Dive into the archives.
- A Rainy Day Full Of Summer Albums.
What a better way to kick off rain in LA, than to listen to pop albums (and some good old Americana)? Sherwood – Qu – iTunes I’ve know the Sherwood guys for years, dating back to working on their first full length when they were on Sidecho. They write some ridiculously catchy songs with gorgeous [...]
- What’s So Great About Bob Dylan?
I honestly don’t get Dylan. He’s supposedly the most heralded songwriter alive, he’s supposedly this iconic standard that has experienced and found success through the entirety of the music industries existence. I have very good friends of mine who think this man is the most amazing singer/songwriter ever. People believe in this guy on an [...]
- Here’s To The Crazy Ones.
You all know it, I think? Maybe you weren’t there for the “Think Different” campaign, maybe you came onboard with the iPod and because Mac’s are cool. Well whatever the case you should either have already read this or you should read it now, or you should read it now because you have already read [...]
- An East Coast Update.
So I’m sipping on some Dunkin’ Donuts coffee, and it’s quite lovely. That’s pretty much going to be the best part of this update, for some of you. I’m sitting in JFK, it’s snowing outside, it looks gorgeous. This is the second time I have been in New York in the past week. I head [...]
- Hey Remember Me? Or, The Least Coast Awaits.
I used to blog here. My name is Randall. How are you? So I have been ridiculously busy in the last few weeks, and there are good reasons for that. I have a ton of work, and I will be over on the East Coast for a couple weeks. Why? Why not! I will be [...]
- The Twenty-Point-Five.
So you know how it is over on Facebook, everyone has this “Things about me” thing going around like that time when your girlfriend got Mono, then all you friends did too (wasn’t that weird?). So, I got this originally from Chad and it was 16 things, and by the time Lindsay sends it to [...]
- Early Zeroes Nostalgia.
This would be another installment of “Maps And Notes” however, this one really only took place in the city I lived in. San Diego, circa 1999-2001. There was a lot of great different music being played around then. Remember this was the peak of Blink 182, so not much else besides Blink, UL, Fenix TX, [...]
- Music You Should Like.
So Friday & Sunday (not, Saturday, because Saturday I drove to AZ and back, well I passenger’d mostly) I was helping my good friend Rohan out on his battle with MySpace and code. MySpace, albeit a great company to work with (yes, I’ve cashed a couple of their checks), can be kind of a mess [...]
- Awesomenents, The Cure For All.
So this weekend I was in and out of an ongoing funk that I would like to attribute to the still ongoing pounding in my head. All weekend I woke up feeling unrested, and chose to blame it on falling asleep weirdly to whatever I fell asleep to. At some point yesterday after complaining about [...]
- MuteMath + Jeremy Larson = Leno.
MuteMath is a simply amazing band. I was fortunate to see them play live a few years back, and it was everything a performance should be. Some bands just get it. These guys made a rather brilliant video that you might be familiar with, then one upped that by recreating it on Kimmel. My good [...]
- Top Secret Project.
I’m starting a project, it’s going to remain secret for the time being, however it needs people involved. If you are at all the creative type, which most of my friends who read the lame-ness that is my blog are, then let me know and be sure you are up for some mystery. We all [...]
- The United Plates Of America.
So a few years back when I was the Creative Director of The Militia Group, I had an intern. Actually I had quite a few interns, but most were local and weren’t there for something like 2-3 months. This particular intern came all the way out to California to live and show up every day [...]
- The Two Oh Nine.
So the first post of a new year I guess. I have one last best of 2008 post to get up, and I’m trying to find a sensical way to let everyone in on the “2008 is dead” playlist I spent a good part of last week creating, but that will be in the future, [...]
- Another Fantasy Football Season.
So this week marks the official start of the Championship Games for the last of my Fantasy teams. The stats this year are in, and I had an incredibly lucky year. I am in 4 Fantasy Football leagues. In the two leagues that have divisions I won both, finished first in one division-less league and [...]
- Comm Arts Webpicks.
One of my good friends is the uber talented brad.com, that’s not his real name, but I call him by it when not introducing him to girls with the classic “Have you met Brad?”. Anyway, Brad designs websites and every other designable thing and we have collaborated quite a few times (but not as many [...]
- Saving Detroit.
