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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

squeaky

 

the return of cost

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randomy...


-----i'm a crazy cat lady, and i'm not afraid to blog about it! it says so right in my little description on the top of the main page of this shit! hahaha. that being said, i just want to let you all know that i love it when my cats make little squeaking noises or "trills" when they walk in the room or jump up onto something. haha. my baby, my giant boy, thomas, is always making little noises here and there and i just think its the most adorable thing ever. EVVVVERRRRRRRRRRR
-----i was just listening to one of my all-time faves, pinback, and have decided that they need to have some new material out and that they need to come to nyc for some shows asap. yep. that is what i have decided.
-----10 things you never noticed about wizard of oz yeah def didn't notice like ANY of these. haha. but i love this movie and it is time i watched it again cuz i haven't in a while...over a year i think.... and i'm def gonna look out for these, ESP dorothy's cruller. gotta be on top of those baked er um....fried goods! hahahaha
-----f yeah queer music i meant to post this link a while back and idk why i didn't. this blog, or tumblr [isn't it the same thing? idk i'm not up on the new terms all the kids are using these days! haha] is GOOOOOOD and i need to remember to check it more often cuz it is updated all the time. when the time comes and we have some tunes recorded and we're playing shows, i'm def gonna hit them up and let them know about -ghostmouse- yo!
-----i just want to let you all know that as i'm typing this i'm listening to minor threat. ian mackaye and i have the same bday but you know he's older than me and all. the day he turned nineteen i came into this world and i think its pretty rad that while i was in diapers he was making these songs that still stand so true today. yeah idk. its just cool is all. a rambling thought. go with it. just goooooo with it. hahahaha.
-----i'm a total dork and never shy about it, but you hookers already knew that! i love to read about everything from light subject matter to music to more "dense" and thought driven topics. that being said, i have recently decided that i'm not really doing enough in terms of educating myself on a daily basis. i want to keep learning regardless of whether i'm a college dropout [which i am] or have a hundred degrees to my name [which i don't] or whatever because i'm bored when i'm not learning. thus, i made a list of things i want to research further. included on that list is the history of aids in africa, the history and distribution of the english language, and great ape genetics, among several other things, mostly history and medical related. oh and i want to keep researching stuff about vintage guitars too cuz that's just cool. hahaha. speaking of which, before i forget to share this link, interesting stuff can be found here on teisco guitars which i adore. damn them for never having made leftys. DAMN THEM.
-----now that i mentioned teisco i have to sadly say that i'm most likely selling the one i have : ( it sucks but i need the cash flow it will generate cuz it's not a common model [the et-312] and will net me a little more coin. but mostly its cuz i'm broke! also i mean, it is a righty guitar and i don't play righty and i really don't like to play upside down guitars 99% of the time, esp this one cuz the way its configured, everything is in my way and rubs against my arm which annoys the crap out of me. so really...i can't justify having it, particularly since i don't ahem...play it! haha. but man, if i were rich, i'd be buying them up right and left and cleaning them up and displaying them but alas...i'm no millionaire. also maybe when i'm rich i can get left handed copies made, that would be some raaaaad shit! [i have a different generic-ish, off-brand groovy 60s guitar that is also obviously right handed though is much easier to approach upside down, but it is worth a bit less so i'm trying to hold onto it for now. if i need to sell it though i will]
