• New Job, New Digs

    7. Aug. 2006, 15:38

    You heard it folks. The poptart snagged himself some wizork cooking at a place with such large amounts of downtime, I can throw darts and smoke half a pack of cigaros whilst being paid for it. Not to mention the free beer that comes my way...on the clock of course. Why I didn't work at a bar 10 years ago is beyond me. No matter though, I do now and that's what counts.

    Most people know already but I also moved a bit this summer. I happened into a semi-expensive venture with Mr. Scotty Hinson on 7th street in the 'dotte. It's total cost of monthy bills is a bit steeper then I would like, but having my own backyard and horse shoe pits makes up for it I think.

    I've been handling the birth pangs of being 30 pretty well I think so far. I feel generally happy for the first time in a long while. No major breakdowns as of yet, and most of my hair is still around and of a non-grey colour. I do seriously need to consider quitting smoking this year, but somehow I doubt I'll have the willpower to quit. No matter though...I'm sure some ex-girlfriend will rise up to destroy me long before any form of cancer does.

    On the family front, Ive decided to completely write off one of my sisters (guess who?). I've always had some sort of problem(s) with my life, and she loved to make sure the general public was well informed. Well now the cat's out of the bag, and as it turns out, Katie is far and away a much worse person then I could ever aspire to be. To be blunt: A lying, cheating, backstabbing whore who will do anything to trample a person in order to make herself feel better. I'd go into more detail, but I think I risk blowing a gasket if I do. Maybe another time and another blog.

    Katie, if you do ever read this (meaning you stop getting high enough to be able to read): Eat a bag of dicks.
  • Birthday=lame

    14. Jul. 2006, 5:04

    Fuck I'm 30. Just had to put that out there.
  • New Beta Site

    23. Jun. 2006, 14:27

    Being a subscriber pays off yet again. Last.fm now has a shiny new look and I must say it's fuckin' sexy. I am bombarded by pink no more, so all is good. My only grip would be the load times, but's it's beta, so I am sure that's why it's slow. Once it becomes live all should be well. Clicky the thumbs so you chinchy types can see what I do :)

    Beta version of my page

    The new "Dashboard"

  • The Lady Kill Award

    12. Jun. 2006, 13:19

    Howdy folks.

    It's time to toot my own horn for a bit. Well not just my own horn....

    A few friends of mine have started a band, titled The Lady Kill Award. I've been a part of the recording process over the last few weeks handling the technical side a bit, and I want to share with you folks the results of the endeavor.

    It's pure Detroit rock and roll. One part Billy Squier mixed with equal parts Billy Idol and Britney Spears. I've included some links for the demos recorded so far. Take a listen and throw some feedback. Take heart and remember these aren't studio recordings, nor are they mastered yet. They sound like demos, so don't bitch....much.

    The Lady Kill Award - I Wanna Break Out

    The Lady Kill Award - Angry for Free

    The Lady Kill Award - New Crush
  • Political Rant (read it bitch)

    9. Jun. 2006, 13:48

    Enough with the music blogs....I need to wax political for a few minutes. Don't moan and groan, this shit is important, and unfortunantly, happening right behind our backs.

    Gay Marriage.

    Over the last few weeks, it seems the US Senate has been making a big push on getting an ammendment to the US Constitution through Congress. Their 1st attempt last week was done in a closed session, meaning in secret for you lay people.

    The second attempt was this week in an open session, which fell short by 11 votes.

    Let me cut to the chase here. No matter what view you hold on this subject, I think we all need to be reminded of the standards this country was founded upon. Now don't be an asshole about this, and continue READING the following. I've highlited a key passage I think are central to this issue.

    IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

    The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

    When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

    Now having read that, go back and re-read what I've marked, it's pretty important.

    When the founding fathers of this country penned the Bill of Rights and our Constitution, they never intended to have said documents put restrictions on citizens. The Bill of Rights and the Ammendments to our Constitution are there to GIVE rights, not take them away. No single ammendment stands that takes liberty away from any citizen of this country, and that's the way it should be.

    People in this country need to wake up and start sniffing their own shit before they go and point fingers at others. So what is Joe and Bob want to get married and have all the rights and privledges that it implies. They're human beings, the same as you and me. Being such, they have the same rights.

