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Since July 30th:

promoted Z's solo show; promoted GoldBoot's new EP; promoted Brie Larson's new movie.

And that is it, for Twitter.

On Instagram:

Capt. Knots with new toy; Capt. Knots with Jeremy Burke's dog, Lucy (2); Dan Keyes eating a sandwich; puppy getting a bath (not his); photobooth montage (him, Dan Keyes, Z, Vincent Perini); Capt Knots asleep; mysterious bloody finger incident (2); himself reading at Echo Park lake (taken from Z); Jeremy and himself in scary masks, holding their respective pets; Capt Knots and a scary mask; brunch plates with Crime and Punishment; himself looking irritated.

Other news:

- Keltie got married.

- Greenwald has went on a variety show and played Balisong which is allegedly from his solo record, and the performance has been recorded.

- The Troll is with Ryan now in LA for the next several weeks, allegedly to finish his (Ryan's) record. I am cautiously optimistic but will also believe this when I can add the files to my iTunes and not one minute before.
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Since 4/10:

Asked who has a pool; quoted a line about cats from The Office; shared a picture of his cats; started and kept up a steady support for Empires' bid to get on the cover of Rolling Stone; did his first solo show and an interview on, which STILL hasn't surfaced on the internet, though fan reports were made; encouraged us (well, those of us aged 18-35) to sign a petition to make our voices heard about legalizing pot and gay marriage; was pleased with his JBTV show;

noted that he loved recording during storms, though he was afraid he would miss a tornado siren if he wore his headphones; posted a picture of Marley with a ball; annonced he was recording with Empires; shared a picture of himself playing drums; shared an MLK JR quote in response to the death of Osama Bin Laden; referenced No Surprises by Radiohead;

drove through a suburb of Chicago and commented on the local election signs; shared a picture of all of his animals looking out a window; promoted his upcoming show with Empires in Chicago; and finally, asked us to vote for his friends The Handsome Bandit to be on a movie soundtrack.
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Since 4/10:

Agreed with Will Noon that he missed The Young Veins - this is the first comment he's made since Decmeber on the subject - and then made plans to go to Coachella with Alex Greenwald and Stuart Zender (bassist for Jamiroquai (!) , also playing for Mark Ronson); first "someone" lost his car keys, then he apparently misplaced Alex and Stuart individually an collectively while at Coachella, made a joke about being in a casino, and went off in search of food; was excited about the LA Kings winning games, shared a picture of himself at a game with a commemorative towel;

was (kind of hilariously) irritated by people telling 4/20 jokes; made a puzzling comment about "ghost trash" that Google suggests might related to an suite of icons; noted that he loved movies; appreciated Alex Greenwald's creepy Easter artwork; modified some common sayings in ways that suggest he might have been having a rough day ("if life hands you lemons, eat them" and "it really is a frog eat frog world"); was grumpy about the Kings losing; RT'd Alex Greenwald saying he looked like Encino Man (movie in which Brendan Fraser was a caveman transported to modern times and had a scraggly beard and disasterous hair the whole time, c. 1992 or so);

asked why he was still wearing a hair shirt, normally a sign of penitence; noted the cops had been calling the police all night; gloated at a friend of his when his substitute hockey team had a triumphant run of several wins; shared the video with the "talking" dog (YouTube); was mildly snarky with Greta about her mother's conservative (and very good!) advice, then softened it by saying he loved the '50s; allowed he couldn't think of anything worse to do than watching Lady GaGa on tv;

mangled the Infinite Monkey Theorem; quoted and agreed with someone as saying "if your brain's in the way you can't ride bulls"; and finally shared another video, this time of a small child rapping about God.

As of this writing he's been quiet for about a week.
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I'm putting him by himself now, since he's having a solo career.

Since 3/12:

Made some stew, apparently discovering the joys of a potato peeler for the first time (?!); reminded us carrot and potato skin were good for us, if washed well; noted that neither green beer nor corned beef and cabbage had anything to do with Ireland but that the latter was tasty; reminded us about the Supermoon; was quiet for a good two weeks, then surfaced in New York, and after that almost all of his comments have been one word, accompanied by a picture. To date he has shared: himself, in New York; a puppy (not Marley), presumably also in New York; Than Liu, on what might be the Brooklyn Promenade; a snapshot of a party at what might be a wine bar; a picture of the Beatles; two studio-like shots, one of which was a screen shot from a video that was just him playing the guitar; a street scene that might be in Chicago; an Elmo birthday cake for a small child that I'm assuming is his nephew; and an enormous sub.

