September 29, 2011

Postseason baseball

I like underground metal, the Buffalo Bills, school lunch, airplane food, lima beans and I prefer instant/dried mashed potatoes over "real"/from scratch mashed potatoes.

The one mainstream thing I like is the New York Yankees. I was raised on them because my father watched/followed them. I stuck with it. And they really sucked from my starting to really pay attention youth until 1994, so suck it. I dealt with their sucking and have basked in the glory since. I deserve it.

So here's to the Yankees.  Go get Detroit.

NOTE: I was planning to use these pictures anyway, but since the Boston Red Sux choked so badly to miss the playoffs, this just seems even more appropriate.

September 27, 2011

Cliff 'em all

It’s been 25 years today that Clifford Lee Burton died in the Metallica tour bus accident in Sweden.

He was just 24 years old.

I spliced the end of the concert together for this clip, so we hear Cliff’s voice say “thank you” (as well as a very weasy sounding Kirk would be my guess).

Enjoy Cliff, the major rager in denim.

September 21, 2011

MIXTAPE: Bitchin’ Mixtape Vol.5

I’ve stepped up my game. I have set up a plan for the next few Bitchin’ Mixtapes and, like this one, they are crazy Bitchin’. This MIXTAPE is all over the place – in a good way. That is how I like it. Unexpected. Chaotic. Enjoy.

01 - Tiger Army – Afterworld
02 - Testament – Agony
03 - Everything Went Black - Alaskan Demons
04 - Misfits – Angelfuck
05 - Zeke - Arkansas Man
06 - Sick Of It All - As Long As She's Standing
07 - Profanation - Attack Of The Braindead [Edit]
08 - Daggers – Axes
09 - Reverend Horton Heat -Baddest Of The Bad
10 - W.A.S.P. – Ballcrusher
11 - Christian Sex Ed - Balls Dropping
12 - Dead To Fall - Bastard Set Of Dreams
13 - Prong - Beg To Differ
14 - Anthrax - Belly Of The Beast
15 - Six Feet Under - Beneath A Black Sky
16 - Obituary – Blindsided
17 - Mariachi El Bronx - Bodies Of Christ
18 - Deftones – Bored
19 - Ozzy Osbourne - Breaking All The Rules
20 - Integrity - The Burden Of Purity
21 - Misery Index - The Carrion Call
22 - Jackyl - Chainsaw Solo
23 - Gutted - Chopped Up At The Altar
24 - Napalm Death - (The Public Get) What The Public Doesn't Want

Liner Notes:

  • Tiger Army – Afterworld: good lord this is awesome.
  • Misfits – Angelfuck: Danzig (the man) is great and here is why. Top 3 Misfits song for me.
  • Zeke - Arkansas Man: the guys got together recently. JS busted this out in his mix. Nice! This song seems like a soundtrack to a dude driving a big, high handlebar motorcycle. There is another motorsick-le rolling right next to him. And this song is playing. Yep.
  • Profanation - Attack Of The Braindead [Edit]: get it together death metal fans and get on board with this band from Germany. What the hell is wrong with you people?!
  • W.A.S.P. – Ballcrusher: 1985 wasn’t all Wham, Hall & Oates or Huey Lewis.
  • Six Feet Under - Beneath A Black Sky: from their debut. This was put on a certain mixtape for a friend that needed an open mind to listen to music beyond Celine Dion and Shaq.
  • Obituary – Blindsided: they broke up in 1997. They owed one more album to their label and cranked out this album in 2005. The comeback (still on) started.
  • Mariachi El Bronx - Bodies Of Christ: LOVE this band. This is off their new 2011 album that is brilliant.
  • Misery Index - The Carrion Call: saw this band play just before headliners Malevolent Creation in a super small hole in the wall Buffalo bar last summer. 50 people there. I became a fan instantly.
  • Napalm Death - (The Public Get) What The Public Doesn't Want: my favorite band – and one of my favorite songs. Alright go.

If you like the bands – support them and buy their music.

September 16, 2011

MIXTAPE: Mötley Crüe sleaze kings

The Crüe was my gateway drug into heavy metal. Previously I was into some Def Leppard and Van Halen, but Mötley really set me down the path to being a lifetime heavy metal fan. I really got into them around 1984 when I was 10 years old. I guess that is what juvenile delinquent older brothers are for. I reject your Judas Priest bro, but I’ll take your Crüe to new heights.

