“Ball so hard, this shit crazy”
It was a money-draining party and I had a blast.
Heart Of Douche-ness or “The Imperialism Of Young Assholes”
Take up the White Mans Burden, Hipsters. Conquer the middle class with your bougie contempt and self-loathing fashion. But don’t complain when you’re branded the enemy.
EULA, Life Size Maps & More at Shea Stadium
Five great bands at a Friday show in Shea Stadium.
Silent Barn Public Meeting Tomorrow
Panelists gather to discuss All Ages venues, with some necessary rocking out.
alt-J at Glasslands
Lead singer Joe Newman asked us to sweat with him and we did.
We Heart Rob Delaney*
*and so do you, probably, if you’re on twitter, or the internet.
And we got the chance to talk to him when he was here in May. (man we suck and took forever to post this, will you forgive us?)
I met Delaney at SXSW a few years back, and was struck by how legit he was. And by “legit,” I mean he was super nice and down to earth, and hilarious. A recovering alcoholic, whose wake up call was car crashing into a building, Rob is now a husband and daddy, who has turned his madness into well, entertaining madness. Comedians come in all sorts of packages, and his is a sexy, hairy man package. Turned on? We thought so. It gets better:
Holy Diver: Has having a kid changed changed your comedy at all?
Rob Delaney: Oh god yeah, you were at the show; half of the show was about fatherhood. I used to care about way more unimportant stuff before I had a kid and now I’m more focused and passionate and I don’t like to ”waste time” on stage. Hit hard out of the gate.
HD: If your current self could go back and talk to your former self around the time of your car accident what would you say and/or do?
RD: The way things worked out I’d just ignore myself, walk on by and let it happen. I mean that. I might try to hug myself and freak old (young) me out.
HD: Do you ever just want a drink? What (if anything) has replaced drinking for you?
RD: I never want a drink. I might want to feel drunk but I don’t want to do what it would take to get there. I really, fundamentally had to accept that drinking would kill me dead and I did. After that, the urge went away. I overeat now and overwork. I’m still a weirdo who rides emotional extremes and will neglect key areas of my life to make one area “better,” even though that can never really work. Balance is the key and it’s something I still have to work hard to even occasionally achieve.
HD: Do you feel like the dare devil (bungee jumping) in you has channeled itself in healthier ways now that you aren’t drinking?
RD: For sure. After breaking both my arms at one time [ed note: in the aforementioned car accident], I’m more cautious physically. Like, I know what I can “handle” and recover from, which is a lot, but I also know how incredibly long it can take, so I don’t really do daredevilish things anymore. Now I’d rather hammer out a seemingly insane idea onstage and wind up getting an audience to say ”Hey, I get that. I relate.”
HD: Can you talk a little about your upcoming book? (Also when does it come out?)
RD: It’s a memoir. Probably will come out spring or summer 2013. I’ve tried to hew to the Henry Miller style of autobiography where I really let myself meander (albeit in an entertaining way) rather than say “I was born, did this, and then here we are.” It’s funny first, true second. Although it is 100% true, except for names and identifying details. My name stays the same though.
HD: When will the comedy special (shot at Bowery) be available for purchase?
RD: Since I self-produced and self-released it, that’s totally up to me and I’m thinking late July?
In the meantime catch Rob all over the world. We’re looking at you London. And enjoy all these photos, shot by our own Erik Erikson, at the awesome Music Hall of Williamsburg show.