Pictures of S.F.T. playing @ the Dive: click here.
Music Review from Colin Oscopy on the King M'Butu LP: click here.
Music Review from Karl Bakla on the Criminal Code 7": click here.
Pictures of S.F.T. playing @ the Dive: click here.
Music Review from Colin Oscopy on the King M'Butu LP: click here.
I know I should be more hyped about this, the Life Is Shit Festival, the antithesis of that lame Life Is Beautiful Festival that I'm ashamed to say a lot of my friends are hyped about, and if it wasn't happening on the exact same day as a gig I was playing, I would be all over this momentous event, promoting it, hyping it up, y todo, but as it is, I'm not going, and I blame that fact on the jackasses who planned this little shindig. You just had to have it on the same day that I'm playing a gig, didn't you, you pigfuckers you! lol This is an absolutely shitty day to have this little fest on, which is a shame, because I would love to be there, and there are some great bands playing - including the return of the beyond Legendary Dangerboner, who I would gladly kill to see, and Deadhand, who I pretty much feel the same about, but I'm sticking with the little gig @ Bar 702 that I agreed to play a long ass time ago, and not going to attend some hastily put together festival mired in Jealousy, Spite, Resentment and Pettiness, although that sounds just like my kind of gig... heh heh The paper gave a write up to the thing, and spoke to Jack from Dangerboner and Brendan from Deadhand about the thing, and you can click here to read it. Everybody in the article comes off bad... everybody. If the Life Is Beautiful Festival is so shitty, why are you guys pissed that your bands couldn't play it? Yeah, whatever. You can click here to check out the Facebook event page for the Life Is Shit Festival, drink a little sip of the Kool-Aid being served while you're there, and here's something to look at while you're sipping said beverage - a video promoting the event. Looks like it was put together with a Windows Movie Maker, but therein lies the charm of Punk Rock and all things in general. :-)
Like I said, if you're not coming to Bar 702 on Sat. to see the grand debut of the new and improved Civilians 2.0, along with the nerds in 3D6, well then I guess you should be at the Life Is Shit Festival. Just don't go to the Life Is Beautiful Festival. Just don't. :-)
Oh man... I don't even wanna think about yesterdays Raiders game, but I can't stop obsessing over it. Bad calls from the Refs, bad decisions made on the field, bad play calling from the Coaches, we totally just self destructed against the Washington Foreskins and it was painful to watch. Matt Flynn fucking sucks. He has no eyes to see down field and no mobility outside the pocket. How did we end up with this idiot anyways?? Ugh!! Well, on the plus side, at least we're gonna be like, a zillion dollars under the cap next year, so hopefully we can buy some talent like everybody else in the league does... heh heh
I heard about this a while back. I also heard that it was good for awhile, but apparently, there's been a relapse, which is never good. I'm talking about Cory from the amazeballz band Nests, who had battled Cancer last year and like I said, was doing a Hell of a lot better until recently. The sickness has come out of remission and is more aggressive than before. Adrian is setting up a benefit show to help out with some funds, and as soon as more info is known about it I'll let ya know. In the meantime, a PayPal account has been set up, and I urge to you give whatever you can, and give until it hurts. Every little bit helps.
PayPal account to help out Cory from Nests.
The Huntridge Theater went through it's great whitewashing this weekend, and I'm sure all the Taggers and Bangers will be very appreciative for the free canvases for their work. Some bands played, I thought there was no advanced notice about the bands playing, but I was told that nobody likes to give me advance notice about their gigs because I'm mean. I thought that was cute. Shame too, because I had nothing to do all Sat. afternoon and would of loved to have taken pictures of the bands that played. Oh well. Even the story in the paper pointed out that the majority of the people helping out with that project had never seen a show there in their life, and were just part of the Downtown herd of llamas. The guy quoted in the story, the one who was crying about the Huntridge being restored, made me laugh with his 'The Huntridge has the best acoustics ever' comment. That place sucked as far as sound or acoustics go. I thought everybody knew that?
