I dunno... I thought this was funny. It's a comparison of a dead chicken's ass to Miley Cyrus' ass, asking which one's better. Personally, I think it's the chicken! LOL What is it with that chick and that annoying tongue thing? Are girls that look like guys the in thing now?
And this one, well, while I was beginning the editing the 359 photos of the Mapes that I took a few days ago, I laughed at how this series of pix came out. Reminded me of those Dafuq meme's, and voila! This picture was born. Click on it and see it in it's full size glory to see everyone's expression... LOL
ha ha ha OK, back to work. There's a cool, interesting sounding gig going on tomorrow @ Blackbird Studios with War Called Home, Mercy Music, My First Rodeo and Poke Da Squid, a cool little Ska Punk band from Seattle who are on Tour and who could use your support and who are worth checking out. Blackbird Studios is a cool place to chill, it's Downtown, but not the dooshy part of Downtown, it's an All Ages gig, which means there might be some non-jaded, energetic fucks in attendance dancing around, so if you got nothing better to do, and I'm pretty sure that you don't, unless they're re-running this weeks episode of Breaking Bad or Bad Ink or whatever, in which case I totally understand, but in any other case, come on out and have some fun. :-)
It was like watching superheroes come back to life, donning their costumes once again to save the world. It was like waking up to a Groundhog's Day nightmare, but not one that you would mind reliving over and over and over again. Front and center I found myself last Sat. night at the Dive, witnessing the return of the Mapes, where their chaotic, musical merry-go-round of a show reared it's ugly head once again. It's been over a year since they played, after Captain Whiskey decided to donate a kidney to cancer research, and they played soooooooo fucking good that it was hard to believe they haven't played in that long of a time. The crowd was rabid from the first note of the first song onwards, which was Your Pussy Makes Me Vomit, and after that it was all a drunken flurry of flour, marshmallows, cupcakes, hot dogs, a football pinata filled with something and an onslaught of booze, toilet water and gawd knows what else being sprayed around by water pistols the band handed out mid-set. They played basically every song that they know, except for Pigs In A Blanket, Mouf, or their Mummies cover, and they played a Civic Minded Five cover to end the set (was that the Lavin Lays Pipe song they did?), and they even included a shit load of new songs from some new album they promised is coming out sometime soon. Yeah right. Anyways, the Mapes played spectacularly, and they totally destroyed the stage at the Dive in the process, leaving John The Englishman sound guy yelling to anyone within earshot that he wasn't cleaning that 'fooking' mess up! LOL Fantastic turnout, great show, what a fucking night. I'm pretty sure everyone left the placed covered in flour. My camera was beyond fucked up and I don't care. If you weren't there, you missed out, of course, and it you were there, wasn't that shit fun??? :-) It was good seeing Clay out and about, receiving well wishes and congratulatory words, drink in hand, looking fit and happy. It was even better seeing him behind his dilapidated kit, smiling and having fun. Cheers my friend! That guys gonna be the Mayor of Las Vegas someday, wait and see.
Not to neglect the other bands that played that night, because 2 out of 3 of them were excellent. The Seriouslys killed it in front of a mostly sedate, sober crowd, playing their bouncy Pop Punk to a very appreciative audience, and being able to hear their lyrics clearly for the first time had me grinning from ear to ear like an idiot. They're soooo cute! I'm digging the new drummer. She's really good. They're a totally different band now with her. Fantastic stuff. And Kid Puto, from Tucson, were pretty good too, sounding like a cross between Dirt and Naked Agression, with a dual male/female vocal attack that was brutal and cool to watch. They took forever to set up though, which was a drag. And that other band, King Clone, well, they were just weak, with a singer who spent most of their set facing the drummer and prancing and preening around. Wasn't cool when Jim Morrison did it, and 50 years later, guess what? It's still not cool when you're doing it. Music was pretty mediocre too. Whatever. They were the only misstep in a night full of wonderfulness. The Dive was packed with Friends and Family, lots of familiar faces, a few people who don't like me, some who tried to act invisible and were caught, and lots of laughs and smiles and good feelings. Thanks to everyone for hanging out with me, and special Thanx to the hott redhead for the lesson in gravity and water. :-)
Everything is updated. Lots of stuff coming up this week, and I'm hoping to get it all posted before I head Home to the Pow Wow this weekend. Everything is going great around these parts. Hope they are with you as well.
Well, all good things got to come to an end, sometime, right?
