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8th-Apr-2009 09:59 pm - This Is The End

This Is The End

... of this blog.

From now on, all new posts will be HERE

30th-Mar-2009 12:57 pm - LP 2 CD

LP to CD Conversions

by Reviewer Rob

There's people who convert old LPs into CDs. I think those people should be revered as heroes in today's musical culture. If there is anything worth saving in this world it's old music and there's plenty of ancient vinyl that still needs to make the transition to modern CD format.

Several years ago when Fat Possum Records came out with their TRUE BEATS FROM THE DELTA release I thought it was the best thing since radio because it was preserving a quickly vanishing entity that was priceless. Sure there was a monetary motive there, but still, the fact that they went for it and found those old musicians and gave them another shot at the brass ring was pretty cool. Lot's of them didn't have a pot to piss in, I'm sure.

To find from long dead artists is almost as good but no less important, from an historical perspective. And that goes for all genres: rock, blues, punk, hell even disco. Play that funky music white boy, where ever you can find it.

RR

28th-Mar-2009 12:31 pm - Hot time, summer in the city.

It's always Spring Break somewhere

23rd-Mar-2009 03:16 pm - CNA Underground Clothing Party Scene
crazed
[All Night Party People]

CNA Underground Cothing Party Scene

by Reviewer Rob

I shot photos at an "underground" dance club last weekend in Mission Valley. I received an invite to attend CNA Underground Clothing's roving nightclub (21+ with alcohol) at a recreational boat yard on Saturday night, which would run from 11PM to 6AM. There was supposed to be a fashion show with the promoters handpainted garments at 2AM, which got pushed back to 3 and then 3:30. When I left at 3:45 it hadn't started yet.

According to Chris, the promoter, there was about 100 people there and the crowd was slimmer than expected due to an event at the same location on the previous night. Chris said the same crowd goes around to these clubs and many of the same DJs spin at them that are downtown at places like On Broadway.

I shot some photos, which you can see HERE in Adobe Flash 6, and did a video interview with Chris and his lady friend/partner Kelly, which is posted on Youtube. Here it is as an AVI file">:

You can click the pic for the video.

[alt-opinion]

DIE, NEWSPAPERS, DIE!

by Jim Goad
[Reprinted with permission from http://www.JimGoad.net. ~RR]
pictureof a pumpkin

I confess to experiencing a bale-sized bundle of joy at the fact that American newspapers are dying left and right.

Part of it is a technological inevitability. The Web is a much more immediate source of information, and you get to read ten billion takes on any given news story instead of only one.

A dozen years ago in The Redneck Manifesto, I said the biggest news story in America wasn't racism, it was corporate downsizing and outsourcing. But America's mainstream media, fueled by corporate advertising dollars, was all about race and said almost NOTHING about class.

In the dozen years that followed, the middle class experienced economic genocide while the upper classes sold the country piecemeal to foreign interests. The poor remained poor, only they seemed to get more stupid.

Instead of being brave enough to EVER mention the idea that social classes exist in America, fag-fag-faggity corporate journalists obediently kept silent on the subject. Instead, they drained the corporate coffers flying down to Mississippi in search of hate crimes.

And now their cowardly silence has turned around and killed them.

Good riddance, you journo-homos. I have more journalistic chops and less money than any of you, but I never felt so needy that I'd SHUT UP AND WRITE WHAT THEY TOLD ME.
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19th-Mar-2009 02:37 pm - Varg Vikernes Released From Prison

Notorious Black Metaller Burzum (aka Varg Vikernes) Released From Prison

from http://www.exclaim.ca/articles/generalarticlesynopsfullart.aspx?csid1=115&csid2=844&fid1=37132
3/13/2009 By Keith Carman

Black metal owes a great debt to Varg Vikernes, more commonly known as Count Grishnackh and/or recording artist Burzum. Were it not for his outright insanity and headline-grabbing actions, the genre as a whole would never have become internationally renowned.

Much of the tomfoolery he and his fellow Norwegian musicians got up to in the late '80s and early '90s is now legendary: church burning, acts of indecency, toting weapons and, of course, murder. Vikernes has spent the past 16 years in prison for murdering Mayhem guitarist Øystein “Euronymous” Aarseth. Well, that and stealing his father's car in order to unload a bunch of heavy-duty weapons during a brief 2003 parole. Despite being imprisoned though, Vikernes still managed to record a number of low-fidelity albums and become the Norwegian Charles Manson: revered by extremists and feared by the common folk.

