I've always loved the NBA for the absurd arrogance of the players. Afterall, there is nothing more cocky in sports than a break-away showtime slam! Another reason I have always dug the Association is the constant fighting! Some of the best battles in sports history have taken place on the hardwood. Last night's Celtics/Nets game gave me exactly what I wanted...pointless fighting! Watch as Rajon Rondo gets fired up over a foul!
I'll be honest, my pants get a little tight every time Metallica releases a new concert DVD. After all, "S&M" is still one of the greatest live music spectacles I have ever seen, so naturally I have to get excited to see what 'Tallica has up their sleeve next! "Quebec Magnetic" will drop on December 10, and you can bet I'm going to have many-a-night with beer in hand headbanging to this!
During my weekend back home for Thanksgiving, I enjoyed a hearty meal, lots of booze, and the comfort of a kick-ass family. However, the one thing that will stick with me from this weekend is the fact that I found out some creatures are BIOLOGICALLY IMMORTAL! What does that mean? Basically, if a specimen can avoid any fatal disease or injury, they can live indefinitely! Holy sh*t, that is so boss!
Examples of biologically immortal animals include jellyfish and lobsters. Could you imagine if humans were able to live so long that we got to choose when we died? It's nuttier than squirrel turds!
Here's what I may potentially look like when I achieve biological immortality!
It's no mystery that the music industry has been going through a major transformation during the past few years. Bands are constantly trying to find new ways to make some cash since record sales don't cut it anymore. One route many bands have taken is allowing their songs to be streamed online through sites such as Pandora, Slacker, and Spotify. As it turns out, though, they don't make dick from that either! In order for a band to get paid the equivalent of ONE album sale, they would need 312,000 plays on Pandora! So if you're looking to get into music as a recording artist, you better enjoy your job because you're going to be getting bent your entire career!
When it was determined that Davey Suicide would be participating in tonight's Mortal Songbat, my mind ventured off. I thought, "what the hell happens to all the kids that grow up goth?". How do you maintain that look and attitude? You never see anyone over 50 sporting that look. Well, I have found the solution!
I don't know if you were able to catch the American Music Awards last night, but if you were fortunate enough to miss this abomination, I envy you! While flipping through channels, I was able to briefly witness several ridiculously dressed "stars" attempt to sing and dance. It lead to thoughts including, but not limited to, "should I dance along?", "who is that?", and "is this my cue in life to kill myself?". But it also reminded me of how awesome the Revolver Golden Gods Awards are! Check out this clip of Slash and Alice Cooper ripping it up at this years show!
We live in a generation that has become obsessed and addicted to energy drinks. I'm guilty; I love the occasional Monster Energy drink! Red Bull may give you wings, but Monster gives you BALLS. However, it appears that these potent drinks may be lethal. Monster has been cited as the cause of 5 recent deaths, and now Five Hour Energy appears to be the reason for 13 other deaths in the past 4 years. Aside from the deaths, there have been numerous reports of heart attacks, convulsions, and even a SPONTANEOUS ABORTION.
WHAT THE F*CK IS THAT?
Even though these drinks appear to be quite hazardous to one's health, I will continue to pound them. If you aren't living on the edge, you're taking up too much space!
If you're like me, you were a little too excited to see Machine Head live at the Venue last night! The problem with being excited is that when things don't come to fruition, the fallout is BRUTAL. However, I am very accepting of pain when the reason is unavoidable. Rob Flynn of Machine Head suffered a hernia that has forced the band off of their current tour with Dethklok. Optimum SUCK. I hope Rob recovers quickly and uses this experince to write some devastating lyrics for their next album!
Happy Monday! The weather outside is disgusting, but thankfully a big week will help us all forget about it! Tomorrow will see the release of new music from Soundgarden and Deftones, just in time for us all to be locked indoors to enjoy!
One more glorious thing to take in to start your week...a kitty! What a cute cat! There is nothing in this picture I can appreciate more than a soft, loving, adorable little key-key!
As a wee lad discovering rock music growing up, there were three bands in particular that accelerated my interest: Metallica, Alice in Chains, and Soundgarden. Soundgarden disbanded basically as I was getting in to them, so the fact that they have returned sort of warms my cold, black heart. Their new album KING ANIMAL hits shelves on Tuesday and today they released the video for "Been Away For Too Long". Check it out peeps!
