Archive for April 2010
Here’s an old one and a tad bit obscure. I remember first buying this on tape when it came out. I saw an ad in a magazine and thought the cover looked cool. Remember back in the old days when you had a good chance of picking a good band by their album covers? Not so much these days.
Deathwish hailed from England. While this isn’t a great thrash album by any stretch of the imagination, it’s worth giving a listen to once a year or so. I picked it up on CD a few years after its release and got it in a cutout bin for maybe $5. What an investment it was! A few days ago I sold my copy on eBay for $65!
I go through phases where I just really don’t want to hear music. Conversely I go through times where I can’t get enough of it. As some of you faithful readers may know, I have been selling off a large portion of my CD collection. “Why?” you may ask? Mainly because most of the stuff was just sitting there taking up space. I tend to move a lot. I’ve been here in Austin for 3 years and just moved into my 4th place. Moving all those boxes gets to be a bit laboring! haha.
I did a purge around 2000/2001 and got rid of about 200-250. This time I plan on getting rid of about 1000. Many I kept simply for nostalgic reasons. “I loved this album. I’ve had this CD forever.” etc etc. Sure it made for nice conversation when folks would come and peruse the collection, but really, who gives a shit? I will be keeping some sentimental faves, around 600 of them…Iron Maiden, some Stones, Triumph, Warlord, WASP…the albums that really matter to me. They’ll also be on the iPod.
As I’ve been going through this selling process, I’ve been converting many of them to MP3 format. Last week I bought the 160gb iPod. For years I said I’d never get one. “Screw those things! I love my CDs!” Now, and it hasn’t even been a full week of ownership, I love this thing. Right now I just have it loaded with the stuff that I have pulled out of the collection and sold, much of which isn’t even my favorite stuff from the collection.
I just put it on shuffle and let it go. It’s nice. There are a few times when I have to grab the iPod and look at who’s playing as it’s something that I don’t recognize. “Wow. I forgot all about this song!” It’s been nice revisiting much of the stuff that just collected dust over the years. Conversely, there are many CDs that I am not bothering to convert. I mean I really don’t need to hear Defiance’s Void Terra Firma ever again. I never really liked it but kept it and their others just to be a completest. Completest no more!
I did add some stuff like Triumph’s Thunder Seven (my least fave of theirs) and heard a few tracks coming and going San Antonio last weekend and thought, “Wow, this was a good album after all!” This morning on my way to work I heard Toy Matinee’s Ballad of Jenny Ledge and it just gave me that warm comfortable feeling that music can often give me. It’s just got me back in the music mood again and I love it.
On top of that add in that my main band is playing out again and last week’s show was great and I think we picked up a lot of new fans. Life is good…and thanks to music it gets better.
For as much smack as I talked about iPods over the years, I now want to thank them for renewing something in me that was always there.
I had a great conversation with a friend about this over a sushi dinner on Sunday and we both came to the same conclusion…Music is life and life is music. Amen, sister. Amen.
Music is and always has been my one true love.
As stated before, I am a pretty big fan of Lizzy Borden. so I was pretty excited when I heard that they were coming to
San Antonio to do a show…a FREE show! I saw them in 2001 opening for Malmsteen at the NORVA in Norfolk, VA and they were great even though they didn’t play Give ’em The Axe. My problem, not theirs, eh?
So McMaster and I head down to San Antonio (75 miles) around 6PM and go to the legendary Hogwild Records before heading to the venue. I’ve been there one other time and it’s a great store, lots of San Antonio metal history there. I ended up buying 6 shirts while I was there: 2 S.A. Slayer, Sepultura – Beneath The Remains, 2 Dark Angels designs and Mercyful Fate – Nuns Have No Fun. They had tons of other great shirts, but sold out on my size (tent-makers must be running behind! haha!) I really wanted the Sin After Sin shirt. *sigh*
So after doing our damage there, we head to the venue just to see where it is. It’s an old warehouse, huge place. After we spotted it we went to Denny’s and grabbed a quick meal. I hadn’t eaten since that morning so I was feeling pretty weak.
We get to the venue around 9:30PMish and catch up with McMaster’s girlfriend and 2 of her friends who flew in from Oklahoma City…April and Angie. good looking rock chicks. Super funny and very cool. Had a blast with them.
