Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Cluster headaches, Geeks, Ayreon, DJ Ashba, Tom Petty, Carrie Underwood doing GNR, Toad The Wet Sprocket, NIN, Gigantour, ratsnakes, bad driving, and Hunter S. Thompson

Headache has been growing in intensity all day. But I don’t think it’s a cluster headache this time. Either way, it’s exhausting. But onward!

How 1137 a geek are you? Use this infographic to grade your geekdom. I failed with a score of 10, earning me the badge of being a Keeg.

Speaking of sci-fi and fantasy, Arjen Lucassen is doing a contest to promote his next Ayreon release, “The Theory Of Everything.” Guess the guest musician on the song snippet and win a prize. Contest or not, I cannot wait to hear a new Lucassen album!

Congratulations to GNR and Sixx:A.M. guitarist DJ Ashba’s recent engagement to model & actress Nathalia Henao, which was made extra romantic by a helicopter ride over Las Vegas and landing in a field where a table was set up with roses and bubbly. But once Las Vegas police department officials found out that the helicopter used was actually a police helicopter flown by Las Vegas’ finest, a full out internal review was opened to investigate wrongful use of “official use only” resources. Whoops! On the one hand, I have no problem with celebrities getting a joyride in police vehicles and making a special day even more special. But Ashba should have kept the details out of the public eye and not mentioned officers’ names!

In another example of “needing to keep your mouth shut,” Tom Petty called modern country music, “bad rock with a fiddle.” Petty admits classic country music influenced him greatly, and many of today’s country musicians credit Petty as one of their influences. Petty told Rolling Stone magazine, “I don’t really see a George Jones or a Buck Owens or anything fresh coming up … I’m sure there must be somebody doing it, but most of that music reminds me of rock in the middle ‘80s, where it became incredibly generic and relied on videos. I hate to generalize a whole genre of music, but it does seem to be missing that magic element that it used to have. I’m sure there are people playing country that are doing it well, but they’re just not getting the attention that the shittier stuff gets.” Of course, country musicians and songwriters are up in arms over Petty’s comments. I for one don’t disagree. I like country music, but the past couple years have produced mostly dismal twangy pop-rock wannabes wearing country western or beach clothing that have been “designed” by washed up ‘80s designers.

Meanwhile, did you see Carrie Underwood performing GNR’s “Paradise City?” Not bad at all, except that she ran out of breathe at the end!

Toad The Wet Sprocket are releasing their first album in 16 years this October. The title is “New Constellation” and to kickstart the marketing engine, the band is offering a free EP at Noisetrade called “Something Old, Something New” that includes two new songs alongside reinterpretations of three of their older songs.

Since Trent Reznor actually embraces the internet as a marketing tool, no surprise that NIN are offering a new song off the upcoming “Hesitation Marks” album. The song is “Copy Of A” and is available at Amazon asa free download, or watch the video below.

In the “yeah, that’s heavy metal!” segment, a coworker ran across a 4-plus foot long one of these around the lakes in our office park. It’s a juvenile Eastern Ratsnake and it’s not venomous, but she claims it was long. And that head sure looks diamond-shaped.

Luckily, it wasn’t my coworker or a snake that caused this early morning accident in Carytown, VA (USA). A truck struck a minivan and then the minivan crashed through the front window of The Daily Kitchen & Bar, which has only been open for one month.


Maybe the driver of that minivan was trying to live the lifestyle of Hunter S. Thompson. Author E. Jean Carroll’s 1993 biography “Hunter: The Strange and Savage Life of Hunter S. Thompson” is now availablefor free download.

And finally, here’s your health tip of the day…

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