Friday, October 31, 2008

Rumors of my death...

Hey there. Remember me? Wow, it's been a long time since I've posted. I am consumed with election fever. I've spent far too many hours talking to my oldest about the election and trying to get Sophia to say "Obama".

Anyway, I saw this last night and had to put it up. Wilco is a band that I've only heard a handful of times. I can tell that they are a band I would really, really like, but, as Roomie can attest, when I get into a band I become entrenched, and I just don't have time (you know, World of Warcraft and those pesky kids and all). But on Colbert, Wilco jammed it out with "Wilco the Song", and any song that mentions Colbert is OK by me.

Enjoy, Happy Halloween, get out and vote, and all that good shit.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Countdown to the election...with sweet potato pie!

It's a well-known fact that the folks at APT love pie. It's also probably pretty well known by know, that we (I'm pretty sure this is unanimous) also support Barack Obama. It's a good thing too, because our Democratic nominee ALSO has a love for that great American dessert.

The ladies over at Nothing-in-the-House are hosting 'The Great Obama Sweet Potato Pie (Presidential) Contest' in honor of these mutual loves. In the final days before the election, support your candidate by hosting an Obama pie party-- make and eat some delicious sweet potato pie (extra points if you have an Obama or political themed crust design) and get out the vote: call folks in your community, knock on doors, volunteer to drive someone to their polling place, or make sure everyone has a fair chance to vote at the polls (info on ways to lend a hand on Obama's website.

Document those efforts--pie and political, and we'll post a montage on the pie blog.

Obama: A lot of people have been saying they can make sweet potato pie.

Harlem Globetrotters

While the rest of the APT crew drool over Celtics and Pistons stats, following the NBA like hawks over a field of mice, Dr. D remembers the good old times when he was younger, had more time on his hands, and used to dream of being a Harlem Globetrotter. That's right. Throw out the rules, go over the top with the skills, and give me some real entertainment. I remember seeing these guys in 1994 at the Providence Civic Center, now called something like the Dunkin Donuts Arena or the Krispy Kreme Kastle.

Check this "Best Of" video, highlighting the Harlem Globetrotters at their finest:

And let's not forget their signature "Magic Circle" showcase:

Those were the good old days...

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Why Wait?

Sir Charles for Governor in 2014. "In Alabama, it can't get any worse." His words. Believe the hype!

And this is at the top of the APT Christmas wish list. Lace em up!

Monday, October 27, 2008

at it again...

Poser humor is funny.

Another from Tip...beat by Dilla.

And let's not forget...

Tomorrow night...

Cleveland v. Boston, 8:00 EST, TNT
Milwaukee v. Chicago, 8:30
Portland v. LA Lakers, 10:30 TNT

And...I am way too excited for this...

...and this...

...hmmm...not too much...

...ok, better...

...for sure... much of THIS as possible...
(click for larger if you know what's best for you)

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Tim Fite

This Brooklyn based dude is a freak. In fact I think I saw him wearing a bunny helmet at the Whiteheart on Friday for the Group Hug throwdown. By the way, those dudes should be rolling it out worldwide, at least statewide.

In case you forgot. It is Sunday. So peep the video, have some coffee, read a book, maybe catch up on some SNL videos, and keep the work to a minimum. Lounging. APT style.

Friday, October 24, 2008

"Ain't that Peculiar"

I am not talking about the fact that NBA GM's picked the Fakers over the Celtics....again. This is a hot joint by George Clinton and his Gansters of Love. The new album brings the interstellar groove back down to earth. A bit.

George Clinton & his Gangsters Of Love - Ain't That Peculiar

The studio version is a bit cleaner and features APT Hall of Famers El DeBarge and Sly Stone. Get it here.

In other news, Spin Magazine has scoured the internet to come up with the 25 best MGMT remixes. Roomie enjoy some inspiration as you work out your set for the Group Hug throwdown tonight at the Whiteheart.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Rockanomics-Can you see my big smirk?

From the website front page: - the pro-American, pro-Military, conservative online rock journal and music community will relaunch this fall 2008. We’ll be jam packed with music reviews, downloads, interviews and articles — about our military heroes, their tremendous successes in the war on terror, and how the changing pop culture effects your life. Plus, there’s great trivia, discussions, blogs, and a special 9/11 tribute.

We’ll be taking on the pathetic bands, magazines, newspapers, and media that constantly slams the country and the president — the global warming quagmire, terrorist sympathizers, conspiracy theorists, and lowlife politicians that undermine our country.

We’ll also have a few things you won’t find in any other music journal - like tips on great careers and business advice to help you share in the American dream!

We’re currently working out the details to contribute a portion of the subscription fees to military charities, and you’ll be able to join our partner program and put ongoing monthly cash in your pocket!


Tuesday, October 21, 2008

P-Town News Update

Don't forget to step into the White Heart this Friday night. Rommie will be on the decks 1st, so show up early. After-party at APT.