Outside of the monosyllabic commentary, there were also a shots of Marley plus all of the garbage Jon picked up in his neighborhood in 45 minutes; an announcement of a show in Chicago in May (he's opening for Empires); an announcement of a live taping on something called JBTV in Chicago (local access? internet TV?); he asked us if we thought John Boehner might actually be evil, then deleted it and (clumsily) tried to act like he'd been talking about John Stamos being handsome (Jon Walker, please don't insult our intelligence that way again) and also noted that "the guy sure is tan" though I don't know which guy he meant; and he quoted lyrics from a Steve Earle song, "Lonely are the Free." Finally he thanked Bob Morris for appreciating "Alone" and suggested they play together some time.

Also he's changed his profile picture back to a shot of his face, though he's creepily over-smiling in this one.

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Since 2/24

Ryan: Has been remarkably quiet, for him. He shared a picture of himself and Tom Oakes from More Amor in vintage LA Kings hockey jerseys, on their way to Legends night; was grumpy about skunks (or "skunks") using up all of his hot water and ketchup; shared a picture of himself pretending to hug an inflatable crawfish (apparently it is outside of Origami Vinyl); quoted part of a conversation in which someone described themselves as a "Twihard Belieber" (auuuuuuuuugh); retweeted Daniel Tosh talking about his (Tosh's) new show, and announced it was a good thing he (Ryan) didn't own a guillotine.

Jon: Reminded us that there is only one Bambi; shared the word "history"; asked the internet for Netflix recs for movies to fall asleep to; replied to the creator of Heroes, who had commented about appreciating JWalk's solo record; shared a link to Empires with Ryan Fallon (YouTube), which was Ryan Luciani channeling Jimmy Fallon; a fan mistagged him in a request for more Panic! shows in the UK and he replied with "What do you want me to do about it?";

got a little bit cranky with a fan who asked if he was still vanity-searching Wikipedia; shared a link to Bone Thugs-N-Harmony - 1st Of Tha Month (YouTube); shared a picture of his home studio (?) and noted that it was a mess; repeated two headlines, one about zombie fungi, another about a dog eating his master's toes while he slept; got married!!; thanked the internet for their well-wishes; shared a picture of the post-wedding party, to which he brought his guitar; and finally urged us to read and share a Huffington Post article about the perils of cheap gasoline.
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Since 2/24:

Brendon: Had dinner at a fancy cafe in advance of shooting another video (movie?) with Shane Drake; was excited about lobster ravioli; was pleasantly sore post-show (not going to lie, I made an undignified noise when I saw the video of him stage-diving); went to Vegas and quoted a random dude the subject of gambling ("luck is the residue of design"); promoted The Overture; was worn out from too much flying; various radio-show related tweets;

got new specially labeled in-ears ("this is your left ear" " this is your right ear" - Brendon, do you need your mittens on a string as well??); was irritated by someone standing too close to him at the urinal in an otherwise empty bathroom (seriously the arrangements in men's rooms sound so odd - who wants to pee in public? like, ever??); gently teased a fan who had equally gently scolded him for TMI regarding the urinal tweet; and noted that his thoughts were with Japan but rather than praying he was donating to the Red Cross.

Retweets: their Roxy support band burbling about the show; band twitter sharing JMonts review of the record; fun. in the studio (picture); his friend's Tumblr post with New Order's Bizarre Love Triangle; one of the radio stations sharing pictures from the show.

Spencer: Noted that "Hail in Burbank" sounded like the name of the next big AP band; various filming-related tweets, including a picture from on-set and a shot of a celebratory drink from In-and-Out afterwards; various show and radio-show related tweets; went to Bakersfield with a Field of Dreams allusion, saw Never Say Never (Justin Bieber movie) in 3-D, followed by The Kings Speech; reminisced with Thomas Durden about playing shows at Jerry's Pizza; shared a picture of their SXSW poster and a shot of a sign at Mandalay Bay;

discussed SXSW with Regan and seeing The Strokes/checking out a new venue with another friend; promoted The Overturel enjoyed some Hefeweizen beer; encouraged everyone to vote for them in MTV March Madness again this year (it starts on Monday); shared a picture of his new in-ears which feature a cameo of Edgar Allen Poe with a raven on his head; asked the internet if he was sitting near Robert Duvall at the airport; and finally was hilariously foiled by a 140 character limit in promoting a show, i.e. "If your gonna be there then prepare to get blown" followed hastily by "Away. Damn this 140 character bull$!**"

Retweets: band twitter sharing JMonts review of the record and a limited poster and a radio station sharing pictures.