However, after four previous parole denials, Vikernes has finally been set free. While it remains to be seen as to whether or not the unique man has been rehabilitated by his incarceration, as far back as last July he had uttered statements alluding to such personality refinement.

"I'm ready for society — and I have been for many years,” he is noted as asserting. “I have learned from my mistakes and become older. Now I just want to be together with my family... I have barely seen my son since he came into the world. Even though I hear his voice on the phone almost every day, it is very tough to not be present while he is growing up."

Vikernes has not yet commented on if he will record more music as a free man.

18th-Mar-2009 01:51 am - Excuses For Skipping video interview

Excuses For Skipping

by Reviewer Rob

All-girl San Fransisco band Excuses For Skipping (lesbian band) is playing their way down to South By Southwest and they were interviewed at San Diego's Ruby Room on 3-16-09 by Reviewer Rob before their 8PM load-in time at The Beauty Bar on El Cajon Blvd. Here's what it looked like!



See the whole video in screamingly hot hi-resolution here: reviewermagazine.com/beautybar/3-16-09/S7300032.AVI

~RR

:::

Hello, my baby
Hello, my honey
Hello, my ragtime gal

Send me a kiss by wire
Baby, my hearts on fire

If you refuse me
Honey, you'll lose me
Then you'll be left alone

Oh baby, telephone
And tell me I'm your own

Hello, my baby
Hello, my honey
Hello, my ragtime gal

Send me a kiss by wire
Baby, my hearts on fire

If you refuse me
Honey, you'll lose me
Then you'll be left alone

Oh baby, telephone
And tell me I'm your own

youtube.com/watch?v=QGE8wVTvHF0

16th-Mar-2009 12:41 pm - SXSW ~ The Service Industry

SXSW

The Service Industry plays with Summer Wardrobe at Submerged
Summer Wardrobe @ SXSW

http://myspace.com/theserviceindustryband
http://myspace.com/saustex

Dirty Sweet

Dirty Sweet starts their SXSW tour in San Diego but first they sing us a couple of lines from Delilah at the Paradise Lounge on Midway drive.


Catch them on tour or go to their page right now at myspace.com/dirtysweetmusic and experience their awesome music for yourself right now.



21st-Feb-2009 12:13 pm - Josh Freese 4 Sale

Josh Freese's digital garage sale

"Take a limo down to Tijuana and he'll show you how it's done"

[Editor's note: this was found today on the Supercult message board and is as yet unverified.]

Josh Freese left Nine Inch Nails late last year in order to spend more time with his children, which is an admirable goal. Since he likely made more money as a for-hire touring drummer than he did recording drum tracks for an Abandoned Pools disc, he's got to make up that lost income somehow. Why not offer twenty different album packages, priced between $7 and $75,000?

$7
-Digital Download of "Since 1972" (including 3 videos)

$15
-CD/DVD Double Disc Set
-Digital Download

$50
-CD/DVD Double Disc Set
-T-shirt
-"Thank You" phone call from Josh for buying "Since 1972." You can tell him what you like about the record that you purchased, or what you thought sucked. Ask whatever you want, like "Is Maynard really THAT weird?" or "Which on of Sting's mansions has the comfiest beds?" or "Are Devo really Suburban Robots that monitor reality or just a bunch of Dads from Ohio?" or "Why don't the Vandals play more stuff off the first record?" It's your 5 minutes to yack it up. Talk about whatever you want.

$250 (limited edition of 25)
-Signed CD/DVD and digital download.
-T-shirt
-Signed Drum Head and Drumsticks.
-Go on a lunch date with Josh to PF Changs or The Cheesecake Factory (whatever you're into.)

$500 (limited edition of 15)
-Signed CD/DVD and digital download
-T-shirt
-Signed Cymbal and sticks
-Meet Josh in Venice, CA and go floating together in a Sensory deprivation tank (filmed and posted on youtube)
-Dinner at Sizzler (get your $8.99 Steak and "all you can eat" Shrimp on)

$1,000 (limited edition of 10)
-Signed CD/DVD and digital download.
-T-shirt
-Signed Cymbal, Drum head and Drumsticks.
-Josh washes your car OR does your laundry....or you can wash his car.
-Have dinner with Josh aboard the "Queen Mary" in Long Beach, CA
-Get drunk and cut each other's hair in the parking lot of the Long Beach courthouse (filmed and posted on youtube of course)

$2,500 (limited edition of 5)
-Signed CD/DVD and digital download.
-Get a private drum lesson with Josh or for all you non-drummers have him give you a back and foot massage (couples welcome)
-Pick any 1 member of the Vandals or DEVO (subject to availability) to accompany you and Josh to either the Hollywood Wax Museum or the lunch buffet at the "Spearmint Rhino"
-Signed DW snare drum.
-Take 3 items of your choice out of his closet (first come, first serve)
-Change diapers and make bottles with him for an afternoon (after hitting the strip club)

