Hey! I have a working website again! LOL
RollerCon is in town, and there's shit jumping off all over the place this weekend! Tomorrow night there are some great gigs happening around town, like Sloka @ the Double Down, Deadhand @ the Beauty Bar, and the Departures (straight outta Jersey!), Holding Onto Sound, the Quitters and Battle Born @ Yayo Taco, but the best place to be is Casa de Amoroso for Danny, the Prince of Pinche Drummers B-Day extravaganza! Bring your swimming outfits and some CAKE or something else to eat because this one may be going all night long! hahaha Happy Birthday Sir! keg Stands will be mandatory this evening! :-)
If you're still alive on Sat. and not in jail, the place to be that night is the Toxic Holocaust, Blatant, F.S.U., Krum Bums and Dead Neon gig @ the Bunkhouse. It should be an interesting gig to say the least. The Tinglerz are also playing that night @ the Motor City Cafe, so if you're not @ the Double Down trying to pick up on chubby drunk roller girls then you should be at 1 of those 2 gigs. Remember, going to see a band won't give you a disease. Maybe... heh heh
Sunday it's all about Deadhand, Signals Midwest and TheCore at Hypnotics, and if you're up early enough you can stop by there and catch Ministry Of Love with Broken End Stereo and a few other bands playing an All Ages gig for the kids. Oh, and Monday, the Black Jetts and the Tinglerz are playing @ the Bunkhouse with Unko Atama from S.F., so yeah, like I said, it's gonna be a busy weekend - hope to see you all somewhere!
I have been watching this at every chance possible. Mike Judge was a Guest Speaker at Comic Con this year, and he unveiled some brand new footage from the upcoming Beavis & Butthead cartoon series. I haven't laughed this hard in years. Oh my fucking GAWD it has been too long without these guys. <3
Amy Winehouse died this weekend and the less said about that the better. I believe the term I lovingly adhered to her in Death was "piece of shit junkie alcoholic no talent LOSER", which I thought was pretty spot on, but apparently having and airing an Opinion is enough to get you called 'heartless' and 'a piece of shit'... hahaha Oh Interznets, how I love you! XOXOXO
See this picture? It's a shot of the lead singer of the band Ringworm, who played at the Bunkhouse this past Sat. They sucked, BTW.
It's also the ONLY picture I was able to snap off, because just as I was snapping this pic some fucking dooshbag purposely slammed into me and sent me flying across the room. Fucking jackoff. I love how these pussies will only come near me when I'm not paying attention to them. When I'm standing there waiting for them to come around, ready to lay a fist or a knee into them, they suddenly don't come anywhere near me, but when I'm focusing on taking pictures and not paying attention to them, then the cheap shots ensue. Cowards. Same thing was happening to me at the gig @ Yayo Taco this past Thursday. Some people are respectful, some aren't, but whatever. If I'm getting nailed by cheap shot artists while trying to take pictures of a band, then I'll just walk away. No skin off my nose, but it sometimes limits me to how many pictures I can take. That's what happened with those Life's Torment photos I took that night. I spent most of the bands set watching out for the cheap shot faggots who were slamming around while the band was just killing it. I'm sure if the band would of been paying attention, they could of said something, but they didn't, but after watching the dickless hardcore dancing assholes completely ruin everyone's fun time by doing those gay ass dance moves and handing out cheap shots to anyone who was just trying to watch the band, I got to thinking.