Other Notes: March Madness, OH GOD THIS IS GOING TO BE AWKWARD ISN'T IT? Though maybe not, since TYV doesn't seem to be in it as of right now. Though I can't wait to see how JMont glosses over THAT when he's setting up the brackets.,
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Brendon: Saw and appreciated Black Swan; wore himself out eating Indian food in London; annoyed Londoners by parroting their accent back at them (badly, according to him); various video promotional tweets; was excited to play the show at Bush Hall; had a good show in Germany; wished his ladyfriend a Happy Valentine's Day/anniversary (SRSLY BRENDON URIE WHAT OH MY GOD. Also: There is not enough AWWWWWWWWWWWWWW in the world.); was pleased that Arcade Fire won a Grammy; approved box sets, etc, with Spencer; announced the release date for the record has been moved up a week; one promo tweet for merch (t-shirt); shared that he likes only a little bit of coffee with his cream; contemplated the purchase of a flaming hot cheetos super pack; RT'd Aziz Ansari talking about keeping a photo file of sandwiches he wants to try and finally, promoted Steel Train's new video for Bullet.

Spencer: Saw Black Swan, then went in search of jalfrezi (curry); shared pictures of the view from his window in London and also his new toy, a Lomo Sprocketrocket (I thought it was "pocketrocket", until, uh, now, which made me giggle, because I'm LOL twelve); told us all to look up; was excited to play the show in Germany; was also excited to be home to eat a lot of Mexican food and, er, possibly visit with a ladyfriend?; asked the internet where in LA he can get his Lomo film developed, approved merch, etc; appreciated an iced grade triple soy latte; one promo tweet for a shirt; was awakened by his dog (Boba Fett) having an intense dream, he theorized it was about jackrabbits; then finally shared a picture of Boba with a comment about having bought extra lenses and film for his Hipstamatic app. Spencer Smith: not-so-secret camera geek?
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Ryan: Watched the Super Bowl, while engaging in whatever shenanigans "Phoenix afterparty" are code for, though he sounded irritated about it, so it may not be shenanigans he enjoyed; wrote a "victory song" for the Packers with Michael Runion and Alex Greenwald, aka RAM; RT'd JMont declaring the song "montage ready"; threw the making of the video for the song open to his followers; had a brief conversation with Jon Walker about the song, in which he said if it made Jon run faster it had served it's purpose; RT'd More Amore's mixtape annoucement, indicated they're old (a geriatric 25) and also old friends; did the dishes in shitkickers (cowboy boots with heels and pointy toes); wished a friend a happy birthday; Super Bowl Hero went on iTunes; and in his latest tweet (2/17), told someone "call him now, a points a point!"

As of today (2/24) he's been silent for an entire week.

Jon: Noted that dark matter is everywhere; posted a picture of himself shirtless in the ocean which later became his profile pic; shared a link to the Super Bowl Hero song with comments that it makes him run way faster and that he wished it was the Chicago Bears; shared a picture of his lunch; promoted Empires' new video and their bid for the cover of Rolling Stone; quoted Mark Twain on the subject of the world not owing anyone a living; wished us a Happy Valentine's Day with a link to the B-52s Rock Lobster on YouTube; asked what dreams are; canceled his television service (not going to lie, I made a small concerned noise when that one came up, even though I don't even WATCH tv); RT'd someone being snide about his reasons for doing so (apparently he thought it was funny, and that they had forgotten he takes pictures of dogs as well as cats); shared pictures of a darkened chess game and Marley with a ball; made a video in support of Empires, also featuring Marley; and finally made stew while listening to Brahms.
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Oh dear, I have neglected him, haven't I? Well, here it is, since Dec. 1:

