Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Must See of 2012

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s that time of the year again! This is the time when we reflect on the last 365 days and look towards the next. This is also the time when I discuss my favorite films of 2011 and give a sneak peak at the ones I’m looking forward to in 2012. My initial thoughts on Coming Soon releases were negative. I really didn’t think there were too many films I was genuinely anticipating. Well, after reviewing my various spreadsheets & IMDB Watchlist, I realize now I was mistaken. There are a ton of promising features coming up in the next year. I’m still waiting on a few films that were set to be released in 2011 but have been delayed such as, RAMPART, THE TALL MAN, WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN, PIRANHA 3DD, CARNAGE, NATURAL SELECTION, and THIS MUST BE THE PLACE. Let me share a few of my personal “Must See Films of 2012” with you. (Brief synopsizes are courtesy of IMDB)

Don’t expect to find THE HOBBIT, SPIDERMAN, PROMETHEUS (Ridley Scott is a racist prick), GI JOE, BATTLESHIP, or the many SNOW WHITE adaptations anywhere near my list. Will someone please tell me already if JGL is really going be the Boy Wonder in the new Batman? That is the only thing that could convince me to see it; Bland Hathaway is probably the worst casting decision since Ted ‘Theodore’ Logan in BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA. As you may know by now, those big budget features do not appeal to me in the least. If you’re interested in that kind of cinema go to Fandango.


“With the help of his mentor, a slave-turned-bounty hunter sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.”

Almost three years have passed since the last Tarantino outfit and I’m ready for a new one. I'm so excited for this film I could slap the shit out of Chris P. BASTERDS was a phenomenal film and I celebrate all things QT. As soon as I heard he was doing a Spaghetti Western, my heart went a flutter. His expert knowledge in the genre will no doubt produce something incredible with that classic Tarantino edge. Just look at how he revolutionized the Kung Fu genre with KILL BILL (PS- KILL BILL 3 is listed as being released in 2014). The cast alone for DJANGO is pretty exciting too. JGL, Kurt Russell, Sasha Baron Cohen, Christoph Waltz, and the incomparable Samuel L Jackson will all be starring. If I could only see one film in 2012, this would be it.


“A gothic-horror tale centering on the life of vampire Barnabas Collins and his run-ins with various monsters, witches, werewolves and ghosts. Based on the cult TV series.”

Tim Burton has been talking about doing a film adaptation of the much loved British series Dark Shadows for several years now. I never thought he’d actually pull it off, let alone get Johnny Depp to play the legendary Barnabas Collins. As a child, I loved the original show as well as the 90s remake so this is a very personal project for me. I read an interview with Johnny Depp and he said this is the role he was born to play. I truly have faith that Tim Burton can redeem himself for the last ten years of shitty films. DARK SHADOWS is the stuff Goth girl dreams are made of.


“Young Victor conducts a science experiment to bring his beloved dog Sparky back to life, only to face unintended, sometimes monstrous, consequences.”

While we’re on the topic of Tim Burton, I thought I’d include FRANKENWEENIE. The original short was also a remnant of my childhood. I’m surprised it took this long for Burton to make a full length version of this endearing and much loved story. If you’ve never seen the short, check it out. I promise the adorable frankendog will melt your heart. The original also has a cameo by a very young Sophia Coppola.


“In feudal China, a blacksmith who makes weapons for a small village is put in the position where he must defend himself and his fellow villagers.”

Here’s a Kung Fu film directed by The Rza and co-written by The Bear Jew himself, Eli Roth. What more do you need to know about it? It’s about time Eli Roth quit dicking around Twitter with The Blueberries and got back to making films. I’m still waiting for THANKSGIVING to come out.


“A pair of lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out and find them.”

I’m a sucker for Wes Anderson films and pretty much anything with Bill Murray; this film has both. It also stars Cohen wife, Frances McDormand and my hairy boyfriend Schwartzman. Wes Anderson films are always so witty & charming; this is sure to be a delight.


