Long story short - I'm out! Yaaaaaaayy!
Tonight! Go and see the Batusis, featuring Sylvain Sylvain and Cheetah Chrome, playing tonight @ Roxie's 1st Annual Bitchin' Halloween party. Local support is being provided by 1/2 Ast and the Vermin. It's $7 to get in, but absolutely Free if you come dressed up in Mad Max attire, which is the theme for this years party. It sounds like it's going to be a great time. If I had a car I would soooooooooo be there.
Don't forget about the Resistant Culture gig happening @ Yayo Taco tonight as well. Local support is coming from Life's Torment, Blatant, and Eyesore, a new band featuring Senor Adrian, who is an Airbag veterano and ex Third World War roadie. ;-) I think it's their debut performance, but I'm not sure. Every crusty, wanna-be squatter fuck rich kid slumming in Las Vegas will be in attendance tonight, and I'm sure the smell inside the place will be almost as bad as it was at that Star Fucking Hipsters gig a while back. Bring a clothes pin for your nose and you'll be fine. Avoid the inevitable Drama at all costs. :-)
Lots of stuff going on this weekend, maybe a bit too much, but it's all up on the Gig Calendar page. Plan accordingly. I'm off to celebrate my freedom by watching the sun rise from outside of the CCDC, something I didn't think I'd be doing 24 hours ago.
Oh man, I hate when shit like this happens. Gregory Isaacs passed away yesterday. To say it came as a bit of a shock is an understatement. The King of Lover's Rock. The Cool Ruler. The Lonely Lover. And now he's gone. Fuck. He was scheduled to play Oct. 8 @ the Hard Rock, but cancelled. Now I know why - the lung cancer he died from. Man, Life is Fragile, isn't it? All Respect due to Gregory Isaacs. Your journey is over. Jah bless. May you find your way home to Zion.
Ari-Up from the Slits passed away a few days ago as well, but I didn't really care too much about that, because the Slits have always, always sucked, figuratively and literally, in my book. How do you think they got that opening slot on that Clash Tour? It sure wasn't because of their musical talent, that's for sure! hee hee hee
Busy weekend. Fri. I dragged my tired ass out to see S.F.T. play on the hallowed Holy grounds of the Sanctuary, which is apparently a church of some sorts. It was my first time seeing the band play, and I really dug what I was hearing from them. True 'Hardcore" punk rock played really well, with snarling guitar riffs, scaling bass runs and fast and furious punk rock drumming, all lead by a singer who apologized for the band being as sober as they were! LOL As good as the band was, it didn't beat what was the highlight of the night was, and that was the opening band. Comprised of a bunch of 15 and 16 year old kids playing through little 20 watt practice amps and a tiny ass drum set, they pretty much nailed it perfectly when they came off the stage and walked out the back door and announced for all to hear 'Dude, we sucked!'. hahahahaha It was brutally honest and a perfect summation of the bands set. How could you not love that?
Sat. night was the dual debut performance of Aluminum Falcon and Last Night's Heroes, opening up for Betting On Tomorrow and the Sex Slaves, who apparently thought it was cool to have spinner rims covering their amplifier speakers. Don't ask. Last Night's Heroes were the best thing about the evening, with their set full of songs that were only Punk in the broadest, most general of terms, but still played a fanfuckingtastic set of mid-tempo tunes that had me standing there in my Storm Trooper costume rocking along to every note played. Jeremy standing right next to me in his Jabba The Hut costume must of made us quite the eye catching pair standing front and center during Last Night's Heroes set. They were really good, and I'm looking forward to seeing a whole lot more of them in the future. Bands like them keep me optimistic on the future of the LVMS.
