Wednesday, July 20, 2016

What Dirt Can the Media Uncover on Trump?

 *Satellites transmit the 
latest thrill...
We can't escape this

I'm sure you've all heard the media circus about Melania Trump's speech at the RNC. This post isn't even a dig at Michelle 0bama. Not in the least. But, here's the transcripts of both speeches.

 Michelle 0bama's speech:
"And Barack and I were raised with so many of the same values: that you work hard for what you want in life; that your word is your bond and you do what you say you're going to do; that you treat people with dignity and respect, even if you don't know them, and even if you don't agree with them. "And Barack and I set out to build lives guided by these values, and to pass them on to the next generation. Because we want our children — and all children in this nation — to know that the only limit to the height of your achievements is the reach of your dreams and your willingness to work for them."
Melania Trump's speech:

          “From a young age, my parents impressed on me the values that you work hard for what you want in life, that your word is your bond and you do what you say and keep your promise, that you treat people with respect. They taught and showed me values and morals in their daily lives. That is a lesson that I continue to pass along to our son. And we need to pass those lessons on to the many generations to follow. Because we want our children in this nation to know that the only limit to your achievements is the strength of your dreams and your willingness to work for them.”

And, a Donald Trump adviser admitted that she took quotes from Melania's ideas for her speech and wrote them down, and that she didn't cross reference them with 0bama's speech, even after  Melania Trump told her that she had taken quotes from Michelle's speech. She tried to resign, and Donald Trump rejected the resignation, saying basically that it was an honest mistake. 

ANYWAY, the media is grasping at things like this, and the fact that "too many Trumps are on stage," and anything else they can dream up.

My contention is if the media actually did their job, they would be able to come up with MUCH more serious dirt on Donald Trump. 

For example:
  • I am sure he doesn't always wash his hands after going to the bathroom.
  • I am sure he doesn't always look both ways after crossing the street. 
  • I am sure there have been instances where he didn't use his turn signal.
  • What if he watered his lawn during a drought?
  • Or broke the speed limit?
  • Heaven forbid if he threw a glass bottle into the trash bin rather than the recycle bin!
  • Maybe he even accidentally opened a letter that was in his mailbox but not addressed to him???
  • Could he possibly have been walking his dog, and neglected to pick up its poop?
  • He's doomed if he ever walked on grass when there was a sign that said 'Keep Off The Grass'
  • He's in NYC a lot. Has he ever called a transgender male who believes he is a female "Sir" or a transgender female who believes that she is a male "Maam?" 
  • Does he always wear his seatbelt???
All of these should disqualify him to be president, So, the media should go after THESE stories rather than a misunderstanding about a couple lines lifted by Melania Trump in her speech.

Good luck, MSNBC and CNN. I hope you can finally start reporting the dirt on Donald Trump rather than the fluff stories you've been staking your lives on.

And by the way...#Trump2016

You're going to have to do better than that, you douchebags!

*The large print text is from the Scorpions song, "Media Overkill." It fits.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Album Review: Thrillkiller, Showdown

Its a Showdown 
In the Prime time! 

Rob Bradley is a freaking ROCK STAR! Rob, the singer of Thrillkiller has one of the best voices I've heard, and the musical arrangement on the band's first full length album are nothing short of mind boggling. Thrillkiller is a blend of rock, metal, jass, funk, fusion, and pop. A perfect blend, combined with the musicianship of the top maestros. 

The band released a 4 song EP featuring 4 of the tunes on this album, as a teaser. I reviewed it at the time, and the accolades I gave the band in that review still apply, just moreso. This band is one that will appeal to musicians and non musicians alike. Translation: RADIO! Somebody sign these guys!

The album starts off with my favorite song by them, Passion Killer. A hard driving groove with a chorus that will stick in your head. In fact several of the songs have that, like In Too Deep, The Fever, and Time. Another thing that record companies look for. Once again, Somebody sign these guys! This is a band that I won't get sick of, and its a band that once signed, some snotty producer won't be able to change the vision that the band has in order to make it more 'commercial.' Meaning, Thrillkiller is perfect as is, and radio ready.

