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STP's BLOG 04/16/15 "Faith No More - TONIGHT!"

This tweet pretty much sums up how I am feeling this morning!



I am so beyond pumped for tonight… I am such a huge fan of this band, and I never thought that they would be touring again…so tonight will definitely be something special.

I have been a fan of this band since I first heard The Real Thing (the record that gave us Epic)…soon after that I became obsessed with their music. I love the stuff they did with Chuck Mosely, and obviously love everything that they have done with Mike Patton on vocals (one of the best vocalists ever if you ask me!). Hell…at one point I convinced my high school band to cover one of their earlier songs, "As The Worm Turns"…and then convinced my band that I was in here in Seattle, Peter Parker, to record a cover of that song… we recorded it with Chris Walla (Death Cab For Cutie), and it's one of my favorite things we have ever recorded! Check it out:



I started thinking of different Faith No More songs that I am a fan of, and this blog would be a novel if I shared every song that I geek out over…but a few popped into my mind. Faith No More sadly is known by the masses for their song Epic ("What. Is. It.)…I still enjoy listening to that song, as it is bad ass…but this song should not define this band. The song is one of many different styules of music that Faith No More performed… one of the most unpredictable bands musically that I have ever listened too. They could rap, shred, be poppy, and explore dark themes and sounds – their record "Angel Dust" is my favorite of them all. The record is a master piece…I knowe many will think I am just throwing that term out there loosely, but it really is. It's dark and sinistyer, yet catchy as all hell. I'll never forget hearing the first single off of this record (before the album came out) and intantly knew that we were about to get something special from this band…



I always loved the covers that they did…especially when they picked songs that you wouldn't expect them to do…like this cover of The Commodores classic, "Easy".



The cover that I still list as my favorite though is when they paid tribute to the Bee Gees (yes, the Bee Gees) and covered "I Started A Joke" – Patton's voice is on point on this one for sure!



I sure hope they do this song tonight…one of my favorite performances from them…




Next month we will get a new record from Faith No More, it's called Sol Invictus, and based on the songs I have heard so far…we are in for another incredible…and uniquie sounded effort from the fellas!



Damn it…I have to share good one… I love the vibe of this song, and the vocals are killer!

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STP's BLOG 04/16/15 "Faith No More - TONIGHT!"

This tweet pretty much sums up how I am feeling this morning!



I am so beyond pumped for tonight… I am such a huge fan of this band, and I never thought that they would be touring again…so tonight will definitely be something special.

I have been a fan of this band since I first heard The Real Thing (the record that gave us Epic)…soon after that I became obsessed with their music. I love the stuff they did with Chuck Mosely, and obviously love everything that they have done with Mike Patton on vocals (one of the best vocalists ever if you ask me!). Hell…at one point I convinced my high school band to cover one of their earlier songs, "As The Worm Turns"…and then convinced my band that I was in here in Seattle, Peter Parker, to record a cover of that song… we recorded it with Chris Walla (Death Cab For Cutie), and it's one of my favorite things we have ever recorded! Check it out:



I started thinking of different Faith No More songs that I am a fan of, and this blog would be a novel if I shared every song that I geek out over…but a few popped into my mind. Faith No More sadly is known by the masses for their song Epic ("What. Is. It.)…I still enjoy listening to that song, as it is bad ass…but this song should not define this band. The song is one of many different styules of music that Faith No More performed… one of the most unpredictable bands musically that I have ever listened too. They could rap, shred, be poppy, and explore dark themes and sounds – their record "Angel Dust" is my favorite of them all. The record is a master piece…I knowe many will think I am just throwing that term out there loosely, but it really is. It's dark and sinistyer, yet catchy as all hell. I'll never forget hearing the first single off of this record (before the album came out) and intantly knew that we were about to get something special from this band…



I always loved the covers that they did…especially when they picked songs that you wouldn't expect them to do…like this cover of The Commodores classic, "Easy".



