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New Year’s Eve in the Berkshires

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Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, in North Adams, Massachusetts.

Things have been qui­et around here over the hol­i­days. I turned 31 years old on Decem­ber 22, and then Lisa and I spent some time in Buf­fa­lo with our folks, where I got to see my newest baby cousin Aline.

North Adams
The MASS MoCA campus was once the Sampson Shoe Company.
Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective »
Anselm Kiefer: Sculpture and Paintings »

Then, after a few days back in Brook­lyn, we head­ed up to the Berk­shires for New Year’s Eve in North Adams – it’s not the most excit­ing town to ring in the new year, but we vis­it­ed MASS MoCA, stayed in a won­der­ful hotel called The Porch­es, and had the best meal North Adams has to offer at the Gramer­cy Bistro.

I didn’t do a lot of reflect­ing and res­o­lu­tion-mak­ing, but I am thank­ful for my fam­i­ly and friends, and for how great 2008 was for Lisa and I. Lisa is fond of say­ing that each year has been bet­ter than the last, which is more than one can hope for in this world.

More pho­tos below the jump.

Con­tin­ue read­ing ‘New Year’s Eve in the Berk­shires’

MSM Ahead of Curve on V.P. Debate

Did you know that NYTimes.com streamed live video of last night’s debate, right on the top of its home page? There was a full-screen option, too. Pret­ty cool stuff – even Gawk­er was impressed.

Also, check out our V.P. Debati­na­tor – a mashup of video, tran­script, and time­line from the debate.

My Bloody Valentine @ Roseland

Walk­ing out of the Rose­land Ball­room last Tues­day night, I felt blind, deaf and dumb­found­ed – and I’m not the only one. We had just stood through an assault on our eyes, ears, and patience, but it was an amaz­ing show.

Ear plugs were hand­ed out on the way in, and I jammed them in as far as they would go – but, I’m not sure it was enough. It was cer­tain­ly the loud­est show I’ve ever wit­nessed.

And it wasn’t enough for the light show to be trip­py and beau­ti­ful, but it also had to burn out your reti­nas. Lisa made the point that there were more lights point­ed out at the crowd than at the band them­selves. Still, the bright pink glow was exact­ly the per­fect accom­pa­ni­ment for the band that record­ed Love­less.

Con­tin­ue read­ing ‘My Bloody Valen­tine @ Rose­land’

Vivian Girls @ Death By Audio

Vivian Girls

Cassie Ramone and Vivian Girls perform.

Last week I saw Vivian Girls play at Death By Audio in Williams­burg. It was my sec­ond time see­ing them, and cer­tain­ly won’t be the last. The Times print­ed a rave review:

Even though this band’s music tends toward the dis­cor­dant, Vivian Girls … are roman­tics at heart. Their taut, no-non­sense songs brim over with noise and touch­es of shoegaze reverb, but at the cen­ter are glo­ri­ous, gen­tle har­monies.

They open for Son­ic Youth tomor­row, August 30th, at the McCar­ren Park Pool, or you can catch them again at Death By Audio on Sep­tem­ber 2nd.

Carroll Gardens Featured on Gridskipper

Grid­skip­per put togeth­er a nice fea­ture on our neigh­bor­hood in Brook­lyn, includ­ing a snarky com­par­i­son:

Car­roll Gar­dens fea­tured on Grid­skip­per
Car­roll Gar­dens is quaint, and for those in love with the West Vil­lage but who sim­ply can’t afford to live there, it will do.

I’m not sure that I agree with this – we chose to live in Brook­lyn over Man­hat­tan, and I would argue that the neigh­bor­hoods to the north (Cob­ble Hill and Boerum Hill) are prob­a­bly more fit­ting equiv­a­lents. Also, with few excep­tions, Car­roll Gar­dens is still very much a fam­i­ly neigh­bor­hood. Sure, it might be chang­ing, but take a walk down our street dur­ing the day, and you’re going to see a lot of old men who’ve lived there for 50 years, as well as kids play­ing on the side­walk. Err, maybe that is what the West Vil­lage is like.

Still, can’t deny that Car­roll Gar­dens is awe­some, and rel­a­tive­ly afford­able, con­sid­er­ing the restau­rant and bar options – we rarely make it into the city on week­ends.

