Friday, October 31, 2008


Today's Halloween, which means it's my wedding anniversary. Krista and I are celebrating 4 years married today. Since we don't have a ton of money right now, I painted this for Krista:

She made me a collage of pictures to commemorate our 8 years (!!!) of being together. She won't let me post a picture though.

We're dogsitting a co-worker of hers dog for the weekend, so we're staying home tonight and waiting for the drop off. We'll watch a horror movie though, as I have to every Halloween, because that's the easiest way to make sure I do something Halloween-y on the best night of the year. We'll also hand out candy to the three kids who actually come to our house trick-or-treating because parents don't really want kids walking around in our neighborhood, haha.

Obama is going to be in Pueblo tomorrow, so we'll probably head south for that.

Broncos beat the Dolphins on Sunday, 28-17. Put your money against it.

When I got home from work today, I was covered in so much dust my hair did this on it's own:

Thursday, October 30, 2008

More videos

Yes, he's become (was he ever not?) a crazy gun toting republican, but he sure can direct a good movie. This will be no exception.

I bet after making tear jerks like Million Dollar Baby and the new one, Changeling, his agent was like "so what do you wanna do next?". To which he responded, "I wanna make another movie about me busting little punk's heads open".

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Onion Videos

Press Secretary's 'Zumtrel Flooby' Answer May Be Attempt To Evade Question

Haha I wish I could talk nonsense like that. "Today's tir-day is tomorrow's bi-day, and the president can't just fanaggle a kabridal scopulator without a grapewood straw. Ya they used to say down on the farm: 'It's bagnum raildrit'. Scooped with your own out of the bottom of the lakewood pond tree. So he's really stradling both sides of the horse person's hoof. Okay?"

Monday, October 27, 2008

The Locust

Awesome drummer video.

Matt Damon on Palin

Matt Damon is one of those guys I can't look at without thinking of some of his characters he's played. In reality he seems to be a smart guy though:

Matt, I promise I won't laugh AS hard now when I watch Team America:

Sunday, October 26, 2008


As found on the Q & A section of, in response to the question "If you don't believe in god, what else is there?":

...How life got here is an understanding that is irrelevant, for odds are, life is energy and has always existed, and does not end. What we do in life through understanding life's processes is the true philosophy and the faster people stop looking to some invisible power that doesn't exist for guidance, judgement and afterlife, the faster "heaven" will dawn on the planet earth. The true guidance comes from within, for we are nature itself. We are all brother and sister and we are symbiotically related to all other life forms in the most literal and profound ways. We are God. Period. There is no Evil and no Good- these are false notions based on biased ideals from a very primitive time in our evolution. The fact is we are one family living on the planet in harmony with nature, and religion serves ONLY the perpetuation of division and hatred. Also, the idea that the human race needs religion to be "moral" is absolutely absurd. We are not simply "guilty" or have perpetual "Sin" as certain religions would like you to believe. We are perfect. The reason the world is such a disaster is not because of some innate human flaw. It is a disaster because separatist, racist institutions like Religion, Nationalism and thus Politics, continue to corrupt each generation with the same age old value systems, designed only for social subservience and the perpetuation of the status quo.

-Peter Joseph

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Top 10 Best Almost Comeback Albums

I've decided to do a series of obscure top 10 lists. The first will be the best albums, pegged to break bands free of their "classic" albums, but don't quite do it, but still manage to pull off a really good record.

10. Chixdiggit! - Pink Razors

After staying way under the radar for years, Chixdiggit! seemed to pop back up out of nowhere (read: Alberta) and release this little gem in 2004. After their debut came out on legendary indie label Sub Pop, they quickly jumped from Honest Don's to Fat Wreck, both labels started by Fat Mike of NOFX. You can tell they try to go for a little bit more commercial appeal on this album, and I think that's what holds them back a bit. The lyrical hooks are enormous, and their venture into electronic integration on "Nobody Understands Me" in a step in a great direction, but they don't have the bashful charm of their debut. The lyrical themes on their first album were so ridiculously inane and catchy, that you had to love it - and somehow KJ manages to mention his Mom in every other song. Though it does lose points for bashing Rollins. Bad form.

