I know I've been slacking as of late, but it's such a beautiful day today that I'm gonna be running around everywhere, but there's some cool stuff going on tonight, like this:
Plus this little bit of Crusty Punx goodness, featuring the Naturals / N.F.F.U. / Paranoid Freakout:
And the aforementioned Tinglerz / Naked City Romeos / Agent 86 gig happening @ the Double Down tonight:
I even toyed with the idea of going to Extreme Thing, but then I remembered that there is hair on my balls, and so I would have no interest in any of the bands playing, whoever they are... LOL Everything's updated - check out The Waking Light / Aluminum Falcon / Battle Born pictures from the Cheyenne Saloon from a while back - the Knock Out photos are coming real soon. I gotta do those Barrington Levy pictures first though. :-)
It started out like this:
Dude! Did you see that Ben Weasel video?
Well of course I had. I don't live under a rock anymore, and I'm pretty up on what's happening in the big ol' underground Punk Rock web 'zine world. I'd seen it a dozen times already by the time I got this email. So I replied that I had seen the video, and wondered why they asked.
How come you're not talking about it on the website? Especially after what happened to Blondie.
Hmmmm... well, considering that the 2 incidents are miles apart in comparison, you're an idiot for thinking that the 2 things are even remotely related. The Ben Weasel thing is about some chick hassling him and challenging him and physically assaulting him with ice and beer and being ignorant enough to step up to his challenge and getting what she deserved, pretty much, and the Blondie thing involved a chickenshit act of cowardice against a girl that was just victimized for the sole reason of being smart enough to finally dump some dickless loser and trying to move on with her Life. For that, she was cracked in the head with brass knuckles by a piece of living schmegma. Like I said, the 2 acts couldn't be farther apart if you tried. People truly are stupied. If you haven't seen it yet, here's the video everyone's talking about.
I find it interesting that this thing had tongues a wagging in the PFR community, with all the flash words of Misogyny, Sexism, and Chauvinism being thrown about. I know it's wrong to be violent towards anyone, Man or Woman, but sometimes you gotta step up and do what ya gotta do. What did that first girl expect was going to happen to her when she went up to the stage? Did she think Ben was going to kiss her? LOL It's Sexist to think that you can throw ice and spit beer on someone and get away with it because you're a girl. Fuck that. Don't play the Game and then cry when things don't go as planned. That's just ghey. And that 2nd chick got what anyone who has ever tried to break up a fight, Man or Woman, knows all about, and that's the errant punch. How was Ben supposed to know that the person approaching him from behind and putting their hands on him was a chick? That's a hard determination to make in the heat of battle. She didn't have to get involved, Security was handling it, but she did, and she got shoved and punched because of it. Boo fucking Hoo. And the Hypocrisy involved in the heated discussions going on in message boards across the Internet is amazing. Some say she had it coming, others say a guy should never hit a girl - EVER - and that notion is just wrong. That's Sexist. She wanted a reaction, and she got it. No crying about how it was wrong after the fact. It can't be both ways. It just can't. You can't antagonize or aggravate or provoke someone and not expect to get what's coming to you, especially if you're a girl and you play that whole 'guys shouldn't hit girls' card. That's bullshit, and borderline Chauvinism. You can't be all 'Equality for All!' and then make exceptions to that rule. "Talk Shit - Get Hit" - isn't that the rule? hee hee hee Yeah, whatever. It irks me even more seeing people I know on Facebook and Myspace getting all hypocritical about it with their 'I lost all respect for Ben Weasel and won't support anything he does anymore or buy his music'. Yeah right. Sanctimonious much? The indignation is shocking - where was all this when the whole Blondie thing went down? Some of those same people at the time were like "I can't comment", "I don't wanna get involved" or the ever classic "I wasn't there. I didn't see it." And now, suddenly, they're fired up and against violence against women, because they saw it on YouTube. Fucking Hypocrites. Phooey. Whatever. Looks like the little Las Vegas Punx are growing up. Gee, how cute! Having to deal with the Realities of Life sure can humble you, no doubt about that. :-) hahahaha Whatever. Look, to get back to the point, what Ben Weasel did was justified and understandable and to paraphrase Chris Rock, I'm not saying what Ben Weasel did was right, but I understand. ;-) But what happened to Blondie was 100% wrong, no matter how you look at it. Glad to see that SOME of you out there are finally starting to see it that it was, albeit 3 years too late. Oh well. Better late than never I guess.