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Con­tin­ue read­ing ‘Car­roll Gar­dens Fea­tured on Grid­skip­per’

Vamoose Bus

I know what bus I’m tak­ing now, when­ev­er I need to get to Boston or DC:

NYC-Boston bus offers free wi-fi, and reser­va­tions
…will pro­vide rid­ers with free WiFi on its leased bus­es, which are equipped with routers. Vamoose is sell­ing one-way reserved seats for $22.

Free wi-fi and a guar­an­teed seat, for $40 round trip? Done.

More at Vamoosebus.com.

Apple Picking

Stickball

We went Apple Pick­ing upstate, in War­wick, NY. Jason and I dis­cov­ered some­thing more chal­leng­ing than chuck­ing apples at each oth­er – spear­ing them with a stick, and then attempt­ing to fling them at each oth­er. The one pic­tured above is bounc­ing vio­lent­ly towards me.

It’s been 3 years since we last went apple pick­ing.

More below the fold. [from iPhone]

Con­tin­ue read­ing ‘Apple Pick­ing’

SXSW: Day 1

4 rest­less hours of sleep, and 1 Jet­blue direct flight from BOS to AUS, and I found myself in Austin. Checked into the hotel and met up with the EchoDit­to folks, and oth­er friends. There are like 4 Jasons, 2 Justins, a John (me) — so it gets con­fus­ing.

70 degrees here, 55 or so at night. This fes­ti­val total­ly takes over the city. Met some cool peo­ple last night, and the first pan­el this morn­ing was cool — i start­ed in “why XSLT is sexy”, but bailed for “emerg­ing social and tech­nol­o­gy trends”. Next up, “How to Bluff Your Way in Web 2.0”, with Andy Budd & Jere­my Kei­th… which I expect to be hilar­i­ous.

Only com­plaints are that the hotel is a bit of a walk, across the riv­er. And, i’m sick… so i’m com­plete­ly grog­gy and don’t feel like talk­ing to any­body. but, i’ll get over it.

Anoth­er prob­lem is try­ing to explain my job, and what the Local­iza­tion indus­try is. It comes off sound­ing real­ly lame, con­sid­er­ing every­body I talk to works small design shops…

So if you have any ideas how to punch it up a bit, let me know.

SXSW ’07

Things have been so hec­tic with work late­ly, there’s been no time to update.

I’ll be attend­ing the SXSW Inter­ac­tive Fes­ti­val this year in Austin, TX. I just couldn’t let anoth­er year go by.

I’m crash­ing with Jason and the EchoDit­to crew at the Hyatt — can’t wait to meet every­body.

The Good, The Bad And The Queen

Damon and Paul
photo by NME

The Offi­cial Blur mail­ing list announced today that Damon Albarn’s new project The Good, The Bad And The Queen, will per­form their first gig at a BBC fes­ti­val in Octo­ber. TGTBTQ is a col­lab­o­ra­tion between Albarn (Blur & Goril­laz), bassist Paul Simonon of The Clash, and gui­tarist Simon Tong of The Verve.

Damon is already set­ting expec­ta­tions high, accord­ing to the BBC:

It was “a sto­ry” rather than a band, said Albarn, adding he was “very, very proud” of the work, which will be per­formed on 26 Octo­ber at the Round­house.

It’s a very Eng­lish record. It’s the first time I’ve real­ly writ­ten about home since Park­life,” he said.

The sound of the com­po­si­tion was “very cos­mopoli­tan” with “a lot of songs that have got his­tor­i­cal sto­ries to them”, Albarn added.

A sin­gle will be released this fall, but the album isn’t due until 2007, pro­duced by Dan­ger Mouse. Check out the offi­cial web­site for more info and a teas­er video.

UPDATE: Scott at Stere­ogum post­ed with a YouTube link to the teas­er video.

Pitchfork Music Festival

Pitchfork Music Festival

We didn’t make it down to SXSW, but we are head­ing to Chica­go for Pitchfork’s fes­ti­val.

96 degrees and humid… see you in hell, Chica­go!


Rhode Island of Misfit Toys Rally

Boobies IIThis past week­end was the Rhode Island camp­ing ral­ly… we rent­ed a truck to trans­port the bikes, drank san­gria made from 4.5 bot­tles of wine & 1 bot­tle of brandy, and had a good time scoot­ing around, (before the drink­ing began). I even got to DJ sat­ur­day night, with an impro­vised iPod/radio set­up.

