What We Do Is Secret - The Germs
Oh man... I don't even wanna think about yesterdays Raiders game, but I can't stop obsessing over it. Bad calls from the Refs, bad decisions made on the field, bad play calling from the Coaches, we totally just self destructed against the Washington Foreskins and it was painful to watch. Matt Flynn fucking sucks. He has no eyes to see down field and no mobility outside the pocket. How did we end up with this idiot anyways?? Ugh!! Well, on the plus side, at least we're gonna be like, a zillion dollars under the cap next year, so hopefully we can buy some talent like everybody else in the league does... heh heh
I heard about this a while back. I also heard that it was good for awhile, but apparently, there's been a relapse, which is never good. I'm talking about Cory from the amazeballz band Nests, who had battled Cancer last year and like I said, was doing a Hell of a lot better until recently. The sickness has come out of remission and is more aggressive than before. Adrian is setting up a benefit show to help out with some funds, and as soon as more info is known about it I'll let ya know. In the meantime, a PayPal account has been set up, and I urge to you give whatever you can, and give until it hurts. Every little bit helps.
PayPal account to help out Cory from Nests.
The Huntridge Theater went through it's great whitewashing this weekend, and I'm sure all the Taggers and Bangers will be very appreciative for the free canvases for their work. Some bands played, I thought there was no advanced notice about the bands playing, but I was told that nobody likes to give me advance notice about their gigs because I'm mean. I thought that was cute. Shame too, because I had nothing to do all Sat. afternoon and would of loved to have taken pictures of the bands that played. Oh well. Even the story in the paper pointed out that the majority of the people helping out with that project had never seen a show there in their life, and were just part of the Downtown herd of llamas. The guy quoted in the story, the one who was crying about the Huntridge being restored, made me laugh with his 'The Huntridge has the best acoustics ever' comment. That place sucked as far as sound or acoustics go. I thought everybody knew that?
I missed this when it came out, but someone on Facebook posted it, and I'm just passing it along. It's a review that ran in the Las Vegas Review-Journal on the upcoming Desert Rats With Baseball Bats compilation. Shout outs were given to S.F.T., The People's Whiskey, Shotguns N Gasoline and Aluminum Falcon. My band was described as "waking the neighbors'. I like that. :-)
Everything is updated. I forgot to mention that Zack Attack turned in a write up on the Black Sabbath gig he went to, and you can click here to check it out. Since he turned that in, I posted my write up on the new Black Sabbath album called 13, and you can click here to read that if ya want. I also posted a little write up on this NIN live recording going around the Internet, and you can click here to read that if you want. It's a real interesting listen if you care to search it out. I also posted up the Pictures of that band Kid Puto that opened up for The Mapes when they played @ The Dive last month, and you can click here to check those out. Now that those pictures are compete, I can now finish up the Show Review for that Mapes gig. I got a lot more stuff to post up here this week. Hopefully I'm not too thrashed from tomorrow night's Queers / Teenage Bottlerocket gig @ the Beauty Bar. I'm so hyped on Teenage Bottlerocket it's not even funny. I cancelled each and every single one of my band practices this week just because of this gig. I'm not even driving, so that means I get to have fun. I'm seriously gonna lose my shit. See ya there! ;-)
Smile - A.F.I.
I came out of practice yesterday, and heard this band raging full on a few blocks away from my house, running through Won't Get Fooled Again by The Who, which is a pretty ballsy tune to cover. Then right after that they launched into Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love by Van Halen. I walked the 2 blocks from my house to where the band was rocking out at, and I sat down on a low brick wall, directly across the street from the house they were playing in. They really sounded good, giving it their all, with lots of shout outs to 'Come on', 'Let me hear ya!', 'Turn it up!' and so on. They announced that they were about to play their last song, and as the perfect Classic Rock trifecta, they closed with Rock And Roll All Nite by KISS. I was a happy camper indeed. The front door of the house opened up, and this motley group of 30-40 year old gentlemen came outside to have a smoke and they saw me sitting on the wall checking them out. 'Were you listening to us? Did you like it?' they asked. Yeah, I told them, you're pretty good. We made introductions and I asked them if they played gigs anywhere and whatnot. 'Naaah', one of them told me, 'we do it just for fun'. I thought that was a really cool reason to be in a band, and I hung out with them for a bit before I excused myself from their little get together.
As I was walking away from those guys, heading back to mi casa, I heard this Indie Pop warbling coming from a house about 5 houses down from where the Classic Rock band was holding court. They sounded like The Kills, The Dead Weather, The Black Keys, that kind of lame, nerdy stuff, and they were playing in a garage with the door wide open, not very loudly, of course, and a few of their friends were just hanging around checking them out and bobbing their heads to the music accordingly. Once they were finished with their song, they noticed me standing there on the sidewalk checking them out, and the guitarist/vocalist asked me if I liked what I heard. I lied and said that I did, and that they were pretty good, yada yada yada, and I asked for the name of their band. I swear, every individual band member shouted out a different name, and them and their friends all had a good laugh about it, and someone, the bass player I think, said, 'We're just messing around and having fun.' And that's when it hit me. The Message. I was kind of getting mired down in the machinery and drudgery of The Bands, Band Stuff, whatever, as of late, and I had forgotten that playing music is supposed to be about having fun. That was the message the universe was dramatically reminding me of Saturday night, and for that I am Thankful, because, when it stops being fun, when it starts to feel like a job you don't like doing, then it's time to change things up. It's time to leave. After the Dr.'s on Thurs., and after hearing the message someone was trying to tell me, I'm definitely reevaluating things and getting my priorities straight. I want Music to be Fun again, and it's going to be. Or else. I have got to make that happen again. Or else.
