so I'm a pretty big soccer fan. I follow DC United a lot, and I'm a very big fan of the US National Team. I might not be the most knowledgeable soccer fan, but I'm pretty strident. Last World Cup, I skipped out on work about lunchtime to watch the US games at the Billy Goat Tavern near work. It was the only place around that had a TV, and even though it was a sterile knockoff of a burger place in Chicago, it had TV and burgers, plus the added bonus of beer.

Give the US performance, however, they were pretty miserable lunches, but still I liked going. I especially liked at work, my DC Government office building, I'd wear a jersey and random folks going to court or the police department or the tax office would ask "hey, how'd we do today?" Random folks who never cared about soccer or American national teams against the world were asking strangers about both. It was pretty cool.

The US plays Brazil tomorrow in the finals of the Confederations Cup, after beating the top team in the world, Spain, in a shocking and decisive 2-0 win.

It'll be a huge game, but whatever happens, at least our players have last names.


Major Lazer - "Zumbie"

so this is pretty cool - it's the video for "Zumbie" by Major Lazer, starring Andy Milonakis.

Major Lazer is a project by DJs Diplo and Switch, and he's a cartoon character with a funny fictional backstory - he's a Jamaican commando who lost an arm in a secret zombie war in 1984. He was rescued by the U.S. military, who replaced his arm with a laser, and now he flies around on a rocket-powered skateboard fighting monsters and partying a lot. He owns a dance club in Trinidad and makes dancehall and ragga-influenced electronic music sung in Jamaican patois, with help from friends Diplo and Switch. And I interviewed him for DCist!

(Note there are some bad words in the song)

Major Lazer - "Zumbie" ft. Andy Milonakis from Downtown Music on Vimeo.

Here's his Myspace


New Kings of Convenience album coming in September

so Kings of Convenience, a Norwegian band I like a lot, are coming out with a new album in September. To wit, this postcard. Click it for the full version.

Also, Tyskland is Germany. I looked it up.



so I saw the new Conan O'Brien Tonight Show tonight, and it was pretty funny. Still had the same weird humor and he didn't kill the jokes like Jay Leno did. The audience laughter seemed louder, which was weird at first, and Andy was kind of Ed McMahon-ish earlier with the laughter, but as the show went on it was calmer. I might actually watch a network show fairly regularly again, first time in a long time.