Gawd Damn! The Elders are Falling. I forgot all about the whole 'They Die In Threes' rule, which has me worried about who the third one will be. Eddie Egan? Jello Biafra? Chuck Biscuits again? LOL Who knows, but the OG Punk Veteranos are slipping away fast. First it was Todd Sampson, and now it's Derf Scratch, the Legendary bass player from Fear, who is partly responsible for one of the most incredibly witty pieces of Punk Rock video ever set to film. Just watch that shit and listen to what's being said. We really wish we could be as nice as you people, but we were born with problems... hahaha Couldn't get away with saying any of that shit today, that's for sure! No word yet on the cause of his Death, but it's definitely a day to bust out some Fear tunes in remembrance. Quite a charecter he was. R.I.P. Derf Scratch. The Punk World just got a little less fun.
I don't do well around drunken women. I have no patience with them anymore. I blame a certain cunt of an ex wife for that. Is that better Caroline? :-) You like that word better you nosy cunt?
So I'm at the Crown Theater, hammering back $20 double Jack and Cokes at the bar, trying my hardest to drown out the suckiness that is coming from the stage, courtesy of the Skooners, who had been given the honor of opening up for Squeeze, chosen over Lydia Vance, who were deemed "too hard" of a band to be opening up the bill. Whatever. I guess they went the complete opposite because the Skooners are some of the wimpiest, non-hard bands I've ever seen. Ghey on a whole 'nother level. The drunken women thing becomes most apparent when I'm in the midst of them. I queued up to the front of the stage during the Beat (who were always a bunch of tossers in my book - I'm a Madness fan all the way!) and I'm surrounded by them - drunken Cougars and MILF's all dancing like they did @ their last Sadie Hawkins dance, crying for attention, loud and obnoxious, and spilling their booze all over me while burning me with their lit cigarettes. AAARGH!! I was almost ready to leave, but my Love of the band Squeeze kept me there. And it was sooooooooooooooooo fucking worth it. I was mesmerized from the opening notes of Take Me I'm Yours onward. Epic shit man. Glad to see I wasn't the only Punk dude there, as Brendan and Jarrett from Lydia Vance were in attendance, as well as one of the Mapes, all of them there with their respective significant others. Yeah, Squeeze is definitely a 'Love' kind of thing, which explains why I was there alone! hahaha Review coming soon. I sooooooooo needed this gig right now in my Life. Saved me it did. Yup!
The Celebration of Todd Sampson's Life will be held this Sat. at 9 pm @ Wasted Space inside the Hard Rock. It's a benefit, with all proceeds going towards Todds family. The hat will be passed around, so make sure to bring a Donation or 2 to help out. There's also gonna be some Memorial tee shirts sold, so bring some cash for those too. There's gonna be an open mic for anyone wishing to step up and say a few words in memoriam of Todd, and there's also gonna be some instruments set up, so that people can jam and play some tunes in honor of someone who had a Hell of a lot to do with making the Las Vegas Music Scene what it is today. Sat. night, it's a Celebration bitches, a celebration for one of the good ones who died much too soon. Click here to check out the Facebook page with all the details. Should be a very bittersweet night full of Memories, Laughter, and maybe a few Tears. R.I.P. dude. May your Journey be an Easy one.
The Assassin is no longer available to hit fools. Yeah, in keeping up with the Sports side of this website, Legendary DB for the Oakland Raiders Jack Tatum passed away a few days ago, and it just reminds me of what a fearsome force the Raiders were at one time, and what a dangerous sport the game used to be. The stuff that Tatum was doing back then was a regular part of the game, and now most of it would be considered illegal, if not downright criminal! LOL His hit on Stingley was brutal, leaving Stingley paralyzed from the neck down, and his reputation as a hard hitting mother fucker was relished and feared. Tatum was the Man, hitting people so hard their helmets would fly off of their heads, and that's why to this day his Alma Matter Ohio State still gives out the 'Jack Tatum Hit Of The Week' Award to the player who had the hardest, most impressive defensive hit of the game. Yeah, his hit on Fuqua led to the 'Immaculate Reception' in the playoff game vs. the Steelers, but we can forgive him for that. Click here to watch the video on YouTube for some evidence of his brutality and listen to what others have to say about him. He wasn't voted #6 Most Feared Tackler in NFL History for nothing ya know! ;-) An important part of the Raiders 1976 Super Bowl season. # 32 Jack Tatum. A true Raider Warrior. The Assassin. R.I.P.
