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

Monday, March 28, 2016

Album Review: Apocalyptic Lovers- Redemption, Volume 1


 One day you will be
Wrapped inside me...
But for right now,
I just changed frequency!

 And, you will too, once you hear this band! They need to be on EVERY frequency!

I've been slacking again. For that, I apologize. Damn real life issues! But, I've been jamming this album good and loud ever since the band sent it to me. We had the band on the show a while back, and they were among the best guests we've ever had, and their music kicks ass. 

Originally from Youngstown, OH, Apocalyptic Lovers formed in 1991 and gained success playing regionally, but they also took a trip out to the City of Angels. That earned them a writeup in Entertainment Weekly, which led to overseas distribution of their music. Now, the band has reformed and plans on releasing a 10 volume collection of EPs featuring new material and updated classics. The first will be released on April 16, 2016. Its a bold move, but they have assembled a crew of heavy hitters in order to put this venture together and have it be as big and bold sounding as the move itself. The 8 tracks on Volume 1, Redemption was produced by legendary producer, Michael Wagener. You might remember him from his work with Ozzy, Megadeth, Metallica, Dokken, Extreme, Motley Crue and more. 

And, it shows. The album explodes to start, kicking you in the face with Better Days. A heavy technical onslaught that shows influence from classic Ozzy albums among others. You are greeted by brutal guitar and powerful backup vocals right off the bat. It takes you back to the days when the music was not only fun to listen to, but it was also made you feel good, and musical talent was respected and expected. Another song that puts things into perspective is the slow and heavy groove, Who The Hell Are You. Something I'd like to ask the record executives that didn't sign these guys in the 90's. They are so much better than the cookie cutter glam bands that were forced on us at the tail end of the glam metal era. We won't even talk about grunge. Unfortunately, the band and the fans who would have loved them were Left in the Cold, (Another badass song) by these idiot record companies.

The musical skill on display here is top notch. Each member is a master at their instruments. Singer, Robert Kane has a very powerful and broad vocal range. Guitarist, Sean Magee is an axe slinger who could duel with anyone. Drummer, Dave Hope has the strength of Thor in his arms and legs. But the most unique thing about Apocalyptic Lovers is that they have TWO bass players. Mike Nagy and George Allen both play bass, and rhythm guitar, and they alternate on stage. And, all 5 members of the band can sing. 5 part harmonies are constantly on display on the album.

Like I said, all of the talent is showcased on all the songs, but one is particularly showcased. A song with a brutal groove, called simply The Groove. The band has commercial appeal too, and even in today's dark ages of rock and metal. 

If you like good metal from an extremely talented band, you owe it to yourself to pick up this album when its released. This band would have dominated the arenas and stadiums in the 80's, and they can do it again. You'll want to pay attention to them. 

Buy the album!


Follow them here:


They even have a very good looking video for their song Change of Frequency. Click here for the YouTube page. 

I'm going back to listen to the album again. It ROCKS!

Mike Nagy, Bass/Guitar/Vocals- George Allen, Bass/Guitar, Vocals- Rob Kane, Lead Vocals- Dave Hope, Drums/Vocals- Sean Magee, Guitars/Vocals

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Song Lyric Dissection: Closing Time by Semisonic

Here we go with one of the LAMEST songs ever written. In the early 90's, rock musicians who didn't want to play grunge turned to annoying whiny pop songs. One of the worst pop songs that plagued so called "rock" radio stations was 'Closing Time' by Semisonic. Soon, bars all around the country had either a really lame bartender, patron, or karaoke host that would play this stupid song at the end of the night. 

One of the things I have with alot of issues on with country music is that alot of artists will take an old cliche and make a song out of it, such as "Oceanfront Property in Arizona" or "That's my Story and I'm Sticking To It" by Colin Raye. It just doesnt seem very original to me. (Just an opinion, Country fans! I happen to like some of the songs! Calm down! ;) )

But, this stupid song is FULL of cliches. 