Rt'd a friend talking about Men in Black; watched the Monsters are Due on Maple Street episode of the Twilight Zone; shared a link about radiation in Fallujah that has since gone defunct; visited San Francisco for Slumberland Records birthday and played "twee pop covers" with Devon Williams at Amnesia (bar) and later was keen to get home to hide under his covers and also grumpy about smashing sticks as they are $9 a pair (!); took in a Part Time Punks/ The Mantles/Catwalk show; rt'd a link to the Syd Barrett coloring book (apparently part of a "doomed poet" series that includes Ian Curtis from Joy Division, all I can say is ERGH);

really, really tl;dr )

Phew. Goodness. Now here's hoping he'll share more about these "other projects" that the members of TYV are working on . . .
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Since Jan. 16:

Brendon Shared a link to the video of the tripping housewife; rt'd his ladyfriend's tweet of a picture of their dog; officially announced the release of their new record on March 29; thanked Argentina for an amazing show and an overall good time; various promotional tweets, i.e. bananas music club, the clip of the video for the Ballad of Mona Lisa, and shout-outs to various radio shows; shared a Hulu link to The Seminar episode of The Office; rt'd Butch Walker's twitpic of The Ballad of Mona Lisa playing on his car stereo; linked to the video of Today show hosts trying to explain the internet in 1994; was amazed by wifi on planes and planes in general;

was a little bit snarky to a fan who missed the Argentina show; declared that words couldn't convey how he felt about the New York show because it was too sacred; told JMont that he would take "baroquetronica" as a descriptor of their sound; traded lines of Frank Sinatra's They Can't Take That Away From Me with his ladyfriend; had a mango tango smoothie to balance out jaeger shots bought for them by a fan (or maybe bar employee? not sure); and finally rt'd a link to a fan cover of The Ballad of Mona Lisa on YouTube.

Also, he's changed his background to the album art for Mona Lisa.

Spencer HE'S ALIVE! Since he sparked back up, he's made various promotional tweets - radio stations and the pre-order - and also thanked people for coming out to shows in New York and Philadelpia; noted he was feeling pretty good, post-Jaeger shots in Virginia; shared a picture of Brendon looking unimpressed in the snow in what appeared to be a graveyard with above-ground masoleums; and finally quoted someone as saying the mac and cheese they were eating should be rated NC-17.
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Ok. So I guess we have to discuss the whole "hiatus" situation. This is how it stands currently:

1) Jon has announced it on his personal Twitter
2) Nick M. has confirmed it on his personal Tumblr
3) Ryan has said nothing, and no specific comment has been posted on any "official" band sites (FB, band Twitter, MySpace, band Tumblr) that I've seen.
4) Someone from the band (probably Nick) did, however, post a link to Jon's solo record on the TYV facebook wall on 1/6.

So I guess technically, or at least officially, we're in "hiatus? what hiatus?" territory, but I am nonetheless inclined to conclude that what we have is a) as much information as we will ever have and b) that information is as official as it is ever going to get and also c) if they aren't done, they are at least done for now. (Though, personal opinion, reading Jon's lyrics: I think he's done for good.)

I am, however, going to continue to keep up with them. And by "them" I mean, Ryan, Jon and Nick, but not Andy, because he gets on my very last nerve. If any of you are especially attached to him and would like the occasional report, comment now or forever hold your peace.

Since the last update (1/4)

Ryan: Commisserated with Will Noon about the problem of finding your glasses when you are not wearing them, and thus can't see; posted a picture of himself on a burro on a Mexican beach, captioned "Moving to Mexico I think"; otherwise, radio silence.

Jon: Shared a link to the video for Another Day, by Pomplamoose (YouTube); as discussed earlier, released his solo record on bandcamp; shared pictures of: his dog (outside and under the table); a house plant; an unfinished puzzle; and his drum set; and confirmed he's growing a beard. Also changed his Twitter icon to a black and white photo of himself giving the camera an, I don't know, an affectionate look? Maybe? Less subdued than his last picture, anyway.

I have more to catch up on w/ Nick, so I'll get to him later.
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misc updates:

- Benjamin Font's audiobook thing has been fully funded.

- Jon Walker will be releasing his Home Recordings soon; appreciates Chuck Klosterman; and has announced "manscaping" as Term of the Day for 1/4/11 (I'm kind of dizzy with tired right now and find this hilarious, and also am wondering if he was watching Keltie on The Bachelor; another contestant who is a professional aesthetician brought it up (and brought her waxing tools to the first night!); and "online baby rumor" as a Phrase of the Day for 1/3. (Am now also wondering if someone has told him about the Spencer's Secret Baby thing? STOP GOOGLING YOUR (FORMER) BANDMATES, JWALK.)