This could be debated, and debated well...Portland's East's nice, the prom is dope, sweet hoops courts (although VERY unfriendly rims), Blue Spoon, Homegrown, etc...

But, until you can rep like the West End, don't bother knockin'...

Check the ride below...

(just try and top this front window)

West end...


Monday, October 20, 2008

Warren Miller Style

Leaf peeping season has come and will soon be gone in Maine, as well as the rest of New England. Put your flip-flops away, stow away your bathing suits and snorkels, trade your shorts for long underwear, and get out your winter gear.

We at APT have mad respect for snow, snowmen, snowwomen, snow angels, snow tires, and sledding. But let's not forget about the snow riders on the team - the skiers, snowboarders, telemarkers, and snowplowers - EVERYTHING gets put on hold when the fresh powder drops! With luck we'll be making snowy turns before my senile neighbor finishes raking all his leaves, or before we all celebrate another Thanksgiving.

For many, the ski season doesn't REALLY kick off until Warren Miller's annual ski film comes to town. He's been at it since 1950, and they keep getting better, although in recent year's the old man has "passed the reigns" to a certain degree. It ain't what it used to be. This year the film's called "Children of Winter" and it's coming to a theater near you. Don't miss this film! It's exciting, with breathtaking footage of epic mountain terrain and mentally insane riders, all with a death wish. There are ski bunnies - also doing mad tricks and jumps - as well as in-depth and up-close footage behind-the-scenes, where all the planning takes place (a.k.a. "the bar"). And while you won't see W2 or Dr. D doing half the shit you'll see in the film (except the noontime beers), you will be inspired to tighten up your skills and improve your game.

Check the trailer, wax your skis, and pray for snow!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Cats and Beer

The crew over at Cats (Lionel Pics?) and Beer have done some top notch work. Inspired by APT favorites Stuff White People Like, check out their take on the Rap Songs White People Love (see Dr. D's i-pod) and Rock Jams Black People Love.

Sadly, our boy Marky Mark didn't make either list. It is probably because he talks to animals. You must check this. And check our boys response.

APT...promoting peace, love, and understanding one post at a time.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Public Service Announcement

Remember G.I. Joe? Remember the television cartoon based on those wonderful action figures? Or were they action figures based on the cartoon? Remember those great Public Service Announcements at the close of each show? You know, where you learned to never cook with the window drapes hanging over the flame, or to always wear a helmet when skateboarding, or to never play on thin ice? Well, someone out there (presumably some college kid with too much time on his hands) has taken the G.I. Joe PSA to the next level. Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Christopher David Ryan

It is a treat to call this incredible artist a Portlander and a friend. He arrives by way of Texas and New York City, floating into town on the wings of love. Just the way we APTers like it. Do yourself a huge favor and check out his work.

Pic poached here!
New Obama poster (Debate III is tonight!) here!
Tons of fun stuff here!
And a killer collab with MAV here!

PS watch Kobe get his ankles broken by the Beno Udrih. Moments later Udrih offers a cigarette to teamate Shelden Williams who immediately calls former coach Mike Krzyzewski and asks him what he should do.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Look familiar?

El Manicero posted this not too long ago...

Check B's new vid:

Between this and the Fonzworth Bentley joint that was posted a few weeks back, old school dance choreography is back...
Note the dope camera work in the B vid...360 degree shots, spectacular lighting, crane, zooms at the right time...proof that special effects are for kids.


Everyone wants to be a hero, right? We all reach a point in our day-to-day, when things just seem so regular, so prescribed, the mundane American experience so mind-numbing. Well, rest assured. There is an outlet that many of us have yet to consider. They call it LARPing.

LARPing is sort of a living room Dungeons & Dragons session taken outdoors. It's creative, it's fun, it's international, and for many, it's even better than reality. After all, when the day-to-day has got you down, why not put on your chain mail and pick up your padded Nerf sword and go to battle?

But don't take my word for it. Hear it from the pros:

What got me thinking about LARPing, other than a former roommate, was a recent viewing of a wonderful documentary entitled Darkon, which introduces a LARP community in the metropolitan Washington DC area. Both enlightening and thought-provoking, the film certainly opens you up to a new option for coping with it all.

Check it:

So here's my proposal: Every third Sunday in November at Deering Oaks. See you then!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Pre-season nastiness

Get to know the new folks in upgraded and improved Atlantic East...

Awesome PRESEASON behavior from our old buddy, MVP PP.

"Both teams were physical, combining for 52 fouls, including four technicals over the first three quarters."
Technical Fouls:
Houston - T. McGrady 1
Boston - P. Pierce 1, E. House 1, B. Walker 1

Saturday, October 11, 2008

DJ Z-Trip presents "The Party for Change"

We at APT have been known for our skills on the wheels of steel for some time. Whether it be the 80's mixtape sessions in Roomie Rock's living room, or The Duke dropping the sweet, sweet funkified freshness, or even W2 scratching invisible 1200's in the passenger seat of your car, APT digs the vinyl mix.