The cover that I still list as my favorite though is when they paid tribute to the Bee Gees (yes, the Bee Gees) and covered "I Started A Joke" – Patton's voice is on point on this one for sure!



I sure hope they do this song tonight…one of my favorite performances from them…




Next month we will get a new record from Faith No More, it's called Sol Invictus, and based on the songs I have heard so far…we are in for another incredible…and uniquie sounded effort from the fellas!



Damn it…I have to share good one… I love the vibe of this song, and the vocals are killer!

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BJ'S BLOG 04/16/15 "Dividing the Housework"

Life is better when you can help others. "A friend in need is a friend indeed" is just a small step to the side of another great phrase: "Rock-A-Holics helping Rock-A-Holics!" Let's work together on some Group Therapy, shall we?

We heard from Shelley, who is a little dismayed by her husband's computer habits. No, it's not the content he's viewing…it's the fact that he's spending all his time playing games online, and Shelley's not getting any help with housework, or their young child. It's an ongoing argument, because he works 40 hours a week, and she's a housewife and full-time mother. Shelley agrees that her husband deserves his downtime, but she would really appreciate some help and attention when he's not at work.

I used to be this guy, and that's the influence of my generation's standards about the division of labor between the man and the woman. It used to be quite common that the man would come home from work, plop down to watch TV, and enjoy his effort-exempt status as the breadwinner. Of course, times have changed in most parts of the world. Yes, Shelley's husband is the one going off to work every day to provide for his family, but the effort of maintaining a house and taking care of a child isn't exactly insignificant, especially for one person.

I'm sure we'll have some strong opinions about this one, so let's hear what you have to say…

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BJ'S BLOG 04/15/14 "Conditional Bridesmaid"

Group Therapy is built on the principle of Rock-A-Holics helping Rock-A-Holics. For richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, for as long as you all read this blog…

Marissa has a friend who's getting married, and she wants Marissa to be in the wedding party! Isn't that great? Well, you'd think so, but the bride's offer hangs on one condition:

Marissa can be a bridesmaid, but only if she loses twenty pounds.

Marissa says that she was planning to go on a diet anyway, and the bride knows this, but she's still wondering if she should be insulted. This stipulation has been presented as "incentive" for Marissa to lose weight. The wedding isn't until next summer, so the dresses will be ordered in the winter…but if Marissa hasn't dropped the pounds by then, she simply won't be included in the wedding party.

People do the dumbest things under the guise of good intentions, and weddings have a tendency to bring out the worst examples of tactless behavior. I also can't help pointing out that men don't usually act like this; I don't think that every woman has this maddening lack of consideration, but we can definitely narrow the majority of the culprits down to one side of the gender divide.

Marissa has two options: use this opportunity as it's been presented, and follow through with her own stated goal of weight loss, under the stated conditions…or, she can drop out of the wedding party now, and not submit to someone else's standard for her physical appearance.

This one's a toughie. Do you have any advice for Marissa, gang?
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STP's BLOG 04/15/15 "Hawks In Hawaii"

This Facebook post by Russell Wilson made my morning.

Learning how to Hula with the best crew around #luau

Posted by Russell Wilson on Tuesday, April 14, 2015


This is one of the few (and I mean few) reasons why I love social media…it's a fun way to see the guys on my favorite team do stuff that shows a human side.

I enjoyed that video, but of all the pix and videos that the team has been postiong from Hawaii…the best one goes to #51, Bruce Irvin! Bruce posted a pic where he and his new teammate (and former bitter rival) Jimmy Graham were about to duke it out! Clearly it's a joke, but it's an awesome way to squash any questions if there is still any issues between those two.

Man of my word! #LoveOurBrothers @bwagz54 @bambamkam @rsherman25 @thejimmygraham @jkearse15 @seahawks @nfl

A photo posted by Bruce Irvin (@bruceirvin51) on




This week on the STP-CAST we had an awesome chat with Corey Taylor of Slipknot! If you misse it, check it out on iTUNES, Stitcher, or HERE!




