All that separated the Fools from the Cools was a 5 foot high chain link fence! hahahaha I'll leave it to you to figure out which side was which. ;-)
It was while walking around downtown Friday night that I decided on really having nothing to do with this PRB fiasco. It was while watching them set up the stage in the middle of a parking lot and at the El Cortez watching the Sheep trying to get their tickets in the Fiesta Room that I realized how absurd this all was. Here you had a supposedly rebellion oriented little sub-culture of independent free thinkers all looking the same and acting the same and being nice and organized and obeying the rules and conforming to whatever was asked of them, all just to see some bands from hundreds of yards away and to be confined in a little corral like space where they willingly waited around for hours to be flocked and fleeced of everything and anything they had of value. Expensive bottled water? Check! Over priced beers? Check? $5 cover charge to use the GOOD bathrooms? Check! All that over priced liquid has to go somewhere, right? Right! Might as well make a buck or two off of it. There was no In's or Out's, no studded anything allowed in, stupid metal bleachers to sit on, all the band merch was visibly over priced, and that stupid Larry And His Flask band of attention whores was more than annoying with their playing everywhere they could around the event. Fucking dooshbag Scenester hippy acoustic Beard Core bullshit. I fucking hate it. Bite me. Yeah, the Descendents stole the event, and I heard good things about Cock Sparrer, but I thought the Singer was a bit "off" and the drummer was just boring and playing the songs without accents. Boooooo. N.J. Pete told me Stiff Little Fingers killed it, and he knows what's up, so I'll believe that. I didn't make it to any of the Club events, because I'm not a Tool, but I heard All was pretty good from Jeremy, who was drooling over Karl Alvarez all weekend like the sexy fan boy that he is, and Christian told me that Fishbone rocked it pretty good too. Heard nothing else about any of the club shows. Nothing. Oh well. The whole PRB thing was a giant clusterfuck anyways. I felt sorry if anyone paid to stand around in the parking lot and pose for pictures to post on Facebook of you and your friends looking stupid, when everyone knew that you could see everything just fine from various places around the place, like the Motel 8, or the El Cortez parking lot, or even just by standing on the sidewalk. Shit, people were giving away tickets, and the scalpers were selling them below face value. I guess that's what happens when you over sell all the events by 30%, because you anticipate people buying the tickets and not using them. Yeah, the huge battle I was anticipating didn't break out between the Crusty Punx and the Skinheads on the last day, but oh well. I guess that means Punk Rock Bowling will be back next year to fleece the sheep of Las Vegas and I, as always, will be on the outside looking in. Yup. Thanks to Monica and Rebecca for making me miss the gigs. LOL
The gig with the Loud Pipes on Saturday was a hollow victory at best. Beard Core was in full effect with the opening bands all sitting around playing acoustic guitars and singing Bob Dylan hippy shit while throwing in the occasional Punk band cover. Yeah, because I need to hear what Fuck Armageddon, This Is Hell by Bad Religion sounds like slowed down and acoustic. What the fucking fuck is wrong with people nowadays?? I might have to declare war on Beard Core, because this shit is getting out of hand. By the time we played, people were just dying to hear SOMETHING good, and we gave it to them, of course, even though we got out-shined by Rawkmom's band, who I think are called Lazer Wolf. Pretty fucking impressive they were. It was a good night. Thanks to Bree for all the jokes. How was that drumming again? :-)
The Vegascendents gig on Monday was CRAZY! I've never seen the LVCS so fucking full of people. They got rid of the Bull (awwwwww) and have more than 2 bartenders working there now, making getting a drink a breeze. The legal capacity for the place is 700, and the staff there said there was close to a thousand people there for Cock Sparrer the night before. Crazy. Anyways, we played pretty good and got a great crowd reaction from everyone, which was both weird and nice. I still don't understand the 'Covers' thing, but apparently a lot of people do, because by the time Punk Rock Karaoke got on stage, the place was primed and ready to go off. Who knew that the appeal of seeing drunken people warble along to and forget the words to songs that should be burned into their brains from years of overplaying was such a draw? LOL I mean seriously, how do you flub the 'Hey! Ho! Let's Go!' intro to Blitzkrieg Bop? hahahahaha Well, some guy did, and there were plenty other mistakes made, but who cares? It was all in good fun. Some people did good though, like that chick who sang Sonic Reducer without a lyric sheet! Dick Lucas from the Sub/Hum/Ans snarled his way through New Rose by the Damned. Shawn Stern totally flubbed Amoeba, and Amy Carrelli nailed it when doing Cherry Bomb by the Runaways without a lyric sheet! Like I said, it was a fun way to end an epic 4 or 5 day run of drunken, drugged out debauchery with Punk Rock Bowling as the background to it all. Thanks to Michaela for making me miss everything and nothing. :-)
There was no way I'm gonna make it to Guitar Wolf tonight. No fucking way. Like most people, it's gonna take me days to recover from this, so I'm gonna go pop some pills and go get some rest. Hibernation time, I believe it's called. Later.
