Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

Gwar rocked 9:30 Club sunday night! I forgot just how weird the club looks when it’s wrapped in plastic.

This was my 5th (and Carolyn’s 4th) time seeing Gwar, and arguably my most enjoyable Gwar show since Peppermint Beach Club, Virginia Beach, 1993ish, with Ryan S, Greg S, Wayne H, Shehab M, Doug B, etc.

They had their usual stage antics.. Including some fights between various people… McCain.. Obama.. Hillary. It was funny how people who cheered at McCain being killed, and Hillary having her tits cut off felt like they couldn’t cheer at Obama being killed. Pussies.

We ended up pretty close. The plastic actually helped make it easier to advance to the stage (hard to explain, and I don’t want to share my secrets). So we ended up being RIGHT at the front stage, but off to the side. The mosh pit barely touched us. And we got covered in slave blood. And some bile from BileDriver too. Carolyn’s hair has pink highlights now. She read they can take up to a month to go away — though two days later, it’s actually already faded a little bit.

I believe they opened with “The Salaminizer”, eventually played “Bring Back The Bomb” (but not before I mistook another sone for it). They also played “Crack In The Egg” and “Ham On The Bone” (which seemed to excite Carolyn because she made our party-karaoke for that song), “Biledriver” (which got a bit of green on us).

They also played “Rock ‘N Roll Never Felt So Good”, one of my favorite Gwar songs about having sex with a quadriplegic (and fucking her ass with a frozen piece of shit). And “The Private Pain Of Techno Destructo” (but with “Bozo Destructo” instead), a song I only recently (9 months?) became a big fan of, and which was also covered by the Cartoon Network cartoon Codename: Kids Next Door as ‘Gramma Stuffum‘, in the episode OPERATION:FOODFITE. Major bonus points to anyone who can find a digital copy of this episode. I can’t, and I’ve tried. It’s S4E2.

And of course, this tour celebrated the return of Sleazy P. Martini, which meant we got to see Slaughterama live for the FIRST TIME EVER!! This is pretty much the first Gwar song I ever got into, and a song I wanted to see live VERY BADLY during the 1993 concert (along with “Have You Seen Me?”, which they’ve still never played).

I’d been excited about the prospect since I first read about it on John The Canadien‘s blog, in his post entitled World’s Greatest Crack Dealer To Return For GWAR Tour!!!.

FINALLY WE CAN SEE IT! Did anyone else notice that when they had the “art fag” verse, the art fag looked like Marilyn Manson? Heh.

^ Sleazy P. Martini does his thing

And they closed with “Sick Of You“, one of Gwar‘s most popular songs. I always thought people liked Slaughterama better, but that’s not the case. It’s probably a bit too gimmicky for everyone, and “Sick Of You” does indeed fucking rock, even if it’s actually one of the lighter Gwar songs:

Also, here’s a video someone made on YouTube that I think is a compliation of several different live performances of Slaughterama:

A few pictures of us after the show will eventually be posted HERE, and you’ll be able to see Carolyn’s hair with “pink highlights”.
In the meanwhile, please enjoy Toxikk’s set of pictures on flikr HERE.

ON SONG RECOGNIZABILITY: The problem between seeing Gwar in 1993 and seeing Gwar in 1999/2005/2007/2008 is that they have released a good 8 full albums since then, and Carolyn & I weren’t keeping up. In 1993, they didn’t have enough material for me to feel lost. When I saw them in 1999, the show was sold out, so we missed most it (only getting in via “connections”), and came out remembering all of 1 or 2 songs from the show — they had so much new material that we were totally lost. I then got a full Gwar discography (including demos & singles) and put it into our “to be learned” rotation. This definitely improved things — In 2005, we walked out only knowing 2 songs, but in 12/2007, we walked out knowing 6 songs they played. This time, in 12/2008, we walked out knowing 9 songs they playbe. Maybe in 2 years we’ll be able to go to a Gwar song and recognize every song. Until them I’m gonna keep on listening until I know every song, as any good scumdog should.

AFTER MATH: Here’s what we looked like after the show [pics added 2/5/2009]:

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after the Gwar concert – Carolyn – pinked hair

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after the Gwar concert – Clint – pinked shirt

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Clint – pinked shirt

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after the Gwar concert – Clint – pinked shirt

To see every concert I’ve ever been to, go to my List Of All Concerts page. (more…)

I’m ill and low-energy and don’t feel like fact-checking (I did one randomly and it seems like it might be true)…. but I did find this interesting so I’ll post it up here for anyone to retort now or later…

“The truth is, the history of oil prognostication is littered with scaremongers proclaiming false declarations of approaching oil famine. In fact, doom merchants have used oil as a vehicle for “end of the world” scenarios since before World War I. Consider:

* In 1914, the U.S. Bureau of Mines declared that the United States would run out of oil in 10 years.

* In 1939, the Department of the Interior predicted that oil reserves would last only 13 more years.

* In 1950, when the world’s estimated reserves were thought to be 600 billion barrels, the Department of Interior again projected the end of the age of oil by 1963.

