was just so neat, was seeing a piece of history: Brother Elwood and Blood Brother Zee themselves – The Blues Brothers. Jim Belushi was scary as a stand-in for his late brother John, and Dan Aykroyd was just as you’d expect him – awesome. These guys were amazing, true showmen, in every aspect. Capped by an evening featuring Jimmy Wood of the Imperial Crowns (not to be confused with Connecticut’s Crowns of Kings), and James Montgomery (of Boston’s James Montgomery Trio), even Paul Shaffer came out for an awesome and always different version of Booker T & The MG’s “Green Onions,” “Soul Man,” and the encore…

Not having expected this/really having had it on my radar, when the opportunity came up, I found myself really just soaking in the awesomeness of the whole act – which is what it was – but it was so much more – it was a spectacle; a piece of history on stage, and the fact that they took such joy and ownership of the whole set, and the whole night was just so damn cool. If you haven’t seen the movie, go see it, it’s cool, it’s American, the whole deal… it was just a lot of fun, which was really nice. Check out this venue, people. I was super bummed, but I must say… I am impressed.


Scan the archives for Morrisey’s dates/info, I’m sure Clint’s got them up in here somewhere.


As they say in the movie,

“It’s 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark, and we‘re wearing sunglasses…”

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