Well then there's this, the trailer for the upcoming C.B.G.B.'s movie, which is embarrassing and nauseating, both at the same time. It just looks terrible, even for Hollywood standards, and the subject matter seems kind of redundant. The real story of C.B.G.B.'s has already been done before, just as recently as 2009 in fact, with Burning Down The House: The Story Of C.B.G.B.'s, and that was told by the people who were actually there, not a bunch of ass clowns in wigs acting out some stuff that may or may not have ever happened. I think the tacked on inclusion of the Police at the end of the trailer pretty much says it all. The Police had as much to do with the story of C.B.G.B.'s as John Lennon does, and them being in this movie only highlights the true prerogative of this farce - to sell movie soundtracks on iTunes. I get the whole kitschy, 'Punk is mindless fun' thing, but this is beyond reproach. And I'm not even gonna comment on the whole 'nostalgia for nostalgia's sake' thing this movie plays into either. Whatever. At least the movie got the bathroom right, which is something more than the MOMA people couldn't do.
Since it's such a furor in the Punk Rock world, I gotta say something about this Black Flag BS that's going on. I like how it's suddenly gotten quiet once it was revealed that Mr. Rollins and Mr. Morris signed papers in 2012 claiming they were the sole Owners of the Black Flag name and logo, in an attempt to get the trademark rights to both. Pretty cheesy move if you ask me. And if Chuck Dukowski signed an agreement after he sued for back royalties a long time ago, saying he wouldn't profit from the name or logo or Black Flag likeness, then, I guess, from a legal standpoint, then Mr. Ginn is in the right to sue them. It's a dick move, I'll give you that, but flip the coin and see how you'd feel if Keith Morris and Henry Rollins were giving control of the Black Flag trademark - would you be so supportive and up in arms when Greg Ginn called them out for their dick move. Probably not, because Greg Ginn is a dick and he doesn't pay bands back royalties and he loves cats and blah blah blah, and Henry Rollins is cool because he played that white supremacist on Sons Of Anarchy, and Keith Morris is the cute little Punk Rock Dwarf who's always got something to say about anything and everything. Whatever. Greg Ginn has always marched to the tune of a different drummer. He made a musical career out of being anti-everything and doing things that weren't meant to be popular, or to win him any friends. Why would now be any different? It's sad what's happening to this once illustrious band. Some bands apparently should be left in the grave, never to reform or rise again. Black Flag may be one of those bands.
Ahhhhhh who gives a fuck anyways. There's too much good stuff going on this weekend to care about trivial Interwebz bullshit. I forgot to mention that S.F.T. are playing @ the Double Clown on Sat. with a band called Genius, from South Korea, so come check that out if you're interested in hearing some quirky, alternative music ala the Violent Femmes, and also on Sat., Mersa and IDFI are playing at the Golden Palms with some bands not worth mentioning. Like I said, there's all sorts of cool stuff going on this weekend. It's gonna be fun trying to squeeze it all in.
Rest? What's that? Free time? Yeah right! Oh wait, I already did that rant... fucking Hell! ha ha ha Everything I'm up to as of late is just band practice bullshit, with some practices being fun, and some feeling like going to a job you hate. Regardless, it's what I'm all about as of late, with very little to comment upon or write about. I choose to eschew from the whole farcical debate about the First Friday thing, and the Greg Ginn vs. Black Flag lawsuit is both sad and laughable. I'm all about promoting Gigs though, and there's one going on tomorrow night that's definitely worth checking out. From straight outta Reno comes Melvin Makes Machineguns, a band of malcontents I had the pleasure of making their acquaintance with the last time I was up North. I don't know why they're playing the LVCS, and I don't know a thing about any of the bands playing, nor if it's worth the $12 cover, but if you are going to the gig, get their early to check out Melvin Makes Machineguns. You won't be disappointed.
On Friday, it's back to the LVCS for a gig I'm playing with S.F.T., who are opening up for Green Jelly, they of the 3 Little Pigs song/video from back in the day. It should be interesting, but I'm not sure if I'm sticking around to see them play. Locals IDFI and Last Rites are also opening, so get their early and have some fun, dammit. If you're not at this gig, I'm going to assume that you're at the Mentors / The Fat Dukes Of Fuck extravaganza going down @ the Dive. It should be an amazeballz gig. You will find no bigger fan of the Mentors than I (well, living fan anyways, as Rick Honaker had me beat by a mile), but I just can't see them play without El Duce, either behind the porno encrusted drum kit of his or propped up on a bar stool, a mic in one hand and a beer in the other. I just can't do it, as much as I'd like to. Doesn't mean that you shouldn't be there though, because let's face it - somebody has to keep the illustrious Rape Rock tradition alive, right?
