Year End Lists - you know I love them! ;-)Seems like everybody and their Mothers were putting out lists, either about the best musical releases of 2011 or the
best gigs they saw that year or the biggest shits they took or whatever, and after reading the Las Vegas Weekly's pathetic attempt at year end lists (which you can read by clicking here
) I was inspired to attempt my own lists, so here they are! Top Ten Best Releases of 2011:1. Jesus Lizard - Club
One of the most frightening live shows ever recorded. All killer no filler. The sound quality on this is phenomenal! Nothing released this year even comes close to how powerful and amazing this record is. Nothing.
2. Deadhand - Deadhand
The song writing, musicianship and emotions on display in this release still give me the chills. Scary good, and it still makes the hair on the back on my neck stand up every time a song off of this comes up on shuffle on my iPhone. 3. P.J. Harvey - Let England Shake
Simply astounding in it's musical brilliance. The best thing she's done since Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea
. The woman is a genius. 4. Naked City Romeos - Naked City Romeos
If this CD came out in the classic Punk Rock era of yesteryear, it would be considered a legendary record alongside other releases by the Sex Pistols
, The Dictators
and the Damned
. Yeah, it's that fucking good.5. Unfair Fight - A Constant Struggle
Again, if this CD came out in the classic Punk Rock eras of yesteryear, it would be considered an essential part of any Hardcore music collection alongside other releases by Agnostic Front
, or the Cro-Mags
. This release is incredible - enough said.6. The Dwarves - The Dwarves Are Born Again
The fact that the Dwarves
are still around is to be commended. The fact that they put out this CD full of such kick ass music is just icing on the cake. A great release that gives you exactly what you'd expect and deserve from this seminal band. 7. Jane's Addiction - The Great Escape Artist
Going back to their Nothing's Shocking
drawing board, the band juggled bass players while coming together to create what is undoubtedly the best thing they've done in a long, long time.8. The People's Whiskey - Eight Tracks And Dub Sacks
This CD came straight out of Hendertucky to hit a home run with this raw, melodic presentation of some of the better songs the band has been playing around live for a while now. The impassioned vocals and musical stylings on here are just fantastic. 9. Faith - Subject To Change Plus First DemoThis often overlooked classic band finally gets the recognition they deserve by having all of their material remixed and remastered, and it sounds better than it ever did. For this material to come out this year is a godsend.
10. Napalm Raid - Trail Of The World
One of the heaviest, crustiest recordings to come out this year. This 4 song EP highlights the bands musical muscle in short, brutal blasts of fiery anger. Amazing stuff.
And while I'm in the mood for it, here's another one:Top 10 Best Gigs of 2011:1. Melt Banana @ The Bunkhouse
If you were there, then you know why this gig was the best one to go down this year. How amazing was the band? And the crowd?? Wowsers!! Definitely in my Top 10 list for the best gigs I've ever seen in my Life. Seriously. 2. Shellac @ The Beauty BarI don't know why they played, but I'm glad I was there! I stood directly in front of the band with my mouth agape in bewilderment as they just pummeled the crowd with one incredible song after another. This gig was soul cleansing. Fucking brilliant.3. Freddie McGregor @ Reggae In The DesertWowsers. I still can't believe I witnessed the King of Lover's Rock deliver a set of musical brilliance to an amorous and appreciative
audience, who were hanging on every note the Man sung. 4. Deadhand @ Hypnotic LoungeThe band played a residency at this pool hall in September that highlighted their just released self titled EP, and to be able to see them perform live every weekend was a mind blowing treat. 5. Barrington Levy
@ The BunkhouseTo watch this dance hall Legend up close and personal in this downtown dive bar, 2 days in a row no less, was akin to
seeing Peter Tosh
at the Double Down. Just. Fucking. Incredible.6. Manic Hispanic @ Diablo'sTo see Jefe, fresh out of the hospital, lead El Hoakie Loco and their primos through a blistering set of old and new material was incredible. One of the best bands to play live you'll ever see.7. Zeke @ The LVCS
The high revving, nitrous burning Rock N Roll machine known as Zeke
just fucking slayed everyone in the place when they played here, leaving no doubt that these guys are no one to fuck with when they play. Sheer genius. 8. Napalm Raid
@ Yayo Taco
These crusty Canadians played the most brutal set of D-Beat Noise Not Music that Vegas ever witnessed, and there wasn't more than 10 people in the room when they did it, and the intensity level was through the roof. Fuck yeah!!!9. Descendents @ Punk
I only watched a little bit of it from the outside, because I wasn't stupid enough to pay to get in, but what I saw was pretty impressive. Not from the band, who have definitely lost a few steps along the way, but more from the crowd, who just showered the band with nothing but Love L-U-V while they played nearly every song that the people wanted to hear. Pretty great to see.10. The People's Whiskey @ The Royal ResortI love these guys, and on this particular day they delivered a set of songs that was so fucking punk rocking, so memorable, that it was stuck in my mind for months afterwards. It was like seeing Nirvana when they played Al's Bar to like, nobody.