Yeah, my new band Aluminum Falcon played as well, and for some reason we thought it would be a great idea to perform our debut gig in full regalia Star Wars costumes, as if we needed something else to make the task before us more difficult. What seemed like a good idea at the time turned out to be an almost an epic fail when things like singing and playing and jumping around in costumes was taken into account, not to mention the absolute horror of trying to breathe in one of those things. I myself almost passed out twice behind the kit, but kept the damn costume on for the entire duration. Yaaaayyy me! I can't say the same about one of my other band mates though... coughcoughJeremycoughcough. :-) Anyways, I had a blast, people seemed to like us, whether it was because of the tunes or the costumes I don't know, but I do know this - we will NOT be playing every gig in costume, that's for sure! hahaha The pictures Jesse 'The Super Photographer" Nabers took that night looked amazing, as usual. Can't wait to see the rest of them.
59-14. Against the Broncos. It could not have been any sweeter, nor could it have happened against a more deserving team. :-) Raider Nation Por Vida! In Hockey Land, I'm still of the belief that Niemi is a cocksucker who gives up soft rebounds and sloppy shots and who won't be a Shark next year. I think his signing was a mistake. Nittymaki is much better suited to Team Teal. 7 points in 7 games gives us 82 for the season, much worse than last year, and no where near what's needed to make the playoffs. I am not optimistic.
In conclusion, I got Court tomorrow, and I don't think I'm walking out of there. When your own Lawyer tells you to bring your toothbrush, it can't be good, right? LOL Ahhhhh... I'm forever optimistic, but just in case, if you don't hear from me by Weds. afternoon, well, see ya next year! hahaahhaaa Happy Halloween everyone!
FUCK! All this legal fanagling (Urban Dictionary: Fanagling. 1. To Fanagle or the act of fanagling would be to pull an extreme hustle, to change the winds of Fate into your favor.) I've been doing this week has been keeping me busy. Looking for a costume for tonight's gig hasn't been helping either. Discarded ideas: Teletubbies (I know, RIGHT?), the guys from the Hangover, and comic book heroes. I was gonna be Rorschach, of course! ;-) I probably shouldn't of eaten those mushrooms either, but that's another story. All of this means is that I've been too busy to properly keep up on things here on the website. I haven't even had time to promote my own damn gig happening tonight! LOL Let's get that out of the way then, shall we?
Come out and have FUN!!
Yeah, in case you missed it on the way in, my new band Aluminum Falcon, is playing our debut gig @ the LVCS tonight with Betting On Tomorrow, who are good, and Last Night's Heroes, who are also making their debut tonight at the gig! How cool is that? Liz, bass player extraordinaire, and all around amazing girl, is playing bass for Last Night's Heroes, so come out to the gig tonight and witness the future of the Las Vegas Music Scene. In a perfect world, both bands will have massive drug habits, loads of sexually transmitted diseases, and lots of fans and friends who will document their ascent and descent in the music world within the next 6 months... hee hee hee
Speaking of drug habits and sexually transmitted diseases, Grandpa Spooky is back in town! hahahaaha Just kidding... or am I? ;-) But seriously, there's no Mexican Ghoul I love more than that man, and no matter the circumstances, it's good to have him back among his friends who love nothing better than to make fun of his ass... hee hee hee
Speaking of ghouls, tonight's the Zombie Walk! It's starting @ the Luxor, and I'm not sure if it's gonna make it downtown or not like it was last year, but if it does, all of you Zombies are more than welcome to come upstairs into the LVCS for a nice warm serving of blood and, of course, brains, served chilled or slightly warmed up, to simulate the body's natural temperature. And no filler here buddy - all brains served tonight are 100% fresh human brains, with not a hint of formaldehyde in them, nope. We take pride in the freshness of our human brains. Stop on by tonight and get yourself some. I'll be the dork in the nerdy movie character costume, with 3 others of the same ilk. ;-) See ya there. Everything is sort-of updated, new Pictures of 400 Blows added, and Zeke too, for all of you who were clamoring to see those. Enjoy!
