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Oct. 22nd, 2008

Paul DeGeorge

Yay for voting





So yes. This is awesome. I did not think I could love wrock anymore than I already did, but clearly it was possible.

I voted today by absentee ballot. Yay!

Sep. 21st, 2008

Matt Maggiacomo

NYC WIZARD ROCK FEST

Rather than make your friend page epically long, I put my massive ramblings behind a cut. Yay!

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Sep. 20th, 2008

Matt Maggiacomo

Various Letters

Dear Life,

FUCK YOU. This was supposed to be the best weekend ever.

Tomorrow will still be the second best day of my life. Nothing can ruin the greatness that is a giant wizard rock fest.

But seriously, this isn't fair and no one here understands and I'm starting to feel like I'm going to have another breakdown. Two breakdowns in three days is not ok. It is only September and I am otherwise happy here.

-A


Dear Life,

Sorry. I realize it is not entirely your fault.

Love,
A


Really stupid weird boy,

FUCK YOU. YOU RUINED THE BEST WEEKEND EVER. There was obviously a reason I did not answer my phone. You shouldn't not have come to my apartment/my room where I could not run away to avoid talking about this. I do not like you like that but I don't want to be rude because you are my friend. Why can't you just leave me alone? I see you enough as it is in class and at Mu Alpha Pi meetings. When I come to your apartment it is to see your suitemates, not you. Never you. I will hate you forever if things become awkward so that I can't hang out with the only people other than my suitemates who I get along with. I already hate you, actually. Stop being clever and talking around things so that I can't politely turn you down. And seriously, WHO THE FUCK HASNT SEEN BATMAN YET? YOU FAIL AT LIFE. I was listening to wrock, The Whomping Willows to be specific when you came over, now that doesn't make me feel better and Whompy Iz a Gangsta ALWAYS works. I will probably come up with an excuse before Saturday because I don't want to go out with you. You are nice but all of this is reminding me of freshman year of high school and that is not ok. Do not turn homicidal and please just leave me alone.

Fuck you,
A

p.s. You didn't even notice that I dyed my hair bright red. Lame. Oh god.... fuck. You really are acting just like him. I FUCKING HATE YOU.


Dear only two people who read this thing,

I love you both a lot and I really miss you right now because no one here seems to understand why I am upset and they find it funny.  I want to come home. It isn't fair because I was ok with being here until this week. I need to figure out how to be polite about not being interested. The best excuse Lauren and I could come up with was that "I don't want to be in a relationship now because I really need to focus on schoolwork this year." This is the true part. Now for the lie. In order to make it more convincing, I'd also say that  "Last semester I didn't do well (which is mostly true) because I was so distraught over the break up (I promise that has little to nothing to do with it, I just got lazy... he doesn't know this though)."

Love,
A (who is too lazy to write out her whole name so many times)




Dear Self,

Fuck you for not being able to just say no, I am not interested. I'm not that angry though, because he is clever and always makes it so it would seem bitchy to say no. I am sorry about all this. We need to fix it asap because we really don't want to be in a relationship.

At least you have tomorrow to look forward to.

Love,
Me


Dear NYC Wizard Rock Fest,

Thank you for existing. Tomorrow will be fantastic, the second best day of my life all because of you. It will also be the only day this week that I am not freaking the fuck out over this whole stupid date thing. I cannot wait. You are about all I am looking forward to at the moment. I told my roommate to please just kill me after you but I don't think she will, which is obviously for the best, even if I temporarily disagree. I do not know what I would do at the moment if I did not have you to look forward to tomorrow. I suppose I wouldn't have an excuse and I would have been dragged to a movie tonight. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!

LOVE,
A

Sep. 11th, 2008

Catchlove

A BASS, I HAZ ONE

That is right. It got here at like 11:30 and I spent two and half hours freaking out about how the mail room didn't give me a package slip yet and then that they were closed for them to go on lunch. Then I had to run back upstairs and ripped open the box so I could see how pretty it was before running to class. The floor is covered in cardboard boxes. Guitar Center was definitely overenthusiastic about the boxes. The important thing though is I HAVE MY OWN BASS!

I took a look at the songs I wrote this summer and I was really impressed (or as I'd tell Kat, impressede). It was kinda weird but I sang one of them (quietly so my suitemates wouldn't be like wtf?)  and when I finished I was like HOLY SHIT I'M A GENIUS! I think that was exactly what I told Lauren. She agreed. I hope she gets her guitar soon so she can get much better at it and then start writing her guitar parts so I can write bass parts that match because writing the bass part first for all these songs is kind of weird.

