Sunday, July 20, 2014

Move Over Dora, Here Comes Slim!

Check out my new cartoon character Slim! Slim just came here from another country, so he's still learning English. That's ok though, as long as he's trying, right? Slim wouldn't try to impose the culture of his home country on America, that would be rude (not to mention stupid, if where you came from is so great, why in the FUCK are you here?) Learning English can be difficult, but if a child can do it, surely a grown adult can as well! It's on all our road signs & menus, and I'm pretty sure the gauges in your El Camino are English and you understand those, so it shouldn't be that hard, right?
Slim is a good guy, he wouldn't use American's kindness as weakness and take advantage of Christians eagerness to help their fellow man! No way! Slim's not like that. Slim is an honest man who just wants a job.  All Slim has to do is play by the rules

Saturday, July 19, 2014

How Many More Planes Must Be Blown Up

Two planes have gone down with no explanation this year. I have seen ZERO physical evidence that implies Flight MH 17 was actually shot down by a surface to air missile. The Muslim Terrorists didn't claim responsibility for PAN AM Flight 103, it was proven by investigation. Al Qaida also didn't claim responsibility for the 9/11 attacks initially. We have TWO planes down under dubious circumstances, yet I'm not hearing the words 'Islamic' or 'terrorism.' The media seems really emphatic and sure that it was definitely a Russian surface to air missile. BULLSHIT. I'm pretty certain at this point that Flight MH 17, as well as MH Flight 370 were destroyed by bombs made by Islamic terrorists. Both missing flights are from Malaysia, where I'm willing to wager security is lax, especially in regard to Muslims.

Friday, July 18, 2014

The Death Of Global Warming

The Global Warming idiots aren't giving up. I'm not sure if they know it's bullshit at this point and are just 'towing the line,' or actually believe that after inventing the internet, Al Gore is a climatologist (which is a redundant, bullshit job for folks who have insisted on devoting their lives to studying useless information, but that's another entry.) We always hear the Earth's surface is 70% water, 30% land.
  • Glacial ice covers 10-11 percent of all land.

  • According to the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), if all glaciers melted today the seas would rise about 230 feet

  • This is if all the ice on both caps melted, which is probably neigh-impossible.
    Even if the claims were true, temp is only increasing by 1 degree Celcius worldwide, which isn't going to even approach being hot enough to melt all the world's ice, or even an amount substantial enough to affect Earth's climate adversely.
    Even if the change in climate were occoring, the change would be so gradual that humanity would have plenty of time to adapt, as we adapt to seasonal changes in weather.
    There is nowhere near adequate evidence that we are causing the overall temprature to rise.
    The answer has become not planting trees (which do absorb carbon isotopes but i imagine would also increase global temp by emitting water vapor,{which is much better at trapping heat than CO2 if I remember correctly} as many plants are known to 'sweat' but that's another blog entry), but involves siphoning (extorting) money from the private sector, the energy industry inparticular. This scheme has proven quite financially successful for Mr.Gore and many others, thanks to academia's lack of guile and the entertainment industry's endorsement.

    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

    Records Every Teen Should Hear Part II:

    METALLICA - Metallica
                Metallica is infallible. This band has been a part of my life for well over 20 years, and probably always will be. I respect these guys immensely, to say the least. They've made a lot of ballsy moves throughout their career, and done what they've wanted knowing they're going to piss off literally millions of people.  I know there's so-called 'fans' that STILL bitch and whine about the bands' musical direction after the band made prog it's gimp with ...And Justice For All, and there always will be. It seems 'Wishing Metallica would go back to the way they sounded on Master of Puppets' has actually become a legitimate phase of growing up in America, as everyone has gone through it it seems. Metallica conquers hard rock with this middle finger at the critics, haters, and anyone else who is naive enough to doubt the Bay Area Thrashers' credibility. You all know the songs on this disc. The lyrics are all intelligent and clever, the riffs are catchy, the drumming is a tad different than their other releases, but you it's still unmistakably Lars. There's nothing not to like on this one. I honestly never get tired of this one.

