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.
So it's Thursday, right? Lots of stuff going on tonight, like that Jimmy Cliff gig @ the Hard Rock with openers One Pin Short. $35 is a bit stiff for Mr. Cliff, so I'm staying away from this gig, although the set I saw him play @ Coachella was nothing short of brilliant. I hope he makes it back to Vegas sometime soon and doesn't pull a Dick Dale on us. On the other side of the spectrum there's this crazy Punk gig happening at the Bunkhouse tonight, with Nests, Retox, Clinging To The Trees Of A Forest Fire and God's America AKA The Seeds Of Rape. I don't know anything about any of the bands playing, except for Nests, who are one of the coolest bands I've seen in a while and definitely worth the price of admission alone, and, of course, Retox, who play some short and sweet bursts of some harsh, unsettling, Sci-Fi sounding Hardcore math rock that's pretty damn good. They're not the Locust, but much better. If you don't believe me you can just check out the band's latest video for their song Thirty Cents Shy Of A Quarter. If I didn't already have plans with my Family for tonight I would definitely be at this gig. Hell, I still may try to get my ass down there hopefully before the last band is finished. It's gonna be intense! :-) Fucking Retox and Nests. Wow!
Tomorrow night it's all about Primus @ the Joint. Fishbone is opening. Do I need to explain to you how amazing Primus is? I seriously hope not. I heart Primus. Like there's anywhere else I'm gonna be that night. :-) But, if you don't feel like paying $35 to see those 2 amazing bands, there is a heavier, less expensive gig for you to attend - 2 of them, actually. The first one is this sick gig with Demon Lung, Dead Neon, Author & Punisher and Black Elk, which is sure to shatter your eardrums and get you banging your head while being overwhelmed by the heaviness of all the bands playing. I'm sure they're gonna be asking for donations for the touring bands at the door, so if you're on some sort of budget or are even a bit of a cheap bastard, then you could go see the Seriouslys, the Gashers and Stagnetti's Cock at the Motor City Cafe. I don't think any bands will be asking for money at that gig. I think both the Seriouslys and the Gashers have new albums coming out sometime soon, so this is gonna be a good chance to hear some of their new songs before everyone else does. I don't know a thing about Stagnetti's Cock, but they may have a new album coming out soon too, so who knows? LOL Friday night is definitely not a night to be staying in and playing World of Warcraft or some shit like that. Friday night is the night to get off your ass and Support Live Music!
And Saturday... well, if you're not at Hank's Beaumont Bunker Presents An Unfocused Rowdy Party Dog Production: Summer Time Pool Bash!, (click here to read all about that event) which is going to be nothing short of incredible, then I guess you could come out to see the Vegascendents play with Three Chord Radio out in Hendertucky if you're feeling brave. Yeah, I know it's in Hendertucky, and yeah, I know it's at the Gold Mine Tavern, but still, I hear that it's a cool place to hang out at, and someone told me that Three Chord Radio are pretty good, so yeah, I'm looking forward to this little gig on Sat. Of course, I'm not driving out there, because I'm not stupid, but my Lawyer says he might show up there, so if I get in trouble, he's gonna be a short distance away! LOL I can't wait to see him show me how he used to slam in the mosh pit like he did at some Pearl Jam Lollapalooza performance zillions of years ago... ha ha ha Fun is where you make it, so I'm looking forward to having some fun on Sat. If it's a good night, I'll make it home and sleep in my own bed. If it's a great night, I'll either end up in jail or at some $6 a night mobile home motel on Boulder Highway! ;-) Everything is updated. Looks like it's going to be an interesting weekend... Hopefully!