$5,000 (limited edition of 3)
-Signed CD/DVD and digital download.
-T-shirt
-Josh writes about a song about you and make available on iTunes.
-Co-direct a video with him for the song about you and throw it up on the youtubes.
-Josh gives you and a friend a private tour of Disneyland
-Get drunk together. If you don't drink we can go to my Dads place and hang out under the "Tuba tree"
-Stone from Pearl Jam will send you a letter telling you about his favorite song on "Since 1972"

$10,000 (limited edition of 1)
-Signed CD/ DVD and digital download
-T-shirt
-Signed DW snare drum from A Perfect Circle's 2003 tour.
-Josh gives you a private drum lesson OR his and hers foot/back massage (couples welcome, discreet parking)
-Twiggy from Manson's band and Josh take you and a guest to Roscoe's Chicken n' Waffle in Long Beach for dinner.
-Josh takes you and guest to "Club 33" (the super-duper exclusive and private restaurant at Disneyland located above the Pirates Of The Caribbean) and then hit a couple rides afterwards (preferably the Tiki Room, Haunted Mansion and The Tower Of Terror)
-At the end of the day at Disneyland drive away in Josh's Volvo station wagon. It's all yours....take it. Just drop him off on your way home though please.

$20,000 (limited edition of 1)
-Signed CD/DVD and digital download.
-T-shirt
-A signed drum from the 2008 Nine Inch Nails tour.
-Maynard James Keenan, Mark from Devo and Josh take you miniature golfing and then drop you off on the side of the freeway (all filmed and posted on youtube)
-Josh gives you a tour of Long Beach. See his first apartment, the coffee shop on 2nd St where his buddy paid Dave Grohl $40 to rip up tile just weeks before joining "Nirvana." See the old Vandals rehearsal spot, the liquor store he got busted using a Fake I.D. at when he was 17 (it was Dave from the Vandals old ID). Go check out Snoop Dogg's high- school. For an extra 50 bucks see where Tom and Adrian from No Doubt live.=2 0For another $25 he'll show ya where Eric from NOFX and Brooks from Bad Religion get their hair cut.
-Spend the night aboard the Queen Mary and take the "Ghosts And Legends" tour. (separate rooms...no spooning.)
-Josh writes 2 songs about you and it's made available on iTunes and appears on his next record (you can sing back up on em, clap, play the drums, triangle, whatever....)
-Drum lesson OR foot and back massage (once again...couples welcome and discreet parking available)
-Pick any 3 items out of Josh's closet.

$75,000 (limited edition of 1)
-Signed CD/DVD and digital download
-T-shirt
-Go on tour with Josh for a few days.
-Have Josh write, record and release a 5 song EP about you and your life story.
-Take home any of his drumsets (only one but you can choose which one.)
-Take shrooms and cruise Hollywood in Danny from TOOL's Lamborgini OR play quarters and then hop on the Ouija board for a while.
-Josh will join your band for a month...play shows, record, party with groupies, etc....
-If you don't have a band he'll be your personal assistant for a month (4 day work weeks, 10 am to 4 pm)
-Take a limo down to Tijuana and he'll show you how it's done (what that means exactly we can't legally get into here)
-If you don't live in Southern California (but are a US resident) he'll come to you and be your personal assistant/cabana boy for 2 weeks.
-Take a flying trapeze lesson with Josh and Robin from NIN, go back to Robin's place afterwards and his wife will make you raw lasagna.



17th-Feb-2009 11:53 pm - Greasy Rider book review

Greasy Rider

By Greg Melville

Review by Sybil DiMaggio



This book starts out as an argument between a husband and wife about a large purchase, which is not surprising given today’s world wide economic situation. The author wants to purchase a second car because his wife, Anne Marie has been accepted to medical school and will need a second car. I was captivated at this point. How many couples do you know, married or not, that are able to survive on one car? Much less the fact that the author, Greg, would expect to win a fight against his wife.

