I'm back. OK, gotta go!
Thursday, April 7, 2005, 19:41
Just got back from a business trip to Phoenix, and boy, does heat stroke make me tired! OK, so theweather was perfect, and it's a nice enough city, but there are only three months out of the year whenyou can stand outside and not get killed by the sun. They've got to do something about that.On a personal note, I'd like to thank a certain off-duty FEMA employee for giving me the fucking thirddegree when I suggested that he might enjoy listening to my station. Of course, like everyone elsepresent (except me), he did have a sizable amount of alcohol in him, so maybe that explains it. Still, I'venever had more trouble giving someone a free magnet.Anyway, I just wanted to pop in to explain where the hell I've been. I don't have any music-relatedmaterial, except for this: In case you didn't know already, Maynard from Tool/APC did
find Jesus.Well, at least not
Jesus. The wonderful details are in the "News" section on the
.Tomorrow: A dentist will charge me $1100 (
insurance) for a relatively simple treatment, and thenask me why I wait so long between visits!
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Tuesday, March 29, 2005, 13:18
Wow, I've suddenly been swamped with Things To Do from all directions, and being a methodical,automaton-like drone, I had to finish each Thing in turn before I could come back here and take care of some important business.I promised Chastity from
that I'd give her band a well-deserved plug. Outlett is a Hard Rockband out of L.A. that has infused the genre with some much-needed originality. The most obviouscontributing factor is that they have a female vocalist.
I don't know why, but I think that people have convinced themselves that there are far more female-fronted rock bands than actually exist, and thus there is nothing inherently special about them. Or conversely, many rock fans still have the dated, chauvanistic view that a female rock vocalist is a"novelty", in the worst sense of the word (in other words, nothing to be taken seriously). Both points of view are hopelessly wrong, of course.Anyway, not only does Outlett have a female vocalist, but
a vocalist. Tonally, she reminds me of Cher, a comparison she has admittedly "come to grips with" after having heard it a few times. Of course, I mean it as a compliment, but I understand why Chastity may not want to be pigeonholed in anyway (and no, she is not Cher's daughter Chastity Bono; the names are just a crazy coincidence). So letme make another comparison: Chastity can wail like Chris Cornell, but unlike theSoundgarden/Audioslave singer, she keeps firm control of her vocals even when they're dialed back. Inother words, she doesn't get all shaky during the quieter bits. If I had any vocal experience, I couldexplain that better, but you get the picture.Finally, she plays the djembe, which is just freaking cool.Check out Outlett -- or check Outlett out -- at their website, www.outlett.net, and look for their CDcoming soon.While I'm on the subject of female rockers, you might have heard a Hard Rock/Goth band called
played on ESTROGENIUS. They were the first band of their type that I added to the playlist,and the very positive response to their music was one of the factors that made my decision to addOutlett an easy one. Yes, it looks like people are digging the rocker chicks. Well, good for them! If you'reone of those people, then do your part to support these bands by purchasing their CD's when theybecome available!There are a lot more Recent Additions to talk about, but I'll have to continue that in a later post...