GO TO THIS GIG TONIGHT!!
It's the fucking Business, for Christ's sake! What else do you gonna do on a Thurs., right? That The Attack band is supposed to be pretty good, and I think I have heard a few positive things about that Civilians band as well, so it should be a pretty fantastic gig. I have no idea who the other opening bands are, because the gig flyer was never updated, but oh well, that's a Promoter problem, not mine! ;-) Get yer ass there early, have a few cold ones, and let's just have some fun! No BS, allowed, alright? :-) Cool!
And then second off, tomorrow night @ the Dive, there's this gig going down, The Loud Pipes opening up for D.I., which was a gig that went down @ the Boston exactly 10 years ago. Weird. It was the gig where we snuck a teenage Pulsar in, by making him promise to stay in the back and just watch the show from a far. Yeah, that lasted about 30 seconds into D.I.'s opening song before he was front and center, singing loud and proud into the microphone with Casey... LOL Yeah, this gig is going to be beyond fun and if you miss out on it you'll only be kicking yourself in the ass afterwords. Seriously. ;-) There's all sorts of cool stuff going on this weekend, like that Battalion Of Saints gig @ the Artistic Armory, A Wilhelm Scream, TheCore and Fredward @ Triple B's, and is that THEE H.F.L. from HB playing at the Dive on Sat.? Hope not, because I'd sure love to see them again, but I'm gonna be at Reggae In The Desert staying mellow in the warm sun with Barrington Levy and Don Carlos. :-)
Everything's updated. Have a great weekend.
Too much fucking fun this weekend, that's for sure. Drinking and eating my way across So Cal. for a few days, and in between I managed to play a few gigs. ;-) Fri. night was all about Ripperside and all the fucking righteous people we were hanging out with. Thanx to Josh and everyone involved with Knife Wielding Maniac, who were forced to use a refrigerator dolly and a cue stick as a mic stand (don't ask) during their opening set, the down and brown vatos in Feather Static, who reminded me A LOT of Pigasus and even threw in a few MC5 covers for us "Punks in the audience". :-) They were fucking waaaayyy cool dudes. And big Thanx and Spanx to Jesse and everyone involved with Hungry Ass Youth, who closed the night off with a killer set of some great sounding tunes. It was an amazing way to start this little adventure out, that's for sure. Thanks to everyone for all the offers of Sex and Drugs, but we were only here for the Punk Rock N Roll. We had more to do the next day and we weren't falling for the ol' "it's only 20 minutes away" line everyone was telling us that night... ha ha ha It was hard to sleep from all the excitement that night, but somehow we managed. ;-)
Sat. it was all about Shakey's and their Life affirming Bunch Of Lunch deal. All the pizza, chicken, and mojos you can eat. Just look at that picture. Go ahead and drool over it. I can wait. Just know that it was every bit as good as it looked, and I ate so much of it I got sick, and after a quick vomit or two, came back and finished off a few more plates! LOL I was having high school flashbacks. Seriously. The people working there thought we were some big name band, and they wanted to take pictures with us, which was cool. We fought off the food coma long enough to climb back into the van to look for somewhere to crash out that night, and after finding out that Carlos is banned from all Motel 6 establishments for something he doesn't even remember doing, we cruised around for hours on end before finally finding a room to rent, which we didn't even have time to go in and check out, because we were running late on our way to Anaheim to play the World Famous Doll Hut. YES!!
Wow! Haven't been to the World Famous Doll Hut probably since Linda herself was tending bar there, but I do remember a Youth Gone Mad gig happening there before they closed it down for remodeling / renovations / whatever, and man, does the place look a lot different than it used to. The bar doesn't take up the whole room anymore, there's an actual stage there now, with monitors and stage lights and everything, and the outdoor patio smoking area is actually quite nice now and not just the place where they threw out the trash, empty kegs and half full drunks. The gig started early, but there were people there, we were the first band to play, and we got people to notice us and pay attention to us, right Violette? LOL Awww man, so much fun to place this place again. Thanks to everyone who bought merch, and to Macc for the hook up on the gig and the invite back - save us that D.I. gig, will ya? :-) I didn't see any of the other bands that played, including Lemon Head's band Dead At Midnight. We packed up our gear quickly and headed off to Baldwin Park to play the 2nd gig of the day.
