Sunday, March 31, 2002

My weekend was spent filming, drinking, and filming my drinking.
My easter was spent in front of the television doing a little bit of homework. From what I saw this afternoon, it looked like "She's All That" and "10 Things I Hate About You" have very similiar plots. They also played the legomatic vWhite Stripes video for "Fell In Love With a Girl" today. And Sarah Silverman is a cast member on "Greg the Bunny." I learned more today than I have all semester. So much excitement today, I think I might have to go take a nap.
I got a haircut the other day and I have no regrets. I think I look a little more respectable.
I was in minnesota for the weekend hanging with my family and friends. On thursday night, I went bowling and I played the best game of my life. I got a 120! pretty respectable considering that I usually bowl a 50 or 60.
Last night I hung out with some of my friends and we made a camp fire. It was cold as hell but we kept each other warm and toasty with good conversation and good drink. Well, the drink was cheaper than it was good. In some places, you can buy a six pack of "Hard Cola" for a dollar. I'm serious. A friend of mine bought two cases worth. In all truth, I didn't partake in the "Hard Cola." I drank Rolling Rock.

Friday, March 29, 2002

hey i have not blogged in quite sometime so here it is for all of you guys out there who are fans of me only. Last thursday night was kind of disappointing to me because of the "blues" incident but i thought that Mabel really kicked ass. I went to Florida this week. It was an average of 85 degrees the whole time. The whole trip was centered around and basically focused on bacardi and coca-cola products. It was warm, I got a tan, and i gained some weight in the process. I love you guys and i want everyone to come to our return home party tonight in Whitewater where the right arms will be playing. Rum and Coke keeps the doctor away!

Thursday, March 28, 2002

A pretty boring day here in Madison. Woke up early and made a half-hearted attempt to find a job. Also rearranged my CD collection, and was reminded of all my old treasured discs. Not to be too confrontational, but I think my CD collection kicks some serious ass. You better start respecting. This sorting has also reacquainted me with "Stop Whispering" off of the Itch ep, which has since forth been stuck in my head.
This site is fairly interesting. Tambien, anyone interested in sharing Easter with me? I am even offering to help make dinner....

Wednesday, March 27, 2002

Craig and I went to see Death Cab for Cutie and the Dismemberment Plan Monday evening. The opening act, Cex was fairly amusing, a white boy rapper playing the tracks off an iBook. Death Cab was excellent, tho the vocals were mixed fairly low. Despite not playing many of their best songs, they entertained. Actually, in retrospect, they suceeded despite playing a few rather mediocre songs from "We Have the Facts." Dismemberment Plan was fantastic, playing great chunks of their last two albums. The set closing "OK, Joke's Over" was busted up by Cex, and they probably spent ten minutes going back and forth in mock rap battle. After seeing this show, I have serious doubts in anyone who does not like the Plan. Any band that can pull off a song as emotional yet freakoutworthy as "Timebomb", then incorperate a Death Cab song into the middle of punkrave out/rap battle deserves to be worshipped. I am so sorry that you all had to miss it. Songs than the Plan played: (rough order) A Life Of Possibilties, Pay for the Piano, Bra, Girl O'Clock, Gryoscope, Ellen and Ben, Gyroscope, Ice of Boston, Time Bomb, Superpowers, You Are Invited, Onward Fat Girl!, Following Through, The Other Side,Sentimental Man, Ok Joke's Over (rap battle w/Steadier Footing+others), What Do You Want Me To Say?, Back and Forth. There were also two fights at the Paradise last night, both of which I missed.
Nate and I went to the Death and Dismemberment show two nights ago and I can't believe neither one of us blogged about it. Holy crap! It was a wonderful show. I laughed, I sang, and I danced on stage during Ice of Boston with a bunch of people (including Jim from Twinstar). That's all I'm going to say because I assume nate will be inspired to give a more detailed account once he reads this.