Still waiting eagerly for the 9 wrock EPs to get here. I'm also counting down the days until NYC Wrock Fest! (Ten currently, in less than half an hour it'll be 9!) I hope I can get someone to go with me, by someone I of course mean Mimi or Nadine.

I saw a girl the other day wearing a HatP shirt at school. She was getting off the elevator when I got on. I nearly yelled OMG HARRY AND THE POTTERS but I decided not to be completely scary. If she'd been getting on too I could have said something but it was awkward since she was walking away.

Just before that I had to go to Borders and the guy working there looked a little like Percy Weasley. It amused me and distracted me from his attempt at having a conversation, which was awkward. Why are all guys who work there slighty creepy? At least he wasn't as bad at the one who was blatantly staring and unfortunate looking (though Nadine thought he was attractive). If I go back there and he's working again maybe I'll tell him he looks like Percy. If he knows what the hell I'm talking about, I will be impressede, yes with the e.
Brian

Why September is Exciting

Well, the really super exciting thing I didn't want to talk about in case it didn't work out, didn't work out but that is totally fine with me.

On a much happier note MY BASS SHOULD BE HERE TOMORROW! The amp won't be, but still. This is quite exciting! I will start writing songs more/working on the bass part for all the other songs on Friday probably. It will be an epic day of Wizard Wrock. I will then get to decide if/how I will decorate it and make it pretty and perfect for MatD. Haha, that's almost the exact opposite of DatM.

NYC WROCK FEST! I can't believe it's only TEN DAYS AWAY! I am so excited for it. I might be going alone, which is pretty sad but it will be absolutely fantastic either way. I might still try to convince my friends from school that it is completely worth getting up at like 8 or 9 in the morning to go there and get in line to get them tickets.

I need to finish my Wizards Prefer Redheads shirt before then. I'll do that this weekend too I suppose. I need to figure out some sort of straps for it as there will probably be lots of jumping at the show and I'd rather not have it sliding down. I'll figure out something I'm sure. My lack of a sewing machine makes it much more difficult though. Ah well. I will manage.

I subscribed to the EP of the Month Club! I can't wait to get all the EPs. I am especially looking forward to Treeestylin'. I will probably drive my friends crazy by listening to all of them on repeat. I needed more wrock cds, as I only have a couple. This is perfect and they are $5 each! It doesn't get much cheaper than that and I'm sure they'll all be absolutely amazing.

I'm working on a story and by story I mean epic poem for the Tears of the Phoenix Anthology, Wrock and Read. It is going to be insane. By epic poem, I mean an epic poem like The Aenid, The Odyssey, The Iliad, etc. (Yay classics references!) That's what happens when I have to spend 22 hours on a train. I write epic poems. I need to work on correcting the meter and such but it's actually pretty close to being done. It was really hard choosing which prompt to use because pretty much all of them were really interesting. I think I made the right choice, though I may decide to write something else and then pick betweent the two (or three or more if I have a lot of time on my hands... which will most likely happen).

Aug. 26th, 2008

Matt Maggiacomo

Whompy Iz A Gangsta... and He's My Hero

So last night when I was getting ready to go to sleep, I noticed that The Whomping Willows had posted a new song. I had to listen to it immediately despite the fact that I really needed to go to bed. I ended up listening to it several times on repeat. I've always wanted to subscribe to the EP of the month club but was never quite motivated enough to spend $60 on it, even though that is such a good price for 12 EPs (I claim being pretty much broke as my excuse, as usual). However, I may have to subscribe, just because I NEED Treestylin'. After he released Covah Yr Junk on myspace and then Jace made that awesome cartoon video (which I kept trying to show to my friends who definitely did not understand any of it since most don't know anything about wizard wrockers), I seriously considered subscribing but never ended up actually doing it. Then, I listened to Whompy Iz A Gangsta and I was honestly in awe of that song. It's hilarious and it sounds fantastic. Now that I worked all summer, I think I can subscribe. I'm very excited about this possibility. Of course, I'll have to ask my mom later this afternoon or maybe I'll wait and ask my dad, who is much more likely to say yes because he appreciates music more, though not wizard rock so much. Oh well. I will end up subscribing to it somehow.

Unfortunately, I am not going to be in NYC for the second Whomp the House pt 2 show. My mom booked my flight home for Thanskgiving for that morning. I was really hoping to get to go to that show. I will have seen him in August, September, and October though, so I guess I shouldn't be too upset about it.

Last night while browsing The Leaky Cauldron, I came across several important events to add to my list of exciting things that will happen this fall in NYC.

