Wednesday, October 31, 2007


Here in C-town this how Halloween goes down!

@ The Grog:

@ The Beachland this how it goes:

And Lastly, @ The Q -- The Cavs open their 2007-08 season with the intention of defending their EASTERN CONFERENCE TITLE against The Dallas Mavericks!

And of course, here are some tunes:

(mp3) Curtis Vodka x Mishka Halloween 2007 mix

(mp3) Rockwell - Somebody's Watching Me

(mp3) Tegan and Sara vs DJ Mylo - Walking With A Ghost In Paris

(mp3) Ghosty (featuring Wayne Coyne) - Clouds Solve It

(mp3) Wolf Parade - Dear Sons & Daughters of Hungry Ghosts

Monday, October 29, 2007

Pumpkin Carving*

For now, we are enjoying baked (and very salty!) pumpkin seeds while listening to the new Film School album, Hideout.

Earlier, we had a lot of fun while carving pumpkins:

Bonus: Guess which pumpkin is whose and win a prize*

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Top 5 Songs Of The Week (Handclaps Make You Feel Good When You Are Down Edition!)

Exactly two weeks ago today we saw The Darjeeling Limited and afterwards we attended the Q&A -- the reason for mentioning this is because in the below Artist On Artist interview between Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson, we noticed that Wes Anderson is wearing the same ensemble he was the day we saw him (well, actually we double checked and it isn't the very same outfit, but close!).

Here in Cleveland, it is a gloomy and rainy Saturday. . .however, there is an excellent show this evening with Mobius Band opening for Matthew Dear @ The Grog, but we are not going because we are playing hermit. Also, be sure to show some love for GoodLife Mike who will be holding down the 1's & 2's @ B-Side tonight!

And now some tunes for that @$$. . .

5. (mp3) Cut Off Your Hands - Still Fond These guys were getting a lot of hype at CMJ recently. They used to be called Shaky Hands but had to change their hands for legal reasons. These Kiwis play a band of art influenced indie rock that reminds us of Assembly Now.

4. (mp3) Asobi Seksu - Thursday (The Twelves Remix) An awesome remix by this synth driven South American electro-pop group completely changes this tune and makes it their own.

3. (mp3) All Smiles - I Know It's Wrong This is the new band fronted by Jim Fairchild who used to play in Grandaddy/Earlimart and now exhibiting his own brand of lo-fi indie rock. He is currently on tour with David Bazan (of Pedro the Lion), so definitely be sure to catch them when they come to your town.

2. (mp3) Yoav - Where is My Mind (Pixies Cover) This cat is originally from Capetown, South Africa and now resides in London. His sound has been referred to as "Beck meets Buckley meets Bjork." Important to note, is that he will be opening for Tori Amos on her current North American tour coming to C-town this Thursday, which are looking forward to attending.

1. (mp3) White Shoes and The Couples Company - Tentanng Cita Kelly said "Play yaz flute for me, Ron Burgandy" the first time she heard this. Originally hailing from Indonesia, this group makes awesome Pizzicato Five-esque good lounge music.

Today @ The Grog Shop

Friday, October 26, 2007

Negroni + Starbursts = YUM!!

As you observe our title for this evening's post, it might cause you to stop and wonder. . .wtf? However, truly Negroni and Starbursts are quite good together, especially if they are sour Starbursts!!

This evening, we stayed indoors. . .as we have for most of this week. We have come to the realization that we are actually quite sad about the Indians not making it to The 2007 World Series and have been in a mini-depression as a result of our team's collapse. However, today our spirits were lifted by this hilarious insight on a the blog by Kissing Suzy Kolber where his post is a guide on how to be a total New England/Boston sports douche bag [Click Here].

As far as our weapon of choice for this evening, the below is a picture of it -- "Grapefruit Negroni" Martini :) One part Vodka, One part Campari, One part Grapefruit Juice.

Also, you can see that we cooked a lovely dinner (compliments of the *ultra* fabulous magazine, donna hay)

The soundtrack to our evening included songs from National's Live Albums, The Boat Club, The Smiths, and Neil Young (Live at Massey Hall).

[Mp3] National - Secret Meeting
[Mp3] Neil Young - Ohio
[Mp3] The Smiths - Hand in Glove
[Mp3] Boat Club - All the Time

Monday, October 22, 2007

Burn Baby Burn!

We thought about having a rant but this picture pretty much personifies our feelings of disappointment/frustration towards the outcome of the American League Championship Series. While at work today, Jose came across this excellent post which, like the above picture, also hits the nail right on the head!

F*** The Red Sox... Go Rockies!!