Verse: Closing time, Open all the doors and let you out into the world
Closing time, Turn all the lights on over every boy and every girl
Closing Time, One last call for alcohol, so finish your whiskey or beer
Closing time, You don't have to go home, but you can't stay here

The singer's whiny voice and this song with music that is supposed to sound spiritual or inspirational make this an even more annoying song. How many times have you heard a bartender say 'Last call for alcohol!' Yes. We all know what time it is. We don't need an annoying pre emo wussy boy singing it to us.

Chorus: I know who I want to take me home
I know who I want to take me home
I know who I want to take me home
Take me home

Uh oh. I know who you WANT to take YOU home. Its the hottie at the pool table with the tight pants and big boobs. But, the person who WILL take YOU home, she's all right. A 5 on a scale of 1 to 10, still kind of pretty. But of course, when you wake up in the morning, she will weigh about 300 pounds, with a wart on her nose, with yellow teeth. Why? Because this band just isn't cool enough to score with the hotties. 

Verse: Closing time, Time for you to go out to the places you will be from
Closing time, This room won't be open till your brothers or sisters come
So gather all your jackets, move it to the exits
I hope you have found a friend
Closing time, Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end


MY jackets. I brought them ALL!!!

So, let me get this straight...After you leave the bar, you're now "From" wherever you go? So, if someone asks you where you're from, you'll have to say "From 300 pound Bertha's house???" That makes no sense. Ask me where I'm from, and I'll tell you I'm from Florida. And, what room are you talking about being open? You've been whining that its closing time through this whole song! And, I'm not sure what to make of the brother and sister line. Is it a weak filler line? Or does your bar not open until someone's brother or sister gets there? What if they go somewhere else? Is the bar not going to open? Or, is it some strange reference to incest? No idea on that one. Why would you care if I found a friend? I don't believe you. Oh, and doesn't everyone tell their single friends that a good relationship will NEVER start in a bar? 

Hi. I'm Bertha. Its Closing Time, and
I'm a Hooters girl!

Chorus: I know who I want to take me home
I know who I want to take me home
I know who I want to take me home
Take me home

The guitar solo in this song could be really sweet. It starts off grand, but STOPS. Premature ejaculation on the guitar solo. It ends, leaving you wanting more...Kind of like how Big Bertha must have felt when you were finished with her.

Verse: Closing time, Time for you to go out to the places you will be from

I'll call Bertha and tell her you're on the way so she can clean up the trailer for you. She slipped me her phone number while I was hitting on the hottie at the pool table.

Chorus: I know who I want to take me home
I know who I want to take me home
I know who I want to take me home
Take me home

Verse: Closing time, Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end

You know, I bet you guys thought that line was soooo deep when you came up with it. The whole song is an attempt to sound deep. But, so what. Bars close. Its the law. Most people would like to stay longer, but the law says they have to close. No need to write a song about it, and try to make people feel good about it. This song is part of what was wrong with the music of the 90's. I'd bet there is NO ONE who has ever considered this song to be their favorite song. And, what ever happened to old Semisonic? Are they still around? I havent (thankfully) heard from them since.


How sweet. A lame filler line from a lame emo song turned into a DEEP meme.
Somewhere, there is a teenager who has never heard this song, seeing this meme online
and thinking that is the most profound thing he has ever read.
By the way, if I were a bar owner, every night at closing time, I would play THIS song


 

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Megadeth Vs Metallica: The Punishment Due


You will do what I say; 
when I say...
...If there's a new way, 
I'll be the first in line!

This post is something that I've been thinking about posting for a couple years now. I finally decided to do it after reviewing the new Megadeth album, Dystopia. I haven't reviewed any Metallica albums because they haven't released a new one since before I started blogging. Hard to believe they haven't released anything new since 2008, isn't it? Although, I did review their movie Through the Never. Anyway, let's answer that  'who's better' question, and go Into the Arena. 


If you've been living under a rock for 30+ years, or aren't that big of a metal fan, you might not know that Dave Mustaine of Megadeth was the Metallica guitarist prior to Kirk Hammett's arrival. He was kicked out of the band prior to their debut album, Kill Em All. Mustaine then met bassist, Dave Ellefson and Megadeth was born. Shortly after that, their debut album, Killing is My Business, and Business is Good was released. And, a war between the two rival thrash metal bands began, and its still going. If you want to know more about the back story, Google it. 

