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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

bronze crown


 

 
yep yep.
 
 
philly- spring 2013

[i already posted the top pic of the purple kids back in may but i found the bottom one after that on a dif trip to philly. i thought they looked good together hence the re-post]
 
 
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randomy...
 
 
-----i just want to put it out there that i am like 100% done with emotionally unavailable manipulative narcissists. no actually, make that like 1000% done. oh and stalkers too. noooooooooo to stalkers!
-----i am a happy camper cuz i fiiiiiiinally have acquired the guitar i have been wanting since pretty much the beginning, a gibson sg. i have had an epiphone sg for years but i felt like since i've really been trying harder and practicing more that i wanted to go for the instrument i've really wanted all along because i feel i've finally gotten good enough to "justify" owning one. i was able to find a really good deal on a used one on ebay, black on black, complete with a hardshell case with sexy pink satin lining. hahaha. the guitar is a 1995 model in really nice shape, just a few nicks here and there, a missing tone knob [already have one on order] but with a solid neck and everything electrical in good working order. i'd like to get it "tuned up" at the shop cuz the action is a little too low and of course it needs new strings. i'm thinking of customizing the pick guard too but unfortunately the gibson version of the pick guard requires the bridge be taken off to be fully removed [the epiphone version is shorter and the bridge doesn't pass thru it] so it is going to be a little more difficult than my old sg was. i'm thinking maybe i'll take it all apart and paint shit then put it back together and let the guitar tech i take it to fiddle with the fine details. i know i went on and on about fender mustangs for a while and eventually i do want to get one, but this past year of really focusing on guitar has made me realize the sound i really like/want and i need big meaty humbuckers to achieve it. the kurt cobain edition of the mustang does come with one humbucker and one single coil pickup which i'd like to mess around with, but i can always go nuts and add in another hum to it...but all that is for the future cuz i sure as hell can't go spending any money on any more guitars for a loooong ass time. hahaha.
-----omg i just can't believe maxwell's is really gone :( aaaaahhhh!!!! that may be the first time i've used an emoticon on this blog...hahaha. but anyway, it was seriously one of my all-time fav venues to see shows at and it is going to leave a big void behind. no actually it is going to leave a HUGE void behind. i wanted to play there soooooo bad but i never made it there in any of my bands. booooooo!!!!!!!!!!! i will have to discover a new kick ass venue to aim to play. i did go to the bell house in brooklyn the other night and thought it was really rad so maybe i'll make it my goal to play there someday.
-----i've been kind of obsessing with sheet music recently...and not so much cuz i can read it all that well, i never did get the knack of it and always had to write the notes in, and not because i'm dying to play anything that would be written out in sheet music form to begin with. its more cuz i happened upon a few books of tunes from the 30s at goodwill last week for super cheap, then i took a little trip to cape may and i have my rounds of antique and thrift shops down there. i found a bigger hardcover book for $5 in a thrift store that is from circa 1940, and then lastly i found a book in an antique store for $2 for a song called "wish you were jealous of me" hahaha. haters gonna hate! so yeah, i've kind of just been stumbling on it a lot in my travels. not sure yet what i'm gonna do with it all, i've always thought it was really visually interesting and appealing so i'm envisioning some sort of project with it involving photo-transfers....hmmm...either that or i'm just gonna sell the shit on ebay. haha. we'll see.
-----thirteen dumbest band names in rock history i have to say i agree with every name on this list except the beatles. i don't disagree with it cuz it is some kind of blasphemy to take the name of the beatles in vain or anything, i just happen to think the beatles is a really clever name. a nice double entendre that is catchy and memorable. i mean, obviously it did the job and the jackwad who compiled the list kinda didn't get that that was the whole point in the first place. but really i don't take too much into account what those weasels at rolling stone say anyway cuz they are mostly just stupid talking heads. they are no different than other mainstream journalists who are all just windbags who gloss over the meat of things and deliver "the scoop." the windbags at rs just happen to be ones who talk about music is all.
-----don't kill me here people buuuut i finally have gotten around to watching weeds. i know, i know, i'm waaaay behind the times, sue me! haha. i haven't had cable for years and i mean, i didn't think the show would interest me to be honest so i never watched it on netflix either. but once i saw the genius that is orange is the new black i knew i had to dig more into jenji kohan's past....well that and mary-louise parker is friggen smokin ass hot. i just started season six and i've really been digging it. the writing is sharp and the cast is really pretty damn phenomenal. they aren't shy with the sex scene either. wow. probably the raciest sex scenes i've seen outside of a porno. haha. oh...not that i watch porn, seriously i don't cuz i have so many better things to do with my time. but yeah. haha. i love the clever little opening part where they show the name of the show in a dif way relating to the episode. much better than the dumb "little boxes" opening i think. though i did like when they were doing it by a dif artist every episode. they managed to amass a nice range of different interpretations on the classic tune which is always cool hearing how dif people arrange and interpret a piece of music.
-----oh and regarding mary-louise parker, now i know why i always liked watching fried green tomatos as a kid. hahaha. even if they did fukk up the story in the movie and make it all different from the book [which is sooooooooooooooo sooooooooooooo much better] and make it seem like it wasn't about lesbians but rather "good friends" i still knew what was up! hahahaha
 -----back when i saw the breeders in may, they were fukkin amazing. what was also totally rad about the night, that i'm pretty sure i failed to mention when i initially posted about the show, was that they had a really kick ass band open for them called tweens. they played a lightning fast thirty minute power set and did not drop a bad note the whole time. blistering, fast, and energetic power pop, the perfect contrast to the breeders. i'd go see them again any time. hell yeah! here's a pic i nabbed with my phone...