Everything's updated. Pictures of The Waking Light and Battle Born from the Cheyenne Saloon were just added to the website. I'm gonna go back to listening to Stern and waiting for my phone to ring. <3
Ya know, only I could get involved in Drama at a Barrington Levy gig! LOL The fights, the yelling, the drinks getting thrown at me, Drama seems to be attracted to me like iron to a magnet. Pretty funny stuff, all of it and it didn't take away one bit from how fucking PHENOMENAL Mr. Levy was! Gawd damn did the Man just slay it this weekend. Disappointing turnouts at both gigs he did had to be a disappointment to him, but he said it reminded him of when he first started out in the music business, and that no matter what size the crowd was, he was gonna give them a good show, and man did he ever! Murderer, Under Mi Sensi, Black Roses, She's Mine, Prison Oval Rock, Teach The Youth, Broader Than Broadway, Too Experienced, Work, I don't think there was a hit that he didn't play over both nights! Him playing 2 different sets had me soooooooooooo grateful that I went to both gigs. To witness a Legend in an intimate setting like that was breathtaking. Life affirming. Barrington Levy. Love and Respect.
I have no idea what's going on in the Punk Rock world... hahahaha I think the LVCS feud is over. That was fun while it lasted. And if I hear one more word, Positive or Negative, about that one band I'm gonna puke! LOL They practice in the same building as me. I know. :-) Anyways, everything is updated and I got lots of stuff to do. I'm sure there's stuff going on this week but I have no idea right now. I gotta go Google all the info I can about the Holiday Killer being in the new Batman movie. I'm more hyped on that than the fact that Anne Hathaway is playing Catwoman... *barf*
I find it funny how the line ended up dividing it all. Either you got it or you didn't. The majority of people who got it were of a "youthful" mind set, and those that didn't were generally old grumpy butts! hahaha Hey, some folks just don't like getting involved in anything and as long as it doesn't affect them or their lives, they blissfully go along with whatever is easier for them. In the 1940's you called those people French! ;-) hahahaha Aaaahhhh who cares? It's all over now but nothing's changed for me. You play that place you're a doooooooosh. You support it you're an idiot. Simple enough. My opinion, that's all. Sorry that others seem to agree, whether they'll publicly state it or not. I have the greatest conversations with people after stuff like this happens.
Barrington Levy tonight and tomorrow. Oh GAWD do I need these gigs. I need the healing powers of Reggae music to soother my Soul right now. Not really, because none of the Drama gets to me, but it sounds good, right? ;-) Lots of stuff going on this weekend. Hope to see you all around somewhere - even those who say they're gonna beat me up! hee hee hee
I think I've been quiet about it enough. I've seen the postings and comments and whatnot on Facebook, and I've been kept mum about it all, biding my time and waiting for more facts to come in and trying not to get involved in all the early Bullshit and Drama that usually comes in when stuff gets ugly, but now? Fuck that line of thinking. The LVCS should be called on their bullshit and if you support that place or anything they do you should be called on it too, and I'll tell you why.
It started with the announcement of this upcoming Jello Biafra And The Guantanamo School Of Medicine / 45 Grave gig happening there. I was a bit surprised because I knew about the LVCS saying to Local bands and National booking Agents that 'The LVCS is no longer booking Punk Rock bands and is going in a different direction', which, apparently, is as a blues bar. Yeah, guess they never heard of Fremont Street Reggae And Blues, or the Sand Dollar Blues Lounge, both of which went under because the Blues scene here in Vegas consists of 100 or so people, but whatever. The LVCS turned their back on the Bands that helped establish the venue as a legit place to play, and the Scene and Music that made it so. Big whoop. Happens all the time, right? So why the sudden about face on what was a well defined stance that was taken? Well I'll tell ya. The whole reason that the gig is even happening there is because that douche bag from that shitty as fuck band The Dickless Bastards is telling the guy who took over Roxie's job, I think his name is Ass Face, that he could book the place, get the bands to play by the rules and whatnot, and do all the things that Roxie had been doing there before, but better. Talk about a major backstabbing!! And on top of it, for Reasons which I cannot begin to fathom, Roxie gave those unethical fucks a residency there playing every Monday night to a crowd of no one, or possibly to some unsuspecting drunks who wander in there from Fremont St. Funny right? Yeah, it is. Those losers couldn't draw flies to their gigs if they were covered in shit from head to toe. Tossers. So that idiot from The Dickless Bastards sets up the Jello Biafra And The Guantanamo School Of Medicine / 45 Grave gig, in cahoots with ol Ass Face at the LVCS, who, so I hear, is the one responsible for this little bit of libelous slander right here.
