Fuck the Warped Tour. Seriously. I'm glad that Battle Born is playing it and all that, but gawd damn is that shitty lineup some of the WORST bands I've ever heard of in my Life. It's no wonder that only dooshbag chicks, ghey ass scene kids, and Hank! are hyped about it happening today... hahaha That was a joke. Sarcasm. Not meant to be taken seriously. I'm talking to you Pulsar and Jarrett...
After band practice I usually grab Mr. Wizard and look to veg out / chillax in front of my big ass computer monitor on anything but music, like reading about the differences between serial killers and mass murderers or watching videos on YouTube about how to make ebelskivers. In any case, I always find cool stuff out there, like this teaser about the new Jesus Lizard Club DVD that's coming out in Aug.
Seeing David Yow work the crowd gives me the shivers. That dude is psychotic and frightening. I cannot wait to get my paws on that DVD. Jesus Lizard is one of the greatest bands I ever saw live. Seeing them destroy this seedy little dive bar called the Shamrock in Hollywood on a Thursday night is something I will never forget. It was scarier than anything I ever saw GG Allin do, that's for damn sure. Saw them at Club Lingerie, Raji's, the Palladium... what the Hell was I thinking back then? LOL Oh, to be Young and Stupid again...
Speaking of bands I saw a lot back in the Daze, Jane's Addiction have a new album coming out pretty soon that I'm hyped about, especially after seeing the video of them performing in Brazil or some crappy place like that, debuting songs off their upcoming release down there. Well, one of the songs they played, End To The Lies, is the first single off the new album called The Great Escape Artist, and this is the official video for it. Do you remember when videos used to be watched on T.V., and not on the Internet? Yeah, me too... womp womp womp womp. Cue the sad trombone! hahaha
Yeah, I'm always gonna have a soft spot in my heart for those guys, just like I'm always gonna have a soft spot in my heart for puppets, explosions, fire, cartoony violence and face shredding Metal, and all of those can be found in this Mastodon video from the Adult Swim channel for an unreleased song called Deathbound. Why on there? I don't know. All I know is that it's a great song and I love watching this video... heh heh heh
And what does all of this have to do with Las Vegas or Punk Rock? Well, the answer is, NOTHING! hahahaha Except for a few Birthdays that happened these past few days (Happy Birthday Bob! Happy Birthday Patty Cakes! Happy Birthday Ainjil! <3), it's been a pretty quiet week. Band practice is killing me and I could care less. I'm getting comfortable with the loss of movement I'm gradually building up. ;-) 4th of July weekend is here, and besides this awesome Wedding party gig with the Loud Pipes / The Southside Gashers / The Unidentified on Sat. @ Yayo Taco, there's other stuff going on as well.
You also have this pre-gig happening on Saturday afternoon with the Happy Campers and Surrounded By Thieves, going on right before the Face To Face / Strung Out gig @ the HOB. I saw this exact same Face To Face / Strung Out gig in Seattle when I was just there, and was bored to tears. Don't ask why I was there... heh heh
Sunday will be recovery day, and Monday is the 4th! What's everyone doing? Is the Annual Swenson Street 4th of July Party going down? Anybody know? Let me know if it is. I'll be at Casa Amoroso drinking fluids, charring dead flesh and blowing stuff up, and hopefully not choking on my own vomit in the front seat of my car like I almost did a while back! hahaha Have a great weekend! Good Luck to Guilty By Association on their upcoming Tour! Same with Holding On To Sound! Knock 'em dead guys!