P.S. - Do not hang your head, Cleveland, you have every right to be proud :)

P.S.S. - Special Thanks to Todd, for taking this fantastic picture during (Kelly's sister) Erin's symbolic burning of her former Red Sox hat!!

Jose recommends that you set Boston s*** on fire to this playlist:

[Mp3] Franz Ferdinand - This Fire
[Mp3] Longwave - There's A Fire
[Mp3] Art in Manila - Set The Woods On Fire
[Mp3] Modest Mouse - Fire It Up
[Mp3] Stars - Set Yourself On Fire

Bonus: (haha)

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Top 5 Songs of The Week (Sweetest Day is not so bad afterall)

This morning neither of us have to work and thus we have been able to sleep in, which was *much* needed by both of us. We been running ragged lately. . .between working excessively and being immersed in the Tribe games (which go oh-so late into the night). Speaking of the Tribe, we went to the game on Thursday and while it is not worth really talking about, we are both confident they can seal the deal this evening :)

As far as today. . .it is Sweetest Day, and for those who are not familiar with this "holiday" -- it was created here in C-town back in 1921. Cleveland, along with Detroit and Buffalo are the biggest celebratory cities of Sweetest Day. We are celebrating by drinking grapefruit mimosas and cooking Nutella French Toast (one of our favorite recipes via JANE, rest in peace), garnished with strawberries.

While soaking in this gorgeous autumn morning/afternoon, we are listening to a variety of music that provide the soundtrack for some recently viewed and much anticipated films:

So, these are our Top Five Songs of the Week -- hope you enjoy*

5. (mp3) The Killers - Shadowplay (Joy Division Cover) This cover appears on the soundtrack to the new film Control about Joy Division lead singer Ian Curtis (who looks like our friend Ken Schneider) directed by Anton Corbijn.

4. (mp3) Nine Inch Nails - Dead Souls (Joy Division Cover) An old favorite of both of ours (that we each coveted back in our days of Middle School), this cover appears on the The Crow soundtrack. This is one of the best covers that Nine Inch Nails has ever done. The Joy Division version of this song also appears on the soundtrack to Control.

3. (mp3) Imperial Teen - Yoo Hoo A hit back when Jose was in High school, which was over 10 years ago ha ha ha. We recently were watching the film Jawbreaker and who can forget when the most vicious click since Heathers (and, pre- Mean Girls) are parading down the halls to this tune.

2. (mp3) Elliot Smith - Because (Beatles Cover) Appearing in the film American Beauty, which we watched earlier this week on HBO for the first time since it's debut in theatres. We both feel it is a great cover and reminds us of the still so tragic and incredibly talented, tortured soul that is no longer. . .Elliot Smith, how you are missed*

1. (mp3) The Greenhornes with Holly Golightly - There is an End Providing the most memorable song on the soundtrack to the fabulous Jim Jarmusch film, Broken Flowers.

While we are on the subject of Jim Jarmusch. . .Kelly was so nice to get me a Sweetest Day gift (looks like I have to get her one now!) which was Night On Earth that just recently *finally* came out on DVD. This is one of my favorite films and it was a very pleasant surprise :) If you have never seen Night on Earth, you need to watch this amazing scene involving the very talented Robert Benigni playing a taxi driver, feeling the need to confess his sins late at night to a priest while driving through the streets of Rome.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Across The Universe

This evening we are going to see Across the Universe, starring Evan Rachel Wood and Jim Sturgess -- we have only heard excellent things, so hopefully the cinematography and music meet (or, ideally, surpass) our expectations! :) View the trailer [here]

[Mp3] Fiona Apple - Across the Universe Kelly's favorite rendition
[Mp3] The Beatles - Across the Universe

Monday, October 15, 2007

Saturday = Fabulous Day

This past Saturday was one of those days that you just *know* you'll always remember. Upon leaving The Hispanic Convention, we rushed over to The Cedar Lee Theatre to ensure a seat for a special Advanced Screening of The Darjeeling Limited -- which, even more importantly, featured appearances by Wes Anderson, Jason Schwartzman, and Waris Ahluwalia following the film for a Q&A!!

Needless to say, it was an absolutely incredible experience :) The movie was sooo good (check out the trailer if you haven't done so already) and the Q&A was very cool -- thoughtful questions and informative/anecdotal answers. Also, definitely make a point to watch the short film, Hotel Chevalier (aka The Darjeeling Limited Part I), before you actually see The Darjeeling Limited in the theatre.

Two songs that have been perpetually stuck in our heads since seeing the movie:

[Mp3] Peter Sarstedt - Where do you go to (my lovely)?
[Mp3] The Kinks - This Time Tomorrow

ps - Saturday was even more awesome because The Indians beat The Red Sox!!! And hopefully they will do so again this evening*

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Top 4 Songs of Today (Convencion Hispana is Today!)

