September 12, 2014
UCB Theatre • Too Many Assemblies!

This is Tuesday at 9:30 at UCB LA! I am doing a bit in it, and so are a lot of other great people. Don’t let it “fly” under your “radar” comedy “fans!”

September 11, 2014
Alex G - DSU

I’m going to recommend this album. The song “Hollow” is one of my favorites of the year - a sad, slow shuffle that reminds me at times of the best of my favorite Death Cab For Cutie album (and one of my favorite albums, period) “We Have The Facts And We’re Voting Yes”. “Boy” sounds like my friend’s band that only I and a couple other people have ever heard, and they were legitimately amazing.

Writing about music is hard, because it’s impossible to write about sound objectively. There’s only so many ways you can say an album is good before you become pretentious and meaningless. It’s imperfect and almost always devolves into personal anecdote. That’s ok, but I’m over it. I’ve written too much garbage about so much average music, and some of that is my fault. It’s so nice for me when I discover an album and I can just enjoy it, and I don’t have to feel obligated to put my two sense in about where it fits in the greater music pantheon. Now that half of this “review” has been about me, I urge you to just listen to Alex G’s DSU.

Alex G – DSU

September 9, 2014
Day 349-54


MBC: Last night, when Allie was asleep, I looked at her phone to see if there were any text messages from Craig.

There were three.

It wasn’t explicit. Just a couple of hey what’s up?’s and if I’m ever in LA we should hang out’s, but they shouldn’t be there at all. A relationship means…

September 8, 2014
Social Justice

I didn’t always used to be such a cool, feminist, racially and sexually tolerant guy. When I was a teenager, I would make racist jokes. I called people faggots. I called women sluts and whores and bitches and I believed it, too. I thought I was so smart and so great.

I’m lucky I had people in my life that, through their actions and words, showed me that blacks, gays, women, (and everybody else sorry for not including every single minority group in this list I know it’s very cisgendered of me but hang on) are human beings, that they are silly and smart and happy and sad and fucked up and wrong-headed and irrational and overly emotional and fantastic cooks and scared little children and, in rare moments, capable of true sweetness and human compassion.

Those people made me think about privilege, and about growing up straight, white, male, in an upper middle class neighborhood. They made me think that everyone deserves what I had, what I have. They made me think about why I thought the things I did and said and believed were OK, if that was the kind of person I wanted to be. Most importantly, they made me change my mind.

I’m not brave. I don’t deserve a medal. But I think those people are, and do. Because they could have just told me to fuck off forever and written a Tumblr post that called me out and made me feel so angry and forced to defend myself on the Internet like I was a soldier in a war. They wouldn’t have been wrong if they did that. But they didn’t, and my life is a lot better for it, and it’s been a very privileged life already, so I guess you can say they were real suckers, and you should never listen to a straight white man at all.

September 4, 2014

Ep 57 with Marissa Strickland-

This week, I interview Missy Baxter. Missy fell down a well when she was 2 years old, and survived there until she got out at age 13. I spoke with Missy about baby formula, the library, and abandonment.

Episode #57 - Missy Baxter

September 3, 2014

T Rex - Mambo Sun

T Rex was so good, this song could’ve come out yesterday and it’d still sound ahead of its time.

August 29, 2014


I’ve been around a long time and this is my blog so I’m going to say a thing here and it’s good I’m not on facebook so I can’t post it on your news feeds but here goes also it’s really judgmental I’m sorry sorry sorry:

You are supposed to go to your indie team/house team improv practice every…

I like practice.

August 28, 2014

FKA Twigs - Water Me

Hypnotic. Incredible. Breath-taking.

August 21, 2014

Ep 56 with Dan Lippert-

This week, I interview Clyde Phillipmen. Clyde is a surgeon at Astoria General Hospital, and recently won their most improved surgeon award. I spoke to Clyde about Asian Americans, our former Mayor, and working for the military.

Episode #56 - Clyde Phillipmen

August 19, 2014
Boyhood, The Sopranos, and Fathers and Sons

I saw Boyhood over the weekend, and it was fantastic. It had a scene in it that reminded me of possibly my favorite scene in all of theater and film - a very small moment in an episode of The Sopranos.

AJ is playing football at his school, and makes a big tackle. Tony is proud, very proud, maybe proud of his son for the first time in his life. Walking back to the car, Tony tells AJ he wants to take him out for hot dogs and ice cream. AJ doesn’t want to go, which hurts Tony’s feelings. AJ suggests they juts go home and play videogames instead, to which Tony responds, “when are you gonna grow up and throw those videogames out the freakin’ window?” AJ, hurt more than he would ever say, tells Tony they can go get hot dogs. Tony, completely oblivious, perks up - “yeah?” - but the moment is gone, and a father and son, who were so close to bonding, irrevocably split.

It’s one of the only times I’ve seen this in media - a parent really trying to connect with their kid, but missing the thing the kid wants to connect on.

When I was seven, I rented a turn-based military game based on Desert Storm for the Super Nintendo from Easy Video in Ramsey. I rented it because I knew my dad was interested in war, and I wanted to play it with him. I remember him coming home, bringing him downstairs, and showing him the game. He was still in his suit. He played for a couple minutes, fiddling with the controller to move a tank or two around, and then gave it to me. “It’s not for me,” he said.

Honestly, I think I’m only starting to get over that disappointment now.

There’s a coda to this non-story: in college, I took Microeconomics. My dad got real excited when I told him that, and it was worth taking just for his reaction. I got a B in the class without understanding anything. I did terribly on all the tests, until I came to an epiphany - economics isn’t a science, it’s a game. You’re not observing laws, you’re trying to screw the other guy out of his money and keep what you got for yourself. Any answer which would make the theoretical company the most money was always correct.

I tried, I really did. I guess when I play, I like the game to come on a cartridge.

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