My camera is broken... my car is broken... and I'm broken... sort of. I was this close to giving up on this website, but thankfully lots of people gave me inspiration to keep my nose to the grindstone and to keep up the good fight (Thanks Geena). I'm still kinda irked that I got NO Pictures of the Sub/Hum/Ans, but thanks to a certain someone, I'm now over that. I've finished putting up our Pictures from the show @ The Boston, and you can click here to see those. I also finished the Sub/Hum/Ans Gig Review, and you can click here to check that out. I also posted lots of killer pictures of The Loud Pipes @ Jillian's, and you can click here to see those. Roxie posted some of the Pictures from Jillian's as well, so you can go to The Loud Pipes website to check those out. I still have no onethirtyeight.org stickers, so sorry to everyone that keeps asking for them. With these shows out of the way, I think we're now gonna concentrate on getting some more recording done... getting some more songs written that are not gonna be listed as Amoroso/Lopez... and getting our asses back on the road! LOL Fuck yeah! Nothing better than being on Tour in the Springtime. :-) The story on us in the City Life still hasn't seen the light of day, and I have no idea of when it will be printed. I've seen the proof from the Interview we did for Smash Magazine. It's really good, and should be out and on a news stand / record store near you sometime soon. I can just hope that we get the cover, and that Jenn or Megan's Pictures will be used. They're both awesome Photographers, and I still can't believe that Megan is moving away... booooooooooooooooooo. But at least she'll be in Long Beach with Mr. Novello, who didn't even say good-bye to me when he left Las Vegas... sniff sniff.
Where do I begin? To tell you that we totally redeemed ourselves after the Tucson fiasco show and basically slayed everyone that was checking us out @ The Boston is a major understatement. And to say that we killed everyone @ the Double Down after the show we played at the Boston is putting it politely. I'm still not sure why we played the Double Down... I think the general consensus was that we were gonna play some damn bar shows finally and show the bands that think they're sooooooooo cool 'cuz they play bar shows that if we wanted to, we could rule the 21+ scene just as easily as we rule the All Ages scene here in Las Vegas. Not saying it to be egoistical, but just stating it as fact. Anyways, you can read all about the night's festivities by clicking here. Once again, I don't know what happened to Hollywood Shane, but if he was at the Boston I didn't see him, but then again, I was pretty out of it. Oh well. The last page of Pictures from our trip to AZ. is finally up, and you can click here to see those. We had a great time, and Thanks again to Bob, Jesse and Nate for being so damn cool! Get to Jillian's early for the Sub/Hum/Ans show... it's gonna be pretty intense and will probably sell out pretty quick. Don't say that I didn't warn ya!
