UME at SXSW 2011

Day four of SXSW 2011, Saturday 3/19 and I took a bit of a break from the Metal to go down to Skinny’s Ballroom and catch Austin’s very own UME.  I was turned on to this band by a YouTube post on FB by my buddy Chris Smith (aka Jibbies) and I was hooked.  What…

A Drug Called Sheen

I don’t understand why people are making such a big deal about Charlie Sheen.  It’s yet another testimony to how our society is just a bunch of overly sensitive, bored, judgmental, self righteous, pansies.  Who cares?  Live and let live…ever heard the term?  I think the guy is pretty darn funny.  He’s definitely nutty, but…

Friendship & Metal Dreams

Bobby and I have been friends since high school (about 23 years).  He is the only person outside of family that I have known that long.  It was our love of Metal that initiated our friendship and today that friendship has evolved, changed, and matured in a host of ways.  We’ve played music together in…

Bass Girls

What is it about chick bass players that is so hot? For that matter, I find women musicians in general to be attractive (not just in a physical way). For me it’s because the bass guitar is a formidable opponent in stature. As much as the lead guitar is considered a phallic symbol; the bass…

Blood Red Throne, Enslaved, and Dimmu Borgir

T’was many nights before Christmas and evil rolled into the land. They came from oceans away with sticks, drums, and battle axes in hand. All the naughty little boys and girls rejoiced and cheered their Norse visitors with horns in the sky. And in the background I could’ve sworn I heard Santa and Jesus cry….

Top 10 For 2010

Ok, so I know its a month early, but I was itchin to get this out…. 1. Armored Saint – La Raza (Metal Blade Records). Choice track – “Head On”. I was elated beyond belief when it was announced that The Saint was recording a new album this year. I traveled to L.A to see…

A Song For The Hung…ry

My brothers and I like to say “I’m pretty hung & starvacious” instead of “I’m pretty hungry & starving”. Here’s a video to bring this absurd song/jingle to life….

Lapti Nek

Remember The Max Rebo band from Return Of The Jedi?  Remember that song they play in the movie?  It’s called “Lapti Nek”  Here is my version of the lyrics to that song… Port O Prince has got me I’m ridin around in your car I’m goin to Atascosita…yeah You think you’re dead, but you better not…

Relationships

Relationships.  I’ve been single for quite some time and have been in my fair share of relationships.  I guess none of them were any good since I’m still un-attached.  I have learned a lot though from all of my trysts with the “fairer” sex.  I’ve learned about myself and about other people and how they…

Faith No More Reunion

It was 1997 and I was standing in the Paris subway system.  I noticed posters for Faith No More on the walls at many of the stops.  The band had just released “Album Of The Year” and it would be their last studio effort until officially disbanding in 1999.  Upon further travels in Europe and…

Metal Voyage

…all of a sudden, the door to the office is flung open and in rides a mysterious cloaked figure on a black steed with red eyes.  Crushing pummeling rhythms suddenly fill the air out of nowhere and the figure hoists me up onto the steed.  The figure then wields a huge sword and proceeds to slaughter…

The Saint at HOB in L.A.

  I had the privilege of traveling to Los Angeles this past Thursday (May 27th) to see one of the greatest American Metal bands play at The House of Blues on the Sunset Strip on Friday, May 28th.  Armored Saint played their one and only show for the entire year in the USA that night.  There…