Monthly Archives: December 2012

Happy Writing Bareback New Year

You know the band. You know the song. Happy New Year everyone!!!

We love you half as much as you think and twice as much as you deserve.

Tommy & Dusty

Kobe Bryant’s Diary: Going Off the Grid

After 16 years in the league, Kobe Bryant has decided to keep a diary to document “the year he caught Jordan”.  While Kobe refuses to remove the diary from a pedestal in his trophy room, he has allowed Writing Bareback the exclusive rights to post these excerpts.

December 5th – vs New Orleans

Yes, I did become the fifth player ever to score 30,000 points. I’d love to enjoy a moment like this more, but my “teammates” have my team at a sub-.500 record right now. It’s intolerable. Yeah, we picked up a W tonight, but we were playing the Hornets. I mean, can we talk about how awful of a player Austin Rivers is? Of course we can because this is my private journal and I write whatever I want. I’m just saying don’t be surprised if the Hornets organization is vehemently defending just how non-best Austin Rivers is by the time I publish this journal.

The reason I say that is because I’ve made a decision. We’re 9-10 right now. This journal should be documenting my greatness as I vindicate my status as the best that’s ever laced up the sneakers. I’m not going to document being stuck with POS “teammates” that can’t get the job done. That’s a waste of my time.  I’ll start writing again when we get above a .500 record. Should only take a few games.

December 25th – vs New York

Wow. Tough month. I told myself I’d wait until we were above .500, but I couldn’t help but post this sweet pic of me and Stevie (great to have that guy back, right?). We’re 14-14, that’s damn close.

When you’re the best there is at your craft, you always assume you look great in a triple threat position, and while I do, that’s not actually what I’m highlighting here (but c’mon, I can definitely shoot out of this position, and the fact that I can also pass or dribble are decoys more valuable than any “teammate” this side of Robert Horry).  Let’s talk about those jerseys!

Being a part of a world class organization is special in any walk of life, but the Lakers just know how to do it right. I mean, the Knicks drew their Christmas day uniform inspiration from a row of traffic cones, but the Lakers? We went all white, a look I’ve famously crushed, and then we went out put NY in it’s place, a cramped, dirty city that’s simply not as cool as LA. So much optimism in those all-whites. I personally witnessed Ron and Jordan Hill practicing synchronized turn and snap poses into mirrors before the game. Then Ron went out there and played great, and Jordan Hill played which is big for him too. Dwight orchestrated the Globo Gym chant for my intro–a scheme so ridiculous that only a player with my gravitas was able to save face for Dwight by pulling it off–but Dwight played great too.

This is LA, and image is everything. When I look at that image of me and Stevie in the all-whites, I see a winner.

-Mamba out

December 26th vs Denver

Loss. Son of a….

-Mamba out

25 Days of Christmas…Music (Days 23-25)

Over the next 25 days we’ll be sharing classic holiday songs, modern holiday songs, classic holiday songs sang by modern groups/singers and some songs that just sound like holiday songs because they use sleigh bells and sing like Bing Crosby. I hope you’ll enjoy as we haphazardly choose (I realize that’s ironic) some holiday tunes for you.

Well, we made it. The impending 12-21-12 Apocalypse didn’t claim any of us and I manged to share 25 of my favorite holiday tunes with you. It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle of the holiday season (how many of you are actually shopping right now?) but make sure you take a step back to remember the true reason for the season. I think our little blanket toting friend, Linus said it best:

We’re super thankful for any and everyone who reads, has shared, liked, re-blogged our little nook of the inter-webs this year. We hope you all have a Merry Christmas and awesome New Year. We have big plans for 2013!!

Day 23 – One of my favorite bands, Go Radio and one of my favorite Christmas songs “O Holy Night.” I personally think they bring an interesting mix to this song with some guitar and lead man Jason Lancaster kills it with his vocals. I get goosebumps at 3:25 every time.

Day 24 – At this point I’m convinced that the Avett Brothers could make fart noises with their armpits and play the recorder and I’d still love the music that came out. So I’m only slightly biased here. But they did a beautiful job with I’ll Be Home for Christmas. And that’s all I have to say about that.

Day 25 – If you’ve ever seen It’s a Wonderful Life, then this scene has undoubtedly choked you up. Maybe you even squeezed out a little tear. I had to look up Auld Lang Syne which for the purposes of the song loosely translates to “For old times sake.” I hope everyone has an amazing Christmas!

