Friday, August 31, 2007
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
(Sorry about the image, but I don't actually have a picture of the place, and its not like a restaurant located in a defunct Philly Cheese Steak place has a website.)
Fast forward three years and here I am in Richmond VA where there are plenty of Japanese Steak Houses, but no Japanese Express places! How is it that Lynchburg a city of 68,000 people and 50 square miles can have half a dozen express joints in the city limits, but Richmond a city of more than double the population (193,000) and ten more square miles does not have one? Sure I can travel to Chester or Sandston or Midlothian or even Glen Allen and find sub par Japanese express but I can't get any in my home city... this is just silly. Now my research has only be of the phone book/web variety, but in all honesty I can't find a place that can whip up Teriyaki Chicken and vegetables in less than five minutes... Maybe Richmond has some sort of Bias against Fast Japanese Food... or maybe Richmond is just behind the curve... Five years ago when I was visiting Arizona you couldn't find a burrito restaurant to save your life in Richmond... sure there was lots of Mexican, but none of the burrito places like Chipotle, Moe's, or Baja Fresh that now litter our landscape... so maybe I just need to be more patient or maybe I need to continue to complain until some enterprising immigrants set shop off of Route 1 and makes me happy.
Monday, August 27, 2007
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Friday, August 24, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Hey we told you about Bat for Lashes weeks ago but you refused to listen... now the haunting melodies and E.T./Goonies inspired video is all you can think about... sad really... well then here take your fix.
Esther Havens work and her heart have us really excited; check out her blog for more info... and if you want to see more of her work visit her Flickr account, and then if you really like what you see head over here and buy her work
"Richmond plans to hire a consultant next month to run a nationwide search
for developers to transform the park and surrounding area along the Boulevard,
Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Harry E. Black said yesterday"
The only way you can transform the park and the area around it is to tear down the bus station.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Seriously you know "fighting the power" is a cool thing when the FOO FIGHTERS are doing it... ah well.
Monday, August 20, 2007
Against! Ben Lee
Story by: John Beardsley
Australian nice-guy-with-acoustic-guitar Ben Lee has covered the entirety of the recently released Against Me! album, New Wave (Sire), available to stream or download for free at his MySpace page or his blog. Apparently Lee became obsessed with the the album after checking it out because he "like[s] to keep [him]self up to date with what's going on musically in the world," and was struck with the cover idea on a plane ride from Sydney to Melbourne. Lee decided to go with Ben Lee Sings Against Me! New Wave for the title, although the reasoning behind that decision remains a mystery.
From A&J: And so the almost unexplainable rise of Against Me! continues...
Sunday, August 19, 2007
How appropriate that on the weekend that the boys who brought us the 40 Year Old Virgin and Knocked up are celebrating their latest success, Super Bad, we would post a trailer for their next hit...ugh... movie. Walk Hard is a spoof of music biopics, aka Walk the Line, Ray, I'm Not There (though we are totally stoked about two of those movies.) Whatever check out the trailer.
Friday, August 17, 2007
Obviously we must oppose anything the tries to limit our freedoms of speech and our freedom to practice our faith, and that on the surface was why we initially bristled at this story, but behind that there is a more spiritual cause for our concern. The Christian faith calls its followers to share their faith with others, but it also calls the believers to live without fear; placing their trust in Christ and Christ alone, and this code represents the antithesis of this teaching. Jesus Himself told his followers that people would persecute them, in fact ten of His eleven disciples were murdered for their relationship with Him, so there should be no surprise that people would be angry when a Christian share their faith with them, furthermore they should have full confidence that God is sovereign in the situation and whatever happens they have nothing to fear. It is preposterous to think that the Creator of the universe is in command of every aspect of your life but also think that men of a different faith are a threat to you.
Now don't get us wrong; we do feel that cultural sensitivity is important for Christian missionaries (and for that matter all of us regardless of faith). The Apostle Paul displayed this principal when he gave his message on Mars Hill; during which he spoke at length about the culture of the Greeks and then presented the gospel in the context of that culture. So don't feel like we are two American Christians that just want to run around the world tearing down mosques and screaming the gospel at people, because that is the opposite of what we are trying to say.
What it comes down to is this: people of different faiths will naturally be opposed to each other, and that is fine, but sometimes that opposition can become angry and even violent and that sucks but it happens. Christians however, cannot let the actions of some people deter them from helping to bring people across the globe to Salvation through Jesus Christ.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Even more exciting for those of us here at the A and J compound is the release of Combinations the latest album from Eisley... seriously we could go on for days about the sibling connection or their haunting melodies, but honestly that will do you no good so we will just say that Eisley is good/great ... Combinations also good/great... visit their myspace page and hear the goodness and check out this video for Invasion; the albums first single.
Monday, August 13, 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007
Thursday, August 9, 2007
Regina Spektor - Samson
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Tuesday, August 7, 2007
So Adam had an interesting conversation after church Sunday with old pal Lil' Lee... we forget what band it is, but Lil' Lee is in some local band and has been for a while so his conversations with Adam usually revolve around music. On Sunday however the conversation did not go so well... It went kind of like this:
LL: Hey have you heard the new stuff from such and such a band?
LL: What about this other band?
LL: Well I know you have hear some such track from this other band?
LL: You suck.
Adam: Yeah I know... I'm old.
