The Belligerent Years
National Nilsson Day!
Posted by RZ
Dec 13, 2011 at 1:16 pm
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We lost Josh Nilsson seven years ago today, these are some memories of my friend.

Josh Nilsson lived half a block from me in Central Park for a few years. I used to see him walking in a long black leather trench-coat early in the morning so he could catch a city bus that he rode all the way to Hoquiam so he could go to high school. I remember wondering why someone would go to all that trouble, but Josh was a Hoquiam guy through and through. We did hang hang out once during high school. It was the fourth of July and he was setting off fireworks by Central Park Elementary with his sister. I don’t remember what we talked about, but I do remember Josh accidentally set his sister on fire.

I met Josh again when we both worked on the Grays Harbor Community College newspaper, “The Timberline”. I will always cherish my memories of spending Friday nights with him, his wife Angie, Jason Davies, and Jerry Riemann at the Aberdeen Denny’s, laughing till tears streamed down my face. So many great memories. He was sweet and caring, and somebody you always wanted in your corner.

My tribute to Josh is reprinting his Timberline review for The Beastie Boys “Check Your Head” from May of 1992. Josh Loved the Beastie Boys. Click on the picture to enlarge it for reading.

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(Josh and I on the GHC Forensics Team – He wasn’t there the day they took the pic, so they “photoshopped” him in)

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The Belligerent Years Radio Hours: Metal Music
Posted by RZ
Feb 14, 2011 at 3:18 pm
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Heavymetal2

It should be appearing here.

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/the-belligerent-years

Ustream has been changing their “terms of service” ever so often, but I am confident that we still have a place to do our shows.

Cheri is really excited about the subject and is reading up on Norwegian Black Metal. We will do our best to cover most of the heavy metal subgenres.

Hope to see you there.



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I gots another Tumblr
Posted by RZ
Sep 28, 2010 at 2:26 am
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Kim Gordon’s Real Age is a site dedicated to mocking music in a smart and funny way. Myself, Sam, Brandon, Daniel, and Jon are writing some funny stuff. I will admit that 99.99% of people are either not going to “get it” and some that do might not care. Well, it makes me laugh.

kimgordonsrealage.tumblr.com

Thanks



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I got tumblrs
Posted by RZ
Jul 29, 2010 at 2:30 pm
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qslcards.tumblr.com

and

http://pizzwizzler.tumblr.com/

Because when you rarely update your website, spreading yourself thin is ideal.

What are you guys up to? I’ve been in a creative funk, but I feel like I am slowly digging out of it. Very slowly.



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Sammy Got Bit
Posted by RZ
May 19, 2010 at 1:25 am
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I’m not much of a blogger. I tend to feel like my day to day life is far from interesting reading, but something happened today and people showed a genuine interest, so it is only fair to give you the straight poop.

Our dog Sammy loves dog parks. I, on the other hand, loathe them. It’s great to exercise your dog, but it seems that all the well thought-out rules posted to help everyone enjoy the park are ignored by a majority of people who use the park. People with small, timid dogs don’t use the “Small / Timid” dog area. People who have ill-behaved dogs bring them to the park anyway, perhaps hoping that a little socialization is all the dog needs to be “cured”.

I don’t know if there is a specific rule about surly old dogs biting young pups for no reason, but there should be. I wasn’t there to witness the actual event, but I was assured that it was completely unprovoked. I hoped that I would be able to dress Sammy’s wound with a first aid kid, but the minute I saw it, I knew we needed to call the Vet.

Unfortunately, our regular Vet had gone home for the night, so we were referred to a nearby emergency clinic. The wait time was long, but they finally let me know what I already expected, she was going to require stitches.

The owners of the offending dog, Cheddar ( who names a dog Cheddar?) have offered to pay all medical costs, and I hope they do because dog stitches ain’t cheap. I am skeptical that these people will follow through on their promise.

Thanks for the show of concern and kind words on Twitter. Sammy is resting comfortably and is quite disorientated. She gets up every hour and wanders the house like a drunken fool. I half expect her to wake me up at 5 am, and beg me to cook her a patty melt.

Here are some pictures of the day.

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“Why does this shit keep happening to me?”

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The Belligerent Years Radio Hours: Special Edition #1 aka “The Birthday Show”
Posted by RZ
Mar 2, 2010 at 1:30 am
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http://www.ustream.tv/channel/the-belligerent-years

I can hardly think of anything more gauche than promoting one’s own birthday, but here we are*. My actual birthday is Thursday, but this show only works on Fridays. It’s like voodoo or some shit.

Actual discussion about yours truly will be minimal. Here are a few of the few subjects we are kicking around.

1. The Oscars — This will probably contain another rant about how much I hated “Avatar” and “The Hurt Locker”

2. Zach Galifianakis hosting Saturday Night Live

3. Olympics Post-mortem and discussion of Bob Costas’s black hair.

The fun starts at 9pm PST.

*Cheri couldn’t figure out how to post links, so it fell onto my shoulders.



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Laserdisc Bounty
Posted by RZ
Feb 28, 2010 at 12:42 am
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Even though I have entered the realm of High-Definition entertainment, I find myself unable to get rid of the old formats that proceeded it. Even worse, I find myself continuing to buy movies in these obsolete formats.

I was looking at records at Goodwill today and found a bunch of these laserdiscs mixed in with LPs. Any one of these movies look ripe for a good ole fashioned “Laser Party”. I am going to stay positive and say that none of these movies will suffer from “laser rot”

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Lorenzo Lamas AND “The Juice”? Sold.

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This one actually looks like it may be classy.

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I’m a sucker for Jim Belushi involved in espionage.

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I have no idea why I bought this. Probably the “Making of” included.

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I’m Freakin’ for Friedkin.

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I swear the only reason I bought this was the dude’s mustache.

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I thought this might be a movie about the song.

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Erik Estrada’s ill-advised aping of George Michael’s “Faith” look.

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John “Sloth” Matuszak stars.

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This guy supposedly kicked Chuck Norris’s ass. All those dumb Chuck Norris facts must apply to him as well.

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I am very excited about this. It’s the only time I’ve ever seen Richard Moll billed over George Clooney.

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Mickey Rooney and the guy who played Flash Gordon. Until I can find a VHS of “Bill”, this will do, Pig, this will do.

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Is there any other kind?

This whole bounty set me back thirteen dollars that was going towards a Blu-Ray of “District 9″. I think I made the right choice.



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Renewal
Posted by RZ
Feb 15, 2010 at 10:26 am
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The end of February marks the end of the second year of thebelligerentyears.com. I know this because I just had to renew my domain name. I think that’s a good enough reason to start trying to post more frequently.

Tim Heidecker was posting photoshops of movie posters manipulated to add comedy genius Garry Shandling. I sent a few, but as of today they have not been added to the feed. Here they are.

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If you like the sound of synthesizers…
Posted by RZ
Nov 9, 2009 at 2:10 am
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I’ve watched many great music documentaries from the BBC this week. This one was particularly fun. It is in nine parts, and I have embedded part one. I suggest you watch it before the BBC catch wind and remove it.



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The Official Belligerent Years Message Board
Posted by RZ
Oct 21, 2009 at 5:28 pm
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http://thebelligerentyears.proboards.com

I made this about a year ago and just remembered it. Feel free to sign up. I will add some customization as needed.



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