Sat. night it's all about celebrating the 1 year anniversary of Nevermore Productions doing their thang here in Las Vegas, bringing you a wide and varied plethora of different Bands and musical stylings, and 2 bigger and better supporters of the Local music scene you will not find than Danielle and Ryan, and they're recent newlyweds too, so make sure to congratulate them the next time you see them for finally making things legal between them... heh Congrats you two! To help with the celebration, they've brought together some bands I've vaguely heard of, I'm assuming Downtown Hipster trash bands, I dunno, but the music isn't the point, but yet it is, because Nevermore Productions, and Danielle and Ryan, are all about the Music, and they do what they can to make the Vegas scene much better than it already is, so come out on Sat. and celebrate the Past, Present and Future, with only bigger and better things to come. Congratulations you two! Cheers!
And on Sunday, for you whiny bitches on Facebook who lament the fact that there aren't house parties anymore, there is a major rager going down at somebody's parents house, with the Metal infused D-Beat sickness of Wartorn, a band coming straight outta Cheeseville, Wisconsin, or someplace like that. They're on tour promoting a new album, Iconic Nightmare, released on Southern Lord Records, home of some heavy, heavy bands, so you know these guys are the real deal, and they're playing a backyard party in Las Vegas on Sunday. How could you be anywhere else that day? Don't worry about being 'the old guy' at the gig, just come out and see some amazeball music being bestowed upon the masses. With Nests, Unfair Fight and Vihan Rytmi, who, I think, haven't played a gig in like a year or so, opening things up, well, hopefully you can see how this little shindig is going to be the stuff of Legend. Seriously, don't miss out on this. You will be kicking yourself in the face if you do.
Everything is updated. I, of course, have to get ready for band practice, so I gotta cut this short. Hopefully today's practice is better than yesterdays. Hopefully.
The Anti-League Bowling event @ the Gold Coast last night was fun! Dark, but fun! They had some midnight bowling thing going on at the same time, so the turnout was pretty good, and the lone bartender was working his ass off trying to sate everyone's thirsty asses and demands, and it was pretty sweet walking into a darkened bowling alley to the strains of Black Flag blaring through the P.A., courtesy of the Bargain DJ Collective, of course. :-) Great job guys. The music was kick ass. According to Facebook, a lot of my Friends were in attendance, but I only saw a few of them, but I wasn't there very long, and I spent the time I was there at the bar drinking. Oh, and I got pulled over on my way over there after band practice. I left MDV to head to the Gold Coast, cruising down Valley View until it hit a dead end. I made a u-turn and got pulled over by a cop with, apparently, nothing better to do, who asked me why I made a u-turn. Uhhhhhmm... because the street was a dead end? I told him, and he then informed me that I was in a well known, high traffic prostitution area. I thanked him for the free information, he ran a warrant check on me, and one he found nothing on me, he sent me on my merry way. Yeah, pretty interesting Thursday night. Don't make u-turns near the Tropicana / Valley View intersection, that's all I'm saying... :-)
Is there some reason why photographers today make their pictures look so craptacularly Photoshopped? LOL I saw some photos from that Punk Rock BBQ gig recently on Facebook, and everyone looked like a bad corpse, complete with unnatural coloring and the look of too much makeup on everyone's face. I think I'm gonna start making all my pictures look like they were colored by crayons. Why bother capturing how things looked exactly, when you can just colorize it like Ted Turner and make it better! Or, you could make them black & white and make them look artistic! ;-)
I got this stupid gig tonight @ the Double Clown, and I'm soooooooo not looking forward to it. It would be nice to see some friendly faces in attendance, but if you can't make it, I understand. I'm gonna be tailgating in the parking lot, because apparently, that's how you get banned from the place, and if I was lucky enough to be banned from the place, then I couldn't play there, and for once, the minority vote would win! hahaha See you there! :-)
Rumors. You know I love them. ;-)
So I'm watching this amazing live footage of the Replacements playing at the 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis in 1981, in their utter divine, drunken prime, and they're just laying waste to a club full of people who could care less about them, who are just killing time, waiting to see Hüsker Dü tear shit up a bit after the band is done. They're playing pretty much everything off of Hey Ma... and Stink, plus a few other songs that were never recorded or released commercially, plus a few of their crappy, well played covers, of course, and I'm just amazed at how fucking good they were, are, whatever. Lightning in a bottle. Bands have a chemistry, and once that chemistry is altered, the band is never the same, for better or worse. I saw the Replacements with Bob Stinson at the helm, and without, and it's like comparing apples and oranges. It wasn't the same beast. It wasn't. It was good, but not great. I mean, they had it all for the taking, and they fucked it all up, by choice, mind you, and that