...randomness surrounding Guided by Voices, Robert Pollard, and other great indie rock bands; a quasi objective look at "my" sporting teams; the random horror film; plus other crap as we see fit...all with a Pittsburgh based feel.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Sheriff Shanahan

Pacioretty gets 3 games. Letang, meanwhile, is heading back to Pittsburgh for "further evaluation." So much for that "having our entire team healthy" thingy. It was fun while it lasted for 4 games.


Empties Crushed concurs.

Some circles have poked fun at Shanahan and his demeanor in these videos.  And that's cool.  But we kinda like the new system and "Department of Player Safety."  He may not always get it right, but at least he's explaining the thought process.  And that's better than Colin Campbell's goonish response, which was always:

"What do you know?! You never played HOCKEY."

Stillers win, but are lame in doing so.

What a shitfest of a game.  Can't believe I passed up the season finale of The Walking Dead for this.  I hate Sunday Night Football.  Steelers were a play away from losing to the worst NFL team ever.  If Dwayne Bowe had arms, they might have.

Pens stun Habs

taken from Pensblog (awesome)

Kris Letang gets his head taken off and nose smashed by a completely legal head crunch from Max Pacioretty. He returns for the OT to get the game winner. Stud. Too bad he can never win the Norris Trophy since Niklas Lidstrom still exists.


young Sidney Crosby hater...

Nick Foligno wants to make out with your goalie

Not sure who's more irrelevant, Nick Foligno or the Senators. Pens got back to kicking ass on Friday, taking down the Sens 6-3. #87 had 3 assists without even trying. Staal's a beast. Malkin's a beast. Gonchar was there. Konopka dropped a turd on the ice. Foligno accidentally tripped over Fleury 9 times. Sid elbows Foligno.

That's some brutal shit right there. So Brian Murray chirped, and slobbered, and whined...

A lot of hot air there mixed in with the spit, but to summarize: "Refs sucked and we're gonna dress Neil and Carkner next time because I hate Crosby." How do you know when nobody cares? When you have to beg a hoard of reporters to ask you a question.

ESPN utilizes the ear muffs, bleeps the "FCKYA"

harking back on Sid's first game back, ESPN is concerned about your kid's sensitive ears eyes.

FCKYA! Think I actually heard some folk criticizing the Sid for this verbal reaction, one that is pretty common for him.

We made it to our first game of the year last Wednesday, and unfortunately, there weren't enough FCKYA's in Sid's 2nd game of the year. Puffy Ken Hitchcock (the original "Sid dives" whiner guy) has his new Blues team playing pretty good pucks. Our Pens lost and we were sad. So we boozed.

Harbaugh vs. Harbaugh

catching up on the last week...

This must've been an exhilarating NFL game on Thanksgiving night.  We didn't see it, but word on the streets:

Douche beat Dick by a final score of 16-6. Ray Ray probably danced and forced some shit in front of the cameras.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Monday, November 21, 2011


You said it man. Nobody f**ks with the Jesus.

All is right in the world again. Sid's back.

Your captain returns tonight, kids.

The Pens insist there was no set date for 87's return, and it was simply a matter of doctor's clearance. We want to think this is the big F.U. to that dick Garth Snow. Yeah...remember last spring when the Islanders and their fans thought they were relevant for a couple of days?

One of the best teams in the NHL just got the best player in the world back. Meanwhile, the Isles are back in their normal position in the standings...the bottom of the barrel. This is an organization that wanted to celebrate their fight filled / cheap shot affair with Pens last spring, which kinda supports the league-wide theory that they are a joke.  A peak at the Isles current roster shows that some of the neanderthals that took part in the thuggery aren't even around anymore.  Zenon Konopka was exiled to Ottawa.  Michael Haley is flipping burgers at Wendy's.  And Trevor Gillies was deemed worthless and subsequently waived last month.   But with a dildo like Snow at the helm, nothing would surprise.  The Isles may have some other animals laying in the weeds.  Let's hope Bylsma dresses Steve MacIntyre tonight just in case.

Just read over at Pensblog that Zibby Michalek is back tonight, too?!?!

Our first fully healthy roster since the beginning of time?!?!?!?