It's 3 am on a beautiful Tuesday morning. Howard Stern is bitching about something and I could give a shit less. I've had the most interesting past few days ever, and I'm currently in the middle of major rehearsals with 3 different bands that have me not knowing which way is up. The Loud Pipes have a gig coming up soon, same with the Vegascendents, and I got a new band that I'm pretty hyped about. Aluminum Falcon has been 'shelved', for lack of a better term, and this new band helps ease the pain of the frustration of not being able to take Aluminum Falcon to greater heights than we did. Oh well. It wasn't from lack of trying, I can assure you of that. Starting a new band is like getting a new girlfriend. It's always fun in the beginning. ;-)
I heard nothing but great things about the Zombie Prom @ the Bunkhouse on Fri. I don't know if I believe the story Turbo told me, but it still sounded fun! hahaha I love the Tinglerz and I dig the Seriouslys. I was at the sidewalk sale for Cowtown Guitars Sat. afternoon, chatting away and eating hot dogs with the 2 new owners, Jesse & Roxie, and their offspring, Gadzuki, who kept everyone on their toes by throwing around a super rubber bounce ball that everybody took turns chasing after, and by riding a scooter around for hours until he was red in the face. Gawd I love that kid. Great turnout too. Talked to a bunch of people who I haven't seen in a while, and even a few who only talk to me on Facebook - what a shock! hahahaha And it's always awkward when you see someone in person who just added you as a Friend, and they don't say a word to you -- how quickly can you say 'Delete'? ;-)
T.S.O.L. on Sat. - were you there? I wasn't, but everybody I talked to that was there said it was a great gig. I heard that Paolo and S.F.T. just killed it. I didn't go, of course, and not because it was at the Bunkhouse; I got no problem with the place, and it wasn't because of Civet, because those cunts just aren't worth the trouble of even making an effort to avoid, but I didn't go because of the Pulsar thing. Since I love the kid I'll spare him the indignity of airing our dirty laundry in public, but I will say this - I'm not the only one who thinks like this. Others are noticing, and they don't like it but Hey! What do I know, right? LOL
Yeah, nothing but shit talking going on here. I'm gonna go back to burning CD's into my music collection. People who come over to my house and see it or go through it are kind of impressed and shocked, and I'm not sure if that's a good thing or not. :-) Support Local Music. Be More Than A Witness. Fuck Pay To Play Bullshit, and Plan on being at this gig on Saturday!
Ya know, I let those faggot Vancouver fans off easily by not commenting on the absolute stupiedity of what they did after their Hockey "team" of bad actors and whiny crybabies got their asses kicked in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals, but after reading about what those fucking shit licking Vancouverites did to one of my favorite bands, Two Man Advantage, well, it just makes me hate those assholes even more. Yeah I said hate - bite me. Check this shit out -- it was written by the Captain, one of the guitar players from the band.
To the people who stole most of my stuff out of my studio on June 5, including my main guitar of 43 years, let me tell you about it.
It's a very altered, but very real 1953 Gibson Les Paul Model - Serial # 3 0621 (stamped on the back of the headstock)
This is not a gold-top. In the 1950's, it was refitted with an ABR-1 bridge and stop tailpiece, and then refinished, all by Gibson. The green colour in the picture, (especially on the rear half of the body where the light reflection is less), is accurate. It's one of the lightest Gibson Les Pauls, and the only one of its' colour, that I've ever seen.
I've made many other changes to this guitar in favour of playability:
--changed the P-90's to humbuckers
--had the neck thinned and it, the back and the sides were refinished
--when it was refinished, the serial # was stamped in
--replaced worn out machine heads with gold Gibson ones
--added brass switch ring, jack plate, and rear cavity covers that were made for me by my now-deceased brother-in-law
--added a truss rod cover with "Les Paul" on it
--installed strap-locks (for obvious reasons)
--there will be traces of violin bow resin in and under various parts. It is the best guitar ever for bowing.
This is a one-of-a-kind instrument in so many ways. It is completely recognizable, down to every screw on it.
