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Oh Yeah… Stuff I Did Last Week

21 Sep

So, I keep forgetting to update this, but every so often I get around to it. Anywho, I attended two very different, yet very awesome events last week. The first saw me in a sea of backward hat wearing, high-fiving, super bro dudes who love 93X and their tatted up girlfriends when I went to see the Foo Fighters. I love the band, and I have a man crush on Dave Grohl, so it was great to see them do their thing. And do they did! Not only did they play an extra extended set because one of the openers couldn’t attend the show, they played more songs because we are awesome. (And by “we” I of course mean myself because I know Mr. Grohl was talking directly to me). Anyway, they went on to rock the Xcel Energy Center for over two and a half hours. It was the best Foo Fighters concert I’ve seen to date and they need to come back again sooner rather than later. And with better openers this time. Here’s some photos and the setlist.

Foo Fighters

Foo Fighters

Dave Grohl

Dave Grohl

Dave Grohl

Dave Grohl

Dave Grohl Rocking!

Dave Grohl Rocking! (This is my favorite photo I took that night!)

Dave Grohl on Rising Platform

Dave Grohl on Rising Platform

Dave Grohl and Jessy Greene

Dave Grohl and Jessy Greene

Dave Grohl Acoustic

Dave Grohl Acoustic

Setlist:

Bridge Burning

Rope

Pretender

My Hero

Learn To Fly

White Limo

Arlandria

Breakout

Cold Day In The Sun

Long Road To Ruin

Stacked Actors

Walk

Generator

Monkey Wrench

These Days

I Should Have Known

Skin And Bones

This Is A Call

All My Life

See You (Acoustic w/Jessy Greene)(Encore)

Best Of You (Acoustic)(Encore)

Times Like These (Encore)

Dear Rosemary (Encore)

Breakdown (Tom Petty)(Encore)

Tie Your Mother Down (Queen)(Encore)

Everlong (Encore)

Then on Friday, I was transported to the world of Geektopia, as I was in attendance for the Cinematic Titans at the Parkway Theater in South Minneapolis. Cinematic Titanic is the basically MST3K live, with many of the original cast from the show. The movie was called “War of the Insects” although the original, Japanese title is “Genocide.” I don’t think I need to tell you all (all three of you) that this movie was HORRIBLE. But that is the fun of the whole thing. The Cinematic Titans stand on stage to the side of the movie and riff on it while it plays. It was one of the best comedy experiences of my life and again, they need to come back sooner rather than later. This was the second time I have seen them, and, regrettably, the first time I didn’t know they did a meet and greet for the audience to sign things. Well, fast forward four years and this time I was not going to let the opportunity pass me by. So I got out my MST3K Amazing Colossal Episode Guide and had all of them sign it. The book is no longer in print, so copies are rare and hard to come by. And with me needing to get only two more autographs to round out the entire collection of collaborators, I may actually have the chance to some day do that. I will say that Bill Corbett, who played Crow after Trace left the show, was there, but he was an audience member and I didn’t want to disturb him to sign my book when he just wanted to enjoy the night.

MST3K Episode Guide

MST3K Episode Guide

TV's Frank Coniff

TV's Frank Coniff

Joel Hodgson

Joel Hodgson

Cinematic Titanic Autographs

Cinematic Titanic Autographs

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Mitchells and Hobbes and Packers! Oh My!

8 Nov

Last Wednesday I went to the Turf Club again for their annual Mystery Science Theater 3000 night. The movie was Mitchell, another that I own on DVD, and it is a horrible flick. But, that is also what makes it so deliciously good. There’s sweaty cops, hookers, kids being yelled at and the slowest car chase ever to be filmed. It’s really breathtaking, in that, your breath will be literally stolen from you as the movie sucks your soul out of your chest (Fact: your soul is actually located in the right femur, but it must exit the body through the chest cavity).

Mitchell MST3K

Mitchell MST3K at Turf Club

The number 4 bus I ride continues to surprise me. If it isn’t some Green Goblin tatted chick or a hick talking about his jaw being broken as “THE FUCKING BEST EXPERIENCE OF MY LIFE EVAR! FOR REALZ YO!” or dudes who are super hairy and probably related to sasquatch in some way, then it’s dudes sitting by themselves reading Calvin and Hobbes. Now, I love Calvin and Hobbes – I have pretty much every collection there is – but this dude just struck me as odd that he would be sitting on the bus at 4:45 in the afternoon on a Friday perusing the pages of a Calvin and Hobbes collection. I guess there isn’t anything wrong with that, but still. It was odd.