First of all, Dave Mustaine was co-writer of 4 songs on Kill Em All, as well as 2 tracks (including the title track) of Ride The Lightning. Both albums were released before Killing is My Business was released. So, regardless of how much of the songs were actually written by Mustaine, Megadeth had to start from scratch. And, they had a long way to go...

Metallica's first 3 albums, Kill Em All, Ride the Lightning, and Master of Puppets are thrash metal icons. Master of Puppets is the greatest thrash album of all time. However, they lost a step when they released their fourth album, And Justice For All. Many metal fans, myself included felt that album was a let down after Master of Puppets. After all, topping that album has proven to be a hard feat to accomplish. Nobody (Including Metallica) has been able to top it. 

Megadeth's first 3 releases, Killing is my Business, Peace Sells but Who's Buying, and So Far So Good, So What were also wildly accepted by thrash metal fans as well, with each album getting better and better. But Megadeth's fourth and fifth albums, Rust in Peace and Countdown to Extinction destroyed Metallica's fourth and fifth albums. Metallica's first ever video for their song, One introduced millions of new fans to the band, and their fifth 'Black Album' was a golden goose, where Metallica went mainstream with the radio hits, Enter Sandman, Sad But True, and the ballad, Nothing Else Matters. But Megadeth also got noticed by the masses, and even scored a couple radio hits of their own. Rust in Peace had Holy Wars..The Punishment Due on the radio while the iconic video and musical skill of Hangar 18 dominated MTV. Countdown to Extinction had the radio hit, Symphony of Destruction and MTV hit, Sweating Bullets. Both bands were taking similar paths, but Metallica had the backing of the masses. But, with the release of Rust in Peace and Countdown to Extinction, people started noticing what Megadeth fans had known all along: Megadeth's music was better. The songs were better written, the guitar work was better, and over all, Megadeth was a more talented band. Solos sounded different. The songs flowed better. Most of this was due to the arrival of guitar god, Marty Friedman and drummer, Nick Menza, although if you listen to the first three albums, the skill of the guitarists has always been superior to James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett's efforts. Not to mention, original drummer, Gar Samuelson (RIP) was far superior to Lars Ulrich. 

Gar Samuelson. I hung out with him once.

Next came grunge. <gag> Metallica released Load and Reload. Megadeth released Youthanasia, Cryptic Writings, and Risk. (And, you can probably include The World Needs A Hero in this group) All these albums were departures from their thrash roots, but were part of the band's evolution. Some diehard thrash metal fans hate those albums, but I don't. Both bands did what they needed to do to survive. Although, Metallica only put out one more album before Death Magnetic in 2008, which was St. Anger in 2003, which we won't talk about by name anymore, Megadeth released the ones I mentioned and two more before 2008. But while Metallica was writing simplistic radio hits, Megadeth was growing as a band musically, and had several radio hits of their own like Trust, Secret Place, Almost Honest, Use The Man, Breadline, and more. Did these songs blow up the bank account like Metallica's? No, but once again, musically, the Megadeth songs were superior. Some of the best guitar work I've ever heard is on the albums that lots of people overlook. In fact, one of my all time favorite songs, A Tout le Monde is on Youthanasia. Megadeth re recorded that song as a duet with Christina Scabbia of Lacuna Coil, introducing the band to an even broader base of new fans.  

