A few months ago I got a message from my friend Mark Linskey of The great Jersey band HUDSON FALCONS telling me he was going to connect me with a fellow named Shadwick who was looking for tour assistance. Doing the show and playing in bands, we always try to help out any underground or indie artists coming through, but anyone Mark sends my way I know will be special.
So after the initial online introductions, Shadwick sends me a CD of his band, QUIET HOLLERS, and from song one I was hooked. This is a great alt indie country band and I like bands like this that play country but have definite punk roots. The CD never left the car the last two months. It has seriously been the only CD in the player.
Anyway, the show finally happened last night. It was amazing. Everyone was happy from the crowd to the venue owner. If you get a chance to see these guys play, check them out.
Check out this new and totally amazing series of short films by Evan Daugherty (Snow White and The Huntsman) which takes a gritty approach to the Super Mario Bros franchise. 4 short videos, 4 characters: Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, and Toad.
Here, THE ADDICT receives a reminder from his past that forces him to rethink his present.
Dont miss the premiere of Buck Wild at the Leo J Welder for performing arts in Victoria Texas.
This week on the Old Man and Bitter Girl show… Danny Kuykendall (photobomber pictured aboved) joins us in the studio to talk about local music life. He had interesting things to say:
On being in a local band in Victoria Texas:
“I think the motiff for that year (2008) was awful for Victoria not just for Poor Favor but for live music in Victoria. In the last 3 or 4 years it’s gotten so good. Everyone is having good shows. The Luchadores are having good shows, Vincent’s Betrayal has like a HUGE following now. Hard work and persistence pays off.
On Folly Collage:
“If Bowie, Prince and The Doors made some weird baby that would be us, that’s the plan anyway.”
“There’s a definite lack of female presence at these shows (hard rock/ indie), and you know people need to shake their asses”
“Lately it’s worked out for the first half (ladies) but the second half a whole bunch of dudes start taking off their shirts (don’t get me wrong they’re our friends and all)”
“Everyone in all these bands always been saying ‘We should get together and actually try to plan stuff out. We talked about it and never thought we were actually doing anything about it, but it turns out that just by playing shows and being friends, that;s what worked out that’s what did it.”
On Poor Favor:
“Depravity and you know the typical angst. Some people lack common decency. It is deeper than that though.”
“That seemed so obvious to me.” (on having a band sticker of just a SC code)
” Right place, right time. I met Caleb in Guitar ensemble in college, he’s way sicker on guitar than me, so I stuck him on bass. Aaron was already doing percussion for love letter.” (On finding band members)
On Radfest and Badfest:
“I figured the best time to do it would be to rent it out on a Sunday. We have enough friends to fill out the whole day.”
“I’m suprised it went as smoothly as it did”
“We had one complaint. If you only have one old man complain about your live music concert outside, you’re doing alright.”
“I told the cops, ‘sorry about the noise’ and they said ‘isn’t this some sort of music venue?”
We first met the folks of Obsolete! Magazine at Staple! Independent Media Expo and fell in love with the concept of a real analog newsprint zine that is being printed in spite of “new media”
The guerilla based tactic of giving away free issues and paying their contirbutors for their original content probably wasnt the best business model, but now they are starting a kickstarter campaign to fund their next few issues and keep the print version alive.
You can find the link for their kickstarter here, and also keep an eye out for issue 8 which we will be distrbuting at shows in the near future.
My birthday was a few days ago. I must be having one of those touchy feely old people moments, because as I was at my day job (yup I worked on my birthday) I took time to mentally go over my life as I worked. It’s been a long life, but hey I had overtime in my pocket…
So without hesitation, here are a few things I have learned as I grew older (and somewhere maybe grew up)
Music Really Does Save Lives- I was just a kid when it found me. Like a person dying of thirst, I drank it up, every last bit. Years later, when I went through a divorce, I put aside my favorite artists ( I couldn’t let Tom Waits and Smoking Popes be ruined by a bad situation) and discovered new music. It led me to take all my frustration and the void in my life and make something healing (The Loveletter). It led me to go back to school and study it the right way, and still today, it lets me connect with bands and artists all over the world. If you don’t think music is important. I feel sorry for you, and I would hate to see the kind of life you live.
Living Past Your Expiration Date Solves The “What If’s”- When I was 16 or 17, I had a thing for this goth chick. Naturally to get as close as I could with her, I let her read my palm. In the midst of her highly vague and interpretive reading she gave me one definite prediction as she looked at my lifeline.
I was going to die by 35.
I still went out with her even though she predicted my death, she was hot after all, and black lipstick was oh so classy in the 90′s, but I still took her prediction with a grain of salt. This did help me in future adventures though, every time I saw a pretty girl I wanted to talk to or try something I had never done, the easiest way to psyche myself into it was to remind myself that I would be dead in a few years. As a result, I have great stories. Crazy adventures and shenanigans that I will always carry with me.
Now, as I turn 37 I laugh at the thought of being two years expired. I never had a question in my mind of what I should have tried. The regrets in my life are for the things I have done, but not the things I didn’t do.
I Have Nothing To Prove- Over the years, I have worn many hats. Been part of various subcultures, and have combed the earth trying to find where I fit. Somewhere along the dyed hair, the braces and bald heads, the skateboards, and the wrestling masks I realized I don’t fit anywhere.
It’s sad sometimes to be the only one of your kind.
I am lucky to have friends, a family unit, and a great girl who loves me, but I will always look in the mirror, and know there is no one just like me. Only I have my specific sets of insecurites, skin ailments, talents, and lack of talents.