    Just because homosexuals can get married, does not imply that Joe and Bob will be power fucking in your front yard in front your little son Tommy. Get over yourselves.

    This is how it starts. First we ban homosexuality, then we deport the mexicans, cut aid to the poor, remove the captial gains tax, increase corporate welfare, nationalize and institutionalize the Christian religion, and destroy our rights to privacy.

    What are we left with then? A state run by corporations and fear. Wait....I think we have that already. Enough with American Idol people, it's not a good show and just distracts you. The American people need to get their heads out of their collective asses and start looking at what's really going on.
  • Cock Rock

    6. Jun. 2006, 15:37

    Maybe I'm getting old....but damn is old school Def Leppard isn't some perfect rock and roll. Let me be clear, I'm talking old as in pre 1984. Albums like On Through the Night and High 'n' Dry. Go ahead and laugh, but if your a rock purest like me, you cannot deny my claim.

    I had the chance to catch VH-1's Rock Honors this past weekend. I was looking forward to see how the bands being honored sounded like in their old age (Kiss, Queen, Judas Priest, and Def Leppard)....man, they sounded OLD.

    The best band was a thrown together super group that played tribute to Kiss. Rob Zombie, Slash, Gilby Clark and Scott Ian. They blew the so called honorees out, it was sad. I'd actually like to see more music by them, they really put on a good show, even if it was just one song.

    Other then that, I've been jamming out some local rock bands like The Lanternjack and The Lady Kill Award. Check em' out if you havent already. Both have the standard Myspace pages, and have tracks up to listen to.
  • Nirvana Mix version 1.0

    2. Mai. 2006, 0:12

    As previously mentioned here by myself, I want to put together what I would consider the ultimate Nirvana compilation. My goal is to include as little radio Nirvana as possible, which I think will produce a more honest and unbiased retrospective of the band.

    Track 1: Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle

    Good opening track I think, and really underrated song from In Utero. I was tempted to put Blew as track one, but it's already the first track on Bleach.

    Track 2: Ain't It A Shame?

    A rare unreleased track, and one of my favs. It's everything the band was in a nutshell. A not even 3 minute sarcastic jingle.

    Track 3: Floyd the Barber

    Classic track from Bleach. Slow, dirty and scarey.

    Track 4: Spank Thru

    Another rare track, the studio versions were unreleased, but not hard to find if you look a bit.

    Track 5: Big Long Now

    From Incesticide. Doesn't get as much recognition as a good song as it deserves.

    Track 6: Oh, the Guilt

    A track only released as part of a Nirvana and Jesus Lizard split EP. I remember when I first bought it....good times.

    Track 7: Return of the Rat

    Unreleased/rare. Another quick power chord ditty about nonsense.

    Track 8: Blandest

    Unreleased, damn near identical to the above.

    Track 9: Curmudgeon

    The B-side to Lithium. Availible on the Lithium CD Single and the With the Lights Out box set.

    Track 10: Drain You (live)

    One of the B-sides to Come As You Are. A great live rendition of an already powerful song.

    Track 11: Pay to Play

    Alternate version of Breed.

    Track 12: Lounge Act

    Mmmmmm how does heroin make such great music? I swear it's the best muse ever. Just ask Kurt or Axel Rose.

    Track 13: Even in his Youth

    B-side to Smells Like Teen Spirit, another hidden gem. If anything Nirvana single were worth the 5 bucks for the extra tracks included. I don't understand hip hop and R and B singles...they just have 5 versions of the same track.

    Track 14: You Know You're Right

    Sorry guys, you know me...I'd give this song head if I could. It's everything Nirvana was, and they were on top of their game when they recorded this. Which is strange, if you read the story about the recording session. I guess Kurt showed up a day late and with no equipment......

    Again, your suggestions.....bring em'. If I missed something, or you disagree, go ahead and bitch about it. I'll give it a few before I make it, so you folks can have a chance to put in your two pennies.

  • Rawkzilla

    28. Apr. 2006, 23:02

    Captains Log Stardate: What the fuck ever.