They found a 1985 Mercedes 300TD wagon and turned into a grease burner. Literally. The primary fuel of this car comes from Alex's Restaurant, Home of the Vermont Soup Company. Greg Melville is a journalist and work-at-home father of two children. Therefore when opportunities arise to go out and spend time with his boys he jumps at them. After one of his hockey games in his home state of Vermont, he was bullshitting with a teammate after a few beers who suggested he go coast to coast with it. The teammate then mentioned H. Nelson Jackson who was the first person to drive coast to coast in an automobile from San Francisco to New York City. At this point I feel the need to explain the difference between biodiesel and grease. As he did in the book. "Biodiesel is basically vegetable oil that's refined so it gels at a far lower temperature and has the same watery consistency as regular diesel" pg 9. Grease is FREE and is found at your local McDonald's or other stop the heart and go place. This grease is paid by the companies to be hauled off. You might have smelled it while you were waiting through drive-thru yesterday?

The adventure truly begins. Greg finds a mechanic friend to travel cross-country with him, Iggy, and performs his internet research to provide credence to his book. He researches several places to stop at on the way, and although this takes him off of H. Nelson Jackson's route, it allows him to research environmentally friendly alternatives to oil based fuel alternatives that are prescribed by the American government. As he travels with Iggy, we are occasionally provided with the treat of conversation between the two men. His traveling companion, Iggy, the mechanic is a college buddy with very bad taste in music. Unless you are into eighties pop sensations such as Van Morrison and the Cure.

As the two travel together, reintroduced, after years apart it becomes apparent that Iggy doesn't believe in the fact that they are both trying to save the environment. Iggy's thoughts on God are nowhere near Greg's.
4th-Feb-2009 11:34 am - Christian Bale remix

"I ain't walking on this set if you're still hired."

Gotta like a guy who knows what he wants...

28th-Jan-2009 11:42 am - Left To Our Own Devices

Doing The Time

Ron Paul seemingly thinks we should just let nature take its course and let the economy suffer through the downturn without any further stimulus packages to help bailout homeowners or start up green-energy-based industry jobs... Is he right?

24th-Jan-2009 03:23 pm - Jumping Turtle venue availability
From SupaJen at http://www.myspace.com/roots_rock_jen

What's up? I was wondering if you would be interested in playing at my venue.... Any of these show dates are avail.

@ The Jumping Turtle
http://www.thejumpingturtle.com

Wednesday February 11th-
Thursday March 12th-
Sunday March 15th-
Tuesday March 17th-
Thursday March 26th-
Wednesday April 15th-
Monday April 20th...yeah!
Sunday May 3rd...MY BIRTHDAY (26) wooh!- The Ghost Orchid

If you are a local band and would like to contact me for bookings e-mail me at Jennniferleas@juno.com and if you are a touring band that will be in the area on any of these dates please do the same if not pass the info to your booking manager. THANK YOU!
peace love and supajen!
12th-Jan-2009 08:28 am - Oakland BART Shooting

Police Shoot Another Unarmed Man

Fascism Rising

12th-Jan-2009 12:12 am - We Don't Need To Compete

Agitprop

From the Myspace for Brian Jonestown Massacre, http://www.myspace.com/anmtonfjordson:

4th-Jan-2009 11:31 pm - Revising fascism

The Forseeable Future of
Freedom From Government

by Reviewer Rob

Someone remarked recently that he wondered what Barak Obama's views on The Patriot Act are. Although Obama is a very smart lawyer, he's an even more than smart politician. My guess is he will do little about changing it in the next four years. I'll tell you why.

By naming it The Patriot Act the current administration made it pretty hard for any politician seeking reelection to try and overturn it. The best we can hope for is that they will add more civil liberties to it and restore more checks and balances to the way the government implements its use.

The real reason for it was to make it easier for our surveillance society to be legitimized. In the days before The Patriot Act there were always occurrences like warrantless wiretapping and break-in thefts (think Watergate) either by heads of state that were drunk with power (think Richard Nixon stating in his interview to David Frost that "when the president does it that means that it is not illegal"...) or by law enforcement that didn't want to leave a paper trail because it might slow down an investigation or because they wanted to cover their tracks due to their own illegal activity. Thing is, before The Patriot Act the doers of these dirty deeds knew they committed such acts at their own peril, and if they got caught they'd be in trouble. Then a few Muslim extremists with box cutters were allowed to fly passenger jets into buildings and a lot of people died. So...

The Patriot Act made it magically OK to commit those crimes against the citizenry previously forbidden by The Constitution for over 200 years. If Watergate happened today The Patriot Act would allow the burglers get away with it. See? It's all about consolidating power and taking it away from the voters, not patriotism. It would've been more accurate to name it The FASCIST Act, probably would've sounded cooler in the history books too...