Calvin and Hobbes

Calvin and Hobbes on #4 bus

Also, happened to view the football team from Green Bay totally annihilate the team from Dallas. It was pretty embarrassing for all them Texans. I guess even losing is bigger in Texas though!

Packers vs. Cowboys

Packers vs. Cowboys

So, uh… Busy Lately

15 Sep

A night of MST3K started kicked things off a few weeks ago and it all went downhill from there. The Turf Club in St. Paul was the scene of Lady Gaga sightings the night before, and then they went and put on an MST3K night the day after! It was a good time, and a much better viewing experience, not only because I got there early enough to get a decent seat, but also because they held the viewing in the larger upstairs portion of the bar, meaning it was much less hot and stuffy and cramped. The movie on the night was called “Sidehackers” and is a season two episode. While this normally would mean that the whole thing could feel slow and just thrown together, this episode was in color, had decent riffs and a whole lot of horribleness with the movie itself. So all in all, a decent movie for so early in the run.

MST3K at Turf Club

MST3K at Turf Club - Sidehackers

Sidehackers Playbill

Sidehackers Playbill

After that, I went to Red Wing for my mom’s birthday. She lives on a houseboat down there, and own a dog. I decided to toss my aviators on the dog and she was really cool looking with them on. Just some shots of the dock and stuff then.

Red Wing Marina

Red Wing Marina

Red Wing Marina

Red Wing Marina

Dog with glasses

Dog with glasses

Then, on the way back to my place from Red Wing, I hit a milestone that I had been dreading for some time. Yes, my car finally turned over to 100,000 miles. To me, this means that my car is old now and is probably going to die on me at any time. Sure, it’s a Subaru, so it probably won’t, but you just never know. Keeping my fingers crossed that nothing bad happens as I can’t really afford any repairs at this time.

99,999 Miles

99,999 Miles

100,000 Miles

100,000 Miles - *Tear*

After that, I went out to a car and plane show in Osceola, Wisconsin called Wings and Wheels. Normally this place has some great cheap books to buy as well, but I was supremely disappointed by the selection that they had. Not only was there nothing that I wanted, the stuff I did want was still almost $20 even after the 50% discount. Oh well, next year. As usual though, the cars did not disappoint. There is always some expensive and unique stuff that shows up here and it’s interesting to see what people think they should include that should actually be at home in their garage as it is not a show car or anything special at all. But that’s what you get with a huge, free car show. Here are some pictures of the cars and a few of the planes, which were interesting as it was the first time in four years of going to this show that I stopped to take a look at them as well.

Wings and Wheels

Wings and Wheels - Toyota MR2

Wings and Wheels

Wings and Wheels - Datsun Drag Car

Wings and Wheels

Wings and Wheels

Wings and Wheels

Wings and Wheels

Wings and Wheels

Wings and Wheels

Wings and Wheels

Wings and Wheels

For the rest of the pictures of the cars, if you care to see them, which I hope you do, but if you don’t it won’t offend me, head over to my other blog at http://www.autopinionsbyvolk.wordpress.com.

Pic Dump

2 Sep

Some quick pictures of things that I have been to in the past few weeks, or been doing, or have just been thinking about possibly being up to doing at some point in the near or far future. So, without further ado.

This is the beach. It is located at Lake Calhoun and is on 32nd street. It is very hot and pretty rocky, but there are some good sites to be seen.

Calhoun Beach

Calhoun Beach

Calhoun Beach Sites

Calhoun Beach Sites

Next up is the Pizza Luce Block Party. Lookbook and Brother Ali were the highlights of the event, both of which are pictured here. That chick from Lookbook is also really hot, I only wish I was wearing my glasses 😦

Lookbook at Pizza Luce Block Party

Lookbook at Pizza Luce Block Party

Brother Ali Pizza Luce Block Party

Brother Ali Pizza Luce Block Party

Brother Ali

Brother Ali

Then I went golfing in Wisconsin on Sunday. See that bunker out there? Yeah, I drove the ball into that. It’s only like 300 yards… into the wind. No biggie.

Badlands Golfing

Badlands Golfing

Target Field once again, but this time from the nosebleeds with a view of the Minneapolis skyline. Left early as it was the Twins up 7-1 and went to a happy hour for the final outs. Smalley’s 87 Club in case you wanted to know. Very good apps and cheap beer!

