Can you believe this guy who lives in Austin and calls himself a blogger — a nerd blogger of all things — only just now got around to watching My Sucky Teen Romance?
It’s like, dude, everyone fucking watched that shit last year at SXSW. And they probably hung out with the director at an awesome cosplay party that you were not invited to afterward.
And the people who really matter probably saw it before it was ever screened in public because they were in the fucking movie! That one guy who blogs about stuff sometimes? He was in it. Those other guys who blog about other stuff all the time? Init.
(Great flick, btw.)
Visited Pinballz Arcade today. Played some games and admired the beautiful pop culture art many of the games had to offer. Snapped a few pics.
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Austin’s Kiyanna Project has posted a new session with Royal Canoe performing “Bathtubs.” This is my favorite Kiyanna video so far. Stream it below and visit KP’s site.
Super-talented hyphenate Chelsea Peretti arrived in Austin this week to perform at the Moontower Comedy and Oddity Fest. I chatted with Peretti about her upcoming stand-up shows, her writing gig on NBC’s Parks and Recreation, and her work with other comedians, like Louis C.K. and Todd Glass. Here’s a bit from the interview:
How important is Twitter in your life? What has that medium really done for comedians?
Well, I’ve always felt very indebted to the Internet, even though it’s a stressful place. It can feel like the center of the universe, when it’s really hopefully not. But I used to have a blog, it’s still there, I have a blog. I had a web series, I had these videos we made, and I’ve been able to gain a following or a group of people who I can have access to that I wouldn’t have before, and I’m thankful for that. Twitter has been cool. For some reason, I think Twitter has been even better for me than blogging was, because the shorter format works well for me for some reason. It’s really cool. I guess the next thing that everyone is doing is podcasts. I try to hold off on technologies as long as I can because I’m so addictive. So, obviously Twitter is incredibly consuming in my mental space, which I don’t always love, but it’s pretty rewarding too. I like the immediacy of it, to be able to do something and then instantly see if people find it funny or not. It’s kind of a useful tool.
Read the full interview @ Austinist.
My first post for Austinist went live earlier today. It’s an interview with comedian and renowned stoner Ari Shaffir, who I spoke with on 4/20. You may know Shaffir from his polarizing Amazing Racist videos or from Joe Rogan’s podcast. Shaffir is heading to Austin this weekend to perform stand-up comedy jokes at the Moontower Comedy Fest. I encourage everyone to check out his show, especially if you like jokes about anal sex and racism! Here’s a snippet from the interview:
Some people might feel that your act is offensive just for the sake of being offensive or that you say controversial or vulgar things just to upset the audience. What you say to those people?
I do not say those things to upset the audience. I get it if you’re conservative, but I’m more casual about things like sex and race, so I just sort of take it casually. I just want to tell the joke, but the joke happens to be about doing anal with somebody or whatever. I’m not trying to be offensive, I’m trying to tell stories about human behavior, and a lot of them are fucking filthy.
Read the rest @ Austinist.
Mrs. Moody and I joined everyone else in town last Thursday at Auditorium Shores to watch The Shins perform a free SXSW outdoor show. It was crowded, the sound was subpar, and we were so far from the stage we had to watch the show on a giant screen, but despite all that, we still enjoyed the show. James Mercer’s voice sounds great live, and the band played a mix of Shins classics like “New Slang” (our wedding song), “Kissing the Lipless” and new tracks from the upcoming LP “Port of Morrow.”
The Shins are Mrs. Moody’s favorite band, and now that R.E.M. has decided to call it quits, I guess The Shins are now my favorite band too. We’re looking forward to downloading “Port of Morrow” when it’s released next week. Check out the new video for “Simple Song,” the first single off “Port of Morrow,” after the jump. Shins!
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Thom and friends played the Frank Erwin Center in Austin last week. The show was good. (It would have been better if they had put the samplers away for a while and, you know, rawked the fuck out a little more, but whattaya gonna do?) The kaleidoscopic stage setup was impressive, as you can see from the photo above. I didn’t take that photo, Austinist did (I was stuck in the nosebleeds). See more. They’re pretty.
Many thanks to fellow nerd, music snob and cousin @ckfloyd3 for the tickets.
The nice folks at Austinist have published a feature profiling Austin’s Kiyanna Project, the online video series I joined late last year. My pal Manny Benavides, who co-created Kiyanna Project, was quoted in the piece explaining part of what makes the project special:
At the crux of the project is what makes Kiyanna different – the story. Benavides explains, “From the very beginning, the story element was vital to this project. We wanted to get a sense of the artist’s personality and discover a little more about the song itself.” The group is passionate about the endeavor and seeks to show off more than just the band’s music through the different locations and story-telling aspect. They are also open to more artists, venues, and volunteer staff, so be sure to get in touch if you’re intrigued by the idea.
I was excited when Manny brought me on to do PR for Kiyanna Project, and I’m looking forward to watching and writing about their upcoming video sessions. Stay tuned.
Check out Peter Wolf Crier performing live for Kiyanna Project, an Austin video series. Head after the jump to read my press release about the video.
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Hello, people! Just wanted to post a quick note to say thanks to all the folks who donated to help Peepers. We raised enough money to pay for his initial surgery, and we really appreciate all the contributions we received over the past several days. Abscess treatment is expensive, and we could not have started Peepers on the road to recovery without your help. So thanks again.
Peeps is doing better after his surgery. The first few days post-operation were a little nerve-wracking, as our lil’ bun wasn’t eating, and we could tell he was in pain. We’ve been feeding him with a syringe and administering several medications to kill the abscess infection and reduce his pain, and he does not like that. At all. But I’m glad to report that Peepers is already bouncing back. He started eating and binkying a little last night, and he’s acting more cooperative when medicine time comes around. He has a few more procedures ahead of him, but we have faith that he’ll bounce back to his ol’ active self in no time. We’ll keep ya posted.