- also, y'all, can I just tell you that The Bachelor makes my skin crawl? Because it does. DEAR EVERYONE INVOLVED: YOU ARE NOT GOING TO FIND A SPOUSE IN EIGHT WEEKS AS PART OF A TELEVISION CONTEST. The whole thing is just so revolting and weird and reinforces terrible behaviors, mainly in-fighting between the ladies over the man.

Keltie gets a little bit of that, actually, towards the end; she's being her usual ridiculous/awkward self and teaching him Rockette kicks and meanwhile a brace of other contestants are making disapproving faces and quasi-snide commentary and pretty clearly judging her kind of hard, and I am all >>>>>>>>>>>>:( because while I will acknowledge she's awkward, what she's doing isn't inappropriate at all.

(and now all of you can LOL DEFENSIVE KELTIE-WIFE at me. I know, I know, I just think the whole genre of spouse-contest reality shows are unpleasant and reward a kind of feminine submissiveness that I find deeply disquieting.)

- Meanwhile, in other news, Ryan surfaced after a long silence to share a picture of his face with a big red kissy-lips on his cheek; was excited that the Space Jam website still exists, untouched, after 15 years (holding it down Geocities style, too, it is AMAZING, and you know what, THE WHOLE INTERNET USED TO LOOK LIKE THAT. ON PURPOSE); and also had conversation with a friend / made a tweet suggesting that he (Ryan) was bitten by a "poisonous" feral cat. Dear Ryan Ross: perhaps your New Year's resolution should be: Avoid further serious injury?
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Since Dec.1:

Noted that science never sleeps; was jealous of the weather in California; had "the sneeze"; shared a picture of his laptop, caption "in the lab"; asked his Twitter team to change their icon as he is trying to put his emo past behind him (oh, Jwalk, that is a losing battle); pictures: snowy Illinois landscape and Marley with a new bone; video of Therapies Son - Rose Red Rose (YouTube), also HELLO GIANT EYEBALL; quoted Dazed and Confused; asked our opinion of a photo for the purpose of an album cover (Internet: That's cute! also, WHAT??); apparently searched Twitter on Wikipedia and determined it (Twitter) was weird; asked if we wanted to see more or less pictures of his animals (Internet: YES!!!); pictures: grimy ancient Winnebago and Marley in the snow; commented that he had just seen the weather in Hawaii; shared a picture of his rubber plant; informed us the last thing he'd googled was "beard tips";

noted he was trying to get an interview with Guy Ripley; noted that Beatles tribute band "Rain" was killing it on the radio; expressed a Christmas wish for world peace; dropped the hiatus bomb; asked the internet to change his Wikipedia picture (oh, that didn't go well, did it, JWalk?); shared the link to his new Facebook page; commented that Miley [Cyrus] is a mess (post salvia-smoking incident); picture of people making gingerbread houses; wished Jon Hogan (seems to be a roots/Americana singer from Texas?) a happy birthday;

noted that we're stuck on the earth but it's not a tragedy (may or may not be his own lyrics); quoted the Burts' Bees advertising slogan; possibly went skiing; told us to "wag more, bark less"; picture of Cassie reading a book; quoted lyrics of the theme song from Craig Ferguson show; appreciated being able to see the moon during the day; quoted Cassie appreciating a Snuggie; told us dinner at his house was likely to involve dog hair in our food (ergh); RT'd Will Noon pretending (?) to invite himself into the recently decimated Paramore; picture of animals waiting for breakfast outside of his bedroom; has written a song about his beard (oh, dear); and finally, Tom Conrad's picture of bb!Panic with the "great entertainment with a view" internal caption in which they all pretty much look miserable and annoyed and not-attractive.