Showing the band's incredible diversity, track 6, A Reason starts off almost like a boy band harmony song, but with real music behind it. It then builds into a slow driving jam, with stunning vocal harmony, and mind blowing guitar by Maxim Sobchenko. But you can honestly say that about EVERY song. Want to hear a song that sounds like a mix of vintage Iron Maiden, Rush? Track 10, Social Disease. Bass player, Sebastian Ochoa puts on a performance worthy of Geddy Lee and Steve Harris, with the flare of Billy Sheehan, and drummer, Matt Bittman is there lock step with him. Boma Jack joined the band as the drummer after the album was recorded. Speaking of Geddy Lee, Rob Bradley's vocals reach the stratosphere in a vintage Geddy vibe. This song will melt your brain. 

Boma Jack, Rob Bradley, Sebastian Ochoa, Maxim Sobchenko

Thrillkiller has their own style, resembling no other. They come from an area known for producing incredible prog metal bands, and they have set the bar extremely high. But, we the fans are better for it. Hopefully, Thrillkiller gets signed, makes it big, and has multi platinum albums, with sold out stadium tours. Maybe that would reignite the fire in musicians to be the absolute best they can be, and for that to reflect in their music. 

You will like this album. Buy it! Here's how:


Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Album Review, 3D In Your Face: Lost in the Volume

Loud! Make it Loud!
Turn it up make it 

2 years ago, I had the privilege of  getting to know Omaha, Nebraska's rock and roll pride and joy, 3D In Your Face. I interviewed them several times, and I reviewed their album, Midnight Devils. It is a glam metal masterpiece. When bass player, Sam 'Spade' Morris contacted me, telling me that they were recording a new album, I wondered if they could have a repeat performance of awesomeness. Well, they did. Their new album, Lost in the Volume is a perfect followup to Midnight Devils. It shows the continued maturation and growth of a band that was already firing on all cylinders. 

The first song, 2 Miles Down starts off with a hard and heavy lick from guitar virtuoso, Chris 'Sniper' Hineline, with the band joining in. Singer, Alan 'Hot Rod' King dips deep into his vast vocal range and gets low. The song has a catchy chorus that's perfect for sing along audience participation. And, not to mention a blistering guitar solo from Sniper. The band has changed drummers a couple times since I first came into contact with them, but they seem to have hit the jackpot with John 'The Hammer' Lovings. That's a very appropriate nickname as his sound is heavy and turns the bands low punch from about 8 up to 11. He and Spade combine to knock you into your back seat, and loosen your fillings.


The band explores several different genres on Lost in the Volume, including punk with the song Moscow Queen. But it's punk with 80's glam flashy guitar that isn't there in most punk music. Its a unique and awesome fusion of 2 genres. My favorite song on the album is Loud. Its a metal anthem that grabs you with a Randy Rhoads/ George Lynch inspired hook riff. Once again, Hot Rod explores the lower reaches of his vocal range, but he's all over it in this song. 

Hot Rod

I'm going to stop saying that Sniper is an incredible guitarist on every song. I'm going to put this here, and you need to remember it. Sniper is a phenomenal guitarist who belongs in the same conversation with people like Rhoads, Lynch, and others. His solos are blistering, and his rhythms are catchy yet intricate. He even has a couple unaccompanied breaks in Memphis Mile, rocky/bluesy jam. On Sound of Recklessness, he is simply brutal. 

Lost in the Volume has all of the things that made Midnight Devils a masterpiece. Great songs, a few anthems, a ballad, (Show Me How To Love Again) astounding musicianship, and a production that sounds better than the majority of the music on rock radio stations...even back in the 80's when stellar production was a must. But as I mentioned before, it also shows growth as a band. They seem even tighter and more comfortable together than before, if that's even possible. The radio needs to be 'Baptized by 3D In Your Face.' (A play on the title of track 8, Baptized by the Radio) The song, Static Renegade has a clip of one of their songs being played on the radio. It needs to happen nationwide. Their shows are high energy, and their fans follow them the way New York fans did for Twisted Sister before they got signed. They go to all the shows, and are blown away every time. And, they are getting notoriety too. They've played many festivals with big name bands, such as Rocklahoma. 3D In Your Face delivers 110% both in digital, and on stage.