I've been in the music business all my life, and have a large list of friends and contacts. With the help of countless amazing people, many who I don't even know, http://web.me.com/outgolfing/Equipment (which details what you took) has been sent across Canada and around the world to more people - musicians, music stores, pawn shops, studios, rehearsal rooms, and other musically related businesses - than I ever imagined possible. It's been passed around since you broke in, and is continually going out to more people. In fact, I'd bet people reading this will pass the link on to others if they already haven't. This will continue unendingly until I find my guitars and other equipment. My green Les Paul is already one of the most recognizable instruments in Canada, I can guarantee you that.
Here's your scenario:
--No collector will want this instrument because it's not even close to original.
--No legitimate business will buy it from you.
--Any creep who would knowingly buy a stolen guitar will give you a pittance for it.
--If you keep it for yourself, you'll never be able to play anywhere with it, and it will tie you to the crime and to all of the other stolen equipment for as long as you have it.
--You didn't even take the case.
It's my most personal possession, and I have always planned for my son to have it one day. By the way, the other Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier head you took was his.
It's not of much value to you, but to me, I can't buy another Les Paul like it because another one doesn't exist.. Here's a thought:
Have some decency and redeem some karma. Bring my guitar back. You've fucked my studio up and stolen a life-time collection of my shit. You stole my guitar rig, which was MY sound that I've spent years achieving.
You haven't ripped off a money making business. You've ripped off my life and my spirit immeasurably by taking away the tools of the pursuit of my passion. I've worked extremely hard for my whole life to earn my right to do so, and you took it all away in an hour or two. You've also ripped off my son, now, and in the future. I don't have the money to replace the gear, so it's just gone.
Just give it back - NO QUESTIONS ASKED. PLEASE
You can read the original post on the Vancouver Craigslist site by clicking here. There's some photos there too to see that 'colour' thing he was talking about... heh heh I've had tons of stuff stolen from me over the years, and luckily it's always been pretty much replaceable, but something like this? Boooooooooooooooooo. Makes me despise Vancouver more than I already do, and that's saying A LOT! hahaha
I didn't make it to the Queers gig, because A), I heard that there were 7 bands that were supposed to be playing, Murder Majesty one of them (of course), and B), I couldn't find a single person who wanted to to go to the gig! LOL I would tell people that the Queers were playing, and they seemed kind of hyped on checking them out, but when I would mention that it was happening at the Divebar, their interest would suddenly wane! hahaha I stayed home and watched a streaming Nomeansno concert (which you can see here) and got fed breakfast, which was pretty effin' cool! <3
Hey! Check out this article in Seven magazine about the Punk Rock scene here in Vegas: Punk Rock Overload. It was written by Jarret Keene, who plays for Dead Neon when he's not writing pablum trite like this article. I've said it before and I'll say it again - acoustic guitars are NOT Punk! And neither is the WARPed Tour, for that matter. It hasn't been for years. I would of written a lengthy response to the article on that website, but I couldn't stop laughing long enough to register to do that. Plus I had to change my underwear after I shit my pants from laughing too much. Stick to what you know Jarrett, and leave the Punk Rock stuff to someone who's in the Scene and who knows what they're talking about. ;-) Same goes for Seven magazine. Stick to what you know, which is superfluous musings about shit only the Tools care about, and for posting pictures of attention whore club kids. Oh, and ads, lots and lots of ads.
