August 31, 2009

Rehab Is For Quitters

Step 1:

We admit we are powerless - that our lives had become unmanageable.

-- Nope, that's not right at all. I have the power to change my behaviour anytime I choose to. And, my "hobbies" are what give me power over the unmanageable.



August 25, 2009

Circling The Drain

Business is bad. Really bad. I had to put my corporate executioners mask on yesterday and lay off a really good guy who I have worked with for fourteen years.

Feels like we're circling the drain here, so the only hope is to hold on as tight as I can for as long as I can and hope it turns around.

So, when times get tough, the Nomad's get going. Gettin' outta Dodge City for a spell. Hopefully this will keep me out of the insane asylum a while longer.

and if I don't see you, for a long while, I'll try to find you... left of the dial.


Now playing: The Clash - I'm so bored with the USA
via FoxyTunes

August 21, 2009

Dirty Pillows & The Queers

Oh snap, my band Dirty Pillows (not to be confused with my band Caterwaul Of Sound) is playing with THE QUEERS this Tuesday night (Aug 25) on Long Island. Considering my band and The Queers both are, ahem, inspired by The Ramones, it's should be a Gabba Gabba good time for all. And it's 16 +, so Dateline NBC can do an expose (or something).

I think this is the only known footage (unearthed in the ruins of a bombed out church) of old Nazz's band. Extra points if you recognize the song.

And here's something by The Queers...

Off to the beach...

August 19, 2009

Blurting And Bangs-ing

Currently, I am reading Main Lines, Blood Feasts, and Bad Taste: A Lester Bangs Reader.
For those who don't know, Bangs was the best rock critic of the 70's... back when rock n roll supposedly still meant something. His treatises/battles/ruminations on Iggy and Lou Reed in Creem Magazine as well as other rock rags are classic. Long after he was fired from Creem he was still winning best rock writer awards in the mag!
The "fatherly rock critic" in the odious movie "Almost Famous" was based on him.

Reading this (also recommended is his collection: Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung) has made me feel totally inadequate. The writing, both in a stream of conciousness/drug fueled rampage and PASSION are so beyond the scope of anything that is produced today. Bangs was a guy who could postulate on the Pro-Christianity of Black Sabbath and in the next instant both praise and condemn Keith Richards for his drug abuse.

And, from the amazing Persons Unknown (Punk e-books and articles) blog, immediately go and download THE RAMONES COMICS... a collection of awesome gags, graphics and tributes to Da Brudders.
Christ, do I ever miss the Ramones.



Holly And The Italians - Tell That Girl To Shut Up

Me First And The Gimme Gimmes - I Write The Songs

Jawbreaker - The Boat Dreams From The Hill

Jeff Buckley - Last Goodbye

August 17, 2009

Our Maiden Voyage

Figured it was time to inflict a little more ugliness on the site.
By clicking this link (or below), you will be able to download Caterwaul Of Sound's debut single... (Love Theme to) Kids Go To The Woods, Kids Get Dead.
This is the theme song (duh) to a great little indie horror film of the same name.

Yep, it's old Nazz's band with our first (soon to be) top ten single. Hope you enjoy it and let me know (that's what the COMMENTS button is for!) if it's a thumbs up for your next dance party!

We're hard at work on some new heartwarming songs that will be sure to make your next holiday gathering (or romantic evening) extra special.


August 9, 2009

40 Years Gone

I am on Woodstock overload. Ancient history.

Amidst all the self congratulatory bullshit regarding the 40th anniversary of Woodstock, it does not appear be noted anywhere that the two Presidents spawned from the "baby boomer" generation are the narcissistic Bill Clinton and the truly evil GW Bush.

Nice going, flower children... I'll stick with my Gen X Obama!

August 7, 2009

Black Holes In The Sky

Stopped doing the acid/schroom/mesc thing a loooong time ago. Figured I was skating on far too thin a patina of icy sanity already.
Probably one of the better decisions I have made in a life full of wrong turns.

The LSD experience opens a door that can never be completely closed. It's close to 20 years since I last ingested any of that stuff and I still don't think I've made it back completely.

With all of the exterior plus interior madness since... no regrets.


Syd Barrett - The Madcap Laughs (whole album)

Now playing: The Kinks - Dead End Street
via FoxyTunes

August 4, 2009

The Hits Keep Coming

What's the old parable about footsteps in the sand and only one set showing when god is carrying you? Well, lately, there ain't even any sand, it's broken glass. Or something.

Our long awaited kitchen renovation was supposed to start yesterday. Was. Until we got a phone call from our contractor telling us the store that he was supposed to pick up our new cabinets, counters etc WENT OUT OF BUSINESS THE DAY BEFORE!


Out of business. With our $5000 worth of stuff. They had six stores. And all went out of fucking business and declared bankruptcy. The day before we were supposed to pick up our stuff.

I spent the day chasing our money and it appears that we are covered by our credit card company (here's a tip : NEVER PAY CASH!).

So now we get to start over.


Less fun is the flood (thanks to a balky washing machine hose bursting)that engulfed our basement last week, and has rendered said basement into a moldy smelling slime-hole. We'll be spending next weekend ripping up all the carpeting and re-flooring.

Worst of all is that out beloved cat is dying. You can read all about our trials and tribulations with Kitty here. It's tearing our heart out, but it's time to give him some dignity. Gotta be done this week. Awful, Awful, Awful. Best fucking cat in the world. Fucking cancer.

I am not looking for a pity party. Just venting a little.

It's a good thing that my "happy pills" are working. I haven't punched a hole in a wall or even lost my temper through all of these ordeals.

Better living through Pharmaceuticals. Fuckin' A!


Husker Du - Everything Falls Apart (live City Gardens Trenton NJ 1985)

Husker Du - Too Far Down
Husker Du (Bob Mould solo live) - Hardly Getting Over It
Husker Du - It's Not Funny Anymore (live Madison Wisconsin 3.1.84)