“Scheming on a way to save their father's ranch, the Alvarez brothers find themselves in a war with Mexico's most feared drug lord.”

With the exception of STEPBROTHERS, I generally detest Will Ferrell projects. I just don’t think he’s very funny. On the other hand, I do absolutely love Gael Garcia Bernal who stars in this film alongside BFF Diego Luna. I’m definitely interested to see how Ferrell will handle an English/Spanish language comedy.


"Five friends go to a remote cabin in the woods. Bad things happen."

For the most part, I’ve pretty much given up on American horror films. I'm not entirely convinced of this film; part of me wants to see it just so I can talk shit. The only promise this has is that Joss Whedon co-wrote the script and the reviews aren’t too bad either. Where the hell does he find time to do so many projects? I’m certain Joss is not of this world! I’m still not sure if I will see THE AVENGERS because I hate comic book movies and 3D, but I do love Joss Whedon.


“When a debt puts a young man's life in danger, he turns to putting a hit out on his evil mother in order to collect the insurance.”

This film stars Matthew McConaughey which would normally be a turn off for me since most of his films are bile (except for DAZED AND CONFUSED). My main motivation for seeing this is William Friedkin who directs. Billy Friedkin directed one of the greatest films of all time (a personal favorite of mine) if not the best horror film ever, THE EXORCIST. It got some good reviews on the film fest circuit. KILLER JOE also stars Juno Temple who I’ve become quite fond of after seeing her in KABOOM.


“A teenage girl at a boarding girl suspects her roommate is a vampire.”

I’m still a little on the fence about this one. My trusty horror websites praise it, but the movie message board trolls have panned it. Who do I rely on? This peaked my interest since it’s the first real film Mary Harron has directed since AMERICAN PSYCHO. Harron tends to be hit or miss. I wasn’t a fan of the Bettie Page film or I SHOT ANDY WARHOL. However, AMERICAN PSYCHO happens to be one of the best books to film adaptations out there (along with FIGHT CLUB). I’m willing to give it a chance and the poster looks cool.


“A 1950s-set drama centered on the relationship between a charismatic intellectual known as "the Master" whose faith-based organization begins to catch on in America, and a young drifter who becomes his right-hand man.”

Who else could pull off a film about Scientology but Paul Thomas Anderson? Phillip Seymour Hoffman stars along with everyone’s favorite lunatic Joaquin Phoenix (weren’t the Phoenix family apart of a weird cult too). I will also pretty much watch anything PTA puts out. He’s one of the few current filmmakers who is unbelievable creative and unique. Someone give this man an Oscar already!


“The tale begins with Jonathan Harker, journeying by train and carriage from England to Count Dracula's.”

Dracula has been done to death and I cannot express how much I loathe 3D, but I will pretty much see anything Dario Argento puts out. His catalog speaks for itself. I also love his daughter Asia Argento who stars alongside Rutger Hauer in this new adaptation of the dark prince. When did Rutger Hauer become to go to guy in horror? He’s like the new Udo Kier!


“Set in a future where the Capitol selects a boy and girl from the twelve districts to fight to the death on live television, Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take her younger sister's place for the latest match.”

I was attracted to the book before they announced a film version; my friend Ruth had nothing but good things to say about the series. The book sounded like an American version of BATTLE ROYALE. Then they announced Elizabeth Banks and Jennifer Lawrence (who I loved in WINTERS BONE) as stars so I began to watch this project very closely. The director is not relatively known; he also did critically acclaimed films PLEASANTVILLE and SEABISCUIT. The more and more I hear about this film, the less interested I’ve become. I feel like its being packaged as a successor to TWILIGHT which I abhor. The studio is already promoting merchandise such as nail polish, t-shirts, and jewelry (check your local Hot Topic) for the film. With Taylor Swift doing the theme song, it will be a hard sell for anyone over the age of fifteen.