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you know that whole thing how you've never heard or read a word before and then all of a sudden you learn it and magically you hear it again like the same day? i actually love when that happens because as you all fools know, i'm a huge dork and have a healthy love of words and take pride in having a decently advanced vocabulary so its exciting to me to add a new word in. apparently the same thing can happen with pictures too cuz it happened with the above photograph. to my knowledge i had never seen it before and then one day last week i saw it in a meme about being on the wrong side of history then not three hours later, i saw it on the cover of a book in a used bookstore, the women's rights movement: opposing viewpoints. it gave me a little chuckle cuz those dudes were most DEF on the wrong side history and i bet badass bitches like hilary clinton and the idea of her running for president in 2016 are making them turn over in their stuffy ass graves. hahaha. oh and yeah, i bought the book.

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escucha!


tobacco-gross magik [this is prob my fav of his solo tracks. like i seriously will listen to it like five times in a row. this whole record gives me the tingles, for realz]


motorlicker [shit creeeeeeps me the fukk out. but in the best way possible]

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fin. xo -hoos

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Monday, July 29, 2013

heavy


[hey baby]

panic-philly 2013

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randomy...

-----i was just wondering....cuz i had a run in with an angry thug dude the other day [don't ask]....what about having pigtails makes you look rough and tough? cuz this guy tooootes had pigtails and i'm like yeah, you look like pippy longstocking dude or like you belong on the wendy's sign not someone resembling anything remotely fearsome. the same day i had another thug compliment my sleeves and when i was walking away heard him say "she think she tough" like really dude? yes cuz i got a tattoo of a rocketship and a cartoon robot to look "hardcore" geeeez. friggen thugs hating on me just cuz i have more ink than they do. hahaha
-----i mentioned a few posts back about being behind on getting the new daft punk record, well i got it and i must say i was disappointed. a lot of it sounded more like porno music than anything recalling their glory days. hahaha maybe i'm being a bit harsh but...yeah, i had a really hard time getting into it. sorry to all you folks who liked it.
-----filmage: the story of the descendents/all this sounds pretty rad. i loooooved the descendents when i was younger, still kinda do. never got super into all but i do like em. def gonna try to catch this soon.
-----i just got a kindle fire hd cuz my old kindle crapped out and i figured it was time to upgrade anyway. little thing is friggen awwwesome and i heart it lots and lots.
-----i just saw the muffs the other night and it was a really good show! well minus the lameass opening band that was full of itself and played foooorrreeeevvver...hahaha. but yeah the muffs rocked hard for a good hour and a half and did not disappoint. some of the people in the crowd were fukkin douchey though and were getting way rowdier than they needed to and when bassist ronnie stage dived well....they really didn't catch him all that well. ouch. like big fukkin ouch. haha. but yeah, i also didn't realize kim shattuck is friggen 50! damn she looks good for 50! and as i keep saying, i hope i'm still out there rocking my ass off in my 50s and beyond. shit!
-----okay, so i already know all you bitches out there are going batshit crazy gaga for orange is the new crack...umm....er....i mean black hahaha. i am completely in love just like the rest of you and i have to offer my two cents, i mean i'm the one with the blog here! hahaha. i'll try to keep it short tho.... hahaha. i really love the commitment to women the show makes, not only in the stories it tells and in the vivid and well rounded world it creates, but thru the tremendous talent involved in it-both in front of the camera and behind it. the fact that they also have fair and accurate representation of queer and trans women is HUGE cuz it is SERIOUSLY lacking in mainstream settings and it actually felt "safe" watching it, not like i was having some fake ass shit sold to me by people who are un-invested and don't care. i really applaud netflix in doing this and not turning it into some show steeped in violence or creepy lesbo fetish shit with random HLA in every episode, though if they did it would keep in line with that douche bag character mr. healy. and all his fantasy bs. haha. seriously though, i think that guy is worse than pornstasche in a way...but that's a rant for another time. and for all of you wondering if reading the book will give you any insight into season two, not really. the book is actually pretty bland, at least compared to the tv showone thing people need to get is that piper chapman is a character based on someone's life, not a real person, and she has had a far wilder ride in prison [so far] than the real piper kerman ever did. a lot of shit in the show didn't really happen to her in her actual life, but i won't spill any beans, read the book if you are so inclined. i guess i wasn't that surprised and i expected that the tv show took a lot of dramatic license with things, i mean how else would they have really gotten the back stories of the supporting characters. def excited to see what season two has in store. i def wanna know more about red and her story with the russian mafia. and omg CRAZY EYES i neeeeeed to know more about her like NOOOOOW. hahaha. i'd also like to see if they do anything with alex post breakup with piper like what she did to move on and who else came in and out of her life. netflix really knocked it out of the park with this one for sure and i'm hopeful that season two is gonna be even better.