It is Saturday morning here @ 7:38am neither of us want to be awake. Kelly has to go to work and I have to go volunteer at a convention, beh for not being able to sleep in. The convention I have to help out is Convencion Hispana at Lincoln West High School in runs today from 8:30 - 4pm. It is the premire event this year for Hispanics to unit here in Ohio. Even if you don't care about Hispanic issues you should come out and see the Keynote speaker Dr. Samuel Betances, he is a former gang member who went on to go to Harvard and is an amazing speaker.

On to other things... Another beh to The Tribe for totally forgetting to not suck last night and getting waxed by Boston 10-3.

4. (mp3) Black Mountain - Don't Run Our Hearts Around, they are playing tonight @ The Grog opening for The Walkmen should be a great show.

3. (mp3) Pernice Bros - Pisshole In The Snow We've been walking up to this song all week. Sometimes the old Ipod can pick some good wake up songs.

2. (mp3) Black Kids - I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You We've been hearing about this band for the last couple of weeks. Sometimes you have give into the hype and actually listen. Guess what they are right this band is worth shouting about. Listen to their awesome combination of The Go team meets Robert Smith and a slew of other great pop bands sound.

1. (mp3) Okkervil River - Unless It's Kicks Till recently we'd never really listened to this band and we now know what many of you already know..... these guys own. These guys bring to mind so many bands

Friday, October 12, 2007

Tonight: Rapture DJ Set

Who: The Rapture DJ Set featuring Mattie and Druzzie

What: 4th Year Anniversary Party

Where: B-Side Liquor Lounge in Coventry

When: Tonight @ 9pm ($10 for +21 and $15 for +18)

Why: Because it is the freaking Rapture's DJs and to quote Good Life Mike, "It's going to be WILD!"

Also, SLARAFFENLAND is playing at The Beachland in the Tavern where they will be sure to be playing Game One of the ALCS: The Tribe vs. Red Sox.

[Mp3] The Rapture - Get My Prince Language (remix)
[Mp3] SLARAFFENLAND - Dust (Me as a Monster)


Saturday, October 06, 2007

Top Songs of The Week ( Yes it really is in the 80's in C-town in October)

Unless you live under a rock these days then you know that the Tribe with their victory last night has the yanks against the ropes now down 2-0 in their best of five American League Division Series. Game 3 tomorrow and should be a great match up with Jake Westbrook taking on Roger Clemens. If that was not enough of a reason to be excited it is the 80's here to start this month and we are definitely experiencing an "Indian summer".

5. (mp3) The Deadly Syndrome - Animals Wearing Clothes This L.A. band reminds us of a combination of Spoon meets The Arcade Fire and The Unicorns but softer.

4. (mp3) The Forms - Knowledge In Hand This Brooklyn band is coming out with their second album soon. Their last one was produced by Steve Albini and so was this one. They definitely remind of Dismemberment Plan and other artists from D.C. area during that era.

3. (mp3) Floor Is Made of Lava - Do You Sister This band hail from Denmark make energetic indie rock with some new wave chops. As you can see they have a sense of humor from the title of this song.

2. (mp3) Slaraffenland - Polaroids This band who also hail from Denmark and are playing CMJ this year are bringing their amazing Broken Social Scene playing Sun Ra sound to the The Beachland this coming Friday October 12th.

1. (mp3) Matt Pond PA - In The Aeroplane Over The Sea (Neutral Milk Hotel cover) Matt Pond PA comes to town tonight as part of a great lineup with him heading and Bears and Jesca Hoop opening. The show is @ The Grog it starts @ 9pm.

Friday, October 05, 2007


I (Jose) went to Game One of the American League Division Series between The Tribe and The Yankees last night. The Tribe crushed the Yanks winning 12-3 and hitting 4 homers in the process. If you have not already jumped on the bandwagon there are still seats available (although limited) for tonight's game. Here are some photos I took at the game last night. Game 2 starts unfortunately @ 5:00pm today but that is not so bad because I am sure you are like me and can't wait for game two, so the sooner the better!


PS: Today is National Denim Day in support of a great cause fighting breast cancer.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Tonight: Bishop Allen and John Vanderslice

Who: Bishop Allen opening for John Vanderslice

What: Indie rock that won't give you headache and will leave you wanting more

When: Tonight at 9pm

Where: Grog Shop in Coventry

Why: Just listen to the tracks below*

[Mp3] Bishop Allen - Things Are What You Make Of Them (reprise) , Did you get excited like we did when you heard this song in "Saved"

[Mp3] John Vanderslice - My 424