Even the 90+ degree heat couldn’t keep us down — but I total­ly under­stand now the impor­tance of shade, when you’re try­ing to snooze inside a tent.

Asobi Seksu @ Great Scott

Asobi Seksu

Yuki Chikudate and Asobi Seksu performing at Great Scott in Allston.

We went to The Plan at Great Scott on Sat­ur­day night to see the Brook­lyn band Aso­bi Sek­su — I got some good shots of them and two of the open­ing bands.

As I wrote ear­li­er, the new record Cit­rus is an incred­i­ble step for­ward for them, and the live show suc­ceed­ed in dupli­cat­ing the wash of gui­tars and noise, with­out com­plete­ly cov­er­ing up Yuki’s voice. They’re nice peo­ple, too.

The oth­er great thing dur­ing the set were the lights and smoke effects… so cool. The Plan peo­ple are real­ly show­ing up the old Cam­bridge clubs, because it was freak­ing cool.

California

Things have been busy late­ly, so I’m still play­ing catch-up with Flickr and this weblog… but, I want­ed to write up a short post on our trip to South­ern Cal­i­for­nia last month.

Pres­ley & I haven’t been to the west coast before, so we were real­ly look­ing for­ward to spend­ing a week in the sun. Here are some pho­tos that we took:

From the San Diego: Zoo set:

tear

tear, polar bear

chewy

chewy, panda bear

From the San Diego: City set:

trolley

trolley, downtown San Diego

From the Los Ange­les set:

pose

pose, Presley & Milch in Jet Rag

WeHo

WeHo, Jeff & Jared’s apartment in West Hollywood

Yea, New York

hang onWe had a nice week­end in NYC… thanks Jen­na, Bec­ca, Jason, Matt, & Sharon.

Some obser­va­tions:

  • Saw Mill Park­way is still the best path into the City. I love dri­ving by Read­ers Digest HQ.
  • Bloody Marys are bet­ter when hand-made.
  • I can’t rec­om­mend the food at 7A. Or the ser­vice.
  • Don’t let your high school friends tack­le you in the mid­dle of Tomp­kins Square Park… your clothes will end up dirty.
  • I could spend every day in the Lotus Lounge on Clin­ton St… Cof­fee, Beer, wi-fi.
  • Star­foods has no oth­er cus­tomers at 7:30pm on a sat­ur­day night… creepy.
  • Jason is a crazy MF, for almost walk­ing us into the Armory Art Show on Pier 92, with lit­tle more than a piece of paper in his pock­et. Keep your eye on that one.
  • I love the way delis in New York wrap up your cof­fees in a paper bag. So kind…
  • Fat Sal’s had a good slice.

Snow Infographics

Aw crap… there goes our week­end in NYC.

snow is coming

Beer Logos in Vector Format

Boddingtons BitterI love this site, which offers tons of beer logos for down­load, in EPS for­mat [via]. For some rea­son, this amus­es me.

What didn’t amuse me, was the 20 min­utes of frus­tra­tion last night, try­ing to get a freakin’ Bod­ding­tons at The Bur­ren in Davis Square. I had to order twice, from the same woman, (as she must’ve for­got the first one)… and final­ly I grabbed a sec­ond bar­tender to go check on things. And, HE was the one who brought me my freakin’ beer. I real­ize that a lot of bar­tenders dou­ble-pour Boddy’s, (much like Guin­ness), but you’re not sup­posed to for­get me!

Jet Blue shuttle

Oh, how I heart Jet­Blue… final­ly, a low-cost Boston-New York shut­tle flight. And the best part is, they’re run­ning an intro­duc­to­ry fare sale:

Jet­Blue will offer intro­duc­to­ry fares of $25 each way on what will be up to 10 flights between the cities, with fares lat­er set­tling at between $40 and $120 each way, under­cut­ting the estab­lished shut­tle.

It’s about time.

La Laque & Pas/Cal

When I was in New York, Jen­na and I checked out the La Laque & Pas/Cal show at Ton­ic, in the Low­er East Side. They were cel­e­brat­ing the joint release of a 12″ sin­gle.

The real sur­prise for me was how much I liked the Brook­lyn-based La Laque. They’re three girls & three boys, play­ing French New Wave / Surf rock. Lis­ten­ing to the few MP3s out there won’t quite con­vey the ener­gy and feel­ing they exert on stage. I may nev­er lis­ten to anoth­er Stere­o­lab album again [sic].