    The Clash - London Calling
           I'm not a huge Clash fan. The records before this one never really grabbed me. The records after this one were inconsistent at best. With London Calling, they hit the nail right directly on the fuckin head. I'm not sure if there's another record in existence that is so many different things: upbeat yet dark, angry yet jubilant, bleak yet hopeful, dire yet lighthearted.. (I'm pretty sure I've said this before either here or on the White People Paper, but it bears repeating I suppose) The opening/title track is a haunting number describing the anxious western population and the corrupt media which feeds it. All my favorite Clash songs are on this one: "Brand New Cadillac(yes, I know it's a cover) "Spanish Bombs", "Wrong em' Boyo", the immortal "Death or Glory" (maybe their best song) and the title track. A piece of Rock n Roll history which inspired countless imitators, many of which basically made their living off Joe & co.'s ideas/creativity.
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    Thursday, April 24, 2014

    Q & A w/ OBSIDIAN KINGDOM

          




      Obsidian Kingdom are an avant-garde/metal band from Barcelona, Spain. Their discography is more diverse and progressive than any act I can think of on the spot. From rabid death/black metal to abstract industrial/electronic, their art is thought-provoking, moving and entertaining,a true renaissance act in a music scene flooded with mediocrity.


    1. How is the metal scene in Barcelona/Spain? Are there local venues where you play often?

    OBSIDIAN KINGDOM: "We just can't complain about the cultural offer (sic) in Barcelona. There's plenty of things going on all the time, and shows are varied, frequent, and many. Madrid also features a very decent offer and nightlife. Of course, they are nothing compared to say, London or Berlin, but, then again, nothing is. Anyhow, Barcelona is a good city to live in if you are into music, that's for sure.
           There are plenty of venues to play in our hometown, ranging from small clubs to huge concert halls, which actually should mean a promising panorama for a starting band, provided one should have the necessary resources. However, we don't regularly play back home, in order for us and our audience to concentrate our collective energy into a particular, well-planned and memorable show."

    2.Have you had any band member changes since 'Matter?'

    OBSIDIAN KINGDOM: "Indeed, as a matter of fact, only two of the founding members are still in the band.
    It has been a long way for us to finally gather the right individuals and get the band working at full speed in all aspects, which we are doing since a year before 'Mantiis' was released. Our line-up is now exactly as we want it to be- a group of good friends, a collective of artists, a dysfunctional family and a mass of mad music lovers. Just like we dreamed a rock band should be."





    3.I like how each of your records sounds vastly different from one another. Is that deliberate?

    OBSIDIAN KINGDOM: "Yes and no. We definitely try to constantly push our boundaries and test our limits, in that sense, there is a conscience effort to keep trying different things, go one step further and never stop moving. So far we have delved - often with a certain success - into terrains that may have been completely unknown to us in the past, such as live experimentation, video art and electronic music, just to name a few, and we are glad to have dared."

    "But, at the same time, we never know what our next step is going to be like, no matter what we desire or want, and that kind of removes part of  the deliberation from our creative process. We might certainly have an idea about the possible outcomes, and even try to address our energies somewhere, but, in the end, our songs have a life of their own and decide for themselves. We're just here to interpret their will."

    4.I read that you played the 'Mantiis' record live from beginning to end on the day of its debut, did you write the record with the intention of playing it that way?

    OBSIDIAN KINGDOM:  "Yes, we did, as happened all through the 'Mantiis live!' tour. We did write it so that it could be played live in its entirety, keeping most of its details and nuances, and not using many more instruments than those we can actually manage live between the five of us, seven if you count - and you should - our sound and video artists.
    As much as we love to work on things that are impossible to play live - electronic music or remixes for instance - much of the energy that Obsidian Kingdom portrays is displayed in all its glory through our live shows, so we try to keep our songs playable. Nevertheless and like we stated before, we never know what lies ahead.

    5. What artists inspired you to start playing?

    OBSIDIAN KINGDOM: "The complete list would be far too long to be written here, more so if you consider that we are five different individuals with different backgrounds, but since we love discussing music and making polls and things of the like, we might just be able to give you some hints....
    We were almost all born in the mid eighties, so it would be not too wrong to state that many of our early influences are drawn from the 'golden age' of American alternative rock: From Trent Reznor to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, including Nirvana, Tool or the Deftones, the list is endless. We also share a passion for progressive rock bands, with our main and most shared reference being, undoubtedly, Pink Floyd. But you could also bring Queen or Porcupine Tree into the mix.
    And of course there's metal. Even though we don't listen to that much of it as we did when we were younger, there was a time when we dreamed of growing up to be like Metallica, Morbid Angel, Dream Theater, Mayhem or Opeth, you name it. Now we would not settle for anything less than being like Obsidian Kingdom."