It has been sooooooooooooooo hard to get all the stuff I wanted to up on the website, but it's almos done, and I hope that you all enjoy it. The best part has been looking at all the Pictures and remembering all the fun I've had. Click here to see The Loud Pipes En Mexico, and click here for the Review of the Deadbolt show, and click here to read about the shenanigans in Tucson (pronounced TUCK-son) with Nate, Bob and Jesse. Seriously, I cannot thank those dudes enough. You people have no idea of how cool these trio of fine looking gentlemen are, but hopefully, someday you will. Jesse The Super Roadie took some GREAT Pictures of us playing @ Skrappy's, and you can click here to see those awesome pix. Hollywood Shane is alive and well. I finally talked to him, and our good buddy Jon-E is supposed to be coming into town for the Supersuckers show, and staying for the Sub/Hum/Ans show as well, which is now officially @ Jillian's. We don't have a guest list, so you people better get there early for that show, since there's no pre-sale available, it's first come, first served. Anyways, most of the crap is up... it's late, and I gotta get some sleep before the Supersuckers show. Hope to see you all there!
Fucking ten million things going on at once, so let me just spit some thoughts at you as they come to me, OK? The Agent Orange - D.I. Show Review is up... click here to read that. Some more Pictures of both bands, as well as some pix of Anti-Flag are posted on this page here. The Loud Pipes have a plan to FINALLY finish the recording session and to at least have an official demo available to you all for our upcoming shows with By Death's Design in Arizona and the Supersuckers show at the Boston and the Sub/Hum/Ans show at the Huntridge, which nobody in charge over there seems to know anything about. But the show is listed on the Sub/Hum/Ans web site, so I guess it's a go. It's been days later and I still can't believe how terribly boring that Yaphet Kotto show was at Balcony Lights... you Airbag kids need to re-define the terms "amazing live band" and "mind blowing show"... heh heh heh. The Loud Pipes Club House is officially closing real soon... and I'm not quite sure why, but oh well. We're all going to some invite-only show tonight with Social Distortion and The Missing 23rd @ The Beach, and I know that it's gonna be FUN! Chicks in bikinis! Woo Hoo!
OK... a few things worth mentioning are the upcoming shows... one this Saturday @ Doggystyle with The Shaws / Jr. Anti-Sex League / Chemical Ex, which Tony tells me is some all girl band that reminded him of Depeche Mode, so it should be an interesting night. Our other big gig is on MY birthday weekend, and if you didn't see the flyer for our show with Knife Fight and Street Trash @ Balcony Lights on the way in here, well then you need to lay off the crack pipe, buddy! As far as I know, our show with the Supersuckers is still at the Boston, and I have no idea what's up with the Sub/Hum/Ans show @ The Huntridge, but it should be FUN! I posted a few more Reviews... and some more Pictures to my never ending collage... updated the Gigs Listing... and that's about it. Oh yeah... anyone interested in being put on my mailing list, please send me an E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with all your information, and I'll add you to my semi-regular mailings... which will be sent out just to let you know what's going on here in onethirtyeight land, and as well as keeping you updated on The Loud Pipes and all the shit that we do. Hope to see you all at the show on Saturday!!!
OK... not a lot to say... but that's only because I've been super busy with personal stuff. I finally got a house to call my own, and all I can say is that it's about time! It's the only thing I wanted for Christmas! I live right across the street from Devon, so I'm gonna be going over there and throwing rocks through his window real soon... heh heh heh I posted some Reviews (finally) about the latest releases from T.S.O.L., Supersuckers, Mummies, New York Dolls, Foo Fighters, R.H.C.P. and Speedealer. I have no idea what's happening with The Loud Pipes... I don't know if the demo is done, or if anything was gonna be done with The Troubadour live tape. I don't know if we have a tour to do in February... and I don't know about any upcoming show dates we may be playing (like the Sub/Hum/Ans gig @ The Huntridge). All I know is that I don't know nothing... and that's fine. Has it really been a whole year since I first played with The Loud Pipes? When Spencer was rubbing his package on my head while we played some Internet music show? Wowsers... lots has happened since then, and hopefully lots more will happen soon. Happy New Year everyone!!!