-----i have mentioned my love of mogwai about 9,000 times on this blog so you all know it already how much i love them. hahaha. so yeah....don't tell anyone but i just managed to score rave tapes [i'm the master, what can i say? haha] which they are releasing on january 20th. i just gave it a preliminary listen and it is not too shabby. to my ear it is more mellow than their last offering hardcore will never die but you will but there's nothing wrong with that and it is a solid record. i'm going to give it some more detailed listening and i'll report back. there will be a limited edition box set with this release as well and it's contents are pretty impressive. it is limited to 4000 copies worldwide outside of north americasubpop is handling the domestic release and best i can tell [the site was a little unclear] there will be 500 copies available for $80 each. i think that is pretty reasonable for everything that is included in it, but since i don't have the extra cash to spare right now, i won't be picking one up unfortunately. read about the contents here. and yes, it does in fact include a cassette copy of the album!
-----if anyone was wondering how i come up with the names of the posts for this shit, which i know are seemingly weird and random and nonsensical, it usually stems from something i've just talked or read about. right before starting this post, i had been reading about and then talking to my mom about  squeaky fromme, nutjob extraordinaire, who was a manson family member, and who had the bright idea to wave a gun at gerald ford in 1975. yeah, brandishing a weapon in front of the president isn't exactly high up there on the list of smart moves. i was surprised to learn she was released from prison in 2009 after serving 34 years of a life sentence, esp given the fact that she beat another inmate with a hammer at one point and also escaped once. it is a federal law that any assassination attempt against the president be punished with  life sentence...though you would think it would be life WITHOUT parole but whatevs, minor detail, right? haha. interesting to note, the only other woman to attempt to assassinate a president, sara jane moore, also tried to off ford a mere seventeen days after fromme's attempt [in the fromme attempt, the weapon was never fired, and supposedly unloaded, but moore did manage to get one shot off before being subdued by a bystander] she too has since been released from prison [she served 32 years] i guess they figure old ladies aren't gonna try to off the president anymore. also ford is dead so idk maybe they don't think either of them would go after another president but its still kinda crazy to think of a would be assassin walking free. so yeah, that is how i got the name for this post. haha. a conversation about a crazy lady named squeaky. hahahahahaha
-----if you haven't had the chance to see the punk singer yet, you need to DO IT!!! the film gives an intimate look into the life of kathleen hanna, activist and singer of bikini kill, le tigre, and the julie ruin. it goes into her brutal battle with lyme disease and how she suffered for years without a correct diagnosis. the debilitating symptoms are what led her to withdraw from music and touring in 2005, though at the time no real explanation was given other than she felt she had said/written/done all that she was going to do which really seemed kind of odd for someone as charismatic and outspoken as she is. none-the-less, that is the reason that she gave at the time and what we had to go on. she's someone i really look up to and respect so i'm more than thrilled that she has been back at it again and is again sharing her voice, intelligence, and fierceness with the world.  i liked that the film went into the difficult time of her dealing with her disease and ultimately showed her making her way back into things and getting her new project, the julie ruin going. but what i loved even more was the older footage and interviews with people from the early days of riot grrrl. the look into her early life and what she was like and what she did in the days before and leading up to BK gave me a historical perspective that i hadn't had before. i was impressed by a lot of the accomplishments and collaborations she made in the late 80s leading up to her time as the defacto leader of riot grrrl which don't often get mentioned. a lot of times when books make mention of her history, they begin at the outset of BK and go from there. def do yourself a favor and check this out. and if you don't feel like finding a theater its playing at, you can rent it on iTunes right in the comfort of your own home which is pretty rad. i didn't feel like dragging my ass into the city and then paying for a movie ticket on top of it so i opted to go the iTunes route which cost 6.99, a heck of a lot cheaper for me!