~RR
2nd-Jan-2009 02:29 am - Publicityshots-R-Us
24th-Dec-2008 03:30 am - Dame Darcy's Victorian Sensibilities
http://www.reviewermagazine.com/dame-darcy/damedarcy-victoriansensibilities.html[Imagery]

The Art Of Dame Darcy

Dame Darcy's pen-and-ink illustrations with their Victorian sensibilities makes for good art.

Visit her myspace at: http://myspace.com/dame_darcy
Her previous band's myspaces: http://www.myspace.com/damedarcydeathbydoll or http://www.myspace.com/deathbydoll (un-updated)

Below: an image of her cartoon work from her website, http://damedarcy.com, and the lovely Dame Darcy, photographed recently in the snowy American Northwest, wearing what appears to be a frilly turn-of-the-century/vintage blouse.





24th-Dec-2008 01:06 am - Amy Lynn CD review

Amy Lynn CD review

Review by Kim Acrylic

Amy Lynn's self-titled EP is a real shock.
The first reason is she appears on the cover of the Album to be an Alanis Morissette type or Joan Osbourne even.
Then I crank up my speaks and heard something that blew me AWAY!
It's complete Motown at its finest!
Sounds as if Diana Ross, the Supremes and Janis Joplin were in an orgy and made on hell of a Motown, old time singer out of a white wavy haired New Yorker!

Songs like "Mother Freedom" are real hard-hitting power songs, whilst songs like "I kind of thing he does" Are definitively more Ballad/Love song inspired.

And how can I forget her FANTASTIC remake of Phil Collin's "Against all odds"?

Nostalgic for any 50's 60's droop/Motown fan to check out!

Amy Lynn Zane to-Vocals

THE GUNSHOW
Alex Hamlin-Baritone Sax
Eric Biondo-Trumpet
Michael Bomwell-Tenor Sax
Jared Schonig-Drums
Mike Chiavaro-Bass
Red Wierenga-Keys
James Jackson-Black-ups
Melissa Hammans-Black-ups

Session players:
Alex Hamlin, Saxophones, Guitar, Keyboards, Bass
Chris Vatalaro, drums, cow bell
Jared Schonig, drums
Mike Chiavaro, bass
Rubin Kodheli, Cello
John Richards, Viola
Olivia Da Prato, Violin
Caleb Burhans, Violin
Trevor Neumann, Trumpet
James Jackson Jr., backup vocals

http://www.myspace.com/amylynnzanetto

Review by Kim Acrylic for Reviewer magazine, 2008.

[books]

Searching 4 Mr. right. com

paperback indy how-to, by Rene D. Schultz

reviewed here by Kim Acrylic
[Note: this book's packaging looked like it contained shabbily-produced drivel, and the author sounded kinda bitchy on the phone, so it took me a while to find someone to review it. Lots of writers passed after seeing the cover. Also of note - this book has no affiliation to the Diversionary Theater play in San Diego about four gay men, that ran in June of '08, in case Google brought you here looking for that. ~Editor]
Searching 4 Mr right. com is a witty and timeless book. We ALL, no matter who you are, have tried internet dating and most of you can relate to the dates and people Miss Schultz has been on. Everything from a 6 foot four 210 pound Elvis look-a-like who was looking for someone like his mommy to the one-percenter who's gravely voice and obsession with motorcycles was a real... ehhh... charmer? When I read this book I was often laughing and also sad that so many jerks reside in this world. I think Rene D. Schultz is a great writer and REALLY knows what she's looking for and defiantly what she is NOT!

I was so amused as how she described the emails passed back and forth before the date "Hey darlin' let me no when u want 2 take a putt thru da santa cruise mts. Ib waitin' 2 hear from u..." as well as describing in great detail how their voice sounded on the phone, "His deep gravelly voice echoed through the phone." And in "madprofessor" she talks about chemistry being only one-sided sometimes. She stays real with the strangeness and often-lovely stories in this book.

Each chapter is a screen name of a guy she met, and in each chapter you defiantly feel her horror when seeing these weirdos for the first time. She describes everything so vividly as if you were there. Men and women alike will be able to relate to this book if you've ever dated off dating sites!

