Five Underrated Songs of the 80s

The other night I took my wife to see Duran Duran for her birthday.  She was a huge Duranie (Durany?  Durani?) back in the day and never got a chance to see them live.  Wednesday night they played a small venue here in Houston and we took in the show. Let me just say that…

Stan Lee Draws…?

I stumbled upon this book at the local library earlier today. I was a bit surprised. Stan Lee is known for writing/creating most of the characters associated with Marvel Comics. From the Fantastic Four to the X-Men they all sprang from the fertile frontal lobe of Stan the Man. But drawing? That really wasn’t Stan’s…

Friday LinkFrogging – 4/8/11

A tremendous Friday to you all. Yes, I just dropped some Rome on you.  What can I say?  Its Smackoff Friday and I just back to the office after running some errands.  The calls were well above par so far and if there’s anything we like here, its good smack. Well, that and cheesecake. See…

Sketch of the Day: Dr. Strange

So…work has been kicking my butt for the past couple weeks (months).  To let off a little steam, I decided to make myself draw for at least a half hour to an hour a day. You know, to keep me from hurting a co-worker. Some of the results are garbage, some are okay.   I’ll be…

Friday LinkFrogging – 4/1/11

Welcome back kids. Now that most of the Gonzo Compadres have recovered from their varietal trips to SXSW, we’re back and getting down to it.  Well most of us anyway.  John is in Hotlanta this weekend for Wrestlemania.  Its his first trip to the big event despite a lifelong obsession with the squared circle. Sure, the…

Jibbies & Loond – Episode 004 – SXSW 2011, Pt. 1

Following just days after their Motorhead odyssey, Jibbies and Loond returned to Austin for SXSW 2011, and put the young’uns to shame with their stamina, tenacity, and liver power, like two superheroes powered by METAL!, rock, and alcohol.  Loond got things started on Thursday afternoon at Emo’s with the Full Metal Texas day party. After the day-time bludgeoning it was time for the Small Stone Records…

Michael Monroe – LIVE! – Finland, Mar. 27, 2011, Japan benefit

I’m not sure what else I can say to convince the planet that this is its greatest currently functioning rock band, so I’ll just let the music do the talking instead. Click here for 40 minute set from Japan benefit show. Could have used a little more Ginger and Sami in the broadcast mix, but other than…

Friday LinkFrogging – 3/25/11

RIP Welcome back  boys and girls. All the Geeks are back from Austin and, in my case, points further south.  Thanks to Matt for holding down the fort whilst I was in sunny Naples, Florida working as arm candy and dancing with the blue agave (which is quite different than Dancing at the Blue Iguana)….

Jibbies & Loond: Metalliance tour – SXSW 2011

It’s Friday of SXSW. Day 2 for Jibbies, Day 3 for Loond. After roughly 24 hours of Small Stone immersion, its time for….well, more rock and metal! We stroll up on Dirty Dog’s Bar and are instantly deflated. The line goes into the street and nearly out of sight. Fortunately, all the good mojo built…

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…

Tres Mts. – Stubbs – Austin, Tex. – SXSW, Mar. 19, 2011

dUg Pinnick (King’s X) and Jeff Ament (Pearl Jam) have been trying to get their (joint) musical act together for the better part of 15 years now. As musicians in two very hard working bands, however, little more than small snatches of time could ever be cobbled together. Both men very much wanted to do it,…

Bob Geldof: Newest once-cool old bastard

Bob Geldof evidently gave the keynote address at SXSW this year. I didn’t know this despite being there because I was there to find the vitality in music he evidently thinks is a thing of the past. The only time I stepped foot inside the convention center was to use a clean toilet. I didn’t…