The Bunkhouse was where that last bit of Drama involving 'That Band' (and yeah, you guys are considered EXACTLY that - deal with it) happened at. Big fight went down, it was some friends of the band, or at least somebody they knew of, because whenever anyone posted a bragging comment on their Facebook page, comments that included names of those involved or statements of what they did or what happened, they quickly deleted it off of their page. Reminded me of that Adicks shit that went on with the LVCS a while back. Officially, 'That Band's' stance was that "they couldn't control what their fans do", and I have to call shenanigans on that. Of course you can control what's going on in the crowd! The thought that you can't is just ludicrous! I've seen waaaaay too many bands do exactly that, stopping their set by calling out some assholes fighting in the crowd or for being obnoxious and ruining everyone's good time. If you, as a Band, don't think you have that ability to control the crowd, well, that's not saying much for your band now, is it? It was while watching Ringworm thrash about on stage from the safety of a bar stool that I was putting all this together. I had to do something. They weren't a very good band. LOL But it was while watching the crowd ebb and flow from the few asshole dancers ruining things for everyone that I was thinking all this through. The homo hardcore dancers would start picking up the change, throwing out errant kicks and shoves to people who were just trying to watch the gig, and the band just played on, either ignorant of what was going on, or apathetic with that lame "we can't control the crowd" rhetoric like 'That Band', which is a bit of a Cockstar thing to do when you think about it, or perhaps maybe even endorsing it a bit. Is this what it's come to? Really? I hate to sound like That Old Guy, but dancing used to be a fun thing to do at gigs - even slamming. And the rule was that you never got anyone involved with it if they didn't want to. It stayed in the area and that was it. Yeah, of course it got out of hand from time to time, but for the most part, it was just good, sweaty fun. Nowadays it seems like a macho jock shithead little dick thing, but whatever. New Rule: Cheap shots being thrown at me - I'm gone. I got better things to do at a gig, like get drunk and put onethirtyeight.org stickers up on everything! ;-) Bands, learn to control your crowd of Friends or start to act like you give a shit. It's not that hard to do.
Yeah, Saturdays gig was pretty weird. The atmosphere was heavy with tension, due to the turnout being a total sausage party, which most gigs are, but the abundance of flat brimmed baseball hats, basketball jerseys, and jailhouse tattoos on suburban white kids from affluent neighborhoods just ensured that Drama was going to ensure, and of course it did. There was even some Baby Momma Drama going down, which was just like the icing on the cake! LOL Kudos to Pulsar and Josh and the other Security dudes for keeping the fighting down to a minimum. No knives were pulled on anyone, not even the Soundman! ;-) I gave it a bit of a Review, same with the Napalm Raid gig, and both of them will be up by the end of this week, I hope. The Pictures of Napalm Raid, Humilitate, and Life's Torment were all posted, and you can click here, or here, or even here to see them all, or you can click on the images to the right of these words to check them all out as well. Same with the Demon Lung photos from this past Saturday night @ the Bunkhouse. For me, the highlight of the evening was hanging out with George, my former heterosexual lover / band mate / partner in crime. Now THAT, was fun! <3 Real busy this week. It's almost 9 in the morning and I got band practice in a few hours, so I better get some shut eye. Looking forward to getting shit done and moving on and putting stuff behind me where it belongs. Some of you out there know what I'm talking about, and the rest of you probably wish you did. All you gotta do is ask. ;-)
Drama? I got no time for it.
Pain? Like hanging out with an old friend. ;-)
Love? Gimme a friggin' break! hahahaha
I haven't had a spare moment of time as of late, what with dealing with and avoiding the Drama that surrounds me in every direction. I'm Teflon people - it doesn't stick to me. Give it up. I'm also battling some weird toothache pain that's burrowed deep in my jawbone, with visions of Rick H. dancing in the back of me head. I've been eating Percocets and Oxycontin's like Sweet Tarts, and that's never good. Amoxycellin helps. I've been practicing a lot lately, with 3 of the 4 bands I'm currently playing with, and that's just wiping me out. Pray for Mojo, will ya? Yeah, needless to say, with all this going on, updating the website hasn't exactly been the priority, ya know?
Another week has passed, and the Divebar is still open... hee hee hee
I saw that Human Rights (feeaturing H.R. from the Bad Brains) played the Double Down last Tuesday, and for everyone I saw on Facebook fawning over what a great gig it was gonna be, I haven't heard one positive word about the experience! LOL The first time I saw Human Rights my friends and I ran out of Fender's Ballroom in hysterical tears at what a train wreck it was. I can't imagine the band has gotten any better 25 years later, I really can't. And this is coming from a Reggae fan! hahahaha
Sippin on that Haterade right about now. It sure tastes good at this time of the morning. Everything is updated. The pictures of Unfair Fight and Klunk that were taken @ Diablos last week are now up and available to look at. Unfair Fight is here, and Klunk is here. The Gig Calendar page is chock full of new listings. I'm already putting up shows for October on there. I'm heading out to Cali on Friday to play a Vegascendents gig with Sloka somewhere in Fullerton, and I wish I had a flyer to show you, but apparently the Promoter feels that making one wasn't necessary to make the show a success. Go figure. I'm hoping to be back by Saturday to catch the action downtown, first with Cold Stare and Fleas playing @ Twelve21, and then afterwards it's all about the Mapes and Ultramaroon @ the Arts Factory. That shit is going to be Legendary. Hope to see you there.