Arizona-born DJ Z-Trip has been on the vinyl scene for some time. While yet to return our invites to spin a house party at APT, Z-Trip has instead been preoccupied supporting our boy Barry Obama. Check this free mixtape download entitled "The Party for Change".

Here's a great clip as well showing Z-Trip live and up-close:

Friday, October 10, 2008


I stumbled home last night from a sophisticated APT engagement to find my better half snuggled up with a recently purchased copy of New Moon. For those not in the know, this is book two of Stephanie Meyer's ongoing Twilight series. These books are eveywhere and the movies are forthcoming. So fans of Buffy, rest easy knowing that the vampire-fantasy-teen melodrama is alive and well.

The plot follows two young lovers, one with fangs (the fella) and one without (the lass). As far as I can tell, this seemingly well meaning series is actualy exploiting the primal urges of women around the world, which is unfair.

You see, the ladies dig mysterious dudes that look, act, or are in fact, monsters. Hence my wolf-like appearance (Me gusta el tablon de mar). It is no secret that I have been knocking 'em dead for years. Additionally, Mary Shelly's Frankenstein is a major player. He makes Don Juan look like Don Rickles...

But would Frankenstein or yours truly try and make money off of this? Not likely. Shame on you Miss Meyer. Read away folks, but you have been warned!

Here is the trailer for the first film.

Consider these fine vampire films for your viewing pleasure....
1. Near Dark (Scary)
2. Once Bitten (Silly)
3. Nosferatu (Classic)
4. Salem's Lot (Maine Connection)

...and if you missed it, read my ladies most recent Switch article. It is dramaculous.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Jim Henson pre-muppets

I went to the Jim Henson exhibit (twice!) at the Smithsonian (now on tour to other cities!)to check out some muppet fossils and caught this student video of Henson's that I just love.

he seemed like such a talented, creative, zany, kind, and often self-effacing (kermit is modeled after his own personality) guy. it also made me want to get into the back muppet catalog...The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, Roald Dahl's The Witches, The Muppet Show and movies, Fraggle Rock, Follow That Bird, old school Sesame Street...


When not brewing up cosmic concoctions in the lab, or taking "sick days" to make snowy turns with W2, or saving the world from evil orc invasions, Dr. D hangs out with over-fed and over-caffeinated teens in a place we like to call school...

Traditionally we were taught - as teachers, parents, and even kids - that comics were amateur, childish, and certainly not quality reading material. All the more reason to read them, collect them, and spend our hard-earned allowance on them we told ourselves. As it turns out, if you start calling them "graphic novels," they suddenly gain street cred, and you can even get your department head to order a few dozen copies.

Check Persepolis folks. It's entertaining, historical, and educational. It's Iranian history meets coming of age, in a format we all love...

Furthermore, it's now available on film. And if you're scared of the French audio, or hate reading subtitles, don't worry! You can change the language settings to English, and eliminate the subtitles, only to be graced by the sweet vocals of Sean Penn and Iggy Pop. Enjoy!

And for those of you to whom Persepolis is old news, check this other graphic novel, high on Dr. D's list, and soon to be in APT's permanent archive:

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Check it...

Great interview with Paulie...class act...

Also, don't forget to check one of Scorsese's finest hours...easily Cruise's...enhanced greatly with the sound turned all the way up...

Also...a new post...

And please welcome...Dr. D, the newest contributor to Live from APT.
Number one with a big ass it, my it.

"Stay Ready...

...ain't got to get ready."

Regardless of the Red Sox being in the playoffs, Obama holding steady, and the Pats trying to find their rhythm, I am always READY for basketball season.

Check this sneaker spot featuring Billups, Jordan Farmar, Dwight Howard, TD, KG, and Josh Smith. They even let Sebastian Telfair play. This pick-up game looks exactly like the Team APT run over at Reiche school during those long winter nights.

APT got next.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Gunnin for #1

Oh Yeah! APT ballers unite for a field trip of grand proportions. Thursday October 10th is the date and Portland's Space Gallery is the place.

They will be showing Beastie Boy Adam Yauch's new documentary, Gunnin for that #1 Spot. The flick is about hoops at Rucker Park. Peep this interview of our boy. I think Sarah Palin might be asking the questions...yuck.

This trailer has me excited. Bayless, Kevin Love, Brandon Jennings, Donte Green. This is the future of the NBA right here.

Drop me a line so I can coordinate tix in advance. Where you at El Man, Roomie, SB 1200, Big Brother, T-I-M, Graymatter, Dr. D, Duke, D.O.C., Block-Party, T-Bird, and others. This will be outstanding.

Just in time for the start of the NBA campaign. I post, therefore I am.