Ya know, for someone who's as big of an asshole as I am, I sure did get a lot of cool Christmas presents this year. What's up with that? LOL Thanks to everyone for everything I was given - it was seriously and truly appreciated. Major Hugs & Kisses to you all.
It's funny that everywhere I go as of late people keep asking me if I really liked the Seriously's or if I was just being nice. Apparently, some people don't know me all that well, because one, I'm not a nice guy and two, if I didn't like the band, I wouldn't of said shit about them on here - no mention, no backhanded compliments, nothing. My days of kissing some bands ass just to get something out of them are looooooong over. I saw the band, I liked them, I wrote what I did, and that's that. You all will have the opportunity to check them out yourselves at the next gig the Seriously's play, whenever that is, and then you can either agree with what I said or come up with your own assessment. I believe you will like what you hear.
Speaking of checking out bands, this Thursday @ the LVCS, another Benefit gig for the poor kids of Africa to get a well dug is happening, and it's featuring Dick Falcon, Last Night's Heroes (hopefully) and the debut of a band called Viva Valhalla, comprised of a bunch of people you may know, like Tony from Thirteen34 / Give 'Em Hell / Swenson Street Hookers, and some other band called the Sonorous Tubes or something like that, and Dave, aka the Pikey, an English bloke who you would know from being a crazy gifted tattoo artist @ Last Chance Tattoo and as someone you see at gigs around town, usually on the arm of Ainjil from Pigasus, who owns his hair and his feet and everything in between. ;^) Anyways, come out and support a great cause and see the debut of a band that's either gonna be really, really good, or a major dud of a disappointment. There will be no middle ground accepted from these guys, promise.
So I'm talking to a budding prostitute friend of mine the other night, right? She's asking me when I was going to update the website, and I told her that I wanted to, but I really didn't have anything to say. I mean, what was I going to write about? Bashing on the idiotic bands that participated in that Vegas Rocks awards ceremony was too easy, and what I thought to be a huge waste of time. Pay to Play awards show? Weak as fuck. Grovelling for acceptance / recognition from a magazine that doesn't give 2 shits about your band or your music scene? Fuck off! All you bands that attended and were involved with that shit should be ashamed of yourselves. Go play another Anti-Bar Fest in the desert and then play a bar afterwords for your real fans, you bunch of hypocrites you, but I digress. Back to the front line. I had nothing to chat up really, but after waking up this evening and checking out my Facebook page, I suddenly was inspired by what I saw posted on there. With a mouth full of vitriol I now proceed.
The Las Vegas Weekly can suck it. Seriously. I have never been a fan of their glossy piece of shit rag, with it's focus more on the 'beautiful people' who queue up to the Clubs like the sheep that they are to dance the night away while hearing a set of mediocrity being put together by some jack off scenester douche bag with his iPod, and kissing the ass of the advertisers who pay waaaayyy too much money to be included in this weeks crap filled issue, and throw into that mix the fact that they give little to no coverage to any scene or gig that's not happening @ the Beauty Bar or the Palms, well it all just adds up to me giving up on that fluff filled magazine years and years and years ago. 1997 I believe it was. :-)
I can't speak of their coverage of anything else with any air of authority, but I can say this with all the conviction I can muster - their Local music scene coverage is a joke. A sad, pathetic, unfunny joke. The stuff they print is usually regurgitated press releases, sometimes verbatim (I know - I get the same press releases they do), and their, ahem, 'Reviews' of stuff that's happening around town is just as see through and watery as a Coors light piss at 4 in the morning. The initiator of all this piss & vinegar comes after reading this 'Review' of the Las Vegas Shake Down written by one Laura Davis, who, I can only assume after reading her write up on the event, is some retarded scenester chick sniffling and snorting with others of her ilk in the bathroom stalls of the Beauty Bar or the Griffin. Click here to read it. Now the article title is a bit misleading, isn't it? She was there for a few hours of 1 day, not at all 3 days of the event. She shows up 5 hours late for the last day of the festival, talks about the first band she sees (Spindrift - who?) by mentioning nothing about the bands performance, she apparently watches the cock rock singer of the next band (Morlocks - again, who?) talk to the crowd before their set and then again, mentions nothing about the bands performance that night, and then goes over to the Beauty Bar where she mentions that it looks like a Double Down crowd in