Friday, March 19, 2010

Uh...are they gone?

Wow. Yesterday was something, huh? It’s like we here at BSC international are some small Midwestern town and all of a sudden thousands of people flood in like we staged the gathering of the juggalos or something. Well, sadly, that’s all behind us now. It’s just us. I’ll say for the record that I hate that my opinions were broadcast as news, though I’m not dumb enough to pretend I don’t know why that happened, and I’d also like to mention that those anarchist kids, or those Against Me haters or whatever you want to call them, are the most humorless bunch of people, maybe ever. I mean, Sarah Palin is probably more fun. She at least likes to fuck and party a bit, right? Right.
Oh, and fucking and partying are fun, random anarchist lurkers. Get out of here if you don’t like the truth. I don’t want anyone lingering here that doesn’t believe in the sanctity of the natural pleasures provided to us by being born, and dirty boning is definitely included in that, so yeah…I dunno…shit. Every thing’s been so serious lately. It’s kind of hard to chill…
Nah, we can’t hide it, can we? There’s been record traffic here on the blog, based mostly on dildos who think their dumb opinions and passionate arguments about fake, non existent versions of actual, touchable bands mean a goddamned thing in the real world (and at least one guy who thinks that I’m a protégé of Ben Weasel…Hey, listen bud, I promised I’d never mention B weez again in this space, and well, I’m gonna leave it at this: I’d rather go on a week long camping trip, just me and Ben Weasel, than have dinner with you, random dildo. Google Brendan Kelly/Ben Weasel, or check out the BSC post entitled “that’s my pie” if you need a primer on why that’s an interesting statement. )
Okay, so yeah. These anarchists and former against me fans and general haters obviously all have dirty, dirty diapers and well, who can blame em, right? No one has come along and changed them, and lord knows they’re not changing anything just sitting there on the internet and dumpster diving for bike parts and day-old hoagie rolls.

Listen, dildos, I was once like you. And yes. Now I’m old and jaded. Sold out. I think food not bombs is a pretentious organization that lets privileged white kids get into garbage and prepare said garbage for people who are hungry mostly to let aforementioned privileged white kids feel like they’ve done something when really, what have they done? Fed garbage to bums? Wow. They would have probably never gotten that garbage if it wasn’t for you, Gavin!
I used to do this too. I know how hard it is to try and fit into a struggling culture when you’re not struggling yourself. Fuck. I mean, shit. You guys all stayed in last night and busted my balls for being a drunk asshole/ not seeing the whole trajectory of Against Me’s full arc from anarchists to wanna be foo fighters. What do you think happened to all those homeless? They probably died without the gentle soft hands of privileged white folks picking through the Dunkin Donuts dumpsters, eh? Probably.
Now, I don’t hate the attempt to make a difference in this world. It’s the most important thing you can do as an earthling. I think there is nothing so toxic as not trying. I also think there’s nothing as stupid on this earth as picking a fight with a bunch of ideologically driven morons on an anonymous forum such as the internet. Last night, reading all the comments that streamed in here, I was confronted by two distinct notions.
1. Jesus, everyone should take a lesson from the history of Against Me and NEVER try to appeal to this uniquely uncool and unbendable subculture of joy-impared dorks and:
2. these fuckers are just like Sarah Palin. They get all hung up on semantics. I say the phrase “stupid basement shows” as though I’m not someone who’s been to more basement shows than all of you. I STILL play basement shows. I played them Twenty, yes, TWENTY years ago and if I want to look at a facet of my life and refer to it as stupid, regardless of the fact that I’ve had amazing AMAZING experiences in basements while various bands (including mine) have played, it’s my fucking prerogative. Doesn’t mean I’m insulting your life, doesn’t mean I’m denying my own experience. It means I don’t have this dumb humorless existence based around semantics and propriety. Jeeeeeeeez. I thought that was why we got into punk rock in the first place: To kill the sacred cows. Now I can’t say a basement show is dumb? How bout this: Fuck a basement show. Fuck free water. Fuck the bums. Fuck the kids. Fuck the zines. Fuck all ages clubs that don’t serve booze, fuck bands that screen their own shirts, fuck hippies, fuck people getting paid in hugs/joints/full tanks of gas, fuck sleeping on floors, fuck sharing gear, fuck tours fuck vans fuck the internet and fuck the shit out of hand screened vinyl. Kay? How bout that? You people are so fucking interested in denying everything, but god forbid someone doesn’t like chaste hand holding, vegan cookies, the show at the local coffee shop, bangs and a buzz and stinky armpits. Then it’s a fucking mob scene, complete with torches, scapegoats, slogans and unwavering belief in a party line. Sounds uh…exactly like sarah palin, (uh…Hitler) don’t it? Well, that’s right you stinky shitsacks. You’re nothing but the young, ineffectual counterpoints to those who you most despise and your lack of motivation only helps them and proves their points. (oh, and just to restate, I love the idealism that drives people to care and attempt to change our shitty world. I think it’s really important. I’m just proving a point here about humorless dickheads and, well, generally trying to piss those self-same dickheads off. Why? Because it’s fun).
I mean, think about it, what have we done? There’s been an anarchist movement in this country for decades (the whole of the 1900s!). What do we have? A cookbook? Some shitty bookstores in basements with stained carpets? Tim McVeigh? Vegan meatloaf recipes? Wow. That’s an even lamer legacy than Chris Hannah spelled out for white people in “the only good fascist…” and that’s pretty sad, anarchists.
Oh, save me the time of sitting around on your internet and proving me wrong in times new roman, by the way. I’m on your side, actually. How bout you get out there and do something? Something real? Not protesting the cafeteria at your school, or the sexism at your office. That’s dull…Well, obviously you know nothing about saleability or commerce or how to get the ball rolling or how to get large groups of people galvanized or else you’d be following Against Me’s lead (or at least figuring out your own, better ways of doing it) and doing it, instead of sitting around and complaining and picking on me for sticking up for my friends, but then again, you’re anarchists and passionate, former against me fans, right? The only thing you affect is message boards and other people’s noses (by stinking, duh). And no. For the record, I do nothing. I’m everything you hate. I’m lazy and self serving and I want nothing more in life than to make money, eat bacon and die happy and fat. Fuck all y’all. So save yourselves the trouble.
But hey, y’all are punks too! I’m sure you lived it. I’m sure you could tell me a thing or two. Lord knows I don’t know what the fuck I’m talking about. I mean, punk? Tour? Anarchy? Peer education? Groundswell movements? Life long dedication to a subculture or cause at the expense of commercial success? Yeaah, what the fuck could I possibly know about any of that?
Here’s the real test, assholes. A motivated, truly inspired disciple of his doctrine would get out there and prove me wrong. A lazy dipshit would just settle for trying to point out my own hypocrisy and fight a meaningless battle here, or on some other message board, even after I’ve already stated that I’m not interested in listening. I mean, I’m obviously too much of an asshole to move or be swayed.
Which one are you?