KA
15th-Dec-2008 10:39 pm - The Northeast's A Bitch
http://www.reviewermagazine.com/lisacarver/newenglandpoweroutage.html

The Northeast's A Bitch

By Lisa Carver
(as reported to Reviewer Rob)

So I call Lisa Carver in Dover, New Hampshire, on her cellphone and leave a voicemail. Some time later I receive a series of matter of fact texts that describe the serious conditions of the northeast's power blackout during one of the coldest ice-storms in recent history. http://Weather.com has a function in its mobile version where I can easily see the current temperature of the north pole, as reported at Barrow, Alaska, on my Blackberry, and it said the temperature there was 21-degrees fahrenheit, while Dover was 18 at mid-afternoon on the 13th. ~Reviewer Rob

:::

Dec 13, 2008
2:23:50 PM
Hi. No computer, no landline, and iPhone runs out of battery quick from car charger. No gas stations working around here, so can’t run much. Got a low vo

2:23:54 PM
ltage generator for just enough heat that the pipes don’t freeze and burst. Sump pump in basement broke down. Flooded. Hotels all booked up. Metal frame

2:24:00 PM
swingset smashed in two. Fallen trees everywhere, live wires. They’re not expecting power to return for days more. Eight degrees last night! We put a pow

2:24:04 PM
er inverter on the fish tank so they don’t die, but they’re very sluggish, and one seems in a coma. The northeast’s a bitch!

(I text back, asking her how her kids are handling this.)

2: 52:50 PM
Kids are doing much better than the fish are. We can pile blankets on humans. I don’t know what all the single moms on Section 8 down the street are doin

2:52:54 PM
g. We were just lucky that there was enough gas in my fellow’s car that he could get to Massachusetts where his little generator was stored. There are no

2:52:57 PM
more flashlights, candles, or batteries at the stores. Of course no generators or inverter left either. Lots of roads are closed off dye (sic) to live wires,

2:53:01 PM
so some people can’t get to friends or relatives who do have power. It’s been down for almost 24 hours now. A road crew picked up the 100 year old evergr

2:53:05 PM
een that was felled by the weight of the ice and was blocking our driveway, but I haven’t seen a single power crew out. They’re doing the hospitals, PDs

2:53:08 PM
and fire stations first, but all those people have generators. The poor people are freezing to death!

Dec 14, 2008
I text Lisa:
9:31:04 AM
How are you today? Can you make a fire anywhere?

9:36:20 AM
Is the power back on yet?


Lisa responds:
9:38:06 AM
No power probably till Thursday or Friday. No fire, but little generator allows for two hours of heat at a time. I am writing your dispatches—will send

9:38:08 AM
(with photos) when electricity comes back.

Dec 15, 2008
I ask:
8:53:50 AM
How are you cooking food???


Lisa responds, briefly:
8:53:18 AM
I’m not.

:::

You'd think that with all the money we've spent on bailing out Wall Street, and all the money we're going to spend on Detroit, not to mention the war for oil in Iraq, that we could do more for the infrastructure of the oldest states in the Union.
Below: Lisa Carver, photographed in warmer climes at the Che Cafe in San Diego, 2006, by Reviewer Rob.
5th-Dec-2008 06:21 pm - The Last Stage ad
http://www.reviewermagazine.com/ads/38-laststage-ad/

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[Rock and Roll Through the Generations]

My Mountain Home

by Chase Lisbon

[From his blog at http://Nerve.com]

I don't think that I've written very much about my upbringing and birthplace. I should also REALLY change my Nerve bio, as it isn't very current now that I think about it. I mean, I haven't lived in a Baltimore basement in a while, but now I'm looking further back than that.

I was born in Mountain Home, Arkansas. My dad was with the band "Black Oak Arkansas" at the time. He was later the tour manager for Foghat and Hall & Oates. If you pick up the Foghat "LIVE" album on vinyl, you can see pictures of my dad, mom, and me from '77.

So basically all of Black Oak bought this land up in the mountains and built their own little cabin houses on it. They surrounded the area with a giant fence and put in an Olympic sized swimming pool. That's where my parents were married and that's where I spent the first year of my life.

Apnea and I went there this summer. It was the first time I had seen it in 32 years. It's now rented out for vacations, and we stayed a night there on her birthday. We even did a shoot there, which was totally strange, but we can talk about that when I post some of those pictures some day.

Growing up I always heard my dad complaining about how Jim Dandy (Black Oak's lead singer) was ripped off by David Lee Roth and Axl Rose. I used to watch all of the silent super 8 movies my dad had shot during that time, and I could see what he was talking about it. It's always frustrating when someone is ripped off and the other person is super famous and receives credit for it... so now you can understand my excitement when I found this article today in "Arthur" magazine. It's a discussion between an anonymous music reviewer that goes by "C" and Buzz Osborne of Melvins:

C: What about... Black Oak Arkansas? You guys ever listen to them?

BUZZ: I like some of their stuff, yeah. Simply for the weirdness factor alone. I always thought that Jim Dandy was getting ripped off endlessly by David Lee Roth, and moreso, Axl Rose. He sings EXACTLY like Jim Dandy. You know who else is really into Black Oak Arkansas is Jello Biafra. Heavily! That's why Biafra has that star belt. He's happy to admit it.

