What? Oh... Hi! Huh? What? What am I doing? What have I been up to? Well... I've kind of just been standing around over here, popcorn in hand, watching what's going on over there, amazed that people can just lie with no shame whatsoever, and yet still come off smelling like a savior in the process.
Yup. Really interesting stuff going on "over there"... :-)
Well... since nobody else is saying it, or they're in denial, or they're part of the group of people who believe that it can be saved from "Da Man", or part of the group trying to get it located to a new place without any financial responsibility whatsoever, I guess, as usual, it's up to me to say it:
So long Artistic Armory!!
Yeah, seems like "Da Man" was up to his usual illegal activities and conspired to shut the venue down, and when I say shut it down, I mean the place was sealed up, locks changed, and everything in there is held up by the Landlord now! LOL I hope the bands that practice there didn't leave any equipment behind. Boooooooo. Well, I guess when you let a bunch of bands full of little kids drink in the parking lot, and then just put it out there for everyone to see, thinking there wasn't going to be repercussions because of it, I guess that's what's going to happen. Oh, that and not paying your rent. ;-) In the end, after the Court battles were waged and lost, the place is sealed, locked down for the time being, so yeah, where are all those acoustic troubadours and Beardcore bands going to play at now you ask??? Well, at the "new, improved, Artistic Armory 2.0", which already has a GoFundMe page (click hereto check it out and contribute) to help them move to a new, better, bigger venue where this sort of thing, you know, being shut down by "Da Man" and all that, is guaranteed to never, ever, happen again. Things will be different. They'll get it right the second time for sure! LOL
And remember - you heard it from an "elitist, old Punk" first... hahahaha
Outliving all your Bands, Venues, and Ideals, since you were a Kid.
See you at the Vegascendents gig tomorrow night. :-)
Latest additions to the website include the following:
Pictures of The Quitters playing @ the Dive a few weeks ago - click here to check them out.
Pictures of Mexican Dubweiser playing @ the Beauty Bar a few weeks back - click here to check them out.
Music Review from Karl Bakla on the Anti-Cimex reissue of their last, self-titled album - click here to check that out.
The fine folks at Inferno Punx Media just posted up the video they took of S.F.T. when we opened up for D.I. @ the Dive a few days ago. Part 1, which starts in the middle of Bitch Slap, is below. Part 2 can be seen by clicking here. You can find the D.I. footage on the Inferno Punx Media YouTube page, which you can go to by clicking here.
Ancient Artifacts Ascertained...
Pictures of Billy Paul (click here), Carl Carlton (click here), The Chi-Lites (click here), The Main Ingredient (click here), and The Stylistics (click here) playing at some 70's Soul Jam thing I went to at the Texas Station a long ass time ago. The evening was MC'd by Jimmie "J.J." Walker, of course, and you can click here to see the few photos I took of him that night.
Pictures of Shattered Faith (click here), F.S.P. (click here), and 1/2 Ast (click here) playing at Squiggy's almost 7 years ago. What a fun little dive bar that was. $2 tall boy PBR's... mmmmm!!
Everything's updated. How's YOUR week going?? :-)
I was standing outside the Dive with Erika on Friday night, freezing my wet little shillelagh off, having a wonderful conversation with Bethany and Karl about anything and everything - music, clothes, manscaping, entitled kids, shitty gigs, and a little bit of shit talking about the Local music websites here in town. D.I. is raging full on inside the bar to a packed house full of Punx and Drunx, and they're playing a great set full of all their hits, and even pulling songs out of their ass towards the end, because people kept chanting "D.I.! D.I.!" and wouldn't let them get off the stage. Can I go home now? Casey was pleading, and after finishing up Pervert Nurse, the band was spent and called it a night. I didn't plan on staying around and watching their entire set, because I was sick as a dog with the flu, but since they were borrowing S.F.T.'s gear to play the gig - why, I don't know - I reluctantly stuck around and I'm glad I did - not for the Music, but just for the hang time with Friends. :-) I mean, opening band Scorpion vs. Tarantula seemed like the Phoenix version of The Objex, so I wasn't impressed, but everyone else seemed to like them, so whatever. I think S.F.T. played one of their better sets, people seemed to dig us (I think) and I know I had fun playing! :-) D.I. is D.I. - you either love 'em, or hate 'em. You know the songs, you sing along, and a good time is had by all. Yeah, that pretty much sums the evening up! LOL Thanks to everyone for coming out and having fun, and no Thanks to D.I. for giving everyone a free shirt for using their gear but not me!! LOL
Sat. night's word was 'clusterfuck'. A double booked, packed to capacity Beauty Bar was full of Punks, Mods, Emos, Dipsters, Goths, Rockasillys, Braah's, and a whole bunch of people who just wanted to PARTAAAY!! lol It was a weird amalgamation of humans, that's for sure. Inside you had a rowdy Punk Rock gig going on, and outside you had some sort of a Rockasilly / Morrissey thing going on. Whatever. Inside things kicked off with a fantastic set from New Cold War, packed full of energy to burn and 3 part vocal harmonies and guitar licks galore, and outside, things were kicked off by Sex In Latex, a very dance beat heavy, keyboard driven Depeche Mode / OMD type of band. Cool tunes. Check them out if you're into that type of stuff - you'll probably love them. :-) Back inside Guilty By Association reminded everyone why they're signed to Squid Hat Records by putting on one tremendous display of Punk Rock fist pumping sing along bravado that had everyone in the place freaking out and jumping around and was very cool to see. Mike is a madman who knows how to work the crowd into a frenzy, and everything they played sounded good, and they even debuted a few new songs from their upcoming album coming out this May. Their new drummer added some