Honorable Mentions

The winter months tend to be a very busy time for me as far as movie watching. I’ve got award season coming up which means a ton of research is to be done. This is also the time when the films that made the rounds at the festivals finally get released. I plan on seeing A DANGEROUS METHOD, TINKER TOY SOLDIER SPY, and THE ARTIST before the year is over.

What are you looking forward to?

Monday, December 12, 2011

Priscilla's Favorite Things

As you may know, I am not one for Christmas and yuletide. I tend to avoid all things holiday except for tamales & Frosty Nerds.
Frosty Nerds

So, is anyone reeling in the loss of Oprah Winfrey's talk show? Didn't think so. However, usually this time of the year Oprah would host an episode where she'd talk about her favorite stuff. Then she'd give people a bunch of shit like cars, scarves, and Michael Buble CDs. I will be doing no such thing, but I thought I would share a few of my own favorite things. Here goes:

Thanks to the Vegan Black Metal Chef, I have gained a bit of confidence in my cooking skills. I'm beginning to feel a little more comfortable around the kitchen and have come to the conclusion that spices are incredibly important. I've amassed a decent collection of spices from Central Market, but there's a couple new spice shops around town that are pretty awesome. I've also realized that garlic goes great on any and everything...LOTS of garlic. I really love tangy flavors too. If you get a chance check out the Savory Spice Shop.

There's nothing worse than cold feet...literally not metaphorically! It's safe to say that I am consistently cold, especially my feet. I think it's very important for someone to own a decent pair of slippers. The pair I currently use have seen better days so I am on the hunt for a new pair. I'm open to suggestions.

Xmas Stocking
I never put up decorations for Christmas with the exception of stockings. Sandy Claws likes to bring Spike some treats for the holiday so I put up a stocking for the little guy. I have a pretty cool one for myself too that was a gift many years ago. I would be willing to trade in my stocking for this upgrade. Nothing says Christmas like "God Hates Us All."

Xmas Stockings

I've read comic books on and off since I was ten years old. I've picked up a few cools ones lately. I really love the new Hellraiser; it's got great artwork. I have to say that my all time favorite comic has to be Battlepug. Battlepug is a weekly web comic by Mike Norton. It's the story of a great warrior on a long journey aboard a giant pug. What could be more awesome than that!? Seriously, the story and art are amazing. I look forward to a new panel every Monday and the Friday Reader submitted pugs are adorable.

Garlic Press
As previously noted, I love garlic! I use it with just about everything I cook. Fresh garlic is the best, but I'm not opposed to minced or powder. I've had a couple different garlic presses before, but the best one I've found came from IKEA. It's stainless steel, easy to clean, and inexpensive. Those Swedes really know how to make terrific furniture and home accessories.

Jalapeno Cheetos
No thanks to Chris P, I am now addicted to these delicious treats. I used to be a fiend for Flaming Hots, but I got burnt out on them. The jalapeno flavor isn't as spicy, but they still have a kick.

I'm almost done reading the newest Chuck Palahniuk book. Much like the rest of his collection, it's pretty dark and satirical. So far, it's been a great read. The story is about a thirteen year old girl who dies and goes to hell. All the chapters begin with, "Are you there Satan? It's me Madison." Madison talks about her previous life on Earth and the current one in Hell. I can't say I have ever read anything by Palahniuk I didn't like.

Pembroke Welsh Corgi
Pugs will always be my favorite dog breed. Some may say that I am pugsessed; I hope to own five pugs one day! Lately, I've come across several corgis that are unbelievable cute. One of my favorite writers, Joe Hill, is a corgi enthusiast and owner so he often posts photos of funny corgis. To be honest, I love all pooches so it's really not hard to sell me on them.
Corgi butt

Ellis is another of my favorite writers. His twitter feed is never boring. He often talks about films, TV, music, his 25yr old boyfriend and current events. Ellis regularly discusses everything from the "It gets better" campaign to the actors he had in mind when developing characters. His current Oscar predictions are truly insightful. Ellis recently commented on the possibility of an AMERICAN PSYCHO remake and quickly shot it down.