4 same guys in 2 different bands. One guy quitting one band, and another guy quitting the other band, all just to keep things amicable between Friends, which is a good thing. I can only wish that all band decisions went this smoothly. So yeah, the Vegascendents are looking for a bass player, and Aluminum Falcon is looking for a singer. Spread the word. Contact within. I was hoping both bands were going to break up, so I would have more free time to hang out with Karla the Rabbit, who has taken over my house as of late, but alas, it was not meant to be. Le sigh.
Considering it was Jeremy's last gig with the Vegascendents, things went pretty good - much better than anticipated, that's for sure. We sounded good, the crowd was singing along and jumping around, and we literally played every damn song we knew, with the 3 of us sweating our fat old asses off on the stage while Mike was cracking dick jokes in between songs. Yeah, some guy called The Balloon Master had lived up to his promise by filling the Dive up with huge, multicolored, dick shaped balloons, that were being thrown and kicked around while we played. Lots of people came out to wish Angie a Happy Birthday, and we had to play I Like Food as an encore, because she missed it when we first played it somewhere in the set. LOL Yeah, it was a fun time, but there was NO CUPCAKES!!! No free food either, but that's irrelevant, because, dammit, there was no cupcakes no where! Aaaaagghhhh!! ha ha ha Thanx to everyone that came out, hung out, said Hello, etc. I had fun. :-)
Speaking of Fun, this gig going down tonight at the Double Clown should be all that and more. It's the Tour Kick Off Party for Guilty By Association, and it has The Seriouslys and Surrounded By Thieves helping the celebration along. I don't know when Squid Hat Records starting putting on Shows and Tours, but that's not important. What is important is that you come out and give GBA a good send off for their upcoming Tour of the Eastern U.S.A., where they'll be spreading the word about Las Vegas Punk Rock to anyone and everyone in attendance. I'm not gonna be at the gig tonight, but that doesn't mean that you shouldn't be there! ha ha ha Come out and have some fun! It's gonna be a riot! ;-) And yes, I blacked out a band on the flyer, a band that's just too, too puro Punk Rock to be on this shit talking, 2 faced, piece of shit website... I'm doing them a favor! hee hee hee
Yesterday the Review-Journal ran a piece on Captain Whiskey himself, Clay Heximer of The Mapes, and about his recent battle with Cancer and the triumphant return of the band after a 1 year hiatus. Click here to read it if you haven't already. It was written by Jason Bracelin, who I'm no fan of, but he does a good job with the piece, and makes it an interesting, insightful read. The gig on Saturday night @ the Dive is going to be eclectic, to say the least. If you miss this one you're a Fool. I'm gonna be there front and center, grinning like an idiot and taking pictures like I always do at a Mapes gig. Come on out - it's gonna be FUN!
Everything is updated. New Music Reviews on the latest from Iron Reagan and Fucking Invincible, written by Karl Bakla, and you can click here to read his review of Fucking Invincible, and you can click here to read my review of the Iron Reagan CD. Zack went to Nardstock, or Nardfest, or whatever they were calling it without being sued, last week, and he did a Gig Review for it all, and you can click here to read it. The photos were supplied by Amyxcarla, who is a girl that Zack met while he was out there in Ventura for the gig and he asked her to submit her photos for his review, and she very nicely did. Her photos came out great, and you can click here to check all of them out. I also posted some pix I took of Mersa playing at the Bunkhouse a while back (obviously), and you can click here to see them, and you can click here to see some photos Zack and I took of Peligro when they played @ LVCS months ago. Slowly but surely, things are getting done around here. Just imagine how much better it would be if I had some free time! :-)
ha ha ha OK, so, after a very stiff and sterile band practice, I'm happy to announce that the Vegascendents will be playing Angie's birthday party tonight, which is going down @ the Dive bar, of course. It was a bit worrisome there for a second, but apparently differences will be put aside in order to make this performance happen. It wouldn't be that big of a deal but Angie specifically asked for us to play, so it's kind of a bummer if we flaked out on her birthday party just over some petty band bullshit. According to the Facebook event page, which you can go to by clicking here, there will be free food and booze, dick shaped balloons, drink 'till you puke specials and CUPCAKES!!! <3 That's seriously the only reason I wanted to play this gig! LOL Just kidding. Angie is a cool chick, and if you feel like hanging and banging on a Weds. night with an eclectic crew of Fiends and Malcontents, then stop by the Dive tonight to wish Angie a Happy Birthday and to see what may be the last Vegascendents gig ever - well, with this line up anyways... LOL