Free time? What's that? Rest? Yeah right! hahaha Short of obsessing on the latest Lipstick Homicide release, I'm pretty much stuck in a cycle of practicing, mixing, cutting MP3's, learning songs, more practicing and maybe, if I'm lucky, sleeping. My car is still broken, so I'm being chauffeured around everywhere, which just means I'm partying too much but having a lot of fun doing so. Nothing gets done but I don't care. The number of Bands I'm currently involved with is 5. I think I'm the new drummer for the Civilians, and I'm helping out my friends in S.F.T. with a couple of gigs they have coming up too, including a gig @ the LVCS opening up for Green Jelly, which should be... interesting?? Aluminum Falcon is playing the Double Clown this Friday, or Saturday, I don't know, and I don't remember where the next Vegascendents gig is, but I know there's one coming up somewhere, because we keep playing those same damn songs over and over and over again. LOL Oh, and the other band I'm in, the 'Super Secret Goth Band', featuring 5 different members of 5 different Local bands, is already planning gigs and getting ready to record. I wish I was as good a drummer as Brett Balu's favorite band in town is, but unfortunately, I can play more than one prodding oompa-loompa shuffle, and I can actually keep a beat... heh heh In between all that band practice, I find time to catch a few winks and spend some quality time with the girl I love, oh and go to gigs when I can and listen to new music, because that's the best, especially when it's your Friends making the music. :-) Oh, and the website. Sometimes I can get stuff done on the website. Lots of stuff.
Let's start things off with this: the Peter Murphy / Ours gig review. Click here to read it. It was easy to do since I rushed posting the Pictures I took of him that night, and after that all I needed to do was keep my gushing semi-coherent and to a minimum. Oh, click here to check the photos I took from that night out. I also posted some photos I took of Guilty By Association when they opened up for D.I. @ the LVCS last month, and you can click here to see those. Did I tell you about the Lipstick Homicide pictures that I took? Click here to see those if I didn't. I'm still rocking their music. It's the soundtrack to my Summer and I'm loving it. I also posted some Music Reviews on the latest, and maybe last ever, Deadhand EP, and you can click here to read that, as well as a write up on the reissue of the Big Boys - Where's My Towel / Industry Standard LP, as in vinyl, as in, beautiful, white vinyl, and you can click here to read that. I also posted an old Gig Review I did for that Push Forward Skateboarding benefit gig that went down a few months ago @ the Beauty Bar, and you can click here to read that if you give a fuck. I don't. There's more coming though, so be warned. Pet Tigers are playing @ the LVCS tonight. Check them out and get your New Wave on. The Black Jetts and Fuzz SoLow are playing @ The Dive tomorrow night with Bob Log III, so if you got nothing better to do, then stop on by and check out some cool music. Squid Hat Records are having some sort of showcase on Thurs. @ Backstage Bar & Billiards, with almost every band on their roster playing, so check that out and support the few, very few bands that are worth supporting on their roster... heh heh There's other stuff going on as well this weekend, like that Aluminum Falcon gig I was talking about earlier, but damned if I know what any of the details are at this time, and I don't care. The sun is coming up and I'm gonna climb up on my roof and watch it. :-)
Everything is updated. Congratulations to my beautiful friend Danielle and her lucky Husband to be Ryan on their upcoming nuptials today. I'm gonna try to be there but it's not looking too good as of now. Save me some of that apple pie moonshine though, please? Thank you! XOXO
Last night was sooooooooo much fun! :-)
I think the most amusing part was hearing everyone boast about how many times they had saw Peter Murphy before. The aggro people who were acting like they were at a Slayer concert by head banging and fist pumping and trying to start a slam pit were funny too. Or maybe the most amusing part was the chicks shooting the stink eye to anyone and everyone who was better dressed, better looking or in better shape than them, like the catty insecure cunts that they are... LOL I definitely know the most annoying part of the night was hearing people talking about how "I've finally seen Bauhaus!", which is just the sort of nostaligia for nostalgia sakes bullshit that makes me wretch. You idiots didn't see Bauhaus - you saw Peter Murphy doing Bauhaus songs - HUGE difference! The merch booth full of overpriced Bauhaus crap like buttons and stickers and tee shirts was a bit much as well, but regardless, it was a fantastic show full of all the hits you'd expect like Stigmata Martyr, She's Into Parties, In The Flat Field, etc., but it was the more obscure stuff like Kingdom's Coming, Silent Hedges or The Passion Of Lovers that made it great. Yeah, the melodica was busted out for Kick In The Eye, and Bela Lugosi's Dead was only like, 5 minutes long, but mixing the expected with the unexpected is what kept things interesting and never dull. Mr. Murphy looked and sounded great, and the Evil air about him is still as powerful as ever.He played, he howled, he spoke in that spooky baritone voice of his, and the crowd of Idolators and Lovers ate it all up, every single Gothic note of music played, and the 1-2 knock out punch of Telegram Sam and Ziggy Stardust was the perfect ending for the show. I know lots of Dark and Spooky people didn't want to go to the gig because it was supposedly blasphemous for Mr. Murphy to be doing Bauhaus songs with a band of scrubs, but he does it all the time on his solo Tours, so I don't know what the big deal was about him doing it last night. If you didn't make it to the gig, you missed out on a commandeering performance from the Godfather of Goth, and if you did, then you know about what a great time it was, so what am I telling you all this for? LOL Show Review coming soon. Trust me - it'll be worth it! ;-)
Everything's updated. Don't ask me what any of it is, because I'm tired and can't recall any of it right now. Tonight is Anti-League bowling @ the Gold Coast, tomorrow it's Union 13. IDFI, The Quitters, Last Rites and a few other Locals @ Beauty Bar (UGH!), and with all that First Friday bullshit going on, as well as that Downtown Showcase for Shitty Hipster music fest going on tomorrow night as well, I think I'm just gonna stay completely away from that area if at all possible. My girlfriend just woke up and is eating my cereal out of the box. I think I'm done here... ;-)
"So, whenever you find yourself putting forth great effort without success, you're trying to force something that won't fit under the circumstances. That's a destructive waste of time. And if that isn't enough to keep in mind, your techniques must always be allowed to evolve and change, in relationships, in life, in science, in society. Otherwise you stagnate, and you won't get anywhere in the long run... You know what the philosopher Aldous Huxley said? He said 'Consistency is contrary to nature, contrary to life. The only completely consistent people are the dead."