Austin Terrier
This place has quickly become my new favorite restaurant and it's located right in my own neighborhood. I have yet to try anything here that I did not enjoy. They've got everything from sandwiches, pizzas, soups, and salads. Austin Terrier also has a great selection of beers and the staff is superb.
Austin Terrier

No matter where the holidays take you, I really hope you have a wonderful season!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Grrr ... Arrgh!

Last month I had the opportunity to attend Austin Comic-Con. I had a wonderful time and hung out with some great people. There were so many brilliant artists participating in this year's event. I definitely did not leave empty handed! My main motivation for attending this year was the Buffy the Vampire Slayer cast members who did Q&As for a couple panels. Charisma Carpenter (Cordelia), Mercedes McNab (Harmony), Juliet Landau (Drusilla), and James Charles Leary (Clem) were appearing. But the absolute highlight of my fangirl dreams was James Marsters! I was in the same room (mere feet away) with the one and only Spike aka William the Bloody.

All the actors resembled their characters in very subtle ways. Cordelia was assertive & beautiful; Harmony was really bubbly & fun. Dru was very graceful & proper while Clem was humorous and goofy. Spike has a real rock-n-roll attitude that just exudes cool. He was engaging, unbelievably charming, and not to mention dreamy as hell! They each shared various stories and anecdotes of their time on the show. Spike was asked who was his favorite romantic interest. He undoubtedly proclaimed Drusilla whom I was always fond of; she's also much prettier in person. Although, I do love how Buffy and Spike's relationship concluded in season 7. How can you not be Team Spike, after all he did save the world (Angel never did that)!
Comic Con- Buffy panel

Spike/Drusilla panel
Before Joss Whedon became Hollywood's golden boy who can do no wrong, he created a little show about a spunky girl who fought vampires with her own Scooby gang. I actually watched BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER (the film) in the theater and never thought too much of it. Joss wrote the script for the film BUFFY, but what we saw on the screen was not Joss' vision. He almost didn't do the show as a result of the studio cutting up his script to make it much more comical.

Buffy was the last real television show I watched with religious fervor. It's the most special out of my favorite shows because it was the one I related to most. Buffy was in high school around the same time as me so I found it easy to relate to some of her problems (except for demons and vampires). She dealt with issues of love, annoying siblings, isolation, and losing a parent all while juggling schoolwork. This show was also pretty cutting edge; it had the first on screen lesbian kiss. Buffy was also the first show to include a musical episode long before Glee came around. Which brings me to my next topic...

In addition to the Q&A panels, the Alamo Drafthouse hosted a special Buffy Sing-Along with Spike in attendance! The sing-alongs had been going on around the country for a few years after the show ended. It became a phenomenon akin to the ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW events. Even Joss Whedon gave his blessing to these delightful affairs. However, Fox (who owns the rights to Buffy) did not eye to eye. All sing-alongs ceased once Fox dropped the hammer, but somehow the Alamo convinced the powers that be to allow us to indulge "Once More With Feeling." This episode is also very important because it's the first time we see Buffy & Spike kiss. I cannot begin to tell you what an amazing time I had!
Spike @ Buffy Sing-Along

I recently started watching all the seasons in the series again in reverse order. I began with season 7 to get the crying all out of my system. Seriously, every episode of the final season left me in a teary mess. I'm relieved to find that the show still holds up after all these years. I also found that my hatred for Dawn has not subsided; she's the Jar Jar Binks of Buffyverse. I've tried watching Sarah Michelle Geller's new show, Ringer, and I just can't get into it. I was also forced to watch the last few seasons of Angel to deal with my withdraws when Buffy ended in 2003. Let it be known that if they really do go through with this remake bullshit with whoever the fuck from Glee, I swear I will call upon the dark forces of Evil Willow to skin them all alive. I highly recommend giving Buffy a chance if you've never seen the show. You won't regret it!