In the interview we mention that his other band, Stone Sour, covered a Metallica song. This is an awesome version of Creeping Death…it will be on their new EP "Meanwhile in Burbank"…which comes out this Saturday as part of Record Store Day.

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STP's BLOG 04/15/15 "Hawks In Hawaii"

These Facebook posts by Russell Wilson made my morning.

Learning how to Hula with the best crew around #luau

Posted by Russell Wilson on Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Late night jammin!!! #Maui #Brotherhood

Posted by Russell Wilson on Tuesday, April 14, 2015

We Gettin' it!! #Groovin

Posted by Russell Wilson on Tuesday, April 14, 2015



This is one of the few (and I mean few) reasons why I love social media…it's a fun way to see the guys on my favorite team do stuff that shows a human side.

I enjoyed that video, but of all the pix and videos that the team has been postiong from Hawaii…the best one goes to #51, Bruce Irvin! Bruce posted a pic where he and his new teammate (and former bitter rival) Jimmy Graham were about to duke it out! Clearly it's a joke, but it's an awesome way to squash any questions if there is still any issues between those two.

Man of my word! #LoveOurBrothers @bwagz54 @bambamkam @rsherman25 @thejimmygraham @jkearse15 @seahawks @nfl

A photo posted by Bruce Irvin (@bruceirvin51) on




This week on the STP-CAST we had an awesome chat with Corey Taylor of Slipknot! If you misse it, check it out on iTUNES, Stitcher, or HERE!




In the interview we mention that his other band, Stone Sour, covered a Metallica song. This is an awesome version of Creeping Death…it will be on their new EP "Meanwhile in Burbank"…which comes out this Saturday as part of Record Store Day.

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STP's BLOG 04/14/15 "Live In The Present Tense"

I say lots of stupid stuff on air… but every once in a while I might have a nugget of inspiration for the masses. I am a true believer in not dwelling in the past. I thank Eddie Vedder and Pearl Jam's song "Present Tense" for being my mantra.



Well BJ this morning mentioned how he respects that I never seem to let past stuff dictate my decisions etc, and I said that I consider every day as a re-set for my life and that I move forward to the best of my abilities. After I said it, it was cool to see that it sesonated with someone!




Today is Throwback Tuesday, a special day of course. So I came across a couple fun pictures from back in the day. This one is trippy…look how different Ted looks… about 8 years ago we got to enjoy thanksgiving together!



This pic is from when I played in a band with my buddy…

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BJ'S BLOG 04/14/14 "No Lap Dance!"

It's Group Therapy, where Rock-A-Holics do their best to help other Rock-A-Holics, and you never have to tip for special service!

Today's topic came via text from a woman named Tracy, whose brother is getting married soon. The best man has organized an Oregon-based bachelor party that involves some strip clubs, and the bride-to-be is furious about the whole thing. Tracy isn't thrilled about it either, because her man is going along for the event as well…and she wants to know if it's unfair to ask him not to get a lap dance during the party.

Then, Tracy goes on to ask if we have any advice for good times at the bachelorette party. I speak pretty fluent "chick", but I'm not certain where that question is coming from. I suspect there may be a tone of revenge-planning to it, so we'll leave that one alone.

Look, a lap dance is intimate, and arguably inappropriate for a man in a relationship. I am totally willing to concede that point, and I'll even go so far as to point out that a strip club is really the only setting in which such behavior is even possibly considered acceptable. I'm not a big fan of lap dances, because I genuinely feel bad about the contact between the dancer and a person in a relationship…so maybe I'm not the right guy to ask.

I'm going to turn this one over to you, good people. Can Tracy (and/or the bride) justifiably request that their men refrain from receiving lap dances at the bachelor party? Also, we're happy to hear your bachelorette get-down suggestions. It's a party in the U-S-A….
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BJ'S BLOG 04/13/14 "Roth, Springsteen, and Allen"

Today's blog comes from one of my mentors, Dan Sanders:

On July 25, 2014, there was a death, a death not just of a person but of a vanishing period of time, a time that history books will never truly cover and that will never come again. That death likely went unnoticed even by the most devoted hippies of the 1960s.