This was one for the History books.Yeah, that's pretty good for off the top of my head.
:-) While I'm reminiscing about the last month of the year, lemme publicly acknowledge one of the worst kept secrets in all of the Las Vegas Music Scene by Congratulating Ministry Of Love
on their signing to Negative Progression Records
. The band certainly deserves it, and I look forward to hearing their tales of no label support, no money, shitty touring situations and all the fun, fun times they're gonna have. :-) Their debut for the label, Party Animals
, will be released in February. Again, Congratulations to Ministry Of Love
for finally getting signed. Gives me hope that a record label out there might actually 'get it'. Yeah, First Friday tonight. I'm thinking about going down to see Pigasus and The Dirty Somethings
tear shit up, but I dunno if that's gonna happen. Obligations, ya know? ;-) Tomorrow night it's all about The People's Whiskey
/ The Dirty Panties
/ The Quitters
@ the Motor City Cafe
, after I take care of some personal business in the morning. I don't have anything to do on Sundays now that football is over for me. :-( I was gonna go to a birthday party but it got cancelled, so, anyone wanna hang out and jam on Sunday? heh heh heh Everything is updated, I finished off all the Pictures for 2011, with the last sets being from The People's Whiskey
, The Mapes
and the Naked City Romeos
. You can find them all to the side here. I also added all the photos to the Me And My Me And My Me And My Me And My Me And My Friends
page as well as the Vegas - The City I Live In
page too, which is weird, because those pages get a lot of views for some reason. I can't imagine why. ;-)
The panic text messages went out early on Saturday night. The Brother of the Promoter was letting everybody know that the Promoter took all the money made from the appropriately named Las Vegas Shakedown and left town with it, heading off to hide in Los Angeles with his tail firmly ensconced between his cowardly legs. The Brother of the Promoter was spreading the word that nobody was getting paid - not the Bands, not the Stage Hands, not Security, not the Staff - Nobody - and that he was officially washing his hands of all responsibility associated with the shady Shakedown festival. Like rats fleeing a sinking ship, it was every man for themselves. Bands played for free, and most of the workers simply walked off the job, and I don't blame them. I would too if I knew I wasn't going to get paid! LOL And with that chickenshit move, the Shakedown came to an anti-climactic end, and I say good riddance to bad rubbish. The lineup was terrible, but that was because quite a few bands didn't even wanna work with the Promoter, because of past experiences and stuff they had heard about him. The promotion for the festival was terrible too. Nobody knew anything about what was going on, and the gigs all definitely had a Poseur slant to them. All I saw when I was down there on Fremont Street was Rockasilly faggots walking around with their Chubby Page girlfriends. If it wasn't for Zeke, Custom Made Scare, Flexx Bronco and a few others, there wasn't a Punk band to be found anywhere. Phooey. I hope that the words 'Las Vegas' and 'Shakedown' never come together ever again, and if they do, I hope people aren't stupid enough to support it, and that bands aren't stupid enough to play it.
And what was I doing down on Fremont Street on Saturday? Why, attending the Occupy Las Vegas protest, of course! LOL I got there @ 4 pm, right when it was supposed to start, and there was nobody there. I checked the website and it said to meet in front of the big pint glass at Hennessey's, and so I grabbed a pint, ordered some grub and took a seat at a table outside of Hennessey's to watch the festivities. There were NHP bikes all lined up along the streets, film crews from Local TV stations were standing around looking stupid, and undercover police officers walked around talking into their lapels, but there was no crowd whatsoever. A few stragglers showed up, some idiot kids were walking around with anonymous Vendetta type face masks on the top of their heads, leaving their faces fully exposed, and a VW van kept driving around the area, with a poster board full of Anti-Big Business slogans and rhetoric scrawled on it, prominently affixed to the side of the van for all the world to see.
Yes, the driver of this van was wearing a Tye-dyed Grateful Dead shirt. :-)
After 15 minutes the Cops started clearing out, the TV crews started breaking their gear down, and the 4 or 5 people who bothered to show up for the Protest just kind of congregated around looking foolish while the Tourists just milled about doing whatever it is they do. I paid up my tab and took a stroll up and down Neonopolis, thinking that maybe I had missed out on it, or maybe the gathering had moved, but I found nothing. I heard someone speaking on a megaphone, but when I followed it to the source all I found was a guy selling and demonstrating toys. After about an hour I gave up and called it a day. As I was crossing the street to leave I turned around and snapped a picture of the Protestors, just for documentations sake. I don't know why nobody showed up, but after this piss poor example of how everybody talks a good game on Facebook, but nobody ever follows through with what they say, I think I'm officially done with all this silliness. This whole Occupy thing might be working in other places but here in Vegas, it's a fucking joke.