Enough with the Deaths already - Let's move on to something more light hearted, more celebratory, like Birthdays! Yup! There's a major Birthday party going down tonight @ the Amoroso's brand new Casa de Cool for the Prince of Drummers, aka Danny, the drum machine that makes the Pigasus go. There's gonna be CAKE (natch!) and beer and ale and whiskey and rum for the kids, and bring your swim trunks, because there's a huge pool there that needs some bodies swimming in it. Hank, I'm throwing you in, so be ready for it! LOL Yeah, it's gonna be that kind of party. Hit up Roxie or Jesse for info / directions. I don't know how old Danny is, but I do know that he's got about that many kicks in the ass coming to him, and plus, he's a Buffalo Sabres fan, so he deserves it... hahahaha. Should be a fun time - hope to see some of you there.
I got a message on Myspace from some kid who was asking me how I could claim to be a Punk Rock website when I wasn't even hyping up the Total Gay Ass gig @ 702 tomorrow. After I explained to him the whole Brian Infestshit thing, he wrote back and said he will be standing outside when the band is playing, and that he doesn't support them in any way shape or form. I guess there's still hope for the future. ;-) That part that scares me is that one of of my older Punk friends was like 'I'd rather go see Total Gay Ass than Blink 182 and I countered that by saying I'd rather go see Blink 182 because at least they have a few good songs that are way more Punk than anything Total Gay Ass has ever done. Back when I was living in CA., Total Gay Ass was considered a joke in the beginning, and no one took them the least bit seriously. If you've ever heard Rob Chaos talk in real life you'd know why I say that. I never figured out what people saw in that band, but oh well. Some of us never lost our initial viewpoint. We're the Hardcore. We still Believe. :-) Go out to 702 and drink some beers in the parking lot, and have fun supporting a gig full of douche-bag Poseurs, being entertained by bands populated with convicted women beating pieces of shit and two-faced lying little boys, and the other bands stupid enough to choose to play with them. Sad to say I'm disappointed in you guys, but whatever. It's your band - have fun with it. It's just my opinion... what do I know? hahahahaha
Everything's updated. Rollercon is in town, and I can't find a single reason to attend, but maybe you can. ;-) Support your Friends - Love your Enemies. Later.
The CJ Ramone gig was fun but not for the obvious reasons. Hanging out with a bunch of your friends, some of who I haven't seen in like, forever, like Louie The Letch, who always has a smile on his face, was the best part of the night. CJ Ramone had the shittiest drummer ever behind him, and I had to fight the urge to push that fuckwad off of the drum stool and show him how Ramones songs are supposed to be played - Hard, Fast and LOUD!! I hate cymbal pushers. You know, guys who play so softly and hit so lightly that it looks like they're just pushing the cymbal, as opposed to bashing the ever loving shit out of it like I do... hee hee hee. CJ's coming back in Aug., so if you missed him this time around, you can redeem yourself next time round. He played all the expected hits, a few unexpected tunes, like Listen To My Heart, What's Your Game and Wart Hog, which he rightfully dedicated to Dee Dee, and not enough of the tunes he sang lead vocals for on Acid Eaters. My Back Pages was just not enough! Daniel Rey sang lead on Pet Semetary, which made Jeremy happy, and some drunk 90's Lollapalooza dude from the audience sporting a very nice Dead Milkmen shirt sang I Wanna Be Sedated. It was fun. Daniel Rey and CJ were both playing Mosrite Guitars (American made right here in Las Vegas!) and they were both killing it, but man, I wanted to kill that drummer sooooo badly. I didn't like him when he chose Turbo's drum set over mine... hee hee hee. Showed he didn't have a clue about anything as far as I was concerned, because my kit was so loud it over powered everything, as it always does. Turbo's new shiny chrome Pearl kit was nice, but over a Vistalite? No way mang! Yeah, I'm a drum snob. Sue me. The Vermin were good as always, and I think we played a good set. People dug it. Drunk guys with Mohawks were singing along off key. Chicks were paying us compliments. All was good in downtown Las Vegas. I recorded the gig with my trusty recorder, and you can listen to it if you want to by clicking right here.
