Monday, June 29, 2009

It's a Warped World - VOL. 2

Click the title above to be redirected to Alternative Press, where you can view Ashlei's pics from Warped Tour Pomona. Just click on the picture of Tyson from Scary Kids, Scaring Kids and it will take you to more photos.

Please leave comments and show her some love!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

It's a Warped World

Yes friends, the time has come. Warped Tour has hit the road for yet another summer of sunburnt madness. After staying up all night shuffling through the photos of opening day at Pomona I can safely say a good time was had by all. Links to photos will be up in a day or two once the dust settles.

One question that must be addressed for another year is directed to the girls that wear either high heels or flip flops to Warped Tour - What the hell are you thinking? If ever there was an event that screamed for a good comfortable sneaker this is it. Nobody thinks you look cute....they just think you are stupid.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Light the Night


I know the economy sucks but we need your help. We have brought together a team to walk in the Light the Night fundraiser in August to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. My personal goal is to raise $200 and my team is trying to raise $1000.

To read all about the fundraiser check out:
http://pages.lightthenight.org/ocie/OrangeCo09/dmcclush2l
and read about why I got this tattoo.
You will see on my page the option to donate other. What I am asking is that if you take the time to read this - please donate one dollar. It quick, it's simple, and will cost you less than going to Starbucks and you will be helping out a great cause.
Also, if you are in So Cal and want to join our team there is a link to the team page where you can sign up to join us.


Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Songs Just Waiting to be Covers - VOL. 1

Great songs are great songs. They were great when they were originally recorded and with a little effort and talent they can continue being great as they are remade. Too many bands today seem to have developed the idea that they cannot do covers because it somehow degrades them as a band. This is a ridiculous concept. All really good musicians know the value of appreciating and learning from that which came before them. Knowing your musical roots will make you a better songwriter and a better performer.

The catalogs of the last twenty years are filled with great songs that would make great covers if people just knew where to look. Two albums that are goldmines of just such material are Hey!Album by Marvelous 3 and Fizzy Fuzzy Big & Buzzy by The Refreshments. Both were reasonably successful in their time, but both have long since disappeared from the radar of popular culture. This means that, as covers, they will seem new to many younger people and people that remember the originals will enjoy the nostalgia.

While I acknowledge that there are some genuinely awful covers being unleashed on an unsuspecting world (Jonas Brothers - this means you) that doesn't mean that the decent rock bands of today shouldn't be taking a look back at opportunities for remodeling and updating good work.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Sarah Brightman - Dive

Another revisiting of an old disc, this one from Sarah Brightman. If the name isn't familiar, just Google her. She became famous largely thanks to her ex Andrew Lloyd Weber, but it is her angelic voice people always remember. While Dive is a somewhat odd ocean theme and some of the songs are a bit Roxette meets Celine Dion, it's worth it to hear her amazing voice. Check it out.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Ryan Adams - Demolition

With my newly fixed cd player I have once again begun devouring my cd collection. Today's entry Ryan Adams Demolition is, like much of his work, oddly uneven. Pehaps due to his extremely prolific songwriting, this disc sometimes feels like it lacks an inner censor. It runs from brilliant to mediocre, to good, to mediocre, to great, and back to mediocre. The true shining gem that everyone must seek out is Track 2 - Hallelujah. This track will give you chills.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Do you LOVE Green Day?

Do you love Green Day like I love Green Day? If you aren't in the Southern California area then you probably missed yesterday's 'Breakfast with Green Day' on KROQ. The boys yet again proved why they are one of the most enduring rock acts out there by not only playing an extremely good live set but also discussing such issues as the fight with evil giant WalMart. It's well worth a listen. Just click www.kroq.com. From there go to the 'Kevin and Bean' page and click on 'Breakfast on Demand'.