Mustaine and Scabbia

Still, Megadeth didn't stop. While Metallica was touring all over creation, and not releasing a new album in 8 years and counting, Megadeth kept releasing albums. Since Metallica's last album, Megadeth has released four albums. And, while some of the albums may not be as good as their best ones, their latest album, Dystopia as I mentioned in my review is the best since Rust in Peace and Countdown to Extinction. After Metallica's debacle 2003 album (the one we aren't mentioning by name) everyone was begging for a 'return to form' album from them. The result was Death Magnetic. An album where they attempted to make a good thrash album, but it proved they had forgotten how. The songs are unnecessarily long, and guitar riffs are just thrown together. Plus, honestly, James Hetfield just doesn't have the aggression in his voice anymore. Dave Mustaine, however does. In fact, his voice sounds better than ever. To be fair, the fans were wanting a 'return to form' album from Megadeth too. Megadeth delivered. Several times, with The System Has Failed, United Abominations, Endgame, TH1RT3EN, and of course, the new juggernaut, Dystopia.

One of the main criticisms about Megadeth I've heard is that the lineup has changed so many times. Your point? Have you heard Metallica's stuff? Maybe its time for them to change up. Mustaine has said that he will only bring in a guitarist that is better than he is. Those are some pretty heavy shoes to fill, but he's brought in greats such as Marty Friedman, Al Pitrelli, and newcomer, Kiko Loureiro, among others. Kirk Hammett wouldn't make it into Megadeth, and that's a fact. I can't think of a better way to challenge yourself to improve. And, this new album proves it. Actually, if you go back and listen to 2 songs from each album back to back and in order, you'll see how each album features something new, different, and better than before. You can't say that about Metallica

The age old adage: "When the history books are written, ______."  applies here. Because while Metallica reigned supreme being the greatest marketing band in the history of the world other than Kiss, Megadeth kept putting out good albums, with great songs. Ask any metal musician which is the better band, you will get Megadeth 9 out of 10 times. History has been written, and slowly but surely, more and more people are realizing it. Megadeth gets the last laugh, and is the superior band. Still doubt me? Ask the Metal God Himself, Rob Halford: 



And, don't come away from this thinking I don't like Metallica. I do. I love Master of Puppets and Ride The Lightning. I like Kill Em All. Black, Load, and Reload are okay. The rest, not so much.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Album Review: Kanye West: The Life of Pablo






Well, I was going to review it, but Kanye tweeted this, and I'm a white guy:


So, I'm still going to review it because I don't care what #kanyewest says, I'm going to give it a very very short but very honest review. Here goes:


Click here for another Kanye related article of mine.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Dolphins fan? Here's a Reality Check!



"But there's nothing I can do...
...I only want A FREAKING GOOD TEAM!
Is THAT too much to ask?? 
 
Apparently so. I'm a Miami Dolphins fan. Everyone knows that. In fact, its pretty easy to figure out since I put it in the header of this blog. Usually, when I post things about the Phins, its positive. Not this time. Yes, this time, I'm going to be real. The reality is that with these coaching hires that the Dolphins are randomly putting into place, I have ZERO expectations for them next season. Maybe that's a good thing, but that's another story. 

Today, we're going to talk about history. More specifically, the history of the team since the AFC Championship game in the 1992-1993 season. Miami vs Buffalo. Buffalo won, and that's the closest Miami has come to the Super Bowl since.

So, let's take a look at what the league has done since then, shall we? Grab a tissue. You might need it.

We'll start with the new Super Bowl Champs, the Denver Broncos. They won 2 Super Bowls in the 90's, rebuilt several times, went to another Super Bowl, lost, went again, and won. 

The Baltimore Ravens aka the original Cleveland Browns have won 2 Super Bowls, and been to the Playoffs multiple times. At least the expansion Browns haven't been to a Super Bowl. I'm not sure if I could take that.

In 1995, the Jacksonville Jaguars and Carolina Panthers became teams. In 1996, both teams were in their conference championship games. The Jaguars were back in the AFC Championship once (At Miami's expense. Remember 62-7?) then took a direction similar to Miami's, but albeit a little worse for them. The Panthers have made the Playoffs multiple times, including the NFC Championship, and several division titles, not to mention 2 Super Bowl appearances. 

Scores more points vs Miami than Brunell, then becomes Miami's QB


The New Orleans Saints, dubbed the Aints for many years built a team around Drew Brees, and won a Super Bowl. Plus multiple playoff appearances. Miami 'aint' done nothing.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers built a dominant defense, and won the Super Bowl, also with multiple division titles.

