August 23, 2007

How Many Burritos DID Jeff Eat?

Well folks, the recording is coming to a close and we figured we’d update you on how the new songs have been going…

SIKE! Here’s a tally of the burritos we ate!

That brings us to a total of 64 burritos. On the first day we figured we could easily make it to 100. I suppose our stomachs are not as strong as our desires. Here’s a breakdown:

1. Jeff and Dave, 13 each
3. Jon, 9
4. Thomas, 8
5. Sam and Josiah, 7 each
7. Joe, 6
8. Harry and Julie, 1 between the two of them
10. Nick, 0

August 16, 2007

Sam Hughes Reviews: Mountain Dew Game Fuel (in assosication with Halo 3)

Sam Hughes Reviews: Mountain Dew Game Fuel (in association with Halo 3)

When I first heard about this product, my “what the fuck?” alarm went off in my head. A whole soda based around a videogame? Aw, hell no, that just isn’t going to work! The more I thought about it though, the more it makes sense. What is the stereotypical drink of the stereotypical dude living in his stereotypical mom’s basement playing a stereotypical first person shooter? Of course, it’s got to be Mountain Dew. That’s how those dudes stay up all night fraggin’ and shit. Anyway, the team up between Mountain Dew and Halo 3 also includes Halo 3 fucking Doritos. Now, I don’t know whether they get their own special flavor or just more Master Chief money shots like the Dew bottle got, but I think it just makes this team up even more powerful. I don’t even really want to imagine exactly what Halo 3 tastes like anyway. Gun powder? Alien Intestine? Either way, it definitely couldn’t be any worse than the X-13D Doritos. They sucked!

As I said, the packaging is kind of how you’d expect. It’s got a picture of Master Chief (star of Halo for those who don’t know) looking badass alongside a different colored Mountain Dew Logo and the words “limited edition” and “game fuel” (not to confused with Gay Fuel) Upon opening the soda which claims to be “Dew with an invigorating blast of citrus cherry flavor” I was greeted with quite the pungent odor. I’d liken it to the sensation of sniffing gasoline fumes at the pump. I mean, yeah it smells awesome, but that shit can’t be good for you. It’s also just a bit too radioactive looking to me. It certainly shouldn’t be a surprise by any means, considering this is a Pepsi product and those guys have produced a chemical product worse than fucking anthrax.

In terms of taste, it’s not nearly as bad as Pepsi Blue. It tasted very familiar at first and I think that I have found the culprit. To me it tastes like a hybrid of Mountain Dew Baja Blast and a Cherry Slurpee from 7-11. Since 7-11 is also co-conspiring in this whole campaign by selling the Doritos, I wouldn’t be surprised if they just let the Pepsi people just take some of their unused Cherry Slurpee syrup and make another soda out of it. Another issue of confusion here is if this is a cherry version of Mountain Dew, then what the hell is that Mountain Dew Red Fusion shit we’ve been drinking? It doesn’t really taste the same at all, so I don’t really get it. Different kinds of cherries? Whatever. This thing, along with the Doritos will sell well (I think) because assholes like me love to buy into this thing. I’m may never even play Halo 3 but I’m all psyched about there being a soda about it. The soda is alright. Not better than original Mountain Dew, but better than Pepsi Blue. A huge accomplishment, right?


August 15, 2007

Sam Turns 40

Happy Birthday to Samuel Bradway Hughes, who joins other spinto-leos in celebrating his birth west coast style! A bit was captured:

Late Night Special

I've been meaning to post this video for everyone to see for a while. Fellas like Pipelayer and XTC are what make the world go round. I think if this video were played before every U.N. conference, the world would be a much more peaceful home.

After watching, try humping an ottoman near you or just walk and hump at the same time, like Relentless does, in what the spinto band refers to as "the snake dance" and/or "the snake walk". It feels good. Next, try getting together with 4 or 5 of your buddies, take your shirts off and hump ottoman's together. The smoother the tunes playing in the background, the better. Every Wednesday at our ottoman humping pot-luck dinner, we try playing new rhythm and blues or sometimes try a bit of japanese pop just to mix things up... it's all fun to snake dance to.