Speaking of that Punk Rock Heart Transplant compilation, I did a Review of that like, months ago (way to stay current there Jarret) and I'm currently compiling a shitload more Reviews to go on a new page I'm putting together for the website. Besides that compilation, it's got stuff from, oh, let's see, Helmet, Face To Face, Youth Gone Mad, Social Distortion, Emily's Army, Jello Biafra And The Guantanamo School Of Medicine, Christian Death, Agnostic Front, Good Riddance, Dwarves, Holding On To Sound, Gang Of Four, Foo Fighters, PJ Harvey, Cobra Skulls, and Deadhand if they ever get that new CD of there's to me... hint hint! ;-) Yeah, I'm gonna assemble a whole page full of my opinions on a bunch of new stuff that's come out so far this year. It's all Punk too! I mean, if sitting on a stool and playing some hippy crap on an acoustic guitar is Punk, then I guess PJ Harvey is the most Punk chick ever -- she plays a harpsichord! hahahahahaha
See ya Friday @ Zombie Prom! :-)
There's a reason why I stay away from certain bands, and that reason is Drama. Drama usually associated with a certain member of the band, or with the people who support certain bands. Sometimes it's both. Locally, there are bands here in town that I will have NOTHING to do with, just because of the past actions of a few of their members and their support / condoning of them and their actions. I think this has always been obvious to most of you, and my friends and I all make jokes about it, because it's no big thing - always Business, never Personal, ya know? I usually just ignore said bands and they either grow up or grow out of the Scene, showing themselves as the true Poseurs that they always were, but a few of them stick around and start and join other bands, which is a shame because sometimes the new bands are really fucking ace, and I can't get behind them and support them because of who's in the band. Phooey. I don't keep up on the bands and again, just ignore them and hope that they go away. I really can't be bothered. I really don't care what they're doing or what they're up to. I only know about it if someone tells me about it, which leads me to this.
A fight at a bar gig. Big whoop dee doo! Since it involved a band that I don't support, everyone felt the urgency to tell me about it and to ask what I thought about what happened. Look, I really don't care about it, and I know EXACTLY what happened, but so what? Big fight / Drama started by fans of a certain band. Shit got scary, and the Soundman got a knife pulled on him - that sux but what do you expect at THAT type of show with THOSE type of bands and the crowd that THEY bring in. Violence is almost inevitable when dealing with them, and for those involved who claim taking part of it like it's something cool, like some ignorant jock would, well, that's just fucking laughable. And bragging about it on Facebook and naming the names of those involved is always a laugh as well. Fucking retards, I swear.
Had a great trip to Cali this past weekend. Hung out in a Heroin den. Played at a Tweeker bar. The only thing missing was the chicken wire strung out in front of the stage! LOL Ate and Drank. Took pictures of stuff. Posted onethirtyeight.org stickers on everything. Had fun. It was a lot better than I'm making it out to be, I assure you. ;-) Came Home to Romance and Relaxation, which is always a good thing. My toothache pain is gone, which is weird, because I don't think toothache pain just goes away. Oh well. I'll cross that bridge when I get to it. Everything is updated. The Pictures I took of Sloka @ the Tropics Lounge in Fullerton are up, and you can click here to go check them out. That new camera of mine is awesome! There's lots of stuff going on this weekend, starting off with that Napalm Raid gig @ Yayo Taco, then there's some great bands playing at the Double Down on Fri. and Sat., and that Las Vegas Summer Punk Fest is also going down this weekend too. Should be interesting to see how THAT little thing plays out. There's the G.P.B. CD release party going on @ the Sanctuary on Friday, Unfair Fight is playing with Ringworm @ the Bunkhouse on Sat., and Ty Segall @ the Beauty Bar on Sunday. Should be a cool weekend. :-) I leave you with this heartwarming video of a whale being saved from some nylon netting he got trapped in while swimming around. The way he shows his gratitude is just the coolest thing ever. <3 See you around.
To all you Haters and Nosy Fucks out there - I had a blast in Seattle! ;-)
Yeah, nothing makes you appreciate being back Home than visiting someplace that you don't like. Love the Company I'm with, but Hate the City, if that makes any sense. Anyways, after getting back to reality I was surprised to see so many people giving a shit about Ryan Dunn passing away. I mean, really? Who gives a fuck? The way some of my friends were carrying on about him on Facebook was disgusting, calling him a "Hero" and an "Inspiration to me when I was a kid" and other shit like that? Again, really? In case you missed my summation of it on Facebook, I present it to you here:
Rich guy drunk as fuck gets into his Porsche and drives off and kills himself and his friend... boo fucking hoo. I guess he's well Dunn now, huh?