Superior Prerequisite: Self Titled (1996)

9. The Locust - New Erections

If you were into hardcore in the late 90's and say you didn't like The Locust's self titled record, you're a liar. They made keyboards cool, which I suppose is kind of a bad thing, but still. Save for a few 7"'s they did after, they continually turned out drivel until New Erections came out in 2007. The toned down the distortion (only a little), didn't quite do that high pitched scream all the time, but didn't do the whine found all over Plague soundscapes, and really expanded their influences. You can hear a much bigger presence of noise and doom interspersed within their usual grind/electronic half breed. Maybe it was a more polished to their beginnings as just "Locust" (pre lawsuit), but it worked. Buuuuuut, not as much as their Self Titled LP. They'll never top "Skin Graft At 75 MPH". Never. Ever ever ever.

Superior Prerequisite: Self Titled (1998)

8. Mayhem - Ordo Ad Chao

Their fifth album, and a big comeback after the years of drivel Mayhem turned out since the days of Euronymous. In fact, I think the circumstances surrounding the death of Euronymous (and Dead, Varg's incarceration, and the church burnings) rocketed the band's careers forward after what was an unbeatable album. But, enter Atilla, famed vocalist off of De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas, and his eight dozen different voices and vocal sounds. Ignoring the high production trends, they embraced their roots and truely created a polished version of the classic lo-fi black metal sound. It's weird, ecclectic, genre defying. And, they've shedded the now over done corpse paint for elaborate costume design and stage themes. Like this:

Still though, they'll never top De Mysteriis. Especially when that first growl comes in on the title track. There was something dark and dangerous about that line up and that place and time. They made the world, both in and outside metal, fear Norway.

Superior Prerequisite: De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas (1994)

7. Propagandhi - Potemkin City Limits

Still as wordy, overly thought provoking, and indiscriminately politcally driven, these fellow Canadians come back with their longest effort to date. Released on double LP, and containing their usual 40,000 word booklet with in depth explainations, essays, and personal anecdotes from each member. Being only slightly less preachy this time around, the music is much more thought out, showing they really upped the chops on song writing and structure. Clinging to alot more metal influences in keeping things upbeat, they also break into jazz interludes and softer points. All things considered though, it's slightly less poignant than the album that made them big. Maybe it was John K. Samson's departure, but they don't hit as hard, both musically and emotionally.

Superior Prerequisite: Less Talk, More Rock (1996)

6. Alkaline Trio - Agony & Irony

Now dangerously stradling the line between commercial rock and underground punk rock, Alkaline Trio pull it off with was a great combination of the two battlegrounds. Still retaining the dark edge of their earlier records, they delve into a way slick production, and stick to some listener friendly album tricks. Rather than on Crimson, their previous album, where they got alot more creative and really spread their sound out, they seemed to have compacted it more this time around - sticking to formulaic rock songs. That being said, it's catchy as hell and rock solid. To boot, they bring in some great collaborators, including Norwegian black metal legends, Ulver. The overall result is an excellent album, falling just short of the bite their earlier efforts had.

Superior Prerequisite: Crimson (2005), Good Mourning (2003), From here to Infirmary (2001)

5. Neurosis - Given To The Rising

More wide open sounding than ever, the Oakland boys again rise from the grave they laid in in the early 2000's when the decided to cease touring. But in classic Neurosis form, they tread new ground like it was their hometown. They give the overall album a cavernous sound, dialing in the same melodramatics they're legendary for. The highlight of the album for me is the nearly 10 second gutteral that Scott Kelly lets loose on "To The Wind" marking the shift of the song. But, all that said, the boundary pushing, breaking, and rebuilding that made them legends will never be outdone. Maybe if they threw some bagpipes on this one it would've moved the chains.

Superior Prerequisite: Times Of Grace (1999)

4. World Burns To Death - The Graveyard Of Utopia

In my opinion, World Burns To Death are the best current crust band in the world. They've got raw, staunch politics which are never, ever deviated from. The look of their records, to the players themselves, to their DVD is so bleak it perfectly compliments the music. Once subscribing only to an ultra elite group of crust/punk bands who fly extremely low under the radar (maintaining NO internet presence, playing and booking with ONLY bands in this circuit) with bands like Tragedy, Severed Head Of State, etc - these guys have finally branched out and begun playing to new crowds, i.e. Fun Fun Fun Fest with Atmosphere, Kool Keith, ALL, etc. This record is a bit of a representation of this. Recorded in Japan, it has a slicker production than their previous records, and encompasses much more classic hardcore punk songwriting, ala 'Never Again' era Discharge. There's guitar solos galore (even guest solos), and even some southern rock style riffery. They compiled a brilliant album overall, but it leaves me yearning for the stripped down, bleak hardcore of their earlier releases. The novel of lyrics, quotes, essays and explanations that comes with the record fairs better to the their last two. Plus, those ones have pictures of dicks on the covers. Though...this one has Satan.....that's a tough call.

