Saturday, August 22, 2009

The Dead Weather

Jack White has another band?

Well, apparently so, and it played the Commodore tonight. I went to check them out and holy shit, I have not felt less cool since high school. Mr. White, Alison Mosshart (of the Kills), and two other guys put on a grungy, bluesy, slightly gothy, and altogether sexy explosion of a show, and now I have even more catching up to do with the music kids are into these days.

Photos by Graham Cook.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Silversun Pickups

Silversun Pickups played the Commodore last night. They get compared to Smashing Pumpkins but I say "What's wrong with that?" That era was awesome and it's about time someone revived the sound of the 90s. How long is this 80s fascination going to go on for, anyway?

Their opening bands were Cage the Elephant and Manchester Orchestra. The former had a little blonde dude singing and bouncing around the stage, going into (and onto!) the crowd. It was the kind of enthusiasm I approve of, although he almost took out one of my fellow photographers. Manchester Orchestra is a heavy rock sort of act fronted by a lumberjack and featuring a fellow on drums/tambourine/keyboard/Macbook. And he's just the backup drummer to the main drummer! And there's two other guys on guitar too! And they're not even from Manchester, they're from Atlanta. A confusing night at the Commodore once again.

Photos by Graham Cook.

The US Healthcare Fiasco, Debacle, Clusterfuck, Whatever you want to call it.

So the US of A is the only major first world country that does not provide regular healthcare to it's people, the people are required to provide it for themselves. If you've seen the movie Sicko then you know how well that's working out. 50 Million peeps can't afford to provide BASIC healthcare for themselves, that's alot of peeps, becasue of that, 18,000 US peeps die a year needlessly. This is a fact! I'm not pulling this number out of my ass. In case your wondering that's equal to six 9/11's every year, you remeber how we made a huge deal about that right?

So the Democrats led by Obama want to change that system to give every American healthcare, but the Republicans have accused the Democrats who are trying to put an end to all this needless death of being "killers"?!?!?! Say what!

Well, the Republicans need to defend the current system becaue if they don't they will loose the MASSIVE amounts of MONEY they get from private medical firms who benefit from the current system and by benefit I mean make a tonne of money. So the Republicans do what they do best; invent lies, misinform and use scare tactics. We've seen it before, its getting old actually they use the same formula over and over again I'm surprised that alot of American's still fall for it. So this time they came up with DEATHPANELS....... Obama wants to set up deathpanels to euthanize the old and disabled and yes Sarah Palin did really claim that Barak Obama wants to kill her disabled baby, on facebook I believe because that's where you would make such a claim. She is a fucking idiot seriously!!!!

How did they come up with deathpanels? I'll tell you...... So a board member for several PRIVATE HEALTH CORPORATIONS (meaning their only goal is to make $$$), Betsy McCaughey, noticed a clause in the healthcare legislation that would pay for old people to see a Doctor and write a living will where they could stipulate when, if at all, they could go in peace so to speak. Completely voluntary, alot of people want it, I know my own mother wants it. Think about it would you want to be kept alive for a few extra months if you were in agony and couldn't even speak? So good ole Betsy decided to start the rumor that this was a form of euthanasia where old people would be forced to agree to death, thanks for that Betsy. This is of course NOT TRUE and spun into including the disabled which prompted Palin to declare the system "downright evil" again on facebook I believe, seems to be her favored podium. So the Republicans once again were off on a scare tactic mission.

So just to be clear the Republicans get away with defending the system that pays them money and kills 18,000 American's a year and the Democrats are evil. This craziness doesn't stop there.

Right-wing magazine US Investors' Daily claimed that if Steven Hawking had been British, he would of been allowed to die at birth by its "socialist" healthcare system. Ummm Hawking is British and has said through his little computer voice thing, " I wouldn't be here without the NHS"(national healthcare system)..... All you have to do is wiki him to know he's a fucking Brit, I really think Repulicans count on Americans being stupid. Your not stupid inform yourselves.

Also Frank Laffer a right-wing economist claimed on CNN that it would be a disaster if the government got its hands on Medicare, the program that provides heathcare for the elderly paid for by the government......WTF that comment is ridiculous.

The lie is working unfortunately support for the plan that would save lives is falling away. Doesn't everyone deserve healthcare, I live in a country where healthcare is free and its a great system and we don't wait for 18 hours in an emergency room to be helped maybe 1 hour. It seems very plainly to me the only thing that the Republican's don't want to loose is the money they get from medical firms, insurance companies and drug companies.

Its ludacris to claim that Barak Obama is plotting to build death panels to kill your grand parents. Just like Fox news says Egypt is in the middle east, Saddam had weapons of mass destruction, global warming is the greatest hoax in human history, gay marriage will destroy the family unit and my personal favorite Osama Bin Ladden is sitting in a cave somewhere making audiotapes. The Republican party is a bunch of wing-nuts! That tells lies plain and simple.

Do yourself a favor make informed decsions on what's going on in your world and by that I mean, read the facts and the truths, think for yourself(very important step) draw your own conclusion. Also if Sarah Palin is your friend on facebook delete her ass, she's bat shit crazy!

I know its long but its important.

Here is my apology gift world

So I haven't written for a while, and that's mostly because I've been in a creative stink so to make up for it I will stand outside of your window with my boom box. I won't play 'In Your Eyes' and I'm not as cool as John Cusack because I'm actually just posting a link to a zipped up little folder of cool jams.

But I hope you'll forgive me as you dance and maybe I'll hold a tiny place on the dance floor in the cockles of your heart.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Fact- Kings of Leon are Chick Magnets

How is it Tuesday and no one has written about the double Kings of Leon concert last weekend? I was politely waiting... no more.

To be honest I think under estimated these guys. I don't often pop my head up into the mainstream but they have arrived in a big selling out arena way.

I can’t speak for Saturday but Sunday there was no lack of "Sex on Fire” in GM place.

Women love these guys. Their pheromones could be felt for miles around. It was honestly a good night to be walking around downtown fellas...

From my angle people mostly had a good two step on until the few songs that have hit the mainstream and then people lost their shit in a big way.

If these guys don’t stick around Caleb Followill would have an amazing career in voice over work… move over Morgan Freeman (doesn’t it seem like he does all voice overs now…even car commercials… seriously). He was strong from start to finish.

Currently Kings of Leon are working on their fifth album which is expected to be released in 2010.

Canada Dances with ME !!!

So I had the chance to kick with some of the Vancouver audition hopefulls for So You Think You Can Dance Canada, check it out below..


Monday, August 17, 2009

Slash interview

Here's an interview I did with Slash a while back. This was before Velvet Revolver broke up with Scott Weiland.
He was so cool it was intimidating.

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