First there is the ten year anniversary of The Sorcerer's Stone, which may involve missing philosophy class in order to go be one of the first 100 people to read the book and therefore get a free copy of the new edition. Then there is the book release of Harry, A History, which is by Melissa from The Leaky Cauldron and sounds really interesting. Finally, The Tales of the Beetle the Bard comes out in December. That has nothing to do with NYC really, but I am very excited about it and I will be in NYC when it happens.

Aug. 24th, 2008

Brian

Ta-Da, Ta-Da, Ta-Da FOREVER

I AM EXCITED SO I AM USING THE EPIC ICON!

I go back to New York in just over a week. I will miss everyone like crazy, but I can't help being incredibly excited. Last year I was pretty much dreading going off to school and most of this summer I thought would be the same way. I know this is going to sound rather ridiculous, but wrock has fixed that, sort of. I mean, there were a lot of factors last year that led to me want to be at home rather than school but now, I've got reasons to want both so that I am okay with being really far away for eight months out of the year.

My first reason is definitely the most exciting reason and the main reason for me wanting to be in NYC RIGHT NOW. However, as it is not for sure yet, I won't talk about it in detail until I know for sure. Even though all two people who read this thing know exactly what I am talking about because I have not stopped freaking out about it since I found it is was possible. This would probably be the greatest thing that has happened to me since I got my scholarship. This involves no money but that is fine by me because it would just be the most fantastic experience possible. This sounds rather ridiculous, even to me, but wizard rock has become such an important part of my life since I started listening to it. There really isn't much in my life that I ever get this excited about. It seems weird to say that it has had a big impact on my life when I've only been listening to it for just over a year and have only been to two wrock shows but it has. Especially since i decided that I could start my own.

Anyway on to my other reasons. NYC WROCK FEST on September 21st! I don't think it will be quite as epic as Wrock Chicago (I don't know that anything ever will be) but it will still be incredibly awesome. I haven't seen a lot of the bands that are playing at it before but I've heard their music and cannot wait. I am really lucky that this will only be my third wrock show but I'll have seen dozens of bands and many of my favorites twice. I am going to do everything in my power to get to Wrockstock 2009 because these big wrock shows are such amazing experiences. After Warped Tour I didn't think that any bands would be as nice as Ludo was but I was absolutely blown away by how incredibly nice all of them were.

The next most important thing on my list of really exciting things is that once I get to New York City, I will be purchasing my own bass guitar! I cannot wait. I am getting a black Yamaha RBX170. It is gorgeous and the guy I talked to at Guitar Center said it was the best I could get for my price range which is that of a broke college student but that is fine. I'm very excited. I was told I should not get a black one because I will have to clean it but I really don't see how that is a problem. Plus I can't have a red or blue one because those are Gryffindor and Ravenclaw colors (respectively) and I am a Slytherin.

This is pretty much equally as exciting as everything else I've talked about but somehow it ended up as the third thing on my list. The Whomping Willows and Justin Finch-Fletchley are going on tour with the Whomp the House 2 tour and will be stopping in NYC TWICE! This means I will get to see The Whomping Willows THREE more times in the next three months. The second show is the day before Thanksgiving, so I guess I'll have to convince my parents that they should let me fly home on Thanksgiving day rather than the day before. Unfortunately, I cannot imagine them being all that happy with this plan. I will do what I can though because I am sure that concert will be completely worth it.

One of the other super exciting things that will happen is of course, the THEATRICAL RELEASE of WE ARE WIZARDS! I am already counting down the days since I was sadly unable to see it at the screening at the Brooklyn Underground Film Festival in April. I was so upset that I couldn't go but I had a lot of work that week and no one was willing to go with me. So now I will get to see it and I absolutely cannot wait. I stayed up late tonight to watch "Wizard People, Dear Reader" by Brad Neely. Wow. That man is HILARIOUS. I love talking over movies but he took it to an entirely different level and I was really impressed.

I suppose that this will be the end of my epic ramblings about how excited I am to be in NYC this fall, purely because of wizard wrock and the Harry Potter fandom. Of course NYC is amazing for about a million other reasons but at the moment, these are the most important for me. Hopefully I will have an update for this soon revealing the most epic first reason that I am only vaguely hinting at until I know for sure even though both Kat and Samm know exactly what I am talking about already and I don't think anyone else reads this livejournal.

Aug. 19th, 2008

Brian

NYC Wrock Fest

I just bought my ticket, which is quite exciting. Hopefully I can get someone to go with me. By someone I basically mean Mimi, unless I find someone else who loves wrock at school. Sadly I doubt that will happen.

