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

Thursday, March 26, 2009


Shootout to Progresso Chicken Gumbo

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Free Spirit Live at Anchors Up 3/6/09

Honesty (YOT)
Free Spirit Intro
Express Yourself
Open Mind
Stand as One
Be Yourself
Not Afraid (Straight Ahead)

Monday, March 16, 2009

Free Spirit Weekend

"When I'm sleeping it's only green sheets and the hair down my legs"

Thursday, March 5, 2009


Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Air Footscapes

Nike Air Footscapes

Can one of my friends please win these since I can't allocate those funds right now?

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Have Heart / Rival Mob Weekend

Last weekend I went out with two of my favorite bands (which double as two of my favorite groups of people), Have Heart and the Rival Mob, for a weekend of gigs - Sammy came along for the ride as well. Due to a busted trailer we fit the 12 dudes on the weekend between the Have Heart van and an auxiliary car. The weekend of gigs coincided with my 21st birthday on Friday which consisted of the normal routine: Sunsesh and hitting a bar where friends ordered many a college beverage in my honor.

On Saturday I woke up first on the HOS floor and made my way to Chucky's vacant closet where I would catch a couple extra hours of sleep before waking up the second time to leave for the gig in Edison, NJ. The ride was trying to say the last as I felt like I had been up all night drinking and thrashing around (wonder where this would stem from), along with being sandwiched in between Hudon and Kei, who has a strange inclination towards leaning sharply to the left - putting me also at an angle. I spent most of the pre-gig time drinking lots of coffee and water in order to snap myself out of feeling sick. By the time doors opened and I was seeing some out of town heads I was looking forward to hanging with (Apps, Jenn, Hoodrack, Rifkin, Morgado, Jaycox, etc.) my body came around and I was back in commission.

The Rival Mob - Upside Down from hate5six productions on Vimeo.

The Rival Mob - IIB + Thin Ice (Outburst) from hate5six productions on Vimeo.
Rival Mob got one of the bigger reactions I've ever seen from them. This was one of the first shows they've done since the Demo 7" came out on Triple-B so they were hawkin' those things pretty hard. I sang an Outburst cover with them, which they learned as a birthday present of sorts. Apparently Porter from Floorpunch was sounding off about how into the cover he was - not a bad thing to hear.

Have Heart - Pave Paradise from hate5six productions on Vimeo.
Have Heart were great as always. They played the hits and a few of my favorites, along with "Something More Than Ink" featuring Sammy on vocals during the break in the song. You can't beat the energy of a Have Heart set, all those kids being so into a band with a great message gets me pumped every time.

Me, Hoodrack, DFJ, Sammy

Post-Gig dinner sesh - I ordered the French dip

Some of us stayed the night in Philly at a friend of Hudon's apartment. Sam was pretty shook by this cat cause of his allergies, he fared pretty well though by strategically taking some meds before we got there. The apartment was clean and filled with couches and beds aka Heaven on Earth. I slept like a baby.

Around 12:30 Hudon woke us up, and after taking a round of showers, some of which were cold due to not being able to figure out the hot water, we were off to Philly to get some food and hang for the afternoon before the gig in Doylestown, PA.

The line at Jim's was out the door

Good food

After our quick traverse down South St. we drove to Doylestown where the rest of the guys had been for a good while. The show was in a quaint small town which seemed pretty wealthy and traditional. It had a small movie theater on the same street as the hall with a big marque, something out of a movie. Weird to think that this town has emerged as a newer hc gig destination but it has, and in fact I'll be there again this Saturday with my own band. By the time we showed up a couple bands had already played and Rival Mob was next to go on.

Mob played one of the better sets I've seen them play despite a small reaction

Did "Thin Ice" again, as I said it was a small reaction

Hudon blowing off some steam during Have Heart

HH brings the energy even in a smaller hall like this one

By the time the show had ended we had gotten word that the bad weather we were warned about earlier in the weekend was no joke and that schools in Boston had canceled classes. We hit Wawa briefly for dinner and to stock up on snacks, and then hit the road prepared to drive into a blizzard. The ride was supposed to be 5-7 hours and ended up lasting 15. I won't get into the mellow drama of the ride but I will say that everything that could have gone wrong did and I was kissing the ground when I finally got home at 3 in the afternoon on Monday. My mom, who was aware of the bad weather and the drive I was doing, probably lost a couple minutes on her life due to stressing out.
Just the tip of the iceberg - in Jersey

Kei made me cry laughing multiple times on the road home, this face inspired one of those times

The weekend was memorable to say the least, and I will remember my 21st birthday as one of the best I've ever had. Thanks to everyone who was a part of it. Photos are by myself, Kei, and Danielle the show photographer from Doylestown.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

NYC 2009

How to pack for a weekend: Jordans, 95s, two SnT's

Me and Apps are no strangers to a good photo op

Tricked Kali into coming to NYC to see me...prank'd!

Apps picked up some Air Wovens at Flight Club that had been sitting on the shelf for about a year now, they must have been amazed someone finally copped. If they were a size 9.5 my dog woulda had some competition that's for sure.

Valentines party in Brooklyn - we don't know these girls

Evan and The Dog - how I loathe him (The Dog, not Evan...well yeah, Evan too)

That's the weekend in a nutshell. Saw some fun loving incorrigibles of mine, ate some food, drank some college beverages, bought some gear. Now I'm good to not go back for months.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

My Sister and I Had a Party

The Cheerios were great!

There was Indian food too...

Monday, February 9, 2009

Boston Crew

Most heads know that the Radio Silence book came out amazingly, and when they picked up their copy last year hurriedly flipped through it to try to take in all the incredible images upon impact. Visual hammers-to-the-head like the Token Entry jacket, Uniform Choice flyer depicting an animated crowd, and the likes of Tommy C and Porcelly moshin it up to Crippled Youth in AJ Is left core nerds like myself speechless. I was happy to finally get the chance to celebrate the efforts of both the authors and the fine folks at Bodega/The Fourth Wall Project who recently opened the gallery which served as the venue for the Boston release party exhibiting original prints of photography featured in the book. The event went swimmingly, and the gallery space looks incredible - truly a fun night for everyone. If you haven't checked Radio Silence out be sure to head over to and pick a copy up. While you're at it be sure to visit and keep an eye on this new gallery space located on Brookline Ave which is sure to have some cool events coming up.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Let's Grub

Mealing, grubbing, bustin' it down Sammy Triple-B style - whatever you call it, we all love to eat.* A fresh semester and a more peaceful living situation has brought me to a new point of culinary motivation. Also, the new set of kitchen stuff my mom hooked me up with doesn't hurt either. Brian Murphy and Carrie both did some cooking segments on their respective blogs, and while I'm not gonna jack their idea, here's a couple of examples of what I been up to in the kitchen.

Chicken Masala, Chana Masala, and Spanish rice (no Jasmine rice on hand). Shoutout to the Indian grocery store on Moody St.

In action

Steak and eggs sandwich, served with liberal use of Tapatio

Be on the lookout for me and Carrie's new cooking web-show, coming never.

*This excludes my parents, a number of girls I knew from around the way, my college roommate Sophomore year, and some others not worth mentioning due to their inability to enjoy one of life's finest pleasures.

It's No "A Wish To Dream"

...but it'll do

Also: The Gorilla Biscuits ripoff of the classic UC shirt design, what's the deal with this thing? I never caught a good glimpse of it but I'm real down with the color choices and would like to peep.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Nike ACG Air Mocs

If the brown ones aren't enough to convince you to pony up the cash, having that old tyme box lyin' around your room might do the trick.