News: Tool, Nirvana Doc., EDM Sins And 2015, Aerosmith & Lynyrd Skynyrd, Rock Vs. Pop, Carl Craig Vs. Audion……

News: Tool, Nirvana Doc., EDM Sins And 2015, Aerosmith & Lynyrd Skynyrd, Rock Vs. Pop, Carl Craig Vs. Audion, Pink Floyd Mason Vs Apple, Sonisphere 2015 Cancelled, The Black Crowes Split …

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Sonisphere Knebworth 2015 Shocker: Festival cancelled ~

http://classicrock.teamrock.com/news/2015-01-16/sonisphere-shocker-festival-cancelled

 

Black Crowes Split In Ownership Row ~

http://classicrock.teamrock.com/news/2015-01-16/black-crowes-split-in-ownership-row

 

Nick Mason Of Pink Floyd – Apple Get Away With Devaluing Music ~

http://classicrock.teamrock.com/news/2015-01-16/pink-floyd-nick-mason-apple-devaluing-music 

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TOOL Gives Brief Update On Progress Of New Album ~

http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/tool-gives-brief-update-on-progress-of-new-album/

 

 

First Fully Authorised Kurt Cobain ( Nirvana ) documentary To Feature Unreleased Songs ~

http://classicrock.teamrock.com/news/2015-01-10/nirvana-doc-to-feature-unreleased-songs

http://www.teamrock.com/news/2014-11-26/cobain-authorised-documentary-in-the-works 

 

Sins Of A Loop Da Loop Era: “Flat Beat” And EDM’s Embarrassing Lack Of 786676jCRPflpSampling Ethics ~

http://pitchfork.com/thepitch/633-sins-of-a-loop-da-loop-era-flat-beat-and-edms-embarrassing-lack-of-sampling-ethics/

 

Aerosmith’s Joe Perry Recalls Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Near Miss ~

http://classicrock.teamrock.com/news/2015-01-14/aerosmith-s-perry-recalls-skynyrd-plane-near-miss

 

Rock Twice As Popular As Pop, Research Shows By The Numbers ~

http://classicrock.teamrock.com/news/2015-01-13/rock-twice-as-popular-as-pop

 

Resident Advisor: Electronic music, Some Thoughts on 2015 ~

http://www.residentadvisor.net/feature.aspx?2382

 

 Redux: Top DJ’s Of 2014 ~

http://www.residentadvisor.net/feature.aspx?2328

 

Redux: Bob Daisley Was ‘Devastated’ By Judge’s Decision To Dismiss Lawsuit Against Ozzy Osbourne ~

http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/bob-daisley-was-devastated-by-judges-decision-to-dismiss-lawsuit-against-ozzy-osbourne/

 

 

Parting Mix – Carl Craig B2B With Matthew Dear (Audion) (5hrs, 51mins)

 

 

Enjoy and Bless Bless!

Thanks As Always For Your Support!

 

CM

 

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Sunset Hollywood, Seattle Sound And European Christmas Vacation Anthony Bourdain Style! Also My Latest Swedish Snus Haul…

Sunset Hollywood, Seattle Sound And European Christmas Vacation Anthony Bourdain Style! Also My Latest Swedish Snus Haul ~

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So I just got off the phone with a relative visiting Los Angeles, and I ask, where have they gone…”We’ve been to Venice Beach, Santa Monica, yada yada, and Disneyland in Anaheim. We’ve been very busy, tomorrow we head to San Diego where we will be able to relax a bit more.” I replied, “Awesome…what about the Sunset Strip, how did you like that?” I remember when I went to California for my first time…I had a local take me to see the sites, and when I brought up that I wanted to go to the strip, she said…’there’s not really much there, but I get it, we can make a stop there so you can check it out.’ I get it many locals will say that it’s a dirty waste of time. Not me, I thought, I was on a pilgrimage and if I did not experience anything other than “The Strip” that would be fine. I also get that it’s very touristy…I did not care it was the 1980’s and I had to go. So anyway my relative on the phone today  says, they did not go to 346462hjSunset, and they would not have a chance. It was like a knife in my chest…WHATTTTT!!! At least do a drive through, WTF! So much amazing history but I guess it’s not to be. I know some of you are saying F Sunset, dirty waste of time…WRONG!

