DAILY MIX TAPE – August 15th, 2012

Today is Relaxation Day which means we at NYMN are going to provide you with some soft, cloudy tunes to enjoy. So find a hammock, pour yourself an Arnold Palmer, and relax. For those who don’t know – an Arnold Palmer is half iced tea, half lemonade. Sounds nice, right?

As you sway back and forth, take deep breaths and remember that many of the world’s deadliest animals have already gone extinct.

When you realize that the movie “Contagion” was just a movie, you’ll feel much more relaxed.

Have you ever even seen a Killer Bee before?

Albert Einstein took naps. Now who’s lazy?

I was on a plane recently and they don’t call it turbulence, they call it “rough air”. Not so bad…it’s just air that’s not as smooth as it should be.

Pretty soon it will be cold enough to wear sweaters.

No wait at your favorite brunch spot so you don’t have to rush.

I waited 15 minutes to watch Mad Men so I can fast forward through all the commercials.

We got to the movie theater early.

DAILY MIX TAPE – August 14, 2012

Apologies for no mix tape yesterday. I went up to the mountains to watch the Perseid Meteor Shower and got back kind of late.

Doc Holliday was born on this date in 1861. He was quite possibly the coolest dentist who ever lived.

Val Kilmer did such a great job portraying Holliday in Tombstone. “Nonsense, I have not yet begun to defile myself.”

Happy Birthday to David Crosby who was born on this date in 1941. He did excellent work as Lionel Hutz’s AA sponsor.

Magic Johnson was born on this date in 1959. I remember being at my friend Richie’s house when he made his announcement that he was H.I.V. positive. I went into the bathroom and cried.

I really enjoy the trend of guys wearing obscure NBA jerseys, because I like being able to instantly identify people I would never be friends with in this lifetime.

The one I’m waiting for and haven’t seen yet is Christian Laettner USA 1992 Olympics jersey. You find that…we’re besties.

Halle Berry celebrates a birthday today. She is so pretty that she makes flowers look like garbage.

Speaking on unspeakably beautiful women, Mila Kunis celebrates her birthday today. I had a friend who told me once he liked Donna more than Jackie. I went into the bathroom and cried.

Watching Black Swan reinforced my zeal for short finger nails.

DAILY MIX TAPE – August 9th, 2012

Today is Book Lover’s Day! In an act of civil disobedience, I plan on listening to music all day long.

I’m all about new technology, but I’m not sure I want a Kindle. Reading a book is a tactile endeavor.

Sam Elliott was born on this date in 1944. I would give up chocolate to have that man’s voice.

I would probably be institutionalized though because I’d be walking around saying random words. “Sarsaparilla.” “San Antonio.” “Chupacabra.” “Steers.”

Of course, Sam Elliott can also grow a killer stache. I’d give up vanilla for that stache.

Thomas Lennon, aka Lt. Dangle from Reno 911, was born on this date in 1970. Those shorts were breathtaking.

Audrey Tautou, aka Amélie, was born on this date in 1978. She seemed so whimsical. Can a brother get some whimsy up in here?

She was kind of the “go-to” French actress for a while. I think it’s probably Marion Cotillard nowadays.

She was great in the last Batman movie. Re-watch the George Clooney Batman movie and you’ll wonder how you ever lived in a world that would make that movie. It was only 8 years between that and the first Christopher Nolan version.

Jerry Garcia passed away today in 1995. Sometimes we forget that he was the hero in Half Baked. “I’m Cuban, B.” “Yes, Cuban B!”

DAILY MIX TAPE – August 8, 2012

On this date in 1969, Iain Macmillian snapped a photograph of the Beatles walking across the street, which would eventually be the cover of Abbey Road. My mother would be very mad at Paul for not wearing any shoes.

Dino De Laurentiis was born on this date in 1919. My favorite movie he produced is between two from 1986: Blue Velvet and Manhunter.

Of course, those are movies by David Lynch and Michael Mann, men who could direct a cereal commercial and I would love it.

Michael Mann was an executive producer of Luck which starred Dustin Hoffman who celebrates his birthday today. Three horses died as I wrote that sentence.

Hoffman’s place in music history is solidified by his inclusion in The Graduate. Good thing the Braddocks lived in a WASPy neighborhood and not a Polish one. “I think you’re trying to seduce me, Mrs. Wojciechowski.”

Happy Birthday to Dennis Drew, keyboardist of 10,000 Maniacs. In 1987, my sisters listened to In My Tribe with a devotion not seen since early Christians being fed to lions in Roman coliseums.

I feel just as bad for the 10,001st maniac as I do for the last of the Mohicans. “No. Headin’ west. To Can-tuck-ee.”

Michael Mann directed The Last of the Mohicans. What black magic do I use when creating these mix tapes?

Richard Nixon announced is resignation on this date in 1974. My favorite thing about Nixon is that his middle name gave birth to Milhouse on The Simpsons. “Everything’s coming up Milhouse!”

Not too many kids being named Richard these days. There is a war on the name Richard.

DAILY MIX TAPE – August 7th, 2012

Land ho! Today is National Lighthouse Day, which we celebrate by shining a flashlight out a window and climbing stairs to replace light bulbs.

Happy Birthday to Garrison Keillor, who is no doubt doing something that your Subaru Outback-driving Aunt finds remarkably interesting.