All things considered, this was standard JWalk burbling non-sequitours and posting cute pictures mixed with the occasional piece of minorly explosive news. So, it looks like a solo effort is in the works; now I suppose we wait and see what happens.
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Since Dec. 1:

Asked a friend why "why90srocked" was a trending topic; either wanted to lick someone's heart or overheard someone making the comment; had some hockey-related difficulties, which may have included not being able to practice and may also have included injuring himself (not sure if "so far this friday night isn't going so good for Muscle Bones." (12/4) is a reference to the broken finger); promoted Benjamin Font's audiobook; made an allegory between everything going downhill after 1973 and his own tweets about to do the same now that he had made 1,973 of them; took it back, observing "1985" was a good song by Paul McCartney; was amused by Criss Angel and then bummed out that no-one had called him in 24 hours, and also hungry; discussed food and his broken finger with Samantha Ronson; asked the internet about the origin of 6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon (and made me feel 300 years old in the process);

decided his evil twin was '80s Christian Slater (you WISH, Ryan Ross) and then took some shit from one of his friends for it; teased us with a picture of a red-socked ankle (I suspect it was Greenwald's); participated in that GOD AWFUL ARRRGHHH HATE "fat indie bands" Twitter meme; attended an LA Kings Hockey game; had a good morning and a bad night; shared that sandwiches are his favorite food; asked about Blood Ninja (as previously noted: used to engage strangers on IRC in sexy chat, deliberately cause it to go horribly and hilariously wrong, and then post transcripts); made the comment about "next"-ing people;

admired Agyness Deyn's dog; told Will Noon that suits will make him look like he has his shit together even if he doesn't; "by the leg, to the lair!" and "By the hair, to the lake!" - I just have no idea. Supervillains disposing of their evil misdeeds?; told the Bad Rabbits that he missed them too; and finally RT'd Jason Boesel's comment about prom.

Things he didn't discuss: Jon's hiatus comment and apparent move towards a solo career. (I do wonder if the broken finger plays a role in this somewhat puzzling silence - he is tweeting but not as much as usual.)
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They: Noted the passing of Ari Up (The Slits); announced they were appearing on 90210; were apparently recording in London for a week; shared more Kate Spade pop-up links and also a picture of Z at the Haunted Hayride; Z hurt herself making her Halloween costume and Tennessee was distressed to learn of it over Twitter; Z was the Childlike Empress (Neverending Story; Ryan was Atreyu) for Halloween; shared a link to a picture of someone else dressed as Z for Halloween, including the guitar and also some fan-art, in which they were rendered Sims-style; organized their YouTube channel (i.e. favorited a lot of fan videos of performances); shared a link to something called Club Da Doo Ron Ron (it's in England) and a picture of what might have been Martha Reeves and the Vandellas in a car in Detroit; were excited to jam on each others instruments and said the next record may sound like The Shaggs II; appreciated Keith Richards' book; had two songs in The Next Three Days (movie); appeared on DJ Rossstar's Punk Rock Show; played a Part Time Punks show; and wished us a Happy Thanksgiving with a clip from an Addams Family movie.
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NOTE: I'll edit Ryan and The Like into this post tomorrow!

Andy: Lost his Spinal Tap VHS tape (?!); attended a Republic of Lights record release show, where Suns were also playing (RoL is his old band, Suns are apparently friends) and had a rough day, got a cold and needed soup.

Nick: You know what Nick Murray loves? HALLOWEEN. Also, Halloween and horror movies and videos. Mentioned or linked: Tim Curry in The Worst Witch (YouTube); Halloween Punch (YouTube); Joe Dante's MANT! part 1 (YouTube); The Curse of the Werewolf; 100 kills / final destination 2; Night of the Creeps, Monster Squad, Black Sunday, Night of the Living Dead; and also Footloose (1984) Kevin Bacon dance in the fast food with shalamar (YouTube) in the context of hoping his Halloween would be like that just with more werewolf masks, booze and fog machines, and finally, Oh My God! Dogs in Halloween Costumes. Get Your Puppy Website (YouTube). Also, he wants to bring back late-night horror TV complete with hosts, he bought a fog machine on the grounds he'd re-use it, re-uploaded his most excellent Halloween mix a couple of times, William Castle and Mario Bava gave him insomnia; and thinks Halloween should be a national holiday. Nick Murray is DEDICATED to sp00ky, creepy, slimy and scary motion, you guys. And I totally, totally love him for it.

