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our hearts beat for the diehards



"The truth of the matter is that a lot of people say that Fall Out Boy or something, whatever saved their life or made their life easier and we just want to say that you guys being there and letting us be on the stage like this has made our lives easier and saved our lives so thank you guys very much."

there's a time to pray and there's a time to fight

Ludo premiere "Save Our City" (Altpress.com Exclusive) from Alternative Press on Vimeo.



I still get goosebumps every time I listen to this song. This video is even better than what I had been imagining all this time.

i couldn't have asked for a better weekend

3 days. 7 states. Roughly 17 hours in a car.
2 plane rides, 5 and a half hours.
Hardly any sleep.

A countless number of hugs. Smiling so hard my face hurt.
Laughing so hard we scared the people around us.



Worth every minute.



Thank you for making my life better.

ways to kill time while waiting for your flight











saturday night thunderbolt



[don't give up and let them hold you down.]

we are beautiful, we are doomed


Leaves, originally uploaded by falsestartjunkyard.

streetlights


Church Window, originally uploaded by falsestartjunkyard.

Places I never thought I'd miss: St. Paul's Church in Levittown.

i just play in a rock and roll band


Frankie & Tommy, originally uploaded by falsestartjunkyard.

Speaking of people I miss: these dudes.

If you're not listening to to Robots & Racecars yet, why the hell not? I've only been talking about how great they are for like, the past year.

you came along because i love your face


Hannah!, originally uploaded by falsestartjunkyard.

I love this girl and her silly face. I also miss her bunches. Why must my friends live spread out across the country?

In other news, I survived my first day of classes. This wouldn't be worth noting if not for the fact that I have ten hours of class on Thursday. Up early, home late, oh yeah. Fun times.

Being downtown does have it's perks though, the city is really quite beautiful at night.

where i've been, where i am


Orange, originally uploaded by falsestartjunkyard.

Taken this past June at Colonial Park. It's very pretty there, if you ever happen to be in Somerset in the spring/summer, you should check it out.

Classes started today. At 9am. I had to get up a good hour earlier than that to make it here on time. I am not a morning person, my friends. This is going to take some getting used to. On the plus side, I do enjoy having the time on the train to zone out, relax and you know, actually wake up.

Also, on the plus side, I think I am going to enjoy my sculpture class.

A quote from my teacher: "I work with video. I like puppies."

So there's that.

There's a tiny little bug on the screen on my laptop and I don't have the heart to smush him or flick him away. He's not bothering any one, just enjoying the nice day. Like me.

used to waste my time dreaming of being alive


Discarded, originally uploaded by falsestartjunkyard.

Okay, so I lied. This isn't recent at all. I took this on an unseasonably warm day this past March while I driving the backroads of rural PA.

I still like it, months later. So here you go.

groove salad

A few belated photos from when I saw Lucas Carpenter and Mark Rose at Milkboy Coffee in Ardmore.









More recent photos and reviews coming soon! I am finally in possession of the shiny new macbook pro I got for school. ♥

this is a song for the ladies



I seem to keep ending up places where Brendon Urie is doing ridiculous acoustic covers. It's pretty awesome, actually.


This post brought to you by the free wifi in my awesome hotel, where I currently have all of the pillows in the world.

my heart eyes, let me show you them

it will be alright

Came across this while packing.



Chicago tomorrow. And for the next two years.

hold on to that feeling



This happened. Somehow, I was there. I don't even know. My life is weird.

he shaved the faces of gentlemen



Passed this on the way home from Wildwood. Not only an A+ name choice, but even more hilariously, the apartment above the shop is for rent.

this and various other assorted ridiculousness

How I spent my Saturday night.

Making skittles vodka is pretty time consuming (and I maybe watched a lot while other people did all the heavy lifting) but the pay off is pretty excellent.

I will bring you back to life



TOUR DATES


Nine tour dates, Broken Bride in it's entirety. My excitement cannot actually be properly conveyed via text. All of the shows I would want to go to are on days that I can actually go.

IT'S LIKE THEY KNEW AND WANTED TO MAKE ME HAPPY. :D

some people call me the space cowboy



This is my dad. Today is his birthday.