Deftones has long been one of the few bands that I constantly can't wait for new music from. On album release day, I am there, no questions asked. Fortunately this time around, I was able to listen to an advanced copy of their new album, Koi No Yokan (I'm still going to buy it though!).
I first became a fan of the band during the White Pony days and was instantly hooked. I don't feel that any of their albums have topped White Pony, but Koi No Yokan is certainly the closest thing I've heard yet to accomplishing that.
The first two songs that were released from the album, "Leathers" and "Tempest", did a tremendous job of previewing what the album has in store. There is the aggression of "Leathers" scattered throughout the album and the atmospheric feel of "Tempest" on several songs. I've always found the sonically intoxicating atmospheric sounds of Deftones to be their main draw to me, and Koi No Yokan is littered with these tones.
Highlights of the album are of course "Leathers" and "Tempest", but the opening track "Swerve City" serves as a perfect introduction to one of the band's best works. Then there is track 4, "Poltergeist". Holy Chino Moreno Christ. "Poltergeist" is one of THE definitive Deftones songs, blending the aggression of Around The Fur with the mysterious tones the band is known for.
Overall, this is a remarkable album. Deftones keep outdoing themselves by taking their signature sound and not re-inventing it, but constantly perfecting it. I could tell after one listen through that this is without a doubt in my top 3 Deftones albums, so who knows how high it will move up after several listens. I can't wait to find out!
The people have spoken; Obama is still President, and it's legal to own up to an ounce of weed in Colorado! Washington also legalized recreational use of marijuana AND gay marriage! Holy forward-thinking! It's nice to see that parts of the country are finally progressing and setting the example for other states when it comes to measures that will inevitably pass everywhere in the future. Keep thinking ahead, keep an open mind, and load up the bong!
It's election day in America, and the question everyone is being asked is, "Did you vote?". Well, I didn't! Most will immediately chastise my decision not to hit the polls, but isn't that what freedom is all about? It was my choice! In a state where Republicans almost always win out, and where there are only 3 Electoral votes up for grabs, why should I waste my gas to vote? I am not a resident of North Dakota and am not very knowledgeable about local politics here, so my vote would have essentially been worthless in the state elections as well. But for those of you who voted, good work! If everyone was a cynic like me, nothing would ever get done!
Hopefully the next election looks something like this!
The Brooklyn Nets began balling last week with a new location, new arena, and new look. Most importantly though, of course, a new mascot! The Nets new mascot is named BrooklyKnight and it is...interesting. First of all, what kind of porn-style name is BrooklyKnight? And no, I'm not forgetting to put a space between those two names; it's rather strangely all one word. BrooklyKnight is the new symbolic "defender" of Brooklyn according to the team and even has a comic book series being created to display just how awesome BK is. This whole concept seems a little outrageous to me. After all, one of the best mascots in sports is the most simplistic...the Phoenix Suns GORILLA! Hell yeah!
The first major metal event I ever attended was Ozzfest 2002 in Somerset, Wisconsin and it was KILLER! I saw metal, Phil Anselmo live at last, and most importantly...boobs! I won't say Ozzfest peaked in 2002, but it definitely seemed to progressively decline year after year until it ultimately ceased to exist. However, next year it will be making its grand return....in JAPAN! That's a total bummer for us Americans, but with the beauty of live streams on the internet, I'm sure we'll be able to check it out regardless. So far only Black Sabbath and Slipknot are confirmed for the bill next May, but I'd hope and expect that they juice this bill up and bring it to America. Can you imagine if Ozzfest and Knotfest toured simultaneously in the states? I have achieved an erection...
Check out this horrible graphic from Ozzfest 2002!
Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis turns 50 today and he's looking pretty sharp for being half-a-century old! Kiedis is proof of how incredibly resilient the human body is. He has spent much of his life shooting up heroin and speed, snorting cocaine and dropping acid, yet, here he is, one of the healthiest looking 50-year-olds you will ever see! So what have we learned from the legendary rocker? Go hard or get lost!