attendance (a very sad thing to say, in my humble opinion) and she then mentions that the Lower Class Brats are 'tearing the place a new one'. Oh 'em GEE!! That last statement sent me over the freaking edge! The Lower Class Brats, on their best of days, couldn't rip any place a new one. Never. And they aren't even fit to carry the sweaty, shit and piss stained tighty whitey Fruit of the Loom underwear that the Rip Offs may or may not wear. The Rip Offs, a real punk band, not a bunch of douche bags mining that whole 'A Clockwork Orange' thing that most of us grew out of when we got our first pubic hairs. Man, there's nothing I hate more than ignorant, lazy journalism. It just make me go 'Grrrrrrrrrrrr'. Laura Davis, Congratulations! You've inspired me to be a much better coughcoughjournalistcoughcough than I already am, and you've allowed me to vent a bit about your shitty writing and the shitty paper you work for. Thank you very much for that. Stay the fuck away from things in which you know nothing about, like anything Punk Rock related. Now both of you go off somewhere in the desert past Sam Boyd Stadium and die please. Thank you.
In the 'Who Cares?' Dept: Fletcher from Pennywise gets tasered and arrested after getting into a fight with the band Alesana (who?) on the Denver stop of the Warped Tour. Click here to read all about it. As someone who has personally gotten into a brawl with Senor Fletcher, all I can say is that the Cops are lucky it only took 5 tasers to take him down. That dude hits hard as fuck. :-)
Anyways, loads of new stuff added, Gig Calendar page updated, the Black Fag / Left Unattended / 1/2 Ast / Dick Falcon Show Review is up and running (click here to read it), the photos of the Zodiac Killers and the Humpers are posted, and everything is chugging along nicely. I'm not sure if I'm gonna keep the website with this look but for now, I'm digging it! hahaha
Page Views: in the thousands. Unique Visitors: In the thousands. Pretty funny Stats for a website that nobody reads... hee hee hee Anyways, just wanted to drop in here to tell you about the Black Fag photos being posted on the Pictures page (click here to see them) and that I did a page for Dick Falcon on the Downloads page. It has them doing their version of Code Blue live @ the LVCS last Friday with plenty of audience sing along. Click here to check that out, with the cool snazzy little MP3 player I did the page with. I also put the Tag Board back up, after Xtal asked me where it was at earlier. I was kind of on the fence about it, but since more than a few people asked for it, I figured what the hey and just put it back up there. Let the Drama and the Stupiedity begin! LOL I'm glad a lot of people were as happy as I was about Wasted Space closing. It was long over due.
Every picture tells a story, don't it? Reviewing all the snap shots I took Fri. of the Black Fag gig had me in stitches, because not one of the photos are clear - they're all blurry, fuzzy and out of focus. That's because I was having too much FUN! Jumping around, headbanging, yelling and screaming along to everything coming through the PA was just too much for me to do AND take pictures at the same time, but I know that Senor Jesse The Super High Tech Photographer got some AMAZING shots (as usual) of Black Fag in action and all I can say is Wowsers. My Blue Moon infused brain remembers them being most excellent, to say the least. Black Fag were sooooooooooo fucking good. Was that DH Peligro on drums for them? I swear to Gawd I think it was. hahaha Whoever it was, his drumming was Top Notch, and definitely put the band over the top with his playing of the songs in a most proper manner. The chick bass player was sick. Cute too. The guitar player was OK, making up for his few mistakes with over the top enthusiasm. It's hard to rock out when you're a big guy wearing a sundress. Believe me I know. Liberace Morris was in fab-u-lous form that evening, looking splendid and orally riffing on anything and everything within his view, and giving it all back as good as he got it, like when he said 'Hey Dick Falcon - This is how it's done', and then the band launched into Jealous Again, which Dick Falcon had played earlier. I'm not sorry to say that Black Fag does it better... heh heh heh. There's just something about hearing classic Black Flag tunes played in a most disturbing homosexual way that just gets me each and every time. I cannot stress enough how much fun this gig was. I saw so many people there that I hadn't seen in years. I mean, the Airbag crew was in attendance, and those guys never come out to ANYTHING en masse, unless it's something really uber-geeky cool, so it was good seeing them all again after all these years. Lots of good friends, both old and new, all the bands (except Left Standing) sounded great, and my recording of 1/2 Ast came out SUH-WEET!! What's with all those new songs they played? When's that new album coming out, dammit? hahahaha Oh what a night! Thanks to all of you for hanging out with me. Drunken silly pictures will be forthcoming.
