Just got all psyched because I remembered the time someone came through my line and ordered a decaf, skim, almond macchiato, clearly meaning the starbucks drink, and I made her exactly what she ordered and the look on her face was confused and downtrodden and I want to give people that look for the rest of my life.
You know that moment of painful clarity and introspection where one moment you’re looking at your reflection in the car window thinking “Shit, when did I grow tits again?” and then next thing you know you’re at a fucking Wendy’s drive-thru, looking at a receipt, shaking your head at yourself, and waiting on your food?
All this, by the way, while you’re either having an allergy attack or getting sick?
Valentine’s Day ruled hard. The exhibits at the art museum were killer, tapas were amazing, and it was a great day to have a badass sweet time date with the boo. And she bought me a new western shirt! Twenty-three skiddoo!
Also, as I was going to sleep I was thinking about Sunn O))) in art-museum-mode and realized another thing that makes them one of my all-time favorite bands: At the same time they embody the marriage of extremism and minimalism as well as providing a stark contrast between the two. While their music is minimal to an extreme, thus pairing the two ideas, they create a contrast between them in a couple of ways; namely the extreme excess of amplifiers as it relates to the music and as it relates to the personnel onstage.
Appropriate in some cases and not in others. Badass for photography, badass for live performances if your band merits wearing it, not badass at the food court in the mall. My bandmate, Scott, said it really well, “Even ‘Count Grishnackh’ has to do his laundry.”
10.) Most Metal Non-Metal Band: This is a hard one, and it totally depends on where you draw the line with what metal is and isn’t. Flower Travellin’ Band and Pink Floyd have moments where their music is so metal that I almost call them metal bands sometimes, so I’d go with them I guess. Then you could look at bands like Horseback that are contemporary with metal, draw elements of metal, but there’s a lot of debate over whether or not they’re a metal band at all. I dig that.
13.) Best Decade of Metal: Not sure, but I’d say probably either the nineties or the oughts. In the 90s we had the second wave of Black Metal occur, Death Metal’s birth had just occurred (I guess that’s really late 80s but the style really emerged in the early 90s and was made even more popular toward the middle of the decade), and bands like Sleep kept working with the more psychedelic elements of Sabbath’s aesthetic, Earth took hold as a band and made extreme strides in drone, Sunn O))) began in 1998, et cetera. I guess what I’d say I most love about the 90s is that it brought Metal back to Earth in a sense. These bands took Metal and made it much more visceral and human.
Then, the oughts saw considerably more nuance, diversity, and art introduced into Metal, and that spawned bands like Baroness, Hooded Menace, Wolves in the Throne Room, Bong, Om, Dragged Into Sunlight, and Portal (they started in 1993, but only released one demo before 2000), and saw bands like Isis, Sunn O))), and Earth, honing their respective crafts. All of these bands and so many others like them took elements of metal and other musical styles to create something that was not only their own band’s signature, but create entire new subgenres, scenes, and aesthetics within the now-broad umbrella that is the Metal genre.
and then they FUCKING RUIN IT by featuring these shows where every fucking interview is essentially the plot to a bad, made-for-TV movie about coming closer to God in the face of adversity. Seriously? This is the kind of shit we need to be hearing right now? People working through their problems with scripture in order to put stronger blinders on to the bullshit that their religion is trying to peddle to them?