The expansion Houston Texans have been to the Playoffs several times, including an AFC Championship.

The St Louis Rams, another team that was a perennial loser went 1-1 in two Super Bowls.

The Arizona Cardinals even made it to a Super Bowl, with several Playoff appearances.

The Seattle Seahawks, who for years were a bottom feeder have been to 3 Super Bowls, and won one. 

You also can't leave out the dynasties of the 90's, the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers even rebuilt and went back to a Super Bowl. 

The Green Bay Packers were an average team before Miami's last AFC Championship game, but went to 3 Super Bowls and won 2 since, and are a constant threat in the Playoffs.

The Indianapolis Colts! They were a constant disappointment, and turned into another constant Playoff threat, and won a Super Bowl against a Chicago Bears team that came out of obscurity for one season, then fell back into obscurity.

Even the stinking NY Jets have been to the AFC Championship a couple times!

 The New York Giants are 2-1 in Super Bowls, including knocking off our final team's hopes for a perfect season. I appreciate that, Giants! Thank you!

And, of course, who can forget the freaking the New England Patriots. An impressive 4-3 in Super Bowls, and constant threat to go all the way. And, they will continue to be as long as Bill Belichick and Tom Brady are with them. Before the early 90's, they were also a constant loser, with the exception of one Super Bowl appearance. Since 2001, they have won the AFC East every year except for two. In 2008, Miami won the division because Tom Brady got hurt, and the stupid wildcat play that got exposed by the Ravens in the Playoffs. 

And, let's also not forget about all the players who were mediocre to good with Miami, then went on to dominate with another team. Wes Welker for example. Half the current Buffalo Bills roster, for another example. Ted Ginn and his family have played in TWO Super Bowls!

We're not letting the coaches off the hook either. Since 2004, Miami has had THREE interim head coaches because a coach got fired during the season. THREE!!!! If that doesn't tell you something, nothing will.

The fault is with owner, Steven Ross. I really wish he would sell the team to someone who knows how to hire front office personnel, but it didn't start with Ross. It started with Wayne Huizenga. In the early 2000's, Miami had a very good team. But, the bottom fell out of it, and it was downhill from there. 



 
Currently, the Dolphins have lots of extremely talented players. There is no reason why they should not dominate, but we've hit the coaching reset button yet again. By the time we know if this coaching staff is any good, they will likely have traded our good players away for draft picks who may or may not be good, but we won't know. Why? Because they won't get the chance to gel, and the coaching staff will be fired yet again. Its a vicious cycle of toilet spins, and the only form of Rid-X that will help would be Ross selling the team. But, he won't. But hell, at least we'll have the most up to date and state of the art stadium!

Buckle up, Dolphins faithful. This pain isn't going to end anytime soon. In fact, its going to be like riding a bike down a bumpy road, with a severe case of hemorrhoids.


Monday, February 1, 2016

Night Time Fiasco's Super Bowl Halftime Show HEAVY METAL Alternative



SCREW COLDPLAY AND BEYONCE!!!

Okay, we're all sick of the stupid half time shows at the Super Bowl, and this one will be one of the worst. We'll get to see a metal band there eventually, but before that happens, I have the next best thing!

A couple minutes before the halftime show at the Super Bowl, Christiana, Brian the Trucker and I will go live on our radio show, The Night Time Fiasco. We'll chat for a minute or two about the game, but then, we'll start cranking tunes from some of our favorite guests. It will end when the halftime show ends. Just mute the TV, have a computer ready, and plug it into some speakers, and TURN IT UP TO ELEVEN!!!! Too easy, right?

And, rather than being bored to sleep by Coldplay and being disgusted by the booty antics of Beyonce, you can be pumped up by some of the most kick ass music we've had on our show to date.

Sounds like a win! Let's do it!


NOTE: The scheduled time says 7:30PM Eastern. The show will be on at that point, but we won't come on until the first half game clock reads 0:00.

And, while we're at it, join this Facebook group, and read the attached article. (Before or After the Super Bowl of course!)