Well, I'm back on top of that list. You now, the list that some people have that says 'Jump this person as soon as you see him'... LOL All for talking shit about the Divebar which, by the way, is still open. What is this, the Kiss "Final Tour Ever" bullshit? hahaha Tero from the Divebar said somewhere that they're closing because of financial reasons and for personal circumstances that got out of control. I'll leave it to you to guess as to what those personal circumstances are... heh heh
The sun is coming up on a brand new day, a day in which I went public with a new relationship on Facebook, which, apparently, is how things are done nowadays. LOL She's the best girl ever. You're all invited to the wedding. <3 It was also a day that I got to see Unfair Fight win some Battle of the Bands thing at Diablo's, and, a day in which Area 702's fight to stay alive as an All Ages venue for bands to play at came to an end. Yeah, apparently the City Council or some shit 86'd Area 702's bid to stay open, and I'm kind of mixed about it. I mean, on one hand, it sucks that Vegas loses this venue, but just like the Sanctuary, or the Farm before them, I really don't give a shit because the bands that played at all those venues were a bunch of pitiful poseur scenester bands who didn't deserve a place to play! LOL The few times I ventured into those places and observed that absolute dooshbaggery Rockstar bullshit these bands perpetrated just made me El Oh El! You would of thought these Local bands were already signed to Atlantic Records and had toured the world 3 times over with the way they were acting and carrying on. And I'm not even gonna get started on how shitty most of the bands who played there are, because that just makes me sound like 'that old guy' which I guess I am, but coming from my D.I.Y. background like I do, I just get upset that kids today just expect everything to be handed to them or done for them, while none of them take the initiative to do something themselves. Like Sal did.
Sal from TheCore was telling me about this thing he started called Revive Vegas, which is basically a vehicle to set up charity shows and auctions and to help out of state bands book Local shows here, which sounds like a great thing to me. Anything anybody wants to try and do to keep Las Vegas as a viable option for touring bands to consider playing at is cool in my book, and him doing charity shows with Local bands helping those less fortunate than us just makes me wanna give Sal a big ol' sloppy hug and kiss -- with tongue! ;-) But seriously, support Sal in this endeavor. It's pretty fucking epic. If you can volunteer your time, or help out by playing the gigs, or if you have some stuff you can put up for auction, contact Sal at Revive Vegas on their Facebook page right here and let him know what you can do. Kudos to you Sal, Kudos! <3
OK, to get back to the Unfair Fight @ Diablo's story; I had no idea it was a Battle of the Bands thing until I got there. I probably wouldn't of gone if I knew it was. Thank Allah they were selling $1 Heinekens - I was double fisting all night! LOL I got there just as the first band finished, watched Unfair Fight rip through a set of new songs that I didn't recognize or never heard before (Dan later told me that they played a bunch of new stuff, which sounded amazing, BTW), and then afterwords watched this group called Clonk (or maybe Clunk?) that was made up of a bunch of angry Metal dudes (and 1 chick) playing this choppy, headbanging melodic noise while fully decked out as evil clowns, ala Slipknot or I.C.P. or some shit like that. It was interesting, to say the least... heh heh. The way they were judging who won this Battle of the Bands shit was by some sort of decibel reading machine which measured the noise of the crowd, and Unfair Fight won by, and I quote Local Show Joe here, "a nut hair" - they won by only a 1 point higher decibel point reading! Woo hoo! hahahahaha It was pretty sweet that they won, and, I think, a little bit of a shock to the guys in the band. The looks on their face were priceless! Oh well, they won $500 for their trouble and now move on to the 2nd round, and I was happy to be there to see them win it. Congratulations guys, and Good Luck in the next round! :-)
Some interesting gigs happening this weekend. The Double Down will be jumping tonight with the Tinglerz and Dead Birds And Blind Kids, same with the Hard Rock Cafe where Unearth and In Shadows Embrace will be shaking the structure right down to it's shoddy workmanship foundation. If you're in the downtown area tonight, Penn Jillette And The No God Band will be playing @ the Bunkhouse for some UNLV benefit, so check that out if you're interested. I hear they play Punk covers. ;-) Also @ Artifice, Andrew Kiraly, ex singer of old school Vegas punk band Boba Fett Youth, wrote a book about those good ol' days of being a Punk and is having his book release party on Friday. Should be interesting, to say the least.
