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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
Tired
Sick
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!

SIT N SPIN: MOTLEY CRUE FAREWELL!!
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​KISW PRESENTS MOTLEY CRUE'S "ALL BAD THINGS MUST COME TO AN END" TOUR. SUNDAY AT WHITE RIVER AMPITHEATER WITH ALICE COOPER!! Tickets are still available! http://bit.ly/1rzpMLe

With so many Motley memories today we went down the old dusty debaucherous trail!! Dig the playlist of the songs below Crue fans!! http://bit.ly/1pbts2o


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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STP's BLOG 07/22/14 "Sting in the WWE!"

If you don't follow me on Twitter, you are seriously missing out on some thought provoking "ess". Especially on Sunday when I was watching the WWE's Battleground Pay Per View.

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Speaking of Sting… I am so pumped that he is going to be featured in the new new WWE Video game, . If you pre-order the game, you get his characters…yes…both of his characters (I'm assuming "The Crow" Sting, and "Surfer" Sting). I ain't gonna lie…when I saw this on Monday Night Raw over a week ago…it was goose bumps city for me!



I hope that the WWE and Sting get it all figured out so that he has at least one match… I know he's around 55, but he's in great shape and I believe he has one more match in him./.. I (an millions of others) would love to see The Icon take on The Phenom… Stink Vs. The Undertaker in Wrestlemania 31!


I'm also doing some powerful stuff on Instagram…things that will bring peace to your soul. Like this:


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BJ'S BLOG 07/22/14 "Baby in the Pit?!"

Sigh.

Here's another Terminal Case of Stupid, gang…

30-year-old Megan Christopherson has been in the news lately, and it's not because she's contributing positively to society.

Megan brought her 4-month-old daughter to a Brad Paisley concert, and was completely shocked and outraged when police wouldn't let her bring the baby (and her other, slightly-older daughter) into the pit!

Police asked her to leave the pit, pointing out the obvious risks to the well-being of her children. She claims that they made her leave for breast-feeding, which she had apparently been asked to stop earlier during the event.

Megan posted video of the incident and tried to claim police harassed her, but the recording does nothing but show how patient and polite they were. Unbelievably, they had to repeatedly explain how her actions were bordering on child endangerment – exposing tiny eardrums to loud music, not to mention the potential physical harm of having the kids in a tightly-populated group of excited fans.

Megan's arguments were outrageously stupid, but even worse - she has apparently done this before! I don't know why I'm shocked, but this one just makes me mad. Megan left the show, rejecting the very kind offer of proper seats located further back, but she ran to YouTube to make her case against the police and concert security. Sadly, this has become national news, but Brad Paisley himself has publicly confirmed that he's in complete support of the police officers' decision, because bringing young kids to a concert like that is just a bad idea.

The entire video is posted below, so take a look, and let me know what you think of this mother's judgment!


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Jimi Hendrix Park Groundbreaking

Last Friday afternoon me and Jolene had the pleasure of covering and representing KISW at this small ceremony groundbreaking of the new future home of the Jimi Hendrix Park. Located at 2400 South Massachusetts Street in Seattle (at the Northwest African American Museum) off I-90, this phase one "Little Wing" ceremony was a great overview of what's happened in the planning process and the future vision for the park. Many guest speakers including Founder/Director Janie Hendrix, informal tables, great food and awesome music from Ayron Jones & The Way filled the 2-hr+ ceremony. For all the current info on the Jimi Hendrix Park download the brochure HERE or go to Facebook: www.facebook.com/JimiHendrixParkFoundation or the official website http://www.jimihendrixparkfoundation.org

The Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation Vision: Create a community space inspired by the electrifying music and story of Jimi Hendrix. To create a gathering place for individuals of diverse backgrounds and ages to celebrate cultural heritage, experience community pride, and enjoy innovative educational programming.

Remember to purchase the limited edition 2014 KISW/Jimi Hendrix Park t-shirts to help support the development of Jimi Hendrix Park. Proceeds from the sale of each shirt will go towards the construction efforts. CLICK HERE TO VIEW/BUY. For more ceremony photos go to KISW photos HERE and for complete photo coverage on my photo page HERE.









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BJ'S BLOG 07/21/14 "Tommy Ramone and Other Punks (Also More Rock and Roll)"

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

On Friday July 11, Tommy Ramone died. Born Tamás Erdélyi, he was the drummer and last survivor of the Ramones, whose members adopted the last name used by Paul McCartney to reserve hotel rooms as a Beatle.