Sunday, November 27, 2011


Well, the holiday season if officially underway. Hopefully we have all recovered from the trials and tribulations Thanksgiving usually offers us. It's a wonderful time to share thanks, but it can also be a stressful time of travel. This year my Thanksgiving was very quiet. I spent some time with my other family in North Austin, but most of the day was spent eating pizza and relaxing with Spike & Ross. I figured this would be a good time to share a few things I am grateful for. I am incredibly thankful for my loving family and friends (you know who you are). You guys mean a lot to me and I really appreciate the support. Here's a few other things I'm thankful for:

I am so lucky to have my little gentleman. He's the best dog in the world and I love him more than anything! In the seven years we have been together, I have no complaints about Spike. I mentioned just the other that the reason why I love Spike so much is because he loves me more than anything. Dogs will always love you unconditionally unlike cats who treat you as a minion. I'm also pretty proud of the fact that Spike is incredibly well behaved, probably more well behaved than most children. He loves to play with other dogs and people. Sure he doesn't like children or cats but neither do I so that's alright. I never have to be cautious of having people over because he's comfortable around anyone. I also don't have to worry about him destroying any of my belongings while I am out of the house. I can't wait to adopt a new baby brother/sister for him.

I try not to take for granted that I live in such a great place. The city I grew up in wasn't terrible, it just wasn't right for me. As far as where I want to be career wise and creative wise, Austin is where I need to be. I'm lucky to be able to do just about anything in this town and not get tired of it. Sometimes I forget how good I have it, then I drive down Lamar by Pease Park or step into an Alamo Drafthouse and realize there is no other place I'd want to be. The rent is reasonable, the food is good, and the art/film/music community is thriving. I'm also happy to live in such a great community. The neighborhood I grew up in as a child was notorious for shootings & robberies. Now I can walk my dog around the neighborhood and feel totally safe. I've had a wonderful time in all the years I've been in Austin and I only look forward to many more.

I often complain about certain aspects regarding my education, but in the long run I'm pretty lucky. Taking into consideration that others are not fortunate to experience higher education, it's something I take very seriously (sometimes TOO seriously). I agree higher education should not be as costly as it is. Look at what happened in England with all the student protests; they have every right to oppose these injustices. Maybe then our world leaders will take notice and realize what is really important. There was a time when I felt really lost in life. I was going out partying too much because I just wasn't sure what I wanted to do with myself. Having so many friends who are professional artists, musicians, and photographers, it was so frightening to feel untalented & inept. It took a while, but I finally found my place. I have been advantageous enough to come across some really amazing mentors and educators. Teachers hold the most important job in the world yet they get as much respect as Rodney Dangerfield. I intend to change that by becoming the best person I can be.

Modern Technology
As some of you may know, just a few years ago I was completely incompetent when it came to technology. I couldn't even type faster than a chicken pecking at a keyboard (just ask Chad). Here I am today, capable of operating several computer programs, making PowerPoint presentations, and writing my own blog. I have come a long way! I'm incredibly grateful to those who helped me along the way. I'm still pretty apprehensive about certain aspects of the Internet (FaceBook, YouTube, Tumblr, etc.), for personal reasons, not because I'm afraid to use them. I'm relieved there's no video or photos on the Internet of myself acting a drunken mess. Most social networking sites exude exposure I am not comfortable with. I just don't need every moment of my life chronicle. I'm also grateful most of this modern technology did not exist while I was in my party phase. I imagine if it were, I would have made a great embarrassment of myself. On the other hand, the Web has aided in mobilizing various movements going on in the world. It's amazing to see people come together for a cause that matters. Modern technology has also afforded me the luxury of communicating with my loved ones (Ruth, John, Kevin, Big Brother, etc.) who live elsewhere. I sent a lot of handwritten letters in my day; now I can just send an email. I just love writing which is another reason why I'm thankful. I may not be Hemingway or Salinger but I do enjoy writing, even if it's just a few blog posts here and there. I'm even more thankful that you guys read them!

