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Punch Your Cock In Tour

Last Wednesday was the Minnesota stop of Punch Your Cock In Tour. I got to the show late so I didn’t get to see every band that played. I did see Psychostick, As Summer Dies, Ventana, and the last song of Screaming Mechanical Brain.

The show was at Station 4 in lower town St. Paul. I’ve only been there once and was not impressed then. I liked it a bit better this time around. Either that means they’ve improved some or I’ve grown less picky as I’ve had fewer and fewer options. Either way, I consider it to be a positive thing. I’ve heard this venue called “a place where local metal bands go to die”. That isn’t true, don’t buy it. Plenty of bands play there and still go on for many years. In any case, they are doing their part to keep the scene alive and should be respected for that. They even do all ages shows, which are far too rare. Check out their website.

I’m a bit disappointed that I didn’t get to see more of SMB. They are the band that I wanted to see more than any other there. They’re from Minnesota and I’ve been a fan for years. Their sound has been pretty much constantly evolving during that time and they’re really worth following. Their main Facebook page is right here. There is another one where the band is registered as a person instead as a page, which dates back to a time before Facebook pages existed in their current form. I think they’re usually listed as in a homosexual relationship with Satan or something like that. Check that one out, too.  Most things are posted on both.

The band that followed SMB was one called As Summer Dies. Unfortunately, their music really didn’t grab me. They seemed to be pretty much the standard fare of modern ‘hardcore’ music. That’s a style of music that really is of no interest to me, anyway, so it should not come as much of a surprise that this band didn’t impress me. If you normally like that style, check them out. They were from waaay out of town (Buffalo, New York, if I remember right) and could no doubt use your support. Also, they are part of this tour so apparently Psychostick considered them worthy. Their Facebook page is here.

Next up was Venatana. I read on the poster for this show that the band included members of Mushroomhead. That caught my attention since I enjoy Mushroomhead and saw that they can put on a good show a while back when they toured with (hed)PE on the head to (hed) tour. Unfortunately, this band was no Mushroomhead live. I enjoyed them more than the previous band but found that I couldn’t really get into their music. Their image was a bit of a strong point for them, for whatever that’s worth. Facebook.

Finally, Psychostick. I’ve seen these guys more times than I can remember. I’m pretty sure that I was listening to Squizz on XM the first time they played Beer. That’s really where it all started. Since then, I’ve seen them nearly every time they have played in Minnesota, a few times in Iowa, a few times in Wisconsin, and once in South Dakota. Their lineup has changed quite a bit in that time but the core always remains Rob (vocals), Josh (guitar), and Alex (drums). They used to always have two guitars but have now transitioned pretty smoothly to only ever having one guitarist. They always put on a good show, even if their jokes aren’t always the greatest. There are a lot of jokes, too. Psychostick’s Facebook.

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Duty Now For The Future

I’ve been missing posts a lot lately. You wouldn’t see it by looking at this site, though. I’ve also been going back and posting them with a past time. I don’t like that and I’m going to stop doing it.

At the same time, I’m going to change the amount that I post. If I’m not posting every single day, hopefully my posts will be less forced and have better content.

I also want to have a loose plan for this blog from now on. Things may change a bit but what I’m thinking right now is new posts Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Monday posts will be for music, Wednesday for comics (as it has been), and Friday for gaming. Now those are the planned primary topics. Sometimes, possibly often, I will drift from those subjects entirely. Sometimes, probably often, I will post about more than one subject. I also may drop multiple posts on a single day or make sort of bonus posts on Tuesdays and Thursdays. So don’t count on any of that. Just watch as this thing continues to evolve.

I’ve also come to the realization that if I don’t become more active in the things that I care about, I’m going to end up hating everything. So keep an eye out for me talking up and promoting things that I really like, even more than I already do. I may also start sort of promoting this blog a bit. At least letting people know it exists, anyway.

This goes into effect starting Monday.

Psychostick and SMB Tomorrow!

Tomorrow night, Screaming Mechanical Brain and Psychostick are playing at Station 4 in St Paul. I’ll be there and it should be a lot of fun.