* Move forward to the 1973 Arab oil embargo, which prompted the highly respected journal Foreign Affairs to publish an article on “The Oil Crisis: This Time the Wolf is Here.”

* In 1981, a respected textbook on economic geology predicted that the United States was entering a 125-year-long energy gap, expected to be at its worst in the year 2000 with dire consequences to our standard of living.

* In 1995, a prominent geologist predicted that petroleum production would peak in 1996 and that after 1999 many of the developed world’s societies would look like Third World countries.

* In 1998, a Scientific American article titled “End of the Age of Oil” predicted that world oil production would peak in 2002 and that we would soon face the “end of the abundant and cheap oil on which all nations depend.”

Is the end really near — or are the corporations just looking for excuses to create a false scarcity, as they often do?

I have no doubt that we’ll “run out”. But oil just went DOWN to half its price. The laws of supply and demand do tend to say that when something becomes rare, the price goes up. We’ll never actually run out of oil; it will just become prohibitively expensive.

But I’m not seeing this yet. And I’m wondering if I should be as sure about this as I have been, considering that the sky has been falling since 1914? Or is this just some conservative big business anti-energy propaganda bullshit? (more…)

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So, our friend Chris H visited again last nite — after seeing us Thursday — because he had forgotton something and had to drive back this way before going back to California.

I swear I felt the virus jump straight from his cigarettes into my body.
I often know, within a 15 minute range of time, EXACTLY when I got sick.

For instance, in 3rd grade, I can remember what chair I was sitting in (I was in trouble in the principal’s office) when a girl walked by to go home from having Chicken Pox. I knew I was infected, and was right — I didn’t make it to school for WEEKS after that, missing an award ceremony where I would have had go to up in front of my whole school THREE times. You see, as a 3rd grader, I beat all the 5th graders in non-fiction writing. MUAHAHA.

So anwyay, I knew I was infected with something before Chris was even gone. And I was right.

I opted to go to bed early (11pm instead of 1am) with Carolyn, who went to bed early due to a morning vet appointment to mutilate Lemonjello’s balls. I could NOT sleep. I was tossing and turning. It reminded me of the feeling of a tetanus shot.

Finally by 5AM I left and went to the foofsac. I sleep better on non-level sleeping surfaces, as they allow me to put weight somewhere else other than my constantly-sore rib (now less sore after going off the Bactrum — could it be that it was enlarging my liver?). I had slept in the bed with Carolyn 4 nites in a row, which, I think, is a record out of the past 1.5 yrs. No back problems. Maybe because I’m too busy suffernig with this sickness.

Stayed in bed until 12:30PM or so. That’s about 13+ hours. I usually sleep 4-6.

This is the 3rd time I’ve gotten sick since fall.

Was my immune system weakened due to 3 years of daily antibiotics?

And considering I have something like 400+ antibiotic pills remaining …. Should I take these to try to kill the sickness? (more…)

 movie coverI'd rather be watching TV![IMDB link] [Netflix link] Of course we watched the sequel! Duh!

PEOPLE: The writers of the first movie are finally allowed to be the directors during for second movie. Director Danny Leiner (mostly a nobody, but he did get a special thanks for Melvin Goes To Dinner) is out.

QUIRKS: They were going to release this straight-to-video, but decided to do a theatrical release. Amnesty International encouraged members to pass out flyers to people in order to ensure they are aware of the treatment and abuse that goes on in Guantanimo Bay — treatment that continues unabated to this day. But the best humor is irreverent, so you just have to set politics aside and have a good laugh.

CONCLUSION: Oh. My. God. Harold & Kumar #1 was pretty much the movie that made me laugh the hardest the year I watched it. This movie has so far claimed that title for me in 2008. We watched this with Greg & Nicole and they seemed to laugh non-stop as well. The George Bush scene was incredible! This movie basically continued on in the exact same spirit as the first movie: An epic stoner adventure full of insane people, crazy characters, and even crazier circumstance. And yes, there’s a girl/romantic angle too. And a nemesis that is a true douchebag. I mean… They do sooooo much in this movie. Airplane emergencies, bottomless parties, escaping from Guantanamo, KKK bonfires, driving halfway across the country, messing up relationships, and more!

RECOMMENDATION: Watch this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Even if you didn’t see the first movie, you can STILL watch this. It’s not an ongoing saga; just another adventure. You can watch the 2 movies in whatever order you want.

FACEBOOK: Become a fan of this movie HERE.

MOVIE QUOTES: George W. Bush: “Trust the government? Heck, I’m in the government and I don’t even trust it.”
Neil Patrick Harris: “Did you see that unicorn? Its horn was so shiny…”

FRIENDS’ RATINGS: Carolyn & I loved it. Greg & Nicole certainly seemed to while watching it with us. Christian D, Metinee, and Benj all really liked it. Melanie B and Evan G liked it. I’m surprised I was the only one to rate this 5 stars. I’m not sure how much funnier a comedy can be.