Archive for May, 2010

Transmission 5.27.2010

Posted in Uncategorized on May 27, 2010 by everythingwentblack

It’s midday; not long before I can get out of here and sit in traffic on my way back to Brooklyn. There’s nothing quite like dealing with intense traffic to darken your mood and make you realize that your life is ending one moment at a time.

Last night was the last practice before tour. We ran the set, packed up and that was it. Nick helped me move whatever gear was left in my old office space into the van. When I get back from tour, I move into a new place back in my old neighborhood. I dropped Nick off and then it was back to Sunac for some food and supplies. This time I sat at one of the tables and ate my food because I knew it would be too hot back at the apartment.

Portal and Gorguts played last night at the Knitting Factory. It was sold out, but honestly, I don’t think I would have went even if tickets were available because there was a lot of pre-tour business that had to be dealt with in addition to moving out of the office space. I may never get a chance to see Portal. I believe this was the first time they played in the US.

I’m all packed and ready to roll; tonight will be easy. I’m looking forward to a little downtime before tour, get some rest, do some reading. We’re meeting at the space at 08:30 for load out.

In two days I’ll be on the West Coast and it will be shows every night. It beats the day-in/day-out slow death nature of my life here in New York.

Earlier this week, I watched a film called “The Human Centipede.” I’m not sure if I liked it or not. It was definitely an interesting gimmick: three people, one man and two women sewn together mouth to butthole by “Mad Surgeon” Dr. Heiter. That’s pretty much the whole movie. I would have preferred to explore the character of the Dr. Heiter, expertly played by German actor Dieter Laser and what drove him to such an obsession. There definitely some gruesome moments, but overall I felt like it could have gone further.

I’m stoked to play tomorrow at MDF. Aside from playing, I’m looking forward to see Watain play.

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Transmission 5.25.2010 Part 2 22:45

Posted in Uncategorized on May 26, 2010 by everythingwentblack

I’ve got the Storm the Tower 7-in playing; I remember when I first got this record, I was living in this same room but it was several years ago. A lot has happened since then, some good and some very bad.
It was the routine tonight: I went to practice at 18:30, we ran the set three times and I was out of there at 21:00. I hit the grocery store, Sunac Market on Union, for some food. They have these plastic containers filled with sushi made, I’m assuming earlier in the day. They have some of the better quality convenience-store-style sushi. Sunac is open 24 hours, so I’m in there a lot, however, my favorite spot to pick up organic groceries is The Garden on Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint. Unfortunately, The Garden closes at 20:00 during the week and 17:00 on Sundays.
The song, “Intravenous” is playing. It’s my favorite one on this record. The split with J Church is great as well.
I did some preliminary packing earlier and now I feel like I’m on my way out the door. We have rehearsal tomorrow, Thursday night is off and then we leave on Friday. We’ve been hitting it hard in practice; there is a certain economy of motion where we arrive, bang out the set three times and leave. I feel pretty good in general, my voice is in decent shape and I feel in condition.The workouts seem to have paid off; we’ll see when I hit the first show.

Transmission 5.25.2010

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on May 25, 2010 by everythingwentblack

We ship out in a few short days. I’m looking forward to getting out of here even if it’s for only a week, I can’t say that life has been very exciting these past few months. The days are routine and filled with tasks, concerns about money, anxiety and depression. Being on tour is a lot simpler than doing the day-to-day trip: you wake up, drive, load-in, play and load out. Along the way you meet some people, see different parts of the world and see a few bands play.

Friday is MDF, then we fly out.

Transmission 5.21.2010

Posted in Tombs, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on May 21, 2010 by everythingwentblack

In a week from now we ship out.  The first date is Maryland Death Fest and then we fly out to Oregon to join up with the Isis Tour.  We’re stoked to be out with those guys again, especially since it’s their last tour, but the logistics are kind of a drag.  It feels like we’re going on a European tour with all of the coordination with gear, driver and flights that we had to do.  If it wasn’t for Will Lindsay and the Isis guys loaning us gear we wouldn’t have been able to do this.  Isis are probably the easiest band to tour with; everyone in their camp is cool, laid back and totally professional.  I remember last year’s tour with them and Pelican being a real high point of an otherwise difficult year.

We’ve been hitting the set hard in practice.  We have about four more practices left.  Last night, I hit the wall during the last run and knew it was time to call it a night.  I skipped my post rehearsal work out, stopped at the market for some extremely mediocre sushi and went home.  I watched about 20 minutes of “The Big Lebowski” (or “Mr. Marijuana as it’s known in Italy) and fell out.

Transmission 5.19.2010

Posted in The Trip, Tombs, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on May 19, 2010 by everythingwentblack

We leave for the Isis tour in a little over a week.  It’s a short run, but I’ll take it over sitting home and working a job.  I’ve been looking forward to it as soon as we were offered the slot; it felt like the old days, my phone rang, I was asked if we would be into hitting the road together and that was pretty much the end of the story.

As usual, I’m starting to enter the pre-tour anxiety trip of trying to get everything squared away before we leave.  We have a few rehearsals left before we ship out, there’s a lot of logistical issues involved with this run such as flights, van and equipment and the added challenge of Maryland Death Fest.  It’s all good stuff and I don’t want to complain,  we’re fortunate that we have these opportunities.

There’s been a lot of death lately, on a personal level and also in the “celebrity” arena with Frank Frazetta and Ronnie James Dio passing away.  I listened to “Man on the Silver Mountain” from “Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow and went right into the Sabbath records “Mob Rules” and “Heaven and Hell.”  I can’t reconcile the fact that I never saw Dio live.  That chance slipped away.

That leads into a bigger lesson: don’t wait until tomorrow or the next day to do something.  Do it.  Do it hard and with intensity.

I’ve been dealing with a lot of exhaustion, depression and overall melancholy these past weeks but I guess the important thing is that as long as you’re breathing, you can turn it around.  Sometimes, life feels so long and painful, bu the reality is that we don’t have very much time on this planet, so it’s our responsibility to get as much in as possible.

Transmission 5.16.2010 Ronnie James Dio

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on May 17, 2010 by everythingwentblack

Ronnie James Dio passed away this morning at 07:45. Initially I thought it might be a hoax, but sadly, it’s the truth. I never saw Dio play live and now I never will.
I remember hearing Dio first when he fronted Sabbath on the “Heaven and Hell” record, back in the 80’s when I was a kid. As a matter of fact, that was the first Black Sabbath record I had heard. This older dude that I knew played it for me and it blew me away. I later discovered that he had been in Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow and another band called Elf, prior to being Sabbath’s singer. I have been a fan ever since, checking out all of his solo material, “Dehumanizer”, his return to Sabbath and finally Heaven and Hell.
The thing that impressed me most with Ronnie James Dio, aside from his stentorian voice, was that he continued on, recording and touring, for the rest of his life. He died at 67 years of age leaving behind a mighty legacy of music.