Tuesday, August 5, 2008

I Guess I'll Have A Lemon Cookie!

I'm filling in tonight for XXBN's interview with Lemon Cookie (of Runny) tonight at 8/9 pm central/eastern. More info here.

As always, you can listen live, call in with questions & comments at 1.646.2002.3136, and download the archived show/podcast too at this link.

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Saturday, August 2, 2008

Dear Mr. President

You can never send him enough letters.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

The SIXX:A.M. Interview Post-Show Notes

With the holiday, I lost some time; here's the post-show notes from the Cult of Gracie show with DJ Ashba and James Michael, of SIXX:A.M..

Highlights of this show include DJ's late arrival ~ not due to, as James said, the chronic tardiness of guitarists, but DJ's Internet stalking of yours truly (visits to Peek-A-Boob and Sex-Kitten ~ who can blame him then for being late?), and the continual mockery of the musicians for being underage for the show (complete with a crazy phone call from Captain Planet aka Jill B. of SWOP-East).

OK, so those weren't the highlights of the show, but it does cover the campy-train-wreck theme achieved from a chick who just likes what she likes when it comes to music ~ and this chick loves SIXX:A.M. ~ and has no intentions of doing a standard interview. Ever.

Honestly, the guys were more than patient with this non-music-critic's take on an interview; they were fun.

Discussed were the peculiar nature of a band without a band; a soundtrack without a film; the collaborative efforts of three songwriters on one unique project, never intentioned for commercial success, finding not only great popularity on the charts but a unique sound as well; and the layers of interpretation & hope offered in The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack.

And the band's unlikely appearance on sex worker radio.

Their moms and press reps must be so proud...

Here are the sites mentioned in the interview:

DJ's website is AshbaLand.com, James' website is JamesMichael.net, and Nikki Sixx's is NikkiSixx.net. (All websites, including SIXX:A.M.'s, are supposedly going to be updated in July too, so bookmark and visit again.)

Both gave props to their label, Eleven Seven Music, for giving The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack time to succeed.

SIXX:A.M. is part of Crüe Fest; tickets & tour dates can be found on Mötley Crüe's site.

If you missed the show, you can download/listen here.

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Put Away The Prostitutes

Earlier this year I adapted the classic poem First they came... to fit today's political apathy. So I was delighted to discover that punk rock band NoFX paraphrased that same poem in their song Re-gaining Unconsciousness on the album The War on Errorism (2003).
First they put away the dealers,
keep our kids safe and off the street.
Then they put away the prostitutes,
keep married men cloistered at home.
Then they shooed away the bums,
then they beat and bashed the queers,
turned away asylum-seekers,
fed us suspicions and fears.
We didn´t raise our voice,
we didn´t make a fuss.
It´s funny there was no one left to notice
when they came for us.




The lines, "Then they put away the prostitutes, keep married men cloistered at home," is so indicative of the puritanical prohibitionist plan; as if prostitutes are to blame for male desire.

Shouldn't a married man's own vows, to his partner if not his priest and/or government, mean enough for him to abstain?

No.

Men are too weak to be able to resist; just knowing women are available is like the mythological siren's call, luring him from the safety of the ship to the waters and rocks below. He can't help himself, he's only a man.

So put away the prostitutes, they are dangerous.

...But if women are so damned dangerous (and I do believe it is all women, not just sex workers), then what laws and courts can limit them, what jails can hold them?

Or, indeed, keep the weak men away.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Sixx:A.M. At Nine P.M.

There's been a change in the line-up. Tonight at 9 p.m. (central) Cult of Gracie on XXBN will have as guests DJ Ashba and James Michael from the band SIXX:A.M.

One of the break out bands from 2007, they, along with Nikki Sixx (co-founder of the legendary rock band, Mötley Crüe), created The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack the soundtrack to the Nikki Sixx's The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star, a collection of his journal entries from 1986 and 1987, chronicling his drug addiction, descent into paranoia and depression, and his subsequent recovery.

The number one single from the soundtrack was Life is Beautiful.



SIXX:A.M.' latest release is Pray for Me; this is the uncensored version:



The band will perform at this summer's Crue Fest with Motley Crue, Buckcherry, Trapt and Papa Roach ~ and tonight, you can listen live and call in.

UPDATE: Post-show notes here.

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