I know I've been slacking as of late, but it's such a beautiful day today that I'm gonna be running around everywhere, but there's some cool stuff going on tonight, like this:
Plus this little bit of Crusty Punx goodness, featuring the Naturals / N.F.F.U. / Paranoid Freakout:
And the aforementioned Tinglerz / Naked City Romeos / Agent 86 gig happening @ the Double Down tonight:
I even toyed with the idea of going to Extreme Thing, but then I remembered that there is hair on my balls, and so I would have no interest in any of the bands playing, whoever they are... LOL Everything's updated - check out The Waking Light / Aluminum Falcon / Battle Born pictures from the Cheyenne Saloon from a while back - the Knock Out photos are coming real soon. I gotta do those Barrington Levy pictures first though. :-)
It started out like this:
Dude! Did you see that Ben Weasel video?
Well of course I had. I don't live under a rock anymore, and I'm pretty up on what's happening in the big ol' underground Punk Rock web 'zine world. I'd seen it a dozen times already by the time I got this email. So I replied that I had seen the video, and wondered why they asked.
How come you're not talking about it on the website? Especially after what happened to Blondie.
Hmmmm... well, considering that the 2 incidents are miles apart in comparison, you're an idiot for thinking that the 2 things are even remotely related. The Ben Weasel thing is about some chick hassling him and challenging him and physically assaulting him with ice and beer and being ignorant enough to step up to his challenge and getting what she deserved, pretty much, and the Blondie thing involved a chickenshit act of cowardice against a girl that was just victimized for the sole reason of being smart enough to finally dump some dickless loser and trying to move on with her Life. For that, she was cracked in the head with brass knuckles by a piece of living schmegma. Like I said, the 2 acts couldn't be farther apart if you tried. People truly are stupied. If you haven't seen it yet, here's the video everyone's talking about.
I find it interesting that this thing had tongues a wagging in the PFR community, with all the flash words of Misogyny, Sexism, and Chauvinism being thrown about. I know it's wrong to be violent towards anyone, Man or Woman, but sometimes you gotta step up and do what ya gotta do. What did that first girl expect was going to happen to her when she went up to the stage? Did she think Ben was going to kiss her? LOL It's Sexist to think that you can throw ice and spit beer on someone and get away with it because you're a girl. Fuck that. Don't play the Game and then cry when things don't go as planned. That's just ghey. And that 2nd chick got what anyone who has ever tried to break up a fight, Man or Woman, knows all about, and that's the errant punch. How was Ben supposed to know that the person approaching him from behind and putting their hands on him was a chick? That's a hard determination to make in the heat of battle. She didn't have to get involved, Security was handling it, but she did, and she got shoved and punched because of it. Boo fucking Hoo. And the Hypocrisy involved in the heated discussions going on in message boards across the Internet is amazing. Some say she had it coming, others say a guy should never hit a girl - EVER - and that notion is just wrong. That's Sexist. She wanted a reaction, and she got it. No crying about how it was wrong after the fact. It can't be both ways. It just can't. You can't antagonize or aggravate or provoke someone and not expect to get what's coming to you, especially if you're a girl and you play that whole 'guys shouldn't hit girls' card. That's bullshit, and borderline Chauvinism. You can't be all 'Equality for All!' and then make exceptions to that rule. "Talk Shit - Get Hit" - isn't that the rule? hee hee hee Yeah, whatever. It irks me even more seeing people I know on Facebook and Myspace getting all hypocritical about it with their 'I lost all respect for Ben Weasel and won't support anything he does anymore or buy his music'. Yeah right. Sanctimonious much? The indignation is shocking - where was all this when the whole Blondie thing went down? Some of those same people at the time were like "I can't comment", "I don't wanna get involved" or the ever classic "I wasn't there. I didn't see it." And now, suddenly, they're fired up and against violence against women, because they saw it on YouTube. Fucking Hypocrites. Phooey. Whatever. Looks like the little Las Vegas Punx are growing up. Gee, how cute! Having to deal with the Realities of Life sure can humble you, no doubt about that. :-) hahahaha Whatever. Look, to get back to the point, what Ben Weasel did was justified and understandable and to paraphrase Chris Rock, I'm not saying what Ben Weasel did was right, but I understand. ;-) But what happened to Blondie was 100% wrong, no matter how you look at it. Glad to see that SOME of you out there are finally starting to see it that it was, albeit 3 years too late. Oh well. Better late than never I guess.
Everything's updated. Pictures of The Waking Light and Battle Born from the Cheyenne Saloon were just added to the website. I'm gonna go back to listening to Stern and waiting for my phone to ring. <3
Fucking Hell... what a weekend. Sitting in my office in a daze after waking up at the crack of 6 pm on Sunday sure can put things in perspective sometimes. The gig on Thursday with Knock Out, Battle Born and The Waking Light was pretty sweet, and Knock Out was a Hell of a lot better than the last time I saw them @ the Icehouse, that's for sure. They kept their shitty ska versions of Misfits songs towards the end of their set, and everything leading up to that was pretty damn good, even the Descendents cover of Bikeage that they dedicated to Mike. Battle Born just killed it and sounded phenomenal through the pro P.A. inside of the Cheyenne. I missed the majority of their set because I was outside doing a photo shoot for some random girl from L.A. who said she was gonna make me a Star. :-0 hahahaha Aluminum Falcon played their, what, 3rd gig I think, and the momentum seems to be building, one group of fans at a time. Lots of good words and positive vibes after we were done playing. The bass player from Knock Out rubbed my tummy and told me I was a great drummer... lol. Somebody took video of the night, and Senor Tyson was nice enough to post that shit on YouTube, of course.
My goal during this next song is to break cymbals. The collection on my garage wall can attest to the fact that it happens all the time, but not this night unfortunately. :-(
Yeah, it was a good night until I got home and heard that my friend Michelle Flipside had passed away. She was only 45, much too young and pretty to go. She was a cancer survivor as well, which just makes the event even more of a tragedy than it already is. I seriously think I met her at a Vermin gig @ Favorites back in 1994. I used to see her column pop up in Flipside every now and then and be like, 'Who is this chick writing up the Local gigs? I wanna meet her.' She hyped up the Vermin gig in her column, saying she'd be there, and I went there specifically to meet her, and once I did, I was smitten. She was Smart and Witty and Cute as all gets, and she loved to have fun - how could you not adore that? After that we spent time together and afterwords we were constantly running into each other at the Wet Stop or the Double Down or wherever the cool gigs in town were happening, hanging out, shooting pool or shooting the shit, always drinking, always having fun. For some reason that slips my mind she moved away and we lost touch, like you do. Thankfully, through the magic of Facebook, we re-connected and would spend the occasional hours talking about things at all odd hours of the night and morning, where she would share with me her Thoughts and Plans and Memories, always full of Life, always sounding just the same as she always was, even though she'd been through a lot since we last chatted. Just a huge fucking tragedy that she's gone, and I take little comfort in the fact that she's not suffering anymore. Death fucking sucks. I hate it. My condolences to her Husband Richard and all of her Family at this terrible time. I'm going to miss the Hell out of you Chelle. Godspeed to you. Easy be the Journey. I love you.
Everything is updated. All the Pictures from the Guilty By Association 10th Anniversary gig @ Yayo Taco are up on the website. I'm not feeling too well right now. I think I'm gonna go puke. Later.