Censorship is a Motherfucker, isn't it? LOL Oh, if you saw it, great! If you didn't, don't worry about it. It was nothing but Drama, and we don't need anything even resembling that around this website. That's why the Tag Board is gone! hahaha Yeah, those days are long over, and besides, I just don't have the time to devote to instigating and perpetrating the Drama anymore. I barely have time to update shit on here, much less get into a verbal battering with some douchebag idiots. I got waaaaayyy better things to do, like watch Hockey! <3
hahahahahah FUCK YOU DETROIT!! hahahaha Nothing will make me happier than beating your over rated Chicken Wing asses and knocking you out of the Playoffs AGAIN! hahaha Such a great win. I love this time of year. <3 Game 2 is manana, and, of course, I'm going to miss it because I have to go to band practice. Sometimes I really, really hate my band mates...
Everything's updated, I think. Go see Pigasus with Built To Spill and the Memorials (featuring some over rated drummer from some equally over rated craptacular band) tomorrow night @ the Beauty Bar. And don't forget about D.R.I. gig on Thursday too! It's at Vamp'd, where, if you dress up like Dracula, they give you a free Bloody Mary! baaa dum-dump! ;-) See ya there!
Her new album was coming out today, fer Christ's sake... :-(
I first started hearing the news on Monday afternoon. Of course I refused to believe it. Too many Deaths as of late, and it's even harder to accept when it's someone you admired but hardly knew. The only source cited was some Facebook page, with a posting on there from 'a friend of the Family', who was reporting that Poly Styrene, the boisterous, animated lead singer of X-Ray Spex, had slipped into a coma and passed away. The story spread like wildfire, and I was countering everyone's R.I.P. comments by saying that nothing official was said, no one but the O.C. Weekly was confirming it, and I was pulling for a Chuck Biscuits style of Internet rumor mongering. I kept watch on the clock, figuring that at 9 am U.K. time that we would hear the news, for better or for worse and, unfortunately, it turned out to be true. Very fucking true. Poly Styrene, the cutest lead singer in all of Punk Rock, had passed away at the age of 53. The world was no longer day-glo.
I only saw X-Ray Spex once, during a reunion gig in the 90's, at Bogart's (or was it Night Moves) in Long Beach. The turnout was piss poor, and the band was touring behind an album that nobody wanted to hear a thing from. All we wanted to hear was everything from Germ Free Adolescence, and after a bit that's exactly what they gave us. Some songs were better played than others, of course, but there was no mistaking that Poly was dead spot on that night, nailing songs like I'm A Cliche, The Day The World Turned Day-Glo, Obsessed With You and Art-I-Ficial with the greatest of ease, sending the hairs on the back of my neck standing straight up when she barked out the opening line of Oh Bondage, Up Yours! It was a fucking magical night, and hanging out with her and the band afterwords while people were having them sign anything and everything they presented them with, telling them just how much they loved the band, and just seeing the looks of Joy and Appreciation on peoples faces after finally seeing a band play that obviously meant so much to them, was just beautiful. Poly took her time talking to everyone, thanking them over and over again with the utmost sincerity and appreciation - no rockstar bullshit posturing with her. She really meant it, and that's something Ill never forget. "You must get this a lot." I told her, and she said she did, and that she was extremely thankful that something she had been a part of had such an affect on so many people. Just a fucking class act all the way around, and the world is a little less colorful with her passing. This fucking sucks. God's speed Poly Styrene, and get some much needed rest. You deserve and earned it. You will be missed.
My head hurts. I mean, really hurts. My back too. I can hardly move or lift my arms, and there isn't a sink in my house that doesn't have vomit in it. I've been pissing blood for 7 days now and I really don't care. These past few days have been soooooooo worth it, and to end it yesterday at Casa de Amoroso, sitting poolside amongst Friends and Family, was just the perfect ending for a good run of days. A really, good run of days. :-)
Bad Brains gig? Rats. I was gonna go, I really was. I was on the Guest List and everything (Thanks Tyson!), but I had Loud Pipes practice, so I decided to play music with my friends as opposed to watching my friends play music. Once I was finished practicing, I was in no condition to go to the gig so I decided to head home and watch Game 4. We killed them 6-3. :-) I only ran into 3 people who said the Bad Brains were good. Everyone else said they sucked, or that it wasn't worth the $35 to get in. I don't blame them. Last time I saw the Bad Brains it cost me $15 to get in, and they were opening up for the Ramones at the Hollywood Palladium.
The Manic Hispanic / Loud Pipes gig on Friday was in-fucking-amazing! LOL Whoever said that Diablo's sucked needs to be kicked in the vaa-jay-jay. That place was rad! It was weird being treated like Kings, with an endless supply of Food and Booze being foisted upon us, but I got used to it after like 2 or 3 minutes or so. ;-) Great to see so many Friends there, and weird not seeing Hank or the Captain there when we played. Shame on you 2! Manic Hispanic were fantastic, playing a great mix of the Classics (Big Heinas, Uncle Chato's Garden, Wasted, Rudy Cholo) and some unreleased songs I haven't heard them play in years, covers of songs from bands like the Bad Brains and the Ramones. Just an incredible set from them, as usual. They deliver nothing less each and every time they play. It was great seeing Gabby up on stage with the band. Almost didn't think I'd ever see that again. Afterwards it was off to Viva were, well, let me put it this way. I have never seen such a massive gathering of Mediocrity, Lameness and Douchebaggery in my Life. Just areas full of Tools and Sheep and Poseurs, all trying to out Happy Days each other. Ghey. I had to see it to verify it myself, but Viva sucks. It's just pathetic now. Gawd Damn. What happened to that thing?