Superior Prerequisite: Sucking Of The Missle Cock (2002), Totalitarian Sodomy (2006)

3. High On Fire - Death Is This Communion

Two things Matt Pike will never be able to rid himself of: the fact that he was in Sleep, and the guitar tones he got out of his Matamps on the early HOF albums. Sleep are easily the most influential stoner rock band of all time. Most big trends in the subgenre can be traced back to something they did initially - including setting the bar really, REALLY high for long songs with the 74 minute Jerusalem/Dopesmoker opus. The fact that Matt Pike could write a 74 minute song about marajuana is a task most potheads would masturbate too. And then, later in the day, they would masturbate to Pike's guitar tone. He made using a mountain of cranked amps not just for cock-rock assholes, and many people followed suit. Even looking past Sleep, his guitar tone on the first two HOF records makes many guitar nerds drool with jealousy. And ever since Pike stopped using Matamps, there's been a loyal following of those guitar nerds who obsess over everytime he changes his guitar setup. How do I know this? Because I'm one of them.

Death Is This Communion shows a true maturing of Pike's song writing, and his ability to combine heavy stoner metal, with modern rock delicacy. The production has gone way up, the grit to his guitar tone has gone way down, but anyone can admit these are amazing songs. For my money though, I've gotta stick with the OG. It is heavier, and even though I don't do drugs, knowing how potted out he was during those initial years makes it better.

Superior Prerequisite: The Art Of Self Defense (2000)

2. Black Flag - My War

Here's my novelty, non-new release. Much to some of my colleagues shagrin, Rollins was the best Black Flag vocalist. He had more personality than Dez, and more intensity than Keith. Some people call him cheesy or melodramatic, but that was part (and still is) of his charm. But I digress. The title track to My War is one of the best Black Flag songs ever written, and possibly one of the best punk songs to ever be put to tape. It's got the urgency in every aspect of the song that makes a punk song a classic, and Hank's intensity near the end of it is the icing on the cake. You can literally hear him step away from the mic while he enters some other state of mind amidst his screaming during the last minute, only to step back in for the last triumphant "MY......WARRRR".

Past that, to be perfectly honest, the album is pretty ho hum (save for "Beat My Head Against A Wall"). You can tell in the three years since 'Damaged' the band had degenerated a little and was trying to tread new land. Maybe it was the fact that Greg Ginn was the only writer/string player on the album, that no one could stop him from going into more sludgy song structures. They're still good, but Black Flag is famous for their faster punk stuff. It's what worked best, and I think if it wasn't for the title track, this album would have been very easily forgotten.

Superior Prerequisite: Damaged (1981)

1. Metallica - Death Magnetic

Cliff died in 1986. Many would argue that the band died with him that day in Sweden. I'm not one of them though. I'll admit that their best stuff was done with Cliff on bass, but I'll never dismiss some efforts after that.

I think the big thing you have to remember when you think about current Metallica is that the band has been together for 25 years. All of the core guys are in their mid 40's, and though it's no excuse for 'Load', I'm sure my interests will have changed in the next twenty years when I'm their age.

On 'Death Magnetic', they FINALLY fired Bob Rock - longtime producer and potential man of blame for some of he biggest atrocities in metal history, including 'Some Kind Of Monster' the in depth, cry fest documentary on the band in the early 2000's. The brought in long time high esteem producer Rick Rubin to sprinkle some fairy dust on them and try to snap them out of their 15 year rut. He succeeded. Kinda.

Apparently, before writing began he told the gents that if they wanted to make a comeback record, they had to get into the same headspace they were in when they wrote 'Master Of Puppets', because that was their high point. Knowing that, when I listen to this album, I can really hear 'Master' all over it.

