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Perry Amnesia: Friday Random Filler

Perry Ellis

I forgot my iPod today, so, sadly, I can’t contribute to the Friday Random 10.

Buck up and try to remember the good times.

In consolation, here’s some filler of a goofy Canadian dancing goofily to one of the best songs ever. Enjoy:


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Come se dice “Zombie Jesus Candle” en Espanol?

Perry Ellis

At roughly this time tomorrow, the Sambino, Mrs. Ellis and I will be landing in beautiful Puerto Rico for a week’s stay on the island paradise, where we will dine on mofongo, sip mojitos and nosh on other local delicacies beginning with “M” as we survey a scene that looks exactly like this:


I will also be carrying on the eternal struggle, battling legions of killer golf course zombie iguanas armed only with my wits and introducing young Samuel to the arcane ways of The Brotherhood of the Flying Shark Vikings. Soon he will be ready for the vision quest ceremony: Eating a full serving of lutefisk and keeping it down for five minutes. Skoal!

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Feliz Navidad from the Sambino

Perry Ellis

The Ellis clan would like to wish all three of our faithful readers (and my fellow Arcanasianites) a happy holiday season. We’ll be thinking of you as we bask in sunny Puerto Rico nest week. Adios, amigos!


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Perry Compilationaria: The Official Pax Arcana 2008 Best Albums List

Perry Ellis

It would be hard for any trio of virile, dashing and hip young men such as Pax, the Padre and Perry to be less alike. For example, Father Scott is a bearded clamdigger from the back woods of Maine (which is technically Canada), Pax is a 7’10” albino Viking and I most closely resemble Brad Pitt in every particular.

But one thing we all share (besides being sheer catnip to the ladies, as Mrs. Arcana, Mrs. Ellis and A Playah to be Named Later can attest) is a true passion for music of all stripes and genres.

Witness our trio of “Top 10 Albums of 2008″ posts, which saw entries ranging from Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter III to some unpronounceable release by Icelandic juggernauts Sigur Ros. We’re so catholic in our tastes that two of our “Top 10” lists didn’t even have 10 entries!

So, in the interest of clarity and coherence (and because none of the five companies I need to speak with to write the feature that was due last week are calling me back so I have nothing better to do), I took the liberty of creating an ingeniously complex algorithm to determine the consensus picks for this year in music.


Conor Oberst, “Conor Oberst”

Pax and Father Scott both put this on their lists; though I considered it, and gave it another listen just this morning, ultimately I decided it was meh. Therefore I arbitrarily decree it lands at the bottom of our list.

She & Him, “Volume One”

Even though the Padre was the only one to list this as a fave, I’ve given it a once-over or three since publishing my picks and really, really like it. Sorry for the oversight, Zooey! Tell Frannie I said, “Hey.”

Dr. Dog, “Fate”

I’ve never even heard of this. Is it good?

The Gaslight Anthem, “The ’59 Sound”

Pax and I both liked this, though I’m pretty sure any indie band from Jersey would have made his list, regardless of the merits. It’s pretty good, even if New Jersey resembles a lunar landscape most of the time but especially in the early a.m. hours.

Lil’ Wayne, “Tha Carter III”

I have never heard a single note from this outside of the approximately 30 seconds of video I watched on one of the other guys’ posts, and therefore am unqualified to render judgment. But those two loved it, so here it is.

Frightened Rabbit, “The Midnight Organ Fight”

Color me utterly mystified that this stellar album isn’t taking the nation by storm and topping every list everywhere. It’s awesome. Buy it.

Bon Iver, “For Emma, Forever Ago”

This is the only record all three of us put on our lists, so it’s the clear champion. Even though it’s not as good as “Organ Fight.” Still, though, it is truly excellent. Buy it.


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In about 5 years we’ll have another reader

Perry Ellis

Taking our grand total to just under eight.

Congratulations to Lucy the Dog on the birth of her new puppy, Nola Jane, who weighed a healthy 6 pounds, 6 ounces and thankfully resembles her mother (not a monkey), who’s doing fine too.

Welcome to the club, Lucy, hope you’re fine with 4 hours of sleep per week.



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This is embarrassing

Perry Ellis

You mean to tell me the best James Michael Curley‘s home town can do is a couple of penny-ante liquor license fooraraws, while the governor of Illinois gets taken down by the Feds?

Somebody tell Deval to get on the stick and bribe somebody already. And it wouldn’t hurt to throw in a few curses, either.

Best. Haircut. Ever.

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Perry Bandwagonitis: Top 10 Songs of 2008

Perry Ellis

O.K., I’m a big fat sellout loser: Top 10 lists are stupid and here’s mine. Sosumi. I’ll be over there at the bar with Scott Weiland.

1 – “Constructive Summer,” The Hold Steady
2 – “Head Rolls Off,” Frightened Rabbit*
3 – “The Twist,” Frightened Rabbit*
4 – “Lump Sum,” Bon Iver*
5 – “Re: Stacks,” Bon Iver*
6 – “Magazines,” The Hold Steady”
7 – “The Silence Between Us,” Bob Mould
8 – “Living Well is the Best Revenge,” R.E.M.
9 – “Great Expectations,” The Gaslight Anthem
10 – “Cobwebs,” Ryan Adams & the Cardinals

* These are just about interchangeable, which is a great example of why Top 10 lists are so stupid. Can’t wait for next year!


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