[Dec. 2]: El Floppy Tacos at Madison's. Their name gives me the munchies every time I type it. Fuckers.
[Dec. 4]: Flaw, Displaced, Glory Glory and Warchild at The Scout Bar; Roger Creager at Whiskey River; J. Paul Jr. and the Zydeco Nu Breeds at The Gator Lounge. I love zydeco. Really.
[Dec. 5]: Meshac Jackson and The Echo Vine at The Vortex; and Mike Zito @ Whiskey River. Have you seen that TV commercial for Whiskey River? The one with all the girls that look the same with the bleach-bottle-blond hair and Ritt-dye-black roots? I'm telling ya, it's fuckin' freaky the way they all look like clones. Except for that one dark-haired bartender. She's hot.
[Dec. 6]: La Snacks, Attractive and Popular, Transmography and Ginsu Wives at The Vortex.
[Dec. 8]: Hoobastank at The Scout Bar. Hoobastank! I wondered where the fuck they went.
[Dec. 9]: El Floppy Tacos at Madison's. Again.
[Dec. 10]: Stereoside, Fixer and Boggdown at The Outlaw Drinkin' Club.
[Dec. 11]: Kevin Fowler at Whiskey River. I'm telling ya, those Stepford girls are creepin' me out.
[Dec. 13]: We Were Wolves, Cousin Phelpy, The Amorist and Sour Mash at The Vortex; and Burnt Face Jack at The Outlaw Drinkin' Club. Burnt Face Jack may very well be the best new band name of 2008.
I met a cool guy at the shop today during my shift. He was from Chicago and I told him I lived up near Joliet from the 5th grade through high school. He said, "Oh ... I was in the CITY" and I laughed and said "Yeah, I was in the ..."
We both said "suburbs." It was funny at the time.
We started talking about our tattoos and I told him one of my favorites was the lucky 13 skull and crossbones on a spider web that my pal Omar did on my left arm when he was at Gill "The Drill" Montie's World Famous TattooMania in downtown Beaumont. [Texas, that is].
My new friend said, "What, did you used to be a gang-banger?"
And I said "No, just a punk rocker."
He said, "In Chicago, that could have got you killed. If the wrong Mexicans see that, they'll shoot you."
"Heyheyhey, hows it going sir? Just writing to let you know that my new group/duo The Box Set will be playing our first Beaumont show Saturday Night at the Art Studio (11/22). Some bands cancelled and they were looking for replacements, so we decided "eh, why not?" Just thought I'd give a heads up, all the info is on their page at myspace.com/artstudio thanky, thanky! see ya,"
[Nov. 16]: Uptown, 20/20 and Southern Embers at The Scout Bar. At that big building with all the lights in downtown Beaumont.
[Nov. 17]: The Supersuckers at The Vortex. The last the Suckers were in town they acted like big-time rockstars, but hey, they're better than Staind.
[Nov. 18]: Otep, Ill Nino, Stale Mind, Walls of Jericho and Sister Sin at The Scout Bar. I like me some Otep.
[Nov. 19]: Obsolete August at The Scout Bar. House band!
[Nov. 20]: Stoney LaRue at Whiskey River; Goatwhore, The Kingdom Mafia and Killjoy72 at The Outlaw Drinkin' Club. That's right - I said Ghoatwhore.
[Nov. 21]: Mad Happy at The Vortex; The Bogarts at Changing Times.
[Nov. 22]: Lonestar Pornstar and Energy Williams at The Outlaw Drinkin' Club; Bad Faith and Longneck Road at Changing Times; She Craves and Parallel the Sky at The 710 Downtown Bar; The Dolly Rockers at The Vortex.
[Nov. 24]: Psychostick and Retard-O-Bot at Changing Times. Yeah, all the cool band names have been taken.
[Nov. 25]: Staind, Seether and Papa Roach at The Ford Arena. I lied. This isn't one of the best of the month. In fact, I hate all three of these bands. Especially Seether.
