Friday, January 21, 2011

Thursday, January 20, 2011

It's about time...


One of my two books came last night...after 3 weeks of waiting.
Stoked to finish my current book so I can get started on this one.
But for now, time to do my nails.

Forum, for those who don't know,

is the most pointless, painfully long class you could possibly imagine.
Well, I gotta be there at 2.
You basically sit there for 2 hours & listen to a professor tell you everything about the school.
If you miss the class twice, you fail.
If you fail the class, you have to take it over & over until you pass.
That's why I'm taking it again this semester.
Sometimes, I swear, I'd rather just shoot myself.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Envy on the Coast: Final Thoughts


First & foremost, this is not the last time I'll ever mention Envy (clearly, I have a problem with not talking about them for more than 24 hours). Seeing as they have formally disbanded, I thought I'd say a few words about a band that I've been in love with since I was in 10th grade.
I first started listening to Envy on the Coast in 2006 because a boy who I had a crush on loved them. He had a YouTube account on which he uploaded a live video of Envy that he'd filmed earlier in the year. Said guy may have been the one to get me into Envy but it was Ryan's voice that made me want to keep listening. I've mentioned Ryan's voice on numerous accounts; bottom line: the dude can sing. After watching the live video, I tried to find as many interviews with the band as I could (keep in mind Envy was a fairly new band & YouTube was even newer). I downloaded the Envy on the Coast-EP & became addicted to it. I listened to that 5 song EP when I woke up, on my way to school, at school, after school, & every night. The boys in Envy are just a few years older than I am so at the time, they were just barely out of high school & to this day, it still remains one of the most impressive EPs I've ever heard.
Their first album, Lucy Gray, was alright. I didn't sound much like the EP & the songs all seemed a bit random & misplaced to me. It did have it's high points, though. A few songs on that album such as The Gift of Paralysis, Sugar Skulls & Lapse will always be synonymous with Envy. Lapse has always been my favorite Envy song & probably always will be. Other than that, I don't have too much else to say about the album.
Envy's second album, Lowcountry, was just the opposite. It has this grunge-rock vibe, but with southern-bluesy undertones. If I hadn't known better, I wouldnt've believe this was the same band who wrote Lucy Gray. It was kind of like they matured 20 years in less than 3. Lowcounty only came out about 5 months ago since writing this post (8/02/10), so it seems weird talking about in retrospect like it's some classic 80's album.
I was fortunate enough to see Envy on April 18th, 2010, just two weeks before my birthday.I had a huge falling out with the person I'd originally planned on going to the show with & I had to scramble to find another friend to buy her ticket. Luckily, a close friend came to the rescue & went to the concert with me, foregoing the fact she'd never even heard of Envy before. Hadn't she bought the ticket, I would've still gone alone, but it would've been one lonely birthday show.
Even though I got crazy lost on the drive to the show, we still ended up waiting in line for about 2 hours. The main thing that stuck out about the Envy boys is that they never once acted like rockstars. Despite the fact everyone in line was willing to call Envy on the Coast their favorite band, the guys drove up in their van & walked right past everyone in line as if they were just pedestrians (no sneaking-in-the-back-door bullshit). The only band member who actually stopped was Brian, who took the time to bear-hug a fan in the middle of the sidewalk. For about a half hour, the guys unloaded their trailer with the help of some fans, did soundcheck & opened doors.
I've gone into Twin Atlantic & how the show was & all that shit.
Bottom line: It was a sick show.
I've never seen more whores flock to one guy as much as they did Ryan Hunter that night. During the show, the same group of girls were yelling crude, unecessary things to him & it not only annoyed everyone else in the crowd but the guys in the band & Ryan himself. Some self-control would have been greatly appreciated.
I later met Ryan (nice guy) & Jeremy (awesome guy), & I wanted to talk to Brian but he was busy talking to other people & by the time I was done talking to Jeremy, Brian was gone. To put things extremely lightly, Sal seemed like a total dick. I always imagined meeting him would be a cool experience but other than calling the fans who helped him load-in "sweet", he didn't say anything or even smile once, all night. He seemed like he was in some kind of funk & after the show was over, he ran into me trying to push through all the people to get to the backstage area. Very handsome guy, but he just wasn't very happy that night.
And alas, I left in the middle of The Fall of Troy's final New York set. It was raining as we left the club & Envy's van was parked out front. The doors were open on the van & we could see the boys chilling inside with a couple girls, as well as a few girls standing outside of the van trying to get in on the conversation.
That was my Envy night & I guess it's the only one I'll ever have. I wanted more than badly to go to their final show in NYC, seeing as I don't live too far away, but tickets sold out quicker than you could say 'Salvatore Bossio'. Guess that's life.
It's strange to think that I'll never hear another new Envy on the Coast record, let alone go to another show, but I feel lucky to have been there from the very beginning. I almost feel sorry for people who will start listening to them in years to come.
Envy on the Coast is a band that has changed my life for the better. I'm proud to call them my homeboys (New York, stand up!), a bunch of good dudes, & my favorite band.
I'm gonna tag this with my favorite pic of the boys that served as my screen background all through high school.
Thank you again to Envy for everything you've done.
I'll miss you forever.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Fuck School, Do Drugs.


Yup, huge storm today kept me from getting a proper education.
Oh well.
So stoked on Times of Grace.
Still need to buy the album...but stoked none the less.
Every time I have a chance to talk to Adam D., something goes wrong.
I've been in his godly presence 3 times & still, nothin'.
Oh well.
This will have to do until chance number 4 rolls around.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Update...?:

Sooo..school starts back up again tomorrow.
It's been a painfully long 1 month break since Dec. 18th & I'm ready to rock.
Feeling good about this semester although I really wish I weren't taking the same Sociology class over again.
Hopefully the homework will be few & far between, & the gorgeous boys will fucking abundant.
There's a certain security I gain from going to class every day.
I enjoy running around, accidentally going to the wrong building, being bored out of mind for an hour, almost dying trying to leave the parking lot, & coming home exhausted & partially suicidal.
I really enjoy all of it.
Anyway, currently rocking some old school Paramore & tying to figure out how I'm going to get up at 6 a.m. tomorrow when I've been going to sleep at 7 a.m. lately.
I don't want to think about this year being different than last year in any way, because it seems like when I think that way, I spend so much fucking time thinking, I never get any change done.
I want to be better this year.
I want to keep my promises.
I want to make myself proud.
Not my mom.
Not my teachers.
Not my flaky friends.
I'm tired of fucking talking about everything I know I can be.
I need to just become it.
Speaking of things I need to get done, still need to change my bed sheets, take a shower, & pass the fuck out before sunrise.
Now that school is back in session & all the crazies are once again out to get me, I'm sure I'll be one here much more often.
I miss it.
<3

I've been watching this interview on repeat for the past hour or so.
I love how down to earth Greg seems & I could listen to the story about the cross-country drive, all day long.

Current Nails & New Polishes:

Color Club (brand) - Electric Sunset
I took this pic in a darker room just to show how bright it is. It is, without a doubt, the most opaque neon orange you can find.

I decided to get one last bottle of polish before school starts back up tomorrow. I'm sure I won't be feeling much like going out after that. Ended up getting more than one, as always.
(L to R) China Glaze- Strawberry Fields, Rose Among Thorns (Neon)