Circles - Culture Shock
It was while watching Coach Carroll running onto the field with less than 2 minutes left in the Raiders - Seahawks game that I realized the threat this year was real. Coach Carroll was irate and losing his mind and acting like it was a Super Bowl championship game on the line, instead of the preseason tune up that it was, trying to run a weak ass 2 minute drill that the Raiders were disrupting easily and at will. He was trying a bit too hard to salvage a win, and I don't blame him. Oakland had just embarrassed the fuck out of the defending Super Bowl champs the entire game, with the final score being 41-31, and for a team that had only lost 1 preseason game in the last 3 years, the Seattle Coach wasn't very happy with it. The score wasn't indicative as to how bad of a blowout it was, with Derek Carr putting on an damn impressive statement as to why he should be starting QB this year. I was loving every minute of it, and it took a lot to tear me away from the Simpsons marathon still going on. How wonderful is that thing? Seriously? The FXX network just announced that they're scheduling 24 hours a week of Simpsons episodes to be broadcast. Bliss and Heaven, oh my Brothers. <3
And what does all this have to do with Punk Rock, you ask? The answer is, absolutely nothing. If you're looking for some Punk Rock, head off to the Dive tonight to catch the 2nd day of Toccipalooza, with some amazeballz Local bands like The People's Whiskey, Battle Born, and New Cold War. It's a drive to help out school kids, so bring as many school supplies as you can. There's also the Crazy Chief cassette release party going down at the new and definitely not improved Bunkhouse Saloon tonight, so pick and choose accordingly. Tomorrow night it's all about that Requiem gig @ the Dive, or you could go see the Divebombers tear shit up @ the Double Clown. It's Labor Day weekend, and normally I'd be heading off back Home to Pow Wow like I always do, but instead, I decided to get a new camera to replace the one I lost / had stolen from me in AZ. As much as I'd like to be there, I'd rather use the money I would spend on the trip to get a new camera. No GoFundMe, Indiegogo, or Kickstarter needed. Pay for your own shit, ya bums!! ;-) Everything's updated. New stuff added but I forget what it is. I'm missing out on the Simpsons, dammit!! Have a great weekend everyone. Oh, and Happy Birthday to John from S.F.T.. He's 38 years old today, just like me! ;-)
All I care about right now is anything Simpsons related and that's pretty much it. Oh, and tacos, of course. :-) And here's their ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, the trendy bastards.
Yeah, until yesterday, all I did was sit in my chair directly in front of the TV and watch the Simpsons marathon non-stop. I fell asleep watching Simpsons, and woke up watching Simpsons. No showers, and I was living off of tacos being delivered 24-7. It was great. I thought I got the word out to all the bands I'm in that all band practices were to be cancelled until the marathon was over, but apparently, one band was like 'Fuck That!' and broke me away from my stinky state of bliss and had me shower up and get ready to head to Camel Hump Studios to record 3 more songs for our new record. Ugh! So Bob and I broke down the drum kit, packed it up, and sat around waiting for our ride... and waiting... and waiting. And nobody showed up to pick us up and take us to the studio to record. No text telling me what was going on, no phone call, nothing. Why? Because the guys in the Civilians are a bunch of dicks, that's why. Whatever. They're really proud of what they did last night, FINALLY finishing up some songs we recorded like a million years ago, and have been sharing these songs on Facebook like the attention starved whores that they are. The 2 songs, Side By Side, and Goodbye To Glasgow, are gonna be on the upcoming new release, so check them out and see what you think. Personally, I think the Drummer is pretty solid, far out, and right on! ;-)
Everything is updated. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go set my DVR to start recording Season 16 onwards of the Simpsons marathon. Life is Sweet people... almost Super Sweet. :-)
I Want The Drugs - Supersuckers
I'm sooooooooooo beyond ecstatic right now. This is like some Life long dream come true; a 24 hours a day, 7 days a week Simpsons marathon, showing every single episode ever created. *SQUEEEEEEL* Oh Bliss and Joy!! I'm not setting my DVR to start recording any episodes until the 17th season, because that's where the DVD box sets end, and if I could just get my hands on a wheelbarrow full of tacos, I'd be set!! ;-) Between this and the new Barbarian update to the Simpsons: Tapped Out game, I'm just in Simpsons heaven right now! All band practices are cancelled, don't bother calling or texting me, because I won't respond, and if you come by my house, I won't answer the door. Seriously.
Pictures of D.I. tearing up the Dive bar were just posted up. Click here to check them out. Gig Calendar page is updated as well. Lots of stuff going on this weekend, but I won't be going to any of them. The list of bands scheduled to play the re-opening of the Bunkhouse looks ghey beyond belief. I don't care about Vice articles written by hott Hipster chicks with 'I'm missing NYC' issues telling me how Las Vegas is the worst place to live. I'm not even miffed that a guy I casually knew, Drew Bernstein, from a different Punk Rock Life back in the 80's killed himself this week. Just another personally known suicide casualty added to my list. And I don't even care about Henry Rollins talking shit in the L.A. Weekly about how people that commit suicide are pussies and cowards. All I care about is the Simpsons right now, and everything else can fuck right off.