Target Field

Target Field at Night

Target Field

Target Field - Minneapolis Skyline

Target Field

Target Field - Minneapolis Skyline

Target Field - Minneapolis Skyline

Target Field - Minneapolis Skyline

Target Field - Behind Home Plate

Target Field - Behind Home Plate

Finally, this past Sunday I went and saw the Led Zeppelin tribute band Zed Leppelin. They are supposed to be one of the best in the nation, and they did not disappoint. The concert lasted almost two hours and was FREE! Plus, they had actual production value and sounded very, very close to the real deal. One of the best concerts I’ve seen actually.

Zed Lepplin

Zed Lepplin

Zed Lepplin

Zed Lepplin

The only problem with concerts like this is the people they tend to attract… and these people invariably always sit directly in front of me. Case in point, the people in the picture below. The one on the right bears a striking resemblance to Nick Frost’s character in Spaced, while the one on the left was an idiot who put his stupid ass hat on sideways and then was the only person to actually put in EAR PLUGS while listening to these guys. Oh yeah, and he stood up and blocked my view while doing so for about a full minute. I wanted to slap him in the face, but I’m better than that… usually.

Idiots in Front of Me

Idiots in Front of Me

Stay tuned for the next post of more concert action, as well as some scenic stuff and the Minnesota State Fair. Also MST3K as well!

Turn Down The Lights (Where Applicable)

5 Aug

Turf Club

Turf Club - MST3K Night (Screen way up in front of those ladies there. Just FYI)

Look, I know the picture sucks, but what do you want from a camera phone in a darkened, underground, prohibition-era drinks emporium? Anyway, maybe the better question would be, why was I there? The answer to that lies in the fact that I love Mystery Science Theater 3000 and watching the episodes never gets old, and is a completely new experience with a dedicated crowd of Msties. Never heard of MST3K you say? Well then get the hell out of here! Or click this link.

The venue was the Turf Club on University Ave in St. Paul, and the movie was The Brain That Wouldn’t Die. It is notable for being the first episode in which Mike takes over from Joel. It is also a really bad movie that makes for decent riffing. I like how there is no real explanation of why Mike is there. Sure, if you watched the previous episode and listen to the theme song, it sort of explains things, but really, its never brought up and is just accepted. And that is what makes this whole thing work. Mike is a whole different personality from Joel, and I stand by my assertion that he was the better of the two hosts. But anyway, on to these other pictures.

The Brain That Wouldn't Die

The Brain That Wouldn't Die

Like I said, the movie was The Brain That Wouldn’t Die. This movie is near and dear to my heart and I will tell you why. As you can see, I have it on DVD already. This means I have seen it a bunch of times before. However, watching it with a live audience brought out a whole new version of the film. Because there are so many riffs, not everyone gets them all, but certain people will laugh at other certain things and this means that pretty much all of the riffs get some sort of response. This is the opposite of what happens to me when I watch most of the time, because many of the jokes or references go right over my head. Another reason this movie is so loved by myself is that it was the very first MST3K DVD I ever bought. I saw it on the shelf at Best Buy a long time ago and had to have it. Thus began my obsessional collecting of the series, which resulted in me acquiring every episode there has ever been TV – minus the KTMA episodes that never saw the light of day of course.

The Brain That Wouldn't Die

The Brain That Wouldn't Die - Mike Nelson Autograph

And as you can see from the above photo, there is a signature in the bottom right-hand corner of the chapter list. That there is Michael J. Nelson’s John Hancock itself! I have seen him speak a few times and got this movie autographed (among other MST3K related merch) because it was his first host appearance, and because it was my first MST3K DVD.

The Brain That Wouldn't Die

The Brain That Wouldn't Die - DVD Case

I don’t know if they have a set schedule for showing episodes, but the next showing is on September 1, at 10 p.m. So if you are in the St Paul area and want to see the film Sidehackers, head on down to the Turf Club on University. Its a tad bit warm in there (ok so it was fucking scorching hot and I sweated the entire time) but its a pretty good time and the price of free is right on the money! Also, they give you these sweet Gizmonics Institute pins and even make some Playbills of the movie with interesting trivia facts. I’ll be sure to go back again one of these days and rundown the movie… maybe… possibly. I can’t not end this without saying, keep circulating the tapes!

Gizmonics Institute Pins

Gizmonics Institute Pins