was part of the charm of a band like the Replacements. They were literally the 'Band That Should Of Made It Big.' but didn't. They remained relatively unknown, yet Legendary. One of those bands like the Big Boys or the Germs where, once you saw them, you never forgot them, and it makes me sad to think that the 2 surviving members of the band are getting back together under the Replacements banner to play a trio of lame ass festivals both here and in Canada, riding that wave of Nostalgia that seems to be permeating and corrupting the Punk Rock music scene I love oh so dearly. A 'reunion' tour is soon to follow, I'm sure. Look, I don't give a fuck that you never got to see Black Flag or the Replacements or Infest or whoever. You were born 30 years too late, and that sucks for you, but instead of looking back to the past with your rose tinted glasses, bemoaning the fact that your Music Scene today sucks, and how things were oh so much better 'Back In The Day', why don't you try looking in the Present and finding the Replacements or Black Flag or Infest of today. They are out there ya know, but I doubt you're gonna find a Soundcloud or Bandcamp page for them. No, you're gonna have to get off your ass and find them yourself. It's not gonna be spoon fed to you like everything else today is. It's not gonna fall into your lap like a Candy Crush game invite on Facebook. It won't be a convenient and painless excursion like a trip to Hot Topic for hair dye and a Misfits tee shirt. Nope. If you wanna find it, you're gonna have to work for it. You're gonna get your hands dirty, and you may bleed a little bit, and you might end up with a pretty gnarly scar or two from it, but you know what? It'll be worth it, I promise you. It will be worth it.
Everything's updated. There's loads of stuff going on this weekend, like the D.I. / Guilty By Association gig @ the LVCS on Fri., or the big Punk Rock BBQ thing going down at the Bunkhouse on Sat., with like, every band in the Punk Rock scene in Vegas playing, but what's the point in telling any of you that. You're just gonna sit on Facebook all weekend, feeling snarky and posting smug comments on bland, every day thoughts and observations and opinions no one gives a fuck about, and posting pictures on Instagram to verify your uniqueness and to express yourself artistically, and remembering to hashtag everything because Facebook and Twitter are both lame like that. Whatever. I'd like to think that I'm going to see some of you at the gigs, but I know I'm not going to. You're gonna go on a bicycle ride with your denim vest wearing dooshbag buddies or sit around the tiki bar sipping sugary frooty girl drinks while discussing the latest Game Of Thrones episode, or just staying at Home and watching Netflix because you're tired. Ugh. Sometimes I wonder why I even bother...
Oh yeah. That's right, I forgot. Much like my Hero Rorschach, I do it because I'm compelled. :-) See ya around!
It's Friday. I'm listening to a live feed of the Police and FBI agents storming a neighborhood in search of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, and all I gotta say is that if you believe any of this shit the Govt. and so-called News sources and Media outlets are force feeding you, then I truly feel sorry for you. Sheep. The Al-Queda aspect is being pushed, the troubled teen angle is being played, and, of course, no one will live or be given a chance to tell their side of the story - Christopher Dorner anyone? How's that James Holmes thing working out? Yeah, and while the Sheeple were distracted by the loud noises and bomb explosions and watching the sacrificial lambs do their part, your 4th Amendment rights are on the ropes and about to be taken away? CISPA passed the House and is now on the Senate floor. Do you care? Of course not! let's just get drunk and high and stupid and talk about superficial things like Punk Rock and shitty Black Flag karaoke acts! :-)
Last nights gig @ the Beauty Bar was exceptional! Special Thanx to Blue Tile Lounge Events, Nevermore Productions, and Push Forward Skateboarding for making it all happen. And Thanx to Jarret Keene and Seven magazine for the little write up. Click here to read that. Tons and tons of good Friends and Family in attendance, lots of interesting and engaging Artwork all around the place, there was a metal half pipe that was being raged on all night by some pretty talented and wasted skateboarders, and the bands were more than acceptable - they were exceptional! The Swamp Gospel kicked things off with a spiritual set of Cramps tinged boogie woogie voodoo Punk, which include the handing out of free shots of Spirits mid-set and then the obligatory cover of Strychnine by the Sonics immediately afterwords... heh. I missed Fuzz SoLow, because I was inside checking things out with my girlfriend, and I missed Crazy Chief because they had to cancel, due to some Family emergency, but I've seen 'em both before, and I know that they're good, so no biggie, but I did get back outside to see Unfair Fight just fucking RAGE through a set of Punk Rock goodness that was captivating and a true joy to watch. Dan's performance was exemplary, with him egging the crowd on via in your face interaction and vocal delivery, and Chris just shredding the riffs away on the geetar sounded great. Everyone was buzzing about Liz's bass playing, and Pete was easily the best Drummer of the evening - as always - no offense Lenny. ;-) Unfair Fight were just incredible and they get better each and every time I see them.