Yesterday was not a good day to be a Bay area sports fan. After watching the Raiders lose to the 49er's (UGH!!) and reading about the Sharks losing to Atlanta the night before (WTF??), I decided to give up on sports for the moment and focus on Punk Rock, ignoring the throbbing, misshapen thing that used to be my knee, and popping a few more Lori's to get me through the rest of the day. Wasn't the rain yesterday awesome?? <3
So yeah, Sat. nights gig @ the LVCS was THE BEST!! Zeke just fucked shit up left and right, spraying out an onslaught that was just terrifying in it's musical brutality and stunning in it's delivery, with every song being played in rapid fire succession with no room to breathe in between. It was truly astonishing to witness, and if you weren't there, then, nevermind. You're an idiot and not worth the effort. I missed 1/2 Ast but got there in time to see Pigasus blow the doors off the place, which was pretty cool. They were playing FAST!! WTF?? hahahaha And I got to check out the 7 Outs, who were pretty good. Dirk & Turbo from the Vermin are in the band, as well as some Singer who apparently doesn't pay taxes or something... heh heh They also had the Happiest Bassist In The World playing for them. He was cool to watch. And with their really old school punk rock sound (they reminded me of Chelsea or the Damned, for some reason) I'm looking forward to seeing what becomes of them and what they do musically. Check them out if you haven't already - they're pretty good. Mind blowing night @ the LVCS, much needed and deeply appreciated. Thank you Roxie! XOXO Glad to see so many of my friends in attendance. It's always good when we gather on Fremont Street to partake in some yummy Punk Rock goodness. And how sick is that zip line ride running down Fremont St. going to be, huh? Yeah, can't wait to ride that sucka...
Before I made the trek down to Fremont St., Jeremy and I were at that Roller derby thing that was happening @ the Riviera. Pretty cool stuff. Watching crazy chicks on roller skates constantly turning left while wearing tights is always a fun way to spend the evening. For those of you keeping score, the Tommy Gun Terrors beat the Hoover Damned by a really large margin. They were given quite a good spanking, well, at least in my mind anyways. ;-) Rollerderby has sure come a long way. I don't know if that's a good thing or not. It was also Jeremy's Birthday that night, with lots of booze imbibed and a good time had by all, especially on the ride home... hahahaha Happy belated Birthday Jeremy, my heterosexual Life partner. XOXO
I'm not even gonna talk about how much I hate that the 49er's got their first win of the season against the Raiders. Fucking shit balls. :-( If we had a quarterback, or we could learn how to tackle people, we would be dangerous. And I don't know what's going on with the Sharks. I am soooooooo not a Niemi fan yet.
Since I have no car as of this moment, I'm pretty much housebound right now. Practice sessions for the upcoming Aluminum Falcon debut gig this Sat. @ LVCS has me focused, vigilant and determined to play one Hell of a set for all 3 people who will be there! LOL The songs are really good though. Reminds me a lot of Pulley, or Strung Out... I dunno. You tell me when you hear it. We've been working our asses off getting the music good, and I'm thinking people are gonna dig it. Hopefully. Anyways, as usual, everything is updated. All the Pictures from this year are up and in the new format. I'm happy that's over with. Now on to something else just as banal!
Sex Slaves... YUMMY!! hahahaha
hahahahahaha I've been so busy concentrating on other things not website related that I've been majorly slacking off on doing stuff to it! LOL First off, go to this show tonight - the band Valient Thorr must be sort of good, because they have ads for their current Tour in all the skateboarding magazines that I subscribe to, and we all know that those can always be trusted, right? ;-)
You gotta love a band whose members all wear denim vests, right? ;-)
And then Saturday, oh em gee, on Saturday, Vegas is going to get rocked the fuck out when the all mighty Zeke hit the LVCS stage. Do I need to remind you of what an efficient, deadly, killing machine the band Zeke is? Hope not. Needles to say, if you aren't at this gig on Sat., you might as well just cut your nuts off or cut your tits off and hang your head in shame, and bemoan the fact that you missed the chance to see one of the Devil's most astounding creations, in it's natural element, right in your own backyard. Attendance is mandatory, and by the way, how awesome is the Local support for the gig. Pretty sick. Get there early.