Wayne Knight, aka Newman from Seinfeld, celebrates a birthday today. “When you control the mail, you control…information.”

Wayne Knight was involved in two memorable scenes in 90’s movie history. Who can forget when he got a face full of venom from a Dilophosaurus in Jurassic Park?

Or when he got a face full of venom from Sharon Stone uncrossing her legs in Basic Instinct?

Charlize Theron celebrates a birthday today. Admit it – in Monster, you’d still hit it.

And when she played a mentally handicapped character in Arrested Development, you’d still hit it.

Peter Jennings passed away on this date in 2005. Peter Jennings is dead? I had no idea. I should probably watch the news more often.

Is anyone else ready for Fall? Summer is great and all, but I’m ready to wear a hoodie again.

Summer is a weather jail. Fall is freedom – look at all the leaves breaking free.

DAILY MIX TAPE – August 6th, 2012

In honor of “Wiggle Your Toes Day”, I’m going to watch Kill Bill Vol. 1.

On this date in 1964, the world’s oldest living tree was cut down for research purposes by a graduate student. Not sure why he did this, considering he was studying Russian Literature.

Lord Alfred Tennyson was born on this date in 1809. Next time you break up with someone and some asshole says “Tis better to have loved and lost, Than never to have loved at all” blame Alfie.

M. Night Shyamalan was born on this date in 1970. Or was he? No, he was.

August 6th is a big day for Mars. Back in 1996, a meteorite found in Antarctica and hypothesized to be from Mars contained evidence of primitive life-forms. They must be primitive if they thought traveling to Antarctica for an earth vacation was a good idea.

And then today, we (NASA) landed a rover on Mars today. Why didn’t we get a gold medal for this?

Speaking of the Olympics, I want Gabby Douglas to be my life coach.

The next World Cup and the next Summer Olympics are going to be in Brazil. I wanted to scream “No fair!” but the U.S. had the World Cup in 1994 and the Summer Olympics in 1996. “Fair!”

If I was an Olympic athlete, I would endorse one really odd product and act like it was the secret to my success. “Without Hungry Hungry Hippos, I know I wouldn’t have won the Gold.”

If I was famous, I would start wearing white suits, with rolled up sleeves, pastel t-shirts and bring that look back. Sure, I’d immediately develop a raging cocaine addiction just from wearing a suit like that, but it would be worth it.


DAILY MIX TAPE – August 1, 2012

We are in the depths of summer now. When the thermometer seems to torture you and swamp ass is a universal phenomenon.

August is the equivalent of February in the Southern Hemisphere, confirming my belief that August and February are the worst weather months of the year and evil twin sisters.

August is National Immunization Awareness Month. Resisting the urge to make Jenny McCarthy joke or pick “Shots” by LMFAO as the next song on the Daily Mix Tape.

It’s also National Goat Cheese Month. Goats have horizontal pupils to help with their depth perception and ability to spot tin cans.

August is Panini month. No. Stop it. A Panini is a sandwich. Stop trying to be all fancy.

Just to keep you abreast of this week’s activities, the first week in August is World Breast Feeding Week.

Happy Statehood Day to Colorado which joined the U.S. in 1876. The state held a big party in Denver with killer nugs and sick jambands, brah.

MTV first aired today so prepare to hear the Buggles for the one time all year.

Herman Melville was born today in 1819. Here’s hoping everyone out there catches their “great white whale”. That’s in a metaphorical sense, not a literal sense. I’m looking at you Japan.

Starbucks is named after a character in Melville’s Moby Dick. This book has a character named Captain Boomer. Missed opportunity.

MIX TAPE – Weekend of July 27-29, 2012

Enjoy the weekend! The NYMN crew will be at Catalpa getting video, interviews, photos, and sunburn. Click the photos to hear the songs!

Today is the Opening Ceremonies for the 2012 Summer Olympics. A time where we come together as a nation to care about sports you couldn’t have paid us to watch between now and the last Olympics.
I’m excited to see the U.S. Woman’s Soccer team because I have crushes on half the team, especially Hope Solo and Alex Morgan.
Never underestimate the power of women. Bruce Jenner was considered the greatest athlete on earth after his gold medal in the decathlon in the 1976 Olympics. He becomes a Kardashian and look at him now. Don’t take away his canoe, Kris! (@sklarbrothers)
Table tennis is an Olympic sport, but baseball is not. That’s like having foosball as an Olympic sport, but not soccer.
In the 1900 Olympics, they had live pigeon shooting as an event. “Actually, the worst job I ever had was a janitor at the Olympics. Clean-up after some of those competitions was terrible.”
Also in 1900, Ballooning was an Olympic sport. The first person around the world in 80 days was awarded the gold medal.
A competition called “surf lifesaving” was once a demonstration sport. Basically, lifeguards were Olympic athletes. My favorite event was Fastest Whistle Twirl Around Finger.
In 1912, Glima (Icelandic folk wrestling) was an event. Even I’m not bored enough to try and explain this sport, but there is a belt involved.
Roller hockey was a demonstration sport in 1992. This was directly related to the popularity of The Mighty Ducks movies.
Croquet was played once in the Summer Olympics. I demand we bring back croquet! I am so good at it and I should be an Olympian.