I hate Christmas. I really and truly do.
I lost my Brother at Christmas time. I lost my childhood Hero at Christmas time. I lost my Best Friend ever in the world at Christmas time. Needless to say, this whole Christmas season thing just fucking sucks to me. December can go take a flying leap for all I care. But, despite it all, I put on the best, false, fake front in the world and I go out of my way to spread some Christmas cheer to the Kids and to the Family and Friends that I hold dear, warming myself in the fellowship and camaraderie of fellow human beings, and then I go back to my empty Home to sit and recollect with my memories of better times and better days, when I was once really and truly happy. I had no idea of how good I had it then. I had no idea of how lucky I was.
But I know now. :-)
Yeah, it's been the craziest year ever, what with all the stuff going on with me, both personally and publicly, and despite it all, I'm really fucking happy. I have the most amazing girl in the world inspiring me and reminding me of just how awesome Life can be, and she leads me to believe that anything is possible. Anything. My Nieces and Nephews are all growing up, and they're doing things that make me want to live forever, just to see how things turn out with all they are doing. :-) I can't put it any plainer than by saying that Life is Good right now. My Friends and Family all have plans to make 2012 the Best Year Ever, and the optimism that flows through my veins has me chewing at the bit to get at it already and hit the ground running. I'm hopeful that you are all in this same, blissful place with me. I hope you all have a safe and wonderful Christmas, no matter how or who you spend it with. Remember - despite it all, things are never as bad as they seem, and better things are just around the corner. No matter how bad you think you have it, there's someone out there who has it worse. Never take anything for granted. Give someone a big hug. Tell someone you love them. Enjoy everything that this Holiday brings, because there are many out there who can't enjoy it, and just as many out there who wish that they could.
This will probably mean nothing to the majority of you out there, but for those of you who get this, you will know EXACTLY what I am talking about when I say this:
_Chuck Bresnahan MUST GO!!!
OK, now that I got that off of my chest, time to focus on the Positive. I had a great time this weekend. If I hear that I'm 'beaming' from one more person I may just vomit. :-) Yeah, Fri. night @ the Motor City Cafe was fun. The People's Whiskey just fucking killed it with an intense set of songs that, as always, just blew me away. Nice to see Cody rocking the onethirtyeight.org shirt I had just given to him minutes before they played. LOL The drummer Luis is nothing short of phenomenal, and the other 2 guitarists are just ace. I could listen to this band for hours. I bought 2 copies of their new release 8 Tracks And Dub Sacks, because I figured I was gonna wear one copy thin after like 3 weeks of solid, non-stop listening! So far it's only been 3 days but damn, this CD is really, really fucking good. Holy shit balls is it good. Here's the video to one of the tracks on the CD called Tall Can. If you're ever in Hendertucky you better watch out for the Water Street Werewolf! He's been know to lurk in that area, stealing unsuspecting tall cans from intoxicated beer drinkers. ;-)
_There's a song on The People's Whiskey CD called Pills that could of easily been written about my psychotic ex-wife! LOL I can tell you've been taking your pills again / And drinking vodka already, yeah... Man, can I ever relate to that sentiment! hahahaha Thank Gawd those days are over. Well, for me anyways. As for my Friend that she's hooked up with currently, all I can say is you're a stupid, stupid man. And after all the Drama you know she put me through, all the Games, all the BS, you choose to get involved with that? Man, you really are retarded, aren't you? LOL Whatever Loser. Good Luck with that.
