It's so nice that Kerrang decided to name Green Day "The Best Band in the World" What the hell were they thinking? Green Day would be the best band on the planet if suddenly every band ceases to exist, aside from Metallica, some 80's cock rock, and all that 70's Hard Rock. Green Day also got "Best Live Show." They so deserved that award, because Green Day does awesome things on stage like jam tools under the guitar strings, trash the set, and do noise/jams. Oh wait, that's Sonic Youth.
I've seen Green Day live. It was a good show, but definitely not the best. There are soo many underrated bands out there who don't get any recognition. That Kerrang award is all based on popularity. If there were truly naming the best band in the world, they would consider how influential they are, along with how talented they are with their instruments. Green Day falls up short in both those catergories, especially the latter.
You see, I used to be quite the Green Day fan. I learned how to play a majority of their songs off of the "American Idiot" album. What I've come to notice is almost every song uses the same chords. F5, Ab5, Db5, Eb5.... those four chords are in almost every song. What does that tell you?
Green Day: sellouts.
5 Bands Everyone Loves, But I Hate
So, I was being awesome yesterday, thinking about CD's I need to pick up, when I realize that a lot of bands I dislike, are bands that seem to be quite popular with the people around me. I decided to waste the next five minutes of your life talking about bands I hate, just for you. 5. Led Zeppelin - I'll tip the Sacred Cow first by saying that I don't like Led Zeppelin at all, but I respect them. I hate Robert Plant's voice (but I love Jack White's voice. It's odd, I know). I also feel that Jimmy Page and John Bonham are horribly overrated. Everyone praises Page for playing with a violin bow, but no one says shit about Thurston Moore jamming drum sticks under the strings or playing with a screwdriver. Ugh.4. Tool - Tool's big around my circle of friends for some odd reason. They bore the hell out of me. I mean, Dana Carey is a damn good drummer, and Maynard has a decent voice, but having 5 minutes of silence in the middle of songs and the 12 minutes songs. Ugh, just boring.3. Guns N'Roses - Axl can't sing. Slash is a GREAT guitarist, one of the best, but Axl's voice makes me want to bite the bullet. Seriously, he is the epitomy of cock rock. He's a wife beating nutcase. How can people like his voice? It's like nails on a chalkboard. Way to shrilly for my tastes. I hate metal.2. Metallica - Speaking of hating metal, Metallica is metal. Ew. I loathe James Hetfield's voice. All the "Ye-hah!" in his singing grates at me. Plus, I get a little sick of Lars Ulrich and his constant, double bass drum rhythm. Cliff Burton was a very good bassist, I admit, but after he had the bus land on him, I can't listen to them anymore.1. ACDC - If I were to ever wish horrible fate on someone, I'd buy them an ACDC CD. Seriously. whoever the hell sings for that band is worse than Hetfield and Axl. How can someone like his voice? UGH. And the drummer never plays fills. All the songs sound the same because it always based around one riff and the singing is always about doing something stupid with a girl or being cool with your motorcycle. I hope Ebola resurfaces.
She's gone.At sometime around 4 today, one of my best friends, Lana Knox, came to my house and told me goodbye. Tonight she is leaving for D.C., to start her year at American University. I won't divulge much of our conversation, but as she left, she handed me a letter. When she was gone, I read the letter. A minute later, I was pacing the room trying to fight off tears. I listened to the CD Harry made me so long ago over and over again. I didn't think it would be this hard.I love you.
