Musings From A Married Father Life Has Problems. I have Distractions

California pulls a “Texas” in it’s educational curriculum. 0

California pulls a “Texas” in it’s educational curriculum.

Remember when certain folks made a very big deal about how Texas was going to include in their educational curriculum material that displays the contributions of conservatives to history? Now naturally, those on the progressive side of the spectrum saw this as an outrage. Now California has passed legislation which has just gone into effect in the new year will make it mandatory for schools to include educational classes and material that will talk about the contributions of gays in history.  I wasn’t aware that they had actually done anything of major note-worth, but I’m sure they can find some civil...

A new hope for the music scene in 2012. 0

A new hope for the music scene in 2012.

In this state for that matter, there hasn’t been much in the local music scene that has stood out.  Let’s reflect on some of the events I actually remember: -For All I Am getting signed. Here’s to another catchy, yet generic core band getting signed. Best of luck to them though.-Elysion Fields releasing a surprisingly good album.– Monsters and Demolisher breaking up. There are some things that need to happen in the music scene come 2012: – Nothing else. – Sworn In needs to get back to the beautiful writing of their Carthasis EP, rather then the brutal stuff that we’ve been...

Season Six Finale of Dexter proves that it is the best show on TV 0

Season Six Finale of Dexter proves that it is the best show on TV

The season finale of season six of Dexter has proved one thing to me and many others; Dexter is the best show not only on Starz, but perhaps on TV.  Perhaps mistakes might have been made in this season, but the ending of this season gives us the fresh start that the creators of Dexter promised us this season would. Not many shows can turn a vigilante and renegade serial killer of other killers into a character that we can sympathize with, root for, and await his every reaction as he tries to account for his Dark Passenger.  What surprises...

Occupy Wallstreet Chicago: My experience and analysis. 0

Occupy Wallstreet Chicago: My experience and analysis.

When you have to run to the bathroom in desperation and see a toilet with plastic rim coverings surrounded by stains all around you that look like someone either died, or experienced massive bladder problems and misdirection, you know you are in Union Station.   For many reasons, including time and money never well spent, I hate Chicago. When I finally figured out that not only had I walked the wrong way, I had taken the wrong street, and I wasn’t on Jackson.  After about two hours of walking around and making it look like I had a purpose with my...

Big house shows are the flavor of Lake County 2

Big house shows are the flavor of Lake County

So, I went for the second time last Saturday to the “house” off 83 near the Walmart for not just a party this time, but a show as well with four bands playing.  A house show eh? Its going to suck right? Nope, not at all. It ended up turning into one of the best ideas for local shows I’ve seen all year.  It was so awesome in fact, that I lost my phone and most likely my dignity, because I’m positive I probably said some stupid things brought on by a somewhat inebriated stupor.  All that night, I kept going back to...

Come to your show? Music please! Shed your apathy as well. 0

Come to your show? Music please! Shed your apathy as well.

So I keep getting facebook invites from people and bands to come out to shows and hear bands I’ve never heard of before. Okay, fine. I go to check out their facebook or whatever website they have and I find out that there is no music posted. None. This has happened enough times to make me go on a rant about it. Not just about this, but the amount of apathy that ends up affecting me to the point where I don’t have much money to go to shows.  Occasionally I’ll go to a show with bands whose music I...

Children Of Fire – Oh Sleeper. The best concept album of the year. 0

Children Of Fire – Oh Sleeper. The best concept album of the year.

    It’s been a good year for metal. Every kind of it. Ranging from the new The Devil Wears Prada, August Burns Red, Of Mice & Men, Life In Your Way, and Oh Sleeper to Carnifex, Close Your Eyes, Trivium, Born Of Osiris, and Structures, there is a lot of good music to go around. My personal favorite of this year so far, hands down, is Children Of Fire by Oh Sleeper. It is probably one of the best albums I’ve listened to in years.  This is the Michelangelo of not only the genre as a whole, but of the...

Feeling a major amount of August Burns Red 0

Feeling a major amount of August Burns Red

Ever since Milwaukee Warped Tour and seeing August Burns Red, TDWP, ADTR, and numerous bands, I’ve been in a mood for something moving and heavy, but with a bit of technicality thrown in there.  One of the songs August Burns Red played for their set, was Meddler.  I had forgotten just how good of a song this was until they played it live. One reason for this is that my favorite album of theirs is Messengers which I primarily listen to when I decide to listen to ABR. Since the people filming in milwaukee didnt seem to film alot of...

Warped Tour 2011 in Milwakuee 0

Warped Tour 2011 in Milwakuee

Well, its been about 2 months, but I’m about to throw myself back into the music scene this summer. I’m planning on going to several local shows coming up, and of course Warped Tour in Milwaukee on July 19th. I’m really pumped for the lineup this year which has some great live bands on there this year. The only concern I have is that bands I want to see will be playing at the same time on different stages. Because of that I strongly considered going to the Tinley Park Warped Tour yesterday, but its too much of a hassle...

Must Go To Show – Monsters and KIDS last show. 0

Must Go To Show – Monsters and KIDS last show.

Hang your head in utter despair.  Expect to see a reduction in flat brimmed baseball caps and jersey’s. Expect to see less spin kicks in crowded rooms. Expect to see a few less fights between testosterone driven tough bro-kids at The Oasis.  Illinois, or more specifically, the Lake County area is losing two of its heaviest bands, KIDS and Monsters, who are both breaking up after their final show May 28th in Kenosha at the Unity Lodge What will happen to the Hardcore/Beatdown scene now? Well it appears that Kingmaker and Demolisher will probably end up taking their place in...

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