Now that we all know that it's alright to film ourselves in our parents' living rooms humping furniture, I hope to see a lot more of liberated human beings letting loose on coffee tables, love seats, and flower pots.

"This video is fucking hilarious." - Karl Rove

August 11, 2007

heart in a blender

to some, los angeles is a magical place...i was skeptical of of this sentiment until i got hit full force in the bread basket and knocked on my aaaeeesh with a fist full of l.a. sweet-juice.

here at the studio there resides a guitar that was previously owned by the rock outfit eve 6.

i held this guitar in my hands.

August 10, 2007

From The Vault

Hey folks. We thought you might enjoy a few clips of audio we recorded in the summer of 2006 for the Oh Mandy single campaign. These little gems helped us climb somewhere around #54 on the UK single charts and without these, we probably wouldn't have cracked the top 40 in the Canary Islands, peaking at #21.

If anyone has listened to XFM, they know how most single advertisements go: "Coming Soon... Razorlight's new single, I'm an Ass, on CD, 7 inch and digital download. blah blah blah." They are all pretty much like infomercials and make you wish they just played that Whats That Coming Over the Hill song again. We tried to do something different with ours, hope you enjoy.

Bummer in the Summer Ad

Prep Yoself Ad

Ides of August Ad

end note- we are trying to locate the radio ads for Did I Tell You and Direct To Helmet featuring such characters as Dr. Octavius and Bill Cosby. So lets hope we can find them.

August 7, 2007

Jeff Rockin Out

(Thomas) Hughes Reviews: 9 Soda Discoveries of 2007

Having the pleasure of being so close to Galco's has had a big impact upon my exotic soda intake in the past couple of weeks. Here's what I thought of them, in order of best to worst.

1. Jamaica’s Finest Extra Spicy Ginger Beer – You’ll notice that this label says “Hot! Hot! Hot!”. They are not lying. Drinking this soda is like ingesting raw, liquid ginger root…And it is amazing. A word of warning, though: I was so excited while drinking this that it went down the wrong pipe and for a moment, I saw god. I can’t really say much else other than that Jamaica’s Finest provided me with one of the most enjoyable soda experiences in recent memory. I can’t wait until I get my hands on a copper cop and make some Moscow Mules with it!

2. Mint Julep Soda - A soda version of the south's favorite cocktail? I’m in! This number is made with real mint leaves, comes in a green glass bottle, and could quite possibly be the perfect drink for a hot summer’s day. The only gripe I really have with it is the artwork. The layout seems kind of lazy, and at the top you might notice it claims to be “Plantation Style”. As crisp and refreshing as the soda was, evoking imagery of the old south made it taste a little racist.

3. Fukola Cola – It took me a bit to work up the nerve to purchase this soda. It’s ugly and has a terrible name in a hideous font. You probably can’t read it, but on the label it reads, “Anytime, anywhere, with anyone”. Ugh. This bottle is just brimming with the kind of Dionysian attitude I hate, but since I’m a fan of micro-brewed cola, I had to buy it. The tragic thing is about Fukola is that it actually tastes good. It has one of the best aftertastes of any soda I’ve ever had. It resembles the flavor of Candy Cigarettes or the white edible “dipper” in Fun Dip. Why, Fukola, why? Why do you have to try to be such a badass? It’s like finding a Beach Boys CD inside of a Buckcherry jewel case. Just change your lousy design so I can buy your delightful cola without any further embarrassment.

4. Faygo Rock & Rye – Before I tasted this lovely beverage, the only thing I knew about the Faygo brand was that it was the drink of choice for shockrockers The Insane Clown Posse (Never a good association to have when diving into a new soda). The only reason I bought it was because of its intriguing name, “Rock & Rye”. What does that mean? Could it be the American version of Dandelion & Burdock? Whatever the meaning of “Rock & Rye”, it turned out to be quite the tasty concoction. Soft and satisfying, with a simple, elegant, painted-on bottle design that California Proposition 65 warns me against.

