STP's BLOG 07/28/14 "Farewell Motley Crue"

Last night was the final Motley Crue concert in the Western Washington area…I sadly did not go. Thankfully I have seen them 3 times in my life, and they are always awesome, but I just couldn't be out late on a Sunday night when I get up at 2:15 in the morning.

I was mostly curious to see what Tommy Lee was going to do. Ever since I saw them back in the late 80's (or early 980's – whenever the Dr. Feelgood tour happened), Tommy has always done something spectacular behind the kit…from playing upside down…hovering over the crowd…etc…and it looks like yesterday was no exception. Thanks to our concert photographer and blogger, Iron Mike Savoia, for posting this!

Yesterday afternoon I met up with some of my fine friends and co-workers for a "Dog Day Afternoon" at Gasworks Park. Lulu and I met up with Ben & Miles from The Men's Room…Ryan Castle…and Sgt. Hairclub for a fun day out. Lulu loved it there!

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Miles took this awesome pic of Lulu and me…

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Here is Miles dog, Chewy, hanging…

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Here is Hairclub's dog, Bentley, enjoing the view!

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BJ'S BLOG 07/28/14 "Strange Days and Punks for Salvation"

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

My mind sometimes befuddles me. I don't know why I think the things I do, but I think them anyway. Here are a few from the past week.

In 1980, poet and punk musician Jim Carroll wrote "People Who Died," which was on his album Catholic Boy. Ironically, the song could have been titled "People Who Died in July," including punk rocker Tommy Ramone, who wrote a song called "Too Tough To Die." It still bothers me, as I said in last week's blog, that his death went largely unnoticed, as did the passing of Johnny Winter and Muddy Waters.

As the list grows on, here's another name for you: Dick Jones. You probably wouldn't know him if he were sitting next to you, but you have heard his voice many times. Dick Jones was the voice of Pinocchio, and he died on July 7. James Garner, the "Tall Dark Stranger" named Maverick, died July 19.

Under "Man, is that a strange day, indeed," we can post that a pine tree, planted near L.A.'s Griffith Observatory in 2004 in honor of George Harrison, was killed by his band's namesake insect. The Beatle's memorial tree was killed by beetles! Harrison's pine had grown to more than 10 feet tall by 2013, and the good news is the tree will be replaced, time and place to be announced.

In other bizarre and unexplained news, Russia seems to be sinking. Russian scientists conducted a primary examination of a giant sinkhole in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District. There was no dangerous radiation detected on the site, and the scientists, who arrived to examine the sinkhole on the instructions of the regional governor, said it appeared "as a result of a natural phenomenon, the nature of which is impossible to establish yet."
Personally, I'm expecting the four horseman of the apocalypse to burst out of there in a frenzy of flaming glory and head directly to the Westboro Baptist Church, consisting of a collection of hate-mongering protesters who have targeted everyone from the singer Lorde to Brad Paisley, of all people. Recently this bunch of ghoulish protesters met their match with a bunch of punks. They planned on protesting at a "Panic! At The Disco" concert, announcing plans to picket the pop-punk band's Sunday night show in Kansas City, Missouri, but Brendon Urie of the group retaliated. He said that for every member of the Westboro church who showed up he would donate $20 to the Human Rights Campaign, America's largest civil rights organization, working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender equality at home, at work, and in the community. Brendon said, "This is pretty much the perfect way to render the protesters' hateful intentions useless" and would actually be useful and raise money for a good cause.

In the podcast, you'll hear a few minutes about Ted Nugent as well as other topics. Come on shore and give a listen.
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STP's BLOG 07/25/14 "No Cameras Allowed"

When it comes to documentaries…I am such a fan of anything music related. I loved the Pearl Jam Twenty doc, and have loved other documentaries like the Foo Fighters one, Sound City, A Band Called Death, Malfunkshun: The Andrew Wood Story, and Hit So hard (the Patty Schemel of Hole story)…the list goes on and on.

There is a guy by the name of Marcus Haney, and he has never paid to go to a festival. He makes replica wristbands, sneaks past security guards, and walks in with confidence. Somehow he weasels his way into the photo pit and has documented some awesome moments.

Check out this movie trailer for "No Cameras Allowed." I look forward to watching this…

I posted this on my Facebook…and I love this comment about this movie by Andrew…it's a great observation:

Andrew: Never pays to get into a concert…wants people to pay money to see his movie. I'll definitely pay money to see this and most certainly won't download it by illegitimate means. No siree.
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BJ'S BLOG 07/25/14 "My BFF Had An Affair With My Brother"

Happy Friday, gang! Before you head out for the weekend, we could sure use some help over here in Group Therapy!