Speaking of downtown Vegas, the LVCS is a pretty damn cool place. When I played there with Infestshit many moons ago, it was just a big empty space with nothing in it, and now it's got bars, bathrooms, a kick ass stage with a sound system that can't go over 97 decibels for some Legal reason and some cool UFO shape lighting rig above the stage, complete with a dry ice machine floating around somewhere around the back. Oh, and did I mention that the place has a mechanical bull? LOL Yeah, we were all gonna ride the bull at one time but forgot about it because we were too busy drinking to remember to give it a go. well, that's my story anyways and I'm sticking to it! LOL Yeah, the LVCS is a cool place to hang out and see some bands play on an actual stage with a killer PA in a very chillaxing environment. This place comes highly recommended. If you know where the free parking is downtown then you got nothing to bitch about. Great stuff coming up too. That Mapes / Maxies / No Bunny gig there next week is gonna be pretty fucking great. Same with that Dead Lazlo's Place / Symbol Six / Social Task gig happening there @ the end of the month. The LVCS represents the next step in Roxie's quest for world domination, and I wish her the best of Luck with it. Can't wait to see how this ride's gonna end. :-)
Hey! Did you hear that? That sound of a collective of Norwegian music fans (and maybe a few million others worldwide) shooting themselves in the head after hearing that Hank had quit Turbonegro. Yeah, Scientology claims another one. Apparently, Hank's latest trip into rehab convinced him to quit the band, a band that he says he had no friends in. Boo fucking hoo. Suck it up, collect your check and STFU. The last, oh, dare I say, 3 Turbonegro albums sucked ass, and the band that had started out as a parody and became a revolution went full circle and became a parody once again. Going through the motions. If you saw any of the last Turbonegro outings then you know what I'm talking about. Fun, but never all that, like it used to be. Anyways, another great one bites the dust. Maybe the band will consider our American Hank to replace their Norwegian Hank, like a spy swap or something. I think it could work.
It was Senor N.J. Pete's birthday last Sat. (Yaaayy!) and he celebrated it at the Double Down (Booooooooooo!) where his band Unfair Fight played that night. Many many many happy returns to ya Sir! I am in debt to you for at least a few rounds of something good to drink. Me, you and George - Let's do it! Unfair Fight is also playing the Total Gay Ass gig @ 702 Skatepark with the Hard Pipe Hitters, so I might have to write them off for a bit, at least Live anyways, or at least until they stop playing diseased cesspools or lame ass gigs with douche bag poseur bands. This is not gonna be an ongoing thing, is it? I thought you guys were gonna be one of the Local bands here with Standards, Morals and Beliefs? I'm worried... heh heh
Spain won the World Cup, and guess what - Nobody cared. A game that is a Religion else where in the world barely makes a ripple in anything over here. Blind Patriotism? Yuck. The faux enthusiasm some of you Team America fans exhibited during the Cup was a bit embarrassing, to say the least. Any excuse to hang out in a bar and get drunk, right? hee hee hee Well, the good thing is, I won't have to see or hear about it for another 4 years.