The upside to all of this, is that even if I am a lonely man in a crowded room, I have nothing to prove to anyone. I know who I am, and now I can simply quit trying to be something that I am not. There is a comfort in being a monster who only has to roar.
I’ve Seen Bands Live You Have Only Seen On Youtube- Well… I have.
You Need To Stand Up For Something, Not Just The Flavor Of The Week- Running a podcast, and promoting a band, I use social media as an necessary evil. Still it hurts my soul a little everyday. It’s not anything I do, my posts are golden, and they accurately reflect me as a person…. but some of you I feel I need to give man lessons to.
Every week, there is a new cause for the average “Joe Mob Mentality” to advocate. Everything from breast cancer, to civil rights, to protecting the grey wolf. Now I’m not saying these aren’t good causes, what I’m saying is that making a difference in something means picking a platform and seeing it through the end. Contributing and not just using “likes” and “shares” to promote the cause but really doing something. Americans have lost their resolve, their is no such thing as the “American Spirit” that was found in our grandparents and great grandparents in WW2. We want to punish evildoers, but we are afraid of wars. We want justice in the streets but don’t want overcrowd prisons. We want to be protected from foreign enemies but don’t want to put it in the budget. We want all our freedoms and no censorship until something offends even the smallest group then it must be removed from the earth.
What the hell happened to people? I sometimes wonder if we used way too much hand sanitizer as children that it has made us simple smelling but with no bite.
Brea and I for instance chose to advocate DIY music and subcultures. The result of our labor is our podcast, show, zine and website.
I wouldn’t trade that in for anything.
In the podcast this week is Madagain Saints with their song “If you knew”
Check out this video for their best known track “Wineglass”
Eli Arrington to be one of the featured artisits in Ryvvolting! Punk Rock Art Show during Chaos in Tejas
Being old enough to have the name “Old Man” in your show, you get to witness a few things over the years. As time has weathered my once youthful good looks and vigor, I have seen friends come and go, through punk rock’s revolving door. For most people, it is a fad or a quick way to spend 4 to 6 years as they drift through high school or college and then trade it all in for a picket fence and reality TV.
But then there are some who are always there, doing what they do, and basically keeping on.
That’s where Eli Arrington comes in.
Over the years, I have seen Eli grew up from a kid who took my band’s demo tape from his big sister, to a snotty teenage punk, to a snotty adult, and now having an art show during one of the best underground festivals Texas has every year.
I really began to take a closer look at Eli’s art a few years ago. I remember in the old days of punkfests and Oi! shows in Victoria Texas, once and a while we would tap him to draw up a flyer with some original art, but looking at the stuff he does now, his work has matured (although the artist is still a bit of a jerk). Seriously.. Eli’s stuff has really taken off and he seems to be making quite a name for himself out in the punk world, which is something we at OMBG really want all our friends to do. From show flyers to record sleeve and cassette demo art, Eli’s trademark black and white lowbrow punk and thrash pictures are giving us new visuals of an old feeling.
So if you are free Sunday in Austin, go check out his stuff. The skate decks are for sale and from what I understand the prints are going fast.
Kate Collins and Eli Arrington
5th st and Lavaca
Opening this weekend is the 12th Star Trek movie (and 2nd for J.J. Abrams) Star Trek Into Darkness. It’s no small feat for Abrams, to take a movie franchise that was on it’s last legs (save for the die hard fans) and make it something that is once again exciting and fun.
Look, I love the franchise, it was my subsititute best friend as a kid while I waiting patiently for Star Wars to get it’s rear into gear… and when the SW franchise was seemingly over, Star Trek TNG became a regular watchable treat. I enjoyed the shows and the movies, but I also began seeing the end of the road. As the actors got older (Next Generation actors too) and they tried to keep squeezing themselves into outfits and do movies that still required sci fi action, I knew that something had to change. As much as I loved the old actors, I would rather have them burn out early than watch them get older and worse for wear as they pulled out yet another lackluster movie that none of my friends would want to watch with me.
Then J.J. Abrams came, he did something I would never have had the guts to do, and recasted all the beloved characters… and it worked. Using Star Wars themes and visceral images, he made Star Trek what it should be. Now don’t get me wrong, ST was already good, but like SW sometimes it needed saving from it’s creator, and Trek’s creator has been dead for some time.
If there is a problem with Into Darkness, it’s not the story or the fact that it’s not canon (Abram’s established altered timeline lets the purists have their Trek while he explores this new one) It’s that this movie at times may be too dark. I wondered that in various times as Kirk and crew went on a manhunt to kill for revenge, (something Roddenberry would certainly never have written) and Starfleet is caught up in a plan to go to war with another species. It is a far cry to the original premise of mankind learning it’s lesson from war and being a peaceful race.
Despite that, it’s got everything I want in a science fiction movie. Explosions, a great climax, and a chick in her underwear. This movie (and it’s 2009 counterpart) suceeds in doing what other Star Trek movies have failed to do. It grabs the casual movie fans attention. You don’t need to have seen the other 11 movies to get what is going on here, and even more so, you can whole heartedly enjoy the movie when you do see it.
Will there be people who don’t like it? Sure. There always are. But I submit that for the purists’ beloved franchise to survive, it needs this update and it needs this director. Seeing the Enterprise soaring through the screen leaving a cosmic vapor light trail when going into warp is a treat, and one that should be witnessed in a full theater rather than an empty one.