Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Blog Highlight: Rob Unit's Blog

It was March of this year that I went with Rob Glasier (pronounced with a Quebecois tongue)to go see Morrissey at Foxwoods with some of his homies*. Gig aside, the most memorable part of the evening was Rob telling me, and everyone else, so many times throughout the night about the blog he was starting. Obviously I was intrigued because in all seriousness I can't get enough of the life and times of Rob, I know how sarcastic that sounds but it is true. Either way, after all this talk and Facebook-newsfeeding Rob's blog culminated in one epic post that would never be followed up on again. While his blog started and ended with that one post, it ended up being the greatest blog to ever exist, and barring his own Facebook, Myspace, and Twitter accounts - would be the greatest web site to ever exist.

Please do yourself a favor and take the time to check it out:

That is all

*Shootout to Sean Sullivan who would become my dude from this day on.

Futuristic Burger King

Did Burger King just get even iller? Yup. Do you wanna go practice karate in the garage? Yup. To be honest I really only like this because they describe BK as "futuristic," beyond that it's not really interesting at all to read.

Burger King revamp aims at higher-priced kin

By ASHLEY M. HEHER (AP) – 5 hours ago

CHICAGO — Burger King Corp. plans to swap its generic fast-food feel and bland tiles and tabletops for a vibe that's more sit-down than drive-through.

As part of a plan revealed Wednesday in Amsterdam, the company will announce a massive effort to overhaul its 12,000 locations worldwide. The sleek interior will include rotating red flame chandeliers, brilliant TV-screen menus and industrial-inspired corrugated metal and brick walls.

"I'd call it more contemporary, edgy, futuristic," Chairman and CEO John Chidsey told The Associated Press. "It feels so much more like an upscale restaurant."

But that comes with an upscale price: The new look is expected to cost franchisees, who operate 90 percent of Burger King's locations, between $300,000 to $600,000 per restaurant.

The company said the new design, called "20/20" at the Miami-based chain, is already in place at about 60 locations around the world. Burger King expects about 75 more redesigned restaurants to be open by the end of next year. But it will take years before all its locations are transformed.

Burger King franchise owners are contractually required to update their restaurants after a set period of time, and executives said the redesign will be the primary option for future upgrades. All new restaurants will be built using the plan.

So far, remodeled restaurants have seen sales climb about 12 to 15 percent, while restaurants that are torn down and completely rebuilt at the same location have seen sales climb by as much as 30 percent, Chidsey said.

Observers say the hip, urban and masculine elements in the redesign may be a hit with Burger King's most loyal customers — young men who frequent the chain known as much for its signature Whoppers and "steak burgers" as its sometimes-creepy "King" commercials. But some experts are skeptical about whether sales will grow as much as the company claims and how eager franchise owners will be to part with that kind of cash, particularly in a sour economy.

Chidsey said he thinks most franchise owners, who typically own both their restaurant's building and the land, won't have trouble obtaining financing and will be swayed once they see how sales can climb.

Morningstar analyst R.J. Hottovy said the reformulated restaurant could keep diners at the table longer but may not draw in enough extra diners to justify the cost.

"I don't think they'll change their perception," he said. "They're pretty entrenched in their reality."

A group representing Burger King franchise owners didn't immediately comment.

Fast-food restaurants typically get almost two-thirds of their business from drive-through or carryout orders. More appealing interiors could help the company compete with sit-down counterparts that many customers think offer better food and better ambiance.

Ron Paul, president of the food consultant company Technomic Inc., said he thinks the redesign shows just how determined Burger King is to compete with "fast casual" restaurant chains such as Chipotle, Starbucks and Panera, which customers think of as a cut above typical fast food.

"People in the fast-food category are recognizing they've been losing customers to the fast-casual player," he said. "What this sounds like is an attempt to get that dining-in business back by making it an attractive environment."

They might also help Burger King, the No. 2 burger food chain the U.S., stand out from larger rival McDonald's Corp. and other competitors, including regional chains, who've begun to add bigger and better burgers to their menus as they clamor for a share of the growing burger market that's worth $100 billion in the U.S.

"It's a competitive necessity to square up against the competition," Chidsey said.

While the most noticeable changes will be inside restaurants, Burger King executives also plan to update exteriors, too, adding metal canopies and more signs proclaiming "Home of the Whopper."

At the same time, the company is beefing up its value menu, temporarily adding a $1 double cheeseburger to U.S. menus. And it's also in the final stages of installing new broiler ovens that cut energy use and will let the company roll out new menu items in the future.

On deck is the Steakhouse XT burger, which has a thick patty topped with mayonnaise, fried onions, lettuce, steak sauce, cheese and tomatoes. It's slated to join menus in February.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

New Favorite Show: Elmo's World!

Shootout to Jenn for opening my eyes to this wonderful program.

Monday, June 22, 2009

In Retrospect

...this should have gone over better than it did

Despite the minimal popularity still a great idea by AJ.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

The Seasons are Changing

It's still cold but less cold, and some days are even warm. I got one day of posting up while wearing camo shorts with a belly full of Eagle's Deli in. I guess one can't complain too much. Haven't even moved into the HOS yet and already anticipating its demise in the Fall, followed by myself, Hudon, Chedge, and Toomey relocating to Brookline (shootout to Washington Sq.). Not sure whether or not this means we're becoming grownups. If this picture of Hudon is any indication we truly are fucked.