105 comments:

Candice said...

Every time I think I'm falling out of love with you, you reel me back in.

Scott said...

this post definitely topped yesterday's. Thank you.

AlexCanteen said...

That was fucking awesome.

Sean said...

A simple formatting request. Put a blank line between your paragraphs. My old eyes can't read this shit the way you format it.

Take a look at any other blog/website etc, they put a blank line between so it's easier to read.

10-4 said...

I usually never comment, but this post is seriously a work of genius and hilarity. Bravo, Kelly.

PS: My word verification is feltch, which is close enough.

Kevin Burnett said...

Oh baby. I need a cigarette after that one.


Word Verification: Codwifle

Dan Theman said...

I'm 21 years old. I wake up at 6:30 M-F and work in an office with no windows till 5. I am everything I've hated and continue to hate. I would sell my soul to have Tom's/your/even the shittiest punk's talent and life. Maybe resentment towards Tom comes from that kind of jealousy. You think if you had it you wouldn't "sell out". You'd stay punk as all fuck and continue sticking it to the man from your squat.

Hamilton Martin said...

vitriol is better than coffee

Bradley said...

That was definitely a way to wake my ass up after the wonderful 2+1/2 hours of sleep I got last night.

Seriously though, agree completely.

Jimmy Collyer said...

The only thing that upset me about yesterday's post was the lack of felching.

Jorge said...

In deference to the Sarah Palin comments, and the sock drawer "sellout argument" I'll say this:

Winning an argument on the internet is like winning the Special Olympics. Even if you win, you're still fucking retarded.

Daniel said...

You know Brendan, I get that these guys are your friends, and you want to defend them from people attacking them. What I don't get is you attacking people who support you artistically through purchasing your music and merchandise for the bands and solo projects that you are involved in, and supporting you personally by loyaly reading your blog. I don't recall reading comments from anybody in the sock drawer yesterday that claimed to be anarchist, or squatters. I don't think those people care about your bands in the first place, and they certainly don't give a shit about your opinion. I'm not an anarchist, and I don't sit around idly criticizing people on the internet. I believe that you're the one that has used this blog for that purpose for these past closing in on two years, and then you get your panties in a bunch when some people have the audacity to not fall on their hands and knees to blow you concerning your misguided opions on a band that penned the words "Tell me how could you compromise yourself like this? Tell me how could you blame anyone else when you aren't really committed? Tell me where was your head when you broke that promise to yourself, the one where you don't forget every life lesson that happend before your eyes?" Please. And the whole arguement of 'I don't know the pressures against me has faced and I don't know the life they've lived and their struggles to get by everyday and their kids and their wives and yackity smackity.' Well, I'll tell you, I haven't ever worked at McDonalds either, but that doesn't stop me from criticizing their shitty food, or questionable business practices either.

