Thursday, December 17, 2009

TVD | Holiday Bullshit

I mean, I dig Dee and the boys, but c'mon. We're not gonna take it is right.

Anyway, I was emailing with Ross from yesterday's 'First Date' and he tells me he's enjoying the 'Bullshit' feature (which really should be a weekly thing, right?) So, he shoots me this:

"I am actually a big fan of Aimee Mann's Christmas show she usually does at Birchmere around Christmas, and her Christmas album. She is my favorite singer/songwriter of all time, and I own all of her albums. But it's the fact that my dad not only owns EVERY Mannheim Steamroller cassette, but he'd dust them off and he would play it in the morning to wake everyone up, play it throughout the morning as we did gift exchanges & stockings, play it over family brunch, play it over dinner, and then turns it up as guests show up and we all got more and more drunk as the night would go on.

That's my only real problem with Christmas... it's almost to the point where drinking eggnog and hearing that shit had the same effect on me that sex, violence, and Beethoven's 9th had on Alex after treatment in a Clockwork Orange. So now I just aim to be slurry with a chance of blackout by the time I get my second plate of Belgium waffles.

Fortunately there is my Aimee Mann Christmas record: "One More Drifter In the Snow" the 24 hour "Christmas Story" marathon, and the fact that I watch "Die Hard" (best holiday film to date) at least twice within the 24 hours of Christmas... those usually keep my head just over drowning in typical holiday bullshit."

I said hey Ross, can I post that? He said fuck no.

"Slurry with a chance of blackout." Now, there's my new mantra.

Starling Electric - The St. Valentine's Day Massacre (Mp3)
Gang Of Four - At Home He's A Tourist (Mp3)
Silver Sun - Nobody (Mp3)
Redd Kross - Teen Competition (Mp3)
The Ramones - We're a Happy Family (Mp3)

A TVD Special Holiday Giveaway | An Ed and Donna Christmas!

Just because I’m not in the holiday spirit (...just yet, anyway) doesn’t mean others aren’t rockin’ the halls with Christmas cheer. On Sunday night (12/20), Galaxy Hut presents “An Ed and Donna Christmas” and we asked ‘Donna’, Olivia Mancini, for the low down on what we can expect and some background on that name.

So, uh, Donna?

"Last fall, old music buddies Ed Donohue (Donny Hue & the Colors) and Olivia Mancini (Olivia Mancini & the Mates) packed themselves, two acoustic guitars, and some of their favorite originals and oldies covers into a Volvo station wagon for their first ever tour as an acoustic duo. At a particularly memorable show in Charlottesville, a well-meaning but confused MC introduced them first as "Ed and Donny." And then as "Eddie and Don." And then, finally, serendipitously, as "Ed and Donna." Ed and Donna were born!

Ed and Donna specialize in the kind of harmony-heavy oldies songs they love to listen to, and they've crafted some of their own songs to reflect their appreciation for groups like the Everly Brothers, the Association, and the early Beatles.

For this Christmas-themed show, Ed and Donna invited some of their musical friends from around town to play some of their favorite holiday tunes. Meredith Bragg will appear, as will May Tabol of Pree. Comedic rapper The Randipulator will dazzle audiences, as well as reggae princess Lady Hatchett. Good times groups the Staccattos and the Fond Regards are also set to appear, in addition to Maureen Andary of DC's The Sweater Set. We'll have percussion instruments for those who want to join in and we'll encourage everyone to sing along with popular holiday tunes like, "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas."

Tickets are $4 and the show will start at 9."

Yes, the tickets are just $4.00 but we’ve got a pair to give away along with a copy of Olivia Mancini & the Mates’ latest ‘You Can See Mountains From Here.’ Hit is with your seasonal anecdote in the comments to this post (with contact info—important!) and the cheeriest of the lot will get one extra gift this year courtesy of Ed and Donna. We’ll choose our winner by Thursday (12/17) at noon!

Olivia Mancini & The Mates - Graphology (Mp3)
Donny Hue and the Colors - Mr. Red Blues (Mp3)