Before I start I should acknowledge that my photo heavy and link-tastic post is directly inspired from noted blogger Ira Kaplan.
I was originally going to write about one of my true loves: record stores. I met my wife in a record store and my life still revolves around them, but this year there was a bigger theme than records in my life.
Going places and being with the people you love.
My wife’s family is from Butler, PA and we spent two weeks there this summer doing a whole lot of nothing. It was great. We went to a Bluesox game, we went to the drive in (Photo from noted Bulter native CongoEels flickr.) We went to Moraine state park to ride bikes, swim and have a picnic. It all ruled.
Some other places I went:
Columbus, Ohio. I finally saw the Gibson Bros and it was fantastic.
I love a good wedding and this was one of the best in recent memory, must have something to do with the day. The whole weekend was all so beautiful. We went swimming in this lake.
It was cold and awesome.
I grew up nowhere near the ocean so a clambake was nothing more than an Elvis joke. In real life it is so much more
The Lost Weekend
I’d never been to Las Vegas, I’m far to scared to actually gamble (too many records I want to buy with that money.) Everything related to the weekend wasz fantastic, but I never expected to be so taken with the surroundings.
My final trip of the year is going to be the best one yet, but it is supposed to be a surprise so if you see my parents don’t tell them.
The Ponys have been rocking it worldwide since the release of their excellent "Turn Out The Lights" last March and they are taking some well deserved time off before they hit the road again this fall with Spoon, well at least some of them are. Jered is hitting the West coast as a member of White Savage. Don't miss it.
From The Ponys myspace bulletin:
Hey my other band White Savage will be on the west coast next week. Come visit me. Jered
Aug 14 2007 Bunkhouse Saloon w/ Static Static Las Vegas
Aug 15 2007 Spaceland W/Static Static Los Angeles
Aug 16 2007 Tribal Cafe W/ Static Static Los Angeles
Aug 17 2007 Bottom of the Hill W/ The Go, Bellavista, Thee Makeout Party San Francisco
Aug 18 2007 The Hemlock Tavern W/ The Terrible Twos San Francisco
Aug 20 2007 Slabtown w/ Bouquet, The Limbs Portland
Aug 21 2007 Comet Tavern W/ Intelligence, Pyramids Seattle
Check out White Savage this past Spring at SXSW
White Savage on myspace: www.myspace.com/destroyyrstyle
As killer as last Saturday night's Bowery Ballroom Ponys / Jay Reatard show was, it is pretty hard to compete with a bowling alley where the bands play right in the middle of the lanes. With that in mind I had no problem getting in the van for the trip to senic Asbury Park New Jersey. I picked up Paul Sommerstein, ESQ and we raced, Corzine style, down the Garden State Parkway to the up and coming neighborhood of Asbury Park. Once there we didn't waste too much time getting down to business on the lanes.
The first game was just me and Jered and we both we're having trouble getting into the zone. Jered has a great style: launching the ball into the air at first with lots of spin on it producing a killer hook, but he just couldn't get it down and many a ball ended up in the gutter in the first game. If he had it down I'd of been done for, but my basic style prevailed. The second game brought Paul and Meslissa into the action and upped the stakes when Paul produced two awesome (and huge) home made buttons. Aerosmith and Cheap Trick, winner gets to choose their pin. Jered clearly had me beat until the 10th frame when I channelled my love of Aerosmith into two consecutive strikes. Woo-hoo!
In our defense the Asbury Lanes, although totally cool, isn't really conducive to competitive bowling, but it sure was a good time. And speaking of a good time, althogh these remaining Ponys / Jay Reatard shows are not happening in bowling alleys you should by all means try to attend.
23 Jul 2007 Washington DC, Black Cat
24 Jul 2007 Columbus, OH Skully's
25 Jul 2007 Newport, Kentucky, Southgate House