Posted by brittany on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 6:00 PM (EDT)
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Posted by brittany on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 4:00 PM (EDT)
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Q: Do you think a movie or restaurant makes for a better first date?
A: Man, you gotta play this cool. You're already botching up this date and you haven't even asked her out yet.
First first of all, you do realize that you can do both, right? Like THE CLASSIC date is dinner AND a movie. What are you , some kind of cheapskate?
First second of all, unless you are in high school, movies do not make for good first dates. On first dates, you need to have a lot of positive interaction and a fair amount of talking. Movies are not conducive to that at all. You both just it there and watch something. You need to be impressing your girl. You don't want Patrick Stewart or Ryan Reynolds stealing your chances, bro! (In high school, this rule does not apply because chances are, you probably already know the person you are going on a date with fairly well and movies can be used as makeout spots.)
Second first of all, unless you are taking out a boring girl who has an expectation of what a date SHOULD be (usually dinner and a bar or something- boring) you need to come up with an original idea and fun thing to do that will make the girl have fun and show her that you like to have a good time. Some of the most fun dates I've ever had were at a low rent, rip-off Price is Right filming and at the Roller Disco. (Seriously, roller disco is awesome.) If you know a bunch about one area, a QUICK trip to museum can be pretty good, too. The colliery is that if you ARE really smooth, dinner and a trip to the bar can work. I am not smooth, so I need to rely on ancient dead egyptians, disco duck, and imitation bob barker to help me work my mojo.
Posted by kira on Friday, May 17, 2013 at 7:00 PM (EDT)
No one knows where Mischief Brew will head next. Though they recently released the hardcore-meets-folk of The Stone Operation. and followed it up with two radically different EPs to boot, the musical landscape is now their oyster.
Mischief Brew started out as a solo project of Erik Petersen where he planed to write medieval acoustic poetry. But since then the band has morphed into one of the earliest folk punk bands, one of the earliest gypsy punk bands, and more recently, a straight up, kickass punk band with some real old-world style (as well as the unnerving, occasional toast to Death himself).
In order to see where the band is headed next, Punknews' John Gentile met up with Petersen where they talked about Mischief Brew's next record, argued about history, and complimented each other for being Italian.
Posted by andrew on Friday, May 17, 2013 at 6:00 PM (EDT)
The oft-overlooked proto-punk band Death are the subject of a forthcoming documentary from Drafthouse Films, directed by Jeff Howlett and Mark Covino.
The film tells the story of the Detroit band's initial active period from 1971 to 1976, their struggle to be accepted as an uncompromising, African American, rock outfit during that time, and their eventual reemergence and reformation in 2009.
The film is available on VOD/iTunes from May 24th, and in theaters from June 28th. You can click Read More for the trailer.