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The Subversives [Dec. 2nd, 2008|10:20 pm]
Matt Grande
So some of you may remember that I was in a punk band called The Subversives. We played some shows, we had some laughs, we never really went anywhere. Just before our last show, we went to some guy's living room and recorded some tracks. We played our show, handed out some demos of our upcoming album, and never practiced again.

I was bored tonight, so I slapped together some album art, and threw together some of the songs that I liked, along with two of our demos recorded in our first drummer's garage from before we had a bassist. I took this hodgepodge of songs, and uploaded them here for your listening pleasure. Enjoy.

The Subversives, 2002-2006
Trevor, Vocals
Grande, Guitar
Brady, then Shawn, Bass
Ryan, then Brandon, Drums

Special Thanks to Janet, Karli, and Cam for playing bass with us a few times. Double Special Thanks to Wayne. Without you, we never would've bothered buying instruments.
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Update! [Nov. 6th, 2008|08:15 am]
Matt Grande

My life is boring now. I've been working 9 or 10 hours a day most days for about the past month, and I'm just completely mentally exhausted. When I get home, I don't really feel like doing anything. I mostly just sit on my couch and watch TV and drink and watch my home get dirtier.

Less depressing stuff!

- My family made our annual batch of wine a couple weeks back, and it should be ready just before or just after Christmas. I'm excited because we made a Cabernet this year, rather than what we usually do (throw a bunch of different grapes in and see what happens).
- I saw The Who in concert. They're definitely in their autumn years, but they were still pretty good. Overall, an enjoyable concert.
- I met Chris Onstad at a book signing in Toronto. He's a pretty great guy, and despite the nerdyness of a comic book signing, I'm glad I went.
- In three weeks, I'm going for a wine tasting weekend up north with Willow. I'm really looking forward to it!
- The US elected a black man president... What's up with that?

Music stuff!

For fans of all forms of punk rock: You owe it to yourself to check out Inquisition's Revolution... I think it's called Inspiration. It's easily in the top five punk albums I've ever heard.

For fans of soul/folk type music: Go listen to Adele. I highly recommend the album 19.

The Vinyl Collective is releasing a bunch of 7"s of covers. You can listen to some here. I highly recommend Mustard Plug's "Waiting Room" and Look Mexico's "Brandy, You're A Fine Girl."

Speaking of vinyl, I've been spending too much money buying it again. I recently got the following records:
- Up On Cripple Creek b/w The Weight (The Band, 7")
- Body Movin' Single (Beastie Boys, 12")
- Louie Louie b/w Damaged I (Black Flag, 7")
- Six Pack EP (Black Flag, 10")
- Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die b/w For the Love of Ivy (Black Lungs, 7")

I just noticed that all of those bands start with the letter B, weird...

Anyway, I'm off to work!
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E = MC Vagina [Oct. 21st, 2008|03:16 pm]
Matt Grande
I'm the Wayne Gretzky of sexual stuff
I'm the Hulk Hogan of slamming muff
I'm the Indiana Jones of exploring crotch
I'm the Shakespeare of enormous cock
I'm the Hellen Keller of having sex
... No wait, that's a bad example
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Parable of the US Economy [Oct. 10th, 2008|10:09 am]
Matt Grande
If you had purchased $1,000 of AIG stock one year ago, you would have $42 left.

With Lehman, you would have $6.60 left.

With Fannie or Freddie, you would have less than $5 left.

But if you had purchased $1,000 worth of beer one year ago, drank all of the beer, then turned in the cans for the aluminum recycling REFUND, you would have had $214.
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When you see this, quote Douglas Adams in YOUR blog [Sep. 12th, 2008|11:48 am]
Matt Grande
The hotel shop only had two decent books, and I'd written both of them.
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The Who! [Aug. 28th, 2008|01:21 pm]
Matt Grande
Hey, who want's to go see The Who with me? The ticket is $150. I realise that's a lot of money, so I'm going to throw an 'Or Best Offer' onto the end of that.
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Youtube Comment Snob [Aug. 26th, 2008|09:32 am]
Matt Grande
Best Firefox extension ever.
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Lego Post! [Aug. 25th, 2008|11:37 am]
Matt Grande
I hope you all join me in wishing the Lego Minifig a happy 30th birthday!

