Archive for March, 2013

Just a question.

March 22, 2013

Would anyone care about Yoko Ono thought about anything if she had never been married to a member of the most overrated band in the history of popular music?

And “We are turning this beautiful country into (a) war zone”? Who is “we,” exactly? Considering there are between 50 million and 80 million gun owners in the country, even if one accepts the “30,000 killed with guns annually” figure, that leaves — at best — one death each year for every 1,667 gun owners. And this isn’t even taking into account that most of these killings are done by people who are completely off the radar of the people who computed that 50 million to 80 million number cited above. So I don’t really know where anyone gets off blaming violence committed with guns on law-abiding gun owners.

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Random hit.

March 21, 2013

At this point I am thinking maybe Geoff Tate and Scott Weiland should form their own musical duo. Maybe they could call it DXF (or Delta X-ray Foxtrot, even), for Delusional Ex-Frontmen. I don’t know if both egos would fit in the same room, but hey, it’s worth a shot. Or maybe they could fight each other to the death.

(Speaking of Tater and his Scabs, you know what I find funny about the Texas part of their tour? San Antonio is the only major Texas city in which Tateryche isn’t making an appearance. I don’t know why, considering the fact that (from what I understand) Queensryche has always been hugely popular here…)

Funny thing, though — I have yet to see anyone claim with Weiland that the singer IS the band the way they do with Tate. Why do you think that is?

If this isn’t a ringing endorsement of the NRA…

March 20, 2013

…then I don’t know what is:

There is a new face on the pro-gun circuit. Mr. Colion Noir, a young African American who is conservative and pro-gun, is the National Rifle Association’s newest spokesman but apparently this has proven too much for rap and entertainment mogul Russell Simmons.

Russell Simmons? The race-hustling reparations advocate who has made his fortune trafficking in the most vile stereotypes of black men outside a Klan meeting? THAT Russell Simmons has a problem with the NRA? You could hardly pay for a better endorsement than that! After all, as Kurt Hofmann so pithily put it, “I believe that being despised by the despicable is as good as being admired by the admirable.”

I mean, sure, we can talk about the history of gun control as a tool to keep the black people down, but do you honestly think Russell Simmons truly gives a shit about the well-being of black people? If so, how exactly does that square with his marketing of the audio fecal matter better known as gangsta rap?

Another fuzzy-headed editorial from the Houston Chronicle?

March 19, 2013

Yeah, really. I know, right?

We love George Strait as much as the next Texan…But like the Astrodome, Strait’s star is one that shone brightest over an older Houston. The country superstar is on his final tour, and Strait’s concert was almost like a history lesson of his discography. It was a celebration of rodeos past.

Really?  Just because Strait’s been around for so long he doesn’t really have a place in at least the short-term future? Somehow I doubt the folks at Reliant Stadium on Sunday night would agree with that; he’s never had a problem selling tickets anywhere I’ve seen him. Granted, I’m sure a lot of that is because he doesn’t even come close to oversaturating the market, but he still puts on a great show and still makes great music. I’m just not getting the whole “celebration of the past” bit. No matter how much they’d like it not to be so, if he decides to come back, George Strait is gonna be a big draw at the rodeo for some time to come. And somehow I doubt it’s going to be just the “old farts and jackasses” that come out to see him.

To think I had such high hopes for this guy…

March 18, 2013

…once upon a time:

With several chart-topping hits such as “Barefoot Blue Jean Night,” Jake Owen is on country music’s A-list. But he’d rather not be pigeonholed.

…”I think people start labeling what is and what isn’t country, or what is and what isn’t rock and roll, or why this is a sell-out sort of a town, or whatever. Everybody has their own path.”

Such is true, but still, it was so damn disheartening to see Owen go from this…

to this:

And from what I understand, everything else he’s done beyond that first album wasn’t that much better.

(h/t Country California)

Ted Cruz is the MAN.

March 15, 2013

Why? Well, just watch him totally pwn Dianne Feinstein here.

The honorable *spit* Senator from California later told Wolf Blitzer that she felt like she was being patronized by Sen. Cruz. And really, I just have one thing to say to that.