The 25 Days of Christmas…Music (Days 18-22)

Over the next 25 days we’ll be sharing classic holiday songs, modern holiday songs, classic holiday songs sang by modern groups/singers and some songs that just sound like holiday songs because they use sleigh bells and sing like Bing Crosby. I hope you’ll enjoy as we haphazardly choose (I realize that’s ironic) some holiday tunes for you.

Hey guys and gals, I’ve been stuck in the parking deck of the mall for the last 5 days and wasn’t able to access my laptop. I’ve learned 2 things. 1, don’t wait this late to Christmas shop…ever. 2, busy malls give me major anxiety attacks.

I’m warmin up tonight with some delicious brew with close friends, prepping for our 10th annual “Friends-mas” and am going to utilize a little help from my music searching friend Apperson. So with that, I’m going to round out days 18-22 on our countdown. We’re going to start chill, and end with something you can shake your butt too at your Christmas party. Just be careful, your friends have “fragile” (fra-gee-lee….it’s Italian) things around.

Day 18 – Dustin Kensrue (don’t ask me how to pronounce that last name) O Holy Night. The lead man from the hardcore punk band, Thrice, shows his softer side.

Day 19 – Coldplay doing an incredible job with Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. Don’t act like you’re surprised that Chris Martin’s buttery smooth vocals make this your favorite version of this song.

Day 20 – Brenda Lee – Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree. This song has become synonymous for anyone born in the 80’s with the classic Christmas film Home Alone. So, for your viewing pleasure you get the song…and a video montage that will take you back to being 10 years old and REALLY wanting a Talkboy. “Buzz, your girlfriend…woof!”

Day 21 – Run DMC – Christmas in Hollis. In 1987 rappers delivered one for the kidz (the “z” was intentional). Shake it.

Day 22 – I don’t actually know who put the song together, and frankly I don’t care. There’s some Srillex in there. That’s about all I got. It’s so awesome and the light show alone will fill you with enough holiday cheer to last you through 2013.  If you’re prone to seizures, proceed with caution.

 

 

 

 

 

One of the best songs I’ve heard in a while

I know we’ve been doing the Christmas Music countdown and today is Day 17. But as a gift to you as we’re now in the single digits for the countdown I want to share a song with you.

If you’re between the ages of 21 and 30, you’re likely very familiar with the CBS program How I Met Your Mother (we’ll call it HIMYM for short). No spoiler alert as in the age of DVR, I’m sure 80% of you haven’t see tonight’s episode yet.

What I will say, is at the end of tonight’s hour-long special a song is going to come on. If you have a heart (you do, trust me, it’s science) this song is going to hit you like a freight train. You’re going to think to yourself, “Who sings this beautiful song and what’s it called?” That’s what I’m here for. I’ll save you the Shazaming, since I already did it.

The band is Fort Atlantic and the song is “Let Your Heart Hold Fast.” I’ve never heard of the band before, but you can guarantee they’ll be on repeat in my car and in my headphones ALL day tomorrow. I’m done talking. Enjoy this song!

The 25 Days of Christmas…Music – Day 16

Over the next 25 days we’ll be sharing classic holiday songs, modern holiday songs, classic holiday songs sang by modern groups/singers and some songs that just sound like holiday songs because they use sleigh bells and sing like Bing Crosby. I hope you’ll enjoy as we haphazardly choose (I realize that’s ironic) some holiday tunes for you.

There are no lyrics, no jingle bells, yet thanks to the 1965 Peanuts Classic “A Charlie Brown Christmas” the song Linus and Lucy is synonymous with Christmas. Try listening to this song without dancing like a Peanuts character.

 

 

The 25 Days of Christmas…Music – Days 14 & 15

Over the next 25 days we’ll be sharing classic holiday songs, modern holiday songs, classic holiday songs sang by modern groups/singers and some songs that just sound like holiday songs because they use sleigh bells and sing like Bing Crosby. I hope you’ll enjoy as we haphazardly choose (I realize that’s ironic) some holiday tunes for you.

Day 14 – We’re hitting the home stretch. At this point I hope you’re eating that terrible chocolate from your advent calendar. Love what it stands for, but let’s face it, that chocolate is terrible. I mentioned in a previous post my love for the band Copeland. They did a version of “Do You Hear What I Hear?” that I often listen to on repeat as it gets closer to Christmas day. His voice coupled with the instrumentals backing it make for a truly amazing Christmas song.

Day 15 – I’d like to thank Ben Gibbard for 3 things:

  1. The entire Postal Service album
  2. Ending things with Zooey Deschanel so I have a chance
  3. This version of Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)

The simplest of guitar riffs (it’s only 4 chords), yet he does such an awesome job with his version of this song. It probably has something to do with effortless ability to sound super emo and this being likely the most emo Christmas song ever written.