C: Didn't Black Oak Arkansas buy land and live communally at one point?

BUZZ: I don't know the history. Jello [Biafra of Dead Kennedys, Alternative Tentacles lable, and an occasional collaborator with Melvins] knows more about any band than I've ever known.


The answer is yes Arthur magazine. It was surprising to stumble across that today.

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Below: photo by Chase Lisbon, from the Nerve.com blog post. See more at http://www.SuperCult.com.

3rd-Dec-2008 11:52 am - Death First CD review

Death First
Bleed the King

[With band members from Buckley, Washington!]


James-Vocals/Guitar

Kyle-Bass

Doug-Guitar/Vocals

Dane-Drums

Review by Kim Acrylic for Reviewer magazine © 2008

These guys really Know how to rock on their debut album Bleed the King.

Very rich with guitar riffs,fast drums and actual GOOD vocals.
Each song goes from hardcore fast,raging rock to a beautiful lyrical vocal in moments.

Heavy and poetic, the first track "Clicking Tongues" is an aggression-filled masterpiece mosh pit anthem with scream along lyrics.

The track "Have you found my head yet?" There is some screaming and death metal tinges. This CD is not for the faint of heart or mellow indie rockers. A fantastic riot of tunes all in one CD you WILL use this CD to wake you up in the hungover Monday mornings.

Drummer Dane Hubber keeps hardcore rhythm and is like a God on the drums.

Vocalist James Recsh has aced the vocals on every range possible.

A must have to any rocker's collection.

KA

http://www.myspace.com/death1st



30th-Nov-2008 10:02 am - book review: The Holy G-Rail

Holy G~Rail

by Michael Schuessler

Book review by Kim Acrylic

G-spot
R-relating
A-anatomy
I-intro
L-lovemaking

Michael Schuessler's book was very informative, but lacked major originality. So I now know where the magic spot is for a man... or a woman. He uses his "art techniques" as well as relating the male and female body to bring forth intense orgasms. This 15-minute easy read is a bit pretentious. The Holy G-Rail is informative but sensually snobbish, using terms like "my lover" instead of girlfriend, etc., and signing the book with "changing the world one orgasm at a time.”

TheHoly G-Rail strikes me as a guy who truly believes he can give every woman he's with an orgasm because he knows some special "trick," for example, "The key to communication is to verbalize and show what you are feeling" so he writes a book and makes us pay money to read what most of us already know! Simple writing, and I just didn't find anything original about this book. But he sure knows his anatomy!

This obviously informed author calls it a "precious chamber or vessel, which holds that spot within," and tells the male readers "not to grab, no matter how hot or excited they are." That's about the only non-redundant thing in this book that impressed me. But I just don't think this book is for regular, sexually active people. It's more for first timers, a very good book for virgins.

He uses words describing making one have an orgasm as a "quest" or "holy" as a term for the G-spot, and is often speaking to the reader as if he or she was only a beginner, or a child

I also found some parts... well, cheesy such as "It matters not what your sex life is now. Your communication and excitement for each other will do nothing but grow," and he calls it "precious chamber or vessel, which holds that spot within." In the Holy G~Rail, Schuessler also often writes of finding a G-spot in the same clinical way a doctor might tell you.

On a positive note, with good, detailed illustrations the "magic spot," as he describes it, won't be mysterious to you anymore.

http://www.myspace.com/theholyg
http://www.reviewermagazine.com/dame-darcy/confessions
[Alt-Lit]

Confessions of a Pagan Nun
by Kate Horsely

book review by Dame Darcy

*Hand Book For Hot Witches

WHAT HAS BEEN REVEALED

The truth is the blood and guts of ones soul that comes oozing out when one has been smashed alive by God like a bug. I found my own Hand Book For Hot Witches two days ago. It's called Confessions of a Pagan Nun, by Kate Horseley. I want to ask the publishers if I can make it into a graphic novel because it rocks so hard and would be a wonderful teaching tool for so many. God gave it to me because I was in agonizing pain and I asked for my life to unfold every moment and reveal the path to peace.

I was walking in the cold wind crying. I saw a pile of books and in a moment drew my hand to the first one I picked. I practice bibliomancy, by asking the universe questions and flipping through a book to land on the word or phrase in the book to answer the question.

This is like bibliomancy but with a whole book that every word of every page answers every question I can think of. I have asked God for this before and I can practice Living every moment in the present because I learned how through Buddhism. When in this practice, I notice the gifts all around me and magnetize exactly what I need and request. I also keep my mind and options open to receive new gifts and lessons.

