things that penetrate the ears…

Surprise Cameo in Sitar duo Music Video

January 15, 2014

Ragamaze Shoot

Ragamaze Shoot

Good friend and talented photographer David Pricco invited me up to Knapps Castle to kill time and shoot the shit as well as some photos before his scheduled appointment to photograph a musical group called Ragamaze (an “electronic fusion duo”).  Samantha and I had a ton of fun messing around in quite the opposite attire of what might seem fitting for this location.  Before departing, we were invited to take a few shots with the band, just for kicks.  Apparently David also filmed a music video Continue reading “Surprise Cameo in Sitar duo Music Video” »

The Murder Junkies are Coming To Town

January 14, 2014

The Murder Junkies

The Murder Junkies

Noozhawk published Jeff Moehlis’ interview with Merle Allin, bassist of The Murder Junkies, previewing this Thursday’s show at Muddy Waters Coffee House Santa Barbara, CA.  View here!  Apparently, they cut out much of the good shit, so I’ve included the uncensored version from below.

Interview: Merle Allin

By Jeff Moehlis January 12, 2014

Merle Allin is the bass player for the Murder Junkies, a punk rock band best known as the last group to back Merle’s younger brother GG Allin, who died of a heroin overdose in 1993. With GG, they recorded the album Brutality and Bloodshed for All, and toured whenever GG wasn’t in prison. A snapshot of the feces- and violence-filled chaos brought on by GG Allin & the Murder Junkies is captured in the acclaimed documentary Hated, which isn’t for the light hearted. Continue reading “The Murder Junkies are Coming To Town” »

Top 10 Shock Rock Bands of All Time

November 21, 2013

Rosemary's Billygoat

Rosemary’s Billygoat

Pretty sweet blog post highlighting the Top 10 Shock Rock Bands of All Time by Alex Distefano.  I am stoked Continue reading “Top 10 Shock Rock Bands of All Time” »

Watch Ringo Starr’s never officially released film Son of Dracula

October 31, 2013

Son of Dracula

Son of Dracula

After completing Born To Boogie, which starred Marc Bolan, T. Rex, Elton John, and Ringo Starr (who also directed the film), Starr began working on what is now known as the 1974 production Son of Dracula starring Harry Nilsson.  Starr decided to produce a rock and roll Dracula comedy and invited Nilsson to join the project.   Nilsson and Starr had been long time friends and coincidentally, Starr had just recently played drums on Nilsson’s 1972 album Son of Schmilsson, which spoofed horror movie themes.  The film was put out on Beatles’ Apple Films Continue reading “Watch Ringo Starr’s never officially released film Son of Dracula” »

New York Groove

October 8, 2013

New York Groove

New York Groove

A heavyhearted old favorite, really hit home, again, tonight.  Looking back, the original recording of this song by British glam rock back Hello is pretty amazing considering the more memorable Ace Frehley (of KISS) solo album version only three years later.  This reminds me of The Chiffons recording and releasing a cover of “My Boyfriend’s Back” within the same year as the original recording by The Angels was released.  Up until recently, most people credit the song to the Chiffons.  The percentage of people that credit them currently remains large, but it is still less than say ten years ago a.k.a. before the internet.  We don’t see many artists or bands these days recording a cover (not a sample in a track) of a song that Continue reading “New York Groove” »

Bolan saves the day, again.

August 21, 2013

How can I lay when all I do is play the spaceball ricochet?

Oh baby, the spaceball ricochet.

Oh mama, the spaceball.

Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh ohhhh, do the spaceball.

Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh ohhhh, do the spaceball.

Electric SEX Records

August 21, 2013

Take me for a spin.
Take me for a spin.

It’s official:  Electric SEX Records up and running.  First release, The Wall Street Prostitute EP by The DTEASE.  Available for digital and/or physical purchase via iTunes, CDBaby, Amazon & for your listening pleasure via Spotify, Rdio,, and more!



August 16, 2013

Kinda makes you wanna fuck.

The Post-Punk Revival Lives

August 16, 2013

After a full day of work yesterday, I needed some non-cell phone related activity to calm my brain by focusing it on something simple and different.  That go-to activity for me is usually billiards.  I met up with some pool teammates at Whiskey Richards for some challenging games.  I realized relatively quickly that bands were likely to be playing that night, which prior I was unaware of due to lack of promotion.  There were to be four bands and since one of the bands consisted soled of minors, they were set to go first.  These youths had a sound that I forgot how much I enjoyed and is currently missing in my life show attendance as well as iTunes plays of bands that are up and coming and still together.  My first thought was that they sounded like some of the The Libertines slower tracks.  I approached them later in the night huddled outside of the bar (for they were underage), and complimented their set as well as inquired of their name/location.  They were The Shones and they were from Boston.

This pleasant surprise reminded me of how much I enjoy this “genre” of music and how much it is lacking in my everyday life.  Although today there are infinite genres and sub-genres of music, that it makes it very difficult to categorize something verbally and for someone to understand what the band in question sounds like.  For example, Continue reading “The Post-Punk Revival Lives” »

The DTEASE’s “Metal Face”

July 15, 2013

Gabe Ruiz Photography

Put on your metal face and let’s fucking rock!