Also discussed the general decline of Western civilization; that "Social services, dmv, and cubicles, these are not places human beings are meant to spend time in"; looked for cheap/free things to do in LA; had a moment of clarity at very early in the morning; various promotional tweets for the new Black Apples record and some shows; shared the TYV Daytrotter link; supported the movement to save CA's state parks; quoted a reality TV line about needing sleep; shared a link to This Is How Michael Caine Speaks - The Trip - BBC Two (YouTube) and also La Sera - Never Come Around (YouTube);

wanted to be underwater; was unimpressed with The Beatles iTunes debut; encouraged us to opt-out of the new airport scanners; was sick and annoyed by construction; lost his voice and was subjected to Chris Cornell's new record as a result; conducted a Food Experiment and made a magnificent Thanksgiving Cake out of mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, turkey, sweet potatoes and stuffing; and thoroughly enjoyed his birthday (Nov. 29).
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Jon: Was monosyllabic ("cosmic") and/or fragmentary ("limitless undying love") and/or fragmentary and possibly disapproving ("wow" and a link to It's Almost Halloween video on the FBR channel); told us to retire the television, and then there was this MASSIVE BURST OF INFORMATION in which he told us he'd been working on demos for a week, noted his mother's birthday dinner, and announced he was going to New York, all in one tweet. Then he was back to monosyllabic fragments again, wherein he was excited about science; had a pop (soda! it's soda!) while waiting for Conan; had Creed thoughts (AUUUUUUUUUGH NOOOOOOOOOOO); noted that the weather was making his animal family crazy; quoted Billy Madison; shared a picture of his dog; told us only to spend money on things we REALLY need; expressed his appreciation for Christmas music; may have taken the bus to New York (all he said was MEGABUS); shared a picture of breakfast time in a New York diner; shared a picture of all of his pets and called them his songwriting audience; asked who owns and "what do you want for it" and then finished up with a picture of his "home recording studio".

So, let's revisit some of that:

1) demos, which no-one else has mentioned or commented on

2) the visit to New York, home of their label

3) rumblings of personal website

4) home recording studio

and, add to that:

He and Ryan used to do publicity more or less together, but Jon hasn't participated in any publicity for The Young Veins since more or less the end of the last tour, not even to RT the links to the list of missing gear, the Daytrotter session or their video premier; both MTV and their label only tweeted the video links to Ryan and the general band twitter; and he is still not following any of his bandmates (or anyone else.)

Even allowing for a certain amount of LOL TWITTER, all I can say is: HMMMMMMMM.
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Brendon: Had a couple of conversations with Ryan Ross (!) about freaky weekends and funkadelic grooves; worked on some "backgrounds" with Butch Walker; went out for Halloween (in Vegas) as "Guitar Hero" (you are the most ridiculous, Brendon Urie, and I love your stupid face) (side note: the group costume theme seemed to be "heroes"; Shane went as Kick-Ass, Sarah as Storm, and Regan as Lady Gaga, which, that could be an interesting cultural conversation about what qualifies as a "hero"); got the chorus of "Only Girl (In the World)" (Rihanna) stuck in his head (and asked if that was "gay"); asked the Internet for their favorite Sinatra song and recommended The Divine Comedy (band, not Dante);

appreciated some eggs under the guise of a tweet for Jesus (?!); was possibly disappointed by a line about guns in Avatar; recommended What's Up, Tiger Lily (Woody Allen movie); had a 48-hour flu and was stir-crazy; promised us new music soon; shared a picture of his dog taking a sun-bath; asked the internet what the new record should be called; shared a link to a video complilation of 5 ridiculous Sarah Palin moments from her new reality show, as compiled by Gawker; RT'd the link for Shane and Dallon's commercial several times; ate a lot of food for Thanksgiving; noted the passing of Leslie Nielsen; was apologetic about the Argentina show being postponed and vowed to fix it; and RT'd Zack talking about a marijuana documentary.

Spencer: Has no thoughts to share with the internet at this time.
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Panic! at the Disco

Spencer remains a sexy sphinx; Brendon noted his 100,000+ followers (a huge jump from where he was earlier this summer!); may possibly have had to look up "incorrigible" (he didn't quite use it properly in context); seemed to be pleased it was raining; and his best girl beat him at Wii bowling, which he attributed to her wearing bowling shoes while playing. (They are so ridiculous and adorable. ♥Brendon & Sarah♥)

The Like

Went out on their West Coast mini-tour - in addition to various show announcements, there was some wordplay with fans and also Hunter Burgan of AFI (!), a note about listening to the Beach Boys, a comment about being able to fry an egg in the van, and finally a tweet about Annie learning French and Z sleeping while the others drove/DJ'd that later got deleted. They also shared a picture of some fans; asked for shopping advice in Portland; shared three videos from their ICA (London) performance; wished both John Lennon and Alex Greenwald a happy birthday; shared a picture from a Kate Spade party they apparently went to/played at; departed on their mini-European tour; shared a blog post full of pictures from the Paris show; rode in a water taxi in Rotterdam & have video to prove it (Z's expression at the end is really funny); hung out with an elephant in Hamburg; someone's (Z's?) inner 12 yr old was ecstatic to be at at Nickleodeon with slime and later playing a show with Jamiroquai; shared a Kate Spade video; and finally noted the passing of Ari Up (The Slits) with sadness.