Sure he's arduous & difficult at times, but in the big scheme of things I am lucky to have him and I don't say that enough. I've made some tough decisions in the last few years and he was there supporting me all along the way. I cannot express how much I appreciate his kindness and patience. He gives me the last bit of his french fries, listens to Rick Springfield with me, and always lets me pick the movie no matter how gross or boring he thinks it is. It's no secret that I can be demanding & stubborn at times. It takes a lot of guts to handle me sometimes and I know I'm not very good at being sentimental. Extra special thanks to the Turkey for taking the good with the bad.

Honorable Mention
I'm really grateful for the WamPug!

Hope you all have a wonderful holiday season!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Costume Party

Some of you were asking about my Halloween costume this year. I kept my costume to a minimum of one this year due to time constraints. I have been known to were up to 4 costumes a season. Honestly, I didn't think my costume this year would be that cool, but it came together quit nicely. I even won a prize in the costume contest! I decided to be a Mexican sugar skull from the Day of The Dead. I've always been fascinated with Day of the Dead customs and traditions. Sugar skulls are such an amazing piece of unique art. I hope I did them some justice. What do you think?

Day of the dead
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I also decided to look back on some of my previous costumes. I'm usually working on a tight budget so I've become pretty crafty when it comes to putting a homemade costume together. When I was about ten years old, I decided to hand stitch my own Catwoman costume a la Michelle Pfeiffer in BATMAN RETURNS. Well, let's just say it wasn't movie quality but it was a great try. I once went as Cleopatra for Halloween and a few years later, I made a mummy costume out of it. I also put together a slutty devil costume using things I had in my closet. My friend John was the master of last minute costumes. He effortlessly threw together Hunter S. Thompson, Andy Warhol, and Anderson Cooper. One of my favorites was the Bride of Frankenstein; I had the best beehive! Then there was my Wednesday Addams costume which took almost no effort. The chola was a bit too realistic for my own good. Here's a few of my old costumes (and some of Spike's):

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Banana Split Spike
Wednesday Addams

I also thought I would share some of my favorite costumes of all time:

Racist costume
Racist costumes are uncomfortable because you never know if it's OK to laugh. Now when it's a racist children's costume, it's definitely OK to laugh.

I love pugs and I love TEEN WOLF.

It's not fair that Heidi Klum looks amazing even without skin!

The craftsmanship alone is incredible. Also, getting a pooch to keep that costume on long enough to take pics is pretty awesome too. Star Wars fans will go to any length to display their fandom. I applaud their creativity!

I am so sad that Halloween is over! I guess I better start thinking of a costume for next year. One day I will dress up as Princess Leia (NOT the slave costume). My all time dream costume would be Jackie Kennedy in the bloody pink Chanel suit. I'll do it one day. Maybe I'll be a juggalo next year?

Thursday, October 27, 2011

End of an Era

There's been a lot of rumors going around about the "new" Emos and the fate of the old Emos. It was previously stated that the outside area would close, but the inside room would remain open. From what I know, as of now, the whole building where Emos was located on 6Th & Red River has been sold and will indeed close at the end of the year. It was allegedly sold to the restaurant El Sol Y Luna which is where Emos IV was briefly located.

I have in fact visited the nu Emos on the corner of Burton & Riverside where the Backroom once stood. For those unfamiliar, the Backroom was a local metal bar that often hosted various punk rock shows. The building itself was split in half with one side as the venue and the other half as a bar with pool tables etc. One of my fondest memories of the Backroom was the infamous "Power Hour." Power Hour was a long arduous sixty minutes of $0.10 rum & cokes. They were also notorious for $2.50 pitchers of Lone Star which often ended in trouble.