interesting tweeks to their usual set standards. Meow. ;-) Outside The Delta Bombers played and looked and sounded like every musical cliche you could ever think of in that particular musical genre they subscribe to. I don't get it but whatever. Back inside, The Civilians fucked shit up and got a full on old school circle pit going inside the Beauty Bar, with the charge being taken by Carlos from S.F.T. to both knock people down and pick the up afterwords. I was told about this all after we played, because, you know, during the set I'm usually playing drums and not paying attention to what's going on and thus, I didn't see much of what was going on while we played. I did look up during Doing Time to see Carlos' mohawk moving in a circular motion in the pit, looking just like a sharks fin jutting out of the water during a feeding frenzy... LOL I couldn't stick around to see The Generators, because once I fought my way out of the place to tear my drums down and load them up, there was no way I was gonna fight my way back in just to see The Generators, so I headed off to Scarlet to seek solace and dispassion in their Siouxsie And The Banshees tribute night, where I heard more Cure songs than Siouxsie songs. Oh well. There was a lot of good people there; new friends, old friends, with everyone looking for a break of some sorts from their boring Groundhog's Day existences. I think we were all successful. :-)
In an effort to promote Scene Unity, I present the following track from the upcoming Desert Rats With Baseball Bats, Vol. III compilation by a Local band called Anti-Vision. Yeah, I never heard of them either. Bunch of kids in high school. They are one of the many up and coming young bands here in Vegas that are so cool and underground that when they play house parties, they don't put the address on the flyers, because that would just mean that the uncool people could show up and ruin their elitist fun. Some bands just enjoy playing to other bands and nobody else. Whatever. If you kids weren't stupid enough to fall for the Police posing as East Side Punx looking for information on Facebook, then maybe you wouldn't have to worry about them showing up to your little house parties, now would you, but there I go making sense again, so I'll just stop. Nobody wants to listen to the Old Guy pontificate, right? Right! Anyways, I post this song because Cody from The People's Whiskey, the Wölfmann in the title of the song, spoke highly of them, and basically gave me a guilt trip about posting it on the website, and yeah, I know it's posted on that other "Punk" website, but like I said earlier, Scene Unity, so here it is. Listen to one of the more promising young acts of the Local Music Scene. Me? I'm gonna go weep for the future... ;-)
I really have nothing to say as of late. Just enjoying Life, playing drums, looking at my new car sitting in the driveway, doing nothing, doing everything, watching Maury give paternity test results, and whatever. Punk Rock and the Music Scene in general just aren't that much of a priority as of late - but it's not from a lack of trying though. Bands send me stuff all the time. I check out all these new Local bands and they just suck. Not from lack of effort, but more from a lack of talent! LOL Whatever happened to practice? What happened to wanting to sound good? What happened to the art of writing a good song? Ugh. I try to go to Local gigs, check out things and whatnot, and there's always one of the bands that don't deserve to be supported playing, bands that don't deserve to be supported because they're a bunch of drugged up, lying, thieving, sexual deviant pieces of shit, or even worse, LOL, when there's some acoustic Beardcore boring Punks In Vegas mediocrity going on at a gig, and for me that makes sticking around painful, because I'm not a Hippy, so I just leave. Going out to gigs is supposed to be fun, and when it's not, what's the point? Drama? Tension? Bad vibes? Shitty music? Fuck that. I got way batter things to do... waaaay better. Seriously.
Vegascendents are back and practicing, we got a gig sometime this month somewhere - don't ask me where, because I'm just the drummer and they don't tell me shit, and S.F.T. and The Civilians have been practicing hard for their upcoming gigs in the next few weeks, S.F.T. playing Fri. @ the Dive with D.I., and then The Civilians are playing with The Generators on Sat. @ the Beauty Bar, a gig The Generators asked us to play, but according to the line up, The Civilians are opening up for the much cooler, signed Local bands. Typical Vegas. It's all about who you know, and who's ass you're trying to kiss. Oh well, doesn't really matter, because The Civilians and every other band playing that night are gonna rock the fuck out of the place, and it's a FREE gig, so you really have no reason to not be there on Sat. night. Plus, if you get bored, you can always head inside the Beauty Bar and listen to Boz Boorer, guitarist for Morrissey and The Polecats, spin some classic vinyl tracks on the steel wheels. Should be a fun night. See ya there! :-)
Everything's updated - sort of. Latest new additions to the website include Pictures of The Dirty Panties and The People's Whiskey, both playing at the Dive a few weeks back, and you can click here to see the pics of The Dirty Panties, and you can click here to check out the pics of The People's Whiskey. I also posted a review of Filmage, the amazing documentary about the Descendents / ALL, and you can click here to read that, and I also posted a review of a Hank Wood And The Hammerheads release that Zack Attack turned in, and you can click here to read that. Did I mention that I reviewed the latest release from the Reverend Horton Heat? Well I did, and you can click here to read that. And I'm pretty sure I didn't mention the review I gave the latest Brutal Resistance CD, sorry guys, but you can click here to read that. And speaking of Brutal Resistance, here's a video they just posted a few days ago for a song called Time For The Truth, which is the opening song off their We're Still Here release, the one I just reviewed. The video was filmed at East Side Joe's, which is back again and doing gigs regularly. Gonna be fun to see how it ends up crashing and burning this time...