Jan 9 2012

Review of “We Are Enablers” from Sock Monkey Sound!

The Mediocre Fight

Let me just start off by saying we like sock monkeys.  We like them a lot.  We also like where they gather to dish on music and culture “Sock Monkey Sound.”  Apparently they like us too.  Follow this link to read their thoughts on our debut album, We Are Enablers:  Sock Monkey Sound reviews The Mediocre Fight


Jan 5 2012

New Show Announced!

The Mediocre Fight

We’ll be rocking and rolling at Martyr’s Live in Chicago on Friday February 3rd!  Get your tickets at: https://www.martyrslive.com/

Also, the winner of our caption contest was Nick Kanellis.  He provided the caption for our friend below: “Sabertooth Tiger didn’t go extinct from tar pits, just tar”


Dec 15 2011

BEYOND!

Paul

As any of my friends know, I’m a huge nerd.  And as such, I listen to a videogame podcast every week – IGN’s Podcast Beyond.  They play a listener-contributed song each show, and this week we were featured!!!  So first of all, to any of the fine folk who have stumbled on our site from listening to the podcast – BEYOND!

It’s incredibly cool for us to be featured on a podcast, but also incredibly surreal to have the podcast talk about us.  It’s kind of like if I were watching a talk show and someone mentioned they had just listened to our music.  Here’s what one of the hosts, Ryan Clements, had to say:

“This is one of the examples of they send us in a song, and I listen to the song and I say to myself ‘I would go to one of their shows.  I would totally listen.  I would grab a beer, and fries, and listen to Spacecaveman, by The Mediocre Fight.”  That.  Is.  Awesome.

So to Ryan Clements, Greg Miller, and Colin Moriarty, THANK YOU, and BEYOND!

 

For any fellow nerds out there who AREN’T listening to this podcast, shame on you.  Do yourself a favor and subscribe to all of IGN’s podcasts here: http://www.ign.com/index/podcasts.html

And if you want to hear the podcast we were featured on, you can download it from iTunes or this link: http://ps3.ign.com/articles/121/1214954p1.html

Even if you don’t play videogames it’s still a hilarious podcast and should go into your podcast rotation.

 

Also, as you know from last week’s Mediocre Fight, Julian is a huge nerd.  Here’s the text I got from him tonight: “Hahahaha I just listened, that is awesome!!!!!!!!!!! They love you!  I also love how u plugged the blog, which currently features me as a nerd!  EFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF”

 

Again, in case you missed it, Julian is a nerd.  Also also, he’s met the Podcast Beyond crew.  Truf.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Dec 8 2011

Mediocre Fight of the Day: Julian vs Nerdiness

Paul

Well now that we’re done with album stuff for the most part, I’d say it’s time to bring back the Mediocre Fights of the Day!  And today’s fight is another one that’s about someone you probably don’t know.  Don’t like it?  Start your own blog!  I hear “The Mediocre Flight” is available as a blog name, and we’ve already given you some free promotion!

Here’s the subject of today’s Mediocre Fight.

This is Julian.  Julian’s what’s known as in the entertainment biz as “A good looking dude.”

Julian aka Tall Mocha

I can’t name a single female friend of mine who doesn’t want a slice of that action.  Wait, I’ve got a better one… I can’t name a single female friend of mine who does’t want a hot cup of Mocha.  Mmm, mocha.  Brb, now I want coffee.

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Okay I’m back, and let me just say this cup of Peppermint Mocha from the cafe next door is quite delicious!  Okay where was I…. Oh yeah!  So Julian’s a good looking dude.   He’s a funny, charming guy who plays basketball and can actually dance.

Julian's weird, mutant 8 pack

Help us raise money for Hyperabdominalism

Also, he’s got some kind of rare disease where he’s born with extra abdominal muscles.  At least, I can only assume it’s a rare disease because he’s got roughly an 8-10 pack.  Anyways before this gets weird let me continue with my story.

I met Julian in college, which is where I discovered that this guy is one huge nerd.  We used to live in an apartment with 3 other guys, and our rooms had an adjoining bathroom between them.  We used to have weekend-long gaming sessions where we would lock the door to the hallway so we couldn’t be disturbed, and then switch off which room we were playing videogames in.  I think the weekend I saw Julian the happiest was when he moved his TV and gaming system so he could game from his bed.  So yeah, you definitely wouldn’t know it when you first met him but dude’s a nerd.

That’s not why I’m making this Mediocre Fight, though.  Lots of surprising people can turn out to be nerds.  Hell, Mila Kunis plays World of Warcraft.  Don’t believe me?  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mI8WT3lVe80  Yeaaaah, I’d marry her in a heartbeat.

No, the reason I’m making the fight today is because Julian was able to actually shock me with his level of nerdiness.  A few months ago he called me up and said “Hey man, do you want to come with me to go get my Magic cards appraised?”  Yeah, Magic: The Gathering.  Apparently he had been doing research online and had like thousands of dollars worth of cards.  Which surprised the hell out of me, because I actually collected Magic cards too when I was a kid and definitely didn’t have any super rare cards.  In fact, last time I was back home visiting my parents I dug up my card collection.  Which fits nicely in one small little binder, pictured here.

Yeah, that's a Vesuvan Doppleganger. NBD.

 

So I tell him sure, and later that day go meet him so we can head out to a comic shop in the suburbs.  Now, this is about the time I start to realize that his level of nerdiness eclipses mine.  When I get to his apartment, he’s got a color coded sheet of paper in his hand.  Apparently he made an excel spreadsheet with the price of every one of his cards, broken out by the condition of the card.  Giggling, I snapped some photos for proof.