Chris_CPSC said...

Love your blog. Long time listener, first time caller.

Anyway, is this what it would have been like in the 90's if Jawbreaker didn't break up? I guess it might have been more private, since the internet wasn't the bustling metropolis it is these days.

Great post. I associate my personal politics with anarchism, but holy crap, you hit the nail on the head. You voiced everything I hate about that community. Good job!

Showtyme said...

Genius! I used to be one of those anarchistic dickheads, and then I hit the ages of 22/23 and realized it was a complete waste of time and if I wanted to stop being so jaded I needed to become what I so desperately rebelled against (a "sell out" corporate douchebag).

But I still sit around poor and unemployed because even now after finishing my (what I currently think of as useless) biology bachelors, because here in Philly nobody wants to hire a 25 year old, just graduated kid. So I have resigned to move to MN and try my luck starting completely over (and I still plan on finishing my "selling out" movement as soon as possible).

planespotting said...

nice blog Bren.

We should take a page from Ronald Reagan's book (that goddamn sonofabitch) and make sure punk rock is a "big tent" that's open to a variety of ideas, perspectives, outlooks and experiences (as long as those attitudes aren't like, "kill all the jews" or "America is for white people").

Being open minded and accepting is essentially the essence of being punk, at least from an ideological standpoint. But we've all probably seen first hand that that's not really true all the time.

When folks get all bent out of shape because a band does this or a notable person does that or a certain group isn't vegan or straight edge or whatever-the-fuck flavor of the week is the thing to do in this scene right now, the consequences can only be negative.

It's OK to have dissent within the "ranks" and conversations about perspectives and attitude and all that shit, but in the end, does it even fucking matter if Punk Guy X doesn't like it when anyone drinks caffeine or Punk Girl Y thinks buying coffee at starbucks is a a slap in the face or Punk hermaphrodite Z thinks it's OK to play a venue like the Riv but going one step up is selling out?

No, obviously, it doesn't. So there's no reason to get all bent out of shape for anything like that, really.

Josh said...

"Winning an argument on the internet is like winning the Special Olympics. Even if you win, you're still fucking retarded."

What a clever and originaly thought.

Jorge said...

Citation: Robert Mark White, some dude with a kickass beard.

http://jyte.com/cl/winning-an-argument-on-the-internet-is-like-winning-a-contest-at-the-special-olympics-you-may-have-won-but-who-did-you-beat-2

Is that better @josh? I didn't realize that I would have to cite my sources. Will there be a test later too?

Josh said...

I don't understand why you're citing something, my comment was due to the fact that it's an incredibley old and unfunny meme that I really wish would just die already but shows up at least once in any thread that becomes a debate/argument.

The only thing more reliable is Godwin's Law.

Jake Regier said...

Winning an argument online is like winning the Special Olympics. Even if you win, no one gives a shit because assholes on forums tend to devalidate any accomplishment ever made by a minority, including responding to everyone as 'fag' and tossing the words 'nigger' and 'retard' about.

Jake Regier said...

And on the subject of ambition, we're akin to a less talented product of No Idea.

http://lacesout.bandcamp.com/

dustyfloors said...

Holy shit! What happened here when I left? Featured on punknews? Crazy. I wish I had known what was going to happen. I would've quoted Jeff Rosenstock. He's from BtMI! and they're REAL punx cuz they give their records away.

"Every Fugazi record has a catalog number and a price tag and every independent label is selling you another goddamn product."

Heh. Did I mention I would totally contract an STD from Ke$ha?

Mark said...

Haters gonna hate.

Jorge said...

A "tired an unfunny meme" sums up how I feel about a tired and pointless discussion about selling-out/who's punk/what's punk. Its as pointless as saying "is this art?"

Side note, does anybody else go to art gallery openings and make up pretentious interpretations about the art while consuming their free shitty wine? That's always fun.

Rhymes Akimbo said...

Amazing post...I mean personally, my only complaint with Against Me! is that I feel their music has declined in quality over the past few years but eh that's just my biased opinion and I certainly don't attribute it to the fact that they're not "upping teh punx" anymore

Rhymes Akimbo said...

Also, I really shouldn't call it a complaint considering they've given me so much great music and really they don't owe me anything.

Josh said...

A "tired an unfunny meme" sums up how I feel about a tired and pointless discussion about selling-out/who's punk/what's punk. Its as pointless as saying "is this art?"