Lost in the Volume joins Midnight Devils on my cell phone in its entirety. I've been wearing it out, and you will too.If you love the arena sound of 80's metal, this is a must. I've said it before, and I'll say it again..If 3D In Your Face had been around in 1985, they would have headlined arena tours and had platinum albums.

Buy it NOW, and play it LOUD!!!!!

3D In Your Face's links:

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Song Lyric Dissection: Nirvana, Smells Like Teen Spirit

Ok, the grunge anthem. The song that killed metal. The song that had the Generation Y crowd learning to play guitar, strumming 3 chords, and thinking they were guitar gods. You know, I was in a music store in the 90's trying out an effects rack that I was considering buying. There was this kid who came up and asked if he could try out a was one of those weird looking grunge special guitars. The guy at the music store plugged it up for him. He starts playing Smells Like Teen Spirit...badly if that is possible. I couldn't hear what I was doing, so I turned the amp that I was playing through up. Gen Y guy took that as a challenge. He turned his up again and does a very bad version of the guitar solo in that song, looks at me and nods his head, like he was something special. I looked at the salesman, winked, turned the amp up even louder, and proceeded to shred. I jammed. I played an un accompanied guitar solo worthy of an arena, and just shredded for about 30 seconds. The kid looked at me in astonishment, and said "Dude, you wanna be in my band?" (imagine a pimply faced teenager saying that with the typical teen nasal sneer with a puberty break thrown in) I said "No, but I would like to hear what I'm doing because I'm thinking about buying this effects rack. Think you could help me out with that?" The kid put his guitar back on the wall, and went back outside, grabbed his bike and pedaled away.

Now, on to the dissection. I think I'll use a rusty scalpel on this song.

Verse: Load up on guns
Bring your friends
It's fun to lose and to pretend

Sounds like an angry right wing militia as described by CNN. However, this is Nirvana, who is completely against the establishment, so that can't be it. The last line I think sums up what would be 'nirvana' for Kobain and company. They wanted to be unsuccessful losers, and they pretended to play guitar.

Verse: She's overborne and self-assured
Oh no, I know a dirty word

Smells like a certain California politician if you ask me...and I do know a few dirty words that would describe that woman. But, if Nirvana was so against normalcy, why not just SAY the dirty word. 

What a dirty filthy...word!

Hello, hello, hello, hello, how low? -Hi...I can hear you.
Hello, hello, hello, hello, how low? -Yes..I...I can hear you, Kurt! 
Hello, hello, hello, hello, how low? -Kur- Hey! I can hear you!
Hello, hello, hello ,hello 
Maybe you should get a new cell phone. I can hear you just fine. 

Chorus: With the Lights out it's less dangerous
Here we are now entertain us

How so? With the blast shield down, I can't see. How am I supposed to rock? Ok...Sorry for the Star Wars reference, but it fit. I'm not above the movie references. But, how can it be less dangerous with the lights out? I mean you could fall off the stage and break your neck!

Chorus: I feel stupid and contagious
Here we are now entertain us
A mulatto an albino
A mosquito my libido

Stupidity is contagious. Just ask the Gen-Y crowd anything about American history. Not sure where you were going with the mulatto to albino line. They are not opposites...unless you were trying to rhyme. That's ok. Not like this song made any sense anyway. And why would you compare your libido to a mosquito? That's not the image I want to portray about my sexual prowess. 

I'm .00003 inches, and will rock you for
the best half second of your damn life!

Verse 2-
I'm worse at what I do best...
And for this gift I feel blessed.

It shows in your guitar playing. You say you feel blessed now, but once you made it big, you started whining like a little bitch. No one felt sorry for you anymore. So you married Courtenay Love. I felt sorry for you fact if I married her, I'd probably take a similar approach to getting out of the marriage as you did.

Verse: Our little group has always been
And always will until the end

Been what? Blessed? If that's the case, your drummer got the best end of that deal. He's now in a VERY good band, and showed that there was actually one talented member of Nirvana.

Hello, hello, hello, hello, how low?
Hello, hello, hello, hello, how low?
Hello, hello, hello, hello, how low?
Hello, hello, hello, hello

Dude, get a new cell phone already! Or call me from a land line...or borrow the drummer's cell! Stop wasting MY minutes because your phone sucks!