The striped pants are a nice touch, don't ya think? ;-)
Jason Campbell... broken collar bone... fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck... Is this the end of our Season? Gawd I hope not. With the Sharks craptacular start this year, Football is the only thing I got going to cheer for! LOL Bring in Pryor! hahaha
I started the 2 a day practice sessions early last week. I'm building up my endurance as well as familiarizing myself with the material... the new material that is. Songs like Ode To Darby and Oki Dog I know like the back of my hand from playing them so much back in the day. If Ena shows up it will be an almost full classic line up reunion, but if not, it's still gonna be an amazingly fun time. Youth Gone Mad @ Rookie's in La Mirada (of course) this Sat. It's a benefit for the Wolf, one of the guys responsible for turning me onto the whole Punk Rock thing when I was a wee lad, and there's no way in Hell that I would miss out on this. No way. Lots of old Friends will show up, and lots of Pictures will be taken. I can't wait. :-)
Everything is updated. New stuff added, old stuff being worked on. Shellac on Weds. @ the Beauty Bar is gonna be AMAZING! See ya there!
I'm gonna avoid commenting on the Roxie / LVCS thing until all is said and done, and the dust has cleared. :-) She was let go because of budget cutbacks. Yeah, that's it, yeah. This is her last week working there. I don't know if this gig is still happening or not, but if it is, you should go. It's for a great cause, and Pigasus has been on fire as of late, so it's gonna be a good gig, that is, if it happens. If it does, look for shenanigans to ensue.
Gibson's school gets all the loot!
I'm glad to know that a few people out there still get their feathers ruffled when I talk shit about bands they like. Really, who gives a shit? Nothing I'm going to say or point out will change your opinion on a band, and your certainly not going to convince me of a shitty bands importance when I know there's nothing there. The Dropkick Murphys can lick my sweaty taint. Leftover Crack is the biggest crock of shit I have ever heard in my Life. They suck, and if you like them, you suck as well. Deal with it. :-)
I haven't been to a gig in months, and I'm not sure if this is a good thing or not. Other things take priority, the thrill of seeing bands in a small, stinky club has lost it's appeal. I'm sure all that's gonna change when I get to Yayo Taco this Saturday for that Guilty By Association 10th Anniversary gig that's happening there. Should be a blast. I think I might interview them as well. Who knows. Alarido is playing Saturday as well, at somebody's house. If you can, go check them out. They're pretty sick. Everything is updated. Lots of new stuff added. I threw up the Zeke @ the LVCS recordings I had. Sound is kind of muddy but it's listenable. Enjoy!
hahahahahaha I've been so busy concentrating on other things not website related that I've been majorly slacking off on doing stuff to it! LOL First off, go to this show tonight - the band Valient Thorr must be sort of good, because they have ads for their current Tour in all the skateboarding magazines that I subscribe to, and we all know that those can always be trusted, right? ;-)
You gotta love a band whose members all wear denim vests, right? ;-)
And then Saturday, oh em gee, on Saturday, Vegas is going to get rocked the fuck out when the all mighty Zeke hit the LVCS stage. Do I need to remind you of what an efficient, deadly, killing machine the band Zeke is? Hope not. Needles to say, if you aren't at this gig on Sat., you might as well just cut your nuts off or cut your tits off and hang your head in shame, and bemoan the fact that you missed the chance to see one of the Devil's most astounding creations, in it's natural element, right in your own backyard. Attendance is mandatory, and by the way, how awesome is the Local support for the gig. Pretty sick. Get there early.
A night filled with pure Punk Rock N Roll Debauchery guaranteed.
Saturday is Roy from the Black Jetts birthday, and him and his band of handsome musical banditos are going to be celebrating the birth of the Man and his Pork Chops by playing a gig @ the Double Down. Should be a pretty fun filled time. Bring the birthday boy some cloves. I hear he likes them. ;-) Happy Birthday Roy! XOXOXO I'd be there myself to wish you a Happy B-Day, but, you know, it's the Double Down, and Zeke is playing, and, uhhmmmmm... yeah... hahaha See you at the gigs this weekend.
Hey! Through the magic of the Internet I just found out that the Apocalyptics are playing @ the Double Down tonight with the Shakes and Season Of The Nightmare. Go out and support a great band that deserves it, in a place that I wouldn't be caught dead in... heh heh
I just added a shitload of upcoming gigs to the Gig Calendar page, stuff like, oh, I dunno, Youth Brigade, Zeke, Dead Kennedys, Misfits, Voodoo Glow Skulls (now moved to the Beauty Bar... UGH!), Fu Manchu, the Adicks, CH3, the Pixies, Agent Orange, Angry Samoans, D.I., that American Carnage Tour with Slayer / Anthrax / Megadeth (siiiiiiiiiick) and lots and lots of Local gigs too. Check it out and plan accordingly. Interesting things are a brewing, that's for sure. ;-)