I used to get wayyyyy caught up in genre and semantics and argue till I was blue in the face/my fingers were ready to fall off.

I am so very, very glad I grew up and out of that mindset.

Hollowpoint & Whiskey said...

In the immortal words of Sir Arthur Lange, Wahhhhhh.

John F. said...

I love this post. BK rules.

Luke said...

You have to check this out...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5886Nb_psg&feature=player_embedded

christa! said...

You get a standing ovation from me, good sir!

Rob.m said...

I'm no anarchist, I might be one of these lazy stoner types you've been dropping a little lately but I like to think I'm an active one.. I also think a lot of people read the blog but never join the drawer, I know I was one of those folks before yesterday. I read this hunk of junk every day and respect your POV on damn near everything.

Question: Does BK smoke the dope? I hate to be one of "thoooose guys", but I'm curious.

JSIN said...

"Wow. That’s an even lamer legacy than Chris Hannah spelled out for white people in “the only good fascist…” and that’s pretty sad, anarchists."

Courto. said...

I've never left a comment on this before, but i really just have to say, this was awesome. People arguing on public forums online are my biggest pet peeve. It's just the ultimate level of douche bag. Thanks for making my day, once again.

Frank (Long Island) said...

two things...

1) BK for president

2) Slapstick coulda sold out stadiums

TheEvilNarwhale said...

<3<3<3

TheEvilNarwhale said...

Also 10-4 if you are 10-eleanor tell tim he is my favorite person in the world for being the human jukebox at harvest of hope again

Shawners said...

Nice!

Moore Sketches! said...

i could not wait to get off work and get me some bad sandwich today- the anticipation was killing me.

the way you just flow all off the cuff-like gets me every damn time. i have all these thoughts in my brain that i can't quite get together, and then i read your words and i'm like 'yes, yes! yeah!!!' ..like you put all the pieces together and even found other ones that were missing.

always inspiring mr. BK.

Daniel said...

Money, thrills, and girls! That's what its all about people. And Beex I love you, no homo.

P.S. I think this is what the unabomber was trying to stop, you know, all the whiny people who have no lives, but a whole lot of meaningless opinions.

ACE said...

You deserve an award my good sir! This topped your last blog! =)

Josh said...

@Courto: How is it any worse than debating/arguing with someone in person?

I've found I get a lot more joy, mental stimulation and I've learned more from those random argument and debates on public forums with people that have different opinions and views than I do while using my "free" time at work than I would playing flash games or reading punknews.org or some random blog (BSC not included since it's the only one I follow now that Violent Acres [which is incredible if you've never checked it out] doesn't update anymore.)

/shrug

Josh said...

Also shouldn't this: http://video.aol.com/video-detail/rapid-decompression/2834887318

Been shot at wembley stadium or something TEE HEE.


Disclaimer: It's a joke, don't jump down my throat.

j said...

i second the blank line between paragraphs...

Tonys_fake_macho_internet_persona said...

Define 'Doing something'. I hear that muttered so often by and usually it means bringing up awareness, holding a benefit concert or something lame like that. Something that doesn't really accomplish much. When such a small minority of people hold certain views they can't really change anything, especially when most of them don't really know what they're exactly advocating.

Sean said...

It seems there are two Sean's in this here sock drawer... seeing as the lack of spaces don't bother my eyes, I assume I am the younger incarnation of Elder-Sean...

To the point, this post made me jizz harder than each time I listen to the new White Crosses album.....


The title track reminds me of that acoustic show you guys played in St. Augustine last April '09..... walking around that town with my friend Alison and trying to find that "Pink Flamingo playing a saxophone" bar that Tom Gabel described in his blog... (turns out I think it got shut down...)

David said...

Maybe they'll be gone by next week and we can go back to talking about Buck Angel and aliens.

More dick jokes please!

Sean said...

Also, is it weird that every time I read some asshole comment about Against Me! being "sell outs/douchebags/fags" it makes me put on the new album and enjoy it even HARDER?

[if hardness is a measure of enjoyment... it seems like it would be a fit (heh)]

[... and double brackets are pretty useful (ya'll should try it)]

Jason. said...

the guitarist in my band sent me a link to this because he thought i'd like it.
he was right.

excellent use of the word "dildo", if nothing else.

-j

Mark said...

The Sock Drawer hasn't seen this much action since the days leading up to the EP release.

Bridgett said...

I can't believe there's close to (if not more) than 10 comments of people arguing over someone using the Special Olympics and the internet thing. Dude, go watch some porn and quit arguing like retards.

Am I the only one that feels left out of a good majority of BK's posts (well, except two days ago's when I caused all this insanity) because I don't drink? I mean, ya'll make it sound so fun, but I just never got into it, and now I can't mix alcohol with my meds. Apparently I'll die or something. But yeah, I don't understand all the hipster drunk stuff. Just me?

kylewagoner said...