Chorus: With the Lights out it's less dangerous
Here we are now entertain us
I feel stupid and contagious
Here we are now entertain us
A mulatto an albino
A mosquito my libido

Verse 3-
And I forget just why I taste
Oh yeah I guess it makes me smile

All these things combine to give you
the ability to taste.
Taste what? Or are you asking why people taste? Well, its because of those little taste buds on the tongue. Its so that you can differentiate what you are eating from one thing to another. And what exactly makes you smile? The fact that you can own apartment buildings, shopping centers, condooo-miniums...and you only know 3 chords??

Verse: I found it hard it's hard to find
Oh well whatever nevermind

What is hard to find? Oh well I'm not going to finish this dissection. Whatever, nevermind. If you don't care, neither do I.

Hello, hello, hello, hello, how low?
Hello, hello, hello, hello, how low?
Hello, hello, hello, hello, how low?
Hello, hello, hello, hello
With the Lights out it's less dangerous
Here we are now entertain us
I feel stupid and contagious
Here we are now entertain us
A mullato an albino
A mosquito my libido
A denial
A denial
A denial

Yeah...You're in denial. You think you have a good cell phone, and that its everyone else's phone that

You know, this is the first time I actually read the lyrics to this song. Weird Al was right to do his parody of it. We all know, its hard to zwarg bargle zous with all these marbles in my mouth!


Sunday, May 15, 2016

My Take on Voting For Donald Trump

It really isn't that
hard to figure out.

I don't do a lot of political posts because I don't see how I could possibly say anything that hasn't already been said. But, whether what I am about to say has been said already or not, I feel it needs to be said in my words. At least, I'll be able to post a link on Facebook rather than getting into an endless game of back and forth.

All the people who are out there saying they will never vote for Donald Trump because they are mad because their guy didn't get the nomination are nothing short of suicidal.  Its mostly the so called conservative right wingers who are saying this. The same people who out of principle didn't vote for Mitt Romney in 2012. You know, the people who enabled Barack Hussein 0bama to be elected a second time. Thanks, guys!

I am a Tea Party conservative myself, and I voted for Ted Cruz in Florida's primary. But, let's face it...People are sick and tired of politicians. The Republicans ran on defeating 0bama's policies, and were elected in landslides that gave them control of both the house and senate. And instead of DOING what they PROMISED to do, they bent over, and let 0bama ram whatever monstrosity he dreamed up in that wannabe dictator brain of his right up our collective asses, with no lubrication, no dinner, no kiss, no nothing. So, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and any other conservative candidate who likely would have made a good president were swept (unfairly) away and lumped in with all the other lying politicians who only care about their power and paychecks once another option presented itself. Enter Donald Trump. 

Like it or not, Trump's success is the result of the frustration and anger of the US citizens.  He is someone who is not a 'business as usual' politician. He will not be able to be bought like every other Washington DC office occupier. Say what you want to about him, but he is the nominee. He has more votes than any other Republican in decades...and he accomplished this with 16 other candidates collecting votes as well. This was not the result of collusion, dirty deals, or any other shady political tactic. This was simply the will of the people.  

Now, I get it. He isn't a conservative. You have your principles But, now is NOT the time to stay home and have your principles like you did in 2008 and 2012. Granted, McCain was a poor candidate, but he got the nomination due to dirty deals! But Romney losing the election to 0bama was the result of millions of Republicans who stayed home. You standing up for your principles got us another 4 years of 0bama, and they will get us 4 to 8 years of Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders. MY principles will not let me sit out, or vote for some third party candidate. That will guarantee another communist liberal wannabe dictator becomes president, and will also result in the House and Senate being lost to them as well. You know what else? The Supreme Court will be lost forever because there will likely be at least 4 justices retiring or dying over the next 4 to 8 years. Let's take a look at what will be made the law of the land if that happens:

  • The second amendment will be repealed.
  • So will the first, as it us heavily under assault now.
  • We will be taxed into oblivion, and the cost of everything will go through the roof.
  • Fringe minority agendas will be imposed on everyone (Like trans gender men using the ladies room) and any opposition to it will be deemed 'hate speech'
  • 0bamacare will not be repealed. It will be be expanded.
  • Illegals will continue to flood into the country
And, that's just the tip of the iceberg. Look at what is happening in Venezuela right now...That country was a wealthy nation not even 20 years ago. A socialist tyrannical government came in, and now, people are starving in the streets. THAT is what the liberals have in mind when they say they want to "fundamentally change" the United States. Sorry, but that's not a country that I want to live in. I'm already a criminal because I can't afford health insurance.