The venue is called Backstage Live and they are bringing in a lot of shows, mostly 80s rock and metal. The place is friggin’ huge. I imagine it can hold 1000 comfortably, maybe twice that. They did a nice job doing the rehab work in there. It was a very nice place. Some cool swag on the walls as well like this German KISS poster from the Unmasked Tour with Iron Maiden opening up. Damn!
It took almost an hour for Lizzy to hit the stage after the opening band, One Of Six. WTH? It was ridiculous. The club owner spoke from the stage saying they were delayed in getting there, but I don’t know. There was a point where they all walked out from backstage to come on then went back in…seemed like it was another 20 minutes until they finally came on.
Jason and I moved practically 5′ from the stage with ease and room to spare around us. There may have been 100-120 people there, but the place is so big that the crowd looked tiny.
Lizzy finally hit the stage dressed in a hooded robe and a black screen covering his face. Honestly, the sound quality
was so bad that I have no idea what song they opened with. I think it may have been from their last album of which I am totally unfamiliar with. Give ’em The Axe was next but I had no idea what it was. Jason elbowed me and said, “They’re playing your song.” Really? Couldn’t tell. I could tell that Lizzy’s voice was good, though. Really he sounded great. He has such a unique voice and it can cut through just about anything. His band was really good too. Marten Andersson is a fantastic bassplayer. Lizzy’s brother, Joey Scott Harges is still on drums and he had 2 hot shot guitarists with him. Both of those dudes could play.
Lizzy changed masks and costumes between just about every song. I have to say that I think I would have preferred a stripped down Lizzy show without having all of the “show”. Their music can hold it’s own. But then I guess it just wouldn’t be a Lizzy show without all the props and such.
They only did 14 songs and it really seemed like fewer because of the sound there. I really left the show very disappointed…one, in the sound quality and 2, in the setlist. I thought it was pretty weak and very short. This is one of 4 USA shows, play a longer set!
I’m not so sure that I’ll ever go see them again.
Give ’em The Axe
Tomorrow Never Comes
Under Your Skin
Master of Disguise
There Will Be Blood Tonight
Me Against the World
We’ve Got The Power
If anyone can fill in the blanks on the setlist, it would be greatly appreciated.
I’m really hesitant to see other shows at this venue even though they have a lot of good stuff coming there…Y&T, Dangerous Toys, Pat Travers, etc.
Oh well. I had fun with Jason, his girl and the OKC girls…and I got to meet the legendary Don Van Stavern Riot, SA Slayer).
Someone sent me the setlist. Three songs were not played although they were listed: Crawlin’, Deal With the Devil and Come Out At Night.
Tonight is the first show I’ve done with Doug Morrison since Summer 2008. It’s been far too long. Doug played with the likes of Neil Turbin, Pete Way, Fred Coury and tons of others during his lifetime in the LA music scene. he moved here to Austin, TX right around the same time I did in late 2006.
I fell into a band pretty quickly after moving here and only did one show with them before parting ways. Doug and I were in contact that whole time and started playing together in May 2007. We went through a handful of drummers and found Larry. Larry was great. Hard hitter, good drummer, cool dude and great timing but circumstances dictated him leaving the band in 2008. We auditioned several drummers in 2009 and just couldn’t find the right one. Then comes this new kid in town, Ryan who started playing with us around November 2009. Nice guy, good drummer. He learned the stuff quickly and we’re doing our first show with him tonight.
I’m excited. Doug is easily the best guitarist I have ever played with. After 3 years I’m used to playing in an instrumental band and it’s nice not having to deal with a singer. He’s a GIT grad and former instructor and is really just an incredible player.
I think this is the beginning of a brand new chapter with this band that should be fruitful and successful. Adding lots of new songs all the time. I’m finally excited about music again. You can hear some stuff on the Myspace page, but it’s not a good representation of his/our sound. There’s also some clips on YouTube. We seem so different than when those were made. we have a Facebook fan page as well.
One unique thing about Doug, especially in this town, is that he uses Strats. Everyone here is primarily a Les Paul player. Doug will be using one of his Hendrix Anniversary stacks tonight. I’m likely using 2 of my Ashdown 4×10 cabs and my rack (heavy bitch!) and my mid-80s Japanese Fender P-bass.
It’s going to be fun. Wish you could be here!