Here's a look at how they're made.
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This weekend consisted of awesome, and not-so-awesome things. Here is a list of both. [Aug. 17th, 2008|10:40 pm]
Matt Grande
Things that are awesome
- Randomly seeing The Johnstones at the Cactus Festival
- Their new CD, Sex
- Their cover of Lump by Presidents of the United States of America
- Watching Stoney Creek ruin Highland's day with a 66-0 victory
- Canada finally getting their shit together at the Olympics
- The sushi in Dundas
- The random kindness of strangers
- A glass of Dooleys or Dewars before bed
- Not dying while biking to Dundas (and making a pretty okay time)
- My new vinyl copy of Burn, Piano Island, Burn (on yellow, red & black splattered vinyl at that)

Things that are not awesome
- Someone else's van breaking down when you're doing them a favour
- Trying to push said van
- Spending all day trying to sell stained glass
- Missing hanging out with Jamie (and quite a few others) on Saturday
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Re: Your Brains [Aug. 17th, 2008|10:15 am]
Matt Grande
Remember the guy that did the song Code Monkey? Here's another one of his songs that's pretty fantastic. Re: Your Brains
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Phone numbers [Aug. 16th, 2008|11:52 am]
Matt Grande
Attn: Everyone. My cell phone is officially dead. This means that I am without your digits. Please hit me with them.
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Peta is at it again... [Aug. 6th, 2008|10:32 pm]
Matt Grande
I've said it before, and I'll say it again. I fucking hate Peta.
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Couch for sale! [Aug. 2nd, 2008|12:44 pm]
Matt Grande
Hey everyone, I'm selling my couch and the matching chair. See hot pix here and here. $50, or a case of Keiths... Or best offer, I guess.
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Looking for something to do today? [Jul. 19th, 2008|08:54 am]
Matt Grande
Hey, if you're looking for something to do today, Willow's got two rugby games at Saltfleet High School. The first starts at 11, the second at 12:30. Afterwards, there's some mens games at Dofasco Park, and we'll probably be watching those. No ideas on time.

PS - It's all free. There's also a pig roast after ($10). Call my cell for info: 905 865 7887.
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Yikes... [Jul. 15th, 2008|03:46 pm]
Matt Grande
Hope you don't want to cancel that iPhone contract.
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In lieu of anything interesting to post... [Jul. 7th, 2008|06:27 pm]
Matt Grande
Below is the Entertainment Weekly's list of 100 Classic Movies of the past 25 years. Bold the ones you've seen.

1. Pulp Fiction (1994)
2. The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001-03)
3. Titanic (1997)
4. Blue Velvet (1986)
5. Toy Story (1995)
6. Saving Private Ryan (1998)

7. Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
8. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
9. Die Hard (1988)

10. Moulin Rouge (2001)
11. This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
12. The Matrix (1999)

13. GoodFellas (1990)
14. Crumb (1995)
15. Edward Scissorhands (1990)
16. Boogie Nights (1997)
17. Jerry Maguire (1996)
18. Do the Right Thing (1989)
19. Casino Royale (2006)
20. The Lion King (1994)
21. Schindler's List (1993)

22. Rushmore (1998)
23. Memento (2001)
24. A Room With a View (1986)
25. Shrek (2001)
26. Hoop Dreams (1994)
27. Aliens (1986)
28. Wings of Desire (1988)
29. The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
30. When Harry Met Sally... (1989)
31. Brokeback Mountain (2005)
32. Fight Club (1999)
33. The Breakfast Club (1985)