I’ve been meaning to post this for a few days. The other day Kyle and I were sitting around talking about our distaste for NASCAR and distaste for the Detroit bailout. Let’s face it, the only people to blame for the Big Three failing are the people in charge, the people who put them in [...]
- And Here I Am.
So life has been crazy, I haven’t blogged in weeks (yet somehow people still come here), and I am finally feeling back on top of things. Here is the wrap-up: I was sick for a good solid 2 weeks, most of it came from breathing pure ash from some of the lovely fires in Southern [...]
- Less Politics, More Free Music.
So we elected an African American, and California has more uneducated and religious voters than I thought (I’m not insulting anyone, the exit polls showed those voting Yes on 8 were in fact both those things). Let’s all relish in the opportunity of being a country that can once again innovate and lead this world. [...]
- Political Applications.
I was on the phone with my good friend Tell today, and it happened to be at the moment that I discovered the Obama 08 iPhone application. I was utterly thrilled, cause you know, Barack knows the internets. After my moment of jubilation, and my pestering Tell about his Obama 08 BlackBerry application (or lack [...]
- House Arrest.
I am currently in my apartment, in Long Beach. That alone is more of an accomplishment than you think. You see I am inside a crime scene, blogging, just for you. I know, I’m a charmer. Sometime during my grueling afternoon of photo editing I missed 15+ squad cars, a fire truck and an ambulance [...]
- Things For Your Eyes.
Earlier Today Chad Pearson sent over a link to this lovely video of Mike Dunn playing at an instore in the FLA. I have raved about how great “The Edge Of America” is before, but I’m gonna do it again. Watch this while you are downloading it from Amazon or iTunes. As a bonus to [...]
- Slam Crunk.
Do you like pop music? Do you like all those Hip Hop songs that make you sing along? Do you like amazing covers that combine the two into one? This is for you. Holiday Parade presents “Slam Crunk”, the newest in a bunch of white guys remixing through guitars and instruments to bring you a [...]
- What Do You Do?
The lovely (and soon to be back in town for a week) Lindsay Strannigan sent me this a few weeks back, it’s hilarious, and has a special inside meaning to Lindsay, Brandon Chamberlain, and myself. You see, they like to think my job is their personal tech support, and usually it has to do with [...]
- The Good News.
So I have been absent from this little blog as of late, and rally there is no good excuse why. I’m busy working as usual, but I definitely could have spent some more quality time with good ole rpj.com. So where has my time been spent, you ask? Trying to solve the ever evolving issue [...]
- Maps And Notes I.
It’s been a while since I blogged, because I’m busy with things I will fill you in on later, but I brought out a post that I had stashed away as a draft and never finished. Today I finished it. I was recently listening to a few older records, and started remembering these amazingly vivid [...]
- Million Dollar Cheques.
So my good friend (though soon to be former, if he goes through with this) Chad Pearson decided to go ahead and make himself a lot richer today, on my dime (or 10 million). I sent Chad out a blank cheque to cover any expense with my art for the P Is For Panda “Pandamonium” [...]
- Today Is Officially The Day Of Photos.
So in addition to the earlier post about PGM and one of my photos being used, and the fact that today is the P Is For Panda Pandamonium event which includes 5 photos of mine in super large format (20″x30″), today HITS posted about one of my best friends William Tell, and used a lovely [...]
- PGM On Flavorpill And Filter Events.
Everybody’s favourite person Paul G. Maziar has a few of his events featured on Flavorpill, and one of them features a photo I took of Paul when we were in Mexico training to become Mariachis. He will be reading from his book “What It Is: What It Is” and Filter Magazine is presenting the events, [...]
- Back To Reality.
Well with the end of Summer vacations comes the unsettling return to work. I love work, but you do get a bit used to not having to know what day it is, and not really caring what small California highway you are on, or if there are bears along the way. Of course I tore [...]
Exactly a week from today P is for Panda will be having a little get together in the ATL to officially launch the label side of the Panda (I think this also will be one of the first places you can see the new line of Panda shirts, which I am still slacking on contributing [...]
- Stealing Signs.
So as I was getting prepared to let you all in on my next post, I came across an interview a friend of mine did with a blog I am a huge fan of. Mark Penxa, interviewed by Uni Watch about the “Stealing Signs” project. Mark and I worked together on a few projects back [...]