A night filled with pure Punk Rock N Roll Debauchery guaranteed.
Saturday is Roy from the Black Jetts birthday, and him and his band of handsome musical banditos are going to be celebrating the birth of the Man and his Pork Chops by playing a gig @ the Double Down. Should be a pretty fun filled time. Bring the birthday boy some cloves. I hear he likes them. ;-) Happy Birthday Roy! XOXOXO I'd be there myself to wish you a Happy B-Day, but, you know, it's the Double Down, and Zeke is playing, and, uhhmmmmm... yeah... hahaha See you at the gigs this weekend.
hahahahaha Man, what with all the excitement of the Nails gig @ Yayo Taco, the place across the street from me catching fire and being revealed to be a marijuana grow house, and the fuel pump going out on my car (again), and with my new band Aluminum Falcon having their first gig Oct. 23 @ LVCS with Betting On Tomorrow, Last Night's Heroes (Miss La-La Liz's new band) and some lame-o's called the Sex Slaves (don't even ask), I've been slacking on my sports watching, with pretty much NHL Opening Day 2010 going by without a peep, and I don't like that, so I decided to do some Monday morning quarterbacking today, especially after catching the last quarter of that Raiders / Chargers game yesterday. To wake up so late in the afternoon and have my team still in the hunt was both shocking and exciting. We had a chance to win, and win we did with the Defense finally coming through for us (as best they could anyways) and with Campbell, of all people, leading the team up and down the field, putting points on the board after runs of 55, 97 and 73 yards. Special teams were great on blocking those punts in the 1st quarter, and that roughing the kicker pass in the 2nd was complete bullshit! UGH! It was a see-saw battle towards the end there, but once Branch scooped up that fumble and ran it in for the touchdown near the end of the 4th, I started the celebration, which consisted of me talking shit to all my Family and Friends both here and back home who are Chargers fans, rubbing it in that the 13 game losing streak was broken. Yeah, I was doubtful, I admit it, but man, I love when my team does the unexpected and proves me wrong. Looking forward to the 49ers game next week! We gonna be partying at the Amoroso Villa Bay Area style! hahahaha
The Bay Area - my Obsession. The San Jose Sharks - another Obsession! Yeah, NHL season is finally here (Praise El Duce!) and my team is doing OK so far. I'm still not sold on Niemi as our goaltender, but what the fuck. We came out of Germany with 3 points, and that's not bad. 4 would of been nice, but I'll take the 3. Norton wearing the C has him shooting more, and Heatley and Marleau are still the best friends he's got, but sometimes we looked good out there, and sometimes we looked scared. It's early in the season, and as always, I remain forever optimistic. I'm not saying that the Sharks will be in contention for the Cup towards the end of the season, but hey - anything's possible, right? ;-)
Go to the Young Livers / Holding On To Sound / Lydia Vance / TheCore gig tonight @ the Bunkhouse. For the Local bands alone it's worth the price of admission. If anyone would like to give me a ride there and back, it would be greatly appreciated... wink wink!
So as I'm just waking up Saturday night and sitting at my desk, trying to figure out what I'm gonna do about my car being broke, I hear a shitload of sirens pulling up to what sounds like it's right in front of my house. Since there's a really nice lady who lives right across the street from me, I hurriedly walk outside to encounter this: The house across the street from me was on fire.
Yeah, pretty crazy right. While I'm standing there snapping pictures, I see some Po-Po's pulling in, and that's never a good thing at the scene of a fire. That means they found something in there that they shouldn't of, something criminal, and when I saw the false wall in the garage I was thinking meth lab, but instead, it was just a weed growing room.
