Posts tagged “Open Mike Eagle”

Monday, 5 November 2018

Open Mike Eagle Gets in a Crocodile in Seattle Tonight or something

Oh, see, "The Crocodile" is the name of the venue…

Oh, see, “The Crocodile” is the name of the venue…

Hey-o, if you’re in the greater Seattle/Tacoma metropolitan area tonight, be sure to get eaten by a crocodile go to “The Crocodile” in Seattle to see Open Mike Eagle break out some musics along with

VIDEO DAAAAAAAAAVE!

and also Pan Amsterdam, of whom I must confess I’ve never heard before. But here’s a song he did that references Christopher Walken’s infamous Pocket Watch speech from Pulp Fiction:

Details:
Open Mike Eagle at The Crocodile (faced book event)
Monday, November 5th 8:00 PM
@ The Crocodile
2200 2nd Ave, Seattle, Washington 98121 (map)
All-Ages (??), $15 (tickets)

I thoroughly regret that I won’t be going to this one tonight (sorry, Mike), but that doesn’t mean that you should also not be going! You definitely SHOULD be going! Go!

Categories: Concerts/Shows, Music, Seattle.

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

For Your Wednesday Listening Pleasure: “Relatable (Peak OME)” by Open Mike Eagle

Now he's back to let you know, he can really be relatable.

Now he’s back to let you know, he can really be relatable.

Hey, Open Mike Eagle is coming out with a new album this Friday! To be called What Happens When I Try to Relax, it is now available for pre-order here. “Relatable (Peak OME)” is the first single from it. Partake and enjoy:

That’s some good musics!

Categories: Music, My Famous Friends, Videos, Wednesday Listening Pleasure.

Monday, 15 October 2018

Open Mike Eagle: Professional Wrestler

OME meets OVW

OME meets OVW…

So not only is Open Mike Eagle a successful rapper, podcaster, gingerbread man, and soon-to-be host of a Comedy Central show, but now he has another bullet point to add to his resume:

Professional Wrestler.

You see, last week was the culmination of a very bizarre and hilarious wrestling feud, one that was full of excellent (and not-so-excellent) battle rap, some ringside hijinx, and some aid from some legendary wrestlers. Let’s take a look at how all this happened, shall we? Let’s:

THE BEEF:

Open Mike Eagle has long been an huge fan of professional wrestling. He even co-hosts a podcast called “Tights and Fights” dedicated to it.

So in the Ohio Valley Wrestling promotion (currently owned/run by legendary wrestling superstar Al Snow) there is a wrestler named Shiloh Jonze. Jonze decided that not only is he the king of wrestlers, but he is also the king of battle rap. As such, he issued an open challenge for anyone to come to an OVW show and battle rap him live. He tagged a bunch of famous rappers in his tweet, including Mike:

Mike’s response was rather succinct:

Jonze’s response was rather underwhelming:

Things escalated quickly…

Yes, Mike actually went to a live OVW show and rather humiliated Jonze. “John Cena cosplay,” tee-hee-hee.

Jonze was having none of that, but again didn’t seem to know quite how to… have any rap talent at all:

Apparently Jonze also showed up at the Adult Swim live show that Mike was performing at, and tried to call him out there. I haven’t been able to find any footage of that, though. There is this… thing that happened, though:

The challenge was issued. Mike made a poll to see what his fans thought. The results were rather overwhelming:

So Mike reached out to Al Snow to see what could be done about this. Jonze seemed enthusiastic about the whole thing:

Much to Mike’s surprise, Al Snow seemed to have had enough of Jonze’s horrible raps, and soon…

PRE-FIGHT:

Mike was cleared to wrestle!

THIS WAS ACTUALLY HAPPENING!

Mike flew out to Louisville, just hours before OVW’s big 1,000th show was about to happen.

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me in the fight place where im fighting a fight tonight

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And then it actually happened:

https://twitter.com/GY312/status/1050191062260703232

THE FIGHT:

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man I cant get over this shit.

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There’s very little footage online of the actual fight, which isn’t surprising because it was behind a $10 paywall. But here’s what tidbits I could find:

Yes, it’s true, Mike actually WON his professional wrestling debut. But he didn’t do it alone. Take a look at this photo and see if you can make out who is raising Mike’s hand in victory:

CACTUS JACK!

Photo by twitter user seramarlowe

YES THAT IS NONE OTHER THAN THE LEGENDARY MICK FOLEY!!! Cactus Jack, Mankind, Dude Love himself, Mick Foley actually came down to the ring (along with Ken Anderson, who wrestled as “Mr. Kennedy” in the WWE) and helped Mike win the match.

POST-FIGHT:

I’ll let these speak for themselves:

See? DREAMS DO COME TRUE. But emphatically only one time:

Also, Mike is coming out with a new album soon, to be called What Happens When I Try to Relax. Will it have more tracks that use professional wrestling terminology as an extended metaphor? Let’s find out… together!

