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I love the work that you do but fuck you. [Fuck You Friday]

November 12th, 2010 by

It's a Fuck You Friday.Hey.

Things been alright with you?

Do y' know what today is?

Yeah. It's a Fuck You Friday.

Today's allotment of anti will go towards hospitals.

I don't like it. And I know that I don't like it even though it helps.

Understand: hospitals are good. Hospitals do their best each day and each night. Hospitals are there to help. But goddammit,  I fucking hate being in hospitals.

So, a salute to the men and women who work at hospitals and the unspeakably difficult work that they do.

And fuck you to the incipient unhappiness that inhabits hospitals. The people that work there are doing the best that they can.

Now, here's Off With Their Heads playing "For The Four."

"I'm not walking through hospital doors today."

(Video via YouTube user MzCandyAppleRed.)

Do you know what today is? It's Brickday.

October 15th, 2010 by

It's October 15.

That means it's Brickday.

It's Brickday.

Look, it's Brickday at West Portal Station in San Francisco.

Brickday? Yes. Or Brick Day if you like.

Here is how to celebrate this glorious holiday:

1.) On October 15, call in sick to work.
2.) Get a brick.
3.) Take the brick to a bar during the day. Ideally the Stork Club in Oakland.
4.) Set the brick gently on the bar or table.
5.) Drink.

Read the full coverage and listen to the podcast over at The M-OceanView Journal.

And make Brickday your own.

"With the San Francisco Giants, it’s バイ バイ 赤ちゃん!"

September 29th, 2010 by

Bye Bye Baby



From The M-OceanView Journal:

Found by TenAndFive.com's James Hutchinson, this work of unspeakable geekiness is inexorably awesome.

Clockwise from the top left, the players are: closer Brian Wilson, catcher Buster Posey, 1B/OF Aubrey Huff, SP Tim Lincecum, and SP Matt Cain.

Good work, n8dawg from DA. Nailed the details from Cain's post-pitch glare and high socks to Wilson's beard, wrist tattoo and fist-pump. Good work, indeed.

'Cause when the Giants come to town, it's バイ バイ 赤ちゃん!

This Is What Rock Looks Like: Headbangers mean it.

September 9th, 2010 by
These gentlemen are expressing themselves. Awesome.

"Fans of the band Motörhead shake their heads during their performance at the 35th Paleo music festival in Nyon, Switzerland. July 20, 2010. Photo by Denis Balibouse for Reuters."

Headbanging is a natural response.

Headbanging is celebratory.

Headbanging is awesome.

(This one's for Trevor. Photo via thisisnthappiness via blog.zeit.de/fotoblog via Reuters.)

It's a "Let's listen to the music of the band Quicksand" Saturday.

September 4th, 2010 by

Saturday. I love Saturdays.

Let's listen to the music of the band Quicksand.

Quicksand shirt front. Art by Melinda Beck.

The front of a Quicksand shirt. Art by Melinda Beck.

Quicksand were an hardcore/post-hardcore mid-tempo jackhammer punk rock band out of New York City during the early 1990s.

When they moved with speed, their music careened high like a vapor trail above a grey city. When they moved methodically, their sound groaned and creaked like girders in a bridge above water or boards in a boat's deck.

Anthemic, teeth-bared music. Each melody and line is hard-bitten and hard-won. It is inspirational in its own grim and glorious way.

The back of Quicksand shirt.

Small text from the back of the same Quicksand shirt.

Here they are playing "Thorn In My Side" and "Brown Gargantuan" on The John Stewart Show in 1995. (Hilariously, they're followed by Elastica playing "Connection" on this video.) Let's listen:

(Thanks to YouTube user xshedx1270.)

Here they are playing "Head To Wall" (live) and "Omission" (soundcheck) during their 1993 tour with Rage Against The Machine.

(Thanks to YouTube user joenehi.)

It's a "Let's Sing About Volcanoes In The State Of Washington" Wednesday.

September 1st, 2010 by

Volcanoes? In Washington state?

Yeah, man; don't you remember Mount St. Helens?

Mount St. Helens goes up.

Mount St. Helens' eruption column around 8:35 AM on May 18, 1980. Photo via wikipedia.org.

Y'know what? Let's sing about it.

Start you off with the sunny/chunky sounds of The Presidents Of The United States Of America with their helpfully explanatory song "Volcano."

(Video via YouTube user presidentsrock, the official YouTube channel of The Presidents Of The United States Of America.)

Next, the crushing mathcore power of Tacoma's-own Botch. In the past I've verbally explained their music as what it would sound like if The Dillinger Escape Plan and Phillip Glass were having a drunken giggling slap-fight 'round a campfire in an Olympic Peninsula trailer park under the stars.



From the back of a shirt by the band Botch celebrating the re-release of their album American Nervoso.

Further, I once described their couplet of songs "Afghamistam / Micaragua" thusly:

There is a moment in the song where after a lull, the track breaks open like a herd of Clydesdales bursting from a snow-swept barn in slow motion. "RIIIDE!" bellows singer David Verellen as the song thunders downslope.


Can't recommend their work highly enough. It is monstrously inertia-laden, gleefully-abstruse, complex metal music for adults (and/or anyone). Yes.

So, here are Botch delivering their devastatingly-propulsive vulcanphobic song "Hutton's Great Heat Engine" live at Chain Reaction in Anaheim on 2000/03/25.

(Thanks to YouTube user axewound.)

Let's be safe out there, Washington residents. The Earth can be unpredictable, yet that tension (tectonic 'n otherwise) inspired some excellent music.

(This one's for Jon and Tanky and Elbow and even Kyle. Inspired by a conversation with Maria Rose. Let's all be safe out there.)

"Have you heard the news? The dead walk!"

August 25th, 2010 by

Repeating the opening lines of NoMeansNo's havoc-tastic song "It's Catching Up" -- indeed; the dead walk.


Here's why: writer Robert Kirkman is bringing his excellent, wrenching zombie comic book series The Walking Dead to television with the help of Shawshank Redemption director Frank Darabont.

Most excellent.

The premiere episode is slated to hit on Halloween. Set your recorder.

Better keep on movin'. And with due speed.

Here's the trailer for the series:

And for good measure, here's NoMeansNo's "It's Catching Up."

(Photos and trailer via AintItCool.com.)

Oh man, corgi flop!

August 23rd, 2010 by

Awesome rather-determined loaf-shaped cuteness.


This is Cooper taking his first swim at Shuswap Lake in south-central British Columbia, Canada.

(Thanks to YouTube user geddesd21.)

This Is What Rock Looks Like: Dillinger Four rock in a small room.

August 16th, 2010 by

Dillinger Four make brilliantly-worded witheringly-smart monstrously-catchy punk rock with an unbowable sense of humor. They are everything that is good about music.

They are awesome on their own terms, of their own accord.

This is what it looked like when they once rocked a small room:



This Is What Rock Looks Like: Fists Up, Surfers Down.

July 27th, 2010 by

Here at The Never Company, we love The Dillinger Escape Plan. They are an inspiration. An example of why:

The Dillinger Escape Plan, rocking.

Yes. Yes! Rock!

Our own JennyJeen said 'pon viewing this image, "I just gasped. No joke."

Yes. Awesome.

(Photo via Wikipedia's Mathcore page.)