The nu Emos is actually pretty state of the art and remarkably clean (as opposed to the old Emos or The Backroom). It resembles nothing of what the Backroom building was or the original Emos for that matter. It essentially looks like every other shitty corporate venue I have visited across this country. There are now three bars with even more overpriced alcohol and absolutely no recognizable bartenders. The restrooms all have doors that open and close which is nice. The stage is much larger and free of any poles in the center. The dressing room does in fact have a shower, but it is about as small as the old Emos dressing room. And I'm pretty sure it holds the same old, dirty, black, leather, couch that could probably tell you some stories you would never believe. The nu Emos has great sound, but it definitely lacks the original spirit that Emos was founded on.

It's been quit some time since I even called Emos my stomping ground. I spent many a night at Emos once upon a time. A couple of years ago, my priorities took a shift, not for any specific reason. It was just time for me to do something different. In all honesty, I just grew tired of the disadvantages of being an aging party girl. Almost simultaneously, there was a shift in power amongst the music scene with the inception of Transmission Entertainment. Red 7 & Mohawk became the unspoken rivals to Emos. Everyone has their own opinion regarding the situation and it's not really my place to air other's grievances. However, I do believe those events signified the beginning of the end.

Regardless of what happens, I had some interesting times at Emos, like when my roommate Andrea called Lukas Haas by the wrong name, & watching a girl stand in her own puke, or watching some idiot drive his scooter into a parked truck out front. There were so many good times, a few bad times, and a whole lot of drunk times. As an homage, I thought I would share a few of my favorite moments at Emos.

The time Bad Sean got stabbed
It's no secret that I used to party balls. SXSW was an all out week long assault on my liver and sanity. It's also no secret that I have an extensive knife collection. I've always carried a piece in my purse for protection as long as I have lived in Austin (I did 3 yrs on Riverside). One fateful SXSW afternoon at Emos I got into a drunken discussion with Bad Sean. He was of the persuasion that I didn't have the balls to stab someone. To prove him wrong, I stabbed him in the arm.

Side Note:
As I relayed the above story the following day (after my friends and I decided to see who could drink the most free Red Stripes in one hour), my friend Pete was convinced that the knife in my bag was not sharp enough to cut through skin. I disproved his theory by stabbing him in the elbow.

My love for Jets to Brazil runs as deep as my love for Jawbreaker. I was fortunate enough to see them play at Emos each tour they did for the three albums that were released. I briefly met Blake Schwarzenbach in 2000 and even took a photo with him. Then in 2003 (their final tour) I sat at the bar for a bit after the show. Blake walked up to the bar next to me and said, "Hey, what's up." I was speechless.

Frodo on the loose
Again SXSW (2007?), while waiting for The Living End to play, I indulged in several beverages. As I waited in line at the bar, it was complete madness. Suddenly I saw a very small person in front of me jump over the bar and throw his arms around Cody, Sanchez, Hushang, & Patrick. Low and behold it was Frodo ( or DJ Frodo Ipod as some know him as). They posed for pics as cameras snapped away for what seemed like forever. Clearly, Frodo had more to drink that night than I had.

There was a time when Frodo was in Austin a lot. I coincidentally ran into him at the most random places. Apparently, during SXSW (2006?) I approached him outside of Emos and said, "Hey Frodo, give me a cigarette!" Number one: I do not recall this event, it was relayed to me the next day & Number two: I don't even smoke.

Propagandhi (2000)
This was a memorable show, not only because it was Propagandhi (who don't leave the Great White North very often), but it was the first show after Emos expanded the outside area. It was a sold out show and with the exception of SXSW that might be the most people I've seen packed into Emos. We got to meet Chris Hannah and talk with him for a bit which was really cool. My friend Eddie (number one Prop fan) even had a song dedicated to him (Back to the Motor League). Being in that audience was such an amazing feeling. Seeing hundreds of people in unison sing the lyrics "fuck religion, fuck religion, fuck religion" was pretty incredible. I've seen Propagandhi since then (Mohawk 2009) and they were great, but it will never compare to that first show.