I missed this when it came out, but someone on Facebook posted it, and I'm just passing it along. It's a review that ran in the Las Vegas Review-Journal on the upcoming Desert Rats With Baseball Bats compilation. Shout outs were given to S.F.T., The People's Whiskey, Shotguns N Gasoline and Aluminum Falcon. My band was described as "waking the neighbors'. I like that. :-)
Everything is updated. I forgot to mention that Zack Attack turned in a write up on the Black Sabbath gig he went to, and you can click here to check it out. Since he turned that in, I posted my write up on the new Black Sabbath album called 13, and you can click here to read that if ya want. I also posted a little write up on this NIN live recording going around the Internet, and you can click here to read that if you want. It's a real interesting listen if you care to search it out. I also posted up the Pictures of that band Kid Puto that opened up for The Mapes when they played @ The Dive last month, and you can click here to check those out. Now that those pictures are compete, I can now finish up the Show Review for that Mapes gig. I got a lot more stuff to post up here this week. Hopefully I'm not too thrashed from tomorrow night's Queers / Teenage Bottlerocket gig @ the Beauty Bar. I'm so hyped on Teenage Bottlerocket it's not even funny. I cancelled each and every single one of my band practices this week just because of this gig. I'm not even driving, so that means I get to have fun. I'm seriously gonna lose my shit. See ya there! ;-)
It's been a very strange past few days, to say the least. It's been 96 hours of Drama, Shit Talking, L-U-V, Words of Praise and Compliments, and fun Fun FUN! ha ha ha Playing drums for S.F.T. was definitely interesting, to say the last, and very rewarding, in many ways. Friday's gig opening for Green Jelly was pretty cool. I got there just as the Time Crashers were finishing up their set, and I had to get my kit set up immediately as we were going on next. So we rush up there, run through our set that we were busting our humps all week over to get tight and right, and from my vantage point it sounded good. Yeah, mistakes were made, but for only practicing the short time we did, it was OK. I love watching the guys around me having fun and rocking out. Seeing both Tom and Carlos jumping around like 20 year olds was worth it's weight in gold. We sounded good and they were having fun. That's all that matters. It was cool. The LVCS cut our set short (of course) so it was over too soon for me, but whatever. It was fun while it lasted, and people seemed to dig it, so yeah. While I was loading my gear up into my car I had a very interesting conversation with the bass player (I think) of the Time Crashers, who wanted to know why I hated his band and why I didn't support them and etc. I told him the reasons why, as asinine and unbelievable as they are, and he seemed surprised by all of it, because it was all stemming from Drama that was before his time, wasn't his scene, and he didn't know anything about it. I told him I didn't hate his band, per se, but that I just couldn't support them on the website, but I told him I'd turned more than a few people on to his band, including my girlfriend, and that when people asked me about them I would say they were alright, and I'd tell them the best thing they do is that Simpsons cover of You've Finally Made A Monkey Out Of Me that they do. :-) I'm not sure what enlightening him about the past was going to do, but I did it anyways, and he thanked me for talking to him about it, and then him and his girlfriend headed back in the venue to watch the rest of the gig. I was starving so I headed off to find something to eat, because I wasn't feeling the Green Jelly vibe. I wasn't even feeling like sticking around to take pictures. I was just tired and hungry and wanted to go Home. I heard Green Jelly killed it though, so yeah...
Sat. night it was another gig with S.F.T., this time at the Double Clown, and it was another incident with someone over what was said on the website. This time it was Chris Piss from Infernal Raket, who I've gone back and forth with over anything and everything for quite some time now. I was standing around the parking lot of the bar with the guys from S.F.T. and one of the opening bands, Mystic Perception, from El Monte, just, you know, doing what a bunch of tattooed Mexicans from Califas do when we're together, and Chris walked into the circle and the fun began almost immediately. We got heavy into it pretty quickly, with him carrying on about something that was written on the website about some Friends of his years ago, and he seemed Hell bent on getting his point across, so I listened to him, he said what he wanted to say, including how I should be more Positive with things on the website, and then he was off into the night with Homeless Mike in tow. Later when I was getting my kit together to play the gig, Chris came up to me and just apologized for everything, saying how he hated the tension between us, and how he just wanted to put everything behind us and carry on without Drama. That sounded like a good idea to me, so we hugged it out and let it all go. I don't really care and I seriously got better things to do. I don't know how long it's going to last, this truce of ours, but for now, I got no problem with any of it. Chris Piss has his viewpoint on how things are in the scene, and I have mine. We don't have to agree, but I can respect his enthusiasm to get things done.