He would've been 58.



I don't think I'm ever going to stop missing him.

its like everything i love about life got put into a t-shirt



I'm attending SAIC in the fall and as a new student I get this t-shirt as a gift. Seriously, I have never been more certain that I picked the right school in my life.



No really, it's a ROBOT. HOLDING A SWORD. RIDING A T-REX!

the bridge between us is a rainbow



Well Coca-Cola, you did a damn good job because this song is not only catchy as fuck, the video the down right adorable. And if Brendon Urie in those nerdy reporter glasses doesn't make you smile, well then, I don't want to know you, because you clearly don't understand joy.

o'hare

I love that this is one of the first things I see when I get to Chicago. (Not there now, btw, found this in my phone from the last time and getting excited to go back.)

sentimental fool

I keep all of this stuff. They were collecting in a pile on my dresser next to my lamp and the stuffed giant squid I got at the Field Museum. I remember every single show, there's a story to go with every ticket stub.


my heart is beating so fast



The EP is not a lie. Fighting Nessie: now available on iTunes. Or in real live cd form if you hit up the merch table at a show. Five songs for $5, it's a good deal.

bottom's up to better days

If you're wondering where all the photos are and more importantly why they are not here, the reason is a such: My desktop computer (and it's bootleg copy of Photoshop CS) does not read my RAW files. I'm out of school at the moment and thus do not have access to the computer I had previously been using to edit my photos with.

But this will be remedied shortly. Until then, have good days and many adventures. I definitely am and will share them with you soon.

you wish you had friends like mine

Tell the world how they have stolen our election



If you are reading this right now, you have more luxury than someone in Iran could ever hope for right now. If you are watching TV or a video on youtube, updating your status on Facebook, Tweeting, or even texting your friend, you are lucky. If you are safe in your home, and were able to sleep last night without the sounds of screaming from the rooftops, you need to know and understand what is happening to people just like you in Iran right now.



They are not the enemy. They are a people whose election has been stolen. For the first time in a long time, a voice for change struck the youth of Iran, just as it did for many people in the United States only seven months ago. Hossein Mousavi gained the support of millions of people in Iran as a Presidential candidate. He stands for progressiveness. He supports good relations with the West, and the rest of the world. He is supported with fervor as he challenges the oppressive regime of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

On Friday, millions of people waited for hours in line to vote in Iran's Presidential election. Later that night, as votes came in, Mousavi was alerted that he was winning by a two-thirds margin. Then there was a change. Suddenly, it was Ahmadinejad who had 68% of the vote - in areas which have been firmly against his political party, he overwhelmingly won. Within three hours, millions of votes were supposedly counted - the victor was Ahmadinejad. Immediately fraud was suspected - there was no way he could have won by this great a margin with such oppposition. Since then, reports have been coming in of burned ballots, or in some cases numbers being given without any being counted at all. None of this is confirmed, but what happened next seems to do the trick.



The people of Iran took the streets and rooftops. They shout "Death to the dictator" and "Allah o akbar." They join together to protest. Peacefully. The police attack some, but they stay strong. Riots happen, and the shouting continues all night. Text messaging was disabled, as was satellite, and websites which can spread information such as Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, and the BBC are blocked in the country. At five in the morning, Arabic speaking soldiers (the people of Iran speak Farsi) stormed a university in the capital city of Tehran. While sleeping in their dormitories, five students were killed. Others were wounded. These soldiers are thought to have been brought in by Ahmadinejad from Lebanon. Today, 192 of the university's faculty have resigned in protest.

Mousavi requested that the government allow a peaceful rally to occur this morning - the request was denied. Many thought that it would not happen. Nevertheless, first a few thousand people showed up in the streets of Tehran. At this point, it is estimated that 1 to 2 million people were there. Mousavi spoke on the top of a car. The police stood by. For a few hours, everything was peaceful. Right now, the same cannot be said. Reports of injuries, shootings, and killings are flooding the internet. Twitter has been an invaluable source - those in Iran who still know how to access it are updating regularly with picture evidence. People are being brutally beaten. Tonight will be another night without rest for so many in Iran no older than I am. Tonight there is a Green Revolution.