My band American Buckshot was up next and we seemed to do OK. I wasn't really paying attention, as I was bashing the ever living fuck out of my drum set while pondering such lofty subjects as Why is there air? and How would you coat the Empire State Building in bananas to deter King Kong? People really liked us, and there was lots of compliments doled out afterwords, so Thanx everyone. It was beyond fun, to say the least. Mersa played after us and I couldn't stick around outside to watch them, as I was soaking wet from just playing and didn't wanna catch my death from cold, so I spent the remainder of the evening at the bar chatting the night away with everyone who bothered to show up. Lots of cool peeps I haven't seen in a while, and Family too, which is always a good thing. Cheers everyone. It was a fantastic night.
Surrounded By Thieves are playing with some really shitty bands tonight @ the Motor City Cafe. I'd say more about what a bunch of asshats the other bands they're playing with are, but I've really got better things to do. Improve your lot in Life Surrounded By Thieves. You can do better than that and remember, discretion is a good thing. Same with you Motor City Cafe. Leave those mediocre bands and the inevitable Drama they bring to East Side Joe's. It thrives in that cesspool and is not wanted in our scene.
Everyone in the facebook world was all aflutter about this whole Flag gig that went down last night @ the Moose Lodge in Redondo Beach, the exact same spot where Black Flag played their first gig. I always thought their first gig was @ Pollywog Park, but no less than an authoritative source as Spin magazine say different, so it must be true. Click here to read their write up on the whole thing. Now, my pessimistic, opposing view of this whole thing is that, if it's a Black Flag karaoke act you're looking for, then Flag is perfect. I'm not into this whole Nostalgia for Nostalgia's sake thing that everyone else is, because not every band can get back together and still kick ass and write great new material that stands up just as well as to their earlier releases. You wanna make me a believer - release some new stuff and quit slaughtering the cash cow. I mean, they had to bring Dez Cadena into the fold just to have more material to play so they could have a full set and get paid. Lame. I'm not even going to mention the fact that Keith and Chuck have been playing these same songs with the rest of the guys in Off! as the backing band under the name No Flag for a couple of years now as well, because that would just take away from the oh-so-good feeling that reunions for cash bring to the ignorant masses. Those bills don't pay themselves ya know! LOL If you don't believe me about this karaoke act aspect I'm pushing, then check out this video from last night of Flag doing My War, a song that only 1 person - the drummer - played on the record for. Nice. You people in Vegas might remember when bands like the Platters or the Coasters would do the same thing here, playing all the hits with only 1 original member in the group... yeah, well, this Flag thing is just the same - and just as sad as well.