Which I guess is true, since TMZ.com is reporting that he was sort of alive while the fire was burning what was left of his car. Some reports say he was found half in/out of the door, possibly indicating he was trying to climb out, but when you consider that the damn engine of the car was found 50 feet further ahead of the wreckage, then I'd like to believe that there was no way in Hell those 2 fools knew what the fuck was going on. Breathing, maybe, Alive, not a snowballs chance in you know where. And yeah, I called them fools. Drunk driving, late night country road, going about 130 mph. Somehow, that just doesn't sound like a good combination to me... heh Oh well. Live Fast, Die Young, Leave a Pretty Corpse, right? Yeah, whatever with that noise. He was neither young nor pretty when he made a bad decision that cost him his Life. Phooey. And the stuff they're selling about him on ebay is just ridiculous. Click here to see for yourself. iPhone covers? Zippo lighters? ::BARF::
Yeah, it's a slow news week, so what? LOL I'm still suffering from this weekends past shenanigans, and band practice isn't helping. I think I'm gonna go pass out now. The Queers are playing @ the Divebar tomorrow tonight, and you should all go! I think I might. Everything is updated. A shitload of new gigs were added to the Gig Calendar page, and the Videos page has been updated with all the links working now, and pretty much everything I have is posted up there. And with that, I leave you with 1 of the last 3 Freddie McGregor videos from Reggae In The Desert 2011 I just posted on my YouTube page. It's his cover of that classic 70's Main Ingredients song Just Don't Want To Be Lonely. It was his 1st encore. This song rules. Praise Jah! and all of that malarkey. See you at the gigs this week! Zombie Prom! Woo Hoo!
Rastafari! Haile Selassie! Praise Jah! :-) It's Tuesday, which just means more videos from Reggae In The Desert this past weekend! Woo hoo! Here's Mykal Rose performing the Black Uhuru classic Shine Eye Gal. The Man is smoooooooooooth personified.
And here's another one from Freddie McGregor, performing a medley of some of his classic hits Let Him Try, Loving Pauper, and I Was Born A Leader.
This is the Legendary Don Carlos performing Rude Boy (Go Easy). The Man still has some dance moves! ;-) The annoying bitch screaming couldn't be avoided. She was standing right next to me.
My photo camera is broken, which is why I've been shooting nothing but video lately. I gotta find a place here in town that fixes cameras, although I'm really getting burned out on taking them. The limits of the format are getting to me. As of now, I like doing video more. It's a simpler, easily shareable, more accessible format that really allows you to get a feel of how the gig was and what it was all about. I bought a Sony HD Webbie camera back in 2009 and it sat unopened in a box on a shelf for over a year before I touched it. I have no idea why. My Brother Victor gave me a Flip camera for Christmas, telling me the website needed more videos on it, and I'm starting to embrace the idea. We'll see how long it lasts.
Andy from Surrounded By Thieves sent me this flyer for his upcoming gig, and I post it up here to make a point. Bands, you need to promote! I hate turning down invites to gigs that I get sent 24 hours beforehand, usually because I've already made plans days or weeks ahead. And I definitely ain't gonna track down flyers to promote your gigs on my own time, so get off your apathetic asses and send that flyer you took a whole 3 minutes putting together out! LOL Facebook invites aren't the only way to spread the word about your upcoming gig. Stop being lazy. Promote! And go to this gig @ Yayo Taco next month with Surrounded By Thieves. ;-)
Just like yesterday, I'm gonna leave you with a video I've been sitting on for a while now, shot @ Jake's Bar in Lake Havasu when 3 Las Vegas bands invaded that place for a night of drunken shenanigans last month. Here's the Happy Campers doing a song called Buried Alive, and Thanx to Mr. Charisma himself Chad for telling me the name of it. <3 And The Heroine and The People's Whiskey are playing @ the Divebar tonight! Should be a fun gig. See ya there!