The fact of the matter is, you don't know what kind of president Donald Trump will be. He might be a dud, or he might turn out to be a great president. I think one thing that signals that he may be a great president is the fact that BOTH the liberals AND the Republican establishment hate him. One thing is certain...We DO know what to expect from Hillary or Bernie. Hillary has even said she is going to continue the policies of 0bama if elected. We've seen their vision over the last 7.5 years, and I've had enough of that bullshit. I think you have too. So, unless you would be okay with 4-8 more years of this super destructive regime, I suggest you support the Republican nominee. And, if Hillary (who is FAR more corrupt than 0bama) wins due to you principled angels staying home, you will have NO right to complain about the further destruction of this country. Because YOU will have enabled it. Support the nominee. Support Donald Trump!
....You know, speaking of the bathroom issue, I thought liberals were all for a woman's right to privacy. Guess not. 


Thursday, May 5, 2016

17 Year Old Blues Guitar Wizard, Jimmy Bez

 "In fact, if guitarist Jimmy Bezreh sticks
 with it, he could have the title 'Guitar God' 
attached to him by the time he is 25."
...Prophetic words from Yours Truly

....And, he is doing just that.

In early 2014, I reviewed a great band from Boston called 21st Century Fugitives. At the time, the oldest member was 17, I believe. Maybe younger. I was very impressed by them as a whole, but I was particularly blown away by guitarist, Jimmy Bezreh, who was 14 or 15 years old at the time. His skill on their album was better than many guitarists twice his age. The band is still together, and playing shows, but Jimmy Bez has branched out on his own, leading an incredible blues band, called simply 'The Jimmy Bez Blues Band.' 

Jimmy has stunned audiences in Boston with his incredible talent. His stage presence, ability, and even his lead vocal ability would make you swear that he was a grandson of one of the Allman Brothers. Except, his brand of blues is a little bit different. There is a guitar shredder in his soul as well. Listening to the lead guitar riffs and solos on his EP, Lies of a Sinner, you'd also swear that maybe he took lessons from Paul Gilbert. 'Shred' is an appropriate term to use for his brand of soloing. Its a very unique blend of the blues, combined with virtuoso. 

This pic reminds me of something cool. Not sure what though.

He started winning awards at age 12, and has been gaining recognition and respect ever since. He's been played on the radio, and gotten rave reviews from everyone who hears him play. In fact earlier this year, he was chosen to represent all of Boston in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN, where he tore it up!

This isn't your stereotypical blues music where the band plays the same overused blues lick over and over again. I'm not much of a blues fan, and I would never go see that. However, I would go see different sounding songs with a genuine axe slinger and skilled song writer. Jimmy Bez is both. I'd go see his show in a heartbeat. I've listened to his EP at least 10 times so far, and will likely keep jamming it.
The first song on the EP, Don't Let Me Die in Vain starts off with a slow blues jam, then punches into a powerful lick. His scratchy voice comes in, and you honestly wonder how this one young man managed to get so much gift crammed into his soul. This 5 song EP consists of 4 original songs that he wrote all the parts and lyrics to, and an amazing cover of Have You Ever Loved A Woman. Track 2, I Don't Belong is more upbeat, and catchy. He doesn't belong in empty bars playing for free. He belongs in a packed house! Track 3, Keep Me Back is a little on the funky side. Keeping him back would be a crime. Ok, I'm done with my lame word play, I promise. Track 4 is the title track. Lies of a Sinner. Its more of a heavy groove. Of course, it would be a bit redundant to say that the guitar is incredible. The whole EP is full of WOW.

Making that Les Paul Scream!

I can't stress enough how much I want Jimmy Bez to hit it big. Like I said in my review of his other band, he is light years ahead of where I was as a guitarist at 17 years old. Hell, he's probably better than I am now at 42! So, if you get a chance, go see the Jimmy Bez Blues Band in concert. And, purchase their EP when it comes available.