34. Fargo (1996)
35. The Incredibles (2004)
36. Spider-Man 2 (2004)

37. Pretty Woman (1990)
38. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
39. The Sixth Sense (1999)
40. Speed (1994)

41. Dazed and Confused (1993)
42. Clueless (1995)
43. Gladiator (2000)

44. The Player (1992)
45. Rain Man (1988)
46. Children of Men (2006)
47. Men in Black (1997)
48. Scarface (1983)
49. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
50. The Piano (1993)

51. There Will Be Blood (2007)
52. The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad (1988)
53. The Truman Show (1998)

54. Fatal Attraction (1987)
55. Risky Business (1983)
56. The Lives of Others (2006)
57. There’s Something About Mary (1998)
58. Ghostbusters (1984)

59. L.A. Confidential (1997)
60. Scream (1996)
61. Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
62. sex, lies and videotape (1989)
63. Big (1988)
64. No Country For Old Men (2007)
65. Dirty Dancing (1987)
66. Natural Born Killers (1994)
67. Donnie Brasco (1997)
68. Witness (1985)
69. All About My Mother (1999)
70. Broadcast News (1987)
71. Unforgiven (1992)
72. Thelma & Louise (1991)
73. Office Space (1999)
74. Drugstore Cowboy (1989)
75. Out of Africa (1985)
76. The Departed (2006)
77. Sid and Nancy (1986)
78. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
79. Waiting for Guffman (1996)
80. Michael Clayton (2007)
81. Moonstruck (1987)
82. Lost in Translation (2003)
83. Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn (1987)
84. Sideways (2004)
85. The 40 Year-Old Virgin (2005)
86. Y Tu Mamá También (2002)
87. Swingers (1996)
88. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)
89. Breaking the Waves (1996)
90. Napoleon Dynamite (2004)
91. Back to the Future (1985)

92. Menace II Society (1993)
93. Ed Wood (1994)
94. Full Metal Jacket (1987)
95. In the Mood for Love (2001)
96. Far From Heaven (2002)
97. Glory (1989)
98. The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
99. The Blair Witch Project (1999)
100. South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut (1999)
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Words. [Jun. 26th, 2008|07:53 am]
Matt Grande
Saturday was a pretty fantastic day. It started out with a Toronto FC game, which ended in a tie. To make things better, we saw about 40 people stuck in an elevator, and then two people getting kicked off the GO train. Saturday evening was a pub crawl with Willow's rugby team, which was pretty great.

Yesterday at work can best be described as a clusterfuck of a clown funeral.

They keep advertising on Y108 that this is the first time the Ti-Cats have the season opener in 31 years, and I keep wondering how something like that happens in a league with eight teams.

The last time I was at Evil Dead, they announced that they were selling half-off tickets in the lobby, so I bought four. I hummed and hawed about who to take with me for a few days, and couldn't make up my mind. I realised today that the tickets were for last Friday's show, and I pretty much wasted $114.

I keep telling myself that I should make a tech and programming blog, but I'm not sure I'd have enough stuff to talk about.
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I find it neat when I discover things like this. [Jun. 16th, 2008|07:57 am]
Matt Grande
Discovery of the day (Well... yesterday):

The Beastie Boys sampled from Led Zeppelin on Licensed to Ill. A lot.
Compare the intros of When the Levee Breaks to that of Rhymin and Stealin. See also, The Ocean vs She's Crafty.
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WoW and wow. [Jun. 10th, 2008|08:10 am]
Matt Grande
Two things...

One: There's a new sequel to World of Warcraft coming out.

Two: The SUV is dead.
Need more proof the SUV is a goner? Ford's venerable F150 pickup ended its 17-year-run as the best-selling vehicle in America last month, dethroned by the Honda Civic and three other Japanese sedans.
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Musics [Jun. 9th, 2008|09:00 pm]
Matt Grande
Dear LJ,

What music do you put on when it's time to party? And what music do you put on when it's time to chill?

- Me.
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