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Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of MetalLouder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal by Jon Wiederhorn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a great book for metal fans both young and old. The book covers the early days (Blue Cheer. Sabbath, Alice Cooper) to most current metal bands (Slipknot, Disturbed, and Godsmack).

In depth interviews, lots of debauchery, and some un-needed details.

All in all this was a pleasure to read, even if I didn’t like certain bands or genres.

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R.I.P. Favorite Tunes Friday

I’ve decided to kill off Friday Tunes Friday……even though it was nice, but well it just wasn’t me.

I now bring you the Transdimensional Space Goat:

This is how I feel when I hear music……it just helps me escape from everyday life/problems.

When I was younger I would just sit in my room put on music and blast off.

Let’s get to it then this is 3 AM UFO Blues Tapes all I can find out about this “band” is that it’s a one man band from Peru….this is Can’t Stand, and this is perfect for the birth of the Transdimensional Space Goat. Ignition in 3….2….1:

The return of Favorite Tunes Friday

Well I went back and seen what the last song/band was when I departed, so here is the continuation:

This here is 3 Speed Automatic they hailed from Germany, and like most of my FTF’s not much info about these bands. This are a stoner/hard rock band. Very groovy imo. Give it a listen and have a great Friday.

3 Speed Automatic “Hit Me”

An update

Hello faithful readers…… Sorry I’ve been gone for so long. I found another blog https://stayheavyalways.wordpress.com/ and it has inspired me to try this again.

So here’s some updates for ya:

I got a new lawnmower last year about this time with help from “Mr Fix it” it’s a Craftsman, and makes mowing MUCH easier now. “Mr Fix It” retired  from Sears and I used his discount and with his knowledge of mowers he helped me pick a good one for my needs and with my budget. 
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I gave up on the treadmill…… Not that I didn’t enjoy it, but it kinda broke and even “Mr Fix It” couldn’t fix it, so it went to the garbage men. 

I Lost my job of 13yrs, got a new one in Nov of 2013. 

Trying the diet thing still…. Wifey bought me a Ninja Bullet and I have been  juicing with fruits & vegetables…. Mostly fruits, and cutting down my portions and drinking only water during the day.  I’ve lost about 14 lbs by doing this and my weight is not what it used to be. This past May the wifey bought me a bike, so I have been trying to do that as well. 
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About the bike for a minute… The day after I got it I rode about 6 miles.  I rode it from my house to the boys’ soccer game and back.  That little jaunt messed up my back for about a month….. good times. 

Let’s see….I’m still smoking cigars and even landed a part time job at a cigar shop (not sure if I mentioned that before). I worked there for 2 years and then moved into another shop, which actually has the biggest humidor in the state. Upgraded to a tower humidor and cooler (or coolidor if you will). 
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I bought a new car….. not sure if that was brought up before or not, so trying to tell you as much that is rolling off my brain. It’s a 2012 black Scion XB, and I love it! 

Favorite Tunes Friday will return I just need to go back and see where I left off. You seemed to enjoy that, and it was fun for me too. Not sure if I will keep that title or not though……..maybe it will be a daily thing? Who knows.

No promises, but I’m going to try and update this blog more since I’m inspired at the moment.

I’m Back!

I’m back for the moment anyway…….I’ve been on hiatus and broke my sister in law’s heart as she was my #1 fan (sorry about that kid), but I just have to get something off my chest since I couldn’t sleep last night., just what the hell is up with Saturday Night Live lately? I watched last nights episode with Kevin Hart as the host. I don’t have anything against Kevin Hart, I don’t love him like the internet does, but I don’t hate him either. I have enjoyed some of his work, so I don’t blame his performance he was doing the best with what he had I believe.

Now a bit about how much of a fan I am. I started watching SNL in 1975 when it debuted. I would stay up with my parents and watch this “groundbreaking” show. I was only six years old, so the jokes went way past my head with the sexual innuendos and drug references, but I enjoyed the live aspect of it the danger, and risks they took.

I even watched the 80’s seasons that everyone said was the death of SNL with the cast of Anthony Michael Hall, Robert Downey Jr, Julia Louise Dreyfess, Jeanene Garafalo and Rich Hall…..I’m not trying to include the entire seasons casts, but you get my point. I watched them and although they weren’t the risk takers that the previous decade was I still found it watchable and enjoyable.

Then the 90’s came and gave us the rebirth of SNL, and man what a decade that was with such talented performers like Will Ferrel, Tina Fey, Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, the late great Phil Hartman (I still kinda get choke up when I see old episodes with him in them…..so sad), Darrell Hammond (to quote my best friend “Our generation’s Rich Little”), and so on.

So, with SNL’s history of up and downs, who is to blame for these past few seasons? The performers? Maybe…the Writers? DEFINITELY! (this is my opinion, so if you disagree tough). I just did a search for the head writers on SNL and here is what http://snl.wikia.com/wiki/Head_writer lists:

So, let’s take a look at that list for a minute……..Tina Fey was the head writer for Season 25, and was a writer for six years altogether. Those six years were EPIC and really helped with SNL’s popularity with a new generation. Go back and look at those seasons you will see what I am talking about.

Last nights episode may have been a breaking point for me. it was SO bad…….I have a Saturday night ritual where I will watch the show and me and my best friend will text each other during the show with what was good, bad or atrocious….well last night it was all atrocious. I feel bad for the hosts sometimes that have to do these sketches…..sure the audience laughs like they are supposed to, but I promise you they are just abiding by that “Applause or Laugh” sign that is continuously flashing.

So, this is Lorne’s and SNL’s 40th year….that’s a nice career right? Maybe its time to pack it up??? I am not a writer, nor an expert on what makes people laugh, or on television, but I know what isn’t working & this is not working anymore.

This book

Live from New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live

Told by the stars, writers, & guests in their own words about working on SNL. One host that really stands out to me is Tom Hanks who has hosted SNL eight times says when he is on he will sit down and write with the writers, and  not just a 9-5 time frame. He says they will order Chinese take out, and not leave until the job/jokes are perfect. If that means they are up till 5am on Saturday, and they have to be live that night so be it.

Where is the dedication with this past cast? Chevy, Murray, Beliushi, and that whole cast had to write their own jokes/sketches same with Tina, Will, Amy and so on……I don’t know for a fact, and if I’m wrong PLEASE correct me, but do any other the cast members other than Colin Jost write their own material anymore? I just don’t see it.

I don’t know, maybe I’m getting finicky in my old are, or I am just getting too hard to entertain.