For more information:
PICTURES:
here and here
NEW INFORMATION:
Here - near constant updates
Here - ONTD_political live post
ON TWITTER:
@StopAhmadi, @ProtesterHelp



دنیارابگوییدچطورآنهاانتخاباتمان دزدیده اند
Tell the world how they have stolen our election




-- original post by one-hoopy-frood

i have no problem flipping you off

Dear All Time Low, I find you disgusting and disrespectful to women. If I never see you again it will be too soon.

watch out for the wine flu

video

Live from Taste of Chaos, NJ

Dear Pierce The Veil,

You aren't bad, but you really need to cool it with the blinding strobe lights.

tim ferrell: guitar god

Ludo at the Rock & Roll Hotel in D.C. (Why yes, I am a crazy person.)

breaking news from allentown

This just in: No Ludo at Bamboozle this year. Definitely bummed about that. :(

that definitely wasn't here the last time i was in this building.

bryan your scene hair is slightly ridiculous.

remember june

video

i've got a lot of friends who are stars


Green, originally uploaded by falsestartjunkyard.

I VOTE YES ON THE GLORY DAYS.

i swear i'm just as lost as you


The Scenic, originally uploaded by falsestartjunkyard.

nine days


Doorway, originally uploaded by falsestartjunkyard.

barren


Winter Branches, originally uploaded by falsestartjunkyard.

saying prayers, clicking jaws


Steel Train, originally uploaded by falsestartjunkyard.

between the living dead and these robot men


Dorkfaces, originally uploaded by falsestartjunkyard.

I don't know if you've been paying attention or not, but I'm kind of fond of them. Photos from last Saturday's acoustic show are up at my flickr.

tried all night to grab your attention


Notebook, originally uploaded by falsestartjunkyard.

we're going to wash these sins away


The Gaslight Anthem, originally uploaded by falsestartjunkyard.

Going to see Brian Fallon acoustic at the Middle East next weekend. Very excited about it. In other Gaslight-related news, my tattoo has healed so there'll be better pictures of that soon. I'm pretty pleased with that one. :D

with eyes faced on the horizon



Happy inauguration day, everyone.

not a hologram


Jordan, originally uploaded by falsestartjunkyard.

My favorites, Robots and Racecars had the honor of being my first show of the year. They have new music up on the myspace and it is so much better than the crappy bootleg I have been listening to for months, so you should really go check it out.

2008, year in review

“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day." - Edith Lovejoy Pierce

The following is brutally honest and painfully earnest, don't say you haven't been warned.


1. What did you do in 2008 that you'd never done before?


My first thought was get tattooed or travel a ridiculous distance for a concert, but I did both of those at the very end of 2007 so this is a tough one. Spend a lot of time in church basements? Go to two shows in one day? Learn how to silkscreen? I don't know, maybe I'll think of something a little more exciting later on.

2. Did you keep your New Year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I don't know that I necessarily made any resolutions, other than to be happy and positive really. I wanted 2008 to be the best year of my life and it was. So I think I'll do the same for this year and see how that goes.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Yes, a close friend of the family had a baby boy.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

An elderly neighbor that I'd grown up with passed away, but we weren't really close. (I've had enough of this happen in my life, I'm glad for the year off.)

5. What countries did you visit?

While I did a lot of travelling this year, it was all inside the U.S. of A.

6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?

More time with which to edit all the photos I took and get stuff for Falsestart Junkyard together.

7. What date from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

May 7 - My Chemical Romance at the Electric Factory. Spent all day waiting in line with friends and it was worth every minute, one of the best experiences of my life. Especially since I got to talk to Frank afterward and tell him how much they mean to me.

July 25 - My first time going to Warped! Had a great time, but it was really the stuff that happened after that made it great. For a few hours, being nervous and sixteen was awesome.

December 2 - Spent almost 13 hours in the car the day before driving to Chicago. Fall Out Boy at the Chicago Theatre. Amazing seats, an amazing show and I got to share it with one of my best friends right next to me. ♥

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Deciding, in some respects, what I want to do with the rest of my life. There's going to be a long road to get there, but a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step and all that jazz.

