Posts tagged “Open Mike Eagle”

Friday, 1 December 2017

Open Mike Eagle is One of the Best

Better than Bob Dylan.

Better than Bob Dylan.

I swear this website is not becoming just an Open Mike Eagle fansite. But He just keeps on a-doin’ amazing things, so I’m gonna just keep on a-postin’ about them.

Case in point: Rolling Stone recently came out with their Best 50 Albums of 2017 list. Guess what came in at #34, right above a Bob Dylan album?

Tha’s right. Open Mike Em-Effing Eagle’s new album, Brick Body Kids Still Daydream. This was, of course, my “Album of the Month” in November, so I’d like to think that I was ahead of Rolling Stone on this one. BBKSD is a really remarkable album. Voila:

*Ring-Ring* Hey, Mike! It’s the Congratumaphone. It’s for you!

It's the Congratumaphone!

Congratulations, Open Mike Eagle!

Categories: Celebrities, Music, My Famous Friends.

Thursday, 9 November 2017

“Of the Month” November 2017

Hey, sorry this is so late. Having a kid born the day after Halloween means the beginning of November is kinda hectic!

Album of the Month:

Brick Body Kids Still Daydream by Open Mike Eagle

A few years ago Mike released Dark Comedy, an hilarious album tinged with anger and darkness. Well, Brick Body Kids Still Daydream is kind of the opposite; it’s a dark and angry album tinged with hilarity. And it is SO SO GOOD. A concept album about the now-destroyed Robert Taylor Homes in Chicago where Mike (and earlier, Mr. T) spent some of his youth, BBKSD is a stark exploration of some very big injustices. It’s also at times extraordinarily beautiful. Just listen to “Daydreaming in the Projects” here:

Also listen to the sun-drenched, wistful nostalgia that gushes out of the just lovely “95 Radios” here:

I don’t want to make this album sound like a complete drag; Mike is still as geeky as ever, and there is some genuine hilarity like in “No Selling (Uncle Butch Pretending it Don’t Hurt),” in which very funny braggadocio serves to illustrate both the toxic environment that induces men to act tough and unfeeling as well as the toxicity of such behavior itself.

Man, this album is smart. The best album of 2017 by leaps and bounds.

Cartoon of the Month:

Over the Garden Wall

I initially didn’t watch this cartoon when it aired on Cartoon Network a few years ago because I thought it was some dumb cartoon about garden gnomes (understandable, considering it has the word “Garden” in it and the main character wears a conical hat). But the truth is this is a dark and creepy and surreal dive into weirdness and the nature of fear. About two children (well, one teenager and one child) who get somehow lost in “The Unknown,” a very strange and anachronistic forest environment where talking animals and magic are commonplace, Over the Garden Wall is a miniseries of ten 11-minute episodes. So at 110 minutes it’s very possible to watch it all in one sitting, which I highly recommend. Taking place in the days after Halloween, it’s an absolutely perfect show to watch on a dark fall evening with some hot cider and a blanket. You’re going to underestimate this show; you’re not prepared for how good it is.

Show of the Month:

Stranger Things 2

Stranger Things 2 is to Stranger Things as Aliens is to Alien. Sometimes in some very direct ways. It takes the original concept and expands upon it mightily without losing the fan-frikkin-tastic characterizations that you came to love in the first season. Plus, Paul Reiser is in it as a very sketchy and somewhat smarmy individual! A loving tribute to both Steven King and Stephen Spielberg, with plenty of callbacks and references to them both. Also Aliens.

Categories: Of the Month.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

It’s the Halloweenth Day of Halloween!

Punkins punkins

WHOA

On this, the Halloweenth Day of Halloween, please partake and enjoy some delights to watch and listen to, courtesy of some awexome peoples. Try not to get so scared that you might die of scares and fears that you might die.

Greatest American homestar:

Here is pupped Homestar singing a Halloween-ish version of the best TV show theme song of ALL TIME!

Open Mike Eagle and Video Dave in #DeadAss Episode 8: Halloween Special

Open Mike Eagle (and more importantly, VIDEO DAVE) are still on an independent rap tour (or they were when this episode was made). In this very scary episode, Video Dave makes them some pizzas with a special ingredient and then go to a mall and whoops craziness!

Oh, also Mike released a brand-new, exclusive Halloween-ish song that might not be here if you’re reading this anytime in the future:

The Crazy Boy Floyds: 8-Bit Halloween

Here is perhaps the greatest Halloween EP ever released, four songs of scares and fears that you might die!

Spirit Shrine: ghostslikeshadows

Here’s another very spooky song by the very spooky Spirit Shrine!

Trevor Peach: Hallowwon’t

And here we have a very un-spooky and rather depressing song from the Lord of Emo, none other than Trevor Peach!