Saturday, March 23, 2002

yeah, definitely check out the velvet teen. the song "radiapathy" is my favorite right now. in other events, my old roomate joel turns twenty one tonight. happy birthday! today is the beginning of the last of your drinking fun.
Ian and I went to see W. Von Brohm last night, who were a little sloppy, but still excellent. They should have their cd done shortly, which will rock your world. The headliners the Velvet Teen were suprisingly good, mixing early Thom Yorke's higher singing style with Death Cabish music. One of the members of the band also created an excellent etching for the front cover of the album. Go here to check out a few of their songs. They get DPC support. Yargh. + - =

Friday, March 22, 2002

Rundown on last nights show: Positives - Good Mabel set. Free drinks. Healthy chunk of cash. Got to listen to the Pedro the Lion on the way there. Negatives - Very long DPC set. Too much smoking. Lukewarm blues crowd (who thought we did good on the Creed song...?) Blues tribute band that formed between our sets and played two 'short' songs for a half an hour. Arriving home at four in the morning to discover one of best supporters was in the ER in Milwaukee due to a post-show drinking mishap (they are now fine.) I don't believe we will be back at the Up and Under anytime soon.

Thursday, March 21, 2002

I finally picked up the new N.E.R.D. disc. Most of the music is extremely danceable, but the lyrics=ridiculous. Either the Neptunes are sending up hip-hop culture, or they are way better producers then lyricists. In other news, you should come to our show at the Up and Under this evening. We will be pulling some rusty old ones out for the enjoyment of all. We are also looking for someone to be our designated drivers. We might let you have your way with us if you are interested. Naps.
I would like to apologize to all fans of The Right Arms who were looking forward to seeing them tonight at the up and under. But, most of all, I want to apologize to Rick and Chris. Sorry, guys. I promise we'll get you guys a show to make up for the up and under.
for those of you who are unaware, Mabel is playing instead of The Right Arms.
Someday Mabel's website will be finished.

Wednesday, March 20, 2002

whew. studying done! for now...

we would like to thank katy and alaina for answering yesterday's quiz. you guys kick ass!!!!
off to study. gonna be a good time. ohhh yeah. two midterms tomorrow. gonna be a good time. ohhh yeah.
Janel just told me that Terri Waddell might come visit the Doty Ranch tonight and she is coming to see us at the Up and Under. She might be bringing friends. Woo Hoo! We'll have fans!
marcus came today and we practiced like a real band. Looks like The Right Arms will be opening for us on thursday at the up and under. Too bad for marcus. He's going to be singing for three and a half hours. Hopefully, he doesn't burst a vocal cord. Right now, I have to read like five hundred pages for my 4:30 discussion, otherwise, I will just sit there and pretend that I know what they are talking about.
We rented Donnie Darko. It was pretty shnazzizzo. Very intriguing. I am going to watch it again sometime today. They get bonus points for an using "Love Will Tear Us Apart" by Joy Division. This is a link. I was born in this city, if I remember correctly. Of all the places to move away from.
We rented Donnie Darko. It was pretty shnazzy. Solid entertainment. You probably should watch it if you're a person. I recommend the website too, if you're a nerdy person with no life, like me.

Tuesday, March 19, 2002

If we are unable to rent Donnie Darko I am going to be in a seriously ugly mood this evening. Unequivically ugly. Also, you might not have picked up on this yet, but the rules of spelling don't apply to me, so do the best you can. Ugly i say.
Today's quiz: What is the name of Meat Loaf's character in Fight Club? In the movie they say, "His name is (blank). His name is (blank)." That should be more than enough info for you to get the correct answer. E-mail it to driftlessponyclub@hotmail.com. You may get a friendly reply.
alright, everybody. don't get alarmed. and don't get armed. we hope you like our underwear and hopefully they will make it a little easier for you to tell who's blogging. just wait unitl you see what paul's look like.

Monday, March 18, 2002

yo: microphone check one two one two. the dpc has some new p.a. speakers in house. this is part of our renewed commitment to bringing an exciting new element to all our live performances: vocals. be prepared to witness the birth of neo-marcus at the up & under this thursday!
When we played at the Electric Earth I remember seeing a few new faces. QUIET! That means a lot of you have been breaking the first two rules of Driftless Pony Club.