The NHL's collective bum just puckered.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

3 Points!! (John Terry stunned)

I love my Glen Johnson. A HUGE 3 points at Stamford Bridge. No...it's doesn't mean we'll win a title. But if you said in August that beating Arsenal and Chelsea on the road would help secure a Champions League spot, you probably weren't factoring in home draws to Norwich and Swansea. The latter sucks. But beating Chelsea today in the 87th minute was a glorious triumph.

Roman Abramovich doesn't own Chelsea. King Kenny does. 9-0-3 career record for the King against those wanker Blues.

btw: Andy Carroll was a waste of 35 million lbs. But at least it's still a net gain of 15 million from the more expensive waste of Fernando Torres.

Next Week: MAN SHITTY comes to Anfield for another 11am-er on Sunday FSC. Man U supporters are welcome.

Saturday, November 19, 2011


from those crazy kids over at Pensblog...

GENO!!!! LET'S GO PENS!!!!!!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Guided By Voices – Khyber 08/07/1993 Siltbreeze Show « Freedom Has No Bounds

Guided By Voices – Khyber 08/07/1993 Siltbreeze Show « Freedom Has No Bounds

thanks to our pal Pete over on the facebooks for forwarding this to me. And bigger thanks to Freedom Has No Bounds for posting, as well as providing the video you see below. Audio files can be found on their blog HERE.


a further search on Freedom Has No Bounds (scroll down) reveals a 1991 Beat Happening show at Maxwells. We need to add FHNB to the ole blog roll pronto.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

More stuff we missed bloggin this summer...

during our little vacation...

We did not miss out on the double record, though, which rocks.  Empties Crushed is proud to say we submitted some of the live video you see in that clip.

Monday, November 14, 2011

We don't see the problem...

Miller is WAY outside of his protective crease area. He's playing the puck. The hit isn't malicious, it's not high to the head, it's body on body. Lucic doesn't leave his feet. It probably would've caused more damage had Lucic tried to avoid the hit, and ended up having a knee-on-knee type of collision. For chrissakes, the dude is wearing a sumo suit!!!

I know Miller is embarrassed, because he looks pretty silly as he swings around with his stick flailing, and emo hair looking all sloppy and floppy. And it's unfortunate Buffalo doesn't have anyone to stand up to Lucic. But this appears to be a little bit of a whineberg moment for Miller.

Dry your eyes, and quit with the talk of a concussion. Our bet: now that Lucic has been dismissed by Sheriff Shanahan without a suspension, Miller will be back in net for the Sabs next game, and there will be no more concussion talk. He's fine...just some wounded pride from Mr Emo.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Steelers "Scoreboard Guy" angers John Harbaugh...

...calls Ravens QB Joe Montana a little girl. Can't believe our "scoreboard guy" would do such a thing. John Harbaugh is known worldwide (outside of Baltimore) as the whiniest bitch-boy in the NFL. But in this case, we agree with him. "Scoreboard Guy" needs to choose his placement of Lynyrd Skynyrd tunes more wisely. We don't know what he was thinking. What a jerk.

read HERE.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Built to Spill - Benefit Braddock

Awesomely swell times in Braddock last night. Seated show...no booze. But it was fun. Got second row, thanks to our new pal Liz. "Stab" was played. "Stop the Show." "Carry the Zero" ended the night with a slew of other nuggets in between. Some dude behind us kept yelling for the cover of "Cortez the Killer", but to no avail. Friendly and excited crowd, with an equally enthused Doug Martsch, who stuck around afterwards shaking hands and handing out setlists. We're not huge Atlas Sound fans, but there's no denying the talent of Bradford Cox, and I can see what the hub bub is about.

visuals from us...

You Were Wrooooooooooooooong!!!!!!



more pics HERE from your truly.

Friday, November 11, 2011

That's Doo Doo!! (Built to Spill in Braddock tonight kids!)

check out the dude in the aqua blue "Staff" tee at the 1:05 mark. Rock on!!

3-night "Benefit Braddock" thingy got under way last night at the Carnegie Library in Braddock with Andrew Bird and Kurt Vile. Tonight it's Atlas Sound (Bradford Cox from Deerhunter) and Built to Spill. We love our Built to Spills!!


Appears all 3 nights are sold out. Tomorrow it's the Hold Steady and Titus Andronicus.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

We still hate the Flyers, buuuuuuut...

we loudly applaud the delay tactics they deployed against the Bolt last night...

Teams that play this garbage trap are a joke. PLAY THE GAME TAMPA BAY...NOT GAMES!