5. Green River – This soda is awesome. It is bright green. Taste-wise, it’s got that “liquid version of a green freezepop” thing going on, which (in my opinion) isn’t a bad thing. However, the aspects I love most about Green River are its name and bottle design. “Green River”: it just sounds like a fictitious soda from a David Lynch film. Serene and sinister at the same time. Besides its claim of “Caffiene Free Since 1919” (like anyone cares), there is no other text. Its vague title and corresponding image speak for themselves, which only upholds the mysterious air this soda has.

6. Moxie Original Elixer – Now, I’ve had “Moxie” before, but this is supposedly the real deal. Any kind of Moxie sold in regular stores is just “watered-down diarrhea juice”, according to John F. Nese*. John did tell me, however, that this stuff is so strong that it takes years to acquire a taste for it. This made my expectations pretty high, so I prepared my tongue to accept what I thought would be the most heinous medicinal liquid imaginable…It actually turned out to be pretty good. It’s a bold, unique drink that I would never have on a regular basis. Maybe once a month, to keep the spirits strong and the doctor away.

7. Iron Beer – The only one in this batch that came in an aluminum can. It originates in Cuba, and tastes like a mixture of cola and orange soda…Sort of like what I imagine OK Soda tasted like. Nothing offensive, really, and nothing interesting, either.

8. Ancient Cola – I was so excited for you, Ancient Cola. Your claims of being an “Asian Herb and Spice Brew” had me salivating from the moment I put you in my shopping basket. I was a tad suspicious, however, about your dirty, peeling label…But perhaps the bottler had done that on purpose to enhance your “ancient” look. I was wrong. You were flat. So flat it’s as if you actually got bottled at the peak of the Roman empire (Get it? Ancient!). I suppose it’s not ethically fair to review a soda that’s lost its carbonation, but it’s also not fair to sell them, either. Oh snap!

9. Malta Hatuey – By far one of the worst sodas I’ve ever encountered. How did this vile fluid even make it into my mouth? Well, several aspects of the bottle roped me in: the interesting name, the illustration of the American Indian, the term “non-alcoholic cereal beverage”…Really, this Malta Hatuey seemed to be the most exciting of the bunch! I kept on thinking this until I finally opened the bottle. It smelled like death. It tasted like a mixture of carbonated ovaltine and expired tomato juice. People actually drink this? Afterwards, I did some research on it and learned that it is named after the heroic Chief Hatuey, who, in the 16th century lead his people in battle against the imperialistic Spanish colonists. Sadly, he was eventually captured and burned alive at the stake. Before he was burned, a priest asked him if he would accept Jesus and go to heaven. Hatuey asked “Are there Spaniards in heaven?" When the priest assured him that there were many, Hatuey replied that he wanted nothing to do with a God that allowed people of such cruelty to be perpetuated in his name. Man, you seem like an awesome guy, Hatuey, but your ceral beverage kind of blows.

*Not true. John Nese is a wonderful man who would never use this kind of obscenity.

August 4, 2007

End of the debate.

We've taken Catalina's suggestion and have found a perfect solution.

August 3, 2007

Shark Week or X-Games?

There is an issue this week that is dividing the Spinto Band. It comes in the form of two annual television events: Discovery Channel's "Shark Week" and ESPN's coverage of "X-Games". At the beginning we were all pretty excited for Shark Week (especially Jeff), but last night while eating the free popcorn at the Roost, we saw extreme Skateboarder Jake Brown fall from fifty feet in the air...In both regular and slow motion. Jon had already voiced his dissenting opinion of Shark Week earlier, but as a group, we're not sure we we stand. What do you think? Here are two representative videos to base your vote on.


Shark Week.