My band American Buckshot was up next and we seemed to do OK. I wasn't really paying attention, as I was bashing the ever living fuck out of my drum set while pondering such lofty subjects as Why is there air? and How would you coat the Empire State Building in bananas to deter King Kong? People really liked us, and there was lots of compliments doled out afterwords, so Thanx everyone. It was beyond fun, to say the least. Mersa played after us and I couldn't stick around outside to watch them, as I was soaking wet from just playing and didn't wanna catch my death from cold, so I spent the remainder of the evening at the bar chatting the night away with everyone who bothered to show up. Lots of cool peeps I haven't seen in a while, and Family too, which is always a good thing. Cheers everyone. It was a fantastic night.
Surrounded By Thieves are playing with some really shitty bands tonight @ the Motor City Cafe. I'd say more about what a bunch of asshats the other bands they're playing with are, but I've really got better things to do. Improve your lot in Life Surrounded By Thieves. You can do better than that and remember, discretion is a good thing. Same with you Motor City Cafe. Leave those mediocre bands and the inevitable Drama they bring to East Side Joe's. It thrives in that cesspool and is not wanted in our scene.
Everyone in the facebook world was all aflutter about this whole Flag gig that went down last night @ the Moose Lodge in Redondo Beach, the exact same spot where Black Flag played their first gig. I always thought their first gig was @ Pollywog Park, but no less than an authoritative source as Spin magazine say different, so it must be true. Click here to read their write up on the whole thing. Now, my pessimistic, opposing view of this whole thing is that, if it's a Black Flag karaoke act you're looking for, then Flag is perfect. I'm not into this whole Nostalgia for Nostalgia's sake thing that everyone else is, because not every band can get back together and still kick ass and write great new material that stands up just as well as to their earlier releases. You wanna make me a believer - release some new stuff and quit slaughtering the cash cow. I mean, they had to bring Dez Cadena into the fold just to have more material to play so they could have a full set and get paid. Lame. I'm not even going to mention the fact that Keith and Chuck have been playing these same songs with the rest of the guys in Off! as the backing band under the name No Flag for a couple of years now as well, because that would just take away from the oh-so-good feeling that reunions for cash bring to the ignorant masses. Those bills don't pay themselves ya know! LOL If you don't believe me about this karaoke act aspect I'm pushing, then check out this video from last night of Flag doing My War, a song that only 1 person - the drummer - played on the record for. Nice. You people in Vegas might remember when bands like the Platters or the Coasters would do the same thing here, playing all the hits with only 1 original member in the group... yeah, well, this Flag thing is just the same - and just as sad as well.
Everything is updated. Damn I've written a lot. I don't have the luxury of writing as much as I'd like to, but it's always fun when I can sneak the time in. Did I tell you about the 3D6 Music Review I did? Click here to read that. Did you see the photos of Lenguas Largas that I posted? Click here to see those if you haven't already. I took them @ Hellpop! Comics when the band played there like a month ago. Timely I know. Oh, I also posted the photos I took of Nü Sensae that I took that night as well. Click here to check those out. I love all the Drama going on with the Arts Factory and the Bar & Bistro closure. Seems like that owner of B & B and the owner of Yayo Taco share that same 'I'm being persecuted' complex. Whatever. That place sucked anyways. Uhhhmmmm... I corrected the Jimi Hendrix review for his latest release People, Hell And Angels, and you can click here to read that. I'm sure there's more to tell you about, but I'm tired. I was up all night. I need a nap. See ya at the gigs! :-)