The big thing is they are a commercial band. This is their job and they've got more people to please than just their egos (or fans who are still stuck in 1986). I think there is alot of commercial appeal on this record, aimed toward the new generation of metal fans. People who are stuck on Disturbed will like this, and I think that was part of their intent. If they wanted to make a successful album this late into their career they had to appeal to everyone: 17 year old new jacks and 37 year old metal heads. Looking at tracks like "The End Of The Line" or the ballad-esque "Unforgiven III", you hear alot of commercial appeal, but still maintaining qualities long time fans can appreciate (at least if they liked The Black Album). But, when "All Nightmare Long" or the album ending scorcher "My Apocalypse" kick in, you could swear it was a re-recorded outake from '...And Justice For All'.

The end result was a really strong album, on par if not better than The Black Album. Did they beat the classic 'tallica? Hell no. They never will. Did they redeem themselves from their atrocities spanning from '96 to '03? Definitely. You just can't expect a band this old to re-create what have become some of the best metal albums of all time and still be as important as they once were. Cliff is dead. Newsted plays indie rock now. Yes, the guys are still trying to be young, but then again, so are you.

Superior Prerequisite: Everything 1983 - 1988

BSK shirt

Here's a shirt design I did for my new band. Thoughts?

(Click to view bigger)

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Dog Modeling

My dogs have started a modeling career together behind my back.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Monday, October 20, 2008


Thanks to those who expressed interest in my rantings. The love of my life, a best friend, a lyrical/musical inspiration, and an old friend is motivation enough. Thank you, my dears.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008


I'm not digging for comments or compliments or anything like that, but does anyone regularly read this? I started posting on this blog with the intention of compiling stories/memories/pictures/nostalgia for my own selfish use. But, there's still a part of me that hopes a handful of people get some enjoyment out of regularly reading my rantings. Plus, I do write as if it's going to be read by someone other than myself (meaning I do withold some details and events for me and my accomplices' privacy). me a favor here - if you read this regularly (or even semi regularly...or even now and then) put a comment on this post. You don't have to say anything specific. You don't even have to put your name, which works if you're an internet stalker and secretly read about my life. Literally just mash the keyboard with your hand or face to let me know someone's paying attention to me.

Even if no one does, I'll still write on here. But knowing I'm not just some everyday self indulgent prick will motivate me to do more.

Aaaaaaaaaaaand go.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Snot Party

In the mid 90's I sang for a band called Snot Party (ten points if you can catch the Simpsons reference). We played short, stripped down thrash/punk with lyrics you could swear were written by a retarded 14 year old - wait, they were. Every show was a costume party, and the four of us often competed for who could compile the best and/or most offensive costume and perform the most outrageous onstage antics.

Some classic costumes included me wrapping my whole body in toilet paper Mummy style, Gerry covering his whole body in vasoline for our last show, me taping a 12 year old boy to my back for an entire set, and Lance completely stealing the bulldog mascot costume from our high school to wear.

This is a video from 1997 of us performing a hit number entitled "I'm A Butt Doctor". This was at the last show at Eastern Canada's premiere all ages club Cafe Ole - the night which marked the end of an era for punk rock in Halifax.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Hardcore Idols

I've given up on idolizing people (peers) in hardcore, but sometimes I can read some lyrics or an interview and really connect with someone. One of the names on that short list of people involved in hardcore I could say I still look up to is Mark McCoy - the former singer for bands like Charles Bronson, Holy Molar, and more recently The/Das Oath.

Whilst expelling feces this morning I found an old copy of HeartattaCk in the pile of magazines in the bathroom which had an interview with Das Oath. McCoy's answers were so riddled with wit and sarcasm it reinspired me on the subtle art of the written word. When asked about connecting to audiences, this was his response. I feel it put my perspective on the shallowness of hardcore quite eloquently:

I'm never connected to any audience. I'm no entertainer. If there's anything I can't stand its inclusive music because its loaded bullshit with anticipated reactions. I hate sing-alongs, addressing crowds, and group hugs from self-assuming know-it-all's. Everything's always got to be so fun. I'm tired of fun. I'd much rather have people walk away saying we're total bullshit because we played for eight minutes and didn't say thanks and are still touring on the same old crappy record no one likes (but with a new cover, of course).