Genuine prodigies don't come around very often. Catch Jimmy Bez while he still is one!

Soundcloud (Previw the EP)
Jimmy Bez Blues Band's Website

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Double D BBQ: Best Pulled Pork I've Ever Had.

Best pulled pork I've 
ever had. Period!

And, that's saying a lot. I don't usually do this on my blog. I don't endorse local businesses mainly because the majority of my readers are nowhere near Florida. That being said, I am making an exception for Double D BBQ in Rockledge, Florida. Why? Just read, dammit!

I come from a BBQ family. My dad was the greatest BBQ cook on the planet. He worked at Fat Boy's in Merritt Island for years, and he helped open the BBQ restaurant in Indian Harbor Beach on the left side of the causeway if you're heading east, next to the Circle K. 

I grew up eating sliced pork that was cooked for hours, then basted and cooked even longer. I know the process, and I've cooked it that way on my own for years. My brother, Paul also knows this style of BBQ. My perfect BBQ plate is sliced pork, with baked beans, cole slaw, a potato of some sort, and garlic bread. That's FLORIDA BBQ! My uncle Bob is an award winning BBQ cook. His way of cooking BBQ is similar, but comes out much different. BOTH are awesome.

But, I left Florida in 2000, and moved back in 2015. During the time I was gone, I was exposed to pulled pork BBQ. I liked it, but it wasn't the same. Nothing is like sliced BBQ pork that's pink in the middle, dipped in BBQ sauce. Nothing will ever top that for me, but I have had some great pulled pork in restaurants in the Carolinas. The Smoke House on Hilton Head Island, SC for example. That was the best pulled pork I'd ever had...until today.

Today, I was driving home after a very long day at work. I wanted some BBQ. I was STARVING! I did NOT want some of the same BBQ that I've had from chains, or even the restaurant my dad helped open. I wanted something different. I was actually looking for one of the roadside stand BBQ places. I couldn't find any, so I decided to get some BBQ from one of the restaurants in Melbourne. I turned off I-95 onto Barnes Blvd, and despite the horrendous road construction, I saw s sign for Double D BBQ. I decided THAT was the place.

I went in, and despite the modern strip mall that the place is in, it looked like what you'd expect a BBQ restaurant to look. Kind of dark with wooden trim. I was impressed already. Next, the waitress guided me to my seat. THEY HAVE PEANUTS!! Between the time I sat down and the time I got my food, I probably ate 100 peanuts. Like I said, I was STARVING! 

The waitress was very friendly, and I looked over the menu. I ordered "This Little Piggy" which the word "little" is an under exaggeration. Its a HALF POUND of pulled pork, along with their home made mac and cheese. It also comes with fried sausage rings that were awesome. 

The mac and cheese is served around the pork, with the sausage rings on top. This is a HUGE plate. I also ordered a side of garlic bread. I like to put my pork sliced or pulled on garlic bread, douse it with sauce, and go to town. Let me tell you...It's the best pulled pork I've ever had. Period. THIS pulled pork had a twinge of bite to it. Cayenne pepper added. It gave the pork a little punch in the mouth. I LOVE spicy food, and while I've had hot BBQ sauce before, this was better because it was added to the meat! Everything about this meal was incredible/ I'm 6'4" 225 pounds, and I honestly couldn't finish all of it. (I ate the majority of it though) The kicker? This enormous plate of food was $10.95! I've eaten BBQ plates from other restaurants the same price and left hungry. You're not leaving this place hungry, and you're not going to break your wallet coming here either.

Next, as I was driving home, my wife called me and asked about dinner. I told her that I had already eaten, and I told here where, and what I had. She wanted the same thing. She called in the order and had me turn around and go pick it up for her. Which I did because I try to be a good husband. Her reaction was similar to mine. GREAT FREAKING BBQ!

Not me but I had a similar reaction when I got my food.

THIS IS THE BEST PULLED PORK I'VE EVER HAD!!!! And, I will be back to try other dishes!

I know that the majority of my readers live out of state and out of country, but if any of you do come here, you owe it to yourself to come try this restaurant. And if you are a reader of mine and live here, GO EAT THERE! 

The address, phone number, Website and Facebook page:

634 Barnes Blvd, ST #110
Rockledge, FL 32955

(321) 298-6995