This book had been translated from a manuscript written first hand by Gwynneve, a witch in the dark ages around 450 AD.The time when Pagans were beginning to be slaughtered by Christians. Reading her writings is like having her sitting across from me as a friend, telling me everything as if we were having a conversation. I want to reach back in time to the 1500's and give her a hug to tell her it's ok. Her words made it to the future and I will do everything I can to put it into practice.

This manuscript was revealed to me because we are now in another dark age, where we can learn valuable lessons from her on how to go back to Paganism now that the patriarchy, and industrialization has run its course. The age of Pisces is coming to a close and the age of Aquarius is here, this is what the Myans are talking about when they refer to 2012 being the end of time.

My best friends in New York are Jewish and Tibetan; both are races that know gentricide and injustice. I know why I so deeply empathize and obsess on justice for these crimes against nature and family because I now so clearly know my race has been brutalized for centuries.

Although I am white, I am not whitey. In fact I am the cracker attacker! I am the race of the Fae, or the "Bean Sidhe" as the book told me. I can feel the pain of every forest burning, of every animal that goes extinct or is tortured in a factory farm, every political prisoner, the fish choking in the ocean. I feel them because I AM them, they are my race.

When I wrote my graphic novel Gasoline it came from this, but now I know I have to create the utopian renaissance and rebirth out of the industrial dark ages we are now in. I wrote about it in a book, but it has to manifest here in life first in the weird virtual world of telecommunications and then in reality. There is a place where particles of matter and waves are the same. There are no words for this place, but it is where a Druid can breathe onto a stone and it turns to dust. It is time to dwell and go to this place, to never forget where it is. I have to go to Portland Oregon because of the strange combination of Technology and the spirits of trees and how they both can help me begin a new society.

I have lived in a city with a population no less than 8 million because of the dreams and promises that a metropolis has to offer. New Yorkers have to spend ninety percent of their incomes on apartments they still think are too small, and they have the lowest breakup rates in the country because there is no other place for the broken up with to move.

But I have now found that the limitations and dreams I accepted when I was younger have either been realized or have been revealed to be delusional. They have metamorphosised into a narrow and secret passage leading to an expanse of space and liberation I had not realized existed. I now prefer peaceful surrender to noble battle, for in peace is an eternal freedom one never has in war, though sometimes fighting is necessary for external freedom.

My disappointment is not bitter, because I once was with a companion who did not turn his back on truth. In the book the Faeiry lady Gwynneve looses her witch mother to death by medieval worms. Her mother was unrepentant and howled at the moon, carefully picking herbs from the forest and had hair like a fine long black cloak over her tattered real cloak. Her soul mate Witch Husband was slaughtered by Christians.

Although I have lost my witch husband soul mate, I find solace in knowing it at least has not been to death. On our wedding day he promised to weave me a crown from his raven black hair to wear over my yellow faeiry hair. He promised to raise our adopted daughters to be witches in paradise and never know the suffering of this patriarchy, and to care for me even if I loose my mind. He said I'd get even more beautiful when I am old.

He recognized me from Atlantis where we used to live, and showed me his Druid tricks,which he specialized in through education, ancient thought and technology. He promised to help me use all this to make the movie for my book Gasoline if all the other promises of others failed. I mourn over the loss of these promises now gone and the hope that burned bright with them. I am not crying because I am being negative, as I have been accused, nor am I crying because I am being weak. Being a robot devoid of Passion and able to turn off his emotions does not make a man stronger. It takes more strength to feel.

But I now know there are two reasons I have no home and have been a wanderer my entire life. I have to create my home, which I know how to do now, thanks to the brutal heartbreak and enlightenment that has befallen me upon the release of my magnum opus and the loss of my soul mate at once, and also because I am a Druid, who have to wander to learn and pass on their teachings. A teaching and quote from Gwynneve for all the hot witches, from one Druid to another: "And here I say that a woman can ally herself with men's power as long as she has her youth to offer. But when a woman looses her youth, she will regret playing that game. And she will wish she had instead learned the art of druid or warrior to make those less wise respect her capacity for affection."

The definition of chivalry is for men to serve and protect women. It is an ideal and I believe is not entirely dead. But when all else fails, women do not need to rely on men for protection. And by the way, the only reason women ever need protection is usually from other men. I am facing the patriarchy again now without my witch husband, I am weary of the inane games it forces me to play, but I am thankful that though I no longer have my true love, I do have my friends and family so I am not alone.



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