And as for the gig, well, it was a typical Double Clown gig, which is all, I think, that needs to be said. That band from South Korea, Genius, opened up the gig for some reason, they were OK, and one of the bands that played before us just wouldn't get off the stage, playing shitty NOFX and Germs covers to their girlfriends amusement. By the time we went on, the place was pretty rocking and we got a good reaction out of the crowd, with lots of jumping around and jumping off of things. I think we sounded better than the night before, there was definitely less mistakes made, and we got to play an entire set, which was pretty sweet. People seemed to dig us, and we got lots of compliments afterwards, which is always a good thing. The last band of the night, Mystic Perception, was a bit of a hippy-ish, Metal tinged Pop band, doing Pink Floyd covers and whatnot. I wasn't feeling it so I cut the fuck out of there. Fun night. Thanks to everyone who came out. And Thanx to everyone in S.F.T. for the fun past few days. Let's do it again sooner than later.
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.
Free time? What's that? Rest? Yeah right! hahaha Short of obsessing on the latest Lipstick Homicide release, I'm pretty much stuck in a cycle of practicing, mixing, cutting MP3's, learning songs, more practicing and maybe, if I'm lucky, sleeping. My car is still broken, so I'm being chauffeured around everywhere, which just means I'm partying too much but having a lot of fun doing so. Nothing gets done but I don't care. The number of Bands I'm currently involved with is 5. I think I'm the new drummer for the Civilians, and I'm helping out my friends in S.F.T. with a couple of gigs they have coming up too, including a gig @ the LVCS opening up for Green Jelly, which should be... interesting?? Aluminum Falcon is playing the Double Clown this Friday, or Saturday, I don't know, and I don't remember where the next Vegascendents gig is, but I know there's one coming up somewhere, because we keep playing those same damn songs over and over and over again. LOL Oh, and the other band I'm in, the 'Super Secret Goth Band', featuring 5 different members of 5 different Local bands, is already planning gigs and getting ready to record. I wish I was as good a drummer as Brett Balu's favorite band in town is, but unfortunately, I can play more than one prodding oompa-loompa shuffle, and I can actually keep a beat... heh heh In between all that band practice, I find time to catch a few winks and spend some quality time with the girl I love, oh and go to gigs when I can and listen to new music, because that's the best, especially when it's your Friends making the music. :-) Oh, and the website. Sometimes I can get stuff done on the website. Lots of stuff.
Let's start things off with this: the Peter Murphy / Ours gig review. Click here to read it. It was easy to do since I rushed posting the Pictures I took of him that night, and after that all I needed to do was keep my gushing semi-coherent and to a minimum. Oh, click here to check the photos I took from that night out. I also posted some photos I took of Guilty By Association when they opened up for D.I. @ the LVCS last month, and you can click here to see those. Did I tell you about the Lipstick Homicide pictures that I took? Click here to see those if I didn't. I'm still rocking their music. It's the soundtrack to my Summer and I'm loving it. I also posted some Music Reviews on the latest, and maybe last ever, Deadhand EP, and you can click here to read that, as well as a write up on the reissue of the Big Boys - Where's My Towel / Industry Standard LP, as in vinyl, as in, beautiful, white vinyl, and you can click here to read that. I also posted an old Gig Review I did for that Push Forward Skateboarding benefit gig that went down a few months ago @ the Beauty Bar, and you can click here to read that if you give a fuck. I don't. There's more coming though, so be warned. Pet Tigers are playing @ the LVCS tonight. Check them out and get your New Wave on. The Black Jetts and Fuzz SoLow are playing @ The Dive tomorrow night with Bob Log III, so if you got nothing better to do, then stop on by and check out some cool music. Squid Hat Records are having some sort of showcase on Thurs. @ Backstage Bar & Billiards, with almost every band on their roster playing, so check that out and support the few, very few bands that are worth supporting on their roster... heh heh There's other stuff going on as well this weekend, like that Aluminum Falcon gig I was talking about earlier, but damned if I know what any of the details are at this time, and I don't care. The sun is coming up and I'm gonna climb up on my roof and watch it. :-)
Everything is updated. Congratulations to my beautiful friend Danielle and her lucky Husband to be Ryan on their upcoming nuptials today. I'm gonna try to be there but it's not looking too good as of now. Save me some of that apple pie moonshine though, please? Thank you! XOXO
Ugh. What a rough, sloppy, drunken loud talking past few days these have been, right? LOL I'm not sure what was in the air this weekend, but there was definitely something... something magical... something mischievous and chaotic... something both odd and correct...