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All I could think of to myself is that some day they will regret not going to the strip, just to see The Rainbow, The Whiskey, and The Troubabour. It reminded me of my first trip to Continental Europe with my Grand Parents when they took us on the “safety tour” in the 80’s when I was young, God love em, but I remembered that they tried to censor our trip. I grew up in Iceland so debauchery was not new to me, but the grandparents were a bit naive and did not get that we, the young ones already experienced the “adult stuff”. My uncle, aunt, and cousins lived near Nijmegen, Holland. It was pretty awesome experiencing it like a local…riding the bike paths in and out of the city and the 10 miles from Beuningen to Arnhem. We had Fritz Met, fries Old Skool 377 Holland - CopyEditand mayonnaise, had to explain what the American word “Cool” to a local (It did not mean cold), and were hit with major porn next to the Disney Movies at the “Video Ring” while renting VHS tapes. As you know women’s breasts on TV, on the front page of the newspaper, and at the beach is normal in Europe.

 

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We ate horse meat burgers (salty strange), canned hot dogs, and dairy products like eggs / butter / and unpasteurized fresh milk not refrigerated. Actually reminded me of Iceland, not the same, but eating strange foods that is. Remember there was no Anthony Bourdain or Andrew Zimmern on TV then and wandering gastronomy was not popular with Americans…still is not, but people “get” foi gras now even if they don’t want to eat it themselves.  Now I know better to go for the Pig Cheek and Tuna Collar…first! Thank you Mr. Bourdain.

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I also went to a Dutch school with my cousin and a friend of his, and all the students were asking me all kinds of questions about celebrities (blech!) and MTV (remember it was the 80’s). It wasn’t all bad, in fact I had a great time in English class. Everyone in Holland had English class in school, what was really cool was when I listened to the kids speaking English (Very fluent by the way), I realized they were learning British English. When they asked me to read a passage in their class book everyone seemed amazed and were stunned that I did not have an Icelandic accent. American English I found out that day was quite different from UK English.

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Anyway I did not accept the idea of a censored Europe, no matter what they did (Much more on that later in this piece, see the plane ride home)…I spent my free days to do whatever I wanted, on my own wisely. I knew what I was looking for and I was going to take advantage of it, no matter what anyone said. We drove to Paris and I remember my Grandparents rushing us by the nude statues…very silly indeed, could not be avoided in The Louvre. Also all the sex shops near the Moulin Rouge was awkward for them…lol. We also went to East Germany, this was before the wall came down, and it was quite sad. Far from the free East Berlin Berghain / Panoramabar lawlessness I would visit several years ago, totally not like I remembered in a great way. We further went to Antwerp Belgium, Amsterdam NL (All Over NL), Berlin DE, Luxembourg, and Zurich Switzerland.  It was a very fun trip. 346346hg

I know now days seeing police dogs and Machine guns at airports is pretty common, but back then it was not.  You see we planned our trip months ahead and found ourselves in Holland with military fighter jets doing mission test runs above the house. We turned on the radio and in Dutch, they were saying America was on the brink of w*ar after blo*wing up one  of K*had*afi’s homes, kil*ling his s*on. It was pretty scary for a while we did not know what was going to happen day to day. Would we be taking our scheduled flight a few weeks later from Brussels to the US. We thought about leaving early, thankfully we did not as everything seemed to settle down when it was time to leave.

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So as I said I was not going to allow a censored tour of europe, I was a young kid but had been around the block a few times. So I was worried about customs searching my bags especially with all I had acquired on my trip…unknowingly by my Grandparents and with the heightened security. My collectables in my luggage were; several Cuban Cigars, a bottle of cheap French Drinking Wine that all the locals in Paris drank at lunchtime with their bread and fromage, 1 bottle of Russian Potato Vodka, 1 bottle of REAL Czechoslovakian Absinthe, 1 Switchblade, 1 pen…woman with disappearing dress, 1 pack of Po*rn Star Playing Cards, and there was more but you get the idea. I was not even a teen yet and I was a walking ball of debauchery to go, just add water. It was that Heavy Metal music, it was a bad influence on me…I’ll blame it on that. K.