The Double Clown has been closed for a week, and I wish it would stay that way. Oh well. There's lots of stuff going on this weekend, including 4/20 related events, like the 3rd Annual World Bong Hit Holding contest going down at SOMEBODY'S house, and the 4/20 Munchie Party with Burning Agrestic and Lambs To Lions and some other bands smoking things up @ the Bunkhouse, and this years munchies will include brownies, pizza rolls and nachos! Oh, and some veggies for the Hippy Hipsters that eat like rabbits. There's also some sick ass Stoner Metal gig going on @ Favorites with The Ultra Electric Galactic, Blakk Heat Shujaa, and some other bands whose names probably sound really witty and insightful when stoned out of your gourd, and, of course, some Record Store Day propaganda, where I will be participating by watching Pet Tigers play with Talib Kweli (who?) @ Zia Records on Eastern, and then afterwords, if my better half is feeling up to it, I'm gonna be at this Pat Todd And The Rank Outsiders gig @ Backstage Bar & Billiards, featuring the return of the Black Jetts, a long and sorely missed musical entity here in the City. And if you don't know who Pat Todd is, just go kill yourself now. If kick ass Rock N Roll is not your thing, then you could always go to Scarlet @ Artifice, or the Highland Games, and be like all the other hipster homo's walking around in a kilt, or you could even see that ol' Chickenshit Conformist Hypocrite himself, Jello Biafra, with his farcical band Jello Biafra And The Guantanamo School Of Medicine, a reference to something that wasn't funny or interesting then and is still neither now. He'll be playing all those Dead Kennedys hits that he swore up and down in numerous interviews that he would never do, because he believed he was such a creative musical force that he didn't need to resort to that to get people to come see him play live. Yeah, glad to see Mr. Integrity is true to his word, and all after coming off of performing at Coachella this year too. Way to play by the rules and conform like all the other sheeple Mr. Biafra. I used to admire and revere you. Now I just pity you and aspire to be everything you're not with my Integrity intact. Cheers you old queen. Cheers.
Everything is updated. Damn I've written a lot. I don't have the luxury of writing as much as I'd like to, but it's always fun when I can sneak the time in. Did I tell you about the 3D6 Music Review I did? Click here to read that. Did you see the photos of Lenguas Largas that I posted? Click here to see those if you haven't already. I took them @ Hellpop! Comics when the band played there like a month ago. Timely I know. Oh, I also posted the photos I took of Nü Sensae that I took that night as well. Click here to check those out. I love all the Drama going on with the Arts Factory and the Bar & Bistro closure. Seems like that owner of B & B and the owner of Yayo Taco share that same 'I'm being persecuted' complex. Whatever. That place sucked anyways. Uhhhmmmm... I corrected the Jimi Hendrix review for his latest release People, Hell And Angels, and you can click here to read that. I'm sure there's more to tell you about, but I'm tired. I was up all night. I need a nap. See ya at the gigs! :-)
Free time? What's that? LOL
In between incessant girls demanding that I watch their videos the instant they post them, or the constant Skyping, or people popping in to see and hear what I'm working on, or band practice, which, although I'm taking it easy with that because of my leg, is still a bit of a drain, with all that going on, I really don't have time for shit! Although I'm only in 4 active bands at this moment, they're all in a spirit of Creativity right now, which has me both brain drained and physically wiped out. Then I spend hours and hours on end mixing and remixing stuff I record at these band practices, trying to get the best sound I can out of what I'm given to work with, staring at the florescent green glow of the Adobe Audition workspace until my eyes bleed and I'm tone deaf from hours of listening to the same thing over and over and over again. Then I have to break them up into MP3's and post and share them with the bands so that we can work on and expound upon these ideas and bring them to fruition. And then the cycle starts anew. I try to sneak in a gig or a hang sesh with Friends and whatnot when I can, but that's waaaaay too far and in between happenings to be comfortable for me. Whew! Not that I'm complaining, mind you, but it's just that with all this going on, the website kind of suffers by being relegated to the bottom of the totem pole of Importance. I'm not sure if that's a good thing or not.I think I need a vacation. Hawaii or Seattle? Hmmmmmmmm...
I bought a bag of oranges from some Mexican street vendor last week, and I've been eating them non stop ever since. Best oranges I've eaten in a long ass time. :-)
Hey! Neon Reverb is in town, and I could give a fuck less. Fredward is playing the kickoff thing tonight @ the Bunkhouse with Silver Snakes and the Marquees, so if you're in the mood for some Downtown carousing, then stop by and see what's up. Those 2 tracks the band does on that Cash For Clay compilation are cool. If you haven't heard that collection of Local musical greatness, then please click here and grab yourself a copy post haste. Tomorrow night your new favorite band the Pluralses are playing with a band called Lenguas Largas @ Hellpop! comics, and if I'm feeling up to it after band practice, I may just stop by. Friday night Fuzz SoLow is playing the Clydesdales CD release party @ the Bunkhouse, Brendan from Deadhand's beardcore project Mercy Music is having his CD release party @ the Beauty Bar on Sat., playing with Old Man Markley (ugh), and Sun. Milk Music is headlining a 2 stage blow out going down @ the Beauty Bar on Sunday. And that's about it for Neon Reverb. The rest of it can go fuck off.
