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"'New Perspective' was the only good thing about 'Jennifer's Body'." Brendon Urie - Best Buy, NYC, March 24th...

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Spencer and Brendon after the acoustic show at Best Buy in Union Square earlier tonight...   Spencer and Brendon from Panic! - yeps, they still look like that. Live footage below... After buying the new Panic! At The Disco album, 'Vices and Virtues' on iTunes yesterday, listening to it on my way over to Manhattan, playing it to Intense Boy last night and having it in the background while working all day today, I was quite surprised to find out that the band would be performing an acoustic show at Best Buy in Union Square at 08:30 tonight. The girl I work with, Pam texted me at 6pm after she happened to find out about the promo show on Twitter. I pretty much dropped all I was doing and made my way to Union Square to buy two physical copies of the album which would grant both me and Pam a wristband to witness the impromptu show. Prior to the show, security guy Jim promised he'd get out of the way...ahem. But first has anyone see the video for new single, 'The Balla

Locking and popping all around and fate vs free will...introspective time.

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Been far too busy to update this blog, sorry but life does get in the way sometimes. My first hip hop dance class locking and popping to Chris Brown's shit took place somewhere in Manhattan...8th Avenue and some midtown street. Here are the school's details: I also attended a salsa intro class with Intense Boy but that's definitely NOT for me. Something which is for me, however, is sex with Intense Boy. But I am digressing... Hip hop dancing is hot even though the music is shite. Wish they taught hip hop style dancing to Tool's music. Mainly cos I would find that easier to dance to since I know that band's music by heart. One day... What else - currently obsessed with The Adjustment Bureau. I have seen it twice in two weeks and loved it more each time. This old lady in the audience on Friday called me a 'hopeless romantic'. She thought the movie was crap. Fair enough. So, here is a featurette of it: If you can get over the Judeo-Christian allus

So much going on, so little time...

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Time goes by so fast when you're having...sex. So, between work, hanging out at shows with Denise and Holly and dating Intense Boy, I have had little time to update this area... Currently obsessing over the new Panic! At The Disco album - 'Vices and Virtues'. It is streaming on their Facebook page - listen to it here: https://www.facebook.com/panicatthedisco?sk=app_178091127385 Panic! At The Disco 'Vices And Virtues' out on March 22nd. Feel the butterflies. It is the audio equivalent to chasing butterflies in slow motion on Venice Beach on a super sunny day. 'Vices And Virtues' - the equivalent to this...the beach is just beyond those trees. However, if you're all about running around the woods brandishing an axe, it might not be for you. Not influenced by Panic! At The Disco. They might be looking for Panic! At The Disco. Wednesday evening - hip hop dance class in Manhattan! Can't wait. I will probably loathe the music but there's

Motorhead and the East Village watering hole after the show...

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Motorhead - Phil Campbell, Lemmy and Mikkey Dee... So, once Holly and I got inside the venue, we went straight to the VIP balcony stage left where you get a great view of the stage and the rest of the venue. The pit at the front, in particular, was insane - grey-haired burly guys crowd-surfed and screamed their lungs out during 'Ace of Spades'. As Motorhead performed 'Killed By Death', the guy I'd met a few minutes earlier in the smokers area outside, Todd Youth (ex-Danzig, Ace Frehley) got on stage to play additional guitar while German eternal bombshell, Doro (Pesch) donned the extra vocal layers. The band closed the show with 'Overkill' and that's as much as we saw on Monday. Phil, Doro, Lemmy and Todd on stage during 'Killed By Death'. The one thing that was evident from the time we opened the door to the actual auditorium was the insane energy that emanated from the stage. Known for their unfeasibly loud live shows, Motorhead delivered t

A tale of synchronicity featuring Mike Portnoy and Motorhead - live in New York!

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While at the Bruce Lamont show at Union Pool on Sunday, I found out about the Motorhead gig at Best Buy Theater on Monday. Bummer. I had not sorted out any tickets for the latter and I had already agreed to go see Mike Portnoy perform in his new Beatles cover band featuring Paul Gilbert (Mr Big, Steve Vai etc) at BB Kings with Holly. Oh well, when that happens, you have to let go. This is self-explanatory, isn't it. Mike Portnoy on drums with Paul Gilbert on guitar and vocals was never going to be your average Beatles cover band. In fact, it turned into an odd jam of insanity towards the end of the show where Holly and I commented out loud:-"The Beatles never played it this way.'' We assumed, since neither of us were even alive when the Beatles split. This Biatch in 1969... Holly in 1969... The venue was packed with over 40s with Holly and Portnoy's own children being the exception in the audience. Gilbert's long haul with Mr Big meant that both his guit

An evening with Bruce Lamont - art or arse?

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I found out about Chicago-based cacophonous ensemble Yakuza when I received third album 'Samsara' in my inbox at NRK P3. I was producing metal show, Tinitus at the time - it was 2006. It came at a time when a bunch of old bands were reuniting and that trend has yet to die down. The last two years, at least,  the rock / metal scene has seen the same old bands performing on big stages and making the most out of their new found popularity. It is hardly surprising since during a recession, even booking agents have to make do and do they make by booking the same old acts. Playing safe is my business...and business is good! But even the most hardened horn-throwing retards will get to the point where the same old shit is not good anymore. They will scream for variety. I would be a hypocrite if I didn't mention that I could only listen to Yakuza's concoction of (fucked up) sonic sensibilities in small incremental doses each day which meant it took me a couple of months to dig

As I Lay Dying rip the Big Apple a new earhole

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Been looking forward to this gig for a couple of weeks now. AILD performed two sold-out shows at the Gramercy in New York on Thursday and Friday and Denise invited me to the Friday's show. Funnily enough, when she introduced me to the AILD's tour manager, I realised that he was the same guy that Devin Townsend and I 'saved' as he fell through this grate backstage at Gods of Metal last year. I was talking to Townsend backstage as this guy walked over this grate and as it gave over, both Townsend and I ran to his aid. Luckily he was tour-managing Cannibal Corpse at that time, so if he'd have injured himself he could have doubled up as a stage prop. The grate backstage at Gods of Metal could have turned into this... Checked out support band, After The Burial - deathcorish with a dash of Meshuggah's repetitive, hypnotic riffs and drum patterns - a pleasant surprise. In between the ATB and the AILD shows, we stayed backstage chatting to a bunch of people. When the