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Old School Flava Industrial – Thick Chicago Style

Being older sometimes just means that you were around to catch great shows and that you got to buy great music when it was actually current and the bands still had all of their hair.

Sometimes it means prostate exams and lower back pain. Sigh.

Moving on…as a youth in search of all that was cool in the world –that which might save me from a life of mediocrity and purposeless existence — I turned to music for answers. Long blog post short, music saved my muthafucking soul. It’s a shame I don’t play an instrument. Not even sure how that didn’t happen.

Punk, metal, and INDUSTRIAL were my guardian angels. Flaming swords of rebellion, anger, and chaos defended me and my tender teen angst from many of life’s indiscriminate cruelties, until such time that I had the fortitude to face the SUCK that can be life.

I have a deep fondness for these genres and always will. In particular, mid-80s – early 90s Wax Trax! Industrial Bands– Ministry, Pigface, KMFDM, My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult, Front 242, Revolting Cocks.

Today’s take on Industrial has not quite captured my interest — until now.

Behold Flood Damage of Chicago. Their latest release…man, it’s so good I had to sit down. I’m 16 and confused all over again and that’s FUCKING BEAUTIFUL.

Goddamn. I hope they play Orlando at some point.

Check out their new album:

Instructions for the Assembly of God(S).

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Yeah, take me back, bitches. It’s on iTunes here, but you can also find it everywhere else (Amazon, Google Play, Spotify, Beats Audio, etc.)

BUY IT NOW.

I’m also slapping down a YouTube vid of a live performance for your edification. Enjoy.

 

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Detroit Rock City

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I’ve had more than my fair share of jobs. I’ve been working since I was 15 and honestly I don’t have a good excuse for why I’m not a millionaire after nearly 30 years of employment. I’ll chalk that up to questionable choices and poor planning.

I suppose in time I will write about all of the hats I have worn. For now it’s suffice to say that my varied experiences have made me a well-rounded guy and that certainly helps with my role as an educator as well as my writing.

Recently a friend (and former boss) posted something on Facebook that took me back, back to my early 20s and my time at Detroit’s State Theater (now a Fillmore Theater, rebranded and absorbed by the Gelatinous Cube known as Live Nation).

It will always be The State Theater to me. A 1925 Renaissance Revival style movie house, this beautifully restored theater provided the backdrop for many of my misadventures. It was a pirate ship of sorts. I have a love for architecture and old buildings, and I can point to my time at the State for stoking that fire. The sub-basement was right out of Frankenstein, with huge belt driven fans for an ancient air conditioning system and the projection booth still had the original projectors. They were behemoths. So many hidden rooms, passageways, and secret places. I’m fairly certain there was a ghost or two. Just take a look at these nifty pictures and tell me you wouldn’t want to LARP a Cthulhu horror mystery there.

I began as a doorman/bouncer but eventually made my way backstage, working as a stagehand and also serving as the video director for a good chunk of my time there. My time as a stagehand has ruined me for live shows. I spent too many shows watching from the side of the stage or the soundboard. Standing out in the crowd, just a regular dude, is something that I still have difficulty with. I am a spoiled, petulant man-child.

Below is an almost complete list of shows I crewed (thanks to my friend’s post…he called them up via this database). I have a story for every one of them (another book to write). I’m sure that I am forgetting a few (+/- 20). For now, I just like looking at the list and keeping those adventures to myself.

Any favorites of yours on my list?

I look at this list and think, DAMN I LUCKED OUT.

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Come a Little Closer: MUSIC VIDEO

Recently I posted an audio download of my spoken word piece, Come a Little Closer. Since then, I have been messing around a bit with video editing, and I have put together a “music” video version of this piece. If you liked the audio download, then I think you’ll like this. If not, see you next time. I am hoping to do more of these in the future, and if anyone out there is a true video artist and would like to collaborate, please contact me, I am sure you’ll do much better than I did.

And now, the world premiere of Come a Little Closer!

Rather just listen? Here you go: Come a Little Closer: Audio Download

Rather just read it? Hrmm. Fine, here’s Come a Little Closer

Love to know what you think of my first effort. Thanks.

Come a Little Closer: AUDIO DOWNLOAD

I recently had the opportunity to get into the studio with a good friend of mine and record a number of my spoken word pieces. Here is the first of many I will be making available. Come a Little Closer has always been one of my faves. It was my first posts on this site. Give it a listen, share it, download it and corrupt your iPod. Next week I hope to have a companion video piece for you as well. Later gators…

Rather read it? Man, you are so OLD SCHOOL. Come a Little Closer…