So yeah. Jesse & Roxie's big 4th of July shindig was major fun. The food was great and plentiful, because everybody brought a little something something, and the table wasn't big enough to hold it all. I did my part by eating as much of the food as humanly possible, but I'm only one man. ;-) I didn't see much of the fireworks, because I was gabbing like an old woman with all sorts of good Friends who showed up, and someone rubbed pink frosting all over my camera lens, so my photos of all the firework explosions and whatnot came out like crap, but the rest of the pictures that I took before that happened came out great. I rushed editing them and posted them up on Facebook, and people seemed to like them, so that's cool. If you haven't seen them yet, it's because you're not my Friend on there, and you suck. When I get them all finished I'll put 'em up on the website for everyone to see. I took 366 photos, and I got through the first 200. There were too many cool things, shared experiences, and great conversations going on all evening, and to try to tell you about them all would be an exercise in futility. If you were there, you know what I'm talking about, right? Great time. Ending the night listening to the Pro and Con debate on the military actions of the past 25 years by Jesse and Dean was the perfect end to such a patriotic day. :-)
Fri. night's gig @ the Dive was like a continuation of the 4th of July party the day before! Soooooo many cool people and Friends came to hang out and hear some good tunes. I was loving it. Every band did good, but I gotta tell ya, The People's Whiskey kicked ass all over the place. Major. Fucking. Ass. Like, Godzilla vs. Gary Coleman type of kicking ass. It was truly a joy to behold, and kept me from taking Pictures because I was so enthralled by what they were throwing out to us Friends and Fans in the audience. Holy Jesus do I love those guys. The first, like, 5 or 6 songs they played were absolutely perfect, and each one was literally, a song that I wanted to hear. I was in pig shit Heaven! But then they fucked it up and played a Green Day cover, and I zoned out and headed outside... LOL The bands from AZ. were good too. That band Common Tongue, with their dual vocalists that reminded me of the Warlock Pinchers, won me over with their catchy as fuck Punk rock tuneage and all their jumping around and yelling their heads off, singing songs about diseases and candy and streets and stuff, and a guitarist that was dressed up as Darth Vader while he played. You gotta love any band that does that, right? I ran right up to them afterwords and begged them for a demo. You should too. The other AZ. band Skull Drug were cool in a NOFX - S & M Airlines era kind of way. Might of been because the Singer looked a lot like Fat Mike and the Guitarist looked like Steve, who played on S & M Airlines and Ribbed though... heh They had the Punk rock thing down pretty good too. Cool stuff. S.F.T. had Billy from Guilty By Association helping out on drums, and he did a great job doing it, and I'm a harsh critic too, as I used to play in that band, but then they kicked me out, and that was the end of that! I was too Punk Rock for them! LOL Carlos had his sharp and natty, well dressed man, 'Miguel Ness' look going on, and Tom Jones is truly the King of Vegas Punk Rock. :-) They sounded good, and they played some new songs too, which was cool. And I was told we, Aluminum Falcon, did a good job during our performance. Lots of people were paying us some lofty compliments afterwords, that's for sure. I was also told that there were crutches flying around in the pit while we played. Whatever. I miss everything that goes on while we play, dammit. Where's a good Photographer when you need one? If we grew beards then would people wanna take our picture? LOL And the 2 Loud Guys in my band decided to have mercy on The Dive bar this time around, going only with half stacks instead of their usual full stack, aural assault... ;-)