So where was I? hahaha Oh yeah, Friday night. Motor City Cafe. The Naked City Romeos were on the bill too, and they played really good (Dirk was fucking LOUD) and threw out a few new covers that I don't think any one in the place knew were covers, and they debuted a new Christmas song called Santa Is A Romeo. Fun stuff. They're a great band you should check out if you haven't already, and get their debut self titled CD because that's one excellent piece of digitally musically encoded plastic right there. I'm starting to really dig the Motor City Cafe. There's just some good people that hang out there, like Christy & Kei Tinglerz, Turbo & Kate Seriouslys, Mishelle, Skateboard Bob, and whomever else I'm forgetting. I'm always having fun there and never feeling skeeved out by the patrons or the lack of breathable air in the place. And, there's no dirty fucking hippies living in the parking lot next door to the place reporting on drug activity and drunk driving. Heh heh
Yeah, I mentioned that I found some of the onethirtyeight.org shirts with the Rorschach 'We do it because we are compelled' logo on them. I found a box of them in my garage, so if you want one, just let me know. I saw mens M, L and XL's sizes only in there, so if you can't fit into any of those sizes, too bad. Just be careful when you wear them, because SOME people have very strong opinions about this website, and won't be afraid to share those rotten sentiments with you - or so I'm told anyways. :-)
Sat. night I was at the Cheyenne Saloon, where they apparently don't have adequate ventilation or anything other than Miller Lite on draft to drink, and there's still plenty of onethirtyeight.org stickers still hanging around the place! LOL Guttermouth brought out all sorts of freaks and weirdos to see them play, and it was good hanging out with people I haven't seen in a while, like Eastside Joe, Carlos S.F.T. and his lovely wife, all the guys in Guilty By Association, including Nick Battle Born, who I think is their new Official Drummer - Congrats Dude! I was also hanging out and drinking with my heterosexual Band Mate for Life George, who went from being the Hardest Working Man in Business to the Smartest Gambler in Las Vegas, and Punk Rock Zack, who I haven't seen since the Vegascendents Punk Rock Bowling sojourn to Oxnard a while back. That kid and I did some serious drinking that weekend, and he used me to sneak back into the place after one of the many times he got caught in the place after refusing to pay the cover price for the gig which was a bit steep. Glad I don't pay to see Guttermouth gigs though. ;-) If you watch this video I shot on my iPhone of the last 3 songs Guilty By Association did that night, you can see Zack getting roughed up in the pit and eventually getting thrown out towards the end of the Billy Joel cover they played... UGH! ha ha ha The video on my phone came out better looking than the one I took with my hand held HD camera, so I might start shooting with that more often. It was pretty handy to have around after the batteries on my HD camera died.
Yeah, Guttermouth were really good, playing a pretty much standard set of 'Hits' even after Mark promised me they were going to be playing some new songs, which he described as a bit more 'dark and mature sounding' than the stuff they usually play, which is usually about fast food chicken places, crack hallucinations or transvestite donkeys. I think I heard 1 new song played, but I'm not even sure about that. The guys in the band are all cool dudes, and hanging out with the band in the luxurious backstage area of the Cheyenne, which consisted of the kitchen area full of Booze and Drugs and fold out chairs, just brought me back to how lucky I am to have such cool people in my Life. It's always great hanging out with guys like Mark and George, good old Friends that you've known forever and share so many wonderful memories with, guys like me who were there 'back in the days' and who don't sweat the small stuff. It's really rejuvenating, to say the least. It was a fun night! And ending the night eating lemon flavored hot dogs @ the 7-11 with Sin at 4 in the morning? Priceless!! <3
One of the many things Mark, George and I were talking about was the big Goldenvoice 30th Anniversary gig happening all weekend at the Santa Monica Civic. We are all old enough to have seen pretty much all the bands that were playing the event in their prime, back in the days when they were all good and they all had their original members, so the event didn't really seem like that big of a deal. I personally didn't feel the need to make it out there for the gig, which I totally could of went to, but it's funny hearing my Friends who were there carrying on about the Black Flag 'reunion' that went on. I'm sorry to say this, but it wasn't a Black Flag reunion, despite that being the way Jerry Roach introduced it as. No Ginn, no Rollins, no Black Flag, sorry. Just seemed like a group of Friends getting together and playing some songs they like to play, songs that they helped write, putting their differences aside and just kicking out the jams, and I personally know how fun that can be. <3 Speaking of Gregg Ginn, did you see the story about how he got a bunch of Punk videos pulled from YouTube and accounts closed because they posted SST related material on there? Yeah, what a fucking dooshbag. Click here to read the story if you haven't already.
Happy Birthday to Xtal, who, I think is turning the big 25 today! LOL Be careful though - once you turn 26 it's all downhill from there dear. ;-) Oh, and this is a bit of fucked up news, but apparently some Local neighborhood creeps broke into her house where her bands rehearse and stole some instruments and amps and shit, so if you see anyone selling off the Seriouslys band equipment, please, do NOT call the Police, but instead call Turbo, and he will take care of the perpetrators in a way that is fitting for the crimes in which they are partially guilty of. Yup!