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i went to see them last week at webster hall and it was aaaaawwwweeeessssommmmeeee!!! they played two nights and i was there for the first but sadly not for the second. boo! they were awesome and it was even better than the first time i saw them earlier this year cuz this time i was closer, right up front and center. also they played not just the entirety of last splash but they also played all of pod as well as a new song! aaaahhhhh!!!!! totally fricken awesome. i brought my little point and shoot camera in hopes of using it but they were being strict on photos [at least to start, then they relaxed towards the end] so i didn't want to risk it and just stuck to my phone. so yeah here we have a shot of bassist josephine wiggs and then another of her and kelley deal. i wasn't able to get any good shots of kim deal cuz at the angle i was at and with the lighting, it kept illuminating her from behind and i couldn't get any light on her face so they were all muddy and not worth using. of course had i had an slr with me...but whatevs. i just miss the days when i could show up at a gig with an slr and no one [or almost no one] would bother me and i could get actual decent shots even at some of the bigger venues. anyway, it was a fantastic show and a nice xmas gift to myself! i can't wait to see them again in 2014!
 
[the pics are crappy quality but the lighting and blending of colors looks rad....which annoys me cuz again, if i had only had an slr to work with and no one annoying me about it, i would have had some really rad printable photos. ugh! you can click on the photos to get a larger version. while i can't do it for bigger gigs, i think i'm going to start bringing my slr to smaller gigs that my friend's bands are playing, the only downside being is that the lighting will never be as cool! hahaha. i've been looking at my old band photos and i really miss doing it and every time i'm stuck taking mediocre photos with my phone i silently kick myself. i think i'm going to post some of my favs and let you suckaz see what i can do when i have real equipment to work with. cuz i think i have a pretty good eye for it that still comes thru on my phone, its just i need to up the gear and get back in the game]
 
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escucha!
 
 
sebadoh- oxygen [from the new slab defend yourself. just feels like a sebadoh kind of day. i have those days from time to time and i kind of love them a little bit]
 
 the breeders -freed pig [hey since both bands are in the post already, why not have a little cover action with the breeders covering sebadoh? this song appears on the 1994 ep head to toe, which contains the song "head to toe" which is one of my fav of their b-sides....though is this technically a b-side....? well whatever it is, i love it and was happy they played it live the first time i saw them. and i'll just be super obnoxious for a minute to whoever made this video and point out that almost all of the photos they used were historically inaccurate because they show the post 2000 line-up of the band. there was only one pic of the 1994 lineup that actually recorded the ep. some shots included could have been from an earlier time, but if you look at them closely, you can see that there is the newer band logo in the background in some of them so....hard to tell if any of the live shots are accurate to the period. also, did you just put a pic of frank black in there and pics of kim with a bass aka playing with the pixies? idk, i thought it was lame, the inaccuracies, and esp the pixies stuff. i know i'm being kind of a purist and pretty uptight [hahaha], but if you're going to make a video of a band, at least be spot on with what you include and DON'T put in pics of other bands, and esp not a pic of a band member ahem, mr.black, that so famously doesn't get along with kim deal. geeeezzzzz!!!!]
 
 
cassettes won't listen- freed pig [here is another, totally different take on the song. this is one of my favorite all time covers because it is so far removed from the original that its like "huh? really? he just did that, didn't he?" haha. if i just heard this and didn't know it was sebadoh's song, i would never connect the two because CWL sounds so completely different than anything sebadoh has ever done and vice versa. i discovered this on a blog ages ago and have loved it ever since]
 
 
sebadoh- freed pig [shit while we're at it, why not post the original! haha. i like their version alright but i have to say i like the covers better! its true! hahaha]
 
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fin- xo hoos

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

stinky puff




i don't think you understand what i've been telling you....

facies, nyc

idk who does these or what to call them, so i just call them "facey/facies" i've been seeing them around nyc since 2011 and whenever i see them i stop for a min to catch a shot of them cuz they always make me smile. they almost kinda look like little ghostys with teeth. haha

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randomy...