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So we get to the airport in Brussels and began to put our luggage on the conveyor to the x-ray. As it went through I could have pissed myself. Breathe! As soon as my bag came through I picked it up and hustled it away about 30 feet to the bottom of the escalators. I grabbed another bag of my family’s as well. Then all of a sudden there was a commotion behind the scanner and two airport officials come out from behind and start pulling my Grandmother’s bag apart, obviously looking for something. They found nothing as my bag was safely away. Ah to be young again, man was I a handful. That was very close…very very close! Imagine them unpacking my suitcase full of treats right in front of my stunned Grandparents?!?! Anyway I passed through customs and on arrival in the US scuttled without even a search or declaration form in the US. As I walked by inspectors they paid me no attention as I tried to steady my bag, the bottles had come unwrapped and were now clinking. I almost shat myself…steady hand!

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More to come about my trips to Continental Europe in the future, time to get back to music, Los Angeles, and Seattle. Forward a few years…Now it was the late 80’s, but I had travelled to LA in 83, 85, 88 and 89 and I did not establish my connections in the music industry until the middle of 1989. I thought to myself, I had missed out on Hendrix and the 60’s scene, as well as the Punk Movement in the 70’s (single digits, although I saw the 44633363mjRamones in 83 but that does not count, right, as I missed the movement). So I had to go to LA for the 80’s Glam Metal Scene…the Sunset strip was insane. The freaks were out and dressed to kill, it was more than you would imagine, the smell of Aqua Net and Phunky Kush was overwhelming. I got to see almost all of the LA Metal bands as there were shows every night of the week. It was a pretty carefree time as I was traveling back and forth between the UK, Boston, New York City, Los Angeles, and Seattle quite often. There were also many side trips to Vegas and Frisco as well. In the future I would find myself living between the UK, Reykjavik, Boston, San Diego, and San Francisco between tours in the 90’s. What made it even more amazing was that I was able to physically see the major turn in the music industry from LA Glam to The Seattle Sound.

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When I look back on it, it was a seismic shift but as I just liked loud music I transitioned easily from Motley Crue and Ratt to Alice In Chains and Nirvana. I did not give a fuck about the politics and I got along with almost anybody, so at the time I did not notice the music was too different, of course it was different, but more importantly I could feel that I was part of something very unique and a part of history. What made everything more confusing was that Guns N’ Roses, Janes Addiction, and The Red Hot Chilli Pepper’s holding it up for LA blurring the Alternative lines. Megadeth, Metallica, Anthrax, and Slayer (The Big Four) where holding things up for thrash in the US and even bigger in Europe and South America. I would just the same listen to LA Guns, Mudhoney, or Megadeth (just as I do today)…where I really noticed the transition was when I went back home to work in the clubs in the 90’s.  All the work shifted from LA to Seattle for sure but back home Glam Metal was out and “Grunge” (hate that term) was in at some point. I didn’t get the memo that Metal was out and Seattle was in. I just went with the flow. The difference at home was the radio had stopped playing 80’s metal and full rotation was set on Seattle, it was really strange. Instead of taking my flights to LAX, I was now heading for SEATAC. That’s just the way it was. Not Enough time to write about the Raves and The Grateful Dead, Old Skool Rap Shows ( Notorious BIG, Snoop Dogg, Tupac, Warren G, NWA, Public Enemy, Wu Tang Clan, KRS 1, Dr. Dre, etc.) that’s for other articles…I was going nonstop for sure!

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My experiences during these times are just beginning to be published, every day still I remember a new adventure and make note to be sure I remember to write about it here. “Bastard Saint” the Series has turned into something bigger. A book about all my experiences set to a bizarre ethereal netherworld. Based on a true story…there is so much to it, I will be posting excerpts from it in the New Year of 2015. Sorry, much later than I had expected because I want to give everybody a taste of how the book is coming along and the characters within, without giving away everything in a few posts. However I will probably self publish and give it away for free. So I look to give everyone here pieces to wet the tongue, while leaving people wanting to see development and progress with the full text.