A Rock-A-Holic named Nicole is looking for some advice. It seems that her best friend and her brother had an affair, and even worse – Nicole's sister-in-law caught them! Nicole's brother and his wife eventually reconciled, but that recovery came with the condition that Nicole's BFF had to be cut out of everyone's life altogether.

This isn't just a casual stipulation: Anyone who is still in contact with Nicole's friend is regarded as no longer being a friend of the couple, and is not allowed in their home. This includes Nicole, of course, and even though she doesn't condone the affair, she's feeling pretty upset about the whole situation.

Nicole can't call or email her old friend; if she does, she will be cut off completely from her brother and his family – that includes their kids, too – and the sister-in-law is actually angry that Nicole still misses her friend.

I can understand the brother's wife insisting that her husband avoid the woman he had an affair with, but declaring it a law for everyone else seems pretty harsh. Did the couple go to counseling? Sounds like a "no" to me, because I can't imagine a professional counselor would ever dispense this kind of advice, or even go along with it.

Infidelity is a huge thing, and I don't think you can sort out the damage without therapy of some kind. There's a lack of perspective between the two parties in that situation, and you can't fully unpack that mess without a thoughtful, impartial third party.

Maybe it's just me, but I think it sounds like the situation is out of control. Let's hear it from you, folks! What advice do you have for Nicole?
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BJ'S BLOG 07/24/14 "Can you re-wear a wedding Dress?"

It's Group Therapy time once again, Rock-A-Holics! Let's walk down the aisle and see what we find, be it new or slightly used.

We're trying to help Rachel today: she got divorced after 5 years, and plans to marry a new guy this fall. Like everyone in the world, she's trying to save a little bit of money…and she wants to know if it's okay to re-wear the wedding dress from her first wedding.

Rachel hasn't said anything to her husband-to-be yet, but she has sought the advice of the people around her. She says her family believes the dress is jinxed, and they're a little horrified by the idea. Likewise, some of her friends think that wearing the dress again is disrespectful to the new groom.

I'm handing this one off to the good people who read my blog. I have my own beliefs about second (and third, fourth, fifth) weddings, but I've only been married once. So, I don't know if I really have much of a perspective here. I do find it curious that a groom traditionally rents a tuxedo that's been used by countless men before him, but a wedding dress seems a little more sacred.

Give Rachel your best advice, folks! Maybe you can teach me something in the process…
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STP's BLOG 07/24/14 "We Are In The 50 Shades Of Grey (sort of)"

Huge news…The 50 Shades Of Grey trailer is out. OK, not huge for anyone that has testicles, but I'm sure the ladies are going nuts (pun intended) about it! I watched it, and I have say that I sadly geeked out for a second. At about 24 seconds in, you will see a building in the background…it's OUR building! Yup…the home of KISW is featured in this movie (the story is based in Seattle). Check it out: made a list of songs that are supposedly "guaranteed" to help you "seal the deal" in the bedroom … here is the top 3.
1. "Come Live with Me Angel", Marvin Gaye
2. "Feel All My Love Inside", Marvin Gaye
3. "Make Sure You're Sure", Stevie Wonder

Screw this R & B crap…this is my pick:

This song inspires me…so much show that I had to show "what's up"…and The Rev caught me on video!

If you think jumping on a trampoline while DRUNK sounds like a terrible idea, you're right. Here is video proof of that!

Very classy moment when he has the kid hold his cigarette…what the hell!?!
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Iron Reagan Rules !

I love hardcore punk. I love metal. Some people think these two separate yet respective sounds need to be held as far apart as possible, never blending the two and always remaining "true old school." Well, that sure ain't me. There are tons of bands that blur the lines in ways that make me smile from ear to ear - namely Norway's Kvelertak, Sweden's Disfear , and more recently, the side project of Municipal Waste vocalist Tony Foresta and former Darkest Hour drummer Ryan Parrish, Iron Reagan. These songs are short, fast, pissed and meant to be played at max volume. Don't expect any guitar sweeps or solos, fancy drum fills or anything of that sort. Just simple, to the point, angry anthems for anyone that still remembers all the lyrics to both Minor Threat AND Anthrax discographies. Take a couple minutes to check out this track, "Miserable Failure." This track comes off their forthcoming Relapse Records debut "Tyranny Of Will," due out September 16th in the U.S. If the rest of the 34 songs (!!!!) are anything like this one, I'm sold.

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STP's BLOG 07/23/14 "Weezer is Back!"

Since today's weather is so crappy…I choose to go back in time…to Saturday, when this was my view…

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Every year our church hits the road and we post up in the backyard of one of our member's home. It's in Lakewood with an incredible view of Lake Steilacoom. I have been lucky to play drums in front of thousands of people in my life, and even though a packed room at the EMP Sky Church or the Capitol Theater in Olympia is awesome…it doesn't compare to playing the drums with that view!