    Howdy folks, how's shit been? My move is finished and things are up and running again thank christ. I've been so busy I haven't had much time for mp3's or journals. That translates into no new tunes for the Poptart, which is a shame. So I have taken the opportunity and gotten back to my roots. Those being RAWK of course.

    Everyone remembers my rant on Nirvana. I think that's whats gotten me started on this little foray into all things distorted and dirty. Bands like Local H, Clutch and White Zombie have been helping me beat back the fair weather blues. Well the marijuana plays it's part too.

    I'm making a new mix CD for my listening pleasure, and I figured I would share the prototype with you folks and get your input.

    Track 1: Nirvana - You Know You're Right

    The quintessential Nirvana track, and a perfect opener for the CD I wish to create. I'm going to be hard pressed to not include any more tunes by Nirvana. Verse Chorus Verse and Ain't It A Shame are really tempting.

    Track 2: Local H - Hands on the Bible

    Great tune by a very underrated band. If you like Math/Grunge rock, Local H is a steal.

    Track 3: ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead - Will You Smile Again?

    My favourite track by these guys, those others tend not to agree. Def a band I need to listen to more.

    Track 4: Faith No More - A Small Victory

    One of my favourite bands growing up, I think this has to their most played track in my collection. I never tire of a little Mike Patton

    Track 5: Queens of the Stone Age - Go With the Flow

    Another QOTSA classic, from the album Songs for the Deaf.

    Track 6: Fu Manchu - Evil Eye

    The opening track from The Action is Go, this is the track that sold me on Fu Manchu way back in the 90's. Damn I'm old.

    Track 7: CKY - The Human Drive in Hi-Fi

    Again, another classic, if a bit overplayed. I can think of other tracks I like more, but I think this one fits the CD the best.

    Track 8: Monster Magnet - Bummer

    Your looking for the one who fucked your mom, it's not me!! And that is nuff said about that.

    Track 9: Soundgarden - 4th of July

    The best Soundgarden track ever if you ask me. Long, slow, heavy and yet melodic. Quality shit all around.

    Track 10: 7Zuma7 - The Seeker

    A great stoner rock version of The Who classic. I discovered these guys off Stonerrock.com

    Track 11: Filter - The Only Way is the Wrong Way

    Love em' or hate em', Filter is a good band, even if they were on MTV. I used to listen to the piss out of them, but not so much anymore.

    Track 12: Danzig - How the Gods Kill

    Time to bring this CD to a close, and I can't think of a more perfect way to do it. Danzig may look like elvis but he brings teh rawk, and that cannot be denied.

    That there is the preliminary track listing. I will accept arguements for adding and removing songs from the list. Just keep with the theme.
  • Movin' on Up

    31. Mär. 2006, 16:31

    Well folks, the day hath arrived.

    I am going to be moving in with my newly divorced sister, in order to help her out with the bills and etc. Therefore she won't have to sell her house. Very spur of the moment, but when family calls, what can you do?

    High Speed is already installed in the house, however I need to snag myself a nice router and about a 40+ foot Cat5 cable. Not going to be cheap, that 40 foot line. Not to mention I have to run it down 2 floors, and I'm no handy man.

    So my online presence is going to be sparse I think until I can get everything installed. Which hopefully means, only this weekend, depending on my home improvement skills.

    Drinks are on me this weekend, and hopefully I won't get too hammered, as I have work to do....
  • Sunday Morning Over Easy

    29. Mär. 2006, 17:44

    Hola folks

    As previously mentioned, and upon further prodding by others, here is the promised journal on AM albums. Nothing too hardcore for me personaly, as intense music is not what I would prefer to wake up to.

    Batting lead off is Cracker. With great tracks like Teen Angst (What The World Needs Now) and Another Song About The Rain, this is an EXCELLENT way to start your day. A bit of country, rock, and alternative all making a very potent mixture that is pleasing to the ear. I've been listening to this album since 9th grade, and I see no reason to stop now.

