Thursday, April 30, 2009

Kids Do the Darndest Things

Well I'm going to keep this brief, today at 12:16pm Lauren and I welcomed Holden ford abraham into the world. All parties involved are doing fine but very tired. Please expect a large post in the next featuring a full Coachella wrap up loaded with gossip (no beth ditto), shit talk, celebrities at their worst, blood, name dropping and tons more. As well as a blow by blow of my day at fox news and the usual bad spelling and typos... And baby photos!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Not Just Your Average Mark (or How I learned To Stop Caring and Love Pro-Wrestling)

I came late to the world of pro-wrestling. While I certainly watched it and enjoyed as a youngster as I got older the shame of liking it became too much and I convinced myself that it was stupid and put it behind me. I was, in reality, lying to myself as I would find myself watching one program or another of it weekly. But I never really fully enjoyed it. I found it relied too heavily on hoacky angles and lame characters. It wasn't until I started working with a man by the name of Glen Salter (a sort of culture guru for me) that I was shown the light and truly embraced my love of the sport. Glen showed me that wrestling wasn't all WWF or the, then recently, defunct WCW. I was shown the glories the were ECW, Smoky Mountain Wrestling, AWA, the insanity and brutality of Japanese feds like FMW and New Japan and amazing new small federations known as Ring Of Honor and Combat Zone Wrestling, both of which this year received increased profile by the prominent role they played in the film The Wrestler. And yes: I know it is staged, and yes: I can see the homoerotic qualities of it but I also see that it is amazingly fun to watch. And recently Fucked Up has received, what is in my opinion, the ultimate honor: OUR SONG "GENERATION" IS BEING USED AS ENTRANCE. The wrestler the American Dragon Bryan Danielson, arguably: the greatest wrestler alive, now enters the ring to "Generation". How insane is that? He enters here at about the 30 second mark but watch the whole match it is amazing.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Round Two: FACE TO FACE (no Fat Wreck)

(those are deep fried bees in that photo)

To bring you all up to speed, a few months ago I was on a Fox News show called Red Eye. Afterwards they asked me to come back on and do a whole hour and talk, not just music this time but, politics. I accepted their challenge and then all this happened. And now Red Eye is the most vilified show in Canada. I'm so pumped for this! If you are also pumped: it goes down on April 21st at 3am est and if you can't stay up that late I will post a link on here.

ps.Obviously, I was joking about the "Normals" thing. My mom is a normal so that makes me half-normal.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

It's Been A While...

First things first, congratulations to the winner of our first annual "Why Mike Sucks..." essay contest: Rick Haliechuk. Young Mr. Haliechuk won the opportunity to spend the day with the editor of this fair blog. As you can see from the photo above, fun was had be all that day.

Secondly, yes we were back from China... but now we are on the road again.

If you wanna come and hang out here is where and when:
04-08 Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock Social Club
04-09 Winnepeg, Manitoba - Royal Albert Arms
04-10 Regina, Saskatchewan - The Distrikt
04-11 Calgary, Alberta - Royal Canadian Legion No. 1
04-12 Edmonton, Alberta - The Pawn Shop
04-14 Vancouver, British Columbia - The Biltmore Cabaret
04-15 Seattle, WA - Neumo's
04-19 Indio, CA - Coachella Festival

and if you come out to Coachella you can hang out with my boy Paul McCartney too.

Thirdly, our good friends at Mishka have just opened a store in Brooklyn and you can buy this shirt there:

arguably the coolest looking shirt ever.

Fourthly, I was sorting through my computer and found this stuff. It is a bunch of list I did for various places for the end of last year:
Top Ten Things I didn't Do In 2009 That I Should Have Done...
10) Try "Drank"
9) See Dark Knight in the Theatre
8) Hear "Chinese Democracy"
7) Play "Grand Theft Auto IV"
6) Lose money in the stock market
5) Get a pizza from that new place on Ossington
4) Watch Rage Against The Machine
3) Start watching Saturday Night Live again
2) Fall in love with / totally hate (insert band name here)
1)Vote for Obama (I'm Canadian)

My Top Ten Shocking Moments of 2008

10) Winding up in a mental hospital in Denmark
9) Becoming a sex symbol for bears
8) The decline in the morality of certain members Fucked Up
7) Standing on stage with my penis tucked between my legs in front of 10,000 people
6) Winding up in a hospital in Calgary with half a pint glass stuck in my head.
5) Doing a photo shoot with Terry Richardson.
4) Getting a bill for $5000 from MTV after our live set.
3) Accidentally shaving my beard off the night before the NME cover shoot.
2) Moby claiming he saw us with Youth Of Today six years ago (never happened)
1) Finding out I'm going to be a dad.

Mind Eraser - Conscious/ Unconscious
The prospect of finding a way to make a great ten minute power violence song is daunting enough let alone doing it twice on the same record but leave it to Mind Eraser (the reigning kings of nu-power violence tm) found away. Ladies and Gentlemen, we have entered the mannerist stage of power violence.

Nodzzz - st
Once in a blue moon you find a record that makes you wish you were still in highschool just so you could have the pleasure of sticking it on a mixtape for that special someone; this is that record. Sunny punky-pop that manages be witty without coming off smug and naive. without being contrived.

Lil Wayne - Carter III
All the hype placed on this record, which will no doubt turn into a backlash at any moment, will not detract from the fact that this is one of the most enjoyable records of the year. Sure it has some problems (Busta Rhymes' verse, too many RnB songs, etc.) but you can't argue with that flow.... and how great is Fabulous' verse?

Cold World - Dedicated To The Babies That Came Feet First
Nothing, and I mean nothing, will ever be able to cleanse the negative connotations that surround the mix of rap and aggressive music but that isn't Cold Worlds fault and that isn't going to stop them from trying to take a different approach to this highly toxic mixture. While it is debatable whether or not this is the truly great record they are destined to make, it is a major step towards it.

I have only heard this record once at this point, on the first day of this seemingly unending European tour that I'm currently on, but I am so sure that this is one the best thing I have heard this year that I am willing to put it on this list. Hardcore by kids but for adults.

Fifthly, my wife and I went to pre-natal classes and it was the first time in ages that I hung out with normal people in a long time and now I am finding myself sharing the opinion of the Vivian Girls on normals. But I must stress not their opinion on TGI Fridays which I finally was taken to by the young men in the Bronx and it rules so hard.

Finally, now that I am on tour again I will be posting on the reg again so check often.