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Have you heard the new Weezer song? I have been a disappointed fan for the last couple of records (I will always love the band, but the last 2 CD's were not my favorites)…well it seems like Rivers and the boys are back to being awesome! If , and this new song is any indication of what their record will sound like…I think 2014 will mark the return of Weezer! The new CD is called "Everything Will Be Alright In The End", and it's coming out on September 30th. It's being produced by Ric Ocasek (he produced their debut CD, and their 3rd disc)…here is the first song "Back To The Shack", which lyrically feels like a public apology from Rivers for losing their "way" over the years…I think if you are a fan of Weezer, you will geek out about this song! =w=

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BJ'S BLOG 07/23/13 "Sex Spreadsheet"

As you probably know, Reddit is a very popular "fun" site to visit on the internet…but it can definitely backfire on you.

Recently, a woman posted something that her 26-year-old husband sent to her before he left town on a business trip. It was a spreadsheet of all the times she has turned him down for sex, and the reasons she gave for the rejections.

This chart didn't exactly paint a picture of productive intimacy. From June 3rd to July 16th, they had sex just 3 times…but she turned him down 25 times. Yes, you read that correctly: 25 (twenty-five) times.

The wife offered up every stereotypical excuse, including these classics:
She has to wake up early
Watching a show (it was a rerun of "Friends")
Just got home from gym, and feeling gross
Too drunk, and ate too much

She posted this spreadsheet on Reddit, for reasons that escape me. It seems she was trying to make her husband the bad guy, but this document went viral, and the whole thing sort of backfired on her.

Look, nobody should be forced to have sex if they don't want to. That's not even open for debate. However, I do have to wonder about a situation like this. When you're in a committed relationship, monogamy is expected; on the other hand, we never talk about the expectation of sex within the marriage itself.

Prenuptial agreements aren't very romantic, but how many relationships are damaged when the sex life falls into a rut, or vanishes almost completely? How can a couple reach an understanding about the needs and desires they're bringing into a marriage?

Let's hear it from you, good people. Bonus Honesty Points if you'd like to share your own spreadsheet numbers for the last month or two…
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SIS A Farewell To Motley Crue!

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With so many Motley memories today we went down the old dusty debaucherous trail!! Dig the playlist of the songs below Crue fans!!

Too Fast for Love (1981) "LIVE WIRE" (if you have one of the 900 original pressings of Too Fast For Love on Leathur Records its' worth $$$) Ian Gillian of Deep Purple funded their demo after he saw them in a LA Pub. )

Shout at the Devil (1983) "SHOUT AT THE DEVIL" The bands breakthrough album. "Looks That Kill" & "Too Young To Fall In Love" were both singles. The band thanks Krell in the liner notes….Crue slang for cocaine. Motley Crue's preformance at the 1983' US Festival was a breakthrough. Check out their WHOLE SET!

Theatre of Pain (1985) "HOME SWEET HOME". Released in the aftermath of singer Vince Neil's arrest for manslaughter on a drunk driving charge that took the life of Vince's friend Razzle, the drummer for beloved Finnish glam rock band Hanoi Rocks. The album moved more towards glam rock vs heavy metal. Pink, lace….. The album was orginaly to be called "Entertainment Or Death" name was also said to be inspired by the Christian Death album "Only Theater Of Pain". "Home Sweet Home" is one of the few Motley hits with Vince Neil credited with the songwriting.

Girls, Girls, Girls (1987) "GIRLS, GIRLS, GIRLS". Harley's drugs, life on the Sunset strip.

Dr. Feelgood (1989) "KICKSTART MY HEART" Last album to feature Vince on vocals till his return in 1997 for Gen Swine. Bob Rock produced. Their best selling album….first album to feature a mostly sober Crue.

Mötley Crüe (1994) "HOLLIGANS HOLIDAY". First and only album released w singer John Corabi.

Generation Swine (1997) "AFRAID" Vince Neil returns and Generation Swine is Tommy Lee's last album till his return for "Saints Of Los Angles"

New Tattoo (2000) "HELL ON HIGH HEELS" The band returns to its 80's roots. Ozzy drummer Randy Castillo fills in on drums. This was also when Tommy Lee was serving jail time for his assault on Pamela Anderson.

Saints of Los Angeles (2008) "SAINTGS OF LOS ANGELES" With all the original members back in the fold the band announced its first Cruefest tour!

Justin Moore Feat Vince Neil "HOME SWEET HOME"
Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute to Mötley Crüe, an upcoming collection of countryfied Crüe covers that officially hits the shelves on August 19th.
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