    Second on the list is esotericnoise's choice, and one of the best albums ever (IMO) Jar of Flies. This is the good old stuff right here. Mellow, acoustic, dreamy, and heroin induced. A great combo. There isn't a bad track on here to be found. My personal favorite tracks are Rotten Apple and Brother, but as mentioned, note a one of them suck. Even if you dislike grunge, you seriously have to try this. (That means you JC)

    Third, is another classic, if a bit under the radar. You'd Prefer an Astronaut. This album might be a bit more then what someone might like in the morning, however I love it. Hum is a very under appreciated garage/grunge/indie group from the mid-ninties. This album contains their only semi radio hit, Stars.

    I thought she'd be there holding daisies
    She always waits for me.
    She thinks she missed the train to Mars
    She's out back counting stars.

    Rocked out grunge, but done with lots of underproduction, and a mellow groove. Again, try this out if you like bands like Dinosaur Jr. and the like.

    Days of Future Passed. No explanation needed here. If you haven't heard The Afternoon: a. Forever Afternoon (Tuesday?) / b. (Evening) Time to Get Away then you don't know music, as simple as that. This is one of the few classic rock bands I can still listen to on a regular basis.

    Marcy Playground. Ok, before you judge this entry on the list....FORGET Sex and Candy. It doesn't exist. However, the rest of this album is solid GOLD people. One part Pixies one part Violent Femmes and one part heroin. I dunno about you folks, but heroin ALWAYS makes great music. Very mild and easy on the ears, it's a great album to drift along to whilst you aren't in your body yet.

    The Weight Is a Gift. This is a new habit of mine. Everyone has heard a few songs by these guys, as they are no stranger to radio play. However, don't let that distract you, as again, this is a great CD to rise with, containing all the characteristics I enjoy. Mellow, with harmony and a bit of energy.

    Fizzy Fuzzy Big & Buzzy. A bit of alternative and rockabilly combined with nonsensical lyrics (at times). They had their only radio hit on this album, with "Banditos". You remember the lines to the chorus.....

    So give you I’d card to the border guard
    Your alias says you Captain John Luc Picard
    Of the United Federation of Planets
    Cause they won’t speak english any ways

    Everybody knows that the world is full of stupid people
    So meet me at the mission at midnight
    We’ll divvy up there
    Everybody knows that the world is full of stupid people
    So I got the pistol
    So I get the pesos

    That seems fair

    Great tune. Great album.

    Ruby Vroom. Beat poetry, stand up bass, sampler and some funk induced guitar riffs makes for a grand listening experience. "Sugarfree Jazz", "Screenwriters Blues" and and "True Dreams of Wichita" are some of my favorite Soul Coughing tracks, and can be found here. True Dreams actually contains one of the best rambling lyrics of all time if you ask me.

    Brooklyn like a sea in the asphalt stalks
    Push out dead air from a parking garage
    Where you stand with the keys and your cool hat of silence
    Where you grip her love like a driver's liscense

    I've seen you
    Fire up the gas in the engine valves
    I've seen your hand turn saintly on the radio dial
    I've seen the airwaves
    Pull your eyes towards heaven
    Outside Topeka in the phone lines
    Her good teeth smile was winding down

    Engine sputters ghosts out of gasoline fumes
    They say You had it, but you sold it
    You didn't want it, no
    I'm half drunk on static you transmit
    Through your

    True dreams
    Of Wichita

    And finally, not least....

    Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell. Take the 1950's, add some punk, some good old alcohol and underachieving induced self loathing, and that is Social D. I love these guys and this early 1990's album does not disappoint. Sure it has a punk vibe, and maybe a bit aggresive for a early morning record, but I think that is what makes it a early morning record. I mean, there is nothing wrong with starting your day off with tracks like "Born to Lose", "Bad Luck" and my personal fav..."Cold Feelings"

    I know most of my choices are based in the 1990's but, you have to go with what you know. Most of these albums have been with me 10+ years, which makes them all the better to listen to in the morning. I'm not a fan of trying new things when I'm not even awake yet.

    So ladies and gents, you know the drill. Time to post up what yoru choices for easing into the day are. I know the replies are going to be quite varied, and I can't wait to see some choices. EN is going to bring the jazz, and JC is going to bring thr Americana. McBean, if he shows up, will bring the suck, I'm sure. (Just kidding)

    A side note:

    The reason I didn't tag every track mentioned, as the preview button seems to break the journal template, and that pissed me off. Hense, no tags for some songs.