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.
Last night was sooooooooo much fun! :-)
I think the most amusing part was hearing everyone boast about how many times they had saw Peter Murphy before. The aggro people who were acting like they were at a Slayer concert by head banging and fist pumping and trying to start a slam pit were funny too. Or maybe the most amusing part was the chicks shooting the stink eye to anyone and everyone who was better dressed, better looking or in better shape than them, like the catty insecure cunts that they are... LOL I definitely know the most annoying part of the night was hearing people talking about how "I've finally seen Bauhaus!", which is just the sort of nostaligia for nostalgia sakes bullshit that makes me wretch. You idiots didn't see Bauhaus - you saw Peter Murphy doing Bauhaus songs - HUGE difference! The merch booth full of overpriced Bauhaus crap like buttons and stickers and tee shirts was a bit much as well, but regardless, it was a fantastic show full of all the hits you'd expect like Stigmata Martyr, She's Into Parties, In The Flat Field, etc., but it was the more obscure stuff like Kingdom's Coming, Silent Hedges or The Passion Of Lovers that made it great. Yeah, the melodica was busted out for Kick In The Eye, and Bela Lugosi's Dead was only like, 5 minutes long, but mixing the expected with the unexpected is what kept things interesting and never dull. Mr. Murphy looked and sounded great, and the Evil air about him is still as powerful as ever.He played, he howled, he spoke in that spooky baritone voice of his, and the crowd of Idolators and Lovers ate it all up, every single Gothic note of music played, and the 1-2 knock out punch of Telegram Sam and Ziggy Stardust was the perfect ending for the show. I know lots of Dark and Spooky people didn't want to go to the gig because it was supposedly blasphemous for Mr. Murphy to be doing Bauhaus songs with a band of scrubs, but he does it all the time on his solo Tours, so I don't know what the big deal was about him doing it last night. If you didn't make it to the gig, you missed out on a commandeering performance from the Godfather of Goth, and if you did, then you know about what a great time it was, so what am I telling you all this for? LOL Show Review coming soon. Trust me - it'll be worth it! ;-)
Everything's updated. Don't ask me what any of it is, because I'm tired and can't recall any of it right now. Tonight is Anti-League bowling @ the Gold Coast, tomorrow it's Union 13. IDFI, The Quitters, Last Rites and a few other Locals @ Beauty Bar (UGH!), and with all that First Friday bullshit going on, as well as that Downtown Showcase for Shitty Hipster music fest going on tomorrow night as well, I think I'm just gonna stay completely away from that area if at all possible. My girlfriend just woke up and is eating my cereal out of the box. I think I'm done here... ;-)
I'm so glad to hear nothing but great things about that house party gig last night with Unfair Fight and Nomads and some other bands I can't recall right now. No Drama, and lots of people turned out. Good Friends. Good times. That's how it's supposed to be. :-) Oh, and some band full of Wankers and Poofs played last night too, but none of my Friends or acquaintances were stupid or lame enough to go to that farce. Oh wait... yeah they did. How Sad. See what I did there? ;-) And I didn't hear a thing about the Guttermouth show, which is either a good thing or a bad thing. Gotta love this City. No wonder Punk Rock Posing does so well here... heh
Speaking of PRP, they announced the bands playing the sacred Club shows last night, and seeing the line up had me barfing back up my oatmeal this morning. Luckily, oatmeal looks the same before or after throwing it up, so I just mixed it in with what I had left in the bowl and kept eating. Yeah, for those of you who don't see the direction this so-called "Punk" festival is heading in, then you're either ignorant, blind, or stupid, or maybe a combo of all 3. Could someone tell me why Suedehead is playing? An O.C. Pop band? WTF? Or Cashed Out, a Johnny Cash cover band? Seriously? The Untouchables? Really? Fuck off with that poseur one hit wonder shit. And I love Wanda Jackson but seriously, this is supposed to be Punk Rock Posing, not that Viva Rockasilly shit. Is she that desperate for a hipper audience now? Who thought it was a good idea for her to be playing PRP for an audience that, A) doesn't know who she is, and B) could give a shit less? I guess shilling for Jack White will make you do strange and embarrassing things like that. Oh well. And, just like last year, the Beardcore is getting their own special night as well. How cute... fuckwads.