- Catching Up.
No this isn’t about you and I catching up, this is a rant, be warned. Do you ever get those messages out of the blue on MySpace or Facebook from an old HS (or earlier, or later) friend, whom you truly have some good memories of, and have once over the past 10 years wondered [...]
- Long Weekend Wrap-up.
These are the things that owned my life this past weekend: Happy Hour, The Summer Gin, Superbad Scrabble, Ice Cream Sandwiches, Honey Wheat Pancakes, Realising Every Better Than Ezra Song Is Trying To Be Another Band, PBR, 21-1 Pool Volleyball Games, Beach Boys, Burgers, Fireworks, Cool Runnings, Betting On Olympic Trials, Falling Asleep On Couches, [...]
- U.S. Open Wrap-up.
I found it fitting not to publish this until the Open actually concluded, and seeing as Tiger just wrapped it up on the 19th hole today, this is long overdue: I was able to spend Father’s Day with my very own Father at the U.S. Open. It was a great day of golf, on a [...]
- Wake Up, Mr. West.
Last night I had the absolute privilege to see the best musical performance of my life. I can only describe it as a one man hip hop opera. One man on stage, the band/orchestra in the pit below, and one broken spaceship. Kanye West just constantly impresses me with each and every thing he does, [...]
- A Twist Of The Update Knob.
So I moved my Photography albums over to my .Mac account, and yes this includes my Photography Portfolio. You might be like, “What Photography Portfolio?” And my reply would be, “The one I was cheating on you with.” Anyway, here it is. I also have an iPhone gallery set up where I will upload pictures [...]
- The Not-So-Prodigal Son Returns.
I am home, I flew in this morning, I went to work, I went to a stellar show at the Troubador. We Shot The Moon, William Tell and Everybody Else all put on a rather great show, I only wish I wasn’t the guy leaving before 11 because I haven’t slept a whole lot. I [...]
- All Quiet On The Western Front.
See what I did with the title there? That is some sort of writing instrument, I dunno which, but it’s clever, like me. It’s also mysterious and exhausted, also like me. So the blog has been a little lacking in interesting things lately, that is mostly because my non-blogosphere life has been a little too [...]
A number of years ago in college, the fellow members of our secret society were in a computer lab, doing secret society things, when one of us stumbled upon a CD-R with the words “Y2KHAI” written on them. Since we were in a lab full of Apple’s we popped it in one and one of [...]
- Boston, I Am Yours.
It is official, I will be in the Commonwealth a week from today. You might be like… “Isn’t that kind of a late warning?” Yes, yes it is. I just purchased my tickets yesterday, so I really didn’t feel it was official until then. I fly in on the redeye Thursday night, and have a [...]
- Los Angeles, On A Monday Night?
I usually don’t reserve my blog for things like this, however should anyone in the Los Angeles area be in need of an amazing evening, my good friend William Tell will be playing the Hotel Cafe at 8PM. It will be an amazing time full of pop songs, and people who have way more fun [...]
- Twitter Wars.
So I was thinking about my recent adoption of twitter, along with Chad Pearson’s recent adoption of putting peoples names in his iChat status message, and I realised we could create some sort of uniquely annoying war. We could just randomly post untrue silly things about people (as @ them) and just create an amazingly [...]
- An Open Letter To Dodger Stadium.
Dear Dodger Stadium, You suck. Not because your stadium has 2 escalators in the whole place even though it was built on a hill, not even because you can only enter the stadium exactly where you are sitting, you suck for the fact that I cannot enjoy a game of baseball without almost dying. I [...]
- This Is A No Blog Weekend.
So I’m down in San Diego for the weekend; celebrating my Mother’s birthday (got her an easel, acrylics, watercolours and related supplies), spending time with the niece, moving furniture around, saboteur’ing with some friends. I haven’t been on the internet most of the weekend, and hardly have even seen my computer. So this is me [...]
- Run-On Wednesday.
Here is what I am doing with my life in complete random run-on sentence form for the people who care about what I am doing with my life. I go shopping for yogurt and bread buy way too many things decide that I need to go green and buy reusable bags because they will fit [...]
- Sometimes I Take Pictures.
A few weeks back I spent a Saturday laughing hysterically, breaking into foyers and pointing my camera at a friend of mine. The goal for the day was some new publicity type shots for William Tell. William finally put a few of them up over at his MySpace (which he revamped) along with a new [...]