The Ramones were not known as great musicians, but the band has been acknowledged by many as the inventors of punk rock. They began life in Forest Hills, Queens, about the same time I was growing up on Staten Island.

In 2002, the Ramones were ranked the second-greatest band of all time by Spinmagazine, trailing only the Beatles. On March 18, 2002, the Ramones—the founders and drummer Marky Ramone, who succeeded Tommy when he left the band—were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2011, the group was awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Ramones performed 2,263 concerts, touring virtually nonstop for 22 years. In 1996, after a tour with the Lollapalooza music festival, the band played a farewell concert and disbanded. Among the Ramones best-known songs was "I Wanna Be Sedated," a song I still sing to me-self, especially after watching the evening news or for that matter the morning news and the mid-day news. I don't like the term rest in peace, so I'll just say rock on, Tommy, rock on!

Another group, associated with but not totally affiliated with punk rock of the 1970's, was Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers. I say not totally punk rock because they were what is known as proto-punk, which is the music from the mid-1960's to mid-1970's that influenced punk rock and is not a distinct musical genre, covering a wide range of musical backgrounds and styles including garage rock. Boston can claim the Modern Lovers as our own even though Richman moved to California in 1975. He recorded a few tunes, came to his senses, and moved back to Boston and formed a new version of the Modern Lovers in 1976.

Oddly enough, according to a survey taken by voters on the punk forum at musicianforums.com, neither the Ramones nor the Modern Lovers made the top 100, but Boston's own Dropkick Murphys came in at number 16.

From country to punk, I still believe that those in my age group grew up in the best of all musical times with artists like Jonathan Richmond and the Modern Lovers, the Ramones, The Cars, Pink Floyd, Queen, the Rolling Stones, The Who, The Doors, Jimmy Hendrix, of course Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, the Eagles, Creedence Clearwater Revival…. Sorry, kids, you can't touch this.

There's more on music and other topics on the shores of Rambling Harbor. Give a listen.


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STP's BLOG 07/21/14 "The Hold Steady - Best Show Ever!"

Ok…I'm about to talk about a band that some of you might not have heard of, but for those in "the know"…I think you will be nodding your head in agreement as you read this.

On Friday night I went to The Hold Steady concert at the Neptune. I have jokingly said after every concert that the band that I saw put on the "greatest show I have ever seen"…however; I say this with all sincerity…their show on Friday night was the greatest show I have ever seen.

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I was first introduced to the Hold Steady one late night while watching Conan (back when he was on after the Tonight Show), and they were the musical guest. They played a song off of their second record "Seperation Sunday"…the song is called "Your Little Hoodrat Friend", and I was blown away by their energy, the songwriting, and their front man Craig Finn. He was more telling a story than singing a song, and I was hooked.



That night I went online and ordered both of their CD's ("…Almost Killed Me" and "Seperation Sunday")…I wanted to hear it so bad that I spent more money on the shipping (I had it sent as "next day mail") than the actual cost of the records. At the time I was un-employed (this was prior to being hired at KISW) and not being able to sleep, depressed, etc…and their music became the soundtrack to picking my spirits up. His stories were interesting, and their music, for a lack of better words, was "rocking".

Many years ago, my wife and I were visiting my family in Brooklyn, NY, and I saw that they were playing 3 sold out shows in Brooklyn…luckily they released more tickets online and we scored a pair…that show was amazing, Craig Finn had the crowd in the palm of his hand (us included) as we all danced and sang along to our favorite songs!

I was nervous to see them as this time we wouldn't be aided by the ultimate concert enhancer: Alcohol, and also this time we wouldn't see them with their keyboardist, who left the band a few years ago. That being said…the minute they took the stage at the Neptune…all of these doubts instantly disappeared as they started off with "Positive Jam" from their debut CD, and then powered through a "greatest hits" type set… the highlight (too many to actually name) was when they played my 2 favorite songs back to back: "Stay Positive" & "Your Little Hoodrat Friend".



They also played "Massive Nights", and my wife observed that during that song, as well as a few others, it was the first time she has ever heard me sing along with a band…hell yeah I was singing…we all were!



Here are some pix I took while there….

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They have a great new CD out called "Teeth Dreams", and you can get more info on the band HERE.
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