Saturday, August 25, 2007

Phil & Sarah

Ol' buddy Sarah G married longtime boyfriend Phil this Friday and it was a blast. The bridesmaids' dresses complemented the church's color scheme, the music selections were perfect, and the cake tasted exquisite.

Group hug!
Here are some video clips as well. That kid rocked Brass Monkey. While dancing I stepped on each of Kim's toes, but she was a great sport about it.

The first dance as husband and wife:

Oh, and the vows.

Early that morning I noticed the hotel marquee spelled Sarah's name without the H, so I made a call.
Finally, I got to meet some of Phil and Sarah's friends from Machias for the first time. They were surprised to know even I knew about the magic that is Scottie2Hottie.

Scottie2Hottie's Real World Audition

Congratulations again to Sarah and Phil!

Monday, August 20, 2007

Justice - †

If I only force-feed one album to my roommate this year it's going to be Justice's , a French industrial dance masterpiece that he demands I turn off less than three seconds after I hit Play. Now it's your turn.

Download this!

1. Genesis
2. Let There Be Light
3. D.A.N.C.E.
4. New Jack
5. Phantom
6. Phantom Pt II
7. Valentine
8. The Party
10. Stress
11. Waters of Nazareth
12. One Minute to Midnight

What does it sound like? Imagine if Daft Punk's Homework met the breakdown in Michael Jackson's "Thriller" and decided to collaborate on a remix of Modest Mussorgsky's Night On Bald Mountain. Don't believe me? YouTube to the rescue. Enjoy!

Daft Punk videos rock, hard

A Filipino prison practices "Thriller" (compare to track 1, "Genesis" and note some lyrical hints of MJ and the Jackson 5 in "D.A.N.C.E.")

"Night on Bald Mountain" from Disney's Fantasia (compare to track 10, "Stress")

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Electric Tower

I gave a tour of Downtown Buffalo this Saturday and made an audible to check out the Electric Tower. Not only did the security guard show us around the lobby (with some impressive photos of the building's history and renovation), he also knew a lot of details about the owners and the construction work. Then we checked out the fourteenth floor! When Mayor Brown participated in opening ceremonies last week, he only went as far as the twelfth story. Here are a few pictures:

IMG_0816, originally uploaded by fcschrock.


IMG_0846, originally uploaded by fcschrock.

Lobby detail

IMG_0844, originally uploaded by fcschrock.

Original phone booth

IMG_0849, originally uploaded by fcschrock.

A second floor office behind a glass wall

IMG_0854, originally uploaded by fcschrock.

The 14th floor has a fireplace in an all-wood "oval office" boardroom.

IMG_0855, originally uploaded by fcschrock.

The shadow of the Electric Tower on top of the Goldome Building.

IMG_0856, originally uploaded by fcschrock.

An eye-level view of the top of the Central Terminal

Other pictures are here.

In any case, the lobby is open to everyone on weekdays, and it looks great.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

I'm Gonna Live Forever

Fame! Did you know I made the front page of the paper?

Look closely. No, not there. Lower. Lower. . . . Okay, you see the boat? Click on the picture and read the caption.

"On both days, tours of the schooner will be available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., as well as walking tours of the Canal District at 1 and 2 p.m." and GUESS WHO GAVE THE 2 O'CLOCK TOUR?? No, really! Guess! Come on!

You guys are no fun, you know that? I make the front page with Lindsay Lohan and nobody even cares.

See if I come to your funeral.

Meanwhile, this next song pretty much defines me as a person. Once I put this music to a computer animation of the Lincoln-Douglass debates and then played it in a history class. Best presentation ever.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Dueling Jukeboxes

Of all people, Brian Emerson popped in from Cleveland after a charity golf tournament in, of all places, Akron. Unlike this thing here, Brian's blog actually discusses subjects such as community activism, home improvement, and modern Catholicism with some real insight. Lately I've only posted lousy photography, homemade YouTube clips, and unpopular music. I should be ashamed.

So anyway, here are some pictures from the night. The Cincoshakes were delicious.

We ventured to the Jolly Jug, a place known to many as the place Vincent Gallo robbed when he was a teenager in Amherst. (Others like their tacos.) The blurry, second picture shows that our corner of the bar was inhabited by two different jukeboxes. Here's top secret hidden video of them playing simultaneously, which was retarded. And loud.

We even saw a local celebrity: Lou, the guitarist from Mexican Cession! The guy that tore it up every encore playing Van Halen's "Hot For Teacher!" Here, Brian: you better not be using an RSS feed right now, because this .mp3 is dedicated in your honor.
Mexican Cession - Bagel Pimp

Friday, August 10, 2007

"Psychedelic Sufi Trance Rock"

Haale rocked Neitzsche's last night and it was a pretty sweet show. It's not often you get people sitting Indian-style on the floor of a bar. Here is the encore:

Here too is a short interview where Haale describes her Persian instrumentation.


Beth Hirsch shared the double bill

Dave smuggled a glass out the door. Guess where he hid it?

The new paint job on the Old Pink

They're Baaaaaack. . . .

Monday, August 06, 2007


Dave just returned from the Eden Corn Festival and wanted me to post this little video. Get ready!

Saturday, August 04, 2007

OH S***

A preview for R. Kelly's new Trapped in the Closet: Chapters 13-22? Oh s***! Seriously, I'm crying right now.

Infringement Festival

For some strange reason my roommate decided against going out at one in the morning, so I packed up and headed to Nietzsche's on my lonesome for part of the Infringement Festival. Knife Crazy is an off-kilter band with interesting dance moves, as you'll see in the video.

Pocket Gallows, a Pennsylvania band, played right before. While a lot of people stayed in the bar during this one I thought they had a good sound. Too bad they're too abrasive for most listeners. Here's their very short last song.

Well, I liked it.

Detritus pt. 3

Lately I've found it easier to create photo slideshows on Windows Movie Maker than upload pictures on Picasa. YouTube, Picasa, and Blogger are all owned by Google, but while Picasa has tight limits on the number of photos to upload, YouTube has only a 10-minute limit on films. At one photo every three seconds, you could post 200 pictures with relative ease. You can even include music, showing everyone just how computer savvy and artsy-fartsy you really are.

Here is a slideshow of random pictures I've taken over the summer. In general they follow the order of:

Greek Restaurant in Mississaugua
Karpeles Museums
Front Park/Connecticut Street Armory
Peace Bridge/Porter/Richmond
Ani Difranco's Church
Allentown Art Festival
Thursday At The Square
Dr. Lonnie Smith, Lafayette Tap Room(check out this site!)
Taste Of Buffalo
Gusto at the Albright-Knox
Fish Fry at Cole's
Sorrento Italian Festival
Buffalo Waterfront
I Spy Exhibit, Buffalo Central Library
Dinner, Buffalo Brew Pub
Scott's New House, Clarence
River Lea/Beaver Island Historical Society
Vagina Exhibit on Allen Street

The Last Picture Took Itself

You'll probably notice a strange dot at the top of some photos. Since those were taken I've bought a new camera, explaining the better resolution near the end. Have you been to any of these places/events?

Music: Mouse On Mars, "I Go Ego Why Go We Go"
Architecture In Helsinki, "Heart It Races (as played by Hey Willpower)"

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Insert Red Hot Chili Peppers Joke Here*

Old Buddy Ed celebrates his birthday today. Ed is from Minneapolis, and drove under that bridge about twenty minutes before it collapsed. (Ed, is this true?) In any case we're all happy for him.

*or Simon & Garfunkel