Sat. had me heading up the mountain to converse with the Tibetan Monks to be told what a bad person I am, all after getting virtually no sleep the night before. I tried going to the Car Show at Viva, but after nearly having a heart attack at how much they wanted to get in there, I passed on checking it out. Elvira was there giving away autographed head shots, but I was waaaaay too drunk/hungover to be standing in a 5 mile long line to get one of those, so I left. I spent the best part of the afternoon with a friend at the bar she works at, drinking beers and eating pizza, having girl talk and gossiping. :-) I went home to watch the Sharks game, fully planning on going to the Anti-Viva gig @ Meathead's right afterwords, but I passed out in the middle of the first period. Good thing too, as we got slaughtered by the Kings. SLAUGHTERED. Glad I missed it.
Easter Sunday I woke up mid-afternoon and raced down to Jesse and Roxie's to partake in Birthday celebrations for one of my favorite people, Miss Roxie. Walking into a home filled with Friends and Family was just the cure I needed for my mental and physical recovery. Beer and Cake are one of the best combinations EVER!. That's one of the many things Roxie and I have bonded with over the years, and spending the day with her and everyone else was just the perfect ending to a great run of mind numbing, physically draining, drunken, drugged out debauchery. I also heard the new Pigasus recordings (wowsers!) while I was there and heard of the new Unfair Fight recording. Both are guaranteed to blow minds. Gawd damn it's gonna be a great year. :-)
Everything's updated. Game 6 is about to begin, and my phone is blowing up with shit talking Kings fans. I'm hoping that the Sharks can wrap this up so we can move on to Round 2. I'm not too optimistic that's gonna happen, but I remain forever optimistic. GO SHARKS!!
Sooooo... the Mapes gig... Epic or what? LOL And what about Black Fag, huh? Yeaaaaahhhhhh... hahahahaha
Having no car is a bit of a drag, but that just means that I can get more stuff done, a little bit around the house being domestic but the majority of my time is spent in band rehearsal as of late, and it's killing me. I don't mention it that much but the Loud Pipes have a gig with Manic Hispanic this Fri. @ Diablo's Cantina, and to say that there isn't a deep feeling, kindred spirit between the two bands is unfathomable. We as a band would see Manic Hispanic religiously, probably before YOU found out about them, and there wasn't a Loud Pipes Tour or road trip taken that didn't have some of their degradingly brilliant music as the soundtrack to all the madness. But we never played a gig with them, which is a bit odd. Well, that's all changed now, because like I said, this Friday, that's all getting taken care of. The Loud Pipes will have the Luck to be opening up for Manic Hispanic. This should be fun. Hope to see a bunch of you out there, and not just the people hitting me up to get on the Guest List! LOL If you don't make this one, you're an idiot, but you can always catch us at our next gig, which is forthcoming. I don't know if the Loud Pipes are back for good, or if this is just some temporary thing for shits and giggles, but it doesn't matter. I'm just enjoying the ride and showing up when I'm supposed and playing the drums, just like I always did way back then. :-)
I swear to Allah that if San Jose does not beat the gawd damn L.A. Queens that I am going to cut my fingers off so that I never type a good word about them again! LOL I don't care really if we stay our usual consistent selves and choke in the playoffs, but just not to L.A. - anyone but L.A. I can barely take the shit talking as it is! LOL Playoff Hockey. It really is one of the best times of the year, and you know the best part of it all? That means there's only 4 months until Football season starts! YES!!!
It's been a Drama filled Monday, but like I told my Bestie, I'm fucking Teflon, nothing is sticking to me today. I'm gonna head off to watch the Buffalo / Philadelphia game. The Prince of Drummers is a Sabres fan, so I kind of keep track on what's happening in that series so we can have something else to talk about besides what sexy beasts we are. :-) Lots of stuff going on this week - Gigs Galore! I'm avoiding Viva like the plague because, well let's face it, all that shit is GHEY and the people that go to that shit are Clowns, both in Look and Attitude. Luckily, there's lots of good gigs to keep me entertained and away from the farce that's happening at the Orleans. I fucking hate Viva. Hate it.
I just added the late night club shows for Punk Rock Bowling to the Gig Calendar page. Click here to check them out. I'm hyped on a few of them, like the Cadillac Tramps reunion show, of course, and M.D.C., Ill Repute, Tiltwheel, and the rest are just laughable. Congrats to Guilty By Association, TheCore and Goldfish Don't Bounce for being the only Locals lucky enough to get on a PRB gig. I saw that the LVCS has some gigs lined up too, but fuck that place, just fuck it. Azul Tequila and the Bunkhouse seem to be the place to be this year, for those of you who aren't attending the main shows on the big stage with the shitty bands playing. Descendents gig sold out, and I think the Dropkick Murphys one is too. Regardless of where you spend your time at, Punk Rock Bowling 2011 is gonna be some majorly drunken fun.
Before I forget, let me show you this:
Yeah, I was a bit too close, and the sound suffers a little because of it but man, what a great piece of video. This is from the 2nd night. I think I have more video stuff coming, but I'm not sure. Anyways, the big Meatmen / Black Fag gig is going on Saturday night, and it's final resting place is at the Cheyenne Saloon. That gig has been listed at every venue in town, and if Pulsar didn't put that 1 shitty band that both Chris Piss and I despise on the bill, then I would be there with bells on, but as it is, I'll stay away. Not like I haven't seen all those bands before, right? Yeah. The Vermin are also playing that Meatmen gig, and they're also listed as playing with the Peccadilloes and the Mapes @ the Double Down the same night, so I dunno if they're pulling double duty or just not playing one gig or the other. The Holding Onto Sound CD release party is happening Saturday night @ the Bunkhouse. Wish I had a working car so that I could be there... :-(