When the '60s are studied in some far off time and place, one name I hope will be remembered is Manuel Lee Roth, Manny Roth, founder of Cafe Wha' and owner until 1968. Roth died of natural causes at his Ojai, California, home on July 25, 2014.

Without Manny Roth many of us might never have seen such greats as Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen,Jimi Hendrix, The Velvet Underground, Cat Mother and the All Night Newsboys, Kool and the Gang, Peter, Paul & Mary, Lenny Bruce, Joan Rivers, Bill Cosby, Richard Pryor, Woody Allen, and many others. They all got their start at the Wha?, thanks to Manny Roth.

I knew last year that Manny Roth had passed on, but I was preoccupied with writing about so-called "important things": Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin, and other morons and mental defectives; great events like our plans to shoot a submarine to Titan (yes, we are) and colonizing Mars (yes, we are); and how about that great event, landing a bean can on a flying comet (yes, we did). The bean can never spoke to us again, and NASA will never be able to say "roll that beautiful bean-meets-comet footage," but it seemed important at the time. Manny Roth did something the selfish, maybe insane, morons playing politics with our lives will never do. He made the world a much better place by helping to further the careers of some of the most talented people of our generation.

In 1975, after sleeping for a few days on the sand alone on Myrtle Beach and on the occasional Episcopal pew (in those days they left the doors unlocked), I started hitching north, and this knight was saved by a hippie damsel. Along with a cat named Clare, a few bottles of red wine, and the song "Born to Run" blasting from the sound system, a woman named Faye, with me in tow, drove from the shores of South Carolina to accomplish what the confederate army failed to do. We took Washington, DC, by storm. Without Manny Roth, Springsteen might not have been along for the ride.

I really don't like using the term "hippie," as I did at the top of this blog, since it seems inextricably caught in the '60s and implies that after that decade hippies vanished like the dinosaur. But what I was in the '60s in thought and action, I am even more so now. Does that make me an old hippie, a super-hippie, or just a person still on the road to self-discovery?
There are more stories on the shores of Rambling Harbor. Join me there.

http://dbsanders.podbean.com/e/roth-springsteen-and-allen/
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STP's BLOG 04/13/15 -- "Meet the Rock Girls"

This past weekend was definitely a busy one, but a fun one as we got to spend some time hanging with the Rock-A-Holics! On Friday we had our big "Meet The Rock Girls" party, and it was AWESOME!

Before we went to the party, we grabbed dinner at the Blazing Onion. I have wanted to go there for a while, and I was not disappointed by their food one bit. I had a burger with a pretzel bun that I wish I could eat again right now!

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We also had a Mud Pie that all 6 of us couldn't even finish! It was so damn good…and HUGE!

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Besides the fact that the food at the Blazing Onion is great…the staff there couldn't be nicer, awesome customer service! It was cool meeting Mannie – who tweeted out a pic of all of us!



After dinner it was off to the Sound Check Bar & Grill in Lynnwood. What an awesome spot...the bar is real cool, and proips to Justin and the rest of the staff at the bar -- great times for sure!

It's always a blast to meet the ladies that will represent The Rock, and we are in good hands…all of these girls are smoking hot, and from the brief conversations I had with them all…they are super cool as well. I am sure we will have pictures posted soon…until then, here are a couple shots that I took!

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Big thanks to the band, We Are Harlot, as they played right after we finished…and those guys kick some serious ass! Based on what they tweeted me, I think they enjoyed the night as well!



Here is a video of the girls on stage…enjoy!



Yesterday a bunch of us went bowling for the Sleep Country Pajama Bowl. We helped raise money for foster kids, and I consider this my yearly reminder that I am a TERRIBLE bowler!

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The highlight of the day was that I spotted BJ in an interesting pose…

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