14
Apr
I wanted to be in a punk band before I’d even heard any punk music.
- Kurt Cobain
13
Apr
                         Mad Men.  Season 7 premiere.  Tonight.  Awesome. 

                         Mad Men.  Season 7 premiere.  Tonight.  Awesome. 

10
Apr
March, 1997.  Hollywood, CA.  It’s a photo shoot for my band, Hair Of The Dog, with our good pal Neil Zlozower.  This is me takin’ Zloz for a ride on the ol’ Night Train. And, honestly, pouring it down throats was about the only way I could ever get anybody else to drink it with me.  Post-swig, I can still hear Zloz in his signature throaty rasp, "Jesus Johnny, how do you drink that nasty shit?  Gimme another Mickey’s."  Good times.  Good friends.  Cheap booze.  It doesn’t get any better.
I’m on the Night TrainReady to crash and burnI never learn…

March, 1997.  Hollywood, CA.  It’s a photo shoot for my band, Hair Of The Dog, with our good pal Neil Zlozower.  This is me takin’ Zloz for a ride on the ol’ Night Train. And, honestly, pouring it down throats was about the only way I could ever get anybody else to drink it with me.  Post-swig, I can still hear Zloz in his signature throaty rasp, "Jesus Johnny, how do you drink that nasty shit?  Gimme another Mickey’s."  Good times.  Good friends.  Cheap booze.  It doesn’t get any better.

I’m on the Night Train
Ready to crash and burn
I never learn…

09
Apr
Amen to this photo.  I know it probably makes me seem totally old and uncool, but this is the only way I know how to roll. My phone stays in the car because I prefer to live in the face-to-face moment.  I don’t need to be anywhere else, except right where I am.  Listening.  Engaged.  And grateful for those I’m with.  Period.  

Amen to this photo.  I know it probably makes me seem totally old and uncool, but this is the only way I know how to roll. My phone stays in the car because I prefer to live in the face-to-face moment.  I don’t need to be anywhere else, except right where I am.  Listening.  Engaged.  And grateful for those I’m with.  Period.  

08
Apr

Check out this killer Michael Jackson “Beat It” demo.  It’s an awesome listen.  It’s also a cool behind-the-scenes look at how he wrote and arranged using only his voice; this, the direct result of having limited abilities on other instruments.  Gotta say, it would’ve been sweet to hear him scat sing Eddie’s solo.  However, it’s still amazing and brilliant and fully rad nonetheless.

You wanna stay alive
Better do what you can

So beat it, just beat it…      

07
Apr
That was a great time, the summer of ‘71… I can’t remember it, but I’ll never forget it.
- Lemmy
06
Apr
When I’m sitting at my desk typing these Tumblr posts and I look to my right, this is what I see.  Pretty sweet.  But the view over my left shoulder is even more rad because it’s the bar and entertainment area.  Full-on retro underground feel.  I’d love to share it, however, pictures alone won’t do it justice.  There’s a special ambience and a heavy vibe that goes way beyond the visual.  So much so… you simply gotta experience it firsthand.  And believe me, I do.  Every night. 

When I’m sitting at my desk typing these Tumblr posts and I look to my right, this is what I see.  Pretty sweet.  But the view over my left shoulder is even more rad because it’s the bar and entertainment area.  Full-on retro underground feel.  I’d love to share it, however, pictures alone won’t do it justice.  There’s a special ambience and a heavy vibe that goes way beyond the visual.  So much so… you simply gotta experience it firsthand.  And believe me, I do.  Every night. 

03
Apr
Yes, it’s true. There was a short period in my life where, for like 10 or 12 years, I was kinda in love with Debbie Gibson. And if you can’t tell by my “Lost In Your Eyes” smile, this Throwback Thursday gem was snapped during that heart-aching era. 
Shake your loveI just can’t shake your love…

Yes, it’s true. There was a short period in my life where, for like 10 or 12 years, I was kinda in love with Debbie Gibson. And if you can’t tell by my “Lost In Your Eyes” smile, this Throwback Thursday gem was snapped during that heart-aching era.

Shake your love
I just can’t shake your love…

01
Apr

It was a little over two years ago when I wrote a commentary proclaiming "A Different Kind of Truth" to be a first-rate Van Halen record.  In the article, I also called to attention the grand obstacles and overwhelming odds Van Halen had to overcome in order to achieve their unlikely critical acclaim and commercial success with this long-awaited album featuring DLR’s return.  Now, two years and dozens of listens later, I still stand behind my words and I feel the same positive thoughts about the band and this record.  And since I continue to receive notes from fellow VH lovers who have read the article and share the same warm feelings about ADKOT, I think it’s safe to say the majority of fans were pleased with the effort as well.  Honestly, I’d love to get another record or two out of ‘em.  But if this ends up being their sonic farewell… I can live with it.  It’s totally respectable.  And it’s totally real.  And it’s totally VH.  

The One.  The Only.  The Mighty.  All hail.  Amen.

Told ya I was comin’ back
Say ya missed me
Say it like ya mean it… 

31
Mar
Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.
- Pablo Picasso

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