- Fantasy Baseball 2008.
It’s that time of the year again, baseball is upon us. I love baseball, but it’s hard to be really into every game, every day, every second, that’s why a fantasy league that you set the lineup once a week is perfect. Chad and I did this ESPN league a few years back, and we [...]
- Red Sox Mid-Season Exhibition Games.
Today we (Kyle, Brandon, Josh x3, Yoori and I) took the trek over to Dodger Stadium, which while it’s parking and entrance set up are the best designed public use facilities in Los Angeles (which still doesn’t say much), the rest of the stadium set up is turrrrrible (like Charles Barkley). Apparently someone there thinks [...]
- 132.5 Years Of Free Internet.
So Kyle recently informed me, and then the world (via blogdom) about Charter’s “Internet For Life” auction. You can read his thoughts at his blog, they are not kind to Charter, nor the people bidding. If you dig into the rules about said contest, you find fun tidbits like; if Charter sells their service after [...]
- Thanks, Lindsay.
Lindsay made some post on her blog about her new “Etsy” store, and I being a man, had no idea what this was so I checked it out. I still don’t know what it is, but I am now stuck deciding upon my next table purchase. Normally I would not provide links to something I [...]
- Things Change, Dawson, People Change.
James Van Der Beek has been making strange resurgences in my life lately. A few weeks back it was randomly coming across Varsity Blues on TV, in HD (so we had to watch). Just a few nights ago it was some drunken late night Dawson’s Creek viewing, and debating if we were on Dawson or [...]
- Random Recs 3.22.08
Solea – Finally We Are Nowhere – Texas Is The Reason recorded one of the most perfect albums ever, Garret Klahn can do no wrong. Death Cab For Cutie – I Will Possess Your Heart (Single) – I started listening to this “single” and the vocals didn’t come in till the 4 minute mark, Death [...]
- Remembering, Forgetting Sarah Marshall.
So FSM comes out next month. I’m rather excited, and you may remember my earlier post about FSM, if not head over there to get filled in on what will either be my favourite film of 08, or the end of my crush on Kristen Bell. Recently in the village of Los Angeles the FSM [...]
- I’m Not One For Whiskey, But I’ll Drink It Down Tonight.
That title is a lie, I love Jameson, however the title was amazingly fitting considering today is St. Padraig’s Day. In order to celebrate, I will leave you with this video of a pretty great song which I stole said title from it’s lyrics like a child with no morals. Damion Suomi – Ghost You [...]
- Your Blog Is Boring.
Not yours so much, but Kyle Davidson’s. He used to be an entertaining person, complete with a blog, but then he got boring (like Sam Morgan). He will blame this on things such as; not having a laptop, having a job, Michael Vick being found guilty, being busy traveling. But I call rubbish on it, [...]
- Life, As It Were.
A swirling mass of denim and associated items, digital cameras, way too many energy drinks, Rock Band injuries; that is my life as of late. It isn’t always the adventure it sounds like; which is more than it should be. For every moment when I realise I need time away from something, there is a [...]
Over the weekend I added some various, random, writings that span all the way back to 2002. For those of you not in the know, 2002 was when blogging was invented*, and I was right there changing the world. If you peruse these archives, you will find; early morning drives, Cheetah conservation, vague reminiscing, 11 [...]
- What It Is: What It Is.
My good friend and former roommate Paul G. Maziar once said the following: Paul G. Maziar “Banning AIM is like so ’01.” That however is a different story, for a different day. Paul wrote a book of words called What It Is: What It Is, and the best way to describe it is to write [...]
- Certain Things.
There are certain things for me that will always; render a photographic image in my mind, create a yearning for particular things, begin a private screening of out takes of life events in moving picture form, trigger an onslaught of emotions past. For me these things are typical; for me these things are atypical. Songs, [...]
- Apple Users v. The World.
I’ve been an Apple user for 20+ years, dating back to a Christmas morning in the 80′s where we woke up to a green glow in the living room. It’s been a bumpy road for those years filled with family members becoming Windows users, Apple allowing clone Macs, the ongoing battle trying to convince everyone [...]
