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So, I've Been Away For A Little While...

Two major things happened at the beginning of July that had a major effect on my ability to properly ad to my blog. I got a camp job, so I am away for 8 days at a time. It's a really good gig but the internet connection out there isn't so awesome, and all my stuff for reference is on my computer at home, which is the source of the rest of my current blogability issues. My computer is in need of some parts, which I am patiently waiting for, but once I get a few things straightened out in there it should be business as usual. I got a few really great records sent to me over the summer from Asher Media, I told him my situation and to bare with me, so hopefully I've still got that connection when things get normal again.

On a side note, I am really looking forward to getting my hands on the new Copyrights album "Report," the few songs I have heard from it are really really good, I just know that whole album probably kicks ass. I'm also looking forward to the new records on the way from Lagwagon AND Swingin' Utters, but even more than that, I am looking really forward to seeing them play together in Seattle in November! I got a couple of tickets for the wife and I, and neither of us have been to Seattle before, so it's going to be a pretty fun trip for sure. We're also excited to take advantage of Washington's recent law changes, perhaps a fun little taste of what is yet to come for BC as soon as this province pulls it's head out of its ass as legalizes. Marc Emery is a free man once again, so you know for damn sure the ball is already rolling on that!

So anyways, just a little update; I haven't gone anywhere and the blog is not dead, just suffering from some prolonged technical difficulties. Don't forget to follow me (counterculturenerd) on Instagram! I have a Twitter too but I never, ever use it, so don't worry about it. Stay baked!

It's been 2 years TODAY

On January 23, 2012, after being a shitty smoker for over 17 years, after trying every stupid pill, patch or gum I could get my tobacco-stained hands on, I went to Imagine Laserworks and got the laser treatment to quit smoking. I made a promise to my wife before we got married that she wouldn't be marrying a smoker, and it was the best promise I ever made in my life. On a side note, I just want to point out that if you ever expect people to take you seriously, on any level, you've got to stick to your word. At the end of the day, if you can't keep your word, what good are you? Sorry, had to say it. Anyways, I smoked cigarettes for over 17 years, and for roughly the last 5 of those years I was smoking more than a pack a day, sometimes close to 2 packs. I think about that now and it makes me want to punch myself so hard, you don't even know. I hated being a smoker for such a long time, but I was a poster-child of a hopeless addict. If I didn't have a smoke within about 2 hours (maximum, usually only waiting 2 hours when I was at work and had no choice) I'd get that "broken glass in my veins" feeling and want to punch everyone and everything in sight. It started out innocently enough, just like with every other stupid kid who starts smoking as a kid, and of course by the time I was sick of it, I couldn't stop. I tried everything I could over the years, and the longest I went was close to 3 months. The thing is though, if you think about logic and the way the human brain works, you can't use a tobacco product to stop using tobacco. That's all that the gums and patches and all that other shit is, they are smokeless tobacco products - which might I ad, most of them are owned by TOBACCO COMPANIES. It's a total sham, but I know from experience, even as a smoker who was desperate to quit, it's pretty hard to tell a hardcore smoker how it is and have them buy into it. That is what nicotine does to your brain, the same as any other addictive substance takes over your priorities, and that is the biggest single issue that makes quitting so hard for most smokers.

I'm not trying to be preachy or anything, honestly I know how it is to be on that side of it. I'm just really proud of myself for finally winning the war, and I am forever greatful to Imagine Laserworks for the miracles the perform. If you're a smoker and you genuinely want to stop, contact a laster treatment center, because all that over the counter stuff you buy in stores or get from your doctor is a huge, steamy pile of horseshit. None of it will ever ever work. You are the only person who can change your life, never forget that and never give up on yourself. If I could do it, anybody can!

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Dead Tree Forest

Introducing the mutant beast that once was Deadkind, morphed from the metal into the rock as Dead Tree Forest. I actually picked the band name this time around, influenced by a patch of dead trees along the highway here in Campbell River, and also as an homage to the old band. Aside from that, the little punk rocker in me couldn't help notice that it sounds pretty cool abbreviated, DTF.

So, in a nutshell, we're not from a very good place to be trying to make a metal band work, as things just aren't the way they used to be around here anymore. Once upon a time, there was a huge scene for punk and metal in Campbell River, but those days are gone. A lot of those people who are into that sort of thing don't live here anymore. There's still a good handful of metalheads and punks, but not in the numbers we used to see back in the day.

Dead Tree Forest is a rock-oriented band, and we're really planning to use that to our advantage; rock music has many moods and faces, and our plan is to dabble into all of them, or as many as we can pull off at least. It's kind of a "getting back to our roots" sort of thing, as there really wouldn't be all of the crazy music we listen to had rock n roll not come along first. I guess for me personally, it's all about putting a pair of balls back into rock music, as so many cheesy pretentious bands have spent years castrating the holy hell out of it.