But it isn't like there's nothing else going on this weekend that isn't Neon Reverb related. Nope! There's plenty going on, and it's a varied grab bag of stuff to do. Tomorrow night is the Shotguns & Gasoline CD release party @ the LVCS with Shotguns & Gasoline and the Quitters, that should be pretty cool. Fri. there's a killer gig @ the Double Clown with the Fat Dukes Of Fuck and the Seriouslys, who, just like Fredward, have a couple of great songs on that Cash For Clay compilation I was talking about earlier. Have you bought it yet? If you haven't, shame on you! Then on Sat. Slow Children , from Riverside, CA. is playing with Unfair Fight and the Randoms, who I'm pretty sure are not THEE Randoms who sang the classic Dangerhouse single Let's Get Rid Of New York, but you never know. ;-) It doesn't matter because I'm going to be there regardless, and so should you. If you're not, you should go see the return of S.F.T., who are playing with Three Chord Radio, who feature Cody from The People's Whiskey, @ Favorites. So you see, there's lots of stuff going on this weekend musically, so choose wisely and get off your ass and have some fun! :-)
Just when you think that dooshbag Stephen O'Hara couldn't get any "stupieder", he goes and pulls some dumb shit like this. Apparently he likes talking shit to people when they're down and out, and when he's obviously out of his mind. I'm still waiting to run into him somewhere and ask him about his little comments he made about me when I was bed ridden. I saw his ex band mate Homeless Mike this past weekend, both at the Ditch Dust BBQ and at the J.F.A. gig, and that little bitch boy kept his head down and acted like he didn't see me anywhere we were at. Funny. I applaud Clay for going public with his dismissal of this loser, because just like the cancer operation he just went through, you gotta cut that shit out before it spreads and takes over. Believe me, I know. I cut people out of my Life all the fucking time, because the Drama and Stress is just not worth it. Clay doesn't deserve to be dealing with this shit right now, but Stephen deserves to get anything and everything that's coming to him. And believe me, that retribution is going to come... and soon.
Speaking of drunken acts of buffoonery, the High Rollers weekend is upon us, with everyone putting on their Fred Perry's and Harrington's and turning into an instant working class Skinhead - Oi! Oi! LOL Don we now our ghey apparel... ha ha ha There's plenty of events happening around the downtown area, like scooter rally's and rides, and 60's Soul dance parties with loads of DJ's, and a few bands playing, like The Champions, from San Francisco, who my friends up there say should not be missed, and a Jam cover band called All Mod Cons that I think I saw at one of the other scooter rally's before. Hmmmmm.... Interesting.
Yayo Taco is closing. They can't pay a $700 fine, which doesn't say much for the success of their business. The LVRJ is saying the fine is paid, but the restaurant needs to be brought up to health code standards, which the Owner is refusing to do, because of some self implied persecution complex from the Clark County Health Dept. He says he doesn't have to, the County says he does. Whatever. There's a benefit gig going down there tonight, featuring Holding On To Sound, Caravels, and some other hand picked jewels of the All Ages scene, so if you're in the area, drop off a couple of bucks and help raise some dough to help pay for... something? All the info on the gig can be found here.
First Friday tonight. Godhunter / Demon Lung gig tonight @ Favorites. The Champions @ the Bunkhouse. Mustard Plug and Los Kung Fu Monkeys @ the Hard Rock Cafe. F.S.P. @ the Double Clown. Holding On To Sound @ Yayo Taco. The People's Whiskey doing an unplugged set @ the Huntridge Tavern. All that is going down tonight, so there's no excuse to stay in. Saturday night it's all about Scarlet @ Artifice with their Bauhaus inspired night. Sunday is Crazy Chief @ Backstage Bar & Billiards. Plus Wranglers games going on against San Francisco and Colorado @ the Orleans all weekend. Yup! Definitely time for some shenanigans. ;-) Everything is updated. The photos of the White Kaps @ Favorites are posted, and you can see them by clicking here. The pictures of J.F.A. are posted as well, and you can click here to check those out. I also did a Music Review for the new Anti-Flag / Hostage Calm split 7", and you can click here to read that. It's amazing what you can get done when you have the time...
