Monday, August 1, 2011


Lo and behold....five months later, a new post!!!! Can it be?! Is it real?!
Yes, but it's not going to be of much importance. Sorry, twelve readers.
Since the last post, here's a summary:
TT went on tour most of March in the US with The Red Chord and Gaza. This included three days at SXSW where I was completely miserable, because I hate heat and I hate people. The numbers for both temperature and poulation during this Austin stint was waaaay too high.
TT went on tour all of April in Europe with Rotten Sound, Gaza, The Kandidate and Haust. Can't describe how much I loved Haust, both as a band as people. Watching an awesome band go on their first tour was a great experience, night after night. Woody and Pal are the Swedish hardcore version of Jay and Silent Bob. I'm not even close to joking.
TT went on tour most of May with Converge and Burning Love. Mr. Colohan and I were able to share the road for the first time in about 11 years of communication. Mr. Pettibone was tour manager. Basically, I was surrounded by friends and played some of our most memorable shows to date.
Between all of this, I was in Seattle working full time. See? There's not much to tell. This is really it.
Next week, TT heads out on tour again, mostly on the west coast with All Pigs Must Die. Looking forward to sweating my balls off in the hottest month of the year. Yum.
I'll get back, go to work, and then do this again starting some time in October until mid-December.
What I'm hoping to have happen is to get done this tour in August and have some sort of mojo reincarnation occur. Take that as you may.
Soundtrack as of late: Fucked Up - DCTL, Young Widows - Old Wounds, Adele - 21, Slave - EP, Techno Animal - Brotherhood..., Victims - A Dissident Celluloid: Red White and Blue, I Saw the Devil, Chaser, The Alien Girl, The Man From Nowhere, Paper Man, I Love You Philip Morris, Newsradio (seasons 1-4, because Jon Lovitz sucks), Pawn Stars....and, of course, Step BrothersLife: only 3 more months and my wife is officially a vet tech, I love my dog more and more every day, and my sister is giving birth any day now, so I'll finally be the chemically imbalances uncle I always knew I could be. Tomorrow is my 3 year wedding anniversary. Choke on them apples, roadblockers.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

0303.11....oh looky

It has been a long time since I've put anything up on here, seeing as I've spent a majority of my time keeping the Trap Them blog updated.
Summary of the last few months: Complete lack of motivation to do the things I've wanted to do, which is run and work out and feel healthy.
My sleeping schedule is utterly decimated.
But I am enjoying myself to some extent. Netflix instant queue has kept me sane and has allowed me many hours of viewing enjoyment.
I leave for tour in a day and a half and am not prepared. Cool. I'm looking forward to possibly forcing myself out of laziness, and the tour itself should be a good time. I am lowballing on betting that I will get in at least two fights with drunken fuckheads at SXSW in Austin.

Reading pleasures:
The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With the Sea by Yukio Mishima
Vicious Circle by Mike Carey
The Tracey Morgan autobiography sucked
There was a few more that I've read, but my mind is blank.

Audio pleasures:
Lautstormer - s/t
Moutheater - Colonial 12"
new Ilsa LP
Vaccine - all
Mogwai - Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will
Tear it Up - Nothing to Nothing
OFF! - first four EPs

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

28.12.10......clock ticking

Only five more days on the remaining paintings. Two have sold in the first 48 hours. You may want to hit the wrap-it-up box on your decision making.
Thanks to all those that have inquired!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

26.12.10.....paintings up for auction

The rest of the Trap Them series of paintings are up for auction. Starting price is well below normal asking price, so if you've been thinking about purchasing one, this may be the best time to do so.

To take a look, search username : failgivers
or you can click on the username above, where the auction page is linked.

Please let any interested parties know about the listings. These are it until I have enough free time to work on some new ones, folks.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

25.12.10.......oh, come all ye unfaithful

It's probably pretty obvious at this point, but I haven't been updating this blog much because I've been putting a lot of effort into the wecraftindarkness blog. Plus, talking on here feels like going to confession....not that I know what that feels like, but one can only assume.

I think 2010 worked out pretty well in my little household. I had a large amount of time off from touring and was able to really enjoy the city I live in. Though a large portion of my days and nights were spent in a kitchen, the rest of the time was filled with family adventures (wife and son/dog) to the (dog)park and all around happiness.

But, unquestionably, the best thing to happen in 2010 to me is my wife quitting her job. She didn't want to be there. It wasn't her future and, thankfully, I was able to assist in her coming to terms with that.

It was in April, following our tag team defeat of strep throat. She didn't want to go back. I told her not to. She told me to shut up (jokingly). I told her I meant it. We took it from there.

