Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Monday, December 28, 2009

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Ten Top Trivia Tips about Matt Walker!

  1. Over 46,000 pieces of Matt Walker float on every square mile of ocean.
  2. In the Spanish edition of Cluedo, Matt Walker is the victim!
  3. You should always open Matt Walker at least an hour before drinking him.
  4. In his entire life, Matt Walker will produce only a twelfth of a teaspoon of honey!
  5. Baby swans are called Matt Walker.
  6. Matt Walker can fly at an average speed of fifteen kilometres an hour!
  7. Matt Walker, from the movie of the same name, had green blood.
  8. Matt Walker is physically incapable of sticking his tongue out!
  9. If your ear itches, this means that someone is talking about Matt Walker.
  10. Matt Walker is the only king without a moustache on the standard pack of cards.
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Sunday, December 27, 2009

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Friday, November 27, 2009

We partied like it was 1989

Judging by some of their recent late night talk show appearances, I was worried the Pixies might have lost some of their youthful energy. But really I knew that those shows are rather sterile environments, with everything businesslike and timed down to the second, taped in the afternoon, family friendly and all that—so I wasn't really worried. And rightly so—last night's show at Hammerstein Ballroom was everything you could have asked for. I hardly ever go to rock concerts (the only other notable acts I've seen are the Decemberists and Bob Dylan (oh yeah, and, um, Ani DiFranco, for some reason)), but I can't imagine it getting any better than this. I don't think it's a stretch to say it was like seeing the Beatles. They are sort of "the Beatles of indie rock", I think, as far as their musical importance goes, if not their level of fame. It was fun watching people dance and sing along, most of the 3,000+ in attendance having long ago memorized every note played by every instrument in every song. It was also fun seeing a landmark work of old school Surrealist art—several minutes of Un Chien Andalou—displayed on a big screen and appreciated by all these screaming young people. It was actually the first time I'd ever seen it, featuring of course the famous "slicin' up eyeballs" scene referenced in "Debaser".

They started with four Doolittle-era B-sides: "Dancing the Manta Ray," "Bailey's Walk," "Weird at My School," and "Manta Ray". "Weird at My School" is a favorite of mine. Really funny song. Then they played all of Doolittle, which served to enhance my appreciation for even the "lesser" songs on the album. The first encore was "Wave of Mutilation (UK Surf)" and "Into the White", and they ended with "Bone Machine," "Dig for Fire," "Gigantic," and "Vamos". There were a couple of mistakes during the second encore, but that was all the more endearing somehow. They got off to a bad start on "Bone Machine" because it does that weird thing of accenting beats 1 and 3 instead of 2 and 4. After "Dig for Fire" (another personal favorite), they started to play "Velouria," but Black Francis wasn't happy with something—he cut the band off, switched guitars, and they played "Gigantic" instead. And of course "Vamos", their long-time closer, I believe, featured Joey doing things with the guitar that the guitar was never designed to do—on this particular night he used a drumstick.

When it was over I looked at the time and couldn't believe almost two hours had passed. I'll never forget it. Later I found this picture by a Twitter user named vaddled.

You can imagine the sound equivalent of that blinding white light pummeling us all. Sheer ecstasy. (Though next time (please let there be one) I'll probably invest in a pair of earplugs.)

And to think, they did it all again a couple hours later.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

20 years

20 years ago I wasn't listening to this. I was listening to... I don't know, whatever a 7-year-old listened to in 1989. I didn't hear the Pixies until I was about 17, give or take. Tonight I'll see them for the first time, playing the above album at Hammerstein Ballroom. I don't know what will happen when I'm 37. Maybe I'll be in the band.......

Central Park West, originally uploaded by majawalk.

I guess they're set up for the Macy's parade maybe.

Back-to-back tourists, originally uploaded by majawalk.

They weren't together. But maybe they should have been....

Stairs, originally uploaded by majawalk.

I think it says "TRUE". I just noticed that. Whoa.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Silvery guy, originally uploaded by majawalk.

Like with the crossed-ankle girl, I took this blindly, holding the camera at my waist and pretending not to be taking a picture. Lucked out. Also, he unwittingly helped me out by covering himself in silver body paint. Good job, dude.

Hudson, late afternoon, originally uploaded by majawalk.

What we have here is some rocks and some water and one of those pier thingies.

Scaffolding, originally uploaded by majawalk.

Whenever I look at this picture of scaffolding, I think of this scaffolding.

Somebody Tilden(?), originally uploaded by majawalk.

That's right, I took a picture of a statue. WHAT OF IT?

Banana from outer space, originally uploaded by majawalk.

This banana is from outer space. Evidently it crash-landed.

Charred, originally uploaded by majawalk.

On the sidewalk in front of a fancy apartment building on Riverside Drive. A bunch of charred magazines or something were "strewn about." It was night, and the only light was from yellow lightbulbs on the building.