Nerdic Public Radio: Halloween Edition

Finally, here is an episode of Nerdic Public Radio, the very strange radio station run by very oddly-accented folks who really ultimately have no idea what they’re doing. But it’s very funny!

And that’s that. Happy Halloweens, my everyones!

P.S. Jack-o-Lanterns designed by my 3-year-old daughter.

Categories: Holiday, Music.

Friday, 6 October 2017

Hanging Out with Open Mike Eagle… and VIDEO DAAAAAAAAVE!!!!

This guy.

This guy.

Last night I went to see my pal Open Mike Eagle at Barboza in Seattle. I don’t know that I’d ever been to Barboza before. It’s a little bar underneath Neumos. Anyhoo, it was a great show. Mike killed it as always. Here’s the obligatory animated .GIF that I made of the performance:

Animated Eagle 2017.

Animated Eagle 2017.

The place was plenty packed. My pal Travis was even there! And after the show there was a line of like 50 people waiting to get to Mike’s merch table. I had to go on account of a long drive back down to Tacoma on a school night, but Mike was nice enough to give me big ol’ hugs and chat for a minute, and take a selfie:

These guys.

These guys.

I missed him on his last tour (when he became the mayor of Ferndale), so it was good to see him again! He’s a <wypipo voice>real class act and just a swell fellow.</wypipo voice>

But enough about Mike. Something amazing happened to me that got me super hyped. I got to meet none other than the one and only…

VIDEO DAVE!

Check it:

That ain't Photoshopped. That's really Video Dave!!!

That ain’t Photoshopped. That’s really Video Dave!!!

Look how excited I am in that photo to be meeting such a celebrity! You might even say I’m “giddy.” It was so cool to meet him after admiring his work. Scroll back up and look at the animated .GIF of Mike, and look at the projections splashed across him and the background. That’s all Video Dave! Didn’t he do an amazing job!? I think Mike & Prolific & Sammus were way too hard on him before last night:

AAAAAA I’M STILL HYPE ABOUT MEETING HIM!

VIDEO DAAAAAAAAAAAAAVE!!!!!

Categories: Animated .GIFs, Celebrities, Concerts/Shows.

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Who Gonna Come See Open Mike Eagle With Me Tomorrow!?

I feel ya, Mike.

I feel ya, Mike.

For some reason I’m having trouble finding people who wanna go see an amazing musics show tomorrow (Thursday, October 5th). Errybody so busy! Even my wife is staying home with the wee one this time, so I might be all solo to see Open Mike Eagle at Barboza.

It looks like I’m not the only one having troubles, though. Mike’s tour doesn’t look like it’s going too smoothly, either:

Ah, Video Dave. We all got our troubles. Anyhoo, all y’all who are reading this should come join me if you can:

Details:
Open Mike Eagle & Billy Woods (venue event)
Thursday, October 4th 8:00PM
@ Barboza
925 E. Pike St., Seattle, WA 98122 (map)
$12, 21+

Categories: Concerts/Shows.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Help Open Mike Eagle Out and Buy a Damned Ticket, Wouldya?

The man is a professional, after all.

The man is a professional, after all.

Hey, listen: Open Mike Eagle could use your help. See, he’s trying to put on a independent tour to promote his upcoming album, Brick Body Kids Still Daydream (which comes on on Friday—pre-order it RIGHT FRIKKIN’ NOW). It’s… not going so well. Just watch this premiere episode of his new reality show, “Dead Ass:”

But it’s easy to help him out! He’s coming to Seattle in early October, so all y’all gotta do is buy a damned ticket (and as an added “bonus” you’ll see me at the show, ’cause I’m going too).

Details:
Open Mike Eagle with Billy Woods (Faced Book event)
Thursday, October 5 at 8 PM
@ Barboza
925 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122 (map)
21+, $12

Help his Dead Ass out.

Help Mike go from this…

…to THIS.

…to THIS.

Categories: Concerts/Shows, Music, Videos.

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Newscaster Cam Pebbleman Trying to Leak Mike Eagle’s New Album!

The explosive new single from super-famous celebrity gangsta rapper, actor, and philanthropist Open Mark Engels.

The explosive new single from super-famous celebrity gangsta rapper, actor, and philanthropist Open Mark Engels.

Newscaster Cam Pebbleman of DCTV’s DCPN Tonight news show has uncovered an exclusive preview from the ultra-top-secret upcoming Open Mike Eagle album, Brick Body Kids Still Daydream! Take a look (and more importantly, a listen) here:

Wasn’t that just scintillating? I think that Cam Pebbleman is the most professional and ethical journalist in the business today.

Also, I’m very excited for Trauma’s upcoming match on DC Championship Wrestling this Tuesday at 6:00 PM!

“Only two things you can do about that: nothing and deal with it, damn it!”

I hope the bunnies in that rabbit sanctuary will be safe from the eagle sanctuary next door.

Categories: Music, Videos.