If you don't know what I'm talking about, that means you're not cool and you get a homework assignment. Watch Fight Club right away. There'll be a test in a few days. If you fail, I will be Jack's total lack of respect.

Sunday, March 17, 2002

While the rest of the world goes to the Casbah, watches Big Daddy on TV, or makes mixtapes, I am working on a paper comparing the relative rises of fame of 'great scientists' Issac Newton and Louis Agassiz. You say you've never heard of Louis Agassiz? There's a reason for that my friend. I also pulled off two different band practices in a row. Nothing quite like forgetting how most of your own songs start off. The previously mentioned bottle of jaegermeister was mine, until I gave it to Matt's girlfriend to consume, resulting in its location on his desk. I had a rant about ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead but I think I'd rather right about the history of science. Merfities.
there's a tiny bottle of jaegermeister on my desk. How it got there, I do not know.

i for one, truly enjoyed the partaking of maddog 20/20. my suggestion is flavored in the manner of peaches and cream.

also note, the Red Shed would be better if hit earlier.

nota plus two, i had prime photo opts, as the marshall spectators were typically set at a height lower than mine, thus i was the giant in the land of hobbits.
dude! THERE WERE THE HOTTEST GIRLS DANCING LAST NIGHT! we went to a party at kelly's house that had live djs. and there were some mad raver chicks doing THE MOST MESSED UP dancing that i have ever seen. i was intensely happy. i also met a guy from the band kadence. from our conversation, i found out that they have a street team. alas, we do not have a street team. we poster all by our cold lonesome selves. at the end of the night, i found out that kelly plays guitar. she has the most ragtag looking homemade amp setup ever, but it was cool. and she has a collection of dpc concert handouts. cool as well.
I had a wonderful conversation with Mike Fucking Gilson last night, in which he encourage us to change our sound to that of Hip Hop. I agreed. That is definitely the direction I see our music is going, and if others disagree I guess I'll have to leave the band. Hip hop dudes always have tons of skimpy women in their videos, not so much for emo rockers. Now I will close with the words of Nate Bartley, "Boss."

Saturday, March 16, 2002

after much deliberation, i gave the "hot coffee" mix to the guys at electric earth last night. here is the track list:

1. Pedro the lion, Indian Summer
2. The New Pornographers, Mystery Hours
3. Appleseed Cast, Forever Longing The Golden Sunsets
4. Kid Dakota, Smokestack
5. REM, E-Bow the Letter
6. Rainer Maria, Artificial Light
7. Owls, Life In The Hair Salon-Themed Bar On The Island
8. Hot Rod Circuit, Power of the Vitamins
9. Blind Willie McTell, Dying Crapshooter’s Blues
10. Murder City Devils, Rum to Whiskey
The show yesterday was interesting. 300 kids and my grandma were there. The biggest audience we ever had, cuz they were forced to watch by their teachers. Maddog 20/20 was a wonderful experience last night. I don't know what nate is talking about. I drank a bottle by myself, then 4 beers or so, then we went to the bars.
So yesteday's show at the Marshall High School was very amusing. They bussed in the middle schoolers so we had a captive audience of some 300 youngsters. The best part was when we invited the kids up the front causing us to be surrounded by prepubescent screaming kids giving us the International Hand Sign For Rock. We should have pictures of us set up in the middle of a huge gym with our captive audiences. After the show, Craig, Janel and I decided to celebrate with some Maddog 20/20. If you are not familiar with the stuff, I urge you to never, ever use it. I am not sure I will ever be the same again. Urgh.

Friday, March 15, 2002

so i am working on mix number three for the electric earth crew right now. all i can say is that i am trying to redeem myself for the second mix i made for them, which was a good mix, but not at the same level of my first mix. life is hard.