[Nov. 26]: Jimmy Kaiser and David Lee Kaiser at Oke Dokee's; Wayne Toups at Whiskey River. The Kaiser Brothers are cool - and that Wayne Toups knows how to party.
[Nov. 28]: Mark Chesnutt at Whiskey River; Choke and Slow the Knife at The 710 Downtown Bar. Chesnutt is one of the best Texas country singers around - and he once recorded a cover of an Aerosmith song. Seriously.
[Nov. 29]: The Crazy Ivans at The Vortex; The Hunger at The Scout Bar. The guys in The Hunger are cool - and they toured with KISS.
Tonight [Nov. 14]: Another Day and Sour Mash at The Scout Bar; Exit the Sun and Litany for the Departed at The Outlaw Drinkin' Club; Scott McGill and Old Dog Mac at Dylan's.
Saturday [Nov. 15]: Another Day and Ceres at The Scout Bar; Rockin' Horse, Autovenom, Knotch, Southwind, Cheap Whiskey, Big Red and the Zydeco Playmakers, Circuit Breakers, AD/HD and Mean Gene Kelton at Crockett Street; Whiskeydick at The Outlaw Drinkin' Club.
Alternative Press has collected views from various musicians on the election of President-Elect Obama.
Dicky Barrett [Bosstones] noted: "I feel like the world is now a better place, and a large chunk of my faith in my country has been restored. I don't think we made a good choice, I think we made a great choice. I'm looking forward to living in a country where the guy who runs it is smarter than I am."
Will Francis [Aiden] adds: "Finally some fucking hope."
Wow. It seems that Mickey Leigh [president of Ramones productions and brother to the late Joey Ramone] was in a recent public dispute over politics with Linda Ramone [wife of the late Johnny Ramone].
See, Linda [who should NOT be using the Ramone surname in my opinion] has been involved with Meghan McCain, daughter of Senator McCain. Meghan is self-described punk rocker and argued that the ONLY way to be punk rock is to be conservative. Huh.
Meanwhile, Mickey responded to Linda's use of the surname "Ramone," saying:
"I just want it to be clear that Linda Cummings does not represent the political views of the Ramones. Surely, as for Joey Ramone, the only Ramones song he would sing at a Republican campaign event would be ‘Glad To See You Go!’"
"On November 4th, approximately 24 million 18-29 year olds cast ballots in this historic election, a turnout rate of 55%, up 6 percentage points from 2004. This youth turnout figure is based on a turnout estimate from the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE), and overall turnout calculations from Professor Michael McDonald of George Mason University and results from the National Election Pool exit poll."
“More young people voted than in any election since 18 year olds won the right to vote in 1972. This is truly a remarkable moment; young people have spoken and elected the next president,” said Heather Smith, executive director, Rock the Vote. “No longer can pundits and politicians say we don’t vote. The face of our democracy is forever changed and young people have shown the world we are taking our country into our own hands.”
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“We’ll now take this incredible energy and momentum and demand action on the issues young people care about such as the economy, the war in Iraq, heath care, voting rights, and the environment,” Smith commented. “This is only the beginning.”
Friday [Nov. 7]: Static at Dylan's; Eazy at Larry's French Market; Helstar and Devastation at The Outlaw Drinkin' Club; Saliva, Drowning Pool, Tantric and Jet Black Stare at The Scout Bar; Altar Ego at The Vortex; Ward, Bowen and Steinman at The Logon Cafe; Jamie Bergeron and the Kickin' Cajuns at Whiskey River.
Saturday [Nov. 8]: Kenny Wiebusch and the Outstanding Warrants at Dylan's; Motherlode at Club 87; Infinity's Twin at The Scout Bar; As Eden Burns and Aurora Black at The Vortex.
Sunday [Nov. 9]: The Scraps [pictured above] at The Scout Bar!