- Life Lessons 2.9.08
Excerpts from the lessons we all should have learned much sooner: #27356 Singing “Every Rose Has It’s Thorn” at karaoke when the only words you know are the title of the song, is never a good idea. #81279 Upon the bridge of “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling”, when executing “The Move” (you know the one), [...]
- Starry Nights & Salty Seas Tour.
I recently did some work for my friends in Sherwood for their first headlining tour, dubbed Starry Nights & Salty Seas. The tour goes around the United Stated in vectors and along with Sherwood you can see The Matches or Houston Calls, The Higher and We Shot The Moon. The tour marketing art was based [...]
- Obligatory Super Bowl Post.
So last weekend, Kyle and I were discussing the hated Patriots and how bad of a backup Matt Cassel is. In honour of the Super Bowl, I thought I would share one of the two lists we came up with (The other was backup QB’s who are better than Matt Cassel, and is far too [...]
- Freedoms In Education.
I was always one of those people that went through our public eduction system “spitting and cursing”, so to speak. Granted I had my troubles behaving, and I was a class clown of sorts, but more than either of these I was a rabble-rouser. I very early on found myself wanting to challenge the system [...]
A few months ago I went to one of the West Coast premieres of a film called Helvetica in Laguna Beach. The film was directed by Gary Hustwit and is about, you guessed it, one of the most popular fonts ever, Helvetica. Kyle, Vincent and myself made the journey down to parts of the OC [...]
So I saw Cloverfield last Friday. It was pretty much exactly what I was hoping for. The writing was spectacular, the character development was far deeper than what you normally find in Monster/Horror films, the cinematography was a work of art. I know a lot of people in the theatre I was in wanted it [...]
- Randall Paul Jenkins, Live.
So last night I debuted the “RPJ, Live” portion of this website. I am not yet one for the immediate Twittr phenomenon that is sweeping peoples lives, frankly that scares me, however I figure bringing a few of the things about me I do regularly update on the internet into one nice little page would [...]
- Spring Break 98?
The title of this post was also the cry of our rally last friday night. The evening started out with good enough intentions; celebrations of birthdays and friendships. Somewhere along the way, we were toasting 1998. I believe the facts would have you summing it up to the magic that is The Prospector. Now The [...]
Talk about taking literally, literally. This may be the best case ever of function and form taking there cues from something that was only supposed to be taken figuratively. However it is also the most amazing thing ever, and this alone tempts me to pre-order a MacBook Air. I believe Kyle will be picking up [...]
- Internets, Internets, Internets.
So during the facelift to the blog, I revised some of the behind the scenes stuff to make it easier to find via search engines and the like. Why do I set this post up with that? Because I don’t want you to think I just regularly “google myself” 5 pages deep. So I was [...]
- 826LA East Opening.
So a few weeks back Jordan Percy and I attended the opening gala of 826LA East/Echo Park Time Travel Mart in Echo Park. For those of you not familiar with 826, it is a writing/tutoring center that gives free help to students during the day, and hosts some pretty lovely workshops for the young at [...]
Yesterday marked my second adventure in San Diego Chargers playoff football. The first experience left me quite disheveled, and had they lost this time around I may have banned myself from attendance. Thankfully, Philip “The Fourth” Rivers lived up to his nickname (so what if Kyle and I failed at our many attempts to have [...]
- The Way People, Meet People.
I was reading a fairly interesting write up on “Internet Crush Du Jour” Kristen Sloan (The Winger, Apple’s iPhone Ad), and my mind started spinning a bit on some things. Firstly, what made this girl so captivating? If you are a guy, and a guy who is into Apple, you totally were into her simple [...]
- Weekend Reminiscing.
I spent quite a few hours this weekend with my good friend Chad Pearson who was out here visiting from the ATL. Somehow I have a ton of friends in Atlanta, where did that come from? Chad convinced me to buy way too much vinyl, and then was kind enough to let me purchase some [...]
- California, and it being on fire.
So once again California is on fire. Just on Saturday I was down in San Diego, remembering events from 4 years past (not the fires), and then suddenly Sunday events from 4 years past (the fires) were happening all over again.
- The New Rules
I just got my copy of One Hundred and Forty Five Stories in a Small Box from McSweeney’s today, which is the first of my year long subscription in their book club, a gift from my lovely Mother (thank you Mom). On the sheet of paper that is shrink wrapped to the back of the [...]