Anyway, I realized today that when you google NYC Wrock Fest, my livejournal comes up on the first page. I was excited, even though that isn't really as exciting as I seem to think it is. It's okay though because Samm was right. Our lives would be less interesting if I wasn't insane. We wouldn't eat nearly as many melons either, though we'd still have a lot thanks to Troy.

I'm really excited about this now. I wish it was September 21st already.

Since I am excited, I decided this epic picture of me and [really awesome and properly spelled] Brian of Draco and the Malfoys at Wrock Chicago.

Now I just have to decide what I will wear. It won't be my Slytherin dress, because I wore that to Wrock Chicago. Therefore I have three options: a costume (least likely), altered Whomping Willows shirt (not done yet), or my Wizards Prefer Redheads shirt (also not made yet). I think it will be either of the custom shirts because those will be awesome.

Aug. 18th, 2008

Catchlove

Wizards Prefer Redheads

It's true, by the way. A Split Seven Ways song made me realize this fact. I'm fond of half the songs on her Marauders' Era EP, The Best Days of Our Lives, which you can download HERE. It's a great EP, I just wish there was less Lily/Snape. -dies- I will never ever approve of that pairing.

Tonight I am going to try to work on a rap song. It's going to be pretty epic. I'm also thinking I might need to write a song called Wizards Prefer Redheads. It'll be great. It will require me to keep dying my hair red, which will annoy my mom. Amortentia already requires me to be a redhead though so it's okay. Speaking of Amortentia, I decided that melody was incredibly boring, so I'm going to rework it a bit. I'm not sure how well that will work but I'll always love that song as it was my first Wrock song.

I cannot wait to get my bass. It's a Yamaha RBX170. It will be black and sparkly and I will paint stars and a moon on it so that it's perfect. Then I will work out the bass lines for all of the songs I've written. I'm going to get some recording equipment for Christmas so that hopefully by 2009, our myspace will be set up with music and we will be able to share our love of Harry Potter and reading and all that amazing stuff. I'm really looking forward to that. There really is very little else that I've been this excited about in a while. Honestly, I will be so depressed if it doesn't work out. I really wish I would have gotten into wrock music sooner.

As you may have guessed from the new icon, Catchlove is my current obsession. The Whomping Willows will always be my favorite wrock band, but Jace is amazing. I hope I get to see him perform again in the near-ish future. I'm really disappointed that he won't be playing at NYC Wrock Fest. I'm really looking forward to that. (Just over a month away!) Although to be honest, I don't think there is anyway it can top Wrock Chicago. It will be fantastic to get to see Nagini, The Whomping Willows, The Remus Lupins, and Draco and the Malfoys again. I'm also excited to get to see Split Seven Ways, as she is from England so I don't think I'll get to see her very often, if ever again.

I'm honestly kind of excited for school this year. I know I wasn't for most of the summer but now that I know that I'm going to have all these wrock shows to go to, I'll be learning bass and writing songs, taking classes that interest me, watching lots of amazing tv shows, and hanging out with my friends from school.... well, I'm a lot more optimistic. Thank god I got my job this summer and my uncle/the people whose cats I took care of are really generous about paying me so that I can do all this really awesome stuff (like getting to see Daniel Radcliffe in Equus!!!!). This has been an epic summer and I'm sure this school year will be good too.

I thought I had more to say, but I can't remember so I'm going to end it here so I can go shower and get ready to sleep before I work on a few songs.

Aug. 14th, 2008

Matt Maggiacomo

Really Exciting Things

Well, first of all, We Are Wizards, the documentary about the Harry Potter fandom, especially wrock, is being released in theaters, starting in NYC in November! I was sooooo disappointed I missed it because I had homework and no one to go with when it was at the Underground Film Festival. I'm definitely going opening day. I cannot wait. I hope it stays in theaters for awhile and is still there when Kat visits me. I rather doubt that that will happen though, sadly.

The release of HBP was pushed back to July. I was really excited for it in November, but now I get to see it with people who are as excited as I am and in IMAX on opening day! I am really hoping that they do a good job with it.

I might have a side project wrock band. I'm rather excited as it is with a girl from Italy and a guy from Australia. How cool would that be? I love the internet because this would not otherwise be at all possible. We wouldn't be able to play shows (unless we got ridiculously good and such and all went to cons or something) but it would still be really fun.

Um, that is all I will talk about on here. I actually have another awesome wrock related story but I'm not going to talk about that because it will only further encourage me which is a VERY BAD PLAN.

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