Enough - Dead Stop
It's miserable hot in Lake Havasu City in August. Playing outside was as horrible as can be expected in 100+ degree weather with 60% humidity. Other than that, the gig was cool. April was there, of course, and with all the Locals in attendance, it almost seemed like we were all just hanging out in one of Hell's outer swamp rooms playing a gig. Tiki Bandits were good. Led by Frank Voodoo's Blue Demon Lucha Libre mask wearing alter ego, they do sort-of Punk rock covers of cool songs like Rockin' Robin by Bobby Day or Limbo Rock by Chubby Checker, and when they play that song they have people doing the Limbo. Fun. Surrounded By Thieves were pretty good, despite the power going out on them mid-set. The stuff off their new album sounds really good. And they did I'm The One, which is my favorite song by them, so yeah. Finally got to see New Cold War, and they were pretty good too. They seemed to intimidate the Locals though, which was... weird? And I don't think it was a good idea to call an intoxicated Janoff to the stage to recreate his vocals from their song Who We Are... LOL They have a brand spanking new video for a song called Growin' Down, off their self-titled release, which was reviewed right here - incorrectly, I might add! ;-) The video is pretty fucking impressive. Skateboarding and Punk Rock. What more do you need, right? And do people even watch videos anymore?? I dunno, but here it is. Enjoy!
Vegascendents played too, but we sucked. People liked us, but that's because they weren't paying attention, just rocking out, jumping around and going nuts while we fucked up one song after another. Boooooo. I blame it on the heat and humidity, and it had NOTHING to do with our heroic intake of booze beforehand - at least not mine anyways! ;-) Our band has a drinking problem... hahaha The night ended in a drunken, drugged out blur in a hotel room, with Bob taking incriminating blackmail video of the shenanigans. Bastard. I'd love to show you some of the pictures I took of the bands playing, but apparently, I lost my camera somewhere the next day in Tempe.
Yeah, apparently I had one taco too many in Tempe, but man, they were sooooooo effin' good! They hit the spot after I tried to grub at the Tilted Kilt Pub earlier and got served something they called fried chicken and mashed potatoes. I didn't think you could mess up a simple meal like that but apparently you can, which just made the tacos at the Yucca Tap Room all that much better. Cool venue. Opening band The Early Grabs played an impressive set of Skate Punk Rock tunes, with the singer establishing himself with a mic stand made up of old skateboard trucks and wheels. Bob wasn't impressed though, of course. ;-) The People's Whiskey played a fast and furious set, with Luis putting on a dazzling display of drum lines brilliance, which always leaves me wondering why I even bother. New Cold War played much better than the night before, and people really dug the fuck out of their Face To Face cover they did. Weird. Vegascendents played, and the less said about that the better, ha ha ha, and the band with the best band name on the bill - Phoenix Hooker Cops - were a bit of a disappointment, playing some craptacular Death Metal that was highlighted by everyone in the band setting up right in front of the stage, even the Drummer. I wasn't in the mood for any Cookie Monster vocals, so I split for more tacos in the next room, watching idiots dance to Hip Hop. Meh. That's probably where I lost my camera. I don't remember having it back at the hotel room, but again, that was all a major blur as well. Seemed to be the theme for the weekend, come to think of it. Waking up before the noon check out time the next day was a struggle, that's for sure. Always a fun time on the road for a few days with your friends. It's like a permit to go stupid for a few days, and that's alright by me. :-)
Buried Treasure - Das Klown
I don't care about that chick and the lawsuit against the dooshbag that partly owns the Beauty Bar. She threw out her integrity pretty quick and collapsed faster than a greasy old folding chair. Whatever. I hope she enjoys the Prius she's going to buy with her payoff.
I don't care about the Henry Rollins article about Vegas being out of ideas. Where is he wrong with that statement? Why were all the Dipsters in an uproar about it? When's the last time YOU went to the Strip by choice, and not because your relatives were in town visiting? It's horrible what passes itself off as 'entertainment' down there, and your precious Downtown music scene isn't much better. Yup.
Besides all my BS with my foot, I'm mainly only caring about these Vegascendents gigs going down this weekend in AZ. We're playing both gigs with New Cold War, which just makes things extra fun. I wonder who's going to be on drums? ;-) Fri.'s gig is also with Surrounded By Thieves, who have a record release party going down next month at the Double Clown, and Tiki Bandits, which is Frank Voodoo's new side project. All this fun is going down @ McKee's Pub in Lake Havasu City. Click here for the Facebook event page. As usual, the after -party will be taking place at the hotel directly behind the bar until the sun comes up. No Hyenas Allowed. ;-)
Sat. we're heading south east to Tempe to play a gig with The People's Whiskey, The Early Grabs, New Cold War (again) and the band with the coolest name on the flyer: Phoenix Hooker Cops, at the Yucca Tap Room. w00t w00t!! Tempe has always been a fun time and I'm sure this outing will be no different. ;-) It's always fun playing with a hangover, right? Right! And that's pretty much my weekend in a nutshell. The Loud Pipes aren't playing that gig on Sunday with the Zig Zags, but that doesn't mean that you shouldn't be there to check them out. I hear that they're pretty good. Oh - don't forget about that War Called Home / Happy Campers / Los Carajos gig @ the Double Clown on Fri., or that Rikk Agnew Band / IDFI / Lambs To Lions / The Psyatics gig on Saturday @ the Triple B - now THAT'S gonna be a fun gig for sure! Have a great weekend! :-)