Amazing, isn't it? I think it pretty much speaks for itself, and Kudos to the Mapes for being labeled 'Too Cool and Disrespectful"... hahahaaha I agree with a few of the assessments on here, by the way. :-) The fact that he compiled a list is what get's me. Damn idiot. So yeah, to get back to the point, the Jello Biafra And The Guantanamo School Of Medicine gig is booked, and by some strange coincidence the 2 bands that the dooshbag is in are opening, and when it's posted on Facebook the shit hits the fan. People are just sniping away, with my comment about thinking that Jello Biafra didn't play Corporate places starting an interesting conversation. What? You didn't know that the LVCS is part of a Corporation? Oh yes it is. The LVCS is Owned and Operated by Hennessey's Inc., a company that was started by a Wall Street broker and which generates about 30 million dollars a year. It's a very Powerful Corporation. That's why it was funny to be getting that response from one of the Tools in The Dickless Bastards about 'don't let him know it is corporate', which, if meant seriously is amazingly stupied, and if meant as a joke, then it's just plain stupied. I don't think he was joking though. People were very opinionated about what was going on. Szandora bore the brunt of the e-battle on Facebook, unfortunately, because her loser 'band mates' just sat by quietly and let her do all the talking, but that factor, the whole Szandora meddling thing, which wasn't THAT big of a deal, got squashed quickly and Apologies were issued all around. Yaaaayy. But yet the gig is still going on. Booooooooooo. So for the cool factor of having your bands name on a flyer with Jello Biafra and 45 Grave, you're gonna fuck your friend over that's done all sorts of things for you by going and sucking the Corporate dick and supporting a venue that doesn't deserve it and that you shouldn't be playing at? Really? Is that fucked up or is it just me, because I'm thinking it's majorly fucked up.
I guess the real thing that gets me about all of this is the Ethics involved in it. You gotta know who your Friends are. I've softened a lot on my stance about the Double Down over the years. I still won't go there, but I got no problem playing there, if that makes any sense, but the LVCS? Fuck that place. I want nothing to do with it and if your Band plays there, then I want nothing to do with you either. If you play that place, then you're a piece of shit backstabbing motherfucker. You can justify it any way that you please; Ignorance, Apathy and Stupiedity are all acceptable excuses, but what it comes down to is a simple Right vs. Wrong thing in my book. Fuck The LVCS. Don't Play There. Don't Go There. What they've done to the Local Music Scene is a huge slap in the face, and if you can go there and support them and justify their existence and legitimacy as a venue to see gigs at, then you're just an ignorant turd. For those of you who know and love Roxie, it's a Personal thing. Fuck The LVCS. Don't Play There. Don't Go There. For everything that Roxie has done for that place, for them to try to fuck her over like they have been, and for everything that Roxie has done for YOUR bands and MY bands, it's ludicrous to even think about seeing shows there or playing there or spending any money there. Fuck that. Corporations like Hennessey's (which is the Owner of the LVCS) can only be hit where it hurts - the bottom line, which is all about dollars and cents. If you don't support the place, it goes away, and it will be nothing but a distant memory of a cool place we all used to play that went to absolute shit, much like the Sin City Saloon did, or Tramps, or The Boston. I can't wait until the LVCS is added to that list. I know that it's coming soon. Again, Fuck The LVCS. Don't Play There. Don't Go There. If you play that place, you ain't got a friend here. You're cut off at the knees. If you go to a gig there, I'll look at you with Disdain and Repugnance, just like I do to all of you that go to the Double Down. You gotta know who your Friends are, and back them up no matter what.