Crüe led to Metallica, then to death metal, hardcore/punk, then back to the roots with Black Sabbath and the like, and it goes on and on. All good stuff. All tracing back to Mötley Crüe. My parents must have been so proud.

Two things hanging in my house right now:  

Exhibit A: a picture I drew for a girl in 1985. She kept it all these years (must have really had the hots for me), and gave it back to me a couple years ago. “It’s just a pentagram. Not really depicted accurately but I hope you like it.”

Exhibit B: From a trade with a neighborhood kid, to my bedroom door, to my first apartment, to this permanent spot for life in my house:

01   – Bastard (1983)
02   - Come On And Dance (1981)
03   - Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away) (1989)
04   - Dr. Feelgood (1989)
05   - Five Years Dead (1987)
06   - Girls, Girls, Girls (1987)
07   - Goin' Out Swingin' (2008)
08   - Helter Skelter (1983)
09   - Home Sweet Home (1985)
10   - If I Die Tomorrow (2005)
11   - Just Another Psycho (2008)
12   - Kickstart My Heart (1989)
13   - Knock 'Em Dead, Kid (1983)
14   - Live Wire (1981)
15   - Looks That Kill (1983)
16   - Louder Than Hell (1985)
17   - Merry-Go-Round (1981)
18   - Motherfucker Of The Year (2008)
19   - Piece Of Your Action (1981)
20   - Primal Scream (1991)
21   - Saints Of Los Angeles (Gang Vocal) (2008)
22   - Same Ol' Situation (S.O.S.) (1989)
23   - Shout At The Devil (1983)
24   - Starry Eyes (1981)
25   - Sumthin' For Nuthin' (1987)
26   - Ten Seconds To Love (1983)
27   - Too Fast For Love (Alternate Version) (1981)
28   - Too Young To Fall In Love (1983)
29   - Wild Side (1987)
30   - Without You (1989)

Liner Notes:

Seven songs off 1983’s “Shout At The Devil” ought to tell you it’s a fucking masterpiece. Top 5 album of all time for me.

September 9, 2011

MIXTAPE: Bitchin’ Mixtape Vol.4

Now my pace for these is nowhere near as frequent as my metal brethren – Metal Bastard – a mate that puts out an MP3 shuffle every single Friday. I look forward to those and I hope y’all look to these Mixtapes put out on this here site. Not that you would ever comment and tell me what you liked. So enjoy.

Track listing:

All Teeth – Downers
Anal Cunt - 311 Sucks!
Anthrax - Keep It In The Family [Edit]
Biohazard - Tears Of Blood
Black Tusk - The Crash
Bobby Vinton - Blue Velvet
Crooked Cowboy & The Freshwater Indians - Midnight Run
Earth Crisis - When Slaves Revolt
Flotsam And Jetsam - Newsted Bass Solo (MetalShock)
Iron Maiden - Wasted Years [Edit]
Johnny Horton - North To Alaska
Judge - Give It Up
Kowloon Walled City - Turk Taylor And Jones
Lamb Of God – Ruin
Misery Index - We Never Come In Peace
Nick Oliveri - Hybrid Moments (Misfits Cover)
Norma Jean - Memphis Will Be Laid To Waste [Edit]
Palehorse - Bleed The Sheep
Pantera - (Good Friends) I'm Broken [Kielbasage Splice]
Paradise Lost - One Second
Raging Speedhorn - How The Great Have Fallen
Ray Price - Go Away
Social Distortion - Don't Drag Me Down
The Hope Conspiracy - Suicide Design
The Kills - Night Train
The Pixies - Where Is My Mind
The Skeletons - Tubbs' Theme
Throwdown – Americana
Unjust - Way Out
White Zombie - Soul-Crusher [Edit]

Liner Notes:

  • Anal Cunt - 311 Sucks!: This is for my bud AW – who I will think of every time I hear this song for the rest of my life. ‘’’’choke’’’’cough’’’’uggghhhh’’’wheeewwwww’’’’’
  • Bobby Vinton - Blue Velvet: this song is gold. So smooth. Again – just don’t just be a metal dude.
  • Crooked Cowboy & The Freshwater Indians - Midnight Run: look this guy up. Not much at all out there. Mysterious like. But this is the fucking shit. God damn awesome.
  • Earth Crisis - When Slaves Revolt: I’ve personally had it with this band’s vegan preaching – but if the first 20 seconds of this song don’t pump your nads – you don’t have a pulse. Jeeze.
  • Flotsam And Jetsam - Newsted Bass Solo (MetalShock): one of my first snippet edits ever. Pulled this little jam out of an 8 minute Flots song – but this could be the reason Newsted got the Metallica gig in 1986. This rocks.
  • Iron Maiden - Wasted Years [Edit]: “Oh, I’m too cool for Iron Maiden. They are too old.” Fuck you and listen to this. Then respect this band.
  • Johnny Horton - North To Alaska: My kinda cuntry.
  • Kowloon Walled City - Turk Taylor And Jones: this band made my list of stupid band names, but it truly is all about the music. HEAAAAAAVY.
  • Lamb Of God – Ruin: my favorite L.O.G. song
  • Nick Oliveri - Hybrid Moments (Misfits Cover): better than the original? And it’s acoustic? Check it out. Love it.
  • Palehorse - Bleed The Sheep: I don’t think you can get heavier than this. So stop trying. Just enjoy it.
  • Pantera - (Good Friends) I'm Broken [Kielbasage Splice]: Another classic of mine from back in the cassette tape mix days. I took the beginning of “Good Friends and a Bottle of Pills” and connected it with “I’m Broken”. Match made in Dime heaven.
  • The Kills - Night Train: not blown away by all their stuff, but this is killer.
  • The Pixies - Where Is My Mind: The real question is Where Have I Been? I just discovered this (from 1988)
  • The Skeletons - Tubbs' Theme: I found this a couple years ago on a compilation of spy theme music (mostly British 1960s stuff). THIS is why I sift through stuff like that to find these diamonds.
  • Unjust - Way Out: this was a free song I found on Bill Gould of Faith No More’s record label Kool Arrow. Great song.

Edits are my edits – used to improve the song, keep listener interest high and/or shorten in an attempt to get more songs played at a party. Don’t like it? Buy the original.

If you like the bands – support them and buy their music.

September 3, 2011

MIXTAPE: Sepultura out of the ‘Grave’

Sepultura is Portuguese for the word grave. Time to dig up one of my favorite bands from high school.The finest Brazilian export.

This is almost entirely from the 1989-1996 era. For me, Sepultura is Max, his brother Igor, Andres (still in the band) and Paulo Jr., who is not only still in the band, he helped found it in 1984. Derrick “The American” Green (1997-current) makes a couple appearances in this mixtape, but there is really nothing he can do. He’s got a good voice and style, he’s just not Max. That will always be his legacy, and for a dude like me with a Sepultura history rooted to around 1991, it’s hard to overlook it.

I’ve got quite a few Kielbasage edits to the songs in this mix. As I’ve stated before, edits are my edits – used to improve the song, keep listener interest high and/or shorten in an attempt to get more songs played at a party. I’ve had some questions about the edits. But I’m not a big fan of blistering, boring guitar solos or songs that generally go north of the 5 minute mark. So I do what I gotta do. I am all about the groove in a song. Do yourself a favor. Next time you go to a live show, watch what happens when a band that plays a lot of solos rips into one. The crowd is totally moving, in the pocket with the rhythm riff and then – bam – it all comes to a stop when the guitar solo comes in. Everybody just stops and watches with their mouth agape. In awe of not his prowess, but how he just ruined the groove we were all in. Anyway, that is my take and why I edit songs. Don’t like it? Buy the originals.

Track Listing:

01 Beneath The Remains (1989)
02 Dead Embryonic Cells (1991)
03 Procreation (Of The Wicked) [Celtic Frost Cover] (1996)
04 Spit (1996)
05 Refuse-Resist (1993)
06 Inner Self [Edit] (1989)
07 Desperate Cry [Edit] (1991)
08 Roots Bloody Roots (1996)
09 Polícia [Titãs Cover] (1993)
10 Propaganda (1993)
11 Orgasmatron [Motorhead Cover] (1991)
12 Slaves Of Pain (1989)
13 Altered State [Edit] (1991)
14 Territory (1993)
15 Drug Me [Dead Kennedys Cover] (1991)
16 Cut-Throat (1996)
17 Against (1998)
18 Sarcastic Existence (1989)
19 The Hunt [New World Army Cover] (1993)

20 Crucificados Pelo Sistema [Ratos de Porão Cover]

21 Ambush [Edit] (1996)
22 Paradox (2009)
23 Slave New World (1993)
24 Symptom Of The Universe [Black Sabbath Cover] (1997)