-----so guess who now has a fb page??? yep -ghostmouse-!!! go scope it and like us and shit!
-----i love reading those "life hack" lists that pop up randomly and seeing what on them makes sense and what is kind of dumb. haha. by far the best one i have seen is eating cheese puffs/doodles with chop sticks to avoid yucky cheese finger tips. FUKKING BRILLIANT!!!! the person who thought of that has changed countless lives for the better and in fact should be nominated for a nobel prize of some sort
-----i've been listening to a lot of luscious jackson lately since they have a rad new album magic hour. i'm loving it and to me, it sounds like they just picked up exactly where they left off in 1999 when they broke up; they didn't miss a beat. i've been listening to the new slab as well as a lot of fever in, fever out (1996) and electric honey (1999). actually mostly fever. i always loved that record and it sounds as good and as current today as it did when it first came out. though i've watched tons of live vids of them, they are a band i have never gotten a chance to actually see live and i'm hoping that that will change in 2014.
-----as any lefty guitarist will tell you, going into a big music store like guitar center or sam ash can be really frustrating. and why? cuz there are no good guitars, that's why! they usually only have like three or four models to choose from and they are usually in the way back and up high and basic models at that. i was at sam ash in paramus, nj a few weeks ago trying out a new delay pedal and they seriously had ONE lefty in the store for me to use, just one. when i asked the guy for a lefty to use he was like "uh...a lefty?" yeah dude, a lefty! the gc i normally go to is pretty much the same way, and one guy there even looked at me weird when i mentioned my dismay at the lack of selection and answered me "oh no, we have lefty guitars available" as if two black strats and a epiphone les paul was any kind of selection. i was pleasantly surprised tho when i went to sam ash on 34th st in manhattan that they had so many leftys. i should have expected it would be better cuz it was the city, but i honestly had low expectations given my usual experiences. out of what looked like a thousand guitars overall, they had maybe....i'd say about forty to fifty southpaw guitars and basses and for a lefty, that is a lot. they had stuff by all the big manufacturers as well as a few unexpected ones like steinberger and even some hollow bodies from a few dif brands. i'm not used to seeing hollow bodies all that often and i forgot steinberger even existed. haha. you know, those are the ones that have a rectangular body and no headstock, and are super 80s looking! hahaha. and while i'm not in the market for a new guitar right now, it was nice to see a place where there are options should i wanna get something. also it is a place to direct people to should someone ask me a place to go as i am often the go-to person for people with lefty guitar questions.
-----just to expand on that as far as being a go-to about lefty guitars, i know tons of websites too so if anyone reading ever has any questions, shoot me a message and i'll hook you up. websites are great cuz they have a lot more selection, but i know the downside is that you don't get to put your hands on the instrument before you play it which sucks. when i take over the world, everyone will be left-handed! everyone!!!!!! hahaha
-----speaking of guitar center, i actually do like to go to them for a lot of my drum stuff cuz they have a pretty decent drum department. but i only like to go when i know school is in session cuz otherwise there are always annoying teenage boys in there playing super loudly and obnoxiously on the display kits trying to act all cool. i don't know how the employees deal with that shit cuz it would make me crazy and pretty cranky. haha.
-----i mentioned last post about my complete and utter loathing of the arcade fire but that i was in possession of one of their early 7inches and that i should just sell that shit. and you know what? i did friggen sell that thing and for a ridiculous price to some hipster on ebay. hahahahaha. score! 
-----i just saw a pic of justin timberlake playing guitar. he plays guitar? what?
-----janet weiss reflects on sleater-kinney, wild flag, and twenty years of quasi, here
-----one of the things i want to do in my life before i die is learn to drive a zamboni. or well....you know even just get to ride around on one while someone else drives. i'd be okay with that too. hahaha.
-----talking about zamboni's makes me miss playing hockey. there is only one thing i love in life as much as i love music and that is hockey and its been a really long time since i've played. things are not aligned in my life right now so that i can play but i'm really hoping in 2014, that things will line up again and i can get back on the ice and maybe even re-join my old team.

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i'm in between essays that i'm working on for the ol bloggy, so this spot will be devoted instead to a pic i took the other night of one of my fav bands, clinical trials when they played at my event, rock hudson. they are self -described electro-grunge unicorn-riding badasses from a land of whiskey waterfalls which i think is a pretty accurate description! haha. their live shows are friggen awesome and super high energy; you can literally feel the intensity crackling in the air. they have a sound that is complex and challenging, which i personally love in a band, and they do it with just two people [i'm also a sucker for duos, always have been] which makes it even more awesome. i'm def planning on having them back for rh in the future and i'm sure -ghostmouse- will play with them in the new year [violet hour played with them in 2012] scope their website for music, videos, and updates on when their shows are cuz you NEED to see this band play live.
 