So, it's not so much that she quit her job as much as what she was able to do after.

She's always wanted to be a vet. Now that she flushed the 9 to 5 away, it was time. When she enrolled, I couldn't have been happier. She was finally doing what she felt she should be doing. The initial fear of hers involved household things (rent, bills, etc.), to which I quickly put a squash to. I may make nothing working at a bar, but I can damn well keep us afloat. She still did part time work, which was more than enough to eliminate concern.

Not that I'm ever going to be considered a sugar daddy (or even close....), but the hope of someday being somewhat of a provider has always been something I've wanted for myself. I think this is the closest I'll ever get to being one, and it's enough to make me feel pretty damn good.

More importantly than all of that, however, is the feeling of watching someone having an ultimate goal start to become fully realized. There are people that want something and there are people that WANT something. Smashley Jean McKenney falls into the latter. I have never, ever in my life seen someone so dedicated to advanced education. From weeks before the first semester began, her nose was already in books, literally surrounding her on the couch. Maybe it was because I disliked schooling so much, but studying and homework never worked for me. It could have been the ADD, also, but whatever. Being an onlooker at her process was mindblowing. Monday through Friday, she'd wake up at 7am, drive to school, and then be home around 1pm. There was a time frame after she walked in the door which was about 45 minutes. In those 45 minutes, I'd make her lunch and she'd hang out with the dog. Once that time was up, it was right back to school mode. Books open, head down, glasses on, pen in hair or ear or hand. It was like my own personal hot librarian, and if I was too loud, I'd even get a "Shhh!!!".

Those books stayed open until bed time. No fucking joke. Most nights she fell asleep on the couch with her face stuck to the pages. What I'm getting at is that I have an unparalleled respect and admiration for, both, what she's doing and how she's doing it. There has never been a second of half-assing her way through any of it. I helped when I could, quizzing her on the spelling and vocab tests. But, besides that, the best I could do was make her breakfast, lunch and dinner and take the dog for his walks so she could focus.

Every time she came home with good news about a test or being chosen to sit in on surgeries (ahem....first in her class....ahem), I felt this overwhelming feeling of pride and excitement for her. Every little part of what she's doing gives me that pride and excitement. I'm watching someone's aspirations become a reality and I get to be the husband / cheerleader.

We're both doing what we've wanted to do and that's rare. The chances of those two people being in a marriage together makes it even more special.

She started her externship this week......right across the street from where we live. The vet hospital was her first choice and they scooped her up with open arms. Within days, she had already proven her worth.

....and that's the best thing to happen to me this year. A great marriage, the chance to be a provider / family man, and the privilege of watching my wife be absolutely amazing at something I could never do.

Eat shit, daily grind and pipe dreams. Smashley Jean is fucking your shit all up....I'll be the one in the background laughing and pointing.

That's about it. It's five in the morning on Christmas and I can't sleep. I figured that this time was about as good as any to update this little confession booth.

Things as of late:


Slave - Demo 2010

Every Time I Die - New Junk Aesthetic

Massive Attack - Mezzanine, 100th Window, Heligoland

Adele - 19

GDP - Magic Bullet EP

Motown Christmas 2xCD

Tear It Up - Taking You Down With Me

The Explosion - Flash, Flash, Flash

Cast Iron Hike - Watch it Burn

Adem - Love and Other Planets

Funkdoobiest - Brothas Doobie

The Black Hand - Pulling Your Strings EP

Defeater - Lost Ground


Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World


The Town

The A-Team

The Office seasons 1-4


X-Files: I Want to Believe


Cinderella Man

Currently reading: Tracy Morgan's "I Am the New Black"......and it's horrible. I'm so bummed.

I'm going to go bake muffins and drink coffee while I watch stupid parades.

Monday, December 20, 2010


In the next week or two, I will be putting a handful of paintings up for auction. They'll have very low listing prices to begin with. It's time to clean house and make room for new art.
Once they go up, I will post a link on here.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

29.09.10.....hardcover hearts

I took a detour on my reading route before diving into Jeff Long's "The Descent".

Knowing the third installation of Chelsea Cain's series involving Archie Sheridan and serial killer Gretchen Lowell existed, I kind of obsessed over it after finishing the second book, "Sweetheart".

"Exit to Evil" is utterly insane. It's the first book I've read in a while that literally grossed me out. I sat here twitching. It is so messed up, I couldn't believe it.
Thank you, thank you, thank you, you sick little author, made the last five hours of my life very entertaining.
Go out and get these books....knowing they will continue next year with "Night Season" makes me extremely happy and impatient.