Suck it up, buttercup, and continue to be thankful you still have yet to get what you deserve.

Because the public supports it, it must be good?

March 14, 2013

…or, Hey, how about another fun game of word substitution!

More than 90 percent of Americans support rounding up gun owners, chaining them to trucks and dragging them to their deaths, according to a brand-new ABC News/Washington Post poll.

Wayne LaPierre and the NRA do not….

But surely 91 percent of the public trumps the high-capacity cash magazine the NRA keeps emptying at their friends in Congress, right?

Wrong.

No, one might not necessarily be equivalent to the other, but you see what I’m getting at, don’t you?

Just more of the same…

March 13, 2013

…or, Yep, I totally called it.

When it was announced that Geoff Tate and his scabs were going to be releasing an album, I said elsewhere that it was going to be more of the same crap that Queensryche fans haven’t been buying since at least 2006. My reasoning for such was as follows.

We know where Geoff Tate is at creatively these days, what with the last Queensryche album and his solo album — not to mention his constant dissing of metal and its fans. Plus, the creative team behind this album — Geoff Tate, Kelly Gray, and Jason Slater — was the same creative team behind American Soldier and Dedicated to Chaos (the last two QR albums) and Tate’s latest solo album, Kings and Thieves.

Well, samples of this album hit iTunes today

and suffice it to say, musically speaking, it sounds like American Soldier at best, shitty vocals and all. From the clips I’d have to say about the only song that struck me as even half-decent would have to be “Weight of the World,” but Tater would have done so much better with even that song had he not trashed that once-golden voice. I don’t even want to think about how much of the album was subjected to Auto-Tune.

And the less-said about the re-recordings of the classic Queensryche hits, the better. I have never liked it when artists re-record their classic hits in the studio and this is no exception, not least of all because Tater can’t sing ’em anymore.

Here, have some ear bleach. Sorry about that. How about a little levity?

Michael Wilton: All right, Tater… you called down the thunder, well now you’ve got it! You see that? [Wilton opens his coat and reveals a copy of the forthcoming Queensrÿche album.]

Michael Wilton: It says Queensrÿche! With the umlaut out there FOR ALL TO SEE!

Geoff Tate: [terrified, pleading] Michael, please, I…

Michael Wilton: [pulling out a picture of Bon Scott] Take a good look at him, Geoff… ’cause that’s how you’re gonna end up!

Michael Wilton: Geoff Tate’s Queensryche is finished, you understand? I see another wretched copy of Frequency Unknown and Todd shatters some eardrums, do you hear me?
[lets Tate up to run for his life]

Michael Wilton: So run, you cur… RUN! Tell Randy and Kelly the metal’s comin’!

Michael Wilton: You tell ’em I’M coming… and Todd, Parker, Eddie and Scott are coming with me, you hear?…

Michael Wilton: Queensrÿche’s coming with me!

tl/dr: Todd, Whip, Eddie, Scott, and Parker  — aka the real Queensryche — are going to destroy this with their album.

In which the AP plays right into our hands.

March 10, 2013

From yesterday’s Houston Chronicle:

Few presidents in modern times have been as interested in gun control as Richard Nixon, of all people. He proposed ridding the market of Saturday night specials, contemplated banning handguns altogether and refused to pander to gun owners by feigning interest in their weapons.

I am not sure why the AP felt the need to run a story like this, but at any rate it did bring a thought to mind:

Corrupt, paranoid, and secretive, Richard Nixon truly was the perfect representative of the victim-disarmament lobby.

Rant of the day…

March 9, 2013

So, George Strait allegedly sold out his June 1 San Antonio show, more than 72,000 tickets, in six minutes…

…but tickets are available, at wildly inflated prices, at ticket-brokering sites that shall go unnamed here. One site had two front-row seats for $11,000 per ticket. Does anyone see anything wrong with this picture?

That’s not a slam at George, by the way. I have no doubt he could have sold those tickets just as fast if ticket blocks had not been available to the brokers. But that just really frosts my ass.