Fuck, I either don't write anything or I ramble on like the idiot I am and write a mini novel or something. The fucking sun is out bright and early this Monday morning, and I got stuff to do today. I updated the Gig Calendar page with a whole shitload of new stuff, and I brought back the Tag Board after Weebly did some updates that made it really easy to put it back on here. The Comments feature after every new posting on here is cool and all, but not alot of people utilize it, either because they don't know about it, or they're just too lazy to do it. The Tag Board gives that instant gratification that everyone seems to crave, so I put it back up to serve whatever purpose it may, both Good or Bad. 2012 is gonna be FUN! Wait and see! ;-) OK, I'm gonna go kipper a nap and then hit the ground running. Everything is updated, and I hope you're all in a good place, because I know that I am. <3
hahaha So who's been looking for some information about 2 whores on my website?? LOL
_I have this thing on the control panel of my website that tells me what people type into Internet search engines to get to my website, and it's usually stuff like 'punk shows las vegas' or 'punk rock las vegas' or whatever. So, I log onto my website to update it and hype tonight's Naked City Romeos / The People's Whiskey gig happening at the Motor City Cafe, and I see that near the top of my list of words and terms people use to get here is the name of these 2 whore bags that I used to associate with and who both ran away from Vegas to avoid being labeled as the cum guzzling attention freaks that they are. Now, I know EXACTLY what both are up to right now, and I know that they are both under attack publicly for various, well deserved reasons on their Facebook pages, and while I do receive great pleasure in seeing people call both of them out on their lies and bullshit, I'm not gonna get involved in any part of it, because, well, I got better things to do. I've washed my hands of both of those Drama Queens and refused to get sucked up into it again. I'm not gonna do it. Nope! So to "whomever" has been on here looking for dirt to use against those whore bags, I commend you for doing your homework, and wish you the best of Luck in whatever it is you're hoping to accomplish. A little advice though - those 2 bitches don't give a fuck about nothing but cock size and what you can do for them and their 'careers'. Fair warning, that's all. ;-)
It's Friday! It's Friday! It's Friday! YAAAAAYYY!! ha ha ha ha I've been sick as a dog all fucking week and I'm ready to get out and do something. Like I said earlier, tonight it's all about the Motor City Cafe, tomorrow it's all about the Cheyenne Saloon for Guttermouth and Guilty By Association. It's gonna be a fun weekend! Hope to see some good Friends along the way... hint hint :-)
Man, it seems like forever since I've sat down at my desk and pecked away at this keyboard, and today I'm trying to put some words together to remind myself of just how truly beautiful things are. The laughter of a child, the shared moment with that special someone, or even just having a beer and a smoke with your Friends while telling war stories about playing gigs and being on the road, these are just a few things that make me appreciative of what I have and what's going on around me. It's truly fucking amazing. :-)
OK, now that the hippy dippy sappy moment has passed, what the fuck is going on with the Occupy Vegas movement and the Double Down? LOL Apparently some cars belonging to patrons of that piece of shit establishment got towed on Saturday night because the Occupy Vegas movement, which consists of Hobos, Derelicts and Idealistic, Naive Youth, takes up all the Double Down excess parking spots in the car lot adjacent to that notoriously smelly and thriving human petri dish. Now sabres are being rattled on both sides, with the Occupy Vegas people threatening to report any and all suspicious activity they witness, including what people do in their cars in the parking lot and how drunk they drive once they pull away from there. Personally I support any attempts at being a bee in the Double Down's bonnet, because I can't stand the place but since I know the Occupy Vegas movement is a total joke and incapable of getting anything done, I can't help but feel that nothing will become of the groups idle threats. Sure would be nice though... heh
Raiders... UGH!! ha ha ha ha Not only is it bad enough that the Fudge Packers beat our asses like we were a high school team, but then to have the Refs still cheat for them and make those obviously biased calls against the Raiders was just pathetic. How is this allowed to still go on?? I'm willing to bet that the Raiders are the ONLY team in the NFL this year who made a red flag challenge on a play that every replay on TV showed the runner stepping waaaayyy out of bounds on a 50 yard run back, but yet the Refs replay machine was supposedly broken and they were unable to review the play, so they just let the call stand and still charged the Raiders a time out for calling the challenge. Oh football, how I love you! XOXO
I missed out on the Christmas benefit show @ the Beauty Bar on Saturday, with Deadhand and the Quitters and Battle Born (I think). I heard it was good though. I don't know why Jane's Addiction cancelled their gig at the Joint last week, but I'm sooooo glad I didn't go, because I would of been pissed off if I bought tickets to that concert. Oh, and speaking of concerts, the Darkness are playing the House of Boooooo's in February - HYPED!!
Somebody just chipped in a few days ago with an update on the Mark Hornsby / Cheyenne Saloon thing, which you can read by clicking here, and while it totally sounds like a dooshbag move I could see him pulling, at this point I think it's pretty apparent to his Friends and people who know the Truth about what happened with all that shit with the Cheyenne Saloon that dooshbag moves like this are to be expected from him. Sad but True. Regardless, someone, I forgot who, reached out to me a while ago from there, telling me that I was welcome back to the Cheyenne Saloon anytime, and to please reconsider my stance about not supporting the place, which I did, by starting to list the Gigs they were having there again. It's a small gesture but the least I can do. I don't have a problem with the Cheyenne Saloon, per se. I had a problem with that dooshbag that worked there. Now that he's gone, I got no problem going there or playing there or anything. There just wasn't a gig worth going to playing there, so I've stayed away.