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escucha!


dj shadow -giving up the ghost [this track is from his album private press. i've been listening to him a lot lately and just trying to figure out in my mind how he put together these tracks...i've been reading up on it a bit and i'm thinking i'm gonna do a post devoted to him...we shall see...]


"fixed income" [one of my fav tracks of his, also on private press]

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Friday, December 6, 2013

red and grey


g-wASH yo

nyc-2013

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randomy...

-----suuuuuper excited that my band now has an official name!!!! yep it is true, you can call us -ghostmouse- i'll have more info soon about a fb page and some artwork and stuff. it is gonna awesome yo, tooootally awesome.
-----can i just state for the record that i am wholly unaffected by the bacon craze? i mean it tastes alright but i can live without it and don't need to obsess over it and make a million facebook posts about it. also, i don't eat pork so...yeah, i mean i don't really miss it at all. i know they make turkey bacon but eh, whateves. hahaha. another thing i'm not so into getting behind is using the phrase "hump day" i'd never really heard this until recently when it seemingly started popping up all over my fb newsfeed. i've never had an office job and spending twelve years in retail, i got used to working a lot of weekends so there is no "hump day". hmmm...yeah don't expect me to post anything about camels any time soon. hahaha. [tho...ironically, now that i think of it, for a loooooong time, my set day off was wednesday. hahaha]
-----though i am a drummer by trade, and it will always be my first love, i also love me some guitar action and more specifically, effects pedals!!!! i love all the wacked out things i'm able to do cuz of a little box with knobs and i welcome new sounds. that being said, i do have to say in my collection of pedals thus far, i only have ones by the big guys: boss, electro-harmonix, behringer, which are all great pedals but don't have any rad and unique boutique pedals...yet! that doesn't stop me from looking at them though and wanting to have them! i just discovered a new company that i hope to be patronizing when i have the cash money to do so, el musico loco. they have some nifty pedals that i would love to add onto my board. i also really like the stately silver look to all of them with the engraving of the name of each pedal. check out their site to get a look and listen to what they have to offer.
-----ban comic sans hahahahahahaha. got a good chuckle out of this one!
-----i can't stand the arcade fire. they've always been pretentious and way too hipster for my tastes and frankly, they don't have the talent to back it up in my opinion. they trick people into thinking they are all great but they are just regular old hacks who happen to play odd instruments and a bunch of them sing really loudly all at the same time. that's all there is to it. it doesn't stop critics and idiot hipsters from fawning all over them tho but whatever, they're entitled to like a douchey, lameass band lacking real skills if they want to. but man, i just read this snippet detailing tour dates and it makes me even more certain that i hate them [i'm unclear as to when these dates actually happened or if they are still yet to come cuz the posting was a little weirdly formated. go read it, you'll get the idea] firstly the ticket prices are completely UNACCEPTABLE in my opinion and then they are issuing a fukking dress code on top of it. really? REALLY? they are going to be dicks on ticket prices and charge people an insane amount of money, and then tell them what they can and can't wear like they are watching a performance at carnegie hall by a prestigious orchestra or some shit and not just a rock band. eff that. i can't believe people actually like this band. and you know what, all my bitching is funny cuz i actually have seen them play before...prob 2003ish i think. hahaha. no one knew them at the time, i know everyone says that "oh i heard them before they got big" but in this case its true! haha. anyway, they opened for broken spindles at the old knitting factory in manhattan [as an aside, that was a great venue. i saw so many amazing shows there over the years. i was def sad to see it go]. this was before their first album was released and i think just as they were signing with merge records. they had with them their self-released demo cd [which was later re-issued by merge after they had blown up] and a 7inch, both of which i purchased tho...i'm not 100% sure why i did. haha. the performance wasn't bad so i guess they managed to get me under their spell for a minute or two and the goods were cheap so i guess maybe that's why. idk where the cd ended up but i know i still have that damn 7inch. i should sell that shit! i bet some hipster would pay good money for it on ebay. hahahaha.