A grow house, right across the street from me! If that don't beat all! LOL It was on the Channel 3 11 o'clock news later on that night, where they reported it as an electrical fire, which led to the discovery of a grow room. They also said they had a good idea who lived there which was good, because I sure didn't! ;-)
After they took a shitload of pictures (and told me I couldn't take pictures, for some strange reason), the Police called in some crime scene clean up crew to take all the stuff out, ripping like 25 or so plants out of this house, took all the grow room equipment apart and broke it and piled it up on the sidewalk, weighed the weed in cardboard boxes, took all the broken grow room equipment away, boarded up the house and left. Another win on the War on Drugs I guess.
The guy who owned the house came back at like 3 in the morning, looked at what happened and left. I can't imagine what was going through his head when he saw all this, but all I can say is, I hope he's got a good Lawyer! hahahaha And this is how I spent my Saturday evening, instead of going to Youth Brigade, instead of going to Raw Power, and instead of going to San-D and J-Sin of the Peccadilloes wedding. FML and curse my car for having a defective fuel pump. Again.
Seriously - how sick was that Nails gig last night? That band was fucking mind blowing, face melting, life affirming, and any other superlative infused adjective sentence that you can think of. Definitely a highlight of the year and if you missed out on it, well, too fucking bad for you. This shit was legendary, and brought everyone and their mother out to the gig. It would of been perfect if it wasn't for the douche bag tuff girl hardcore dancing that was going on. The room just fills up with gheyness when the stupied xHaRdCoReX kids start doing that shit. It's almost embarrassing at this point when it happens. Much like Rockasilly, I can't wait until it just dies and goes away. I don't know the names of any of the bands that were opening the gig, but one of them was some new band with Andres and Cheeze, who used to be in Weirding Way and Vulcans, and was pretty fucking brutal, in a very good way. The bass players pedal or cabinet or both blew up like 3 or 4 songs in, so it was a short but sweet set from them but man, was it fucking good. The night was filled with drama, Drama DRAMA, with both guys and girls getting into fights with each other, and the Ecophagy Records blow up with Crystal, Big Red and some other chick was pretty fun to be in the middle of. A night full of Drama and none of it had anything to do with me! LOL Such a rarity indeed! Great night @ Yayo Taco. Write up coming soon - Hank, where were you at fucker???
It figures that my car decides to take a shit AGAIN today, on the eve of the Punk Rock Weekend going on @ Area 702 skate park, kicking off tonight with the Agent Orange / 7 Outs gig I was going to go to. I went to band practice instead. Sat. I was going to go to a very Special wedding of 2 very dear friends, but that doesn't look like it's going to happen for me. Sorry. After the wedding I was heading over to the LVCS to catch Raw Power rip shit up, but it looks like I'm missing out on that too. Fucking bad timing or what? The Punk Rock weekend had Angry Samoans and CH3 on Sun., but I wasn't even planning on that. I feel sorry for CH3, because the Angry Samoans suck sooooooooo badly now that it's gotta be an embarrassment to gig with them, like it's an embarrassment to gig with certain Local bands nowadays. Funny how the 2 lamest ones to be on those bills were suddenly gone off of them, if they were ever on them at all. It's over Johnny - it's over. Deal with it.
Yeah, lots of things going on, so take advantage. New bands gigging around, Old bands playing that may never be seen in these parts ever again. This is no time to be stuck at home with a defective fuel pump, so get off your ass and see some live music. There's no better way to spend the weekend.
Check this out - It's for a documentary on the life of Lemmy from
Motörhead, which, of course, is sorely overdue and much needed in musical times like these. Ain't nobody playing in a band right now that's gonna be respected and revered in 30 years like Lemmy is now. Nope. You hear that, Bono? You hear that Jack White? You hear that every other pretentious douchebag playing in your Screamo - Metal Alternative ghey ass bands? Yeah, fuck the whole lot of you. The question that comes to mind after watching this trailer is this: Is it me, or does the trailer suck?Or does the movie suck? Or is it both?