9. What was your biggest failure?

Losing my job? I really had started to hate it though, so I guess what I really consider the biggest failure was really not being able to find another job for so long and working more.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

I saw The Cab quite a few times, I was sick a lot this year. Also, I had a couple of panic attacks and those are never fun.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

My DSLR. It was a splurge but it was so worth it.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

Barack Obama

13. Whose behavior appalled you?

Sarah Palin

14. Where did most of your money go?

My gas tank, Pete Wentz and his affiliates.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

Seeing MCR for the first time. Empires and the Gaslight Anthem's record release shows. A joint birthday party with two of my closest friends and the field trip we took to see Robots & Racecars before hand.

16. What song will always remind you of 2008?

Yellow Cab and a Five Cent Cigar.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? Happier, by far.
ii. thinner or fatter? Probably about the same.
iii. richer or poorer? Richer, but only because I was dead broke this time last year.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?

Slept. I definitely had a lot of "I'll sleep when I'm dead" moments this year.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?

Been sick. I blame Alex Marshall and his disease spreading band for a lot of this.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?

I spent Christmas morning with my grandmother and parents, had lunch with them and them drove down to my aunt's house to have dinner with her and my grandfather and my cousins.

21. How will you be spending New Year's?

I spent it in Cherry Hill, NJ having a great time with friends, watching the fireworks from inside the warmth of my friend's high rise apt. and occasionally scrambling over to the tv to watch those Fall Out Boys.

22. Did you fall in love in 2008?

Yes. It kind of just reaffirmed my opinion that the risk isn't worth the reward, but I don't regret it. Maybe 2009 will be different, who knows. (If this dude can live happily ever after maybe there's hope for me yet.)

23. How many one-night stands?

None. Even if I'd had the opportunity, I don't really believe in them.

24. What was your favorite TV program?

Doctor Who/Torchwood was really the only thing I had time to keep up with.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?

Nope. I am full of love, baby.

26. What was the best book you read?

I don't even remember what I read this year. Let's go with Watchmen because I know for certain that I read it this year and that it was awesome.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?

The Gaslight Anthem (Runners up include: Robots & Racecars, Team Goldie, and Steel Train.)

28. What did you want and get?

An exciting life.

29. What did you want and not get?

To be in a relationship.

30. What was your favorite film of this year?

The Dark Knight.

31. What did you do on your birthday?

Spent some time with my grandmother, had sushi lunch with my mom and got together with the Team Philly girls and Nicholas at the Pub for dinner.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

At the risk of being horribly inappropriate, more kissing. My 2008 was sadly lacking in that area.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?

Jeans, a band t-shirt, and chucks? Also, a lot more eyeliner than I have ever worn in any other year of my life.

34. What kept you sane?

Team Philly and our adventures in the local music scene.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

I have no celebrity crushes. I don't know what you're talking about.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?

The complete and utter bullshit that is Prop 8.

(But hey, BARACK OBAMA IS GOING TO BE PRESIDENT. And just thinking that still makes me grin like an idiot.)

37. Who did you miss?

My cats. And Rei, once she left us for Chicago.

38. Who was the best new person you met?

I met so many amazing people this year, it's really hard to pick just one. But if I have to choose, Jen is going to get the award for this one. As was said before, you are the best of us, and the craziest. I can hardly believe there was a time when I wasn't taking spontaneous roadtrips to Connecticut or, you know Chicago.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008.

1. STAY HYDRATED!
2. When you have the opportunity to use a clean bathroom, take it!
3. Trying to love someone who doesn't want your love doesn't end well.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:




“cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.”

Hey there, I know I seriously slacked off on the updating for December but I'm in school and I work retail. The Christmas season is a busy time for me! Anyway, welcome to 2009! I don't know if you realize it, but this blog is officially over a year old, and I'm a little bit proud of that. Here's hoping I have a some free time before next semester starts to get some of the millions of pictures that I have up for you lovely people to enjoy. I'm working on a couple of end of 2008, year in review type posts, so they'll be up shortly.

I hope you had a wonderful, hangover free New Year's Day.