-----sweeeeeet jeeeeeeezuz!!!! it turns out i was able to score mogwai tickets afterall!!! hell yes!!! idk what was wrong the first time i went to get them cuz they were on sale at the time, but all that matters is i've got them now. i decided i'm only going to go to the nyc show and will be unfortunately skipping philadelphia but i'll live. haha. in any case, i can't wait cuz they are soooooo good live and i'm going to do my best to get there early so my ass can be up there, front and center. the show is at terminal 5 which i've never been to but know is a bit of a bigger venue which i don't particularly care for but i'm excited none-the-less. the show is in may and i'm considering it my 33rd bday gift to myself [my bday is about 3 weeks before the show]
-----damn did i just type "33rd bday" in reference to myself??? hahaha.
-----i was just thinking back to last post with my rant on "meeeeeeaning" and i realized i completely left out anything about tattoos. hmmm...idk why i didn't include anything cuz being a heavily tattooed person, i get questions about my ink allllllllllll the damn time. i guess its cuz i'm so used to them just "being there" and being a part of my body that i don't give them a second thought when i happen to look at my arms or leg. in all honesty, i don't particularly care to talk about them to random people and i myself avoid asking other people about their tattoos as well. that being said though, i'm never a dick to people and am gracious enough to answer their questions as long as they don't start manhandling me and touching me all over [i REALLY don't like that] of course the most popular question is, you guessed it, "do they all mean something?" or "what do they represent?" i'm used to it but it is still annoying, but hey what did i expect? i'm the fool who got all the damn things in the first place. hahaha. and sure some of them have a deeper meaning but like....the little green star i have on my right forearm, i'm not gonna come up with some contrived story on how it represents something. i needed a little filler for that spot and thought a star would look neat there. that's it. that's all. now be on your way! hahaha
-----the other question i ALLLLLLLLLWAYS get asked is about pain associated with tattoos. i'm a fukker cuz depending on the way a person phrases it, i will fukk with them. if a person says "DID they hurt?" that implies past tense and i'll be like "well yeah, they are uncomfortable and certain parts of the body hurt worse than others" and try to explain it. but if someone phrases it "DO they hurt" that technically implies present tense as in are they hurting RIGHT NOW, so i mess with them and say "not right now, but they DID when i got them" implying past tense again. hahahahahaha. i always get blank stares when i give that response. i know, i know, its just semantics but i like messing with people a little. HAHAHAHAHA
-----and the final question is always "where do you go?" well i'll happily tell you that! i've been inked by oh about ten or so different people over the years, but these days, i patronize two different establishments with two awesome artists. first is an artist i've been going to since 2006 and who has done the majority of my work, at least 75% of it. his name is julio cesar arroyo and i adore him! he is a super great guy and has a background in cartooning so he is great with vivid colors and figures, but he also has a diverse range of styles he can move freely between with ease. a lot of my stuff, in particular my right sleeve, has a "skratchy" feel to it with uneven and rough lines, which wasn't his first choice, but he went with it because i asked him to do them that way. for my left sleeve and right leg, we went for a bit of a "cleaner" feel but its pretty much all still custom work that we developed together; i'd bring him and idea or a rough sketch and he'd take it from there. he has also free-handed a lot of my stuff such as an AMAZING rocket ship on my left forearm that he just whipped out like it was a piece of cake. that's how much i trust him! i didn't know what it was going to look like til it was done, all i had to go on was the rough shaping out he did with a sharpie [cuz when a tattooer "freehands" it doesn't mean they just go at you with the machine and no guidelines, they will rough it out with a sharpie and pen first but its a very primitive version of the final piece and they work off of that and the mental image in their head] i trust him that much cuz he has become a really great friend over the years, listening to me vent about life and girls and shit in general. hahahahahaha. i followed him through his time at two shops and he just recently opened a shop of his own, victorian ink in elizabeth, nj. i have yet to see the new shop but i really want to check it out soon!