As you might be able to garner from the conversation Lil' Lee and Adam have divergent tastes in music... actually at one point they were on the same wave length but then Adam got all caught up in that haughty-better-than-everyone indie rock rubbish; while Lil' Lee continued to rock out to the DIY screamo/punk/hardcore/whatever it is people here on MySpace these days... So to make Lil' Lee happy we give you this:
A While back Adam ran into Lil' Lee at Alley Katz for a show in which the band As Cities Burn was playing... while As Cities Burn is not and Adam and Jeremy approved band, they aren't bad so it is with guarded enthusiasm that we present the As Cities Burn Myspace page... On which you can currently here their entire new CD Come Now Sleep for free an entier week before it blows up shelves on Tuesday (forgive us but we are ex-DJays and some time we get caught up in the moment)... so got check out the myspace page and make Lil' Lee happy by supporting semi-professional Rock N Roll!
Monday, August 6, 2007
Disciple wrapped upped a three day youth Conference thingy at Redemption World outreach Center friday night, and I got to take my kid brother-in-law to his first hard rock concert.
Yes, I am now acting as a chaperone for the kids, but that doesn't mean I don't get to rock out. Plus, it beats going alone.
Sure, I may be old, but at least I'm not like all those other old guys.
Anywho, the concert was exactly what you would expect from a metal band that has revamped their image just a bit to not attract any of the real metal heads, but instead to be fun for "everybody" to bounce to. Yes, this is kinda a bad thing, but you gotta learn how to have fun reguarless.
Speaking of bouncing, there was a minor "moshing" incident that happend during the 2nd song, which was quickly broken up my church security.
Marcus(my tag along) got his first 10sec taste of the mayhem. The rest of the show, me and him enjoyed the non voilent head bang, and the ocational body thrust.
All in all, despite the downfall of today's youth to preserve the true "Rock Concert", we still had fun, and you should too.
Sunday, August 5, 2007
Friday, August 3, 2007
Jeremy likes work... Adam does not.
Jeremy thinks work is part of Gods plan... Adam thinks that computers are the Antichrist.
Adam thinks work and life should meld together in harmony... Jeremy thinks he should not be lazy with his free time after work.
Both Adam and Jeremy think materialism is stupid.
Since that did not really pan out here are a couple of stories we found interesting/entertaining:
Sweetie I think 8 sounds like more than enough... don't you?
Arkansas couple welcomes 17th child
Kinder Eggs are so tasty...
Chocoholic squirrel steals treats from shop
Become Nun and enjoy giving... EVERYTHING!
Liquidating Your Life
The Origins of Rocking for Jesus... apparently not Peter, Paul and Mary.
I'd Like To Dedicate This Next Song to Jesus
If you don't laugh at this you have no soul.
Nickle Creek and Fiona Apple tonight... if you are not there I will
Thursday, August 2, 2007
Five Iron Frenzy
Every New Day
Our Newest Album Ever!
When I was young, the smallest trick of light,
Could catch my eye,
Then life was new and every new day,
I thought that I could fly.
I believed in what I hoped for,
And I hoped for things unseen,
I had wings and dreams could soar,
I just don't feel like flying anymore.
When the stars threw down their spears,
Watered Heaven with their tears,
Before words were spoken,
Dear Father, I need you,
Your strength my heart to mend.
I want to fly higher,
Every new day again.
When I was small, the furthest I could reach,
Was not so high,
Then I thought the world was so much smaller,
Feeling that I could fly.
Through distant deeps and skies,
Below the face of Heaven,
He stoops to create me.
Dear Father, I need you,
Your strength my heart to mend.
I want to fly higher,
Every new day again.
Man versus himself.
Man versus machine.
Man versus the world.
Mankind versus me.
The struggles go on,
The wisdom I lack,
The burdens keep pilling
Up on my back.
So hard to breathe,
To take the next step.
The mountain is high,
I wait in the depths.
Yearning for grace,
And hoping for peace.
Healing hands of God have mercy on our unclean souls once again.
Jesus Christ, light of the world burning bright within our hearts forever.
Freedom means love without condition,
without a beginning or an end.
Here's my heart, let it be forever Your's,
Only You can make every new day seem so new.
Beowulf is coming to the big screen! Okay so for those of you who are not English majors Beowulf is consider the oldest Epic Poem written in "English..." The poem was written some where around 1100; meaning this film is about 800 years in the making... at any rate I am super stoked and can't wait to see it in November, and on a side note I really need to thank Ms. Gates, my 11th grade English teacher who originally introduced me to this piece... if not for her I may be scratching my head when others mention Beowulf as many of you are now.
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
Adam and Jeremy: Tegan and Sara, Yeah Yeah Yeah's, Bat for Lashes... How is that for an original title?
Band - Tegan and Sara - Song - Back In Your Head - Album - The Con
Yeah so they are attractive twin sisters that just so happen to be...... Canadian , but they certainly planned to be amazing musicians... as this track clearly proves.
Band- Yeah Yeah Yeah's - Song - Is Is - Album - Is Is
Hey the Yeah Yeah Yeah's are on tour... oh and this EP is ten times better than every other full length album Sheryl Crow put out combined and placed into a nuclear rocket.
Bat for Lashes highly anticipated release Fur and Gold has finally landed on American soil and you should go out and buy it TODAY... don't listen to me... listen to this guy... okay he may be a crack pot so listen for yourself and decide... the album is streaming on AOL; which is also has the 1990's for you listening pleasure. Oh I should war you... the album is kind of different... and by that I mean Bat for Lashes kind of sounds like some sort of medieval all girl techno-influenced band... which is way more "Goth" than your average Marylin Manson.