21 November 2010
There it is, a list of all the things a discerning man of the world (with a slight knife fixation) would like to have for Christmas. In case it's confusing, Rise Above Records is just a link to the labels home page, because anything they've ever done is worth owning.
04 November 2010
After exploring the oddity that is Expo Five (dirt mall, ex-strip club, arcade....and more?) we made our way back to the stage area as Toxic Holocaust came on stage. I'll be honest, my excitement to see Danzig was equaled by my excitement to see Toxic Holocaust. Their blend of 80's thrash and punk is right up my alley and they have some of the best album art/merch you'll see anywhere. The crowd lost it's mind during War Is Hell and rightfully so, if you weren't able to feel the intensity in the room you were a corpse. After their set, while Marduk were setting up, we went over and talked to Joel Grind for a few minutes, he was laid back and pretty gracious when we thanked him for their set. Good news is their album will be out next year and they'll be touring through here to support it.
Marduk was up next and I really don't have much to say about them. Black metal is something I can enjoy through headphones now and then, but a live show is another story, you can't headbang to it, you can't sing along, you can't really get anything but assaulted by blast beats. A lot of the crowd was having the time of their life while Marduk was on, so there's something there, I just wasn't tuned into it.
Next up was Possessed. In the name of transparency I'll admit I thought these guys were going to be these guys, never mind the fact that they broke up in the 1980's and Wino was in a band or two since then (St Vitus, The Hidden Hand, Shrinebuilder & Probot to name a few), it was an honest mistake but I was thrilled at the idea of seeing them play their cover of On The Hunt. So I'm twice the asshole when I see Jeff Becerra come on stage in a wheel chair and wonder what the fuck dimension I was in. Once I settled into not hearing southern sludge metal Possessed blew my face right the fuck off. Becerra's stage presence was obviously different than any front man I've seen before but it was pretty amazing, his interaction with the crowd was like micro conversations that took place in the span of a second or two. He would look at someone who was singing their ass of in the crowd and be so into it and then turn and be just as into the next person who was throwing the horns and pointing at him. One of the driving forces in Possessed's winning me over was Emilio Marquez, he took metal drumming to the next level. His set up was way more intense than any of the other 4 acts and it showed in his playing, when they were sitting his gear up I asked aloud if we'd come to see Rush by mistake, and after seeing them I would wager he could probably have pulled off 2112 start to finish if asked to.
And finally we come to the man himself; Glenn Fucking Danzig. Every other band was set up in 10-15 minutes, Danzig took 45. That fact aside once they made it on stage I noticed something, a sense of entitlement took over the guitarist and bass player. The show was riddled with sound problems, feedback (unintentional), and at one point the guitarist wireless set up stopped working for 10 seconds mid-solo. Danzig was giving his assistant all kinds of hell through the issues...and after them....and right before the encore. Lots of hell to that guy in the Fear shirt.
The crowd was singing along to every song and of course the place erupted during Twist of Cain and Mother. Danzig's stage presence was exactly what I expected, well...minus the crotch grabbing during Ju-Ju Bone. As Danzig stood on his 7" pedestal at the front of the stage he basically threw the horns, thrust his crotch and gave alternating chest bumps and thumbs downs (to implicate Satan, not disapprove the crowd) through the whole show. I'm glad I saw Danzig before he swore off touring, his various incarnations have been in steady musical rotation since I was 10 years old so it was definitely worth the issues.
02 November 2010
Barn Owl "Ancestral Star" - if you're looking for excellent blown out psych desert music, it really doesn't get much better than this
The Gaslamp Killer "Death Gate" - sample rich hip hop similar to early DJ Shadow but with a better production value and a clearer picture of what's happening
Kings Of Leon "Come Around Sundown" - I am hoping that at least one of the group will listen to this pile of garbage and start a new band that sounds like their first two albums
26 May 2010
12 January 2010
1. Get as close to debt free as possible. No credit cards, no car payments, no student loans. This year I become free of the systematic slavery of the middle class. My parents have a cumulative credit score of (-5) because they got caught in the whirlpool of high interest debt, I won't be the same.
2. Start a college fund for my daughter. If I put $150 a month away from the day she's born until she turns 18 and it earns average interest she should be able to get into a reasonable school without looking at student loans.
3. Find my next step career/education-wise. I'm 27 rushing towards 28 and don't have a career. I have a job. That needs at least a plan to be remedied.
..more to come!
09 January 2010
29 November 2009
Always carry more 'n one rope. You might run across more 'n one rope can handle.
- Bix Bender
I want to move, Kentucky has been home 98% of my life, but it doesn't hold my heart. There's too much wrong to appreciate the right and I think living somewhere else will either prove me right or make me see something in Kentucky I have been taking for granted.
I have a few ideas where I'd like to move, Mrs Williams has yet to weigh an opinion on any of them so as of right now they're pure fantasy as I build a case up to support each idea.
Case Book # 1: Montana
Everything I see and read about Montana has me ready to pack the car and move.
Glacier Country - Russell Country - Missouri River Country - Gold West Country - Yellowstone Country - Custer Country