NB: There was also tweet with a link to blog post I think from Brussels, that was in French, which they seem to have since deleted. When I read it, the review was positive towards them but - and this is based on a somewhat fractured Google translation - did seem to have a kind of strange, gross undertone of "if you don't like them you must be gay" which may or may not be why they deleted it.

The Young Veins )
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Brendon: Would love to believe in life on Mars, and so maybe he will; also he is looking forward to the Rally to Restore Sanity.

Spencer: Has no thoughts that he wishes to share with the Internets at this time.

The Young Veins:

Jon goes first this week, since he has the most exciting news! I (and the rest of the Internet) am taking that "engaged!" to mean "to be married." Woooo! Congratulations, Mr. Walker. He also noted the 5 year anniversary of A Fever You Can't Sweat Out, though, strangely, not the release of the video for Take a Vacation. Further Twitter-related data points: both MTV Buzzworthy and OneHaven tweeted video-related news solely to Ryan and the band twitter; I have a suspicion that the band twitter is run by Nick Murray.

Ryan on the other hand, made no mention of Fever at all, but did RT the band twitter and MTV's tweets about the video and (as it turned out) his solo appearance on Subterranean. Also noted that having an immortal enemy was way worse than having a mortal enemy; complained about the long lasting effects of Tylenol PM; recommended Who is Harry Nilsson? (movie); noted that the B-52s sang the theme song for Rocko's Modern Life (Nickelodean cartoon, 1993-1996); asked the internet what constituted a "floppy appearance", but didn't specify what it was that was supposed to appear floppy; RT'd a comment from Ponytail Groovin' about them both being from the same part of the wrong side of the tracks (so maybe PG isn't Greenwald?); shared that his iPhone corrects "bonehead" to "vinegars" and was possibly puzzled that it was vinegars, plural;

shared a picture of the beach followed by a RT of CNN's story about LA's record high temperature; was puzzled by the popularity of the martini glass on the grounds that it looks like a plate (what martini glasses have you been drinking out of, Ryan??); bit a baby on the head (the following exchange with a friend suggests baby = puppy, in this case, which may or may not be related to the "floppy appearance" query); wished people only had 140 characters in real life; wasn't sure if he'd rather go to a The Like show or watch a new episode of Tosh.0 (he later showed up in the picture TL shared from the casino); had some beef jerky in Baker; and narrowly missed rescuing Shane Valdes from waiting by the side of the road for a towtruck. The tow truck discussion included a reference to Adventures in Babysitting by Shane and the hook-hand killer urban legend by Ryan.

Andy: Went out Trick or Treating (already?) and asked the internet what curfew was supposed to be while noting that he knew he had to be home by the time the street lights were on.

Nick: Wished another fan a happy birthday; offered to trade a present to whoever could get him into Knott's Scary Farm for free; was possibly mildly annoyed that he's been into alien disclosures lately; saw Pavement and Sonic Youth and remembered why he grew out of Pavement at 17 but felt Sonic Youth's set was too short; rt'd his other band's (Black Apples) appearance in a Pepsi commercial though he had to work the morning it was shot; and finally wanted to beat the heat by sitting in a nice cold air conditioned theater and watching horror movies.

The Like: Took in a Daria (cartoon, MTV, 1997-2002) marathon on the Logo network; Z got her stitches out at her pediatrician's office; various West Coast tour related announcements; shared a link to their interview with Nemone at BBC6; also rt'd the CNN headline about the heatwave; RT'd comic Jordan Rubin's comment about Mad Men, 1980s-style; drove through the Mojave listening to Bowie; Annie got 21 at blackjack her first time in Vegas, ; Wishing He Was Dead appeared in the 9/30 episode of Gray's Anatomy; and finally RT'd two pieces of fan art which were renditions of themselves as The Beatles.


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