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i just picked up this book and must say, it is pretty rad. when i first heard about it, i figured it was going to be mostly essays with people recounting their stories sprinkled with some archival material to illustrate. it is actually the total opposite though which is why i like it so much. the book starts out with essays by lisa darms*, the founder of the riot grrrl collection at nyu's fales library [which collects materials from about 1989 up to 1996] and johanna fateman of letigre fame. then it goes straight to high quality reproductions of scads of archival materials from the fales collection including period zines, fliers, record liner notes and more. i've never seen so many of these items all together in one place. it is interesting too because last fall up until early this winter, i was on my own search for these materials independently to develop a collection for eventual display at the [still pending] riot grrrl battle of the bands 2013** i have many records/cds from the time period as those were the easiest things to come by, but i was able to find some copies of fliers and leaflets online, though unfortunately not much from zines. i managed to accumulate a decent amount of stuff and also became aware of the fales library collection and was planning on making an eventual trip to get a closer look at these materials but it looks like now i might not have to! the book was published just this may by the feminist press and is an incredibly impressive presentation for sure. included are repros [in part or in full] of such titles as bikini kill [the zine pre-dates the band], girl germs, gunk, doris, and chainsaw [the zine pre-dates the record label] among many others titles, additionally there are liner notes, fliers, hand written lyrics, and other gems. my only complaint is prob that it isn't a thicker tome, but i understand that they can't include every last thing. and also i would have liked to have seen maybe some period photographs of bands performing at shows but those are more readily available so i can understand their absence from this collection. in any case, this is a heavy look at a fascinating piece of modern punk rock and feminist history and one i am going to pore over very closely and carefully.

"riot grrrl is the gateway drug that girls use to feminist history. i love love love this book- a snapshot of what riot grrrl was and could be"- kathleen hanna

"what zine making taught me about writing: 1. shock yourself with honesty, 2. the truth is messy, 3. be brave like her. i use these riot grrrl skills every single day"- miranda july


*i do believe that lisa darms was one of the organizers/founders of the original ladyfest that took place in 2000 in olympia, wa...i attended that fest and had photographs in one of the shows there...i'm pretty sure i met her there when i was a teeny 19year old mini hooski/little baby dyke. hahaha.
**the 2012 riot grrrl battle of the bands was hands down theeee best show i ever played out of any band i've ever been in. def looking forward to making 2013 happen.

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escucha!


el ten eleven- i like van halen because my sister says they are cool [i like ETE because they are epic and also have song titles like this! hahahaha. yeah, i go through periodic obsessive listening binges of their shit and i'm on one again so here you all go! hahaha. seriously, i posted live vids of these guys cuz its amazing that just two of them make such a huge sound, but such is the magic of looping pedals. and if you get a chance to see them play live omg DO IT!!!! they are coming back to nyc in september and my ass will be there front and center. i will never miss seeing them play live again, not if i can help it anyway. haha]

 every direction is north

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fin. xo -hoos

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

what's the matter?



jersey city, 2011

[i love this pic. haha. oh and this is the desktop background on my laptop in case you were wondering. haha]