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

OK Guys, Letestu is out. Who's gonna take his place?

Is the answer Jesus?

No, but better. Sid.

Test Tube has been traded to C-bus for a 4th Rounder. Being an undrafted free agent signing in 2007, I'd say that's a solid ROI. Especially considering Testy was a healthy scratch the few occasions when we had a healthy enough roster this year. The emergence of crazy Joe Vitale obviously made this easier. In Ray we trust.

Kinda wished Testy woulda slugged Soupcan after the latter went down too easily and early.

I liked Test Tube. Solid face off guy, and chipped in some goals last year. A fond farewell, and best wishes to him in the future. He'll be easily forgotten though once #87 gets back on the ice, which sounds like it could be as early as Friday against Dallas. Gentlemen...start your boners.

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Empties Crushed is officially done with Joe Pa and Penn State

Sad, sick, and embarrassed. Pretty much sums up the feelings from this life long Penn State fan. No blind support here. This will be the second team we've disowned in the last 5 years, and the reasons surrounding this dismissal are brutally different than the last one.

Anyone want or need a 1993 Ki-Jana Carter jersey? I'd burn it, but Carter had nothing to do with this. We'll burn the flag instead. Lots of room has suddenly opened up in the man cave.

As soon as we talk to our EC banner gfx dude, that old dick will be removed.

Monday, November 07, 2011

Stillers lose. Ho-hum.

John Harbaugh makes history by becoming the first coach ever to win 2 Super Bowls by Week 9. What a douche. Steelers 3rd down D sucked balls, and that was pretty much the story. Joe Montana completed 27 of 28 3rd down conversions and drove 170 yards on the final drive of the game. End of story.

Still doesn't mean we can't make fun of our rivals.

From the official box score, the stat line for Ray Lewis reads:

1 forced pregame on-cam diatribe
1 moronic dance
2 tackles

What a turd. Ray Ray was also heard post game giving himself credit for Torrey Smith's game winning TD grab and telling his team to "be in a positions to win the game, man."

Smith was having a rough game, getting called for a holding penalty on Ray Rice's opening play TD scamper, and then dropping a bunch of passes from Montana.

Smith then caught the game winning TD, and was happy his "team kept face in him."

the 3 Stars for the game:
  1. Joe Montana
  2. Terrell Suggs' upper gums
  3. Ray Lewis.  Just ask him.

Position Yoself!

Last note:

Can the NFL hire Brendan Shanahan to do his little videos over what constitutes helmet-to-helmet contact? Ryan Clark gets penalized for his hit on Dixon, while Ray Ray gets nothing for the same thing on Hines Ward. We suspect Clark will get fined, and Ray Ray will get nothing. Just sayin.

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Top 5 Human Beings Ever

Probably top 2...

MARIO!!!!! At the current injury rate, Mario will be lacing up the skates by Xmas, and then injured by New Years.

Saturday, November 05, 2011

CAPSIZED! has arrived!

Uncle Bob's 36th record of 2011. First spin is a WINNER!!! Leave the Knife Curtis!!!

nice little proper review over at The Fire Note. much more proper than we could ever do here. BUY at Rockathon.

Friday, November 04, 2011

This Jug's For You!

Ben Lovejoy = broken wrist. The "Hockey Gods" can bite me. I'm an atheist.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Let's Play Hockey?

First Pens game since forever (5 days) tonight. First one we've been able to watch live in 9 days due to weddings and stuff. let's go Pens!!!!

WTF? Kid on the right looks like a bad ass.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

GBV - "Doughnut For a Snowman"

more NEW stuff!! thanks again to gbvh, my #1 source for all things ILB. PLAY:

Guided By Voices - Doughnut For A Snowman by FIRE RECORDS

This 7" is being released on Fire Records, and can be pre-ordered thru Rockathon. Contains 4 non-LP B-sides (four!!!), and will ship November 28 (per Rockathon).  $6.

The previously discussed "The Unsinkable Fats Domino" 7" from Matador can also be pre-ordered via Rockathon HERE.  $6.  Release date is November 22.

A 3rd 7" will be made available from GBV Inc, called "Chocolate Boy", also available from Rockathon, and it appears they will ship in December (pre-order HERE). This one has a non-LP Tobin Sprout tune as the B-side.

And finally...the LP!! Shipping from Rockathon on New Years Day. Pre-order Let's Go Eat the Factory HERE.