- Holidizzle Paradizznatch
This week I got the message loud and clear that the Metropolitan area of Atlanta loves me and has some quality people in it’s environs. Thank you those who called, thank you those who drove in a van to play shows. If you are from Atlanta and missed out on “The ATL loves Randall” week, [...]
- iPod Emergencies.
So last evening my roommate Kyle, whom some of you out there in blogopolis already know, and I decided to make a trip down to South Coast Plaza. As we were walking out the door, I realised I still had my iPod, in it’s lovely G-Star carrying case, attached to me. I decided to go [...]
- P is for A Better World.
So I just got the mail delivered here at work and while none of the books I ordered last week came, one package full of amazing content was delivered. My good friend Chad Pearson recently started a company called “P is for Panda,” and decided to send me a little package of visual splendor. Button [...]
- Brady Quinn Fans Are Violent.
Tonight Kyle and I ventured to the center of Los Angeles, a place some call downtown, for Kat’s birthday party. It was a lovely time, and I offended people by playing Kelly Clarkson and Dashboard Confessional. I was the designated driver, because Kyle was the designated drinker of Newcastle Brown Ale, so I took the [...]
A few weeks back I found the perfect bike. It’s gorgeous, it’s designed, it has front disc brakes (no idea why I would need that), it has no chain, it’s $1200.00. Now that’s a lot for a bike, but this bike HAS NO CHAIN!!! I got over the $1200.00 bike when I realised I would [...]
- This Is What Living Like This Does.
Jordan Percy decided to grace the Greater Los Angeles Metropolitan Area with his presence last evening. We decided on t-shirts and suit jackets, already had reservations for 4 (where was our 4th the whole night anyway?) at Rambutan, had finally convinced Kyle that this Target listed in LA nightlife on multiple internet locations, is this [...]
- The Evolution Of The Internets.
So many of my friends and enemies who follow my weblog may, like me, appreciate good design. I like the world well designed, I like architecture, I like form and function, I like thought before action. It is with that in mind that I’m giving you a little taste of why I have that link [...]
- Urban Hiking
So not many of you know about the elite sport of urban hiking. Last night (with no Sherpa to guide us mind you) Kyle, Danielle and myself conquered Mt. Biscuit Co. Lofts. It was a hard climb, but the infamous V2 vodka found on its first peak (read: balcony 1 of 4) made it a [...]
- Lynchburg College is holding the first ever Randall Fest.
So apparently those attending Lynchburg College are graced with the first ever Randall Fest. This is the first occurrence of an entire show of bands whom are not only Randall approved, but I even had the pure joy of being able to work with them on their layouts. Cartel, Holiday Parade and The Dangerous Summer… [...]
- Not To Break Tradition.
…but “today, a tradition.” Summing it all up with one thing, it was a year of things. Not so much things to eliminate (though there are plenty), but things to remember, things to cherish, things to pretend only existed in alternate dimensions. My life consisted of flights across the Pacific with the most modern of [...]
- Insert This Before It Should Be Inserted.
Driving the five, and I’m learning how to smile. I’m not sure when it was I forgot how, but it is evident, it has been a while. I’m proudly displaying far too much of an affliction for a band that is far too popular for this kind of event. It says so much, it always [...]
- Why Won’t They Just Let Me Buy One?
I would like to save the world’s population of Cheetah’s. However I don’t want to do it your way. I want to do it one Cheetah at a time. Since those people who were graced with the natural presence of the Cheetah blew it and killed them all, why should we give them more? Why [...]
- I Woke Up This Morning.
Which is a fine start. It is very clear to me that Long Beach is the new Seattle, which was the new London. And this makes alot more sense being the new London. I am here, and she may very well be in London again. She’s always leaving this place I tried to meet her [...]
- Neon Signs And 5 Lane Exits.
So after a week-ending, because it included part of the week, of roadtrips and concerts it puts quite a nice spin on the world. You never really know how resourceful you can be until it hits you in a parking lot, and yes jumper cables are so much more valuable to me. We all seem [...]
- Who Would Honestly Build A City In A Desert?
It’s all so surreal though, the situation, how we met. Every conversation we have there in my memory as if I only dreamed it. Maybe I am just piecing together all the great moments before the fall from all my past situations. It’s just a compilation, a really good compilation. So she calls, and she [...]