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hola suckaz! i'm sitting here listening to kaki king, more specifically her record dreaming of revenge which is my fav of her albums. i was just talking to a friend on fb about how hot she is [smooooookin hot!!!!] and also imaging the other day that it would be friggen awesome as hell to take guitar lessons from her cuz she is so ridiculously amazing. for my 30th bday i went to see her play and got to meet her briefly after the show. i remarked to her that i was probably as bad at guitar as she is good and i played a little air guitar in my nervousness. hahaha. she asked if i was left handed to which i said yes and then she said "at least you can make noise on the thing, that's something right?" and you know what, she is right. i've gotten a lot better at guitar since then but i will never hold a candle to her. and yeah, being able to make noise on it is def something and as i've gotten better, that noise is a lot more ordered than it used to be. i have been practicing a lot but i haven't spent a lot of time on my solo stuff recently...cuz that involves lots of pedals of course and sometimes i just like to sit in my room late at night and play....though maybe i should schedule a weekly practice for it just like i do with my main band...hmmm......anyway, read on yo!!!!

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randomy...

-----i just watched judy garland's biography and i really enjoyed it. but man, fukk the way the movie studios treated her and worked her pretty much to death. actors today man, they have it so easy compared to the way the talent was treated back then. here is a humorous article on wikipedia as her as a gay icon. i had no idea that the advocate has referred to her as "the elvis of homosexuals" hahahahahahahahahaha. fukkkking awesome! what is that movie with the all dorothy marching band again? i can't remember much other than that....i think it had kevin kline in it and it was something about presidents...a little help here? hahaha
-----speaking of ms. garland ya'll know she had a famous kid, liza minelli, duh. but yeah ms. liza was on arrested development as lucille two and i love that character! haha. such a good show. but yeah i mention her cuz of course she is in the new fourth season.......hmmmm.....and i'm not so sure on that one. not her being in it, but the whole concept of the fourth season. i re-watched the first three seasons in preparation and then dug into the fourth. it was...idk...a little off for me and i had a hard time getting into it. i mean, it was clever the way they put together all the episodes, and how they all weaved in and filled in empty parts of each other, but still...eh. it was also unsettling how some of the cast members looked really different to me, tho some looked pretty much the same. i feel like for me, the most noticeably different one was michael cera, he was a lot taller and that hint of 5 o clock shadow on his upper lip the whole time was weird. haha. and then the times he actually did have a stasche were even weirder! hahaha. and yeah he joined the writing team this time around which was cool. but yeah, i think maybe if i watch it again, i can get more into it? idk. we'll see.
-----i've finally taken a stab at getting more used to/comfortable with mass transit in and out of NYC cuz i keep finding myself there more and more [always the case in summertime] i've always driven in and out of the city but sometimes it really can be a pain to have to deal with my car [such as in the middle of the day on a weekday] so i'm working on alternatives. haha. i also haven't managed to get lost yet which is a good thing! i recently made the treck via the PATH system and also a trip via NJ transit bus and each has it's own advantages to why it is better. there is i think like a $2-$3 price difference between the two when parking fees are factored in which really isn't bad [PATH + parking is cheaper, tho further to drive to, but nice cuz it runs 24hours and the lot i parked in is also 24 hours. Bus is slightly more money, but much closer to me, so i can let someone else do the driving and i zone out with music, not as nice cuz it stops running at 11pm] so i guess it'll depend on my agenda each time i go on which i'll use. surprisingly though, and you wouldn't think it, but given these other options, it is actually cheaper to just drive and pay the toll. the parking situation is easy-ish if it is a weekday evening or a weekend when the meters are off; i have my select spots where i know i can always get free parking, and i'm always vigilant with reading the signs. my mom is still mystified by this cuz she is paranoid and can't believe that i park my car on the street. haha. she had me so nuts about it years back that i always garaged my car like she does and i wasted sooooo much money doing that. oh well. you live and learn.
-----i also mention this mass transit-ness cuz the new incarnation of the band is moving our home base from NJ to NYC cuz our new bassist has a rehearsal space there and if two out of three of us are already there, then i gotta be there too! hahaha. as VH we always practiced on weekday afternoons and that is going to stay the same, so ain't no way i'm driving into the city to deal with the parking situation and have to keep running out to move the car and/or pump the meter. oh and "the new incarnation of the band" is what i'm referring to us as until we officially announce our name. we are pretty settled on one but we're just gonna let it marinate and work on new music for a bit then feel it out. and also since it is...idk...if "evolution" is the right word, but it is rising from the ashes of violet hour in a way in that deb and i have stuck together. that is all the deets i'll give you suckers for now, you find out the rest sooooon enoooough!!!!
-----yeah....also in the new incarnation of the band....i'm the lead vocalist. haha. i use the term "vocalist" cuz i'm not so much a singer as someone with a loud voice and shit to say. hahaha. i have a rad as hell vocal effects box on its way to my house [got a rad deal on ebay, $100 less than anywhere else i've seen it] and i'm super excited to use it. i think some things i'll distort and others i'll do clean...we'll see.
-----just a heads up....i'm feeling very wordy lately [as if this post isn't an indicator already!] and i'm thinking of a few prosey things that i might post. we'll see.