Blackout with The Faint
When The Faint's Danse Macabre came out, it was all of my friend's favorite album (it still holds up and I still love the keyboard player). It was so incredibly infectious! Soon after I turned 21 yrs old, they were on tour opening for No Doubt and decided to play a one off show at Emos. My friends and I partied like it was Spring Break '98. While the Faint played, I began dancing with this guy I was sure I knew from somewhere. He offered to buy me a drink and I could not refuse. This mysterious gentleman returned with shots of tequila. I immediately downed mine and replied, "See you on the other side." I kept asking this fellow where I knew him from but could not place him for the life of me. Meanwhile we talked about how much we really liked The Faint. Mystery man said, "Yeah that's why we asked them to go on tour with us." I replied, "Oh, you're in a band?" Mystery man, "Yeah, I play guitar for No Doubt, we're playing here tomorrow. You should come see us." I guess that's where I'd seen him before. The next morning (with no recollection of how I got home) I awoke to a message on my answering machine (yes, you heard correct) stating, "Hey Priscilla, it's Tom from last night. I left a couple passes for you at the box office so I'll see you tonight."

Gorilla Biscuits reunion
If any of you are familiar with the old crew at Emos then you know about their hardcore pasts. Most of those guys were recovering straight edgers who had a soft spot for old school hardcore. The night Gorilla Biscuits played a reunion show (2007?) at Emos, it was a huge deal. In the middle of the set, Graham pulled out a trampoline on the stage and the entire staff started diving into the crowd. It was the most ridiculous/hilarious thing I have seen. A bunch of grown ass men beaming from ear to ear while jumping on a mini trampoline. It was an interesting sight!

The Hot Dog Incident
If you ever spent more than ten minutes inside Emos, you will know it was never the pillar of cleanliness. The Onion crowned the Emos facilities "Worst Bathrooms In The World" for fucks sake. SXSW 2007 was a rough one to say the least. As Saturday approached, our momentum began to dwindle much like prior years. While waiting for Turbonegro play the final set of the night, we realized none of us had eaten any solid food. My fast thinking led me to Hot Dog King where I promptly bought dogs for myself, Kenny, and Chad. As we sat at the bar inside of Emos, enjoying our dogs Chad dropped the last inch & a half of his hot dog on the floor. Without hesitation, he bent over to pick it up and put it in his fucking mouth! HE ATE THE GODDAMN HOT DOG OFF THE FLOOR AT EMOS! A wave of nausea washed over me immediately. It's been four years since that incident and Chad is still alive & herpes free (I think) so I guess he got lucky.

Stoya and Jessie Jane

Side Note:
Chad's Lil bro (Brandon) once relieved himself of number two in the Emos restroom. Chad apparently felt the need to one up Lil bro.

Heaven in a plastic cup
There once was a beloved bartender at Emos named Sanchez. This revered man brought us the greatest invention since the interwebs: The Sparkleberry. The Sparkleberry was a delicious drink that often resulted in the best slash worst decisions I have ever made in my life. The ingredients were simple: half vodka, half Sparks, splash of cranberry, twist of lime. Well, now that the original formula of Sparks has been altered, I will never enjoy another Sparkleberry which might be all for the better. So long orange tongues!

I'm grateful that I got to see some amazing shows at Emos like RFTC, Screeching Weasel (pre Ben Weasel breakdown), and the first Lifetime show since they broke up just to name a few. The best part of those wild, crazy days were the friends I made. I'm glad I could share those moments with the people I care most about. We had some great times and now it's time to make some new memories. Goodbye Emos, it was fun while it lasted.

Drunk Putas

I'll always remember playing "Jet Black" on that jukebox.