Swastikas and Klan robes...

Yeah, I can't think of any "anarchists" that have made a lasting impression on the world as a whole. I still dig Against Me!, for the record, anddd I don't fear the change that anarchists say they're so "for." Anywho, two for two.

love,
Kyle

Bridgett said...

PS: I would much rather be talking about puking on the dicks of Juggalos. Let's go back to that.

David said...

Straight from the heart, Bren. Nice. I especially like the line "...proving me wrong in times new roman". Still think White Crosses stinks real, real bad, though. DH.

toaster_oven said...

does anybody know the record for most number of comments on BSC?

Greg Wood said...

Fuck yes. You should compile a book of all this stuff so English gentlemen like myself can read this sort of thing whilst on the lavatory.

chris said...

Okay I dont follow you or ben weasel but just because he talked shit about your band doesnt mean youre not influenced by him. I'm just saying I get the same feeling from his writing and your writing. ok, youre slightly less volatile.
Youre right about one thing. I gotta cut this arguing on the internet, its a quickly rising habit that needs to be cut short. Hopefully this'll be it. So I'm no kid and Im no blogger. I have a band, we have records out, I'm a member of society who lives, not on the streets, but more meagerly than many because of my constitution. I totally agree with you on the ambition issue (and ambition mission was a great band), I'm a big Ayn Rand fan, but you know...they were really like the bob dylan of our generation, its not a punk thing, its a love thing.

Alex Pel said...

I'm an anarchist and I still love Against Me!

WHOA. WHOAAAAA.

and I really dislike the said purists/elitist assholes that leave a bad taste in everyone's mouth when it comes to anarchism because of how tunnel visioned and generally annoying they are.

chris said...

Once again i apologize for invading your blog, its really not cool. Like I said I left one comment on gabels blog which some kid then said was what you referred to as a german compliment on yours so...yea, and then I came across that. No disrespect meant, hope we're still on for dinner

10-4 said...

@TheEvilNarwhale: This is Tim, and thank you for singing along!

Seagull Steve said...

Sounds like something struck a nerve....the kids dont want you to be human.

balls yo said...

First off, FUCK EVERYONE BUT ME!

k, glad thats settled. Now, For the FUCKING RECORD!....everyone who does anything other than waste away and die in one week is a SELL OUT! wanna know why? huh? Because if you eat more than once a week that is more times than some people (dead people who already died this week of starvation) eat in a lifetime! (pun intended). Basically, I LOVE the ideas people have about judging others based off their own view of what and when what becomes EXCESS...aka "selling out." For example, a guy pulls up in a BMW and a guy standing by his nissan pick up calls the guy a rich dick cuz he drives a BMW (totally unnecessary to drive that nice a car BRO!) but then the guy who rides a bike everywhere calls the guy with the nissan a dick for even owning a car at all (like totally get with the times nissan bro dude, get a FIXXY and a shitty neck tat and yell at people for driving)...then the kid who can't afford a bike and walks to all his destinations calls FIXXY-TARD a fixxy-tard cuz he is an ass hole for being able to afford a bike!

SO, a bum sees this and asks foot soldier kid who he thinks he is (cuz bum dude doesn't even own shoes) and this spoiled fucking walking kid owns shoes and that's totally bull shit cuz why should this fat kid own shoes (totally excessive to own shoes socks!) when the bum can't afford shoes.

***SO, after the bum yells at walking with shoes kid the PHONE at the PHONE BOOTH where this bum lives *RINGS* (ring-ring...ring-ring) and GUESS WHO IT IS??? IT's a STARVING African child telling that shoeless bum to EAT a BAG OF DICKS because that spoiled fucking shoeless bum gets 3 free dumpster sandwiches a day and that makes the shoeless bum a sell out.

the only question i have is HOW THE FUCK DID STARVING AFRICAN KID GET The phone # to that PHONE BOOTH?????????

Oh! I bet that ASs HoLe from yesterdays comment section would know! you know who you are...(GUY WITH the WIFE IN THE ROOTS/GRANOLA BAND!) ---- I bet your wifes band sucks a bums cock!


For the RECORD
1. fuck homeless people
2. fuck fat kids who own shoes
3. fuck guys with nissan pick ups
4. fuck guys with BMW's
5. fuck starving africans
6. fuck fix gear kids
7. fuck the balls yo
8. fuck me
9. fuck an internet connection
10. motherfuck a computer
11. fuck this
12. fuck that
13. sickie 27 is cool
14. i like ROBB
15. DREW is cool
16. candices breasts
17.