In my haste to post something yesterday, I neglected to mention a few things that were added to the website lately. Uhhhhmmm, let's see, I posted up a bunch of Pictures recently, all of them taken @ the LVCS - go figure. The Guilty By Association photos can be seen by clicking here. I didn't get too many shots off because I had to go set up my drum set, so sorry guys. The photos I took of Mersa can be seen by clicking here. I dig those kids a lot. And the photos of I.D.F.I. can be seen by clicking here. I wrote up a Music Review for that Cash For Clay compilation that just came out recently, and you can click here to read it. There's probably more stuff to mention but I don't remember any of it right now... heh
Tonight! Instrumentalfest '13 @ Money Plays. Go check out the Bitters. I'll probably be at Scarlett if I don't just stay in altogether. Gotta be well rested for St. Patty's Day shenanigans don't ya know! Everyone and their Mom is gonna be @ the Pennywise / Anti-Flag show @ the House of Booooo's tonight, and that's just sad beyond belief. Flat brimmed hats are mandatory. If you're up early and find yourself out in Hendertucky for some gawd forsaken reason, the Civilians will be playing that festival thing going on out there, so check them out and support a band that deserves it. If you wanna work off some of that corned beef and cabbage you gorged yourself on, head down to Motor City Cafe and see F.S.P. and Last Rites tear shit up later that afternoon. Should be a cool gig. Try not to break a hip... ;-)
As usual, there's all sorts of things going on this weekend. Throw in the fact that it's also St. Patrick's Day weekend and you can intensify the potential fun factor by at least 12 or so.
Volbeat played at the House of Booooo's last night, but they're not worth almost $40 to see them in that place. I'd love to go to that house party that Nomads, Unfair Fight, and ACxDC are playing, but I doubt I'm gonna be done with my medical procedure in time. I'm getting more dead flesh cut and scraped off of my leg. I find the process fascinating. The drugs they give me leave me with a mean case of medicine head afterwords too, so if you're going to that house party thing tonight, I envy you... heh
How in the world did I catch a cold? Seriously?
Like I said, there's lots of stuff going on this weekend. Guttermouth with Battle Born and the Tinglerz tonight @ the LVCS. $15 and Downtown on Fri. night, St. Patrick's Day weekend? No Thanks, I'll pass. I don't need an excuse to be hassled by the Police. 3D6 is @ the Double Clown tonight as well. Ugh. Tomorrow night is that Instrumentalfest 2013 @ Money Plays with the Bitters and Dinner Music For The Gods, but I'm not a Musician so that gig holds no appeal for me. Scarlett is going down on Sat. too but I'm getting bored and complacent with that gathering of fools. And the biggest gathering of Fools is going on @ the House of Booooo's on Sat. for that Pennywise and Anti-Flag show. Phooey. Sunday if you're not drowning yourself in Jameson and green beer, and stuffing your maw with corned beef and cabbage, you could head down to the Motor City Cafe for a matinee gig with Last Rites and Fuck Shit Piss, but me, I'm gonna be at Ainjil & Dave's baby shower... drowning myself in Jameson and green beer, and stuffing my maw with whatever is laid out on the table. It's gonna be a great weekend. Try not to have too much fun...
I guess if creating a dialog amongst the Locals was the aspiration, then this Squid Hat Records showcase thing has done it's job! LOL Loads of people are talking about it, everyone's got an opinion as to who the 6 bands to be chosen are, but the majority of them don't wanna go on record as to which bands they think should play, for fear of offending their 'Friends' for whatever reason. Cowards... hahaha So, with that in mind, I presented some Local people in the know about the music scene here in Las fucking Vegas this question:
If a Record Label rep were to ask you to recommend 6 Local bands to consider him to check out to sign to their label, who would you name off? Any genre.
The answers were interesting in bands named and bands not named. After reading the answers, and conversing with the individuals who came up with them, I even more so wanted to attach names to lists, but I told them I wouldn't, and if anything, I am a man of my word, so I won't, because being anonymous behind your words on the Internet is the cool thing to do nowadays, and nobody wants to cause Drama or Trouble or Controversy on the Internet, right? Yeah right... hahaha Anyways, here's the lists people turned in. I got some free D.I. tickets for their gig next week @ the LVCS to the first 5 people who can guess who's list is who. Possible suspects include a Writer, a Drug Mule, a Shit Talker, a Bassist, a Judge of Musical Talent, another Bassist and a Curmudgeon. First come, first served gets the tickets - post your guesses in the comments and make sure you leave a way for me to get a hold of you in case your guess is correct. I'll give you a hint - one of the lists is fake... heh heh