    6. In Flames' single 'Deliver Us' (LOVE the band and the song dearly) went Platinum in Sweden recently, Paradise Lost is scheduled to play the Roman Theater in Bulgaria, is metal exploding in Europe or what? Americans like myself are getting jealous! lol

    OBSIDIAN KINGDOM: "Well, the way we see it,  it's not exploding right now or out of the blue; Metal has been going on for fourty years now in Europe, and it has reached a certain social status that guarentees that, for example, a metal band can easily get into Eurovision - the most mainstream and politically correct festival on Earth. That means that metal music is marketable enough, it appeals to the masses and is no longer an underground thing for minorities."

    7. Is there any obscure/unknown band or act you have seen on tour or enjoy listening to personally that you feel everyone should hear?

    OBSIDIAN KINGDOM: "You are definitely referring to Necro Deathmort. Our fellow Londoners are the band that we all love these days, and we just can't stop listening to or recommending them. They have managed to put out three brilliant albums that tastily combine doom metal and electronic music in a unique way that brings together dub and damnation into a pit of droning screams and rhythmic despair, and we absolutely love what they do. Go check them out right now."

    8. Is the sound heard on 'Mantiis' an indication of what your future records will sound like, or will you pursue another direction?
    OBSIDIAN KINGDOM: "We wouldn't bet on it, but even if it happened, 'Mantiis' points in so many directions at once that this in fact would mean nothing at all."
    "The only thing that is certain right now is that we are in the midst of the writing process of the follow-up for 'Mantiis', and that it is far too soon for us to know which direction we are headed - more so because we aren't even done playing with the new gear that we bought not a month ago...

    9.Is there anyone you want to think or shout out to? 
    OBSIDIAN KINGDOM: "Why, of course we would like to thank YOU for your interest and dedication, for keeping a nice blog running with music content, and for interviewing us so that your readers may find out about or know more about us. We are really grateful that you should enjoy our work to the point of offering us your appreciation, attention and time. Thank you so much and receive warm regards from everyone in the band!
    See you on Twitter and remember to not take candy from strangers!"
    OBSIDIAN KINGDOM:



    Sunday, April 13, 2014

    It's Official: We now live in a communist state.

            I'm usually a 'don't sweat the small stuff' kinda dude, but I'm fresh outta jail, so now I'm looking at the situation for what it was. I called someone on TV a 'faggot' now I'm getting ready to go to court tomorrow for not one but TWO charges: Disorderly Conduct & Resisting arrest. (even though MY thumb is swole up/unusable and my knee skint) I called someone on TV a 'faggot', some dude takes exception to it,which leads me to being ejected from the establishment. OK FINE. I then go next door, order a beer,and the dude from the place I just got kicked out of apparently had a conversation with the owner of the 2nd place, cause that dude decided he didn't wan't me there either.OK COOL. Just gimme my money back for the beer you just sold me. He says 'NO!' So my response is; That's dishonest. If you want me to leave, cool, just give me my money back. Now YOU are STEALING from me. I gave you money for a good/service and you made the decision that you don't want me at your place, that's your right, but I didn't receive the good/service I paid for, so simple logic leads one to the conclusion that you could have just gave me my money back and everything would've been cool. The dude from the Lone Goose fucking PURSUED ME. They told me to leave so I left. But I suppose the bearded clam wasn't satisfied with just throwing me out, so he FOLLOWS ME TO THE NEXT PLACE where I'm then STOLEN FROM & I'm the criminal in this case. This is the insanity we have to deal with. I didn't lay a finger on anyone and somehow I have TWO FUCKING CHARGES!!! Also I wasnt drunk and they cant prove it cause the dumbshit cop didn't give me a breathalyser.  I've been pulled over and searched CANINES AND ALL WITHOUT A WARRANT MULTIPLE TIMES, which has led to nothing, because I'm not a criminal, I'm an honest man. Never dealt drugs, never stole, never conspired against anybody. I've a clean record. I just in a state full of IDIOTS who seem hell bent on catching me doing shit I don't do. I'm a father. Ive provided for my daughters,sacrificed my body so they can have nice things, I'm not seeking any rewards or praise, I'm simply stating facts. We will see tomorrow....