the second artist i go to is morgan reed who works out of electric lotus tattoo in boonton, nj. though he is a young artist [i think maybe my age or a year or two younger] you'd never know it from his work cuz it looks like that of  seasoned vet with many more years in the business and he is really awesome at pieces with an old school, traditional feel to them. i first went to him for a spur of the moment thing i wanted done day of [my "xxb" piece on my right leg] when cesar was busy and another local shop was booked too. he drew it up for me in a traditional style lettering with some flair to it and i loved it so we sealed the deal. during the session i mentioned my idea for a chest piece i wanted and after i saw the excellent results on my leg, i was ready to let him go for it. we ended up doing it a few months later [ah when i had a job and money and could get inked whenever i wanted!] and it was a beauty! i also went to him when i needed the big sailship on my left upper arm filled in [the artist who started the tattoo-who will remain nameless- did do an excellent outline and start to the black and white shading, but i refused to go back to them to finish it for personal reasons] i so wish that i had known morgan when i was planning that ship piece out cuz i would have loved for him to have done the whole thing. he also did an awesome cover-up for me on my leg. not because the piece under it was bad, but because it was a matching piece with the WRONG person and i wanted it gone, gone, GONE. hahahaha. as soon as i get some cashflow up and running again, i need to pay both of these fine gentlemen a visit at their respective shops and get some fresh ink flowing! i'm also an idiot cuz i don't really have pics of a lot of my tattoos online to show as examples of their work...i should prob get on that.

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i always said as a teenager that i would "never grow up" meaning that i knew that ten years down the line, twenty years down the line, that i'd still be up to the same shit i was then. most people laughed at me and said i'd cash in my "weirdness" for adult life, but for the most part, what i always said kinda has been exactly what came to pass. hahaha. i mean yeah, i'm a fricken adult now, i did "grow up" i live in my own place, pay bills, and have responsibilities. buuuuut i'm still playing drums in loud ass punk bands, still collecting toys and lunchboxes, still listening to much of what i listened to back then, still wearing thrifted clothes, still have a voracious appetite for new music, and still writing about it all. though now instead of making zines, i blog, which when you think about it, is a pretty similar thing, just in an immediate format.

well....hmmm....anyway my point is, yeah i'm still up to all of this shit like i said i would be and so the recent rash of bands getting back together to play reunion shows and/or tours has had me happy cuz it has given me a chance to re-live a bit of my glory days [and in some cases a chance to see those bands i never got to] a lot of the bands that i've gone to see have been bigger bands but recently i had a chance to go back to a band that i used to go see all the time during the late 90s, the heyday of the pop punk rock scene in NJ, and the era of the totally DIY local shows that i spent so many afternoons and evenings at. i am speaking of none other than flatus who got together for two shows to mark their twenty fifth anniversary. though it should be noted that they never actually broke up, as they still play once or twice a year, its just that their guitarist, gene, lives in oregon.

the show was a blast and i felt young again. hahaha. god, i'm making myself sound elderly. hahahahahaha. but yeah, it was a lot of fun; it had been yeeeeears since i'd seen them play and it was nice to see they still had the same energy and sparkle as i remember from years back. i came to realize that i now don't have copies of any of their four albums left cuz they were all in my basement when it got trashed in 2011 so i need to get on getting those back into my collection. something i do actually still have are two 7"s which i hadn't pulled off the shelf in quite some time so i was pleasantly surprised to realize they were pressed on sweet translucent- colored vinyl, a fact that i had forgotten. take a look at this awesomeness----


                                                      yep, NJ punk classics right here!

