Earlier we posted about 'All Them Witches', an American grunge/rock band from Nashville TN.
They've been around sine 2012ish, and have a number of studio albums, but more importantly, they have a few live albums.
One of those is "At The Garage" from 2015. The Garage was a former welding shop turned happening music scene.
This is important because The Garage is no more. It closed December 31 2017, after being the main hub in Winston Salem, North Carolina for local acts, and some larger touring acts, for 17 years. The last show was by the group "The Genuine", whom I've personally never heard of.
Anyway, even though I never made it to a show there, I had heard of it, and it brings back memories of other dimly lit, possibly cramped, smoke filled local music halls where up and coming local artists would hone their craft. It's awesome to see acts that now sell 10000 tickets each night perform in front of 50 adoring fans. I've had that pleasure a number of times, but sadly the local privately owned venues are being pushed out int he name of progress.
Anyway, sit back, close your eyes, and remember those days.
Wilcox AZ, is, as you'll hear, is a town that started small and stayed small.
It's also a town that you've most likely never heard of. Country Twang star Rex Allen is from there, but you've probably never heard of him either.
What we want you to really know about is KHIL, the local 5000 watt radio station that has served the slow moving dusty old town since 1961.
Sitting on your back porch, cig in hand, whisky on ice, radio tuned to KHIL, and you'd swear it was 1968 all over again.....and sometimes that's a good thing.
Thanks to a recent short documentary by The Atlantic, we get a quick glimpse into the lives that control the tunes being sent out by those 5000 watts, and how those lives have been shaped by those same lonesome tunes.
Not much to say about this one, except that music isn't dead, the greatest acts don't get TV time, and I love discovering new awesome music. All you need is one camera, serious talent, and soul...and you have a great music video.
This one got me going.
So, while watching the Red Sox/Dodgers world series, lots of interesting things were happening.....like a dude pulling an Elaine Benes and wearing a Yankees jersey while sitting front row.....it ended up being handled....he got shouted down and made fun of. Amazing people can be so dense. Dude was seriously triggered.....and thought he was in THEIR heads?
The biggest surprise of the entire series didn't involve the game. It involved 'Mo Bamba'. It's not a song, not music, not anything really.....just someone that can't 'sing', flow, speak clearly, or do anything unique. Even with all of that, somehow the brain dead masses are lapping it up (well have been for a while now......good indicator of the level of education of the general population). The creator of this thing seems to think its a banging track, sadly he must have never heard any quality music, from any genre. Ever. It's obvious he is not educated....well in much really.
You read the title of this piece...and now be a bit confused. The creator* of 'Mo Bamba' doesn't do anything hard.....thinking is hard enough for him.
*We won't be mentioning his name here. He doesn't deserve that. All of his creations have dumbed everyone down and drug society with it.
No....we are talking about DMX. One of the best most unique rap artists to have ever been. Here he is in 1999 controlling a crowd of 100,000 white people for forty-five minutes. All rap. No wack hype men. No mumble. No autotune. Straight giving it to them. In overalls none the less. Doesn't falter once.
Yes...he keeps it the hardest. There is no doubt there. I sure hope he's never heard of 'Mo Bamba' and has to see how far the rap industry has fallen. I know I wish I could have those 5 minutes I wasted on that abomination back.
Edge of what? Sanity you might say.
Superlatives fail these guys. Fearless. Brave, Crazy. All fall short of what makes these racers tackle a race that may take their life.
The Isle of Mann TT..... Time Trial (or Tourist Trophy) is one of the last free for all races left in the world. World class Moto races strap themselves to bikes capable of 200 mph and race head to head, rubbing tires and body work together at over 150 mph. Or to add to the spectacle, wheelies at 160 mph.
Death and destruction does happen, every year, but the racers and spectators keep coming back. It's obviously addicting.
Enjoy this popular clip that's been around for a few years now, but does a good job of capturing the speed and edge of everything that this race embodies.
Elton John is famous for it. Shatner covered it, which was then parodied by Stewie Griffin.
All great renditions.
But with Trump calling out the 'Rocket Man' and getting that back in the everyday venacular....it stands to reason that there would be a new version.
And there is.
This 'Rocket man' shares nothing with the original, and that is a good thing.
This will get you hyped. Well, I got hyped.
More than 8 liters, V10 at redline, manual transmission, rear wheel drive, 200 mph. In a road legal car.
Need we say more? Oh yea, the car that made racing stripes famous in America.
The Dodge Viper has been loved, hated, cancelled, brought back from the dead,, for going on 20 years now. She is out of production now, but a group of enthusiasts (read: no factory backing) wanted to make sure everyone remembered this beast as one of the fastest, most brutal cars that there has ever been.
So they went to tackle the Nurburgring, the Green Hell. After a series of setbacks that included bad weather, driver changes, dwindling track time, mechanical issues, oh, and a huge crunch due to a blown tire while flat out.....they set a 7:01 and 3 tenths.
11 seconds off the 2011 record breaking Viper run. Hats off to this Doc crew, they nailed it.
Just another post to showcase the best drivers in the world, again.
Enjoy these two, and then let yourself wander down the internet black hole and discover some old and new rallying vids for yourself. You're not doing anything better with your time.
Even WRC testing is better than any other racing going on today (well maybe V8 supercars...a close second)
How they keep these things under control is anyone's guess....
Hard to say...who's crazier, the drivers or the fans?
I say let'em get as close as they want. (Looking right at you Poland)
Haven't heard of G Yamazawa yet? Well here you go. Straight fire, No fluff, no frills, just honest, from the street rap with local talent making appearances on most tracks. Here are a few gems to get you started, more on his youtube channel.
At least this guy knew to get out of town. Just didn't know the word for it.
I can't believe the other people in this video are real.