Songs for the Deaf
I recently got a comment on my "Dear God" article from an intolerant freind of mine. It was so great, I had to put it up with my statements following. Fun!"I must say as intelligent as you are or seem to be, you don't have the greatest arguments and when you do you don't always express yourself in the best way. I disagree with you on this post as I have on many others but I think that you truly have pushed it to the limit this time."Haha, no." If you truly had done your research you wouldn't have made this post because in case you didn't know (which I truly believe) the constitution and pledge of allegiance like many other historical things that our country is based on, are based on Christianity because the founding fathers of our country were...that’s right, they were CHRISTIAN!!! "I love this part, because the whole "It was founded on Christianity" is the exact same arguement all the hicks in my town use. Yes, it was founded on Christianity. So was the court system, but you don't see them sentencing gays to a stoning for sodomy,do you? No, you don't. At least not yet. So yes, you're right in the fact that our country was founded on Christianity, but over time, things change, and people are sick of being opressed."You make yourself out to be big and a 'badass' but your really not. "I welcome you to quote me when I did sound like that. But thank you for saying I'm not, I would hate to be compared to those big jocks who think they are scary. You're a true friend!"This is what I have noticed during the times I have read your blog. You want to make just about every subject controversial...because you can and you get attention for it. Which I have also noticed that I am at fault for, and by that I mean giving you the attention you seek."No, I don't want to make them controversial. You see, here's how I get my stories to right about...I watch this thing... let's call it CNN, or I go to this magical CNN's website and I find these things called articles. They update me on current events. Sometimes, I see one of these articles about something major, like the court's over-religious ruling, and I realize that people need to know about this. So, I put it up on myblog. My blog is a thing on the internet that you aren't forced to read. It's like that, so if you don't like it, DON'T READ IT! How easy is that?"Now, I know that I don't agree with everything that has to do with my religion as many people don’t but unlike you I don't go around finding a fault in everything about my religion and turning it into a big controversial issue.I highly disagree with the plan to get the Pledge of Allegiance revised. "Fail. I'm not finding fault with anything in your religion in that article. I never said the Bible was behind this. I said that the extremists in the American justice system are. Learn to read before you bitch."I have tolerated many things you have said about my religion but this is too much.Now, I must kindly ask that you remove my blog form your links..."I didn't ask you to tolerate anything. If you didn't like what I said, why did you keep reading? You could have stopped reading. It wouldn't bother me at a all. And I was considering removing your blog from my links, seeing as how hateful a person you are (especially against American freedoms), but instead, I'll be an ass and leave it up."...and stop making a big deal out of everything that doesn’t have to deal with your Agnostic beliefs. "That doesn't even make sense.Have a nice day.
Yeah, so today was the second day back to the hell they call Western Boone. I hate that place so much. I'm already sick of all the homophobic, republican, rednecks. It sickens me. Luckily though, I have met a couple cool people. Younger than me, but still. There's hope.
Props to Edward Myers for defending America's values and true freedom. He and his lawyers took their case against the theocratical school pledge to court. Unfortuneatly, the courts sided with forcing religion on kids in a public, tax funded place like school."A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the pledge is a patriotic exercise, not an affirmation of religion similar to a prayer. "Yes, the pledge may be patriotic (in that scary, obsessive, right wing way) but that does not mean that it can violate childrens rights by saying that the nation is under a Christian God. Saying "One nation under God" is basically claiming that the Christian God is the truth and the way, which is bullshit, in my opinion. If you're Christian, great, keep it to yourself. I don't want to have to bow to your god in a supposed free country.
I was reading some news articles on CNN.com when I came across this article about the 'serious flaws' in the death penalty. I can't agree more. I'm not so much talking about the article here, I'm talking more about how wrong the death penalty is.First off, does anyone understand the concept of it? Here's what I get out of it: someone commits a horrible act of murder (or something of that nature) and so we shall them by killing them. What? First off, they are condemning the killing by commiting another (that's called hypocrisy, boys and girls) and they are also basically giving the convicted a free ride out. What's more of a punishment: rotting in a filthy jail or moving on to a new/better life (don't give me any crap about them going to "Hell" or anything. I believe in reincarnation)?"Stevens said DNA evidence has shown 'that a substantial number of death sentences have been imposed erroneously. It indicates that there must be serious flaws in our administration of criminal justice,'"Magical. Our system not only encourages killing, it also kills some people on accident. Oh well, it looks like that our system will always have these atrocities going on, as long as a Republican is in charge.