OK, well, since I have to go to American Buckshot band practice in like 5 minutes, because of my insecure band mates arriving early, and a bratty, oversexed girl that keeps me up all night (literally and figuratively), I gotta cut this short. Before I go I wanna remind you of this amazeballs gig happening mañana at the Sand Dollar (not the Bikini Bar) for Tony Batz, aka Grandpa Spooky, aka the Prince of pinche Darkness. He's ancient even for a Vampire and tomorrow night is when we're all gathering together to play a gig and hopefully have some cake and ice cream for him but yeah, I doubt it! LOL I'm just hoping the Hawaiian Hot Dog Lady (or, as Rusty refers to her as, his future wife) is there so I can get my grub on after I play my set. And yeah, I know there's something called 'Thrashgiving' going on at the Bunkhouse with D.R.I. headlining, but looking at the bands opening it up, I'm almost willing to bet that not one of them plays real 'Thrash', ala Napalm Death or Cryptic Slaughter or some shit. Matter of fact, there's 2 loser bands playing that gig that shouldn't be allowed to play anywhere, period! ha ha ha Fucking shit talking losers - crawl off to the desert and die like the diseased rats that you are, and quit polluting our Music Scene with your Drama and Bullshit. Fucking tweekers, I swear. I hate them. Anyways, tomorrow night, you can come to a great Local show with some cool bands playing, or you could go stand around outside and wait to see a band who's long past their prime, playing with some bands you shouldn't support in any way, shape or form. The choice is yours. See you at the Sand Dollar. :-)
Art Art Art!! It's First Friday mañana, which means there's lots to do mucking about in the Art scene here in Vegas, what there is of it anyways. I've got 2 near and dear Friends having exhibits of their Art going on tomorrow, and I wanna bring them both to your attention. First off there's Raf, ex-American Buckshot guitarist and gnar skateboard shredder and doggy babysitter extraordinaire, putting some of his artwork up as part of that Bring The Noise group show going on @ 916 Studios, so stop by there if you're in the area, and then there's another ex-band mate of mine, Dan, currently the Vokillist of Unfair Fight and one of the nicest dudes I've ever met, he's having an exhibit at the Josephine Skaught hair salon, right next to the Artifice, so again, if you're in the area for First Friday festivities, stop by and check out their incredible artwork. They're both some talented motherfuckers and worthy of all your support. Go.
Also, Congratulations to mi compadres Jamie Jackson and Rob Ruckus for signing some big to do record contracts this week. I'm not sure just what that entails nowadays but still, it's a big deal and again, Congrats to both of ya old bastards! Let the weekly stipends and apartments in LES NYC be in your immediate future like they were after I signed my first record contract way, Way, WAAAAY back in the daze! LOL And about the scuttlebutt that arose because of these signings, I say to you both to ignore it and let the Haters hate. Pettiness and Jealousy is a motherfucker, believe me, I know. ;-) Let the shit talkers say whatever, because they'll never say it to your face and besides, it's only the Internet, which has nothing to do with the real world, right? Right!
Another thing I forgot to mention in passing is this very notable and worthy gig for an excellent cause going down this Saturday, so if you're not at the gig @ the Bikini Bar you should definitely be in attendance at this little get together going down at the Cheyenne Saloon. Yeah, yeah, I know... let it go. It's a benefit show for a little girls fight against cancer, because fighting cancer is majorly expensive, and the show is appropriately named 'Fuck Cancer'. That sentiment is both near and dear to my heart, and something I can definitely get behind 100%. Those of you who know me personally know why that is. But anyways, there's some good people involved with supporting this, and there's some good bands playing too, like Rule Of Thumb, Last Rites, Roid Rage and a few other bands I know nothing about, and all these bands are playing to help out with a little girls fight against cancer, so if you're in the area you should stop by and support a good cause and check out some cool bands. Who knows, you may even make a friend while you're there, or have an friend of your ex monitoring your every move and texting all the juicy details to your ex... heh heh heh Gawd I love this city. :-)
It's the next day and I'm still shocked. Skorchamenza opening up for the Buzzcocks? Don't promoters here in town have a clue? Sometimes your friends band is NOT the best choice to open a show. It seems like every time I've seen the Buzzcocks in the last 10 years they've had some bland, boring, kiss ass band opening up for them. Glad to know the tradition continues... heh heh heh Fucking F.F.I. called it quits this weekend and that's soooooo messed up. A huge blow to our precious Music Scene here in town, and they will definitely be missed. The last time I saw them @ The Art Bar they were phenomenal and that drummer of theirs... wowsers. Jesse, that's the drummer you're looking for, not me. Anyways, I'm perfectly happy with my Band (wink wink), I'm not moving anywhere anytime soon (sorry Shane), Ben from Face First Records just announced some killer show @ The Cooler Lounge featuring Battalion Of Saints / Butt Trumpet / Circle One / Affrontal Assault and Last Rites, with all bands featuring at least 1 original member! Woo Hoo! My beloved San Jose Sharks are about to knock Hollywood Shane's Nashville Pussy's straight out of the Quest for the Cup, and I can't find a thing to worry about. Everything is fine, and that's just about the time that something goes wrong again...and again...and again...and again again something goes wrong again. I'll give a dollar to whomever can tell me what band sings that line I just quoted. I'll bet you another dollar that no one in Skorchamenza can... hee hee hee.