Archive for April, 2009

Anvil: The Story of Anvil

I saw this last night with Alex at the Nuart. What a great doc – a real story with people you care about and genuine emotion. The director and cinemetographer were there to answer questions and tell stories. I recommend trying to see it at the Nuart while it is there, because they have been at every screening.

If you don’t know about the movie – it is about a metal band who have been trying for thirty years to match the success they had with their first album. I recommend it to anyone… really. This goes up there with DiG! and The Filth and the Fury as my favorite rock documentaries.  It is really encouraging and amazing to see a movie about really genuine people who are doing something they love for their entire life. I guarantee you will be cheering like mad the last ten minutes.

I’ve included the trailer below. Check it out if it comes to your town – this is independent and well worth your time and ticket.

April 17, 2009 at 1:51 pm 3 comments

Comedy. I like to laugh.

I don’t laugh at a lot of things that other people find funny. That is what I like about my group of friends, we all find the same things funny. That’s what everyone sees in their friends, right?

To me, real comedy is stuff that isn’t supposed to be funny. I like things that make your squirm a bit, or things that are really really earnest.

Which is why I really like Andy Kaufman. I like comedy that takes things a little too far. These things crack me up! I’ve been spending a lot of free time at work looking up Jerry Lawler, the king of Memphis Wrestling! Don’t ask me why, I just have. I stumbled across some Andy Kaufman videos where he is taunting Jerry Lawler, and it cracks me up. The audience can’t take a joke – they don’t get it! And that’s what is hilarious about the entire thing.

“I want complete silence, then I will get in the ring!”

If you don’t know about the Jerry Lawler/Andy Kaufman wrestling feud, then you can read about it here. OR JUST READ A BOOK!

And as a bonus, here the famous Lawler/Kaufman fight on Letterman.

April 16, 2009 at 2:26 pm 1 comment

Oh, Phil

Phil Spector – convicted of murder.

My favorite Phil Spector story is during the recording of the Ramones’ “End of The Century,” he pulls a gun on Dee Dee and holds him and the rest of the band hostage. Then he sat at the piano and made them listen to him play piano until early morning. He also makes Johnny play the opening note to “Rock N’ Roll High School” over and over, hundreds of times.

Anyway – I realized while reading this that I don’t own “End of the Century,” and it was released on my freaking birthday!

Off to fix that, once the wind dies down.

What happened on your birthday? Anything awesome? Day, month, and year – no cheating.

April 14, 2009 at 6:09 pm

Blogs relaunched, reissued, repackaged.

How do, readers?

Or reader. Or internet ether.

Anyway – I’ve started writing again over at my motorcycle blog “Permanent Transition.” This will be strictly about motorcycles, scooters, and the culture that surrounds them. It feels good to write about that stuff again and hopefully I can get back to posting daily.

Shoes On Powerlines will continue to be my personal blog, basically the dumping ground for whatever I find interesting. I’ve turned comments back on, and look forward to the fun discussion that usually comes from them.

I was really disenchanted with the internet there for a while. My blog was getting lots of visitors leaving stupid comments, and I realized that when you put yourself out there publicly, you will get people searching for your blog and calling you a jackass for hating on Chinese scooters, etc. Now, this didn’t hurt my feelings, but I felt like I was getting stuck at a bad party with a bunch of morons. It was a glimpse into dumb people’s lives and that’s no fun.

But yeah it is, sort of.

Oh yeah, and I also had a post completely plagiarized from another reader “who really enjoys my blog.” That was another annoying first.

Anyway, I’ll be tweaking this as well as my other blog in the next few weeks. This will be fun again. Hope reading it will be fun as well.

April 8, 2009 at 11:27 am 5 comments


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