Playing the American Legion Post was more trouble than it was worth. After an amazing pastrami sandwich grub at some greasy Mom & Pop hamburger joint across from the venue, we settled into the van for a long game of sit around and wait. The gig was running 2 hours behind, and the shared sentiment was that we were going to get bumped. We were playing last, on a bill of like, 5 bands, and it was some dude's birthday party, and all his Friends bands were on the bill, so we just assumed that we, the out of town band no one knows or cares about, was going to get the boot, and we almost did. If we hadn't asserted ourselves towards the end there, we were getting kicked off, because it was already one in the morning, and they still had one band to go, and the event had to be over at 1:30 - no exceptions. After a huge chunk of Drama with that last Local band, who just didn't wanna give up their spot on the bill for us, we set up our gear to play 5 songs before they kicked us off the stage. What fun. Nobody was in a good mood by the time we got back to the motel room, and Carlos and I stayed up all night drinking cheap booze and wandering the streets of El Monte, ending up at a grocery store at 6 in the morning to get a nightcap before heading back to the motel room to pack up and get ready for the long van ride Home. I slept the entire time and woke up in Vegas covered in my own drool and potato chip crumbs. Seemed appropriate. Unload the gear. Put the seat back in the van. Tell everyone to fuck off and pass out in bliss in my blackened bedroom. Fun. :-)
GO TO THIS GIG TONIGHT!!!
The Loud Pipes are primed and ready to tear the place apart, The Black Jetts always bring it, and I'm looking forward to seeing them with their new keyboard player, and then Nashville Pussy is Nashville Pussy - there's no such thing as bad pussy, now is there? ;-) Then it's off to CA. for a few gigs with S.F.T. in a few places like Riverside, Anaheim (The Doll Hut!! <3), and Baldwin Park. Should be fun. If you're in the area it would be great to see you...
Capitalist Casualties? Amazeballz. They fucking killed it in front of a warehouse sized room full of thrashing maniacs fueled by cheap booze and some stanky ass weed! LOL Oh, and some dank ass cupcakes. I had like 7 of them. :-) Seemed like everybody in the place was high on something, which was cool, because the atmosphere was chill, no fights, no attitude, no Drama, well, except for everybody in the pit that wanted to kill that kid in the Bane shirt... ha ha ha but otherwise, funtastic gig! The Artistic Armory is pretty much an art / performance place, but the people running it seem great, so let's hope it sticks around for a bit as a viable option for bands to play All Ages gigs at, or until the real "Punx" do their "stupied" shit and fuck it all up by drinking in the parking lot and trashing the area around the place. Oh well. Like I said, it was a great gig, Capitalist Casualties were stunning, Life's Torment (with the Legendary Vic Moya on drums) fucking killed it as well, and even God's America blew up the place with their fucking killer set. It's too bad that plastique pathetic bandwagon jumping Downtown dooshbag plays bass for that band, because I'd really like to like them, but oh well. That guy can suck a dick and so can you if you missed out on the gig. ;-) I would of paid more attention to the touring bands that played, but for some reason, they all took forever to set up, which is bullshit!! There's like a huge empty alley, directly behind where the bands were playing, so why they weren't setting up their gear there instead of on the stage area is beyond me. All I know is that it shouldn't take a band more than 15 minutes to either get their gear off the stage or to get it on the stage. If it takes you more time than that, then I got better things to do. Yeah, big Thanx! to everyone who hung out, did shots with me, bought me cupcakes, told me I was right about Punk Rock Posing, or who just told me about being a Punk in Cedar City, UT. :-) I took lots of Pictures, but unfortunately, I busted my camera AGAIN at the Goth night thingy going on @ Boomer's later on that night. so I have to wait for my camera to get back from the repair shop to get those pictures up and edited, which is OK, because I'm so far behind in that dept. it's not funny.
"What do you wanna do?" She asked me.
I dunno, what do YOU wanna do? I shot back at her. ;-)
"Well, my friend's band is playing at the Velveteen Rabbit tonight..."
Wait a minute? I said. Who's your friend?
"Shayna Rain", she said. "She's playing tonight."
Yeah, I know, I said. My friend Fuzz SoLow is playing there, opening up for Shayna Rain & The Gents... LOL
"Let's go!" She said. And we did. :-)
And that's how I found myself in Hipster Hell checking out Fuzz SoLow doing his thing on a Thurs. night. Great set from him too. If you haven't already checked out his one man band thing, you're missing out on some cool foot stomping ass kicking music. He did this cool thing where he put a loop of some music he made up on the spot, and then he made another loop of him saying "My name is Fuzz SoLow. Thank you for coming out to the show." and he walked around the room shaking everyone's hand while the looped words and music played on and on and on and on and gave them a cool hand painted Fuzz SoLow sticker, which I will sell on Ebay in 20 years for millions of dollars... ha ha ha Cool stuff. That Shayna Rain & The Gents band wasn't as bad as I thought they were going to be, but I was zoning out pretty hard during their set. How does a drummer play that softly? ;-)
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