Who is Lebron James and why should I give a fuck. Is it Hockey season yet? LOL I don't care about Basketball, don't care about Cleveland, don't care about Miami, and I especially don't care about where Lebron James is going to play this year. Who gives a fuck? Who cares?
Speaking of things that nobody cares about, the Arts District blew up yesterday. A couple of bums got injured, because they're the only ones who frequent the area. LOL Give it up Vegas. You ain't gonna establish an Arts district here in this Anti-Creativity cesspool we all call home. The City and their Government don't want it here. It's bad for business. It keeps people away from the Casinos. And besides, even if you did, it would just get gentrified by rich yuppie fucks who would then move in and take over, raising property values and rent prices through the roof, and then you'll be bitching about how cool the Arts District used to be while you're looking for a new place to live. Happened in NY, SF, LA, etc. When will you learn? Me personally, I think it's Hipster Sabotage. I think the people from the Attic blew up the Opportunity Village in order to eliminate their direct (as in across the street) competition. Just a thought.
Man, I've been blabbering here for a bit. I'm missing out on Stern, so I'm gonna go. I finally beat Red Dead Redemption the other day, so hopefully I can start catching up on the stuff I've been slacking on. New stuff everywhere. If you don't find it, just ask. I'm not as big of an asshole as you might think I am. Oh wait, I forgot... hahaha The King and the Prince of Vegas drummers are going to San Jose next year to watch our Hockey teams fight to the Death like rabid dogs - anyone else down for a Punk Rock Hockey weekend in the Bay area? <3
Gawd, the things I would do to PJ Harvey. Gawd I love that woman. You know what else I love? I love waking up on the American day of Independence to read some horse shit message on Facebook from some cock sucking Kraut thief trying to educate me on the merits and meaning of words like Libel, Slander, and Defamation. Hey fuckwad, I will say anything I want about anything I see fit to comment on, especially if it's on Facebook. You can't really expect to receive any amount of Privacy on there, can you? Especially on what is essentially a public airing of opinions? I don't think you can do that because of something called Freedom of Speech. It's in the Bill Of Rights, it's in the Constitution that Americans fought and died for, to break free from British tyranny, I think LOL. You think your idle threats are any deterrent to me? Think again dude. If my own personal Lawyer Robert Walsh doesn't spank you, then I got a team of Lawyers who work for my Tribe in California who have got nothing better to do than bury your ass in Legal papers a mile deep. I've seen them do it. It's ugly. And BTW, you should of read that stuff you copy and pasted from somewhere on the Internet. At the end of it all, it explained Why Commencing A Defamation Action Is Not Always A Good Idea. They're 95% non winnable, and never worth the $$$ spent on Lawyer fees, and I know your broke ass can't even afford a good place to live in, or a nice car to drive around in, much less extravagant Lawyers fees. So just man up and hush it, OK? Don't make me be the bad guy. Please. It's not worth it. If you would just take responsibility for your chickenshit actions then maybe I could see fit to take you seriously. As it is, your just a scared little boy who likes to play games, and you get soooooo butt hurt when things don't go your way. Boo fucking hoo. Go chase after the pussy you lost like you always do, like you have before, and like you obviously are again. Pathetic. Does it really bother you so much that she's lost interest in you? Guess so, if you're talking crazy like you are to me... hahahaha Anyways, next move is yours kid. Send me those lawsuit papers so I can feed them to my Shark Lawyers. I guarantee you will regret doing such an asinine thing. Don't you got better things to do? Seriously? I know I do.