― Tony Vigorito, Just a Couple of Days
Well, it was fun while it lasted, right? :-)
There wasn't even a hint of Sentimentality in the air for the supposed 'final gig for the time being' from Deadhand - nope! It was a cool assemblage of Friends and Fans in the building, minus a few attention seeking hipster dooshbags posing as a Punk band standing directly in front of Deadhand while they played, but other than that, it was cool people I swear! LOL Deadhand thanked them for coming out and I threw up in my mouth a little bit. Whatever. Anyways, the reason why Deadhand is going on a temporary hiatus is because Aaron, their Drummer Extraordinaire, is moving to San Diego. Booooooooo. He's gonna be missed, but I can't say I blame him, because, apparently, Las Vegas sucks or something, so yeah, best of luck to ya out there Brother. Ya know, for a last gig for a while, Deadhand blew doors off with a stunning performance of stuff both old and new, like Prehistoric, which, they announced that they haven't played in over a year, and I don't care what anybody says, they played that song JUST FOR ME dammit, and Giving Up The Let Down, from their new 3 song EP, which is nothing short of amazing with it's Beware of the Darkest places / There's no need to hide / No Fear of the Darkest places / Because I don't Live just to Die chorus... Le swoon!! <3 If you haven't gotten it yet, do yourself a favor and get the new Deadhand EP by clicking here. You'll thank me for it later. :-)
And Oh. My. GAWD! Where did that Lipstick Homicide band come from? They easily stole the show with a set of some of the most sugar sweet Pop Punk that I've ever heard! If the bratty little sisters of Scared Of Chaka and Teenage Bottlerocket started a band, it would be called Lipstick Homicide. :-) They were sooooooooooooo fucking good it was sickening! When I saw then dragging their teeny, tiny little amps and drum set on stage, I cringed a bit, but decided to give 'em a chance and check them out and boy, am I glad that I did! They fucking SLAYED! You were there - you saw it, right? How fucking good were they? For a moment there, I thought the guitar player of Lipstick Homicide was my old Friend Nikki Potatoes, originally from Vegas but who lives in Milwaukee now, but she is here in town visiting for a week, and I know she's in a band now, so yeah, for a second there... hahaha The drummer was fast and colorful, which was cool, and I loved watching the bass player rock out and yell and scream and mumble about gawd knows what but man, she sounded great doing it and the songs they were playing had some major fucking hooks in them, and they've been stuck in my head for days now. They didn't play long enough, and I could of listened to them for another hour or so, they were that fucking good. I love being blown away by bands I know nothing about and man, did Lipstick Homicide impress the ever loving holy shit out of my old, jaded heart. Their latest release is called Out Utero, and you can get it by clicking right here if you didn't grab a copy from the band after their set like I did. I got everything I could from them. Then I headed outside to grub.
Yeah, it was a fun gig. Burning Agrestic played a drunk, fun set, led by a singer who could be Hank Musgrove's doppelganger, and War Called Home keep getting better and better every time I see them. It's neat to watch. :-) Direct Hit! were on Tour with Lipstick Homicide, and they were OK, but their merch person sucks. I stood there for like the last third of Burning Agrestic's set waiting to buy stuff, and nobody was there to take my money. The poor people from Lipstick Homicide were just like, Mehhh, and after a bit I gave up and left. And poor Lambs To Lions played clean up to exactly 3 people - Me, the singer from War Called Home, and Martin, who came out of retirement and scuzzing around in bad places to hang with his Friends for a night. It was a cool little gig. Went on too long for my old, tired ass, but still, it was FUN!
Everything's updated. I added a bunch of new stuff to the website, but damn if I can 'memmer any of it right now, so I'm heading off to bed. With this influx of free time on my hands, I just don't know what I'm gonna do with myself - anyone wanna start a band? LOL