And it was nice to see Yuki & James (of Aso­bi Sek­su) again… they’re com­ing to Boston soon, and I can’t wait to see them play again.

Weekend

After 5 days off from the nine-to-five last week, I drove down to nyc to hang out with Jen­na again.

Pho­tos will come soon, because they need to be devel­oped… (Pres­ley had my trusty Elph with her in Vegas for MacyMe’s Bach­e­lorette week­end).

Speak­ing of which, here’s Macyme:

24 hours in nyc

garden”, posted by nedward

I plunked down the $15 and rode the Fung Wah to nyc to vis­it the new MoMA, and vis­it some friends. It was nice to final­ly get inside the muse­um, hav­ing been thwart­ed by long lines on my past two vis­its. I enjoyed mean­der­ing around by myself, though the guid­ed audio tour is pret­ty worth­less.

Sat­ur­day night, Jen­na took me out with Jin, Anna, and my friend Stef from Boston, to see maz­ing vids at the Cake Shop in the Low­er East Side. We ate s’mores from a street­cart, which made me want to go camp­ing.


Anna from John Nie­der­mey­er on Vimeo.

Tattoo

Tattoo”, posted by nedward

Presley’s new tat­too, done by Cus­tom Claire, of Fat Ram’s Pump­kin Tat­too, Jamaica Plain, Mass­a­chu­setts.

Per­haps my favorite night of our time in Vegas was Mon­day, when we escaped to the Strip for a bit of cul­ture… ear­li­er this month, Cirque de Soleil opened at the MGM Grand, so we fig­ured, why not check it out?

We “splurged” for the cheap seats at $100 a pop. Steep, to be sure, but that still got us a decent view, cup-hold­ers and speak­ers that were inte­grat­ed into the head­rests. Pret­ty cool…

This show was unlike any the­atri­cal expe­ri­ence I’ve ever had—to start, there is no stage… or rather, the stage ris­es ver­ti­cal­ly, spins, floats and dis­ap­pears, (made pos­si­ble by hydraulics). The actors work above a mas­sive emp­ty “pit”, (an abyss into which count­less actors fall), per­form­ing an aston­ish­ing com­bi­na­tion of mar­tial-arts, the famil­iar Cirque acro­bat­ics, and even an amaz­ing baton-twirling num­ber.

This was all incred­i­bly exe­cut­ed, but what tied all of this togeth­er into a tru­ly mag­i­cal illu­sion, were the light­ing and visu­al pro­jec­tions… absolute­ly un-real.

$200 mil­lion can buy you an eye-full…

Let the Sin begin

Let the Sin begin”, posted by nedward

Got back from Neva­da on Wednes­day morn­ing, hav­ing fled the pour­ing rain, bright neon, and the sound of slot machines. We spent about a week in Neva­da, which is far too long, con­sid­er­ing we didn’t get mar­ried or lose our life’s sav­ings… No, instead we made due with $2 forty-ounce lagers and the right to smoke any­where we please.

Lammy”, posted by nedward

It was good to be amongst scooter­ists again, though the rain kept us from rid­ing except on Sun­day… (when you think of desert, a con­stant soak­ing is not what pops to mind!). Mor­gan, aka Mr. Pants, is da’ man for hook­ing us up with his vin­tage Ves­pa GT to ride, (even though we swapped it for his Lam­my, out of com­fort).

riding”, posted by nedward

The big Ride that we went on was Sun­day, out to Red Rock Canyon… we saw red rocks, and hap­pi­ly rode the “scenic dri­ve” on our one day of sun­shine.

Vegas, baby…

Pres­ley and I are off to Vegas for near­ly a week, to go to the High Rollers Week­end, AKA, the Las Vegas Scoot­er Ral­ly. Mor­gan is the man, as he’s going to let us ride his gor­geous vin­tage Ves­pa GT while we’re there.

I’ve nev­er actu­al­ly been west of Chica­go, so I’m excit­ed.

The weath­er, how­ev­er might not coop­er­ate. A quick glance at the 10-day fore­cast doesn’t make me hope­ful.

Any­way, I’ll have pho­tos and all the details when we get back. The fun­ny thing is, my par­ents called to say that they would be there at the same time… which seems just not right.