Hung over as fuck? Only 2 hours of sleep? Go to Lake Havasu, where it's even hotter than Las Vegas, to play a gig? Sure! The place we played at, the P.L.U.R. Lounge, was a cool little 18 and over place that was part hookah lounge, part venue, and it had a beer-only bar with an excellent assortment of brews and ciders, so that was fine by me. We got there late, but that was OK, because April, the Promoter, wasn't even there yet, so we killed time by hanging out at a Schlotzsky's Deli that had a Cinnabon's inside of it, and, yes, you guessed it, a fully stocked bar that offered alcohol infused ice cream. I was in Heaven and needless to say, we lost track of time in there and ended up getting back late to the venue, so I missed most of the opening band Reject Riot's set, but what I heard of the 2 man noise assault sounded pretty crappy from outside, but that was only because the P.A. in the place was shit. I mean, like, pure shit. Absolute shit, as in, there might as well not even have been a P.A. I've played some pretty craptacular places before, with some absolutely janky ass P.A. systems jury rigged up, and this P.A. the bands were playing through was easily in the Top 5 of the Worst P.A.'s Ever Played Through. Sound man was no help either, because his ass was drunk at the bar. Phooey. Because of the shitty P.A., the sets from Skull Drug and Common Tongue suffered a bit, but it was still cool to watch both bands kill the room. They had the people in there jumping around with them and slamming around with them when called to, and the place was deep fried balls hot, like Africa hot, like, 400 degrees in the shade hot.. Fuck. The bands were drenched in sweat 3 songs into their sets, and still gave it their all. That, my friends, is very commendable. By the time we played, everyone in the place was a sweaty, drunken mess, and we gave them exactly what they wanted to hear - some kick ass Descendents songs played by 4 fat ugly guys with boobs. LOL Covers. You know I love 'em! ;-) And things got even crazier when the friends of the band on the Lake Havasu City police dept. stopped by during the Vegascendents set and scared the crap out of everyone in the place... hahahaha Lake Havasu was soooooooooooo much fun. I can't wait to go back and do it all over again. Thanx to April for the gig and to all the people and Friends we made along the way that night. "Operation Hyena unsuccessful, I repeat unsuccessful. Midget company out." :-)
I gotta give a plug to Common Tongue, who's Facebook page can be found by clicking here, and Skull Drug, who's Facebook page can be found by clicking here. Those kids are cool as fuck and it was a pleasure hanging out and playing gigs and partying with them on their Raping Liberty mini-Tour 2013. Cheers guys! Looking forward to hanging out and playing gigs with you guys again real soon. Everything is updated. I forget what it's updated with, but it's updated, dammit! LOL I don't know what's going on this week and I really don't care. It's Monday. I'm up. Who wants to do something fun with me, like edit photos for the website? Somebody? Anybody? :-)
I'm feeling extra manly right now, having just helped Jeremy get the Pirate Ship ready for her cross desert journey this weekend to the oasis known as Lake Havasu, for some Vegascendents gig that's going on down there somewhere. I'm just the Drummer. They don't tell me anything, or if they do, I just forget it. Anyways, the best time to be working outside on an automobile in Las Vegas is at 3 in the morning. It's much, much cooler then, and the looks people give you, because they think you're tweeking your balls off, is priceless. :-)
Andy and his comments seem to have everyone all a twitter. Not publicly, of course, but face to face, it seems to be all anyone wants to talk about. I think it's funny, I never took offense to any of his statements, and I don't hate him for speaking his mind. He's got a right to his opinion and that's that. If you don't know what I'm talking about, click here and catch up. Don't start the flame war anew please. It's over and done. Move on.