Saturday Surrounded By Thieves is playing with the Bogarts @ Yayo Taco, the Seriouslys are playing at the Double Down, and if you're in the mood to dance early in the afternoon, then head over to the Sanctuary to see the Remedies and Tuesday After School play some All Ages dance party. Come on, it's OK if you're the oldest guy there. Trust me, it gets easier to deal with the older you get! heh heh heh Everything is updated. Have a great weekend. I'll be at the Artifice all weekend with my new girlfriend if anyone needs me. :-) Emole, aka Bryan, one of the many ex Loud Pipes singers, is in town from San Fran - Let's party! He and I will be at Artifice on Saturday for the Bike Prom which is going on that night. Click here for more info on the event.
Melo - good seeing and drinking and bullshitting with ya Brother! XOXOXO Good meeting your Wife as well! Keep up on that Indian stuff - it pays off I tells ya! hahaah And Hey!!! Where's that Cyanide Blues live stuff at, ya bastard? hahaha Gotta go. It's gonna be a great weekend. :-)
I really had nothing to say, mostly because the whole past 4 or 5 days have blurred one into the other. I mean, Casey & Eddie's wedding on Sat. was beautiful, and the gig afterwords @ Yayo Taco was fun as fuck, and with the swimming and partying @ Casa Amoroso for the past few days, well, I've just been a wreck as of late. So as I was awoken yesterday afternoon by the annoying ringing and buzzing of my cell phone, alerting me to numerous text messages and phone calls, I knew something was amiss, and people were dying to tell me about it or find out what I think about it. The it in question was the announcement that the Divebar was closing immediately. Fuck.
I never really had a problem with the Divebar, per se. Lots of people had personal beefs with the place, but I wasn't one of them. I used to go there all the time when it first opened because it was a Sharks bar, and I'd go there to watch the games on the TV, with like 5 other San Jose fans. It was great. They never ripped me off either. Bands were notorious in calling for a boycott of the place, putting the word out that the checks the Divebar paid with were no good, and that's even if they paid the bands that played there to begin with. Never happened to me though. None of my friends got beat up there either, but I know a few of my friends friends did, a couple of times even! LOL I've had a few close calls, but I wasn't stupid enough to let it happen. I've had some amazing times there, seen some Legendary gigs there, played there in a whole bunch of different bands and never had a problem with the place until those assholes who owned it / run it started letting the Nazi's and the chickenshit Cockasillys hang out there and flourish that I stopped going there. Same reason why I stopped going to the Double Down. Sort of. ;-) Yeah, once that tuff guy faggotry took over the place a lot of people abandoned it, and it was pretty much a joke amongst the majority of the Bands here in Vegas. Too many Fights, too much Drama, too many Bands getting ripped off waaaaaaayyy too often. The Divebar had a really bad rep there for awhile. Too little too late they tried to make amends to the Scene, putting the word out that all that Drama was behind them but the damage was beyond repair and I guess the Divebar just gave up on things. All I heard was that the Divebar was closing, but no one actually said why. And I could care less. Big whoop. Good riddance says I, but to see some of my Friends carrying on about it's closing was pathetic. You would of thought their parents had died or that their dog had to be put down. "That is horrible." "This is a major bummer." "I cannot believe this shit." "OMG! Please God No!! Say it ain't so." Fucking really? It was just a bar, and a shitty one at that. If everyone who loved that place sooooooooo much would of went there instead of someplace else to drink, then maybe the place would of survived but who even knows about that. Maybe the Divebar didn't close because of financial reasons, I really can't say. The bartenders were atrocious there too. It would take you hours to get a drink there when the place was jumping, unless you had Tres Flores in your hair or a bunch of shitty 50's flash work all over your body. Yeah, I've had some amazing times at the Divebar, but who cares? Faux sentimentality for some place that's going to reopen in a few months under a new name and hopefully new management just leaves me feeling ill. Phooey. It's kind of sad that looking back on the place, the stuff that immediately comes to mind for me is the Negative, and not the Positive.
Everything is updated. New Pictures have been added. Unfair Fight is playing at Diablo's this Thursday, and you should all be there to support one of the Best bands playing in Las Vegas right now. You gotta be on the Guest List though, so contact the band here at their Facebook page to get put on there. These guys are the shit and you're guaranteed to enjoy it. Plus, Diablo's is a pretty cool place to hang out at and see bands at. I'm gonna be there, and so should you. :-) See ya there!