Here is my plan, make a billion dollars, then burn a million cash on all your lawns.

fuck all ya'll

Sean said...

balls yo's comment was kinda meh.

I expected better from such a long rant, it was kinda interesting up until the list...

And chris, I was the guy that mentioned the german compliment...

I hope I wasn't a catalyst for any of this nonsense... haha

Blake said...

Brendan and Balls Yo both made my day.

balls yo said...

Don't listen to sean socks, he is still upset about our previous rap battle. i still love you sean, u were supposed to be #17 on my list i just couldnt remember your name.

Dennis said...

Why? Because it’s fun).

hallelujah,hallelujah,hallelujah

Amen to that.......

Sean said...

hahaha, you're right, I'm just bitter about not being placed on the "fuck" list right after Candice's breasts.

And what, I thought my Scary Movie 3 ripoff was a pretty uh... "dope" rap, "son."

Matt said...

'You're not punk, and I'm telling everyone...'

I don't much care for new Against Me, but I do not hate them. I don't much care for new Rise Against, but I don't hate them.

I like The Greatest Story Ever Told more than Oh Calcutta, but here I am reading this blog and still loving the bands that gave me fantastic albums in the past, even if I don't love what they make now.

If anything I am grateful for bands like Against Me!, who will serve as a gateway to punk for new fans as they go back through the discog, because fuck knows punks wont let anyone in to their scene if they don't already like the right stuff.

Candice said...

balls yo- are you saying fuck my breasts in a good way or a bad way?

Candice said...

and as BSC historian, the record is 101 comments on october 20th when brendan was cockteasing us with a surprise

Emily said...

I don't have any commentary on the bulk of the subject, but this line:

"How bout you get out there and do something? Something real? Not protesting the cafeteria at your school, or the sexism at your office."

What the hell? Okay, the first part is dumb, sure, but sexism is a VERY real issue, and only a guy would ever act like it isn't.

As someone who was on the receiving end of sexual harassment and sexism at the office, I can tell you that it is in no way comparable to bad cafeteria food. Seriously, what the fuck?

I know this wasn't what most of the blog was about, but as a girl, I don't like thinking that the singer of a band I love thinks sexism is a joke compared to "real issues."

dgibby said...

How is Oklahoma doing?

balls yo said...

Candice_ I actually typed that "rant" on my phone at work...really difficult to make it all make sense. The answer is in A GOOD way. But, actually, i was just bored and figured i would add a list er somethin, I just switched in the middle and started really not making sense. I like all the og socks. SIckie, drew, robb, owner operator, toto.
like sean said, i shouldn't a done the list. (just to comment a critique on my comment (not arrogant)).

sooo..yep, thats all, we all like your breasts.

Candice said...

oh, good! because i really like your balls, yo.

Brian Detweiler said...

The problem with kids being so so so punk is that they will eventually become so so so disillusioned with it, and the pendulum will swing so far to the other end and they'll end up listening to Phish and jam bands and feeling even more superior and pretentious because they think they know more than the punks do because they've "been there" etc.

I've seen it. I've done it (not the Phish and jam bands, but you know, other stuff). Luckily that happened at an early age and I was able to level off by getting into bands like Hot Water Music and TLA and I felt like I had found a kind of peace.

The other day, I was at a bar with a friend. I was wearing an Austin Lucas shirt. He listens to shitty Nu Metal, but whatever, I don't fault or judge him for it. I don't even talk about the bands I listen to, knowing that none of my friends have heard of any of them. But he proceeded to try to put me in the category of the holier-than-thou pretentious guys, which I'm really not at all. I like what I like. I let you like what you like.

I like Reinventing Axl Rose, and have liked each album since a little less. Not necessarily because they are getting popular, but more because I don't feel the connection I did with Reinventing. Maybe it's sentiment, maybe it's aesthetic, maybe it's because it's "before they were pop", whatever. But I'm happy for them if they're able to find success. They deserve it. Especially George. All the guys in HWM deserve success. They're stand-up dudes. And if playing in Against Me! means George doesn't have to work the door at Common Grounds anymore, then fuckin'-a man, that's great.

I haven't heard White Crosses yet (call me old fashioned, but I'll wait til things come out and buy them legally, thanks), but I will for sure give it the same chance I've given all their records.

By the way, for those of you who missed Jon Snodgrass' and Cory Branan's set at Harvest of Hope Fest (which is probably all of you - for shame), here's a video of Jon and Chris Wollard singing "He's Got a Way With Women":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hwKfkOTwF8

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Sean said...

emily - well, Brendan DID learn how to be a sexist at work today...

James said...

Jesus christ, Emily. Sexism in the workplace is a cliché, that was what he meant. How could that be any more obvious?

balls yo said...