P.S.

Due to the highly transitory nature of social media, I realize that embedding tweets and instagrams into a blog article probably won’t last very long as people delete accounts/posts/whatnot pretty frequently. So I went ahead and took a gigantic screenshot of this entire article so future generations can look at it as it once was. Click on it for full-size funtimes:

Daaang

Daaang

Categories: Featured Posts, My Famous Friends, Rasslin.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

For Your Wednesday Listening Pleasure: GOL Wanna Do a Tiny Desk Concert!

That's a lotta peoples around such a tiny desk.

That’s a lotta peoples around such a tiny desk.

If’n ye didn’t know, NPR has what they call their “Tiny Desk Concert” series, wherein they invite musicians to come in and perform at a very confined space in their office. Open Mike Eagle did one back in December!

Well, apparently they’re having some sort of contest to get in on that tiny desk action, as evidenced by this official-looking piece of graphic design:

See? Proof of contest!

See? Proof of contest!

My good friends The Gentlemen of Leisure (aka GOL) have entered the contest with their excellent song “Blessed and Highly Favored,” which you can listen to in its entirety!


https://soundcloud.com/leisuregents/blessed-and-highly-favored

They also maked a video of them performing it live:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZZg5VnR0BM

Wouldn’t that be exceptionally exceptional if GOL got to GO on NPR? The answer is yes.

Categories: Music, My Famous Friends, Videos, Wednesday Listening Pleasure.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

For Your Wednesday Listening Pleasure: Open Mike Eagle’s NPR Tiny Desk Concert!

Mike graces Your Wednesday Listening Pleasure for two weeks in a row! This is one of the rare times that Mike has performed with backing musicians instead of solo!

GOOD STUFF

Categories: Music, My Famous Friends, Videos, Wednesday Listening Pleasure.

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

For Your Wednesday Listening Pleasure: Sammus & Open Mike Eagle Collaborations

Mike Eagle and Sammus are friends! They also guest on each other’s musics!

First off is the absolutely hilarious video for Mike’s “Hymnal (feat. Sammus),” which features an amazing verse from Sammus that only has one vowel-sound in its rhyming scheme. You’ll see:

Next up is Sammus’s “Qualified (feat. Open Mike Eagle and Arch Thompson).” In case you were wondering, yes, Sammus did name herself in honor of Samus Aran, the heroine of the Metroid series of video games. Some of her albums have names like M’other Brain, Prime, and Another M (which is a concept album that “takes listeners on a journey from Samus’ lonely childhood with the Chozo race to her epic battle against the evil Mother Brain”). Pretty amazingly nerdy stuff, though that isn’t so upfront in this song. But just take a listen to the jazz flute in it!

GOOD STUFF

Categories: Music, My Famous Friends, Videos, Wednesday Listening Pleasure.

Sunday, 31 December 2017

“Of the Year” 2017

Album of the Year:

Brick Body Kids Still Daydream by Open Mike Eagle

There were so very many great albums released this year, and I must apologize to all my other friends who came out with some really amazing work in 2017. But this album just eclipses them all.

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. Also, very funny:

Movie of the Year:

Wonder Woman

I saw shockingly few movies in 2017, far fewer than I actually wanted to see, and almost all of those were somehow under the Disney banner. All except for Wonder Woman. We’ve been getting big-budget Superman movies since the 1970s. Batman movies since the 1980s. X-Men and Spider-Man movies since the early 2000s. But it took until 2017 for Wonder Woman to finally get her own movie. And, oh my, is it goooooooood. I don’t know if I can honestly say it was worth the wait, but thank goodness this production fell into the hands of people who did right by it. Gal Gadot is endlessly entertaining as the main character, and even though the third-act climax kinda devolves into a big CGI power-vs-power mess, Wonder Woman at its heart is a story about being a decent, loving human being (or goddess, as the case may be) in an indecent, hateful world.

TV Show of the Year:

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. wins by being one of only two TV shows that I actually watch anymore (even though I stream it later on Hulu), and the only one that actually airs on a regular schedule and has, y’know, actual seasons. In the shadows of the Marvel movies, this TV show has been churning out some of the most entertaining and comic-booky live-action adventures out there. The show went really gung-ho in its 4th season, with a trio of interconnected story arcs that delved into Ghost Rider and the Darkhold, Life Model Decoy androids, and a stint in a Matrix-style alternate computer reality. And now in the 5th season the cast has been flung into space… and the future! It’s great seeing these characters whom we’ve come to know and love get thrown into all manner of insanity and still keep their wits about them (upon learning that they’d been transported to outer space one character simply grunts, “Space, huh? Makes sense; we’ve done everything else”).

Streaming Show of the Year:

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.

Video Game of the Year:

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

I mean, come on. This is the game of the year. It’s so good. Just take a look at this:

Daaaaaaaaaaaang.

Daaaaaaaaaaaang.

Categories: Featured Posts, Of the Month, Round-up.