Busy Time In WoW

Yesterday began a a very busy week in World of Warcraft.

Since this is the first full week of the month, the Darkmoon Faire is going on. Also, the Lunar Festival is still going. Being the start of February, Love is in the Air just started.

Three world events at once. That’s a lot to do.

The Guild Zaboo Comic Review

I few days ago, I read the most recent comic based on The Guild. That is, of course, the webseries called The Guild, not something else entirely.

Saying “based on The Guild” is also a little misleading. It is written by Felicia Day, who also writes the series. It really is The Guild, just in comic book form.

The previous Guild comic was about Clara and I really enjoyed it. It felt like the webseries in comic book form. This issue didn’t feel quite the same way to me.

The comic is set just before the start of the first season of The Guild and is actually about event leading directly up to it. Apparently all of these comics were set before the series but the Clara one felt less tied to any certain time.

I don’t want to say anything really bad about this book since I did enjoy it, it just wasn’t exactly what I was expecting. It was still more-or-less in the style of The Guild. I advise picking up the collected edition of these books if you don’t have the individual issues and you like The Guild.

3 / 5

Watchmen Prequels

Yesterday, DC made public their plans to release seven prequel comics to the classic The Watchmen. This was met with very mixed reactions and, as everyone should have expected, Alan Moore is not at all happy. I can’t say I blame him and I understand how he feels, even if I don’t agree with him.

You can find full details, along with links to several newspaper articles online, on the DC blog (The Source).

I would kind of like to read these but I’m not so sure that I would feel right about supporting them with my money. What do you think, secret readers?

New Comic Day 02/01/2012

It’s new comic day once again.

DC is keeping pretty solid to the same schedule every month now, which is nice. Of course, the first month saw Red Lanterns come out in week two or three but that is now the regular week one GL title. That’s out this week.

The Batman group books that are out this week are Batwing and Detective Comics. Batwing is clearly reaching a climax of the first arc. Batman is also featured as an important character in Justice League International, which is also out today.

This week we also get Action Comics, which has been good so far but seemed to suddenly start telling a different story last month. I’m fine with a retelling of the origin story but that should be an arc of its own, not dropped in the middle of one I’m currently enjoying.

Hawk and Dove, another great new 52 title, comes out this week. I think last month was sort of the end of the first arc but it wasn’t any sort of clear-cut finale. If you ask me, there’s a little too much emo nonsense with Dove but that happens sometimes.

Finally, Green Arrow is out this week. It hasn’t been terrible so far but every month I’m on the fence about ordering it again. This may be the last issue unless it really impresses me. That’s it for my DC titles.

This week I will also be picking up Warriors of Mars #1 and Star Wars : Dawn of the Jedi #0, both mostly out of curiosity.

WoW Down

World of Warcraft is down today during the entire time I would normally get a chance to play. They do this usually once a week. That’s bad enough but it’s made worse by the fact that you can’t count on it. It’s not always down on the same day and the time can sometimes shift.

This hasn’t been a problem with SWTOR. In general, I think Bioware and EA just have their shit together a lot more than Blizzard. The tradeoff, I guess, is that EA does evil giant corporation things (like launch day DLC out the ass) whereas Blizzard, while they’re running a solid business, does seem to be operated by a bunch of geeks that actually like what they’re doing.

Still, I get annoyed when I want to log into WoW and find out that the realms are all down. Sometimes there is only a couple of hours of warning. Other times, when you’re lucky, you get a full 24 hours. It used to be every Tuesday…last week it was Wednesday.

(Sort Of) A Vacation

Last night was my first night back at work after having five off. During my time off, I did very little. I didn’t even go to the Bobaflex show that I had taken Friday off for. (I hadn’t been able to sleep all day and just wasn’t in the mood for it.)

Honestly, it feels damn good. Other than being a little stiff from too much time spent in a chair, it’s nice to have had the time to just relax.

Bobaflex Tonight!

The band Bobaflex is playing at Buster’s Bar here in Mankato tonight. It’s been years since I’ve seen them but I remember them putting on a great show. I’m told things will get started at 9PM.