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so....i'm not really the type to get goofy over huge celebrities and i've rarely mentioned any big celeb shit in this blog, if ever....though i suppose in this post a few names have been mentioned already. haha. i don't have time in my life for that shit, but i feel just a little bit like i should mention something about the sudden death of cory monteith. i say this because from the minute i heard about it, it just...bothered me. it was very troubling to hear and i honestly did get a little emotional about it. when it was confirmed to be heroin and alcohol related, i just sighed and laid my head down to reflect on the cold harshness of that fact. i know first hand the cruelty that is drug addiction, and crushing blows it can dole out.

i admit, it's not punk rock of me, and i don't care, but i watch glee and i enjoy it. its a fun show and something light that i don't have to think too deeply about. sometimes i need that, everyone does. his death has bothered me not because some big star died and the tv show he is on is going to be altered now that he's gone, but more because i thought about his family and the searing pain when someone is torn away too soon. i thought about him as a little boy and that this wasn't the way it was supposed to end; it never is. i thought a lot about lea michele and the phone call she got. i remember my phone call five years ago, the moment when all the air in the world seemed to vanish at once. an average mouth, speaking average words, somehow twisted into cruel phrases peppered with absolutes like "gone," "nothing that could have been done," "at peace." all facts, but how could they really be true?

as of this time, ms. michele has yet to comment publically on his death, and i don't blame her one bit. in the days following my girlfriend's death, all i wanted was to be alone, but so many people wanted me to be out in their midst, they wanted to talk to me, to know what happened and how i was doing. they had the best intentions, they really did, but all i wanted was silence. i empathize with lea michele and know what she is going through up to a point, though i can't begin to imagine what it must be like for her with millions of eyes all looking to her to say something, anything when she just can't right now. i really feel for her and hope she can find some measure of peace and clarity amidst the wreckage.

i don't want to turn this into a big long rant, but i will say, i'm so tired of addiction stealing people. good people who have lives, loves, and families, so many talents, and so much going for them.
whether they are an average joe like my gf was, or a big time tv star like mr. monteith, it always, ALWAYS sucks when addiction wins. and i will also say this, no matter how cliche it sounds, if you or someone you know needs help, i urge you, PLEASE either get that help, or help that person get help. it isn’t an easy road for anyone involved, but it is so so worth it. and if you fall down after trying once, don’t give up, get up and try again; keep trying every day. recovery is a lifelong process that takes work, but the reward is a beautiful life worth living.


further reading....

addiction: the disease that lies

there are a lot of treatment centers and places that offer help out there, all you have to do is google it and there is a ton of info out there.
i'll put it out here on this shit too, if you are struggling and need someone to talk to, email me, facebook me, whatever. i'm by no means a professional, but i will listen to you and i'm not gonna judge you. 

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jed whedon and the willing "drones" [joss whedon's younger brother is not just a super talented tv/film/comic writer (the man did help bring dr. horrible to life) he's also a pretty top notch musician in his spare time. history of forgotten things is such a great record and moves across several "feels" and touches on dif genres throughout it's 41minutes of play and it takes me in a lot of emotional directions. for you sensitive music geek types like me, this would be a great date record to throw on and impress your honey for the evening. ha. i'm not sure much on the details for this record like who played on it or anything or if it was more of a solo effort. his wikipedia page does state that his wife, fellow writer maurissa tancharoen, and mega-nerd/guild creator felicia day "assisted" on the album, whatever that means. to my knowledge he doesn't seem to play live shows all that much either. i'm hoping this wasn't just a one off, but we shall see. the song "drones" was featured in an episode of the tv show dollhouse which his big brother created and he and his wife wrote for]



"interstate" [this is the perfect track to open this album. i love the light airy opening, giving way to the bass, and then the full on rock push building to a climax]



"bad son" [love it. so many layers, listen with headphones. and i'm always a sucker for a -well placed- voiceover]

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fin xo -hoos

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