I got this a few days ago, and I can't stop laughing about the absurdity of the wording. I know press releases are nothing but hot air and hype, but whoever wrote this one is a fucking Shakespeare! LOL
This year, we are very excited to announce our initial lineup for the 15th Annual Punk Rock Bowling and Music Festival which will feature one of the first full performances of none other than the godfathers of west coast punk rock themselves! Taking their cue from the black flag of anarchy, let us present Flag. Long may they wave. Featuring original members Keith Morris (vocals), Chuck Dukowski (bass), Bill Stevenson (drums 1981-1985) along with SST label mate and Descendents guitarist Stephen Egerton (guitar) performing the music of Black Flag. Morris (whose post-Black Flag career includes fronting the Circle Jerks and, most recently, hardcore revivalists Off!), Dukowski (who, after exiting Black Flag in 1983, founded SWA, Würm, United Gang Members, October Faction, and, his current outfit, the Chuck Dukowski Sextet), Stevenson, and Egerton decided to extend the legacy, working up a repertoire of 30 classic Black Flag songs with an eye toward future live performances.
hee hee hee That "black flag of anarchy" line is forever going to crack me up. Anyways, again, for those of you who think you're finally going to see Black Flag play live, I love to burst your bubble by telling you that you're not. What you're gonna see is a band called Flag, who are a Black Flag cover band, and they're headlining Punk Rock Posing this year. You all should be so proud! ;-) But don't worry! If you can't make it out to the fleecing, just wait until the fleecing comes to you! They're gonna play other gigs in other places. You think they'd learn 30 Black Flag songs if they weren't? ;-)
And since they were mentioned in the press release, why isn't Off! playing? Are they not Punk enough? They're basically Black Flag part 2, right? And why isn't Greg Ginn's new band (with skateboarder Mike Vallely on vocals) Good For You playing? I'm sure they're going to try to sound very Black Flag like, and they got a new album coming out next month. And why isn't the Chuck Dukowski Sextet playing? They're basically My War era Black Flag with a chick on vocals. Well, I guess the answer is that nobody gives a shit about the present; only content to roll in the nostalgia of the past like pigs in shit. How sad. All these new bands carrying on the Black Flag legacy, and they couldn't get booked to play Punk Rock Posing if their life depended on it, but yet Old Man Markley and shitty bands like that play every year. Pathetic.
Speaking of pathetic, you can come out to Favorite's tomorrow night and watch a band I play in, American Buckshot, play mop up to a bunch of other bands, including Agent Orange and Surrounded By Thieves. According to Dean, loads of people are going to hang around after the headliners are done performing, and I, of course, say that we're going to be playing to an empty room, so come on out if you can and see which one of us is right! LOL And on Sat. the Vegascendents are playing some private party somewhere with open bar and free food. This could be interesting... ;-) Everything is updated. Have a great weekend.
Just when you think it couldn't be as bad as you imagined it could be, then the proof comes out and it's even worse than you imagined. A Black Flag cover band is the main draw for Punk Rock Posing this year, and people are losing their minds over this? Really? I guess those people didn't see the exact same line up of karaoke stars stumble and plod their way through a few songs at the Goldenvoice 30th Anniversary show a few years ago. Here's some video footage in case you didn't see it. Watch how all the bright flashing lights make up for the fact that there's NOTHING going on on the stage, in the audience, nowhere.
Yeah, so let's assume that the band learns every song that Keith actually sang on while in Black Flag (side 1 of the Everything Went Black album and the Nervous Breakdown single), and, like he does in every band he's in, Keith sings a few classic early Punk Rock songs from the L.A. era (something from the Weirdos or the Dils), and he tells his stories about how much he loves Jeffrey Lee Pierce and The Gun Club, well, let's see, that's about a half hours worth of stage time. Perfect to play a set for the Punk Rock sheeple to line up and pay to be fleeced. And no matter how hard you believe in it, I hate to break it to you, but you're not seeing Black Flag. Sucks to be you, I know. And Bad Religion? What a fucking joke. They haven't been relevant since Against The Grain. Same with The Bouncing Souls. Their last records have sucked so badly it's almost embarrassing to admit to ever liking them at one time. Sub/Hum/Ans? The Damned? OK, good choices, but they might cancel out like other bands from across the pond have done every year in the past. And the rest of the announced bands? Extremely lame. The Lower Class Brats are playing here next week @ LVCS, and I have no idea why they're playing that venue. Are they that big of a draw? Seriously? And D.R.I. just played here a few months ago - same with the $wingin' Utter$ - and I'm sorry to say, but neither one of those shows were very well attended. I have no idea why that is. I guess the secret of putting on an event like this is getting together a bunch of bands who don't draw well on their own and putting them on display in a cattle pen for everyone to stand and stare at. Whatever. Some people like seeing bands up close and intimate, and other people like seeing bands in a Cockstar environment only when it's the 'cool' thing to do. Enjoy your Punk Rock Posing sheeple. I'm planning on staying as far away as possible from that thing. :-)
If you wanna get a real dose of what Punk Rock is supposed to be about, in both Music and Attitude, then come out tonight to the Artifice and check out Unfair Fight and The Fat Dukes Of Fuck. Yeah, I know the gripes about Artifice, and I'm not gonna rebut a single one of them, but when you got a lot of Friends there, hanging out, having fun, then you can really make it into a good time, which is exactly what's going to go down tonight. See ya there!