Yeah, my Life is never dull, that's for sure! hee hee hee Hey! Happy Birthday to Battle Born, one of the best bands to ever come out of Vegas. It was 4 years ago yesterday that they all got together to play a backyard BBQ party thingy, and it seems kind of appropriate in hindsight. Battle Born. Independence Day. That whole Revolutionary War thing. Work with me people. Anyways, big ups to Battle Born for setting a fine example of how a real punk band gets things done nowadays - by busting their asses and playing some amazing punk tunes, and not by how many pyramid studs they can fit on their denim vest or by how many shitty punk band patches you sew on your pants. Substance over Style. You pathetic cookie cutter punk bands here in Vegas could learn a few things from Battle Born, that's for sure. Now where's that new album at dammit? LOL
Man, I don't know why I got such a bee in my bonnet over that Adicks gig @ Wasted Space last night, but I did. It just didn't seem right that so many people were hyped on that gig. It was the 4th of July! You mean to tell me that with all the parties going on around town, and all the other things you could of been doing on that Holiday, the best thing you could come up with to do was to pay some over-priced cover at some douchey club where they're only gonna herd you out like cattle when the gigs over so they can get 'the beautiful club people' (their real bread and butter) in there, just to see some British band play on the day of your American independence? You should of gone to the LVCS to see that Johnny Cash tribute band play. Now that music is as American as it gets, not some posturing from some Limeys shouting out revolutionary slogans in Spanish that they neither mean nor support. The last time the British tried to do anything 'Revolutionary' didn't end so well, did it? hahahaha Fuck that. I mean seriously, didn't the Adicks just play that same venue a few months ago? It sucked then too, memmer? You memmer. I memmer not going to that gig because one of a certain someone's icky musical projects was playing that night, and I don't have any idea who opened the gig last night, but I'm almost positive it was someone who didn't deserve it! LOL Gawd, the Apathy that just seems to thrive here in supposed 'Sin City'. Oh Vegas, my Love/Hate relationship with you just grows and grows. Hey, if you had fun @ the Adicks, God Bless ya. I think I'm just over it.
I've been missing out on a lot of Birthdays this month. From people I care for dearly who try to pass poisonous fish to me, people that I just get drunk and play them at pool all night, to people who spend too much time skateboarding in search of dead hookers, I've been hugely slacking in the birthday wishes department, and for that I apologize. Heroin is a Hell of a drug... heh heh. I'm slowly snapping out of it, coming back to reality, dealing with the ugly facts as they are presented to me, and again, I apologize, so if you see me out and about, just slap me in the head and remind me that I got you nothing for your birthday and I'll buy you a couple of rounds of drinks at least. It's not like I don't do that for you anyways, right? LOL To all of you, a belated Happy Birthday! Hope you got what you wished for.
Ya know, seeing the video for Jenn. O. Cide's birthday bash @ the Double Down almost makes me wish I could stomach going to that place. It was impressive that she drank a whole bottle of ass juice (out of a goblet though, and not straight from the bottle... boooooooo) but even more impressive was her eating glass, and trying to light a cigarette using sparks from a grinder applied to a hatchet. Don't know what I'm talking about? Click here and here to see that shit for yourself. It is funny, to say the least, if only to hear Turbo from the Vermin cackling like the Joker. :-)
Again, I know there's loads more I wanted to talk about, but I gotta get back to my newest addiction - Red Dead Redemption for the Xbox 360. Such a great game. I just opened up the Tall Trees area, so I'm looking forward to killing me some bear and hopefully some beavers, so I can get that stuff to that guy who's building the airplane... hee hee hee I'm sure none of you know what I'm talking about and that's OK. Par for the course around here. See you at the gig on Thurs. Why is CJ Ramone playing a bunch of Ramones tunes? Don't know, don't care. All I know is that I would be there regardless of whether or not my band was opening. American Punk Rock motherfuckers. You should be supporting his gig instead of that Adicks gig. CJ Ramone doesn't play here every few months, and he ain't playing at a club where Pink and 5 Finger Death Punch are considered 'Hard and Extreme'. It was the Ramones who turned the British onto the whole Punk Rock experience, and I don't know whether to Thank them or Curse them for that... hee hee hee. To quote Glenn Danzig: Fuck the British! The British Suck!. Yeah, couldn't of said it better myself. See you around.
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