So yeah, I gotta get some sleep for the big 4th of July party thing that's going on @ Hotel Amoroso today. If you don't know about it, then you're not as Hip as you think you are. ;-) It's gonna be a BLAST! ;-) Then tomorrow night it's all about being at the Dive bar, for the S.F.T. / Aluminum Falcon / The People's Whiskey gig. We're playing with a couple of bands on a weekend jaunt from AZ. called Common Tongue and Skull Drug, so maybe get there early and check them out? Then Sat. it's off to Lake Havasu. I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm gonna be running hard and fast and drunk all weekend long. You're all welcome to come along for the ride, but be warned - there will be lots of booze, fireworks, explosions, and maybe some public displays of nudity, so we'll see how things work out! I hope you all have a great 4th of July - even you Andy! :-)
Go 'Merica! and all that other trivial crap...
Time is definitely not in my favor as of late. Stretched thinner and thinner with every passing day, I think I may have reached my limit. Something's gotta give. And soon.
I was supposed to play a gig tonight @ Favorites tonight, but it got cancelled for some reason, but it doesn't matter, because that place SUCKS as far as Promotions and letting people know about what bands are playing there go. I played a gig on Tuesday @ the Bunkhouse that didn't suffer from no promotion - it had plenty of that - no, what it suffered from was a lack of sets of breathing lungs and beating hearts. There was NOBODY there except for the bands that were playing, which was a shame, because the Bass Line Bums were pretty good, wrangling up the Spirit of '77 without sounding too much like a Rancid rip off. And they did it all after spending the previous night running around the Strip tripping balls on acid, which they made a great effort to let everyone know about... heh
There is absolutely dog ends going on this weekend. Nothing but fucking beard core shows, 80's dance parties, and anniversary celebrations. Phooey. Lots of gigs happening all around town, even at Boomers if ya can believe that, but none of it interests me. The gig @ the Double Clown with S.F.T. and I.D.F.I. would be cool if it was at any other place. Sunday's gig with The Selecter and Lee "Scratch" Perry should be tits. Can't wait. Meanwhile I'm going to go back to doing a whole lotta nothing with my better half and loving every minute of it. ;-) Everything is updated, I think. New photos of Audacity playing @ Hellpop! were added (click here to see them), as well as some photos of TheCore playing @ Backstage Bar & Billiards a while back, and you can click here to see those. My camera was acting weird that night, and I'm still not sure why. Poltergeists perhaps? Who knows. All those reviews I promised are coming. I just gotta find the time to format them and double check them...
What a seriously great gig! :-)
It was a pretty good turnout with lots of friendly faces in attendances, and nothing but good times and smiles everywhere. That's always nice to see. And the bands, oh man, all the bands were on their game! I was glad I made the effort to drag my ass Downtown to check things out. Right after band practice I changed out of my wet, stinky clothes and into some dry, stinky clothes and arrived @ Hellpop! just in time to catch Nü Sensae putting on a dazzling display of Punk Rock yumminess that was easily the highlight of the evening. I'm pissed I missed out on as much of their set as I did. I'm pissed I missed out on the Pluralses as well, but I kind of knew that was gonna happen because of band practice. Nü Sensae were terrific. Immediately after their set I bought everything they had available, but their merch person sucked. Fullerton's very own Audacity had that catchy OC Pop Punk sound down to perfection, dual vocals included, and they were fucking cool to watch. Me likey. Lenguas Largas, with their triple drum/percussion aural assault, came off a lot better live than they do on record, that's for sure. Did they have a bass player among those 5 guitarists on stage? I dunno. If I would of known beforehand that they were a Razorcake band, I probably would of left before they played... LOL But seriously, they were great. Yeah, it was a fun evening, and if you missed it you blew it. No biggie though. I'm sure you'll all go see the same bands play when they're on the Punk Rock Posing stage, because then it will be cool to do so... heh
Tonight! Go see The Fat Dukes Of Fuck and The Seriouslys play @ the Double Clown. They're playing with some band called Truck Bitch that they both seem to be hyped about. Tomorrow night it's all about Unfair Fight with the Time Crashers, Slow Children and some band called Morbid Faith, all playing @ Hellpop! comics. S.F.T. and Three Chord Radio @ Favorites too. What are you doing sitting 'round at home? Get up and GO!!