another thing to note is that back in the day, all the shows i remember going to were DIY, all-ages, and at random places people would rent out for the purpose. someone would bring in a PA and someone who knew how to work it would do the sound and try to make things sound as clear as possible. it wasn't at bars or clubs, the scene was completely outside of that and had a strong DIY backbone. now 99% of the shows i go to, including this one, are at bars and are 21+ and have official "sound guys" and stages and rules and stuff. oh and are in nyc. the scene was also completely outside of nyc. once in a while a big band would come to town but it was rare that i ever crossed the river for a show. now its rare i stay in nj. in a way it is rad to see things grow and things being taken more seriously, but i do miss the fierce independence of the truly DIY era. i guess its just evolution. things change. and fortunately, some things also stay the same*


i was also super stoked that my good pals, disposable, were on the bill as well. they played first and i got there a little late so missed a few songs which i was pissed about but what i did see was kick friggen ass of course. i took some pics, but the above were really the only good ones that came out. i need to ditch my damn phone and start using a real camera. shit. in 2014, -ghostmouse- WILL be playing a show with them finally. we have been talking about it for a while but we never got it together when VH was still in action and i'm tired of waiting for this awesomeness to take place! hahaha



gene on the left and band founder ted on the right. they share lead vocal duties though i feel like gene sings a little more...idk. but it was def fun seeing them again and brought back a lot of memories like the time ted told me when i was 17 to skip a concert i had for school band so i could go to a flatus show instead. haha. needless to say, that didn't happen. i wish they played frequently cuz i would go out to see them a lot more. i used to take tons of pics at shows [on 35mm film, shit son!] and i know i took lots of shots of these guys. i'm gonna have to dig thru my archives and see what i can pull up.

also funny to note, ted works at a record store that i go into every once in a while, the sound exchange [i LIVED at that place when i was a kid and bought many a memorable 7" there] and about a year ago i was in there and he remembered me so we chatted a minute. i was digging thru the 7"s- which are located in bins on the floor- as i always do when i go there and when i got up i made a comment that it was a lot easier to do it when i was a kid cuz my knees didn't hurt so much, to which he said "you're still a kid" hahaha. i don't think he realized how old i am and certainly didn't see all the grey hair i have but it was a compliment so i'll take it! hahaha

*this might be a topic i come back to and explore at a later date.

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escucha!


greg laswell- off i go [alright, so i said the song i included in the last post, before the epic JFK post, "ghosts" by on an on was a real tear jerker for me and that it inspired me to the point of tears which is totally true. i love a good song that touches me in that way, but this greg laswell song, this song takes me to a whole other level of consciousness for four minutes. with very few words that he repeats over and over, each time changing his voice a little bit, along with a deceptively simple piano riff and skillful instrumentation throughout, that is never overdone, mr.laswell has managed to snare my heart and i can't help for tears to start streaming down my cheeks when i listen to it. the minute the song starts with the piano, my hair stands up on end and i get goose bumps and when his voice comes in, the mist in my eyes starts to form. after another thirty seconds, the tears are already in full force. i was riding in the car with steve the other night and it came on and i even got a little emotional with it, but kept my tears at bay cuz i was driving.

i was introduced to him via the song "your ghost" [which is a cover of a solo song by kristin hersch of  throwing muses and appears on his covers ep which i just adore] when it was in an episode of dollhouse [one of joss whedon's excellent shows. i loved that show and it is total bs that it was cancelled] the song was also featured in grey's anatomy too and a few other shows. i was surprised he's had so many songs in so many tv shows but his wiki page has a pretty long list and grey's seems to be the show he has appeared most on, with songs in eight different episodes. in fact "off i go" was in the gut wrenching final scenes of the heartbreaking season five finale and fit the mood so perfectly.

i have always played loud and fast stuff in my musical projects, but listening to things like this, it makes me want to explore a more mellow path. it makes me want to do my high school band director proud and play with some dynamics....he was always yelling at me that i played too loud! hahaha. we'll see what 2014 brings cuz i'm feeling like i want to try experimenting with a lighter side of things. we shall see...]

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fin- xo -hoos

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