Emily, if we worked together I would definitely under pay you (being that i am male and u r female I would surely be the boss)...and i would totally do you on my desk.

then burn a million cash on your lawn.

KyleLM said...

Everyone needs to laugh a little. Stop being so serious. Mostly at Emily. Laugh a little. Then go back to your sexist boss and realize how funny it is.

Jake Regier said...

Emily's pretty punk rock.

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alex icon said...

I'm with Emily on this one... the "lighten up a bit" frame of mind that BK espouses only goes so far before it becomes a very real and common justifier for all kinds of sickening bullshit like racism and homophobia and, for instance, sexism in the workplace. Which may be a cliché... but guess why it's a cliché? Because it's an issue that hasn't gone away yet. And it's not going to if we keep on laughing it off...

That said, I disagree with Emily saying that "only a guy would ever act like" sexism in the workplace isn't a big deal . In my experience women are often just as willing as men to scoff at stuff like that and pretend—so long as it's not happening to them personally—that it's not an issue at all. It's really frightening shit.

Keri said...

dear brendan,
i wish the sock drawer would stop kissing your ass. i'm a long-time reader, you even gave advice directly to me in an early post. i'm tired of reading the comments here--in my bored, drunken state--and seeing that MOST people agree with you. i mean, it's fine if people agree with you and find you funny, but to me it just seems like a lot of people kissing your ass via internet. i think these sock drawerers need to come up with something more substantial than "OMG YER SO RITE I WANNA SUCK YER DIX" if they're gonna say anything.

Drunken Acorn said...

are you saying I should firebomb a goverment building as an attempt to "get out there and do something"?

dv05 said...

Everyone just needs to relax. This discussion's topic somehow went from Against Me! to claiming Brendan is promoting sexism in the workplace, racism, etc etc. Come on now. As sarcastic as Brendan can be, we all know that's not true. He's written songs and been in bands that denounce such ideologies. Pretty much his whole music career he's been involved in anti sexist/racist tours like Plea for Peace or benefit shows like the one that raised money for Amadou Diallo.

Candice said...

i think freedom of speech is a constitutional right and anyone can post anything they want here, even if it's as trite as "i wanna suck your dick".

no one is forced to read anyone's comment and no one has to agree with anyone.

i read the comment section because i am actually interested in hearing other people's views, even if i don't agree with them.

you don't have to agree with brendan or anyone else for that matter. and even though everyone may think i'd suck his dick at the drop of a hat, it doesn't mean i always agree with him and am an ass kisser. but if i do disagree with him, i don't find it always necessary to go nuts on the internet about it. just as i don't praise him daily when he says something i agree with.

his last two posts i have agreed strongly with and if that makes me a sellout and a sexist, so be it.

everyone needs to lighten up. i miss the days of felching and facials.

egodiego said...

In semi-related news, Chuck Klosterman wrote a really interesting essay about why Weezer fans have been chronically disappointed since Pinkerton in his book Eating the Dinosaur. If waxing intellectual on pop culture is your thing, this guy's your man.

Sean said...

....uh..... but what if..... you.... WANT to... uhm... suck his....

Candice said...

very valid question, sean. i just flat out say it. you shouldn't keep feelings like that to yourself. they'll eat you up inside.

egodiego said...

... other than BSC, if that wasn't already assumed.

Mary said...

I see Brendan's point to be completely validated and it's crazy how all of this has blown up...
I just want to say that I'm confused why everyone seems to want to prosecute AM! and Tom Gabel for simply choosing to do what they want. Art and music is simply the expression of whoever is creating it and if you don't like the music they are producing or seeing a hundred or so more people at their shows? Then guess what, you can effortlessly choose not to fucking go or listen to it!!
The end. Why is all of that so complicated?

For those people who seem to complain about it all just sound like a bunch nagging chidren whining to their parents about something they want when that parent just won't give it to them.
I just can't believe after 5 years of leaving Fat Wreck people are still crying over it. It's embarassing. Get over it and move on.

Mary said...

@egodiego..that is sooo true!!
I've met very few Weezer fans who haven't said that.
I must read it!!

James said...

I saw Tom Gabel play for Liverpool this weekend. Let's talk about that instead. http://i.telegraph.co.uk/telegraph/multimedia/archive/01382/daniel_agger_1382914c.jpg and http://images.teamtalk.com/09/05/800x600/Daniel-Agger_2246399.jpg

Owner Operator said...

these comments: tldr

word veri: famousi

is that yoda talking up his fame?

Sean said...

Candice - yea, I admire your promiscuity...

...these feelings are like a shark eating me up inside

EATING ME ALIVE!

simon said...

Dammit Brendan Kelly, I love you!!

I'm from south africa, its awesome here, you guys, and by guys that is any incarnation of yours that you deem fit, should play here sometime and party, oh yeah!!