So in closing here I wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and Happy Holidays! Have a drink and a toke on me…I’ll be sticking with my coffee, Ettan, and Skruf Xtra Stark with a little Thunder Ultra Raspberry / Thunder Frosted, Oden’s Kanel, Gotlandskt Julesnus to keep it real for the season! Real Swedish Imported Snus Taxes Paid(Med Smak Av Jul !)….not that American SNUS Shit!

 

Most Recent Imported Swedish Snus Haul:

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UPDATE: 12/23/14 ~ Excellent News…I guess it was meant to be. I just got off Facetime and the relatives did make it to the Sunset Strip today and they Loved It!!! They are now safely in San Diego [Dago] @ Mission Bay. Pacific Beach Manana!

So Cali Love!!!

 

Thanks for reading and for all your kind words and support!

More Interesting Articles and Reviews to come.

Cheers and Bless Bless!

 

CM ☕

 

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3 Of The Strangest Musicians I Have Ever Met…Part #2, Person #2 Of 3…[Remixed, Re-Edited, and Remastered]…

 

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There are three artists that stand out in my mind as being quite interesting people and very strange at the same time (In A Good Way). Over the years my work with musicians has 900x900px-LL-4e691qkmj66CrpFlpallowed me to meet some extremely eccentric characters. As I said there are three that instantly come to mind, and here’s the story on the second.

Over the years of working in the nightclubs, I would have some very memorable encounters with musicians often well or just before they became famous. You know already that I worked for a string of clubs in a major city, and depending on the night I could be doing Fashion shows, DJ’s, Boxing matches, Spoken Word, Gay nights, Local and International acts, and all things outside and in between.

Often there were nights when I did not need to work but would hang around at the different clubs and check out the bands that were in town that evening. This one night in particular I had off because, to my best recollection, it was a slow night for the clubs and a band happened to be in town that I was really excited about. So I went into one of the sister clubs to watch the band and it was sold out. I watched from the back which was still a 900x900px-LL-177f55fb_412243373_94bc8ad09a_zgood view and saw an amazing show. These guys were tight and would go on to be one of the best bands of the 90’s and still to this day they have a massive following.

So the show ends and I go outside and walk down the street to another club, which that night was just catering to a local crowd with loud music and flowing alcohol. I was pretty happy to be outdoors as the weather was nice and the club was very hot, so I just hung out with some fellow security guys working the door. A short time later I notice a young guy walking down the street alone toward the club. We were standing outside, and this kid/guy gets in line behind three people or so who were showing ID’s to get in.  At that point I took notice of him because he was real rough looking, not that it mattered, the people I hung out with looked like that. There was something different about him, one side of his head was completely shaved and the other half was quite long, He had safety pins through his lip and ears, a face full of blemishes and military boots laced up high. But it was not the way he looked that was different, it was his radiating attitude. It was at this point it clicked I realized who this awkward looking punk guy was.

The reason I did not notice who it was, was because the band he was in was known to not take kindly to any kind of media promotion. There was no widespread internet then and I had only seen one picture of the band in a famous alternative music paper called “The Rocket” when I had spent some time in Seattle the year before. It was a promo for a show, I believe at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds in Washington State featuring Tool. So that was 900x900px-LL-52a0863e_Dkaythe only photo in memory I had ever seen of the band. The guy did not even look like the person I had seen onstage as the vocalist just a half hour before. I knew his name from reading it in one of their cassette tapes which was not easy to forget, it was Maynard James Keenan.

So when I realized who it was I was not going to interrupt him to have a conversation. I decided to stay quiet as he got to the bouncers to see what would happen. The three guys guarding the doors where muscle head adonises (No offense I lift weights as well) but I instantly got a gut feeling that they would give him a hard time because he looked “different”. Silly I know, but these guys could jerks to people for no reason…and as I had thought, they began to look at each other as if there was no way this guy was going to get in. As if they were going to give him a hard time no matter what he did, Maynard did not seem to notice there would be a problem. Next, as they are supposed to, they ask him for his ID. Maynard then says he does not have one. The doormen then tell him he cannot come in without an ID. So here is where I step in and tell them he’s good to go in and it would be my responsibility. Maynard looked confused but I walked him in.

