02/9/11

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This is the demo version of a “re-imagined” Dammit by Blink 182 that I recorded a little over a year ago. I had this idea in my head and laid it all out one night and this is what came of it. There are about 7 guitar tracks in there.

I had a final version in the works with bass, drums and a couple guitar tracks finished when my hard drive crashed and I lost days worth of work….never went back to redo/finish it. Just found this demo recently and figured I would share.

24/8/11

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03/5/11

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03/5/11

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So I guess that shit I posted about the Siamese Dream girl being in the band now was bullshit. Sounded too cool to be true….but ya never know. Well played @Billy ….(I hate when people say “well played”)….

19/4/11

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18/2/11

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The cover of Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dream features siamese twin girls that have always been a mystery since becoming the cover art of the 1993 classic. The band never actually knew who the girls were and in 18 years since the album’s release, they still remained unidentified even after several attempts by the band over the years to find out who they were.

Well, a few hours ago, Billy Corgan posted the following on his personal Twitter account:

Just found out the weirdest news: our bass player Nicole [Fiorentino] (@xocoleyf) just admitted she is one of the girls on the cover of Siamese Dream. She said she didn’t want us to know because she thought maybe we wouldn’t let her be in the band

It’s totally possible that he’s just joking around, but its also totally possible that it’s legit. If this is indeed valid and true information, that would probably be one of the coolest and most incredible pieces of rock news I’ve ever heard.

I pieced together a picture of the twins from the album cover and a current shot of Nicole, and even though there is quite a gap in age - you can definitely see some similarities to the twin on the left, especially the eyes.

Could it be true?

26/1/11

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Spammin!

I get these emails from Entertainment Weekly that say “We Want You Back!” with all of these exclusive offers from them.

What pisses me off about this is that I never had a subscription signed up with that email address. The reason they had that email address is because in 2003 I had to communicate with them for about 5 months trying to get my money back from them.

Basically, back then Media Play would force subscriptions at customers with sales. They’d offer a “free subscription” to customers using a credit card and what this would actually do is sign you up for a free trial with your credit card number and it would then charge that card in a few months without most noticing and continue to charge what turned out to be $40 dollars every 6 months for a subscription to any of the magazines.

Well - I never signed up for anything because I knew it was bullshit, yet somehow my credit card number got associated with another customer and a subscription was shipping to this guy in South Carolina for about 2 years on my dime. This was during a time where most of my money went towards booze and I didnt look at my account like I do in 2011…so it slipped through. When I tried to argue them, they tried to tell me that “everyone has the same story sir once they realize they’ve been charged - theres nothing we can do about the money you lost but we can cancel it now”….no no no….I was going to get that money back.

It took a WHILE but I got SOME of the money back. I still can’t believe I had to go through that bullshit. It was obvious the subscription was going to someone else and that an error had ocurred but they didnt give a shit.

In 2011 I have a subscription to Entertainment Weekly that I get for $7.99 per year…and I always pay by check when its time to renew.

Lessons to be learned here:

  • Nothing is ever free.
  • Don’t ever sign up for any offers at any cash registers.
  • Keep a close eye on your online bank account.
  • If you want to subscribe to a Magazine, do some research, there is always a cheaper way than directly through the subscription card.

16/11/10

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Mitch All Together…

Back in 2002, we drove to see Mitch Hedberg in Dayton OH, and early the next year went to Pittsburgh and saw him again. It was here that we met Mitch and so was the start of a beautiful thing. Without going too deep into details - the next few times we saw Mitch live, he’d fire off an email beforehand and we’d go meet up and hang out with him…he was our famous “see ya once a year” friend, and it was terrible news to hear when he died just a month after we last saw him. He told us how he was in talks with FOX and was ready to sign a deal for a TV show. What a great talent…you’ll be forever missed, Mitch.

Here is a letter Mitch wrote from his website back in 2003 when we first met him. It used to link to a picture of the group of us with Mitch, but that site is long gone. Using the Way Back Machine, I pulled up this old page and wanted to save this because he mentioned the day we met. Mitch talked about us in his act that night, and again when we saw him in our home town, North Tonawanda NY. I’ll never forget that night. Mitch said “I have some friends that live about 15 miles from here”…and we didnt catch it at first so he followed that up with “Don’t make noise all at once guys…” haha. RIP.

Feb. 15, 2003
Hi, it’s Mitchell.
I’m in Jacksonville, Florida facing the beach. I have a room at the Sea Turtle Inn. A sketch of a sea turtle adorns the bathroom wall so I don’t forget. People out on the sand are acting like frolicking will be outlawed tomorrow.
¬†Daytona 500 is 80 miles south of me. I prefer the Indy 500 cause I love milk. To the guys who drove who drove from Buffalo to Pittsburgh - Y’all amaze me. Thanks. Same to the folks who drove in from Indianapolis. You make me feel lucky and happy. This is for all of the people who paid for a ticket at the Improv in Pittsburgh: I give you all of my love. Just like Robert Plant. And to the people at NFU…same offer. Great crowds, everywhere. Josh Sneed gave me a stuffed koala bear. Beautiful gesture, J.S.! I’m one step away from getting a live one.

MITCH

The Switch…?

So, I’m watching the movie “The Switch” where Jason Bateman jerks off into Jennifer Aniston’s artifical insemination cup in the bathroom at her party….the grossest part is, when I initially saw the previews for this movie - I thought that he did it because he was in the “friend zone” and wanted to be closer to her and figured this was a good way to do it.


Oh no….that’s not why he did it. He did it because he took the fucking cap off of the cup with the original “donation” and was playing with the cup like a child in the sink with the water running. A knock at the door scared him and he drops the cup, spilling the jizz thus needing to replace it with his own. That’s way more disgusting than a simple “switch” in order to impregnate the girl he’s clearly been in love with forever with his kid to create some sort of future relationship with her. He didnt just “switch” it out of love…this should be called “The Replacement” or “The Man Who Played With Semen”.¬†

What’s worse is, I’m totally going to watch the whole movie and probably enjoy it. There are few Romantic Comedies that I don’t enjoy.

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