Don't Bother Me - Bad Brains
Go to this gig tonight! It's a Celebration Bitches! for the 2nd anniversary of The Swamp Gospel's mission to preach the Word to the masses and make a few new converts along the way. With support being provided by the Mapes and Crazy Chief, this is one Hell of a line up, guaranteed to shake the foundations of the Motor City Cafe. See ya there! :-)
The Lambrusco Kid - The Toy Dolls
What am I doing up so early? What are you doing up so early is a better question! LOL As for me, well, I'm feeding Karla the Rabbit and watching old black and white KISS videos on YouTube, cleaning up from a much needed and well deserved few days off at Home with no drumming. I never made it to the Clawhammer gig on Friday, because my friend that I was catching a ride out to L.A. with wanted to stay out there for at least a week, going to Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm and shit, and I just couldn't do it because all my band mates are insecure girls who's only outlet from the drudgery of work is band practice, and if I took that much time off from practice I'd never hear the end of it, and so I drudge forever onwards, with no one to blame for this sad sack scenario but myself. Boo fucking Hoo. I actually quit / got dropped / cut off a few bands I was in, so I'm hoping that with the free time now allotted to me I can catch up on some website stuff. Yeah right.
Well, at least one of the projects I'm involved with is finally bearing fruit. Yeah, The Civilians, with a new and improved line up ;-), announced their first gig playing with that line up as going down Oct. 27th @ Bar 702. As the Drummer in the Civilians now, I take great pride in carrying on the hallowed Drummer's tradition of not knowing anything about the gigs I'm playing or who we're playing with. Don't know, don't care. We're gonna rock some faces off and have a good time doing it. See ya there!
Everything's updated. There's a crazy heavy gig going down on Tues. @ the Dive with a bunch of bands I've never heard of, but if you got some time to kill get out to the gig. I'll be stuck at band practice, of course... heh I heard nothing but good things about that 3D6 gig that went down last Fri. @ the Dive, same with John & Jessica's After Wedding Party @ the LVCS. Congratulations to both of you on your special day. I thought Friday the 13th was supposed to be a day of bad luck, but with all the gigs and their wedding day nuptials, it's good to see that some people don't give a crap about silly things like superstition and whatnot. I posted some Pictures of King Clone playing @ the Dive a while back, and you can click here to check those out. I also posted up my Music Review on the latest from Lipstick Homicide called Out Utero (click here to read that) as well as a write up on the 2 CD farce from The Clash called The Clash Hits Back. Ugh. Click here to read that. I'm still assimilating the Sound System box set for review... that's definitely gonna take a while...
Brighton Rock - Queen
Not really a lot to say. Not a lot going on with me, besides the usual band practice / girlfriend / band practice thing, but it is First Friday, and there is some sort of Gay Pride parade going on Downtown tonight as well, so it would seem that Downtown is either the place to be, or the place to avoid tonight, depending on your own personal taste. And it's my own personal taste that keeps me away from the Double Dong (Happy Jeff? LOL), but that doesn't mean you shouldn't go there tonight and join in on the celebration that's going on there for the 5th Anniversary of Double Down Radio. Congratulations Steve! Pet Tigers are playing, along with Geezus Cryst & Free Beer, Stagnetti's Cock, and Tiger Sex, who are apparently competing with Agent 86 in the 'Let's See How Many Times We Can Play A Gig In One Month' competition... heh heh
Tomorrow night there's no other place to be than Downtown at Backstage Bar & Billiards to see Unfair Fight open up for Wilson, a Beardcore Rock N Roll band, and The Greenery, a pretty cool Hardcore band from the LBC, and The Ongoing Concept, a geeky Mathcore band from the middle of Bumfuck, Iowa that has an annoying touch of Beardcore in them, but that's OK because they're still a really good band despite it all. I don't know how well this gig is going to go over at this venue, but I'm gonna be there regardless to take it all in, and you should be too! Come out and say Hello. Afterwords we can go hang out @ Scarlett and look at Goth girls. ;-) Then on Sunday it's the official beginning of Football! Woo Hoo! It's been a long time coming, and the Raiders are expected to have one of the worst Seasons in NFL History, but I don't care. That will just make every win we get this year all the more sweet. First up - Indianapolis! hahaha Everything is updated. Pictures of the Seriouslys just posted - check them out by clicking here. Lovin' the stormy weather as of late, especially when the future's so bright I gotta wear shades... ;-)