I'm sure most you "hip, savvy" cats have already seen this little monstrosity, but for those who haven't, I'm posting up a warning. If you ever see a music video with this frog or a cell phone ringtone offer, LEAVE THE ROOM. This annoying frog is the reason people commit suicide. I saw his "music" video and almost puked. It's all the rage over in Europe and now it's starting to hit the USA. British people must have a high tolerance for pain or a bad taste in music. Or both.
Radio Friendly Unit Shifter
I watched "Fight Club" tonight for the first time since I was 12 years old. At the time, I just thought it was a lame action movie. I didn't read into it. Well, after being blown away by the book, I rented it again to finally watch it and understand it.By the end of the movie, I was left in complete awe. Movies don't usually leave me in awe. Aside from "Garden State", this is one in a million. It easily goes up on the top two greatest movies ever. When the ending came in, and "Where is my Mind" by the Pixies started playing, I realized that Chuck Palahniuk, along with the director (who's name I can't recall at 2:30 a.m.) and Edward Norton and Brad Pitt are some of the most talented people of my time. If you haven't seen this movie, you're an idiot.
So, I was doing my normal scanning of recent news events and I stumbled upon another one of Bush's attempts to force Christianity on the American public.
Basically, it's just Bush trying to get Creationism taught in schools as well as the real story (Evolution). So now, kids will be taught two things. One, that humans evolved from their obviously similar lower counterparts (simians), and two, that man was magically created from sand and that woman were created as servants for men. Whoo hoo Sexism and lies!" 'I think that part of education is to expose people to different schools of thought,' Bush said. ' You're asking me whether or not people ought to be exposed to different ideas, the answer is yes.' "
Yes George, I totally agree with you there, but not when these other ideas are complete bullshit. The majority of America believes that theory only because they were taught that when they were kids. Oh, and free thinking isn't taught it in schools.
"The claim that equity demands balanced treatment of evolutionary theory and special creation in science classrooms reflects a misunderstanding of what science is and how it is conducted," the academy said in a 1999 assessment. "Creationism, intelligent design, and other claims of supernatural intervention in the origin of life or of species are not science because they are not testable by the methods of science." Bam, he hit the nail right on the head. Creationism has no back up. No way to prove it. Government - Religion = better world for all of us.
I found this article on Axis of Justice. It's quite intereesting, and really shows you how much of a bullshit war this is.
Dust from 1000 Years
Last night, I was at Michael's house, trying to figure out when band practice was going to be. His brother Matt was there. So was his band, Dust from 1000 Years. They are heading out on tour, and they were packing up all their gear on their school bus they bought (it runs on vegetable oil). Matt Wissig is an incredible drummer. It runs in the family I guess, judging by how his brother Steve is the drummer for Perpetual Abulia, and his youngest brother is the drummer for my band. So, here's one of their songs from their new CD. They are playing in clubs all over the US, so if you get the chance, check them out. "Ghost" by Dust from 1000 Years
For those of you who have read "Perks of Being A Wallflower," you probably remember Charlie's favorite song being "Asleep" by the Smiths. It's a great song, and one I want to share with you. It might make you feel down or make you appreciate things more. It reminds me of Lana, Harry, Nick, Matt... all of them. Oh well, enough of my talk, here's one of the greatest songs you will ever here: "Asleep" by the Smiths
Well, some of my most cherished friends are leaving for college soon. Skippy's going to Purdue, so I should see him occasionally. Nick's not leaving for awhile, so I will still be able to have m4d fun with him. But Lana. Lana's leaving for American University in D.C. soon. As of the moment she leaves, it seems like our friendship will be severed only because I might not see her anymore, aside from rare occasions.I'm so scared for them to leave. I rely on these people for guidance and help. I love them so much.