I can still hear ALL of my Raiders fan friends lamenting loudly and proudly during the preseason that This is OUR year and We're going to the Superbowl for sure and all other sorts of bandwagon fan crap, and when I pointedly asked them what they based this opinion on, they mostly said 3 things - QB Carr, WR Crabtree/Cooper, and Mack and Beastmode. When I brought up that our reliance on Carr last year is what killed the team, and that there was still no adequate backup to Carr in case, oh Heaven forbid, he gets injured again this year, and my friends would counter back with, but we have the best O-line ever and Carr's not gonna get touched this year, to which I said "Uh huh". When I pointed out that our young receivers had more dropped passes than anybody in the league combined, I was called a Hater. And when I brought up the fact that Beastmode Lynch didn't exactly go out on a high note at the end of his career, and now we expected this guy, who hadn't trained or done anything football related in years to just come on the field and do what for our Offense, I was told I wasn't a true fan, even though I've been supporting the team since 1972. Whatever. Once again, Luck, and a lot of smoke and mirrors had Raiders fans salivating at the possibilities after the first 2 games of this season, with SOME people (coughcoughMattcoughcough) even thinking we were gonna be undefeated the first half of the season, and I just kind of stood around and went 'meh' about it all, because I knew we weren't good, I knew we were all hype, no substance, and now with our current 2-3 record, with the last 3 games being games we should of won on paper but didn't, well, I think our true selves are finally being shown. I think I was proven right. Sucks I know, but let's face it - our Defense is horrible. #firekennortonjr Sean Smith is a joke, so is our Defensive Coordinator. That guy couldn't adapt or change a scheme to save his Dad's life. Nepotism at it's finest. Beastmode has failed to do anything or even come close to living up to the hope or the hype he was generating on social media before even touching a football. Our receivers drop everything that's thrown at them (once again leading the league in dropped passes) but it doesn't matter anyways, because we don't have a quarterback to throw it to them! LOL Once again Carr goes down with an injury and the whole Raiders train derails. Been the story so far this year. Once somebody gets injured, we have no backups to smoothly step in and make the transition less painful. Ugh. This season has been painful, and the shenanigans with the building of the stadium out here just leave me with a bad taste in my mouth, and I find myself lost on the Lord's day. No band practice, and now no football - what am I gonna do with my Sundays??? Work on the website? Fuck that! LOL
hahahahahahahahahaha I can't... I can't... hahahahahahahahaahahahahaha I'm OD'ing on "Benefits" and 'Charities"... LOL I understand the need to do something, anything, in the wake of this tragedy, but really... doing things just for the sake of doing things and breaking your arm patting yourselves on the back is nauseating. "Vegas Strong" is a joke and you're not a hero. You're just a trendy sheep following the herd acting like you matter but the truth is you don't. Deal with it.
I hate that I have to keep reposting this, or repeating it, but that's the world we live in nowadays. You'd think the Media would get it right by now, but they never will. Condolences to the Family and Friends of everyone affected by this tragedy. Watch what happens because of it. The "official" story of what happened is less believable than the 9-11 fairy tale...
Had a great time in CA this past weekend. The Headnoise gig in Pomona with Phobia and Mob Attack (who I fucking LOVE!!! D-Beat 4 Life!) was pretty sick. It was at the old (still is) Characters in Pomona, right next to the police station, and which is where I think I saw the $winging Utter$ play once at back in the daze. Cool little place with an outdoor smoking patio where everybody smokes weed while the cop cars roll right by. Weird. Paid no attention to any of the opening bands because I was too busy hanging out and being Chatty Cathy, and then it was time for Headnoise to play. Ya know, it's funny with Headnoise gigs - either some people get it, and don't care, and rock out like they would for any other band, or they hold back and look at their friends for acceptance, for approval, seeing if it's OK to like a "Christian Punk" band ha ha ha ha Oh well. Lots of people dug us, and that's all that matters really. Made lots of new friends after the set, and I had to tear myself away from them all to get my ass inside to see Mob Attack fuck shit up with their blistering barrage of D-Beat madness. Just fucking glorious to my ears and I took lots of pictures and videos like the idiot that I am. Phobia was too much for my ears after Mob Attack, I hung around the patio area decompressing, so after they were done playing a whole shitload of us went to Norm's in Claremont for breakfast grub. There was a shitload of us, some drunk and stoned and wasted and loud, and it took forever to get service and to get our food. The putting everything on one check thing was just the icing on the cake. After everyone left and called it a night, I smoked cloves and watched the sunrise with Rob before crashing out.
The next day I had to go to Cerritos to the Guitar Center to buy more drumsticks. I broke the only 4 pairs of sticks I had at the Headnoise gig the night before. Grabbed some amazing Thai food at Thai Table with Edie and Robert and Digby before meeting up with all the rest of the Headnoise family at Muldoons Saloon in Long Beach for the gig. The place was a dive. Funky but fun. The opening bands played while we hung around outside before heading in. We bullied the jukebox with Clash and Gang Of Four tunes once we were in there, and Headnoise held their own little pool shark tournament, with Tom being the winner of it all in a match against Robert. Once the opening bands were done, we set up quickly, and we played against a huge white screen that was being used to project a psychedelic light show directly in our eyes while we played, and it made for an interesting set. It was basically a glorified practice, but we played some new songs and a few more we didn't play the night before, and people dug the shit out of us. We're building up quite an arsenal of tunes, with both old and new ones being added all the time. It was a fun gig. Afterwards we headed off to Norm's again, this time in Whittier, where the service was quicker, but they gave me creamer in my water. Yuck. Went back to my room to deal with Managers, Police, and selfish assholes parking in handicap parking spaces without proper placards. Phooey. Kippered a few hours rest before heading to the grand opening of the Headnoise familia's new church and then it was off to Sid's Tattoo Parlor for a free tattoo from Rob before heading back to Vegas... right back to the unfolding insanity...
Gig Review: Voodoo Glow Skulls / The Porkers / Buck-O-Nine / Guilty By Association / Light 'Em Up @ Backstage Bar & Billiards
Pictures: January 2017 updated
Gig Calendar updated
Idle Gossip updated
Pictures: Mob Attack @Characters Bar in Pomona
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Pictures: Doulos @Angel City Cafe in Bellflower
Pictures: Cause For Rebellion @Angel City Cafe in Bellflower
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