All that jumping around @ Black Fag had me in traction the next day, and that's partly why I missed Ainjil's little shindig happening @ LVCS (Sorry). I think she's mad at me and I don't blame her. Again, sorry. I heard it was fun though, if that means anything. Anyways, I've got lots of work to catch up on, so I'm gonna hit the ground running. Look for lots of stuff to be added and go live this week. I posted the photos of The Beat @ The Crown Theater (click here to see them), as well as the photos of Dick Falcon @ the LVCS (click here to see those). Anyone know who that guy in the wheelchair was? He was a cool guy. I talked to him for a bit earlier @ the bar. if you see him tell him I says What's Up! :-) Glad to hear all the positive feedback from everyone about the new look for the website. It is very much appreciated. This is the calm before the storm, as the Shakedown is coming up this weekend. The New Bomb Turks and Tex And The Horseheads are NOT playing, but that's OK. The line up of bands that are still playing kills. This shits gonna be Epic people. You do not wanna miss out on this.
If you're in any way, shape or form supporting or participating in that Vegas Rocks Best Of Awards Show, then you are truly, truly, a lame ass. Pay To Play awards shows? Gimme a fucking break. Making the bands buy tickets to an awards show that they're supposedly nominated in is just beyond pathetic. The 2 idiots responsible for that ghey ass lame magazine should just go fuck themselves in the ass while lying to each other about how they used to be cool back in the 1980's. Fucking assholes. What do they know about the Punk Scene here in Vegas, and why do you bands who are nominated in any category give a shit about what that magazine thinks of you. Why would you seek approval from the audience of ghey ass poseurs who read and support that magazine? Weak guys. Really, totally, weaksauce. If only that magazine would close, like Wasted Space just announced they are going to, then the Scene here would be a better place to play and support. Maybe. Anyways, everything's updated. Lots of new old stuff added. Browse around, comment, look, read, listen. Enjoy!
I don't see it yet but it should of happened by now. The slightly New and Improved onethirtyeight.org. I like it! The website is soooooooooo much easier to maintain / work with now, and it's a bit more personal, with the easy to work Photo Galleries and the ability to Search for stuff now, and comment on things more directly. Oh, and having a spell check now is a god send! The inspiration for the overhaul came from 'The Killaaah', aka Kathy, Punk Rock Goddess extraordinaire, when she posted something on Facebook about making a website with this thing called a Weebly, and she included a Link to whatever a Weebly was. So I'm a curious sod, and I clicked on the Link and started mucking about with it and damn, if it wasn't pretty easy to work with. Much easier than the few others I had tried working with, that's for sure! LOL After thinking about it for a second I said 'fuck it' and committed to getting everything transferred over to the new server. I've been jonesing on this project for hours straight now. I'm looking forward to getting anything and everything I can up here, and I have The Killlaaah to thank for it, so Thank You Kathy, for the nudge in the right direction, even if it was a bit inadvertent. The end result is the same - the website looks neato! Thanks Kathy! XOXO
Black Fag, Dick Falcon, 1/2 Ast and Left Unattended this Friday. The Ghost Stories & Monsters Art Show and After Party, featuring Jack Grisham And The Westcoast Dukes and Pigasus, on Saturday. All 3 events happening @ the LVCS. I might as well just sleep there all weekend. It's gonna be a good time. :-)
Black Flag @ The LVCS