Rock n roll used to scare the living shit out of people; when rock was new, society wasn't ready for it. Granted, this music will never be like that again, but the nostalgia of that whole "danger" associated with rock music is attractive to me. When grunge came along in the early 1990s, it was almost like that again, almost. We just want to do it again, it's been too long. Being in Deadkind was all good and fun, and I still wish it didn't have to end, I think the potential for craziness in DTF is pretty decent.

I'll keep you posted.

A Mid-July Blog Update

So, it's been a couple of weeks. I must apologize, because it is gorgeous outside here and it has been for the last month, still going strong! I haven't been around the computer all that much lately is all, otherwise there'd be all kinds of stuff here since the fireworks. But don't start thinking that nothing's on the go though. Jon Asher sent me an album from the Fort McMurray AB metal band "Until Dawn" and it's really good, so I'll be doing a review on that soon.

Also, speaking of metal, I regret to inform anyone who gives a shit that Deadkind has been put to sleep. The decision to kill the band was made without my knowledge or participation, and it saddens me deeply that it had to end. We had roughly half of what was to be our second album written, and I was so fucking stoked on the new songs.. the songs had grown so much since the time we were writing for the first EP, it just really bums me out that none of the new stuff will likely ever be recorded. Those songs are lost and gone. Total bummer man, total bummer.

Don't get too bummed out though. Three out of four of who used to be Deadkind got together right away again and are already working on something new. As of right now the new band (which is yet to be named at this point) consists of Stephen Hentze on drums, Corey Robb on rhythm guitar and myself on lead guitar. We have a couple of potential bassists lined up, but we have no idea what in the hell we're going to do about a singer. I'm hoping that whoever ends up playing bass with us is a half decent singer, because Corey can kind of sing and I sort of sing a little bit too (though I'd much prefer to be screaming or cookie-monster grunting). That way, it'd be easy for us to all just take turns song by song. I suppose Corey and I could just do that, but I've convinced myself that it won't work unless there are three of us sort-of singers.

Now here's the big catch, ready? No longer a metal band. Not even a punk band, but like.. just a rock band. We decided to just call our stuff "rock" because really, if you sit and think about it for a couple of minutes, there are many many variations of rock-oriented music, and the idea is to be able to play with all of these different angles and aspects rather than pigeon-hole ourselves to one thing only, you know? Aside from that, this town just ain't like it used to be, and sadly, there's not much of an audience left locally for a band like Deadkind, and so, evolution is necessary. We can't afford to drive 200km or more every time we want to play a successful show, so now we won't have to. Hell, we might even get played on an actual radio station. Only time will tell!

I'll let you know when we have a real name, and then we'll have a page on Facebook and all that stuff.. you'll be sick of me talking about it in no time. So if you can get past the band talk, make sure you come back to check out my reviews, and the other silly shit that I put here.

Nardwuar says it best: "Keep on rocking in the free world, and doo-doo-da-loo-do..."

R.I.P. Deadkind 2009-2013

I've Been A Busy Guy

Normally I do this a little more often, but I've just been super busy lately. I've still managed to find a bit of time to check out some new tunes though, so I figured I'd write a little bit about that. I discovered Appalachian Winter, which is acually just one guy, but it's pretty good. Kind of a black metal/folk metal thing going on there, but I dig it. It's the kind of thing that could either be really terrible or really good, and I find it pretty good. Well, most of it. Anyhow, still worth a listen if you're into that kind of thing. Ancestors Of The Lake from the 2013 release Ghosts Of The Mountains is pretty trippy, mind you I'm usually super baked by the time I get around to listening to music.

The new Bad Brains album "Into The Future" is pretty decent too, I've never been a super huge Bad Brains fan or anything, but I still think they're pretty good. Nice to see all these old bands coming back out again, I just refuse to accept that people run out of music, you know? The music dies when the man dies, I always say. Even if it takes 20 years between records, it's still never quite dead. I love that shit. But on that note, I just want to point out that I really wish that WIZO would stop fucking around and put out another record already. Jeeeeze!!!

Oh yeah, and Lagwagon is FINALLY coming to Vancouver, which is awesome.... but it's on a fucking thursday, so I pretty much can't go. What a piss off!!! I need to get into this working for myself shit because I'm getting really tired of having to miss all these rad shows, when they even come out here every once in a fucking blue moon. Just my luck the next time Lagwagon comes around we'll probably have kids by then and all that shit will be out of the question. Fuck.

Purple Pirate Blog

My wife started herself a blog! She's witty and smart and a hell of a lot better looking than I am. We share many similar points of view and opinions, and she's really awesome. That's good enough reason isn't it? Check out my wife's blog!


Bolted Shut Car Door

Car Door 1
Car Door 2

I don't even know where to begin with this. The important things to know are that the car itself is an old, scary fucking death trap of a car, and I am the unfortunate person who has to drive it. The days are numbered, I have another car lined up that I pretty much just have to wait a couple more months for, but in the meantime I'm stuck in the shit wagon.

