This album is so good that I can’t even have a conversation about it.
While we are on the momentary subject of SNL, I’m still laughing at this Double Date sketch from this past weekend. It’s not the best or smartest sketch, but the details and commitment to characters and premise totally worked for me. The end is rough, but what can you do.
I’m also a shameless Tim Robinson fan—he is easily one of my favorite Chicago improvisors—and this is one of the few sketches from this past season that lets him shine. I laugh at every line he delivers. I also felt like this was a relatively weak episode because while I don’t love Kristen Wiig characters, I think this sketch lets her play around but not take over the whole thing. She works best, I think, in a team of people who are funny, rather than letting characters react to her in a sketch. Also Taran Killam’s crazy waiter felt like a nice callback to Glice (which was also one of my favorite sketches from this season).
A handful of my favorite Bill Hader sketches
- Drunk Rick Perry
- Puppet Class
- Pageant Talk
- Any Vincent Price sketch, truly
- Any Stefon sketch (they’re pretty formulaic and the earlier ones are better but they still make me laugh. The best club name is still “….Kevin?” founded by Kevin’s mom)
- Six Year Old (if anything, for playing a very competent straight man)
- Muppet Bus
- Vinny Vedecci is one of my favorite characters of all time
Will Forte and Bill Hader are probably the two SNL cast members I’ll remember most from being a teenager. I’m very sad to hear Hader’s leaving but I also think he’s had a relatively incredible run over the last eight years (mostly meaning I don’t think people are actually sick of him the way they were with Wiig last year). I really hope they send him off this Saturday in a blaze of glory, but I’d also settle for one last Stefon sketch.
Hey, can I bum a cigarette? I just got out of jail!
A solid weekend
- finished my last (fingers crossed) week of workload-related hell by turning in both a midterm essay and 21 pages of fiction
- Owen came to visit me and we ate a lot of brunch food and trolled around
- we also saw The Great Gatsby and thought it was kind of a mess. I might blog about it at some point but I really have nothing to say other than, just, ugh, maybe and that Joel Edgerton is really good
- saw Aziz Ansari do standup here in Kalamazoo and he killed it
- received Honors on my SIP and now that is officially OVER
- met my family for brunch which was SO GOOD and it was really nice to have everyone together for what might be the last time until August
- took a 2 hour nap
- did nothing for the rest of the day
- Arrested Development trailer
After months of teasers, drunken ramblings, and a lot of procrastination, I present you the cover for my first EP, Farewell to Nostromo.
The track list is as follows:
- Wash. (featuring Blake Holland)
- Bastards For The Cause
- Adagio In D Minor (John Murphy Recomposed)
This EP serves as more of a sampler of the many different styles I’ve been composing/producing than a cohesive, flowing album. In the future, I’m hoping to release more work like that, but for now I just wanted to release different bits of what I’m doing.
I’ll also give a quick breakdown of the tracks.
- Wash (featuring Blake Holland) is a very minimalist cover that Blake and I decided to do of Wash by Bon Iver.
- Shadowboxing is a dark, solo piano piece, also very minimalist.
- AA394-1987 is named after my flights to and from New York, which led me to be delayed in Washing Reagan airport for six hours. In that time, I finished this song, and American Airlines blessed my album via twitter.
- Bastards For The Cause was the first song I finished. It’s very influenced by industrial music like Nine Inch Nails and How To Destroy Angels but with my own minimalist ambient twist. I’m very proud of this one. It’s insane.
- Interlude is basically what it sounds like. It’s a 1 minute, 10 second ambient track that serves as an experiment in ambient music and as a palette cleanser between Bastards and the next track.
- The final track is Adagio In D Minor, which is a recomposition I did of a John Murphy track. You may know it as Surface of the Sun, A.K.A. the main theme from Danny Boyle’s film Sunshine. This was the first track I started and it has been a fucking rollercoaster of a piece. I’m outrageously proud of this track as well. It’s 7 minutes and 45 seconds long.
I will be releasing Farewell to Nostromo for free on my Bandcamp page on Tuesday May 14th. Please share this post.
Almost two years ago, I met Isaac and then I spilled a beer on his laptop. And hey! He managed to put together an EP anyway. What a talented, nice person who puts up with way too much shit from me.
Check out his album when it comes out this Tuesday. It’s gonna be a good one.
Brazilian marine geologists believe they may have found vestiges of an unknown continent some 1,800 miles from the Brazilian shore, where the water is 5,900 feet deep. Atlantis? That you?!
Reblogged for Fran. DEEP SEA, GIRL.
A story I just told in our kitchen
When I lived in England, a big thing there was beans on toast. Basically just those more tomato-y based baked beans that are super prevalent. I still buy them here. I love them.
I was really hungover one time when I was living in London and I woke up very early to get myself a glass of water. Sometime before I had woken up, one of my asshole flatmates had made herself beans for the first time. They don’t taste like standard, barbeque-y baked beans you get in the States. She didn’t like them, so I guess her solution was to fill up her bowl of beans with water and leave them in the sink. This makes no sense, I know, but she was an asshole so whatever. I looked down when I was filling up my glass of water, saw the water-y bean bowl, and basically threw up on the spot. Into the sink. It was horrible. I’ve never barfed so quickly.
“You could probably write a whole memoir based on the times and places you’ve thrown up,” a writing professor told me last quarter.
“Thank you?” I said. I don’t know if it’s a good thing or not.
This trailer for Gravity features Sandra Bullock plummeting alone into deep space which, okay, is very scary.
I have two favorite ice breaker questions for when I meet new people. The first one is asking people what their first screen names on AIM were. The second is to ask which they find more frightening: deep space or deep sea? I basically always say deep sea. Mostly this is because I’m very afraid of anglerfish. But also I feel pretty certain that I will never been in space. I don’t really feel obligated to be afraid of deep space. I don’t think I’ll be in deep sea any time either, but that shit is at least on the same planet as us. If there are anglerfish down there, there’s also probably giant scary things that will one day turn against us.
Deep space or deep sea, Tumblr?