A nerd, armed with a spreadsheet

And that’s when he asked me “Which box do you want to grab?”  Remember that little binderI showed you, which contains all of my cards?  Julian has entire BOXES full of cards.  Again, while giggling, I had to document this.

My God...

After I was able to compose myself, we were off to Niles, IL.  At this point the number of photographs I took tapers off dramatically, because for the rest of the day I was basically stunned.  It takes us a while to find the comic shop because it basically looks like an empty storefront.  Julian starts to become concerned that he’s being lured into a trap and we’ll be jumped as soon as we walk into this sketchy “comic shop,” but we figure they’re probably also nerds and we’d be able to take them.

We walk into the tiny shop in the corner of the strip mall, and immediately stop.  Expecting a tiny shop, we’re faced with a giant warehouse filled with row upon row of tables filled with other nerds playing Magic: The Gathering.   We look at each other, and you can tell that while we both feel unclean, somehow this also feels *right*.  That feeling quickly subsides as our situation starts to sink in.  We’re in the suburbs, in a warehouse/comic shop, where they’re holding a tournament for people playing Magic: The Gathering, while holding boxes full of cards.  For the next 10 minutes while we wait for someone to take a look at Julian’s cards we both just keep repeating in various ways “This is the nerdiest thing I have ever done in my life.”

Shortly the store manager comes and sits down with us.  The guy looks EXACTLY like the Comic Book Store guy from The Simpsons, but he’s sitting right next to me so I couldn’t take pictures of him.  Instead, I took a picture of Julian waiting patiently to talk shop.

Until this point I was able to handle the extreme nerdiness of the day because there was a sense of “Alright, we’re in this together.”  That feeling quickly turned into “I don’t belong here” as soon as Julian and the manager started talking.  Most of their conversation went over my head because everything they were saying sounded like gibberish.  ”Oh yeah, I’m just missing the Crankshaft of Embiggening from my Super Obscure set.  Oh, the Everlasting Virginity?  Yeah man, that was the last card I needed for my set.  Oh weird, what’s this set of Star Wars cards doing in here.”  It was the most surreal thing I have ever witnessed, and I don’t think I can ever look at Julian the same way.

Julian still hasn’t actually sold the cards yet, so now we’re planning a road trip to Seattle to visit a bigger comic shop.  Apparently there’s a bar in the basement, so while Julian nerds out I can drink away the awkwardness.

 

 

As always, if YOU have a mediocre fight you’d like to see contact us any way your little heart desires.  Leave a comment here, tweet us @MediocreFight, find us on Facebook, shoot us an e-mail at The Mediocre Fight, or have a friend who is too nerdy for words.   Although I guess this isn’t too nerdy for words if I just wrote 1000 words on the subject….

 

 


Dec 6 2011

You can never have enough thank-yous

Paul

Wow, I cannot possibly express in words how incredibly thrilled I was after our show on Saturday. We easily had the biggest crowd we’ve played for, and pretty much every person there said this was the best show we’ve played. That is due to the awesome musicians we played with and the great energy of the crowd. Thank, thank, THANK you also much! Also a huge shout out to the other acts that night, who were all incredible – Faraz Choudry, Tiffany Thompson & Jenn Bostic, esh,and Deadbeat Darling. I would gladly play with any of these awesome acts again. and of course, huge thanks to Swizzle Steve and Double Door for organizing such an awesome show. Hopefully we’ll be playing many more just like it.

Now, as you may well know this show was our CD release party, which does indeed mean our CD is officially up for sale! You can buy it now from our Music page for a minimum of $5 (or more if you’re an especially awesome person), and shortly the album will be available from iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, etc.

We’ll have more updates soon, but for now I can’t say enough how thankful we are for our friends, fans, fellow musicians, and most importantly our Kickstarter backers – without whomever none of this would be possible.

We’ve got more shows in the works – check back here soon to find out more!


Dec 6 2011

A HUGE Thank You!

The Mediocre Fight

Thank you so much to everyone who came out to our CD Release Show Saturday night at the Double Door. It was the best crowd we’ve ever had and was truly a pleasure to play for you all. It was also a real treat for us to see so many of our friends in one night; as one person put it, “short of a wedding this is about as good as gets.”

Here’s a picture of us all up on stage taken by Josie Whetstone. Thanks Josie!


Dec 1 2011

We have the CDs!!!

Paul

After many months of hard work and HUGE support from friends like you, we finally have the album in hand!  Here’s a look:

 

The Mediocre Fight - We Are Enablers

We can’t wait to get these in your hands!  Don’t forget, this Saturday, December 3, is our official release party at Double Door Chicago.  We’ll have CDs on hand for those that already bought them, and selling copies for anyone who hasn’t picked one up yet.  Not only that, we’ll be putting on an awesome show with 9 other fantastic musicians.  I’m in one of those “too excited to sleep” moods, can’t wait to play all the new music for you this weekend!

 

 


Dec 1 2011

Woolly Mammoth

Jason

Woolly Mammoth in his Chuck Taylors is too cool for this ice age.


Nov 30 2011

Hipster Moa

Jason

Moa only listens to bootleg concerts from 15th century Maori bands you’ve probably never heard of.


Nov 30 2011

Hipster Tasmanian Wolf

Jason

If it’s not steampunk or old timey, Tasmanian Wolf isn’t interested.