Thursday, March 14, 2002

movies movies movies movies movies movies moo-hoo-vees
if you don't count those drunken blogs from the wee hours of the morning, i think this is the earliest i have blogged in a while. last night we got ready for our show in marshall by going to see the royal tenenbaums at the movie theater. i love that movie so much, more than i will ever love any human being. oh yeah! the ruether blues have completely arrived in house and are assembled in the basement. i gave them a quick run through last night, and they sound just as cool as ever. now all i have to do is sell my car and buy some cymbals!

Wednesday, March 13, 2002

i am listening to some susumu yokota right now, sitting in the basement of the computer building. "why?" you might ask. i would then ask you, "what do you mean, why am i listening to susumu yokota, or why am i sitting in a lonely, desolate, god-forsaken place such as the basement of the computer building?" if you acknowledge the former, i will reply that i like the piano loops. if you acknowledge the later, i will make you debug the evil computer project i am working on.
HEY! We need a band to play with us in milwaukee on march 21st! Please help us!
It is comforting to be in the memorial library computer lab once again. The temperature is always pleasant, the social atmosphere is close to nonexistent, and the macintosh computers are as sleek and saavy as always.
In a half-hour or so, I will be director of photography for a comm arts 651 project that is being shot in the north stacks of the memorial library. Tomorrow night, I will be here again doing the same thing, and, again, on friday night. Don't misunderstand me: I like playing with cameras and, since it isn't my project, there isn't much pressure. nevertheless, it is going to take a long time. And isn't The West Wing on tonight?
I've always meant to watch that show. I hear that it is supposed to be good. Martin Sheen is in it. he's a pretty good actor. he had a nervous breakdown during the filming of apocalyspe now. he may have had a heart attack as well.
Welcome to Nate's Wednesday morning. Today's topic: Tuesday night at the Paradise. Let's make this clear: this situation is extremely annoying, redeemable only by the very low cost of rail drinks. Besides the obviously high concentration of indie rock scenesters, the jukebox needs to be addressed. The jukebox by itself is great, it has a wide selection of fantastic muisc, and frankly, hearing Rum To Whiskey or That's When I Reach For My Revolver usually makes my evening. However, on Tuedsay nights the jukebox is strongly abused and the Strokes and Radiohead (Kid A era) are played without fail. This needs to stop immedietely. I have nothing against these bands, but dammit people, play something else for once. Seriously, I don't ever want to hear Idioteque or Is This It ever again at the Paradise. I will break these records if I have to. I happier times, NERD came out with their revamped album yesterday. If you want to buy this for me, or direct me to some newer Mp3s, click on my pic and talk to me.

Tuesday, March 12, 2002

my bartlett filter has golf-ball dimples! and my box filter looks just like my bartlett filter! will it never end? aaaaaahhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!

Monday, March 11, 2002

Hey. Welcome to Craig blogging more often.
So, a week after threatning to get the Big Black cd, I finally waltzed into the Exclusive Company and picked up The Rich Man's 8 Track . This is the best CD I have bought this year. It's a kick to the head. The guitars sound nothing like guitars. My throat would swell up if I even tried to hum one of their songs.....so you are going to have to buy it yourself dork. In other news, the Guerrilla Girls are coming to Madison tomorrow night. If you are lucky, you already have a ticket. Otherwise, you can read about it here tomorrow. I also made muffins at the Cat today. You have no idea how good they were. Neither do I, as I left before they were done. In conclusion, the Promise Ring's Wood/Water is going to be the most underwhelming album of this young century. Don't buy the hype.
so I went to www.stevereidell.com because Nate told me that five dollar foundation has a blog too. I found the blog and checked it out. Jesus Christ!! While we are lucky to blog once or twice a day, steve reidell and his crew blog every ten minutes. Don't they have anything better to do? To add injury to insult, it is called west wash (very similar to doty ranch). I hope people don't think that we're copying five dollar foundation. We were unaware of the west wash blog and we apologize to all parties involved. Nevertheless, the doty ranch blog will remain. Maybe we'll start blogging more often. Maybe even marcus will blog.