Yeah, I thought so too. So yeah, what's going on? First Friday was ghey as usual, but with the added presence of a bunch of Bikers and Tattoo people in town for their separate conventions / meth runs, things were definitely interesting around the City this weekend. And oh yeah, there was that Record Label thing happening at a casino somewhere too, but I could care less about that. It was streamed for free on Myspace, where I watched it free of the feeling of pretentiousness and snobbery and without the least bit of the feeling of "trying to be different waaaaay too hard" infiltrating my psyche. It all sucked anyways. Everything I heard just bored me to tears, and I couldn't but fail to see what the big fuss about those bands and that event was all about. I listened to it while looking at my new favorite website, Look At This Fucking Hipster, a website full of different pictures of people that I assumed were wandering around the concert hall trying to out cool each other and be more eccentric than anyone else. Lame. After practice on Friday I took N.J. Pete's advice and headed downtown with Jeremy where we went to the Brass Lounge to shake our tushy's with everyone else at this 80's dance party thing. Well, I shook my tushy, and Pete and Jeremy just drank, because they're manly men like that. The bass player from the Killers was the guest DJ, and watching him try to work the iPad thing they were using to play music was laughable, and his crappy set was just boring everyone in the place to tears and having them heading towards the door, showing that he has no musical taste as well as no musical talent whatsoever. Phooey. Watching The Serving Tray get picked up by the bad guy from Die Hard was fun for a bit, but then it got boring, so Jeremy and I headed off to some bars along the way home, which set the precedent that I would continue to follow all weekend, which was basically just me hitting up as many shitty dive bars as I could find, looking to either get blind drunk or thrown in jail or if I'm lucky, maybe both. Didn't happen, but it was fun trying.
It was in my dive bar hopping pursuit and search for Nevada City Tire on Saturday that I ended up at the Red Label Lounge, where I caught DJ Buckshot, aka Dean, on the 1's and the 2's, and by "1's and 2's", I mean his left and right butt cheeks, both of which were firmly planted on a stool at the bar, getting drunk and hanging out with pals. Apparently, anyone can be a DJ nowadays. ;-) While there I ran into Larry from Panic Inc., a man who musically must be part Jamaican, because he's in like 3 bands all at once, and he gave me the latest releases from his label by Die Laughing, Sheep On A Cliff, and Life's Torment, all of which, is just some amazingly sick shit. Just raw, fast, angry, brutal, truly old school punk rock that just makes me wish I still did Music Reviews just so I could heap loads and loads of praises on all 3 of the CD's that I got, because they're all really that good. Check out Panic Inc. on Myspace by clicking here, and check out Die Laughing's Myspace page by clicking here, and check out Life's Torment Myspace page by clicking here, and last but not least, check out Sheep On A Cliff by clicking here to go to their Myspace page. 3 good bands worthy of supporting, regardless if they're Locals or not. You should befriend them all, if you haven't already. And make sure to support Panic Inc. too. They're a real label that actually gets things done, as opposed to all the other Punk "labels" around town... fucking douche bags.
Is it Hockey season yet, because I think I got better things to do than watch my beloved Raiders just go out of their way in finding ways to beat themselves each and every time. We should not of lost to the Cardinals, and we should not of lost to the Texans, plain and simple. And with injuries just killing us left and right, I think it's a pretty sure bet that the Chargers are going to anally rape us next Sunday, no doubt about it. Anyone wanna jam that day? LOL
Happy Birthday to Spaz from Monster Zero. He turns approximately 2300 years old today, which is pretty good for a creature such as him. He doesn't look a day over 1750, tops.
Anyways, there's tons of gigs happening this week, like that Nails gig @ Yayo Taco on Thursday, and, of course, the Punk Rock weekend thing happening @ Area 702. I think a certain shitty band is no longer playing that gig, so I'll probably be there. Plus I think I'm supposed to go to a certain special wedding this week too. I'll have to look into that and see exactly when it is. I hope some Cure songs will be sung... heh heh heh. Everything's updated. See you around!