Friday, April 18

Record Store Day.

Tomorrow is National Record Store Day! This is a day to support and take pride in your local independent record store. Stop in and buy something, anything, as a way to say thanks and keep local business alive and awesome.

In Madison (home of the CDP), my favorite establishment is B-Side Records. As it stands, every time there's something I just can't seem to find anywhere else, they'll have it at B-Side. Why I don't just start looking there in the first place remains to be seen, which I'll admit is a little ridiculous of me. I'll use tomorrow as a way to apologize and right this injustice.

B-Side Records.
(B-Side Records - Madison.)

Like most of us, I'm addicted to iTunes. I'm addicted to their ease of use, their cheap prices and instant satisfaction. However, there's nothing cooler and more rewarding than discovering a band at a brick-and-mortar locale that takes you by surprise, blows you away and reminds you that there's a lot more out there than 'Recommended Picks' through Apple and random celebrities. Rifling through stacks of albums at an independent is akin to finding things out about yourself that you may have otherwise forgotten. Old bands are rediscovered, new bonds are formed, and you get to be part of a scene that relies on your support.

EarWax Records.
(EarWax - Madison.)

Another cool store in downtown Madison is EarWax, if only because they're so hardcore that it scares me. Everytime I walk in that place, I feel like I'm about to be butchered, which is absolutely rad to me. The last time I visited EarWax (which is almost hidden in a second floor room off of State Street), I had just come from work and was wearing a tie, which officially qualified me as the sorest thumb on Earth for Metal Record Store clientele.

Radio Kos Records.
(Radio Kos Records - Stevens Point.)

Statewide, my #1 favorite store is Radio Kaos Records in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Even though I've only become aware of it in the past year, I plan on making an annual trek there for splurging. Their selection was absolutely incredible; they had armloads of albums that I had all but given up on looking for. I kid you not, the last time I visited Radio Kaos, I walked out with fifteen records, including two albums that I'm certain were illegal to sell. That's the kind of place you're going to want to go back to.

Sound off in the comments section, talk about your favorite local record store and enjoy your weekend.

Wednesday, April 16

5 Easy Fashion Tips For The Lazy Bastard.

(I like to wear a blazer around the house so the cats don't judge me.)

Like most guys out there, I don't like to try very hard when it comes to the clothes I wear, but I also prefer to make an effort to not look like I'm missing a chromosome. Here are a handful of easy tips that I follow when it comes to keeping it classy.

1. Never underestimate a clean, white collar shirt with a narrow tie and jeans. It works for almost every occasion, and people will notice that you look slightly less homeless than usual. A simple go-to outfit when you're unsure of the manner of dress for a dinner or night out. Make sure your jeans are long enough to cover the laces on your shoes, but not long enough to trip over. If you can't tie a tie, go here or ask your Significant Other for assistance. Don't wear a black t-shirt under the collar shirt; keep it white and tight.

CDP-Approved Examples:
BKE 'Tyler' Jeans - The Buckle - $72
White '1MX' Shirt - Express - $59
Assorted Narrow Ties - Express - $39
Fitted White 'Stretch' T - Gap - $16

Blaze On, Bitches.
(Disregard my complete and total lack of pigment.)

2. Every guy should own at least one nice blazer. It works with slacks and jeans alike, and can be worn over almost any graphic t-shirt or solid-colored collar shirt. A painless way to feign effort when you're lazy; I usually keep a black blazer in my car, just in case. When you're looking for the proper fit, hold your arms straight out to your sides, and the sleeves of the blazer should be about an inch higher than where your wrist bone is. Anything longer makes you look like you're wearing your Dad's clothes. Keep it fitted and make sure the pinstripes aren't a noisy deal-breaker.

CDP-Approved Examples:
Black 2-Button Stretch Wool Jacket - Express - $198
White 2-Button Stretch Wool Jacket - Express - $198
All-Wool, 2-Button Black Blazer - Men's Warehouse - $230

Black And Tight 24.
(This is the 300th time that I've used this photo, huzzah!)

3. White socks make you look like a tourist, and match almost nothing. Convert to black and simply keep a few pairs of the white socks around for when you're exercising or hanging around the house. Never wear white socks with black pants, and God help you if you wear them with sandals (in fact, just never wear sandals, ever). When in doubt, always go with solid black.

CDP-Approved Examples:
Classic-Ribbed Black Socks - Gap - $6

I'm Extremely Intoxicated Here.
(I was extremely drunk when this photo was taken, so...yeah.)

4. This all means nothing without a decent belt, watch and pair of shoes. Just keep the belts black, the shoes scuff-free and the watch polished. Also, go with leather if you can stomach it; when it comes to belts and footwear, I don't screw around with cloth and hemp. Wearing a watch that isn't set to the correct time is worse than wearing no watch at all; this happens to me all the time, and women constantly notice that kind of stuff. It makes you look disorganized and lazy.

CDP-Approved Examples:
Assorted Belts - Express - $34-$39
Any shoe by Skechers; they're cheap, sharp and never seem to wear out.
I've been wearing Fossil watches for years; they're amazing.

Or A Wife, If You Must.
(This is the face of justice and halfway-decent tastes.)

5. When all else fails, get yourself a girlfriend. This is the easiest way to make sure that you never leave the house looking like an extra in a David Fincher movie.

CDP-Approved Examples:

To recap, by purchasing just one pair of jeans, one pair of slacks, two ties, three collar shirts and a black blazer, you've essentially improved your wardrobe by dozens of mix-and-match outfits that will function under a multitude of social settings. Keep 'em wrinkle, lint and spot-free, and you're pretty much set for the rest of the year.

Don't say I never did anything for your dishevled ass. Sound off in the comments section and enjoy your day.

Tuesday, April 15

This Day In History - April 15.

Hermione What?

1865 - Abraham Lincoln dies after being shot the previous evening by John Wilkes Booth.

1912 - The RMS Titanic sinks in the North Atlantic.

1947 - Jackie Robinson debuts for the Brooklyn Dodgers.

2008 - British actress Emma Watson, best known for her role as 'Hermione Granger' in the Harry Potter film series, turns 18.

We shall never forget. Sound off in the comments section and enjoy your day.

Monday, April 14

Gabelstapler Fahrer.

Look, you know me.

You know that I wouldn't put a nine-minute clip on here unless I knew without a shred of uncertainty that it would be nine of the most well-spent moments of your week.

Four words: Instructional. German. Forklift. Safety.

You think you know what you're getting into. You think you understand. You do not. Unless you've already seen it (it's quite popular), you have absolutely no idea what you're in for.

Be patient. Don't cop out or fast-forward. Allow yourself these nine minutes to remind you exactly why the Internet exists. I can almost guarantee that you'll be thanking me later.

Sound off in the comments section and enjoy your day.