Sunday, March 10, 2002

Last night's show went very, very well, as people were rocked out of their heads by all the bands involved. Special thanks to Brett at the Tron Solo party, which was very crazy and featured girls dancing on the bar, people making out in the stairwell, etc. The mabel party was less crazy, but featured several people thrusting smokes into my hands. On the way home, I found a pack of camels, and then proceeded to throw them all off the fourth floor porch to keep myself from finishing them. That's the kind of self control I need all the time. Thanks to everybody who came out to the show last night. You can now get the Driftless Pony Club in love EP and buttons by emailing us. They well be cheap, and you will be the coolest kid on your block. Boss.
the show went well. despite the inadequate bass playing. props to tron solo, who got me fucked up beyond belief. i will now pass out.

Saturday, March 09, 2002

Tonight will see the release of the debut Driftless Pony Club ep in love so pick up a copy at our show this evening. It features many of our well liked songs, tho not all of them are about love. They are also remastered and cleaned up, so they put the mp3 versions to shame. We are already looking forward to our next ep thanks god for pre-nups.
We have some cd's ready! This is the beginning of the DPC/Viacom media conglomerate. Next will be the DPC Doritos sweepstakes!

Friday, March 08, 2002

I saw The Time Machine today. Seriously, if you haven't seen it drag your ass down to the theatre. Not to watch it, but to tell the people there that you will never watch it because it's monumentally horrible. Now I'm going to go about my daily business, slowly wiping the movie away from my memory.
let's have a good time. and miller high life is $10 per 18 pack. show up saturday, alright?

Wednesday, March 06, 2002

I hung up so many flyers tonight that, thousands of years from now, archeaologists will think that 21st century america was obssessed with some sort of bunny audiophile demigod.

Tuesday, March 05, 2002

this post is where I yell: "ENDTRODUCING.....DJ Shadow" kicks ass! how 'bout i buy some more cd's from four years ago...lame.

Monday, March 04, 2002

Good afternoon to all of you out there in internet land. I'm blogging right now when I should be doing homework. Massive amounts of it. But when you think of something you can do other than homework, why not do it. After this blog I will make myself some nice macoroni and cheese and then possibly watch some tv. I'll drink beer if we have it.

Special recognition should go out to Katy for her e-mail she wrote us a while ago. It was highly entertaining and insightful. Thank you for your appreciation of our blog diaries. And thanks to all of the others who sent e-mail in appreciation. We have hired a special team of monkeys to read them all and respond accordingly. If you don't know what the hell I'm talking about, the e-mail is driftlessponyclub@hotmail.com. We, or I should say, our monkeys would love to read your comments.
Tomorrow I am going to buy me a Big Black cd. Steve Albini is a songwriting genius, if by genius you are including people who are pretending to be complete antisocial pyschopaths, in which case my original statement stands. You have to respect a man who can write a song like "Cables" and Prayer To God", even tho the later is a Shellac song. I listened to "Don't We Deserve A Look At The Way You Really Are" four times in a row this evening, which amounts to almost a straight hour or two note bass riff. This all ends up with me saying that you should email me at smoothnougat@yahoo.com to say someones reading this, otherwise I will resort to Albini-style taunting until my demands are met. In other news, we went to a make out party on Friday night. Unfortunently, I was there at 9 and fell asleep at 2, while the party didn't really pick up steam until 1:30 in the morning. Also, a member of our household had the distinction of accidentally peeing on another guest. If they don't come forward with their version of this story I will be forced to throw in some heresay. Death to videodrome.

Sunday, March 03, 2002

Marcus came to the Doty Ranch today and DPC reformed after a 36 day hiatus. The practice went well, however, the toughest part of the day involved our set list for saturday. We pent 36 hours deliberating on whether or not to play casa bianca. We didn't play the song last time and it looks like we aren't going to play it this time. Although I cannot devulge the actual contents of the set list I can say this: It will be eight to nine songs long and one of those will be brand spankin new. Long live the new flesh.

Saturday, March 02, 2002

alright, folks. we just found out on thursday that boylion is calling in sick for the electric earth show. don't worry, though.. we have filled the slot with our friends from down the doty street: tron solo & the digital ninjas. these guys kick some ass, so be ready.
ninjas unite!