So what is so strange about all this…well the the short time I talked to him in the club. I asked him if I could get him something to drink. Don’t start thinking I was treating him different. Most of the people that night were let in without having there ID’s checked. Also if the owners of the club saw how they treated him as a guest of the club they would be pissed. So Keenan said he did not want a drink. So I just told him how great the show was, and although he was not mean he seemed ornery and very short with me. He asked me what this lounge was about and I told him. I said I’d leave him alone and he didn’t respond. VaUoyi5k3_09f7Xv7I3ztjl72eJkfbmt4t8yenImKBVvK0kTmF0xjctABnaLJIm9I showed him the way in and he walked in off as if he was literally lurking and casing (like a cat) the place for  human stupidity. So about 10 minutes later he returned and stood a few feet from where I was sitting on a stool and fumbled through his pockets for about 5 minutes. Next he looks up at me and stared for about thirty seconds, and walks out of the club not saying another word.

After he left I went out to the Bouncers and one said something that I cant recall but it was something to the effect of him being a mess. It was then I told them that it was his band that ran and powered the street that night and they had sold the place months ago in minutes. All I got was stunned silence.

I thought he would be more friendly with me because I did not look like I belonged with the goon squad because I had long hair, a beard and a load of piercings.I know this piece may come off to people that it was the bouncers fault that made the encounter strange. True, that is part of it but what I’m trying to get at was the way Maynard seemed to be walking around with the attitude as if everyone was on his personal planet called earth, and everyone else was intrusively visiting from Mars

So now whenever I see rare interview with him, as he is a vintner and has two other bands, ‘A Perfect Circle’ and ‘Puscifer’,  he usually has that curmudgeonly attitude. On top of that he has a tendency to speak to other people in a way as if to point out their flaws. There is one interview I saw that I think is great with Maynard on the Joe Rogan Show and it seems as if MJK has mellowed out somewhat with age. Some of his followers talk to me as if he’s the second coming of Christ, I don’t know if that irks him. Or maybe it’s me, who writes about things that serve an invasion of privacy. I don’t take any offense as to how he treated me that’s just the way he is. I will always be a big fan of Tool and have seen them several times since.

I would not trade moments like that for anything because it reminds me of a time when there was so much artistic integrity and a free flowing stream of creative consciousness, with the full understanding that it may never happen again. I sure do hope I am wrong.

 

Thanks for reading. Lookout for the posts on the weekend.

Cheers and Bless Bless!

 

CM ☕

 

 

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Playlist #8 Is Up Here, Today’s Favorite Videos #10 – A Little Bit For Everyone…

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Reviews for individual albums or sets will be posted HERE (The Main “DAY” Page) but daily Videos & Playlists will be posted in the Playlist “Night” Feed Blog. Again you can access it from the “Playlist “Night” Feed” button in the header menu below the “HOME” 363381-8-1280150749501flpCRPbutton. Or you can get there using the links below.

 

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Playlist #8 Is Up Here…[Direct Link / Portal to the other side of this site below…

http://playlists.christmachine.com/playlist/christmachine-audio-reference-music-server-playlist-8/

 

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Todays Favorite Videos #10…A little something for everyone…~NSFW~[Video-Direct Links] http://playlists.christmachine.com/playlist/todays-favorite-videos-10a-little-something-for-everyonevideo-direct-links-nsfw/

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Enjoy, more interesting articles to come!

Cheers and Bless Bless!

 

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Playlist #6 Is Up Here, Today’s Favorite Videos #1 – A Little Bit For Everyone…

Reviews for individual albums or sets will be posted HERE (The Main “DAY” Page) but 900x900px-LL-14698113_Daniella_Sarahyba_dspsx07crpdaily Videos & Playlists will be posted in the Playlist “Night” Feed Blog. Again you can access it from the “Playlist “Night” Feed” button in the header menu below the “HOME” button. Or you can get there using the links below.

 

Playlist #6 Is Up Here…[Direct Link / Portal to the other side of this site below…

 

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Todays Favorite Videos…A little something for everyone…~NSFW~[Video-Direct Links]

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More to Come later Today!

 

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Enjoy, more interesting articles to come!

Cheers and Bless Bless!

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