and Scott Kelly Tour
Chicago- Abbey Pub 2-9-11
I bumped into a handful of frozen beards asking
for directions on desolate Detroit streets, searching for some meager
scene of a particular underground music that would hit my strip
from time to time and town to town but thanks to GPS, I can now
rely on our friendly Big Brother to guide me to flight into sound.
As much pun and grief as the U.S. government gets for their true
intentions, it is helpful in our life journey and galactic adventure
as is harmful keeping technology in or out of reach. If you stripped
it down and unplugged the government, what you would find is mankind,
pure and simple. They have jobs to do, mouths to feed, and if we're
standing in the way of survival, we could easily be removed. Wino
and Scott Kelly teamed up in early FEB 2011 with their dueling acoustic
set to do one thing: survive. Each day in the universe of dark and
light matter - whether enlightened or ignorant - we fend, forge
and fight for survival. The evening was opened with award winning,
local Chicago act Earthen Grave with an acoustic set that complemented
the Abbey Pub’s wooden floor and the sets to follow. Wino
stepped out of his usual doom metal comfort zone and walked up to
the stage during the last Pentagram unplugged song dedicated to
him. It's awarding to know others are recognizing all these bands
as a whole and not necessarily a divided group. If you ask any in
the scene, it can be described as doom-addled drama to some while
bands like Pentagram have seen 30+ members in their 40-year careers.
The one thing I appreciated the most about these two influential
musicians standing side by side - stripping down to their bare band
knuckles and hard-earned lyrical wisdom - is that in the end people
were brought together for once, which is what melody is all about.
At times there are one too many bands out there bullying their bass
strings and breeding hatred rather than regulating, in case the
instance of resistance is necessary for other innocent by-standers
to survive. Its hard enough to find a decent neighbor nearby, therefore
why drive 300 miles to feel torn apart? It certainly brought a sense
of security of my support of these obscure bands that have a soft
side, because brutality should be considered a presence of the past,
as peace settles all conflict within a matter of time and tuned
notes. Let's rejoice in knowing there is life and a future in doom
metal instead of feeding so much into a past that purposely created
so much turmoil and death.
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@ The Warehouse Live!
in Houston March 6th, 2011
: Mark Marker
night show was @ capacity @ The Warehouse. The band, the room and
the fans all brought it. First I have ever seen someone dive from
the pit onto the mezzanine. Like from the floor, and hurdled 12
people in the process!!!!! Dude had no gravity. Best part was, when
he cleared the people, and the 8 foot fence, he actually FACEPLANTED!!
wasn't short on energy either. After playing in music for nearly
30 years these veteran all stars still seemed to have a blast, and
a grip on their youth. Band currently features Phil Anselmo of Pantera,
Pepper Keenan of Corrosion of Conformity, Kirk Windstein of Crowbar,
Rex Brown of Pantera and Jimmy Bower of Eyehategod. Obviously, they
have very active schedules but have given the gulf coast a handful
of dates and are takin' it to Europe in June. Looks like they are
give this a good push.
guys are outta NOLA and have felt the fall and rise of a phoenix.
From Katrina to Superbowl. This city is resilient and so is this
band. New Orleans is really one of the most original music cities
we have in America. They seem to hold onto to tradition and transcend
it's own musical boundaries. Keeping classics fresh, This city offers
up some of the best in all genres, without California pretentiousness.
The Meters/Nevilles, Rebirth Brass Band, Harry Connick Jr., Cowboy
Mouth, Galactic, KRS-ONE, Corroision of Conformity, muthaphuckin'
DOWN, etc, etc, etc. Fer reals? People all braggin' on Seattle,
SF, LA, ATX, Detroit, Nashville all being these rich music cities.
WHATTHEFUCKEVER! All those places are badass, but you want something
you never had before? Go to NOLA. Fuck the line @ ACME, go across
the street to Felix's for the best oysters in the world. Had to
throw that plug in. Real talk though.
is the first episode of 4 from "Shit Phil Says"
you missed 'em in Houston, you missed out. Yet you still have a couple
chances to see them at some great venues in other great cities. My
pick would be Philly @ The Troc. Sorry guys, would road trip with
you, but going to the home of Down for Jazzfest. See ya around the
corner! If you are anywhere near one of these shows. Go.
Osbourne with Vagabond Swing
@ Last Concert Cafe 3-11-11
I must admit I didn't know this guys pedigree. He has some noteworthy
accomplishments. I went to this show because I thought his band
had Pepper Keenan (Corrosion of Conformity), Stanton Moore and Robert
Walters backing him up. I didn't know why I didn't know him, but
figured he must have somethin' goin' on to be playin' with such
a stellar cast. Wrong. He didn't even have the band I was so excited
to see with him. Had a couple good musicians, but NOT Stanton, Pepper
and Robert. Still wanted to know what the fuss was all about. Swear
to god I have never seen so much jacking off in my life. This old
man was like one giant guitar solo. Dude... frickin hippy wouldn't
stop. Someone should put a leash on that. Like your older brother
who has been learning how to play lead guitar in his bedroom, of
your parents house, for 40 years. Give it a rest! If I could have
been close enough, I would have unplugged his amp. Sorry. Mastubatory.
Don't get it. Don't want to. He keeps good company, and knows how
to play guitar, but that was painful. Apparently he can write songs,
although the ones I listened to last night, all sounded like one
long guitar solo. Sorry for being redundant, but so was he. He wrote
a couple songs with Keb' Mo, and that record won a Grammy in1999.
Also wrote another song for Tim McGraw that hit #1 on the country
charts and sold a few million records. Wrote a couple tunes for
Johnny Lang that got some Hollywood Heat. Did NOT hear any of that
song writing skill last night. Just one long guitar solo. YAWN.
those kids I wrote about before, Vagabond Swing, they opened. They
win. OMFG! They are fantastic! Was so happy I was there early enough
to see these sexy kids show Anders whaddups with writing a song.
Really Anders, maybe you should have therm help you write some music
to play live. That drummer has the sexiest voice alive and I would
let him kick my bass drum with his fuzzy stick ANYTIME! Speaking
of bass?! What is up with that standup bassist????? He is fucking
possessed. Hands down, Vagabond Swing got me wet, and Anders Osbourne
dried me out. Went home alone. Thought of sex after such an anti-climatic
show, made me grip my Blue Dolphin vibrator extra hard, thinking
about the lads of Vagabond Swing, until satisfaction, and my morning