Monday, February 25, 2019

Dorothy's Freedom Tour and Sirius XM Octane Accelerator Tour

I attended Dorothy's Freedom Tour and the Sirius XM Octane Accelerator Tour this month.

Here are a few pictures from both shows.

I had a lot of fun at both and look forward to seeing these bands again.

You can hear some live audio from these shows in Episode 9 of my podcast (Nobody Asked You, Kevin!).


Spirit Animal, Old National Center, Deluxe (February 2019)

 Dorothy, Old National Center, Deluxe (February 2019)

Dorothy, Old National Center, Deluxe (February 2019)

Dorothy, Old National Center, Deluxe (February 2019)

Dorothy, Old National Center, Deluxe (February 2019)

Dorothy, Old National Center, Deluxe (February 2019)

Dorothy, Old National Center, Deluxe (February 2019)

Dorothy, Old National Center, Deluxe (February 2019)

Bogart's, Cincinnati,Ohio (February 2019)

Royal Tusk, Bogart's (February 2019)

Like A Storm, Bogart's (February 2019)

Like A Storm, Bogart's (February 2019)

Like A Storm, Bogart's (February 2019)

Like A Storm, Bogart's (February 2019)

Like A Storm, Bogart's (February 2019)




Tuesday, January 1, 2019

A Night of Bodily Fluids

Episode 6 of Nobody Asked You, Kevin! is now available. Please join me as I talk about a night of metal and bodily fluids, otherwise known as my first experience at a GWAR concert as well as listen to some of their recent music. You can find the episode here or on Apple or Spotify.


Also, here are some pictures from the show.

 The Vogue Theater, Indiana

 Against the Grain

 Iron Reagan

 Balsac the Jaws of Death

 Beefcake the Mighty

 GWAR on stage.

 Donald Trump Pre-Festivities

 Donald Trump spraying blood.

 Me immediately after the GWAR show.

The shirt used to be white.

If you have a chance to check out GWAR, go see one of their live shows - you will not be disappointed.

Friday, December 28, 2018

Favorite Music of 2018

Episode 5 of Nobody Asked You, Kevin! is available. In this episode I list my favorite songs of 2018.



Please listen if you can. I'm slowly becoming more accustomed to recording and use of the software.

You can find the episode here or on Apple Music/iTunes or Spotify.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Podcasting

Hey folks! I've started an amateurish podcast called Nobody Asked You, Kevin!

You can find it on Anchor, Spotify, or Apple Music. Just search for it on your favorite app.



So far I've completed a few episodes.

Episode 1 - Introduction

Episode 2 - Ice Nine Kills

Episode 3 - Thought on Stan Lee's Passing

Episode 4 - My Favorite Christmas Music


Episode 5 will be up soon and it revolves around me playing my favorite rock music of 2018.

I'll have more to say soon, but I do plan on doing some episodes about drugs and science as well. If anyone ever wants to chat on the podcast about anything, let me know. I love to ramble on about science, music, movies, and life.

Stay tuned.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Thought for a Bad Day

On days where things don't just work out right, I try to remind myself of this Ralph Waldo Emerson quote:

"Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense."

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Life really does have a funny way of sneaking up on you.

I was reminded of the genius of Alanis Morrissette this afternoon as I was in Kroger getting a few food supplies for dinner. Ironic was playing overhead and I caught myself singing it aloud...pretty loud. To those that heard me, sorry not sorry. And hearing the song reminded me that I love Alanis's music.

Jagged Little Pill, released in 1995, is a masterpiece. Standouts on the album included All I Really Want, You Oughta Know, Hand In My Pocket, You Learn, Head Over Feet, and of course, the aforementioned, Ironic.

Album cover of Jagged Little Pill (1995)

You Learn is probably my favorite song from the album. Lyrically, it's pretty simple, but it is a good reminder that experience is how we live. We become stronger; we become wiser. With experience, we learn. We may cry, we may laugh, and we may even bleed. We will fuck things up - sometimes monumentally. But we will also have tremendous wins. And through all of that, we learn. It's a good cue to live your life and revel in the experiences that make us who we are.


You live, you learn
You love, you learn
You cry, you learn
You lose, you learn
You bleed, you learn
You scream, you learn

You grieve, you learn
You choke, you learn
You laugh, you learn
You choose, you learn
You pray, you learn
You ask, you learn
You live, you learn.

If you haven't heard anything from this album (and if you lived through the 90s, I'm not sure how you could've dodged most of these songs), then find it on YouTube, Spotify, Amazon Music, or iTunes.


PS. Listen to her song, Uninvited (1998), from the City of Angels soundtrack. Still one of the most harrowing beautiful songs I've ever heard. Here's the album version with the orchestra.



Here's a live version. It's a bit different, but everything is perfect here - voice, keyboard, guitar, drummer - everything.



Monday, October 8, 2018

"No, you move."

I saw this montage on YouTube today and was immediately reminded of my favorite quote from any comic book movie.


From 2016's Captain America: Civil War:


"Compromise when you can. Where you can't, don't. Even if everyone is telling you that something wrong is something right. Even if the whole world is telling you to move. It is your duty to plant yourself like a tree, look them in the eye and say, 'No, you move'"


Of course, this was said in the MCU movie by Sharon Carter as she was speaking about Peggy Carter at her funeral. I see it as a pep talk to Steve Rogers.

Originally Steve Rogers said a variation of this to Peter Parker when Spidey was figuring out the Superhero/Superhuman Registration Act and how to deal with the pressure that happens when one challenges government authority in The Amazing Spider-Man Volume # 1, 537. Peter asks Cap how he handles it and Cap begins with a story about how he remembered the first time he learned what it was to be a patriot by reading Mark Twain as a young boy. After quoting Twain, he says this to Peter:

"Doesn't matter what the press says. Doesn't matter what the politicians or the mobs say. Doesn't matter if the whole country decides that something wrong is something right. This nation was founded on one principle above all else: the requirement that we stand up for what we believe, no matter the odds or consequences.
When the mob and the press and the whole world tell you to move, your job is to plant yourself like a tree beside the river of truth and tell the whole world: 
 No, you move."


Amazing Spider-Man, Volume # 1, 537


Iconic. This is more relevant than ever.
 

Don't be afraid to challenge authority.

Don't be afraid to stand up for yourself or for others.



PS.

The music in the video above is Bad Wolves cover of Cranberries' Zombie. If you don't know Bad Wolves, go look them up. Fantastic heavy metal band. Their newest album, Disobey, can be found pretty much anywhere.