Which leads me to this. :-) Guttermouth is playing at the Cheyenne Saloon this Saturday night, and I'm planning on being there and so should you. Yeah, the whole 'Mark & Co.' schtick is wearing thin, but you can't deny that Guttermouth has some really good songs, and depending on how coked out the band is when they play, it's either going to be an absolutely brilliant performance, or a magnificent train wreck. In either case you're compelled to watch it - you can't help it. Local support is provided by Guilty By Association, F.S.U. and Lambs To Lions, whoever they are. There's another Local band opening this gig, but they have a bass player who is a piece of shit loser and so I don't support or promote them, even going as far as to take their name off of the flyer for the gig. Yeah, I'm petty like that. ;-) God may Forgive, and even I do occasionally, but what I never do no matter what is Forget. Never. Fuck you Sector 7-G. Fuck you.
Well, since I'm hyping up Gigs, why not mention this little piece of amazement going down right here: The Naked City Romeos and The People's Whiskey @ Motor City Cafe this Friday night. I will definitely be attending this one, because I have to pick up a copy of that new CD The People's Whiskey just released - I'm dying to hear it! :-) Man, I bet it's just phenomenal. Reverend Lord's Unholy Saints are opening, but I don't know a thing about them. I heard there might be a Drama connection with them, but you know how rumors are, so until I verify it for myself, I believe nothing! LOL Regardless, this is going to be a great gig and if you're not too burned out from Christmas shopping and all that crap than stop on by and have some fun and maybe a drink or 2 or 3. There's no snitches hanging out in the parking lot @ the Motor City Cafe... heh heh
So yeah, I think I've written enough. It's breakfast time and I gotta get some sleep. :-) Everything's updated, a bunch of new stuff was added to the website but damn if I can remember what any of it was, nor do I care. Browse around and find it for yourself. Think of it like an Easter egg hunt or something... hee hee hee See you at the gigs!
Ace Frehley is coming to the Santa Fe Station Casino in February!! HYPED!!! <3
Yeah, I didn't go to any of the Gigs I was hyping up last week. It wasn't that I flaked, per se, but I just chose to spend my time this weekend with the most Beautiful, Awesomest girl EVER, so yeah, sorry to all the Bands I was supposed to Interview and hang out with. Trust me when I tell you this that as much as I love going to Gigs, I love hanging with this chick even more, so I'll probably have to cut down on my going out on the weekends. Maybe. ;-)
Yeah, my fucking Raiders choked on the big one yesterday, losing a real winnable game against the Miami Dolphins, and I didn't even give a fuck. Hanging out with Her all night was worth everything. Sharks choked this weekend too, giving away an easy 2 points to Florida. Bad weekend for my Sports teams, but no matter what, I still laugh at the Anaheim Schmucks firing their Coach last week... ha ha ha ha
Speaking of stuff I'm laughing about, what happened to Roid Rage playing that Verbal Abuse gig? I guess Promoters here in town don't realize that Roid Rage have a notorious problem of booking gigs and then cancelling, but I'm not even sure if that's the case here - it's just my assumption. The Hard Pipe Hitters took over the Opening Slot and definitely made it a better gig because of it. Once those guys ditched that asshole from Infestshit, they instantly became a band worth supporting - go figure! LOL So how was the gig anyways? Did anyone go? I know I didn't. I was drained from the weekend, and it didn't help that I twisted my knee at Del Taco... heh heh How were any of the gigs that happened this weekend? Anyone?
Well, there's some cool Shows and Concerts coming up this week, like Jane's Addiction @ the Joint, but I'm not going to any of them. I have some surgery scheduled this week, and I'm kind of nervous about it but not really. Doctor's seem optimistic about it, so there's no reason why I shouldn't be, ya know? It was caught early enough and hopefully this will take care of it and I'll never have to deal with this ever again. It really fucked my head up something fierce, but thanks to my Friends and Family I was able to get through this with a generally cheery disposition. It was a false front, but I didn't wanna let too many people know about what I was going through. I'm stubborn like that. ;-) So anyways, I won't be back around until Friday, so things will slow down here for a week or so. December is generally a really bad month for me, but I'm gonna try to get through it like I always do by putting on the best fake front you've ever seen. It always works and rarely do people notice, which is how I like it.
See ya around somewhere. :=)
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