Ryan said...

Their new album is great, fuck the ballbags. See you next Tuesday Mr. Kelly and a couple times after that.

Candice said...

Sean- nice work.

Brian said...

All these anarchists are doing it wrong anyways. See, the problem with all of it is, once they have broken down society and government into nothing (and don't get me wrong I'm no fan of government/ politicians/ liars/ cowards/ cops with a Napoleon Complex) in order to "live freely" they are fucked. Totally, fully, deep ass-fuckedwithnolube fucked. I've talked with them before. Asked them questions about what they are going to do "after the break down," and things look pretty shitty for their lot. There are no vegan food joints then. There is no imported tofu. Shit, there wouldn't even be many veggies at all, what with nobody to water/ grow/ harvest/ sell at farmers markets. Too bad they are diametrically opposed to eating meat, as that may make the food aspect a bit easier. What are they going to do if someone comes to take their food that they have so carefully grown and stored for just such a circumstance? Oh, right, not much. Especially because those people will be working together in a gang. See, it's human nature to, when there is no order, get together with other humans in a mutual-survival sort of relationship. Sure, they are the anarchist kids, they will surely be together too, but too bad they are against everything! 'Cause that pesky violence would come in handy right there, if they had the knowledge and tools to do so (not that I'm condoning random acts of violence- but I'll get to that). See, I've even asked them if they know how to make anything (especially anything USEFUL), let alone fix something. The general consensus is: no. Well, they know how to organize a protest and make signs (heh, organization for the sake of destroying perceived order. Bitchin'), but that doesn't come in handy when people are running, looting, and stealing from other people. As for the oft controversial subject of guns (dundundun): Most of these people have never even SEEN a gun in real life. I'm not saying this because I think they should have it to shoot other people and take what they have worked for. I'm saying this bit because if they want to remove order, and people go ape shit (and I know people, and man, when there's no one there to stop him, he does some crazy, stupid shit) they will probably need them to go find and kill something to eat. Wait, they are against that... Damn. What a no-win situation for those guys. And they wont even know to to defend themselves. Uh, shit's not looking too bright for that whole anarchist thing, is it? Damn. That's just scratching the surface of the bad idea. Trust me, I love bad ideas, they usually make for the best stories, but I don't think that they have thought about one thing in particular that should ring true with them: You get rid of the reason for people to be nice to one another, and lots of people are going to die, whether it be by starvation, lack of medical help, by the hand of other people, or by suicide (probably as a result of all of the above, among other things). Kinda like war. Oh, wait, you are against war? Sounds like they are against themselves, really. I was into the whole anarchy thing too- when I was fourteen, before some serious, out-of-control shit forced me to take a step back from my own life to for the sake of some other people's, and by the wisdom of two pretty cool dudes who had "been there, done that, and it was stupid." An "anarchist society" (heh), as they envision it, just wouldn't work. It'd be a utopia, and those don't work. People fuck it up, and I hate to admit that. Shit, who doesn't want a utopia? It's ok, they will just discount me (and be as bad as all those politicians they despise. Well, I do too, but that's not the point), 'cause after all, I'm just some idiot from the central valley in California.

Oh, looks like I've gone and ranted in your comment box. Uhh, my bad. Eh, could be amusing. I'm going to go smoke, drink and try to sleep now. Damn sleep disorders.

planespotting said...

In other news, how does everyone feel about healthcare reform? Brendan, as an aging parent, are you pissed that your hard earned tax dollars are going to have to pay for abortions for every illegal immigrant? And lets not forget all the death panels that are being formed right now. Socialism! Communism! Facism! Freedom! Etc.

And what about Northern Iowa beating Kansas in the NCAA tournament. Pretty crazy eh?

Good thing there's not much else going on in the sock drawer now, so we can talk about these pressing issues.

!thriller! said...

Looks like I'm late to the party...

First off, I'd like to say: "Brendan, you want some cheeseburgers? Man I suck yo diiiiiiick!" Ahh now I fit in!

@kylewagoner
"Yeah, I can't think of any "anarchists" that have made a lasting impression on the world as a whole."
Emma Goldman? oops, fucking public school system!

But in all honesty, I think it's kewl you made a post about yesterdays comments. It shows people actually have shit to say and want to comment on others reactions with passion. Communication should not be taken for granted, it's a gift for us resource consuming, child raping, bomb dropping species infecting a beautiful planet.

Andrew said...

Er, Brian - read The Conquest of Bread by Peter Kropotkin.

Kids might be stupid, but the ideal is fairly sound.

Brian said...

Oh, I never said the IDEAL wasn't sound, I was just saying that what it has mutated into isn't.

Le sigh at the world.

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