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

    Records Every Teen Should Own

            My oldest daughter turns 13 this month (on the 26th the same b-day as Johnny Cash!) and of late I've been trying to expose her to music/cultures she might not ever learn about otherwise. It also got me thinking about music I loved as a teen and what teens listen to nowadays (utter horseshit). There are some records that are timeless, that will always be relevant to the teenage experience in America. There are also some I love that I think are underrated that more kids should here. There are also some that I can't stand that many revere such as anything by Led fucking Zepplin or Rage Against the Machine that I hope my daughter never gets into. So without further adieu...

    Green Day -  Dookie
                I'm not wild about Green Day's recent albums, but this is one of my all time favorites. Dookie is adolescence. There is not a bad song on the entire record, and the songs are all up-beat and positive generally. (this is important to me, I don't want my kids listening to lots of self-defeating,dwelling on negativity bullshit.I teach my daughter to always look on the bright side of things.) I still listen to this album regularly while working, the songs are so simple and catchy I never get tired of them. American Idiot was a great record as well, but the fuckin goddamn liberal political bullshit is the tiebreaker in my book. This one is politics-free, and timeless. Classic album.

    The Cars - Panorama
                 This album is as 80's as they come. As for pop/rock, I don't know if anyone has ever done it better. 'Fun' is the best word I can think of to describe this record. There's lots of synth and keyboards, and all the songs are upbeat and catchy. I'm listening to this right now as a matter of fact.

    Mobb Deep - The Infamous
            I've recently re-discovered this album. This duo was deified by the skate scene when I was growing up, as their songs were featured on countless skate videos as well as magazine articles. This is Hard-core East coast gangsta rap, but tracks like 'Eye For An Eye' preach a message of honor and brotherhood even among thieves. "So long as the sunshine can light up the skies/We in this together,son/Your beef is mine" suggests the rappers are good souls, who steal and sell dope because opportunities are limited and money is hard to make.Regardless, the rhymes found here are immortal as they are true-to-life. People will always buy Tupac & Biggie's overrated shit, these guys were/are better MC's, but aren't as popular cause they're less marketable and still alive. Nas and Raekwon both appear on 'Eye For An Eye', and the latter's verse is probably my favorite on the entire disc. Legendary stuff.

    Soundgarden - Badmotorfinger
             Yes, I know SuperUnknown is better in almost every regard, but the songs on this record aren't as depressing/negative in subject matter and therefore more appropriate for a teen audience. Don't be fooled, this album is a great hard rock/metal in its own right. Guitarist Kim Thayil described it as the "heavy metal White Album" due to its overall radio-friendly-ness, and I'm inclined to agree. I'm not a fan of grunge to say the least (in other words, I fucking HATE most grunge), but I've always loved Soundgarden's approach. Many of the guitar riffs are drop-D and heavy, but not bluesy like many of their Seattle counterparts. They've also always had a knack for being able to write very weird lyrics/songs without sounding pretentious. Cornell is in his prime vocally on this one, and the dude can simply wail like no other. I'm sorry, but after hearing this performance, Eddie Vedder sounds like a fuckin amateur. I venture to say Cornell's performance on this record actually 'Outshines' (sorry I couldn't resist) the vox on SuperUnknown, at least in terms of range. 'Rusty Cage' remains one of my favorite songs to this day, 'Slaves and Bulldozers' and 'Holy Water' showcase Cornell's ability to make an otherwise mediocre song great with his legendary lungs. There's also some interesting musical arrangements to be found, from the tension-filled 'Jesus Christ Pose' to the avant-garde 'Room A Thousand Years Wide' and 'New Damage.' There's lots going on in every song, but things never get too complex, and they know the value of hooks. I wish more rock bands put as much thought into their songs these days.


     Foo Fighters - Wasting Light
              I wasn't ever a huge FF fan, until I bought this album. I liked a few of their songs here and there, but was pretty 'meh' about Grohl & company. I don't know what consensus is among their fans, but I say this is easily their best album. The opener 'Bridge Burning' is explosive and upbeat with a fun-to-sing chorus that is a great microcosm for the record. All the songs are catchy and rock hard enough to force you to air guitar or air-drum along. It's hard for me to pick one favorite song, honestly. I'd say it's a tie between 'Back and Fourth' and the just plain beautiful/inspirational 'Walk', but 'Arlandria', 'A Matter of Time', and 'Dear Rosemary' are good enough to be the 'best song' on a lesser LP. The songs are also generally positive and upbeat, which is another reason I would rather my kids listen to this than something like NIN or Marilyn Manson (God forbid MM!!!!).
      
    I'm outta time, but will finish this entry tomorrow. Thanks for reading and God bless.