I've been thinking lately, and I've decided that I'm going to stop blogging, at least for the foreseeable future. I'll still be around the blog world, and I'm going to leave this up, but I won't be posting for a while. I'd still love to email with you guys though. I just feel I've been a bad blogger for a while now, and it doesn't give me quite the thrill that it used to. This blog, and all of you, have helped me more than you will ever know. Shit, I'd probably be dead if it wasn't for the blog and you guys. So thank you. I'm going to leave you with a collection of songs that I've made. I've recorded these over a period of time, but never posted them. Some of them I didn't feel were good enough, others I just forgot about. They're of varying styles, and quality. Some of them I recorded with my full mics and everything, others were recorded with the mic on my laptop. And everywhere in between. All of them, except Anubis, are covers. Enjoy!
Don't Call Me White (NOFX)
Puerto Rico (The Big Wu)
The Outsider (A Perfect Circle)
Naked And Famous (The Presidents Of The United States Of America)
327 (Crankshaft And The Gear Grinders)
Diamond Eyes (Deftones)
Bother (Stone Sour)
Spiders (System Of A Down)
The Fiddle And The Drum (A Perfect Circle)
Attack Of The Butterflies (Graves)
Dammit, I Changed Again (The Offspring)
And because I'm such a fucking whore, I need to ask one more favor of you guys. Crankshaft (yeah, it's one of those) is in a competition to win $25000. All you have to do is go here and vote. You can vote once an hour. He's in first place, but it goes until September 8th, and he needs all the help he can get. I promise it's the last time I'll bug you guys about it.
And, come on, he can make one hell of an exit. (Watch until the end)
It's been a hell of ride, and I'm glad you guys were all there with me. I'll still be around, just don't expect a post anytime soon. I'm sure someday I'll post again. But like I said, I'd love to still email with all of you. If you don't have my address, it's in my profile. We can chat, you can drop a line, pester me with bands and contests like I've done to you. Anything. I'm a sucker for attention, so even if it's one word saying 'hi', I'd love it.
Gabe had a way with words. Something I don't usually have. He mentioned this was part of a collection of scribbles he wanted to make into the epic of the sidewalk junkie. I don't know if that ever happened, or got to see other parts. He had mentioned making it into a song, but didn't know how. I was a little surprised when I first started to get to know him, that he liked punk rock. He even said he'd like to have tattoos like Lars from Rancid once. Well, I can't write very well, I can't sing, but I can play music decently. So I took his Sidewalk scribble and turned it into this.
Here's to you Gabe. I hope this was somewhere in your vision for the song. I hope you're happy now.
What would have been the first part of an Epic Of The Sidewalk Junkie.
Hiya! Miss me? I missed you. We should get together more often.
So River's Edge happened last weekend. I won't go into huge detail, but it was the coolest thing ever! Most of the bands throughout the day we didn't care about, but it was nice to hang out with music going on in the background. A surprise was seeing Sublime (with Rome). I really like Sublime, but the videos I'd seen of the 'with Rome' (the new version of Sublime since Bradley died) weren't that good. It just wasn't the same, and I thought they shouldn't continue under the Sublime name. But seeing them live was a big surprise. They were actually pretty damn good. I had heard that the original drummer had left the band last year, but didn't know who replaced him. Then come to find out that it was non other than Josh Freese, from A Perfect Circle, The Vandals, and Devo fame, among others. He's been one of my favorite drummers for a long time, and I'd only seen him live once before. So that was a great surprise. That probably made me like Sublime better too.
Josh drumming with Nine Inch Nails
Then came Tool. It's kind of hard for me to remember everything that happened, but I know it was awesome. Seeing them outside was interesting. It was hard, since they have a lot of visuals and the sun was still up when they started, but they made it work. And they busted out some new visuals that were amazing. I tried to find good quality videos on youtube, but there really aren't any. I found one that's pretty good though.
Sunday, all I cared to see was Puscifer. They went with an airline theme (Vagina Air) and it was hilarious seeing Maynard and crew dressed as a pilot and flight crew for the whole set, even though it was 90+ degrees out. Again, I don't remember much, but I'd say it was the best time I've seen them live. I looked for videos, and they were even worse than the Tool one's, so I won't bother. I'm hoping sometime soon some good quality ones will show up, but who knows.
Also, last weekend was Minneapolis' gay pride fest. The timing sucked, because I was in St. Paul at the show, so I couldn't make it to any of the festivities. But I heard it was a great time, and I'm proud to live in such a gay friendly city. Yeah sure, we still have the fucking assholes that think it's an abomination and all that noise, but as a whole, I think we're pretty accepting. They even re-lit the new(ish) 35W bridge for the weekend.
Uhhh.....What else...Oh, I guess I can upload the other song I wrote for E.M.P. Again, it's a little different than how it was going to be with the band, but it's still fun to play. Oh, and it helps if you record with a metronome if you're not going to record drums first....
I guess that's about it for now. Working through the weekend, and a bit on the 4th. Going to see Crankshaft and The Gear Grinders on Monday with my mom, so that'll be cool. Have you guys checked them out yet? Have you gone bankrupt giving them all your money yet? Yeah? Good! (whore moment)
So yeah. That's it. I should go to bed now. It's almost 4 AM. Smoke a smoke, and we'll see what happens I guess.