Jenn is at the point of recognizing sneakers on the feet of passers-by, my apologies go out to her. Must have been all the time she spent studying up with me.

And due to a lack of interesting content (aside from Rob Unit's rumored pink slip from Sweet Ink, the greater discussion of the 2009 shelling season, Bodega's S/S collection, assorted giggery, etc.) here's a Free Spirit interview I did not long after our first show with my friend George, a young zineman from Tallahassee. I'm not even sure if this issue of his zine - expertly titled Look Around Fanzine - ever even came out, and if it did it was not circulated well so I think it's safe to post on here.

Free Spirit - Look Around Fanzine
Q: To begin with, how are you Gil? Its been a while since our last
conversation. Have you acquired any new Stop & Think merch?

I'm good man, just concluded doing midterms which absolutely sucked
but I'm happy to be done with it. I have actually gotten some snt gear
recently, got the stacked shirt in the mail today and Champ from
Foundation is sending me his red/yellow tee as part of a trade we did.

Q: Alright, Free spirit. When you first started this band what were
your intentions? To just play local gigs, possibly tour?

I came up with the idea to do Free Spirit in February with our drummer
Kenny, the idea was just to do a cool band that was heavily influenced
by Straight Ahead where I would sing. No intentions to tour or nothing
just play cool shows and do a demo. It took a while to actually get it
going, we practiced sporadically for months before having real songs.

Q: I haven't seen anything clarifying the lineup of Free Spirit. Who plays what?

Free Spirit is: Myself on vocals, Jack Daniels on guitar, Kenny
Fontaine on drums, Ryan Hudon on guitar, and Nervous Luke on bass. The
lineup changed a lot as we got going but this is it for now haha

Q: How did Free Spirit's first gig go?

Our first show was awesome! As usual we did everything super last
minute and super crappy but we were all amazed to find we had demos,
shirts, and an actual set to play haha. We did the demo all the way
thru with a Straight Ahead cover as our second song and all our
friends went crazy. I honestly can't imagine having a better first

Q: As of now all you guys have released is a five song demo. Any plans
for upcoming releases? Or possibly label support.

Well Triple-B put out the tape for us, so that's our label. Sam should
have tapes for sale in the label store online. Also Standhard Records
bootlegged the demo (along with the No Tolerance demo) onto a tape
which was sold at the show with a zine. We're gonna write more songs
but I can't really speculate on if there will be anything else. Maybe
a demo 2 one day.

Q: Recently was the 9th anniversary of edge day. How was the edge show
in mass? How did step forward do? What about rampage it seems like
they never play around anymore.

The show was really cool, it was all our friends' bands and it was
kind of a crew thing that the greater scene could enjoy. It was a long
day, and by the end i was pretty burnt out but man it was a really
exciting and fun time. Step Forward were great they opened with p-salt
stomp, then played through the whole ep and also played their song
that was supposed to be on DFJ's compilation. Kenny is a good drummer
but a GREAT frontman so I love seeing him on the mic in step forward.
Rampage play every now and again and did that LP for lockin out so I'd
say they're just as in the game as ever.

Q: If there was one thing you could change about current state of
hardcore what would it be?

HC just needs more kids getting involved, not for recognition or for
the sake of being in a band or whatever, but being involved cause they
love being hc kids. That's my thing, I'm a fucking hc kid and it's who
I am to the bottom of my heart, not being involved is something I just
couldn't do. Just get out there and have fun and make some friends, be
a hc kid at more than face value is something I'd like to see the
newer people getting into it do.

Q: Gil, the first time we met I remember you making a comment about my
Justice stage dives rules shirt (which happens to be one of my
favorite shirts) what would you say are some of your favorite shirt
designs of the core?

Ah yes I remember that, good times. I love shirts, my favorite ones
include: Stop and Think final shirt and stacked design, the
Altercation shirt, UC a wish to dream shirt is really cool, the Bold
"Speak Out" shirt is one of the best ever. There's too many to name.

Q: Top 5 NYHC releases?

Another question where there's too many to name but here I'm just
gonna say ones I like and not ones I feel obligated to say because
they're great...

Straight Ahead - Everything
Our Gang - Uprising tape
Token Entry - Jaybird
WarZone - Lower East Side Crew
Agnostic Front - Victim in Pain

Q: Winner of Paris Hilton's New bff prediction?

I think it's gonna be Brittany and I've gotten a pro tip it's gonna be
her. It's not gonna be Kayley, and I don't think it will be Shelley
either. The rest are a little bit too forgettable. Corrie isn't
likeable enough to win though she's got that ill body. So yeah I'd say
Brittany cause she's a standout contestant who Paris def seems to

Q: Alright, this about wraps up our interview. Any shout outs, last
words you wanna leave us with?

Yes thanks for doing the interview and doing this zine, I liked issue
1 a lot. You and the other guys in Tally have something cool going I'm
glad I've been able to chill there. Thanks to all the friends and
Triple-B Records. Unite to do what's right, whatever you think that
may be. Rival Mob LP is my fav hc record of the year. Peace!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

That's Real

Monday, March 30, 2009

Thank You

via Highsnobiety