Ahoy there lads and lassies! So the pirate theme from the last post carries over, David and I went to the Brooks’ New Year’s Party (Pirates and Ninjas) in order to ring in the next annum. It’s been an eventful week.

On Wednesday Rachel and I ran around Houston playing with our cameras and took a boatload of photos, there are a bunch up on flickr, so go take a look. I need to get the pics that I took with her camera from her still, but I scanned my negatives.

Thursday the guys had a jam session and we experimented with recording the guitar parts. It didn’t really pan out, but now we know what to expect and what we need to do instead.

Friday we amassed a large crew and went to play baseball over at the little league fields, which is always fun. Then we had bible study at our house, and outdoor sardines.

Saturday we went into town, scrounging around the thrift stores looking for piratey trappings. We did well, David and I each found a jacket and ruffled shirt. We got all decked out and outfitted Alan with all of our ninja-esque gear, then struck out for the Brooks household. We ate, drank, and merrily rang in 2006. (WHOOP!)

Well, I’m a bit tired, so I think I’ll slink off and toss me bones in me bed.


So the Jolliest Pirate of them all, Cap’n Claus of the North plunked down a big ol’ treasure chest full o’ goodies. Here’s the Christmas Haul:

Nikkor Fisheye Lens
Penguin covered pajama pants
Gift cards to: Cold Stone, Layne’s, Johnny Carino’s, Fuddruckers, and On the Border (it’s like a second mealplan!)
The Castle by Franz Kafka
Letters and Papers from Prison by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
The House of Blue Light by David Kirby

David Crowder – The Lime CD
David Crowder – Sunsets and Sushi
Eisley – Room Noises
Relient K – Apathetic EP
Saul Williams – Not in my Name
The Evan Anthem – SENS

Aqua Teen Hunger Force Seasons 1&2
Batman Begins (Fullscreen – this must be remedied, so I’m gonna go trade up)
Hotel Rwanda
King Arthur (director’s cut)
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (deluxe whatever edition…the good one)
The Nightmare Before Christmas (special edition)
Spinal Tap (special edition)
The Terminal
War of the Worlds

Patton Oswalt is pretty good at making me laugh, and this bit about Alvin and the Chipmunks is no exception. The great part is that somebody actually did it (in mash-up form) and posted it for you to hear. Then they sent it to Patton, so it’s on his website. Also, scroll down and read “I’m the Sheriff of Christmastown!” – it’s hilarious.

If you like mash-ups at all, then go check out this list of 73 mash-ups that Aggro1 did in 2005, all available for download (make sure to add the .mp3 extension when you right click save as). The crazy thing is that this is only less than 1/3 of his entire 2005 production (he did over 230 mash-ups). He’s one of the better mash-up artists I’ve come across, so you could go ahead and check to see if you like anything.

Finally, You Ain’t No Picasso has up his most beautiful songs about serial killers. Go check them out, there’s some great songs on there.
I found out that Matt (of the aforementioned You Ain’t No Picasso) is in Elizabethtown (KY). That’s about 20-30 minutes from Wilmore, where Asbury is. Which means there’s a chance I might meet him. Odd, huh?

Tomorrow (read:today) is my mom’s birthday. I’ve always thought it was kind of wierd to have your birthday be so close to Christmas. As a kid, the thought of that sucks, because it means you only get presents like once a year. But at the same time, you got like double the presents. Still, I don’t think it would be fun to have your birthday around Christmas time. Anybody want to testify to this or argue against it? I can’t really say anything, my birthday’s in April.

Before I hit the sheets tonight, I thought I’d drop a couple links in your laps.

For those of you who like the String Quartet Tribute series, or just want to catch some samples, Kofi’s Hat put a few of them up today, including the Killers, Nirvana, and Radiohead.  Good for a listen, at least.

Bored?  Go check what song was number one when you were born.  Still bored?  Try more dates, your brothers, sisters, anniversaries, etc.  Go wild!

I don’t care what people say about MadTV and it’s inferiority when compared to SNL, every now and then a skit comes along that just about makes me pee my pants in hilarity.  This particular skit just happens to be one.  In fact, I think this is one of my favorites skits of all time.  Frank Caliendo does a great John Madden impression.

I kicked some serious butt this semester. Check this out.


Tom Vek This guy over here is Tom Vek, and he’s checking in courtesy of EachNoteSecure. Pretty cool guy from London, only 24 years old. Go check out his myspace. While I’m not head over heels for the songs, I definitely like “I Ain’t Saying My Goodbyes” (which you can download over at ENS) and If You Want. Sort of in the vein of The Killers, but not quite. And I think he did everything himself. Anyway, it’s fun for a listen.

Other stuff I’ve found: AnAquariumDrunkard made a post about The Decemberists’ Colin Meloy singing Morissey songs. And what indie/emo lover doesn’t like the Moz? I enjoyed these thoroughly. Definitely go listen to these.

Ok, this got passed to me via one of the blogs I check. Make sure you watch this, just in case you missed SNL last week. Narnia Rap

Then I found out about this amazing New Zealand duo via Adan. Flight of the Concords is a hilarious folk/comedy duo. You can download their HBO Special ‘One Night Stand’ (via Megauploads, just wait like 30 seconds), and then someone has put up a nice little Audio/Video collection of songs and appearances that I highly recommend you check out. Definitely watch the videos on that site.