It's a 1987 (yep, you read that correctly) Pontiac 6000 LE. It was completely digital and computerized before digital and computerized where completely figured out in cars, so you can only begin to imagine the arguments the car has with itself. I'll be driving in the fast lane of the highway, doing 120 km/hr and it just dies. Engine totally stops.

One night at work in October 2012, my battery died, and I had my wfie and my supervisor at work both taking turns trying to jump start the 6000, to no avail. We were about 100 feet out of the parking lot where I work so we decided to just push it back there. My wife was parked right beside me on my driver's side, and when she pulled away in her car she didn't see my door still open, and it caught and hyperextended itself. The top hinge of the driver's door snapped off completely, leaving the door sort of hanging on by the bottom.

I'd been fighting with it ever since, having to slam it harder and harder to get it to close as time went on. Finally, just last week, the latching mechanism finally shit out and stopped grabbing the post on the car body - which was also bent, from the constant slamming of the door. At least it happened in my driveway when I got home from work on a friday, but still.. fuuuuuuuck!!!

I had to call my Dad to come help me out. I thought we could just spray the latch with some WD40 and negotiate the door with a pry bar, but that'd just be too easy. We had to bolt the fucker shut, and now I have to climb in from the passenger side. So fucking welly. I'm pretty sure it's really illegal too, I fucking hope I don't get pulled over!!!!

This will be the fourth car in a row that I've owned that's gone straight to the scrap yard when I've been finished with it. Every single fucking car I've ever had. I will say, for the record, as funny as it sounds, it's never been exclusively my fault, but those are (four) stories for a rainy day or two. The point is I keep getting stuck with these shitty fucking lemons, and it's super fucking embarassing. I took a couple of pictures of how shitty my door is now.

Just be glad you're not stuck driving a piece of shit car that wants to kill you like me, or this could happen to you. My car is such a stupid asshole.

Just Some Random Stuff

I just got my hands on the Deftones' latest release, Koi No Yokan, and it's really fucking good. Also, I just got my hands on a bottle of Crown Royal MAPLE, and it's also really really fucking good. I've been drinking a lot of Collingwood whisky lately, but hot damn this maple is kicking my ass. For those of you who don't know, I very much enjoy whisky, and I also really like almost anything maple. I will say though, there is this strange maple whisky I've seen around that comes in a bottle that's shaped like a maple leaf, but I've never checked it out yet. Maybe I will now that I've tried the Crown. This stuff is seriously awesome, and you should get some too. I don't know how most other people might drink it but I like my whisky neat. Fuck chaser!! New Deftones and maple whisky. It's not even Friday yet and I'm already going for the gusto.

ANGER!!! Lpsfpopfnmvsdfglsfhfdasf!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Holy shiiiit. So here's another rant about shit going on right now that is distracting me from writng more blog stuff... the house my wife and I have been in for the last 4 months may soon no longer be our house, because our furnace does not work, and the home owner lives and works in Saudi Arabia in the oil patch, When he's not there, he goes to the Philipnes... and I'm not going to get into what I'm pretty sure happens there lol.

Anyhow, so our property manager and the homeowner have been back and forth at eachother over this furnace shit, and it seems the owner just gets more and more pissed off every time he has to hear about his house in Canada being all fucked up, so it now appears he is outright ignoring the property manager. Awesome. As of right now it looks like we'll be getting the go ahead to start looking for a new place/moving sometime tomorrow afternoon. I'm excited because this house (as awesome as it actually is) is fucking freezing, and it's 20 minutes out of town so it's costing us a lot in gas and stuff. I'm also kinda bummed, because it's been a fucking sick place for Deadkind to practice, and we've had a couple gnarly parties out here, with no neighbor or police interferance. I think it'll be difficult to find all of these cool elements all in one spot again, but on the bright side we'll have heat. One step at a time I guess!

Now we're going to have to start looking for a new place and moving, working that around our jobs, and the freezing wet cold. The last two times we've moved have been in the middle of summer, when it's hot as fuck, so I actually think the winter moving might not be so bad. It's not like we get snow or anything here hahahahaha! (Sorry about that. But it's true, our winters are hilarious.) Also, my car is still an asshole that I can't afford to replace, and I'm not sure how much life she has left in her anymore. Being worried every time I have to drive is really fucking lame. I'm honestly not ever really sure anymore if I'm ever going to make it to where I'm trying to drive to every time I get into the fucking thing. When it rains it pours, my friends.

I don't mean to complain, but this is what's being going on lately. I haven't had a lot of time to do much else than try not to have a heart attack because I'm so stressed out about all this shit. Now that I've sat here and typed this all out for myself to read I kinda want to drink a whole bunch of whiskey, but no, I have to go to work on graveyard shift tonight. God fucking damnit. Somebody have a drink for me, would ya?