It's Tuesday morning, I'm catching up on emails that I'm like a few months behind in answering, and I'm checking out the video of the Queen concert that went down this past weekend in Russia somewhere. The band had Adam Lambert, some homo that's apparently only famous for being gay and being on American Idol I think, standing in for Freddie and the bands performance is just terrible. Everything is played too slow, the 2 founding members Brian and Roger who took place in this farce look terrible, and yeah, it just sucks. That dude Adam Lambert can sing, but he sounds more like Tim Finn from Split Enz than the fabulous Mr. Mercury. Ugh. Oh well. Sometimes it's just sad to see a band you adore look so out of place. The smell of Desperation is deep. 14:58 and counting...
My last post included a new video from The Dirty Panties, and today I have a new video from Demon Lung to talk about! :-) I shared that Dirty Panties video on the onethirtyeight.org Facebook page, and was surprised that I got those 2 negative comments about it. Oh well. I dunno how people will react to this video after seeing it, but it should be interesting, because this video is twisted! ha ha ha It's from the just released album called Pareidolia by Demon Lung, and it's for a song called Lament Code. I have no idea what the song is about, but it sounds slow and heavy ala later day Corrosion Of Conformity or even Type O Negative, I dunno. The video for the song is just nightmarish, and a great job of using CGI effects and cool puppetry to create one amazing looking video that I'm almost sure was not too expensive to make, although it sure does look like it. Kudos on a job well done on this one Demon Lung. You've certainly set the bar very high for the next Local band who does a video, that's for sure. :-)
Speaking of videos, the Gashers are going to premier their new video Panic, from their upcoming Squid Hat Records release called Law Is Not Order, next Tuesday @ 11 am on Facebook, and you can click here to go to the Events Page for it and get yourself in the loop. I'm told I won't be disappointed. I doubt that I shall be. ;-)
Hey! Did you see the piece that Jarret Keene did on Battle Born in last weeks Seven magazine? Click here to read it if you haven't already. It's a pretty good piece on a hard working band that definitely deserves it. And like it says at the end of that write up, there is a little bit of a 4th of July shindig going down there on Weds., and you're all invited. BBQ, Beer, Bands, and they're gonna be filming a promo video too, so get your ass down there and have some fun and get drunk and blow stuff up. The view of the strip from there is pretty sweet, so you can watch those fireworks too if you're sober enough to remember to... heh heh heh
hahaha OK, just one last thing from the emails before I go. Apparently, a few weeks ago the L.A. Times posted a fluff piece by some dooshbags about the 20 Greatest L.A. Punk Rock Albums of All Time (click here to read it for yourself), and their choices were more than a bit baffling, to say the least, and just as a point of reference, I jotted down their Top 20 list and then made one of my own, and here's what I came up with. Took me all of 10 minutes to do so. I think my choices are pretty good. Of course, I'm nothing but a Homophobic, Bitter Old Poseur, so take anything I say with a huge grain of salt, because what do I know, right? ;-)
So yeah, if you ignore the fact that the L.A. Times list has bands from Orange County on their list, and a few compilations from bands that were comprised of singles and live tracks, and a couple that weren't even albums, then I guess it's a good list! LOL Honorable mentions go to Slayer - Reign In Blood, Red Kross - Born Innocent, 45 Grave - Sleep In Safety, Cryptic Slaughter - Convicted, Minutemen - Double Nickels On The Dime, Christian Death - Only Theater Of Pain and everything the Screamers never recorded. :-) I can't wait to do another list for the Top 20 L.A. Punk Rock Singles of All Time - now THAT would be fun!! :-)
Everything is updated - the Peter Murphy gig is happening at the LVCS and not the Beauty Bar as I falsely reported last Friday, all sorts of shit is getting added all the time, so keep coming back. And if I don't post anything tomorrow, I'll wish you all a Happy 4th of July now! Try not to blow any appendages off it at all possible! ;-)